83 posts • joined Wednesday 14th November 2007 14:36 GMT
something like 'hot or not' then?
but without the votes possibly.
i foresee the kids having endless hours of either making fun of- or drooling over pictures in cozy little student get-togethers in Starbucks.
I'll buy you a beer
mr Levison, if you have are in the neighborhood drop by and i'll buy you a beer for your heroic acts, because they are just that, heroic.
This should be made into a movie and you should get some sort of price for this.
hey, its his company
someone tell me why is this news?
did someone seriously expect him to get 'a bit' of compensation?
How do you measure the worth of a man, i mean he *is* a celebrity and it *is* his company, isn't it?
tube transistor vs solid state
this could very well be the breakthrough similar in importance as the breakthrough from tube to solid state transistors.
It would lift us in a new era of semiconductors, which is a bad name but only for lack of a better one.
If they can make this work technology we cant think of now will become reality.
Re: This article mocks higher megapixels
Right, i expected to find someone in here who would mention Nokia.
AFIAK thats the real bar that other companies have to reach for.
Its so much better, bit bulky though, but i don't think anyone can claim they did something revolutionary without being compared to Nokia's sensor.
choose between talking or watching a boatrace..
no really, if i was him (or at least have his bankaccount) i wouldn't give it a second thought either.
I'd choose boats, chicks, and fresh sea air over a packed and smelly theater room any day of the week, wouldn't you?
the boats go (and will be replaced by, say, formula one cars), but the customers will keep paying regardless :P
baby steps guys, dont rush it
These kinds of things are bound to happen.
Different hardware from different manufacturers, working in different manners.
You can avoid a lot of problems by thinking and planning, but, as so perfectly demonstrated here, there is always the unexpected.
Before we boldly go where no man has gone before we first need to take baby steps.
" surely anyone travelling on an internation flight in the last few years has been fingerprinted in some way."
Well at a airport they're not hiding what they're doing, you just *know* that info is going to go into a government database, 'for your own safety' .
But its different on a mobile device, where, besides the manufacturers word, you can't effectively control who gets that information, when, how often, how it will be used and most importantly you might never know about it.
rules (and promises and claims) are meant to be broken
"Why is a fingerprint sensor on an iPhone such a violation of privacy when laptops have featured them for years and no one even blinked? Giving our fingerprints to Wintel PCs and various border control for years but Apple = NSA? This is crazy."
uhm idunno maybe because
1. i dont carry my laptop in my pocket and take it with me whereever i go?
2. i never actually used the fingerprint thingy on my laptop? nice gadget, but no thanks
Actually, aside from this, i rules are meant to be broken. So now they might claim that fingerprints dont ever go to the cloud, but who's to say they won't go back on their word later?
I've heard plenty of times claims being made which where then brushed aside the first opportunity there was profit in it for someone.
".. by saying he was glad Jobs was gone because the Apple boss had exerted a "malign influence" on computing with his closed systems..."
I have no love for apple but i'm not wishing anyone i dislike dead.
Someone saying that just leaves a bad taste in your mouth, you know..
i like it
after thinking about how there's keyboards that get projected on your desk, others that get rolled out, others that fold out, i couldn't really think why this would be so newsworthy.
But then it occurred to me that it would be nice to have a keyboard as fist page in every notepad, agenda, schoolbooks, etc.
I know how we're supposed to be living in a paperless office (or world for that matter) but in my office we still write stuff down using pens while we have a computer screen staring at us, so we're not in a paperless-era yet.
Not saying this is how they're going to use that tech, but it would have advantages
Re: The "Streisand Effect"
"You must be new around here."
close to 8 years, would that register as new?
Honestly, never happened to read one of El-Reg's articles where they used that phrase.
English is not my native tongue and i don't live in a English-speaking nation and my interest in Ms Barbara isn't, you know, high enough to warrant keeping tabs on her so that malibu-debacle just went straight past me.
But my goal of learning something new each day has been accomplished, thanks to El-Reg!!
The "Streisand Effect"
Was looking forward to discover what this means but it was not mentioned anywhere else in the article, leaving me with the burning question "what is it"
"The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet."
And the article was.. uhm.. i think something about the NSA and T-shirts?? i couldn't focus on that, my mind was preoccupied with that other burning question
they deserve the 'happy ending of the year award'
because, afaik porn movies always end happily, so that site must be a spring of happiness :D :D
Re: long lost art of efficient programming
I remember this application which was popular in the 80ies-90ies, "Norton Commander" or NC for short.
A kind of file explorer back in the DOS days based on a character GUI.
I remember everyone using it, but over time it grew and grew and got bloated until it didn't fit on a floppy any more.
Then someone walked in with something called "Volkov Commander" -VC for short
Now, this was a 100% rip-off from the original, except that it was written by some Ukrainian dude (if memory server), and in the Ukraine back in those days they didn't have the PCs we had here in the west, so that poor guy on his crappy machine decided to write his own version that worked on machines with low specs.
I have never forgotten, and each time something like this comes up i remember VC!
long lost art of efficient programming
I enjoyed reading the paper, its nicely written, and it has a nice debugger if you're into that kind of thing.
Loved the part where it says "Calling NORMALIZE would have fixed this, but there wasn't space for the call" which just shows how tight everything was back then.
Today you'll be hard-pressed to find people that are adept at designing efficient algorithms of any kind.
"Install more memory" seems to be the mantra by which many designers live these days.
"Get a faster CPU" or "Get a bigger HD" also is exceedingly popular.
I miss the old days
Doubt many will notice this
some people might read about it, but the vast majority will probably say 'whatever' and forget about it altogether.
Only if there's a major public backlash and subsequent exodus like there was with Instagram will the be reconsidered.
I doubt that is going to happen, people are too attached to FB to give it up.
Re: Sorry this model is out of print
"..In 1986. .. We've been waiting for the future for a long time... "
You seem to forget how far we have come.
Chances are that at this very moment you're holding a miniaturized quad-core computer with a very high resolution full color display and capable of receiving and sending digital and analogue communications at lightning fast speeds with others of its kind for many hours continuously. Yes, that would be your mobile phone and most people can't even being to imagine life without it.
In 1986 they would need several rooms full of supercomputers to achieve what you hold in your hand right now.
I believe what mr Drexler described is what he believed to be the ultimate end-goal and achievement of technology. It's simply the limits of his imagination at that time.
Why don't we ask him today, no doubt he will come up with a whole new fantastic view of the future.
The point being that you can't predict what tomorrow will bring. Who ever imagined we could do all the things we can today?
The trigger finger experiment
"..mentally moved a finger to fire a cannon in a video game.."
I can certainly understand how important this technology could one day become, potentially.
But its weird that they chose to remote-control a trigger-finger for their 1st experiment..
I mean, of all the good uses this can be put to, it had to be tested as trigger-finger for a cannon?
Curious to see what the history books will write about this and how that will reflect on us.
Re: Sorry this model is out of print
"Really, if you can buy that machine, you can..."
Sure, the cost of a additive metal-based printer might be prohibitive today, but what about tomorrow?
can i finally replace my 6 year old eReader?
Curious to read reviews about this gadget.
I'm still on my Sony prs505 (from back in Oct '07 when it was released)
Never had a reason to replace it, although i did have to open it up to replace the battery once though.
Now, if this thing can truly stay awake for 10 days i might consider it.
I doubt it will though, as it doesn't seem to have a actual eInk display so it will consume power while you're reading a page (and the machine is patiently waiting for you, a slow and imperfect sack of meat)
Never bothered buying a tablet of any kind just for reading as it wont last alot of hours, and on a long haul flight you will run out juice before you get to your destination.
I heard this is going to be included in next edition of Websters..
keep it up!
Its alot of these projects that drive innovation across the tech-world, before they get bought out by big multinational corporations smelling a profit once they are well enough established.
But, for now lets not sour the mood and congratulate this team on a job well done!
Keep up the good work!
Why is he downrated??
I happen to share his sentiment, i never realized having WiFi is a prerequisite for having good holidays.
If having no WiFi is a holiday-ruining-factor i suggest taking a good hard look at what holidays means.
Ofc everyone is entitled to their opinion, but remember that not so long ago we didn't have WiFi and it didn't ruin our holidays then, did it?
Re: excellent, most excellent
i second that sentiment, excellent!
Was about time money was used for something not intended to kill or destroy.
Now, having said that, if they do actually find a meteor/asteroid that is a threat (which is when this mission pays off) they still don't have any means of doing anything about it.
Maybe they should also invest some cash in coming up with ways of dealing with such threats that don't involve Bruce Willis going up with a rigging-crew
As much as i hate Apple..
As much as i hate Apple..
I don't have a single Apple device, i don't like them and even if i did i don't have the money needed to buy anything they make.
But they do however always manage to make new stuff mainstream before anyone else does.
Yes, the power of the fanboi is strong in this one but i remember waiting for tablet-like devices for over 10 years and Apple managed to get them into our lives without breaking much of a sweat.
Most of what i have scratches and i hate cases. This is also nice.
in space no-one can hear you scream
it is awesome to read how he handled that so well, and managed to remain so calm.
I *would* like to know how this happened though, the source of the problem wasn't mentioned in his blog
trade you a google for a apple
First we had the Facebook movie, now the Apple movie.
Trade me a Microsoft and a Google movie for a full set :P
brings back memories
Trying to connect my MIDI keyboard to my soundblaster on my 386 machine, trying to configure the Voyetra music software to get it to work.
Had some good time there, did not serious or constructive but it represents a nice era when you had to figure stuff out by yourself, no Google back then.
Re: You can go to www.lavabit.com....
you got my vote +1
Make a hole in the air
I am pleasantly surprised that someone took the time and effort to probe a consumer device for security holes.
I am pretty sure that the vast majority of devices known in existence have holes in them, somehow, but so few of them have been found out.
Built in 'forgotten' backdoors with root-access? Buffer overflow vulnerabilities? Unencrypted communications over networks? The list goes on and on.
I am not sure how much it matters though, as the average john-doe will still be pretty safe even with devices with holes in em. I can't possibly imagine my neighbor trying to hack my printer to gain access, it seems the stuff movies are made of.
Having said that, I'm pretty sure intelligence agencies are happily making a list of how to compromise your fridge though :)
waiting for the right time..
..to tell my boss that without one of these we can't get the job done.
so not anytime soon then ..sigh..
In some countries this is business as usual
I'm glad this has been found out and now hopefully some justice will be delivered to those responsible.
Regrettably this happens all the time in this country, i used to work in circles and i got to see alot of tenders being custom-designed to specific software so that only 1 company could ever be awarded the project.
Or, there was money to be spend made and persons high up decided to distribute the wealth between themselves, and getting a system that was neither needed nor ever useful the method for spending and siphoning off money.
I can name many more examples of how companies, big and small, were just the instrument of someone else's agenda and its a fine line to walk, because if you don't take the project someone else will.
I would call any company that rejects a project on moral or ethical grounds incredibly remarkable and worthy of special mention.
I just wish that this world was more perfect so that examples like these would not happen but alas, i fear that in my lifetime it will stay as it is.
whats the point?
I don't get why the author is so rejecting claims of "good" 3D printed guns.
It may be a hoax or it might not, it is irrelevant at this point.
What matters is that the cat is out of the bag, if they can't make it work this week they will find a way to make it work next week.
Instead of wasting energy in rejecting claims made by the creator of the printed gun it would be much wiser to find a way of handling what is going to be a reality, eventually.
Find the root of the problem and cure that instead of trying to cure the symptoms.
Restricting guns in a gun-happy country which allows guns to begin with is what i would call 'the root'
Try and remove people's desires of owning a gun and you might have a good start.
As long as you can't manage that having printed guns or no will not make any difference in the long run
Good luck with that.
>Trouble is, most of what they are hacking are simply small businesses trying to make a living.
I'm just tired to see how innocents get caught in the crossfire.
I guess everyone fights with the tools they have, i would just hope their aim and their judgement was a little bit better.
AMD vs Intel
I've always had a soft-spot for these guys, a remnant from the days when they went head-to-head with Intel after IBM bowed out of the 80386 chip-race and they were the only ones left opposing Intels world domination.
Good thing they didn't back down either or this would be a Intel world now, which means higher prices and slower development due to lack of healthy competition.
Don't really care what they're up to these days (and developments a going too fast for me to follow) but i wish them all the best in whatever they're doing because Intel is still top dog and they're still hot on their trail :)
android 4.3 will solve your problems.
it allows for location based on WiFi hotspots, without actually connecting to them.
Now then, all we need is to cover the ocean with buoys with WiFi hotspots on them and presto, ships with a Android OS know where they are and everyone has WiFi coverage..
win-win, you can't go wrong with this one :P
Re: Firearm Detected!
"It didn't hear it fall"
obviously no-one would buy a 3D printer for their kid if it could print guns
Hence the gun-detection-technology.
Obvious marketing ploy that will not fool many i suspect.
Without an actual human judging whats printed, and remembering a list of previously printed parts, there is no way to make the software smart enough to keep it from printing anything that can be used as a gun.
The best they can come up with is a dumb checking algorithm like a blacklist of given file-names/CRC/Meta-data or other such simple checks.
It will keep illiterates from printing, but anyone who is really determined will find a way regardless.
Re: Don't bother with the committee votes...
.."Why hasn't anyone else seen this before .. it's blindingly obvious"..
It's always those why-didn't-i-think-of-that moments that make you slap your forehead.
Yeah, i've had a few of those myself.
In space no-one can hear you scream
I have it from a reliable source that aliens also snap mobile phone pics when they do a flyby during their summer holiday.
Shuuurely if we ask nicely the NSA will share some nice pics they got from interstellar alien snooping?
Srsly, awesome accomplishment :)
The food you eat
Another day another secret revealed.
Don't tell me no-one knew of this. I don't buy it.
Engineers for mobile companies would know of this as it would be another trick in their book.
I have a hunch if you dig deep enough you'd find memo's written by engineers about this specific vulnerability that no-one bothered to follow up on, or it was simply swept under the rug along with more of these types of holes.
When they are discovered public opinion forces big companies to act on them, while saying "see how good i am for protecting you" - gotta love em
Re: Like I said a million times.
i can not get over how there's people that don't have a problem with this.
Imagine having a government dude sitting in your bedroom listening and watching all that you do there in the name of wider security, some perceived threat, because, hey, if you have nothing to hide you don't have to worry about anything right?
But if you refuse to allow them in then you're hiding something.
Don't there have to be limits to what is allowed? Where do you draw the line?
Some seem to think that allowing the government to snoop on bytes that you produce is okay, well i don't agree with them.
Tried drinking 10 shots and saying it 10x real fast
Rapper chap rapped in crap rap app flap
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chap rapped in rap app flap
in crap rap app flap
crap crap crap crap crap
Can't help but think this is the beginning of tiered internet?
The US was busy trying to make it legal some time ago, i don't recall how (if) that ended, while over here it's illegal and they managed to catch some ISPs doing it anyways.
The tech going into making this work is amazing.
I know a few things about robotics, sensors, and more stuff thats needed and they achieved something extraordinary.
Question is if this technology will be used for the greater good or if its kept back for a tactical advantage, if its the latter i pity the wasted creative hours spend by engineers which could've been put to good use elsewhere.
Memories are made of this
MSX was my 1st computer and while other kids where playing games i was making little basic programs.
Everything i discovered i did on my own, just experimenting. No books, nothing.
Just alot of friends with similar interest and huge phonebills from calling each other for hours and talking about new stuff we found out.
I must've taken my machine over to friends houses countless times in what was then the predecessors of lan parties, except that there was no lan or any other kind of networking. Just sitting next to each other doing cool stuff.
And then i grew up, had a family, and now think back with nostalgia to those years which, if i could them all over again, i would.
The smiley can't begin to convey the host of emotions i feel every time if think of those years.