1090 posts • joined 22 May 2007
There's nothing wrong with databases! You must be a pussy if you're afraid of a database! "Run away, run away, the databases are coming!" Pussy!
Oof! Sorry about that, I Kempf'ed out for a minute there... That was a weird sensation, I even thought I could feel a penis growing out of my forehead for a moment...
Wow, cats find a noise which makes ppl feed them... come on guys what is the point of this "research"?
Incidentally, my rats take a different approach. They start by climbing to the top of the cage and staring at me. If that doesnt work they start pushing the food bowl around. If that doesnt work, they start making as much noise as possible, distracting me from watching TV untill I get so ****ed off I feed em.
After which they hide all the food in their "house", then start the staring again, as if I dont realise where it's all gone. Well, at least they used to before I caught on.
Animals simply learn the best way to get what they want. All animals are the same, it's simple, and this research doesnt merit a story.
Godwin's Law in action
And only 5 comments in. Impressive!
"I would like to officially end this thread by noting the similarity of the aforementioned flamer with the title of a work by a mister A. Hitler from 1925."
Back on topic, Mr. Kempf: If you can't take it, don't give it!
I will add my request to the others for his contact details, so we can further extract the urine without clogging up el Reg's database.... I mean comments section.
I have never understood why even a national identity card would "need" such an intrusive database.
An ID card (or passport) should contain all information required to verify the bearers identity. The only thing which could be added to that is (as stated by "The Original Ash" above) a hash of (some of?) that data held centrally to verify that the card has not been forged.
They could get a lot more support for a NID programme if they did this, plus one other part for the convenience of the holder: User defined data areas.
What I mean is this: The card has additional data areas which can be used by other organisations. For example, a membership number for a club, or your bank card details, even 'electronic cash'. Even a phonebook, if you wanted... the point being that ANYONE can store small amounts of data on the card (with your permission).
Now obviously this presents some security issues, and I havent thought this through fully, but the idea is simple (and I can't understand why NuLab havent pitched it to get people on board): If you want to get more people on board, give them something that will make their lives easier. The convenience of these additional features, added to the assurance that only a hash of your private data is held, would probably win over the vast majority of people, and would still be a great help to law enforcement, imigration, and anyone else who needed to verify someone's identity.
"Presumably this research has only a one-third chance of being accepted by people who consider the population - and by extension themselves - to be generally open-minded."
This made me chuckle.
My above comment
Should have had the <- thumbs up icon not thumbs down.
Sorry, I'm having a "special" day today...
Am I the only one...
who read this:
"Human nipples, when attached to female bodies, are clearly pornographic"
and got an image in his head of people stapling human nipples all over their body, or wearing them as earings?
I pay my ISP (Be, incidentally, and I agree with Tom15 they dont complain over the HUGE amounts of data I transfer, normally filling the 18up/1.3down link) for a pipe to the internet.
They tell me it is an unlimitted pipe (somthing I have issue with, especially as since IWF came into play it is untrue for the vast majority of ISPs), so I download what I want.
They then complain I am downloading too much, as are other people.
Me: "Hang on, you told me it was Unlimitted"
ISP: "Yeah, but your DLing too much, its costing us too much, and we arent making enough money"
Me: "Tough s**t! You should have thought of that earlier!"
If you got a contractor in to do some repairs on your house, got a quote, he started then told you he needed to charge more because the materials cost more than he thought, what would you say?*
All in all, it's the ISPs who need to sort it out, not the 'content providers'.
* I know they do this regularly, and I know a lot of people accept it (which is WHY they do it), but think on the principal...
This is gonna **** ppl off
People who already have these cameras, and already have 3rd party batteries, will install the update and find these no longer work. This will cause problems.
If safety WAS the only thing they were concerned with, surely a pop-up message saying "WARNING: This is a non-panasonic battery. Use at your own risk" or similar would do a better job. It would scare off many people and yet still allow those who wish to take the chance. The only reason to completely block 3rd party batteries is to make more money.
lazy me but...
4) BOOBIES! BOOBIES! BOOBIES!!!
I will add that if these celebs are stupid enough to take their tops off where ppl can photo them, they deserve it plastering all over the tabloids. If they dont want that to happen, keep your top on! It aint rocket science!
...a "theres too many icons to choose from" icon?
"McElroy's global windfarm is going to take some time to build, as it requires the erection of massive 100m-tall turbines on every single piece of land where the load factor would be better than 20 per cent"
He said erection!
Science, gotta love it :)
If you want to see what something is made of, grab the biggest hammer you can find and hit it... hard!
Works for small things (only the hammer is another small thing, done in a big thing - particle accellerators) so why not the moon? Crash something into it and see what happens.
Maybe my boss will let me do the same with the old P3 I am forced to use to access one specific network...
"the increasing monitoring of citizens was breaking the bond of trust between the Government and the people"
"the increasing and already overwhelmingly intrusive monitoring of citizens is further damaging the already tattered mess of any remaining trust between the Goverment and the people"
I don't think there is ANYTHING that they could do, even if they wanted to, to regain my trust. This applies equally to all parties.
"When was the weights and measures act? 1969?"
I feel a song coming on...
"I got my first real six-string.
Bought it at the five-and-dime.
Played it till my fingers bled.
It was the summer of '69."
Sorry I know this isnt helpfull. Dont need a coat in this weather...
Nicely done Simon!
Well, I guess it is a hard concept for a BOFH to understand, I can see the PFYs confusion. I mean, REWARDING the user for doing what he should? That's a sissie approach.
In this situation, the correct level of response would be to TELL the user to clear out his mailbox. If he didn't, delete it. Simple. The users must do as they are told, and they must learn this.
I think the company was careless anyway. They could be sued for the faulty fire extinguisher bracket!
They screwed up with the rules on KERS.
Now, had they allowed them to implement something more akin to the hybrid tech we see on the roads, incorporating regen braking, adding power and reducing fuel consumption, it may have worked. Say, no charging the batteries from 'mains', all energy to come from the engine or regen, power limit on the motor, or maybe the ability to use whatever size motor but reduce engine size or rev limit if you choose a big motor, but apart from that do as you wish. So the car can then be tuned to take advantage of the motor for whatever they want, not as a 'turbo boost' like you get in racing games, but as a truely integrated part of the car.
Well, I for one would like to thank those involved for cocking it up and stopping such a valuable development arena from helping advance the motor industry.
I seem to do that alot, but I got about halfway through the comments here.
I agree completely that breaking the project down into chunks for each person works best, you just tie that up a bit so everyone knows a little about everyone elses part to make it a team effort.
I will paraphrase: Those who can, do. Those who can't, manage. And to be frank, I have seen this alot: Those who are good at their jobs don't want to become managers, they want to do their job. Those who are crap at their job want to train to become managers. Not always true, but it seems to apply the majority of the time.
Firstly, what people do and say in their own time is their business, IMHO, unless they are a public figure.
What she said may have been made 'public', but I deride my employer in the local boozer after a few beers, loud enough for people to overhear, and I do not think this should reflect on my employment status.
Secondly, as "Waggers" pointed out, "just as bad" doesn't mean they are bad, and she didnt name the school, hence it should not have brought the school into disrepute.
And last of all, in starting these procedings, they have brought it into the public eye which HAS brought the school into disrepute.
Anonymous Coward 11:24 GMT
I quite agree. There is noone running for govt who even comes close to being who I want in power. If it was possible to tick the "Vote of No Confidence" box, and it was taken into account (i.e. if enough of these are cast, noone wins) I would. But the protest vote options are limited:
a) vote for a party you dont agree with, but who is unlikely to win (e.g. Greens/BNP etc). This is idiotic in my view as it suggests you support them, and you are screwed if they actually get into power.
b) Spoil your ballot. Problem with this is it still doesnt actually count.*
c) Dont turn up. Although this tends to suggest you don't care... which I do.
I can also see a (d) of running yourself, but I would make a terrible politician. I am not a leader and wont pretend to be.
So, what can I do. a, b, and d are useless, so that leaves c: I dont turn up.
*Interestingly enough, a friend was 'used' by the Lib Dems as a 'token' candidate. He said the candidates have to all look at a spoiled ballot and agree it's spoiled. That led him to (when he lost) praise those in his speach who wrote such things (and this was a mild one) as "You can all f**k off and die for all I care".
Smacks to me of...
MS putting their (dual-)boot in, pardon the pun.
Something along the lines of "Your OEM rates may be going up soon. Now, why dont you put Windows on those netbooks and we'll see what we can do"
This is how this govt operates, it pushes everything through the back door (and I know the conotations of this sentence... it still applies which ever way you take it... and theres another pun in that too lol)
Anyway, the police will not admit it, but the more people they arrest, the more DNA on record, the easier for them in future. As you cannot object, or else they will force you, there is not much which can be done except try to get the rules changed. Untill they are, this will continue.
Once they have enough DNA on their database, of course, they will just say: "well we have most peoples DNA, so why should we not have yours. everyone is to submit for DNA sampling immediately, or you will be arrested"
"the Windows O/S is a dog, and replacing the hard drive with an SSD looks to be the only practical way of turning our desktop mutt into a greyhound"
Also AC 11:42 "We know from history that whatever extra speed and resources we throw at microsoft they find a way to thrash them beyond their maximum!"
Yup both true. MS feels it is their right to consume all the resources in the PC, whether it be with their OS or their apps.
Thankfully there is a cheaper alternative to expensive SSDs: Run Linux. Even using a standard set up of Ubuntu (normally I use customised Debian-based setups) the interface is fast an responsive, whether on an old PC (K6-2 anyone?) or a new one, whether top end or bargain basement, and any extra resources you throw at it allow the apps to run better. Need a windows app? If WINE doesn't work for it, and it's amazing how many it DOES work for, and you can't find a suitable replacement Linux app, use a Windows install within KVM or Xen and you're laughing.
Of course this won'e suit everyone. Those who want to run the latest Windows games, or specific Windows apps, or similar, are tied down atm. But I reckon the majority would love it if they gave it a chance.
"to see Great Bustards breeding after an absence of 177 years is brilliant"
Wow that's a LONG dry spell!
Is there any real need to explain the PH icon here?
I for one...
...welcome our heavily armoured, self-replicating-like-bunnies overloards.
Well noone had posted it yet. What happens when they find that increasing their polulation is as much fun as "mount an immediate armoured assault on Beijing, regardless of nuclear response"?
PS The prospect of the software unilaterally "trying to perform those tasks to verify functionality" scares me too.
"Anyone desiring information about the Scientology religion should visit the Church web site at www.Scientology.org to form their own opinions"
So, then, if you want to learn about a "religion", you should listen only to views from that religion?
I am agnostic myself. I keep an open mind. But to gain a complete perspective you must listen to BOTH sides of a debate. Religions themselves will always paint themselves in the best possible light, and offer only views which correspond to their own agenda. It is the same with anyone trying to put forth their own argument.
I will add to this that I do not condone what WP have done. It is censorship, censorship is baaad, m'kay.
But, I also dislike CoS. I believe them to be a money-grabbing business playing with peoples lives for profit. I do not believe that any religion should charge people for being a member, or to gain knowledge of the religion they are following. All facts should be made available at the start, so the person may peruse them at their leisure, and eventually discover whether they actually believe.
One last thing @AC: If you want people to take you seriously, do not cower behind anonymity. A comment on here doesn't even show your real details, just your chosen user name, but at least people don't think you are scared to show your face. It is labelled "Anonymous Coward" for a reason...
@jake & Alastair
"If your IT staff can't handle more than one OS, I submit that you need new IT staff."
BRAVO! I wholeheartedly agree!
"You've made two big leaps of logic there.
1) People actually do find Linux fine. In my experience they don't- I know at least two people that bought original eeePCs and then took them back and traded them for Windows ones. They didn't like Linux.
2) This means users will want to try it on their home PCs. Netbooks are used for browsing and little else, home PCs can be used for all sorts of things. The average user never even reformats and reinstalls Windows in their PC's lifetime, it's quite a leap to suggest that they'll try out a Linux live CD"
WRT 1) I also know of people who did the same, but then they were idiots expecting it to be a fully functioning laptop. They were just as dissappointed with the XP versions. Those I know who bought netbooks for what netbooks are designed for (i.e. a bit of surfing, email, a few card games, IM...) were quite happy with Linux. Even those who bought the Maplin Minibook (Also CCL minibook, made by CnM) were happy for what they paid. The problem is the people who buy an eee and expect it to run the latest 3D games etc, and then whinge that they bought the wrong tool for the job.
As for 2, I know plenty of people who just use their expensive desktop PCs just for browsing & email. And the reason I walked this line of logic is that people have asked me to install linux for them, after trying a live cd that either a colleague gave them or they found given away for free. I discount the ones who actually downloaded and burned it themselves, as they actually know about computers to some degree. The low-end, non-computer-literate ppl liked the siomplicity, the speed, and the fact it was free (most of them were running pirate versions of XP before that).
What I wrote was actually based on my own experience, and that of people I know.
Can I just say that 15 years ago, when I first started using alternatives to Windows, most people said "Linux is only for geeks, noone else will use it!"
Now, we have moved to "Linux is for geeks and people who dont use their computer much".
Sounds like an improvement to me...
Whats happening is that slowly, Linux is gaining more users. As it gains more users, more apps are developed for it, user interfaces are improved, people become more familiar with it, and it gains more users.
Take netbooks & nettops. People are taking them up and finding Linux is fine, not the scary beast they heard of. This means they try Linux on their desktop, probably using a Live CD. They like the fact that it runs quicker than Windows, and try out the alternative apps. They like it, so install it.
Now we have a user who would most likely be quite happy with Linux on their corporate box.
I think, as was mentioned above, the real sticking point will be the IT Pros, many of whom consider themselves experts because they took a 1-week course. They have only ever dealt with Windows, and will have to learn from scratch to move the company over to Linux. So they will dig their heals in, and spread scare stories to the management about how hard Linux is to use.
As for applications, well, it is going to be a slow process IMHO, but as more ppl move to Linux at home (and the number of ppl asking me to put Linux on their machine instead of Windows is growing), the more apps will be written for Linux. This will be prompted by many, many phone calls to their help desks saying "I bought your software and it wont work on my PC", to the point where they see that it is worthwhile to port it to Linux.
All this will likely take another 10 years or so, but I seriously beleive that MS's days as dominant power in the desktop world are numbered...
I remember using this about a decade ago. At the time I was helping the Admin at school to secure the network (he'd just started, and we all knew the holes, as we'd been using them for years).
I noticed while rooting around that the password database on the NT DC was left on an unsecured share and I made a copy and took it home.
A week(!) later I brought back 200 double-sided pages of A4 containing everyone's username and password, including administrator (except mine of course). He actually toyed with the idea of changing it so the users couldnt change passwords so he could just tell them their password when they forgot. Instead we implemented a password strength policy.
It was amusing seeing the headmistresses password was... password, and of course the first one picked up by l0phtcrack. How much fun I could have had, pity I'm such an honest guy.
"I've never seen a drive which can go any where near that fast"
Just because most current drives cannot acheive the speed doesnt mean the bandwidth isnt usefull for something.
Take for instance SATA rev1 @ 150MB/s. When it was released most drives didn't even come close to reaching it. Now we have flash drives putting through sustained rates of over 200MB/s. In addition, if the data is already in the devices cache, it will be read at (at least close to) the bus speed.
The interface speed should always stay ahead of the device speed as, sooner or later, the devices will catch up.
Incidentally, IIRC, SATA rev2 @ 3GB/s is capable of 300MB/s, not 375, due to the 10/8 encoding scheme used.
As you can get a small petrol city car, which will have much more range and performance, and will not need expensive battery replacement after a couple of years, would probably work out cheaper over the 1-2years life of this thing. You would save about £7000 by going for something like an Aygo. Thats about 7000l petrol at current prices, 1540 gallons, or approx 90,000 miles (60mpg Aygo 'combined' economy), plus you would be able to take it on the motorway without being scared ****less (and a danger to everyone else)
They need the cost to be down in the £6-10k range before it will be even close to worth it.
Whos the thief?
So, for thousands of years these whales have been eating fish from those oceans. Then along comes a cheeky fisherman and takes those fish from the whales. Who's the thief?
Seems to me the whales are just taking back what was theirs in the first place!
If you are a programmer, use C, check your work, acheive fast, efficient programs.
If you are a script kiddie, use a language which checks everything for you.
Seriously, although everyone makes mistakes, this is just indicative of the dumbing down of society. It's like the warning lables on coffee cups at starbucks et al, saying "Contents may be hot." IT DAMN WELL BETTER BE IT'S COFFEE!!
That warning should be replaced by a standard notice on the door saying "If you are an idiot, do not enter." Similarly "If you are not a competent programmer, do not use C"!
Yes, currently Intel offer better performance, and AMD better value. Thing is, it used to be that AMD and Intel were on a level playing field wrt performance, but AMD offered better value.
Would the gap in performance exist if Intel had not used it's muscle with OEMs to hurt AMD? We will never know. But the situation may have been reversed had Intel not been naughty.
For me, I prefer AMD CPUs. I refuse to pay the premium for Intel, in terms of both CPU and Mobo costs. And Phenom II is such a big step in the right direction that I could see AMD catching up some time over the next few years.
( One last point, slightly off topic: Am I the only one who thinks Intel's i7 is just a copy of the Phenom? )
I remember this happening more than once at ASDA when I worked there (10+ yrs ago).
If the tills went down, the policy was for all managers in the store to man a checkout, and "estimate" the value of the goods in each trolley, just to keep things moving. They considered it worse for business to close the store and waste all their customers time than to loose money by undervaluing the goods. Worked well, although it took longer than normal if at a busy time (due to there being less managers than checkout operators), it helped keep things moving, and kept the customers goodwill.
RE: "As for those twits who zig-zag back and forth from left to centre lanes as they encounter slower traffic, what part of 'lane discipline' don't they understand?"
I'm not sure what you mean by this. The rule is stay to the left unless you are overtaking. Therefore, in normal circumstances (where you are driving a car, so are legally allowed to go faster than the wagons) you WILL 'zig-zag'. You will drive in the left hand lane until you are approaching a slower vehicle, pull out into the middle lane, overtake, and pull back in.
I may have misunderstood your comment, though...
Done the job
The BBFC here have probably done more to help the stated aims of this film than could have been done otherwise.
First off, many people will download the film just to see what the fuss is about. Personally, I won't (it's not my cuppa tea, give me some good ole' fashioned humping, or a bit of girl-on-girl, any day, I'm boring like that...), but the number of people who will see this film has likely now shot up from the BDSM crowd to the average, curious layperson.
Secondly, those who (like me) won't now at least know of it's existence, and I may be having a look round for info about the film and it's subject matter (if I get a rare free moment...)
OK I'm an idiot
That SHOULD have been AC, but it wasnt. My brain isnt working today...
@Mike & TeeCee
I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE I WANT ONE....
wait, thats not true...
I WANT TEN I WANT TEN I WANT TEN I WANT TEN I WANT TEN I WANT TEN I WANT TEN I WANT TEN I WANT TEN I WANT TEN I WANT TEN I WANT TEN I WANT TEN I WANT TEN I WANT TEN
Then again, price would have to drop substantially for me to be able to afford it. Maybe I could convince work it'd be good for their db servers, and accidentally order extra...
AC in case I put my plan into action
You've gotta remember...
they are art students. To quote the immortal Dave Lister
Lister: ...the whole of my life I've never had anything to hang on to - no roots, no parents, no education...
Rimmer: No education?
Lister: I went to art college.
You have to laugh, or else you'd cry...
"Second, and more worrying, was the way in which this measure was introduced into the House on Monday, as an amendment, with no debate permitted, to the Political Parties and Elections Bill."
This is the way of the current govt. The number of "ammendments" that have been made which should really have been passed through parliament for full debate is staggering. It mocks the entire political process (although this in itself is a mockery at the moment). A friend told me that some of these "amendments" have been larger than the original law, and others have been completely unrelated to whats being amended.
RE: "MPs are not a special case, they are our servants and need to remember that."
Ha! This has not been the case for a LONG time. They are our overlords, we must bow to their magnificence!
I found this hillarious:
"...your details will now be retained within my department..."
So, sonny, you have written to us to ask that your details, retained by us, should be removed. In response, I shall retain EVEN MORE information about you... MUAHAHAHAAAA!!!
I remember such 'txt spk' being used in IRC a long time ago. I'll bet there were other places too before that, but I'm only young :)
I absolutely hate how little emphasis is put on correct spelling and grammar today. For one thing it makes things more difficult to read. I often use abbreviations in text messages, but normally when I've run out of my 160 characters and need to compress it.
A friend told me something interesting recently, though (a teacher). A student taking an English Language GCSE exam can write the entire paper in txt spk and still acheive 95%! They can only penalise 5% for spelling, punctuation and grammar, ON AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAM!!
"they affect a negligible fraction of the populace"
OK, so I can go out an kill one guy... coz that affects "a negligible fraction of the populace"
"Sorry, AC, but there really isn't a place for God at the science table. Unless it can be tested, hence falsifiable, it's not science. And God, by most definitions, can not be falsifiable."
This is not a matter of a place for god in science. It is the place for Science within Religion.
I agree, God has no place in Science. BUT there is no reason why religion cannot embrace science. This is what the church is saying, and I agree completely.
RE: "Exaclty how does this promise to benefit anyone but a bunch of daft Physisists who can't make themselves understood in a room full of normal people and who spend all their lives underground in Switzerland because they can't get girls?"
Yeah an understanding of Physics and subatomic particles has NEVER benefitted anyone has it?
It may be that we cannot see the outcome right now. It may even prove to be that there IS no usefull info to be extracted from the LHC, and it's a giant flop. But without doing this experiment, we will not know.
What if the result of this research is a cheap, safe, sustainable source of power? Will it still be a waste of time then?
Even if all the LHC does is rovide more data, to be used by the next generation of scientists, to design more experiments, IMHO it is still worthwhile. Advancing our understanding of the universe is a worthwhile goal on its own, even if there are no immediate, tangible benefits.
To be quite honest, I've always found them to be a rip-off anyway.
I tend to use www.interparcel.com for anything larger than a letter, and theyve always been very reasonable. No probs under Linux.
As has been said multiple times above, this is either a case of crap developers, in which case I dont trust putting my card details in, or a specific block against OS's other than those they list, which is idiotic. Its a frigging web page!
a load of the comments coz I dont have time to read em, but heres my 2p worth.
THE ISP IS A PIPE! Or at least should be. It's only job is to provide a connection to the internet. It should not decide what we can or cant see, how fast certain things are allowed to go, which bits are important. They should provide a link into the network, full stop.
So what happens when CRASH crashes?
"Try a 3 MB/s SATA interface"
Erm, that would be SLOOOOOOOOW.
It IS on a 3GBit/s SATA IF, aka SATA-II, delivering about 300MByte/s max interface bandwidth. Drive wont get this, but it'll be more than 3MB/s. Even a slow, cheap USB flash drive would be faster than that... even for writes!
- Updated Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
- Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
- Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
- Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
- Android engineer: We DIDN'T copy Apple OR follow Samsung's orders