4326 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009
Re: So instead
Only the 100th in Canada, things move a little more slowly there
Re: Racism? Really?
And yet they are happy for Canadian government emails about NAFTA negotiations to be passing through a US server
The systems and their software will be made in America
Remember this is the 100th anniversary of the War of 1812 when the US attempted to burn down Toronto (a laudable aim) and then got their butts whipped
Re: EFF = Energetic Frivolous Fools
Indeed, requiring a warrant before you spy on your own citizens. Ridiculous, they'll be wanting trials before the sentence next.
The whole point of having the right to bear arms is so that the government can have the right to enter your property whenever it wants.
1G used analogue variation in power to transmit calls
2G used digital signals to transmit calls
3G used IP packets to transmit data
4G used vague handwaving to transmit marketing bullshit
5G will use nuclear physics to actually manipulate inter-atomic bonds to send data at almost the speed of light between copper atoms. Billions of these copper atoms will be contained in a new atomic metalic fibre only slightly thicker than an optical fibre and be connected directly to each handset in what the makers a re calling cord-to-handset technology.
[x] something more sinister
A secret sinister plot by the Irish intelligence agency to take over Google and !Yahoo! ?
But if you are an American company who only pays tax in Ireland on their earnings in the UK you can expect a bit more red-carpet treatment.
Re: FTTH is a waste of time
Out here in the colonies, I'm 10km from the center of a city of 2M people that is allegedly the high tech hub of the country.
I pay $35 for ADSL 5Mb down / 0.5Mb Up and achieve exactly half that.
I could pay $70 for cable and get 15 Mb down / 0.5Mb up
For "cultural and security reasons" we are limited to a choice of one telco and one cable company.
So having fibre to the cabinet and then copper into your house limits you to what Gig-E?
I can see why Silicon roundabout has failed if I can't have 100Tb/s to my netbook
If only BT had delivered ATM to the house in the 90s Facebook would have been British.
How did they know the Swedish accents were authentic?
Because they sounded like the chef in the muppets or because they sounded like the plumber in the movie they watched in the 70s?
I think the Swedish academy of science might need to look at a more secure authentication program.
Although First Direct having it's call centre in Leeds was a good test. Unless nigerian scammers have learn't t'tak proper like wot ar do sithee.
Re: Manned spaceflight
So the whole purpose of the ISS and Nasa was to provide an incentive for commercial airliens to offer free-fall fun trips?
And WWII was justified as a publicity stunt to promote Vera Lynn's latest single
So apart from wasting $billions subsidizing Boeing to make up for the end of the cold war, being used as an excuse to spend more $billions keeping the Shuttle flying to keep a few senators with Nasa facilities happy - the ISS serves no useful purpose.
And we now have the problem that having the ISS there, restricts the flight paths of commercial sat launches.
Re: Standards should be open and free.
Certainly if you submit it to a standards body.
Pretty much all the companies on the list have been guilty of promoting some format to ISO and then once it's official announcing that they own some patent on it.
Opportunity to tender
What data will you collect = that's classified.
How will data be stored = that's classified.
How will data be retrieved = that's classified.
How ill data be backed up = that's classified.
I would do this for £1.5bn - leave the cash behind the tree in the usual place and never contact me again
>obvious we need a benchmark for Quantum Computing now.
As long as you promise not to measure it while I'm working
Re: "Ansar Al-Mujahideen" vs "Ansar al-Mojahedin"?
Iran/Iraq - only one letter different, does it matter which one we bomb?
Meanwhile in London
The International Reading Association is regretting it's new logo design
Re: Recently declassified?
Actually the whole of Canada is a disinformation campaign run by the NSA
A whole country like America; where everyone is thin, polite, have guns but don't kill people, grow their own drugs and have free healthcare? How can anyone possibly fall for that.
Re: Fast track
People only see the down side of facism, but it does make the criminal justice system very efficient.
Now if only the Daily Mail was in charge of making the trains run on time.
Re: I'm going to be controversial
Had he said it in public it would have been perfectly legal and protected by the Human Rights Act
This is the sneaky trick of using some technical legislation to make it a crime because it was on a computer system.
He was unlikely to vote, Daily Mail readers do - enough said
I thought it meant:
Article 10: Freedom of Expression
(1) Everyone has the right of freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without inference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.
I thought it was a new labour trick to use technical legislation to get around the human rights act, looks like this lot have learned from them.
Re: Missed point.
There are a lot of clever engineers inventing clever CPUs that ended up doing nothing in the market - the Transputer, the Transmeta, Intel i860. We spend most of the 90s fending off salesmen from the latest "direct compile into hardware will solve all your problems" outfit.
If you want to encourage hobbyist programmers into parralel computing then an Amazon account on a Tesla is better than a $99 homebrew board
So the market is
HPC but where power consumption matters more than performance and you don't need to transfer much data on-off the parralel processor. Can't immediately think of anything.
As for the $99 price point, if you want to play -you can rent a Tesla GPU on Amazon for $bugger_all
Re: Nothing can make a wedding nicer than...
While playing the bagpipes is widely regarded as a crime against humanity I think war criminal is a bit strong.
> There are up to hundreds of people on these planes.
There are 1000s of people on cruise ships.
The titanic was sunk by an iceberg
An iceberg is like an icecube (*)
So we must ban ice cubes - won't somebody think of the children - you can't be too careful
( - well more like an ice cube than a 1mW laser pointer is like a megawatt airborne laser)
A cost saving opportunity
Instead of $350M each for the F22 we could just issue everyone with a $5 laser pointer and they could defend us against the armadas of terrorist bombers
Re: I thought the cold war was over? Like, 20 years ago??
It stopped the Canadian Radarsat-2 being launched from the US - so it was launched form Kazakstan (no I don't understand that either)
There was also a european communications satelite that was banned from being launched in China because it contained US tech. Instead the makers helped the chinese set up their own satelite building business using their own technology.
Re: China exporting tech to the US
And how long does the expertise last if you stop doing the manufacturing?
Then you stop doing the R+D, then you stop doing the basic research.
So the UK stops making TV/computers/etc , but that doesn't matter because the inventors are still British - it doesn't matter where they are made.
Then a few years later how many TV/computer/etc designers do you have?
How long would British expertise in jet engines/radar, last if BAe moved all manufacturing abroad?
In other news
China announced a ban on exporting technology to the USA
The USA now believed to be living in caves trying to discover fire
Re: New Scientist
I've been reading it since I was at school, then I moved abroad and haven't read it for a few years
I got an online subscription - I couldn't believe how bad it is
There aren't any
The makers of the Antikythera successfully sued everyone else for using their patented round circles - and computer development stalled for 2000 years.
Re: @Dodgy Geezer
But at least we can rely on that nice Mr Putin for an eternal, cheap, and reliable supply with no strings attached.
Re: Smoke and mirrors...
It's the same system as I use to get 100mpg from my car.
By pre-filling the tank with excess waste petrol siphoned out of other cars in the car park at work I can boost the efficiency of each regular fill.
correlation is not causation
"correlation is not causation, as we all know from our college classes "
So you believe that knowing that is correlated with having attended college classes ?
Re: Well, it might be beneficial....
> no software patents (copyright covers these adequately)
Not always, it's a little more complicated than; software patent = evil
If you build a mechanical analogue computer for predicting tides you can patent that (well you could in 1872)
Now if you implement the same thing in analogue electronics you can patent that (in the 1930s)
Convert it to a single IC - still your invention and protected
What if you implemented the circuit on an FPGA - is that software?
Copyright only protects your specific FPGA code
If I took your analogue circuit and implemented it in my own FPGA in a clean room I haven't violated copyright - although I would have violated a software patent on your implementation.
So why should patents protect an idea implemented in brass gear wheels but not one implemented on a computer?
Re: face palm fail
It's not just patents it's copyright and trademark.
Do you think it's fair that the stick thin supermodel look so carefully developed by womens magazines can be ripped off by millions of starving Ethopians ?
Re: Well, it might be beneficial....
No but you can invent something based entirely on maths, numerical modelling and computer simulations.
I work for a consultancy, I design some new product or improvement to a product. I should be able to try and interest manufacturers in buying the idea without having to make it myself.
Yes patents on rounded corners of a tablet are silly - but so is limiting patents only to large manufacturers already in the field.
Re: Well, it might be beneficial....
>- patents can only be granted on production of a working model
So I invent a new design for a turbine blade shape
Rolls Royce can copy my design unless I'm able to build an entire working model jet engine to show the patent office?
Re: Bit late aren't they?
The Eu now allows patenting of naturally bred strains of plants
So with this new IP agreement any drought resistant crops growing in Africa can now be snapped up by Monsanto before those pirate farmers try and plant any of the seeds for food.
Re: A Turing Test maybe
A fault in a complex computer system generally gets identified and blamed on somebody - who is then either fired or promoted.
Basic human stupidity and greed is rarely identified and always promoted.
The kill switch is there to protect the market from it's user.
If an algorithm war between two faulty bits of software drove the price of Apple down to zero then Apple might respond by moving it's listing to a different stock exchange - the exchange would like to avoid that.
Remember the market doesn't care about the traders or the listed companies as such - it just wants things to work so people keep using it.
Re: Not really a ‘car’, is it?
>As it is, Noble and Green are ambassadors for British engineering
So following on from strapping a scrap jet engine from a 1950s fighter into a car, they are now strapping a scrap rocket engine from a 1960s SAM into a car.
And this is supposed to how there is a future in engineer? Or just that we have a lot of scrap lying around from we actually did engineering?
Re: MIssing article
If you were Musk could you resist hiring Richard Keil (?) to accompany you to some event ?
Re: That Is Why The Muslim World Is Still In The Medival Age
G20 is based on SIZE of your economy (and politics) not quality of life
Lichtenstein and Switzerland aren't in it - India and South Africa are.
Google will pay tax in turkey
Yes, like it pays tax in the UK for google.co.uk
Re: Percentages are irrelevant
Market saturation - perhaps?
There is a limited number of people who can shell out $699 for a tablet.
Assuming all those who can, already have an iPad then all the future sales will go to Android.
Of course this doesn't really matter for Apple - Porsche do very nicely with a tiny market share compared to VW
Yes - that's exactly what they are selling.
Suppose you are an independant coffee shop, or B&B or local library.
You can attempt to use your L33T ninja sysadmin skills to setup a secure, filtered, monitored web access for your customers, separate from all your internal network.
You can call Cisco and be quoted $M for some spare olympic kit.
Or you can pay skype 10quid, and forget about it.
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