Re: I know where you can cram it
Don't bother. Most companies keep Complaints Departments (which are basically just one-way chutes to the shredders or incinerators).
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Don't bother. Most companies keep Complaints Departments (which are basically just one-way chutes to the shredders or incinerators).
Until Simplix shuts down, that is...
It usually need to connect ONCE, during the install period. I think you can unplug it after that, though, if you're paranoid (since there's little they can harvest from a virgin machine).
So like I said, what do the Chinese do when they get there? Take up whatever language they need?
"Sadly, in my opinion, laziness has lead to tech hacks abandoning perfectly good home grown words for English versions. Perhaps it just sounds cooler to them, or they are just lazy. Or they are afraid they will sound old fashioned. The result is that some words have no intrinsic meaning to the user, whereas it is possible to understand the origin of the word if you are a native English speaker (a transient problem, granted)."
The real real issue is that people don't realize languages grow organically. Nearly every proper language evolved distinctly from local languages that had a need to communicate amongst themselves. They each developed independently and continue to do so, changing as people do and doing so locally, not globally (which is why Spanish, French, and Portuguese differ some depending on which side of the Atlantic you're on). That's why we end up with localized dialects, slangs, and so on. I don't think there's much you can really do about that simply due to the limited nature of communication. Being able to communicate with anyone, anywhere is shaping things, yes, but until this outpaces our face-to-face interactions, they won't be the driving force of language.
Makes me wonder if there was ever a situation where a letter is addressed to a certain surname in a certain town, no number, only the town in question has 32 houses ALL with the same surname?
"All English really needs is a gender neutral third person singular pronoun set to refer to people"
Well, there's "ze," but the moment you try you get inextricably tied up with gays, and that has instinctive animosity.
What about the inconsistent grammar? I mean, make up your mind: "mouses" or "hice"?
Callous disregard for security is pretty much the norm these days. Budgets and deadlines take priority because the investors hold the purse strings.
Windows Defender, it's now known. And at least it's better than nothing. The closest thing I've found to what I want is ClamAV, but the UI is too clunky and its report format leaves a lot to be desired.
Too noisy and too nagging. I want one that does everything on the QT. None of the free scanners are quiet.
If he pulled out well ahead of the traffic, then no it's not his fault because he operated due diligence with a large, slow vehicle, presenting itself to the traffic that it was turning. If other cars nearby have stopped, then the trucker gave enough notice and the cars had yielded right of way to the truck.
But airplanes have three dimensions to work with (unlike cars which are normally limited to two). Anyway, the big problems with flying cars are their complicated operations and their operating costs.
"There's a reason why the rules are "if the controller says something different to the TCAS, you follow the TCAS"."
I think they only made that ruling AFTER the crash. At the time, it was not defined which took priority.
"The fact that it _can_ be taught means that AIs can learn it, which means that their driving ability and anticipation factors will improve. They're already better than most drivers most of the time(*)"
Do we have reason to believe road smarts is something that CAN be taught rather than something intuitive we just pick up without realizing it, meaning we don't know HOW we know it and therefore can't pass it onto a car system?
Two words: Ghost Drivers. Some accidents (even head-ons) aren't your fault, and I'd hate to be the car manufacturer who has to defend the spike when a driver is tragically skewered because a drug-crazed maniac thought playing chicken was cool.
PS. Risk is subjective. There are those who ignore risk (the pathologically stupid) and those who are turned on by risk (thrill seekers).
Simple. It may be the 21st century, but (a) the United States is a big country with LOTS of roads (more than Canada and Russia IIRC, the only two countries bigger), and (b) the roads are LOCALLY maintained by communities who distrust the federal government (SOCIALISM!).
But even the best sensor systems have trouble with inclement weather. Heavy rain or snow is likely to beat even the best radar systems by producing too much radio AND optical noise.
It raises the prospect of autopilot moral dilemmas which are a very hot topic as driverless cars are being tested more and more. For example, how does a driverless car handle itself when it turns the corner on a mountainside road and suddenly sees an out of control school bus full of kids tearing between the lanes at high speed? It goes right into Book of Questions territory.
"Solution: Fix the humps. Or put warning and diversion signs around them."
Not gonna happen. First, many of these humps have signs and truckers STILL get stuck on them. As for diversions, usually they're across railroad tracks which means the only diversion is to another hump. IF there's a diversion.
As for fixing them, we're talking a big country full of roads that are LOCALLY maintained by communities with tight budgets. Plus it takes a lot of convincing to get state and federal authorities to look into them, usually because it then gets other localities to complain, "What about US?!"
Sometimes, you just gotta deal with what you get dealt, American trucks NEED the ride height.
"If all the idiots start driving autopilot cars, there'll be MORE serious crashes."
I don't know about that. I'd sooner trust a computer behind the wheel than most of those idiots who would probably insist on driving home after a night at at the pub, drive while putting on makeup or even changing clothes. Trust me, the world is FULL of stupid (which you just can't fix), so you know what? I'll take my chances with the computer.
"I am still surprised when I see the US still hasn't implemented this simple safety feature."
SImple. Too many humps. Even without crash bars, too many stories arise of trailers going over a hump and getting the underside stuck on it with the wheels off the ground, meaning it's stuck. Worse, many of these humps are railroad crossings, and Murphy is notorious in these scenarios. Many a trailer have been smashed by trains in these settings...if not detonated because they were carrying gas.
"AFAIK European trucks and trailers have side impact bars to prevent this sort of drive-under crash."
But you have to consider the kinds of roads trucks may traverse in the US. Therre's a reason we have ride height warning signs: because trucks have occasionally gotten their trailers stuck on a hump. Often the hump is a railroad crossing, and cameras have shown trucks get stuck on those humps and then get smashed by trains. Tragically, at least one of those trucks was a propane truck, with tragically obvious results.
Anyway, side impact bars can aggravate ride height issues, so there's a tradeoff here, and I think in the US's case, hump sticks happen more often than trailer guillotines (plus it's not always fatal; some HAVE survived; you CAN duck under it and into your seat).
Unless the truck's white side was highly-reflective, creating a mirror effect.
The thing is, though, will they be MORE flawed than us? You DID note the statistic about how long it took for this to happen. We demand perfection of our machines yet are content to throw our own flawed selves behind the wheel.
"- Time was 3:40pm on May 7 so glare likely wasn't an issue.
- "White truck, white sky" is the lamest bullshit excuse..."
Unless the car was facing west, meaning the car was oriented toward the sun. I don't know of too many sensors yet that can properly handle sun-blindness.
Wouldn't an extreme buy order like that be considered an unusual activity and raise a red flag, though? Brokers can't act blindly because they can be held culpable, too, if they were found to have allowed something, for lack of a better term, "bloody obvious".
"Of course there are those who get $$$ by saying they are the IRS, and they won't even get their hand slapped."
Because they're under the protection of foreign powers. That's the flip side of sovereignty.
But that's a console. I'm talking on an actual PC that normally uses keyboard and mouse inputs and can let you use GPUs miles ahead of the stuff used in the PS4 or Xbox One. Plus last I checked there are plenty of games that are PC-only.
How without a VM (which means you have Windows anyway, besides I wouldn't bank on its performance as it's VERY demanding)? Last I checked, Bethesda swore off Linux and the like saying it was too scattered an environment?
"If you want a secure os go look up Qubes OS ."
Unless you wanna play Fallout 4 as well. Then it's Windows or Bust.
"It is time to take a stand and wrest back rights decimated by the abusive practices of tech companies. Even in the gaming industry, you have price-gouging DLCs and deliberate omission of gaming via LAN.
This is not 'capitalism'. This is scummy behaviour, plain and simple."
No, it's capitalism. What's wrong is that the average person is not smart enough to play the game, and the sellers can take advantage. Not much you can do about that since You Can't Fix Stupid.
Ever thought the writer doesn't have English as a first language?
Except Samsung's money right now is on its homegrown 3D Flash tech, which is rolling out right now and is going to be the tech in demand for the short term, giving them time to see which post-Flash technology matures first to close the capacity-price gap (since bulk capacity is the one niche Flash can't fill in a cost-effective manner at present, 3D Flash might close that gap, though).
No, they say you purchased the license, which has all the strings attached, rather than the product itself. And court rulings in the past have supported that licenses can have terms attached to it that prevent resale, meaning First Sale doesn't apply, either.
Simple. They were always there. It's just no one paid attention.
"The fleet may soon have to be grounded because of the non-availability of the whale oil needed for the cabin lighting."
Just curious. Why does it specifically have to be whale oil? Why can't olive oil or petroleum be used in its place?
"That wing carries a lot of fuel on a 777 ER (extended range)."
Most of which probably got DUMPED due to MTOW > MLW. AND the hot brakes AND the left-side engines still winding down. Plus since they called a pan-pan, crews were already en route.
"Aircraft certification typically requires the evacuation slides to enable complete emptying of the entire fully loaded aircraft in 90 seconds. They run tests of this during certification testing."
That assumes all slides are operable. I've never heard of a slide system where ONE slide can evacuate 300 people in a minute and a half. No way. With an engine fire, half the slides are verboten, plus they're on the ground already with stairs en route.
Since the plane only had an engine fault, not a fire, that only qualifies as an urgency, not an emergency. I think the initial incident only raised a "pan-pan" and they chose to return to the originating airport: sensible as the resources for correction would be greatest there. The fire only started AFTER landing, and since the disembarking stairs were already en route, they probably simply monitored the situation until either the stairs arrived (meaning everyone could get off quickly) or the situation deteriorated enough to warrant immediate evacuation.
"As proof of my statement, please consider the market penetration (<20%) of W10 after one year of MS giving it away for free, FFS!"
I'd actually call that damn good because (a) Enterprise users, which you represent, are immune. In fact, Microsoft can't TOUCH these due to contractual concerns (for those business users that get the forced update, those weren't using true enterprise versions), and (b) many home users wouldn't know how to update if it slapped them in the face AND lack someone in the know to guide them through it. They're the type who think the computer is just a TV with a keyboard. Most of them are probably on XP or Vista because that's the system the computers came in. Those PCs are too old to get the update. The ones on 7 (not 7 starter) will probably jump en masse in the coming month as the updates come due.
PS. As for DX12, this is a whole different jump than to DX11 (which just added more features). DX12 makes graphics coding more efficient because it's closer to the metal. I would think game developers craving performance would jump on this. Plus it'll help them coding for the Xbox One.
That still means you need a Win7 install for the machine, most games REQUIRE Internet access to run (usually because it's an online-oriented game). Plus more games going forward will be oriented toward DirectX 12, which is Win10-ONLY.
And if you think more apps will be ported to Linux after this, you forget the face you're one smart vote surrounded by ten stupid votes. You're hoping too much.
"Best solution is linux mint, and only use win 10 for the few programs that won't run on linux. The one good thing about it is that ms can't read ext4. No snooping."
ext4 is open source. Microsoft probably already have a tool to snoop on ext4 volumes. They just don't release it publicly. They probably also have ways to sniff out the passwords for encrypted volumes and so on to sniff them, too. Remember, VeraCrypt was once hosted on CodePlex...
When there are more mainstream GAMES for Linux than for Windows, THEN they'll pay attention. Otherwise, they pretty much have a captive market.
"Walk into any retail outlet that sells computers and ask for a bare machine, you'll be given a choice of Windows or Mac and get a really confused look from the sales person 'What no OS'?."
Because that'll be the day. We're not most people. Most people don't care much about the OS, only that it runs the software they want, and when it comes to applications, Windows still wins. Not even Valve can convince the game developers to support SteamOS properly (when companies like Bethesda basically swear it off).
Web browsers get pwned more easily than custom software. Didn't the Target and Home Depot attacks teach them anything?
As for LibreOffice, that's all fine and dandy unless you use a lot of macros and other stuff Libre doesn't do very well (if at all, like macros).
And that still leaves the end-users for which software on anything but Windows is incredible scarce, and they lack the know-how to find it anywhere but a B&M store.
Trouble is, as later drug ads showed, "They don't take no for an answer."
"Of course, the Linuxian method appears to humbly offer an update icon, which never does anything without asking first."
But then Sid Stupid doesn't realize this, the update goes uninstalled, and he gets pwned due to a wild exploit the update would've quashed. What's one of the common headlines here at El Reg? People get pwned because updates go uninstalled.So we have hard evidence of people really being that stupid, so what do you do in such an environment where prompting doesn't get results?
The ONLY way Microsoft will lose serious Windows uptake is if there are alternative apps available for those other OS's waiting for the defectors. Otherwise, it's a captive market.
"No, 'X' means "fucking cancel it". It does not mean "postpone", it does not mean "nag me again"."
Not if "X" ALSO means "I want to get pwned." I mean, how soon will Microsoft stop Win7 updates to "encourage" upgrading? It's not like their deadline's set in stone by contract, is it?
"You mean there's no IT staff in the hospital at all? That's your problem there I reckon, no secretary either who could be trained to run a simple program, my oh my no wonder hospitals are so rushed."
Hate to say it, but...that's exactly the issue! No solution can hire additional people because there's no budget for it. You MUST use existing people or it'll never make the budget. In a hospital, security plays third fiddle (to saving lives and cutting costs) and there's no way you're going to change this in the medical culture. The first priority is sacrosanct due to the Oath of Hippocrates while the second priority is imposed by the men up top.
"Therefore the tills are designed to permit near-instant log in using a token."
Only one problem. Pub is a pretty small self-contained area. Everyone who would need access to the till is going to be within shouting distance, for their own good.
Hospital is a big building, multiple floors, where people may be in different places throughout their watch. And each of these have different duties and authorizations. IOW, whole other kettle of fish.
sudo killall -9 Autopilot