213 posts • joined 8 Jun 2007
Re: Interesting times
> Usually, when high energy physicists try to do optical measurements, it ends with erroneous results.
Doesn't have to be high energy physicists. Or optical measurements.
// "...if it doesn't work... etc etc" (and yes, I did study physics)
Re: Don't know if it's related, but...
> I noticed that, however as of late last night some programmes from after the outage (e.g. Monday's I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue) still weren't available so I dispute that the system is back to normal.
The system is still returning to normal service, evidently; further to my previous post, Pick of the Pops [Saturday] became available mid-week, as has the third episode of "It's a Fair Cop" ... which is roughly on schedule however the bbc.co.uk availability data says ep1: three weeks; ep2: four weeks; ep5: five days.
Clue fans will be happy to read, from a get-iplayer search earlier (Fri AM):
11473: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: Series 61 - Episode 3, BBC Radio 4, Comedy,Highlights,Popular,Radio, 3 days 20 hours ago - Harry Hill joins regular panellists Tim, Graeme and Barry. Jack Dee hosts.
11474: I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue: Series 61 - Episode 4, BBC Radio 4, Comedy,Highlights,Popular,Radio, 0 days 1 hours ago - Harry Hill joins regular panellists Tim, Graeme and Barry. Jack Dee hosts.
> @Tom Chiverton 1 sure it's not just you? Was working for others in Manchester yesterday.
I've heard that, but was getting an uninformatively black screen from the app on our STB on Sunday.
Access to radio programmes has been most notably bad, with some shows "not currently available on BBC iPlayer radio" (normal service mostly resumed for Radio 4* but "Pick of the Pops" on 2 still affected), some that could be started but bombed out (Ross Noble Goes Global wouldn't play for me last night, presently back at "will be available shortly after broadcast"), and some available but not especially promptly ("Laura Solon: Talking and Not Talking").
* prioritising, perhaps ... although as a devotee I'm biased as to what I'd notice ;)
Re: Unique Passwords
> I don't understand why password systems *insist* on capitals, numbers, non-alphas, etc instead of just *allowing* them - it reduces the possibilities, I think
While announcing a policy decision such as this *does* inform an attacker they don't need to start with a simple dictionary attack, it has benefits with regard to intrusion detection: a) where an intruder has not seen an announcement of the policy, they will make themselves more obvious by repeatedly trying more and more invalid patterns; and b) where an attacker does know the policy the time taken to compromise all accounts remains significantly large because the proportion of the search space removed through denial of some passwords is relatively small.
Remember that the system should be storing a hashed and salted version of the password which means that a) finding another string with the right hash is hard, and b) that precomputed lists of hashed passwords are useless. This gives the assurance that the uneven distribution of password strings can lead to uneven distribution of digests post-hashing without this having a negative impact on overall security (AFAICT ... I was hoping this might be expanded on in the article)
Re: BBC Radio 4 Extra
+1: also thoroughly enjoyed that
...actually, "in 1983 Cosgrove Hall Films' Danger Mouse topped the TV ratings with 21 million viewers - beating Coronation Street[...]" from the show description (at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03ccz0r)
> Wow! How the last 10 years have flown by....
In the space of half a sentence, no less :/
...I used to think I liked the Spectrum version most but after lots and lots of time on the Gameboy in two-player mode I found it odd to go back to. These days, I find Hell Tetris (see above) oddly calming whether taking it seriously as a game or just exercising the physics engine for a giggle.
Re: "What difference..." @John P
> That the proposed migration path was Bitlocker doesn't exactly make it commendable.
That's not in contention; it's the decision of the developers to not leave end users with data that cannot be transferred (or otherwise recovered) that I'm commending above.
Going back to the line I originally quoted, I don't think it's necessary to finger point code quality in Windows (whatever one thinks of it) although obviously it does drive those concerns I listed to an extent (as it would for any other end-of-line OS).
...and since you've brought up Bitlocker I'm not blaming the team for wanting to not compete against the evolving market -whether any strong-arming has taken place or not- and having spoken highly of the TrueCrypt effort to people recently am pleased there is news of an effort to continue it ;)
"What difference..." @John P
> What difference does the XP EOL make to the code quality of TrueCrypt?
None whatsoever, and AFAICT there isn't a claim here that it does or should.
Microsoft's decision to discontinue post-sale bugfix support to members of the public running XP means newly-discovered holes through which data(/code?) could leak out are going to stay open longer (if not forever). It seems reasonable that the team should want to take a course of action based on a) not suffering slights on the software due to problems in the underlying OS, b) not feeling obliged to build more and more plugs into the software due to holes in the host OS, and/or c) not needing to keep suitable-for-testing copies of XP around for longer than necessary. That they also supply advice and a migration path is commendable.
also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser? So...
..."there's a zap for that"?
Re: Goto considered harmful
> I've been at a meeting at one of the big interwebs companies where it was stated that their coding standards forbid the use of increment and decrement operators.
I've been at a company that insisted the same.
Admittedly, they weren't outright verboten; it was due to inheriting some platform-portable C code containing `array[index++]= expr;`, which the compiler/assembler had optimised badly (as if it had seen `array[++index]= expr;`), causing an off-by-one error. Hence these constructions were disallowed.
These things are almost always written from experience and then corrupted by Chinese whispers until people circulate some nonsensical bastardisation of what used to be sound advice :(
Re: The director of 'year of code'
> Paxman asked her "So. What *IS* code?" He must be an IT Crowd fan.
He's read yearofcode.org - "What is code? Code is the language we use to instruct computers".
In my head, the voice I heard reading that bit out was Philomena Cunk's... ;)
Read All About It:
Funeral selifies endorsed by Cameron, Obama!
Sun headline in funeral selfie "gaffe" shocker!
Made my morning ;)
I have worked at two small enterprise jobs where the scheme <firstname><initial-of-surname> was used for usernames and/or email addresses. It was only briefly policy in either case; in the former we had second thoughts about giving someone who came in at managerial level "christ@....".
// icon would be facepalm but selection mechanism is broken
Re: Here. You've proven this is broken.
> So as a reward, they're given something they themselves have proven to be insecure
Quite, but then if I were inclined to enter then I'd probably appreciate a spare/new-and-interesting device for experimental purposes - plus the quality of advice on what to avoid* as a replacement for the old kit (or what to shield, if keeping it) would be unparalleled ;)
* sadly not on what to buy, as the closing paragraphs convey :/
Re: That's odd
> Yahoo e-mail hasn't been wrecked yet by NEO so no changes there, just in the groups websites.
I've seen recent changes to both Notepad and Mail (with /neo/ in URLs in the latter case).
"Quickly spewed on to the interwebs with little testing before going live" - quite.
Re: Selfie, Girl Crush, Twerk
> Selfie, Girl Crush, Twerk : Are anyone of these "words" used by anyone over the age of 11 ?
I've only heard the former in context. I learnt of the latter at work, when a colleague was struggllng to describe a rather technical problem in terms other than "doesn't work". Later, I thought that asking my team "what are these twerks he had twelve of?" [IGMC, obv] might be funny ... and was promptly directed to Urban Dictionary for a schooling!
Re: From somewhere behind the sofa
> Never was a sink plunger so terrifying
Someone* recently said it was about the voices, and I have to agree - they go about committing acts of atrocity in a completely calm manner, basically until the Doctor comes along - and suddenly there's an "angered" upward inflection that wasn't there before.
* not sure, but a sufficiently insightful comment to have been Nick Briggs.
// "Eggs eggs eggs"
Re: It's a very personal thing...
"It's a very personal thing...
...But my own preference is Earl Grey left to stew until it's almost cold. No milk or sugar. Great in a hot climate."
I wouldn't leave Earl Grey to go cold deliberately, but it definitely benefits from not being rank when left.
I also wouldn't add milk or sugar to any other tea as a general rule - it seems to me that the desire to do so stems either from inappropriate selection (I've normally got two or three varieties on the go at any time) or poor preparation.
Re: perilously close to thinking it's the 1950s and rape jokes are funny
> Some Rape, Barly, and Wheat went into a bar...
A feed line like that *definitely* deserves a punchline.
Preferably something ...seedy?
> For a lot of the old computers, a decent assembler was hard to get and we often had to write our own.
I remember that sort of thing. I typed in the assembler from INPUT magazine but don't recall ever getting it to work (it could have, in which case I lacked patience with it - and the commercial offerings we also had).
Ultimately, my machine code ended up finding its way into RAM courtesy of a short routine that read the target address/es and corresponding hex byte sequences from a BASIC program's REM statements ... and being small and simple, it ran from the printer buffer.
"Encrypt the hard drive, and then the police probably wouldn't even be able to access restored data"
// several icons applicable, but I'll take TWAJS.
"Because line numbers are used, you can easily abuse procedures too - they use the subroutine stack like other handlers, so you could in theory jump in and out of them at will, without having to even call them. Not that I'd advocate that sort of code, but still"
I never felt restricted enough to need this, but did see it done. I liked the Spectrum 16/48K Othello game (CDS Microsystems, http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0003554) so much I had a go at porting it [to AMOS BASIC on the Amiga, for speed]. To save space for the 16K machine they had subroutines that were sometimes GOTO'd to in it - the routine to determine the computer's best move thus doubled as that for the player's help, except there was a priority order to check the empty spaces in the former case but no such favourable weighting for the latter. It took a few goes to get my head around the spaghetti, and I either I became very good at beating the game as a result or failed to port it sanely ... possibly both ;)
Re: Are you anti-European and anti SI?
"It's all in the comma / dot difference between European and British / American number usage.
Also 11,190 km/s is good SI usage, 11,190 m/s is not"
That's as may be, but google.co.uk and google.com are using the same notation - you can't argue that Brits are seeing European notation because that's what they've deemed is appropriate.
I also note that "the speed of light = 299 792 458 m / s", which clearly demonstrates that their preferred thousands delimeter is the space (consistent with SI recommendation) but they're not using the prefixes as you suggest they ought...
Re: One of these was already invented
QI demonstrated this recently, which was particularly good viewing.
Stephen Fry was busy explaining the principle while they primed Alan Davies with a challenge to read something out ... only he wasn't fazed at all. Different panellists were affected by varying degrees.
There is still something to be said for the simplicity of a phone that only makes calls.
Reminds me of the Stroustrup quote, "I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone."
Re: Sad but true..
One of our systems doesn't even allow *any* characters to be repeated ...as I found out on the third attempt to pick a password it would accept.
Really. Would a "full list of rules" link have been all that hard to put *somewhere*?!
...I kept a record of what these rules were to avoid the same rigmarole when I'm obliged to change it in future (most likely after I've had it reset because I can't remember what it made me use in place of what I originally wanted...)
Re: Chinny Reckon?
> "the first proper quantum systems won't come online until late in the 21st century"
> I'd give it 20 years meself, and I'm not known for my optimism.
And even then they'll be online and not online at the same time (...er, if I've understood it correctly?)
Re: Tape errors
> One of the attractions of the Amstrads was that the built in tape deck took away all the hassle.
Allegedly. I remember a cousin having no end of trouble with the one in his Spectrum +2A, and ended up running wires outside the case to attach one externally.
Me? I had one of "Uncle Clive"'s original 128s and a WHSmith data recorder, complete with VU meter for instant feedback on whether the volume needed adjustment ;)
Re: I don't think there are any tables around here
Very few tables around here too, for shame, but at least there are some. Notably a Batman: Dark Knight [Gremlin Solutions/Stern] on which I got 90mil -nearly as much as the second replay value- without really trying (pint in hand, mate's band on stage adjacent ... as much as you might think both would scupper your concentration levels!).
Would have been an excellent effort had I played in tournament mode :(
RIP that man.
No need to apologise.
Made me chuckle to have the following exchange in our local Fab Cafe:
Quizmaster: "Which TV theme is this?"
Me, to scribe: "Supergran"
Me, to team: "it's Billy Connolly singing this"
Quizmaster: "...and, for a bonus point, who's singing?"
Adjacent team: "they just said who it was. Did anybody hear it clearly?"
// Pint, 'cos we usually won.
As I read once...
"Any noun in the English language...
... can be verbed"
Verbing weirds language.
// as in http://madshakespeare.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/calvin-and-hobbes.jpg
> When I go there I get a holding page - "Business profile for learnhwithportals.com".
> FYI learnwithportals.com is translating to 22.214.171.124 for me
I see a parked domain at that IP address too (did that result from your typo?), but learnwithportals.com (apparently 126.96.36.199, but doesn't give the same page) is OK.
> MCSE == Must Consult Someone Experienced
I always liked "Minesweeper Consultant and Solitaire Expert".
// YIK, there are probably some for the the linux equivalents as well
Variant with "..., impending doom"?
Grande Valse for the first nine notes (since they want a variation of something they've done before) and then ... tack on the theme from Jaws?
// yeah yeah, going!
For the record, this was Formula One Simulator.
"Mastertronic (unwittingly hilariously) included this little gem in the instructions:
'Steering wheel - Use a sellotape tin or similar object, about 4 1/2" indiameter and 1" deep, hold it at the top and position it at the centre of top row of keys so that it nestles against the ridge at the back. Roll it to theleft or right with moderate pressure to steer. To begin with, a rocking motion on the wheel may help get the feel of the car.' - Priceless!"
See also http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Widh72v-Wfg
Car parks? Pah!
Prefer the Stewart Francis feed line where it's about f*rting in lifts (see Mock the Week, ooh, ages back probably).
Of those, I think I like the Buress one.
Re: <waves dead chicken>
Chicken? After having "not killed its Usenet service, it's merely experiencing technical difficulties" it's *got* to be a parrot, surely?
// originally clicking through to "oblig. ..." the Dead News Server sketch (http://everything2.com/title/The+dead+news+server+sketch)
Re: Numeric keypad too?
If it works as a numeric keypad, then you could also use shift-ctrl-numlock to control the mouse pointer with it... ;)
// Tux: depending on your choice of OS, obv.
+1 parable of the cow, the bird, and the cat (if I'm not mistaken)
...although my train of thought went via The Plan ("It is a crock...") first, d'oh! ;)
The top screenshot has the tree trunk rendered one character-cell wide (in red/yellow) with red/green cells immediately above and yellow/green below. There's no confusion here - look across to the garden and you'll see where the cell boundaries roughly lie.
Agree about the other one though.
Re: Final Barrier?
I reckon it's from a Beeb from the look of the fonts used.
...and a quick google confirms this level was indeed one that was "introduced (or modified) by non-Spectrum versions of Manic Miner" on the Beeb: http://members2.boardhost.com/jetsetwilly/msg/1240870196.html
// Terminator because the icon reminds me of one of the baddies
...possibly more appropriately:
"After very careful consideration, sir, I've come to the conclusion that your system sucks"
"re·me·di·a·tion (r-md-shn), n.
The act or process of correcting a fault or deficiency"
...in the users.
How very BOFH. Speaking of which...
Decapitated ... or disassembled?
Could be - in which case the hands are on this one:
Not the first time...
...what next, a bridge?
...there's supposed to be a Mac?
I can't see it.
Oh wait, there's one here on this peg ;)
> Its young James they should be speaking to.
This morning's Metro said they have.
Online reference (albeit less confusing about whether it's in the same film*): http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2011/05/pippa-middleton-courted-by-vivid/
* apparently not
Metro even captioned a vidcap to that effect (yesterday, I think, but don't have it to hand).
This article dithers between deciding which names to use quite "effectively": http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/857046-menacing-charlie-sheen-loses-twins-to-ex-wife-brooke-mueller
Quality research though :)
- JLaw, Kate Upton exposed in celeb nude pics hack
- Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search
- GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- Something for the Weekend, Sir? If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait