Re: Number ranges
Nicosia contined to periodically fax my line...
Well they never did get those marbles back.
1069 posts • joined 8 Jun 2007
technically the equal of anything in Europe, which seems to be setting the standards for internet connections.
Europe is doing better than Canada for sure, but I doubt it's the world leader. I was talking to some Koreans the other day who told me 1 to 2Gbps to your apartment is now routine in many areas.
Billy Connolly used to tell a joke about this.
Two Glaswegians find themselves in Rome, and ask for two pints of "heavy" in a bar. The barman says he's never heard of that, so they ask him what the Pope drinks.
The barman says "I believe the Pope drinks crème-de-menthe".
"Ok", say the Glaswegians, "we'll have two pints of that then".
After downing their green pints and standing up to leave the bar, one Glaswegian turns to the other and says "Christ, no wonder they carry him around in a chair".
Frightening. If you read down the thread, another user points out that AWS isn't supposed to be used for anything life-critical - to which our hero replies:
Well, it is supposed to be reliable...
Should I ever have need for such a device, I really hope that this fucking idiot had nothing to do with it.
I would guess this is part of Toshiba's problem - Cell processor technology has become quite a niche, especially now that partners Sony and IBM have lost interest in it.
I have no doubt you can get impressive image processing results with Cell but I would be prepared to bet there are cheaper ways to do it.
Well I guess the BBC's actual reasons will be forever lost in the mists of time, as it all happened half a century ago. According to Wikipedia:
"A former BBC employee, interviewed on BBC Radio in 2008, maintained that the original contract with the French owners did not include the scripts that accompanied the original animations (contrary to BBC assumptions). The BBC, instead of making a further payment to acquire the scripts, which would have required translation, decided to commission its own version – without access to the original French, and the English-language version therefore bears no resemblance to it."
Which seems plausible to me. Anyway it doesn't matter, the point is that Eric Thompson winged it and was brilliant.
No, you didn't make it up. The English voiceover for The Magic Roundabout was done by Eric Thompson (trivia note: Emma Thompson's dad).
I remember watching a documentary about it years ago. Thompson didn't speak French and there was no budget for translation, so he just made it all up as he went along. He must have been a talented guy to do that.
I always thought the "drug" thing was a bit bogus. Things from the 60s might look trippy now but I think it was genuinely just a more innocent time.
Surely our feckless and ignorant but devious and amoral overlords can't really be *this* stupid.
I don't think they are stupid at all. They are hoping that we are stupid, or at least stupid enough to roll over and allow wholesale removal of our basic human rights on the bogus pretext that it will help to keep us safe.
Trouble is, a quick trawl through Facebook and Twitter responses suggests that they may be right.
I know it's supposed to be a selling point, but I kind of like standing around waiting for coffee to brew. It gets me away from my desk and gives me 5 minutes to hang around the kitchen, where I might meet some interesting people and engage in mild banter or cod philosophy.
Glyn Travis, of the Prison Officers’ Association, confirmed the economics of the flying service. He said: "Technology like drones allows criminals to drop contraband virtually onto a pedestal. A drone might cost £300 or £400 but there’s big money to be made. If it breaks, that's just short change."
What's more, they are seriously undercutting the prison officers' prices.
In any professional organisation he'd have been fired for bullying
It's only bullying if he picks on specific individuals. All the evidence I have seen suggests that Linus just cares about the quality of the code, no matter who it comes from.
I've worked in hardware and software development for more than 30 years and I have never been anywhere where this would be taboo, provided the criticism was justified and that it was directed against the work rather than the person.
I think if your corporate culture is hyper-protective to the point where any kind of conflict is suppressed or avoided, then your precious employees are going to have a shock when they interface with the real world.
Yes, go on kiddies, mod me down.
To the main point about whether journalists have a right to protect their sources: apparently they do, under section 10 of the Contempt of Court Act.
There are exceptions to this rule though, one of which is - you guessed it - national security. I'd hazard a guess that that trump card gets played quite a lot these days.
And what money will they pay with? Unless they've got a printing press its money paid by customers that would otherwise have gone on to shareholder's (generally your insurers or pension fund)
Sure it would be money raised from customers, that's where they get it from. But if you were free to jump ship to a more secure and/or cheaper provider at no penalty to yourself, then the insecure (and consequently expensive) ISPs would go out of business or at least be severely damaged.
As for financial penalties not working - they must have some deterrent effect otherwise courts would hand out nothing but custodial sentences.
Talk Talk, who have No Fucking Idea how to keep their data secure, get hit by a massive security breach. So they wheel out their CEO, who has No Fucking Idea what she is talking about, to explain it to a mass media that has No Fucking Idea what she said, nor what the problem is.
Luckily a government minister - who has No Fucking Idea what to do either - is on hand with a cretinous proposal for self regulation, which has No Fucking Chance of working.
Until we start punishing them, companies will not pay proper attention to our security. Offending firms need to be brutally fined, to the point where their top management starts worrying about the forthcoming removal of working tax credits. Customers should also be allowed to switch providers with no penalty if there's even a sniff of lax security.
Hit them in the pocket, it's the only language they understand.
Technically literate people do themselves and no one a service by constantly coming up with acronyms and aphorisms to obfuscate processes and terms that are already hard for lay people to understand
And lay people do themselves and no one a service by running ISPs with millions of customers depending on them to keep their stuff secure from basic network attacks.
Science and industry is full of jargon because the concepts are often complicated and tend to have long names. Spelling everything out in full every time a) doesn't help you understand it any better and b) takes too long for those who do understand it.
And what "technical people" would that be then? BAe Systems?
I have no idea whether they have any, or where they might get some from. But if and when they do, they are going to need a shitload of tea.
In all seriousness, these public statements aren't really helping. And yes, I think we are all agreed that SQL injection attacks should be historical curiosities in 2015.
To be honest, what can we expect when we have someone with a degree in PPE from Oxford running a major ISP? It's not like they are short of career opportunities is it? They run pretty much everything else FFS.
I trust you're as happy to pay for my lung cancer treatment as I am to pay for your bowel cancer treatment...
Well basically, yes. That's how the NHS works.
And given the high rate of tax on cigarettes, you have probably paid for your own lung cancer treatment anyway.
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