309 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009
Re: What has it got on its serverses?
It's also a stupid mis-use of technology. Uploading the data into a local SQL server should always be quicker than sending the same data over the internet, unless you are particularity stupid.
1TB isn't a lot of data these days and while I'm not a big fan of MS SQL server, queries should easily run in an acceptable time on a 1TB data set. It sounds to me like the person doing the work didn't know what they were doing with SQL server but had a friend at Google. I wouldn't be too fussed if it wasn't for the privacy concerns.
There are loads of Data Warehouse products out there, like Sybase IQ which can run these types of queries in seconds and don't require you to send your data to some dodgy location like Google.
Re: Not like McKinnon
I agree that the case isn't the same but I still think he should be tried in the UK. What he's allegedly done is illegal in the UK and he was in the UK when he allegedly did it.
Re: VIP deck?
...or perhaps a mirror with hidden Chinese spies filming his adventures from the other side of the mirror?
....or a walk-in wardrobe so Goodnight can hide in it awaiting her "turn"..............
Re: "Get back here and explain your actions to us"
To be fair part of the problem with Cyprus was about not wanting to bail out the Russian mafia :-) Perhaps more seriously they were also not keen on bailing out financial institutions which had been offering stupidly high interest rates but perhaps that's more a call for better regulation.
While I think you've got a point I think you'll see the same issues in any large "group". Look at the terrible way the US treated the areas hit by hurricane Katrina. Or on a smaller scale a lot of people feel that England is too London-centric. Yet, despite this, these groups continue.
Re: "Get back here and explain your actions to us"
I don't think you can say that the lack of bailouts was due to anything other than the level of banking integration and banking legal frameworks. While I've seen reluctance to bail out countries where some argue it's throwing good money after bad I'd say that the EU has held together remarkably well during the global economic crisis. Having travelled extensively over Europe in recent years I've heard surprisingly little grumbling from the people I meet and work with.
You are however right that our government gave up some of its veto rights. However that kind of thing is going to happen with any international treaty. You sign it and it's difficult to go back on, otherwise no-one will trust you.
The Lisbon treaty doesn't come into effect until later in the year and I believe any member state can force a return to the Nice treaty way of voting on a particular issue. The Nice treaty uses a population weighted method so Luxembourg (which has a population of 450000 BTW) has a smaller say than the UK.
In practice votes are usually unanimous, to quote Wiki:
In practice, the Council targeted unanimous decisions, and qualified majority voting was often simply used as a means to pressure compromises for consensus. For example in 2008, 128 out of 147 Council decisions were unanimous. Within the remaining decisions, there was a total of 32 abstentions and 8 votes against the respective decision. These opposing votes were cast twice by Luxembourg and once by each of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Netherlands, and Portugal."
I don't wish to bore people but there is a list of areas where action can be taken by majority and a list where any decision has to be unanimous. Plus any legislative change has to go before the parliament.
Re: "Get back here and explain your actions to us"
By and large I agree with what you're saying but...... Our government agreed to the reduction in veto powers and, as you say the whole commission can be removed if needs be so this or anything else can be stopped. The commission are only there to carry out the will of the parliament (and Council of Ministers). Of course in practice the commission is unlikely to be dismissed for one questionable action like this.
I read somewhere that this changes after the commissioners are re-appointed this year and that individual commissioners will be individually diminishable.
On the other hand we could argue that the Commission are just following the rules voted for by the Parliament so if MEPs feel they're not correctly interpreting those rules then, as you say, they could go to the European court.
...and you in your turn were copying something we were doing in the early 90s and I doubt we were the first either!
Re: Sad state of affairs
..and may have raised an eyebrow at the article's use of "a child-like error in an job ad" :-)
Re: A word with that sub, please
Of course you would say that :-)
Coming back to "confirmation bias", it sounds to me that the' trying to say "it doesn't matter how stupid the data you get out the other end seems, you have to believe it without question".
As for the "you don"t know what to look for", I think he's trying to say "just because you didn't find anything doesn't mean Big Data is no good, it just means you're not looking in the right place.", or "only really smart people can see the emperor's new clothes".
I know you posted AC but you've got to be "amanfrommars", who else could you be?
While I agree with your point I would suggest that keeping the BBC funded in the way it is gives it the ability (under the right management) to go back up-market.
In effect it acts as a counterfoil to commercial television and prevent commercial television from degrading to the level seen in countries like the US. In other words ITV, for example, can't follow the US model too far as people would stop watching because the BBC provides an alternative.
Obviously we need to stop the BBC distorting the market too much and we need the BBC to up it's game (less celeb cooking shows and removing sections of the Winter Olympics coverage which seem to have been pitched at the worst of 11 year old school girl level).
Re: Rule zero of movies - Get the rights *first*
I don't think that's true.
I can make a film about anything I like and no-one can stop me as long as I don't pretend it is authorised or use copyrighted material without permission. So the film could concentrate on the game writers early life and his existential angst as a teenager (should he have had one) but it can't show large sections of Minecraft game play.
...not that I really care that this particular film will never be made......
Assuming the Indians working on this have similar skill sets to the ones we get for outsourcing I'd say the perceived attack had nothing to do with anything outside the company and that blaming a Chinese company is just a convenient excuse.
They are hoping enough dirt can be thrown that, while there'll never be any proof, people will accept that this was an attack and not a cock-up.
Re: Swelling and Swollen mound of Data from Twitter's Tw...
It does seem like a case of "Please look at us, we're really important, please don't just forget us and move on to the next big thing".
....and GCHQ are not the police and DDOS doesn't seem an appropriate response. If this was really an attack on a target proven to be criminal why not just take down the target and have their access removed? They could have also blocked access to the target from the UK if the target was outside their jurisdiction.
Re: Yes, manufacturers should replace unsafe cars
You can still get parts and servicing for a '99 Fiesta. Ford haven't cut you off.
I'll say it again
..as the hype machine tries to pick up speed.
Most of the large sites I've worked on recently are running XP with security patches which are several years old. Instead they rely on security software to do the job for them. Now, some people may not think this is a good solution but on the other hand none of them have had any security problems.
So, for companies like this, there's no hurry to upgrade which is probably why lots of them aren't doing it.
Perhaps he was unaware of the case until he was questioned about it. The questioner then said "there's this bloke saying...." thus giving him the info he could use in the response.
It might not be that way but it could be........
Re: Bit close, maybe.
What about the film "I want Candy", I think that came out before the game.
Re: How does that work then?
It sounds like the software also does auto filtering of posted data to guard against SQL injections.
Probably other stuff too which I can't guess at :-)
"I didn't get where I am today by paying taxes in the country where I do business."
Re: Didn't Some one say....
While I agree with most of the comments above I think there are at least two other problems with the survey:
1. I don't think many normal people respond to surveys, on-line or otherwise. There were some people trying to do a survey in the shopping centre at lunch time and most people were refusing to have anything to do with it.
2. They're kids or at least very young, what they imagine they want now wand what they can afford don't match up and by the time they can afford it they'll want something else.
Re: Try taking one in China
Trams are only "immune" while they remain on the tracks... just to add an interesting tit-nit :-)
I don't think you'll ever get the problem of taxis going into tunnels as those trams run on more traditional tracks rather than the ones embedded in ordinary road tarmac.
I did once take a taxi in Brussels with an Iranian taxi driver who didn't really speak English, Dutch or French and we ended up driving the wrong way up a dual carriageway into the path of an artic lorry. I have to admire the taxi drivers bottle though, he tried to ask the lorry driver for directions after we were both forced to stop!
Re: 1.3 billion????? And, I thought I saw "Captcha" related to recruiting...
While I agree with all the comments about the costs being ridiculous surly another question to ask is "Why nit simply pay the soldiers more?". They've clearly got the money and higher salaries may well mean that recruitment would no longer be a problem.
...but all of those are issues (or not) which apply equally to any version of Windows or any other OS.
Re: The Elephant in the Firewall @AC 11:24
I haven't worked anywhere for years where the laptops weren't protected with various things such as anti-virus software, firewalls etc; so that they could be safe while off-site.
Thinking about it the last time I saw a problem caused by an infected work laptop was almost ten years ago.
I work in IT and I ware socks and have got a cat.
Incidentally my four year old daughter told me she thinks it was the cat who filled her toothpaste tube with water........... it seems the pesky creatures get up to all sorts.........
Re: Oh honestly...
You're very generous, I don't think I'd give them 45p to take on their debit...... I'd want a lot more than that.
So how would you describe a drop from a 90% increase to a 25% increase?
Re: What did that mandu?
1) Fair enough, it just seemed a bit of a stretch to me, amusing but a stretch. Perhaps you could save it for an article on Huawei?
I couldn't come up with a pun on Kimchi either, or for that fact a better headline. The closest I could get was "Won up for Korea, shares down for Samsung" but your current effort is better than that.
To be honest my main reason for commenting was an excuse to throw in a reference to "One of our dinosaurs is missing", which is a great film.
Re: It's also not Korean
Perhaps I wasn't clear, judging by the down vote:
I was just pointing out (as another person has now done) that Wonton soup is not Korean.
It's also not Korean
....so it doesn't really make sense unless the backers are Chinese which I don't think is the case.
Besides which the recipe for Wonton soup was smuggled out of China and hidden on a dinosaur many years ago!
Re: @Lost all faith
I thought the server where they post their stories had been broken into a long time ago. How else can we explain the BBC pushing Twitter use so hard? It must be someone from Twitter modifying nearly every story to get some positive mention for the company. The peak came around the Olympics so I'd suggest looking at the logs from around that time.
The only other explanation is bribery but that can't possibly be true.
Re: It works...sometimes
Personalty I like the hardware. I don't want the hassle of trying to use my Smart-phone as a SatNav, especially when my TomTom does such a good job (mine is the more expensive one which doesn't need a phone to get traffic updates).
I agree that you often end up in traffic jams, only then to see a warning appear but they're almost always traffic jams which have just happened and so there's no way for TomTom to know. It does now seem to have a reasonable idea of where common traffic jams appear and it directs me on a reasonable route.
I've also found fewer problems around tall buildings than in the past and it seems to do a better job of showing me which lane to use than the older versions.
I've travelled all over Europe with and nad it seems fairly good, not perfect but better than the Google alternative I tried.
Re: Non lego...
I would have said that the shape can be made out of ordinary bricks but it looks a bit blocky and might be a little complicated for today's kids.
Whatever the reason is, it's annoying as you buy one set and it's not much good for anything except to make one or two models.
Re: Negative is positive?
GT6 physics have been improved after they worked with tyre suppliers and a suspension specialist. Some regard this as a big step forward, others say it makes the game too difficult My experience so far is that it is a step forward.
They've also added a load of new real life tracks with weather and time of day cycles.
It does lack standing starts, the AI has changed but not always for the better and the sounds are still not good (although they say that'll be fixed in a later update).
Personally I quite like it and don't feel I've wasted the money, despite owning all the other GT series games.
It may be worth waiting a couple of months if you're not sure as there are supposed to be a number of major new features being added, like better sounds and a course maker.
I've played the PC simulators and they do add more realism for a race weekend as you get practices, qualifying etc. but the actual physics are neck and neck and the PC sims tend to concentrate on racing cars whereas I like racing cars I might actually buy, or have indeed owned over the years.
Anyway, that's my tuppence worth......
Re: Hardly surprising
Listen very carefully, I will say this only once..............
People who become engrossed in books may not notice something like a fire under their car but once alerted would take action to get out of the car.
Some people (and I am in no way thinking of my sons) who become engrossed in a video game would either not even notice someone shouting at them that the car was on fire or they would reply 'I'll just finish this bit...." and not get out of the car.
Re: Quite agree
Not only is it not that difficult to say, it doesn't make any sense and so, in my opinion, fails as a tongue twister.
It's not even funny when it goes wrong, unlike "I'm not a pheasant plucker, I'm a pheasant plucker's son, I'm only plucking pheasants until the pheasant plucker comes".
Re: Worst film of the year?!
Man of Steel seemed OK to me. An original story would have been much better but never-the-less I found it worth watching.
Re: RE: ... he just won several decades of salary. That's pretty good...
Even 35K in Haiti is an amazing amount of money for an individual.
I hope this gent gets the money and enjoys it as well as using some to help those still struggling to rebuild after the earthquake.
Re: Learning from mistakes
I would tend to agree with Voland (right or left hand), DNS should be run separately and independently I'd even consider splitting it out amongst major functions or customers.
Doing this has meant zero problems in my experience.
Mind you I'd also have a change freeze around "hot spots" like Xbox One go lives.......
Well, yeah I was thinking along those lines too, although I thought a selfie was a gentleman finding pleasure in himself... if you catch my drift. Who'd want to brag about that?
Nice advert but it's be nicer to see some real comparisons with other Open Source DBs and commercial DBs (independently done of course), otherwise this comes across as yet more hot air.
You've got a point!
Kids use funny phrases and words when they're young but generally they stop as they grow up, just as I did, just as my parents and grand parents before them did. The only modern change is that some people seem to have decided that what the kids say is 'cool' and that the rest of us should speak like them or be out of date.
OED seems to have bought into this. A shame really as I don't think it's healthy for the kids or for the adults to get things arse about face like this.Still some words do stick and I think "selfie" may be one of them.
Re: Slightly more than colossal
My kids seem to have an infinite amount of energy... and they're available for hire.
In fact they also seem able to break a number of the "laws" of physics outlined in the article. So, let's take the broken window example. After intensive questioning it seems a window in the greenhouse "just broke" with no external cause. I've also investigated a case where "my brother did it" when the brother was some distance from the event...... i haven't managed to work out how that works but it has certainly made me question Einstein's view of the universe.......
Re: XP 2.0?
While I agree that XP 2.0 would be a good idea I'm not sure where this apocalypse will come from. PCs that worked before will continue to work as will all applications. The only risk I can see is that they will become more vulnerable as there will be no further patches.
On the other hand anti-virus software could and probably will be used to block attacks so I doubt we'll see much difference. All the major banks I've worked for in Blighty are also still using a lot of XP so I assume they're thinking the same (or possibly not thinking at all).
In fact most XP machines I've worked on are a long way off being up to date with patches but nearly all are up to date with anti-virus software.
Re: Huh Luxury!
We only get a five day a week postal service but I've come to quite like it. On the other hand the speed is fairly good.
I don't think Hangouts does cheap phone calls does it?
At the moment I plug a USB device into an old PC I leave on all the time. The USB box is also connected to my existing phones and phone lines. I can then send and receive calls from Skype or my fixed line more or less seamlessly.
I'd prefer to replace the old PC with a dedicated box which uses less leccy but haven't found anything so far.
I think I pay about €50 a quarter and can call all over Europe as much as I like. (land lines only) which suits me well.
I haven't found an alternative that works anything like this for the same price. I'd be very interested if anyone else has.
Of course they'll ignore the fact that most teenagers are withdrawn moody souls, zit faced, clumsy, part formed adults who think they know everything and that the world owes them whatever they want.
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