159 posts • joined Wednesday 7th March 2012 12:49 GMT
Re: Interesting POV.
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Re: Worst film of the year?!
Ha. Ninety minutes of increasingly improbable CGI combat? No thanks.
When Transformers 2 came out people laughed at it, but now it's the norm. These are sad times if you like a plot with your film.
Re: But how long until TOR is made illegal?
A more interesting question is how long until someone running a Tor router is prosecuted for distributing $BANNED for something passing through their hardware?
Re: Its all about the drugs
I'm sorry, but what? Do you mean molecular assembly, as seen on Star Trek? Or is there a condition that's cured by consuming coloured plastic?
Re: Image hash database
I would imagine that's very unlikely - a sysadmin finds a file matching the hash, does he a) report it to the police and watch machine he manages get confiscated, or b) delete it because "Timmy isn't that sort of chap, must have downloaded by accident".
Another +1 from me, a good read.
Re: Over excitement much?
Apple? Feck! Arse!! No wait, it's about extrasolar planets. Back to sleep, Eliz.
(Jesus, a car analogy already. Hello, Slashdot)
Many familes have a car too, but a 12-yo with a vague inclination towards mechanics isn't going to disassemble it to see how it works: it's too expensive, and the family need it to be in running condition. But give said 12-yo a beat-up old 1960's mini and express permission to tinker, and in ten years you might have a skilled mechanic (*). I know a few people who've done just that.
Yes there's plenty of hype (from third parties), but I still don't see many articles that say "this will spawn a generation of programmers". However I think "this might spawn a generation of programmers" is accurate, especially given the opportunity for most kids to learn these skills in ICT at school or on the family desktop at home was pretty much zero. So it's undeniably an improvement.
The difference between a computer and a computer you have permission to destroy and rebuild is quite a big one.
(*) there are other possiblities too...
Re: A little more back ground (What no anti-fox protests?)
That's it people: irony, it's officially finished. It's over. Nothing can beat "A lot of us listen to fox because we are more likely to get information instead of bombast."
Hooray, another person who things it's someone elses responsibility to keep them safe. How about a bit of personal responsibility AC?
It's not like they're saying "don't go outside, you may be shot by a sniper in a random act of violence". They're showing you (well, trying - I can't ge the video either) how to use your own initiative to prevent a crime from occurring. How can you possibly have a problem with that?
Re: Even Win 7 is iffy
Have a downvote for not knowing your old-school memes. You'll be saying the plural of Vax isn't Vaxen next.
Re: Intel didn't seem to know what they were building
"The recommended output rating of the power adapter is 5V, 3 Amp." - from http://www.intel.com/support/galileo/faq.htm
I'm aware that what it draws is - usually - likely less than 3A, but in my experience if you design a system that supplys 500mA to a device that the manufacturer recommends should be given 3A, you're in for a nasty ride.
Re: Intel didn't seem to know what they were building
Oh, and it needs 3 amps! I don't know what does the equivalent Arduino Due uses, but the Beaglebone Black is under 1A and the Arduino-alikes I use (Atmega or Arm based) are all about 25mA excluding I/O.
Proof, if you needed it, that Intel don't do embedded well.
Re: Nothing will make airships viable.
This lot disagree with you, and so presumably do their main clients, the US Miltary:
My mates working for them - pretty impressive stuff, from what I've seen.
Slightly fruity comparison
I have to point out that for your banana analogy to be correct, the entire world's banana consumption would need to take place in a half-acre block. Suddenly this doesn't sound so safe, and not least from a biohazard point of view. Plus the fruit flies would be unbelivable.
Re: I swear
You really stop reading when you see the word "misogyny"? How did you write the second part of your comment? Did you close your eyes? I suppose it would explain why you misspelt "women".
Re: all-in-one iMac
What is this "DVD/CD" of which you speak? Is that, like, vinyl or something?
Lies! Damn lies!
I'll give you two feeds - one of random data, the other an AES256 encrypted stream of bytes from an initialization vector only I know. Lets see if you can tell them apart.
Put them all on the sex offenders Register
Re: The least of its problems
You can pry my ethernet port from my cold dead hands.
Re: My 3M wi-fi thermostat doesn't do ANY authentication at all.
Given the bulb has to be on the wireless network, I kind of wondered why they bothered?
Instead of half-arsed security that was always going to be broken and which certainly took them non-zero effort to create, why not just take out the security altogether and add a warning to "secure your network properly". Passes the buck neatly passed to the homeowner, it's less expensive for Philips, and it would have saved them a bad headline.
Re: Microsoft FAIL
Ironically WIndows 95 (which was the fashion at the time) was never vulnerable to the Ping Of Death - it was mainly big iron. Don't recall the details on Windows NT, I think it was OK as well.
Re: Brings back memories ...
Yeah, but only briefly. I ran the website on the Ping Of Death (after reading about it on bugtraq and realising it was going to need one). It was an "educational" week or two. During testing I dropped a machine in California from London with a single packet...
From memory the Linux kernel team had a patch within about eight hours of it going public., although there was a router macnufacturer who had one out within four, so they got the kudos.
Re: And how much are we paying for HS2?
Ah, the midlands has woken up. Good morning!
Re: BAN THE DAILY MAIL
Apparently it also cures cancer. What a predicament!
Re: "Rolling Buffer" of ~3 days of ALL unfiltered data
It's the "seen" bit you dolt.
Yes the NSA is trawling for data, and some of the revalations about that are fascinating, worth reporting and cause for alarm. But this is not one of those. This is a revelation that they can search what they trawl, which shouldn't really come as much of a surprise.
Re: There is middle ground too
Have you read through the slides the Guardian was reporting on? It describes a database search. Some of the examples, eg "find me all encrypted word documents in Iran" sound interesting, but at no point does it say it's going out and inserting it's spindly electronic tentacles into everyones computer to find them.
In fact data collection isn't mentioned at all, anywhere in the presentation, and I looked carefully. And the collection is what everyone is worried about.
I'm starting to get the impression that Snowden is fond of hyperbole and doesn't know a lot about IT.
Re: Am I the only who is actually looking forward to the new star was movies?
Yep. It's just you.
"The movie now has a producer, director, screenwriter and composer, but no actors or plot possibilities have been confirmed yet. " Nor indeed are they likely.
Re: This is an issue for incompetent crew only IMO.
You're correct that no-one on a boat relies on GPS alone - when they first came out I was once unable to get a fix for several days, and everyone knows they're only giving you a position +/- a few metres.
But this one is different, because the GPS will be giving you a strong signal which looks valid. It's not a failure mode for GPS anyone has ever seen and it's certainly not one people look for. In fact if you used it to modify the course by 5 degrees, most people would verify this against their compass and assume the compass was off, rather than the GPS. Likewise comparing against a log for speed (which are notoriously innaccurate, at least on yachts, as the impellers tend to foul).
As for falling back to a sextant, great idea, but it's a pain to use, time consuming and you need a clear sky. You're not going to shoot a sight unless your GPS has no fix, or you need the practice.
Put this on a boat doing an atlantic crossing, have it alter the course by 1 degree or 1 knot, and you could wind up hundreds of miles out without even noticing. With a bit more effort you could put a boat onto an isolated submerged reef without any difficulty at all.
Maybe the residents of Cornwall should get some of these and pull ships onto the rocks for the cargo like their grandparents did with lights!
We're on a much smaller setup but been there with the VMs. Now I don't both dumping the database, website or anything - we just dump the entire VM every few hours and back that up. The procedure is much simpler and uniform across all our systems, and when we've had hardware fail firing up a VM on a spare machine is only a minute ot two away.
> Don't be fooled. Shuttleworth is in it for the money only.
Great, a motive I can trust: it requires other people to like his product enough to pay for it. If he was in it for the glory, the kicks or the ideology I'd be worried.
We had the SV328 - that was a nice machine, and I knew it was somehow related to MSX but never knew the details until now and it explains why there was no software of note (in New Zealand at least).
My mate had a C64 and after a few rounds of Summer Games at this place I would go back and feverishly type out my own version, being sure to remove all the spaces in the MS Basic source so it would fit in the 60KB (80KB less about 18 for ROM).
30 years later I'm still doing the same thing, just with more horsepower, bigger sprites and I get to keep the spaces. Go figure.
Re: The questions remain ...
Christ, you must be fun at parties.
Perhaps in the interest of balance you could give us a list of questions to ask about the full cost of the petrol burnt by the vehicles it's competing against? What about the suits worn by the drivers, is that material bad too? Carbon fibre, does that cause cancer? I bet the cars are all painted with lead paint, and lets not even start on the noise pollution.
Re: Ew, Gordon's?
Plymouth? Bombay Sapphire? Egads, you'll be chasing it with a Carling Black Label no doubt.
Hendricks. Always, always Hendricks.
Re: Bah @ Bleu
Traditionally it's considered bad form to accuse alleged rape victims of gagging for it, especially when your information comes from the internet rumour mill and not from court proceedings (which said alleged rapist is trying to avoid).
Or does no not mean no where you're from?
Pure class, Bleu.
I'll give him one thing
He has perfected the art of living on other peoples money.
First the Wikileaks donation fund buys his suits, hotel bills and air fares, then he shacks up with a couple of girls (we know how that ended), then he kips with some journalists in the UK before skipping out and causing everyone who backed him to lose their bail bonds, now he's holed up in an embassy and seems to assume that can go on indefinitely. And even if it doesn't, he'll be at HM Wandsworth for breaching bail at the taxpayers expense anyway!
If you were able to take a a slightly more nuanced view of the world you might discover two things:
1. Just because Wikileaks does good, doesn't mean that Julian doesn't do bad.
2. Just because others do bad doesn't mean that Julian doesn't do bad too.
It's not that black and white, sorry if that troubles you. Oh and the Daily Mail citing was ironic (as, I suspect, are all Daily Mail citings).
Re: Alternatively ditch comp sci all together
Got to disagree there. Maths and Engineering are essential skills, but when I hire someone in IT I want them to know IT, not to train them on the job. Ask a maths graduate with no IT experience to design a data structure to solve a problem and it won't happen. They might be able to do it, eventually, but they won't be able to describe it to you. Although sadly I've interviewer a few IT graduates with the same affliction.
The value of an IT education, like any specialized education, is common point of reference.
this is a "fuckwit" problem
We're glad you liked this post? I loved this post. On the nose, BigYin.
there's no protocol involved and its easy to replace a lost remote with a cheap universal one.
I'd laugh myself silly if I could only forget the hours I spent trying to program my universal remote then get XBMC to work with it. MCE, RC5, RC6, Sony, Lions Tigers and Bears, oh my.
Flash IP address?
Or you could just have it install avahi by default, then just "ssh pi.local". Zeroconf is brilliant, it's the first thing I install on a new system, and it's an absolute hassle-saver for home or SME setups. Funny how it doesn't get more kudos.
Re: Answer is simple
Congratulations! You've just made every low-margin business bankrupt! Thanks for playing "politician", your score is 4 of a maximum 1000 and you have been awarded a level of "naive"
Re: ActionAid? Mind you...
ActionAid have been beating this drum for some time, and not just in the UK. They did a particularly good piece a few years ago on how uk.gov were actively enabling tax avoidance for large UK firms operating in developing countries.
Wife works in the sector and as a consequence I have a fairly low opinion of some of the larger Charities, but not ActionAid.
Re: No real surprise
Got a source for this? Sounds like an interesting story.
Shame on you
An article about CERN recreating conditions from the past and you DON"T use the phrase "moments after the big bang?" What kind of hackneyed, scientifically illiterate journalists are you?
This is excellent news
Julian is in desperate need of some new suits.
A register article on the environment I agree with - must be the end of days.
Biodiesal from used cooking oil isn't too bad I suspect, as it's already a waste product. However ethanol from crops is a shit idea, and there are plenty of environmentally-minded folk that know this. I know nuanced thinking is beyond most of the head-in-the-sand types, but for those that can manage shades other than black and white, it's pretty obvious that ethanol, at least in the US, has nothing to do with sustainable energy and everything to do with lobbying.
But the article doesn't cover whose behind it in Europe. In the US it's the corn lobby, but we don't grow that much here. Any idea which crops will be used?
I am outraged at the use of this word in it's historical sense, and outraged by the fact that as yet no-one else has loudly and repeatedly stated how outraged they are. The El Reg nomenclature politburo should be ashamed of themselves and I will be cancelling my subscription forthwith.
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