577 posts • joined 15 Jun 2007
I had a handheld TV that did this in the 80s. You opened the case partway and watched the LCD from a mirror on the base. There's a good reason for them not being made any more. Even with impossibly perfect optics, color LCD screens can never be more than 16% transmissive. E-ink is more efficient but it doesn't need backlighting contraptions.
So both test groups flunked?
White of insufficient illumination
"...to send email through accounts with a Live.com address, which are whitelisted by many spam filters."
Not mine. Not as long as Microsoft has no working abuse contacts.
Party like it's 1999
4Mbps? At best this will be a few billion dollars spent cleaning up the splices of ancient telephone wires. Very little of the effort for this initiative will be of any use towards the future 50Mbps goals.
Can you hear that? That's the sound of modern nations laughing.
Will that make my crusty old AT&T wires carry faster DSL? No, I think my Internet forever remains the same.
This is an early concept demo - the kind that Marketing departments show internally at regular intervals. They imagine the workflows of 5 to 10 target customers then display a product serving them. After this meeting, Engineering finds that 90% of the product's decisions shown in the demo were made without sufficient input parameters (magic is not an input parameter). Test groups say, "That's amazing, but can it..." Project managers add up the costs and find it too expensive for the target customer. The demo and the specifications are reworked for a couple of months and eventually the amazing magical product looks quite common.
This trick is almost as old as the search engine web sites. Give the web crawlers content stolen from other sites. Give people advertisements and/or malware to real people. It's a simple matter of checking the User-Agent header.
There are similar tricks for malware hosting. A malware server or its name servers will show system administers a special page that appears to be operating normally or an error page saying that the site has been deactivated. Everybody else gets the malware, a fake store front, or a proxy for various uses.
The full-res photos don't seem all that sharp. About only high frequency components that I could find in Photoshop was noise. It reminds me of some research in the 90s on how to upsample media in ways that trick the brain into seeing a higher resolution image. I recall that high frequency noise was used to mask lost details, then your brain would then replace that noise with a very convincing assumption about what the details should be.
The high ISO photos look great. There's relatively little noise and noise suppression damage. Put a bright lens on it and take it into town at dusk.
Bio are in currents water, not air
Friction noise in air is not hard to detect. Hair, shoes, clothing, plastics, and sometimes stresses on the floor create significant amounts of electricity with every motion. This makes a portable device not so crazy to design after all. The real question is how many naked and hairless test operators can be hired with that $6m of development cash.
Other way around
The registrations aren't fake to avoid spammers. They're FROM the spammers. Spamming is illegal, regulated, or at least hated with a furious passion in most places. Every time you get a spam you can bet that the domain name owner doesn't want to be found. Try looking some up.
But there's no video
Just an empty space in the article
If two touching computers may yield only 370Mb/s, what kind of act is needed to achieve the full 560Mb/s?
Waxed paper cup malnutrition
Will drinking soda from a silicon dioxide vessel make it healthy again?
Hanging is OK
Flash Player 10 release notes:
"Receiving live streaming audio for over an hour may result in loss of audio and a non-responsive Flash Player. (237333)"
It doesn't make sense why there isn't a hinged metal plate over the antenna. It doesn't need to be thick, it doesn't need electrical contact with anything, and it doesn't need software support. Regardless of how secure you think a protocol is, it's common security sense to not let people play with it when they don't need to.
0-62mph in what?
Hopefully that's a lot under 14 seconds. Up in the 14 second range it would have a hard time competing with small diesel engines...and hills.
Passengers must not be armed
If you're counting total width, a lot of healthy people aren't going to fit in those seats because of their shoulders.
And the Roddenberry fans
Might as well bring the Jobs fanatics and Roddenberry fanatics together: Who hasn't admired the Star Trek PADD devices? Laptops are clumsy to carry around and anyone who has used one without a table knows the kind of stares generated by accidentally dropping it. There's a business use for a device that could display documents prepared for a meeting and have just enough user input for note taking. Give it the ability to dig through files on your desktop computer and maybe the laptop gathers dust. That's the Monday through Friday use. At home, like you said, it's for massive media consumption.
A touch screen is very nice for app control, especially since Apple is pushing for Bluetooth peripherals. You can check e-mail, control music, start video chats, and perform quick maintenance tasks without the hassle of powering up the mouse. For this to make much sense the iMac will need a very low-power running state so it can be left running constantly without drawing more than a few watts. OS X, as it is now, can't spin down the boot drive and it doesn't seem capable of slowing down the CPU much.
A few episodes of Happy Tree Friends should cure a child's sense of invincibility.
The plan is coming together now
According to Google, whitespace use is critical for the future of the Internet and it requires a geolocation database to protect public TV broadcasts. This forces the use of Google Location Services at the router, not at the browser where it's optional. Now Google knows where HTTP traffic originates within a very small area. Combine it with their tracking services, search engine hits, GMail, etc. and they have the ability to track everybody in every detail all the time. I don't think there's a shortage of bidders for that kind of data.
All you do is...
A most confusing article for those not following UK telcos, as Bono sings and Talk Talk was a band.
Doin' the Evil
The real story is Google is building a database mapping MACs to locations. A MAC alone doesn't provide any info so they must have quietly made deals with a lot of telcos and WiFi operators to gather data that normally isn't recorded for any length of time.
I got super signal analyzer too
al-Qaeda is in my /dev/random.
cat /dev/random | strings | grep -i "kill"
Staying home for a Federal Court appearance is not the best of ideas.
It's a RAID
Seamless failover of staffing too. Impressive.
They don't remember the old days where having the keyboard and motherboard on the same box meant the cables in back pulled out after a few ergonomic adjustments. There was a dreaded and familiar chirp as the switching power supply strained to draw the last joule from the capacitors. Unlike the Apple ][, the Gecko doesn't have a platform for a heavy color CRT to pin it to the desk.
Speaking of being pinned down, wouldn't this have a hard time competing with newer cellphones?
Evil gets its mojo back
Considering rumors about the next US iPhone carrier, the fight between Microsoft versus Apple is back and the battleground is Verizon. Hopefully the loot from the Bing deal pays for the damage caused by being a battleground.
I think the market is saturated before these hit the streets. Until charging and range problems are solved, all of these e-cars need a tiny diesel charging generator. Nothing big like the Volt - just something that can quietly work while the car is parked outside. As a generator, the diesel motor could operate at peak efficiency and take advantage of emissions controls that require high temperature exhaust. When close to home the generator won't be needed at all.
I don't see any environmental friendliness in needing to buy one long-range car and one short-range car.
C is for Cookie
Flashing and screaming ads aren't Google's thing. It's all about monitoring, data collection, and power. I bet Google does some Evil when a Chrome package comes out that can block the whole Google family of monitoring services.
Keep it flowing, US District Court of Eastern Texas. Surely there are many lawyers working on proving that there's a clear and unjust bias favoring patent trolls, abuse of the patent system, and abuse of the legal system. Victims of fraudulent patent claims will all show up to claim reimbursement. Lawyers will ravage your land like horrific apocalyptic swarms of... um... lawyers.
How is another 150MHz of spectrum going to give everybody fast broadband? Even if mankind invented a holographic electromagnetic modulation that improved efficiency 1000x... Well, high performance fiber optics are here now and the telcos aren't rushing to deliver that. Levine and Kirjner saying that we shouldn't rely on new tech says a lot about US bandwidth plans.
Why steal the bandwidth from broadcast TV? Because everyone uses cable TV instead? Cable TV coax has far more bandwidth yet customers receive a few megabits and threats of disconnection for abusive utilization.
The way the FCC does their job, "the country that has the best broadcast TV in the world" is too lofty of a target. All of those $40 DTV upgrade coupons exempted high-definition tuners, thereby ensuring that antiquated MPEG2 streams will encumber our airwaves for as long as the old copper wires trickle data to our homes.
Apple's TV and movie content is tied to permission-based DRM so it's essentially an extended rental even if you download it with the more expensive "Buy" button. As long as movie producers are clinging to their DRM, short and cheap is all that makes sense. Why Google is choosing a price so high for common TV is a mystery.
The more widely a content filter is used, the more spammers will know how to avoid it. Bot armies have no or little costs to operate and they can parallelize attacks on these filters trivially. Has spam gone away because of these filters? No. Will a theoretical 99.89% accuracy make any difference? No. Filtering mail by content encourages networks to do nothing about their compromised systems. Spamming will increase as needed to compensate. The only end result is that everything is running a lot slower than it should, with resources wasted on a massive invisible battle that can have no victory.
Change the filters to block by network ownership and suddenly there's an incentive to keep customers clean.
Panasonic and the missing asterisk
Give that Panasonic a better test before listing its technical capabilities. I have a Panasonic TC-P50V10 TV that claims MPEG2 and AVCHD playback in its specifications. It's a lie. Panasonic support said it plays files from SDHC cards that were directly created by a Sony or Panasonic video camera. It does not support video files that come from a computer, another brand of camera, or files that are copied to the SDHC card. In other words, it doesn't support MPEG2 or AVCHD.
This device should be resurrected as a giant jukebox. Any fool can have a $15000 of tubes and gold-plated transformers amplifying their music, but how many can claim that a gas tube reads and writes their digital media on archival film through the purity of a vacuum? MP3s would sound WAY better.
So the next terrorist attack on NY will be hacking the Xbox emergency alert system. There'd be a large army of semi-capable and highly gullible people at the command of one person controlling the glowing 16:9 rectangle.
Tomorrow's roads will eat your car
Based on trends in government budget management, I predict that the asphalt of tomorrow will have bigger, more futuristic potholes and hefty chunks of nanofabric patchwork breaking loose in the rain. Why the fixation with tiny wheels on future cars? Why can't they just hover?
MacOS X has such a GUI. It requests the username and password of somebody with the proper privileges. It can be yourself if you're an admin, root, or a completely different account. It allows administration of a machine without having to log out of a low-privileges account.
And the audio?
I hope that box passes raw digital audio through the HDMI port. All I see in the specs is "2.1" audio output. That would be very unimpressive in a home entertainment system.
Drawing a blank
The one and only Vinton Gray Cerf said this? The Stanford and UCLA grad, DARPA computer scientist behind TCP/IP technology, builder of early internet systems, and Google evangelist? I guess that name is supposed to ring a bell but I really don't know who he is.
Just hit delete
How about a pair of goggles welded to his head that show pop-up ads and plug his ears at random intervals. He then has to press a 'delete' button to regain sight and hearing. Maybe he has to hit delete 100 times in a row sometimes, just like in the old Cyberpromo days. The goggles can come off when he pays all the spam fines.
Need a backhoe icon
It's amazing that anybody still accepts mail from Nigeria. For me, fake telco contacts = firewall.
For small high power devices?
As devices get smaller and smaller, how is that USB 3 cable going to work well? It has more wires than Cat 6 and it's going to take a good amount of power to send 5Gbps down a long twisted pair. If USB 3.0 isn't targeting small devices, it has strong competition from existing cable designs. I can see why Intel would want to skip USB 3 and work on its successor.
Solving yesterday's problems with today's technology tomorrow
"...net neutrality regulations could prevent web providers from offering US customers advanced and well-managed networks."
But what has been preventing providers from doing that for the past 10 years?
Run from the hills
Soon to be seen tumbling down Filbert Street in San Francisco?
Superior 290x250 video resolution
Time to bring back the old Betamax analogies. Apple keeps talking about openness but they only implement it one way. I know they're trying to fight competition but the same tactics scare me away from relying too much on Apple hardware and software. It took me only a few DRM purchases and one buggy iTunes update to realize that getting locked into the iTunes/iPod/iTV setup would be a disaster.
What's the miles-per-corpse of a jet? Is there a corpse guzzler tax? Credits for introducing new corpses into the biofuel pool? Corpse-neutral status if burn=kill?
Customers run their buggy web sites in Amazon's cloud and they get hijacked. I've had numerous dictionary attacks against my home computer come from within Amazon's cloud. Amazon's slow response time to those too has earned them a spot in the firewall.
Fight sci-fi with sci-fi
Bring on the ablative armor. Something that absorbs a lot of heat in boiling and produces a lot of dark ash in burning would hold off these momentary bursts of energy without weighing too much. A liquid wicking through a porous surface could even solidify over burns to heal them. The defenses seem to be a lot simpler than building a bigger laser.
I have my safety goggles on.
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