248 posts • joined 7 Mar 2012
Re: Since we're paying £7000 a day...
Tom 7, care to name a figure that you think the arrest of a bail-jumping rape suspect is worth? Maybe we should hire OmniCorp to do the policing, I'm sure the'd whip the budget into shape.
Re: Do any of you realize...
You, sir, are a few sandwiches short of a picnic.
> Tell me how any of those people are any less wrong than the KKK?
Well gee whiz, let me count the ways.
> .. blah blah evidence blah ...
Evidence you say? Excellent, lets have a trial and hear it argued out in court, rather than submit to predetermined verdict by anonymous internet nutjob.
Official response received
It's not a satellite, and if it is it's not Russian, and even if it was it hasn't crossed any borders and is just lost on a training exercise and we really don't see what the fuss is all about.
Re: Reel 'em in
Be fair. The Graun has it's issues (just don't read the opinion pieces) but in general is a pretty good rag in terms of investigative journalism and general news. Ben Goldacre's columns (on hold, he's a busy man), the Snowden thing and the fact they didn't swallow Assange's spin, the Trafigura story, plus let's not forget the demise of the News of the World and the scalp of Andy Coulson - all Guardian work.
By contrast the only good thing the Mail has done in the last 20 years is chase down the Stephen Lawrence story, and that only because his dad had done some work for Paul Dacre - they originally went with their usual black-urban-hoodlum fear piece. "Making Britain a more Fearful Place" seems to be the unwritten Mail group motto. That or "Things that cause or cure Cancer".
Would have been nice to see "ls -l ./rootpipe" - if it's a suid binary owned by root, I won't be so impressed.
You want irony? I'll give you irony.
Our "equality minister" didn't do gay marriage.
+1 for renaming Firefox to "Fatweasel", to avoid confusion.
Re: A question
I think you misunderstand - the people saving the pictures are likely the ones who received them, not the clueless mugs who sent them. But yes, first rule of digital content is that if someone else can decrypt the file for viewing, then you have to assume they'll find a way to decrypt it for saving. Snapchat was always a con.
Apps? On a NAS server? Dear Lord, a thousand times no. NAS is there to do precisely one job and it's in your interest to ensure it does no more than that, given just how opaque, outdated and customised the underlying OS almost certainly is.
If you want any services beyond basic file sharing, run them on a box which you're comfortable administrating and securing - a proper Linux OS or, if you absolutely must, Windows (usual terms and conditions apply). But on no account should you ask your NAS to do more than the get files around your LAN as quickly as possible.
Re: "can't oppose the gubmint cuz they got tanks and drones.."
> Every time a proper army has dealt with middle eastern insurgents it squashed them flat within a forthnight.
I cannot begin to fathom how you came a conclusion so wildly at odds with observable facts.
HOO ARE THESE BLEEDIN' 'OOMANS ANYWAY, CUMMIN OVER ERE AN TAKIN AAAH JOBS?!?!?? !??! NOW DEY WANT RIGHTS???!?!!?11? SEND EM BACK WERE DEY CUM FROM IS WOT I SAY.
Re: There is no patch for Human stupidity.
Personal favourite T&Cs are the Barclays Bike Hire units in London. The first page comes up with "Page 1 of 19" - no, strangely enough I haven't read them either.
Re: It's not just the grocery duopoly...
Ppopulation density? Try mining. It wasn't always eye-wateringly pricey, but now it's got a good case of Dutch Disease, egged on by a PM terrified of taxing their #1 industry (god knows why, it's not as if they can relocate overseas)
Spare a thought...
... for us poor hobbyist hardware folk. USB2 is a doddle to solder, chips are plentiful and software stacks abound. Now USB C comes along with 24 pins in a tiny package. Soldering anything less than 0.6mm pitch is pretty hard, and given this is only 8.4mm across I predict I won't be building anything with USB C for a long time.
Re: OH RLY?
1500m below sea level? You credit these people with skills which border on superhuman. Some of the Snowden releases have smelt fishy form the start - not all, definitely, but some are bordering on technical fantasy. Splicing fibre at the bottom of the ocean is one of them.
Re: Open software
... and now we know there are at least two things you don't understand - open source and communism. Thanks for sharing.
You are Andrew Orlowski and I claim my £5.
Re: Cheap PIC
After 30 years of programming proper computers and 5 years on embedded hardware, I am prepared to categorically say that debugging embedded software is an absolute ****.
Hello! It seems you need clarification on the difference between "hobby" and "profession".
I take photos for a hobby, because I enjoy it. It doesn't form any part of my income and I don't give a toss who copies them.
My friends take photos for their profession. They work hard, buy expensive equipment and don't have any other form of income except payment for freelance work and the royalty sales from their previous photos. If someone publishes their photos and does not pay them, they go hungry and if this continues they will either a) die of hunger or b) abandon 30+ years of experience in a field in which they are experts and find a new field.
Now I realise this happened with coal mining in the UK for example, and not every profession will last for ever, but if you're going to throw an entire industry on the fire then you had better have a very good reason, and a nebulous "information wants to be free" of the fact you can't be arsed tracking down or paying the owner of a photo you happen to like is arguably not enough justification.
Re: Does the court case matter?
@Stuart 22, what exactly do you think a trial is for if not "to tell the difference between (...) a set up and genuine case". It's the defining purpose of any trial.
But who will they cast as Davros?
Re: Double edged sword...........
I didn't vote for her either but you don't see me trying to form a republic.
Re: MD5 seems rather a bad choice
Why all the hate for MD5? It's been demonstrated that with a large amount of effort it's possible to create two items with the same hash, which makes it a bad choice for digital signatures, where that's what you're trying to do.
For everything else it's fine, and collisions are no more likely to occur than SHA1 or SHA2. With 128 bits of hash, do the math and figure out how likely that is.
Re: I wasn't against Contactless use
Think back to Chip & Pin, there was a big song and dance around the roll out.
Performed by the comedy duo Fish & Cushion as I recall.
Re: Security framework
Hello Ian, welcome to our planet. You must be new here.
Re: A Physicist and a Chemist (walk into a bar).
I have a science degree, but I don't feel qualified to assess and discard the millions of hours of research and analysis put in by those who have made this topic their life's work. Just like I don't feel qualified to design a nuclear reactor, knock up some meta-materials in my basement or attempt to genetically modify my cat.
All you've managed to demonstrate is that some people, sometimes even those with a sciency background, be they MPs or naval-officers-turned-journalists, let dogma override reason whenever this particular topic comes up.
Re: Plus ca change
I heard a great anecdote from someone years ago who was investigated by Interpol and more after his house was burgled while on holiday (on a chartered yacht) in Spain - they turned up to investigate and found lists of wholesale prices for vast quantities of drugs, a result of our hapless hero being unable to remember the prices in the "Drugs Kingpin" game he was playing online.
Queue mysterious spanish holidaymakers who were planning on chartering the same yacht and wondered if they could look around it before he left; odd comings and goings in the night when he got back to blighty, his car alarm going off and things being mysteriously rearranged in the boot overnight; some impossibly helpful and curious PCs to assist with his burglary case and finally what turned out to be a high-speed chase down the motorway, which he didn't realise was underway until after he'd taken his intended offramp and wondered why all the rozzers were in such chaos on the motorway below him. Less amusingly they'd also had a word with his boss, but fortunately that amounted to nothing.
When they finally pulled him in they danced around it for a few hours before informing him he was bang to rights and presenting their evidence. Apparently his response (bemusement then laughter) didn't go down so well.
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.
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