# Posts by David Haworth 1

24 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009

### 'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

#### Re: Well that's a good solution (Off topic)

> This is the same country wherein one of its states once tried to make Pi=4 by law.

... whereas it's quite easy to make Pi=4 using mathematics.

Consider the metric space where distance between two points is the greater of the x-distance and the y-distance. This is actually quite well-defined.

A circle is the set of all points that are at the same distance from another point known as the centre.

In our metric space the lines x = 1 and x = -1 (-1 <= y <= 1) and the lines y = 1 and y = -1 (-1 <= x <= 1) are all the points at a distance of 1 from the origin. Therefore they form a circle of radius 1. The diameter is 2, the circumference is 8. Pi is defined as the ratio of the circumference to the diameter, i.e. 4

The area of this circle is 2x2 = 4. The area of a circle of unit radius is Pi - also giving a value of 4 for Pi.

### Boffins teach Wi-Fi routers to dance to the same tune

#### Oh great ...

Now we'll all need telly licences for our routers.

(Not sure about UK any more, but in DE you need a license for a radio too)

### TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief

#### Re: Encryption Regulation

Nobody would consider ROT13 to be effective (I hope).

It would have to be at least Double-ROT13.

### Euro privacy warriors: You've got until January to fix safe harbor mess – or we unleash hell

#### Re: Encryption keys

They can have my encryption keys any time they like. They're publicly available on one or two keyservers.

The decryption keys, on the other hand ...

### Big biz bosses bellow at Euro politicians over safe harbor smackdown

#### Re: Uncertainty. What uncertainty?

> Do we really defeat them by destroying those values ourselves?

Well, that's one way.

### Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

#### Re: Scientists

Dyson sphere? Isn't that some kind of Hoover?

### Pluto's moon SPLIT OPEN by ancient FROZEN OCEAN

#### Latest news

Major depoists of Araldite found on Charon.

### Noobs can pwn world's most popular BIOSes in two minutes

#### Re: Maybe the operating system shouldn't use the BIOS.

@ Primus Secundus Tertius

I trust neither of them.

### Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

#### Re: The BBC is really starting to piss me off.

They changed to a new satellite recently, and guess what? I can't get BBC any more here in Bavaria. Nor ITV, Channel 4 and a whole collection of other channels.

s/peak/peek/

### OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene

#### Re: @Stanene Inside

Quoth John Brown: "If we make a Klein bottle out of this stuff and apply a voltage would it turn the universe inside out?"

Some would argue that this has already happened.

### Murdoch calls for world+dog to 'expose' Google

#### Re: robots.txt???

And there I was thinking that robots.txt was just a Project Gutenberg e-text of a collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov.

Silly me.

### Curiosity keeps on trucking despite government shutdown

#### Re: Forget NASA, what about the NSA?

Forget NASA? How can I forget NASA? I'm already missing my APOD

(apod.nasa.gov if/when it comes back on line)

### Want to meddle with IP rights? Use the law, not amended regulations

#### Hypocrites

I didn't hear them complaining when extensions to copyright laws were being enacted by means of Statutory Instruments.

6 Acts of Parliament and 120 Statutory Instruments.

Bah!

### Microsoft scrapes Windows Azure name off cloudy kit

#### They finally worked it out.

So they finally worked out that Azure is a word that many people will associate with blue skies.

Not a cloud in sight.

Mine's the raincoat with the telescopic umbrella in the pocket. Not that I'll need it with Microsoft clouds.

### Google flight search engine lifts off

#### Same old ...

And it's just as useless as all the other flight search engines. What I'd really like to see is a search for flights from/to a particular area, country or state.

Example: I live in Germany and want to fly to the UK. I might consider MUC, NUE, FRA or maybe another German airport for departure and one of several UK airports as destination, depending on price, availability, convenience etc. With ALL the current search engines I have to ask for each pair individually, which is very time-consuming. Yeah, I know Germany and UK aren't supported at the mo, but the engine still only accepts specific start and destination airports.

Oddly, there are specific entries for "all airports" for some cities, but no way to select all airports that are "near" a given location.

### Has UK gov lost the census to Lulzsec?

#### A request...

Dear Mr. LulzSec, while you're about it, please could you get the data for the other censuses from 1841 onwards. A lot of amateur genealogists would be very interested.

Mine's the coat-of-arms ...

#### Re: Which? run by Idiots

> £1 for the trial subscription, I might as well have shoved it up my ass.

Didn't you see the special report: "Which? Suppository"

### Archos 32 Android media player

#### What? No SDHC slot?

What use is a media player without a card slot for my media?

### Steve Jobs: 'Pad? That's my word'

#### Re "in whole or in part"

Mr. Jobs appears to demand that developers use one of their trademarks "in part". APP is part of APPLE after all

Perhaps that's what the "i" in "iPad" stands for.

### Brussels data watchdog cries foul over secret copyright talks

#### AM I missing something?

Why is everyone banging on (only) about the right to privacy and data protection? Whatever happened to presumption of innocence, a fair trial and the right to confront one's accusers?

Give me a trial by a jury of my peers - and don't forget this is a peer-to-peer network (*groan*)

### A decade to forget - how Microsoft lost its mojo

#### Azure? Not a cloud in sight...

"Azure" is the colour often associated with a cloudless sky. Strange that MS should decide to use it to describe their "cloud-computing" offering.

Or is it another round from the MS-Footgun (TM)?