2098 posts • joined 6 Aug 2009
Re: "12th most active contributor to the Bitcoin protocol"
Wouldn't it be ironic if the security flaw that lead to this theft were traced back directly to his code...
One thing I learnt early on in my programming career was to tone down the outrage when I found a flaw in a project I was working on. Because sometimes (whispering) the stupid careless prat who caused it is yourself.
The only thing that's changed of late is that now the flaw in someone else' project can sometimes be traced back to my project. That's the ugly side of everything being on a network and SaaS :-/
Re: Disappointed with how naïve the dev is
Hey, I have all this money, let me exchange it for a virtual currency, and for that I get a string of 0 & 1's. That's the proof that I own virtual coins. Now, let me give that string to someone else for safe keeping.
As opposed to what we all do with 'real' currency.
Hey, I have all this money, let me give it to my bank in exchange for some ones and zeros (or maybe some ink marks in a book). That's the proof that I own money.
Of course Bitcoin is a far bigger risk and I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole but all of us trust other people to look after our wealth. Most of us labour under the illusion that banks are 'holding our money for us' when in fact they are taking it from us in exchange for a promise that they'll give us some back if we ask.
The Dollar is also backed by some questionable promises. A lot of its value comes from the fact we'd all be screwed if it had no value. One might even argue that it's being exploited by the issuer to gain access to unlimited credit from the rest of the world.
Bringing a class action in an English court? Is that even possible? I seem to recall that our judicial system barely (if at all) supports the concept.
Re: If IBM was smart...
I do like most of RA's work. It's just that he sometimes comes across as a bit elitist. Somewhat smug with it. He often suggests that anarchy is viable on the grounds that unfettered humans will do the right thing.
But it's fun enough. I re-read Podkayne of Mars, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Starman Jones, both volumes of Assignment in Eternity and Have Spacesuit, Will Travel (the latter being the first book I ever bought).
I considered reading the novel about a brain transplant but couldn't find it (my copy is hardback and not with the others - Fear no Evil?). Anyway that's a rather weird book so I called it quits and started on Niven instead.
Re: If IBM was smart...
They would rename the machine from Watson to Mike.
Ha, yes. I re-read that novel last November. Actually one of his better ones although still has some of that annoying 'hero can do no wrong and knows everything' feel about it. Still, IBM's Watson is a fair attempt at a dinkum-thinkum :)
This doesn't sound clever at all. The justice system already struggles to run at a decent pace and now they want to hand the back orifice functionality over to cheap labour in a foreign land? At least keep it on our shores and use some cheap eastern EU labour. That way we get some money back from taxation.
Re: So can babies
The same is true of babies.
Although I think it's fairly unlikely anyone would put a baby into an overhead locker. At least I hope it is.
Cutting out all the tasty and naughty things doesn't make you live longer. It just feels like it.
pace was still "a harsh, inhospitable frontier and we are explorers, not colonisers"
Ah, give it time. We're capable of it - just got to get big business to see the possibilities then we'll be away :)
Next thing on the list - vectoring for mobiles. Now that would surely kill battery life. Impressive if they could get it to work though.
That might start appearing for FTTC in the UK soon(TM). Still seems kinda odd though - huge amounts of processing power just to help data go a bit faster.
I would so like to see a judge call someone a 'selfish little fuck'. No, really. We need more down to earth pithy comments in our judicial system.
Oh, plus it's funny.
based on the 6502 processor then being used in the BBC Micro, the Commodore 64 and the Apple II, and judged in the competitive analysis to be more highly regarded than the Z80
You what?! No way in hell. The Z80 was more complicated to program but the 6502 was just a glorified hardware controller. The real advantage it had over the Z80 was price, not technology.
(*)Programmers had to be able to count beyond three to keep track of the registers :)
Sky has the great advantage that they download to disk, and play out locally from there,
Not entirely. I mean, yes, it fills an initial buffer but after that you can watch while it's still downloading. In my case (67Mb/s connection) it's typically ready to watch in a few seconds. From memory each programme occupies 1GB of disk space per hour.
It's terrible whatever platform you use and in whatever incarnation.
The bandwidth never seems to be adequate either. I don't use it very often but I think I used it for one of the Marchlands episodes and was very unimpressed. All the rest manage a pretty respectable version of HD (Sky's is astonishingly good especially since it runs at about 800kb/s - way better decoders?). ITV player has just never been very good.
It's not clear why the ultra-low-power devices hooked up to the "Internet of Things" would need 10Gb/s
Good, because they won't get it for long. That 10Gb/s will be for the entire cell so the device will be sharing it with anything else in that area. That's the nature of wireless internet and always has been. The proponents do so love to chuck out these large numbers then neglect to mention that what an individual device/user will get depends on:
* Number of other devices competing for the mast's bandwidth.
* Distance from mast.
* Obstructions between them and mast.
So at 3am on a lovely evening if your device is sat within 100 metres of the mast you might indeed get 10Gb/s. At 8pm on a wet evening, sat in a house or office in the centre of a city..not so much.
5G should be better than 4G but neither is going to live up to the hype.
About six months ago my ex-colleagues and I hired a skip or two and got rid of years (a couple of decades worth pretty much) of tat and crap. Unopened boxes of Borland Builder, books extolling the virtues of Lotus-123. The hardware front was mostly just old PCs but we also disposed of a rack mounted RAID box we'd been gifted.
What shocked us was estimating the cost at time of purchase. We reckoned we binned nearly half a million quid of stuff. None of it the slightest use any longer.
What saddened me was the software though. I remember buying it in high anticipation and now it's all just superseded crap. Some of it led to greater things but so much of it just stopped being relevant and was nearly forgotten.
There's a moral to this story but I'm not sure what it is. Except that three months after we filled the skips the office was closed down and most of us made redundant. Apparently my time hasn't yet come though as within a month I was back at work. So for now at least it appears that after 25 years programming I've not yet been superseded. I just have to survive another 8 years until I'm 55 :)
Re: There was a time.....
Yah. Original HTC headphones. The 'L' and 'R' are printed in black ink on the dark grey of the phone bodies. And my Honda dealer admitted that every DST/BST switch over they used to get lots of Jazz owners asking how to change the clock. The reason being - light grey ink on grey plastic so no-one could see how to enter clock change mode.
I don't believe it.
Now there's a point. Why can't we have a Victor Meldrew icon for comments?
Anyway I've long maintained that IT is going to have to address these issues. I think it's going to impact smartphone design the most. I'm only 47 and I've never felt really comfortable browsing the web on my phone because getting the text readable means zooming in and ruining the layout. The keyboards are generally too fiddly as well. My HTC Desire was terrible. My current S3 is tolerable. Oddly the best keyboard was my really old Nokia Xsomething-or-other even though it had the smallest screen.
Ah. An X-6 possibly. Of 2009ish vintage.
Ofcom's decisions can be derailed too easily, through technical challenges that ignore the substance of the regulator's judgments
Well of course we wouldn't want technical information to interfere with the running of our telecoms industry, would we?
Don't worry Ofcom we wub you weally.
Re: How much for 2TB?
Not sure I buy the 150x faster cloud storage malarkey
Perhaps it uses the local storage as a cached front-end to the cloud. That might enough for your typical gung-ho marketroid type to make such a claim.
Re: And what have we learned Microsoft?
why MS? WHY!!!???
You missed one - why is the Event Viewer so freakin' slow from Vista onward? On some machines I've resorted to copying the MMC from an XP installation. It's bad enough that something has happened that requires you to go to the event viewer but having to wait a dozen or more seconds before it shows anything is just rubbing salt into the wound.
Oh and for the love of whatever. Please remember that I don't want the bloody action pane visible! Frankly I'd be happy for most MMC widgets if the default was not to show it.
Re: So what
Can you TRUST your competition NOT to FUCK you over, once you sign the contract
Over here we've had a separate organisation running all the transmitters for many years. Mind you there was some odd shenanigans over satellite coverage a few years back. Due to temporary capacity issues the BBC 'subleased' some capacity to another broadcaster. That agreement might have been interesting since that particular satellite is operated by SES and was highly valued because the footprint was basically UK only.
It can be a funny world in broadcasting so if you don't have an overarching authority or independent referee these agreements can be tricky.
So thumbs up :)
Isn't this exactly how DVB-T/T2 here (i.e. Freeview and OnDigital/ITV Digital before it) works?
Yup. And satellite. Technologically there's nothing clever about it and I'm sure it's already being used in the US.
I assume the 'clever' bit here is that two separate companies have worked out how to cooperate to help each other out. Guess that's exciting. Here in the UK I don't think any broadcasters own their own transmitters. I forget who runs the terrestrial transmitters (used to be Crown Communications I think) and it's the satellite operators who own the satellites.
Re: Chances of that?
..and still they come.
I found just moving the sensor half an inch lower could make all the difference, as the strap on can ride up with wear.
Is it being sold through Grace Brothers then?
My suspicions were aroused when the part-time fool..
What is he the rest of the time? Most of the ones I've met have been full-time fools.
Anyway don't bother using the PO for parcels. It's cheaper (and often quicker) to order a courier online. Most of them will even come and pick your parcel up instead of you having to trudge over to them.
Why not just nationalise the bloody thing again and get on with it.
Because the government has such a good track record of financing and organising large projects? Or because you feel that putting our entire telecommunications infrastructure in their hands will ensure security and freedom for all?
You're obviously too young to:
a)Remember life under the Post Office(*).
b)Have much experience of government run projects.
c)Have learnt not to trust governments.
(*)To be fair the PO had some clever and capable people working in the R&D department. Unfortunately what it didn't have was much support from the government - especially financial.
The telecoms giant will use its existing copper wiring infrastructure to hook up most of the 400,000 urban dwellings that it plans to upgrade to fibre.
And this is why I hate the term 'fibre broadband'. It should mean 100% fibre last mile in which case only a few thousand residential customers qualify.
Well, both were, but I meant the latter.
This is something truly good, a gift from God
No, it isn't. It was invented by human beings.
Re: Think of the children
Mother with kids in toe while mother yacks on the phone to someone else. I sometimes wonder what the psychological impact of that is on the kids. I don't have any of my own (and don't want any) but surely a mother should be interacting with her kids when they are with her?
Wow. Some scientists really are on the gravy train. I walk between Brindleyplace and Birmingham New Street every weekday and often have to avoid these people. I nearly walked into one woman who stopped to get her phone out right at the exit of Paradise Forum. That's just stupid on many levels - that's a congestion spot for pedestrians at the best of times. Doing it in front of me was especially risky - my average time for that journey is 10 minutes(*) so you don't want me colliding with you.
(*)1 mile according to Google.
50Mb/s for an entire A380. Hmmm. Ought to be okay for browsing but for streaming video not so good.
Re: 2K intermediate
4K just strikes me as a way to sell new TVs to idiots.
A lot of whom already sit too far from their screens to benefit from HD. And my own informal polling suggests very few people really care. I've come across a lot of people who say things like "I can't be bothered to go and find the HD version of that channel".
Re: multicast is already here, but 4k is not the answer you were looking for
I dunno about other ISPs, but talktalk use multicast for all their 'extra' youview channels, so that bit of technology is already in the bag.
The multicasting built into BT's whole products went live a while back.
"Now the telecommunications giant sees a way to get back the millions it costs to rent a channel and instead run the service over its own network. Such a public multicast service could lead to more channels being launched in that way, and White confirmed, "BT Wholesale will certainly resell the multicast capability.""
I can't remember where it sits in the chain but I think it might be part of GEA rather than WB(M)C so is available to all FTTC providers but not all ADSL providers.
Edit:Ah, here we are - looks like it's part of GEA.
Re: NOBODY needs more than two e-mail addresses
Actually it's a great anti-spam system. Every contact I make gets their own email addy. That means if I get spam I know why. I can block just that specific addy and/or notify the 'owner' of what has happened. It all works without any intervention by me (unless I have to black list an addy) because it's based on wildcards.
Thanks to my disposable email address system I have an infinite number of email addresses. Nearly 30 of them are now blacklisted though.
My budgie could say 'Ploppy Bottom'. That might have landed me in even more trouble.
Hopefully they have sense to realise that .me.uk is something completely different.
Well personally I'm at DEFCON 3 but that's just the result of a day in the office and Banbury traffic. :)
I don't think 'we in the west' is accurate in having this man on the moon folklore
Most of Brazil is below the equator so I'm not sure you'd see the Man's face anyway. Not sure how that works - perhaps he'd be on his side for some rotating to upside down for those further south?
Re: I don't want to know
I now suffer from meteorophobia
It's not the meteors you have to worry about. It's the meteorites.
Re: smiles for the 'goto'
In this case they are basically being a poor man's exception. I don't have a problem with that in moderation if exceptions are not available. It's when gotos jump around inside a function that I get upset - jumping to the 'get me the hell out of here' code at the end is tolerable.
Re: It looks like NO ONE ever audited X Windows
(I tend to figure the chicks really are smart, at least the ones who are good with computers)
Too small a sample size for me to really draw a valid conclusion but I will say that the few I've worked with seem to spend more time thinking about what they are doing rather than the more typical (male?) trait of leaping in with both hands. The end results were much of a muchness but it seemed to me that the women 'lost' time in thinking about the problem and the men lost time in 'redoing' stuff until worked.
Now if you combined both approaches...
..you'd end up with a programmer that spends ages thinking about the problem then codes a solution that turns out to be a g'awful mess that takes ages to fix :)
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