1966 posts • joined 21 May 2010
Re: Portcurno Telegraph Museum
"quite disappointed that this place was no longer open for a visit."
Diito here. Was down there just after the end of season and was very dissappointed. Drove around a bit and could see a bit from the road, but that was all.
We'll go back when it'sopen though. I can wait a year or two :-)
molecular sized nanomachines can build it atom by atom. I leave the construction of the self replicating nanomachines and the atomic structure of scrith as an exercise for the reader.
Ok. What's the other one?
"This contraption is in the video clearly frightening the cattle"
Yes, they do seem to be running away in fear during the launch. On the other hand, they all seem to running for a closer look at the landing. Maybe they are realy interested in the outcome of these tests. They do have a vested interest after all. It's long time since a cow jumped over the moon.
Re: Your theory is crap
"So a bottle only contains around 0.3 litres of water."
Bear in mind that sea water is salty and not conducive to manufacture of a good whisky. So first we need to distill the water to remove the salt which lots of left over salt laying around. Since much of the world is till in financial trouble, it might be time to return to using salt as a currency.
Oh, look. Making whisky to reduce sea levels creates a "salary" too. Free whisky!! Profit!!
Re: Their DNS is crap too
"Also, isn't this true with several landline ISPs that they treat speedtest sites specially? I know Comcast does it."
It could be useful if the ISPs (fixed and mobile) were up front and list speedtest sites, some of which they optimise routing etc and/or lift any speed caps, others which are "just another website". This would allow the customers to check actual and ideal conditions, speed capped and uncapped.
That might be too much honesty for the sales and marketing people to bear.
In a way,I can see their point. I don't know the US market, but the fact that T-Mob don't cut you off or charge per MB after reaching your contracted data limit is probably a good thing. The user should be aware of their contracted data limits and doing a speed test while past their limit and capped would almost certainly result in may customers whinging that they've been capped rather than accepting they still have a service despite reaching their contracted limit.
I doubt it's fraud. More likely Sales and Marketing trying to skirt the edge of reality and as usual, ending up on the wrong side.
Re: Hang on...
@ Allan George Dyer
Fair enough, I didn't read it properly
WTF is an AV outfit doing NOT dealing with or reporting on a sophisticated piece of malware "because their client" asked them not to? Are the people who PAY for their AV products not clients? It's not as if they are obligated to list the names and addresses of their infected "clients".
Spot on, well done that man. I'd not considered that Chromium != Chrome.
Well now that you mention it, I think I have vague memories of reading that somewhere. I just don't use Chrome/Chromium very often.
"Support for Adobe Flash is already built into the browser and doesn't need a separate plugin."
Is it? Doesn't appear to be working on Linux or FreeBSD. Flash works just fine in Firefox but Chrome tells me I need to install the Flash plug-in.
Re: Predictable and not going away
"I do wonder though why Sony appear to get hit so often,"
Maube a lot of people remember how many peopler were hacked by Sonys rootkit.
Re: Dating App =Creepy
You forgot the joke icon. Jokes REQUIRE a joke icon here. There are too many Sheldons and not enough Leonards reading El Reg.
Re: Since they only sold
Yes, but the prediction is "reaching a height of a total of 71.5 units for the fourth quarter."
That apears to be a significant drop in sales ;-)
With it's enhanced direction control...
..it might make a better future ISS lifeboat. There may not be time to wait for an ideal lauch time to aim for a suitable spot with the pretty much uncontrolable Soyuz capsules.
No, that's Linux Shamrock. It does use a green leaf logo though so that might have caused you some confusion.
No, that's Linux Shamrock. It does a green leaf logo though so that might have caused you some confusion.
Re: Full HD?
"Most are shiny too."
Whatever happened to the H&S regulations on screen reflections? Maybe those shiney screens ought to be supplied with mesh screen covers or polarised glass cover add-ons like CRTS screens back in the 90's
Re: I like toys but...
"a license to throw half a ton of car around the roads"
To balance that, a car is far more useful to most people than a high(ish) powered laser pointer.
Have to agree about the xenon headlights though. Is there a maximum brightness level for vehicle headlights? If so, do these lights exceed it or is the total light output just focussed more tightly? Should the max light level be based on incident light falling on a defined area at a defined distance rather than max wattage or candellas?
Re: How about Andromeda?
Yes, UI designers could learn a lot from Romy :-)
No Cherry 2000?
Come on, there must be a few Howard Wolowitz types here.
Re: any recommendations for VPN router?
Just because it's legal to buy one now doesn't mean it won't be illegal to use or even just own one in the future.
Just look at the annual gun and knife "amnesties" held by the police every year. People handing over what may well have been legally purchased and owned weapons but which are now illegal even to possess.
I'd not put it past goverment to at least try to ban or licence VPN use in the future.
...available to match to people?
Does this mean your inate ability to remain hidden is now all out in the open?
"You are frying your gnocchi!?"
No, I said "don't over boil it". Unless you mis-read try as fry.
Although deep frying it with extra black pepper does sound like an interetsting twist. Thanks Tom7 :-)
Sounds very similar to Italian gnocchi, although I usualy make that with cooked and mashed potato rather than raw, grated potato.
Aldi do it ready made in vacuum sealed packs (and probably full of chemicals/preservatives) if any less kitchen familier types want to try it. Just don't over boil it.
On a brighter note...
...all these reports from commentards about various phone services going tits up today might explain why we've not had a single spam phonecall today.
"our country's main telecoms provider can't even host email"
Virginmedia outsource their email to Google. I wonder if it's a legal issue they are pre-empting by making email a clearly seperate and free offering so that they are not liable in any way for it's use, content, or reliablity.
IIRC there have been cases where a failed or broken "free" item or service have later been challenged in court such they were deemed to be an integral part of the primary goods or service and therefore included in any contractual agreement.
“largest deployment of end-to-end decryption ever”.
“largest deployment of end-to-end decryption ever”.
Is it just me mis-reading or should that be "encryption", not "decryption"?
"It's not all smooth sailing to payday, however. Apple is still appealing the case and could reverse earlier rulings if its appeal comes through. That's unlikely, court watchers feel, but nothing is impossible in the wacky world of the American legal system."
Is the implication of the above that Apple may not actually pay out if they win their appeal against earlier rulings?
That would be a bit odd since by its very nature, an out-of-court settlement is effectively an agreement to make an ex gratia or "good will" payment to aggrieved partys without admitting to any guilt or wrongdoing. Since they don't admit to any wrongdoing, then the outcome of appeals relating to earlier cases ought to have no bearing on this settlement.
"the unenviable position of reporting a mere 1 per cent year-on-year growth"
So? It's a non-profit foundation. Revenue groweth is irrelevant so long as income matches or exeeds expenditure. It's not as if there are share holders expecting dividends or VCs to keep happy.
If Mozilla discovered a way to halve costs while still meeting all their objectives, who would be up in arms if revenue went into "negative groweth" of 50%?
"What's an ad?"
These days, it appears they are full sound and video auto-running presentations that completely obscure the article you want to read and are unstoppable. At least that was my experience on El Reg the other day using a fresh install of firefox for which I'd forgotton to add the "sanity" plugins.
For sites like El Reg where ad revenue is important I'd happily not block the ads if they were not so intrusive as to either obscure the article or distract my attention with flashing animations. I found this site unusable wthiout ad/flash blocking. God only knows what it must do to screen readers for blind users.
Poo pooing can be fatal to moral
General Melchett: Well, I hope so, Blackadder. You know, if there's one thing I've learnt from being in the Army, it's never ignore a pooh-pooh. I knew a Major, who got pooh-poohed, made the mistake of ignoring the pooh-pooh. He pooh-poohed it! Fatal error! 'Cos it turned out all along that the soldier who pooh-poohed him had been pooh-poohing a lot of other officers who pooh-poohed their pooh-poohs. In the end, we had to disband the regiment. Morale totally destroyed... by pooh-pooh!
Re: It should of course be:
(Note to self: Alway, always, ALWAYS use the joke icon when making a sarky joke)
Re: It should of course be:
"Of course all of this pales compared against the recent decimation of the word "again", to be replaced by the hateful "re-" at every opportunity!"
Are you saying "re-" is used in the place of "again" every tenth time? Or is it re-decimated multiple times to increase the affect? You could of fooled me.
Re: Just use a Live CD
"For heaven's sakes, the CD can't be altered, so there's a guarantee of no spyware between boots."
Ah, but the latest bootable CD needs to be kept up to date with the latest version and all the latest anonymising and stealth techniques so we have to keep burning a new version each time. I know, lets use a CD-RW or better, DVD-RAM.
Re: Why remove it ?
"Was on BBC breakfast,"
Just saw it on the local BBC news too. Hackers did it. The Police are looking into to the matter. LOL
At least the reporter did eventually get to the point that it's the fault of ignorant users retaining the default password rather than the l33t skills of h4Xors.
(Please note, I said ignorant, not stupid. Ignorence can be cured with education, while stupid is, well, stupid. It's a shame the BBC didn't take the opportunity to educate properly by emphasising the default password thing more. It is part of the BBC Charter after all, let alone their plans to educate the masses in "coding", comming soon(tm)
Re: inequality and entitlement...
"Seems to me the best solution is to knock them down to part time.
...or FB and other local companies take advantage of all these people sitting around unpaid for six hours and employ then on a part time basis. I'm sure that at the very least there's a number of possiblities even for unskilled work sich as grasscutters, janitors, litter pickers, canteen staff over busy lunch periods, not to mention other jobs which could be done by those drivers with more skills which could be job shares or part-tme. Just because they're currently bus drivers doesn't mean they are not qualified for other jobs but it's just not econmical to travel so far to work in the FB part of town and there's nothing local.
"I'm sure Facebook employees can work remotely easier than most."
Maybe FB should be investing in drone technolgy so the bus drivers can work remotely too.
Re: The cause of the IT incident...
"an almost unilateral decision I made"
No wonder you posted AC!!
Upvoted because that struck me as odd too, likewise not defending the bankers, but curious why 4 downvotes with no explanation from any of them as to what's wrong with your post or sentiment.
Quaking in my boots...
...because something might happen, sometime in the future.
As others have said, the terrorists have won when our own governnmets and officials are creating the terror for them.
It reminds me a bit of the USA "winning" the cold war by outspending the USSR, sometimes with judicious "leaks" of very expensive research and tech claimed to be being worked on so as to divert funds.
Terrorist are now at the point where they only have to "leak" plans, possibly with a patsy or two being implicated, and "we" spend millions investigating and increasing our securuity theatre.
"Or why the government doesn't just bulk purchase the kit at a volume discount price."
That's what the framework things are all about. Multi-million pound purchase deals at bulk rates which suppliers bid for. The idea being that successful and vetted bidders will still be around to deliver, will have the ability to supply and support as per contract and will bid at bulk rate discount prices. On the downside, there is no obligation on the purchasers side of the contract to actually buy anything at all and as well know from many stories on El Reg, some of the "usual suspects" bid for then fail to deliver anyway.
I see the GCHQ/NSA downvoter is on the ball today. Must be performance review time.
Imagine if it turned out that the phone company recorded every phone call and decided to put them online and searchable.
Ditto the post office doing the same for every letter ever sent.
Yes, technology has changed and yes, these are different companies with differnt obligations and rules and the data is "public" to a greater extent, but I think most users have a slighty greater expectation of privacy than is being afforded them. Morals, ethics and laws are a long way behind the abilities of the tech and the expectations of the users.
"Show it cutting once and move on"
The point was to show the robot making shallow cuts so as to remove just the relevant parts without cutting right through whatever is below it. ie, demonstrating that it is "learning" by making a cut then checking to see if the cut was deep enough.
The disappointing part was not seeing it demonstrating the learned behaviour by showing that it can recognise another identical model and then chopping it up fast without error.
On a positive note....
...the number of recently discovered vulns dating back in some case many, many years, does show that people are now actively checking old code where previously they have been assuming it was all "good" because "surely it's already been checked, we've used it for years". This is a good thing for everyone.
Re: "Nokia said China would receive it first" @disembodied John Brown
"brown ale. lovely, lovely brown ale."
Brewing moved to Gateshead quite some years ago and has since moved to, IIRC, Tadcaster in Yorkshire. They dropped the claim for regional protected status on the name on moving brewing out of Newcastle.
That's almost like the Nokia --> MS Lumia, to get back on topic
Re: "Nokia said China would receive it first" @disembodied John Brown
"The North East used to have many coal mines,"
Having been born, bred, raised and still live in the NE a few miles from what is now only "the site of" Westoe Pit, what was one of the UKs "superpits", I can only say "whoooosh!"
(For clarification, after most of the pits shut down, coal, mainly from Australia (Newcastle, I think), was shipped into the Tyne, hence the reversal of the "joke".
Looks like ballons are not covered though, that's good. Tethered would be best for aerial photography :-)
"Well, despite your best efforts to lock people up BEFORE they have committed an offence, that tends to be what happens."
Maybe it's just badly worded, but I think he was referring to how difficult it is to catch them in the act or even to catch them when Police are called to an "incident" as referenced in the article. There's certainly been stories of speeders and dangerous drivers being caught after posting videos of their exploits on YouTube.
More importantly, when does a remote controlled flying object become liable to the current regulations? What about those tiny cheap helicopters you can buy in gadget shops? Some even stream video back to your phone.
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