Right now, at this particular moment, I think I known exactly the way he was feeling. How satisfying it must have been to keep on pulling the trigger at a Dell machine ...
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EU has already said that it will not "fix" the problem
If Google are fixing the search results (and I am not convinced that a solid case has been made to support this accusation) then they must be doing it by adjusting the search ranking algorithm. However Vestager has already said "It's very difficult to supervise the algorithm ... it is very important to find something that is guided by principle, which basically leaves the algorithm and the screen design to Google". This statement sounds a lot like "we cannot really sort out the problem, so we are just going to smack Google with a massive fine to help our budget, and then keep smacking them when they do not fix the problem in the way that we have not told them to do".
Re: The ultimate patent:
I think someone actually tried to get a patent in the US on the "business" process of getting a patent and using it to sue someone else. As far as I recall it was initially granted, but the Patent Office subsequently revoked it when the patent owner threatened to sue the Patent Office.
"People speak different languages, the group reminded Kommissar Ansip"
That's the next thing the Euro Commision is going to address. Expect them to specify a standard Euro-language that everyone must speak with massive fines if you fail (and round-the-clock monitoring to make sure you keep to the rules).
Of course the language is going to have to be a mixed hybrid of every language spoken in Euro-land.
Re: Visual Line of Sight
Drone operation is either VLOS ("Visual Line of Sight") or BLOS ("Beyond Line of Sight"). Typically you need multiple communications systems to operate in BLOS mode (e.g. long-range UHF coupled with satellite communications). At the moment no aviation authority allows small-drone BLOS operation, although the CAA is working on the rules.
It is important to note that the Swedish police cannot arrest anyone (Assange or not) in their embassy unless the ambassador gives them permission. However the ambassador can give the Swedish police permission to enter the embassy in order to ask Assange questions, although he cannot force Assange to answer them.
Of course if the ambassador is fed up with Assange and allows the Swedish police to arrest and remove him, the moment Assange steps out the door the UK plods are going to be all over him like a rash. At that point the Swedish police will just have to go to the end of the queue; the UK courts get first dibs on a small account of breah of bail conditions.
Of course the NSA has a simply counter to tis strategy - they get a few tame Congress-criters to pass a law making it illegal to knowing send something to a non-existent address, with *huge* penalties if the law is broken.
KB3033929 has certainly borked our system. The problem is that having reverted it off the system, MS Update insists on trying to reapply it even though I have set it manual update installation only. Obviously Uncle Bill still knows what's best for you!
Re: Who trained the Japanese to torpedo bomb?
[But it's interesting to note that both the Italian and British fleet avoided at all cost a battleship battle in the Mediterranean]
I disagree; the RN had a serious attempt to engage a battleship-vs-battleship action at the Battle of Cape Matapan, but the Regia Marina legged it for home when their flag ship (Vittorio Veneto) was hammered by an air attack lauched from the Formidable. The RN got a consultation prize however when then managed to sneak three battlkeshipd up on an Italian force of three cruisers + 2 destroyers at night; the results were pretty predictable when the first warning the Italians had was the gun flashes at point-blank range!
It should be noted that the RN commander subsequently signalled the Regia Marina in the clear giving them the location of survivours and guaranteeing safe passage for a hospital ship.
Re: Not so vulnerable...
[... if it took 20 bombs and 17 torpedoes to sink it. Just check what was needed to sink HMS Hood in a far shorter time.]
You really are comparing apples with pears in your statement. A few points to consider:
1. Hood was built nearly 30 years before the Musashi. Technology had moved on a lot in that time - no WW1-vintage battleship could ever realistically win in a straight-up fight with a WW2 (aka "modern") battleship.
2. Hood was a battlecruiser, not a battleship. Battlecruisers had heavy guns but thin armour, and were intended to fight and destroy cruisers, not battleships - the Battle of the Falklands in WW1 is a perfect example of how they should have been used. In the Battle of the Denmark Strait, Hood's real job was to smash the Prinz Eugene to scrap, not to take on the Bismark.
3. Hood had known flaws in her armour protection. She was scheduled for a rebuild to correct those problems in 1940 or so. Not surprisingly the rebuild was cancalled when WW2 kicked off.
4. Hood was at least sunk in a ship-to-ship fight, which is what she was designed to do. Musashi never fired her guns in anger; she was taken apart by a concentrated aircraft strike.
It is interesting to speculate what would have happened if the Musashi and Yamato ever came face-to-face with an equivalent US battleship force. I suspect that the USN might have found itself gravely overmatched - the 18" monster guns mounted on the Musashi/Yamato would have seriously out-ranged the American 16" guns, and even a single hit by one them would have probably caused major damage. Fortunately for the Americans, Pearl Harbour forced them to use a much more dangerous weapon - the aircraft carrier.
This is not really a surprise
The technology that will allow these very small drones to fly BLOS (Beyond Line of Sight) is still being developed, and the rules are still in the process of being defined. Surprisingly the UK CAA is in the forefront here: they are currently trying to define rules for drone BLOS operation, and there is an expectation that (once they have completed the process) all of the other aviation authorities will simply adopt them with little more than minor regional amendments.
Re: Its a planet.
Titus-Bodes law? Good grief you are behind the times, that hypothesis was discounted a long while ago.
Moons? Some asteroids have moons, but no-one was suggested that thet are planets. Also some planets do not have moons (Venus & Mercury for starters) but no-one has suggested that they are not planets.
With the discovery of dozens of Kuiper-Belt Objects (KBOs), some of which are larger than Pluto, the astromical community decided that they had to get a proper definition of what is a "planet" - up to then there was no definition, just an informal agreement. Rightly or wrongly the definition they eventually came up with excludes Pluto, but you have to draw the line somewhere.
It's still a type of jamming
It may not be as crude as simply swamping the area of white noise on the necessary frequencies, but it is still a form of jamming. I would suggest that the FCC has made the correct call on this one.
Re: Rasbeen there done that...
Raspbian is not Ubuntu.
I'd beg to differ
For a lot of embedded systems, 600 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage is extremely high spec.
This is going to fail big time!
I am currently working on an advanced satellite communications system; the target platform has 1 GB of FLASH (has to store the kernel, root FS image, FPGA bitstream, DSP code and user configuration files) and 512 MB of memory. I was vaguely interested until I saw the minimum hardware spec, now I cannot (and will not) touch it no matter what it offers.
Not certain what Shuttleworth is thinking - MS proved that trying to push out an embedded BSP OS with huge hardware requirements just results in an equally huge market failure. I guess that that lesson needs to be learned once again.
Re: So he admits it
Microsoft screws up its kernel all of the time, and patches frequently result in yet more screw-ups. I guess however that Mr AC thinks that is acceptable since they are professional screw-ups.
Re: The zuck has blinked..
I went one step further - I have never, and will never, have a Facebook account and deliberately disable the Facebook app on my 'droid phone. If I ever find that they have any information on me, I will happily drop them in a whoel barrel-load of c**p - face(book) down.
WIN/Gallup International, survey of EU support in 13 European countries, results published on 21st or 22nd December 2014.
In a poll just before Christmas, 51% indicated that they would vote to leave the EU.
You are forgetting that the film directly struck at the over-inflated ego of the Nork's Great Leader.
Re: Google will quit Europe
It will be dire. All of a sudden the EU (and all of its members of course) will have absolutely no way of extorting money from Google. One big fat revenue stream gone for ever.
Besides a French court cannot impose a driving ban on a UK license (or vice versa). The most they can do is fine you.
Getting stuffed ...
... the 18th century utilitarian philosopher Jeremy Bentham had his body stuffed...
I'd like to do that to most of the House of Commons.
Re: How is Ariane 6 cheaper?
Astrium does not exist; it's was officially renamed as "Airbus" this year.
Re: Great stuff.
UK is a major member of ESA - goes a long way to paying my salery! However Arianespace is not a part of ESA - it is an independent company (albeit spun off after ESA developed the Ariane 3 and Ariane 4), however ESA still has a vested interest in Ariane launches and hence helps fund the development of each Ariane generation.
Arianespace launch control is located on Devil's Island. Darmstadt is the location of ESOC (European Space Operations Centre) that manages ESA satellites and deep-space missions.
Prehaps we need to understand the core problem
Some thoughts ...
The core problem we have here is that we are in the middle of a pretty fundamental shift in the nature of information and how it can be controlled. 30 or 40 years ago national or multi-national organisations could easily control what information is available to people under their jurisdiction; this was enabled by a simple process of censorship and banning unwanted publications. The process worked because the information distribution mechanisms were largely paper-based, and hence easy to identify, amend and block. There was no central index of all of the information available to people, hence it was not easy to determine whether someone had published something that (while true) you did not like; even if they had your ability to delete the offending item was pretty limited - how do you recall & pulp every copy of a newspaper when some of those copies may well be overseas?
In the 1980s however the Internet appeared and started to grow at an enormous pace. Information distribution rapidly adapted to this new media and the Internet started to take the form of a huge database of information. It rapidly became very difficult to find what you wanted unless you already knew were it was, so companies like Google came along and started to catalogue and index the contents of the Internet.
Roll on to today and people have suddenly realised that these indexes are a weak spot in the Internet's information database - remove any reference to something you don't like from the index and hay-presto no-one can find it unless they already know where it is. Censorship by the citizen, although whether this is good or bad thing is a something that I am in two minds about. More to the point is that national and international organisations now have the chance to share in this process and censor/cover-up any unfortunate facts that are in the public domain. Oh joy!
The one fly in the ointment is that companies like Google are multi-national. No national or international organisation has a jurisdiction that covers all of their operations. So what we are seeing now is an attempt by the EU to expand its legal authority to cover the entire world (much like the US keeps on trying to do). However doing so could run into a few show stoppers: for example what can the EU do if Google Inc. (in the US and the controller of google.com) refuses to play ball - any attempt by the EU to punish Google EU for this could run into all sorts of legal problems. Or what happens if the EU orders Google EU to remove something from all of its search engines across the world, by the US government tells Google Inc. tells it not to do any such thing.
This could get very interesting ...
Re: For once, I'm with the French...
Have you ever tried to read the T&Cs? Most of the time they might as well have been written in Navajo for all the sense that I can make out of them.
Re: Tough choice...
Just to add to Assange's (self inflicted) woes, when he does step (or get thrown) out of the embassy, the first thing that will happen is that he is going to be hauled in front of some very unamused UK judges who will want a *very* good answer as to why he skipped bail. It is entirely likely that he could spend a month or two in a UK slammer before having his backside kicked over to Sweden.
At last, a sane ruling from an Italian court.
The original convictions should never have be made in the first place. in fact the charges where obviously some chair-warming bureaucrat’s attempt at pre-emptive blame management. Earthquake prediction is not a precise science; in fact it is closer to guess work sometimes as any seismologist will tell you.
Re: It's not just about Skype
The core problem is that the standards MS claim they are using are not designed for desktop systems, so the scope for things breaking (because you are trying to force it to do something it was not designed to do) has just gone *way* up.
Re: sensible, usable alternative.
MS Outlook, using Zarafa and Postfix as the back-end.
Re: 5th time warning or else
I think they noticed the warnings - for about 5 seconds before they were dropped in the bin.
The EU will not do anything about Germany breaking the rules regardless how many warnings they issue - after all Germany controls the EU!
Re: Applies where?
Having tasted the stuff, I suspect it is - pretty rusty ones as well.
This announcement worries me
My company (I'm the IT Manager) use SLES as our primary server infrastructure due to it's high reliability (the last reboot occurred when we physically relocated the servers to a new site; since then we've had 100% up-time). I was concerned when Attachmate took over SUSE, but decided to wait and see. Now I am *really* worried - does Micro Focus actually have any commitment to Linux (AFAIK the answer to that is a responding No). Might be time to work up some contingency plans switching our infrastructure to Redhat/Centos.
Re: And of course...
Spammers are simply applying the Wizard's First Rule (as stated by Terry Goodkind):
"People will believe anything, either because they want to believe it's true, or because they are afraid that it is true"
Politicians use this all of the time!
The problem is investor expectations
In the US (and probably to a much lesser extent in the UK) investors have the view that they are totally entitles to make money with no risk; if they make an investment that fails big-time they automatically blame someone (anyone) else and reach for the lawyers instead of admitting to themselves that they screwed up. A much better solution in this case is to simply cut their losses and pull their money out; Apple will come to heal *much* faster when their share price starts to skydive.
Re: 24th September - Night Excursion
There are bars there but they are not very good - they just have no atmosphere.
I'll just get my coat ...
Re: Can you turn it off?
You can disable your ability to send an SMS; just delete the number of the SMSC.You cannot stop your mobile from receiving SMS since that is built into the standard.
Not quite, although you are close.
SMS messages get sent through the GSM control channel that normally handles the control plane traffic (e.g. call sent-up/tear-down, base station hand-over, et al). This implementation came about due to a historical oddity; basically when the GSM standards were first defined they discovered that they had some spare capacity left on the control channel so someone had the bright idea of defining a messaging service although "no-one would ever want to use it" (famous last words IMO); this is way SMS messages have such an odd maximum size - it reflects the message size of the GSM control channel.
You are right in that SMS transmission is more-or-less "free" to the network operators, their only costs is in maintaining the SMSC and the inter-operator links.
A basic misunderstanding of supernovae
Franson has based his work on a conundrum raised by an old supernova explosion: that when supernova SN 1987A was observed in 1987, neutrinos were spotted 7.7 hours before the event became visible when photons arrived.
While we do not completely understand the physics underlying a supernova (the simulations show the shock wave stalling a few milliseconds after it rebounds from the collapsed core), scientists do pretty much agree that:
1. The neutrinos are generated during the initial core collapse;
2. The photons are generated when the shock wave reaches the surface of the star; and
3. The two preceding events are separated by several hours.
I guess Franson must have assumed that everything happens instantly. Just shows what an idiot he is.
Re: Define "drone"
Another one for you:
RPAS - Remotely Piloted Aeronautical System
The trem UAV is mostly used for the big military systems (e.g. REAPER); smaller systems prefer the term RPAS since it has not had much bad press (yet).
Re: No IBM?
Given what the Nazgul did to SCO (have a look at the Groklaw archives if you need really your memory refreshed) is it any wonder that they have decided to keep a long way away from Big Blue?
Re: Wasted IP ranges
The companies paid a pretty penny for those IP addresses
The organisations paid nothing for them - they asked for them when IPv4 was still young and no-one had thought about the concept of address exhaustion. IANA asked the companies to return them several years ago in exchange for smaller blocks (e.g. /16 - still plenty for most people) but only one university complied with the request - all of the others either flatly refused or (in some cases) ignored the request and did not bother to reply.
Re: I don't get it
Different issue - you are thinking of the "right to be forgotten", the article is referring to broader EU data protection and privacy legislation.
Re: "US Marshals raiding Florida police"
Given that the documents were apparently a part of a current court case and that the judge was just in the process of unsealing them, I'd have thought that the actions of the US Marshals might be considered by the judge as a clear case of Contempt of Court.
Every sysadmin must make one really big screw-up in their career
Mine was the command "rm -rf / tmp/*" (note the significant space). The subsequent panic-stricken CONTROl-C was not quite fast enough.
Does anyone know what the music is ....
... I think I might try to get a recoding. Lovely stuff.
Re: Just wondering...
The gamma ray burst propogates along the spin axis of the brand new bouncing bady black hole; the accretion disk is in orbit around its equator.
"Presumably the plaintiffs lawyers get a percentage of the settlement..."
Yeah, about 95% I think