I remember some research being done by the US army on drugs that would help dampen memory formation or emotive context.
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I remember some research being done by the US army on drugs that would help dampen memory formation or emotive context.
I wouldn't take "The Bible", but perhaps just one edition of it - the King James Bible ("the most influential version of the most influential book in the world, in what is now its most influential language").
More commonly used idioms were penned by the translators of KJ, notably Tyndale, than any other English author, including Shakespeare, eg "feet of clay", "reap the whirlwind", "filthy lucre", "take root", "the powers that be", "the blind leading the blind", "no rest for the wicked" and apparently 250 more.
There is some good stuff.
However, on some level I do wish they weren't spending money inventing the new ways to be cool. No-one's website fell over because it is hosted in httpd and not unicorn.
Dwarf planets are not planets. Planets are objects massive enough to be shaped by gravity (tick), not undergoing nuclear fusion (tick), cleared out all the space around the object of smaller objects (fail).
It's like saying "If Bob is a gorilla, and Bill is a gorilla, how many humans in this room?!"
There is definitely something wrong with the interconnect between Virgin and Sky.
I get on average 1mb/s (often lower) downloading movies from Sky while a Steam game will come in at 12mb/s
There are so many reasons for getting a slow speed from a particular provider, it is much more likely to be congestion within Sky's network or capacity of their links rather than the connection between Sky and Virgin.
I'm on synchronous gigabit FTTP (Hyperoptic) in Central London, and can only download from Sky at around 8Mbit/s (1MB/s), whilst Steam and other well connected provider's downloads come down at between 400-700Mbit/s (50-80MB/s).
I still don't understand why this tax haven is permitted to be part of the EU. Their entire country's economy is predicated on fucking over the rest of us by providing low taxation headquarters.
In most countries in the EU, there can be some differences in taxation levels, like Ireland and Netherlands, but even the Double Dutch pales in to what you can do if you are based in Luxembourg.
Technically, a patch that fucks up more than it fixes is not "ready".
Works for me in principle - until it collides with UK political reality, when...
So we can't have nice things, paid for in a sensible way, because in the past we haven't managed to do it? We might as well stick with our current system and just continue to fade in to insignificance, because cynicism?
Seems like a bit of a barrier to progression.
Naive backwards thinking. The answer should be "YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES", however it has not been phrased properly.
We should absolutely sell off our bandwidth. It absolutely makes sense to use mobile communication frequencies best suited to communicating with mobiles.
It makes absolutely no sense to deliver IPTV via wireless. If you are in a static location, it also makes no sense to use wireless infrastructure for a permanent connection.
Spectrum is valuable stuff. We absolutely should sell our spectrum to whomever will pay the most for it, and use the proceeds to provide a real public communications backbone in the UK. FTTH is what is required, not in towns but everywhere. The 3G auction produced enough money to pay for every home in the UK to be lit.
So, 1) Sell bandwidth, 2) fibre up the country with the money, 3) allow operators to use their newly freed up bandwidth.
In one step, we've paid for the modernization of our internet infrastructure in a way that no other country in the world could match, we've maximised the usage of our spectrum to allow our communications to be more ubiquitous and by making FTTH universally available, we're not limiting the access to information to the rich.
All by flogging some radio spectrum...
There is a famous French song 'Dès que le vent soufflera - Scélérats" by an artist called Renaud which has appropriate lyrics
Who came first, "Renaud" or W C Fields?
This is the most concerning part of the whole tale. You'd hope that ICANN staff were a bit more savvy than my grandmother.
You might hope that, but why would it be the case? Because he works for ICANN, the receptionist also knows how to debug BIND?
Kim Jong Il was a huge hollywood film fan (over 20,000 DVDs) and, despite being a ruthless dictator crushing his own people, apparently had a sense of humour. He probably enjoyed parts of Team America, given it lampooned America almost as much as the Norks.
Kim Jong Un is a fat spoilt kid in comparison.
So you think "rogue state after me" is bad, but you then admit that "rogue state is irrelevant to being attacked". So, what, you just don't go outside?
Really? The telcos borrowed to buy. The telcos then took the interest charges off their profits, and the tax revenues dropped afterwards.
All Brown did was bring forward taxation
So you're saying that if we had simply given them the spectrum, we would have reaped the same revenue in taxes as we received from the auction? Somehow I doubt it.
Point went over your head pal. If you have a "terrorist threat" against an event, and as a response you cancel the event as it "may be unsafe", you're not "fighting terror", but publicising it.
The only way to fight terror is to completely ignore it and go about your life as if it does not exist.
By shooting yourself repeatedly in the foot.
Yes, any other text editor. I used my words so that you can understand my thought process - let me restate it again since it was unclear - no other text editor is better at editing text than vim.
Yes, I am aware of the alternatives. Yes, I have used sublime. It's a really good knock off of many of the best features of vim. It has no features that vim does not have, and has downsides that vim does not have. Hardly compelling, even for my "projects" as you put it.
Translation; "Why can't they put everything in a text file? We peaked at version 3.0 of vi, so why are people wasting time on anything further? Here's my command cheat-sheet, what more could anyone want?"
Please, enough with the hyperbole - vi 3? The best version of vi is clearly vim 7, but I'd take vim 5 and up over any other text editor or IDE.
A monopoly can use its monopolistic position in one industry to increase in size in another industry.
Like, I dunno, using your vast revenues to buy up footie rights and bundling them with your internet.
If you read their list archive, this wonderful reply to Cherie Ellis from Russell Coker:
I think going for #LCAAuckNZ is just a continuation of the problem. Much as "server-hugging" is now discouraged I think we need to start discouraging hashtag-hugging. I mean the very point of a a hash function is to prevent collisions.
A quick Google indicates that sha256 is generally considered secure so I would therefore suggest that our official hashtag be:
$ echo "linux.conf.au 2015 in Auckland, New Zealand" | sha256sum
I am happy to see that this hashtag is unique in both Google and twitter. Now while some people might say that putting a 65 character hashtag on the end of each tweet is excessive I think it is the best way to go forward to avoid these problems.
I would therefore request we go with:
as the official hashtag for Linux.conf.au 2015.
Proper geek humour
How does a large critical opensource project not use free tools?
The answer is that these are not large opensource projects, they are mostly tiny opensource projects that receive little to no attention apart from "make it continue to work". Large opensource projects are the ones that lots of people want to work on.
The moment I got my first ISP account ever, I managed to see people trying to get into my Linux box.
That would be some time after 1987 then?
So, why can't we have our international games shown live on free telly in England?
Firstly, for the important ones, you can. It is only friendlies which Sky have the license to. 6N or WC is FTA.
Secondly, the reason you can't watch them is because your union decided to sell the rights to Murdoch.
Any decent company who cares about security blocks Youtube
Generally its about reducing the amount of time people spend looking at cat videos, but yeah ok…
if Java is used on their corporate intranet I strongly doubt they will allow Linux desktops on their network.
Everybody here agrees it is plain silly to run antivirus on a Linux server.
He's right, clients fucking love it when you serve them up virii. Of course they accept it completely when you explain that their users uploaded the virus to your server before they downloaded it, they don't blow their top and go to one of your competitors at all.
Wallets have been routinely targeted by thieves for a while now. Isn't it easier to keep track of one thing than two??
I don't take my wallet out of my pocket on the bus and play with it, I learnt my lesson when I was 7.
replacing several credit cards, loyalty cards, cash, drivers licence, RAC membership and god knows what else with a phone you carry anyway isn't a crap idea.
Yes, replace cards with no intrinsic value with a £500+ gadget that has to be charged every 18 hours and get routinely targeted by thieves. What could possibly go wrong…
Skype is available on both Apple's OS X and iOS. I Skype with my friends on their Windows machines from my iPad and Mac all the time. Not to mention, use Skype Out to dial phone numbers. Skype is completely platform independent.
Yes, Skype is wonderfully multi platform - you can call SKYPE users on windows from SKYPE on your ipad.
You cannot call Facetime from Skype on Windows though can you, which was in fact the point - well done for ignoring it, have you considered a career in politics?
An article about enabling WebRTC using Skype components. So you can call WebRTC from IE.
How does this relate to calling Skype from WebRTC? Do you thin MS will abandon Skype?
That eliminates the headaches that arise if, for example, you've got Skype but your family prefers Facetime and your employer wants everything to happen over Google Hangouts.
Does it? Does it really?
Looks more like this is just yet another wasteground - you can't talk to people on Facetime, you can't talk to people on Skype, you can't talk to people on Google Hangouts.
If all these things were redesigned for WebRTC, then you could use any WebRTC client, of which this is one, to talk to any other client. In reality, none of the people you want to talk to are using WebRTC.
Of the providers I listed, I can only see Hangouts ending up WebRTC enabled. Facetime and Skype are platforms to drive you to purchase related technologies (Apple devices, Windows licenses), you don't drive that by allowing any old client to talk to your platform.
…for the last 10-15 years we are still stuck with more or less the same 24 Mbit max offerings unless you live "on top" of a tele station.
You had 24 Mbit internet in 1999? Kudos, I was still on 512k.
"Gideon". At least troll him accurately.
What do you think the difference between "vegetable spread" and "margarine" is, apart from the spelling?
Having said that, I do prefer "vegetable spread" over "partially hydrogenated vegetable oil".
If your intake is reasonable then exercise will reduce your weight, if your intake is enormous so will you be unless your an athlete in training.
Argument from fallacy; if your intake was reasonable, you would not need to lose weight.
Exercise makes you "fit", it does not make you "not fat" unless the exercise tips your intake from a net surplus to a net deficit. Extra exercise accounts for such a small amount of your calorific expenditure, and an even smaller proportion if you are overweight and unfit, as you will find it difficult to do considerably more exercise than you are currently doing.
Exercise is "double good", but if you want to lose weight, cut out food and exercise more. If you want to lose weight, and only have the will power for one of those things, choose "eat less".
Exercise is fine for health, but it will do nothing for weight unless you also constrain intake.
To burn off a pack of chocolate digestives you'd be jogging for 4 hours.
You don't need to do exercise to lose weight.
The whole point of systemd is that it doesn't use init scripts.
No it isn't, that is one of the side effects, and that argument is one of the disingenuous arguments for introducing systemd.
The purpose is to borg desktop services in a way that suits desktops, but only a tiny proportion of linux machines are desktops.
(Replacing a 137 line shell script that calls wierd shit like "start-stop-daemon")
I'd prefer the shell script, because then there is less indirection between "I call this script" and what that script does.
PS: It's only weird if you don't know what it is doing. I find that ini file pretty fucking weird, because I have no clue what "running" that ini file does, or even what program "runs" it. In order to work that out I'd have to read and understand a program that does things based upon the contents of an ini file.
To work out what a shell script does, you need only to read it, or simply run it with "-x".
I'm a huge FreeBSD advocate, I run it at home, on my desktop, on my PVR, on my firewall, on my laptop, and on 800+ servers at work, where we heavily use FreeBSD jails.
We're ditching it at work :(
The main reason is that it's not possible to find sysadmin with good enough FreeBSD experience (well, with "any" FreeBSD experience tbh), and the Linux sysadmins we do hire do not like working with FreeBSD, find it difficult to update and maintain the machines - anything that goes wrong ever, they just shrug and say "oh its BSD".
However, the next biggest reason is that FreeBSD jails don't provide enough resource limitation technologies (see my post above), and so frequently you can have one poorly running application negatively affecting all the others.
Our new platform is Linux (Centos) + KVM, deploying a single application to a single VM. Docker (currently) seems to have most of the issues that jails have, but perhaps a combination of the two will be in my future, using docker to deploy multiple applications to a single VM.
Historically, the difference has been that VMs are easier to manage the resources that they use, since everything is virtual. With containers, nothing is virtual, there is simply a management layer that prevents you from doing certain things.
When you write a file on a VM, the virtual disk drive is called from the VM, the hypervisor eventually translates that into a write(2) call. When you write a file on a container, there is no intermediate step, the process in the container directly invokes write(2). The same applies to every syscall.
This directness is what makes containers so much more efficient than VMs, but it is also what prevented them from being used as much - with a VM, you can more closely constrain how much resource each VM uses, where as with early containers, a single container can easily use up all the resources on the box.
More modern containers like libcontainer and FreeBSD jails virtualise access to certain resources in order to allow controlling how much of that resource each container can use. This gives vastly less control than a VM would, eg in Docker and Jails you can control the cpuset and cpu shares that the processes in the container can see, and Docker can additionally control how much memory the container can see, but it cannot do things like ballooning or overallocation (iirc). Interestingly, Docker with LXC gives you far more resource controls than Docker with libcontainer.
Since the resource control is quite basic, the overhead of providing it is much less than on a VM. However, since the resource control is quite limited, you cannot do things like allocating a far share of IOPS, so if you have a container that uses all of your disk IOPS, you will still starve all your other containers. Hypervisors like KVM allow you to specify IOPS and throughput on virtual disk devices.
Technically that would be true if they were only selling contracts to the (huge) population of Luxemburg....
But technicalities apart, doesn't it just make basic sense - if you target a market outside of your home turf…
The idea of the common market is that any business trading legally in any part of the EU can sell goods and services to any customer in any other part of the EU.
The key point here is that Luxembourg is in the EU, and so Netflix Luxembourg is fully entitled to sell goods and services to French consumers providing that they satisfy the Luxembourgian laws under which they operate - their "home turf" is the whole EU.
My post pointed out that even though that is what EU law says, France has a particular reputation for doing whatever the hell it likes. As a gross generalisation, Germans pass the laws, Brits slavishly follow them and the French ignore them.
Technically, Netflix don't have to do anything that they wouldn't have to do in Luxembourg.
However "technically", "France" and "European law" don't necessarily have a lot to do with each other.
Gifts aren't income, and they definitely aren't the proceeds of disposing of an asset that has increased in value, so income tax and CGT are irrelevant.
Exchanges are not ducts tho. They don't look like a duct, they aren't shaped like a duct and they definitely don't quack.
How much does 60 million euros of third party liability cover cost anyways?
People who have no experience of the public sector would get exasperated at the public sector culture, lack of accountability, lack of product owner and variable requirements. It is very hard to run a successful project when there is no overall owner of the project.
I was all like, "Crikey, he's angry about the console? I know cmd.exe is bad, but you really don't need it much".
I'm getting old, think I need to play more video games..
without doubt; certainly. Also newspeak "something which must be going on because we've thought of it"
coughing up an extra £20 to have the back of my phone covered in bamboo and engraved with the words “Al’s Moto X” is, I must admit, quite alluring
Caveat emptor: customizing your device like so affects your consumer rights to return it, as it is then not suitable for resale.
On one hand, it's easy to technically get around such a ban. On the other hand, it is so much easier to sack someone if they use company resources to access a website that the company has said they are not allowed to access.
Hence the amusing begging emails to be put on to the "social networks allowed" ACL.
Are you saying they knew they would be unlikely to deliver an offline mode, but still said they would in order to take peoples money?
..offline mode is required to connect 'from time to time'.
Sorry, who is being illiterate?
sudo killall -9 Autopilot