638 posts • joined 22 Sep 2009
Re: Well, perhaps not all the tactics.
By definition if it's against the law then they are criminals - if it's legal then they aren't.
Wait - who are we talking about? governments, big business or criminals? it's so easy to get them confused.
The Drake equation is:
N = R* . fp . ne . fl . fi . fc . L
N = the number of civilizations in our galaxy with which radio-communication might be possible (i.e. which are on our current past light cone);
R* = the average rate of star formation in our galaxy
fp = the fraction of those stars that have planets
ne = the average number of planets that can potentially support life per star that has planets
fl = the fraction of planets that could support life that actually develop life at some point
fi = the fraction of planets with life that actually go on to develop intelligent life (civilizations)
fc = the fraction of civilizations that develop a technology that releases detectable signs of their existence into space
L = the length of time for which such civilizations release detectable signals into space
so fp seems to be 1,
ne seems to be what 1 in 10 maybe?
So hopefully N is non-zero - we're getting closer...
Depends on density and composition I would say - is it all rock, all gas, or somewhere in between, a 2.5x rocky planet is likely to have higher gravity, but a gassy one far less.
The bright light - just where the arrow is pointing in the lower left.
The moon isn't know for producing these on it's own (whereas the sun does it on a boringly consistent basis) so it's pretty noteworthy.
Not if everyone does it (the opting out of the filter - not porn (ab)use).
The most effective form of control is one that people do themselves.
Re: What type of star is it?
Wasn't Dave supposed to kick-start the next universe using jump leads from Red Dwarf?
OMG, we're living in Dave Listers universe...
Oh, actually it was from Starbug, nevermind, ignore this post and carry on :-(
Re: Post war operations
Apparantly the Russians were taking any enigmas, and presumably Lorenz, they found during and after the war as well, so no doubt they were very useful in getting a picture behind the curtain.
What is strange is that the Russians were being given some Ultra intelligence during the war, but never seemed to realise it was from the Enigma and Lorenz machines.
What is staggering is the total secrecy that BP worked under - even (or especially?) people that met there and married each other never let on what they did,
Re: A message from the target of these 'improvements'
There is no need to limit a letter to one person, Think your MP, Bletchley local councillors, local and national newspapers, the education board, BPT trustees - the list goes on.
Re: Time for The Register to weigh in methinks.
The Register picks a saturday and published it to it's readership.
The Register designs a NMOC 'flag' for people to print
On said saturday the readership does it's damnest to attend TNMOC, not BPT, with printed flags,
When leaving the TNMOC people leave their flags with a personal note on the back.
There is no profit, aside from a point being made perhaps.
>you cant polish a turd?
Sounds like you haven't even tried:
Let us know how you get on :-)
Well done China.
And NASA of course.
Another country breaking into space exploration, maybe I should transfer my childhood dreams to China now, especially if the US is going to be spending more money on bailing out banks and less on space.
Well it's one thing to have a defined and definite enemy, as with the cold war and the IRA, but it's another to have a society systematically trawled for all it's information regardless of it's value.
I'm all for finding and thwarting terrorists - but the NSA and GCHQ have been busy intercepting internet traffic and, it is alleged, this has not made any substantive impact on terror attacks.
I think that Snowden is right, has taken extreme risks in what he has done and it's instructive that the one place that he has been able to find asylum was, up until recently, the very worst of countries (we assumed) for monitoring it's citizens.
>BT, for example, has told us that it uses its system to block access to sites promoting proxies
So already it's being used for blocking other sites which have nothing to do with 'protecting the children' and I wonder how many other sites will be included.
I can't help but feel that they (the British Library) don't want this to go ahead, unless permission is assumed if the author doesn't get back to them to deny permission? then the default will be not many contributors getting back to them - let along giving permission.
Long term planning
20 years in the making and it's going to take 5 years to 'complete'*, producing a pentabyte of information for astronomers to trawl through.
Ok, so I'm not living in a hotel on the moon, nor do I have a flying car, anti-gravity belt or robot butler, but by gum in 20 to 30 years from now I'll be pretty sure of where I am in the galaxy! **
I'm glad to see that people with vision can still get projects like these off the ground.
*Yeah right - 5 years from now the controllers will be thinking 'how many more can we do before it packs in', I suspect it will be going for a long time.
** beware of the total perspective vortex - it might ruin your day.
Re: Complaint in Writing
Well that's YOUR story started then....
Re: I had the Sharp PC-1500 in 1992
A friend and I had one each and I remember writing a program to work out starship specs (for Traveller - a D&D in space) which worked pretty well as I recall.
I also have a 2600 in the loft, but I also enjoy listening to Johnathon Coultons '2600' which is a tribute to it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu1bRm7XXNo
Re: City of London Police
Ha Ha - you're funny....
Think - why is it called the 'City of London Police'? and exactly what sort of 'clients' are there in the City for the Police to look after?
Re: Yooof ?
Traditionally one way to deal with an over-population is to take someone elses' land- using any excess males to do so.
Bundle deliveries together and use the Amazon B52 delivery system - can target urban areas with the new 'package-let' technology.
High speed and precision deliveries by 'Ama-cruise' - only useful for high-g tolerance packages
Or the 'Blimp-Fling' (tm) which will catapult your package from our cruising blimp and be guided in by laser targeting - please remember to not look up at our blimp
Amazona - a re-commisioned USA WW2 battleship will deliver your package as long as it is not larger than 16" in diameter, and the delivery address is within 20 miles of the coast.
CAD has it covered
:-), now where's that joke icon....
Re: I can't find* the report a spelling mistake button so...
> Ducklin's post reflecting on tyher Morris Worm event
*Actually I can see it when I do a post, but my browser asks to set up my browsers email client, and I can't be bothered.
Re: Faggots? Yuck!
>Your IQ needs recharging
Hmm, reminds me of:
' Prime Minister of New Zealand Robert Muldoon was asked about the increasing exodus of New Zealanders leaving the country to work in Australia. His comment was that by doing so, they were raising the average IQ of both countries.'
Cop says "So for this gentleman to be as lucky as he is, it's a good day for us."
I would say a jolly good day for the clerk as well, the police save some paperwork and he gets to live.
No easy answers
Well the only 'easy answer' I can think of is:
We do not spy or collect information in a general manner on anyone.
We will use RIPA and other laws/ techniques to investigate any reported suspicious behaviour'
Please tell us if you see anything suspicious.
The hearts and minds approach to getting a population on your side is to ensure that the general population see that it's in their own interests to help.
Without the willingness of the people to help it's only a matter of time before there is anarchy/ revolution/ civil war.
Give people back the sense of the country actually being theirs and they need to help look after it.
(wishful thinking I know, but hey - Friday!)
Re: "netflix4k stealer"
Interesting - combine streams from a variety of sources, taking alternating frames from each source (hmm a BitTorrent/ BOINC cross-over?) and make a copy (sorry, create an idependant work) of the original.
Some effort, but would there be enough information in a single frame to identify the source? if so then would combing each frame from various sources sort that issue out?
I'm sure people much more cleverer than wot I am will find other ways around this - though as mentioned is it really worth the effort? just stick Fawlty Towers or Red Dwarf on.
US Gov shutdown
Hmm I wonder if todays US Gov shutdown (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24302508) will affect the NSA at all?
I assume that the NSA will declare themselves indispensible.
I can't find the 'submit spelling corrections' button but:
'so that analysts can pore over it' the 'pore' should be 'pour' since a pore is in your skin, not under it where the NSA want to be.
So does that mean
I'll be able to pick up a Z10 in a fire-sale?
Just the thing to go with a playbook.
It's a shame
Well yes... I guess
I convert mine to FLAC first and then MP3 when required, since I don't necessarily want to listen to every CD I own, but on the commute I would like to have a good selection, and MP3 is fine for that.
At home I can 'party mode' my FLACs, or MP3s come to that, or choose to spend 5 mins trying to find that one CD I really want to listen to (or 20 seconds to find it in my collection).
Having just moved at least my CD collection is back into order on my bookshelves - which I prefer to use rather than a CD a rack because it's a lot less hassle to insert a new CD if I should ever buy one.
Michael Laine and Liftport
I am surprised that Liftport (http://liftport.com/IPS/page/index.html) are not mentioned - Ok they don't have rockets but if they are successful then their legacy is likely to be more far-reaching.
Won't somebody think of the children!
What sort of world are they going to inherit? one where free speech is seen as 'the enemy'?
Ok, so some people use TOR for bad things, but cars aren't banned because some drivers have accidents, (or even 'deliberates'), it's the people that are 'bad', not the technology.
And those cursed muesliamists - eating their muesli with no regard to TLotF security (Amerika - f@~k yeh!) and you know muesli has Brazil nuts in? that's what I'm talking about.
Re: Hah something Science can't explain
>It must have been put there by some unknowable and strange force possibly an invisible pink unicorn,
>try and explain this one scientists!
What you see is above is off-the-scale levels of sarcasm I suspect.
Nice one - love the mug of tea (I presume).
Re: Why bother
Try FLAC - much higher quality than MP3 and said to be the equivalent of CD. Obviously file size is higher, but a large harddrive is the cure for that.
I use FLAC at home and convert to MP3 for my tablet which I use for commuting.
Let anyone onto a forum, but if more than n number of current forum members mark a users post as spam their account is locked and their posts deleted.
Send an SMS message? gets to be expensive but if there is a service where the reciever pays rather than the sender then any spammer will end up broke.
Forums have a voting system for other forum users to score a user - any unworthy poster gets blocked.
err - magic?
Re: Haha ha ha
Ha, yes I did mean education - hoist by my own petard :-)
Haha ha ha
I'm probably going to hell for this but...
How can they take themselves seriously?
What does it take for the poor deluded souls to admit that all religion is nothing more than a means for some people to control others?
There should be an inverse relationship between religion and science - and by now the religion side of the scale should be at zero - what went wrong*?
* I'm guessing the word eduction will be in the answer
And this from the land of suing? I would imagine that once the dust has settled there should be a lot to claim back for.
Ridiculous - what's next using comic sans is seen as slanderous or the sign of a socio-path?
Do TNMOC sell Raspberry Pi's? if not then they might consider having a few (and accessories) for sale since once a child has tried their hand at programming it would be a good way to get started.
Aside from that I also recommend visiting the BP site - there is just so much, and if you read the notices and ask questions you'll uncover the story of the 21st century.
And to think that all this could have been lost.
Phew - looks like the cat is alive.
Re: How some deal with devices
>No clue why but stuff like this always interests me.
GCHQ et al have been in the security business a long time - they have seen so many tricks and tried so many tactics that it's interesting to see what has survived as a simple, understandable ad effective system to ensure as secure an environment as reasonably possible.
Having people grow up in a family/ dynasty that takes secrecy as the normal way of doing things is part of the picture, but it's all the physical, technical, psychological and behavioural layers that reinforce each other.
I guess it's the engineers view of a well-designed system that gets the attention - it is that for me anyway.
The law is the law - exactly as it is written, not any more and not any less.
The problem is that laws are written by a variety of people, changed over time and have various other laws superseding parts of them and all sorts of other issues.
Thus there is no 'the law' (and certainly no 'spirit of the law') but a succession of laws that are not free from errors and conflicts, and can thus be interpreted in a variety of ways.
Then you have international agreements to consider.
What can be done? who knows - maybe corporations should not be taxed at all (maybe by not having profits - all income is spent on R&D and costs and then the leftovers split between employees... discuss!), and everyone earning more than 20k should be taxed at 40%, or whatever figures people can agree on - something a lot simpler and harder to evade/avoid.
Plate tectonics a recent 'discovery'
It wasn't until the 1960's that plate tectonics was accepted (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plate_tectonics) so any work done before that would be part of the 'common knowledge' that hasn't been re-visited.
I wonder what other 'facts' are awaiting re-interpretation?
Unless I'm missing something:
No microSD slot? or mention of OTG capability, bluetooth version and profiles, HDMI, USB charging, camera(s), GPS, 3G.
Sounds more like an ereader rather than a tablet.
I didn't say I liked her ('Ukulele Anthem' -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZaR_4us6Ec- is worth a listen to though) - only that I have purchased her music.
My point is that nowadays there are more ways to purchase music and I doubt that the 'charts' are at all representative of what people are actually buying.
When I go to Amanda Palmers website and buy her digital music direct does this show on these charts?
Same with Jonathon Coulton, Paul and Storm etc..
Let alone sales of CDs at shows - are those included?
If not then surely the charts are as out of date as the 'music industry'.
Cue a random word generator.
Lets take up all the slack of those pesky collections of letters that aren't words yet - then we can published them and see which ones stick.
Sounds like a load of xpese to me.
Probably that the effects of 'dark matter' are no more than the intrusions into our space-time of several (|many) extra dimensions, which we cannot directly detect.
As a result we can see their resulting effects, but not their causes - we cannot interact with them directly and I doubt we'll be able to predictably use them either.
Else it could be that membrane theory is nearer the mark in predicting matter that exists at different energy levels, again these membranes cause an effect, but not one that we can do anything with or about.
Imagine an insect on the surface of a pond that gets a stone thrown into it - the insect is being affected by forces but has no idea what causes those forces to act on it - neither can it do anything about the causes of those forces.
Ready for the total perspective vortex? try Celestia at shatters.net/celestia/ - or find it yourself.
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