Make these travel guides a series
Fantastic, keep it up. Give it a couple of years and you can collect these articles into a nice quirky book and profit.
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Fantastic, keep it up. Give it a couple of years and you can collect these articles into a nice quirky book and profit.
But don't real people use code words instead of 'bomb', 'president', 'roadside', 'cell', 'payment' etc?
The USA and its friends repeatedly tortured Mohamedou Ould Slahi (still in Gitmo) and they tried to get him to explain what he meant by 'tea' in a recorded phonecall. That he may really just have been talking about tea never seems to have occurred to them.
Perhaps he meant resource leaks and bugs?
Correct: it required you to change a bit flag to gain access to the previously inaccessible content. This allowed you to be invited indoors by your dates and play a mini sex game to make her orgasm if I recall. It was all good fun, and the art assets and execution were very rough and ready: it had clearly been canned and just left in there, probably because the task to "Remove Sex Game" was very low priority in a tight game dev schedule.
When you do apply the Hot Coffee mod, at least it made sense of the dating part of the game. I had sensed there was something 'missing' in the game-play when you arrived back at your dates house and nothing followed, just a feeling as I played it, like there was some mission in the chain missing.
I took it to mean that they apply a "filter" at source (maybe it never even emits certain data), and only save what they know they need. As opposed to saving all the data, and filtering it. To go back to the logging analogy, it would be to not log everything (which generates huge amount of noise), but only log changes / new / unusual events (obv depends on your needs here).
I am not sure what guarantee he could trust really. Look at Gitmo, poor fuckers in there for 10+ years without a trial, the innocent author of Guantánamo Diary was ordered released in 2010 by a federal judge and he is still in prison 5 years later.
Snowdon would have to be mad to agree to a trial in the US.
Also we seem to be forgetting the 'spy' angle. Recently we are focusing on electronic intercepts and nobbling, but don't forget there is the time honored way of simply getting your person inside. I would be surprised if TLAs didnt also take this route. And I find it hard to imagine any competitive organisation restructuring itself internally and having the discipline to maintain the internal 'need-to-know' firewalling that would stop useful information just walking out the door.
'Germans most important power in Europe'.
"I am just a gladiator these days".
"Ukraine is an important country in a lot of ways".
I see a lot of these reports: sickness, paperwork, internet, facebook, obesity etc. My gut feeling is they cant all be right as the sum would be staggering...
The USoA had this added to the Geneva Convention because lasers are a very effective and cheap counter to air superiority. The wattage and focus required to disable a vehicle is significant, however blinding enemy pilots is much easier and lower powered. And the US wont set foot anywhere where they dont have total air superiority. Concern for the welfare of the comman man or the civility of warfare was not the aim with this cynical addition to the convention.
Technically the Swiss and Swedes added this however I have my tin foil hat on regarding their motivations.
The page seems to be down now - was there seriously a public URL entitled "Rides of Glory" tracking one night stands? How did they work that out?
Could have been worse, at least it didn't exploded at launch...
"The so-called deep web - the anonymous part of the internet - is estimated to be anything up to 500 times the size of the surface web."
Sounds like we need a new Register Unit, 'estimates of the size of parts the internet', perhaps named 'Bullshits'?
If the purpose of the attacks was to kill civilians, then one doesn't give warnings, and we see this at present in bombings in Iraq and Nigeria. According to CAIN, the Provisional IRA was responsible for the deaths of 1,823 people between 1968 - 2001, or about 4 per month. The death tolls when civilian casualties are the goal are two to three orders of magnitude higher, peaking at 3,000 PER MONTH to take Iraq as an example.
Stop letting your emotions drive you, try some thinking for a change. None of this is apologist, simply an observation that civilian body count was obviously not the goal of the Provisional IRA.
You are correct, and in fact the IRA rarely targeted civilians. And please people, pay attention to the wording here before downvoting: *Targeted*. Civilians could and did get caught up, but they were not the targets per se. The IRA "spectaculars" series of attacks were in fact intended to be exactly what you suggest: strategic attention seeking bombings demonstrating ability and expensive disruptions, but civilian death was not the strategy (unlike for example, bombings of crowded markets in Iraq, which shows the horrors that might have been in the UK).
Taken to the conclusion: if you intend on waging a campaign of violence from within a country, do it without bloodshed but at high financial cost to your opponent.
But I suspect that its most likely a story made up by the cops to resolve internal issues. A bit like "the prisoner walked into a door" or "the prisoner cut himself shaving", these are bullshit stories that suit the circumstances whilst minimizing the culpability of those involved. It happens every time officials are caught with their pants down. For example, I would not be shocked to learn that this is a cover story for an actual loss of 230g of high explosive, where they 'find' it by having a friend of a friend 'discover' they have the wrong suitcase.
I know how hard the journey has been for some in that studio. Great to see this on The Register. I still have an infamous linked list implementation from my time there as a keepsake :)
Minecraft is this generations Lego and World of Warcraft in one. Its profitable too. It might actually be worth $2bn, even if this seems crazy money to you and I.
Aliens, robots, undead, animals and monsters seem to have little to no chance upon encountering humans. They may be bouyed by initial wins, but the closer they get to their goal of defeating any sized group of people, the surer their defeat looms. From the cold depths of space to the alien home planets, or in Earth jungles or cities, nothing is so dangerous to a hostile plan as an endangered human. Even alone, outnumbered, on foot, wounded and armed with little more than a bladed weapon or a light machine gun, a human opponent is not to be taken lightly.
So the question is which amongst the humans is the most deadly? Its not so clear cut, but the chances of winning seem to be incredibly improved if you are:
* Photogenic and aged under 40.
* A group outsider, misunderstood or shunned.
* You are wrongfully accused of a crime.
* You are ex police and/or special forces OR if you have no military training whatsoever.
* Your superiors are evil and dislike you.
* Speak with American accent.
War in Europe as Russia continues invasion of sovereign nation.
War in N. Africa continues: Jihadists butcher another journalist.
Ebola rages uncontrolled across Africa as WHO pleads for military intervention.
I know some people find leaked pics of vacuous twits who undress for money anyways to be interesting, but I am amazed at how journalistic sites like the BBC find time and space to cover this non-news against the backdrop of current affairs at present.
I don't know if you guys are paying attention, but current state of world affairs looks like Tom Clancy and Dan Brown had a love child and it wrote an airport novel. Ebola 'kills-before-it-spreads' is now spreading, having reached centres of population. Russians shot down an airliner and their tanks are rolling into a neighboring european country: 'Peace in our time' EU doesn't know what to do. And in Arabia al-qaeda has somehow grown from a Saudi Arabian madman's personal fantasy to potentially having its own state.
Hmmm ... and isnt that correct? AFAIK a search warrent must detail what is being searched for. "Bad Stuff" isnt acceptable. If for example they are searching your house for a missing child, they cant look in your matchboxes.
Of course the reality is that the cops word the warrent to permit searching as wide as possible.
Don't blame the C language please. Despite its age it is still an excellent language, it still has relevancy and it is the language of choice for most safety critical systems. The issue here is poor developers and/or their pointy-haired managers.
Its true that C does contain some (few) functions that are inherantly unsafe (and impossible to make safe - see 'gets') however these should be well known to all developers for these applications and are also easily caught with analysis tools. Most of these functions are also deprecated and obsolete under the ANSI C standard too. Just dont use these functions.
Are you serious? I've never been asked questions about my (lack of) criminality and I doubt time served for refusing to cough up passwords would do anything except comment on his strength of character. Yeah it might prevent employment with DOD or NHS but there's plenty of other places.
But as an employer I would be more concerned by the silly things he appears to find amusing or important such as trolling Facebook etc.
I will believe it when I see it. I'm still waiting for this one to materialise:
You sometimes seem like the last bastion of journalism. I have unblocked advertisers for your site only, thats how much I appreciate you :)
I know its a good laugh at an easy target, but its a little unfair. Credit where credit is due and all that. MS do some good research that is widely beneficial. Their whitepapers are excellent, and many of their outcomes are to be seen in games. One I have some experience of is Microsoft's research into automatic level of details which benefits all games companies, and I know even Sony 'exclusives' to have run their meshes through the MS tools, which are *free* with the DirectX SDK
The math involved in developing some of these areas is certainly not for the faint hearted.
You are clearly not a developer. Perhaps a manager? Or a barrista? Maybe a troll... *Live* tiles? Of all apps? ...
I'm glad we have this chance because I am quite a fan of Microsoft and I have to rant and shout and foam-at-the mouth at this piece of shit that is Windows 8.x Just what the fuck were they thinking? Its a mixed up unusable hybrid where even simple things are difficult to impossible to do, and 20 year power-users of Windows are stopped dead in their tracks by the shitty OS's insistence on sometimes switching to "tile" mode, with no option to fucking switch it off.
Some tasks which should be easy and perhaps even fun (change your login avatar/icon) become 'hmm let me google this' difficult. My gf struggled to do this until I decided to help out. Nothing new there. Except I couldn't either.
Looking deeper, Microsoft seems to really have some internal cultural problems, with overpowered idiot managers, and I suspect that an engineer in Microsoft is putting his/her career on the line by speaking sense. Its the only explanation for the persistence in so many fuck-ups recently (see also 'XBox One', from its fucking stupid name to its stupid management team, now gone, to its arrogant approach to its own customer base. See also Sony kicking MS ass this console generation...).
Early on it must have been clear as day that the missing start menu was going to be commercial suicide. *Every* tester must have commented on how difficult the OS was to use without it, and how shit and schizophrenic the tile parts seemed. But MS chose to ignore this. The popularity of the now ubiquitous start menu replacement app should have been a killer indication to MS that they fucked up, but still 8.1 they didnt put it back. Internally not admitting mistakes is more important than losing market share.
Its not hard Microsoft. You have the talent internally. Just start listening to your own customers, stop trying to be a shittier version of Apple and Google. Let them do their own thing. Play to your strengths.
Also, ffs, pay attention to games. Its the last area Windows pwns at ('PC' gaming) but fuck you idiots will throw that away too.
End rant, thanks.
Good to hear that Bill. I think the customers who are willing to consider using a service like this (like me) will share these concerns. I have also emailed you (or 'Felix') directly earlier today.
I wish companies and the public would wake up to the overuse of google-analytics. This is a worldwide *web* of internet usage which is all centralised at google. I dont understand how a so called privacy respecting website can have so much intrusive shit buried inside its front page.
Your emails might be stored encrypted, but I suspect that given the connectivity of the "social media" cookies etc that if you are not careful you can already be sniffed as signing up to this page if you do it while logged into facebook et al.
If you are signing up to this service, do it from a clean private browser session and make sure to look at the "privacy settings" tab before entering anything into any boxes. I noted with dissapointment that their "privacy" settings default to "No Privacy"
I tried this and they are wise to it. They cut the call after N minutes if they arent making progress.
And this scam isnt confined to just the UK, they were calling me in Sweden.
FFS guys stop naming your particles with press friendly sensationalist names like "God", "Strange", "Top" and "Charm" etc. These articles wouldn't get half the press space if they had boring and unfamiliar names like 'Cornell' or 'Higgs'.
I remember similar arguments being used all those years ago for privatisation and look where that led.
> Gaming is dead and EA killed it.
No way. If anything gaming is undergoing an indy renaissance. You wont see it if you only shop in the high street, but buy a copy of Edge, browse Steam Greenlight, even look (past this shit) in the Xbox indy section online, or read RockPaperShotgun sometimes. Gaming is alive, well and more vibrant, alternative, varied and exciting than ever.
If you have really been under a rock for the last 5 years, and are not just trolling, take a look at games like Braid, Amnesia, Don't Starve, LIMBO, Machinarium, Terraria, Torchlight, 'Papers, Please' and The Stanley Parable. And the mainstream eye candy is almost unbelievable now, especially if you remember when a Commodore 64 was the pinnicle of games tech. Treat yourself to Unreal's latest tech demos and try to remember its running in real time.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/13/my_life_as_a_smut_monger_pt1 << 404 for me.
You sure about this? Bullet cartridges are pretty watertight, and they dont rely on sucking air into the breach to fire. Arent the percussion caps sealed inside cartridges with pressure sensitive chemical explosives? I'm not sure I would stand in front of an assault rifle in space and bet on it...
OK, just kidding with the title, but anyone informed enough here care to elaborate on the "At Mach 6 the aircraft will heat up considerably and also stretch out" - is this purely thermal expansion or something else?
Agreed - a surprising bad end to the article, and make the Reg seem petty and out of touch. I am considering cancelling my subscription...
I haven't seen Postal, but if its like the trailer, I bet I could sit through it with a couple of friends and laugh. Its clearly not meant to be taken seriously.
There are *plenty* of films worse than 'Postal', mostly because their delivery never met their promise. It depends on what metric you use, however mine is 'enjoyability' - 'Postal' might score low, but shit like Prometheus (and most of the trash Hollywood serves up these days) has a *negative* score for me - I leave the cinema dissapointed and asking myself just how hard is it to have a movie with a plot thats not insulting to the intellect.
2001, Star Wars, Bladerunner, Alien, Aliens, The Matrix.... where are this generations films?
Follow the money. If these kinds of changes start to hurt US businesses, the NSA will soon get their leash yanked.
Factually correct, but Microsoft's tool chain and integration with Visual Studio means that developing for the XBone will be easier (I am basing this on my own experience with XBox 1 & 2, PS1, 2 and watching the swing from Playstation 2 to XBox as the primary target). Also, for better or worse, DirectX has a lot of traction now with graduates, and the employement churn is huge in the games industry, resulting in most of the new student talent being preferring to use DirectX. OpenGL is regaining ground, but it is still perceived as lagging (incorrectly, in my opinion).
Sonys internal culture is that of an electrical engineers, not software focused, and this is often reflected in their documentation and software quality. I predict Sonys console will continue to be slightly harder to develop on.
Ultimately though the choice of primary target when developing (the one you really develop on, and the other is the one you just port to) depends on the installed user base and the likely returns.
I owned a Sonim (XP3300 Force) and loved it, but was dissapointed that learn through experience that the "waterproofing" was mostly superficial. For the most part the waterproofing isnt an integral part of the design, but rather some glued-on patches.
After about a year of normal handling (to and from work in a bag or pocket) and normal temperature variation the glue breaks down and the rubber begins to peel away. The "built for life" Sonim was no longer waterproof, without my knowing. To me the peeling rubber at the grips was surely just a cosmetic problem, but after a heavy rainfall I found my phone to be no longer working. It had become wet inside, and examining the peeling areas I was shocked to find that the phone wasnt in the least "waterproofed" internally.
I agree, have an upvote, and if you are ever in Stockholm lets grab a beer.
...is a useful bargaining chip to have when negotiating on tax avoidance in London.
Your post is like a penny dropping right through this thread, reversing almost all previous posts. Well done. Using the font like this would certainly make PRISM work harder.
"..at the end of the day a talented programmer can structure and design a reasonable system in his (sadly yes) head while you wait. He then has to spend the next three to six months writing it down. That's a bloody long (and very *precise*) essay/dissertation by anyone's standards. And he has to do that year in, year out, during his programming career."
A fantastic description of programming which had never occurred to me :)
If you remember, the original xbox 1 penalised you for switching it off at the wall. It had an internal capacitor that rapidly powered down, resetting the internal clock. A switch-off at the wall meant it had the incorrect date when switched on again if left off for even just a day or two. Worse, some game saves checked their timestamp against the current date and erased saves with "impossible" dates... You had to be careful to remove your game save dongle (remember those?) before powering on an xbox that had been off.
I'm a big Microsoft fan. Having programmed for the PS1, PS2 and Xbox 1 (not ONE) and 2, coding for the xbox was a dream after sony's electrical engineering "documentation" and terrible tool support. I also love graphics, and the PS2 never quite cut it for me. I swore I would never have a Playstation in my home.
Microsoft seems keen to move as far as possible away from "gamers" as it can. It completely misreads and misunderstands its audience. Games and gamers are what will decide which console is bought, and Microsoft seem to not have had their finger on the pulse. Gamers dont want always on. Gamers dont want server based single player games. They dont want their game machine to become an ad streaming box. And Microsoft seems to be blind to all this.
And with the Prism revalations - I know I do NOT want a machine which requires internet access every 24 hours and which will lock me out of my own games when I wont let it connect. I do NOT want a machine with an always open mic. I do NOT want a machine with a 3D camera watching me which is a fundamental component and not an optional add-on.
So, fuck you XBox One.
(Even the name 'One' pisses me off, and is telling about how stupid Microsoft's management team are. You already had an Xbox one, and it wasnt that long ago...Its like they wanted a confusing, lack-luste hard-to-google name...)
El Reg seems to be an appropriate place to express my sincere sadness at his passing :(
I completely agree. I also suspect that it will be, by design, very very hard to run these games without a server and authentication.
"...this is a non-story except for the frustrating sheeple wetting themselves to be told the next enemy of the day. Note the clueless reference to China in an earlier comment."
Sounds like someone needs a history lesson. China may be becoming the enemy-de-jour for some countries, but theres been no love lost between Japan and China for many a year.
You might want to take a read of this too http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senkaku_Islands_dispute and maybe catch up a little with current affairs: