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Re: Just asking
Proper protocol demands whacking with a hammer or other suitable heavy object first....
Re: Consumer protection
How would that work?
The way to brick an Xbox in this way requires a whopping three sequences of user input, not just some random buttonmashing. It's relatively easy to do , but only if you ignore the fact that the advice comes from 4Chan (which is a Red Flag in and of itself...).
You cannot legislate against greed and stupidity.....
In it's kind it is not dissimilar to the very old "joke" that urged people to overclock their PC's by flipping the voltage selector on the PSU... ( And yes... people actually did this..with predictable results...)
Re: One possibility
Ah... but that would mean that our Neanderthal cousins must have had Trade. To make that possible, a sense of relative worth, a language (or more languages even) that made it possible to communicate that worth, regular hangouts so that people could actually *find* each other to trade are needed, which means a rather extensive knowledge about the world outside the Cave.... Which would mean they and their culture were much more sophisticated than even the most romantic views are giving them credit for. This, of course, cannot be because Everyone Knows Neanderthals were grunting brutes with the intellectual capacity of someone with Down Syndrome, at best.**
It's really not surprising, given that some of the flint artifacts found in Neanderthal deposits come from a long way away, in just that general Siberian direction. And unless flint in that day and age had the magical property of travelling upriver and crossing dry plains and mountain ranges, someone must have carried it from A to B.
And of course, having travelled countless miles to get to B, presented with something warm and cuddly and the eye of Daddy on his new special rocks, chastity was preserved with pristine precision... Oh wait.. that hasn't worked since we and the chimps shared a common ancestor...
** The 19th C. Romantics have a lot to answer for....
On the Origin of Species was nothing more than a collection of hypotheses, which together form what was later accepted as the Theory of Evolution.
I love people who try to bash Darwin and his masterpiece.... It's like saying Newton was wrong simply because he didn't think of Relativity along with his basic theories. Darwin, as well as Newton, worked within the framework of existing knowledge of their time, and any evaluation of worth and/or "correctness" of their discoveries should always take that into account. And as it is, both their discoveries required some really fancy brainfarting to get things right, they simply lacked the body of elemental knowledge we have nowadays. But then again "science" as we understand the process nowadays did not exist in their days. People who have actually read the Origin will have noticed Darwin still worked within the framework of Natural Philosophy, not "Science" to write his book. His "proof" for his hypothesis at the time still existed of empyrical observation of parallel processes ( nature versus human breeding pactices, and how they align in form and result ) and how those aligned with the newfangled and highly contentious hypothesis of a guy named Mendel* (and others who've fallen in obscurity nowadays).
Evolution has become a Theory (in the modern sense) because the basic tenets have been proven through all the way down, after each new breakthrough in biology. From comparative morphology (started by Linnaeus way back when) up to the most modern understanding of molecular genetics, the principles of inheritance and selection have been proven true again and again, even though our understanding of how those two processes actually work have radically altered as our knowledge of them increases over time. In that respect it's become more than just a theory, we only need to find any evidence of extraterrestrial life that follows the same molecular basis as us, and it will become a Law of Nature.
Darwin may have started with a hypothesis, but by now it's clear that he was the first to recognise and formalise a part of universal truth. That some nutters, waving a book about the exploits of $Deity, fail to grok the beauty and simplicity of it is a shame. There's just no pleasing some people.
* Mendel , being a statistician, "fudged his numbers" by ignoring a statistically insignificant fraction of daisies that did not comply with his rules of inheritance. While mathematically correct, this remained on of the major criticisms of his work, until some smart cookies figured out this discrepancy might well mean that that weird substance called "DNA" could fit the bill for carrying our inheritable traits.
It took a couple of decades to prove it, but the rest is, as they say, History.
Re: Excel and finance pros
Why would we be surprised? I've used it, and still use it for any number of transfer/conversion stuff I have to do. Peeps may not have your flavour of DB, but they will damn well have Office running somewhere. Whether it's oodles of money, or stock, or $data, there's a ton of things you can do with Excel (or any other decent spreadsheet) to make a visual check of the data easy on the eyes, convert whatever you get in to the $format you need to feed it to your own setup and make pretty graphs for the higher-ups who are not interested in how things work, as long as the numbers fall within their expectations. All in one go.
Disparage them all you want, decently set up (and locked!) spreadsheets can save you a lot of headaches.
Well... That is probably the embarrasing bit..
The whole treaty is just one page, with the text "Bend Over!" in bold print..
name sez it all really...
Why the negativity?
You get to see the death of a comet live every day don't you?
There's plenty of data to munch on, and coming from the Oort cloud it may well teach us something about what is out there. It's hardly as if we're able to go out there and have a look ourselves, don't we?
Just because we're losing out on a bit of fireworks in the sky people are getting all down and out? Now that's a fail...
Wrong choice of words....
Judge Koh could have Immortalised herself in the eyes of the Intarwebs by stating that they "were holding it wrong."
Lack of carbon
Given the extreme early age of the observed phenomenon, couldn't it just simply be that there simply hadn't been time enough for enough carbon to form to detect with our current equipment? Or simplistically put: There hasn't been time enough time yet for sufficient enough stars to blow up to seed the environment with the carbon in their shells.
Because the Japanese made the same "racist" assumption the US americans did in outsourcing to Japan: "Those foreign bastards are technologically less developed, so must be stupid, and never able to actually do anything with our precious technology."
"Racist" is not exactly the correct term here. "Colonial mindset" would be more accurate, since the US uses economic colonialism rather than the more physical old-style colonialism of pre-WW II europe. Nevertheless the mistake is the same... The perceived inferiority of the colonies precludes the very realisation that those colonies might actually learn something, adapt it for their own purposes, and gods forbit, bite back.
It's only a matter of time before the asians will start complaining that the africans have nicked their Preciouses, and use them to make things cheaper, infringing on.... If the idorts on the african continent ever stop bashing each others' heads in over trivialities the world in general is going to be in for a rather big surprise..
Re: right vs privilege error again
It's actually both.. IP is a privilege that's elevated to an internationally recognised privilege by various treaties. Might as well call it a right then in the places where those treaties are actually acknowledged and enacted.
The *biggest* mistake the British gov made in this is that they've treated "stuff on the internet" as if it was physically present in their sovereign territory, like a physical commodity. Not just stuff that can be proven to live on servers in the UK, but ALL of the internet. Which is a bit of a tall claim.
Re: Right now I can see only specialist application
Well not too long ago, you went to a "copyshop" , where as a student you could type out your presentations on a "computer" using a "word processor" , which then allowed you to "print" said documents, and then whip them through a photocopier for the required number of copies.
Was sort of expensive, but well worth it for the more important stuff, like the things that determined your course grades, and in the end cheaper than plodding along on a typewriter, having to go through a revision or two, or three, or....
The technology does allow for relatively easy small-run/one-off manufacturing, and there certainly is a market for "printing shops" if you can get the starting capital ( a whole different proposition nowadays...) It's a nifty tool for quite a lot of purposes, and it certainly has potential. A lot will depend on the availability (and price) of suitable polymers that have the desired characteristics for certain applications, and that's where there's a lot left to develop.
But 10 years from now? Who knows.
And Big_D.. you do realise that the actual cost of an injection mould is rather steep? Along with the machine you need to make it work.. Mass production is all good and nice, but the process of injection moulding is *only* economically feasible because it is used for mass-production. It's wholly unsuited for the applications, production numbers, and versatility expected from 3D printing...
Re: re: Wolves have been tamed?
"Came across a pack of wolves" ? You must have been extremely lucky, because the buggers are really wary of humans, and can detect them from miles away. They're also really good at making themselves pretty much invisible when they want to.
Re: nickel-56, amirite?
Same as any other ion that jets out from there.. Magnetism, Baby!
Re: And what did that interbreeding give us?
Not sure about that one , mr Manning...
The african continent, with it's occupants missing the Neanderthal genes, is decidedly non-peaceful and rather rife with various forms of agression, and has been as long as recorded history can prove.
Hell, the slave trade is practically an african invention, since it has proven to be more profitable to sell off your captured prizes, than to go through the trouble to domesticating them yourself. This has been the way since the egyptians. The Arabs and later the europeans simply jumped onto an existing wagon that was already rolling..
as far as maori are concerned.. Last time I checked the tribes in any area of that part of the world were quite accomplished, if not outright vicious, at warfare..
H. Sap. Sap was already agressive before they ever met their Neabderthal cousins. It's what made them successful in taking over the world as a species to begin with. What interbreeding *could* have accomplished is a rapid adaption to the rather frigid environment up north, since Neanderthals were ultimately perfectly adapted to the climate of the clacial period.
a sceptical mind says....
That a species of insect that is perfectly able, and even famously known for it, to communicate the presence of a food source, its'abundance, its' distance, and its' direction relative to the position of the sun at that time to others of their hive through *DANCE* , would be utterly flummoxed by a bit of NOx , which also occurs naturally is....well.... less than likely.
To put it politely.
Re: what about the one we're exploring?
well, you're talking about a sequence of ïf"s, but...
The caldera of that volcano, once cooled down a bit, would make a lovely depression where water would collect. It would also keep that water at quite a nice temperature and environment for a number of "extremophiles" that are quite typical for life in earth's early development. In fact, as long as liquid water was present, the ecological conditions would be close to indistinguishable from early-biotic earth, even while the rest of the planets' climate would be going to hell in a handbasket, and would stay that way for a long time.
If any form of life was already present, it would have concentrated there. If it (still) was not, the conditions there would have been ideal for the final stages of formation. Either way, if there is *any* chance of finding evidence for past life on Mars, that caldera would be a prime spot to look for evidence of it.
Re: I call dibs on the Swedish chainmail speedo concession!!
You can have your dibs...
Chainmail is flexible.....
Re: It's all gone a bit Princess Di
Jobs and Edison are indeed comparable. After all, it was Edison who perfected the modern labaratory setup, so he could get his hands on their ideas, patent, and market them. Jobs merely copied that, applied to modern tech.
Fish Tank Kings....
Now we know what happens with the fish after the owners get tired of them...
The german secret service has the standard "european" mandate.. Believe me that they can still read your mail if there's a need.
But at least there still needs to be a court order, or "reasonable suspicion" before they can get away with it.
Re: How legal is this?
By your reasoning any endeavour carrying risk of death or injury would fall afoul of the law, including many daily activities.
The organisors would be culpable if they conspired for the mission to fail, but otherwise you have to assume they will make a serious effort to minimise the risks, which would include the usual tests for fitness and mental stability needed to make an operation like this work to begin with.
Don't forget that the big payoff for the organisors will be lift-off, and the actual landing/initial settlement if they ever pull it off. It's still a commercial venture, after all, and those two moments will be prime selling material.
It's an iPhone...
This means it will be overhyped, underwhelming, overpriced, and overrated.
My first thought was about the old tabletop RPG "Paranoia" ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paranoia_(role-playing_game) ) .
What could possibly go wrong?
Re: What planet is Mr Orlowski living on..?
The planet where Amazon controls 90% of the e-book market. He forgets, however, that most of that stuff is hardly more than slush-pile method-writing. The real good stuff is increasingly self-published, as authors and their agents realise they don't need the old publishers and retail chain anymore unless they want dead-tree format out. And even dead-tree does not require the publishers anymore..
Seen from the point of the Industry, he may have a point, but publishing itself is changing fast and the old behemoths, like in the music industry, are unable and/or unwilling to adapt.
Re: Let's see....
Not really... The biggest problem for the publishers is that e-books cannot be DRM-ed sufficiently enough to make them behave like dead-tree-format books, where you *need* the physical copy to be able to read a book. If something is popular enough, any digital format will get cracked open, copied, and released into the wild. It's simply a given of the modern digital world, and the comapnies producing "media", including book publishers realise this all too well.
What they, and Apple, tried to do was game the system to push up the price of ebooks at the source so that they could sustain their outdated business model, not unlike the record industry continues to do. The publishers simply do not have a sufficient lobby/enforcement agency like the RIAA in place to cover things up for them, so they got burned.
Amazon made a smart move by "dumping" the e-books they bought wholesale to promote their e-reader to maximise their first-sale gain in the long term, since most people that still *do* read books will buy books regardless. They realised that the e-book price was too high to begin with, since it does not need the whole dead-tree manufacturing/distribution chain which is still incorporated in the price, and that the people who do read books tend to be intelligent enough to notice this, making them much more likely to go look for the "freetard" option of finding an un-DRM-ed copy online.
If publishers folded over this, even though they still received their inflated wholesale prices on e-books, their whole position in the market was untenable to begin with. As far as authors are concerned, there are plenty of self-publishing options, and even dedicated e-publishers that sell directly to the public. If you want to make money by telling stories you simply have to be good enough at it, and put in the legwork to make it a viable living. It's not as if there aren't plenty of examples out on the internet where content is provided for free yet still allow the authors/artists to raise a clutch of kids and run a successful business.
"From 1 September to 30 September, the Purple One will unveil a redesigned logo every day before it settles on a new logo that it feels represents its corporate mission."
Re: To be fair, there's a naked selfie on mine, as of last week...
Magazines are so last millennium..
Rule 34 dictates that you're probably right when it comes to websites though.
Because it's the USPTO, where you just need a scribble and a vague idea to get the patent treadmill running, if you've got the cash to afford it.
Because of this, there are too many applications to actually process, so things get rubberstamped to leave the lawyers to finance their second mansion.
Re: Don't worry!
Call me mr. Silly, but if you'are halfway conservative about accepting FB "friends" and make use of the group feature you can easily avoid having things visible to peeps you don't want to see stuff.
But hey , imagine actually bothering to learn to use a UI properly.
pretty run-of-the-mill iFruit patent.
Take existing tech, ignore prior art, add "mobile device" where appropriate, file with the USPTO in the full trust that someone will rubberstamp it without reading, prime the lawyers.
Paris, 'cause she regularly adjusts things too.
Inhofe being a US american politician... All of the Above, most likely. Like TV evangelicists, they tend to be most...pragmatic when it comes to their special brand of proselitising.
Re: Bomb Threats @ AC 11:44
"And can we please stop calling it "trolling". Trolling is about winding someone up, pushing a finger into really oversensitive fans of One Direction, Harry Potter, Star Wars or whatever else. It's a barrel of laughs and not to be confused with threatening violence."
Given that the concept of semi-anonymously riling up an individual or community for "fun" is in and of itself rather ...lame.. and tells a lot about mindset and morals of the individuals engaging in this "pastime", I can see why you choose to use the wuss-option yourself.
In my experience, it is often quite easy to dig into those trolling, and have them burst an artery or two in indignant rage, with the resulting (usually gramatically incoherent) verbal diarrhea containing threats of violence more often than not.
So no, the "issues" shouldn't be separated. They're simply two of many afflictions of the Armchair Bully, and as such should be integrated in the definition of "internet troll".
Re: Don't forget the rest. @ Don Jefe
"We aren't all bastards!"
No, but a significant enough portion or your governement and bureaucracy is, and that's exactly the problem here. This isn't about individuals, but a whole morally corrupt system controlling not just its' own nation, but also trying to hold the rest of the world at ransom.
The vast majority of US citizens are most likely people I wouldn't mind having for a neighbour or a drinking buddy at the pub. The problem is that those people are not in power, the asshat minority is, and they are willing to do anything to preserve and expand their power.
All the datasniffing in the world cannot protect against an armed conspirationist nutter who decides to commit suicide by cop and starts with the local populace to get things going. And the US has plenty of those.
Re: Oh the irony.
"Used to be"? You mean "it is still the case", surely.
Like it or not, open source applications , for many reasons, still lag in useability and features comapred to propietary/industry standard aoolications.
Microsoft Extensible Hosting ?
Nooooooes!! Common Sense in Bootnotes!!
Burn it!! Burn it with Fire!!!
Re: A question
They had a tendency not to live long enough to develop the symptoms...
"taking Umbridge" would be a good denominator for the swathe of "think of the children" actions of the brit govt in the past decade or so.
Where's a clutch of Weasleys when you need them...
I miss the days where we could upvote an article, just for the word...
Bring on the tin-foil hatters...
Actually, given the way the "Dutch" banks are playing in the global market, and the way the dutch do business that way, it's simply a logical extension of "technology available".
As long as Amazon can prove that it complies to the very strict banking rules and laws ( which includes privacy regulations) I can see why banks want to use (preferably properly partitioned portions of) the Cloud in place of expensive and just-as-vulnerable-in-other-ways dedicated "scecure" lines and datacentresfor their <very international</em> business.
As with anything Cloud-related, you have got to make a choice in partitioning what you want to put "Out There" and what you want to keep in-house. Any storage/communication protocal has risks, and the "NSA issue" (along with any other nations' intelligence service) is a given. If you want to be "safe" , go cash-only and stay off the internet. ( which in and of itself makes you a target of Attention, but hey...)
Personally, with 16+ million dutch nationals + the odd millions in companies/foreigners using our banking system, my personal finances would not even register other than as a statistic. The sheer scale of the data involved renders you effectively anonymous when it comes to Snooping, and even then ther's always Cash. As long as I can get at my hard-earned euros I do not particularly care how the banks set up their system, as long as it's relatively idiot-proof ( for the bankers) and relatively hard to disrupt ( for The Rest of the Lulzers). If using a dedicated portion of the Cloud does the job, good luck to them.
If you need 182 pages...
To prove you've had "really nothing to do with it" , you just know there's a graveyard of skeletons in the closet.
Re: there is hope...
Damn you hamfingered digits and lack of proofreading.. :(
Re: there is hope...
yup... Mythbusters did that one...
Mind.. Wgeres the turd-polishing process leaves things shiney and ..well.. less anti-fragrant, M$ tried to cover the fresh turd up with glitter, as mentioned above.. Which means the smell still comes out..
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