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Akibahara is where
In Korea, as well as Japan, they had computers with perhaps the sort of form factor being sought well into the Windows XP era; here are some random examples my search turned up:
Fujitsu Windows 7 F-07C Mobile Phone
Sony Vaio UX
Fusor it is
And a device of this type was on display at the 1964 World's Fair. So this isn't something like the case of the Radioactive Boy Scout. which would have been likely to lead to an arrest; instead, this is a legitimate science fair type of project.
Re: Question to someone sciencey.
Simpler would be to use a balloon with hydrogen that can be easily generated and cheaply disposed of to provide the marginal extra lift required to allow the ship to land. But flammability is a concern as the Hindenburg demonstrated - could a small balloon with the hydrogen be isolated from everything else, as opposed to the big helium balloon, so as to reduce this to tolerable levels?
If someone who wasn't an adult was earning a large salary, that would be surprising. But in the U.S., adults between the ages of 18 and 20 cannot legally drink.
Well, then the legal action should simply be restarted, since presumably the school is still guilty of ageism. This time, though, it would have to go through to the end, with an in-court award.
An out-of-court settlement is a contract, so we can't fault the courts for enforcing contracts, but it shouldn't be a way for miscreants to escape justice.
Apple makes premium priced products, the way IBM does. Microsoft Windows is, on the other hand, used by nearly everybody. Microsoft is in danger of being abandoned, but that's because of the functionality of Windows 8, imposed for a specific marketing reason (getting an App Store cut from everyone, not so much selling tablets).
Of course, there are similarities. IBM and Microsoft both profit from lock-in. Dialing back the extent to which one exploits one's market, though, is not the same as an upheaval in corporate culture.
Extreme ultraviolet poses serious challenges, but it seems to me that all the alternatives are even worse. So we might just have to endure a departure from Moores' Law. That would not be the end of the world.
It's true Canada has a Federal system and not unitary government. However, unlike the United States, the criminal law is in Federal hands, so the laws against murder and theft, for example, are not local ordinances which vary from one jurisdiction to another.
That a reference to a "poisson rouge" in Alizée Jacotey's hit "J'en ai marre" which puzzled me turned out to be to a goldfish, and in fact not a real goldfish, but a plastic one; the French apparently prefer red-colored goldfish to yellow ones in their aquaria, and plastic goldfish to plastic ducks in their bathtubs.
The song did get an English lyric, but the translation was not so literal for there to be a need for "rubber duckie" to be inserted in place of "poisson rouge" anywhere. So she just used plain black hotpants for her TotP performance (of the English version, titled "I'm Fed Up") rather than replacing the red goldfish patch used for the French version with one of a yellow rubber duckie.
Open Office is perfectly capable of saving documents in Word 97 format, and that is a format more people are likely to be able to read than ODF. Not spending money on Microsoft software is one thing, but forcing people to get bigger computers is quite another.
Actually, the standard should really be the version of .doc used with Word 2.0, as Windows 3.1 had already reached adequacy, and all the upgrades since then were but gimmicks designed to extract money from people.
Re: They'll build two ships, of course. One copy secretly made by the Chinese.
The suicide bomber blew up the one made by the Americans, the one the Russians made had inferior parts and didn't work, and the third one secretly made by the Japanese was the one that sent Jodie Foster on her way.
That's certainly the natural reaction to this kind of news item.
A respected Muslim cleric from Pakistan, Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, actually did make the news by issuing a 500-page fatwa against suicide bombing, so I have to admit that this is not something that never happened, for all the good that it did.
Re: This is rather sad
If they had let the Nestorian Christians be, instead of wiping them out and taking their manuscripts, they wouldn't have had to do the work of preserving the Greek classics themselves. Hence, I can't really give Islam much credit for preserving what it first placed in danger.
I had to actually download the paper just to learn that this alloy was 67% Gallium, 20.5% Indium, and 12.5% Tin.
I remember an announcement a while back from Sun that it had developed a similar technology, but they were using it not for stacking chips on top of each other in a pile, but for putting chips side by side (although the even chips rested on top of the edges of the odd chips, as the contact was surface to surface as in the 3-D version).
It had the limitation that while it was better than driving the signals off-chip normally, it still wasn't as good as just having a single chip; there was still a big delay and a limit on bandwidth. But if you could group your functions well, it solved the yield problem without having to keep up with Intel in advancing process technology.
It's stupid that the U.S. government doesn't take the most obvious precaution against identity theft: routinely issuing replacement Social Security Numbers whenever something like this happens, so that the old number that was obtained becomes totally useless.
Let's say you're trying to construct a series that would serve as a counterexample.
+1 -1 +1 -1 ...
stays within the limit of 1 for any subsequence with an odd increment. But obviously it goes to infinity if your step size is 2.
+1 -1 -1 +1 +1 -1 -1 +1 ...
That works well for 2, and for odd step sizes. But with a step size of 4, it goes to infinity. Hmm...
Next try would be something that might have a chance of working for any power of 2, however large. So try a sequence of +1 and -1 that has a pattern based on the Gray code.
That, of course, doesn't work either, which is the point at which one might start seriously thinking that Erdos was right.
Re: You got it wrong, vultures
Wikipedia said it was 2, so even they got it wrong?
Re: Where did they get the numbers?
That's not that serious a question, unless you haven't read the article. The theorem isn't about one particular sequence of -1s and +1s, it's about any and all possible such sequences. No matter how hard you try, you shouldn't be able to construct a series so cannily arranged that, if you're allowed to choose between the absolute values of the partial sums of the series itself, every 2nd, every 3rd, every 4th, and so on, you can't make that result as large as you wish.
Re: Yes indeedy
I think what's in Wikipedia is more likely to be correct, as it makes enough sense that I can understand exactly what it means. And it seems like such a deceptively simple problem that it's surprising a proof, not of the theorem, but only that the discrepancy must be bigger than 2, not any number you care to name, takes 13 gigabytes.
North Korea is so isolated from the rest of the world, it will be very difficult to introduce a virus into their computers. The only consequence of an attempt might be to lead the North Korean police more quickly to people who are illegally watching DVDs from abroad or things like that.
Some Southern states had, in the past, poll taxes, instituted for the specific purpose of preventing black people from voting. This history ensures that no poll tax will be acceptable in the U.S. today.
Re: Sure thing mate.
Even one missing will do for him to play solitare until dawn.
The telly tax, being regressive, was a horrible idea. It should never have been adopted in the first place. The BBC could fund itself from advertising revenues like any other television network, rather than denying children in poor families a vital source of entertainment.
I presume detection and removal of RCS will swiftly be added to all major anti-virus and anti-spyware packages now that misuse has been identified.
As long as China censors the Internet, it should not be permitted to export any computer-related products to the rest of the world. The sybolism of this trade sanction would be fitting, and it would impact their ability to subsidize their electronics sector - relevant to military uses - from consumer purchases.
And here I thought the crying baby picture meant their site was hacked.
Qualcomm would simply not pay the fine, and stop having any business dealings with China. The result would be that the rest of the world would pay more for cell phones, as they would be manufactured in Taiwan, Japan, Korea, and perhaps even the United States.
Qualcomm isn't a patent troll; its patents are valid, and represent genuine inventions. If Chinese firms don't want to simply be manufacturers, they will need to invent their own products.
The world must send an unambiguous signal to China that antitrust law isn't a way to steal the intellectual property of other nations. And as the U.S., at least, is inclined to do just that, Qualcomm should probably move there.
An Alternative Possibility
If one could keep on running one's applications on XP, but use a sandboxed Linux VM whenever one is connected to the Internet...
Re: ...they can be persuaded to switch to a Mac
Yes, but you can't upgrade without moving your data at all, the way you could by moving to the immediate next release.
Since Windows 7 wasn't that much different from Vista, not being able to do this when upgrading directly from XP to 7 was clearly a deliberate money grab by Microsoft. Whether or not there are valid technical reasons in the other cases, I don't know. But people should be free to skip releases - the operating systems should sell on their merits, and they're purchases, not rentals.
Re: Windows 8 machines to come with your files in the installation disc ( s? )
Perfectly sensible. If you upgrade by buying a new computer, you'll still have your old computer to transfer files from.
Re: This time Microsoft has gone too far
It's true that providing support for software costs money. If we were talking about telephone support, quite a bit of money.
However, making security updates available for download for Windows XP involves a more limited cost.
If people's computers are still serving their intended purpose, neither the operating system nor the hardware needs to be replaced. Why gratuitously cause waste? New versions of Windows should sell on their merits.
And, of course, Windows XP should have been written properly in the first place, so that it did not contain any vulnerabilities whatever for hackers to exploit.
Re: I've been helping friends (and businesses) upgrade from XP to ...
That "strain the friendship" comment was meant in jest, as a comment about how Microsoft must see it, not a serious statement on the author's part that people would be more offended at being told to switch to Linux than to buy a new computer when they have a perfectly good one.
Re: de-oxygenated copper
Indeed, I was going to mention items like the Goldmund Reference turntable, and the Infinity Reference System loudspeaker... then there are Krell amplifiers. Six hundred quid being "audiophile"? Well, yes, not all high-end audio equipment has stratospheric price tags, but the speaker in question is not particularly expensive audiophile equipment.
That article, as well as some of the reader comments, supplied basic background facts that the article omitted.
The land on which Bletchley Park sits belongs to a private party. It's bad enough it got requisitioned when it was needed for the war - but at least that was urgent enough to justify it. But now for the landowner to be further hobbled by the building's historical status is an additional unfairness.
In any case, the BPT has managed to hang on to the land, though it pays a pretty penny for it. It's subleasing to the NMOC, and so entry there is through their visitor center, not from the road.
And the problem seems to be that the BPT is unhappy that the NMOC is charging a ticket fee on its own, and yet how else do they expect them to pay their rent. This has given rise to suspicions that it's a plot to grab their exhibits, though there's no evidence of that.
Boycotting the BPT until it comes to its senses has nothing to do with the people who served in the war, but now I don't think they're the only party to blame. Really the proper solution would be for the two museums to be funded and controlled by the government, because unlike non-profit groups relying on donations and admission fees, the government can afford to adequately compensate the property owner.
Although the conduct of the Bletchley Park Trust is to be deplored, if the National Museum of Computing is a separate entity, surely it is possible for people to visit it directly? That is, after visiting Bletchley Park, can't they just leave it, and then walk next door to visit the National Museum of Computing and view the Colossus rebuild?
I can see how this still has an impact, because many visitors to Bletchley Park won't be aware of the National Museum of Computing to visit it also while they're in the area, but it would seem that it's not an insuperable obstacle. For example, the NMC could put up some sort of large billboard or a balloon.
Without the NSA's Budget
Since no doubt the Försvarets Radioanstalt doesn't have as much money as the NSA, it's not surprising they would have to take short cuts...
Hey, I remember that one from David Kahn's The Codebreakers too!
Re: IBM HW: going out of business?
IBM has decided that x86 servers are a commodity, and they don't want to sell commodity products. Their mainframe and AS/400 products (System z and System i) are specialized products that can command premium prices. They want to be Apple, not Dell.
Apple not selling Windows PCs or Apple ][ systems is not the beginning of the end of the Macintosh. Any problems that Macintosh or z/Architecture sales may have don't have anything to do with Apple or IBM not also selling machines that compete with those systems.
Not that Apple couldn't make money if it switched to making and selling commodity Windows PCs if nobody wanted Macintoshes any more; only a few small changes in their product would be needed.
Re: Time to shine :)
They're both printers that let you print with an almost endless assortment of typefaces, producing output that looks almost good enough for a book, although it might lack that last measure of crispness. So, yes, a large company making low-end laser printers as well as high-end ones might be tempted to hobble its inkjets. Especially when fax machine and printer combinations have been made with either laser or inkjet printer mechanisms.
Of course, not so long ago, Fujitsu was competing with one of IBM's core businesses, being a maker of plug-compatible computers that could run the same programs as the 370 up to the ESA/390.
At the moment, in most places in North America, the number of ISP choices is now quite limited. Back when people connected by dial-up, there were many, but now it's just the cable TV company or the phone company where I live. Well, cell phone companies do provide a specialized type of internet connection as well, but switching is awkward, and few have inexpensive unlimited data plans.
Still, it would add to freedom, not reduce it, if consumers could choose, instead of a default readily-available Net-Neutral ISP, a non-neutral one that was offered at a discount because of that.
The problem is that there are tempting profits to be had from abandoning net neutrality when one has an effective monopoly of broadband in a given location; tempting enough that duopolies probably will prefer to both take those profits rather than one provider offering itself as the neutral choice. Part of the intensity of the concern is because savvy Internet users feel they're in a minority, and non-technical users may not realize the importance of net neutrality until there are no choices.
Of course, some deviations from net neutrality may be inevitable. Torrent type protocols might end up being blocked except for whitelisted sites associated with academic institutions and the like, because of their association with piracy.
It is true that it would be impractical to move the servers to the United States. However, in Canada there are plenty of places where both space and power are cheap, because hydroelectric power is widely used in Canada, and Canada is sparsely populated in its colder areas.
Of course, if they move to Labrador, they will face high sales taxes, but Northern Ontario should do. Especially given that Sault Ste. Marie is considered to be a city in "Northern Ontario", despite the fact that if you look for it on a map, you'll find it adjacent to the border with the U.S., which is, of course, the southern edge of the province.
Before you think that Canadians (or at least Ontarians; people in Western Canada find this as strange as you would) have all gone daft, the major population centres of Ontario, Toronto and Ottawa, are both located south of the 49th Parallel, as they are on a peninsula jutting into the Great Lakes, which also mark the end of that particular parallel of latitude performing the function of demarcating our border with the United States.
"perhaps GCHQ made a strategic decision not to expose its capabilities in this area"
Certainly that's possible, but that reminds me of the story about the Coventry bombing that took a while to refute: the Enigma wasn't needed to give orders to pilots on the ground in France, and they got through that time because of problems with the radar instead.
Potential Legal Problems
A cellular phone is a radio transmitter. In the United States and Canada, without very special permission, it is illegal to transmit encrypted signals over the radio. That hasn't been enforced in the case of people visiting secure web sites from their smartphones, but I think they'd find that law again when people started trying to put SIM cards in smartphones with an encrypted voice capability.
Proving His Enemies Right
The People's Republic of China is a totalitarian dictatorship which oppresses its people in general and minorities in particular; it menaces the liberty of the people of Taiwan.
A disclosure of active intelligence operations by the U.S. against China, therefore, is directly weakening the U.S. against a potential - and actual - adversary.
Remember the time, not long ago, when an American airplane over international waters was disabled by a Chinese pilot, forcing it to land on Chinese territory - causing the plane, containing classified technology, to be taken apart while in China?
Up until now, his disclosures seemed to a layperson like myself to be such as to cause minimal damage, but to serve the purpose of informing the American people of activities affecting their privacy which may have been in violation of the Constitution.
The quantum computer disclosure was not in that category, but it only revealed what most people would have guessed - that the NSA was interested in the technology, enough to spend a few dollars learning about it.
But at this point, the people who have been saying from the start that he deserves to be shot as a traitor finally have something they can point to.
If the GPU can be used for computation other than video, which indeed has been done now for a while, it might be asked if the VCE, the UVD, and the audio thingy couldn't also be made to be pressed into service for doing any maths that might be a fit to their capabilities!
But since the regular CPU is what runs most code, just calling the GPU cores 'cores' is going to be perceived as confusing, or even deceptive, marketing. They really shouldn't have gone there.
Since he didn't break into ATMs to steal money, but instead helped to improve the security of computers from hackers, if we suspect that he was murdered, the obvious suspects are criminal hackers.
Fiendishly Clever, Those Americans
The U.S. spends chicken feed on playing with an experimental toy quantum computer, and so China starts a gigantic cost-no-object program to build a genuinely useful one, when the technology may be decades away?
This may work out as well as the Strategic Defense Initiative, which contributed (along with Chernobyl) to the collapse of the Soviet Union when they realized they'd have to spend themselves into bankruptcy to overcome it.
The name of the arresting officer reminds me of the pet of a fictional police officer.
Zook was the shapeshifting alien pet of Jonn Jonnz, the Martian Manhunter, whose secret identity was the police officer John Jones.
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