330 posts • joined 29 Nov 2006
Re: Test-Driven Development
Although i would not expect a compiler to warn about unreachable code there (or only to do so in a mode that also resulted in many false positives), i would expect both static analysis tools (coverity) and code coverage tools to report a problem. Although i wouldn't expect such tools to be used on all code, i would expect that an SSL implementation would be exactly where you apply them first.
I would also love to see a lint-like tool that would spot the wrong indentation.
Re: This doesn't make sense
No not hours - the CVE number was reserved early in January.
Re: The Old Man Of Hoy
Yes, the Old Man of Hoy documentary is well worth watching - they took £200,000 worth (in 1967 prices) of outside broadcast kit by boat from Glasgow to Hoy, landed on the beach and dragged it up the hill on sledges. Epic stuff. Reminds me a bit of the moon landings.
I remember Mac as the presenter of The Micro Programme when I was in my early teens, and later discovered that someone "with the same name" was a famous mountaineer and president of the International Union of Alpinist Organisations (UIAA). It was astonishing to eventually discover that he was one and the same.
> my motherboard is in the post.
Well I hope it works out OK. How much did it cost?
If they ask for feedback, tell them that putting actual photos of the board and actual prices on their website would make it look much more believable.
(Not my downvote BTW)
>, there does seem to be one ARM offering that is head and
> shoulders above the rest in terms of standards compliance
>. Best of all - you can buy one _today_. Google cornfed
> servers and you should be able to find it.
Looks a bit vapourware to me. Have you actually seen one? The website just shows a mini-ITX case and has a "contact us" web form.
FWIW, at this point I think it is probably worth waiting for ARMv8 (64 bit) devices. The future AMD offering may be the best bet.
Re: Is the overlap of the rings part of the plan?
The current LHC uses a smaller ring to pre-accellerate the particles before they are injected into the main LHC ring (search for "LHC map" for the layout, including "track junctions"). So I guess that the existing LHC tunnels will indeed be reused as the first stage of the possible new system.
Re: WHo exactly is claiming the royalties?
> I can't believe bedroom coders from that era would bother trying to get
> a few quid for 30 year old games
Why on earth not?
> a separate study by cloud security firm Zscalar into privacy issue with
> iOS apps found that 96 per cent of iOS apps require email, address
> book (92 per cent), location (84 per cent), camera (52 per cent),
> calendar (32 per cent) permissions.
I don't believe it. What was their methodology? Can we have a link to this study?
> a well meaning techie spots a problem with their network
He's lucky they didn't send the police round.
I would think that the checking that he must have done would count as "unauthorised access".
The paper is worth looking at - you can get the PDF.
The important question is, does this machine solve this NP problem in polynomial time?
With a much larger machine, it would be easy to distinguish between exponential and polynomial runtimes. Because it is currently small, this is harder. A further confusing factor is that "classical" machines can use simulated annealing to solve this problem in what seems to be better than exponential time most of the time.
So it is possible that the machine has no or limitted quantum entanglement, yet still performs well because it is annealing.
It would be great if this machine really works, but so far the evidence looks marginal, and dwave's agressive PR gives a bad taste
> A device that can transmit 8 miles to a briefcase sized receiver is going
> to need considerable RF output power (several hundred mW).
> it will be eminently detectable
They use something that they call "continuous wave radar". Essentially, the bug contains a FET with the gate connected to the signal being monitored and the source connected to ground. The drain is open (and I guess might have a small aerial). This doesn't actually radiate anything, and so isn't detected by the obvious bug sweeping methods.
The briefcase contains a powerful microwave transmitter and directional antenna, which is used to "illuminate" the bug. When on, the FET absorbs the microwaves - but because it only conducts in one direction, the current that flows has a half-cycle waveform. The effect is that it re-radiates on various harmonics of the illuminating frequency, with an amplitude that depends on the gate voltage. This re-radiation is received back at the briefcase.
This can be connected up to a low-frequency signal like a keyboard connection, RS232, etc. quite easily. Monitors can also be observed because although the signals are high-frequency you can integrate over many frames to build up the image (and it doesn't need to be pixel-perfect). Things like ethernet, SATA and high-speed USB would be more difficult, but probably still possible at shorter ranges.
> I just feel is is highly unlikely that it could be done without some
> inquisitive individual finding it.
They have VGA cables where the bug is inside the ferrite bulge, and they have PCB-mounted USB/ethernet sockets where the bug is built into the socket. They are able to intercept your new computer in the post and fit these things. I think those would get past most "inquisitive individuals".
Do have a look at the leaked PDF linked in one of the earlier comments - and do remember that that is now 5 years old.
Re: What I don't get...
> The whole point of Snapchat is to send nude pics, yes?
Perhaps not. The only time I've seen SnapChat used "in the wild" was a young woman in a cafe who said to her friends, when her salad arrived, "Oh that looks delicious, I'm going to SnapChat it.".
I suspect that within some demographic it is used as a WhatsApp / BBM / Twitter replacement, with any "pr0n" associations now forgotten by its users.
Yes, it's hard to think of any other product where at 25% year-on-year increase is a "crash"....
Re: So, Why did he go to an arts quango to fund his pre-iPhone multitouch?
To the 6 people who've replied to say what the S and T in NESTA stand for: no, I hadn't overlooked that. If you're looking at something as important as the source of funding for your business idea, you really do need to look beyond just the NAME of something. NESTA had no staff with any experience of funding tech startups. How was that ever going to end well?
Re: Buy to let alternative
> What else could I do with a few tens of thousands?
Buy ARM shares.
Or more reasonably, buy shares in a portfolio of tech companies that you think have a bright future.
Or if you want to support startups that are not yet publicly traded, see if you can find a VC to invest in.
So, Why did he go to an arts quango to fund his pre-iPhone multitouch?
The question in the headline isn't really answered. He seems to acknowledge that he should have gone to a VC, but didn't. That was his mistake.
I knew people who were looking for VC funding around that time, and it was not easy - but it was possible if you had a good pitch; I know of two or three companies who are doing well having started around that time. I can't imagine any of those people seriously considered going to an "arts quango" for money (though some may have got cash from regional development agencies).
The story reads like: "smart engineer who is naive about business makes bad choice and realises too late".
> “For every stock market winner, there is a loser"
Re: Oh really?
Are those 2a60d7b58@ addresses actually message-ids?
That is what i see. Someone has greped using a regexp that picks up messag-ids as well as email addresses.
It won't just stop
It won't just stop.
You need a mail server with enough bandwidth and other resources to continuously absorb the spam.
Of course you can mitigate that to a certain extent by quickly dropping spammy connections, but there is a limit to what is possible.
Re: Massive Graduate Unemployement
> Does anyone else see a flaw in this plan?
My thought exactly. It seems backwards. It seems that either (a) they need to discourage school leavers from choosing this dead-end degree, or (b) they need to encourage businesses to recruit more of these unloved graduates. Or maybe (c) the article is messed up, and either the problem or the proposed solution is being mis-described.
From where I sit, it looks like the "smart startup" end of the computer business is short of good people. Even many of the "good" people are not actually good enough to drive a startup to success. Maybe small companies need to learn how to use "average" graduates better. Or maybe the really smart undergraduates are still being turned into bankers, or something.
Where does your "100,000 suppliers" number come from?
will provide "device recycling"
I just love the idea that these middlemen will improve things because they can provide "device recycling". Sell it to the punters today, then go back tomorrow to and take it away for "recycling".
Can I please have a 1U version?
(Seriously. I have a "homemade" 1U ARM server board based on a 2-core Samsung exynos 5 chip, Which is great, but it would be better to have something a bit more "professional". What I don't need is dozens of cores or disks.)
Re: Even analogue still used
> controlled digitally, but this will also have an analogue back-up system
My understanding is that they require N independent control systems that have no possibilities of common failure modes. So they might implement one using digital electronics, one using analogue electronics, and one using hydraulics. This isn't directly because those other systems are "old", but simply because they are "different".
Re: It just costs money
> inside a sealed reactor
No, they are surely not using a PDP-11 inside a "sealed" reactor. It will be in a human-friendly control room somewhere.
> fuel loading robots
While those are inside the containment vessel, they are not in any sense inside a "sealed" reactor; the radiation level is not unfriendly when everything is functioning correctly.
Re: Make doubly sure you...
> I live in Colchester and thought it was round here someplace!
That's Mistly secret bunker, which is also worth visiting.
Re: Great article
> Just one thought though... the £3.28 admission fee would be nearer £50 these days
> if you add inflation into the mix
£3.28 IS the inflation-adjusted price. The original price was 4 shillings, i.e. 20p.
Re: Automatic tills?
> They do their jobs perfectly from what I can tel
"Unexpected Item In The Bagging Area"
I can't even be near one without wanting to kick it.
AMD = Answering Machine Detection
Re: OMG really?
> Amazed ios can't (won't) do that
In the case of location data, you can turn it on and off for individual apps.
It doesn't seem to have the same fine-grained control for enabling phone calls from apps - though the apps can't do this "secretly" i.e. you will be taken from the app to the "dialer app" and (i think) have to press "call" before the call actually starts.
Re: Paid for apps
> Could I get my money back, no!
> Where was Apple's customer service?
It's in iTunes. Go to the "purchase history" page, find the problematic puchase, and "report a problem".
My experience, as an app developer, is that users do get refunds when they ask Apple for them.
I would take the claims that the crew are always in control a bit more seriously if I hadn't read the details of the Air France Brazil Atlantic crash here on the reg. The pilots were presented by confusing data by the flight systems and the autopilot disengaged, and they did exactly the wrong things in response. If this sort of attack could "only" cause the crew to see wrong data, I would still be very worried indeed.
Re: UK already has an open map
> OpenStreetMap? You mean the place Apple got the data for their oh so accurate maps?
Err, no. Apple maps are much worse than OpenStreetMap where I've looked.
It's possible that Apple have used some OSM data somewhere, but it is clearly not the main source in the UK.
Wasn't the original story an
April Fool? I read the first couple of paragraphs and then remembered the date.
10 years until the first fine
These regulations have existed for 10 years, and this is the first ever fine.
How long do I have to wait before they start fining people who send me spam emails?
Re: Maybe if they bought relevant ads?
Best ever example of "you can buy anything on ebay":
Re: Is distance charging really such a good idea?
> My HP Touchstone wireless charger uses 0.0W when the tablet is
> not on the dock.
That's not the interesting number. What we need to know is how many W are going into the battery vs. how many W are being turned into heat in the coils at either end or in the intervening medium.
> presumably non-rectangular tables would be OK then?
How about adding some rounded corners....
> I'm not sure I'd want to deal with a company whose director, or even a senior staff, have a
> history of bankruptcies, millions of pounds of debts, failed companies, etc
The idea is that people learn from their mistakes, or the mistakes of the people around them, and do better next time.
Would you prefer to deal with a company run by people with NO experience?
The important issue is that investors, and creditors, should be aware of the financial health of a company.
Definition of "technology"
What counts as "technology" in these stats?
The reports linked from the article say nothing useful about their methodology. I think these numbers are really just guesses.
Re: "Just don't tell anyone about my daughter Vista then..."
> Or my son BoB.
I do hope he's "little Bobby Tables"
Re: You're missing out on WHY corporations pay tax
> every doctor in the land will incorporate himself tomorrow and quit paying
> malpractice insurance
I would hope that the medical regulatory authorities would not allow that.
Money circulates; tax anywhere in the loop
The argument made here is that "Tax on corporations isn't really paid by corporations; it's passed on to customers, employees and shareholders who, in effect, pay it".
That seems a bit tenuous to me. Couldn't you equally well say:
"People don't really pay taxes; if you increase the taxes that people pay, it's passed on to the corporations who they buy less stuff from, who in effect pay it".
Taxation is a money-go-round. To a first approximation it doesn't matter where in the loop you siphon off the tax.
Small vs. Large companies
The aspect of this that annoy me is the huge effort required to set up these schemes, and how that makes it practical only for the largest of companies.
If you're Amazon/Starbucks/Apple etc. you have such an enormous turnover that it makes sense for you to pay $millions to lawyers and accountants to set up systems that will save even some tiny fraction off your tax liability. If you're a small company or sole trader, even if you could in theory set up a network of off-shore companies it just isn't worth the cost of doing it.
Yes, there are many examples of economy of scale and this is just another one of them. But I would prefer government regulations to provide a level playing field for businesses of all sizes.
How old is he?
Is he young enough that his parents must have done this knowingly?
Forking the SDK was essential
Last time I tried to code for Androoid - which was a couple of years ago now - the official Google SDK didn't support exceptions in C++ code. Luckily, some clever bloke had made a fork of it that did, and I (and lots of other developers) used that instead. The code was entirely compatible with Google-compiled code, as logn as you didn't try to throw exceptions from one to the other.
Why on earth would Google want to stop that?
When I first heard the name "YouView" I assumed it was something to do with YouTube. Aren't they complaining too?
Re: @The BigYin
> If there is some limitation, then that needs to be clearly documented and a proper error
> shown, not just crap like "Your address is invalid".
One major site did that to me recently. I eventually discovered that it didn't like the sequence 's','p','a','m' anywhere in my email address.
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