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What happened to wireless charging?
Much better if the EU provided some arm-twisting (or even ARM-twisting!) to get all manufacturers to support a common wireless charging standard. Plugs and sockets are SOOO 19th Century.
The Riven map table had much better resolution!
See here http://www.mystjourney.com/img/screenshots/riven-38.jpg
Re: Cross platform password standards
Those password rules are just copying what people have done before (with a few variations to annoy the victims).
For online systems such rules are a defence against the poor implementation of an authentication server, which allows hackers to steal the entire database. Which just should not be allowed, we've had much stronger technology for years.
What should be required is
a) strong hardware-based protection of the database - think HSMs or single-function appliances in a monitored datacentre that provides no admin or physical access to the database.
b) lockout against brute-force attacks, either 5-stikes and out or exponential backoff.
With those provisions, 4 or 5 digit pins should be adequate for most online functions. Just as is done for credit cards.
Re: Yes, but is it art? Photo
They are actually models of a building and 30cm high!
The historical accident of little-endian
On a purely technical basis, little endian representations of numbers are much easier to parse and handle. I'm meaning proper numbers, not the arbitrary computer representations. Take the number 12345675679274658. Quck now, is that one quadrillion, twelve quadrillion, 123 trillion, or what? You are going to have to do a right-to-left scan of the number to find out.
The Arabs had it all sorted out, with little-ended numbers (written right-to-left of course). But when the West appropriated the idea a few centuries ago, they omitted to reflect them to convert between Arabic right-to-left and Western left-to-right writing direction. So we've ended with the current confusion.
Oh well, it could have been worse. We might have been using Roman numerals still, with no zero, if it hadn't been for the Arabs.
But how do you know that the NSA or GCHQ dosn't monitor all the results random.org generates?
Hey, have you seen the prices of PC133 RAM - that's not made any more? Worth a BOFH's ransom to those companies still running critical business processes on a massive 128MB RAM server.
Reminds me of the Tomsrtbt floppy I used to have lying around. Labelled "Windows Recovery Disk" of course.
You can also get the previous 6 years for £3.58.
But it's still so passive!
Current cabling still costs a small fortune in copper, much of which is unused. Standard 10/100 Ethernet only uses half the conductors in the cable. Desks are over-provisioned with cable just in case future needs increase.
But the cost of making a passive termination socket is not actually much different from adding a few chips and making an active socket instead. That active electronics might be used to report on cable condition and faults (heck, even BT has slightly active master phone sockets with a resistor and capacitor so you can remotely check there's a continuous path to the socket). Or could be used as a mini-router, allowing a few workstations to be connected down a single shared cable.
Jack PCs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_PC) have been able to add significant intelligence to the socket, so certainly the concept is valid.
So why doesn't someone run with this opportunity?
"The midata vision of consumer empowerment" http://www.bis.gov.uk/news/topstories/2011/Nov/midata
"Midata - access and control your personal data" http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/consumer-issues/personal-data
Strategy document: http://www.bis.gov.uk/policies/consumer-issues/consumer-empowerment
Non computo, ergo non sum
I do not compute, therefore I am not.
JCL - still understood next century?
//VERITY DD DSN=STOB,DISP=SHR,DISP=(NEW,CATLG,DELETE)
Also try looking on this one
Ccleaner is your friend
Ccleaner from http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner makes the housekeeping cleanup much easier and safer. Free download, then run it under each user account.
They are advising Century Gothic 11pt
See http://www.uwgb.edu/compserv/ehelp/office2007/fontchanges.htm for the suggestion to change the font size in Word and Excel. That's close to Arial 12 pt.
Taking an identical sample of text at *screen resolution*, the average colour of Arial 12 was 23.6/255 black, Century Gothic 11 was 22/255 black. So CG11 was 93.2% as dark as Arial12. Readability seemed comparable. If anyone wants to repeat as higher magnification they might get a closer approximation to the print ink savings.
Madness or bad statistics?
So the plan is to charge the British consumer £5 billion over ten years in order to pay the entertainment industry £1.7 billion?
Either madness or bad statistics. Or maybe both.
(Note the comparison of a yearly figure of costs against a ten-year figure of industry "rewards" to hide the huge discrepancy. And the claimed £500 million sounds about right - the Office for National Statistics lists 18.3 million households, times £25 per year = £475 million. Allow for new subscribers and you get the £500 *per year*.)
The follow-up device
Must be a gears-enabled caching proxy, so you *can* work on a plane.
Windows the success it is among regular PC users?
Google currently has 21,200 references to the search "windows 7" "installation problems", but only 802 references to "ubuntu 9.10" "installation problems". [And altering the quotes or giving alternative strings also has Win7 outnumbering Ubuntu every time.]
Does this prove Windows 7 is harder to install than Ubuntu 9.10? Probably not, you really need to know the number of people trying to install either system.
But it does strongly suggest that the article is poorly researched and biased.
Don't forget Moore's law
Cloud providers also need to watch Moore's law. You've just invested megabucks in your new cloud-centre, but 18 months later someone can do it for half the price. "First mover" might easily become "first loser".
Who is going to grab documents.com?
.. from Palo Alto research centre, who are not using it right now.
Which would be a much more meaningful name. Or don't people believe in "name follows function" any more?
"the data on the chip cannot be changed or modified"
Quite so. But that's not what Adam did, he made a *copy* and changed the data in the *copy*.
As John Lettice points out at the end of http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/09/id_cards_nir_tory_lib_plans/, the chip is intended to help detect tampering with the information printed on the card.
If you can make good forgeries of the card, then Adam's cloning lets you make the chip data match. But the reported Home Office statement is still factually correct, just not what it appears at first reading.
Anton Chuvakin makes a good point in http://chuvakin.blogspot.com/2009/07/more-on-kindlegate.html :-
"As a result, I suspect that the more stuff like "KindleGate" happens, the more the following perception (whether true or not!) will grow, strengthen and develop:
When you "BUY" digital content, you don't really BUY it - it is not really a PURCHASE.
When you STEAL digital content, you don't really STEAL it - it is not really a CRIME.
Back in 1992, trials of the "112" number led to many false alarms, see http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg13518280.400-cut-lines-led-to-phantom-calls.html.
"111" would be even more susceptible to line faults pulse-dialling the number.
(Badgers, as their setts could break the cables.)
Surely ChromeOS is a competitor to Splashtop?
From current information, doesn't ChromeOS look more like a competitor to instant-on Splashtop http://www.splashtop.com/ rather than Windows or Ubuntu NBR?
Modified versions of copyfraud
There's a variant when an older work is "updated" - maybe to "correct" old spellings or political incorrectness, and then re-published as a "new" work. Certainly happens with old hymns - just compare the words you used to remember with the latest text.
Now would that apply if the republished work had deliberate misprints to try to create a new copyright version?
Include *all* the copyrighted content, if there's a tax
If there really is a tax or other protection on copyrighted work, it would seem reasonable to apply this to all copyrighted works. Working out how to divvy up the spoils could be "interesting". Surely that 700 MB download of Ubuntu must be worth at least 175 times that 4 MB MP3?
What's it like for RSI?
Has anyone tested extended use of a flatter keyboard for Repetitive Strain Injury? Still, I suppose the future court claim is one way to get your money back!
ODF three times more popular than OOXML
Try googling for "filetype:docx" (15,400 pages) and "filetype:odt" (45,000 pages).
Similarly "filetype:xlsx" gives 3340 pages and "filetype:ods" gives 9670 pages.
So ODF has about three times as many documents and spreadsheets as OOXML at present. Both are dwarfed by .doc (21,900,000 pages) and .xls (4,420,000 pages). As for the macro-enabled OOXML .docm and .xlsm there are less than 600 together.
*Doesn't* protect the customer
Network Solutions *doesn't* protect the customer that was interested in the name. Anyone else can buy the domain name, but only from Network Solutions. So the only beneficiary is themselves.
They also put an "under construction" site on the domain. Great if you want to start a rumour - see http://microsoft-ubuntu.com for example. (And if you want to buy that, be Network Solution's guest.)
Fathi's vulnerability slide at RSA
...came from the Jeff Jones report comparing the number of vulnerabilities found during the first 6 months of each product's life. See page 10 of http://www.csoonline.com/pdf/6_Month_Vista_Vuln_Report.pdf as mentioned on http://blogs.technet.com/security/archive/2007/06/30/windows-vista-6-month-vulnerability-study.aspx
Jeff doesn't actually say that Vista is more secure, but does say "Windows Vista has an improved security vulnerability profile over its predecessor and a significantly better profile relative to comparable modern competitive operating systems."
Any flames have probably been said already in the Slashdot articles linked by Jeff.
Paris Pages jaune has had this for ages
See http://www.pagesjaunes.fr for photo guide. Example near Notre Dame: http://www.pagesjaunes.fr/ciweb2g-pagesjaunes/RecherchePhoto.do?crypt=Q/l4NQ9CzB3/YJABTAU7sGlQRfWfHAmbcGiGNyQUVYdGML6XRhgMa1d/7U4icTk73VdC4wrXLTOiUcsvL0Oe26josJG/1N6Rge6UTaKU2J93S1EaIWM0fVEEr1i4RPFSQ+qPFoVM1xIZbn+/EJ1kDWXP1q/oh7CS
London had quite good coverage a few years back, but I think the company went out of business.
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