venting, ballast release are non-renewable...
I think that's why they didn't use those on proper zeppelins. A gas bottle and a pump makes your 'ballast' perfectly reusable.
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I think that's why they didn't use those on proper zeppelins. A gas bottle and a pump makes your 'ballast' perfectly reusable.
basic income because it might fix a highly unbalanced wealth redistribution program run by the government? A lot of benefits are doled out based on complex and exploitable rules. A basic income concept would be simple and transparent and might fix that. It would also help to overcome regressive benefit/taxation models that currently keep a lot of unemployed or underemployed out of work.
The supreme court position may offer an effective solution to the patent wars:
Don't fix the patent system for design, software, electronic hardware, but simply remove the money from said system. There won't be a lawyer to litigate your patent case if there is no money in it. And there won't be any money in it if the patent claim value will be divided by a factor proportional to the number of relevant patents.
It'll kill the whole patent inflation issue right where the patent inflation occurs. It doesn't require any fundamental reform of the patent laws or patent office. And it'll leave the traditional patent system in place in the areas where it actually works. Sounds like a brilliant solution.
Well, if you have a certain market share, then that 'walled garden' translates into a monopoly and should be broken up.
A "monopoly power exists when a single firm controls 25% or more of a particular market.". So Apple certainly has a monopoly position in some markets. It'll depend on French law whether they can get away with it.
with plausible deniability, of course. Good thing we have the angelic Americans to protect the world. And be assured, they are willing to do anything to protect you. (Including breaking any law, violate human rights and the Geneva convention, ...)
Call me cynical, but I am still looking for the good side. Sweden - but what about the Assange weirdness? Switzerland - if they wouldn't play safe harbor to all that criminal money. It's a crooked world out there.
Sounds like an interesting idea, but it it not clear how that would improve on the CO2 fire extinguisher concept. If you use liquid water, the evaporation enthalpy will remove a lot of heat - that's why water is so great to fight fires. For atomized water, the heat capacity should be comparable to that of CO2, so it'll remove much less heat. Any further information on the concept?
My microwave has exactly what you describe: a knob to set the time and a start and stop button.
There are, of course, a multitude of other buttons. But they are all labeled in Korean and I haven't bothered to figure out what they say. Life can be so easy ...
"...dynamic security feature..." -- You won't know what hit you, stupid consumer.
"We updated a cartridge authentication procedure in select models of HP office inkjet printers to ensure the best consumer experience..." -- Some more bilk in that cowsumer? Lets ensure there is no more bilk in that consumer.
""We will continue to use security features..." -- There should be more milk in that consumer tomorrow. Prepare the bilking machine.
"...protect the quality of our customer experience..." -- Let's find that precise level of pain where that customer coughs up some more.
"protect its brand from infringement" -- How do I infringe the HP brand if I use a syringe to inject some extra ink into my cartridge?
"The FCC's authority over WiFi comes from the airwaves, which are a public resource/commons. They have no authority over private agreements.", "passively sniffing the wireless, and asking users to leave? Not the purview of the FCC."
I disagree: they try to restricting your use of said airwaves, so they infringe on a resource that the FCC supervises. There are rules governing the use of shared resources (water use, air pollution, mining, ... and airwaves) and you can't violate the rules even if you have some 'private agreement'.
Wow, 'free radio waves'. Next thing you'll tell me that I can't charge you for the oxygen from my living-room ficus tree. Communism, here we come!
So where can I get one of the cheap refurbished Note 7 models with replaced (non-exploding) battery? There should be a few million of those floating around very soon.
The real problem is the lack of resources on Mars. On earth, we sit on the waste products from a few billion years of photosynthesis -- nice amounts of hydrocarbons, metals, amines, and oxygen. As a result we can eat, breathe, and dig up useful resources. It's the basis of stuff we call 'fire' and 'life' on earth.
On Mars, you have iron oxide and CO2 -- it's near the chemical equilibrium and there are few or no spontaneous chemical reactions. Chemistry won't be your friend, you'd have to bring the energy for every single chemical reaction you'd want to drive.
"… we disagree strongly. A sexual pervert is someone who does other naughty things and not what we do!" - every sexual pervert in history.
But your well-mannered western behavior is completely perverted according to other cultural standards. The question of what constitutes acceptable clothing is a purely cultural convention. Or do you have a particular reason to be offended by female beast and hairy male legs in white socks and sandals?
Well, that's business school 1-01: you have to take a risk to obtain some gain beyond the market rate. Ask your resident economist to explain rational business decisions to you and you might find that those black market dealers are perfectly rational human beings.
Your government might be less rational in sinking your tax dollars into the police/prison system. Interestingly, that system seems to get a lot worse when you involve the free market (private prisons, or profitable police). Ooh, economics is so complicated that you might mistake it for science.
then they would be blatantly lying. Because the printer doesn't really care about the ink as long as it fulfills some basic specifications.
by bringing their stolen money far far away from the (African / Asian / Russian) people that might or might not try to recover some. Let's face it, GB offers a safety for a lot of not so nice people and their suddenly acquired wealth. Only very polite questions asked. It surely doesn't make the world a better place and it stinks badly from the point of view of those whose wealth got skimmed off to London.
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"Using the same link=breach logic you could also ban London buses when someone sings a Wham song in a bar in Magaluf."
Nooo, you got it all wrong. You have to make everybody pay a licensing fee to ride the offending bus when they hear the offending Wham song on speakerphone from the bar in Magaluf.
Win-win: The riders are happy (Music), the copyright holders are happy (Moneys!), Orlowski is happy (Copyright done Right), the weather is sunnier (in Magaluf, wherever that is), and the bus driver is unhappy, as always, so that's not your concern.
Until a script kiddie automates the exploit and starts fishing. Want to bet how many community strings might be guessed? I quote from the depth of the net:
By convention, most SNMPv1-v2c equipment ships from the factory with a read-only community string set to "public". It is standard practice for network managers to change all the community strings to customized values in the device setup.
We all know about 'standard practice'. Might be interesting to hear from commentards with deeper insight about this issue.
Well, if it's software and you are willing to minimize future development, you might wring out a few years of income $\approx$ profit. Add the few customers that are locked in for the near future and this might be a decent money spinner.
The government overhead goes into paying the tax collector and the minister salary. Your voting indirectly controls that overhead.
Somehow I fail to see how that is more despicable than the overhead in private companies. Especially when you think about toga parties and such.
Or maybe not. The EU commission found that the Ireland headquarter was a fictitious entity, set up purely to avoid taxes. In many countries, it is illegal to do such a thing. Consider what might happen to you when you just make up stuff in your tax return declaration to avoid paying your share.
I believe that Apple might be in quite some trouble once the national tax authorities in the rest of the world wake up. Good thing they got some money in the bank to get this sorted out :).
And taxing private income does exactly the same (although most private citizens have a little less budget to pay tax-avoidance lawyers).
Apart from simply collecting money, another role of taxation is to keep the money flowing to productive use. That's why there are investment tax breaks. Again, that's not so different for private and company capital.
Well, it might help you to decide whether you want to charge your phone with the tablet charger, the tablet with the power supply of the little fan that looked so cute in the store,...
I have a good number of chargers in different locations and usually plug whatever device in my hand into the nearest charger. My understanding is that this behavior might be quite dangerous with the new USB standard.
No, the situation us much simpler: Research groups in the UK remain eligible for EU funding, but they don't have a legal right to get funded. Just like all those other research groups throughout the EU who happen to not get included in a EU funded project.
UK researcher used to be among the first choice partners for EU projects (everybody likes a reliable British partner). Now they dropped a few places - you just don't know if they'll be along to do their share of the work. A lot of eastern-EU countries had that problem all along (uncertainties due to political instability), so welcome I the club of Romania, Bulgaria, etc.
Simple: Spiral light == circularly polarized light.
There is no separate chiral/spiral property of light and you have been suckered by the use of fancy new language to describe boring old concepts (TM).
There are some problems with the "10-fold increased bandwidth". Fortunately, the boffins were not required to transmit 10x more data to publish their paper, but a bit of pixie-dust did the job all-right. Let me explain why this is vaporware (you'll need some patience to go through the following explanation).
Physics tells us that there are three spatial dimensions (for simplicity, let's call them x,y, and z). One dimension will be the propagation direction of the light beam (usually we'd call that the z axis) and we can now freely choose any polarization state and position in the x and y axis.
Any polarization state sounds like a big amount of freedom, doesn't it? Hey let's use it to transfer data! That's the underlying concept of the orbital angular momentum = increased bandwith community. Unfortunately, there are only two spatial dimensions, so the sum of two polarization states (with respective amplitude and phase properties) are sufficient to describe any possible polarization. Commonly, physicists would describe that 'any polarization' state as a sum of x- and y- polarized light, or (perfectly equivalent) as a sum of right-handed and left-handed circularly polarized light. The circularly polarized description is better, it describes the same physics but it allows us to talk about angular momentum and that does sound great! Back to that great freedom of 'any polarization' . The laws of physics boil it down to only two distinct polarization states and that is surely a bit disappointing (where is my factor 10!?).
Now a smart kid might argue that we should relax a little and look beyond x and y: why not use some +-45 (= pi/4) degree angles between x and y as a third and fourth polarization state? Bandwidth, here we come! Unfortunately, those +-45 degree photons have a big propensity to be observed as either 0 degrees (x-axis) polarized photons or 90 degrees (y-axis) polarized photons. So we'll have to collect many photons to tell the difference between our four polarization states and that will slow us down sufficiently to destroy all the extra information we wanted to send along.
How about using the light phase to transmit data? The phase of a photon can take any value between 0 and 360 degrees, so all we have to do is encode information in there. Unfortunately, the phase is only a meaningful concept if we can relate it to a common time frame. If I wait for 1/4 of the period of the light wave (some 3.3 femtoseconds for micrometer wavelength light in your glass fiber), then the phase will be shifted by 90 degrees. We have no detectors that could directly detect such tiny time/phase-shifts of an electromagnetic wave. The only practical way to determine such shifts is to overlap two beams of light and observe their interference (two identical beams will destruct one another if their phase is shifted by 180 degrees). But if we need to send two beams to make use of the phase information, then we might as well use the second beam to transmit data independently. It turns out that the maximum amount of information that can be transferred does not change if we use simple interferometric tricks.
Now you should be ready for the big question. If the simple physics just gives us a factor 2 through polarization and nothing from the phase, how do those boffins magically increase the information bandwidth of light? (They do so on paper at least.) And the answer is simple again: They spatially displace the beam along the x and y axis. Imagine you send beams to different spots -- you could use a separate detector at each target spot and, with 100 detectors, you could increase the information 100-fold! Sounds magical? Not really, it sounds a bit trivial. (Aren't those boring telecoms already using fiber bundles to send multiplexed data?) But that's just because the idea was badly presented.
Let me try again. Imagine we use some interference tricks to control the direction of the light beams. I am sure you have heard about light diffraction, holographic gratings, and other magical tricks. No need to understand them, it's just some interference tool to control the direction of light waves and a few dollars can get you yours! Use this holographic magic to control the x/y spatial direction of the propagating light and you can start aiming at your 100 detectors. Now stop talking about space, that's a bit boring. We use light-waves, and space can be perfectly described as the Fourier domain of an interference mask. Even better, let's describe the interference in terms of circularly polarized states and angular momentum. Remember, I told you the circularly polarized description sounds better! So now we use orbital angular momentum to multiplex the bandwidth of information transmission. That does sound quite nice, doesn't it? Sprinkle some math describing the light interference onto paper and, voila, you get a tenfold increase in bandwidth, together with a science paper and lots of attention.
To be fair, the authors never talk about a tenfold increase in information bandwidth in their paper. So maybe we should assume that the general press (including TheRegister) mis-interpreted the word "potential in the manuscript. Or maybe nobody bothered to read the article, after all there is a press release, which is "able to carry 10 times or more the amount of information than that of conventional l̶a̶s̶e̶r̶s̶ " scientific publications.
It's not the first time I wrote about OAM information transfer magic in the comments. Hello, Richard Chirgwin, are you reading this? It's almost as much fun as the information teleportation magic. But now I ask TheRegister to cease and desist that nonsense for at least 2 weeks, or else I'll spam your comment section with 100 pages from the Messiah. The real Messiah.
Funny, I remember playing with Bodhi a good number of years ago. In the end, Bodhi took a bit too much disk space on the 1st generation disk-less netbook, so the kids get to play with Puppy Linux instead.
I know her to be completely honest. Same as my other 12532658 relatives out there!
Comprehensive testing showed that the devices correctly identified random samples of explosives and nonexplosives some 50% of the time.
That's better than nothing, innit?
Let's keep the fingers crossed that this makes it into the laws.
So should we expect separate software releases for the EU market anytime soon? Just as in the times of the Cryptowars (90s), only this time around the EU gets the real encryption and the Anglo-Saxons get the back-doored version. Surely the EU market is large enough to justify a separate version of MS Windows and Android and those companies wouldn't want to be seen violating the laws of the land.
Truly interesting times coming up!
Indeed, and the EU rules require a convincing proposal and budget before multiyear research projects are funded. Nobody wants to waste money on projects that will be unsuccessful because they were cancelled halfway through. Even if this is not topic of the daily headlines, the EU tries very hard not to waste money. It's kind of obvious that research sites that cannot guarantee a stable research environment for the coming years will take a hit in funding. The other EU countries contributing to the EU research budget would be righteously pissed if the EU threw their limited resources into projects without a future.
Your comment nicely illustrates the fundamental problem that the article itself ignores: It's hard to recognize cause and effect in a complicated economy (and with thousands of bank's analysts being payed to obscure the picture for financial gain). Did migration lead to economic growth? Some would agree and others would dispute it. Did free trade and the common rules of the EU create wealth? Is the working class better off than 30 years ago -- on an absolute scale, or compared to their peers? Would 80 million people in the UK create endless gridlock or would it create more wealthy population centers like London?
Democracy is a process of trial and error. It is (hopefully) self correcting because the majority can always change the rules if they get fed up. We now had some decades trying increased migration and trade in the EU and it did pay off nicely. Looks like now it's time for a few experiments in the opposite direction. The UK is leading the way and the rest of the world is watching to see how that goes.
You make that sound like such a bad thing, even though that little situational change would make all the difference and we could live in a world where rainbow colored unicorns could freely and safely roam the streets.
Wait, did I say rainbow colored unicorns? I mean straight white unicorns. High time we start looking into those suspicious deviant unicorns!
Is it really too harsh? A whole research field went astray for 15 years, huge amounts of money were burned, scientific careers were made and unmade -- and nobody validated the experimental approach? Those scientists had 15 years of praise, now they deserve their five minutes of shame.
Cargo Cult Science is a term coined by Physicist Richard Feynman to describe the lot of scientists that go through the motions of producing science, but they are not really contributing anything. It's usually caused by scientists who don't quite understand the underpinnings of their field (i.e. statistics). If you didn't yet read the book "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!", then go get it, it's a delight.
Unfortunately it's not easy to identify cargo cult science -- in this example it apparently too 15 years. So don't get your hopes up for saving the corresponding scientific funds.
The cause of the accident will be investigated and the sensors or software will be updated to ensure this type of accident will not occur again. Ultimately, this will make autopilots safer drivers than humans -- because humans are not very prone to learning from other people's mistakes.
We humans are vain and may not like to hear the truth, but on average we are lousy drivers. And I am not talking about that annoying lady that cut you off last week, I am talking about you when you [switched lane without looking | almost hit that bike | drove after that late night beer | ...].
I know you guys like to drive your cars, so bring on the shitstorm. But consider the statistics : "You have a one in four chance of being in some kind of auto accident within any five year period of time. You have a 30% chance of being in a serious car crash in your life. You have one chance in 98 of dying in an auto accident in your lifetime."
Sumatra is light and fast and it works. The completely dysfunctional ribbon interface broke Foxit for me. And that dysfunctional interface eats up a good part of your screen real estate if you run it on a laptop.
I don't think you fully understood how the economy works. Great Britain can run a trade deficit and print money to make up for it -- as long as the trade partners trust the British economy and expect to be payed back (eventually). Britain gets something now and promises to give back something in the future.
If the trust breaks down, the trade partners will try to get rid of their £s and the exchange rate drops. You can now argue whether this will be good or bad for Britain. It will certainly be painful for some businesses and it means that some 64 million Brits are significantly poorer. This matters, because your iPhones, socks, and cars come from abroad.
Well, if the rats get to vote on who can ply god this year, have a decent social safety net and are otherwise happy rats, I don't quite see what's wrong with the EU.
No, you'll be paying through your financial institutions in L̶o̶n̶d̶o̶n̶ Frankfurt.
It might go the other way ... everybody suddenly sees the benefits of being part of the EU now that GB shows what it means to quit. German news definitely don't show increased euro-scepticism, but finally start to explain what the EU actually does and how GB will be affected by leaving.
I expect everybody to sit back and watch the British experiment.
The Register should offer their services for proper unit conversion. Obviously neither metric nor imperial units will do for a christian publication: If god wanted humans to measure in feet, he'd have given us more than two to do it.
The linguine, a naturally regrowing resource that comes in convenient packs of 118, needs to be publicized as convenient god-given measurement unit. Beyond the single linguine unit, the linguine pack lp (118 linguine end-to-end), the linguine width lw and the linguine thickness lt should be used to describe especially large or small objects.
is that a democratic country had a democratic election on a clearly defined topic. I am not happy about the result, but I think the election result and those who voted deserve respect.
Now there'll be the British experiment outside of the EU. It'll be interesting to see how a major European country will do on its own without oodles of oil money (the Norwegian way), oodles of banking money (the Swiss way), or a fishing-based economy (the Iceland way). Everybody in the EU will break out the popcorn to watch. And no, you British folks cannot have a handful, you don't belong anymore.
Now, concerning that Wembley goal, let's just clarify once and for all that is was a tragic referee error. You'd have deserved to win that game fair and square, how sad that it didn't turn out that way....
They should not use Earl to search for USB porn, that's just slow and inefficient. Everybody gets their stuff from the Internets nowadays, so just start at the Telco and follow the data trail.
"Sex isn't something that is required for life to continue"
I think you'll find it is*, the human race would die out if noone had sex.
You just outed yourself as a horrible r̶a̶c̶i̶s̶t̶ speciist. Sex is only required if your definition of life excludes bacteria, amoeba, fungi, many kinds of plants, archea, protea, ... Speak for yourself only!
If a liquid comes to hit you with a speed of about a million kilometres per hour, do you still call it rain? Sounds more like a wet dream for DARPA.
"get an accurate diagnosis between 6 and 32 per cent of the time, with an error rate of 0.00001 per cent."
So if 6-32% of diagnoses were accurate, it follows that 94-68% of diagnoses were inaccurate. Interesting how this suddenly boils down to an error rate of 0.00001%. Some magic is going on here.
And how come they give a range (6-32%) for the accuracy? Did they split their cases based on some magic mystery factor to find that magic group 1 had a 32% accurate diagnosis while magic group 3217 had only a 6% accurate diagnosis?
I am well aware that 70% of all statistics are made up on the spot, but the numbers should still make sense!
I hope you talk about wind energy generators. Modern power plants seem to be in the 30-45% range: https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.cfm?id=107&t=3
Do you own a hat? I can supply some nice hot gochujang sauce to make it go down easier.
... never say never ...
See: Historic gas prices, note the factor 5 price decrease in the last ten years, and extrapolate at will.