Re: "Hey, Camilla. What can I do for You?"
5253 posts • joined 21 Jul 2010
>Perhaps you might also provide the Pluniverse with 'Flappy Dave'.
Camilla, I am not a coder. I am a product designer. Good quality proprietary software allows me to design and build real objects more easily than any open source equivalent. The amount of time and money it saves me is orders of magnitude greater than a Windows licence.
I am no more likely to 'roll my own' CAD suite than a carpenter would make her own cordless drill. She doesn't make her cordless drill because she's a carpenter who makes chairs and not a tool manufacturer! I really don't understand why you find that scenario so objectionable.
>Before you rape me I claim naif.
What does that even mean?
>Windows 10 is an everything for all devices OS so it cannot by definition be good at everything.
By definition? An OS can have many UIs - just ask Linux users. Even within Windows, a game might use one UI paradigm and a word-processor another. I'm not saying that Win10 will be good at everything, but I don't see why it can't be 'by definition'. Or are you thinking of applications being optimised for x86 vs ARM?
>We have 5 years left on 7 which at this rate is probably 2 further OS release cycles.
Windows 10 is said to be the last Windows - there are no plans for any major releases after Win10, just updates to the codebase.
> If you have retail licences of 7 (insert version here) and you "upgrade" to 10 do you lose the ability to reinstall after a crash or a hardware upgrade?
You bought a Win 7 licence, that will still be valid.
Good for you.
Now, what do you suggest for people who use Windows-only accountancy packages, CAD suites, and play the occasional game?
>The time spent studying the accounts of 2,000 year-old illiterate, uneducated, peasants and imagining that this will somehow shed light on the way the universe works, is an utterly despicable waste of a great mind.
Er, Townes explicitly said that understanding the *way the universe works* is science. As a human being he also wanted to think about what the meaning of universe might be - and we might call that religion, spirituality or philosophy. It's a point of view, similar to Stephen J Gould's 'Non-overlapping magisteria' - it isn't held by everyone, but is an attempt at a consensus that can allow one to stop fighting and do some science. The chances are that his faith/curiosity aided his scientific endeavours rather than hindered them.
Had he been a baseball fan, would you still have said that his study of the sport was "an utterly despicable waste of a great mind."? What about Einstein's violin playing, or Feynman's bongo playing?
I've just found this thread http://forums.channelregister.co.uk/forum/1/2011/11/02/fujitsu_k_super_10_petaflops/
in which Steve 48 (MIA since 2012) says "Reg units: I refuse to accept Petaflops - can we have it in terms of ZX81s instead?" and brainwrong (MIA for the last 18 months) responded:
Excellent idea! Slow mode or Fast mode?
The ZX81 didn't do double precision, it used a 40 bit format (documented in the excellent manual).
I don't know the flops rating of a ZX81, and I should think that the difference between adds and multiplies (done in software) would be much larger than modern hardware, which may complicate comparisons.
For a rough idea, a mandelbrot renderer I wrote in BASIC on a CPC464 (same Z80 running at similar speed, also 40 bit FP) achieved about 166 iterations per second. That was 4 adds and 4 multiplies, giving a whopping 1333 Flops!
Re-writing it in PASCAL tripled the speed, at the expense of reduced precision of 32 bit.
That was still so dreadfully slow that I re-wrote it again in Z80 assembler, bumping the precision back to 40 bit with my own routines. That ran at double the speed again, 1000 iterations/sec. Here I was able to replace a multiply by 2 with a single INC instruction, so I'll only claim 7 ops per iteration for 7 KFlops. I was still running renders up to 2 days at 320x400 resolution.
I have no idea how fast double precision could be done on a Z80, which is what is needed for a true comparison, maybe someone has done it and knows?
So, if I understand correctly (fat chance!), the ZX81 would need 4x10^12 hours, so that's roughly 4x10^9 years... so if not the heat death of the universe, then certainly getting a bit close to when the Sun will enter its Red Giant stage and engulf the Earth.
4 billion years per move... I'll never complain about playing a boring board game again!
>I've still got the ZX81, I still code for minimal footprint (on the rare occasion that I write code these days). I still find chess tedious.
Try 'Go' - the board game, not the programming language!
As a beginner player, I like the inherent tensions in the game are obvious (grabbing territory quickly Vs being secure) and the fact that you can get involved in a 'skirmish' at any time.
Computers do not play Go well:
Given an average of 200 available moves through most of a game of Go, for a computer to calculate its next move by exhaustively anticipating the next four moves of each possible play (two of its own and two of its opponent's), it would have to consider more than 320 billion (3.2×1011) possible combinations. To exhaustively calculate the next eight moves, would require computing 512 quintillion (5.12×1020) possible combinations. As of March 2014, the most powerful supercomputer in the world, NUDT's "Tianhe-2", can sustain 33.86 petaflops. At this rate, even given an exceedingly low estimate of 10 operations required to assess the value of one play of a stone, Tianhe-2 would require 4 hours, to assess all possible combinations of the next eight moves in order to make a single play.
(Hmm, how long would it take the ZX81 to do what Tianhe-2 does in 4 hours?)
It's a Windows virus. Even if it could infect iOS, it couldn't use Flash as a vector because a certain CEO didn't like it - citing security issues, battery life, mouse_over events not being suitable for touch-based UIs and a desire for app developers to use iOS-specific development tools:
Your link isn't working, mate. I came across another broken link posted in the Reg yesterday - like yours it seems to have been truncated.
Either two Reg readers have been clumsy with their text select>copy in 24 hours - plausible - or the Reg forums needs a tweak.
A plateauing of the Earth's population is better achieved through a decrease in birth rates than mass starvation, death and misery. Just saying.
Factors in reducing birth rates are a reduction in infant mortality (if you are confident that your children will reach adulthood you won't feel the need to have as many children) and female education. These are areas the Gates Foundation are working in.
Here in the 'developed world', it is likely that your grandmother had quite a few siblings and that it wouldn't be unusual had one died of whooping cough or an infection. Today, it would be a fair guess that your parents only had two or three children, with a good expectation that they would reach reproductive age.
>Also, Hebrew is fugly. It sounds like you're trying to puke out a snake made of gravel.
Aye. I found often found myself sitting next to loudly Skyping Israelis in South American internet cafes. It was horrible.The majority of them were just out of national service and travelling with a gang of their former comrades, which is understandable enough - but might explain their disinclination to mix with others.
The few young Israelis who were travelling by themselves were lovely, though.
>An AI must obey the orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law providing they have paid their licence fee.
Asimov was ahead of you: U.S Robots and Mechanical Men Inc only ever leased out their robots; they never became the property of the end-users.
It'l be alright - the Linux robot won't use its missile pods on principle because the drivers contain proprietary code.
Perspective is not used in technical drawings. Yeah, these images submitted to the patent office are merely illustrations, but many engineers retain an aversion to the unnecessary use of perspective.
... those clip-on plastic joysticks for playing Snake on classic Nokia phones?
(Sold out, I'm afraid :))
For what its worth, I was puzzled by the absence of an Apple reference design before the 2013 WWDC introduction of 'Made For i[device]' game controller support.
(One of my posts from 2012: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/1610886 )
Apple made the filing in the same year as the first iPhone was released. I can't be the only one who has wondered before why Apple haven't made an iOs gamepad - or released a reference design for the 3rd party peripheral manufacturers.
The answer probably is that Apple have been able to sell plenty of iPhones without such a gamepad.
Apple historically have been a little wary of the games market too - in the Mac days they feared that games would negatively affect how people saw their computers.
The Android hardware market is a bit more fragmented ( witness the inability of Android phone vendors to settle on a standard for wired remote control headsets, or music/charge docks) and no big player (Google?) took a lead on gamepads.
Sony made a decision not to release a proper 'Playstation Phone', probably because it would cannibalise sales of their dedicated PSP machines. Sony then tried the 'Playstation Mobile' initiative - but only a small number of phones (even fewer non-Sony phones) were supported - so it probably didn't gain enough critical mass of users and developers to continue. They seem to have a change of heart (part of the 'One Sony' strategy), and have made their recent phones and tablets work with Dualshock 3 controllers 'out of the box' - and other vendors' phones can be made to work with them too.
Ever more Android phones now support USB OTG, which is a straightforward if inelegant way of adding a gamepad to a phone. Not all games support gamepads, but the classic console emulators for Android mostly do.
Chrome does a better job of sandboxing the insecure Flash than FF does.
'Spartan' is also the model of the penknife sold on the Reg's Cash n Carrion.
I won't downvote you, but I'm curious as to why you want Spartan on Linux or OSX. It may well prove to be a good enough browser, but it doesn't seem to offer anything unique over its rivals.
It's more the other way around - it is important for the purchaser to see first-hand where the puppy comes from. This isn't just to alleviate the suffering of animals, but is also for the benefit of the well-intentioned buyers looking for a family pet - intensively (in)bred animals that have been removed from their mother too soon can exhibit bad behavioural traits. There are also a fair few animals that have been bred in Europe and supplied with forged veterinary certificates - this means there is a risk of the animal being seized and placed in quarantine for months, at the great expense of the unwitting buyer and the heartache of little Suzie.
You're clearly not a dog lover, and that's fine. However, don't knock the efforts to make life more difficult for arseholes and criminals.
As you say, there are plenty of things that can be sold online, so it would be easy enough for GoDaddy to find another example to illustrate their services.
>They never will be a customer anyway as they all still live in their Mommy's basement....
Actually, you'll find that overwhelmingly they are independent adults, often with families of their own.
"The slow death of Adobe Flash has been hastened — YouTube, which used the platform as the standard way to play its videos, has dumped Flash in favor of HTML5 for its default web player. The site will now use HTML5 video as standard in Chrome, Internet Explorer 11, Safari 8, and in beta versions of Firefox. "
AC has nailed it on the head - most people who want an iPad already have one.
Last time I saw some figures, iPads accounted for the majority of UK tablets (though that might have changed since the cheaper Android tablets have become more cheerful), and of those iPads, the majority rarely leave their owner's home (so battery and weight-saving improvements aren't as crucial as they might be for phones). As a device to quickly conduct a web search or view some images, an older iPad looses little to its newer siblings.
AC can see the bleedingly obvious, whereas Wired.com is talking bollocks as usual:
"Nobody Knows What an iPad Is Good for Anymore"
This was a earnings call, which most public companies make to their investors, not a product announcement. Therefore one would expect there to be words like "Sales, net profit, fiscal, revenue, dollars" etc.
SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!
The Victorinox ('Spartan') penknife is good - works out at £16 after code, about what you'd pay in a camping or hardware shop. It is all you need to rewire a plug, apply filler, open wine, paint, beer and baked beans, drill holes, remove splinters from your fingers and food from your teeth.... It can also be used to sew some crude clothing a la Rambo First Blood but I haven't done that myself. Both blades are very sharp, and it's handy to have the smaller blade stay wickedly sharp for precision tasks after using the larger blade for cruder jobs. The steel is easier to resharpen than Leatherman's.
>I wonder if anyone has ever told Anonymous what happened to Guy Fawkes?
Yes, Alan Moore has:
Anonymous don't emulate Guy Fawkes, they emulate a character called V. Why Moore played upon Fawkes is explained in the link above.
>Just not sure what benefit a march in masks promoting Warner Bros IP is going to do to improve that? It's like the lamest possible version of vigilantism.
I largely agree, Cliff. However, unlike past campaigns by national papers, it probably won't do any harm. After all, however lame the protest, they are only asking that a proper inquiry be conducted - so I'm inclined to give them benefit of the doubt this time.
You're right though - given the reasonableness of Anon's demands on this occasion, I don't see the need for the masks.
> Are you saying the police should 'do something'? They are doing something.
Really? What do the names Rotherham and Rochdale mean to you in the context of recent news coverage?
>Isn't this the equivalent of marching against malaria?
No, it isn't. It would be more the equivalent of marching against people being paid to research malaria but who are just sitting about.
>oh gawd, they're gonna start naming and shaming. and if they name the wrong people.... /o\
They don't seem to be doing a 'News of the World' and naming and shaming - or indeed indulging in any direct action. By their own words they are merely demanding that the Inquiry into Historic Child Abuse actually gets going, and isn't artificially limited in its scope as previous inquiries have been.
Whatever one thinks of their past actions, in this case they are behaving more responsibly than any Red Top newspaper.
Chris Morris and Brass Eye did a much needed and superb job of lampooning the media hysteria surrounding paedophilia. However, whilst the red tops like the News of the World were inciting vigilantism by people who didn't know what a 'paediatrician' was, Anonymous are merely calling for inquiries into the abuse of power:
"We demand independent inquiries untainted by the corrupt, with full power to investigate. We demand an end to secrecy,"
Well, they can dream. The record of British public inquiries is a bit poor. The current one into historic child abuse has failed to get off the ground. Chilcot's inquiry into the Iraq War has taken six years so far. Anonymous's view of this is no different to the writers of Yes Minister:
>The whole justice system is deeply geared up to punish paedophiles already. I doubt it could be made more critical of paedophilia TBH - statutory rape of a minor has terms akin to murder, so what iis the march for, exactly?
The protesters take the view that the justice system has failed the victims of child abuse, especially historically. As we have seen with the Catholic Church, the structure of some organisations can offer individuals the opportunity to abuse children, and to have their colleagues ignore complaints or cover up their crimes. People working for churches, schools, children's homes and in entertainment have been convicted of child abuse, organisations that structurally aren't too different from police forces, the judiciary and politics.
Many of the survivors of abuse become troubled teenagers and young adults, and have issues with substances abuse, mental health and petite crime... this places them at a great disadvantage when making complaints or testifying against well-connected 'pillars of the community', should they even overcome their distrust of authority figures enough to even make a complaint in the first place.
I guessed where your link was going, and I was correct!
Now, it could be possible to have a 'dummy disk' - containing innocuous emails, innocent landscape pictures, fake bank details etc - that is revealed with a dummy password. The real, or full disk is only revealed with the correct password. That approach might buy some time - until disk sizes are compared - for the device's owner before the wrench is picked up again.
It's the equivalent of carrying a dummy wallet to give to a mugger. All they get is a cancelled debit card and a fiver.
>Just implement a feature where using a certain digit (or password) invokes a hard data erase.
A buzzing alerts you to an incoming call. You fumble in your pocket to retrieve your phone, and run the wrong finger over the sensor...
Interesting concept, needs refining! :)
AC, for criticising someone who has answered a question with a fairly clear explanation of the system as it is, you are coming across as wilfully ignorant. Well done.
>I find to hard to believe they could say that police can't force you to provide a password to unlock your phone but can force you to provide a finger.
It is a moot point, since it is only an engineering process to unlock an iPhone once you have a photograph of a fingerprint, and if you are arrested the police already take good images of your fingerprints:
Once he has the digital image, Krissler can use the same method he previously described for unlocking Touch ID with physically obtained fingerprints: he inverts the colors of the obtained print, so the ridges of the fingerprint are rendered in white and the grooves in black, then prints the image in black ink. The black ink on the paper provides just enough texture to recreate a fingerprint's three-dimensional shape, but inverted.
Krissler then pours glue or plaster over the print of the fingerprint. The ink print serves as a stamp, imprinting the fingerprint's whorls and ridges into the glue and creating a mold that can successfully unlock a Touch ID-locked iPhone 6.
Your fingerprints are found upon your person, just like a piece of paper with username and password details could be.
> i may be mistaken, but IIRC the original report said this wasn't fixable in software/firmware.
I got the impression that it wasn't fixable after the attack, but it could be prevented from occurring in the first place: "To secure against Thunderstrike, Apple had to change the code to not only prevent the Mac's boot ROM from being replaced, but also to prevent it from being rolled back to a state where the attack would be possible again. According to people with access to the latest beta of OS X 10.10.2 who are familiar with Thunderstrike and how it works, that's exactly the deep, layered process that's been completed."
So it would seem to be a case of putting a better latch on the stable door before the horse has legged it.
The proof-of-concept attack only attacks Macs, but it has never been seen in the wild - it needs the attacker to have physical access to the machine or else use social engineering to trick the user into attacking themselves.
The attack uses Thunderbolt, which is seen comparatively few non-Apple machines - there probably isn't a big enough pool or PC targets for it to worth an attacker's effort. Even on these PCs, "Intel has never allowed [PC] motherboard vendors to hang the Thunderbolt silicon / add-in card off the CPU's PCIe lanes. These have to hang off the platform controller hub (PCH). On the other hand, Apple was allowed to hook up the Thunderbolt silicon directly to the CPU."* so this might prevent a similar attack on generic PCs.
As a PC user, I wish Thunderbolt was more common. The idea of a thin-n-light laptop plugging into an external GPU+monitor is an attractive one for CAD users- but I appreciate it might be a bit niche when USB 3 and ethernet takes care of most users' data transfer needs.
Garland took on some of the duties traditionally associated with direction during Dredd 3D.
I stand corrected. Thank you Blane.
Thanks AC, thanks OllyL...
They both appear to be apps that map mobile phone coverage... now what we need is an app to compare the apps that compare the networks! :-)
Until Worstall writes a piece, the man who gave us the PHB has written:
>I'd be willing to pay around a 15% mark-up over their competitors if I knew it was better.
Okay, let's roughly divide that 'reliability' into two categories:
- Day-to-day coverage of a wide geographical area. Okay, you can get some data for this, and make your decision accordingly.
- Protection from occasional blips in service. This is harder to judge, so is harder for companies to compete on. Every company has been known to mess up from time to time, so without knowing the future I'm not sure how you can make your choice based on this criterion. Okay, that extra 15% you pay might allow for some extra redundancy in some areas of the network, or possibly allow a system where you get priority over other customers during areas/periods of congestion... but it might only take one engineer to screw up once to deprive you of service for a few hours.
If you wanted the greatest possible reliability, you'd carry several phones on different networks and pack a satellite phone too. And a pager. Sod it: radios SW and CB, a scanner, Aldis lamp and flares.
Nothing Nowhere = Something Somewhere <= Something Everywhere <= Everything Everywhere
>What we really need is a reliable set of metrics, publically and independent, so that we can more easily see who is best on service. If the government wanted to do something useful with the networks, gathering and publishing official statistics would be the single best thing they could do
An app on people's phones might be the best way of gathering that information. After all, the phone knows where it is, and the phone can test its up/download speeds. Having tens of thousands of phones gathering this data would make such a coverage map fairly quick to compile.
Just an idea. I'm not sure who would be best to implement it. Maybe we'll end up with soft-SIMs, and just use whichever operator has the best signal in an area.
>Why is this a surprise? People shop by price, putting quantity over quality, as always.
Only they don't; in this market, people can't shop by price because it is near impossible to compare tariffs. It's what Dilbert-creator Scott Adams dubbed a 'confusopoly'.
Instead, people often go by which network offers best reception in their area, or ditch an operator if they get messed around by them.
The best way to get a good tariff is to buy your phone out-right, and then negotiate a SIM-only tariff, since they know that you can switch operator at any time. It also has the bonus that your phone is covered by the Sales of Goods Act, so if it malfunctions you can insist on a full refund or a straight swap for a new unit from the retailer, without having to wait a fortnight for a repair.
"£16, you say? Umm, seems a little high... £15... lower, lower, nah, lower or I'm switching to Vodaphone... £12? Okay, that'll do. Thank you."
>[ Microsoft claimed that this could lead to a 50 per cent performance boost for some games.] Well, without further explanation I must assume the upgrade fixes hindering bugs and uses hardware features previously unused
Yeah, why use Google when you can just assume? Let's see what impressions professionals from the hardware and game engine industries have:
"DX12 has the potential to be much more efficient than DX11 at the cost of some effort on the part of the developer."
nVidia engineer Henry Moreton http://blogs.nvidia.com/blog/2014/09/19/maxwell-and-dx12-delivered/
"Right now, it’s too early to discuss performance due to the alpha state of Windows 10 and DirectX 12 drivers, however we are happy with the numbers we’re seeing."
Unity blog http://blogs.unity3d.com/2015/01/22/staying-ahead-with-directx-12/
Sounds cautiously optimistic, no?
The 50% claim is for games in which the bottleneck is the CPU (so generally not FPSs like Crysis, you mentioned Halo but there hasn't been a PC version for years).
No, not cannabis. MDMA:
There have been a few studies - dating back a fair few years now- each with enough promise to justify larger trials. Indeed, it was with therapeutic applications like this in mind that the drug was developed in the first place.
The Reg recently used 'Boffins' in this article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/17/boffins_its_easy_to_make_you_grass_yourself_up_for_crimes_you_never_did/
whereas the Reg of old would have used the term 'Trick cyclists'. What's changed?
The old Reg had the tacit understanding that 'boffins' either made cool stuff- like explosions, laser-equipped sharks and robots - or otherwise used maths so complicated that blackboards would collapse under the weight of chalk and us lesser mortals would get a headache just looking in the general direction of one of their published papers.
Depends upon the information density of the signal, and whether it is compressible - which would suggest a repeating component...
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