936 posts • joined 11 May 2006
I am no expert
heh, but t sure looks from the video like a rock hitting an atmosphere and breaking up, maybe it passed through a small* cloud* of something.
Re: Some points about using balloons
Regarding ballast, Can't they just take some extra dirt or rocks along with the precious stuff? dirt and rocks are pretty easy to find just about everywhere, sand seems to work fine for balloons after all.
Re: Were Apple available for comment?
It's curious, As I recall It stemmed from the 'jagwire' piss taking when they covered the 10.2 release, but over the last year El Reg has been saying it was down to some hairdo comment I can't remember ever hearing about.
Exactly what I thought, term also used for, rings, pens, any small item easily carried by or on the user with a link to the local AI.
Batteries? where we're going we don't need batteries.
Sooner than you think if the hints dropped at the end of the pCell demo are anything to go by.
I was wondering why they'd want religious people on the trip
A bunch of different religions all staking their claim on a new world sounds like a recipe for disaster, but then I remembered that this endevour is supposed to be funded by reality TV sales, so they're definetly going to want to stack the deck for drama.
Re: Only £13,333.33 Each.
Don't be silly, you don't just divide the £200m total cost of the scheme by the number of iPads and say woah, those are pricey.
I'd guess somewhere around 10m for Apple, 7m for accessories and insurance, 15m for 3 years of mobile for 15k plods, say 6m for app development and maintenance, another 7m for the datacenter and backend, 1m for training, the remainder spent on studies, consultants, project management, data analysis, paperwork, boats etc.
Re: Dan Lyons - don't make me laugh...
I feel a tiny bit sorry for him, he had a great thing going with Fake Steve, then he gets a call from a trusted source at Apple saying basically, let it go, Steve's dying.
So he does, and fuck me, Steve doesn't seem to be dying at all, and no mention of any illness. it must have seemed like they played him exactly the way his own Fake Steve would have done, so he becomes bitter and adopts a hateful relationship with Apple that sours his writing and puts off a lot of Apple happy Fake Steve fans.
Years later Steve dies and it turns out they wern't lying, it's just pretty hard to predict exactly when someone's going to kick the bucket because Doctors tend to er on the pessimistic side. Dan seems to have mellowed since, I'm hopeful we might see a return to the wit and insight from those old days again.
I've given this some thought
I have come to the conclusion that Total Surveilence only really becomes a problem for democracies when it's abused by those in power, and that being the case, the greatest threat to our society would be from corrupt politicians, therefore it stands to reason that the most scrutinised UK citizens should be those that are in government or that aspire to it.
Due to the potential danger these individuals represent, their every activity and thought should be analysed and recorded for the public record, they should be held to far higher standards of integrity and honesty than the general public and any evidence of corruption or abuse should be punished severely.
Or we could scrap the whole thing, I'm easy either way.
You're thinking too hard
There's no grand plan, I mean, sure something may come up when you let your engineers play around with all these pieces, but that's just gravy, the goal is patents, lovely lovely patents.
The masterplan is revealled
1) Make existing shops uneconmical to run by undercutting them with an online shop that runs at breakeven, or a small loss.
2) Somehow manage to patent distribution warehouses.
3) When all the shops are closed, add a 'showroom' and 'collections desk' to each local warehouse, which by now are the size of a small moon.
4) Somehow manage to patent the shop.
5) Jack up prices 100% a year.
6) Rebranding, new tagline: 'where else can you go' with new line art logo: 'JB gives you the finger'.
Open source kit car
Looks like you could have fatalities by coliding with a speed bump, other than that, great idea, carry on chaps.
Which is great
Unless in the process of saving lazy short sighted fucks a click the content source goes offline.
Syncs across iCloud, I can load tabs from my phone, desktop and laptop onto my iPad here in the freezing garden.
I'm going with:
If you win you get invited to join the club and help construct next years puzzle, which most people would accept as you'd really have to enjoy this sort of puzzle to complete it.
$70 windows phones
Whether this was a shrewd move to expose WP to an indifferent market or a big fucking money pit will only be revealed when they raise the prices back up and those punters stick around or jump ship to another cheap phone.
In the meantime its just buying customers.
EDIT, lol I'm back on the naughty list.
The problem with this
Is that it's not a distributed DNS system, it's a client hosted/distributed mini-internet, which isn't going to scale well beyond torrent sites, and if all it's really doing is torrents it's ripe for banning.
Thats pretty much what I expected.
I have no horse in this race, but given androids ubiquity, if the public percieves HTC to be lagging with it's updates I'd assume that's because they're comparing it with other manufacturers handsets on their chosen carrier rather than that they're a moany old lot that don't understand how many steps are involved.
This is the second 'eating out of the hand that feeds us' article I've read today btw, the other one was Microsoft pulling Nokia maps from their competitor because 'mumble UI mumble degraded mumble' and certianly not for any other reason.
Please don't let this become a trend.
So Microsoft is pulling it's software from a competitors platform because iOS7 'degrades the user experience' and no questions asked?
Re: They're in an interesting battle...
Except that would require distributing an easily blocked IP address, and avoiding that scenerio is the reason we have this domain dance.
Basically, they have to finish their p2p browser before they run out of domains.
Did you miss this bit:
"To defend against these and related threats, we build an OS X kernel extension, iSightDefender, which prohibits the modification of the iSight’s firmware from user space."
Whoa, you can reprogram the iSight firmware from userspace, that's a bit mad, I assume the next security update from Apple will plug that.
Re: opposed pistons
My Grandfather used to run a haulage business and had a truck with a Commer 2 stroke opposed piston diesel engine, Apparently it was prone to chuffing great fiery clouds of smoke and sparks from the exhaust, much to the delight of my father, he thought the design was mad, but awesome, I'd love to see one for myself one day.
They should have left the blocking feature as is
And introduced the new feature as 'Ignore' because thats what it does.
Neither feature is perfect given the underlying public nature of tweets but they both have value.
Re: Poor ol' 5C
Maybe it stands for Color.
I use Siri all the time
But there's no denying its way slower than Google now, and if it's improved in any sense since I bought the phone I'm not sure where or how. It's hard to tell if it's in maintenance mode or they're struggling to add features but that twitter firehose company acquisition suggests the latter.
Re: Settle down
Agreed, as far as I can tell this is just a computer controlled mig welder, so it's going to average at 5mm resolution with a fairly wide variance and is going to need a milling stage to get any sort of usable parts out of it.
If you wanted a gun this would be a really poor way of making one, interesting though.
Any details on how the orientaion is handled?
Does this mean it's not going to be hard wired end to end like a lightning cable? or are we looking at really tiny connector pins?
Something beginning with P
Re: ..."a whopping 80 per cent of crashes ... involved male drivers"
When a car leaves the road and smashes up a load of stuff everybody knows about it, police, insurers, the poor bloke whose house you just parked in etc.
When someone bumps a car or post in a car park, odds are no one else saw it, if it ends up on stats at all it's going to be because they made a claim for getting a scratch fixed, and men don't generally claim for small stuff, and when they do it's going to be "car damaged while parked' rather than 'i bumped it while parking'.
I really don't understand why people argue women are more dangerous drivers than men, they're crappier drivers sure, but you'd have to be deluded to say they were more dangerous.
Is that a bug?
Seems more akin to finding a key under your doormat and trying it in the door.
Surely a bug is when things don't operate as intended, rather than simply being operated poorly.
Resolution of handheld devices
Will stop increasing somewhere between 1200 and 2400 ppi, that's what's used for image setting quality printed material, there's some definition lost due to the printing process so it's unlikely we'll hit or exceed 2400 unless there's no cost involved in doing so.
Re: Exchange admin's point of view
Apple licence Active Sync from MS to enable iDevice Exchange connections, You could argue Apple is incompetent and installed it wrong but it makes bugger all sense to argue that they'd go out of their way to screw it up intentionally.
On the other hand, MS have form for nobbling their competitors software to make themselves look better.
Siri seems the best fit
I'd assume any software that can deal with Twitters feed can deal with Siri's raw data feed without breaking a sweat.
Re: It's not about patents
It kind of is, in the sense that they're arguing that secrets need better protection because SMB's can't afford patents, or to be clearer, can't afford to protect patents.
Of course, that's all a load of bollocks, nobody gives two shits about SMB's, massive red flag right there.
I would suggest it's really about enabling the wildly lucrative patent trolling business to expand into trade secrets litigation.
This really isn't going to end well at all.
"Turn that bloody TV off"
I can still hear a CRT from across the house, sad to say we still have one, also a good nose for burning insulation etc. Oh, and LED flickering, which is less a skill and more of a curse.
I think the poster above who suggested that our natural abilities push us towards a technical vocation is correct, it's hard not be interested in something when you can't ignore it
There'll be a relaxing 5% field strength during the transition
Only for 250 years, give or take, nothing to worry about folks, you may have heard all sorts of wild rumours about the solar wind, but let me tell you, It's absolutely fine for you.
Re: Why Windows is doomed.
Years ago MS 'fixed' their slow boot by dumping the user at a non functional desktop while the rest of the services cranked the disk, It's cynical but it works, most users consider their machine to have booted as soon as they see the desktop.
That's not why windows is doomed though, mobile is why they're doomed and they've only themselves to blame, they were mobile computing not so long ago.
Like a Jellyfish (on crack)
Oh, it's one of those rare four winged jellies that spazzes through the ocean you say?
Re: I honestly don't see the point
Replies to points made above.
1) Because we can.
No, we can't, we're arguably within grasp of sending people there to die horribly, but a sustainable healthy colony or even a return trip isn't on the cards.
2) For fun.
A hotel on the top of Mt Everest would be fun, we're not doing it though, something about a death zone.
3) Terraforming? pft, evolve humans to the mars environment.
It's pretty much a vacuum, if we could design humans for life on mars why not go the whole hog and design them to live in space? there's loads of room in space. If we terraform Mars while mutating humans we're not going to meet in the 'middle' we're going to meet when Mars is mostly terraformed.
4) We didn't build floating Islands.
We would have if it turned out that you died as soon as you stepped foot on the land we just discovered, if the only way of exploring them was in an airtight pressurised suit, or maybe we wouldn't have bothered until we could build machines that could survive in that hell hole.
5) No resources in orbit, We'd be better off building stations on the Moon or Mars.
The reason Orbit is good is that it's just at the top of our gravity well, easy to supply compared with the Moon, loads of free sunlight and if it all goes pear shaped you can come back down the well.
We are nowhere near the tech capability that If Earth was ever so fucked up that coming back down wasn't an option a moon or mars colony would be ok, and until that changes orbit is where we should be focussing.
I honestly don't see the point
It's almost as inhospitable as space, and there's nothing humans could do there that robots couldn't do on our behalf, and the argument about all our eggs being in one basket is dishonest, no colony is going to survive long term if earth stops sending supplies.
Orbital space stations make more sense for ensuring humanities survival, coupled with a *very* long term automated terraforming project for Mars to get it to the point where you're not dying the moment you step outside your habitat.
Planet of the Hulks
The morning commute is deadly.
Because mama needs a new car that's why, what are you, some sort of hippy?
Re: The 'others'
Apparently 'others' stretches right out to £39 kiddie tablets.
I have to disagree, mobile has a lot going for it, a massive user base, relatively short hardware refresh cycle, users have very little sunk costs in existing platforms, and new hardware only needs mostly open standards except where the standard is Microsoft's own (eg: exchange).
Mobile is an area where the two dominant players both had zero marketshare six years ago, it's the category thats rapidly consigning the desktop market to a niche role, If MS ignore mobile computing they're dead.
Re: Before this case is settled hardware within the form will be upgradeable
You're 100% wrong on this, we're moving away from upgradable hardware at breakneck pace.
General purpose computing is entering the appliance stage, just as every technical object before them has from washing machines to cars to making fire.
Those lego block phone concepts are a gimmick, I seriously doubt they'll ever leave prototyping but even if Moto pushes them out the reality is going to be so fucking far from what you were expecting, you'll wonder why they even bothered.
Re: I recall the 90's
I ran a Prepress bureau in the 90's, back when the whole industry was macs and the odd fuckwit with a ms publisher doc. We had a constant stream of unreliable syquest disks, zips and floppies coming through the door from other mac outfits as well as over the ISDN line.
Mac viruses in the 90's were so stupidly rare, and so simple that a single bloke maintained a free system extension called disinfectant that cleared them up. I have no recolection of ever having a problem with viruses back then and in truth little has changed over the years.
Understandable contempt in the comments
After all, it's not like this hasn't been promised before, and if your job is programming you're hardly going to be enthusiastic about someone promising they can make you redundant, and yet, just a couple of articles away is a report from Google admitting that they a) don't really understand how their image/video search recognises objects, and b) feed it data and let it program itself because they don't know how to quantify the things they want it to do.
These sorts of systems are the future, systems that understand natural language as well as we do, that are easily corrected with further natural language when their assumptions are wrong, systems that can retrieve data they don't have when needed.
IBM's Watson, Wolfram Alpha and Google Now are all at the forefront of the next wave of computing, and when these systems mature they will replace the status quo in an avalanche.
Re: Just a thought.
Ah, you're thinking of european prisons, where the focus is on rehabilitation, the prisoners have rights and the system costs money, whereas the US prison system focuses on punishment, removal of rights and is so profitable a whole percent of their adullt population is in jail, where prisoners are paid 25c an hour if they work, or they can go to solitary. A workhouse.
"But Jubs, I'm not an american, and we don't have those prisons here"
You also don't have eternal copyright and monsanto doesn't own the rights to your dog, at least not until the paperwork is signed off eh?
As an aside, this whole thread has blown my mind, this clearly isn't the world I thought it was and certainly not the world I want my children to inhabit.
Re: so it's a phased array antena that *absorbs* incoming radio waves & the object is *small*
Not if they were expecting a hole, the sky for instance, and if you can destructively interfere with the incoming radar and cancel it out then presumably you could adjust that interference to appear to be something other than a tank, like a bus, perhaps if you had access to a sample of the radar stations sweep you might even alter the reflection to recreate what would have bounced back if your tank wasn't there.
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