oh well ...
sudo shutdown -h 3000000000000000000000
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sudo shutdown -h 3000000000000000000000
"What's the point of responses that go 'this sounds like a bad idea because <insert completely unrelated use case for another much more data-intensive country>'" -- Raj
Sorry, Raj -- I think many UK readers will find the idea of the government making a quick fix response to protect consumers from telcos such an alien concept that it will make their heads spin. As it was a quick fix, I don't suppose there's much to stop them refining the rules quickly in future as circumstances change. But from the point of view of someone who lives in a country where the 650 idiots in the building with the clock couldn't come up with a useful, even if somewhat flawed, regulation within the lifetime of one parliament, it's very confusing!
"I've been looking to build a small under-the-tv unit for my dad. My current parts list comes to £250 based around this case and an AMD Athlon 5350 or its 1.6GHz, slightly cheaper sibling. The barebones version of this Asus is very tempting as an alternative, but only if I can make it a: run flightradar24.com smoothly and b: play home movies smoothly across the network." -- Martin an Gof
I've got (a) and (b) working pretty well on a Raspberry Pi2. If you want a Wintel box though you could buy a laptop with a broken screen off ebay, £250 seems pretty pricey to me.
... is that, given past news, they are probably better at letting intruders look at you than vice versa
Reminds me of the old joke about when the French Resistance didn't have enough guns and new recruits were given broomhandles for training. But one day the Germans surprise them and the poor old noob has to defend the secret bunker with nothing but a broom handle. Bizarrely, he finds that taking careful aim and shouting "bangety bang!" is actually *working* and the oncoming hordes are dropping like flies. However, there's too many of them and they are nearly upon him. That's where the bayonet training kicks in and, amazingly, poking the chaps in the ribs and shouting "stabety stab" seems to be doing the trick. On all except one attacker; he just keeps rolling on towards our plucky hero. Just as the latter is about to be literally trampled by one remaining slow moving assailant trundling impassively towards him he shouts "Hold on, why aren't you dead?" The German replies: "Clankety clank, I'm a tank"
"I doubt any touchscreen works well in the rain." -- tacitust
My Sony Xperia Z3 seems to work fine in anything but the heaviest rain.
Agreed --- Most 'home cinema' is just 'big telly' - but with a small amount of effort you can get a projector to give a truly gorgeous image of any size you like. You don't even need to have a home cinema room. When our projector is off, it just looks like we have a modest 23" IPS monitor to display one of the inputs (SKY / Pi / PS3 / Wii). The projector only dominates the room when it is on - which is when you want it to.
You don't even need an expensive projector - I got this 720p SONY 3LCD one off ebay for a hundred quid. OK it's not as good as my sons' Full HD / 3D Optoma, but it produces a great picture (and warms the room in winter)
"Hedgeporn, like public phone boxes and state pensions, will be an unknown pleasure to current and future yoof...." -- Tim Jenkins
Well, they certainly don't have to go outdoors to find it! But weirdly I still come across it walking the dogs --- I've actually found digital hedgeporn, too in the form of DVDs!
"so rolling out an update to hundreds of millions of devices doesn't seem to be an industries first..." -- OliverJ
I hear what you're saying but It's not the count, it's the diversity. The hundreds of millions of devices which got IOS8 were what, about half a dozen SKUs?
"I can't help but feel that it would have been better to add light output to loudspeakers, rather than vice versa." -- artificial bitterness
I have a sudden nostalgic vision of Sound-to-Light systems from Tandy
"The idea of a post-midnight switch off was briefly floated here before being roundly shouted down as irresponsible and dangerous by the local think-of-the-children brigade" -- AbelSoul
What? Which members of this brigade let their children out after midnight? Here in rural Warks, our lights go off at 00:00 (01:00 on Sat and Sun) and it's marvellous. In fact, the only downside is that I didn't know they were going to do it: first night it happened I went out with the dogs, stumbled over the lead of the electric lawnmower that I had, ahem, left out and, almost as I did so, all the lights in the village went out. Took me a second or two to work out what had happened ...
"Sorry, but when you have people blowing themselves up and killing people... I'll accept limited snooping if it means I can sleep safe and bomb free." -- Ian Michael Gumby
We have pretty much established that limited snooping does not mean you can sleep safe and bomb free, so your statement isn't really very useful. Do you mean you would accept vastly more snooping, i.e., the amount that would allow you to sleep safe and bomb free? I think the amount of snooping required to achieve that is effectively unlimited. Or do you mean that you won't accept any snooping at all if it doesn't allow you to sleep safe and bomb free? Both positions seem ridiculous, but if you don't hold either of them your conditional statement is effectively content free.
"... but I'm pretty sure that the technology is still being developed ..." -- moeity
Trouble is ... the maths is already developed, so it really doesn't matter what you do with the technology. There are too many people and too few terrorists, so if your false positive rate is anywhere near the realm of the possible you will have far too many leads to follow (a "99.99% accurate" test would give you 3,000 leads in the UK alone - it would take something like 30,000 field operatives --- and probably another 10,000 support staff --- to keep an eye on them 24x7).
"ITYM lobotomised" -- Stoneshop
Indeed. Both my teenage boys requested headphones for birthday presents, cue trips to hifi shops to try them on, and one trip to HMV to try Beats. Both boys said the same thing "Are these faulty?"
I put them on. OMG, do people really like that? It just sounds like nextdoor's music turned up way too loud. I have not heard any genre of music, hip hop included, that sounds better on Beats than any similarly priced offerings from Sennheiser, BeyerDynamic, hell, even Bose.
"Plus they don't fit into parking spaces" -- AC
Almost nothing fits into parking spaces any more -- they are like bus seats, still being made to fit the sizes of vehicles and backsides that were around in the '70s and '80s.
... muscular bare-chested male riding a horse; holding an AK; wrestling a bear etc.
"...unwanted act of fellatio..." -- AC
ITYM 'irrumatio' -- an unwanted act of fellatio would be something else: "Hey! I *really* didn't want you to wake me up like that ... etc"
"When the developer says, "So long and thanks for all the fish!" while also saying "Don't use this" there's probably a reason for that." -- Bob Dole
This is a version with a back-door. That doesn't mean the original version has a back-door (or that it doesn't). The TrueCrypt goodbye message looks a lot more like a warrant canary than anything else.
Principally as a result of Tim Worstall's articles, I have actually found myself reading Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations" It's hard to recommend this too highly -- it's a very rewarding, if not entirely straightforward read. It is especially interesting how he railed against allowing special interests too much control, or even just influence, over governments. In particular, he talks of "corporations" which, as I understand it, then referred to businesses who use government law to restrict competition in order to gain financial advantage --- that would seem to describe the medallion issue in the article perfectly.
Speaking as a member of that set, can I recommend it to people? Start with Northanger Abbey, though!
my Three phone easily beat the 2Mbps of the ADSL. SWIMBO's on EE, and if she wants data in this part of Warwickshire, most of the time it has to be done by my phone's hotspot. Text and Voice no problem; but data's an absolute joke - I'd have to keep reminding myself its 100x better than Voda or I'd burst into tears.
"The quoted definition is a horribly poor one anyway" -- DropBear
Yeah, it's a particular bugbear of mine. At least it wasn't mis-attributed to Einstein, which is the usual state of affairs with this (mis)quotation. It actually seems to have come from an Narcotics Anonymous pamphlet (page 11 [25 of 68] of this pdf) which contains the more sensible "repeating the same mistakes ..."
Anyway, every time I see it, I have to complain: it's right up there with "everything happens for a reason" and "everyone's entitled to their opinion." I keep thinking there should be a pithy retort along the lines of "you clearly can't tell your perseverance from your perseveration" but I'm still looking for something effective.
... might well be making the same mistakes over and over again and expecting different results --- but nearly every form of success other than 'striking it lucky' comes from trying things again and again until they work - whether it's creating and marketing products, kung fu or musical performance.
"Attaching a debugger, says Craver, changes the behavior and usually hides the issue."
The only one I've every experienced directly in my professional career was in a mainframe screenscraper --- when logging was on, the submillisecond delay caused by writing the log entry was enough for the MF to respond, and to hide the fact that the procedure didn't wait for the response if it wasn't ready; with logging off the procedure just fell straight through and returned an empty response.
... and how about PIN number?
"You choosing a penetration testing distribution and complaining that the UI is not polished seems a little naive on your part." -- kryptylomese
Although I was impressed at the author's flexibility and open-mindedness, this did seem a weird choice for my-first-linux. I would agree Ubuntu Mate or Linux Mint would make a much more obvious choice --- but maybe the author needed to use someone else's "secured" hotspot :-)
"Password managers don't have to be run 'in the cloud' - they can be standalone applications running on your computer, and which should therefore continue running long after the developers have gone." -- VinceH
echo -n 'mymainpassword myusernameforthewebsite thewebsitename' | sha256sum - | xxd -r -p | base64 | tr 'a-m' '!--' | cut -c -20 | xclip
When my browser can't remember a password, I just run that script in a terminal, then middle key click the password input field to paste a twenty character password, with 6 bits of entropy per character. If you used the literal values in the case above it would be: 3"'MnsKA-&t74GD&,GxE
For stupid accounts that insist on alphanumeric only, replace the 'tr' command (with something like sed "s/[+/=]//g"). The script works with very little modification on windows too. I also have a version that does a non-echoing prompt for the main password, but I tend not to bother with that now unless I'm aware I may be overlooked (but it's also good if you don't want it to end up in your shell history):
read -s -p "Password:" PASSWORD && echo -n "$PASSWORD myusernameforthewebsite thewebsitename" | sha256sum - | xxd -r -p | base64 | cut -c -20 | xclip
Olaf > the destination is 10m west of whatever you put in
Me >> <pedant_mode>I think I'm quite capable of walking 10 metres in an easterly direction when I get there</pedant_mode>
BlaneBramble >>> Not if there is a substantial obstacle 10m West (wall, lake, large drop, etc.) of your destination."
Well, when I'm driving the car myself, I have an additional gadget that warns me of obstacles unknown to the satnav, aka Mk I Eyeball; self-driving cars have radar / lidar. But my original comment was just a poor attempt at humour, I knew that 'm' meant miles in this context.
Olaf's point, though - that someone could quietly reprogram your satnav, is quite an interesting one - especially combined with control over speed, doors etc (or a self driving car), it could certainly facilitate carjacking or abduction.
"the destination is 10m west of whatever you put in" -- Olaf
<pedant_mode>I think I'm quite capable of walking 10 metres in an easterly direction when I get there</pedant_mode>
"The real muppets are the ones whose poor programing practices allowed such things to happen in the first place!" -- Graham Marsden
I disagree, they are merely inexperienced graduates and/or other noobs. Or, quite often, they have already raised concerns only to have them airily dismissed. The real muppets are those who actually have the power to make decisions (which, in practice, always means budget controllers) on hiring, testing, and quality control.
Even a single, highly experienced and or qualified software/security engineer attached to one or more of these teams would make a difference in quality. The difference that 1st level management see is a 1% increase in their budget, so they demur. But even these managers are relatively blameless: they know that, whatever they say, those above them see only $ signs, and that if they are seen to increase their budget by 1% they are automatically regarded as failing, as no justification would be understood (to be honest, even given an audience) by higher management.
This status quo will continue until those at the top suffer financially or legally. They cannot be allowed to continue to micromanage budgets all the way down and then shrug their shoulders at the almost inevitable consequences.
"Re: When customers visit an R&D department they WANT to see geeks!" -- circusmole
Labcoats! Or, if they work on HP printer drivers, Hazmat suits ...
... surely additional legislation is inappropriate, given that (a) existing legislation would appear to suffice and (b) there are, as we are constantly reminded, a non-zero number of people who would endanger aircraft on purpose.
Can't those people charged with ensuring our safety come up with some electronic counter measures and some electronics / software to trace operators?
I'm pretty sure there's going to be a market in anti-drone devices, as an anti-paparazzi measure for wealthy celebs, if nothing else. Wonder what you'd need for safe capture? Anyone fancy going into business?
"I believe PLOS One is an 'open' journal that allows you to publish anything so long as you pay the fee. So long credibility!" -- Banksey
"PLOS ONE takes the hard work out of publishing. There's no stress waiting to find out if your article meets subjective acceptance criteria. As long as your work reaches a high technical and ethical standard, PLOS ONE will publish it - and make it freely available to a global audience."
This is not quite "anything" it just relaxes the peer-review requirement, similar to arxiv.org. It's not that one should immediately discount anything that's written there, but that one should be sensitive to the context.
"I can believe this level of incompetence though. I am leaving my job working with 'med-tech' because the software standards I experienced made the rushed code for a mediocre game look like NASA code. The software profession tolerates a lot of idiots." -- GameCoder
The trouble is that software is not a "profession" -- it is a job. We don't need to regulate everyone, but probably those who develop safety critical systems, and possibly those who develop any internet facing systems, should be qualified and/or licensed to do so -- not so much to stop developers misrepresenting themselves, which is fairly rare, but to prevent corporations' simply choosing the 'lowest cost resources' for development, skimping on testing (i.e. avoiding any realistic or significant testing at all) and simply shrugging their shoulders when things go wrong.
but not too surprising, as it seems to match the trend in general conversation in my experience. Perhaps there's a correlation between what people post and what they say in conversation 1.0?
Pedantic note: can we please talk about "sugary" rather than "soft" drinks when talking about obesity? Very many soft drinks have negligible calories whereas some of the non-carbonated ones (including pure fruit juice and milk shakes) are highly calorific.
"This isn't a Hollywood movie and most people aren't cosy with Mafia types, so that's all rather a bit far fetched don't you think?" --- Amorous Cowherder
He did say "a few dozen" let's say 3 dozen - that's one in a million users might know (or indeed be) "someone useful" Doesn't seem too outrageous to me ...
"Really it isn't an orange you know." --- Eddy Ito
Good job, who wants to have a segmentation fault when driving?
"Terrorism - the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce" -- Chris W
That's a stupid definition, where did you get it from? It would make a mugger a terrorist.
"Oh, and spammers, please never learn how to spell. That would make your trash a lot more difficult to filter." -- Pascal Monett
There's a theory they do this on purpose as per this pdf: you think you're screening them out for bad spelling, but actually they're screening you out for critical thinking.
"Wages go up. That is what happened with the Black Death...." -- Tim Worstall
... I did hear that this is what led to the invention of the pub, as workers pay was so improved that they had both some free time and spare money. So it spawned a whole new industry ...
"Ate it in China, most organics are considered foodstuffs there." -- Arthur the cat
""If it has got four legs and it is not a chair, if it has got two wings and it flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and it is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it." -- HRH Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh (at a WWF meeting in 1986)
I can understand a car engine not stopping immediately when the key is removed, but I cannot understand why such a vehicle would lack a non-defeatable stop switch. I cannot think of any piece of remotely heavy machinery that does not have a big red STOP button on it (isn't it a legal requirement?)
Of course, you have to guard against accidental presses (I do recall an account of a noob, leaving a datacentre with a co-worker and being asked to 'get the lights' pressing the STOP switch!) but nevertheless ...
BTW, quick shout-out to all the old fogeys who remember what a BRS reset is ... or a Molly guard!
... he said, at the 2005 Game Developers Conference:
"On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer."
Such a shame he hit Game Over at only Level 55. Let us hope he continues to be an inspiration.
"Hell, let's be honest, they just don't want the proles thinking, full stop. Far too dangerous." -- Tony S
"The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out... without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, intolerable." -- H L Mencken
"All across society people have instant access, via their smartphones to almost the sum total of the knowledge of the human race but it doesn't seem to be helping much." -- Phuq Wit
What amazes me is people's reluctance to consult this information. Cabbies who don't use their Sat Navs; people posting nonsense on Facebook when a 10 second search would have told them it was a hoax; people unable to learn basic concepts when a world of YouTube tutorials exists ...
"Sorry for the swearing but I really wonder why anyone puts text in error messages as the otherwise literate cannot possible read more than one word of it, it seems." -- AC
It's not alone, but Lotus Notes in particular is rather good at popping up completely empty error messages, with nothing but an OK button -- perhaps a red X icon if you are lucky.
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