836 posts • joined 29 May 2007
Re: Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?
If the NSA knew ...
In just the same way that there isn't any obvious trace when a miscreant uses this method to try to collect data from a site, maybe the NSA had silently monitored selected sites to capture details of attackers who were exploiting the security hole. By allowing the leak of relatively non-critical data through what would in effect be a set of giant honeypots they could have been compiling details of their enemies.
As to the costs, a) it wouldn't be their money; and b) this would go to show just how important their work really is.
Provided that any data is on a separate partition, or otherwise safe, wipe and reinstall is the way to go for many users. The only problem is how to make the re-install process easy. Redo Backup seems to fit the bill.
Re: Domain registration *should be* loss-leading
123-reg and Heart Internet are both listed as brands of Host Europe Group.
IANAL but it does look as though they changed their terms without proper notification and without agreement. Whether it will be possible to reclaim all or part of prepaid hosting charges on the basis that the existing contract is thus cancelled I don't know. But Mayne Design's blog, mentioned in the article, is definitely useful as it has a screen copy of 123-reg's "We don't rip you off ... No hidden charges to transfer away".
For anyone unfamiliar with the Small Claims procedure, the Trading Standards Office at the local council can be quite helpful. And if there's no response or no success in response to an initial formal letter asking for refund and the promised free transfer the court procedure is fairly straightforward.
Shut down quack medicine too
My own experience with NHS Direct was a bit dismal, so I won't mourn its closure. It's a pity though that a whole host of bogus and quack medicine sites can't be closed as well.
Re: Micro-patterned polydimethylsiloxane
And the boffins get paid for this research?
Was Cecilia from the PR department at Chambers?
Perhaps Jonathon Green's three volume dictionary of slang isn't selling quite so well these days in the face of urbandictionary.com. So an agent has been sending provocative emails in the hope of getting editorial mention that it is available online to subscribers and that there is also an abridged single volume edition in addition to his seminal work, 'Crooked Talk: Five Hundred Years of the Language of Crime.'
How about prison sentences for the directors ...
This seems to be a completely effective deterrent in the cases of misdeeds committed by journalists, MPs, bent coppers ...
Just in case it wasn't already clear ...
This might help to illustrate how inconvenient it can be when the gas is turned off.
Does this mean ...
... that I can keep XP?
Tuff? When I were a lad ...
... there were a lass on't Reg forum by't name a Sarah Bee. She'd sort 'em an' noa mistake.
What did HMRC have to gain?
Why did they let Goldman Sachs off? Is it a bit like local councils and favourable planning permission decisions, where non-executive directorships are said to be handed out as post-retirement rewards?
It may be worth getting a bunch of programs from portableapps.com and putting collections of different types onto usb sticks, just in case they are needed.
the person who nominates ... gets a bottle of semi-decent claret
It's a neat trick that, to nominate the book themselves. When the accountant/taxman enquires about crates of claret appearing as expenses it's, "Oh yes. Prizes in our competitions. They generate quite a lot of publicity, you know... Just look at the press cuttings..."
Henry Doubleday heritage seed swaps
Here's a link to the Henry Doubleday seed bank:
A few years ago, numerous heritage plants and vegetables were threatened by EU legislation which introduced mandatory registration for each and every variety of seed that is sold. Because this is an expensive overhead, seed merchants had been going to drop a slew of the less popular varieties. The Henry Doubleday Association came to the rescue with a creative solution, by setting up a seed swap club which has preserved this valuable asset.
Nil carborundum chaps. Bureaucrats and gauleiters can be beaten.
"transferring information faster than the speed of light"?
The correlation that occurs with entanglement is instantaneous and does not depend on temporal or spatial separation, but that isn't quite the same as information transfer. Any data transmission is still limited by the velocity of light.
At least that was the case the last time I could understand it.
They need a man-cold de-dupe program
If the urban myth is correct, then perhaps they should de-rate accounts that come from men. And those that are written on Mondays and Fridays.
The groundwater flooding database
"Beginning in April 2014, targets should be set for the release of totally new government datasets "
Presently the Environment Agency's data on groundwater flooding isn't readily available. River and coastal flooding risk is mapped on their internet site, but they don't release any data for groundwater. National flood advice sites recommend that householders should purchase a survey, costing £24 and up. The groundwater database was compiled by local authorities and the EA at taxpayers expense and seems to have been turned into a nice little earner for one or two companies who have access to it.
Given that insurance companies are refusing to pay out on some of the claims for recent flooding, free and open publication of the EA's information might well be a good start for the open data proposals.
Re: A retrograde step for personalised medical treatment?
Here's a neat example of medical use:
A retrograde step for personalised medical treatment?
Developments in biomonitoring mean that personalised treatments are becoming feasible; from cardiac monitoring to matching drug dose to requirements. It would truly be a shame if progress in this area were to be hampered by patent wars.
Re: I give it one week
When diets have an annual turnover in the US of $58 billion it's important that no one comes up with one which does work.
Like data the NHS holds, you mean?
Power to their elbow etc..
Well done boffins. The problem now is to get politicians, lawmakers, administrators and bureaucrats to understand and take heed of what they are saying.
Let's hope ...
... that Apple don't try to block this with patents.
Re: I find that nappies
At last, a vampire who cares.
Syngas, biodiesel and phosphorus co-products?
The process of making biochar from organic material is exothermic, so this invention looks good from an energy standpoint. What isn't mentioned is what they do with the syngas and oils that are produced. Depending on the temperature at which the process runs these comprise half or more of the mass. It would also be useful to have some means of recycling phosphorus to use as fertiliser.
The separation and transformation of co-products needs a fair amount of basic industrial chemistry and it's not clear how, where or even if this part of the process is carried out.
Dumb or deceitful?
Much as there was to admire about his querulous side, for it did tend to make people think, his stated incomprehension about nuclear power is difficult to square. He maintained that during his time as Minister of Technology he never knew that British nuclear reactors were producing plutonium for the weapons programme.
There doesn't seems to be any alternative other than that he was either culpably ignorant or lying. Neither of these fits well with the principles he claimed to uphold.
Where's the inverter?
Isn't the usual way to get significant energy storage with ultracapacitors to use an inverter and to charge and discharge them through a fairly large voltage range? They may be good for smoothing when simply connected in parallel with a battery but won't the small change in voltage in such situations mean that only a small part of their storage capacity is used?
"A staging post for some upcoming alien invasion"?
I for one welcome etc...
A worrisome trend
Given that the GWPF started out, as their logo testifies, with a proclamation that global warming isn't happening at all, this marks a notable upward trend in their estimates. Extrapolating on the basis of this latest claim it rather looks as though by 2025 their estimate for warming will be around 3.4 ºC, slightly higher than the IPCC's present mean value.
Meanwhile, there is what looks to be a sensible review by Graham Readfearn over at the Grauniad:
A national escrow service is needed
Recently I've been involved with a survey for changes in NHS care practices for patients approaching the end of their life, the so-called Liverpool Care Pathway.
The suggestion seems to have been implicit that the NHS might hold Advanced Directives on their system. These have details of a person's wishes on care such as whether or not they are to be resuscitated should they suffer a serious stroke or similar. For a number of reasons I very much doubt that it would be appropriate for the NHS itself to hold such records, but some simple and preferably inexpensive way to keep such directives is needed.
What's needed is the equivalent of a locked box which can be opened if necessary by appropriately qualified medical authorities and which guards the data and reliably records whether it has been opened, and if it has also holds details of who opened the box and why. Besides an Advanced Directive it could also hold details of passwords and similar tokens. It shouldn't be too difficult to provide a one-way data path so that updates to passwords lists could be posted in as necessary as well as a means to allow appropriate access for executors and/or relatives in the event of accident or death.
And where did this ruse come from?
Wasn't the structure of Indian bureaucracy largely modeled on the British equivalent?
See e.g. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-16737162
Might the LOHAN crew be able to blag one of these to power the heater?
I have a faint recollection of seeing something similar in a British publication on the internet not so long ago...
Re: Should this headline not
Do you call that a chin-chin situation?
El Reg and the Graun have been co-operating recently on security issues. Perhaps there has been a leak in the spelling department.
epidemiological research potential
Perhaps it won't be that long before data capture becomes a fairly standard part of illness management for many conditions; such things as blood pressure, temperature, pulse and a range of other more subtle measurements. Many diabetics, for example, routinely keep a fairly close watch on their insulin levels, and those with bad lungs monitor blood oxygen.
With open source software and data formats there should be sufficient uniformity for results to be pooled completely anonymously via the experts who provide personalised treatments; that is to say identifiable only as far as the medical practitioner in charge of treatment. Data logging could both improve the treatment for many conditions and directly collect data for research.
It's hardly reassuring
Given that the average temperature in the UK varies between about 5 and 15 ºC, the possibility of a 0.3 ºC shift is not negligible.
And looking at the satellite images of atmospheric water vapour content, the possibility of a "slight northward deflection of westerly winds in Western Europe" is not entirely encouraging, especially in view of the recent weather conditions.
Here's how a bacterium propels itself inside a cell
I didn't think they made them like that any more.
Gains may be offset by the "Wal-Mart effect"
Recent research in the USA seems to suggest that crime reduction initiatives don't work terribly well in areas where Wal-Mart stores have recently been opened. Presumably similar trends can be seen in the UK.
The conclusion seems to be that it can be hard to reduce crime in regions that are economically depressed.
Programmable touch screen anyone?
If someone were to write software that puts graphic buttons onto a cheapish touch screen and provide it with a range of get-you-started templates to suit different programs this might go down rather well. But don't Wacom tablets do something similar already?
When the time comes to test these devices, some of the journalists at the Guardian appear to be well qualified for such a task.
That's why prediction with hindsight can approach 100% accuracy.
Meanwhile, in the real world, models of one sort or another are what we use to see into the future.
Power to their elbow etc.. They've been working consistently to preserve and enhance civil liberties for quite some years now.
Re: How to opt out:
Although there's an argument that it's better to have one's records immediately available in case of emergency, this isn't always valid. My own experience, based on a couple of occasions in the last decade when I needed health care at the weekend, is that my treatment at the out of hours centre without my records was rather better than what my GP provided with them.
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