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But does it cover federal agencies? (TSA, FBI, etc)
@A/C Re: "muscle-bound women are few..."
The fashion industry thinks that super skinny/anorexic women are sexy. They've brain-washed girls into thinking that men want stick-thin women and if you're not a size 6 you're over-weight.
All the blokes I've spoken to* say that they want women with curves, not bean-poles.
*Admittedly a not very scientific survey
@Nick Kew Re: BMI
Seems the insulation layer really is healthy
There have been studies that show that having too little fat is bad for you. Skinny people are more likely to get ill as their body's have little reserve to draw on when fighting infection.
The key problem with this is the BMI score: It doesn't tell you if the weight is from fat or muscle. Without that key piece of information, you don't know if all these "obese" people having copious sex are lard-arses or muscular men/women.
Re: Makes particle physics sound like climate science
Science generally works by stating something and then trying to disprove it. Disproving a hypothesis is actually a good result.
Remember: It's hard to "prove" a hypothesis. All proving a hypothesis means, is you haven't found something to disprove it! Disproving a hypothesis means you've rules something out.
The problem with the faster-than-light neutrino results was due to two errors:
First, a fiber cable hadn't been correctly inserted. This is the primary fault that produced the apparent faster-than-light speed.
A second error with a clock actually reduced the apparent speed slightly.
I hope they talk to the aircraft industry. There has been much research into human/machine interfaces there. One of the findings was that humans trust machine far too often - even when it's bloody obvious that the machine is wrong the human is reluctant to take over.
IIRC, there were also problems when the machine unexpectedly gave control back to the human (e.g. When the machine encountered an unexpected issue). Either the human didn't realise or wasn't prepared to take back control.
They're just screw you over on non-EU roaming charges instead.
Re: USPTO is the real problem.
Maybe the USPTO should contact their Swiss counterparts. I believe they have/had some very efficient patent examiners ;-)
To search for a black monolith!
SatNav Vs The Knowledge
Several people here have said they see no difference between a driver using SatNav and a black cab with The Knowledge.
Judging by (many) previous comments on these forums, I'd have thought the difference was quite clear: SatNavs get things wrong and people blindly trust them.
Cabbies may not be perfect, but one of the ways cabbies gain the knowledge is by repeatedly driving around the streets. That teaches you how the roadsreally are laid out - with all the little quirks that SatNav would never know about.
With the changes at the top of VW a few weeks ago, there was talk of VW (Under the guise of Audi) entering Formula 1. I bet that's been put on the back burner for now...
I seem to recall this was going on in the 80s. At the time, the magazine PCW, used to run a standard BASIC benchmark to test the micros performance. Once manufacturer admitted that they optimised their BASIC to score higher on PCW's test.
I don't think it's the physical media you need: You want your own copy of the film in some fairly universal non DRM format (e.g. MPEG) If there was the equivalent of being able to download the MPG of a film, like you can an MP3 of a song, that would really useful.
The problem is, that the (movie) world is taking the view that people don't want to "own" anything, with people being quite happy to pay subscriptions for ever. (And to lose them if they stop paying too!)
Re: Thankyou for the facts
Humans prefer a lie that entertains them to the truth...
There was a program about James Randi on the BBC the other night. He said a very similar thing. Quite depressing really...
Can't we modularise, with a web browser instance which just has 'web' functionality and another when required to use the likes of RTC, complex webapps or video
You mean a web browser with a ActiveX, Flash or Java plugin....?
Although they were originally hailed as a way of adding flexibility, browser plug-ins have become something of a pain-in-the-neck in recent years
I foiled 27 major life-threatening terrorist plots last year...
I have some excellent elephant repellent. I know it works as I haven't seen any elephants around these parts in years...
Re: Next up
If they were just compressing, there would be no issues. But they're not "just" compressing. They're altering the message so as to force the user to go through their servers and gain more information about sender & receiver (and as the article mentions, screw advertisers for more money). They're also obfuscating the message by hiding the real website you're going to visit.
Going off on a tangent, I have a general dislike for these URL shortening services as you never know where you're going to end up. Normally, I can use a bit of common sense and avoid clicking on a www.eebay.com link. But with shortening services, I have no idea where I'll end up or what crap is going to be sent to my browser.
Tech turned on its head: 'Dislike' button in Facebook, pay Snapchat $1 to defuse self-destructing sexy selfies
Zuckerberg said that while developers were considering new buttons, any effort to add options to the Like menu would only be considered if they would not be used to criticize or attack others.
That's not socially very valuable or good for the community, Our paying customers won't like being criticised." Zuckerberg said at the time
Unfortunately, that's the flaw in my idealized plan. How do you measure a student's ability to think for themselves?
Let's go one step further. Why do we now only teach kids how to pass exams? Why can't we teach kids to think (critically) for themselves? That's a much more valuable skill to have in life.
Teacher Vs Equipment
The best thing you can do to help anyone learn (adult or child) is to give them a knowledgeable, inspiring, passionate teacher.
Re: And now...
I believe it's in the contract the host nation signs with the IoC that it amends its laws to do the bidding of the IoC.
I seem to recall there was a particularly good helicopter flight-sim for the Joyce. People bought the Joyce thinking it was just a word-processor and were blown away to see it plays games too.
Why would you hire management consultants to investigate a potentially illegal activity? Oh, yes, so you can sweep it under the carpet and protect the top brass.
This El Reg article is quite poor and confusing. A much better article (with a bit more meat to it, so to speak) is over at Ars Technica.
TL;DR summary: The passwords were stored twice: Once with bcrypt encryption, and a second time with weakened MD5 encryption. The crackers have cracked the MD5 passwords. Not all accounts appear to have the MD5 version of the password.
And where are you going to get all these IPv4 addresses so you can switch off your NAT boxes? You're looking at needing somewhere between 50 and 100 millions IP addresses. So you'll need multiple class A address ranges just for the UK mobiles. Hang on, I'm sure I've got a spare class A subnet down the back of the sofa....
IPv6 would be able to handle this - assuming the world actually implements IPv6!
Re: Multipath TCP?
The other minor problem with SCTP is firewalls, access rules, etc. being aware of this additional protocol running over IP.
I agree that in theory, it shouldn't made a difference as the ISPs should only be looking at the external IP packets. But theory and practice rarely agree :-(
Block sources from abroad.
One way to reduce the abuse of this is to prevent UK CLIs being sent from phone systems outside the UK. Sure, it'll affect all those overseas call centers that we all love using, but isn't it a small price to pay?
I know this won't be 100% effective, but surely it'll cut down a lot of fake CLI calls?
I'm guessing the author/editor meant that the crypto would be unbreakable except by spooks when they're tracking down the millions of terrorists, paedos and other n'er do wells, that inhabit this planet.
Re: Desk phones?
Muting on a mobile phone is easy, on a conference call some desk phones have this function disabled and you have to press a *6 combination - horrible.
I wonder if you're confusing mute from your phone and mute in the conference service. Either will work, but generally mute from the handset (which is usually a hard button and definitely exists on all the Cisco phones I've worked with) is often easier.
At least with a Mall you can buy stuff with cash and not have to give a name & address.
The corollary to this, is that if you have lots of data, unless you really know what you're doing, you can "prove" anything. (Hidden messages in the Bible, for example)
Statistics are slippery beasts and need to be handled with extreme care.
"Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future."
OFCOM should look across the hall at the disaster that happened with Railtrack and learn lessons from that.
IMHO, Openreach should be setup as a non-profit. Its board should be made up of representatives of the communications industry (Telcos, ISPs, etc) It's charter/aim/whatever should be to provide the best physical communications infrastructure for the UK. And it should be transparent. Board meeting minutes, strategy documents, financial models, revenue, costs, etc. should all be made public. (Maybe subject to something akin to FoI?) It must be non-discriminatory in who it deals with and what it offers.
If a local group wants, say, FTTH and are willing to pay, let them!
I know this isn't perfect, but I think it's the right direction.
Re: Separated or insulated?
In their current form they are bad enough because they are not allowed to deal with consumers directly.
It's a little bit more tricky than that. BT Openreach are only allowed to speak to *their* customer. This may be totally different to the end user of Openreach's service. At my job we've contracted Openreach to do work. In your case, the domestic household was the end user, but Openreach's customer was (I assume) BT. Your problem is/was BT not managing Openreach properly. (I'm not claiming that Openreach are perfect, but with BT in the middle the only thing you can be sure of is something going wrong.)
I suspect farmer's want 10Mb+ compared to the lame 2Mb/s (if that) that they currently get being out in the sticks.
And fiber is reliable, and not affected by galvanic corrosion or cable theft.
Only if your thieves know the difference between a fibre cable and a copper cables. And they might not spot the difference until they've cut the cable... :-/
Still not sure what this mythical Rule 48 is all about...
Re: It's a good start
It's *always* the sex industry that decides the route of technological change - ask yourself why, for example, we had VHS video players for so long, in the face of at least two superior technologies at much the same price?
I just tried to find a reference for this well known fact of Betamax failing because no porn was available for it.
My quick 5-second googling just came up with no concrete evidence of this. A consensus I stumbled across, was the opinion that one of the main reasons Betamax failed was due to it initially only supporting one hour recording, verses two or three hours for VHS.
A couple of web pages claim that porn was definitely produced for Betamax, but more was produced for VHS. I didn't follow this up. (There's only so much googling about porn I'm prepared to do at work!)
If you have a reference for this no-porn-on-Betamax fact, could you share it please?
Re: Hading a good time reading El Reg
Why should readers and commenters do the work of the editorial team?
Because we're all human and sometimes mistakes slip through?
I often send in corrections, and frequently get a polite "Thanks" back from the author or editor.
Everyone knew Windows 10 was coming. We may not have known the exact release date but why didn't everyone wind down supply of Windows 8 machines? Would the loss of sales of Windows 8 outstrip the loss from inventory write-down on unsold Windows 8 machines?
I seem to recall that Apple goods start becoming harder to get hold of before product launches as they stop production of older products.
Re: Please remove the link...
Might as well just delete the entire Internet!
- How much do UK cops pay for Microsoft licences? £30 a head or £137? Both
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- Oracle, SAP, IBM: They're rubbish and charge you billions for Excel, says man
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- Dell seeking $40 BEEELLION to buy EMC NEXT WEEK say reports