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No transcoding/conversion, 'apache support' being trumpeted here is adding the mime type and an appropriate magic signature so that httpd can detect WebP files.
"Only testing will tell if it's as well received as the Phone UI revamp. But the Windows Phone isn't popular because of the typography, or even the tiles: it's popular because (like the iPhone) it makes a subset of very common tasks available and easy to access."
"Only testing will tell if it's as well received as the Phone UI revamp. But the Windows Phone isn't popular."
"There's a word for hacking gone black hat, and it's cracking."
No, the word for 'hacking gone black hat' is 'hacking'. 'Cracking' is to remove copy protection or feature limitation from software.
"There's a reason you're not a hacker until, like Writers of Literature or heck Kentucky Colonels, the real hackers welcome you into their select club."
Yes, until you get your union card and/or have done your postgraduate hacking studies, you're not in the club. Get a clue, hacking is a knowledge based game. If you know enough, you know enough.
"There's an art and beauty to the thoughtforms we pour in programs that when done well enough there's a special word for it."
Presumably, this is 'hacking' you refer to? The original, and still commonly used meaning of 'a hack' is 'a quick job that produces what is needed, but not well'. I think most hackers would recognize that sentiment.
The more worried these 'consultants' are about their cozy, easy to extract money from government lifestyles, the better things are getting.
I was there for 3 weeks
"ssh -D 3128 my.box.in.london" was my way past the great wall.
"You have no apples. I give you an apple. I give you another apple. You do not give away the apples I gave you. Do you now have more or fewer than two apples?"
Fewer. I ate one of the apples.
Try it from China
Or Aus. Or any country where the RTT will be in the order of 0.5 seconds.
'Legal' and 'non-legal'
None of this is 'legal' or otherwise, it is contrary to the EULA. Thankfully, Microsoft have not yet managed to make breaking a EULA an illegal act.
I wonder how this licensing lark works. Should I be paying Microsoft for a CAL to VNC into a machine? Probably according to the EULA, I should.
Merkin, I presume
At least I hope a European would have a more worldly view. Iran is their country, they can do whatever the fuck they want in there. They don't need a permission slip from Uncle Sam to run and operate nuclear plants.
I read it this lunch time on my Times iPad app.
Moderatrix: Is there not some 'smug git' icon I can use for this post?
"What are you going to do, turn off the internet?"
Welcome to Syria.
It's such a mis-guided goal. Almost all men, if they live long enough, will get prostate cancer. Whether its an issue, or is even detected is another whole thing. The higher incidence of prostate cancer these days is down to increased testing, to catch the few cases where it is an issue.
Apple already do this builtin! Oh, wait, that's not right...
Shit jokes aside, I wonder how good this would be for skiing. Normal GPS trackers for skiing* put lots of effort into distinguishing between skiing and riding a lift, 'run length', and 'vertical height lost', speeds, playback etc.
* These things map it onto virtual piste maps, but run a bit pricey - around £100 a day to rent - and are bulky mofos to boot. I've never been tempted...
SMB is a bad protocol, there is a lot of overhead and pauses. There are things that you can do about it though, depending on whether you are using samba or windows - google is your friend.
I'm a bit disappointed that the test in the review was 'copy one file over the lan once'. This tests a lot more than just the networking, it tests the read speed of the NAS, the write speed on the laptop, etc. A far better test would have been netperf.
Re: Inaccurate article title
In crypto, a credential is a token or set of tokens that grant access. It doesn't necessarily mean a username and password, which is one sort of credential, it can quite easily mean a temporary token which can be used to access an authenticated service.
Only thing I still use Firefox for
LiveHttpHeaders plugin, for those times when you cba to run Wireshark. Everything else is done better, with less memory usage, less cpu usage, by using Chrome.
Wait 3 days, then get the full story
Wasn't there an example of this the other week, some tiny web presence moaning about how they were getting 'DDoSed', when it turns out they actually had an incompetent admin and a surge in web requests. Muppets.
Because you were supposed to fill out the idiot form in 10 minutes, online, rather than ring them up, which isn't exactly spanking the intertubes is it?
TBH, I'm quite glad that they didn't spend lots of money employing a massive team of phone drones to placate people, nor to provide lots of people answering queries via email. The census was just a short questionnaire, and came with lots of lovely instructions.
Asking the wrong people
The Met office is all about short term forecasts. They would be better off asking a firm which specializes in long range forecasts, like Weather Action. The Met's long range forecasts are shit, since they are based around their accurate short range models, where as Weather Action only do long range forecasts.
The consortium, of which Andreessen Horowitz was a part, bought a 70% stake in the company for $1.9bn. Lake Partners were the largest stakeholder in the consortium, paying $1bn out of the $1.9bn. The remaining 30% remained owned by Skype.
All about the spec
This sounds like a prime example of poor specification gathering. We software engineers are not the mind reading boffin-geniuses we appear to be, and actually require decent specifications that take into account how people need to store and use data.
The spec for this software was probably never approved by a SME in child protection, or if it was, the SME probably wasn't as much of an expert as they made out to be.
Still, if the client signs it off..
What a load of horse shit
Patents exist for a reason, it can take a long time before that genius idea of yours can be successfully turned into a product. By patenting the essence of the process the inventor has protection against large companies stealing the idea and outspending on R&D to beat the innovator to market.
What should happen is that 'patents' like this should not exist at all.
Guess an update to the linux version to reintroduce OSS support (or better still; finally support real UNIX) will be out of the question then.
Incorrect, my good sir. I'm a very sad and very serious IT geek, and still IPv6 is a 'meh'. The *only* people who care about this are IPv6 geeks, who will already have their home network on IPv6 via a he.net tunnel (and love to tell you about it).
So there is no way to say 'Unity is shite' without being called a Luddite? Good to know.
Linux has a long history of going about things in a half-assed fashion and eventually getting it right*. There's no problem with slating Unity whilst it is still shite, that's how it stops being shite.
* For instance, handling hardware. Linux tried devd, hald, DeviceKit and now the blessed HAL is udev. All change please!
As an ex-meter reader
On the back of the crappy ID card is contact details for the operator you are working for, who will then verify your identity for the old biddy who thinks you want to open up her gas meter for some nefarious reason. Being a temp, I didn't have a uniform at all, but got almost zero grief regardless - only 1 in 50 would ask to verify identity.
That was a pretty sweet summer job actually, meter reading is piss easy, you got paid decent mileage allowance to drive to work, all work routes automatically added to your computer overnight, with all collected data transferred at the same time. Never had to talk to a boss, and was finished by 3pm every day.
Bricks & mortar vs web
When I'm in the popular Tottenham Court Road tech-nirvana that is YoYoTech, I often browse, then order it online through their website on my phone.
Given that everything in the shop is an extra 15% on their web prices, it's only mugs that pay shop price.
What's Linux: encumbered with it's toxic license
Linux is so toxic with it's choice of license that it still cannot yet* use the awesomeness that is ZFS, a completely open source and free to use file system that is the future of all FS. ZFS kicks sand in the face of LVM + software raid.
Isilon/EMC use FreeBSD's NFSv4 server (and contribute back testing/fixes), I don't think they use ZFS as well.
"Not even a cloak of anonymity"
Your mum must have really disliked you to name you "bugalugs".
@Dan, apply the tin foil hat now
Ignore the fact that this article is about magazine subs, and go into full on paranoia.
Apple don't know how much money I make. Apple don't know how I spend my money. At the most, Apple know where I am, occasionally, assuming I'm viewing some adverts in an app.
My phone knows where I am all the time. Apple don't, unless I'm using an app that sends geolocation info back to them (eg, an iAds supported app).
Bit of a rum do, eh old boy?
I quite liked Sky's Going Postal
I thought Richard Coyle (Jeff from Coupling :) had Moist down to a tee.
Although whoever thought Rincewind was a 70 year old David Jason deserves to be hung, drawn and quartered, particularly for the first two books, where he is described as young.
Truly, truly awful, every single adaptation he has been in.
To be fair, BT's shareholders bought the publicly funded network from the government.
Whether they paid a fair price for it is up for argument though.
They did this process badly
I'm now terrified I will get all the tickets I've applied for, for no good reason. The process should have worked in an iterative fashion like this:
Round 1 lottery:
People apply for tickets, just like now, except no payment is taken.
The lottery assigns tickets to people.
People have 2 weeks to decide if they want to purchase the tickets they have 'won'.
Any left over tickets go to Round 2 lottery.
Lather, rinse, repeat until all tickets* are sold.
* All tickets available to punters to sell, at any rate. There is always the other 66% of tickets sold to commercial ticketing, 'hospitality' and sponsors.
You have control
Turn off location services on your phone.
On the other hand, even if you do this, the Bill can track your cellphone location simply by requesting the information your telco. Much easier than hiring a forensics guy to extract the information from a particular phone model.
Yep, utterly amazing - but it's nothing that our descendants will ever 'see', unless they evolve to see lots of different parts of the EM spectrum, instead of just visible light - its mostly all fake colour to highlight interesting EM radiation, rather than visible light emitting sources.
This is a good read on how they are put together, but we (and our descendants) are unlikely to have a BSG moment when we 'jump' to the Lagoon Nebula - it'll just look black, or maybe slightly grey. Space: its dark.
America's gift to the world
With 15% funding from ESA.
Doesn't make sense? Think about it
A person renting a film from a library provides no revenue for the content creator apart from the initial up front purchase cost, which is small, and paid out of tax. A user subsequently renting that film only ensures that tax revenue is spent efficiently, they provide no strong incentive to content creators to invest in making more features.
Given that this was the basis of your argument to slap down a purported freeloader, I thought I could point out the irony to you without having to lead you down the path. Oh well.
DLP is irrelevant
Any company with DLP will also have instructed their employees that computers and networks are a company resource to be used solely for company communications, even if there is no enforcement or penalties for breaching that policy.
At that point, everything is fair game, from the contents of a PC's hard drive, to the bits sent out through the router. No privacy concerns whatsoever.
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