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Low-down stuff and everything
Say no to crazed speculation and wannabe and has-beens and angry yoofs and yes to boring details. Take a gander:
That's my point!
Then why must the candidate wrap it into a meaningless question structure....
Why not just say "The answer is: Chicago".
I thought the idea was that it was hard for Watson to find a response that must be the original question. Well no, it's just cheap window dressing, basically adding a question mark the end of the match.
Here's one that would be interesting:
"He managed to defuse the situation by promising to remove Jupiter missiles from a third country, but to do so inofficially."
Is the correct response "What is John F. Kennedy" or "What is the Cuban Missile Crisis"?
NO! The correct response is "How did John F. Kennedy defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis?"
Maybe the public can no longer grok the idea of a "question"...
Jeopardy is bizarre..
"Its largest airport was named for a World War II hero; its second largest, for a World War II battle"
That is not really the answer to the question
"What is Toronto?"
The real question would be
"What is interesting trivia about the airports of Toronto?"
and that's what the candidate, including HAL, I mean, Watson, should output.
If one is just interested in finding the correct US city that matches the factoid, one would just say "The answer is: Toronto", which makes this an open-ended version of "Who wants to be a Millionaire".
So how is the utterance "What is Toronto" even considered a correct solution?
Inquiring Paris is inquiring.
Submitting to "byte renting" and other make-believe fantasy toll booths!
"The songs on your i-whatever aren’t property."
Exactly. They aren't.
Because I can copy the hell out of them and no-one will miss anything (except the power-supplying company that provided the energy to do the copying; for this said company can bill me).
"License" you say? Did it come with my torrent file? Amazing.
A "valuable patent" you say? Hell, half of the asteroid belt belongs to me (of course, I don't have a state and a collective delusion to back that claim up, so it's an uphill battle to prove that).
Not that I won't pay for good content, on the contrary. But spare me the "licensed IP" cant.
"What the hell is going on with DHS? Why aren't people being notified?"
Someone is being stupid here. And it isn't fat-assed bureaucrats safely encysted in the inner belly of an *enormous* dinosaur, blowing tens of billions and busy seizing spanish soccer websites (diversification into IP problems is always good), setting drones on Mexicans trying to cross the southern rabbit fence, using government credit cards to build a home brewery, checking out the 99% or warning about the mighty danger of poisoned buffets.
Did I mention that DHS was involved in blowing a whole New Orleans?
Really, we need a FAIL + NUKE + TRASH icon, all mashed together into a single gigantic clusterfuck. Probably a TAX icon, too.
There is some tension in the article between lauding the IE9 + Active Directory combination vs. saying that Active Directory is being irrelevant. Yes, no? What do?
I the Mozilla freaks^^H^H^H^H^HHdevelopers would just get over their shiny shiny fetishism and do something staid and serious for once.
"HTTP & associated protocols are toys"
The last guy who know how to cable up an Aiken Mark 1 has been discovered in an El Reg web forum!
People lauding Microsoft Security?
"Ten Years of Trustworthy Computing: Lessons Learned"
I may be accused of having a dirty mind, but...
Except ballgags being part of the official toolery of the US boys in blue Real Soon Now.
I mean, they already use every nastiness up to deadly force and even beyond...
1) Not so. You can write and run your own stuff.
2) Having a job will make you realize that 60% of the problems are exactly about "glueing". An additional 20% are dealing with office friction. Some people think they are bold and creative and start doing some things themselves. Unfortunately, they are like George Lucas and you will end up with an Episode 1 (reinvented flat tire).
Yes, reality works that way, but can I bring a cosh to the interview?
> Several of the RAM suppliers have been caught doing this before and all consumers lose when these unscrupulous companys defraud consumers.
1) No-one forces you to buy DRAM.
2) You can actually get DRAM as in "There is actually someone who produces that stuff"
3) Higher prices than what?
4) Also, why not be happy to pay for the next generation of DRAM.
Where's the problem exactly?
> life not self assembling
> self-assemblers everywhere
We have received a radio message from Europa!
They are asking for a bailout.
Don't pump enriched Uranium into the sky!
Pump depleted Uranium onto sand denizens!
I agree with the feeling.
Though I have replaced the venerable djbdns I have used for 10 years with PowerDNS recently. Not looked back since.
I was just tired of crappy logging, a directory full of patches that must be applied first, no IPv6 support and daemontools. Though I heard afterwards that maintenance had restarted.
I'm sure there are some good tagline possibilities here.
> data compliant with RFC1149
Only if it was an african swallow. The european swallow SHALL NOT carry data loads in excess of half a coconut.
> On discovering the bird, she shrieked and later vomited.
As opposed to vomited and later shrieked??
Yes, there was a chapter called the "The Jayhawk War" or something in "Footfall" where aliens rod a whole tank division from orbit.
In five minutes it was all over.
I have never heard anyone explain how one actually *deorbits* those rods without huge boosters and keeps them on target for the pretty chaotic ride down. One cannot just drop them.
A the joys of americocentric warjerking.
I support this!
But wasn't there a story by Asimov about a robot who went religious nutcase while in control of such a station, with everyone fearing that it/he/she may no longer be able to align the beam during solar disturbances, thus possibly causing large-area fritzy-frutzy earthside?
You don't need that placard to make ME do anything.
Unfortunately I'm more like Harry Plinkett.
Revenue stream for governments? Why, sure.
"A private firm like Ad Astra can probably never muster the permissions and resources needed to make spacegoing reactors for use beyond Earth orbit."
1. Set up nuclear launch zones in Siberia, the Sahara or wherever.
2. Tell fearfags and amurricans off.
4. Finally some progress!
There is something to say for organizations with a regional violence monopoly that are not beholden to special interests or can quash dissent as needed.
All the king's horses and all the king's men could certify anything ever again
So what cert is that?
If I dump it, will it be back on the next update??
Will this go on forever???
10/10 for a short but successfull trolling by OP
Submitting a standard application to ISO is not to "open source" it.
It means submitting either the language specification or the JVM specification (not sure which) to the standards body to get it bound in official ISO drapery.
If they wanted to "open source" anything at any point in time, they could have just done it.
Thanks a ton, but no I did not "miss that too" as you can easily check by reading what I said.
Those articles from before the Forever War are pretty zany, are they not though? Wild eyed speculation and hype and everything. Well, Java is still not an ISO standard (and luckily too, good grief, we would still be at Java 1.1, thanks but no thanks), and it didn't hinder or help any.
Mr. Mitchell claims,"It levels the playing field. No one operating system has a lock-in if Java becomes the worldwide standard. That means that when someone builds a Java application it will run on a Mac, Windows, IBM AS400...."
Yes, if there is a JVM for it....
Next step just a "lawsuit"?
More like a morning visit from the guys in blue with high-quality german 9mm submachineguns locked and loaded and subsequent out-of-business signs adorning the front door.
Yup, there's a name for this. It starts with f and designates an ism.
Ya may want to check out what happened to Gibson Guitars when it turned out someone though they had the wrong kind of wood:
Hey lads, there's a whole list of people fingered...
Hold on. They are all in parliament?
Amused to Death
"having moved down the agenda in recent years after the mysterious Stuxnet worm was widely believed to have caused a massive setback to Iran's quest for nuclear weapons"
should be fixed to:
"having stayed down in spite of relentless Israeli/Neocon pressure after no credible evidence ever surfaced that Iran's quest for nuclear weapons wasn't indeed abandoned in 2003"
But in the cockpit's techno glow
Behind the Ray Ban shine
The kid from Cleveland
In the comfort of routine
Scans his dials and smiles
Secure in the beauty of military life
There is no right, no wrong
Only tin cans and cordite and white cliffs
And blue skies and flight... flight... flight
Must have been Iran. Attack NAOW!
Hillary Clinton is already on the horn demanding the Mullahs explain the unexplained iodine found over Europe. "All options are on the table" if explanations are not forthcoming immediately, she said. Prime Minister Bibi was quoted as saying that "this was yet another uncontrovertible proof that Iran is dangerously close to having nuclear capability, in weeks, if not days. They even target Europe directly - clearly an existential threat!" Statements from the IAEA could not be obtained as M. Amano was currently undergoing "further training" at a secure facility in Virginia.
>work on Java6
That should be "work on the JVM", which is as described in http://java.sun.com/docs/books/jvms/
Java the language is indeed not the most interesting part here.
Is this like Obama being "hindered" in doing the Right Thing for once?
How could Microsoft "hinder" Sun in taking a decision that is up to Sun to take? Does Sun need the imprimatur of ISO to say "here are the docs, here is the TCK, here are the patents, go ahead, go crazy"? No.
We know that Sun ran interference from day 1 (Anyone remember Visual J++ with "enhanced" functionality bound to Windows). Doesn't mean one has to construct some weird rationalization for schizoid Sun behaviour.
Greentext true story:
> Remember just having recently gone through a forced upgrade to 7 on my windows box.
> Oh well. Time to get used to new menus.
> On Wednesday a Qualys security check ...
> "This browser may be insecure - how to fix it"
> Land at a FF8 download page.
This browser shall be known as "Depleted Uranium Enhanced". Because it mutates so much.
Ease of delivery and ease of updates mainly.
Price reductions not so much. Except on special occasions and/or you wait a few years, you may get notified that you can buy a whole series for just a lunch.
"The jailed EDF security blokes were acting alone and wanted information in particular on Greenpeace's plan to block their nuclear expansion in the UK, it was reported."
Why not just phone up?
Reminds me of the time the french military simply blew up a Greenpeace ship protesting incontinent nuclear energy release tests on Pacific atolls. Using mine-laying frogmen, IIRC.
Not allowed to print money (i.e. tax using a Heimlich Manoeuver)
How about this then...
http://mises.org/daily/5575: The Fed and the ECB: Two Paths, One Goal
While the ECB's and Fed's functions (to provide liquidity to the banking system in times of crisis and to finance the government together with the banking system) are the same, there exist small differences between them. In the so-called open-market operations (another term for active manipulation of the money supply) the central banks produce or destroy base money.
There are two ways central banks produce base money. By tradition, the Fed uses the produce-money-and-purchase approach (PMP). Normally, the Fed produces money in their computers and uses it to buy US Treasuries from the banking system. In exchange for the US Treasuries, the Fed creates money on the account that the selling bank holds at the Fed.
The ECB, in contrast, uses the produce-money-and-lend (PML) approach. It produces money and lends it to the banking system for one week or three months. The preferred collateral for these loans to banks is government bonds. As a result of PMP and PML, banks receive new base money. They hold more reserves at their account at the central bank. The additional reserves mean that they can now expand credit and create even more money.
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