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How about the courts also stop foreign media from publishing the names in the first place?
The law is good, to protect the victims even if that means a perpetrator gets anonymity. But the law is no good if it can be worked around by such a simple thing as a foreign paper publishing the names online for all to read in this country. Arguably, the paper should be taken to court for making this information available in the UK (they could apply some form of IP based restriction to the article). At the very least, that media disrespected our laws (even though they don't operate within them themselves).
Heh, 4K is a horizontal measure of pixels, not vertical like all previous resolution labels. Those who want to remain sane will say it refers to a class of resolutions similar to 3840x2160 (2160p), but also including 4096x3072 (4x 1024x768 - the 4K that this article refers to) and some others.
(Those that want to get annoyed and have an argument will state it's 3840x2160 only, and that's not even 4K and RAGE, etc.)
I think it should be called 16:9 2160p or 4:3 3072p, but it appears that many humans can't deal with such large numbers, so we've wrapped around to 4K for some reason (movie related).
Re: [4K] Won't happen
I agree that a multiple of 1024x768 is inevitable, and thus the @3x 3072x2304 is the easier, and more logical, resolution to aim for in a 12.9" tablet. It will be less stress on the GPU (being around 2x the pixels instead of 4x the pixels), and possibly would be doable with an plain old A7 with a much faster GPU, or an "A7X" with 50% more GPU (and faster GPU) instead of 100% more, and faster, GPU (and a 200% faster, same speed, GPU is not really an option).
I don't think the retina name is an issue. There's more to eyesight than pixel detection at certain distances and DPI - there's angular resolution as well, for which retina is still not enough.
I'm guessing iOS is a given, due to the touch interface and lack of suitability of Mac OS X in such a device.
That's always the bad thing about sharing a name with someone who becomes a hated criminal!
Luckily none of the affected people are taking it further, but I can easily imagine that another person would involve the police if they weren't aware of why they were suddenly receiving hate messages.
Re: Taking a byte at history
The ARM1 was designed as a BBC Micro add-in processor, and Chris was referring to the BBC Micro in that statement.
At least it's getting most of the TV catchup services (well, no 4od yet, and nobody cares about itv player) and streaming video services (Netflix, Lovefilm) on its release date in the UK.
But the important thing for a games console is that they've got a decent controller and the console's hardware can do the games at 1080p. Sure, it needs more good games right now, but it's the same with every new console launch.
They just need to improve the capacities - 2MB chips aren't useful, even for phones, even if they stack in-package to 16MB. They need to be around 500x more capacious.
"not all items will only be 40 yards away in a straight line."
I would seriously hope that the computer overseeing a picking job would organise the things to be picked in an optimal manner for each meatbot, presumably taking a circuitous route from the empty truck zone to the full truck ready for unloading by other meatbots, before the driver returns to the empty truck zone to start again.
And I think I saw on TV recently that Ocado went for the full automated picking factory - clearly this is where Amazon could be going soon. And then the meatbots will be complaining about fewer and fewer jobs that they are qualified to do.
I'd hate that. Then again I'd hate a lot of manual jobs, and at least this one is under cover.
The main issue I have with it is the constant timing and countdown clock thing, which is a clear and obvious source of stress, especially if you overrun often - I can imagine a red light blinking by your name on some manager's tablet.
The analysis pulls figures from out of thin air, and clearly the price of the AMD APU, at $100, is tantamount to saying "we don't know". In addition how is it "three times as big" as any other 28nm chip? It's far smaller than high end 28nm GPU dies for a start. So they've pulled yield figures out of their rears as well, without noting that the APU has redundancy built in - 20 CUs instead of 18, for example. Yield will be higher than the 66% they are saying: The process is mature. It's well known. And the die has redundancy.
The $88 price for the GDDR5 memory is probably realistic (although Sony's individual deals with the memory manufacturer aren't known), but the price will drop over time, as will the price for the APU.
Re: Nice timing
Yeah, whatever happened to local loop unbundling?
I don't care. I've already bent over to let Google have their evil way on a load of other services already. All they'll get off this is that I'm a feedly user. Big whoop, compared to the anal reaming they're doing to the content of my gmail.
Re: too many distractions
Distractions are evil.
Back then I had a second-hand computer, and several years of magazines that had come with the computer (an Amstrad CPC 464). I had no games. There was no internet, no Steam, no free browser games. A computer, a BASIC prompt, and blank cassettes.
The magazines had type-in games. So I learned to type, I learned BASIC by osmosis, in order to get at the games. And then I could alter the games to make them better. This is something the mod makers still do today, but their platform isn't BASIC, it's the game engine and in-game scripting language.
Learning through play is the most effective form of learning - even for adults. This needs to be a key feature for any next generation schoolchild programming system.
Re: No programming required
What I can say is that the Cambridge University policy back in 1996 was exactly the same, and we were the people going to university who had been programming BASIC and Z80/6502 their 8-bits in the late 80s in BASIC, and then using AMOS, Blitz Basic and 68000 assembler on the Amiga in the early-mid 90s.
First course back in '96? ML - functional programming. Nobody had an unfair advantage, and core CompSci concepts (lambda calculus, etc) were taught. I imagine it's still ML, or a variant, or Haskell or Scheme today.
Programming is just a small part of a CompSci course - but most non-CompScis seem to think the entire course is just about learning to program. I can't vouch for other universities, but that certainly wasn't the case at Cambridge.
Ridiculous to ban breasts and allow murder videos
Regardless, once it was flagged as requiring moderation, they can be said to have been involved in keeping the content available. Currently without any warnings.
On a social network that is actively signing up 13 year olds.
Either block sign-ups for under 18s, and allow more adult content (appropriately flagged), or allow no adult content and allow the 13 year olds to sign up. Or auto-ban anything flagged as adult from the under 18yo (adjusted for the law in the country of viewing) viewers.
OMG a breast, the horror!!!! Oh, a gory real life decapitation, that's okay. What is wrong with these people?
Re: Dear Dyson
+1 for getting a Henry, mine just keeps on going. Bags are cheap online too.
Okay, I did replace the powered head unit because the brush roller broke, but at least you can buy the replacement head units on their own.
There's a reason that offices use these - they work, keep on working, and they're simple.
Re: Good idea
MySQL's "utf8" type doesn't support 4-byte utf8, you need to use 'utf8mb4' for that!
SMSs with a non-ASCII character in are sent in UCS2 (which is not exactly UTF-16) and they're a lot shorter per message part. Once you've dealt with surrogate pair issues (encoding 3/4 byte characters in UCS2) you may never regain sanity again.
Sadly for Delta the iPad is approved for use as a digital flight bag, whereas the Surface 2 is not.
Apparently the cost of waiting for approval will cost Delta an extra $20m in fuel costs (for the heavy non-digital flight bags) over using the iPad today. Which is more than the $5.5m cost of the devices.
This really stinks of kickbacks and corporate schmoozing. Or a Microsoft-only infected IT department.
I've got one of the £29 Nooks, and it's perfectly fine as an eReader - crisp enough screen, and using the on-screen keyboard isn't as bad an experience I thought it would be on an eInk display. It's a gateway device though, designed to get you using the Nook Store, and getting invested in the Nook ecosystem, so your next purchase will be a better Nook instead of a Kindle.
Two years late is spot on. BB10 is technically very excellent, fast, and reliable. QNX was a great purchase decision.
But that decision should have been made in 2007, after seeing what the next generation of phones was going to be like, as demonstrated and released by Apple that year. Watching people send email on a clunky BB device in 2009, using that little trackball and waiting for UI updates was a very painful experience when the person next to them was breezing through it on an iPhone.
BB was good at corporate email and messaging. Losing both of these in a couple of years is a move of incredible incompetence. Now they'll lose the rest of their market by stopping the iOS and Android releases of the software, software that is meant to keep people on their enterprise email and messaging platforms even if they (currently) aren't using BB devices. Because by keeping the people on the platform, they can try to get the hardware right for the next cycle and entice them back. No users, no company.
"Using more bytes to store a value"
You are aware that ARMv8 ints are still 32-bit long?
It's when you use longs (long longs for you windows people) that you benefit from 64-bit registers. And in this case ARMv8 has 30 64-bit registers, compared to around 12 free 32-bit registers (i.e., six 64-bit values) - five times the register space.
Immediately you can see how code that can make use of 64-bit values will become far faster. Not only does it have more register space, but CPU instructions will be done faster (single pass through the ALU, not two passes through a 32-bit ALU). And because your problem is using 64-bit values regardless of how it is processing them, the amount of memory used for value storage isn't different.
So the only caveat, for 64-bit integer calculations, is that your problem needs to be able to make use of 64-bit values. And if it can, it will be faster.
Also note ARMv8 doubles the size of VFP (standard ARM floating point, not NEON) registers. IIRC.
"US Customs and Border Protection polygraphs about 10,000 applicants a year and credits the technology with uncovering 200 wrongdoers, normally people who have had an association with either drugs or people-smuggling, since the tests became compulsory two years ago."
Is that a 1% success rate? 200 "wrongdoers" over a two year period from polygraphing 20,000 people.
What's the false positive rate and false negative rates?
Polygraphs are at best stress detectors, and for many of these tests it is natural to assume the person being questioned would be stressed. The fact that the US uses them is very telling of the anti-science society in power over there, that is pushing the country further and further behind more agile competitors in the global economy.
I pity the Java developer who is still using Log4J directly, as opposed to via Slf4J or a replacement, such as Logback.
Log4J has some serious throughput issues for high logging workloads, resulting in the logging framework actually blocking the running application from running at full pelt.
Dependency versioning is a horrible game these days with Java, most serious projects are managed by Maven and Maven doesn't apply any policy to the version it pulls out of its arse when it has clashing dependencies to resolve.
Infosys is advertising jobs below market rate because they don't want to pay market rate, and then using the lack of interest to abuse the visa programme to bring in cheap programmers (sorry, "consultants"). Infosys's behaviour is not racist, but miserly.
Clearly the visa programme needs to also take into account the job spec and the offered wage to see if it is a reasonable wage for that job before granting a visa. In addition there is no reason why any company needs to be 90% people on visas, so put in an upper limit, say 25% of department headcount (and reduce that YoY to encourage takeup of local talent.
"Database administrator" -> "Oracle", wage "$30000" => visa request denied due to not offering the job locally at market rate.
Re: But how much will it cost?
It looks like they plan for this to be implemented on top of existing silicon.
So your average ARM SoC (around 80mm^2) could have 256GB of this magic-storage implemented on top of the silicon, with a direct link to an on-SoC magic-storage-controller - no SATA required. Silicon polishing between logic and magic-memory deposition might be required though. It might add $5 to $10 to the manufacturing cost of such a die, but who knows how much that will translate to when that's all integrated into a device.
Availability - I'll be surprised if we see if within 5 years, unless they can find a partner to accelerate development of the real world implementations. I hope that they can surprise us though, but right now I'm sceptical.
Re: Ultra Fast?
I've just switched to 4G with my new phone, and I now actually have a signal, which is kind of useful when you live in London. The 4G signal is not bad at all, even on my commute or on a fast train, whereas the 3G signal was barely present, slow and often just didn't work despite apparently being there (for example, Clapham Junction - full signal bars, zero data rate).
And that's at 1800MHz - the 800MHz bands will spread even further and further into houses.
So what will now happen with regards to all the past cases where people have been in jail, lost their contracts, lost their homes, had to repay money that the system said they owed, and so on?
I feel that we will never find out. I'm sure that the victims of this atrocious flaw will never be fully recompensed, and that the PO will get away with it.
I really hope that there are some good lawyers who will take this admission of flaws in the system by the PO to appeal all the past decisions, to overturn past convictions. This will allow those convicted to sue for losses incurred.
Anyway, with systems like Collect+, the PO is become more and more irrelevant, even for parcel postage.
I'm sure politicians can see some gravytrain directorships in the near future
So which private company will we sell the rights to mine these fields to for a pittance?
Companies that will soon have directors that are currently MPs, not linked of course.
I don't trust politicians to do what is in the best interest of the country as a whole (or a region as a whole - the North of England should be winning massively from these reserves, but it actually looks like they'll only get 1% of revenue right now) when they could improve their own lot.
Currency value fluctuations
I'd be rather worried about my full pint of bitcoin beer suddenly turning into a half pint!
I recall Stephen Early was a member of the Cambridge University Computer Lab, so his interest in bitcoins (and other tech) is not surprising.
Re: Hard to get excited
Great, closing down stores out of pettiness will leave space for local, tax-paying, businesses to move in offering the same service.
But with better coffee and less austere surroundings.
Starbucks have had £3,000,000,000 sales in the UK apparently. And paid very very little tax on that.
Let's assume a 30% profit margin (on extremely overpriced coffee, so I think I am being generous to Starbucks here), that's almost a billion profit in that time.
Corporation tax is what? 20%? So Starbucks SHOULD have paid some £200,000,000 in tax to date.
So, in my opinion, retail (B2C) outlets based abroad should have the option to not pay corporation tax at all (as they will just avoid it). Instead, their sales would attract a higher rate of VAT. Either consumers will move to cheaper home-grown retail outlets as they're cheaper (lower VAT rate, pay corporation tax), or the UK government will rake in the extra VAT. And the companies can't shift profit and loss and costs around to make "0 profit" to avoid tax. VAT has been raised already, partially because of shifting tax from corporations (ever decreasing corporation tax rates) to consumers, so let's take it a bit further and stick two middle fingers up at these corporations.
B2B, needs some thought.
Maybe we need some physical beatdown on the corporations, directors and accountants that screw society over with their actions.
So - make Bramble essential if you live in the area
Just get everyone to have a "Bramble" card if they want discounted travel. That worked well in London with Oyster. People without pay full whack - and soon enough the people without are tourists, exactly the people we want to subsidise our daily work commute.
Oyster still has the problem that it is sometimes cheaper to do two single journeys each day, five days a week, rather than buying a weekly travelcard. I could see something like a commuter travelcard being popular - and hence it will never be introduced.
Re: looping elevators
Yeah, like I want a 30 minute ride on an enclosed claustrophobic Big Wheel when I get to work every morning.
Re: Any rope is the problem
We have that in our building, so it's well beyond "piloted".
Re: Any rope is the problem
You have an "UP" shaft and a "DOWN" shaft.
But lifts can still break, and one stuck lift could mean a whole series of lift cars behind it being blocked. This means you need a bypass mechanism - points, sidings, etc.
Effectly you turn (for example) 8 lift shafts with one car into two lift shafts up, two down, each with multiple cars. The space for the other shafts is used for "turbo" to high floors and bypass shafts. It would look like a vertical railway.
But the points would be interesting to implement ... maybe four up, four down and if a lift sticks, bad luck.
$399 -> A$440 -> A$484 including 10% sales tax.
+ Warrantly is probably longer (is it 2 years over there?)
+ Cost of doing business in Australia (and providing PS+ and PSN to users in Australia), including distribution in a sparsely populated vast landmass
+ Currency fluctuation buffer
+ Greed (including rounding up to nearest $50)
There's definitely a market for fine-tipped pen support on phones and tablets, so that you can write and draw at a fine resolution.
The handwriting demo in the photo in this story doesn't suggest to me any form of "fine resolution" however, whereas the Note series does support this.
Re: Where exactly is the warming happening?
Of course you can't use single data points as arguments for or against climate change. Just as a single record sea ice retreat can't be used, a single bad winter can't be used. However you can use multiple record sea ice retreats in a decade or two, and you could use multiple unusually cold winters (not explained by other things, e.g., volcanoes) as well.
In general, climate change is meant to make the UK wetter - not everywhere gets hotter. Indeed many places will get colder because of shifting climates.
I find the worst drivers on the road are middle aged men in Audis or BMWs, followed by old people tootling along in their pristine grannymobile at half the speed limit in otherwise good driving conditions.
But if you're being quoted thousands for insurance, and a device like this would cut the cost in half, any sane person would jump at it, unless they had enough money that it didn't matter to them one way or the other (and the number of people who can afford to give up thousands of pounds every year are very few and far between).
Are there any tools being written that will update the metadata on images on your internet accounts?
I.e., automatically download, add metadata (both alongside the image, and embedded in the image via steganography and similar techniques), reupload to overwrite.
This metadata would contain ownership information, image licensing details, etc.
And which sites disallow overwriting images that have been uploaded, as they need to be avoided. Facebook is a bit of code away from being a massive source of "orphaned" images (no metadata, despite the fact they'll be connected to an account on their system).
Also, digital cameras need the capability to set owner information on all images at the point of capture.
Re: Does this £1/day include energy costs ?
You could always burn your own dung for heat and cooking!
Re: What did you fry the eggs in?
How much did the pan cost, and what is the expected lifespan, and thus the contribution of your weekly budget that you put towards it?
Okay, okay, it's not meant to simulate living on the breadline quite so accurately!
Re: Dozen eggs for a euro?
Yeah, a dozen eggs is around £2 over here. Then again, he doesn't get cheap noodles or Tesco Value Sliced Foam, err, Bread. Also there's learning the time the supermarket puts out the damaged food for cheap and going there everyday to try and pick up a bargain. And lastly, for a long term plan, grow your own veg using cheap veg seeds (lidl, etc) - not that many UK people on the breadline seem to do this.
The bones are a good idea for flavour, but not easy to get in many places in the UK. Chick peas and Rice is a good idea, again he can't get vast bags of value pasta shapes it appears. Dried lentils? Dried beans?
Re: When my mother died
You are aware that these bills are never seen by a human being, they're created, printed and posted by an automated system.
That system applies fines for missing a payment automatically.
The system can only deal with what it knows. It hadn't been programmed to check direct debit refused due to death reasons - perhaps it's a new bank feature to include that text in the direct debit failure message. Integration of many many different systems run by different companies is not easy.
And the DD would have failed after his death, and the contract ends at the point of death, the fine would have been reversed anyway, coming after the date of death. One phone call and it's resolved unless the customer service agent is inept.
Re: A debt is still a debt.
I believe the debt can come from the deceased's estate, but it can't go any further than that.
So if you sold someone who died something, then you get the payment from their estate, or maybe you get the thing back.
I guess that for rolling contracts the company will get the phone/tablet/whatever back, as death is a reasonable reason for contract termination at any point (or the company should suck up the loss due to their subsidised device sales model). But I can believe that scummy companies will still try to apply termination fees in such a case. However the internet says: "I can confirm that upon receipt of the death certificate the contract is terminated immediately and all charges credited from the date of death."
Re: What are they sorry for?
It appears so.
For all we know the entity at fault is the bank for changing what they respond with when a direct debit is cancelled. So any prior checks that were in place, e.g. "if decline_reason contains 'dead' then escalate_to_bereavement_team" were flummoxed because the bank using "deceased" all of a sudden, rather than "dead". I wouldn't be surprised with the IT cowboys working in banks if these systems didn't include an infallible error code so string matching could be avoided.
You can't blame an automated system doing what it was programmed to do, when something not under its control changes. OTOH I would presume the bank would have notified its clients of the API change well in advance, so it's a management failure within Virgin Media that failed to get their processing systems updated at the correct time.
This article is lies, isn't it?
This is a very different interpretation of the research than what I've read elsewhere, which said that the melting was a real problem. Here we go "Ice melt on Antarctica fastest for 1000 years" (they didn't look any further back) and "rate has intensified since the mid-20th century", and "current rate ten times higher than 600 years ago". Two different research teams found this as well. Ten times higher is a massive problem that cannot be denied - but Mr Page will try his darndest to misreport research like this in the hope that people believe him.
(and btw, increased Antarctic sea ice extent (not thickness) during winter is another indicator that there is increased land ice melt - the cold non-salty water from the land ice melt freezes easier).
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