It's been difficult...
But today makes 3,444 days without using Facebook.
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But today makes 3,444 days without using Facebook.
FWIW, I've had good experience with Comcast's support folk; so far each time I've called they took me seriously and nobody forced me to walk through the "unplug everything then connect them in order" script. They listened to my complaints, asked a few technical questions, and then (and this is what surprised me) SOLVED MY ISSUES right then and there. The CSR had direct access to the device logs for my connection and actually understood the issue at hand and had a solution. So far I'm 3 for 3 with support calls being quickly and correctly resolved over the last ~4 years.
there will [...] be no “planet [...] Starbucks”
Well frak me sideways.
Doesn't matter what you use, you pay for it.
Of course you do, but I am in the habit of only paying for software just the one time. After that I have it and thus additional payments are not needed until I want another copy/a subsequent version.
Is it a better deal for some people? Maybe? I suppose if you were a large enough company that buying retail copies is too expensive but not quite large enough to get proper volume pricing then maybe SaaS might be a good idea. But I know in my last job the phrase "new reoccurring costs" was something that got you in trouble unless it was preceded by "Let's not generate any more."
Once you're in, nothing stops them from jacking up the price eventually.
Don't like it? That's fine, you can cancel at any time. Oh, but we do wish you luck in getting your data out of our proprietary file formats. *Tents fingers*
in 1895 the car was clearly inferior to the train, the dominant transport technology, for actually getting somewhere. But the car offered the opportunity to get anywhere, which is what was so disruptive.
Cars were indeed disruptive, but not to trains. Trains still exist and are widely used to perform the same basic functions (hauling people and/or freight) as they always have despite the many improvements to highway systems and vehicles. They were, however, very disruptive to animal-powered conveyances which are now relegated to novelty status at best.
Say what you will, their study was right; I started feeling a lot happier after reading this article.
iIf they don't allow it, they can't tax it.
Not true! The States and the Feds tax all sorts of illegal things.
For example, many states sell marijuana "tax stamps" even though weed is illegal to posses in those states. Furthermore, there's a line item on the IRS 1040 form (line 21, "taxable income not reported elsewhere") where you are expected to report your gains, ill-gotten or otherwise, which were not reported anywhere else. (See also IRS Publication 525, Page 31 - "Illegal Activities".)
Need I remind you that that's how they got Capone?
So if you rent your house or apartment you can't have a DVR?
TiVo provides TV listings to their DVR users in exchange for a monthly fee. Is that "charging for the ongoing provision of recording as a service"? (The TiVo DVR is completely useless without the TiVo provided listings.)
The difference is that it's all done using your own kit without paying a 3rd party rental and without streaming over a public Internet connection.
So if I rented rack space in an Aereo facility, used a DVR I bought outright (from Aereo), and used a VPN to watch my shows, that would be OK?
[...] one of the suggestions for creating a closed timelike curve would be to get three black holes, line them up, and start them spinning.
Looks like they're about to finish up... Just have to nudge that last one into place.
but offering to everybody to use your DVR is not.
Maybe, but that isn't what Aereo did. They rented individual DVRs with an antenna to individual users who individually used them to record Over The Air broadcasts. Each person got their own data partition separate from everyone else and each choose the specific shows they wanted their DVR to record.
"Aereo does not 'perform' for the sole and simple reason that it does not make the choice of content," the dissenting trio wrote.
The dissenting judges clearly have a better understanding of this case. Aereo just took the DVR out of your house and put it in a datacenter and then replaced the HDMI cable that connected it to your TV with the Internet. If DVRs are legal (and they are), then Aereo's business model is legal.
What scares me most though is that for once I agree with Justice Scalia!!
[AT&T claims] that should the deal go through, they would be able to offer wireless local-loop broadband of 15-20Mb/sec for 13 million new customers in rural markets.
What exactly is stopping them from doing this already? Even if they lack the spectrum surely they could lease/buy it from DirecTV at a cost quite a bit lower than buying the whole company!
Sure, you can track my web visits if doing so means that I get free searches of the accumulated wisdom of mankind.
Fair enough, but suppose Google tracked you and collected data on you and your behaviors without you ever using their service?
Google's ubiquity in the online Advertising market means that even if I intentionally avoid ever going to Google.com directly, my browser and all the web sites I go to happily exchange all sorts of information on me and my habits with Google. And in exchange for this information, they give me what exactly?
Finally tracked down something at least appearing to be an official statement: (from http://turingtestsin2014.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/eugene-goostman-machine-convinced-3333.html)
For people seeking transcripts of the conversations from the Royal Society tests, please note along with the Judges' scores these will be submitted in peer-reviewed scientific journals and conferences.
Along with this note from Captain Cyborg:
"As you might imagine we are yet to unravel the transcripts but when we do these will become available via the normal academic route through academic papers, with our commentary as support. When the papers appear so others will be able to examine the transcripts and see why 33.3% of the interrogators were convinced. We will most likely present each of the transcripts alongside their corresponding hidden human transcript as this is an important part of the tests."
Where can one obtain said transcripts? I would very much like to look at them and I imagine others would as well.
Am I the only one that just wants to punch that thing it its stupid smug face? (I'm pretty sure that when I'm an old fart I am going to be spending a lot of time yelling at robots and demanding to speak to a human being.)
Also, that thing looks like the Playskool version of the Cybermen.
Edit: I see that Frankee Llonnygog has already answered my question...
Not a single picture of this amazing device and its fans?
Before you rush out to download it, remember that RenderMan is just the engine that generates graphics from your input files. You still have to create the scene, characters/objects, textures, and write the scripts that actually animate things which requires a number of other programs (3d modeling programs, photo editing, etc.) which may or may not be free.
PS: Not saying this is bad, just pointing it out.
Ah the old excuse equation: A is plenty enough B for C
Here are some sample values:
640K, RAM, anyone
IPv4, addresses, the Internet
two, political parties, the US
four, examples, this post
While I can take the photos down off my own site, archive.org still has an archive of the previous version.
Well that's easily remedied: https://archive.org/about/exclude.php
And they will exclude content retroactively, which is sometimes a real shame. A number of old sites I used to frequent in the late 90s/early 2000s got their domain names bought by aggregators/resellers who now exclude the archive.org crawler. As a result, the original content is lost to the ages.
Soto said any third party app with the READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission
The word "permission" implies that it can be revoked. This is not currently the case with Android apps; they have a list of installation requirements which are taken all together or not at all.
Most companies assemble/manufacture their hardware in China on account of the cheapness of the labor, not to be closer to their customers.
It's economics 101 - the price you pay for something is derived from the supply and demand curve (ideally.) Artificially altering or limiting one of these will disrupt the other values. If you set your price to zero, then demand becomes basically unlimited. So now you have unlimited demand, limited supply (your servers can only handle so much traffic at a time), and no income to pay for it. Imagine if McDonald's announced tomorrow that hamburgers are now free to anyone who asks for one - the lines would be out the door and they'd loose millions of dollars. So Facebook (and others) adopted the broadcast model - provide the service at no charge and instead collect revenue from your *real* customers; advertisers.
But that model is inappropriate; it works for TV and radio because the costs to create and broadcast your content to 10 people is the same as, say, 100,000 people (in the same geographic area natch.) So the more people that tune in, the more money you make by being able to charge advertisers more for more eyeballs. But for Facebook et al., the cost to serve cat photos to 100,000 people is potentially (I have no idea what the real scalability values are) 10,000 times more than just 10 people. So the more people you add, the more money *per person* you have to extract in order to become/stay profitable. People will reject a site if it has too high an ad to content ratio, so an easy way to increase the number of ad views (and therefore revenue) each user generates is to get them to keep loading new pages. And since people seem to dislike the idea that knowledge is being kept from them - especially when the only perceived cost is the click of a mouse button - News SPAM is born. Another way to go is targeted advertising, which also arises from this misapplication of the broadcast model. Unlike News SPAM, targeted advertising requires real additional effort (read: costs) to implement so Click Bait flourishes.
It would be very interesting to see a breakdown of the costs and revenues that each Facebook user represents. I don't think people would like being shown that information, but maybe I'm wrong?
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The original "robots" were Czechoslovakian, so not sure what you're getting at there...
Besides Google and ravenous hoards of evil advertisers, who the F would want this?
Aren't TV shows, radio stations, movies, Websites, videogames, billboards, magazines, newspapers, clothing, sporting events, athletes, race cars, and the sides of buses and taxi cabs enough for you bastards?!
One terrifying fact I heard (and it was on Radio 4 so it must be true), was that a new warship had automated it's munitions transport procedure to slash the number of crew needed "based on the baggage handling systems in Heathrow Terminal 5".
Wow, now I'm *really* worried about the baggage retrieval system they've got at Heathrow...
the ONLY reason people invest in any company is to make money, otherwise there would be no point in giving them the cash in the first place
Never heard of "Socially Responsible Investing" I take it?
And besides that, since shareholders literally own the company, *if one has enough votes* one could force a company to do pretty much anything one wanted. Usually however, what the majority of the shareholders want is more money so it doesn't happen very often. (Hint: This is why Carl has so many shares - so he can make demands and have the votes to back it up.)
He has given Apple $4.4Billion to do with what they please
No, no he hasn't. You do know how the stock market works, right? Once the IPO is done, the shares you buy come from other shareholders selling theirs, NOT the company (unless they issue new stock or they held back IPO shares for some reason.)
Pocari Sweat tastes mildly of grapefruit juice, which I believe is one of the actual ingredients, but mostly it tastes like... Well it isn't so much the *taste* as the "mouth feel" (which is a real thing.)
It's strangely viscous compared to water, but not overly so. It's also one of those binary drinks - people either love it or hate it. Myself, I adore it. Discovered it about 10 years ago on a trip to Japan and I still poke my head into Asian grocery stores to grab a bottle when I get the chance. I'm reusing one of the empties right now as a water bottle.
Best argument to use with Homeopaths:
I go for a job and they do a few simple searches and my private financial history shows up and shows I was young and stupid. Sorry no job for you.
Why would an employer care? I mean, I'll grant you that a few/some/many/most/all companies do this but why? Do they think bad credit is contagious? I'd love to hear the HR side of this.
It needs to broadcast a correction signal - typically either over the GSM phone network or a pager band - which needs a license from the hosting government.
Sure, but wouldn't the GSM service provider be the one licensing said spectrum? I don't recall having to write a check to the FCC when I got my cellphone...
The Internet would never have been built if it had been left up to private corporations. At best we would have dozens of separate networks with limited inter-networking just due to differing standards and a lack of finacial motivation to bother. Like the various national road systems in 1st world countries, the Internet is a common carrier in the most generic sense of the term.
So after being pioneered by Governments and Education, businesses see an opportunity to extract additonal rents (in the Economics sense) from both their end users and the content/service providers. The problem with this is that the argument they use is that this is supposed to make the Internet better but the schemes as described only serve to allow ISPs to maintain their existing infrastructure as-is rather than investing in actual improvements to the network *and* make extra money for doing so. This rewards a poor decision which will ultimately lead to lower speeds at higher costs for everyone. The money they extract from Netflix or Google will eventually be passed through to the consumers who are already paying the ISPs directly.
And the problem with *that* is that the people who then ultimately pay for all of this, namely all of us, have no control over the situation. The "Net Neutraliy" debate is a battle of Titans and the true power, the users, have no voice. I am all for traffic shaping on the Internet so long as *I* get to decide who gets priority. Netflix might want to pay Comcast for a faster connection but if I'm an Amazon Prime user I don't want Netflix's packets to preempt mine. As a single user I have no power or voice in this argument; my concerns are not being sought nor do they seem to matter.
This is what the beardies are upset over, that giant corporations are fighting with each other over our money but none of them have bothered to ask us what we would like to have happen.
What was good on the Lynx?
Todd's Adventures in Slime World (2D platformer, 2-8 player Co-Op or PvP)
Gates of Zendocon (side-scrolling shooter)
Zarlor Mercenaries (top-down shooter, 4-player Co-Op)
Chip's Challenge (2D Maze/Puzzler)
S.T.U.N. Runner (Arcade Port)
RoadBlasters (Arcade Port)
Xenophobe (Arcade Port, 2-4 player)
To name a few...
I remember playing a PacMac variant which was half PacMan, half pinball machine in an upright case. Had a screen on top which played PacMan and a condensed pinball table underneath. The play action switched back and forth when triggered by specific events on either part.
The Internet tells me that this was the game "Baby PacMan."
[Mt Gox] has a stash of 200,000 BTC locked in its digital vault, which if liquified will leave plenty of creditors out of pocket.
BTC is supposed to be currency so, pedantically speaking, you can't liquefy it; like a US Dollar or a GB Pound, it's already as liquid as it can get.
Jerk.com used fraudulent developer profiles to access user profile data from the Facebook API [...] lifting data from the Facebook profiles of some 75 million people, including children and users who had marked their photos and information as private.
The real story here is that any random "developer" can apparently access all of your Facebook data, even if it is marked as private and you have no relation with said "developer."
Or has this always been the case and I'm just late to the party?
a better grown product which I occasionally buy because of the better taste.
I would argue that the improved taste likely has more to do with "organic" foods being grown from tastier varieties than it does with the farming methods used.
Fruit and vegetable varieties grown on "commercial" farms are usually chosen based on their durability during shipping and how good it looks "on the shelf." Flavor generally does not really enter into the equation other than perhaps as an afterthought.
WINE Is Not (an) Emulator
Corrections in bold.
"When it comes to Office 365, the vision if fairly straightforward," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at a press conference in San Francisco today. "It is to make sure that the one billion Office users keep paying us money every month in order to maintain access to their proprietary-format files rather than just paying a one-time fixed cost and being allowed to keep using the software for as long as they have a suitable computer. Today's announcement marks one more step in that direction."
Section 10.4 - "Facebook claims the perpetual world-wide exclusive rights to use your Genetic Material (here after referred to as "DNA") in anyway they deem fit, including all works derived there-from. A limited license is granted for DNA self-duplication as a function of cellular Mitosis (subject to annual review/approval.)"
The firm also produces support gear which can be worn by carers to lift heavy loads and even markets a radiation-shielding “disaster recovery” suit for emergency workers.
So they make the exact opposite of a Terminator then: Living flesh surrounded by a metal exoskeleton that helps people.
[...] cunts who have lots of money giving it to other cunts who piss it away on bullshit.
That right there is the best description of Wall Street I've ever heard.
OK, I'll bite...
I don't like the ModernUI look and feel; the flat shaded graphics are unattractive, the color schemes are similarly off-putting, and I despise the full-screen Metro apps and Live Tiles which pretty much makes all of the new Windows 8 stuff either irritating or useless to me. I've used it both on a Surface Pro 2 and a desktop PC. The Surface Pro 2 was slightly more usable given its touch interface, but even then the controls are still pretty goofy IMHO (like the way you're supposed to close Metro apps - drag down from top, pause for iconification, then drag off the bottom to close; works for me about 1/3 of the time - this is better in 8.1 than in 8.0.) Combine that with the jarring modal switching and poor support for multiple monitors and you'll see that Metro is just a bloated full-screen task launcher.
You know where Metro would work great? On the Xbox with Kinect. I can see someone sitting on a couch and bringing up Metro, gesturing through the tiles to quickly check the weather, sports scores, or their Facebook wall or whatever before starting a video game or watching TV. It's rather pointless on a desktop PC where I'm going to be running Office apps and/or a lot of windowed apps simultaneously.
Ah, much better now... Thanks!
Did El Reg change the font-face and colors in articles or did upgrading my browser F things up?
If it's the former, no me gusta. :(
Quoting from the settlement site.
"There is also a highly unlikely possibility that Small Claimants will not receive an individual payment. This is because there is a cap of $50 million on the portion of the Settlement Fund that can be used to compensate Small Claimants. Therefore, if there are more than 5 million Small Claimants, which is not anticipated, no cash distribution will be made to them. Instead, $40 million will be distributed for their general benefit to non-profit organizations approved by the Court, as described above."
So if too many people file a claim then nobody gets anything.
Also, one wonders why the non-profits don't get the full $50M in that event...
I don't think it's fair to blame china in the same sentence where they are all naked.
I'm sorry, is that some sort of slang I'm not familiar with? Or perhaps it's a "The Emperor's New Clothes" reference?
It's hard to comment on such wooly language, but the speaker appears to think that (if we take Ford Motors as an example) the powershellers in IT are better at programming than the C++ software engineers designing the adaptive cruise control for the next Fiesta. I give up.
I believe it's more along the lines of the engineers writing software without regard for common IT practices. For example, I work at a University and we are constantly butting heads with the companies who write the various software packages that drive our scientific instruments. We want to restrict our users to prevent them from hosing their machines but the instrumentation software requires the users to run as a full administrator (sometimes this is a legit requirement) or it can't be run on a computer joined to an Active Directory Domain (why should it care?) or it wants to store temporary data in its install directory or someplace equally silly.
I've been told before by companies that their software requires that the firewall and antivirus be completely disabled and that the administrator account has to have a blank or insanely simple password (so their field techs can make updates of course.) I presume this makes sense to an engineer, but it makes me want to scream.