1090 posts • joined 22 May 2007
RE: "Bye bye jobs, bye bye US auto"
OK, it may not be a good thing that jobs will be lost, but I must shout a big "HURRAY!" for the death of the US Auto industry, with their huge, inefficient V8's, huge, cumbersome chassis, and cheap, tacky plastic interiors.
RE: "A 2007 law required that new cars and trucks produced by 2020 obtain 35 miles per gallon of fuel."
Yes, most small cars in Europe do get better than 35 mpg... but I would assume this one is in US gallons, which would make it 42 mpg(Imperial). Thats actually quite good for even a small petrol-fuelled car.
RE:"The problem with that is US manufacturers now have to either:
"1. Make a different car for each state
"2. Make the highest common denominator to satisfy all laws"
No, actually it would probably just be done with different ECU settings. The VW Polo Blue Motion is available in 2 different models with different emissions figures, and they are just the same enging with a different map. You can get the same (if not better) economy loading one of those maps into any polo with the same engine (although not the same emmisions, as they use a filter on the exhaust).
I'm sorry but this guy is taking out of his arse.
Obvoiusly the ISP needs to be compensated. It takes time to gather the records and provide them to the police, and probably costs the ISP more than that average £18.
And I do not agree there should be a fixed price structure. It will cost some ISPs more to provide the data than others. A small ISP may not have the infrastructure to automate it all, so have to manually pull data from the logs (I dont know this for certain, its just an example of what could push costs up).
Also, the sheer quantity of requests from this unit is stagering, especially considering only 3% the number of people were arrested. Looks more like they are just going straight to the ISP in the first instance in the hopes of finding something, rather than doing their job.
"My house has been painted with RF blocking paint for years. My Wireless LAN is a joke."
It actually says in the artical that such things are available... just not to cover the top end of the spectrum.
Although to be fair, such high frequencies would have a lot of trouble getting through normal brick walls, or even plasterboard for the 150GHz-ish range. It doesnt seem like this stuff would really be necessary, unless used in blocking much higher power transmissions.
"Damn sight more than the French, let's put it that way."
Erm, yeah, you do realise that's not saying very much, donchya?
I personally don't rate the Yank car 'Styling'. As for the "difference in values for the typical American consumer"... Yeah the typical Yank needs <tongue in cheek>
a) something big enough to fit into,
b) can't do with a light weight car because they'll weigh more than the car, and
c) would die of shock if they saw the lovely, twisty back roads of Europe.
</tongue in cheek>
This is why most Britts & Europeans do not like Yank cars, and yes, it is all down to a difference in values. In the UK, good handling is important. America have straight roads, so dont need to be able to corner.
Yank cars r still crap though :P
Admission of Guilt?
<QUOTE>Opik responded with reassurances: "I use a Segway on the United Kingdom’s roads, and indeed the byways of Montgomeryshire, and not once have I come to grief even though I have the road-based model."</QUOTE>
If it is illegal to use them on public roads, is this not an admission of guilt?
Should he not be arrested?
Also: If he tried to deny it, would that not be admission of lying to Parliament, which would surely get him in hot water? (The admission, not the lying, we all know politicians lie, but they don't ADMIT they were lying!)
Sounds like a bit of an eejit to me...
High Speed Internet
The ISPs have a point here: Which home user will pay for a high-speed connection when they can only browse the web on it? *
Without a decent legal alternative to illegal downloads, most people simply would not need more than a basic, say, 2Mbit line (in fact 512k would probably be more than adequate). Hence ISPs loose money.
* of course there will always be those who don't realise they don't need such a fast line and will get the best they can afford anyway, but this is just general stupidity....
Got about half way though...
the comments here then got bored.
To all those who say "I've encountered CP accidentally and want the IWF to opperate": You know you can actually filter your OWN connections right? Then at least you have controll over it. Net Nanny among others.
RE: IWF do/dont filter arguments.
No, they dont. They provide a list to the ISP for a 'nominal fee'. The ISP must implement the filter themselves.
Heres the catch though, they MUST use the ENTIRE list or not at all. If they discover a mistake has been made, they are in breach of contract if they remove the block.
Also, most implementations do not just use DNS hijacking, they use a routing table that redirects certaion IPs through the transparent proxy. This proxy then intercepts (HTTP port 80 only), checks the URL, and drops the connection if the URL matches one on the IWF list. So use of alternate DNS servers will not always work (sometimes will if a site has multiple servers and you pick up an IP of a foreign server not on the list).
Anyway, IWF is a joke, as ANYONE could EASILY get round it. And do you REALLY think that real paedos host their mucky pics on public websites anymore?
Please please please...
... let the arses at the IWF make MORE of these mistakes, it's the only way to let the average Joe user know whats going on!
It's not even as though it does any good in stopping real peados accessing CP (anyone heard of newsgroups? not blocked. SSL? not blocked. BitTorrent? FTP? VPN/SSH to a server in Russia/Sweden/USA/Anywhere else?), all it does is stop law abiding citizens from "accidentally" accessing "potentially illegal" content.
Go on, censor more, piss more people off, and trigger a revolt!
You're all wrong!
The cows got together and decided, "Hey, why should we let THEM know we can tell when these disasters are comming. Let them all die, and we will rule the world! MOOOOAHAHAHA!!"
paying per Mbps? So an 'up-to 8Mb' connection is priced at, say £8. If you get 2Mbps, you pay £2.
OK, it would mean that customers getting the top speeds would pay more, but it would be fair.
As for me, I get about 17Mbit/s ds sync on my Be line. It should be more, but the copper's cr@p!
<sarcasm>OK, sounds perfectly credible to me...</sarcasm>
Lets just assume, for one moment, that he DID come up with a very similar design to the C2D and that all he says is true.
Then he is a complete MORON for disclosing the idea to a guy like Jobs without filing for a patent first, or at least getting a signed NDA off him. Does this guy have no idea how the world works?!? People lie, people cheat, and people steal. Successfull people do so even more (its why they are successfull).
I agree with the comments on here about the idiots who go on a course then think they are an expert. I have known many, and despise them. The only place they should be employed is on a helpdesk reading from a script.
I took a mock MCSE exam, and easily passed despite having only played with Win2K Server on an old PC for an afternoon, several months before, when I was bored. What counts is time spent doing the job. It's how I've learned.
I'm now in a great job as a Windows & Unix admin (Linux & Solaris). I'm only 27yo, but I have been Administering computers since my father got his first CAD box (I was about 11-12yo then). I know I am not the best, and regularly call on the expertise of my colleagues (who have been in the field for 20+ years), but you cannot learn this in 2 weeks.
Hopefully this'll cull the dross from IT, but I doubt it. They'll more likely get rid of the well paid real experts, keep the eejits, and rely on how well the experts have already set everything up. Its the way of the world...
And non-techies wonder why I refuse to use IE except at work, and even then not much.
Firefox all the way. Hopefully this incident will have damaged MS's market share, mainly because it would force sites to stop being designed to work propperly only in IE (several sites I have been on try to tell me "most people use IE, so thats what we design for. Try using IE")
Oh and @AC WRT "closer to my secret pledge, which is to reduce the use, by my assigned herd of lusers, of MS crapware by 50% during my reign":
Thats a damn good idea.
All well and good
I joined Be* over a year ago. I joined mainly for the download speeds, but also because I had heard they had great customer service, they listened to suggestions, and pretty much treated it like a democratic club, with every member having a say.
And they were right. I revelled in my new-found ISP, who didnt expect you to recheck all the basic points when you phones for support, who you rarely HAD to phone for support. The usergroup was great, and I was in internet heaven.
Then along came O2. It did not happen overnight, but now we find that Be* is not as it once was. They must answer to O2 about everything. A good example is the recent IWF-Wikipedia debacle. Rather than the debate and discussion we used to get we Be staff, we got fed marketting PR bull and a complete lack of interest in our opinions. This was at least partially down to O2 insisting they do thin gs a particular way. Wellcome to standard ISP practice.
IMO the only good reason to be with Be now is the speed, and you can get that cheaper through O2 if you have an O2 mobile. I am extremely disappointed in them, although not surprised. Just bear this in mind if you are considering joining for any reason but the speed.
"suggest that the capacity is actually measured at 1000B/KB instead of 1024 bytes/KB, which would make the drive capacity about 1.86TB and not 2TB"
Hasnt this always been the case with harddrives?
If you check the capacity of any drive (and I mean before partitioning/formatting) you will find that the size is closer to the SI unit than the computer unit. A 500GB drive will be closer to 500,000,000,000 (500 x 10^9) bytes than 536,870,912,000 (500 x 2^30) bytes.
Hard drive manufacturers have used SI units for years. This is why there is confusion. Hence, many refer to 1024 bytes as a KiB (kibibyte). So, in these terms 2TB=1.86TiB.
Then it's about time!
"The group added that it had never taken a company to court before over a copyright dispute in the 15 years it’s been enforcing its licences."
Companies will always try to squeeze out of such commitments. Cases like this NEED to be brought before a court in order to establish precedent. This makes the licenses stronger in the future.
This boss seemed much better than the others, shame he had to cock it up by being stupid.
No one programs in C++ anymore
C++ is a REAL programming language, like C and Assembler. There may be more real programming languages, but in my book if you cant use one of these 3 you are not a real programmer*.
The problem is, many 'script kiddies' consider themselves programmers (and I classify VB, Java and Python to be scripting languages, not programming languages), and there are so many of these who call themselves programmers that the oppinion has become mainstream.
*Do not flame me for this, if you know of another let me know. I know that I tend to have more extreme definitions of things than most people, but I like my definitions to be accurate. Like my definition of friend - drinking buddies, online chat buddies, aquaintances... all these most ppl would call friends, I dont.
RE: "Net result: all pubs shut, supermarkets boom with increased profits. Well done, Labour."
Have you not noticed that most govt efforts in any area which affect the local pub are directed TOWARDS closing them all down.
The most prominent example of this I can cite is the smoking ban. The govt forces all pubs to spend huge amounts of money on ventilation systems, then ban smoking. Therefore said ventilation systems are useless, added to which a large proportion of people stop going to the pub during the week.
In my local, the majority of the patrons smoke. The ban has not encouraged more non-smokers to come to the pub, and has stopped many who came down to socialise during the week to stop. Hence the pub is virtually empty on week-day nights, when it used to be fairly busy, and custom on weekends has stayed about the same. Hence they are struggling very badly.
As to your point: "I won't increase my budget (we're in a recession after all) and so I switch, and consume all twenty pints from a supermarket.", thats what will happen, the govt knows it, but the govt doesnt want pubs to exist any more so dont care.
@Comments RE tv license
Actually, my friend, who has recently decided not to watch TV, instead relying on DVDs etc, was told by the TV licensing ppl that if reception equipment is 'detuned', ie you can not select any channels, you did not need a license. So she has kept her big screen TVs, disconnected the aerials, and watches DVDs on them.
Similarly, I would expect that the TVOD Freeview boxes would receive their on-demand stuff from the internet (as how else could true TVOD work over freeview? there is not enough bandwidth available). Therefore if you tuned the box so it could not pick up the freeview multiplexes then you would not need a license.
The only problem would come if it somehow needed the freeview broadcast signal to operate (e.g. they sent out listings info on a data channel on freeview, which was needed to dl the content), although I am sure someone out there would find a way around that.
Why? I like the BBC as it is, I don't want it to change.
Incidentally, the license fee is not 'paying for the BBC'. It is a license to watch TV. The fact that the BBC, a fantastic public service, is payed for from this money, is irrelevant.
If you do not want to pay it, do what my mate has just done: Stop watching broadcast TV. Buy your films/series etc on DVD and watch them. Go to the sporting events you want to see. Go to the cinema.
QUOTE: I've been using Linux since RH 3 and I've always dreaded the words "dependancies required".
I used to hate this too, until I used Debian. I now use Debian stable (currently etch) for servers, and Debian Stable & Testing or Ubuntu for desktops. As long as you stick with the prepackaged software, or well set up 3rd party repositories (like debian-multimedia), you will have NO problems with dependancie. "apt-get install <xyz>" just works and is WAY easier than many things on Windows. Alternatively, for those who dont like command lines, there are plenty of GUIs to APT.
Other distros have similar tools, but I havent used them for years so I don't know how well they work.
Remember: APT has Super Cow Powers
One for the tightfists/low budgets
The CnM Minibook (sold under various names, mine is from CCL as the CCL Minibook) is a very underpowered netbook, but it is also very cheap.
Although it is not nearly powerfull enough to replace a desktop for browsing purposes, as a tool to;
a) check your email and/or browse on the move or while watching TV, or
b) run network diag/maintenance tools,
it is a fantastic tool. I mainly use mine for (a) while watching TV, plus playing solitair. But when at work, with no PC to hand (coz you are on your way to fix something else) and a vital server is having a problem of some sort, it works great for ssh etc to diagnose the problem on the move.
Although it has severe limitations, I love mine, and I see no reason to pay more (mine was £120) except to get decent video playback. For that I can just get an MP4 player.
RE: had to laugh...
"Well, who says humanity has more intelligence than that, as a group? :-)"
Maybe said as a joke, but I fear this is all too true... :(
RE: I want some!
"So all this software I've been using was written by /imaginary/ programmers?"
Yes, but in order to represent their numbers you would need a two dimensional plane...
This is not over
Although I object to censorship of the internet altogether, my main objection here is the sneaky way in which it was done. Rather than reporting that the page is blocked, it shows a 404.
Then we got a response from our ISP saying "Noone's had any problems with it before". Well duh! How are we supposed to know how many of those 404's we encountered were filtered? And not even the ISPs get to see whats on the list IIRC, they just get an encrypted file which they load into the filtering sw.
For the sake of this argument I will ignore the fact that this sort of thing will not ever stop (or even reduce) child porn, or child abuse, or racial hatred. I will assume that the filter is necessary and censorship is the best method to tackle these problem. Even if that was the case, filtering in this way leaves the IWF without any complaints and pretty much unaccountable. How do we know that they are sticking to their remit? How do we know this isnt becoming just like the great firewall of china? I know this sounds far fetched, but as we dont know, the IWF (if leaned on by the govt) could ban sites to withold information.
I personally think the censorship will not work, wastes money, and is morally wrong. But even if it stays, it needs a radical overhaul.
From a legal perspective, this may be accurate. I am not a lawyer.
The uproar, however, has mainly come from the fact that we were not told the page was being censored. Most ISPs, I beleive following the IWFs guidelines, 404'ed it. This leads to one question: How many of the 404s we get while surfing are real, and how many are blocked content? What are they censoring? We have no idea, because they will not tell us.
Some other issues involved are:
* This 'voluntary' scheme was forced on the ISPs
* The IWF are not accountable to anyone, and are basically self-appointed moral guardians.
* I beleive I read that artwork is treated differrently by law. This is artwork and, in no way, sexual.
* The IWF filter is VERY easy to bypass, so it is not stop kiddie porn, just forcing paedos to use different methods, which are harder to trace.
I think this article misses the main points brought up over this debacle, and so has wikimedia.
Virgin Killer Controversy
NOTE: looks like the IWF has blocked the "Virgin Killer Controversy" page too.
This just lends credence to the tinfoil hat brigade, and make even us sane people question whether they are trying to cover this up. OK, the page does include the image, it still leaves questions over how much they are blocking.
The world has gone mad.
Insert a title here if you can be arsed
<QUOTE>“We are not the only solution to the world’s food crisis but we offer a tool, a very efficient tool,” adds Pierre Lagoda.</QUOTE>
Yes, you are a tool. I'm not so sure about the efficient, but your really do sound like a tool.
Did I read that wrong.
Actually I see nothing wrong with this tech, as long as it is done correctly. Evolution naturally takes a long time, and that time is enough for nature to test each miniscule trait, and check all is in order. Induce it, and tyou gotta be carefull.
For example, you make a new type of corn that allows you to produce 10x as much food in the space. So you replace all the worlds corn crops with this new variety. Then along comes a new virus/bacteria/insect which this corn is defenceless to and BAM!, no more corn.
Anyway, I for one welcome our new monster mutant plant overlords.
The inventor of a new technology says "My new tech is better than everything else!"
On a more optimistic level, this does look promising, although I share the same reservations as those who commented before me (i.e. time to market vs ongoing development of existing tech and difficulties with graphite).
"According to my knowledge, a lot of people don't like this kind of music because it's too noisy and too loud."
Waaah waaah, you naughty boys say we are corrupt, we don't like rock music! Give me some *insert name of unnoffensive bland crappy pop group* instead.
For F**KS SAKE, people have a right to express their oppinions, even if they arent in line with your own! At least, they do in this country, but then we dont live in a corrupt "communist" dictatorship (at least, not yet, untill Comrade Brown implements his Master Plan of course... OOOPS I just expressed an oppinion about our Prime Minister which he may disagree with, better hide)
"As the atmospheric extractor is working, why don't they just piss into the air? It's zero gravity, it's not like it will form a puddle or anything."
Hmm, globs of piss floating around... Makes going to the bogs in a nightclub with a blockage seem like heaven, at least only your shoes and shoe laces get soaked in urine there, imagine...
On second thoughts don't.
"There is no such thing as informed consent as far as suicide is concerned because a suicidal person is by definition mentally ill, in need of help and unable to make rational and informed choices"
This is a load of BOLLOX!
A person, completely sane and rational, can decide to take their own life. I have personally taken time at other points in my life to weigh up the pros and cons of life, and (in my case) came to the descision that suicide wasn't the answer.
The line of thought to which you subscribe seems to be "If he doesn't think like me, he's insane", which is a BAD road to go down. Just because you have never rationally evaluated suicide and found it is the preferred course of action doesn't mean noone else has.
Yes, in many cases the person is NOT in full controll of their faculties. In this kids case, for example, he was clinically depressed. Maybe if he had seen a shrink or some such he would not have wanted to do this anymore. But this does not apply to everyone.
Take the example of someone who has a terminal illness, and will last a couple of years at most in excruciating pain. Would that person be "by definition mentally ill" if they wanted to end their own life?
Think before you comment!
"We also wouldn't advise their use for driving"
@AC Thursday 15:37
"with RAM being so cheap these days £35 for 4GB so stop bitching and go shopping"
Hmm, let us take a small corparate environment with, say, approx 1000 machines.
So £35x1000=£35k, which is probably about 3 peoples salaries in a call centre, or at least 2.
OK I know there are other things to consider here, like volume discounts, but people have to remember WE ARE TALKING ABOUT A CORPORATE ENVIRONMENT NOT YOUR HOME GAMING RIG!!!
I can well beleive it takes 15 minutes.
My work XP box takes anywhere between 5-10minutes to log on, and most of this is applying GPOs. With an upgrade to Vista, you have a lot more GPOs, aswell as a huge bloated monster of an OS, probably on underspecced hardware.
I tend to leave my PC on except at weekends. Just lock it, turn the monitor off, and go. This may not be an option in co's where timekeeping is linked to logon, but not turning the PC off still is.
2 points though:
1) "If your time doesn't start until _after_ you log in, then logically it _can't_ be your job to turn the PC on, because a prerequisite for you to start work is a log-in screen." Very true, but the real world doesn't work that way.
2) "And why are they hanging around for it to be shut down. Click shut down & F**k off home...." Remember these people are (a) Yanks and (b) working in a call centre. You can't expect them to be rocket scientists (In fact I would not be surprised if some of them had to take their shoes and socks off to count past 10)
Exactly what I was thinking. The only buttons that will ever be pressed will be your PIN, so they will wear out. This cuts it down from 1000 possibilities to 24.
"Am I the only one who finds the fact that he got free internet by modifying his cable modem using a piece of software tremendously funny?"
It actually isn't that hard to do. I know several ppl who do it. Even easier if you have access to the cable co's records
Upto five inches long?
That's nothing... I got something in my pants that...
OK, I wont bother :P
I for one...
...welcom our groin-grabbing, two legged overlords.
Sorry had to be said. In other news: I WANT ONE!!!
"Why would anyone want to install a potentially unstable build of Windows?"
I agreen, it's mad! Why on earth would ANYONE install a potentially unstable build of Windows, like Vista, XP, 2000, NT4, ME, 98, 95...........
Oh wait, thats EVERY build of Windows.
It is very easy to mix up analogies when discussing this topic. Some are completely wrong, some are close to the mark.
@The first comment, comparing it to leaving your house/car unlocked: This is actually quite close. Its is still a crime if someone nicks the car/your telly. Its your own stupid fault, but it's still a crime and the theif (if caught, something the police aren't so good at... whats their job description again?) would be prosecuted. Your insurance would not pay out because you were a dumb f**k, but a crime has still been committed.
Same applies to wifi: Leave your router open, and you desrve to have it piggybacked. Leave it open, and leave unsecured shares on your network, with files containing all your personal details etc... you deserve to have your identity stolen, your important documents deleted etc.
However I also agree with Matthew Robinson' comment: The DHCP server was asked for an address, it granted it. It sould be argued that this constitutes an agreement that you may use the network. If a gateway is included, it could be argued you are being invited to use their internet connection. I doubt a court would see it that way.
Bottom line: If you don't want people on your wifi, don't leave it unsecured, and don't use DHCP without MAC filtering. If you're stupid enough to leave the door to your house open and a note on the dorr telling people where all your decent stuff is (equivalent of open wifi and open DHCP) you are an eejit who desrves all he gets.
Yes, this is exactly the sort of reasoning which could be used. BUT... How will you feel when your fingerprints are taken by this device (which will by no means be the most accurate of machines), stored, and then found a pub toilet where a rape took place, you are prosecuted, not convicted, but you are placed on the sex offenders register and your DNA stored away, leading to more police harassment later on? (Someone told a story about a similar incident in comments on another story about the DNA database, so I am not just being paranoid) Meanwhile your mate simply 'accidentally' burns his finger tips to remove his prints, and continues as before?
Yes, the rights of the individual sometimes help criminals, but they are still necessary. Freedoms have to be protected. If they are removed, the law abiding majority suffer, and the criminals find ways around it. Simple as.
"how can you describe atheism, the lack of a belief, as being a religion?"
Actually Atheism is not just "the lack of a belief" in a god, it is the belief in the lack of a god.
I know that Atheists are among those with the lack of belief in a god, but their views are stronger. Lack of belief in a god implies a more Agnostic view.
Sorry to piss on your bonfire, but Atheism is closer to a religion than you realise. There is a strength of beleif that god does not exist, and it is a wholey unscientific standpoint, in spite of what people say. True Scientists would be agnostic, given that there is no strong proof in favour or against the existence of a god, therefore he may or may not exist.
Saying that, at least atheism isn't an *organised* religion. People are free to beleive what they want, rather than an organisation telling people what to beleive. I actualy have no problem with religion, but organised religion is just a method of control. A god as described in the greek scriptures (new testament) would not condemn people for not following the rules to the letter. If he did, I would not want to follow him anyway.
"It now seems that a truly modern glass cockpit might be one in which all the windows have disappeared"
Wouldn't that be great! No Windows, no more reinstalling every six months, no more BSOD...
Oh wait, maybe you mean the other, usefull kind of windows?
aaaaahh... Merkins. You gotta love 'em.
@ Stu: "Bless. If he has friends or family, my heart goes out to them"
If he has friends? Do you REALLY think thats likely, exept maybe the guy in the next padded cell along.
Oh by the way, Aaron: We are not scared of databases, we are scared of the (mis)uses they will be put to. Or of a UK.gov employee deciding he needs to do some work at home, dumping a big chunk of the DB to his laptop/USB HDD, then leaving it on the counter when he picks up his fish and chips.
And there's nothing wrong with smoking pole. Paris knows that.
@ Aaron Harris
"Not exactly Instant Messaging is it... 40 year round trip time, even BT can do better than that!"
However, it is approaching the average time it takes to receive anything from the DVLA, unless it happens to be a bill of some kind.
Right, firstly, the headline is top notch.
Onto what I wanted to say: @Matt Bryant
"OK, we think you've massively over-perfromed, but we want to cut your pay."
This may be true, but he earned $83m last year. $83m!!! Thats $227,000 (£130,000) PER DAY!!!
Yes, being CEO he takes a large amount of responsibility, so he should be compensated for that. Yes, the company has done well, he should get a bonus. But this is rediculous.
Then again, same cam be said of most CEOs/Execs, Footballers, Politicians... But the shareholders have a right to say "Hold on, this is our company too, stop hogging the dough!"
As do the people working for the company who probably made more of an impact on the profits than Mr Ellison. Its quite obvious that many will be upset with the size of his package.