Oh look, another DevOps article. If you push just 3 more articles about this, I'm just going to have to admit I'm wrong and that DevOps IS the most relevant thing and interesting topic I can read about right now.
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I’m traveling in a car at the speed of light and I turn the headlights on, does anything happen?”
If you have mass you can't travel at the speed of light
A photon has mass, and is by definition, traveling at the speed of light.
Re: Low mass? Hollow??
Low mass? Hollow??
How'd they work that one out?
They know roughly the strength and direction of the gravity field the object should be experiencing that close to the moon.
Mass can be worked out if you know the velocity of an object and measure how that velocity is changed by the gravity field it's traveling in.
Hollowness is simply based on the apparent size of the object compared to what they think it's mass is based on known densities of different materials the object might be made of.
Re: Was it intentional though?
"Did VW really intend to 'cheat' the system? Or was it a 'feature' used to make the cars low emission when used in built up areas?"
The software specifically triggered on the pattern of stops / accelerates / cruises (and probably other indicators such as GPS not showing any speed while the wheels reported speed) which are used in the various tests.
Re: I Don't Care
My VW Golf estate diesel does between 55 and 65 mpg
Assuming it's a model which is affected by the emissions cheating software, then when that ECU software is updated then you won't be getting 55-65 mpg any more. That's the whole point, to make vehicle meet the required NOx emissions standards it will mean VW is effectively going to have to make the cars run in the test cheating mode all the time reducing power and fuel efficency (or install Urea injector hardware to every vehicle affected)
Re: NHS funding
If it's true that the cars (outside of tests) only get 40 instead of 50 to the gallon (as an example), people want the 10mpg difference with interest in cash for however many thousand miles they've driven.
No, the vehicles will have been doing 50mpg (or what ever the figure is) in real life conditions for the lifetime of the vehicle up to the point where the fix is applied to the engine management system so there are no claims from a consumer on that score.
The issue is that in order to achieve that stated mpg figure they had to emit far more NOx compounds than they are allowed to, so the government has a legitimate grip for the past performance of the vehicles.
The fix to make the vehicles hit the corrent NOx emission requirements is probably going to reduce the mpg figure and the performance of the car, so after the fix is applied the consumers have a pretty legitimate grip that the vehicle isn't performing as advertised and would demand compensation for future increased fuel bills and potentially increased rate of deprecation (whose going to want to pay the same price for a used VW now as they did last quarter?)
It's a pretty nasty little catch-22 for VW, the government are going to come after them for emission in the past. For the future they either do nothing and incur the wrath of the government or do something and incur the wrath of their customers. There's no nice way out of this for them.
I think Shergar was always pretty close to naked, so I don't think that would be very surprising
Re: You know you're a loser when...
You know you're a loser when...
You try to cash a stolen payroll check, and the teller recognizes her husband's name on the check.
Unlucky maybe, but not what I would call a loser in the sense which I think you mean... unless said loser knew the couple of course and still didn't think she'd notice.
IOCOSE are a collective of four artists: Matteo Cremonesi (Brescia, IT), Filippo Cuttica (London, UK), Davide Prati (Berlin, DE) and Paolo Ruffino (London, UK). They have been working as a group since 2006 through a variety of media, such as websites, videos, social networks, portraits, sunflower seeds and dogs.
No doubt a funny project, but it does look a bit like a bunch of professional artists trying to discredit anyone not a professional artist by picking out the worse examples.
I'm not sure that rising insurance premiums will be allowed to reach a point where people can't afford them. That doesn't really play out very well for the insurance industry...
I suppose that depends on how driverless cars are insured. If the owner has no effect on operation then making owners buy insurance seems pointless and the vehicle should effectively be insured by the manufacturer. In that case large part of the car insurance industry will wither and die.
If the user is still expected to maintain insurance to use the road, then from the insurance industries point of view, it's still just a car policy with a different risk analysis, so long as the average profit margin per policy remains the same then I don't see why the car insurance industry would care.
Advertising on websites
Advertisers already know a fair bit about a site reader by knowing about the site not the reader. If I'm reading TheReg or Slashdot, I'm probably interested in Tech, so advertise Tech related products to me. If I'm reading a Motorbike forum, show me a picture of that latest Ducati.
You don't need to track me individually from the Tech related site to the Motorbike related site just to show me an Intel ad while I'm asking a forum about bleeding brake lines.
I've never had a big problem with ads, except maybe Popups etc which get in the way of the article I'm reading, but I have a big problem with companies I have no relationship with logging every webpage I visit and that desire to avoid tracking is what forces me to run with RequestPolicy etc.
The Online Advertising industry seem more interested in tracking than advertising.
After all the fuss they've walked into by now you'd have expected them to have learned some lessons.
Lessons were learnt, unfortunately the lesson wasn't sale of patient data is bad, it was don't let privacy campaigners find out about the scheme ahead of time.
Well, that article all seemed a bit wishy-washy and didn't really go anywhere.
The only Smart Meter that I would consider worth while would be one which compares the unit prices on offer from each supplier at different times during the day and auto switched supplier for me.
Re: A revelation
+1 for Request Policy here
However, trying to find the right combination of domains to enable to see the content you wanted to look at is not always an easy thing to do.
Re: mSpy statement
As I understand things, if mSpy had been UK-based then it would be legally obliged to inform people if personal data it holds on them had been breached.
"Dear X, you don't know it, but we've been snooping on you and harvesting details about your personal life....."
Don't companies in this country also need informed consent to collect personal data? Seems mSpy would fail at the first hurdle in this country because they would need permission of every target they are tracking to be able to collect anything.
Employers would be able to make users of company phones give consent but then it's not a secret monitoring system any more.
Parents giving consent for collection of personal data on their children is a bit murkier. I'm not sure how that would work.
I see the value coming from 2 directions
1) Today's poorest are tomorrows outsourcing locations
A bit of investment now gains you a huge market share for those groups most likely to have big percentage increases in income in the future. A group who will be very easy to profile by the gatekeepers because all the traffic is in plain text.
2) Chance to become de facto communications provider
A bit of investment now means you already have a network in place ready for expansion as a poor country starts to increase it's communications requirements as it takes on outsourcing work for the 1st world, why use a local company when Internet.org already has a fledgling comms network in place and serving people in exactly the sort of locations outsourcers are likely to want a comms network.
"If they weren't allowed to make test flights in the US, how has the model approved for the test flights already become obsolete?"
I believe no approval is needed for indoor flights, presumably the data gained from those flights which didn't need approval were enough to move the design forwards but eventually outdoor flights/real world flights will be needed
Re: snail mail
I suspect the slightly longer composition time is not the reason someone like that might prefer snail mail to email.
Snail mail is harder to forward to people that weren't on the original addressee list. Someone has to have physical access to the letter and time / desire to forward it to someone else, and the more people you want to forward it to the more effort it takes. And of course, a physical letter is much easier to destroy, in fact short of taking deliberate steps to preserve a letter chances are it will be lost / destroyed in a fairly short time.
Email on the other hand is trivial to forward to lots of people, doesn't require physical access to the document and has a nasty habit of sticking around somewhere for long periods of time and also tends to have logs to backup it's authenticity to some extent.
I suspect that people like those mentioned in the article prefer not to use email because it has a tendency to resurface years later at embarrassing times.
Re: In other news...
Why? It says they are uploading custody photographs
You're assuming they are matching the custody photo to other custody photo's as opposed to say matching a custody photo to a picture of someone on the street (public protests, sporting events cctv images etc) as a way of identifying people outside of custody.
The masks will be worn in public, not in custody.
Re: That's not even tax avoidance, that's tax evasion.
And illegal. For him, and for you too, if you know he's going to do it. Which you do, because why else would he give you a discount for cash?
With Cash In Hand, he can go straight to the building yard, buy the materials he needs for this or the next job and if he's using cash directly in like that then there is no waiting for transactions to clear, no bank fees for paying the money into the bank account etc. Sure Tax Avoidance is a possible reason for a reduction but by no means the only one.
All the previous commenters missing the point
Amazon are not really unprofitable, they are just making sure that all the profits they make are 'reinvested' so that the don't have any tax to pay.
What, then, is Sway for?
it's for the one thing it already does... forcing greater adoption of OneDrive
Re: Card clash detection
How are TFL detecting card clash?
I don't know for sure, but the obvious check would be to find 2 transactions from the same scanner less than a few seconds apart.
What inflation? The leaf can't last forever and there is a hard albeit variable limit to the supply each year.
Re: I would love to use solar panels
Except I refuse to pay such a price for something that only has a 20% efficiency rating, and doesn't last a decade at that rating.
Why do you care about efficiency when you are talking about making use of energy which is currently not exploited at all (i.e. 0% efficiency).
Surely what you actually care about is price per kW, efficiency plays into that by affecting the surface area of the panels needed to provide a certain kW / day but if you can get solar for less per kW than the grid provides it, even if only using cells which were 5% efficient, wouldn't you take it?
Sure, in a future and every spare inch of roof space is already generating power then efficiency becomes a significant decision maker in it's own right but at the moment, cost per kW is king.
Re: Operation battery death
So presumably anybody on the affected network has their phone battery flattened as the thing shouts away at the top of its voice?
No, only the phone with the correct ID.
Seems to me that if the user monitored transmit power relative to signal strenght then they might have an easy indicator that the phone is not connected to a normal base station.
There's a man who'll end up stabbing himself one day.
"We’ll continue working hard to build great new experiences for the ever increasing number of Google+ fans."
And as Google+ extends its reach into different Google services, so my participation in those services decreases. I'm basically down to my email address now which ironically has my real name as a the user part of the address.
I had the same thought, I think the idea is to have light patches/wire purely intended for easy identification of which suit is which based on colour and maybe pattern, not as a beacon to aid in locating a suit or help identify orientation which for a item which can theorecticaly have any orientation relative to the observer seems a bit weird.
Personally I would have had a light wire on viewable from every angle running down the lenght of the arms and legs (to help show that human shape), with a standardized easy to recognise pattern at the top and bottom of the torso to help identify orientation, maybe something as simple as a single wire running around the bottom of the torso and 2 parallel towards the top, finally a light panel front and back, again something simple light a large circle front and a large square at the back to indicate orientation and maybe a non equilateral triangle on top of the helmet with the sharper pointing forwards.
Then you have either colour or maybe patterned patches on shoulders to identify individuals if needed.
That makes it easy to location, orientate and identify a suit.
Re: Jobs was a genius
The hardware turns over ok.... if once every four to five years is ok.
My last TV lasted 20 years.
There nothing, NOTHING, wrong with charging for free software. Zero, zip nada, not a thing. You can even charge for GPL software, there is no problem.
This is a Trademark / Contract issue. If there weren't any restrictions associated with the use of the Trademark then you would be correct. As it is, you're an idiot.
The shark is lurking in the bath; last place you would expect one.
Actually, the last place I'd expect a shark is the aircondition duct.
Think about it, you, being a sauve internationally recognised undercover agent, are casually walk around the room looking for venomous snakes or spiders or scorpions with a lighter and a can of deodorant thinking you're being all cleaver.
You open the airconditioning ducting and an angry 3000kg Great White slids out of the duct onto your head toothy end first.
Re: why just cars?
I agree, a home dropbox would make more sense in most cases but I think it will be more expensive than you realise for a dropbox idea.
A modern car already has all the necessary components build it, secure area with electronically controlled locks, with onboard power to drive the locks and possibly data commuication channels for checking authenticity.
Any home dropbox solution has to provide all of those things just to allow access for the occasional delivery.
Re: I'd pass that test @PyLETS
However, should you subsequently end up in a court dispute, you will likely have problems introducing said covertly recorded conversation as evidence.
I would have thought that the moment the company plays that "Calls maybe recorded" message, that the notification requirements have been met, it doesn't matter that the side doing the recording isn't the side which gave the notification.
Re: clean cut & paste
All word processors have that option, but it's NEVER the default, nor it is possible to MAKE it the default,
That often, but not always gives a plain text paste operation on window applications..
Jesus give it a break with the rootkit nonsense.
The rootkit was less a privacy issue and more of a damaging their customers own equipment issue, purely for the benefit of Sony.
As consumers, we have pretty much no power, watchdogs are toothless unless it becomes a political issue.
As consumers, our only power is to not buy from a company and that means you don't forget. Sony deserve to have potential future customers reminded about how they have treated those customers in the past for the root kits, other DRM schemes and for removing features from products after they were sold.
Re: Future of work
exactly, there's money to be made
Re: Block by default
JS is an integral part of a modern website!
Only because so many browsers allow JS by default, start turning off JS by default in browsers and you'll see more and more websites return to the good old days where content was provided as simply as possible and not requiring local resources to transform that content into something usable because if they didn't then they would lose page viewers.
Re: @Grogan 20:45
True gamers sweat pure caffeine as a result of all the coffee, red bull, and mountain dew they consume.
Which suggests the best thing for a gamer pulling all nighters would be to lick the sweat off another gamer
A Møøse once bit my sister ...
Massive Graduate Unemployement
In the UK, there are more unemployed graduates in computer science than in any other discipline.
Large numbers of unemployed graduates in a subject suggest that there are too many graduates for that subject. So a meeting is arranged to discuss how to get even more students to study the subject.
Does anyone else see a flaw in this plan?
Re: The downside of atheism
Effectively the company is giving away something valuable (a stake in itself) and GETTING NOTHING IN RETURN
A part from being able to make up part of the staff pay packet in a form which doesn't affect cash flow while actually increasing staff loyalty because they generally can't get at the shares which haven't yet vested if they leave. I.e. if the staff leave, they have to willing lose part of the compensation they earned with their previous employment.
The share options don't get counted as part of the wage at the point of being issued: as such it also reduces the company NI contributions compared to what the staff would have been paid without substituting part of their pay packet cash for share options.
Yep, company is getting nothing in return for those staff share options and are only doing it because the government is pushing them that way.
The reason the Do Not Track functionality exists is because the creepy line has already been crossed.
"Customers are caught in a Catch-22. They're afraid to deploy technology for fear of violating workers' privacy" even though security intelligence tools are ultimately the best way to protect personal information, Coviello argued.
Read as: "we've just spent a fortune developing a big data analysis tools but since the NSA leaks none of our customers want to be seen as collecting private information".
Re: A reason for a standard
should want the W3C and Sir Berners-Lee to develop a DRM Standard.
This isn't DRM Standard, it's a standardised method for DRM to interact with the browser. MP/RIAA are still going to be the ones creating/commissioning the DRM programs. Those programs can still decided they only want to work with certain hardware or operating systems etc. so there is still no guarantee that this will lead to Linux usable streamed media.
All this has done is provided a means to ensure all browsers interact with the DRM application in the same way. It's a way to reduce DRM development costs.
Why GPS to work out where the sun is?
Why not just a half circle hoop of Light Dependant Resistors mounted on that half circle part behind the cockpit.
Each LDR is facing in a slight different direction and which ever one registered the most light is probably the best direction to point the solar cells in, that way the panels are actually pointing at the strongest source of light and not just where the sun should be which could be obscurred locally by trees and landscape.
Re: People are starting to realise
With their hollow transparent fibre optic like hairs, Polar Bears would make brilliant chanderliers and cast a warm even light everywhere.
for an OS partition?
"These sorts of numbers will hardly cause traditional IT suppliers to quiver in their boots at the much-talked-about threat from the new bread of channel services firms. "