223 posts • joined Wednesday 24th August 2011 11:11 GMT
Re: Reinvented cuckoo clock
The "proprietary" word probably refers to a governor which have been around in one form or another for at least 250 years in the west and perhaps even longer in China.
Re: Lithium Metal...
You have only ever taken apart a discharged lithium battery. In a new disposable one the lithium is in the form of a foil. In a used battery this has mostly broken down.
Adam Littler is a journalist ...
... and therefore ranks just above a politician on the truthfulness scale.
"He claimed to have walked 11 miles (17.7km) each shift"
This simply doesn't make sense. If he walked less than 11 miles on some shifts then this is a lie. If he walked more than 11 miles on some then he would say "at least 11 miles" for better effect. It is more likely that the 11 miles is the maximum he walked or the distance he walked on a couple of days.
"... pickers are expected to collect an order every 33 seconds."
Assuming a circular building with the collection point in the centre then the furthest shelves are 505 feet away (800,000ft2) which means they would have to travel 1010 feet (there and back) in 33 seconds or at an average speed of 21mph. Usain Bolt's average speed is 23.31mph. It seems that the Amazon warehouse is full of potential Olympic sprinters.
Re: What exactly is the problem here?
"Liberty too, we haven't been successfully invaded by a foreign power in almost 950 years. We'd like to keep it that way."
In 1688 William of Orange invaded with a Dutch fleet and army and overthrew King James II of England and he became King William III
Article 45 section 1(a) of the Schengen Convention:
(a) the managers of establishments providing accommodation or their agents see to it that aliens accommodated therein, including nationals of the other Contracting Parties and those of other Member States of the European Communities, with the exception of accompanying spouses or accompanying minors or members of travel groups, personally complete and sign registration forms and confirm their identity by producing a valid identity document
I guess you keep finding hotels that don't follow the rules.
Every single time I have stayed in any hotel in any other country, including Europe and Ireland, I have had to provide ID, usually in the form of a passport. In most of the places they photocopied it.
22 of the European member states are also signatories of the Schengen Convention (not the UK or Ireland). This requires all hotels and other commercial accommodation to have foreign guests complete, in their own hand, a registration form and provide valid identification documents.
Spouses, children and travel groups have different requirements.
Re: I don't get it...
The passwords were not reversibly encrypted.
When you get hold of a large number of encrypted passwords you do not target an individual and attempt to crack their password.
What you do is encrypt commonly used passwords and compare it to all the accounts. Since he is a "password security expert" he probably has pre-generated rainbow tables of a dictionary (with salts) that would enable a rapid comparison to the passwords.
EDIT: Having just read the linked to post it appears that Adobe didn't use a one way hash, but instead used symmetric key encryption with the same key for every account. This means that once the key is recovered then every password can be decrypted.
Re: What's the repairability index of a Z80?
About the same as every other microprocessor out there - nil. Unless you have an electron microscope to look at the silicon wafer and some sort of method to re-etch the damaged parts.
Cheap crap sells better than expensive
quality crap stuff shocker.
Fixed it for you.
Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !
I'm happy for you. No really I am.
You managed to install a 4 day old OS, and all the megabytes of patches it has accumulated over those 4 days, in 25 minutes. Now come back in about 6 months after it has accumulated a few patches and patches of patches and try it again. Then you will find they have patched the patcher module but the patcher module depends upon a previous patch so you have to install that patch, reboot, install the patcher patch, reboot install next patch set, answer a bleeding question half way through, reboot, patch some NET framework which depended upon some previous patch, reboot, patch everything that depended upon the NET framework, agree to some new license halfway through, reboot and then use your machine.
Re: To get back on-topic...
It will make anybody selling 3 or more
unregistered unreceipted burner phones as a suspected criminal. Shops will still be able to sell brand new burner phones in any quantity to anybody they like, it is the second hand selling market this is aimed at, not the second hand owners.
The good news is that it installs fairly smoothly ...
... The bad news is that you still have Windows installed.
Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !
> you've got a 600-700Mb update-fest,
You have a multiple update fest. The last "fresh" install I did was W7, there were 5 different lots of patches so I had to check for updates, install them, reboot and the check again only to find a whole new set of patches.
One lot of patch installs even stopped half way through (not at the beginning or end but halfway f@cking through) to ask me a question so leaving it untended isn't an option.
Re: " it is the fastest Man-made thing - and heading to Jupiter at 12,000kph"
And in proper measurements the gravity assist will take it from 78,000mph to 87,000mph
I believe somebody called Eadon got nuked when he pissed of somebody called Drewc ... oh ... never mind. Sorry I said anything
Since El Reg is a private business it would difficult for them to waste your money.
They are free to waste their own money as much as they want.
Where I worked we called the windows "sys admins" reboot jockeys. A name that they fully deserved. It was not uncommon, at the end of the day, to see them drop a windows machine from the load balancer, reboot and then put it back in again and then work their way through all of them like this in the hope that they would last overnight. The idea of investigating why something went wrong never entered their head.
A dozen years later and things have improved significantly. Most of them now look to perform a reboot as a last resort rather than a first and they will actually investigate the cause when something goes wrong.
Re: Amazing video
> It is illegal to deliberately issue weapons which deform on impact to cause greater damage to a human target.
Protocol I of The UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons that came into force in 1983 restricts weapons with non-detectable fragments. There is no ban on rounds that deform or fragment, only a restriction on making them out of something that can not be detected with medical equipment (eg plastic).
Protocol II restricts the use of landmines and booby traps but does not ban them.
Protocol III restricts (but does not ban) the use of incendiary weapons.
Protocol IV restricts (but does not ban) the use of blinding laser weapons
> That's why the British SA80 couldn't use NATO standard 5.56mm rounds, instability in flight, causing tumbling and deformation on impact.
If a round is unstable in flight then it is inaccurate and not suitable for use by the military.
As others have said, the new law doesn't really do anything as you can always take down your own content.
I don’t think you should be allowed to take down other people's content because it embarrasses you since one person embarrassment could be another persons achievement. For example if I get totally annihilated by you in a competition then I would find this embarrassing, whereas for you it is an achievement. It isn't just competitions either, I might have a party that, for me, and nearly everybody else there, holds some wonderful memories but for you is an embarrassment because of your behaviour. Should everybody else be denied those memories because of you?
As long as the content of somebodies web pages is legal, no third party should be able to force them to take it down no matter how embarrassing it is to you.
Re: Come on
> There's no way catching beavers is easier or cheaper than growing vanilla plants.
There is no way those who process dead beaver would not try to extract every last
scent they could from the dead animal. If this includes selling its dead arse juices as vanilla flavouring then that is exactly what they will do.
They found the vehicle, determined the owner lived nearby so conducted a quick search around the vehicle before going to the owners home. They got no answer so went back to the vehicle and conducted a more thorough search but still failed to find the driver.
They found the car, the problem was that the ditch was hidden by dense vegetation and, like a previous commentator said, it is not uncommon for drivers of crashed vehicles to leave the scene.
Having more than one dot is common practice. For example:
Re: Nothing to the taxman?
Most of them will have to pay 25% income tax on what get.
Apparently, Labours 2002 finance act intentionally introduced the exemption for capitol gains for substantial shareholdings by companies. Nice one Gordon.
Copyright law offers far to much protection to the content providers and confers to few rights on the public.
If you create a work and want to make money from it (or not) then fine do that. Sell, license it, give it away with the newspapers, whatever works for you.
Just don't sit on it. If you are unwilling to continue providing it to the public, through whatever means you want, then it should become public property.
Re: It works for men, too
> And went to the same bank, with the same chavette behind the glass. She cashed my cheque without a murmur, with no ID and called me 'sir'.
Perhaps the chavette had more intelligence than you give her credit for. Perhaps she remembered your face from your previous visit despite the change in appearance.
I have my hair close cropped, I'm usually unshaven and wear cheap jeans, t-shirts and old trainers. I look like I don't have two pennies to rub together. I have never had anybody in any bank treat me with anything other than respect let alone have any of them "snarl" at me.
> Literally millions of Americans violate UK law every day by driving on the right.
Driving on the right on US roads does not violate a single UK law. The Road Traffic Act 1988 only applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Most laws enacted in the UK are limited by geographical area. Some will only apply to England or Scotland or Wales or Northern Ireland (or any combination) while others will apply to specific overseas territories. Other laws apply to UK citizens no matter what part of the world they are in.
> I performed a traceroute ....
Reality and what google claim might not be the same thing. This thread has nothing to do with whether Google's claim is true or false but everything to do with whether google is claiming US law applies to UK citizens.
You can find the discussion about the veracity of googles claim here
Google are claiming that US law applies to UK users because the software is in the US so those making a claim need to do so in California, not the UK.
So Google are actually saying that what UK users do on US servers is subject to US law.
The reality is that what you do on some remote site is subject to laws of the remote site's country, your own countries law and quite possibly some other countries law. For example, somebody in the UK using a German site to scam people in Spain could be breaking the law in the UK, Germany and Spain.
No, said Australian would be in violation of US law. It might be difficult for the US to enforce that law, but he would still be in violation of it.
Just because you reside and operate in one country does not mean that you can not violate the laws of another.
Since the article and video were about what is happening in Australia, my guess would be that Australia still uses mag-stripe.
The UK still uses magstripe. If the chip and pin device can not read your card then they will use the magnetic stripe. Some places still have the old machines for taking an impression of the card for you to sign.
Re: "A really good Error 451 message..."
A 403 error message means the following:
403 - The request was a valid request, but the server is refusing to respond to it.
Since it isn't the server that is refusing to respond (the ISP is blocking it) a 403 message is incorrect.
> Ah, but they probably didn't say that an IP be blocked, rather a website.
Yes, they did. All news articles I've read state that they were ordered to block an IP address.
A search of bing for office keygen...
30,400,000 results - top 3 results are:
1 Welcome to new crack keygen resource KEYGENS.NL
2 office serial number, key - KeyGenGuru.Com serial numbers, keygen ...
3 KEYGENS.NL - office 2010 cracks and keygens generated to unlock ...
Perhaps they should sort their own search engine out before interfering with others.
Child pornography is quite rightly blocked - would you like to see a 451 message there too?
Do you think the 451 message means they still get to see the porn? It doesn't. If they go to a blocked site all they will get is the 451 message.
Tim Bray is a poseur
Why the ad hominem attack, it serves no purpose other than to detract from any argument you might have.
criminals would use it the most.
Please explain how criminals would use the 451 message for criminal activities because I can't see how they would use it to their advantage.
Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone
Not everybody has the eyes of a twenty year old.
Those of us over the age of 45 suffer from presbyopia and a large screen can make the difference between having to put reading glasses on to see the screen or being able to do without.
He pissed off Drewc.
Re: At last, Linux is being treated as a mainstream OS.
Eadon has been erased. It is as if he never existed. Every single one of his 2761 posts have been permanently deleted.
> explicit detailed ciatation needed.
Ask an explicit question and you might get an explicit answer. The OP asked "What's the cause of those youtube videos of people igniting their water mains,". It could be any one of any number of videos on you tube. The locations could be anywhere from Turkmenistan to the USA.
Here's an abstract from a 1983 paper that might satisfy you:
Methane-rich gas commonly occurs in ground water in the Denver basin, southern Weld County, Colorado. The gas generally is in solution in the ground water of the aquifer. However, exsolution resulting from reduction to hydrostatic pressure during water production may create free gas, which can accumulate in wells and buildings and pose an explosion and fire hazard.
Alternatively, here is a 1951 report about public groundwater supplies in Illinois:
Methane gas is present in a number of groundwater supplies and on several occasions has caused severe explosions...
What do you want?
Re: @AC Monday 29th July 2013 09:13 GMT
One day in the winter of 1961, wanting to examine one sequence at greater length, Lorenz took a shortcut. Instead of starting the whole run over, he started midway through. To give the machine its initial conditions, he typed the numbers straight from the earlier printout. Then he wlaked down the hall to get away from the noise and drink a cup of coffee. When he returned an hour later, he saw something unexpected, something that planted a seed for a new science.
This new run should have exactly duplicated the old. Lorenz had copied the numbers into the machine himself. The program had not changed. Yet as he stared at the new printout, Lorenz saw his his weather diverging so rapidly from the pattern of the last run that, within just a few months, all resemblance had disappeared.
Chaos: Making a New Science By James Gleick 1987
Re: Automatically shut down the phone
The problem is with the battery, not the phone. Lithium-ion batteries can suffer from thermal runaway, switching the phone off will have no effect. The batteries themselves are supposed to have circuitry in them that shuts them down when they detect the temperature is to high, but a faulty sensor or a cheap knock-off without a sensor means they can still end up in flames.
They were drilling a test well for natural gas, not fracking. There are about 500,000 natural gas wells in the US alone, millions worldwide. I don't know of any that have caused a mud eruption.
This mud eruption is occurring because of a deep hydrothermal system that feeds it along a tectonic fault line. It isn't occurring because of anything being injected into the ground.
This has absolutely nothing to do with fracking.
Gesture politics at its worst
It will have zero impact on paedophiles, give the Government another "list" to add names to, and add costs to ISPs which will ultimately be passed on to the customer.
> mortages are usually cheaper then the average private flat rent of £600-1200 a month,
The £25k deposit will be 10% which will leave you with £225k to pay off. With a 25 year mortgage at 4% this will mean a monthly repayment of £1200.22. If you only borrow £100k this will still mean a monthly repayment of £533.43 so my estimate of £550 for rent or mortgage isn't unreasonable.
> i cover all bills and food with the £500
£320 rent leaves you with £180 per month for everything else which is less than means tested benefit which will give you a minimum of £56.80 per week (£227.20). In addition, those on means tested benefit can get 100% discount on council tax, reduced cost or even free travel, free or reduced cost to access local amenities, reduced or lower costs for social events (cinema, theatre etc), free prescriptions and eye tests etc.
Like I said, when you stop living with your parents you will realise just how much things cost and how many things you have to actually pay for.
> and if you earn £15-22k a year you can probably put 40-50% of your wages each month into your savings and only need to keep your current account around £1800
You will find that much harder once you are old enough to earn money and to move out of your parents house.
£22k gross = £17,777.76 net which means you will take home £1,481.48 per month. If 50% of this is going to savings this leaves you £740.74 for your rent or mortgage (£550 would be cheap), electricity (£50), council tax (£100), gas (£25), water (£30). You are now digging into your savings and you have still to pay for your phone, broadband, clothes, transport, entertainment, shiny shiny, TV license and subscription, food and a whole lot more.
In the UK, when you purchase something with a credit card that is over £100 in value, the credit card company is equally liable for it. This means if the company you purchased it from goes bankrupt, the credit card company has to refund you. This protection is not offered with debit cards.
Additionally, you can arrange for your full credit card balance to be paid off every month which means you do not have to worry about it and do not pay any interest. You effectively get up to eight weeks interest free credit.
> that's like consulting criminals when drafting new laws.
Are you saying MP's aren't criminals?