267 posts • joined 13 Feb 2013
Re: "Canadian Mounted"
>Oh, that is his horse
Moose. And we ride bareback.
Re: Hang on there!
Proof that Colorado cannabis laws are having their intended affect.
Re: On the upside...
>Still, at least it proves that there are some politicos that aren't afraid to speak out in the face of absurdity.
And against his own party member, double points in my book.
Re: Balancing Imbalance
>and if Paul Hogan was still alive.
$100 he walks out of the burning flames with a sizzling pan of penguin brains and heart, he takes of his hat to shake out the dust, but it is burnt and many carbonized bits flake off, he places what is left of the hat back on his head and says "that was a hot one, lets eat mate."
You can collect in any currency you like, I''l take Canadian.
Re: Not familiar with Tinder...
That may be what is advertised. But take a look at the actions of the users:
It is a vehicle to flirt and engage in the dynamics leading to a 'hookup'* without the traditional social and personal network strictures. Beyond this, there is nothing special about what happens between people when they finally meet. They will be the same boring people they always were - see online dating and how the results mirror that of offline dating. Sure there will be some scandal (particularly when famous people get involved), infamy, and hope involved...how like love in the analog world.
* Suspiciously enough hooking up can refer to anything from minor cuddling to making porn look tame, in other words typical human mating actions that in the past were referred to as 'dating' which could mean anything from they sometimes do stuff together to they are damn near playing house.
Re: So, Doktor Frankenspud, we meet again!
>In fact, there's a growth market. GM the spuds to be wind-giving, with specific strengths and aromas you can choose. A-E for strength, 1-10 from parfum through to devil's breath.
If a potato cannon is involved, I am interested. Perhaps an SPB endeavor.
I concur, further, one could go so far to say that HTML is more like punctuation than programming - though I believe that excellent grammar and language skills will help many future programmers when they deal with syntax in a computer language. Focus on the 3 R's is crucial for success as a programmer. Beyond just helping provide a strong framework within which to explain, attack a problem, and discuss it with others effectively, such focus on 'basic' skills repeated in many small steps along the way builds to way more than trying to teach someone 'how' to code 'properly'.
The sad thing is that these YoC people are the ones who sell (or at least hang out with those who do) code that make your "use once and mangle" scripts look like a "a considered process".
I think that the approach you outline is excellent, and quite frankly many smart kids who would otherwise not bother to learn could be exposed enough for them to see they can always learn the details along the way in the future as they work through a problem that requires computing.
Myself, I only really got going with actively programming as a considered process after I got frustrated trying to plumb together not quite complete libraries that did many great things, but not what I wanted, and not as efficiently. Once I started to think that I could do better, I became more discrete about the context of a problem or a solution and refused to accept solutions (particularly from myself) that were poor.
On the other hand, I also found that sometimes a simple generalization is more effective than a complicated, but computationally expensive slightly more precise filter in certain constrained autocomplete situations.
Re: Cyclone Boy
No, only a puppy mascot. The Typhoon Terrier.
> A horrible overgrown pile of crap written by people who don't understand the language they're using
So it isn't just me.
Then again, Michael, one could say the same about much of code :(
Or maybe we are talking about the documentation. I reported 2 examples (by email) that had errors which beginners would be extremely confused by (on top of being obviously wrong). Instead of changing less than 10 characters of text, they put it up with my email that I assumed 'might' be kept private in the bug section for over a week before it was fixed.
I don't do non-HTML5 anymore, so jQuery-type libraries (I liked YUI 2.somethinglate, but that was its own can of worms) have given their way to stuff like D3 (which I credit for my switch to HTML5) for quick testing, but anything proper is pure JS brutally shortened. Funny how going from testing in IE6 and Firefox to try to get alignments has switched to Firefox and Chrome to optimize UI performance and playing with 3D CSS.
The way I now think of what a web page can do is miles from before (assuming same time input from me). Freed from the constraints of early JS lack-of-portability (damn you IE), I can make apps that will work on well over 90% of devices in the Western world with decent fall back and no extra crap. The sequences are not shortened. Nay, I have put a 250ms delay on certain actions because the response was too jarring:
makeItAsFastAsiPhone(); // just kidding, I think
Re: You had me at...
I'm still trying to find out who I know that runs XP. The closest I can get is Vista on a friend's family computer. I am the XP user. Friends come to me for help with Windows 7/8.
>> posted from an XP machine
Re: Make Everything OK
You should try clicking on the donate button at the bottom. I got a PayPal page in Russian asking for American dollars.
Re: Get Godwin's law out of the way first
upvoted, but only for the kebab.
Re: And who says criminals don't have a ...
>Or maybe they just popped back home to the Caribbean for more supplies...
You mean Morocco, n'est pas?
>And a helpful suggestion warranted a down vote?
Wasn't me, but it would be more helpful if you got the model number right. The machine you are suggesting is the Acer 720 line.
Re: Marissa Meyer == The New Carly Fiorina
You wouldn't per chance be a [soon to be] former employee?
>apparently the Yahoo! Board disagrees
As does the stock market (probably explains the board's point of view). And her former employer didn't really have much use for her either. Wasn't her job to make the place seem like less of a sausage party? Or was it running the search page? I can never remember.
I'll bet the blond bimbo has skills that neither you, the board, nor I will see. And in my case, at least, that is a shame indeed.
My good sir, you are mistaken:
I doubt we are talking about the first one in definition #3.
>Staff who want to be paid in bitcoin are savvy?
I certainly wouldn't hire anyone willing to take it as payment. Something about risk assessment abilities springs to mind, but I can't put a finger on it.
Re: Sending a clear message..
The Black Hats are fine. These guys are Ass Hats.
They will likely be in protective custody with the diddlers.
Given the mission, it would replace the Navy's P-3s along with some manned P-8.
Carrying weapons on such a mission is a very high cost to the loiter capabilities which is the major point of the drone in addition to moving personnel out of the reach of any opposition weaponry. Not to mention the fact that bomb carrying ability is laughable compared to currently available aircraft.
One need not agree with US strategy to accurately assess the reasons, though not agreeing usually renders the individual unable to make a coherent argument much like the fervent fundamentalist 'patriots'.
Re: Let me get this straight...
>We have heroin, cocaine, Benadryl, Xanax, beer, and champagne but their calling it accidental?
Welcome to North America, people have quite a lax attitude to alcohol and pharmaceutical use despite the seeming uptight bent of the continent. This stupid mindset that things a doctor can prescribe are 'safe' has been beaten into the minds of the population and seems to persist as does binge drinking across all but the most religious groups. Even amongst the nutter right wing evangelical types there is much booze and improper pharmaceutical use, while they look down on the street drug user who is actually less of a risk from a toxicology standpoint (obviously there are ties to a much higher propensity of other high risk lifestyle choices amongst street drug users but that is never the point they make).
How many Directors
>How many Directors of Security are likely to be doing Heroine, Coke and Xanax on a business trip to Vegas?
More than not. Chances are you are unaware of the recreational drug use amongst your colleagues. The one you think is the least likely user is the most likely to enjoy tripping balls for a few hours every weekend or other on "E", but really they are doing meth in pill (60-80mg is what most street E contains).
As for the OD, pharmaceutical opiates combined with alcohol are responsible for more deaths than all other drug overdoses combined. Often the intelligent person is the one to flout the recommendations since they 'know' better, sadly, much like heroin, odd things happen with opiates even with the same dose when other factors are present.
Jake's pigs are artisanal breeds, they eat better than 99% of El Reg readers.
Re: Commence conspiracy theories.
I hereby claim my prize for prognosticating cause:
On the matter of conspiracy, as I wrote previously ^^^:
"Of course black helicopters would no longer be much of a surprise either, but he is dead, so that kinda mostly rules it out."
Another way, in addition
Anyone that has knowledge of prior art can help defeat patents:
an example in action:
There are a lot of people around here that could probably help.
Re: Not what it's cracked up to be
Are 6's upside down nines?
Re: I'm confused
>What are the chances that the maid is a registered user of the site?
Pretty low given this:
Why am I not surprised that 'some' of the female accounts are fake?
Are Facebook and Twitter really competitors? I didn't realize that, they seem incredibly different to me. I can post my enlightened dictator
>In the UK, you do go to your bank if you want a card processing account.
This is true in Canada too, but they send you to a company like Moneris that does the processing. It is kind of weird right now because every bank and phone company is launching their own system right now for phone based payments and Moneris the big CC and debit card processor is putting out a device that does CC and debit (encrypted Bluetooth to tablet or smartphone).
>Those people have an advantage over everyone else should they want to add the facility to pay using your phone to that.
There is no doubt about that being true, however, the bank or CC company also has a bigger liability issue when it acts on both sides of a transaction, and given the fact in the article about the CC companies taking 80% of the processing fee, I don't see how it is in their interest to take the additional risk on the other 20%. Let the small fry take care of this. Much like how mainstream processors will not do business with 'adult' sites due to charge-backs, so there is a whole industry of processors from just below mainstream standards to too dodgy for even organized crime to use.
>As someone who sometimes pays using plastic cards, I would trust a bank supplied app for phone based payments more than I would trust some tech startup I've never heard of.
If you haven't heard of Square, I assume you are not in North America, because here it is the darling of small business or independent 'techy' types as there is less hassle than the PayPal card reader and no monthly fees like the bank/third party system. It is a company doing $20 billion in processing a year, hardly a fly by night company.
Actually the price is that. The value is up to you to decide as an investor and the future will tell the rest of us what it is worth. If you think that it is high, once shorting is allowed, you can place your bet there. In fact, you should hope it rises even more till you do decide to short.
If a company is making a profit and priced at say a P/E of 10 (very conservative) in a mature field and then due to a market or technological shock can no longer earn a profit and it incurs losses such that liquidation of assets does not yield much on the dollar, then that is no better a risk for an investor to have taken.
For the company to be valued at that rate is absurd from the perspective of requiring $750 million USD profit to be in the same valuation range as Google.
As for financial markets, individuals taking risks is what keeps markets healthy, and a decent profit today and the past means nothing in the future, and all a company is worth is the present value of its future profits. Select your own rate of discount and risk multiplier because there is no way to actually predict the future, though many will tell you otherwise.
Much of the collapse was attributable to poor lending practices, both by financial institutions and governments. The government kept rates low to encourage growth when the economy was already doing all right. A consequence of this was that financial companies were lending money to people who could not afford to pay their mortgage when interest was calculated in, they could barely make the no-interest or below market interest rates that the loan calculation was based on. This massively inflated housing prices (and many other things as well) leading people to believe that their assets were larger than actual. People then borrowed against their inflated house values not understanding much like a company, a house is a risk with potential liabilities possibly exceeding the realizable value. And besides, everyone else was doing it.
Not necessarily. The CC companies are not interested in processing. Nor are banks. In Canada if you want CC processing added to your company bank account, you have to go to an approved third party. This removes liabilities to the processor and seller from the bank and CC companies. They are more than happy to sit back and take a shave while managing the risks related to your ability to pay and prevention of fraud.
I totally agree with your assessment of the usefulness of the service and am considering using them. As an investment, if they do indeed meet the growth goals over the next half year to year, they have a possibility of being a decent investment if the price is right.
Regardless what one may think of twitter (I don't use it and try to avoid it at all costs), the management of the service provided has been pretty good compared to say FB and I bet that Dorsey has used a lot of the things he learned there in the running of Square's operations.
Re: 37% ???
>If I read their site correctly, the problem affects all versions of Windows and Office except for the 2% which have the combination of office 2010 + (server 2003 or xp)
From the link in the article, I read that only the Office 2010 on Server 2003 and XP is an issue, and that higher (read more recent) systems are fine. Also Office 2013 is not affected on any system. Sounds like planned obsolescence to me.
Re: Try Niagara Falls NY for experienced AL2O3 manufacturing facilities
My guess is Tim is looking more at Sayanogorsk.
Re: Uh, hang on ...
>Indeed. Like the 95.5% of users who didn't have a password in the top 100. But where's the story in that?
Probably the same place where "123456" was 5% of the passwords on its own. The top 20 is 11.1% alone.
I will reserve judgement until I see a crack list. It would not surprise me if well over 50% are found. Then we can laugh at feeble attempts to make a password 'hard' and yet still crackable.
Re: Using logic and not checking against observation was the medieval way to do physics.
Or a drop of sweat.
>Then again, anecdotes do not an experimental dataset make.
That requires some serious statistics gymnastics!
>Thanks, Jake, for what sounds like your expert and meticulously conducted scientific experimentation using laboratory grade materials and equipment. Did you use Evian or Perrier?
The finest artesian Napa Valley well water, expensive crystal glass, and a prototype chip cooling unit he built from a repurposed soda fountain to turn his calculator into a supercomputer.
Re: "High-speed trading is no longer the viable money generator it was a couple years ago"
Exactly, mining Bitcoins is an excellent analogy.
Wish I thought of it. :( ---->
Re: High-speed trading is no longer the viable money generator it was
>This is not necessarily relevant - a not especially important financial process might easily generate enough revenue to cover the relatively small sums required for the engineering.
Allow me to rephrase that my good sir(/lady). Many of the leading firms have left the market as the profit dried up due to increased competition from competing firms and the large financial corporations. This is not due to someone pulling a Knight Capital at these companies, but rather market conditions. IIRC the number I heard was that profit in the entire industry last year was 20% of profits five years prior - the single year, not all five years.
Costs are not small, the increase in both hardware and software required to stay in the game is not trivial. The maths and coders who work in this field are paid multiples of the IT industry ranges. Pretty much most of the cost is the software, and the rest is hardware which also has to be turned over quicker than normal.
This means that the returns for risk are no longer sufficient for some to justify being part of the market. In the last year, a company with no financial issues left the market and was unable to find a buyer where 12 months before they had been offered in the neighbourhood of $US 300-400 million.
I posit that not only is it relevant, it is the only relevant thing.
>The researchers note that a provably secure bit commitment would be valuable in applications such as high-speed stock trading.
Why? High-speed trading is no longer the viable money generator it was a couple years ago. Equipment and software costs have rocketed and there is much less profit to be made to the point that many firms have left the business and others could not sell themselves and closed shop altogether.
Security is not much an issue at sub 300ms executions. The placement of your server in the NYSE data center might well be. Or is this what they are trying to eliminate?
Re: Hypocrisy? No, business as usual
>Why is that? Because people have short memories: today's hypocrisy is tomorrow's business as usual.
The wonders of the diffusion of responsibility. Then again most people are interested in appearing to do the socially right thing rather than actually doing the right thing.
>You do know that it's the red states that have more people on food stamps ?
Lets not confuse the issue with facts. Beliefs are more important.
Re: As an intellectual and technological excercise...
>I will also say that the bill for all this has not even be paid yet. There WILL be suffering. MUCH suffering.
Those under 35 or so are projected to pay 10% more taxes in their lifetimes to get a similar level of government services.
I also agree that private innovation is more efficient, though, it would mean that we could be at risk of another country without openness using such innovation against us. There is a reason that large industrial endevours like nuclear, air and space transport, and communications are often run under government auspices as there are often military side projects off these that are of interest from a tactical perspective.
For example, the diversion of nuclear material for weapons, space flight is easily re-purposed for ICBM use, and, well as of a few months ago, we need not speak of government and communications. I make no claims as to this being the way things should be, but given human nature, I am hardly surprised.
Re: Already flying...
Or they have already worked out that it is too expensive and have found some constraint that won't go away so they can use it to bait the Chinese to 'steal' the plans so they go waste loads of money trying to develop it. One thing for sure, China is not going to blink.
As for a replacement, there have been reports of unexplained triggerings of earthquate detection equipment in the area around Edwards going back many years. Perhaps it is a replacement for the replacement.
Re: Remember battlecrusiers?
>Speed is death in my neck of the woods
Of course it is all good when recon pilots take it on missions.
Re: Not as pretty as the Blackbird, tho.
>The SR71 though may well have helped turn the Yom Kippur War in 1973.
IIRC that flight almost didn't make it back to the tanker.
Re: humanity in space
>Getting reliable and cheap scramjets makes it easier to get humanity into space, which is ultimately where humanity needs to go in order to survive.
By far the biggest issue with us humans being able to survive extended periods in space is the social issues that will arise more so than technical. Yes we will soon be able to make/create the tech required and perhaps even build it on the 'fly'. But the consequences over so much as a small disagreement over which bolt to tighten first or what angle the socket driver should be held at could very conceivably lead to disastrous rash actions that here on earth are less dangerous than in a confined inhospitable environment.
Re: Well, if and when
Just messing Cliff. Despite the seeming seemliness of the two prisoners involved, they both could theoretically be decent people (though probably not).
Regarding the use of prisoners, I agree, there should definitely be many avenues available for those willing to go along with a strict system where going with the rules upgrades your access to opportunities while any demerits instantly knock you into higher security.
One of the biggest problems with prisons in North America is that the most dangerous criminals are usually allowed into the general population and just recruit and run operations from there. These people are usually unredeemable and should be in a supermax facility with minimum contact.
Often the crime itself that a person was convicted and sentenced for is not as good an indicator of whether they are a danger in the general population, however, those who accept responsibility at trial without having their lawyer submit a bunch of bogus character references have a decent shot. The worst offenders seem to have a reality distortion field that makes Jobs look sage, but I digress.
Re: Well, if and when
>Seems to me this is exactly what prison is for - rehabilitation and giving people who screwed up a chance to try again.
According to the article: "one doing time for murder and another for sex offenses"
That is pretty close to a child stabber. Do they get credit for stick-on tats?
>They probably ARE bums
Now there, the correct term is big-mac-and-cheap-gin-compensated-line-holders. 20 quid goes a long way to ensure a nervous fanperson gets their bling.
Re: I'm totally with BillG here
>We need things in space to get paper towels into your house.
James Burke everybody. So much better than the old Connections.
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