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Re: Quality? Really?
Not sure what was wrong with the pair you set up Scott, but my Play 3 has the best sound I've had in anything even remotely resembling the same size. My old 6 foot stacks had nothing on the Play 3 which is barely 10cm tall.
I could not be happier with my Play 3. Only thing that I do find annoying is that there's no easy way to get PC Audio to play through the system (at least not without a particularly annoying delay). Although my neighbours are probably happy about this as the sound of my gaming coming from the Play 3 rather then my PC speakers might be a bit more substantial...
Douglas Adams had it right
Every true manual should start with the following words in large, friendly letters on the cover:
Re: Conflict of Interest anyone?
I dont have a problem with him buying and selling his personal shares in Facebook because he is a director there. My objection is that he has another company of which he is also a board member (founding member actually), and which is buying shares (or selling in this case) shares in his first company.
Do not tell me there is not a conflict of interest there. If he's doing his job properly at Facebook he knows when they are about to release good results in advance and also when they are releasing bad results. If his other company is then buying and selling stock in Facebook, they are taking advantage of the insider information and that is a conflict of interest.
And whilst people might claim that there's no advantage being taken, maybe he's not involved in the sales personally or whatever, the fact remains that if he is doing his job properly for his second company, then all it would take is a mention of something strategically important over a business lunch (of which there's of course no record) then his second company will be able to gain an unfair advantage. The only way to avoid this would be for his second company NOT to invest in Facebook in the first place.
Too much of this dodgy stuff is happening these days and the authorities just dont seem to care in the slightest.
Conflict of Interest anyone?
Isnt it just a teensy weensy bit of a conflict of interest for someone, lets call him Marc for examples sake, to be a director at a company, lets call that company facebook, just for example, and then for Marc to start an investment company, lets call it Andreesen Horowitz, and to then buy Shares in the first company, with which he's still a director?
That doesnt come across as just slightly inappropriate boardering on illegal conflict of interest? Anyone?
The fact that he's now offloaded the shares at a substantial profit just adds the icing to the cake of inappropriateness. No?
If they are actually registered in China...
If they are actually registered in China, wouldnt names of those behind the company be available? So prosecuting this as just a regular case of fraud shouldnt be impossible.
If any of the investors were Chinese there would probably be a case to answer. Then again if it's only foreigners, it's probably safe to say nothing will happen....
Re: Recycling - More bits of crud in orbit
At 80km altitude, anything in orbit will quickly lose velocity due to drag (Air resistance), and hence will lose altitude and de-orbit pretty quickly.
Everything up in orbit around Earth is slowly degrading its Orbit (except in a few key gravitational spots), but until you hit the top of the atmosphere (basically where there is actually enough Air molecules that collisions are likely) that degradation in Orbit is slow. But as soon as you hit the Atmosphere, degredation happens quite quickly, and nothing stays up beyond that point...
Sad to see the end of it
That was easily the coollest looking Satellite aloft. Shame to see it come down.
Still thanks for the great science GOCE!
Re: When does recycling get to space ?
I'm afraid the amount of fuel that the satellite would need to carry just to move to the parking orbit at the end of its life would probably so shorten the amount of life that the satellite has that it would no longer be worth sending the thing up in the first place.
Additionally, the more things up there, the more likely of a collision between 2 spacecraft. Whilst the movie Gravity is obviously hollywood, (please ignore the sensationalist bollocks), and the speed of the "chain reaction" is frankly ridiculous, but the risk of space debris expanding and making the risk to future space missions unacceptable is actually a high risk. So the requirement to deorbit spacecraft now is basically an attempt to safeguard our ability to get off this planet in the future.
Re: no news
You would be surprised how many young 'uns entering industry don't appear to know or understand this.
Thankfully when I was a young 'un, the old hands quickly gave me the run down on how sh*t always rolls downhill. I try and pass on that hard earned knowledge where I can to the next generation...
Re: This is Disney
The kid in "Up" only has a Dad if I remember correctly. Or at the least film implies that because it basically says he was raised by the maid who kept telling him to stop bothering his father.
Re: This is Disney
I was going to totally dispute this with you, until I sat down and started going through all of the Disney kids films I've seen. I was kinda shocked to realise you're right! I cant think of a single main character in a any Disney film I've seen who has both a mother and father (or doesnt at least end up having one of them knocked off in the first half of the film - aka Lion King).
Re: The Chelyabinsk meteorite briefly outshone the Sun
Yes because the entire world was on a winter morning at 3:20 UTC when it hit. *Rolleyes*
The fact that it hit over central russia (i.e. UTC +6) means it hit at about 9:20 in the morning. I think the sun was up then, dont you?
Are you sure it was Dr McCoy and not Doctor McGayver?
A quick question
Firefox has a DNT function? Where do I find that and how the heck do I turn it on?
Perhaps the reason only 20% of the customers have it enabled is that the rest of us didnt even know it was available!
agrarian-socialist-conservative Nationals Party?
Either I'm reading things wrong or I've been out of Aus for too long...
Things have certainly changed if the Nationals are now socialists. Agrarian - Yes. Conservative - You bloody bet ya! Socialist - What the F%&k?
How can, in this day and age, a multinational company only purchase the rights to use a patent it needs for its entire product line that applies in only one country (I'm looking at you Qualcomm)?
And how can, in this day and age, a multinational company purchase parts from another multinational company without checking that the company has all of the necessary patents for the entire world?
Surely this is what those expensive legal departments are for??
Fox News/Daily Mail version headline
Massive Experiment Fails to Find Anything, Wastes Millions of Tax Payer Money
Queue outraged comments talking about homeless people, high taxes, and the wasteful nature of Scientific funding...
And in America probably add something about God having created the universe, science is evil, and isnt this kitten cute?
Thankfully we have the Reg to provide an intelligent review of the Boffins hard work...
Re: It's an option
Right up until the IPO when it will not be able to be switched off as that would upset the admen and consequently the stock holders.
Re: is 164g enough to make the difference?
Crikey, you've just given me an idea to sell to Apple.
We'll fill the next version of the iPad with helium (dont worry about leakage, the damn thing can be a pressure cylinder as people arent supposed to touch the insides anyway!). We'll call it the iPad "Lighter than Air!". It'll sell bazillions!
I'm off to go patent the idea now...
The horizontal mambo, perhaps?
I havent read the background detail to the story
But it sounds like WD hired a pro from a rival company and that guy then fabricated data so that he could use what he had learned at Seagate to help WD. Was WD actually aware that the guy had fabricated these notes, or at least had suscpicions?
If not, being penalised 600 million seems bloody harsh. Especially if the information he brought only allowed WD to get to market with a product "months" before they would have any way. OK I can maybe see them being punished with revenues from the products that incorporated this technology for lets say a year. But hitting them with a 600 million fine when they only made 400 million profit seems harsh. It doesnt sound like they went out of their way to steal the tech. Unless of course they knew (or had strong suspiciouns) that the guy had fabricated the claims that the tech was in the public domain, in which case the sum may be reasonable, but still...
Not interested at ALL. EVER.
I never really understand these companies...
I'm sure in the management meeting it sounded like a great idea to make all the programs the same across all products - tablets, laptops and desktops. "Only one version needed for everything? Think of the savings we can make when we dont need different product teams!"
Still surely someone in engineering must have pointed out that it doesnt really work that way, and that all you will do is dumbdown the product (which will annoy the high end users), introduce an interface thats clunky (which will annoy everyone), and instigate a rash of bad press (which will hurt the bottom line).
But then again, when has management ever listened to common sense when the big dollar signs are floating in front of their eyes?
Ignoring SWMBO! You obviously have a deathwish!
The effect of ignoring SWMBO -------->
Please check out the linked article in the story. A guy had his rights forfeited without his knowledge because he called himself a hacker on his website.
Hence this article...
How friggin awesome is evolution!
Oh no, please stop being a bad boy.
Please, if these politicians are actually outraged there are dozens of ways which they could visibily act and hurt the americans.
Everything from expelling ambassadors or embassy staff, removing co-operation between german agencies and american ones, right up to the extremes of trade sanctions. But they never do it. If the only punishment a child gets for misbehaving is a stern telling off, then I can guarantee that they wont stop misbehaving. And the US is very much a child in need of having its toys taken away and being made to sit in the corner with the dunce hat on!
Re: A large amount of data transferred between systems?
You forget in the article it mentions that this is a text file. You can fit a lot of prisoners details in a 1,44MB text file...
Did I understand correctly?
My understanding of the article was that the router is entirely safe from attack from the Web, but if something is installed on the local area network then it can be backdoored?
So someone would have to hack into your computer through any firewalls etc, before they can turn around and attack your router. Am I missing the threat here? If they can already hack into your computer, getting access to the router seems trivial...
ANY article found to have been edited by one of these PR style firms gets an immediate unremovable tag at the top warning the consumer that a PR firm attempted to modify this page to provide the subject with a biased review.
That sort of thing would automatically put suspicion into the readers mind about that firm (lets face it most of these would be about whitewashing a firm or perhaps tarnished individual) and act as bad PR. Not too many companies would then be willing to risk getting permanently branded as deceitful on the most read encylopedia in the world.
Re: Now pull my other one
"In Birmingham, my Dad recounted driving home with the passenger door open so he could see the kerb."
Blimey! I think I would be walking home that day. Mind you I'd probably have to stay well back from the road to make sure your Dad's open door didnt give me a whack!
A blow for consumers...
And once again only the lawyers win...
You seem to be forgetting how easy it is to salt the internet with false reviews, false twitter comments, false facebook posts, etc. There are companies out there that will happily do thousands of the things for you for the price of a cuppa. So just because there are "comments" out there saying people got their stuff back, you would be a fool to believe that 100%!
Darren's comment about the secondary payload in the decryption is about the only reason I can think of for them to provide any sort of file decryption. So if there are REAL comments about them actually decrypting the files, I would almost bet on it that those PC's are now owned in one way or another by the pricks who created this virus.
So once again, why would you pay?
Im not doubting you Charles but...
I'm not doubting you Charles, but I'm actually curious which programs would make use of DGA and why? I really cant think of a reason off the top of my head why you would need this from a legit program though.
(that might be because its almost pub time though!)
Re: Title is basically incorrect
How do you know this exactly? You actually paid these scum?
Why would the virus writers bother to even provide the fix. Its much simpler to have the encryption happen, demand money, get paid, and disappear. If you have a fix on the internet somewhere, some smart White Hat will probably track it down eventually, obtain the key, and then spread it around and you've just lost your revenue source.
Sure you have to spread at least some rumours that paying gets your files back, to give people some incentive to pay, but its hardly in your interest to actually HAVE the key available online somewhere.
Part of me wants to diss Elon for all the wacky stuff he is trying to do.
The slightly larger part of me wishes all billionaires were so awesome and did wacky stuff like Elon.
Keep it up dude!
Its not the chip's fault!
It's obvious that the Apple/Jobsian Distortion Field is so strong on the iPhone 5S that it is actually affecting the local gravity experienced by the chip!
The words of Thomas Jefferson come to mind...
"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Re: A complete failure to understand (in)security is common.
You seem to be forgetting that NOONE that has any sort of technical nous would be caught dead working on a Helldesk.
So are you really suprised that they would be that stupid?
"... and there’s a lot we don’t know about how narcissists are as parents."
Great! Now you know who to include in your study group. Get cracking psychologists!
Re: Ironic possibility
I knew a woman once called Rain. Hilariously she ended up marrying a guy called Day, so her name became Rain Day. I never quite worked up the courage to ask if her middle name started with an E.
Just for that statement....
"I assume the Swedish case will disappear of its own accord in due course"
You utter f$%kin prick. I hope the swedes when they do finally get you, string you up by the balls!
Oh but come on EA would lose a heap of cash that way. We cant have that now can we!
Re: Yes, Word is the worst word processor....
To paraphrase Mr Churchill,
"Word is the worst form of Word processor, except for all the others which have been tried." ;)
Am I the only one...
Am I the only one who things testing a vacuum cleaner in a dust free environment is like testing a chainsaw by cutting through Jello? Ok you might get a result, but I hardly think its telling you anything useful...
Re: Open Kepler conference?
Oi now, dont be trying to bring your dirty "common sense" into this argument. That guff has absolutely no place in government or bureaucratic thinking...
Re: Just move it.
Ahh but you cant have it in China, because the same law also states that US citizens whose research is funded by the US government are not allowed to present said work in China. A large number of US researchers couldnt attend this years IAC in Beijing for this very reason.
The only way to have it would be to have it somewhere outside of the US AND China...
Re: FIVE years?
"These spolied kids and their fancy networks. Back in my day, we didn't have any of these fancy inter-networking cables... we had to carry our packets by hand. Uphill, in the snow, and compute the checksums by hand before we died of hypothermia."
Computing a checksum? We would have killed to only have to compute a checksum! We had to carry our packets by hand, uphill both ways, in the snow, computer the checksum AND read out the entire packet in binary. And if we got even one number wrong we would wish we had died of hyperthermia because our Dad would murder us!
But you tell kids that these days and they just dont believe you...
I have to disagree with the premise of the article
The premise of this article is that higher resolution of 4K will lead to higer piracy. I call bollocks on that!
The vast majority of torrents out there have the movies available in around 1GB sizes. Thats only slightly up from the good ol' days of the burnt CD 600-700MB movie which we had back in the late 90's. This is despite the fact that Blu Ray files when ripped properly come in at around 4GB.
The vast majority of users (which is an assumption I make based on the vast majority of torrents being 1GB) dont care about or want the larger size files to watch. They are more then happy to stick with the usual DVD rip of 1GB quality. People are HIGHLY unlikely to download a 4K torrent (20-odd GB if my memory serves correctly) in order to watch just a film.
This is little more then an attempt by the security providers to try and force the studios and 4K set manufacturers into forking out cash for something which will have no use in the real world.
Re: "capable of brining home a week's worth of groceries"
"Fun to play with, but hardly useful in TheRealWorld[tm]."
Funny, but I would bet all of my cash that the exact same sentiment was expressed when the Steam Engine was first shown off. Hell I would bet the same sentiment came out when the Wheel was invented.
Just because its not real world applicable right now (and there getting damn close to real world capable if they can crack 130km/h and have 4 seats and a stereo!) doesnt mean they wont be applicable in the future...
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