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No industry experience
While the concept is interesting it is obvious that the researchers have no industrial experience at all.
You do not use laptops to control industrial machinery and in almost all cases there are no microphones plugged in - there is the odd exception where you are doing sound analysis but that has other constraints regarding OS and software used.
Since this is touted as something that can cross the air gap in industrial situations the researchers need to work in the industrial situations before going off half cocked like script kiddies. Industry uses laptops only in the front office NOT out on the shop floor where the actual work is done.
When they have found a way of turning things like power supply transformers into acoustic transducers for both transmission and reception of ultra sound they might have something to shout about, until then it is an interesting toy.
Re: Identify the rival ads!
That would be the ideal solution.
...the best thing would be for Google to have an option that allowed filtering out all the price comparison sites. Then, when looking for information on something, we wouldn't have to wade through pages of comparison sites that tell you nothing.
Re: Don't Panic!
Isn't that true for ALL microsoft OS?
Re: Please Google, use the Nuclear Option!
Other search engines???????
Re: Whistle = Blow this!
And what is actually wrong with going to google.com rather than google.fr? I live in France and have to explicitly set search to google.com and then there are times it doesn't stick which is damned annoying.
Re: Sorry to be so blunt...
@I ain't Spartacus
Your predicament highlights the need for a stylus pen for use on all pads and phones, then there would not be the problem with fat fingers (or even grease/sweat marks on the screen).
Re: Cost millions ...
I expect one day, next millennium maybe, the US will learn how to secure their computers but I think it would be very foolish yo hold ones breath until they do.
Wild Bill, I think you are looking for a firewall that stops all outgoing traffic until you OK it. I seem to remember there was ZoneAlarm for windows years ago that did that.
Re: Legal Protections
Does that apply to Apple as well? After all they seem to be the ones that cause the patent spats by not paying for what they want.
Re: Psst, big biz, want an all-flash Windows Server box?
My reaction exactly.
Did you miss out the <sarc> tags?
Re: Bad Banks Better?
That must be a good thing then, after all there is no way windows malware will run on OS/2 and I very much doubt the script kiddies know how to write anything that would work there.
American National Intelligence? Humm.
He must be a puppet, his mouth moves.
Re: Here we go again
@ Darryl. Which does rather prove the point that winpho is conspicuous by its absence.
I wonder how much this is to satisfy the EU that are breathing down Samsung's neck at the behest of Apple, Microsoft etc.?
Re: Is it because of Ballmer
All that proves is that what he has isn't real money - actual cash in the bank - but fake money that depends on the apparent worth of the shares he has in different companies.
Humm... don't they get the free WiFi in the lower part of the village then? I can get it from my terrace if I want it as have most of those on holiday in the old part, although they either sit in a window or out in the road because of the signal loss through the stone walls. It would have saved you having to borrow Bruno's WiFi.
As was hinted at in the article this is not for anything Apple is going to use, it is just a way for them to try and get money from Android phone manufacturers.
There is prior art in that you can already do that on android phones and no one bothered to try and patent it because it is just an obvious extension of NFC usage, but we have to remember this is an Apple patent, Therefore will never follow logic and it will be as wide ranging as possible just to mess with any opposition.
Why is everyone assuming that these 8 core chips are for phones?
We now have several of the large players putting ARM chips on servers where the more cores the better. Plus the fact this guy is ex-intel so thinking of anything other than intel on servers is a no-no. Therefore his statement is not surprising when viewed from that standpoint.
I have to ask this (I also know it will get a lot of down votes) but who in their right mind uses a browser foe email? Maybe it has become the fashion now to use html in emails, again, why?
Re: Isn't patent farming the usual start of the decline of a corporation? I'm thinking Kodak
Maybe a better example would be SCO.
One thing I didn't see mentioned was the level of RFI this thing produces to annoy the local radio hams and anyone else that has equipment sensitive to radio noise.
Yes, these things may be a godsend where you can't put in ethernet cables but they are a blot on the radio landscape.
And they were trying to get people like me to endorse their presence in the US,” he told the Aussie paper.
Maybe they didn't offer him enough money and he's miffed.
The light dawns
Proxad.net (free.fr) started offering zimbra as an alternative to their web based e-mail several months ago and you should read the adverse comments about it on the newsgroup - no one appears to be very happy where they have changed over. Since I don't use web-mail I haven't seen the problems but am left wondering what will happen now.
A fer days ago I got a few comments about the fact that we are using OS/2 on our back end servers because it just works. What I didn't mention there was the fact that a lot of our hardware was obtained second hand when larger enterprises went tits up because they overreached themselves buying 'enterprise' solutions they couldn't afford as Trevor said.
In fact we got so much equipment from one business that I was able to set up a community project at the cost of one of my technicians for two days and much of that time was spent putting in the network cables - the village supplied the ADSL, so no cost there. The servers (2) run Linux - we didn't have any spare OS/2 licences - as do most of the workstations. There are a couple of people that bring in their windows laptops but from what I've heard we might be changing them to Linux soon.
The above paragraph is just to highlight Trevor's point about enterprise solutions being sold to SMEs with the emphasis on the S.
Why shouldn't we be still running OS/2? Most servers that take the back end load are over specified for what they do when what is really needed is reliability and up time.
@The Vociferous Time Waster
I am intrigued, in what way would it be extremely expensive? The hardware can and has been replaced, all that was necessary to do was to tweak an image on the image server and load it to the new server. Total down time was the time to physically replace the failed server plus the time to copy over the OS/2 disk image, the new server then carried on from where the old one left off.
If you are thinking about the cost of employing someone that knows about OS/2. I admit it was one of my concerns, so much so that I set up a training unit in house so that problem is solved. My biggest problem is finding something for our two IT staff to do ;)
@Chris Thomas Alpha
The thing is that they just work. The last time I rebooted one was over three years ago and that was because of a mechanical failure - both power supplies died.
As a matter of fact I know of several large companies that are still using OS/2 on their back end servers for exactly the same reason - they don't give problems.
Maybe if the Boinc project kept the versions of the client software up to date for everyone it would be more helpful.
For the last month our OS/2 servers haven't been number crunching for them because they have changed something and require an updated client version which isn't available for OS/2
They don't need any new laws to control the press, the old ones do exactly the same thing - they just aren't enforced, and I very much doubt that any new ones would be either.
From what I have seen here in France the CNIL is not worth the office it uses.
Most French e-mail spammers have a little note at the bottom of the page that says they will stop sending the rubbish as required by CNIL regulations if you ask them to.
I tried it once - it did stop that particular piece of spam BUT in its place it generated six more. Thank goodness for a bogofilter, it is doing very well at keeping the junk where it belongs - in the garbage.
Re: The whole charade is a disgrace
@AC Re: Point 5,
If Stemcor weren't doing anything dodgy then Google weren't either. You can't have it both ways!
Re: And Eric Schmidt's climatological background is ... What, exactly?
@NomNomNom, You are ZedsDeadBed alter ego and I claim my £5
Re: And Eric Schmidt's climatological background is ... What, exactly?
They would say that wouldn't they, especially when their government grants depend on it.
@JC_ If you are referring to the now discredited Cook paper try reading http://wattsupwiththat.com/2013/05/21/cooks-97-consensus-study-falsely-classifies-scientists-papers-according-to the scientists that published them/ you might learn something about how the church of warming tries to twist everything in their favour.
Re: What's his angle?
@Nicho, They may be facts but taken by themselves or in combination they add up to diddy squat.
a) Greenhouses trap heat Agreed, so you are saying the earth is in a large glass sphere?
(b) CO2 is a greenhouse gas Yes, they use about 800 ppm in greenhouses to help the plants to grow. You did know it was a plant food didn't you? In fact the increase in CO2 is the driving force behind the greening of the deserts.
(c) Human activity emits significant quantities of CO2 Significant compared to what? One active volcano outputs more CO2 with one eruption than mankind has since the industrial revolution.
You actually mean there is intelligence in parliament and they have a committee all about it? I always thought that intelligence and anything to do with parliamentarians was an oxymoron.
Re: Sounds more like 8.01
In fact, if they work a little harder they might get it to the standard of the original Vista.
Re: "normal old people won't need it."
As one knocking on the door of being 80 I have to disagree with you, it is not 'utter rubbish'.
I use both a Nokia dumb phone and a Samsung Galaxy Ace smartphone, both of which get put on the charger once a week with general use. The Ace may get more frequent charging if I have to do a lot of e-mails.
For me and many like me the smartphone is just another tool to let me continue my work and enjoyment of life. I know there are others of my age and younger that, through no fault of their own, find technology incomprehensible or unusable. Those are the ones that this proposal should be aiming at, not just everyone that is classed as old - many of us resent that classification.
This is ALMOST a solution looking for a problem.
Yes, there is a limited group of people that might find this service comforting but they will be in their 90s now. I'm not sure when the last manual exchange closed but I don't think there will be many people that are used to calling the operator. The last time I did that was in the late 50s in a remote area of NSW where my wife worked in the local exchange.
Many of the people I know in their 80s and 90s are using smartphones with front facing cameras to keep in touch with their children and grand children and in one case great grand children. For them what is needed is a reliable emergency response team at the end of a speed dial number.
The other problem I can foresee is one of coverage - is this going to be a service limited to areas of good coverage or is it supposed to be universal?
I am trying to see past my negativity about this and look at its potential usefulness but I find it hard and I'm up in the age group it is supposed to be for.
The beta trial might help to iron out problems but the last question is how is the cost to be covered if the service goes live - those living on OAP don't have any spare money to splash out.
Maybe they would have a winner if they made the reverse available - Atom to Android.
@Arthur the cat
Not just the research community but anyone that has to read manuals on the job.
I have both a kindle DX an an Entourage Edge (dual screens - e-ink and LCD). The DX leaves much to be desired in its display of PDF documents, the EE is much better (allows making notes on e-ink side) but is much heavier to cart around.
As you say, price will be the determining factor to this taking off.
Re: Agreed on that
From what I see and hear in this part of France is that there is the official language and the ones the older and younger generations use. The older generation tend to add Catalan in with French, the younger add English. The number of times I've been asked if I could fix some problem with a computer or printer or monitor is increasing. I've even been asked if I can change the French only version of an operating system to an English one.
Why not call a spade a spade or in the case of 'smart' meters a remote disconnect unit, but then remote disconnect unit doesn't have much good PR potential.
Re: You gotta be bloody joking?!
You do realize that all that waffle is good for getting government money don't you? In fact I would go further and say the main object of it is to keep those at the top of the 'charity' in the manor to which they have become accustomed by using tax payers money and has little or nothing to do with raising the level of educational standards.