75 posts • joined Friday 31st July 2009 10:25 GMT
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?
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!
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.
Re: It pays to be nice
That's correct to an extent, we were certainly expected to note if a customer was being abusive. Noting particularly obliging behaviour less so, but I did see that once or twice.
I expect you were talking to 2nd line support at that point, us 1st line peons weren't allowed to make that kind of decision (even when we -really- knew it was warranted).
I used to be one of the Apple support techs. It's probably not that the system doesn't pass the info on to the agent - although that's possible - it's more likely that their phone software like ours did, displays the information in a small and very easy-to-ignore line of text at the bottom of the call control panel.
When I worked there, I don't remember anyone coming through to me frustrated about the phone navigation, but plenty of people who came through frustrated about the previous agent. Usually in the Bangalore or Athens call centres. We weren't allowed to say bad things about them.
I left back in 09 to start my degree so I could get paid proper money :P
Excuse me, but 3G frequency? Doesn't 3G end at 2100MHz (with some potential future uses at 2600MHz)? So which 3G frequency, exactly, is interfering with a wireless standard that starts at 2412MHz and ends at 2484MHz?
You mean the way it's both dead and alive at the same time, depending on who you speak to?
Very tempted by Connery, but in the end I had to vote Craig, based on how well he delivered one of his very first lines -
"Don't worry, the second is -"
Even Pierce Brosnan had his moments though.
2 months down the line this will turn out to have been a viral marketing campaign for Die Hard 5.
This is clearly not the end of the world; the recent tsunamis haven't even topped 20m high. Wake me when they reach 1.5km high.
Re: Apparaent distance-time anomaly explanation required here
The distance between galaxies can be increasing without the galaxies themselves moving at all. Imagine spacetime as a balloon, and the galaxies as dots drawn on the balloon. Blow the balloon up and the distances between the dots increases without the dots' position on the balloon having changed at all.
At least, that's how Brian Greene explained it to me. Go read The Fabric of the Cosmos.
People seem to be misunderstanding the reason that there is such a large police presence. It's not because he's a bail-skipper or because of the seriousness of the charges he's facing; any other criminal would still have police time devoted but not nearly to this extent. It's because not ONLY has he skipped bail, he's done so in a way that has created diplomatic tension, and that's pissed off the people the police answer to - the politicians. This bumps him up the priority list several notches.
Re: Smartphone CPU
Do you need me to explain why that's an absurdly stupid idea?
OK, I will. Samsung are not defending this case primarily because they think Apple are wrong - even if they thought Apple were right they'd still be fighting it tooth and nail. They're defending because it could take a very hefty chunk out of their profit margin.
And where does that profit come from?
It doesn't say how big a slice of this is profit, but $7.8 billion of Samsung sales to Apple in 2011 a pretty large pie.
Re: Ugh - God particle
Hopefully that will answer your question.
Also, the LHC isn't all ABOUT large, expensive circles, it IS a large, expensive circle.
Much as it is a disappointment that liftoff did not occur, I am genuinely pleased by this outcome - because it sounds like the alternative would be pretty dire. I applaud SpaceX for their justified and effective caution. Humanity needs commercial space enterprise.
Isn't this a pretty obvious conclusion? The very definition of prejudice is making a judgement without rational justification. Therefore, people who are less skilled at reason and logic (i.e. those of below-average IQ) will be more prone to prejudiced views because their mental capacity makes it more difficult for them to recognise an opinion that isn't well-founded.
NEWSFLASH: Scientists prove that a word means what the dictionary says it means.
"Er, I think you'll find that Symbian is a smartphone operating system with a lot of features that iOS lacks even today."
I think you'll find that Symbian is a family of operating systems that includes S60 (smartphone OS), S^3 (less common smartphone OS) and the incredibly popular S40 (feature phone OS). Cheap and cheerful Nokia? It'll be running Symbian series 40 OS unless it's really old. And there are millions upon millions of those in circulation.
I'm surprised nobody has mentioned that the $1 salary is a tax evasion ploy. It enables them to be compensated through methods that they get taxed far less on. Many execs have used this including Steve Jobs.
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job
- Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps
- Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones