454 posts • joined 8 Jul 2009
I saw 'Pono', I read it as 'Porno'. Long live the PornoPlayer.
Paris, because I bet she likes a good bit of Pono.
The Hanson official fan site?
Winkletossers, in fact.
"12th most active contributor to the Bitcoin protocol"
Wouldn't it be ironic if the security flaw that lead to this theft were traced back directly to his code...
Well, if you valued those family jewels at £100,000, hopefully that is what you would have insured them for. Similarly banks have insurance policies covering customer's assets and holdings.
How much insurance does MTGOX, or any other bitcoin exchange, or any bitcoin holder possess as of today? I bet the answer is close to zero. Why? Because as of right now, regardless of what people are willing to pay for them, bitcoin's perceived value in the real world is close to zero.
Try getting an insurance company to insure your bitcoins against theft. I'd love to be proven wrong, but I suspect you'll be told it's not possible because they're not worth anything. Or if you do get an insurance policy, it'll be a fraction of what their perceived value currently is.
I bet most of the bitcoins stolen were purchased or mined for a fraction of their value today. So handing out a few fivers is probably far closer to the actual loss anyone incurred.
Right Just After?
"Apple beats off troll"
Oh the horrible images that brings to mind.
I think you'll find all "private" transport companies throughout the world operate services that are somehow subsidised by local councils - I know for a fact that they are in the UK. If bus and train companies only ran the services they wanted to run (I.E., those that are profitable) half of the bus and train routes in a lot of cities simply wouldn't exist - and, surprise surprise, a lot of bus and train services actually have disappeared in the UK since privatisation.
One of the roles that government is supposed to fulfil is providing services to the general population. Public transport is (or increasingly used to be) one of those services.
Governments throughout the world are also actively trying to get more people using public transport to reduce congestion on the roads in and around cities. Tallinn is the only example I know of where there is an incentive to actually do so. The UK is one of the worst examples where the government wants fewer cars in the cities, but then continues to allow the transport companies to rip off commuters by allowing them to double or even triple prices during the rush hour. (Ironically, the very word 'commuter' comes from the US where ticket prices for those living in suburbs was reduced (or commuted) to make living out of while working in the city affordable.)
Or does every resident have to pay for it (whether they use it or not) through taxes?
Of course it's paid for through taxes. Everything provided by government is. Whether they use it or not though, every resident receives the benefit of cleaner air and less noise.
The rest of the world would do well to take a look at Tallinn's stance on public transport: If you're a registered resident of Tallinn, all public transport within the city is free.
Re: Balancing Imbalance
But no worries, mate.
No, but there is still something more real about being able to rummage around behind the sofa and pull out some lost notes than finding an old USB stick and then installing some old software that can still read the files to see how much coinage you have on it.
My (admittedly limited) understanding is this is what the bitcoin exchanges offer: a way to buy and sell bitcoins for real money.
Am I the only person to think these evaluations and amounts of money are absurd?
Re: Bad science
If it acts like a diode and emits light... ;)
But in answer to your question, the abstract from their paper states:
The electroluminescence of a polythiophene wire suspended between a metallic surface and the tip of a scanning tunneling microscope is reported. Under positive sample voltage, the spectral and voltage dependencies of the emitted light are consistent with the fluorescence of the wire junction mediated by localized plasmons. This emission is strongly attenuated for the opposite polarity. Both emission mechanism and polarity dependence are similar to what occurs in organic light emitting diodes (OLED) but at the level of a single molecular wire.
Branch prediction has been in ARM chips since forever (late 1980s or at least early 1990s). Prior art. Patent should never have been granted.
The ARM8 architecture was the first ARM design to feature static branch prediction. It was announced in a press release in November 1995 (with availability planned for summer 1996). Designs prior to that relied on conditional execution to reduce the number of branches required in the average program.
Re: And what have we learned Microsoft?
I prefer the default combine behaviour of XP too - the way it creates multiple taskbar icons for multiple instances of a program and then combines them when the task bar is full.
Properties > Task Bar Buttons > Combine When Full
I also think it's neater to be able to click the quick launch icon multiple times to spawn additional instances of a program, rather than right-clicking the tile in Windows 7 and then selecting the program.
Middle-click the icon to launch a new instance.
I prefer the XP 'All Programs' menu, which allows you to see, well, all your programs, rather than having to scroll up and down through a fixed-size list (with scroll bars that often cut off folder titles and looks a bit messy).
I sort of agree here. But... the 7 start menu is much faster to navigate because it always has focus, so you can scroll with the mouse wheel straight away. Also, the number of times I actually need the All Programs menu is maybe once a month. If you're a keyboard jockey, hitting the Windows key and starting to type the name of the application you're looking for will more often than not have it located and at the top of the search results much faster than navigating a huge menu.
The familiar icon to open Windows Explorer now takes you directly to your 'Libraries' folder. To change that you have to make a custom shortcut that is FAR from intuitive to do. Likewise when you save a file, the default location is always the Libraries folder.
To be honest, I've never noticed this at all. No version of Windows has ever opened Windows Explorer where I want it to be. Windows Key + E takes you to Computer instead Libraries.
Likewise when you save a file, the default location is always the Libraries folder.
Again, I've never noticed. My experience is that Windows remembers the last folder for all applications that don't override it themselves.
And the control panel view. Ignoring the renaming and re-organising of some options (some do make a bit more sense), why can we only view by 'Category', 'Large icons' or 'Small icons'? I, personally, can process the control panel icons better as an alphabetically-sorted vertical list but MS have decided that I should no longer have that option. Why remove the list & details view?
I do not like the categories of the control panel, but my control panel is a sorted menu connected to the start menu, so I never really have to deal with it. (Option in the Start Menu properties.)
And what about the shared folder icon?
My shares have icons. It's just different to the XP icon.
While you have some valid concerns, on the whole I think Windows 7 is a much better experience than Windows XP. And the vast majority of every day tasks for the majority of users is much more efficient. You couldn't pay me all the money in the world to go back to Windows XP.
...given what we know about iOS not registering key up events which is bad news for games.
I fail to see how that's a problem. Any application on any multi-touch device has to keep track of the touches for its own purposes. If, after processing all the touches, you find that one has disappeared, you just handle it as a touch-up (ooh err, missus) and delete it from your list.
That's what I do, anyway.
Re: So does this ban smart-watches?
Presumably the ban will only apply to wearable computers that obstruct your vision, reduce your hearing, impede your movement, or reduce your ability to shout obscenities at other drivers.
So computers stuffed up your nose will also be okay. :)
"The verdict of the court is negative for the development of the legal online market because it needs protection against illegal competition,"
Legalities aside, usually when you find yourself losing out to an alternative supplier, you improve your products so they are more appealing to the consumer.
Re: At last!
All that talk about patients led me to conclude he's probably a doctor.
...is there any reason I shouldn't recommend he get one?
No. If you can live with the size and weight (a bit too large and heavy for my liking), they're great phones, and that camera is just outstanding.
This will make the NSA's job much easier. Instead of having to break the encryption for all email messages, they can now just ask their "ex-colleagues" for the key.
Re: You can fix that bug...
Chinese people find the use of chinese characters in tattoos by Caucasians quite puzzling.
So do most Caucasians.
"because the checkbox isn't checked"
The checkbox isn't checked, but the Apply button is active, so presumably the checkbox was unchecked between the dialog being opened, and the screenshot being taken.
Re: Outrageous @Lost all faith...
If King's game had been called "Candy", I would be less infuriated, but it's not. It's called "Candy Crush Saga". There are hundreds of pre-existing games in the App Store, many of which were around long before CCS was released, that are now potentially under threat from King due to this overly generic trademark.
Firstly such a generic term should never have been granted as a trademark in the first place.
Secondly this statement: "We don't enforce against all uses of CANDY - some are legitimate and of course, we would not ask App developers who use the term legitimately to stop doing so." is pure bullshit. If you don't actively pursue all infringers of a trademark you stand to lose it.
They [King] have also been granted a trademark for "Saga", and are currently trying to prevent the developers of The Banner Saga from trademarking "Banner Saga".
Personally I think someone should trademark "Crush" and sue King to smithereens.
Re: Many dimensions
I am ashamed to admit I laughed at that. Damn you.
Paris, because she has no shame.
Re: You mean ex-girlfriend?
Well played, sir. Well played.
Re: What were they thinking?
...with that crappy keyboard...
To be honest, I'm quite impressed with the keyboard. The weakest part of it is the lack of real buttons on the track pad - something of a design flaw given that the keys on the actual keyboard are real.
Re: What were they thinking?
I bought my girlfriend a Surface Pro 2 with a Type Cover 2 keyboard/cover combination for Christmas. It replaced her slow, old, heavy (about 1.5kg) Eeepc that she used for working on the train in the mornings. I looked at all of the Ultrabooks currently on the market and they were all either too large or too heavy (she was always complaining about the extra weight in her bag).
The Surface was pretty much the only sub-1kg Windows machine I could find - real Windows 8.1, not RT. With the keyboard built into the cover, it's as good as a laptop, and she loves it.
The interesting thing I've noticed though is when working on it she does actually use the touch screen quite a lot. It's a lot more convenient to scroll through an email by dragging it instead of using the cursor keys or clicking/dragging the scrollbar with the track pad (which, let's be honest, always have been a pain to use anyway)., and she will usually just tap on dialog buttons, etc instead of dragging the mouse cursor over.
Obviously I can't see myself sitting pointing at the screen on my desk, but then mice are much more convenient than any alternative found on a laptop.
Re: Rolling of eyes
Grandma come to teach mind, and suck eggs?
I understand your problem but, the problem was Google indexing your work or a blogger pirating your work?
My guess is someone ripped his photo off (probably from Google image search), and then he realised, ironically enough, it by Googling it himself.
I think the general rule is and has always been: If you don't want it copied/stolen/abused, don't put it online.
Re: Is Windows trying to copy the StarTrek convention...
Windows 2000 was version 5, whereas Windows XP was actually version 5.1. Windows Vista is version 6.0, while Windows 7 is version 6.1, and Windows 8 is actually only version 6.2. Confused? You will be...
Re: I have looked
How many compiler errors does closed source software produced when it is compiled?
If I work on it, zero. One of the first things I do when I start working for a new company is to enforce warnings-as-errors, whack the warning level up to maximum (and disable the few genuinely useless ones), and then fix the errors. I also regularly run static code analysis tools (such as CppCheck) on any codebase I work on.
99.99% of warnings are errors that don't prevent the compiler from producing *something*. If your code produces compiler warnings, then you're not doing your job properly.
Re: Piracy or not
A fully distributed DNS system is an idea I was pondering a little while ago.
I freely admit I didn't get much further than 'what if...?'. But in my mind it sounded (at the time) like an idea worth pursuing.
Re: Bounding over the highest buildings
That was not an easy read before seven in the morning on the first working day after New Years.
I can only hope you're not in the same time zone as me. Being able to think coherently let alone convey those thoughts into intelligible sentences this early in the year is seriously impressive. Have another thumbs up. :)
It was brought out of "hibernation". I.e., the CIA doesn't need it anymore.
Ineffectually slipping through the odd boob
So it's not entirely unlike voting and democracy in general then.
Re: Wont be found here...
Yeah, really. Why are the supposed URLs to the DVLUP site doubleclick.net URLs? I won't be going there in a hurry either.
No, "superscalar" refers to the perceived parallelisation given to the execution pipeline of a single core processor through beginning execution of the next instruction before the last has finished. A "super scaler" makes things (in this case sprites) bigger or smaller.
Re: RE: I just did a test with a "Hello, World" executable, and it was 5K in size
Back in the days of Visual Studio '97, I tried to see how small I could get an executable. My target execuable needed to create a window, initialise a fullscreen DirectX (DirectDraw back then) application, and sit clearing the screen to a random colour until the user hit escape, at which point it was to clean up and exit. The code had to be standard C or C++, and compile with Visual Studio.
If I remember correctly, the smallest I could get it was 729 bytes, and 512 bytes of that was the PE header. Visual Studio 6 added another kilobyte of header, and sizes have just ballooned since then. I wouldn't dare try and do the same these days.
Yeah, it's so annoying we need to resort to using libraries like Dos/4G just to fit our executables in memory these days.
Sorry, but I just don't believe you.
You show me a jam sandwich combined with a nice cup of java that survives long enough to display nightmares of the security kind.
Re: balaclava, shotgun and a crowbar
Actually, even without the shotgun, you could still get done for carrying a weapon (the crowbar, we're not talking about weapons against fashion) around with you.
Many years ago, a guy I worked with got stopped speeding to the office where we worked. It was 2 in the morning, and the security systems had been tripped - he was the emergency contact. Just in case it was a real problem, he had a baseball bat with him on the front seat. The policeman who pulled him over suggested in future he arm himself with an over sized maglite because "we can't do you for carry one of those around".
Re: Self driving cars
I'd prefer that before they open the floodgates to this that they make sure the cars can do at least as good a job of driving as an average human
I'd prefer they wait until the cars can do a much better job at driving than the average human. Most humans I encounter on the road can't drive for shit.
It is? Someone clearly forgot to tell me that when I was a kid.
If you can't roast a stuffed turkey that turns out nicely cooked, deliciously tender and succulent, and doesn't make you sick, then maybe cooking isn't for you.
Re: Why Windows is doomed.
My windows 7 box boots in about 12 seconds.
I wonder what your definition of "boots" is?
I don't know what his definition is, but I can tell you mine.
From the second I press the power button on the front of the case, to the time I can enter my password is about 14 seconds for my Windows 7 machine. It's a fairly new machine (about a year old), but not top of the range by today's standards by any means.
The Windows Experience Index gives it the following scores:
Gaming Graphics 6.8
Hard Disk 7.9