171 posts • joined 25 Oct 2011
Do not blaspheme against the mighty XOR
Don't blame the XOR. If I were to use a one-time pad to apply a sequence of bytes to my data using XOR, my code would be unbreakable. Therefore XOR is not a weak link. You'd have trouble managing such keys to cover unlimited data, but that isn't the XOR's fault.
You might as well say that the processor can't be expected to do much, because it's only manipulating a bag of bits using very simple operations.
I remember looking at James Bond etc., where someone is bundled into the boot of a car and driven to the other side of a mountain range. Fortunately, he has a beacon inserted into his person, and his friends can monitor his position, to the nearest metre, at a range of a hundred miles. Oh my, how we laughed at such fiction, barely managing to suspend disbelief.
But I do not hear myself laughing at Treasure Map.
Judging the value of content
The internet has a very large quantity of worthless drivel, but enough interesting material to make it worth the effort of getting involved.
Some parts have a high concentration of goodness, like The Register (1).
Others have a low concentration of goodness, like Facebonk (just my prejudice?!).
My impression is that Twitter is not significantly worse than the internet generally, but that isn't a very good reason to invest in it.
(1) If El Reg doesn't pay me for this, then I'm deleting it. Mutter mutter mutter.
"up to three years old"
"Our analysis reveals that there is substantial evidence that this data is up to three years old and primarily [linked to the] geographical catchment area [of] the United States and England, but [we've] also confirmed [a] dozen Danish Gmail accounts"
If the data is 3 years old then they haven't got my recent password. If the data is 0 years old then they might have it. If the data is up to 3 years old then they might have it. So to my mind that makes the "3 years" entirely irrelevant.
"the data is probably three years old" FYTY?
(Like the retail outlet headline "up to 50% off", which actually includes the case where there is no reduction at all, and so the claim is annoyingly content-free.)
I bet the NSA (et al) already have this facility
Well, they would, wouldn't they.
Poetic style to reduce innuendo?
Perhaps we could avoid embarrassment if we used quite a different style of error message. My favourite is haiku, see Salon Magazine competition (which I could only find using the archive site).
On the other hand ... oh sod it. I mean, bugger. Perhaps I need to wash my mouth out...
That's why this icon is used so many times. Mine's the unwashed waterproof ...
(I need help. Shit. I mean...)
Nice for a change...
...to hear of a site managed well enough not to crash, not to leak details, etc., even though it was bound to suffer with that scale of attack. I suppose it's not normally news unless a site goes horribly wrong.
And so back to lures of the flesh ;-)
Is it just me...
...or does anyone else remember feeling just a tiny bit of foreboding when they committed any personal data to the big uncontrollable out-there?
Close your eyes!
Yes, it looks like a patent for image processing. I have some personal capability for image processing, and I've helped produce and market three similar instances with such capabilities.
(Icon for appearances. Not that I looked at it.)
I'm sure I read about Microsoft conning art galleries into selling the rights to use images of the paintings at scandalously low prices, but I can't find a link quickly.
So just having the copyright is not sufficient to convince me that they are behaving honourably.
Falling between two stools
Actually seven stools: I can imagine the seven companies named all hesitating to make changes, because none is the majority user. That's a possible explanation, not an excuse.
So it's interesting that Apple is singled out for blame. Like Gray Ham said, what about the other companies?
Re: just turn it upside down @Malcolm 1
Not only should you turn it upside down, but it should realise what you are doing and adjust the graphics to suit. I'm sure that's been done before somewhere...
Don't shoot the messenger
I agree with Khaptain: leave the search engines alone. We know that Google can manipulate the results, but we'd much rather that they didn't.
And yet there are ways for someone to manipulate search engines to promote their site, so we want Google to intervene, which is manipulation.
Does this mean that we should shoot the messenger? Difficult.
Re: Imagine if you could print the kits @ Alistair
Hang on: the fun is in assembling the kit into a model, and the benefit for the supplier is that he can "stock" everything ever supplied.
Re: Title goes here: "[something] a bit more, well, 3D really"
Actually, even 2D is only 1D most of the time. And, in a CRT, it's only 0D in some sense.
I suppose something like a Star Trek transporter would be truly 3D? Assuming that the info wasn't transmitted serially...
Re: Tell them why (was Re: Yay, usable maps again)
No! Don't tell them! I have this horrible feeling that they will take away our toys more effectively.
Too bad. The cat's out of the bag.
Re: Arlo (@ downvoters)
Oh come on: you can't possibly downvote a reference to father rapers just because ST7 forgot to fly the the JokeAlert flag!
Re: Real coding!
Perhaps there is some non-standard stuff before the partition table, or something missing.. Try photorec which looks for stuff on corrupted disks: it might find the start of something usable.
Re: ...workers could hire and fire their doctors.
"The Great Unwashed"
"Last March, the US announced that it would work towards a multi-stakeholder model of governance by autumn next year."
"The Commission will also want to talk about future funding for the IGF secretariat, whose mandate runs out in 2015 and which relies on voluntary funding."
Let's review this in, say, ten months. No? You won't exist then? Pity.
Wire Terminations Re: Its OK, I have a Samsung...
In my experience, poor terminations are the most dangerous. Thin wire will distribute the dissipation along the cable; a break in thin copper midway will soon burn itself out, but, I expect, without setting fire to the insulation; a termination tends to be where more substantial conductors can withstand more current and temperature rise (1). It is too easy to crimp badly and then hide the mess in a block of plastic.
(1) c.f. arc welding
How the mighty are fallen Re: Thanks, El Reg
I remember HP being the proud manufacturers of electronic test equipment, always our first choice. HP 8640, anyone? (1) And then they chose to split their business: The old and thoroughly reputable test equipment side got a new name, Agilent (we resented it bitterly); The burgeoning PC and printer side retained the Hewlett Packard name.
So it is ironic (2) that their hardware (or some of it) is cheap and poor quality. Sigh.
(1) If you don't know what one of these is, you're too young. But that's my point.
(2) It is also ironic that I can't do colour here. Or did Proud Mr Bronze Badge miss something?
Re: The problem is
The problem is that the media is generally painting this as "brown people far away" while ignoring the growing number of British citizens travelling out there to join ISIS...
Government policy and the media narrative are threatened by this video. People might start to think something other than what they're meant to think.
Well, that makes sense. But how about looking at it like this:
"They" must know that prohibiting viewing the video will make people watch it all the more. So that would mean that "they" are not afraid of it. Perhaps it is preferred that people associate evil with extremism, rather than with "brown people far away" or Muslims at home. Or is that too sensible?
(I've been trying out theories of reverse psychology quite a lot today. I think I'll go and lie down.)
Re: Science is about how, religion is about why.
That's always what I say.
Re: heard similar please before
grab the phone and throw it away
I was so going to say that!
That was the solution most people wished they had the courage to go for when we were first annoyed by antisocial use of mobiles in e.g. trains.
Re: Perl ... that actually is the sourcecode
Perl pwned my eyeballs. It took a bloody good surgeon two days to unscramble my retina.
Oh Jemima, look at your uncle Jim...
...scrubbing the floor with Ajax and Vim (1)
And that is about as much reference to vim as I got in the article. Crushing disappointment.
(1) Enough with the duck pond: this is the version I learned at my Grandma's knee.
@AC convicted monopolist ... lock-in, reducing freedom ... accused of ballot stuffing
Eadon? Is that You?
Scary invisible rays
This reminds me of the joke played on freshmen in my college. A note was placed in each of our pigeon-holes advertising a new technique for marking serial numbers on bicycles, using nuclear radiation. This was to be provided free, as were the lead-lined underpants that should be used when riding the bicycles during the initial stage, when the radiation had not died down to a safe level. We were to apply to the Porter's Lodge: the Porters showed a range of emotions, ending with hilarity and derision.
At least those precautions would have been effective but unnecessary, rather than ineffective and unnecessary.
Re: once you are IN a big company the focus isn't on the degree any more
When you have A-levels, people take less interest in your O-levels (1).
When you have a degree, and apply for a job, people take less interest in your A-levels.
When you apply for a job, they ask "what have you been doing these last few years?"
Seems fair to me.
(1) showing my age here, but you know what I mean
Re: a three year course in Hair Care
Someone once challenged a history undergraduate to show that his degree was useful. Whereas the study of history does benefit society (1), I chose to point out that "useful" studies should earn that description by improving society's quality of life, like having the opportunity of studying e.g. history.
But a degree in hair care is just taking the mick.
(1) but a history degere is probably less useful in IT
Re: concept of a degree has been watered down
Decades ago, the idea was that undergraduates studied what interested them, and that their supervisor nudged some of their activities to maintain sanity. I have a degree in engineering, but that kind of subject requires so much specific teaching that there is hardly any room for striking out on your own. So really my course should not have been called a degree. It was exactly what I wanted, but not really a degree in the old sense.
Naturally, the polytechnics abandoned their title because they clearly offered the same teaching as universities.
And so now we have more and more apprentice schemes. That strikes me as always having been a good idea. It is a great pity, however, that companies need to tempt apprentices with the opportunity of getting what is called a degree: they are keeping degrees watered down.
(Icon for subject matter as much as for my pedantry.)
Hang on a minute
If the no poaching pact was done for profit, and if it succeeded, then the shareholders got more value not less. Why would they cut off their own noses?
Or perhaps the pact had run its course, and was generating less money (but how can anyone know that?). Then it might be good to be first in the queue suing for compensation.
Sorry, that's a bit cynical.
Re: Big Data Prophets
As for the Big Data Prophets, whereas I can see they want some Big Data to play with, I don't know how they will afford that much data. Perhaps it's all Wizard of Oz, smoke and mirrors, the Big Data TV Evangelists asking for investment, but for ill-specified returns.
(I think the storage vendors will be among those who are hoping for sales of satellite images, rather than those paying for the images themselves.)
Re: Who says they can?
Of course! The main customer is the military, but the company is allowed to make a little more money by selling data elsewhere, and the military will probably want a discount.
What's the point
I'm struggling to think of uses for this resolution, apart from military ones. There's also the refresh rate to specify. And who will pay for a licence to use it?
I've found something by the Earth Imaging Journal: oil, gas or mineral exploration will pay good money for images, and the higher resolution is good for the required detailed analysis. But otherwise, who will pay lots of money for these:
Geological studies, cliff erosion. 1m, monthly or less frequent
Geological studies, glacier movement. >1m, yearly
Animal population distribution. 1m but possibly less, monthly or yearly
Weather. >10m, daily
Policing (environmental): mining, settlement, building, deforestation. 1m, yearly or more frequent
Policing safety concerns: oil spills, toxic waste, fires. <10m, weekly (or more frequent?)
Policing: mass graves/genocide. <1m, monthly
Left your tin hat on the coat stand? Rookie mistake.
I'll get my coat, and yours.
Leave my jargon alone
"...and matches the emulator model exactly – modulo yield faults – so you can develop the model on the emulator and then download it to the chip for real-time use..."
x mod y < y
So there is something worth having that is less than the number of yield faults?
"...and matches the emulator model exactly – minus yield faults – so you can develop the model on the emulator and then download it to the chip for real-time use..."
But, then again: “Words strain, Crack and sometimes break, under the burden, Under the tension, slip, slide, perish, Decay with imprecision, will not stay in place, Will not stay still.”
And back to Eeyore mode.
@Dan 55 Re: I'm too busy with El Reg all day
(And an upvote)
I used to joke about these things along with the best of them: "just because you're not paranoid doesn't mean that they aren't out to get you". But having seen symptoms of psychosis, too close for comfort, it's too painful for me. The rest of you carry on.
Various things can trigger it, e.g. stress and drugs, so it is easier to point to the drugs than twitter, especially the marijuana in this case.
Whereas the psychiatrists investigated whether she had a history of psychosis in her family, I should have expected them to check for other mental illnesses with milder symptoms, because they also are indicative of risk.
And yet I recall the case of some psychiatrists who wanted to prove the inadequacy of diagnosis in mental hospitals. They presented themselves as schizophrenic, acting out the symptoms, and were duly admitted. Later, they played their hand as intended, and challenged the institution for having misdiagnosed. And so they proved their point. But, having behaved in a certain way, they had actually become schizophrenic, and had to undergo treatment themselves.
So bad behaviour can make you mentally ill. You must decide for yourselves whether Twitter is healthy.
Mary had a little lamb ...
... the doctors were surprised
There's an Asimov story that pre-dates the Macroscope by 13 years: The Dead Past, Asimov, where being able to see and hear anything in the past, including only 1 second ago, has devastating implications for everyone's privacy.
(Not that I'm casting aspersions on The Macroscope: I'd not heard of it, and now I want to read it.)
Re: Insufficient data
MATLAB?! I've heard MATLAB referred to as "FORTRAN meets APL in car crash", but my point is that it is useful (very very useful) to prove an algorithm but not as quick as "proper code". (Oh, and it does very pretty graphics for little effort.)
So I wonder what 2 hours would come down to.
@The last doughnut Re: Er....
I thought that the laser technique required a splitter, sending one ray via the moving surface (window), and then combining them, and looking at the intensity of the combined rays. The phase modulation is thus recovered, but you clearly need some very stable fixings for the laser, the splitter, the combiner, etc. And anyway, every time a lorry goes by everything will move and the wanted signal will be drowned out.
That's one seriously difficult technique.
When it really matters:
"No connection, no breach"
Re: Same idiots as
Unnecessary instructions have been noted before.
"Hold stick near centre of its length. Moisten pointed end in mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt end next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion."
—The toothpick instructions that annoyed Wonko
Meteors (slightly off topic)
Why does everyone say "meteoric rise"? Meteors fall, crash and burn (1). Not necessarily in that order. So we should say Samsung are becoming more meteoric, not less.
(1) Hence icon
Accident waiting to happen
If the food chain were precarious, then a meteor is only one option to topple the dinosaurs. It doesn't sound like luck to me.
See "Foundation", Asimov, (and even "The End of Eternity") for theories of things taking their course in spite of perturbations. In that sense, perhaps the end of the dinosaurs was inevitable.
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