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Re: Root password, sure, but why wasn't the data encrypted?
Considering that the NSA happens to have produced - and even distributes to the general public - Security Enhanced Linux, a distribution of Linux which, like Multics, allows files to be labelled with a security level, and then which doesn't allow programs that can read those files to write out files labelled with any lower security level... they've got the software they need to make sure that no classified file gets written out unencrypted to a USB stick.
They're apparently just not using it.
Since the top left icon has what looks like switches on it, I'm going to guess it's for "settings".
The top right icon has rectangles that look like the iPhone itself, but in different colors. So that's likely to be "personalization".
The bottom left icon seems to be a sort of color wheel, so it may have to do with choosing colors too, even though that ought to be covered in "personalization".
But you're absolutely right that people shouldn't have to guess like that; instead, there should be legends under the icons so that people know what they're doing.
Re: +1 to Computercenter
What a strange law. Computacenter had title to the property, the squatters did not. As they could conceivably cause damage to the property while trespassing, once it's clear who has title, surely trespassing should be treated like any other indictable offence - the police arrest people engaging in it on sight.
Why did they have to spend money hiring a consultant for assistance? Couldn't they just pick up the phone and dial the police, who presumably would then immediately remove and arrest the trespassers?
The U.S. is way different from mainland China, as is obvious from what quickly happens there to those who try to raise discussion about problems in that country.
Re: So say we all!
Why did Obama get elected? Because the stock market crashed - and John McCain decided to channel Herbert Hoover, telling us the fundamentals of the economy were sound, and so drastic action to preserve jobs did not need to be taken immediately.
So it seems like the American people would still like FDR for the same reasons: letting the ordinary working man put food on the table should take precedence over the freedom of big business to do what it likes with its money.
Re: Ive read the US constitution
If "the rot set in with Lincoln", well, then the problem is things like states' rights no longer extending far enough to engage in segregation. So most people would properly see any cure as worse than the disease.
Re: You're late to the party
In countries like Pakistan and Egypt, minority Christians and other non-Muslims are discriminated against. Once we get the governments there to thoroughly impose pluralism on the media and educational system, so that we no longer have a new generation of Muslims thinking that non-reciprocal relations with non-Muslims are OK, then they'll understand why the Jews of Palestine had to throw off Muslim rule - and therefore accept that U.S. foreign policy is right and just.
As long as such thinking is not the norm, then the outliers can get as far as being terrorists in too many cases.
Re: You're late to the party
I agree that the author is overreacting. The American people haven't forgotten the meaning of liberty.
Remember the internment camps for Japanese-Americans in World War II. Today, because of the heightened awareness of the evils of discrimination created by the Holocaust, Americans are accepting restrictions on everyone's freedoms instead of simply rounding up all Muslims in America. That's actually a good thing, even if the consequences to the average American are negative.
This is a question that requires very serious and nuanced thought. The best answer, of course, is to utterly destroy terrorism at its source, so that we can have both safety and liberty with no problems.
Ah, yes: the NSA should just buy Facebook.
The Innovation We Need Is Already Here
We already know how to produce just about as much energy as we want without carbon emissions. But we're not in the process of building nuclear power plants to replace all the fossil-fuel electrical power plants in service. Compared to that, ingenuity in finding ways to be more energy-efficient will only have a small effect.
If gasoline were more heavily taxed, then the economic advantages of electric cars would win...well, that's true enough, but that's hardly an inherent economic advantage of the electric car. Government intervention, such as taxes, is what makes things happen in defiance of the laws of economics.
However, taxes that compensate for externalities are legitimate. Whether on putting carbon into the atmosphere by burning gasoline, or by burning coal, oil, or natural gas to generate electricity.
So, first, all the electric power generating capacity that isn't hydro or nuclear needs to be switched over, presumably to nuclear. Then we can start worrying about electric cars.
Well, this gives Samsung the opportunity to hire unemployed experts in mobile phone design from Nokia, since it is closing things down there... so I think it's wonderful this opportunity is being provided.
I suppose it all depends on whether the customer has a choice. If they can get new video games running on a platform with up-to-date technology from a competitor that doesn't do this, then, except for a few to whom this issue doesn't matter, and who prefer the Xbox, Microsoft's new console will find few takers.
But if Nintendo and Sony decide to do the same thing, the consumer is likely to just accept the change as inevitable.
I would think that if the lives of police informants are put in jeopardy, no site is bullet-proof - the principals for that site would be headed straight to jail in almost any country in the world. Possibly after regime change, even.
The Obvious Solution
It's really simple. Guantanamo would no longer be needed if the American justice system could be fixed, so that while the rights of the accused are safeguarded, people who can clearly be proven to have committed serious crimes will not - ever - be turned loose because of technicalities irrelevant to their actual guilt or innocence.
If you rape, if you murder, you will pay the penalty - and if some police officer along the way made a mistake, he may face charges, but that's not going to lead to your victim being denied his or her right to justice.
Once that is done, Guantanamo won't be needed. Until then, as terrorists can cause too many deaths with one blow, we can't chance their being turned loose by a legal system which has lost touch with common sense, reality, and public safety.
Back to the Drawing Board
The six year old was the intended operator of the gun in question, so putting a chip in it so that only he could fire it would not have saved his four year old sister.
However, keeping guns out of the hands of poor people, or people who have no officially declared taxable income (so if they're not poor, they must be dealing drugs or something) would indeed significantly reduce crime. So this isn't as utterly loony an idea as it may seem to some, even if it has potential problems - such as it not being impossible to remove the technology from stolen guns to let them fire again.
Movie and Book
Had everyone in the world only read Harry Harrison's "Make Room, Make Room", a science-fiction novel in which Soylent Green was made from soybeans and lentils, as one might expect, there would be no problem.
Given the movie, however, this is obviously a joke of the April Fool's variety.
Re: Perhaps the enforced Microsoft Windows monopoly does not help...?
It would be nice to have a real choice. One can buy a case, motherboard, and power supply and forego the option of purchasing an OEM version of Windows to go with them, so Linux is available for the desktop.
But the difficulty is the availability of certain kinds of third-party applications. If Linux sold PCs like hotcakes to the enthusiast crowd that builds their own, the Microsoft Tax would go away, one way or another.
Re: MS in HEADLESS CHICKEN MODE
If people could abandon Windows and Microsoft, that would have quietly happened, and Windows 8 would not be generating loud complaints. Most people don't have a real choice - yet. I admit Linux is getting there, and the Mac is not in its death throes any more.
Re: “advance the bold vision”
Actually, what should be the case is that about ten different companies are making operating systems for three or four different processor architectures. So you might buy an Intel box, and get Windows or OS/2 for it; or you might buy a 68k box, and get the Atari OS or the Amiga OS or the Macintosh OS for it; or you might buy a PowerPC box and get the Macintosh OS or OS/2 for that.
With none of these choices being a clear market leader. So that if you don't like Windows, you have somewhere else to go that is just as good.
But having more software available is something that happens due to things like name recognition, not necessarily to an OS being intrinsically better itself, and it snowballs. So maybe the OS is a natural monopoly, and thus the U.S. government should own Windows or at least regulate it like the telephone company.
With Windows Vista, users had to buy Windows 7; here, the UI changes that give the users back the convenience of the Start menu are a free-of-charge update to Windows 8. This is a good thing. That the new features of Windows 8 will still be present is all right, now that they will no longer get in the way.
I'm willing to be reasonable, now that I've heard the good news that Microsoft is being reasonable for its part.
Well, it may not be sound to reject eating insects from a nutritional point of view. But what about the fact that they're generally rather unsanitary creatures? After all, they're so small, they pretty well have to be eaten whole.
With a standard, you have a two tier web - one tier for free content, accessible from open-source software, and another tier for paid content, accessible only from browsers made by major companies that are allowed to sign NDAs for the DRM secrets.
Without a standard, there is one web - except for those seeking DRM, who are consigned to the outer darkness of having to make up their own software and do without interoperability.
I'm not sure that such a standard will actually be all that bad, but I certainly can see why it is being objected to, as it at least appears to threaten making open-source browsers second-class.
Well, before the Turks came, the Holy Land belonged to the Arabs. But the Turks invaded and conquered it. They let the Arabs live there, but now they had to pay rent on the land they once owned. And then the Turks sold some of that land to the Jews, throwing Arabs off their farms. So that won't made for good relations.
But after that, for which one would think the Turks, not the Jews, were to blame, what was the story?
Before 1948, Arabs rioted doing violence to Jews. So the UN partitioned Palestine, creating the State of Israel.
After 1948, the surrounding Arab nations invaded Israel, trying to drive it into the sea. So the Israelis defended themselves, and wound up with borders considerably larger than those of the partition.
In 1967, with weapons purchased from behind the Iron Curtain, Egypt built up a massive military machine with the aim to be in a position to wipe Israel off the map. Israel reacted to prevent such a fatal blow from being struck, and gained control of the Sinai and the West Bank.
And then, first there were the suicide bombers - and only then came the wall around the Palestinians.
The Israelis were criticized for the blockade around the Gaza Strip - and yet it wasn't tight enough to prevent Hamas from shooting a large quantity of missiles from there recently.
So it seems obvious that the territorial gains of Israel, or the worsenings of the conditions of the Palestinians, are all the consequences of violent attacks on Israel. Seems like the Arab world could learn to cut its losses? Maybe many people there would - but the few who endanger our lives decide what we have to do to protect ourselves.
After September 11, 2001, I certainly have little patience with the discrimination against non-Muslims in places like Egypt and Pakistan. People who think that is the natural order of things won't understand that Jews have the right to refuse to live like black people did under segregation - and thus they'll think God will stand by them in the effort to put the Israelis back under Islamic rule.
Yes, many innocent Palestinians are suffering from injustice, but in general, the idea that Israel is bad and their foes are good seems to me to be an obvious moral inversion.
Lanthanum oxide doesn't make glass more transparent. But it does allow the production of glasses with high refractive index and low dispersion, which are desirable characteristics for designing lenses which produce good images (the lens doesn't split the colors as much, so it doesn't need as thick a flint correcting element, and the lens doesn't need to be as thick itself to bend the light for a given focal length). High-quality astronomical eyepieces, therefore, often use elements which contain that material.
It's a pity that sapphire's birefringent. It has a high refractive index, but low dispersion, so it would otherwise be an ideal material for lenses.
Atoms change energy levels when electrons descend from one shell to another. This is what happens when fluorescent lamps or neon lights shine. If radioactive decay took place, the watch would run out of gas eventually as the gas changed to another element, or at least another isotope.
After seeing so many watches that set themselves via short-wave time signals, I was waiting for a watch like this to go beyond quartz. Too bad it's so expensive. Hope that a cheaper, slightly less accurate, but more stable, rubidium version comes out soon.
Given that Windows 8 alienated many by imitating a tablet interface, if OS X goes after desktop power users instead, it will be offering an attractive alternative, and could gain a few new customers. Unfortunately, though, there really isn't anything out there - OS X or Linux - that's really ready to replace Windows for most people, who instead will feel they have no choice but to suffer with whatever Microsoft does.
Although it's an old site, are you quite sure it doesn't work with a current version of Firefox?
Of course, they should have designed it to work on Mosaic - then it would work on any browser, not using any special browser features.
What Concerns Me
If a conviction is achieved, will all of those who have incurred out of pocket expenses as a result of this unlawful activity be able to recover their expenses from him?
The PC business was so price-competitive, IBM risked compromising its reputation for quality by staying there. In the case of servers, X86 benefits from the large desktop market bringing down prices - whereas the PowerPC and the z/Architecture platforms do not. So it would be a huge mistake to be left only with non-competitive entries in the server market; a niche premium-price market will in time shrink, even if it's profitable for the moment.
Instead, IBM should be looking at the declining PC market and the surging laptop market, and the demand for energy efficiency, and it should add a lineup of ARM servers to its offerings sometime in the near future. It doesn't have to be the first - in fact, some other companies are already doing it - but when the ARM server makes sense, IBM should be there.
From the headline, I thought maybe IBM was going to fire those of its engineers who aren't able to change the laws of physics. IBM invented the hard disk and set the standards for magnetic tape for a long time; and twice it's been responsible for significant innovations in PC hard disk density.
But this isn't about their cutting-edge activity; it's about routine disk servers, and for that, of course the cheapest adequate product will win for most customers, even if IBM's traditional reputation for and emphasis on reliability keeps a loyal customer base.
If I were IBM, I'd be content with that niche rather than damage the brand by trying to compete in the cut-price market, especially given IBM's exit from the PC field. The alternative will leave those seeking high-reliability storage with no place to go. But, on the other hand, neither IBM nor any other company should ever be content with selling product not much better than the next fellow's at inflated prices, so a critical examination of their server line-up is not a bad thing - as long as it has a sensible plan behind it.
But flash memory has a strictly limited lifetime in write cycles. So, while it's fast, there are a lot of applications for which it is not well-suited.
Re: Uhh... @Sorry
What's better is this: if you owe someone money because you have done something wrong, you pay every cent of what you owe, plus every cent of what it takes to get that money out of you.
The settlement offer did not cover costs up to the time the settlement was offered, according to the article, so she would have already suffered a net loss, although a smaller one, had she accepted it.
Oracle then of course could always sue the harassing employee for its legal bill.
Since Oracle in the end lost the case, the fact that it offered to settle should be irrelevant; it is at fault, no court case would have existed had it behaved rightly. The only other party at fault is the employee who was the actual harasser. An offer to settle that leaves the plaintiff out of pocket can hardly be called compensatory, and hence the plaintiff should not be penalized for being unreasonable and needlessly burdening the legal system.
Aluminum and Heavy Water
Why can't they just locate their facilities in places like Norway or Colorado or Ontario where the power comes from hydroelectricity? That way, it would be cheaper as well as environmentally virtuous - or at least carbon-free.
Re: Am I the only one that thinks this is good?
I hope you're right. If it's a temporary restriction to prevent scalping, that's entirely acceptable. But if not, that would basically reduce or eliminate interest in the product.
I think we've finally found the next Batmobile.
This is Iran, where they banned weather forecasts on the TV, because only God can see the future. So it is the last place I would have expected a story like this to come from. Russia is full of silly-season stories like this, on the other hand.
It certainly is true that if machines can produce food and clothing and other necessities for everyone, without people having to work, we would have to arrange the economic system so that the production went to everyone - not just the people who owned those machines and the few who they wanted to hire for something.
But unemployment may stay a problem if there's something people want that can't be made by machines. And I think there is.
If we provide the necessites for everyone, but the chaps with the good jobs get all the girls, there'll still be competition for the good jobs.
I thought the V2 ran on hydrogen peroxide and kerosene - not liquid hydrogen for oxidizer, and certainly not ethanol diluted with water as fuel. Some people might seem to use that latter substance as fuel... but there's no need to dilute ethanol with water for safety reasons when using it as fuel.
They may have left some water in with the hydrogen peroxide, though, even if what they used was stronger than hair bleach.
They used to be a Norwegian company that made tape recorders. Now, apparently, they were bought by Cisco, and their products deal in data storage.
Maybe this will be the start of a new era in computing. Perhaps South Korea will abandon SEED, and even develop its own highly secure operating system to finally put an end to all the shenanigans on the Internet.
Re: Mixed lessons from history?
No. When the Korean war happened, Russia had nuclear weapons. Japan didn't have any, and Germany was already defeated, when Hiroshima was bombed.
Atomic weapons definitely would have been used in Korea if doing so wouldn't have invited a Soviet nuclear attack on the U.S..
And here I thought it was well settled that Tolkien drew his inspiration from the Ring of the Nibelungs. Still, having seen an actual artifact, with a curse on it, yet, would have affected him, even if the one in the Nibelungenlied made from Rhinegeld is a bit closer in details, it (the Roman artifact) might have helped to decide him on using that other source of inspiration.
I Was Wondering
Knowing the meaning of "NSFW", and not being aware that there was a Unix process by that name, I wondered about this, but not very strongly... it really didn't occur to me that this could have been an April Fool's joke, not being crafted to be obvious enough not to cause harmful confusion.
I'm just amused that the headline for the article was illustrated by a picture of a really old computer, an Amiga 500.
I'm Not Surprised
As SPARC chips had RAS features, competing head-on with IBM in providing their own hardware for the Oracle database seemed like the obvious reason for buying Sun - the only one with synergy to their core business.
Now that Intel has the RAS features originally confined to the orphan Itanium available on some x86 Xeons, though, which was announced shortly after the Sun purchase, I felt that the purchase was a waste of money - Oracle could have done just as well to compete with IBM with commodity mainframes, and that would avoid vendor lock-in fears by customers as well.
But since Oracle now owns Sun, it needs Sun to succeed and be profitable too, so as not to have lost money. So putting Oracle on SPARC helps to do that.
I think that Oracle faces great challenges - and so does IBM, since, at least on the zSeries machines, it's trying to do the same thing as Apple - use their popular software to charge premium prices for hardware. That's difficult to keep up for long when other people know how to build and program computers.