1153 posts • joined Wednesday 17th March 2010 17:58 GMT
Re: Right, and not right.
What people really have to understand is that the management act to maximize their own short-term profit, not the best long-term interests of the company.
No, that would be what bad managers do. Good managers realize that long-term company interests equal long term profits for them to. Sadly we have more bad managers in the world than good ones.
Pretty accurate. It's a problem even at small businesses. The scariest one I've seen is a local jeweler. His customer database won't run on anything newer than Windows 98 and there's no way to export the data anymore except as a report. Exporting the actual database requires a separate application that seems to be extinct. (I've no idea where he got that system, but I can see why the company that made it isn't around anymore.)
Blackberry had to have already been in decline if Beiber was already popular when this happened. The kid hasn't been around the red carpets all that long and the beginning of the end for BB was 7 years ago.
Google’s argument was akin to an author copying the chapter titles and topic sentences of an advance copy of a Harry Potter book and then paraphrasing the rest and claiming it as fair use.
No, it's more akin to copying the technique used to put ink to paper. At best it'd be like using the same font for chapter headers.
But here's the frightening thing about this: the people deciding the case are essentially clueless. They don't realize that an API is nothing more than a basic set of instructions. With their ignorance and the hot air that Oracle's blowing up their tailpipes it's entirely possible that this nonsense will go Oracle's way.
Yep, I'll have nightmares about the future state of the industry if they manage to set THAT precedent.
Fox style headline:
President Obama Has No Idea How Much A Phone Bill Costs You
The article would contain a scathing criticism of how Obama is out of touch with the average American.
NBC style headline:
President Obama's Phone Most Secure In The World
The article would contain praise for how Obama persevered against a corrupt NSA that would deny a black President the right to use a smart phone.
NPR Style headline:
President Obama Continues To Promote ACA
The article wouldn't mention phones.
I do know a guy who claims in public to be able to bring down pigeons out as far as 100 yards with a .223 rifle. And he can back it up. Mind you this guy can also reliably hit a dime at 300 yards and makes a fair bit of money doing so whenever there are new gun club members gullible enough to bet he can't. Any normal person wouldn't have a chance. I don't know how he learned to shoot like that, but I've never seen his equal.
Then again, he's also likely to slap you if you suggest that you might be firing a gun at drones -- or anything else -- in a populated area, so I highly doubt he's going drone hunting any time soon.
Do I get to shoot first if I buy this?
Aren't these exactly the sort of contracts that just got Apple in trouble in the ebook market? I don't see much difference between "You can't give anyone else a better price than you give us" and "You can't subsidize anyone else more than you subsidize us".
I personally can't stand Black Friday. People let the crazy hang out on that day. Every year it seems someone gets trampled to death* by the crowds and fistfights over merchandise are common enough that no one's really surprised when they hear about it. If only the big boxes would follow Apple's example maybe we could get a dose of sanity into the biggest shopping day of the year. After all, who's going to get into a fist fight or trample some kid to death for a $25 gift card?
*For the first time in a long time I haven't heard of anyone being trampled to death in the weekend news, but I spent the weekend basically offline. I haven't really gotten any news about much of anything since Wednesday until this morning.
Re: @ alleged legion of AC trollops (eg: 11:51)
And that they specifically are due to vulnerabilities in Apache, Linux and BSD, and not incompetent administration
In my experience most successful attacks are due to bad administration, regardless of the platform. Any platform can be locked down pretty securely these days.
The one in the article is a pretty good example: it attacks PHP apps that can't grok the query strings properly. Personally I regard that sort of vulnerability in this day and age as an incompetent or lazy web developer. Honestly it's stupid easy to escape special characters in query strings in pretty much any language that would be dealing with them.
My servers have come under SQL injection attacks several times a day for several years now and never been compromised. Why? Because I teach my apps how to cleanse their input so the attacks are stripped out of the input before it goes into a query. I consider this to be as basic as using whitespace in your code.
Or Windows Server for anything Internet facing. Both have far lower vulnerability counts than a LAMP stack....
First, that's only true if you count the vulnerabilities for every package in a given distros repository, which is the equivalent of counting every single vulnerability in every single application available for Windows. No system runs every package in it's distro's repository. In fact even attempting to do so would be an exercise in frustration. Try having two wireless management systems that compete for the same resources for example.
Second, even if it were true of just the core files needed to get a Linux system off the ground a vulnerability count is a meaningless number when taken on its own. More important factors are severity, access, and time to patch. Go learn a little about security before you try to comment on it.
This really doesn't make sense to me. Either these cheap chargers are feeding the iPhones with AC power or they're pushing an absolutely insane amount of DC power. The AC power would fry an iPhone in very short order (negating the need to talk on it), and anything pushing the kind of amperage it would take to electrocute someone with DC would not be using 'cheap knockoff' type components. How is this happening?
Re: Off line
Unlike gold, the technology is just about here to make diamonds cheaply.
Technically diamonds should be cheap already. Da Beers artificially inflated their price via marketing and monopoly for over a century. From the documentaries I've seen on the subject the last couple years it looks like the monopoly is just about broken finally, but the prices haven't come down yet.
Re: Off line
I can assure you that the only people who feel miserable about drug taking are those who miss out on the fun
Tell that to a heroine addict who can't get clean. Or a parent who lost a kid to an overdose. Or the innocent victim who happened to be too nearby when a couple gangbanger dealers decided to open up on each other. Or the poor sap that the above heroine addict mugged to pay for his hit. The list goes on and on.
Drugs are a bad deal man. They always have been and always will be. You could possibly make the point that treating them as a social problem rather than a legal one would make things better (that's my feeling on the matter), but to say they don't cause misery is ignorance of the worst kind.
As for getting currency across borders, I'd go for rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and the like. It might take more of them than diamonds, but they don't have near the controls to work around.
I don't believe there had been any evidence that bitcoin is used by money launderers or terrorists.
Common sense (to me, anyway) states that they will use bitcoin just the same as they use any other currency exchange that they can. Frankly I'd be surprised if they didn't use bitcoin, at least up until the powers that be noticed it and started paying attention to it.
Re: Yes, HSBC Bank.................
Senators are duplicitous, hypocrites
In other news, water is wet.
Re: Solitary Confinement?
iirc silk road was running off a hidden service, so no exit node was involved.
That could be. My knowledge of TOR is pretty much limited to the fact that I keep tracing attacks against my web servers back to exit nodes.
Re: Hope the Feds have better proof......
Drug laws weren't created illegally. They exploit a loophole in the interstate commerce clause (the same loophole that's been exploited to the death of the 10th Amendment, but meh). I would also argue that not all of the politicians behind them had racist or religious agendas. Public health is the motivation for some of them. Look into how and why the FDA was formed ('elixir of death' is a good Google term to use) and you'll see what I mean.
In others, including this one... I'm not so sure.
If he did put out hits on his rivals then some of them probably put hits out on him as well as soon as they learned who he was. Or worse, some of them are probably in there with him.
Re: Solitary Confinement?
This was only pursued to attack copyright infringement.
Um....no. Silk Road, AKA the Amazon of illegal drugs, is not a Pirate Bay-esque operation. This has nothing to do with copyright infringement. The specific charges filed against him are murder for hire and narcotics trafficking. He may have just been running a TOR exit node or he may have been running the entire operation*, but he wasn't offering downloads of you're favorite movie.
*I'm not familiar with the evidence in this case and not commenting on his innocence or guilt, but running a TOR exit node would explain why he was fingered if innocent. Though for that to be the case the FBI would have had do have done some very spotting investigative work indeed.
Re: Yes, a "solution looking for a problem"
Neither do sharks with lasers of the "frikkin" variety.
Don't be ridiculous. Of course sharks with frikkin lasers count. But then so do the BluRay player and two consoles I own. Oh, and my 'death ray' that I use to amuse my kids*. More practical applications are range finders for surveyors, etching in things, eye surgery, and blasting missiles out of the sky.
*Apparently the ability to pop a balloon and light a match at a distance qualifies it as a death ray, though I'm not quite sure why. My kids think it's the coolest thing since sliced cheese though. I'm sure that in a pinch I could use it to start a camp fire, but I think it'd be quicker to use one of the friction methods of fire building I know.
Re: I know this'll bring on a world of hurt but ..
I would argue that many of the elements that Samsung copied shouldn't have been patentable in the first place. Rounded corners? Lock screens? Come on, these things are obvious.
This whole thing, to me, reeks of same the kind of legal jiggery as when Miracle-Gro sued Terracycle for having green and yellow packaging.
Re: How much MORE the damages will be
patents that Android violated.
"Have you tried turning it off and on again?" That's their first piece of advice.
Work tech support for very long and that's ALWAYS your first advice. It seems obvious, but few people try it before they call for help.
c'mon, it's always the user
Not always, but more often than not.
I'll be over here, thanking God that I managed to get promoted away from the hell desk way back when.
Re: Again with the PS4 ad?
What's wrong with the Wii U? Anything in particular, or is it not significantly better than the Wii?
I get a sore neck just thinking of looking back and forth between the tablet controller and the TV, for starters. That and Nintendo just doesn't seem to be getting the top titles anymore, apart from their own that is. Not that they did with the Wii, but they had an innovative interaction that changed the whole industry. Who didn't love actually swinging Link's sword? I don't see anything that compelling in the Wii U to make up for it's lack of titles targeted to the 30 something audience that the other consoles target (you know, the first-generation gamers that the industry has grown up with, such as me).
If my kids were a little older it might be different, but they're young enough that they wouldn't know the difference between the Wii games that are about to get a whole lot cheaper and the much more expensive Wii U games, so why spend the extra money for games I won't play and they won't enjoy any more than what I have now?
Education work on year-ahead schedules. This year it's launched and a few teachers notice, next year it's brought to the attention of the curriculum/exam boards, they consider it for the next year, then they announce it will be an option the year after that, then schools start to buy them.
Spot on. As a tech working in an educational environment, that's exactly right. It takes a while for the people who would want the tech to notice it. Then, before anything can be implemented a plan for how it will be used must be written. You'd be shocked at how long that can take, especially when it comes to anything that's going to need to be budgeted. Finally it has to go to the school board for approval, and you know what committees of elected officials are like.
Re: Running out of hands
Full disclosure: I've never even tried to have something published, though a poem I wrote was copied and published by someone else under their own name. I never pursued the matter since the lawyer would cost me far more than I could ever hope to get in royalties from it. Besides, its not like I was ever going to publish it myself. (In case you're wondering, yes I was angry, no I haven't talked to that 'friend' since, and no the poem wasn't any good. Quite how they got someone to publish it is beyond me).
Anyway, it would seem to me that net sales are probably higher as a result of this service. I would imagine it would be similar to how music sales when up when Napster was in its infancy. Most people were still on dial-up internet then, so downloading more than a few megabytes worth of music was impractical. They'd get one or two songs and then go buy the album because they liked them and didn't want to tie up their phone line all day to get the rest of it. It's the same sort of thing with what Google's doing. You read a chapter and want to read the next one so you go buy the book.
Alpha is, by the way, used by Microsoft's Bing search engine and Apple's voice-controlled personal assistant Siri to look up information.
Neither of those is a promising example of what it can do. Just saying....
If a university were doing the exact same thing that Google is no one would bat an eye at it. The only reason this case exists at all, as with a couple others over the past couple years. Remember how people whined when Google bought Motorola and didn't change their licensing policy? No one said a word when Motorola was using the exact same policy, but everyone lost their minds when it was Google.
Not that they don't commit their fair share of corporate sins, but they seem to have become sue-bait.
Re: Wrong on so many levels
In my example I could scan a 500 page textbook, and every day of term put up a different 5 pages , being careful to remove the previous day's pages. No one can honestly tell me THAT is the intent of fair use.
You could, but that's not what Google's doing.
The jobs listings show Apple is also looking for an expert in "restricted substances and green chemistry", which isn't as dodgy as it sounds.
What do you mean dodgy? Pot's not considered dodgy at all in California anymore.
That, AC, is a pretty brainless accusation. When you've got an economy that's not doing very well you don't take hundreds of millions of dollars from that economy and give it to a different economy. That's just stupid, unless of course you're trying to hurt the economy that's already ailing.
Re: Let the whining
I'd like to know a bit more about what vulnerabilities were exploited to get it installed...
Usually Linux malware gets out (in the rare instance that it does actually get out) through compromised repositories, though that doesn't seem to be the case here since it only infected one host.
What really makes me mad about the Obamacare site is not that it's had problems staying up (that's to be expected: the ringmaster of the political circus has been AWOL for a good long time, since well before Obama, so the clowns are running everything). My biggest problem is the mountain of cash paid by a government that's broke residing over a nation with a broken economy to a FORIEGN web firm. Where the hell do they get off sending that money to Canada when they could be giving it to one of the hundreds of competent web development firms or thousands of proven good freelancers here in the US and stimulating our own economy? That's the part that pisses me off.
Really its still no nearer being a viable power source
With the death of Bussard it's actually further off than it was a few years ago. From looking over his data (the portion thats available to the public that is -- most of it is owned by the US Navy) I firmly believe that had he had the funding he needed the first large scale fusion reactor would be running today. It fills me with a great sense of loss that the powers that be at the time decided to spend the money on a war on the other side of the planet instead.
I can't even imagine the nightmare of replacing our desktops with a VDI solution. It might make sense for an organization with a few hundred desktops in one location, but for us, with 20 locations spread all over town sharing 2 server rooms connected by a fiber optic MAN and somewhere around 7000 desktops, it wouldn't. It also doesn't make sense for the small businesses that make up 80% of all businesses in the US and have, at most, a dozen or so computers.
So basically, no, the business desktop is not going away anytime soon. If anything were going to replace it laptops would have (and, to be fair, have for a lot of businesses, but not enough to kill the market).
Technically the information wouldn't reach us at all until we slowed down to subluminal speeds. Even as fast at .9c is fast enough that everything we see would be very distorted. At 1c everything would be complete whiteout. Faster than that and sight becomes completely useless. When we slowed down again is when we'd perceive things. So in essence if we got up to say 1.5c and took a quick jaunt out to Pluto and back at that speed and then slowed down and perceived what was happening 2 hours and 40 minutes ago* would it not be accurate to describe the experience as travelling in time?
*Yes, I actually did the math, though I make no guarantee that I did it right.
I reckon someone was coming close to finally revealing PJ's identity
I'm fairly certain PJ's identity was known to the wrong people (AKA the US government) already. The NSA has been collecting emails for years and identifying the person behind Groklaw would have no doubt been high on their list of priorities (right behind identifying terrorists I'm sure). If you were pulling gratuitous legal shenanigans wouldn't you make sure you knew who the popular blogger putting legal proceedings into layman's terms for the world was?
The Wii U is a non-starter for me.
Sony irritated me to no end with the PS3 (it's not ok to treat your entire customer base like thieves Sony). I've not yet gotten to the point that I'm ready to trust them again.
There's no way I'm shelling out hundreds of dollars for a console that can be remote bricked. That's especially true if Microsoft is the company with the button. They've been known to break their own products to force people to update before after all.
Basically, I'm skipping this generation. I don't have time to play games anymore anyway and my kids are young enough to not care yet. I'll see you all around 2018 or so for the PS5, XBox*insert random number here*, and Wii Wii releases.
Re: Again with the PS4 ad?
You see to have overlooked the Wii U.
I've been a Nintendo fanboy since the mid 80s and even I'm not interested in the Wii U. It'll be the first Nintendo platform that I'm not going to buy. It's a shame that I won't be able to say I've owned every Nintendo console anymore, but oh well.
I'm getting the impression from a lot of comments that you all think this will be done by elementary or primary school aged kids. That I highly doubt. I would imagine that this would be more likely done by high school and college aged students. I'm thinking this will be done by 16-22 year olds here, not kids so young that short attention spans are still the norm. At least that's the age range you'd be looking at something like this in the educational environment I grew up in.
Bug bomb a house and kill thousands of cockroaches painfully, no one says a word. Painlessly wire up one for remote control and everyone loses their freaking minds.
In seriousness there is an ethical concern here, but is it really all that bad in comparison to how we treat cockroaches on a regular basis. While I agree that there's no scientific value to be had here there is some educational value. This can be used to demonstrate in a hands-on way how nerve impulses respond to electricity. To me this doesn't look any different than dissecting a frog in biology class.
Is it something that should be done without careful thought? No, absolutely not. As I said there is an ethical concern here that we must weigh. Personally I don't see this as sadistic, unless of course the ice water bath fails to anesthetize the cockroaches (and given that ice water makes a passable local anesthetic for humans I would imagine it works very well for insects) , but we are tampering with a living being with this thing. That's something to think about.
Basically, I'd neither dismiss nor embrace this as a classroom project lightly.
Based on the reactions of the commentards, might I suggest to Microsoft that the next IE mascot be a pedo-anthro-octopus-schoolgirl? And make her dead just to cover all the bases.
I'll be over here....selling mindbleach for $20/gallon.
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Where the men are men and the goats are nervous.
I needed a good laugh today. Well done.
I've run into something similar. Our username convention is last name first initial. We made an exception for a kid named T. Shi when he started school though.
You know, in sci fi when they have an object changing it's own trajectory they usually come to a rather different and more interesting conclusion that "It's spinning so fast that part of it are blowing off".
More proof: the real world is boring.
Future history book:
"And so when the robot apocolypse came there was one group of robots who insisted on keeping a few humans alive and well hydrated."
At least they die happy, doing what they loved.
Yes, I know. I'm going.
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