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Re: The ex-KGB officer
Or Obama as "ex-CIA intern". Which he is if memory serves me right. Welcome to hotel California, you can check in any time of night, but you can never leave. Once you get into anywhere near any of the big Firms it is a relationship for life.
Re: So don't shop while at work?
I do not know in which wonderland you live, but around these parts of the world what I do in any of my breaks is my own bloody business. If need to buy something and if it I can do it within the allocated time to me for my break I am entitled to do so.
In any case, the lunch breaks aside, the culture of fear and thinking of everything from the perspective of "Am I doing the right thing? will the cops come for me?" is what differentiated USSR, East Germany and Romania from the rest of the world (even from some other countries in the Eastern block for that matter). What goes around, comes around. 20 years later things have gone full circle. The noise you are hearing is Suslov, Brezhnev and Cheushesku giggling madly in whatever circle of hell is assigned to scum like them.
Re: The way it could become relevant...
First step for it to become relevant is to work reliably using bog standard devices and media you can go and buy in a computer shop (or off Amazon nowdays). I tried to use BR as backup media and gave up after a week of fighting with it. Average time to write one disk - 6-9 hours, failure rate 20%+. No thanks. It ended up cheaper to set-up a remote backup facility and backup remotely to an old NAS there.
The market for new optical media is dead. The only reason DVD is still out there is because of the massive legacy install base accompanied by a distribution channel.
Re: Postgres? No, thank you.
I believe you are referring to Postgress handling LOBs via overspill files and being able to do work only with their "heads" at high speed. If that is what you are referring to, it is a blast from the past. It used to do that many years ago. AFAIK it is not the case with the more recent releases - it can work with the data in the whole BLOB, not just its head.
If you hate the midges the same artifact exists in Bulgaria and was built at about the same time (early 60-es). It is the Belmeken-Sestrimo-Chaira accumulating hydroelectric. Bigger, better, located in the middle of a 2500+km sq national park with full public right of way across it (none of the wonderful british "fence me sheep grazing rights"). You can take pictures too. No plod to beat the camera out of your hands. You can even get a boat and go fishing on the main reservoir.
Though, the pictures, plod, etc are the minor differences. The big difference is what happened next.
After toying once with the idea Britain stopped. Converting to accumulation half of all those reservoirs built by victorians in the lake district (lake should really be in quotes) would have made all the discussions about windpower, etc redundant. Compared to the quite clear "stop" after the initial British project, Bulgarians continue to this day (despite a desperate shortage of money over the last 20 years). The collection capacity is now in the 100s of km runs covering most of the national park (doubles up for drinking water water collection in a few places). The most recent extension run and microhydro in the system came online last year (very neat too - small micro on a mountain stream + some pipework to exploit a 300m+ drop so you get tens of MW out of a rather measly mountain stream.
Sad really - invented in Britain, built first in Britain, then abandoned so that we can import Norwegian gas and have offensive Statoil ads around Heathrow.
Re: If you don't think 90% of Chinese output is crap...
Indeed. If you shop at Wallmart (Asda in the UK) or Tesco. That's also where you find beef labeled as horsemeat, too _AND_ that is not a mere coincidence. It is a natural result of the procurement strategy and methodology.
I do not see a problem with it - provided that its FAA certification is adjusted accordingly. I do not see how on earth, in hell or otherwise an aircraft which does not have a functioning beacon can have 270 minutes divert allowance (that certification without an operating record was insane in the first place). With a non-functioning beacon it should not be allowed the normal 60 which nearly all two engine aircraft have as it is.
It was not 32 bit either
I ran it for a few years on a 25MHz Harris 286. It actually ran faster than than on most early 386-es.
It was the first Microsoft OS to allow installing additional 32bit runtime (under windows) which created a wonderful DLL hell as most Internet apps like Netscape, etc depended on it. It also run dos prompts/apps, etc in v386 mode utilizing one of the new features of 386. The core of windows itself however remained resolutely 16 bit and went 32 bit only with the release of 95.
Quote: "Thanks, I didn't know that; clearly I am a bit behind on the latest!" By about 10 years or so :)
Esound used to do remote sound even before pulse and network audio system was even before that.
I have been using pulse since ~ 2004-2005 on xterms and while it is reasonably good, I prefer to use its esound compatibility mode and set environment accordingly (trivial - just add an extra 3 liner in the xsession init) instead of the standard mode.
Re: You mean, above and beyond
Quote: "You mean, an audit above and beyond every line of code being visible to anybody who pulls down the kernel source from git.kernel.org..."
To put it bluntly, there are vast swathes of kernel code which are understood by ~ 5-10 people out there. There are whole arch/ trees that have even less people fully understanding all the fine points of how they function.
I have worked with various bits and pieces over the years. In each case, it took me half a year to get up to speed with the (rather small) areas I had to play with. None of them was anywhere near the complexity of SE linux.
So while the idea "it is in the open, someone should have noticed" has some merit, the idea "put some proper pros on it and do a proper audit" has considerable merit as well.
No, here comes the reason why you should pay RIM more money - buy a proper BES install and stop w*nking about.
In fact, if you do not want to your comms to be intercepted your best choice is to buy a foreign company with an existing BES install using that wad of cash that ultimately started at a 3 letter agency a while back (if we did not finance and arm terrorists pretending to be "freedom fighters" to the tune of 20+ billion over the last 3-4 decades we would have never had the problems we do now).
Re: Increased energy density leads to increased risk
"Or the risk of having essentially the same effect on those around me as a suicide bomber!"
They already are - if they are packing a laptop. Some of the bigger high capacity batteries are on par with a hand grenade as it is.
Re: And THIS is why you bu an iPhone.
Quote: Charging tends to heat batteries so therefore is an occasion when the risk of combustion very slightly increases.
Err... All well designed lithium batteries have a thermal control on the charging circuit. In fact for some applications they _HAVE_ to have one. In any case, this one exploded not while being charged so this is not likely to have anything to do with charging.
Re: Spying is not the only answer
Quote: "Do we really want to have a system that would allow for such corruption?" First of all your info is a bit out of date. Second it has always been organized crime, etc not corruption which was the problem.
In any case Scandinavia, Baltic states, etc all operate similar database nation systems. So the system quite obviously has little to do with corruption and state transparency.
In any case. It is a simple matter of choice between having a central register with legal supervision and access control and even mere council clerks having sigint interception and surveilance powers as per the RIP act. When you add up all the "allowed to snoop, intercept, interfere, etc" clauses in the current UK and US law code and compare that to the case for "database nation" the choice becomes quite obvious.
Spying is not the only answer
Those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
1. Option A - rebuild Stazi, Securitate and establish a total surveilance regime where the powers that be hold a massive dossier on every cittizen. Historically - this approach _ALWAYS_ ends up in blood. Be it a few puddles or a sea of blood like the overturn of Cheushesku, it has always ended in blood.
2. Option B - build a database nation. You are referenced by your number from birth and from there on your tax, health, social security, benefit entitlement, in fact everything which the government should hold about you - even your parking tickets is crossreferenced and held centrally with some reasonable level of access control. That amazingly enough _DID_ _NOT_ end in a sea of blood in Eastern European countries which had it (Bulgaria), just the opposite. In fact it is in there till this day. Same as in a lot of other Eu countries.
Food for thought... I'd rather have working option B which is under public scrutiny, with documented public control, etc instead of a bunch of Henrich Muller wannabies trying to build "law and order" to his golden standard.
Re: It's okay, they're French...
You should have used a joke tag instead :)
The interesting thing about metadata trawling is that language is totally irrelevant. You may be speaking Navaho and you will still show up on the number cruncher as a "suspect of interest" if you talk to the "wrong" people. Once you have shown up on that trawl they will find someone who speaks Navaho (or Glaswegian), trust me.
Welcome to the brave new world. Actually, not brave new world, welcome to "This Perfect Day". We should probably thank Google for doing so much to advance the humanity towards that - after all they figured out how to trawl through the metadata morass in the first place. Viva la conditional probability. Alors enfants de la MapReduce.... Puts all those Schmidt rants about no privacy and nothing to hide in the right perspective...
Re: So much for respecting the religious beliefs of other people.
"It's called Greenbelt"
Err... Apples and oranges. That is organized by the _ONLY_ big church I know which adheres to the teaching of its founding father which explicitly specify that you can believe (apologies if I am misquoting) in god only by yourself and noone, never ever should force anyone to believe in god and how you reach that belief. This is the only big church that does not just preach religious tolerance, it leaves by it. The methodists.
I spent two years in a methodist run university in my youth. I quite vividly remember even today how the provost called "on the carpet" in his office some religious nutheads that were harrassing the atheists and agnostics club and threw the book (literally - showed them the actual pages from the Wesley book) at them. To put things in perspective - your average church of England school is 10s (if not 100s) of times more intolerant than a methodist event (despite all regulatory safeguards and limitations).
So first of all anyone stating that there is no such thing as intolerant religion is wrong. Methodists are a fine example, there are a couple of others (albeit smaller ones). These are however a minority. And so unfortunately are you sir :(
And your point is? Mig 31 when it came out needed major overhaul after a tenth of that. Su 27 was not any better either. Series of upgrades and improvements have upped its numbers but not by much. This is the reality of military jet aircraft - the technology is pushed to the limit.
As far as overhaul as a part of strategy - german tanks in WW2 needed normal (even by todays standards) maintenance intervals. Compare that to T34 which needed new tracks after 300 km off-road, 500 km on-road, needed all of its fluids changed atfer 500km as well as a major service to top it up. So who won at the end?
I just choked on my morning coffee
"and the caching algorithm is being managed by a robust software driver "
That, in an OEM context? If oxymorons gave you wings this would have broken the speed of light barrier and gone to warp 9 on it's own accord. No thanks, no "more "robust drivers" please.
Re: FFS - It's a development kit, not a prototype or manufacturing sample
Proof - no. Fits the picture - yes. Sony research has a very long history of building things on FreeBSD and contributing code to it. In fact PS3 was a bit of an oddball chosing linux. Overall - nothing particularly surprising here.
Re: Its "deeply troubling"
MInor problem in UK side - UK does not quite make the laws. It has to comply with EU directives and some of the snooping programme has snooped on internal Eu-Eu links which are subject to Eu regulations.
Eu wheels do not turn fast. However, once they get rolling in a particular direction they are nearly impossible to stop as Microsoft and many others can testify - they bribed their way out of multiple US trials and failed to do that in Europe. I would not expect Germany and other key Eu players to sit a take a slap on the face of that size and smile. There will be paybacks and repercussions and it will get very very ugly for UK business in general as a result.
US business will be on the receiving side too. We can start from the Eu/US customs union currently under negotiations. I suspect that is now totally dead in the water. I just do not see someone like Germany or the Scandinavian countries putting their sig on it under the circumstances. So the snooping program (I am not going to say Snowden as that would have gone out sooner or later) is quite likely the US (and UK as the main treatie driver) north of 10s (if not 100s) of billions annually in lost trade over the next decade.
It is not just that. Five days of cleaning aegean stables in the field is one thing.
Five days coding, working in R&D or doig architecture is another. There is the obvious question - who owns the IPR from that as you are still contractually bound (with IPR clauses) to your previous job. Personally, if anyone will suggest that process to me I will tell them to f*** off. I have had ideas stolen from me as a part of "elaborate interview process" more than once (so had my SWMBO).
There are whole geographies which have made "IPR theft" from candidates into an art form. Certain swampy area north of London famed for its electronics and biotech comes to mind as a prime candidate. There are others as well.
The beauty of PDP-endian
PDP-endian... One "endian" nobody checks for any more and which will break nearly any network to host/host to network (including telemetry networks) conversion. I love the smell of meltdown early in the morning, it smells like radioactivity...
Looking in the wrong direction. Look in the direction where yachts are wind propelled, not motor propelled.
What did you think that "the interested party" will enjoy the API Cannot Be Copyrighted shafting? It (in one of its prior incarnations) supported SCO before, I am betting a case of bubbly that it did support it this time too.
Re: first AMD now Intel
How did they measure the results? Internal phone "power draw" measurement as used in Android for the "what is using my battery" stats? That is waaaaaaay buggy and off.
I will believe this once I see the battery taken out, current meter inserted, the current measured and recorded. With pictures demoing how they did it as some of the devices in question have a soldered battery. While at it - all phones running Cyanogen same build to ensure that it is a CPU benchmark and not a "how much bloatware did I stick in the build" benchmark.
In any case, we can expect major suckage in a few years time. Not to worry. This Intel phone has a proper Imagination Tech GPU. Watch the show when it gets an Intel one.
Re: It'll end like this ....
Not necessarily. At the very least they can finally implement this one using data instead of circuit switched. So it will eat much less resource than the corresponding 4-5 voice calls.
Sticking a Fusion would have been the right step up.
I was buying the previous ones as a default choice for anything from lab machine, through devel machine, house server and even small desktop.
The 1.3 (earliest) to 2.2 (latest) dual core low power Athlons provided more than enough power while running totally fanless (It was operating at 800 when idle not all the time - article is wrong on that). Decent onboard storage controller and disk cage, decent onboard networking, enough space for 2 more PCI network cards or PCI network and a low power video. The only let-down of the old model was the rather ancient video. A basic E450 or similar low power Fusion part would have solved that. A via Nano 64 bit model would have been interesting too. While its performance leaves a lot to be desired, it still kills everyone else on encryption - line rate crypto for all data on the machine. Rather useful feature for a server you can drop in a bag and walk out with. There would have been a niche for that too (nicely matching current HP thin client lineup which is Nano based).
Moving to a Celeron and corresponding Intel onboard chippery is a total step down compared to the older design on all counts. The video which was a major let down got worse (do we like it or not but the crowd likely to use a microserver is also likely to use a GUI). The performance in 64 bit mode too. Running it with inline crypto for the filesystems on a celery ? You gotta be kidding.
It is not a proper upgrade - it is a pretty badly executed downgrade with marketing fluff on it.
If it was just that
Note the other high risers on the list:
The Eye of Moloch: http://www.amazon.com/The-Eye-Moloch-Glenn-Beck/dp/1451635834/ref=zg_bsms_books_17
Kennedy's Last Days: http://www.amazon.com/Kennedys-Last-Days-Assassination-Generation/dp/080509802X/ref=zg_bsms_books_4
Big Data - A revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think: http://www.amazon.com/Big-Data-Revolution-Transform-Think/dp/0544002695/ref=zg_bsms_books_19
Food for thought... And for choking on your morning coffee...
Re: Orwell vs Huxley
Your picture misses Ira Levin.
While we do not terminate pensioners as per "This Perfect Day" we do add to the Orwellian and Huxleyan society the wonderful "make people happy and compliant" chemical aspect.
Last time I checked 15% or so of the adult population in UK/US was having their "mood" adjusted by antidepressants. The percentage of children glazed with ritaline is lower than that, but not entirely unsignificant either.
Otherwise, well spotted sir - a beer to that (without prozac in it)
Re: Why not?
Quote: "So if someone breaks into my house you'll throw me in jail for two years for not putting a better lock on the door? Nice attitude."
Err... Wrong attitude.
Let's say you are the house owner and a trader supplies you a supposedly standards compliant safe door (not just burglary perspective - fire safety, etc). That door can be opened by simply pulling the handle the wrong way and its safety, security and standards compliance is a load of bovine excrement.
So if your house gets burgled as a result of you installing said door, you are just going to tell the vendor who designed it, built it and sold it "hi nice chap, let's go have a beer, no harm done". Right? And your insurance company will reimburse you 100% instead of suing the door vendor out of the face of the earth. Right? Wrong - do not think so.
For some reason the software industry considers it absolutely normal to be exempt to all normal consumer liability clauses. That may have been OK once upon a time when the industry was young. Today software is a commodity so this has to end at some point.
Re: Cliché, maybe.
Quote: "Arrest the footballers, put them in county for a night and throw a couple of girls into the cell..."
"That depends on the girls ya know...
During my uni days we had one guy caught using a date rape drug (why did he need it considering that the "audience" was "willing and able" is beyond me). He spent 40 days in hospital, 10 of them in intensive care after that. Stiletto heels can do an amazing amount of damage.
Granted, that was in different times and not in USA (somewhere and sometimes more civilized by my reconing).
Re: Lot of money....
"Gaffer tape and a hammer is all you need. :-D"
"Dohickey" is now a 30£ bluetooth plug plugging into a standard diag port and a matching Android app (funnily enough one of the higest rated and most popular non-game apps on the Android market).
Worth to have if you go somewhere far out. I am definitely going to get one before my next 5k miles around the Europe road trip (I had some scares with both vehicles lighting up diag on previous occasions).
Coming back to the PC topic - I still build my own to this day and I still repair all of the faults on them (even on laptops) so maintainability is fairly high on my list. I will buy a well built machine which is good value for the money like the HP shoebox (Proliant microserver). Something that is maintainable and well designed.
All in one? Forget it. Shite resolution all of them (except Apple and Dell), priced at 40% premium of a monitor + separate box, overheating laptop parts, wrong choice of disk for a desktop (can I have a decent size hybrid drive please), you name it. Most importantly all on the list are not particularly maintainable (if memory serves me right the HP may be an exemption though, I recall it nicely falling appart for maintenance).
Re: About a billion years ago ...
Depends on the country.
Stalin's 1930-es law code outlawed both lock picking and possession of tools. AFAIK that is still in the law code of Russia and some of the ex-USSR member states till this day. Not that this did any good - all the crooks continued to pick locks with burglary, pickpocketing and other crime staying at the pre-law levels (if not even growing).
Similarly, UK, USA, etc all try to outlaw some aspects of it on a regular basis (mostly the cyberspace, not meatspace part). If my memory serves me right, there have been at least 3 attempts to outlaw the network equivalent of lock picks in the last decade - some of them successful. In fact DMCA is exactly that.
They have not. The aftermarket ones :)
There are reasons why quite a few built-in alarms do not have an official insurance rating and not having a proper defense against replay attacks is one of the most common ones.
Re: is this why...?
1. That got replaced at some point by a snoop friendly device that looks like a BB. There was a register article about it (too lazy to search at this time in the morning).
2. Even if it was BB guess who runs the servers and has the encryption keys.
Re: What Ads?
Amazon ads are usually not blocked by adblock and noscript for their target audience. Remember - they work off amazon browsing and shopping records. So if you are target audience you are likely to have amazon and cloudfront whitelisted. Check, mate.
Re: Their targeted ads aren't the best
First of all, you are mistaking suggested items for adverts. Amazon supplies ads to 3rd parties like the daily mash.
Their ads are spot on and based on your amazon browsing history as much as shopping history and wish-lists. Definitely way better than Google. I have clicked on an amazon ad more than once in the last year.
As a comparison - last time I have clicked on a google ads was many years ago. It was before the ad scum took over and the old statistic science "dumb ass" engine was replaced by the semi-realtime "smart ass". That was the day when their ads stopped being relevant for anyone but the most "obvious" target demographics.
Amazon ads are where Google used to be. You may get weird results when the dataset is small. Once the dataset grows above a certain size their precision becomes uncanny. As expected - think of Google of old, just working of a much better dataset.
Re: Not wrong
No natural resources? Right... So you are trying to tell me that Google is not investing into power generation?
You are probably right about f***book - it will go the way of the MySpaces and Bebos of yesteryear. Google however... Hm, I am going to disagree with you here:
* They already have a lobbying arm on par with petrol companies and farm unions
* They are not here for a day or two.
* They are so big that they now control how advertisers behave. So the natural "money flow" check is no longer applicable.
Be afraid, be very afraid...
Excuse me while I yawn
Battery life on decent portables is already at the point where we do not look for the charger all the time. All of my gear has 5-7 hours "typewriter" use and 2-3h+ use on full blast (none of it is the latest and greatest kit either).
This improvement could be valued by Joe Transatlantic user a few years back. However, in this day and age Joe is likely to have a socket even if he flies economy. Same for "family use". If I have to look for the charger every 20 mins - that's annoyance. If I have to look for it after 3h use full blast - that is acceptable. Difference between looking for it 3h and 3h 30 mins? Yawn...
It's better, it's faster, it's more efficient. None of it is revolutionary in any sense. Nothing to match AMD announcement on making the GPU cache synchronous with the CPU in their APU units from a couple of months back.
The issue is not of the applicant being "good looking" or not. The issue is the applicant being so narcissistic that he (or she) has decided to leverage Beautiful People membership in a work context. I find it difficult to believe that such a person is likely to put work first, his/her narcissism second after they have been employed.
I think we should thank the owner of the site for providing a valuable public service (as long as it allows ugly employers to access it).
Nor would robots torture, unless programmed to, or rape.
Bollocks. It will be programmed to do so. At least by someone.
That is part of the way war has been waged over the centuries. It has _ALWAYS_ been something willingly and knowingly deployed by the chain of command - either as "recereation" for the troops or as a deliberate policy to instill fear and compliance in the civilian population. The expectation that the chain of command will not program the mechanical soldiers to do it is beyond wishful thinking.
Re: If you're not paying for it
The marketeers have overestimated the depth of the sheeple effect gold mine. By far.
If we step back a little and give it a thought - just how many times am I going to be interested in something just because all of my mates are interested in it.
Under "natural disease propagation" conditions - probably a lot. However, that is not necessarily valid under forced propagation conditions when the social graph is being abused to feed crap I do not want down my throat. Same as in real life - we "filter out" particular people's "recommendations" if they constantly recommend us crap.
The correct model for the value of Social is the infectious disease model. In that case, it is likely to follow an "infection curve" where it grows exponential initially leveling and then _DROPPING_ off because the pool of "susceptible" targets has dried out. We are definitely past the exponential curve now so it is only a matter of time until we get into the "drop of the cliff" zone. Pass the popcorn please, it will be lovely to watch.
AMD already has its groove, though more will be nice too
The first gen notebook fusion is so superior to Atom it is not even funny. It has always been core i3 territory or thereabouts not Atom. I have had 2 1.6 GHz Atom netbooks and a Fusion 11" 1.3GHz subnotebook. The performance difference is ~ 3x on compute, raising to 6x once graphics come to play. This is fair and square core territory, not atom. The new one looks even better. Applause.
AMD biggest problem at the moment is that their best products - the notebook fusion APUs destroy the status Quo in the market same way netbooks did before MSFT and Intel extinguished them. Everyone is trying to stuff down the consumer's throat an overpriced, underpowered piece of crap with stinky low res graphics and a weird shell design - aka Ultrabook. So here comes AMD with a component selection which allows to build a decent ultra-thin laptop for half of the price. Lots of ports? My god, we have been telling the consumer for two years that he needs no stinking ports, but touchscreen, Windows 8 and something that sucks at both being a netbook and a tablet. High res graphics? Where did all the marketing that 1366x768 is enough for everyone go? And so on.
Of course AMD will have problems with design wins around that. If it is successful where would all the OEM/ODM margins from the overpriced crap go? This is besides the fact that I can bet that Intel has not abandoned any of its ways from the 2000-es. A billion fine here and there, a few hundred millions settlement elsewhere. Cost of doing business ya know. Especially when you cannot innovate for sh*** except for silicon process improvements.
Re: One option was suggested...
Not just police and army too.
After that we shall all applaud Lucifer delivering the signed bill on a snowplough for execution.
Re: We don't need them anymore, but thanks anyway
Interesting idea with one minor problem in it. Some people actually use computers for work. Real work - one that actually makes money.
I will consider using a tablet as a main work device on the day when I can draw a decent network, industrial, flowchart or UML diagram on a tablet (without swearing madly at the lines attaching to the wrong point half the time), add 7-10 transitions to it so it can go into a proper presentation (not one where the audience will die of powerpoint boredom).
That is just in order to consider it which does not mean "believe" by the way. I will believe in that idea on the day when I can write, build, debug and test some code on a tablet.
Until then, they can only pry my notebook (and my desktop actually) out of my cold dead hands across my dead body.
Re: Wow! 75 times faster than... whaaat?
In any case, AMD check-mated everyone in the GPU integration game by making it cache coherent in their announcement for their next GPU. That is not just "faster", it is differently faster - GPU ops no longer have the latency associated with them and the GPU becomes one enormous co-processor.
Everything else (including what Intel does) is bundling and bill of materials savings. 75 times faster snail is still a snail.
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