Roman emperor Diocletian?
305 posts • joined 12 Jul 2007
In the days before Let's Encrypt StartCom was a good way to get a basic and free SSL cert.
Now, they're part of my "remove trust" process in my browsers.
Sic transit gloria mundi.
Re: Be careful what you wish for
The chances of anything coming from Mars, are a million to one, I say!
Simon, the job you are doing, reporting on this and keeping it in the limelight at least here among techs is beyond praiseworthy. It seems the whole story has already faded out of the MSM. Not enough sex, drugs and violence for them, I suppose. (EDIT: looks like The Age now has it in the top section).
I just don't get the thought process here?
What makes the laptop more dangerous in the cabin than in the checked-in luggage? If it's something about detection - well, then extend the detection mechanism to all scanners?
What happens when the Li-Ion batteries bring down a plane? "Oh, now we can blame Samsung/Apple/HTC/vendor for killing hundreds of people but our hands our clean because we only care about terrorists and we Did Something About That, now please re-elect us"
As for the inconvenience to business travellers who can't get work done: I don't think they care.
Not the politicians - and not even the corporations who will just expect you to squeeze that work time out somewhere else ("get up earlier before your flight or don't sleep at all to get that presentation/program/document done").
Re: pet food
Heh, yeah, as a horse owner and avid equestrian, I have no problem with horse meat. It's quite game-like, though needs proper preparation. I'm amazed at how some horsey-girls go into paroxysms of rage and tears when you dare mention eating horse. Yeah, I draw the line at cats and dogs - too high up the food chain as carnivores. Not entirely consistent, oh well.
Hmm, Solingen you say? I'll be near there in a few months.
Re: Take offense at "nag"
If you're bored, spend some time browsing http://www.allbreedpedigree.com/
They highlight "inbredidness" (that's not a word...) by showing when there's common ancestral horses on both sides. (mine has a common great-grandfather on sire and dam side, not too bad as these things are considered, but then he's a WB not a TB).
Take offense at "nag"
If there's one thing these horses aren't it's "nags". I would have applauded however, had the author deigned to use the word "inbred" in there somewhere.
Seeing as all thoroughbreds come from a mere 3 stallions to be registered, they are so highly inbred that, to paraphrase the great Pterry, they might as well try to breed with themselves. As a friend once remarked "you either get something that can win the Derby or the Preakness, or you get something with 3 heads".
Now where did I put those old 3 1/2 disks with Stardock's original Galactic Civilization?
Re: Pilots use laptops as well...
Having stood in a line at US airport security (domestic flight, Phoenix Skyharbor) next to the captain who was going to fly the plane I was heading for and watching him take off his shoes and have his bag scanned, told me all I needed to know.
I started blurting out "but, you're flying the aircraft, if you wanted to bring it down, you could just..." and stopped just in time as I didn't want probes stuck into every orifice by the TSA. The pained look and nod he gave me I shall always remember.
Re: Good reporting, el Reg
Yeah, Fairfax media is showering itself with backpats for its "Exclusives" right now. Pchaw!
As far as I'm concerned, Simon is the man of the hour, digging into this weeks before anybody else!
Is there an Australian Pulitzer? ;)
Re: expanding from?
The analogue most often (mis)used is 2D/3D example of the inflating balloon for our 3D/4D universe. As I understand nobody has yet found the dude who's blowing at the nipple of the universal balloon. ;)
My grandfather regaled me with stories about his work with the "Enigmas" during WW2. How fast he was with them, how uncrackable they were.
I wonder if it's a blessing in disguise that he passed before Ultra was declassified, so he never found out that (accounting for the above-mentioned cat&mouse game) for the most part the Allies (and therefore to a certain extent the Soviets) were reading over his shoulder.
Re: Nervous criminals
Heh, precisely what I was thinking.
And now apparently, there's pointers fingering the Norks based on code fingerprint similarities with prior attacks/scam against the Bangladesh bank recently. For whatever that's worth.
China would NOT be happy with the His Chubbiness the Dear Leader, not at all, precious.
Why wouldn't you just block the number without keeping the contact?
OK, I guess to answer my own question, unless you need to keep the ID info because you need it as evidence that said ex is breaking the restraining order?
How many inverted femtobarns...
... until one of them gets to dress up as Palpatine and cackle about "fully armed and operational"?
Flashbacks to VMware, EMC and Diane Greene?
Aaaah, the two words that strike more terror into the heart of ATC than a 7500 transponder code... "student", "pilot".
Mine's the one with the C150 ops manual in the pocket.
Talk to the people who have and are having major congestion issues, due to too many RSPs still doing the "unlimited" thing without backing that with enough CVCs. There's a couple or so that don't - AussieBB, IIRC and have less issues if you manage to be on-net.
However, another unmentioned issue: the current generation of issues antennas are/were had two versions: 1 only supported 50mbps aggregate, and 2 went up to 75 mbps. So, will they upgrade those (for free)? Ensure that all new installations get one capable of 100 mbps (V3?)?
Re: We won't be living on alien planets.
Cue "The Expanse" theme music... and I don't mean that snarky. You sound like a fan, just like me! :)
But as geologic history (and the books/show) demonstrate, sooner or later you get a big rock or rocks in the head and that's the end of it all.
Will those trillions, born and growing up in a fraction of Earth gravity still be human after a few generations?
Stuff like this...
... is how you end up with backdoor code that makes the magnetic bottle of your Epstein drive go super-critical and turns you into a star for a very brief moment.
Thank you! It's Friday evening and I barely had the energy to make myself a martini and type this. I have no strength or brain cells left to search on UD (but don't need that many to post on El Reg ;)
Sorry Richard, but us down the back would rather be laughing, because otherwise we'd be crying.
Ask a what?
Don't expect an answer on that from a hedgehog.
It can never be buggered at all.
Re: Will nobody think of the tax payers?
Had to upvote this, because my eyebrows crawled way up my forehead as well.
Something that normally requires something of the magnitude of black holes smacking into each other and then sets of microscopic shifts and here there's one covering half a planet?
I though El Reg was oversimplifying for clickbaity reasons but reading the abstract in Nature that's precisely what they're saying: mountain gravity waves.
Anybody here able to explain what they mean? Same term for something different?
UCSD or Borland?
Apple's own UCSD Pascal (which you needed the 16KB extension card for) was a bit of a dog, but then along came Borland Turbo Pascal and it was brilliant. Made some of my first money with it back then, writing some for small businesses in the early 80s.
All that money then flowed back into getting the A][ tricked out... CP/M Z80 card, 80char card, second disk controller... I think I had every singe slot full.
One of the biggest regrets was selling it all in '86 when I needed the money. :(
Re: "unexpectedly poignant"
And who had an astonishing memory.
Among the 10s of thousands of people he met, I was fortunate to do so twice. Across 2 continents and 10 years apart. The second time (in Australia), he remembered me, where we were the first time (Silicon Valley), what we were doing (I bought him sushi lunch because his publisher agent was a useless c*nt and wouldn't get him anything, and then took him to a Fry's for gadget shopping). He remembered things I'd forgotten - name of the shop, other people there.
It was gobsmacking.
OK, this is admittedly a ridiculous nitpick, but what is that woman (a dressage rider, by all I could find and not even an eventer), doing with a thoroughbred?
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, those of you with SOs who have the horse bug, go ask them. They'll explain. At length.
(giving myself a where's the IT angle icon)
Confused equestrian here
I can see the battery life criteria, but durability?
Going by the basic fact that they're horse-mounted police, I'm confused, as eventers use helmet or other mounted cameras regularly and what they drag the cameras through would surely match any durability requirement? OK, maybe Canadian winters, but I've used cameras in the Antarctic and they survive and work.
Love the photo
The Hurricane (always one of my personal favourites) probably throttle-to-the-firewall and the EF with its high angle of attack, every flap-n-friend extended, likely still practising slow flight at the edge of stall. :D
Re: Missing item in the series?
Reverse Polish Notation with only those two affected?
Ah the memories...
From personal experience I can tell you one professional group that is worse:
To the 'tude add the look you get of "I've seen more men naked than a 2-bit hooker, often with a syringe in my rubber-gloved hands, therefore I know what you look like without clothes and I'm not impressed. Fix this computer problem or I swear I'll use a turkey baster as the syringe".
You beat me to it.
I wonder if it'd be possible to place a target over her desk and then position yourself in an office across the hall for some crossbow shooting practise.
But, good lord, these people are educators who work with kids? Time to pull out Pink Floyd's The Wall methinks.
Why am I not surprised, going by your comment history, that you would spout that "the Nazis were left-wing" rubbish?
Things that make you go...
Just can't help thinking it may be an artificial shortage. We've been here before haven't we? With DRAM? Other storage? Anything to stop the price decline?
Re: It's WAR
The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one, I say!
My timestamp on this article says 14 Oct 2016 at 11:39, and lo presto, at 14 Oct 2016 at 15:08 I see:
"Cisco's cloud whisperer CTO Zorawar Biri Singh blows free"
"His role was to drive “thought leadership” around Cisco’s technology roadmap, platforms and architectures. Singh would, we were told, set the foundation” for Cisco’s long-term investments.
Less than two years on, however, and Cisco is slashing heads: seven per cent of its global workforce, some 5,500 people, are getting canned in the current financial year and Singh is one of the casualties."
Re: Archibald Tuttle, not Archibald Buttle!!
Clicked on comment to post just that reference to Brazil. Beer to you for thinking alike!
Ticket for the migration fleet...
- intelligent machines preparing to eradicate or remove us - check!
- generation growing up with miserable immune systems (thanks to hoverparents) - check!
- preparation for fleet of space vehicles to get off-world started - check!
So, turns out *we* are the Quarians!
Abundance a problem
Silicon is number 2. Molybdenum is 54... sayeth Wiki. 2th most abundant in oceans.
Largest producers: The world's production of molybdenum was 250,000 tonnes in 2011, the largest producers being China (94,000 t), United States (64,000 t), Chile (38,000 t), Peru (18,000 t) and Mexico (12,000 t). The total reserves are estimated at 10 million tonnes, and are mostly concentrated in China (4.3 Mt), US (2.7 Mt) and Chile (1.2 Mt). By continent, 93% of world molybdenum production is about evenly shared between North America, South America (mainly in Chile), and China. Europe and the rest of Asia (mostly Armenia, Russia, Iran and Mongolia) produce the remainder.
Re: Fired? Nooo surely not
With the never-ending "resource actions" going on, how does anybody at IBM even tell whether it's resigning, firing or laying-off anymore?! Do you get a different coloured hat when walking out the door or something?
... I liked the "quantum weather" idea from the aborted Tracy Hickman/Margaret Weis Starshield novels. Use your warp drive for a few lightyears, but then Laws change to a section of the universe where magic reigns and you have to bring out the dragons to tow your starcruiser.
Re: Γεια σου, φαίνεται σαν να προσπαθείτε να πλεύσει το πλοίο
Θα θέλατε να βοηθήσει με αυτό;
(or that's what Google Translate says)
"Toothless Tiger Moth"?
Why is the author dragging the name of this great classic airplane
into the same realm of this failed boondoggle?
What am I missing?
With interchange points in the US as well, will they sue or have they also sued the NSA? Or do they know well enough that they may have a prayer in German court, but wouldn't get anywhere in the US?
Seems weird - or very smart - going after the piddly BND and not the 800lbs gorilla.
Re: Free Trade
Shouldn't there have been a Joke Alert or GetMeCoat icon?
Still a use for humans!
Using robots frees up humans for Testing!
So, volunteer for testing today!
Mine's the one with exploding lemons in the pocket.
... deedledeedle dum deedle die?
Easy mistake to make?
Looking at the financial and ideological roots of IS/Daesh in the Wahhabite state, it could fall under "loose translation".
Was looking for him on the Aussie ballot, as well, recently. No luck.
Got Pauline Hanson, though. So close...