1050 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009
Re: I fear for the future
"It's too bad the comments are being voted against; I was hoping to nominate such luminaries as:"
I would definitely have offered up the Shadows as a suggestion.
Oh, and why are so many uninformed crazy folk suggesting that Daleks should be lumped in with robots? Don't you crazy people realise that there is a living creature inside a Dalek?
Re: I fear for the future
"since the question was “Who would win in a fight?”, one might expect the answers to skew towards nasty violent types"
Yeah, but for the moment the question is actually "who shall we put in the fight in the first place?"
Plus, they'd stand a very good chance of winning if they just take off and nuke the site from orbit (because, as we know, it's the only way to be sure).
Unless any of the others have a means of transportation, in which case they wouldn't stand a very good chance of winning if they just took off and nuked the site from orbit (because, as it would therefore turn out) it isn't the only way to be sure.
[On why Old Who is better than New Who...]
" yes, it was science fiction but it also attempted at times to explain the science of the time.
Why does that comment suddenly cause me to conjour up an image of Jon Pertwee sat at a table on which he has constructed something from a tea cup and some coat hangers, and other odd things just lying around, to act as some kind of sensor. I wish I could remember what episode it was, but I can't.
You're a tinfoil hatter. :p
More seriously, if those concerns are valid (not that Google has any form, of course... ahem) then it doesn't make a single jot of difference if you say "no thanks" - the problem is other people saying "yes please".
Re: The title is too long
"Should start the review with that."
And end it there, too.
"Microsoft are just somewhat ahead of the curve"
You mean they've gone around the bend?
"The shuffling of the programmes down was something that was done way before the B+ or B+128."
Yes, it was - but with the extra memory to play with, it could be done differently. I wrote a fairly generic1 bit of 6502 code for the purpose - which, I'd guess, probably did similar things to the ROMs you mentioned. Not that I can remember in any great detail now.
I wish I still had that computer.
1. Fairly generic for the stuff I had, tweaked slightly for some which were a little nastier, IIRC.
"Being an enhanced replacement for its predecessor rather than a radically new model, the Raspberry Pi Model B+ seemingly mirrors the BBC Micro B+, itself essentially an upgraded version of the BBC B with 64K and some other improvements."
There were two B+ models - one with 64K and one with 128K. I found myself with the former.
"It was also quite short-lived and AFAIK not that well-known. (Personally, I wasn't even aware of its existence at the time)."
Neither was I until I bought a second hand BBC, and discovered it was something a little more. :)
The extra RAM was handy for getting tape-based games to run from disc, when they were tight on memory: A little extra RAM was used for the disc interface, so software would load at a higher location and have less memory to play in, which some didn't take kindly to - but with the extra memory, you could load a tape-based program (from disc) into a higher location anyway, disable the interface and set the memory map as per a tape based system, move the software down in RAM and run it.
A very underrated movie, IIRC. I might watch it again soon.
"Talking to your watch is only uncool now because
Apple hasn't got one outtoday's yoof don't know about Knight Rider."
Re: Meanwhile, laser light appears
Don't worry, they'll be mounting them on frikkin' sharks first, for testing purposes.
Re: Copyright aping nature.
"Looks like the simians are alive and well working at the various copyright offices of the world."
Well, we already know they work at the USPTO, so why not the copyright office as well?
Re: It really doesn't matter
I'd say thirded, but I think it needs to be said in an Irish accent: Turded. It just seems appropriate, somehow.
Re: I'm puzzled by this article
"The fact that the monkey does not either just means the selfie isn't copyrightable. It really is that simple."
Well that sorts out any issue of whether or not that Jimmy Wales selfie can be copyrighted.
Yeah... and the same with DVDs: Buy a particular film, and see different editions (or formats) of the same film appear in your recommendations.
Of course, part of the problem with DVDs is that different editions/formats are catalogued separately. Wouldn't it be nice if, when you searched for a particular film, the search results page didn't list each version of the film separately, then the close or related matches in the same way - but instead, the first result was just the film you searched for, then each subsequent result was just one result for each individual film Amazon considers a close/related match.
Click on the page for the film, and there it can list different editions in the catalogue.
Note that if you visit the page for a version of a DVD you've already bought, it tells you at the top you bought this item on such and such a date. By listing DVDs in the way above, it could say you bought "such and such a version of this film on such and such a date".
Under the current system, if you've bought "Popcorn Blockbuster 3: The Sequel's Sequel - Ultimate Edition" and you forget, you could find yourself on the page for "Popcorn Blockbuster 3: The Sequel's Sequel - Final Ultimate (We Really Mean It Until The Next One) Edition" and buy it again.
If the underlying database is per film, and the editions are listed under that, the problem goes away. Indeed, if Amazon did it like that, I'd quite happily tell them what films I've already bought from elsewhere. Sure, they'd be more than happy for me to buy the same sodding film twice, but they'd be providing a better customer experience, and in return for that I'll happily give them more data to make better recommendations to me, and therefore encourage me to spend more.
And while they're at it, including an IMDB link for each film as well would be useful.
"Or that news stories about possible production problems function as advertising?"
Quite possibly, yes. News of a shortage could help ensure the
true believers in Applanity fanbois are willing to queue up outside the Temples of Applanity Apple Stores days before the new Icon of True Faith shiny iThing is Rendered Unto the World of Men officially on sale.
Apple have an over-hyped reputation to maintain, after all.
Re: How about
Does handedness really matter when drinking? I'm right handed, but my drinking hand varies with seemingly no rhyme nor reason.
Re: How about
That was my thinking when I read that. There is some logic to having both on the one mug - representing that it's an overpuddlevulture launch of a eurovulture project. Or something like that.
You made no mention of sharks with frikkin' lasers! I want - no, DEMAND - sharks with frikkin' lasers.
Re: So, exactly the same as BlackBerry's AppWorld_of_disappointment then...
"I don;t understand why IT folks aren't drunk all the time. Or, perhaps they are."
That is all.
"Defru has a different and simpler approach ... it prevents the user from using the internet by showing a fake scan when using different websites."
And the malware displays a message saying:
"Detected on your computer malicious software that blocks access to certain Internet resources, in order to protect your authentication data from intruders the defender system Windows Security was forced to intervene."
So up until the comma, the malware is actually telling the truth - it's just referring to itself.
Re: This can't end well...
well at all, unless you specifically allow it. :)
Congratulations to those boffins for developing the first fairground ride designed specifically for moths. It's not much of a ride, but it's a first attempt, after all.
They can be annoying enough as it is, and now you have to wonder if they're spying on you as well.
Erm... I mean moths, of course, not GCHQ, which we already know probably are!
Re: Its not just Kate Bush
So how do you know there's someone called Kate working at his local strip club?
Yeah, but it's still spelt schadenfreude! :)
Re: All well and good...
Re: All well and good...
I second that
emotion request for the name of the app!
Re: we need the public to become educated in the tools they are using and what can be installed
"How exactly does selling phones with pin codes stop that?"
Quite - if anything it helps with that, because (based on a massive statistical sample of one - my mother1) I suspect selling phones with PIN codes will result in people realising that their phones support the use of PIN codes!
Personally, I think passwords (or PINs) should be mandatory on anything of this sort - not just phones, but also tablets, laptops, desktop PCs. Too many people don't bother - so legislate so that the manufacturers (and OS developers as appropriate) have to make password/PIN access compulsory, rather than optional.
It's a dreaded nanny-state approach, but one that forces people to at least use some form of limited security, and hopefully some will go on to learn why.
1. technically, I'm talking about a tablet rather than a phone - but she didn't have a PIN or other form of security set up on it. My brother visited her house and used the tablet while he was there, and she was not best pleased to discover he had logged her out of Skype, and she couldn't remember the password to log in again. At which point, yours truly gets asked to sort it out. Sadly, I wasn't asked to set it up in the first place - my nephew did the deed, and couldn't remember the password he used. D'oh! Still - sorted now.
"and somehow would have to be retrofitted to older vehicles"
Quite - not to mention the inevitable risks from hacking (so bogus signals can be sent to other cars), jamming (someone's bound to... it'll be illegal, but someone will), and the communication being extended to become YATS (yet another tracking system).
A simpler, and probably safer, system would be entirely self contained. Put further time and development effort into sensors that will recognise other things on the road, and correlate them with the speed and direction of the vehicle, giving the driver signals and warnings as appropriate.
I've no problem with that data being recorded and made available to insurance companies and plod only where the car is then involved in an accident or is pulled over legitimately for some errant behaviour. It should not be routinely available.
"Visit a mirror of the Tor service hosted on the mainstream web, however, and not only is the track listing redacted, but surfers are shown a rundown of potentially personally identifying information blabbed by the browser."
Well, you say that, but...
Time on Page00:00
How dare they steal Apple's revolutionary new idea and put it on sale before Apple even came up with it!
Re: fixed it for him
Hang on, I think I have a new game here to replace rock, paper, scissors - and is less complicated than Sheldon's rock, paper, scissors, lizard, spock.
It's called: News of the World, Google, NSA:
News of the World beats (is worse than) Google.
Google beats (is worse than) the NSA.
NSA beats (is worse than) News of the World.
Does anyone think it'll catch on? I'm wondering if it's worth getting it patented with the USPTO!
Re: On which internet is google an "opt-in site" ?
"You should install a little thing like no-script. Its a bit of a faf at first to set up the permissions how you want them. But after that, google analytics and google-anything is blocked from running."
Re: I think that it has always been the case
I've certainly received emails from time to time from Twitter to tell me that so-and-so has "favorited" my twittish comment.
Re: maybe they should call it…
Only if they first change the company name to "Piss", "Sod" or "Fuck".
Re: Oh, OK - Odd, But OK.
"Just for your other useless research, I'll add that when I'm drunk and using my computer, I;
send really stupid e-mails with lots of typos and swear words
post really ridiculous messages on forums with lots of typos and swear words"
Yup... That sounds like me when I was younger. I remember sending a few absolute, er, 'gems' to usenet back in the day. I'm a bit more controlled these days.
Re: The sharks want their LASERs!
"Except it's not specific, Sharks are known to chew on underwater power cables."
They need a source of power for their LASERs!
"Since when did routers and IP CCTV cameras become "IoT" devices?"
They're "things" and they're connected to networks/the internet - just like your computer.
Which is why IoT is such a stupid term.
Re: iTunes is pretty much malware under Windows anyway.
"I now use Songbird. Much nicer."
Or, rather, Nightingale, since Songbird was discontinued.
Re: iTunes is pretty much malware under Windows anyway.
"LMAO, so because of a weak PC o/s causing the problem, Apple is the culprit ?"
They're certainly to blame for it being an absolutely awful bag of shite* that I couldn't wait to get rid of. (I now use Songbird. Much nicer.)
* IMO. YMMV.
"What happens if the footage was taken by a monkey?"
I don't know about a monkey, but if it was an ape, I'm absolutely positive the resulting legal wrangling would lead to the ape leading his people in a revolution. Meanwhile, a space craft of some kind will be launched, and something would happen to it [and its human crew] and they'd return to Earth some time in the distant future, only to discover that man had fallen, and apes now ruled the planet.
All because of an argument over copyright.
Re: Looks like Google Translate wouldn't make a good heckler
That sounds more like someone starting to call out bollocks, but half way through they suddenly realise/understand what the speaker is saying and then agreeing with them in an embarrassed manner.
"Boll... oh, [I] see, [o]kay, [y]es."
Re: Local Confusion
Even simpler, Bristol's website has a form to add or remove your details from the open register.
Unfortunately, though, all I need to opt A N Other in or out, regardless of their own preference, is to know who they are and where they live. There's also a compulsory phone number field, but that's (a) probably not checked and (b) something else I could very well know about A N Other anyway.
"These forces, named after the Dutch physicist who noticed them, involve all attractive and repulsive forces between molecules or parts of them that cannot be chalked up to covalent bonds or electrostatics. These include close-range quantum effects and dipole-dipole interaction, and are used by gecko lizards to climb sheer surfaces, and also draw small aircraft, piloted by playmonauts, toward trees."
No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off
Re: Size Part 2...
The odd dot of colour isn't going to help one single jot if, as I suspect Andrew meant, you're reaching around to the back of the PC, effectively blind, trying to find where to plug in the lead.
Re: It'll be good in about 5 years time...
"The edges of the connector and the socket should have been tapered a bit to make sure that if you're trying to plug it in while driving or in the dark"
If you're trying to plug it in while driving, you're doing it wrong.
Doing what wrong?
Re: Who trusts a third party with their authentication?
"I see you got two downvotes immediately. That'll be one from the NSA, and one from GCHQ. Both of those love it when people put important stuff "in the cloud".
They'd love what I saw a week or so back: a password database that took the form of a Google Docs spreadsheet. I expressed my concerns at the perpetrator, but it was pretty much a waste of breath.
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