88 posts • joined 17 Aug 2010
Nothing particularly spectacular about it; I'm getting almost constant evening and weekend issues in my (city centre) apartment.
Re: Infinite loop
Re: In a C-shell ...
"How social you are"
You mean "Conform or leave"?
Who wants to be part of a society where individuality is shunned?
Re: If it ain't broken ...
The problem comes when the supplier goes bust. Then, you just have to pray that that box in the corner doesn't die too! All the while frantically commissioning a new system (IF the guys upstairs will sign the cheque!)
A whole HOUR?!!? Omg, what if paedo's get them. We can't allow them any free time to investigate things for themselves and find themselves and get to know about their own interests!! They should either be at school, (so their parents can work longer hours) or asleep!!
THINK OF THE CHILDREN FOR CHRIS' SAKE!!!
John Suchlike sounds like a quite unusual name...
Re: They could always do a movie based on...
Or write a book about his "struggle" to get a movie started...
I don't think it's principle so much as "ripping off the wealthy through an inflation stealth tax".
It's what the govt. in the UK is doing by printing mon... er... quantitative easing.
Imagine if someone came up with a currency based on a basket of commodities with intrinsic value; in this case, intrinsic value dictated by the interests of the currency's "customers". A bit like air miles...
Re: How much?
"At the end of the day we get it all back again."
Thanks for the economics lesson, but Keynes don't work that way. You can't just keep breaking everyone's windows, spending money on repairing them and expecting the world to recoup all of the money at the end of the day; some of it will be wasted.
I don't believe that $40bn or even $100bn on CERN would be a waste by the way, I'm just arguing with your basic economic premise.
Re: Unfortunately no matter ....
Sensible, yes. But wouldn't it be much better not to piss people off in the first place? The *only* reason that they didn't conform to web standards is because if web standards took off, they'd lose due to healthy competition (like they are doing now): http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/86/Usage_share_of_web_browsers_%28Source_StatCounter%29.svg
They had a (significantly) inferior product which they were able to keep because people had the sane concept of: "If I use another browser, the internet stops working". Web devs had developed their sites to only work in IE because it had a majority market share.
Abusing a monopoly to maintain your inferior product is poor form and they deserve punishing for it.
Re: Unfortunately no matter ....
I think you mean... "fortunately no matter ...."
Refusing to support web standards when it suits your monopoly market share, then adopting them posthumously to avoid losing it as quickly is scummy and no matter how good your product now is, your past behaviour betrays you for who you really are. I hope they end up setting an example of why you shouldn't be as evil as possible in order to maximise profits.
I wonder if the frequency of oscillation could be added as an additional factor. That way, you have oscillation frequency in addition to height of the load (average height of the load given it's moving). Would that not be enough? I know it's complicated by the damping of the system (maybe assume critical damping? Then measure the time for the oscillation to settle and infer the spring constant and mass...)
Ah, a fine solution. why don't I just stop using the browser altogether! I could avoid getting run over by avoiding roads, avoid AIDS by not having sex, avoid hangovers by not getting drunk. This could be fun...
haha, good one
"Imagine how much better the world would be if the drugs research done in universities was freely available."
Well I have a few friends in university research departments and I'm pretty sure they'd just leave the country if their work instantly became public domain. You don't expect all carpenters to donate their furniture to the public. What's the difference?
The denationalisation of currency
Probably most seriously proposed by Hayek: http://mises.org/books/denationalisation.pdf
http://mises.org/daily/1854 is a genuinely enlightening article on the matter. I think the premise is good: more competition and choice promotes a *stable*, *counterfeit-free* and *convenient*.
I think bitcoin only really satisfies one to two of the above and fails almost catastrophically at being stable, probably the most important aspect of a currency.
NFC, think you mean PBB
The only reason I want a PBB card is so I can ask the staff if I can "Pay by bonk". If NFC starts to catch on, I'll be truly gutted!
Re: I have looked
Hmmm, the debian ssh bug is definitely interesting, have an upvote. However, the bug only circumvents the SELinux policies, so I don't quite see it being the same as "breaking other stuff". Breaking other stuff would imply that it stops something working or is in itself a vulnerability.
The usual access control rules would still apply and Linux is still quite safe without SELinux installed (due to the myriad of other control mechanisms in place already (ACL, PAM, IPtables, SSHconfig for your example [authorized_keys restriction of executable commands]).
I also dislike the phrase "Regardless of how it's integrated into the source code" - Being built in from the start is a method of integrating it into the source code, one you seem happy with. Also, who says it's still considered an "afterthought"? I'm pretty sure SELinux is on a firm and secure footing by now.
I also don't see any issue with having "multiple security models", indeed, this is good security practice. Redundancy and a layered approach mean that you're never left with a single point of failure. IPTables are unnecessary with an effective implementation of SELinux. Encrypting your hard disk is unnecessary if you aren't connected to a network and have physically secured the server. Memory segmentation is unnecessary if source code is correctly vetted and free from faults. But personally, I employ them all as and where necessary. Different tools for different jobs.
Re: I have looked
It was originally a set of patches, which have now been integrated into the core of the Linux kernel (since 2003). It's not really what I'd call a bolt-on.
Re: Only one option really...
I was right with you up until you started mentioning mathematical algorithms.
Gold is useful for manufacturing a number of electrical and electronic items. i.e. gold plated audio connectors, gold wire-bonding in silicon chips/devices, etc.
The fact that people also hoard them has caused these industries a huge surge in costs for no reasonable reason.
Re: I feel it in the air
"which permit anything standard and new purchased online to be returned, for ANY reason, within a specified amount of time."
The statutory period is 7 days, but it's important to note that not everything is included - e.g. Concert tickets, plane tickets, hotel reservations... there are probably many more examples.
I wish the above were covered though; my girlfriend recently selected the wrong date to fly by mistake (don't ask) and only spotted it after the email confirmation was made. She then had to pay more than the flight to get the date amended.
Re: The problem is that the current gen is still current
The problem is that if the PS4 had been released earlier, then GTAV would have been developed for the PS4, despite the PS3 being perfectly good enough for it. So the next set of games to be released, won't be available on the PS3...
Re: BBQ sauce from beer?
Watering down my BBQ sauce? No thanks...
What's wrong with Git?
I like git. It's not even difficult to use. You can even phase it in gradually (use only what you need and ignore the rest) and apply it retrospectively (with a single command in many cases!). I admit I don't use/need many of its advanced features (that I know about), but I'm yet to find anything that comes even close to its usability without totally ensnaring my entire project. If I want to leave Git at any point in the future, I'm confident it won't be an issue.
Thank goodness for the [sic] tag; for a second there, I thought it was a genuine spelling error.
Harsh... but fair?
Being close to Reading is considered an advantage in the tech world, if not in the real one.
Re: Dangerous to users
The difference here is that IE6 was worse than bad. XP is possibly the best OS MS have ever made.
Re: If you get them young and you will have them for life
Your post was so well-edited that I can't tell if it's a troll or not.
1) People use what they are taught
2) Employers use what people know
3) We should teach people what Employers use
And if what the employers are using is second-rate how do you break the cycle?
This is a cool idea
It's interesting to think about how many standard brewing processes are dependent on gravity (such as airlocks, siphoning, etc.)
I'm not sure whether it's the selling of the bitcoin or the intention to sell the bitcoin that would cause its value to crash. As with shares, it's the perceived expected value that determines the current value. This explains why markets can be so volatile.
Re: I prefer my ads...
I agree Trevor, but a good article would answer the questions you've posed and tackle the subject from both sides instead of pointing out all the pros and neglecting to mention any of the potential disadvantages. We'd be able to weigh up the pros and cons as suggested, if some of them were presented.
I prefer my ads...
to appear at the side of the articles thanks.
Is this just the quantum mechanical equivalent of an assert() function or have I missed something?
Two words: Grover's algorithm
Re: Other ways to get a back door
Frankly, I'd be more worried if the code *didn't* contain comments as such. There's no such thing as perfect code. Sometimes what you're writing seems pretty damn good, but sometimes there's a question mark about the better approach to take to solving a problem or its organisation. "Does this belong here" is a perfectly good comment to place by code. A more experienced coder may see the comment and think "Hmmm, no, I'll move it elsewhere and explain in the commit message my reasoning". Without the comment, probably no-one is going to review it and it'll be left there forever.
Given that "perfect" code is a highly subjective affair and given that time constraints exist, the search for perfection is fairly futile and not productive. "Better" is better than "Not better", so if a clear improvement is there to be made, subject to one or two doubts, it should be implemented, with a comment explaining the doubts so it can be picked up for further improvement down the line.
"it's actually handy having a setup where one part or other of BT is responsible from end to end"
It's actually preferable having a setup where no part of BT is responsible for any part from end to end, which is why I've switched BOTH my home phone and broadband away from them. If only openreach were as impartial as they should be/claim to be.
Why the downvotes, I think Dragon Leaves is right
Generally, when an adjective is subjective, it precedes the noun it refers to. As an example "Un homme grand" means a large man, i.e. a tall man, whereas "Un grand homme" means a great man, a man of esteem/popularity/etc.
In this case, it's slightly open for debate which would be used, but I would say the frenchies would acknowledge their subjective bias and entitle it "horrible telephone".
Can't even sort out their own house...
So they want to implement auto-filters on all of our web-devices, but they can't even discriminate between "News site" and "Porn site". I can see why people are scared about the potential to censor information via the "adult filters" they want to implement if there is prior evidence that this is already happening (albeit to themselves).
LOL, sorry to burst your alternate reality bubble but Miranda had a solicitor present throughout the interview
"Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act has been widely criticised for giving police broad powers under the guise of anti-terror legislation to stop and search individuals without prior authorisation or reasonable suspicion – setting it apart from other police powers.
Those stopped have no automatic right to legal advice and it is a criminal offence to refuse to co-operate with questioning under schedule 7, which critics say is a curtailment of the right to silence."
Quotes from the grauniad article on this matter. He was offered an interpreter, which he accepted, but he never got one. "He was offered a lawyer and a cup of water, but he refused both because he did not trust the authorities."
Overstressing can be as simple as a temperature increase, which has been shown to be exponentially related to mean time to failure.
Re: Don't feed the trolls
Nice try... I was beginning to think you were genuine for a second there
Don't feed the trolls
Sexism allegations: Check
Think of the children: Check
Supporting the Tories: Check
Incorrect use of Internet Trolls inspired by the BBC: Check
Re: "spherically one-dimensional system"
Why do they call it one-dimensional, when in fact there are 3, but 2 are unimportant. That's quite a big distinction in my mind!
Looks like I'll be getting the other console then...
I'm very tempted at the minute to get a minute PS3 (£140, what can go wrong?) The bulky always listening Xbox 1 (Xbox 3 == Xbox 1? Makes sense...) is creeping me out.
Re: Democracy is no base of success
"That'd make so many parents lives so much easier."
- Which is, after all, what education is for right? What would we do if kids were treated like kids and allowed to bond with their parents and enjoy life outside the school walls. Playing games? Pah! That's for weakling westerners!
Re: To be fair to MS...
This article is saying much the same as I said in the comments to an article back in February:
"Unfortunately, as well as eating itself, it also splits and forks itself. Web servers has always been a FOSS stronghold. Everywhere else that counts is full of crap competition: KDE vs Gnome - developer show-offs leading to no winners. LibreOffice vs OpenOffice - no winners due to diluted development.
Yes it's one of the best things that you can fork a project if it heads in the wrong direction, but it also dilutes development effort trying to do 10 things at once."
That comment received 6 thumbs up and 16 down. Diluting the developer effort is, according to this article, Microsoft's strategy. Funny that.
Re: @WatAWorld: one in 20 users having clicked on an ad
"It would not be the first time that ads are used for slinging malware.
And you expect us to follow that link eh?
Re: Save the Economy - Use Open Source - Keep money in Country!
I was going to go on a rant about how bullionism isn't the answer to the economy and how it's a 16th Century ideal that should be eradicated... then realised who I was replying to and stopped.
Re: Three wins for Debian in a week
"As soon as there's a concept of charging... the whole thing breaks" - I would have thought the opposite. As soon as there's money to be made, innovation and breakthrough should be highly stimulated. It's precisely the reason that big businesses are such massive contributors to open source projects. The Linux kernel being a prime example. The GPL protects the code base and the money motivates the innovation - it's a win-win for all involved!
Re: Linux - the engineer's server operating system
Oh god... I hate myself for saying this, but I agree with Eadon.
Since the advent of SElinux (which now I'm getting the hang of it is extremely useful/powerful/secure-in-the-right-hands) and the backing/support of the USA's NSA, I think it can easily be argued that Linux *can be* the safer option if it's managed correctly.
It *can* also be the cheaper option. But not with current governmental budgetary controls/procedures in place. Linux on the servers is pretty much a no-brainer to me though.
- Vid Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Windows 8.1 Update 1 spewed online a MONTH early – by Microsoft
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?