Re: Blame the banks
Sorry. That should've card. Nor Car's. Bloody phone!
179 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009
Sorry. That should've card. Nor Car's. Bloody phone!
The reason Car's fraud is so common is because for the most part it doesn't cost the banks anything. If it's not the innocent punter that foots the bill then it's the equally innocent retailer. The banks are happy to refuse to accept responsibility and u til they are forced to, it won't change
What has any of this got to do twitch GNU AND that Stallman ...person?
Surely, if there is any legal issue at all it is up to the Linux people to make a noise (if they want to). Just because GNU provide the licence words, it doesn't give them the right to dictate to the Linux people how it should be used
Even for Adobe, that's quite crap!
Please stop releasing software Adoobe. ANY software. You're not very good at it.
If you get the pledge right then the only way the program can break its own rules is if it's corrupted in some way. Why would you want such a program to carry on running?
If you get the pledge wrong then you don't understand what your program is doing. In which case, you definitely don't want it to run!
i call this one the "Pepsi Challenge". All you have to do is correctly guess which sugar-laden drink will rot your teeth, make you fat, and promote diabetes and osteoporosis the fastest.
I really don't see the point of the IoT thingie. A fridge that can tell you when it goes wrong? That would be an idea except how often does your fridge go wrong? Every 15 years. 10 if it's a really crappy one? It's just not worth it.
As for re-ordering some milk when you run out - well if you're too bloody lazy to make a shopping list then there's no hope.
Maybe a toaster that emails you when it pops up? Or a washing machine that ....errrr randomly emails you to tell you to do some washing? Goodness knows.
just install ghostery
why does there have to be a "financial loss" for the case to be considered?
Not everything is about money
i really hate that "*nix" nonsense. If you mean Unix then say Unix. If you don't then say what you really mean.
Right. I'm off to make some *ea. or do I mean *offee?
....we don't do anything silly like poison the seas and the air we breath. Or go out of our way to wipe-out half the species that live there. Or chop down all those lovely green forests and jungles
Not defending Apple or anything like that but why have a go at the UI?
It works. Why change it juat for change' sake? Or do you think they ought to follow the desktop PC market and change it so that it pisses off existing users with no tangible benefits?
That sounds very generous. I would think 2 or 3 years is more like it
I second this. Even tech savvy people use Google as an address bar. I know my wife uses it exclusively like this - she never taps in a url directly - and she's reasonably techie.
Google has very successfully managed to engrain itself into normal web use. They are now doing exactly the same thing with media - Google TV, YouTube of course, etc. It is very much getting to the point where there is no choice but to use Google
I've never had a problem with a company pushing is own products - that's what they're in business for. MS got accused of doing it and most of the major net companies do the same. And why not?
I think a much more important issue is goggle's cavalier attitude to privacy, ownership of content and general we-are-above-the-law attitude.
And along with Fartbook and Twaddle, the way it is (has) become completely engrained in daily life whether you want it or not.
Just put your forward Shields up.
"...in order to boost the european fund for strategic investment"
So they want to get rid of a bunch of science to make way for some flatulant business analysts?
Yea, that sounds like a great idea!!!
Until flash storage reaches sensible pricing, what alternative would you suggest?
odd that you say the mips board supports C and that you think that I isn't friendly. The thing that put me off a Pi was that it was Python based and not C. C is far better for twiddling about with something like this
It seems today's kids think Java is "low level"!
Even if you are responsible for the presentation, Word is not the right tool. Its formatting is basic at beat; cmpare it with the output you get from TeX to see what I mean. It's a shame TeX isn't easier to use because it generates lovely text formatting
God It annoys me that 'internet' seems to be a synonym for 'advertising opportunity'
It's all any web business does. It's just one huge network for grabbing much info as possible from everyone and shoving adverts at them!!
Is this the ONLY business that anyone has managed to come up with? Selling ads? Nothing else?
If (say) Google weren't teacking you and generally invading your privacy in the first place then there's no problem with the exiting mechanisms. If they ARE though, (and assuming this idea needs server support) why would they want to implement a mechanism that stops it?
oh for the halcuon days when the prime focus of the web was NOT to pry into everyone's private lives and to not push advertising at the general public at all costs.
Why does physics view time as going "forward" anyway?
From a day-to-day perspective then fine - it's convenient to view it as such.
But from a physics perspective, why isn't it viewed as ...I dunno ...going "sideways" or even not actually "going" anywhere; just changing?
considering how stupid some individuals are and how the human race as a collective is even more stupid (we seem bloody determined to destroy ourselves one way or another) it's not difficult to think we can be easily surpassed by AI.
We're probably already interlectually surpassed by the average Cornish pasy!
In this age of digital cinema, why is 24fps still used? If cinemas moved to 25 fps then the problem wouldgo away. Granted, it won't solve the 50/60 Hz issue
Rather than giving google even more money, why don't the sites just run their pwn subscription service?
Do we need google for everything????
Can snyone out there explain how a quanrun computer works? Ie- how do you tell it what to do. How do you get data into it (and what does it look like)? What does a 'program' look like? That sort of thing
....shame it's MS.
Yea, it's a tired old comment but face it, that's the reality. If they put Android on it it would probably sell a bundle. As it is, errr.... It won't
Apple are asking $150 for a stainless steel case and strap? Wow!!!!
Ironic really - I wouldn't be surprised if the aluminium case cost more to make.
Title says it all really. Writing in a language to have it converted into another? The huge numbers of frameworks and abstraction layers designed to try and plaster over JS's problems? It's a joke. JS is awful in pretty much every way - it's got a stupid object model (I use the term loosely - a bit like JS does); 'this' may as well refer to a bloody penguin for the good it does. It offers no compile -time help witth types. Etc etc etc.... It is crap and is unlikely to improve without some major changes which basically means rewriting the whole ugly thing. We should bite the bullet, agree on a better alternative (anything will do!) and let JS die off.
I blame Google and (I assume) Apple for ever allowing snapchat in the first place. It was always blindingly obvious what it was going to be used for and the resulting car crash was inevitable.
We bloody are getting fatter. I din't care what any statistics say; you only have to walk down any high street to see that there are lard-arses aplenty!
And not just tubby; I'm talking grossly revolting fat.
Righr - off to the fridge to find that extra-large pork pie I spotted earlier.
Sio why disn't it look closer at what looks like (as near as makes no odds) the unnatural perfect stone sphere? Could it be because it IS an unnatural perfect stone sphere?
Off topic but....
"Nobody predicted the financial meldown..."
Actually quite a few people did but nobody listened.
Software dev falls into a few catagories - here's just a few that spring to mind :-
1/ The guy in his bedroom hacking some iPhone/Android app - He doesn't give a monkeys about security; he's far too interested in how whizzy he can make the thing look (at the cost of normal functionaily)
2/ An open source "community" project - Don't give a stuff about security either, as long as they have the new "skin" framework in place for the next release
3/ "Proper" (I use the term loosely) engineering environment - Depends; if it's some industrial plant control then security issues might make a showing (Stuxnet? Oh yea.. .I forgot about that one). If it's some consumer electronics thing then the mantra from management is usually "get it out of the door ASAP so we can start on the next version". Needless to say, security tends to fall at the early hurdles.
4/ Some start-up or e-commerce site - Security? Errr.... what's that?
Lots of different reasons for security failure, but the end result is the same; nobody gives a fuck.
I don't get it. Your acerage credit card company takes a MUCH bigger cut than 0.15% and nobody seems to care too much about that.
Why the issue?
I first heard about this about 2 years ago on a Horizon program entitled "What is reality?". As the first poster indicates, the idea is that "reality" exists only on the surface/edge of the universe, and everything inside it is just a projection of that surface.
If something as bonkers as this is proven true then (a) it would be very exciting and (b) it might explain other strange phenomena like odd socks being eaten by the washing machine.
My strong guess is that Apple's approval process consists mostly of making sure there's nothing in the app that will impact Apple's bottom line. Everything else, and that definitely includes security and privacy is very much secondary.
Disclaimer: I have an iThingie. Ooo-errrr!
...though in true NASA fashion, they try and ignore that bit...
It's good to see our no bobbies engaged in top crime prevention. None of that soft stuff like people being beaten up or killed or raped or kidnapped or kept in the cellar (ooo... that reminds me) etc etc etc. NO! Downloading stuff over a length of cable is where the REAL crime is.
"...if and when you see bad code that you're getting for free, if you are able to judge its badness and can fix it, you should submit a patch"
That should keep me busy for the next thousand years :-) It's rather difficult to submit a "patch" when (a) the code is incomprehensible in the first place and (b) the "patch" would consist of "delete all lines from 1 onwards and replace with this".
"Where did you get this expectation of getting millions of lines of perfect code for free?"
I never said I did. And just because it's free is no justification for it being crap. Do you think that if you're writing code commercially that you should do it properly, but if you're planning on giving it away for free that you are duty-bound to make a hash of it?
And I can't comment on the Firefox or Postgresql codebase but I can say that some of the Linux kernel code is awful; especially some of the driver stuff.
It is an unfortunate truth but a lot (I'll not say "most" even though I think it is justified) open source code is, quite frankly crap. Oh yes, it works. And a lot of it works very well. But if you actually look at the code (and relatively very few people ever do), you will find 99% of the time that it is very badly written, often full of random "goto", "break", and "return" statements, virtually totally uncommented, and generally a very sloppy mess apparently written by someone without the first clue about software design. This all leads to code that, although in theory "anyone can look at and change if they want", in reality "it'll make your head spin trying to understand what the f*** is going on and you will eventually give up".
I don't know why code quality is such a non-existent priority for many people, and I've definitely seen my fair share of it in the commercial world too, but it seems to be, and this contributes in a big way to why even really obvious bugs go unnoticed for years. The other reason is that nobody actually bothers to look.
Of course, there are exceptions; there is open source code out there that is well written and understandable. But it is VERY few and far between.
I will, of course, get modded down for this, but I question the justification for that; I firmly believe and stand by this assessment.
Your comment makes no sense at all. Are you saying C DOES have bagage or not?
What "baggage"? C is one of the most simple and sparse languages there has ever been. That's why it works.
While the author has my sympathy, I'm somewhat amazed that he seems surprised by the whole episode.
I mean, isn't it obvious? Having to be permanently connected to a remote system just make some stuff work locally? What could possibly go wrong? Oh yes - I know - network outage, system glitches, power failure, supplier incompetence, security failures, forgetting to pay the bill.....
A centralised server is all very well in an office, but over the internet? It just isn't and can't be reliable enough. Why anyone uses this "Cloud" thing is byond me