3492 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
They have over a hundred years of freely available Western industrial and economic history to study, to see what can go wrong - but they do exactly the same thing, even worse than we did.
This is interesting
" ... the creator of Bitcoin – whoever he or she is – has by public record amassed a $400m stash in the virtual currency ..."
Is this because the visible structure of the data shows an origin point and an associated amount before a new 'mining' operation started? Additionaly, does it also show that the first amount of Bitcoins were never transfered to a different wallet? Does this have implications for anonymity if enough computing power is applied to analysis of the Bitcoin 'ecosystem'?
Re: National Service Award
I have a feeling that you actually live in Colorado. If so, I would like to visit at Easter.
The photographer should have got that light fitting directly above Branson's head. Maybe rearrange the furniture as well .....etc.
It's neat that they used PRISM as an acronym for something involving 'panchromatic'. It also 'spies' on the world, just like a recently revealed PRISM project.
Space is BIG ...
... and it's absolutely amazing!
" ... failed to spot ..."
Somebody should introduce them to 'calendar apps' and 'event alarms'.
Isn't it even worse for you ....
...if you keep your anger bottled up inside?
If Sol is orbiting the galactic core ....
... isn't the other matter (dark and normal) orbiting at the same angular velocity?
USB was thought to be shorthand for a European country
United States Bailiwick - obviously.
Placing the patient at the centre of healthcare
It's actually "Placing the patient at the centre of the feeding trough."
Re: so... friends and relatives...
I installed Linux (Mint 13 LTS) last May as dual boot with Win7 and spent 3-4 weeks getting used to it. After that, I used Win7 less and less and then got rid of it by fitting my laptop with a shiny new 60GB SSD and Linux Mint. I never looked back since then. I also put the same Linux on my old desktop, old laptop and old netbook. There is a learning curve and a swearing curve but I'd recommend it.
Before you try it, read the Linux Mint forums and other forums to get an idea of the problems that people have and how they work around them.
Re: Utterly fantastic
Nice use of the true meaning of the word.
" A built-in accelerometer could then detect if the user falls over ..."
What if BBC Radio 2 starts playing some metal and the wearer starts 'headbanging' around the room?
I see an elongated face with glaring eyes, a shouty mouth and sticky-out ears. The shoulder pads and tutu suggest a flamboyant and deranged personality. I don't want to talk about the rest of it.
Would it be acceptable ....
... if the documents were returned as an email attachment; or would they require hard copy printouts via the postal service?
Re: self-serve checkouts example?
Is it wrong of me to start giggling when it says, "Please wait; the assistant is coming." ?
Re: Since when
The MP3 compression algorithm is just a mathematical formula but is patented and a licence is needed to encode audio to MP3. The argument is that a lot of work went into inital studies and testing to find a suitable set of weighting factors to give a balance between compression ratio, ease of operation and fidelity. The MP3 encoding technique (and just about all codecs) is based on decades old mathematical research that is free for everyone to use (the formulae), but you'd better not copy the mix of methods and the internal weighting factors of a well known one, or you will be sued.
It sounds like the Twinkle Twins have copied the basic technique (time varying, multi dimensional weighted averages, whatever...) and I'm sure they did a lot of original work and much testing before they hit upon their own unique weighting parameters.
Just wondering ...
How do you mould or machine BMG to sub-micron precision unless you have the moulds or cutting tools which have sub-micron precision and stability in use? It seems like a 'chicken and egg' situation.
Just wondering ...
" ...the Chinese government has tried to intervene by persuading Redmond to continue support for the legacy OS."
Did they intervene, in any useful way, to prevent the use of pirated XP installations?
(I am not a Windows fanboi and I do know how easy it was/is to clone an XP installation or get a key.)
Re: Oh great
Or many more than twice the number of notifications of a conference on urban renewal in Beijing. You may know these conference speakers.
"... chaired by ex-MI6 chief (or "C") Sir John Scarlett "
The review will find that TNMOC has produced weapons of mass destruction which are capable of reaching the Bletchley Park Trust. As such, there will be no choice but to send in troops to shut down TNMOC.
... the new, less patronising way of saying "emerging markets"
.. which used to be the less patronising way of saying "all those (relatively) poor people".
@dogged Re: Time to get the calculator out
It's not nice but it's not as bad as being murdererfied.
I was hoping that a dragon would appear
I'll read any further story development, just in case.
It doesn't matter, dammit.
I've been a Linux-at-home user for 9 months now and it was a stressful time for two weeks (serious swearing) then a bit stressful (mild swearing) for two weeks; then it was fine. I used MS-DOS then Windows for 25 years and I haven't touched Windows since last November; I don't have it anymore except on the old spinning rust disk in a bag in my desk drawer. (SSD all the way now). I've tried MATE and Cinnamon and XFCE and a couple of weird lightweight ones and I've settled on MATE. Whatever you choose will work for you, because that's the reason you choose it - duh.
I don't startup my newish laptop, or desktop, or netbook, or 8 year old laptop (yes, it's great, with PATA SSD) so that I can admire MATE's system panel or the way it presents notifications. I startup my computer so I can run a browser, or an e-mail client or GIMP or splice audio files or play some music. I did spend some time setting up my pop-out panels and loading them with drawers and the drawers with apps and folder locations etc. - but then I started using my computer to do work. (Also, the great thing is that I can migrate/clone my MATE desktop environment over to another computer).
As for the Windows fanbois talking about 'fragmentation'; it's 'choice' and it's free :) I install Thunderbird or the latest GIMP from the same source whatever DE is used. If for some strange reason, I want to try Cinnamon again (I didn't like it), I can load it up and start in Cinnamon (Linix startup gives you that choice at a button click) and it still runs the same installed programs.
My favourite was the new paint for the high speed trains in the UK wich was advertised as bonding to the metal by 'quantum forces'. (At a stretch, it could have been Van Der Waals forces.)
"augment the functionality of usefulness"
How much training do you need (or what do you drink) to come up with phrases like that?
empty Contacts in my phone
I don't use the Contacts functionality on my Android phone, since I know they will be sniffed and copied by Google and many other apps on there. Many apps need permission to access your contacts in order to work - god alone (and the developers) know why. I use ColorNote which has the ability to recognise a phone number in a Note and highlight it and push it into the dialer for you. Interestingly, Evernote used to have that capability, but it was removed with an update about a year ago.
How do I know that Colornote won't sniff the phone numbers in my Notes? I don't, but at least it's only one organisation to trust, instead of many.
I remember the last time
They changed the UK motorways from blue (standard colour code on UK maps) to orange. They also messed up my ability to store offline maps on my device, so I had to have a data connection to even see a map. I very much doubt that they will improve it in any way.
Proof by induction
This is effectively 'proof by induction', where you say (sort of): if it's true for this, it must be true for that, and I've just shown it for this, so it must be true for all that. It works if you dig deeper into it. Proof by induction can get messy because you have to show (sometimes laboriously) that it is true for a certain case or cases.
...is pitched as having “privacy in mind”
Oh yes, we thought about it.
"... and reaping donations to the cause via PayPal"
I wonder if they tried leaning on PayPal to freeze his account I also wonder if they accessed the PayPal database to find out who had been making donations
Re: no, just no
The lifts will all sulk in the basment.
Re: Damn americans, staying over there, working their own jobs
Yes but .... the workers they hire locally and pay locally, don't buy goods and services from Tata Consulting Services. Also, you raise the issue of 'long term sense' .......... TCS would be concerned with short and medium term costs and profits.
The picture ..
When I saw that, I thought it was a picture of Dyson's range of vacuum cleaners. I wonder where Samsung got the idea to make a vacuum cleaner look like that. Or maybe it's obvious and form follows from function :)
How about .... yahoo!.london ?
"... Kickstarter retains the last four digits of non-US credit cards .."
So they are involved? Or do Amazon pass this data back to Kickstarter?
Re: 100 reported cases of contact sensitisation
... and over what period of time and how are they clustered over time? These products have been used for many years but perhaps only lately have become 'mass-market' (or more affordable by most). Could it be a peanut allergy situation?
Is this what's called a 'cyber jerk'?
“his”, “her” or “their” the three options.
I want the 'it' option. I renounce my humanity and detest all fleshy forms of existence.
Just wondering ...
If enough Flappy Bird players get together in this way, will they exhibit emergent intelligence?
" ... maintenance work that required funds to be placed in a vulnerable location."
No. I'm sure the work required the funds to be placed in a 'different' location, not a 'vulnerable' location.
" ...capable of 64GS/s (giga-samples per second), and is capable of generating a whopping 128 billion analog-to-digital conversions per second ..."
(I assume 128 billion is 128G) Does this mean that the input sample and hold circuitry is the limiting factor in overall capability? If so, could they use two input circuits in parallel and interleave the outputs feed to the SAR? I find all this puzzling because a SAR uses a D/A convertor as part of its feedback/comparison loop and that would be most likely to be the limiting factor for speed.
Have I understood this properly? ....
Advertising companies can't be trusted with our personal data?
Or the 'Grauniad' as it's affectionately known.
I'm surprised ...
... that he wasn't reported and then arrested for hacking into a commercial computer system and stealing personal financial information. Got to clamp down on this sort of thing you know.
@Ken Y-N Re: I'll have a go at translation
It's a chocolate 'Yule log' and the filling is leaking out. Some people ......
Re: Excuse me but is this Torygraph?
" They are chosen, .... by the elected heads of government ....."
Yep, facts are boring; but true in this case.
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