1284 posts • joined 15 Aug 2013
Re: At the AC, re: fucking with Windows...
(Alt+256 is the ASCII code for Space)
Umm - Alt+256 would be 0x100 which is a 9 bit value. ASCII space is 0x20 (Alt+032)
Re: More blockchain nonsense
Now it's being touted as secure, but if that were the case then BitCoin Exchanges could not possibly be the hotbed of fraud and theft that they currently are, so that argument goes down the drain as well.
Two entirely different things. That's like saying that putting holograms and other forgery-prevention measures on banknotes does not protect against fraud or having your wallet stolen. No, that is not what it was designed to do.
Blockchain achieves one thing - it prevents anyone from making changes to previous transactions *after the fact*
If someone has access to a ballot box, then they could remove your ballot paper and substitute a ballot paper containing a different vote. i.e. your vote has been changed after you have successfully cast your vote.
Blockchain will not prevent rigged voting machines (but there are plenty of other things that could), but it *can* ensure that once you have successfully cast your vote, nobody can come along later and alter the database to change that vote.
Re: Does anything stop the information in the linked video applying?
Because you still have to trust the code/machine which you probably can't verify...
Whereas in a traditional election you have to trust thousands of individual officials who have access to the ballot boxes
Programming languages can be hard to grasp for non-English speakers. Step forward, Bato: A Ruby port for Filipinos
It is NOT English
Sure, in many programming languages some functions are invoked by words based on English, but when you are programming you are thinking only of how the function is used and what it does rather than how the word would be used in English. I doubt it would take me longer to learn a new programming language that was not based on English words than one that was based on English words. In fact it might even be faster because I would not be prone to mis-spelling or inadvertently substituting synonyms.
Any programmer can use their native language for the labels choosen for routines and variables, and of course in the comments, which are the only places where it can make a difference to how easy it is for someone else to follow your program.
An excellent employee
Most employers would be delighted to have someone who was so dedicated that they took their work home and even featured it in their social media account.
Tug driver duties
The article incorrectly states that the tug driver looks out for conflicts, open doors etc. Tugs have a 2-man crew, the driver and the "headset man". It is the latter who is effectively in command of both the aircraft and tug while it is being towed. He looks out for obstacles and instructs the aircraft captain as to when to release/apply brakes, when and in what order to start the engines etc. Like the tug driver, he is a senior member of the ground handling crew, and will have several other duties. While I see others are mocking the baggage handlers, the senior guys have a highly responsible and pretty skilled job, and as the last people to perform a visual check on the aircraft have prevented many serious incidents. As one example, the headset guy stopped a pushback because he noticed that the front oleo (shock absorber) was sitting a few inches higher than usual. He insisted on checking the load sheets, and spotted an arithmetical error that would otherwise have had the aircraft take-off while grossly out of trim (and most likely lost control shortly after take-off). Numerous cases of inspection panels being left open have been spotted by the headset man.
Re: About time
Can't we send a gunboat?
Well, we could probably send a boat. The guns are on back-order.
We were unconcerned about killing a few thousand innocents in Iraq, or poisoning various foreign countries with depleted uranium, so why get our knickers in a twist over one not-so-innocent man and two unfortunate "collateral damages"?
I am pretty sceptical about the whole thing. Firstly, why would Russia all of a sudden take an interest in a has-been spy? Secondly, why would they use an expensive nerve gas to kill him when a knife or bullet would have been cheaper, easier and not give away that it was carried out by a state actor?
Russia is not the only country with nerve agents (we have plenty in the UK), so it is ridiculous to say that it must have come from Russia. I'm pretty sure that the recipe for the toxin in question will by now be fairly widely known, and could be made in any reasonably equipped laboratory.
It's a pretty common tactic for a small guy to kick a big guy in the backside, and then point to another big guy as being the culprit. Once the two big guys are fighting, it leaves the way clear for the small guy to do what he likes without interference.
Plus you sort of need reasons to confiscate peoples' property or throw them out of the country. That's why our system is better than the current one in Russia
*Used to be* better. In the past 20 years there have been so many new laws introduced that we really are no better at all - look at POCA for starters. All it needs is an allegation, and the UK government can take all you money and property.
What do you expect?
Any high street store that is significantly more expensive than a reputable online retailer is going to lose most of its business. I used to visit Maplin (and other stores), browse the items on the shelves to see what I liked, then go home and order them online from a different retailer. I may have paid a couple of percent more, but not 20% - 50%.
The law gives you redress if its faulty so its irrelevant what a given shop provides in the way of consumer protection.
"The law" provides no redress whatsoever. It can however compel *the retailer* to provide such redress. So long as the retailer is still in business ...
Re: There's a thought....
"A post that demonstrates that a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing."
Quite so. A large part of pilot training is book-work. By the time they qualify, all pilots will have been taught (and passed various tests) in the difference between indicated airspeed, true airspeed and ground speed, as well as course, heading and track. Not to mention QFE, QNH, regional QNH, height, altitude, flight level etc. etc.
Re: Maybe a bit of truth
When a conviction is spent you no longer have to declare it - but you can if you want to.
Sure, just as you do not have to declare what political party you voted for, or your sexuality and how many sexual partners you have had, or your religion. But obviously you can if you want, together with an explanation.
And when Google (or similar) gets to the stage where it is gathering, correlating and sorting so much information from so many sources that a search on your name will bring up all the above, you may well find you need to explain yourself.
The alternative is, of course, that any person who does not like what Google's search result comes up with when their name is entered, should change their name to "John Smith" or some other name that is so common that the millions of hits will make the result meaningless. As an interim alternative, just make any job applications & similar using a pseudonym - which is perfectly legal so long as there is no intention to defraud or obtain pecuniary advantage.
Re: Going back in time to modify history
Google can not "forget" something either. It can only suppress information that exists. That is not "forgetting", that is censorship. No, it doesn't alter history. It just forces publishers, search engines, and other services to lie by omitting certain information.
So let's follow that through. If, as you say, failing to list something in a search result amounts to censorship, then surely Joe Blogs should be able to insist that when someone Googles his name, the results should not mention only his criminal conviction, but should present his entire day-by-day autobiography right back to his birth? After all, failing to include the historical fact that he won the egg-and-spoon race at age 6 is surely just as much censorship as failing to include the fact that he was convicted of drink-driving at age 20?
Re: Going back in time to modify history
1) What happens if your writing a biography/history of someone/some event in 10, 20, 50+ years tine.
How the heck do you think it was done prior to he Internet? I'd say that anyone who intends to present a bunch of articles found using Google as being a factual biography/history should not publish anyway.
Re: Going back in time to modify history
It would be a whole lot simpler to ensure that anyone exercising prejudice based on a spent conviction gets properly punished. And that's far from simple.
It would be impossible. If there are 10 applications for a job, and you are one of the 9 people turned down, how can you prove that disclosure by Google of a long-spent conviction was the reason you were not chosen? Even if you are one of the unlucky 9 in your next 100 job applications.
It goes deeper than convictions. Perhaps as a teenager you were mentioned in the media for having some extremely naïve and ill-thought out opinions - and now whenever anyone Googles your name, up pops the association with those very iffy opinions, presented in exactly the same way as if you had voiced those opinions yesterday rather than 30 years ago, and without any of the context that the attitudes and events of the time would have provided.
Re: Going back in time to modify history
Although the convictions are spent, history does not change. You cannot un-steal the money, un-murder someone etc. regardless of convictions expiring.
Let us say that as a teenager you shoplifted a few items, perhaps as a dare or to impress your peers, or maybe to obtain booze that you were not permitted to buy. Then for many years later, whenever anyone Googles your name, the first 3 results announce the fact that you are a convicted thief, which has resulted in you being turned down for jobs time & time again. Would you say that it is fair and just that a single youthful indiscretion should blight your entire life? Perhaps even pushing you down the path of serious criminality as the only way you can hope to earn a reasonable amount of money.
Why not X-ray?
Instead of waiting all that time, why not simply use an X-ray or other non-invasive way of looking inside him? I believe that condoms full of drugs show up perfectly well on an X-ray.
Re: Typed 'Reboot' where ... ?
There is a video where a man is chased into a layby onto the pavement by a bus which smashes through the front of a shop. The man managed to escape but the driver claimed he hit the wrong peddle.
You really think the driver did it deliberately? You have obviously never reacted in a panic.
Re: Typed 'Reboot' where ... ?
From what I can remember about driving (have not driven since yesterday) you don't hit the peddles with your feet you gradually press them to cause the amount of acceleration or deceleration you need
It is easier than you might think.
Imagine that you are closing slowly with the car in front. So you press gently on the brake but you see that you are still closing with the car in front. So you press a bit harder - and see the gap is now closing *really* fast, so you panic and jam the brake pedal full to the floor. Only later do you realise that your foot had been on the accelerator rather than the brake.
Or while stopped you start reading a text on the phone in your lap when out of the corner of your eye you suddenly see that your car has started slowly rolling forward because you forgot to set the handbrake. Sudden adrenaline rush and panic, you stamp hard on the brake to stop the car before it rolls into something - except it isn't the brake.
Re: Typed 'Reboot' where ... ?
Indeed, seems a bit of a stupid decision to me, especially as the fired guy is definitely going to be the one person you are certain would never make *that* mistake again.
The same might be said of a driver who accidentally hits the accelerator instead of the brake and ploughs into a bus queue. But I guarantee he would lose his licence at the very least, and be lucky if he escaped jail. Usually it is the severity of the act that is punished, but sometimes the consequences of a simple mistake are so severe that they are taken into account as well.
Re: The good old days
It zeroes a block of memory 6192 bytes long starting at 16384 (0x4000) in the memory map.
In fact the block cleared would be 6193 bytes long with that code. (Go through it with BC being loaded with 1 instead of 6192 and you will see that 2 bytes of memory are then cleared)
Copper feel, fibre it ain't: Ads regulator could face court for playing hard and fast with definitions
A question of degree, perhaps
Pretty much all fibre links are a mix of copper & fibre, even if the copper part is just some patch cables and/or the router backplane. So the real question is not whether part of the link is copper, but *how much* of the link is copper, and (perhaps more importantly) what signalling protocol is being used over that copper. I have FTTC - but in my case the cabinet is right outside and visible from my living room window. It would be just about possible to run a cat5 cable from the cabinet to my home to potentially deliver 1Gbps bidirectional Ethernet, but the POTS wiring and modem that is used can only manage an asynchronous 80Mbps down, 10Mbps up.
Re: Commercial TV is also a mandatory tax...
But I reckon if you were to add up the portion of your household bills that ends up being spent on TV advertising, it would be surprisingly large.
But that would be true regardless of whether the TV licence fee existed or not, so I'm not sure what point you are making. And if we did away with commercial TV, companies would just spend the surplus advertising budget in other ways - newspapers, magazines, billboards etc.
She'd had to use the mouse upside down but was so worried about being yelled at had kept quiet.
No, if she had turned the monitor upside down the mouse would work normally.
Re: You'll never get me up in one of those things
It should be reasonably easy to arrange for any torsion forces to be automatically counteracted by a suitable input to the tail control surfaces on one or both of the tails. Computer or other closed-loop feedback systems are a necessary part on several types of aircraft. I believe that the Harrier would be impossible to fly if a human had to make all the control adjustments needed to keep it stable, and commercial airliners have "yaw dampers" to avoid dutch rolls.
Re: My hopes and dreams, dashed.
Starbucks tried opening a place on the Moon, but it was unpopular and had to close down. Critics reported that the coffee was out of this World, but unfortunately it lacked atmosphere.
Re: I have a polite dialogue with the BBC.
If you don't need a TV licence, why talk to them at all? Let them spend money on sending someone to your house (who should then also be ignored). I do not keep getting snotty threatening letters from the fisheries board telling me that I must not fish without a licence and telling me that I have to write to them to say why I believe I do not need a fishing licence. The DVLA do not harass me and demand that I tell them why I do not need an HGV licence.
Re: So RIPA...
The stipulation in the TVL act is that you cannot watch programmes at the point they are broadcast by any means
Close, but still not correct. You may not *install* a TV receiver so that it is capable of receiving broadcast TV, and you may not *operate* any apparatus so as to cause it to receive broadcast TV programmes. Technically, you cannot be prosecuted for watching TV in your home without a licence so long as you did not switch it on or change the channel etc. yourself. If, for example, your 9 year-old son turned on the TV completely of his own volition you are in the clear - he is the guilty party, but as he is below the age of criminal responsibility he cannot be prosecuted. If the premises was covered by a TV licence during the time the TV was actually installed you cannot be prosecuted under that clause either.
There is no requirement to have a TV licence in order to own apparatus that is *capable* of receiving live TV, no more than you need a fishing licence to own apparatus that is *capable* of catching fish.
Re: false but honest belief (that power corrupts)
1) That law: is it English law, UK law, EU law, or what?
It's a basic principle of British law. Apart from a few strict liability offences (mostly traffic laws) the prosecution must prove both the actus reus (the criminal act) and mens rea (the intent to commit the crime). If a person is acting under the misapprehension that the facts are different to what they are and this would have made the act legal, there is no mens rea and so no crime. Note that ignorance of the fact that the act in question is a crime is not a defence - ignorance of the law is no excuse, but ignorance of the facts certainly are. If you carry cocaine through customs believing that it is talcum powder, there is no crime (assuming the jury believes you). If however you carry talcum powder through customs believing that it is cocaine, you have committed a serious offence. The facts are irrelevant, it is what you *believed* the facts to be that is all that is important in criminal law.
The article ignores an important legal concept
The law has long held that a person is innocent of a crime if they were acting on a false but honest belief that would have justified their action. This is the defence that was, for example used by police officers who shot Harry Stanley for carrying a table leg, and the officer who emptied an entire magazine into the head of Charles DeMenezes, a completely innocent Brazilian electrician who was incorrectly identified as being a suicide bomber.
Thus a computer that launches a nuclear strike is completely innocent of any crime if its sensor readings gave rise to a wrong but honest belief that it was acting in self-defence.
And the nature of computers is such that anything the computer perceives as triggering an "if ... then" action *must* be considered to be a "honest belief".
Cressida Dick, the commanding officer in the DeMenezes debacle was promoted. Therefore the programmer of the system that starts WWIII should also be rewarded. After all, you can't blame the programmer for a computer's honest mistake.
I'm quite amazed that this was not discovered when the original prototypes underwent calibration and testing.
However, as the cause of the hardware bug is known and is presumably consistent, it may be possible to apply an adjustment so that the collected data can be corrected.
I was getting tired of listening to one of our colonial brother mangling the English language.
"Don't you know the Queen's English?" I asked.
"Oh, is she?" he replied.
Please would The Register refrain from employing "journalists" who have been fired from the Daily Mail for not understanding what they are writing about?
Re: "download entire films, or businesses to share huge files, almost instantly"
Yup. And nobody will possibly be able to use more than 640KB of RAM, and a HDD size as large as 20MB is just stupid because nobody needs so much storage.
Re: "The main problems..."
Plenty of kids roam about the house in their undies or less.
And? Just another creep factor. So long as nobody knows that the kid is being seen by a perv, there is zero harm caused.
Re: "The main problems..."
What was the point in having the kid if you can't look after it?
OTOH I really don't see how a random stranger (even if he is a pedoterrorist), can cause or facilitate any harm to your sprog by looking at the image of said offspring. The voyeur will not even know the address where the camera is located. It's even money that the baby's photo will already be plastered all over a few social media accounts that anyone can access. Just avoid giving the baby your current credit card as a teething aid when it is within sight of any Internet connected HD camera.
Sometimes it's easy
For any political news, the more ridiculous, unworkable, badly thought out or just plain impossible a political statement, the more likely it is to be true.
Re: carbon monoxide as byproduct???
Is the article missing something or what do they expect to do with this highly toxic gas?
Probably the same as all cars used to do - release it into the atmosphere. It is short-lived and at sea-level pressures soon oxidises into carbon dioxide.
Lots of places where the Russians have their own ideas. They don't believe in Climate Change, for one...
ITYWF that they believe 100% in climate change, they merely differ as to its probable cause ...
Swings & roundabouts
I work unpaid overtime - sometimes many extra hours in a given week. But I take time off when things are less hectic, so the hours worked per month end up being pretty much what I am contracted to work. So maybe I'll work an extra hour or two per day to get something out by the end of the week - but then I'll maybe take Monday off and have a long weekend, or have a lie-in and come in after lunch. And there's never a problem if I need to pop out for a couple of hours for personal reasons, I just let the receptionist know when I expect to be back and set my desk phone to forward calls to my mobile.
Re: Delivering a narrative is not done via advertising
The $100K or so they apparently spent on Facebook and other ads was around 1/100 of 1% of the total 2016 presidential campaign outlay, so one may reasonably suggest its importance was pretty limited.
Erm, what has the cost got to do with anything? The cost of an O-ring seal was far less than 1/100 of 1% of the cost of the "Challenger" mission. Do you therefore reasonably suggest that its importance was pretty limited?
Re: Twas ever thus
There have been paperless lavatories in Asia for centuries.
If I found a bunch of confidential documents I'd contact the owner of the documents and tell them, not the local press.
Maybe. OTOH it might be better to give the documents to the people they are referring to. Much of the information in the case notes of social services and similar organisations are 33% very selective truths, 33% gross exaggeration and 33% outright lies. It might be beneficial for people to see the official re-write of their personal histories.
It would have to be a one on one match between two under age midgets
There's plenty of people who would pay a lot of money for that ...
Re: Blighty is the place...
I wonder however how many of the things he was doing were actually illegal. If software has a legitimate purpose it is legal to sell (unless specifically banned) even if 99% of customers are going to use it to commit a crime. It is not illegal to sell a car to a person who uses it to commit a ram-raid. I'm not even certain that the salesman would commit a crime even if he was pretty certain that that is how the car was going to be used.
I suppose ...
There are animals that can detect infra-red (snakes), ultra-violet (bees), ultrasonic (bats), infrasonic (snakes again), low-level electric fields (sharks), minute changes in gravity (oysters), magnetic fields (pigeons) etc. It is quite within the realms of possibility that there are animals that can detect radiation, so the concept itself is not ridiculous.
Re: "SHERLOC will be calibrated, tested, then re-tested and re-calibrated "
Don't be so sour about it
A lemon tree, my dear Watson
Re: Interesting research...
Never. Moths have far to much sense.