94 posts • joined 31 Jul 2009
Re: This is one of those occasions
Samsung and Apple have been singing from the same hymn sheet for a long time.
It's just that the hymn in question is titled "My patent is bigger than your patent", and the accompanying music is played on particularly esoteric instruments such as the Six-Barrel Rotary Lawyer Cannon.
Obligatory snobbish comment
If someone is using IE, what's the likelihood they would think of installing an extension like this anyway?
Yeah, I've heard of quantum teleportation before but I'm pretty sure they specifically said it couldn't be used to transmit information. Where's the author getting this from?
I'm more gullible than most posters here apparently - you had me on the hook right up until Steve Jobs' approval of "robotic justice".
$50 for a user's data being profitable? Unlikely.
Given the admin involved, even if the actual work of copying the data only takes 5 minutes, Microsoft won't be making much of a profit on that. At $200 maybe, but I still doubt they're making much and definitely not hand over fist. I know every opportunity to bash on Redmond can't be passed up but at least choose situations where doing so is reasonable. There are plenty of them out there.
What happens in 2019
... that means the commercial spaceflight budget drops by 550m / 75%? Seems a bit odd to me.
"Fritsch doesn't come at the question from an SDN perspective: his piece considers a multi-tier application whose different components have differing security requirements, but his thoughts"
I don't expect articles posted late at night to be fully checked and edited, but could you at least finish sentences?
Otherwise, definitely good food for thought.
If a SYN flood does the job, why bother revealing what your true capabilities are for one lousy IRC server?
Not that I'm saying what they did was right or anything.
Not bad but isn't 1000 a bit of an understatement? It was commonplace in classical Greece 2500-3000 years ago...
Of course he has, but is it really surprising that the new head of the NSA is an expert at doublethink?
It's a little known fact that Archimedes' famous quote was mistranslated, and actually reads "Give me a long enough lever and a place to stand and I will take a cosmic selfie."
Re: Here's the problem
NSA --> Lawful - Evil
No, NSA -> Lawful Neutral.
Lawyers are lawful evil.
Re: Would it be too much...
"The people on the bank notes are those who have made a significant contribution to the country/society. Check the obituary column in any paper for the last few months and see the proportion of men and women they report, then consider how the gender balance of notable people was 50 years ago when the youngest person to appear on a banknote died. Or you could look at the BBC's "100 greatest Britons" survey where the public chose only 13 women and 87 men."
Do you know WHY there's such a disparity? It's not because there were so many less great women. It's because the people who write the history books have consistently undervalued, misattributed or in the worst cases, constructively obscured the contributions of women. Take for example Rosalind Franklin whose work provided the evidence for the structure of DNA. Watson and Crick's contributions, while not insignificant, could not have been achieved without her, and yet they are credited with "discovering" it. There are plenty more of these out there and if you give a damn about self improvement you'll find out about them and stop peddling this crap.
"The main difference between abuse of men and abuse of women is that people care about it when it happens to women."
Utter, utter bull. Let's just use some figures here shall we? In 2011/12, 1.2m women reported experiencing domestic abuse compared to 0.8m men. (Office of National Statistics)
The intensity and severity of violence is more extreme when the perpetrator is male. (Hester, M., 2010)
ONE THIRD of female homicides are linked to domestic violence. (Department of Health, 2005; Home Office, 1999; Coleman and Osborne, 2010)
People care about it because it's more likely to happen to women (the degree of difference is debatable but all the major studies agree on this), men are more likely to do cause serious physical and mental harm, and women are FAR more likely to die as a result.
I totally would have agreed with you if you'd said "domestic abuse against men isn't taken seriously enough", but the implication that it's a bigger problem than abuse against women is frankly absurd.
You question that NASA put men on the moon but think that China putting a rover there is something that can be relied upon as true? If you're going to have absurd doubts about nation states' lunar achievements, at least be consistent.
Dr Malfait said that overpressure in the magma chamber would cause the ground above to rise "hundreds of metres" in advance of the eruption proper. Now I'm no geologist, but that kind of change in topology would hint to me that something funny was going on. Of course, I'm sure there's some sound journalistic reason for your having said there would be "no warning" in spite of the above.
Source: BBC News
Re: Surely most of these are Trolls?
"If the applicants are all politicians, estate agents and traffic wardens, I'd give a donation to get them to Mars."
The complement actually consists of hairdressers, TV producers, insurance salesmen, personnel officers, security guards, management consultants and telephone sanitisers.
I've had to return stuff to eBuyer, and they've not given me any trouble - I returned a case because they sent me the wrong model, and some RAM that was faulty. All they did was check that I'd done the troubleshooting on the RAM to ensure it was definitely that which was at fault.
Mind you, that was years ago, so it could have changed in that time.
Apple have patented VERY rounded corners.
"We won't rib you ever again. Promise."
Don't make promises you can't keep.
Wait, GoonSwarm aren't an NSA front?
Connectivity has already become a utility service in the minds of many. The general consensus of sci-fi is that computing itself will move in the direction of becoming a ubiquitous, omnipresent thing. I think that Windows 8 and tablet computing in general is a step in this direction, so in that sense the author is right. As plenty of my fellow commentards have pointed out though, this paradigm is still very far removed from being useful to content creators, developers, power users and the like. I can envision a world in which my own work (security event analysis) is capable of being performed through voice/touch interfaces, but it's also obvious to me that this world is still quite a long way in the future.
When computers are capable of highly personalised slang and idiosyncrasy interpretation, then perhaps non-consumers can move on to new interfaces. I don't think touch alone will ever be enough for us.
P.S. did anyone else read the article about ultrasound tactile feedback and immediately think of combining it with dynamic holography? How awesome would that be as an interface?
I'm surprised nobody's commented on the fact that the avatar for a browser with a history of horrendous standards compliance has a W3C book on the shelf.
I got told I could no longer wear my jester hat whilst taking tech support calls.
Wait until someone gets a distillery up there to make some proper moonshine.
Re: Noise pollution
"It's not only very difficult to separate separate sound streams, it also makes it almost impossible to hold phone conversations."
Wait, THAT'S why I have this problem? Damn, I thought it was just that I'd trained my brain to hear so many sounds at once from my love of classical music.
Aspie people CAN learn to understand subtext - most of the time, and eve pick up on body language. But it takes actual practice and conscious thought, and it's not as reliable as most NTs' sense of others' feelings. The very best thing we can learn to do in terms of personal interaction is to deliberately compensate for this by asking questions and -ensuring- we're on the same page, not just misreading someone's intent.
Re: terrorism, not war
If you'd been reading the Daily Mail, you'd have known that the country's been moving in that direction for the past decade. Duh.
That is one hell of a lucky kid. I wish my mum had been an astronaut and had made a toy in space for me. BEST MUM EVER.
"Suicidal Squirrel" - you're all reading too much into this. It just means that he's been watching Happy Tree Friends.
Why has nobody mentioned the possibility of airship piracy yet?
Re: Can I just say
For its interface? Seriously? You can't think of a better reason to hate it?
In a nod to irony, I used to work for them, and I'm typing this on a mac. Go figure.
Re: @Jared Hunt it's not quite complete
Jake is Chuck Norris. It's the only logical conclusion.
That said, the CV posted earlier is clearly not his. His CV would read simply:
"I am Chuck Norris."
Re: Plenty of parks need help with their horticulture
I'm sure he would be welcome as a <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/08/05/cannabis-newport-council-flower-pots-pictures_n_3706672.html">gardener for Newport in Wales</a>.
Billion tonne belch? Can we have that translated into blue whales?
Puts a new slant on the term "Wet riser"...
Re: My attempt at a poor analogy
Just because there weren't enough of these already...
Isn't it more like wanting to block the owner of a P.O. box, but instead blocking the building which contains his - and a couple hundred other people's - P.O. boxes?
Pedant icon seems appropriate.
Re: What ?????? Heresy I hear cried !!!!!
>> your article will lead to hordes of sales associate/partner/whatevers in apple stores across the world fainting in horror as the realisation hits them :-)
Hardly. Fanbois of any sort, Apple or otherwise, have long ago mastered the art of doublethink.
Ave, Engelbart, those who are still alive salute you.
Using an air rifle to control the rabbit population is like trying to exterminate an ant's nest using only a pin.
Clearly all of you are wrong. The person who this list truly needs is Andy Hamilton.
By my calculations, a gold bar weighs 0.8oz, assuming a pack of 9 is about 204g net weight...
Re: Isn't the question really...
"Why did this class A type Senior Wilson go supernova 10bn years ago? What or who made him?"
Never mind Carl Sagan, someone's channelling Calvin in his Tracer Bullet alter ego.
Re: Very dangerous indeed
"Simply by viewing the images, you are immediately made into a criminal worthy of registration on the sex offenders register."
Not the case. The acts involved in this do specify that intent is a necessary component for it to be a criminal act. If a virus flashes up indecent pictures on your screen without your input, that is not a criminal offence. In fact that's the very core of the so called 'Trojan defence'. I know of one case where that defence was proved to be valid (and many others where it was complete bull).
Now if you meant the Daily Wail's hysterical attitude to child protection, I'll go along with that.
Re: No one really likes to wear glasses at the best of times
I've been wearing glasses since I was 7. I still hate the necessity. I can't wear contacts because my eyes are physically too small (combined with high prescription = constant discomfort), I can't get laser surgery because my corneas are to thin, and I can't have corneal implants because my pupils are too large.
Second nature it may be, but I guarantee you that almost none of us would hesitate if offered natural 20/20 vision again.
On the other hand, I certainly wouldn't pay $1,500 for a portable horse porn viewing system.
Beautiful. I salute you sir. A beer, because please have one on me.
"Actually thats not strictly true, once the complaint has been escalated to the scottish call center and you manage to get an engineer sent out(usually the next day) the customer service aint too bad"
Beg to differ. I got an engineer sent out for my installation. Took over 3 months from that point to get ANY service, they kept stringing me along, and then when I left they had the nerve to try to bill me for early exit. Bloody cheek. They backed down when I wrote to the watchdog.
Never, ever, EVER again will I touch Virgin Media with a barge pole.
Re: ...And this is yet another example...
Technically true, although I feel that it's worth pointing out that no litigation system should ever have anyone EXCEPT lawyers profiting; the whole point of the system is for a plaintiff to be restored to the position they should have been in, NOT to allow them to profit.
Whether the lawyers are charging excessively, and whether the system is being used excessively, are different things entirely. If person A profits by suing person B, the system's fundamentally wrong.
You couldn't make this shit up.
Oh wait, he is.
I've worked for a couple of tech support places, and two stories stand out:
While working for Apple support, we would occasionally get calls that related to trojans - not often, but it happened. One particular one was a bug that messed with the user's DNS settings. A security firm released a fix and the word came down from on high that we should just assist customers in reaching the site the fix could be downloaded from. Underneath the download link was the following description (paraphrased somewhat, I can't remember the exact wording):
This tool will remove the DNS changer trojan from your system and restore normal operation. This malware is most commonly encountered purporting to be a video codec required to view content on pornography sites.
You could hear, in the customer's tone of voice, the moment of comprehension.
"Has the website loaded sir? You will find some information about the malware and a link to download the tool to fix it."
"Oh that's great, thank you so much! Let's see now. Uh huh. Mhm.
... ah. Thanks a lot, goodbye!" *click*
The other was in a similar role supporting the Xbox and Xbox 360. One guy phoned up saying his 360 wouldn't turn on at all, no lights, nothing. That's usually a power supply problem, so I got him to check the power supply was plugged in. He'd already done that - fair enough. I asked him how it was connected to the mains - he was using one of those multi-socket extension cords. At this point I found out that the lamp also connected to this extension wasn't working either. He went on a mission to find where the extension lead was plugged in, and came back to tell me he'd found the problem.
What was it? The extension cord went around the back of his armchair in a nice big loop... and plugged back into itself!
Re: enough ice to bury Washington DC in a layer two miles thick...
back-of-the-envelope calculations say about 30 feet.
As a mobile phone forensic analyst [pun coincidental, I promise!] I have had to examine more than one 'bumphone' as they are known in the biz. Latex gloves are a godsend in my job.
It's a particular thing with drug dealers, I've found. Other forms of crime, not so much.
Re: After the conjunction, Venus and Saturn will part ways
I got the F&S reference, even if nobody else did.
- Analysis Oh no, Joe: WinPhone users already griping over 8.1 mega-update
- Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen
- Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning
- OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs
- Episode 4 BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*