23 posts • joined 14 Feb 2013
Re: QNX is Blackberry by name only
Yes. I recall a QNX ad from fifteen years or so ago showing a computer in a power station.
"Uptime: Six years".
Reliable. I like reliable. Especially in critical systems in the piece of heavy machinery that moves me back and forth to work every day.
Wow! Take droplets of room-temperature liquid metal, mercury and gallium are old favorites, apply an electrical charge, and lo and behold, they're attracted to one another! And like any other liquid with a bit of surface tension, when they touch they merge!
People were doing stuff like this for science fairs 40-50 years ago when I was little.
OK, this is a "me too" post....
The notion that a retailer can patent the practice of housing inventory near where they expect people to buy it is prima facie absurd.
If that can be done, then I shall resume my effort, first mentioned on this site in 2006, to patent the graphical representation of verbal communications, and to patent the use of artifacts, i.e. the use of anything not simply found lying about on the ground.
This new Amazon patent-of-the-obvious gives me renewed hope.
Gotta be a rock in there somewhere
At that low a mass it couldn't possibly have that high a density unless there's a pretty big rock in its core. Too low gravity to compress a mass of mostly gas that much, the way Jupiter does.
Dart is a solution in search of a problem.
Why is this a surprise?
Europeans crossing the Atlantic were trying to colonize North America for five or six hundred years before Columbus got anywhere near here. Mostly Vikings, mostly got the pants beat off them by the Americans.
Xeon? You mean the silicon space-heater?
Nice thing about GPUs is that they can run rings around any Xeon with any conceivable improvement short of scrapping the chip's architecture and starting over... all without having to install an extra air conditioner.
It was a good run
Sad. I use it on Win7 and on Android. Works well, stays the hell out of my way, doesn't need a lot of tinkering. And it beats the bundled players by miles.
Do I sound too non-technical? No. I've been programming for 40 years and know the value of a tool I can install and use without making a career out of tweaking it.
Typical of AOL to say, "Huge user base? Screw 'em."
You just lost me.
Please. It's called "X", not "X Windows". It's a window service called "X". [sigh]
Quote Of the Day
I know what is taught to writers about using too many adjectives, but a few important ones were omitted from this story.
"'Today's acquisition further aligns with Pivotal's strategy to capitalize on the nexus of converging forces in the industry,' Pivotal wrote in a *moving but otherwise incomprehensible* statement."
This is not two-factor authentication. Authentication factors include what you know, e.g. a password, what you have, e.g. a hardware token of some sort, or what you are, i.e. biometric factors.
This is two or three forms of one-factor authentication. Not the same thing.
I'm tired of hearing about "who owns the infrastructure".
Capitalism works well because of competition. In the case of national infrastructure, that notion breaks down completely. Without regulation the owners of national infrastructure can, and always do, wind up blackmailing their customers.
But, but... wait. Such systems *already* ship for between $300 and $400. ViewSonic has been shipping them for some time now. Why is this news? Because Intel spoke up about it? Meh.
Two factor authentication?
Drop Box's Web site doesn't require two-factor authentication. It requires a user ID and password: one factor.
For a quick refresher, authentication factors can be described very simply as:
1) What you know, e.g. a user ID and password, passphrase, secret question, etc.
2) What you have, e.g. an RSA key, smart card, or other piece of unique hardware.
3) What you are, usually determined biometrically.
Using two factors is great, but people who claim it because they want a user ID *and* password, or because they demand two challenge-response sessions, e.g. a user ID and password followed by a secret question, haven't bothered to learn much about authentication.
I keep hearing about "Oracle's Java language", but as I recall Sun released it into the public domain before Oracle bought the company. So it ain't Larry's.
You forgot the quotation marks...
... in the headline. It's "retina display", not retina display.
Take note that in order for the pixels on the display to be as close together as the cones in the center of one's field of vision, which we're told is the meaning of "retina display", the device must be viewed from a distance of about four feet.
WFWG did run on 80286 chips, and it talked to others of its kind using NetBIOS, not TCP/IP.
Would that it had been 32-bit, that would have saved my clients money and me time farting around with 'memmaker'. Would that it had TCP/IP, as NetBIOS over ArcNet didn't scale up all that well.
I hate to bring this up,but they didn't descend from Win95, they descended from CUA, part of a standard which predated Win95 by a decade or so.
I also missed the part about why we should migrate functioning VMs to Hyper V.
Too many disjoint questions rolled into one. Try this:
Are markup languages dead? They're a way of adding metadata to text, and are often used to describe data structures in human-readable form. We'll be doing that for a long time.
Is XACML dead? No, the markup part simply describes a record of data used for authentication. The semantics are separate. It will evolve, the semantics will evolve. Standards do that, you know.
Is XACML going to be superseded by Oauth? That's a lot like asking whether crescent wrenches will render socket wrenches obsolete. They'll probably both change beyond recognition sooner or later.
Is it important? Insofar as it is a tool, yes. About like vice-grips are important.
As a humor piece this article is quite good, but otherwise worth a yawn.
Interesting argument that open-source licenses "incur significant transaction costs" when in fact most such licenses state simply that if one uses the code one must (a) attribute it to its original authors and (b) make any improvements one makes to it open-source also. Such licenses cover far and away the majority of what's called "FOSS".
A little more thorough survey of the FOS codebase and a little more thorough reading of the licenses (There are several variants.) might have been advisable before publishing.
It is indeed a wonderful word, and refers to a device used to create a drawing by tracing another drawing.
It's used occasionally and *fancifully* for the gizmos on top of electric streetcars, because of the gizmo's slight resemblance to an actual pantograph.
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