1565 posts • joined Monday 22nd June 2009 16:11 GMT
You know, the other day I was remembering the SCO saga and thinking "Nowadays no company would pursue an obviously viciously bent argument for so long".
Turns out I may have been wrong.
> Who changes your oil for free?
The mechanic in the original analogy
What in the Fernswarthy makes you think it's a good idea?
let alone necessary... you'd really risk setting stuff on fire to get rid of a largely harmless critter (most likely wrongly identified to begin with)?
OTOH, setting stuff on fire IS fun, I'll give you that.
Well, to be honest he does change the oil for free; I don't see much of a difference between this and innundating the user with ads or selling your data for market analysis. All are evil(TM) way of retributing "free" crapware (the alternate POV is that the free crapware is a disguise to distribute money-making infections, à la "$CELEB nude pics screensaver" ). Just another reason to forbid stoolbars, and to keep the LART at hand for the lusers who do download them.
It _was_ a false widow
Trapped in an Araneus diadematus' web, no doubt. Come to think of it, probably a blue-ringed octopus masquerading as A. diadematus, too.
I'm feeling like I could use a nap and I'm pretty sure I saw a spider in my eucalyptus last week. Must be it.
Re: Ha, the pitfalls of the cloud-based strategy
I changed the power supply instead, and they decided on a backup schedule without too much pressure. Apparently, brix were excreted for the whole 3 days it took me to source a replacement power supply. I just switched the thing back on 1/2 h ago; I officially achieved semi-god status (for the whole of 5 minutes).
Re: IPCC blaming heretics again? - @ribosome
I hate to break it to you, but you're wrong and the guy you respond to was at least partly right.
"During the Devonian, which is when plants were really dominant, levels dropped from about 5000 to 500 parts per million. 20%? Pull the other one. Between 40 and 400 times too high."
Photosynthesis was not "invented" by plants but by cyanobacteria. When these evolved there was 0% O2 in the atmosphere and quite a lot of CO2 indeed, 20% isn't far off the mark.
"The pH would simply be too low. Even at 5% you wouldn't be getting any dinosaurs or fish."
Your pH assumption is bullshit, 5% CO2 is what we give to cultured mammalian cells in labs, precisely to keep the pH exactly right for them. That pH of course depends also on the bicarbonate concentration in the medium. With common lab media we achieve pH 7.4 with 5% CO2. Of course the sea is not a "common lab medium", but still 5% CO2 is not what I would call incompatible with life. Actually a lot -most- of your own cells are seeing 5% CO2 as you read this, and some (though much fewer) are seeing 20% indeed.
When correcting someone else's percieved mistakes, try not to make huger ones.
Ha, the pitfalls of the cloud-based strategy
On a related note, the pitfalls of the NAS-as-a-backup strategy were made perfectly clear to some, when the mother of all power failures blew the power supply for their under-the-desk baby. I even managed to keep my "I told you so" smugness at a tolerable level, yay me.
> I'd happily swap my silver badge for a "Commentard of the 2nd rank" banner.
I'd happily trade mine for a "King of all Commentards Present, Past and Future". But I'd settle for "Commentard of the 2nd rank".
It's a glider!
Is there a recording...
To clear things up with the Director can they look through the recordings of the conversations in the office? You know, the one that is kept for quality assurance purpose... perhaps in "digested" form, with a chart of how many times terms like "goat fetish" were uttered, and by whom?
I didn't even read the article, I came to the comments directly to wallow in the outbursts of self-righteous outrage. I can't say I was disappointed.
> that suggests there is a French keyboard for every 3 English ones, which seems unlikely.
On a French keyboard you need the shift key to type numbers on the top row, so people end up using 'azerty' far more often than '123456', hence the apparent over-representation of 'azerty' compared to 'qwerty'.
Re: iPhone batteries are replaceable
>> Nice for you that you live within lunchtime visit of an Apple Store, but most of us don't.
In my experience no-one does. Even if the shop is 5 minutes away, I found that although there are usually roughly the same number of staff and customers in the store, the average waiting time is an eon and a half due to aforementionned staff being busy telling each other's week-end adventures while walking across the store and back in a busy-looking manner while doing absolutely fuck all. Twice have I just walked away without what I came to get, because my lunch break was nearing its end.
Re: Backdoor? @Scorchio!!
> It merits noting that there was a Cisco vulnerability not long back
Sure. to be honest I don't care much about specific vendors, and especially not about Cisco (one of their router models I had to deploy gave me no end of trouble a few years back). This particular story still strikes me as the typical firmware dev blunder, as happens all the time with closed-source, rushed projects. There is simply not enough peer validation in the closed-source system. See asdf's very apt comments in this very thread.
To this regard, this is a relatively minor vuln, certainly nothing worth getting paranoid "government-mandated backdoor"-style.
Re: Backdoor? @codeusirae
> How do you accidentally insert the string 'w302r_mfg' into the source code
Oh, you don't.
Occam's shaving implement suggests "you" codes a workaround for internal dev work and "you" forgets to remove it from the dev branch before it's rolled out by "you" 's marketing dept.
The facts (only accessible from the local network, requires WPS with unmitigated access) make it a blunder rather than a backdoor.
Little known fact: "WPS" actually stands for "hassle-free connection for those who don't care too much about security". True story.
More like a relatively minor vuln, compared to the D-link one. WPS is quite the pile of shit anyway, of course you're going to find vulns if you poke there.
Not suspicious at all, no siree
So what REALLY happened between the initial rejection of claims 1-20 and their recent upholding? Was someone told that rejecting invalid Apple patents was not "in the public interest"?
Re: It's Not The Laws, It's Their Interpretation
"for most westerners, getting into the US is as easy as it gets"
For most westerners, getting into the USA is a lot of pointless paperwork, pointless queuing, and repeated useless "checkpoint". I used to fly there at least 6 times a year, with a VISA even (because the so-called "visa-waiver program" makes it even more of a hassle, especially if you go there often). It's by very far the most bothersome western country to get in, and that's with a "friendly" passport and a permanent visa.
"for most westerners, getting into the US is much harder than getting into any other western country, and for no good reason"
They also forgot to mention that beer was never intrinsequely purer than water
Even nowadays it is extremely easy to get a hellish diarrhea-inducing thing when homebrewing if you're not careful. Beer is not boiled, that would kill the malt enzymes, It is heated, but not enough for it to become sterile. Then you have a mix of nutrients in water, which rapidly becomes a mix of toxic bacteria if you're not careful. The yeast out-competes bacteria for the nutrients, which helps, but is far from enough (yeast grows ~10x slower than most bacteria in these conditions). The point of drinking beer (or mead for that matter) is that
-it makes you drunk which is pretty fun
-you take it along so you know where it's from, instead of drinking from a random typhus-infected poodle on the way.
Re: AC "they made the best one"
A very short time after the original iPod came out I offered my then-SO a relatively cheap MP3 player; not too sure about the brand, I suspect Sony. It was the size of a large-ish USB dongle, with a 1-line LCD and a simple but intuitive interface. It held just over 500MB of music, included a freakin' _radio tuner_ and was a 2-part job: a smallish USB drive that plugged into a larger body. You just detached the USB part and plugged it into any computer to add or remove media files, then plugged it back into the main "body" and there you went. It worked on a single AAA battery, which would power the thing for month (she used to fall asleep with it and only shut it down in the morning. Every single day.). It was friggin' AWESOME (her words). She got herself an iPod nano a few years later, she found it was the lamest thing ever. The controls were fiddly, it did not have radio, adding or removing files was an extremely painful process when it worked at all, andshe had to bring it back to the AppleStore 3 times because she thought the lousy battery life was due to her repeatedly getting a faulty unit before she realized it was "normal". She kept using her good old non-Apple music player until she recently got herself an iPod Touch, which she uses more like a toned-down iPhone (AppleTalk apparently _is_ good). She is what you could call a fangirl (she dipped her toes in the computer world on her father's Apple ][, later got the first-gen iMac, the first-gen MacBook which she still uses, a MackBook Pro, she got a MacBook Air as soon as the larger one was launched, etc...) and yet it still took Apple more than 10 years to release a MP3 player she would consider using over a cheapo USB-Stick-style one.
Think about it.
Re: wtf is AIX?
> you could of course just refer to the latter as 8:4.5
Of course not, as anyone with a cousin with half a clue could have told you that you just reduce the fraction to its lowest integer terms. That's just how you describe formats, otherwise there's no reason to use fractions in the first place.
The 2 iPhone owners in our team had a look at iOS 7, found that it looked horrid (from the owner of a pink and leopard handbag that's a bit rich but there you have it) and just did not upgrade. No upgrade, no complaints, surely that can't be hard?
> The reason is simply that 16:10 displays are more expensive to produce and none of the manufacturers (apart from Apple)
Don't take it personally but the fact that anyone with a clue would call it "8:5" may also explain why "16:10" is not a common format.
One word to explain them all
Re: Let's build a spec?
> how about we put together our laptop wish list
That will give you one spec per commentard. No big manufacturer will build a one-of-a-kind laptop for a reasonable price.
Not so similar...
Surely an "object" made of "solidified" light would not leak visible photons?
Pretty sure there's a battery.
Or do you have to reset the clock at each startup? That would be a lot like Apple to try something like this, come to think of it. Right mouse button? Gone. Floppies? Get your coat. Cut'n'paste? Exit. User-replaceable battery? Don't let the door hit you on your way out. Flash? Security has your stuff in a box. MoBo battery? Who even needs that, amirite?
Security != safety...
As long as the users have any control at all on the added security features, these features make them _less_ safe, not safer.
The hit-and-run kid will still grab your phone no matter what, because even a locked/wiped/etc phone is worth more than nothing at all. And for the more serious muggings, well it will just make the perp want to hang around longer, which is not really _decreasing_ the probability of an "accidental" stabbing/shooting now, is it?
Re: Don't see the problem here
I'm pretty sure most shady "phone unlocking" shops make half of their money doing exactly that...
Re: Disable Find my iPhone?
> So a mugger is going to hang around long enough to extract the password out of you and test that it is correct?
Well they do escort you to the nearest ATM to get at your cash, so yes, yes a mugger is indeed going to hang around long enough, if it is important to them.
Re: Apple can't be responsible for every app in its store
From where I stand Apple checks and "stocks" the app, charges for it and re-distribute some of the revenue to the dev. So they are as responsible as a shopkeeper who would load the shelves with illegal content.
"it's not convenient for them" is a strawman argument; they chose how they do business, if they can't abide to the law it's noone else's fault. Now I am all for giving them a bit of leeway, because, let's admit it, making sure that everything in the shop is legal is a huge burden (again, Apple chose that to begin with, but hey, let's be tolerant).
But it's nothing more than a favour done to them, if they willingly ignore complaints they should get ready to prepare the book-deflecting shield.
Re: France and secure communication
"But having to declare or getting authorisation for its use is something I still see as a restriction."
AFAIK only the importation is regulated (declaration or authorization), not the use. Again, as that's the direct application of an EU directive (strong auth. is considered "dual use", i.e. potentially used for military applications as well as civilian ones), so I think most of UE countries have similar "restrictions". Of course it only applies to businesses anyway (in France and elsewhere), and only once per tool (GPG for example has been declared once, so a business "importing" it , or exporting a product using it, need not declare anything).
Re: France and secure communication
"In the very country that still restricts the use of cryptography?"
The use of cryptography is not restricted in France. The importation or exportation of crypto tools by businesses may be subject to declaration or authorization (depending on the tool). That's in line with EU "law" (p'tew) so the UK probably has something similar in place. Prior to 1996 it was different though, businesses had to declare the use of crypto keys 128-bits or longer.
Re: Re; liquids
Meanwhile, last month my 10 cm (2 mm head) nail punch got a 1-way ticket to the trashcan. When asked, the bagcheck drone told me "it's metal, Mr". The thing costs 3 bucks so I did not pursue the matter further than pointing out that any one of the 5 pens in the same bag were more likely to be used as an improvised weapon (to which he just replied "yes, but this one is metal"... d'uh, so's my 15 cm aluminum-body mech pencil). If I was in the disposition to try and hijack a plane with my nailpunch, I'd just go and get a glass bottle of anything at the duty-free shop and use that instead. Or I could steal cutlery in any of the post-checkpoint restaurants. Whatev's.
They must appear to serve a purpose, so they pick stuff at semi-random and trash it; at some point lighters were a no-no, but they must have faced enraged smokers so now lighters are OK. I can't really blame the guys, they serve no purpose other than blunting the unemployment stats, if they did not discard some thing or other from time to time to make people feel like they're protected, they would kill themselves. Of course they pick preferably cheap-looking stuff, so as not to cause lengthy heated arguments with the victim. Over the years I've never had anything of significant value discarded by them. A lot of cheap stuff, but nothing even remotely dangerous, mind. Nail clippers, that kind of stuff.
Re: No wonder
AFAIK Japanese beats Mandarin by a quite hefty margin, and then there is Navajo, Khoisan languages (hard for us damn vocalists), Cantonese is actually "harder" than Mandarin too, also Finnish has a quite fiendish reputation.
English and Russian are both quite "easy" languages to get the basics of (even though mastering English can be rather difficult; some of the darkest corners of the English language are positively ugly, and some even lack definitive rules).
Re: So how does this compare...
Still a bit higher. According to the US Census Bureau, only 316M USians can't write (or speak) English.
"if you put a big enough engine on a rollerskate people with no taste will buy it and no doubt add their own fluffy dice"
Tastes in colour notwithstanding, it sounds like you're dead inside. I bet you hate unicorns, dolphins and Santa, too ;-)
Although there's pretty much nothing uglier than a pair of FF0000 fluffy dice...
He should use Superia instead
for 20 bucks a roll he is not getting super-duper film anyway, so he should probably get some Superia which does the job for holiday snaps and can be had in Canada for a little under 10 bucks a roll of 24 (including development and 4x6 print).
boarding pass and other
Nowadays you can check in with your company online and get your boarding pass on your phone, which is kinda cool but also a bit of a bummer when the battery dies on you at scan time or when the scanning handset fails to read the phone's screen (which I have witnessed quite often).
A screen grab on a e-ink device is both less likely to fail at a crucial time and easier to scan.
Similarly, a lot of venues sent you e-tickets; screen-grab with this and voila, no battery worries...
He's a Commonwealth citizen; extraditing him from the UK may be in breach of agreements with gov.au, or that's what I read. Sweden doesn't have that problem; in fact they once stated that they would not press any charge that would interfere with the US' prosecution for the leaks, should the US ask (a statement that was later scrubbed).
Tech law to tackle non-tech problems
It is unfortunate that they chose the tech angle; surely the cease-and-desist letter would have called for a copyright-centered case. That would have been better for everyone. The problem wasn't access, it was redistribution. Though the ruling focuses on the access, making it illegal. Worrying trend, even if this particular ruling stated that access was made illegal by the explicit "single user" notification, it still opens the gate to a very slippery slope (if I may say so ;-) ).
Re: First responders, heh? - A Motorcycle Responder (Ambulance) responds...
"perhaps to cover a reasonable length of beach/coastline and related inland areas during peak holiday season, acting as the arial equivalent of motorcycle response to the helcopter's equivalence to a conventional ambulance, get there quickly, stabilise the casualty until more help can arrive."
That's the idea they base the bullshit on... but , from the company website:
Endurance (Flight time) 30 minutes.
Maximum airspeed 40kts (74 km/h) = FP2
Cruise speed 30kts (56km/h)
That was my point, it rules out most real-world uses. Basically you have to get there first (say, on a truck). With a realistic air time of 20 minutes (to allow for a safety margin) all you can do is take a peak and get back down. It's not the equivalent of a motorcycle or a helicopter, it's at most a scouting device for the support truck that gets it on site and refuel it every half hour. Better take a small, cheap unmanned drone.
Unless what you're doing is looking for a missing person, in which case I suppose the truck+hover pack is a cheaper alternative to a helicopter. Considerably slower, though, and you can't lift...
Maintenance is required every 100 hrs too, I don't see this being cheap to operate.
Re: "...another upcoming Steve Jobs movie"
Because it will sell.
First responders, heh?
"Martin Aircraft Company hopes to launch its first commercial units in 2014, aiming the technology at first responders "
Haha. Is that earthy notes of utter bullshit mixed with a fragrance of complete bollocks that I smell? If you need speed and an aerial view, you have a copter. If you need fast access to ground (in a very dense jam) you have medic bikes. For everything else, ambulances are pretty good. This thing? Can't go very far, can't take much equipment aboard, can't get to ground in a busy place, can't carry an injured person to safety. It's probably pretty fun to operate, but not something a first responder would find particularly useful (well, until you fit it with a grenade launcher and a LASER and wait for the zombie outbreak)
More like decibel peakS I would hope. Also, the dB level varies wildly from person to person and with the mood, hardly an objective measurement.
Also-also 40 min gets you a shiny? Pah! The yoof nowadays. Perhaps that's why they make anesthesing rubbers. After having made ultra-thin, ribbed etc ones for "better sensations"... go figure.
Good thing it's Friday, too*.
*due to my current physical location, it kinda is
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- Storagebod Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?
- Two million TERRIBLE PASSWORDS stolen by malware attackers