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I object to my taxes being used for purposes beyond governing my own country, or defending us proportionately from genuine external threats. Our government should not be backing sides in foreign conflicts unless one side poses a real threat to us. Hamas are a threat only to Isreal because Israel has relentlessly colonised Palestinian land, and ethnically cleansed Palestinians from it. Given the hundreds of Palestinian civilians killed in this most recent conflict who were deliberately targetted by the Israeli military, the Israelis are more befitting of the accusation of terrorism than Palestinians. If the Palestinians were real terrorists they wouldn't waste their efforts lobbing ineffective rockets at Israel's Iron dome.
In light of the continuing atrocities perpetrated by Israel, why do so many of our political representatives consistently vote to support Israel and belong to Israeli affiliated groups? Isn't it time to expose them as supporters of terrorism?
All bar genius
Making a thinner iPad didn't improve sales, so make the new one even thinner - genius!
If they continue this way they'll have to call it the iSheet (careful how you pronounce that) :-)
Not one scrap of evidence? Just get puppet-politicians to say there is and demand action. Works every time.
I hope QuakeCon is independent of ZeniMax, or there'll be no more Carmack keynotes.
Being pro-marriage does not imply being anti-gay, but those who lobby for gay-marriage are anti-family. Traditionally marriage is about more than the mutual needs of those who choose to commit to it, it puts the needs of children over those of their parents. A relationship that produces and nurtures a new generation and passes on the love and inherited debt of care serves a higher duty to society than a relationship focused solely on just two people's needs.
What's more the actions of OkCupid are both an example of diverting away from the real argument and attempting to escalate both the level and domain of conflict from an ideological one to an entirely unrelated area. This in itself is wrong and equates them with others who attempt to escalate real conflicts in the same way.
If gays and lesbians want equality with marriage, then they should seek to build relationships with each other that prioritise a commitment to raising a family above their own sexual proclivites, even if it takes more than two people to achieve this.
What about today's price gouging?
DDR3 must be double the price it was 2-3 years ago.
"We're on the side of freedom...."
....freedom for us but not for you. We can do as we please because we say so.
We've heard corporates deny any involvement in these privacy violations, but all the mainstream political parties have their hands dirty. Their top elected representatives have all been in power and authorised these intrusions into our privacy. They expect the public to believe that spying on the web-cams of law abiding people is "necessary and proportionate"! What kind of security agency finds it necessary to gather intimate data about people? We live in a democracy but has the electorate ever been consulted about this?
Those before us made great sacrifices for freedom, but the power elite today think the public are happy to exchange their freedom for security. If people want to fight for their freedom, they will have to take their votes elsewhere. The time is right for a freedom alliance to stand against the old parties, with a pledge to shut down these government agencies and make their activities illegal.
Sounds like a solution in search of a problem. If writes take priority over reads then the OS controlling the drive ought to handle that, plus buffering the IO to avoid any data loss.
Perhaps what digital surveillance needs is a specialist tuned codec that records movement at near-lossless quality while using maximum compression for stationary backgrounds?
Sounds like interested parties should form a consortium to buy up some 15 year old fab equipment with the license to punch out 15-year old designs, instead of relying on questionable old or imported stock.
One acquisition for Facebook, one giant leap for the chosen people's Ultimate World Order
It's not just one member of the tribe scratching another's back.
It's a key step to implementing their dream of an Ultimate World Order - a world order that can never be opposed. A prison planet with them as the master tribe for all eternity, established by psychopathic deception on the grandest scale.
They want to know everything about everyone, to crush all opposition. Anyone identified as a potential threat to their social control network is marginalized, and their family, friends and contacts identified then "persuaded" to betray them.
Carry on Facebooking, Whatsapping, and don't ever change your phone number. Consume, conform, suck up the propaganda lies, and be content with your servitude, Untermensch.
CPU no longer important for consoles
This generation MS and Sony have learnt a lesson from Nintendo and the rise of gaming on tablets : people want small, quiet, low power, reliable and resilient consoles. The AMD cpus are low power bobcat cores clocked at about half the speed of the previous generation. They are woefully underpowered compared to the Bulldozer/Steamroller cores that have struggled to play catch up with Intel, despite there being eight of them. More slow cores are harder to develop for than fewer fast cores, so they have obviously made CPU power efficiency a priority over ease of development. That being so, meant Intel's low power product, the Atom offered no advantage compared AMD.
A couple of points
1. US law has no jurisdiction outside of the US, so good luck enforcing US laws in Dubai.
2. Why is the Syrian govenment classified as a terrorist state? Is there some evidence that has been presented in a court of law to justify this classification?
3. Why bother restricting that sale of PCs? The Syrians could just as easily buy direct from the Chinese, e.g. from Lenovo. At least if they buy US / western PCs there's a chance that they'll have hardware / firmware / software with NSA backdoors in so they can be remotely monitored. Plus exports from US / western coountries shoud be welcomed to help balance the huge trade deficit.
Re: A time machine helps, too.
Wildcard rename as in *.xxx to *.yyy is unique to DOS, so anyone who cut their teeth in another environment would not know about it. UNIX geeks would expect to write a short shell script. The lazier and more general approach I'd take would be to paste the file list into a text editor and search+replace with regexps to create a list of rename commands.
General stuff like this is considered "how to use a computer" so wont feature in any degree course.
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.
Is it just me...
.... or do those graphs show the beginnings of a hard drive pricing cartel since the floods?
... 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.
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