167 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007
Re: Sad, y'know?
Yeah, right, El Reg - pot meet kettle... The Reg slagged off his taste in music in the article about him getting some ink.
There's me thinking this is a tech news site for techies and here we have a clear-as-day, honest-to-god Übergeek who not only _looks_ like a geek but is actually successful and doing something worthwhile for Humanity. Here are the rest of us geeks reading this in our moderately well paid, dull as dishwater, 9-5 drudgery (for example, endlessly fixing shite code that some other muppet wrote) and what do we do when we see this guy? Criticise his taste in music/clothing. FFS.
The ESA live feed is truly shambolic. They've had 10 *years* to script eight hours of content... muppets.
P.s. Thanks for the xkcd link!
Re: Hardly surprising
> My bank sends emails which _always_ contain:
> my name (my correct name, not the version I hand out to places not needing to actually know this)
> the last four of my account number
And emails being sent in the clear means you only need to intercept one of these in transit and you've got some excellent ammunition for a spot of spear phishing. Other posters are right: banks should never be emailing customers in the first place thereby setting the precedent for this type of attack.
It looks to me like a collection of more dense matter than the rest of the surface, which has clearly 'weathered' away, perhaps due to being bombarded by solar radiation. Presumably, this blob of more dense matter was inside the structure of the comet until it gradually got exposed as the surface around it was stripped away.
It'd make an interesting target for drilling - assuming it formed at the same time as the rest of the comet then it might be like the speck of dust that a raindrop forms around. Perhaps these dense aggregates of matter are the seeds of comets?
I'm waiting for them to target (ADSL) routers - but I suppose the majority use ash rather than bash so that'll hopefully mitigate it.
Just what we need
The solution to TV being "stuck in the 70s" will no doubt include:
* a TV that you need to replace every two years
* requirement for another Apple device to actually control it
* piles of unskippable adverts everywhere (unless you pay more)
* a rental model for everything
* Apple keeping tabs on everything you do
Erm, no thanks.
Can I have that job?
I quite like the idea of being well-paid to sit and talk about how we can talk less. Even better would be to be well-paid to pretend to listen to people talking about talking less while "taking notes" (doing my own thing) on a laptop. Three jollies per year to all kinds of interesting locations. I'd subcontract the actual, mundane, talking notes and "doing stuff" to my lovely and well-paid assistant, of course.
Reminds me a little of the Gimp
I know, I know, you get what you pay for but this reminds me that I could write a book about all the shit things I keep finding in the Gimp. Yes, I could use Photoshop but they want to move us all to a subs model. F*ck that.
Presumably processed in the cloud...
I'm guessing the Siri function would be passing your audio (or some representation thereof) to the cloud in order to calculate what you've actually said, giving the potential for Apple to be tracking what you're asking Siri to do. I imagine that's just another seam of personal data to be mined.
I've been waiting a while for a roll-up touchscreen that can connect wirelessly to my phone. Leave the phone in my pocket and I can easily unroll the screen to do a bit of work (tablet style) then roll it back into its protective tube when I'm done. Nice.
Why do people insist on writing 3000mAh - why not 3Ah? It'd save all that extra typing - phew - I need a brew after that.
A photo worthy of Photoshop disasters there... must've taken, ooo, 20 seconds to create that one.
Re: @LDS Quick to fix in Open Source, but it leaves questions.
Just a stab in the dark here, you got downvotes from all the single devs and upvotes from those with a real life. I await my downvotes...
Try BBC BASIC on your Raspberry Pi
Free download or pre-installed on an SD card for a fiver. What's not to love? https://www.riscosopen.org/content/sales/risc-os-pico
For someone with an HTML 2 understanding of web technologies, I cannot for the life of me get my head around what Docker is or how it works. :( Nor can I get my head around what adding it to Amazon Elastic Beanstalk means... I grok a VM. And a "cloud server" is just a VM on a remote machine (like most VMs then). I can run Docker in a VM (so I'm lead to believe). But I can't quite understand from the flowery language what things like Docker and Elastic Beanstalk _actually do_ and why they need to be integrated. I must be a dinosaur.
25 and 50GB free - erm, who?
The headline and subheadline state that Ubuntu can't compete with "Dropbox et al" and we've got their statement saying "particularly with other services now regularly offering 25GB to 50GB free storage."
Genuine question here from a Dropbox user who regularly hits the top of his free 6.25GB quota - who are these mythical(?) providers offering 25 to 50GB free? All I've found is:
* Dropbox - you start at 2GB free and earn extra by inviting other people
* Amazon Cloud Drive is 5GB free - but it's Amazon :(
* Google Drive is 15GB free - but it's Google :(
Oh, and I'd still be needing/expecting the desktop client integration on Linux, as per Dropbox...
Lights flash when your phone rings
Right, so even the lightbulb manufacturers are getting in on the act of syphoning their customers' call logs. Or am I the only one who immediately connects hearing "we have an app" with "we're grabbing as much data from you as we can"?
Of course, the Senators will be permitted to continue using their phones on their private jets, but that's because rich people are better than us therefore deserve more freedom. Yes, what the plebs need is more laws to tell them how to better to behave like the unthinking cattle they are.
You weren't KILLED by doomed GOCE satellite's fiery reentry
Er, I was.
Oh no, no I wasn't. False alarm. Sorry.
Re: RFC 1149
> At the present moment in time, what are you planning on shoving down a pipe bigger than 10Mbps that is worth looking at?
Erm, you do remember this is Reg readers? We mostly work in computers, therefore we mostly use computers heavily, therefore we probably have lots of important stuff on large hard drives (build trees, databases, etc) never mind photos and videos - one RAW file from my camera is 17 MiB.
So, exhibit A: Off-site backups that take less than a lifetime to finish uploading?
No chance of me using cloud backup here with 3 Mbps down, 320 Kbps up. Yes, that single RAW file takes around 7 minutes for me to upload to a cloud backup server. If I go out for the day and take 200 photos, it'd take the best part of 24 hours to upload the sodding backups...
Ah, just like 3D TV
Massive increase in sales predicted? Bound to be a runaway success story then.
Re: Just like inkjet printers...
If it's anything like my printer, I'm betting you'll order a pizza and get 50 blank bases followed by the bottom third of a pizza.
How about protecting metadata...?
It should be your right to not have third parties strip your metadata out of your works. If I upload a photo onto Facebook, they shouldn't be permitted to strip out my EXIF data (at least by default).
I'd say it's one of my favourite sci-fi films - certainly one of those films I find myself thinking back to the most.
Zap on RISC OS
It's worth using RISC OS just to use Zap. Mind you, it's probably as hard as vi to the uninitiated.
Agreed! When the caption said "tiny" I assumed an error in the diagram. 5cm is huge - the average mouse brain is less than 2cm in its longest axis. There was me expecting to see a 2 x 2mm bit of silicon...
I can only assume
that some of the Samsung execs are non-execs on the board for some legal firms so they'd love nothing more than a good old multi-million dollar Copyright/patent smack-down.
Most of us can barely afford to pay our heating bills, but yes, let's all change employer perceptions that it's OK to offload equipment and training expenses onto the employees.
Re: Just one more thing....!
> Please help me understand why Java and .NET really need so many damn versions and different libraries to begin with? Why should I have Dot Net 1.1, 2, 3.5 and 4
Because API designers (especially those for the sprawling, monolithic frameworks that are the current de rigueur) don't seem to give a shite about backwards compatibility.
So is this article talking about processors or memory chips or both? It seems confused.
It also seems to say moving electrons 'vertically' is difficult and costly. Is the implication here that this new process solves those issues, or was that an observation about some remaining known issues here?
I get the feeling Gavin didn't fully understand whatever source material this article was based upon. Either that or I'm having a slow brain day (i.e. a normal day).
What is Liferay?
Liferay is supposed to be the answer to your traditional corporate problems, such as: how can we store our documents in a shared, central repository that's easy to access direct from the desktop? And how can we have a central per-project calendar which everyone can easily sync with and update? All the stuff I'm pretty sure Sharepoint has solved (but don't get me started on that!).
We use Liferay and it was my misfortune to be the one who had to set it up and maintain it. There are a billion configuration options, the documentation is poor, there are so many different permissions and attributes on everything with so many ways they can interact I'd be amazed if there aren't massive security holes everywhere from my misconfiguring it all.
On top of that, the fundamentals we want to use it for never actually a) work well or b) work at all. For example, WebDAV is quite unreliable from various flavours of Windows - I'm sure that's Windows' fault, but most people (non-engineers) use that so it's a bit of a bummer.
As for missing features, the calendar portlet is next to useless with no sensible integration to people's own calendars or central iCal servers. The document library is next to useless with no ability to put commit comments next to a revision of a document and no way to control the version number for a given commit. Oh, and you can't recursively set permissions and the like on a folder and all its contents!
And yes we did raise all of these on the Liferay forums/bug trackers over the years but nothing ever changed.
Oh, and it's veeery slow, too. But that seems to be the norm for server-side stuff nowadays. Hey ho. So we keep using it and it keeps limping along but it's a shadow of what I was hoping it would be when I first read about it. Maybe it's all sunshine and rainbows in the latest Liferay but after going around the painful upgrade cycle a few times, I have no idea what the latest version is like.
I should temper all of this by saying I'm no sys admin and my company is too cheap to a) hire one and b) go for the commercial Liferay package. Still, let the downvotes roll in for one poor sod voicing his real world experience...
Wake me up when it has SATA and GigE.
People with more expensive PCs...
have more disposable income. Shock.
Doesn't work with HMRC
I was swearing for Britain on a recent call to the thieving b*stards at HMRC recently. Didn't work, but I could've sworn the recorded message was laughing at me with the "and I repeat, that number is 0845..."
Not quite sure what all the vitriol is about with this. It's just a search filter. Ooo. Now, if I could only search for any of the other stuff in my timeline...
My biggest complaint about Facebook is that it's so impossible to search _your own data_. How can you find posts you made four years ago? Even the friend search thing is the crappest search imaginable. That's its most cynical aspect, I find; they are using your data six ways 'til Sunday but they don't seem to want _you_ to be able to use it.
What is patentable?
Serious question here: how can something like "over scroll bounce" be patented? Last time I looked, admittedly this was UK patent law, it wasn't even possible to patent software - you had to rephrase it as a 'device' - let alone patenting an animation effect.
Putting all of the "the patent system is broken" arguments to one side, has something changed in the past five to ten years that means little bits of artistic fluff now count as an invention that can be patented?
How do you write "GROWSOME" in hex...?
Something doesn't add up...
Perhaps I'm having a blonde moment, but...
> obtain the login details of 1,300 student accounts
> with amounts ranging from £1,000 to £5,000 slurped from compromised accounts
> convicted of fraud worth £304,000 and attempted fraud of £162,000
Erm. And the rest...? Why do I get the feeling that the second quote cherry-picks the biggest numbers and is missing the word "some"?
Is it just me...
...or is it a bit depressing that the military's sloppy seconds are 100x better than the best science has available? Oh, and there are two of them going spare, by the way.
So he could've compared a horse to a dog or cat or something, but no, he has to pick an animal 95% of the population haven't heard of - hence even El Reg feeling the need for a link. That's a really helpful analogy.
Re: What adverts?
OK, I'm prepared for the down-votes but...
Hang on, people piss and moan about us taking money away from our favourite sites by blocking the ads with adblock or similar. Fair enough. But I've _never_ ever clicked on an ad on a web site. I don't watch ads on TV. Don't ads make money for the host site via a click-through? If so, what difference does it make whether I've blocked the ads or not? I'm not clicking through. I'll answer my own question: the only difference is I don't get a migraine from all the bloody Flash and animated GIFs.
RISC OS had this in the 90's
Re: Any chance of a photo of THE OTHER side?
I was wondering if it was just me thinking this... :)
Missing the point again...
So, when the complaint is that the lack of colour (especially in icons) makes it harder to navigate, MS in its infinite wisdom adds a splash of _the same_ colour for the _same little design_ to a load of icons, this improving navigability not at all.
Re: Dare Bribing in the first world Countries
What's with all the random Capital letters? My boss does this and it Drives me nuts.
Re: Synology all the way
Seconded. The management software is amazing for a bit of HTML/JS. Feature rich and simple to use. The only negative I have is that it's a bugger to find a replacement fan here in the UK. I've a DS209+II and I only found two distributors in Europe - both of whom appear to be the same person who was out of stock indefinitely. :(
I think you mean...
> delivers up to 64,000 x 40Gbit/sec video streams
Jesus - a 40Gbit/sec video stream - it that UltraHD or something?! I think you mean it can deliver up to 64,000 streams over its up to four 10Gbit/sec network interfaces. The streams themselves are likely to be somewhat lower bandwidth.
and just as I was about...
...to publish a paper about how the Columbia shuttle disaster was unlikely to happen again.
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