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Re: Humanoid robots are fine for domestic use...
I think the point of a humanoid robot is that it needs to be of a similar size to a human so that it can be put into a situation where there are humans without needing to make massive changes that may not even be possible to accommodate it.
In an environment where you can cater for a robot what you suggested makes sense as, in theory, it should be cheaper to add an AI brain to a forklift than it is to provide this robot, or the industrial robots on a production line. If on the other hand what you really need is an extra person that can be pulled out of storage occasionally when you need x, y, or z done and then they can go back into storage, this would be ideal.
I think that this is a different system to the one they can operate by cards. The one they can operate by cards being the tracking, prioritising, and routing of planes on the ground and in the air. The system that crashed being the one that enables them to tell the other traffic control areas that they've got a plane entering their airspace.
Re: Did the Patent "Industry"...
Na, the patent industry just pissed off enough of the little people that they started writing letters to their representative, and getting 10 or so letters a day on your desk all complaining about the same thing from different people kinda makes you sit up and take notice. If for no other reason than they have to reply to every letter, so it's a cost in time if not money.
it could also be a planned way for the criminals to expand the use of i2p so that it ends up with a large enough network to matter.
I'm guessing that the reason he's not investing in Microsoft is that he doesn't think they'll listen to him at all. Just wait for there to be a new CEO and I suspect he'll magically get some stocks and try to leverage those against the CEO.
Then again he may also be looking at the fact that Bill Gates, Steve Balmer, and more are large share holders in microsoft so they'll quickly point out any padded whining waffle he happens to spout to try and increase his share value short term.
Re: Is this real?
One thing you'll find is that those attributes that seem to be holding you back from relationships now will hold you in good stead in a few years time once everyone's finished maturing and people actually want long term relationships rather than the hottest guy on the block.
Re: "by the time you make contact you’re moving at almost zero speed"
True, however add a laser measure and you can calculate how wide the landing strip/space is which then means you can calculate how fast you need to be going when you hit it.
Privacy - being able to say something to someone else without anyone else listening in.
Anonymity - Being able to say something without anyone knowing who said it.
Surveillance - Monitoring what's been said by everyone
It seems to me that the RSA spokesman is confusing anonymity with privacy.
I believe that this article is about they why they are feeling this way rather than whether it's actually expected. I suspect that you'd find that a large number of people feel the same way as the author.
On the other hand I agree with this: "It amazes me the dumb assumption that men have it easy because they are men. Or that women have it hard because they are women. It does reduce the sympathy I can have for the tale of woe." however I feel that it's not actually what the article was about.
To summarise the article - The author has been working all the hours she can to do well at her job, and then at home has been working all the hours she can to have a wonderful family and sacrificed her personal time to do this. She has just realised that she can't keep doing this even though she still feels that she has to and is walking the hard path to a good work life balance.
In many cases of discrimination the control really isn't yours (hence the term). and if you're part of a minority that suffers from Glass ceiling/Glass cliff syndrome you have a work place version of Poe's law going on, in that unless you're happy that there's no discrimination where you work, then you may look at someone else getting a promotion who (in your opinion, and maybe that of some others) is far less qualified for the job than you, and have no way of telling if it's because of something they can do that you can't that makes them a better candidate for the job, they're being promoted out of the way, or you've been discriminated against. Equally when you get a promotion you're never sure if it's because you were actually good at the job or because they needed someone of your minority and you fit the bill.
And what was his diet and exercise regime like? When was lights out? did he do that every single day or (as I suspect) did he actually take quite a bit of time out and make up the studying on Sunday? Back in the early 20th century people tended to a) sleep longer b) need to deal with less things in a day compared to our information overload today c) walk most places. This was true well into the 70's too.
The other point to make is that this was in his 20's and 30's, when did he become a chartered engineer? I bet it was before or very early into his 30's, as again younger people are more able to burn the candle at both ends.
Re: What does this have to do with anything?
"It would be harder for a man to do what she is doing also as women help each other out but won't help out a man in the same situation."
Only because the social expectations for men is that they must be the "bread winner", able to "shoulder their fair share of the load", "don't cry", etc.
Trust me, men have as many problems as women do in the work place, it's just that ours are much less obvious because we live with them. One of those problems is that we believe that we are expected to do it ourselves. If we just asked, for the most part people would be willing to help.
This is also part of the super_______ complex, where we take on a role and get used to it being our role and never stop to say "I can't do all of this", even when life gives us a massive hint like stress related illnesses.
When I was younger I promised myself that I'd do one thing every day that's just for me. Do you have any idea how hard it can be to keep that promise.
Re: Why CISPA?
Does this mean that they might be able to say to Google can we have a distinct list of ever to + from email address pair that has ever gone through your system and have google provide list without any fear of prosecution even though a right minded judge would never grant a warrant on that information.
So basically, last time Microsoft went the traditional buy massive amounts of stock as we'll sell it all eventually (which works for their mice and keyboards) and ended up with useless product. This time they've been more careful and only bought as much as they thought they could sell to start with.
The 5th wouldn't help as the SSL key is something you have not something you know. The 5th just stops them from asking for your password if they key is encrypted.
Because it's a Hard problem not a hard problem. The reason it's Hard is because of legacy support. Let's face it, when the IPad was launched it took a year or 2 to get apps that would auto scale between Iphone and Ipad, and you got a lot of duplicate apps along the way.
If we drop the leap seconds then astronomical charts will slowly move out of sync as they are all predicated on a noon being noon. That means that the final backup for sea navigation will no longer be accurate.
I think the trick is that money tends to pool in places where there's already money. Anyone can start to make this pool if they have enough money to dig the hole a little to start with. The problem is that they amount of money you need to make to start to have a pool is constantly going up with inflation. And because of the nature of inflation at the moment, it's closing on people that currently have small pools and forcing them to use those pools for routine expenses (such as replacement white goods, car maintainance, etc.) because their day today expenses are starting to lap at their toes.
Wouldn't having multiple customers on the books concurrently also sort out that problem?
Proof of ownership hack (superglue the chip in a hard to remove location on valuable property and make a note of the unique numbers)
It also means that he doesn't have to remember to change his phone every time he changes location. Esp. the car as I assume he has a phone holder/charger in the car
Re: 10k over the standard car ?
However, if like most people, you don't tend to have lump sums of money very often, the cheaper running costs will typically be more welcome than the lower initial cost (assuming you could afford both)
Because their lawyers are probably point out that they have a public policy of vetting all apps before they appear in their stores, they are also doing the billing for the apps. As such in a court of law they are probably liable if the court finds that the bill has been run up using illegal tricks or techniques (i.e. cons, confidence tricks, and fraud).
Any one that's operating out of Antigua and selling US owned copyright stuff.
" power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" You've misquoted lord Acton. The actual quote is
"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Source
Wouldn't the 3 month/inaccurate claim kinda make the ban superfluous after the 3rd one anyway? After all a year is only 12 months, and it's almost certain that they're going to fire off more than 1 at the same time.
From what I understand from the article, the problem is that the thieves were tipped off by the boyfriend. As such (in the same way as self inflicted arson isn't covered) the insurance company is claiming that she knew of the theft before hand and is trying insurance fraud - where she ends up with more than she started with because she gets the original gold back.
Re: Go girl ......
@anonymous angry guy.
What do you know about her life beyond this article? My guess would be nothing. Yet like so many other people you are willing to demonise her life choices without even considering why she may have made them or why they may seem to be the best ones she can make. Is the naked human body really so abominable that we can't accept that some people may think that using it is the best way for them to make money? And who knows, maybe she's a single Mum and she sees this as the best way to make enough money to pay the bills and give her enough time in the day to bring up her son correctly. So, if for working 2-3 hours a day (after her son's supposed to be in bed), she earns enough to pay all the bills and have enough left over for some luxuries. Doesn't that make it a no brainier, after all, what other job can you think of where you can work from home and earn that sort of money with very little in the way of qualifications?
And then people come along and pick on her, bullying her through her business channel and try to drive her off air? Who are the selfish people? The ones trying to force her into their ideal of a work life balance or the one who's trying to make ends meet with the skills and abilities she has while bringing up a child at home?
From what I understand, the server provision is there so that when you start maxing out the line for large stretches of time they can point the finger and say "No" get off our fiber.
And to answer the point in the article about internet access being treated like a utility. Are you really sure you want to be doing that? After all, you don't get electricity, gas, or water (in new homes in the UK at least) at a flat rate. If you use more than anyone else on the street, you pay more than anyone else on the street. Alternately you could keep the status quo as it is where you buy a certain level of service at a flat rate and they can fiddle with their side to make sure that everyone gets a fair service.
Re: The only true justice...
So, revealing to the world that the US covers up war crimes committed (on camera) by the soldiers in the field - Shooting unarmed civilians from a helicopter while telling command that they were armed and aiming at them. Shooting unarmed Journalists. etc. isn't something to justify this?
What in your mind would justify this sort of leak then?
Re: À propos...
Because they are honest enough to know that they can't keep something like secret forever, so if there's a legal basis for it they no longer have to hide it.
It's a very clever bit of arse covering if I say so myself.
Re: Glad to see (sort of)...
You're not supposed to wear contact lenses underwater unless you've got water tight goggles or mask and it's not going to leak. Something to do with bacteria getting under the lens and not being cleared away when you blink.
Re: Robert Grant - They are not alone in promoting nonsense
My point was that religions are human constructs that have no bearing on if there are any gods or not. I personally believe that there are gods, but that's separate from my belief of religion. On that basis, proving that religions are inconsistent further proves that they are created by humans rather than gods. In religion you could think of the gods as the mafia enforcers, so if you don't do what the boss says the enforcers will get you, but if you're good and do what the boss says, they will bring you nice stuff.
Equally I think that there are gods as without them where did the energy for the universe come from without violating the known laws of physics. I think that science will be able to answer pretty much every question about the universe except that one.
@MonkeyCee - Would that make you agnostic rather than athiest - as you seem to be saying that there might be a god, but if there is there's no way I could comprehend it.
Re: Robert Grant - They are not alone in promoting nonsense
What if religion and the god(s) are actually separate and that the religions that grew up around them are completely man made constructs designed to proliferate ideas that will ensure the survival of the people that follow that religion in the setting that the religion was born in. The reason that the god(s)/spirits are involved in that religion is because it's very hard to change the way that people are behaving even if it is long term destructive when they don't have the education to understand what you're trying to tell them, and you can't even tell them causes.
At that point there are thousands of religions all using God as the man with the club that require different behaviours from their followers. It also explains the inconsistencies in the god(s) as the religion evolves over time.
Re: Radical solutions needed
Erm, I was under the impression that the original point of shares was to spread the risk of trading vessels so that the loss of 1 ship wouldn't bankrupt anyone. However equally everyone got a share of the profits when the ship arrived safely. The stock markets were borne out of the desire to get out of a venture if something came up.
Re: @Neil 8 (was: @asdf (was: This plonker claims to have invented the common or garden padlock?))
The lock is not a secret. In fact the lock is usually in a prominent location so that people can't access said location (i.e. your garage door, shed door, trunk, etc.). In the event the padlock is part of the secret, then it's probably not securing your property very well.
Traditionally usernames and email addresses are considered to be public knowledge because they are used for so many things they might as well be. It's the passwords that need to be kept secret as they prove to the system that you are the person that's trying to log on with that user name. The second factor takes this one step further by giving you something you know (the password) and something you have (the code generator). As others have mentioned above chip and pin is 2 factor as it's something you have (the card) and something you know (the pin).
A common form of 2 factor authentication is to have a front door with both a yale lock and a chubb lock on it. Or a combination lock and chubb. And there the convenience of the real world shows itself as in the physical world the user can usually activate 1 or more factors depending on convenience as long as they do it in advance.
How about this scenario.
You go out window shopping and check the prices of a few items on your google glasses. Then you see something that absolutely matches what you want, but it's out of your price range by a couple of hundred quid so you don't even bother looking for prices. So you go home empty handed.
While surfing the internet later, you get a voucher through from another company with a 10% discount if you buy what you were looking at in the next 2 hours, this brings the price of it down to only 50 quid over your budget.
It seems to me that the problem here is really one of too many disciplines interacting. The Geologists would have taken 1 look at the high tide mark and wondered where the rock used to be. The oceanographers were wondering how the sea got up so high on a regular basis. And the rest of the climate crew just took the level as gospel because they didn't know better.
It's the whole thing about not knowing enough to start asking the right questions let alone understanding the answers.
A wise man would be looking at time scales and deciding on a course of action based on how soon it's supposed to happen and what's happened in the past.
I.e. if someone said that the house they'd been living in for the last 30 years could burn down tomorrow they'd probably dismiss them. Equally if someone turned round and said it might rain next year they'd dismiss them. However if they said that it might rain tomorrow, the wise man may look out his umbrella just in case.
The same is true of climate change. Governments are taking action now because of the potential for problems "tomorrow", if the problems were going to be in 500 years time they would be doing diddly squat. And that's the line that science meets politics.
Re: Will cause more problems than it solves
The current system is also open to abuse. We tried it for 9 months, and during that time we had to go to the doctors 5 times because the prescription "went missing" - The surgery had a record of it being printed and signed, but the pharmacy didn't receive it.
Re: Can't see how it will work.
I would imagine that the end result will somewhat mimic the way that newspapers are archived. First into boxes and then onto microfiche. So web information will become more static and harder to get at.
Re: "it's incredible how little he understands"
I would argue that the right thing is to remember that everyone has done silly things when they were younger. If they were growing up now they'd probably have shared them with their friends using face book or some other social media. However those actions and words can no longer haunt people in their late 30's or older because, in general, they were never committed to a public medium.
The youth of today aren't so lucky as they have grown up in an era where conversing online is just as normal as conversing in person/over the phone. So the time of their life to make silly mistakes and learn how to get along in society is now going to follow them forever. How is that the right thing to do? And how is that different from all the old "The sins of the father..." type adages that people used to get tarred with.
Re: Completely blown out of proportion
I believe that what you're missing is that there are a hell of a lot of automated systems out there that strip the ownership information from images. Once it's been stripped once it then becomes a very non-trivial problem for any company to do a due diligence search and find the original work with attribution. This means that in practice it only takes 1 bad actor to poison the well for everyone else.
The other thing that you're missing is that no-one's defined what the minimum requirements for due-diligence are for performing the search. Is it as simple as doing a google image search? or do you also need to visit all the photo repositories too, or do you need to go further than that?
Re: copyright != human right
Unfortunately the US isn't signed up to the universal declaration of human rights
According to the rules, you can spend all of you r money at once, you can even club together with other people as long as noones daily expenditure is more than £1. So if 4 of you got together and bought a 25KG bag of potatoes (last checked price £7 from the farm shop) you'd have to divide that cost between you and over the week
Re: So in other words (warning, Heretical thinking within)
I think that both of you are missing some vital points here.
1) The earth is Billions of years old, so any regulatory mechanism will probably work over what would be considered a short period of time compared to the age of the earth, not compared to the age of the human race.
2) The human race currently has no way to actually destroy the earth, so anything that we do to it will be regulated out over the next 100,000 years or so.
3) Scientists are worried about the (geologically speaking) immediate future
Re: Scrum Development Process
"If you're using a Scrum development framework, shouldn't you be designing unit tests as you go?"
Unit testing wouldn't have caught this issue...
In fact the only thing that Unit testing does is save the real testers a little time at the cost of developer time. After all, integration, runtime, and clicky clicky user issues don't show up on unit tests.
Re: Cure worse than disease
Unless something's changed in the last few years, the usual advice is that users should be running 2 or 3 different AV programs as none of them catch everything.
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