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Re: The end of Society as we know it = Cashless Society
Not necessarily. If the card that holds your money has no identity attached to it (like many prepaid cards), all they'll know is that someone used this card at this location but will have no idea as to WHO. As for your scenarios...
Betting on the game? A legal bookie probably will have an NFC receiver, as for party bets, the currency will just switch to beer or liquor.
Stripper? Receiver at the end of the walkway, perhaps? Just as how there's a line for tips on restaurant receipts?
Panhandler outcome would be desirable, so let it stand.
Probably cigars from razor-thin-margin device makers that basically told the credit card companies, "Make it cheap for us to implement or we won't implement...and since the onus falls to you, any Catch-22 would be to YOUR detriment, not ours."
If Lightning is anything like Thunderbolt, perhaps they needed more power than MicroUSB allows (I believe the spec limits it to 1A @ 5V). That's one reason the Samsung tabs use a wide connector and prefer it over MicroUSB to charge (as it can drain faster than a 1A @ 5V feed can put back).
"Have you noticed most people just drive cars? they don't repair them or know how they work?"
Shirley, no one's given a license to drive a car without being able to perform at least BASIC maintenance on it: learning how to check the oil, top off the basic fluids, knowing where the jack and the spare tire are in the boot (in case you get a flat in the middle of nowhere)? Similarly, there are things about electronics (or anything else) which should be considered "basic maintenance" and are considered part of the cost of having the device.
Many people don't trust bank debit cards because there is no liability protection for them (unlike credit-card-based formats like Visa Check Cards which are subject to mandated consumer rights protections). If an insider or other miscreant gets a hold of the bank card number and the PIN (both quite possible), then it's "caveat emptor". That's why most clearinghouses charge more for handling the latter rather than the former (as that helps them cover the costs of this consumer rights protection).
Re: over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over...
It makes a "cl-". It's obviously missing the one that makes the "-ang." Shame neither sound is possible unless they're both made at once.
Re: Apple and hardware
But what term would you give Apple? It isn't just a hardware company, nor a software company, and it even has tendrils in consumer electronics (Apple TV, et al). And it's not just electronics anymore as iTunes is a service.
So why not a "solutions" company if Apple's reach is so broad that no other name fits it?
Nah, we'd probably just go back to dumb phones. Lest we forget, the US carriers weren't so keen on smartphones in the first place (it took the iPhone to force the issue), and removing smartphones may make coverage-starved carriers breathe a sigh of relief
Re: Fair enough
And I HATE that. IMO "up to" is outright false advertising because they lead you on but then say they never promised the maximum speed. No, ads should be conservative...and services should guarantee a speed so that they're forces to say "at least" instead of "up to" (and if they can't deliver, they're not fit for purpose and can be pursued legally for it). If you can't guarantee the speed, then you can't guarantee your business and shouldn't be in it. Insist on ABSOLUTE truth in advertising: the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help your deity.
PS. And that goes for ALL advertising, not just electronics and services.
IIRC jet engines are still combustion engines so need a hydrocarbon to burn to achieve thrust. We haven't made any real headway in the realm of pure-energy thrusting at this stage of the game, and while we're working on synth-fuel, I don't expect anything practical for a number of years yet. As for electromagnetic reaction-mass thrusting, I think the forces we can bring to bear at this stage are too weak for use in atmosphere.
Re: My thoughts
New York to San Francisco would involve crossing two mountain ranges (one of which is both pretty tall and pretty vast) as well as San Francisco Bay (IIRC trains stop at Oakland and bus you the rest of the way). I haven't heard much about high-speed trains that pass THROUGH mountain ranges. At least a route towards Los Angeles can skirt the worst of the mountains by trending south where they're shallower and flatter.
Re: What I'd dearly like to see.
Uh...last I checked, a tin can (or any cylinder for that matter) doesn't HAVE corners. They may have edges, yes, but they're kinda hard to round without (a) defeating the function of the can, and/or (b) turning it spheroid, which can draw it into a whole other patent territory.
Re: My thoughts
IIRC the ground effect is reduced over open water because the ocean is uneven and capable of being pushed by sufficient air. Plus I wouldn't like to take a Ground Effect Vehicle through a storm front or an active sea lane--low altitudes don't allow for a lot of options when Murphy comes calling.
Re: My thoughts
But terrible at long distances. New York to San Francisco. Several hours by plane...several DAYS by train.
Re: Solar - oh FFS
ORLY? Months-long voyages? Rotting food rations (which happen to include rock-hard biscuits and oversalted meat)? BTW, hope you like sauerkraut as that was the usual way to avoid scurvy during those long trips. There's a reason planes" took off". Put simply, we had better things to do than wait to get from point A to point B. Just get us there so we can get on with our lives.
Re: If you want to save fuel
"Andy way the real answer is maglev trains in vacuum tubes doing Mach 3 (well it would be Mach 3 if they were in air). Run those off a few nuclear power stations. Airlocks at each station...and regenerative braking.."
Nice idea, but the infrastructure costs would be immense (somewhere around 10% of the US GDP for a cross-country tube). Not to mention the energy costs needed to power the trains (because the linear motors would need enough electromagnetic force to keep the car and all load afloat) and to maintain the vacuum (as air will inevitably get in wherever it can) and the inevitable maintenance costs for wear and tear, and what if there's an earthquake along the line. And forget nuclear plants--you underestimate the NIMBY Luddites.
One thing not mentioned in the slides is that in carrier takeoffs, military aircraft always go to full power before the catapult launches (that's the reason for the blast deflectors) because the catapult is a necessarily one-way process, and if something goes wrong, you need all the power you have to stabilize yourself and not crash into the sea. IOW, catapults are risky but pretty much the ONLY way to launch from a sea-based platform these days without resorting to even riskier VTOL technology. Since aircraft are already at full power before a catapult launch, why bother with it on land (where full power is used to get aloft--AND can be aborted in the event of a problem).
Re: @ LDS
I take it Amazon's market is distinctly empty of direct epub readers...
I think the main reason is market lock-in and security. Lock-in means Amazon doesn't have to worry so much about people who "shop around" and use multiple apps on their devices. It's not like you can install the nook app on a Kindle Fire or the Amazon app on a Nook Tablet (at least, not without some serious tinkering).
Security is one reason the Nook Tablet is so locked down (it was the only way to convince Netflix to allow HD content on it--no spies sniffing the streams, hint hint). If Amazon wishes to stream HD content as well, they have to match Barnes & Noble's level of security at least and probably go one better since it's already known the Nook Tablet's showing chinks. IIRC, none of the "outsider" apps allow for HD streaming.
Re: WIll it be possible
That may take a while. Amazon's probably learned some lessons from last year and will be hardening their new tablets to reduce the likelihood of exploits. The hardest of the lot, the Nook Tablet, is still being worked on, as while there are roots in place, some things still remain locked down. Plus with their Whispersync system they may be better able to detect rooted tabs via MAC addresses or other mostly-immutable hardware info and cry foul.
Re: Apple? You've got competition.
I'd be inclined to call them "Amazon slaves" though I'd be playing too many stereotypes to pull it off (the image is that of strong Amazons--women--enslaving geekish men).
Re: I hope...
IIRC there are two ways to beat the bonfire. One is to use heat-resistant marking compounds, preferably on or in the metal itself, meant to not break down until nearly the metal's melting point. Another way is compounds like SmartWater that are designed to rub off very easily once it's been handled, leaving telltale signs all over you and your stuff that are very hard to wash off and easy to spot once subjected to a UV scan.
Suspect it's fake.
A TRUE insider would've dropped enough hints to show that it's authentic, such as revealing the return employed an obscure form or quoting a few salient lines from a few of the major forms, enough for someone with genuine forms to look them up and see they match and are the kinds of numbers that you just can't pull out of thin air. I haven't seen anything of the sort, so I'd have to say it's likely a hoax.
In addition, a smart anti-Republican would not only send the copies to the news outlets but also spread them around "deregulated" nets like Freenet, i2p, and TOR Onion sites. That way, even IF I were caught and most of the news agencies squelched, anarchists that naturally harbor in these sites would naturally see what else they can do with the goods.
Re: Well at least
The Tabs use BOTH. But at least they provide explanations for the proprietary connection. First off, it allows more power than the Micro USB spec allows (over 1A @ 5V), so it charges faster. It also allows breakout functions like video out (analog or digital, your choice), USB-A sockets, etc. And like Apple, the tail end is a USB A plug, so a decent USB power supply socket (I think they recommend at least 1.5A @ 5V) can charge your Tab wherever you go.
IIRC some of the required uses (at least of the old dock) include video out and line-level audio out, neither of which can be done via the Micro USB connector, which is a straight data link and usually requires the ability to maneuver through directories. Bluetooth has a better shot at the audio end since it's designed for that purpose, but many older cars don't have the capability to accept Bluetooth audio without a bodge which may not even work (radio transmitters tend to be interference magnets, and cassette adapters are only good if you have a working tape deck in the car, and fitting a car with an aftermarket deck will set you back a decent bit and will involve either an expensive installation session or some intimate time with your vehicle's console).
A quick look at the website shows it smacks of conspiracy theory. I wouldn't put a self-hack beyond them, either.
Re: Couple daft things about the "organic" label.
Nice try on the inorganic water, but I would imagine the preferref drinks will just switch to club soda and sparkling water, both of which are CARBONated. Ha ha! Organic water!
PS. Joke mode in effect. No icon because I'm posting mobile.
Thick drain covers and large-and-flat road signs are one thing, but what's to stop a scrap heap owner using some mechanical muncher to cut stolen copper cabling down to shreds such that a recycler would be hard pressed to identify it as stolen wire...or even as wire? The key is that this kind of process doesn't destroy the markers (melting, OTOH, would).
Re: I hope...
The idea is to locate the cables before they get melted down. Most thieves lack the equipment to melt down metal (it takes at least some skill, equipment, and outlay to have a smelting works, which is in turn a little difficult to conceal), so they fence it off to some disreputable scrap heap who would at the least have the machinery to mash the stolen cabling down to something that a proper recycler wouldn't recognize as stolen wire.
I believe Jazz is meant to intercept stolen cable at the scrap heap stage as the scrap heap usually has the technology to disguise the loot but not that needed to destroy the markers.
Re: [s/Cleaning up/Preventing] this one Trojan-horse town
Yes, and the math leads to two words: PRIVILEGE ESCALATION. Hijacking something in the OS that already has admin access to get the rootkit in place. Unfortunately, privilege escalation is something that can occur in ANY OS (yes, even you, Linux--where did the term "rooting" come from?) with some chink in the code (and since programmers are human and some malcontents are patient, determined and/or motivated, odds are something will be found).
Re: Probable Outcome
That is unless Willis insists on a jury trial and the jury employs the principle of jury nullification. Unlike Samsumg, Willis is also American and a recognizable figure. Plus, he would be the plaintiff in such a case.
Re: CDs Violation
IIRC the Compact Disc was mostly an innovation of Phillips and Sony (they independently came up with similar tech then got together to iron out a common format), both rivals to Apple, so Apple can't claim CD patents as they'll be countered. In any event, the Compact Disc is around 30 years old. Patents on the tech should be expired by now.
Re: I don't blame Oracle
Basically put, the word "virus" (Latin in origin) was intended as a collective noun (a singular term describing a mass or group) and therefore had no proper plural form in Latin, considering that it was already essentially describing a plural. And since viri was already taken, we had to fall back on the old reliable. Happens all the time in English. If you don't believe me, ask your English teacher why we don't talk about more than one house the same way we talk about more than one mouse.
"Many software licenses include a non-transferable clause which has held up in court (for a good example, research the legal history of AutoDesk's AutoCAD license.) That would easily cover this "legacy" scenario. So unless Apple's lawyers really messed up, or a judge were to find a substantial and relevant difference between music licensing and software licensing, Mr. Willis is not likely to succeed."
Vernor v. Autodesk (2008) originally ruled in favor of Vernor, citing if it looks like a sale and transacts like a sale, it's a sale--and subject to first-sale doctrine. What derailed the case in the Court of Appeals was the finding that the copies didn't come to Vernor through proper channels. The copies IIRC were meant to be returned to Autodesk or destroyed as part of an upgrade contract (thus making the copies spoken for), but Vernor physically stole the copies instead, breaking the chain of ownership.
Re: Is there any news...
Well, if IHOP and Denny's have descended to mediocrity, where does that leave the Waffle House?
Re: Nuclear waste
The big concern with breeder reactors is the possibility of proliferation since breeder reactors by their nature enrich nuclear fuel. It doesn't take a genius to realize that such reactors can be retooled to product weapons-grade fuel, which in the US is a treaty violation IIRC and elsewhere would be a destabilizing prospect at the very least. There is ongoing research into concentrating the breeder reactor's processing so as to reduce the likelihood of weapon-grade fuel being made at all (by using processes that produce richer but still not weapons-grade fuel). But the situation is still not fully trusted: can the processes be altered to produce weapon-grade fuel? Or could the technical knowledge allow an observer to deduce enough to do it themselves?
Re: Let's cherrypick our nuclear diasters
Thing is, it ran on an old plant that wasn't built with a lot of passive safety in mind.. They were trying to look into passive safety when the accident occurred for various manmade and not-manmade reasons.
Given that new reactor designs have emerged since then, many of which are smaller, designed for proliferation resistance (partly through the simple idea of spreading out a lot of little reactors) and designed with passive (pebble bed) or even inherent safety in mind (TRIGA, uranium hydride), why don't we do like we did after the Apollo I tragedy, take stock, and keep going to try to better our lives?
Re: @Charles 9 Godo for him
That would probably involve invalidating titles rather than individual copies, as serializing would defeat the economy of scale pressing provides. Sure, you can serialize in the Burst Cutting Area or ROM-Mark, but how would you encrypt based on a serialized key and still be able to press?
Re: Godo for him
That involves the PLAYERS. Individual disc authentication was part of the original DivX disc specification. This allowed for buying a rental disc that then expired after the rental time. Neither this nor a competing spec (which had a clock-reaction dye that rendered the disc useless after about 48 hours) worked out (The only part of DivX that survives was the MPEG-4 codec line it used--still used but superseded by the Part 10 variant AVC). I think Sony TRIED the trick early in the PS3 days but backed down after some noisy protests.
Re: You don't own music
You can't gift-wrap a game you've already played. If you buy for yourself, you can't gift it later, you have to buy it AS A GIFT. That said, some court precedents indicate that a license is itself a salable good and therefore subject to the exhaustion principle. Vernor v. Autodesk in 2008 showed a tantalizing hint but was derailed when it was discovered the copies in question were stolen (not pirated but REALLY physically stolen). Willis is probably the first prominent figure since then to stir up the license exhaustion debate.
The thing was, back then, it really WAS like that in the past. However, the patent on the QWERTY layout (which was invented for typewriters so as to make sure rapidly-struck hammer arms didn't cross each other and tangle the machine) dates back to the 19th century: long expired.
Have you ever tried to drive an authentic Ford Model T? Its layout is nowhere close to the modern car layout, whose patent was granted decades ago during the dawn of the automobile age: long expired.
The problem is that the length of patents doesn't take into account the pace of product life-cycles. Technology moved so glacially back then that the idea never cropped up. Products with life cycles of five years or less pretty much have only cropped up in the last few decades. Even old vacuum cleaners have duty lives of decades, but not today's vacuum cleaners.
Re: Libyan Embassy
Except that the Ecuadorian Embassy is, legally, still British soil. There is no transfer of sovereignty involved in the establishment of embassies. The Libyan incident involved Libyan nationals killing a British officer of the law (which can be considered an attack on British authority and maybe even the Crown) and harboring said killer. This gave the government the moral justification to storm the Libyan embassy. They were still storming British soil, but they suspended an agreement that at the point was being turned against the Crown.
In this current scenario, the only thing that's keeping the British from going after Assange is the agreement that what goes on in the Ecuadorian Embassy is not their affair. Thing is, by doing this, they've come between themselves and the EU (probably intentionally, if you hear Ecuador's president put it). Thing is, everything outside that embassy is within London and British jurisdiction. There are few ways in and out, all of which are being monitored. Aircraft can't approach because it's British airspace, and they're not close enough to the Thames IIRC to attempt a water escape. As for smuggling, that note already makes clear they're ready for that angle as well. About the only angle that would be difficult to cover would be attempting a multi-doppleganger ploy in the middle of the night.
Re: Bored with this now
IOW, Asaange is claiming that Sweden would increase his risk of Extraordinary Rendition. But hasn't anyone thought that the country from which they occur would object most egregiously to this breach of their sovereignty? This isn't a tinpot dictator's domain we're talking about here.
Re: Some good may come from this
The clothing industry does have patents, but most of these are in the realm of novel fabrics and fabric-making machines like spinners, looms, and knitters. All of which concern sensible physical products. Patents for mainstay clothes like blue jeans and T-shirts have long expired. As for clothing designs, they're in a legal gray area that even today hasn't been cleared up. In any event, designer clothing is prized for its uniqueness; the claim to fame is standing out so imitation is usually frowned upon within the industry.
Re: Bent but not broken
"If I truly am the first to invent a system or idea then I think everyone here would advocate a patent being granted to me, but if I just use the ideas of others (i.e. stand on the shoulders of giants) and then tweak those ideas to my own ends am I really inventing anything new?"
The trouble is that, until you get back to antiquity, EVERY invention draws on SOME OTHER invention in some way or form. Even some of the simplest inventions like the Gem Paper Clip and the modern staple wouldn't have been possible without other inventions (in this case, mass-production machines to produce metal wire). IOW, EVERY inventor stands on the shoulder of at least one giant unless that inventor took their inspiration from nature (and even then you're standing on Mother Nature's shoulders).
When was the last time someone invented and patented a device COMPLETELY from scratch, including the things used to build it? And then showed the proof of his innovation?
Re: Some good may come from this
"There's nothing wrong with the concept of and law on patents - the problem is gross incompetence at the patent office in letting patent lawyers spin simple basic concepts into "innovations". And allowing software patents when the rest of the world dismisses them as non-patentable."
The trouble is that the PTO works on a shoestring budget. You ever tried getting anything serious done on a shoestring budget?
As for software patents, perhaps a compromise in light of the pace of technology. In reflection of things the founding fathers couldn't have anticipated (namely, the accelerated pace of innovation in different markets), perhaps patent terms should differ according to their underlying purpose and/or technology. In the case of software patents, given that lifecycles there are very short, the term for a software patent should be similarly short, say no more than two to four years. Long enough to get a decent return on innovation but not so long as to unduly stifle continued innovation.
Re: Law is not a Science - and that's a good thing
"But that's short-term thinking. It's not sustainable, a company can't just constantly out-innovate everyone else all the time. Technology has a limit, do people need ever larger, higher res screens? Multiple core CPUs and desktop class GPUs on phone? Continuing on the old path would only lead to a race to the bottom and a stagnant product line. Fresh development needs time to recoup the previous R&D costs."
Don't be so sure. Constraint can make people do some strange but otherwise brilliant things. Consider all the hoop-jumping some programmers had to go through in the 1980s because computers had only 64K of memory to address--if you were lucky. Yet some of the products of yesteryear seriously had people scratching their heads and going, "How did they do THAT?" So, if battery constraints become an issue, barring another battery innovation (which may still happen), coders will simply go back to the old school and start coding tighter, closer to metal, and more efficiently. Plus there's also the race to the bottom: to try and get the same performance out of a phone but for less.
Re: Easy solution.
Wouldn't work. Before the iPhone came along, people in the US stuck with feature phones and damn well LIKED it that way. Meanwhile, the likes of Japan were producing some of the first smartphones, but who cared at that point? As for $3000 iPhones, chances are people will buy them anyway. You could price them as much as a small car and they'd probably still buy them.
Re: @AC 10.09 Must be good drugs?
"Everyone once in a while you have to just say, Well, I got caught and I give up. And the longer it takes to get to that point, the worse the final outcome is going to be."
Never underestimate the determination of the utterly idiotic and the truly insane.
Re: fast file-copy operation
Because of the risk of a race condition. It's similar to a problem ext3 had when you tried to overwrite. The point is that the process of overwrite places the critical files in flux. Suppose a sudden STOP or power failure were to occur at that very instant. Think Murphy. When the system comes back online, it doesn't recall there was an overwrite in progress, so you essentially have a half-mangled file that's good for nothing. Thing is, with the copy operation structured as it is, you have a redundancy: you still have an intact version of the new files, so you can just try again. You only remove the installation copies once the overwrite is verified.
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