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Re: AC @ 21:25
Look it up again. Now it's got three times the effective range!
Looking near me (small US city, circa 150,000 people), traffic.com shows no slowdowns. Google lists several small areas where local roads do typically get congested as yellow or red.
Article is confused
I've no idea what the article means by only Sprint supporting Google Wallet. Isn't that like saying only Vodafone support your HBSC App? My Nexus 4 is on t-mobile and Google Wallet runs fine. It has nothing to do with the operator.
That said, I noticed AmEx promoting Pay With ISIS which seems to be a Google Wallet NFC competitor. Their app does, bizarrely, demand operator support. So if you switch to an MVNO you will likely lose your ability to use the app. Thankfully not the case with Google Wallet.
Then the article suggests it's hard to find places you can use NFC to pay. Most our local supermarkets have pay by bonk terminals. I'm not sure where the author lives, but I've no problem finding places I can use it.
In fact, the only reason I haven't moved to it as my primary way to pay, is because I don't get cash back on transactions from my credit card that I do get if I use my card directly.
If they didn't interact with it, why would their picture be used? I thought the idea was that if you +1 Coca Cola, your friend might see a Coca Cola ad with your picture next to it, saying they had +1'd it.
I don't think they're planning to place random pictures beside random adverts. There wouldn't be any real benefit to the advertiser and lots of problems when a prominent PETA activist finds their photo used in an advert for the National Beef Association.
Since when were the original spectrum shares handed out for nothing? Both Vodafone and Cellnet had coverage obligations they were expected to meet in return for the spectrum
Had the government stuck to that mode of allocation, the heyday bidding on 3G would have been replaced with operators competing to provide 100% nationwide 3G coverage - certainly the bidding amounts on top of the actual 3G investment would probably have enabled it. Then today we'd be sitting on one of the best networks on the planet.
Instead the money has long since been squandered and Britania has lost its Cool.
"The restrictions imposed on PHP by Google seem minor in the way they are presented. But they mean you can't run WordPress or Joomla or Drupal or pretty much any other major PHP framework."
Any basis for saying this? There's a prominent link on the Google App Engine page, under PHP, called "Running WordPress in App Engine". Here's the link https://developers.google.com/appengine/articles/wordpress
Likewise, I have no idea why it took 2 days to restore. However, taking a 'less said' approach is foolish. This was getting a lot of publicity - I think you can safely say there would be a lot of folk from whatever software and hardware companies that were involved were working on this.
Personally, I'll never say this couldn't happen to me. Crikey, even Google had to resort to restoring lost gmail messages from tape a while ago. The unexpected can happen to anyone.
I'll look forward to seeing the postmortem and finding out what went wrong. Perhaps someone made a stupid mistake. Perhaps, there will be a lesson or a warning for us all.
An extra 8GB of flash would surely cost well under $10. I'm struggling to see how keeping it to 8GB is essential for them to price competitively enough for the Chinese market.
On the other hand, it may be sufficient to encourage product replacement in a year or two buy those who foolishly buy such a low specced tablet. That, to me at least, seems much more plausible.
Re: Security flaw in all online banking too
My online banking demands I reenter my password before any attempt to move money. As it should be.
My computer lets me change its password, but demands the old password first. As it should be.
The only issue I can think of with demanding a password to perform a reset on the phone is that if someone has forgotten their password while the phone is stolen, it might, at present, be difficult to have a secure way to reset the password, other than relying upon an email. And whoever has access the the web page already has access to the owner's gmail.
The solution to that would be the usual security questions, 'what color of hair does your third cousin twice removed have?' and things like that.
Re: ql Nothing magical about next year
Oil companies are all leaving?
You realise that the industry body Oil & Gas UK project 13.5 billion in North Sea oil investment in 2013, an all-time record?
They also predict oil extraction to continue until at least 2050.
Doesn't sound like folk are bringing down the shutters quite yet.
Re: They don't want independance
Why downvote? Perhaps because he used figures that are almost a decade old, when much more recent ones are available:
Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland 2011-12
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) is a National Statistics publication. It estimates the contribution of revenue raised in Scotland toward the goods and services provided for the benefit of Scotland. The estimates in this publication are consistent with the UK Public Sector Finances published in February 2013.
The aim of GERS is to enhance public understanding of fiscal issues in Scotland. It estimates the contribution of revenue raised in Scotland towards the goods and services provided for the benefit of Scotland. The estimates in this publication are consistent with the UK Public Sector Finance Statistics for January 2013, published in February 2013.
The key results for 2011-12 are as follows:
In 2011-12, total Scottish non-North Sea public sector revenue was estimated at £46.3 billion, (8.2% of total UK non-North Sea revenue). Including a per capita share of North Sea revenue, total Scottish public sector revenue was estimated at £47.2 billion (8.2% of UK total public sector revenue). When an illustrative geographical share of North Sea revenue is included, total Scottish public sector revenue was estimated at £56.9 billion (9.9% of UK total public sector revenue).
In 2011-12, total public sector expenditure for the benefit of Scotland by the UK Government, Scottish Government and all other parts of the public sector, plus a per capita share of UK debt interest payments, was £64.5 billion. This is equivalent to 9.3% of total UK public sector expenditure.
In 2011-12, the estimated current budget balance for the public sector in Scotland was a deficit of £14.0 billion (11.2% of GDP) excluding North Sea revenue, a deficit of £13.0 billion (10.2% of GDP) including a per capita share of North Sea revenue or a deficit of £3.4 billion (2.3% of GDP) including an illustrative geographical share of North Sea revenue.
In 2011-12, the UK as a whole ran a current budget deficit, including 100 per cent of North Sea revenue, of £92.3 billion (6.0% of GDP).
In 2011-12, Scotland’s estimated net fiscal balance was a deficit of £18.2 billion (14.6% of GDP) when excluding North Sea revenue, a deficit of £17.2 billion (13.5% of GDP) when including a per capita share of North Sea revenue or a deficit of £7.6 billion (5.0% of GDP) when a geographical share of North Sea revenue is included.
In 2011-12, the equivalent UK position including 100 per cent of North Sea revenue, referred to in the UK Public Sector Accounts as ‘net borrowing’, was a deficit of £121.0 billion (or 7.9% of GDP).
Re: Reality sinks in perhaps?
You say Linux still can't rach 1 million IOPS in a single VM.
I spend less than thirty seconds with The Google
The first hit is an IBM research paper detailing Red Hat Enterprise Linux reaching 1.5 million IOPS on a single KVM guest.
One region? What's the big deal?
If it only affected a single region, I'm not sure what the big deal is.
This is no different that a major hosting center or hub having a network issue that affected a bunch of websites, only in this case we get to shout "but it was in the cloud."
Amazon present easy options for sites to present themselves across diverse geographic regions for added resilience. Many choose not to do so, but that isn't a problem with Amazon's offering, it's down to their own cost-benefit priorities.
I disagree about the need for carrier subsidy. Take a look at Google's Nexus 4. It's a very well specced phone with no carrier subsidy and sells for $350. Canonical wanted an extra $500, and I'm simply unsure as to what would justify this massive price differential.
Presumably Google expect little to no profit on the Nexus, but I'd expect similar from this crowd-funded project. I think if they could have got the phone into the $400 range, then they might have met their target through increased sales.
Re: To be fair...
At least on Android, the Google Translate app includes speech recognition/synthesis.
I'm not so sure it's about over selling a server.
When one database goes down and the replicated server also fails, I'd be suspicious of a bug. A command run on one server caused corruption. The problem was the command was replicated and run on the slave within a fraction of a second. Both databases being otherwise identical, you get the same corruption on your live server and the slave.
what I'm wondering is why, if they have an hour old backup, there's no transaction log from which they can restore? Or did the command that compromised the entire data set actually run one hour before they shut things down to prevent further damage?
A slave is like RAID for your discs. You get redundancy, but no backup. Your back is from the last image with the transaction log being used to bring your databases up to date. If they have an hour old backup, there's very little in the way of excuses that would justify not also having a transaction log to complete the restoration.
Fair credit to you, but for anyone with an android phone, using gmail and with location services enabled, I don't see much more information heading in Google's direction.
Certainly a sub $300 price point will be a lot more palatable for the masses, and may well spur rapid adoption. I think it could be exciting to see what apps developers can come up with - much like in like the first few years of iOS.
The price point will also set a bar for other wearable tech. Apple will of course charge some sort of premium, but it will be viewed against the cost of Google Glass and will possibly limit what they can get away with (assuming the mentioned price is accurate).
Re: Define: Server
I agree about not keeping remote desktop available to the world, but what about SSH? Should that require a commercial contract?
What if I use asterisk to receive inbound VOIP phone calls? That's banned, but an inbound skype call is okay?
Is bittorrent a server if it serves as well as fetches?
What about old fashioned games that had a server mode? Those are banned too?
Has Google _ever_ given a domestic customer written permission to use any of these or similar?
The best thing about the revelation is growing public awareness.
It seems there will be a large and increasing market for a public key based messaging solution. The first to offer a usable setup will pose a substantial economic threat to the existing messaging clients. Providers need to store messages, but they do not need to store the contents in any user-accessible fashion.
I'd imaging there will be many businesses who would pay for an enterprise solution too.
Once that's taken care of, hopefully we'll see a rise in encrypted VOIP.
Re: Comparing like with like
Only a handful of states have no sales tax, while half of all states impose a 'use tax' on internet purchases. Of course many do not pay this tax, but not paying does not mean you're not supposed to pay.
On top of that, Amazon charges sales tax in nine states (yes there are other online retailers, but they are certainly the largest) so your good chance of not being taxed might not be as good as you first thought.
Re: Proving once again you get what you pay for...
It's not great for young kids. Apps with that little RAM are going to be slow and frustrating.
I have a 2012 Sony Xperia phone with 512MB of RAM and dual core 1GHz processor. It feels slow. There is a hesitation before the keyboard appears. You need a task killer to keep things working in a useable way. And that's just for stuff like facebook or web browsing.
Kids apps are going to have animated graphics, even if they're basic, and they'll be playing sound - maybe video too.
If the other posts are true and you can get a 1GB machine on eBay for the same or less, I'd save your money and get something better suited.
Re: What gives ANY company the right...
You write that as if Google has no lawyers. The company has every right to enforce whatever the contract you agree with them says they can do. There are very few rights that cannot be freely contracted away. Don't like the terms, buy a different product from someone else.
Looking at the terms quoted in the article, Google don't claim it's illegal for to resell the device.
What Google do appear to say is that the buyer is entering into a contract with Google. As part of the buyer's obligations under the contract they agree they are not entitled to sell the device. They may still be legally able to sell the device, but would also be opening themselves up to a claim by Google for breach of contract.
They are also on notice that if they do sell it, Google may deactivate it.
Take a look
I just took a look at their site.
Here's what it looked like when Google came along
I can't imagine why users abandoned ship with such haste.
It turns out they have a new, 'beta' site. Here's how the same area looks there:
I remember using streetmap, and thinking it was a great service. But it appears to have changed little in a decade. I think that might be their bigger problem.
Re: What about not having an account on FB?
I can see plenty of stuff on https://www.facebook.com/netflix without logging in.
Even if you did have to log in, would that really be any more restrictive than needing a subscription to some monitoring service? I mean, not so very long ago, company filings and press releases wouldn't be available to the average investor other than through some third party service monitoring such things or by reading about it the next day in the WSJ or FT.
I like my HP tablet
My existing HP tablet, a firesale touchpad, is actually pretty nice. Unfortunately it suffered from a cracked case near each speaker - seems this is a common complaint - but it's still nice and responsive running CM9 and will soon be upgraded to CM10.
Hopefully they'll stay in the market this time. More players can only be good for increasing quality and lowering prices.
I think XBMC has a feature freeze for the next version, though it might be possible to do this as an add on that can be separately installed.
I'd think XBMC support would be an excellent Kickstarter project for anyone with both the time and the programming skills necessary.
Re: I want to go the other way...
if you want your TV signal to be on your tablet, wouldn't you be looking for HomeRunHD?
I presume you mean OTA/Cable since anything else that's local should already be playable on the mobile device.
Maybe 13 is the problem
Why do we wait until kids are 13, by which time many are seeking privacy and have their own phones/computers.
Shouldn't we introduce them at a much younger age and have parents try and teach them good skills about what is sensible to post online and what is not? Why is online safety not part of the curriculum from the first day of school?
Re: iPads already have USB
Not quite true. My iPad would happily recognize my Blue Yeti USB microphone, at least until iOS 5 which determined it used too much power so stopped it working. I understand they still work if connected via a powered USB hub.
My iPad also recognizes my Fender electric guitar when connected via the Rocksmith USB cable.
I'm guessing that's no coincidence, both likely presenting themselves as similar USB audio devices. Anyway, with a USB adapter, there are other devices that can work with an iPad.
Don't see what the big deal is
So Google run lots fiber connecting their network to ISPs. There's a mutual benefit there.
Google don't have tons of fiber in Africa, and there's a dominant ISP. The two need each other.
Google could either roll fiber and install servers like they have elsewhere with their CDN, or they could pay the ISP directly. In this case they chose the latter.
If someone like Comcast in the UK, or BT in the UK were to ask for cash from Google, I'd imagine the response will be along the lines of sure, but you'll be hauling all the Google traffic over your internet backbone rather than having us deliver it to your doorstep.
The good thing about this is that it's a sign Google internally realize they are not too big to fail, and that they could be replaced as a dominant content provider on the internet.
Re: The only reason anyone is angry at Bob...
It seems pretty unlikely management haven't at least considered outsourcing. It's hardly a new concept.
Perhaps they didn't outsource to China because that's where there main competitor is based. Perhaps Bob has been outsourcing to staff at a competitor who are returning decent code but learning a ton of trade secrets at the same time. So while Bob rakes it in, he puts the jobs of all his co-workers in jeopardy.
If all the employer is willing to pay six figures for a US coder, there's a good chance there are reasons they don't want someone overseas doing the work.
It would actually be helpful if the article explained why this is different than when pdf.js was included about a year ago in Firefox 14?
Is it just enabled by default now? It's certainly not new.
Re: It's a trifle expensive
I don't think 60 million X 1,000 is 60 trillion.
I'd expect there would also be truly massive economies of scale to be achieved if you were sequencing millions of patients.
I wonder if they're really prepared for all the consequences of this.
If a patient's individual DNA is available during personalized treatment, how do they deal with things when they're treating some physical congenital problem, check the DNA report and see that the person is carrying a BRCA gene and is at a higher disposition for breast cancer?
Of course some people can deal with this easily. But others will not. The psychological impact of telling a new mother that not only is there a significant risk of her developing cancer, but that she might also have passed the gene on to her baby could be severe.
Do you tell the patient without allowing them to decide if they want to know? How do you tell a patient they might want to think about being tested without it being obvious that you already know? How do you ethically withhold the information once you know?
What about when we discover a new gene linked to another cancer? Is there an obligation to tell every carrier of that gene? How do you prepare people for that? Is the NHS equipped to deal with 30,000 requests for a hysterectomy in the space of a couple of weeks? Can you ethically leave these people to develop cancer, knowing they're at a significantly heightened risk? Will folk sue because the information was withheld?
With or without netflix
Apple must be expected to learn from their Apple TV. Most I know are just netflix streaming boxes. Most folk simply don't wan to pay $1 per episode for other TV programs.
So Apple sell these boxes with a decent, but not great TV interface, and then can't monetize them.
So Apple will need a subscription TV service to be successful. That + a DVR that would need to come close to TiVo and you'd have something good, but still not revolutionary.
As others have said, TV margins are paper thin, so Apple will need to make money by selling folk stuff via their set. Of course there'll be apps - presumably games, since most other apps are predominantly single user and that's not how TVs are used.
Re: Colour temperature
Because it's totally impossible to put a CFL behind a lampshade and filter the color?
Besides there are plenty of less harsh CFL bulbs available now, indeed the light color from the ones in my hallway is hard to distinguish from an incandescent.
It's funded by a compulsory tax?
Is the government forcing you to install televisions now?
What if the EKG was likely to have showed you had a heart abnormality that should have been easily caught and the subsequent eight years of non-treatment had resulted in permanent damage to your heart? Would you want a copy of the original now?
Doesn't matter - you'd have to pay ₤449 to get the version with GPS. As best I can gather, you can't hook up a bluetooth GPS adapter or even share the GPS from a phone (not even an iPhone) with your wifi only iPad.
But then, do apple maps even let you download maps for offline use like you can with Google maps on android?
I remember roaming in Africa over a decade ago. The rates were the local operator rate plus a margin - I think 20 or 25%. Since then the cost of international prices has plummeted while the cost of roaming has gone through the roof.
In country calls are typically priced at the same rate as international calls, and the pricing bears no resemblance to the actual costs incurred. For example, a vodafone user in the US making a local call has to pay £1.35 per minute. That's a markup of well over 1000%. International calls have always faced crazy pricing that is once again totally at odds with the wholesale cost.
It's pretty clear the free market isn't working to solve this problem. Good for the Australian government for forcing the operator's hands.
Re: I'll be damned...
So why not do multicast with each program starting every, say, 30 seconds. A 30 minute program would only need 60 individual streams at the broadcaster's end. That's surely a lot easier to manage than a couple of million streams for a prime-time soap.
You could even make the number of streams demand driven. A soap with 5 million viewers could have start points every five seconds. A less popular programme might have start points every 30 seconds.
Buffering at the end point could still allow pausing or saving for later viewing. Unless you buffer prior to watching, you'd effectively be seeing a live stream, so adverts would still be mostly compulsory viewing - something that's likely to please commercial broadcasters.
Re: One Aircaft Is Too Many
The North American equivalent of Ryan Air? If you're talking about service levels and absolute contempt for passengers, that would be any US based carrier then.
The difference between US carriers and Ryan Air are that Ryan Air has a more modern fleet of aircraft, is better at running to schedule and actually makes a profit.
Presumably they mean the mobile wallet
I used Google's wallet using my home computer for some payments. Then my gmail account was compromised using a known attack. The attacker used filters to redirect messages from wallet and merchants then spent about $100 - probably testing to see if the account was good before spending lots.
Fortunately I caught it almost immediately and reported it to Google. They said they couldn't help and that I would have to contact each merchant individually to have the fraudulent transactions reversed. Unlike, say PayPal or your credit card firm, they wanted no part in solving the problem.
Then they locked my account and demand multiple layers of documentation before I can use the wallet again.
I'm sticking with PayPal now.
This will be interesting
I tried the voice recognition on a new iPad 3. I spoke the name of a popular children's cartoon and the iPad displayed "su*k bi*ch" without the asterisks.
Not sure I'd want to leave the kids alone with a Siri powered Apple Television.
Don't you think Apps are content? There were 11 billion app downloads in the first three months of this year.
I doubt Amazon will be too bothered. They're likely to keep a decent share of the market with their Kindle Fire and their Kindle reader app will be on the Google Tablet.
Re: What about...
What about the 1st amendment? That would probably be the bit of the bill that excludes constitutionally protect rights.
Here's part of the Bill:
(b) Does not include constitutionally protected activity or other activity authorized by law, the other person, the other person's authorized representative or if the other person is a minor, the minor's parent or guardian.
In other words, the bill itself appears to exclude 1st amendment rights from being covered. But hey, why let that get in the way of a good scare story?
Outside the EU
the real shocker is charges outside the EU.
Back in the 90's, the typical roaming cost was the foreign network rate +20%. Today visitors to the US can expect to pay about £1.50/minute for a local call in the US that should be a couple of pence per minute and the same for a call home that should probably be around 15p/minute.
It's a racket and should be stopped. If the operators won't do it voluntarily, it should be a condition of any new spectrum allocation.
How about they make mono bluetooth headsets work - you know the ones you can use with every other bluetooth device on the planet, including iPhones? I'd imagine there are many more iPad users that would appreciate that than there will be using Bluetooth 4 devices.
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