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Elementary Pronoun Primer
"For the incentive auction to be a success, we must also ensure that the operating systems and software to run it work from the moment the first bid is placed, until the final broadcast station is relocated or repacked."
In the above, the only noun to which it could possibly refer is auction. There is no reference to the spectrum itself. The FCC is not planning to take responsibility for usability of the spectrum, only for the stability of the auction.
Now go to the back of the class and re-read chapter 7 until you understand it.
Re: Are they serious?
The money spent on that transition would have been better off going to cable and satellite companies to pay for basic services offered to all for free.
No money is, ever has been, or ever will be, in any way, "better off" going to either cable or satellite companies.
Re: To put that in perspective.
Voyager 1 has traveled approximately 127 AU, and it's outside the solar system. Provided Voyager continues at its current pace, it will take another 146 years to reach 650AU.
This planet is over 4 times farther from its sun than the farthest any man-made vessel has traveled. You could fit two of our solar systems between this planet and its sun, and still have lots of space.
Big is an understatement.
@ACs (15:26 and "All Lies")
Yawn. Trolling religion on a tech/science site is so Neanderthal.
If you want to spark a conversation, try writing something interesting or clever.
If you want to spark a controversy, try logging in to a religious site with your actual personal information and re-post your comments there.
Re: "nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass"... yet.
...a complete stop before proceeding (ie the wheels stop rotating)
So skidding on slick roads is a complete stop?
It's not the rotation of the wheels; it's the motion of the vehicle. Zero motion is the rule.
The shorthand that the cyclist has to put a foot down is based on physics: balancing a bicycle without rolling forward or backward is practically impossible.
Not guilty plea for 80 in a 65
I'm guessing the defense will be something along the lines of "it's southern California FFS. Kids' tricycles go over 65mph here."
Re: "nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass"... yet.
How about making it illegal to be wearing Google Glasses because they're exactly the kind of technology only an asshat would wear?
Hmm... I guess that law would also ban iPhones and anything from Brookstone...
I'm liking this law more and more!
Re: How many are waiting for Windows 8 to be "retired"? @Steve Knox
I think that modern PCs are used for more than those from 1981.
I think you missed my point. Sure, there have been enhancements to the specific methods available (internet, 3D, etc.) but that falls mostly under my statement:
Once the adoption phase was over, growth was driven primarily by the need for new hardware to support the needs of cutting-edge software.
That doesn't change the fact that the PC's job, calculation and communication, hasn't changed; the only thing that's changed is how (and how well) it does it.
Re: How many are waiting for Windows 8 to be "retired"?
Consumers had 3 years of the option to replace XP with Win7. The problem isn't Windows 8. It's the fact that 32 years down the road, the PC and its spawn are still used for the same basic tasks as when they started.
Once the adoption phase was over, growth was driven primarily by the need for new hardware to support the needs of cutting-edge software. But even with the features and bloat of decades of software development, the hardware has reached the point where a 5-year-old machine is perfectly capable of performing the tasks consumers use PCs for.
Tablets are on the rise because they can perform 99% of those same tasks, can be had for as little as 1/3 the price, and have a "cool" factor.
Re: Dark side of the Moon
The idea of placing solar panels in a belt around the moon is pretty daft, because half of the panels would always be in shade!
But not the same half all the time. The moon only shows one face to the Earth because it's tidally locked, which means that when the moon is between the Earth and the sun, the "dark side" of the moon is lit by the sun.
If it's comparable in cost to build and ship those panels (or ship a robot up to the moon and have it build the panels there?) rather than shoot up satellites with a little over half as many panels and then burn energy maintaining their orbit and ensuring their panels always point directly at the sun, and that they don't collide with the other satellites in geosynchronous orbit, then the moon option is still a contender.
There is no dark side of the moon, really. As a matter of fact, it's all dark. -- PF
Solar enthusiasts rays idea...
In before some spelling nazi who doesn't get the pun...
Re: [Some anti-UK prejudice, y'think? — Ed.]
But outliers exist, and the statement in the article:
many people are surprised that ARM is a UK company [Some anti-UK prejudice, y'think? — Ed.]
clearly indicates that these people aren't being asked to guess, they're being told. To be surprised upon being told that a company is a UK company means more than it wouldn't be your first guess -- it means you have trouble even conceiving the possibility.
The currency has its supporters in government, too. The Federal Election Commission looks likely to allow Bitcoins to be used for election campaign donations and last week the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committee held an official discussion about the currency.
Since the goal of both of these organizations w/r/t currencies is to monitor and regulate their use in specific cases, I believe "support" is not the correct description of their attitude. "Exploit" is closer, but not quite right either. Suggestions?
All Is Decay
What does it matter?
"...their number of correct reports is relatively high, even if their percentage of accuracy is not."
Which is all they need to keep getting paid for this nonsense, because people remember the successes, the failures not so much.
This is exactly the psychological loophole exploited by psychics and prophets.
Am I the only one...
who read that title as "NSFW privacy exemption..."?
“Merely directing a computer to perform a function does not transform the computer into a specialized computer. Such a principle would lead to the absurd result of allowing the patenting the computerized use of even the most basic abstract ideas,”
Now how about applying that logic to all software patents?
Improperly Implemented Security* is destroying the web
*No, not THAT IIS
"Who would want to live in the cul-de-sac..."
Guess it runs pretty smooth, then?
Re: I take it...
Interesting. I've been running several instances of SQL Server (2000, 2005, 2008, 2008R2, and 2012) since 2002 and haven't seen this memory leak issue. Do you have details of the issue and which version was in use?
I do know that SQL Server's default behavior is to retain tables in memory and not release memory once it's been allocated. This is not a leak, however, as the memory is specifically retained for performance purposes and there are ways to configure a memory ceiling to allow for other applications on the same server.
It's possible that your SQL Server operator didn't understand this design and hence a) didn't properly configure the server and/or b) was restarting the server when it was not necessary. But I couldn't say more without specific details. But it could also be that organization was using a configuration I'm not familiar with and ran into an issue I've never seen. I'd be interested in more details if you have them.
Re: Yeah, right
"'For Apple, this case has always been about more than patents and money. It has been about fulfilling Steve Jobs' dying wish to crush Android manufacturers one by one."
They are looking for completely sane well-adjusted people willing to take a one-way trip away from almost all of their fellow humans.
One might argue that a willingness, nay a desire, to get away from almost everyone else on this planet is one of the classic symptoms of sanity.
Year and a Half Too Late
If they'd tried this a year and a half ago, they could have added trademark infringement to the list of things stupidly wrong with this campaign
I take it...
the last time you used SQL Server was in 1997...?
One-off? You should print up a dozen or so of those and use them for wall sconces.
What the heck is Bing?
One Million Troll Points
to Tencent if they host their archival storage in the US instead of China!
If I bought a PS 4 and it could brake, that would be news.
If your post were about cars, it would be even bigger news.
Re: Live From The Parking Lot At The Silbury Hill Theatre
It could be really useful for those times when you're gathering requirements and the culpr... stakeholder tells you "yeah, it's really simple: you just enter this and out comes that". To get a program generated strictly on the basis of the stakeholder's description could be a rather interesting experience.
10 INPUT "Enter this:", A$
20 IF A$ = "this" GOTO 50
30 PRINT "ERROR. INVALID INPUT."
40 GOTO 10
50 PRINT "that"
Re: The Third Nut
There is no creativity to understand because its is not a thing. It is success in search.
Actually, true creativity is failure in search.
Re: How much is El Reg being paid to push Who ?
More likely Who articles are pushing El Reg readership figures. Worked on you, didn't it?
Re: You can buy Farnsworth-type fusion reactors...
"Good news, everybody!"
Do you really think that anyone is deliberately choosing the most expensive methods of obtaining energy when all factors are taken into account?
The problem is in the definition of relevant factors. Some posters in this conversation, for example, don't consider long-term environmental damage to be a relevant factor. They also avoid the political cost to decision makers as a relevant factor. This latter one I wish was not relevant, but so long as energy decisions are affected by political processes, it is definitively relevant.
Sadly, economic markets generally do not consider long-term effects a relevant factor either, which is what has led us to this current state.
Re: So Bored...
The whole point of a comment system is to air one's views both good and bad.
Okay, here's my view. The whole "I'm sick and tired of reading this rubbish" complaint indicates a fundamental lack of understanding of how to use the internet.
See, unlike, say, radio or television, the internet is consumer-driven, meaning that you choose what to read and what not to read. So if you're reading something you're sick and tired of, that means you made a bad choice. To then go and complain about having read something you're sick and tired of means that not only did you make a bad choice, but you want to blame others for your own bad choices.
And no, "but I wanted to give them feedback so they can improve what they choose to write" is not a valid excuse. The server logs tell them which articles get read and which ones don't, and good analytics can even tell approximately how long people spend reading the articles.
Re: another useless report
If it doesn't, then you're not holding it right.
Re: GM Foods
If this was a genetically modified food rollout,
Okay, completely different industry, but let's see where this goes...
they wouldn't be able to do a recall,
Yes they would. See, for example, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starlink_corn_recall and http://www.organicconsumers.org/gefood/canolarecall.cfm
and it would self replicate.
Seasonally, at a pace which would allow for relatively easy control.
All of this ignores the fact that GMO are much more regulated that software and tech. services. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulation_of_the_release_of_genetically_modified_organisms for starters.
"One of the most difficult problems for us to address ... is the software itself,"
This ... from a software company.
So Poverty, hunger, sanitation, war seems like a good place to start, we can leave sexual harrasmant of people in countries where these problems have been solved until somalia enters the first world then, I guess?
Where are these countries where poverty, hunger, sanitation, and war have been solved?
Re: a lot of anime fans have a weird hatred of calling anime cartoons
I see their point but like you think they overdue it a bit.
Yeah, they really should get past that.
Re: WHATS THAT SMELL?
I probably wouldn't believe this if it came from McAfee, Symantec, Microsoft, or many others.
From F-Secure, I'll at least accept it as plausible. Of the AV companies I've dealt with, they've been the least slimy. Note how they didn't mince words or try to complicate this very simple issue.
Once they get the
marksclients on board, they float out into international waters, and then the real fun begins!
Re: Did you know about this?
And it's not what they're protesting "for", it's what they're protesting against
If you don't have a for, against is rather pointless. Tear down what you will: if you don't have something ready to replace it, someone else will, and you'll like the replacement even less.
Re: Old dog, new tricks ?
Would you like to rephrase that as a statement, or are you just casually ageist?
In before fanbois claiming that Apple can use more glue in their phones because their glue weighs less...
Re: Is there actually any evidence...
There is plenty of evidence that people accept advertising as a means to reduce the cost of content.
But this debate isn't about advertising. It's about tracking. It's a measure of how far we've sunk that the two completely different concepts are inseparable in the minds of some.
For centuries, advertising has worked fine with little to no tracking. Even television's Neilsen ratings only gave advertisers information on the effectiveness of the content and the general audience, not the identity of indiviudual viewers. Then some online advertisers got the bright idea of following users from site to site, monitoring what they did, and serving "targeted" advertising. Now, because they've been doing it, they don't want to stop.
I'm fine with advertising. But even online advertising does not need to do this level of tracking to be successful.
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