Turtles all the way down
And how would the image authenticate itself to the DB? Would it perhaps need some sort of key or secret?
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And how would the image authenticate itself to the DB? Would it perhaps need some sort of key or secret?
The clue is in the name: it's an API key. You need it to access the API.
I have feature requests for it.
So garbage collectors, that were meant to protect us from all those buffer overrun bugs, are themselves complex bit of software subject to exploitable bugs? Whaddayaknow.
"So all those who claim to have not been able to run Win 3.x with DR DOS were running the beta."
And DR-DOS had worked around it by then. But that they attempted it at all was indicative of Microsoft's attitude. Then there was the way they shafted Lotus, Wordperfect and Ashton Tate so that MS Office became the pre-eminent office suite. And then there was that contretemps with Netscape. I can't vouch for what they did with Win16, since I went straight from DOS to Win32, but Ralph Brown's interrupt list was a godsend in the DOS days.
Technically, your examples are examples of hyperbole, as---I hope---was the original. (There's a plain write up here.)
Nevertheless, the fact the language was meant to be read figuratively, not literally, doesn't excuse it from the charge of being over the top. We're talking about inconsequential differences between two versions of the same OS; if Windows 10 restricts my behaviour significantly more than Windows 7, then I can't detect it. It warned me about telemetry during installation; I disabled it. Settings have migrated; well, it's a new version. The "start" menu is more annoying, but most of my apps were already pinned to the taskbar. So this seems to be a cage made of bars so intangible that they can neither stop me leaving nor prevent my return. If such minuscule changes are truly an impediment to liberty then what a wonderful utopia we must inhabit.
I think you need to recalibrate your notions of slavery.
"I no longer trust Microsoft."
No longer?? So you're to young for all the shit they were doing in the 90s? Like ensuring Windows borked DR-DOS and secret APIs etc...
What I love about working in IT is how everybody is in favour of progress and you really struggle to find a reactionary.
It's "dark" because it's not in stars; not because it's incapable of emitting light - directly or indirectly.
No, it was called dark matter because we couldn't see it: we estimated the mass of the galaxy by counting stars and by looking at how fast they rotated; there was a discrepancy that increased the further out you went. So we inferred there was a lot matter that wasn't in stars -- matter that wasn't emitting light; dark matter.
It's true WIMPs wouldn't interact with the EM field. But it could be ordinary baryonic matter if you could come up with a good explanation. Many years ago I did a study looking at whether dust lanes might be obscuring stars, causing us to underestimate the amount of light-emitting matter (at the time, it wasn't ruled out).
May $deity have mercy on our souls.
I think the debate is as uninformed as it always has been, only where once it was conducted in private now we get to see it in public.
But, supposing you're right, could one be related to the other? Could people be seek out group affirmation because they are crumbling under the multiplicity of information? (Or maybe they're seeking out group affirmation because of economic insecurity?)
I feel it should do something like exponential back off: the nth tweet in a conversation should be allowed (n+1)140 characters. So the first tweet is 140 characters; the reply is allowed 280; a response to that 320 etc... (I know that's an arithmetic progression, not a geometric one, so it's not true exponential back off.)
Supposing that's true, then the information is locked away in their servers rather than being handed out to anyone and everyone.
Or your siblings and friends.
Why is WhatsApp worse? You're not sharing in a searchable public forum; it's a one-to-one connection with people whose phone number you already know; a cheap way to text.
You've got to send a request that triggers an outgoing connection from the server. It's hard to know how to do that.
Apple tend to pick off the carcass once a firm has gone bust; so they'll wait (unless someone else steps in). But the doubling in head count at ARM might accelerate that: as the Imagination guys and gals jump ship.
Think about it as adding multiple doors between the outside world and what you're trying to protect, just as no bank has its vault opening onto the street. Done badly, it's adds zero benefit for the effort involved. But done half-way decently it adds another lock to pick or check point to sneak past; it slows down the attacker, makes them expend more effort to reach the goal and increases the chance they might make a mistake that gets them noticed. Security is about layers.
"Pssst. You give me, say, 30 quids worth of groceries and I'll give you this tenner of cold, hard, untraceable cash."
If the vote had been a list of approaches (remain, Norway-style deal, complete withdrawal reliant on WTO rules, etc..), remain would have won, hands down. Now we have a slender majority for leave, but no clear majority for any type of relationship with the EU. This is going to be fun.
That's why we all still program assembly: computers can't be trusted to generate code efficiently.
(Where's the can of worms icon?)
...they're making rocket science look every bit as hard as it is.
I say this as a member of the nation that built Beagle 2.
"What are the chances/"
The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one. But they still come.
I guess the analogous situation is handing a key to someone you know to be a burglar.
In its guidance...it warned that [a report that is] "not based on a genuine user experience" or "displays elements of bias without appropriate disclosure"...can....mislead consumers into "taking decisions … they would not otherwise have taken"
So that's the tabloid press and Brexit, then.
Yes, but they get to purchase just the IP they want without having to pay staff redundancies, fill any hole in the pension scheme, pay off creditors and purchase IP nobody wants (*cough* MIPS *cough*). Maybe they have to outbid a few rivals, but they can afford it, and it will still be cheaper than purchasing the IP plus all that "dead" weight. (With apologies to those Imagination staff I know.)
I know, I know. In these busy days we can't be expected to read an article; all the salient information must be there in the headline.
"The EU laws are decided upon and drawn up by an unelected council. "
Being "unelected" is not a synonym for "lacking democratic legitimacy".
The European commission is appointed by elected governments and approved by the European parliament. So you have two ways to influence it. And this has parallels in both the UK and the US. In the US, the whole "cabinet" is unelected - appointed by the elected head of state. And the British government can appoint ministers by making them members of the House of Lords.
And while, yes, only the Commission can initiate legislation, the European parliament can ask the Commission to draft legislation as, apparently, can we - if we can get a million signatures on a petition. This was decided upon to stop the kind of chaos you see in the US where both houses start bills and then fight over whose bill gets through.
Right or wrong, the process could be tied up in litigation for years.
How come this article didn't once mentioned the phrase Roche lobe overflow. It's even in the paper. Come on, my entire existence is devoted to hearing the words Roche lobe overflow.
The LIGO results have made us take that idea a lot more seriously. But the type of system described here is almost certainly a normal astrophysical system, because it's paired with an ordinary star and because the black hole is too light to be primordial. (We have observational evidence that primordial black holes can't be "light" -- IIRC, under 20-30 solar masses.)
@sabroni On the radio this morning, Noel Sharkey said the Tesla has both radar and ultrasound, but that they point down and would have missed the trailer because it was so high. He was pretty critical of the Tesla having such holes in its sensor coverage and said another, German manufacturer has complete coverage.
Ah, yes, as my old epistemology professor used to say, "an 'actual fact' is any statement proving I was right to vote Brexit."
Unfortunately, there are no facts about the future---there are only facts about the past---that's what makes the future "the future"; all we can do is guess the likelihood of events happening. We may, for example, presume the sun will rise tomorrow, but if a rogue black hole passed through it overnight, there'd be a supernova before dawn.1
So, if you have already decided the probably of things improving equals the probability of them getting worse, then, indeed there is nothing here to learn. But if you want to open your mind to the range of options that might occur and the probability of them occurring, then the article and the ensuing discussion have been delightfully informative.
1: To zeroth order a supernova is a black hole appearing in the middle of a star. A blackhole plunging into a main sequence star would produce similar effect: a massive influx of material, heating it up to ignition point and creating an explosion that rips apart the star.
I suspect it should be exponentiation:
25.4747*pow((18-10.2),1.81) gives ~1049.
Incidentally, what calculator are you using? I copy and pasted
25.4747*(18-10.2)*1.81 into a console and got
359.6518146 (At any rate, it should be an exact result with no more than 7 decimals since it's multiplication of rationals.)
Me too. But then the whole competition thing is very hierarchical and I don't need to prove myself.
"The odd thing is that in these here parts (S.West) most farmers seemed to vote leave"
I do feel sorry for the poor dears: having to spend all that time filling in forms and complying with the bureaucracy in order to get their EU handout.
Sarcasm aside, 43% of EU law is focused on agriculture and the environment. I imagine it is quite onerous. But if that changes post-Brexit then animal welfare will decrease, our food will be less safe and the environment will be more polluted.
"In a few years time there may be no one prepared to pick the crops."
The year after that everybody on JSA is called to a work-focused meeting. They are then told to get on a coach and go pick crops or be sanctioned. Et voila, our transformation into Victorian England is complete.
I looked up the definition of "Turing machine". Security isn't mentioned.
Translation: I think this means Alan Turing is responsible for all computer security problems because, as we all know, you can't bolt security onto a working project; it has to be built in from the start.
According to God's own dictionary, a garter is "a band warn around the leg to keep up a stocking or sock. ■ N. Amer. A suspender for a sock or stocking." While a suspender is defined as, "Brit. an elastic strap attached to a belt or garter, fastened to the top of a stocking to hold it up. 2. (suspenders) N. Amer. a pair of braces for holding up trousers."
That's almost as transparent as 200 denier black stockings. But I think we have garters and suspender belts. But you uncivilised rogues don't know what a garter is and call suspender belts garters. I may be wrong as I wear, um, tights...
Yes, but primordial black holes could be created during inflation. And for us to have overlooked them, they'd need masses in the range 20-100M☉. (For reference, the upper limit for stellar processes is around 30M☉.)
"...that the cherished British tradition of reasoned argument and respect for one's opponents seems to have gone out of the window. How British is that?"
About as British as a broken bottle in a bar room brawl.
"Once the result is in, whatever it is, that's a big chunk of uncertainty removed."
If we vote "stay", then the uncertainty goes. But if we vote "leave", then it's 2 - 10 years more uncertainty as we negotiate the divorce.
El Reg simply will not be the same.
Agreed. Pretty much the only new information is that a jury of our peers found BT guilty. Otherwise we know no more than before it started.
"But unless we start acting rationally..."
Have you met the human race?
"...and then sells them off for the price of