165 posts • joined 4 Mar 2013
Software-wise, still pining for a worthy successor to HyperCard :-|
Don't be an ass. Are you suggesting we send troops against Russia?
It's not a question of how we feel about it, but how little can be done.
Boycott Sochi? Err...
I deeply dislike Putain so I'd be all for screwing him if at all possible, but not holding my breath. Not least that Putain is gonna benefit at home from being pilloried abroad.
@ Bong: geeeeenius!
>not connected to anything
"What are you doing?"
"Plugging in your computer"
Re: The long necked chicken
(Love that expression!)
Depends who's after you. NSA? agree with you. Muhammad al Jihad in a sleeper cell may want to stick with lower profile gear while casing the godless unbelievers.
Random Hackerimu@ru.com after you? Man-in-middle @ starbucks wifi? Your wife? (amazing how often OKCupid's "would you read your partner's emails" quiz gets a yes). May help.
I think a big deciding factor in the mainstream will be app compatibility. God forbid FB or Spastic Volatiles don't work. Maybe not so much on this phone but surely on a mass-market enhanced-sec phone.
Icon? Just because.
Re: Productivity... or not
>French ... don't have a word for entrepreneur
Hmmm, isn't that a French word in the first place?
This thing looks about as draft as it gets. Why confuse work with social-butterflying again?
Re: >Libertarians hate regulation... until they need it
>Did regulation stop you from getting food poisoning last time you had a take away?
Dude,txs. You're wanting to do away with food safety regulations proves my point about big-L Libertarians.
Not that I mind more reasonable ones - regulations are only necessary where they protect people from serious harm & should not pursued willy-nilly. I would also like sunset clauses where possible.
Bet insurance companies would be thrilled covering your unregulated risks.
>Libertarians hate regulation... until they need it
On usenet I remember one particularly dumb big-L Libertarian troll on r.a.s.f.w. who ended up arguing that driving on the right side of the road (or the left, for you Brits) should not be regulated or enforced by the government.
Ditto, from the same loser: no need for building codes. If there is an earthquake and your building collapses, sue your builder. That will get them to pay attention to solid construction.
A large subset of big-L Libertarians often seems to posit that any issues arising from the initial lack of rules can easily, and somehow cost-effectively, be solved by subsequently suing the aggrieving party.
Interesting story that MtGox. One could almost imagine that nation-states worried about losing monetary control to cyber-currencies might not be totally sad at this state of affairs (hence the icon).
Re: Enterprise Edition features is a capability called side-loading.
Far as I understand, side-loading is putting Windows 8 new style apps onto your companies' PC, not from the MS App Store, but from your company IT dept.
That doesn't mean that you can't install "legacy" pc software on Win8. But in the "dawn of time", Windows-wise, there were no Windows 8 app-store-style-apps. There were standard Windows programs and there still are.
Whether or not you like this approach is another question entirely. I don't find much to like about Win8 myself, which seems a low point, even for MS. Just got a laptop with it, for work, so gonna get acquainted :(
OK, I realize my own previous comment might have been a wee snarky, but neither was the article totally devoid of clarity so the OP was somewhat aggressive, IMHO.
And, yes, MS is greedy. All these different flavors of Windows, Home, Pro, Enterprise, compounded with OEM/upgrade/full flavors are annoying. As a SOHO I'd rather pay $X and get a CD that I can install one one computer at a time, but keep when I get a new machine.
Re: Enterprise Edition features is a capability called side-loading.
"This lets you directly install apps on the Windows 8 device when it’s joined to a managed domain."
It goes on a bit more in the next paragraph. Perfectly plain English, albeit using some technical terms, because... it's a technical subject matter.
Did you read on before jumping on your keyboard and commenting away? Yes, he could have defined what a 'managed domain' was, but the general idea is probably fairly obvious in the context and overkill for 90% of the readers of the article. Google/Bing/name your spyware is your friend otherwise.
IMHO if you get an ERP system, a big success factor is implementing straight out of the box, with limited customizations. Be cautious and frugal - configure, don't develop.
(After doing due diligence that it will support your business volumes - large retailers and volume businesses have struggled with general purpose ERP systems that do not take kindly to a firehose of transactions)
An excess of time, $ and development consultants is not always a good thing.
Customizing ERPs is almost always a problem - possibly straightaway, because your corporate IT and consultants aren't really up to re-designing best practices on top of a complex software solution. Or later, because you can't track patches and updates coming in from your vendor. Especially problematic if the software is buggy to start with - many patches to be expected. But, hey, it looks attractive when you have access to the development tools, does it not?
Good requirements management, proper C-level sponsorship, user training and change management are better places to spend effort on and cost way less. Do pony up for data integration feeds.
If you are planning for a 4 year rollout, it could mean one of two things.
a) you are doing a cautious bit-by-bit rollout, but each module is put online in a relatively quick fashion. What should be easy wins (but the devil is in the implementation), spread out over time.
b) you're budgeting a lot of time and $ to customize, rather than configure, your ERP to your requirements. Big bucks, big bang. Much risk.
Dive bar early AM + high tech 1-percenter gadget, what could possibly go wrong?
Google Glasses are an interesting new way to wear a computer. Privacy issues? For sure, but I still think they are moving the envelope. Too bad in a way they come from Google. I suspect wearable recording-capable tech will end up a bit like the early days of cellphone cameras - big concerns, then grudging acceptance. I would certainly be more accepting if there was a visible RECORDING indicator on the frames. Blinking red light, perhaps? Like the camera shutter sound on cell phones?
But... regardless of the merits or not of those things - who is clueless enough to wear a $1500 gadget with a very controversial Big Brother reputation in a dive bar? In a city that is getting polarized against the rich by the day? Alcohol and good behavior often part ways, do they not? Does she have a clue? Methink not.
And, when she gets into an altercation, it's not just any regular bar fight or disturbance. No, sirree - it's a HATE CRIME. You know, the legal designation that was brought to punish killing or wounding someone who is gay, the wrong color or the wrong religion.
Hey, I live right near a rather ghetto area. If I walk around there with a $1500 DSLR camera at night and I get robbed, would anybody call that a hate crime? Really? I'd expect the police to get off their butt if I got injured, but otherwise, I'd expect them superficial support but a good chuckle at my expense behind my back.
a) she was clueless
b) despite a) she should not have been attacked so she is a victim
c) the hate crime designation is ludicrous
d) since nothing much seems to have happened, storm in a teacup, police $ better spent elsewhere unless the perpetrators are easily identified in which case they should get the same treatment they would for any other similar assault
>not be found again until summer
I lost a Nokia 3310 snowboarding and got it back 3 or 4 months later, once the snow had melted.
Contrast that with me flaunting my iPhone 3 a few years later on the top of the lift, getting a few delicate snowflakes to melt on the cover and ending up with a voided-warranty brick. Apple had had the foresight to install water sensitive litmus paper in strategic spots. Rather than having the foresight to make it water-resistant.
Of course, my next Nokia' s UI (3670? - not cheap in any case) was so unpleasant to use that I jumped at the chance to trade in $200 and my busted iPhone for a refurbished one at the Apple store. Kudos to the Reg reader that clued me in on that program.
Phone robustness is a big deal to me. Despite using cases, I bust screens regularly on my iPhone 4 - replacements are about $90. When I last got it fixed the shop was quoting >$200 for the Samsung S3-4 series screens and other shops were quoting the same. Something about Apple being more standardized so easier to stock.
Getting a Nexus 5 any day now in the mail. $399 for 32GB @ Google Store was convincing. Still... quite worried about my screen. That Gorilla glass better work and I would have loved water-resistance as well.
Re: Spirts in the sky nut jobs and such
Every so often I read bit and parts of the Scientology backstory and it is hilarious. Planet Earth was settled as a prison planet trillions of years ago and the ghost of murdered prisoners haunt us yet... They've so far successfully managed to sue whoever puts up links to it, on the basis of non-disclosure and trade secrets.
Think about it - none of the other religions feel any shyness about promoting whatever wonderful and informative stories their holy books carry. Scientology feels it has no choice but to keep it secret.
I also read Battlefield Earth and it is a whopper. In years and years of reading SF, a fair bit of it not very good, I have never read something as gloriously, unbashedly, awful. It sucks. Having Jonny Goodboy be the name of the main protagonist? A high point in its literary achievements.
Whoever disses the movie with Travolta always seems to miss how bad the book was.
There is some rumor that, once upon a time, a trio of poor SF writers, Hubbard, Phillip K Dick and another, were debating how to make lots of $. Hubbard's supposed idea? Found a religion.
Why does this moron have access to any gaming system in the first place?
I definitely respect Norway's negative stance on the death penalty, esp when the public response after Breivik was to NOT change it. Takes cojones for a society not to overreact to an atrocity like this. But this guy doesn't deserve anything besides being kept alive and well so he sits out a loooong life in prison.
Torture? No, but don't grant him anything that makes his life nice. I would perhaps draw the line at solitary confinement as well, but this guy is pathetically worthless scum, not a normal criminal, and should be treated as such. Punishment, in a dignified and legal fashion, not rehabilitation, should be the order of the day.
As for the Win8 dig at the start. Juvenile, yes! But so very funny!
HolyFreakingGhost - get a chill pill and a sense of humor. Remember, this is an IT forum and the angle here was PS2 vs PS3. So it is only normal that people comment on computer stuff. The thing about digging at MS is how so many of us saw Win8 heading for a trainwreck and how that exceeded all our expectations. Regardless of the merits (or lack thereof) of MS, it takes a special attitude to tell the great majority of your customers that you couldn't care less what they think because you know so much better.
>.and this is the version he did in 1986.
ah, rather like Grateful Dead fans, then. aka Deadheads.
The Dead were ahead of their time wrt to music rights management. In most of their outdoor concerts, you'd find a cordoned-off section reserved for people recording the show. Not some VIP folks, just a section meant to be a bit less rowdy so the recording would be better for the dedicated fans.
They were millionaires several times over and allowed Jerry Garcia to have more disposable cash than common sense, resulting in his going on to an early grave. The way the Dead made their money was from concerts and fan merchandising, not from obsessing over records sold.
It may not work for everyone and I don't expect a 65 year old JMJ to globe-trot to make a living. There is admittedly a lot wrong in how artists get paid for their work nowadays. We'll still be struggling with this 10 years from now, I am sure. I have a hard time buying physical CDs or legally acquiring mp3s in Canada and I miss our old record stores, though not their prices.
But I am pretty sure a blanket tax, giving the more successful artists first snout in the trough, as long as they pay the right lawyers to fill the paperwork to allow them to nuzzle at a bloated collection society's teats is NOT the way to go. It certainly does nothing to help an artist first struggling for recognition and revenue.
Re: Hardly a surprise...
Oh, toss off, willya?
I welcome this development. Apple needs to compete on tech, price and... marketing too, necessary evil.
Not on patents. In general, patents have become progressively disconnected from their initial intent to reward original thinking. And nowhere more so than in the world of "rounded corners".
I have bought Apple products in the past and will continue to do so as long as they suit _me_, technically and price-wise. When there is an alternative _I_ perceive to be advantageous, I'll take it. Starting with my next phone. Apple is certainly not attracting my goodwill with its litigious behavior.
Sticking it to Apple on the patent front is 110% OK by me. Ditto forcing their prices down and forcing them back to the innovation drawing board.
The world is thankfully not entirely full of black&white blinkered fools as yourself. Be they for or against Apple.
Kudos to Samsung & Google on this :-)
Those viewer counts explain why you folks are getting those LightInTheBox lingerie ads we've been seeing those last couple of weeks.
Well done, sirs, well done!
Speak for yoursel.
I remember watching two guys on the subway (who'd make the IT Crowd look like suave men of the world) loudly crack obscure jokes about compilers and giggling madly at their own wit. Beards, bellies, glasses, awful clothes, pasty complexions. The works. Wish I coulda filmed them.
That was once, 12 years ago. Surely you realize that the stereotype is a bit dated? Too many jobs, too much money, in IT now to fill them only with social rejects and the nature of the job is different from when hand-coded assembler was the norm.
Granted, teaching well requires a particular talent, and not everyone has it, doesn't make the other half of your assertion correct.
My colleagues are mostly difficult to distinguish from "normal" folk, thank you very much. I expect that to be true of many of us.
Got any good accountant stereotypes you'd want to share as well? Mind you, we could learn from them - hereabouts, 60% of post-university accountant students are women.
So, you have a well-known mathematical model that works very well on one domain and has been used on others.
Then you claim that it fits yet another domain. And you use a variable, the Google search, that looks somewhat credible. No worries, the math looks very good. And your research paper is sure to trend!
Reminds me of the bankers during the 2008 meltdown that were flabbergasted that their CDO risk assessment spreadsheets were showing that real-world conditions were 25 standard deviations off from their mathematically-correct predictions.
My guess: Facebook is a network-effect case, where value goes up with the number of users. Unless they screw up big time or something radically different comes along, they'll probably be safe for a while. That's why they need to keep their eyes on mobile. Unlike Myspace vs. Facebook, the ground has largely been staked already so there is no massive amount of people without social network affiliation to boost your numbers. Twitter? Complementary.
I'll grant that we could see a drop of FB visits per user, but I rather doubt it will mean large scale abandonment. Just less use and I even doubt that.
10 years from now? Who knows. 2017? I'll take their bet.
For those, like me, who don't like/use FB much, a lot of what we object to would end up being exactly the same with their replacement. Ads? Check. "Privacy"? Check. Compulsive posting of life's pedestrian moments? Check. Friend count fixation? Check. Plus ca change plus c'est la meme chose.
Re: With that habit, the hospital could have arranged for her a special
Wrong, at least by NHS guidelines:
If there is only 1 liver available and 2 people need it badly, would you rather give it to the person who's going to use her second chance wisely? Or to someone who's likely to run it into the ground again?
Obviously not a easy ethical dilemma, but being blind to the receiver's lifestyle isn't good ethics, IMHO. The medical profession gauges treatment outcomes in terms of expected extra years of life, as it should.
It's not about punishing the unrepentant lush, it's about helping the next person in line. IF no one else is waiting, then your argument holds.
Therapeutic cloning: all for it, along with _embryonic_ stem cell research (as long as the embryos weren't created for research purposes). But that ain't gonna make these problems go away in the short term.
>sit too far from their screens to benefit from HD
Yeah, you know, that is not so totally true as you may think.
I had a 1080p 32" that I was watching from 8-9' or so for years. Most of the time, if you are engrossed in a movie, you won't tell a 720p DVD from a Blu-Ray. You can, maybe, if you stop to think about it, but I probably won't.
However... freeze frame on a scene involving a letter or a page of a book, held at arms length. Most of the time, you can't read the text from a DVD but you can do that just fine from a BluRay. Or watch Apocalypto, for example, one of the best early movies for HD.
i.e. I may _not_ care most of the time, and I am most assuredly not a "connoisseur", in TVs or sound systems. But believing straight off the bat that regular HD doesn't make any difference because you can't physically see the difference with DVD is a bit of reverse-snobism, IMHO.
Try it for yourself instead of just believing the theory. On 4K you are probably spot on.
>Films, TV drama shows and live sport all offer great content
Perhaps, but mostly when they have been recorded in that format.
Sports will be, as soon as it is available. But for the rest, you'll to wait for a while till the content catches up with the medium and you can kiss your old faves goodbye. Unless you are a true believer in upscaling, which I ain't. Or the director/producer were forward-looking enough to record in UHD and had the right equipment.
4K? Definitely. _After_ the standards have settled, the prices have come down from small-car-level and when the things I like to watch are cheap and plentiful. 1080p in the meantime - 55+"s are dirt cheap by now.
Re: Only 5 minutes before the hour?
>pakistan and india pointing nukes at each-other
While not at all something I would wish to happen, a nuclear exchange by those 2 would greatly re-focus everyone on the dangers of war. And by no means do they have enough weapons to doom everyone else, quite unlike the Cold War. Ditto Iran & Israel.
Terrorist nukes? Scary, but very small scale stuff at worst.
I frankly fail to understand why the doomsday clock is anywhere near the level it was at during the Cold War. The US and Russian may not like each other much, but they have pretty close to zero incentive to have a go at each other.
China may or may not take on the mantle of world superpower peacefully, that is true. But right now, it also nowhere near strong enough to duke it out with the US, nor do they have a compelling reason to do so. While the doomsday clock may warrant upticks in the coming decades, fear-mongering on their account right now seems highly premature.
At this moment, nothing quite compares to the level of paranoia, distrust and overwhelming danger present during the high points of the Soviet-US confrontation, a period I grew up during.
Re: The inside story
Reading Crime and Punishment, I wish it HAD lost something in translation.
Like 100-200 pages getting trimmed out "by mistake". That was one tedious and repetitious book, sorry.
Hitler, AFAIK, laid out his worldview and plans in Mein Kampf.
I'd read MK to see how Hitler managed to finagle the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact given that Slavs were barely above Jews in his esteem. And how he fooled Chamberlain & co as well.
Somebody else mentioned that MK, as a "vanity press" book, was easy to dismiss. That was certainly true before Hitler gained power, but hardly afterwards. Was MK that clear about his intentions?
>Anything that irritates them has to be fairly high on the Christmas reading list...
There is admittedly plenty to dislike in the current Israeli approach to the Palestinian issue.
I happen to believe that Israel should negotiate in good faith to reach a settlement. Preferably a two state solution based on 1967 borders and the corresponding UN resolution, with land swaps. Even the PLO has more or less accepted Israel's right to existence (probably because they don't have much choice).
Israel should settle while they are in a position of regional military superiority and while the US is still dominant ahead of China. On the PR side of things, Israel has seen a massive slide in global sentiment since the 70s, which is all the more reason to settle now.
Since Israel's coalition democracy makes it so difficult for their government to take hard decisions, I would see no problem whatsoever in forcing their hand externally, be it by sanctions or the withholding of aid. This is in everyone's best interest, Israel's foremost.
But any sympathy whatsoever towards Hitler, the Holocaust and anti-Semitism makes it way easier for Jewish refuseniks to point to past atrocities to justify their current oppression of the Palestinians and fantasies of Biblical Greater Israel. "Never Again" is a powerful statement, both internally and to demand Western support, given the horrible massacres of 1933-1945.
In short, my dear, you are an ass.
>I wish probabilities actually worked that way
Ummm, yes and no.
First, I upvoted you, because you make a generally very valid point. But an individual volcano's activity is not like a dice's, where each event is independent of the next.
My area has magnitude 9 earthquakes about every 500 years, with a wide variation around that average. Last was in 1700. Since subduction earthquakes are about stress relief, pops will happen when enough stress has built up over time. It probably won't happen just 50 years after a quake. Nor will it likely wait for 5000.
Throwing 20 supervolcanoes with gradual magma buildup cycles in the mix does validate your argument quite a bit as their activity is not linked and their eruption cycles have different periods. So the result is likely to be a lot more random than if we looked at just one volcano.
Re: OOh lets dangle the maps
>CryptoLocker spreading is not a failure of the Windows operating system
I call BS. First, the .exe extension is hidden due to Windows's stupid policy re extension hiding. Fail #1.
Second, the lack of permissions means anything can do anything once launched.
Third, if you spend anytime on a Windows desktop you are bombarded with warnings about ... everything. In an email, I can't open an Excel spreadsheet that I wrote without a warning. If I want to _view_ the system odbc data sources dialog .... warning.
Anybody clever about security will tell you repeat alarms without just cause will result in folks disregarding real ones.
Fourth, if iStuff is so badly put together, how come the malware is almost always on Windows?
Re: OOh lets dangle the maps
>right now it is by far the most secure operating system available for desktop use
Hmmm, you must have missed the recent CryptoLocker snafu then. Or did I misread and it was a bunch of Linux desktops getting hacked? Macs perhaps?
There are cases where Windows' ecosystem is superior - games or business apps come to mind. And I wouldn't be surprised if Apple were to suffer a major security lapse at some point - user demographics combined with occasional Apple sloppiness (ex: LDAP pwd in cleartext, MacDefender support) make it a tempting target.
But dissing Linux or OSX based on Windows' superior security is a bit surreal. The merits of theoretical MS security for well-managed systems may be debated, but practical MS security for the average consumer's desktop is hardly worth talking about - it only lasts as long as the next malware that shows up.
Reg, can we have an "utterly clueless" icon?
>where a poppy on her collar
For heaven's sake, you have the correct spelling right in front of you, in the OP. Additionally, since ragging on Yanks is a well-known Reg pass time, one assumes that defenders like yourself are mostly... American. i.e. it is your native tongue you are butchering.
If you spell at the level of a 2nd grader who needs to be held behind, do you expect us to pay attention to your arguments?
'sides it's not like you are making cogent arguments anyway and I mostly agree with the OP. Except that I think the brain off-switch w.r.t. patriotism is present in most countries, with the US just having an unusually potent version of it.
>Most of us aren't Double O assassins, of course, and a Bond-esque boozing level of half a bottle of spirits per day - let alone a Fleming-esque full bottle a day - will indeed shorten our lives noticeably
Given alcohol's well-documented effects I would have thought that that half bottle would shorten James' survival odds during car chases, sniper target duty, piloting failing aircraft and other random mayhem requiring superlative coordination quite a bit.
More so than being tipsy endangers us in our heroic struggles with rampaging computer mice, punishing annual performance reviews and badly-styled Powerpoints (TM).
But that's just my ill-informed self. Thanks for putting me right ;-)
Carry on, James.
Re: Sadly Trevor
>You want a budget of *how much* to track 60 people?
If they are only tracking 60 people, why the heck can they not follow procedures that have existed for 50+ years and get a warrant/judicial order?
If they need it right away, fine. Start listening, file the paperwork and let a judge decide after the fact.
Don't tell me you can't manage 60 intercepts with proper judicial oversight.
Btw, we're all in the same boat. The new Canadian CSIS HQ building is hundreds of millions over budget. And had to move due to increasing power requirements - presumably not caused by limited snooping to a few dozen citizens.
I call BS
Seriously, is that the only thing congress can occupy itself with? Are there no other laws of importance?
Look, I am the first person to dislike cell phone chatties. Yack, yack, yack.
A law giving backing to an airline ordering a passenger to shut it off? Yes, by all means. Kinda like the laws that say bouncers are allowed to throw someone's sorry butt out of the club.
But there is something fundamentally wrong when enforcing interpersonal courtesy is perceived to the job of the legal system.
Re: "...a tiny TV antenna each in a nearby data centre..."
>perhaps I'm wrong.
Noooooooo. How could you be wrong? You are an informed Reg reader after all and we are always qualified to comment on matters electronic or legal, are we not?
I don't disagree with your assessment at a surface techy level. But think about it, this is probably the first thing the plaintiffs checked, in order to get Aero booted on a technicality. I.e. folks in our profession are paid to be clever, but people outside of it are not all dumb either.
Re: Question ?
>>I value my things more than I value the life of a thief.
>They had a hammer, a crowbar, two machetes, and a .38 special revolver. ...put three rounds into my dog... tried to shoot her...
I have no problem whatsoever with your actions. In Jamaica, I'd buy a gun too. Or, more likely, move elsewhere.
But you shifted the goalposts quite a bit between your 2 postings and I was commenting on your first post, not the second ;-)
Re: Question ?
In theory, there are lots of people whose passing I would not overly mourn. But there is a reason soldiers and police are traumatized after their first killing. Personally, I would not want to know myself as the kind of person who would prefer someone dying over getting my car stolen (which is insured anyway, but even if it was not). I would not want to deal with the emotional toll aftermath, simple as that.
Would I have a problem killing, at the time, someone who threatened my life and limb, that of friends or family? Or say my life savings*? No, I would not. But for something of fairly limited material value?
It's like the death penalty. Provided you could only execute the guilty, without possibility of error. Provided it actually saved money, rather than costing in appeals and supermax prisons. Say it only targeted the hard-core murderers & rapists, not people with any mitigating circumstances.
Even then, having the death penalty on the books is an indictment of the society that puts it there. Shows we are not far evolved yet from tooth for a tooth and Roman gladiators. The only acceptable criteria, for me, is if it also had strong deterrent value, which it does not.
Absolutely none of this is based on me holding those types of criminals in great regard or valuing their life. It is based on me not wanting to live in the kind of society that lusts for blood & retribution.
This is amply demonstrated by the USA's support of the death penalty & deadly force self-defense. Very Christian country, but obviously the wrong, bait & switch, kind of Christianity. We sell you the admirable, no-violence, New Testament, but we practice the Old Testament. Result? A not very safe place, albeit safer than Mexico. I like Americans in general, but their willingness to resort to deadly force is not an endearing trait.
* Bernie Madoff I could see making an exception for. That man has blighted the lives of enough of thousands of people that normal morals need not apply. Given Mexico's hyper-violence, there are also plenty of murderers for whom I would, exceptionally, support the death penalty as well. But there is NO indication these were anything but common industrial thieves.
It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future
I wish we wouldn't get the obligatory Heinlein guff, but I guess it can't be helped on this forum. Is it likely? Ask yourself, would you really want to go to war with someone who controlled pretty much all supplies and spare parts and manufacturing capacity? As well as gravity, and advanced medical stuff? Women, booze, good food? Not the least that everyone in space would have family and friends on Earth.
My guess: if you had money, you'd sic your lawyers, lobbyists & PR flacks on Earth govs instead. Works for corporations now, doesn't it?
Big drawback of not having private property: not being able to borrow against your assets. I think this is much more likely to be the sticking point - this stuff is capital-intensive, so in order to launch it banks and investors will need convincing. That's less easy to achieve than coming to an agreement with your neighbor not to steal your stuff.
This guy says it much better than me:
Only makes sense - the financing of spice expeditions to the East Indies was pretty much what triggered the birth of corporations after all.
IMHO, the need to ensure efficient development, will bring motivated nation-states on board to back property rights against the UN. Plus, nation states have had mixed results wrt space. GPS and science sats have done well, but other stuff has generally failed to bring great returns. Non-state actors have done rather better with telecoms and sensing services. And it is interesting how much faster space tech is involving now that the Musks, Falcons and Dragons are about.
>NASA estimated the cost at around $10B
and that doesn't sound low to you, considering the ISS has cost about $150B to date?
>USB 3 which is 10x faster and has been out since 2008
And, after checking Wikipedia @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MacBook_Pro, I happily confirm my mid-2011 17" MacBookPro is still using USB 2.0 on all ports. Though it did ship with a shiny Thunderbolt.
* I otherwise rather like that laptop. YMMV.
Let's hope it's more malleable than Stannis.
Re: I Confess
Nothing worse in programmer land than a feature than gets you 80% of the way there and then leaves you hanging on the remainder. By then you've based your estimates on the promised productivity :(
how I turned my back on Studio...
This would be at least a decade back, forgive the fuzziness of the details. Version xyz of Studio was supposed to wrap database access to tables.
i.e. "if you have a table X than insert.X is just a slight configuration away"
At least one IT journal reviewer (might have been Dr. Dobbs) praised how great it was.
I hadn't worked on Studio for years, so I figured I'd kick the tires. Took a simple database edit example and ended up with what looks like a semi-workable solution in C#. Not what I wanted, but close. To tweak, I figured I'd look at the generated code.
A mess. A horrible mess. Auto-incremented variable names that bore no relationship to the table names, confusing spaghetti, no hooks to adjust anything in user code, horrible formatting. No way I could adjust it as my requirements changed, it was a one-shot deal. Hey, I've rolled my own code generation tools, often. A blindfolded monkey on a bender would have done a better job than Studio.
I bailed right then and never looked back to MS's tools. Well, actually, that's untrue, I worked with SSIS 2005 for 3 months and its generated XML-based code made the above abomination look like pure limpid poetry.
Years later, I asked someone who did work on Studio what I had done wrong wrt to the table wrapper generation. His answer "Dude, no one uses that feature".
If you got to automate, make sure it actually works under the hood. Otherwise, simplify manual coding. Much as VB6 or Cobol would not be my first choice, I appreciate that you can use a simple text editor to get your work done. If C# allows that, cool.
>Foreign aid would be a great start
Let's take an interesting lil snippet of how useless foreign aid can be...
The US funded the Afghanistan resistance from 80-89. Cheaply at first (starting w Lee Enfield WWI rifles, acquired 2nd hand, untracelable to CIA involvement). Ending with hundreds of millions of dollars of aid & Stingers. Russkies got kicked out, 89.
90? collapse of US aid, which went from Defense/CIA to State Dept (foreign aid). It just wasn't acceptable to the taxpayer to fund reconstruction for 50M$, though rebel-arming was A-OK at 10x the cost.
90-95? Gradual collapse of Afghanistan government. Warlords. Siege of Kabul.
95? Talibans scholar-warriors from Pakistan are welcomed by the general Afghan population.
How much have we spent there since? Just because we couldn't be arsed to support the peace for people who were major contributors to collapsing the USSR?
So, foreign aid as first victim, _all_ the time? Easy soundbite. The numbers are not that high anyway, not difficult to check if you can be bothered. Esp not if you take into account funding that is tied to be spent on the donor country's own goods & services.
Doesn't mean there aren't tons of stupid aid programs that dont work spent on folks & countries that don't deserve it. Just spend the money on the ones that do.
Aww, US budget cuts could be simple ;-)
Like in pretty much any advanced Western economy.
Start by trimming farm support, especially the kind that is volume-based and where the biggest farming concerns get the most money, not the romanticized mom & pop farms.
Trouble is, rural voters are exactly the kinda salt-of-the-earth, no-nonsense, independent-of-Washington, folks that are the bulk of the Tea Party balance-the-budget-at-all-cost cohorts.
So, their pork's the last spot you can expect Federal subsidies to be trimmed.
Just like Sarah Palin proudly represented Alaska, a state where Federal & State largesse cuts every resident a nice big fat check every year.
Or just like the US is still pushing corn-based Ethanol as a bio-fuel, because it allows congressmen to deliver pork to their constituents, not because of any value whatsoever in climate change mitigation.
>When will MS learn to use a decent server OS and not a scaled up single user, single microprocessor OS.
Yeah, I always get blank stares from Windows users when I explain that Unix cut its teeth on university servers where everyone was trying to hack into everyone else's accounts.
(disclaimer: speaking, perhaps naively, as a dev, not a sysadmin)
However, I don't get the sense that Windows Server itself is the issue with all these Azure failures. The underlying OS may or may not be able to support "the cloud".
Rather, Microsoft as a cloud vendor, not an OS vendor, just does not seem to have the right mindset to _manage_ a cloud. They always seem to be stumbling into single-point-of-failure management component snafus.
Amazon has had a few of those in the last few years, but MS seems to just have more of these failures and be less good at learning from them.
i.e. MS would probably still screw up Azure if it was riding on top of Linux rather than Windows ;-)
Won't someone think of the
> I'd like to see another satirical sci-fi Verhoeven film
If you don't mind an older (1985), medieval, Verhoeven film, I nominate Flesh & Blood. I don't know if satyrical is exactly the term, but it's subversive enough ;-)
Basic Instinct aside, Verhoeven, like Besson, didn't work at his full potential in Hollywood. Based on Black Book, I'd say he's back in form in Holland.
Re: I can hear the SQUEEEE from XKCD from here,
>Liter of dry air, room temperature air at sea level weighed once
Phew you were asking for a lot. I asked Wolfram Alpha CO2 emissions per capita, Canada. No luck.
They do have C02 emissions, Canada. And population, Canada.
Bridging the 2 concepts, not so much.
Good luck with your quest, Stephen.
Re: Title is too long
>Paedophilia will never be defeated until it is treated as a mental health issue rather than a criminal issue.
Respectfully partially disagree, depending on the specifics.
Your statement is usually applied to drug consumption, and I agree with it. But drug use does not automatically victimize others, barring usually minor property crimes, which can be addressed on their own "merits" by the criminal system.
Real-life pedophilia by definition involves a child as a victim and the crime is extremely serious in nature. It deserves the full force of the law.
If you were referring to someone who only looks at images or videos, then, yes, we should first aim to cure or curb their mental dysfunction. Recidivists, providers, chat room pervs and all sorts of other considerations would warrant prison sentences however. And even a viewer should be limited in the interactions they can have with children.
i.e. The fact that the perpetrator victimized, or intended to victimize, someone directly should escalate the issue from mental health to criminal justice.
Someone should be able to walk into a police station, show a bunch of kiddy porn on their laptop, and ask for help. If that's all they did, they should not go to jail and we in fact should find ways to encourage that with partial amnesties.
As far as the Google/Bing changes go - all for it, if done correctly. It might keep someone with a compulsion to look for this material clean if they can't get easy access. And it will make life slightly harder for the active sickos. Not least, having to use unusual channels to search should require more organization between pervs, making it easier to roll up a bunch of them when there is an investigation.
This write-up doesn't say it, but others do:
The malware "disguises" itself by files like "foobar.pdf.exe" and giving itself the PDF filetype icon.
Windows, being Windows, and trying not to overwhelm our dear little heads with trivial information, comes with "hide extensions for known filetypes" checked on (one of the first things I undo on a new install).
So to Joe Average, they are clicking on a PDF, not an EXE.
Keep in mind, over the last 5 or 6 years, MS's "security" has been crying wolf ALL the time wrt to files. With regards to anything, really.
For example, I can't even open my own Word files in an email at work without being nagged to death by Windows. Heck, I can't even _edit_ my own .cmd files in Notepad without a warning. So many users will dismiss whatever warning it does throw.
So, yeah, maybe if Linux desktops had 80% penetration then someone might have cobbled more attack vector together and malware wouldn't "Windows only". And, as a Mac user, I figure we are overdue for a real nasty - Apple's security record is patchy, but BSD saves their bacon most days.
But this particular flavor of fubar has Redmond's signature all over it. Not least, the lack of execute permissions on Windows files and the delegation of that responsibility to the user.
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