Not just web pages ...
Web pages may be getting heavier, but so are FPS games.
Thanks to a hard disk crash I've had to re-download the Guild Wars 2 image. 18GB so far, and counting. ....
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Web pages may be getting heavier, but so are FPS games.
Thanks to a hard disk crash I've had to re-download the Guild Wars 2 image. 18GB so far, and counting. ....
Um ... why does the picture that goes with this article show a bunch of ancient Spartans and Athenians? (Spartans because that upside down V is a Lambda, for 'Lacedaemonia', and Athenians because the other shields have Athena's owl.)
As far as I know neither ancient civilization had any problems with their web servers.
Trojans? Nope, those aren't Trojans.
It is called 'The loose canon' I believe...
It starts with the book of ProvHerbs.
A friend of mine used to live in Namibia. His work used to involve driving across a bit of the Kalahari desert that was so flat and empty that there was no road - you just took a compass bearing and set off.
In all those kilometers of emptiness there was one tree - a baobab. It was such a distinctive feature that it was marked on maps. Then one day someone drove a truck into it, irrecoverably damaging the thing.
If that tree got hit, then a rock in the middle of a highway stands no chance. Sooner or later some idiot will always come along.
('Stop' sign, obviously)
But it's my understanding that if you access really illegal porn - i.e. CP on a computer you are repairing, the cops might decide to charge you as well if you report it.
The point is that it's illegal to view this stuff unless you are properly authorized. And repairing a mate's computer does not count as being authorized. So if you show any great familiarity with the contents of illegal porn folders, you might be in trouble.
I strongly urge you to look up 'Strict liability' as a legal term - as a non-legal expert, my reading of the law is that why you saw the porn, or your intentions (mens rea) don't count. You viewed it, so you're guilty. From a moral standpoint, you have to report this stuff if you find it, but it might be worth thinking hard about reporting how you knew what the material was.
I was thinking more of something like:
'Hello,this is Lockheed technical support. Press 1 if your radar is malfunctioning, 2. if your plane is dropping out of the sky and 3 if you are experiencing a serious software failure during combat.'
'I'm sorry all our operatives are busy with other calls right now. Please hold for the next available operator. Your aircraft is important to us. Please hold.'
Have you heard of the new, updated F-36 with new, innovative features? Contact your congressman about it today!
Thank you for your patience ...'
For some of the speculation here, I'd recommend the obscure Roman agricultural god Sterculinus. He's the god of manure-spreading. (Seriously)
(Which the writer of this article appears to be endorsing)
Unless you give up some of your rights, criminals will get away with it.
Of course, (replacing criminals with 'enemies of the state') totalitarian states have used this argument for decades. Conversely if you do give up your rights - for any reason whatsoever - you WILL get a totalitarian state. Police and governments can't help themselves.
A whiles back, I was giving a talk at a fairly prestigious London institution. The IT guy asked to look at my talk so he could throw the slides onscreen at the appropriate moment. Then he took my only copy and vanished.
Since I knew the topic intimately (which is why I was asked to give the talk) it was not hard to adlib my way through the hour, every now and then looking up at the projectionist's box and asking for 'next slide please'.
Afterwards, the IT guy came and asked rather heatedly why I had not stuck to my script. Apparently this should have been showing on the flat screen built into the lectern. However, no-one had told me this, or turned the thing on.
'Can an arbitrary entity possibly create an intelligence greater than itself?'
Let's ask Einstein's mother.
The Republican party contains some real wingnuts who believe the Donald is 'right on' with his overblown rhetoric. There's a lot of others who are - in their words - 'mad as hell' about how the current system does not benefit ordinary Americans, and they are using Trump as a sort of rabid attack dog to scare the mainstream political establishment into actually considering their needs. (This appears to be working, for now).
These two groups are all that Trump needs to sew up the republican nomination, so why should he not speak to them? Then once he becomes the Republican candidate, wait for the pivot, and we get the moderate, toned-down Trump who talks to the average undecided voter. Problem is, I'm not sure the real Trump is either the attack dog he is now or the moderate he will become. It's going to be an interesting year.
Trump on Amazon: "If I become president, oh do they have problems. They're going to have such problems"
Another quote for the list -
'Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem' - Ronald Reagan.
He also said
"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help. "
A while back I got a server with faulty RAM. Called the support line of the company (I won't say which one, but it rhymes with 'hell').
'Ah', says tech chappie 'I am seeing from your order number that you are in education, so I am to be transferring you to that department.' (cue ten minutes of classical music)
'Faulty RAM?' says education chappie. 'I am to be transferring you to hardware.' (cue ten minutes of classical music)
Says hardware, 'This is an education order so I'm transferring you to them ...' (cue ten minutes of classical music)
Needless to say I've never purchased another box from them, and advised my colleagues against doing so. Multiply by X dissatisfied customers, and how much has their 'low-cost' support service cost the company?
Well, we now have a better idea of where Simon lives - anyone who has played booze roulette on the underground and ended up trying to take a cab home will know that 'Sorry guv,' but cabbies 'can't take you sarf of the rivah.'
Uber is Karma.
Thanks for taking the time to explain. It did indeed help.
Have one on me.
'Space didn't "travel" faster than the speed of light, it just expanded faster.'
Ah. thanks for clearing that up. Now when space was expanding faster than the speed of light, at what speed was the border between space and non-space moving?
Conversation got hit by a troll. And you fell for it.
The internet needs to kill off Flash. It's like a family pet suffering a painful terminal illness, except that this illness is dangerous for everyone around.
Just put it out of our misery already.
How much Dianne Feinstein looks like Dolores Umbridge of Harry Potter fame? Seems that they have more than their appearance in common.
No, it's not a dress. You darn well know that, but I'll give you chapter and verse anyway.
It's a cassock, and probably a surplice on top of that. It's based on the vestis talaris which civilized, (and rather macho Romans) were wearing while trouser-clad barbarian types were still figuring out how to get the lice out of their beards. How is it that no-one suggests that Caesar was wearing a dress while his be-skirted legionaries were knocking the crap out of the Britons?
You might just as well refer to a navy seal in battledress as wearing panties and a chemise instead of boxer shorts and camo jacket - the descriptions are equally inaccurate.
I was halfway through downloading my weekly magazine onto the iPad when up pops Apple's 'Your terms and conditions have changed. Please read this frigging 52-page document of legalese in fine print and then click 'I agree' before you can get on with your magazine and morning tea and toast. (Please note there is no 'I disagree' button.)'
Like 99.99% of the population I agreed to something I had not read. I might have agreed to sell my first born to Satan, accept unpatched versions of Adobe, or agreed to install and never delete iTunes.
The whole system is broken
'This is the 100millionth time they've let things slip by....' Now, take a deep breath. According to Apple, there are just under 3/4 of a million apps in the app store
Therefore your post suggests that each app is faulty despite being screened more than 100 times. I've nothing against a bit of hyperbole, but this seems a touch OTT. Have a drink while you calm down.
'in the modern world the insurance sector ... is larger than the agriculture sector by some way. We therefore appear to value insurance more than food at this level of wealth. '
The size of a business sector does not relate to the value of its products. Let's rewrite this sentence with one minor change.
'in the modern world the potato sector ... is larger than the caviar sector by some way. We therefore appear to value potatoes more than caviar at this level of wealth. '
would like to add to the chorus of lamentation at the Worstall departure. It's one of the columns that makes the Reg worth visiting
This is why I love Reg commantards. We have an announcement about a climate-change variable of considerable significance, and this results in an animated discussion about paint.
Reminds me of Ridcully trying to keep a discussion by wizards on track.
If the authorities wanted to arrest you, you're already cooked. Hours after your arrest, the media will be informed - correctly - that you were discovered to have had child pornography on your computer and bomb-making equipment in your home. Consider this:
Child Pornography; Level 1 on the COPINE scale:
'Non-erotic and non-sexualised pictures showing children in their underwear or swimming costumes from either commercial sources or family albums.'
Bomb-making equipment - for obvious reasons I'm not going into detail here, but if you have bleach, one of several types of domestic cleaning products, and gasoline in the car in your garage you are well on the way. Add nitrogen-based fertilizer in the garden shed and you certainly can produce a handy bang.
You might as well plead guilty now.
(I forget which one) Men are men, women are men, children are FBI agents.
Trusting that someone on Darknet is who he claims to be is the height of naivety.
The good Dr Richardson seems confused about the distinction between a feminist and a misandrist.
'As someone who has always been told to keep such gear meticulously clean ..'
re we talking firearms or gynecology here?
Except the air around Banff for most of August has been slightly worse than the air in downtown Beijing. There are huge fires burning in northern Washington State, and the prevailing winds have been carrying the smoke north-east into the Rockies.
Thanks to some welcome rain hereabouts, the smoke has cleared a lot this week, but take a look at http://firesmoke.ca/forecasts/BSC00WC04/current/# to get the general idea.
Take the transCanada on Highway One past Banff, and you could do it in a Trabant ...
If you have something to say to me, send an email. There's very little so urgent that it requires a voice conversation immediately.
A while back I got so peeved with spam calls that I ditched my landline (saving a good few bucks in the process) got a mobile- and turned it off.
Whenever someone interrupts a face to face conversation with 'I've got to take this call', I simply walk away. Apart from 999 calls, no phone has an automatic right to be answered.
Right, right, and right.
For example the Abu Omar case, where a Muslim cleric was abducted from the streets of Milan by CIA operatives.
The US Counterintelligence Analysis Report published under the auspices of the Department of Defense Intelligence Analysis Program (DIAP) which claims Assange is a terrorist supporter who has engaged in cyber-spying. Also, the US justice department's refusal to deny that it has closed the book on any prosecution for these 'offences' by Assange.
Research all these, and then decide if assange is making this all up to boost his ego.
Be grateful that W. Yorks have professionals answering their emergency calls. Compare that with the scumbag 911 operator in the States who hung up on a caller trying to save a dying man - because he didn't like her attitude.
Urban legend. Cats can and do digest pork. You'll also see it listed on pet foods as 'ham' or similar.
It's not recommended that you feed a cat bacon, but that's because the sodium level is too high - nothing to do with the meat itself. Well cooked pork is as safe for a cat as beef or tuna. (In fact probably safer than tuna depending on the mercury content.)
It's about controlling how people use the internet.
'To a government, freedom means failure. It represents something the government has been unable to regulate or tax.' - G. Faldene
'Any and all references to fixing any problem by cutting foreign aid automatically qualify your post as a loss under the Godwin principle... only in this case you are the looser AND the nazi.'
It's Godwin's Law, and the general interpretation is that the first person to mention the Nazis is the loser. So you can add ignorance of Godwin's law to ignorance of economics and ignorance of spelling.
On the bright side Sir, think of all the room you have for improvement!
As a ghastly warning. This particular little toerag is beyond saving, and the consensus here seems to be that neither jail time nor professional help will do much.
So why not give as massive a punishment as statute allows? Not to help him, but to discourage other little snotwads who are thinking of doing the same thing. Maybe someone contemplating 5 years jail time and a computer ban for life might think twice before unleashing a SWAT team for 'lulz'.
First they slurp all the data they can - legally or otherwise. Then stick it on a server so world + dog can hack it.
Next, they give a sickly grin and promise it won't happen again.
Rinse and repeat. And we - the general public - believe them. Right now the security services and general public are in an abusive relationship.
A good try, but that image is not Zeus. It's Heracles. I'm assuming you took Shutterstock's word for it when you used (and rather nicely elongated) their 'white face Zeus' image.
However, if you look at the top you can see the head of the Nemean lion which Heracles used as armour. (Its skin was impenetrable). Zeus' iconic animal was the eagle. Zeus is not depicted in classical art or statuary with a lion, and never with a lion head-dress.
Take a look at this pic of Heracles in the Met Museum of Art, for comparison.
Some people find gorillas highly admirable.
'Someone will always imply something that was never there in the first place.'
I think you mean 'infer something'.
When you imply something, you suggest an idea without stating it directly. If you infer something, you imagine that an idea has been suggested but not directly stated. That's why when you 'infer' something you bring your own idea into what you heard or read. (Latin inferre - 'bring in')
' Was most disappointed with the novel. The characters are ill-defined and one-dimensional. The plot had no unusual turns and was easily predictable.'
This being the review for a technical non-fiction book on the Roman army. The problem being that any fool can write a review, and many fools do.
Not necessarily. Armistice Day is not Armistice's Day, and Christmas Day is not Christmas' Day. So if we have a day celebrating the nation's pedants National Pedants Day is perfectly grammatical.
(Hurls chalk back.)
If I go to a notary and establish rights to the Durán brain,can I sell it?
After all, I'm taking vacant possession.
'Child slaves with bucket and spade (sorry, shovel, farmers use spades.)'
You use a spade to dig and a shovel to move stuff around. (Think of the verb 'to shovel'.) If you can grasp economics, Mr Worstall, making this distinction should not be too hard.
You make a good case, Sir. But if that's why and how it's done it seems to me that a judge would have no problems writing out a warrant for cops to access the data - as has happened for decades.
What is more of an issue is that police and government now want massive and warrantless access to everyone's data, and the only reason they can offer is that it will keep us safe from the dreaded paedoterrorist alliance.
That does sound unreasonable.
A few years back I wanted to change the monitor of a well-respected academic for a more modern one. (He was using a CRT ffs.) After meeting with stubborn resistance, we finally got to the reason. He 'liked the screensavers installed on this monitor'.
So yeah, I believe that people still happily install .scr viruses. Not least because 'if there's something wrong with it, I'll just call IT to sort it out.'
I find myself cheering for Microsoft? My, how the world has changed!