810 posts • joined 23 Mar 2012
Re: Proof of Concept
I wonder though it if would hit a few snags. Things like looking up a list is super quick with QM systems. Getting the list in the first place is the slow part with Bitcoin.
But for running transactions, the it would be the fastest thing!
AFAIK there are a limited number of Bitcoins anyhow, right? So it would just reach the limit quicker and level out sooner?
Or is there something about it I missed?
Re: Take that
That's ok, we can still run up stairs a quintillion times faster than the next Cray computer can. ;)
They are very interesting specimens. Strangely, they can regain their eyes. Seems they never "lost" the genes, they may have just been turned off. Or they are not a new species, and can reintegrate into the eye retaining population.
Sorry, I don't have the papers to hand on it, but a quick google should bring them up. :)
Re: Watchmaker fallacy.
Natural selection can weed out failures. It has little ability to generate success. That is attributed by many as from mutation and/or chance events. In that case, I'd argue that even having a coin flipped that many times can be beyond what "nature" can achieve.
For example we can state some random lists are too long to be generated in the history of the earth, take a two randomly dealt packs of cards appearing the same for example!
Some do not wish to put the entirety of history down to chance events. We know the difference between events caused by laws and events that are random (if we allowing for randomness in our worldview).
Life specifically does not look random. We call it something else when it is not random. Should we argue if we call it by a different name?
Re: My theory...
After using it, they may as well call it "Bricked"...
Re: Windows 'ACE'
You joke, but I remember the days of changing the Windows logo at login to say all that... well, kept us amused for half an hour. :D
CEO: "Mobile is going to kill us, what do we do?"
Director: "No problem, we can do a better job than the mobile market at killing ourselves!"
CEO: "Um, that's not what I meant..."
Re: "mobile first, cloud first"
That's the nice thing about Google (and by extension Apple iOS cloud services). I know they have all my data, I use their services for the quick search that uses the info they have collected.
Windows and Linux (etc) is for local private, safe and reliable use. I don't want the two mixing (go away Ubuntu searches through Amazon!!!).
Re: Oxygen not new - some is, but not a lot yet!
Oxygen 16? As long as it's not Ice-nine being produced!
(Very interesting in how there are different types of each atom/element :) )
Re: Stunningly obvious 'discovery' - H2 verses H2O
It's the protons that have been around for a long time, and will do for much longer. ;)
"opens up the idea that water may be found elsewhere in the universe. And, where there's water, there is life."
Part a) is a given, assuming the laws of physics applies elsewhere in the universe.
Part b) only applies if assuming an infinite universe (resulting in infinite possibilities) or if we assume it's easy for life to appear.
Most people subscribe to a), not everyone subscribes to b) as it's pure assumption until we see evidence.
At a guess... would "to be destroyed" worlds be the best ones to pick up bargains? "50% off Everything must go"?
But also, if (in this entirely theoretical situation) you could travel to a parallel universe, taking things from one about to be destroyed, is less morally troublesome than taking from others. So if you want a "free" iWatch, just borrow it from the universe about to be squashed by a big supernova. They won't miss it anyhow.
But if that is what the "Authority" is doing, it's rather greedy, considering they could instead transport people out of those worlds...
PS, mine is the one with the map for survival in the pocket.
20 mice. TWENTY? What ever do you need that many mice for?
Upvote for mentioning the wibbly-wobbly rotatable desktop cubes as fun but not very useful (I fail to remember if I got Lunix up and running, or if I just watched the videos on it).
Downvote for suggesting MS should ditch the start bar, for any reasons!
Re: Makes sense
They don't monetise the game or platform. You monetise the users (either directly selling their data, or indirectly selling advertising/causing vendor lock in/educating them to like your products).
You don't pay 100 billion because Facebook might make money one day. You pay 100 billion, as that's a lot of power and control the website has with peoples lives. Similar for the platform and community that is "Minecraft".
Re: It's excellent
But can you mouseover on the tree version?
(PS, there must be an app for captions when holding the phone over the images... there must be?)
4 or 5? Does that mean FB should have sold for a quarter or less of its stock value? ;)
Money and cross site data collection/whatever they do now.
So much easier to connect with Skype or loads of other services (Adds) and targeted adds when you know which bit of data from site A to link to site B even though the user has not specifically told you they use both sites.
Hmm, I guess it's more complicated than that. When you get down to that size, even making something simple as a spring holds leaps and bounds worth of discovery.
Why was it not Android in the first place? Any takers?
Re: Rampant Imaginings
Oh, we can totally do that for you, we can do ANYTHING!
(Great Sketch in the following video!)
Re: List maker
No need. If it's a phone it will already be tracking your location. Within reasonable accuracy, using the right data collection, they could just build a list of what you purchased by where you walk in the supermarket.
The one with the Android in the pocket that found out he was at the car garage so pushed tire adds the moment the browser opened up. Yes, it was a strange feeling of abuse!
Re: Is the default for apps to want everything?
Yes, a messaging app asks for contacts. :P
However the problem is what other stuff they do with it after this, and also why it cannot be sandboxed/spoon fed this data... though I assume that's because they could not use it for advertising if they did that.
(All my old "dumb" phones asked for data/contact/read/write permission on a per use bases or I could grant open access... strange the more advanced the OS the less restrictions applied to the apps.)
"The mobile operator then hopes to make back that subsidy over the life of the contract."
Not in the UK anymore AFAIK. They now charge for the phone on a separate finance package (either interest free or with interest, but still assumed they get a discount so make money off it somehow).
This is for a couple of reasons I guess. We buy, rent or finance. Everything else gets messy, or is less than honest on the details. The old way is also unsustainable as customers get wise, buy your phone for £50 on contract, then don't use it, or use another company (sim car or VOIP etc) to avoid the companies charges and it never makes it's money back.
Re: OK so
I've also heard that in astronomy, differences in measurements can be one or two orders of magnitude out.
I'd guess it's because things like the min/max and average vary so greatly, referring to one instead of the other can cause confusion (such as the thickness of the Galaxy vs it's length).
That and at extreme distances, it's much harder to tell. Though in this instance the Sun is much closer for us to make accurate measurements. So, as mentioned above, it's down to the difference in the edge, middle (peak?) and end of the flare. :P
No. Nothing like a Samsung. Exactly like a LG or even cheaper handset though!
Re: Helium 6
Not only that. Keeping Helium in place is difficult. It could escape and all go wrong!
Re: its not what you say
That particular market is best served with just more of the same, no? Price up the new stuff instead, and offer the existing for the same price (which works out as price hikes in both directions, but subtly hidden).
Perhaps we need a new headline?
"Shock Horror, Hawkins Hawken up the Wrong Tree with His New Theory!"
Or he is just trying to grab some space on some headlines with some tongue in cheek comments. It's if he believes them that it's a problem...
It's like worrying about time travel because all we need is more energy than is in the universe to make it possible. ;)
Re: equips tinfoil hat
MSE does not generally search for Rootkits AFAIK. That's usually down to other types of search and software.
Malrewarebytes on the usb in the pocket...
The 360 Eye seems to be...
Pinging high on my "Google key search words" trigger. The methodology and repetition of the phrase in this article looks like search engine bait and advertising lingo to me. Sad, as it's quite an interesting little gadget and appliance under it all.
Re: bread and circuses?
No, I think it's just planning for the robotic overlords. See icon!
In matter of fact, both the walls and the doors are secure. Look, we even managed to bring in this nice big statue of a horse while completely unhindered by our enemies...
Re: "Security questions" aren't for security, they're to reduce support costs
If they know your password they are doing "security" wrong. :)
Re: I would take the really old one by choice.
Beat us to the post. Totally agree.
The "instant search" is kind of handy, but too cumbersome for my liking for it to be on 24/7.
Add to that the... well, adds. I left Yahoo for Google when the adds and spam/scams plagued Yahoo searches, and Google gave real data with adds as part of the website/service. Now I get the adds as the results of searches. Try searching anything technical about a machine/appliance and you get 10 pages of sales on shops/Amazon and nothing about real manuals/service or even a wikipedia (gasp) entry.
Re: Lack of ambition...
Nice... so first it's stealing, then it's smashing it up.
Does no one want to just tilt Spirit a bit closer to the sun, so the duo can roll out together?
Re: Is it just me…
If I loose my debit card out of my wallet, I've not lost 20 bucks. ;)
But all in all, it's tools for the job. Each has different uses, each has benefits and drawbacks.
Re: "US Secret Service had been in touch after initial waffle"
It's the US secret service. If you have to ask what flavour, your obviously not in the "know".
"US Secret Service had been in touch after initial waffle"
Can't expect them starting the day without some grub first...
Re: Prizes From Heaven!
Not really a fail. People can already try to steal off couriers. Around here many leave their van/cart at the top of the road while they deliver a few along the street.
Is it worth it for a £15-£25 phone cable or USB thumb drive... or a can of dog food?
Also, from the video it looks like a polystyrene type construction. Very light, and rather bouncy should it make an emergency/forced landing.
Google Copying Amazon?
But using a VTOL aircraft and not a quad copter... interesting! :D
(Icon for what happens when it goes wrong with your order of plutonium...)
"Naming – to clearly and accurately reflect the functionality of the app."
Hopefully that means:
Microzoft Solitair Official
Microsoft Explorer 12 0fficial
Mcrosoft Control Pane1
and all those other dodgy apps are removed. Only, what, 24 months late?
Re: Did the CIA pay for this?
No need to pay for it. When you have your own systems, the only requirement is to encourage consumers to "adopt" their own.
Likewise, Google does not need to ask where we are going or what we like to get us adverts. It just had to encourage us to use it's search engine, now it knows what we are like and what adds to focus at us.
No need to push and agenda, if someone else, like the market, will do it for you. :P
Re: "arguing that Wikipedia’s continuing publication harms his livelihood."
Well, I'd still expect the courts to go in favour of the photographer. No complaints there. It's just if an educational resource (no matter how we may rate it's value) should need to ask for permission or pay to use it in this case.
"arguing that Wikipedia’s continuing publication harms his livelihood."
Copyright is protected by law. This is indisputable. Wikipeda broke that law, for a fact.
The loss of livelihood resulting from Wikipedia's actions though, I'd not challenge that as "factual".
Re: Interesting times
Why 2 dimensions? Why not 1, or 3 or 5 or...
There is no problem postulating the universe is made up of n dimensions or any number other than the normal 3 (or should that be 3 spatial + one time like?).
Proving it one way or the other is the problem. :P
Re: Big and not clever.
That's ok. I found out that in Windows 8.1 this had all been improved. Not only does Word automatically capitalise your writing for you, Windows also automatically turns off half way through your work to "update"...
Re: @ Fred Flintstone
An honest question. Do you ever think styling can be included at times, though through verse and other means? This has some effect, does it not?
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