Isn't this embagoed until tomorrow?
59 posts • joined 10 Feb 2010
I look forward to being able to purchase Stob H&S toilet rolls through Cash'n'Carrion.
Mine's the one on the hook on the door.
Going after big companies while exempting small
See also recent coverage of the UK's tax exemption for small cider makers, which the EU is likely to determine as amounting to illegal state aid.
Some quick research shows that 42GHz backhaul is limited to about 2km if you're after five nines carrier-grade reliability — heavy rain hits 42GHz hard. Is that far enough?
According to sleuths commenting on the outage, the TVs expect to talk to a machine with the IP address 126.96.36.199 to confirm they have a working internet connection.
Well, not really. As the output from host shows, the address resolves to a node in Akamai's Content Distribution Network. These things change according to time and location. Currently I get a different IP according to whether I'm coming in from home or the office (just 3km away). To expect a single address to work, and to keep working, for everybody around the world (or even just in Blighty) is optimistic.
I impatiently look forward to Adobe and Oracle being monstered.
Needs optional driver to charge iDevices fast
Just got one of these. While pretty much everything works fine out of the box, it turns out you need to download a tiny and none-too-obvious driver from Belkin's site to make it push more than 500mA from its USB ports to charge suckling iDevices.
Now you mention it, I do remember something like that
Surely, given their field of expertise, El Reg should classify these researchers as trickcyclists, not boffins?
See also "Manufacturing False Memories Using Bits of Reality", Loftus, Cohn & Pickerell, 1996.
Room for efficiency
I must admit that, whenever I go into a European mobile phone emporium — obviously as seldom as possible — and see the baroque workflow invoked for even the simplest operation, it seems to me that a) there's too much money in this game; and b) that efficiencies should be possible. But I don't think that reducing the number of operators is the way to obtain them. Probably rather the reverse: "We don't care, we don't have to…we're the phone company." (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHgUN_95UAw&spfreload=10)
What? I arrive late, and nobody's mentioned Blade Runner yet.
Better leave, then. I must be in the wrong place.
Take this train to Luton, um, I mean Bedford
Oldie but goldie
Glad your subs are, um, mature enough to remember The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Or maybe they watch TOTP reruns.
Hmm. Suppose I'd better RTFA now.
I've saved the US authorities trouble by putting myself on my own private Atlantic no-fly list since this dangerous nonsense was instituted.
Mine's the Swiss bunker complex, not the Montana one …
Re: Oh my ...
Changes in power consumption and execution time are indeed hard to discern on a server. However, they're trivial to measure on embedded systems such as smart cards and payment terminals. And that's before you expose the poor little chip to see microscopic hot spots, or where the electrons are lingering. (Although cryptographic chips incorporate countermeasures agains such attacks.) Even on servers, attacks are possible by doing unexpected things to the contents of the CPU's shared caches and so being able, for example, to make guesses the execution path of another process's code. The spirit of Bletchley Park is still alive.
There's a dauntingly large amount of literature about this stuff …
Lemme see. So I have to have a Google account in order to participate?
I picked an appropriate and memorable password: it's something similar to smoke&mirrors.
From the referenced BBC story:
“The US Coast Guard is busy decommissioning the existing eLoran infrastructure. And in Europe, the governments of Norway and France have said they will cease operations next year.”
Clearly another world-beater like DAB.
Hazily recalling Leonard de Vries' Book of the Atom (1960), I find it difficult to reconcile these two statements:
"the tech could be exported around the world without fears over nuclear proliferation"
"blanket absorbs neutrons to breed fuel and transfer heat to turbines"
They probably mean breeding tritium from heavy water, but the neutron flux could also breed plutonium from uranium (although "only" plutonium 238, unless there are sufficiently fast deuterons around).
Too few CAPS in HEADLINE
The electrodes on your sub's left pinky may have failed.
Re: @Pascal Monet
Well, you could do your homework (as I have not), and find out whether your building society is breaking EU law: see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wire_transfer#Regulation_and_price
The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from
An earlier, and as yet closed, standard in this space is WiSA: see http://www.wisaassociation.org/. It's lossless, potentially with lots of bits and samples, and does not use Wi-Fi for good technical reasons to do with latency and skew. The association boasts a large rag-bag of members, including a few biggish names, of which, as far as I'm aware, only B&O has products on the market as yet.
Toshiba MQ01ABB200: 2TB 2.5"
Consumers can can get a 2TB 2.5" drive. Admittedly, it's only a 5400rpm SATA device, and an inconvenient 15mm thick, but I'd say that it deserves the accolade of being "the highest capacity 2.5-inch drive available".
I'm agin it
It's as though the designers had assiduously read all the criticism of the beta versions of the UI in iOS 7 — stick-thin, low-contrast, hard-to-read text; no differentiation between text that's buttons and text that's not; obscure symbols that must be touched to expose random functionality; poor information density … and said "Wow! Let's have some of that!".
Doesn't add up
The great circle from Beijing to Seattle follows pretty much the proposed route, and is 8,708km long. So why are they proposing to lay 13,000 km of track?
Re: Next year, I will mostly be living in Luxembourg
Next year, the standard rate of VAT in Luxembourg is going up to 17%. Guess what: it's to make up for the shortfall resulting from not being able to collect the tax on all those services currently nominally sold from the country. But don't despair: for some reason (strong lobby maybe), the VAT rate on meals in restaurants will remain at just 3%. So, should you actually visit the place, you'll be able to get a cheap meal. Although, as prices are high nevertheless, I should take that back: let's say that you'll be able to stuff your face without stuffing the government's coffers.
I can't recall ever having seen a pre-roll ad on YouTube. Wonder what I'm doing right to be so blessed.
Yes, it's about time, but…
… SSL itself is susceptible to man-in-the-middle attacks, as demonstrated, for example, by those nice people in Iran — see http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/09/09/gmail_diginotar_security_alert/.) You can even do it to yourself with the mitmproxy utility.
Re: small cells?
Yup. Here in Luxembourg, one's eyes habitually flick to the top of the screen if one's near a border. And, as for those mandated text messages about roaming charges, they often arrive the next day, if at all (even if one's phone has been turned on all the time).
Re: Run for the hills
Heavy rain is one of the factors that causes that 1% downtime on microwave links. So maybe not.
Throw it under a bus? Great idea.
The amount of time that I have wasted waiting for an Eee PC to do something useful for me does not bear thinking about.
Money talks (and cajoles and whines and threatens)
Convince me that the licensing model is not arcane, and I'll be more interested.
Well, it would also help if app designers did not purposely position the ads where they're likely to get touched by mistake.
Now that you've applied a Band Aid to that issue, Google, perhaps you could do something about graphics-heavy start-up ads that take so long to load when I can't get a fast data connection that I decide that I do not need to use the app after all.
66 trackers on Apple's site? Where? I've browsed around, and Ghostery, the software being pimped, consistently shows just one on every page I visited (always the same one from Omniture: if there's one thing you can rely on about Apple, it's that there'll be no beacons from any Google property — unlike, let's say, The Register). And, no I'm not using an ad blocker. Same story with Microsoft, except they go with Webtrends. If you want to give Ghostery a better work out, just visit any UK newspaper site (except The Times).
They're just building on the grand tradition of remote controls. They've always sucked.
Sincerest form ...
May I be the first to wish Intel as much success in promoting clones of the Mac Mini as they have had with their Ultrabook alternatives to the MacBook Air.
So my phone will provide personal information to random third-party hot-spots without bothering me? No thanks.
You write "fondleslab". I stop reading. Deal?
Is this "survey" is derived from anything more than the responses of self-selected, motivated Internet users who have filled in a form on GetSafeOnline's site? There is nothing in the story or on the site to suggest otherwise. (It might help if the organisation had updated its press pages in the past eight months.)
The "think of the children" card is even more overplayed here than in previous nannyism. The Department of Health's own recently-published statistics show that both under-15 and 15-19 age groups have a considerably lower suicide rate than any other age range. While any suicide is sad, recent successes in cutting the number of young male suicides mean that the age range that needs to be targeted is us middle-aged blokes. I have my doubts that web site blocking will help.
See http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/files/2012/09/Statistical-update-on-suicide.pdf for chapter and verse.
Re: Some thoughts for Mr Williams
Quite. As long as you're putting “copyright kleptomaniacs” and “digital suckers” in scare quotes, you should also be applying them to "robbing the Australian economy of AUD$1.37 billion annually".
Pot/kettle albedo criticism situation
I don't think The Register is in a position to complain about anybody else's use of SHOUTY CAPS.
Talking of typefaces… please fight your sudden desire to SHOUT in your headlines. Thanks.
Aw, c'mon. Cut them some slack. We've only known about salt for 34 years: http://cm.bell-labs.com/cm/cs/who/dmr/passwd.ps
I won't buy anything I can't rip
Goodness me. No instance of the dread initials DRM in the whole article (although admittedly "rights management" does get a single mention). Looking at the site (www.linkedcontentcoalition.org — which has a Flash entry page to show how clued-up they are about where content is consumed these days), in the 63 pages that Google hits, DRM appears just once, and that's in "scare quotes". I fear that, much as it might like to, the coalition cannot ignore or skirt this issue.
The app's fine without the BD …
… and rather better value.
Re: Well done them...
And well done Reg, for managing to get through a whole Apple piece without using any of "fanboi", "fondleslab", "fruity firm", or "Jesus mobe".
Reminds me of the fountain built in the middle of the BBC Television Centre, hurriedly emptied forever after it flooded the technical areas below.
I often find myself telling francophone colleagues that they are "developing" stuff, not "elaborating" it. How can I convince them if people like Mr. Dover (think of those white cliffs, man!) come out with logorrhoea like this?