812 posts • joined 18 Oct 2007
Read this: http://www.androidpit.com/the-dark-side-of-whatsapp
In the competition for World Advertising Domination with Farcebook and the rest, Farcebook has already mentioned dominating the skies with balloons and droning people to death with ads from above. The Borgle Barges will travel the world assimilating cyborg modemnauts to take Borgle to new frontiers where no Borg has been before and to then assault the frontiers with targeted advertising.
Break out the Slim Whitman albums!
Re: Just add Garlic ,Herbs & Wine
Frogs? Oh! we just ate the last one.
Ex Clinton and Blair advisor
So..... anytime MS finds their parts in a place they shouldn't be they will declare war on a country or invade one based on bigging up the flimsiest of evidence.
Sounds like a plan.
Re: Unfortunately, in cities around the world, going 'on the game' ...
Believe me the welfare budgets in Spain are nothing to write home about.
Unless you are complaining about how small they are. Spain is not big on splashing welfare money around, even Paro (the dole) is based on how much you have paid in over preceding years.
It is not possible for mothers with 3 or 4 children with different fathers to be housed and fed in Spain as they are in the UK.
Unfortunately here as soon as someone gets a job in government however menial they act as if they are above everyone else.
There are many 'Clubs de Noche' (Knocking Shop) here which this guy may well be a customer of, it's probably the only way he would consider 'financial aid' to a woman.
Spain is struggling to improve women's rights, many men believe that a woman's right to work is secondary to a man's, this is reflected by the fact that woman's wages are still significantly lower in general than male wages.
Re: I Don't think that means what you think it means...
" The massive envelope maintains its shape by internal gas pressure, blimp-style, and is intended to generate extra dynamic lift over and above that from its helium filling as the ship flies along."
Without having read a dictionary definition of dirigible but having been taught (possibly before you were born) that a dirigible as opposed to a balloon or blimp has a framework to maintain it's envelope shape whereas a balloon or blimp or this airship uses the gas pressure to maintain it's envelope shape, a deliberate design feature to increase it's potential lifting ability.
Or maybe I read it wrong!
I don't bother down voting people who disagree with me, I can be petty, overbearing , arrogant or violent but I try hard not to be childish.
As parts of the basic structure have a permanent shape but the shape of envelope above is determined by gas pressure perhaps it is a semi-dirigible?
It's a balloon!
Interesting to see this is not a dirigible, so not much like a Zeppelin at all.
IIRC British Airships started in the sixties and had a few design that had potential but the company didn't last in spite of interest from the military and industry.
I hope this one gets somewhere.
As an aside, my dad who was a keen cyclist before the war; had a bicycle made from the tubing that was part of the spares supply for the R101 framework, I think it was stainless steel but not too sure about that.
An Apple a day
Does not necessarily keep the doctor away.
Now here is something useful for them to put their talents to, track down this scum and eliminate them.
Re: Potential Problem
Ah, listening to Golden Earring then?
When I were a lad ('60s '70s) I used to wear an earring, in fact I have still got the hole in my lobe, if this works I would prefer an earring whispering in my ear to a glass relaying info into one eye.
Whether or not we like things like Glass or this earring; they are going to be ubiquitous in the near future and everybody will be connected in a much more personal way than currently.
For the busy young executive who has little time to correctly prepare his essential daily ration of delicious porcine goodness and has even less time to frequent an intellectually heightening alehouse for his/her encephalic elucidation, we have combined the two into a cerebrally nourishng elixir of life! Porcopop!
Here in Ibiza the locals have a tradition of killing the family pig each year at a get together called a matanza (killing or slaughter). Every part of the pig is used including the cleaned intestine as sausage skin for the chorizo and morcilla a Spanish version of black pudding.
There are old Ibicencos here who daily quaff alchoholic beverages and pork products for breakfast, eat plenty of meat at other meals and many of them look positively ancient but still spry.
My landlord is approaching ninety and he is out working on his veggy patch nearly every day year round and in the evenings strolls off for a game of cards and a few bevvies with his mates.
Not a bad advert for this type of diet.
Most of the bacon here id streaky but usually a bit leaner than in the UK, wonderful stuff!
Worth a read: http://bacontoday.com/2014-bacon-festivals/ a Texan mate put me on to this.
Re: Stop Patent Trolls
"IPCom's story has come to an end,"
Good! Let's hope so!
Is there anything a patent troll does that is useful?
They seem to belong to the same social group as landlords whoturn old ladies out into the snow for being ten minutes late with the rent.
Re: I'm not letting Motorola scan MY ring!
"devices like the RS409 Ring Scanner (depicted in this video)"
An up vote for beating me to it!
Just a thought but if glassholery takes off in a big way, what happens when a crowd of glassholes get turned on by one wearer shouting 'OK glass!', or will wearers have their own switch code? In which case there will be numerous members of the public apparently suffering from Tourettes syndrome.
Lithium batteries are several times LESS likely to cause a fire in a car than petrol according to this ( http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2014/01/economist-explains-19 ) article, the technology is being developed and refined constantly so it should become safer still.
The main issue is when the casing is breached, lithium will ignite spontaneously but other causes such as overheating from rapid charging or discharging can be mitigated by smarter control systems.
The article here mentions Nevada being a potential site for the factory, Nevada seems a good bet as there is already some production of lithium there from brine pools. Might be worth looking at the shares
of Chemetall Foote mining company.
Re: Danger Will Robinson
Partnering with instead of relying on a manufacturer gives Tesla more say in the product and the ability to address problems more directly. Also must be a good thing for wherever he is going to build it creating jobs and increasing the US's share of the world market. Also good for US lithium producers.
All Elon has to do is copy the hover technology from his Iron Man suit and scale it up.
I do wish them luck though, this development has been a long time coming, I am quite surprised that NASA has not done more to achieve this ability given their skills at stretching relatively paltry budgets.
I am guessing there is a delicate balance between having enough fuel to set down gently with a small reserve and having so much left that the lifter could easily make an interesting hole in the ground.
Funny but every time I read his name it comes out as Stephen Flop!
Re: I have to say that I entirely agree that Huawei are worth watching.
Last year I bought an Huawei G700 Ascend 5" screen 2Gb ram, dual sim, etc, it came fully rooted from a company on Amazon UK called Meri..something €175 ! It compares quite well wth my mate's Note II
It has good battery life for the surfing SMS and calls that I use it for, has great reception on Spanish Vodaphone ( I would say twice as good as my old Sammy clamshell ) Wi Fi is good and over the last week where I was working in Madrid the Wi Fi went down so I used it as a hotspot for my Sammy Tab 3 and my mates iPad no problems at all and seemed quite fast.
If this is last years tech and is getting better I will buy another when I need it, as for the X1, at the current expected price of €400 it's a little expensive but the specs are good especially with a 5000mAh battery and a 7" is on my want list so I will definitely have a look at one as an alternative to a Samsung.
I am told the G700 in the phone shops here go to about €600 so I will look on the net again for a decent price.
Luckily I have nothing of real interest for the Chinese to spy on although they may find the photos of my wife's pet ferret interesting as a potential ingredient for a recipe.
This guy having crystal balls can be the only answer as to how he arrived at these numbers, they are certainly not scientific and without being too sure of what qualifies a paper as academic I strongly doubt the paper is even that.
Maybe he has interests in a handcuff factory and needs to boost sales by getting more cops on the street.
What could be worse?
A Tesla with Apple power?
Or a Borged Tesla with Google power?
In general the Stratosphere is relatively dry and often at sufficiently low temperatures for most atmospheric water to be in the form of ice so generally misting should not be too much of a problem.
LOHAN should be taught about in schools as it is a project with a big accent on fun while having the ability to produce good science.
One commentard suggested it could end in a fireball, I am a lover of large explosions and fireballs but in this instance I would hate to see such an ending, particularly for the intrepid playmonaut who like astronauts are heroes in their own right.
Re: What's the point of a DDoS on a website?
Probably something to do with this kind of thing http://www.kochbrothersexposed.com/about
The Koch brothers spend a lot of money support far right politics and lobbying, if the Global Military Industrial Complex conspiracy exists then they are amongst those running it.
Well at least it doesn't make you look stupid!
I know it is in development but ugly is an understatement.
My biggest objection to this and Borgle Glass apart from privacy and potential safety issues due to distraction is the stupid 'Augmented Reality' description; there is no way to make reality more real, the term is an oxymoron with the accent on moron.
In The Long Term
This technology will lead to (at least in population dense areas) total control of your car so the data will belong to the relevant authority who will have a 'Roadnet' AI controlling all traffic, it will be possible so it will happen.
Forget about Skynet killing us all just make sure you are wearing your seatbelt when the AI acheives self awareness and decides on a simple solution to road chaos.
On a slightly more sober note; the data you create in the vehicle you own/are driving should be yours but that does not mean that it will be, certainly the insurance companies (who protect us right?) will want dibs on our data as will the cops, tax people MOT in the UK, and of course ad revenue giants.
Is it too soon to bow down to our swarm overlords?
The Chinese with their penchant for plagiarism have probably imbued this wabbit with some of the capabilities of the Rabbit of Caerbannog a very strong and dangerous beast requiring special weapons to defeat it.
"make a magnetic pulse drive and you can leave earth with no need for air combustion, or fuel with some lame 1kw nuclear reactor you need to dump all the waste and heat from into some rubbish plasma drive"
Why haven't you gone yet, then?
On a slightly more normal level: Leave the meat out then there may be enough space for some kind of power source and sit the operators next to the drone pilots who are providing air cover.
Could originate in Spain
But it is definitely not state sponsored, although there are some pretty smart IT people here, I'm pretty sure none of them work for the government.
A couple of the local government employees I know, if you asked them a question about hard drives would think you were talking about the commute in to work and they call an engineer to run CCleaner for them.
The Spanish government makes the British government look clever when it comes to those computer thingies.
Hmmm no monorail but...
Once the Hangar structure (with an 'a' not an 'e', a hanger is something in a wardrobe to keep clothes off the floor), is recovered I can see a secret underwater tunnel being dug from the end of the Moffet runways where the barge will probably be moored to the interior of the hangar, where they will construct a giant world dominating submarine ad delivery device so that it can rendezvous with the Borg Barge.
Does anyone at Borgle like white pussies?
Re: Kids who can think ...
Just had a quick look at your link, it is clear that every government IT department and definitely all of the Teach Kids Coding Crowd should complete all the sections and projects in it before being allowed to call themselves IT people or recommend what and how kids should learn coding..
Re: Reciprocal Recording?
The large majority of drivers in Russia, particularly in the larger towns and cities all have dash cams facing fore and aft. Partly it is for insurance purposes as there are a lot of people who will slam on their anchors in the hopes of a large insurance settlement after you have arse ended them. The other reason is that if you are confronted by cops on the road in Russia they are the ones most likely to rob you by charging you with a fake crime/traffic violation and then allowing you to bribe your way out of it.
After hearing my wife who is Russian telling me about it, I am considering fitting cams in my old Disco as the driving where I live is appalling.
With something like 35000 cops in New York there are going to be a lot of Glassholes on the street.
Indonesia is the new China
It makes economical sense as Indonesia is one of the most promising of the emergent markets as well as being a potential bolt hole for the Taiwanese bosses.
Taiwan should be reasonably safe from the mainland though, I think there is too much money from the States and Japan in Taiwan for anyone to allow the PRC to move in.
Will they run a tiny nano submarine?
Re: It's okay, there's no chance of our Android-based robot overlords overthrowing us...
Hopefully it won't be necessary to clean a Dysonbot's filters every ten minutes to maintain peak performance. Or maybe it will clean it's own filters, particularly if it has cyclonic feet and sweeps as it serves the tea.
Although I think there will be a market for general purpose robots in the home I think the continuing developments leading to smart homes built with self cleaning or other smart materials and functions is the way to go.
As mentioned; smart fabrics are doing away with the need to iron, washing machine are well on the way to being smart already, we have self cleaning ovens.
As these things become more advanced and houses become more integrated as a single machine that provide all the functions for normal living the need for anything but a companion robot will disappear for domestic use.
Just curious but what does a Japanese Red Light Fembot look like and do for you?
Just Googled and found these, the first one is quite clever but creepy, the second.... defies description!
For a company that makes nothing
Judging by the purchases made by Google in recent years it looks to me as though they are planning on making something.
Computer vision, mapping, AI, deep neural networks, GP navigation, Gesture and facial recognition, home automation and a bevy of robotics companies.
I would be very surprised if at some time in the not too far distant future they did not announce plans to produce a range of domestic and commercial vehicles, and appliances that in essence are robots of one kind or another and that are linked to the interthings net. Presumably that too is being developed by them.
I like to knock Google for it's blatant data mining, tax evasion and don't give a shit about your personal privacy attitude but you have to give them credit for spending a few bob on a list of companies that when put together gives them a fair bit of scope for some out of the box thinking and research.
If the Interthings net is going to be 'The Next Big Thing' then Borgle are definitely positioned well to exploit it if they make full use of all they have bought.
Whoever first used the word 'assimilation' in connection with Borgle probably made a very accurate connection it looks to me that there is a pattern in the assimilations they have made particularly in the last two years as seen here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mergers_and_acquisitions_by_Google .
Re: I'm obviously missing something...
Typewriter theft may not currently be high on the to do list for modern thieves but I remember in the '70s in South London a couple of local likely lads putting on white coats then strolling in to the BT office building and visiting several floors of the building with a purloined tea trolley.
They proceeded to take away enough of the old 'IBM Golfball' typewriters to fill the trolley saying the machines were going away for servicing.
IIRC one of these machines in those days was a couple of hundred quid and very desirable on the second hand market.
I was making about 75 quid a week in those days so a trolley full was not a bad haul.
Just a few random thoughts floating around!
" In one month's time the way you receive results for the same query can change, and probably will change. you receive different results depending on where you are established, depending [on] your IP [address].
You can receive different information according to your preferences known to Google because of your previous use of the search engine.
So it's not a fixed target, it's a moving target and very fast moving."
Actually I find my search results on Google have changed a lot recently; becoming less relevant more often. The results are increasingly, anything commercial that is remotely related to the query before I get any meaningful results no matter how I configure the query.
Also more ads related to the query.
Some royalties are good
I do quite a lot of work for a successful Electro house musician his royalties pay a fair proportion of my wages so I can't complain.
However, the whole thing about royalties going on for years and years or the life of the originator doesn't make complete sense. If a musician, author or actor can get royalties why can't an architect get something for every time someone looks at at one of his (possibly) beautiful buildings?
After all architecture is considered to be fine art so why shouldn't everyone pay to look at it?
I started life painting houses, something that arguably makes them look better so why shouldn't I get paid a royalty for everyone who looked at a house I painted or a carpenter getting paid every time someone goes up the stairs he built?
As for JMJ, the light shows at his concerts where better than the music!
Not another NSA article
I thought from the title that this was going to be about the NSA not being happy about having to overcome security updates.
Instead an article about the apparently usual ineptitude of most government officials wherever they are.
Re: What if the reason is due to heinous, embarrasing, or frightening info?
Erm... Why would the Allies want to bomb concentration camps full of thousands of jews and other unfortunates the Nazis wanted dead?
Germans? Alien bases? Aliens sitting in high seats?
Try smoking a slightly milder mix!
Re: It appears
So if you read the data output (ie measure it) you don't know where it is , but if you know where it is you can't read the data?
Borgle Bit Barge Biffed Out
THe human interaction bit gives me the idea that the barges are intended for assimilation with glass and some of the other robotics/cybernetics that Borgle have acquired recently.
Just think no latency between your devices and you when they are all built in.
The reasons stated could be true
ON The other hand, they may not be true!
Re: Just another instance of disingenuous practices by museums.
HAving just read what you have to say about the BIWM has made me change my mind. My father took many photos in the Western Desert during the war while in the RAF, I had been thinking of donating them to the Imperial War Museum but now I think I will publish them myself first to establish my own copyright.
The photos are of aircraft, tanks and other items some actually during combat including a photo taken by my father of a Messerscmidt 323 "Giant" being shot down by his CO over the Med'.
The thought of such things being restricted by a museum is not something I can contemplate considering that all they have and show is owned by the public and originally created by most of us.
This has potential for Borgle AIs to communicate with their SI Borglebot ad swarms and to detect your 76-77 GHz emitter from your new Androids so they can find you anywhere for personal ad delivery.
One of these: http://blog.allusb.com/2012/05/jforce-flash-drive-with-micro-usb-connector/
A memory stick with USB2 as well as a Micro USB for my phone/slablet.
If the price was reasonable I would buy one.