The world is flat so non-US corporations are at risk of falling over the edge. I stood on a ladder today and checked: it's true.
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World's Largest Metaphor Hits Ice-Berg
There's just enough room on your wrist to display the current time. That's why watches go there. It seems obvious that, regardless of application features, watches will remain a failure as long as they're visually driven with no almost visual area. This all seems like a huge waste of money unless somebody is working on top-secret technologies for projection or effective non-visual interaction.
(Credit to The Onion for the Titanic headline)
E-mail spam is mostly a solved problem. The nice thing about TCP/IP is that the other end of the connection is known and you can maintain blacklists of spam-friendly networks. All that remains are compromised computers that rapidly come and go. Since mail is not quite real-time, an SMTP server can refuse to accept messages that are flagged by analysis. Newer mail servers don't have the messy bounce or greymail issues of post-processing.
Telephone spam is a different problem. A call receiver knows absolutely nothing about the caller. Gimmicks like Nomorobo were long ago defeated by using a random (or trusted) local phone number as the Caller ID. I don't hear stories of telcos getting huge fines for supporting illegal telemarketers so keeping Caller ID broken is all profit for them.
Honestly, Google's phones suck. The amount of shovelware and spyware on them makes you feel nostalgic for the old days of carrier shovelware. There's no external storage and the phone is pretty much a brick without constant high speed cellular service and a nearby charger. Anyone OK with all of those limitations would have purchased a superior iPhone.
Variety is Android's life. It dies a little bit every time Google tries to lock it down and restrict it.
Agile assumes that the next minimum viable product is not far away. Sometimes that's not possible and you need big plans, big schedules, and very clear long-term goals. If your project manager is stuck on any one methodology, you're doomed to fail.
Could be worse
Give me WiFi any day. VW's Car-Net is Verizon cellular and can't be disabled without taking the dashboard apart. It costs $18/month if you somehow find a use for it.
Such amazing tech
Too bad Microsoft can't use it to stop the flood of Benin phishing spams relayed through Outlook.com.
But... the billions and billions of customers
Nest made people realize that thermostats don't have to be complex. Anyone can replace the cryptic commercial programmable unit in your home with a thermostat that's one tap away from doing what you want. That begs the question of why anyone needs a device as complicated as a Nest. $20 buys a digital thermostat with up/down/heat/cool/fan/off buttons and a simple setup menu. Better still, the $20 thermostat isn't chatting about your activities over the Internet or bricking itself on software upgrades.
Visited Maker Faire
The recent Maker Faire in San Mateo, CA, US was sad. Computer board makers dumped a bunch of kits into schools and the outcome was too often mapping the arrow keys on a laptop to a pair of motors on a toy and calling it a robot. It seemed to miss the point. Dreams of building something innovative were probably crushed by watching a big ugly mess of wires on wheels twitch and short out.
Still copying Apple
MacOS X has been doing this for years. I don't know why it took MS so long to catch up.
Well, sort of. It's impossible to hack remotely because it knows nothing of the Internet, WiFi, cell networking. On the other hand, most old computers have a console or debugger switch that will let you inspect and change memory. The programs are simple enough to be hijacked by keyboard entry. Program wants a password? Break, inspect the subroutine's entry point, alter a register, advance the program counter, and resume.
Re: Let the Bidding begin!
Good point. Yahoo would probably be worth far more if it was converted to high density housing. They might even get local and state subsidies for creating housing that's a 15 minute walk to tens of thousands of jobs.
frequent, monthly or fortnightly updates
"That bug is fixed when you buy our new phone," say all the cell manufacturers about to go out of business.
Since this has been done for as long I've known code, we should also presume that a new "high-quality" press release can be generated by combining two "low-quality" research projects.
554 Invalid recipient
I welcome China's move to verify online users. In fact, APNIC should kick off this event by reclaiming all Chinese network addresses with falsified or inoperative ownership records. Root name servers should remove accreditation from all Chinese domain registrars with a recent history of allowing bulk registrations from unverified sources. Well done, China.
Bots streaming videos from torrents to look for pirated content.
He picked an odd location for a mansion too. If it's not in the center of a traffic jam, it's only because howling wet winds have driven everyone away.
Re: kind of vague
It wouldn't be news if it was the US. Mail is skipped up to 2 days a week for rotating outages caused by people rage quitting.
Ah, pumping the brakes. I like that as a metaphor for an exceptionally ungraceful recovery. I recall seeing so many people skid wildly out of control pre-ABS because they heard that they should pump the brakes during a hard stop. There were more instructions for the technique but TLDR.
A beech marten
They knew exactly what kind of an animal chewed through the 66kV line. It's amazing what those scientists can deduce from nothing more than smashed particles.
Re: Darwin award??
The Darwin award might be deserved for some recipients but the tram operator delivering it is going to feel like shit anyways.
Something for farmers to look forward to
Obviously these things can't come crashing down anywhere. Crashing near a city might mean a high speed impact with a vehicle. The fines for dropping anything onto nationally protected land tend to be steep. Shifting sand dunes would crush it. Water moves. It seems that Google has chosen farmland as their target. Hopefully the UV-burned balloon isn't too toxic.
Typing on one
I occasionally try out a new Mac and expect it to be blazing fast compared to the old Mac Pro 1,1 running 10.6.8 and anchoring my computer desk to the floor. The new ones are faster, but not in a way satisfying for how much time has elapsed and how much money they cost.
400KB with an aggressive ad blocker. Over 2MB and a 10 second load time otherwise
Apple abandoned QuickTime some time around 2009 when it became clear that its infinitely complex innards would be impossible to upgrade. QuickTime X, the promised modernization, stalled as soon as it could play H.264/AAC with moderate quality. Support for AVCHD files was eventually added but without the performance upgrades needed for its high bitrates.
In other news
Millennials are getting mugged for not realizing that when a survey asks if your PIN is on your phone, you should always say "No."
Why I don't stop in SF
Grand theft and vandalism investigations are nothing more than asking the victim to fill out an online crime statistics form but a large piece of furniture gets the authorities leaping into action.
Pooping in your Nest
Were they using Revolv automation in the datacenter?
This is all fine until
Until your documents get a virus. A real virus.
Shouldn't this be an integral part of all IT systems? What would a team do? Tell people who can't maintain security to do things that they won't understand?
Wouldn't a reverse mortgage be simpler?
I can hardly wait for Apple TV shows to branch out into other careers: iPhone assembly, QA regression testing, IT developer support, digital signal analysis, PCB layout, and more! Hopefully they don't fluff it up with a bunch of personal drama subplots. I just want to come home from work, turn on the TV, and stare at somebody sitting at a desk.
"can only be done with the help of manufacturers and carriers"
Luckily, there's a vulnerability that can be used as a workaround.
I don't know about iLandfill, but Chinese landfill phones have red LEDs for tuning white balance without losing dynamic range in the LCD panel. Oddly, the feature is usually hidden in US ROMs.
Mother restores profits with this one weird trick
It must work. It's displayed 10 times on the homepage.
Re: What Frequency is used?
18000 to 19950 Hz
This dumb scheme seems extremely unlikely to work. That audio range is a mess of distortion, echoes, dead zones, and frequency substitution during compression.
Re: It's not weight they are optimising for
CAN Bus is too slow for cameras, audio, and various analog sensors. The analog stuff is especially bulky because it needs to be kept separate from other noisy wires.
A win for everyone
This is what the providers of 1Mbps Internet services around the world have been waiting for.
Tonight we're going to party like... Hey, my free music disruptor is offline.
I'm all for startups. They revolutionize technology, advance human civilization, and free us from lazy old monopolies. I'm just sick of every idiot claiming they are the revolution and nobody challenging the claim. Investors buy it then sell at a profit to a bigger sucker. Repeat as long as it looks like the game will keep playing.
Well-funded companies that can never produce are what causes the insane prices around here. Spending money to do nothing ruins the value of money and it hurts the handful of startups that have crafted solid business plans.
Well, it's good to know that my 10.6.8 computers, long ago abandoned by Apple, are now too old for modern Malware. I couldn't upgrade Transmission because of system requirements.
Actually, West Coast protecting itself
The West Coast doesn't like breaking encryption because doing so would destroy the tech sector overnight. The doors would close and engineers would pack their bags to move to another country. Using encryption correctly, or at least pretending to, is required for everything. Forget about stalking. Forget about bank accounts being drained overnight. Criminal hacking would get real - guns and rockets kind of real - when there's an backdoor key to find out what is in any shipping container, who is in any car, and who is on any plane. US software wouldn't even be usable in the US.
See it on Amazon, buy it in store
It used to be that you'd "look at it in the store then buy it on Amazon." I find myself doing the reverse now. Physical and online stores are rapidly catching up to Amazon's efficiency, making Amazon the useless middleman taking a cut of the money. Distributors aren't going to put up with as much crap as Amazon hopes they will. They have other options.
SSL is a heavyweight solution with a very noticeable performance loss. A much better solution for public web sites would be stronger standards for digital signatures. Static content can have a signature pre-computed and placed into an HTTP header. Dynamic and streaming content can have signatures in HTTP chunk attributes. The overhead for doing this is almost nothing, it's safe for proxies and edge caches, and it serves the purpose of preventing content alteration.
I think the real problem is that this is so simple that there's no money in it. Assuming that there's already a certificate validation system for HTTPS, adding digital signatures to HTTP would only add about 100 lines of code to the client and server.
700000 IRS tax records
This was electronic? No trucks and forklifts involved? I'm actually impressed that the IRS managed to digitize something. Now I'm wondering if it takes them three years to find a mistake so that they can add three years of penalties.
I bought one of the original 5-big drives and one drive soon failed. I was shocked to find that there's no warranty replacement for individual drives. You send the entire RAID back and they give you an entirely new RAID. That wasn't the solid uptime I was hoping to get from a RAID-5 configuration.
I guess it's still better than Drobo showing all lights green while it's losing everything to I/O errors. (maybe Drobo just fixed this bug)
Skype's primary feature is streaming ads to desktop computers. Its secondary feature may be seizing credits when calling a foreign number. That it still sometimes provides communications is just a glitch of some legacy code.
Dealt with on a case-by-case basis
Paper forms, quadruple photocopies, envelopes, and faxes. Submit all that for a hierarchy of review and archive for 10 years. No problem doing that on a global scale. Should be fine.
My phone upgrades have been because the radio was obsolete. Having the right bands for every place you travel becomes important as telcos upgrade old 2G and 3G towers to LTE.
May domain owners remain completely anonymous for a certain fee? You know, to dissuade individuals from filing a lawsuit. Or maybe the operations of the domain are illegal in some/all countries and the operator does not want to worry about international prosecution. Such a feature would integrate well with other CloudFlare services.
The Y axis is time?