23 posts • joined 24 May 2007
Re: Pot meet kettle
You're right. I didn't make myself clear.
I found a nice example of what shall be done on the NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/11/opinion/ban-pure-speculators-of-oil-futures.html. Tricks similar to the ones described are used constantly to raise or lower euros against dollars against ... you name it.
Greece is on the verge of collapse - no matter what currency they use - but in fact they use euros, so why don't we bet against it.
Stronger regulation against betting money you don't have is a wise move anytime, and even today.
However, I am pretty certain that banks and traders will not accept stronger regulations, since, for better or for worse, they live and make profit this way.
Back to Microsoft.... They want to simplify their price catalogue using the same figures by stating that 100 USD = 100 EUROS. They're not alone in this.
Pot meet kettle
Strange how Euro rates were stable last time only cash-based stock transactions were allowed and British financial jugglers were at home playing with their dog.
One may be tempted to try again - for two or three YEARS - and look where smug Britain will be then.
Re: AC@I worked in Aerospace
Half of Italian air defense radars shut down, remaining radar logs deleted, witnesses killed, parts of fighters aircraft mixed with DC9 ones rescued from seabed, DC9 fuselage showing the entry blast of a missile, one Libian fighter craft downed in Southern Italy...
Just read before trolling, mate.
That' very good news that targets successfully survived French missiles.
It's a pity that civilian air flight ITAVIA didn't have any defense whatsoever in 1980... and was downed by a French missile with 4 crew and 77 passengers aboard.
Another instance of a Scarlett O'Hara approach to taxpayers' money ... gone with the wind ...
I did it
Received the email, and, although I registered with fake* name, surname, birth date, no photos and nothing else, I promptly denied any access to all useful (grin) info I published.
FWIW, in Italian, FACEBOOK may also be prononunced FESSBOOK (slang on FESSO - dummy).
(*) why did I register? needed to know how many freetards among my colleagues/friends registered
Photos are still there, pals...
2nd picture top left
Check your settings for explicit content...
@Jacqui Smith: bikes are fine, now can we get rid of some bikers?
I feel you'd like to know that I'm not against bikes, I'm against *some* bikers, esp. when they use a mobile phone, jumping red lights and raising middle fingers when you horn.
I acknowledge I may be biased. Maybe I am just plain jealous. So feel free to say I'm a moron or whatever while you cycle away.
a new swine flu pandemic
is spreading. Italy has a prime minister appointed that way, Croatia might have a mayor, what's next in your country?
there must be a way to compel this guy to prove his magic in court.
If he backs out, case closed; If he agrees, case closed as well.
However I might be wrong. So Alex, please invite Harry or Hermione or other schoolmates of yours, and turn NYT+IHT journos into frogs, although I warn you - some in the audience won't be able to see the difference.
ITAs (1) are the expert system engineers, that coexist in so many ICT companies with an insanely high number of losers that "design" systems on paper.
As a side note, ITAs (1) usually refer to the losers calling them "ignorant technical a**holes" or ITAs (2), and this leads to confusion.
The damage is compounded by the fact that an ITA (1) can easily spot an ITA (2) in five minutes, but bosses tend to mix them up.
Bosses and non techies may use the following theorem: ITAs (1) are the ones summoned up when the ITAs (2) run away (nothing works, customer gets suspicious, phone rings).
HP engineers finally let world+dog know where they kept their heads while sandboxie got up to release 3.30.
Yeah, you got it. In the sandbox.
On the other hand, since it's already been available for a while, there are ample margins for early birds to be granted a patent for it by USPTO.
@ A J Stiles
"Does anyone remember when the banks tried to ...?"
Very well, since it still happens in Italy, where I happen to live.
Also, when Italian telcos were forced to clear "recharge" commissions for pay-as-you-go contracts, *all* the rates jumped up (10% to 20%) even for credit card or bank-based bills that weren't subject to additional fees at that time, and no one was able to restore the status quo ante.
Hans tells a different story on the very same tune.
The coat is mine, that guy is the telco man.
touched a nerve, perhaps?
if accessibility comes to mind
google "rfid skimming".
Oh, no, sorry, I forgot the easy way: get two people that "know" who you are (or pretend to be), go to the nearest office, declare who you "are", sign all the paperwork and a freshly-minted ID is in your hands.
Homework for the amazed reader: state the country name where this is possible.
(prize list available on request)
@ Stuart Van Onselen
"Rather give me the Italian politicians. They're lively, colourful and interesting, and they don't have any ability to invade anybody!"
If you find them lively, colourful and interesting sure you don't live here. One week is enough to be bored to death seeing them on TV at late nite shows making a*holes of themselves.
Well for sure they aren't able to invade anybody since (a) they're too smart and too few to build an army of their own and (b) Italians are way too clever for being sent abroad for fighting Dubya wars...
... uhm, maybe I am missing something... we went to Iraq after all...
@To all web programmers on El Reg
Please use parameters in your queries, instead of lame quoting mechanisms all invariably at risk when dealing with unicode...
Paris because she knows to deal with raw data
sanitize, tr.v., -tized, -tiz·ing, -tiz·es.
may stem from the original sin of windows odbc_ calls, that don't allow for parametrized queries. Nowadays, even if PDO does (also on odbc-based datasources) everyone keeps their 1980's way of thinking, also odbc_ calls are so lower-level that have to be much more efficient (...)
For the rest, I agree: if it is numeric/integer, get (int) in front of it, wrong dates can be checked or allowed to pass thru as parameters (and trapped as sql errors), etc.
Output: htmlentities all the way.
Morons... you too
So POSTs are more secure than GETs? Go get your PHP for dummies again, pal...
making assholes of yourselves discussing which choice would have been the best for the country.
Neither side has a clue of what is needed in the long run to get out of trouble - education and a recipe of the 1980's: perestroika.
We got lots of money thrown at the 3 "I"; english, computer science, private sector into schools. Net results: english: none-stop dubbing foreign movies and you'll see; computer science: ok, now kids know how to start windows, a right skill when they turn 20; private sector: MIA.
Re: perestroika, just guess what will happen if every contract were awarded to the best competitor instead of the worst, but bribe-paying one.
Just another bunch of italians venting their anger in the wrong place...
@Diplomatic immunity - Anonymous Coward
Much ado about nothing - this is nothing more than cut-and-paste Italian politics.
Italian parties right, left and center have been doing that for years... and look, what a lovely country we live in...
But relax, no Italian pride over there, no IP to protect.
Pilato has a first here... can you remember "Who do you want us to set free? Jesus or Barabba?"
Note: that's not "I'll get my coat" but "A politician is stealing my money" icon
One shouldn't underestimate the power of copy-and-paste.
Of course, there's always a penalty you have to pay when you use the clickety-click variety of pen and paper.
For those who don't want to, an 2GB USB sticker goes for less than 20 euros, privacy and copy-rights included.
Nice to have
Here in Italy, an attempt to have some regulatory board for the IT profession botched years ago.
As a result, wannabees and others still plague the IT world.
In addition those guys/gals usually prove to be cheaper than a real professional, and here you go, they are in, you are out.
By the way, I am happy for those that enjoy the new wave of IT spending across Europe. If you have some spare, please send'em here - address available on request.
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