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Oh yeah! I forgot to address the article! Anyway...
1) Yes, add-ons can be compromised and it's good to let people know about this possibility.
2) However, it's real greasy if it's just looking for adblock then trying to FUD people. Just be honest, say this site costs money to operate and you'd appreciate people not blocking the ads. And, if you have pop-ups, GET RID OF THEM.
Re: "Merely...make money"
"The act of viewing something on a computer screen is publishing (i.e. making a copy). Technical issues/limitations to one side, you should see the content as the creator intended. DELIBERATELY altering that content is creating a derivative work without license and against the law. This is the same reason why PVRs that can auto-skip adverts (the things that PAY for the content) are not available - breach of copyright."
It's already been decided that an in-memory, working copy of whatever does not count as a "copy" for copyright purposes. Otherwise, just playing back a DVD would require special permission of the copyright holder. Also, you seem to have a grave misunderstanding of copyright law. Nobody here is altering the content, they are refusing to load 3rd-party content that is unrelated to the page being displayed. Also, you do not need a license to create a derivative use for private use, as you are not actually distributing any copyrighted work at that point.
That said, I *only* block pop-ups, they are illegitimate in that they load content outside the scope of the page responsible (i.e. in a different tab or window.) Other adverts? No, I don't block them. If a site is too ad-heavy I just don't go to it any more (I haven't had to leave a site for this reason in a while though; I think site operators now realize if they go too crazy with the ads they'll lose too many viewers, and porn and pirate sites have "valuable" enough content that viewers put up with excessive ads.)
Also, I have a PVR that will automatically skip ads. Why aren't many on the market? Some kind of gentleman's agreement, as near as I can tell.
Similar but different issue...
One thing that has bothered me, some Active Directory-based systems have these policies that are like "Not the same last x passwords, also not the last x passwords with minor changes." "Last x passwords" just involves storing the hashes and making sure they don't match. But minor changes, doesn't that mean it is in fact storing several old passwords in plain text?
Anyway, it's better that eclipse is now X'ing out people's passwords on this page. But I'd really like to know if they are still storing plain-text passwords (probably they are.)
Please, EU, I beseech you... you've been beat to it on the 700mhz band, don't split it up differently just to be different! Thank you very much.
How many people?
I'm just curious how many people even noticed this outage? Any outage is bad, but other than a complete Internet outage or DNS outage... there's only a few services I'd think most people would even notice were down for 10 minutes... maybe E-Mail, twitter, or Facebook, where the users expect constant streams of updates shooting onto their phone. I'm quite sure I wouldn't notice if GoDaddy dropped dead for 10 minutes.
Agreed re: Hyper-V
I've got no plans to switch to FreeBSD, or OSX/iOS for that matter. But I must agree with the various commentors re: Hyper-V... supporting Hyper-V or not is not indicative of any kind of "legacy status." I would think an OS adding additional virtualization support is actually, if anything, an indication that there is still support and development going on for it.
It's illegal and unconstitutional
The people saying this has been upheld as legal -- well... two big things here:
1) The NSA officials covered by the mainsteam media (here in the US at least!) recently have been intentionally conflating the phone call metadata program (which although troubling, is probably legal) with the NSA's numerous illegal and unconstitutional data collection programs (indiscriminate collection of E-Mail, some fraction of voice calls, texts, etc., which is inarguably unconstitutional and therefore illegal). The collecting of foreign leader's phone calls and such -- as emabarrassing as it is for the NSA to have been caught red-handed at it -- is actually the type of activity the NSA is supposed to be doing, they are fully authorized to do this. I won't be at all surprised to find foreign intelligence agencies have (at least attempted) to do the same to Obama and pals.
2) The judges that said THOSE programs (bulk E-Mail, call, and text collection among others) are legal simply failed to do their job, they did not uphold and defend the constitution or the law as they are bound to do. If you look, they will not come up with a single LEGAL argument for these illegal programs being legal, they will say some nonsense like "These programs are too important to declare illegal". That is, rather than judging the activities and comparing them with the law, they will simply say that the gov't can do literally anything they want if it's "important". Truly, these judges should have disbarment proceeding began against them.
Surprised about LogMeIn
I am among those surprised about LogMeIn suddenly going non-free. The one minor bit of good news:
One place I do IT for has a paid LogMeIn account, which has a few "free" computers on the account (the "free" ones don't allow for checking logs and so on but do allow remote desktop; the plan they have was short 3 computers, the next larger paid plan covered way more computers than they have). After reading about them cancelling free service with essentially no notice, I figured I better log in and check! There's a notice on the account page, if you have a paid account they are NOT cancelling the tacked on free computers, and you can still add and remove them as you wish as well.
Still, I don't think it's that cool to cancel with essentially 0 notice... and furthermore, LogMeIn working so easily for remoting into systems behind NAT gives it such an advantage over their competitors, that I doubt very many people would have found alternatives to LogMeIn even given a month's notice anyway.
Sony and OTA
"Some of the 4K sets that have shipped already have HDMI 1.4, though Sony for one is promising upgrades. Whether it will deliver is another matter."
Yeah I'll believe it when I see it. My friend got a (early model) Sony DVD player, labels all over it stating that it is software updateable. Once he got some DVDs that would not play on it (due to software incompatibilities), he goes to ask Sony about the update. "What update? Just buy a new DVD player". It was software update*able* but Sony did not release a single update for it.
As for 4K itself... I think it's pretty useless personally, it seems like this'd need quite the large screen for it to possibly make a difference. But, if people are interested in buying, they can go ahead.. That said, it seems logical if Netflix can get a 4K stream into 15mbps, that OTA it should be doable in ~15-20mbps. (I won't say 15mbps, necessarily, because an over the air broadcast should expect a much higher data error rate, and so have more error correction, compared to an internet stream.)
The lie of the big ISPs
I don't know specifically what Verizon Wireless' plan is -- if they plan to put the screw job to people, or if they are just trying to get out from under the 700mhz C band throttling prohibition (when Google started bidding, they got the FCC to put this "no touching the data" prohibition onto the C band specifically.) VZW is using 4G LTE on this band -- VZW's throttling on 3G on other bands only kicks in when the cell site is loaded enough your usage is actually slowing down other users, not 24/7; a few users on howardforums reproted using 500GB-1TB *a month* on this so I could see mere usage-based throttling being not that big a deal, even for these heavy users. On the other hand, if VZW cripples their internet access by pretending Hulu, Netflix, Youtube, etc. are something either they or I should pay extra for, I will quit paying for this service on the spot.
On the other hand, AT&T has been downright WHINING that Youtube and Netflix are "freeloaders" -- conveniently not mentioning that they pay BIG BUCKS for their physical connections to internet exchange points, AND pay for the traffic already as well (if traffic is even in both directions, typically there is little or no charge as it's a wash -- but if traffic is mostly in one direction then they get a nice fat bill already.) This is what Google should mention if they aren't already, that they do pay for their internet connections just like everyone else.
I'm glad CPS didn't stick with their previous "Meh no big deal" stance. All kinds of general abuse and name calling? Trolls do abound. Threats of violence as she received? That's another matter entirely and I'm glad they did something about it.
When seeing demos, don't forget they are demos
When seeing demos, don't forget the demo-makers KNOW people will be looking at how sharp they are. They will therefore make their videos exagerratedy sharp, and usually screw up the contrast to make things look "vibrant" too. Obviously the 4K TV *will* be sharper, but you really can't compare a demo video to what you typically watch on any TV.
Before my parents (non-HDTV) CRT TV died, their neighbor came by... this ad for a TV came on, she got all excited and said "Look how sharp the picture is on that TV in the ad!" I had to break the news that the ad is being displayed on their EXISTING television. They were just cranking the contrast and sharpness up for the TV ad.
"Am surprised - the libel laws being what they are in the UK - that this hasnt gone further."
For libel laws to apply a statement has to be false. If information is damaging to your business, but true, then no dice.
My question, (allegedly... I don't want anyone getting in libel trouble!), do these clinics have an unusual failure rate, or have they found the dozen failures out of numerous treatments (I assume quite numerous if they are at 15 minute intervals!)
I found the one post on there particuarly troubling where the LASIK (or LASEK? I didn't know they were different...) machine failed mid-treatment, and they ended up with a crease on their eye. I would hope A) These machines would not fail mid-treatment, period. B) Does the "crease" mean that the machine moved the laser to a "safe" position WITH the laser on, burning eyeball as it went? I would hope any fault it'd immediately turn off the laser.
At any rate... *shrug*. They are not violating the domain rules, so that's that.
"When will someone tell America that Coca/Pepsi Cola is just water with sugar, fizz and marketing added.
It is not a national institution, to be defended."
Normal Americans don't view cola as a national institution. That's the 'Mercans from places like Texas that believe that. Those weirdos refer to any carbonated beverage as "Coke".
So, I still don't know why Coca Cola Corp. needs MAC addresses -- won't they be using IP (hopefully IPV6) anyway? Whatever random vendor provides ethernet chips will already have plenty of MACs.
IBM supports the NSA
"I really can't see how that suit could succeed given that corporations are not allowed to reveal that they even have dealings with the NSA in the first place."
It isn't about that. It's about 1) IBM failing to reveal their horrible sales drop in a timely manner.
2) (per the article) "IBM lobbied the government in favour of a bill that would allow it to share customers' data with the NSA,"
I think they are taking the piss with #1, if IBM had revealed months ago their sales had plummeted, the stock would have just dropped then instead of now. #2 is a valid complaint though, IBM is effectively being hostile towards their customers with a move like this, and therefore hostile towards shareholders.
Given this information, I would never buy an IBM product -- I know "everyone" is probably tied in with the NSA, but I really don't need to support companies that actively lobby for further NSA involvement.
Re: Pwn n00bs
OK, he gets into this system (his own) and the first thing he does is delete system files? That is pretty funny, he really did get what was coming to him 8-)
(N.B. for anyone who is wondering, although 127.0.0.1 is standard localhost address, 127.x.x.x all actuallly connect to localhost.)
I thought "sudo rm -Rf /*" was the command that magically made iphones waterproof. (Yes some idiots a few months ago believed -- I think because people on 4chan said so -- that some ios update would magically make their non-waterproof iphones waterproof.)
Yeah, to me (from the video) it looked like the *game engine* was working well enough, but the game tuning and player behavior was incomplete. (I'd guess the falling over might have been due to excessively slick grass?) If it's as poopypants says, that some developers walked out, that plus not enough time for the remaining developers to "get up to speed" could really explain all these problems. edit: That said, I have not used Unity, so I can't say how easy or hard to use it actually is. From what I've heard, some game engines over the years were pretty hard to use (even if the results ended up being pretty nice.)
">But the security company warns that ARM and MIPS flavours of the Linux worm may be available,
What does that mean "may" be availabe ? There "might" also be a new supervirus capable of destroying mankind. There "may" also be no need to purchase anything from Symantec.
I took it to mean the exploits of PHP are not relying on code injection or stack smashing or the like that is platform-specific, and the x86 ELF binary it is currently pulling also is not doing anything x86-specific. So, the exploit could just as easily try MIPS and ARM binaries as well.
"My own suggestion remains integrated multi-round anti-spammer tools that would allow volunteers to disrupt every part of the spammers' infrastructure and pursue ALL of the spammers' accomplices. "
You already can disrupt the spammer's infrastructure, if you have the skill to break into it, and are perfectly free to pursue their accomplices as well. I'm sure not going to stop you. Here in the US, you are even allowed to DIRECTLY take them to court and demand damages (instead of reporting them to the FTC and having the FTC do nothing with spam reports, which is what most people do.) If they are stupid enough to spam from the US (and don't pay the settlement), you can then send martials out to take their stuff until you get enough to cover the settlement; if they don't have enough stuff you can put liens on their buildings and vehicles.
Anyway *shrug*. My Gmail doesn't seem to get much spam (other than EBay's psuedo-spam... why would I want to be told "There are 179 items I may be interested in this week". Umm, no, shotgunning out hundreds of products is not a way to get anyone interested in anything.) I started running a Bayesian filter on my other E-Mail account over 10 years ago and it works great too. And I'm, you know, NOT RUNNING WINDOWS so I am not succeptable to worms and viruses.
"Re: It's really sad
Radio is electronic. Are we allowed to change stations?"
Well, if it's one of those stupid touch screen setups, you really shouldn't be. These are defective by design and really should not be permitted on the road. Mine? Buttons and knobs, I don't have to look down to change it.
Anyway, I think quite simply they should just have a blanket "distracted driving" law that is enforced rather than these specifics. They can then just make it clear that texting is covered under the definition of distracted driving, instead of making numerous specific laws. I do hope the parking lot and rest stop thing doesn't include *parked* cars. Not parked? Yeah, they should be ticketed, as they are still not paying attention to where they are going.
I almost feel that they should not bother with the unmarked vehicles -- distracted drivers are usually so distracted they would not notice a full-blown marked SUV anyway, and this in and of itself is clear evidence they were very distracted.
These are just details though, distracted drivers are highly dangerous and should have very stiff penalties.
"> In most of Europe, as far as I am aware, it is strictly "who initiates the call, pays for it."
In the UK there are "Reverse Billing" systems (generally for adult services) whereby you text a number and receive a certain number of texts back which can be charged up to £1.50 each IIRC. But it's not somethng that's forced on you, you have to opt in by texting them in the first place and you can opt out at any time."
That's how it is in the US too, people are supposed to sign up to a service first, then get billed for the texts they receive back. I think in some cases, people simply do not pay attention and sign up for something not realizing it costs. But, in other cases, the companies are simply committing fraud, and fraudulently claim you signed up for their service. Of course, the cell cos are all to happy to scoop up your info for the NSA, but will not use the exact same records to make sure you actually texted a premium rate SMS provider before they start billing you (apparently, preferring to get rid of the whole mess. Which is fine with me.)
As for being charged for sending or receiving SMS in general? Not really a problem, the cell cos here in the US have such bad pay-per-use rates (25 cents a text or more?) that people who don't text generally have texting disables, and everyone else buys a big bucket of texts or unlimited texts. Verizon for one is also quite aggressive about tracking down and suing text spammers.
You guys are lucky.
You guys are lucky. Here in the US? No rights whatsoever. You are transferred, nothing is guaranteed. The only IT union I know of here is in Las Vegas, so that doesn't apply here. If your small company is being bought out, this is probably good for you. Otherwise? Not so much.
Outsourcing? Heh, the outsourcing and temp agencies here are one and the same. The company holds on to at least 75% of what they are paid, and then provide a pittance of benefits. (When i worked a while as a temp, I had a few vacation days -- unpaid -- and an offer for me to pay for worthless health insurance* (they wouldn't chip in a penny) so they could technically say they offered insurance.)
*How worthless was the offered insurance? $1,000 deductable, then it'd only cover the NEXT $1,000. No coverage for glasses, medicine, or dental coverage. I think it even exempted hospital stays. It was so poor, when I looked at the terms it was actually PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE to get back more in covered medical treatment than you were paying them in insurance premiums.
Does your TV not have audio out connectors?
First... your TV probably has audio out connectors. Why don't they just make a little box that takes that and pipes it -- wirelessly -- to the speakers? I do realize it's not as cool as being 100% wireless, but it does make the wires like a foot long rather than running wherever to the speakers. Even if a TV has wifi, I do not expect it to support proprietary wifi systems... these speakers are, after all, proprietary. I do, however, expect it to have speaker out jacks.
Secondly... I don't know why you are having problems with products that send video and audio to the TV? 1) just run the audio cables somewhere else, or 2) run the audio out from the TV to wherever you want the noise to go. (See paragraph above.) Given how ugly things tend to get when wifi is kludged into an otherwise wifi-less product, I for sure would not want wifi support grafted onto most of the stuff I have that makes noise.
They specify Windows machines aboard ISS
They specify Windows machines aboard ISS, I thought the Russians had been using some Linux or BSD. Anyway, it seems the current supplier for the US side at least supplied machines with XP (for personal use.) The ones for any control use run Solaris. Since XP is going out of support, the vendor plans to replace the XP systems with Debian.
What proportion are HDMI problems?
I wonder what proportion are HDMI problems? Those, the solution can be to simply have the manufacturers finish the ports off straight away rather than leaving them all jagged, hopefully Sony starts having them do that ASAP. At least it sounds like people with port problems can clean the port up themselves. If you take out HDMI problems, are the other ones frequent? I don't know.
Apple being Apple?
Well, it's Apple being Apple (phrasing things in ways that imply things they didn't actually say.) I mean, what he said is that most people at Apple are working on the iPhone *in some capacity*. To me, the "in some capacity" makes this virtually a null statement, as someone who works on some other project, but spends like a minute a week playing^H^H^H^H^H^H working on a iPhone, is then working on it "in some capacity".
"Not your usual freedom-loving, personal responsibility arguments, are they?"
No but Singapore is not a particularly freedom-loving country. *shrug*
Just a FYI, XVideo (and the Windows equivalent depending on the video card) use a window with a chroma key color. Usually it's all seamless but I dragged some text window over a video once and the font antialiasing must have used lots of blue, it bled through like crazy.
Standards? NVidia drivers support OpenCL (which is what ATI also uses). NVidia CUDA is not standard, but makes it easy to find some C loops, wrap them a bit, and have them run on the GPU instead of CPU. This was NVidia-specific back when I played with it, I don't know if it still is or just emits some OpenCL.
". And, indeed, it is upon the carriers that the warrants are served"
But, there are not even warrants for this, data is collected in bulk then analyzed. FISA themselves found this style of program unconstitutional in 2008 (the NSA just disagreed and kept doing it.) Now in 2013 FISA claim it's fine. A recent audit (2012) the NSA did on themselves (Snowden leak) found 2,776 FISA violations in one year, just in the DC area operations alone. On the positive side this does indicate they audit use of these systems.
Plenty of standards...
There are plenty of standards, encryption for http, encryption for e-mail, and encryption at the IP level via the likes of IPSec, and probably plenty of other standards. Few are used. IETF just needs to come up with best practices for what is most practical and effective.
Re: How to succeed in business
"WTF? They only thought the transition would be 'simply mechanical'? Nobody could be arsed to try it to make sure? With an internal culture like that, its a wonder Feedly are still in business."
I assume they all already have Google+, and so saw no problem during testing. I have not enabled Google+ on my account that's for sure 8-). At least they did not do the "Well, we've decided this so suck it up" I've seen now and then. They realized they f'ed up and fixed it same day.
"However, on a number of interactive websites like Gmail, it was dog slow compared to Chrome."
Weird. I just thought GMail would not be heavy enough to slow down any browser.
Why no IE11 for Windows 8? I think it is due to lack of a proper package manager -- without a defined set of files that IE "owns" as opposed to other bits of Windows, the more Windows versions IE installs on, the more sets of updates they must produce. They would have had to produce later updates for Win8, Win 8+IE11, Win8.1 and Win8.1+IE11 otherwise, as it stands they eliminate Win8+IE11. Are they going to release more Win8 updates *at all* or insist on Win8.1? Honestly curious.
"The only part of my Orion that ever worked was the Fuel Computer. Every other piece of electronics in that mobile pile of rust didn't work properly. Fuel leaks."
Wait, did it actually account properly for the fuel leaks? 8-) Just kidding haha
Anyway, seeing the fixit page on this, well... the ipad air and air notebook both looked like the battery was kind of a bag of, I guess, lithium ions that is squished into the unit and glued in place. I would expect a higher rate of damage (either during assembly or after) compared to a more conventional rigid battery case.
"Ok, fine, you've got to call the fire department in a retail shopping area, that's fair. But people ran away from an 'exploding' iPad? Lame."
Burning electronics put out nasty fumes. Plus if the store employees are busy dealing with this burning ipad, they can't attend to the customer or sell them stuff anyway. I mean, I wouldn't go to an Apple store to begin wtih but I'd leave pretty quickly if this happened.
It seems odd to me that if this system can only have a single front end... it's doing something else (scheduling or moving jobs maybe) that is not really the job of a front end. Hopefully it's not an indicator of further architectural faults.
I was going to insert a Microsoft bash, but *shrug*. It's true, it takes time to work out the bugs on complex systems. IBM mainframes are reliable as can be *now* (and probably the last 30-40 years), but they apparently also had crashes aplenty through the 1960s and 1970s.
I'm not seeing the problem...
I mean, this is a problem that some normal PC does not have much to program with out of the box. But, I've seen people who did miss out on all the 8-bit machines that will throw linux on, start using shell script, start using python, and start using other languages. There aren't many computer clubs, but with forums, web sites, IM etc., these meetups are simply not as vital as they were back in the day. I've still seen plenty of amazing programmers that are too young to have used 8-bit PCs, or the 16-bit Amiga or Atari ST etc. either.
I didn't know Microsoft's products supported GIT
I didn't know Microsoft's products supported GIT. Anyway, Visual Studio indeed does via some plugin or other. Eclipse of course does too.
Anyway, this is fine by me. I kind of agree with Thorne actually, it might be trial by fire compared to using a nicer API (if they are using Visual C or C# in VS, which seems likely.). But, *shrug*. Once you've learned to use one language it's much easier to learn other ones later, the techniques generally apply. (Well in general... I mean, C or .NET programming will not really prepare someone for the likes of LISP, but not much will.). I do all my programming for Linux and Android myself (C,Python, shell script). I've done some on Windows programming too; I found the API to be a real unholy mess in comparison but I got it to do what I needed.
I'm assuming there may have been a little sarcasm there? I mean, the NSA has been doing whatever they want. I'd assume Google analyzes their own logs well enough they (and so Schmidt) would have known if the NSA was actively trolling through their systems. But, I would have been more surprised to find out the NSA *wasn't* tapped into Google's lines to the wider internet, given their zeal for taps.
Video over Verizon Wireless? Blah. I have grandfathered unlimited data, but I think very few will pay like $5 or $10 a month, AND effectively pay $5 or so a show for the data itself (they charge $30 for just 2GB, and $10 a GB for overage... they have some higher data plans, but none get you below $10 a GB.)
The joys of Windows
Ahh the joys of Windows. Just an FYI, if I install a printer on my Ubuntu systems, IT STAYS INSTALLED! ("Installing" a printer only really being necessary for network printers -- if I plug in a USB one, it just shows up as a printer choice without my doing anything.) The only printer-related problem I've had, HPLIP (the add-on for some HP printers), the little tray utility loads (EVEN if I set it not to), then after about a minute it falsely decided it *hasn't* loaded and pops an error message complaining about it failing to load (however everything works, it even complains when ink is low.) Scanning? Check. Printing? Check. So long as a printer, scanner, or combo device works to begin with, *it just keeps working*.
Well, the drivers keep working at any rate -- obviously this doesn't help garbage inkjets quit jamming constantly, or printers in general run out of ink or toner at the least convenient time. 8-)
I thought he was probably mistaken.
This could be possible, targetting a specific type of USB stick and BIOS. General-purpose BIOS infection? I'm not going to say "impossible!" but I'm just not seeing it.
The ultrasonic transmission could be possible using the PC speaker (which, usually routes out through soundcard speaker on systems that don't actually have a PC speaker any more). But, what about the mic? Desktops usually don't have a mic at all (and I don't THINK the hardware supports reading the PC speaker bit to do input....), and for laptops you'd need sound device support -- would they just build some "AC97/Intel HD Codec" driver in and assume it'll work for most devices maybe? This seems very difficult at best.
So, a virus that does both? It just seems highly unlikely. I guess we'll find out in a few weeks! ;-)
"Working landlines are very different from mobile Obama phones. Try news stations instead of lunatic left echo chambers."
So-called news sources are not the place to get information on programs like this. Due to the US's broken political system (with two nearly-identical parties which people swear are polar opposites), the news coverage of political programs is poor at best. That said:
1) Calling subsidized mobile phones "Obama phones" is ridiculous, the universal service fund, subsidizing phone service for the poor, as well as for people too far out in the sticks for the phone co to provide service otherwise, has been around for DECADES. Obviously they were not handing out bag phones in the 1980s, it did not make technological or economic sense. But nevertheless the cell phone program is an extension of these same programs.
2) *CELL PHONES COST LESS THAN LANDLINES*!!!! If I want a BASIC landline from the CenturyLink, it's like $20-25 a month, with no long distance. The companies providing "free" cell phones are getting about $10 a month in subsidy. So, if they buy the higher minute plan, the person getting the phone service chips in $10 and the subsidy $10.
3) Employability. The people that speak against these phones, that say a landline is good enough (ignoring point 2), are usually also the same ones that want people off subsidies as fast as possible (i.e. back to work)... which is definitely a good goal. Well who is more employable? Someone who the potential employer dials up and it rings through to their cell? Or the other person with the landline, where it just rings and rings if they happen to be out looking for work, or buying groceries, or whatever (landline service does not include voicemail, and as a broke individual they probably won't have an answering machine!)
Back on topic -- I've read about startling changes in some of these countries from technology. A few have seen great economic growth, they effectively did not have banks out in the sticks, or any way to hold onto money (they'd probably be robbed eventually if they just had all this cash around), which made any kind of normal economy impossible. Now, it's done via phone banking, they can store their wealth, business all accept phone transfer, and there are places they can locally get some of that on-phone money turned into hard currency when they'd like. In places where there's some farming, better contact between producers and sellers so they can find out which markets are providing better pricing. Rural people are getting medical information they never had access to before.
That said, I do think it's naive to assume these people will be making widespread use of PCs and using these services similarly to how they are used in the US. Even Japan uses services radically differently than here. Google's plan seems a bit naive.
I think what Gates is doing is very important too. I just won't dismiss people who think they can bring about change via better communication either.
"Why would a company which sells mostly non-tangible products need a showroom?"
Some people do like to see some of example of the tangible assets (i.e the actual racks of machines). Plus it's a party boat.
"Actually making calls on a mobile from an aircraft is still banned"
Also it won't work. Once you are high enough, a GSM device will be unable to receive an intelligible signal due being in line of site of dozens or perhaps hundreds of cell sites. For CDMA (both Qualcomm CDMA and WCDMA 3G), the network typically will determine a device is interfering with excessive numbers of cell sites and boot the device off the network.
"Of course it won't work!
The Wright brothers took to the air in 1903, achieving what most people said was impossible. 65 years later the first Jumbo Jet flew.
The simple lesson from history is that engineers regularly achieve the impossible."
I don't think it's a matter of anyone thinking this is physically impossible. It's a matter of thinking the cost estimate is WAAAAAY out of whack. (Not the $1 million for a demo... but the full tunnels.) I mean (from skyscrapercity.com -- and this thread's from 2006 so not even counting the last 7 years of inflation!):
"Seattle Central Link Univeristy Extension
$1.7 billion / 3.15 miles = $540 million/mile"
"New York 2nd Avenue Subway
$16 billion / 8.1 miles = $1.975 billion/mile "
They do comment a lot of this cost is from land acquisition and also because NYC has very hard ground to bore thorugh.
"In Minneapolis, a 1.38 mile (7,300 ft) twin-tube tunnel (bored) was built recently for the Hiawatha LRT line. Earth-pressure-balanced methods was the type of boring used (not sure what that means). The cost was $110 million. So that's about $79.7 million a mile."
"In New Delhi (India), 65 km of metro/subway has been built so far at the cost of $2 bn.. $30 mn/km.
In Mumbai, metro construction is begining for a 146 km network by 2021 at estimated cost of $5 bn.. $34 mn/km. "
(This comes to $48 million a mile for New Delhi and about $55 million a mile for Mumbai).
I just can't see these guys making a maglev, vaccum-sealed tunnel while also cutting 75% of the cost of a conventional tunnel.
So.. what actual use cases does this have? I mean, I've been in buildings with thermostats, temperature sensors, steam heat converted to be computer controlled, all fed into HVAC controller.
Why would any of that need to go outside the network running to the HVAC controller? Even if I wanted to remote control say a home version of this, I'd still want the HVAC controller to be my single point of access, not every valve and sensor. For traffic management, the sensors and street lights can be as "smart" as the local roads department can afford to make it. Some towns clearly don't even try to synchronize lights or anything. But beyond that I think there are rapidly diminishing returns on investment except in very congested areas.
Why would this any of this need massive network upgrades? How much data would a sensor produce anyway?
Why does this need new IT skills. If someone can decide what they want a so called "internet of things" to actually do (like an actual use case where something does something useful....) then I'm quite sure it can be put together right now. But vaporware alone does not make a produceable product.
btrfs has an option for that
btrfs has options where it'll have an index like this, for supporting data duplication (triplication? 8-) ) and deduplication type stuff. I wanted to use it just for deduplication, but found the index's overhead is quite high. This type of tech is quite effective though to ensure data integrity.
Nobody should be wearing google glass while driving. If it's off, it's useless to be wearing it. And if it's on it's a distraction. It'd be interesting if glass had a speaker loud enough to use it in a speakerphone mode (i.e. it's sitting on the seat or whatever and you can give it voice commands.)
"Pretty obvious from that picture that the device isn't going to do what it's claimed to do. The minimum size would be like around the mini pcie wifi cards + some extra gubbins for processing + extra for dealing with the power."
Minimum size would be a single chip -- it's easy to put wifi and ARM onto a single die. The power circuitry to supply well under 1 watt is also small too (I doubt they put it on-die).
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