Re: "Free" if you're paying Compuserve $30 an hour?!
This is hugely valid point, because in the 80s and 90s we paid for internet access and now we don't... oh wait, that's not right....
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This is hugely valid point, because in the 80s and 90s we paid for internet access and now we don't... oh wait, that's not right....
With UPnP+, devices communicate using XMPP – originally the foundation of Jabber – and can be managed by effectively joining them to a chat room, which would typically represent a room in your home.
Seriously? The best protocol they could come up with is that IoT are IRC bots, and their chosen implementation of IRC involves using XML?
This Steve Bong article seems to be missing any reference to Garland of Flowers?
Firstly, I understand it was a freelancer that sold the story to the Mirruh. Whilst the freelancer could be accused of using a shotgun approach, by the time it was presented to the Mirruh he had hit a definitive target.
I don't think so. From what I've heard, he proposed the idea "target Tory MPs with flirty fishing until we get a knob pic", Mirror approved the plan, and then he went after a list of MPs. Pritchard was the 4th or 5th MP that he had tried to get a response from.
It is this lack of target that makes it entrapment for me. There was no story that Pritchard was diddling party activists, no smoke that made them look for fire. They simply came up with a peccadillo that might tempt many middle aged men in to doing something stupid.
Sorry, you've changed your phone 15 times in 16 years and you think everyone else doesn't take good care of their phones?
It's fairly common these days for manufacturers to do their own RMA and defect handling post sale. If you order from several UK distributors, they even include a list of manufacturers to whom you should direct support queries at (and not them; if you contact the retailer, they will tell you to contact the manufacturer directly).
Here's a list for overpriced tat merchant overclockers UK:
This is a case of the rights you have against the retailer being provided by the manufacturer by agreement with the retailer.
Our blind spots alone (due to poor wiring) are a mistake no intelligent designer would make. If God did that, he's unworthy of the title and should step down and call for a new election.
I now bring up "Religion Uber Counter #415": "God's will is ineffable, the blind spots are there for His plan only (presumably something amusing in the 3rd Act.)"
I love the word "ineffable", it falls into a bracket of words that are onomatopoeically pleasing
Most people doing things like PHP CGI aren't using most of the features of even the simplest standard shell. I have to wonder if the solution would be a minimalist shell substitute that Apache or Nginx (or whatever) called instead of the default shell and which provided just the features needed.
CGI does not use shells.
Apache/Nginx/whatever do not invoke a shell to invoke a CGI app
The only CGI applications which utilize shells are CGI scripts written in a shell language
Not sure why anyone would downvote it?
There were several things that are factually incorrect, system(3) has always been uncool for many many reasons, '/bin/sh' was a long time ago "the" bourne shell, not a symlink to bash (which is a Linux-ism, no other UNIX does that), several others. If you are a factual pedant, you might downvote for those reasons.
(I'm not the downvoter!)
Actually more than one religion notes this, Genesis has the spirit of God moving over the waters of the earth, pre-creation; the Enuma Elish (Babylonians) has everything coming from a primordial salt water entity
More than one religion or variations of the same religion?
bash is like a gun - powerful and dangerous, but fairly safe if kept in a locked cabinet ("Authentication"). If you leave it lying around or your kids get the keys to the cabinet, bypassing the safety mechanisms - Then you have a problem!
The problem with shellshock is that this is true, but bash was not being kept in the cabinet - most Linux distros use bash as their shell interpreter "/bin/sh" which means that every single time you invoke a command using the shell, it invokes bash. Most other UNIX like operating systems do not use bash as their "/bin/sh", they use "sh".
The attack vectors for shell shock involve passing spurious environment variables to bash - Linux servers that invoke CGI shell scripts are particularly vulnerable, because the CGI spec specifies that arguments are passed as environment variables, making it trivial to provide a URL argument - without authentication - that triggers the parsing bug (and it is a bug, bash executes commands that it should not. There is expected behaviour for this scenario - ie it is not the result of undefined behaviour - and bash fails to meet the expectation. Classic bug).
So presumably, you now "design" interfaces that look just like the ones from the 1980's?
The Apple style is a blatant rip-off of CDE - everyone loves CDE.
<i<Freya is fast, so fast you might walk away wondering why GNOME 3 and Unity, which both have much bigger development teams, aren't this fast. </i>
Asked and answered? Freya is simpler and does less, GNOME 3 and Unity are complex and do more. Doing more takes longer.
There was a point when Firefox was a fast and efficient web browser - when it was called Phoenix 0.1 and just rendered web pages. Now it has UI magic menus though!
There's presumably also a bash vulnerability on the host....
Any why would that require a VM to be restarted? Where do you think bash fits in to KVM?
Is it not about the BASH vuln? Xen might be a side fix:
Why would a bash vulnerability on the guest cause all the VMs to be rebooted?
how valid is your constitution when you have sedation acts which means the government can do whatever they like to you if you act against them?
They give you Valium and Xanax?
There is little I want less than contactless payment systems. If my bank send me a contactless card I will cut it up and send them back to them, if they don't catch on I'll switch bank, if no banks will offer non contactless I'll stop using debit cards and go back to depositing my pay in cash and doing counter withdrawals.
For months, TFL have been banging on about "card clash" and ensuring that we don't keep our oyster card near our credit cards - why would I want a system that means I need to have two wallets and with the added fun of easily being charged twice, it is just moronic.
What is the "friction of paying for things"? The only difference between contactless and chip+PIN is that you push the card in to a reader and tap in a PIN - how much friction can happen in 3 seconds?
When things become less exclusive it is time for a change.
Surely it is time for a change when the device no longer does what you want it to do - or to put it another way, doesn't this just show that you valued the exclusivity of the device more than the functionality?
Sorry to be an absolute pedant, but my statement "All physical bodies with mass exert a gravitational effect on other physical bodies with mass" does not in fact preclude physical bodies with mass from exerting a gravitational effect on other things, things that perhaps are not relevant to modelling a video game?
All physical bodies with mass exert a gravitational effect on other physical bodies with mass. I guess your question is really "why does the Moon have so much gravity in-game?", to which the answer is "gameplay is crap without it".
I'm sorry, I think the US should be spending it's cash on bringing the basic necessities to it's provincial population before it piles billions into space.
Well done, you've completely ignored the enclosure cost per bay, which includes many things and varies depending on how many bays you require - HBA controller to support that many drives, enclosures to plug in to HBA, ((140*3)/16)U rack space for enclosures, increased PDU demands....
For a system with 140 drives, you would need to have triple redundancy, because you also need to take in to account a single enclosure or HBA dropping away temporarily, by increasing redundancy, distributing disk arrays across enclosures and going multipath to the disks.
Then, after a year of use, look forward to replacing a hard drive at least every other month.
My favourite is the eye:
SSDs (even consumer, especially prosumer like this) have supercaps to handle this, and they do not have large write cache like spinning HDD (its virtually just as easy to actually write it than to store it in a cache, and then write it), so you do not have so many problems with corruption due to "synched" writes actually only making it to the write cache.
Most modern OS have available a COW filesystem, combined with supercaps this makes unexpected power out whilst writing actually behave better on an SSD system than a HDD system.
Remind me again what kernel underlies OSX and IOS (not the Cisco one)?
OS X runs on a kernel called XNU, iOS on a kernel called Darwin; both are derived from Mach. Not sure you know what your point is....
Multiple platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux) and smartphone OSes (Android, BlackBerry and, yes, iOS) are supported by malware used by police and intelligence agencies around the world
Typical, like everyone else they completely ignore the BSDs ;)
Why this fascination on the panel? Selling panels is a mugs game, people tend not to regularly upgrade their panel, people tend not to make impulse panel buys.
If Apple do make a play, it will be if they can get media exclusives/cheap content/pay TV for Apple TV and make a concerted UI, interface and apps push.
Yep, still looking quite unlikely that the TV/film media will willingly throw themselves on the fire.
Yes, they strengthen the regime's INTERNAL hold on power, but it significantly weakens them with respect to the outside world, especially in smaller cases (Cuba, N korea) with limited local resources.
And it's worked well in Cuba hasn't it? 50 years on, the US's crushing sanctions have.... done fuck all.
I suspect they took Crimea out of self interest since the black sea fleet is based there, which sort of begs the question why they ever gave the place to Ukraine in the first place.
Khrushchev, who grew up in Donbas, was drunk one day in the 50s, thought it might be funny and never considered that Ukraine would ever not be part of Russia.
It's like putting your nuclear subs in Faslane, oh wait....
I can think of one use (a whole 1!): Exercise. If you want to listen to your tunes as you go jogging, you've got several options currently: waistband (eurgh), in your pocket (eurgh + broken phone when it eventually falls out), in your backpack (eurgh) or strapped on to your arm¹ like you are some kind of cyborg (actually, I kind of fancy being some kind of cyborg).
A touch sensitive watch that beams my cheesy 90s eurodance to my headphones would be dead neat. Plus, it would actually be in a place that you can look at and touch, so you don't look like a wally trying to prod your arm because you've somehow put "Scooter" on repeat.
Not sure it is £200 worth of dead neat though.
¹ Interestingly, I was going for the anatomically pedantically correct definition of the "upper arm" (this is The Register after all). Turns out it is "arm" - the bit below the elbow apparently is not part of your arm, but your "forearm". Who knew?
I think Tom's point was that the way you get 420 patents from a vacuum cleaner that uses a bunch of existing concepts, is to split each any every conceivable 'invention' into the smallest possible parts
No, it was really just about getting baked. Weekend anyone?
Nuke smoking alien from Mars Attacks! --->
420 patent applications...
"A method of blowing glass to create a system for cooling and diffusing airborne solid and liquid particulates and gasses resulting from combustion of plant matter"
"A method of arranging sheets of gummed rice paper in an innovative fashion in order to create conical tubes of plant matter"
"A method of controlling a heating element in order to keep the contents of a crucible at between 126°C and 186°C in an enclosed container"
Is it? I would have thought that it was clearer that broadband is cheaper and easier to provision in high population density areas like Seoul (45k people per square mile) than Austin (2k people per square mile) or London (13k).
Mind you back in the day (1999) broadband was defined as 2mb/s, that's all I have in the sticks. Why this focus on high bit rates mystifies me. Yes 25meg is better than 2 meg, but like the joke goes, it's not the size but what you do with it...
"What you do with it" depends really on "What you can do with it". You can do less with dialup than you can do with a 0.5 Mbit DSL, which can do less than a 2 Mbit DSL, which can do less than a 20 Mbit DSL, which can do less than a 80 Mbit FTTC, which can do less than a synchronous Gbit FTTH.
I've had all 6 of those connections throughout my life¹ and the utility that you can achieve from each differs - its not just "doing more at the same time", each step up enables you to do things that the previous grade does not
0.5Mbit -> 2 Mbit enables poor quality but usable skype
2Mbit > 20 Mbit enables HD skype
20 Mbit -> 80 Mbit enables HD video streaming and multi-user scenarios
80 Mbit -> 1 Gbit enables cancelling the data centre servers, running VPNs at home for travel iplayer, consumption of my home media from anywhere, HD home surveillance video - I haven't even barely touched the surface of what I can do with it yet.
The ironic thing is that as consumers we have already paid enough to have covered this entire country in fibre from home to home, but we consider it anathema to have the state spend that money on infrastructure, and rather spaff it over a succession of large corporations who "build value" (in themselves).
¹ Yes, you do have to live in specific buildings in specific areas to get synchronous gigabit home broadband. It wasn't top of my list when buying a house, and they didn't even mention it until I had put the deposit down - although I knew at a minimum it would have BT FTTC²
² BT FTTC is a truly shocking product, 300 Mbit down, 20Mbit up. There is no technical reason like there is for FTTC for the upload speed to be asynchronous, it is only to limit you to a "consumer" connection where all you can do is consume crap like BT Vision. Any of the compelling things I outlined above, that should be possible with such a connection are made impossible so that you continue sucking the BT teats. Plus it's like £70 a month - I don't even pay that for gigabit.
There are two things, "Linux", which is the kernel itself and "GNU/Linux", which is the combination of the kernel and the userland (programs that the user runs).
Each distribution (Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat) will take the Linux kernel source, maybe modify it with special sauce (note: NOT secret sauce, it's all out there), compile it, take user software packages, perhaps modify them with special sauce, compile them, package them all up in to bundles that can be installed, and provide an installer to install those packages.
Each distribution is responsible for providing packages of software, and backporting security fixes from that package. Each distribution makes its own choice about that; things like Gentoo will simply provide the most recent version of a package, eg Apache httpd 2.2.29 is the most recent release of Apache httpd 2.2, and Gentoo will provide that.
Other distributions, eg Red Hat Enterprise Linux, will have chosen a specific version of Apache httpd 2.2 to stick to (in RHEL 6, it is 2.2.15), and each time a new version of Apache is released, Red Hat engineers merge back any bug fixes and security fixes back to that version and release a new package.
The contrast to this is the BSD approach. Each of the BSD projects provides at least two things, a kernel and a "world". All of the software is "owned" by the BSD project, even when it is actually "vendor" code (code taken from elsewhere), and is developed and distributed in sync with each other. You can take a single export of source code of FreeBSD and build the entire kernel, userland, installer etc. There is more of a distinction between OS code, and 3rd party code.
Eg, gzip is part of the OS in FreeBSD. The program binary lives in /usr/bin/gzip, its source code can be found in /usr/src/usr.bin/gzip, and it is maintained by the FreeBSD project team. Apache httpd is not part of the OS, you must install a package to get it, and the binary lives in /usr/local/sbin/httpd.
On RHEL, both gzip and httpd are packages you can install (gzip being installed by default) or remove, no different to any other program.
what if they actually had policemen walking the beats they normally drive around in their cars?
How would they do their usual "you're walking funny in a hoody, so I'm going to drive alongside you at walking pace for the entire length of the street just to fuck with you" move if they aren't in a car though?
I shouldn't complain though, a) they're probably reading b) at least I'm not black, which seems to mean you get the drive by followed by a stop'n'search.
…if the girl was that drunk then consent was impossible so it "must" be rape
On one hand, too drunk to give consent is rape. On the other hand, too drunk to remember drunkenly giving consent is not rape. On the third hand, drunk enough to want to sleep with him, but sobers up quickly is definitely not rape. Tricky to distinguish between the three.
I get that legally it is "theft", but that is mainly because of how laws are structured.
Each month the government takes money from me that belongs to me. The reason it is not theft is that they have passed laws to say that in this case they can deprive me of my possessions legally. You could argue this isn't the same, that I have given them permission...
if the government passed a law that said that unattended items in public are considered abandoned, then it is no longer someone else's possession, and so the person who takes it is simply recycling/cleaning up waste.
I'm not saying they should; I guess what most riles me is that there are times that your phone is actually stolen - someone grabs it out of your hand or physically threatens you - and in those situations, it would be handy to have mobile phone insurance so that it can easily be replaced.
However, purchasing mobile phone insurance means subsidising those in society who do not treat their phone as a stack of 25x£20 notes that they carry around in their pocket. No thanks.
German pickpockets will place your iphone back in your pocket, along with a flyer indicating 24 reasons why you should purchase an android next time..
a) Phone theft is an opportunistic crime
b) iphone is vastly less popular in Germany
c) iphones are very popular amongst the kind of demographic in the UK that would do daft things like leave their mobile unattended in a bar
I don't think that last one is even theft, it is wealth redistribution by lack of intelligence.
I know some people say the IP genie is out of the bottle and that no amount of wishing will force it back in. But I don’t agree with them.
We don’t look at any other crimes and say 'It’s such a big problem that it’s not worth bothering with'.
We wouldn’t stand idly by if paintings worth hundreds of millions of pounds were being stolen from the National Gallery.
Copyright infringement is theft, pure and simple.
When my 5.1 setup dies, I think I'm going to be replacing it with a nice 2.1 system.
If number 5 is alive - does that make him human?
If your dog is alive, does that make him human?
There are many corporate proxies/firewalls out there that will simply give empty responses for URIs with what they consider unacceptable words in them.
One system I worked on generated SAML SSO messages, which have base64 encoded encrypted XML in the URI (SAML is fun like that), and some clients inconsistently would tell us that the site was broken or they had to log in twice, things like that. We eventually tracked down that the failing URIs worked correctly on our side, and noticed that the URLs had things like "c0ck" in them..
One fun afternoon later we had derived a list of the most common swearwords, and now the URIs are generated in a loop until we get a URI without an unintended swear word - its the same XML message each time through the loop, but with a new session encryption key, so the URI changes.
We have clients globally, it seemed only US orgs go for this level of nannying.
Classic IBM keyboards do not "demise". Ever. At worst, the keys go a little yellow.
I had a Logitech G7 that lasted me 3 years before the batteries started failing, followed by a G5 that lasted 4 years, but when I came to replace that I found they no longer make an equivalent mouse - they all have ridiculous grips, where is the classic "large logitech" shape of the mx518, G5/7?
Instead I went with the G400, which seems the current closest. It's cheap and nasty and breaks with any moderate amount of abuse. I've been through three of them in a year and a half (two warranty replacements). At least it is cheap, £25 or so.
The best gaming keyboard I've ever used is a 1985 IBM model M with a UK key layout. It has indestructible keys that consistently respond to the same amount of pressure, it has no windows key that you can accidentally click.
I'm thinking of giving it this upgrade to make it officially a gaming keyboard...
I thought the same as you, slightly annoyed new apps won't install, old apps might misbehave, but I did "fork out" for an upgrade; when I changed my phone contract from a iphone subsidy one to a cheapo contract (£42pcm -> £15pcm). Three offered me an ipad air for £30 upfront, £25 pcm, with 15GB/month data contract, so basically what I was paying beforehand.
Perhaps it would be cheaper over the long run to get a wifi ipad air directly from Apple, but that plays down the value of the mobile contract - 4G, GPS, plentiful data, free data roaming..
They constantly delivered them to me also, when I lived in places that they did not even serve.
Presumably, they must know what locations they serve, so why they felt the need to send me weekly invitations to sign up for the worst sort of broadband available to me at that location, a poorly managed rebranded WBC from BT Wholesale, I have no idea.