104 posts • joined 11 Dec 2009
Why would the atheists/humanists want to upvote a comment that suggests atheism is a 'collective delusion' in order to 'redress the balance'? The balance is already in their favour.
Dick's work explores ideas, it's philosophy which uses the freedom of sci-fi to create impossible scenarios in which he could pose 'what if' questions. The short story Minority Report is intended to provoke questions over the ethics and morality of the scenario. Exactly how are they going to play that out in an on-going series without it wearing thin?
My gut is that we'll get yet another mind numbing police procedural with 'a twist' with one of the protagonists ever so slowly starting to question whether what they are doing is right. Either that or the movie take on the story, which was basically just The Fugitive.
I'm sorry but I can't see how this can end well, much as I dearly want to see some intelligent and thought provoking sci-fi on TV (there's so little of it), I can't see how they can make this work.
Re: Loving it so far.
I'm going to guess that it doesn't require anything like 500GB for the OS, but it recommends at least that much free space to install games into. After all with just 250GB and with some games running to 20+ GB you'd only be able to install ~10 games at a time.
Look at this way, a full linux desktop with email, openoffice etc can be installed into a parition of few gigabytes (if you're really careful about what you install far, far less). The linux steam client is a few MBs in size. There's no way that the SteamOS can consume 500GB, that has to be for the partition it will install games to.
Re: I have 34 games
Of the 91 steam games I own, 53 run on linux. Currently playing XCom: Enemy Unknown (Enemy Within) and Metro Last Light.
Debating whether I'd enjoy the X3 series (Terran Conflict, Albion Prelude, Reunion), loved the space combat aspect of X-Wing vs Tie Fighter back in the day, but not sure whether the whole accounting/trading side of X3 would be fun.
Will definitely be buying Metro 2033 Redux when it's released and may buy Witcher 2 when they've shaken out the bugs. Looking forward to all the games (including AAA titles) which are due to arrive on the platform, especially since so many of the AAA engines have been ported to Linux in the past year.
"Iceape isn't a 'spinoff' ... it's Seamonkey with Mozilla's (trademarked) branding removed."
And they were forced to remove that branding because ...
Yes, that's correct, they modified the code. It's a fork of Seamonkey, a spin-off, it's a knock-off, it's not the genuine article.
Speaking as an open source developer who is about 5 minutes away from requiring Debian to stop using a trademark for the same reason. Their buggy, broken packages which apply unauthorized patches are damaging to the reputation of many software projects. That's when they aren't introducing huge security flaws (SSH keys etc).
Re: Mandatory encryption?
It's going to be interesting to see how that encryption works. TLS requires the use of trusted certificates, certificates that cost a hefty amount per year for an individual running a small two page website.
If HTTP 2.0 isn't going to create a two tier internet, one for the masses which provides no default protection against snooping (HTTP 1.0) and another for corporations which does (HTTP 2.0), then they'll also need to rethink the certificate system. At the very least making cheap ($1) certificates possible. Perhaps requiring them to be issued along with domain names as a complete package, your domain registrar issues a basic cert, they have all your details anyway and know you are the registered owner of the domain.
The protocol is still plain text. Only that text is then compressed and encrypted. The intended recipient can still decrypt and uncompress it to produce the original plain text.
Re: Who says he wants to spy on his people?
Exactly, this is no different from what Europe wants to do to prevent the US snooping on their citizens. With Russia it's automatically assumed that they just want to increase control over their citizens, but that Europe is just acting to protect it's citizens?
Sure Putin isn't a good guy, but then not everyone in Europe is convinced that the motives of the European leadership are entirely benign.
1961 or 1970s ???
You've quoted the OED saying that the Octothorpe originated in the 1970s, but then you quote them saying "By 1961 Hash was being used to refer to the octothorpe symbol". If the Octothorpe originated in the 70s it can't have been around in 1961 ... So which is correct?
Re: "first known example"
Not exactly, Mythbusters used vacuum pads which is an entirely different technology and pretty old hat. What Darpa demonstrated is cutting edge and very cool.
Re: Not a good review
"You even need to "export" to get an H264 file???"
Sigh. No, you need to export to get an MP4 container. The default encoding is H.264 in a standard MPEG-TS container - the type used for blu-ray, DVD, many cameras and broadcast TV. If you're still confused I suggest you google for the difference between a video codec and a container.
I would have thought the mechanism was obvious from the images in the article if not the text, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and assume you just missed it.
"Configuration is much the same on both units, consisting of simply connecting HDMI or component cables from the console into the gaming PVR. The HDMI output from the gaming PVR goes into the TV. "
Both devices operate as a man-in-the-middle on the HDMI cable, passing though the signal to the TV in real time while simultaneously passing a copy to it's onboard video encoder. Since your computer is only acting as a storage medium (optionally, since the Rocket can operate without a PC, with storage directly attached) there is no slowdown. These things are mainly designed for use with consoles, but there's nothing stopping them being used with PCs as well or indeed anything that uses HDMI (but not HDCP, so that rules out your STB or Blu-ray player).
Re: Crap, more launches.
Or, to look at it from another entirely plausible angle, spending 4 times less money will mean their budget being slashed by three quarters which is something they definitely don't want to happen as there will be less loose change to spend on their pet projects. Just because you aren't spending the money this year doesn't mean you won't want it in next years budget. Plus the larger a budget, the easier it is to siphon money from it without anyone noticing.
This is why every year local governments in the UK go on a spending spree just before their budget is reviewed, if they haven't spent all the money allocated to them for the past year they get less money for the coming year. So suddenly they care about fixing all the potholes that they've ignored for the preceding 11 months. They'd much rather have too much money than exactly the amount they need.
Re: It's still too expensive
For home automation you only need a single Pi with XRF radios (Slice of Radio £9.99 for Pi, XRF £11.88 module + circuitry) dotted around the place to control relays, take temperature readings etc. XRF is cheaper than XBee and incredibly easy to use.
What's traceroute got to do with anything?
Andy, can you enlighten those of us who thought traceroute was just a diagnostic tool and not a surveillance tool created by the government? I'm intrigued.
Re: OpenBSD is included in ... third-party packages ...
"Code patches developed by OpenBSD is included in those packages"
Yes, and that may be what the author meant, but it's not what he wrote.
OpenBSD is included in ... third-party packages ...
"OpenBSD is included in a number of popular third party packages that include SQL Lite, BIND, Sendmail and the Lynx web browser."
Err, you mean the other way around? OpenBSD includes those packages (by default), they do not include OpenBSD.
Not that those packages are specific to OpenBSD. It's a bit like saying "Windows is included in Skype" when what you mean to say is "Windows includes Skype".
The benefit is that you don't need Windows at all, forget dual booting, just switch to Linux.
Used by the NSA? Perhaps not?
This discovery actually puts a dent in the theory that the NSA were relying on this weak random number generator to crack SSL encrypted traffic. If they had been so reliant, they would have spotted early on that OpenSSL implementations weren't vunerable despite including the flawed generator. Yet they never reported the bug to OpenSSL, even though we are told it should have been in their interests to do so.
So can we conclude that either the NSA have more than one 'backdoor' into SSL and so they didn't need Dual EC DRBG working in OpenSSL, or the rumours about them exploiting Dual EC weren't true to begin with?
The Snowdon leaks have played into the NSA's hands in one respect, if terrorist feel they cannot trust the internet they'll go back to the old method of using trusted couriers to communicate and that is great news for spies. They can't simultaneously watch all internet cafes, hotels, libraries and other locations of public internet access to follow subjects back to their hiding places, but they can follow a man from A to B. It's a cheap, reliable and very well rehearsed bit of spy craft, they were doing it throughout the cold war.
Re: less helium than a balloon
Helium is a finite resource, once it escapes it cannot be recovered or re-created (on Earth at least). Hence the 'paranoia' about the quantity being used. There have already been calls to ban Helium balloons to preserve stocks.
Isaac Asimov suggested that human form robots were ultimately the most practical and versatile as they could use human tools, drive human vehicles and navigate human environments. Although ultimately more complicated to design, a human form robot could be used for almost any task currently performed by a human without redesigning our whole world around it (at incalculable expense).
Big Dog serves a vary narrow, niche purpose - it can't pick up and fire a weapon, drive a car, dial a phone or even turn on a light switch. In fact, last I saw, it couldn't even perform all the tasks of a dog - it cannot fetch, it's more of a Donkey than a Dog.
The rule is that you must file for a patent before you tell anyone else about the idea. Apple didn't do this, he told the whole world about the idea then waited five months before filing his application.
The logic behind the rule is to prevent someone sharing an idea, perhaps even encouraging them to implement it, then snaring them in a litigation trap by filing for the patent once they are about to bring a product to market.
If you tell people without first having applied for a patent, the law assumes that you are happy for others to copy the idea - you've had a good idea and want everyone to benefit from it without seeking to make a profit from it.
Re: How Much!!!!
Heh, well in my own defence, it's been a decade since I installed TRVs throughout the house and I couldn't remember exactly what they cost. Pretty sure it was more than £5 each though.
No, we understood it was meant to be a joke, it just wasn't very funny.
I'll stick with my radiators thank you, each method has it's own pros and cons but for me, especially with the dry air issue of hot air systems, radiators are better.
Above all though the reason most homes in the UK have radiators is that the buildings are much older and of a solid construction rather than the timber frame jobs they put up in a day over in the US (only to watch them blow away in a storm). You can't easily retrofit a vent system into such buildings without losing space and gaining unsightly boxing where the vents go between floors.
You also cannot control heating on a room by room basis with standard hot air systems, with a radiator a £25 thermosatic valve can be easily attached.
Panasonic have been touting this as far back as January to the professional and enthusiast photographic communities for viewing and post-processing their work. They seem to think that there is a market there and they've designed it to be powerful enough to run Lightroom and Photoshop which is certainly also the reason why it runs Windows and not Linux.
I'm not sure where this presentation stuff is coming from, maybe some last minute nerves from the marketing team, as it was made clear early on that Photographer/CAD Users/Artists etc were the target market. I believe it offers full size usb ports so that a mouse can be used.
Looking at their website, that would be the Asus ME172. The Nook HD has it beat on Screen Resolution (1440x900 vs 1024x600), screen colour reproduction (IPS vs TN) and judging by reviews battery life (Nook boasts 8h30m for web browsing, 12h30 for video, Asus just 6h30m for web browsing no figures on video).
I've just bought the Nook, with the quality and resolution of the screen and the microSD card slot, I think it will be great for reviewing photographs when I'm out and about. Should also make a fantastic wifi remote control for the Panasonic GX7 when I get my hands on one.
Re: This isn't the format you're looking for
The use of CGI didn't let down the latest three films, but the _overuse_ of CGI was definitely a major contributor. Over-extended sequences, that last film in particular, seemed to be more about showcasing the CGI than about supporting the story*.
* Yes, the story was so paper thin that it needed some support ...
Re: Not passing through walls is the major advantage of 5GHz
You're lucky that your internal walls aren't solid. 5GHz just doesn't work here in my 1920s built house where all the walls are brick, which is a shame really.
$35 + Cost of a tablet remote
Isn't the big gotcha the requirement for a device, logically a small tablet, to act as a very expensive remote control?
Yes, a lot of people have smartphones and yes many also have tablets, but this requires the phone/tablet to be permanently available by the TV which is a big ask for a family. Which device takes precedence too, or will it turn into a battle every evening with everyone changing to their favourite programme? What happens when the kids need the tablet to do their homework, or Dad has to take a business call on his mobile and disappears with the 'remote' for an hour?
So no, the price of this 'dongle' isn't $35, not even close.
Re: Good one...
Err, let me correct that last post having read the The Consumer Protection Regulations. The regulations preserve the spirit, more or less, of the original Act. Basically if the sender makes no effort to retrieve their property within 6 months, or 30 days after requested by the recipient, then the 'goods' become property of the recipient.
Re: Good one...
That section of the Act was rescinded by the The Consumer Protection (Distance Selling) Regulations 2000
You can no longer treat them as a gift, they must be returned to the sender.
Re: anyone know
Curiousity has multiple cameras, the one used to take these shots is mounted on the end of an arm, you can see parts of it in the image at the bottom right, and is not any of the camera mounted on the raised structure seen in the image.
Sorry third paragraph - "The miscreant is offering '$100 for sellers willing to part with an active, verified Play account that is tied to a dedicated server'."
A 'verified' account 'tied to a dedicated server'.
It wasn't omitted, it's right there in the second paragraph.
Re: It's been a long time...
"I thought 'a la mode' meant 'with a blob of ice cream'....."
Because it was a trend to serve your apple pie with ice cream, the term was misunderstood in the US.
As stated before, 'a la mode' is French for 'in the fashion'.
Which camera? Lens?
Come on, this is a tech site after all, I can't be the only one wondering which camera/lens was being used. I'd love to know what focal length was required to get this shot ... just in case I'm ever staying on the ISS for a couple of nights ...
I remember when a 2TB drive cost £50 ... the prices haven't returned to normal since the floods even though the factories are back to full production. The competition commission absolutely should be looking into the prices and questioning why the Seagate/Samsung and WD/Hitachi mergers were allowed when that left just 3 huge companies to dominate the market which isn't in the interests of consumers or competition.
If eInk readers were truly a dying breed then by the time the 'younger generation' are old they'll be legally blind.
In all seriousness, can anyone spend long periods reading from a tablet without suffering eye strain and associated headaches? Can many people even hold a proper tablet in their hands for extended periods without cramping?
Re: A state of equilibrium will be reached...
Atonnis - How long did the actual ordering stage take though? That was the downfall of online grocery shopping for me, it took too long to page through and select everything I wanted, even using the search only gets you so far. Unless you're ordering the exact same things week in and week out, or you don't care about comparing the prices between brands it's a painfully slow process. In the real world I can go down a supermarket aisle, grabbing what I want, assessing offers in seconds and be at the till with a full trolley in no time at all. In fact as it turned out I could drive to the supermarket, make my purchases and return home in a little over half the time it was taking just to _place_ the order online, never mind the wait for delivery.
Quite often I would find I had lost my delivery slot because it had taken so long! Instead of getting delivery on the day I wanted, I would have to wait another 24 hours. I would end up going to the supermarket anyway to buy bread and milk, it was pretty ridiculous.
Re: So, Windows is...
I seem to recall (not very well) watching an interview with an IT tech working on board a UK Sub (pretty sure it was a sub not a warship). Anyway, the stand-out point for me was when he mentioned having to reboot it periodically ...
Now I freely admit that I don't really remember it terribly well, so if someone can find the vid on youtube or whatever to get the exact quote, please do.
Re: Energy price rises
Ah, but those 'fast growing' plantation forests are terrible for the environment. They are practically lifeless ecosystems where natural flora and fauna cannot survive and to supply enough wood to heat all the homes in the UK would mean the creation of such forests on a vast scale. Anyone who still use a wood burning stove or fireplace can tell you that they go through fuel at a staggering rate. Pine and other fast growing softwoods don't even make great fuel for fires, they burn quickly and kick out little heat in the process. There is a very good reason that coal and not wood became the major fuel for fires in the 19th century.
Never mind the fact that even if you tore up half the countryside tomorrow at the loss of arable land, grazing land and nature reserves to plant those trees it would be 30 years before we could start harvesting.
Franz Sanchez - Most realistic, most violent
Franz Sanchez for me. He's the least comic book of the villains, an ultraviolet drug cartel leader based on real life characters. Unlike Blofeld et al he didn't have henchmen doing his dirty work, he got his hands dirty, very dirty. Whether it was dismembering people with a machete or string them up and lowering them slowly to a hungry shark - not to kill outright in one bite as other Bond villains might but to be chewed up piece by piece.
There was always a touch of the absurd to the other Bond villains which made them hard to take seriously, but Franz Sanchez was a cold blooded, psychopathic butcher and by far the vilest of them all. Not my favourite, but that wasn't the question being asked.
Re: Loosing money?
If you 'Cease to fucking keep' it then it's 'Not fucking fixed in place' ...
/me starts nailing all his cash to the furniture
Re: A 6-digit PIN gives 'emergency' cash to anyone who types it in
So you and four other people had a sense of humour failure then? I think you'll find that it was a joke
Re: Bloated app size
Exactly, the fact that it can't be moved to the SD card means I'm uninstalling it immediately.
Orange clouds reflected in the roof? You mean the orange/red _dust_ on the blue roof?
As for the shadows, the light source is behind the embankment, the car is in indirect light, the objects in the foreground are in direct light.
What's with the wild conspiracy theories? Are Google fans even crazier than Apple fans?
travelbookshop.ch - it's clear as day in the full res Flickr photos
Re: Excellent kit
<pre>"High end performance and feel, low end price. Couldn't ask for more, and it truly is "buttery smoth", much smother than iOS."</pre>
But no storage ... my phone (<£100 sim free) has more and that's not primarily a media consummation device. Hard to see what purpose it serves if there's not enough storage to watch videos on the plane/holiday and no way to easily switch/expand via an SD card.
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