794 posts • joined 18 Aug 2011
Re: Another SciFi sighting
Well, as we are descending towards the society described in that book, we might as well wear the same eyeware.
By the way, while Stevenson is a great master of rants, the rant about pizza delivery in that book beats all of them. By far.
Well, the lab gheto is still in the corner of the plot out of sight of dream offices - it did not fit into the new "superbuilding".
We are now ready for НSВС - this is by the way Cyrillic "N", Latin "S", Cyrillic "V", Cyrillic "S".
Isn't it just lovely? Every phisher's lucid dream coming true...
USSR continued research into phages long after WW2 and developed usable phage treatments which were used in the food industry.
In the UK fresh fish and fresh meat counters gets a "healthy" dose of disinfectant spray (makes me laugh when I see organic labels on them). USSR actually used a bio-weapon instead allowing them to do with much lower doses of disinfectant :)
So there is a massive amount of prior art on that. It may be abandonware and without a present owner, but it is prior art none the less.
Re: 2hrs 45minutes and still not done !
Quote: "At least one poster on the Debian forums claims never to have reinstalled since Woody, "
My house server is like that. Since potato actually. When the time to do hardware swap comes along it is tarred, untarred onto a new RAID set in a new box to replace the old one. It has been in-place upgraded since some time in 1999. I have not had a single upgrade issue on it in 15 years (it has a full desktop software installation just in case too so you can run xterms off it). However this is Debian, not R00tH4t which has this polished to perfection.
As far as the general install - I have a "packing list" for new machines so I just do an apt-get install with it after initial install and continue on whatever I was doing before it. Depending on the fatness of the Internet pipe and the freshness of the cache, a fully installed, fully patched and ready to use machine is ready between 30 and 90 minutes later.
I have to do the same process at work every few months after the geniuses from IT deregister my Windows VM from the domain controller for lack of use. It takes (even with lots of magic incantations to get super-performance out of kvm on a 16G RAM box) half a day or more. It also fails half of the time because the 5GB ISO with the "latest" corporate standard happens to be 2 days out of date with the install server. After that it needs 1-2h to apply all updates. All of that just to have a fully compatible windows typewriter. Nuts...
You do not need local client software for fully functional RDP to a Tablet. 2XS has proven this long ago. I use it for demos - works flawless of my phones and tablets to a windows VM. No local client required.
WYSE pocket cloud is not a good example of an RDP client, neither is the cytrix one. They are "gateway drugs" to dope you into their eco-system with RDP being the bait.
Looking at my shopping invoices for the last Q I have contributed to these results. What they ship now for desktop is so much better than Intel that it is not even funny. The APU have come of age and is no longer the cheap runt trying to make onboard el-cheapo GPU perform slightly better. Their mobile and small system CPUs are good too. So the results are not particularly surprising.
Re: If you get them young and you will have them for life
From Tom Lehrer, The Old Dope Peddler
"He gives the kids free samples,
Because he knows full well
That today's young innocent faces
Will be tomorrow's clientele."
I guess Microsoft is going back to the tried and tested methodology. 20 years ago MSFT "educational reps" in Eastern Europe and MSFT "partners" were handing out "pirated" keys and CDs for Windows 95 the way a drug gang hands out dope laced candy. That was during the "great Eastern European recession" so the economies there had nothing to pay for it anyway.
Once the economies in the target areas picked up Billigatus himself paid a visit to the president, piracy was discussed and measures were taken. The "pirated" keys were revoked and an enforcement campaign followed. As a result Microsoft had 99% market penetration served on a plate.
I do not think it is about cool. It is about functional.
There is a whole raft of jobs where you cannot pull your phone every 10 mins or so to check something while you may actually need to do so.
Bosses organizing "no phones allowed" all day meetings, dealing with far east and to a lesser extent middle east customers, or just the plain convenience of not dragging that 5+ in super-slab pretending to be a phone out of your jacket inner pocket.
3 years ago in the days of SmartWatch 1 things were different - the average high end screen size was sub-4in diagonal. We also used the phone for phoning not as our main net access gadget. So overall, I would not be so sure about the success or failure of this one.
In any case - Sony's gadget actually looks like the only one that is not locked in to a particular vendor "ecosystem". It will also work with non-factory firmware (Cyanogen, etc). So, if my current watch kicks the bucket for whatever reason I may consider buying one.
In fairness both of them are heading towards a dead end
The fact that all flag airlines have stopped trying to chase them and barrel scape should say volumes to both. They now have enough (and more by the day) customers which prefer being treated like customers instead of being treated like scum.
I have stopped booking with EasyJet after the last Grand Bazaar update to their website when they put numbers of people "looking" at the same ticket to force you into panic/herd buying.
250 other people looking at the same obscure ticket as me. At 6:15 am? Sorry, I find it difficult to believe it. That part of their sales process walks like something that needs a OFT intervention, talks like somehing that needs an OFT intervention and it probably needs one. I guess they will come up with the excuse that they have a "different definition of looking", mentioned in 5pt print somewhere near the rectal portion of their website (wherever that is as a URL).
My last two booking on routes I have been taking with EasyJet for the last 5 years were with LuftHansa and Iberia. The former was 20% cheaper, the latter was 75% cheaper. Nuff said. Low cost - not really. Nowhere near. Price gouging - definitely. I am also definitely not booking with them ever again.
Re: So tell us Mr. Branson
Let me spell it for ya: "For the same bloody reason I have rebuilt a derelict propery in the mountains of a Eastern European country which happens to have _HALF_ of UK tax rate".
I did it so I can spend a few months a year in an unspoiled location where I can work without dealing with the joys of day to day UK life. I manage to achieve ~ 200-400% of the productivity I get in the UK despite having to chop wood, fill water daily and constantly repair the bits of the house that try to fall apart after yet another 2m of snow in winter.
Hopefully, one day, I can semi-retire there (I am not one of those people that can stop working). I did not chose the place for its 25% tax rate. I chose it because it was in a middle of a wood in a national park with the closest village 13 miles away and closest city 30 miles away. The house was a ruin, the place was drop dead gorgeous.
He had more money than me when he chose his, that's all. I believe in his reasoning.
Re: Something to point with?
That is different - the dogs are pointing at, not you pointing at and the dog groking what you want.
Quote: This is a trader fail
You missed the quotes around "trader".
Re: The problem is
I would second that.
As long as UK government provides political assylum and protection for the mouthpieces and political leaders of "incidents" like Beslan I find it very difficult to believe in their definition of terrorism being the same as mine.
Same goes for Al Qaeda computer specialists from Libya being given assylum.
Same goes for support for a lot of "actors" from the conflicts in ex-Yugoslavia
Same goes for supporting Syrian jihaddist militias and so on.
Same goes... The list goes on... Dunno... We probably have different definitions of terrorist I guess...
Re: Too much moolah for too little performance.
After a short moment of temptation I noticed that the RAM is soldered. So Sammy has intentionally crippled perfectly good hardware (this APU can take 16G per DIMM slot of normal DDR3). The situation with the drive is less clear - specs list it as SATA3 so there may be some chance to replace it with something more decent like a 1TB hybrid drive.
For example my considerably older and less powerful Sony 11 incher (using E series APU) has 16G already and will get 32 once the 16G DIMMs become common place. Default spec lists it as 4G Max. The situation is the same with all AMD APUs - if the vendor BIOS has not crippled this in order to provide "fair" competitive advantage for Intel offerings, they will eat as much memory as you will give them.
If it had upgradeable memory I would have gotten it straight away (I actually need memory for my stuff). However as it is non-upgradeable, sorry - no buy.
Re: Mmmm.... ChromeBooks!
@Yet Another Anonymous coward
I have one running a frankenstein off the internal disk (debian with CrhomeOS kernel because Samsung and Google violate the GPL and do not post sources for their handywork). "Most of us already have more PCs" - true, however most of us do not have one that can last 7h on one battery charge, cost 250£ and have 1360x768+ resolution. That is MacBook Air territory.,
However, it being HP there is a likelihood of compliance to the GPL including publishing the config for the kernel as well as a viable source tree tarball. So that you (or Ubuntu/Debian) can actually build a viable fully functional working kernel for it.
There is still _NOTHING_ published as required by the GPL for sammy's handywork. Contributions to 3.5+ do not count. The machine ships with 3.4 so Sammy should actually publish its changes to 3.4 for all to see. None of that is available.
So the clusterf*** with Exynos around AOSP and recent crop of Google devices is clearly not an exemption - it is the "Sammy Rule" which in English should translate to "we comply with the law only when we feel like it".
Stargate & Stargate Atlantis Replicators... Much scarier...
Quote: "I have to imagine they studied slow motion films of cats running, "
Wrong animal to study. Cats are sprinters - all of them. Try having a walk with your feline if you have one. You will note how little it takes even for a very fit cat to get tired and decide that a walk is not for it.
If you are going to copy an animal you might as well copy one of the long distance runners: dogs and wolves, horses or even an ostrich.
. and now think of the psychological effect of seeing...
Yep, an RPG-17 costs about 0.01% of the cost of it and should do it in one hit. Next...
Re: Wall St won't like this...
That is known in Britain as "Bury Bad News".
Use the overall stinky situation at the moment to get as much as you can. Commendable effort on Billy Boy's and ChairThrower's part. I do not think it will fly though. Despite the markets being preoccupied with the banana republic situation and the impending USA bankrupcy, they are not likely to ignore this one. MSFT shareholder's revolt. Sweet... Popcorn please, I would love to watch that...
Re: If my car leaned out it's fuel mixture to give me 60mpg ....
Quote: But cars are exactly optimised to do well on 'standard tests'
Indeed. I can think of at least one manufacturer that has been caught more than once doing it. A french one.
Quote :"What do you mean it's not cheating? If your bank ATM was to tell you that you had £500..."
The bank has more like 250. If it is for all customers. If not less (as per current liquidity rules).
It most likely looks at the actual signed developer info in the apk metadata. So simple renaming will not work here.
Re: Looks like a nice bit of kit..
Quote "experience I had with the Arc S".
Nothing wrong with the Arc S - Sony has contributed everything you need to run a decent Android on it to Cyanogen and since this summer you have reasonably fresh (4.x - equivalent) nightlies to run on it. They also give you the unlock code straight away.
1. The Cyanogen sony load has some Wifi Problems. If you get them, enable WPA Enterprise on your AP (you need a radius server for that).
2. You need to use fastboot to flash the kernel every time. The normal update does not flush it
Re: Does The Government Shut Down Affect The US PTO?
Unfortunately it does not.
All US govt agencies which are self-supported by fees are fully operational. This includes USPTO, visa issuing (but not immigration checks), etc.
Patent law 101
A patent which does not correctly specify the inventors (regardless of are they live, deceased or ascended) is null and void.
I am going to answer your question
Quote: Where were those CIO's when iThings were flooding the enterprise?
Reading another clueless Gartner article which proclaimed that we should all do BYOD now. Just the usual stuff CIOs do.
BB was not listening to the techies. It was listening to the techies' managers. That has "Demise", "Doom" and "Destruction" spelled all over it. Just ask a typical techie grunt in a typical non-techie fortune 500 company what does he think about his boss vision and ability to plan and foresee the future.
Now, think... Are you going to base _YOUR_ company's future on that?
Re: Standardised connector
Yeah, right. Just like 30 pin (or 16 pin) monstrosity has any elegance whatsoever.
I would have preferred if they settle on mini-USB as it is generally more sturdy.
In any case, USB can support data at rates necessary for audio, video, storage and networking. So as a last resort, you can implement nearly any "innovation" as network protocol. A good example here would be Mirror Link - something which is years ahead of anything Apple themselves are doing.
Re: One problem with this approach
You will be surprised on the size of the dataset. It is much smaller than you would expect.
Right, where should we start - this method is not original. This is the Schliman Method. Schliman used this method to be a successful translator/trade rep for varuous german traders and manufacturer associations. This allowed him to collect the capital needed to go and play with amateur archeology and discover the lost civilzations of Troy and Mikena.
The reason why the size of the dataset needed is much smaller than you would expect is that most languages belong to a handful of language groups. Example - if you know one language from each indo-european subgroup you start understanding the whole group (even if you cannot speak all of the languages properly). A neural network can pick up the similarities very easily so nothing surprising here.
Quote: "There has got to be something wrong..."
Nothing wrong with using a phone for target practice. Or furby for that matter. As long as you have the money to do it, this is no different from "Will It Blend?".
The wrong starts when you:
1. Think that this rifle is any good to you to defend against your evil government. Hint - government, has tanks, missiles and drones. Going against that armed with a rifle - give me a break.
2. Think that having that rifle is unalienable right. There is no such thing as unalienable right to wield a deadly weapon. It is a responsibility, so a civilized sosciety is fully entitled to ensure that you know what you are doing and are responsible for your actions before you are allowed to have it. It is also entitled to remove it from your hands if this is needed to ensure the safety of the others.
In any case, effectively removing firearms from the hands of the criminals does very little to reduce headline violent crime. They just switch to knives (as in Nottingham and a few other places in the UK) and if the government manages to remove even knives (Stalin tried that) they switch to sharpened screwdrivers and other "dual use tools".
The original map-reduce was delivering relevant results. Ever since "dumb ass" was replaced with "smart ass" (actual internal google code names) the search results have gone down the drain. It is spewing back roughly at the quality of Altavista during the worst of its days at the moment.
As a matter of fact, he was given some. Not by USA, not by Russia either. By the EU. It is in some of the russian language articles.
USA and Russia have given him some trinkets. USA a statue, Russia - a few medals (I cannot recognise any of them as one of the higher level distinctions that change your military or civilian pension).
I remember those days - it was some seriously trigger happy time. It was reeking of war. In fact, we should probably be thankful that Andropov failed the war on corruption and mafia at the same time. His atempt to use his backing from the KGB apparatchicks misfired pretty badly and failed. Hint - a lot of people who have lived in Moscow during that period have some doubts in his death certificate. Rather unsurprising considering that the "anti-fraud" (quotes intended) squad from the milicia (police) and their counterparts from kgb were having shootouts on the tube and everyone pretended that nothing has happened.
The analysts are clueless. China is and will remain for the time being a severely stratified country. Lots of poor, few new rich. Having a 1000$ phone is a status symbol. There is no way in hell someone with status symbol mentality in mind will show off an inferior status symbol to his peers. This is the same reason why you do not see any new mid-class exec saloons in an "emerging economy". You see either an "enormous shiny boat on the road" with an appropriate badge (Merc or BMW) or something out of Mad Max driven on gutter oil. The boat is driven (or in China chauffer driven) by the new rich while the mad max contraptions imported from the scrapheaps of the richer countries are being driven by the poor.
There is no way someone who wants to be perceived as one of the "successful" will buy the lower spec gadget. In fact, trying to ship a "slightly cheper" option to places like China shows that you have no clue. You either make it as cheap as _THEY_ can make it (rather difficult) or you make it a status symbol. Inbetwen does not sell.
What this data shows is exactly what was expected. iPhone 5C is not made for "emerging markets". It is made to fight Android mid-tier in established markets. Like the UK.
This does not surprise me
It is a regular occurance at Oracle World. I guess it comes with the audience.
Not surprising really - it is the only industry junket I can think of where you get stripper discounts. Even Mobile World Congress does not have that privilege.
@MrXavia - again, welcome to Shengen
Quote "Seriously though the right to asylum should be on first safe port".
Once again, waddaya think the Shengen regs are? Exactly that - first safe port. If you try to claim anywhere else you are loaded on the first train/ship/plane to your homeland.
This particular part of the Shengen regs does not make the Italians (especially the ones living on Lampedusa) and the Spanish very happy, but that is the way it is. So Britain being part of it would have funnily enough made more difficult to claim assylum, not easier. Yeah, I know, the Daily Beobachter and the other nazi rags do not like this fact.
Just join Shengen and get over with it
Based on the amount of hassle (or actually lack of) when travelling in Shengenized Europe and the amount of hassle at British borders I can say: "We should just join shengen and get over with it".
This solves it once and for all. I know this will leave a lot of unionised home office parasites out of work so it is rather unsurpsing that anything leading to that has been sabotaged for the last 15 years.
Europe has had that too and had both its customs and border pararistes removed. They had their saboteurs too (removed and overriden).
I know about the ID part. I got one and it is quite handy as well. Makes for a good passport supplement/replacement. It allows you to travel around all of the Eu while one of the wannabie dictatorships that still want visas is molesting your passport @ their embassy pretending to do security "checks".
Provided that it works
I tested the device manager on 5 android test devices floating around my desk as well as my phone.
Guess what - it did not work on _ANY_ of them. Mix of stock firmware and Cyanogen. Does not work on either.
So for the time being I am going to stick to "where is my droid"
Depends on the industry
Travel and tourism already run into the 50% +. That is definitely the case in Prague, Paris, Budapest and Barcelona. You are better off just walking down the street and picking a place based on looks and who is in it instead.
Re: Does anyone want to believe (online reviews)
I do. If certain conditions are met:
1. The review has been associated with a purchase. Amazon reviews can be reasonably informative. So are reviews on Google Play. The best example is probably booking.com.
2. There is a statistically signifcant number of verified reviews and/or ratings. Once again - "size matters". It is difficult to compete with Amazon or booking.com here.
3. If there is not enough reviews/ratings to form a statistically significant sample it is still possible to get some information by scraping different models of the same product. Same goes for properly written technical reviews. If the review contains technical info on the product and you happen to know what you are buying you can decide based on a smaller sample.
Funnily enough this may have merit
LinkedIn does not explicitly specify that it will send an invite to all of your contacts once it harvests them. If the invite is to be considered an unsolicited marketing communication on behalf of LinkedIn (it walks like one, it talks like one, it is probably one), then this falls foul of a whole raft of existing statutes related to unsolicited marketing (via email or otherwise).
Now how stupid you have to be to give your addressbook to the result of the breeding programme between admen and recruiters... That is an entirely different story...
Quote: "I must have missed something,"
Lester, mind confessing what is _REALLY_ in the payload?
Nexus - it is not just the dialer
Nexus 3G has been crippled at more than one level. It is not just the dialer which is missing - the relevant bits of the baseband which allow you to make a circuit-switched call are missing too. On top of that tethering (both USB and WiFi hotspot) have been deliberately removed to cripple it even further. Thus spake the Chocolate Factory: "Though shalt consume only on this device and though shalt not share its connection to the cloud".
Switching to cyanogen "fixes" the tethering - you can now get both USB tether and WiFi hotsptot. Unfortunately it cannot do anything about the fact that it has been crippled not to do cellular calls at baseband level. So your choice of "phone services" is inbetween SIP, Skype and of course Google Talk.
This discqualifies it from being mentioned on this list. It cannot replace a phone period.
It has been providing false sense of security and miscarriages of justice ever since Alphonse Bertillon.
That is what? Mid-19ths century if memory serves me rigt.
Re: Well I wasn't offended
Seconded. This is not offensive. If you want offensive - try to book a ticket with Ryanair.
You have to recite (with vigour and delight) back an advertisement. Just to make sure that you have provided them with the ad euros for "Prepaid American Express Cards" or "Duracell Batteries" in addition to the money you have paid for being abused while transported in a sardine can.