Re: Feng Shui???
In theory ECC could help here, however the description seems to suggest more than just single bit flips which ECC would struggle to deal with.
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In theory ECC could help here, however the description seems to suggest more than just single bit flips which ECC would struggle to deal with.
a) What's a London Underground? Some sort of armed resistance movement?
Not sure about the resistance, but on average it has about the same number of legs as arms. It's some form of torture/mind numbing device to shove as many people in as small a physical space as possible with guaranteed heating (regardless of the weather outside) and, certainly in the evening commute, with a "fragrant" undercurrent. All while oozing sympathy for the hard done by drivers who earn £50k a year largely for pressing "start" and "stop" buttons and occasionally shouting at passengers on a tannoy.
b) Spotify, iPlayer, Twatbooki, Instagram etc...given the quality of our broadband, I think not
You must be on Virgin Broadband (at peak time - 16:00 to 20:00) as well then...
c) Nearest airports are all about 3 hours drive away so no Easyjet
Given that internal flights from where I live take 2 hours to get to (including parking at daylight robbery prices) and at least an hour to get through the security theatre for just a 45m flight I don't think you have much to complain about. Unless you're complaining about the lack of EasyJet and being forced to fly with an airline that even pretends to give a shit?
d) Nearest Virgin Train is about 2 hours away.
Even longer if you live anywhere "serviced" (hahahaha) by Southern Rail.
e) Airbnb - does that mean B & B in a field? We have lots of Yurts for hire!
Been there, done that. Should have booked a hotel. Would have been cheaper. And nicer.
Total electromagnetic silence in space apart from the clicking of quasars and the humming of stars.
Pretty much. If an alien civilisation follows the pattern of humanity in its technological progression (and there's no real reason why we're not pretty average and statistically we'd have to meet quite a few alien life forms to work out what may be a fair average) from the discovery of radio to primitive spaceflight and computers then there is only a very, very small time window that an alien civilisation will be recklessly broadcasting to the universe.
During this time window the relative power of the broadcasts will be pretty low and therefore should an observer happen to be watching at the appropriate time, the detection of the signals will be very, very hard due to their low power. After this window then efficiencies in broadcast techniques tend to make the wasteage considerably lower even as the effectiveness goes up - this is down to narrower bands and directional communications which overall require somewhat less power. We're probably not quite at the "quiet" stage of our galactic EM emission development but we're fairly close.
I believe that many of the complaints revolve around the fact that most other train services (ignoring intercity routes) don't have a guard on the train. Therefore why does Southern require this where others don't?
Yes, having an additional person on the train ought to improve safety to a certain degree. Whether or not this makes any real difference is up to a lot of arguments and will naturally depend on the trains and stations involved.
We disposed of the carcasses responsibly but I'm guessing that somebody in Devon might have taken an easier route.
Ah well, this is Devon. The only "easier" route is the A30, not the "OMG, when can we get off this road?" A35.
...and this is somehow inappropriate for ICANN? :)
(but yes, it does and it has been mentioned before...)
No. He'll be holding negotiations with Prince Philip.
Not so. The browser OS is determined from the User Agent string. For example for Firefox this would be something like:
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i586; rv:31.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/31.0
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:31.0) Gecko/20130401 Firefox/31.0
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 5.1; rv:31.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/31.0
Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_10_1) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/41.0.2227.1 Safari/537.36
Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/41.0.2227.0 Safari/537.36
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/41.0.2227.0 Safari/537.36
Pretty easy to derive the host OS from these strings.
(Examples shamelessly pulled from http://www.useragentstring.com/pages/useragentstring.php?name=Chrome and I presume that these are fairly accurate examples).
Setting this registry values makes sweet FA difference on Windows 10 Pro anyway.
Also, as soon as the primitive joke of an "app store" fires up it queues all manner of abject junk to be updated on the system. It doesn't matter if you immediately uninstall the rubbish, if there's an "update" queued the the PoS app store will just reinstall it regardless. Once all updates have been completed by the "app store", then it is possible to finally remove the rubbish. Resetting the app store makes no odds as the updates are already queued and in typical delightful MS fashion, entirely invisible.
None of this can't be fixed with suitable PowerShell scripts that run on login or other schedules but the rubbish apps will be there for a period of time. One other thing noting is that these junk apps are installed per user, per machine therefore a user using a system that they haven't used before will have the junk apps installed just for them regardless of whether or not other users, or local administrators, have removed them on that system.
In order to offend both the Devonish and the Cornish I take care to put cream on one half of the scone, jam on the other and then ram them together and eat them like an atypical upcountryer.
Quite why you'd pollute such a delight with butter is beyond both myself and the straw poll of emigrant locals I've found to quiz on the matter.
...and I hereby claim offense at this comment. Just because m'kay.
You're an evil, evil person. But yes, I'd have probably done the same... :)
Argos did send a SWAT team, but Yodel delivered it to a similar-sounding address 2 streets away from where it was supposed to go.
These packages are often "signed for" by somebody who most definitely did not look like a friend of the driver but was happy to accept the parcel that was not for them and is now untraceable. And the addresses doesn't even have to be similar-sounding as from experience the average Yodel delivery minion is not required to be able to read so they don't have to have this restriction.
That doubtless depends on whether or not the average Glaswegian male is in captivity.
I think they're voicing concern that as the capacity of storage devices like these goes up, and thermal output of them goes up with intensive use, that there will be a heat dissipation problem particularly where there are many of these in one enclosure.
Well, that's my guess anyway. It would be more of a real concern if the entire extent of an SSD storage medium was written to repeatedly but this isn't really likely to happen for bandwith reasons and due to the way SSDs optimise writes, even writing repeatedly to a single file or "block" isn't going to impact the same physical location on the physical SSD chips.
I personally have an interest in the health uses of technology due to having several friends and family who are diabetic so if there was a watch that could monitor blood sugar I'd be interested to see it.
I'd be very interested in a non-invasive device that could monitor blood sugar. Unfortunately, in line with elementary scientific principles, to measure blood sugar a device has to have access to blood. The snake-oil and genuinely very dangerous apps that claim to measure blood sugar levels without access to actual blood are total and utter bullshit. Quite how they are even allowed in curated app stores given this fact is some other matter entirely...
True. I had to really read between the lines to get the vague gist that perhaps, the film really wasn't very good...
Dan Lewis, senior advisor on infrastructure at the Institute of Directors, said costs of the programme are reported to be escalating further, while the consumer benefits are falling.
costs of the programme are reported to be escalating further
trans: the costs are beginning to get near what independent analysis predicted all along
while the consumer benefits are falling
trans: we still can't think of any benefits for the consumer
"Government bill exposes your children to paedophiles and ISIS/Deash will steal your bank details"
That ticks all the fear boxs right?
Close. Although you missed out immigrants. And gays.
"Government bill exposes your children to gay immigrant paedophiles and ISIS/Deash will steal your bank details"
So all I have to do is to live on slave wages, give up any ridiculous notions I may have of human dignity, the right to a fair trial or even the right to read a book of my choosing and I can use QR codes?
Welcome to the United Kingdom. We can also use NFC for payments therefore we are marginally ahead of the PRC.
That's fine but most are shortened URLs so you still have no idea where the hell you're going to wind up...
It is technically not incorrect, just not specific enough (particularly for the likes of the average El Reg reader who are used to computers doing exactly what they are told to do, even if it wasn't what was intended). However it is the duty of the headline writer to make it relevant as well as interest catching and in this it worked as it not only caught your eye but you even took the time to comment.
IANAL but it doesn't. Safe Harbour has always been utterly useless and no guarantee of anything. It was nothing more than a voluntary agreement with copious get out clauses and was never backed up by law. So in short, a UK organisation has passed our personal data to data processors/holders that do not comply with the Data Protection act.
There's a goddess called Daesh?
...and there I was thinking that endurance really isn't that much of an issue with modern SSD technology. The things generally have enough wear space and good enough cycling (can't remember the actual term) algorithms that they will last for 5 years even when treated horribly. That's more than we'd usually trust spinning rust for.
They do look like I'd have some serious problems connecting those to the PCIe bus in a system without a little help.
Maybe they meant this instead? https://regmedia.co.uk/2016/04/13/micron_9100s.jpg
I'm sure it's not just me, but getting one's head around a largely "flat" surface (2d-plane) is relatively easy. Getting one's head around the fact that we're omitting a dimension and the undulations and densities should be represented in a full 3D volume, now that's a bit harder to visualise.
I know several people who voted Leave. Some of them are beginning to realise what they did. There is far less "crowing" about the result than might have been expected.
Quite possibly because other than the rabble-roused contingent (generally the readers of the press where absolutely everything is blamed on whatever bogeyman is currently popular to blame: non-"English" (aka immigrants), EU, Irish, gypsies (travellers), communists, whatever - the story has always been the same just with different targets), a lot of folk voted leave because they were unhappy with politicians in general. This was not a great time for such a protest vote.
"If a racist like Farage is happy about it as well then you know you're in real trouble."
Are you another idiot who can't tell the difference between race and nationality?
No, however unless discussing technical details it's usually best to communicate in commonly understood or used language, even if it's misused.
So how would you define a "race"? :) [honest question] A set of people sharing a similar average skin tone, a set of people where the genetic similarity is over a certain percentage from another arbitrary set of people, a group of genetically varied individuals who happen to believe in the same invisisible friends or those through luck or circumstance happened to be born within the same, often rather arbitrary, geographic area of the same planet (or where their parents or other ancestors were born there)?
If a racist like Farage is happy about it as well then you know you're in real trouble.
No, no, no. Tell me either I have the date wrong and this is a very poor April Fool's day joke or it's a case of mistaken identity.
He's been a total top bloke to El Reg's commentards and a real asset to the place.
Eden project pasties are excellent!
There are (at least) two suppliers to the Eden project, the better pasties come from here: http://www.cornishpremierpasties.co.uk/. The Eden project has rather more exacting desires for local and organic produce than most other pastie pushers in Cornwall.
MPs should be more accountable, not less. They are meant to be examples to us all, demonstrating through leadership and action how to operate ethically and legally in both their private and professional dealings. Instead they manage to find ways to except themselves from every form of oversight and check on their behaviour which seems to give them free reign in the pork barrels.
Frankly, and I know I'm not alone in this, I haven't worn a watch since I had a reasonable mobile phone as I use this as my time telling device. I had a watch, but couldn't be bothered to replace the battery when it ran out when I had a convenient alternative.
Bugger that. Let's put a calculator on it. With buttons that are almost too small to use with a finger requiring some form of pointing device...
As for my heating...jeez. Wouldn't a basic education about frugality taught in school make more sense, than having to rely on an app?
Part of the problem of heating is systems is that the (hardware) interfaces are appalling. Really appalling. I know it's a balance of cost vs usability but ramming an entire two-part (heating vs water) scheduling function into as few physical buttons as possible never works.
The next part of the problem is almost certainly compounded by the appalling interface, but a huge number of (supposedly bright) people just don't understand and seemingly don't want to even try to understand how a heating timer and a thermostat work. These people tend to turn the heating OFF in summer or when they're warm, or turn the thermostat to maximum when they're cold. In general, no amount of patient explaining gets through to these people and they will continue merrily being stupid because that's how they've always ran their heating and it "works" for them. Just accepting that the "on" periods only dictate when the heating could come on but this will depend on the thermostat setting and the temperature is beyond them.
In this instance, a sensible way to schedule a heating system along with being able to control temperature freely rather than a fixed target (minimum) temperature is a good thing.
I wonder what a laser pulse hitting the sea would do.
Not a lot? Possibly light it up briefly but that depends on the frequency.
Despite the kid in me I'm rather dubious of "laser weapons" because unless the amount of energy output through the laser is very high, the beam width is very narrow or the beam is held resolutely in place on a single spot on the target then generally not a lot is going to happen.
Microsoft frequently violate their own guidelines.
Of course, they are only guidelines and not rules but MS have spent a huge amount of research and development time testing and generating these guidelines. Only for other parts of MS to ignore and trash them. Office frequently ignores and violates them, Windows 8 (~metro) is so bad that it frequently violates elementary design and usability guides let alone Microsoft's more specific ones.
It can't be an enjoyable department to work in.
Total asshattery. "We decided to screw you over and we meant it".
What's galling is that Windows 10 is rather better than Windows 8 (and 8.1). Not that this is much of an achievement.
Energy available in the fuel compared to weight? It would seem to be the most obvious selection criteria (after being able to contain it and ignite it of course).
In particular the regional settings. I still can't see why when upgrading a system that was in English I'd like the bastard thing changed to American.
Then there's the magic of "uninstalling" some of the crud that's foisted onto a system only to find that after the next reboot it's been reinstalled as "new".
Last I heard he was working in the language department.
Yeah, I'll get my coat.
...or somebody guesses the master password, or watches you type it in, or the keepass encryption algorithm has flaws, or the application itself...
While services such as keepass are very useful they do shift the focus onto a single password with which an attacker will get access to a lot of services.
Keepass can run as an independent application and all it needs is to access your Keepass data file.
Keepass comes with a Portable version (no installer required), download from the keepass website itself: http://keepass.info/download.html.
The next step is that you need to keep the Keepass data file available to you. There are many ways of doing this, the issue is likely to not have a single (losable) copy on something like a memory stick and to instead use a web storage service of some form. Pretty much any of them would do as long as you trust the encryption of the Keepass application the strength of your password to it.
Quite likely. However with this kind of engineering and design the default position and/or configuration should be "safe", which is the general requirement for many industrial systems. Any lack of power or "incident" response should return the mirror to a default "safe" state (good luck with this on a power loss scenario). Part of this was probably in place, however automatic monitoring systems in the tower should have triggered an "incident" alert and all or some of the mirrors should have switched to a safe alignment automatically. Now implement this to a very strict build and maintenance budget...
I'm no programmer, but how hard can it be to write a proper bit of software instead of some browser abomination?
or more usefully:
How hard can it be to write a proper web interface instead of some browser abomination?
That sounds right. I suppose we could lookup the 6502 instruction set but it's quite interesting how well the instruction set comes back to memory despite so many years of not using it. I remember reading through it all in detail when teaching myself 6502 (6510) assembler as the C64 came with great manuals, particularly the Programmers Reference Guide(?).
From memory, yes: the X and Y registers had different capabilities when it came to the indirect/offset addressing modes.
I remember when I first figured out what one of the more obscure ones actually did, and then wondered if there was ever a useful use for it. Like you do I searched the entirety of both of the C64 ROM chips and couldn't find the instruction in use. Not a definitive use case, but it was what I had available at the time...
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