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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

countach metric.org.uk (752 comments)

Anybody interested in this issue should look at http://www.metric.org.uk/
It gives a lot of information about how stupid the imperial system is in general, and in particular in its implementation in Britain.

5 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

countach Re: Simple answer (752 comments)

It's very hard to feel a fraction of a degree celcius. It's rare enough that you care, that the occasion you do, using a fraction isn't a big deal.

6 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

countach Re:Simple answer (752 comments)

"Why not 10 or 1000? "

10 or 1000 would work. But humans are used to doing a lot with the 100 scale.

"Why water?"

Because water is important. Its the the cause of a lot of weather: rain, snow etc. It's the basis of the kilogram (a decilitre of water).

6 hours ago
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David Cameron Says Brits Should Be Taught Imperial Measures

countach Re:FP? (752 comments)

Just because you switch to metric doesn't mean you have to re-round all your products. If it's a 3.4 litre container, or dual-labelled, its not a problem. In metric countries, lots of things are in odd units. 375ml cans of coke for example. It doesn't matter.

6 hours ago
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

countach Re:Whistling past the graveyard. (326 comments)

I don't think many eyes cared to look at the grotesque internals of bash. I've glanced at it before, and it aint pretty.

yesterday
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Bash To Require Further Patching, As More Shellshock Holes Found

countach Re:not supposed to be on the web! (326 comments)

You're right, but on the other hand, putting executable code in environment variables always was asking for trouble, web or no web.

yesterday
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

countach Re:Missing in windows? (399 comments)

Just go to a prompt and type the following command: /bin/rm -rf /

about a week ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

countach Re:My explanation (399 comments)

The whole idea that any and every environment variable can contain runnable code which would automatically be loaded was pure insanity on somebody's part.

about a week ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

countach Re:Only underscores the point (399 comments)

Well, the basic idea of bash, sh, or a unix shell is rather crufty. /bin/sh was already crufty what with its weird quoting rules and so forth before bash added all its extensions.

Nobody's really invented something yet as just damned convenient as /bin/sh, but I wish they would.

about a week ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

countach Re:Who in their right mind ... (399 comments)

All that needs to line up is that there be cgi based bash scripts, which admittedly not everyone has, but plenty of people (for some strange reason) do have. You are underplaying this.

about a week ago
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Remote Exploit Vulnerability Found In Bash

countach Seems fundamentally broken (399 comments)

Even if they fix the basic bug, which is that functions are exported as environment variables, but the function can be trailed with extra commands, the whole idea seems extremely dangerous to me. What if you define a function called ls or cp or some other common command? It's pretty likely something will call it, and the whole problem is back in play.

The bigger problem to me seems to be that cgi scripts export user parameters to environment variables before calling bash. I mean, bash itself as a cgi web handler seems incredibly dangerous already. Too powerful for this application. But to then have unvetted user defined environment variables? This is insane. There's plenty of blame to go around here.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

countach Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

The smartphone market has rapidly gone from 128MB RAM devices to (at least) 1GB devices. It's no wonder that earlier devices suffered a bit under later OSes. But I think this phenomenon has passed. Now new OSes don't really slow down. I don't see anything bad with my iPhone 5 and IOS8.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 8 a Pig?

countach Re:Alright smart guy (504 comments)

Yeah, it got a few years of updates. Apple made the mistake of only giving it 256M of RAM so it couldn't get any more updates. That was a mistake, but having made the mistake I can't blame Apple for not doing the impossible. They've been generous with the iPad 2 though.

about a week ago
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NY Magistrate: Legal Papers Can Be Served Via Facebook

countach No biggie (185 comments)

I served papers on someone by email when I couldn't do it in person. This isn't particularly surprising.

about two weeks ago
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Early iPhone 6 Benchmark Results Show Only Modest Gains For A8

countach Re:power consumption? (208 comments)

Well... in most circumstances the GPU will only help graphics related performance. That's only impressive when you wanted better graphics performance, and not general performance. You can't offload anything onto the GPU. Only certain specific types of things, and certain math.

Anyway, this whole article is premature. The benchmarks may not even be iPhone 6, they may be spoofed. They are only one benchmark. Let's wait see what real analysis reveals. Whatever the answer I doubt it will hurt sales.

about three weeks ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

countach Re:Start button? (210 comments)

Ha ha. You should say there is a Start button on your punch card reader, and you pressed it, but the card got jammed.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

countach Re:Illegal as hell (223 comments)

I was wondering about that. Do the Supremes hold secret court too under these circumstances?

I thought part of the whole point of the Supreme court was to establish important legal precedents. Can you do that when it is all secret? Because to use the precedent, the whole legal community needs to know all the juicy details.

Secret courts are the biggest threat to a functioning democracy that one could possibly conceive of.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

countach Re:SEC filing: "Millions lost. No Details. Ask NSA (223 comments)

It's not quite the same thing. Disclosing that the fine is from the NSA is not incriminating. It ITSELF is the crime. In your example, revealing your source of income is not a crime. Rather it would reveal a previously committed crime. So I'm not sure that failing to reveal financial information in line with public company laws falls under the heading of not incriminating yourself, because your having paid government fines is not a crime, so you can't incriminate yourself in that way.

You could just as much argue the opposite way. Revealing financial information about public companies is required under the law. Free speech is allowed under the constitution. Therefore, the NSA can get fucked with their secrecy orders. You're still left with one legal principle against another.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

countach Re:It is Well Past Time (223 comments)

It would have been nice to see them try that, but realistically, it would be in contempt of court to just say, it's ok we'll pay the fine, so go away. The executive would end up in jail, and someone would be appointed to tow the line. Nothing would have changed in the end.

about three weeks ago
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U.S. Threatened Massive Fine To Force Yahoo To Release Data

countach Re:Classic conflict of interest (223 comments)

I agree it's a problem, but what's the alternative? Politicising the judiciary with elections has problems too.

about three weeks ago

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