Why "Data Networking"?
I'm curious: why is this article filed under "Data Networking" rather than "Software"?
193 posts • joined 22 Sep 2010
I'm curious: why is this article filed under "Data Networking" rather than "Software"?
"Cue adblock to remove all Reg images."
Yup, just added a rule for those.
"Likewise the makers of the trailer and/or reclining chair for not using something a bit more resilient!!"
You can't use anything very heavy-duty for trailers or they won't fly through the air and/or disintegrate properly during a tornado.
"feathered a fair number of consultants' nest eggs"
I like the clever mixed metaphore.
> It's really telling - and cause for optimism - that 170 complaints is "unprecedented".
Well, remember it's Canada. They tend to be pretty easy going up there (as long as it's not about hockey).
I've a nagging feeling I should know, but can't place it.
A couple years ago a got a phone call claiming to be from a large brokerage and financial services firm. The caller said there was something in my account that needed to be updated, but first she needed my birth date, account numbers, and social security number to confirm my identity.
I said I'd call back on the corporation's toll-free number. She said she'd put a note in my account so that whoever got my call would know what needed to be done. Before I hung up, I asked her if people usually provide all that information over the phone when she calls them out of the blue like that.
She said "always".
At that point, I realized that Bruce Schneier was right. Crypto can't solve the problem: the weak point in computer and network security is in the the wetware.
[I then hung up, called the company's toll-free number, the
aforementioned note was on my account, and we took care of whatever it
was that needed to be done.]
That's it, there, in front of Paul Allen, next to the Commodore PET. A Heathit H19 terminal.
And mine still works. :)
There's space inside for a Z80 CPU board (in addition to the Z80 that does the "terminal" stuff) which turns it into an H89 CP/M computer. But if it were an H89, there would be a floppy drive above the numeric keypad (to the right of the CRT). So I'm pretty sure that's an H19 terminal.
It would be cool if the Reg would provide a little info (if possible) about the pictures displayed above articles like this. The pictures are often more interesting than the article.
"We’ve consistently offered the most speeds to the most homes"
Since it's Comcast, god only knows what they mean by that. Comcast probably doesn't, and wouldn't admit it if they did.
Perhaps they are being literal, and they offer the largest number of tariff options. There's a long tradition in advertising of bragging about stuff that's true but doesn't matter (it's even better if it sounds like it matters).
Perhaps they mean they offer higer speeds than their competitors. In most Comcast markets, they offer up to 20-30Mbps. The competition is almost always the local phone company flogging ADSL that maxes out at 3-7Mbps).
I've been a Comcast broadband customer for a few years, and they do a decent job of shifting packets to/from the internet and seem happy enough to let me use my own mode. But, nobody in their right mind would depend on them for email, DNS, or anything else.
Where I've live, we've got a third option: municipal WiFi, but it maxed out (theoretically) at 3Mbps. I tried to use that for a few years, and it was miserable. It worked (mostly) in one neighborhood I lived in, but typically ran at 1-1.3 Mbps. After I moved to a different neighborhood, it often didn't work at all in the evenings.
> Perhaps it was aliens trying to rescue a crew member.
That's just silly. Everybody knows it's the CIA not the NSA that has the aliens locked up, and they're nowhere near Ft. Meade.
> It wasn't a minivan. It was a Ford Explorer.
Latest stories say it was a Ford Escape (Kuga in the UK?): a smaller, unibody "crossover" SUV. Still not what we call a "minivan" in the US, but that maybe different in the UK.
It wasn't a minivan. It was a Ford Explorer. Until a few years ago that was a station wagon (aka estate wagon) style body on a mid-size Ford truck frame. It's sort of like a range rover. Fairly large wheels and good ground-clearance. I think the past few years they've switched to a unibody design with a lower CoG (so it wont' be quite as likely to flip over), but it is still more "truck-like" than the traditional station wagon.
Though I still don't think planning and rational forethought were the strong-points of the two guys involved...
Dress up like women, pack up some drugs and guns, and ram a security gate at the NSA.
WTF did they think they were going to accomplish if they got past the gate, and in what sort of delusion does that sound like a good plan to do it?
> Hang on - I'm still using a PS2 keyboard on my test rig.
I'm stull using an IMB-AT keyboard on my main desktop at home, and works like it did when it was new.
The obvious answer is you change the stack variable to a static variable. That way it won't crash. Instead you'll have much a much more subtle re-entrancy or race-condition problem
to deal with.
Even if this is simply a realignment of the FCC with new corporate overlords, I'd have to say that so far the interests of Netflix/Google/etc have always seemed much more aligned with my interests as a consumer than those of Comcast/Verizon/etc ever were.
Nobody thinks that the new network wold order (in the US) isn't going to suck, but we're somewhat hopeful that it might suck a little less. We'll see how long that hope lasts...
When they talk about optimizing the game by bundling a JRE, what they're actually optimizing is probably support costs. [I assume if you pay for a copy of Minecraft, you get some modicum of support.] I wouldn't be surprised if Minecraft's customer support staff spend 3/4 of their time dealing with borked Java installations.
....that dark and dangerous place outside the US known as "the rest of the world" (AKA "terrorists").
I think you're oversimplifying things a bit implying that the US goverment thinks everybody outside the US is a terrorist. We here in the US are quite aware that not all foreigners are terrorists: there are also Communists, drug dealers and white slavers.
I don't really understand why "the Dow" is such a mainstay of financial news. It's a small sample of very large companies and is being constantly "cooked". Nobody who knows anything should be paying any attention to it at all...
The problem with "borking" the 99% is that it's the volumes provided by their purchases that make the hardware cheap enough that teh 1% can afford to buy it.
"Webpioneer Vint Cerf has warned – once again – that our digital lives are in danger of being wiped from human history."
Good god, I hope so. Has he _seen_ what comprises "our digital lives"? It's pretty much all cat videos, selfies, and tweets that should have been wiped from history before they were even posted.
I've never had water that tasted "delicious" (unless you count various beverages and dishes that have had so much stuff added that nobody would ever call them "water"). I find water to be pretty much tasteless. How something like that could be called "delicious" is beyond me. The goal for water is to be comletely bland and tasteless.
"Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying."
True for me, but not in the way that AC seemed to think. I find neither option terrifying at all.
I find the former much _sadder_ than the latter. I'm much happier thinking there is other life out there (though I'm not really sure why). Due to the vast distances involved, I don't see why we would have anything to fear from extra-terrestrial life.
"but a proof read would have worked wonders. This reads like a ten year old's homework assignment."
Yea, that was painful.
Most of it was decipherable despite the typos, subject/verb disagrements, incorrect/missing punction and various other grammar problems. There were a couple sentences where I just plain couln't figure out what they were supposed to mean: there seemed words missing (or perhaps extra ones thrown in by mistake).
> What part of World War 2 took place in Spain? Is history teaching in the UK really that bad nowadays?
The spying part. Based on what I've read, about 2/3 of the population of Spain during WWII were spying, trying catch spies, pretending to spy, on their way somewhere else to go spying, on their way home after spying for one side or the other.
> No way are they going to model the look on a harmless fish when they can make it look like a lean mean killing machine.
Tuna can swim 75km/h and are very active, efficient and deadly predators. They are just as much lean, mean, killing machines as are sharks. They just don't happen to mistakenly attack H. sapiens the way sharks do. ;)
I'm not sure being attacked by a 2m tuna would be much better than being attacked by a 2m shark...
> I think the studio that made the film win this one
>> I thought the same. But if the film also gets cancelled from theatrical release, then it'll be a big loss for the studio.
The release won't get cancelled -- only a single premier got cancelled. That's probably a net gain considering nobody actually _pays_ for tickets to premiers and Sony can probably get some of the money back on the catering.
I'm pretty sure this is going to be a huge win for Sony.
If I were more cynical I'd credit Sony's marketing people with a lot of the rumors and threats that came out after the data dump. I don't think I'd go so far as to credit them with the data dump itself.
I'm not going to claim that Sony's marketing people are behind the data dumps. But, once they had occurred, starting rumors that it was done by North Korea attempting to supress a Sony movie wold be a brilliant way to geenerate press and get people to go see the movie...
We have to explain this to you _every_ friggin' time there's an article about this ship?
The ship was named after the city in Puerto Rico, which was named after the Spanish conquistador who became the first Spanich governer of that island. The connotation (which is strictly British BTW) over which you are giggling like a 12-year old didn't come into use until later. One might more logically ask why Brits named effeminate men after after a Spanish conquistador.
I honestly didn't notice any difference until I read the article about it.
I do now see that the layout of the comments page is broken rather badly (at least in my copy of Firefox). There's a tall column of coments with several inches of whitespace on each side. Below that, there's the login/logout stuff shoved up agains the right hand edge of the window. Then below that there's a column of ads a few inches wide and a couple feet tall with 10-12 inches of whitespace on the left. Then the footer way, way down there below all that.
I honestly don't understand why peple think web sites have to be redesigned every year or two simply for the sake of change. Is the web designer union that strong? Web sites don't ever seem to get any better -- just different.
I assume the real purpose is to intentionally move everything around so that people can't find anything. That way they have to waste time stumblling past more crap and more ads before they find what they actually came for.
I'm pretty sure large brick and morter retailers swear by that...
So the drones will be able to swim while carrying 3D printers?
I don't get it. Is that a joke that just went over my head?
Well, rocket science is actualy pretty easy:
F = m*a
F = G (m1*m2/r^2)
Throw in some freshman level calculus, a $300 PC to run some orbital calculations and simulations on, and bob's your uncle.
Rocket _engineering_ OTOH, is a complete and utter bitch.
The launch failure was undoubtedly due to an engineering problem, not a science problem.
The best thing about Ubuntu is Xubuntu.
Thanks anyway, but I don't want to play endless rounds of "guess how this month's desktop works." I've got work to do...
The author makes repeated referencs to "the Windows client". I don't use MS Windows much, and my ignorance may be showing, but to what does "the Windows client" refer?
quote: an American might say that CHAPS in its current state was "about as much use as the tits on a boar hog".
I've heard that many times, but never with the word "hog" on the end
In common parlance, "boar" means adult male hog, so the "hog" is redundant and makes the listener think you might think there's such a thing as a "boar sheep" or "boar cow".
In less common usage, "boar" means adult male <certain other mammals>, in which case tits are just as useless.
The FCC is an independent agency created by Congress. The president nominates comissioners for 5-year terms, and the Senate confirms them. They aren't part of the executive branch and don't take orders from the President.
Yep, USPTO pretty much requires Google to do something to stop unauthorized use of the "Android". Exactly what that "something" is was up to Google, and that's where they should have done a better job.
Anything involving that many companies is doomed....
Ah, core memory....
I had a job interview at a company that was still making core memory in '85, and I know it was still common in newly deployed military hardware through the late 80's. Around 1988 I was working on a design that included a couple US Navy AN/UYK-44 16-bit mini-computers, and some of the gold-braid types were nervous because we were proposing the use of brand new SRAM and EEPROM cards instead of core.
The article is about an _application_ that has been filed. Blaming the PTO for that is like blaming you for the junk mail you receive.
It hasn't been granted. It hasn't even been examined.
It's just some bullshit that Apple sent to the PTO because one their IP attorneys had nothing better to do one afternoon, and wanted to chalk up another mark towards his quota.
If it gets granted, _then_ you can bitch about the PTO.
We switched to using Salesforce as an issue/bug tracking system a couple years back. It's absolutely awful and nearly useless. [It may be useless, but at least it's slow and expensive -- which, I presume, must be the goal.] It makes the ancient version of JIRA that we had been running on a cobbled-up in-house server wonderful. Now, I finally understand: Salesforce is an elaborate April fool's joke that I was just too dim to grok.
"Dubbed the App Runtime for Chrome, it's a way of packaging Android apps so that they will launch and run on Chrome OS, via a special runtime implemented using the Chocolate Factory's Native Client (NaCl) in-browser binary execution tech."
I'd take it with a grain of salt.
I didn't even know the iPod classic even had acoustics. I always assumed it was just a hard-drive and some electronics.
"According to some of the paper's sources, Apple has tweaked the iOS user interface to include a 'one-handed mode'"
[insert fanboi joke here]
I was thinking the same thing: _that's_ not the BSOD. The BSOD is the one you see when Windows stops completely and does a memory dump. IIRC it dumps some address and status stuff to the screen in hex, dumps core to a file somewhere and then just halts. There's no pressing a key to kill an app or anything like that. You're done: you take a picture of the screen with a camera (or write down all the numbers you see) and then pull the power plug.
The article is about the BSOSALU (Blue Screen of Some App Locked Up). A bit annoying, but nothing like the actual BSOD.
My idea is to use moving mechanical reflectors and ambient light to project an image onto the user's retinas!
I've got working prototypes and with a little funding can supply a practically unlimited number of units at under $50 a unit!
Where do I sign up for my million dollars?
When I bought my first e-book, I had to decide: B&N or Amazon.
Didn't have a smart-phone or a tablet. Didn't want to buy a dedicated e-reader yet. Didn't have a Windows or MacOS computer. With the Amazon e-book, I could read it on my Linux desktop and laptop. With the B&N e-book: nope.
Not much of a choice after all. I've since bought a number of e-books from Amazon and a Kindle paperwhite (which I use mostly with library books and things like PDFs of owners manuals for various things). If B&N had provided a way for Linux users to read their e-books, I probably would have leaned towards B&N just for the sake of keeping some competition alive -- but that ship has sunk.
"In the same way that the post office doesn't open letters and parcels unless a warrant has been received concerning the recipient or sender, I can't for the life of me see why online services should be treated any differently."
Because when you signed up for your "free" e-mail account, you paid for it by giving Google permission to sift through all your email and other data looking for whatever they want.