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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.
We shall all congratulate Apple with innovating this new and wonderful innovation in the world of consumer electronics. This is so exciting and such a good reason to buy this new and innovative gadget. I just cannot wait until the hype wave starts rising and all the usual suspects try to ride it under the rainbow and into the sunset.
They will call fossilized grumpy old men those of us who can remember that Motorola KRZR K1 (2006) shipped with a Al203 glass (and you could use it as a hammer or chisel - best built phone I ever seen, pity the software was major s***age). Actually my Poljot high school watch from 30 years ago used it and so does my current Fossil.
It is the usual Apple - taking an old, tried, tested tech, twisting the arm of a few manufacturers to mass-produce it and doing the mother of all marketing campaigns to pretend to have innovated it.
What do you expect
Nothing in this report surprises me in the slightest. At all.
Welcome to the world of corporate IT in the 21st century. Underresourced, Outsourced, Undecompetent, Outstretched and so on...
Re: Time to troll
I can suggest you another troll option - time to find some hay fever sufferers and asthmatics and talk with them about plant aerosols.
Just make sure you have a Kevlar vest as well as the flame-proof jacket.
Re: Err - I see a flaw
Just look at how Sygic and other Aura apps are implemented. There is a loader and small core app in the APK, 120Mb or so extra code and resources downloaded after that just to be able to run the app.
Presently that is being updated along with the APK. Nothing prevents them from doing those two out of sync - the APK may stay relatively unchanged for a long time and extra "resources" downloaded regularly to be up to date. So all the developer needs is to structure its app accordingly (it will still be fully compliant to GPlay terms this way).
Re: Make jQuery browser specific
And are you volunteering to support all the 10+ branches of that in production by any chance?
Gues you do not (I would not).
Re: Poor AMD
Fusion is way better than anything Intel has on offer. However its supply is abysmal. I had to trawl through 3-4 web shops to get an FM2 Socket CPU yesterday. All had motherboards - none had the CPU. A couple of months back AMD dropped production rates to eliminate glut in the channel. They quite clearly overdid it - instead of glut now there is scarcity.
Re: Back into medieval times
Close the libraries - not so sure.
It will be a decade or more until ebooks or ebook services on a tablet will get anywhere near acceptable quality levels for children books as well as some types of reference literature (art, travel, etc). So we will need a local library as long as there are kids and as long as kids want to have a bed time story read to them (mine do).
Lump sum - definitely not. This will continue to bring the argument about deterioriation which is bogus. Rent - pay. If the govt cannot process it hire Paypal, google or someone else who can. Micropayments are not that difficult.
Re: Tempus fugit
Just use Russian. Use properly that is (as native, not as a foreigner).
It can have 3-4 or more meanings between the lines which will require someone who actually knows language, culture and context (not someone who has passed the MI5 analist test) to decipher.
Change the position of two words and the whole sentence completley changes its meaning as well as its level 2,3,4 meanings, etc.
While this was a natural property of the language in the first place, 80 years of having to talke double, tripple and quadrupple speak to avoid статья 58 and ГУЛАГ improved it quite considerably. It is now at the point where if two russians want to speak between themselves without anyone "non-native" understanding them they can do it any time any day today. As a side effect makes for great stand-up comedy too :)
Re: I love stuff like this..
"Engineers are confidently predicting that a wind powered vessel 'could sail indefinitely, at 2-3 knots average, depending on weather conditions".
Last time I remember the "pinnacle of wind" - the steel hull, steel mast windjammers from the end of the 19th century outsailed with ease german cruisers at the start of WW1. Germans could not catch up even with the sorry hulk which was Cutty Sark by that time (it had a mast missing and had 1/4 of the crew it needed).
The speed of these 4-5 mast monsters was ~ 15 knots. That is in fact on par with most cargo fleet till this day (only ferries and some container ships sail faster and only on short haul). It was not speed or carrying capacity that terminated the windjammer fleet - it was a combination of the canals (Panama and Suez) and manpower costs.
The saddest part about attempts to reintroduce windpower in ships is that none of it gets even close to where we were 120 years ago. Parachute sails/kites my a**e. A proper "salty dog" rig of the kind which took the route around cape Horn to California or Cape Good Hope to Australia in the 1890-es can run circles around it any day.
The only reason for wind to be slower in the end-to-end play is that it requires different routes. You usually cannot sail straight from A-Z. That is why the canals decimated it in the first place. From that perspective, considering where the Suez/Middle East situation is going lately we will be considering wind again very soon (same as we did during the previous Suez problems).
Re: pop quiz
Used to be sunfish. I thought we transformed most of them into sushi by now so at least as far as Mediterranean is concerned it is "lived in the ocean".
It is scary week all right
First the "fishnet stealth", now this. The most interesting thing about jellyfish propulsion is that it has the potential of being absolutely silent. If this is built, anything inside an enemy harbor becomes a target that is impossible to defend.
Re: Coming to a wallet near you...
Quote: "The main restriction on a company that wishes to issue such a card is that it must usually have some sort of banking / credit-issuer license, so it's not something you do lightly"
Right... So what was the capitalization of a 3rd rate regional bank headquartered, let's say in Six Mile Bottom, Cambridgeshire vs the Google daily spend on fruit and veg for the umpah-lumpahs... Right...
If Google would want to process money end to end it can do so tomorrow. Same for PayPal which already has bank registration in Eu anyway. IMHO both Mastercard and Visa are having a death wish here. Do not trouble the trouble or the trouble will trouble you.
Re: What is this article supposed to be?
Quote: Sorry, but they are far from alone, I gave up using Word some years ago but its lack of ability to display formatted text correctly as one inputted is legendary.
You forgot to put the correct emphasis on "inputted" - that word has a ligature. Something which Word has failed to render correctly to this day. It is still not even to the level of ~ 1980es typesetting.
Write the following sentence in word (at 44pt to see the difference clearly): "It does not matter if you inputted it or not - it is still utter garbage demonstrating that MSFT cannot render correctly basic English like 'f*** off'". Try the same in LaTeX. Print. Compare. Weep (Hint - look carefully at how ligatures - t followed by low letter, double t, double f, etc are rendered in either case).
Logo was not the only language in those days. There were others - you could write a decent game in graphfort (in fact some of the commercial games for Apple ][ were written in it).
Re: Why not just....
You do not toss a coin over the idea that most late season hurricanes will turn west and obliterate the Eastern Seaboard on a regular basis. Even 5% (not 50%) would be pretty much a call for action if this research is correct.
Now add to that an eruption on Cumbre Vieja and welcome to the day after tomorrow.
Re: Maybe if they bought relevant ads?
Quote; Sure you didn't mean "Whales?"
It has offered to sell me the capitals of two european countries, an island in the Canaries group and a few others like this.
The reason for this is eBay are idiots - they have exported their search term lists which included "location" additions to the search done by people to lazy or clueless to use the eBay distance to seller search facility. That term got dumped into adwords. Of course this will have negative ROI. It would have been surprising if it had given a positive one. Any search for Rome resulted in an eBay ad being displayed (and charged for) "Do you want to buy Rome" (Rome being an example - I had that one with another Eu capital).
Re: So MS lobbying to protect their cash cow and keep Google out
You are correct on the motives.
However, IMHO the bill is good and it does not ban google apps per se. All it means that Google will have to sell them at their real price (not at the advert subsidized one).
Not just arses
They have re-shot the pics of my street because it had some prominent photos of locals showing the spymobile the classic "Antonio Banderas" style salute (hand crossed at elbow). It will be interesting to see the algo to pick up that one as it is more difficult to pick up algorithmically compared to a naked a**e.
I have a 4 year old using a Linux desktop for a year now and an 11 year old who has been using his for 6 years. In both cases it is on a networked system with NFS shared $HOMEs so they are dutifully logging with their own accounts. They have been doing their homework with the older one preparing for exams (SATs) doing his school research and playing games (as all 4 and 11 year olds do) on that too.
When I observe them having problems with the system being unfriendly I will sure tell you (from a desktop Linux machine too). Or I can ask their 70 year old grandma to do so (she has been using a Linux desktop since the days of enlightment 16 - 1997) also without problems. When her linux desktop broke 5 years ago she had windows for 3 weeks. At the end she lost it, took the comp to the local repair shop smacked it on the table and said that she is not leaving until they "fix it".
As far as the Mac CoolAid - I have a Mac in the household too - SWMBO got a MacBook Pro. She regularly ends up turning around and using the Linux thin client in her home office instead because that "always works" (TM). While it is a nice machine, Apple software (especially when mixed with MSFT) tends to manifest some temperament when you do not want it to.
Note - I do not use gnome (and never will), neither does anyone in the household.
In any case, as far as Miguel being a troll - nothing new. He has always been. Though he is probably applying for a job @apple now instead of Microsoft so he has changed his naso-rectal orientation.
I suggest you go post to the Daily Beobachter forum
Price of telescope: 88m
Price of building the site using cheap local labour - 1m
Price of building the telescope high tech components - mirror, cameras, actuators, software, control etc (nearly all of it in Europe) - 87m.
Which part of this f*** equation do you fail to understand?
Re: Give them a break!
Soyuz: 724 successes, 21 failures, most of them in the early years. In the recent years its reliability is better than the UK railways for example or national express bus network.
Space X (and even Ariane) have a _VERY_ long way to go until _THAT_ gold standard.
Re: Unfortunately we can't ...
Actually, we can. Just robots have to go first.
The "cheapest" defense is to hide behind your own propellant (or inside it). Robot first, get an ice block from the asteroid belt and meld the ship living quarters into it and voila - here is your protection. One small ice asteroid (a few hundred meters in size) will be enough to fuel (and protect) our exploratory fleet for a few decades (even accounting for growth).
It is not perfect (even 50m of ice cannot really compare to the Van Allen belts). It is however definitely better than nothing and it would nicely make up as your propellant too (just melt it, ionize it and speed it up to a a few thousand m/s - something we can do already). This will also decrease travel time from 501 days to a couple of weeks so the exposure window will drop too.
As far as gravity, last time I heard angular momentum was rumored to do the trick. Not that it will matter if travel time is down to a couple of weeks.
Re: Tape is one of these things that is always dead
As the saying goes: Never, ever underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes.
Not just that
There is a whole raft of processes which produce methanol cheaply. Cooking coal with hydrogen and/or water (referred to in the article) is probably one of the most expensive ways to do it.
You can get methanol as a natural result of waste disposal - f.e. by heating up cellulose under pressure. Much easier to produce than ethanol. As far as its toxicity goes - good old petrol is toxic enough as it is even in this day and age when it is not spiked with lead-organics (which are extremely toxic too).
All in all, I really fail to understand why we continue do d*ck around with hydrogen. It does not make sense at the elementary physics/chemistry level.
Re: Um, were the US PTO asleep when this went across their desk ?
BMW M series radios had the "audio" portion of this for more than a decade. The volume autoadjusts and is jacked up when you rev the engine so you can still hear the beat. Plenty of other pror art too.
Re: Not hard at all.
Quote: The amazing thing is that the chap was bright enough to outsource, but dumb enough to fail at the remote access.
Nothing particularly amazing. He was business bright and technically dumb. In fact, business dumb too - he would have made more money registering himself as a company and working that way (would have had better tax positions too).
Re: One question I have always asked myself
Quote: "The main effect would be one of cooling."
Errr, no. Second law of thermodynamics - you cannot "lose" it (same as you cannot "make" it). It just moves elsewhere. So the "cooling" from slowing down fluid friction will be compensated by emitting heat from all the electrical appliances to a net effect of 0.
In any case, wind gets an unjustifiably high level of attention as a renewable. Solar (both cells and collectors) in the right location (Sahara instead of northern Europe), geothermal, tidal and wave have a much bigger promise. IMHO Europe should be building artificial tidals (4x4 mile simple "holding pen" with turbines on one side, rinse repeat - a standard port digger can build one in a few month) all over the wash, irish sea and the shallows around the North Sea coast. Much better idea than all the windmills because you can use that as an "accumulator" to compensate for fluctuations in demand as well as for proper generation.
All of that is being left untapped at the moment. In fact it is being destroyed as a potential energy source by stupid windmills all over it in a way which prevents us rebuilding that for tidal without demolishing them first.
Re: ubuntu hmm
As someone who runs LTS as an OS on his laptop (I have to do demos and develop on it) I beg to differ.
I have yet to notice anything particularly Orwellian in it. It is still good old Debian with some extra spit and polish. There are times when the spit and polish gets on my nerves and I have to tweak it but they are few and far between. Definitely more usable than windows and faster an by order of magnitude or so for most stuff (especially for virtualization related work).
Re: Let's merge two EL Reg topics
There are three scenarios there:
1. MSFT forgets to renew key
2. Manufacturer forgets or fails to update to new key as the key is in loaded into the EFI even if MSFT does so
3. The computer is bricked during the update. Hello Samsung, what is the size of a X509 certificate record write into X509 once again?
Re: Quite frankly.....
Indeed. RedHat needs to sign it themselves and use the nuclear competition option if the manufacturers refuse to honor it.
If a manufacturer tries to refuse to honor a valid OS signing key by a valid OS vendor "because it will invalidate their MSFT compliance" then this is a competition commission/FTC matter. RedHat is both big enough to drive it through and "commercial" enough to have all the means and reasons to drive it through with the big four - Lenovo, HP, Dell and Acer. With MSFT history of competition violations they will end up paying another few billions into the "salvage nations with fraudulent accounts benevolent fund" before they can even say uncle. Either that or concede outright.
In both cases the end result will be MSFT scoring an own goal - creating an environment for shipping certified linux builds on par with their own stuff.
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