Re: Next up
From the same guy that brought us all microtransactions for pelican crossings.
207 posts • joined 20 Dec 2013
I don't have a screenshot (t'was lost in the mists of time), but back in about 2004 we were copying a bunch of files from a 250GB external hard drive - t'was a forensics dump of several million email messages all in single small files, typically 1-4kB in size (and over the brand-spanking-new USB2) - and from the number on screen the estimated completion time to begin with was longer than the current estimated age of the universe.
This is the closest equivalent I could find with some google-fu, a scant 9 years.
When Uber finally kills someone with this, their disruptive approach will mean they'll ignore the corporate manslaughter charge and instead prosecute the family of the victim for wilful obstruction of a personal conveyance and wanton vandalism of the bumper, paintwork and tyres, not to mention the cleanup costs of the road itself and the inordinately expensive cost of emotional counselling for the AI in charge of the vehicle.
Perhaps Uber should pre-emptively get Massingbird on the line?
"I remember Massingbird's most famous case — the Case of the Bloody Knife. A man was found next to a murdered body. He had the knife in his hand, thirteen witnesses had seen him stab the victim and when the police picked him up he said to them, 'I'm glad I killed the bastard'. Massingbird not only got him acquitted, he got him knighted in the New Year's Honour's list and the relatives of the victim had to pay to have the blood washed out of his jacket."
Not sure if I should be adding the "joke alert" or not.
Lucky you getting the Down Street - managed to miss out on the tickets for that this year so congrats. Had to make do with the consolation prize of the old Euston tunnels but was still well worth the £35. It also came with a discount voucher for the london transport museum.
At the risk of doing myself out of tickets again next year, I'd recommend all commentards in london and the south east interested in this sort of thing to bookmark the Hidden London site and watch it like a hawk for when new tours make an appearance:
> more a case of "can't"
Oh so close...
> Cloud service provider.
> Say no more.
Cloud service provider. Pick any two.
> The self-discipline required to maintain a facade like that would, itself, be a pretty good indicator.
It probably already exists, but I'm quite surprised there isn't more of a market for services which will "curate" fictitiously perfect social media profiles for people to give them a better shot at jobs/dating/insurance and other casual observers that are pissed off that the telescreen isn't reality yet. If using social media profiles for insurance becomes commonplace, expect that sort of thing to become mainstream very quickly and there'll be no need for self-discipline any more, not when you can just buy "legitimacy".
(Are we living in a sci-fi dystopia yet?)
I don't think it's fair to call this a personal vendetta; I'm someone else who was all primed to buy this switch but was put off by a raft of poor reviews over quality control and SFP compatibility over at StH:
Consensus from many of the forum members seemed to be "wait for hardware v2.0 when buying UBNT kit".
Don't mean to sound like an alarmist doom'n'gloom monger, but relying on posting AC is of dubious utility unless you've taken extra precautions.
Assuming you're not using a blockerator of some sort (and I pray to FSM that you are), the google-analyrics.com JS is active on the El Reg "reply to post" form so if they were so inclined, google would be able to see a user with the cookie jNnQ0MWllwa9yHPGVIqOu9Tjpg1lvXrg accessing the "write post" page, and eight minutes later posted a post, which coincided at the exact same time as a post titled "While the data might be limited to Pharma".
Oddly enough, from the same cookie ID jNnQ0MWllwa9yHPGVIqOu9Tjpg1lvXrg is also seen to regularly log into the gmail account of email@example.com and the facebook page of HettyMacHetterson, which gets us names, addresses and phone numbers. A few more queries into jNnQ0MWllwa9yHPGVIqOu9Tjpg1lvXrg and we'll have a ballpark for your profession, your earnings and your dependants. And whaddaya know, this set of
shakedown merchants valued clients will pay handsomely to target individuals suffering from serious life-threatening conditions.
Whether the ad slingers actually go to this level of detail or not I don't know (not enough tinfoil in my diet clearly), but I don't see why it's not technically possible. As someone else noted elsewhere, there's already been plenty of work done on de-anonymising large data sets like the Netflix subscriber catalogue... and things like diseases are even more identifiable I should think.
Other gubbins that attempted to load by the page I'm on now besides google:
(By the way, "congrats" may be the wrong word, but long may your remission continue in peaceful anonymity with your friends and family)
Well alright mister wiseguy, if you're so clever, you tell us what colour it should be!
Yes/No Or What? Go Away Please Come Back Later
Fuck You, Asshole
> Why would we want to change this exactly, Mrs. May? EU food labeling law is probably the best in the world.
For one thing, we need to make sure we start calling them Freedom Fries!
Don't worry guys, when Article 50 is triggered and we somehow all fail to become millionaires, all us TRUE brits will know that it's entirely the fault of the immigrants and those who oldthink unbellyfeel
IngSoc Brexit and we'll be able to have a referendum on starting The Reclamation.
You can get a pretty decent approximation of this using a USB-ethernet adapter, although routing performance isn't stellar and there won't be much additional headroom for IDS and suchlike.
A Jetway SFF running pfsense is my preferred tool for this sort of thing; sadly no ARM support for pfsense on the cards yet.
> The reason the Pi is cheap is that is is a repurposed mobile phone chip
[nitpick] I thought I read somewhere it was originally a repurposed chip originally intended for DVRs and other set-top-boxes* - hence the relatively weak CPU (especially in the original single-core incarnations) but pretty powerful GPU and video [en|de]coding capabilities. I think the I/O envisaged for this that wasn't video-related was solely interfacing with the controls (i.e. hardly any bandwidth requirements).
Personally I would give someone's right arm for a Pi with inbuilt PoE** rather than having to use a rather cumbersome HAT... PoE support seems somewhat thin on the ground in most SBC implementations sadly, and funky ones like the Ventana GW5100 are unobtanium (or very expensive).
* Cannae find a source sadly
** For my patented drbllr.io
> 'twas also the meeting where the CIO, after some time listening to the discussion, interjected "What's a class B address?" After a *very* long period of quiet, the nicest guy there answered succinctly and kindly. CIO didn't last another month, though.
Indeed, he seems like something of a dangerous intellectual in the CIO world.
A proper CIO would have demanded that the network be reconjiggered to operate only on Class A addresses and only over Layer 1, because we won't use anything but the best available under his watch!
> Why however we have a dictionary with English words in which have had their meanings changed is beyond my pay-grade.
Laws based in a large part on precedent need as concrete a definition of words as possible in regards to the context of the law, just in case someone needs to invoke precedent set in R v Joe Bloggs from 1843 whereupon a sanguinolent cabotin was convicted for pizzling a gay jollux.
(Blacks is the US legal dictionary though isn't it? I think Oxford do a "proper" legal dictionary but IANAL)
For similar reasons, judges will often ask "what is this <completely obvious $thing that everyone knows what it is> when it's at home?", to the frequent amusement of the press who can get a cheap "out of touch judge!" story. This is so that there can be a) no doubt in the mind of the jury and b) that an explanation of $thing is made part of the court records for possible future reference. For instance, will people know what a facebook is in 100 years time?
In the future when we're all speaking esperanto, it will be las gun.
> Of course now some dimwits are saying that "signed USB devices" will save us all. Well first of all I'd like you to acknowledge that the new USB keyboard you just plugged in is the one you actually want to have so it's signature can be stored.
In order to avoid these problems, vendors are innovating and are planning on introducing a dedicated type of interface for HID devices like mices and keyboard called Peripheral-Specific USB2 (to be shortened to PS/2). It's going to use a completely different style of connector (circular rather than square) so as not to be confused with regular USB.
Surely this is an invalid comparison, as I suspect if one learnt that a contingent of ladies were resting their mammaries on their front door, the inhabitant would succumb at the very least to curiosity and open the door anyway?
Thus it might need only a single exposed jub in close proximity to the door in order to breach, and that's typically much more portable than 40 bags of potatoes. Most devices equipped with jubs usually come equipped as standard with independent ambulatory systems according to Wikipedia.
N.B. Disclaimer etc: I am not a professional cat-burglar nor a potato salesman
Pet peeve of mine as well. Most vegan and vegetarian owners are happy to understand that animals don't share the same physiology and morality as humans, but the ones that don't or won't make my blood boil.
One of my friends adopted a cat that had come from one of those "we're vegans so we'll ignore the fact that cats are obligate carnivores" families. Poor thing was as thin as a rake and half-blinded from lack of meat. Took months of gastric distress to become accustomed to a proper diet but happy to say he's now a more well-rounded mog and a superb tripping hazard every sunday in their kitchen when the roast comes out :)
> Actively trying to give your child an inadequate diet is more serious.
Just asked the missus about this (who's Italian), apparently there have been a number of cases there recently regarding malnourished children, one of which she said was due to the parents refusing to feed it breastmilk since it's an animal product o_0 Has smackings of the red tops (trying to find an english language source) so I'd take that with a bunch of NaCl, but if true then possible to see a knee-jerk response like this.
In any case though, malnourishment - especially deliberately - is surely already a crime?
> Italian veggy... Do they actually exist?
Very few and far between but yes they do. From my experience of Italy at least (mostly in the midlands and the south where meat was traditionally much more scarce and obv. didn't travel well), there are still massive amount of dishes that are made only with vegetables and starches and nuts and things and thus pretty good going for vegetarians (although of course you'd be missing out on the delicious seafood unless your one of those peculiar flesh-from-a-fish-isn't-meat people). Veganism though is practically unheard of and I imagine would be damn near impossible to live by.
Hankering for a nice ragu now, made with some throwaway bones from the butcher that have been stewed in the tomato for hours on end and served with some fresh bread and basil leaves. Damn you and your deliciousness, Italian cuisine!
> How do they block an element that's in the same domain as the page itself without blocking actual content?
Same way you can currently do in your typical content blockers; find the element hosting the ad (or whatever else you don't want to see) and block it. As a non-ad example, I use the following filter to block the annoying (to me) elements of El Reg;
Adblock tools like ABP/ABL (with the additional element picker) or uBlock come with GUI tools to help you select and block various elements, else just fire up the dev tools and examine the page structure to write your filter manually.
I guess next step in the ad-block wars would be to use randomly named page elements but I've not seen anyone try that yet.
> If NR think they can get 24 tph (trains per hour) in each direction in the peaks through the Thameslink core then can I have some of what they are smoking please?
Wondered the same thing myself - I take the Thameslink, FSM help me, and dwell times at rush hour through the core stations are easily in excess of a minute, frequently two, and this that doesn't leave much room for getting the train on and off the platform. So I'm left incredulous as to how it's meant to happen even with new rolling stock that's easier to get in and out of.
There's talk of a new signal type called POSA to be used in the core however to achieve the supposed peak of 30tph, and I don't think there's to be any through trains past blackfriars from the south-west loop.
Edit: grr stupid non-clickable links
Assuming it does what it says on the tin, it's a perfect fit for cache chips in HDDs, SSDs and RAID controllers where even in small sizes it can be extremely useful.
In fact El Reg even announced some years back that LSI were starting to use it for journal memory
This HBA at least seems to have an everspin chip on it. Barely visible in the second pic... looking for a better one on t'internet this HBA seems to come in varieties both with the everspin chip and regular DRAM combined with a supercap (probably cheaper to make).
Version with capacitor:
"Licensed premises" applies only for pubs because you see them in double-vision (and pick the door in the middle) so they're never singular. No longer applies to pubs that are FTTP-enabled though, just don't look blearily into the fibre with remaining eye.
The use of "premise" is valid for residential properties as it translates into "proposition of fibre" since FTTP rarely exists in the real world.
I think that if you ask the people who (like me) love Starship Troopers or hate Starship Troopers, they will both say that the film adaptation is the biggest "fuck you!" to the source material conceivable.
If they'd have stayed true to the book, IMNSHO opinion it'd have been like a NSDAP political broadcast as directed by Michael Bay.
Exactly how much bandwidth does one need for reading/writing video though?
Take a typical high-end microSD card than can read at 90MB/s and that's sufficient to (rounding up to 60Mb/s for BDR) stream eight blu-rays simultaneously, or if we go for the maximum theoretical bitrate of 128Mb/s, five 4k UHD streams.
How much video does one phone need to be able to handle...?
I've not yet heard or seen much in the way of expected power draw on these. Naturally most mobile applications (i.e. what microSD does now such as a music collection in your mobile) don't really demand much in the way of throughput but I'm curious to see how much power these things will chew if you're reading/writing to them at ~200MB/s or more, and if indeed that's comparable to the power draw of your typical microSD card at load and at idle.
At the moment this just seems like a replacement for stuff like high-bandwidth "prosumer" stuff like DSLRs and camcorders, and even most of those aren't IO-constrained... they'll typically run out of puff doing the thumbnailing or whatever else this is mooted for rather than waiting on storage IME.
> Statistic show that when shark attacks occur more ice cream is sold.
The obvious conclusion there is that sharks are incapable of distinguishing between a drop of blood and raspberry sauce dripping off your 99.
Indeed, I've not seen an AO article in a while, then Farage resigns saying he wants more time for himself and the very next day... notice how you never see the two of them at the same time?
Nigel Farage is an anagram of Feral Ageing
Andrew Orlowski is an anagram of I Land Worse Work
Coincidence?! I think NOT!
Now if you'll excuse me I've got to go and preach to me fellow brethren outside the local shade-grown organic smoothie market about how we can combat global temperature rises with more piracy. Proof here.
...and yet is infinitely more desirable than the alternatives by the dint of being, y'know, actually available.
Disclaimer: I bought a couple of first-gen Pi B's within about four nanoseconds of them being available via Farnell. Had an eye on tinkerating for a couple of household pet projects like an e-paper shopping list in the kitchen or a press-the-button-and-be-on-every-screen-in-da-house doorbell. Found the Pi lacking in many respects, not least of all shoddy network connectivity (which is still a bit shit TBH due to the way the SoC is designed).
But actually... the Pi is still better than owt else out there. The closest I've found out there that meets my desires so far has been the Gameworks' awesome-on-paper Ventana SBCs... and they're not even available via their own website (despite being apparently a year old already) and especially not through anything so gauche as a UK reseller, perish the thought! Even then, the last gen models are still thrice the price of the Pi.
And so I find, with the Pi, that with its rather spectacular community and third-party support, I can work around its shortcomings to many a degree. But even then there is fuck-all out there by way of competition, if only because no-one else is trying as hard as the RPi guys.
aptitude install motion && goodnight
Hipster nibbles? Late lamented Lester would not have approved.
However it's only a matter of time before some bright spark starts selling lovingly-teased organically shade-grown free-range boar epidermis sautéed in gluten-free ghee.
I think people are getting confused here, surely you mean the criminally unappreciated 1951 film Victor's Greatest Caper where, in an effort to make like at the prison camp a bit more pleasant, the Flight Lieutenant Victor E. Roll and his plucky POWs challenge the prison guards to a football tournament. However the camp commandant is horrified to learn that the exercise yard is not big enough for an officially recognised football pitch and, being the stickler for proper rules and procedures that he is, is forced to demolish three fences in order to accommodate the playing field.
The night before the match is due to start, the POWs escape from the prison camp under the watchful eye of the guards by disguising themselves as corner flags.
It's not all bad news for the guards though - effectively unchallenged, they romp home to first place in the tournament.
Hopefully some politico will soon issue a War On Common Sense. We need more of it and that seems like a surefire way.
> So what exactly is the definition of a "proper" cult?
I believe t'was Ambrose Bierce put it best;
Cult: A small, unpopular religion
Religion: A large, popular cult
You'll have to go some way to beat Malcolm Tucker:
Portly American: Hey buddy, enough of the curse words, all right?
Malcolm Tucker: Kiss my sweaty balls, you fat FUCK!
Nicely said. Gary Martin keeps a similar list at phrases.org.uk as well as a bunch of other interesting etymology titbits.
Back on topic; Marc Andreessen does not seem to understand that both literature and coding are both about expressing oneself in an eloquent fashion in a way that's understandable to your target audience. Shakespeare was there at the crystallisation of what became the modern english language and in my humble opinion did a bang-up job so personally I'd regard him as, say, a ye-oldene-dayse Dennis Ritchie.
You heard it here first folks (after reading it on USENET decades ago anyway) but I can present to you an exclusive scoop of the TalkTalk security memo that was sent out last year informing all employees on proper security practices. If you read the list carefully you can see they were using an ultra-secure method to pick their passwords so this was clearly an inside job by lunix hackers.
CORPORATE DIRECTIVE NUMBER 88-570471
In order to increase the security of all company computing facilities, and to avoid the possibility of unauthorized use of these facilities, new rules are being put into effect concerning the selection of passwords. All users of computing facilities are instructed to change their passwords to conform to these rules immediately.
RULES FOR THE SELECTION OF PASSWORDS:
1. A password must be at least six characters long, and must not contain two occurrences of a character in a row, or a sequence of two or more characters from the alphabet in forward or reverse order. Example: HGQQXP is an invalid password. GFEDCB is an invalid password.
2. A password may not contain two or more letters in the same position as any previous password. Example: If a previous password was GKPWTZ, then NRPWHS would be invalid because PW occurs in the same position in both passwords.
3. A password may not contain the name of a month or an abbreviation for a month. Example: MARCHBC is an invalid password. VWMARBC is an invalid password.
4. A password may not contain the numeric representation of a month. Therefore, a password containing any number except zero is invalid. Example: WKBH3LG is invalid because it contains the numeric representation for the month of March.
5. A password may not contain any words from any language. Thus, a password may not contain the letters A, or I, or sequences such as AT, ME, or TO because these are all words.
6. A password may not contain sequences of two or more characters which are adjacent to each other on a keyboard in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal direction. Example: QWERTY is an invalid password. GHNLWT is an invalid password because G and H are horizontally adjacent to each other. HUKWVM is an invalid password because H and U are diagonally adjacent to each other.
7. A password may not contain the name of a person, place, or thing. Example: JOHNBOY is an invalid password.
Because of the complexity of the password selection rules, there is actually only one password which passes all the tests. To make the selection of this password simpler for the user, it will be distributed to all supervisors. All users are instructed to obtain this password from his or her supervisor and begin using it immediately.
One can only hope that next month's patch cycle gets GWX Control Panel added into the microsoft anti-malware database to stop users running it, since it's clearly interfering with how Windows is meant to function.
As much free drinks as you like, however owing to new leath and safety legislation from now on all gin and tonics will be replaced by the much healthier Sivolvian chinanto/mnigs. Mmmmmm, Taste The Health Benefits!™
> 10 times the expected cost, 5 years late and nothing will work, least of all interoperate
Isn't the same thing true for every IoT programme at the moment?
...and what makes you think microsoft will want ad-bloc... I mean, malicious third party software interfering with their ad-deliver... I mean, trusted information conveyance software?
Apologies if I'm misunderstanding, but to me this sounds like MS are preparing their own "safe" advertising network that will be secure against tampering, including I assume tampering from the end-user, by way of extra stuff bundled into the browser. I wonder who they got the idea from...
Came here to post the same thing. Nice to see that british spooks have a sense of irony whilst they're rewriting the book on departmental overreach.
Wendolene Ramsbottom: A robot! Daddy created him for good, but he's turned out evil!
Does the counterexample to this option imply that there are criminal charges relating to their work that one wouldn't get fired for? Does El Reg know something we don't? :)
Complete with the Chartreuse Polygon cocktail bar, the Jade(d) Piazza pizza parlour and the Khaki Khazi?
Agreed, this is the sort of publicity that Trump seems to thrive on. Indeed it's easily spinnable into the kind of bullshit he likes to spout.
"See? The UK is so radicalised that those damned muslims broke into parliament and changed the laws so that I couldn't visit them!"
Tut, roll your eyes and ignore the kid having a tantrum in the supermarket please, unless you want to be the one buying him sweets.
In a related interview, Trump said: "I’m not insane. But we’re up against an entire religion that wants to control all the hair in the world".
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