But you might be the sort of person that buys a new car every single year! How are they supposed to know you're poor?
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Unearthed emails could be smoking gun in epic GDPR battle: Google, adtech giants 'know they break Euro privacy law'
I don't mind advertising
What I mind is 20 Mb blocks of code that I didn't request, that do things I don't want, share lots of unknown data with people I don't know and in general make page loading excruciatingly slow when it shouldn't be. There is no reason whatsoever for ANY webpage to be over a few Mb in size, yet I've encountered websites that try to shove over 50 Mb into my browser, only a quarter of which is actual content.
When the amount of data traffic required for advertisements outstrips the actual information on the website something has gone wrong.
Here's the advertisement model I propose:
Website A has slots for advertising in it's design and would like some income. They go to ad broker B and tell it, they want X amount of ads of size Y and their target/normal audience Z. Ad broker B auctions X ads of size Y for audience Z to the highest bidder. Website A displays the winning ads for a set amount of time until the slots are auctioned again (change however often is required/desired).
More than some very basic target audience information is not needed and more than some basic code to fetch whatever ad is required from broker B server is not required. Just simple, straightforward, fast loading images.
Oh and for the love of god can we please just outright BAN any animated advertising? (And a death penalty for anyone that dares put an autoplay video or audio clip on their website!)
Visited the Grand Canyon since 2000? You'll have great photos – and maybe a teensy bit of unwanted radiation
Here's my impression of this guy:
*foaming at the mouth* WHAAAARRRRBLGGLLLLLWRRAAAAA Radiation!!! WHAAARBBBBLLLBBLLLGGLABLBLBLBLAAALAAAAA!
The reaction of anyone sane: *Shoulder shrug*
This is some of the stupidest "OMG radiation!" stories I've read in a LONG while. And that's saying something after all the Fukushima FUD.
Sounds like it's a casting blank/former used to shape the cavity in the mold. They used to be made from very hardwearing dense woods as pounding the sand around it to form the mold takes its toll and making the formers is a painstaking job. It's probably some form of Ironwood, which is (by definition) denser than water and thus sinks.
Company watercooler gossip
This tale to me seems to fit into the company watercooler talk embiggening of events. What was probably an expensive piece of machined metal (large gauge block or something) turned into platinum. The boss's quick inquiry into why something expensive is being used to prop a door open is turned into minutes filled with pain and anguish. An engineers shoulder shrug is turned into an epic tale of blasé.
The truth, as they say, is out there.
How's this for sci-fi: Orbiting probes face fiery death dive from planet's radiation belts. And that planet is Earth
Meeting the tenuous oxygen atmosphere at a paltry 30 km/s probably has an influence in how it affects materials. Yes, they were exposed to normal earth atmosphere when built, but that doesn't affect spacecraft and their materials in the same way as screaming through the upper reaches of the atmosphere at orbital speeds does.
A once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity: NASA bids emotional farewell to its cocky, hardworking RC science car on Mars
Re: Mould breakers
Brick and mortar stores aren't dead by default. They're only dead if they offer no advantage (or even active detriment) compared to ordering stuff online. When it comes to this Pi-store, I'm not entirely sure what the "selling point" of it's physical location is. We'll have to wait and see. As long as the Pi foundation doesn't go all "we must have a Pi-Store in every mall" apeshit, having one store is just fine. You can shut that down again easily if it turns out to be too much of a loss maker. I don't think they're expecting much of a profit from the store anyway, which helps in viability.
Trolling in the Reg's forums... we mean, er, 'working' on the train still rubbish thanks to patchy data coverage
Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears
Yes. Though in this case from the article it seems his title was: Head of sales and marketing. The exec bit seems to have been put in by El Reg.
Sales drones seem to be the type that feel the need for a fancy title on their little "business cards" just to get a sense of validation. Can't go into a meeting with ANYONE with the title of "sales droid". That would be embarrassing. How could one POSSIBLY sell anything. Now if they're meeting with the "Head of sales and marketing" they'll feel they're dealing with someone who has some pull in the company and get them a good deal! Instead of the reality of getting even more royally shafted.
El Reg interview time?
Might be interesting to have a chat and a pint with this man after this has blown over. Seems like an interesting story. How did he get to be running .hm. And why? How much time does he spend on it. What's the hardware involved. Does he have provisions taken to make sure .hm can be transferred to someone else in case of his untimely demise? Does it impress the ladies if you say you run one of the worlds Top Level Domain registrars? Inquiring minds need to know!
If I understand correctly the copper is actually the direct lining of the combustion chamber and throat, so what is happening is probably a bit of engine rich combustion.
What can be done to fix it can involve many things. Among them: Changing fuel/oxidizer mixture ratios, changing the flow balance in the wall to improve cooling in the hotspots, altering wall thickness (either thinner or thicker, depending on what is happening), changing the injector pattern or slightly altering the flow in certain spots.
There is no TEA/TEB being used in the full size Raptor, so it's definitely not the starter system causing the tinge. On top of that the flame starts out yellow and then turns green. It'd be the other way around if it was ignition fluid.
I also doubt it's the camera as different angles show the same discoloration, and I'd find it strange if several cameras with different lenses, at different angles all showed exactly the same sensor saturation issue.
LibreOffice patches malicious code-execution bug, Apache OpenOffice – wait for it, wait for it – doesn't
Re: Tried Libre about 3 weeks ago....
I'm of the opinion that if you're using that many row in an excel sheet you shouldn't be using excel but something more adapt at handling massive data sets and complex math operations on those sets. Something like MatLab ($$$, great documentation and service) or SciLab (Free, open source, but terrible documentation) or something along those lines. Much faster, and allows all kinds of funky stuff that is sometimes hard to pull off in excel.
Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it
So? Responsible Disclosure?
Isn't what he's arguing for basically the ground rules for responsible disclosure? Keep schtum, report the problem to the company, give them enough time to fix it or at least give you a response and reasoned argument why they need more time or won't fix it. Then if the company is being an arsehat and only AFTER the previously set deadline has expired without action or response do you disclose to put pressure on the company.
I think the professor is being a bit naïeve in his thinking if he's arguing we should wait with disclosing until it's either patched or exploits are out there because the past has shown we won't know of many of the exploits in use until it's far, far too late.
Re: Design deficiencies
That's a very shitty thing to have happen. Bet your friend had a crap day when he returned.
It's also why you ALWAYS either leave something clearly unfinished or finish it completely. Or at the very least tape the bog lid shut with a very big notice on top that the pipes are not connected.
No wonder the place is infested with the flying rats. Plenty of roosting opportunity and probably plenty of food sources around from people littering. Whomever thought it would be a good idea to mount those aircon units outside the flat like that deserves to live there for the rest of their lives. Only way to solve it now is to put proper boxes around them with steeply sloped tops and all access holes sealed up properly. The only other solution is to shoot the f%^kers, but that tends to get the treehugging crowd riled up and is difficult to do safely in a residential area.
Trying to log into Office 365 right now? It's a coin flip, says Microsoft: Service goes TITSUP as Azure portal wobbles
Irish data watchdog to Facebook: Hang about, what's all this about a WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger merger now?
That would be a stupid move
I'm currently (reluctantly) still using WhatsApp because it's the only way I communicate with some relatives, but if Facebook does indeed pulls everything into the Borg that's ending immediately. Screw Facebook. They already know way too much about me. I'm not going to be using FaceBorg Messenger, EVER.
Japanese astronomers find tiniest Kuiper Belt object yet – using cheap 'scopes and off-the-shelf CMOS cameras
Sounds a bit like a bad batch of resist resulting in poor litho performance. Or possibly something got contaminated with copper. That's a really insiduous contaminant in how it affects the chip. Could work fine for a while until higher temps allow the copper to diffuse somewhere it shouldn't be.