1500 posts • joined 5 Mar 2010
anyone heard the term "ignostic" ? John Lloyd mentioned it on a Richard Herring podcast (slight plug).
It's a philosophy which requires terms to be defined, before an answer is given. So in the case of "Do you believe in God ?" terms need to be decided. Beard ? Sandals ? Tall ? Fat ?
Only when terms are defined, can an answer be given. As he put it "you tell me what I don't believe in."
Same with "life". Define terms.
Well now it's been used, we need to invent a grammar ...
Minify - the verb
Minfied - the adjective
MiniFi - the noun ..
I wonder where that idea was burglarized from ?
Ancient technology ...
On a similar vein - and just as impressive - was the discovery in London, of a machine to provide water to Roman London (I think it was discovered by the Crossrail team).
It was a series of buckets, on an iron chain, driven (presumably) by donkey power.
Completely and utterly unknown anywhere else in the Roman world, which is why they struggled (with modern technology) to recreate a working model.
Anyone know of Trajans bridge ? Parts of which still stand.
It annoysme when people assume that our ancestors were somehow less clever than us. They weren't. As James Burke so eloquently put it "They just knew different things."
Re: What will become
A lot of P4U shops are (were ?) in malls near a Poundland ....
No one has yet spotted the significance of this story.
What if they had used a suitcase going out of the country ? How would the poor passenger explain *that* to the security people at the other end.
And if they are doing it with explosives, you can bet they're doing it with drugs.
If I was executed by one of the more draconian regimes for a half grain of heroin planted in my luggage by OzCop inc. I'd be very cross when I got to heaven, and wouldn't enjoy it.
The Daily Mail site is thataway ---------->
Made in China
Fabricant Orientalis, surely ?
You could keep your phone out of sight, and just use a bluetooth headset ?
Beer glass - excellent idea ...
especially if twice the price of the coffee mugs ...
Re:stuffing Lester's thong with fivers!
MInd bleach to aisle 5 please
Re: Huh ?
Ah, thanks for that. I set it up, and assumed it was compulsory.
Blockchain certainly have a 2-factor authentication process. When you enter your ID, it sends a code to the email address associated with the wallet.
So a simple phishing attack won't work.
ISTR the proper name is now tetrachloromethane. Certainly was when I did chemistry (A level) back in 1984.
Also used in fire extinguishers IIRC.
Drifting slightly ...
ISTR when Richard "the Hamster" Hammond (he's not a real hamster) did a prog about "could the gunpowder plot have succeeded", they couldn't - for whatever reason - buy enough gunpowder in the UK. Ironically it had to come from Spain. *Very* secretly.
Oh yes, and then some !!!!
 Because Guy Fawkes learned his gunpowder skills in Spain.
**** the European badge
Why should you celebrate Europe if they can't ****ing well support you ?
I'll have a *US* patch, please. £20 ?
Is MS staffed by muppets ?
on what planet would spaffing $100 a pop generate decent apps that people WANT.
Why didn't they give Nationwide [UK building society] £10,000 to develop a windows version of their mobile banking app (which they have no plans to develop any time soon. I have that in writing from their IT director).
Or anyone of the commercial apps that *companies* aren't offering on WP ?
For anyone wondering about the legality of the research, Tentler insisted: "It isn’t [illegal]. Yahoo, Google, Microsoft, Websense, every antivirus vendor in the world, and Shodan – they all do similar scans."
Never heard that one in court before. He might, just might, want to pay for legal advice right now. He could save an awful lot later ....
Alternatively, just phase the lights --->
There used to be a time (I bet they've fucked it up now) on the A4, from Hounslow to the Chiswick roundabout, where if you got your timing right, you could sail through *every* light on green.
The trick was to start at a red light. And as you set of, accelerate steadily, until you got to 35. Then hold it (the speed limit was 40). If you did this, you'd see every light go green as you approached it. In off-peak conditions I could get from Hounslow to Kensington in 20 minutes.
It took a bit of nerve though, as it meant driving towards a red light at speed, and not slowing down. If you did, you'd start to fall behind, and eventually get caught.
It's the bus stops they place (deliberately) opposite traffic islands that irk me. I once followed a bus from Horsefair for a mile, with about 10 stops where I had to sit behind and wait each time. Took 15 minutes. I could have walked faster (as could the bus passengers).
If they did that in Brum
they'd probably double the average traffic speed.
Nominative determinism or in-joke. You decide.
Chris Ensor is deputy director for the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance
So his post is addressed C.Ensor ?
HTML5 RDP ...
noticed quite a few projects are starting to deliver this ... using a browser to replace terminal services, and all the other proprietary remote-access protocols.
The metamorphosis of the PC, back into dumb terminal is almost complete.
Where's my VT100 ?
Drifting OT, but "iPhone" ...
wasn't there a court case a while back where Hoover effectively lost their exclusivity of branding, as it was judged that "Hoover" was synonymous with "vacuum cleaner" ?
Similar to "Blu-Tak" and "Sellotape" ?
Maybe the same is happening to "iPhone" becoming a generic term, rather than a brand.
And although I know it will attract a slew of downvotes, I do find it interesting this phenomenon seems to apply to things which suck or stick.
9 *am* to 9 *pm* ?
Surely the other way round would be of more use ?
MS are paying the wrong people ..
sod phone manufacturers ... you could have wall to wall Windows phones in every store. Until you have enough *apps* to offer, no-one who can choose their phone will go Windows.
If MS invested a few million to develop, say, 50% of the top 50 apps that are lacking a Windows port, they'd have a much better chance of getting Joe Soap to buy one.
What happened to the Citrix story ?
Has El Reg been Geugled ?
I know it existed, as I commented on it ... Now I get a nasty Apache error ..
The requested resource
is no longer available on this server and there is no forwarding address. Please remove all references to this resource.
Apache/2.2.22 (Debian) Server at forums.theregister.co.uk Port 80
makes no difference if it's "worthwhile" or not. It will be done badly - if at all - because the political will which started it will wane as it goes on.
Concorde was more a marvel of political will than technology.
5 year plans ....
The reason these megacorps inflate their prices so much is they damn well know, the bigger (i.e. *longer*) a project is, the more likely it will fall between two political camps.
The government that ordered it.
The successive government which on balance of probabilities didn't want it.
As soon as the latter happens, then the project will be reviewed, the specification (as was) will be revised to account for the new political reality, and from that point, the project will slowly wither and die.
Look as HS2 .. all the dithering. What sane CEO is going to take any part of that project, without a damn good padding to cover themselves over the potential 2 (and it will over run, so we may have 3 or 4) changes of government ?
I don't know what the answer is, but the problem is politics.
I'd call it "Spinal Tap"
because it goes all the way up to 11
Obligatory ? Stewart Lee reference ...
Stewart: "It's very easy to use words and logic to make someone look like they're selfish, simply because they've expressed a position that could be interpreted as that."
Chris: "That's what Julian Assange says."
Stewart: "I bet he does."
In other news
the price of BitCoins goes up ....
Doesn't the new copyright law
specifically exempt format shifting ? Also it doesn't define how much a "quote" of a work is.
So would a fan uploading a 100% clip of an MP4 stream as (say) an AVI be liable ?
Backward compatibility ...
One thing this otherwise excellent article doesn't really address, and is the *real* reason we are where we are.
PC/MS-DOS were inherently flawed, as they were single-user in execution, they had no concept of root and user access. Whoever switched on the machine was king of the hill. And this paradigm carried on throughout the 1980s and 90s - right the way up to Windows 95.
We *could* have had a true multi-user multi-tasking PC/OS combination in 1987. But the second business realised they would have to pay for new software to run on OS/2, the die was cast.
Excellent reading and discussion material for a Friday. It's like being back at Uni ;)
Want to thwart the snoopers ?
You don't "send" mail anymore. You simply post your encrypted message on a usenet server (ask your parents, kids) with the intended recipients public key as the subject.
The recipient can easily find the message from whatever server they use, and download it, decrypt it, and if required, respond the same way.
All the communications in the world in the open, and (assuming you trust the underlying encryption) safe. Sadly, Teresa May will now lose that lovely "meta data" she wants to collect, so she knows who is communicating with who, but that's the price she (and others) will have to pay for abusing their powers in the first place.
Bearing in mind, from a UK perspective, discussion of encrypted mail is moot, since the authorities can simply ask you to decrypt it with the incentive of 2 years (or is it 5 ?) in the big house if you don't.
Human physics !
Many years ago, I read a book (it may have been a siblings schoolbook) which expressed human activity in SI units.
If I remember correctly, the human brain, running at full pelt, can use an incredible 100W ... which is 25% of the total energy a human can expend. Which, if you think about it, means your body has to deliver enough power to your brain to light a 100W light bulb.
When you start to think about the chemistry behind that, it leaves you in wonder at nature. It also puts "technology" squarely in it's place, when you think how much power a CPU takes to badly ape human thinking.
STILL no standard ?
I posted a while ago, to general approval, that there really needs to be an ISO-level standard about how passwords (or more generally identity verification) should be carried out.
At present, you have no idea what happens to that password, once you press "register", or "Login".
Is it hashed and compared. Is it stored in plaintext ?
You have no idea.
If you forget it, can you reset it. Will it be emailed to you, in plain text ?
You have no idea.
I'm starting to think that usernames and password are starting to become obsolete, although the worry is, there's nothing (yet) to replace them.
Is there space in the market, for something you can use on a phone ? Something like a virtual RSA keyfob, where it delivers a verification code based upon your credentials, and something unique stored on the phone ?
Drifting OT slightly ...
funnily enough, we had 2 letters yesterday - one for the wife, and one for sprog (a brief usenet discussion suggests I should also receive on, but they're being batched).
Anyway, their names are being kept *off* the open register (according to the letter) which is following the previous choice I made when I last submitted the form.
Reading this makes an interesting point:
"The Government has stated that 35 million voters will be transferred to the new system automatically as their identity can verified using the Department of Work and Pensions database. The remainder will be required to prove their identity in order to remain on the electoral register"
so clearly wife+child are in that system. However there are posts from people who are being asked to verify their identity.
I would be curious to know - I wonder if we'll ever be told - how many "voters" disappear after this exercise ?
Also, is this the first time that the DWP "system" has been connected to issues involving citizenship ? Presumably there are NI number holders in their system who are *not* eligible to vote ?
I have never studied German, just pick up little bits from reading and the odd film, so I was well chuffed that I almost decoded that ...
Sonner = special
tag = day
gruktfahr (or more probably)
karten = card [ticket ?]
I think it's clear the direction we're moving ...
the client end - PC plus browser, is becoming the end-goal. You then point that at the website of your choice, to actually do something.
If this is the case, then the end of the journey will be a box which is intended for, and designed to just access websites, which deliver the real functionality.
When you look at it that way, ChromeOS is a logical development. And hardware vendors need to think carefully about what they build.
Nice placement for El Reg
On the lappie screen
A black cab ? What happened to this world famous "knowledge" then, which is the reason for their high fares ?
My wife has MS, and is registered blind (although partially sighted). We went to a national exhibition for aids and adaptations last year, and it seemed every ****er and his dog had some "special" aid, which in reality was a crippled tablet/phablet/phone running Android, with a few custom apps.
All of which was priced about 10x what it would have cost if you wanted the same thing *not* designed for the blind.
The only thing we got which was of any use, was "Cocoons" - a pair of sunglasses which reduce the glare my wife experiences due to the optic neuritis.
Meanwhile, back in the real world, 2 years after I looked into using voice control for android, and deciding to wait until we had a decent phone (not a Wildfire) we get a Moto G (*Brilliant* btw) and I discover that **** all has moved on in the world of Android voice control. It's still pants.
To be fair this is voice control via bluetooth. If you start researching you realise that no one has ever, in the history of the world, wanted to use a BT headset to control their phone. The crushing irony is, my *Windows 8* phone, has seamless BT integration.
You're an idiot
the BitCoins got instantly converted to cash (USD, natch).
I would hope the real test ...
is to permanently bar anyone thick enough to download an alleged VM image from "the security services" from having any say in IT ever again.
The biggest challenge ...
is getting the punters to understand that SMS is *not*,l never has been, and never will be a reliable service.
It's scary the people who *only* send a text in the unwavering belief that it will always be received.
How times change ...
A few years ago, news like this would have generated criticism from the west, along with a long spiel about democracy.
Nowadays, news like this, and the west goes "that's a good idea"
Sorry, I call "bollocks"
My 18yo son, who has an apprenticeship in ICT (and tells everyone he works in IT) had to call me up Saturday night, to "set the internet up" (i.e. explain how to go to Settings, Wireless and Networks, APNs) on his mates phone. They were having a little party with about 10 others, none of whom had the faintest idea (which is why they asked my lad).
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