64 posts • joined Thursday 10th May 2007 21:42 GMT
Re: Breaking messages 101
Very much the reason that Enigma was breakable in practice, unnecessary volumes of traffic and the sending of stereotyped or guessable message content. I mean, sending the daily met reports on the same machines and with the same settings as strategic information...
Re: Well, yeah.
Aviation was the original home of the checklist for complex but routine operations. The use of them came out of a crash that nearly bankrupted Boeing.
More at http://www.atchistory.org/History/checklst2.htm
Re: Where's the ASA?
Well, it isn't trivial. There's an excellent research white paper from the bbc at http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/rd/pubs/whp/whp-pdf-files/WHP209.pdf which details the problems.
And yes, I do agree that ameliorating them would be much better than faffing about with stereoscopic technology of dubious value...
Old lawyers saying...
"Hard cases make bad law."
Layman's translation; if you base your laws on the worst behaviour possible it is a poor basis for a general law which would cover a wider range of less extreme cases. In other words, a general law is better drafted for the average circumstance as this will be more common.
So don't use this vicious and unusual crime to pass legislation that will creep into general surveillance for many purposes.
Reverse biased diodes don't pass (significant) current.
So where is the energy coming from to create the light?
Every time one has lit up for me, it's been forward biased, with a ballast resistor or other arrangement to ensure a sustainable current level and avoid self-destruction.
As I've been tinkering with them since their infancy I think I've got them the right way round.
Explain pleasantly that it is for your prized vintage Rogers Ravernsbourne amp, and a free 'sample' may well be forthcoming... Worked for me.
Do not despair
He bobs around
To certainly be found.
Send out no boats
And keep your tears
For him in after years.
Better by far
To forge ahead,
And launch again instead.
Always nice to see an oscilloscope
It must be *real* science if there is a scope with a couple of traces in shot.
Re: I heard mice sing...
Sticky traps. Please don't, people.
Read the original material from Canonical, peoples.
It is referenced in the original article.
Most of the comments above are clearly made in ignorance of what is actually proposed, and how aspects of the Unity desktop (specifically lenses) work...
I'm having a memorial listen on my original HD414s right now.
Bought when I were a lad. From Hamilton Electronics in Southampton, in case anyone else remembers them. Still a superb sound as far as my aging ears can tell, natural, clean smooth and detailed. Good for a very wide range of music types and speech too. If things sound poor on them it is due to bad engineering in the origination or poor equipment in the reproduction chain. By the way, their current earbud production isn't bad either...
New to Google perhaps, but old hat at ViaMichelin
Those cheese-eating surrender monkeys at Michelin have been offering a bicycle option on their route finder (viamichelin.com) for ages. It does a pretty good job, but doesn't seem to know about the Sustrans network, which is a shame.
I think I'm with Kayak on this one...
I know there are certain elements that will always be common across sites doing similar jobs, but I've spent a few minutes playing with the hotels section of both sites, and they are very similar, not only at first sight but also when you get on to the way the results pages function and are laid out. Though for my money Kayak is tidier and has some useful bookmarking features.
If you compare Kayak and Bing to, for example, laterooms.com you'll find a very different look, feel and functions for the same task of finding accommodation. (Only laterooms has a crumb trail, results presented as a table rather than a series of individual panels as in the other two, very different map presentation...)
I think there's a case to answer.
And I just have to use that icon! Whacko! (Though not Wacko, not any more anyway.)
@AC about Brunstrom
Not in an advertising campaign. One off use in a presentation, according to the Telegraph website if you care to search. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/1549846/Decapitated-motorcyclist-used-in-speeding-campaign.html if you want to have a look.
"The presentation included details of a T-shirt worn by the motorcyclist which bore the message: 'P**s off and catch some real criminals.'" That's a nice detail. I must get one for my mate who's learning to ride a bike and foams at the mouth in the pub about speed cameras...
Stupid people deserve to be parted from their money....
Do you include my then aged and now late mother in the class of fools who *deserve* to be parted from their money?
For the last few years of her life one of the problems I had to deal with was her willingness to send cheques for five to ten pounds to this kind of scammers at a rate of several a week, sometimes several a day.
Initially she'd show me the letters, and I'd explain that they were from swindlers and that she should throw them away. Later she concealed them from me because she didn't want that advice.
If you had sat at the Sunday tea table with your octogenarian mother and said "Mother, I am worried sick that you are being targeted by confidence tricksters from across the world. Please do not send them any money, please do not respond at all to any of their approaches." without it having any effect on her behaviour, perhaps you might have a different opinion on this problem.
Until the end of her life she was capable of shopping, holding a sensible conversation, personal care and (limited by mobility and eyesight) housework. Her critical faculties were not totally impaired, as letters from 'psychics' were always shown to me and laughingly chucked into the bin as ridiculous.
However, she was preyed on systematically by confidence tricksters who used carefully crafted letters to steal money from her. (Letters managed by sophisticated mailing techniques and response monitoring, undoubtedly using computers. Look, an IT angle!)
So tell me why she deserved that?
I am glad that the police have taken action here; I know that there are many other similar crooks who also need to be pursued.
Weak Google-fu there mate
The term you want is "Coldplay torrent" (no quotes...)
800,000 results in a tenth of a second.
Many of them allowing you to download dreadful dirges...
Oi, grumpy AC
The silly names are actually for development versions, on release they get a sensible, boring number. This one will become 9.04 (assuming it makes the planned release date).
Of course, those of us who never grew up will persist in using the funny names, because they are fun...
I'd never make a good troll...
@ AC at 20:08 Friday...
I'm perfectly aware that there is no "Leica Look" Photoshop (or indeed Gimp) filter. That was entirely the point of my naive query.
The hint is "Googling hasn't helped much yet."
It was a joke, just in case we are in a totally irony free zone.
Otherwise, happy to see some sharp responses to the original article, including yours.
Do tell me more about this "Photoshop effect"
The "Leica look". I really want to use it, but my copy of Photoshop doens't have a filter by that name. Where can I find out more? Googling hasn't helped much yet.
I know this is off topic, but perhaps the most important reason for disabling your front passenger seat airbag is the carrying of a baby in a rear facing child seat. The seat already restrains them well, but the airbag deploying will strike the back of the seat violently...
The site http://www.childcarseats.org.uk/faqs/index.htm gives more information. According to them it is actually illegal to fit a rear facing child seat to a front seat which has an (active) frontal airbag.
If you've forgotten how to work minicom, u cn still txt.
As John posted, "I can happily report that the Huawei E220 modem works under Fedora 9 and Ubuntu 8.04. To get text messages you need to know a bit of minicom, but we all remember how that works, right?"
I've forgotten the minicom AT command stuff that I had to learn to get a GPRS card working under Ubuntu a few years back; this time round I'd suggest using the Vodafone Mobile Connect Card driver for Linux (it's on betavine, google including 'Linux'). Despite the Vodafone Card branding it configures easily for other services and devices (ok, I've not checked it with a USB device, but it looks like it should...).
The icing on the cake is a nice easy text message interface.
The software isn't perfect, with some interface glitches and for some reason it doesn't seem to receive system texts like "you have topped up" but it is usable.
Did he DDOS them then?
No, thought not...
Could we add the current state of the 'anthrax letters' investigation to the related links please? Own goal, it appears.
Oh, and read Clifford Stoll's "The Cuckoo's Egg", it's a cracking yarn!
PlusNet look to be patched.
s-oarc.net reckon "22.214.171.124 appears to have GREAT source port randomness and GREAT transaction ID randomness"
The Kaminsky page reckoned ok as well, but without the nice scatter plots and GREAT CAPITALISATION.
Journal review club anyone?
AC ripostes to Jon Kale with three references. I've had a quick look at the middle one http://www.tfhrc.gov/safety/speed/speed.htm. It is quite a long review of published studies. The summary states, among other things: "When the consequences of crashes are taken into account, the risk of being involved in an injury crash is lowest for vehicles that travel near the median speed or slower and increases exponentially for motorists traveling much faster". I do not see support here for "Its actually proven that the safest drivers on the road are the ones who travel faster than 85% of everyone" as posted by AC.
Perhaps others would like to check my reading of the document and the two that I've not yet looked at...
I would however agree that the good old Yerkes-Dodson Law probably does apply well to driving tasks and concentration (arousal) will fade and performance fall if the task becomes too lacking in challenge. That's just a subjective opinion cloaked in jargon, mind...
Be alert when booking ferries too.
There are a number of websites selling ferry tickets between the UK and other European destinations. They have an authorised agent relationship with the operators, but while their advance pricing can be good, they do tend to ramp up the prices in the last few days before a sailing. It can be well worth comparing their offers with buying direct from the operators' websites, as they sometimes price late sales at a discount to fill the space.
Oh! My chance to be a corporate shill has arrived.
The Sheffield based ISP David obliquely refers to *doesn't* offer an "unlimited" connection; in fact their website is very clear about why this can't be honestly done on a commercial basis. Secondly, the account type David refers to is an old one, (which also gave 50GB per month from midnight to 8am, if I recall rightly). The new contracts - apart from the ten quid one - all offer 15GB plus with unmetered in the small hours. They aren't all crooks, you know...
Location bar autocomplete is terrible.
Terrible for snobs like me who always sniggered at people typing into the location bar when they should have been using the search bar or history or bookmarks.
It now works so well at searching the history and bookmarks is best done by typing straight into the location bar.
Grumpy, pedantic greybearded git that I am...
This is the second time in two days that I've seen the wrong one out of the homophones discreet and discrete used. Somewhere in the Grauniad yesterday, and now here on the Register, where I expect higher standards! (And can comment at once...)
This unit is indeed discrete, in that it stands alone, but also discreet in that it doesn't draw attention to itself by obstructing the driver's view when mounted on the screen.
And without my grumpy pedant hat...
...it is actually a good review of a device that I now want. My elderly and cherished Citroen Xantia comes with a super Blaupunkt radio which I'd not want to loose, especially as it is a custom fitting and you need fiddly adaptor plates to install anything 'normal'.
I did receive the letter, but opting out isn't confirmed.
Basically the letter gives a number for a call centre, where a bored but not unfriendly Irish chap takes your phone number (no caller display?) and says he's canceled the change. I've not received anything in writing to confirm this, so if they just change my contract anyway it is my word against theirs. It doesn't encourage me to stay.
You know what a partition is. Thus you are not the target market.
This is for people who really need a backup but can't administer it. You must know users like that... Point them at one of these and you could save them a lot of grief, without you having to take (unpaid in many situations) day to day detailed responsibility.
I agree that it is expensive and limited, but it beats the usual arrangement of scrabbling round for old drafts of accidentally damaged documents with a deadline approaching.
Surely the best feature is that it looks just like...
...an oscilloscope. Just look at that case, clearly sourced from a 'scope manufacturer. Modern oscilloscopes are computers of course, so it wasn't just a one-way exchange of ideas!
Typical of capitalist corporations to ignore Linux!
First the indignity of not being able to use BBC iPlayer or whatever it is on our Linux boxes and now the insult of not receiving properly crafted scareware ads.
I look forward to earnest forum postings, aimed at complete newbies, about simply needing to "Open a terminal, use vim to edit /etc/apt/sources to include www.dodgy.malware.cn and then just apt-get update and apt-get upgrade....."
And while you're at it, extract 100 tuples at random...
I know that there are reasons that the NAO (as people who should have some stats abilities) might want the whole 25 million lines so that they could check the sampling method for bias when taking their 100 samples; they don't just want the first hundred in the table, might wish to apply weightings to the selection for some reason and so on.
But having said that, it does seem overkill to ship a 25 million record database when the recipient is only going to use around 100 records. Even simply extracting every thousandth line would have probably given a useable sample to sample...
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