Re: McMars Distillery
No need -- just activate the ancient alien machine hidden under Mars' surface.
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No need -- just activate the ancient alien machine hidden under Mars' surface.
Starting back in the 80s, OfficeDepot/Officemax (the 2nd and 3rd rank chains recently merged) and Staples drove all the little stationary / office supply stores out of business as part of the "big box store" revolution. They provided one-stop shopping, good prices, and often helpful advice, and made good profits as they took over the SOHO & small/medium business supply market.
Over the last decade, these big box stores have been hit hard as internet shopping (especially Amazon) plus Costco have provided better prices, cheap/fast delivery to the premises, and a wider range of good quality products. Businesses (and most consumers) aren't stupid, so Office Depot (especially!) and Staples have been hanging on by a thread. Clearly, Office Depot seems to be getting desperate.
PS - many people not comfortable with technology developed good impressions of Office Depot / Staples as helpful places to buy technology during their growth, and have not yet learned that the situation has changed.
Earthlink is an ISP.
It would seem that race is irrelevant in your example, rather geography or household income or credit score would be the relevant factors. What's your point?
How exactly does an ISIS "Drone" attack an A-10??? In the Gulf War, they made it back with big chunks of wings and stabilizers shot off -- doesn't seem "VERY susceptible" at all.
I think there was a recent report about defeating ASLR by looking at the addresses in the branch address cache and matching those with the known structure of the OS, thus figuring out the current OS layout in memory.
Leaving aside that the 32GB phone is reported to have a read speed *double* that of the higher-capacity phone, it's my understanding that flash drives typically achieve faster write speeds by writing to multiple flash modules in parallel, since individual flash module write speeds are so slow compared to their read speeds. This can be seen in the read/write speed specs by drive size within many SSD lines.
If a single flash module in these phones is 32GB (as seems likely), then the 256GB phone model would have 8 such modules, resulting in 8x parallelism on write, and a predicted write speed 8x that of the 32GB model. Fits the data, doesn't it? No resort to a "cheap flash" conspiracy needed. :)
It was my belief that the initial lander signal loss upon re-entry was due not to it being overwhelmed by "plasma noise", but rather to the plasma blocking signal propagation. A quick web search reveals a paper from the 1960s discussing ways to overcome the plasma blackout which suggests that the main issue is that the plasma strongly *refracts* radio signals so they do not reach the ground.
Any commentards have actual knowledge about this?
PM claims "While true at one time, none of this matters now since all four rely on LTE."
In the US, not every spot has the latest LTE coverage, and LTE uses a number of different bands, not all of which are supported by a given phone model. Thus, it is common for US cell phones to actually use GSM/CDMA to make voice calls, and to often fall back into using older data protocols.
The story claims "...something that the company often does, complete with a quid pro quo that it will hide negative reviews in return ". This claim could be true, but Yelp has always denied that it offers such a quid pro quo -- can El Reg provide any links to actual evidence that Yelp offers such quids pro quo?
In fairness, though, most of these in-orbit bio experiments are not very good science. Their main function is to make the public think that the manned space program is producing some scientific return-on-investment. Pretty much the only useful bio research in orbit is monitoring the astronauts themselves as to how their bodies degenerate under microgravity/enhanced radiation conditions, and what techniques might ameliorate that. And, of course, how to prevent or stop space-sickness, which still affects 1/3 to 1/2 of astronauts IIRC.
Whoever is assigned capsule-breaching duties should probably first ascertain whether the occupants are indeed "Musketeer" relatives rather than Mouseketeer relatives...
Ahhh, AC, I feel for you -- you've been taken in by the Wiki again!
A careful reader would discern that the so-called "urban areas" include large percentages of what civilians would call suburban or rural areas. As even the Wiki notes, the "urban area" is composed of core census tracts/blocks " *along with* adjacent territory containing non-residential urban land uses as well as territory with low population density included to link outlying densely settled territory..."
Thus, for example, the Seattle "urban area" includes the entire circum-Puget Sound area from Port Ludlow down to Olympia and back up past Marysville, an area reaching ten to twenty miles inland all around the Sound.
"Connecting" at least this "urban area" is much more difficult than reaching the three times as many inhabitants in Seoul.
I remember chatting with a Caltech student some decades ago as he described his friends' plan to set off the Southern California major earthquake alert system by simultaneously detonating (very) small charges near a number of Caltech seismographs in the region. Apparently, at least 3 seismographs had to register an event for the major earthquake alert to be triggered. This was in pre-GPS days, so getting the timing right was the tricky part of the plan.
I see your #Z80assembly and raise you #6502machinelang for 1977's snow in Palo Alto.
A more realistic value of power use for a high-end system with some power-intensive gaming use would be 250W. Multiply by 7% to get 17.5W, or about 0.25kWh savings during a 14-hour workday. Using a typical US electricity price of $0.13/kWh, the savings amounts to a bit over 3 cents/day USD, or almost 12 USD for a year in which the computer is in use 365 days a year, 14 hours/day.
Even in such an unrealistic high duty-load case, the savings are a bit sad, aren't they?
"It is way better to use low power CPUs than high efficiency PSUs."
Surely you mean "high-efficiency CPUs", not "low power CPUs", right? The ultimate "low power CPU" is achieved just by unplugging your computer, but that may or may not increase productivity.
Having grown up in California, I distinctly remember walking to school before sunrise and later on, returning from work at 5PM after sunset. Methinks solar production for either domestic or office use would suffer greatly at such times. Perhaps you have a brilliant scheme to store solar power from the summer for winter use -- a sort of anti-seasonal modern equivalent of the old icehouse? Or perhaps your plan is to seasonally populate ANZ with Canadian and American snowbirds?
Sadly, you've missed the forest for the CPU tree. :)
Firstly, the wattage ratings are intended as indications of the *maximum* power used under constant full load, just as the CPU internal clock is a ceiling, not a constant. Modern CPUs, dynamically adjust their clock speed, internal voltage, etc to provide just enough performance to accomplish the requested tasks, wasting little energy on full voltage or clock when the load is low. Thus, your 2GHz low-performance CPU is severely limited in its maximum performance vs. a standard 3.5GHz Intel CPU like the i5-6500 (65W maximum TDP), but likely uses not much less power when both are at idle.
Secondly, the relevant power use is the system's power use, not just the CPU. Depending on the chipset, motherboard design, memory type, power supply, and other components, as likely as not your AMD system uses more power on a system basis when idle than does an equivalent system built around the i5-6500.
IIRC this was a plot device in one of Larry Niven's stories about warlike alien felines he called Kzin. The Kzin leader is assassinated by human hackers who inactivate the leader's home kit-feeding mechanism. When he returns home, he is attacked and devoured by his own starving kits.
Perhaps PetNet owners should exercise caution in opening their front doors?
I believe the utility name is WDIDLE3.EXE (at least for running from a freeDOS boot stick).
Even many of the RED drives were apparently wrongly set with a short idle timeout from the factory, as became apparent when they started failing after less than a year's use. The WDIDLE3 utility can report the current idle setting on a drive (via command line switches), so it's worth using it to check both 2.5" and 3.5" WD drives you may care about.
"Fragging", at least in the Vietnam War era, referred to doing away with a troublesome member of your own military unit IIRC. "Defragging" OTOH refers to rearranging bods (or data) to coalesce the free space into a larger block with any doing away with data.
El Reg's comments are a great source of "colorful" English expressions for those of us who live far away. The words containing "k" pack special punch when spoken!
Actually, some of the classified emails were marked classified before Team Hillary sent them through the server.
It was always immediately clear when an article had Lester as its author (usually in a good way :) . The culinary journeys, the journeys over land and water chasing after projects, and even tilting at windmills enriched my life on a far continent, as they did many others, especially those who knew him personally. My deep condolences to Lester's family and to the Reg family.
This is a really excellent article, Simon! Great context and a clear description of the many important new conclusions.
One minor clarification: polynomial *texture* mapping is a method to look at the *exterior* of an object by synthesizing images of it taken under different lighting conditions.
Reading the details makes you (sound) wise.
Or you could read John Rain novels and learn about Nihon AND hand-to-hand fighting. :)
Re: "the household may have changed supplier a dozen times"
Not in Seattle -- the monopoly electrical utility for over 100 years has been the city-owned Seattle City Light.
Not too dumbed-down, useful background info added, handy run-down of the commercial implications and positioning. Good job!
It's probably worth clarifying that the story author was writing about the autoimmune disease type I diabetes (often called "juvenile onset"), which is quite rare but getting less so. In it, blood sugar levels are not well controlled, and can get either too high or too low (the latter being the condition requiring prompt action alluded to in the story).
The vast majority of diabetes in the modern world is now type II diabetes (caused not by autoimmunity but rather by obesity and lack of exercise), where the problem is too-high blood sugar levels (not too low), which causes chronic problems, but does not demand a prompt response.
is that like "military intelligence"?
I'm not surprised that "Joolma" would lack patches. I recently ran a diagnostic on my laptop's RAM, only to have it report that I had a "Kinston" module installed -- ?.
I think you miscommented; this story is about tracking and other info gathered by smartphone apps, not by visiting websites.
Yep, I was a longtime Sprint customer until switching over to T-Mobile about 5 years ago. It was a revelation -- data fast enough to be useful! Even when I had WiMax signal under Sprint, there was plenty of lag and waiting.
Sprint is in 4th place out of 4 major cell carriers in the US, and for a long time now has been running a promotion where customers of the other 3 companies can switch over to Sprint, pay only 1/2 the monthly plan price they were paying, have their old phone and multi-hundred dollar switching charges paid off by Sprint, and also get a good price on a new Sprint phone. Thus Sprint has to pay out many hundreds of dollars for each such new customer, and only gets half the normal monthly revenue from them until(if) they decide to switch to a different Sprint plan.
Big payouts up front for possible profits years in the future...
I think it all came about because a few years ago WA state's attorney general, in a publicity-seeking move to raise his profile for a crack at the governorship, sued an elderly flower arranger who didn't want to participate in a male-male wedding. That the government would take this type of action had been specifically denied by proponents of the earlier WA state-wide initiative to make official same-sex marriages (which passed, in a credit to WA state's voters).
That governmental over-reach then prompted many self-promoters in other states to try and pass laws to prevent such an action in their states. Sadly, most (all?) of these new laws seem to have been poorly designed or wrongly intentioned.
I think it's more like IBM requiring everyone to wear white or light blue shirts and a suit.
Wwould that be straw hats or top hats, sir?
But it just might be a lunatic you're looking for...
You might want to read up on the actual texts and historical contexts of those amendments.
For example, reasonable people can disagree on the individual right to possess firearms -- it's not a "shonky" interpretation. Similarly, the principle is preventing *establishment* of a state church, not "separation" of church and state, which is much more extreme.
Hope it wasn't due to buying dirt cheap "genuine" brand name lithium batteries on Amazon...
Did nobody (including the Reg story author) bother to check out the Stanford "survey"? It's nothing close to a proper scientific survey -- it's just a collection of anecdotes from whomever felt strongly enough to send in their comment. Thus, this story is just unfounded click bait, and you're all stuck wriggling on the Reg's hook.
Gotta agree with LaF here -- I consider the Fires as cloud-based media-consumption devices only. If a Fire breaks, toss/return it and log into another and you're good to go. When elderly relatives have questions or even real problems, just hit Mayday and video chat with helpful customer service.
It's already got all the benefits and intrusiveness drawbacks of cloud-based devices, so quibbling about device encryption seems moot. For personal/professional work and communications, I use a more standard tablet like a Nexus 7 or iPad -- works great.
The first two Mercury flights (on Redstone rather than Atlas boosters) were suborbital, but nevertheless qualified Shepard and Grissom as true astronauts.
As for your example, I tend to think of the Donald as a "Trumpus" -- derivation from Krampus or rumpus or both, your choice.
Quibble about a common error -- "locked" does not mean "not rooted" -- it just means the handset will only work with a given Telco's cell network (it's locked to that network). Google itself sells zillions of "unlocked" handsets (its Nexus phones) that work fine with Google Pay on whatever cell network the hardware will support.
F5 GS FTW (plus, it's shot in their building right by downtown Seattle).
A cynical observer might wonder if Intel's new attention to the sex and race of its employees might not be a result of Intel's recent performance declines in the market and the lack of prospects for significant improvement. That is, perhaps Intel's leadership is simply trying to distract analysts and observers from its failing business strategy.
NK struck a blow for goodness by hacking Sony :)