Re: Pi day
And 22/7 is a lot more accurate!
Try 355/113. Known to the Chinese 15 centuries ago, and accurate to single precision f.p.
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That would imply an "alternate" physics community of individuals unknown to the people currently working in the field.
It's worth reading this paper On the Viability of Conspiratorial Beliefs.
TL;DR version: secret conspiracies only remain secret if there are very few people involved.
Most of the algorithms were generated by former-NSA folks or those with ties to the US gov.
The current state of the art algorithms were pretty much all invented by one person, Daniel Berstein. Most people would not regard djb as having close ties to the US, or any other, government. If he is working for someone, they've got 99% of the entire world's secrets.
Reagan was also not blessed with the best of brains, just good speechwriters.
I've seen the suggestion that the Reagan administration was a perfect example of Minsky's Society of Mind, in that a lot of relatively mindless agents with different agendas pulled in different directions but overall it ended up looking like a coherent system with a single purpose.
AAisp - pretty decent again but has the advantage of IPv6
Zen does IPv6 as well (I turned mine on a couple of months ago), but they're not very good at publicising it. The only thing I know of in the knowledge base is this
which basically says "mail ipv6@zen".
When I emailed them they replied 19 minutes later telling me I had IPV6 enabled on the line and to reboot my router to use it. Worked fine, no problems at all. I now have a stupid amount of addresses.
Canada has to pay for it's military "protection" by the USA in many ways.
Given the geography, the only country likely to invade Canada is the USA, so that's rather a protection racket. "Nice country you've got here, be a shame if it got broken."
[MFA on El Reg's web site.]
So there's hope yet it'll be rolled out to comments.
Which rather defeats the option to comment anonymously. Personally I'd prefer to live with a few trolls in order to get the anonymous insider comments we occasionally have on sensitive subjects.
Strange that so many industry "experts" can't seem to think of this.
I suspect a lot do (my old and relatively simple house alarm system has a duress code that sets off the alarm), but in most cases management veto the idea on grounds of cost or belief the users won't understand it/will trigger it by mistake. As most people aren't mugged at ATMs, there are going to be far more cases when someone confuses their PINs and gets locked out without money or card, rather than being saved from losing money in a mugging, and they are going to whinge loudly and long about it.
I can be confident that there is no way that at any stage in the future the door lock is able to copy my key.
Your door lock can't copy your key, but if you take your key out of your pocket in public? That news item is just over 10 years old.
For years people complained that UNIX system were much better than Windows for system administration because so much housekeeping can be automated with a small shell script
and then some idiot decided "curl … | /bin/bash" was a brilliant way to install software.
Unfortunately for the senders I knew it was a scam instantly - you can't have video footage of me watching porn because I've never owned a webcam.
Ditto. I also use an OS they've probably never heard of, never mind have the ability to hack, and as for "I have an exclusive pixel in this e-mail, and at the moment I know that you've read this email", well as you sent me a text/plain email, I really don't think so.
I just wish there was some way to do to their Bitcoin wallets what superglue does to door locks.
You don't have to have a smart meter installed despite what the idiots who phone you about it might say.
You don't have to have a water meter installed either, but my water bill dropped by ~75% when I got a meter.
Smart meters have 30 minute pricing bands as one of the long term aims is to time shift energy usage away from peak periods, and some companies already have time of use tariffs as an option with (from memory so illustrative, not totally accurate) cost ratios of 35%, 100% and 175% for night time, day off peak, peak periods. Don't want a smart meter? Certainly sir, you can keep your dumb one, but we'll charge you at the 175% rate as you might use it all at peak time.
If you could also get a decent coffee and a quick lube for your bike they'd be onto a surefire winner.
There's at least one bike repair stall in Market Square nearby, and more coffee shops than you can shake a stick(*) at in the area.
(*) Anyone know where this stick shaking idiom comes from?
comparing Bluetooth to RS-232 or USB is asinine, since the latter cannot operate without wires
Years (decades) ago, back in the days when HMG was sniffy about private radio spectrum use, a friend of mine had a remote controlled aircraft that worked over RS-232, and fairly obviously that didn't have wires. He use an LED on the controller and an IR receiver attached to a small micro in the aircraft and it worked fine.
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