Passing on genes?
So dead creatures shouldn't be allowed to breed?
5032 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007
So dead creatures shouldn't be allowed to breed?
maybe they are good at internal IT, but the human facing part is evil, not cool.
More cheaper stuff from China and at higher price.
I now choose my own higher quality Chinese junk at 1/5th to 1/10th the price.
More rubbish tools
More stupid gadgets and Boys' toys.
Maplin isn't much different to 10 years ago. I can't see where the new owners have improved it. The staff though are better than Currys/PCWorld/Carphonewarehouse etc.
And they could be mistaken!
Perhaps in reality Social Media is harmful, a waste of time and a form of Vanity Publishing.
"There weren't even electrical cars on the roads back then."
There were Victorian Electric cars.
Electric vehicles just weren't very pretty or good power to weight till they replaced Lead Acid with Lithium Ion.
I thought HP had a big input to Itanium?
It was doomed from the start. Essentially a server only, high power consumption, flawed design concept.
No, original pre Kraft Cadbury's is FAR better than Hershey's
Cocoa mass, sugar, fat reduced cocoa powder, emulsifier based on sunflower lecithin, vanilla extract.
Cocoa solids are 81% minumum.
Carbohydrate 24% (sugars are 17%)
(suitable for vegetarians)
Any higher cocoa content/less fat DOES NOT make it Gloopy but gritty and powdery. The 85% stuff is terrible.
Mars bars are not Chocolate, but chocolate flavoured sweets.
Cadbury's Dairy Milk is barely chocolate (less than 25%?). I think US Milk chocolate has less cocoa (as it's expensive) and Hershey's do something nasty to the milk, which is why it's disgusting compared to any European chocolate.
Well, Google and Facebook almost entirely make money from adverts, maybe entirely.
Apple sells high margin hardware and x3 supermarket margin on iTunes sales. So Apple doesn't need advertising at all.
Are Google and Facebook actually helping to destroy the advertising industry in the long run with their abusive attitude to privacy and consumers?
So when practically idling it might feasibly run off a D cell.
0.7W still isn’t a realistic load, for AA, only possible.
Still sounds like marketing hype. No doubt it's very clever, but mention of an AA cell would be more appropriate for wearable or portable gear at 100th of the normal running power.
"For comparison, the 80386 had 275,000 transistors (on a 1500-1000nm process)."
But didn't the first ARM have about 25,000 transistors?
Not realistically an AA cell. That's 10 amps at 1.3V.
An Alkaline AA cell is 1.56V (fresh) to 0.9V at end point and really ought not to have more than a 50mA load for efficiency. An NiMH at 10mA might have half the capacity as Alkaline but at 1A (plausible maximum) about x5 capacity due to MUCH lower internal resistance, though probably half the label’s AH rating at such high current draw..
Perhaps 20 paralleled Alkaline D Cells, or five paralleled NiMH D cells to have a 10 A rating.
So for half an hour on an AA size NiMH you'd need a bit less than 1.3W load. A tenth.
"until a single large shareholder with an agenda comes along"
Who unfortunately is usually a vulture speculator or asset stripper rather than a real investor. See Eircom since privatisation, or Carl Ichan.
It would be better if she gave money back to the customers and let any leave without penalty. PR fluff.
I'll see your 3.5" and raise you 8" floppies, 1/2" tape, boxes of punched cards and boxes of 132 column "music score" fan fold.
Ensure your employment contract says that IP and clients you bring are still yours.
That creative IP you make subsequently is yours, though the company has a time limited exclusive contract to exploit it, or else you are a serf.
That clients you add via your personal magnetism subsequently are yours, ultimately, but the company can exploit them while you work there, otherwise you are serf.
Perhaps stop employers creating false redundancies to get "cheaper" less experienced staff and regarding people merely as a resource to be used up and burnt out.
""On the upside, iOS now has just enough filesystem so it’s easy to save into Dropbox, Google Drive or OneDrive"
Er... those are things that work in a browser. Not aspects of a proper filesystem. Anyone using them for other than temporary, non-critical content to collaborate is mad.
I remove things like that that appear in a file browse GUI. I want to make sure I have EVERYTHING on my local file-system and only upload / download copies as needed, which ONLY when 3rd parties used. I use USB or LAN to synchronise my own files, NEVER the internet. The Internet is insecure and unreliable.
Unlikely as Ofcom always supports Sky, Mobile Companies, BT etc against the consumers. They opposed the EU proposals.
Good that it's going to be a collaborative world wide effort.
NFC should have stayed in Warehouses. Been consistently a fail on security and privacy in retail / payments / travel.
QR codes are OK in theory, but should display the REAL URL with a "Do you want to do this dangerours thing?" QR codes are a similar risk to URL shorteners, or HTML where you can't preview link.
Because such a thing is fantasy!
You might eventually get better battery life.
it might be useful without internet or the phone (I have a smart watch with GSM phone built in (mini-SIM) that cost under $20 and runs for 3 days, but I don't use it for web, just hands free voice phone calls and text without the phone).
The audio dictation is good. (It has a micro SD card and USB storage mode).
The camera is rotten. For $10 more you can get one with a better camera.
It has all the typical kinds of useless apps.
Slow incremental improvement of what is basically a kids toy.
"children entertainment professional would have shown an off-the-scale amount of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Magic Mushrooms and Good Ole Dope."
Doesn't sound like Oliver Postgate
Governments will see it as an opportunity to add VAT to paper books.
A mere drop in the IP4 ocean, for world wide use, compared to greed of many USA Corporations and almost all USA Universities.
Is it actually illegal or immoral?
It proves that Apple can do really smart stuff.
Now where is the browser that by default blocks cookies, microphone, camera, location data, scripts etc etc unless you white list them?
They used radio on balloons in WWI with Morse code.
Tethered observation blimps used a cabled telephone connection.
It's such a simple and obvious thing to use balloons as data repeaters (which is what Loon does) I can't see why there are patents.
The Elephant in the room is that Loon needs its own licensed spectrum and is irresponsible and pointless. Even if it was sensible, we now know that Alphabet/Google are totally untrustworthy and not fit people to act as an ISP.
" Current approaches to AI are pretty far from "human curated databases" - although there are no doubt still plenty of those around.
The current buzz is "deep learning" systems, which really can be said to be capable of learning with minimal domain-specific pre-programming -"
No it's all marketing. Just "buzz"
We have ONLY made progress in marketing, hype and jargon.
Current computer systems can't truly learn, they can't meaningfully create, they only encompass the domain they are programmed for. We don't even have a proper definition of intelligence.
Which so called "AI" system like Watson, Cortana, Amazon Echo, Google, Siri etc isn't just a user interface to a human curated database. Can you as an end user (not the maintaining program team) teach one ANYTHING? Can they solve any problem?
They are just variations of so called "Expert systems", which are programs in three parts, capturing information from a trained expert, curating the database and a pseudo subset of natural language to interrogate the database.
They are not even very convincing simulations of intelligence.
I was considering several AI projects based on my years of programming and AI study:
1) To have a program to learn any arbitrary card game from a human with only defining the terms and no games or goals in advance.
2) To have a program to recognise the music in a recording of any arbitrary music, instrumental, vocal only or mixed, then create the music score for each part. Lots of not very good musicians can do this. Having a program play notation via a pair of robot hands on any arbitrary instrument isn't AI, that's almost trivial and more an exercise in electro-mechanical engineering.
I expect, like chess or Go by computer which isn't AI, but brute force, any achievement of this would turn out to be a narrow domain trick, and not AI. Item (2) is much easier than (1) and can be achieved without any AI.
Maybe simulated "Intelligence" to a point. None of this is real AI at all.
Certainly "Siri" should only run on iThings. Besides it's not actually a local app, is it? Surely it's just an inteface to an Apple Database.
I think of people that look smart in a suit, even without a tie.
No matter which sex they are. Why would smart dressers want to expose themselves?
AirBnB hosts and Uber drivers are workers with the normal protections and benefits of an employee stripped. All the worst aspects of being self employed and an employee, while "big data" companies make the real profits.
Same with Amazon, Google, Facebook.
It's not a Marxist vision of the future but all the worst bits of "Fahrenheit 451", "1984", "Shockwave Rider" and Harry Harrison's "To the Stars" trilogy.
The guy is either evil or naive or both.
Natural sugars are sweet.
A right handed synthetic sugar isn't sweet.
You can use a bright light and two polarisers (perhaps two pairs of sunglasses) and sugar solution to test this at home if you can get or make the non-sweet synthetic sugar.
It might help (or be pointless) to change email address, verify it, edit all data to believable nonsense and then delete the email address. Optionally close account.
"unless you're on LinkedIn, with a well-crafted and carefully curated profile, you're a nobody"
Must be a stranger place than I thought. I was advised to join LinkedIn about 10 years ago. I decided eventually it was a pointless.
The mutual back patting is tedious and I think even recruiters realise now how pointless it has become. People just collecting "contacts" and their "whatsapp" desire to get your address book and spam everyone on it.
It seems anyone saving the $1,600 or not invited was better of.
A lot of marketing and no real substance.
So they launch a something for Home based IoT
Why do the stupid IoT gadgets need more than a secure browser interface? Assuming people are conned into buying them?
There is an argument for use of a simpler (to run in less RAM & Flash) secure protocol and support the various SRD UHF bands. But does Homekit actually do that?
This is hardly going to boost sales.
Very likely has moons. But would one be big enough to have an atmosphere?
Would make for an interesting "Day/Night" cycle tidally locked or not.
Actually there is no sense in which the violation of Privacy by Google, Whatsapp, LinkedIn, Facebook etc is worth it.
Also the comparisons of $42 / $60 vs a survey of $140 worth is nonsense. The value is not what the site user might put on each piece of data, but how much money the site owner can make per user (usually from adverts) after all running costs. If Users could charge the Site owner a fair amount, then most of these parasites would close as unprofitable.
The business model only works for two reasons:
1) Users actually using the site
2) Advertisers paying site owner to advertise on it.
Ultimately no different to roads and Billboards, except that people's personal data is being exploited AND people are sharing stuff to world + dog and variously damaging privacy and quality of life not just themselves but people they reference who may never even access the site.
It's already a bad Facebook clone.
"Professional" is a joke.
It's a spamfest and privacy ripper.
Ages ago I set up a disposable email address,
changed all my details
deleted email address from my hosting.
Linkedin is just full of nonsense and spammy. Maybe started as Social Networks for professionals, but just ended up rubbish.
I can't think what the MS strategy is.
It's not April 1st.
Perhaps the people the thieves sell to are not very saavy. It's not like the seller will have a customer service counter.
Yes, really I like so called "Social Media" companies failing. If only Facebook would follow in footsteps of Myspace, FriendsReunited etc and Twitter would finally go bankrupt.
Parasites that are helping to destroy civilisation and raping your privacy. People can use email to talk to their friends and we already get too much of so called Celebs on TV, Radio and Websites.
Western "Social Medja" fiction.
FB, Twitter, email etc along with Mobile simply being used to communicate, instead of fax and landline voice.
Aren't those things made in China, Turkey, Eastern Europe, Asia etc?
We do have the problem that for email that security and white-listing to allow a sender should have been in the design from the start.
We do have the problem that on WWW, security is an afterthought and defaults of all browsers are wrong, cookies, scripts, microphone, webcam, popups etc all should need white listed on a subdomain basis.
BBC or BT?
He was employed by BT