663 posts • joined 23 May 2011
Re: "electricity meters that talk to the grid to get you the best deals"
Innovative hackers will root Smart Meters and write software that does this for you. It will become widespread. There will be arrests and prosecutions but the numbers of users doing it will keep growing because it's easy and it saves money. Eventually, it will become so pervasive that it's legalised and regulated.
I'm not sure whether multiple suppliers could survive in that environment so perhaps the market would
collapse consolidate into one. Perhaps we'd buy from power stations and wind farms directly, with a fee going to the network (where the "network" is one of the old suppliers).
That's optimistic. The transition would be painful. The solution would not be a utopia. But it's not implausible.
They could probably stop them taking money from UK customers (by prohibiting UK regulated financial institutions transferring money to them).
Re: Only if...
I'm sure you could wire up a mobile phone doing voice recognition to aMfM and it'd make as much sense as anybody.
And where do I click to register my disinterest? Never has the tombstone icon been more sorely missed.
Re: poor security
I'm a sceptic; however I concur this is poor coding, rather than an inherent flaw in bitcoin. But is the real "inherent flaw" the type of
cowboy developer bitcoin attracts?
Re: Or . . .
Basically, we're saying you need to control for people taking the piss. (I guess you ask a couple of non-software related questions and removed anyone who gets them wrong; e.g. Who is the President of the United States: (a) Bugs Bunny, (b) Howard Stern, etc...)
And that sound you can hear is me back-pedalling rapidly.
That's a semi-rational position; cf the Singularity or Tipler's take on the Omega point. And if we're running inside a simulation, then the system might have "bugs" At which point you become a crackpot looking for miracles and the supernatural.
But how you get to all that from these papers, I'm not sure. I read the first one a while back, and it's coquettish but will probably turn out to be misunderstood astrophysical process. :(
Re: Can we stop calling him an activist investor?
GreaseMonkey will do the job just fine
Proving that even a GreaseMonkey is superior to an activist investor.
If I had a hammer....
Have you ever had to use an XML parsing library? Most schemas use attributes and that makes processing and storing the data horrendous. And even if your schema doesn't, you have to put in place code to handle and reject them; ditto processing instructions. Processing XML robustly produces a lot of boiler plate and a lot of overhead for simple message passing.
Most message passing is best done with key-value pairs. However there is always the odd value that needs more structure than plain text and so, before long, you end up like like HTML, where every value needs a custom processor.
JSON is in the sweet spot: it offers enough flexibility that there shouldn't be an explosion of custom parsers, without offering features that are overkill for message passing (if great for representing complicated documents).
As if, in the middle of a crisis, you waste several hours making your document look as first rate as possible, just in case it's leaked.
Re: Character assassination doesn't change anything
Manning is a hero. But I'm sure she could have found another way to get it out.
Re: Bwahahaha. They don't mind you going on a suicide mission to kill jews though...
I find the Feminist mind a morass of inconsistencies worthy of the most abject derision. I find the Climate Science mind a morass of inconsistencies worthy of the most abject derision. I find the mind of Climate Deniers a morass of inconsistencies worthy of the most abject derision. In fact, I find the $x mind a morass of inconsistencies worthy of the most abject derision - where $x is any group of people sufficiently large* that the media can find two or more people with opposing views and present them as the settled opinion of the entire group according to whatever point they are trying to make at the time.
* In this context, "sufficiently large" means an integer greater than or equal to 2 (or an integer greater than or equal to 1, if that 1 is Richard Dawkins).
Re: Sapphire Glass isn't...
No, it's transparent aluminum.1 And if it's good enough for whales...
1. Okay, α-Al2O3. But what's an oxide between friends?
The story here is that companies are training people themselves. I nearly fell of my chair when I read that.
Re: Imagine a random, infinite sequence of numbers containing nothing but +1s and -1s.
Unfortunately, it only occurs "at infinity".
@That terrorist "Ian Michael Gumby"
Do you not see this as an abuse of anti-terrorism laws? Do you really think embarrassing the government should be on a par with plotting to kill, injure or maim innocent people?
"We still have his PowerPoint slides.”
Not only is Oracle's language delightfully blunt, but the man who made the decision, Mark Hurd, used to be CEO of HP...
Re: Still Alive
Look at me still talking
when there's science to do.
When I look out there,
it makes me GLaD I'm not you.
Re: Consistent @Heisenberg
If true, that's a classic (positive) feedback loop: increasing prices will encourage more people to generate their own electricity whenever they can, exacerbating the problem...
Re: I like a joke but....
£6E6 is news. For a tenth of that price, I'd install it on my old phone and flog it.
"Firstly, you don't need to know anything about a subject to manage it at a very top level"
I think we tried that with Paul Flowers and the Co-operative bank. He knew nothing about banking and ran it outstandingly.
We need a "QED" icon. I'll grab my coat and go see if I can make one.
Yeah, but does it dredge rivers?
You're new here, aren't you? It's the ten year hate.
Re: MS should realize that there is a huge market for a REAL Win XP upgrade
Actually, what that 20-30% want is continuing support for XP. Why faff around with an upgrade on a machine that's working fine?
Re: So the user doesn't notice anything happening
Most scanners are not going to check the data of a png for malicious code, and that seems to be the issue.
Re: Clarification required
"I wonder if they couldn't introduce a 3rd factor by using the NFC feature of newish phones or even something Bluetooth related?"
Or even a text. However none of that adds much security when you're surfing from your phone.
Anyway, this sounds like twiddling the url enabled you to read somebody else's account details... No amount of multifactor authentication will fix that.
Re: I am absolutely delighted to find that..........
It's an arsonist whose had one cheek removed.
Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes...
"...but I can assure you that [Hawking] is still one of the best scientific minds Britain produced in the 20th century."
If by "scientific" you mean physics and by "produced" you mean "born", then Dirac wins hands down. If we open it up to people who did their most important work in the 20th Century, or to non-physicists, then it gets very interesting; I imagine most people round here would rate Turing ahead of Hawking.
"Would that be before they've been taught the basic maths required for programming?"
I was programming machine code long before I could solve
3x-2=4 Mind you, back then we thought ourselves lucky if our CPU had a
Re: No neutrinos? @dan1980
We detected neutrinos from 1987A - which was just outside the galaxy (50KPc), and our detectors were pretty insensitive back then.
Re: All that metal!!
There's a question mark over Helium, as well.... ;)
Re: Erich Lester Haines von Daniken
I read that as "just a Viking from outer space" - which seemed appropriate.
We need an icon for "I'll get my spectacles". Until then, a private detective is needed to get to the bottom of this matter.
They've gone underground:
No one can blame you/For walking away
It's only forever/Not long at all/Lost and lonely/That's underground
(Trolls icon: because they live underground.)
"...a lot of hoops to jump through...."
Interesting biometric. I guess it would work. It would definitely have a positive effect on general health. But I don't see the public carrying around a lot hoops just so they can pay for a latte. Even cutting it down to repeatedly jumping through one hoop is unlikely to win them over.
Re: err don't you mean...
*cough* Ptolemy promoted a geocentric model. *cough* Aristarchus of Samos opted for a heliocentric model and did so 400-500 years before Ptolemy. There are even older, non-geocentric models, but they are very strange.
Re: The real issue with the Dodd-Frank Method
"...it's trivial to fake the documentation as there is nothing objective to back up the paperwork."
But that's lawyers for you: they'll turn down hard evidence in favour of paperwork.
It wasn't terrorists...
...so it must have been a paedophile; they're the only two types of criminal.
I'll have to do without my coat - there's been a bomb scare in the cloak room.
Re: Eh? what the problem here
Dear Mr Coward, your proposal needs to estimate the time spent handling false positives before we can consider it for a feasibility study.
If I take a photo of you, then, in the UK, as I understand it, you have no property rights. I can do with that photo what I will; in particular, I can sell it and make money. (Even in jurisdictions where a model release is necessary, it doesn't affect the properties rights.) If I was an expensive lawyer, I would make a similar argument about much of this data: a server log is a facsimile of your actions made by me; it is my property to dispose of as I will, subject to privacy legislation.
Why it wasn't called "Piss Off Cameron", I don't know.
Mine's the one that smells of urine.
Re: Feminists are irritating @Lord Elpuss
So it appears men lack reading skills, too.
I am broadly in agreement. But I have two problems. 1) We don't know the list of sites being blocked. 2) We cannot appeal a block to an independent third party.
With those conditions in place, I would have no problem with it. But everybody is too busy screaming "Noooo Don't take away my porrnnnn!" to campaign for a workable system; consequentially we're getting a genuinely scary system.
Why not? Because of the headlines: "GOVERNMENT PAYS TO PRODUCE PORN."
Re: Fallacious argument
The problem with this argument is that what you are actually saying is "When we teach a baby that the world works one way and then provide them with a version of the world that doesn't work the way they get confused."
As I follow the argument, it's that babies don't need to be taught a touch interface because they do explore the world through touch and naturally form inferences about how it works. This extends to touch screens. (Does touch work with a tongue?)
As DAM says, all other systems requiring "training". They may well be superior in many ways, but that superiority comes at a price.
--Typed on a real bloody keyboard.
Re: Oh come on Reg, y
"falling down supports the gravity theory".
For the purposes of this post, I am a platonist. Therefore I am ontologically comitted to "gravity theory" (LQG, since you ask) as a real thing that exists; just as I am committed to numbers existing. So "falling down" does indeed support the former belief. :-P
"90% of even fundamentalist Christians...would not claim that."
You're right. But that's because fundamentalist Christians believe God took direct control of the Bible writers and made them write exactly the words He wanted. Or they argue that the "errors" introduced by later copyists were actually reversions.
Disclaimer: these are real views expressed to me by IRL Christians when we sat down to thrash out the issues.
Actually, the best analogy is they copied the index of the book, rewrote all the text, and then adjusted the page numbers, while adding some extra references along the way.
I was being "Ha ha only serious". However you can have an upvote for valid points.
But the chance of a meteor burning up depends on its trajectory and its composition. And *cough* it's hard to detect objects coming at us from the sun. *cough* All it needs is one to get through and reach a populate area.
I also think the economics favour the attacker: it's hard to be certain whether an orbit will threaten the Earth so an attacker can kick lots of trans-Earth objects Earthwards, at very little cost, and the defender is left with lots of "maybes" to cover. And the defenders have to pay the cost of getting stuff into orbit, whereas the attackers don't.
Re: Any details on how the orientaion is handled?
Wohoa there! We don't want no nitty-gritty technical details; this is a tech site. Oh, wait...