2644 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 09:17 GMT
I joined LinkedIn a few months ago. It sold itself as an upmarket kind of place for professional people so I thought I'd give it a go. I didn't register myself with any special interests, just gave the minimum needed.
Almost immediately, my e-mail inbox was hit by spam from people who wanted me to read about their research and attend their conferences; and one man who wanted me tell me about his sponsored charity walk. I've told the spam filter to mark all LinkedIn mail as spam.
Is it really true?
"Platinum .....one asteroid could generate more of the stuff than has ever been mined in Earth's history. This is true, ..."
Maybe, if there was an asteroid out there, in easy reach, that had a very high concentration of platinum in it. If asteroids are remnants of the proto-planetary cloud that formed the earth (among others), why should they have a significantly greater concentration of platinum than the earth's crust?
Even if they did have, how does the mass of an 'average' asteroid compare with the mass of all platinum bearing ores mined throughout earth's history? How do we find these 'lucky' asteroids?
On a separate note: to return large ingots of purified metals down the earth's gravity well, you could use them as counterweights in a pulley based space-elevator arrangement, with buckets at regular intervals it coud form a cheap launch and return system.
Criminals are using the internet ?!
Pass a law against it, now!
Re: Offline requirements - just tried it
It only offers offline viewing (not editing) and only for those documents you recently edited and only documents and spreadsheets (not presentations, etc).
It only works with one account, the account you first activate it with. After that it won't play. The offline documents seem to be stored deep in some obscure chrome data files.
Google are hoping we'll store all our data in their cloudiness so they will probably never offer folder syncing to user chosen folders on a local drive (as could be expected).
Rolling in it
As an existing Hotmail user (only for 'junk' subscriptions) I got a free upgrade to 25GB of Skydrive storage on BOTH of my separate Hotmail accounts. I'll now stroll over to Google and see what's happening to my two Google accounts.
Maybe my free Dropbox account and my free Sugarsync account will be upgraded as a response to all this too. I've no idea what I'll do with all this cloudy goodness.
Re: Go on...
At least there will be no shortage of tea and sandwiches while she's in charge.
" So far, 61 IPCom patents have been found invalid as granted or conceded as invalid by IPCom .."
IPCom are supposed to understand patents, they 'deal' in them. In every case like this, for every patent found to be invalid, another patent (chosen by the defendant) should be struck out from the 'pool' and the plaintiff charged full court costs for that percentage of patents struck out from the action.
Re: But will the MPs listen to the arguments?
I suspect that the Home Secretary was getting technical 'advice' from potential contracting companies. It's the only explanation I can think of.
I tried reading about it, via the link
"A sequence-specific DIG-labeled probe targeting the extension product is annealed to the extended primers and detection proceeds as in ELISA, using an anti-DIG HRP-conjugated antibody."
Now I know how 'ordinary' people feel when I try explaining how computers work.
'analyst': Assumes derivation from the word 'analyse'.
The correct spelling in many cases is in fact, 'analist'.
" ... the system already used by most major UK mobile phone companies, where access to adult content is blocked until an age verification check is conducted ..."
This is because a child can walk into a shop and buy a phone (or just a SIM card) on PAYG, using cash. Only an adult can purchase a domestic internet connection and it should be regarded as that adult's responsibility to control access by any children in the home.
Re: " ... some badly needed consulting."
I think you mean " .. some badly needed clobbering."
Re: Highest density of CCTVs in the world
As I understand it, you are not allowed to place a private camera so that is monitors another person's property or a public place. So the cat in the wheelie bin situation was being illegally monitored?
As for the public helping to identify pictures of witnesses; I can imagine a situation where someone is walking through a park, a good face shot captured on public CCTV while a nasty crime is being comitted in nearby bushes; then their face is presented as 'the police would like to talk to this person in connection with a rape and murder that took place last week'.
The police might state, in writing on the site, that the person is only a witness, but you can bet lots of illiterate mouth-breathing thugs will beat them up as soon as they recognise them.
When you recruit volunteers from the public without screening or training, you get the quality you pay for.
It could work out OK
If the company I work for want me to use my personally owned computing and communications device to carry out work for them, I'd be happy to lease it to them and let them have total control over what is installed on it.
Re: Where did the charge go?
A good question Gordon. It seems important enough to expect them to go looking for it or at least mention it. I suspect that what has happened is that the X-rays picked out some aspect of the properties of the quantum 'mush' that is smeared around the electron 'sea' of this complex crystalline solid.
I also wonder what temperature the solid was at when they detected this.
Do most mobile network providers hand out a micro SIM if you ask for one, or do you have to chop your existing SIM to fit it into this phone?
I'll wait until Christmas (or just after) to buy a used one on e-bay, as I do with all my phones and other techie stuff. I've never had a bad one yet.
"... especially those below director level."
When you say 'director level', do you actually mean being a registered director of a company, having legal responsibility for the actions of the company, etc? I would imagine that just about everybody working on any project is below director level, by my understanding of the word 'director'.
Re: This is news?
".. product placement on the likes of Hawaii Five-O."
Bing him Danno!
I don't see anybody defending Context. who are described as 'abacus strokers'. Apple can look after themselves; you should stand up for the little guys.
... and that's what Google said to themselves as they completed the design and looked forward to releasing it.
Re: Archeologists in 500 years
The ancient egyptians worshipped cats as gods. Have we progressed much since then?
I feel really sad for rich people and their families when this sort of thing happens to them. It must be very embarassing for many close relatives as well.
@Ian Davies Re: A rubber-keyed speccy?
The Nascom keyboard was very nice indeed, but I think it was the Nascom 2 that had a case. The Nascom 1 was a bare mother of a board where you had to do all the assembly and soldering yourself (while crossing your fingers and praying to every deity you could think of).
Re: A rubber-keyed speccy?
Ahhhh, I remember typing in assembler code for the Nascom 1 and designing and building my own I/O port decode and latching hardware. Those were the days ........ better days ........... nurse! ....... the pills!!
Belt and Braces
I dragged my Dropbox folder into my Sugarsync folder so now I get my files stored in two clouds. So if Dropbox goes dead then I can still access files from Sugarsync on a different device, and vice versa. There is the consequence that I have twice the data traffic on data synching... meh. (I wonder if they use different cloud storage service providers?)
Just wondering ...
... if and when the book will be on sale in the Reg shop. I want to get down with the new paradigms.
The really suspicious ones are the 'attractive' and free analgue clock widgets that want full internet access, ability to send and receive SMS, read phone state and some other stuff. Big WTF! on those.
The only 'Contacts' on my phone are the ones that the SIM card forces on me. I use Colornote to mantain lists of contacts and have widgets for family, friends, work, etc; which works great with Android's built in ability to recognise text that is a phone number or e-mail address, highlight it and action it with a single touch. That way, you get to decide upon and layout the contact information in a way that looks good and is useful to you. (This will work with Evernote and just about any text file app).
The only disadvatage is that I can't tell who is phoning me unless I recognise the number, but that doesn't bother me.
I have considered rooting my phone so I can use a fine grained permissions blocking app, but that's technically a bit too much of a step fopr me.
After a little thought .....
..... Just print the QR code with 'stretching' at the edges so that the data blocks look square when viewed centrally head on with a camera. This would mean that you'd need to stick them to the bike frame with a particular 'curve orientation' but people willing to pay $30 a year to get this protection should be willing to read the instructions carefully.
Re: Oh, god...
If it's any comfort to you; imagine how the people at Seedrs feel about it. Oh..... wait a minute.
Re: Uh, yeah. Right....
Do foreign intelligence services and international organised crime figures have much of a presence on Facebook?
Lost in all the obvious humour ...
"A review of log files from the Texas DPS website revealed that it had been compromised on February 8 ... utilising a SQL injection vulnerability ..."
The Texas Department of Public Safety can't even look after their own safety. How long have SQL injection vulnerabilities been widely known about, understood and fix measures been available?
@Euchrid Re: And the authors who .....
Thank you for that interesting contribution. I didn't know about Amanda Hocking and I wish her and others like her well.
My second point was confirmed when I searched the torrents for "Amanda Hocking"; her books are all over the place! (I did not download, I just had a look to assess the availability in preparation for my comment.)
Re: And the authors who produce the goods, where are they in all this??
" ... authors themselves have no distribution channels and publishers have that monopoly."
Not true. For ebooks, places like Baen Ebooks (www.baenebooks.com) and others have channels where authors can sell their books. There are also ebook publishing houses (on the internet of course) who will package your manuscript into an e-book (as a paid service) and have various charges depending on the publishing and sales model an author wants.
However, hardly anybody (in the grand scale of global numbers) knows about these outlets, which is no good for blockbuster bestselling authors (think J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown, etc). Even for middling authors, unless their ebook has DRM, then a popular book will find its way onto the torrents in a very short time. People who are capable of looking into internet niches for ebooks can easily find the popular ones for free on the torrents; I know I did :)
For paper books, an author can go the 'roll your own route' via the so-called vanity publishers but the question has to be asked - why didn't J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown (etc) do this? Probably because it's too much hassle and they are happy with the deal the existing publishers gave them.
If authors who want more money want a better deal, they will have to spend lots of time not writing books, but chasing publishing and distribution opportunities. It seems they've decided not to bother.
re. extension strip
I too have run a Homeplug from an extension strip with laptop and other devices plugged in, with no apparent problems (I had a short network cable and was too lazy to find a longer one). You could do some simple speed comparison tests if you had any worries about performance.
Re: Cartel behaviours
"Did I say allegedly often enough in there?"
" ... the use of Dropbox as a delivery mechanism ..."
This Dropbox reference was thrown in right at the end, with no explanation.
Do you get an e-mail from the bad guys with a link to their malware laden Dropbox public folder? Do Dropbox themselves install the virus the next time Dropbox has an auto-update?
A bit more explanation would be nice.
Re: Subeds, please
There is a 'Send Corrections' button for that, on the same line as 'Post A Comment', and I nearly used it for that purpose.
However, in this case I've decided to interpret 'local reigns' as meaning 'power/influence in these regions'. That's just me; you do what you like of course.
@Unicornpiss: Essentially, yes. This is what the article is about. Actually, I'm not sure that "... effects passed to one entangled quantum particle will instantaneously affect its partner ...". It may not be as simple as 'push one atom to the left and the other atom moves to the left as well'.
@DryBones: It's not science fiction. It's science fact; was predicted by Einstein's theories and has been demonstrated in various laboratories for quite a few years.
@LOL123 Re: economics .....
"The problem is I think the typesetting and format conversion work, which is not ebook friendly..."
When an author has finished slaving away on his/her manuscript and dealt with all the spelling mistakes and grammatical errors and sentence structure, etc; it will (hopefully) be in the form of a Word document (or similar). If I was given that, I could knock out an e-book in a few minutes and send copies to thousands of people at zero marginal cost, (I'm on the intertubes).
So, I'm wondering why e-books should be so expensive. Do authors still submit manuscripts to publishers in the form of ink on parchment? Even if they do, how expensive is a copy-typist with document layout skills?
I'm a qubit confused.
If you make use of the quantum entanglement of two atoms (which are stored in different places) to instantaneously convey information from one place to another, don't you destroy the entanglement? (Or is that only for entangled photons?)
Have the experimenters demonstrated instantaneous state change transfer from one entangled atom to the other?
The entanglement can (it seems) be created/restored by exchanging a photon, but this is limited by the speed of the photon.
So, the best you could do is to 'prime' a set of entangled repeaters and then use them up for a one time instantaneous message, then have to wait until they were re-primed by 'slow' photon exchange.
I may have misunderstood this; have I?
Re: Human shaped robots are the least practical idea ever
" .., a tractor unit that can attach to different modules to transport, deliver and perhaps even operate them?"
We're back to International Rescue again. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.)
That's 'valedictorian'. (Or just 'dick' in some cases.)