901 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
You want to really blow lunch? Read "Blind Man's Bluff". Published ten or more years ago, it made very clear that the US had the ability to tap undersea cables.
Anyone who did not have a strong feeling this was going on is living in a fantasy world. Nobody learns anything new from this article, except a bunch of code names and some hypothetical locations. And the data is still being gathered.
If you want to get really ill, think of the amount of data being slurped, in Oman, where it arguably does some good, but also in the US and Great Britain. Yup, mate...that naughty email you sent to your wife or girlfriend, or both, is right now sitting on some GCHQ numpty's screen. That should loosen your lunch a bit.
Re: Black helicopters galore
Heh. Old news in the US:
Re: Flip It
From the US Copyright Office website:
Copyright law does not protect recipes that are mere listings of ingredients. Nor does it protect other mere listings of ingredients such as those found in formulas, compounds, or prescriptions. Copyright protection may, however, extend to substantial literary expression—a description, explanation, or illustration, for example—that accompanies a recipe or formula or to a combination of recipes, as in a cookbook.
Re: Should have used Duracells ...
Yeah, that was my first thought: dodgy Chinese off-brand batteries.
Seriously, though, a good first effort! Full marks for just getting there, extra credit for being able to drive around for this long.
Re: Nothing to do with Windows Support
Peoples' Republic Software Factory Number 36 offers continuing support for WinXP...
SPB's hoping for a buyout.
Or, worse, the tailback you went out of your way to avoid, has already cleared.
(the police car that was sitting by the side of the road, moved on)
I'll just leave this secret video of Nork weapon testing here, shall i?
Re: It's not just the oldies who like this sort of thing.
And Real Buttons(tm) allow you to operate your phone by feel, instead of by having to look at the screen.
Handy in all kinds of situations, when your (visual) attention should be elsewhere.
Could somebody get Dr Shukla a Red Sox t-shirt, please?
Re: I heard it too! Have an upvote.
1% problems :-)
Re: how do you fence that stuff?
The bad guys already have their money by the time the customer attempts to activate a stolen iDevice. Since they purchased it from a friend of a friend in a darkened parking lot, I doubt the cops will get much of a lead on the original thief. Still, I suppose there's a chance. Better luck with fingerprints or DNA on the crashed car, I would think.
Re: "I say, would you stop doing that, please?"
So...about as effective as the UN, then?
Re: "I say, would you stop doing that, please?"
So...it will be about as effective as the UN, then?
Re: I dont agree with piracy
Nor do I, but Pirate Bay offers what I want, when I want it.
I would happily pay a $20/month "all you can download" membership fee, if that would make the media companies happy. The big attraction of Pirate Bay, is that it has *everything* in one place, and it's pain-free to get and watch or listen to anything, from any media company.
Hey, media companies: just make some kind of deal with Pirate Bay...I'll pay the fee, just make it reasonable: $20, $30 or whatever. $1 or $2 to Pirate Bay, to keep them on the air, $1 or $2 to the media moguls, cause that's all the f*ckers deserve, the rest to the artists and techies (grips, best boys, whatever) who actually create the stuff.
Pair of twits?
They may be very nice people, but their actions to date indicate to me that they are clueless and so detached from the real world as to have not a clue what to do with themselves. Fortunately, they have loads of cash, so getting a real job isn't necessary.
Oh, and "F" the manual -- nobody ever reads it anyways. The UI is almost intuitive. Suggest you get the intern to distill the multipage multilanguage manual that comes with the camera to a single cheat-sheet.
Powershot S90 here. Love it, but question its "beer-proof-ness".
I'd suggest one of the Panasonic "splashproof" P&S cameras. Got one for my wife and she takes it snorkeling.
Easy! Just get the SPB LOHAN project adopted as an official arm of the Spanish Space Agency. What? They don't have one? Well, now they can!
// helicopter 'cause no drone icon
Re: Roof antennas are a laugh
I'd go for the "no preblem with the antenna as long as I get free service" approach.
May as well get something for the inconvenience. Of course if my proposal is denied, my attitude would rapidly switch to "nice antenna you have there...be a shame if something was to happen to it"
"Be sure to drink your Ovaltine."
(* Seriously. Been there, done that. 6809 circa 1980.)
Oh, yeah, you and your fancy-pants index register with the arithmetic operations. When I was a lad, we had INX and DEX and were glad of it!
(6802, and we built the Data General Dasher D200 around it in 1978).
// Good times.
// We would have built a Pac-Man game into it if we had had enough spare RAM...one of my regrets.
I believe C is best described thusly:
"It combines the power and flexibility of assembly with the readability and ease-of-use of assembly."
Re: Not be a monopoly?
In my Massachusetts town, we have a choice between Comcast and FIOS. Same price (within a couple of bucks), for similar data rates.
So...not really much of a choice at all.
I'm thinking of telling Verizon to wire me up for FIOS, then playing Comcast and Verizon off againste each other every time the "introductory" rate expires.
"Science ignorance is pervasive in our society,"
I don't think it's limited to any one particular field.
The sad thing is, we *have* the technology...in spades (broadcast, printed and internet), but it's the content that's nissing, plus the motivation of the idiots who'd rather watch "reality TV" than learn something.
// thanks for letting me vent
Check McMaster or Grainger. Carbon brushes are often a standard size and can be ordered as generic replacements.
Has anyone mentioned the Ridgid Tools calendar yet?
Re: Testicul par canem
Romanes eunt domum!
All hat and no cattle?
THIS is why I read El Reg!
Furthering my linguistic skills is a far better use of my time than anything my silly employer wants me to work on.
// My hovercraft...eels!
Re: And what would happen
[see above ^^^]
Sounds like a fine piece of technology...
Good technologies always need backups
Re: Comparison with Toyota Aygo
A lift which can climb faster than a Porsche 911 is not to be sneezed at.
Thrown up at, more likely.
Taiyuan Navigation Friend Aviation Technology
Needs to work on the "Navigation" part of their technology, methinks. That, and the fuel capacity.
Maybe the SPB could pick up a few quid on a consulting contract?
Re: Who Is Ripping Whom, RIAA?
Thus, the term "Hollywood accounting".
// applies to record companies, too -- actually, they probably invented it in the first place.
These little details are important!
And all parties involved appear to have been thoroughly enjoying themselves throughout the entire process!
Re: This message brought to you by religion
And, if you can't afford to travel, choose from among your neighbors, and torture/kill them. Extra points for selecting those of differing beliefs and/or skin color. Make sure to remind them that if they convert to your religion, you'll still kill them, but they'll go to heaven.
// it's not the "religion" part, it's the "organized" part that's the problem.
Boston, Massachusetts: true to form
Solid overcast, not even a glow visible through it (yes, I got up at 1 AM and checked).
Re: Could not have timed it better
Space Race II -- this time, it's personal!
[insert photo of shirtless Putin here]
//it's all fun & games, 'till the SPB gets involved!
Re: "Professor Harald Haas, who came up with the Li-Fi idea"
Meh...it's been done:
// barely worked at 16Mbit/s, IIRC
Re: Choose your poison @Trevor Pott
I think we may have accidentally hit up on the problem with organized religion:
the selection and dosage of communion wine
Perhaps a change is in order?
// whisky icon lamentably missing, but perhaps I have some in my pocket
Re: So access to information
"That's not fair - not all
Opera Apple Linux users are like that !"
Happened to a coworker
Unfortunately for the "friend", my coworker is in IT:
"Hey, it's Joe -- I need some money"
"Sure, Joe. Just tell me the name of the play we co-starred in in High School"
"Hey, I really need the money"
"You know, you're a bad person?"
// waiting for my chance...
You think YOU have problems?
The hated Yankees beat our Red Sox 4-1 in their first meeting of the year last night in New York.
Repeat after me:
"There's always next time!"
Good luck, guys...
Real Programmers *and* Mythical Man Month?
Two of the greatest writings in computer history.
// The third, of course, is K&R.
The Mythical Man-Month
Fred Brooks' seminal work on the management of large software projects, was written after he managed the design of OS/360. If you can get around the mentions of secretaries, typed meeting notes and keypunches, it's required reading for anyone who manages a software project. Come to think of it...*any* engineering project. I've recommended it to several people and been thanked for it.
// Real Computers have switches and lights...
Better rule - if they call you, don't do it!
When someone calls you, be extremely skeptical of anything they say. Refuse to cooperate.
If it's your bank, wait a while (so this scam doesn't work) then call them back at the number on the back of your card and ask them if they just called you.
If it's Microsoft, feel free to do anything necessary to keep them on the line, there's a contest running for longest time. My best is 20 minutes, answering all the questions, clicking and making sure he could hear me typing. I didn't bother telling him I was running Linux, and the menus are close enough that he continued along with his script, but finally gave up and told me to call Microsoft's support number.
It was then that I asked him (still playing the dumb user) if I should tell them I was running Linux.
There was a pause, then the start of a swear, then he hung up, leaving my wife and I ROFL for quite a while...she had immediately passed the call to me when she realized what it was and had been listening to my "efforts" to follow his instructions.
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