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Of course theres this:
Not sure how sustainable that spend is, but I suspect it all goes to pants pretty quickly when you stop.
I believe its a combination of napster and youtube thats to blame for this, there's a whole generation thats grown up with 'free' music, whatever you want to listen to, whenever you want, that most of it is compressed to shit seemed like a fair compromise at the beginning but now my kids (who have grown up with this), expect the compression noise and peak levels throughout to the point that music sounds wrong when it's missing.
I'm hoping as they grow older they will reasise what they've been missing and rediscover music.
Oh, and beats are just fashion cans, how they sound is pretty irrelevant.
Re: just a little innovation
Pretty sure the next big thing isn't going to be some sort of screen you strap to your face.
Also I note that when Bloomburg ran this story at least they had the guts to mention the analyst predicting woes for Apple was from Samsung Securities.
Here's a prediction for Apple's filing tomorrow, YoY is up, stock goes down.
Re: The blog
Had mine stolen from a parking bay in South Kensington, right under the nose of a CCTV camera mounted to a lamppost, neither the Police or the council ever discovered who was running the camera, it didn't seem to concern them that someone had installed it overlooking a bike bay.
It was a few years ago but it turned out that there was just one copper in London who was assigned to bike thefts.
Re: Not just kids...
Never, that's when it's acceptable for a single click on an advert to call a number, which explains why a confirmation dialog pops up instead of just dialling it.
You can try it yourself, scroll to the bottom of this page on a mobe, tap the 'Advertise with us' link then tap on the phone number.
Is that child safe? Nope, is it useful for adults? Yes.
Re: Only 5 years?
I think you read that comic wrong, note the bloody baseball bat in the last frame and hover text.
It's not for me
I'm not on Facebook, but I can see this being quite successful, reminds me of Metro, but users don't have to switch phones and apps etc for a new platform.
Double edged sword for Google, nice to have a big exclusive on android, but shame it cuts them out of the picture somewhat. Can't see how this really affects telcos who are little more than conduits at this point.
Also, Reddit could play this game as well.
I'd like to believe I have special powers
That machines simply behave the moment they catch wind of my presence, even over the phone or via VNC but I suspect it's really down to the users turning down the asshattery when they call.
I'd also like to add that users being too 'busy' to read the error messages is the bread and butter of IT support.
Looks like a spaceship
Priced like a spaceship,
Flies like a spaceship
To infinity loop and beyond!
Empowering cutting-edge infrastructures
Personally speaking, I've found that by simply visualising virtual models and embracing open-source interfaces for user-centric channels it's been easy to deliver end-to-end user experiences that redefine world-class collaborative availability.
just my 2k
I'm usually really bad at these
But the bell rang as soon as I saw the headline on the main page.
I'm guessing its illegal
To just go ahead as planned and take the company private after the shares have tanked then? Seeing as that would save them a fistful of dollars.
The Cloud is just a marketing term, basically shorthand for outsourcing your severs, that's fine so long as you accept that they can fail due to any number of problems between your workplace and the host or change in a way that breaks your apps without warning, or simply evaporate because your host can't pay it's bills / got hacked / had all its kit seized by law enforcement / forgot to renew a cert etc.
All the cloud services have seen massive outages, only the young and foolish would rely on them for business critical infrastructure.
More of this sort of thing
Sounds great, reminds me of Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, which has great rocket and explosives exhibits and knowledgable volunteers, some of whom used to work there as rocket scientists, good family day out, check the weather first though as rainy days don't get all the pyrotechnics.
Re: Completely right on all accounts
Education is a pretty big area, the article concentrates on Comp Sci and I'd agree that tablets aren't really suitable for that, elsewhere though, from primary onwards tablets will become the norm.
It's pretty simple really, they make sense for exactly the same reasons that we supply office workers with computers, we don't expect dave in sales to be able to write a program, he just needs the tools to do the job.
As tools for learning go, a good app is better than a good book, interactive content is better than watching an episode of 'Look Around You', screen sharing is better than a smartboard, the web is a better research tool than the Library, online homework is better than printing out bits of paper, distributing them, chasing them up, and hand marking them. Collaboration, messaging etc and so on.
That classrooms are going to transition from pen and paper to digital should be obvious, and if you're handing out computers, tablets are smaller, lighter, have better battery life and are harder to break (software & hardware*), than laptops, and if you've decided on tablets then the app ecosystem, tracking and inherent lockdown are persuasive arguments for selecting iPads. I'm sure that will change over time but it's true enough right now,
*Pour a glass of water on a tablet and it's likely to be fine, do the same on an open laptop and it's likely fucked. How many times do you think you could drop your laptop off a desk without something breaking? mostly it's nunce. One piece solid state devices are simply tougher than hinged part mechanical devices.
Re: Slightly OT
"Yes, maximum speed, see equations here and here, has to be like this or universe would become orders of magnitude more complicated, will be internally consistent, unlikely anyone will notice."
It's like the pre rendered star box drama all over again.
Re: Love it
That's right, I'm a fandroid, the whole mac user thing I've been peddling in the comments for the last 7 years was all an elaborate set up.
/sent from my iPad
This is almost as bad as that 1-2-3 stupidity
A fraction harder to exploit because you need the victims birthdate, but essentially the same level of carelessness / ineptitude.
holding doing it wrong.
Looks like a heat map of a planet, band of heat around the middle, cold bits at the poles, swirls in between.
Conclusion: universe is orbiting something bigger.
Apple's issue with flash was that it never ever ran as well on OS X as it did on windows, in some circumstances it was orders of magnitude worse, Adobe's reply was that they had deeper hardware access on windows which Apple wouldn't allow, but given Adobe basically lost all the people that could code cleanly when they bought Macromedia, and that everything they've released since is riddled with spastic bugs and exploits I can't say I was surprised.
Case in point, customer asked for help installing CS6 Design standard the other day, there are lengthy instructions, but the short version is to download and install a 3rd party download manager, which proceeds to load a 3GB DMG in a browser window, be careful, as any inturuption during this download will send you into a broken install loop that seems to be unrecoverable, it then asks you to save it, tries to open it, failed, and repeat.
Adobe even have their own separate software download assistant which you have to sign in to with your account yet then doesn't list the stuff you paid for. Solution for anyone else in the same boat is to download the master collection trial and use the design standard serial with it. Absolute Fucking Cretins.
Flash on mobile never really got off the ground anyway, a lot of the existing content was unsuitable for touch and relied on hover for effects, or just added processing load by being little more than a wrapper around h264 video. If adobe could have solved those issues it would have done so on android and we'd still be seeing those 'includes the whole web' jabs on other manufactures marketing materials.
I can't see this guy lasting long at apple.
Just plain asshattery, whoever coded that admin panel needs their computer operators licence revoked.
Re: What is it for
#2 I don't want Siri to have a face, I want them to licence HAL or GLaDOS. Make me happy already you Apple bastards, same goes out to Google, get either demented AI as the face of Google Now and you can creep through my most intimate of dox to your hearts content.
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Re: Games are never realistic
Houdy Charles Manning! come be my friend in Robben Islandville where you can break rocks, endure degradation and develop a new philosophical outlook!
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Re: So... what happened to te water?
Isn't cooling a ferrous metal in a magnetic field one of the methods for producing a permenent magnet? I realise the molen material is itself the source of the magnetism but it's going to solidify from the edges in, stands to reason that those edges would become magnetised and later be the magnet for the rest of it as it solidifies.
That would leave a humungous magnet inside a spinning mars which should still be producing a field.
Except that didn't happen so I think the field is likely produced by convection currents within the core, and those currents stop long before it starts solidifying, leaving a denagnetised ball of metal. I assume the flip flopping of Earths field indicates the same will eventually happen here, stopping halfway through a flip to leave the Earth to be ravaged by the solar wind.
I suppose if you build big enough coils at Mar's poles, you might link the fields through the ferrous core and create an artificial field just big enough to retain an atomsphere, perhaps something to try when the Sun is due to red giant and swallow the Earth, unless it's easier to simply move the Earth at that point in which case I'd go with that instead.</barely coherent rambling>
Re: But How
Either It will phone you and tell you to come outside and pick up your parcel from the clearly marked opening on the side of the truck, or some minimum wage van monkey will be employed to dribble it to your door.
Automated Royal Mail trucks will of course be miniaturised as they will only be carrying "sorry we missed you" cards anyway.
Re: I rarely criticize microsoft. I do it for the first time.
Well two other AI's upvoted it and downvoted you, I suggest that just because your meat logic is incapable of rendering meaning does not indicate the absence of meaning.
Perhaps I'm being too harsh, Google translate does miss the nuences of the original binary.
Re: EU Political Correctness / Communism / Fascism
I can't believe you missed this golden oppurtunity to attack Microsoft and instead went off on some tangent about the EU.
If you're not going to take this job seriously remember there are plenty of others that would fill your shoes.
Lies, Damn LIes etc
Freetards want stiffer sentences? Can pay, but won't pay? have you read any of the comments on torrent sites? do they look like they came from ABC1?
Goodness gracious, what stuff and nonsense,[B. please replace this with something appropriately colloquial -J] Thats all bollox innit guv.
A:3 V:6 M:10 poor copy, BR rip is better.
Ministry of Truth
As dystopian images go, 4,200 chinese workers in cubicles combing through a firehose of their fellows content and deleting criticism is pretty strong, i suspect the reality is less than a hundred guys monitoring a watchlist and leaving the posts up for 30 minutes to a) record who reads/reposts them and b) remind the public that they are being watched.
I really cant see this scalling indefinetly, and I hope that when China takes the boot off its collective face they don't burn down all the infrastructure in the process.
Every breath you take
A world where headmounted video recording is commonplace is a world without privacy, that the idea is being pitched by a company whose revenue depends upon user profiling should be setting off fucking loud klaxons.
Surely this ground has already been covered by Star Trek or Doctor Who?
The next generation of consoles
Reminds me of all the HD DVD vs Blueray fuss, with everyone competing to be the guy that loses to streaming. In ten years time no one is going to buy a console, pretty much anything with a screen will be able to connect to an online platform that does the grunt work and sends the video to the player. It's just a matter of time before the bandwidth and latency is up to snuff, It already is in some parts of the world.
Which isn't to say that they shouldn't bother, just that it's curious that a company well placed to thrive in the coming gaming revolution is trying to break into the static hardware market it will render obsolete.
There's a legitimate business in there
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Re: Self aware
The humans that click the links are arguably self aware, I think we can assume that by the time the average laptop has the combined IQ of six thousand PE teachers it will be just as easily fooled by the Hawking model the spammers are using to craft the spam.
Couple of thoughts, make that three.
It's too early, they look stupid because we don't yet have the tech to completly hide all the gubbins, 5-10 years later this could have been launched without people objecting to them simply because of the design.
It's Google, they would give these away for free if they could because ultimately every wearer of these things becomes another pair of eyes and ears pouring data into the mainframe. Google isn't evil, they're just obsessed with quantifying reality, they're not going to feel they're finished* until they're inside your head, recording your thoughts while looking out of the holes.
Would we trust anyone with a real time feed of our lives? I say no, that this tech isn't going to go mainstream until they have a secure connection to a back end on our own 'server' and all the data requests from the server run through some sort of onion network to maintain privacy.
* Machines don't actually have feelings, the tasks state will be recorded as 'complete' when a complex series of cascading boolean statements all return true.
2013 progress report
Red meat 2020
The will to live 2020
Re: do for building what Linux did for software
Hush you, it's a fantastic idea, in fact I liked it so much I forked it on github, forget about these losers, openjubhomes.org is where its at.
Re: But Really...
It's basically a re-run of the Cold War, but instead of mutually assured nuclear destruction we have mutually assured economic destruction and instead of the two sides being openly hostile towards each other they're actually business partners and largely dependant on each other.
That It's also completely insane is par for the course.
Here's the kicker though, because the consequence of lobbing a nuke were very well understood by all sides to almost certainly result in the end of all life on earth, a whole bunch of systems and safeguards were implemented to ensure that it would be really hard to either accidentally fire one off or for some guy to have a bad day and decide to fuck the planet. Wasn't perfect of course and the fact that we're all still here is completly down to the fact that on the occasions the system failed the guys that were told to press the button didn't.
This time round there's no safeguards, if one guy hacks into the right system and decides wipe it for the lols instead of pwning it for God and Country, it could escalate shockingly quickly to a couple of billion people surprised by the sudden loss of power, communications and water.
Old married couple
What you want are a couple of old gay institutionalised prisoners, granted it wont look as nice on the PR materials but, and I cant stress this enough, they'll cakewalk the two years in TV friendly good spirts while your married couiple are almost guaranteed a fatality within 6 months.
This isn't going to have the desired result
It will make tracking harder for about a day, assuming the ad companies fall asleep at the wheel, before they switch to another method that works. Long term all this will accomplish is to make it harder for users to see what's going on and frankly, cookies are too hard for most users to make any sense of anyway.
I think it would be a better idea to have a think about who is going to pay for the web, users or advertisers, and after that amazingly short discussion, how to design a system that allows the advertisers to target a particular audience with a high degree of confidence that doesn't require them to maintain a database of individual users, which of course raises even more questions about who would host and be responsible for such a system.
On second thoughts, I believe cookies are the lesser of many evils.
Yes, its exactly like when you connect an external display to your laptop then obscure part of that display with the laptop screen and the computer automatically adjusts the UI to take into account the bit of monitor that can't be seen.
All they've really done is think up a clever idea for multiple screen management that hasn't been done before and applied it to a single screen that can obscure itself by virtue of the boring fact that it can wrap around objects.
The simplest explanations are usually correct.
Vampire caught out by roller blind malfunction.
So how much are they paying?
Were they paying 101m before the cut or 1bn? Because 100m sounds like more than enough to throw at devs to add whatever's missing from Libre Office and give it a polish, and you'd only have to pay it once.
Hey, why not ask around, maybe there's a few other governments that would be interested in drastically reducing their Software spend by sharing the dev costs, with enough partners you might even get commitments down into the single millions.
Yes, I am aware of the numerous reasons this will never happen, and also that even if it did happen it would become an almighty train wreak, but it's still annoying to see money pissed away year in year out because the people in charge of spending it are without exception, a bunch of fucking muppets.
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