219 posts • joined 7 Mar 2012
Re: You heard it here first...
If buy something from an online retailer, I use the same junk password - if hacked all it will allow them to do is log on, but that's it - placing an order still requires my card details. It's a minimal level of security appropriate for a minimal amount of risk, and doesn't imply the data is worthless or any trust is misplaced.
Vino, Vultur, Vacuum
Re: Ungrateful trolls
Considering James works either with or for the foundation you shouldn't really be too surprised by his position.
I'm a fairly neutral party but claiming the BBB is "better" is ridiculous. Yes, it has a better SoC and better GPIO, but the kernel is being maintained by one guy (Robert, a genuine hero) who isn't an employee of Beagleboard. For months (until I got fed up with it and abandoned the platform and my lovingly crafted custom cape) I could have USB hotplug or GPIO, not both. Maybe that's changed but I'll take a 700Mhz Arm 6 chip running a stable, well documented, well supported Debian "fudge" any day over an admittedly wonderful piece of hardware with an unreliable software environment, particularly when you're running a multitasking OS like Linux.
You seem to consistently undervalue the stability, documentation and support provided by the RPi and overvalue the horsepower of their competitors, which makes me wonder if you've actually developed anything of any complexity on either platform.
Re: Rounded corners
Another outing for the same jokes about Apple we've been hearing for the last bazillion years?
Re: Well it's not hard
What's that? Consensus amongst climate scientists you say? Nonsense! I think you'll find Canada is smack bang on the equator and that any coldness is due to natural variations in fridge door opening.
Re: I name this ship White Elephant.....
> Oh wait, no, nearly all of our wars in the last 20 years have been about air power.
> So, why would we invest in anti-sub and surface combat destroyers?'
We haven't had a nuclear war for even longer but we're renewing Trident...
You definitely need a sub
There's a glaring error:
"... knowledgeable but occasionally passionate readership"
occasionally is qualifying the wrong adjective.
Re: Hobbies are changing back
Down vote's not from me, I agree completely and here is my puzzled look to prove it -->
As you say though nothing wrong with that and as a software guy (and now, self-taught hardware one), digital electronics are a hell of a lot more accessible and useful for most. The fact it's largely just assembling smaller bits is precisely why Maplins could do it.
Re: Hobbies are changing back
Exactly, was going to say the same myself. Electronics is finally interesting and integrating stuff you make with a computer is now well within reach of most people's ability. And yet most of the kits they sell are 30-year old analog "make a doorbell" type of stuff.
If I were the new owners of Maplin I'd be doing short courses in the shops on programming arduinos - getting the doorbell to send you an email, or photograph who's at the door. Even non-techies would lap this up - an IT-muggle mate bought one recently to try to temperature control a fan.
Re: Poor little publishers!!
At least Smiths pay their taxes, and don't treat their employees like shit. Amazon are the Wal-mart of the internet and are no longer getting my business...
Re: Familiar story
Paid twice as much to do half as much work. Never have to deal with the consequences of technical debt that they create or tie up the loose ends that take 90% of the time and effort.
It's funny, you say that like it's a bad thing.
Well, given the failure in process was relying on the cloud... splitting hairs a bit aren't you?
Re: Maybe he could get out by
> The Equadorian Embassy is within an apartment building.
> They don't actually own the land, just the internal non-structural
> walls and the area inside them.
+1 for making a joke about leaseholds. Never thought I'd see the day.
Re: Who cost the taxpayer £6M?
Jumping bail is a crime in itself. Even if he's found entirely innocent in Sweden would now face charges in the UK. By his own actions he went from possibly innocent to definitely guilty of something.
Re: the terminator is already very nearly here
I wouldn't trust it at all. Terminator it may be, intelligent it is demonstrably not.
Re: Why is The Reg hostile to psychologists?
It's a front for the Church of Scientology. Down with Xenu!
Re: Neutron decay
Shh, don't tell UKIP - they'll campaign for an end to baryonic matter.
Re: Come on El Reg!
Richard, is that you?
Re: Poor Lil' Kim
True, but even for the filthy rich there's normally a good character test as part of the application which seems to have been missed here. Just a thought, but maybe they should have googled him?
Poor Lil' Kim
Yes Kimble, life is unfair. Tell you what, when you can demonstrate you've been fair in all your dealings, have not made money by helping people to nick stuff, and do not have a previous conviction for fraud, then I will back your $5m.
How the fuck this bleating, self-pitying hypocrite got NZ citizenship I don't know. I bet someone at the immigration department has had a strip torn off him over that one.
When you're done with this article, perhaps you could ask my bank why a password to protect the "one time pad" that is my phone is necessary when I'm already entering a perfectly good password on their website? Or ask my other bank why, after entering my password, it now wants me to choose a second password which I can use "when you don't have your bank token". What's wrong with the password I just entered?
If one password is good, two must be better, and three better still! It's the Gilette/Schick razor blade race all over again.
>We may be portrayed as idiots, it's okay because we still run everything.
> It's annoying, but I don't think I'm going to be denied a job because my
> gender is made to look silly in adverts.
Implying it's not OK to portray women as idiots because they don't run everything and are going to be denied a job?
Maybe in some sectors, maybe 20 years ago, but nowhere I've ever worked (in the UK). There are markedly less women in IT, and there are less men in primary teaching as well. I'd like to see both of these remedied, but I don't think it's because anyone is "denied a job because of (their) gender". If I thought otherwise I'd be the first to put the boot in, as would most men I know.
I think you're extrapolating wildly here James - I see the point you're trying to make, but you're conflating a bit of piss-taking with genuine discrimination. I think most people generally accept the first, and don't throw my toys out of the pram over this joke any more than if men are portrayed as buffoons on the telly. Not because we "still run everything", but because it's not important - as you said, it's not going to affect anyone's hiring decision. Well, neither will this joke.
Re: objects and stuff
> Comparing women to objects is the same as comparing objects to women.
It's an "is a" relationship which is not reflexive, so you're technically incorrect (the rest of your parallels are crap too, but lets stay focused here).
"Maven is my Girlfriend" - comparing all instances of Maven with one individual (his girlfriend). Denigrates Maven in general and his girlfriend in particular. Fair on Maven, not met his girlfriend so can't comment.
"Girlfriend(s) are my Maven" - comparing all girlfriends to one copy of Maven. Denigrates girlfriends in general (bad) and incorrectly fails to extrapolate annoyance that is his version of Maven to all versions of Maven.
Did I mention I don't like Maven?
Presumably there's a corollary - if you start with a big dataset and don't get the trend you want, selectively exclude some results until you do. Hooray for statistics!
Re: Good Thing (TM)
If I could up vote this twice, I would. Particularly for the flexible season tickets.
Re: Clean water is trivial - just need a plastic bottle and sunshine
Are you having a laugh? Yes, you're miraculously creating clean water from a bottle of... almost clean water. Science be praised!
Tell you what, you do this with three litres of liquid sewage (or seawater) and then drink it without throwing up, and you can have the £10m. I'll even throw in a stomach pump.
Re: Well, yes... What did you expect?
Or if you can't fire the guy that will do it for you, which is what differentiates "cloud" from "offsite"
I am still digesting the concept of a Readers Digest digest. Good article, again please.
Re: Excellent article
How does this get downvoted? Whether you disagree with Andrew's conclusions or not, allowing a large incumbent to retail a service at less than the price a competitor can buy it from them wholesale, is going to shut down their competition. That is an unassailable statement of fact. You do want competition, right?
It's General Failure you want to watch out for.
Re: I've missed something here
Why not? What's so special about an ATM, or a voting machine? I could sketch the logic on the back of an envelope and neither require real-time anything. As for the others, with appropriate hardware interface boards to ensure real-time stuff happens in real time, same question?
Re: Note to all C programmers
> The company I used to work for took on a new programmer who removed every possible bra and ket from his code
A problem that could have been fixed with a judicious application of tar and feathers. Braces are for everywhere, not just for holding up your trousers, and no tabs, anywhere, not ever. Everything else I'm flexible on but not those. And if you're about to ask about the tabs, can I politely request you shove your shiny IDE up your arse while the rest of us fire up a shell and get on with some real work.
Re: One for Newton...
> Rate of acceleration and deceleration aren't equal. You can,
> comfortably and safely, accelerate much faster than you can stop.
Er, not sure about that. From the frame-of-reference of the body being accelerated/decelerated, it's identical. Relativity and all that.
Put another way, if you came to in a elevator and felt it suddenly accelerate upwards, was the elevator still and now ascending? Or was it descending at a constant speed and now stopping? You can't tell without looking at the lights.
Re: The problem isn't C
Yawn. 2005 called and wants it's performance-based objection to Java back.
Choosing performance over correctness is what got us here in the first place, no?
Re: The problem isn't C
Sorry, I am struggling to see how this could happen in Java. Really. There is no way (*), in a correctly functioning virtual machine, for a byte array to contain uninitialized data (or, rather, data from elsewhere in the heap). You would get zeros, an ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException, or it would fail to compile.
* Excluding native code malarky, but then it's not really Java.
"... their feelings of inadequacy as parents by telling the rest of us what we can or cannot do..."
I'm afraid you do't need Mumsnet for that - the moment you have one child, you automatically get enough knowledge to advise anyone else on theirs. Sometimes it even works if your sister/colleague/neighbour has a child too, it's that powerful.
"one to one relationships and one to many relationships and many to many relationships"
Gosh, that does sound complicated. I simply can't imagine how you could represent that in SQL.
If your first sentence isn't QOTW I will despair. Excellent summation.
Several problems with this article
Although I agree the Tobin tax is a very, very good idea.
First, you haven't touched on one of the main issues described in ther NYT article which is the banks opaquely trading in their own "dark pool" before releasing the order to open market, something which wouldn't be possible without HFT. This strikes me as pretty important.
Secondly, the front running issue isn't a "bit naughty", it completely undermines your second argument which is that the reduction in spread resulting from HFT is good for the market - perfect information, flat market, good for everyone. Frontrunning doesn't flatten the market, it distorts it, and like naked shorting should be illegal IMHO.
Any finally, your HFT providing the flat market is an economist utopian ideal which doesn't exist. In the real world the banks making the market are also playing the market - the game is rigged, and tools like HFT, insider trading (did someone earlier really suggest this should be legalized? really?) and the "POS" attitude by the banks mean that this perfect information is not available to the market. It's available only to the banks, who profit, at the expense of their customers, who lose.
All of this comes down to your idea that an unfettered market is a good thing, which I flat out disagree with and cite... well, large chunks of the last 100 years as evidence.
Heard of this happening many times. The switch to alternative medicine is always doing wonders for them and they feel much better right up until they drop dead, sometimes from a curable illness. It would be funny if it didn't happen to real people.
Gotta love Apple
Judge for yourself, here's the Unicode reference for the "Emoticons" range - horrors, there is one.
Not seeing a lot of colour in those sample images, and not seeing a lot of racial profiling in the descriptions either - for example, U+1F60D is described as "FACE SAVOURING DELICIOUS FOOD", not "WHITE MALE FACE SAVOURING DELICIOUS AND INHERENTLY SUPERIOR NON-ASIAN FOOD AFTER CONQUERING AN INFERIOR PEOPLE AND TAKING THEIR OIL". Probably an emoticon you'd use a lot of.
Perhaps they're still smarting from having their Apple logo banished to the private use area, or worse.
Colour me U+1F632.
Re: Wet fart while she was spooning worked for me...
Come back amanfrommars, all is forgiven.
Re: Java on the desktop is dead
Applets? Maybe, but not for much longer. And I say this as someone who develops them - I can not in good conscience recommend them to my clients any more, as we can't guarantee they'll run from one release to the next due to unpredictable changes in the security model. Applets are dead.
Re: Another interesting hypothesis
Completely obliterated? What do you think hit it, the Death Star?
And in related news
The average life expectancy of a contributer to the BBC's "Have You Say" comments section was reported as 48. Only slightly higher than their average IQ.
For that effort alone BBC3 should be lauded to the heavens for all eternity.
Mongrels was also a gem, although boo for axing it. Yes, I watched season 2. It was still good.
Re: Ah yes, Colbert. Another unfunny guy.
Old skeletons? The citizens of at least Bangladesh, Indonesia and Chile would disagree with you. Although to be fair there are rather a lot of old skeletons as a result of his, er, diplomatic efforts.
No, blowhard, a thousand times no to your Terrorism idea.
There's too much shit categorised as terrorism already - going to protests, carrying bags, wearing coats in summer, being irish/asian depending on the decade. The police have more powers under the prevention of terrorism act, so suddenly everything is a possible terrorist act. I'd like to see LESS stuff categorised as terrorism. Shoot someone while shouting something political? It's murder. Don't let them dress it up in a cause.
Anyway, using your argument, as you're clearly damaging the economic output of the country why not just go the whole hog and call it treason?
That LRB piece is a fantastic read
Well worth it.