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Re: Price fixing?
I think the problem is more like this:
I can manufacture a McGuffin for £19.93. My three main competitors can manufacture them for £19.94, £19.95 and £19.96.
My McGuffins are fitted to all new Ford cars. My competitors have cornered GM, Toyota and Peugeot/Citroen. And we're all broadly happy with the market share we've got.
So we all decide to charge £160.
Re: Not that easy to stop
But an attack of this sort wouldn't be aimed at the average user - hence all the talk of military, power stations etc in the article. It would be aimed at highly secured, air-gapped systems.
The administrators of those systems would have no trouble at all disabling the microphone/speakers, so I'm not sure why the obvious conclusion isn't just to remove them. Are they likely to be regularly used in these sorts of environments?
Re: HollyHopDrive, Just a geek etc
Moan moan moan, life's so hard in my comfortable first world country with free health care, education, social care, state pensions, security, policing, safety nets etc. I wish I was a bit richer (but still had all that free stuff).
Re: ..I don't need to apply..
The best job advert I have ever heard of, which undoubtedly trumps this article, was for Shackleton's expedition to the South Pole in the early 1900s:
"Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honour and recognition in case of success."
The story goes that he was inundated with thousands of responses, similar I suppose to the talk of one-way manned missions to Mars in recent days.
Maybe not even, I didn't read notice a mention of a touch-screen in the review.
Re: So in the UK
I was with you right up to your last paragraph, when you went off on a mind-bending feminist fantasy-spree.
Have you read the register much? It doesn't tend to be very kind to a lot of people. Many of them are men, too. Get over it.
Re: In which case
Why are you valuing your UK company in that nasty foreign currency?
Pounds are what we use here, sir.
Now that's dealt with, where can I send my money?
It was pretty high. Not much air up there to do the ripping apart.
Aerodynamic forces are proportional to density, and speed squared.
Air density at 16,000 m is about 0.1 that at sea level, so a speed of 790kph at 16,000m, all else equal, will produce similar forces to a speed around 250kph at sea level.
Still fast, but certainly not difficult to manage.
Re: Good to know. lol
It's pretty easy to get to those sorts of speeds in the upper atmosphere. You know that Red Bull fellow who jumped out of a balloon? 1,342 kph, and he wasn't particularly aerodynamic.
Re: Beware of these so-called "Expert Witnesses"
Uh, you do know this is a UK site, and we're talking about UK courts and UK expert witnesses here, right?
Other than that, nice rant. It could have done with a few more random capitals, but it's a good start.
Lars, I accept the horrendous situation that many in India live in - it sounds like you've got a decent amount of experience working in that sort of environment, and I deeply respect that. I've worked a year or so in some similar places, and I know the effects of poverty. I'll put the rhetoric aside and explain why I disagree.
There are two things to consider here. Firstly, a country is lifted above the poverty line not by aid (which can reduce short-term disaster situations) but by an improved economy. Granted, aid can help stimulate and repair an economy to the point where it is functioning, but domestic industry, education, learning, infrastructure and opportunities for people to excel are vital for a country to improve as a whole. Advanced science projects like this do a massive amount to improve the economy. They give Indian scientists a reason to stay in the country, they stimulate local high-tech industries, they improve aspiration of Indian students.
The second is the straw-man argument that a country can only do one thing, or another. It's possible to do both. India is already spending many times as much on sanitation, infrastructure and other projects to directly improve the lives of the very poorest. Can they can continue working on these things, which cost many billions of pounds, while also stimulating the economy (remember, all that money stayed in India - it wasn't burned, or spent on US missiles) and making genuinely amazing achievements? Yes.
This thing cost about half as much as one jet fighter, or about 20% of a brand new A380. Really, saying they can't afford that is like telling someone on income support in the UK that their children can't have an ice-cream once in a while. It's just not relevant.
Please don't interpret this as unsympathetic to the poor. I just think condemning this frankly incredible achievement is akin to telling a child off for painting a masterpiece, because they've still got Maths homework to do for next month. There's time and space for both.
Re: LG - Lame Goods
...also, please cancel my subscription etc.
Disgruntled, Milton Keynes.
Can we please give this tired pseudo-racist straw-man argument a rest, and congratulate them on progress?
Realistically, there are poor people everywhere, and £45M is spare change in a country that big. In fact, it's around 4 1/2 pence per person.
Should America sort out its poor before sending technology space-wards? What about Russia? China?
Should the UK have sorted out all it's poor before extending outwards? Surely exploring the Americas was a complete waste of money when there were peasants starving in the fields, right?
Should the Victorians have sorted out the poor before investing in the industrial revolution?
Did you fill your petrol tank this morning, while there are 10,000 dead people yet to be burried in the Philippines? How uncaring are you?
Re: Careful what you wish for.
It's a trick though. If you're a major industry-backed "artist," you get to sample, re-use and re-mix existing ideas, songs, visuals etc to create something new. If any regular member of the public tries the same, they are infringing copyright. Make a nice video and set a well known song as a sound track? Or even record a section of it while a song is playing in the background? Blocked.
Since such a large part of creation is about re-use, and since the various Asses of America have pretty much done their best to ban that to their non-members, what they're really interested in encouraging people to be is consumers, not creators.
*Edit: Woohoo, editable comments!
I've never heard of this - hilarious. Extract from Wikipedia:
"Freemen believe ... a court is a place of business, and a summons is an invitation to discuss the matter at hand, with no powers to require attendance or compliance."
Also, "this procedure has never been used successfully."
Anyone care to enlighten me as to how a flood of emails add up to that much damage? I mean, that's some fairly hefty pocket change for what, a few minutes pressing delete one morning? A mild nuisance?
Or is this one of those silly-bugger accountant sums from never-never land where you say 35,000 employees (citation needed) each had to spend (citation needed) an 30 minutes (citation needed), at an average cost to the company of $35/hour (citation needed)...
This is like arguing that Lee Rigby had it easy, as there's kids in Somalia who don't have enough to eat.
In other words, bullshit.
Re: Responsible behaviour
What are you smoking?
No, it's not fine to kill someone. And no, it's not fine to post videos of someone else killing someone.
See how that works? Independent actions, both wrong.
Re: Shock, horror, gasp etc
It's a list billed as "shouldn't involve breaking too many eggs," and the number one item is a £265 mouse.
I'm not sure what eggs the author is worried about, whether my own or those of the purchasing department, but either way that strikes me as a whole lot of eggs.
Re: is this the same Facebook
That and breastfeeding pictures. Can't see boobies being put to use in that depraved, warped way. Might corrupt the young'uns innocent minds.
Killing though? Yeah, that's cool.
Wait a minute, so in response to a massive public outcry, reaching as far up as the PM, against beheading videos, FB responded by removing ONE such video?
That was the point, over there. I think you missed it.
Re: Not really
@ AC 06:59 - you do know there's countries other than your own, right? And that some people in those countries not only speak, but also type, in languages other than your own? Are you one of those 70% of Americans who doesn't own a passport by any chance?
Oh right, you're joking. Right? Good.
This doesn't diffuse the phishing potential pointed out above, but "my keyboard can't do it" isn't a valid argument.
"Ad lobby group, IAB Europe, bemoaned the committee's amendments"
Sounds like the amendments are a step in the right direction, then.
This needs a name.
May I humbly suggest the "Main Interface between LOHAN and Expedition Yobs"?
Re: Agree with Germans on this one...
Not quite sure what you're getting at here, maybe there's a subtlety in the German that I don't understand, but you are aware, presumably, of the history of the cross?
Re: Full 17bn Please
Couple of comments:
1. That's a legal maximum, the actual fine levied would likely be nowhere near that level
2. The aim of the commission, and the various laws around it, is to make the market work smoothly. The fine is a final end-game punishment, but won't make the market work any better. If, under threat of a fine, they can make things better for everyone (companies and consumers), then that is a better outcome.
3. "Flog 'em" brigade please go this way => dailymail.co.uk
60M people, 2 per house, gives approx 30M households paying TV licences.
5M production value, split between 30M households, cost to each licence payer is 17p.
I think I can spot why you're being downvoted.
Thanks for the clarification, I'd forgotten how long Assange was in the embassy before he was granted asylum. All makes for very interesting reading, but with very sad and depressing sub-tones.
I'd wondered about extending the embassy too - presumably wouldn't be that hard to do, they could always move the real functions of the embassy into the new pad and leave Assange in a part of the old, if that proved easier for them. I've also wondered what scenarios would lead to him eventually leaving - fire? Medical emergency? Lack of funds? Shear boredom? I can't see that last one coming off.
I believe it wasn't their government that got them into it, but the local ambassador, who granted asylum without checking with the higher-ups. While this was within his rights (and hence has to be honoured), if I remember the story right he was later given a dressing-down, and replaced by a new-comer. Who now has to cope with the celebrity hitch-hiker.
Re: @ James Micallef
That might be true, but the literate technology users are the trend setters - they help other people set up machines, they work in IT departments, and they write reviews.
Granted there's enough apathy to go around, but it's not the only force - witness the collapse of IE's market share to Firefox and Chrome in the last 5 or 6 years. It takes some time for the market to move, but decisions like this will do nothing to boost Microsoft's dwindling influence on the internet.
How much did Samsung pay for this?
Fragmenting a market in which the unique selling point is the ability of apps to run on devices from pretty much any manufacturer seems divisive at best - I wonder how much Samsung had to pay Twitter to do this? Is there any plausible technical reason that a particular Android app should not run on any device that meets the required specs (in particular screen size)?
Re: What goes around - comes around!
I think you missed an "A" somewhere...
Re: All theatre!
Bandwidth, hardware maintenance, security, software upgrades, threat analysis, attack mitigation, wages of the team that do all this, server electricity...
If you really think running websites of the size and complexity of the US government's (including NASA) is in any way "free," what are you doing reading a tech website?
Re: To all commentards:
So do you, or do you not, approve of the patenting of a building? Because to me, and pretty much any right-thinking person (including most commenters here) it seems ludicrous.
Patent a method of joining glass panels, fine. Patent a method of manufacture of curved glass panels, fine. Patent a method of erecting the panels on site, fine.
Copyright the overall look of the building, fine.
You can't copyright a widget, and you shouldn't be able to patent an architectural design or work of art. But clearly someone has made a judgement call that patents are more valuable than copyright, and they're firing off every single thing they've done to see what sticks.
Although it would be nice to think we're not already trackable, this tech will be no different to the mobile phone you, and about 99% of the population, carry pretty much all the time. So actually I doubt many people will disable it at all.
The stated main benefit is automatic emergency services notification in the event of a crash, but I can see it also being a first step to live traffic data, congestion and toll charging, and vehicle usage stats in the first year or two, and probably automated control through communicating with surrounding cars, road-side navigation devices and other live systems within 10 years, and probably fully automated cars in common use in maybe 20 years. All of which need high levels of connectivity to even think of functioning.
Re: Thought Experiments
Subtly different meaning.
"Thinking about their use" would mean how they are to be used, which direction they should be fired, etc.
"Thinking about their use case" means thinking about the events and decisions which would lead to them being used - the case of their usage.
It's the difference between thinking about driving my car (the first one), and thinking about getting into my car (the second one). In the event of nuclear war, only the second one really matters. Once the case had been made for the weapons' use, all would have been guaranteed to break lose on humanity.
Re: Apple copying Google again
As far as I can see, this is handled by Google Play, not the OS. So to re-phrase your question, what percentage of the Android phone base doesn't have Play installed?
How the hell
can anyone seriously think a single website, with some adverts and a few servers, can be worth more than the GDP of hundreds of countries?
Seriously, this values facebook at around the GDP of the Hungary, Bangladesh or Angola. Or half the GDP of Hong Kong or Finland. For one single advertising-based website.
How can any fully grown person look at that and not think it's an epic bubble?
Well buried, but in the second last paragraph, it states "...the same day as the £300 10HD arrives."
What a coincidence - I just read that article too!
Re: Eye contact
My thought exactly - the position of the head isn't the problem, it's the distribution of whites around the eyes that you use, subconsciously, to determine if someone's looking at you.
It's why a face in a painting or photo like the Mona Lisa can follow you around the room with its eyes, no matter how far to the side of the picture you are. The aspect of the face is irrelevant. If the model looked at the camera (or painter), the picture will look at you. If not, it won't.
Smartphones - they are actually already pretty mainstream, you probably know several people with one of them. I've got one on my desk.
Anyway, the newest ones already have this technology, as discussed, for example on theregister:
Re: Usefulness of the results?
There are times it might work.
For example, there's a site I visit from time to time, called theregister, where I have to click multiple times in identical locations in order to up-vote or down-vote a comment.
I'm sure a very brief analysis of site usage patterns would reveal the flaw in that design, and help them to get it sorted into a more user-friendly design.
Re: People with a lot of money don't need a 55' window on the world.
55' telly? Now that I would like to see.
Re: This rock will be the next Space Station...
What on earth are you blethering on about?
I thought most conspiracy theorists held that the moon landing never happened. Surely then, the sort of person who talks about "They", "Deepspace 'station'" and "'clean' space" would never believe any of this is possible anyway?
Re: Try This
That would help with the sensor example, but not the lock in this article. The security flaw here is that the lock was re-paired to a new controller, which then told it to open. The authentication was done correctly, and the door opened as commanded - only it was told to do so by the intruder's controller, not the house's correct one.
Re: But you need two of them to get that accuracy
For a very many uses (most I can think of), relative position is fine. Eliminating drift is the key to more accurate usage. My drone doesn't care exactly what altitude my back garden is, so long as it's the same as when it took off 20 minutes ago. My tractor doesn't need to know precisely where that oak tree is, so long as it doesn't suddenly jump 3m to the left. Even for land surveys, they're normally done with reference to a landmark (corner of a plot, known location of another building, etc) so they would be pretty much fine with this too - that's how they already work with DGPS.
I suppose there may be some situations where absolute location is important, for example lane guidance in sat-nav units, but for them the existing accuracy seems fine already.
Re: So, another security scare that never was?
"...another security scare that never was?"
As the article notes in the last paragraph, it's more likely that this was a serious flaw, as he said, but that's it's been fixed, as he said.
Sorry to be all cynical about your cynicism, but maybe, just maybe, the expert guy knows what he's talking about?