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Re: Skyfall SPOILER ALERT
The scenario overlooks two nagging problems with rats. One, they're good climbers, and two, they can chew through just about anything.
Re: A cheaper option.
Cheaper? IIRC the last time a German rat charmer was enlisted, the village in question stiffed the piper and ended up paying very steeply. Unfortunately, we can't seem to get our hands on German rat charmers OR Discworld dwarfs (plus, for the latter, I think we have a ketchup shortage).
No since there are endangered birds on the islands, and cats are also known to hunt birds. No, you need something a little more selective.
How about a convex shape that can conform to your forearm. Think Fallout's Pip-Boy or those other wrist computer you see in sci-fi. A 5-in smart device wrapped around your arm with perhaps a cover flap might attract some geeks.
Re: Trusting a second, third, fourth or fifth party is contraindicated ...
Or in my case, I only use the cloud for low-security stuff. If anyone hacks into my Dropbox. all they'll know is that I belong to a gaming clan and coordinate with clanmates on common maps. Plus a handful of handy programs I don't wanna have to re-search the net to retrieve every day. IOW, stuff to which I'd respond with, "Big fricking deal."
Re: I am fed up with these stories
Hey, is that your invisible dog running out through the gap in the fence? And BTW, funny you mention an invisible shed. See, it rained last night, yet I see no dry spot where the shed blocked the rain. Nor any impression in the lawn where a shed should've pressed down.
But to the original poster, point taken. What about holding on the articles until the things are no less than 6 months from market. Save the article space for stuff we can actually USE.
Re: And of course, without coffee, we could kiss goodbye to software development as well.
IIRC in the history of beer, humulus lupulus was a relatively recent innovation (a little over 1,000 years old). Before that, we used a variety of botanicals as gruit. And we still experiment with non-hops gruits even today, especially in historical beers. Don't see why we couldn't try other botanicals today.
Last I checked, quality camellia sinensis was pretty finicky about where it grows, too, like coffee.
Re: TV -- It isn't only ads
Welcome to the non-broadcast market. They bundle channels like that for the same reason newspapers make you buy everything (and not just the most popular sections like the Sports section): they have to throw in the unpopular stuff with the popular stuff to get the ad revenues from those channels. Without them, the ad companies won't supplement their revenues with the cable ads injected into the "local advertising blocks" put into the TV shows' commercial blocks, which means the cable rates go up, especially since the channel providers are squeezing the cable companies at the other end, raising the fees to carry the top channels (like ESPN in the US).
Re: The other way to fix this is of course
And some product advertisements were better than the product. In the US, years ago, Kellog's introduced Corn Flakes with bananas in it. The ad featured their trademark rooster...well...going bananas. Seeing a rooster act like a monkey was one of the few times I turned my head to watch an ad. It was genuinely funny.
But then, I really haven't watched that much genuine TV in a long time. I have so much DVD and recorded content (commercials edited out) that I rarely get bored.
Re: Levels of subscription?
"Either way, advertisers are screwed once we move to 100% V.o.D. as there will be no gaps to put adverts into and they'll have to find a way to insert them into the shows (which probably means product placement - something else that totally hacks me off)."
They already do. It's called intrusive advertising. Plastering the add right into the video. Networks do this for their programming. I've already seen many foreign networks and streams do this by shrinking the picture to show ads along the borders. Next thing you'll know, YouTube will allow advertisers to insert ads to the top or bottom of the stream, on the fly, so that there's no avoiding it without cutting out the scene you wanted to watch.
Re: Ice age?
So what if you hold it upside-down? From the perspective of someone outside the Sol system, their perspective may be different from ours (IOW, we may see it as the underside of the Milky Way, they'll see it as the top side).
Re: Ice age?
Actually, it's pretty safe to say it does. The Milky Way has a distinct planar orientation to it (the starts within are not distributed in a globular pattern but spiral out pretty flatly). There's also the idea of orienting worlds on their orbital or rotational axes. Earth's current coordinate system is oriented on rotational axis.
Re: Physical indicators
That's assuming the numbers are actual buttons. They could also be simply touch-sensitive but not powered until the Chip goes in. Such light contact wouldn't leave as strong an impression on the plastic, and by the time it did, it would probably be at expiration, in which case a new card would be issued.
Maybe this will make inroads into moving the PIN entry in C&P to the card, removing a potential MitM attack.
Re: Risk management.
No, because the greenies fear even the tiniest bump in radioactivity will affect the food chain, which would then, pardon the metaphor, come back to bite us.
Re: Rename all things nuclear
"I have a suggestion that we rename nuclear power stations to chromodynamic power stations and nuclear waste as residual power resource. We may then have some sort of rational debate."
Political correctness can only take you so far. It may feel good for the people affected, but the average person isn't THAT dumb. They soon realize a feces is just another name for a turd, and a turd by any other name is STILL a turd.
It will look to you and the system like an actual SMS message has come in. For my phone, I get a notification in my status bar and a popup. What happens varies depending on your phone's configuration, but it will for all intents and purposes act just like an SMS message. I learned this myself when I installed an app that had an adware kit. I ran a detector, found the offending app, and removed it.
Re: Rosetta: "x86 never reorder load w/ load or write w/ writes unlike ARM."
IIRC it's also a necessary evil because otherwise you run the risk of race conditions.
Have you seen an x86-on-ARM emulator or DynaRec core in action? You're talking an efficiency core trying to emulate a performance core. In the last two instances, Apple transitioned to clearly-superior hardware which smoothed the transition. Here? ARM isn't necessarily superior to Intel: just different. That handicaps emulation: just as trying to emulate a high-speed PowerPC or MIPS CPU even on today's Intel CPUs is not a walk in the park.
"The nub of the matter is: what could Apple persuade Intel to do for them, given that X86 is not remotely the mainstream any more, and iGizmos must inexorably move towards zero build cost over the decades."
x86 is still king of the roost when it comes to performance applicaitons. For people running Photoship, Premiere, or the like, that's a big deal. As for HPC, ARM doesn't rule there, either. That's more the realm of specialists and GPU makers.
Re: No need to kill OS X
Maybe, but its programs don't necessarily run on anything, especially if they're binary-only. That's machine code, and most machine code is meant for only ONE type of machine architecture. It's a rare beast that can do more than one in hardware.
That was the feeling I was getting from the article: that a move away from Intel would be something Apple would do like five years down the road IF conditions were favorable. This sounds more like back-burner stuff: stuff to consider down the road, not stuff that's on a priority track. Jumping to PowerPC and then to Intel in the past made sense since both processor lines were stalling in the face of continuing x86/x64 development. Now processor development IN GENERAL is starting to stall because of physical limitations (processors can only be so small and go so fast), and R&D is now turning towards finding other ways to improve performance. ARM has shown tremendous progress in the portable market, but as the article notes it's had trouble penetrating the performance market because arm's energy-efficiency focus makes it less suited for high-performance applications.
Pandora contends that ASCAP's behaviour amounts to cartel behaviour: forcing terms because they hold a captive market. And US law does have precedent when it comes to cartel behaviour. It's the reason why you can't buy a DeBeers diamond in the US: DeBeers is classed as a cartel cornering the diamond market.
Re: That doesn't work.
Actually, I wonder if the novice amateurs would do a better job. They'll be less motivated by re-election and more by not ticking off their constituency.
Then again, i sometimes wonder if the job of American politician shouldn't become the most thankless job in America. OTOH, doing that by reducing salaries and so on would probably mean no one would want the job. Not too many people are THAT dedicated to politics that they'd do it for the job and not for the money.
Re: Career (and term limits)
Term limits won't really do anything. It'll just give rise to proteges ready to step into the retiring politician's shoes.
Re: Intelligence can be highly selective.
No, because the BIG big issue is that sometimes we need to make sacrifices in order to advance. Trouble is, people in general don't like that. So what if you're faced with a necessary but VERY unpopular choice, such as needing to cut entitlements or raise taxes because the revenues can't keep up (I don't know about in Europe but it's a BIG problem in the US). Party has nothing to do with the decision; the morally right thing to do is ALSO political suicide. I think a number of authors have pointed out that the more people involved in a government, the harder it is to pass politically unpopular acts: barring a crisis.
I'm pretty sure this project has state and international backing, meaning money isn't the object. Any plague the government can block is good for them.
"Relationship between MS and manufacturers poisons the Forum."
Apple is part of the group and COMPETES with Microsoft. What now?
Re: Secure Boot
"You can't even rely on a format-and-reinstall approach because there are rootkits in existence today that can fake enough of the boot process to circumvent that."
Not even the "Nuke 'em from orbit" approach, where the drive's formatted from a an OS on a different boot device, say a USB stick or the DVD installer?
Re: Secure Boot
So what happens when the malware authors turn their attention to the EFI itself? Talks of developing EFI malware have been floating around for years.
x86 UEFIs are REQUIRED to provide the off switch or they're not Windows 8 compliant. As for RT, those are tablets, complete ecosystems, and not meant to be viewed separately. Even Android a pain in the butt to tinker. Sure there CyanogenMod, but a look under the hood reveals that many of the ones for various phones and such have incomplete support or spates of bugs.
Re: Another reason for scrapping the Big E
The EXTERIORs are still there, yes, but "gutting" means the INTERNALS are removed. Wanna bet the elevators and magazine chambers (all situated UNDER the big guns) have been stripped down? As for the power plants, odds are passing fair that any regulating mechanisms and anything that would actually cause the boilers to, well, boil, are gone also.
Speaking of the Roddenberry comment, it should be noted that the retiring ship happens to be the (at least) the SECOND U.S. Navy ship named Enterprise (its earlier namesake was CV(N)-5, a WW2-era carrier that saw service for most of the war until it was crippled during the Okinawa campaign).
"Just ignoring the calls, or letting them go to voicemail, would keep the number higher in the queue in the hope of getting an answer."
But at some point they have to think that perhaps the call is being actively screened, especially in these days of Caller ID being much more common. I would think after say 10 attempts sent straight to voicemail/answering machine they have to assume the call is being screened and lower its priority, too.
I don't think that'll work. Look at the USPTO. Terribly underfunded (and you see the results), yet nothing is done to either let the filing fees pay for more workers OR get more out of the federal budget. Two ways to better fund it, and they choose option ZERO. What's to stop the FTC/FCC from suffering the same fate, if it isn't already?
Re: "...tired of Bronco Bomma and Mint Romney"
Unfortunately, political speech (including political robocalls) are considered privileged speech under the 1st Amendment since they're intended to promote the election process.
I frankly think the Founders didn't quite get it right. FREE speech isn't as important as FAIR speech. Until the Constitution is amended to make that distinction, we'll be stuck with this political circus...unless it kills us first.
Re: About fucking time.
Wonder if that's what those "800 Service" calls were for the last month. Thankfully, I have Caller ID and tend to screen all calls from firms and people i"m not expecting (through the answering machine). Tends to scrub out most of the robocallers who are smart enough not to plaster answering machines. That just leaves the collection agency calls (the last owner of my current number was apparently in credit trouble).
The trouble is the cartels' DTA attutide. The last thing they want is a mole, so the only way out of the cartel is feet-first. The only reason this is possible is there are plenty of engineers for the cartel to grab. Once the supply goes down, then they may be forced to husband their engineers, probably by resorting to threats and blackmail.
Re: Not compatible
For now, Microsoft is saying no to tablets. Phones only for some reason.
Re: 1.7m apps audited?
OUTSIDE Google Play, perhaps? It's the APK itself that contains the permission list.
Re: oh well...
Then simply require an explanation for each permission. If it requires fine (GPS) location, it can explain, "This program uses location-specific advertising to fund its development." Honest enough, wouldn't you think, and easy enough to explain for legitimate uses.
Of course, disguising a malware use INSIDE a legitimate use (say a spy camera in a photo editing app) is another matter, but it should help some.
Re: Permissions use explained in description
Agreed. How about this for an idea? For every permission an app requires, it must also submit to Google the reason for that permission, in specific detail. If it needs "Full Internet Access", for example, the submission must include specific reasons such as "This program receives advertising from the Internet to fund its development." Or if a financial app can send SMS messages, it must provide something like "This program can send SMS messages to financial institutions and read the replies to obtain account information." Google should require this of each specific permission and post them alongside the permissions themselves on the installation prompt. This would be a Google Play extension and could apply to all apps submitted in future, so it shouldn't break existing apps.
Re: How to Fix It
What about where performance is needed, such as games? How do you balance the power requirement with the security requirement?
Re: Is this a joke?
Trouble is that some asteroids aren't solid but rather clusters held together by gravity. Blow one of the chunks off, and it'll likely take all the energy, leaving the rest intact. There's also the fact that many asteroid rotate on axes, meaning you have to fight their rotation as well. The effects of a nuke on a corner of an irregular, spinning cluster of rocky objects moving at a surprisingly speedy clip (closer to the sun, the faster it goes) is rather uncertain, but most scientists basically sum it up as "not much".
Know of a glue that works at near-zero Kelvin?
Re: Burn in power plants
Thing is, pyrolysis is an ENDOthermic reaction, which means you need to feed it energy to keep it going, so it's hard to picture how a process that absorbs energy can then produce energy. Pyrolysis is good for turning waste products into other products you can use like biochar, but what's the ratio of waste in to useable product out? Somehow I suspect it's something greater than 1:1, which will make the tree huggers scream that it's inefficient and that we should still recycle like we did because we get more out of the process.
Re: To Paraphrase The Ogre
"ensure that the system is fully insulated from any external source."
And if you MUST have an external source because the device involved is not very easy to reach (involving time- and money-consuming procedures or lengthy travel)?
"Seriously. Return of the Jedi - $32m budget, $400m income (just on the film, not merchandising, etc.), yet "never made a profit"."
Question. Was LucasFilm ever publicly traded? I don't think it is. Otherwise, you would think some shareholder would've seen that statement you just posted, noted the box office returns, and taken LucasFilm to court, the SEC, or whatever on charges of "cooking the books".
Simple. The financial crisis tightened purse strings: once bitten, twice shy, not to mention the legal repercussions. Many banks won't provide loans without serious backing, and for most grassroots projects such backing is lacking. So if you can't get help from a bank or a rich friend, who else can you turn?
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