484 posts • joined 24 Nov 2007
The obvious serviable slave isn't reason enough?
Unwanted roaming data
During a trip to Portugal, my GF was surprised to find a few €s in data roaming charges, when she had disabled data roaming on her phone before leaving.
Turns out that due to some kind of bug in Android, there can be a small window of time, right after connecting to the network, during which the phone is connected to the network, but it doesn't know it's roaming. If the phone decides to download an update at this point, sure enough it will download until it figures out it's roaming.
Yeah, I know - I wouldn't believe it either, but I saw this happen with my own eyes. I googled the issue, and I'm not the only one either. I don't know what versions of Android are affected; the phone in question was 2.3.
Re: Let me get this straight
Agree, and I work specifically in this field. It's not that hard - the heavy machinery is well-known to be inherently insecure, so you keep it behind a layer of indirectness or three. I know enough of heavy machinery to know they can't really be secured, they know enough about IT to know there's hostile traffic, we set the whole thing up so that the heavy machinery is well shielded. Problems arise when someone thinks it would be really cool to be able to run their factory from their smartphone, or when they don't want to spend a single extra buck on making the design secure, or when they feel that having to enter passwords is an unacceptable drag on productivity.
I wonder how much power it takes to refresh an e-ink display.
Re: Idiot film-makers
WinCE is still pretty widespread in industrial environments. And not just in legacy devices too.
My thought exactly. If it's a desktop application, there's nothing especially strange about it being able to access all of your files, given that desktop OSes simply don't have the same permission model that mobiles have. Chances are that Chrome just shows that warning on any .exe you download - I don't even see how it could possibly know what permissions the program requires. On Windows, pretty much the only choice is whether to require administrator or not, but even that is not something that can be easily learned without trying to run the app.
Technically, as food ultimately grows from sunlight, it's solar-powered. Then again, knowing how sunlight is made, it's actually nuclear-powered. On the other hand, knowing how stars are made, it turns out it *really is* gravity-powered. So the article was right after all!
Re: Prove him wrong once and for all.
It's pointless. You won't get the thing. If you're lucky, they'll tell you it's backlogged; if you're unlucky, they'll take the money and then apply delaying strategies until you have to sue.
Re: I read this and I think
Yup. Freedom is a process, not a product.
Either we're alone, or we're not
Both possibilities are equally terrifying.
Re: Is this really an IT issue?
It's quite impressive to a foreigner that you consider 1200$/mo PLUS up to 5K$ in case something happens to be a good deal. The mind boggles at considering what would be considered a bad deal - death, I guess?
Depends on what they mean by "on" Google+. At some point I turned my gmail account into a Google+ account, for reasons I can't remember, but I've never even visited the actual service. I suspect I'm not the only one.
Re: One question...
Like most viruses, phages are extremely specific. As a treatment, they would be way more accurate than antibiotics, which notoriously tend to kill off good bacteria as well.
Streaming is a bad substitute for downloading. With my connection, I'm unlikely to get a reliable SD stream, and a HD stream is mathematically impossible. This is unlikely to change any time soon. And how many streaming services work with the PS3 I mostly use to watch stuff? It's pointless for studios to offer me cheap streaming, as I can't trust it to work in the first place. I wouldn't even want it for free.
And DRM poses similar problems - I can't trust it to work on my favored devices, I can't trust it to work ten years from now, I can't trust it to be able to be backupped or carried to a friend's home to watch together. Hell, even if they somehow came up with a DRM scheme that actually works perfectly, at this point the concept is so poisoned that it'd take years before I gave it a chance.
A straight AVI is free, but the important thing is that it JUST WORKS. Drag'n'drop it on a USB key, and nearly everything on the planet will reliably play it with one or two button clicks. They need to understand that their problem is not "competing against free". It's competing against *easy and reliable*.
Actually, what I'm more concerned about is that when it comes to cancer, I'd really rather get treated with the most effective drug - not the most cost-effective one.
Re: 24hrs later
The Register don't just copy/paste news from agencies. They do actual analysis. I'll take that over getting it a few hours earlier any day of the week, and twice on Sunday.
There are three sides at fault here, and, frankly, Apple is the least of them. Navigators are not perfect, they can't be, and they should be expected to make the occasional mistake.
On the other hand, drivers should not follow a satnav's direction blindly, and signs - not to mention common sense - always take precedence over whatever the satnav is saying.
And finally, what the hell? The airport has a direct access from the public road to the runway that doesn't even have a fence? I'm not calling for three meters tall concrete walls, but seriously, every airport I've ever seen in the first world has at least a fence. Anyone could be an idiot even without a satnav.
If my bank required Java for online access, I would seriously consider changing bank.
Re: but what about us?
On the other hand, so far humanity has a 100% success rate at not getting extinct.
Genetic engineering of humans will fix this very soon. Not soon on a personal scale, possibly not soon on a historical scale, but definitely soon on an evolutionary scale. Unless we all die first, of course.
When there's no way to make a profit selling something everyone absolutely needs, you know regulation is screwed up.
Re: Let there be.....Ignorance?
Evolution != abiogenesis
I don't think they mean it's the system drive. That doesn't make sense. I think they mean it's the drive where your collections (images, music, documents) are stored. Personally, I think it's a good idea - for those who are blessed with a decent broadband.
Re: Energy levels
Thanks! I was wondering about the wisdom of embarking in another ultra-expensive physics project when the LHC isn't even running at full power yet. Your explanation sounds reasonable.
So the camera is a ~50$ add-on to a ~400$ box, while MS's offer is a ~500$ box that includes the camera. It doesn't sound much like a catch to me.
Permanent conflict? How so?
It's only permanent if the two sides are exactly balanced. A war like that is basically a challenge of industrial production capacity. Eventually, one of the two will manage to bomb more drone factories than the other, and then it's over.
Re: Solution to global warming is easy
The argument that there is a hard limit on resources, and therefore we should stop expansion in a controlled fashion before it stops abruptly on its own, is very popular these days.
The problem with this argument is that it's a non sequitur: while it is technically true that resources are limited, this isn't sufficient to state that we need to stop expansion now.
You would also need to prove that we're close to the limit. That's a lot harder, but without that the argument doesn't prove anything.
Re: Is this before or after
Okay, but Google isn't in the business of food and roads and water. It's in the business of Internet. If Internet gets there before food, roads and water, it's the food, roads and water guys that are to blame, not the Internet guys.
As someone who broke a phone just by going on a somewhat wet ride in an amusement park, and as someone who knows another person who broke a phone just by having it in his trouser pocket while it was raining, I wonder why this is not a standard feature. It will certainly be a pretty significant factor the next time I shop for a phone.
If the dot pointed to by the arrow is 30000LY across, then that big blue shiny thing in the top right corner should be bigger than our entire galaxy. What is it?
I don't think these systems connect through wi-fi or bluetooth, so surely some special equipment is required in order to implement this hack?
Couldn't wear-levelling actually work against you in a RAID environment, by causing all drives to fail at nearly the same time?
Re: Why no shoes?
Considering what's happening with the belt, I think it's because the shoes would have obscured the feet.
They're very effective compared to not using them. Also, your numbers suggest that investing in development of improved condoms is probably a good idea.
Re: WTF radiation?
They don't*; this radiation is given off by the matter outside the black hole as it's falling in.
*except for Hawking radiation I guess
Re: So is Eadon going to have a retraction of all his anti-windows comments?
That would take a *long* time.
Re: Entropy: Big Problem!
Maybe, but not necessarily. It might be a competition problem - maybe organisms that photosynthesize red can appear, as long as red is all that's available so there are no other higher-energy organisms around.
Re: Surface - if you buy one and then jump through hoops to work around its failings
Like the Nexus, which doesn't have an SD card slot either?
Predator does what predators do.
Can they make a wireless, batteryless keyboard with this?
That's true. It will be a very, *very* long time before space-mined materials are cheaper than just recycling something or mining inhospitable places that are still not as inhospitable as space.
However, that's true if you want your material *on Earth*. If you want it *in orbit*, for example because you want to build a satellite, or a space station, or a moon base, or just refuel a rocket, it could very well be that mining an asteroid quickly becomes cheaper compared to lifting cheap stuff from Earth to orbit. Overcoming the gravity well is just that insanely expensive. This is especially true for the stuff that's really cheap but of which you need many tons, like water or common metals.
Of course, at some point someone might build a space elevator, which would upturn the costs all over again...
Asteroid mining like cold fusion?
I wonder if asteroid mining will turn out to be the next cold fusion. Investor bait.
I mean, there's no fundamental reason for which asteroid mining shouldn't work and maybe eventually become profitable. And it's something which, if it worked efficiently, could be really rather awesome. I mean, *I* really want it to work, and I think it's worth at least looking into it. These are traits which were shared by cold fusion too, which mostly turned out to be scams.
Re: Oh, come on!...
It's not sound. It's powerful EM interference making noise on the speaker system of the protagonists' ship (or whoever the camera is watching at the moment). Most Star Wars weapons and engines are based on fast-moving plasma.
What the spider is thinking
"It's ALIVE! They called me mad, but who's laughing now? BWAHAHAHAH!"
Shape has nothing to do with path. Actually, the irregular shape tells me that it's not massive enough to collapse into a sphere, which is a little bit reassuring when thinking about collisions. I'd be much more worried if anything big enough to be a sphere were to hit Earth.
In free-fall, the spring collapses towards the centre. This does not contradict the article: if you arranged this in a free-falling environment, you would have one fundamental difference - you would have to hold both sides of the slinky. Therefore, the "release signal" starts from both ends at the same time.
Sounds like a good idea. In practice, people who use this to share movies will just share their keys very freely. Possibly embedding them in the URL. This obviously nullifies the security aspect, but that's irrelevant - those users actually want other people to be able to read the file.
As a bonus, if you want an online storage that has security, you can actually just use this and not share the key. But it's really a side benefit. The real point is giving Kim plausible deniability, and for that purpose the scheme seems to work well.
I don't think I have a "true random" number generator in my PC. Picking up a pseudorandom number and adding some noise from devices and some noise from mouse movements is the next best thing. Yeah, mouse movements aren't random, but that doesn't mean you can't use them to add some entropy to a number.
Re: if you could...
In this case, "entropy" means "randomness". It has nothing to do with physical energy.
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