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At that distance from the star the gravitational pull must be very small indeed, could this be a wandering planet that has ventured too close to the star and been captured? If there was a way to measure it's orbital plane compared to the other planets in the system that would answer the question...
Solutreans are the oldest native peoples of the Americas
This article makes no mention of the discovery of Solutrean (European) artifacts on the east coast of America dating back approx. 19,000 - 26,000 years ago. The oldest known settlers of the Americas were believed to have crossed the frozen shores of the North Atlantic from modern day France/Spain at the height of the last Ice Age glaciation.
Unless there is evidence that the Solutrean settlers died out before the Asiatic settlers arrived, then it is most likely that the ethnic peoples who consider themselves indigenous Americans today are partly descended from the Solutrean settlers.
I don't call hacking into private individual's or organisations' networks 'friendly', it's highly offensive and should be classified as a crime just as if anyone else attempted it. The innocent targets are perfectly 'real' as is the damage to their IT infrastructure.
Revelations like these trash our national reputation in the eyes of other countries. To work in this division of GCHQ you must have to be somewhere between a prostitute and a contract killer in terms of moral depravity.
Corrupt governments making secret agreements to spy on each other's citizens is a smokescreen for a global Big Brother state treating the public as criminals - it has nothing to do with our real national interest, and is in no one's interest except the tiny elite who control it.
If they need to test out their technology on live targets they should do so legitimately by seeking permission from the target first. Probably via a front organisation, under a classified contract with financial compensation, and the support to fix the damage done by the attack.
Re: Dear Old Lord Sugar
The 'mobile' opportunity hasn't completely passed. He could pay a contract manufacturer to make toughened Android tablets suitable for the education market (with some built-in admin software to remote install educational apps under control of the teacher), and call it.... the Amspad.
Great news on this occasion, but there are similar cases where fleeing criminals have killed shop clerks with an unwarranted parting shot. I hope they find the person responsible for this, and I hope the sentence is as severe as if the clerk had been murdered. There has to be something wrong with the culture in a supposedly civilised society for criminals stealing money to mindlessly take another's life. Perhaps the huge resources of agencies like the NSA should be targeted at real criminals like illegal drug smugglers that produce addicts who behave this way, instead of making thought criminals of the general public.
They could call in Dr. Gunther von Hagens to plastinate it for them. It might set a new world record for the longest preserved specimen.
Re: Sod the Macbook Pro
The 2012 Nexus 7 was 16:10 not 16:9 (1280 x 800 pixels)
Re: I'll take that bet
"The only reason for having an index is to reduce the impact of having to read the spinny rusty stuff, which ain't a problem with RAM."
An index lookup is an O(log(n)) operation versus trawling through the entire database which is O(n) time. If a non-indexed query takes a couple of seconds in memory, then the same indexed query in-memory would be much faster, perhaps a few thousandths of a second.
IMO this brute force approach to database querying does not bode well for the future. I can foresee a time, perhaps a decade or so away where this technology is so affordable that there is no longer an economic case for employing someone to carefully design, maintain or optimise your database. Then after that there may no longer be a need for a well-designed DBMS like Oracle at all.... Here's hoping we reach the end of Moore's Law, before then.
Keeping it simple
1. Grasshopper - rather than expand fuel controlling it's descent, wouldn't a couple of tiny wings allow for a (computer) controlled descent as a cumbersome glider? Falling from that height it would reach such a high velocity that tiny wings ought to be enough to gradually steer it to a horizontal landing, kind of like an X-15. Or is that idea just impossible?
2. XS-1 - this is probably stating the obvious, but if the second-stage rocket is non re-usable then it would make sense to design it so the rocket acts as the heat shield for the XS-1 on the ascent. Then immediately after separation the XS-1 can switch off it's engine and begin aero-braking. This ought to minimise the length of time it's leading edge has to withstand the intense heat.
Our rate of evolution has slowed since we (i) avoided being prey and (ii) became top of the food chain without being locked into symbiotic evolution with our prey, (which maintains the fitness of other predators).
The slow accumulation of genetic mutations has always been counterbalanced by natural selection, so the ~99% of mutations that are a hindrance die out, allowing the ~1% that advance our species to survive. Our increasing ability to overcome our deficient mutations allows more of those mutations to persist in our gene pool, causing the fitness of our species to decline - i.e. we are devolving now rather than evolving.
If this situation persists we will discover in a few generations that most of the population are sterile and cannot reproduce without medical assistance. To reverse this situation either (i) natural selection must apply to our species and there will be a mass die off, (ii) we apply eugenics involuntarily, (iii) a subgroup of the species voluntarily practices eugenics and isolates itself from the rest of the species, or (iv) we apply GM technology to the majority of human reproduction (effectively ii but we all get to reproduce still). Pick your least worst choice from that list or face extinction.
Re: Great idea!
Presumably at that distance from it's star, this planet must be locked in a synchronous orbit, and it wouldn't be able to retain an atmosphere. So there must be an intermediate zone on the surface where the star can just be glimpsed on the horizon, perhaps without being cooked?
Worse than that
Adolf-checking-out-Poland is not the best case for comparison since (i) part of the occupied lands belonged to Germany prior to WW1, (ii) former Germans living in the area were being persecuted prior to the occupation, (iii) the Soviets also invaded Poland a short time later.
This must be the least likely place to be hit by Stuxnet.
Reporting this unsubstantiated rumor that has been officially refuted as "news" is the sort of thing I'd expect from a low grade tabloid than a professional IT news site. Ask yourself how likely are a group of dissidents expelled from the country to have any clue about the internal affairs of the party elite?
Tomorrow's Nork newspaper headline: "Imperialist scum website hack encourages readership to study Mein Kampf".
In general, you're wrong
"...these people are worse than useless for a company that wants to create new things because if they had any appetite for taking risks or trying new things they wouldn't still be students"
The point of a doctoral degree is to do original research, so it proves you must be able to think creatively and independently. The greater concern might be a lack of experience of working in a team.
Running up more years of student debt is a risk in itself, when you consider that they could be earning megabucks in the city.
Racism? It's Gaia
Most of the killing in Africa is between people of the same race, so this is tribalism as is the tradition, rather than an imperial influence. You can't defeat Mother Nature. Like any life form, we are genetically programmed to adapt our population size to the anticipated resource availability. A regular cull of the weakest also improves the fitness of the surviving gene pool. If anything, peaceful populations are defective and are more likely to become degenerate and eventually suffer a mass die-off.
Another conspiracy theory for you...
Since anyone can commit code to an open source project, it's easier for governments to deliberately introduce security vulnerabilities into the code-base by paying / corrupting a contributing developer to do so on their behalf.
Not necessarily. There are still ways in which the Internet could be used to communicate secretly and anonymously, despite the NSA / GCHQ / whoever monitoring everything, assuming they don't have quantum computers. If they keep clamping down surveillance on everyone it is inevitable that such a system will arise in response.
Isn't it high time Android moved to a model of rolling updates from a central (Google) server just like any other internet connected OS? The device customisation by manufacturers needs to be restricted to only self-contained device drivers, pre-installed apps and some UI appearance settings. It's crazy that you can still buy new devices that are stuck on OS versions from 1-2 years ago, given that the software is free. The latest generation of devices ought to have sufficient memory and storage available to handle a slow growing OS footprint.
I'd also like to know if any of the vulnerabilities are in the Linux kernel upon which Android is based.
The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant" in a free and open society - JFK
How odd that the very same ilk responsible for creating war and conflict should be gathering to discuss how to stop it. Most of them are still motivated by the same priorities of resource-grabbing and people-control that the elite have always pursued. If we rate their success by the frequency that the US military intervenes in other countries prior to and since the formation of this secretive organisation, then they have been an unmitigated disaster.
While I respect anyone's right to privacy for their private matters (if only they would reciprocate and respect ours!), a private meeting should not have security paid for from public funds. Conversely, if our elected representatives are deciding future government strategy, that is in the public interest and the electorate should have a right to know what decisions they are making on our behalf. Elected politicians should not be giving disproportionate attention to a select wealthy group.
Re: Musk obviously has staff to pay his bills and thus never actually sees them ...
re. 30% v 80% efficiency
If an IC engine is only 30% efficient, and nearly 60% (according to Google) of the energy in the fuel is wasted as heat, then a car producing 100HP at cruising speed is emitting heat equivalent to 200HP = 148kW, or 74 x 2kW electric fan heaters. Why then does the warm air blower produce so little heat?
Re: Musk obviously has staff to pay his bills and thus never actually sees them ...
Re. "Now, can you give me a mechanism by which we can increase the supply of hydrocarbons?"
Yes, biofuels such as ethanol, when produced on low-grade land unsuitable for food crops, from bio-waste, or harvested from algae-bacteria. This is a carbon-neutral, sustainable energy source that can be used in conventional combustion engines. It is more energy dense than expensive batteries that need replacing every few years, and both safer and cheaper than hydrogen. It will be a long time before most electricity is generated from sustainable energy sources.
Converting hydrocarbons directly into kinetic energy is more efficient than combustion in a power station then converting the kinetic energy to electricity, losing energy in transmission across the grid, then converting it back into kinetic energy again. Electricity will only be more efficient for city cars that stop/stop often and use regenerative braking. However a light weight regenerative system could be added to cars with hydrocarbon engines to improve their efficiency in city traffic, without using large batteries.
a good vector 2D graphics package
so you'd tried Xara Xtreme?
Re: Results Desired and Obtained
"Because we still believe in justice. You remember justice, right? It's when a person is called to account for their actions, when a crime is carefully examined to ensure that the right perpetrator has been found, to offer them a chance to explain their reasons and to sentence them appropriately. Justice is done with logic and reasoning."
Sometimes we do, sometimes we don't. Such a shame Bin Laden wasn't called to account for 9/11, nor those who poisoned Litvinenko, nor the Israeli's who murdered the Iranian nuclear scientists or those who sank the USS Liberty and strafed the survivors etc. etc. etc.
Re: So who's to blame?
re. "So it wasn't a Conservative government that shut the military hospitals and left an inferior level of NHS provided care in its place?"
Help for Heroes was founded in 2007, nearly 3 years before the Tory/Lib Dem government was elected.
So who's to blame?
Let's not forget that the terror incident upon which they are attempting to base this anti-freedom* legislation was triggered by the victim wearing a "Help for Heroes" t-shirt. The reason this charity exists at all is because the LABOUR ** government who were responsible for sending our troops into an illegal war, subsequently failed to provide adequate funding for the care of soldiers injured in that conflict.
So if you voted for Labour back in 2001/2005, then your choice makes you responsible for (i) an illegal war, (ii) failure to care for the troops who performed their duty for this country and (iii) giving terrorists reason to kill one our soldiers. This likely was not your intention, but this chain of events would not have happened if the electorate had not voted Labour. Ultimately this is a democracy, that is how decisions are made, so Labour voters are at the root of the chain of responsibility, no matter how much they protest their innocence.
Incidentally, I'm well aware that the Tories would likely have taken us into an illegal war too, but they are less likely to have cut care costs for our injured soldiers.
* Freedom allegedly being what our soldiers have been fighting for in most conflicts since WW2.
** whom I HATE intensely for destroying our nation but hereby do not incite anyone else to hate them.
s/serious crime/thought crime
"These agencies use communications data ... to investigate and prosecute serious crimes."
Correction: thought crimes - just express an "incorrect" thought in the eyes of the globalist thought police and they'll bug you ceaselessly. What their intentions are is anyone's guess. Perhaps they actually want to provoke terrorism / extremism to justify their own existence?
Despite their failure to prevent this crime from two suspects whom they were already monitoring, they want to extend the surveillance state to everybody. This failure demonstrates that spying on everyone wont improve crime prevention, as no one planning a serious crime is going to advertise that fact. Neither does making it obvious to individuals that they being monitored prevent them from committing a serious crime.
The snooper's charter is really about containing genuine opposition to the "New World Order" of corruption where everyone has a price and anyone who resists morally is branded a "dangerous extremist".
If they were serious about preventing terrorism or extremism, they would tackle the root causes, such as stopping endless military interventions, restricting global capitalist exploitation and resultant failed multicultural societies that put diverse groups in conflict at a local level.
Re: ROVs ?
In all these years of human space walks, has it not occurred to anyone to use an ROV similar to deep-ocean explorers? It would avoid the risk of being hit by micrometeorites and could even be operated from Earth, freeing the 'nauts to continue their planned work schedule.
Re: Only 1/3?
Totally agree. The latest generation SSDs have 128Gb on a single chip. That will become baseline within 18 months. By 2017 they will be so cheap that most motherboards will probably have an SSD chip soldered directly as the boot device. The market for separate SSDs / hard drives connected via an I/O bus will be limited to those of us who have a media library that we wont entrust to the cloud.
Re: paid for by the suckers ...
If it wasn't worth it, they wouldn't pay it.
The real suckers are the workforce whose dedication and commitment create most of that value. The handful at the top leverage that value to award themselves fat bonuses and paychecks far beyond their own real worth. Ellison might be more deserving than the average exec given that he actually founded the company, but there's no way his earnings are in proportion to his own efforts. If corporations were democratic it wouldn't be this way.
Re: Unique watermark
Although this idea sounds very consumer-friendly, the potential exists for hackers to reverse engineer the process by examining multiple copies of the video obtained via different accounts. After that they can decode it and distribute the watermark-free version on bit-torrent. Or if they were particularly malevolent, watermark the video again to frame the innocent before distributing it.
... and also
.. the default Windows 8 tiles colour scheme is just painful on the eyes. Bright green next to flourescent orange and purple - what were they thinking? Design and colourisation ain't my thing but whoever they paid to conceptualise the design must have been colour blind - or overruled. When the Apple design team first saw Windows 8 they must have had a quiet chuckle to themselves. Pastel shades perhaps, or different shades of the same colour, but more than two contrasting colours in close proximity is a recipe for a UI that will make you want to avert your gaze.
I'm sure you can customise it, but changing settings is beyond some users, may be locked down on controlled devices or just takes time people don't have. They should have picked a default scheme with universal appeal.
MS Surface strategy was wrong
Marketing's not my field, but IMO MS got the order of the slate / RT devices wrong. They should have released the full x86 Win 8 devices first. Even if there is a dearth of touch based apps initially, people would buy them because they are also fully working PCs. Then after a year or so, once the app store is established, release the cut-price RT devices to attract the lower end of the market to the platform - similar to the smaller cheaper IPad mini and 7" Android tablets.
By releasing the RT devices first with few apps available and costing more than non-RT equivalents, there was little incentive for anyone to buy them. MS might be able to recover from this if they stick with it for the long term, but personally I don't want Office on a tiny tablet so I wouldn't pay a premium for it.
So they're kicking themselves in the teeth?
"We're going to put our shoe leather where our mouth is," Chris Padilla,
Re: Tired of the lies @cybersaur
We are continually told there is a skills shortage, yet the salaries on offer in the IT sector are the lowest they've ever been in real terms, as stated in recent articles on this very site. The media report there is an oversupply of graduates and not enough new graduate positions to match, forcing many to take less skilled work.
I highly doubt there are 300,000 new jobs (that's how many visas they want) being created in America every year whose skill requirement is so high that no one in America is available and sufficiently skilled to do them. Some perhaps, but nothing like that number.
Secondly, it's highly suspect that people who just-so-happen to have exactly the right skills are available but only from abroad. How did they obtain these sought after skills that Americans lack? Are American companies leeching these skilled people from foreign companies by offering them higher salaries? If so, some day soon American companies may find they can no longer afford to compete, or may even be subject to a reverse brain-drain. If this happens, America will be forced to educate it's own people for these jobs, in order to stay competitive.
Are American companies reluctant to educate their own staff in these skills for fear of them leaving? If so, then America needs to emulate what other countries are doing, perhaps by reviewing the effectiveness of it's education system. If you have the most expensive degrees in the world, then you ought to be producing the best qualified workforce.
For low end or entry level IT work, the salaries at present in a India* are a fraction, perhaps 1/10th of the equivalent job in America*. For any job, whether low or high paid, if there are extra fees for employing an immigrant in America* plus the limited number of visas, why not create the job in India* to avoid those costs and complications? If these are genuinely new jobs, then no-one in America will lose their job as a consequence.
Finally, the way that the government submits to the wishes of industry lobby groups demonstrates a lack of democracy in their decision making. US politicians are elected by the people to represent the interests of the majority. I suspect that the interests of the majority of Americans has been ignored in this case.
* NB. Throughout my comment, you can generally substitute any "developed" nation for "America", and any "developing" nation for India, I don't intend to stigmatize any nation in particular.
Cut the lies - it's just pure naked corporate self-interest!
If you are a multinational company with a networked workforce, why do you need to import workers to the US, rather than employ them where they live? In many instances if would be cheaper to employ these talented people in their own country.
Is the real reason that you want to undercut the wage levels of workers in the US so that you can cream off even larger profits? Is compounding the issue of not hiring older workers really taking the US or the world "fwd" rather than backwards? Is robbing developing nations in particular of their talented young people going to aid the development of those countries?
"Zuckerberg argues that it's insanity to deport 40 per cent of non-US math and science students after paying for their education"
Seriously, why are US students subsidizing non-US students to attend their universities while "US schools" have a "critical lack of funding"? If they could cut the huge cost of degrees by 40% more Americans could afford to go to university and fill the apparent skills shortage. Also, they might accept lower salaries if their education costs were less, so you can make larger profits!
In what way do the "benefits of the inventions" currently only belong to the few, and how will undercutting US wages improve this alleged situation?
"It might seem odd that a nation largely populated by immigrants should feel so strongly about slamming down the gates".
Why does it seem odd? First nation Americans didn't welcome large numbers of new settlers to America. Historically, welcoming immigrants is the exception rather than the rule for most countries.
"Here in California the farming industry would collapse overnight if the flow of illegal workers was stopped, and it's unlikely that farmers could find enough locals to fill the back-breaking harvesting work without having to pay a lot more than current rates."
True, so illegal immigration is suppressing wages of Americans, and criminally exploiting illegal workers. If they were forced to pay higher wages, food would cost a higher % of family income like it used to, and there would be fewer obese Americans. The higher cost of farm laborers would stimulate investment in developing agricultural technology. This would have more practical benefit to society than time-wasting social networking sites that have to be ad supported because no-one is willing to pay for them. Does social networking boost American exports? Do ad-supported businesses grow the economy or simply feed off it, like lawyers?
"American firms are also unwilling to hire older workers over fears of crippling health care costs from insurance companies."
Ah, so discrimination is alive and well in the land of the free and home of the brave. Nothing is done about it though because it doesn't affect the interests of America's new elite ruling class.
Why has Halliburton been paid over a billion to build all those concentration camps?
A: To accommodate millions of desperate, armed US citizens fleeing the first city targeted by a terrorist nuclear bomb.
Re: This is the way to do it.
"Competing with locals is good."
Good for whom? Not for local people in the countries open to immigration, where local people have to accept lower status jobs as a consequence and have less opportunity to develop their skills. Whereas when people emigrate from a country they vacate opportunities to those further down the education/skills ladder.
"Would you rather ARM could hire the best coders in the world - even if they were American/Japanese/Korean - or be limited to Bert from Saffron Walden because you wouldn't want anyone coming from outside S Cambs and taking local jobs"
That's your opinion, just don't make the mistake of having brand loyalty to a globalist corporation thinking you're helping your own country's economy. If we apply your logic then we should expect 99%+ of global corporation employees to be non-British since we make up <1% of the world's population. If they choose to keep their offices here, then it looks like Bert from Saffron Walden will have seek employment abroad for less pay, or be consigned to a sink-estate living on benefits. Same thing will happen to the next generation of immigrant children until the world's economies are equalised, or a new equilibrium is reached whereby "Western" countries have sucked all the available talent out of the rest of the world in a desperate attempt to maintain their economic status, without a care for what impact this has on local people.
Not in my name...
Real wars are caused by disputes over territory, but what is the point of a cyberwar, except as part of a real war?
What gives any authority the right to write the rules of cyberwar and expect them to be binding for others? What if free and independent individuals decided to collaborate and write their own rules, for instance, declaring that any person or organisation who initiates cyberwar is the enemy of all free people?
Why should we as individuals support or accept any responsibility for the actions of others committing cyber attacks beyond our control, supposedly on behalf of our nation, or other nations to whom our governments are linked?
COBOL's days are numbered
What aspect of COBOL makes it maintainable? If the COBOL developers are retiring then the code base is at risk of no longer being maintained, just as spoken languages die out when there are no longer any speakers.
Teaching university students an archaic procedural language would fail to equip them with the considerably more demanding OO design and dev skills required for modern software. Modern applications are usually orders of magnitude more complex that what computers could handle back in the 1950s and 60s, so an OO approach to managing that complexity is a prerequisite.
The obvious solution is to run the source code for legacy COBOL software through auto translation tools into modern languages. Admittedly the output would be way below the code quality expected, but it would run and would work as a starting point.
There's also RunCore. I reckon they should merge with EMC, to form...
Unlikely to happen...
Around the turn of the century, China announced a grand plan to reverse engineer Windows 98 and release a 100% compatible OS so they didn't have to pay royalties to Microsoft. What became of this? Instead they have developed a reputation as some of the most ardent hackers.
It's easier to hack into other people's code than it is to develop your own secure code.
Commiserations to anyone unfairly treated, including anyone who lost their job that didn't deserve to.
It has to be said... "zero tolerance for discrimination" is an oxymoron, unless it's legalese.
Why call it Curiosity....
... if you don't send it back to investigate?
Failing that, it should have had a couple baby rovers on board that could be dispatched on an observation-only side mission like this. With today's technology we ought to be able to design something very small using inexpensive, off the shelf components that could do this.
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