430 posts • joined 20 Sep 2007
I C NO BIT
Re: Proceeds of crime?
Double-Double under hand Double Deal - or the crims set up and operate cyber currencies betwixt themselves (aren't they doing that already - not really sure?) and appear to pay into the gubermint backed digi-dollar system, but are in fact only leaving empty deposits that just look like they contain said ill gotten gained cyber-cents. Meanwhile laundering funds into the real world and providing a boost to economies.
Oh Feckit! - there's enough criminality already wrapped up in the guise of 'legitimate' financial goings on to suggest we just go back to bartering our skills, products and services. None of it is worth the cloth/paper it's printed on any way. Just look at the crap we are prepared to spend it on! and then, when we are done with it, we throw it away in holes in the ground!
Some forward thinking car manufacturer may come up with a system to choose which fone you want to play with whilst concentrating on guiding your vehicle to said airport. Something in a little box on the dash, with walnut veneer and a Bakalite® knob which can be rotated to select the desired fone system. Just a thought. I'll get myself down the shed in a mo.
News just in
MtGox behaves just the same way as any other regular bank and looses tons of money for peeps, glad to hear that the banking system, digital or not, is getting on all right. Shouldn't we all now contribute to a whip-round or something to bail them out?
So I had this job at the Federal Reserve only I had to leave on account of Janet Yellen, I just couldn't stand the noise.
Re: How standards have fallen
Oh! beggar, I see the pint you are making. I stand corrugated before you and will go to the back of the glass, a ledge billy.
I don't know about musculoskeletal deformaties but it has often crossed my mind that perhaps I should retrain in ophthalmology, given the miniscule size of on-screen text that I observe the yoofs reading from their mobile fone screens. Makes my eyes water it does, still, maybe they are good at reading the small print on food labels etc, which, hence forth remain a totally eligible mess for many oldnus such as myself.
Re: Difficult to take this serious
There is no doubt whatsoever that increasing access to education for females in the developing world, giving them a voice in the male-dominated cultural and political landscape, is a 'must-do' with regard to getting the largest, and most vulnerable, populations of the planet to realize their own potential and find a way out of living behind the curve. The same can be said for large parts of the developed world as well.
In fact I am confident that given a chance, educated younger minds in the third world would fair better at realizing how to live sustainably, re-using material and seeing 'waste' as a resource, than many in the developed world - they should do, because not only will they have learned lessons from our throw-away culture, but the poor bastards have got enough of our waste to deal with to boot. They also have greater experience of hardship and making-do to fall back on.
(Slightly OT rant over - "nurse ....")
Re: Difficult to take this serious
But is it not the case that poor management and implementation of at least the first three items on your list are themselves root causes of the quantifiable anthropogenic input to the greater climate change we are experiencing. I think what the author is pointing to is that the richer, better equipped, minority are likely to fair better when things start getting really tough and the growing number of disenfranchised, less well of folk, will be fighting tooth and nail, *between themselves*, for survival, whilst said minority gaze down upon the unfolding scene from their bomb-proof, glass and steel bunkers. The time for humanity to pull together is now, for the sake of future generations, but when has humanity ever demonstrated it's ability to do that - never. It's going to be a bumpy ride.
Question is ......
What will this action do for the project as a whole, 'going forwards'
So that's what that big RED button is for!
Re: Good news
It will certainly have given them some paws for thought.
(Mines the little fur-lined number)
Garbage in garbage out
Programming is breaking a given process down into logical steps and writing a sequence of instructions to emulate the process in a program language of your choice. When I studied 'puters we spent months doing stuff long-hand on paper with pencils and rubbers and learned to debug our routines with the grey matter in our skulls. Only when we could demonstrate the most refined, or thereabouts, logic and code skills were we allowed a time-slot to access the main frame. But I imagine there is very little in what I describe to attract today's students to such activities - they want to be quickly and easily rewarded with flashy graphics and bright lights. Many years later I remember chuckling to myself playing with Pascal 'Turtles', controlling mechanical parts directly, using CRT monitors and with more languages than I could shake a stick at.
So please, teach them about logic first, then introduce the fun part of making their written instructions actually do things in the real world and don't teach them to just make web shites - those that wish to construct HTML will gravitate towards that of their own accord later.
Note to Teachers - it can even be a cross-curricula activity as well you know, so as to broaden the scope and areas of application and to encourage as many pupils as possible.
Wrist Tether ?
I can't help thinking that a simple tether would assist the user in gravitationally induced mishaps such as the ones described. Maybe that wouldn't be 'Kool' (i wouldn't know) but it might also guard against street snatches by thieves on push bikes? I mean one only needs one hand/finger to smear the screen with, leaving the other one free to act as an anchor. I've probably missed something.
Re: Why not space?
Which may result in;
S - uperconducting
P - hysics
H - ousing
I - mmense
N - eodymium
C - elestiral
T - okomak
E - experimental
R - esearch
or a large black hole, whichever applies.
Keep banging those rocks together guys
Strikes me that after many thousands of years of human development we are still only at the stage of banging the rocks together. Nothing terribly wrong with that, it eventually, after a very, very, slow start, led to some remarkable technology. Now the 'rocks' are just very very small indeed and are only fleeting examples of their earlier much larger counterparts. Maybe this collision thing tells us everything we would need to know about where and what we are, or maybe the next 'step' in our development is just around the corner and a very different and distinct kettle of quantum fishes is about to be fed to the dolphins. CERN - Concussion Experiments Requiring Neutrons. (well heavy lead ions and protons anyway).
23.5 degrees over 26,000 years
I told you I felt the earth move darling!
Re: Just wondering?
Dear Sir, I should very much like to register a complaint with regard to your Auto-E-car Parking map system. Last Thursday afternoon, whilst visiting my tailor on the Commercial Road, my vehicle promised me, in all good faith, that, having dropped me off at said establishment, it would promptly dispatch itself to a legitimate and legal, clamp-free, parking zone and await my further instruction, whilst measurements were taken and the finest cloth examined. Upon completion of my duties at the outfitters I summoned my vehicle forth, but, alas, to no avail. It later transpired that due to a 'glitch' in said mapping system, my vehicle had rather unwisely chosen the Shadwell Basin as a legitimate parking zone. It will take me months to dry out the patent leather seat covers and damasc covered interior upholstery, let alone drain the rest of the mechanical parts. I demand you recompense me forthwith and also refund the 3 Guineas, 11 and sixpence I was forced to hand over in order to be ferried home on public transport! Please ensure that your systems are kept up to date at all times henceforth.
What might be the reaction of a (future coming to you soon) self-drive Google Car et al to being clamped. Would said vehicle perhaps be aware, via sensors, that it had been clamped (and therefore advise its owner accordingly) or would it make every attempt to drive off when later commanded by it's, remote, owner? Perhaps future clamps will have embedded chippery that will alert said vehicle to the clamping predicament? - but then fiendish souls could rig clampless chippery to just disable the vehicle by making it think it was clamped. Or, better still, said vehicle might be able to detect approaching clampers and remove itself to another, less clamp-prone, location. Just saying.
Auto-truck Convoy delivery notice ...
We called but nobody was home, we left your packages with your those nice folks next door who were very willing to help, oops!
You mean there's coloured ink in there and stuff - I thought the machine was just designed to just fold A4 sheets in ever more intricate, wrinkled and bizarre ways. Learn sunnink evry day dun'tcha!
The BBC and our culture would be a lot richer if the BBC simply stuck to what it is good at, namely; Current Affairs, News, Documentaries, Investigative Journalism, Consumer Programs and some off-the-wall Comedy / Satire. I'm sure it could easily achieve that on the pittance we license payers cough up. Leave the glitzy-fashion-pop-cookery-drama drivel to the other channels (there are certainly enough of them) - see, massive saving there already. I'm an avid World Service fan cos it broadens my, some would say limited, intellectual horizons and gives me a better understanding of the world (not just my tiny corner) - so get rid of the pop-tart-talk-radio-local-fone-in garbage while your at please.
>Rant Over .... nurse...
Re: Many dimensions
Or what about a simultaneous miniscule spherical (oblate) surface, within, a massively larger spherical (oblate) surface and replace the euclidean topography of the torus with pathways that continue each surface infinitely, as you suggest, but via black holes, contorting and compressing the field-lines of space time endlessly along said 'conveyor belt'. The 4% of matter we can account for, which includes ourselves and all observable galaxies, being made up merely from the exhaust / pollution / remnants, call it what you will, of the sudden massive inflation which befell the quark-gluon plasma that hung around for a relatively short while after an instability / perturbation set in on the singularity, that may or may not itself, have resulted from a prior super-massively-tiny universe, having reached a (near) perfect entropic state of pure photons only to find itself ripped apart by the fact that space-time cannot tolerate a static 'conveyor belt', whichever direction it is traveling in. That's my take on it.
Re: Age realated Dislike Disorder here too.
Now, now, we probably have ourselves to blame for any broad swathes of poorly educated masses 'sexting' with their mobile devices by letting blooming hippie teachers start rearranging the desks into little 'groups' in the 70's.
That aside, digital transactions of this type will most probably be lapped up by younger generations and that is to be expected after all. All we can do is remind them of the 'old ways' and encourage the brighter ones to absorb a wider range of historical knowledge such that they might come up with new, and improved, 'ways' compared to our old ones. I just hope they keep cash around for a few more years.
Got to go, my smart-home, I.O.T., app says my slippers are at optimum temperature are are to be removed from atop the wood burner forthwith ;)
Age realated Dislike Disorder here too.
Whilst there was enough of an uproar to reverse, at least for the moment, the recent proposal to do away with cheques, I fear that this is the thin of the wedge with regard to the demise of cash altogether. Cash is apparently expensive to print, distribute and count, so banks would love us to give it up all together and embrace entirely digital transactions. Although cash might 'cost' the banks something it appears to have no affect whatsoever on their beloved bonuses etc, so it can't cost them that much can it. Apart from the security issues, which will probably end up costing the banks a lot more than cash ever did, despite counterfeiting etc, it is a worrisome thing indeed.
[quote] "always ensuring to check online retail sites are secure" - Presumably this makes Mrs. Potter of number 92 'The Willows' a world-class penetration tester?
Might have its uses
If then the washing machine could alert me to the fact that I have, ONE AGAIN, put my deep russet colored corduroys in the wash together with my wife's delicate white undies, then such technology could save me a lot of hassle. Although, since world and dog are pretty unlikely, one would very much hope, to notice the finer details of my wife's newly brown-rust-coloured undergarments, the operative word being 'under' garments, I can't ever see what all the fuss is about. In fact I would go so far as to say that one such pronounced benefit of such a camouflage technique is the visible diminution of the skid marks on my own undies, ah well.
Old news in the next hour
I have already seen what you are going to be doing here.
It never fails to amaze me that some 350,000 years or so after a pint-sized quark-gluon plasma emerged from somewhere or other, as yet unknown, the entire universe turned into an enormously large, active, chemistry set.
Re: They're already as good as they need to be
I'm a techie as well and I know just what you mean. I own several abaci and they are all pretty much of a muchness. The earliest of which, thought to come from Isfahan (c.550 BC), is the best though, especially with a regular little dab of mutton fat on the 'wires'. Sure, over the development course of a thousand years the colour and texture of the beads changed from time to time but I wish I hadn't splashed out on some of the more recent models, just cos they were more blinged-up, sheesh.
Loitering vertical capsule expulsion system.
How about using the kind of vertically-orientated tech that has been used for oceanographic survey buoys for years. Those things spend years going up and down automatically in the water column monitoring salinity / temps etc. Discreetly launch the pre-programmed launch vehicle (firing tube) nice and quietly into position a few meters below the surface, assisted with said buoyancy tech. Move away to desired position and wait for the thing to fire out of the tube at predetermined time and acquire target etc. That way, if the launch does attract the enemy's attention you're long gone. Of course, you would need confidence in your knowledge of currents / drift etc. but surely that's got to be a big part of sub navigation already? If launch fails, after a predetermined time limit, it destroys itself. But only after sending out a brief, coded, sonar message as a warning - never return to a firework you have already lit!
Well, I'm of to the patent office, see yer.
BBC series .....
"If you would like to find out more about the awesome power of nuclear weapons, press the RED button now!"
I am under the distinct impression that a growing number of people, of all genders and ages, are becoming sh*t at parking. That and refusing to take a shopping trolly back to the correct repository and instead choosing to leave it in the middle of the adjacent parking bay. When I park I like to consider the person(s) already parked, or who might park, next to me. They may for instance be elderly, have need of pushchairs and tons of baby-related equipment or just require that they can open a car door more than 2.5 inches for reasons of ingress/egress. I accept that in may cases car park layout with bays that are patently too narrow must take some of the blame, but generally a lot more consideration for others wouldn't go amiss.
Bloomin' Pols, coming over here and muckin abhart wiv our magnetisms!
As a youngster, at the dawn of television, I played Monopoly ™ at least twice a day, almost every day, for many, happy years. I've since become CEO of a massive private banking corporation - I take unbridled risks with vast sums of money every hour of the day, enjoy massive annual bonuses and stomp on little plebs with their grandiose plans for establishing ethical / green businesses that create worthwhile jobs and contribute to social development. I therefore defy anybody to claim that such worthwhile youthful activities led me astray in any way whatsoever.
How nice of them
Will they be offering loyalty points next?
Sign up to our crypto-bot-net offer now - infect 1000 machines in the next month and we will be giving away sheeple bitstuff free!
Come on, tell us the truth
This one is carrying the pilau rice and poppadoms that the Indian delivery vehicle forgot.
Don't worry there's still time to take out an extended warranty plan and have it replaced 'new for old' in the event that your super fast lump of rock and ice does fragment unexpectedly. What's that .... wrong Comet, doh!
Recycling - More bits of crud in orbit
It apparently started it's final decent at c.80Km altitude. If, as is predicted, only some 25% of it's overall mass survives, how much of the charred remnants will remain in low earth orbit, floating around about up there, perhaps not unlike the vast mat(s) of plastic down here in the Pacific ocean?
I am aware that there is ongoing research into how to deal with all the other potentially dangerous crud we have hoisted above us and would ask if any better qualified Regaunauts might have answers to above. Thank you.
Mirror mirror on the wall
The internet is just a great big digital mirror to all humanity, (well something approaching 90% of it anyway). As such pretty much all human life is there; kittens galore, snuff movies and everything in between. Most people are inclined towards searching out their preferred particular 'niche'. We have abundant tools to find the stuff we want to and we can all choose to 'click' on whatever we want - accepting that some may not be adequately mentally or intellectually equipped to make an 'informed' choice. Trying to hide it all away and hand out digital rose-tinted glasses to the masses isn't the answer - education about what materials are available is.
I would assert that there is a large amount of 'rubber necking' that goes on and it is this which makes the headlines and shapes political response. If you stumble across a video of a beheading you can cancel it with pretty immediate affect. Or perhaps there is a built-in human morbid curiosity that compromises avoidance reaction. If I pass an accident on the road my instinct is to concentrate more on the actions of other road users around me, not gorp at the wreckage. I know driving can be a seriously dangerous activity, so I try to be alert to that and modify my behaviour accordingly. I know there is material I don't want to view on the internet and I also know that there are some pretty appalling things humans can do.
Censorship doesn't make the nasty things vanish into the digital ether.
Is it not better that the 'mirror image' is clear and accurate for all to see, however bad some of it is.
Educate those who are more susceptible to what they might encounter so that they can make better and more informed decisions when using the internet, that's what I say.
Perhaps every browser start-up should begin with an in-your-face billboard carrying a warning about what lies beyond?
Nope, only folks wedding videos were used for re-recording.
Noooo no no
Shhh will you or you'll give Steve Ballmer ideas about where to use his touch-screen OS magic next ! After all, he'll have a bit more spare time on his hands now won't he.
As a youngster I enjoyed building very simple circuits with the older (or should that be antique), Bread-Board style electronics kits, the ones which came with a printed resistor color-guide (very handy). I later graduated to Varistrip boards, IC sockets and soldering irons, which was a huge step forward. I am gobsmacked at today's equivalent Learn & Play technology. I really ought to spend less time at the Derby & Joan club tea dances and get on with a miss spent golden age. Ah! the memories - time for a beer.
Don't worry Anon (15:35GMT)
Nature will reduce human population all in good time. It won't be a very nice Pay-Back to live through but it will happen, if, as you point out, we fail to seriously address the matter ourselves.
BTW - I understand that throughout large parts of Africa and Asia it remains very difficult to obtain family planning and the taking of such responsibility is still largely frowned upon anyway. All that good effort and funding gone to waste, really sad.
It remains to be seen who might prevail, in terms of race and ethnicity, when things settle back down again though. Who has the best chance do ya think.
(Enjoy a cold beer, it's Friday)
IT bloke / Sheep . . . .
Maybe he was simply trying to locate the Ewe S B port ?
Helps to take ones mind of what banks and mega corporations get up to I suppose.
I know shop lifting and petty theft can be really, really hard on small business but I would much rather more effort be put into combating the rich bastards who continue unabated to rip people off. All depends how close and on which side you are relative to the law I guess.
Tethering and Security?
And how long before a little DIY, blue-tooth gizmo arrives that infiltrates that tethering, trawls your phone for data and leaves it quietly calling premium rate number(s), all because you came within 2m of said gizmo in the pocket of some evil perp intent on all of the above ? Just asking - you know how totally secure all this kit is these days (?).
Re: It's a sad truth of the world sadly...
I agree 110% with your last statement - the women I have worked with in IT and other areas have, in my view, all been better in their approach to understanding the client's needs and problems and not just imposing a solution without further ado. More than that, sharing information about how they will go about resolving the client's problems - where they feel the client will benefit from using that information, in order to perhaps avoid precipitating future problems etc.
Which, to my mind at least, would indicate that both men and women have a lot of knowledge and experience to share in IT - let's look past gender and get on with a learning experience together.
Have to agree with the suitable work-wear statements echoed above though. But as to 'pack' animals, women have just the same propensity you know.
Is it me, or, does the Microsoft thingy look a bit like the old navy 'dazzle' camouflage from many years ago !?
I just can't see humans, the way we know them now Jim, ever leaving Earth further than say a jaunt to Mars, possibly. Sure we have made a trip equivalent to the front door step (Moon and back) but we are suitably adapted to this planet and any Earth II candidate is simply too far distant for our little legs to carry us.
I can imagine that machines we build could travel those distances and, perhaps, take with them the genetic material required to then reconstruct humans on a habitable planet, but that's about it. That would be more of a delivery system for genetic / bio-chemical material - but somewhat more sophisticated than the chance happening that kicked off life here on Earth I. In fact, given that scenario, I just can't see humans, the way we know them now Jim, being around at all when the machines embark on such a voyage. By that time the remaining, dominant, humans will be hardly visible deep inside their techno-exo-skeletal-mecha-whatsits.
That's not to discount the tremendous efforts born out of human curiosity to learn more about our home planet, it's near neighbors and it's, somewhat, precarious situation as a, relatively, big floating ball of hot iron and stone crust. Just saying.
- Vid Hubble 'scope scans 200,000-ton CHUNKY CRUMBLE ENIGMA
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON
- Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad