If this bug-finding approach could be scaled up somehow...
...this could bring a new meaning to the phrase "tiger team".
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...this could bring a new meaning to the phrase "tiger team".
How do you know that your sextant is accurately marked, and your ephemeris is correct? There was probably software involved in creating both of them. And they've both probably spent some time sitting in a cabinet that multiple people had access to, and a supply depot before that.
This article gives the impression that most US businesses have duly complied with the deadline and only a few lone luddite holdouts are sticking with swipe terminals. Nope. In the entire metropolitan area where I live (Portland, OR-Vancouver, WA), the only chance I've ever had to use NFC is when using the fare machines for the light rail system. Most of the readers I commonly encounter don't even look like they have ability to read a chip.
I seem to be ahead of most US-based commenters in this thread, though, in that all but one of my cards *have* chips at this point.
1. Autonomous cars become common in an area which depends heavily on fines for municipal revenues (e.g. St. Louis County-- https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-watch/wp/2014/09/03/how-st-louis-county-missouri-profits-from-poverty/ )
2. Cars behave in predictable ways reacting to something that's invisible on cameras
Of course McAfee. Not that he'd be able to fix it retroactively, but it's all about "a good fit for the company culture" these days, isn't it?
"This is then reinforced at school - teachers offering different praise to girls than boys"
Or just offering flat-out bigotry. When I was in grade school (primary school, elementary school), the teachers were very clear that only boys were supposed to be good at math. Luckily, I hated that school and thus felt no need to conform to their expectations.
(The teachers were equally clear that only girls were supposed to be good at spelling and composition, with equally predictable results.)
And timely! I'm sending this link to anyone I see questioning the point of Sysadmin Day.
I wish to nominate this for Headline of the Week.
A/B testing supports this subject line. One example: http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/13/booth-babes-dont-convert/
One of the most essential game bars I recall was the chain of identical bars in the Bard's Tale games, where the only way to recharge your bard was to take them to the local bar and get them a drink.
*Federal* copyright law does not cover sound recordings pre-1972. However, those sound recordings are still subject to *state* copyright laws, which vary hugely (part of the reason sound recordings were brought under federal law). Some of those state copyrights are actually more stringent than the current federal ones.
Another couple: "All About the Pentiums" and "Virus Alert" by "Weird Al" Yankovic.
The Silicon Forest has your startup culture without the insane rents, decent mass transit for the US, PLUS the ability to handle rain, thanks to a climate every bit as drizzly as the UK.
"For what it’s worth, I think it is that all true hackers (no matter how that trait manifests itself) love problem solving. Whether those problems are manifest in code or engineering is essentially immaterial."
Or science, or any human technology or process. I loved reading this, and I don't even drive.
Yes, France may beat us on exploding whales, but Oregon has long since set its explosive sights on much larger beach debris. Put "New Carissa" in your favorite search engine for all the details.
As a fan of MST3K and Thog's Masterclass, the feature I'm looking for is a way to nominate especially entertaining bits of bad prose for the delectation of my fellow readers.
I believe it's BBC America that actually cuts it up and inserts ads.
Either way, I for one would also welcome a way to watch it just as it appeared in the UK. Maybe even, dare I hope, just after it airs, instead of waiting for some arbitrary period for the news to get stale?
Same here! Never mind what planet we should be on, I can't even manage to be on the right continent on this one...
I really liked this trilogy, even though I haven't been able to enjoy any of Robinson's subsequent books that I've tried. Done properly, it would be a genuine epic. Done badly... eugh.
"But as a rough guide, a UK yearly household gas and 'leccy bill is some £1,400. So, if anyone comes along with a piece of kit that works for 10 years and costs, say, £5,000, then people will buy and install it."
Having learned a fair amount of situational psychology, I feel confident asserting that far fewer people than you expect will rush out and buy it. The slow adoption of more-efficient light bulbs may be instructive here.
Thumbs-up anyway because I'm always happy to hear about new advances in cheap energy.
It is obligatory at this point to mention Duane Elms's song "The Terrific Centrifugal Still".
I want The App That Says "Ni".
"Does anyone know if Oregon is at least suing Oracle?"
Nothing's been filed yet, but various officials have been dropping hints that it will.
Isaac Asimov said it best: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'"
Proposing a rail link across the Bering Strait gives me two knee-jerk reactions:
1) The person who thinks this would ever actually get built is insane.
2) THAT WOULD BE SO COOL
It sounds a lot like their early stages of the English-language version of Alteil, which I enjoyed a great deal. Later on Alteil underwent adjustments that made it basically impossible to play for free.
The deck-building mechanism for the Arena, relying on random cards rather than the ones you've collected, sounds very promising for keeping things balanced for non-paying players. Which is why I'm suspicious that it won't stay that way forever.
Anyway, this sounds like something I'll probably check out regardless.
I've seen a lot of assertions about what should or shouldn't be allowed, but this, the one commentary I've seen referencing actual California employment law, hasn't gotten nearly enough attention:
"This basically pulls the rug from under the feet of the 'think of the childrenz' game-censoring crusaders, which is a good thing."
Nah, it only says they're choosing the wrong reason for censoring games.
Next up, a usability rating system! Sorry kids, you can't play this one, it's labeled AO for Awful Organization...
This makes me think of the Goon Show, with the characters' habit of paying each other in pictures of money.
"If there is a genuine claim of sexual harassment and intimidation, then the employee presumably has the avenue of an industrial tribunal, or whatever the US equivalent is [...]"
Do you mean something like this?
There's no US equivalent. If a court gets involved, it has to be through a plain old lawsuit.
Yes, it's currently Heisei 26.
Exactly what I was thinking: it's what Bill Gates has always wanted!
Or alien death ray strike, if I remember _The Lathe of Heaven_ correctly...
That panic button sounds like a useful gadget. May have to get myself one of those.
I'd expect an El-Reg-branded one to take me to the BOFH archive, of course.
I'd love to have a T-shirt featuring this "geek" comment icon, with size and placement similar to the large logo in the survey. Because people around me could use the warning...
Great article, but I have a nit to pick with: "When I was first involved in this sort of thing, it didn’t have a name."
I recently read a book from 1934* which makes reference to "the special vehicle for exploiting patent monopolies", which seems to be about the same thing as a patent troll. Only briefly, though, apparently expecting the contemporary reader to be fully aware of the issues involved.
The same book also bewails what's now called a patent thicket (they don't seem to have had a specific term for it at the time), mentioning for instance a mechanical loom which had to license 80 different patents.
*Technics and Civilization, by Lewis Mumford
...here's a report that HMRC is blocked:
I'd've thought he'd fit right in in Toronto.
Wow. Thanks for the link.
The only way this could have been even cooler is if the TV adaptation of "The Canal" had had the same cast as the radio episode it was based on-- which included guest star Valentine Dyall, the future Black Guardian!
Is the massed mainstream media all incorrect in reporting that the program bracketing Who's initial slot along with Grandstand was something called Juke Box Jury?
The idea of Doctor Who scheduled right next to Telegoons is too wonderful for my mind to comprehend.
"Genes don't record who raped who."
...unless they're in mitochondria or Y chromosomes.
Argh, I mean "...headed EAST for new lands across Beringia...". Muphry's Law [sic] strikes again.
...at the time. Keep in mind that the ancestors of most of today's Indo-European-speaking European inhabitants didn't actually arrive in Europe until at most 3-4000 years ago. What we're talking about here is a population where one part headed west for new lands across Beringia, and another part just kept bouncing around inner Asia for the next several thousand years.
"No robot in TV history has enjoyed such renown as K-9"
I dunno, if you can remember K-9's heyday then you can also remember KITT, and there were way more people watching Knight Rider back in the day.
K-9 is probably more recognizable to today's young 'uns, though...
The episode count was typically 4 episodes in the Tom Baker and later eras, but typically 6 before that.
I do remember watching movie-style edits of some Baker stories, with opening credits only at the beginning, and closing credits only at the end, on my local PBS station-- they'd run individual episodes on weekdays and then the movie versions Friday or Saturday nights. IIRC, when BBC America first came into being, part of their programming was a seemingly random rotation of the movie edits.
Simply because it contains my favorite Delgado bit ever: Having finally schemed his way into capturing the Doctor's TARDIS for his own use, the Master looks over the decrepit equipment and the state of the Doctor's haphazard attempts to get it working again, and finally mutters, "Might as well try flying a secondhand gas stove!"
Indeed, there's no way to reconcile those movies with the series...
OTOH, when I say I like "all the classic Doctors", I do include Richard Hurndall and Michael Jayston.
Yeah, you're always going to have a special place in your heart for whichever Doctor got you to keep watching.
I was 5 when the local PBS station started airing it, and the very first episode I saw was the start of "Robot". I didn't fully understand what was going on, but it looked like fun...
Least favorite classic doctor: I don't like the McCoy era as much as the rest, but I don't have any problems with McCoy's portrayal, more with the writing during that time.
I can't tell if the "nascent" fandom is supposed to mean DW fandom specifically or Australian science fiction fandom in general. If the latter, Australia had hosted its first World Science Fiction Convention, which requires a well-established and organized local fan community, in 1975.
It hadn't occurred to me that Tegan would be one of the top scorers, especially, in comparison to the much less stressful lives of her contemporaries! No wonder she eventually ran off saying "I've had enough!"