* Posts by Daniel B.

3158 posts • joined 12 Oct 2007

The protection's off, as Warner commits to Amazon

Daniel B.

Patents and DRMs

mp3 a "patent-encumbered" format? I'm not aware of anything there... I actually thought it was some half-baked pretext for RedHat not supporting mp3's under xmms (as of RedHat 9 and then Fedora). My .ogg files seem to work only in Linux, and I don't want to be OS-restricted in the same way .wma does to Windows. Oops!

As for Apple's DRM, the matter is not if you can or can't crack DRM, but the fact that its there, and its "illegal" to crack it. Sure, I might be able to drive 200 km/h on the wrong side of the road too, but I don't think the cops would like that argument.

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Japan confirms world's fastest maglev plan

Daniel B.
Boffin

Transrapid

Hm... didn't the Transrapid achieve 510 km/h on the Shanghai tracks during testing? It is running at *only* 430 km/h because 510 km/h was its max speed, and usually vehicles don't run at actual max speeds but at set "cruise" speeds. So is 500 km/h its max speed, or cruise speed?

Oh, and which maglev tech are they using? I distinctly remember that the Japanese project involved some superconductors and weird stuff that required a "minimum takeoff speed" (they don't hover at low speeds) and had the slight problem of generating a strong magnetic field inside the train. If you got a pacemaker, don't go into that train!

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Russian railways in robot repairman revue

Daniel B.
Joke

So...

Because somebody had to say it ...

In Soviet Russia, Robots Repair YOU!!!!

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Ofcom, US senators turn on to cognitive radio

Daniel B.
Thumb Down

Remember R/C cars?

Looks like lots of people didn't have R/C cars in their childhood. I remember there were the 27 MHz and 49 MHz variants specifically to allow two kids to race their cars. Why? Because two 27 MHz cars would have interference and do weird things! I remember that using the controller for one car on the other would do funny things like making the car go in reverse with any command (turn left, turn right, and such).

Of course, sometimes you'd find out your neighbor was playing with his car when turning on yours ended up in your own R/C car running full-speed against the wall.

Now imagine this on a larger scale, affecting TV sets.

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The art of software murder

Daniel B.
Flame

@Andy Davies

Ahh... you beat me to the ultimate murder. Yes, as a former FoxPro developer I cringed from the jump that was FoxPro 2.5 (it does everything I need, and better than dBase) to "Visual" FoxPro 3. Fox Technologies should have never sold out to M$...

And whatever happened to Aldus (Adobe) PageMaker? It was one of the original "killer apps" for the Mac, so much that many other apps tried to copy their concept (Ventura Publisher, M$ Publisher and such). Even my CV's still in PageMaker 6.5 format, as most of my research papers. Speaking of Aldus products, its funny how PageMaker went to Adobe, and Freehand to Macromedia... now both companies are one and the same. Fate?

ICQ might be another example. Yes, its free, but it seems that most versions after 2002 have crippled most of the functionality that distinguished it over the others: no more "real-time chat" (it worked like UNIX's talk) and other features I can't remember.

I could go on and on ... Norton Antivirus, Office 2007, Vista, but my memory's failing and I'd bore to death with such examples. :)

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Why Borland trashed its spreadsheet

Daniel B.
Boffin

F**kin error messages

Ah, profanity in code. I remember my Compilers and Compilers 2 courses; by the time I was in Compilers 2, I had forgot most of my code, and built the code generation phase on top of the year-old codebase.

Imagine my face when I find something along the lines of:

case 'A': // accept symbol, fuckin' A!!!

(loose translation from Spanish, the original Spanish phrase was a little bit more offensive)

Which was on plain view for my teacher. And the rest of the class, as it was on the projector. Oops.

Recently, a small change on an existing app caused a bug that triggered one of those "can't get here" logger messages. The reaction from users was amusing, as this message was:

"Error 666: HELP! THE MACHINES HAVE RISEN! RUN TO THE HILLS! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE!"

Ok, that's what happens when you mix Terminator with Iron Maiden. I wonder if my other apps have shown "If you can read this, your system is stoned" messages...

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Plunging player prices to reveal Blu-ray vs HD DVD winner?

Daniel B.
Alert

Physical Media isn't dead yet

Claiming that Physical Media (DVDs, CDs and such) are dead is as stupid as the Web-2.0ites claiming native software is dead 'coz you can do everything with Javascript AJAX applications.

Flash memory is unreliable, hard drives crash ... I'd love to see a 512 Gb HD crash with $300 worth of HD content! CD's, DVD's and such don't fail unless you're careless with them... ok there are bad quality CDs but commercial movies aren't that bad. And it is always good to have a hard copy somewhere.

As for the media wars, I root for Blu-Ray. HD-DVD sells only because its temporarily region free.

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Drivers on the phone face the slammer

Daniel B.
Thumb Up

Ah ...

Well we don't have laws that harsh, but the new Metropolitan Traffic Rules (Mexico City) have effectively banned mobile chatter except for speakerphone mode. Yes, even hands-free sets!

And they are necessary, I almost earned a Darwin some time ago after doing something stupid: answering my mobile *without* using hands-free, running at 120 km/h on a highway. (Ok, I did slow down to 80 km/h.) Still, I had veered a little bit to the right, and had it not been for a sudden swerve, I might have slammed right into a semi.

Kids, screw the cellphones. No matter who's calling, DON'T answer 'till you've stopped.

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Facebook accuses MP of impersonating MP

Daniel B.
Coat

I wonder...

Does he have a T-shirt with

I'm an MP ... bitch

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BOFH: Balancing the budget...

Daniel B.
Happy

Eek

I just had flashbacks of my previous job as a State Gov't temp worker. End of year meant lots of buying, and I mean stupid and insane volumes. Unfortunately, even if our area was the one doing the buying, the 90+ workforce area had only something like $8000 for computer equipment ... *yearly*. Guess why half the office was stuck with win98 and real slow PC's. Good thing another area had craploads of budget to spend and sent us their surplus equipment...

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Wigan man traps todger in metal ring

Daniel B.
IT Angle

The IT angle

.. is that the pipe in question was bought from uTube. ;)

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The day Microsoft 'embraced and extended' Java

Daniel B.
Flame

Re: Javascript is EVIL

Ah, so I'm not alone! I had high hopes that Javascript would finally die with JSP, .net server-side scripting and all those things that made server-side programming better than lame-ass Javascript.

Except someone made up that ugly thing called "AJAX". Web Services were NOT meant for end-users, they were meant for EDI transactions! Now we have Javascript "applications" that eat away on your RAM, slow down the PC while loading and are nigh-impossible to debug, because the "HTML" is now generated by Javascript, instead of server-side.

Not to mention inter-browser quirks, courtesy of IE. I'm just waiting for someone to do something stupid like coding an online bank system in AJAX so the damn crapware shows how unreliable the turd is. Eek!

As for Visual Basic ... I haven't seen uglier syntax like that except in ill-advised compiler courses. ugh!

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Mother launches attack on epilepsy inducing video games

Daniel B.
Flame

Remember Pokemon?

That cartoon induced epileptic seizures on people that *didn't* have epilepsy. I remember about 10 years ago that watching cartoons with what I call "fullscreen strobe effects" (that is, all screen white, then all black, then all yellow, etc. etc.) would be kind of painful for me to watch. And I know for a fact that I'm not epileptic.

I think that the aforementioned "fullscreen stobe effect" is something that should be banned, its stupid and a cheap way to "impress" players. Much like the default PowerPoint "animations" commonly abused by dull managers.

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Secret mailing list rocks Wikipedia

Daniel B.
Flame

Wikipedia

The whole thing has gone downhill since they started going trigger-happy with a lot of stuff. See their removal of "copyrighted" material and replacement with stupid pencil drawings. Or the jokingly "jerk wad" in the semen article (a topic covered in El Reg too). Or the "trivia" discouragement, even when some articles do need this. Notice that the original tag was {{toomuchtrivia}} but the actual text was "Remove this trivia section, d00d!", isn't that called "doublespeak" ?

Sadly, it is still the only catch-all point for finding information, as search-stealing search engines and pagerank pimping sites have turned Google into a less-than-reliable source. Not that it was that much reliable; most of the "interwebs" is full of biased or unfounded claims, and its really, really hard to find real facts in it. And *if* you find something, there is still the matter of verifying if it's true or "something I pulled out of my arse".

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MI5 warns over China hacking menace

Daniel B.
Coat

EWMD

... but EWMD wouldn't stand for E-Weapons of Mass Destruction ... it would be Electronic Weapons of Mass Deletion!

.... coat... taxi....

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British teens score a C in international science poll

Daniel B.

@Finn

Whoa. You just made my day; it means that my choice for postgraduate studies at Helsinki *is* the best option after all. A country that respects teachers is a good thing.

The NCLB crap in the US is similar to the constant dumbing-down standards in Mexico, where the equivalent to kindergarten is somewhere around *three* years old (3 years kindergarten) though it is really only enforced from age 5 / last "kindergarten" year. Not to mention that usually kinder's a joke compared to US standards (well, 1986 standards anyway).

Public schoolbook reading stuff is usually boring, and God help you if some wacky teacher tries to make 6 y/o kids read "weird" stuff like "the Classics", in language the kid doesn't even understand. I think my joy for reading came more from Dr. Seuss books, Berenstein Bears, Norton Juster's "The Phantom Tollbooth" than "classics".

And whatever happened to the Speak & Spell / Speak & Math toys? Kids will learn, even on their own, as long as they think its fun.

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Facebook founder loses court battle to keep personal data offline

Daniel B.
Thumb Up

Geeze, I can actually sing this...

Welcome to the facebook california

Such a lovely space

Such a lovely face

Plenty of room at the facebook california

Any time of year, you can post it here...

Anyway, I really love how El Reg pokes on Zuckerberg by using the "... bitch" line against him. "I'm a walking billboard... bitch" "I'm in privacy trouble... bitch" and others. ;)

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Bought some uranium ore? You'll need the anal douche, then

Daniel B.
Boffin

1.2 Gigawatts!

Ah, so Doc Brown was right! 22 years into the future, and you can already buy nuclear fuel!

Anyway ... it would still take Marty a week to get his DeLorean running again ...

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Rove investigator erases his PCs - to kill computer virus

Daniel B.
Black Helicopters

Well...

"Didn't a regular citizen just receive "default judgement" after wiping her hdd when accused by RIAA?"

Right on. If the RIAA 0wned a common citizen, why should this mofo get scott-free? Fry him! bwahahahaha!!!

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FBI crackdown on botnets gets results, but damage continues

Daniel B.
Pirate

So..

Great. Doesn't look like any of those dudes is the botnet master for Storm. I'd say it would be better if they went after overseas botnet masters, as I think the masters are Russian dudes.

And the FSB on your tails ought to be spookier than the FBI ... after all, they are the former KGB ;)

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Facebook faces UK data probe

Daniel B.

Facebook

So it seems a good thing I didn't bite into it. I actually didn't even budge on creating a Facebook account, because I thought I already had one ... I was confused by the Facebox service. Mind you, all of those services are the same shite, only packed differently.

The first one I remember was hi5, which was kind of fun; then a lot of these thingies started sprouting overnight so badly it just wasn't fun anymore. I kept myself only using the live spaces (only because I use messenger) and hi5 ... just because its there. I was fortunate to get a referral on LiveJournal (an older, but less Web2.0-ish blog service) though I haven't used that one too much.

Bleh.

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Microsoft loses battle of the piggybacking passwords

Daniel B.
Pirate

I cite...

X-Win32. They use something similar for their products, which unlike M$ products, actually work.

And as the previous user commented ... eek. Its like rooting Sauron or Emperor Palpatine. Though if the troll prevails, that would be the end of Windows lockout protection schemes. I hope WGA also gets axed with that...

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Vista provokes user synaptic collapse

Daniel B.
Happy

@Jonathon Green

Anybody else here remember the old classic PC POST message... "Keyboard errror: press F1 to continue."?

I remember a friend getting that one ... IN A LAPTOP. Now that was really weird...

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NASA reveals manned Mars mission plans

Daniel B.
Mars

Damn!

So my space ambitions are truly dead, as I might be 40 when the first manned mission reaches Mars, and still be that much far away from Mars colonization. I still hope for a Lunar Base, but I just don't see that happening unless the Chinese do it. I think my best bet would be to buy a ticket to the ISS with the Russians... except I don't have that kind of $. :(

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Chilean hooker plans 27-hour charity sexathon

Daniel B.
Paris Hilton

Shagathon

Hm... at least the Mexican "Teleton" is a load of crap, if *this* was part of it I might actually watch it!!

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Declare Steve Fossett dead, asks adventurer's widow

Daniel B.
Pirate

Show me the money!

<snip>

Accordingly, Peggy Fossett has now asked a judge to "begin the process of distributing her husband's assets according to his will", the Telegraph explains. The petition, filed in a Chicago court, said: "[Steve] Fossett's wealth is vast, surpassing eight figures in liquid assets, various entities and real estate."

</snip>

Now that's the kind of stuff that usually turns you into Prime Suspect. Hey, boo-hoo, my husband's dead ... SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!

IF Fossett's alive, I think the first thing he must do after being rescued is file a divorce and disown that "human being". I might have believed the "we gotta admit he's dead" feeling, except it was immediately followed by "start distributing his wealth". Sheesh.

I chose the pirate avatar 'coz this smells like plunder, matey! Arrrrr!!!

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Rare bug blights Lotus Notes

Daniel B.
Boffin

Notes crap? Show me better...

Well, as a former Notes 4.2 user, I must say that I was impressed with it 9 years ago when my school started using it for the "LearningSpace" platform. Damn better than the loads of crap "web apps" that superseded them like BlackBoard or the internally-developed one after that.

One of the things I really, really liked was replication: I was able to do homework AND submit it on time *without* having to be online; something that was crucial in the dialup days of internet.

Apart from that, it had loads of stuff I didn't even know existed back then: PKI management (all logins use this), Access Levels, and loads of stuff. Oh, and we used it for everything *BUT* email. Maybe if you take out the email factor, you'll stop hating it.

Want to see ugly email? Try SAP R/3. Urk!

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Microsoft funds object of IBM's mainframe fury

Daniel B.
Gates Horns

I would ...

I usually would sympathise with the underdog (PSI) ... except M$ is funding them. So screw them, M$ isn't doing this for "interoperability", it wants to rob IBM from its main business. And why on earth would I want to run ESA/390 software on an inferior Intel chip??? I'd think that would be a case for organizations without the dosh to buy/maintain one of the big 390 monsters (or zSeries, how they're called now).

I do think PSI has a place, but M$ definitely doesn't.

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Online sellers warned on UK cheque clearance changes

Daniel B.
Boffin

Re: 7 days

"One of my big beefs with the UK banks - in India, all local cheques are cleared within *one* working day"

I live in Mexico. Any cheque, from any bank, to *any* other bank in the entire country is credited within one working day too. Actually, new regulations made it that other-bank cheques will be credited after 12pm, so now the process is relatively slower than before. It used to be 9am or later. ;)

Electronic transfers come in two variants: TEF (spanish for Electronic Transfer Fund EFT) which is next-day, much like cheques; and SPEI which is 1-2 *hours* same-day. Of course, SPEI has a cost, TEF is (usually) free of charge.

As for cheque clearance, its easy: cheques not yet cleared appear as "SBC" (salvo buen cobro / on good payment), cleared ones add up to your actual balance. I was amazed when my dad said that in the US checks usually take 4+ days to clear. Eek!!

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Blu-ray discs outsell HD DVDs almost 3:1 in Europe

Daniel B.
Boffin

HD-DVD ain't free, dudes!

Ah, the Reg Hacks beat me to the point. Which is: HD-DVD buyers that buy HDDVD solely because they're region free are being suckered in. When in a product war, there will always be stuff that will try to sway the sheep into their way: be it lower rates, insane plans, oversold bandwidth, premium channels for free, etc. This is how Sky crushed DirectTV in Mexico, and how many cable co's drove out the competition's ISPs.

In the end, when they win, they'll nerf most of the "extras" and guess what ... they will do it because they *can*, and there's nobody left to run to. If studios were really keen on region-liberating everything, we'd have region-less BD's out there already. I doubt it.

Here in Mexico, back in the pre-regionless DVD era, we were nerfed by being saddled "region 4", while the US is "region 1". So what did we do? Easy: Buy your DVD-player in the US too. By the time the PS2 came out, I remember vividly that even stores sold the region 1 PS2's.

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UK punters lose faith in phished brands

Daniel B.
IT Angle

@John Bayly

"Saying that, anybody who knows how to do that will realise why they're being served the wrong image. In fact they probably won't bank online, or possibly not even have a bank account (they are paranoid after all)."

You just described my boss. He follows the Scrooge McDuck doctrine: all his money is in his moneybin... oops ... I mean in cash, in home. He does no online transactions, and he *works* maintaining an online banking system. Too bad the über paranoid protection leaves him wide open to old-fashioned stickups, or whoever decides to rob his home will hit the jackpot. Oops!

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Intel to debut GPU-in-CPU chips in 2009

Daniel B.
Boffin

Intel GPU's ?

Based on my experience with the i830M, no thanks, I'll keep my geForce 7600GT.

I think the whole *point* of 3dfx cards was to offload all that stuff from the main CPU and run it more efficiently on dedicated hardware. Hell, the Amiga did it decades ago and it was bleeding-edge tech back then!

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Tasers can be instrument of torture, says UN

Daniel B.
Boffin

Batons kill too

"You can die by being hit with one of those cool extendible batons (and people probably have)"

Yes they have. About 10-12 years ago, one of those "border shoppers" (Mexicans living in border towns/cities that do their shopping in the US side) in Cielo Vista Mall got smashed to death by a cop. The reason: Dillard's was closing, and he wanted to exit the store through one of the "now closed" doors. He argued with the cop, which led to him being subdued by nightstick.

Granted, knowing common Mexican disregard for cops it is very likely this guy was being an ass; but I wonder how good a beating he got for him to die.

Anyway ... I don't think the Taser by itself is the problem, it is the abuse of cops using it stupidly or sadistically. And IIRC the ones that fire prongs do have a 30-second timer on them (at least the one my mom has) and it won't fire again unless you put the safety on, then back off, then fire again. So extended shocks are definitely the copper's fault.

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US man sets himself on fire and cuts off his own arm

Daniel B.
Pirate

Pocket knife?

He used his "pocket knife" to hack his arm off?? No way, unless his pocket knife is Crocodile Dundee-sized!

Anyway, this incident somehow screams of "DARWIN AWARDS!" had he been unsuccessful in his arm hacking stunt! Remember, safety first!

Now if you excuse me, I'm going to retrieve a piece of wood thats jamming my blender at full speed.

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Melting ice kills polar bears, say boffins

Daniel B.
Boffin

Global Warming is real, dudes!

@Mark: "Hours later and No Such Comment."

Didn't read Webster Phreaky? Funny thing it came right after AC's comment. ;)

@Webster: Warming/cooling cycles and climate change do happen, global warming is happening; the question is if it is really part of nature or because of increased CO2 levels and modern industrial processes. Aside from that, the sheer quantity of pollution generated by zillions of petrol-based engines running are damaging by themselves. Oh well, then again, this comes from someone who thinks there is no such thing as Latin America (as there are NO former Italian colonies in America) ... oh well...

I think the Global Warming camp might have benefited huge in the US because of that "Day After Tomorrow" movie, but even more when a year later, New Orleans went underwater.

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Linux desktops grow and grow and grow

Daniel B.
Boffin

@Joerg

I just cracked up. Yeah sure ... only servers.

I cannot tell who, but there is a major finantial institution with branches over most of Latin America that's switching from OS/2 to Linux. That's a crapload of PC's to the count.

And even those who don't switch entirely to Linux have at least tried it. I know about at least 4 non-techies who have set up some kind of Linux distro inside a VM for playing around.

I just don't see OSX doing the same bang, at least over here where average income is US$500/mo (even "good" jobs are on the $1500/mo. mark) and Mac pricing is too bloated for that kind of income. Oh, and OSX is as much a "real Unix" as Windows might be "a real POSIX", in that case. Search "Interix subsystem".

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Russia plans manned space launch centre

Daniel B.
Black Helicopters

Russian Launch site @ Cuba

Actually, I'd be all for it. The 1962 crisis was triggered not only because of the USSR planned silos at Cuba, but also because of similar "too-near" silos the US was placing in Turkey.

A cosmodrome in Cuba would give the Russians a nice advantage and it would also give a kick in the nuts to Bush placing that stupid missile site in former USSR countries. ;)

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Huge jellyfish pack slaughters 100,000 salmon

Daniel B.

Jellyfish ...

Ow. I'd rather not swim in those waters, then.

Back in '95, I had a close encounter with a jellyfish while swimming on the Gulf of Mexico. OW! OW! OW! Its this kind of feeling you just touched a red-hot electric wire ... 'coz it burned and felt like an electric shock! And that was only a tentacle. (Or whatever that stringy things are called.)

Still, I'd think the cages would be jellyfish-proof...

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Need a new set of b*llocks? Try Argos

Daniel B.
Pirate

@Jason Aspinall

That search gave me a Jack Sparrow figure. Didn't know that Pirates are classified as WMD's!

Arrr matey!!

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Watching the Earthrise over the moon

Daniel B.
Alien

I request for JAXA

Please, please JAXA team, orbit the original 1960's moon landing spot, zoom in and trash those stupid "moon landing hoax" hoaxers. At least that is a conspiracy theory that can be shot down with current technology ;)

The "bumpy moon" optical effect has to do with the lighting angle, I had read about it on M.C. Escher's paintings, and they specifically made comments on the moon photos having this effect. It's nice to finally see this effect on video!!!

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Camelot pulls scratchcard amid numerical anarchy

Daniel B.
Boffin

Still fun...

Everything came about because of voltage. Oh well...

I just remembered back in secondary school when I failed a math exam. Funny thing was that one of the problems I got "wrong" according to the teacher was something like this:

3. Monday at noon, a thermometer shows that we are at 11 ºC. By midnight, however, the temp has dropped down to -3 ºC. Whats the difference between these two temperature readings?

Guess what: I answered 14. And according to my teacher, I WAS WRONG. And you know what was the most funny thing about this? More than half of the entire class had also answered 8, confirming my fears that I was surrounded by stupid people. Thank God I transferred to another school (and city) 3 months later.

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Honda hits reverse on £50k fuel cell cars for '08

Daniel B.

Home kit ...

That "Home Energy Station" sounds nice ... except I can't use it for the same reasons Rick Brasche mentioned: I live in an apartment block. Even if I owned the thing, I would only be able to do this if I had the snazzy "roof garden" ones in the top floor. Same goes for those "solar water heaters" I hear about.

Plus, having concentrated Hydrogen in less than capable hands just gives me the shivers. I would be afraid about someone doing a Darwin ... and taking down the entire building with them.

I really really hope for hydrogen cars to succed, but I don't think these home kits would be dumb-proof. And I live in Mexico, where cultural disregard for safety measures means that a lot of people are doing things that are potentially Darwin Awards material...

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Daniel B.
Joke

BFG

Yipes. I read "BFG" and immediately thought about big guns.

Then I realized it was not Doom-related. Though using a BFG9000 as a power source for my car might be a good thing! ;)

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Databases still open to basic attack

Daniel B.

SQL servers?

Of course someone using SQL Server would not care about security. They're using *Windows*!!!! There are a lot of people that don't care about security, or can't be bothered with it. Problem is, some of them are IT managers.

IIRC, back in 2005 we installed a VPN infrastructure for a medium-sized company. The software provider then complained that the VPN traffic was slower than going over the normal internet; somehow they thought VPN's *increase* bandwidth. So they opened up the SQL Server listening port for the public IP.

Oh, and no SSL. Anyone snooping around would get full, unencrypted traffic for the *entire* company's operation. Despite having a VPN installed.

Hey, might as well post that in the daily WTF site as well!!!

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Holy pancake appears on eBay

Daniel B.
Coat

Yeah ...

then I will put Monday's Spaghetti Bowl for 1000 quid, because it has the figure of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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B3ta served DMCA notice for Photoshop Prince challenge

Daniel B.
Pirate

The solution is easy...

Set up a server in Antigua. Then host there your photoshopped Prince contest ... and when the DMCA sends its take-down notice ... give 'em the finger. Added bonus: make it impossible to get user's information, so even individual users can't get sued. ;)

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How I wrote an iPhone application

Daniel B.
Flame

Javascript "language" ?

"it is clear that the author is unwilling or incapable of learning what is in-fact a very powerful language."

I reel in shock from the sudden IQ loss. All I have to say about JavaScript is what Joe Buchanan said about Frankenstein's Monster: "It's an abomination in the eyes of God".

Instead of dying as it should have, some wise-crack decided to "mate" the damn thing with Web Services, which were NEVER meant to be used by end-users, but instead for B2B EDI transactions, and create the AJAX "technology". Urggggh...

That said, its a useful app 'coz it blocks "iPhone" and its source code shows how shite the Javascript "language" is!

I prefer server-side Java (J2EE) or even client-side, as it'll run independently of your browser or OS.

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Dutch teen swipes furniture from virtual hotel

Daniel B.

Re: How sad is that?

"You mean, REAL people pay REAL money to "furnish" VIRTUAL houses?"

hm... ever heard of that thing called Second Life? Sounds a lot like that to me ...

The thing would sound stupid, but it is basically a crime as REAL money is involved. Ask the dudes who were victims of "bank" scams in Second Life during the last 6 months. Of course, in SL you can actually do business in there and earn "toy money" that can be turned back into "real money" though.

This Habbo thingy reminds me of that one time (ca. 1987) when I called the 1-900 premium "Woody Woodpecker" line to get a "free" dinosaur toy or something like that. I got bored with after 5 minutes of constant recordings, and hung up. Then I told my dad and ... OW! Good thing, my dad showed me the bill next month and explained everything about 900 numbers. I have never dialed another 900 number since then.

900 numbers are a way of suckering kids to call in and siphon bills out of unsuspecting parents. I hate them.

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Crime-busting gator kills Florida fugitive

Daniel B.
Thumb Up

Has anyone submitted it?

Because if not, I'm submitting it for the Darwin Awards. Might even win it. Please, if you have just crossed a bunch of warning signs AND people are shouting at you, *listen*. Or even better, jump back.

Better to spend some months in the slammer than being croc meal. Unless you're James Bond. Or Crocodile Dundee ;)

PD: Save the croc. It isn't like the croc went out on a killing rampage or something ...

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Everest cell tower hibernates for the winter

Daniel B.
Coat

Incoming call...

ring ring ...

I'M THE KING OF THE WORLD!!!!

*beep beep: Low Battery*

I made it! I'm in. ... *power off*

Hell if you'll ever be able to find a charger up there!

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