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Are they, by any chance, telepaths?
...Just in case the ISS goes FTL, you know.
Re: Maybe Anon can be provide a useful servcie after all
Within a few hours, expect a "We... MEANT to do that...! Yeah...! That's the ticket! We MEANT to take those guys down! NOT the bank! The bank was NEVER our target... We were ALWAYS after the malware guys!" communiqué from the Anony-Mouse.
Truly, a Cunning Plan™...!
I'm sure that the law-enforcement agencies of the world AREN'T waiting for the plaintiffs aiming to recover their otherwise-untraceable financial assets in these class-action suits to identify themselves so that they can give them special scrutiny...
Across El Reg, commentards' heads are exploding at having to celebrate an Apple court-win.
"Yay! A patent troll lost!"
"But... That means Apple won..."
"But... Patent troll lost..."
"But... Apple won..."
"Well, what did you expect...? American companies ALWAYS win in American cour... It was where...?"
Re: To be accused is to be guilty
I think you're glossing over a couple of points:
1 -- Most prosecutors won't go to trial unless they believe that they actually have enough evidence to get a conviction -- they don't want to waste their office's budget and (more importantly, to them) their time on bringing a case to trial that won't enhance their conviction rate and reputation. They may propose a plea deal because they can get the same result for less effort. The vast majority of plea deals come in cases where the accused actually DID do the deed and it works to everyone's advantage to agree to the deal.
2 -- You seem to assume that all of the the delays in going to trial fall on the shoulders of the state. While I don't have numbers, based on what I've seen mentioned in the newspapers in my area (and no, I don't read the local Murdoch-owned tabloid), requests to postpone the start of trials appear to skew more towards the defense than the prosecution. If that is the case then the issue of how long it takes a case to come to trial can be something of a red herring.
"Epstein said: 'Thirty to 35 per cent are those guys aged 26 to 40...' "
Jeeze -- my BEARD is older than 90 percent of these guys!
What most of these guys don't realize is that -- unless you have a lot of quite dark hair -- a beard generally looks like crap for the first month or two. If you're a blonde going for the permanent 5-o'clock shadow look, then it sucks to be you, but if you want an actual beard, then patience solves a lot of problems.
I was in my early twenties and a very pale blonde when I decided to try growing a beard one summer between semesters at college. It took, quite literally, almost the entire three months before it curled back on itself enough to become noticeable. Two months and three weeks -- nathin' shakin'. That last week however, it just figuratively went "FOOMPH!" and became the magnificent bit of follicleage that it remains to this day. (And, yes; I have a couple of places where the hair isn't as thick as others, but if the hair's all long enough, it covers the problem nicely)
So is MtGox SUPPOSED to be pronounced like "Empty Box", or is that just serendipity?
Re: Keep taking the tablets
"...I find the notion that anyone can do useful work on a tablet laughable."
I REALLY wish that people would at least have the intellectual honesty to preface comments like these with "For the kind of work that *I* do...". Of course, that would kind of dilute the supposed universality of their pronouncements.
For some of us, something like THIS is real, paying, professional work that keeps a roof overhead and food and drink on the table:
Re: Can't say that I understand the TV companies argument
At least part of the issue is that broadcasters charge advertisers based on the number of eyeballs (supposedly) viewing their advertisements. This is why auditors like Nielsen, etc., have historically been so important to the industry -- they provide the numbers that everybody uses to drive the ad rates up or down.
Unless the broadcasters have a way of surveying (or should that be surveilling...?) the Aereo customers, to see how many thousands of sets of eyeballs they can add onto the numbers that they already get from Vielsen, et. al., for any given point in time, they can't get that hoped-for extra money from the advertisers.
OTOH, I'll wager that the advertisers like Aereo for that exact reason -- extra eyeballs for no extra outlay.
What sort of security does Belkin use...?
A WeMo WEP, A WeMo WEP!
A WeMo WEP, A WeMo WEP!
A WeMo WEP, A WeMo WEP!
A WeMo WEP, A WeMo WEP!
In the gadgets, the household gadgets,
The firewall sleeps tonight.
In the gadgets, the Web of Gadgets,
The firewall sleeps tonight.
A WeMo WEP, A WeMo WEP!
A WeMo WEP, A WeMo WEP!
A WeMo WEP, A WeMo WEP!
A WeMo WEP, A WeMo WEP!
(Sorry... Still a quart low on my morning coffee intake...)
"No amount of organizational resilience or hierarchical cohesion can ever fully defeat an unstructured, decentralized and wholly unstable force that keeps gluing sandpaper to the toilet seats and leaving Lego blocks on the floor of your bathroom."
Re: I don't understand
You've actually touched on one of my biggest complaints with science-fiction movies where lasers/rayguns are used -- You DON'T need sights for a projected-energy weapon. Sights on a firearm evolved because the things tend to be heavy and cumbersome and have a tendency to wobble, and (on rifles, particularly) to help the shooter adjust for wind deflection or projectile-drop at distance, neither of which should be much of a problem with an energy beam.
The easiest way to point a laser-pointer with good precision is to tape it to an outstretched index finger. With a larger/heavier one you may need to tape it to finger, hand and arm. Either way, pointing with arm extended at the object you want to hit should do for most purposes. If I wanted to hit and hold on a moving object, that's how I'D do it, at least.
If you MUST have a "gun-shaped" hand-weapon in your movie for dramatic and/or recognition purposes, you design it such that the index finger lies in a groove parallel to the beam-emitter, with the other three fingers wrapped around the grip and, possibly, a thumb-stub as the firing button.
Point-and-shoot -- We've all been doing it since childhood; no sights required.
The REAL question is:
"Did Sen. Coburn examine compliance amongst members of the Senate and their staffs?"
...I thought not.
Just the Apple store...?
CCS is also available on the Google and Amazon Android app stores, and for Windows™, too.
Re: Hmm sounds a bit fish flakey
I coelacanth resist making horrible fish puns. I have a tench of that, myself, although I find that it seems to be cichlid in nature -- some days I can hake it or leave it; other times it has me walking around in a dace.
Re: @ Mike Moyle
"Or for the really condensed version.
America Uber Alles."
So noice to hear from you again, Mr. Godwin how have you been lately?
"Let me suggest another view.
No one Uber Alles."
Now make it happen.
Oh, you can't...?
Well then, as a GOAL, I strongly approve of it, but as an immediate strategy -- until you manage to convince a lot of autocratic international actors who believe that EVERYONE should live by their political/ideological/religious system to live and let live -- it sucks donkey balls. As the man said; the lion may lie down with the lamb, but the smart money says that only the lion is likely to get up again.
Come back when everyone starts acting like lambs and we'll discuss your proposal again.
Speaking personally, and for no one BUT myself, I have to admit to a certain amount of ambivalence re: the NSA.
Do I think that what they are doing is always right? No.
Do I think that what they are doing is always wrong? No.
Would I rather that I be able to do what I want, when and where I want, without having someone looking over my shoulder to make sure that it is "approved"? Hell, yes.
Do I believe that other international actors are working on the same projects and towards the same capabilities that the NSA is? Yes, certainly.
Do I think that SOMEONE is going to accomplish those goals eventually? Yes, certainly.
Do I believe that, e.g., the Russian and Chinese security agencies' visible actions against openness online are all that they are ACTUALLY doing? No, certainly not.
Do the Snowden leaks indicate that the U.S. is the only international actor trying to suborn the 'net for its own purposes? Almost certainly not. They may only indicate an inherent weakness in using contract workers, or that the U.S. is less efficient at keeping its electronic warfare "troops" under its thumb. It may simply mean that government employees in THIS country believe that they can get away with revealing secrets embarrassing to their employer without getting an intimate introduction to an umbrella-load of Polonium.
Would I rather that, if SOMEONE is going to attain the same goals that the NSA is seeking, it be someone who is (at least nominally) looking out for my interests and (nominally) under the control of people that I (nominally) have some voice in choosing, rather than someone who is somewhere that I have zero chance of getting to and who has ABSOLUTELY no accountability to me? In all honesty, I have to say yes.
Do I believe that whomever gets the technology first will hold a permanent monopoly on it? Not really -- Whatever international player gets it first will have a very temporary advantage, but for that short window, I would rather that the advantage lay with a more-or-less democratic state than with a more-or-less autocratic one since I firmly believe that, in the long run, the inherent stresses in a more-or-less democratic state keep it from doing as much damage as quickly as a more-or-less autocratic one.
I don't know if that clears anything up for you, but there it is.
Re: Get two
...and stand them together in front of your Mac Pro.
Re: Fuck the ratings
Well, remember that Captain Scarlet has had some unpleasant experiences with Mars, so his antipathy to the idea is certainly understandable.
Should be KarDOSHian.
@ AC I/02/14 19:16 GMT
"The last time I read about Wellls Fargo was in The Dandy. Colour me unimpressed."
Be unimpressed, as you will... But as one of the four largest banks in the U.S. -- and THE largest, depending on which metric you use -- Wells Fargo has some cachet among those whose reading includes the financial pages instead of children's magazines.
Re: Re: strange...
"Look through the history of currencies and you will find that this is the very essence of many of them. If something has inherent value, ie is useful for something else it doesn't make a very good currency... It would be bad for the economy to tie up useful things or commodities rather than use them."
Curious… Because I would have sworn that gold, silver, and copper/bronze all are "useful commodities" and have been used as money for some time, now. Hell, SALT -- a useful commodity, if ever there WAS one -- was once used as currency (vis: the Roman soldier's "salary"). In point of fact, most currencies have come from people agreeing on how much of useful commodity "x" they are willing to accept in swap for their labor/product.
Honestly, I would have to say that your argument "...ain't worth a wooden nickel."
Re: Microsoft's failure is Canonical's failure.
"... and each lets you can type the name of a program instead of going through a menu system designed back in 1995."
Do you mean like typing "emacs" or "vi" to launch your text editor…? Because I'm pretty sure that I was doing that WELL before '95. If you're going to give examples of how your OS/UI of choice is so much more modern and enlightened than others, you might want to suggest something it does that WASN'T in use before 1982.
Re: Cue lots of pictures appearing on the internet
Likely to presage the return of the Rabbit Punch...
Don't know if Bill still pops in every now and then...
"What's annoying is that HP stopped supporting it years ago, so my poor wife is stuck with Windows 2000 and the responsibility of acting as a print server. Researching this piece I discovered drivers for Windows XP, but buying an upgrade to an already-dying OS seems insane and there's no sign of support for anything more recent.
"Third up is my Motion Computing LE1600 Tablet PC, running the pen-tweaked version of Windows XP that Microsoft thought would change the world.
But the LE1600 is no iPad, it's a kilo and a half even without the extended battery, and the much-abused smaller battery will hardly give it time to boot these days, so it's been relegated to being an extended monitor…".
So keep the tablet plugged in and use it as a touch-based print server and buy your wife a new computer -- there's a difference between being economical and being a cheapskate! <gr>
"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...
Y'know... Ma-a-a-a-aybe it's time to stop breathing the acid...
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?
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