187 posts • joined Wednesday 18th June 2008 17:20 GMT
Not good at all: The lecturers should produce better work than what they (one hopes) would send their students off to repeat and rewrite!
... And why not cheat and also measure the electricity consumption before the socket?
Re: Having not read the paper yet
Then again, I'm not an experimental physicist. Maybe this is normal for experimental physics. God help us.
Experimental Physics is a tournament game: Very few, very bright people, will manage to rake in most of the funding available - the lavish funding available will attracts the most talented people, providing positive feedback.
The *other* experimental physicists, who are not extremely talented or under "the wings" of a "superstar", will have to make do with the leftovers in stale university labs or (shudder) teaching. Offer them some money, ply them with drink and eventually you will find someone, who are all out of fucks to give, that will corroborate anything!
Re: eu imf should not have allowed Ireland to keep predatory rates
Good news is eu seem to have learned their lesson - so refused to help cyprus without them taking a hit aswell
Bad news is:
1) The EU is *still* experimenting on different models and what they can get away with if they spin the story properly.
2) Effectively from Cyprus, saver protection was annulled - basically banks are no longer a safe place to keep your money.
2a) Risk is spread arbitrarily: Conservative people, who take care to avoid crooked banks, will still get stuck with the bill for saving the crooks.
3) Germany was running a vendor-financing scheme, with German banks lending recklessly to people so they could buy new BMW's and Miehle dishvashers for the money. Now, for internal political reasons and to save DB (the stupidest bank of all) the Germans kills the goose that layeth the golden eggs for German industry.
I wonder if you still find it "amusing" when The Cyprus Model arrives at your bank, your savings evaporate and you can only take out GBP 300 per day - at the mercy of some bureaucrat in Frankfurt.
Re: IRS Would Like to Tax the World
But if Apple dodges this, it proves that MegaCorp can get away with billion dollar abuses, and this will become very well known. Nobody wins now, and that is Apple's fault.
These laws were meant to be "abused": Governments must have spent millions of lawyer-hours globally to craft them so there is no unintended consequences!
Why the change then?
Conspiracy: The problem for Apple - and everyone else - is that industry is no longer the dominant economic power in the world, Finance is! The financial industry dictates the laws and how laws are to be enforced to governments, governments obey and look for some way of collecting the revenue for their new masters that will not upset the voters too much -> Apple & Co goes under the bus.
- or -
Business as Usual: The IRS favors the good olde Box Barrage. "Herding the sheep" into a defined legal setup, then unleash hellfire on top of them when the target density looks juicy enough. Happens every 2-5 years or so.
Re: It is not proof of concept, it is a diversion
Precisely! Disney et. al. would dearly love to have some DMCA-like laws to control what can be printed, by whom, and how strong materials should be available to the <o>plebs</o> "consumers", maybe some inspection of data traffic on top?
"The kids will print undetectable guns and blow up airplanes so they crash on schools"- will sell this legislation, maybe this is precisely why this "gun" was printed. If the objective is an effective DIY-gun, then there is the old STEN ... real, military weapons that can (and was) be built in a basic machine shop in their thousands.
These days we have more to fear from lobbyist and governments overreaction/overreach than we have from actual criminals, rogue states and terrorists!!
There is no need for evidence and tedious work producing it when a mere telephone call from someone close to the Prince of Wales is that is required to get the NHS to support the quackery.
Probably a similar procedure was used to evaluate the golf-ball finders!?
Re: I disagree with most people here.
Fraud *is officially* declared to be OK. The Obama administration has gone to town on legalizing* financial fraud thus making it a viable and scalable business model, Globally.
People who matter obviously stopped giving a shit several years ago, "society" is following their lead!
*) First by actively ignoring fraud, then by licensing via settlements instead of jail.
Re: Maddening problem
With the cloud it is easy to start and easy to pull the plug again - just pay with a CC and kill the card if the venture did not work out. And that is the End of That.
If one invested and bought a lot of kit, that capital is Gone - if the money was borrowed, the debt will remain after the kit was canned (Old gear goes for nothing at auctions).
There is some insurance aspect involved in "clouding" and "leasing".
Re: "Jackal" eat your heart out.
Maybe this: The area to be guarded grows in proportion to the radius squared and "they" will run out of either donuts or guards rather quickly? The difference by going from a1 km to a 3 km protection zone is nine times more personnel for the same job!
OTOH - Mortars already cover 3 km and they have the advantage that the attacker could be well on his way before the first round lands.
Maybe only crazy people care about politicians after all - and being crazy, they cannot organize anything?
I've always wanted to experiment with cluster computing, why?
And now you can, sir - for USD 99:
This will be hosting the targeting system core for my new line of autonomous killer robots ...
Yes, it totally is in the national interest: America get real resources and products in return for meaningless bits stored in data centres AND You don't actually have to pay any of that money back or return any favours - who is going to force the US over a barrel and make you?!
Run up the tab as far as it will go, then default on that shit -> The American Way ;-)
Re: Thats nice..
All available statistics say that a battleship just will not sink unless the powder store goes up!
Re: Still caused by greed
Look at the incentives: If management grows the business at an unsustainable rate stocks will rise, bonuses grow and stock options turn into Real Money. When the business tanks, there will be golden parachutes and new, cushier positions. If management do not meet the "growth targets", is is replaced and does not collect on the goodies.
These people are not stupid, they knew this was not going to last so they went "all in" to get as much as possible on the way out.
Re: Poor money and no prospects
So that's £7.77 an hour, minimum wage is £6.19.
Great: My teenage son was paid more working at McDonalds, they also had a free "meal" per shift, weekend/overtime pay and holidays.
The guy delivering pizzas to the ICT Techies will earn more - that's before the tip!
Re: This isn't just an IT problem
It should be part of every companies strategic thinking, "where do we want to be in x years time? ...
It already is. The problem is that the answer to that question is: "On the beach, earning 20% on those stock options (hedged by credit default swaps on the company's bonds in an off-shore financial institution and a golden parachute)".
The reality of business today is that Skilled Staff, Quality- Service and Products provided merely claims resources that could be much better applied on bonuses to the CEO!!
Re: Sunshine vs Solaris
I lost it at the "Lets just risk the missjun, the ship aaand the planet Earth - just to take an unessecary, complicated and risky detour to look over The Sppoky Derelict where *any number of human/technical failures* probably have already killed the crew and is waiting for more victims"-decision point.
Re: "vandalism of government property"
Yikes: 64 Million US?
For fixing two bullet-catcher robots - presumably sent into the breach because they are more disposable than a police officer??
Now, THAT is an IT-related gravy-train I rather want to be in on!!
Re: Sense of déjà vu
As in, TV, films etc. The worship of stylised ultra-violence above all else.
If that holds, then Indonesia should cook off pretty nicely then! I just watched this movie, "The Raid: Redemption" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1899353/ -> Solid Action, decent acting - and - stuck on "Ultra Violence" all the way, maybe 10 minutes of soppy'ness in total. Japan is big on tentacle rape - e.t.c.
I don't think media drives it. Someone proposed lead poisoning as the hidden driver behind US violence.
Re: One major disadvantage robots have over humans:
If people expend their good, AP-ammo, on the robot, then the robot has done it's job.
Re: Who ?
President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho, porn star and five-time ultimate smackdown wrestling champion!!!! A great man, a great american. He will serve up a can of whoop ass if you cross him. He will stomp your ass if you don't! JOIN THE CAMACHO 08 MOVEMENT! CAMACHO WILL SAVE AMERICA................FUCK YEA!!!
It will of course be controlled mechanically while being UV- or IR-transparent and there will be a sensor reporting the status back to Big Brother Central: Everybody knows that the "good stuff" will be happening when the camera is "closed"!!
Re: Camera watching me, watching them...
Probably the designers thought of that: If the camera is not seing the right things, only Cartoon Network will be available - For The Sake of The Children!!
Re: Kids as young as five...
Well, I would be more impressed if the kids can find the pterodactyl-porn.
Re: source for knockoffs
These Chinese mobiles are so cheap that it is cheaper to buy one for the touchscreen than it is to buy the component from a supplier, f.e.x. DigiKey!
Re: 2 Questions
But does it phone home directly to the communist party intelligence headquarters ?
Communist Party vs. Capitalist Crony Party .... same, same .... although one does hope that ones search statistics would give the evil chinese communists (tm) the idea that I might be influenced and corrupted by naked wimmen.
Re: Does the exploit work on Linux?
One does not need root access to do bad things with a Linux system - "the standard user" is so powerful that most interesting things on a Linux system is run on crippled accounts deliberately.
Malware-injectors, all kinds of bots, spam-mailers, DDOS-applications, kiddie-porn distribution, whatever - will be perfectly functional as a normal user. Easier to install too.
Re: I don't see the problem
delegating work out, freeing up his time,
And yet failing - By wasting the free time and getting busted. If he had set up the VPN connection to forward form his work computer at home, then he could engineer some chronic and progressive medical reason to work more and more from home and then go travelling or *something* interesting instead of being at the office.
At least he got to keep the money and the Chinese contacts might be useful in the future.
WTF - "Acid Cryptofiler"
Is it just me or does one get the feeling that an application named like something written by "l33t Haxorz" should probably be shunned for anything more than keeping wife from finding the pr0n collection?
What is wrong with PGP or SSH? Too boring?
Re: shooting Glock 17 from a UK newbie.
While visiting Knoxville, Tennessee, I visited in the gun-department of the sports shop. A customer looks down the barrel of an (unloaded) gun.
I heard this gem: "Excuse me sir! See, that part being where the bullet comes out, we want to point that away from yourself at all times sir," - in a very heavy southern accent. That made me laugh.
PS, I liked Knoxville, very friendly and relaxed place.
Re: Not again!
How did that ever pass pre-launch quality control?
Quality Control in software have the same purpose as Risk Control in banking, its mostly ceremonial (and if it actually does it's job, it will be slagged for "hurting profits" and "disrupting the schedule" after which cutbacks will be made).
Just saved an Excel spreadsheet with Swedish characters in it as "CSV", load it back up and ..... Unicode Bugs!!
Re: And another upvote from me...
Power management works in Linux Mint "Maya" - generalising from my Thinkpad X61s and the Asus ION box.
It used to work on the Lenovo - using the last version of Debian - then it got broken. I had to fiddle and tweak a lot to get wireless to work because Debian changed that too. And this "GUUID"thingy for devices?? Eewgh!!
That's why I settled with Mint (even though it is infected with Ubuntu ;)
Re: bribery? Nooooooo....
It comes either out of the profit or the shareholders money, so, yes, it reduces taxes paid.
Yes, but ... hardware these days is so cheap. The really "pricey" item is actually the time that one has to spend hacking it into doing ones bidding.
Quite a few of the sub USD 5,00 MSP430 micro-controllers have more RAM, more "disk" (flash), more MIPS and more I/O bandwith than my first Dell 286 PC - which cost me GBP 1200!
No problem: He cant get inside the garage NOW with all the crap in there ;-)
Re: I can claim the fist phishing then?
... which invariably ended with a terminal reset. One fondly remembers the Wyse 14-something TTY's, which had programmable parameters, which could be written using non-ascii control sequences, with no sanity checks nor any hardware interlocks -- so a "terminal reset" on the Wyse would be, to f.ex., Speak the magick Word of Power that setteth the line scan frequency to Zero on some lusers terminal .... BooM, smoke comes out, IT-gremlins pours forth, seeking warm flesh to prod.
We had a skip of dead terminals right outside the building until we stopped replacing them!
Re: re: firewall on your toaster joke
And in the future, would "smart" TVs be capable of preventing me from watching American Idol, Real Housewives, or Two And A Half Men?
The prime directive of "smart" devices is to produce more dumb consumers: Your "smart" TeeVee will actively prevent you from watching anything else, and your fridge will rat your pathetic lack of beer out to advertisers to spam every channel directly with adds for beer - the targeted adds are delivered directly over the internet so it definitively does not help to change channel. The built-in camera will use facial recognition to see if anyone in the sofa is too young to watch the programming - your rage an invective at the current governments latest outrages will of course be analysed automatically and used against you.
Oh - and the 1900 page PDF license clearly states on page 997 that you must watch TV 3 hours a day or be liable to a fine - the "smart" teevee have your credit card already.
Re: Headline is flawed
Good Luck on getting any of those installed with that useless pile of crap KIeS crapplication that Samsung has inflicted on the world!
I though that Sony Ericsson had shitty support software, but after KIeS, I think that it is actually pretty good ;-)
Re: Less law please
No, they outsourced all the important stuff to the Banks, the EU and the UN. This frees up time to properly game their compensation plans. Now, they don't want anyone to write about it.
Thieving bankers and their bought-and-paid-for lier/lawyer politicians!
Ooopsie. I might have just slandered and defamed someone.
The 6502 was cool, but the Z80 had programmable interrupts for peripheral devices. The best part was that one could both read (and learn) the entire instruction sets and physically carry the documentation!
I gave up after the 486, where the "CPU-book" was something like 600 pages and The Errata's three volumes of equal bloat (AFAIK). Last time I looked, on AMD Athlon, the memory controller was a volume of about 100 pages ... for nostalgia I sometimes hack embedded thingies like MSP430. I can still understand that "scale" of device and it is more fun than soduko and crosswords.
Re: Compare and contrast
Why would people trust the antivirus software? On wifeys PC I have Avast Anti Virus, what does that do: It runs with full priority so it can touch all files, it proxies itself into all data traffic (even arcane stuff like "nntp"), it also checks urls for "typos" so it knows what you are trying to browse.
What if "Dr Evil" or CIA is the real owner of this company? You just send them all your stuff, installed total surveillance on your system - and installed a gateway for "them" to install more stuff when the occasion demands it - say someone needs to stick you with some kiddie-porn charges?!
Re: Prior art?
Nikola Tesla and Maxwell are clearly infringing on Apple's proprietary technology!
Re: Look over there - someone else is nicking all the money!!!!
Exactly! The politicians *deliberately*, *over many years*, crafted tax law specifically to allow the people they Represent* to escape any of the inconveniences suffered by the people they Manage*!
Represent: Politicians Themselves, Corporate Interests, Paying Contributors and Random Cronies.
Manage: Everyone Else, Especially the Electorate who, even though they are dumber than piss, just eventually might realize that they are being royally screwed over and decide to rock the boat.
Re: I could be a mutant!
I have a well above average beer capacity ;-)
Being a Scandinavian, I can break down alcohol faster and cleaner than most people. This extraordinary mutant power undoubtably comes from selection pressure: Any viking, who procreated, could handle an axe, a woman and someone calling his mead poof while being drunk ...
Re: os/2 pricing to fail
I was running OS/2 Warp on a one of those 486 machines where you had to pay 70 quid for a co-processor and insert it yourself. I used the VisualAge C++ to compile 6-8 open source programs that I wanted to have and then I finally realised that I might as well install Slackware Linux on the thing, get the goods directly. That installation eventually took me about 3 months to get to work properly with many kernel rebuilds, but it did work, even sound and the extreme speed 19k Modem with PPP and auto connect.
Warp was quite good, but at that time OS/2 was already cirkling the drain. Certainly, one would not drop big money on applications for it!
Re: I don't know what else is wrong with this??
And you don't see anything wrong with that??
They should send drones and take out the entire neighborhood. Its the only way to be sure!
you can return stuff if you changed your mind
In Sweden, they just look the thin over and zap the money right back into the credit card. They only ask if it is broken and you want a replacement or the money. So, I tend to buy most complicated items like computers, clothes and HiFi in the physical shops rather than faff about with returning mail order. Most physical shops here have a complimentary web shop with the same goods and the same prices. So you can get it Now by going to the shop or wait and get it by mail.
Re: A trend, not a case
The reason: people just don't feel the need to walk into a store, be ignored or get bad advice
Apple stores seem to get it. Lots of staff who knows what they are talking about and they make the sale right in the shop too so you don't have time to regret while waiting in line to pay. Too many retailers focus only on lower prices and even lower operating costs which always gives drab shops, staff that cannot be trusted with condiment management at a fast-food joint due to health & safety issues and "Make Money Now" scams like extended warranties. The "most-valued-customer"-experience is just about the only advantage that the physical shops have over the internet and most are managing to throw even that away!
Re: Microsoft needs to continue down this road...
"One Desktop to Run Office From" is a stupid decision from Microsoft! If they instead had separated the desktop from the OS, you could have Win8 mobile, tablet, desktop and classic (for those who love WinXP).
I think that within a year, there will be a patch providing the option to disable off metro and revert to the old Win7-look.
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