64 posts • joined Tuesday 8th January 2013 14:32 GMT
Time for a new standard unit of measurement?
With more and more interstellar, planetary discovery appearing, isn't it about time we had the Voyager One standard year?
e.g. something along the lines of: "Voyager One isn't currently heading in the direction of planet Hoojymaflip but if it were (and had been heading that way since the start), it would still take another 50,000 years, making planet Hoojymaflip 50,000 Voyager years away."
> Nice idea, shame about the implementation.
I see what you did there.
Bravo El Reg!
Re: "pharcical phucking phanboi phondleslab"
Re: thought you were going to say that it _rhymes_ with tat
Is a witch's cat really that cold?
Must be all that flying about at night, perched at the rear of the broomstick....
Re: One is left to wonder whether he'll share any with Snowden.
Given that Snowden was the pro-active party, Greenwald has no financial obligations towards Snowden (other than altruism, of course).
> Don't put ANYTHING online that you wouldn't happily share with the world
Indeed but I'd also add, don't put as much trust in FB privacy settings as you appear to.
Re: It's a good start.
> Nazis were not Christian but Arianist.
You really need to learn to use a search engine. One very simple example from a pool of many:
Hitler wrote: "I believe that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator: by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work of the Lord.."
> This is a historical fact !!!
Shit! My apologies; the three exclamation marks rule declares you the winner of this debate.
Re: It's a good start.
> It isn't a lie if they believe it to be true
Indeed but how many of them actually do?
Re: They forgot Sun-tzu's words of wisdom
> He clearly wrote that little quotation to trick people like you into giving his scientists access to NASA secrets.
Made me laugh anyway, even if a bunch of other folk seem to be taking you a little more seriously than they perhaps should..
Re: Is anyone telling the truth?
> "Did the Silk Road have features that allowed them to gain a reputation?"
As far as I understand it, yes.
> "It's possible that the NSA found a way of identifying DPR by illicit means, not usable in court, and, once they were pointed in the right direction, the FBI have discovered a valid chain of evidence."
Indeed. The published version of events does seem a little too "clean" to be plausible.
Re: Standardised connector... like, err, Micro USB (@Lars)
> We are always pissed.
Perhaps that's part of the problem.
Re: Can we PLEASE get to grips with this "Apple are expensive" line?
> I have a PC with core i7, 16GB RAM, 2x2TB hard drives and NVIDIA Titan GPU.
> Cost me well under AU$3,000. That's less than £1700.
> It won't run OSX, but .....
And there's the rub.
If you want to run Xcode, Logic or Final Cut (I'm a regular user of all three) you're either lumbered with buying from Apple or you go down the Hackintosh route.
I've been down the Hackintosh route before. Not much fun when update time comes along; thar be monsters, hours lost and tears of frustration.
In my case it's worth the extra cash to avoid the extra hassle.
It's never too early
.... for a Fusilier!
Re: Sporran waving
> Rebuild the wall.
If it keeps the likes of you out of Scotland I'll reluctantly agree to it.
Re: First they came for Assange
"(I mean, honestly, braces on the SAME line as the if()?)"
I prefer the:
NSLog(@"Another top headline");
Re: Why is it always you f*ing Daleks?
"Who? I'll f*cking "Who" you! Look at the f*cking state of you, twatting about like a f*cking dalek confronted with a stair-f*cking-case. Get a f*cking grip. I'm the f*cking Doctor, that's f*cking who."
> "... Perhaps some additional years of schooling might put you into form to be able to intelligently comment on the climate debate?"
Given your previous contribution, you're the leading contender for today's ironically-self-unaware prize.
Re: Not a whistleblower
> ".. an unintended benefit of a criminal act doesn't usually negage the crime."
I never said it does.
All I'm saying is that the whistle was blown. And it was blown by Bradley Manning.
By most common definitions, that makes him a whistleblower, regardless of whether he meant it or not and certainly not precluded "by any stretch of imagination," as the OP posited.
Re: Sad but ...
> ".... What the hell was Manning thinking?..."
Who knows? Perhaps something like: "I can't just sit here in silence while civilians are being murdered.."
Or maybe: "The public really ought to know about this torture programme.."
Or even something along the lines of: "Hang on, I swore an oath to defend the constitution.."
Re: Not a whistleblower
> "On the basis that he himself admits he wouldn't know if he was exposing "misconduct, alleged dishonest or illegal activity occurring in an organisation." how can he be a Whistleblower?"
Ehm, perhaps because he blew the f*cking whistle?
Go and look up a definition of Whistleblower (You don't even have to go far - there are three already on this thread).
Intent has the square root of hee-haw to do with it.
> "Did Manning know he was blowing the whistle on some pretty heinous crimes, in which case, why leak the rest of the (largely) irrelevant stuff. Or did he just leak a bunch of stuff that happened to contain the whistleblowing stuff?"
He blew the whistle.
He may well have done so unintentionally.
He may well have also leaked a whole bunch of other, non-whistleblowy stuff.
But either way he still blew the whistle.
Not a whistleblower
"Manning is not by any stretch of the imagination, a "whistleblower" ... If it was blowing the whistle then it would have been contained to a single subject.... he is not a whistleblower!"
Not by any stretch of the imagination? Utter horsefeathers.
In fact it takes a somewhat twisted stretch of the imagination reach such a ridiculous conclusion.
"Whistleblower - One who reveals wrongdoing within an organization to the public"
"Whistleblower - a person who exposes misconduct, alleged dishonest or illegal activity occurring in an organisation."
Whistleblowing is when a worker reports suspected wrongdoing at work. Officially this is called 'making a disclosure in the public interest'.
Whichever definition you choose, Manning is a whistleblower.
Unless of course you consider that none of the information he released indicated any wrongdoing by the instruments of the US government.
Then again, perhaps you think it's OK to go around torturing suspects, slaughtering civilians, etc. I have no idea.
> "Whistleblowers should be protected"
The only part of your post I can agree with.
Re: The only true justice...
"There is absolutely no justification for Mannings act of treason no matter how people try to spin it."
To the contrary, the soldier performed a valuable service to not just the US population but that of the rest of the world. It is absolutely justified.
Your vacuous, blood-lusty opinion, on the other hand.....
this is local surveillance...
... for local people.
Lovecraftian tale of a...
"...horrific walrusoid abomination..."
Well played Mr. Page.
... once again:
> "... SWEET FANNY ADAMS TO DO WITH SWISS FANNY MADAM'S... "
In the words of Keith Hunt...
No manners but what a critic!
Re: down with this sort of thing
Re: Catholics v other Christians
Still two baldy guys fighting over comb, though.
Re: verify our indulgence is genuine and not a shitty Protestant knock off
Best line so far.
As to the matter at hand, it's so far beyond silliness that Monty Python wouldn't touch if for fear it had taken absurdity just a wee bit too far.
But I'll be tweeting like Billy-O, just in case.
Fair play to Jy Zed for seemingly accepting the criticism.
And top marks to El Reg for both the headline and the sub. Outstanding once again, chaps.
Re: Snowden's 15 minutes of fame are long past
Except they aren't, are they?
Otherwise you wouldn't be talking about him on here.
Re: 64K Amiga demo scene
I'm still amazed by what those guys could do with outdated Motorola68k hardware and 64k
This one from 2005 is pretty cool:
"Cock up cockup... "
Re: "big boned"
I'm not fat, I'm festively plump!
(With apologies to Eric Cartman.)
Number of users is a factor
I still use AmigaOS (and variant MorphOS) online from time to time and have done for about 20 years. To my knowledge, none of the various machines have ever been infected with anything malicious. This has nothing to do with the inherent security of the system; as far as I can tell, these systems are almost entirely devoid of security. Rather, the tiny community of users just isn't substantial enough to attract the nasty buggers.
Same goes for my now-defunct PPC Linux install.
I also use Macs as my main machines, have done for about a decade. In that time I'm only aware of one bit of malware that infected an iBook about five years back. It was simple browser redirect and easily removed.
My Windows machines, which have always been the least used of the lot, have been struck down with numerous ailments over the years, despite these being the only ones I ever bothered to attempt to protect.
Does this mean Windows is inherently less secure than the others? Does it bollox. It simply has a far greater user base and is therefore more enticing to malware authors.
Re: New Job (AC 12:55)
"... Bull. These are the people we caught so we already know what they can do and how to stop it."
Such charming naiveté.
"... He knows more about printing than any counterfeiter."
And therefore was able to anticipate every new development in counterfeiting and inform the authorities pre-emptively, which probably explains why there's never been a dodgy tenner anywhere since your auld Da' has been standing watch.
Re: Free market?
> "... why can't a band/label choose an individual 'buy' and 'stream' price for their music?"
They can and some do.
One well known example was Radiohead allowing fans to download "In Rainbows" and pay as much money as they saw fit.
However, from a marketing point of view this usually isn't a particularly effective approach, especially for unknown bands.
Re: And in other news...
"... how many people knew where it was on the map beforehand?"
Given the clue in the name, "Ecuador," I'd have thought quite a few people.
Re: You just can't trust these crooks!
Honour among thieves, etc.
If it's good enough for Jeffrey Archer.....
Re: No Camera?
My sentiments entirely.
I was getting increasingly tempted as I read through the review until I got to the part where it explained there's no camera.
Deal breaker, unfortunately.
Close, Asus, but no cigar.
Re: I agree.
"Seems to me the NSA monitors everyone, except the people actually doing damage to the state of the world."
I imagine they do indeed monitor them too.
Alas, I fear their activities are not viewed by the NSA as damaging the state of the world.
Re: Look! A Pink Horse!
> "However Facebook isn't going to arrest me or my family for not bending to their will."
You're right; they won't.
Not yet, anyway.
Re: Any half-baked coder knows to use parameterized queries
Some college courses (I'm looking at you, Glasgow Uni) were still teaching embedded input SQL as of 2012 with only cursory caution to the students, who are then turfed into the wild and often subsequently find themselves writing their first real code for small start-ups where there is no one else there who knows better.
This can be a recipe for much comedic japery when it comes to database design.
Re: no mention of bar codes?
As pointed out by Johnny (David Thewlis) in Naked:
"What can such a specific prophecy mean? What is the mark? Well the mark, Brian, is the barcode, the ubiquitous barcode that you'll find on every bog roll and packet of johnnies and every poxy pork pie, and every f*ckin' barcode is divided into two parts by three markers, and those three markers are always represented by the number 6."
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