502 posts • joined Tuesday 9th August 2011 10:52 GMT
Who else is going to write it?!
Re: Big deal
I could be wrong, but I believe working conditions and minimum wage regulations in switzerland might be *slightly* different to those found in factories in china.
And as has been repeatedly shown, this is NOT the worst thing happening at Foxconn - riots, horrid working conditions, forced overtime, suicide...
Re: What's the point?
Replacing billboards in subways and train stations I can understand, since you can effectively do your shopping while waiting for a train to go to work in the morning, and find everything delivered when you get home (assuming there's someone there to accept delivery I guess...)
But going out of your way to a "non-existent" supermarket - I agree, why not go to a real one?! Have they discovered some new niche in society - people too stupid to figure out how internet shopping on a PC works, but have enough disposable income to afford a smartphone with a QR code scanner? (also, 1200sq/m seems like a fuck-ton of space for 1,000 pictures of food - I mean, there only has to be one picture of each, so whats the extra space for?!
I suppose we're at a point in society where the last remaining limiting factor of how much crap we can shovel into our mouths - namely, the need to be able to carry it all home - can be removed with the aid of technology.
The death of a craft....
The life of a craft seems somewhat bittersweet...
It seems on the one hand sad that such a successful venture will eventually be exterminated, with nothing physical left behind to show future generations.
But on the other hand the information gathered when it performs its last transmissions will be valuable stepping stones for the same future generations - even if they don't realise what was built and sacrificedin order to gather the information.
Those who worked on the craft must have a similar feeling - of knowing that something they've put so much blood sweat and tears into will never hang on a wall, or be handed down - but it will provide invaluable information for all of human kind (even if it's value isn't fully realised yet).
Beer is for Cassini - because it contains gas, just like Saturn (it's a poor excuse, but it'll do!)
Re: > Getting de Castro onside is, however, expensive.
To be fair though, performing at any level will improve Yahoo!'s performance from where it's at now.
Rolling idea balls around a table will probably prove more creative and viable than the last few years at Yahoo!.
Re: this "event", right?
I believe a lot of commentards didn't feel the need to point out the unconfirmed nature of the event since the sub-head mentioned just how "unconfirmed" the event was, as did the article. Such repetition within the reader responses would really be too radically repulsive for the renowned redundancy reducing Reg readership.
1) I agree that this is a total non-issue, most users of most phones wouldn't care about such a trivial "issue" since it in no way affects the proper functioning of the phone.
2) The people who have created this "issue" are ones that *bought an iPhone5*. They bought one, then went out and complained about it. I'm not sure why this is "something the fandroids are all complaining about" when it's iPhone owners that have brought attention to the "problem" and in many cases (according to the article) tried to get the phone replaced.
Funny - I've heard stories about Apple employing people to go around telling people that google are employing people to go around all the forums, blogs and news sites posting negative comments about Apple and other competitors. They really want to win the spin war.
Yay for unsubstantiated rumour!
Re: Let's try again
A correction without a downvote?! What is the world coming to?
Thanks for the heads up - Grammar Nazi is for me :)
"slamming Apple and Google for “getting paid not the actors.”
Pretty much sums up the whole content industry.
Sadly, "weinstein wants US to adopt French pirate laws"
"US wants to adopt French pirate laws"
the speed at which it happens is dependent on the amount of money they throw at the US Gov
Presumably if iOS Maps was better that Google's offering, it would become important to 9 out of 10 people...
Re: My Samsung has this!
That's a good point actually - are Apple patenting the idea of "shielding" a sensor from view? or specifically doing it with PDLC?
Either way I think patenting this is ridicuous -
a) the tech behind PDLC - patentable
b) the tech behind (for example) a fingerprint reader - patentable
Using technology a) at the same time as technology b) is surely simply a method, not an "idea" or a "design" - not patentable
I think I might apply for a patent to use WOODEN SPOON in conjunction with EGGS, WATER, SUGAR and FLOUR to make CAKE.
presumably then any method of compining those ingredients in order to make CAKE will owe me royalties?
Not his fault - he was using iOS6...
Apparently he tried to visit the assessment centre multiple times, but he kept on going to the one across the street...
they're making fun of someone for playing what is the most popular MMORPG of all time, if not one of the most popular games of all time? And this is supposed to *win* them votes? I've never even played WoW (not really my cup of tea, and the subscription aspect irks me) but even I can "understand" that for some people it's a hobby...
Not exactly sure who the republican candidates' target demographic is, but I'm pretty sure it's someone who spends their spare time fucking their cousins.
Bigger issues first
I'd rather see efforts made to change the insurance system than the licencing - How about a system similar to the UK where an insurance disc is used? one insurance policy for one road user, wich gets transferred to whichever car you're using, eliminating the need for a policy for every car. Makes sense, since I'm not driving more than one car at once....
Having a single licence to pull out of my wallet / lose at some point doesn't help me. It also doesn't help that each different type of licence expires at a different time - but obviously those expirations won't be listed on the card, and I doubt "making it easier to know when your licence has expired" has even been scrawled on the back of the page of considerations to be taken into account for this system...
the sound of bubbles popping
There seems to have been a lot of apple memorabilia up for auction over the last 12 months, much of it I'm sure just "happens" to be up for sale after Steve Jobs' death... But this latest instance indicates that perhaps the desirability of the apple brand is wearing off a tad... Not meeting reserve is one thing, not even meeting *half* of the reserve should be a warning.
Martian Uncertainty Principal
Shirley this simply demonstrates the difficulty of observing a far off planet in any reasonable detail - the very act of putting a rover in a "pristine" environment eliminates the very thing which makes it "pristine".
Of course, the ramifications of this are (in my opinion) far less dramatic than we think - it's only the types of people who leave the little protective piece of plastic attached to the screen of their clock radios for years that believe we've "ruined" mars.
I do think it highlights the need to be able to stay on top of what bits of Mars are actually bits of Mars, and what bits of Mars are actually bits of laser-wielding robot.
Presumably theres another universe out there where he kept standing....
He *HAD* to sit down?
Or was there a 99.999998% chance that he would sit down?
The best thing about this story?
The author :)
That byline seems to be instant rage-candy for any fanboi. Like pouring water on a Mogwai.
Particuarly amusing given Apple's response to the issue....
Re: Earth is 9,000 years old...
^ I thought the concept sounded familiar - I seem to have channelled the thoughts of someone much more intelligent than myself. ( Although to be honest It wasn't my intention to paraphrase Einstein - it was more "I'm trying to explain to myself how someone could believe the earth is 9,000 years old, but every time I feel I'm getting close - it slips away". Akin to trying to comprehend the size of the universe, concept of the Big Bang, etc).
Grammar Nazi is for me - need to brush up on my einstein quotes, I'm getting rusty...
even our most technologically advanced robots still get distracted by shiny things...
Re: Is it just me
Stumbling upon these dusty corners of the internet makes me remember what a wonderful thing it really is :)
Method of measuring could play a role
Since SophosLabs is measuring clickthroughs to poisoned links (and then the redirects) to determine the results, there could be a large social element to the results that are returned - since Bing is the default search engine on IE, and IE is the default browser for most PC's (despite other options being provided, I'd say the majority of businesses/ no-computer savvy users would go with "Microsoft reccomended" options) It could be a reflection of the types of people who are using the different search engine types. It could also be that people who are used to google, when switching to Bing, are not used to how results are displayed, and therefore aren't recognising the malicious websites (although that could be a bit far-fetched).
Just a few things to consider.
Earth is 9,000 years old...
It's my greatest fear that one day people who believe this will actually have enough power to actually do something monumentally fucking stupid to the rest of us. What's scary at the moment is that there are enough nutcases around to get this guy the support he needs to speak at anything bigger than a church luncheon.
I thought The Big Bang Theory and the vastness of the universe were difficult concepts to comprehend, but the limits of stupidity seem to extend even further.
Re: Several things about these stories bug me...
bright light pointed in your face = annoying
bright light irregularly and randomly hitting your face as the person holding it tries to keep it pointed at you = extremely fucking annoying
Re: Yes, there is a lot of hyperbole about Jobs...
"I disagree with author X's point of view, therefore s/he should be fired. [personal attack, personal attack, etc]"
I'm not sure what's more ridiculous - that you feel your own opinion is important enough that those who disagree with it should have their entire careers cast into the gutter, or that you think hating Apple makes you a "hipster".
Trying not to sound too much like an apologist here...
But I'm hoping WP8 turns out to be decent. I've been on Android for the last 5 years, and it's been constantly improving - I doubt I'd move away from it in the future, and plan on getting the next nexus - but having an extra hat in the ring is always nice to see; not to mention one that has the combined might (perhaps not the best word... "legacy?" "history?" "dusty old trophy cabinet?") of Nokia and MS behind it.
Looking forward to the reviews.
Presumably the incidence of late night "accidental" printing of porn will skyrocket...
Re: FAIL == Microsoft
My mistake, must learn to read... my grasp of english appears to have been on a similar level of MGK's when I wrote that.
Golden brown, texture like sun...
I think you'll find the gold suff is actually brown - a consequence of 'naut turds being sprayed out the winows of the ISS/shuttles rather than brought back down with them, coating everything up there in a thin film brown-ness.
MGK: The talent Quest Kid
Not sure what credibility he had before, but turning into a corporate shill (for that not-exactly-cool company "Microsoft", no less) has probably ensured that he has none now. Even turning it into a "fuck you bitchez" -type affair probably isn't enough to save him.
As for Microsoft... It's like a geriatric trying to learn to skateboard so they can be "down with the kidz"... A lot needs to change before they can start hiring rappers.
Also, MGK looks like a turd.
It's also worth mentioning that the Vauxhall Omega and the Commodore, whilst sharing a platform, still had many changes made to said platform (and the number of changes increased as the generations went on - the latest platform, the VE commodore, was developed by Holden, and whilst it shares some DNA with the Insignia it's a vastly different car).
Also the Australian nomenclature for cars and their performance variants are relatively.... understated. (Particularly by the standards of American Muscle cars, where the power figures are almost written across the windscreen.)
Going from Commodore S => Commodore SS gets you roughly an extra 100hp, different brakes, wheels, quad exhaust, suspension setup, different trim bits, etc.
Hell, even the (arguably) hottest, most desireable aussie muscle car of all time, the XY Falcon GTHO was a GT Falcon with a "Handling Option" - a box you had to tick that didn't appear on the order forms at the dealership - but it brought with it a huge host of changes to the car.
Re: And the cost to the environment ...
I'm sure Bruce Willis has already sorted out all of these issues and is suiting up as we speak.
In all seriousness though, I see this as an "looking at all the options" type deal rather than something we should focus on.
The issue with any climate change solution is that science's method of acting is along the lines of "here are some suggestions, lets get everyone we can to have a look at it and see if there's an issue, and build from that" whereas politics is more akin to "this solution will get us the most votes, lets get everyone we can find to agree with it and cover up any issues so we don't have to 'flip-flop' on the issue".
When dealing with such a charged issue, it is unfortunately inevitable that politics will get mixed in at some point, and ideas will be binned or endorsed along ideological lines rather than logical ones.
Re: This brings a new meaning to...
My biggest issue is not whether the robot will "know" when there's something wrong - it's whether it will know when something is *likely* to go wrong.
Humans, for all their issues, and vulnerabilities, and flaws, are good at recognising patterns - as thorne said, there's an element of not knowing what the people around us on the road are doing - but we can look at driving styles, techniques, driver behaviour - hell, even the type of car - and make a lot of judgements about how the driver will react before we even start to have a problem. And we can do that extremely quickly, for all the cars on the road around us. That sort of recognition requires a huge amount of computing power, and some pretty amazing AI in order for a machine to do it effectively.
Eg. If I'm driving along and come up to an old clapped out commodore - a P plate on the back, tyre rubber sprayed over the rear guards, mismatched wheels, a passenger in the front seat with his feet out the window and the stereo blaring, I can make judgements about how he will react if I try and overtake. I know he might not be paying full attention to the road, and that he may make poor decisions, sudden lane changes without indicating, etc. A computer will require massive amounts of power to see these same things - assuming a meatbag has told the computer to look for these issues at all.
The biggest risk IMO is that it'll probably be the government who decides what the autonomous car needs to "see", and in their opinion as long as it stays 5km/h below the limit no-one will ever die. Which will, presumably, be proved wrong immediately and horrifically. Then we'll never see autonomous cars on Aussie roads ever again, because it will, inevitably, be everyone's fault except the government regulators...
When I saw 'new ipad' in inverted commas, my first thought was that it would effectively be a large post-it note pad with "ipad" scrawled across the top (keeping in mind this is The Register we're talking about. But the reference to 'fondleslab' made me realise the article is in fact referencing something much, much less desirable.
Maybe the prize should be billed as "whatever you can get for selling an iPad on ebay"?
Re: Yes, like brain activity in some politicians...
Neuroscience Prize: Craig Bennett, Abigail Baird, Michael Miller, and George Wolford [USA], for demonstrating that brain researchers, by using complicated instruments and simple statistics, can see meaningful brain activity anywhere — even in a dead salmon.
I'm Pretty sure Scientologists discovered an instrument for doing this years ago.
Ahhhh... The Internet...
Where poitical articles' comments are filled with childish name calling, and an article for a youtube video of an explosion results in a page of debate regarding the state of tertiary education.
Could pay for itself...
Not sure if there are any mini owners on here, but a few small pieces of early (60's) cars contained a few bakelite interior trim pieces - the sort of things that are well known to break and become unobtanium in a short amount of time.
For instance, original Mk1 steering column shrouds sell for over 100 pounds in immaculate condition, reproductions today are still over 40 pounds - 3D printing could easily mean that every car club could produce their "own" reproduction parts, at a fraction of the cost, and still turn a profit. Even taking in to account the teething problems of early machines, they're still well worth the money, even at the "hobby" level, and that can only be a good thing for the technology...
I've half a dozen PSU's kicking around in a big box of cables, which get sorted through when I decide to fire up an old laptop. Cue 10 minutes of connector roulette as each laptop/device has it's own proprietary connector, things would be a hell of a lot more convenient with just a single PSU and a manufacturer-specific cable - as with the above poster, I don't expect *all* manufacturers to enjoy the taste of the ITU's fruit (ahem) but I expect any intelligent consumer will adjust their purchases accordingly.
Beer for the ITU finally doing something about yet another proprietary mess.
User Security Enhancement Link Extension Safety System
So instead of relying on the user to decide wether a website is safe when they click on a link, they're reliying on the user to decide whether a website is safe when they click on a security prompt.
Well done Microsoft.
An hour's pay? Plebian! I make that much in just a few minutes - and what kind of cheap arse buys a phone? If I want to call someone, I just tell Reginald my butler to make the call - and If I don't feel like talking to him I just throw caviar at him until he does what I'm thinking.
And who needs a watch? It's *much* easier to just get Jeeves my other butler to throw money at a passing stranger until they tell me the time.
What you do not seem to realise is that there are many, many people who can buy all these butlers and then choose which one they want to use each day.
Posted from my butler, Belvedere
Only a matter of time now...
I can already hear A Current Affair and Today Tonight interns being told to pose as underage kids and walk into EB games and buy Grand Theft Auto V...No doubt with ominous music and a "won't someone think of the children" social group acting outraged...
On a positive note, It's about bloody time to have the new rating, possibly paving the way for a realistic mario & princess storyline? Although a fat Italian plumber hitting onto a princess might not technically be a "benefit" of the new rating...
"New R18+ classification allows nudity, drug use, but no sex or dealing"
So presumably taking the adrenalin shot is ok, but you can't give it to anyone else to take.
In all seriousness though, I'm hoping it'll have to be fairly gratuitous to get banned - like guiding a heroin-filled needle into a vein using a Wii controller whilst gripping the "rubber tube expansion dongle" between your teeth.
Re: Australian Businesses Outpaced By Glacier!
Yeah, I've got a "backup" too - megaware computers in Sydney - same deal, an extra couple of dollars for an easier method of doing things, and a pickup point around the corner from work.
It still amazes me that places like Harvey Norman haven't even *tried* a website-based approach and simply turn one of their horrifically poorly laid out stores into a warehouse.