Re: cd trays
she had pushed the cd's through the gap between the 5.25 drive trays
Good story. But my recollection is that 5.25 in floppy drives were history long before CD drives were introduced.
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she had pushed the cd's through the gap between the 5.25 drive trays
Good story. But my recollection is that 5.25 in floppy drives were history long before CD drives were introduced.
You haven't truly suffered until you've been part of a "co-located" Scrum team. It's happened to me in several jobs. The worst was when the offshore team was in the Philippines, so the morning stand-up took place at 8 am. On other occasions I've participated in telephone stand-ups with people whose accents are so thick that you press the handset harder and harder to your ear in a futile attempt to understand, and spend the rest of the day with a sore ear.
The sample code that laboriously build a where clause is truly horrible. But it's quite possible that it isn't that way because of the developer's addiction to copy-n-paste.
It looks like it's using the stored procedure language from a database. In their early incarnations these languages frequently didn't support any kind of array or collection, and they were often syntactically feeble, making it hard to do the kind of abstraction that is usual in proper programming languages.
My experiments with heaps of the plentiful beech leaves in my garden suggest that a sun-size heap of these things would produce no heat and last for ever.
Is that an updated version of the Hoover Constellation?
I think it's a personal obsession of James Dyson. In the 1970s I worked in the department of Times Newspapers that handled special offers. There was a bloke who kept trying to sell us on a wheelbarrow with a ball instead of a wheel, but the gardening correspondents all said it was useless. 40 years on, James Dyson (for it was he) produces a vacuum cleaner with a ball at the front.
I'm not qualified to comment on most of these weights, but 2kg of webbing seems remarkable.
The second computer I ever bought was an Osborne. The ads used to show an attractive young woman walking down the street swinging her Osborne. In real life she must have been about 8 feet tall with the muscles of a stevedore.
The expression to "deep six" has a long, if not honourable history. In All the President's Men Woodward and Bernstein learn that one of Nixon's henchmen has suggested somebody should deep six a briefcase (IIRC). They're horrified that members of the US government talk like gangsters. Nowadays it might be less surprising.
I recently spent a few weeks at home. During this time I received at least three phone calls from India, telling me "Your computer is logging a lot of errors on the server". Their objective was to try to get me to install some kind of remote-access software.
The first time, I carelessly revealed my lack of ignorance, and the caller quickly ended the call. Thereafter, I decided that I'd see how long I could get them to spend talking to me, on the basis that during that time they can't be scamming somebody else. I kept them waiting while "the computer is starting up", then I couldn't find the Start button. When asked to type a URL into the browser I'd deliberately misspell it, then read it back with painstaking phonetics: "H for Henry - sorry, I think that should be hotel - t for tango, t for tango, p for papa, then two little dots and two diagonal lines...".
My record was 35 minutes, but a shorter call was more fun because the crook on the other end got really angry and started shouting insults down the phone.
Well, yes, El Reg is cruel and vicious. That's what's good about it.
And so was Fry's portrayal of the various incarnations of Melchett. That's what's good about him.
As far as I know "cookie" is an anglicised spelling of a Dutch word.
It's 17:30 on Wednesday, and the last incoming email in my BT account was received at 09:06. Perhaps nobody loves me any more. But a test mail sent from work has failed to arrive, so it looks like all is still not well with Brutish Telecom.
C:\Users\Peter>docker pull gaetan/dockercraft
To execute docker pull you need to have installed Docker and to issue commands in the Bash shell that's installed with it.
Docker doesn't seem to live very comfortably on Windows. Not only do you have to use the shell (which annoyingly seems to have replaced the Bash shell that comes with git) but it seems to work with a very memory-hungry VirtualBox VM.
The Minecraft thing looks like a gimmick. Anyone doing the kind of job that requires Docker should be able to understand it without recourse to a game that really has nothing to do with it.
@Tony S: Thanks for the link - I didn't know about tokenisation. If the token is generated by the card company and is specific to the merchant, then it's obviously of limited value if stolen.
Credit and debit card details were tokenised, which is a standard higher than encryption
Can anyone explain what this means? As far as I know, there are two ways of hiding sensitive information.
It can be stored as a hash of the plaintext, which can then only be recovered by finding a value that results in the same hash (rainbow tables). This process may be made more difficult by obfuscating the plaintext (salting). I can't see any reason why TalkTalk would store hashed card numbers, since the process is one-way, and the only point of storing the card number is to use it to apply a charge. Alternatively it can be encrypted, in which case the plaintext is recoverable, either by decryption or by breaking the cipher.
If the TalkTalk process "is a standard higher than encryption", what type of encryption is it better than? Caesar substitution? Is it a one-way process, in which case it's basically a hash, or two-way, in which case it's a cipher? Either way, they need to identify the algorithm: it's well known that knit-your-own security solutions are always feeble.
absolute nitwits that allow LinkedIn access to their email to forage for contacts
I fear I was that nitwit. I've accessed LinkedIn via the browser for years, and never allowed it to access any address book. Then I unwisely allowed myself to be persuaded to install the phone app. Suddenly my phone contacts list is gobbled into LinkedIn and it's asking me if I want to connect with people from it. I guess they sneaked in permission to access the contacts list when the app installed.
Superb! A $10,000 directional Ethernet cable. You've made my day.
a sintered racing clutch with all of 2mm travel between "out" and "fully engaged"
I think you're wrong about the clutch. I drove a 911 SC for six years. It was a 1981 model, so well inside the "lethal Porsche" era. The clutch had plenty of travel and was reasonably light. It used to be commonly said at the time that anyone of either sex could easily drive a 911 in traffic.
In other respects, I mostly agree with your comments.
People who worry about resale value shouldn't be buying luxury items in the first place.
Why not? Who is to decide whether a person is allowed some luxury?
Some expensive cars (mostly sports cars) are bought because the depreciation is less than that on mass-market cars.
cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated and attacks against companies that do business online are becoming increasingly frequent
It was SQL injection, a 10-year-old attack vector, FFS! Any system that isn't written and supported by buffoons should repel it as easily as Dildo shrugging off blame.
It's as if a car manufacturer sold a new car that can go at 100 mph, which turns out to use the brake technology from a 1908 Model T. They would be liable for the subsequent deaths and injuries.
The aeroplane doesn't "stall"; its engine does.
"A stall is a condition in aerodynamics and aviation wherein the angle of attack increases beyond a certain point such that the lift begins to decrease." [Wikipedia, I'm afraid]
Stalling of an engine is a different phenomenon entirely.
... followed by "GBoing-GBoing". I'm sure there was a technical reason why the faster modems made this cartoon-ish sound.
The Dyson Airblade is an interesting hand drier.
It's a typical Dyson pseudo-invention. All other hand dryers, from the feeble things you find in the toilets of Oriental restaurants, to the high-powered ones that you can hear in the next room, work faster when the user rubs his/her hands together during the drying. The Dyson proposition seems to be that he can "scrape" the water off with a "blade" of hot air. The result is a drier design that prevents hand-rubbing.
@Jan 0: Interesting to hear of the irksome maintenance cycle you feel is necessary to keep your Dyson running.
I used to have a Dyson. The women in the household hated it because it was so heavy. I disliked the stupid arrangement with the wand stowed in the handle, and I didn't find the performance very impressive. It had to be repaired about every two years.
When it died for the last time I bought a Miele. It's light, easy to use, and intelligently designed. It may use bags instead of James Dyson Magic Cyclones, but even with the bag full it sucks far better than the multi-coloured plastic wonder ever did.
It's to do with scale. One vacuum it makes fuck all difference, but there's 25 million households in the uk, most of them have a vacuum.
So it's far better if they spend twice as long using a vacuum cleaner with half the power,
Interviewing known terrorists like ISIS in order to manufacture a contrarian viewpoint shouldn't warrant any protection for these so called "journalists". Even giving a voice to these criminals makes me suspect the news outlets intentions.
I'm confused. If a reporter for Newsnight is a 'so called "journalist"', who qualifies as a real journalist? To judge from this post, nobody but the fête correspondent of the Church Times.
The bike in the picture seems to be equipped with stabilisers. Not very cool.
Rather than put the 'cleverness' into the bulb, why not put it into the wall switch?
Exactly. I can't be the only person who thinks a room looks better if it's only lit by table lamps. But it's a pain to walk round the room turning them on individually.
I have two rooms where the wall switch is wired to 5 amp wall sockets. It should be simple to create similar functionality with a wall switch that communicates via wireless or powerline with smart plugs in standard 13 amp outlets, so anything can be activated from the wall switch by the door.
The fond childhood memories of sneaking into the garage and nicking a swig... then instantly spitting it back into the jug.
I can't be the only one who has student memories* along the lines of "if we keep fermenting this as long as possible, we get free alcohol". The result was a sinister, almost still beverage with a strong taste and good deal of sediment. The effects were generally everything we expected.
* I can remember brewing the stuff, but as with concussion, there's a blank patch after we started drinking it.
REST has delivered a lot, but there's always a lurking sense that you're using a screwdriver as a chisel (or maybe vice versa). It's also plagued with religious disputes and doubts. Should this be POST or PUT? Am I allowed to invoke a procedure with GET? Does this value belong in the request body, the header or the URL and if so where?
I think REST triumphed over SOAP by cutting down on the WSDL bureaucracy, and SOAP displaced its predecessors by using a go-anywhere network protocol. gRPC is going to have to deliver a major benefit to be the Next Big Thing.
If you qualified with a degree in politics & economics, well, go do that. You didn't qualify with a degree in software engineering. If you qualified with a degree in accountancy, well, guess what? You are not a coder.
@LucreLout: You appear to believe that acquiring a degree in something is the way to learn how to do it professionally. I'm afraid I have unwelcome news for you.
I know plusnet store passwords either as plain text or using easily reversible encryption, their support people can tell you what your password is.
We won the battle, but who won the war (not us).
The problem seems to have been that the mediæval military machines and the economies behind them simply lacked the resources for complete conquest. A king might be fabulously rich by comparison with most of his subjects, but he wasn't rich enough to pay for a standing army. The taxation system of the time was primitive and inefficient and the economies being taxed weren't very large.
It was actually the French-speaking Anglo-French fighting the French-speaking French French.
English replaced Norman-French as the court language in the reign of Edward III, at the start of the Hundred Years War, long before Agincourt (link). Ceremonial court language would have been decades behind the language people actually spoke, even at court.
Since the time of Edward I, popular myth suggested that the French planned to extinguish the English language, and as his grandfather had done, Edward III made the most of this scare (link). This suggests that English was fully accepted as the national language by Edward I (reigned 1272 to 1307), who is believed to have been taught it as a child.
Plus the English practice of men-at-arms fighting on foot, and the devastation wrought by the longbow in the hands of "hommes de nul valeur". You can't help thinking that it was snobbery that lost it for the French.
It also seems to have been their inability to learn from experience. The French problems at Agincourt were very similar to those they encountered at Crécy, 79 years earlier.
What do they mean by "processed" meat?
Bacon is cured with nitrate and possibly smoked - two processes. Sausages like salami are made with quite a lot of nitrate, but I'm pretty sure the much-reviled British sausage is made with raw pork. Bresaola and biltong are processed by air drying - does that turn them carcinogenic? Come to that, cooking is a form of processing.
Does this apply to anything "processed"? I'd be overjoyed if I never have to eat processed peas again - what is the mysterious pea process?
Cola bottles are for wimps - real men use open buckets
The reason for using bottles rather than buckets is that the input liquid arrives in bottles, so bottles are available. In order to use a bucket you'd have to plan ahead.
The point is really whether the database itself is compromised, or the code that accesses it.
I was staggered to hear that this is apparently a SQL injection attack. FFS, it's 2015, and a major web site that handles personal financial details is vulnerable to an attack vector that was old news in 2005.
I can sort-of see the point about no legal obligation to encrypt. Most of the information they hold is strictly speaking public. Your name and address are on every letter you receive, your card numbers are available to anyone you pay using a cut-out coupon or old-fashioned card machine, your bank details are on every cheque you write.
In the days of paper transactions, none of this really mattered. Nowadays this public information is supposed to be kept secret. It's security by obscurity on a global scale.
the really poisonous Geography Cone Snail
It doesn't need to be
poisonous venomous. It can bore people to death by telling them the principle exports of... zzz zzz.
But old Alex was Macedonian. Not the same as Greek.
Curiously, the Greek government objects strenuously to the modern state of Macedonia on the grounds that ancient Macedonia was Greek.
Magna Græcia included Asia Minor, Sicily, Naples, Marseilles and a few places on the East coast of Spain, so it's probably not stretching things too far to describe Alexander as Greek.
The picture at the top of the article looks more like Little Egypt than Cleopatra.
"She walks, she talks, she craaawls on her belly like a reptile!"
The interview on Radio 4 this morning the person claimed it was too early to say if important customer data was encrypted ( and there was millions of records, as if that was a reason).
Record 1: not encrypted, record 2: not encrypted either, record 3: still not encrypted, record 4...
You can see how this may take some time.
Remember me, forget my fate!
Will I buy another VW when this one eventually dies? Damned right I will.
You're probably correct in your belief that the emissions cheating business won't of itself deter buyers. But there are other considerations.
VW seems to have done this to save on the cost of the AdBlue system they would otherwise have needed to get rid of NOx in the exhaust. So expect future VWs to be more expensive.
VW will likely spend the next decade paying massive fines and fighting court cases. The money this costs them will be money that competitors can spend on development. So your 2025 VW won't just be expensive, it will be old-fashioned.
When you start thinking about machine solutions for real-world problems, it becomes clear that much of the cleverness lies in defining the problem domain.
Take something slightly simpler than the conflicts in the Middle East: the Great Heathrow Runway Debate. If you're going to ask a machine to resolve that question, then you have to assign values to all the conflicting interests. Having done that, you've probably come to your own decision without the machine.
If you compare the lunar surface with e.g. Australia they are not wildly different in brightness.
So you're implying that Australia is as dull as the moon? Some people may take exception to that.
I wouldn't be surprised to find that either the account is a honeypot that's really been hacked, or the hack reports are fake. It's all a bit to good (or do I mean bad) to be true.
post-it notes for guests explaining how they can watch Corrie
If you want to watch "Corrie", I suggest you get in your car and drive home. I was under the misapprehension I was accommodating somebody with taste. The same applies to any other television programme with a nickname (I'm thinking of "Strictly", but I dare say there are others).
boy what a hiccough (stupid English spelling...)
You mean erroneous spelling. It's never been spelled any way other than "hiccup", except by victims of do-it-yourself etymology who think it's a kind of cough.
Ads HAVE TO track you in order for the operator of the Ad network to get credit for generating sales.
No they don't. The only thing they NEED to track is which advertising campaign led to which sales.
At the risk of sounding like a justly-reviled marketing wanker, I suspect it's a bit more complicated. Originally print advertising was sold on the basis of circulation - the more copies sold, the higher the rate. Then someone invented readership surveys, and it turned out that some publications had many more readers per copy than others, so rates started to be based on cost per thousand readers. Next thing was demographic profiling, so companies selling golf clubs could see the cost per thousand AB males. Then more detailed surveys like TGI allowed advertisers to home in on, say, C1C2 married women who like trying new things (fnaar fnaar).
The shortcoming of all this was that it depended on surveys, so the information was unreliable and the confidence interval for exotic cross-analyses tended to be unacceptably large. Online advertisers aspire to build a corpus of real information (sites visited, things purchased etc) about identifiable users, or at least their computers, so they can target their ads.
There's a sense in which this could be a slightly good thing. I hate the ads on TV, but what I particularly hate is the fact that 75% of them seem to be for women's hair and skin products. If somebody found a way to show me only ads for things I'm interested in buying I might be more tolerant.