242 posts • joined Wednesday 13th February 2013 08:40 GMT
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.
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.
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: 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: 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.
>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: 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?
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.
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: Perfectly said
>All I can say is it's a good thing they aren't trying to learn to walk.
Or come up with a better random number generator...
My best translation for that Kerry quote is "we are stabbing blindly hoping to get the terrorizers."
Re: KGB Helpdesk
Wrong. He has access to the honeypot. Think of all the sorting they can get him to do. The Russian spy IT network is paper-based.
>I am considering cancelling my subscription...
The refund is in the mail...
>That's because anyone running XP 64-bit has to be a freaking wizard to get any drivers to work with it!
[Casts furtive glances both ways] Yes, yes, I is a wizard. [More shifty staring]
PS: Don't tell anyone that 99.5% of computer security is knowing where to get your porn - at least for us wizards.
Re: What do scientists do if dark matter can't be found?
Evil Matter. It's like dark matter, but we can't see it, hear it, or speak of it.
On a more practical note, a stupid question: Have they calculated the 'light' energy that has been emitted since the beginning of time, or the energy that is currently emitted (as measured by looking at the 'past' for more distant parts)? Could the missing 'mass' be in the form of light being currently transmitted through or even out of the universe? Add in the fact we don't know exactly the state of black holes further away as the light is - lets say historical.
Re: Is Jobs still dead.
Too bad we didn't wrap him in a coil of electrical wires. There would have been enough electricity created to power an Apple data center with all the spinning he is doing.
That is what the page said on sign-in, wouldn't let me go through Gmail direct, that was an advertising done in the vein of the new nexus7. Then it landed me inside my dashboard and I had to click Gmail to get to my mail. I guess that makes me 387,286,834th as a plus user - though earlier I locked down the privacy settings, so maybe I was in the first 300 million.
Something to contemplate for sure. One thing is for certain, we know that they are forcing the likes of me to click on sign-in instead of Gmail to get in the system. I guess I get to be one of the inflated number of users who log-in with whatever frequency I do to be show ads that I never see.
The bastards. They got me. And that doesn't bother me so much as not knowing what number I was. Do I get credit for being an early adopter by privatising it? Is my real account credited to way back when it was invite only (like when people laughed at you for having Gmail as opposed to a phone company provided email, because that was more 'professional')?
Surely someone must know the answer. I'll Google it.
>... Coming to think of it, if asked to name who would construct a clunky wifi bot so heavy that you notice it in an iron, "Russia" would spring to mind much much earlier than "China". They'd probably do it with leftover Mig or tank parts.
It was a dead giveaway considering it weighed 30 tons and the welds looked like they would outlast the universe. As to why the thing had a turret, well I'll be darned...
Green-washing nothing, this is the next step, morality-washing.
Green and pink-washing have got nothing on this one. Before it was you did good a reason greater than yourself: the environment or disease research/treatment, now you do good by buying 'good'.
The cost: the death of better for oneself. You can no longer be better, but you can have iGoods. They're so great, they're good. And much better than wood.
/sarcasm <- because some people take these things seriously
ABB eh? May the power be with you.
Best I could do on drunk posting night.
It would work a lot better if one could imagine anything about Woz being thin.
Perhaps Apple should look into making him the driving instructor, at least then he will be within reach of the wheel and have a brake pedal.
Re: On reading the article
No. It is simply a case of the judge being wrong, likely due to not understanding the subject matter in addition to the misrepresentations by the plaintiff. Had the plaintiff's claims been 100% true, the ex parte order is appropriate.
Either way here is the defendant's response (see page 4, particularly "I completed conflict-of-interest paperwork and spoke with representatives in the Battelle Conflict of Interest office (in particular a Mr. Moriarty) and was informed that my proposed involvement in Southfork was permissible."):
Obvious Market Need
What is really needed is an app that finds all people who use LinkedIn, FB and the like and prevent them from communicating with you whilst simultaneously wiping traces of your contact info from their devices and the aforementioned companies' servers.
One can only dream ...
Re: And this only really matters...
Come now, it is fun to watch people play business, not to mention an excellent heuristic of who to avoid.
I on the other hand can't wait for the day when I poach El Reg commentards who have demonstrated competence and post under their name or even StackOverflow users of note (have already helped a friend with the latter).
>Calling yourself a hacker is the equivalent of saying you are a bank robber , and don't get pedantic on the meaning of the word, in common use hacker = criminal.
Which fully explains why Mr. Zuckerberg's door has been kicked down.
All in all, some nice doublethink on your part. Up is down and so on, don't get pedantic on the meaning of the word...
The job of the judge is to look at the context and decide on a balance of probabilities, and in this case to quote Bruce Schneier: "the argument doesn’t pass even the laugh test".
>If you openly admit to being a criminal then its gives the the authorities just cause to believe a crime is taking place and you the police are quite entitled to kick your door down without a warrant
"Just cause", that little gem is purely of your own hallucinations. The legal doctrine of probable cause in this case was only met through the plaintiff purposely misleading the court as to the breadth of evidence. Even the much weaker reasonable suspicion standard does not seem to be met. If it was a law enforcement agency investigating this, they would not have the evidentiary burdens required. Such lack of evidence can cause other evidence found as a result to be thrown out later.
As for admitting to be a criminal, it is also not enough, one has to be admitting to an act either committed, ongoing, or being conspired. To kick down your door, they better have some serious indications of risk of a person's safety or evidence destruction. It is not so much an entitlement as a defensible action on their part in circumstances that warrant it (pun unintended, but I hereby claim credit anyhow).
Re: Did you just ask for a link to underage porn?
>but the Reg DOESNT put up posts in real time*, I have no idea how long after I made my post it appeared, but it was BEFORE the hidden camera update was added.
My comments often are live right away, unless it is an Orlowski piece, nonetheless, I never made any claims of your original post regarding timing, simply of the reply. I fully assumed that you were not malicious, else you would have received a much different reply. I simply sought to inform you on the optics and what had transpired between your initial post and the reply post.
>saw your reply...
The first one was NOT my reply, I have never posted as AC (that I recall). There is no need to explain yourself as you did not do anything other than tell the wrong joke at the right time or vice versa, I'm not really sure which. Others, who like you did not know the full story, have posted some very stupid things, positions for which there will be no excuses going forward.
As I already wrote, you don't need to excuse yourself, it only makes you look worse. My intention was to give you a heads up. Myself, I made a scathing reply closer to the top, only afterwards realizing that the times of the moronic posts were prior to the new info. Sometimes with this internet thing we get caught up focusing on the wrong truths, not seeing the bigger picture.
The facepalm icon was not an attack against you, but rather on human reason - mine, yours, the mouthbreathers on this topic. The intended irony wasn't clear enough and in your case too close to home, my sincere apologies. I am sure if you reread my earlier post with this in mind, you will parse it slightly different and see it was not an indictment of your character.
Re: Did you just ask for a link to underage porn?
Considering the nature of the subject matter and that this was posted 6 hours before your reply:
I definitely agree that at least your response was a fail. I was not the AC, but you should definitely reconsider your response. There have been a lot of stupid half-informed, fully ignorant comments made on this article in the hours prior to this post above^ that make your bad, but somewhat funny joke and quick defense of it perhaps not be in the seen in same way as you see it.
By bad, I mean taste, though I will not vote one way or another, I must say that you get full marks for dark, edgy humour, and it is somewhat refreshing amongst the dribble. Perhaps, considering the above, if it be true, you were asking for links to hidden camera child porn? I'd be willing to give you a pass on the nearly adult age and likely long able to procreate "youths" as its not really pedophilia - and oft portrayed in porn by 30+ year olds, I realize that is neither here nor there - but that hidden camera bit makes it a bit creepy in retrospect.
Note, I make no representations as to whether just under 18 should or shouldn't be CP, that is none of my business nor my fetish. Quite frankly, I believe the rights should be defined by the parties involved and it is kind of creepy that people are obsessed about something over +/- a year as opposed to abuses of power in relationships. But I digress, surely this is more apt, n'est pas? ---->
Re: And so it continues.
While the profile killing is all well and good, the commercial value of the information contained in the 'archives' decreases over time. The real threat of this new change is bigger than the obvious privacy issue. Now users will be trying to tweak their privacy/sharing at a more granular level, and this information is really what Facebook wants. Basically they are crowd sourcing the connections/interests information, not unlike the data brokers back a few weeks ago:
Damned if you don't, damned if you do. Even if you accept that everything is public and only use it to communicate instead of being 'social', you still end up helping them refine their data. They have finally figured out how to get you to do the dirty work for them regardless your use case.
The point is not that it is posted on facebook, but the connections that facebook is mining, if a third party posts your work there, that is a bit different than you and your friends helping target ads that will be served to you. It is quite easy to take steps to make it harder for facebook to find or use connection information when content is submitted by a third party as opposed to through FB itself.
Re: Of course it aids terrorists - first define "terrorist"
>whatever the Canadian spooks call themselves
CSEC: Communications Security Establishment Canada
Though, they are just the signals and IT guys much like the counterparts, the real dirty work is done by CSIS (Canadian CIA or MI5+MI6 equivalent).
As for the data sifting, I think it is well beyond unreasonable and likely absolutely stupid from a cost/benefit basis simply based on money without even considering the inconveniences to liberty. The terrorists have won in a way they could never imagine, comprehend or benefit from.
This searching of the electronic haystack of random noise is attempting to predict where the needle will be in the future, utter madness. This is not ad serving where a confidence interval is good enough, it has to be true, not truthy, not infinite sigma, but 1 exactly. When people are paid to look for something, they will start seeing it where it isn't particularly when it is something rare.
>After what Putin did to 'Babe in the Woods' Obama over Syria - I have zero confidence US foreign policy - community organizer vs. ex-KGB = no contest.
What a horrible foreign policy mess, playing Cold War with Russia in public, but having long worked this one out behind closed doors to wit:
Obama to Medvedev: “After my election, I have more flexibility.”
Medvedev to Obama: “I understand, I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”
This was about much more than missile defense - that was always a sham for the local media so as to keep up public support.
If anyone believes that Russia had intentions to be Syria's 'buddy' for any reason other than to save face (note how quickly they bailed at the appointed time), they are well fooled. Syria has long been unable to pay Russia for military equipment on order. You do the math on how worthwhile keeping that relationship is.
Russia has one major geopolitical interest in that general area, and that is preventing pipelines being built from the Caucasus to Europe, other than that they have a similar issue with terrorism as the west.
Quite frankly, I think that there was no plan to attack Syria other than whatever general plans are in force for backup reasons. The whole thing stinks of a clever set-up. Everyone gets what they want, Assad stays to fight on, Russia gets to be a world power, US gets to not be the good/bad/[whatever descriptor you want] guy every last time, Britain gets to seem sage to make up for the WMD thing, and France gets to act tough for the first time in a while.
To me it seems the people in charge in the big countries 'involved' are more interested in using these incidents to keep their control in their own country than any world-stage dick waving.
Re: Choice of uranium/plutonium
The decision to use uranium reactors instead of thorium can also be attributed to naval vessel reactor requirements rather than simply being due to weapons material needs.
Re: Solar Thermal storage
>and maybe polymers
Stick to salts or organic solutions, polymers are a hassle at scale.
Re: "What is wrong with this idea?"
>What is really needed is a replacement for liquid fuels
There are methods to use algae to produce hydrocarbons. Lets say we can develop these further, place the reaction chambers (make a semi-artificial membrane) into something similar to the solar roofing shingles (which have been available for years now), and voila, you have your own rooftop/side-of-highrise petrol plant (pun on plant(s) not intended, but considering chloroplasts or a synthetic derivative would be used, I hereby lay claim to my unintended brilliance).
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