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Crime prevention unit
So the police wants the tools to become a crime prevention force. I wonder how much information and control they require to predict and prevent all crime.
As a practical approach, they should surely start by confining probable criminals (males aged 16-35) to some kind of supervised camp.
Re: So. Linux then.
There are different tools for different tasks. Choose the right tool, just don't make it an issue of belief.
Did they consider IP as in all patented / copyrighted material or did they account for the fact that a lot of this IP might not survive a challenge before court (see: bouncing lists, Java API, ...)? depending on who does the sums, I would expect very different results.
The big problem is:
All nuclei we commonly find on earth are very stable. (That is, stable on cosmic timescales!) If there are very exergonic nuclear reactions involving common reagents (nickel and hydrogen are fairly common), then those reactions must have quite a large reaction barrier -- else they would have occurred long ago. How they can hope to drive such reactions with some hand-waving and black-box secret electromagnetic waveforms baffles me. Variants of cold fusion (and <1000 °C is cold in this context) were tried many times before and always failed. The only working approach to-date is pyroelectric fusion, and that just uses large electric fields to accelerate the reacting nuclei.
I'll definitely have to call some colleague from Uppsala tomorrow to make fun of him!
Re: Not surprising
I agree, win8 works quite well replacing older windows systems. After a few weeks, I completely gave up on TIFKAM, it was just too much hassle for simple stuff (e.g., copy/paste) that worked just fine before.
TIFKAM might be useful in a world with VGA resolution, where multiple windows might overcrowd the screen(although I remember coping just fine with Windows for Workgroups back in the days).
MS developed TIFKAM for its own agenda: to push into phones and pads. They didn't develop it to be useful. Funny that such a strategy should fail :).
@Khaptain: Third party applications are just fine.
There is nothing essential about the start menu that would require it as part of the OS. There is no need to buy into the MS propaganda that this or that function must be an essential part of the OS, at best those were essential functions to embrace and suffocate the competition.
I like my software modular and I like choice.
Somebody will get burned by this story
I am utterly astonished, that the Swedish scientists signed off on that story without measuring all power input into the room by their own devices.
Simple: use only one power plug leading into the room and carrying bog-standard 400/230 V AC -- as much as required. Make sure there are no hidden cables or devices (best by putting the device into a room of your own choosing). Measure all power going in and look at the power output.
The system described in the Arxiv paper contains too many proprietary devices that might provide power to the set-up. My bet is on snake oil and some red faces in the aftermath. Of course, it can take a long time to find out what is going on (just read up on some other cold fusion stories here or here).
Slackers in the US
It's only out of good-will, that Apple still continues its unprofitable business in the US and continues to hire the lazy slackers there.
Spirit of the law? Talk to our ginormous legal department.
The need to launder their money...
seems to become a quite pressing issue.
I like that "Cook told the Washington Post that he planned to propose a "dramatic simplification" of tax laws" -- probable he'd like to pay only 10%, or 5 for the right to 'repatriate' the money (and please ignore how many rules we dodged/exploited/bent to get that money into untaxed accounts to start with).
At least nobody peed in there.
The rest of this planet's water has been disgustingly recycled through the bladders of lifeforms you don't even want to imagine.
Hard to launder 100 beelions
They should have laundered the money in smaller batches before it accumulated into such a ginormous (and hard-to-overlook) mountain.
Now they'll have to hire the complete population of the Cayman islands and pay them fair and untaxed bonuses.
Chaos breads creativity
The article raises some good point, but I think the tone is too negative. The many UIs and apps in Android are irritating and it may be hard to find the right configuration for a phone. But with time the best solutions survive and the user experience improves. In this sense the comparison to the early Windows ecosystem is a good one. That also started out quite ugly but it improved continually, mostly based on third party innovations.
But they'll fix it...
by not offering Office for Android or iPads.
Eventually, there will be freedom of expression, but no freedom of (obtaining) information. A good recipe for honest, informed discussions and a good basis for democracy. NOT.
So they made a mistake with the purchase of Autonomy, but ...
everybody makes a mistake every now and them. Cut those managers some slack. They are only humans.
Very well-payed humans :).
but I can't wait to see the little surprises when they try to compare those amp-meters devices in different labs. It's some decades now that they try to redefine the kg based on a well-define number of atoms and what sounded like a simple concept some decade ago became horribly complex and still doesn't work. Let's hope this one is different.
They should have...
created a course for those teachers:
- How to deal with a computer virus
and, of course, the follow up:
- How to secure a personal computer in the 21st century
sounds like you got it mixed up, it's Transformation, as in Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity.
is more of a metaphysical thing, you enter in bodily form and you separate into a beautiful smear of photons --liberated from the blob of matter below.
The Reg has commentards to stir the pot
So the new regurgitation is more entertaining here.
but for how long? The market might be quite a bit smaller than that for smart phones. And as compared to phones, the owners might expect a longer time-to-replacement, damping the future demand. I would expect the tablet category saturating quite fast, unless there are unexpected new markets opening up or they become cheap commodity devices (probably not from Apple or Microsoft).
is great tool (ask your policeman or politician). We should just lock away the .1% most suspicious citizens every year to protect the children | curb terrorism | make this world a better place.
If they don't have a vision with a $1011 price tag then they are doing the right thing in handing back the money. It's probably better value than going through a lot of visionary CEOs, each spending the dosh on the latest vision / management fad / acquisition / ...
In any commercial relationship, ... profits must ... be placed above customers' interests
I disagree, in most commercial relationships both sides find a common interest. If that common interest would not exist, then there would no deal!
Only a company in a monopoly position or with a strong lock-in can afford to annoy their customers and MS did that extensively. They built their monopoly and then started to tax the world for access to office documents. I still run windows to retain access to a lot of legacy data -- and I don't ever want to have a similar lock-in for my phone. Google, on the other hand, liberated a lot of information and offers you daily choice whether you want to pay the Google tax (move over to Bing if you want).
Patents: A GIANT BUBBLE?
Couldn't resist after seeing the Bitcoin headline
Could anybody explain...
what is special about the 'high amplitude microphone'? I was under the impression that decent microphones were around for a while and the availability of a high-powered processor capable of handling multiple microphone sources should allow trivial enhancements even in the small form factor of a phone. So what is special about this microphone to give Nokia a valuable patent?
but not nice enough to make up for it being a microsoft phone. After two decades of MS shenanigans and a clear drive to put monopoly profits above the customer's interests, they need to offer something exceptional for me to take notice. I wonder if I am the only one?
I like it!
Ir's about time that soap opera started a new season!
20% already own a tablet...
I wonder how big the remaining market might be. Some parsimonious persons will be happy to stick to a smart phone and a lap-top and others will wait until they get the free tablet as a remote control for their TV or car. Anybody wants to bet that the tablet market will go the way of the netbook market in the next 5 years?
So they tax Android slabs...
but still don't manage to competitively price their own offerings. There is some fail hidden in there.
But this kills the other half of the brilliant business model...
which consists of overcharging those few customers who were to lazy to cancel / rollover their contract after two years.
Don't need a new phone? We'll just keep charging you for the old one. (And no, we can't allow you to switch to the grandly advertised cheap new contracts because those are for _new_ customers.)
Is it just me,
or do those tablets increasingly resemble full-fledged notebooks?
Welcome to the new form-factor, (almost the) same as the old form factor. Maybe it's got something to do with Windows being the dominant workplace OS.
Kick their certificate out...
and I will switch to Firefox. Whatever that is worth.
Now here is a good reason...
...to keep that gargantumongous stash of cash in the bank! We wouldn't want a few bad years to lead to personnel attrition, now would we?
A finite calculable resource [like] gold/precious metals -- NOT
No they are not alike. I can hit you over the head with my heavy block of gold, I can stand on it to look over your head, I can attract mates with the glimmering qualities of it -- but all you can do is confuse people with those bits and bytes.
It's called "Logorrhea".
scale it up
Surely the energy transmission and efforts to keep good vacuum should scale well with size. I'd like to see GW energy storage facilities with massive flywheels.
Feel the hum in the ground? Yea, that's last night's electricity in the Brandenburg storage facility.
The judge should...
postpone the next court date to a point faaaaaaaar in the future to give everybody involved some time to innovate, evolve their business, develop new products, burn their platforms, etc. This might be a general solution to this type of patent litigation, just make sure none of the managers will ever get (or loose) a bonus due to performed (missed) litigation during his tenure.
I got one of those machines at home...
but it can't predict the social stuff, only what day it'll be somewhere in the future.
Where can I collect my reward?
Re: Degree of difficulty to decode
"harder to read serif fonts resulted in better memory consolidation than sans serif fonts. It concluded that if the brain was having to 'work harder' to decode the text, then it was better able to comprehend and remember the content."
Is it really the 'difficulty to decode', or just that you read more slowly and therefore give your brain that extra time to comprehend? I found that the speed of presentation in a lecture is crucial. There need to be some breaks to allow everybody to digest the information. This can be done independent of the tools (Powerpoint or other) -- but an old-fashioned blackboard lecture has the delays built-in via the writing speed.
He just discovered the 3 minute attention span.
And now to something completely different.
But by the time the device is declared as fit for medical diagnostics, it'll be 30 k$ and it'll be a large "machine that goes ping".
"At the low end, WP8 is a good choice."
I am sure Nokia loves that statement. Didn't they just burn a platform to get out of the low end?
So there is not enough DNA to recreate a dinosaur from its bones...
but maybe there is enough genetic information in living organisms to extrapolate. Go find that DNA preserving sponge creature that forgot to throw out the ancient DNA of something the ancient ancestor ate :).
... loss on a sold cheap phone
With a large cash flow from their patent pool and another from MS, selling phones at a loss might be a sustainable business model.
Business 2.0, now I can see you.
That move shoud fail
I use an android phone with an opera browser, accessing my work email, and I'd be really happy to have access to Nokia maps when traveling abroad (but I didn't stumble across that service yet).
So it seems to me that Android is quite open, and does not create any artificial lock-in. Remember the time when you needed internet explorer to download certain updates from MS, or when MS messenger suddenly appeared on your desktop?
Android phones are particularly open as compared to the competition - in particular if you jailbreak that provider-locked crapware and revert to stock android.
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