Only clue I get from the name patrick_bateman is the main character from psycho.
I thought that was Norman Bates? Or was that changed in a sequel/spinoff?
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Only clue I get from the name patrick_bateman is the main character from psycho.
I thought that was Norman Bates? Or was that changed in a sequel/spinoff?
While I do agree with you entirely, I'm afraid that 'statement of the obvious' award for this week has already gone to:
"This individual was wrapped in plastic bags and his arms were tied behind him and his feet were submerged in concrete," Detective Robert Boyce said in a press conference.
"Obviously a homicide," he added.
..from the BBC
I was surprised that there were no US politicians in the list, but I guess if we've only seen 1/6th of it so far that makes sense. Maybe whoever is deciding the order of release has wants to hold up the US release until after the primaries are done so to maximize the fallout.
I've read two opposing views on the lack of prominent US politicians/wealthy donors (and I also wondered if the elections were involved) - the first a blog post saying that the group controlling the release of the data was owned and run by US politicians and billionaires and, surprise surprise, none of their own sort have been revealed.
The second (NY Times I think it was) explaining it by saying it's so easy to create shell companies in the US that US citizens don't need to bother with offshoring...
Not sure which of those views is worse than the other!
And as for it looks like a "superstar's car" I think I may have a different idea of what that may look like.
I'm not sure there - a lot of superstars would rush out to buy one based on the environmental stuff regardless of what it looks like - look how many Hollywood types were reported as having rushed to buy a Prius when they launched.
From what I've read, a lot of the docs were scanned and ocr'd. So yeah, it could conceivably go back that far.
But if this report of a breach of a mailserver is to be believed, how would all this 40 year old scanned material have been obtained? Seems unlikely that a couple of Tb of scanned files would have been sat in someone's inbox rather than somewhere more suitable.
At the very least, being able to double your kid's room console as a Linux PC will save you the need of purchasing a dedicated PC, so the kids can e.g. surf the web and do their homework in a safe(-ish) environment
While I agree with your thinking, the fact it needs to use an exploit to work means that it won't be suitable as a proper tool/kids PC as the exploit will almost certainly get patched pretty soon.
I'm not sure that "I couldn't do my homework until someone hacks the latest PS4 firmware" will get much sympathy.
Yes, you could just not install firmware updates that block the exploit, but then,assuming Sony are consistent with how they handled firmware updates on the PS3, games and things like Netflix will refuse to work until you update the firmware, turning the machine back into a single-use box again.
According to a BBC article, the FBI are also now offering to use their new-found wisdom to unlock other iPhones.
I'd agree with that. In the past I've spent hours fiddling around with a Spectrum (or C64 or Amiga) emulator to fire up some game long remembered through magenta-tinted glasses (Spectrum didn't do 'rose'), only to play it for 2 minutes and decide it was actually pretty crap. There were some good games that did revolutionary things and pushed the boundaries of the hardware and of games in general. But they just don't live up to the depth, complexity and polish of modern games.
It may be in part that back then (maybe it's part of being a child?) you filled in the gaps with imagination (that circle's a planet, these few triangles are a spaceship - in the mind all fully textured and photo realistic) but now you're used to having those aspects and not needing to use your imagination to fill what's not there.
Time to start monitoring how long an incremental backup takes to run, if order of magnitude above 'normal', clearly a lot more files have been modified.
Similarly I think I might see if I can also monitor deduplication ratios and if they change, there's a lot of what was identical blocks of data that is now strangely not so identical.
Bears? Alligators? Pah, I have students.
I distinctly remember reading a story in the newspaper (possibly even the Telegraph) in early 1989 proposing exactly the same concept where the passenger compartment was ejected and parachuted to safety.
I remember it because I was one essay short for my English coursework so was banished to the school library with some newspapers and told to find an article to write an analysis of, and that's the article I chose. Probably still got the essay somewhere.
Not just the phone manufacturer, in many cases the manufacturer has released updates but the phone software has been tweaked by the mobile operator and only fetches updates from them - but once you're locked into a contract and that phone model has been superseded, there's no profit in them repackaging the manufacturer's updates and merging back in their own "value" added tat and branding, testing and developing fixes if it doesn't work.
Personally I think phone operators should be required to provide unmodified phones that will go and install the manufacturer updates, and not inject their own applications which probably are not highly security tested. Or required to provide timely updates (within 1 week of the upstream release, say) to their customers for at least the length of the contract, preferably 3 years, even if a newer shinier model comes out. You don't give the customer a new phone 6 months into their 24 month contract so support the one you gave them at the start.
next time I need to do this I'm going to use dd - which will write until it fails unlike some other utilities which refuse to write at all - and then fsck (GParted) to "fix" the partition size
It didn't work for me, resulting truncated image wouldn't boot, but managed to faff about mounting the image via loopback and shrinking the filesystem down slightly so the resultant new image was small enough.
Wasn't any actual data on it, but would have taken longer to get the boot environment configured back how it was supposed to be than it took to mess about with the filesystem. At least I had an image of the SD card from a few months before it failed to go back to.
The first batch of Transcend cards were slightly bigger than the second batch and both were bigger than the Sandisk cards
I ran into this exact problem when I tried to write back a Pi SD image to a new card after the previous (Transcend I think) one went bang and ran out of space despite both being "8Gb"...
If I had to work on them today, 'm not sure if I could understand the creative hackery I used in my own autoexecute.bat & config.sys files in the DOS days getting that one extra device running in a tiny memory footprint.
I agree... I used to pride myself on being able to outperform memmaker on getting the optimal sequence for loading DOS drivers and TSRs and create multiple boot sequences loading different combinations. Although it did take me longer!
At the time, worked for a games company and the QA department PCs tended to have at least 3 completely different ISA sound cards, a variety of VGA (and later additional 3DFX or PowerVR) cards, random network cards and CDRom drives - all of which needed different drivers loaded, not to mention just dual booting between DOS and Windows (with or without the drivers for connecting to Netware via IPX)...
A lost art. For which I am very grateful!
They'll also have some process where unless you pay extra (say, equivalent to the old roaming rates) the data rate will be so slow as to be virtually unusable. Certainly that's been my experience when abroad using the Three 'feel at home' 'free' roaming data - can almost watch the individual bits roll in. Fine for me checking email and looking up restaurant reviews mind.
Also I believe that the providers are allowed to impose a fair use limit. If so, I would imagine that to be set to .. ooh .. a generous 10Mb/day maybe? Hopefully you catch it and turn roaming data off before it kicks into the out-of-tariff data rates...
So what was the GFDL model? That seemed to be even closer to the actual path than even the European one in the diagram, yet isn't mentioned at all in the text.
I always thought it was the strange tape numbering system where it was the length of tape in feet (so an L750 was 3 hours 15 - thanks Wikipedia) rather than VHS's simpler 'minutes'...
And this year's decorations aren't even up yet.
What do you mean? The lights here went up in the streets 3-4 weeks ago, and Debenhams has had a Christmas tree in its foyer for at least a fortnight.
IoT and connected appliances are generally expected to be within the house, yes? So what is it about an estimated range of 1km that makes this so suitable for IoT devices??
How big are these people's houses? I don't really need to be able to adjust the mood lighting in my living room from the pub down the road.
I always end up waiting ages for these. I always find the wurst is yet to come.
Indeed - nothing worse than when someone takes some a-maize-ing accomplishment and makes a ceres of corny jokes.
The problem is, that the (movie) world doesn't give a flying monkey nut whether people want to "own" anything, and want people to pay subscriptions for ever, irrespective of their happiness on the matter
Someone saying they were from The Register apparently called me this morning, I was out but my colleague took the call - they were going to call back in an hour but never heard any more.
I was hoping I'd won a 6Tb HDD but now I've read this thread, perhaps they were just wanting to sell me stuff?
Snakes on a paper plane [in spaaaaaaace]
I see that iOS 9 will be available for my iPad 2, which I purchased in March 2011. No need to replace it yet. How many 2011 tablets from other manufacturers will still be current next year?
I'm still bitter that a mere 18 months after buying an iPad 1 in 2010, found they'd dropped it from all future updates, leaving it with overly resource-hungry IOS 5 that could barely manage a browser with more than one tab open without crashing regularly [but how can that be, they told us Flash was what crashed browsers]. And since they'd encouraged developers to upgrade apps to only run with the latest IOS, it was soon fit only for the scrapheap. (or in my case, given to a minion while I wasted more money on a replacement).
It's a new tactic they're trying: bad cop, bad cop. The assumption is that eventually you'll have to give in and go with one, then switch to the other.
I hear if you put your head in a microwave oven on high for 20 minutes, you won't hear the voices anymore.
Ah, except to do that you need to circumvent safeguards to operate the microwave with the door open. Or remove the head. Either of those requires unlicensed 3rd party modifications.
With their heritage, perhaps they should make a hovercraft.
But who breaks the law? You, the non-Russian citizen, non-Russian resident for letting a Russian enter their personal information into your non-Russian site? Or the Russian citizen/resident for sending you their personal information?
(I've noted with one client that all their systems are now running Office 2013, even though we install 2010 on all the laptops...)
Still have 2010 on the PC that upgraded, although it did seem to knock out the product activation from that so that it was reporting it was unlicensed, and install a 'Get Office' app that promptly needed 50Mb of updates,despite already having Office (just not the shiny version it wants me to have, presumably)
Not seeing any sign of it here on domain PCs that aren't using WSUS. Whether that's because we use a volume license product code I'm not sure. I do know that non-domain W7 PCs using the same volume license key did come up with the 'register for upgrades' thing, so it's not that in itself that's preventing it.
It's certainly hard to swallow. Still trying to work an Amazon reference in though.
Equally screwed if it turns out to be LV-426, in which case I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit..
It's the only way to be sure.
I think JulieM's point isn't wondering why people pick on the Robin, but why people often get the name the wrong way round.
It isn't a 'Robin Reliant', but a 'Reliant Robin'. Reliant is the car maker (who also made, amongst others, the Scimitar, Sabre and of course the Kitten - a 4 wheel version of the Robin). For some reason people do seem to frequently call it a 'Robin Reliant' though but I have no idea why - can anyone shed light on it? As JulieM notes, they wouldn't call a Ford Escort an Escort Ford.
Meanwhile, the 'Russian debris' was actually delivered by Yodel (or whatever name they're using this month), they didn't bother going and knocking on the door of the ISS and just lobbed it over the fence.
Also, the fact that politicians won't do anything unless their feet are held to the fire doesn't exactly help matters
...and said fire must produce a fair amount of CO2, thus linking politicians directly to CO2-based-climate-change. So the solution is presumably to get rid of the politicians - or at least the ones that pursue inactivity as an art form.
Can't come close to matching the suffering of the story, but on the subject of illogical UI design, was upgrading RAID driver on an elderly Windows server a little while back. Downloaded the latest driver from the manufacturer and ran the installer. Was presented with a standard Windows dialog box: "Previous driver detected, click 'OK' [the default] to uninstall, 'Cancel' to upgrade."
Err, ok. What about if I now decided that I wanted to do neither and just exit instead? I only have those two options (or kill the process...). And why is the default button the one that uninstalls the driver for the disk array which might be fairly vital.
I thought it was supposed to be a cat-on-a-treadmill powered coffee grinder. I couldn't imagine any real cats falling for that though.
You do know I was having a dig at MS, that people who have a PC are more likely due to sales to have Android, also look at recent games console sales.
Nope, apparently completely missed that. Clearly need more caffeine in the morning.
Erm don't think so. Can't see how it would be possible for one program to work on multiple OSes.
OK, Java wasn't great but at least as a bytecode it should run the same binary code on any platform that has a suitable runtime.
So, how long before scam artists and thieves (no, I'm not talking about Microsoft here) start pushing out popups that look like this, or on 29th July pretend to be a 'Windows 10 is ready to install' thingy. Given the hype about it, how many people will then believe such a popup to be genuine?
Of course, it could also be argued that the actual cause of the *crash* was [reportedly] flying into power lines and/or an electricity pylon whilst attempting an emergency landing in a field.
Maybe '£900bn industry' is referring to 'the car industry' as a whole, not just driverless cars. Maybe what he was trying to say was that by 2025 he expects driverless cars to be contributing to an industry that this year amounts to £900bn? And he's just inept in putting it across, or it's been misquoted or taken out of context.
The SI unit of length is the metre, denoted by the symbol "m".
Yes, but since when has The Register bothered with such convention?
Personally, since it's a sea landing, I'd suggest it stands for 10 manatees.
It is certainly encrypted with passport number (maybe DOB too), however I don't believe these can be read from the passport via NFC - they need to be typed in (or optically read) so would need physical access. There's nothing extra stored in the chip beyond what is printed on the card.
That does remind me though, I need a new passport photo for a different ID card, maybe I'll just read the image off my passport and send that in!
Hmmm... a fleet like that is going to cost some big money. I'm guessing his return will be the advertising dollars?
The finished ones will no doubt be pulling big advertising banners behind them!
And can it run Crysis?
if a cricketer makes a mistake he loses his bails
I misread at first and thought that seemed extreme.