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Did you know that...
Yes, I did. Did you read my question? In what way is a "super-capacitor" (a device which temporarily stores electrical energy) significantly different from a "battery" in THIS context (keeping volatile storage alive long enough after a power cut to allow all of its content to be copied to non-volatile storage)? Is it that one stores more energy than the other? That would depend on how large the battery is, and how large the capacitor is, innit? Or is it about how long it stores the energy? Ditto. So what's the advantage? Size? Weight? Speed? Price? Awesomeness? Or just marketing?
Jobs found his forté
...when all those Apple II clones threatened to destroy Apple. He discovered that Apple's legal department could make more money than the rest of the business, by securing damages from clone-makers.
But the Apple II was entirely made from off-the-shelf components. Only the circuit-board and the boot program (in ROM) were defensible as IP. As Apples became more sophisticated, it became possible to make a functionally-identical device which didn't directly copy anything.
Apple's now very large legal department therefore began to focus on "look and feel" litigation. This was also fairly successful, although they were unable to prevent Microsoft beating the pants off them with Windows, which was about as obvious a copy of the Mac OS as you could imagine.
Jobs' obsession that lawyers pwn engineers seems to have been with him until his death. I hope he was wrong. But then, I'm an engineer. Maybe lawyers and marketeers like Jobs do more to enhance the human experience than we do. I hope not.
...like the Ferrari that you keep in the garage and only take out for the big race...
I think this supposed cyberwarfare capability is more like the Ferrari that you keep on your driveway and polish frequently, making sure that everyone knows that you have it. It doesn't actually NEED to have an engine, innit?
x = rand(); isn't good enough, you can try:
srand(rand()); x = rand();
Unfortunately, computers continue to be deterministic. If you'd like a computer program with a non-deterministic output, I'd be happy to write one for you (I will need a non-deterministic input, but that's easy enough to simulate by simply measuring the time between user inputs).
"Self-modiying code'" is as valid a technique as recursive code. Neither are widely used, because they reduce readability (and thus make debugging tough), and performance gains are minimal in most use-cases.
...for the Facebook OS (based on PalmOS and codenamed FacePalm) to be launched next year, followed by the dedicated Facebook computer codenamed "The Face Base" which is predicted to be the "must have" product for 2014.
After all, once you have Facebook, what else do you need?*
*I assert copyright on the above slogan.
... its use of low-level instructions made it hard...
The solution is obvious. We must make low-level code illegal immediately, and arrest anyone suspected of being capable of creating it. The only secure future is through Java.
The days of these hackers with their disassembly programs is numbered. One day soon, all of the world's fundamental algorithms will have been coded in Java, and we will be able to start the cleanup.
First up against the wall will be the assembly-language coders, followed quickly by anyone who has ever produced a working program in a terrorism-capable language such as C, ALGOL, FORTRAN, COBOL or the like.
For C++, a subtle test will be needed: coders will be asked to write a program which reads each element of a string array and prints it. Any hacker who manages this task without creating a class with an iterator method will swiftly follow their subversive co-conspirators.
It's only common sense. I mean, we don't let nuclear physicists run around and do anything they want to, innit?
...home WIFI access open for the good of the community...
...and also for plausible deniability?
Imagine if the Russians were able to take over a car factory full of robots. They could organise the robots into an army and attack parliament. Then the robots could occupy parliament, declare themselves the government and start making cold, callous laws that fail to take human dignity into account.
It is possible that this has already happened.
A BASIC interpreter written in BASIC?
The mind boggles.
...that you instruct your firewall not to send or accept anything using an insecure protocol, such as http, ftp, smtp, or pop.
To be even more secure, uninstall all applications that use the internet.
To be even more secure, disconnect your computer, attach 1kg of explosive to it and blow it up.
To be even more secure, murder every member of your family and anyone else that might know something about you.
To be completely secure, kill yourself so that nobody can torture your secrets out of you.
I hope this helps.
... it doesn't answer the question that many small European website operaters want to know.
Under an EU law which came into force in the spring, my website is illegal because it uses Google analytics but doesn't give the user an opt-out option before it places the necessary cookies on their computer.
Is Google interested in this problem? Obviously, nobody wants to put an opt-in dialog on their website, because a significant number of visitors will see it as a "DANGER! HACKERS! RADIATION! GENETICALLY MODIFIED! KEEP CLEAR!" deterrent, but everyone desperately wants to know how many people are reading / interacting with their website.
I'd be pleased to hear that Google, Yahoo and other major players in this industry are working with the EU to try and find a compromise.
I don't understand.
As far as I know, Apple don't pay dividends on their shares, so I guess that "earnings per share" means the amount by which 1 Apple share has appreciated since last quarter.
Am I right? It would fit with my perception of Apple, which is that they are as good an investment as their next product - which is a pretty risky outlook.
The mistake he's making here is assuming an invariant set of personality attributes offline.
No he isn't, he's saying exactly the same thing you are. And you're both right. Go read it again: when he says "it's more like a diamond", he's referring to your real persona, not your farcebook one.
And thanks for telling us that "persona" is the technical term for, er, "persona". I'm sure there were people who were wondering whether the technical term was "avatar".
you now do *have* to use Facebook if you want to interact with the internet in any meaningful way
I suspect that I may disagree with your definition of "meaningful".
the original social networking site - "Friends Reunited"
Last I heard, Usenet (which actually predates the internet) still exists, despite 10 years of Google trying to "preserve it for eternity" ( = close it down) as "Google Groups". Of course, nobody ever called it "Social Networking", for the same reason that nobody called Fat Boy a "thermonuclear weapon of mass destruction". Doesn't mean it wasn't one.
The only part of this post worth reading.
...and one for the furry community.
I'm torn between asking what that means and wondering whether I want to know.
Yeah - I get the impression Ramases was hoping somebody might post a link to such a thing. Sadly the closest I can get is:
As you will discover, the original title was less euphemistic.
Affiliation with Anonymous: Only €199.99 !!!!
Just go to this site, enter your name, address, date of birth and credit card info and we will send you FREE (of p&p) an official Anonymous affiliation certificate!!!
(Validated Facebook account required)
I'm wondering at the reasoning process which makes moot "spritual leader" of anonymous. If I understand the reasoning, then the Boeing corporation must have been the "spiritual leader" of the 9/11 attackers, since they used Boeing's vehicles.
Am I right?
>>This latest fall is given a 1:2,000 chance that some fragment may hit someone on Earth
>>(which puts it at somewhat more dangerous than the 1:3,200 chance estimated for UARS
>>on its re-entry).
But to calculate the chance of it hitting YOU you need to divide by the number of people on Earth. Or all those living between 53N and 53S anyway - if you're worried, head for Norway.
There's demonstrably more chance of being eaten by a grue.
That joke is hardly hot-off-the-press. Google it.
all public toilets seem to require pulling a handle to exit.
But consider the alternative - outside there's a rather confused person who's breaking his neck for a piss but can't work out why simply staggering into the door doesn't work. Not only do you risk braining him with the door as you shoulder-charge it to open it without sullying your freshly-scrubbed hands, there's also the risk that he might piss all over you in shock.
It occurs to me...
...that there's a potentially lucrative business in selling friends.
SIGN UP NOW and gain 1000 friends!!!! Only 1.99 !!!!
Skype is dead.
It was already dead before Microsoft bought it. It works with a neutral net (where your ISP isn't interested in the data you're sending/receiving), but it doesn't work where your ISP is also a TELCO (as is inevitably the case with mobile phones), because Skype is encroaching on their core business (telephone calls) and they can block it, so they do.
The question is whether MS can re-invent it as a product that plays nicely with the commercial interests that dominate internet distribution. MS evidently think so, or they wouldn't have paid 8.5 billion.
I look forward to finding out who is right, but my bet is on the TELCOs. Collectively, they're a lot bigger than MS.
My laptop totes a webcam as well... and it has never been used.
Are you sure?
It's surprising how many common uncertainties can be resolved with a bit of masking tape.
...may be a thoroughly meaningless data point...
Indeed. How does the "Eurobrand2011 survey " arrive at its conclusions? Where (cynicism mode: on) does it get its funding? And how much importance should we ascribe to the conclusions of this survey (of whom?)?
>>the Institute didn't provide a clear definition of "brand value".
Hmm. Why no mention of quantities? E-coli is a bit like like radiation - there's never none, except where there are no animals. I'm pretty sure that if you took samples from church roofs or gravestones you would find minute quantities of E-coli. The question is, how much did they find on the phones and is there any significance to that, health-wise?
The silence of the article on this may give us a clue.
the ability of the RPA pilots to safely fly these aircraft remained secure
Duh, yeah. Like, they're not in the aircraft, are they?
Some rounding errors in there.
The announcement claims 0.1879 AU, which as we all know is 200781713603.78571428571428571429 linguine.
However, a perusal of the official ElReg style guide turns up:
>For greater than 1lg, the following should be used:
>Double-decker bus = 65.85lg
>Brontosaurus = 15 double-decker buses laid bumper-to-bumper
Which means the closest approach to the Earth should correctly be stated as 194414634.32949476086730988691773 brontosauruses laid nose-to-tail.
Incidentally, it's curious the the London bus should measure precisely one fifteenth of a brontosaurus. I wonder whether this is by design. And if so, the design of the bus or the design of the brontosaurus?
I suspect that's the problem. Google have decided to buy goggle.com, but the current owner is asking a stupid price like 100 million. You can hire a lot a lot of lawyers for 100 million, and I doubt that the "survey" business makes even 1 million a year, so Google are haggling.
I remember when a certain sci/tech online magazine not a million miles from here was in negotiation with the owner of the corresponding .com domain...
Tables aren't cool.
HTML tables are intended to contain tables: content presented in row/column form. Using them for layout is a hack, and always was, because it breaks the principle that the content should be separate from the style. This allows, for example, blind users to use software that reads HTML pages aloud. HTML today can, and should, be written without using tables for layout. All the styling should be in CSS, which can be ignored by the rendering software, according to its purpose.
Don't worry - fishing boats powered by Java are coming. If you try to move your boat closer to the shore for better fishing, you will get an error message:
"The function 'MoveCloserTo Shore()' is deprecated. Please use 'MoveFurtherFromShore()' "
So we need some sort of shield? Made of what?
I reckon quantum steel would do it. It has the same strength and density as steel, but is much easier to handle, because it only has mass if you actually try to weigh it.
...only a few years early...
Facepalm says it all.
There's a bit of a difference between science-bashing and scientist-bashing.