165 posts • joined 7 Feb 2011
Can you satisfy without letting them in?
Suppose I asked the nice policeman to wait a minute, then brought my firearm (in its locked case) to the door for inspection, would that be OK?
Doesn't this mean every TOR user should run her own exit node?
Seems to me, if you run an exit node that talks solely to your internal network, you're safe from this particular problem. Of course, for anonymity you also need to run an ordinary (transit?) node so your traffic gets mixed in with the general flow.
And, of course, it doesn't protect you from an evil entry node, if vulnerable to the analogous problem. Hmmm, also problematic if you can't choose your exit node, or if that choice makes you identifiable. Could someone better informed on TOR internals comment?
How about a cash replacement?
It's always seemed odd, in this capitalist, dog-eat-dog arena of business competition, that all the prepaid cards insist on ridiculous fees. Why doesn't someone see the opportunity to simply live on the float from the time the company gets the cash to the time the cardowner spends it? All I want is to buy my morning coffee without everyone from my card company to my government (and probably everyone else's, too) knowing about it.
I wonder how long it'll be before retail stores quit accepting cash, and everyone knows about every pence you spend?
I haven't seen any stories about the collapse of the UK housing market, so I presume they got it fixed, but I don't see the promised Reg followup. If I'm just blind, I'd appreciate somebody pointing it out to me. Thanks.
(Paris for the big question mark.)
``[W]ho ... do you think you are to legislate ... the right to read my private ... emails?''
Her Majesty's government?
(I'd use a Joke Alert icon, but it's for real.)
Those who think Digital Restrictions Management is a win.
Some years ago I tried Dragon Speak for conversational speech recognition for my increasingly-deaf father. It couldn't hack it (or I didn't know what I was doing).
In a continually-aging society, a small handheld capable of displaying speech of one person while ignoring that of another would be a Godsend to many otherwise-isolated people.
Extra credit for handling conversations of more than two speakers; the Nobel for handling background noise in a loud restaurant.
True fact: when I read this comment, I thought a comma and a letter had been dropped:
[I]f you were drowning Messrs Gates and Ellison, I would throw you an anvil!
God doesn't think he's X
I first heard this in the 70s about Berlin Philharmonic conductor Herbert von Karajan. Anyone got an earlier citation?
Fines for Microsoft---they're shaking in their boots
According to the first report I could come up with (USA Today), MS had some $78G in cash 18 months ago. They could pay a $250k/day fine for over 800 years (or probably forever, since that stash would yield $2.1k/day at 0.1% annual interest).
Of course, the judge could go with contempt of court and jail time for executives....
Gold standard available
It's the frequency of ``I'm feeling lucky'' use. When Google started, I was blown away by how often it got me just what I wanted. I hadn't used it in years when I switched over to DDG.
So, the EU should require Google to raise use of IFL to the level it was in their first years as compliance metric.
Not a chance
Your correspondent wonders how Apple will respond to news that Sinclair ZX Spectrum emulators on iOS can run the cold war classic Raid over Moscow, which offers a chance to blow up the Kremlin.
Sounds like a new aspect of the Halting Problem to me.
Can someone post app counts from the store?
Going by these rules, there must be a whole heap of existing apps due to be pulled. I'd just like the before and after statistics, please.
Re: I'm confused here a bit...
Got it in three. A photon reacts with all sorts of stuff, notably electrons in atomic orbit, boosting the electron to a higher state, and is re-emitted when the electron reverts to its previous condition. Something like that in the middle of the massively-dense sun can just wreck a photon's speed-of-light plans (and presumably enforce a random walk).
Whether you can call the outgoing photon ``the same'' as the incoming one is an interesting philosophical question. In any case, the energy created at the center of the sun does filter outward excruciatingly slowly, so conceptually it works.
OT: There was an SF novel in the 1960s which opened with a paragraph or two tracing just such a photon over its thousand-year journey, finally escaping the shackles of the mean free path and regaining its birthright at the speed of light. Only to end up irritating our hero by hitting his eyelid the morning after a bender, bringing him unwillingly to consciousness. (Well, I thought it was amusing.)
Can someone please release the source code for Multics?
I bet there's a lot in there to learn. On the other hand, the last backup was probably discarded in the '90s.
I take it this comes under the heading of practice, rather than theory?
She wanted to lay it on the line
(Does that parse in British?)
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds....
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
The envelope analogy
I find it odd that no one has asked the citizenry how they'd feel if the postman put all addresses on their paper mail into a database for the government's perusal.
Erm, don't those graphs say two different things?
Or am I just misunderstanding?
The Netmarketshare graph indeed shows XP down and 7 + 8.1 up. The Statcounter graph, on the other hand, shows 7 essentially flat with 8.1 taking up the slack, the opposite of the premise of the article.
They weren't sent through the ringer for _including_ stuff
They got slapped down because you couldn't remove the ``freebies'', much less replace them. With Brand L you get multiple apps for each tool's purpose, and can pick and choose.
It's not that I dislike any default other than my own idea of Perfection. It's that I object to making things harder to distinguish. 3D/2D, either's OK, but what's with this lack of contrast? I don't want to have to go carefully examining each icon or notification to determine what it is. I want some variation so that various pieces stand out. I really feel sorry for the visually-impaired users---what a crock!
``Now you can ... fight off androids''
Hello, MIT? This is Apple---I'll take your entire output until further notice.
_Lies My Teacher Told Me_
This disturbing, and disturbingly well-documented, book, Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong covers a lot of this. I thought I was reasonably well-informed about American historical cover-ups, and I knew about some of it, but .... This book should be read by every American, and by everyone else who wants to know a) how the U.S. bolsters its self-image, or b) how to dig for the truth about their own country's background.
"[I]t's been digital switching and multiplexing for a very long time."
Yes, but it's been on a circuit-switched digital network. That's the magic of POTS---if you get a connection (which is roughly always), you have ~3kHZ of bandwidth of your very own, all yours until you or your interlocutor hang up. No worries about handing off to an overloaded cell; I get continuous service through power outages thanks to copper wires and walls of batteries back at the central office. That's why they'll only get my POTS by prying it...you get the Idea.
<rant>Why do people persist in buying flash and glitter which operates worse than the boring old stuff? I have friends whom I've given up on communicating with because I can't understand them through the distortion and interference, and can't hold a conversation with for the call dropping every few minutes. With any luck I'll be dead of natural causes before the telcos finally persuade their governments that the old service is so 1950s, no one needs it anymore.</rant>
Oh, yes, and for US$30 I get to talk to anyone in the country for as long as I like. Try that on a cell phone.
``There has to be a maximum password length ...'' why?
Of course, that means that after a typo you start over, rather than backspace, but at least in my case it's very rare for me to make a mistake I recognize in time to be able to correct.
And if you (web designer) are too lazy to make that work, what's wrong with a 1024-byte password field? It's not as if you're going to run out of RAM, and if someone can handle a password of >1k chars, my hat's off to him.
(And where's the hats off icon when you need it?)
Sounds like Clippy in the flesh
Or metal, as it were. What were they thinking?
Re: Seems she sued them back in 2012 for a million dollars...
That was a different deal. Then, she was suing PinkMeth for publishing the photos, a case I hope she wins/won. Here she's suing TOR, an entirely different kettle of fish.
Re: I said it
Why should they need to ``crawl ... to TV companies''? It's a compulsory license, after all.
Re: Déjà vu?
Or it's for a different problem? The referenced New Scientist link specifies the 10-year-old research was for ``brain damage due to stroke, epilepsy or Alzheimer's disease''. Are they sufficiently different from Traumatic Brain Injury to require a new approach?
OTOH, I don't remember hearing about any results in the last decade, so maybe it just didn't work out.
And how about end-of-life?
GaAs? You think it's tough recycling your electronics now?
And what are the breakdown modes (if any) of graphene and carbon nanotubes? At a time when we're finding plastic slivers in animals living in the abyss  around volcanic hot spots, it would be nice to see us determining how to safely dispose of new materials before we start integrating them into our environment.
``There have been times....''
"Plainly there have been times even just within recorded human history when large chunks of the current jungle simply weren't there, and the land was used for farms instead - without any associated eco-disaster."
Would that have anything to do with the lack of industrial carbon-dioxide emissions at those times?
Re: TomTom vs. Garmin
I got a Garmin at the right price (free from a friend who doesn't use it anymore), but was also shocked by the cost for an update.
FWIW, there's a purported method to put Open Street Map data on a Garmin. Haven't gotten around to trying it yet, so Your Mileage Will Vary. :-)
We've got the motorists trained over here
I was on a group ride last year when we got to a light going from yellow to red. We stopped. A driver on the side street (now with a green light) wouldn't budge, and waved us across. It took some seconds for us to make it clear that we were staying put before she would enter the intersection.
The only safe bicycle environment is the road
At least on the road, everyone knows the rules, and if they play nice (which the vast majority do) everything's fine.
Anecdote: I was going for a ride with a friend who'd just got a spiffy new bike with V-brakes. I suggested he might want to try a few stops to take their measure, but he wouldn't hear of it. He wanted to ride a dual-use path. I pointed out that it was safer on the road, but he'd have none of it. So we drove over to the trail.
So there we are, tootling along, and came up behind a family of four, one of whom was a three-year-old on a tricycle. We slowed down to a walk, checked that they seemed to be just going along the path, and pulled out to pass. Just as my friend came abreast of them, the tricycler hung a hard turn right across his bow. He hit the brakes and went over the handle bars. (No one was hurt.)
Too late---here's the ultimate geek bicycle, from 1991
Steve Roberts, an engineer who wanted to work from home (for a very broad definition of ``home'') built a series of three recumbent bicycles, culminating in BEHEMOTH (Big Electronic Human-Energized Machine ...Only Too Heavy). (The link is to a Youtube video showing a teaser.) For the gory details, see his specs page for all three bikes.
Since then, he's moved from over-gadgeted bikes to similarly-equiped boats, but that's another story.
Re: Simply pathetic
...is a phone company doing with SSNs?
Nobody gets my SSN but the IRS and my employer.
One of my favorite examples is on, IIRC, the Delaware Memorial Bridge (DE--MD, USA):
Well, of course, you blockhead! If you're outdoors there are always wind conditions: breezy, still air, gale warning, approaching hurricane... which is it? If they just said ``WINDY'', they'd be specific, save ten characters, and and drivers could get their eyes back to the road sooner.
Never seen cellphone broadcast used before?
You must live in a very dull vicinity. Just this afternoon I got one warning of flash flooding, and last year I got a couple giving tornado warnings.
My sister told me of an instance at work when a bunch of smartphone owners were congregating, and a warning came in. Most amusing, once everyone's heart rate had returned to normal.
Time to define `free' in commercial speech
I'd really like to see a law that if you say something's free, you have to give one to anyone who shows up & says ``I'll take it.''
Everything else can only be described as ``included in the price when you buy Y'' if a purchase is required; or you must specify the non-monetary payment (your mother's maiden name, your right nut, whatever).
You mean like this?
In my version of Firefox (which identifies itself as 16.0.2), the address field is exactly
http://forums.theregister.co.uk/post/reply/2212150Have they removed it from later versions? (And how did it decide that `forums' wasn't worthy?)
(This is on a used Macbook running OS X 10.5.8, which won't run a newer FF. Don't worry, though, I just bought it, and will upgrade the OS shortly...it's a bit of a hassle.)
``...raising hackles among companies that had already bought on-premise kit.''
To say nothing of those of us whose info will be floating around up there.
I need to find one of those outfits who've already bought the hardware, and go with them. Or better---tell my congresscritter to pass a law to rescind the permission.
Hoist with my own commentard
My above post was in reply to @Roger Pearse:
``In your own terms, you're helping bring censorship into being.''
Sorry---without threading, I get confused who's replying to whom. (Is there a way to know which reply attaches to which post? I don't see it on offer in my preferences.)
However, if you're suggesting that publishing info about GCHQ invites censorship, I suggest you examine your position a bit more critically. Gov't censorship is at least visible; self-censorship can be worse.
Bacon's great, but for years, I'd come home from work, take one breath, and tell my wife ``Boy that smells delicious.'' And she'd reply it's only onions and garlic sauteeing for whatever dinner was to be....
I still couldn't help it---next time, the same comment. That's a good aroma.
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