258 posts • joined 16 Jul 2010
Is it my age?
I'm 40 btw....
But every time I get a screen on an 'Application' that asks if I want to 'Share' my achievement I get a surge of anger and a desire to feed the software firm in question to a Bugblatter beast.
Yes, I just watched a jolly froody film and NO I FSCKING DON'T WANT TO TWEET ABOUT IT you utter BASTARDS.
Two way adapters
"I now have exactly twice as many two-way electrical plug adaptors as I do devices that require plugging in."
Yet I guarantee that as soon as you need one, you will not find one free.
Engraving the backs of iPads and using them as Gravestones.
How dare you cast dispersions on Mr Pott. >:)
^ Miserable lot
That is all.
Re: SO what's not safe for work?
Not if you are a cow...
Basta de esta tontería. ¿Dónde está mi tocino y cerveza?
Danger of scientific papers
I heard that if you consume more than one scientific paper on health a week, you can reduce your life expectancy by 5 years due to resulting stress and worry.
So, less science, more dubious meat products and alcohol. If you get the balance right the end result will be the same, just one way is more fun.
Do you trust the Government to oversea a sucessful IT scheme?
Problem is, once the genie is out of the bottle, or in this case, the data has been compromised, that is it. You can't get it back in.
With this in mind:
Do you trust the Government to successfully implement an IT project that manages data of such a private nature, akin to your financial data, to ensure that the safeguards are so watertight that even a malicious insider couldn't easily walk away with it?
If the answer is no then how can you agree to the proposals?
Not that I think *what* I think will make one jot of difference to the inevitable outcome. I will have to rely on incompetence to do the job for me. Worked with identity cards.
"...we also believe that LinkedIn’s absence in China would deny Chinese professionals a means to connect with others on our global platform, thereby limiting the ability of individual Chinese citizens to pursue and realise the economic opportunities, dreams and rights most important to them."
How noble of them to offer their services to China. You would almost think that the Chinese market would cost Linked-in, not increase their value.
Re: Don't buy security from box shifters
""nut jobs" is right if you think the average person has the time or the inclination to subscribe to the same prejudices and delusional world-view as you"
Quite amusing that your post accuses someone else of prejudice yet you use the term 'Not everyone is a neckbeard with no social life'
Re: Needs hefty telescope indeed
Do it. I want to see that.
Re: Needs hefty telescope indeed
How about a 32" f2? Could just about reach that eyepiece. But the size of that secondary mirror!!!
Games I spent waaay too much time on - 80s onwards.
Elite - Spectrum/Electron/C64
Need I say more?
Commando - Spectrum
This was extremely playable. I loved this game.
Lightcycles - Spectrum
Ridiculously simple game and excellent fun against a mate. Sharing a ZX Spectrum keyboard though...
Ghost Busters - C64. 'He Slimed ME!' Discovered the easiest way to get through the first level was to get the Beetle and a couple of traps. You easily made the money to get through. (edit - actually this was technically the first game I completed, thinking about it)
Forbidden Forest - C64
I would go round to my mates, then subsequently ignore him whilst I played this over and over and over...sorry Dan. Excellent mood music.
Gunship 2000 - C64 and Spectrum 128, First 'simulator' I truly got hooked on. Remember the soldiers^h^h^h^h vertical lines?
Marble Madness - Spectrum. Again, very playable 3d(ish) platformer.
Spin Dizzy - Spectrum..same as above.
Nemesis - MSX. Hours turned into days turned into weeks lost on this. First game ever completed.
F1 Spirit - MSX. Probably the second game I ever completed.
Nemesis 2 - MSX. Not quite as many hours as first game, but still very fun.
Wipeout - Playstation. That soundtrack...those graphics and game play, I was Hooked. HOOKED.
There were obviously more, but these were the ones that stick out in my head. Battlefield 1942 in 2003 was the start of something darker and lead to the current game of choice, Ghosts. It is a marvel I ever got married, come to think of it...
Re: @ Bluenose - Aren't these couple of loons...
to summarise - 'we cant say conclusively (cos that's not how climate works) but you would have to be a fucking idiot not to see the overall picture.'"
So..the fact that the Metoffice state that the current observations regarding the abnormal activity which is referred to in the report requires more research to be done means that they are certain of its cause?
Of course not. Hence their statement.
To use your phrase "...you would have to be a fucking idiot..." to accept that things are certain, eg, the odds of current patterns being caused categorically by GW are so high that we accept that as certain even when your own quoted source are not stating that.
"now will you shut the fuck up??"
Ok - so we are back to accept this fact just 'because' and don't question anything.
You are showing the attitude that is the problem in general. We can't question anything without being labeled as a 'naysayer', 'denier', 'alarmist' etc.
I haven't stated whether I think that GW exists or doesn't exist. That is immaterial. I have only questions the debatable associations that have been alluded to in this forum*.
*Forum: An Internet forum, or message board, is an [*]online discussion site[*] where people can hold conversations in the form of posted messages
PS - No. You shut up. :)
Re: Aren't these couple of loons...
On that note:
- complete coincidence I found this, btw, I was actually looking at things to do with M82 and the supernova and I saw this and it made me laugh.
Please don't get me wrong. There are a few things going on here.
Whether I believe in ACC or NCC or CC at all is immaterial to what is actually happening right now. The question is, should it be ACC, then what do you propose we do about it? If it is NCC, the same question? The Earth and the incredibly complex biomechanical system that exists within it, including extra terrestrial impacts, (the Sun for one), will continue on regardless of what we do, whether we survive it or not. However, the thought that we can hangon to our current existence without change is laughable.
Case in point, if we suffer a power outage for, say, major Sun activity that takes out a large proportion of substations in the UK, what do you think the result would be if we had no consistent power for, say, a few months? How would it affect day to day life, the ability to pay for things, stay in contact, clean water, medical help, even the distribution of information from a central government? Scary isn't the word. Even 20 years ago, it wouldn't have been as bad as it would now because of the digitisation of modern life in the UK.
Now take that same scenario in a place such that has intermittent power even now. They would cope better than we would because they have to deal with it day to day and any social systems in place already deal with that scenario. We no longer do.
If you don't find that scary...I certainly do and just because it hasn't happened yet, (70s power cuts - I am just about old enough to remember those), is not a reason that it won't.
The point I am getting to is the rather silly way that cliches and pseudo scientific phrases that get flung from various lobby rich groups that try and affect the opinion of the population at large result in daft, pointless approaches to the problem of CC rather than a proper grown up debate/discussion. I am not pointing at specific groups but all.
Re: Aren't these couple of loons...
Actually, I should really have given credit for your second paragraph because that was spot on! :)
Re: Aren't these couple of loons...
"Sure, it could all be a coincidence, but that seems unlikely to me, at this point."
Sooooo by your argument that these events correlate climate change, the Maunder minimum which led to the mini ice age in 1645 to 1715 (the Thames regularly froze over) then if someone had stated climate change in that period, those weather events would have 'confirmed' climate change*.
My point isn't a debate on climate change, my point is using events that fall outside the norm as 'proof' of an event that papers on climate change state regularly *not to use independent weather events as evidence of climate change*
It makes proper scientific review in the public more difficult with half-cocked cliches and ideas being bandied about.
(edit: Actually it did confirm climate change, just that the climate swung back the other way after...I should have stated irreversible)
@ Bluenose - Re: Aren't these couple of loons...
"...the author pointed out that climate change is an innate part of the nature of this world upon which we live"
Pretty sure he didn't make that statement, or allude to it. His subsequent reply confirms that. I never stated if it was true or not, more that his comment seemed to state that the current events are proof of climate change. Climate change whether natural or anthropogenic - I challenge you to find any scientist that will state these current events in the UK are a direct result.
Your comment is decently made. His alludes to cliche recycling.
Re: Aren't these couple of loons...
"Right... ignore the very real and tangible threat (I mean, have you watched the news, lately?) "
I'm intrigued. Are you insinuating that the flooding and weather we are experiencing right now is attributable to anthropogenic global warming?
I get your feelings, and agree. But I have said this before:
Think about it. Say MS decided to start a GNU/Linux distro, which meant that they would also contribute to the coding base; they do have some talented coders...
They would have enough of the desktop clout that would start hardware manufacturers to create drivers that were Linux compatible, resulting in less faffing on installs.
Businesses that are stuck on the Windows bandwagon would start looking at Linux as a viable alternative (It currently is anyway, just that that iTrolls of the world tend to do what they do best...) increasing the footprint.
There would be a knock on effect of increasing the amount of commercial software on Linux - not saying this is a good or bad thing, just saying that this *would* affect take up.
Now, I appreciate that dark side of all this regarding MS history on trying to railroad markets, but it would open a market to them similar to how Redhat works, and it would start to reduce the pain of the (effectively) closed garden that Windows really is. It would also push MS to produce decent code, as they have to compete on the OS side with others creating a distro, they would also have to ensure people choose theirs for quality reasons. Well, that and the support they could offer their client base.
As much as I would hate, HATE, *H*A*T*E* to even consider that Office would appear on Linux, I can see sound reasons, from an objective viewpoint, that states this should be on the table for them at least.
Fortunately, the people at the MS helm are fscking (or should that be chkdsking?) idiots so this is very unlikely. However, at the current rate, MS are carrying on in a tech ecosystem that will just continue to make them more and more irrelevant.
"Can you NAME a router that runs windows?"
That is all I have in my minds eye....
Re: Connect me!
Upvoted for the mention of the Phono. Very few hi-fi buffs or instrument technicians here, I gather?
Plus the good ol' strip and twist style of electrical buggerdry.
Re: What's wrong with slate?
Try taking away that 200 page report to proofread, that will show you what's wrong. Though if your roof needed doing....
Re: Obscure and underexposed....
You see, it was a bit like putting "Conservative, Green, conformist, tech rag, The Register..."
Re: Promise the world
Was an interesting read, that thread.
Would the Reg be interested in looking into this from a journalistic perspective?
I appreciate there may be legal line that you can't cross, or there may be very valid aspects of this kind of 'story' that make it unattractive, but a lot of us on this site - these games are our Tech Dawntime and the thought of a lot of the original creators of these getting stiffed rankles considerably. Even if the end result is there is nothing illegal but for others it may influence any possible decision they make in similar circumstances...
Upvoted for pointing out the fact I missed the glaring irony in my own statement. My own irritation with OFCOM in general blinded me to my irritation with the telcos.
*hangs head in shame and irritation with self*
Agreed. But then the market for spectrum isn't competitively priced and becomes a monopoly if OFCOM start setting price policies as opposed to continue to honour contracts/put for auction.
Re: Best. Game. Ever.
And keyboards.....for those of us without a joystick interface. Think I went through at least one....
Re: SB2 remains one of my all time favourites
I too LOVED this game. The game play was so addictive. IIRC I wasn't addicted to a game in quite the same way until the first Wipeout.
Re: That explains it then.
The Reg turns a profit??!! I thought that it was a charity, providing somewhere for aging tech hacks to continue their addictions.... :)
"You will have educated policymakers and regulators with respect to Twitter and built strong, respectful relationships."
"You will make a subtle point of letting policy makers know how much they could make as a Non-Executive Director with respects to Twitter UK and you will have an expense account and be expected to use it."
Re: Where's the story?
The point is a file is easy to lift, transfer to a memory stick, get attached to an email etc. The file itself isn't encrypted. If it is sent/lifted, it is easily accessible. You don't have this kind of information unencrypted. You just don't.
Re: This seems oddly familiar...
You mean: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/29/unsung_heroes_john_miller_kirkpatrick/ ?
Search. Fantastic thing. :)
Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT
Re: Open source [...] makes everything more secure
As with Schultz's comment, imagine if a backdoor was planted and discovered in a Open Source project? The commit would be traceable which would also raise questions on every commit that programmer ever did. Even if they were a false identity or it was found they themselves didn't commit the code (a fairly risky undertaking since commits you didn't make would surface rather rapidly) there would be a witch hunt to try and establish who and what was responsible and the political ramifications would be dire. Evidence of this kind of activity would also raise the barriers on a lot of projects which would encourage deep vetting of code, especially on high profile projects like OpenSSH.
Not to say it couldn't or hasn't happened, just that it is shortsighted among governments agencies. They would prefer the 'softly softly' approach as it plays to their hand.
Re: sniffing glue
"If you want I can send you some of my glue"
I find paint easier to get hold of in larger quantities and you are not asked so many questions if you go through a lot of it.
I think that the proportion of Americans who realise the dangers of backdoors placed in a product is probably the same as any other nation, eg fairly poor over the whole population. I would assume that if you ask the man in the street whether they want a security hole in the online service they use they would probably say no. The thing is that backdoors are generally not known and not usually advertised (Back Orifice anyone?)
The issues are:
Backdoors created for testing unintentionally left in. (See first point)
Mandated back doors, whether company or Government based.
Bugs in code related to, but not written for, the system in question.
Systems the system in question relies on but has no control over.
And the most common: Poor system design with respects to security.
Probably a lot more but I have yet to drink coffee. I think that the Americans are aware of security, hence the NSA and their greedy, pilfering persona shown naked, and the ironic attempting banning of China owned companies from being allowed into governmental facilities.
My point I was, far too subtly, making in my first response was the great big general sweeping generalisation you made that linked MS having their twitter and blog accounts hijacked/hacked and linking that to Presidenticide.
MS are *just* a company. They are no better than any other company as regards security in house, it seems, sadly. (btw, I assume the the Twitter account was hijacked (and the blog maybe) by the password being gleaned/reset as opposed to a back door which you suggested? If you know better then please tell the Reg as there would be a lot interest in the article!)
So let me get this straight... Security of Skype and twitter directly affects the security of the American president?
Stop sniffing glue and go to school.
Re: Lenz Flair?
Lens flare is not related to whether there is atmosphere or not, though atmosphere could contribute to the effect of flaring in certain circumstances.
The spikes you can see, in some of the images are caused by the internal optics of the mirror assembly. (http://hubblesite.org/the_telescope/nuts_.and._bolts/optics/) It is a Ritchey-Chretien Cassegrain design. Plenty of Hubble images show these spikes. They are usually prevalent in mirror configurations where the secondary mirrors are held in place by vanes. Newtownian reflectors are a good example. (http://www.teleskop-express.de/shop/BILDER/shop/GSO/Dobsons/GSD250C/GSD250C_FSStreben.jpg)
Warning: *supposition* The ghostly glow, around the stars that are the subject of the article is, IMHO, most likely a combination of the glow of the gasses that are being pulled in by the newly forming stars. and that this is so distant from Hubble there probably is a lot of interstellar gasses that can interfere with the image and is amplified by the amount of image processing required.
I could be completely off though. All I know it they are far better seeing conditions than I ever get in this fog ridden humidity bowl I live in, to the chagrin of my Dob.
Re: So in a few millenia..
I, too, saw that documentary. But to be fair, it is a little like basing the entire Human race on Lister.
Re: So in a few millenia..
This we currently do anyway. We have to 'bow down' to stroke them. There is a pattern emerging here.
Adams was wrong.
Re: So in a few millenia..
...and in a few million years, it will probably be Cats who are the dominant species.
(And Lo, the course of the feline race was set when Mr Kittles freed us from slavery by working out how to open the TUNA)
So in a few millenia..
The current dominant species will be able to glean from the internet that Cats were the most prolific thing the internet was used for to share and store their escapades, ergo, Cats were worshiped.
Re: SEO is harmful to society
The problem is, how do you determine what is and isn't relevant information? You may be searching on something to do with petrol and all you get are green activist information saying how bad it is for the environment. Now that is and isn't relevant, depending on your position.
Are you stating that it is completely wrong to ensure that your results are indexed as high up as possible? If so, why do Google publish what you must to to ensure a decent ranking?
TBH, it is a mess that is going to only get worse. Short of paying for your own 'walled garden (see other comment) where you pick an area you are happy to reside in, how is it going to ever get better?
Google are as much to blame for this as anyone. They have the control and started advertising on the search results. This 'officially' 'underlined the whole idea of search results and rankings.
Your best bet is to mix your search engines.
Surely this monster was created by Google?
First off, this kind of practice makes me grind my teeth in rage. However...let me get this straight.
Google sets terms and conditions on search rankings. So this isn't really a web search engine, it is more a portal. Whatever they do, this will always happen - human nature. You have a business that is helped or based on rankings, then you will do what you need to to get it up the list.
Google are increasingly more like a walled garden, with a door in this instance. The internet will become factioned(?) in a decade. You wait and see...Hotel California anyone?.
(for the record, SEO is rife online where small businesses see it as sink or swim. I hate it, I hate the way searches are becoming harder for relevant information as more and more information is recycled. There will come a point were you will rely more on Wikipedia than doing your own search online. By that time, libraries will have disappeared and getting access to proper researched, provable references will become like gold dust. Maybe this is all bollocks, but it is a great premise for a fictional novel at least.)
Re: Oi Mr AC!
I really wouldn't worry about AC. Every tried telling an alcoholic to give up using alcohol?
Being forced to use Windows is a punishment I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Or Larry Ellison.
Actually, on second thoughts, I do wish that on Ellison.
Yet another stunning decision...
Leaving hardware business..
HP. The way things are not meant to be.
Re: Android.. on x86?
Motorola XT890i RAZR. Not entirely sure how this runs Android, but I *think* the kernel is compiled specifically for it. There are a few apps that will not work with it. Firefox isn't available, but Firefox Beta is. There is no official cyanmogenmod for it, as a result of the processor.
Re: Not another smart phone?
There are a few of us who agree with you, Ted, though my take on this maybe differs a little.
I am not a Farmer, or an engineer but I work in the tech sector and what you say here makes bloody good sense.
I am talking about a sort of digital coms swiss army knife and not something suitable for landfill after a couple of years.
So OI, manufacturers.
Replaceable batteries of 3000 mah or dual 2000 mah so batteries can be hot swapped if necessary.
SD card slots. Anything else is just w*nk.
A decent IPS screen. I still maintain the Nokia 620 Lumia had the best outside use of any phone I have had before or since.
I use SSH a lot, and I know there are bluetooth keyboards out there, but it would be nice if there was a clippable keyboard that also protected the screen when folded. If that clippable keyboard had nomal phone keys on the outside with a simple e-ink display.....
This phone would have the technically aware flocking. And it would be a consistent seller. They would take pride in this phone/pocket computer, to see how long they could make it last.
Oh, if you did put a ethernet port on it, you would pass into legend. If you made the various parts modular, so we could switch out the Wireless N module for Wireless Z. If the screen did break, you could get it replaced...there would be a market for parts, you could make money of this thing whilst, and get this concept, giving consumers what they need and want as opposed to those that feed back to you think they need, (Marketing, I am looking at you).
People would speak about you in years to come in the same tones they speak about the Series 3 whilst STILL BEING ABLE TO USE IT. Seriously. Companies who run engineers, hopefully farmers as above, engineers, hikers, geeks, rescue workers, academics in the field, the market would be large and it would be CONSISTENT. So who would care if it wasn't 1mm thick and as light as a feather and changed colour with your emotional state and showed the world how like Kim Kardashian you were?
STOP LETTING THE MARKETING DROIDS RUN YOUR SODDING COMPANY.
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