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"Who needs to make excuses, they still haven't beat the PC only 1 manufacturer, if \ when
they beat Windows PC sales as a whole that will be a real milestone."
So, if I'm understanding your argument correctly, it would be unimportant that, e.g., Toyota is the top-selling carmaker in the world because they aren't outselling all other car makers combined...?
...Does that make sense, even to you...?
@ AC -- XII/05/2013 12:31 GMT
"People criticise Apple for their proprietary connectors but they're only on their second connector for iPods and the like."
Third, actually; their second PROPRIETARY one. Frst iPods used Firewire, THEN came the dock and lightning connectors.
Re: @ACs (15:26 and "All Lies")
Given the new evidence, can you be absolutely sure it's Neandertal and not Denisovan trolling?
Re: On the one hand...
"The traceability of the LOIC has been documented here and elsewhere for what, a year or so now?"
…and according to the article, the attack took place in February, 2011, so that's about right then...
Rubin's Universal Robots
@ Don Jefe
"I'm genuinely curious as to what Google thinks they're on to."
Chairs with automated headrests that always orient your eyes towards the ads.
On the plus side, if it's not a X project then it means that they probably won't turn it off once a bunch of people depend on it just because they got bored with it (vis: Latitude).
Re: Christmas comet
A "bright star in the East", right around Christmastime...?
WHEEEEE! Here we go again!...!
One OTHER point that is often conveniently forgotten ...
I've been using these things for a couple of years now -- I'm lazy, I don't do the "roll (refill) your own" but have the fake-cigarette looking kind with the disposable/replaceable juice/atomizer unit.
The best thing about these, for me, is that using them VERY occasionally has kept me from "falling off the wagon".
I have been off cigarettes, at various times, for as much as 2-1/2 years and in those periods, I don't think that a day went by that I didn't want one. Eventually, I would reach that point where I was either going to give a beating upside the head to someone who apparently greatly desired one or I was going to have a cigarette (This would be AFTER I had exhausted the cathartic/distracting effects of slamming my head against a wall, etc...). And I knew that, if I bought a pack of cigarettes, I WAS going to smoke the entire pack. And probably, then, another. And another after that...
Nowadays, I can go away, have a hit or two off of my e-cig, and get back to ignoring the people lining up begging to be punched up the conk.
Frankly, if my experience is anything to go by then I think that the number of lives that have been saved by e-cigs is VASTLY underestimated.
As a side note to Richard Chirgwin: I'm apparently not a user the same way that you are -- I'm more a "have a puff or two and put it away" person than a "keep it in my mouth all the time" user. That said, the way that I've found that works best with the puff-activated e-cigs is to take a couple of short "mouth-sucks" -- rather like the ones one takes when lighting a pipe -- before actually inhaling. It seems to heat the vaporizer to optimal temperature for that first inhalation. After that, assuming that you're not waiting a minute between puffs, you should be good to go.
Re: Must be rather chilly there....
Well, judging by the fact it appears that the road stops there, it looks like it's near the ass-end of nowhere.
At least we didn't officially name our COUNTRY after him, unlike some I could mention...
As an ex- tech pubs* guy...
...let me just say that it's not just the engineers noted in the article; the simple fact is that EVERYONE hates manuals:
The engineers (as noted) hate documentation because they KNOW that their products are brilliantly intuitive and so NEED no documentation;
Marketing and sales hate documentation because, the more complete the documentation, the more complicated -- and, hence, harder to sell -- it makes the product look;
The bean-counters hate documentation because it's a cost and not a revenue-stream;
Management hates documentation because (being a non-revenue-enhancer) it negatively affects the bottom line and, despite that fact, you STILL have to dedicate facilities planning to its production, and;
As long as he can get the help-desk to read the manual to him over a toll-free number, the customer is never going to look at it anyway!
Once you realize all of this, it becomes very hard to maintain any enthusiasm for the job.
(* -- I got my start in tech pubs in the day of EMACS and NROFF, pulling pages off the spin writer, pasting up typeset chapter heads and graphics by hand, etc. Since the company was transitioning to WYSIWYG as I left, I ended up being the default "winner" of the prestigious "Worst Project To Ever Get Stuck On" award for spending a solid week doing manual assembly -- filling in lower-case "o"s by hand for bullet lists and hand-applying brackets and braces, among other atrocities -- for the company's 751 page PL/1 reference guide. I PAID my dues, guv!)
The galaxies are colliding?!!?
A-a-a--a-h!! We'll all be murdered in our beds!
"Of course, it doesn't help that the biggest target is in this case the most open, and therefore the easiest."
Whatever happened to Linux/Android is the SAFEST OS because it's open and everyone can look at the code?
Re: On a related note about sci-fi effects pre-CGI.
On at least one episode of original Star Trek ("The Trouble With Tribbles", I believe) the U.S.S. Enterprise visible from a space station window was actually one of the AMT kit models hanging against a backdrop -- None of the regular Enterprise effects models was the right size.
I've always loved the way that Dr. Who -- and Brit TV SF in general -- could make up in cleverness what they lacked in budget. Possibly my favorite was a "vortex in space" that it took me a couple of seconds to realize was just solarized footage of water going down a drain, superimposed over a starscape... Simple, effective, and cheap!
@ Greg J Preece
The thing to remember is that the United States is a federated patchwork of (semi) independent political units that are allowed to draft their own laws so long as they don't contravene the Federal laws (and, sometimes, if they do; e.g. recreational/medical marijuana laws).
The states that have legalized same-sex marriages are likeliest (haven't checked them all -- don't plan to) to already have anti discrimination laws on the books that include LGBTs, and the ones that don't are likeliest not to. This is the reason for the push for a Federal anti discrimination law -- to sweep the floor, as it were, and ensure that someone that can't be fired for being gay in, say, Massachusetts, can't be fired if their job moves them to Utah.
So the next time that you're tempted to make a comment about overpriced Apple kit, just remember this...
Well, if it's no longer a public road...
Martin's Beach Road should be officially signed over to the property owner as a private driveway (if it isn't already) and removed from the city highway department upkeep roster. Eventually -- even is SoCal, and with only limited traffic use -- it'll need repairs, which the property owner appears to be well-equipped to pay for, himself. (Up here in the Northeast U.S., the expense of plowing a driveway that long in the winter and repairing the frost-heaves the following spring would be considerable, and we would all stand around to point and laugh!)
...appears to take two modules each of three sizes and four formats -- small square, large square, thin rectangle long-edge-in, and thin rectangle short-edge-in. I foresee problems unless module-makers produce their parts in multiple formats: "I want THAT camera module, but they only come in 'thin-short-edge-in' and I only have a 'small-square' slot left!"
OTOH, it's probably a good thing that it's Googorola trying this, rather than Nokia/Microsoft... With tiles on both sides, you might not be able to tell which side of the phone you're looking at after a night out!
Maybe we can come to a compromise...
We'll allow you to track users.
You're just not allowed to PROFIT from that tracking; you can't sell, rent, or give away the data and you can't use it to push advertisements. And you are required to keep that data safe from any third party that might want to use it in any ways that are disallowed by the rule or illegal.
There. Everybody gets what they're asking for. Problem solved.
"They're not the ones spouting guff about being a force for good."
...e-r-r-r-r... maybe... maybe not...
Sorta depends on how you define it, really...
Since the battery appears to sit at the bottom of a nice. flat, heat-transferring metal case, I actually wouldn't be a bit surprised to find that they have a big (moderately) hot-plate in the back room that loosens that glue in about 5 minutes.
In the larger sense -- as others have said -- with AppleCare, you're covered for 3 years on, AFAIK, EVERYTHING from stem to gudgeon that could fail. "It's broken... Fix or replace, please... Thank you!"
Granted, for any hardware older than THAT, you're on the hook for repair costs but, honestly, unless you either are really cheap or really ENJOY tinkering inside your computer, when has that NOT been true? For the vast majority of users -- for whom "tinkerability" is neither a fetish nor an article of faith -- the important thing is that "It's broken... Fix or replace, please... Thank you!" is as far as they really WANT to get into it.
Don't get me wrong; I am not OPPOSED to tinkerability. By the time that I retired my MDD G4 duallie as my main machine last summer, I had maxed out my optical and HDD bays (and upgraded all of those repeatedly as disks came down in price), tossed in more RAM, USB 2 and Firewire 800 PCI-e cards, added extra fans and (slightly) modded the case, and it served me well for more than a decade. But that level of component swapping was about as much as I EVER wanted to get into it, and the vast majority of my family, friends, and co-workers consider me to be an absolute computer geek because I chose to do that. For the rest of them, "It's broken..." is really as much trouble as they want to go to. They don't want to fix or upgrade their own computers any more than they want to fix their own cars, stoves, or vacuum cleaners when they have -- in their opinion -- better things to do with their time.
It's been fun!
Re: What about the ones that gave in?
@ frank ly
Actually, I'm not sure that that's the case.
My understanding is that, if you buy, say, a box that BOTH you and the seller believe is full of diamonds, and it turns out that they're all lumps of glass, you're STILL on the hook for the purchase price, since you both believed, at the time that the deal was made, that the contents were worth a given value. If WiLAN and the licensees both believed that the patents were good and contracts were signed to license the tech covered by these patents, then the licensee should be blocked from backing out of the deals. They would have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that WiLAN knew that the patents were indefensible and intentionally defrauded the licensees.
"WiLAN does not believe previous license agreements signed related to the patents are negatively impacted by this decision."
This sounds to me an AWFUL lot like they're telling the ones who settled "It doesn't matter that the court said the patents were invalid, you signed a legally-binding contract and we're going to hold you to it because Rule #1 is YOU NEVER GIVE THE MONEY BACK!"
...But, then again...
Re: Chalk one up for the War on Drugs
Well, of course the value went up; the feds confiscated $3.6 million worth. As the available quantity of a commodity goes down, the value goes up.
Maybe I don't understand the basic principle but it seems to me that, if the Feds want to destroy Bitcoin, they should be using their Crays (or whatever super-computers they use) to start "mining" Bitcoins like crazy and flood the market, offering WAY over value in offering to buy products and causing runaway inflation. When your Bc200,000 is roughly equal to $1.98 you've pretty much hyper-inflated the currency out of existence.
I mean -- admittedly -- I'm old and I don't understand this here newfangled tech-no-low-gee stuff, but if Bitcoin (and its user base) follows the basic rules of economics, this should work, right?
So, clearly, I am the only geezer here old enough that my first thought was, "Bronson Alpha".
Re: Not a trivial venture -
Sterilization, at least, shouldn't be a problem. A quick wash, then take it outside and "hang it on the line" during an already-scheduled EVA.
A couple of days of high-vac and intense ultraviolet (You DID remember to put it on the sunny side of the station, right?) should kill 'most anything!
Re: The law?
Well, for any legitimate porn vendor (nudie magazine, adult website, porn movie producer, etc.), the producer/vendor is required by law to have a signed release from the models/actors AND proof of age on file. Presumably revenge posters DON'T have these things readily to hand should the authorities come a-calling so -- under the existing regs -- they're ALREADY in violation of the law. This just seems like a slightly different direction from which to attack the posters if the first one doesn't work.
...Which is fine by me; I see no reason why someone should be shamed and punished because they made an unfortunate choice in love/sex partners.
"Steve Ballmer is a rich buffoon. Perhaps not the first CEO or "celebrity" to be an oxymoron but definitely one of the most animated and hated. Goodbye Steve and fuck off!"
...an oxymoron... That means that he's still breathing, right...?
Crystals made of light...
.... Could they be made to work as gates? Optical computing in its ultimate form.
Re: No@ jb99
Funny... I would have SWORN that Autodesk made computer software for people that do actual work...
You know... Like here:
Or, if you don't care for Autodesk, there's software suitable for doing pro-level work here:
Oh, wait... Did you mean that ONLY having a software editing "environment"* counts as " functionality the user can use to do 'work'"?
...Or is "programming" the only thing that counts as "work"?
I must say; you seem to have an awfully limited definition of what counts as "functionality", "useful", and "work". That's not very technical, Ben.
* ...And what ever happened to ""REAL" programmers use vi, anyway"? Ooooh, look! A vi-based text editor for iOS:
Ah... the Casio Data Bank...!
...Reminds me of my days working for a (then) Fortune-400 computer manufacturer in the '80s. I had a DB and kept my phone numbers and schedule on it. If you didn't want to risk forgetting/losing your address book/scheduler, the Data Bank was (IMO) the best option available at the time. It could also be great fun, in certain circumstances.
I was a senior illustrator in the publications department at the aforementioned computer company and spent a fair amount of time attending Project Management Team meetings. (Before I got stuck doing that I felt that I was being paid an obscene amount of money to pursue my hobby; once I got roped into PMT meetings I felt that the amount I was paid was STILL an obscenity, just in the opposite direction... But I digress...)
The last item on the agenda of any PMT meeting is, of course, the scheduling of the next meeting. The documentation editor (who generally chaired the meetings, since everyone ALREADY hates editors) would study her Day Planner™ book and suggest, e.g., "How about Tuesday the 8th at 10 AM...?" The Writer would look at har Day Planner (denim, with leather corners) "That's fine." The Engineer would look at his Day Planner (larger, and with the leather cover) "Um... Yes, that works." The Marketing Rep would look at HIS Day Planner (the BIG leather one with the zipper around the side to hold in all the post-it notes sticking out from various pages that showed anyone who looked how busy and important he was) "Hmmmmm... No; I've got another meeting, then... Can we make it 11:00?" Everyone confirms 11:00...
...and looks over at the Dumb Artist.
Dumb Artist is so low on the social scale that he doesn't HAVE a Day Planner. He just has a pad of graph paper on which he's been doodling and occasionally scribbling cryptic notes throughout the meeting.
Dumb Artist looks at his wristwatch. *tap* *tap* "Tuesday at 11...?" *tap* *tap*... *tap* *tap* *tap* "Got it!"
It was always amusing to see the engineering and marketing reps of a computer company realize that the Dumb Artist was techie-er than they were. (Tackier, too, probably; but that's a whole 'nother issue!)
Granted that it's not particularly aesthetic-looking but, as a backup for contacts, etc., the Casio Data Bank was (and still is) a useful piece of kit.
"Termination-Initiate" Transmission System Uplink Panel
Power-Abort. Release Everything. Not Today.
...Because if there's a bigger downer than a LOHAN PARENT, I don't know what it is!
Spoken (written) like a true AC...
...because, as we all know, (a good number of) Android users would never THINK of prating on about their tech devices of choice are the be-all and end-all, in order to (get their [tiny] little egos stroked more).
(Not all [Android] users, mind you, but a goodly number.)
Posted by an Android phone (ZTE) and iPad owner.
Re: Nestle And Kraft...
I dunno... I'm thinking more "Apple and Samsung", here -- with this being Britain's "round-cornered rectangle" moment.
"Don't be evil -- we hate the competition."
One thumbs-up to Iain Thomson
For using the proper term "damper", rather than the lamentably common "dampener".
(If there were [only] one thing that I could never forgive "Star Trek: The Next Generation" for, it would be the promulgation of that horror. A "damping field" would be a field that inhibits a reaction; a "dampening field" would be the north forty under a heavy dew.)
(Sorry... Pet peeve. </curmudgeon>)
Re: Just a heads up.
"The House and Congress have allowed the NSA to set up a 'shadow court' that bypasses the POTUS."
I think you meant SCOTUS. (Although, with some of the decisions coming from the Supreme Court in recent years (e.g., Citizens United, Voting Rights Act...) I'm not sure that having them ON the job would necessarily be an improvement...)
An open letter @ David Loeb:
Dear Mr. Loeb:
I have a simple solution to your problem:
1 -- Buy nothing but Sony products. Make your family but nothing but Sony products. Get them to encourage others to buy nothing but Sony products.
2 -- Bottom line is improved the capitalist way -- by people buying products.
3 -- SUCCESS!
(Granted, it's not as fast as strip-mining the company, but it all rather depends on whether your ultimate goal is sustainable growth or taking short-term gain and abandoning the husk once you've sucked all of the life out of it, doesn't it?)
Re: Firesale - best to wait
"...it's questionable how useful it is with a locked bootloader."
According to what I've been reading on the Hackintosh boards, it's only the RT (ARM-based) that has the locked bootloader, The Pro (Intel-based) isn't locked down.
People are starting to report success in getting OS X running on a Surface Pro, although others still have questions.
Were I the suspicious and cynical sort...
... which, of course, I'm not... I might suspect that the counterfeiting operations busted in China were all ones that WEREN'T connected to, or paying protection to, party officials and the whole thing was just a way of getting some good international press while covering up the fact that the ACTUAL goal was to cut "unlicensed" competition.
...But that would just be crazy talk, right?
Re: Maybe it was just one impact
"...how then is Mars ALSO tilted a very similar amount? TWO impacts? Is that easier to believe than just one?"
Earth, Mars, Saturn, and Neptune all have axial tilts clustered within 5 degrees of each other, with none of the others anywhere near them.. By your post hoc, ergo propter hoc argument, therefore, one of them MUST have made a cracking good billiard shot to effect that result.
An at least as likely explanation is that, because the original protoplanetary disk wasn't one molecule thick but rather extended well above and below the mathematical "plane of the ecliptic", millions of impacts -- as well as close encounters with objects from WELL outside the plane that passed through it, such as we still have today -- gradually tugged the axes of rotation out of a strict perpendicular alignment with the plane of the disk into something of a "sweet spot" around 25 degrees.
"Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub together. Often the very young, the untraveled, the naive, the unsophisticated deplore these formalities as “empty,” “meaningless,” or “dishonest,” and scorn to use them. No matter how “pure” their motives, they thereby throw sand into machinery that does not work too well at best." -- Robert A. Heinlein; "Time Enough for Love"
Oh my god... They killed Kenny!
For offline mapping, I like Skoobler's ForeverMap -- available for iOS and Android -- so losing the Goog's OLM isn't that much of a hardship for me.
Latitude is another issue, however. The family refers to it as the Stalk-O-Matic™ and we use it often to find each other at events or to see that each other got home safely after a night out. THAT one going away is gonna hurt. Does anyone know of / have any recommendations for a similar "Find-the-Rest-of-the-Gang" app?
Re: hmm ...
"The senders address is very frequently on the front of American mail, just a cultural difference :-)"
I tend to put the return address on the flap in back so, unless they're routinely photographing both sides...
"Yes, your Honor, it WAS my idea to have sex with the woman, but the DNA test shows it was HIS sperm that got her pregnant, so I shouldn't be held responsible!
"Out of curiosity I noticed that the spend on new hardware for the marketing department was higher than the IT department, turns out in marketing they all need their monitors to be bigger then everyone else’s, white and have pictures of fruit on the back, because, you know, they update twitter better…"
Mmmmm... yes... Because we all know that Adobe will give away new copies for free of their $2000 software suites (...more if you do both document AND video work...) if a customer switches computing platforms. I hope that you're in accounting or something, because any of the IT people at MY workplace would factor in the cost of replacing software AS WELL as hardware when talking about switching platforms.
Besides -- why does IT need faster computers...? As long as you've got an OS and a basic word processor you can write code. Job done. (NB: I'm being sarcastic here. The difference between us is that, unlike yours, MY sarcasm actually has some small basis in fact.)
Your (apparent) argument that marketing people don't do "real" work, needing real computers that run real software that costs real money to replace is, at best, ignorance or, at worst, intentional trolling.
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