building up all the way to the punchline.
1014 posts • joined 22 Oct 2007
building up all the way to the punchline.
Is that the new official TheRegister unit for data? How to convert blobs to bits, bytes, and encyclopedias? Are we allowed to use milliblobs and Megablobs? Is a blob divisible, is it quantized?
Curious minds want to know...
am I the only one who, after reading the headline, was a bit disappointed that the coin features flowers instead of the schoolboy's posterior?
Well, there is always the front side to redesign in the upcoming republic of GB.
Right, the red flag being that it's not the 538925th copy of some spam mail. This way they can easily claim to not store most of the email traffic. Surely, advanced algorithms can be used to filter out other trivial dross ("I'll be late tonight, darling" and similar) and they'll be left with the truly dangerous original thought crimes.
...is when the CEO of Telekom talks about the speed of light being too slow to transmit traffic data to a server (for self-driving cars, I assume). I quote "The speed of light is not enough".
I of course totally agree and I think they should get somebody working on the issue. Going beyond c would really open new markets! Else they have to limit German cars to sub-relativistic speeds, but that would never fly with the voters.
Physics is mathematics applied to describing the world. Leaving the math out simply means that the article has been dumbed down sufficiently to contain no hard physics.
Now what was the point again?
... as in Monthy Pythons 'Stop the Film': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1pcEpSaboo
JB: ... I discovered the evil lair, no personnel on site, make CIA send a team asap ...
Moneypenny: Now where was that new 'assistance under duress' form on the innovatively integrated CIA contact site. Darn, I only find the new leveraged delegate decision-making and accountability rules. Why didn't they intercept JB's message by now? Maybe we shouldn't send them those other exabytes of data every day ...
I expect that a smart washing machine allows me to play dumb. Why should I waste time thinking about the duration of the rinse cycle if the machine should be able to figure it out without me? After all, it contains all those smart sensors and can make decisions based on the full engineering brainpower of the manufacturer.
I love our LG machine that allows me to fill a 19 kg drum with a few briefs and it'll figure out how much water and time it needs without me second guessing it. That's what I call progress!
for those stuck with the capsule maker in the office:
The article blames the common currency for problems that have nothing to do with the currency: Economic bubbles are inflated when reckless lenders lend to reckless investors. It doesn't matter in which currency the transactions are booked. You can only argue that the reckless investors had an easier time to find reckless lenders because the latter failed to recognize that an invested Euro in a German factory might offer different returns from an invested Euro in a vacation apartment on the Spanish coast.
As to recovering from the crises, having a separate currency can be helpful because the debt can be inflated away. But history shows that inflation is rarely painless for a country or its people.
Europe needs smarter banks with better understanding of the different European regions, Europe needs a more flexible budget that puts money where it is needed (independent of national borders), Europe needs free flows of capital and people to smoothen out regional problems. Europe does not need border fences, import taxes and separate regulations for each market.
I live in Korea and just build up a lab. I now waste a lot of time and paper with international orders and customs, much more than I did in Europe. Often we end up paying 20-30% extra to get a company handling the import -- don't tell me that this is an effective way to do business.
I guess that strongly depends on where you live.
But maybe the US of A simply anticipates future international laws and preemptively ensures that the world is compliant.
The problem with the starter kits is that you can only build stuff that has already been thought through by someone else before you. The real fun kicks in when you build something new. That involves reading datasheets, but I'd claim that's a useful thing to learn.
same as the other brother.
What about the fake intercepts? Should we ignore the fake intercepts?
Yes, same here.
Oh wait, where did I put my mass spectrometer?
"When I need to find a good atheist to take part in a debate, I always go to the Philosophy department. It's useless trying to find one in the Physics department"
I would agree with that statement because physicists (or good scientists in general) tend to be rather agnostic. You can't predict, reproduce, or prove your god? Well in that case your religious theory remains unconfirmed. Next theory please.
"A population and its government must use every means possible to keep pushing back against those who would exploit, kill and abuse them." (AC here)
As in "Death is the solution to all problems. No man - no problem." (Stalin)?
Or as in "The great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it." (Hitler)?
Always doubt those who peddle moral absolutes, final solutions, or total commitment. You are allowed to quote me on that.
I smell a marketing opportunity for copper-mesh reinforced wallpaper. It'll be easily financed via the hotel wireless fees!
... it's health care, it's regular showers and clean clothes, ... it's your whole life."
For someone arguing against undue alarmist statements, you sound awfully alarmist to me.
Just my 5 cents.
Did they just make up some weird terms to make sure nobody knows what they talk about? Maybe that's what they should do with all their top secret stuff: obfuscate it until nobody knows what's going on.
You are disgusting! I hope other people show you more compassion than you show them.
It seems like there is no massive coordinated attack (think Mumbai 2008) , so is locking locking down large parts of the city maybe a little over-reaction? Hostage situations existed before today's terror craze. Maybe restarting the bus service might relieve the public transport situation a bit?
for the inevitable patent war II where they'll clobber and bury the opposition in paper. I can already imagine the binder catapults.
but what about the gap between her ears? Shouldn't we worry about that one too?
I trust Snowden as his revelations were largely confirmed. (As I remember, the last line of defense was: of course we do all that boundless spying and lying, that's what we are paid for.)
I trust Isis, they quite truthfully announce their intentions and follow through with it - - I just don't like what they do.
I don't trust the secret service of the US and GB, after all they engaged in a large misinformation campaign surrounding the Snowden revelations and have been quite consistently lying those last years.
Trust must be earned and I am sorry to say that the MI5 is somewhere at the bottom of the scale in that regard!
Any hypothesis based on the data should be assumed as flaky unless tested by independent data. Lets go through an example:
You throw your perfect coin 10 times and have a 100 people (subjects) trying to control the result by mind power. There are 2**10 = 1024 possible outcomes. The result will probably be disappointing, even with very hard concentration your subjects should not be able to control the coin more than 50% of the time. But once you got that result, you might break down the group of subjects into subgroups -- wouldn't it make sense that the power is stronger in some than in others? Lets split the group in male and female, large and small, sort them by skin color and eye color, age and place of birth. Suddenly you have 1000 possible sub-groups and you will forcibly find a statistically significant control over the coin toss in some sub-group. But every extra hypothesis actually reduces the significance of your result -- so the correlation is worthless. The correlation must be tested against new data to be significant.
This problem does occur in serious academic research and a quite senior professor recently reported that some humans have a statistically undisputable ability of foresight (but only the males , only involving sexual pictures, ... and whatever else was required to make his data talk).
but you have to face that only some of the kids will like your game when it gets harder. Afterwards you either force it down everybody's throat or you accept that the kids go back to their own favorite games.
The question is whether you just want to give everybody a little taste, hoping that some get hooked or if you want to educate beyond that.
But the vulture droppings should gracefully decay with time, from gold ... to silver ... to bronze ... to whatever vulture poo is supposed to look like. The Fail OTW should get the ungilded version directly.
Now this would explain their thirst for collecting all information everywhere: It's simply a recruiting tool.
Now see, we are willing to pay you good money to destroy your company's product and integrity, but if you don't want our money we might also consider releasing a few images from your Friday night wanking session (you did know that you computer has a camera, didn't you?). Our profile of your wife indicates that she might be highly receptive to such data.
The true price of the boundless secret spying won't be evident for a long time and will be due to the loss of trust within and among states. We thought we lived in some kind of international utopia and could travel and trade without boundaries. Now the three letter agencies reminded us that you can't trust anybody -- not even the government of an apparently enlightened state.
If you ever wondered whether the next century belongs to the Chinese or US model of governing -- stop wondering, they nicely converge.
Wait a moment, sacrificing their life? That sounds a bit too fanatical to me. Here I thought that we enlightened westerners don't do that anymore.
But then it looks like they try to emulate their opponents to make sure they don't have an edge. - - we have to close the suicide bomber gap, we have to close the evilness gap, we have to ensure the survival of civilization. Hello Mr. Strangelove.
An nobody on The Register is part of the target audience. But don't worry, before the next election they'll tell you exactly what you want to hear (provided you have been a good boy, keeping all those cookies they sent you).
In some countries (I come from Germany), the welfare benefits do approach the weekly 130 pounds and I agree that it's a good sign that the society can afford this. But the way those programs are currently shaped are quite problematic: big bureaucracies to determine individual needs, more bureaucracy to push people back into work, and the whole thing is constructed in a way that minor jobs will simply be deducted from the welfare, so there is no incentive to work small jobs. I know of an example, where a highly qualified academic couldn't quickly return to part-time work, because nobody was willing to take care of her new kid as part-time job. Every candidate proclaimed that not working payed just as well as that lousy part-time job. Work should always pay, but it doesn't.
after all the Snowden revelations, you are correct. But before, did anybody seriously believe the US would do all of those things on such a massive scale? Benevolent US, the giver of democracy and peace, selfless promoter of trade and wealth, ... well, replace that with selfish, scared bunch of greedy b**turds.
They are willing to destroy all the trust that was built in the post cold-war period. Do you still expect the rising powers to constructively engage in a peaceful, multilateral world of trade and information exchange if the US subverts (or tries to subvert) every electronic device they can get their hand on? The US started the new cold war in cyberspace, let's hope it stays there.
But why it only applies to every $100 spent remains a mystery to me. should we expect a lot of $99.99 special offers in the near future?
The FC just realized what happens if everyone can sent unlimited numbers of emails. High time to manage those tunes!
Oooh, is that the annoying 3 minutes of stupid advertisement ''You are a CRIMINAL!'' they like to insert when you pay good money to see a movie? I love those, not.
Purely hypothetically, what country would you be talking about?
With the modern 'catch all' laws against terrorism (watching videos or visiting websites), IP theft, ... everybody is a criminal.
You got it. and with all the matter in the universe, we can never build a computer large enough to simulate all the matter in the universe, so we can't answer the ultimate questions of 'where did it all come from' or 'is there a free will or is the Universe simply evolving from one particular starting point'. We can speculate and disprove a lot of wrong hypotheses, that's about it.
After all they have LOTS of money sitting abroad that could be used to pay foreign lawyers, but that can't be used to pay off the shareholders. Also, this will undermine the credibility of their thermonuclear judicial war, will they abandon Steve Job's legacy?
Big Blue is believed to leak one or two billion dollars each year.
FTFY (or did IBM suddenly loose their famed accounting abilities / stopped counting the peanuts)
The American security services don't give a rat's ass about the democratic system they are meant to protect. Checks and balances? That's so last century! Now they check everything and balance any critical reporting with made-up official statements, inofficial leaks, and covert propaganda.
The only way to solve this problem is to cut their budget; when the gravy train stops, all those smart boys may go out and do something productive. But I guess the failure to recognize any of the recent threats (Arab spring *6, Ukraine crisis, ...) will just be a reason to spend more money.
I would assume that MS keeps the paper trail clear of incriminating evidence. But then who knows what they are writing down in Chinese.
Something like "stop #$@&%*! buggering me and cancel the service",
or "#$@&%*! cancel the #$@&%*! contract",
or "why the #$@&%*! #$@&%*! don't you #$@&%*! listen and #$@&%*! confirm my #$@&%*!#$@&%*!#$@&%*! request".
The retention agent would stop retaining everybodies time, the customer could release some steam to hold off the next heart attack, and the customer rating would improve to #$@&%*! horrible.
If somebody is afraid of you, then you are a terrorists. Full stop. Turns out the politicians / the police are afraid of a lot of things, so the broad definition makes perfect sense.
"Actually, all this test means is that the default path between Netflix and this guy is congested, and that the paths between Netflix and the VPN host, and between the VPN host and this guy, are not congested."
And I thought the internet routes packages the fastest way, not the shortest way (for your personal definition of 'short'). Somebody somewhere is steering the traffic and is not doing a good / honest job.
... if they agree with the forgone conclusion.
FTFY. Or am I cynical?