216 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 15:04 GMT
Lester, please tell us you managed to find some fresh milk for this, not the UHT crud that accounts for 99% of the Spanish market. If not, the whole thing stops being merely absurd and becomes farcical.
Absurd, yes; a Yorkshire Tea bag in a pot is good for two decent sized mugs of tea, four minutes brew-in-mug... urgh.
Re: This is disturbing
I followed the link to oed.com and found this:
5. (See quot. 1851.)
1851 H. Mayhew London Labour II. 227/2 He..made his supper..on ‘fagots’. This preparation..is a sort of cake, roll, or ball,..made of chopped liver and lights, mixed with gravy, and wrapped in pieces of pig's caul.
FWIW I just hoiked my copy of the "Shorter" off the shelf. That's the one that comes in two large and heavy volumes. Neither of the meanings under discussion is listed in the main body of the dictionary, but both are in the Addenda at the end.
Clancy's technowibble was all a bit spoiled for me when he had a "computer expert" be handed a floppy and say "it's a Sony MFD-2DD double-density diskette", like anybody that knows anything is going to a) read out what's on the label and b) not just refer to it as a bog-standard floopy.
Re: Better to have no gadgets during take off
You wrote "I do not WANT to listen to the safety briefing" and also "in situations requiring it, EVERYONE will forget at least one rule". Apart from yourself, presumably. Personally I take my lead from the guys / gals up at the pointy end. Here's a typical comment from one of them: "When the safety briefing starts, I stop what I am doing, then watch and listen to the Flight Attendant's speech or videoed safety briefing, no matter how many times I've heard it or how many times I've traveled or actually flown that type of aircraft" and then a comment aimed at someone making much the same noises as you: "But I'm very impressed that you must know a hell of a lot more about aircraft than I do, after all I only flew them for 42 years".
There's numerous reasons for paying attention to the briefing EVERY time - the fact that ignoring the cabin crew is rude should be sufficient.
"my laptop / Kindle / phone does NOTHING to the plane." Actually there's numerous cases. Here's Boeing's take:
Here's a more recent incident.
It's not just mobile phones.
The crucial thing is that although the avionics *should* be shielded, and the electronic device *should* be designed not to emit large quantities of radiation, there is no *guarantee* that both these things are true. Think human nature and poor maintenance on the one hand, and cheap-as-chips far-eastern manufacturing on the other.
There's lots of reports of instruments giving out dicky readings in the cruise, due to dodgy passenger
electronics. But it's not a crucial phase of flight and the passengers would not have noticed anything wrong.
"See how long it takes to clear a RyanAir flight on landing? That's how long it's going to take in an emergency". To get type approval they need to demonstrate that they can get a full complement off in 90 seconds or less, using only half of the emergency exits. And it can be done in real life - here's one where it took two minutes to get 309 people off:
"If a plane crashes, the people who come out the other end will be random" is not true either. It's the people who head for the nearest exit-which-may-be-behind-them, and don't hang about.
"humanity's fourth attempt to build an orbital facility for humans." - I'm guessing that the first three are Skylab, Mir, and ISS, and for some reason the Salyuts and Tiangong-1 are ignored. On what basis, I do not know.
It's only 240 quid more than a B&O cordless telephone (http://www.bostpauls.co.uk/products/telephones/beocom-2/ if you don't believe me) so I hereby declare it a bargain!
Visited UUnet's Cambridge HQ once. Just off the entrance hall was the NOC. Which was arranged Houston Mission Control stylee, with big screens up front showing 24 hour news. Struck me as slightly unnecessary, and quite possibly a *bad* way of arranging staff in a NOC.
Re: This is new?
Marmite and vegemite in the fridge? WHY?
El Reg has come up with some great nelogisms but this isn't one of them.
If you are trying to save space then "Cambs" is established.
If you are *really* trying to save space you could try 'tab, although it may not be widely understood.
Better engineering in the SB era?
Since BG took his hands off the tiller there have been signs that the engineering inside MS has improved. Whether SB should be given credit for this I do not know.
99% of sane people agree that Modularity Is A Good Thing.
BG famously argued "In the commercial world, it is hard to see what value such replace-ability [sic] would provide even if it could be achieved.":
Of course, BG's point is that in the commercial world, modularity just allows competitors to sell better drop-in replacements. A point that was well-learned back when DR-DOS was about to take over as the OS of choice. Gates's response to *that* was the infamous AARD code:
which created sufficient FUD that everybody bought MS-DOS to be on the safe side when installing Windows.
However by the time of IIS7, Microsoft were (and are) promoting it as "built with a completely modular architecture, on top of rich extensibility APIs. This enables developers to easily add, remove and even replace built-in IIS7 components with hand-crafted ones"!
Fast forward a few years, and I've been downloading some of the free VirtualBox VMs that Microsoft provides to allow cross-browser testing. The Windows 7 VMs weigh in at something over 4GB - this for a cut-down OS + browser, no more. But with Windows 8 they've got this down to a "mere" 2GB or so. This is still ridiculous, but it indicates that they have managed to modularise a great deal of the OS. (Equally clearly, they still have some way to go - a Firefox / Linux browser-only VM would be a small fraction of that size).
The obvious conclusion then is that post-Gates, MS have started to apply sane engineering principles to their products. But this may not be good news for MS shareholders.
Gates has, since leaving Microsoft, turned into - to my enormous surprise and slight discomfort, because I hold that his business practices held back the development of good software - something of a hero. Time will tell, but it is possible that his initiatives - and spending of hard cash - in tackling malaria in the third world will do more good than years of Western government aid.
Other software squillionaires have also done Interesting Things with the money. Let's hope that SB does.
Re: Sounds a lot like the Transit Tubes...
Or "2010: Living in the Future" by Geoffrey Hoyle, 1972:
In four or so years in Spain I never once ran out of Yorkshire tea. The real problem was finding fresh milk, when most of the supermarkets would have more varieties of UHT than bottles of the real stuff. And that was in a fairly posh bit of Catalunya. So $deity knows what it's like round Lester's neck of the woods.
(Ho yus, in a WARMED TEAPOT for dog's sake. And milk in the mug first).
"unlicensed code's copyright rests with its author, without the coder having to do anything to claim it." is misleading, as the copyright rests with the author regardless of the licensing (unless they assign it to someone else, or the licence gives it away). As I find myself pointing out on a continual basis, the GPL (for instance) is based on a very strong *assertion* of copyright, not an abrogation of it.
Re: Lessons from Snowden
"The US would not let us have these things unless the knew there was absolutely no chance of us firing them without permission" - in actual fact the USA's nukes are controlled by PALs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permissive_Action_Link while the UK's nukes can be launched long after everything on the surface is toast.
Re: Still don't really see the point in Trident.
"That's assuming an attack with no warning. And that a second boat isn't out on exercise with another lot of 48 warheads." My understanding is that the missiles have limited life "at sea" before they need to be brought in for (expensive) overhaul, and that therefore standard peactime practice is to run the boats with only four (IIRC) missiles aboard.
"what is our nuclear force actually for?" - maintaining a veto-wielding permanent seat on the UN Security Council. I thought everyone knew that.
Re: I never understood...
Lots. I had to do an on-site audit of some sort a few years ago which involved checking the firewall log. There was one user who would kick off every day nice and early with about 15 minutes surfing for pr0n. Maybe he'd found that he had just enough time to crack one off before anybody else got in to work.
Re: Sauce for the goose
And there's long-standing accusations that the NSA help out Boeing etc:
And on Mir
In "Out of the Present", the documentary about (inter alia) Krikalev's 1991 stay on Mir, there's footage of him playing with a burning candle.
Re: How many articles is that on Dell now?
Same here, I'm on to my second second-hand Latitude ultralight (or whatever) laptop. They run a modern efficient OS just fine and can be picked up for a song. Often still in pristine condition, cos they've been sat in the CEO's desk drawer for three years doing nothing.
Stupid bloody distro nicknames cause more hassle than they are worth.
I get the feeling the nerds love 'em, but I am a straightforward geek and I just want a readily understandable version number. And the Ubuntu system works just great because I can tell just how old it is.
In "out of the present" Krikalev is seen playing with a lit candle.
Wikipedia notes "in American English, its name is 'zee' /ˈziː/, deriving from a late 17th century English dialectal form" and also points out that everybody else in Europe (more or less) uses a similar form. IOW the British version is the original. In this case at any rate - we've all gotten used to the idea of the opposite being true.
The American military used "zed" in their phonetic alphabet for a while:
which may have given rise to the story.
Foale, Sellers, and Patrick are all dual nationals AFAIK. Foale has an American mother so always was, the other two acquired US citizenship along the way.
Yebbut I cannot see any intrinsic reason the drone would have greater range, except some slight weight advantages. The article implied that there was.
Re: Working remotely
I am all in favour of people trying to out-source to the sub-continent. It makes them all the more appreciative of a UK-based service once they've been burnt.
Re: Is Tim London based?
OK then - is your primary work tool a laptop? Mine is an IBM Model M keyboard connected to two 22 inch monitors (this is fairly modest by some developers' standards). Oh there's some sort of box that connects them together. Other important tools are a quiet room with nobody else in it, a large expanse of desktop and a chair that doesn't jiggle around constantly. I've tried writing code on a laptop on the train. I generally just give up.
As said, some retro-rockets fire just before landing. If they fail, you'll live.
If you want to go for water landing then you need to launch over water in cause of an abort - look at a map of the USSR and you'll see that puts you way out East, which wasn't practical.
The thing about Komarov turning the air blue as he came in is essentially a load of cobblers. He would have been in radio blackout until just before the parachutes were supposed to deploy.
Soyuz 18a, 1975, had a launch abort and landed on the side of a hill.
A number of capsules have had ballistic re-entries so took a while to get to but I don't think it's ever been more than a few hours:
"It has a much longer range than piloted aircraft". Intrinsically?
A quick poke of Wikipedia indicates that an EA-6B could fly this sort of mission profile.
Re: That line.
Ah. I see.
I think I only watched a couple of initial episodes - a combination of me not being that much of a telly watcher, and not living in the UK at the time. So AFAICR I only heard the line delivered the first time it was used, and (honestly) had not realised that it was a running gag.
So thanks to all for taking the time to clear that one up for me.
(I particularly like the reel-to-reel tape recorder one).
I shall award myself a "FAIL" icon.
Why is it funny? If you've ever had to support typical users you'll have said it a bajillion times.
If you had a sitcom set in a bar, would the barman asking "would you like ice with that?" somehow become hailed as an example of comic writing genius?
Re: Not surprising Apache hacked?
The way this story has been reported and commented on is completely doing my nut. If you go back to the original sucuri.net post then you will see that what they are reporting is new behaviour by Bad Peepulz ONCE THEY HAVE TAKEN CONTROL OF A SERVER. They are NOT reporting a new vulnerability in the server stack.
And it is, essentially, nothing to do with cPanel, or Apache.
Nor does there seem to be ANY evidence for SSH brute force as being the way in.
If you want root on a server (and you're not fussed which) it is a piece of piss. Scan the web looking for out-dated tim thumb implementations, or phpmyadmin installations with no root password, or whatever. Upload your shell. Now, out of all the servers you have collected, you are bound to find a few where the kernel is year or two out of date and there's a privilege escalation exploit available.
Look at this: http://heavens-above.com/IssHeight.aspx
Decay in LEO is clearly far from regular.
More free food.
In "my" bit of Spain I'd see people foraging for two things - asparagus, and snails. Snails of course need to be starved for two weeks first, and I expect that if asparagus grew wild at this time of year, Lester'd know about it.
"As of 2013 the physical location of CyberBunker is unknown." sez Wikipedia. "Wot, completely unknown?" thinks I, "cobblers to that". Assuming that cyberbunker.com is self-hosted, we find it in.... London:
4 tele-ic-4-ae0-0.network.virginmedia.net (184.108.40.206) 38.563 ms 41.721 ms 43.102 ms
5 220.127.116.11 (18.104.22.168) 47.453 ms 48.694 ms 50.215 ms
6 22.214.171.124 (126.96.36.199) 51.692 ms 15.358 ms 14.103 ms
Re: You paid for bones from the butchers?
Yes, I was a bit surprised the first time I got charged for bones in a Spanish butchers'.
"This paper describes a new and novel steganographic method for inserting secret information into image files. The method uses fractal image compression techniques in the production of these steganographic image files. The method allows a user to specify a visual key when hiding the secret information. The visual key must then be used when retrieving the hidden data. The paper describes enhancements to the method which may enable the steganographic data to survive through normal processing which reduces image quality. The method may therefore be used to insert copyright labels into image files."
Re: Zero velocity?
"Ultimate goal" of SSTO - well, for some. Other rocket scientists have, apparently, concluded that as long as you are "spending most of your fuel getting the rest of your fuel up to mere subsonic velocity" (nice phrase) multi-stage is the only sensible option.
@Nigel11: errr, cos it's got zero velocity by the time it gets back up the other side?
@Skylon-fans: yes, I have a design for a cost-to-orbit of ten quid per kilo... somewhere round here on a bit of paper....
@sci-fi-fans - anyone remember the one that had a huge orbiting station that would "scoop up" shuttles lobbed up to orbital altitude and accelerate them to orbital velocity (which is where ~90% of the energy is required) by simultaneously DEcelerating a returning shuttle, i.e. transferring energy from one to the other?
Note on X-15 flights - quite a few pilots got awarded astronaut wings, cos the USAF deems space to begin at 50 miles (80km) up, not 100km. Both are of course arbitrary definitions.
Re: Could he have survived the flight?
Re: Gahhhh, when will people learn kettle style IEC leads are different to others?
Kettle leads do nicely for things like guitar amps too. As a student I soon learned that it was a hell of a lot easier to ask "can I borrow your kettle for a couple of hours" than it was to request just the power lead...
To be pedantic - Elon & co. have managed rendezvous. The docking is performed by the ISS, using its "arm".
Re: What does the Reg do?
El Reg certainly *used* to email out plain text password reminders!
FCB branching out?
"Barça" only ever refers to the football club, amongst locals at any rate. The city is sometimes abbreviated to "Barna". And while I'm at it, a reminder that Barcelona is a Catalan city and pronouncing it in English with a Castilian 'th' just marks you out as a tonk, as the Catalan pronunciation is more or less the same as the English.
Re: Am I missing something?
To me the Manchester mark 1 is undoubtedly the world's first modern digital computer, in that it is the first machine for which one can hold a meaningful and interesting programming competition: http://www.computer50.org/mark1/prog98/index.html
But then I am biased, because the programming competition was my idea (I suggested it to one of the rebuilders in March 1996).
Enough with the "compulsory tax" already. I did not have a TV or licence for many years. Then I lived in Spain and discovered just what a crapfest loosely-regulated commercial TV can be. Now I'm back in the UK and more than happy to pay for CBeebies for the kids. We get a choice about paying for the Beeb. What we don't get much choice about is paying for the commercial channels - it's quite hard to avoid buying stuff that's advertised on TV.
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