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Re: Unit of data
and as a micro unit, single ICMP packet (i.e. ping itself)
losing my breath ....
.... hahahahahahahahaha .... no wait .... can't .... hahahahahahaha .... Surface ....... hahahaha more expensive than ..... hahahahha IPAD .... ahhahahahaha .... nurse please .....
Agreed. You need financial adviser to stay on the right side of the tax law, but since his wages are not small chunk of money, why not put it to good use. You should not need adviser in the first place to pay the right amount of tax, but that would take the job away from ex-government advisers .... guess what they are doing now.
my kids have exactly same looking certificates (issued here in Britain), look and speak like any English person you have seen or talked to, and yet they are not British.
Not that I disagree, just to prove the point that JetSetJim made.
Another thing - as a comer from another country, I find it rather ridiculous that bills issued by utility companies can be used to do things like open bank account in one's name.
Re: Wait a few months
I was forced to use a 9900 with broken trackpad for a week, it was terrible (week because that's how long it took me to source part and replace it). Touch screen the size of 3" is clunky, imprecise (you do not actually see area under your finger) and slow (have to move hand away from keyboard) compared to trackpad, and I do not think Q10 improved on 9900 in this area since it's simple physical limitation.
Imaginably RIM could add "virtual trackad" , i.e. dedicated area of the screen similar to game controls on touch screens, but I doubt it would have the same precision as original. Unless they also added transparent on-screen hardware to support it, in which case I claim modest patent fee.
Re: Somebody PLEASE!!!!
I quite like it. I mean, the direction that proprietary software is heading to.
Make no mistake, I like owning a license, especially if it comes with perpetual support/free upgrade option. This is exactly what open source gives me (but some small proprietary applications provide this as well, although without self-support option).
So basically we are put before a choice: regular payments to software developers (under "cloud" branding) or use alternative software for free, perhaps supporting the developers on voluntary basis. This puts me, consumer, in nice and clear situation.
Of course, this might be a death toll to proprietary software. So be it - as I said, this is heading in the right direction.
Oh, I forgot to put explanation why I like it. Until now it was difficult to explain what "customer capture" actually means. Microsoft, and now Adobe, made it so clear that only dumbest of businesses will fail to understand the cost of operating proprietary software.
A beer to "fifth column" at Adobe.
intercontinental, underground maglev in vacuum tubes, anyone?
Re: It may be the most accurate watch in the world...
nah, you just use different dial for it!
Re: And don't forget the MASSIVE security failure.
and the "bypass" part came from ... ?
Re: could this get worse?
I wish it was that simple.
1. people who claim ownership may be different people than those who strip EXIF. Also, since stripping EXIF might automated, they might not even know this is happening.
2. if there is 3rd party who stripped EXIF and then submitted such work to corporation, no one in the corporation might even know.
3. I do not want copyright to my pictures to hang on the presence of metadata; it's like presumption of guilt. I should not have to use the metadata to be able to prove the ownership
Basically, the whole thing seems to be based on ridiculous assumption that "orphan work has no author thus requires no protection", while the fact is that orphan work most surely has an author, however he/she cannot be offered copyright protection since he/she is unknown.
Totally agree on shooting RAWs, BTW.
could this get worse?
Imaginable scenario: I post nice family picture somewhere on the web, someone picks it and sends to BBC or other corporation which strips EXIF (if it wasn't stripped by 3rd party already) and claims ownership. Next the corporation finds my posted picture and sends me desist and cease letter, demanding removal of the work (and/or licensing fees) of which I am an author, for which they claimed ownership through action of a 3rd party.
Could this possibly happen? Just curious.
That's because SQL is interpreted language (kind of). This property of SQL is sometimes used by lazy developers to build dynamic queries by simple string concatenation, e.g. "SELECT * FROM orders WHERE id = " + request.id(); Assuming that request.id() is string provided by the client, it might be possible to put something "interesting" into it.
Of course there are many ways to prevent this from happening (most popular are 1. use precompiled queries with parameters 2. perform string sanitation on data supplied by the client) but, for "lazy developers" it's not worth the trouble. It seems more fun to just have the database hacked.
Re: And if Anonymous are wrong?
Downvote because Anonymous did not release any names, even though they threatened to.
Re: Trolls are going to kill American industry
"Admittedly, that does open me up to the risk of being ripped off by a US company."
you might file a patent in the US just for protection in such a case, but otherwise do not produce nor sell your stuff in the US. Which would make you an NPE in this market, so what.
... and the writer is right. Here is what "Lee D" wrote earlier in this thread technology is distracting from the things they should be learning.
Unless it is technology that kids need to learn, the tablets do not help but only make it more difficult. Yes the tablets can, occasionally, be used in the class - just like TV can. But, for the time being, the cost and trouble does not justify (potential) benefits.
Frankly, I am more worried about soot pollution from coal plants than any imaginable risks from nuclear one. Unless, of course, the nuclear plant is built to 30 years old designs of Russian origin. Which luckily will never happen again.
Sad really that there are so few statistics comparing death figures from coal against nuclear.
Re: Maybe we need....
In case you wonder why the downvotes - large companies spend more on toilet paper than your proposed deposit. It will /not/ deter anyone who already is in quasi-monopolistic position. It, however, will deter smaller companies, associations, user groups etc . , thus creating ideal conditions for the corporations to claim every domain name conceivable.
Re: not news any more
Right, the risk to life makes a difference, yet such heist would be all over the news even if there was no risk to life. E.g. guards crooked or cooperating by fear of actually bogus weapons.
Re: need a plumber
If you had a PC case which looked roughly like a normal case from outside (although without fans and with cables on top rather than back), actually was a cistern open on top, with a slid-in mounts for motherboard, HDD and other bits, motherboard connectors in upward orientation, and a top cover to pass the cables through (only bottom and sides need to be watertight), I guess it would work. Although with attached heat exchanger it would probably be large, for a single PC.
Re: Meanwhile over at ipo.gov.uk...
according to PSF application, class 16 as used there is for Printed publications concerning computer programs, computer software and computer programming language. .
That's pretty amazing, for network latency.
... especially if you replace wires with wireless charging (yes, this can work overhead too).
The only way to make it charge quicker is to use a bigger charger.
Yes you would need a dedicated charger, but that is not much of a problem, is it? 1. you still get higher battery capacity 2. faster charge is often suboptimal to battery performance so you don't really need to bother with it 3. if you did, 5W is tiny anyway. For example, 100W charger is considered entry-level size for LiPo batteries used in RC helicopters (larger than micro size). I would happily swap my LiPos for a new generation of batteries, if it gave me 3x flight times, even I do not get the benefits of faster charge. Which I would since 1000W charger and PSU (especially one built from servers PSUs bought on eBay) are not that very expensive either, considered the cost of things they are used to supply the power to.
Re: some things make sense, some don't
I do not need to stick a Raspberry Pi into my Onkyo to access my Spotify account, why my TV should be any different? This one thing aside, a TV is media consumption device, you shouldn't need a general purpose computer you have setup yourself (no matter how small or cheap) to make it work.
Just imagine how TV would be used by a layman, given the possibilities.
For viewing streaming content from iPlayer, blinkbox or Lovefilm I'd very much prefer if I did not have to keep my PC running. TV able to do it all by itself is what I would actually prefer, thank you. If my PC is running, I'd rather do it more useful stuff rather than command its HDMI output. For example, I like to do my email on a PC, browse web, run some VMs and compile stuff, at the same time when the kids are watching a movie I rented in blinkbox.
some things make sense, some don't
When I eventually replace my current TV with a new one, there will be few features I will expect the new one to have. These actually reflect changes in mini HiFi systems, that is ability to stream data from network (both local and Internet services). So the fact that TV vendors are exploring this direction is a good sign, even if they do it a bit too eagerly for some peoples (mine included) taste.
For example, I will want my new TV to be able to connect to my subscriptions in LoveFilm , blinkbox , Netflix etc. , just like my HiFi can stream directly from my Spotify and last.fm accounts. Most likely I will not use all of those, but there is no telling which one actually I will want at the time when I buy a new TV. A HiFi delivers wide choice of connection services, but I only use some. On the other side of the same coin, just as I will not buy a HiFi which does not support my accounts to streaming services, similarly I will not be considering a TV which does not do that.
Secondly I would like my TV to be able to stream MPEG, WMV etc. video files , but also DVD and BluRay images saved on local NAS server (just like my HiFi can stream MP3 and FLAC files) but this is where it gets tricky. Manufacturers will have to make a choice: stream only unprotected content (thus encouraging stripping of DRM protection by the users when one makes a copy of owned DVD or BluRay) or employ proper DVD / BluRay certificate on a TV, and act in lieu of a DVD / BluRay player , thus potentially cannibalizing sales of these devices. Judging by the way it went for WiFi, I see former as more likely option but I don't mind, I have certain product from Slysoft to help me manage my own DVDs and BluRays. Oh did someone say that format shifting is illegal? That will probably have to change, too.
There is yet another role which TV can fulfill and that is communication device - Skype video being one example. But why not Apple and BB video chat? If these can be licenses then yes, I'd like to have those too on a TV.
As for fully functional computer? No, thank you, I have other devices for this.
Re: Thanks for the memories
New chip design would be needed anyway, because some of the nonvolatile technologies can potentially have latency in the low tens of nanoseconds, i.e. on par with 2nd or 3rd level cache. Meaning you only need 1 level cache, thus freeing lots of space on the chip. You could use it for more cores, larger level 1 cache, dunno what else. Very exciting, although we are still far from it.
Re: Instant on computer
Yes, that is definitely the direction this is going to, that's why I mentioned fifth storage category above. It requires support in programming languages though. It is actually not that difficult to add useful stuff to C++ , you just have to convince a bunch of people that this is both doable and useful. New nonvolatile memory category would most likely qualify, if solutions such as phase change RAM or MRAM hit market in sufficient numbers and capacities, and sane programming model is proposed.
Re: Instant on computer
Yes, that's one possible application. With "instant on" you can also have "instant off", i.e. computer which goes to sleep in a millisecond and wakes up in a millisecond too, meaning it can actually go to sleep even when you use it, when monitor and GPU continue work. Even more interesting is memory going to sleep when your programs do not happen to use particular module, without the CPU noticing.
I foresee 5th class of data storage
Nonvolatile, standing next to old ones: stack, heap, static and thread local.
Icon to match users of this new memory.
Re: The best SSD config is SAS RAID controllers with SSD as cache
FWIW, I use MegaRAID with few SSDs in RAID0 configuration and FastPath (I like it fast). Am I being careless with my data? Not really, I run backups every few hours apart, onto HDD, also rsynced to external machine. Few hours potential loss of data is not much of a problem for me. However, I might consider switching to CacheCade since I also have few unused 2TB drives. Would need to attach Chenbro or similar expander first, too lazy for it ATM ;)
you forgot ...
Re: Microsoft are planting these stories in the media
I would love to upvote you, just fear someone might miss the irony. Next time please use "Joke Alert!"
Re: code of connection
Normally it would be network job to validate the device, or accept validation performed by other network (they do not like to duplicate the work).
Since OTA updates are normally distributed via network, there would be also some work done on the network side for firmware updates. Although I very much doubt it would be anywhere close to device validation.
"Sure blackberries could use imap but no calendar sync etc"
new BB (Z10, Q10) implement both ActiveSync and IMAP, you should be able to access full Exchange functionality with this, BES no longer needed.
the same way as blackberry?
I don't think so, blackberry gestures always start on touch sensitive bezel area (not on screen, to avoid interfering with active app). Last time I heard, no Android device had appropriate hardware, touch buttons do not count.
Re: Come back when the criminals are out of the parliaments!
Hold on, it's barely lunchtime.
But yeah, I agree, seems like some people do not quite understand the concept of indirect incentives.
Re: Multicast and Spanning Tree at the same time?
Just a comment regarding bandwidth requirements - very high is actually helpful keeping latency under control when you have a "glut" or batch of messages in a short period of time. This is because as soon as you get close to saturation, your messages get delayed. Even if this saturation happens once a month and only lasts a second, this may cost you serious money (e.g. financial figures announcements).
Re: best buy a couple
Repeat though, "RAID is not a backup, RAID is not a backup..."
Yes, but if you want to make a backup to disk (which implies large disk storage), you'd rather keep that backup on RAID. Or two (in different computers/locations).
Re: Persuasive Arguments
You may very well be correct in all the above assertions regarding F-35C, however the point of catapult is to enable the carrier to carry different non-STOVL aircrafts, not just F-35C.
We are currently building a carrier which can only be used with STOVL aircraft (choice of F-35B or nothing) . This is very suboptimal use of taxpayers money compared to more expensive but also universal carrier which can be used with many different models, including F-18 (relatively cheap and available right now).
Re: Why is it only IT personnel that has to go to these lengths?
I think that companies understand that employees will eventually move to "greener pastures", because times of lifetime employment are well and truly past (in private sector, to say at least). Providing employees with training only makes them more employable by the competition. On the other hands, employees who are truly enthusiastic about particular technologies, will acquire training/knowledge/practice on their own account, thus making themselves more employable. If that does not pay off with the current employment, it might pay with the future one.
Oh yes of course, plenty of employers (especially large corporations) like to make an impression they will guide you by hand, setting so called "career paths". These are only designed to make you more useful to the company, not necessarily more employable. In particular, there are few, if any, selleable technical skills to be acquired this way.
C'est la vie, stop complaining and teach yourself what you want to know. Or if you don't, don't be surprised if you find your skill unsellable to other employers.
Re: As a simple mental exercise...
Not necessarily. The difference is mainly : how much do you want to pay for integrity constraints and normalized schema? If the amount of data itself to be stored means that you cannot afford these two (look at the example of Square Kilometre Array, above) then the choice is either no data at all, or data without integrity constraints and normalized schema. This is exactly the kind of scenarios "NoSQL" are optimized for.
Practical example: if I were to ask a DBA to run a query returning some 10^7 rows, I am almost sure to hear some grumbling back, most likely related to locks or execution time. However if I run the same query on a NoSQL, no one will notice and I will have results in seconds (I know, I've done that). Similarly, if I need to store some 0.5*10^9 rows of data day in, day out, and keep the data available for few months (or years) to query later, I'm sure NoSQL will oblige, requiring only disk space as and when needed. SQL? I think DBAs will not be very happy, unless some very interesting (and expensive) technological solutions are put in place.
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