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CMYK isn't the issue.
As most printing applications require CMYK use anyway (basically, if you're using color, you're ALREADY using CMYK printing). Since these were intended to be used on posters and other advertisements that are predominantly color, that's no big shakes. Actually, you CAN use black-and-white Tags (Lowe's uses those).
No, I think the big problem was the Microsoft encumbrance: going through Microsoft to get the URL. If you ask me, if HCCB (the actual technical initials for the barcode) wants to make a comeback, Microsoft needs to remove the encumbrances and let people use them freely to encode more than just shortcuts. Think full contact information and so on packed into something you can snap with a camera (with HCCB, this is actually feasible--in 8-color mode, it can do up to a few KB/in^2.
Not if you were using color ALREADY.
Like on a poster, in a magazine, or on a product package or a web page. Or in a ton of advertising already in existence today. The Tags also directly employed the CMYK ink scheme (note the colores used in the barcode--all subtractive primaries) to make the colors stand out as best as possible when profesionally printed.
You'd just end up with tougher but stupider drivers. As even intelligent drivers can get T-boned through no fault of their own.
Tough prison sentences aren't going to work, either, because we'll just end up with more overcrowded prisons. And execution? Wanna bet a future DUI will come from the inventor of a "better mouse trap" or "the next iFad" or something like that?
Who do you trust?
Because that in the end is what the Secure Web is all about: having the right connections to say this is who they say they are and NOT someone else trying to pose as him/her/it. But even as you get someone to vouch for him, the next immediate question becomes, "Who vouches for the voucher?" You quickly get into a "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?" problem. But I suspect there will ALWAYS be risk, simply because in order for e-Commerce to function, we have to place at least some trust in total strangers.
But enforcement is impossible.
Because of the global nature of the Internet, some of the infiltrators can be located in countries hostile or at the least indifferent to Western thinking: countries who actually wouldn't mind a western bank or three getting some egg on the face. More of the pie for them, after all. So going back to your silo problem: how do you secure a tank when they can take remote control of it, say, FROM ORBIT? How do you go after infiltrators who never cross into your jurisdiction and aren't willing to let you in?
Magnetic drives aren't going away.
There still remains a demand for bulk data storage. SSD is still too expensive for that level of storage and no other form of media in the mass market can store so much in one device (a 2TB HDD holds 40x the storage of a dual-layer BluRay). So while there may be less demand these days for PERFORMANCE hard drives, hard drives with an emphasis on pure storage will remain popular for a while yet.
That said, hard drive capacity at least on the consumer level will probably plateau at 2TB for a little while as computers sort out the kinds of compatibilities necessary to go beyond this tier. and reach mass-penetration themselves.
GPS also includes a timebase.
You forget that GPS signals (including civilian signals) also incorporate a time signal (as in you can actually use GPS to set a clock). A replay attack would create a discontinuity in the time signals that can be recognized, making replay attacks more difficult (especially in the encrypted military bands).
My personal Smart TV experiences.
I've actually been on the "Smart TV" bandwagon well before HDTV took off. Only in this case, my "Smart TV" was a UPnP/DLNA home server allowing me to call up personal collections of recorded television shows (recorded then recompressed on my computer) on demand from a set-top box (it's ancient now, but I can honestly say I got my money's worth out of a pair of D-Link DSM-320s--the 520 broke after two years constant use but the 320s are still kicking). I wouldn't mind being able to save having another box on the shelf and an HDMI port if the TV can do DLNA (and I do mean do it PROPERLY--as in high-standards-based AVC, VC-1, and 1080p support over a secured 802.11n wireless network, built-in, and so on). To date, no TV I've seen meets that high standard, and few set-top boxes support DLNA properly (it's boiling down to the WD TV line, but its UI is rather clunky--can't knock their MyBook Live media server, though: nice specs for a decent price).
Was it a feature or a bonus?
Just because the box of cereal sometimes comes with a toy inside doesn't make it mandatory to have a toy in the box ALL THE TIME.
Similarly, an electronic device may possess a capability that was never advertised (maybe it was pre-standard or involved a legal gray area) but may have the capability removed later on. Thing was, it wasn't so much a feature as a BONUS. A company cannot be compelled to include a bonus, particularly one that was never committed TO WRITING.
Meanwhile, in America...
...Microsoft Tags actually were put to use here and there. The Lowe's hardware store chain took to using simplified black-and-white versions of the Tags to help people learn more about products in the store. Other companies took to finding creative ways to use the colored nature of the Tags to make more-artistic Tags (sorta like how some people stick art into a QR Code with high error correction, only with greater latitude).
I personally cannot attest as to why Tag didn't take off so well, but I can posit one possible reason: the Tags themselves do not directly decode to information like a URL but rather return a code that is then interpreted by Microsoft and THEN returned as a URL, while QR Codes (which seem to be taking the lead over Data Matrix) can be used more flexibly. Suitably sized, they can directly encode complete URLs or can instead encode shortcut URLs like those to bit.ly. Plus it is unencumbered (Denso Wave has declared an intent to NOT enforce their patents on the design).
Police and paramedics are specially TRAINED to handle pressure situations such as these. Patrol cops get plenty of time behind the wheel in the academy to learn how to multitask while in the patrol car. Plus many of the devices are designed to be handled easily by touch (note the car radio's microphone--just the talk button on the side), and protocol has been established to keep conversations short and concise (the famous 10 codes used in the US are like military phonetic language--designed to transmit specific messages in a way easily discernible even over the radio).
The devs won't allow it.
Remember, developers are vying for control just as the users are. They'll simply ignore optional permissions, make ALL their permissions mandatory, and if you or Google don't like that, then they could just decide to pledge allegiance to Apple and leave you high and dry. It and Admob are probably also why users can't control permissions--otherwise, devs wouldn't make apps for Android.
For those who have said...
"As the device no longer behaves AS ADVERTISED..."
Show us where it was advertised in print, either on the box or on a Sony-produced advertisement. Preferably using a cloud photo with link so everyone can see it personally.
If Google won't do it...
...then perhaps someone else should step in to perform the job. Review and vet the various Android apps and then provide Market links for people who actually want to download them. Provide an app people can easily use to access these reviews. People concerned about the quality of their apps can then use this as a buffer against malware and other bad code while those who are willing to take the risk could go straight to the Android Market itself.
Probably not DOS...
...as DOS isn't equipped to handle NTFS filesystems, but the modern Windows STILL has a console mode, and seeing it boot into that wouldn't be beyond the realm of possibility. Indeed, it may be encouraged in case the damage extends to graphics drivers.
But if that were the case...
...wouldn't they simply GUARANTEE a refund for all buyers of a discovered malware? That way, Microsoft can't be said to be profiting from accidental malware since it becomes zero-sum.
As for the Computer Misuse Act, couldn't Microsoft argue that NOT having a means to remove malware would ITSELF constitute a misuse (think being denied a bilge pump when your ship is taking on water)? And since it's THEIR software (their copyright, after all), they need a means to keep it secure. And since people are human, it's impossible to keep out every single piece of malware that could potentially exist.
Considering the Box Office returns...
...people ARE watching the flicks. If you're talking about that Must-See blockbuster that would make people stand in line two days before the premiere to watch, it ain't gonna happen. New media outlets mean there are too many alternatives available to draw enough to that degree. Most people want razzmatazz, so the studios deliver, just as TV networks deliver reality TV mostly because that's what people watch. Trouble is, the cost of doing business is going up (actor/actress salaries, filming equipment, editing rooms, render farm rentals, etc.), making Return on Investment iffy. And to get the biggest returns you usually have to invest the most money (low-budget successes like "Blair Witch" are rare and almost impossible to imitate), so it's not exactly win-win here for the studios. Plus, people are already grumbling about the cost of going out (sure, the ticket prices are OK, but check out the snack counter, and before you say "bring your own", most theaters won't allow outside food and can't be compelled otherwise, so the term "captive audience" applies). So you could say the movie business is feeling the pinch.
But without a motivation...
...who's going to pony up the money? Barring a government intervention, what would make a completely independent firm want to test browser security against something else? As they say in America, "Where's the money, sonny?"
It'll never work.
Because people start getting huffy about paying TAXES (which they'll say are the real form of the licensing fees) for stuff they'll never use...kinda like UK people buying a telly but not paying for the BBC license. The movie companies will never agree to DRM-free movies because they have too much to lose (a movie has much higher up-front costs than a song--therefore, they need much more to recoup), and they're VERY well aware of Torrents (since they sic lawyers every so often). IOW, to them DRM-free might as well be FREE-free: no money to be made. If it ever got to the point where they couldn't continue without going DRM-free, there's a just they'll just shut the doors. Better to earn nothing than lose something.
If I remember by basic economics, profit = revenues - expenses. So you would expect a going concern to have lower profits than revenues because the expenses are factored in (and ANY business is going to have costs involved in its operation--for the labor, at the least). So from this basic equation, for those same nine months, their basic business expenses ran about $1.45bn, and note that this is GROSS profit, which means additional overhead expenses (not directly related to generating the revenue) have yet to be factored in (in that case, you want to look at the NET profit).
This one is tricky.
Given the Solyndra scandal...
HELL yeah! As for Carrier IQ and the carriers perhaps being coaxed into putting this in by say the CIA, then it's a case of one hand not knowing what the other is doing: which usually spells trouble anyway.
True, catalytic converters help to increase the amount of CO2 emitted from the car's exhaust, but there's usually too much CO still in the exhaust to ignore, and plants like animals tend to have a hard time dealing with CO.
The article is talking about engineering algae that are specifically designed to photosynthesize at faster-than-viable rates. That's why they won't work without a higher CO2 concentration (still leaves the question of whether or not you can feed it enough sunlight to power the reaction--not much use putting richer fuel in the cylinder if the spark won't fire). It's an extreme lifeform for an extreme environment--sounds like a balance to me.
But doesn't that put the onus on Amazon?
Since, after all, they're trying to sell things TO US. Which means we hold an important power: the power to say NO. Google will always find buyers because a person is a person is a person to demographics firms. But for Amazon, they have to make sure they provide things that actual consumers want to buy, not just in the Fire but also in the stuff FOR the Fire. After all, if we look at something from Amazon and pass it up, Amazon doesn't get the commission, so they don't make money. See how that would motivate Amazon?
There are also plenty of potential sources of lithium around (and having Lithium is not just good for getting Tritium, but it helps contain the radioactivity). While most of the easy deposits are in places like China, Bolivia, and Chile, there are a number of known untapped resources as well. There just hasn't been enough economic incentive to start digging around to try to get them out of various brines or to try to extract lithium from seawater. Another thing to note is that, apart from quantities used to control radioactivity, the amount of lithium that would need to be converted to tritium to power a D-T reaction is actually comparatively small, since if the ITER test works to spec, it would only take about 16kg of total fusible mass to continually produce 500MW thermal for a whole year (ballpark estimate).
It's a thought, but it has some hurdles of its own. For one thing, while detectable at first, the nose builds tolerance quickly, making it difficult to sniff out toxic concentrations if they build gradually. And you can't contain the stuff with alloys containing copper or zinc (that includes brass, which is common in gas fittings). It's also gaseous at room temperature, so you're gonna need a pressure vessel to contain it in a liquefied state--which presents puncture risks again. Speaking of which, it's also bad for the environment, since it seriously disadvantages aquatic life (which gets double-whammied; not only can't they handle high concentrations, ammonia is also quite soluble in water). Not ruling it out, mind you, but it's no panacea.
First, the outlays required for a fusion research reactor tend to be beyond the scope of even multinational conglomerates. The kinds of outlays needed tend to limit the potential buyers to sovereign states: and first-world ones at that.
Second, since ITER is a state-funded project and therefore a product of governments, it's not subject to patents. Any private attempt to corner the market would be immediately made redundant if ITER itself succeeds, since the state can either overrule the patentability of the.design or simply release their own design to the public domain (for some governments like the US, this is the default by law for direct government designs).
Actually, patents shouldn't apply.
Since IIRC the ITER is STATE-funded. As in directly funded by a number of sovereign states. There are a few things that are not subject to patents, and government-funded projects usually count among the exceptions. Products of the state usually fall into their own category (with its own rules on use) or become public domain (usually the case in the US).
No, because now you're sick.
Vertigo is a sign of "simulation sickness", a condition in which your senses get confused and the brain gets all twisted as a result. Think of it as motion sickness only coming from the other direction. Your eyes are told there is motion. There is stereoscopic differential, motion, and a bunch of other cues that makes the brain think, "Okay, I'm moving". Only thing is, the vestbular system in your ear (which help the brain determine 3D orientation--think natural gyroscopes) say you're standing still. The brain takes a look at these conflicting reports and gets the following result: "I'm perceiving movement when I'm not moving (I'm trusting the vestibular system on this--it isn't as easy to fool). Therefore, the eyes are hallucinating. MUST'VE BEEN SOMETHING I ATE." THEN the nausea begins as the body tries to get rid of the possible cause of the hallucination.
Deuterium is the easy part. You can get that simply by cracking water (and it's easy to crack water). Tritium, OTOH, you're right about. The easiest way to go about it is to hit lithium-6 with a neutron (it's doubly good--any neutron can do the job and the process releases rather than consumes energy). Other methods are either energy-intensive or low in yield. Still, it may be worth checking out used nuclear fuel and heavy-water reactors to scrape up more sources. Ontario already does this with its HWR.
Several practical concerns.
First off, look at the earlier VR systems. They usually encircled you in a ring. If you walk around in a true VR settings, you're naturally going to start walking. The effect tends to get spoiled if you end up tripping over the coffee table or crashing into the wall. Neuroscience looks to be a considerable distance now just from mental control but mental INTERCEPT--being able to take neural impulses meant to make you start walking and redirect them elsewhere; not to mention it's likely to be somewhat disturbing.
As for being able to display true volumetric 3D scenes without glasses, there's a whole world of light issues to get around. For example, how do you make light reflect and refract off something that isn't really there, in a specific wavelength and pattern? It's one sci-fi angle scientists haven't been able to even BEGIN to bridge. That's why the focus on head-mounted displays. It's a lot easier to trick a brain and a pair of eyes than it is to bend the laws of physics.
Not like Amazon made it hard.
They conceded (and the Reg reported on this) that the Fire will get rooted eventually. Their attitude is rather cavalier--partly because a rooted Fire is still an Android tablet, and Amazon already has Android apps for those occasions.
...because the Iranian government and clergy seem not just willing but EAGER to witness if not START Armageddon.
Talking about Eternal War or the 12th Imam (essentially Islam's version of The Second Coming) leads one to suspect that deterrence will not affect such a mindset. Even MAD won't sway them—to them it would be a WINNING scenario.
But that's what they WANT.
They WANT to control your lives. This is 1984 through the back door, and since the "monied powers" hold all the aces, there's very little you can do about it. Even the Occupy movements are starting to be trumped by sheer force. Barring an unprecedented uprising or riot (which may just be quelled by the National Guard--remember Kent State), all the protesting in the world is going to do is suck savings accounts dry (since the protesters are not working).
The ballot? Already rigged. No honest candidate will even get a toe in the proverbial door. All an election does now, to paraphrase a certain British comic book artist, is to determine who's going to screw us next.
In the worst case, there may even be a few deep down who would WELCOME a natural disaster removing a chunk of the American population: less rabble to clean up, after all. Their answer to anyone complaining would be, "Curl up somewhere and DIE already."
So unless there's some miraculous enlightenment somewhere, about the only way the USA won't get flushed down the crapper is (ironically) some form of absolute ruler coming along and saying, "OK, this is what we're gonna do, and we're doing it NOW!" It has to be something with absolute force or the status quo will find a way to blunt it.
...if you knew WHERE they were all located. But what about if the opponent took that into consideration and used hardened or reinforced shafts, included redundancies to allow for one or more of them to collapse, or even included facilities to allow for being cut off from the outside for a time—say, long enough for the outside to get a new opening made?
*** A POLITE REMINDER ***
That all the complaints about Motorola NOT updating their Android handsets come with two important caveats:
1) All Motorola Android handsets prior to this carried the Motoblur overlay. The Droid RAZR is the first to drop it.
2) All this occurred PRIOR to Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility. Since it would be in Google's best interest to get Ice Cream Sandwich out as quickly as possible, expect Motorola handsets to get ICS updates as soon as they're able.
Google OWNS Motorola Mobility now. So they'll be keen to put their latest Android OS's onto Motorola handsets as soon as it is safe. The RAZR probably has Gingerbread only because ICS came out too late to perform proper testing and rejigging prior to rollout.
It's their way or the highway.
Basically, most conscientious app developers want the say. Especially those reliant on ad revenues. Otherwise, there's no money in it for them, so no incentive to put the app up, so no app. Over on the other side, Apple does the same thing to the developers. Just as developers want the final say or they won't publish, so Apple wants the FINAL final say or they won't vet your app.
As for people jabbing Windows, you're looking at the wrong angle. Closed APP, but open PLATFORM. Same story here. And the main reason Apple can keep the walled garden closed is because they control the walls--both App and Platform are CLOSED in the Apple ecosystem.
Actually, they DO.
It's part of the "right" in copyright. Redistribution rights are part of modern copyrights, so the broadcasters can say who gets to display their show and who can't. It's part of the drive behind DRM, and also one of the reasons modern players work the way they do: to enforce those rights as strictly as they can. The odd users taking clips from their shows for a mashup is small loss and even covered under "Fair Use" provisions, but if Google were to try to glom stuff off the NBC website without NBC's OK, Google can expect to see lawyers at the door.
Seems to me that what's happening is that, with so many specialist channels, it becomes awfully hard to stand out. People are picking favourites. These days, most people watch TV to escape, not out of any intellectual pursuit (you wanna learn, surf the web).
BTW, if boring or simple shows are showing on TV and good stuff isn't, consider that television is a business just like any other business. The shows ride on the real moneymakers (the ads--I refer to most TV but not premium channels or subsidised content like the BBC), and ads get the most money when the most viewers watch. Why does reality TV get so much attention? It's not just because it's cheap, but also because people watch it--AT LENGTH.
Read the article again.
They took that into consideration. The resolution of the scanner is high enough that it can pinpoint the sweat pores on your fingertip. This allows them to eliminate residuals by making sure the matches correspond to the pores. Furthermore, they're testing for the stuff that can ONLY appear in sweat. So they wouldn't be testing so much for cocaine as its metabolic byproduct, which escapes me ATM.
How else can the reach you?
I personally received a notice through their Steam News screens, which usually appear once you leave a Steam app. But unless you regularly check the Steam page or your e-mail, how else can they get through to you? If they post a popup, they get railed for a potential abuse avenue (as of now, they only pop up on restart requests, and this is OK since these require user intervention).
Private businesses are not subject to the 5th Amendment (they're not part of the government) and are perfectly free to do drug screening as part of the application process. Indeed, many businesses prominently post on their "Help Wanted" signs that drug users (and you WILL be tested) are not welcome, since having a drug user on the payroll is usually a turn-off to customers and sometimes a legal risk to boot.
As for government positions, high-security jobs usually already have an exemption in place that allows them to use polygraphs. Drug screening would probably fall under the same exemption.
There is a concern.
The concern is that wiping out all these species starts dulling the world's genetic diversity, and any evolutionary will attest, diversity is good for the biosphere, since it makes it hardier against disease and other threats. Furthermore, obscure species may hold genetic secrets that could prove extremely useful...if they're still around when we discover them.
It's not a false question.
Because just ONE galvanizing moment can shape things like you wouldn't believe. An excellent example in multiple cases is Pearl Harbor. The strike was unprovoked. IOW, the fight came to the Americans. Furthermore, it was a military strike: a surprise attack meant to cripple American presence in the Pacific and thus give the Japanese free reign. Yet as a result of the unprovoked attack, American sentiment polarized as quickly as the word got around. Things CAN move quickly with the right motivation: righteous indignation or an existential threat tend to be two of the strongest motivators.
So what if an avowed enemy of your homeland decides to launch an all-out campaign against your country: no holds barred? He either wipes you out or destroys the world trying, so MAD is not a deterrent but a winning scenario. And he's willing to strike first, so the question applies. How does a scrupulous party defeat an UNscrupulous opponent for whom NOTHING is taboo?
Then riddle me this.
How do you defeat a foe willing to break the rules without breaking the rules yourself?
Then riddle me this, Batman...
How do you make a doorway so that it allows people but not mosquitoes (including ones potentially riding ON the person)?
Not Altered Beast.
That was a Sega title. Your more likely refer to Shadow of the Beast, a scrolling beat-em-up with notorious difficulty.
In any event, the sound in the PC version was OK but nothing compared to the Amiga version, and it didin't support digitized Sound Blaster sound (last I checked). The eventual Mac port found a way to preserve the sounds as well: probably with something like a MOD playing engine.
And in terms of publishers, you are correct. It was DEVELOPED by DMA Design but PUBLISHED by Psygnosis. Thus the situation Lemmings is in now. Because although Rockstar bought DMA Design, Sony bought Psygnosis, and rights tends to pass by the PUBLISHER rather than the DEVELOPER. IIRC, these days, Sony's Lemmings games are being developed by Team 17 (the developers behind the Worms series).
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