Re: Sadly this would not work
Yes, and then they'll build a bug fuck-off horse.
314 posts • joined 7 Mar 2012
Yes, and then they'll build a bug fuck-off horse.
I'd kill for a colour e-Ink photo frame, myself. I realise colour reproduction isn't as good as an LCD, but being able to leave it on at night without lighting up the room and only take it off the wall every 6 months to charge it would more than make up.
jesus, they've given Matt Bryant a column!
• famine was a recurrent feature of India's history until fairly recently
• it stopped when they started massive use of nitrogen-based fertilisers in the 50's
• nitrates in the water is now an increasingly severe problem (everywhere, actually, but nowhere more so than India)
• India's population has grown from 300M to 1200M people during this time.
I think our Prof's prediction on India is an extremely safe bet in the mid-term. New technology might contribute, but something has to give at some point.
A friend has an interesting take on this - to paraphrase:
Fast And Furious 7 (yes, they made 7 of them) has taken $332m in China, more than it's taken in the US (where this festering stinker is inexplicably popular too). Previously China's biggest grosser, in both senses, was Transformers: Age Of Extinction.
The export market now is typically worth more than the US domestic, and a film with explosions and no meaningful characters, plot or dialog translates universally. So Hollywood is going big on VFX, short on stories.
Contrast with HBO (amongst others) turning out quality, complex and sometimes fairly challenging stories with decent casts, excellent writers and top budget production. The film and TV market have switched the roles they were 20 years ago, and it's looking to stay that way for some time.
If this were in the UK the site operator would be obliged, once notified, to remove the offending material and attempt to enforce that it doesn't come back - been there. It was annoying at the time, but I'm not sure it's an unreasonable obligation all up.
Of course though in the US, rules are different - all hail the free market. But to my eyes the common carrier defence used by phone companies isn't really a neat fit when applied to a website which is already a) filtering on terms, this showing it can be done, and b) has been notified that some postings are in breach. No doubt the owners benefited from the advertising on the material that their lazy and/or incompetent asses allowed through.
Is he still at the BBC?
Yep - one undervalued (ok - undersupported, undermaintained and ultimately undermined) aspect was the distribution. Being able to run an application just by visiting a URL - that was progress, particularly for large firms where it promised to replace sneakerrnet. I have a vague recollection of how impressed I was by an earlier technology that did just that, naturally it died a death.
It's a shame the promise of no-more-version-management didn't play out - ironically, for the apps it's probably still true but the onus of upgrading has shifted focus to the JVM.
By the looks of it, all they have to do is connect (remotely) to the service on port 2005 and send data that will smash the stack to do whatever - fork a shell listening on port X is the obvious one. Don't see any reason why anything has to be plugged into a USB socket to exploit this.
And this is a kernel module why, exactly?
Black and white lives matter!
A desktop on a Debian system is like a window in a submarine.
I trust said oven will beep at you incessantly when it's done it's job, as befits any household device of such importance. "Look at me, I've washed your dishes. Empty me. EMPTY ME. COME HERE AND EMPTY ME THIS MINUTE!!!!"
> I am not blaming the deceased, nor the cops. I'm blaming society.
I'm blaming the cop. Society didn't look at the guy running way, realised he posed no threat, decided to ignore his training and shoot him in the back anyway.
Am I the only one slightly uncomfortable about this?
Governments answer to the people and so (most) leaks there are justifiable I think, and much of the other stuff on Wikileaks (the UBS Caymans stuff a while back) was from whistleblowers who believed there was something illegal going on.
But much as I dislike many of Sony's practices, this isn't from a whistleblower or evidence they've done something illegal - it's just a generic shitload of stolen data with no purpose behind it. The "all transparency is good" argument clearly doesn't fly otherwise they'd have no problem publishing stolen health records. So what's the justification for this one?
Ironically Windows boxes weren't vulnerable to the ping of death, but they could send one. I ran the site on it.
I understood that there were still a bunch of issues with the pebble bed design that came to light in the german AVR reactor, and that it's not quite the panacea that it's been made out to be...
Only source I can find is this slashdot comment.
Edit: found a few more authorititive links:
XOR is also wonderful for compression - just XOR a file with itself before compression, the results are rather impressive.
Jesus Chris, it's 25 fucking years. Yes, he was in the wrong, yes he's a repeat offender and in no way does this warrant him spending a quarter of your life inside - even discounting the personal tragedy (he was 27, not too old to turn his life around), the benefit to society from locking him up is vastly, vastly outweighed by the cost of his incarceration.
The word you want is "proportionality" and it's kind of important in my opinion (ingrained in European Law, it became a key aspect of the UK Human Rights Act, which is why I don't get the Daily Mail hatred for the legislation). It's the same concept that means you don't just shoot trespassers, vagrants and... oh, wait, I forget my audience. You're probably American aren't you? Sorry, carry on as you were.
I'm sorry, but in my naive world - where a company pays it's workers in the country they're employed and pays it's corporation tax in the country where the value is obtained - then I can't see how company pulling minerals out of the ground is going to underinvest because of corporation tax.
If there is a pile of unobtanium in the Congo and Company X wants it then they will pay to extract it, and if that cost includes corporation tax then they will pay that too. If it becomes available elsewhere and cheaper to extract, they will shift production. I think we'd agree on that at least, and if corporation tax was undodgeable then this would be a good system.
However in our world where profits can be shifted about, now suddenly your argument holds water - Company X can move production to Country B because in Country B they can fuck over the government more effectively and not pay any tax. The race to the bottom is won, and the worker is shafted. Your defence of this only works because your argument is circular.
I know and like RC4 and while I was aware of the weak-keying issue, that can be mitigated when choosing the initialization vector (or if using the algorithm as a proper stream cipher, rather than a block cipher as it was in WEP).
The "L shaped pattern" described in the PDF is a new one on me, even though it was apparently described in the same paper 13 years ago. Not sure it's a home run however, it still relies on a (larger) class of weak key, and (if I've read that paper right) the best case is those are only 1 in 2^16 of sessions. So an individual RC4 encryption is likely still fine, it's only when there are millions of them that one becomes statistically likely to fail. The odds of that one having a password, credit card or whatever are still low.
So I'm not going to panic just yet.
"You only need to provide the code to the part of your system that uses the GPL code."
I appreciate the need for semantic accuracy on this topic, but my use of "entire codebase" here was intended to mean "the entire codebase (of everything that is linked to the GPL code)". I'm aware of the subtleties, but they're better covered elsewhere in depth. My back-of-envelope description is accurate enough, and certainly more accurate than Streaky's take on it, which is what I was getting at.
As somebody who regularly licenses stuff under BSD and GPLv2 from my perspective it's fairly nonsense.
Hey Streaky, you might want to re-read the GPL, or you could well be the next one in court.
To sum up, if you include GPL source code in your work then your entire codebase becomes subject to the GPL, which means you have to make the source code available. So if they did copy something, no source from vmWare = GPL violation.
There can't be an IT company on the planet that isn't aware of this by now, we're always being asked to warrant we're GPL-clean to our customers.
Just as well, or you'd need to have a quiet word with Lewis.
A GPS does not "wake itself or stay continually on in the background" - the "fast GPS lock" you're describing is called "hot start" and is a result of the GPS not having to download the almanac (of satellite location) when powered up, which takes several minutes.
A battery backup on the GPS isn't used to wake the GPS, it's simply to keep the almanac in memory. That's why the draw when in this standby mode is in the nanoamps. I don't have first hand knowledge of the GPS chip inside smartphones, but I'd be surprised if they didn't work this way simply because there's no need for them to - Apple will be buying commodity GPS chips, and this is how they're usually(*) designed.
There's an easy way to check - turn off your phone, take a plane flight to the other side of the world and turn it on. If it gets a GPS lock within a few seconds, it's been surreptitiously powering itself up to track its location. If it takes a few minutes, as I expect it will, then the GPS has found its almanac no longer applies and has downloaded a new one.
However, Matt, you/re right that the GPS is not a power hungry device, again it's a few tens of milliamps normally.
(*) putting my neck out here, but I've yet to see one that isn't.
Seconded, this sentence makes no sense to me. Turning the phone off most certainly disables it.
Ah, but on what proportion of your media content does the DLNA support actually work as advertised?
I've been burned too many times to even investigate the various add-ons in consumer electronics devices from Sony, Samsung and whatever - having to browse 1000 films alphabetically, 8.3 filenames, disks formatted in FAT16, MP3 support meaning "plays MP3 files from root directory of CD only" - the list goes on. Give me a screen or an amplifier with digital in, I'll supply the content thank you.
If it's digital you're going to need hardware and software to decode it of course but once you get past that "bootstrap" problem PDF/A is designed to be completely self-contained.
Garbage. I'm obliged to him and off to download it to see which, if any, of mine are there.
Yes, damn you Sweden, you bastion of neo-republicanism and unilateral military action you!
Nice to have someone with a bit more of an inside knowledge on this comment, cheers. Interesting that the facial recognition can only be run on the local database.
There were a whole lot of facts conflated in that interview but the key one for me is that innocent people's mugshots are being kept at all. I'm not worried about facial recognition or national databases of faces so long as it's only convicted criminals on there.
I note Mr Plod - busily defending his following the letter of the law, if not the spirit - when asked directly about "how many people on that database have not been convicted of a crime" was unable to say, despite that fact that this was arguably the key point that the interview revolved around.
We've got your assertion that it's a "very small number", well I'd like to know what that number is myself. Perhaps you could run
SELECT COUNT(*) FROM IMAGE OUTER JOIN PERSON WHERE IMAGE.PERSON=PERSON.ID AND PERSON.PORRIDGE IS NULL when you get a minute and let us know the result?
Basically you told the plant what you wanted it to do.
I tried that, it didn't work. Last time I hire an intern.
You're conflating Java the language and Java that thing wot runs applets. Applets are dead, they've been dead so long they smell funny. The only thing that surprises me about this is that some people haven't noticed.
There are bugs in Java, I've filed a half dozen reports over the last five years or so, but they're largely all edge cases.
The funny thing is if you're aiding and abetting software piracy in the UK, the government will go after you with a stick. However if you're aiding and abetting VAT fraud, like eBay and Amazon do, you get - what, not even a slap on the wrist?
There are a bunch of decent ways for this to be prevented, some listed in this very comments section and all requiring these sellers to take the cost. I don't have a problem with that myself. Government, break out thy stick.
A quick search shows that you are wrong. Most of them were Linux OS compromises. See www.zone-h.org/news/id/4737
That's a four-year-old article. Got any recent truthiness to cite?
Yes, they've certainly struck a chord or two, it might even form a whole new segment. But I'm going off on a tangent here. l'll sin off.
I've said it before with the Beaglebone - nothing wrong with the hardware, it's superb and still better than the Pi2 in some respects. However the OS is, or at least was, appalling. The Pi foundation claim they have "the most stable single board computer in the world" and I would certainly agree with that.
So it's not TI that need to respond, it's the beagleboard team, and they just don't have the same resources (including goodwill) that the Pi foundation have acquired to achieve this.
There's an old story from years ago: adverts appear in porn magazines for a catalogue catering for all sorts of acquired tastes. Cheques are posted, but publication slips and apology letters sent. A month later the same. Finally an apology is sent "we're sorry, due to events beyond our control" etc. and a refund cheque issued: in the form of a giant pink cheque with "Felchers guide to Sexual Deviancy" (along those lines - I'll be damned if I'm googling for it) written in large letters on the top. Unsurprisingly not many of these were cashed.
My point is, this sort of scam has form.
Not exactly slim is is?
I regularlly roll VMs with less than that using regular Ubuntu, so I'm not sure I see what the fuss is about.
Who do you want building your kernel? Someone who eats, breathes and sleeps it and will trample over anyone and anything to do so, or someone that's aware of the "wider picture", the business case for delayed releases, the internal policitcs of large organisations?
There is room in this world for single-minded, borderline autistic obsessives - I want them building my kernels, my braking systems and my parachutes.
Water, we have - last I looked we were storing most of it on the surface of Somerset :-) But we now import 80% of our coal, not ideal as it's still the largest single component of our electricity generation.
You had me at bloviating.
Alright, fair cop on the cable-tapping - that Atlantic article was a good one.
And the AC above who has first hand knowledge of this - wowzers. Shame about that NDA - how long was your "holiday"? Our governments can be very generous with their accommodation when it suits them...
There's definitely something to this.
Snowden was a system administrator, not a spook - he walked away with a huge number of files but almost certainly doesn't have the knowledge to put any of them into context. Imagine pulling random files off your work DMS and trying to put them into context, it's an impossibly task in most businesses, and it's going to cover plans that were shelved, revised, or just plan wrong, like it would in any business.
Second, some of the claims are ludicrous. Tapping fibre at the bottom of the sea? With robots or in scuba gear, through an armoured cable, and all without being noticed? And they didn't fuck up once and get caught? Nope, I don't think so. It seems odd that we apply a healthy (and necessary) dose of skepticism to everything that comes out of the government except these leaks.
Good, I'll hire one to kill an errant apostrophe.
I wonder if he'll eat, shoot and leave?
Vowels (generally) aren't explicitly written in arabic, so you get mohammed/mahmud, osama/usama, all of which are valid transliterations. And, because I suspect I have to spell it out for you, "Muslim" is an arabic word.