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IANAL but it would seem to me, aside from the bountiful prior art, that the use of the word 'typically' in the 'Background of the Invention' section 0003 and section 0004 invalidates the basic claim (or rather any innovative part of it). 'Typically' is not exclusive so permits the possibility that existing methods do not require whatever follows (which is true), it seems a bit like the word 'may' in this context - effectively meaning nothing at all.
"Unfortunately for Mr Musk and his SpaceX team, they missed their day off to no avail."
Yeah but what a cracking thing to miss a silly bit of holiday for.....
Playing with enormous rockets or turkey ?
Turkey or playing with enormous rockets ?
...and good luck to 'em for the next launch attempt.
Re: these look somehow familiar...
"these look somehow familiar...
ah yes, they all look exactly the same as my 4 year old MacBook air :-)"
No they don't.
Re: They should be forced to use
"Tux fanboys should really take the time to install a Windows Domain Controller and learn how much you can do from that, even without adding more sophisticated tool like System Manager or the like."
..or they could just fire-up a LDAP server and do much the same basic admin using a number of freely available front-ends or go to someone like Softerra and get something that admins openLDAP and MS ActiveDirectory (LDAP with bells) as well as Novell eDirectory (yuck), Oracle Internet Directory (double yuck) and Lotus Domino (good grief, still going ?). Not as nicely presented often, true - especially the free ones, and certainly not as powerful, easy to use or relevant in a Windows enterprise - but there's a lot you can do without really knowing anything about what's under the hood.
Not saying you'd necessarily want but it's there if you need it or fancy a look. It tends to get overlooked as smaller networks typically don't need it, and larger networks often just buy in management software for Unix or mixed networks.
Re: They should be forced to use
"When was it proven that Windows is the only enterprise ready OS? "
Around year 2000 when Win2K was released, undisputed till now."
Undisputed by whom ? Citations ?
"Wanna argue ? Don't, because you obviously never tried manage tens of thousands of either Windows or non-Windows desktops.
Must have come as a shock to all those enterprises who ran, or are running, on Solaris, HP-UX or AIX then..... probably news to CERN too (see e.g. Quattor). Many have moved to Windows, or other *nixes, but that can hardly be attributed soley to the extent OS being 'not ready' for the enterprise.
Note - i'm not slating Windows as far as enterprise deployment goes, I am disputing it's the only enterprise ready OS.
"Your comment about the Linux desktop is particularly childish."
Well, it really reflects state where Linux desktop is - in a kindergarten, for last 10 years at least, must be one retarded child. Seriously, why would anyone in the world use it for anything else than running Firefox ?
Quite frankly, one of the best examples of proving the OPs point i've seen ever... genius !
"Whatever it really thinks about Doctor Who, the BBC certainly isn’t keen on 3D."
That's because people aren't watching it - the Beeb often gets slated for wasting money, and rightfully so, but to make snide sounding comments when it actually employs common sense is a bit much.
"The transmission ... is the Corporation’s final 3D broadcast for the time being"
Yeah - I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if eight or nine voices suddenly cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.
Are these the same Dodd Frank regulations from a while ago that were US (non-international) regulations, using certification paperwork based on existing schema that was presented a long time ago as a framework to the SEC, that were non-comprehensive and optional and could be adhered to a posteriori, or have they changed a lot ?
It's not that I disagree with the more centralised checking - far from it, I think it's an excellent idea - but at least one of the previous articles you linked to contained more than a little FUD and i've not looked at the regulatory documents since that time so haven't seen what's the current state of play.
Re: That music!
"backed by some Euro happy house ... that will have you reaching for the glowsticks and green lasers"
It had me reaching for something alright....
"> Having collected the particles
Hum, it'll be interesting to see these elusive little neutrino fellas in a bottle for once.
Yeah - i'm also intrigued by the "28 intergalactic subatomic particles, which were embedded within a cubic kilometre of polar ice"... presumably they just sort of fell out on the floor when the block was opened, and they had to scoop them up into the bottle.. that must have been a tricky lil'job and no mistake (especially if you had gloves on or no nails).
"At the time of writing the discussion was considering whether the best way to bring WYSIWYG to EMACS might be to create extensions to LibreOffice."
Not a bad idea - but what do I know, I use emacs in viper mode so am universally hated :)
Re: Off the top of my head.
"(Bearing in mind exchange of encrypted data is always vulnerable to the initial key exchange)"
Not normally an issue, although you do have to be a little careful e.g. using a bog-standard public key cryptographic scheme the only obvious vulnerability in the initial exchange is associating the user ID with the public key, and there are ways to easily check that without needing a big PKI set-up.
Re: Thanks for this article
Yeah - first person for a while that's made Larry Ellison seem vaguely sane....
@btrower Re: You can't reveal what you don't know
"You can make things almost arbitrarily secure. You can't do that with vanilla Email infrastructure, but who says you have to use that?"
Well you can*, but you need to exchange keys first.
* modulo the clear text not being intercepted somewhere between being typed into the keyboard and point the email is encrypted on your client machine/device prior to sending. If that's happening, you're pretty much hosed whatever you do mind.
"The New Zealanders (at least) refer to a tow truck (operative) as a towie, little realising that this actually means The Only Way Is Essex..."
..although there is a slight difference in pronunciation with towie (NZ) => 'toe-eee' and TOWIE => 'moronic tossers'.
Smart-Watch In Poor Sales Shocker.
Who'd have guessed ?
"These events led me to the conclusion that, at least in my case, educational techniques and sport were mutually exclusive and that the essentialness of sport to a rounded education was a myth of the same magnitude as any of those in The History of Herodotus."
'Rounded education' is usually (in my experience) intended to imply exposure to many different experiences, all of which contribute to the education process - as in 'round' as a synonym for 'whole' or 'complete'. It has never (again IME) been used to imply that a fully rounded education is essential to attain some type of academic level, or similar achievement.
Given that, you could argue that sport is essential in a rounded education - but only in the sense that it would be incomplete without it. There is, however, much that can be learnt from various sporting endeavours outside of the gross physical and mental skills, some of which i'd consider to be highly educational. Moreover, given your almost complete lack of experience of sport, i'd say you were particularly ill-suited to comment of what insights it may have afforded you. To be honest, I also expected a tad less hubris in this regard from an 'expert witness' - or at the very least, a somewhat more visible appreciation of the limits of their knowledge.
That aside, I found much of the article very interesting indeed.
So to try and summarise... the only bit the airlines and boffins were really concerned with, they still are - but now instead of asking people to turn off the devices completely, they can remain on as long as all the radios (in the general sense) are disabled. Is that right ?
If so, it's somewhat more convenient at times, but would also need slightly more wherewithal from the user to accomplish than now. Some may find that mildly concerning - frankly i've sat next to plenty of people on planes who seem quite far away from the reading age required just to turn the things off.
Ooooo - this sounds like fun.. maybe point two of them at each other (or big bendy magnets to cross the stream from one) and put the detectors where the beams meet. Ta-da ! Alternatively put your target on the end of the really long stick, lash the detectors to it and pop it in the beam (Careful : wear protection on your forearms just in case).
Re: cause headaches in finding open-source builds of current Windows-based scientific applications
'"I didn't know Linux was incapable of running closed source applications."
If you're not joking -it does '
..I was detecting irony (or rather, sarcasm) in the OPs statement - of course that might have been wrong as well. The article was seeming to suggest that the switch from Windows to Linux would necessitate moving from closed source to (presumably different) open source applications - which is not true in the general case.
Re: "The Fruity Firm"
"Clichés die if you don't overuse them."
Hmmm - there's an appealing thought....
Re: Why always so wrong
'"a cloud of virtual particles around them that continually sweep in and out of existence"
Well, it's just a fun way of describing things so that humans get at least get some impression of the mad world of quantum mechanics, isn't it. Particles fizzing in and out of existence isn't that bad a way of thinking about things.'
Absolutely, although they do have consequences which make them more than a mathematical trick - e.g. black hole evaporation. In that sense they are very much real, or at least as real as anything else down there... :)
@The_idiot Re: And this, for me...
"Whatever messages look like (binaries, non human or machine parse-able blocks of text) - then prior to 'decoding' it, I have to allow my machine to accept otherwise unknown and unintelligible blocks of 'stuff'. Because it must be OK - after all, it's 'just an email'.
Have I just opened up a rather convenient attack vector for the types of people I _don't_ want putting 'stuff' on my machine? Whether virus makers, script kiddies - or even the very people I'm trying to protect my privacy from?"
No - you haven't necessarily opened up an attack vector - your crypt text doesn't need to be executed and neither the encrypted nor decrypted streams need undergo evaluation beyond simple bit operations with no side effects (i.e. typically the input streams are just read into buffers, run through a bit-manipulation engine and re-write to a new output stream). If you don't feel brave, do all that in some well embunkered sandpit to catch execution exceptions etc). You don't need to 'check' it's safe, as you never execute it, the bit manipulations have no side-effects (e.g. the output of one operation is not used as some reference or pointer to further data) - you just run the bytes through the engine and look at the result - in hex if you wish. It will either make sense or it won't.
It might be worth looking up some simple examples of something like public key encryption to see how this actually works in a concrete case - there are plenty out there e.g. this Mozilla introduction gives enough information to start with.
"No matter what secure system someone comes up with, to send an email to one person from another, it will be in clear text."
Errr - no. The message body can be in cipher text or clear text, or even a binary attachment. How the receiver decrypts the message text depends on what what system you're using, who has whose keys etc. All that needs to be in clear text is the recipients email address, obviously.
YORP is a bit rubbish isn't it ? They had enough for PYRO, though even PORY might have been preferable...
Re: The impertinence of these people.
"the impertinence - of these people I know no... - words" anonymous
Adding authors name - makes obviously false thought - almost a Haiku.
Re: I expect to get a zillion downvotes but...
'"No one ticked the box that says the NSA can read my mail."
Indeed not, but as Google successfully established with Gmail reading is not really "reading" is it? It's just hanging around innocently, whistling.'
Don't be so naive - you honestly think the security forces in the US and elsewhere were waiting for that (ill-considered) judgement before intercepting and/or scanning emails ?
"...we should only consider the interests of the producer insofar as that is important to the consumer.
An extension of this is that we really don't care who produces something but we do care that it is produced."
Surprisingly for me, I was broadly with you up until here. The extension only follows if the consumer is utterly indifferent to the producer - Smith comment does not mandate that. If the end result is functionally equivalent then there may be many reasons to actively choose a particular producer, e.g. an SME over a established multi-national. Indeed some may hope that consideration of the producer, given functional equivalence of the product, is something that might potentially have a beneficial effect to the system - unless one is deliberately trying to achieve some extreme form of free corporate capitalism.
"Or they could just look in the window and see when there's movement or activity, or just see when the car's on the drive and then test by knocking on the door? Would seem a damn sight easier (and with the advantage to the toerag that they're already then at your property too), or is that just too old-fashioned?"
Doing it over the network potentially allows you to automatically scan thousands of addresses, or more, then analyse it at your leisure.
"Plus somehow I think even in these modern times the intersection of people with both hacker and burglary skills (and the desire to use them) is probably rather small?"
True - but the same person doesn't have to do both, e.g. a really simple setup would be J.Random Hacker scans the domestic networks, analyses the result, parcels up the most promising candidates by area and flogs them to the local under-world representatives - exclusive rights for those who pay a premium.
"Just out of curiosity, what exactly did Bill Gates [...] say or do to force you to buy or use their products?"
You have an interesting lack of understanding how monopolies work. Microsoft weren't the first, they won't be the last and they certainly won't be the nastiest - doesn't make them angels however. That said, at least Gates, unlike most other of his peers, and the Foundation (although not without its issues) is actually doing something useful with our money.
"Everyone involved in Android loses money on it except Samsung, not just Sony."
Re: Im surprised
Indeed - the sample size is still rather small at the moment. That'll improve in time, but currently it's leading to a lot of "how peculiar" comments from the astronomical community... which is one of the reasons why science can be such fun !
"Perhaps more intriguingly, they say that if there had ever been a Kepler-78b in our solar system - and apparently this is quite possible - such a second Earth would have vanished long ago, leaving no trace for us to find today."
Not saying our understanding of the creation of solar systems and their dynamics over billions of years is lacking, obviously, but were it the case that those models and assumptions are a bit off then, conceivably, such a thing might not have vanished completely yet but be, oooooh I don't know... currently about a million miles out from the star. Just a thought... That would mean, however, that we really don't quite have the hang of this system evolution malarky (understandable) - I mean, when was the last time you heard an astrophysicist say "That's odd - didn't expect to see one of those there" eh ?
Ah.. hang on...
Re: Lots of un-plumbed physics which could imaginably explain this stuff
"Please send my nobel prize by return of post, or an explanation of why this does not make sense."
It's not even wrong.
Re: Two things...
"She was, apparently speeding. If correct then that's illegal irrespective of what she had on her face."
Indeed - which is why she was booked for speeding as well.
"Well, no other device allows huge mailboxes to be instantly searchable."
I presume you intended that to mean locally stored mailboxes using an installed application ? Even then, i'm not sure that that statement is correct. Much, is suspect, would depend on what you are trying to convey with 'instantly' - clearly that's impossible for any device or application, so what was the intent ?
Re: What's the obsession with Xbox One?
@ Richard 22
Thanks, that makes a bit more sense now.
Re: What's the obsession with Xbox One?
"Had it in KDE long before Win 7 came out."
GNOME has had a variation on it for a while too - so that's at least three window managers across two operating systems... not sure which bit is supposed to be new.
"$10 all you can drink beer"
Re: Usage share
"Not that hard to work out. If you collect web server logs together and analyse them then you find that over 80% of mobile devices that accessed them were Apple iOS machines."
The figures i've seen from the US show iOS mobile website usage between 65-70% - as the US typically shows the absolute peak of iOS usage for stats (60% iOS market share last I looked), i'd guess that would hint at it being a peak worldwide. Stats for Europe and Asia would be different, Africa even more so.
"These are numbers generated by third party analytics firms over a wide range of web sites."
Web sites in which country, in what proportion ?
"The implication here is that a large proportion of Android devices are never used to access the web, which is kind of odd given that's what they are primarily designed to do."
The implication could also be that you're extrapolating too far - difficult to tell without any real information - possibly due to your statistics not being reflective of world-wide numbers. The access number would also need to be for unique devices for the assumption that low usage = no usage (which you seem to be making - correct me if i'm wrong).
@Headley_Grange Re: "Premium Enhancements"
I can't recall a comment i've agreed with more.
Re: Flash memory size
"It seems like the size increase of flash memory in devices has stalled. I guess until they start doing the chip stacking thing in mass production he will have to wait."
Alas it has less to do with technology and more do with market placement and profit margins.
Re: @AC Agree with Woz
"Yeah so imagine carry 30 (or even 10) 32Gb SD cards - how are you going to know what is on each - keep swapping them until you get the right one?"
Woz would have needed about 4 for what he needed, even he if couldn't remember what's on each you can get tiny little plastic wallets that you can write on - fit in a wallet. I'm not thinking about transporting terabytes of data, we're talking about getting some TV shows or films on.
"Yes I realise you 'could' work around that issue but it's messy - think I'd just use an external wifi hard drive."
If you're needing to carry hundreds of gigabtyes/terabytes of data - i'd agree with you. That is not the use case for a lot of people - as mentioned above, a lot of folk just want to stuff some more films or shows on their device, e..g. when travelling. Apple (and others) seemingly don't want to add SD slots into the device so they can gouge you for over-priced flash, it's the only differentiator in some cases - it has sod all to do with slimness or aesthetics, although perhaps they would have you believe otherwise. It most certainly has nothing whatsoever to do with what the end-user wants. So the price of slimming down devices is carrying around more devices ? Not great, is it ?
@AC Re: Agree with Woz
"Micro SD is a joke - so you are really going to carry a tablet then a load of 32Gb micro SD cards around."
Oh no - not 'a load of 32Gb [sic] micro SD cards' - there goes my luggage allowance....
"Essentially you CAN do all of this - iPad plus camera connection kit or iPad plus wifi enabled portable hard drive and think I saw a wifi enabled SD/micro SD reader."
...or, I dunno, maybe a SD slot ?
Re: MS will win
'"I can actually see a lot of SMBs and corporates making the move to (free) office apps"
I can't. Most of these companies will be using other software that only works with MS Office. '
Ahh - but which versions of MS Office ? I've seen as much issue with compatibility problems between different versions of MS Office as between FOSS office suites and MS Office, usually resulting in the escalation of MS Office versions as the recipients scrabble to upgrade so they can read the latest document they've received. Admittedly we don't have a huge amount of 'office' documents circulating, the complexity probably isn't very high (actually that's even more worrying) and things have improved in the last few years - but even so, it's hardly ideal even when only using Microsoft products.
'Then you have to deal with the expense of retraining and issues with the free software not correctly implementing the OOXML (an ISO standard no less). '
OOXML was a knee-jerk reaction to ODF, which was wedged through the approval process using a great deal of, being overly kind to it, 'lobbying'. IIRC the first implementations of OOXML (as ECMA 376) were third-party vendors, and Microsoft themselves only managed a ISO/IEC 29500 compliant (non-transitional) reader and writer last year - and how is a competitor supposed to ensure that they 'correctly implement' something like footnoteLayoutLikeWW8 or useWord2002TableStyleRules ?
"Standard" - yeah, right, great - albeit unwanted, unpopular, ill-defined and impossible to implement 'correctly' unless you happen to be the author vendor.
"Or maybe it's the crap programmes?"
..perhaps this explains the rise in sales of 'connected' TVs - faced with channel after channel of rubbish on their dumb panel TVs, the customer can now go and buy a smart TV. And watch cat videos.
"So we want to hear from people who hate Apple's new building. Get in touch and tell us why the Fruit Loop is rotten. "
Sums up the bent of this piece quite nicely I think...
- World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...
- Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE
- Pics Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year
- Microsoft teams up with Feds, Europol in ZeroAccess botnet zombie hunt
- Storagebod Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?