I think it was a character in a Tess Gerritsen novel who remarked "I can teach a monkey to operate. I cannot teach it _when_ to operate."
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I think it was a character in a Tess Gerritsen novel who remarked "I can teach a monkey to operate. I cannot teach it _when_ to operate."
I'm looking forward to reading Angela Merkel's reaction to this :-)
First we had Pulseaudio. When googling solutions to problems I almost always came across a post by Poettering raving about how wonderful Pulseaudio was and it didn't need fixing.
Pulseaudio went to the great bitbucket in the sky and my systems stabilised again.
Until SystemD. When I allowed SystemD on board it was like going back to the awful Windows days. Bugs, problems, opaqueness and no fixes.
Now I'm back to SysVinit and no longer have frustrating mornings getting the PCs to boot properly. The sad thing is that I cannot yet uninstall the the SystemD mess 'cos too many packages have dependencies on it.
If Debian stick with SystemD then, sadly, it's bye bye Debian.
The marketeeers have shot themselves in the foot. There is a place for discreet ads on a page but large flashing red ads are what drove me into the arms of adblock, a cosy place where I intend to stay.
I have no right to force myself onto a web site which doesn't want me to use an adblocker but I can, and do, vote with my feet and wallet. (OK, for the pedants: my fingers and little stash of cash.)
So Bill Gates has caved in to Trump. MS have "switched off part of the Internet"!
(Joke Icon if it were available, which it is not)
Most of the comments above are relevant and thoughtful BUT seem to be missing the point.
We have here a reasonably sophisticated, very inexpensive little computer. Those of you old enough to remember will recall that a Sinclair Spectrum was a sizable investment in its time. The Pi is practically a pocket money device. The foundation emphasises low price. If you're worrying about SATA ports and USB speeds and really do need them then you can doubtless afford something more upmarket than a PI.
The Pi is cheap enough to embed in a number of tinkerer's projects such as a super doorbell or a baby monitor. You can also turn the kids loose on it. If they destroy it it won't break the bank to pop out and get another one.
Obviously the builders have implemented the first law: "A robot may not harm a human being...".
Otherwise towards the end of the video the robot would have been quite justified in thumping the bod with the stick!
Just to add a little info, the Maltese Casino was a modified, already existent, virus. I examined the innards and saw that the date check code was very clumsy although it did work. It was nowhere near as elegantly written as the rest of the .com file. However it served as a good detection string.
Strangely enough the 15th August is a national holiday in Malta - a big one - where we literally celebrate not becoming part of Germany during WW2. Malta was out of food and aviation fuel. Fighters could not take off. The Ohio made it into harbour and fuel was trucked straight to the waiting planes!
Anyway, the point is that the writer set his code to trigger on a day when the fewest computers would have been turned on. Most businesses would be on Summer shutdown and everybody would be at the beach!
Google, the advertising company, supplies a search function to world+dog. You ask, it searches. If one wants to be forgotten then the thing to do is surely to delete the embarrassing data. Then Google won't find it.
As I understand it, the way this 'right to be forgotten' is being implemented is that Google, having found the data, has to take steps not to display it. At the moment it is almost working but can it scale up?. Can it handle photos? Can Google notice that Mr A Politician is in that group of drunken guys skinny dipping 20 years ago?
Listen here you lot. Y2K was bad enough. We worked for months to fix it and got through with flying colours. For my part only one (non critical) field on a GUI misbehaved on the 1st January and that was because, according to the supplier, they changed the specification for the function. ("We'll be sending you the compiler upgrade")
So a few days later the know-it-alls were trumpeting that there never really was a problem.
Now with the progressive dumbing down of non-technical management I forecast that not enough resources for fixing and testing the 2038 bug will be made available. (After all Y2K wasn't a problem was it!) My condolences to those whose job requires them to somehow make bricks without straw.
So I suggest that those of us who may be around at the time should read all the pre-Y2K articles about surviving it. Have ready cash, canned food, extra petrol for the car etc. Thankfully I am retired but at 88 I don't really want to be patching anything - not even my alarm clock.
The entire discussion has ignored the fact that the word "gay" really means something like happy, lighthearted, carefree, and was only hijacked into a sexual meaning in, I think, the sixties. Time Magazine actually wrote about this once. I can only place the article to pre 1972.
From experience I have noticed that a very slow ammonia buildup may go unnoticed until it reaches an uncomfortable level.
I remember arriving late at work and smelling ammonia. Nobody else in that section of the building had yet noticed it - it was a leak into a cold airstream which cooled a store. I ordered the building evacuated. As people left a phone rang from the engine room. "we think there might be an ammonia leak....."
That's another good example. Phoenix went to great lengths to show "no copying" while writing their BIOS. The process was "refereed" all the way. However we are here talking about the US judicial system which has been described as "the best that money can buy" (or was that the govt?)
Wasn't the API copyright issue done to death during the SCO vs Rest of the World litigation? I am under the impression that US law is precedent based so that this would be a non-issue.
Isn't this an attempt to "monetize" bugs. (Note the z :-) )
I used to work with 2 people who ALWAYS printed out their email to read. So typically:
"What do you think of XYZ's proposal" (sent yesterday)
"Oh, I haven't printed my emails yet"
"Well when you do you'll find you missed the deadline."
So they would print the emails, read them and then use the back of the paper as rough paper or to print the next crop of mails. (eco friendly, see?)
Isn't it a shame that they called it "Orion"?
As far as I am aware "Orion" was the name given to the concept of nuclear pulse propulsion where a rocket would be propelled by small nuclear explosions "pushing" on a plate at the back of the craft.
Has anybody read Larry Niven's "Footfall"? An Orion craft spearheads the best space battle I have ever read.
Why are they targeting the search engine? It simply tells us WHERE the information is. To me, this seems analogous to instructing map-makers to leave out the shadier streets in a town.
If people want to remove embarassing information they have to get the website to remove it. I know that this is impossible but frankly getting Google to censor information makes me feel uneasy.
Somehow the terms "security by obscurity" and "start of a slippery slope" spring to mind.
I don't know who decided that the importance of yeast has been underestimated but it certainly was not a brewer.
Breweries go to great lengths to "protect" their yeast. This includes maintaining cultures at two independent laboratories and growing up a new culture from a single cell every 8 to 12 generations and maintaining "backups".
In emergency procedures manuals it is not unusual to find yeast preservation as a priority. During normal production yeast quality is monitored more carefully than the average baby's health.
(I am both a father and a brewer)
I can only state this from a personal viewpoint. Systemd appeared out of nowhere and suddenly I felt I was thrown back 20 years. My systems are more difficult to maintain and stability is not a fact of life. This guy has the cheek to complain about his treatment. Yes, he has reduced a large number of previously happy users to nervous wrecks!
Is "the internet of things" another fad like cloud computing?
I can understand linking a fridge to the web, so that it can order stuff I might not want, but why on earth would anybody want their car management system linked to the www?
Or, even even worse, a pacemaker. You really need to have absolutely no enemies to do that safely <g>
Please note, I assume a difference between "connected to the web" and "accessible under controlled conditions".
Granted that Brits spend more than others on music, what is the price per song/track whatever?
Are the British buying more songs or paying more per song?
Panadol + Codeine + Caffeine preparations work a treat on me. I know that codeine is addictive but as my consulting surgeon put it, it doesn't matter 'cos I'll always need to keep taking it.
All of which makes me wonder how well the test was conducted.
I remember something called a "sense of humour". Has this been filtered out of the gene pool?
"incentivize" on a supposedly English web page?
Quite possibly a cooling tower(s) is part of the system. This needs to be in the open. Also compressors generate a lot of heat so it is normal practice to put them on roofs, even in hot countries. They can always be shaded by a lightweight panel.
I've never used, or even seen, LogMein but wouldn't TightVNC do the job? I have have controlled Windows PCs from a Linux one using Tight VNC over a phone line or a VPN.
In any field, senior personnel age and need to "bring up" their successors.
You start by training them in the basics - reality rather than what they learned at University.
"Do it my way" should be the first approach. Then you give them more leeway as they grow into the job. It works - it has worked for me (NOT in IT) and it's a poor pupil that cannot surpass his master.
My father used to say of evolution "After all, it's only a theory".
To many people theory does not even mean "hypothesis", more "wild guess".
The best reply I've found to people who pick on "theory" is "So music probably doesn't exist does it? We study the theory of music!"
I am old enough to remember when this started. (That's not a brag, more of a rueful comment.)
New Scientist carried the story in the early 70's following a letter from the teacher involved.
Mpemba was late to class, when they were making ice cream. The process involved boiling the milk. After the cooling down period Mpemba's batch was noticably hotter than that of his classmates but it got put in the freezer anyway.
To everybody's surprise it was the first to harden. The beauty of this phenomenon is that every time the subject is raised the reactions are similar to these. My mother's comment when I mentioned the Mpemba effect was "Everybody knows that it happens that way"
Sadly I have never got around the testing the phenomenon in practice.
Obviously rubbish. This does not contrbute to "Global Warming" hysteria and must therefore be wrong. Don't these people know that science works by stating unfounded opinions and not by careful measurement and study?
This announcement comes on the same day that the German govt announced that Windows 8 devices have Trusted Computing backdoor.
So MS or the NSA can change my order of coffee to tea and record my subversive eating habits.
I may be naive but would appreciate a PRACTICAL reason for going to cloud data storage.
Are the cost savings that great? And is the security risk that trivial?
I would have thought that most potential cloud customers could "get away" with a decently specced server, thereby retaining control of their data.
The article mentions "at 60 deg C". If that is a requirement, not "extreme" conditions then there could be a problem commercialising the beast.
Do you really want to insulate your phone, MP3 player etc?
No icons available. Please imagine "Doubting Thomas"
Please remember that Debian comes in Stable, Testing and Unstable flavours. Frankly I have fewer problems with Unstable than I used to have with any version of Windows.
There is also "Experimental" but i would recommend safety clothing before playing with it :-)
The way Debian works, Unstable is cutting edge (for Debian anyway). Packages then drift down to Testing and finally to Stable. With Unstable you always have the latest and greatest - at a slight risk of course. Version numbers are irrelevant here. I installed debian once, over six years ago, and have had a relatively pain-free (almost boring) experience ever since.
Interestingly, I twice unsuccessfully tried to install Ubuntu on clean machines - Crap! Now I won't touch it - it has gone "commercial"
Excellent article. I suppose how interesting one finds it depends on ones kind of work. Have you ever tried to find a buyer for one million obsolete bottles (the product failed) or wanted 4 RS232 cables for an HP95, 20 years down its lifetime?
Obviously a Pak breeder...:-)
If you haven't read Larry Niven just move on.
How does this affect the PARIS (retroactively) and LOHAN projects? Will the Reg have to ensure that LOHAN does not pass over Guernsey? I can imagine Guernsey scrambling fighter planes to intercept LOHAN :-)
AFAIK Geostationary is a special case of Geosynchronous and can only happen if the orbit is exactly over the equator. In other cases the satellite returns to the same spot once a day.
Will a failed login result in the user being ejected? Padded ceilings anybody?
How come nobody has claimed anthropogenity for this phenomenon?
OK, so this "proves" that the earth has warmed up by 1 degree since 1950. Now the following questions need to be answered, just as rigorously:
1. Will this trend continue and haw far will it go?
2. Is the warming athropogenic? Or, possibly, what proportion of it is athropogenic?
This is NOT a victory for the climate sensationalists, just a conclusion that the earth is, indeed, warming up.
1. Bouquets or Brickbats (can't decide which) to the author for avoiding "global warming" and "climate change" in the article.
2. If we send out spaceships, which direction should they go? Frying pan -> fire anybody?
Many years ago Larry Ellison promised to show Microsoft up for the "purveyor of second rate software that it really is" (or words to that effect).
So having acquired the tools to do so with (OpenOffice, MySQL) he proceeded to destroy his side of things!
Even money says he'll now do the same with hardware.
I don't know if it applies to all Baptists, but the few I know reject Evolutionary theory. Is the name of the asteroid just a coincidence?
How about non-Windows users? Will this adversely affect our systems (Speed, stability.....)
Most commenters seem to be assuming that the US legal system actually works.
Going by what we read about IT and Patent related litigation this seems an unjustified assumption.
Personally I consider that any system where judges are elected is flawed. Think about it. You have judges elected by Americans trying a case between an American (electing) company and an overseas (non voting) one.
I can only speak about KDE. 3.5 was a small step down. 4 is insane. It has massaged the developers' egos at the expense of the users' experience.
Don't developers talk to their users any more? I am waiting for when I have enough free time and inclination to try something else.
"It remains unclear if the News Corp boss can be forced to testify at the inquiry as he is a US citizen."
Why not? He's doing business in the UK. Of course he could elect never to enter Britain again.
Could this be summarised as:
The globe should be warming up, but it isn't, but it should be.
Therefore we'll assume that it is, that way we get to keep our research grants.