Polymers are made ultimately from petroleum, which is largely made of animals (zooplankton). When I pointed that out to my vegan daughter she replied that it didn't matter because those animals had died of natural causes millions of years ago. So apparently this somehow makes a difference.
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Re: Spanking or caning that leaves a visible mark is out, as well as anything involving urination
It's only things classified as "sex works" that can't contain spanking/caning/urination, etc. If it has a standard 18 certificate then very few things are totally forbidden.
Re: Fart in a space suit
I thought it was supposed to be a Volkswagen, not a space suit. Still, I suppose that's an emissions scandal of an altogether different order.
Actually the article does talk about energy as well as power, but confusingly refers to "Watt seconds" rather than Joules. I suppose this is because home energy consumption is traditionally measured in kWh rather than MJ.
It's the people running the systems that allegedly got pwned so easily who should be on trial and Lauri Love should be chief witness for the prosecution.
Re: Given how easy it is to cure leprosy these days
Yes, it's easily cured as long as you can medicate the little critters every day for 6 months to a year.
Why even lock-in contracts at all?
Why can I change my gas or electricity supplier at will, but there is a 1-2 year lock-in period on broadband? Internet access isn't just a utility, it's a human right these days.
Re: Hang on a minute...
Why don't they just use the fuel itself as a coolant like they did on the SR-71 Blackbird?
You can find hexagonal features in the eyes of some terrestrial hurricanes, so presumably it's a fluid dynamics thing.
I could be wrong about this, but isn't the idea of homomorphic encryption to let software work on data without DEcrypting it? So, for example, I can write an app that updates a cloud database without at any point leaving any unencrypted data lying (or flying) around.
Bathe in the warmth for trillions of years?
Damn, you mean I won't be able to get a startan?
Re: Just give me a physical key, please
"In a keyless car it should actually mandated they have the same sort of kill switch installed"
The engines of keyless Fords can be turned off by pressing and holding the Start button, or by pressing it quickly three times.
If you find a country with lots of houses that are still apparently under construction, one reason may be that you don't pay taxes on it until it's complete.
Quite so, in exactly the same was as if I publish a map of London, I am giving precise directions on how to get to the Bank of England and the Crown Jewels.
You would say that, wouldn't you.
Re: Bloody hipsters
Are you implying that twitchers are hipsters or do I misunderstand you? The twitchers I know drink tepid PG Tips from thermos flasks.
Hello, is that Autoglass?
Ah, um, the location of the vehicle? Right.
What do you mean, you don't do Earth orbit?
Re: Wrong question
Of course, quantum computers are fantastic for gaming. No more agonizing about which path to take or which weapon to use, you can make all possible choices at the same time and then select the best outcome.
Re: This is all fine until
Since the base pairs correspond to the binary data of the encoded document and therefore you could create any arbitrary sequence of pairs during the process, I'd be more worried about my document actually BEING a virus and wiping out humanity.
Xamarin for free?
Had to double-triple-check the date of the article.
Yet another person trying to write Alan Turing out of history.
Re: Here's looking at us
Surely every child knows the story of Glodislock and the Three Reabs? You know, the one where Glodislock finds a mysterious little magma bubble, goes inside and finds three bowls of lava? :::-)
Here's looking at us
Guygals, guygals, I've found this great-looking exoplanet circling a yellow star just like ours, the only problem is it's well outside the Glodislock zone so I doubt if there's any nice warm magma oceans on it that could sustain life :::-(
Re: Copy Protection
What do you think the "S" in "SD" stands for? SD cards have supported DRM since day 1, not that many people use it.
I too used to peruse El Reg with adverts until it served me up a virus one Saturday morning a long time ago. It was a compromised ad server of course, but the lesson was learned - block ALL ads.
As I understand it, the people behind the current generation of cryonics are touting future nanomachines as being able to repair the damage.
Yes, it would mean, for example, that encrypted "not databases" of citizens' Internet activity could be sent for analysis by third party clouds such as AWS and Azure whilst still keeping both the data and the results of the analysis encrypted at all times.
In the words of Montoya the Memetic, I do not think that phrase means what you think it means.
Needs 1GB RAM?
I'm amazed they can even fit it in 1GB. It's basically desktop Windows 10 but without all the legacy Win32 support gubbins. The damn thing even has a "Program Files (x86)" folder (which is a bit strange when you come to think about it).
>it's unlikely WISE was able to see planets 1/30 of the size of Jupiter
Except that the new planet is much, much less than 1/30 of a light year away, so simple arithmetic suggests it should have been visible.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on your point of view), confirmation of the existence of a large, previously unknown trans-Neptunian planet will bolster the so-called "hyper-dimensional physics" of Richard Hoagland et al. Some parts of the scientific community breathed a collective sigh of relief when NASA's WISE planetary survey spacecraft failed to find any large trans-Neptunian bodies as their existence was a core prediction of the Hoaglandites' theories.
Given, though, that WISE (if I recall correctly) was supposed to be able to detect a body the size of Jupiter at a distance of up to 1 light year, one wonders why it failed to detect Nibiru/Asgard/Gandalf/Bob.
Re: Keyway arms race
They had those on Thunderbirds, didn't they?
I asked Google to translate what I wanted to say about machine translation into a few languages and back again, and what came out was "It is never enough simply to return the machine to Iceland". But I guess that confirms what I wanted to say.
Surely another reason that people would buy a new PC is that it would be significantly more powerful than the previous one. But this isn't really happening any more thanks to Intel's insistence on wasting the advantage of smaller geometries by just adding more and more transistors to their existing core designs to squeeze just an extra few percent of compute power out of them. Slim down the cores and give us lots more of them (so basically a Xeon Phi but at a sensible price), and stop pretending you can design graphics controllers while you're at it and replace them with more cores too.
If they'd brute forced the PGP password then surely they would have been able to retrieve all of the emails rather than just some of them. More likely they searched the Flash memory and found unencrypted drafts.
But don't they actually eat horse rectum in Kyrgyzstan?
Oh, no, silly me, that's Kazakhstan.
Re: Electric Chairs, Anyone?
"A motorised chair won't help you with walking or running."
Well of course you can't actually walk or run when you're sat down, but that's not the point. What the chair will do is give your vestibular system enough sensory input to make simulated walking or running less likely to nauseate you. And things like roller coasters don't work well already on many people precisely because of this lack of sensory input.
Electric Chairs, Anyone?
Getting the display to react quickly enough to head movement is still not good enough. The real problem is in-world movement such as walking, running, driving, flying, roller coasting, etc. with NO corresponding head movement, and only a motorized chair can mitigate that.
Ever wondered why Lars von Trier's films nauseate you (apart from the genital mutilation, of course)? It's simply because he and his Cinéma Vérité predecessors insisted on the use of hand-held cameras to emulate the real-life experience of seeing things. Except that they don't at all because, as you move around, the ear's vestibular system provides inputs to the brain that compensate for the movement and cause you to perceive a relatively stable field of vision. Similarly, a motorized chair can at least in part provide the necessary vestibular stimulation for you to comfortably experience in-world movement, and over the years it's got quite good in terms of suggesting 6 degrees of freedom of movement whilst its base stays firmly rooted to the spot.
Re: Why not work on an existing TLS project?
You're missing the point entirely. The Inria project is about translating the TLS specification into code that can be mathematically proven to implement that specification correctly. Given the tools we currently have for this type of proof, it would be virtually impossible to do with any real-world imperative language such as the C family of languages and needs to be done in a declarative language. Given the Microsoft involvement, the F family of languages was an obvious choice.
Re: How random is random?
This was essentially what RANDOMIZE TIMER was about in ye olde BASIC, it was seeding the pseudo-random sequence returned by the RND function with the number of seconds since midnight. OK, that's not a high-quality random number, especially for a program run at the same time each day, but it's better than nothing.
These days it's common to use the thermal noise generated by a zener diode rather than the universe as a simple source of truly random numbers for seeding pseudo-random sequences, and the Secure Elements used in SIM cards, Chip & PIN cards and the more secure types of NFC tag (as used, for example, by the TFL Oyster card) can do just that.
I'm going to wait for another 5 versions.
They don't call El Reg a redtop for nothing...
Read the original Computerworld article, then read SunTrust's response. It's a standard "continuing cooperation" clause designed to ensure that former employees can be called on primarily in relation to legal issues that they were involved in during their employment. There's no suggestion that you could call people back for weeks to work unpaid on something, which would be flat-out illegal from all sorts of perspectives.
Re: Google Play immune?
Apple certainly doesn't have a crack team of security experts decompiling the code, they (and Google and Microsoft) have automated static code analysis tools that do this and check for malicious behaviour.
In the year 2155...
If man is still alive,
If woman can survive,
They may find...
One bar on their mobiles at friggin' last.
Campylobacter in a crust?
It doesn't matter how bloody you like your steak on the inside, ALL raw meat needs to be cooked on the outside. Because of its construction, this dish is only safe to eat if the temperature at the centre reaches at least 2.8°Hilton (or 48°C for those still using primitive SI units).
Yes, in barrels made of solid wood, not wood shavings.
"To create a white LED lamp, for example, today's technologies need multiple colour LEDs blended together"? No, just a blue LED with a yellow phosphor coating.
Re: This is far outside Known Space!
All everyone ever needs is a General Products hull. Make mine a type 4, though.
Re: Somebody has their sums wrong
And the answer is you. 400x1000m = 400,000m2, not m3, so you're ignoring the 3rd dimension.
I assume from this bit: "with little negative impact compared to state-of-the-art phones" that it didn't reduce it by much.