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Quote: “cities with gigabit connections reported 1.1 per cent higher per-capita GDP than their slower counterparts”.
Cause, meet effect, effect meet cause, allow me to introduce you to each other.
The more likely explanation is that nobody will put the investment into a GPON service into a neighborhood with a low GDP in the first place.
Re: Apple & Milk
Liquid metal will not help you as far as the overall design direction is concerned. You can thank sir Johny for that.
Apple has been expanding the screen to the very edge and there is absolutely no space left to crumple or deform if the phone is dropped and hits on-edge. In addition to that, the wonderful metal "ring" around the phone edge as in all iPhones from 4 onwards immediately transfers all the shock from the impact onto the glass. As a result an impact on-edge after falling from 1m onto concrete without a case is nearly guaranteed to shatter the glass. So are most recent phones due to the "fashion" to make them all glass. Compared to that a more "classic" phone which has space for buttons on the bottom and a plastic section on top for the camera, etc is considerably more shock resistant.
Things are only going to get worse from here - judging by the latest patent filings they intend to wrap the screen around the edges. That has "guaranteed fracture" written all over it with or without sapphire.
In any case, my old Xperia has survived plenty of similar drops
Frankly, I am not impressed. My obsolete (by today's hardware standards) Arc has survived 10s of drops like that including quite a few without a case. Its screen is still intact 3 years after I bought it despite all the drops. Compared to this it will pass for "bombproof".
Otherwise I agree with you, while the phones are advertised as beatiful svelte objects of desire, by the time they are in our pocket they have grown chubby, rounded and look nothing like the ads.
It is the reality - unless you get the JCB phone, you either have to get a case or your new gadget will be broken by the end of the week.
Re: Sympathies to Oracle
Engineering will still report to Larry.
So, the death by a thousand Hurds of any R&D in Oracle is postponed for the duration.
Re: Just wondering
Assuming the same tech you can find in any chemistry lab the answer is:
1. Yes it can stir porridge.
2. In theory, you can measure the current required to rotate (or switch magnetic field orientation) on the anchor under the plate. It can be used as a proxy for viscosity so you can indeed sound an alarm that the porridge needs more water (if the stirrer has stopped moving or needs a lot of energy to move).
40y old lab mixing comes to the kitchen
Magnetic stirrers have been a cornerstone of any chemical or biological lab for the last 40 years (if not more). They are as old as I remember and the sole thing preventing their use in most kitchens is that the pans are made of steel.
Any aluminium or glass pan can be happily stirred this way so excuse me while I yawn and remember my university days...
Just grab any Sci Fi video from last 20 years (Stargate Atlantis comes to mind) and there will be at least one guy controlling a boat (OK, granted a space one) with a tablet.
Granting a patent to this one is frankly... nuts... Which cave did the examiner live in?
Pinch of salt
Considering who issues the report I will take it with a pinch of salt :)
Re: Picking the nit...
The T34 and T34/85 numbers include the numbers for the post-war production runs, license runs to other countries (North Korea, Warsaw pact), etc all the way until production was terminated ~ 1953.
While the Soviet army had a core of IS2s by end of war and some IS3s produced thereafter, etc there was an enormous pile of T34s and T34/85s produced for the role of cannon fodder in a semi-conventional WW3. That number skews the stats quite a bit.
Welcome to the UK
I get on average (after passing a fairly comprehensive antispam filter set) 1-2 emails a day that look like they originate from a fully legitimate UK company. They are extremely well done. No grammar errors, professionally drafted letters, content looks 100% legit. The only give-away is uninteligible one-off domain name under co.uk.
I have not noticed any spears in them - they so far do not have attachment and I never visit any of the links advertised, but I would not be surprised if some of them are spearfish too.
and that other German brand who's name escapes me
Probably Bosch. I have had quite a bit of fun disassembling the hinges on a Bosch dishwasher half a year ago (it is necessary if you need to replace the door gasket). The washing machine hinges by Bosh (who also OEMs for Siemens) are even more bomb-proof. I am not surprised that you can tow the dishwasher using those.
So frankly, if Samsung's hinges could be damaged by an exec (unless that exec was capable of saying "I'll be back" with an Austrian accent), they are utter crap. No thanks, that is never entering my house.
Going back to a proper washing machine (Bosh). Bosh washing machines are practically indestructible as long as you change the brushes in time. It takes ~ 5 years of hard use to wear down the original ones to the point where they damage the motor. Most third party replacements last 3 years or thereabouts. By the way - the machine will indicate that the brushes are so worn down that they are shorting (error code 24 if memory serves me right).
Re: Ian M
Do not understand me wrong - I am a great Ian M Banks fan. However, in most of his books the war is a backdrop for the actual character development. It rarely takes the front stage.
The Uplift series and specifically StarTide Rising... that is probably the best description of Space war on the grandest scale. I cannot think of anything that gets anywhere near that.
It will be the first thing for me to turn off on my GPS
The last thing you want on a navigation map is irrelevant or distracting detail. Key landmarks you can use for navigation are fine, making 90% of what you see irrelevant to the task at hand (get from point A to point B) is a disaster in the making.
Quote: "Indeed, but the market for potential employees will be a lot smaller in that case"
Sorry, I call BS.
There are plenty of places outside London which have larger local population than what you can hire if you are based in Central London or one of London satellite towns (once you take into account the fact that you have to jack up salaries so people can commute). MK (which grew on the back of Unisys UK operation so if you sneeze you end up sneezing on someone who can do enterprise buses and COBOL), Cambridge (anything you want - you can find someone to do it - virtualization, mobile, telecoms, etc), Guildford (mobile, embedded, etc). If you go further away from London there are significant local IT populations in a few other places too. Slough is in that category too, but for a different reason - it is in a good location to hoover up anything and everything spare as resource in the M4 corridor. Most people who work there would rather work in Newbury, Reading or somewhere else, but as they say in some countries: "When there ain't any fish, the crayfish is a fish".
So if you base your business there, you can get _MORE_ qualified candidates than you will get if you base it in Shoreditch because you get all people who are willing to commute + significant local population. The sole reason for Shoreditch are tax breaks and subsidies related to inner town redevelopment, so whatever Amazon "creates" as job tax income, we probably (as the taxpayers) have to hand back as various tax break backhanders.
I bought the car and I did not like the air freshner because I am allergic to the crappy brand used by the vendor is a better analogy.
Car engine is something which takes a considerble effort (a man day or so usually) to replace. It takes no effort to replace an OS (unless you have deliberately sabotage the process which MSFT has been known to do).
They're not all ugly.
Indeed. Along with an old Porche and a "Phantomas" issue Citroen (forgot the exact model - first on the right). All are lovely cars and a demonstration of how what used to be art degenerated over the years. Not surprising - they were built in the days when the overall design was done by engineers not artists sticking a shell on a piece of engineering. As a result you got either utilitarian hideously fugly wagons (with some bells and whistles added as an afterthought) or true pieces of engineering as art (like the original Porche or the E-series).
The hideous ones are all long scrapped and recycled. The really beautiful "hits" of this approach look better than anything coming off the factory line today.
Back to obscurity
The googly Motos had a single selling point for me - you could maintain them for ages after that with Cyanogen (besides their own software updates).
Cyanogen is hit and miss (9 was excellent 10-10.1 so so, 10.2 unmitigated disaster, 11 excellent again). However, when it hits - f.e. with 11 (4.4 kitkat) on my Sony Xperia Arc, it provides your phone with years of life after the manufacturer has stopped supporting it.
This was the norm with Googly Moto - they are all on Cyanogen. The norm with Lenovo is the opposite - no support. So the moment they switch to the next model you can kiss your updated goodbye and congratulate yourself with another paperweight.
Qualcom which is the ultimate example of a "house of lawyers" with a small engineering detachment is being nailed on IPR. How quaint...
Re: Whither Apple?
Why was Samsung singled out?
Samsung makes Exynos and the Mali GPU. So its excuse "that is a suppliers'" problem was beyond disingenious. They are definitely not "using the chips like everyone else".
Re: Morals, ethics, principles...
You are mostly correct, just do not see why you are singling out Putin here. As in most civil war conflicts there is no right here - all are on the wrong side.
If you think that some of the characters on the Ukrainian side are any different, I suggest you revisit your statement when the conflict ends and they turn their newly acquired weapons and training onto the local minorities. After all not all of Odessa has emigrated to New York and Tel Aviv. There is some left for them to practice on and remember my word - practice they will. Same as they did in WW2.
Pogrom is a favourite past-time around that part of the world (in fact that is where the word comes from in the first place).
Not any more. They fixed the performance around the time of going 64 bit
I have a VIA Eden X2 U4200 @ 1.0+ GHz (Dual Core 64 bit) courtesy of an HP thin client which has been modd-ed to install Debian on it.
It was originally bought for comleteness (so I can test some virtualization software on Intel, AMD and Via). It passed tests with reasonable results - more or less the performance expected from a dual core laptop 64 bit CPU at 1GHz. It has been relegated as a desktop for my daughter ever since and is doing that duty without any problem including running most of the kids flash games, iplayer, etc. It is always running a media center auto-logged in as an alternative user and that one is working fine too. I have not tried it for true HD, upscaling of DVD res to 1080p is without trouble.
It is not a spead daemon, but it is not slow by any means. In fact it is somewhere around the middle of the pack. It is faster than older E series APUs, faster than older Atom, not as fast as recent A series laptop/thin client APUs.
So I would not be so dismissive - with all the cloud going back to micro-server land (as exemplified by the recent NEC announcement) they will have their niche.
Out of all cloud providers Apple is in the only one in the unique position where it can easily deploy client side x509 (or at the very least client side keys). All devices are known, all software is controlled, it is a closed ecosystem - adding client side strong crypto into the authentication is a piece of cake.
From there on it becomes a matter of simple ACL management based on certs - do you allow Apple ID XXXX-ZZZZ known as AAAA belonging to YYYY access to your account (Yes, No, Think Different).
Re: Apple does not limit the number of password entry attempts users could can make
@Destroy All Monsters
Indeed, it will be a welcome distraction helping the media to continue keeping our attention from the fact that a lot of the "Little Green Men" on one east side of the Ukrainian conflict are speaking Serbian and their equivalent "Little Green Men" on the west side of the conflict are speaking Croatian and they are replaying the same conflict for the 3rd time in the last century. Score so far is 1:1, popcorn to observe the outcome of the third one. Disclaimer - I have seen some of them myself this summer taking a short stop in one of the few remaining Eu cities that still has flights to Ростов на Дону.
It has been extremely entertaining watching the Western mainstream media go to extreme length on ensuring that this "entertaining" detail is not aired in any "news". In fact they have been better at that than previously (during the Kosovo war the video footage often contained the Chechen, Syrian and Lybian "volunteers"). After all, if you air it will become clear what will be next (NATO bombing) and how long it will last (15 years and counting).
It is lovely when we have a "disaster" like that - it helps keep the attention of the sheeple from what is really happening out there. Bring it on, let's have more celebutard leaks.
Re: If you don't want any naked pix
Just do not upload them. Yes, I know - a bit difficult with an iThing which will sync everything to the Apple cloud regardless of do you want it or not. Maybe the Chinese got a point there on the security aspects.
Indeed - try job searching without a social profile. You are not going to get far.
It is "behave so badly that you are let out of the Hannah Montana contract" disorder. Successfully executed too.
Re: Bring it on
If I have to chose between First or god forbid National Express versus EasyJet I would probably choose the latter.
So while a great idea in principle, you will have to re-regulate the railways first (as in most places where they have working rail on the continent) and then do this.
After that you will have to ensure that the truckers and other vested interest parties do not give the government yeat another set of "election donations", sorry backhanders to ensure that the government does not do something useful with taxpayers money. Example - the cost of the ultra-expensive useless toy trainset known as High Speed 2 in the UK (and the slightly more useful CrossRail) exceeds by an order of magnitude the cost of going along all main routes into London and raising the height and width of all bridges and tunnels. Why do that? Two reasons. The less important one - Eu commuter rail is all 2 floor, this will allow the train carriages to stop being "special order" and the cost will drop per supply and demand. Additionally the capacity will increase by 1.7 times overnight. The more important one is that UK goods rail is limited to "special" carriages and _CANNOT_ carry standard issue containers. They all have to go by road feeding truckers associations (which in turn provide handy backhanders) and producing pollution (which in turn is a massive backhander again in the form of pertrol excise duty).
Actually... for once... I disagree
Kitchen printing is one useful application for a domestic 3D printer. For once.
There is no requirement for robustness, as long as it hold together until it is moved to the dining table it is OK and at the end of the day it will be eaten anyway. That is a much better scope/niche for 3D printiing compared to people trying to do DIY and print spare parts. Printed replacement for a gear sprocket? Printed replacement for a gear level? Printed replacement for a valve? No thanks. Rather not.
Printed "To the best mum" on a cake for mum's birthday? Why not if you have the money to waste, end of the day it costs less than a full set of celebrity cook endorsed kitchen tools.
Once you have access to Dell's supply chain and production faicilities, the cost of putting a plastic alien and making a whole plastic alien chassis is not that different. From there onwards the stuff which goes in is not that different. Stock MB, an upgraded CPU cooler to cope with an extreme edition CPU, stock (just bigger) power supply and an upgraded (but rather standard) set of cards.
I d not see anything revolutionary here. An embedded on-Ethernet NIC firewall with some accel functions would have been nice. Appropriate keyboard, mice, joysticks would have been nice too. Oops... These actually require development. Verrrrrrrrrrry dirty word for a "Buy-N-Large" shop.
Re: I don't get it
Simple reason: Gatling guns, close-up interceptor defences, etc. It is a constant arms race. Presently, it looks like supersonic, sea skimming missiles like P700 and Sunburn have a slight advantage. That is probably short lived as anti-missile defences will be upgraded to deal with these. In any case - the situation there is a close call.
Compared to these a sufficiently _MANEUVERABLE_ long range (20 miles+) supercavitating torpedo is nearly impossible to intercept. You simply cannot build an interceptor which will pull the required Gs and speed under water to get itself into position to deal with it. So your only option is to saturate its entire approach sector with depth charges across the whole range of depths and pray. You also have to do it sufficiently far out just in case someone has put a 0.5Mt warhead on that bugger. That option by is presently unavailable - there is no fleet defence ship or aircraft capable of launching the required salvo size to the required distance (you are looking at something like the BM21 or similar missile launchers (20km+ range) with proximity/depth charge warheads using some guidance/at-depth loitering and most likely multiple of those per carrier group.
Re: Because thats what sea life wants!
Sealife? I did not know that USA carrier groups counted as sealife.
Though with DF21 from above, this from below and a couple of imported Sunburns launched from cloned (or imported) Su-34s they will definitely be entering the endangered species book (at least as far as the Taiwanese straights and the Yellow sea is concerned).
Re: Re "which could potentially bypass missile defences"
On a more serious note, I'd say it could potentially bypass today's missile defences.
Today - yes, yesterdays' - no. I love the smell of hypervelocity missiles encountering a baloon barrage early in the morning. It smells... it smells... like burning money...
Re: I'm more impressed
If your TV is one of the new really smart ones with a camera (as Intel is proposing) leaving it on may not be such a good idea.
Face it - we are approaching the total surveilance sosciety, next thing we will be sending the marks back in time where a young looper will be waiting for the candidate dead body with a blunderbuss.
How quaint... Nvidia reinventing crusoe via Arm. Just this time it is microcode optimization of arm instruction set instead of run-time optimization of VLIW interpretation of x86.
I just choked on my coffee... What's next? Hiring Linus Torvalds?
Deja Vu all around.
The more interesting point here is who owns all of old Crusoe IPR. Intel bought and perpetually licensed some (but not all). What happened to the rest?
Err... That does not fit my understanding of orbital mechanics
Moon escape velocity is way lower than 11.2km/s. 11.2km/s is earth. All you need is (if memory serves me right) 3 km/s or thereabouts to escape the moon gravity well. Then you fall into the 11km/s gravity well towards Earth.
In fact, if you align yourself correctly you can slingshot to > 11.2 and escape the Earth + Moon gravity well this way (long range probes regularly do that by doing a few Earth-Moon slingshots). That is what makes the moon potentially attractive as a space base (though frankly, its Lagrange L1 and L2 are way better than the moon itself - you can nudge yourself out of these using only a minimal amount of propellant).
Re: Works all ways
That is the case if the technology requires signficant tangible investment and cannot be reproduced locally. So silicon, advanced material tech, etc - all theoretically fall in that category. Practically - they are all in China already.
Software does not fall into that category. Even North Korea can write the software it needs nowdays.
In fact, the west may find it more difficult here as the number of qualified software engineers (total and per capita) and their productivity is significantly higher outside USA and UK.
relied on good coding and engineering efficinecy to compensate for brute force
No it did not. Same as for weapons it relied on maths. I am going to give a weapon example here (space tech was not that different).
How does West build a AAA system. It has a corporation (Raytheon, BAE, Matra) write the most complex piece of rubbish realtime code known to man to achieve the highest possible probability of hit with the smartest possible _SINGLE_ missile (plenty of examples, Patriot is not the only one). Efficiency is... cough.. cough... sub-95% (that is if Raytheon, BAE, etc is to be believed, actual engagement so far has shown much less).
How did Soviet Union (and Russia still continues) build an AAA system. It has a couple of math PhDs working on Optimal control problems (I know some of them by name by the way) define a _MULTIPLE_ pursuit problem, express it via differential games theory (and more recently differential inclusions), define the system of equations to solve it. The result can be coded with high school level of coding. You hook it up to fire control firing _MULTIPLE_ relatively _DUMB_ missiles, according to the equation solution (it looks very wierd by the way - it fires missiles into open sky way off from the target). Result - Buk (the internal, not the export version). Letality - 99%+
Same for P-700 Granit/Sunburn (the non-export version) vs ships and so on.
By the way, I know there is a method in this madness - the reason Raytheon and Co are doing it is because they will not be able to get the barrel of pork they are getting now if the solution is a small notebook of equations (instead of several men-millenia of realtime code).
Re: Hardly breaking news
Predominantly arm and predominantly working on arm is a different story.
The interesting announcement is proper Exynos support. Presently the only thing that works on these are kernels from vendor repositories such as 3.4.0 (yes, 0) for the ARM Chromebook. They have breakage across the board in various key subsystems which are by default disabled in the original crhomebook kernel including basic stuff like NFS. Other SoCs are not much better. If you look f.e. at kernels used in various Android phones, etc you will see a mix of 2.6.33 and an occasional 3.0. Off the top of my head I cannot think of a phone or tablet that is beyond 3.4 and which will work properly using the generic kernel off kernel.org without a raft of vendor patches. There are in fact only a handful of SoCs which are "open" enough to run with a stock kernel and for some of them there is no way in hell to get the actual kernel mods (in blatant violation of the GPL).
So if we have a stable non-3.4 kernel that finally has decent Exynos support, that will be quite interesting. Ditto for other SoCs.
Re: Love the picture on the first page
You totally missed the point.
What is the technological difference between a toaster and a thermal printer?
Would not it be lovely if you had some ads printed on that toast?
Re: Upgrade, use old one as backup, rinse, repeat.
I do the same on a house scale. Old drives from the house main server RAID set are first re-purposed as MAID for media, then as backups, then as desktops (going all the way back to the days when the server was a K6 with 2 40GB Maxtors).
The current set is due for a change soon. I will probably not put WD though (my luck with them has been terrible).
Re: TalkTalk blocked my site
I've checked my three WordPress sites, and none are blocked.
They may be shortly. Talk Talk blocker is not real time, it walks your site after one of their subs has visited. So if you find it blocked in half a day or so after their filter processes data do not be surprised.
Re: I have argued for many years
1. it's too broad: for example 'possession of material likely to help a terrorist'... a map of the London Underground? A recipe for gunpowder? Lunch?
Why go so far. Example the brain of a chemistry degree educated person. According to UK legislation the possession of my brain would be a lifetime jail offence because it contains:
An MSC in chemistry from the days when we did study toxicology from a chemical weapons perspective as well as proper organic synthesis. How would you like that Tabun, with TNT or hexogen sprinkles? All I need is to dig around the more dusty corners of it for the correct syntesis steps for it.
This law if applied literally should lead to immediate jail time for:
1. Anyone with a Chemistry Degree
2. Most people with Molecular Biology and all people with Microbiology Degrees
3. Most electronic hobbysts and pretty much anyone with an electronics engineering degree
4. A large fraction of degree educated software developers
5. Most people with civil engineering degrees. After all, the knowledge of what it would take to knock out a building is the most essential possible material of use to terrorists (and so are things like how to build gas pipelines, etc).
Re: So sad
Mandatory KAL007 reference
The more appropriate reference is Siberia airlines flight 1812 which shows that Ukrainian military has the experience in shooting them too. So nothing new here.
Dunno about UK
Elsewhere in Europe up to the late 1940-es births were regularly recorded up to several days after the fact and birth certificates issued with dates different from the actual birthday. My late inlaw birth certificate was a couple of days out of date, one of my dad's best friends and university roommate had his 5 days out of date. To heck, some countries like Greece did not have a proper birth register and were recording births as they please up to a couple of years ago. That provided a lovely business model for some of the local "minorities" which claimed benefits for the same child 4-5 times based on registering the birth in neighbouring districts. Before pressing downvote google Maria+Greece+Blond (her "parents" had her birth registered 3? or 4? times).
So having a birth recorded a day late in the 19th century? Even in a well off family? I do not find this out of the ordinary. In fact, any date on a birth certificate not issued by a hospital and before the days of national birth registers is _NOT_ primary evidence.
Re: Google playing ball
When they'll have to discuss the stuff they really care about. Like taxes.
Correct reasoning, wrong guess. The discussion which they want to avoid is how all of this freebee scorched earth (android, gmail, etc) ensure and enshrine their unquestionable monopoly in search and advertising.
In other news
The spirit of Lambroso has popped off a bottle of bubbly in whichever bit of the underworld he currently resides.
Comparing faces based on a set of features closesely associated with crime - we have heard it before:
Re: Seen a wedgetail eagle lately ?
Ah, so it's Australian. Suddenly it all makes sense.
At least use the correct name - it is from the Counterweight continent. Now that really makes sense (provided that you do not ask the library for a list of all the dangerous animals in there).
I would not be so sure
At this rate he will be commanding a nuclear driven (armed with ion cannons, kinetic hypervelocity armament and lasers) fleet before he reaches retirement age.
The only question is when he is going to purchase an island with a volcano on it.
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