108 posts • joined 5 May 2009
Not for readers
Amazon's doing it for profit, not for readers. I think they don't care whether people read books or not, as long as they keep buying them.
Since Disney owns Marvel and the future of the Star Wars films, it will be interesting to see what happens with that dispute.
People with cameras can record what you're doing.
Perhaps he wanted to engage in some up-close
examination, not knowing that he must use the
necessary equipment. After all, he's a student,
isn't he? Having to be extracted is really quite
Re: Biological sciences
I disagree with your idea that biological sciences don't breed boffins. I work with several who are researching diseases related to eyes and vision. For example, one of them is working out why certain proteins seem to cause retinal neovascularization, and trying to determine if blocking the production of those proteins will stop neovascularization. That kind of work might lead to treatments for certain types of blindness (age-related macular degeneration, in particular).
These Ph.D.s are conducting basic science in labs: making observations, formulating hypotheses, devising experiments, and reporting results.
Are you expecting children to already know how to design processors, PCBs, etc., before they go to college?
Do you have incredibly high-standards, or do you believe this knowledge is passed on genetically?
Re: Isn't that mico-USB and now mandatory in the EU?
If a 9-pin serial port is good enough for Nigel Farage, it's good enough for me.
Maybe it's a regional thing, but I've always thought buzzard = vulture = condor = birds-of-prey with featherless heads.
In the upper right corner of the quote it says "Quote contingent on a public testimonial within 30 days of installation". I wonder if Maximus supplied a public testimonial, or if that's what the lawsuit is supposed to be.
Also, it's nice to see an article about lawsuits that don't involve patents. Patent lawsuits seem like tedious, drawn-out flamewars. Breach-of-contract seems a bit more straightforward.
"We don’t need any new NSA-proof protocols. Any well-designed, appropriately-deployed protocol is NSA-proof."
Or so the NSA would have us believe. Even as far back as Caesar, there has been a conflict between the codemakers and the codebreakers. It's in the NSA's interest to have people believe there are NSA-proof protocols. Codemakers should keep trying to push the state-of-the-art in encryption. If they aren't, they're not doing their jobs.
Re: Sorry, but you are incorrect Alistair.
And who wants to be responsible for that?
Wow! Is that an option? Where does the line start?
OTOH, they'd probably start Hunger-as-a-Service and make billions (think of it as the modern equivalent of selling indulgences.)
IMO, Chris Pine (a/k/a the new James T. Kirk) would be a good choice. He's not all over the place, so he would probably straddle the fine line of being well-known and being cheap (relatively speaking). Give him some glasses and a beard, he can do the job.
It's only a matter of time before Krikkit gets involved in this technology.
"...the tablet would allow soldiers..."
Navy personnel are sailors, not soldiers.
Re: two words
"Here I am, brain the size of a planet... Call that job satisfaction, 'cause I don't."
Where's the Marvin icon when you need it?
What's in a name?
Mondera sounds like the name of a family sedan.
If they really wanted to make environmentally friendly products, they'd design them to be easily repaired/upgraded so people wouldn't need to buy new ones so often.
Buzz, buzz, buzz
Innovation and convergence are the new paradigm (in more ways than one).
...based on real actual casework...
"Real actual"? Is the author getting paid by the word?
The legendary jazz musician.
It's not what you think
IMHO, they're more frightened by words like hexadecimal and sysadmin.
Re: Google, take this deal please
Playing devil's advocate here, the problem with people is that they have "rights" and can complain to the government if they feel those rights have been abused. A robot doesn't have these rights (not yet, anyway). Unemployed people might be cheap labor, and even desperate for work, but it's still possible they might complain about some aspect of employment. Therefore, it makes more sense to use robots for some jobs, because robots can't complain.
I'd be more impressed if they simplified their licensing schemes. IMHO, if your licensing is so complex that you created "licensing specialist" as a job title and certification, then you're doing something wrong.
If censorship ends, it will be in spite of Google, not because of it. It's in its corporate interests to comply with governmental orders, where smaller, nimbler organizations can take greater risks because they have less to lose.
Big Brother because Google is watching.
Maybe Siri will get be able to work with sign languages in the future. One of many possibilities, I imagine.
I can see the Register is trying to gain international support for its plans to become the first tech website in space. By the third iteration, I hope they have their VOIP (Vulture-over-internet-protocol) tech finally ready for the masses.
Preparing for battle
They plan to engage with and destroy the Crimson Permanent Assurance. It's Eric Schmidt's plan for revenge dating back to when he was a Midshipman for Bell Labs.
So it's, like, a Spice Girls convention, right?
A few questions for Google
What's the best way to protect my Gmail from NSA snooping?
How can I remove all Google products from my Android phone?
If 42 is the answer, what is the question?
At what point did Google stop giving a s**t about the "Don't be evil" slogan?
Yesterday Adobe asked me to fill out a survey regarding CS6 and Creative Cloud. I told them I had no intention of buying, installing, or recommending Creative Cloud because their software isn't compelling enough to warrant taking out a subscription. For most of the people I deal with, Gimp and Scribus are sufficient for their needs. You don't need Photoshop if all you're going to do is crop a photo.
So, you're assuming they're not taking notes then? Maybe you should look at mobile use at meetings and presentations as a sign that you've said something interesting and they want to jot it down for future reference.
Imitation is the ...
Considering how TOR works, it would be possible for multiple sites named Silk Road to appear, each with different ownership. Some might even be run by the DEA (or other govt agencies).
Following that idea, maybe instead of introducing a low-end iPhone, maybe Apple should create a new lower-end brand, and put iOS on its devices. That way they wouldn't 'taint' the Apple brand with inexpensive products by
creating a new gateway drug opening a new market.
The wrong way
They could probably make a lot of money by starting to Windows Updates for XP. I know several companies that are still using XP and aren't inclined to move to something else. If the cost of buying updates from Autonomy (or whoever) is less than the cost of upgrading hundreds or thousands of PCs to Windows 7, many companies would probably jump at the chance.
While I wouldn't put it past the NSA, GCHQ, et al to circumvent or decrypt SSL, it almost seems as if this is an attempt to get people to not care about SSL. If people believe SSL is useless, they'll won't go through the bother of using it, making the NSA's job that much easier.
Black helicopter due to the lack of a tinfoil hat icon.
Since it's the Ministry of Sound, does that make this a "techno squabble"?
Re: "Tory MP Claire Perry... is advising the Prime Minister on porn"
"Nudge, nudge. Wink, wink. Say no more."
What a name
With a name like English Defence League, I envisioned a plethora of pedantic people pushing proper spelling. Way more entertaining, pour moi, than a bunch of bigots.
The legal issues might not be a game-stopper. Any lawyer worth their legal degree should be able to argue that the fault resides with someone other than their client.
Lower your expectations
"The best the human race can do." Online? That's a laugh. If you're looking for the best the human race can do, you're looking in the wrong place. Going online, I assume there will be stuff I disagree with, things that are distasteful, derogatory, and even hateful, but I accept it because if I want the benefits of going online, I also have to accept some risks.
That said, I've learned not to feed the trolls, online or off.
First of all, the OP said they have a monopoly over the world's economy, not money. Money and the economy are two different things. Not that I agree with OP. Just sayin'.
In context of OP's comment, I understood it to mean the banks that are licensed and regulated by governments have a monopoly on the world's economy. A monopoly isn't about one company/organization. It's about power. Most banks have the same business model, so even if they are separate entities, they are going to do what they can to protect the business model. If thousands of banks are protecting the same business model, they can collectively act like a monopoly.
Re: The "Wandering Wop"
100,000 people in a cricket stadium wouldn't sound like anything in America, because we don't have cricket stadiums that large.
Re: If you can't fry it, it's not food
It's still new, give it time. It probably hasn't made its way to Scotland yet.
Re: Bin Laden Athletic 4, USA 1
If your family member was coming home late at night with people you suspect are pr0n stars, then you shouldn't be very surprised.
Since I'm not British, is cheese on toast the same thing as a grilled cheese, or are they just culinary cousins?
Any external USB drive should work. When I need to use an optical drive, I connect a Dell USB2 DVD-RW drive to my MacBook. it's a bit cheaper than Apple's Superdrive and does the same job. For that matter, you could probably use a generic USB drive and save more money.
I work with a bunch of eye doctors and they give talks every week about interesting cases. One year one of them spent a few months helping out in a hospital in Alaska. He presented a case where a patient tried to commit suicide by holding a cartridge to his forehead with a pair of pliers and tried to set it off by holding a lighter to it. The cartridge went off, but instead of penetrating the skull, the bullet ended up between the globe and orbit, doing some damage to the eye (mainly burns). The doctor had pics, so it probably happened. The patient was held for a psych eval.
Fail, because the patient missed out on a Darwin award.
Re: Morons of the world, unite!
There was a suicide as recently as April: http://micgadget.com/34842/suicides-return-foxconn-workers-forced-to-work-long-hours-in-silence/
Re: Starting to be excited about this ...
I work with a bunch of eye doctors, so I wonder how long it will be before one of them gets a set of these for "research".
It would probably be more useful to people with certain conditions, such as macular degeneration or maybe glaucoma, where they have some good, but patchy vision. People with dense cataracts, cloudy corneas, etc might have a hard time with Glass, though I'm guessing.
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