Re: Deluded article from a cretin
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I was an early back for both so have had the Gemini for a fair while now. It works well enough as standard smartphone, the main irritant being websites and apps that can't cope with landscape properly and I don't really notice the size or weight but then again it lives in my handbag when I'm not using it. The keyboard is an absolute dream to use, I'd got really fed up of constructing messages aroudn the lest number of words rather than saying what I wanted to because I find on screen keyboards an absolute PITA to work with. Touch typing means I can say what I actually want to say or witter on at superfluous length, depending on your perspective.
I backed the Cosmo mainly for the backlit keyboard and because they're a small company doing something a bit different. THe external screen and camera aren't tht important to me, at least until the thing arrives then they'll probably become an invaluable feature that I'll wonder how I ever coped without. Or something.
Do we get a proper Reg demolishes review on this one?
I've made a chocolate stout (from grain with all the hassle and mess that implies) and no chocolate was used in the mix. It's due to the roating of the malt, a bit more than amber (that gives you your 'biscuit' flavours') and a bit less than black malt (_really_ astringent, too much makes your mouth hurt).
I don't know what the real brewers get up to but cocoa is much more expensive that chocolate malt and you'd need a LOT of it to get a reasonable flavour (I know, I've tried). I'd be surprised if they did this but am probably as wrong about that as I am about so many things.
Wouldn't surprise me if I were wrong, I'm good at being wrong.
I was thinking PKI type stuff.
Keypair 1 is used to allow encryption between the two people who are having the conversation (sender's private, receivers public).
Keypair 2 for the comms data, (sender's private, $somewhere[comms_data_store] public)
Keypar 3 for the stream containing the same as keypair 1, (sender's private, $somewhere[warrant_required_data_store] public).
Access to the private key for 2 and 3 would be the bit that's subject to controls, far moreso for 3 than 2. That's also the reason I said a bit over double the traffic as I was starting from the point that there's already one encrypted stream, not one unencrypted stream.
You'd encrypt only the data, forward it $somewhere for safe storage until someone turns up with the appropriate bit of paper saying they're allowed to look at it. No need to wrap encryption in encryption in encryption, just three different sets of encrypted information each using a different key pair. Traffic goes up by a bit over 2 (two copies of the actual content plus a tiny bit for the comms data) and no need to be diddling down at the TCP layer.
I never said it was a good idea, just tht it could be done.
And you don't catch people by keyword search, at least not unless you're really stupid and believe that would work. You catch people by working out who you'd like to know more about and then set about knowing more about them and the people they talk to. Old school like.
At the risk of getting flamed to oblivion and with caveats that I don't necessarily think it's a good idea and that it being technically do-able doesn't consider a lot of other factors...
It is do-able using something akin to RBAC with crypto protection on various layers of access. Broad brush (without thinking about it too deeply), you'd want three sets of (PKI) credentials:
Keypair1: User keypair, what is in place in pretty much any of the secure end-to-end products already
Keypair2: Communications records keypair. Who said something to whom and when but not what was said
Keypair3: Wrong'uns keypair. Access to everything, communications. Used for reading what clowns, mime artists and other undesirables are saying to one another.
Information accessable to one key pair isn't accessible to any other key pair with KeyPair2 and 3 being subject to legal/regulatory/whatever controls.
Yeah, I know. Those controls are a right whatnot to get right.
Thank you for noticing the bold, almost child-like palette used in the new logo. It is indeed meant to remind us of our younger days, when everything was new, fresh and exciting. Like Google's new ads service!
The use of two converging lines suggests the many seemingly divergent streams that your customers follow across the web will coalesce to bring you Bigger Unexpected Google Generated Exceptional Retailing Ascendancy Lifted Levels. The use of gentle curves expresses that the subtle art of persuasion as opposed to the sharp forcefulness of compulsion will drive your business to the next level.
And after all that, erm, fertile language; I think I need a shower. Several before I even begin to feel clean.
I've been making beer without hops for years. There's a fair few recipes here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sacred-Herbal-Healing-Beers-Fermentation/dp/0937381667 (which is every bit as woo-woo as the title suggests but the recipes are fun). I've also made a really good summer beer (light and refreshing) using Mugwort and lemon for flavouring. Hops were approved of because some of the other ingredients used for flavouring had some interesting* effects on the drinker whereas hops tended to calm them down. Not sure about that last bit mind (even if I have read it from multiple sources), Friday nights in most towns suggest that people will still get rowdy despite the hops.
* For a given definition of interesting
Last time I bothered to check I was paying £10/month (somewhere around $14/month). That gives me 1GB of data (I mostly use WiFi so that's plenty), unlimited texts and 600 minutes talk time a month (I'm an unsociable moo so rarely get anywhere near that).
It looks as though those figures compare at least reasonably with the ones you quoted.
I'm not going to get involved in a 'my language is better than your language' discussion; I've got the battle scars from too many of those already.
What did strike me as a bit strange was characterising a professional institute with a royal charter as "a technical advocacy organization". I wonder if that doesn't sell them a little short. Mad Bob the technology yogi is a technical advocacy organisation, albeit not for any technology that exists, and I'm not sure that's really comparable.
- Ultimate responsibility for ensuring all documentation is correct?
- Ultimate responsibility for ensuring back-up work (including testing regime)?
In both cases it's the CTO's job.
If the tale had stopped before it got to the bit about the new chap being fired I'd have gone with "No-one, it was a wake-up call for everyone." Even C level folks are only human. Things can get over-looked; over-reliance on assurances from the management chain can combine with a monstrous workload to help this along.
But it didn't stop there. The actions of the CTO tend to suggest someone lacking the emotional maturity, willingness to take personal responsibility and with the primary desire of covering their own behinds at all cost to ever be trusted with that responsibility.
This is the UK. We don't have the construct of first degree murder. I feel it might be quite challenging to prove that $whatever was released specifically to kill, which is what you'd need for a pre-meditated murder conviction (UK's equivalent of first degree) but causing death by being a silly bugger (AKA manslaughter) would be more likely to succeed.
Nope, I'm not a lawyer nor do I work for the police. I just work in IT so take an interest for...ummm...idle curiosity. Yes, that's it. Definitely that.
I'm not really sure I understand why this is important. Who sells their phone after only one month? Even six months doesn't make a great deal of sense to me. I've still got the same HTC M8 that I got Gods only know how long ago. OK so it's got LineageOS on it so I get the weekly updates but it's still working perfectly well. Doesn't freeze up, UI responds speedily enough and the battery is easily good for a day and a half of normal usage. I've not seen anything on a new phone that's making me think "oh yes, must have that" so why do I care that it's worth pennies to the pound on what I paid for it?
Fingers crossed the next device will be a Gemini (assuming they get the thing out the door). A proper, useful keyboard on a phone would be a wonderful thing to have; and I'll probably hang on to that until the heat death of the Sun.
Oh very well done! I think that may win the prize for the most tangential insertion of the UK leaving the EU I've yet seen.
Looks, I understand you're upset. There are a lot on this side of the channel who feel the same way. I also understand the anger and abuse but you need to move past that. You might want to think about seeing a counsellor if it continues to affect you in this way.
Back on thread.
I quite like the idea of thinking of projects in terms of size/complexity (first came across this from the Robertson's categorisation of rabbit, horse and elephant). If you've few stakeholders and can turn on a sixpence then you're in a rabbit project and agile is great. If there are multiple stakeholders (especially if they're in different organisations), heavy regulatory frameworks and generally need to be pointed in the right direction then you're you're in a elephant project and waterfall/Bohm is probably a better fit.
Horses for courses (to continue the animal theme). This project has all the hallmarks of an elephant so it looks as though the rabbits have been crushed underfoot.
I don't know about coffee makers but did spot this article about farm machinery a few days ago: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/farmers-using-hacked-firmware-to-bypass-john-deeres-software-stranglehold/. I'll be honest; I've not done any more research than read that article. It could be complete nonsense but is certainly in line with the 'design something that can only be removed with Ultra-Expensive Dealer-Only Doohickey Mk III' that already goes on.
You can do all that sort of thing on a droid as well. Certainly if you're running LineageOS (the phoenix arisen type version of Cyanogenmod).
Plus no phone vendor/network installed nonsense that drains the battery and doesn't do anything useful. Seems stable enough on an old M8 I've had for about 4 years, I sometimes need to reboot because the wifi gets a tad confuddled. It seems to be getting better with each weekly release as well.
So I don't think the Android spying on you problem is necessarily and Android problem, more a problem to some implementations of Android. You have a choice which implementation of Android you use, which you won't get with an iPhone. Though I understand that for some the lack of choice is a Good Thing(tm), I'm a stroppy mare who doesn't like being told what to do. Certainly not by a computer.
Which is why I keep a bucket of salty water handy at all times.
That seems a little harsh. It appears the HP were approaching The Machine as a test bed for a variety of different approaches rather than an end in itself, which seems sensible enough, prototypes and all that.
Hopefully some of what's been found out will turn out to be useful and find it's way into boxes that can be bought. HP used to be good at that sort of thing.
"It's private money. If the shareholders are stupid enough to give it away, it is literally in every sense their problem."
Sort of. Though pension funds and other large institutional investors like to invest in large companies such as Yahoo.Which could mean there's a chance that your pension is a few pennies a year lower because MM has been given a huge payout for driving a company into the ground.
I theory you could find out and someone'll make the argument that it's your fault for not being aware of every single investment made by every single fund manager in every single account that you have. TBH I'd question the sanity of that argument.
+1 for the Pebble mention.
I got a Pebble Time Round about 6 months ago. Mostly because shiny but also because shiny. It's a lot more useful that I thought it would be and the 1 1/2 - 2 day charge period isn't really a problem - I'm generally near USB socket anyway.
Plus, it looks like a watch and not some hideous, pustular blister growing out your wrist.
I note that neither piece of 'research' has gathered the views of bearded ladies. Once again hirsute ladies are ignored in a blatantly sexist attempt to sideline those who don't conform to the narrow parameters of conventional beauty.
I shall be writing to the Gaurdinnan!
P.S. no, I am not a bearded lady but that doesn't mean I don't have the right to get offended on their behalf and act as a spokesperson for their community.
We don't do cents here in the UK, we do pennies. We dropped the shillings a while ago though mostly for the look of things as we felt we needed to keep the pound.
Given the amount of petty empire building, silo based working and rigidly enforced boundaries between departments I'm not at all surprised that nothing is properly measured nor likely to be properly measured in the near future. The upside is that it saves us from a viciously efficient government, the downside that we haven't the faintest how much anything costs other than "too much".
I've lost count of the number if times I've heard either this story or one very, very like it. I wonder whether it's one of those urban legend things or whether people have a supernatural ability to detect a car carrying rugby players and know they should double park there to ensure the story's survival.
And if the latter wouldn't that make the story some kind of parasite preying off the suggestibility of the puny humans?
Because I don't know a huge amount about the workings of an iPhone. What would stop someone ghosting the storage of the phone? If that's possible then why would you not load the image into a phone emulator and try the 10(?) combinations before the ghost wiped itself then reload the image into an emulator, try the next 10...you get the idea. I'm guessing there's something that would stop that being possible because if I thought of it then I'm sure some clever whatnot in the FBI could and all the forcing Apple to do something would be about something entirely different from getting hold of the information.
*> I really wonder if this stuff will work better...
It will. At least it will initially. Then it'll start running into complex interactions between components some of which belong to a third party that is supporting 100 other consumers most of which are richer than you, others that are no longer being actively developed and some in a language so old that everyone's forgotten it's name and the last compiler update is 20 years ago and full of bugs^W known issues.
Then there will be a lot of arguments, conferences will be held, books will be published. There will probably be religious wars, there usually are. Then best practice will emerge and it'll be possible to get useful work done in a reasonable time-frame with wanting to chew your own fingers off in frustration.
Then someone will start complaining about how it isn't 'docile' enough and it'll all start up again...
"And yes, Rik Myslevsky, they really are right wing, as opposed to Reg commentards who seem to be mainly left."
Splutter! Really? El Reg's commentards are generally a pretty anarchic bunch though the general tone of the politics is substantially to the right of where I sit. But then again I am _properly_ left wing, not this light weight left wing "I'm so radical I've grown a Stalin beard" nonsense.
Official Spokesperson for the People's Free Liberation Army of El Reg, NOT the Free People's Army of El Reg - who are slackers.
Mind you I just don't get it. Most of the fun with brewing is mixing up selections of malts and hops, mucking about with mashing temperatures and boil times/hop addition rates and the bazillion other alchemical variables that go into producing a decent beer. Drinking the result is just a bonus.
Some if you take away all the fun bits then what's the point in brewing? You may as well pop down the offie and get your gratification even more instantly and with even less effort.
"If Mr Davis is happy with the proper title, then that's good enough for me."
This, which pretty much captures the whole reason that this decision is problematic.
With any term that may or may not be abusive and lead to an allegation of having one of the -isms or -phobias it is not up to anyone other than the presumed target of the offense to decide whether it is insulting or not. Anything else is suggesting that the presumed target population is unable to think for themselves and needs to be told what they disapprove of by someone who knows best. Which is possibly a little patronising?
Wikipedia would tend to disagree about there being no such thing as real meta-materials: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamaterial
The first few words of the article "Scientists have created..." point towards something real having been built rather than a number of funky equations involving the vital <magic happens here> step.
Yeah I am late to the party, fashionably so I like to think. Picking on an organisation firmly grounded in the whale song and dream catchers like the IET say, they have a vision statement here: http://www.theiet.in/vision. A bit of snippage from the values section: "We treat everyone with integrity and respect". A quick Google for define:respect gets a list which includes "due regard for the feelings, wishes, or rights of others". Whilst it's not quite the same as empathy, I'd venture to suggest that it's near enough in intent.
All the professional codes of conduct that I've read, either for an employer or a professional organisation have something similar in them. I feel this suggests that the complaints about the behaviour were due to it being unprofessional rather that not-PC. Though TBH the response does seem a bit heavy handed but people seem to be a bit overly keen on damning someone to hell before understanding their motivations fully. Which also sounds like a lack of empathy.
thank you for taking the time to reply. I don't really want to get into a shouting match, mainly because I am not a naturally a very shouty person, but...
I wonder why you think it won't work? As I said, it worked for me. I started on a VIC-20, progressed through a bare-bones Z80A based board that considered assembly a high-level language, can program in about a dozen different languages and now design large, complex systems for a living. Looking around me I see women who create performance test scripts and provide the analysis of where, and why systems aren't working as expected, manage (at various levels) other areas of test. A friend of mine (a woman) is studying for a Ph.D in particle physics and, until recently, worked at CERN.
Certainly in my case a deciding factor was that I was brought up without any expectations of what I should or shouldn't be interested in. Dad was an Engineer and encouraged all of us to build 'stuff' and certainly wouldn't have accepted "because I'm a girl, lol <rolls eyes>" as an excuse for not doing well in Maths or sciences. That's the bit about the comment in the article that prodded my grump button. It appears to suggest than unless you make it pretty girls won't be interested in it, which is a bit condescending really.
So far as girls saying "that's too hard"; those are the exact words that came out of my son's mouth when I asked why he was giving up Maths. Though I tend to put it down to a low-key form of teenage rebellion, especially as he started studying the classics and philosophy instead.
"Girls seem to like it, some seeing the Micro Bit as an opportunity to create a kind of smart jewellery through code. Given that every single attempt to get them to program has utterly failed, this is really worth trying."
Yes, that would certainly be one approach that could be tried. Or you _could_ give then free reign to something really basic like, say, a VIC-20, the getting started tutorials and the detailed reference guide then leave them to it. It worked for me.
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