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...might be found to have the additional advantage of being self-emptying
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...might be found to have the additional advantage of being self-emptying
After all, a wise man once said 'When you're standing on a burning platform, you have to jump'.
Oracle are counting bugs found during development! Arguably true, but not how anyone else in the universe counts security vulnerabilities.
What matters (from Sophos's point of view) is not whether or not it's legal to give antivirus software to someone called Hasan Ali. What matters is whether their lawyer says it's legal. Which is subtly different - the lawyer could get into a lot of trouble if they say something is legal when it isn't, but they're unlikely to get into any trouble for claiming something 'might be problematic' when it isn't. Hence everyone 'errs on the side of caution'. And everything gets made more general and vague a few times in the interests of 'simplicity', making the eventual rules even less connected to the original law.
The same principle causes health and safety to go mad, and it needs to be better appreciated. A law should be considered faulty if it has consequences like this even if anyone reading the actual law can clearly see that, in this situation, it shouldn't apply.
OK, so it's much better value than South Korean flagships, but people wanting to save some money by getting a Chinese flagship already have a few options. OnePlus are probably creating the most media chatter, and I'd have thought the One is the obvious phone to compare with this.
I'd suspect the OnePlus One would be a better bet - slightly cheaper, hardware maybe a bit better depending on what metrics and benchmarks matter, and (most importantly) it comes with a more vanilla Android.
...and involves random people in battered vans delivering the parcels. Either Amazon has very odd ideas about how to maintain a fleet of vans, or they're all freelancers in their own vehicles.
How about Plutocrats
I wasn't worrying about a cable ignoring alternate mode. I was worrying about it not having the right wire, screening and so on for whatever protocol it finds itself carrying.
But I hope someone who knows more than I do about wire, screening and so on has thought of this.
If a cheap cable just-about works for normal USB, I could easily imagine it not working for Thunderbolt. And maybe some cables would work for some alternate mode protocols but not others, while other cables will work for a different random set of protocols.
And has Thunderbolt managed to change things so it can run over passive cables? I thought that thunderbolt cables were really expensive as the actual driver circuitry was in the plug, not in the device. If so, have they solved an impressive problem or were they being lazy before?
I'm impressed that someone from the University of Maryland recognises the moons as rugby-ball shaped. I would have feared that people from near Maryland would mistake them for American Football shaped moons.
According to Wikipedia
Pad abort test in Feb 2017, uncrewed flight to ISS in April, crewed flight in July. Presumably an in-flight abort test will happen in March.
That sounds like a remarkably short time to go from pad abort to crewed flight. It doesn't give much time for any lessons to be learnt from any minor anomalies between the launches.
My guess is that they've 'got' to be ready by June 2017 to get the NASA gig, but they don't think they'll be ready for pad abort before Feb. And they can pretend this is viable by assuming all those tests will go absolutely like clockwork.
So I guess SpaceX will be launching first, after 'unexpected' delays in Boeing's plans.
The Pi needs Windows for the same reason it needs RiscOS and Plan 9
I'd have thought that if you wanted to do anything useful about anything to do with internet safety (as a minister), you'd have to be at the Home Office. That would give you involvement in things like the snooper's charter.
Whether or not she looks like a complete dead loss depends a lot on whether you compare her with successful people in the tech field, or whether you compare her to other ministers involved in internet stuff. I'm optimistic that she may be relatively good, because she isn't a PPE graduate who thinks that getting your secretary to print out your emails counts as using the internet (but she'll be unable to do anything as she'll have to tow the home office line on anything that matters)
Surely they're responsible for all this strong crypto. They should be held responsible!
I've rung (and then been rung back by) 999 twice, both times in London. On both occasions the incoming call showed up as 999. Maybe other 999 call centers can't program the phone system as well.
My android tablet is better in every respect than my Apple (Newton) tablet.
Isn't amazon.co.uk technically in Luxemburg?
In which case many brits buy from foreign sites. I suspect many other national Amazon sites are the same.
(And I think there are EU countries without national Amazon sites, for whom Amazon insists on charging excessive postage fees)
An interesting question, but I'm going to argue for better semi-dwarf rice.
Aren't the fire control systems of Belfast completely mechanical?
In which case, anyone hacking them over the internet (or defending against such an attack) is a genius.
I understand that Scratchwood was chosen as the target to demonstrate the guns' range; of all the targets that are very close to the guns' maximum range, it was deemed the one most deserving of a few 6" shells. So the guns can't reach slough and targets in central London aren't impressive enough.
And since I'm bound to get accused of flamebait, I need to explain myself better.
If I hire a designer to design something for me, that thing is customised to my needs, my values and who I am. That's how the idea of design started. Any 'brilliant' house will have quirks in it because of the unique needs of the family for whom it was built. Now there's this idea that a designer can invent the perfect thing that's perfect for everyone. That idea is, frankly, rubbish. Since you can't afford to pay a decent designer to design the perfect phone for you, the best you can do is to do the personal aspects of the design yourself, by choosing the right one from a broad and diverse market.
Buying Apple is abdicating your responsibility as an individual.
So, would the new cabinet minister for the digital agenda need to have a post A-Level qualification relevant to IT?
Presumably that's 84% of SMEs interested in selling digital services to the government that the government knows about. Or maybe 84% of SMEs who have previously sold digital services to the government. It clearly isn't 84% of SMEs since most SMEs don't provide digital services. It probably isn't 84% of companies that provide 'digital services' as I can't imagine there's an accurate list of them.
So it sounds like the statistics are being assembled in a way that lets the civil service ignore any company that thinks working for the government is a PITA.
I suspect that Streetview was just an excuse to explain why Google was trying to photograph every single street in the world without suggesting to their then mapping providers that Google was developing its own maps. Apple clearly need to improve their maps. That means they need cars like this. The lack of a big high-up streetview style camera (and the obvious presence of lousy map data on iPhones) suggests that all that's going on here is mapping and they won't be adding their own streetview.
I don't see a lidar so I don't think it's anything to do with self driving.
Ahh. That makes sense
Loads of tiny cells controlled by lower-frequency super-cells? Why not just connect the end-user devices to the super-cell?
Now everyone's using WiFi, you really need digital-grade audiophile air. I wonder if it's OK to use the same kind of air for the wifi path and the audio path between the speakers and the ears.
Google seems very clever in its use of capchas
Not only are they presenting you with a problem which computers are bad at solving. They're presenting you with a problem that they want solved. So for instance, the image capcha thing will obviously be used to improve image search just as the pictures of house numbers were obviously being used to improve google maps.
Oh, and zdnet has a rather good picture of the new EDSAC's boot ROM (which is a bit of a mechanical phone exchange)
The boot ROM is one of those details that makes EDSAC so brilliant. Everyone else building computers at the time thought that building an electronic computer was an impressive achievement by itself. The EDSAC team also thought through what else was needed to let other people in the university to do something useful with it - so they invented boot ROMs and subroutines and so on.
Have they actually restored it, or is this a replica? I was unaware that any significant parts of it survived.
All the same, incredible achievement!
My guess is they can only maintain so much of a premium over Samsung, so Samsung reacting to the Chinese will have an impact on Apple profits.
Has Almunia not heard of the concept of having subordinates to do some of the work for you? If there were 5,000 matters that should have been handled at first then there should have been enough people to handle them.
But any chance of a noddy version of this article - that actually mentions particular models of SSD instead of particular capacitor chemistry options.
If only someone could invent the 3.5mm headphone jack we'd be happy
It's interesting to see Apple on board, especially for mobile. Suggests they reckon that Lightning will run out of speed and have to be replaced by USB C.
Something interesting in press release: The cable has 4 USB 3.1 lanes. Each lane can either be used for USB or re-purposed for DisplayPort. That means that you could have a 2.5kx1.4k monitor with a built-in USB 3 hub connected using 1 USB C lead. 2 lanes can drive the monitor and the other 2 provide 20gbps to the USB hub.
And I didn't know that USB C has a standard for negotiating complete changes of wire protocol. Cool. That means that a phone could contain a USB C port, but a range of reasonably-cheap adapters can expose a range of different signals. (This will be less useful when USB C takes over the world and there's no need for any other signals, but still)
but why is the thing that connects the batteries to the servo called a battery eliminator?
It probably needs to pay most of those fees on to visa/mastercard, who will then pass them on to the issuer banks. The banks get so much money from card merchant fees that they feel generous enough to give people 1% cashback, and an interest free month.
(Creating a form of payment which didn't inherently cost so much would be a good thing, but that's a Separate Issue)
And Wikipedia tells us that Denver is indeed a microcoded CPU designed by engineers poached from various companies including Transmeta (and possibly licensing some transmeta tech). The reason it can't do x86 is that Nvidia doesn't have the patent licenses.
7-way superscalar, so if it works it'll be very fast.
I await some real independent benchmarks with interest.
Jazelle executes easy Java bytecode instructions natively, but bails out and switches back to interpreting when it gets anything difficult. The process of bailing out is so slow that in practice, JITs have always been faster.
But I'm sure this article is actually saying that ARMs are now so complex that they have real microcode interpretation of ARM instructions. Which is interesting.
Caching microcode didn't work very well on the Pentium 4. Hopefully only doing it on 'commonly used code' might work better. It'll be interesting to see how this plays out; brilliant ideas in chip design have a habit of not actually working in practice (see Jazelle and the Pentium 4)
Is at the bottom.
I'd have guessed that Android and Apple were way out in front and roughly neck and neck. But I'd have guessed the others completely wrong. So Symbian is still way ahead of Windows Phone 8 for actual usage; that's surprising. And it looks like featurephones are the third phone ecosystem at the moment, comfortably beating Windows Phone, Blackberry and Symbian.
I can't remember ever going on a mandatory training course on a new system that imparted any useful knowledge about anything, let alone how to use the new system. So, in my experience, he was proposing a quality level far higher than the industry standard.
I think this is most likely to go nowhere and if it does happen, it'll be a disaster but...
What if roaming was not only mandatory but the roamed-to network received hefty charges which the phone's network wasn't allowed to pass on to the customer. That would create a real incentive to increase coverage.
Of course, it'd drive up costs (someone needs to pay for the new masts, and for the endless legal challenges to the idea), but could be worth it for decent coverage.
In fact, this will go nowhere as it only really makes a difference in solid-blue constituencies. What is needed is an initiative that improves phone reception in marginal constituencies.
Is there a good summary somewhere of what the 'numerous hard problems' are?
Actually, I think it makes sense of Apple to buy Beats.
Beats are, as noted, massively overpriced headphones that manage to sell well due to gimmicky features, styling and a strong brand. Therefore we can assume Beats has some world-class experts at selling massively overpriced goods by adding gimmicky features, styling and a strong brand. That's Apple's core competency, and having some more people who are good at it could easily be worth that much. It's just like tech companies buying startups just for a room full of smart engineers, with complete disregard for the startup's product, only here it's not engineers.
That's really important for everyone who's avoided phone projectors on the grounds that they have nothing in common with phased array radar.
Actually, the throwaway remark at the end that this could be used for cheaper and more robust LIDAR is probably the most exciting aspect of this - personally I need a self-driving car more often than I need a projector phone.
I've been wondering about the etymology of the term 'cloud computing'. I suspect it's a case of a term with negative connotations being embraced, but I'm looking for some evidence.
i.e. I assume it started with fans of on-premises computing saying you want your data to be where you can see it, not 'in the clouds', and then became the term used by the people making the opposite argument.
Firstly this should greatly reduce latency since fewer TCP handshakes are needed. In fact, the DNS requests should end up happening from Google's servers, not from the phone. Latency is a big deal on mobile networks.
Secondly, SPDY always uses TLS. So while all your data is accessible to Google, it's inaccessible to everyone else in the cafe with unencrypted WiFi that you're sitting in (and the cafe owners, even if the WiFi has encryption). Whether that makes things better or worse depends on the cafes you frequent.
They expected to sell twice as many as last year, based on a not-completely-earth-shattering update, in more competitive market conditions. But it turns out they're selling about the same number as last year.
I think there's been an accident with the reality-distortion field in the Apple supply-chain department
The fact that anyone thought WiFi was reliable enough to run a signalling system on a good day is terrifying by itself, even without any interference from hotspots. Why not just run wires down the trackbed like sensible people do?