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That's not entirely fair.
They did expect the "double whammy", but nothing in the range of what they got. As Sean said, put this in perspective - the wave was freaking huge.
"The Fukushima power plants were required by regulators to withstand a certain height of tsunami. At the Daiichi plant the design basis was 5.7 metres and at Daini this was 5.2 metres.
Tepco has now released tentative assessments of the scale of the tsunami putting it at over 10 metres at Daiichi and over 12 metres at Dainii."
Any chance MS will take the long view and start allowing publishers to license Kinect for their PS3 games?
It'd be interesting to see that kind of collaboration. They could take the view that having X titles on PS3 using Kinect might draw PS3-only owners to buy an XBox (having already got the Kinect) in order to experience the 3X Kinect titles and exclusives.
Probably not, though.
Don't be absurd!
Who do you think you are?
Who else has visions of attackers being displayed graphically breaching firewall "shells" to get to some core system?
Or worse, it could be Hackers all over again...
I try to let it wash over me, but when a movie/TV gets IT so seriously wrong (Swordfish, etc.), it really shatters my suspension of disbelief. Actually, even books; I'm not sure I ever finished Dan Brown's Firewall (I'm not even sure why I started it...).
Ah, well. Almost beer o'clock.
Not So Simple
Using discrimination to fight discrimination is entirely the wrong way to solve anything.
If you're confused, "remove ALL religious based app" is discrimination.
The correct response (IMHO) is to remove apps that promote extreme/negative views of others (this includes anti-religious) and let the market decide about the rest.
You can't spout equality on one side will removing it on the other. As with democracy and free speech, if you want equality, you have to be prepared to give it to others first.
"Of course it's nintendo, and people just buy nintendo, as they know no different."
Or they have years of experience of knowing that Nintendo deliver some of the most innovative and fun 1st party games on all of their platforms.
I'm not in any particular camp, but Nintendo (and close partners) do produce some of the most intensely enjoyable games.
"DNA cannot be repaired"
Really? I think you're wrong
You should probably read up on background radiation as well, since there is a significant amount of evidence that there is more than just a "safe dose", small doses of radiation may actually be healthier than none (as part of the DNA repair process and radioresistance).
Easy to prove?
Once we've detected the singlets, we just leave a long-standing note (a la Doc Brown) saying when we started detecting them and what we expect a message to look like and, assuming one day we can create and direct singlets, we should start seeing messages. No?
IANAPhysicist, but this seems to fall under Hawking's observation about never having met a time traveller.
"Sexual offences are an extraditable offence"
Part of the defence was, I believe, that what he was being charged with wasn't a sexual offence in the UK.
And the "Australian national" thing is irrelevant as we are obliged (morally and constitutionally) to not send anyone somewhere to suffer unfairly, regardless of nationality.
Personally, I think he should go and defend himself. If he's innocent, congrats, if not, obeying the law in the country you're visiting and taking personal responsibility is part of life. I've got nothing against the guy, but he sounds like he's just trying to avoid giving his side of the story in a court.
I may be naive, but I don't believe Sweden will be able to get away with an extradition to the USA, even if they wanted to. Any extradition from the UK would not allow a forwarding extradition without concluding the original trial, and we constitutionally can't extradite someone to a country where they face cruel punishment (i.e., death).
I'd be first in line to protest his release should he be couriered out of Sweden.
(Beer, since I'm off tomorrow)
I read that as "liposuctions fat out of flies" and was very confused.
I assumed it was the start of lab tests for a new fat-reduction method, and couldn't work out why you'd start with flies...
Ah, well. Slightly more interesting than the actual content ;)
"so merely looking, reading or listening to it is its only function"
Are you then saying you agree that computer games _can_ be art, or can't?
Because the only function of a computer game is to, well, let you experience the computer game.
I was always told that you have art, craft, and skill; but even this oversimplifies a subject of grays.
In this sense, since computer game skills (playing) are non-transferable (for the most part) and not a craft, they probably fall under art.
I've definitely played games I think are deserving of the term (and HL2 is definitely one of them), but I wouldn't try to tell people to accept them as art.
As a long-time Cowon customer, I have to say that this sounds like a very poor follow-up to their J3.
The J3 has a battery life that smashes the competition; I consistently get a working-week's worth of usage out of it using on ~10 hours a day.
Plus, the touch-screen side of the J3 doesn't detract from the physical buttons for using it in your pocket.
True, the J3 doesn't have wifi, but apart from loading music on to it, I don't really see the need (though, I do have a smartphone, so those without may disagree).
The missing something:
They can selective cancel out a small range of wavelengths, effectively not changing other wavelengths.
At least, that was the explanation I read elsewhere.
The applications they've considered are for light transistors, where they can use block a signal using another signal.
Talking about taking up to the visible light spectrum, isn't that just a filter? I think they've been around for a while...
I don't have it on me to quote from, but the current issue of Custom PC does a comparison of the top broadband suppliers with details on their traffic shaping policy.
Well worth a gander if you need one type of traffic to be more reliable.
Basically, the moon visits were just an expensive excuse to litter?
I can't decide if this was a light-hearted troll or an honest confusion between the highly-regarded science of *astronomy* and astrology, pretending to know what's going to happen based on planets moving through arbitrary boundaries in the sky.
Unless you know something that we don't, and that Johnson was advised by such a quack during the space race?
Time for the publishers to unite
I think Sony, Amazon, etc. need to take a stand and remove their apps from iOS with an explanation to their consumers about why.
Everyone I know with an iPad uses the Sony or Kindle Reader and would be pretty upset to lose that ability because Apple were being greedy. Would it be enough to start the consumer boycott until they relax their sphincters? We can only hope.
This is some of the scariest stuff Apple has done. They've always stated that they restricted users' freedom for their own good; how do they justify this move?
I think it's fair to say that, without access to any kind of raw data, these figures should be taken with liberal amounts of sodium chloride.
As you stated, the last few, which at least showed something tangible, ended up lumping all iPhones in one against a single phone, or completely cutting off a section of the market.
Statistics are wonderfully pliable things.
But you'll never convince me. Something about the font just makes me think "amateur".
If I wasn't at work I'd hunt for the photo of a "keep this door closed" sign in Comic Sans that someone has placed a "do not use Comic Sans - we are a fortune 500 company, not a toy factory" sign next to (in Arial).
While they may or may not believe their own statement, it is an interesting topic.
What normal right of protest can you make against an online organisation? I feel like DDoS /should/ be illegal (maybe just because I know the CMA says so), but I agree that everyone has the right to peaceful protest.
If the parallel is what happened to Top Shop and Vodafone for less than a day regarding their tax-evasion (surely just a Present Denial of Service?), then maybe I'm wrong to be against DDoS...
It is a way to control developers, but only those that want to release Sony-approved PlayStation(tm) games; which I'm assuming will be supported in devices like PSP and maybe even PS3 arcade-style?
I'm also assuming they'll be providing their own APIs to run within the emulator.
I actually think this sounds like a good approach. You'll still get "pure" Android games, but Sony are providing the possibility of taping in to an existing catalog for decent games.
This is basically adding an Apple-style walled garden market for games - with all the pluses and minuses that entails.
I was interested in your statement about IE being sold on shelves, since I never witnessed that, but I can't find any reference to MS ever selling IE. Was this some kind of specially supported boxed edition?
I was under the impression they gave IE away with Windows to avoid having to pay royalties for the underlying tech - which they later rebuilt themselves. There was a massive lawsuit around this in the late 90's.
I agree with your statement about it being "free", though; even if I disagree that people have the choice to use another browser.
Do you make similar complaints about the engine components in your car? The parallels are quite interesting.
Ack. I sound like a MS sympathiser... must be time for some shell scripting
I /kind of/ agree with you
If, as some say, Microsoft is basically holding resellers to ransom to only offer PCs with Windows on or pay higher costs, then they should prepare for a few hefty fines from every corner of the globe.
If, however, it is the resellers who do it due to "market forces"... I'm not entirely sure what people expect to happen here...
I don't really want to defend MS' market tactics, given their history, but I'm not convinced they're to blame if OEMs don't offer alternatives... Dell's argument used to be about them supporting alternative OSs, since they can't sell a product without a warranty.
Aren't we also rapidly treading in to even worse territory regarding Apple products here?
If this is HTTP, why do they even need the JS injection? They can just record the POST headers...
I'm assuming, of course, that Fb doesn't do any client-side password hashing, which they may (can't be arsed to check).
I just wanted to take Iglethal's comment further.
I get really annoyed when it became "news" that a film (Avatar) has taken the most box office cash ever.
I'm sure it can't just be me who pays more for a cinema ticket now than they used to? In London, cheap cinemas are £10 a ticket, compared to the £4 of 10/15 years ago.
I disagree that a film's takings are related to the quality.
A new Twilight was always going to do well due to the hype and fandom; Inception, however, was a new franchise so didn't have initial momentum.
One of my favourite films is Gattaca, which is reported to not even have made back its own budget - hard to tell with Hollywood accounting, but it certainly wasn't a "smash" in this sense.
I'm not condoning their actions, but if she hadn't spoken out, we wouldn't know that it was Cathy Cruz Marrero who walked in to a fountain and her name wouldn't be a point of ridicule.
She's had her minute of fame, she'll probably never be heard from again.
And, as a contract developer myself, I'd go so far to say that whoever designed and implemented that system should have to help cover the costs (assuming they didn't flag it for the client's attention).
A company should be aware of the security of the data they hold, but developers need to take the responsibility to tell even their bosses if they're endangering sensitive data.
Excellent; maybe Amazon can improve the movie streaming service and start offering HD (or even decent SD).
I rented one film for £3.50 and felt so ripped once I saw the quality that I stopped it less than 10 minutes in and got a refund.
Because I don't think it's a worthwhile investigation; it's sensationalism (or "journalism" maybe, there's a fine line).
Maybe I'm out-of-touch with the unclean masses, but I wasn't aware that anyone thought that electric cars were being touted for distance driving.
I've only seen two electric charge points, both within the City of London. If I was going to buy an electric car, it'd be for short trips within an urban area.
As I said, I'm sure this will eventually change, but the market is so young right now, I don't really see why the BBC went through with this "investigation". The headline should actually have been "Wow! You /can/ drive to Edinburgh from London in an electric car!" (no sarcasm).
IMHO, IANAL, YMMV, GMAB, NTIC, IOHTMTOMH*
* I Obviously Have Too Much Time On My Hands
That's some pretty bad reporting
I love the Beeb, but they should really get some proper tech and science hacks in. That's not to say I disagree with some of their assertions, but this was a sensationalist piece and tech/science tend to get much angrier about these types of things.
For a start, I agree with Llewllyn that testing a car they know is non-production on a journey with notably few electric recharge points is underhanded. To compare the car against "Stevenson's" [sic] Rocket is odd, since /that/ was a self-powered vehicle (assuming it had a supply of coke); though I'm sure it was reliability and efficiency that the Rocket lacked initially, more than speed.
Fully electric cars are not mass-production ready, as the Reg article covers. Leaving aside the cost, unless you're travelling ~30 miles within an urban area, the infrastructure isn't ready yet.
The only true infrastructure solution with current tech would be to standardise the cells used by the cars and be able to switch with fully-charged ones at service stations.
I'm sure "e-cars" have a future, but the Beeb trying to call it now is daft; it's very early days. I would like to see more hybrids, though; I like the idea of not burning petrol when I'm sitting idle at lights and junctions.
Apple don't exactly have a track record with allowing removable storage on their mobile devices; why would they start now?
Slight OT, but why do all tablets have a rear camera? Is it just bullet-point filling or have I missed an important tablet use-case?
I think he's like Castro or Jong-il; he's actually been dead for ages, but they don't want to cause a fuss with the news.
I entirely disagree.
The issue here is that these are already paid subscribers and the magazine/newspaper is just allowing them electronic access to something they produce in print.
Apple are basically saying, "yeah, we want a cut of your print sales".
I agree with the other commenter: these publishers need to move to web-only and just provide an "app" that opens a cut-down browser to their website.
I find Apple's walled garden philosophy normally quite baffling, but this is one of the first articles I've read where I can only describe my reaction to their actions as disgusted.
No, I'm not American and I'm not terrified of mercury.
My link to asbestos was because they're both dangerous (increasingly) due to length of exposure and are both treated as hazardous material.
I would imagine breathing masks in a "mercury factory" and overalls (not necessarily white), but I didn't immediately think of glassed off areas. Probably rubber gloves, though.
I spent a while searching for mecury factories/refineries/production/etc. but didn't come up with anything worthwhile.
I didn't say "one breath and you are dead", but I can see how my original post might have read more scaremongering that it was meant. I was just saying that I wouldn't put myself in a position of risk if it was unnecessary (and not fun).
To be honest, IANAL but I don't believe Bletchley Park /couldn't/ use mercury due to H&S (which was the reason for my original post), they've probably chosen to do so because of h&s. In other words, why risk exposing people to a potentially dangerous substance if you don't need to? Just go with Turing's idea and use gin!
@Graham Wilson: I'm not going to address every point, but 4 confuses me. OHSA and H&S do not inhibit using mercury, they merely define how to reduce occupational exposure and personnel risk.
OHSA don't even list it in their "highly hazardous" list of chemicals (and yes, I know what a chemical is).
To be honest, they probably have opted to not use mercury themselves and H&S is just one reason given. Cleaning up a mercury spill is not a simple job.
Sure, if you don't care you can get it done quickly, but I wouldn't want to be exposed to mercury vapours. But feel free to march over there and proclaim that you'll rebuild it with mercury yourself.
I guess you also think the way people handle asbestos is just H&S zealotry?
(Have I been trolled?)
I've heard it's ad supported... but I've never seen a single one...
I was in the beta and then got the full version and seasons after that, so don't know if there's a relation there.
I can't even see where the adverts would be...
Re. the screen, probably not. I personally think SAMOLED screens are really nice, but I know enough people who would disagree. In addition, Apple's pixel density is still way higher than the competition, but I don't think it's a big enough difference for most people to care.
As for ROMs, I see your point about security. However, I pay to use Modaco ROMs, and Paul would have to be mad to abuse the trust of his paying customers. As long as I have an Android phone, I'll keep paying my sub for the freedom that Modaco provides.
I hope to see some great advancements in Android usability (I personally have nothing against it) and the phone hardware over the next year; competition is good.
A fair question
What he's almost certainly done is recorded someone else having that very conversation with the router (not "plain english", but you get the point).
The inherent insecurity in all wireless tech is that you don't have point-to-point communication - if you say "hello", everyone who can pick up wireless transmissions can hear you. Breaking WPA just requires someone to listen for long enough to hear someone else run through the secure handshake and then take however long they want to breakdown and reverse the process offline.
It's like the door to a secret club; if you hear the pass-phrase clearly enough, you'll be able to con your way in.
As someone else said, though, if we're talking about home networks, I'm personally not bothered. Especially since I managed to connect to one of my neighbours' routers yesterday, which still has the default "admin"/"password" login.
I'd tell them, but they haven't been daft enough to use an SSID of their address (well, it's slightly worse since they haven't changed it at all), and there were no nodes connected at the time.
"the distance selling regulations are not actually law, and as such breaking them is not 'illegal'"
I'm not sure I agree with you there.
The Consumer Protection Regulations is the UK acceptance into law of the EU distance selling rules; catchily known as Directive 97/7/EC (and, yes, I did have to look that up). http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:31997L0007:EN:NOT
While the Office of Fair Trading may not be the scariest thing, if someone believes that their consumer rights have been infringed (i.e., goods not being accepted back within the 7 day clause), they're obligated to investigate and (if needed) litigate on the consumer's behalf.
Anyone with any free time is suggested to read this wonderful site: http://www.consumerdirect.gov.uk/after_you_buy/know-your-rights/
There's nothing more powerful than a consumer knowing their rights, since most retailers either don't seem to or don't care (knowing that most consumers don't know).
IANAL, just a consumer that knows his rights.
I agree, it's a confusion of terminology, in the same way that current "3D" and "HD" are (what happens when we get 'real' 3D* and resolutions over 1080p?).
I guess the issue is calling them "LED-lit LCD" isn't so catchy. Consumers like to shorten things down ("I have a plasma TV. No, I don't have a clue what that means, but the guy at the shop told me it was better").
* "4D" is taken, so will it be "5D"? *shudders*
Glutten for punishment
If I was them, I'd strongly consider one of the hundreds of other free services that offer at least the bare minimum of Fb's features and don't randomly delete your group without warning.
Most even allow for Fb, Google, OpenID authentication, so you're not forcing people to already be a part of something else.
I'm not saying this couldn't happen elsewhere, but the Fb mods do appear to be pretty trigger-happy.
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