Re: Schrödinger's glowing cat?
87 posts • joined 3 Jul 2007
My understanding was that the cat was in a box with a radioactive source, rather than poison. and hence the indeterminacy of the cats mortality.
Most anti-nukes understand the difference between fusion and fission.
"During his time in Redmond, Ballmer oversaw numerous projects and initiatives. Many succeeded. He preserved Windows' position as the dominant desktop operating system."
It felt more like the competition were unable to capitalise on windows falling reputation. I used several Linux distros during this period. they failed to be replacements for windows inasmuch that you didn't have to go very far and the the command line reared it's ugly head. The killer blow, the range of software was incomplete. The inertia of commerce deeply entrenched in windows technology was a further factor. Neither in the control of Balmer.
Microsoft Seems unsure who it's allies are .In Balmer's time it sided with big media against the consumer, whilst asking the consumer to pay the bills. reduction in media capabilities in windows 10 suggests this confusion still reigns.
Also announced yesterday, "Microsoft And Arduino Partnership Announced At Build 2015" ( http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/microsoft-and-arduino-partnership-announced-at-build-2015-30-04-2015/ )
Left me wondering why. If i want a user interface to a network linked Arduino device, i use HTML and Curl. Then any browser can access the device regardless of platform. If i need a machine based app for a serial connected arduino , Python would be the language of choice. I fail to see the what interjecting Windows into the process would offer a developer or user.
I can see the advantages to Microsoft, attempting to gain peripheral relevance by opening up to other platforms and their developers, but it looks like the advantages are all for Microsoft,The market has squirreled away from the lumbering behemoth. the fact that with little change your Android app can run on windows a declining platform is a great big "Meh". Time to do an IB'M,' flog of the divisions that can work autonomously, Xbox stands as good chance as any other in the declining dedicated games machine market. Microsofts declining share in many markets , is a lagging indicator to their relevance
The education system nor the examination boards didn't share your view, oh and it was coupled with learning to write with a dip pen with a left handed italic nib, a device designed by a right handed sadist ;)
Experience triumphs over hope on this one . For a variety of reasons including attempted left to right conversion (like the author of the article) coupled with dyslexia, i form my letters backwards. Before the educational psychologists stepped in, I mirror wrote , in way that was perfectly readable held to a mirror. Post their "assistance" I am left with writing left to right whilst still drawing the characters mirrored . I have tried every handwriting input system that has come into my price range , my combination of differences to the expectations of programmers has defeated every system i have tried. Each has had a different set of assumptions , Microsoft's system seemed to use drawing dynamics.So a horizontal stroke on top of a "t" was interpreted as "delete all you have just entered". others pattern match against a generalized model or a personal model of character form or drawing dynamics , none seem to get the mixture right. , but always the algorithms start with some basic assumptions that cut of very close to the centre of the bell curve of style and ability. My neuromuscular impairment affects my ability to use speech input systems and keyboards are hard and slow with groty co-ordination. Until i can output ASCII directly from my cerebral cortex via bluetooth a something like 256 characters per sec, entering text is always going to be difficult . I'll give google's offering a go, but don't hold out much hope the above took 25 mins to enter and correct.
Why would the BEEB want to provide IoT computers to Schools? Because they are experts in IT? Because they have boundless legitimate wealth? nah answer is less laudable than that. The new system would need to be more able than the Shiva-plug clone (raspberry) or match the infrastructure of Arduino... Think Barclays Bank, think 50 years of bad publicity starting with sanctions breaking in South Africa, Think taking money from questionable middle eastern potentates think "Digital Eagles". It's the latest PR foil to bad press; looking crap? Nonce-gate and Clarkson-gate getting you caned in the press? Do a digital dalliance and write off against tax (or licence payers). If they have spent money on this "Me Too" pile of crud, it's no surprise we will only see recorded highlights of F1 this weekend. if you want to help children into programming and hands on screwdriver computers, buy an Arduino Uno clone (available for less than a tenner) 2 quids worth of components and sit with them while they learn. at the end of it they (and you ) will have better understanding of electronics and a dialect of c++
"Adobe launches cashless bug bounty" lets hope they soon have a cashless balance sheet and reserves. Outmoded business model of exploiting legacy file format cash cows.
the EPOS variant of XP is still being patched . There is a registry hack (allegedly) that allows your version of XP to identify as the EPOS variant. It would seem likely that its only patching libriares strictly needed for EPOS
win 8 the "...worst MS OS ever conceived"? Only if you disregard Win 98 ME Win CE (pronounced wince in our office) or vista. Un-crapwarering consumer machines from all manufacturers phones upwards, is necessary before use. only Arduino boards escapes the extraction process... Hang on what's that screen printed in 3 point next to A0... pass me the emery board
Prosecute and fine the individual responsible and the compliance officer for FoI. More importantly , Have a "Muppet Register" of those who have cocked -up. to ensure any potential employer can keep them away from vulnerable and sensitive data.
The Hatfield rail crash and it's aftermath showed the laws for corporate culpability are a defence lawyer's best friend. The legislation desperately needs the loop holes and voids redressed with effective legislation sufficient to make the organisations crap themselves all the way up to the board members and shareholders if a commercial entity.
i got this yesterday from the Kindle direct publsihing email list.
their mail :
Dear KDP Author,
Just ahead of World War II, there was a radical invention that shook the foundations of book publishing. It was the paperback book. This was a time when movie tickets cost 10 or 20 cents, and books cost $2.50. The new paperback cost 25 cents – it was ten times cheaper. Readers loved the paperback and millions of copies were sold in just the first year.
With it being so inexpensive and with so many more people able to afford to buy and read books, you would think the literary establishment of the day would have celebrated the invention of the paperback, yes? Nope. Instead, they dug in and circled the wagons. They believed low cost paperbacks would destroy literary culture and harm the industry (not to mention their own bank accounts). Many bookstores refused to stock them, and the early paperback publishers had to use unconventional methods of distribution – places like newsstands and drugstores. The famous author George Orwell came out publicly and said about the new paperback format, if “publishers had any sense, they would combine against them and suppress them.” Yes, George Orwell was suggesting collusion.
Well… history doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.
Fast forward to today, and it’s the e-book’s turn to be opposed by the literary establishment. Amazon and Hachette – a big US publisher and part of a $10 billion media conglomerate – are in the middle of a business dispute about e-books. We want lower e-book prices. Hachette does not. Many e-books are being released at $14.99 and even $19.99. That is unjustifiably high for an e-book. With an e-book, there’s no printing, no over-printing, no need to forecast, no returns, no lost sales due to out of stock, no warehousing costs, no transportation costs, and there is no secondary market – e-books cannot be resold as used books. E-books can and should be less expensive.
Perhaps channeling Orwell’s decades old suggestion, Hachette has already been caught illegally colluding with its competitors to raise e-book prices. So far those parties have paid $166 million in penalties and restitution. Colluding with its competitors to raise prices wasn’t only illegal, it was also highly disrespectful to Hachette’s readers.
The fact is many established incumbents in the industry have taken the position that lower e-book prices will “devalue books” and hurt “Arts and Letters.” They’re wrong. Just as paperbacks did not destroy book culture despite being ten times cheaper, neither will e-books. On the contrary, paperbacks ended up rejuvenating the book industry and making it stronger. The same will happen with e-books.
Many inside the echo-chamber of the industry often draw the box too small. They think books only compete against books. But in reality, books compete against mobile games, television, movies, Facebook, blogs, free news sites and more. If we want a healthy reading culture, we have to work hard to be sure books actually are competitive against these other media types, and a big part of that is working hard to make books less expensive.
Moreover, e-books are highly price elastic. This means that when the price goes down, customers buy much more. We've quantified the price elasticity of e-books from repeated measurements across many titles. For every copy an e-book would sell at $14.99, it would sell 1.74 copies if priced at $9.99. So, for example, if customers would buy 100,000 copies of a particular e-book at $14.99, then customers would buy 174,000 copies of that same e-book at $9.99. Total revenue at $14.99 would be $1,499,000. Total revenue at $9.99 is $1,738,000. The important thing to note here is that the lower price is good for all parties involved: the customer is paying 33% less and the author is getting a royalty check 16% larger and being read by an audience that’s 74% larger. The pie is simply bigger.
But when a thing has been done a certain way for a long time, resisting change can be a reflexive instinct, and the powerful interests of the status quo are hard to move. It was never in George Orwell’s interest to suppress paperback books – he was wrong about that.
And despite what some would have you believe, authors are not united on this issue. When the Authors Guild recently wrote on this, they titled their post: “Amazon-Hachette Debate Yields Diverse Opinions Among Authors” (the comments to this post are worth a read). A petition started by another group of authors and aimed at Hachette, titled “Stop Fighting Low Prices and Fair Wages,” garnered over 7,600 signatures. And there are myriad articles and posts, by authors and readers alike, supporting us in our effort to keep prices low and build a healthy reading culture. Author David Gaughran’s recent interview is another piece worth reading.
We recognize that writers reasonably want to be left out of a dispute between large companies. Some have suggested that we “just talk.” We tried that. Hachette spent three months stonewalling and only grudgingly began to even acknowledge our concerns when we took action to reduce sales of their titles in our store. Since then Amazon has made three separate offers to Hachette to take authors out of the middle. We first suggested that we (Amazon and Hachette) jointly make author royalties whole during the term of the dispute. Then we suggested that authors receive 100% of all sales of their titles until this dispute is resolved. Then we suggested that we would return to normal business operations if Amazon and Hachette’s normal share of revenue went to a literacy charity. But Hachette, and their parent company Lagardere, have quickly and repeatedly dismissed these offers even though e-books represent 1% of their revenues and they could easily agree to do so. They believe they get leverage from keeping their authors in the middle.
We will never give up our fight for reasonable e-book prices. We know making books more affordable is good for book culture. We’d like your help. Please email Hachette and copy us.
Hachette CEO, Michael Pietsch: Michael.Pietsch@hbgusa.com
Copy us at: email@example.com
Please consider including these points:
- We have noted your illegal collusion. Please stop working so hard to overcharge for ebooks. They can and should be less expensive.
- Lowering e-book prices will help – not hurt – the reading culture, just like paperbacks did.
- Stop using your authors as leverage and accept one of Amazon’s offers to take them out of the middle.
- Especially if you’re an author yourself: Remind them that authors are not united on this issue.
Thanks for your support.
The Amazon Books Team
Thank you for trying to drag me into your commercial spat with Hachette, but no thank you . Negotiate don't propagandise.
if they want me to write on their behalf i want NUJ rates
If this was the first ethically questionable piece of psychological or psychiatric research, you might have point AC. But it's not , research standards and ethics are not just there to protect the individual but to attempt to give some credibility to the research. In psychiatry and psychology this credibility is often spurious as research is not an open question (what's good for depression) but a closed one (does our new wonder drug cause problems). results even with standards and ethics committees are manipulated until a small statistical anomaly becomes a therapeutic advantage. the research is hard to reproduce with patented proprietary chemicals because of the financial implications . This partly because research is carried out for or on behalf of public companies , the shareholder needs must also play a part in the skewing of results. for an interesting historic perspective on fraud in research and some really gross examples for psychology and psychiatry see Betrayers of the Truth Wade Nicholas (Author), Broad William J. (Author) ISBN-13: 978-0671447694
No, the buzzards that fly over Chiddingly in East Sussex, have same coloured heads as their body plumage. from memory, vultures are carrion birds of Africa and Asia and condor is a large raptor of South America.
If Facebook isn't important for you ,fine you clearly have too much time on your hands, if you need to let everyone know that.. But some of us rely on facebook. My care is managed via facebook Personal messaging. It means my principal carer can be contacted by meor about me more easily than most other methods. I don't use voice comms. for reasons of disability. When "menwantingsexwithhamsters.com" is down, don't worry , I won't sneer in return.
their security colander means i get knob pill spam to the unique address i gave them. Notified them twice , no response , black listed them for mails and purchases. prices were not that good and support problematic.
tried to vote , voting system wouldn't allow my "retain current t and c's" vote , no reply from reporting non functioning voting page.... NBC news described it as an end to facebook's fling with democracy, more like one night stand with the elections for Muammar Gaddafi...
for the internet of things , it doesn't matter what OS the device runs, as long as it uses standard communication protocols. Why waste storage on my Arduino with windows libraries I am unlikely to use? if it doesn't include the standard windows libraries , what advantage does it offer me? At the moment all my tools for embedded controllers are Open Source. Why would I pay a tithe to Microsoft?
Microsoft 's failure to recognise the the coming importance of the internet. led to the lash-up that was internet connection in windows for workgroups 3.11 and Windows 95. Microsoft recovered from that, partly because it was almost unopposed in desktop OS, and partly because they managed to improve the network interface in windows 98 to the point of usability. I don't think the embedded market is going to offer a similar route to relevance.
Microsoft were first to market , I can imagine children getting hacked off, because the use android or apples ios at home. It will only work if the decision makers in academia don't understand the market... Oh f*ck, As you where.
The problem is once the data is out of your control , it's protection is as good as the weakest or most corrupt link.
OK but can we have a trial first using data about MPs to make sure the security is robust?
Top of page 3 "How does it work as a phone? Superbly, thanks to a size that puts speaker and microphone closer to ear and mouth than smaller devices can manage and very good active noise cancellation".
It happened to Armstorng-Vicars too. Once the charismatic founder is no longer in sole charge and the committees take over.
further undermines their tenuous claim to scientific credibilty. A friend routinely refers to psychologists as psychiatry's hand-maidens.
"the local church representative told us in no uncertain terms what's what." ..and in some cases showed us what was what and where it went even if you didn't want them to. Subsequently many church representatives needed the help of the bishop to avoid prosecution for their unwarranted demonstration. The church should hold it's tongue on the morality of porn and children, if it doesn't want accusations hypocrisy.
" the target audience of this show aren't exactly those people making enterprise software purchasing decisions"
So Disney should have put it in their hit show "Pete's Purchasing Posers" targeted at chief technology officers? ;) FUD should be ubiquitous and pervasive. Exposure of the the embryonic CTOs in their formative years to this message is to the good and a triumph of long term investment of short termism.
Milk, Bread, Catfood... Ok, Apple now sue me.
Even with the bells and whistles of barcode scanning, this should NOT be patentable.
Fascinating that BT made the complaint , their latest advert suggests that 10 or more people can be connected to their WiFi router simultaneously, and stream video. I count 9-11 Spanish bints entering the flat . The implication being the WiF router could get around the limitations of WiFi bandwidth... a similar claim to VM's claim to ending buffering by use of their service. Might the ASA (Absolutely Supine Authority) employ some pointy heads to review ISP adverts?
... until Microsoft do the deal with the ad networks and adds them to the "allowed" list in an "update". Reminiscent of the deal they did with Big media rights owners...
in my future plans. It's not the insults from Balmer for resisting Vista. It's not the Microsoft seeing Big Media as their customer whilst asking consumers to pay for their products. It's the nature of my computing has evolved away from their behemoth system view. I administer a small network. I encourage users to access services through a browser . The Synology NASs that hold the data run linux, but the user don't know or frankly care . the data is visible from anything running a browser. so they use a single access method from laptop to tablet to phone. The laptops run XP or ubuntu. . The op sys merely acts as a host for the browser. the visual effects of windows 8 will only be visible while Chrome fires up. Then there is the problem of windows 8 for ARM based tablets , no 3rd party browser. To have Windows 8 tablets on the network would mean changing system polices and standards. good luck with your retirement Mr. Balmer, you make a bull look like a good customer for a china shop.
My talk talk unbundled bb and land line is still fine. the f*ck up may be restricted to BT customers of the exchange.
After pointing out that there was no "don't send me invites" on the Spam.. err "invites" they send to every one in the mug's.... er professional's address box they agreed to stop mailing ,me , a week ago 2 more punters with my address in their books signed up and again they send their UCE. Why would anyone want to use a service that spectacularly fails to maintain its data? Linkedin : says more about you that an a loosely shaken hand ever can. Wuckin' Fankers...
Arduino is established and cheap. it has plenty of support materials for learning , many many affordable add ons and an eco system of inventive users. it helps in the understanding of coding AND hardware. Oh and has the advantage of being open source.
...does not increase it's voracity.
Would he also be required to wear a leather cap and backless chaps?? Coat is already on and heading to the door....
What a shame he died with such a stiflingly negative wish. I wonder what the floppy haired idealist young Jobs would make of the embittered older man? Suing as often as innovating, working hand in hand with big media, producing fashion and fad instead of revolution.
"Steveworld" and the rest of us seems to increase.... Whilst in the past Microsoft has conquered larger deficits in market share, they had a technologist at the the helm. The late Archeo-engineer, Fred Dibnah, noted that the Victorian equivalents of Microsoft (Armstrong's for one) lost their pre-eminence when the charismatic founder left the company and as corporatism took over form individual leadership, corporatism slowly strangled the organisations. Perhaps the best option for Microsoft would be the the mode lIBM sued when faced with similar levels of corporate torpor. and hive off as separate entities the individual divisions (IBM's printer division lives on as Lexmark and the consumer computing as Lenovo)
Its better to do a few things REALLY well then be in every market as an also-ran.
The option to buy the opposition inst available this time around and i bet he price ticket on Android , even if it was for sale , is not even in the same galaxy as Qdos.
Personally i prefered the pre DOS Microsoft products to the post, I struggled at school with programming , Microsoft basic for the Commodore Pet soon had me flying and then programming in assembler.
I'll get me Gannnex coat....
...The same software framework used for the neutrino experiment that seems to show the speed of light is not an absolute?
When they have finished using scarce resources to look at esoteric particles, can we use the CERN for f1 racing?
Some of the services that duplicate or impinge on their other products i can understand. Ai for android did not. It is(was) shaping up to be a decent way for unskilled and semi-skilled programmers to produce usable code. I hope it survives the transition OT Open Source. I think that move is going to skew its development towards education though :(
No need to feel sorry for me , by that logic we should be building difference engines before attempting anything more contemporary ;)
Keep taking the courses!
I remain unconvinced about pascal, but app inventor is used in the place of the dreadful logo and turtle combo for much younger children than those formally studying CS. My experience of CS is that the academic course material approval cycle is often longer than the period of relevance of the subject being studied. (particularly in a fast evolving area).
there is a saying that a weekend of messing around with perl does more for your job prospects than 2 months of CS study
Based on an MIT system, an earlier incarnation was on a mid -90's programmable Lego device . Except this time it works. You can develop for an emulator or a phone . It uses a jigsaw like metaphor so parts only link where they are logically applicable in the code structure. it supports sensors on the phone , it's able to mail , text and use the voice phone . It produces easily understandable code. the GUI designer is easy to use and separates the code from the GUI by having separate development environments. it can start and receive data from other applications running on the phone via intents.
It has a relevance in drawing in previous non-coders to programming. Despite multiple cognitive disabilities, i have been coding since the early '70's.. this has been the easiest system to produce code that lacked the input errors inherent in most ide's. logical and structural errors remain , but debugging is fast.
In Google's usual way, its a beta with regular updates. it has some spongy areas; the current IDE has some way to go in terms of display of the code, larger than phone format support is partial, accessing web based resources is a bit of a hack.
the leap from this to using eclipse to write Java is still a brown trouser event, but as a launch pad it is likely to get more people to try.
If The UK education system can wean itself off the Microsoft teat, I'd urge schools to deploy this widely, It supports the absorbing the fundamentals with little of the brain numbingly boring theory lessons.
We will need to produce coders for economic survival.
Paris? Because even her dog could use this.
PS can we have a male equiv. for the Paris picture? Probably the outraged Neanderthal from Kiss who believes the internet to be designed with sole intent of depriving him of his music royalties.
i give everyone a unique e-mail address to reply to. The over whelming quantity of the spam i receive use "To" address given solely to Hotmail users. Both Hotmail users who's unique "To" address comprise the largest proportion of the spam are sufficiently technical to operate an email account but not to understand it. It may be that the users of Hotmail remaining may be less aware of the problems at Hotmail and therefore more likely to have an unrecognised breached account.
On the other hand I retain a hotmail account for historic reasons the quantity of spam to that account has dropped over the last year.( almost certainly most random spamming eg Sending spam to "a random word @hotmail.com")
It's not clear from my tiny sample if hotmail is easier to breach or has a higher level of less adept users.
do other spam tracking readers have similar experiences?
We are unable to receive the digital BBC stations we contribute to ,other than via iplayer, without paying a further tithe to Rupert Murdoch. We aren't scheduled to get terrestrial digital coverage until the year after next. There is no cable/fibre option either, the market forces didn't force the cables or fibres down here. Allowing market forces to decide priorities in traffic or infrastructure will lead only to enrichment of the shareholders , not meeting public need. The laws for commerce in this country make the shareholders interest paramount. What happened to the idea of caching Iplayer files or other heavily used files at the ISP? If Sourceforge can manage localised caching...
The first Phase of Thatcherism was to get the forces of repression and control on side, with wage hikes for the judiciary, to ensure minimal interference , the top brass of the police , to ensure they would lead on overtime and then some "Maggie's boot boys", and if they failed, a wage hike to the upper echelons of the military as a back stop. THEN the assault on the lower classes began.
the first months of the Thatcher regime may not be analogous with the un-mandated current Junta This government failed by not getting the police on side. Rumours continue to circulate to the effect that when the Security workers in Millbank rang the plods for help in the face of the stoodents understandable anger, they where told because of manpower cuts , there may be some delay in turning up.
Frankly putting such websites off line is more like book-burning than policing by consent , that is supposed to be the hallmark of our democracy, (Demos was in fact a slave state.)
... Is that you KNOW that any commercial call is a scam.
I therefore unload all my pent up anger and bile on anyone calling me. My ISP/telco took 4 requests (each responded to with a request to give them 28 days grace to cease) and finally a threat top refer to the ICO for ignoring a "do not call" stipulation. The last call from them claimed to be the "accounts" office, (but was from their Sales number), that my contract had finished and i needed to renew it. I pointed out that my contract was open ended and that this seemed like a scam not worthy of a company licensed as a telco Increasingly bolshie A*hole at far end became quite abusive at this point and as i replaced my receiver said that my line would be cut off. 4 months later the line is still functioning.