450 posts • joined Friday 15th June 2007 18:33 GMT
There should be two
AT&T likes duopolies. It's only fair that they let China Telecom perform government-orded snooping too.
And the wires
Brace yourself for a stream of profanity then ask people what they think of AT&T wired products. This isn't just about mobile phones. Buying T-Mobile eliminates one more escape path for sufferers of AT&T DSL and home phone service.
Pick a better list
I find IP address blacklists to be extremely useful. There's a lot of address space that is completely unmaintained or owned by criminals. A blacklist is not only efficient to implement, but pressures the network into cleaning up or going out of business. If there are too many false positives you can use a less aggressive blacklist.
Content filtering is a losing game. The CPU power in hijacked networks always beats the CPU power in your analyzer. Finding ways to beat your filter is trivial and of no cost to the spammer.
You do not hold cable. Cable holds you.
It's disappointing that this seems to have become another fat cable technology rather than the sleek optical cable it started as. The DisplayPort cable on Macs is more rigid than Cat 6 and USB 3. It won't stay put and the tiny jack strains to support it.
Evil Ellison icon, please
Uninstalling Java is a harsh recommendation from a web site that's hammering my Flash blocker and Web-bug blocker.
As a language, Java is very good for business applications. It's simple, has a rapid development time, and has growing support for multiprocessor systems. Most of the bloating comes from commercial "Enterprise" frameworks that attempt to eliminate boring boilerplate code with XML files. They run slowly, bloat applications, drive up costs, increase complexity, and usually take longer to use than the boring code they replace. Oracle makes those frameworks so there's a real conflict of interest in them owning Java.
Cable Co says No
The general public is so walled off behind NAT, firewalls, and throttles that peer-to-peer communications would be fragile at best. The Skype supernode collapse was a good example.
This will all be fixed when competition between ISPs forces them to upgrade to IPv6 and allow the free flow of traffic. Any day now. Holding breath...
Who wins the ashes?
So what's the outcome of this battle? Can open source developers compete with the R&D from a group of multi-billion dollar companies? Much like the last Terminator movie, this epic battle will continue long after the prize is gone.
If the faster bit is SSD, the cheaper bit could simply be hard disks that spin slower, use less power, and have a higher density. I'd imagine it would be targeted to online services where the active data doesn't fit in Oracle's RAM cache but could fit in a few TB of SSD cache. The SSD would cost a lot, but not nearly as much as building the entire RAID from top-performing spinning disks.
As I read this article, Google is not promising zero downtime. They're just lowering the threshold for downtime compensation. True zero downtime is possible but it comes with some costs and limitations that don't compare well with "almost zero" downtime.
Customers, customers, customers
"But after Lion's release, all future versions of the OS will not include Java. Instead, developers will obtain Java for Mac from Oracle."
That seems awkward. I can understand not including the Java Development Kit (JDK) but plenty of apps and some web sites need the Java Runtime Environment (JRE). Maybe Jobs wants developers to use Flash and AIR instead?
Wait a second... The telcos and Republicans want to allow corporations to control the Internet, then the FCC will sell off free TV spectrum so that everybody must buy TV service from the same telcos? I just checked the local rates for basic HD cable with one jack: $73 + taxes and unspecified fees per month. I'd like a new government now.
Other side of the decimal point
Fractions don't convert between bases. The simple value of 0.1 in decimal has an infinitely repeating value as a base 2 or base 16 number. Since floats are fractions and an exponent, not all values translate exactly. Also note that in 2's compliment binary there are more negative values than positive values. There are lots of rules to keep all of this working, and that's probably where PHP is messing up.
2.2250738585072011e-308 decimal is represented as a 64 bit float by: 0000000000001111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111
0.1 decimal is:
1 decimal is:
1e100 decimal is:
Several patterns are redundant and used to represent for zero, +infinity, -infinity, and Not-A-Number.
"Every Logitech Revue will receive free over-the-air updates whenever Google and Logitech release software enhancements."
Ah, that's great. TV over the Internet and software updates over the rooftop antenna.
Since US radio is dead
Since independent US radio is mostly dead, I can't wait to start using Quiro... Queeroo... Kuri..., Qroc.., Qirio..., Pandora.
Range extension, maybe
Taxis spend so much time stopped that a tiny diesel generator could keep them going all day. The generator could be either off or running at peak efficiency at all times, so there should be combustion efficiency and emissions improvement with that model. The question is how much all of this weighs compared to simply using a big diesel motor. I'm skeptical of current battery technology available for cars.
Big piece of acronym
Isn't 'BPOS' sometimes used for the phrase "Big Piece Of Sh..."?
NAS good for NAS
I've tried making a NAS into a server. Despite processor GHz claims, they don't have enough general purpose processing power to do it. I/O is slow, the CPU is an ultra-low power variant, and memory is slow and limited. Load it up as a full server and it won't be much good at anything.
I'm CEO, bitch
Major web sites will never adopt this. Maybe Van Jacobson hasn't worked with a dot-com. They're all a bunch of data hoarding control freaks, offering "personalization" to differentiate themselves from all the others. Any attempts to shield your personal data will simply result in refusal service. Premium content is encrypted and watermarked per viewer, so it's not cacheable. Web pages are personalized and varied for marketing testing, so they're not cacheable. The 150 or so bandwidth sucking animations and images on each web page are for customer tracking (the payload is the request), so they're not cacheable. What remains for caching is a few static images and low value videos. It's not a lot and it's easily covered by existing edge cache services.
The protocol might be useful for personal servers to replace clumsy Torrents. Locating data will still be a problem, though. Who will build an indexing service? Speaking of Torrents, Hollywood should be demanding tracing and takedown controls in the CCNx protocol soon.
Still can't drive
This is pure stupidity. Lawmakers are attempting to forbid all the things that might cause dangerous driving rather than enforcing existing laws related to safe driving. In my tiny 1.7 mile bike ride to work, I'll see about 5 cars drift from their lane, 8 cars illegally turn right across a bike lane, 5 cars speeding, 2 slow cars impeding traffic, and one car and 3 bicycles run red lights. I don't believe they're all on the phone.
Wasn't it mentioned that graphene, which possesses incredible strength and heat conductivity, was successfully made to perform as an amplifier?
This car makes me wet
Many single family US homes have a 6 KW outlet in the garage for an electric clothes dryer. Pick which device is more important.
There's another wireless image technology that takes advantage of higher frequencies and higher throughput using two dimensional antenna arrays. The drawbacks are similar to 60GHz in that the signal degrades with distance and is easily blocked by obstacles. These systems are sometimes referred to as "video projectors."
iTunes frequently hangs and consumes large amounts of CPU time with large music libraries because its use of multithreading is obsolete by about 20 years. It should be withdrawn from the online store.
"Cracked open" source
Field names are exactly preserved but temporary variables have names matching their data type. The redundant initial value of 'isImmutable' is gone. That's clearly decompiled code.
5 billion dollars for a computer that will depreciate at something like 40% a year?! How about rolling out 4 bilion dollars worth of 1Gbps fiber optic cables to US homes so we stop free-falling down the broadband rankings? The contract for getting the link could be that you must buy a fast computer and let the government process tasks on it for 10 hours a day. The other 1 billion dollars should be enough to build a core computer to coordinate tasks.
And pigs fry
Are those bare electrified metal strips on the surface? The important question now is AC or DC. AC could do a nice job of heating a piece of cured ham but DC would make a big rusty mess. The review needs to be updated, as being able to heat salty slabs of meat could possibly make the device useful.
And one more thing... Today I present a strategy that's like nothing you've ever seen before. The Political Reality Distortion Field. We've worked hard at this and it's absolutely beautiful. Stock markets will soar. The poor will be fed. Terrorists will lay down their arms when they see this sleek system. It's really amazing and it's ready today.
I've seen MacOS become popular in corporate environments because it is an excellent Java development system. It elegantly bridges the gap between the corporate Microsoft world and the Solaris/Linux server world. I can think of several major companies that will be MacOS-free once Java is no longer maintained. That's a lot of software developers and IT staff losing interest in Apple systems.
I'd be Lion if I said I was impressed
Mission Control and Launch Pad - that's the demo for a major revision?!? Will QuickTime X be extended? Will the iTunes threading bugs be fixed? Will very large amounts of hard disk and RAM be used more efficiently? Will SSD replace spinning swap? Will there every be API support outside Objective-C?
I almost guarantee...
Reporting this problem should be as simple as checking the ARIN record for that address, right?
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Auto-reply bots saying that your complaint was sent to the wrong address and discarded.
Carefully guarded by a filter that rejects anything that might mention any type of abuse going on.
I tossed an old 12V NiCd battery pack into a box for storage... that happened to have an unused sheet of carbon fiber in it. Even without epoxy to feed fire it wasn't what I'd call a minor issue. Carbon doesn't melt/burn until it's white hot and the fire throws off fragments of fibers that lead to more shorts elsewhere.
Ah, zillion to many NAT
The phone call must have gone something like this:
O: You're blocking us.
FB: You're hacking us. I'll send you the IP addresses of the hackers.
O: Everybody has those addresses!
FB: Sucks to be you.
Wear protection to prevent viral marketing
This comes down to US online services going for the maximum number of advertising eyeballs and maximum viral marketing. Just think of how many sites still have special IE 6 support to keep every single pair of visiting eyeballs. Allowing adult content would require a complete rework of marketing strategies and web site security, and probably in a complicated way that no dot-com wants to pay for. It might make content better but that's not the point. It's easier to ban adult content using overly simplified rules.
It's still very easy to host your own content so I'm not worried about freedom of speech. ...at least until net-neutrality goes away and the toll trolls say no to personal hosting.
Floods of tens, even dozens, of requests
Since when does India have enough spare bandwidth to be running distributed attacks against distributed servers? Contracting illegal botnets would be a sure-fire way to get yourself and your service provider completely disconnected from the rest of the planet.
AT&T ads in the US are demonstrating how you can go about your day, including crossing streets, with your eyes never leaving the TV show on your cellphone. This is sad because people too stupid to keep themselves alive will be unavoidably killed by responsible people. No doubt legislation will be passed to equip vehicles with heavy, expensive, fuel-consuming hardware to keep brainless TV tumbleweeds safe.
Giant coffee bean
Maybe Starbucks will pay for upkeep if it's painted brown with their logo on it.
What does 800dpi mean for a device that pivots like a joystick? How does it perform nonlinear motion if you can't pick it up like a mouse or reposition your finger like a trackpad? With 2560x1600 being the new standard resolution, I can't imagine pointing to things with linear tracking. It would be like trying to support a telescope with your hands.
Structural cohesion alert
Can this smart kitchen sense shelf weight, temperature, and humidity to accurately predict when broken particle board and dish fragments will be on my floor?