My conclusion about Etherium is they read Accelerando and decided to get on creating Economics 2.0.
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Re: Thar she blows!
For Trump, embarrassing would be cogent policy documents, invoices from actresses hired to accuse him of sexual assault and forty years amicable correspondence with a Mexican imam, including an offer to sponsor his citizenship. I'm not holding my breath.
On the plus side, if sterling continues dropping at the current rate, then by 2017 India will be outsourcing all their IT work to us.
"If you see early films of London the streets were just as crowded as they are now but with horse drawn traffic. I suppose, however, that London itself is bigger."
There were 300,000 horses in London c.1900 and there are 2.6million cars registered in London today. In that time the human population has only increase by about a third (Wikipedia says from 6.6E6 to 8.6E6).
I reckon the horses produced more pollution, too.
For an example of people not being ale to do replacements jobs, look at supermarkets replacing cashiers with delivery drivers. Not every cashier can drive. And not everybody who can drive can load and unload create of foods.
"The new technologies result in new work that hadn't previously been envisaged. How many of the people reading this have a job that even existed 100 years ago?"
In the 19th Century (~100 years ago) there were over 3 million horses in the UK and they were mainly working animals. Today there are about a million, mainly in leisure and sports. We haven't been able to redeploy all the horses because they're not up to doing the jobs we have. That's the danger of robots and AI -- that not everybody is up to doing the jobs for which, yes, there might be a huge demand.
Re: How about making it use more than one CPU core....
Re: Is Apple to Blame? Conspiracy Theoriests Unite!
@BillG Then why did changing battery suppliers not fix it then? (See tiesx150's comment below.)
Re: Samsung will survive
You started me scratching my head about suitable astronomical brand names that Samsung might adopt. Samsung Supernova, perhaps?
Re: Linux has facilitated the cituation he is lamenting about
One of the differences between clones and PCs was that the PCs had BASIC in ROM. (Int 18h) Clones relied on GwBasic.exe
And nobody, but nobody, used the DOS or BIOS video routines for anything worthwhile. Maybe you used the BIOS for mode switch or cursor control. After that it was direct memory IO, even for text mode. But I never saw an MDA adaptor.
Re: ARM ecosystem drivers, they are a nightmare.
I was going to say its fairly hard to fuck up a UART. Then I remembered the 16550/16550A debacle - one of the PC chipset's finer moments...
If anybody steps in to sort this out, it will be Google. (Or possibly Amazon.)
But I think we have to acknowledge it was the closed source nature of Windows that avoided this. You couldn't rewrite the driver, so you had to meet the spec.
Re: Almost bought a QL
"Yes, the very basic windowed GUI was certainly lacking, but the underpinnings (IO channels, job control, pre-emptive multitasking) were all certainly far more impressive, particularly when it was done in 48K."
See also OS/9 on a MC6809.
A piece of case law involving someone threatening to blow up Robin Hood airport springs to mind. The threat has to be credible.
Re: And so, a whole new class of crime is created
Not by diktat at all. The laws are already on the statute book. The CPS is defining when and how it will prosecute. Individual prosecutions may or may not succeed.
If you think the CPS is talking bollocks, feel free to contravene their guidance and argue your case before a judge. For those of us who have better things to do with our lives, it's good to know where we stand.
My take away from a quick skim of the paper...
...is that there seems to be an accretion disk around the primary, and it's the companion passing through the disk that's producing the fireball.
The paper leaves it open as to whether the companion actually passes inside the primary (a somewhat, ahem, nebulous concept), but it gets close.
Re: Plasma, not gas
The use is idiomatic in the same way that talking about stars "burning" hydrogen doesn't imply a chemical process producing
a flame plasma.
Another example is astronomers calling anything heavier than hydrogen a "metal".
Actually if it is a Red Giant its "burning" has gone to the next level and it is fusing Helium already, and maybe even heavier elements depending on its mass.
Possibly. But it gets complicated on the Asymptotic Giant Branch (AGB). Let me quote the Wikipedia entry you link to, "Normally this kind of AGB carbon star fuses hydrogen in a hydrogen burning shell..."
The dynamics are probably further complicated by the companion.
Re: Alternative solution
Our iTunes sales are about 3x our Google Play sales, and we're too small to turn away that revenue (or to localise for the Chinese).
1b) Ability of European academics to work at our universities and corporations.
3) Subsidies to science, agriculture, renewable etc... and ability to participate in pan-European projects.
4) Inward investment in places our politicians don't give a shit about.
5) Outward Investment in poorer European countries so they develop into a market which wants to buy our goods and services and the standard of life becomes good enough that they don't want to live here.
6) Efficiency savings from maintaining a single negotiating team (I saw a figure that we'll be paying £65 million/year to fund trade negotiators) and the ability to negotiate better trade deal as a single block.
7) Efficiency savings from at having to do customs paperwork when we sell stuff to Europe. And having a single set of pan-European standards rather than 27 different ones.
8) Probably a bunch more things I've missed off. Before the referendum, I thought the EU was probably a bad deal. Since the referendum I've come to realise how great a deal it is.
And your understanding of (2) is naive. The EU and the rest of the world will have to put tariffs on the product we sell them. I don't think we're obliged to slap tariffs on anything we import if we don't want too, although it would be suicide, since it would give us no bargaining power. (And even without tariffs, prices will rise anyway due to the drop in sterling.) And if I follow things correctly, the EU or any other country can't cut us a special deal; they have to treat us like everybody else unless the rest of the WTO agrees.
Here's the import duties on iPhones the average global is 2.3%. And according to FullFact "In 2013, the EU’s trade weighted average...tariff was 2.3% for non-agricultural products. This is an average figure and tariffs on some individual products are much higher....The EU tariff on cars, for example, is 10%." That 10% figure has been bandied about often enough. And tariffs can be much more complicated than 10% on everything: it might be 4% on the first 10,000 tons and 15% on everything after that. (Apparently the situation with chickens.)
That one definitely was sarcasm.
Google Play store reports our app has a single Android 7.1 user. And has had so for a while.
Re: "Governments respond most readily to what the public wants."
The British government is busily cutting off all our arms and our legs in order to satisfy the public's demand for Brexit.
You missed the DNA analysis to find our who's been in your home and estimate their duration of stay. Want to know if your lover is cheating on you behind your back? Now you can tell.
I live on the edge of a market town. If I head out into the countryside, everybody will stop and talk. But if I head into the town, conversation stops.
I think it's to do with population density. People are so far and few between in the woods and the fields that it's no great imposition to stop and have a conversation. But in the town centre on market day you're elbowing through the crowds and it's just not physically possible to say hello to everyone.
Optic nerve taps
Within twenty years, we'll accept we're perpetually recorded. (Well, the crusty reactionaries round here won't; but the rest of the population will tolerate it.) It happens already with CCTV. And now the police are starting to wear bodycams. Okay, the glassholes got beat up. I imagine the spectacle wearers will, too; but not quite so much. And the wearers of the generation of devices after that will get beaten up still less, as slowly our intolerance is worn away.
In theory, you'll have the right to erase a youtube video of youths shouting abuse at you. In practice, it will be too much hassle. People will just accept it as part of life. (And the videos that people think are worth deleting will be mirrored so many times they'll be de facto undeletable, even if the law says otherwise.)
Hopefully, twenty years after that, we'll be able to set up algorithms that pixelate ourselves whenever we appear in public footage and let them loose upon the world. Till then, mine's the burqa.
Re: Pedant alert
I get what you're trying to get at. But think it through a bit more.
Once the detonation is over, any explosion will cool as it expands. So that's nothing special.
The normal definition of a detonation is a supersonic chemical reaction in which molecules release energy as they go from a high energy state to a low energy one. Again the big bang took matter from a high energy state to a low energy state at superluminal rates, releasing energy.
The only real differences between the big bang and a regular explosion is that regular explosions don't create spacetime and the temperatures were so high molecules couldn't form.
(Well, I say molecules couldn't form. Really I mean temperatures were so high the laws of physics couldn't form.)
I kept batting away the upgrade dialog till I could find time to prepare. Then, one morning, my machine forceably shut down and started upgrading. I imagine I selected the wrong option. But you get asked the same damn question several times a day and, sooner or later, you'll screw up.
As part of the installation, Windows 10 inserted another partition which confused grub, and left my machine unbootable. And because I was unprepared, I didn't have a working Linux USB pen I could boot from. Cue, a couple of lost days.
Also, I had no recent backups. Fortunately, nothing much was broken, although a couple of apps have been reduced functionality, and I'm now largely a happy Windows 10 user. But the upgrade was an unasked for shitstorm.
Re: Nothing wrong with the chips.
All a "proper dev" needs is switch. The machine code is inputted, bit by bit, by toggling the switch.
Re: Nit Pick
I didn't know that about the 6502. I never did much 6502 programming and just thought DAA was another thing that had been RISCed away.
Re: Software? Or maybe hardware. @Brewster
I started out writing assembly, and it was very easy to write code that was smaller and faster than a compiler. These days, not so much. This sounds like a step down that road for parallel programming. (And people said much the same about experienced programmers then. In fact, I think I said it...) Yes, it does sound like it's automatically doing things an experienced programmer would do. No, the elite HPC guys may not see the performance gain advertised. But HPC aren't the only users of OpenMP and in the world of Big Data I don't imagine they have time to optimise code to that level.
In time, it will probably match what the HPC guys. And there are benefits in code maintainability and the time it takes to write this code in having it done automatically.
Re: Software? Or maybe hardware. @Brewster
> It also says nothing about "common algorithms".
*cough* Press release, fourth paragraph, first sentence: "In tests on several common algorithms, programs written in the new language were four times as fast as those written in existing languages." *cough*
You engage in some nit picking about the dumbing down. I have no problem with that, although, to be fair to El Reg, it's right there in the press release. And your final two sentences are fair comment; in fact your penultimate one probably nails what's going on here: they've expanded the range of situations in which OpenMP can sensibly be used. But challenging the veracity of the underlying research went beyond cutting down sensationalist hypebole: I think we can reasonably expect the researchers to have done what they've said they've done1, even if they've magnified its significance.
1. Okay, there was that whole BICEP2 thing. And those superluminal neutrinos. And......
Re: Software? Or maybe hardware.
Researchers: "We've developed and tested a a feature that makes these common algorithms four-times faster."
Commentard: "I haven't a clue what they've done but obviously it'll slow things down."
It didn't earlier. So hold off the downvotes smartarses.
"Variable stars have fluctuating brightness and can be used as cosmic yardsticks to measure galactic distances."
Some of them can. (Cepheids.) Some can't. (Long Period Variables). It depends on whether there is a reliable relationship between the frequency of variation and the brightness of the star.
IANAL, but if that's possible I'd imagine AB+'s contractual arrangements would pass the liability on to the advertiser. It would be stupid not to. But the bigger damage will be we'll all uninstall.
As to "when" verses "if". At the moment, advertising networks aren't under much pressure to block malware -- it's reputational damage. And they have to deal with complex iteractive ads.
AB+ will only have to deal with static images or text, so the pool of undiscovered exploits must be diminishing. And there users are technically literate and willing to switch to competition so they are motivated to block these things. Getting out malware should mean hacking into AB+; or hacking an advertiser and pushing out an add with a zero day. This should be more than an exploit kit or a scam company can achieve.
The proof will be in the pudding. If the ads are genuinely non-intrusive and no malware gets through, then maybe. El Reg should certainly sign up.
VW Dieselgate engineer sings like a canary: Entire design team was in on it – not just a few bad apples, allegedly
Goedel says you can't cheat.
Well, there is still a 100% right answer: "This question can not be answered given the inputs".
No, that's wrong. The question always has an answer. (To quote Wikipedia, "For [a qualifying system], there will always be statements...that are true, but that are unprovable within the system.".) So it could be a statement's unprovable within the system or it could be the proof hasn't been found yet; there's no way to tell. So if you say "a question cannot be answered given the input" you can't be sure I won't come along and show you it can.
It's the same as the halting problem. An algorithm must terminate after N iterations. (Where N may be infinite.) But there's no general process for determining that, except running it and waiting.
Re: Or will you say it is not the same and perfectly acceptable? Let us see what you're thinking.
I think we have some people who've failed the Turing Test. And It's not aMfM.
Re: Surface Phone?
"...but when you plug it into a monitor and provide it a keyboard and mouse/trackpad..."
And they could adjust Windows10 so it acts as a docking station -- even if it just screen shares on a virtual desktop.
Re: What about an OTA update??
"Can't they do an Over The Air update"...?
Only if they have a bumper sticker that says, "Hack me!"
Re: Facebook can do what they like.
"It's no different from the BBC..."
The BBC has competition; you can switch to other news providers. Nor do you need to read the same news site as you friends and family.
However, if you want to participate in social media, you have to go where all your friends are. And Facebook has no competition; it's become a monopoly.
"FB's customers can then decide if the network still has value to them or whether there is an alternative."
A brief reminder that the customers are the advertisers.
Re: The Fruity Cargo Cult
The list of insults is long and should be repeated in a new article for our entertainment.
Has anybody seen the ban hammer? I'm sure we left it around here somewhere.
A parenting failsafe would reduce fertility to zero 15 years prior to end of life. Killing men, possibly after ejaculation, is not much of a failsafe unless "nature" thinks grumpy old men shouldn't be left alone with their progeny.
This was good science journalism. I felt I got the essentials without needing to read the paper myself.
Hadn't he worked out ideas along those lines in opposition? Was he a useful idiot who said yes to a necessary 20-25 year rationalisation while convincing his political masters it could be done in under five?
I increasingly have qualms about how necessary it is. But that's down to (a) screw ups that leave people without all their money instead of one chunk and (b) the ease with which it allows ministers to adjust all benefits.
Re: New elReg Metric?
Femto Universal Credit.