4477 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
the TL;DR version:-
The American dream
Re: not in scotland
You mean the wee-frees whose website is closed on Sundays?
No, I've never heard of them and certainly wasn't being ironic.
Re: not in scotland
That's because Scotland doesn't have a bunch of radical Presbyterian fundamentalists - like the CoE
Re: Childish Names
Tell me about it. We have a new company name from an expensive branding agency which "envisions the qualities of ...." whatever the company is about.
The fact that it's a made up word they could get the .com for is completely coincidental
Re: New York must be a Utopia or something
>major property crimes
Steal a wallet with $10 at gun point, nobody cares
Steal an iPhone worth $500.01 and it counts toward the crime statistics.
So the Police cheif gets fired because "major" crime went up.
Re: NYPD desperate to cut Apple crime
So the police shoudl just shoot fanbois - a win for everyone
Re: Absolutely Ridiculous
Ok punk hand over your wallet and your phone.
Is it an iPhone?
Now go to system->about->version, Oh I see it's 7.01, well I want be able to use that, here have your phone back sorry to have bothered you.
Re: So closed source solution * NSA championed algoritm * default option * slow =
If you were a suit would you pick a solution from the world's most trusted supplier of security products. With the initials of the guys that invented public-key encryption (sort of).
Or would you trust your business to some communist free stuff off the internet written by hackers in Russia or Oregon or somewhere?
Which would you choose tomorrow?
If RSA knowingly published a weakened crypto system for 5 years and are only now admitting it - how many of their other libraries are compromised?
It's not like the NSA ceased being naughty in 2007.
Why would anyone continue to use any RSA product?
I know Microsoft and Goolge also cooperated - but it's impractical for a company to drop them. But the only point of buying security products from a company like RSA is trust - if you can't trust them then why buy it?
Re: Maybe the clue's in the name?
Yes - you would be much better using a hardware random number generator. Like the one Intel builds into it's chips and which the NSA also "helped design" and which Intel won't let you see the details of ....
Re: "trouble spots such as Yemen and Syria"
> I will admit salad cream is still better.
Salad cream was invented as a way of detecting Fench spies:
"Here have some salad"
"Zank you very much Mr Fellow English Person"
"Now put this on it"
"Argghh non - I admit it I'm French, please don't make me eat that...."
Re: "trouble spots such as Yemen and Syria"
Do you want mayonnaise on your chips?
GCHQ - the thin red line protecting you from the threat of Belgian invasion
Re: Virgin Mobile have staff?
Always seemed a brilliant business proposition.
Hello Mr boring 3rd tier bank/airline/phone company - nobody has ever heard of you on the internet, so buy some of the Virgin brand. All the cool kids will go there and every time beardy does something daft in a balloon you get the publicity.
You understand how to run a bank/airline/phone company -we understand how to keep the brand in the headlines - everybody wins.
Virgin Mobile have staff?
I though VM, like all beardy's other businesses was just a marketing front end for another major player?
Here VM is just Rogers for the cool kids at a lower price.
Wasn't it the same for Virgin Megastores, Money and airline?
Re: So what will they call USB 3.1?
After impossible speed ?
You have to go to plaid
Re: Gold, Silver, Bronze or ... Silver versus low rent?
Back in the day of real cameras the makers would charge a premium for the black version over the silver.
People thought the black one looked more professional - and people would rather look like a paparazzi than just some rich idiot that bought the latest fashionable shiny toy
Just a head
Would mean fewer cameras, quicker rendering and easier automatic reconstruction (most heads are approximately spherical.
You don't need to scan the body in the same detail as the face/head and you could even choose a body from a pre-calculated library of stock bodies of varying "assets"
Re: (Almost) lost for words.
A HUGE national almost monopoly with no real competition with automatic government contracts -
It's not like he turned Apple around is it ?
Re: "front-runner for the chief executive seat"
I hope they remembered not to discuss this using Outlook.com
Re: This is illegal isn't it?
Depends - if Elop was working for Microsoft all along rather than in the best interests of Nokia's shareholders then a visit to the naughty step might be in order.
But since they can't give Nokia it's shareprice back then blocking the deal with MSFT isn't going to be in anybody's interest.
Re: @Goat Jam
There have been a few investigations where a local government suddenly stopped plans to switch away from Windows after a large Gates foundation donation.
And like any large charity it is a hedgefund first, to make the money it spends - some of it's investments have been a little less than ethical.
>I think I prefer to have no millions but retain my integrity.
It would be nice to try the alternative though....
Re: Come on
This place is crawling with them - national symbol and biggest pest.
When do we get a chance to vote?
Re: Well knock me down with a feather.
s / tor / cash /
Re: Oldest, not closest
But Britain is at least their oldest enemy
It also has the advantage that when you discover a bunch of dead civillians filled with 7.62 it's rather easier to blame it on the other side.
It's difficult to claim an Al Queda F15 bombed a wedding
Re: Google's Corporate Social Responsibility statement
He said they were addressing climate change - he didn't say they whether they were reducing or increasing it
Re: Not such a good deal
It pays $1.3M for hangers, it would pay a lot more flying in-out of SFO or SeaTac and they wouldn't have the convenience of having a jumbo sized runway next door.
Private jets don't normally share the same airport as jumbos. Except in this case the "private jets" are jumbos - it's tricky to fly a 767 out of your local GA strip.
Not such a good deal
Google get a free airport next door to the Googleplex instead of having to drive to the nearest commercial airport where they could land their full size passenger jets and wait in the same queues as everyone else and pay landing fees. they also get discount fuel.
So it's like me being allowed to use Buckingham Palace as a helipad, getting a fuel discount, not paying the congestion charge - and paying only the same for parking as I would anywhere else in London.
Re: Frankly I don't see the problem
Suppose you got the job (or several of the jobs) and instead of turning up yourself "sub-contracted" the work out to a cheaper illegal immigrant - keeping the difference.
Especially if you are the same minority group yourself and are relying on "all looking the same" to the managers.
Before the tightening up of security it was pretty much standard for most of the low paid workers at Heathrow.
.... shareholders ....
Nobody really cares if the NSA are slurping your customers data
But if you are an IT manager at a Brazillian oil company and you put all the data in a US cloud to save a few $.
Now mysteriously US Oil companies all seem to underbid you in contracts
Then your shareholders might want a bit of your bonus back
Microsoft is licensing a major hardware brand
> Microsoft is licensing a major hardware brand and buying an expert hardware team
No it isn't - anymore than Google became a HW company when they bought Motorola
It's about your lawyers being able to make money off other people's sales
In checked baggage
You can carry guns/ammunition in checked baggage but not a joke "take a number" sign shaped like a grenade?
In fact it's become standard practice among film-makers and photographers to pack a gun with heir expensive equipment and declare it - so that it gets special treatment, instead of being stolen by the baggage handlers or TSA.
Houston airport has a huge steel bar surrounded special luggage room just for lugagge with guns
Re: Legacy of Carly Fiorina and Mark Hurd
HP did go back to it's roots in measurement and test instruments and is still doing pretty well - only they sold that bit.
Re: I know this is like kicking a dead horse, but...
It would only be really ironic if the director of the NSA used a Mac, and installed parralels....
Re: I think Torvalds is losing it
You have to get past his legions of killer penguins (*with laser beams)
Re: Read the source
Which is perfectly reasonable.
Use the Intel RNG if you are doing Monte Carlo simulations - use real random numbers if you are encrypting your plans to kill the president (of Belgium)
Re: I think Torvalds is losing it
>suffers from a severe lack of both social skills and tact
"benefits" from ..
Re: I doubt it has much to do with randomness
Remember when they were planning this feature the NSA presumably thought the enemy might be Russia or China, or Iran, or Belgium. It's difficult to persuade the KGB to use Google for it's root CA.
Although nowadays it's probable that both the NSA and KGB outsource to Booz-Allen
Statistical tests for randomness DO NOT tell you if somebody else knows the sequence.
There are published books of random numbers, they pass all the tests for randomness (as does pi) but the next number in the sequence isn't a secret if you wrote the book.
And how many of these traitors
Are are now being brought to trial?
There is still a lot of difference in "3" since we started farming !
We have evolved a bit in the last 8000 years. A lot of us can now drink milk as adults and about half of us can metabolize alcohol and gluten.
Our bodies have evolved since we started doing farming, but not much since we started doing takeaway
Re: Naturalist! = evolutionary biologist
No he makes the correct point that "number of offspring surviving to breeding age" is now totally disconnected with any genetically inherited characteristics.
If accidents are the major cause of death of young people it's hard to see the selection pressure - unless there is a gene for not stepping in front of a bus,
Re: So if I live in Barnsley
> they should have passport checks at the border of Yorkshire anyway.
In or out ?
Re: The least of its problems
>Not having a reset switch? Not a problem. (Pull the plug out, or use GPIO)
That's one of the problems in schools - the micro USB socket soon suffers from constant plugin-out especially when the little darlings aren't as careful as a BOFH
Re: re: Another code word they use is "bush2bush pipeman"
"There's no evidence for it - but it is scientific fact"
That used to be a joke before Theresa May
No - go for the 'P' model made by political prisoners - then there is no decrease in quality on a friday afternoon
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