174 posts • joined Friday 28th June 2013 11:45 GMT
Re: @... "Nicholas Nassim Taleb"
You are hereby awarded bonus points.
Re: Goddamit El Reg
GER: "For a moment I was thinking Apple was patenting facials."
Unlocking by recognition of that activity?
It might get a bit tiring after unlocking your gadget for the 12th time...
Re: Next up...
"...their next patent will be 'e'."
Well, they've Trademarked i*.*, so perhaps you're not joking.
Re: Dont buy your phone from an operator
"...use your data."
Thanks for the Joke Alert icon - noted.
They get to use a dribble a data once in a while, while I can stream Sky.FM's Bossa Nova music channel all day for many days a month.
A long time ago I noticed that Y=mX+b, where the intercept for next-to-no-services crosses the Y-axis at about 50% of the full-on generously-provisioned price. Satellite TV is the same, $60 gets you all the garbage channels, while $100 gets you all the channels (including the high brow ones).
A $30 gift card. That'll almost buy a replacement 'Lightning' power cable; a genuine one that doesn't generate a warning message.
Re: Dont buy your phone from an operator
"...I am on a 30 day rolling contract..."
With 6GB of data per month included?
Yeah, didn't think so.
The guys at work with Android phones are constantly borrowing my iPhone's wifi hotspot. They pay about 75% of what I pay per month, and get between 1.7% and 6.7% of the data allowance my plan provides (voice and SMS about equal). Seriously.
Informed conclusion: there are many locally optimized solutions to the puzzle. The cheaper solutions are likely to provide significantly less value. If one can afford to pay a bit more, then one may arrive in a place where mobile data is essentially unlimited. Sometimes the one paying a bit more is actually the clever one.
"There is no difference between a call + SMS + data plan for iPhone and Android."
So you've never heard the Telco lady on the other end of the line say these exact words?
"I'm sorry, that plan is not available for iPhones."
Nothing to do with subsidies, iPhone 4S had been bought outright.
"iPhones use data differently."
So, in practice, depending on your local carriers' level of insanity, you're wrong.
Re: Suppose Apple gave a contract
"...my expendable income keeps shrinking..."
We all have "necessary" and significant monthly expences that did not exist 25 years ago.
I can only recommend frequenting the on-site wine making storefronts. One can easily save $500 per month.
Re: Message to mobile operators
"The contracts that operators sign with Apple are confidential."
"They have to sign an NDA before they can even see the contract..."
Oooh goodie. A secret contract. Where do I get to sign a contract where the other side CAN NEVER ENFORCE IT IN COURT because it would go against their desire for secrecy?
Yes, I know that the court might be convinced to seal the evidence. Maybe. Perhaps. Maybe not, maybe the testimony would reveal the primary points.
Re: I can see how this works...
Power .NE. energy, unless you arbitrarily assume a period of time.
I'll assume that it's a few seconds of 1.5 MW peak. Then nothing until the boys show up to recharge it.
Re: I can see how this works...
It's a bunch of Bologna.
Meanwhile, North Dakota is lit up by gas flares
Everyone worries about 'Fracking' for various silly and/or local reasons, but nobody mandates that there must be a Natural Gas pipeline to put all the gaseous byproduct to good and useful use, as opposed to evil flaring it off.
Commenters perfect, article not.
"...60 hz. ...pardon the pun, to 50 hz input..."
It's Hz, not hz, as so perfectly shown by the most erudite commentards anywhere. Well done folks.
Has anyone alerted Montreal?
How is he getting into Canada? Canadians that so much as sniff at the US border, thereby bringing the faintest whiff of 'Moral Turpitude' (e.g. drug use) are banned from the USA for life.
"...fiddling with their GPS..."
Huh? Where exactly is the line drawn for THAT ? Is the button for the built-in GPS about an inch below the AC button?
Re: They have some serious uses
"...3-D printed dental crown..."
The ones that I've seen are *not* 3D printed.
They scan the broken tooth, and perhaps the opposite side to mirror image, to create the 3D CAD model. Then the wee little feisty desktop CNC machine starts grinding away on the cylindrical ceramic blank to create (using SUBTRACTIVE manufacturing) to create the exact crown shape required. It's all good and great, but it ain't 3D *printed*.
Is there an ADDITIVE Crown making machine (3D printing)?
Can anyone confirm this?
Re: Short list of things that can't be printed by 3D printers
"...someone who hasn't heard of ...Laser Sintering..."
Of course I have.
"3D printing isn't the solution to everything..."
Thank you. We're in violent agreement.
It's a *very* useful technology.
But it will not "take over manufacturing" (quoting idiots, not you) - not even close.
Short list of things that can't be printed by 3D printers
Virtually anything Hi-Tech (involving semiconductors, hint: they're already printed, but not one line at a time)
Fasteners under torque and structural cables under tension
Magnets (they tend to gum up the print head)
Of course they're ideal for prototyping plastic bits made of crummy plastic. Boring.
Hey! Call me when HP sells overpriced 3D Printer cartridges of 'Flying Car paste'.
The Sony Bloggie camera with the 360 degree attachment. *Almost* (<-note the "almost" please) exactly the same thing, but several years earlier. I bought mine for $40 on Clearance well over a year ago.
"...allows structures like IF... THEN... ELSE can stretch over multiple lines..."
No. No. No.
The key question is: How much BASIC can you cram into *ONE* line of code?
What's the character count maximum per line of BASIC?
About 240 characters in just one line of BASIC code should be enough for any project, such as replicating SAP in its entirety.
It's more likely 7 volts into a DMM with 10Mohm input Z. On the order of five MICRO-watts.
This article is built on a foundation of ignorance.
I'm surprised it doesn't say "7 volts per day", as seems to traditional for Arts grads.
Once upon a time...
Once upon a time, I wrote a BASIC program to stuff (POKE) "^H" (backspace) into BASIC source code, overwriting a placeholder character. The backspaces would overwrite the actual code when LISTed, so the LIST would display whatever one wanted (fake code embedded in the REM section of each line).
With that technique, one could do anything (assorted proof of concept demos):
A program that looked as it it would print "No No No", but would print "Yes Yes Yes".
A program that appeared to LIST when RUN, and appeared to RUN when LISTed.
A program that would clearly demonstrate that 2 + 2 = 197 (or whatever).
All in BASIC. Around 1980.
Search the source code for "^H".
And think about similar techniques of source code obfuscation, matured by 30+ years of new concepts such as Unicode.
Very (very, very, ...) unlikely, but necessary for completeness.
Re: Size estimate based on single tooth
An astronomer, a physicist and a mathematician are on a train in Scotland. The astronomer looks out of the window, sees a black sheep standing in a field, and remarks, "How odd. All the sheep in Scotland are black!" "No, no, no!" says the physicist. "Only some Scottish sheep are black." The mathematician rolls his eyes at his companions' muddled thinking and says, "In Scotland, there is at least one sheep, at least one side of which appears to be black from here some of the time."
These Paleo*.*ologists are at the very opposite end of the 'Skeptical Thinking' spectrum from Mathematicians. They concoct the most elaborate possible explanation from the most trivial of evidence. That's why they're as reliable as weather forecasters.
Put the pixels on the screen
Stupid. Stupid. Stupid.
Fillmore also made .... roughly $1,000 in royalties
That's more than most of the poor-starving legitimate Top 40 musicians usually make.
At least, according to some of the Underpaid Musicians propaganda I've seen.
Ask the poor of India what they'd prefer...
Spend $74M on a mission to Mars bringing (hopefully) immense national pride.
Or $0.25 cash each (based on about 300M poor) to spend.
One can anticipate that 99.44% of them would go with option 1.
Thus are deflated all the ignorant arguments about spending this money on Earth, instead of (sic->) sending great wads of cash into the inter-stellar void.
"...the male of the species has a venomous spur on its hind foot."
Left or right?
[edit: OMG? Was the Platypus designed by Morgan and therefore has only one rear foot? OMG, the connection of Morgan with the Platypus explains a great deal....]
Re: 9-inch screen
Mage: "...8" (a feasible reading distance)..."
Perhaps for young people. Or the elderly with reading glasses.
So the already-tiny-on-a-24-inch-monitor text that scrolls past during boot would thus be approx. 2-pt font.
Here's a full scale reproduction:
"... a smarter caller ID system so that if the number dialing in isn't on your contacts list then Android will take a guess at who it is using businesses listed on Google Maps. ..."
One step away from automatic silent call blocking based on crowd sourced databases of spam callers.
Google is sometimes quite thick...
We traveled to a small island in Asia for a lengthy vacation. Google responded by locking some of us out of our accounts. The false assumption here is that people don't travel, so it must be an unauthorized attack by someone with the same device, same cookies and other tracking files, same username and knowing the same password.
Because we were on vacation on a small tropical island in a foreign country, it took several hours over several days to go through the steps to regain access. Exactly the sort of crap one doesn't like to deal with during a vacation.
Google used to be clever. Now they're getting stupid. I'm losing respect for them.
It'll be cloudy, overcast, and foggy that day
It always is when there's anything going on in the sky.
The weather in certain locations is occasionally predictable many hundreds of years into the future.
He has complete access to the entire Russian spy IT network.
I just made this suggestion yesterday
In relation to the Google (?) barges parked off the USA.
Seven tonnes of xenon?
They should combine the LUX's future seven tonnes of xenon with the LHC's great big power supply to make the largest flash tube, like, ever.
Clue Number 1
How many users are affected by this catastrophic bug?
This falls mostly upon FastMail since they're the ones in the best position to count the affected users (1). The affected user can't poll the other users, nor can he see the lack of other problem reports.
FastMail := FAILMail
They're constantly "discovering" (sic) "new" (sic) species in the meat markets of the developing world.
(This post has been edited for no reason whatsoever...)
I'd use a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and rely on it to fraudulently game the benchmarks.
The only risk would be unexpected region locking.
They also fixed the white on white on white...
The browser's All White theme was unhelpful when dealing with white text entry boxes like this. Made it pure luck to push in the right place. It's now a darker theme.
(I don't think I changed anything to cause the darker, better, colour scheme.)
Re: Another bug fix ....
"...writing operating systems is actually hard."
Nonsense. Petulant children can do it single-handedly, in their third language, and do it very well - Linux.
It's obviously trivial.
Imperial system FAIL.
So close to 100,000 feet, it would just be frustrating.
Re: "An artist's rendition of..."
"Where did it say...?"
Are you familiar with Google? The galaxy name makes a very unique search string, then click on Google Images for speed of review. Your eye will be drawn to the same image on (for example) CNN where it clearly states that it's an artist rendering. Less than ten seconds.
For those with some common sense, it's mere confirmation. What do you think a galaxy ***on the other side of the freaking Universe*** would look like from here? It's perfectly obvious that it's a sketch of the subject galaxy, considering it's so stupendously far away. Instant reaction "That's got to be a rendering!" is expected, leading to search technique described above.
The public is too easily fooled these days.
"An artist's rendition of..."
It's a minor FAIL not to highlight that the first image (the beautiful one) is "An artist's rendition of the newly discovered most distant galaxy z8_GND_5296."
It's another fail that people don't instinctively know that this must be the case. A case of 'not good with numbers.'
Re: Competition Lacking?
Yeah, no other instant messaging platform provides Delivery and Read receipts.
So they think... LOL.
Re: Too little, too late.
"RIM is too far behind the curve on this."
That statement is ironic in containing the phrase "behind the curve" and BlackBerry's *old* company name.
I agree with you, but I love pointing out ironical statements.
Tuesday's iOS 7.0.3 reportedly breaks it
Deletes a key font. Kinda funny.
"...non-Retina predecessor. ...$329 16GB price tag lowered to $299;..."
Under $280 in March 2013.
No, not stolen. Paying attention while shopping.
Re: Interbreeding and species
"...the definition of a species..."
It's perfectly obvious that the definition of a species, when applied to the real world both past and present, leads to a very fuzzy boundary. New species are slowly created over vast periods of time, leading to an ill-defined fuzzy middle.
One endless source of non-value-added debate are the circumstances where people argue about precisely where to draw a sharp line on a fuzzy spectrum. It's a source of many apparent paradoxical mysteries (sic). Worse, hundreds of millions of man-years of lukewarm thought have been wasted on this same mistake.
If people would just understand this futility, and learn to openly accept that continuums are commonplace, then they could spend less time arguing about stupid arbitrary and demonstrably poor definitions and more time (for example) developing my goldamn flying car.
"Last" and other unprovable negatives
Paleoanthropologists are the 'C' students of logic and statistics.
They confuse oldest or newest 'found so far' with first and last. And frankly they're too thick to realize how stupid their claims are.
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