Re: Lost in the system
In the recent reprints it was renamed "Meerkat Movies" and the price doubled.
Beer o clock. Time to go home!
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In the recent reprints it was renamed "Meerkat Movies" and the price doubled.
Beer o clock. Time to go home!
How did it all play out in the end?
Anyhow, here's BMWs progress to date, along with their self drifting BMW from a year ago.
"Stig you are SACKED, YOU ARE SO SACKED!"
At the risk of being downvoted a million times again, I'll point out that Section 53 of RIPA puts the onus on the prosecution to demonstrate that the accused has or knows passwords to hand over. There is a myth on The Register comments that prosecutors can repeat the request over and over, each time sending the guilty party to prison for 2 years at a time. This simply isn't true, and to date has never happened. It's very possible that the prosecution could not prove their claim beyond a reasonable doubt, hence now the attempt to circumvent it. Anyhow, here is the exact wording of the law below.
Section 53 Failure to comply with a notice.
3 For the purposes of this section a person shall be taken to have shown that he was not in possession of a key to protected information at a particular time if—
(b)the contrary is not proved beyond a reasonable doubt.
The courts of England And Wales are of the opinion that the courts of England and Wales decide which courts have jurisdiction to hear cases, not contracts. This argument has been thrown out many times when a company has tried to point to a T&C to say a particular court does not have jurisdiction.
When I last took someone to court over a disputed debt, the judges opinion was that the dispute was irrelevant because the company I sued took 6 months to dispute the invoice. From what I understand of this case, the dispute took much longer than that.
Similarly a one way dispute is not a dispute, i.e. the supplier has a purchase order, a delivery note, a signed for, a proof of delivery, and Amazon's reply is simply "this is in dispute" it isn't in dispute. A court wants to see evidence of a 2 way discourse in a dispute. Stonewalling often ends up with the person being sued, losing.
If these are UK companies then the solution is simple. If the debt is over £700 then issue a winding up order at court. Amazon will soon pay up when the company is about to be closed because of it's inability to pay debts.
An anecdote I was told several times over the past year justifying this position. The CEO of a large company, I think it was Target but couldn't be sure, deliberately used to visit the office, and enter the building through the warehouse. If ever he didn't get challenged by the time he made his way into the offices at the other side, he sacked the floor manager.
I was once asked by an insurance company to inspect and provide a repair report for a PC that had been struck by lightening. The PC was housed abroad in a remote location onsite, and the telegraph pole outside the building had been struck by lightning, travelled down the cable, through the modem and into the PC.
A few days later the PC arrived packaged up, From the outside it just looked like your average dirty beige box PC from the late 90's, nothing untoward. Then I opened it up. The interior was charred black. In the bottom of the case was what looked like a big pile of solidified pink porridge, as though everything inside the case had simply melted and fused together. I could never figure out the pink tho.
The follow up phonecall with the insurance company was amusing tho. I was asked if the damage was consistant with that caused by lightning strike. I was then asked to provide a quotation for repair. she was adamant repair would be cheaper than replacement. In the end I simply provided an itemised bill that listed every part within the PC, and labour. I then shipped out a new PC.
That would be a great idea. I've seen this happen 3 times now.
BT decide a small village is uneconomical and will receive no upgrade.
The residents all chip in and start to arrange the upgrade themselves, with another supplier.
BT suddenly decide that it's economical after all, and all the residents and other supplier are left out of pocket for all their expenses so far.
I agree. I'm looking at that, then reminiscing about Twiki in Buck Rogers, the Cybermen in Dr Who, Cylons in old Battlestar Galctica, and even good old C3PO. I'm happy to see that in my lifetime, androids (tho not intelligent) are starting to exist in my lifetime. I wish I was a child of the 2010s+ now rather than the 1970s. Political issues aside, what a wonderful modern age we live in.
At this position in my career I find myself studying an engineering degree. I have the same professor for Engineering Science, and Engineering Maths. He has a PHD under his belt and he's not far from retirement. What strikes me as odd, is that in almost every lecture, science or maths he almost always says the phrase (paraphrasing) "if you're religious and you are looking for a sign that everything was created by the same person, you'll find this law / result / formula to be consistant through everything, you'll always see it, its a law of nature". What's odd is he's a self professed athiest. Are the educated athiests all like this?
Your comment triggerred a memory of a guy about a decade ago in New Zealand who was bankrupted by his government, when he tried to demonstrate how easy it would be to build a self-guided model aircraft, in the shape of a cruise missile, using off the shelf hardware for approx $5000.
I'm now wondering how much that $5K has come down by in the last decade.
Simplest explanations often being the most plausible, I would hazard a guess that Google engineers have spent 5 9s of the time working on the car going forward. Unless they've had the car reversing round a test track le-mans style the cars probably have had insufficient training in correct responses when reversing. How often do we actually reverse in real life. Probably at most 30 seconds per trip when either parking, or departing.
"I've read there is a way to furtle Home's privacy settings down to Security but I can't find it at the moment."
I've been making use of DWS Lite much to the same effect. http://dws.wzor.net/
They should build refilling stations next to rivers. First use a waterwheel to provide electricity, then use the electricity to crack the water from the same river to produce the hydrogen for refilling. Construction and maintenance costs apart, cheap energy.
Or am I thinking too simply?
>>we are dealing with very very big numbers here!
I always thought the longest encryption could hold out was 40-50 years once you factor Moore's law into the equation. I.e. you have an encryption that can be brute forced mathematically in say say 1 billion years using current computer hardware. Moore's law says that computing power doubles every 2 years, so half that number after 2 years, and half it again 2 years later and so on. If you were to wait 50 years before starting to brute force, you could then do it within a year.
I always thought it was because balloons tend to be porous to any of the gasses that are used to provide lift, so once it's finished rising up, it's always slowly coming back down.
"Chicago police officer sues victim's family over shooting"
Not being an american, how does this even work. The guy is dead, and being a student, is probably penniless. So if the cop wins, where does the $10M come from.
WTF has Disney got to do with it? Click bait?
A half hour drive for me is about 35-40 miles. What's next, "Heathrow Airport-area food poisoning scare" the next time someone gets a dodgy cheeseburger from the greasy van in the center of Watford on a Friday night?
Was I the only person who clicked on this article, thinking it was about an upcoming Dr Who episode?
A quick Google tells me that you're looking at a Texas Chainsaw Massacre reference. I can't confirm it, but Googling tells me that both the Despicable Me movies and the Minion film have Haloween, Chainsaw, 28 Days and numerous other horror movies referenced in such a way that only the adults would get the joke.
I found a particularly pertinant quote about why such jokes end up in films, tho this was about Pixar, and will probably answer your question, as to why the chainsaw sequence was even there.:-
"These inside jokes for the adults in the theater are something Pixar has mastered in their films at this point, and throughout the oeuvre of that studio are jokes containing a layered humor which manage to appeal to kids and adults simultaneously. They may be laughing for different reasons, but everyone can laugh together – the reason Pixar is considered the masters of the “family” film."
I'm going to invoke Goodwins law here, by mentioning Nazi's.
The European Convention for Human Rights was drafted to ensure that a Nazi Germany situation should never occur again. Eventually through treaty, negotiation, wheeling and dealing it became law in the UK.
The ECHR covers such simple ideas as the right not to be murdered by individual or state. Not to be persecuted for your religious beliefs, or lack thereof. The right to have a family. The right not to be worked so hard you are effectively a slave. The right to own property.
I'm not Jewish, but having studied at college/uni in a Jewish are, then working for 20 years for companies in the same area, the vast majority of my friends are. Each year many of my friends attend memorial services, visit concentration camps or partake in some act of rememberance, for family members that were either killed by the state, persecuted for their beliefs, torn away from their families or simply had their property taken away and left destitute. It happens frequently enough that it also affects me, a gentile, to see my friends having to go through this.
It disturbs me greatly, that there seems to be a gaining movement to remove us from this safeguard. I'm aware of the differences between the EU, EC, European Court, European Convention for Human Rights, but it stresses me out that so many people, are not. They see "Europe" as some bad force stopping us from deporting or locking up some really nasty people, whilst forgetting what did happen when such laws Europe provides didn't exist. I also find it disturbing that muslims are increasingly becoming the new jews in terms of intollerance and derision, especially in the media which tries to whip up public hatred, that is then used to justify leaving Europe.
Regrettably I think that us leaving the EU is inevitable, there's just too much anger at the moment for us to stay. And once we leave one part of Europe, all the other parts will be left one by one when Joe Public is instructed by the media that we're still subject to some treaty, agreement or law.
I don't know the answer, but I see regularly the effects of what did happen last time round.
Anything microsoft decides to rename, and turn back on by default in a Windows Update™
"They must still have details of your purchase..."
Was something I tried explaining to them, but I was simply told that they had "deleted all history pre Sep 18 2012".
I went round and round having circular arguments with 3 different departments, 2 of which couldn't understand why I was relying on the MS Store as a database of purchases and activation keys.
Back in December 2012 I took MS up on their Windows 8 upgrade for £25 offer from the MS Store. The transaction went fine, and I was able to log into the store to download the software and the key.
Today however, I'm needing to reinstall the software, so I've logged back into the MS store, and I'm greeted with the following message in my order history:-
"If you made a purchase before Sep 18, 2012, you may not be seeing your order history or product keys due to recent site changes. If you need to return a product, re-download your software, or access your product keys, please contact us and one of our agents will be happy to help."
So fair enough, I use the "Contact Us" and give them a call, to be told that they have deleted all history pre Sep 18 2012. Despite my order only being placed 24 December 2012 my history has been deleted, and there is nothing they can do to help me.
This sucks. I've set my son up with his own MS store account, from which he buys software and games for his PC and Xbox One. Does this mean that at some arbitrary date in future MS will conveniently delete those records of purchase too, the downloads and the activation keys?
So if any of you have a MS Store account, have a look-see, you might find your history for valid products has been deleted. Oops!
How could anyone downvote that?
Can't give you a medal, so I'll give you an upvote!
As a side note, in 11 months it will be 20 years since this particular episode, and probably everyone's all time favourite.
As another side note, the original joke was in another David Jason sit-com.
"Ross reckons the server lived so long due to “a combination of good quality hardware to start with, conservatively used (not flogging itself to death)"
Don't know about anyone else, but this has been my experience with virtual hosts. Hardware with 4 virtual guests on it, dies around 4x faster than dedicated boxes. I seem to be switching out components regularly in the hosts.
Exactly, back in the late 90's I was buying Lotus Smartsuite CDs for resale to customers for about £3 a piece from VIP Computers. Every client I supported had it. It really is surprising how MS Office won out in the end considering it was about 70 times more expensive.
A lot of the performance issues can be fixed by changing one group of settings. The original settings for OOO / Libre were decided in the late 90's, when 32 MB of ram was considered high.
Open up Calc, and go to Tools - Options - Libre Office - Memory.
Simply multiply all the values on this page by 10 then restart. Your OOO / Libre will be a lot quicker than it originally was.
You can tank rush with as little as 6 tanks. Unless you waited until you had 60 tanks, there was no way the opposition could build up any kind of defence. If you watch the online matches, most are over when the first player reaches 6 tanks in a few minutes. sounds to me like no-one was attacking you which gave you time to build up hundreds of infantry.
Anyway, come and play at cncnet.org we still have a very busy online community, and most of the games are free to download.
Back in the day, I used to find that the tactic to deal with an infantry rush, was to perform a tank rush. Instead of ordering the tanks to attack the infantry though, you simply told the tanks to move to the far side of the battlefield, and the tanks simply drove over the top of the infantry, killing them all without a shot being fired. All that was left was a big patch of red on the ground.
The engineer rush to assimilate and sell the oppositions construction yard... that was a different matter, until Westwood simply removed the option of being able to engineer an opponents base, until it was down to about 25% HP.
Surely it would be more cost effective to simply paint the walls with a bit of Ronseal (does exactly what it says on the tin). Once the walls are no longer porus, kinetic energy will ensure that the first time you pee perpendicularly against a wall, it will bounce straight back at you. About £10 per litre and lasts for years.
I recall an episode of ST Voyager (maybe just a scene or two, it's some decades ago) about that very premise. Despite them travelling at FTL speeds, their reputation as a ship of death was always ahead of them resulting in a not too cheery welcome.
So maybe we need to build a reputation powered drive!
... full of sexual innuendo, and not one person mentions Captain Pugwash!
Yes yes, I know it was an urban legend, but Captain Pugwash still comes up regularly in topics like this.
Don't feel too discouraged. Eadon had a gold badge!
So now we have Capitan Jack, and Clara as fixed points in time. Can any anagrams be deduced from those names :p
Awaiting a future episode of Torchwood!
Only voice I was hearing was Dave Lee Travis.
That used to happen to us when I was working as a Manager at Escom in 1996. People would leave their kids in the shop as though we were some kind of baby sitting service while they went shopping. We had one particularly agressive woman complaining to us that we hadn't checked with the abandoned child, whether it needed a toilet break.
I wanted to implement a "no under 16's without an adult" rule, but was told it was company policy not to qualify customers.
As a side note, our shop on Deansgate had blast resistant glass installed only a couple of weeks prior to the Manchester bombing. When staff were finally allowed back a few days later, it was the only shop in the row that still had a front, although the front was now concave.
"...and are developing a mitigation strategy"
I read that as "...and are developing a migration strategy".
It made more sense :)
A British court did stop Apple trying to patent round corners. And in a rather unique set of circumstances, the ruling was Europe wide, and put an end to Apple's claim throughout Europe that it owned round corners.
Been in this situation before, and someone above me decided that they would attend the KPMG IT audit, without letting me know, until after the auditors had been in. Said person simply lied throughout it.
I suspect that you are in the UK, so instead of staying silent, send an email to said manager, and CC several other directors too, asking direct questions, while pointing out the current legislation, basically pointing out that he can be held criminally responsible for any data leaks that occur as a result if he ignores your advice. And make copies. At that point either suddenly you will be handed responsibility, or you will be fired (hence having the copies ready for the unfair dismissal tribunal).
Ditto, of our 80 odd Amstrad 640s we had 1 windows machine no-one used, and 79 Gem and DOS Automenu machines. By the time of Windows 3 and Netware 3 (I think) all that had changed. We had a brief flutter with OS/2 when Escom shipped it as the default OS, before switching to 95 when that came out. Windows all the way since.
"If the technology actually worked as advertised, why isn't it being exploited by people who could make profit from it?"
It has been for some time, check out Tin Eye. Throw some images at it, and parts of images, combine a couple of images into a new image etc.
I suggest you look at something like Tin Eye for how accurate image detection can be. As an example I photoshopped 2 generally available meme images I downloaded from the internet into one joke pic to stick on the wall at work. Tin Eye correctly identified which 2 photographs I cut parts out of to create my pic, and pointed me to where I could download them off the net. It really is quite good. From my chats with a couple of engineers who tinker with image recognition, the only thing holding them back in a facial recognition sense, is privacy legislation. They have had the means for some time, but are discouraged from applying it on Joe Public.
Maybe they are hoping for the same kind of disaster that befell Nintendo back in 2006 when all the pundits claimed a console named after a bodily function was doomed to fail.
That was probably going to be included in the section that's labelled "Summary" but is clearly missing one :)
All the sales guys and buyers that work here have dual SIM phones. SIM 1 is the UK one, and SIM 2 is usually the one for China, or which ever other country they spend the most time in. Works out much cheaper than using roaming tarrifs, somewhere in the region of £40K per year for 15 people.
Exactly, legislate a 500 yard no-model-aircraft exclusion zone round the perimeter of a prison, and shoot them down if they enter it.
That was one of the things that niggled me with the final Matrix installment. The door that was separating Zion from certain mechanical doom outside, had a fail-open mechanism when the chain was cut, in turn letting everything in. It certainly wasn't designed by a forward thinking engineer, or with the help of a keep-the-bad-machines-out minded health and safety officer :)