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The snappiness is down to limiting headlines to 68 characters
IC powered cars only ever get worse as they age.
It's not like batteries and bearings don't degrade.
I'm amazed no-one at any point in the setup of this Global Identity Foundation said "Hey guys, wait a minute, our acronym is going to be confusingly similar to something most tech people already use". They have so many choices of words, but they came up with "GIF". They could have gone French, and been "Fondation Mondiale Identité" (or basically the same in Spanish), but noooo.
PS: I know I'm totally missing the point, but with GIFs I can get a little animated... boom boom
Adrian: Once again we've got our friend from military intelligence. Can you tell us what you've found out about the enemy since you've been here?
Adrian as Gomer: We found out that we can't find them. They're out there, and we're having a major difficulty in finding the enemy.
Adrian: Well, what do you use to look for them?
Adrian as Gomer: Well, we ask people, 'Are you the enemy? And whoever says yes, we shoot them. [Pause] It's very difficult to find a Vietnamese man named Charlie. They're all named Nyugen or Doh or things like that. It's very difficult for me.
Pre SP1, XP was anything but good. I'd say fuckawful, actually. No security by default, firewall turned off, IE6 doing its awful, awful thing
People have such short memories, when IE 6 first came out, it was fucking amazing - when compared to all the different vagaries of IE 5, 5.01, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.5. I swear to god, each one of them required a different hack to get right. Firefox (or as we called it back then, Phoenix), didn't really exist yet apart from a beta that no-one other than us geeks used, and we still had to support Netscape 4.
Early XP was 2k with some extra candy, which was nice as 2k was NT 4 with USB and some candy.
People still used 98 and ME for gods sake. Some perspective before denigrating XP!
Makes perfect sense to me, he's saying it's fine to run around with a gun, as long as it is concealed.
Wait, that's not right.
I have no opinion on the gent, or the blogs he funds, but he was only convicted of circumventing ridiculous online gambling laws. These seem to exist only to ensure that online gambling "takes place" in places where the politicos
get kickbacks can tax it properly.
It's not lack of trust, its that operating systems (in general) used to be cack, and so we all waited anxiously for the next one that might not be cack. Since W7, there is little to no need to upgrade for any reason other than planned obsolescence by the OS manufacturer, eg artificially limiting what features of D3D are available for a given OS.
Ah, memories of my first car, a Ford Fiesta with a dodgy alternator. Never stopped it with my feet, but it often needed its initial power with my feet..
Darwin wrote 'A Book', too
But we don't revere his scripture, or think that it contains all the answers we will ever need.
"Free" in FOSS does not mean "zero money cost". It means "free of encumberances". Meaning, you *must* publish the source code when distributing binaries.
Free of encumbrances, apart from the one you mention in the next sentence?
BSD is FOSS, and doesn't have that encumbrance, and is used for the greatest and most widely shared software developments of the past 40 years. The internet wouldn't exist without BSD.
The main thing I dislike about Stallman and his devotees is that they think that only GPL is FOSS, and that any other license is a mistake. Being more free and reusable is a bad thing in their eyes.
How on earth can you follow it on an app?
I don't buy the app any more, partly because the app being shit is not a new thing, but mainly because F1 is less interesting (you didn't know who was going to win or why), and the reasons are simple - the app gives you data which you can follow to see what is going to happen. Watching on TV just lets you know what the excitable gents in the commentary box think from the TV footage that the event producer thinks is worth showing on TV at the time.
It doesn't tell you where the other cars are, it doesn't tell you what sector times the guy in 14th who has just put on the soft tyres has, or allow you to infer what would happen if the guy in 2nd did that right now. If you're a fan of a team other than the ones currently on top, you can track what they are doing, how their sector times compare to their best, when they should be coming in to pit, what tyre they should put on, will they be switching to a different strategy...
The app can be used to follow a race, if you can't watch it in any way, but mainly it is a way to better enjoy the experience of watching the race by giving you more data. When I did have the app, I never used it if I wasn't also watching the race.
Yes but in other news: MSpy admits hacking and data theft
Ahh, BBC. Hacking is downloading a file using wgetin putty. Would it still be hacking if they showed the same thing in chrome?
Must have got Rory to advise on the story.
AC is 100% right, EFF are only representing their interests, which are free and open access to information.
Yep, this is why you never see adverts for Coca-Cola and Marlboro in poor countries. Oh wait...
Stupid question here but why aren't 'the rivals' investing in dark fibre networks of their own...
My guess is because BT is able to deploy dark fibre much cheaper thanks to all the ducting...
Dark fibre == fibre you have installed that is not lit with communications. If you install fibre and are using it, its just called fibre.
BT installed masses of fibre throughout their network that is not lit up, because installing a bundle of fibre cores is similar in cost to deploying a single fibre, and only lit up what they needed, eg 8 cores out of 48.
This is to mandate them to allow other communication providers to light up the cores that BT are not using at a rate that is considered "fair", rather than forcing those providers to buy IP services from BT at whatever rate BT think they can get away with.
customer retention increases x% if staff use the customers names. In America. I can't speak for America (probably very similar, Americans aren't stupid) but in Europe it feels invasive, creepy and insincere.
I don't drink the black stuff, but I do buy a sandwich each day. I couldn't give a fuck if the people serving me remember my name (and I'm certainly not telling them), but I do like it when they remember enough that I like the mayonnaise on the bottom slice, then the chicken, bit of bacon on top and then the salad without me having to tell them every day.
I'd probably start going to a different store if they started asking my name...
Precisely why I flat refuse to buy any game that is "free" and then demands micro payments for even incremental progress.
I still haven't really forgiven Valve for TF2 - it was a great game, but it required skill. People don't like acquiring skill, so they "re-balanced" the game, and made upgrade items that basically meant you couldn't compete with someone who has the super duper set of items when you just have the stock items.
Seems you can be on that site if you were ever an MP, as "Louise Bagshawe" stopped being an MP many years ago.
Au contraire. In 1997, to the dismay of many of his Labour colleagues, Gordon Brown stuck to the Conservative spending plans for the next 2 years.
Government spending, sure. Have you never heard of PFI, whose purpose it is to take public spending off-book, so you can say "Hey, we're not spending much", all the while pushing the problems, oooh, 18 years down the line?
These bankrupt hospitals, they all had large injections of PFI cash post 97, and we're still paying for it.
as people went to vote they remembered Tony Blair, and Gordon Brown thought ah that David Miliband
Well done for paying attention to who was in the red corner...
I have gigabit, I have trouble saturating for more than a few seconds at a time, but saturating it is not the point - I can stream content at decent bitrates from home to my mobile devices (well, when Three play ball), I can play video games without worrying about any latency issues at all (1ms ping ftw), and cancelled my "hobby" colo box and replaced it with a small box in a cupboard.
I have lower latency to $JOBs colo than I do when I am actually at $JOB. I can video conference with 8+ people in HD without having the annoying dropouts that others do, and all of this means that I can spend more time working from home, since I only have to go in to $JOB when I have face-to-face meetings.
BT actually wired and lit my flat for FTTP, but their FTTP offerings are lame lame lame - artificially asynchronous and limited to 300Mb/30Mb, when what comes in to the Openreach box is 1.2Gbps. Plus, it is (was?) £15 more a month.
£28k is attractive? Please don't move to London.
I find this fascinating. What if someone (a member of the public) gained entrance and forcibly removed him?
We found the same thing very non-amusing when it happened 4 years ago in Iran.
Wikipedia != Wikileaks
They are both run by obsequious middle aged men, just different ones.
I was going to moan about how slow 40ms is for that distance, then I checked the distance - I forget how big Australia actually is.
Light travels go at the speed of light (funny that), but bounces all round the fibre instead of going straight, roughly add 50% to the distance to account for that, giving a total travel time of approximately 20ms.
The distance is probably longer than I've calculated, fibre doesn't travel as the crow flies, but its in the ballpark. For comparison, London to NY is routinely about 60ms and is about 40% further (5500 km vs 3900 km).
Most people's definition of theft is...
irrelevant - the only definition worth considering is that in law, and that says:
A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it; and “thief” and “steal” shall be construed accordingly.
One of the conditions of the GPL, as you doubtless well know, is that you are enjoined to publish your own modifications to that code freely for the benefit of others.
Fallacy. You are only required to share your modifications if you distribute the modified version. If the "you" is a commercial entity, and you only use the modified software in-house, then there is no requirement to share your modifications with anyone.
Before PulseAudio nothing worked.
PulseAudio works as well as every other userspace sound daemon ever, and has just as many pitfalls. Look up ESD, or artsd, same shit, different name. The trick with PA is that it got included in to GNOME as a default requirement (if you pay attention, you might spot Leonard's MO), and we all got to find and fix its shortcomings.
Part of the problem is that Linux developers love to reinvent things rather than improve them. On all UNIX, we had OSS, the Open Sound System, worked on Linux, BSD, many UNIX, but it didn't have channel mixing. Linux went through OSS, the aforementioned sound daemons, ALSA (including dmix) and finally PA. On BSD we just added virtual channels and mixing to OSS.
PS: I presume the "nothing worked" refers to mixing multiple
As I understand it, you get a bloody great rock into a cyclic path back an forth between Earth and Mars
So that's what happened to the dinosaurs...
The tool is part of a series of open source security offerings Netflix has gifted the community.
Last year it released three tools Scumblr, Sketchy, and Workflowable under the Dirty Laundry project.
Plus they use FreeBSD and nginx for their storage nodes, and heavily contribute back to the community.
On IRC 10 years ago it meant "I am an evil genius and my plan to take over the world is about to bear fruit."
qv USA 19th Century?
They don't like it up em.
Surely, they can't be serious?
It's a rorschach test to determine the humourless amongst us. And stop calling me Shirley.
From what I recall, the pilot and co-pilot are not allowed to eat the same food as each other, just in case one set of foods a bit off and makes one of them ill, the other pilot who ate different food won't be ill.
I had the lasagne.
I get <1 ms on the AV500 home plug kits I've provided for my family. I'm surprised your wifi is so low latency, mine varies wildly from 1ms to 50ms.
The ones I've provided for my are all to ensure that wifi signal extends in to the rooms they want it to extend to. I used "TP-LINK TL-WPA4220T", which is a £60 kit with one base station unit and two extenders, the network signal is sent of PLN to the extenders, which then have a built in wifi AP. The APs support WPS push button setup, and the PLU is also PBS, took all of about 2 minutes to pair to the base unit and Virgin superhub, and get my (nursing) sister online in the room she likes to sit in when feeding the baby.
I think its the first time she's ever appreciated that I'm a techy ;)
If you're not going to make an amusing pun out of a typo like Simon did, there is a simple button underneath the page to report errors and corrections, which are always gratefully and warmly accepted by el reg staff in my experience, and you won't attract so many downvotes for being a smarmy know-it-all.
As MS had no monopoly on desktop OS and IE did not have a monopoly in browsers.
Except it did. Even left-pondian justice department thought they did, and they don't often think that.
Why? Google has no monopoly on phone OS.
Good luck scraping DNA out of a hole in Helmand. Most death reports are made by the officer in command and most IDs are done by sight.
And yet there is a murder case working its way through the courts in London at the moment where a man is on trial for murder because his fingerprints where found on a fragments of a roadside IED in Iraq that was next to one that killed a US serviceman. The bomb that killed him was built by someone else, someone not now living in the UK..
The fragments from that bomb were sent to the US and analyzed, and then sent to the UK and analyzed. Did someone have a massive hard-on for that specific bomb, or do they actually take more care?
I guess he doesn't like his Dad...
THIS law was a favorite of DiBlasio the Mayor as he hated smokers and selling single cigarettes without regard to
age tax is a pet peeve of the Mayors office.
Whose life got taken jake? They don't charge dead people with crimes, this isn't the Vatican.
Can't the cop run after the suspect rather than just shooting them?
Also, getting pulled over and arrested by cops for a civil matter (selling ciggies individually, non payment of child support) is nonsensical.
It's about time every second of every shift of every officer needs to be recorded and kept for a minimum period. No-one trusts a word they say any more.
Don't worry, even the conslutant that thought that one up hadn't gone to its inevitable conclusion. BAAS puts the entire operation of the blanket in the hands of the organization that is providing the service, which brings two obvious questions for the organization:
Why do we want to be liable for everything that happens with a blanket for its entire lifetime?
Who is going to pay more per month for BAAS than it costs to buy a dumb blanket?
BAAS is not coming any time soon.
An electric blanket would be hard pressed to do all of this computationally expensive work on its own.
Really? Its smart enough to have an IP stack, but can't calculate a few small numbers?
I'd actually be interested in IoT devices, but every single fucking one of them is being designed by people like the author of this article. Smart washing machine? Great! Smart washing machine that sends all my data to Miele and I get an app to interact with Miele's servers? FOAD.
RAID controllers that are not from before-time-began also know how to talk to SSDs so as not to wear a hole in them. As you move higher up the chain into enterprise SSDs, you find that the individual drives have supercapacitors and thus can do a lot of this directly at the drive level, saving further on wear
Supercaps are a feature of enterprise SSDs, but have FA to do with wear levelling.
All SSDs, enterprise or not, have wear levelling in their firmware - on an SSD an LBA does not refer to a fixed storage block, it refers to an internal pointer to a block lookup table, wear levelling rejigs the table according to use.
However, this doesn't mean that enterprise SSDs are a con - an SSD is a small computer of its own, and the quality of the firmware on the SSD operates greatly impacts the performance of the device.
Consumer SSDs can do *daft* things that are merely daft when they happen in your home PC, but cost money when they happen in your server - one example is the firmware changing its allocation approach based upon free capacity in the device, so going above 70% usage causes it to stop responding until it has restructured its internal tables, which can take several minutes. This might make sense in a home PC - users expect devices to have good performance right up until completely full, so a little lockup once is acceptable.
Number of times I've seen a Henry being used in offices or by cleaning crews is ridiculous for something that's supposed to be a consumer model
Who says Henry is supposed to be a consumer model?