101 posts • joined Wednesday 29th August 2012 13:16 GMT
What? No Everquest 2 or Planetside 2 Spying?
It's a sad day for Sony I guess, when the spooks don't think there are enough users in these now free-to-play games to make it worth spying on them.
On the bright side, hackers still think it is worthwhile to hack into the Sony servers to steal usernames and passwords.
Re: not just faults
What? You never wrote an interrupt handler? Just don't forget to turn them back on...
Re: Re Why you can't satisfy your wife and I can
Well, both do involve rods being inserted, and something being split.
Re: less helium than a balloon
"Helium is a finite resource, once it escapes it cannot be recovered or re-created (on Earth at least)."
Well, there is one way it can be created, but it's not practical, and collecting the fused Hydrogen atoms might prove to be a problem.
I've read a couple of articles referencing the Wozniak piece where he calls for patience in the face of unrealistic expectations of a continuous stream of revolutionary products from Apple. Now that phones and pads have cameras back and front, flashes, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB, 3G, 4G, etc. it seems that the best we can hope for are incremental improvements in the OS, battery life, and camera and screen resolution.
But why should phones be limited to defense? The best defense is a strong offence!
Here's my idea for the next revolutionary product: the iPistol!
Specs: a 14 round, 10mm pistol, with a white plastic inlay in the polished aluminium grip. Integrated MP3 player, phone, camera with integrated targeting sensor, and fingerprint sensor on the trigger. Can be configured to playback your favourite clips, like "Do you feel lucky punk? Well, do ya?" Automatically posts your best shots to Facebook.
You just have to be careful not to press the wrong button when you're having a conversation.
What, No Mention of Trousers?
Thanks to all for your various hints and warnings on what terms American tourists are advised not to use. No one seems to have remembered to tell them that men should use the term trousers, rather than pants.
Why only expand markets to allowing shorting of houses and real-estate? We should be able to short anything. For instance, pants. If I see a polyester bubble-butt, then I should be able to short pants.
Did the burst balloon remain attached and act as a drogue chute to slow down the fall of the assembly?
The guy should have denied ever having done anything of the sort, and offered to take a lie detector test to prove he was telling the truth.
Change the Name and You've Got Yourself an App
How about a description of how the app was supposed to work. I'm imagining that the app would have taken photos using both the front and rear facing cameras at the same time, pasting the two photos into a side-by-side presentation, with the gawking face on the left, and whatever the rear-facing camera was aiming at on the right. It could be anything, not just a pair of tits. So with a name change to something not involving body parts, it seems to me that it could be a perfectly legitimate app. It would be good for getting 'reaction shots', but instead of just seeing the face, you'd also see what the person was reacting to.
Paris, because I'd have liked to have seen the expression on her former boyfriend's face.
Re: That's not a "hound".
It was a "hapless hound". It's obvious that the author was after some alliteration. Fits better than "daunting dog" or "courageous canine" as the dog was the one getting bit, rather than doing the biting. Artistic license!
Let's not forget, that "hound" often is used in this sort of context, as evidenced by that arbiter of such things, Dick Dastardly:
Mutley, you snickering, floppy eared hound.
When courage is needed, you're never around.
Those medals you wear on your moth-eaten chest
Should be there for bungling at which you are best.
So, stop that pigeon
Stop that pigeon
Stop that pigeon
Stop that pigeon
Stop that pigeon
Stop that pigeon
Stop that pigeon
Stop that pigeon now.
You, silly, stop snickering, it's not worth the chance.
For you'll be returned by the seat of your pants.
And clunk, you invent me a thingamabob
That catches that pigeon or I lose my job.
So, stop that pigeon
Stop that pigeon
Stop that pigeon
Stop that pigeon
Stop that pigeon
Stop that pigeon
Stop that pigeon
Stop that pigeon now.
Re: I must be too old
I had a Timex Datalink. I could sync it with my PC running MS-DOS by holding it in front of the screen. You had to have a CRT though, not a TFT screen.
"Dr Afroze Khan ..."
A descendant of Ghengis Khan, with an afro?
Or an aluminium cylinder of beer in the freezer?
So what happened to all the controversy about being forced to play with an always on connection, or at least go on-line once per day, buy new licenses for resold games, etc. etc.? I know that MS backed down a bit, but where does it stand now in relation to the PS4 on those issues?
"Simple, you take each phone sold in Britain and see how if it can be inserted into the Home Secretary's arse.
The one's that will go in are banned."
Or you could just compare them with his head, since that fits.
"... And given what other articles have described about the mechanics of what happened (the way the water would basically stick to your head and flow around it to cover the entire surface) it is indeed a nightmare scenario when you could physically do nothing about it. ..."
Start drinking? If it flowed over your mouth, and you could suck it in and swallow it, then with the amount of water being limited, could you perhaps uncover your mouth enough to breathe?
I checked my recently received electric bill from the EWZ (Electric Works for the City of Zurich), to get the breakdown on the sources of electricity, which they conveniently supply. For 2012, the energy sources were overall 66.7% renewable (composed of 64.7% hydro, 0.4% solar, 0.3% wind, 1.3% biomass), 26.6% nuclear, no fossil. Of that, 98.7% was produced in Switzerland, the remainder imported.
That shows that getting rid of their nuclear plants, which like Germany are planned to be phased out, is going to require something to replace them. Either fossil (gas turbine) or looking the other way and importing nuclear power from France. But, unlike Germany, there is a significant amount of hydro, so the problem with base load is not as acute.
What About Deep Packet Inspection?
There is a technical problem to be solved for securing the content of private individual or business communications for stuff the government doesn't care about, but which you don't want competitors to have access to. There are some solutions for that. How adequate they are is debatable. Governments have been known to spy on foreign companies to help out competing companies based in their own country. Let's leave that aside.
Let us stipulate that you are a whistle-blower that a government does not like and wants to suppress. Once you are targeted, any intermediary, or you yourself, can be pressured into turning over any encryption keys. So you want to avoid attracting attention in the first place.
Assume for the sake of argument that someone did set up a secure e-mail server beyond the reach of a given government. The thing still has to be connected to the Internet. It still has to have an IP address and so does any other endpoint communicating with it.
So, you try to use some intermediary to obscure that you are communicating with it. As has been reported recently, even TOR is not secure, because you cannot trust the endpoints. But for the sake of argument, less us further assume that both the e-mail service and the intermediary you use are not themselves honey pots set up by the NSA or whoever. What is to stop them (you know, THEM) from coercing all ISPs and backbone providers into letting them monitor the packets going through every single router, in particular the ones at the edge of the Internet? And performing deep-packet inspection to try to match up packets going in one place and out another? It seems like it is just a matter of money and processing power and storage capacity. With some custom made hardware (such as FPGA) (which they probably already have...) it might not be far-fetched.
So, it seems to me that as long as you use the Internet for some kind of end-to-end communications, it will be impossible to use technical means to prevent the authorities from obtaining meta data.
If you don't care that they know you are communicating, then you may be able to sufficiently encrypt the transmission. But the men in black can always sneak into your abode and bug the place. Or put a trojan on your computer.
All of these suggestions from readers for out-foxing the authorities are pretty much an exercise in futility and a fool's game.
What we need is legislation which makes it flat illegal for the government to do this stuff.
But then, when the next act of terrorism occurs, are you going to demand that the authorities do something to prevent it from happening in the future? Or when you find out about some child-paedo ring, abusing children and sharing the pictures of their crimes via some secure server? Or some international drug cartel, which murders people by the hundreds and corrupts whole governments organizing their business the same way?
With the massive precautionary data collection, the authorities are taking the easy way out, to be sure, and it is being abused. So can be just back up the Patriot Act and its ilk a bit and go back to the days of having real judges issue real warrants?
Re: My English has gone to pot, but...
Also, I don't think that the Sun should get the blame for bad grammar just because it happened on Earth.
Next you know, someone in Hollywood will be shopping a script which involves a super-villain taking control of spacecraft as part of a plot for world domination + profit. No wait...
Paris, because she never got to be a Bond girl.
Smilianets is no longer smiling, I guess we can call him Smilianyets.
"Water is actually the best thing to use to extinguish a lithium battery fire as it is one of the only suppressants that cools the battery enough to inhibit the thermal runaway. After water, in order of effectivness : Halon, CO2, them wet foam."
Thanks for the useful info. To be pedantic, you should probably have said "lithium ion" rather than "lithium" although for batteries, the latter implies the former. You really don't want to pour water on pure lithium - that will actually cause an explosion, which I'm sure you know, but your target audience might not.
If someone steals your Facebook password, then...
...you have lost face.
I'm reminded of the South Park episode where one of the kid's fathers buys a Blockbuster video store for $10,000 using the family's savings: http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s16e12-a-nightmare-on-face-time
Might blank CD-ROM/DVD/Blue-Ray sales pick up again?
It's been literally years since I bought any blank disks. I still have some lying around, collecting dust. Their main use in the past was making backups, but now it seems easier to just use a RAID system, and then occasionally back up to an external hard disk. That's unlikely to change.
But if kids become scared to download MP3 music files and movies, might they just go back to burning copies of each other's CD's?
Yeah, the wholesale downloading probably has to be combated, but I can't envision a rash of kids suddenly buying CD's again.
Coincidentally, the kettle body reminds me of a WWII era German helmet.
When Nerds Collide
Sort of a weak interaction, isn't it?
From the screen shot it looks like it has a 1990's Leisure Suit Larry level of graphics, but without any of the smutty humour, and probably plays like a boring version of Sim - something. I actually bought and played (maybe twice) Sim-Ant, by the makers of Sim-City, where you try to get your ant colony to drive the humans out of the house, and it bored me to tears. The game seems oriented to appeal to wanna-be game developers, which I estimate would be a small subset of the total gamer population. So the game is probably a hard sell to start with.
Add to that, this: as another poster pointed out, if the deliberately "cracked" version of the game, which the few interested people try out, is rigged to not allow the players to ever win, then if those players go on to assume that this is how the game normally plays, they'd sure give it a thumbs down. The company may have shot themselves in the foot with that trick.
Locked in, no, others locked out, yes.
I have a Kindle that I'm very happy with. I was well aware of Amazon's proprietary Kindle format and "lock-in" when I bought it. I generally don't like DRM. I never bought into the iTunes business because I only want unencumbered MP3 files, and iTunes is actually not all that cheap. However, in the case of Amazon, I accepted it. Why?
(1) I have been a customer of Amazon for a long time, using them to purchase books, paperbacks, DVDs, BlueRays, and assorted toys. I've had the best customer service I have ever experienced with any company.
(2) I was purchasing physical books from them anyway. The Kindle books are even cheaper.
(3) The Kindle books don't take up space in my apartment like the old paperbacks I have gathering dust in a stack of cartons.
(4) It is possible to share the Kindle books. My experience with sharing my physical books is that I can get one or two people to read them, not more. So the limitation on number of times shared with the Kindle is a comparatively minor issue.
(5) I looked at many e-readers in stores, and at a co-worker's Kindle, before I chose the Kindle. The Sony e-readers I found appalling poorly designed. They were clunky and suffered from buttonitis. Just like the old Nokia smart phones with their buttons and deep menu systems were made to look clunky by the first iPhone. Old companies have had trouble learning the lessons of Apple's success: simple design. Amazon had the benefit of coming after the iPhone, and took those lessons to heart when creating the Kindle.
(6) Amazon may have a walled garden, like Apple, but their way of making money is exactly the opposite: instead of demanding high profit margins for the hardware AND gouging on content via the walled garden, they subsidize the hardware AND sell the content cheaply, relying on massive sales with a small profit margin per sale.
(7) I'm not really locked in to the Kindle as tightly as has been implied. I've read at least half the books I bought on my Samsung Galaxy II using the Kindle app. I've also read some of the books on my iPod.
(8) The Kindle does one thing, and it does that one thing well. I can hold it in one hand for a long time, and read in bright sunlight, where I can hardly see what is on my mobile phone screen. I sync and go over to the mobile for reading in the dark.
(9) I like having Amazon store my stuff, because if I lose my Kindle, I can just get another one and re-download everything. For free. Using the 3G.
Agreed: I cannot just buy any old EPUB reader and transfer my Kindle books onto it (at least not yet, and without using some conversion app). But considering the number of other devices I can already read my Kindle books on, I find that not to be a deal-breaker when weighed against all the positive things I like about Amazon and the Kindle.
I tried to go the one-control-to-rule-them-all route and had about as much success as Sauron. It was a mid-range Philips RC, for about 50 bucks. The problem was this: it only recognized a certain set of devices for its built-in support, and the memory for the learning mode was insufficient.
I have a collection of devices spanning a great age range. The radio receiver + amp, with 6 channel inputs, is a name brand, but over 20 years old. It cost a lot at the time and is still going strong, so no reason to replace it. The large plasma screen TV is an off-brand, pre-production model, about 5 years old. It doesn't even have a name and model number. Then there are a couple of DVD and Blue-Ray players. The programmable RC had in its built-in catalog similar stereo amps from the same manufacturer, but not the exact model. Sadly, the differences were just enough to make using the wrong model unsatisfactory.
So I had to use the learning mode for everything: point the old RC at the new one, press a button, and map that to a button on the programmable RC. Repeat for every device. After about 80 buttons, the new wonder RC ran out of memory, leaving me unable to control everything.
Memory is cheap, but when manufacturers are trying to save pennies, this is what happens.
Now If The Stolen Laptop Had Only Been Purchased By A Web-Cam Sex Operator...
it would have been fun all-around.
With sticky keyboards, natch.
Re: They bought a stolen laptop.
You realize what happened to Marie Antoinette when she said that...
Paris, because she gets off on heads.
I guess Wimpy will be banned from getting any paydays loan in order to pay for a hamburger today. He'll just have to wait until Tuesday.
Paris, because she can't wait for it either.
Re: Spooky action != Information
I'm with you so far, but to take your explanation and run with it, the problematic idea that us physics noobs have gotten into our heads is that (1) there would be some law such as 'conservation of color' where the number of red and blue chips in the universe must be equal, (2) the chips would have a little switch which would allow you to flip their colors between red and blue, and (3) if someone flipped the switch on one, the other would simultaneously change to the opposite color, thus allowing a FTL morse code. So we've been given the wrong idea of what entanglement means?
OK, so the light is 13+ billion years old. It was emitted when the universe was much smaller. So there is this ball of soup, expanding, and at a certain point it has expanded far enough to cool off sufficiently for some subatomic particles to combine into atoms, emitting a certain spectral pattern, which we can now detect, red-shifted. Can somebody 'splain me where those photons have been travelling for the last 13 billion years? I mean, in all that time, they haven't been absorbed by anything or we wouldn't be seeing them now. But when they were emitted, the universe was small, say only a few hundred light-years across versus the current, what, 26 billion? So if I imagine a light-emitting ball of soup, the radiation that is going radially outward is an ever expanding wave front, going away from the matter of the ball, which now includes us. The light that got emitted in the other directions, like back toward the center of the ball, could only travel for a few hundred light years without going out the other side. So, what... the light has been going around in circles?
All Bets Are Now Off
The high-roller was king for a day, but his scam was deduced by an ace detective. The pair of cheaters, flush with victory, must now go straight.
"The government is certainly signalling a harder line on mapping regulations, with proposals released in September last year including a requirement for all commercial map service providers to locate their data centres inside the country.
The aim is that tighter regulation will boost national security by reducing the likelihood of sensitive geographical information ending up in the wrong hands. China is also planning to increase fines for providers which fail to include its “full territory” when compiling maps, as sometimes happens when cartographers decide disputed lands such as the Diaoyu Islands don't belong in Chinese territory."
So the obvious solution is to put your data center on the Diaoyu Islands, or on a boat anchored next to them.
Re: No such thing as degrees Kelvin.
Well, maybe if the context of temperature is clear. As a software developer, if I see a number with K after it, I tend to think of bytes.
I think Contact has to be in there.
That was a film which dealt with big issues:
Who represents the human race?
What is the role of religion when presenting the human race to aliens?
How does belief coexist with science?
How much faith should we put into grasp of reality and our own technology?
Who pays for space exploration?
Focus on crafting? That will only work if he figures out a way to keep the bots and 3rd world, gold-selling farmers from ruining the in-game economy. I predict it will take about a week.
Of course, once the capsule leaves Earth orbit, for the next 500 days, the inhabitants will be presented with a great opportunity to buy a time-share condo.
The first (fictional dramatic) defeat of a Robo-Cop that I can recalled occurred in an episode of U.S. TV series Hill Street Blues. Actor Dennis Franz, had two roles in the series, and I remember being impressed by his acting in this first role, and had a good chuckle when the creators must have thought so too and brought him back a couple of seasons later. According to his Wikipedia article, he played the role of Detective Sal Benedetto, a corrupt cop in the 1983 season, who later kills himself. What I remember about that is this: he was in a drunken rage, barricaded himself in his apartments, and they (the cops) busted down the door and sent in their pride and joy, a newly purchased robot. From the outside they watch in dismay as the camera view rocks around, showing a close-up of an enraged Sal smashing the crap out of it.
Anyone have that scene burned into their memory?
Obviously you cannot use CFC (Church's Fried Chicken) to cool off your server. You have to buy her KFC.
I look forward to the day when all their base are belong to us.
Re: Anywone else notice...
"... Their hoof is essentially a big fingernail. It just isn't going to work... "
Well, they do have other appendages they could use.
A pretty New Yorker
Once rode with a porker
His auto was parked and
He wanted to pork her
Do you have protection
She wanted to know
Why of course, he replied
I'm insured by Geiko
Re: AV is a malicious Peril
So what is your point, even if your assertion were correct, which I'm pretty sure it isn't. That a Linux box is simply "safe"? Yeah right. I run an Ubuntu Linux server and it is being hit by port scans and attempted logins by script kiddies 24x7. It was fairly secure "out of the box", but it wasn't locked down as tight as I wanted it. I had to go to some extra trouble to research and install some monitoring software to detect intrusion attempts and block the offending IP addresses. I replaced the mail server with a professional product, and I still had to give up on using my original e-mail address @ my domain name because it was just too much work to deal with the spam (and why bother when you get free e-mail from Google, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.). I had to just take down my forums, and remove the registration module from my Wiki completely, in order to stop spammers from registering fake accounts in order to post ads (or worse, links to websites with exploits), wasting my time removing said accounts. If Linux were so safe, then I wouldn't be suffering incessant attempts by hackers to get any foothold on the system in the hope of escalating that to root privilege and adding my box to a bot army. As things stand, in spite of my attempts, I wouldn't bet a nickel that a real hacker couldn't find a hole and hi-jack the server.
Since I use the server as a server and not as a desktop machine, it might not need a typical AV software.
But, again, so what? The only reason most botnets consist of Windows boxes is that 90% or so of the PCs in the world are running Windows. Most of the *servers* getting rooted ARE Linux boxes. If your grannie could figure out how to install Ubuntu, she'd doubtless have no more clue how to avoid getting her PC rooted than she does when using Windows.