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Re: Before anybody suggests it is confined to the US ...
" Yes, and as we all know, America produces more trash per capita than anywhere else in the world."
You haven't seen the Jeremy Kyle show then?
Re: should I be 7 times more worried?
Just because they have revised the probability, it doesn't make the actual odds any different than they were last week, or last year etc.
So, just carry on as you did back then!
Ignorance is bliss!
Re: 6502/6809's rool btw...
Woah there! It was just a light-hearted nostalgic post.
No need to take if personally! It's not a competition! Those days were over 25 years ago (and my beloved Z80 ZX spectrum won! woooohooo! Mwwwwahahaha)
Incidently, I also did 6502 assembler (I used it to hack the school econet system), but seeing as it didn't power the speccy.... :-)
Resurgence of coding skills
As someone coming into computers in an era where we cared about every byte, and every cpu cycle, I hated the general philosophy of the last 15 years or so where "if it uses lots of memory, buy more memory! If it's slow, get a faster system! "
It was nice to see a 'back to basics' (pun not intended) with the rising popularity of smart-phones and embedded devices, but I'm beginning to see things getting worse again now that the power/capacity of these devices has greatly improved.
Re: So fix it!
"Don't you DARE downvote me, fracking kids. I have burnt through more keyboards than you have had anniversaries.
I upvoted you, but of course you know that a comment like that is like a red rag to a bull with those downvoters!
Yes, documentation is much better these days - In the early 90's, I basically taught myself Unix using the man pages. These seemed brilliant to me - all the information I'd require readily at hand.
However, I'm actually quite glad I didn't have access to more information - back then, if I got stuck, I'd have to work it out - now you just Google it!
"Now get off my fracking lawn!"
Sigh, those energy companies will do anything these days to find new sources of natural gas! :-)
Re: 6502/6809's rool btw...
Z80 all the way! Loads of registers, secret instructions (8 bit manipulation of the IX and IY registers), and the powerful LDIR family of blockmove instructions!
Re: Blame the lawmakers!
Care to expand Mr Coward?
And what I do in the privacy of my bathroom is no-ones business!
Blame the lawmakers!
Ultimately (and I almost wrote "At the end of the day", which would make me eligible to be a Jeremy Kyle guest! ) it's the law that's at fault.
The whole thing stinks, but if their weaseling accountants didn't minimise a companies costs, they would not be doing their jobs properly .
The law is an arse etc., but surely the lawmakers could have used someone as competent as these accountants to ensure the law was drafted without the loopholes (or is there a hidden agenda?)
Re: Windows 7 & 8 users should be fine?
" Windows 7 and Windows 8 users don't run with admin access by default..."
The problem with that is that a virus could still delete your personal files, and anything else you are able to do without admin..
Can a non-admin create startup scripts by default? (I ask. because I dont know)
The thing is, a lot can be done without admin privs - even a spamming-daemon (though it's ability to hide is restricted, and it's general effectiveness is greatly reduced if it can't configure auto-startup [see above])
Minty, regarding the IE bug (and as you know, it is a bug, because what you are doing is part of the spec), see also this: http://www.stevesouders.com/blog/2010/02/10/5a-missing-schema-double-download/
Incidently, this browser-bug screws up the 'w3m' browser too :-( -it tries to use ftp instead of http (though only apparrently on submitting a form) - so don't blame me if your firewall is logging ftp attempts from me!
Some simple(!) suggestions!
1) "Send Corrections" link
The "Send Corrections" link should be back at the bottom of the article (like it used to be, and as still mentioned on the 'House Rules' page!), and not just on the forum page.
2) Number of posts
When you click on a user-handle via the forum section (including your own) , it shows total number of posts (and join date).
If you click on 'My Posts', this information isn't present, and I don't know why!
Any chance of articles being time-stamped, and not just date-stamped? - the time is displayed next to the article on the main index page, but not within the article itself!
4) Easier 'href' parsing
..... when posting HTML links.
5) Saving incomplete posts
I've often lost along post before posting it (especially when using a tablet) - Also, sometimes, I don't have enough time to complete a posting I'm working on - I'm sure that I'm not alone in either scenario!
Lately, if the browser has started playing up I've intentionally posted an incomplete post, just to continue writing it via the edit function. (And 'preview' is no use, as the content is still not saved remotely)
I think an option to save posts without publishing would be most useful - you could modify the 'preview' button to be 'preview/save' - that would work as it does now, but also save the draft copy.
You already have 'held post awaiting moderation' facility - holding the post in a similar way, but with non-expiring edit/post buttons would be great. Once a post is finally posted, it would simply be treated as it is now.
You could even delete non-posted drafts after a week (for example)
6) Keeping track of 'Anonymous cowards'
Sometimes it's hard to keep track of 'anonymous coward' posts.
It would be nice if each coward was assigned a unique identifier (seeing as all anonymous posts are from registered users)
As there would be concerns about genuine anons becoming more recognisable over time, you could have different random id's per user per article forum comment section - I.E. each id assigned to an anon is only trackable within that particular articles forum section. Maybe using the forum post id as a an internal reference?
This not only makes the forum more readable, it also stops anons gaming the system by replying favourably to their own posts.
The username could be shown as:
Anonymous Coward #2331
Where the number is a random or sequential one that hadn't already been used, and is created keyed on the users id, and the articles forum comment section id.
Obviously, once a user/article pair has been assigned an anon-id, they won't be assigned another one.
7) "My Posts" housekeeping
Any chance of the option to permanently delete our own rejected/withdrawn/un-posted(see above!) posts?
Cheers for listening!
Re: Where has...
"..my little Bronze vulture award gone?"
To be bronze, you need to have made 100 posts in the last year. My guess is that a big bunch of your earlier posts are now more than a year old - knocking you below that threshold.
Please don't sacrifice usability
I actually think that the Reg is the best coded site I use.
Even on my more powerful desktop, if I've got a lot running, and maybe a lot of browser tabs open, whilst other sites can be slow, El Reg is still super fast.
What I'm getting at is that I am no luddite, but please, don't sacrifice usability for new features..
For instance, a WYSIWYG editor was recently mentioned. If you do that, please let us have the option to disable it (a settable option in the account settings too, not just a check on browser capabilities, because even if a device is capable of doing something, it could still be detrimental to the user if it slows things down somewhat)
Incidently, I had a few more suggestions, but they have all been covered in the (very old!) roadmap.
Re: Posted Wednesday 30th October 2013 14:50 GMT to 14:51 GMT
I accidently downvoted someone once. The only way I could find to undo it was to turn it into an upvote.
Civilian? So what !
So, are they shooting themselves in the foot by implying that civilians are more moral, and less corrupt?
Unfortuately, this isn't the case, and it means sod all anyway if the boss has the same remit and government permission.
Re: Makes sense
..... So making your 5% stake more beneficial to them than to you!
A nice way to aquire an expert consultant!
In other news.....
"NSA aquires 5% stake in Hungarian startup"
More seriously, whilst I realise that a PR company probably released the story, it did seem awfully fluffy and full of buzzwords to me...
Re: As an intellectual and technological excercise...
" Yes, but there is no public sector drive to do so. The best we get is military sector research. Even private sector research is hamstrung by needing to pay off, which stops lots of promising avenues of investigation."
Good point, and I agree with you.
""Another one I hear is 'I do the lottery to help good causes'."
Clearly bullsh!t: People do the lottery to help themselves, with the charitable donation just there so they can justify their gambling habit. And poor choice of gambling habit at that: Lotteries are atax on people who can't do maths."
Oh, definitely! That's why I then suggest they instead give all their stake to charity if they care so much!
And yes, it's no coincidence it's known in some circles as "a tax on the stupid!"
""Sigh - if youwanted to help good causes, you could give 100% of your stake, not 10%.."
More than that. Although the UK Health Lottery gives less and is essentially a grey-area scam."
Ah yes, as someone else piinted out, there are tax breaks etc.
As for the UK health lottery, I didn't realise that. I don't do any lottery, but thanks for the heads-up - I will bear that in mind if I discover any friends do.
Re: As an intellectual and technological excercise...
"False dichotomy fallacy. Many more technological marvels of the 20th century were the result of non-military research. The counterfactual is: if the money had been left in the economy, what would people have come up with, quite probably more efficiently?"
YES! YES! YES! ('D.A.M.', have my babies!) :-)
This has always been a bugbear of mine - not specifically relating to military spending.
The number of times some project is defended with 'think of the benefits to other stuff that our consequential inventing of x...y....z... has given'
My response is that if the project had simply concentrated on developing x...y...z... in the first place, it would have been cheaper, and likely better.
Another one I hear is 'I do the lottery to help good causes'
Sigh - if you wanted to help good causes, you could give 100% of your stake, not 10%..
Sorry, rant over!
Re: 300 MB update
" Do you believe that Linux filesystems do not get fragmented? Because, you know, they do."
I don't know enough about Linux filesystems to comment, but I'd be surprised.
No proper fileststem suffers from major fragmentation issues if you use less than the recomnended 90% capacity.
Of course, this dossn't mean that files don't get fragmented - sometimes it's necessary.
None of the major unix systems I used to run suffered, neither did anyof the opensource offerings - indeed I remember being asked about this very topic, and on checking on a busy server that hadn't had a partition rebuild in 10 years, fragmentation was about 0.1%
VMS often had issues - mainly because directories had to be contiguous,but I doubt (though don't know) that any Linux partitions suffer the same fate.
And to be pedantic (before someone else says it) - the main thing that affects fragmentation isn't the filesystem type itself, but the driver that writes to it.
Re: 300 MB update
" The thing that would concern me more is partition fragmentation. "
No need to be concerned. Rumours say that the hardware runs on a customised FreeBSD - but even if that's not the case, it. isn't windows.
Do any other systems use a "Try not to fragment disk " rather than a "Try not fo fragment files" algorithm?
I bought a cheapo laptop almost a year ago, and that came with a 750GB drive - you couldn't get smaller even if you wanted to
Re: To be fair...
"Quick lookup shows it's not a UK GOV website:
canonical name www-gov-uk.map.fastly.net.
Domain Whois record
Queried whois.ja.net with "www.gov.uk"...
No such domain www.gov.uk"
I assume you mean that it's not hosted on JANET, but with a USA hosting company in one of their London locations.
Unusual, I agree, but that doesn't make it "not a UK GOV website"!!
Re: To be fair...
" the significance here is that the partners are named, which GCHQ would not be happy about. The telcos dohave to follow any applicable UK laws, but according to Prof Susan Landau (in her book "Surveillance or Security?: The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies") the telcos that she has studied have always over collected and over-assisted beyond the law and even/always given data in situations not covered by the law."
In that case, they should be taken to task. It's a shame this article didn't focus on that point.
"if you look at this (open) UK GOV website (actually hosted in US - you couldn't make this up!)"
But you could! :-)
It's actually hosted in London!
Re: To be fair...
Of course not! I was talking about the companies made to comply.
I don't know why you have such a chip on your shoulder though.
I haven't seen any posts by us Brits defending GCHQ - in fact the general consensus seems to criticise the UK just as much as America - it's just that most of the stories that have come out focus on Americas shinanagens - and if you have a problem with that, you can blame Snowdon, your fellow countryman .
I made a long reply last time you made this point, but my browser died just before I posted it.
However, I did respond more fully in a reply to a different comment by 'Destroy all monsters' : http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2000981
See also this post: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2003452
Go ahead - Criticise GCHQ and the shitty UK government - you may be surprised to see that most of us agree with you - it just tends to be some Americans that are so insecure as to see any critisism of American policy as some sort of personal attack on them.
To be fair...
what choice do they have?
I upvoted you, but again, the NHS isn't perfect by a long shot, so criticise those parts all you want.
Just don't come out with strawmen, lies, and FUD.
This ain't Fox 'News' !!
Re: I think you underestimate MS benefits from this
I agree about apps starting in the background at regular intervals.
Google apps are definitely the worst offenders - I've removed some apps simply because I don't use them frequently enough to justify the constant periodic slowdowns.
Errrrr yeah. Really?
"I don't have internet - I may as well die of malaria"
Hash - First -World-Problems
I can't seem to find the "send corrections" linkm so I'll throw this out here instead:
" prove that they're not only could fodder"
Re: Of COURSE it has USB connector!!!!
I therefore humbly withdraw my irrelevant rant. - downvotes deserved (even though I did start my rant with "If", I didn't mean to spread FUD)
Sorry, its the iphone with no usb/sd isn't it?
Sigh, I'm getting senile.
Please substitute "Google " with "Apple", and "Android" with "iOS" in my original post!
Hmmmm, Does it. have any USB connection?
If not, I guess you'd have to load it via wi-fi.
Whilst probably more applicable to tablets than phones, I'd find that a major hassle - it's not so much the storage, but the ability to quickly upload stuff from the computer.
Heck, sometines I don't even do that - just take a few pre-loaded USB sticks with me for a long journey.
I suspect their reasoning may have somrthing to do with appeasing the music/film industry - of course, in the real world, this restriction is hardly a barrier...
Re: Is this really an IT issue?
" Iam self-employed and currently pay about 1200//mo for health insurance. I want NOTHING to do with the government controlling our healthcare."
And if it wasn't for your corrupt system in the first place, you'd be unlucky to have to pay as much as a tenth of that.
Still, you can obviously afford it: "I'm alright Jack"
Lets just hope you don't get seriously ill, and are unable to make the payments. every man for himself - It's the American way, after all!
Re: Tim Robbins isn't looking well.
I was going to say the same about Julian assange!
Re: minor error
I still don't know whether your handle is "Dio Design" or "Diode Sign" !!
Re: Statistical analysis, probability, and data sets
That's better, yes!, but as in the old strawman argument, not relevent.
I was referring to people posting 'one offs' not 100's of flights.
I thought I was pretty clear!
Statistical analysis, probability, and data sets
Whilst I'm not supporting the rationale behind the restrictions, posting that you had your phone on, and nothing bad happened holds as much weight for justification as a driver saying he drove home drunk one night and didn't have an accident.
Re: You Missed The Real Story
" The real story here is the comment next to that smiley face: "SSL added and removed here". Is that for real? If so, how the hell are they doing that? That protocol is supposed to defend against Man-In-The-Middle attacks. You'd need widespread compromises of cert authorities, or _additional_ compromises of DNS infrastructure, or a hell of a cryptanalytic breakthrough. Any of the above would constitute amuch more important story than this fluff."
You are wrong, but actually, you've hit on something - the exact opposite to your point.
The smiley is placed at the point where google decrypts/encrypts the data between the internet and its own private network - no man-in-the-middle attack here (As I posted earlier, I think the smiley was done to say 'haha, they may encode stuff here, but we simply grab it from the unencrypted side")
Now, I think it's pretty much assumed that the spooks have access to at least some of the root-cert keys.
There has also been a lot of speculation about what other successes they may have had at breaking encryption.
I think the real story that seems to have been missed is the fact they are making an effort to get at harder to tap links - if they had truely cracked TLS, they would simply jusy tap the much easier to access internet side of the connection.
(Yes, I realise that I've simplistically ignored the processing power aspect of it, but I think the point is still somewhat valid)
Re: SSL Sucks Obviously
Hmmmm. The British weather often sucks.
Politicians usually suck, too.
And how about those petrol prices, eh?
What? Relevancy? Just as relevant as a comment about SSL failing on an article talking about clear-text links being breached.
Re: Why NSA also needs access to US servers' real-time data
" It is not surprising that NSA/GCHQ wouldwant to gain access to traffic directed at Google's (and others') servers. The PRISM program gives them access to stored data e.g. contents of gmail emails etc. but an important aspect of these traffic flows is that they contain persistent cookies."
Whilst that is a good point , this expose deals with the tapping of the 'private' links between data-centres.
Would cookies etc. still be present then?
The fact that the users connection is actively decrypted at point of entry implies to me that googles network in this case is not used simply to forward-on connections, but more in an internal inter-site client/server role between the 2 google sides - e.g. sql select/update/insert queries, data replication etc.
Re: Thus does the cat piss itself
And by extension, a peeping Tom is only committing a crime if he/she is caught!
Re: @Don Jefe
I took the smiley face to mean "haha, they encrypt internet traffic here, but we don't care as we get it off the internal network".
I'm not a guru when it comes to cryptographic certificates, but am I correct in saying that the most secure certificate (assuming you trust the signer) is a self-signed certificate?
I realise that browsers warn against these because they don't follow a chain-of-trust, so the browser can't detect if a MITM is occurring, but it's kind of ironic they do warn for these only, if you assume the spooks have access to the root keys!
" Idiot Members of Congress like him are elected, and reelected,because the majority of US don't bother to vote and of those that do only about 15% of them research anything beyond party affiliation and even then about half of voters don't know who they voted for or who represents them in Congress. It's all really fucking stupid and we deserve all the shit we get dealt because only a minority care about politics beyond what it means for themselves and or 'voting for their fathers party'."
Don, it's basically the same in the UK too. I heard once that more people voted in "Big Brother " (ironic, given the programme name) than the elections at the time.
Looking on the the bright side, I now feel closer to you and your fellow countrymen - we both have governments that are paranoid and insecure little shits that really don't give a crap about the people they are meant to *serve*
Phew! I was beginning to think I was unusual in that when looking at the screen, I 'track' with my eyes, not my mouse!
And as you point out, even scrolling is generally done with the mouse-wheel.!
They call it a microUSB charger...
...in which case, doesn't have to meet the same specs as any other microUSB charger? - like the one I bought recently for 3 quid that works fine - as expected - in my 2 devices which also carry a standard microUSB port...
Lewis, you snob!
That article would have offended about 50% of my social circle!
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