158 posts • joined 11 Feb 2011
Re: What about a GIF squasher too?
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.
Re: Economics Chinese Style
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.
Re: groupon is still a thing?
The suckers who invested in a loss-making company at IPO?
At this point...
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.
Re: Yutu be or not to be....
Marvin the Martian, surely.
Its one weakness: Poor reception on radio 4 long wave.
I think I see the problem...
"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.
I wouldn't hold your breath...
Geeksphone can't even ship their own damn phones. My guess is this'll launch some time around the 20th of never.
Re: Wake Me Up
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.
Re: "original intent"
@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.
Re: Pretty much my thoughts too
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.)
He doesn't sound like a very smart criminal
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"?
Re: Its been the cancer of the UK mobile business for years
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.
Doing what exactly?
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?
A novel approach to crimefighting...
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.
I have to wonder...
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.
50 percent of profits?
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.
There ought to be a name for this kind of hubris...
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.
Gettcha fake Fendi and Rolex....
.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.
Re: Does it seem to anyone else...
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.
Does it seem to anyone else...
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.
I wonder if you can fake it out
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.
The ultrasonics bit sounds like utter cobblers to me.
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.
Re: I'm ready now.
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..
How do you confiscate bitcoins anyway?
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.
Re: And the royal mail
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.
Re: Alas, all is vanity...
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.
Re: Something to point with?
Dogs don't understand pointing. Point at something and a dog looks at your finger, not the object.
The tridents mean that USB is in league with Satan...
But all the terminators show SCSI was in league with Skynet. QED.
I thought 30 pieces of silver was the more traditional reward...
Re: What is left to do?
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.
Backed themselves in to a corner
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.
Yes, but will it have an angry birds clone?
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.
Anyone want to bet...
... 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?
Re: A modern day laser
I'm sure if I had a megawatt laser, I'd view it as the solution to every problem too.
The only really interesting thing I've ever seen 3D printers being used for is to produce D&D miniatures and scenery cheaper than you'd pay in a gaming store.
To be fair, Windwaker was the best Zelda game they've ever made. It's really not it's fault that the console didn't have enough other great titles to make it a must buy. Still I maintain it was worth it to own a gamecube to play the Crazy Taxi in near arcade glory.
Re: The gold standard for free to play games is Team Fortress 2
TF2 is hardly a free to play model anyone can emulate. The reason it's free to play to begin with, after its initial period of being a pay to play tack on to the gold box, is that it was a loss leader to get people to download Steam.
Valve don't give a damn if TF2 makes or loses money, their money is from the commission they rake in from every other game on Steam.
One hit wonder desperately flails around for business model to justify IPO.
Re: Will anyone get on board?
Well, neither Ubuntu or Mozilla can possibly displace Android as today's dominant OS since they're both parasites on Android. Killing Android kills their access to the hardware, and neither Canonical nor Mozilla are equipped to do that grunt work without considerable restructuring of their core business.
That said, there are market niches that Android doesn't really serve. Most of them much downmarket of Android, in markets where keeping both BoM and support costs low are the order of the day. I really can't see them having any success with their everyman generic UIs though.
I preordered one. Not because I think B2G is much cop, just because it'll be a fun toy to hack so my real phone doesn't have to suffer.
Re: Hellish is a point of view
Whatever. It still sounds more inviting than Butlins.
What's the total cost of disownership?
Yeah, I'm sure not giving a damn about shipping secure software is cheaper than giving a damn.
Except if you actually account for the cost to your reputation when the blackhats find all those flaws you shipped before the whitehats do. I think crime pays a lot better than your measly browser bug bounties.
Re: What's Wrong?
It's pretty obvious. General failure to thrive. It's kind of sad really. Of all the high profile startups from the last few years, Xobni was the closest to having a real product and a real business model. They just got seduced by easy money. If they'd taken 100K and turned it an email plugin that made it really easy to organise your inbox, they'd be swimming in black ink right now and on to their third or fourth successful product. Instead, they took 40 million, and you have to sell a whole lot of email plugins to pay for what 40 mil buys you. Hence the wreckage of enterprise this and cloud that. And hence the being sold off for spare parts to a company always on the lookout for novel ways to put itself out of business.
Re: Applying that idea to documentation
Presumably, as someone with a Reg-reading personality, you helped him out by introducing him to the magical round file. Infinite capacity and essentially self-sorting, the round file cuts down the time taken by jobs like that by whole orders of magnitude.
It's all a problem of timing. You not only need a delay which, as you note, could be achieved by any number of Heath Robinson type contraptions. You need a delay that reliably takes in a signal at clock n and spits it out again at clock n+x. Mechanical systems are very bad at that, especially when the clock period is very short.
You can actually experience this first hand if you try building computers in Minecraft. The electrical signals propagate quite slowly and worse, they propagate at variable speed depending on server load. It's insanely hard to build high clock rate computers under those circumstances.
Re: Was this news?
That's not how certificate issuance works. You generate they key and send them a certificate signing request with your public key parameters. The cert. auth. never knows your private key, for obvious reasons.
You don't want to get the outsourcing toxin on it. Somehow the outsourcers will find a way to make even slave labour unprofitable.
Yes, because everyone who owns a smartphone thinks "well, this thing is great, but it'd be much better if I could display an Xterm on it that's running on my desktop."
Give it a rest. Maemo is and always was garbage. Maybe if they'd ever got the next-gen Qt UI up and running it might have amounted to something, but as it was everything about the platform and the hardware they shipped it on sucked.
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