936 posts • joined 11 May 2006
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!
'Robben Islandville' and 'years of fun' are registered trademarks of Apartheid Games Ltd
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.
They should strike back
By making their own Mobile OS and only allowing Gecko based browsers.
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.
Otellini don't mean no ARM
Apparently Apple averaged 10 ARM's per second over the last three months. Intel would have to be pretty stubborn to not want a peice of that.
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.
+1 for Nemesis, awesome game that could make 20p last a lunch break, Also honourable mentions for Commando & Kung Fu Master, oh and Rolling Thunder & Green Beret.
There's a legitimate business in there
The Pitch: Rent your PC idle time.
Your machine is professionally kept clean of malware by our PFY / software.
We run low impact processing loads on your hardware while you're not using it.
You get paid for the usage.*
All workloads and clients stringently checked to ensure legality.
Visit clusterjub.orb for more details.
*don''t quit your day job.
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.
Apple, Corning and Gorilla Glass
No need to wonder, a simple google for corning steve jobs will tell you all you need to know about the relationship between these companies.
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.
The plaintif also notes that had she been driving her bimmer at the time of detonation the sudden loss of viddy could have ended right horrorshow like.
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.
Note that Siri
Gives you access to all this and more from the lock screen anyway, in fact it would be nice if the phone noticed Siri had been activated from the headset and that the phone was in a pocket so as not to activate the screen and allow accidental mute, speakerphone, FaceTime etc interruptions to calls.
Contract Dumbphones are typically eligible for yearly upgrades, whilst smartphones average 18-24 months, if smartphone marketshare is increasing you'd expect a drop in total mobe shipments no?
6079 Tastic, J!
"Yes, you! ...You can do better than that. You’re not trying. Harder please!”
Chatroulette meets 1984.
I think NASA wants the conspiricy nutters
Based upon the fact that the PDF they put out to explain this feature doesn't contain a single image comparable with the shot from mars, whilst a google image search for 'ventifact' returns a shitload of images that make the martian one look lame.
Maybe there's more funding for exploring mysterious places than boring ones.
It's really down to the quality of the criminals
The competence of the police wasn't really tested in this case due to the fact that these muppets actually went back to the scene of the crime the next day to try and steal more stuff, although you might argue they were just playing the odds, what with it being a one in a million shot that BT engineers would actually be on site the next day.
Glad I don't work for the firm that developed the original software
Bit embarrassing to have your 'can't be improved' algorithm bested by 97000%, for $500 of code.
Where is the Alan Sugar 'You're Fired!" Icon?
Five long years he wore this phone up his ass. Then, he died of dysentery. He give me the phone. I hid this uncomfortable hunk of plastic up my ass two years. Then, after seven years, I was sent home to my family. Now, little man, I give the phone to you.
Re: Original Image
I have a geology A level, it's been a few years but I'm pretty sure that's a rock wang.
Still have that home shopping channel feel to them, wonder if that's because Steve likes that kind of advert or it's simply perfectly targetted marketing?
Re: The paperless office.....
I thought that too, until I discovered that the wall to wall, ceiling to floor ring binders that filled two different clients offices weren't filled with reference material as id imagined, but in fact were mostly hard copies of every email they've ever sent or received for the last ten years.
Why do we want this again?
Isn't the novelty going to wear thin pretty quickly? I mean we've had the technology to produce transparent books for centuries but I don't see any on the shelves, yet for some reason loads of effort is being thrown into TV's or monitors that allow you to see the wall behind them, or maybe the person on the other side of the desk, their monitor and documents all overlaid onto yours?
The biggest problem with mobile devices is reflections of the enviroment degrading the view and the solution is to absolutly ensure the enviroment will degrade the view by making it transparent?
Could you pass on a message for me?
I only turn my phone sideways for two reasons, either I'm watching a video or the text was too small to read in portrait. If the clever CSS detects a landscape view and simply makes the column wider whilst keeping the text the same size I give up and close the tab. Also true for unzoomable pages, whatever turkey worked out that trick needs shooting and basting, preferably not in that order.
Re: Open source death star?
Hard to imagine how they expected the plans to remain secret at all when the construction site can be seen from the next star system.
Actually, now that I come to think about it, there was a lot of stuff in that film which in retrospect, seems a little far fetched, take Luke for example, grows up on a Sahara like planet with two suns that's so hot and dry that his uncle can run an economically viable business farming moisture, Yet Luke drives an open top car?
Personally, I'd have gone for something more enclosed, with shade and air conditioning and probably a minibar, so I was less likely to turn into beef jerky when I popped down the garage for 4 pints of Bantha milk.
Still, that's probably why I ended up in IT while Luke
shagged a princess saved the Galaxy.
Re: Fixable by editing XProtect.meta.plist
It's not an accident, raising the minimum allowed version to an increment of the current version is how Apple disables java*, because when the next release comes out it will work without having to undo anything, well assuming oracle have fixed it, but if they haven't Apple will just increment the minimum allowed version again.
* not the first time this has happened.
Re: Follow the money?
I've never been asked to do design anything as complex as a system for international money transfers, but if someone had asked I'd have started from the foundation that any system connected to the network had to ensure that all transactions were fully logged and traceable, so that in the event of fraud, laundering or theft it would be easy to see where the money went, who authorised it's movement and ultimately who removed it from the system.
Now some institutions would no doubt baulk at such requirements, given that their business model relies upon not sharing what their clients do with their money, or who their clients even are for that matter, that would be fine, their clients would simply have to personally move their money into such institutions by withdrawing it in cash at a compliant institution, which would fully document the withdrawal, and then deposit it in cash into their
Swiss chosen bank, with a similar arrangement for moving money back into the system.
A pain for some to be sure, but locking out banks that lose money trails would make most of the losses from fraud stop overnight and raise the risk of being caught from zero to something real. But it seems that would screw up a lot of 'legitimate' fraud and laundering as well so we don't do that and scams like this remain easy, almost risk free endeavours as a result.
Re: GOOGLE are trying to patent Prior Art
The stories you've read in books, seen in films, been told about by a mate down the pub etc are not prior art, they're just "wouldn't it be cool if..." ideas, which aren't patentable for what should be obvious reasons.
Re: average age of register commentards
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"Any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from technology"
I didn't learn to play the guitar.
Is there's a single company aside from google that can point to a proportion of their profits and say "that bit came from that Psy video, only cost us (insert smaller amount) in advertising"?
Money for nothing and the clicks for free.
Well I got burned for suggesting they simply chunked the encrypted files and looked for matches on the last post, but seems to me that the other suggestion that they hash the files before they're encrypted isn't going to work either, as mega are saying they're not keeping any keys and user b's key isn't going to decrypt user a's file even if they were the same before uploading.
Here's my optimistic thinking: The majority of the files that get uploaded to a service like this are already tightly compressed, and that the encrypted versions of these files are going to be bigger and a sliver more compressible, and that given the scale they expect to be working with, any dedupe, no matter how minor is going to reduce costs.
here's my realistic thinking: The announcement that they will be able to change your password and re-encrypt your files suggests bullshitting, if all files can be decrypted with a users private key and mega's master key then everything they've said they're doing is possible except the lie about not having access to users files.
Re: I disagree.
Not really double or quit, assuming all 31k apps break the $1000 sales target and then mysteriously lose steam, RIM stands to pay out 279M, or roughly 10% of its cash, so plenty of room for more desperate measures if this doesn't pan out.
Kill it with fire
Yet another half baked technoutopian wet dream for soulless wankers to market to fucking idiots.
It will never work, well, it will work for a bit, then it will fuck up and you'll find your smoke alarm has been going off every time you leave the house, your cooker keeps calling out engineers, who keep replacing the bit that keeps calling them out, your fridge has ordered 20 litres of sour cream, your washing machine refuses to unlock the door and your telly keeps randomly switching to channel3 because the microwave told it to.
And those will just be the bugs, which the whole system will be riddled with. Once the "hackers" get in on the fun you might as well sell your house and live in a tent before some twat fires up your oven and burns it down for the lols.
TL;DR Fuck the internet of things.
Re: Should be doable
Replying to myself is bad form I know, but no edit, just wanted to clarify, I'm not suggesting they could dedupe two copies of Avatar, I'm suggesting they could dedupe some chunks of an encrypted copy of Avatar against some chunks of an encrypted copy of Titanic, actually, there's no reason why the source files couldn't be the same either but it makes for a more confusing premise.
Should be doable
Just break the encrypted files down into small enough chunks and you'll find dupes, decrypting the chunk with user A's key will give you user A's data, decrypt it with user B's key will give you user B's data. At the end of the day a chunk from the middle of a file is pretty much random binary anyway.
Re: Specs: Does it penetrate walls? Useful range?
Range of 60Ghz networks are around 20-30% of 5Ghz networks, so an access point per room, maybe more for bigger spaces, hard to see how this is going to compete against 5G Wifi.
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