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There are only 3 countries in north america so coming last place is nothing to write about. Most Europeans consider mexico part of central america. If you are not of that opinion it is still 3rd of 4.
It is less than 1/3rd the size of australia. The ridiculous landmass you speak of is actually a product of the way we map the globe to a flat surface. If you look on google maps for example it appears as large as USA and canada combined. This is bullshit.
Anyway it is smallish. Roughly 12th in the world. Brazil and argentina both have its number. Anyway, I am sure they meant small in terms of population.
I thought soot was a cooling factor due to global dimming
Yeah a lot of research says the exact opposite of this. Check out global dimming. It was suggested that the droughts in north eastern africa were partially due to the european area suddenly changing the air pollution laws, stoppping clouds from being seeded and allowing more sunlight to reach the surface.
This was big news a way back when. Now we are told that it makes the earth warmer. Colour me unconvinced.
In depth review already available
They have its speeds and feeds, benches etc at toms hardware...
Actually a two speaker system can still be mono
Having 2 speakers does not a stereo make. The channels on stereo carry seperate audio information to allow the listener to hear the sounds coming from different places. A "3d" effect for the ears so to speak.
You can simply duplicate the mono information adn send it down two channels but that is not stereo sound. It is mono over two speakers.
I do not know if the device is mono or not but your assertion that two speakers == stereo is false.
Sick the lawyers on em
What we will have now is the plaintiffs sueing their own lawyers, with a whole new bunch of lawyers.
Thus the cycle continues.
There is a problem that is a corollary to fast charge...
It is the fast DISCHARGE of the battery. In the event of a short circuit they tend to explode rather than just catch fire. This coupled with normal protection mechanisms not working in those circumstances (too slow) can really put a downer on someones day (life).
But hey, a short circuit can't happen in a car crash.... oh wait.
Honestly some people
This is equivalent to a months salary in China. It was never reported to be performance related other than for the CEO hitting targets, for the average worker I think this is a very generous and kind gesture.
I honestly can't believe the negative responses of a lot of the commenters. Keep it up Yang! I think what you did was really nice. More wealthy people should behave like this. I am sure you will reap the benefits of an encouraged and happy workforce.
BOO HISS to the negatrons.....
I think the right answer to all of those things is...
Then explain how a search engine can go about analysing the question to come up with an accurate answer or set of answers.
For example whether it means "tuning forks" or "professional piano tuners".
It can index all the businesses it has in it's databases and come to a figure that is representative of what is known. i.e. number of listings that exactly match or 98% match with added keywords present. etc.etc.
Then your interviewer knows that you can make a search function that will meet customer expectations.
Nothing but net!
HIRE ME GOOGLE!!!!
Paypal might be screwed too
I wonder if they will increase listing fees to combat this?
It basically takes away all Paypals profits.
If it truly is a "bring anything" game having someone get heavy with FPGA's would be a treat.
I am interested in what hardware they are actually using. Anywhere we can go to see that?
Economy of Scale?
Hang on a minute??? Doesn't economy of scale come into it at all? It works like this you see. Making anything is limited by the resources allocated to it's production. As the whole world now actually knows, SSD's may cost more to make than spinning magneto-drives, but this is in large part to there being incumbents in the HD game with huge manufacuring facilities that have already paid for themselves and need minimal change to change to newer technologies (slowly).
And the fact that people have shown that they are willing to pay more for better storage? So driving cost to the ground isn't really the be all and end all of flash is it? Having more factories set up and taking ever increasing share of the spinning disk market is the future. The "areal density" or equivalent is already reaching parity with spinning discs (they still have room to play with for cramming more in if they go to a 3.5" form factor). It may cost more but people will still buy them and THAT is what is important to BUSINESSES.
You will find actually that the way they got so much grunt is by crippling the GPGPU compute parts for the 680 onwards.... They are gamer cards strictly and hobbled for compute.
And re: BenR ^^
These cards are also designed to allow actual gaming on tri-screen setups. It is not too much to ask for them to include triple monitor resolutions as I am certain they own 3 monitors.
Re: Kaspersky employee Aleks's blog on securelist is worth reading over
Your 2nd point is EXACTLY what my first thoughts were when the author plays down the infection rates.
If it is capable of erasing it's presence and has had at least 2 years, maybe 5 years to spread and gobble info, the fact that only 1000 concurrent infections have been verified means FA.
If the "insert large governmental institution of your choice" had 1000 people each tasked with slurping the useful stuff off a machine each day, then spreading and finding the most interesting one the next day lets do the math:
1000 * 5 (working days a week) * 48 (working weeks a year) * 5 (years) = 6 million possible machines infected at this work rate.
So that is in the same order of magnitude as conficker etc. Of course I have zero evidence to back this up, however Mr. Author, you also have zero evidence the impact was so small and benign.
And what is this about wiper? It strikes me that if you didn't want to bring in 1000 people on this you could easily have your corporate hacker team write a script to very much automate the infect, check pc for keywords/data types, spread, delete self routine and maybe hit every "connected" machine on earth in the same timescale. Maybe this script is also pretty smart and happens to go by the "Wiper" name?
CE is Self-Certified
CE marking does not absolutely require any agency outside of the manufacturer to test the items for compliance.
You can self certify, basically just writing a declaration of conformance.
It is if you are challenged that you need to produce evidence of compliance (in the form of test results etc.)
For example all the powerline networking kit that are blatantly NOT EMC compliant all have CE certification (from manufacturer). Look at how they have been made to stop selling taht kit after complaints..Oh wait.
It is a useless system that does nothing to protect consumers. It is just a theatrical show.
You imply that by sharing their revenue (that with the highest profit margin) they would have somehow have had more money? How did you work that out genius?
And if you can finish a title to satisfaction in a week or less then it is a problem with the GAME, not the sales channel. Most new games are crap compared to the old classics.
To be successful you have to have great gameplay, plenty content and a hook of some kind that keeps you going back for more.
I am of the opinion
Surely there would in fact be an improvment in IO. When spinning at similar RPM's the read head should pass 20x more data at any given location on the disk purely because the density is increased.
It happen with PMR, transfer rates went up significantly. I think that it wont scale exactly to match the increased density but there should be some improvement.
Aren't their refunds based on cost of package?
Haven't they just had a major outage (8 hours) recently? Don't they refund their customers based on a percentage of cost of the service?
So by lowering the cost of the service plan they can now be liable for a much lower cost for the failure to deliver the contracted uptime....
They can sell this to try to attract more into the cloudy fold too (P.T. Barnum states that they will actually do this quite successfully)
Travel in lots of very short pulses such that you never build up an amount that would produce very harmful emissions.
squirt squirt squirt, each time radiating most of the build up.
It may take a little longer, but if you can make it interstellar without frying your intended hosts that would be rather more polite...
don't forget that user base
A lot of the users might grow concerned about the pressure to increase profits/monetization when it goes public. I know I am.
I think it might lead to a general reduction of users if it is seen as needing to live up to a huge valuation. They will start pushing crap or selling more and more personal info.
I still don't know how they afford the running costs let alone pull in a profit. Is it purely through ads and games? I have never spent a penny on it and I don't plan to.
"pseudo sceptical debunkers"? What does that even mean?
A few things I would like to say.
@ Amanfromearth vs AC "peer review". - Neither of the links come from peer reviewed journals. The Purdue Uni paper is unpublished. Also it doesn't have any mathematics in it at all to back up anything that is written. The author makes bold statements without reference to the actual calculations used to predict temperatures where reaction could occur for example. The blogspot article has maths to back it up and relevant observations of misleading/misunderstood basic scientific principles from the inventor.
As per title, what the hell is a pseudo sceptic? somebody who doesn't believe, but really they do because they are faking their disbelief? And if they are a debunker that implies some form of historical success at debunking, meaning that they have already achieved their goal.
If anything it is the attitude and fanaticism of the supporters that make me think this is a hoax. When people bring emotions into physics you know that they are either clueless or fraudsters.
Google Permission VS. Marriage Vows
So let me get this straight... Some people think that because you click a tiny little box saying that you read the T&C's (which you didn't) that makes it ok for them to do what they want with your personal info....
But, standing in front of all of your collective friends and family and vowing to be faithful, trusting and sharing of your WHOLE LIFE, then signing a document to that effect, does not give the partner the right to look at personal info?
Wow...... They say the pen is mighter than the sword, now apparently the check box beats pen hands down.
Well, BT are legally required to connect a telephone line to any residence or premises in the UK. This is despite the lack of an economic case for doing so based on the usage that the line will have.
Undoubtedly this has proven beneficial in the long run, people in the countryside can phone the emergency services for example when they are required. During the war (WWII) I am sure that having telephone lines run throughout the nation saved a great number of british lives etc etc etc.
It is expected that people have sufficient access to communications technology in this day and age. You can't just leave out people because they live in rural surroundings. They after all are the people who FEED everyone. So I think the business case isn't really that relevant. The money is there to subsidise this rollout to an extent and if the terms being made by BT are blocking the utility and implementation then they should be pressured into making the terms more attractive. 'Nuff said.
RBS is also down
The Royal Bank of Scotland is also down at the moment with the same message. Natwest is now just a part of RBS so it makes sense that they are all down together.
Frustrating stuff, but as long as my money is still there after I am ok about it. just a few years ago we didn't even have ibanking etc. so whatever.
I am pretty sure that "radio jamming" actually throws out LOADS of frequencies and is not just targeted at one specific band. That would be a pretty inefficient way to disrupt "enemy" comms. as they can just change band, and hey presto!
I am not at all suprised that military grade jammers knock out damn near everything. This will be why it is dangerous.
The writer is presumably unaware of this.
Probably Leeching off of his user base
I bet he is trying to get as many people as possible out there to start infecting machines for the Seller themself to use.
Why bother doing the dirty work when you can make money by selling the kit and then backdoor into all of the machines infected by his buyers.
Well, gee, they just have to simulate gravity then huh?
I would have expected NASA to construct the manned section of the vessel as a toroid or cylinderand rotate the section such that the centripital force approximates 1g.
Is it just me or wasn't this approach WIDELY publicised in 2001: A Space Odyssey?
Quite a small sample size
The sample size is really very small, and it doesn't sound randomised either. It is easy to prove an outrageous conclusion in any study by carefully selecting your sample group.
But yeah, I would say that there really are too many people that have this sort of attitude. Around 50% is a figure I would debate, or at least scrutinise closely.
I do believe that they have Uranium Mines in Iran
Two anyway. Although about a quarter of the the worlds supply is refined in close by Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
Why is it that there is absolutely no concerns about them I wonder? Maybe the west can't admit that Iran has had pretty harsh treatment from us in the recent past.
I think we should not be ruled by fear. If we think about the realistic probabilities that even if Iran made some nukes, and then actually used them on civilians anywhere in the world, how likely is it that the retaliation in kind from everyone would simply make Iran a "once was" country.
Yeah, same goes for North Korea. If they nuke someone, expect the whole country to win a darwin award. I think that mostly the people there are intelligent enough to see that.
Anyone have any Ideas that don't include Genocide?
It seems to me that at least most people here are agreed that these people aren't really people, just mere scum to be flicked off of your boots.
Some great ideas:
Cancel benifits to those that choose to have children. So in other words kill the scums babies by starvation, a particularly cruel method.
Shoot them all (if only there was a way to distinguish them with 100% accuracy)
Make them get a job to repay the damage.... get a job or starve (but wouldn't repaying the damage mean that if they got a job they STILL wouldn't have money?)
Send them all to death camps! (worked out so well for Hitler and the Nazis)
I am starting to think it might just be easier to kill all the rich people to stop them complaining, there are after all a lot fewer of them and they tend to be so soft and fat and squidgy. Could maybe even temporarily put off the energy crisis. Fat Boy Biodiesel anyone?
From Wikipedia "french revolution"
Economic factors included hunger and malnutrition in the most destitute segments of the population, due to rising bread prices (from a normal 8 sous for a four-pound loaf to 12 sous by the end of 1789), after several years of poor grain harvests. Bad harvests (caused in part by extreme weather from El Niño along with volcanic activity at Laki and Grímsvötn), rising food prices, and an inadequate transportation system that hindered the shipment of bulk foods from rural areas to large population centers contributed greatly to the destabilization of French society in the years leading up to the Revolution.
Another cause was the state's effective bankruptcy due to the enormous cost of previous wars, particularly the financial strain caused by French participation in the American Revolutionary War. The national debt amounted to some 1,000–2,000 million livres. The social burdens caused by war included the huge war debt, made worse by the loss of France's colonial possessions in North America and the growing commercial dominance of Great Britain. France's inefficient and antiquated financial system was unable to manage the national debt, something which was both partially caused and exacerbated by the burden of an inadequate system of taxation. To obtain new money to head off default on the government's loans, the king called an Assembly of Notables in 1787.
Meanwhile, the royal court at Versailles was seen as being isolated from, and indifferent to, the hardships of the lower classes. While in theory King Louis XVI was an absolute monarch, in practice he was often indecisive and known to back down when faced with strong opposition. While he did reduce government expenditures, opponents in the parlements successfully thwarted his attempts at enacting much needed reforms. Those who were opposed to Louis' policies further undermined royal authority by distributing pamphlets (often reporting false or exaggerated information) that criticized the government and its officials, stirring up public opinion against the monarchy.
Does anyone here see some worrying similarities? Financial Crisis, Destitution, Bankruptcy from running expensive unpopular wars, Government indifference and isolation from the poor?
Settle down Jimbo
It amazes me how so much managed to pass you by.
It uses a 4g command and control system, and is AUTOMATED, as in the pilot issues instructions only, not direct control of the flaps/throttle etc.
It doesn't need to operate at 22,000 feet, that is the highest it can reach if you instruct it to go as high as possible, suspiciously few wifi nodes up that high.
It as previously mentioned doesn't crack the WPA "on the fly". I just captures enough info to crack it later.
The point is that it can just fly around (anywhere with 4G reception) collecting the data needed to crack LOT's of infrastructure controlled from anywhere that is internet connected. A truly sneaky and assuredly REAL development. Disbelieve at your peril. RTFM.
It would be very hard to disprove the hypothesis that the "wave front" isn't moving faster than light as has been mentioned that it may result in the effect hitting at exactly the same time as it moved itself very slightly backwards in time to sit exactly where it was before exceeding lightspeed.
"Consumers are holding onto their cash" LOLASAURUS
Or rather, the number of consumers is greatly decreased because they have no cash. The government is taking it all in taxes.
Income tax + NI= 33% (for most people) or %45 for those lucky enought to have a good job
Council Tax: ~ %10 for low wage earners
TV tax: + 140 quid a year, now payable even if you only have a computer and net access
Drinking and smoking: Variable rate but not less than 15%
Fuel: 42% of purchase price
Car Tax: couple of hundred quid minimum (for a proper car)
Anyway I think you can see where I am going with this. Westminster takes the vast majority of everybody's money and pisses it all over the place on idiot contracts with there friends, paying the heads of quangos (more nepotism).
My advice, Run for fucking office and hope to god you can convince the suckers that live here that you really do deserve to take over %80 of their earnings for very poor services in return.
Ummm, having read the paper
They have not given any sort of analyses about how much mass the filaments constitute as a total of how much mass we expect there to be in the universe.
It also appears that these filaments were already "known" to exist. So its not even like they discovered them.
So please can you show me the calculations that indicate that all the "missing mass" is accounted for by these findings?
Don't get me wrong, the paper is well written and obviously significant to be published in this prestigious journal, but this story is WAY to sensational for what the paper actually states. Is she a friend of yours perhaps?
Electronic care records allow better patient care
End of story. I am refering to the observations made in superfreakonomics that when doctors in ER didn't have access to a patients data in 1 place they spent 95% of their time managing information, i.e. finding test results, phoning other departments/GP practices etc. and only 5% of their time treating patients
When an IT system (now called amalgum) was installed they spent 40% of their time actually treating patients. The savings on costs and lives was massive.
So this project is expensive. I know I would like my doctor treating my ills in an emergency than on the phone checking if I am allergic to anything etc. (I am not, so just give me the F*cking DRUGS etc. etc.) Especially so when I am KO'd and about to die.
DAMN, voted too soon
I handily suggested both stranger in a strange land and snow crash on the original call to arms.
I missed that Snow crash was in there at first and now I think it probably would make a better movie.
EVERYONE VOTE SNOW CRASH, or at the very least read it.
I got a full pc for £100, not bad spec either
I picked up a dual core intel e2180, 2gigs ram, onboard gfx and sound, 160gig HD, (admittedly crappy) 400W PSU in a relatively nice case, for exactly 100 smackeroos. From gumtree.
Made a nice base platform to upgrade from for super cheap.
You can easy pick up an old p4 on ebay for less too. They still have work left in em (thinking home server/NAS/dedicated firewall etc.).
AC got to agree
I have to say "stranger in a strange land" has some SERIOUS potential to be made into a really inspirational and awesome movie.
I would also vote for Raymond Feists
The Magician, and subsequent riftwar saga
It's ALL about business
In my opinion the whole affair is just an excuse to go blow up the Libyans hardware so that when the new democratically elected gov. come in the y have to buy some nice shiny new hardware.
From their saviours of course.
" no cash???"
"Don't worry we take black gold. I knows your good for it."
How do you predict that again?
It seems to me that some of the commentards are saying a design is poor because it doesn't take into account a NEVER SEEN BEFORE WORLD RECORD MAGNITUDE FIRST OF ITS KIND event.
Gee, with all these planets floating about in space its only a matter of time before we collide with one, we must therefore design our buildings to withstand the destruction of earth....
Not to scare you peeps, but engineers only factor in PROBABLE events, not all possible ones.
And how many future deaths and cancers are being caused by the blazes around that gas storage facility? WHO CARES, thousands have already died instantaneously. Where is the criticism of the government for not building a 20 metre, no 60, no 5000 metre tall earthquake proof wall around the WHOLE OF JAPAN. cause you know, shoulda seen that coming (SARCASM, just to spell it out for the tardos)
what about peoples lives?
Is everyone hear really so blind to see that the already overworked doctors might need some potentially life-saving details contained on patient records REAL FAST to make use of them? Rather than plug 4 eternally rotated unique passwords into a keyboard just to be able to access that data.
This is a classic example where the IDIOT MANAGERS chasing "data loss" prevention targets, at the cost of PATIENT CARE. The IT dept of the NHS work hard and have good intentions however are pretty toothless themselves. How about a unified password? Maybe biometrics (fingerprints?) presents a clearer solution than old fashioned rotating extra strength fantastically unmemorable password system for access to the PC's, and a unique key file for the encryption of any removable media (this way only computers that have been given the key file can decrypt the data i.e. the doctors' PC's) meaning no more password.
How about using SOLUTION based thinking rather than throw a fit at someone who fails to operate under a flawed system.
Get over it, someone has hemorrhoids oh, and there neighbour found out! OUTRAGE.
I agree with the sentiment but...
I think you will find that holding a bachelors degree in at least medicine and engineering they do in fact allow you to begin practising as Doctors and Engineers.
I know this because my wife is a doctor, who incidently started after graduating with her bachelors (5 years) as a Junior House Officer, allowed to treat real patients in a real hospital. Not without supervision, however still a "real" doctor. Obviously training continues after initial qualification but even JHO's and the like can pull locum shifts or even get a job as a staff grade doctor in a specialty.
I have my BEng and had a job as a real engineer. Doing controls and instrumentation for gas turbines. Also incidently my course is accredited by the IET to become an "incorporated engineer" or chartered when completing work based further development. I am now doing a PhD in Microfluidics and biosensing (which I hope will qualify me as a boffin someday).
So other than that I wholeheartedly agree with the dread of having the reported subjects defined as classical scientists.
Probably a Deft Legal Manouver
By choosing different countries the law and ways of operating in court all have subtle differences. Obviously Nokia fighting near their home turf makes a lot of sense. They will have multi-lingual specialists and will surely know all the best IP attorneys and approaches for each country.
Also their offices are nearby, hence the costs incurred in bringing witnesses/inventors to trial etc. will be greatly reduced compared to apple.
All in all it just makes life a lot more difficult and expensive for apples legal team.
Sattelites? Building materials more like.
The G's pulled in reaching escape velocity would pertty much rule out a lot of manufactured goods. However sending raw materials into space for assembly after reaching orbit is a good shot. I'm talking rolls of sheet metal, girders/framework. PV panels, Screws and Fixings, etc.
It means that only sensitive materials would need the expensive launcher based mode of transport.
Eventually if we get enough machinery up there they could start pulling in NEO's for material and processing them up there. No more energy would be required to reach escape velocity, and space ventures might actually become an energy SOURCE rather than a SINK.
Heres to dreams...