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But, wow, a lot of progress in 2 years
From reading the paper in the 8 April issue of Nature (‘Memristive’ switches enable ‘stateful’ logic operations via material implication), it's clear that HP has made a lot of progress toward developing practical large-scale components based on the Memristor. (This is a short article readily accessible to the technical layperson.) Another fascinating paper on the subject is Chua's 2003 invited paper (Leon O. Chua, "Nonlinear Circuit Foundations for Nanodevices, Part I: The Four-Element Torus," Proc. IEEE 91, 1830-1859 (2003)).
Nonintuitive, but correct
Chua and other physicists were able to predict the existence of memresistance from basic laws of physics, although they didn't have the technology to fabricate devices small enough for it to be measurable. 40 years on, our ability to fabricate structures at the nanometre level allows us to not only measure and model memresistance, but to build practical, useful components that make use of its novel characteristics.
[Incidently, memresistors aren't the only interesting electronic components that existed in theory but were unrealisable before advancements in nanoelectronics: junctionless nanowire transistors (i.e. Lilienfield transistors) are also likely to develop into useful devices.]
Brush up on your physics history
"That bit just sounds liike hype - resistors, capacitors and inductors are passive devices, the behaviour of which can be simply described in terms of the rate of change of current with respect to voltage."
Sure, resistance, capacitance, and inductance are the three most well known of the four passive electrical component properties, because their effects dominate at the physical scale where we normally fabricate practical electronic components. OTOH, folks that work with nanoscale electronics are well aware of the hysteretic effects of memresistance.
If you took any graduate-level electronics physics classes, you'll recall that in 1971 Leon Chua published an well-known paper in which he reasoned from symmetry arguments that there should be a fourth fundamental element, which he called a memristor (short for memory resistor). However, although he showed that such an element has many interesting and valuable circuit properties, until 2008 no one came up with either a useful physical model or an example of a memristor, mostly because nanoscale electronics technology wasn't far enough along.
It was Stan Williams' paper in 2008 that showed, using a simple analytical example, that memristance arises naturally in nanoscale systems in which solid-state electronic and ionic transport are coupled under an external bias voltage. These are the results that serve as the foundation for understanding a wide range of hysteretic current–voltage behaviour observed in many nanoscale electronic devices, and for the practical device development being done by Stan at HP.
Doesn't Hotmail already do this?
On my rarely-used Gmail account, I notice that about 400 messages a month get redirected into the (auto-expiring) spam folder.
TV too, please?
You rock, Rupert! But you need to be proactive about this: put all the NewsCorp media behind a paywall NOW -- that'll show up those other wishy-washy media companies. Just one thing: can you PLEASE expand your paywall idea to include Fox? Pretty please? The free world will thank you.
But they PAID for those Congressmen...
Unfortunately, events of the past few years have splendidly demonstrated that big money (big comms, big pharma, big banking, whatever) OWNS the legislative branch of the USG. Unless there is some radical change that cuts off the cash flow to Congress, there'll never be any real consideration there of benefit to taxpayers, only about how the pie gets divided up among the biggest contributors. The FCC may be a regulatory agency in name, but as Julius is finding, it has been effectively defanged over the course of the past few decades.
Discovery? In Traffic Court??
I think it more likely that the court will simply dismiss the case than that Felch will get the source code he's requested. Despite the fact that "moving violations" (speeding, etc.) affect your insurance rates and (given enough of them) the status of your driver's licence, most jurisdictions in the States still treat speeding tickets primarily as a revenue stream, and writing citations for imagined or exaggerated speeds is common. In my experience, often just showing up in traffic court to fight the ticket is enough to have it dismissed.
But surely the Puritans all went to North America in the 17th century. Australia was colonised a century later by immigrants of quite a different stripe (!). If the Rudd government is attempting to turn back the clock, it's to a time that never actually existed in Oz.
LTI parsing problem?
No contradiction at all. You just failed to translate the Merkin lingua tertii imperii into English. That should read:
US State Department spokesman, Michael Tran, said: "Our main concern is that big American companies continue to make as much money as possible from the global internet. Other than that we don't care what you do."
Drivers? For a keyboard?
My experience with both Microsoft and Logitech wireless keyboards is that (just like mice) you plug them in and they work. (I recall that I had to go to system preferences to map some of the special keys to useful functions, but that's no big deal.)
Now of course that was with OSX and Linux, but I'd find it ironic if a Microsoft keyboard didn't "just work" when plugged into a Windows machine...
(Now I do have to agree that the times you actually need a wireless keyboard are pretty limited... and in those situations I prefer an IBM trackpoint keyboard with a long cord...)
Why should anyone care?
IMO Apple's got the right response to Silverlight. I'm not sure why anyone in Linux-land cares either, except that you can find every imaginable fetish there.
Yeah, Silverlight is cool, but if Microsoft had ever intended it to be anything other than a tool for long-range Windows lock-in, they would have introduced it in a fundamentally different way (open standard, open source, whatever).
Can, and undoubtedly has been
Microsoft claims a reliable working range of 5m for the keyboard with the associated crap receiver in a USB dongle, so some back-of-the-envelope calculations indicate that the unmarked van parked at the kerb should be able to monitor the keyboard on your office PC at 20 to 50m with a good receiver and (most importantly) good high-gain antenna.
STILL no crypto?
Relying on security through obscurity for something as critical as a wireless computer keyboard is stupid enough. But what verges on criminal is that this vulnerability in the Microsoft keyboards was demonstrated at Black Hat 2007, and subsequently written up by Max Moser and Philipp Schrödel and well publicised by Dreamlab -- yet we find three years later that Microsoft just continued to build the identical vulnerability into new keyboard models.
So that's what puts the "soft" in "Microsoft"!
Well... Vreugdenhil was talking comparing Mac and Windows, as was I when I asked the question that started this thread.
But I think that you've actually provided the answer to my question. Sure malware for OSX exists -- just as does malware for Linux, and my router, and the network-accessible switchgear at the electrical substation down the street. But attackers DO tend to concentrate on the softest targets; i.e. those where the largest gains can be made with the least investment (money, time, technical expertise, physical access) and least risk (legal, physical exertion). And as even the resident Microsoft fan club has pointed out, Windows is hands-down the softest target out there.
So I've chosen St Bill, in hopes that the rest of us will be protected as long as Windows is, well, Microsoft.
Don't hold your breath...
Given the folks involved with OnLive, they're likely to bite off their nose to spite Linux users. There have been plenty of requests for a Linux plugin, but the most that anyone has got from OnLive seems to have been a single "not discussing it" response and the silent treatment.
I agree. In my experience, Apple users aren't any more computer-literate than Windows users. They're more likely to be non-technical professionals who want their computer to "just work". Maybe I'm just being politically correct, but it's hard for me to believe that a graphic designer who bought her Macbook Pro at the Apple Store is less likely to click links in questionable email than the burger-flipper who bought a budget PC at Walmart. And the OSX software environment is even more homogeneous than the variety of Windows installations out there.
"Mainstream" results only?
Bing does do a good job of returning a small set of "mainstream" US-centric results. However, it suffers from overly-aggressive "relevance" filtering (e.g. it's reluctant to return non-English results, even though I've told it to search all languages) and hasn't (yet?) done a very thorough job of indexing the corners of the Internet (e.g. it comes up empty on the exact titles of technical papers I've found with Google).
Credible "number two"?
At the moment it's a VERY distant second in terms of the quality and quantity of results it returns for the sort of technical and academic searches I use a search engine for.
I'll keep checking back every couple of months, but as long as Microsoft continues to focus on Web2.0rhea instead of search engine performance, it's never going to be a credible search engine.
Market share == security risk?
"The problem Microsoft has is they have a big market share"?
Sorry, this defence of Windows' security problems gets repeated ad nauseum, but it can't be the whole story, can it? Since OSX and Linux together own about 10% of the desktop market, any reasonable person would expect there to be a pretty sizeable amount of malware (not even 0.1% of the total, let alone 10%) targeting these OSes -- especially given the fact that OSX and Linux users are far too smug to use anti-virus software. Yet there are no significant exploits against these platforms in the wild.
Yes, I have kiddy scripts banging on my Linux servers all day long, looking for security holes. But I'm honestly curious about why the Windows desktop OS (which I rarely use) reportedly falls over like a house of cards in a breeze any time a black hat breathes on it?
Appropriate academic caution, not denial
While the good profs do say "we do not conclude that excessive drinking is not a risk factor", they end that paragraph (and the paper) with the conclusion that
"Nonetheless, in surveys almost half of college students report binge drinking and presumably most of these have not developed alcohol dependence. Thus, we believe that our findings [that test-taking performance was not affected significantly on the morning after intoxication] are relevant to a substantial proportion of college students."
In any case, good on them for a carefully-controlled study and a balanced academic paper on what is a heavily-politicised and controversial issue, despite the obvious agendas of their funding organisations.
Can and did
Fortunately there are good alternatives to the iPhone for those who want to hack or deploy odd applications outside of the Jobsian vision for the smartphone. Despite the whinging from (*cough*) certain tech writers, Google actually does seem to be perfectly happy for me to use my Android phone the way I want.; and I'm sure that Maemo/Moblin/MeeGo users say the same thing.
MicroLunacy finally makes money?
But clearly not doing what their ex-MIPS founders originally had in mind. As I recall, they folded about ten years ago after flaming out in one of the biggest Silicon Valley financial failures in history. Apparently the folks holding the burnt-out shell are having better luck as patent trolls than in trying to actually build something.
"Open" != "Execute"
Back, damned troll, back!
No, she THOUGHT that she was opening a file, but in actual fact her operating system executed a program attached to the email -- while going out of its way to trick her into thinking it was opening a file. The folks in Redmond that made those decisions about the way Windows should work may not have directly loaded that trojan into her machine, but they sweet-talked her and then led her into a dark alley where someone else could mug her. And they're every bit as accountable for the resulting trouble as the muggers themselves.
There's the Apple brand, and then there's Microsoft...
Yes, the "ooh, shiny" crowd loves the iPhone, despite its limitations and Jobsian control -- because the interface works so very, very well and it's made by oh-so-cool Apple. But the Microsoft brand is ALSO well known by the trend-following public... and it's a long, long way from Apple's cool factor. So I'm as puzzled as other commentards about what the marketing group in Redmond must have been smoking.
Nice wish list, Julius...
...but there's no way Congress is ever going to allow most of this, given the huge amount of money that Verizon, SBC, and Comcast pay them to block anything that upsets the status quo. A bunch of legislators that can't pass even the most watered down health care reforms aren't going to tackle this.
And the "fastest ... wireless network of any nation"? In a country with 1/16 the population density of South Korea? Puleeze...
For once, Microsoft really IS the leader
Undoubtedly, this product activation scheme has been implemented to "ensure that Zeus's customers receive the product quality they expect". Microsoft must be so proud of their proteges!
Worse, M$ wants the rest of us to pay for it
Unfortunately, this clown is proposing a universal Internet Tax to pay for the rubber rooms, rather than using Microsoft profits to fix Microsoft problems:
Facebook on Windows? Unlikely.
Just last month (in an Apache sponsorship announcemement), David Recordon pointedly noted that "the [Facebook] site has [always] been built on common open source software such as Linux, Apache, memcached, MySQL, and PHP." I hardly think they've switched to a Windows server farm.
So, as you were saying about data centres...
Freetard, or just clueless?
Odd choice for the top spot: why should anyone search for torrents for books that are in the public domain -- and why should this worry publishers? Certainly "The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana" has long been out of copyright, regardless of how popular it might still be. Or was this "The Illustrated Edition"?
Is Gmail _that_ important?
It's hard for me to buy the argument that Gmail is so critical to anyone that they'll put up with behaviour that they find intrusive in order to keep using this particular free mail service. If you don't like the way Google pays for their "free" email service, get an account at Yahoo or one of the hundreds of other webmail services. Or if email is at all important to you, cough up a few quid a year for a real email account with no advertising or other intrusive behaviour.
The analogy to Microsoft is inaccurate and usually disingenuous (unless you're trying to make money from web advertising, perhaps): unlike the Windows and Office business lock-in, there's no coercion nor any reason to use any of Google's services -- other than wanting the shiny new features that they throw out "for free".
Except when your OS has such a negative brand image. Probably the best that Microsoft could hope to do would be to introduce a stellar product that would hook OEMs disenfranchised with Android, and carefully hide their logo from the end user. In the current environment of over-hyped enthusiasm for Android and iWhatever, Windows Phone is likely to be as well received as, say, VMS Mobile...
Salty language vs. brain damage
Alas, it does nothing to protect them from either the pervasive advertising or the crap that makes up 99.99% of YouTube content. If YouTube is your babysitter, you're hosed regardless of whether you block tits or not.
Only true for small values of "crash"
Shrug. It's pretty innocuous for newer browsers (Mozilla 3.7, Chrome 4), which report the plugin crash but keep on working. Given the hype around IE8, I'd hope that it handles plugin crashes gracefully too.
The main problem is when naive web developers use plugins to implement mission-critical applications -- I'm willing to allow Flash to watch skateboarding cats, for instance, but I wouldn't go near a banking website that used it.
Chrome != Android
Yes, the gPad would be more interesting if it were running Android rather than Chrome. But Google has said that they have no intention of allowing third-party apps on devices running Chrome.
According to the article -- and most of the other evidence around you -- the 'army of coders' model seems to be working splendidly. In fact, it's gone mainstream, so now that 'army' is being paid to do its coding. No wonder that FLOSS is scaring the crap out of Microsoft!
MSN has been doing this sort of thing on and off for ages. Several years ago I had to deny 22.214.171.124/16 on one of our company websites to deal with an identical DOS attack. (Hmm, come to look at it, I never actually removed that configuration...)
It's NOT just about the o/s.
"Anyone who wants to keep up with the latest sh*t , will go for winmobile , cos they don't know any better.... bless 'em"
Nope, they're buying the latest iPhones. Even my Microsoft fanboi acquaintances who put Vista Ultimate on every PC they owned have bought iPhones, not WinMo. For that group, the iPhone "cool" factor has completely trumped any Microsoft allegiance.
He doth protest too much, methinks
Get a grip on yourself, dude. As I see it, there are only three possibilities here:
1. God doesn't exist -- in which case the vicar's action is silly but harmless.
2. God exists, but doesn't care about humans' daily lives -- in which case the vicar's action is misguided but harmless.
3. God exists, and cares about humans' daily lives -- in which case the vicar's action is on target.
Why on earth get upset about something you neither care about nor believe in?
Android users need not apply
Indeed. Of course, Android phones already provide this capability quite nicely through a $5 cable to any car audio system with a 3.5mm audio input jack. Better yet, you're not limited to Pandora, but can choose your favourite streaming audio source.
It's hard to imagine that there's really much of a market for a "family-friendly internet viewer". Even my technically illiterate Chinese mother-in-law is perfectly comfortable with the Ubuntu-powered netbook we gave her -- and it's a helluva lot more convenient for her to stuff into her purse. I've got to think that the only people who need something more "friendly" don't give a toss about the internet anyway.
Rather than pointing the finger at users, I would make the observation that the focus on formatting to the exclusion of content is a fundamental design flaw in Word -- and, by extension, OpenOffice. One doesn't have to be as fastidious as Donald Knuth to notice that every change to Word's user interface has further encouraged users to lose sight of the logical structure of the text and to conflate this with superficial typographical elements.
Yep, time for another fist
I'd be the first to stick up for Linux -- this engineering firm has been Windows-free since 1999 -- but the unfortunate truth is that Microsoft Office still has such a stranglehold on corporate documentation that the latest version of Office is pretty much a requirement when dealing with clients. (And while Microsoft Word is truly a horrible DTP application, OpenOffice manages to be even worse.)
I wonder if our Windows XP VM installations are "qualifying copies" of Windows...
resolution != image quality
But what's the point? The image quality in the current iPhone is limited by its poor optics rather than by its image sensor. The effective resolution of my 3GS pictures is significantly worse than those from my ancient 1.5 Mpx Sony digital still camera, which I still use for technical documentation.
Unless Apple gets serious about the lens (and flash, for that matter) -- think Sony Satio -- iPhone image quality is going to remain squarely in amateurish YouTube territory.
Fake, but cool
Clearly done with a blue screen (look at the shadows and hands), but très cool nonetheless.
Not that this would be the first fake Apple tablet pictures from nowhereelse.fr, of course ;-)