282 posts • joined Tuesday 27th October 2009 22:13 GMT
Freedom of speech!
So we aren't going to talk about what might be talked about, because we (Intel) really like freedom of speech, so let's not talk about anything unpleasant?
D••n, this makes tech seem so much simpler than real life....
Why's your bugzapper sitting on the ground?
You don't use bugzappers for ants!
Wow, look at that thing sparkle....
Re: Weak in history?
Umm, you should register as "amnesiac coward".
The whole point of knowing history is to not repeat other people's mistakes. Otherwise, at least video it so we can laugh at you.
"... Branson plans to be aboard ... along with his two children, "if my wife allows.""
No sane person would put all his little ducklings and himself on the same experimental aircraft on its first full-scale flight. Even if it doesn't end up wiping out his posterity, the mere fact of doing this will be an indelible comment that he thinks he's a Hollywood movie rather than being in the real world. The biographies would always end with "... and a fool."
Re: Separation of church and state
Using demagoguery to damn demagogues? Isn't that like a philosophical suicide vest?
Re: unfair burdens?
You no read article? "... to over 9,600 state, regional, city and town tax authorities ..."
That means someone has to keep track of what the particular sales tax is on particular classes of items on particular days depending on which state, city, local district someone is ordering from. They have "tax holidays" for back-to-school for 2 separate weeks of the year round these parts. That's for the state tax, or is it the state and city but not the local, or is it...
So someone has to offer the 'service' (thus at a price) of letting you fire off a query based on delivery address, for them to then respond with how much and how to split it up. Everytime someone hits your front door waving money, you have to run out the back door and ask someone how much to charge them. Retrofit this!
How long ago?
"... Verizon Wireless told The Register that it "thoroughly" tested every update before delivering it to customers. "We ... provide mandatory updates to devices as quickly as possible, ...," a spokesman said."
So, when did you last issue updates through your network. What month? Which year??
Ask that of all the operators. No bullshit answers, just what was the last time?
Someone please do a poster of Obi-Wan saying
I felt a great perturbance in the heuristics, as if millions of lines suddenly ...
Oranges and pips
"... shows ebook sales accounting for 22.55 per cent of all revenue ..."
"Still, the fact that nearly one of four books sold last year was an ebook is ..."
The linked article talks about %age of revenue. You then extrapolate to proportion of copies sold. Wrong. Or at least, precise only to the degree that publishers are screwing their customers. With the too-often seen current situation, where a $20 book is a $17.95 ebook, then they unfortunately approach equivalence.
But oh we wish that publishers would get a clue. If my friend Foo says "The life of Bar" is a great read, I might splash $5 on such a recommendation. But $15 or $20 or more is a no-go. I'll buy so many more copies at fractional prices than the greedy full prices. The volume will go higher if you lower the barrier. Give me a bargain and you'll make a mint.
Sky's the limit
I'm afraid this hits my limit on public disclosure and it is plain irresponsible to do this. Always assume there are people out there much cleverer than you are. This jerk's work of 3 years might just be reproducible in 3 weeks by someone else. Once realizing that small fact he'll be rather sleepless too. Nothing like having your name publicly associated with "how could that disaster happen?" Ahh, fame at last.
"The hacked aircraft could even be controlled using a smartphone's accelerometer to vary its course and speed by moving the handset about."
Assuming the handset would need to be in proximity to said aircraft, as in inside, this would be the classic mad scientist's belated education in unintended consequences, as having moved the handset and induced a reaction, the reaction would induce a further reaction in the now flailing handset, culminating in the now doomed passengers telling said sad sack "we could have told you that would happen - don't you ever watch movies?"
Give it a beat!
The mistake was having it merely monotonic... so boring. Change it to be specified like SVG's dasharray: on for 2, off for 3, on for 1, off for 1, on for 4, etc. Add in a time signature and "audible: yes", and we making music! Now that they support canvas and SVG, I can see MS doing a rotating mirror ball and inviting Chairman Bill to the party!
BTW: Was it intentional not to scrub the <blink> tag </blink> from the repeated article text at top of comments area? No... Yes... No... Yes...
Re: How is this kind of deal even legal?
Legal and been done over and over. Burroughs bought Sperry with Sperry's reserves. Well, and then a lot more short-term loans to make it work, after Sperry dropped a poison pill. Hey, the bankers don't ever really learn, do they? Oh, and this was engineered by a former US Treasury secretary, Blumenthal. Oh, and then the pension fund got halved in a deal gone bad with a customer that bankrupted after the pension fund bought quite a lot of shares in it, to encourage it to buy equipment from Unisys.
Intelligence is hard to see in these deals. Morality is clear out of sight.
I do wish we had the ability to create a placeholder comment posting here on behalf of Mr. Jha, so that we could upvote his position that bullshit in lieu of actual progress is eminently recognizable, in spite of what the eminent sputter in denial.
Fixed that for you
"Presumably, we may yet see a Windows 8.2, 8.3, or further before Redmond finally delivers a version deemed worthy of being called Windows."
Re: April Fools!
@Turtle: Thank you for the reference, as looking up "Ern Malley" at WP found
"They particularly despised the well-funded modernist poetry magazine Angry Penguins and ..."
Not that we know any angry penguins, no...
Cardiff? Oh, *him*, sure
Pull up PDF and check the authors... ohhh yeahh, it's him - Wickramasinghe. He's been using every opportunity to 'identify' interstellar life since the '60s. SARS was extraterrestrial, y'know. And other viruses. And other bacteria. And ....
Searched for 'NASA' in the PDF. They made some scanning electron microscope pictures. I don't see them being quoted as sourcing the 'explanations' about flagella and friends. I can take any photograph you've taken and announce to the world that you have gotten the definitive evidence of the boojumwicz (in the lower left corner, behind the trash can, it's *there*, see?) Even if _you_ deny it there'll be 1000s of believers. (Ooo, it has pretty fur! Scales! Fur! Scales!)
Nitrogen-depleted flagella? Biologicals throughout the rock? From Sri Lanka and Cardiff? The "Cardiff Centre for Astrobiology"? No, and my purple toed seven eyed friend here is making the wavy movements of the head crest that means they are greatly amused.
A failure of imagination
Let me help.
Where do the big boomer beasts live and work and earn their keep? Up in space.
Now it's quite expensive enough giving birth to the beasts and filling their maws with enough woosh to get them flying the first time. How do you keep them flying?
You really don't want to keep bringing them down to the neighborhood forecourt to fill up any time you want to send them somewhere new, do you? They are very noisy beasts and it'd be right swell to keep them out of the same atmosphere as your ear.
So where do you set up a filling station very convenient for top ups? Up in space.
Only, where does the woosh goop come from? Wouldn't it be absolutely fine to mine the go stuff from something already up in space? Something that doesn't have much of a gravity well?
Hmmm, can you think of something...? While you're thinking, here's some rocket fuel to wet your whistle...
Our *3*, no, our *4* greatest weaknesses are ...
Please look up "facepalm" in these languages: Catalan, Basque, Spanish, Portugese.
Bonus points: Which one doesn't read like the others?
We got the hosing perfected...
... now we need to learn about this thing they call "fuzzing".
Hopefully they will now understand the usefulness of throwing "crazy data" at all their hardware/software interfaces, just to see if it really is bullet proof. Isn't this the fundamental that MS also figured out _eventually_?
I'm "planning" to be rich someday...
Purchase price not stated, and certainly not compared to whatever outlay Element Power might have already spent. So good possibility purchase was at a fire-sale price.
Land for plant is leased from the state. Wonder how much (little) that price is? And how many other power plants has the state fostered with low rents?
Plant hasn't been built yet. Will be built with a particular technology which _should_ be cheaper than previous technologies. _Should_ produce at a certain rate. So true costs and production are all future topics for realization.
And which future reality might inform a new pleading for a _higher_ proposed rate per kilowatt-hour at a future point.
But hey, it makes a great press release now, doesn't it? Who's going down when the reality is not as advertised? Not the rates fershur.
(Not so) strangely, there was a Misty Shock at Microsoft for awhile, perhaps when they were developing the documentation that happens to mention email@example.com ?
"Misty Shock grew up in Port Orchard and developed a lifelong devotion to Kitsap County, before coming to the big city of Seattle to attend the University of Washington. After school, she worked at Microsoft as a Technical Editor."
Since a couple dozen plus plus of these replies all read the same - exactly the same - it has got to be the same person. Being wrong in double digits makes it somehow a _better_ wrong?
Dude, substitute one car manufacturer for Apple and another for Samsung. Reread. If you don't sound obsessively stupid to yourself, then you really shouldn't get involved in discussions regarding the real world.
Can we please have 'avatar' icons for ACs so we can tell when someone's gone off their meds?
Not the revolution you were looking for
This is all so wrong - a street performance artist rather than an artist with any insight into the subject matter.
We've already got more than one computer language per week for 50 years. Now you want to compound that by my Scheiß vs. your merde ? بذاءة!
"As a result, all of the most popular programming languages, libraries, and APIs in use today are built with commands based on English words, such as "function," "for," "if," "loop," and so on. That can make learning programming especially difficult for students whose native language doesn't even use the Latin alphabet, for whom the keywords are little more than abstract symbols."
They're keywords, they represent abstractions. It does not matter what symbols you use as long as they succinctly represent the idea. Does using "如果" really change anything? How about "assuming"?
Oh, look, "إفعل" is "do", "إذا" is "if", "حدد" is "set" (see qlb/qlb.js), "قول" is "say" (qlb/primitives.js), etc. Not a revolution here I think.
The only possible hook this argument might have is that the first education in a new area should be as 'comfortable' as possible for the student. That's why introductory texts are in native languages? However, nothing you can do will make learning programming less difficult for the majority of people.
""If we are going to really push for coding literacy, which I do; if we are going to push to teach code around the world, then we have to be aware of what the cultural biases are and what it means for someone who doesn't share that background to be expected to be able to reason in those languages," Nasser says."
Examples would be helpful, as this looks like drawing pictures with waving flashlights in the dark.
I fail to understand how computer languages are based on human languages to such an extent that this is a worry. The only things essential are consistency and sequentiality. Is this some hangup over SVO vs. SOV or abverb/verb and adjective/noun ordering? Hey, does he know about Forth?
"What makes قلب unique, however, is that it allows Nasser to write programs that are not only functional, but also visually pleasing. By varying the lengths of the lines that connect the Arabic letters that make up the language's commands, Nasser can reshape the appearance of his code without altering its function, producing programs that are both practical and artistic."
ORLY? Okay, maybe not Python, but you can alter the appearance, the layout of code in many languages at will. That is, if you are perverse enough. "That's ART" you fool!" Ah, my mistake, I thought it was supposed to be readable.
Strangely, looks like code to me, just with Arabic symbols. Sorry, I'm unconvinced.
Whose 'fault' ?
Now what doesn't get mentioned is who is going to put the money back into the bank account. Is the phone company going to do anything other than 'adjust' the bill for that month's service? Is the bank going to say "hey we just used the phone number you told us to use"?
So this poor sot used the gold standard of two-factor security and gets taken anyway. And likely nobody is going to make the failure good.
That's the IT angle. What do we do now for security?
Re: If 2013 continues in this way, we gonna get reamed
"The vulnerability affects all versions of Linksys firmware up to and including the current version, 4.30.14." And linked article mentions WRT54GL.
Only... I have a WRT54G that says it is "Firmware Version: v8.0.0".
Why is there so much 'information' out there that is simply 'misdirection'?
"Java is almost entirely of volcanic origin; it contains thirty-eight mountains forming an east-west spine which have at one time or another been active volcanoes."
How many have gone off lately? Maybe we've exhausted them and we're done for awhile?
But it's not 64-bit so you can't have it?
Good grief. Just tried my copy of NT pinball.exe on Win7 and it runs just fine. Running as a 32-bit program works. So what the hey?
Oh... It was Vista's problems running 32-bit programs that stopped them. Yes, Now I remember tweaking weird options to make old programs run under Vista.
Great, now you've ruined me for hours... stewing on Vista I'll have to zone out playing pinball...
Re: no translation for Windows Update?
I guess it fell on the side of it being a name rather than a description. Like the names Oracle or Microsoft, you just leave them as is.
Otherwise, what would be the proper translation? A transliteration, like "goo guh" for Google (as in Chinese). Or an attempted description, like "forked tongue up your ..." Who would decide which company it fit best?
Perhaps you are right. I can't think of any reasonable cause for this article to be posted, except that someone missed the floor.
Re: "Protest the funerals"?
@ Robert Long 1
The extent of your understanding of Judeo-Christianity is showing.
Cue the Googlumpers
They always accuse Google of stealing their personal data to sell more ads, that they were the product. Now with Kurzweil helping them, when the Googlularity comes, they will be the product and the ad fused into one.
I saw what you did there...
Re: Now where did they find that?
It would seem that a certain editor's obsessive reign of terror re WP has wrapped around into a ring of error. It could only get better if looking up said editor would begin to return that same photo.
Phantom voters are phantom users
"Over the next week, over 30 per cent of Facebook's billion users must place their ballots ... Given that quorum in a vote has yet to be achieved by Facebook's diverse global user base, ..."
Given that a quorum in a vote has yet to be achieved, it seems certain that the count of actual continuing users is vastly inflated. If they can't get a quorum - ever - it has to be a black eye for Facebook and a tacit admission their counts are BS.
Does anyone know of any other site that doesn't qualify quorum size by the number of accounts that have logged in 'recently', such as most recent 6 months? Amazing that FB is using their phantom users as a "silent majority".
Two downvotes in 20 minutes? Have you downers never interacted with someone 'blighted'? Can't say I have recently, as the closest one such killed herself....
(((:boggle:))) @Cliff http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geronimo
See bottom of article or search for "airplane"
Re: Whats the problem???
"The very fact that such forums exist, is proof enough that ..."
Wow. Self-reinforcing paranoia. Forums exist. *You* know everything about *them* (the projections of your paranoia that is). You are *against* them (the projections of your paranoia that is).
How can that be argued against? Please know that I am very happy to support your opposition to all that you have imagined.
Oh what a whirled!
Well, well, and well. Now let's move on to whether the bodger's bid for fame is spelled "kludge" or "kluge", and then by the bye we can find out the whimsical ways the out-of-touch pronounce this gem.
Really, it depends on whether your pronunciation came via assumed reading/definition, or was transmitted orally. Golly, I can see the 'graphics' construction, but I think you're gypping yourself to insist on it.
BTW: yes, definitely "kicks", though recently a long-past-that-stage (she's lawyer now) CICS/Cobol programmer asked me what I meant by "kicks". Later, she kicked me when I tried pronouncing "IANAL". Lif iz liq þat zumthymes.
Re: Say no to magic underwear
Oh dear, you rather missed the religious bigotry in the above, didn't you?
Re: White v Hispanic and Black
@21:35 Last week someone reminded me that at one point ~100 years ago, the majority of people in the USA had descent from Germans. (At least one parent or grandparent from German lands)
So... sprechen Sie Deutsche? Nur Englisch? Ah, I see why "English only" is so important to you.
Re: Can't go on forever
Someone patented a broken tree branch? Someone patented an artificially constructed broken tree branch? Someone patented a thing that looks like this --> Y <-- that's made of cellulose.
That wraps it up for me! The patent office must be reformed.
Some opinions are not news, some are...
There was an article in the NY Times recently about the use of Twitter during crises, with a favorable opinion, after the author and a few million people went through Sandy going through NY/NJ/NE. Seems he rather appreciated knowing what was happening in nearby regions / city blocks. With due nods to the endemic snarkiness before and after the storm, during the storm it was useful to many.
So, simply put, @19:30 STFU with your narrow-minded one-eyed view of the world.
Re: Welcome to Absurdistan
Thank you for that. This will be a good talking point for conversations about the continuing collision between civilization / uncivilized and clueless / clued.
It's like dressing a skunk in a bunny costume and saying "watch out for this stinker". How?
Freedom only for the deserving?
"... but it's a pretty savage indictment of the American legal system that he was able to make such a fuss based on such shoddy evidence and past character."
Whoa dude! Think about what you just said. If you're a low-life, or might be a low-life, you have no or limited rights?
Sorry guy, even prostitutes can have someone arrested and convicted for rape, given the evidence supports the case. The case is what should be judged, not the person bringing the case.
Of course when the evidence is found to be cooked and the case was fraudulent to begin with, throw the book at the fraudster indeed! I wish more nuisance lawsuits had negative results for the idjits trying the 17th time to make trouble for someone they don't like.
BTW: the above, anyway, knowing someone who sued the local council for being arrested, at a public meeting, for recording said meeting, where the council was agreeing to something illegal, and she lost the case, and $23K in legal fees down the drain, even though the judge agreed she had the truthful evidence! Justice is not done sometimes even when you're in the right. She felt getting the contradictions and collusion into the record worth the money. It ain't justice accomplished, but at least she got the trial.
We'd all be rail thin if...
PR people wrote everything we could read.
"The 10.6 inch Gorilla 2.0 glass is designed to be the perfect size to display the Windows OS ..."
How many times does someone have to practice saying things like this, before they can repress the urge to throw up?
This is almost as bad as Samsung's "made for humans". (Of course, what's the down-side? - I bought an S3 anyway)
The name of the game is...?
"If you were hoping Microsoft's partner OEMs would rise to the occasion and beat Redmond at its own game, prepare to be disappointed."
Perhaps the 'game' is that MS has asked OEMs to *not* compete with it? Perhaps anachronistic, but I remember days when OEMs would ask what MS would like them to do, and did that, out of fear of displeasure from the beast.
Anyway, I'm wondering who's playing who here?