936 posts • joined 11 May 2006
Re: Not quite invisibility
A time displacement field? ROFL, way easier to simply spatially warp the object in all seven dimensions, true it's not technically invisible but it's as good as and there's no time shadow to give the game away.
is it cloaking or cancelation then?
Because the article suggests it's disruptive interference for their test object but then they talk about warping radiowaves around buildings in the way of antennas and possible applications for hiding stuff in the visual spectrum.
Funny how things go
Seems pretty clear that the next step is binning those thousands of virtualised DesktopOS instances and replacing them with a server/cloud running a multi user OS that can stream apps and data tweaked for whatever device we happen to have to hand, which sounds a bit like what Google's aiming at with ChromeOS and their NaCl runtimes.
Re: Always preferred resistive
Yes, it was only the lack of multitouch that was holding resistive tech back, well that and the fact it was a total crapshoot that wandered out of calibration like an Irishman on St Patricks day, although to be fair, it had exactly the same level of
precision frustration when you were wearing gloves.
I was going to make a "Spare some piss guv?" joke
But not after seeing the bots eating dead flies, If we're building robots that can power themselves from decaying meat then this shit isn't funny anymore.
The concept of killer cannibal robots is way scarier than rootin' tootin' shootin' terminators.
icon - "nom nom nom"
The problem with your argument
Is that it requires completely incorruptible security services and government, forever.
We find ourselves in a situation where our security services and by extension our elected leaders have access to information about us that we might not even be aware of ourselves. In the wrong hands unimaginable levels of pressure could be applied to opposition politicians, judges, policemen, businessmen, journalists, or anyone else that wandered into the firing line.
Put another way, If your goal was to swiftly switch your country from a western democracy into something more like China or Russia, this dragnet would be your absolute best course of action.
I'm assuming a missing n't after does.
The reason your mod doesn't come with google's closed source stuff is because they're not allowed to include it, as clearly stated in the cyanogen wiki.
Did you install any btw? or is your solution to not having available source to forgo functionality?
Finally, maybe you (Bill the sys admin), took the time and had the skills to carefully check through your cyanogen source before installing, but unless you're a cyanogen dev I really doubt that,
I suggest that like just about everyone else who visits cyanogen, you installed it because either it was an easier update route than going through your phone's manufacturer, or because it removed all the crap that your manufacturer decided you'd positively, absolutely love to have on your phone, that you won't or (way way more likely), can't determine it's shenanigan free yourself, and that since installing it you've added odds and sods of closed source anyway because you needed the functionality.
Lets see the source for google's gmail app then, or their code for contact and cal syncing? got anything for the Play store? that seems like it's got it's fingers in all of your phones pies, you've got source code for that right?
Re: Beginning of the end?
Check out the 'making of' video for the new Mac Pro, that's made in the USA, mostly by robots. I'd imagine most of those jobs will involve dumping raw materials into hoppers and loading boxes of packaged devices into trucks.
Re: Makes you think....
Do you ever look at the film charts in the paper and wonder why 'Iron Man 9' is at the top rather than Casablanca? no? thought not. Please stop this wilful ignorance, this pretending to not know why something exists simply because you disagree with it.
Re: My Book Live 3TB
VLC isn't debian, are you trolling? it's not hard to check the heritage of OS X or VLC.
Also, introduce your friends to Plex for their any format media playing needs.
The first one. 'set up' as in how it was installed, air-gapped from the internet, with info delivered by usb stick, that the residence had no internet was mentioned somewhere (may have been on here), as one of the reasons the compound attracted attention.
It's worth remembering that while the US assassinated him using fairly conventional means*, it did take them 10 years to luck out on his location and it could have taken a lot longer, if the reported malware works as advertised it would be really handy in a similar situation.
* Assuming it went down as they said it did.
"How do we infect an air-gapped computer with an unknown but common type of OS and Hardware which will have autorun disabled for USB drives etc and then connect that air-gapped computer to the internet to forward captured data?"
Why that sounds an awful lot like how Osama's computer was set up, in a residence that gained attention because of it's lack of a digital footprint, funny how that nugget of info leaked, given that it almost guarantees that an average joe type of digital footprint is now going to be part of the standard cover for safehouses.
If this attack isn't real now, it soon will be, because while there might be billions of possible configurations, at a very low level in a number of areas there is commonality, a very small pool of components from a handful of manufacturers which are designed to work with those billions of configurations.
Re: Ooooh... Omega!
I think you need to pretty much automate the entire production side of our economy, including maintenance before a planet wide AI could achieve more than a short violent tantrum.
The thing about Gates
Is that love him or hate him, no matter how you cut it he's Robin Bloody Hood.
Set up a monopoly that screwed pretty much everyone in the first world, and gave (is giving) the proceeds to the third world.
Robbed your local school for thousands of dollars? why that's raised your taxes, that's probably a cheap burger he's stolen from your belly, and the fucker just pissed it all away vaccinating orphans what a cunt.
Re: cosmic background radiation
That's not what I mean, imagine you're the most distant bit of matter from the center of the universe, you take your blaster and fire it directly away from the rest of the universe, into the void, there's nothing for that blast to hit, nothing to slow it down, it's not going to exit screen left and reenter screen right like pac man (I hope), so what happens to it? is the energy lost forever or could it loop back after an unimaginable length of time?
Because It appears to me that the Universe has been blasting a shitload of energy out into the void ever since it got going, if it's lost forever then that doesn't sound sustainable*, whereas if 'space' turns out to be round then there's an awful big wave coming back at some point.
* sustainable over iterations of universes, assuming the current universe is just the latest in a series of endless 'bounce' cycles, rather than just another ripple on the surface of a pond during a thunderstorm, I suppose all of the above is a possibility as well, a ripple in the ocean of a waterworld. This was so much easier when it was just turtles all the way down, maybe that's sort of true.
Re: Don't be afraid of the dark
I've often wondered how much energy has left the observable universe, where it went and what it's doing now. I mean the universe we see is defined by the energy coming at us, but assuming there was a Big Bang it stands to reason that a whole lot of energy went flying into the void where there was nothing to reflect it back at us, further, that's still happening, that there's still radiation blasting into the void across the universe.
Is it simply lost forever? maybe it coalesces into a doughnut of energy that slowly contracts back in? or could it eventually swing back at us like solar flares on the surface of the sun? they all sound pretty bad, anyone know?
Re: It's sorta working
That would be reddit class, user clicks a vote button, moments later the vote count adjusts to reflect it, and the voting button they clicked is marked as disabled (CSS style is changed), It's pretty easy to find examples of this on the web you can deconstruct.
While I'm here again (purely by chance), being alerted that someone has replied to you would also be reddit class.
* or whatever you're using.
** valid session check, target comment exists check, voting enabled check, has user already voted check, if ok change vote in db, if not return false or prompt user to login etc.
[EDIT] Nice job on the edit button, time remaining is a nice touch.
[EDIT2} Just noticed time remaining decrements in place, and doesn't reset with every edit, very nice, needs a cancel button though.
It's sorta working
Just upvoted someone without a click through, massive improvement but it's not reddit class yet.
Licence to kill fancy chicken issued
The Association of Urban Foxes (AUF), today released a statement that they have acquired a licence to hunt and slaughter a chicken in the rundown Southwark District. "Southwark's fancy chicken population is close to extinction and is under extra strain from the more flamboyant chickens refusing to mate, by removing the fanciest chicken from the district we are sending a message to the rest of the population to pull their peckers out and get busy".
The licence auction is expected to raise somewhere between the contents of a bin liner artfully strewn across a garden to a fully loaded wheelybin stolen from a McDonalds drive through.
Jobs let plenty of crap through, these are just bugs in a point zero update, which for reasons that will never be understood, always include some that would appear to be impossible with even the most cursory of pre-release testing. Which is why I always advise my clients to let the fools rush in and discover all the bugs.
Regarding the article though, one sentence stands out: "using legal IMAP commands in a stupid way", That strikes me as the sort of qualified statement people issue when they're technically to blame, but aren't prepared to admit it.
Here's one someone made earlier, out of Lego
Just requires the control cylinder to be rotated to the correct spot, which was something the Difference engine was capable of. For a larger alphabet replace the cylinder with a belt.
I repair macs
News like this is fairly depressing to me, it's pretty clear the only thing I'm likely to be upgrading in these machines in five years time is the SSD cards. People are making a big deal about the batteries but they're still replacable for $199, or £169 inc VAT, which Isn't a bad price for parts and labour on a >10hr battery, and I can understand the motivation to use glue when they're trying to cram as much battery into the smallest space possible and keep the machine feeling solid.
The RAM is a real problem, the base spec is 4GB and that's what's going to limit the lifespan of the machine, not a hard to replace battery.
The iWork Demo
Realtime colaborative editing between the Pages app running on the Mac and the Pages webapp running on a PC that was launched from just a link in an email with no login required is a big fucking deal. If that works in the field as well as it did in the demo it's going to murder a shitload of Office sales*.
* But clearly not for the use case you're about to describe where this doesn't even touch the sides. Rather than outline it, just try and imagine someone else for whom the combination of slick, good enough, collaboration and free might be enough to have them to sign up for a free iCloud account with access to the apps, rather than purchase or subscribe to Office.
Sample size of one
Fixed a PC the other day that the owner had replaced because it was so slow, there was so much HD activity it sounded like an angle grinder and ran like a dog with no legs.
Switching out Norton 360 for AVG made a difference, but the major culprit was MS's readyboost service which appears to achieve it's reason for existence best when disabled.
Maybe this is wrong, but I get the impression that all those services that are supposed to 'run when idle' simply check for low CPU usage, which is generally always true these days, rather than checking for low HD activity before they start grinding the disks.
Blocking gobbledegook domains
Yes but it would also block hp.com
I can't be the only one that wonders if they've strayed off the path when downloading drivers from hp.
Us old timers remember the real reason you got banned, Jagwire.
10.2, released August 2002.
The sad thing is he's dead and the people that made the joke have moved on and your reviews of Apple products are generally balanced, I think it's just the click bait Apple stories and your own determination to remain uninvited that's keeping you out of these events now.
Straight out of the hat, get em while they're fresh
No, it's not the BSOD
It's just BSD.
Storm in a b cup
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I don't get it
The guy's motives could hardly be more transparent yet for some reason the markets seem to ignore...
Oh, I get it now, he's the guy that starts the gravy train, the market jumps on for a ride leaving the mark with a choice of either handing over the now 'expected' shedload of money or watching their stock price crash after the big guys bail.
And because the CEO and board are accountable for the results it's hard to ignore, in a nice business you have there, would be a shame if something happened to it sort of way.
"Tools down, no one's getting paid (except us off course), until we can be arsed to do our job again"
Re: Imagine what it must have been like for the property owner whose fence got hit...
More likely is, you come home from work to find your fence bashed in and a shitload of yellow eggs on the floor. bloody kids.
I know its a bit late to mention this but don't those 3D printers take different colour plastic stock? you could print the lower sections in black/red and the uppers in white, and have no need to paint it, maybe next time.
As far as painting goes though I'd be happy with SR-71 Matt black or gloss red.
The default right now is for smartphones to use wifi whenever possible, hard to see what objections they'd have to more data going over their networks instead do wifi.
I think you're making too much of this though, it's on Siri for performance reasons, they're very unlikely to enable it for the rest of the phones traffic for the obvious bill shock reasons you outlined.
Re: Cuban Missile Crisis
No, what's amazing is that it was simple tit for tat, the US shipping missiles to Turkey insigated the USSR to ship missiles to Cuba to even the field again yet the USSR response was presented as the aggressive "they're forcing our hand, we have no choice other than WWIII" move in the media.
Regarding the story, this isn't the only time it's happened, there are other documented cases, we don't know exactly how many times a single human has saved the world by defying procedure, but I suspect it's a fucking scary number of times. It's inevitable when a load of nations have built extensive systems designed to completly destroy all life on the planet.
Will we grew up and turn them off before there's an accident? I hope so.
If the published paper is so littered with clickbait that the media doesn't have to add any, prepare yourself for a big disappointment.
Nope, iCloud needs the password again for 'find my phone'
Re: Explain why they haven't
Press release will appear after the 5S has gone on sale and be a combined total, they don't break down sales by individual model,
no one does, that's pretty rare as it tells the competition exactly what's selling. in fact some companies don't release sales data at all beyond what's required for financial filings.
Re: iOS-based laptops?
They're calling it 'desktop class architecture', they're also bundling the iWork suite of apps free with cloud storage on the device come iOS 7, I note they also sell a $99 box that allows you to turn any recent TV or monitor into a mirrored or secondary large display for the iPhone etc and they've added a low power bluetooth stack for external devices like say a keyboard.
Bluetooth, Wifi, 3/4G networking, up to 128GB storage + cloud, POP, IMAP, Exchange, Shared Contacts, Calendars, VPN, An Office Suite and an extensive third party app catalogue with support for variable sized screen resolutions and aspect ratios**.
That sounds like all the pieces you'd need to replace a desktop for a lot* of users to me.
* a lot, not all, but certainly lots of home users without even needing to add support for LDAP, AD, fileshares etc.
** A subset of the App Store, so named 'Universal' apps that already support Retina / non Retina 4:3 iPads, Retina / non Retina 3:2 iphones, Retina 16:9 iPhones and aTV 16:9 720/1080.
iphone 5S for sale
Comes with free gift: unlucky human finger keyfob.
Re: Very clever
I thought it seemed clever, then I remembered it's for android and so there's no reason their software couldn't be set up to capture a sequence of clicks on an existing hardware button rather than requiring it's own dedicated one.
The future is 3D
Oh no it isn't.
I think it will be worse than that
At least Yahoo Answers are permanent and could potentially be improved with community voting (although that's unlikely to happen due to the community being almost equal parts trolls and kids).
Reminds me of a Flying wing style bomber.
It's all looking very fine chaps, carry on.
CCTV warning notices
Are only required in public* areas, you don't need to put up warnings inside your house.
I can't see a big market for something like this though, the resale value of that kit is high enough that you'd be better off selling the old iphone and using the proceeds to buy a dedicated multicamera recording system with the ability to view recordings on a smartphone, and whatevers left over in the pub.
* Public includes privately owned commercial thoroughfares, eg an industrial estate, shopping centre etc.
No information on any of these outages?
Are we supposed to infer from this vacuum that it's our elected governments doing totally trustworthy things?
The more you don't know the safer you are.
That's pretty impressive
Either the whole thing failed or they power cycled it, impressed that a worldwide distributed system with that much traffic came up again in a minute or so and dealt with the backlog seemingly without issue though.
Re: CTF regulations
This seems to becoming a thing eh? All your stuff monitored, copied, appropriated or destroyed without oversight, the people that are told to implement action under gagging orders with threats of serious jail time or given no reason why they are doing it, no explanations, no legal recourse.
Secret laws for us to break unaware, i guess its so much easier to run a country when all your citizens are criminals by default and it's only your whim and them keeping their heads down that keeps them out of prison.
I think the thing is that the powers that be can see where we're the world is headed quite clearly, and they're fucking terrified.
Easy to do in 2D with rails, a little bit harder in 3D, near vacuum and near supersonic speeds, whilst keeping it under 1G, on stilts and ensuring that in no circumstances can a pod hit the crotch of the Y.
Engineering safe branching systems and airlocked sidings for disabled / depressurised pods are the hardest part of this whole scheme yet they barely get a mention in the PDF.
- Vid Hubble 'scope scans 200,000-ton CHUNKY CRUMBLE ENIGMA
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON
- Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad