It'd be a lot more appetising if...
they didn't leave the little head on. I don't like to empathise with my dinner, thanks.
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they didn't leave the little head on. I don't like to empathise with my dinner, thanks.
Our washing machine bleeps ceaselessly once the cycle is finished until you open the door. Believe me when I say awe is not the feeling this feature inspires.
Does this actually work for any reasonable definition of "work"? It would seem like this would be a derivative of youtube's automatic subtitling, which is legendarily awful. Except with the constraint of having to be real time, so it's limited in just how many audio frames it can look ahead to get grammar hints (though it can go back and revise if it has a better idea later, I suppose.)
If it's anything like what I've already seen, I think a lot of tourists are going to be very confused.
"It carefully targets sites whose sole purpose is to make money off the back of other people's content while paying nothing back into the legitimate economy."
Wait, isn't that Google's business plan?
Mobile operators desperately need the Picard speech at this point. "I will not sacrifice our SIM cards. We've made too many compromises already, too many retreats. They took our app revenue, and we fall back. They cannibalise entire network services and we fall back. The line must be drawn here. THIS FAR, NO FURTHER."
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Maintaining public rights of way is one of the liabilities you accept when you buy a property. If he's pissed about it, well tough. Caveat emptor.
I did enjoy the idea that it was the members of the public who are greedy, not the billionaire who wanted a private beach though. Keep it up, you'll master satire yet.
"Yer mum, mate."
I really hope they haven't convinced the major card issuers to back their proprietary proximity payment system. The last thing we need is that sort of fragmentation.
The right answer is to tell them to get with the program and implement the open standard everyone else uses.
I mean, barclays hand out time-based password machines to all their customers. Why not just ask telephone banking customers for that, rather than buying an expensive new system that'll probably be about as secure as a glass bank vault.
Sigh. As if 100% sandboxed or a complete free for all are the only two states of being possible.
You only have to look back as far as Symbian to see how to do it properly. Private data was private to the app, public data was public, and there was even an intermediate state where data could be shared between particular applications but not with the world at large.
Call it what it is: laziness. They can't be bothered with proper security, so they have this half-arsed system that inconveniences everyone.
"I think your bang on there, some stupid mugs are going to be left holding worthless bits of paper in 12 months."
Probably the same mugs who are already holding a bunch of worthless Zynga stock. Some people will never learn.
Having had a smash hit in the volatile mobile games market does not qualify you as a sound investment. Past experience indicates success isn't repeatable. Even if King somehow have found the magic formula to creating a stable business out of mobile games, wouldn't you want to see them demonstrate that before the IPO?
GIF is a lossless standard like PNG. There's no wiggle room for better compression without discarding data or changing the format, a GIF is a GIF. At this point, it's pretty unlikely that a new animated image format will catch on. Anything you can't do with a GIF, people are probably going to do with a canvas.
People are already doing clever stuff with compressing the motion bit of animated gifs by defining the smallest part of the image that needs to be updated with each frame. Most video clip to GIF software does this.
Come now. Even at the height of the cold war, when we were quite prepared to obliterate Beijing with atomic fire, we wouldn't stoop so low as to inflict Chairman Thatcher on the poor bastards. I'm pretty sure that's considered a crime against humanity.
The suckers who invested in a loss-making company at IPO?
You've got to strongly suspect every single tor node is compromised. It doesn't seem like the cops have very much trouble busting all these black marketeers.
Marvin the Martian, surely.
Its one weakness: Poor reception on radio 4 long wave.
"venture-backed opportunity." Jesus wept.
What ever happened to making something people want and charging money for it?
In other news, managers still stupid enough to believe what they lose in productivity they can make up for in volume.
Geeksphone can't even ship their own damn phones. My guess is this'll launch some time around the 20th of never.
I'm sure the killer application for DIY 3D printing is minature wargames piracy.
If there aren't laser scans of Games Workshop minatures on the pirate bay at this very moment, there really ought to be.
@A.O No, but unless you seriously want a court case to turn on whether a jury of Americans thinks a joke is funny, I'd stop asking awkward questions.
Since almost all parody produced today is ultimately for commercial gain that seems like a pretty silly argument. I never heard anyone complaining when Spitting Image were producing their parody albums doing exactly what the Beastie Boys are complaining about here.
In fact, I think this is far more defensible than actually selling the song itself. It's unarguably transformative, has absolutely zero impact on the commercial value of the original, uses only a small subset of the original work, and considering the opposite intent of the new lyrics it probably qualifies as parody (in this case of the song, rather than the artist.)
After all, what would he have done if the thief decided to send a letter to the police with the man's address and information about "what business he is in"?
Not really the same thing.
In the UK, it's all about conning people in to sending texts to premium numbers. Same with those silent calls to try to con you in to dialling the premium rate number in the caller ID.
In the US they have this really bizarre practice of charging you for text messages you actually receive. The user doesn't have to do anything other than fail to text STOP back.
TLS implemented well is more than enough to keep even professional criminals from eavesdropping on your traffic. I'd far sooner trust Twitter to use OpenSSL or GnuTLS according to the instructions than I would them implementing their own cryptosystem. Frankly, they're almost bound to have got it wrong somewhere.
It does nothing to keep the real problem at bay, that being government agents bearing rubber-stampted court orders, and adds a real element of risk that they've fucked it up and made themselves vulnerable to actual, feasible attacks rather than the largely theoretical bullshit attacks against TLS 1.1.
Why not just deploy TLS 1.2 everywhere and wait for browsers to catch up in support?
I'm sure they can solve other crimes by handing the criminals wads of money too. Think of the reduction in burglary if they just paid everyone thinking of doing a B&E job.
If the Apple Smartwatch was a cunning ploy to waste all their competitors time. It'd be genius. Put about a rumour that you're about to release a revolutionary new piece of consumer electronic tat that'll open up a whole new market sector, then point and laugh as all your rivals put out their own competitor to your phantom product that predictably flops on the market.
OK, not very likely, but it makes a hell of a lot more sense than actually developing a watch.
Considering it's a dead tree publication, I can only assume that'll be 50% of nothing.
Having seen what's been happening with other niche publications like New Scientist, I think their days are numbered even before launch.
Zero profit startups rejecting massive buyouts because they think they shit gold bricks.... It needs a name... I'm sure there's a Digg pun to be had but it's not coming to me this late at night.
.luxury sounds like the most tacky possible bit of internet real estate. I can only assume it's a honeytrap for spammers. I think I might put in a rule now that moves all emails with a .luxury domain in the header or body to spam.
Sure that's true, and that tends to be what I buy. I have a Dell Precision M6500 now. It's getting on towards 3 years old, and my experience is that 4 years is about the point at which I tend to start wanting a new one.
The problem is a) It costs 2000 quid, which I suppose is reasonable if you're conditioned by Apple prices but is a lot of money compared to other laptops, and b) The FirePro and Quadro cards get very little in the way of driver love. I have to run my laptop with the Radeon HD drivers as a generic 5800 series card, because the optimized FirePro drivers were ancient, buggy and never updated.
If I had my choice, I'd like the nice bulky, well ventilated but non-light-up build of the Precision combined with one of the high end gaming chips from, say, the Alienware line.
That it's now almost impossible to buy a laptop with discrete graphics that isn't a gaming laptop? I know the intel graphics chips have been getting better over the past few years, but their 3D performance is still pretty terrible.
I don't want a laptop that lights up seven ways from Sunday, I just want a nice mundane looking laptop that can play a game of Civ 5 on occasion.
What happens if you initially twitch out the first two knuckles of your hand as if you were going to throw scissors but then extend the whole hand to throw paper?
If the damn bot is going to cheat, I think two should be able to play at that game.
Firstly, isn't the case speaker driven off a fixed crystal? Even if it were capable of generating ultrasonic tones, and I highly doubt any of the little piezo tweeters they mount on motherboards could vibrate that fast, who actually has a microphone capable of picking that up.
At least that part of the claim sounds like BS. I'd be astonished if you could reprogram USB sticks at a fundamental level either without physical access.
You're in the minority then. Most consumer routers don't have any useful degree of support for IPv6. I'm not even sure they know how they're going to present it to customers. I'm convinced that v6 adoption in homes is going to require a hell of a lot of work to present to non-technical customers in a humane fashion. At very least, we'll be needing a name server in every device so we don't have to deal with the actual numbers..
It seems weird this guy let his bitcoins be confiscated. How hard would it be to keep the keys strongly encrypted and just claim you forgot the password? Sure, you're going to get a contempt of court rap added to your sentence, but when you get out you're going to have several million completely untraceable dollars. Seems like a reasonable trade to me.
See, the Royal Mail's mistake was charging money for their services. As soon as you try to make a profit, it becomes very clear to people just how much your business is worth.
In the New New New Economy, profit is something you chase after your IPO. You see, investors nowadays are very much in the mindset that information about the value of your business is totally optional. They'll take it if it's handy, but if it's not then it won't stop them.
And if you can't quite stagger to IPO under your own steam, Yahoo still has money left to bail you out. They're always looking for more repositories of cat pictures to slap ads on.
I guess the confusion is because Peter was the disciple formerly known as Simon.
Isn't god the ultimate narcissistic parent? Wants all his kids to worship him, and his avatar even went around giving them funny names.
Dogs don't understand pointing. Point at something and a dog looks at your finger, not the object.
But all the terminators show SCSI was in league with Skynet. QED.
I thought 30 pieces of silver was the more traditional reward...
Well, you've just perfectly illustrated why you can't innovate via focus groups.
Ask people what they want from a phone and they'll rattle off a list of features that are present in any number of pre-existing devices. You have to show them something new before they know whether they want it or not, and even then you'll probably get resistance from a lot of people who are set in their ways.
Innovation is by definition unpredictable.
The thing is, how are going to innovate? All the Android adopters have backed themselves firmly in to a corner. They've fired all their competent software engineers because all the hard work is done by Google and their silicon vendors, and they're stuck with what Google tells them a phone should look like because Android isn't anywhere near flexible enough support anything but the one form factor. You can do as Nokia have done and innovate in the peripheral devices, but you're basically stuck churning out phones that look and feel identical to one another.
Apple, controlling most of the hardware and the software themselves might be able to do something, but they won't because it isn't a business they're any good at. As strange as it sounds, we might have to look to small upstart players who are prepared to chuck Google Play, Google Apps and indeed most of Android out of the window in order to produce something other than the same ol, same ol'.
Actually, I'm pretty sure it was the Amazon MP3 store that gave the labels the requisite kick up the bum. Until that point, all digital music was either piracy-based or somebody's attempt to cash in on their proprietary media player sales.
Now, if only somebody gave the video industry a similar kick in the pants.
Or, as the NORKs call it, People's glorious avians of righteous porcine retribution.
I got myself a Firefox phone for 150 euro that I could no doubt trade one hack up of Android for another on. You'd be lucky to get 700 bucks out of me even if you reinvented the Nokia Communicator in an awesome thin form factor with touch screens on both surfaces. Enjoy your alpha quality software at a premium price, suckers.
... on how many times the verdict flips back and forth on this case and its myriad appeals? Side bets available on how long it takes the US government to realise these disputes aren't useful commerce and gets around to passing some sort of patent reform bill?