232 posts • joined 7 Mar 2012
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.
>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?
"... 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.
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