Something in the Merkin psyche really distrusts anything vaguely socialist. Never understood it myself.
1705 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010
Something in the Merkin psyche really distrusts anything vaguely socialist. Never understood it myself.
of counting how many angels can fit on the head of pin ?
I have just had an image of someone with 2 phones, a scammer on each line, putting the handsets down with mouthpiece to earpiece, and walking away ....
The QL was released when I was in my first year at Uni - doing a course which had a large element of microprocessor design. Our lecturer commented that it was a bit of sharp practice described the 68000 (lovely processor btw) as 16 bit. I still recall his comment ...
"It's a bit like sending of five quid for a coat hanger and cigarette lighter, to receive a bent nail and a red headed match"
He *may* have once worked for Sir Clive ....
Whatever the outcome. No one will be censured. No one will be blamed. No one will held accountable.
Life as a public servant means never having to say sorry.
Did you read my comment ?
Yes, anyone *can* place a review on Amazon. But Amazon tell you if that person actually *bought* the item they are reviewing.
Thus empowering you to make you own mind up.
I find it fascinating to see reviews for DVDs which have yet to be released, from the ignorati. There was one (which rightfully drew some cutting comments) for a comedians live DVD from someone who said "I don't like him on telly, so this will be pants".
Curious as to why people are so down on Amazon reviews - at least you can see if it's been certified as a genuine purchase (although, to be fair it's *Amazon* who certify it).
The premise of this book was an electronic thingamijig which the US & UK had fed information to the USSR about, claiming it was part of a revolutionary radar system which could see down to the ground, and over the horizon.
In reality, it was a circuit board with every single odd and anomalous electronic effect designed it. (At one point in the book the protagonist asks an engineer to examine it, and the engineer is baffled by it's behaviour).
The idea was to let the Russkies "intercept" the component when a jealous UK had supposedly stolen it from the yanks. And then waste many man-years of their expertise trying to examine it.
There are still some around. I order from a home brew store, and it's delivered by a woman in a saloon car. My first thought was it was an employee or relative (the shop turned out to be 15 miles away from me, although I didn't know it when I ordered). But then the same woman delivered something else (at 7pm) for the wife ... I think it was vitamins or something.
The courier companies have missed the boat. Big Time.
Our regular supermarket (Sainsburys Tamworth) has a locker system outside. Collect your goods at your convenience.
And I'm guessing it won't be long before they integrate online shopping with Amazon et al, so your Amazon order comes with your groceries. For a price.
be the ones telling farriers back in the 1900s that "things will look up".
Or telling sail manufacturers "we're through the worst of it" in the 1800s.
There has been a paradigm shift in the computing landscape. Take my missis (oo err !) as an exemplar. We bought (actually acquired box through work. I've never bought a PC) a PC in 2009 specifically for her. She used it daily. Emails, surfing, and forums, with a little media playing (mainly YouTube).
I got her a nice 10" android tablet in December. She hasn't used the PC since.
Well I for one, who is one of these types who always votes, will not consider any of the big 3 parties. My current thinking is to vote Green. I can't say I agree with their energy policy, but life's full of compromises anyway.
My sincere hope is we get no majority party at the next election AND no way for any two parties to achieve a majority. Maybe then we'll see some consensus politics.
just asking ?
surely the reflected ones will have picked up some dirt from the wall ?
are you sure it was *laser* surgery ? I was under the impression the Russians devised the technique using conventional surgery (against a chorus of scepticism from the medical community). They used to do it on board ships they sailed around the world (for hard currency).
It was the west which refined it using lasers ... at which point it became Big Business.
to check EVERY SINGLE element of their business infrastructure.
A few years ago, the clowns that hosted our web site and database had a power failure. When I asked why this had taken our website offline for 2 hours, they replied it was because the primary and backup servers were on the same circuit. Which they thought (in writing !!!!) was a perfectly acceptable setup, and they had never had any complaints before.
back in the 80s, people used to advise that "FORMAT C:\" was the magic command, and many "lulz" ensued.
Of course everyone got wise to that.
And then people started circulating "hacks" to speed your machine up. They were suitably impressive. You had to run DEBUG, and then issue an "OUT" command. Which proceeded to call your hard card (remember them ?) low-level format routine ...
Am I alone in having no sympathy for someone who blindly follows something from the internet ? It's almost Darwinian .....
Of course if people did just use Bitcoins to avoid transaction fees, and for cross-border payments, then it's volatility is less of an issue. You just but whatever value of bitcoins you need for the transaction (say £50 worth) and then transact. It's immaterial whether that £50 bought 1 or 0.00001 bitcoins.
Which is exactly what the banks *don't* want.
I wonder if part of the hype surrounding bitcoins is pushed by a shadowy cabal of bankers hoping there will be a bubble-burst which will put people off digital currencies ?
I have just spent my Bitcoins to buy stuff. No conversion needed. How can UK plc prevent people buying stuff with bitcoins ? Wait till people on eBasy start using them. Remember Virgin Galactic recently accepted $200,000 worth of Bitcoins.
sorry to downvote you, but criminals already start off being less bright than the average bear. There are many documented cases of fibre cables being stolen because the thickie crims think they're copper.
The best way to clamp down on metal theft is to ensure scrap merchants are required to take proper ID from anyone selling scrap metal - even someone bringing in an old saucepan.
Also, given they aren't likely to smelt the copper down (although I have heard they burn the insulation off) I wonder if it's possible to mechanically mark the cables (maybe an imperceptible notch every so often) to aid detection.
the whole problem was when a sysadmin decided he wanted to receive alerts at his personal email (gmail) account, and had a finger-fumble moment.
The real question is why on earth such a mission critical system was happy to accept an UNVERIFIED email address as the endpoint for diagnostic emails. Almost every system + dog nowadays insists on clicking on an emailed link to verify the address before using it.
if cigarettes are *that* bad for you, then why aren't they illegal ? After all we're told that cannabis (for example is illegal). And nobody has ever died from cannabis. Yet thousands die EACH YEAR from tobacco.
Just highlights the hypocrisy at the heart of our society. We don't make laws based on evidence and fact. We enforce someone elses morality on society.
When the smoking ban came in, I did some quick calculations based on personal observation of how much less people were smoking, and how many had given up. Those figures equate to a loss to the treasury. ISTR it worked out north of £100 million a year. I couldn't factor in the increased costs to the treasury of (a) more people claiming their pensions and (b) older people needing more expensive healthcare, but I would hazard a guess it will be at least equal to the lost £100 million, and slowly growing (as more people giving up get older).
So that's around £200 million a year the government needs to find from other sources. Hello non-smokers.
I suspect if the government had been honest and said "are you prepared to pay 5% extra VAT to plug the loss of revenue from tobacco", there would have been an awful lot less people so keen.
Personally I smoke 3 hand rolled cigarettes a day. Not so fussed by the smoking ban, but it could have been made a bit more flexible.
Please don't post a link to that moronic coroner who recorded a death due to cannabis. No doctor believes him.
What ? Why do you think we've already been warned that VAT increase will never be reversed ?
if when I search for a song, I don't get 100 videos of kids in their bedrooms "interpreting" it for me.
or it's not insured
this from a country that banned "WTF" in licence marks ?
*You* said security by ping not me. I didn't say I was using it as a security measure. My experience of CCTV is that it's not a deterrent, and it's never of any use to the police in getting any stolen property back - let alone catching the scrotes.
I just happen to have a CCTV camera hooked up to my server so I can play around with Zoneminder. I did toy with the idea of sending an email or SMS when the phone was out of ping range, but it was easier to issue a "service zoneminder start" command, than trawl through the sendmail or bluetooth manuals.
Yes, my Smartphone has a fixed IP - or rather my router gives it a fixed IP. And regarding any power saving mode (which it does have) that's kind of a failsafe anyway. There's no downside to the camera being activated erroneously, so it's a risk I'm managing to live with.
It irritates me when people fail to account for all factors before picking fault. As a 100% reliable presence detector, is this suitable ? No. As something cobbled together with what was lying around to illustrate how we can always find new tricks for old dogs is it of interest ? Yes.
Not really, it seemed so bleeding obvious ... just a tiny bash script which runs on a cron ...
I would suggest that technology goes in bursts. Massive advances, then a hiatus as people start to find weird and wonderful ways of mixing it up. Case in hand, is a combination of my home server, and a WiFi router. Who would have thought that by setting up a ping to my smartphones WiFi IP address, I would have a crude - but effective - presence detector. Now, my CCTV setup is switched in automatically, if there's no response to a PING after 2 minutes.
"... 310 if you include my marriage"
Woody Allen - "Sleeper"
when I was at Uni, in the 80s, I thought the x86 architecture was damaged in the name of backwards compatibility (remember the Extended/Expanded memory fiasco ?).
Now the 68xxxx from Motorola. THERE was a processor. Incredibly logical instruction and addressing modes.
(Bearing in mind exchange of encrypted data is always vulnerable to the initial key exchange)
1) Choose a book*, obviously in digital form
2) Parse the book into a database. You need to be able to search for words and letters.
3) Encrypt your plaintext by matching words from your book, and noting the position. Obviously you will have many exemplars for common words, so your algorithm should try and use different word positions for repeated words (e.g. "The"). For words not in the book (technical, foreign) you escape and insert letter positions (again mixing them up).
4) You now have a text document which is meaningless without knowing which book was used. (And - see Sherlock Holmes - which edition).
Now you could just generate your own hash table. But then you'd have to distribute it. With the book system, you can distribute the DETAILS of the book by a separate, trusted channel. Say a face to face meeting.
However, my understanding is that the spooks are less interested in the contents of messages, as the sender and recipient relationship. In which case, posting to newsgroups would avoid the link.
*Magazine, newspaper, research paper.
I wonder who has to pay in these circumstances ?
Wasn't there an old legend about actors from Dr. Who running away from something on an alien world (i.e. disused quarry) and bumping into the cast of "Blakes 7" running the other way ?
AIR a lot of the 3rd doctors adventures were filmed outdoors - which is very expensive compared to a studio. One of the conditions of Blackadder 2, after the lukewarm reception to "The Blackadder" (which had a *lot* of film scenes) was that it be filmed entirely in a studio.
chimes with that ludicrous attempt by Harriet Harman (what was her previous occupation ? Oh, yes, a barrister) to subvert our legal system by claiming that it was OK to bash Fred Goodwin, because he was guilty "in the court of public opinion".
Well, effectively, what is happening, is Google (et al) will be distorting reality, by messing with their search results.
Once you accept the principle, all else is, to quote George Bernard Shaw "arguing about the price".
Maybe Google shouldn't return searches for politicians names ? After all, there's no need to know what they got up to in the past.
Or how about searches for government misconduct. Maybe searches for British troops breaking the Geneva convention. After all we wouldn't want to help terrorists, would we ?
I can actually see this p(l)aying into Googles hands. How long before they offer a paid-for "premium" search facility ?
with the difference between the contents of a location, and the contents of a location pointed to by another location. Somehow I can't see them developing as C programmers any day soon.
Ah, Earl Grey with a spoonful of set honey ... I'm in heaven
For those who want to protest silently, I'd say sign up for the smut filter and just continue to access the material they claim they can 'block' anyway.
The problem is (and it's intentional) if people do that, then the government will claim the fact that only 5% opted out "proves" they had public support for the measure. Which they will then use to crowbar other asinine laws into the statute books.
Despite what they say, *somebody* is watching all that porn.
It's the same with the brain dead "war on drugs". Almost daily you will read of the police busting another "cannabis farm" claiming they have public support. Well, *somebody* is buying all that dope .....
so are apostrophes, as I discovered when a "O'Connell" tried to register in a program I once inherited.
"Manual Stimulation", fnarr fnarr
it's a little like buying machines which turn lead into gold without asking why the seller doesn't just use the machine to make his own gold.
Why did a "loyalty card" scheme need credit card details ?
The parent company appears to be based in Slough www.affinioninternational.com and regulated by the FSA, wonder will there be any fallout from this?
ITYM "FCA" - FSA is no more.
when I saw the (full) title: "Three Men in A Boat (to say nothing of the dog)" I immediately recalled "Montmorency"
still stands as one of the most haunting and elegaic pieces of television science fiction ever.
my Skylab protection hat ...
why not have a system which posts encrypted text to usenet, with a subject line containing your public key ? Added advantage is it's waaaay harder to link conversations together, or to know who's read the message.