106 posts • joined Tuesday 26th January 2010 20:34 GMT
Re: The elephant in the room
>So current power generation digs something out of the ground and uses it to heat its surroundings. The heating might be local, but do enough of it for long enough, over large area of the planet and one has to ask if there is a better definition of "Global Warming". What we are doing is systematically overloading the planet's ability to dump excess heat. The other "bad" things simply add to the problem.
Given that total global solar heating is around 100 petawatts, and total global power generation is about 15 terawatts, that means power generation contributes around 0.015% of global heating.
I get that the climate is a sensitive balance, but I'd be very surprised if we could influence it by heating, in the absence of any gas emissions.
Solar power would be nice, if it didn't need so much resources to make the panels. And in many cases the land used would be better off growing crops (the same applies to all biofuels - you are effectively burning food)
This debate both amuses and depresses me. We have hippies (climate) versus hippies (anti-nuclear), with us scientists caught in the crossfire.
Self-driving cars are never going to take off
One word: Lawsuit.
No matter how good they are, the whole concept of the self-driving car is doomed in today's society.
The average person (apparently) makes about 1000 road journeys per year. Therefore, even if a self-driving car were "nine-nines" safe, i.e. 99.9999999% certain to get you from A to B without killing you, that's still one death per year per million customers as a result of product imperfections, each with the likelihood of a nasty lawsuit or even a corporate manslaughter charge.
On top of that, 1% of the entire population every year are killed on the roads (730k in the UK, apparently), with a significant proportion i'm sure where the wrong person (or robot) gets the blame.
Even if the robot car were 100% perfect, humans are idiots, and there will be plenty of them ready to hurl themselves in front of the robot cars if there is even the remotest possibility of a big fat payout.
The nice thing about human-driven cars of course, is that there's a fleshy meat sack behind the wheel who assumes (nearly) all legal responsibility for its use.
Call me a cynical git, but I don't really see a way around it.
This is about as daft..
as putting solar panels on your ceiling to collect the 'wasted energy' from your energy-saving lightbulb!
As for "1.8V, enough for most gadgets", this reporter clearly hasn't heard of electric current. In particular, that old relation P=IV!
Wait, forget I said anything - I hear another clueless mug, er I mean EPSRC executive on his way!
Facebook are not storing YOUR data for YOUR benefit
They are storing THEIR data for the benefit of THEIR data-mining!
Nope. No extensions.. The last time I used it was on a University PC with Firefox installed as part of their standard build. Whenever I tried to use it for literature surveys and the like, it would crash after about half an hour of heavy use.
I wouldn't be surprised if the culprit was the Adobe PDF plugin (the kind of steaming pile that Adobe is)
But then again, why should ANY plugin or extension be able to crash the entire browser? Surely there are catch statements to prevent that sort of thing?
Firefox used to be a really good browser, but I'm really not sure what happened to make it what it is today: Frankly a pile of cack.
It's still miles better than IE of course, but it's a shame that I now have to choose between a browser that is probably tracking my every move (Chrome) and a browser that crashes all the time, eats all my memory, and just generally plain sucks (Firefox). Regrettably I choose the former.
It was around version 3 when things started getting bad. I can't entirely remember why. Then they changed the menus, broke all the extensions, and started doing silly version numbers and it was all downhill from there.
Re: The reason it is still in use IMHO
This dongle enumerates as what, a USB Network interface? Then you take the dongle and plug it into the meter?
Could be an interesting hack!
Btw, what happens if you run out of funds and the meter turns off. How do you put more funds in it then?
I thought that died in 1997!
Why the hell is ActiveX even allowed AT ALL in a modern iteration of Internet Exploder?
If anyone is unfortunate/lazy enough to need such an abomination they should have to confirm exactly which HTTPS certificates are allowed to run it, a bit like what Java is doing.
Those who are saying this device fakes negotiation to grab power are (probably) wrong.
I'd bet it just shorts the two data lines together so the device thinks its plugged into a dumb wall charger and draws the full whack.
I could even claim prior art on this one myself - I modified my n900's USB cable to include a simple switch between the two data lines to short them. Now I can plug it into a PC to charge at full speed (albeit completely flaunting the USB spec), with the added advantage that this also prevents the data lines from being used if I plug the cable into anything untrusted.
Has anyone managed to sign up for this yet?
I made an account, but when I try to get the free storage I get this:
Does not meet all the conditions for obtaining
Conditions for obtaining:
1 Log micro cloud phone 1.6 version
2 registered handsets are not involved in this activity
3 your QQ number is not involved in this activity
* If you are already logged in before the start of Mobile try to log in again after logging out
It would suggest they want me to install something on either an Android or iOS device.
Even if I had either of those, they can sod right off!
Maybe I'm just cynical..
This seems to me like an effort to foil the mod-chippers.
Putting it all on a SoC with custom silicon could make it pretty much unhackable..
I'm sure a lot of managers at Microsoft would love it to be a black box filled with epoxy and only ethernet in one end and HDMI out the other, with a couple of antennas inside for controllers etc.
If it weren't for the small issues of cooling, and those pesky soldiers in their disconnected army bases kicking up a fuss about always-on connectivity, they'd probably have done that already!
Re: Problem with this idea...
Quite right. Basic Safe Surfing practice means you avoid the vast majority of malware. (I personally advise against antivirus software. It is more trouble than it's worth and tends to lull users into a false sense of security)
Re: will the Linux Trojan have the same value as its Windows counterparts?
Or even just install the vboxaddons package, say, on your physical machine, and it'll probably think it's a virtual machine anyway!
Servers don't like heat
In other news, cats discovered to dislike baths, the pope announces that he is in fact catholic.
Re: Aspergers and IT
Speaking of Eadon, Aspergers, and prejudices, perhaps Aaron Milne could put a word in with the editors?
Eadon's basically been banned and all his posts deleted because he didn't know when to shut up. (he has Aspergers)
I miss him, I actually do!
12m over 60 employees. That's a €100k _average_ salary taking into account the standard overheads formula..
Quite. It has to be a complete write-off, surely.
In fact it's probably been losing money hand over fist for 16 years and only just now they have decided to write it off??
Maybe Steve Ballmer's mother still uses it or something.
I hope it's not permanent though. El Reg just won't be the same without him.
Plus it's not really fair to permaban him simply for not recognising when we have had enough of him:
http://smart-aspergers.blogspot.co.uk/ Recognise that guy?
What happened to Eadon??
Every last post of his seems to have been deleted:
Is he banned? Wtf did he do?
I know everyone loved to hate him, but he wasn't THAT bad. I quite liked him really, he made me laugh.
You are having a bad problem
you will not go to space today.
If you want to be a human rights activist, then get out of Russia. Those kind of people are not welcome here!
(plus since you told us everything you know - we made sure of that - you are of no further use to us)
Watch it! They'll start doing people for "Incitement to commit copyright infringement" next!
Personally, I think the best thing Nokia could do is resurrect their brilliant Debian-based phone OS Maemo.
There's still a huge community surrounding the n900, despite it being nearly 4 years old. It'd be brilliant if Nokia could take that and put it on a modern phone (a Huawei one, perhaps, if Nokia haven't got the cash to be making their own phones anymore)
Despite its age, the n900 is still the most powerful (in terms of things you can make it do) phone I have ever known. (mobile SSH terminal complete with agent, port and X11 forwarding, anyone?)
Absolute brilliance by Nokia, but it was exactly what the trojan horse Elop was (successfully) deployed to assassinate.
Re: +1 avoiding an upgrade
I was going to say you could yank the HDD out of your old machine and put it in the new one and it won't notice the difference
But this being Windows, it'd probably BSOD because the SATA chipset had changed, or you'd lose all your software licenses because the CPU serial number had changed.
This is one of the of the many reasons I avoid Windows when I can.
Does that set a precedent for RAMBUS to start patent-trolling everyone else now?
I remember when they had a product. It was expensive, slow, and got extremely hot.
I guess they decided that if they can't innovate, they'd better get under the bridge and wait for some billy-goats.
Shurely not THE Adam Hart-Davis?
Of BBC TV presenting fame?
If they insist on making a touch optimised version, then they should make it ONLY for multitouch phones. My n900 works much better on desktop sites with its old-style resistive touchscreen (the touch resolution actually comes somewhere near the screen resolution, unlike with Jesus Phones etc)
Or better yet, just implement the "mobile-optimised" bit in jQuery or the like, so we can turn it off. Saves the cost of parallel maintenance of two sites, and avoids the problem of "special versions" being forgotten about too.
Re: it's a chimney
It'll look even more like a chimney after someone mistakes it for a waste-paper basket!
Re: Cloud - GET SPIED ON - AWS, Google, AZURE, hell even just Windows
You will still (probably) get spied on if you use Amazon's MySQL service (as opposed to one of the proprietary databases)
Whereas if you run your own instance of Oracle or SQL Server, you'd notice pretty quickly if it started opening connections to the NSA.
Granted there could plausibly be as-yet-unused backdoors in the proprietary databases, but IN THIS ARTICLE, EADON, It's about who hosts it, not what's hosted.
Good one. >_<
To be honest the best thing would be to just ditch mobile sites altogether.
Usually the full version works perfectly fine (even on my mum's ancient Nokia symbian phone), except for some sites where it is impossible to view the full site unless you hack your user-agent string, because otherwise you keep getting redirected to the borked mobile site.
A Microsoft developer in the Linux Kernel?
Don't say things like that! Poor Eadon will be offended!
Actually Mr. Framelhammer, a child could quite happily understand SPI. :)
Master wiggles both clock and data (Master Out Slave In) in sync,
Slave wiggles data (Master In Slave Out) in sync with master's clock.
That's it. Simple.
USB on the other hand is one of those design-by-committee standards that only a <a href="http://www.fourwalledcubicle.com/LUFA.php">genius</a> understands completely, but the rest of us, including children, can quite happily take a well-written library like LUFA to make any USB device we like.
I certainly wouldn't like to have km123 as a teacher - he'd be one of those horrendous old IT teachers who has the class learning how to make a form in Microsoft Excess 97 (despite it being 2013), when we'd all rather be writing games in python.
It's teachers like that who are the reason why Britain has fallen so far behind in computer science in recent years.
I don't use Adblock when browsing the Reg, but I do use NotScripts (ie NoScript for Chrome).
Conveniently, these ads are unobtrusive and I don't mind seeing them or even clicking on them once in a while.
However, as soon as I add doubleclick.net to my temporary whitelist whilst browsing the Reg, I am bombarded with flash ads, background-filling ads, foreground-interupting ads, ads with fscking sound, which insult my eyes and ears and I immediately revoke my temporary whitelist.
Re: We told you it was shit
> Given that there are different types of users and strong feelings on both sides, why do Microsoft (and Canonical -- sadly, Linux isn't free of this silliness either) feel that it must be "their way or the highway"?
The trouble is, I think, that any user configuration option can double the amount of testing that needs to be done in order for it to be considered rigorous.
So for something like KDE3.5, where rigorous testing was considered secondary to power and functionality, and bugs were fixed on an "as soon as someone moans about it" basis, we could have a gazillion options, so long as we had the sense to change them back when they broke something.
But now, where software is released by companies interested in profit margins and how many salaried software testers they can get away with laying off, we no longer have user configuration and this is a shame.
It might also be why Apple is doing so well - They pick the optimal configuration for the majority of users and then make it completely inflexible. With Apple it really is their way or the highway, even if it for you it is a good way.
Re: Any connection to the Raspberry Pi Raspbian "Wheezy" based on Debian?
Wheezy has existed for a long time, as the "testing" distribution, but it has now become "stable", i.e. the official release, to which no further changes will be made apart from security updates. This ensures that no future update can break existing software.
Raspbian, being a rather experimental platform anyway, uses the testing distribution because the package versions are newer.
Many people use sid, because it is even newer.
For a country where the Internet is completely banned...
Isn't it odd that they know anything at all about "cyber-warfare"?
Hopefully they subcontracted it, or the south koreans are just crap at security. Otherwise what else do they have more expertise in than we anticipated?
Re: All current handsets are supported and will be upgraded to WP9
Actually that's not true. Slashdot says nothing of WP9, and instead says this:
You're probably right, but we're all secretly hoping for the death of Windows Phone anyway.
Great move Elop
So the question returns - did Microsoft deliberately scuttle Nokia?
Even if Elop didn't know at the time that this was on the cards, what an utter catastrophe this must be for Nokia.
It turns out that they jumped from two perfectly sound platforms, onto the burning one.
As I have said before on here, Maemo could have been a showstopper if Elop hadn't killed it off (at the likely behest of his friends at Redmond)
N900 still going strong, despite being dumped some years ago. Packages are still being maintained, although I must admit updates are few and far between these days..
I don't know of any other phone that functions as a full remote SSH terminal complete with authentication agent forwarding, port forwarding, X11 forwarding if I so wish and of course a hardware keyboard. I can even run Matlab remotely, complete with figures.
Re: Oh come off it..
Actually I think it probably has to happen quite a few times to be fatal. For starters, your company has an RCD on the office sockets, right?
If the live wire shorts to the desk or earth, there'll be a flash and a bang, maybe even enough smoke to trip your fire alarm, people will be frightened and then annoyed because the power went off (mind you in a BYOD office they wouldn't have lost any work). But it's not going to start a fire. You need a resistance between 10 and 10k ohms to generate the heat without blowing the fuse, and a frayed cable will almost never have that range of resistance, and if it did, the frayed strand causing the partial short would vaporise.
If the live wire touches a human, he'll get a nasty shock and the RCD will trip. There's a small chance it could upset his heartbeat, but for it to actually be fatal he'd have to have an existing heart condition.
I've had enough mains shocks to know that they bloody well hurt, especially if there's no RCD, but they aren't as dangerous as crossing the road half the time. At least so long as the current doesn't go across your chest.
A friend of mine was once servicing an 11kV busbar at some scottish mansion with its own substation, when the janitor of the place, wondering why the power was out, ignored the signs, unlocked the substation and threw the switch. He is still alive despite having each hand touching a different 11kV phase.
Anyway my point is that people are scared of electricity because they can't see it.
Reminds me of those Health and Safety posters about electrocution - If you see someone who's been electrocuted, don't touch them, find a wooden broom handle and poke them with it, otherwise the electricity will get you too!!
Oh and also, that laptop PSU with the frayed cable was a company PSU you say? Must've been PAT tested then? Fat lot of good that did. And who'd be responsible if it DID electrocute someone? You would.
Maybe with BYOD, the idiot who wrapped it like that would be responsible instead.
Oh come off it..
Bloody 'elf and safety bods...
When was the last time a faulty laptop PSU ever electrocuted anyone? And if it did, would a PAT test -really- have prevented it?
For starters PAT testing is just a parasite industry that serves no real purpose, a bit like PPI claims and errr, ambulance-chasing personal injury lawyers. Companies just pay some cretin to go round sticking stickers to stuff, because they perceive it as necessary arse-covering. Half the time said cretin doesn't even do any testing, and when he does, it's just to make sure the live wire isn't connected to the earth wire.
Also, a laptop PSU draws typically no more than 80W these days. How many of those would it take to overload a 13A wall socket? More than 30. Yes a 3kW fan heater will trip it, because 3kW draws almost the entire 13A all in one go.
As for who has responsibility for laptop fires, I'd hazard a guess at the laptop manufacturers and/or their insurers, or your insurers. Laptop battery fires are pretty rare anyway. And PAT testing certainly isn't going to make that go away!
While I agree with most of the other posters here that BYOD is a terrible idea for the reasons of an IT support nightmare, health and flipping safety is the worst reason to cite.
Unless you happen to be employed in a parasite industry.. In which case, carry on spreading the FUD! And don't forget to sanitise your telephone. Swine flu and all that..
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