518 posts • joined 11 Apr 2006
The truth might be that all this investment in security could be put to better use
The security aspects could be improved - don't sell aircraft to foreigners, have everyone carry a gps beacon, ban air travel and donkeys, twitter, whatever,....
But the main topic has been the unfortunate accident, and the security hardware isn't giving answers, because it is not set up to answer this useful set of questions, even when it has a security aspect.
I saw a depressing interview today where some parochial Washinton correspondent was discussing with top experts how to make all radar track to American standards and ensure that transponder switches be locked away from pilot's fingers. It made me feel not just that US security is an expensive irrelevance, but that if their view prevails, security may be incompatible with safety, or humanity.
Re: Ownership matters, in both England and Switzerland
I should have mentioned that the codes come from the Swiss post office, since I live in Switzerland. But the response shows that ownership confusion exists internationally.
I'm afraid it is the same confusion as that entangled with the political mantra of taxation, the German proverb "what is mine, is mine, and what is yours is also mine". And also to the comments referring to the sale of BT.
I live in a district where the postcodes don't exactly match the district council boundaries, which became a problem when our housing estate was built, thirty years ago. The post delivers in our corner from a different, nearer, post office than to the rest of the district.
Unfortunately, the district council believes they own the postcodes, and wish to assign the main post code to the whole district. To enforce this, they always deliver all their mail with their assigned post code.
The post office, knowing it to be incorrect, changes it manually, and puts it on a slow delivery pile, to encourage mail senders to use the correct code. So an official mail from the district council takes a week to deliver from 3 miles away.
My data management skills have given me insight into the cause of the delays, but are not sufficient to persuade the two institutions to stop deliberately misunderstanding each other. I am reduced to calling them names. After 30 years, I am running out of names, and would welcome suggestions.
A quick fix for non-US firms
Hire americans to beef up your security.
Surely the NSA wouldn't hack their mails?
US Immigration has a list of US citizens living abroad.
Should NSA want it, GCHQ has access.
Re: older generation, scaled fonts and e-ink
Trouble is, if you scale up a font, each letter takes up more of the screen - so even a 7inch Kindle is too small, and a 4 inch phone induces logoclaustrophobia, in people of all ages. I'd be interested in a 10inch netbook version, though.
wild west web
So the laws are draconian and internationally incompatible, the nominated control agencies toothless: the ones with teeth are outside the law, antisocial and ransacking the world's data to collect porn or anything else from everyone, rather than addressing any pressing issues. The active citizens are at best asocial nosies, others are ripping off all and sundry, businesses and private persons alike.
This is not what is I had in mind with the terms net neutrality, or balance of powers.
Re: Not sure where you work...
In our large pharmaceutical company, the home-grown applications have been systematically replaced over the last 25 years by configuable standards, the residual home-grown applications will have disappeared in the next few years. When they go, the get replaced with some standard with reduced functionality, some were even sold to external IT specialists to turn them into "standards".
The driving force is the need for full, up-to-date documentation and control of changes.
The creative programmers who stayed either moved to the internet side, or became business analysts joining extracts (mostly in excel).
The answer isn't 42?
This is the sort of corollary that comes out of the full proof.
For every infinite string it is possible to define a finite substring with a discrepancy of any size.
If the discrepancy is 42, you know you have found a substring which fits the problems of the Adams universe.
I'd suggest, if it isn't, and you still have a problem, that you try a substring of different size if the discrepancy is positive, and use a different pattern if it goes in the wrong direction or is near-zero.
Re: Short term or long term?
It is about more reliable transfer of information from short-term memory into long-term memory.
So if you had a tough meeting, and you want to write it all up while it's fresh, a coffee after the meeting should help with the recall.
Interestingly, the study write-up appears in Google under Healthcare, not under Science.
TRADEMARKING YOUR OWN NAME IS A BAD IDEA
If your firm goes bankrupt, your reputation suffers. Worse, if you are successful, you get bought out and lose control of your own name.
Re: all that money on doing nice things for people
Finally, the military get some payback for all the effort they have put into prosthetics.
Driver worries ?
<<Imagine reinstalling the drivers for THAT>>
I thought this type of heavy engineering usually has a c64 as a controller, and home grown code.
how high is high enough??
<<In a high-level meeting..., Beijing’s negotiators said they have zero mandate ...>>
That would be a low-level meeting, then.
where are all the Pies?
Sales in Germany, Holland and environs are going well.
As proof, 1278 results today on searching for Raspberry Pi in ebay.de.
customer or sucker?
Like I could buy a 2014 Ferarri, but leave it in the garage until new year, for fear the car-maker enables the anti-thief lock-down system?
As a non-console owner, the only decent way I see to deal with an out-of-control supply-chain is to welcome your customer early, and explain that he may have to wait a few weeks for full enjoyment of the product.
What is twisted is that commenters expect this kind of user welcome to be the norm in the console area.
Maybe the Steam people will be a bit better?
Maybe this points to the end-game with DRM products. You just sell a sexy-looking empty box, because that is the cheapest way to achieve zero functionality.
Or maybe Microsoft would like to treat all its users like this?
Algorithms are well-behaved
In our company, most of the complexity comes from the organisation and the users.
The Core of the Special Relationship
is that neither British Statesmen nor USA ones are accusing each other of phone-tapping.
From the comments, you could raise the efficiency of this scheme by leaving out the hi-tech support, and just subsidising the pubs.
this is bad
I was counting on Oracle buying some patent jam - have to sell off my shares in Blackberry, quick
Independance from Britain..
may get much easier, when Britain decides to leave EU.Then Scotland could apply to become Very West Germany, for instance, join Schengen, Tax intra-day trading, and generally behave like responsible Europeans.
This could easily come about before Scotland even have a timetable for their referendum.
no inter in our net
The proper place to discuss sensitive issues like politics, religion or Justin Bieber is Youtube.
However I sent a link to a self-arranged, self-performed folk song, non-pornographic, to a Chinese colleague leaving our company. She could not access Youtube. The only success was to translate into Chinese in Google translator. What a waste of time, and a diverse&cultural loss.
Important for our large company is whether they have been previous suppliers within the company.If yes,
- they understand our (strange) terms and conditions,
- we can find out if they are helpful,
- we get a feeling of if they will take it in the chin, for the sake of a longer-term connection
shrinking the $200 bill
Why not give away cheap phones (or watches) and tether them to the kindle?
sitting on a cash pile...
is probably quite comfortable, unless there's too much change.
Sounds proportionate, since YAHOO! has mostly US users.
Can we have one on behind a European firewall please?
You can call it EUHOO! if you want.
Babies in the Bathwater
The last melting, about 6000 BC cut off the Continent from England, the Thames from the Rhine, and caused Noah's flood as the Med broke through to the Black sea.
The boffins admit that their dating isn't exact to the day, though, and the increase in sea level is also unclear (0.8-2.8 m). It is also frustrating that the documentation was poor, as the events are so close to the start of history.
Re: Obama deserved the peace prize...
for displacing G.W.Bush, the first American President to start two wars and finish none.
MIDI can now do lyrics
I don't know if all MIDI editors do the same, but I've had files from one MIDI with lyrics come out into an unrelated notation programme. I saw it first quite recently, less than 10 years old.
whisper of reason
The main cause is that there ARE contracts: it saves providers the trouble of behaving. They became necessary for phones because providers handed out phones for free - bad idea - and needed to recoup the up-front loss. Contracts are not necessary today, you can buy non-tied phones and services.
There is no need for ties, the inconvenience of switching data to another provider should be sufficient to accept switching without restriction as the normal model for data. And no ties means they might listen a bit to their customers.
Re: The road to hell's paved with good intentions
There may be many roads leading to Hell. But the main highway is the one constructed of bad intentions.
while we are bashing companies...
why would the CIA want to use a notorious tax minimizer like Amazon?
"the hundreds of times they used the word "like" in their sentences."
Facebook and like are oxymoronic, aren't they?
Windows 8 is good for something
The initial screen warns every customer without a touch sensitive screen that Microsoft doesn't care about customers. Not enough to even give you an XP-retro option, and certainly not enough to design features to help you.
My question for 2015 is, who can come up with a one-button solution on a USB3 stick to overwrite my outdated Win7.
good sound is possible
As commenters like peter gathercole mention, quality of sound has been a problem since Edison. But I'm happy with my current sound from my laptops, and use these in preference to mobile devices. The laptop signal feeds to a USB soundcard, and from here into the AUX channel of a bedsit Hifi.
- so yes, tinny laptop speakers are the worst problem
- the two laptops differ in signal: an Acer being noticeably better than a non-Beats HP
- I do attach sound-compensating headphones, to filter out house noise and let others sleep, but they would be unsafe in traffic.
- Youtube is interesting, also because of the range in quality of uploaded music - a valuable discipline of its own, as previous comments have mentioned.
Re: Compelling reasons for reviving the ether
It IS the ether, we are just arguing about its weight and pervasiveness.
bet the company?
"Apple is thus going to be forced into more “bet the company” launches. It can easily survive an iWatch failure, but to deliver high percentage growth it will need to bet a high percentage of the firm. "
The art of portfolio management is to have a number of projects of differing size and risk. This helps avoid the military dilemma of repeatedly betting on all-out-wins, until your army gets hammered.
Even then, given Apple's size, it may not be possible to find one project big enough to force them to bet the whole company's fortunes.
Re: galactic sized accelerator mechanism
I think you have touched on the cause - at the rate accelerators are getting bigger, in a billion years or so, one will fill the known universe, so forcing an alternate universe to bubble into existence.
An alternative could be to stop Moore's law for accelerators.
does the code run on my raspi?
Thanks to John Robson for the good analysis. Disagree about screen size, though - I can only get a fraction of a page on the machine at big enough to read so I'd really like a larger screen. This may push my standard reader from my laptop +monitor to a tablet in time.
Re: Regulation crazy
new regulations, and their fees, are a major source of GDP growth in an imploding financial services economy like GB.
Alternatively, if Ofcom charged the same fees, and spent it on solving problems, then there would be less worry about whether a problem should be outsourced or not.
The rule I know is hat your fist at arms length should cover the screen. It probably maps closely to the other one but saves you using the TV as a ruler.
It comes from your brain being uncomfortable with too much movement if the angle of viewing is too large.
Re: Very strange stuff, that heat
The heat is a side-effect of the Blish drives, plus the air conditioners...
data science - the alchemy of the 21stC?
I appreciated the article and see the target, the terminology is secondary. I don't like the wiggle room in the bridgebuilder analogy between engineer and statistitian, though, as
1) They said that about Velikowsky between egyptologists and archeologists
2) many statistitians are mathematically competent and practical enough to run toolkits - maybe they are confining their curiosity to a currently saleable set of problems.
I'd be interested in your proposed toolkit as captured in your course - could you provide a link, please?
Re: Hmm, iPads?
The most important contribution of the iPad was to suppress the development of 10" smartphones
It is surely only a matter of time until someone has a cross-platform compiler, or at least an appsource converter, then we move on from asking who has the most apps.
Microsoft might even be chasing that goal now.
RE Bluish-Green (R97, G171, B162; #61aba2) = petrol
Fashion likes more fanciful names for colour nuances:
try searching in google.de pictures for "petrol hose"
Google could raise the stakes, and patent French on the internet.
< [I'm]buying one on Black Friday if Apple knock 5% off or so >
3.5% knocked off the share price this week, charge up your credit card...
can't give them away?
I smell a marketing plan here.
The US allows A-L give away their products free to save the free world from Huawei and LZE.
All producers go bust, but at least the free world is saved.
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