961 posts • joined 11 May 2006
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.
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.