"NAND flash memory .... is not byte-addressable. Unlike disk or tape it has to be written in blocks of bytes at a time, with each byte going into a cell."
So disks read/write individual bytes rather than blocks?
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"NAND flash memory .... is not byte-addressable. Unlike disk or tape it has to be written in blocks of bytes at a time, with each byte going into a cell."
So disks read/write individual bytes rather than blocks?
I guess you must first compromise security in order to improve it. But how does this get around hardware memory protection?
Well it's hardly surprising they've not had much of a response as I don't suppose many people have even heard of them. For an upstart to obtain an international following will require persistence and either mass-media exposure (like WikiLeaks), a huge advertising budget or a genius social media campaign.
Re. What problem was this supposed to solve?
How about establishing an international consensus for a charter to protect both individual rights and rights of nations from spying and targeting? The present uncivilized order seems to be that some security agencies are a law unto themselves. Yet if an individual behaved that way they'd be classed as a criminal.
Even if some governments ignore international law, there should at least be international laws restricting such activities so they are then seen to be in violation of those laws.
I think the fairest system is a free market model where people pay for what they watch, giving broadcasters an economic incentive to produce content that people want. A mandatory license fee does not befit a free society, even if the BBC generally produces good content. Perhaps an alternate way to guarantee local programming would be a free market model but with a regulation that broadcast providers (FreeView, Sky, Virgin, BT etc.) must provide a minimum % of locally produced content in any set packages they offer. This would prevent the situation whereby people who primarily want Sport or Movie packages from missing out on local content that they might not choose to pay extra for. This might be a core set of local (possibly ad-supported) channels provided for free, subsidised by local premium content on paid for channels (preferably without ads).
As more people work or travel internationally, there are many Brits who move abroad who would willingly pay for British content, and likewise many foreigners working in Britain who may primarily want foreign content. A free, open and international market place would allow more people to receive the content they want to watch. The potential loss of income from the local market can be compensated by selling more content abroad.
I'm glad Snowden is releasing this info as a trickle, thus ensuring it gets regular headline coverage. Now we know that our government agencies essentially treat the electorate (whom they should serve) as the enemy, and the laws are bent or just ignored so they can do as they please. The only recourse ordinary folk have is at the ballot box, but what option do we have to change anything?
Is it too late to mount a national campaign to stand independents* in the upcoming general election, to fight for our rights? Would joe public actually vote for a candidate who truly represents them (as opposed to the interests of the elite) or just carry on voting the same old way?
* political parties are hierarchical structures open to corruption and infighting. Standing as independents but with a common campaign and set of policies would avoid those problems up front.
Will the batteries last a HoloDay?
Will it take pictures called HoloGraphs, and watch movies in HoloVision?
Will they bundle it with a game called: Holo the Master Chief Collection?
Will the Doom port be called HoloDoomor?
Will it be a success? Let's read the HoloScope...
Sorry. My humor is just HoloBull.
Fair point Vince, but it begs the question: what have all those well paid political types in the EU been doing for the last 40-odd years since they've had a democratic mandate to create a common market? Maybe we need to apply market forces to the people who implement these changes, to empower someone who will actually get on with the job?
...best fireworX display of the year.
God speed Falcon 9... but not when landing.
I wonder what the definition of "minority" is for a global corporation?
Women generally outlive men so they're a majority in most countries.
In ethnic terms the largest population groups on the planet are Indians, Chinese and sub-Saharan Africans so will those groups be discriminated against in favor of smaller populations like Native Americans, Aboriginal Australians and the native (non-Hispanic) tribes of central and southern America?
Perhaps they should adopt a different criteria in each region or country based on the local demographics? I'd imagine that offices in Africa, the Middle East and Asia probably have the least diverse local populations, so the policy should be applied there most rigorously.
In politics, "mistakes" like these are usually contrived to bring more visitors to the party's website - the photo of Farage about to bust into tears just adds to the authenticity.
Re. "It's almost as though there are people deliberately organising for this purpose."
I'm sorry that some people don't agree with you. UKIP were the largest party in the UK Euro elections so no doubt they have many activists who will find their way to any open forum discussing their party and will want to promote themselves. Given the number of people spreading disinformation about UKIP on this forum it seems only fair.
Re. "I have derided the 'kippers because I genuinely think they are dangerous and those who follow them are fools"
Thanks for your opinion, but most of the rest of the world is outside the EU and it's not dangerous for them. Moreover Britain's membership of the EU has coincided with our relative decline after reaching our zenith as an independent nation.
As for the Euro, aren't you glad we're not in it given the way things are looking right now? It was so much easier when the smaller nations could manipulate their currencies to stimulate their economy instead of being a drain on the rest of the Euro zone. I think you'd have to be unreasonably optimistic to think that joining the Euro now would be the less dangerous option.
As for blaming "immygrunts" for "ruining everything", once an area is overpopulated like many areas of Britain are, adding more immigrants reduces the standard of living for the majority. If you restrict immigration to just the beneficial ones, the effect still happens, just to a lesser degree. Any overpopulated country would benefit from freezing immigration and encouraging emigration of people who make the least contribution to society. C'est la vie!
Most of the blame for "austerity" lies with Labour for overspending in the boom years leaving the Tories to borrow even more in the lean times. The deficit will have to be paid off eventually, the longer we leave it the more debt interest there is to pay. In order to justify anti-austerity measures they have to produce more economic growth to offset not paying off debt. If you have any great suggestions I'm sure the Chancellor will love to hear them. My starter for ten would be allowing budget surpluses in government departments to be retained for the next year without having next year's budget slashed, eliminating the annual glut of wasteful spending that so often occurs. Wishful thinking....
Maybe the rotation is so slow that there is a significant differential between the rotation speed of the core and the surface, with layers of the upper mantle moving like an atmosphere (due to the differential and not just heat convection)? Then the surface rotation speed could change like the average windspeed in the upper atmosphere. Patterns or eddys in the motion could follow a cycle that speeds or slows the surface at regular intervals.
Or perhaps the absence of a moon means that the gravitational bulging due to the Sun is not countered, and results in greater friction and slowing of the planet's rotation relative to other planets?
Or the lack of a moon's disruption to the gravitational field allows small currents in the mantle to grow uninterrupted resulting in the effect I first mentioned?
Or could the slowdown be a countdown to another resurfacing event?
Could this whole GOP thing be a deceptive viral marketing campaign dreamed up by Sony to increase the takings of this upcoming "Interview" movie? Everyone will want to go see it now, then buy a PS4 to get the game too.
fling flap flop
The real intention is to do the opposite - add a hidden feature which deliberately rotates a falling iPhone to ensure it lands on the most vulnerable point. No one wants an iWatch, iPads have peaked and they've run out of ideas to sell new iPhones. With peak Apple approaching and an expensive HQ to pay for, they've got to come up with a way of increasing future sales of iPhones.
Codenames: Bush, Clinton and Obama.
'twas explained in the earlier article:
Good luck to Huawei if they can add a few more S-es, but like everything in this physical universe storage capacity can't keep growing exponentially.
I wouldn't count Intel out of the market yet, all these recently reviewed devices have Atoms so Q4 may yet see an uptick for their mobile division...
I guess they must be selling them cheap as... er, chips.
Battery powered drones are only practical in areas very near to a distribution base, which are usually built up areas where drone flights are currently illegal. Computer guided drones are even less likely to get approval for safety reasons.
Then there's the battery life issue - currently drone batteries only last maybe 15-30 minutes, so they will have to keep swapping batteries on return to base.
I think their application will be very limited at first, perhaps useful for deliveries to hard to access areas.
I find the 2009 Kryder prediction surprising, given that he must have been aware of the limits to PMR and the predicted costs of future technologies at the time.
As for the IDC data/storage growth projections, I'm sure they will turn out to be wildly wrong. The reality is that applications and data grow to use the available processor / storage capacity (until we run out of ideas for worthwhile new applications). If the rate at which storage becomes more affordable is slowing, then applications that would utilise larger amounts of storage will not be implemented.
Similarly the recent slow down in the advance of CPU processor speed has not resulted in a crisis of CPU power not keeping up with application demands. Developers write new applications or new features to utilise the available CPU power.
ergo YouTube will probably decide not to let users upload unlimited amounts of 4K or 8K videos that are full of duplicates, fake movies, people filming themselves mumbling on for hours about their dull opinions and not bothering to edit their footage at all.
"now Minister Baker, we want you to sign this brief for us... or.. you remember what happened to our unfortunate friend? Don't try anything, no one will believe you. We'll make quite sure of that. You will sign that brief tomorrow". <click>
Re. "... it just looks like W7 with a flat theme."
I concur with your opinion about the flat theme, but did you notice that the task bar in W10 retains Aero transparency? If the graphics card is being used for transparency effects then it could be enabled for all windows at negligible performance / power cost. The reason they removed Aero for W8 was because the older GPUs in the tablets back then either weren't capable, or drained too much battery doing so. I believe the current generation of mobile GPUs can handle Aero with ease.
"AMD thinks the future of the data center lies in the ARM processor architecture"
then at what market is the next generation x86 Zen core targetted? In the past new AMD x86 cores were first released as high performance Opterons.
So when they prosecute someone's legal fiction for file-sharing, would a valid defence be "no your honour, I am innocent of this allegation, it was my non-commercial arm that was responsible" (whilst slapping your left arm with your right hand).
Will the datacentres where these drives are destined consider recycling that He when the drives are EOL? Perhaps we need government regulation to mandate recycling of elements that don't have a sustainable supply for industrial applications?
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?
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.
DDR3 must be double the price it was 2-3 years ago.
....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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
The 2012 Nexus 7 was 16:10 not 16:9 (1280 x 800 pixels)
"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.
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.
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?