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Re: How much bandwidth on a Palantiri network?
Loads - more even than fibre, in fact - but unfortunately all the Palantiri connections seem to have been routed solely to the cloud server in Mordor. Attempts to retrieve data stored on this cloud seem to result only in a video of a giant flaming eye and a cryptic "I see you" message.
So as a means of communicating data directly between other Palantir locations the cat5 is actually an interim solution until the IT bods over there can get the Palantiri reconnected correctly.
One question, AC
Why do you assume everyone who hates Apple, loves Google?
I personally hate both. Yes, I hate Apple more than Google, but only in the sense that Mt Everest is higher than K2. I'm personally working towards getting completely out of the IT industry because I'm sick of what these two corporations have done to it. Clouds, walled gardens, software installations restricted to app stores, closed silos, insidious privacy invasion, remote control of our devices, endless patent wars - they've turned what was once an engaging and stimulating field into a mountain-sized steaming pile of shit.
I hope they will
Maybe Anonymous will succeed where the police forces of a dozen nations have failed. I hope Anon will dox these malware-pushing bastards and then proceed to make their lives, and hopefully those of their families as well, such an utter living hell that they'll wish the police had got to them instead.
Re: BEING OF SIMPLE MIND
It will change our lives for the worse, by pushing more "cloud" mentality (aka the "WE control and can delete and modify your data as we see fit, and/or bill you every time you access your own files" mentality) rather than proper onsite data storage solutions. See, this "donation" gets well publicised and allows the cloud-pushing companies behind it to say "See, cloud storage really works, these scientists are making good use of it, etc, etc".
But once everything is in the "cloud", Orwell's slogan, "Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past" will become fully realisable by those whose interest it is to do so.
Visa and Mastercard are "publicly held" corporations? Oh, yeah right, they're publicly accountable - to those wealthy enough to own enough shares in them to influence board decisions. Is that your idea of democracy? Having to own huge amounts of shares in order to have a say in anything that affects your livelihood and freedom?
Spare me your "democracy", Captain, it looks a whole lot like a plutocratic dictatorship from here.
Re: If it Ain't Broke....
I can see a hint of the old "if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear" in there, Bob.
Bitcoin is needed because right now unaccountable corporations Mastercard and Visa control who is able to trade. You may recall the recent fracas with Wikileaks and how MC and Visa refused to process payments for them.
This is wrong on every level possible. Why the hell do these unelected and unaccountable corporations have the right to decide which free organisations can exist or not?
Also, both Mastercard and Visa have lately been making noises about selling your transaction history to third-party advertisers. You better hope you haven't used your credit card on any sketchy porn sites recently, because your purchase history is about to become effectively public knowledge.
So Bitcoin has a VERY valid place and purpose. It allows organistions like Wikileaks to exist despite the evil machinations of MC and Visa, it provides a confidentiality blanket for purchases we'd rather weren't general knowledge, and ensures freedom of trade between human beings.
"I would like to see how many don't sign up to sites like Facebook because of the privacy issues."
Unfortunately the article points out a dismal statistic:
From the article: "From the 2,277 people sampled, 93 per cent had a Facebook account"
So it looks like 93% of the population (of the US at least) is using Facebook. Seems like not too many worried about their privacy there. No wonder government agencies are beginning to make public services require it. No wonder courts are starting to make rulings about it. And nothing in the world of IT scares me more. Except perhaps Apple, but that's a whole different story...
I'm not surprised
In star formation, supergiant stars like Rigel and Deneb are rare but massive, then as you go down the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram (W to O to B to A to F to G to K to M) the star types become more common as mass/size/brightness decreases. Blue B-type stars like Rigel are less common than G-stars like the Sun; stars like the Sun are less common than M-type red dwarfs like Wolf 359 or Proxima Centauri.
The numbers increase exponentially, too: for every Rigel there's a thousand Suns, but a million Proxima Centauris.
So it follows that if smaller = a LOT more common, then it's logical that free-formed planet-sized bodies should outnumber stars, even red dwarfs, by thousands to one.
By this hypothesis, many, if not most of these planets are quite likely to have formed independently of any star system, rather than having been expelled from one in the early stages of it's formation. This is borne out by the sheer number of them alluded to in the article; if they all came from star systems, there would be thousands of planets per star, which is not feasible.
Without nearby stars to blow off their atmospheres with stellar wind during their formation, these planets are also likely to have immense, nebulous atmospheres tens or even hundreds of thousands of kilometres deep, such that their outer surfaces may be far less distinguishable than even Jupiter or Saturn's. A photo of such a world would be an intriguing sight indeed.
I was going to say...
.here I was hoping China would turn out to be the last best hope of freedom from the tyranny of intellectual property rapidly descending about this benighted planet, even to the point of my being prepared to sacrifice freedom of speech in exchange for freedom from patents, but no, they seem to be falling into the same IP trap as the west. What a shame.
@ David W.
"Where do people get this stuff, anyway? Is the urge to be outraged so strong that the smallest shreds of common sense are puffed away in the breeze?"
I can't speak for others, but I personally hold that the purpose of patents has become corrupted, that now they are being registered purely defensively for the express purpose of suing anybody who happens to invent something later that uses it. Patents are now stifling innovation and crushing out the small inventor. I myself have come up with a number of ideas for products which I can't make because some fucking greedy megacorp somewhere has a patent on the shape of a spring or something.
So I oppose the whole patent stupidity with a vengeance. What started out as a means to protect the little guy from exploitation has been turned about to suppress creativity and innovation in the name of greed. So any straw at which I can clutch, including nebulous claims of "prior art" must be brought to bear if we are ever to have a hope of defeating this madness.
I remember when fullerenes were discovered
back in the 80s, and the word "fullerene" quickly came into general use then, in all the papers of the time. But somewhere in the late 90s the full name, buckminsterfullerene, came back. I'd assumed there had probably been some kind of intellectual property lawsuit from Buckminster Fuller's estate or something over the use of the word "fullerene" , since I can't think of anything else that would push people from using a shorter term to a longer polysyllabic one.
Posting in an epic thread
since Andrew has actually enabled comments in an article using the word "freetard"...well done sir!
It's actually good to see an MP that actually understands the stupidity of today's copyright laws. Downloading is not theft, it's copyright violation, and saying so does not make anyone a "freetard", Andrew, which is mere ad-hominem name-calling and does nothing to validate your point of view.
Your artist should be spoken to
Since the star in that picture is a very Sun-like G-class yellow, and a B-class star as referred to in the article is actually supposed to be blue. Remember your high-school astronomy - Wow! Oh Be A Fine Girl, Kiss Me Right Now Sweetie!
"Whatever the record companies are currently doing is legal"
Only because the fuckers bought and paid for the laws that make it so. That doesn't make what they do right. I could theoretically get away with murdering babies with pickaxes if I had enough money to pay off enough politicians to pass a law making it legal to murder babies with pickaxes. Doesn't make it a good thing to do though!
Only 2 billion?
Proview should shoot the wad and demand 2 HUNDRED billion, and do the world the favour of bankrupting the fruity bastards!
Actually, I care, and I'm sure quite a few other people do also, who'd rather not have to hold in our vomit while forced to look at some hideously deformed collagen and botox monstrosity with miniskirted tree-trunk legs and varicose veins like the Amazon river system trying desperately to recapture its youth, down at the local shopping mall!
may be saints for now but they'll be shedding their halos to join the evil Apple empire with the release of Windows 8 - which has all the invasive remote control and walled garden of iOS. In the coming years, if you want your computer to actually be yours, and not subject to remote control by megalomaniac corporations, your only choice will be Linux - if there's anything left of it after Microsoft black-ban any motherboard manufacturer that puts unlockable UEFI on their boards.
The future of IT looks very bleak, and it all started with Apple and that fucking megalomaniac despot Jobs, may his soul rot in hell for all eternity.
Which is exactly
why he doesn't turn on comments for IP related articles. Andrew has a very pro-IP viewpoint and he is well aware that the majority of the readership doesn't share his opinion. He calls everyone who doesn't adore the principles of DRM and consumption control "freetards" but lacks the courage to allow any public debate of his statements.
Likewise, some of the mod team here also seem to be fairly protective of Andrew, since about half my posts that are critical of him don't get published. I give this post a 50/50 chance of making it past the mods, depending on which one approves/disapproves it...
Interesting post. However, a couple of things I should point out:
1) Alpha Centauri is due south, not north. It's one of the pointers to the Southern Cross, and as such it's within 30 degrees of the south celestial pole. (It's circumpolar from where I live in Adelaide, Australia)
2) Mounting a bloody great fuck-off railgun launcher through the guts of Ceres and launching multi-hundred-ton spacecraft from it at multiples of earth gravities will, by virtue of Newton's 3rd Law, undoubtedly do wonderful and interesting things to the orbit of said asteroid. If you orient the launch vectors appropriately, you could even start it on a collision course with Earth, which, considering Ceres is comparable in size to Texas, would go a long way towards doing the Universe the favour of removing the human race from it! ;)
It's been known for years
albeit without the specifics listed in the article, that the continents would one day merge into what the scientists have long been calling "Pangaea Ultima".
http://www.scotese.com/earth.htm, look at the links for Future World, Future +100, and Future +250 - this site places Pangaea Ultima at around 250m.y. from now.
Please post here your:
Full and real name
Address of residence
Home telephone number
Date of birth
Company name and address of your primary employer
Your credit card numbers, CVCs, expiry dates and cardholder names
Oh, I'm sorry, what? That information's private? But you gave the impression that privacy doesn't matter, when you call us privacy zealots frothing at the mouth. Looks like you might be doing a little frothing yourself once somebody gets hold of the above information and ruins your life with it...
The right of free speech
does not, by definition, include the right to advocate the destruction of freedom of speech.
Given Apple's control freakery
Do all those MP's really want to store sensitive government info on a device which Apple can easily remotely reach into and delete or alter files at their whim? These MPs really need to take a good hard look at the intrusive, megalomaniac nature of the corporation they're dealing with before buying into the Apple hype.
yet another pie-in-the-sky 1000-times-more-this-n-that storage solution that will never materialise, while we're STILL stuck using the same old magnetic-spinny-disk tech we were using 25 years ago. The only alternative now is SSDs, which may be heaps faster but die after 6 months of use.
This? I'll believe it when I see it at my local IT store, like all^H^H^Hnone of the other oh-so-amazing storage inventions that never made it there.
Knowing that what you say won't happen
and knowing that the future is a horror because this sort of thing is exactly how human greed will cause all such technology to be abused, is the primary reason why I've refused to have children.
"that means theres at least 1 of them running around"
Maybe it's a kind of magic, but as we all know, there can be only one.
Here's a simple 3-step guide to maximising privacy when using Google products:
1. Don't use Google products.
In on sense
I'm actually pleased about this fracas with Megaupload. It gave me a lot of very good ammo to convince the board of my company that moving our data storage to the cloud is a Really Bad Idea™. It let me paint a doomsday scenario that cleanly convinced the majority of the board that my precious servers here should stay. Thanks to this, my job is now secured against any cloud-pushing droid that oozes through our front door.
If you're in IT, and you value your job, you also should be working overtime to convince your superiors that moving to the "cloud" is a disaster waiting to happen. The bottom line to use is:
"Why the hell should we give control of our data to someone else who can lose it or tamper with it at any time, like the Megaupload case? If someone else uses the same cloud to infringe copyright or commit other crimes, we're screwed!"
Yes, but has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?
The real root of the problem
is the fanbois (and grrls) that buy Apple's products. Drop your nukes on them, and you kill two birds with one stone: you eliminate Apple's market, and you reduce the global population problem to sustainable levels AND increase the average intelligence by removing the shallow end of the gene pool.
(I don't believe I'm about to say this, but) Eric Schmidt is right about one thing.
If I deliberately block Google from spidering my website, I have no grounds for complaint when my site doesn't show up in Google's search results. This is self-evident; if I want my site to appear on Google, I have to let the Googlebot spider my site.
Facebook and Twitter both actively prevent Google from spidering their pages. So they have no grounds to complain when Google's search results don't display them. They have only themselves to blame if their sites aren't showing up.
Doesn't matter, at least where I live
Dogs in the canine unit of the South Australian police force are given police officer rank and accorded the rights and responsibilities associated with it. If you attack a police dog in the course of its duty in SA, you do indeed go down for assaulting a police officer - in fact, if you *kill* the dog, you go away for the first-degree murder of a police officer. There are people here doing long stretches in Yatala (an Adelaide prison) because they found out the hard way that police dogs are regarded in law the same as police humans.
I would probably imagine it would be similar for most Western police forces' canine units.
( Tried to reply directly to your comment but for some reason got a "Gone" http error when I tried)
Absolutely agree with you about these devices pandering to Apple. It's for that reson, as I read the reviews, that I decided the only unit I'd be interested in out of the lot of them would be the Logitech - simply because it did NOT have an Apple suck-up dock.
Just as I refuse to allow Apple products in my house, I similarly refuse to allow products that accommodate them.
"Rightfully compensated for a day's work"?
I'd laugh my head off if that comment weren't so pathetically deluded.
You mean "compensated for the REST OF YOUR FUCKING LIFE + 70 YEARS for a day's work", do you not? Wish I could get that kind of "compensation" for the websites I develop!
And again, Arthur C. Clarke was a prophet
I recall reading his book "Islands in the sky", in which a boy wins an all-expenses paid trip the "Inner Station" - an equivalent of the ISS - and during his stay, meets a film crew involved in making the first movie shot in space. So for the third time in my life I live to see something mentioned in a ACC sci-fi novel! (the first two being the years 2001 and 2010.)
How about you explain how to "go about changing laws properly" if not by popular protest? Instead of just foaming at the mouth and ranting like a retard. What a concept.
You're on the right track
But my preferred method would be to publicly hang them *and* their immediate families, if it can be shown that the family members were aware of the scam and were benefiting from it. When these scamming scum realise that it's not only themselves but their loved ones as well that will swing from the gibbet for their crimes, they'll have a strong enough disincentive not to do it!
I can remember
when I was in school back in the late 70s, we got high by hyperventilating - the kids in my school called it breathbonging. I don't remember choking ourselves though, just the heavy breathing thing.
Give them enough rope
and they'll hang themselves.
The more Apple do this, the more they'll damage their image and drive people away from their products. I've noticed lately that a lot of fanbois are going quiet because owning Apple products is rapidly becoming a synonym for uncool. More and more people are waking up to the fact that Apple are fucking scumbags and so are those who support them.
Samsung and the others most likely aren't wasting money on suing Apple because the Cupertino Cockheads are digging their own grave for free.
worship and adulate "intellectual property" so much, I expect you to, for the next 120 years:
1. Pay the plumber who installed your toilet every time you use it;
2. Pay the electrician who installed the light switches in you home every time you turn them on;
3. Pay the manufacturer of your car every time you drive it;
4. Pay the architect of your house every time you cross the front door.
I could go on, but I think your 2-cell brain should get the picture. FOADIAF.
Please hack me
Boasting about how secure an OS is, is really baiting the bull. I can see every hacker, cracker and two-bit script kiddie doing their utmost to compromise this "hardened" Android simply for the challenge of putting one up the NSA. And since what man can make, man can break, I give it a matter of weeks before someone demonstrates an exploit that blows it wide open!
The time under discussion here is UTC (or GMT) rather than local time. Considering that where I live (Australia), the sun generally rises somewhere between 7:30 PM and 9:00 PM UTC, for the majority of the planet UTC doesn't correspond to sunrise/sunset anyway.
So having UTC refer to a fixed number of seconds rather than the wobbly rock we're sitting on does make sense. Although calculating local time might become a bit more fiddly than just adding or subtracting X hours from UTC, the difference would be small enough for the next few thousand years that for most practical purposes it would be insignificant.
I would have said parsecs, myself ;)
I'm with you
On Wednesday, my 3 personal sites will also be displaying only an anti-SOPA message. I've also convinced my company management to turn our main website black and place an anti-SOPA banner across the top of the page for 24 hours (the CEO wouldn't allow us to disable the site completely, but this at least is the next best thing!)
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