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But the orange is Terry's! And since this is information we might term it a Terry's byte. So Mz Mazkouri downloaded one Terry's byte of data.
Sorry. So sorry. I vote for the mop as the official El Reg unit.
Party like its the 1910s
It's okay, they're still living in the "second decade of the 20th century." [Maybe Ed was too distracted writing sarky comments?]
Privacy is like...
This perfectly describes my approach to clothes:
At first, when I got [them], I was worried about my privacy settings, and my parents were too. [So I kept them on.] And then, after I had [them] for a while, I wasn't really worried as much. So then I took most of them off.”
My coat, Officer? It's probably under the jeans and T-shirt in the corner.
The trick is to do it very occasionally. If you're trying to understand some complicated process, working through lots of dry, matter-of-fact comments, and then encounter something puerile or silly - it can be hilarious. Done to death it becomes a PITA.
Re: Cunning Stunts
"...Work out a reasonable and rational rate for the service charged and then tax the difference at 100%"
The lawyers will have a field day arguing what is reasonable, and Big Business can afford lawyers. A hard and fast rule would quash legitimate businesses or make the situation even more exploitable. I'm not apologist for business. I would advocate taxing them for every penny. But I don't see how to fix these shenanigans. (Although I would start by raising corporation tax - the Americans have it at 35% FFS)
My superpower is being in TWO places at once. (Or possibly evidence of time travel.)
Re: All this cooperation with NASA
"Clearly, the sales are fulfilled on the moon."
Re: Not the full picture @TeeCee
"...physical meetings of 20 or more are perfectly productive."
If by "productive" you mean "catching up on your sleep", then I heartily agree.
Nice angle, Tim. Yesterday's Adobe one was good, too, so I'm looking for the hat trick tomorrow.
Re: Can't agree that printing it out works
Re: "not be able to open my old files"
Illustrator's .ai files are PDFs, and Adobe's PDF viewer can produce a workable approximation of them.
Some editing packages can understand the private meta information Illustrator inserts into the stream. But no other package has the the same filters (and bugs).
Perhaps I don't get out enough, but I've never heard a "white dwarf" called a "degenerate dwarf before", not least because a neutron star has a good claim to being called a degenerate dwarf. (Perhaps a better name for a white dwarf would be an electron star?) And the author pretty much admits to making up the term "...white dwarfs (in these pages, white dwarfs are generally called degenerate dwarfs)...".
But more important than whether it's right or not, it's bloody annoying.
Google should split the advertising revenue with the authors, after deducting a sum to cover the cost of digitisation.
Re: Bunch of knobs
"...and while you're at it, tattoo a MAC address to my bum cheeks! Along with my default admin password!"
Would that be a dirty-MAC address?
Can you hand me my—
Oh, you appear to be wearing it already yourself.
Re: Alternating Succuess @anon Coward 09:59 GMT
Yeah, the service packs are critical to the successes. OSR2 was the only version of Win95 that was good; it was Win98 without the crud. And, as you say, XP didn't get good until after a couple of service packs had been applied, and the obscure "point" releases were the best versions of 16-bit Windows. You can even track that behaviour back into DOS. In ten years time we could all be eulogising Windows 8.11. Microsoft have got just enough of a clue to get there in the end, 50% of the time.
Re: I might have thought this was a good review until I got to this bit:
And thus begins the age old battle between fans of ST:TMP and fans of the Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn. But I give notice that both sides will unite against anybody who suggest Star Trek VI or any of the TNG spin-offs are any good.
Exactly. I have to shave twice a day, if I'm going out again in the evening.
<-- Some pirates had beards.
Congrats for lasting out Lester.
Re: Bloody luxury. @graham
Ahh, the joys childhood with a leaky roof, "You know we have to keep the beans in the bath because if we put them in the loft they start rusting, and then it gets so hot in summer that they burst."
Bulk buying meat "wholesale" from the guy on the market was something we did when young. Then there's freezing "forage" while it's in season. (And if your traps catch a deer...) And, as people have said, making up several lots and freezing them is vital to economising when living on your own. It's been many years since I bought frozen meat (the joys of not having to run a car) but that used to be cheaper than fresh, too.
I don't doubt you could make it work. But it's another of those subtle assumptions: you need storage, even for dry food, which can be a problem in a cramped terrace. And the middle class don't realise some people are stuck with a 1U freezer compartment on the top of a fridge which should be in a museum.
Re: What's next? Bring your own biro to work?
I might consider it. What's sort of FPS does it get on Crysis?
If they were that bright, they would already have migrated the machines off XP.
I'm not having to live off anything like £1/day and don't have to worry about these things. But if I were:
I don't have a car so I can't go to the "local" cash'n'carry. (Aldi, too, is in another town - £5 return bus fair.) Bulk buying from local supermarkets is limited for similar reasons. I'm fit and can carry quite a bit; but if I wasn't, it would be harder.
Bulk buying also demands you have storage space (freezer capacity) and the capital for the initial outlay (on £1/day, how long would it have taken Lester to save up for his frying pan?)
It certainly can be done, if you are smart and know how. But should we be asking people "to survive" "not thrive"? Should we look down on people who are chucked into this situation without the knowledge of how to do it? (I make an exception for Ian Duncan Smith.) Our whole system is set up for "smart" (well shrewd) people.
And if I was in a tight spot, I would sacrifice diet to keep the internet - because the internet would be the way out.
Re: "it simply doesn't portray the shadowy world of intelligence effectively"
You're right: most of them still seem to think they're fighting the cold war...
Re: What doesn't help with Adobe..
"...vendors all want to have control over the updating experience, and won't produce proper MSI installers that actually use Windows Installer properly..."
*splutter* Have you tried to use the MSI installer "properly"? I'm not sure even Microsoft use it "properly".
"APT Satellite Holdings"
Could you think of a worse name for a Chinese company?! When "Advanced Persistent Threats" are such a buzz in security circles (and normally taken as a euphemism for Chinese state hackers) do you really want to call your communications company "APT"?
Re: Suggested a Chromebook for my mother
But it won't play Heroes of Might and Magic, so that's my mum out the picture.
And then there' s
"...technology will never have the position it merits at the heart of our society and economy if it remains the preserve of such a narrow section of society." (my emphasis)
Narrow? Last time I checked men were O(50%) of society.
Okay, I've rechecked, men are only 49% of the population. (Some sexist bollocks about women living longer.) So her point stands.
Re: What did you fry the eggs in?
Non-stick as in "having a special coating"? Because the teflon tends to wear away, and I can't see it lasting fifteen years. The pans are perfectly serviceable, once the coating has gone, but it's back to fat. Conservatively, I'd say three years, which is still good value.
PS I notice Tesco do bars of chocolate for 30p. Three bars a day would fill up anyone! White for breakfast; milk for lunch; dark for supper.
Re: Inconsistencies with quantum mechanics.
You can "go the other way" and merge the other forces with gravity. The EM field works fine (Kaluza-Klein) and then the program begins to struggle. However it would require extra (really tiny) dimensions and IIRC LHC is close to ruling that out.
"The world would be alot more of a peaceful place if it was filled with cat holics..."
But there would be fewer song birds.
Re: Stupid question
I'm afraid that's physically impossible in so many ways.
A gravitational force would act along the axis of the rod, compressing the centre until it snapped. Even a small alignment error would cause the rod to twist and buckle as the ends were attracted to the centre. Unless you got your push perfectly aligned, the same thing would happen. (I've ignored the problem of not having the rod spinning in the first place.)
If you manage those problems, then there is no perfectly rigid material you could use to manufacture the rod so the best case is your "push" travels down the rod as a compression wave (sound wave) with the other end moving many years later. But it's more likely it would behave as if one end was anchored: rebounding elastically if the push was small; snapping if it was too big.
Re: In other news...
I've watched you Americans complain about this for years. Finally, an academic proves your conjecture with the kind of rigour that might impress policy makes, and what do you do? Complain it was obvious all along. If that's your attitude, I'd be campaigning for foreign workers, too.
Away from XP, and on the BYOA front
If I own the device and the app, do I not own the data - e.g. the client list I develop while working for you? I think not, but most people will assume they do and the legal costs of sorting that out could be pricey.
But even if you prove these wankers have done something illegal, they'll only change the law to make it retrospectively legal. I don't have a coat so I'll take any one that's spare.
"This idea – that everything is on the network and everything is wireless and everything is on these high-speed LTE networks – is the third wave of computing....It's transformational."
I think he's bought out by the haxx0rs. Or maybe they're just blackmailing him.
<--- I'm not ruling it out that he's a lizard overlord, either.
Supposing that you are right, how much would that level of in depth training cost? It's not affordable to give every data entry clerk a "true understanding of how the Internet actually works." (And they probably don't want to know, even if they have the ability to comprehend it.)
"...successful attacks can be prevented by simple best practice, such as ensuring staff do not open suspicious-looking emails..."
Well no company ever answers my emails so I think the policy is already in place. Or do I just need to mention "free money" or "cat pictures" in the subject line?
Re: Come clean on funny money
An economist might talk about the "lost output" as a result the breach - all the things you could have produced if you hadn't been cleaning up.
But you seem to be saying it was funded through unpaid overtime and productivity gains (less facebooking and shorter lunches).
Re: Perhaps you can point us in the direction of this magic software @Steve Todd
"...mass searching by machine causes too much manually cross-checking."
For now. With today's technology.
Sounds like a good time to get some safe guards in place.
Re: Returning value to the taxpayer
The problem is definitely tax. If people and shareholders were happy to pay tax then we could give the data away for free and recover the costs of maintaining it through the tax system. But OH NOES we mustn't tax people.
Re: Where's the justice here?
I've got a judge on record as saying, "Keeping the cost and delays down (for the state) is more important than getting to the truth." So I concur that judges have a difference notion of "justice" to the naive one.
I hate to say it, but...
(I have to include leters in this post, apparently)
Re: re: biggest problems faced by architects... @Joefish
If a business process can't or won't play by those rules, it's never going to work as software.
...should be framed.
People still think computers are "logical". (And by "logical" they mean something that can use Aristotlean logic, not something that incorporates a smattering of boolean logic.)
I have to explain to them that computers are "algorithmic": they just manipulate numbers by following a laundry list of rules. A line of code is just a box in a flow chart (effectively).
Re: actual theft of a tangible item...
Well I expect the pornographers to do the blogger for copyright infringement. (He's posted screen caps of their copyrighted content.) Welcome to the 21st Century: one big parrotty error.
You lost me at "river system"...
...presumably a river consumes BS to produce borderline potable water by the process of dilution. In which case, it is a perfect metaphor.
Seriously, why does the process matter? As engineers we are taught to model system as black boxes with inputs and outputs. You don't need to understand the box unless you are tasked building it. And you don't need to "consume" anything, except truck loads of BS. Which brings me back to the river.
I'm paid to write code. But my employer ain't gonna pay to license yours without a major argument. If you put your code under the GPL or another copyleft licence, then I can't use it; I have to find an alternative or write something myself. This results in more shit code being deployed to the world (and robs your of any contributions I might have made).
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