Re: *ULTRA* reliable!
<sigh>@TonyJ, it's my own fault for not using the Joke Alert icon. I didn't actually think that it was the same system...
174 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009
<sigh>@TonyJ, it's my own fault for not using the Joke Alert icon. I didn't actually think that it was the same system...
came online in April 1939, and as the last operating example, claims to be "the world's oldest [continually operating] radar site"
Bloody hell! 76 years with no downtime - that's amazing!
IANAL but given that Safe Harbor (sic) is an agreement between the US and the EU then the judgement will apply to the UK as well.
Which is fine until the government turns around and says "Oh, you were unemployed and turned down a perfectly good job offer? Your benefits will be sanctioned (ie. forfeited) for the next 3 months!".
Nowadays people don't always have free choice in accepting or rejecting jobs.
Ummm... no. You're NOT buying the tunes from Apple, at best you're renting them. If you don't believe me then here's an experiment:
Go to your favourite music shop and purchase some music on CD or vinyl. Now go home and listen to it. Listen to it in your car, your office, wherever. Decide you really like this music and your friend would appreciate hearing it at his/her leisure. Lend the CD/vinyl to them to listen to wherever they want. Eventually (hopefully!) they return the CD/vinyl to you. You listen to it some more. Eventually you die (sorry, but it's going to happen to all of us). In your will you leave thhe CD/vinyl to somebody you like so that they can listen to it as much as they want, or lend it to their friends. When they die they too can bequeath it to somebody.
Now repeat the experiment with music "purchased" from Apple. You can listen to it wherever you have the technology to get access to it - great. Now try lending it to a friend... or bequeathing it in your will...
Maybe I'm old-fashioned - actually I *AM* old-fashioned - but to me "purchasing" something means that it's mine to use and dispose of as I wish, not as the "seller" dictates.
You're right, it's so exciting watching individual cars leaving at well spaced intervals so that they're effectively "racing" all on their own. I particularly enjoy watching the high-speed overtaking. Oh...
we've calculated that 156 million pairs of shoes ... would stretch a mind-boggling 52km
Surely that would depend on what size the shoes are? 156 million pairs of children's size 3s aren't going to stretch as far as 156 million pairs of men's size 14s.
And I suppose you think 60% of voters in clacton are racists/homophones/whatever?
I would infer from the view you express that you're a UKIP supporter or at the very least sympathetic to them. You therefore probably agree with Nigel Farrage's recently expressed view that people working in the NHS should be tested to ensure that they speak English well.
With that in mind I suggest you go away and look up what "homophone" actually means!
Ummm... the ICO deals with Data Protection Act and Freedom of Information Act matters.
UKIP isn't a government department, local authority or other public body and so FOIA doesn't apply here
The DPA relates to personal data. I would struggle to see how a domain registration is personal data when it is registered to an organisation not an individual. Even if the registration is in an individual's name then it is in the public domain anyway as the domain registration is a public record.
Don't really see anything here for the ICO to do.
Really sorry if I'm being even more stupid than usual, but I still don't understand.
I appreciate that the conversion factor could result in some funny sizes in a different set of units, but if you're European (other than British) you work in metric by definition so why would you choose 7.62mm rather than 7mm or 8mm? Similarly, if you're a Brit or a Yank, you probably work in inches so why would you choose .203 or .303?
There are clearly a number of El Reg readers out there who know a great deal about firearms so I wonder if one of them could answer a question that has always puzzled me: why are gun calibres (almost) always such odd sizes?
For example, in this article we're dealing with .303"; why that "odd" 3/1000 of an inch? Wouldn't .3 be just as good - and surely easier to make? I can just about go for .45, but .44? Or .22? Why are standard NATO round 7.62mm or 5.56mm? Wouldn't 7.5mm or evn 8mm and 5.5mm or 6mm be easier to manufacture.
Please - no flamey answers, it's a genuine question.
I'm sceptical that it was the Norks, not because I doubt their capability but because a lot of the behaviours around the attack don't speak to me of a nation-state attack. Posting a picture of a skeleton to the company's machines? Posting stolen content to Pastebin? Sounds more like your avaerage hacker. Good piece in Wired about it - http://www.wired.com/2014/12/sony-hack-what-we-know/
...gas from Gas Board, electric from Electricity Board...
Whereabouts in the UK does your mother-in-law live? I thought that all of the UK had privatised gas and electricity companies ever since the 80s when Thatcher privatised them. Where is this little bubble that still has a Gas Board and an Electricity Board?
Send them to me!
Yeah, but those of us who have friends tend to have far higher usage and therefore it's more expensive!
Is "fridge-sized" now an official El Reg unit? If so, can you give some guidance on interpreting it in more conventional units? For example, I own both a "beer fridge" and an "American style" fridge freezer - one is roughly a 2 foot cube and the other is about 6 feet high, 6 feet wide and 3 feet deep*. Which of these is officially "fridge-sized"?
* obviously this latter is the beer fridge!
Wow! The Pilgrims had chocolate?!?
"...requests for data from the US authorities had to be legally binding – via court order – and couldn’t be over-reaching"
I can't help but think this is either very naive or deliberately deceptive. The datacentre may well be in Europe but Amazon is a US company and, as we know from the Microsoft ruling, the US courts regard data as being within the scope of a court order irrespective of where it is physically held. Unless and until Microsoft win their case it's largely immaterial where your data is held.
"...a recommendation to horde cleaning supplies..." - I suppose if we got everybody in the office to keep one item then that might count. How many people would we need to qualify as a horde?
"Oooh: don't tell me you were born here - you have an NI number. So your NHS card will do the job"
Could you explain the link between NI number and NHS number? They're different numbers issued by different organisations.
Naval gazing? Do you mean they spend all their time looking at boats? No wonder they aren't very effective against Google et al.
Ummm... I said we didn't have MUCH use for spanners, not that we didn't have ANY use for spanners. My point really was that there are lots of kinds of engineers, not just mechanical engineers so why the default assumption that engineer = mech. engineer?
Why does engineering = spanner?
My degree is in Electronic Engineering and we didn't really have much use for spanners. I strongly suspect that Prof. Sharples who was Head of Department hadn't ever used a spanner either.
"or plugin to a pc and use iTunes, you know the tool apple built to service iDevices" - and there was me thinking that iTunes was the product they acquired when they bought SoundJam MP in late 2000.
I just don't get this. Why on earth would I want to use their cloud service in the first place and if I did why on earth would I want to do it on a mobile device?
I shoot high res images in RAW format and edit them in Lightroom. I'm seriously considering buying a much bigger monitor than my existing 24" one so that I can edit more easily. Does anybody seriously think they can do anything worthwhile on a 5" screen using a touch interface?
Surely the iMedicine store would be an optician? (Optomterist for our US cousins)
I read and re-read and re-re-read your comment to make sure I'd seen it properly. Are you calling the author a liar? To me it sounds like you are because there can be _no_ "other side" to this which justifies it.
"The world is flooded with Dead bootlegs, but some of them are superb"
Which was partly why the Dead's approach was so clever. Back in the day, *GOOD* bootlegs of any band were usually pricey compared to official recordings and, of course, the bands saw nothing of that money. By making bootlegs ubiquitous, the Dead greatly reduced that premium.
There is an interesting philosophical question here: were these recordings bootlegs? Given that their production had been officially facilitated by the band, and thereby tacitly approved, it could be argued that they're not bootlegs at all but "official" recordings. At the very least they are official unofficial recordings!
I'm a very old git - probably old enough to be the dad of most commentards here. I remember US band The Grateful Dead who had a novel approach to this sort of problem.
The issue then wasn't fans with smartphones - given that they hadn't been invented - but with fans who were recording the gig on audio tape. The Dead's solution? They set up a roped-off area which had been carefully chosen to give "good sound" and invited fans to set up their recorders there. This wasn't a trick, the recorders were allowed to run and the fans came back and collected them after the gig.
When asked why they positively encouraged taping they argued that since fans would find a way to tape the gig anyway they would prefer that any recordings that were being circulated were of good quality and didn't dtract from their performance.
...can we all take a moment to remember Chelsea Manning who, unlike Assange, really _IS_ imprisoned and really was tortured. Her torture continues as the US Army appears to be reneging on its earlier promises to allow her gender treatment - http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2014/08/18/attorneys-for-chelsea-manning-promise-fight-if-pentagon-doesnt-grant-gender-treatment
Aah, the South Yorkshire Police. That fine upstanding force.
OK... so you get your kicks by buggering the blinds... Each to their own. I'm not judging you, it just wouldn't do it for me!
....and the ECHR was largely written by British lawyers when it was drafted in 1950.
...grumble briefly because they're not limes then reach for the Tequila and salt!
Actually, I've done a hack on certain makes of PIN pad and managed to download ALL of the PINs! Here you are:
"removing and preserving them" - would that include removing the original colour from them (they would have been painted, not plain marble)? Even the British Museum shamefacedly admitted 15 years ago that they had been damaged by "heavy handed cleaning" whilst in its possession (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/543077.stm).
"That is on top of the problem of music where you have to differentiate yourself from all the bland crap out there. I've heard quite a few good bands, but have been overwhelmed by the sheer number of terrible bands."
"Indie" doesn't have a monopoly on pretentious bands/fans or on bad bands either.
If you're ever unfortunate enough to need surgery why don't you try making this comment to the surgeon who's about to operate on you, or the anaesthatist, or anybody else who will be responsible for your care? They, after all, are "...in the payroll of the Public Teat..." too.
It could be fun to organise a campaign to hit them with Subject Access Requests from a vast number of people....
"...irony in the fact that the U.S. Marshal is selling an asset with demonstrated potential to facilitate crime..."
Why is it ironic? Most LEAs seize items from criminals and then, if they have resale value, auction them off in this way. So fast speedboats that have been used to run drugs into the US, or fast cars used in robberies, etc. are all sold. These have (demonstrably) been used to facilitate crime but nobody seems to think their sale is comment-worthy.
I'm always bemused by these folks who reckon they can run their businesses from their phone. Really? I mean, really really?
Sure I appreciate you can read and send emails and stuff. You can probably read text documents and very simple spreadsheets, but as soon as the content becomes at all complicated - graphs for example - can you really read and understand them? Or dense tables of figures? Even supposing you can, can you really write a lengthy (I'm thinking several pages) document for the board or similar?
If you'd said tablet I could amost believe it, but phone? No.
And as for "Welsh isn't even standardised", neither is English.
Perfectly true, except that written English is pretty much standardised within the UK. The choices of "xyz English" in MS Word are on a national level - UK English, US English, Australian English, etc.
My point in my earlier post was that Welsh wasn't standard in places 70 miles apart which is hardly the same as saying that English isn't standard between places 3,000 miles apart (or more). Now if we were arguing non-standard Welsh on the basis of "Welsh" Welsh vs. Patagonian Welsh then it's a fair comparison, but that's not the basis of your argument.
I'm intrigued by this. As an Englishman who spent eight years in Wales one thing I learned is that there doesn't seem to be total agreement on the Welsh language within Wales - and I'm not even straying into the Welshification of English words.
I worked in IT for the NHS on a system which produced large amounts of output on pre-printed stationery which had to be in both English and Welsh. In the office we had two "native" Welsh speakers, ie. people who had grown up with it as their first language at home and, in one case, in school. One of these chaps was from North Wales and the other from South Wales (bearing in mind we are talking about a country which is only about 70 miles from North to South).
Anything that needed to be translated into Welsh was sent to these two who would each produce their translation, and these invariably disagreed in quite major ways. We're not talking about the equivalent of one saying "don't" and the other saying "do not", I mean BIG differences. The two of them would be locked in a small room and not let out until they had come up with a version that they could both (reluctantly) agree on.
That was the easy part. Because we were a government department the translation then had to go off to the Welsh Language Unit at the Welsh Office to be vetted by their expert. A week or two would pass and then the "official" version would be returned which would always be materially different to any of the three previous versions.
So my question is, how on earth did they get agreement on the "official" version to go into Bing etc.
Old gits like me who were around when vinyl was the only medium will remember the messages that the mastering engineers sometimes scratched into the space between the runout grooves in the centre of the record.
The best example is probably on "Heaven and Hell" by Vangelis. This has an incredibly large dynamic range and apparently took many attempts before they got the compression right to be able to fit it onto the disc. The runout message reads "And it was!".
There *MAY* be a grain of truth in what you say. I've worked in IT for 35 years now and in every organisation I've worked in - public and private sector - some or all of these applied. BUT...
...the problem that Barclays will have is that the second this announcement was made (possibly even before) all the really good people will have retrieved their CV and mailed it to the recruitment consultant or website of their choice. They won't hang around to see if they'll get a payout, they know their worth and they'll be off.
Barclays will make redundancies from whoever is left and it's inevitable that the calibre of their IT department will lurch downwards.
I speak from experience!
I'm going to stick my neck right out here and risk making a couple of crazy predictions. Despite Apple bringing on Pegatron to help with production:
i) there will be queues outside Apple Stores worldwide when the new phone becomes available. Some people will queue several days, many will queue for several hours, just to be able to buy from the Apple Store as soon as the phone is available. Meanwhile many others will just turn up at Carphone Warehouse or similar outlets at 9:00, walk straight in, and walk out shortly after with their new phone.
ii) despite massive demand for the new phone being oh-so-predictable (see the launch of previous phones, plus (i) above) Apple will run out of stock within a day or two at most. They will thereby generate acres of free adverts in the form of newspaper stories and hours of free TV adverts in the form of "news" stories about the phone being so popular it has sold out.
OK, I know these predictions are really out there but I just think they might come true.
What kind of effect would a pair of these have when you walked through a metal detector at an airport security check or if you were asked to step into the scanner? "Honest officer, it's just my silver-thread chuddies..."
Sadly, by making your idea public, we're all now free to clad our spaceships in 70's sparkle
What's the betting that Apple will still be able to get a patent on it?
...two atoms wide...
I think it's his brain that's two atoms wide.
You certainly know your (pickled) onions!