Begs the question...
Mustard (hot dog part), or Ketchup (hamburger part).
Now that IS a dilemma...
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This is an effort to get people talking about Apple, and has NOTHING to do with paper bags. Just about anyone can submit a patent application, who knows if it gets granted!!
Next on my list: Submit patent application for wheel. Yes, I know it won't get granted, but everyone will be talking about it, you can be sure. Fame and Fortune are only follow ons.
Of driving my '62 Porsche. Nothing "hi-tech" in that at all. I did add a CD (capacitive discharge) ignition to it, but that was about it. The highest tech thing was to convert it to 12 volts so I could use my ham radio stuff.
What a car! Top down at 90 MPH at night is something to behold. I was young then.
Yes, the vehicle is still in the family.
If you call something "auto pilot" expect the idiot behind the wheel to think it can do everything. If you call it "driver assist", there is a lower expectation of what it able to do (even if it does the same thing). In that case people won't doze off and end up trying to solve the problem of two things occupying the same space at once (which doesn't work well!).
If you want a history lesson, look at the naming of MRI machines (Magnetic resonance imaging). Originally they were called NMR (Nuclear magnetic resonance) machines, but if you say "nuclear" everybody runs for the hills.
Yes, it is all in the name! Why? Because nobody reads the manual and they never will!!
I always want to ask the same question:
Why do we need an addressing scheme that can accommodate every grain of sand on the planet and have some left over. If they went to 6 byte addresses with a simple translate scheme, we would all be using it now.
Yes, it is terrible!!
Me? Yes, I have a nice NAT router that works very nicely, thank you. I use the same model for at least 3 installations.
The ones who regularly spam me with all those ink offers? If so, I'd like them out of business. Unfortunately I like cheap ink (who doesn't), and locking out "off brand" cartridges is a bit extreme!! Of course if you are the company supplying things, it adds to the profit statement.
All of this begs the question:
Why, why, why can't the ink and the printhead be different assemblies? Then it would be a simple task to fill an ink reservoir and get on with things. Also cartridges wouldn't need to go obsolete. Where is that nice refilled '45' or '23' cartridge.
*SIGH* Life goes on. It is always good to be in the expendables business. Always a market for TP!! Let's hope they don't make THAT DRM'd!!
Crooked ones: Clinton Family Foundation (enough said).
Why? Yes, there is a genuine need. Some are shamed of what they have and what others need that they are compelled to contribute. Much like indulgences.
Do they serve a purpose? Yes, some have actually helped those who through no fault of their own (read natural disaster) actually need something to get going again.
But... Charity begins at home. Usually in my pocket. It isn't tax deductible, but I do get to buy pizza for lunch today which is better then gruel that I might get elsewhere.
So, there are all types, and all sorts of reasons for charities. Choose yours wisely and think why you contribute. You will be enlightened.
When I did work with PUNCH CARDS, we always had users that complained that the error popped up after they changed "only one card". Before they could get out the complete sentence, I would reply "the error is in the card you just changed".
Yes, about 40 years ago. Things were a bit simpler then, users had a bit more knowledge. Usually is was DANGEROUS knowledge though.
Long live Fortran!
Mr. Government, do you want backdoors in YOUR encrypted messages?? How do we tell your messages from other messages??
So, if there is one "secret key" and it is used for ALL messages, what do you do if it leaks out and your messages are decoded. I don't think that even Hillary would like that!
This sounds like the people who say "You never get fired for specifying IBM" (old version), or "Windows and an Intel PC" (new version).
The whole idea of a vendor is to get you locked into their own ecosystem. It doesn't matter how it is done (from the vendor or you), but it is being done. I once worked for a boss that wanted everything "DEC", even if there were better solution out there. This was back in the mid 80's where there were vendord EVERYWHERE.
The theme now is to get you hooked (addicted) to a particular vendors product (hopefully for the vendor one that provides continuing income), and lock you in. With every vendor's "cloud" a little bit different, this is quite easy, as there is NO incentive for a vendor to be compatible with any other (see lock-in, above).
As for needing "the cloud" the biggest thing to do is ask "why?" and "what will it do for me that isn't already being done?". Doing "the cloud" for its own sake, is like building palaces in North Korea. They look nice, but they don't get used, and sit empty. Hopefully that doesn't happen.
Just a comment. If you were to hire a secretary with a 6.3% error rate, she would be out the door the first day!
I have memories of some work done in the 60's that could (after training) understand the words "one, "two", "three" and "four". The training took a while, and the program used speaker specific samples. Pretty crafty for around 50 years ago.
So, yes we have come a long way, but more needs to be done. In my case, Siri works pretty well though.
In the music world the songwriters and performers are the ones at the end of the soup line. When a radio station plays a song, they get the left over crumbs. When you buy that song for $1.00 through some service (there are many), the responsible people (songwriters, performers) might get three cents (if they are lucky). The producer (who fronted the artists the money to stay alive) may not see anything. The rest of the money which used to be distributed up the music food chain, now gets to line those music services who release a compressed version of what used to be a full fidelity song.
And we wonder why the music industry is going down hill. There just isn't any money in the food chain to get good productions off the ground.
Whatever happens, I wish them good luck. They will need it.
This may be all well and good for the sockets (crimping those is a pain), but the plugs are a different matter. From the looks of it (using the 8P8C plug as a size reference), a plug combo is quite large and bulky. With today's thin lappys, there isn't much room for a big connector hanging out the side (maybe wireless is better here). The other problem is the specialized equipment you need to buy first (crimper) and the unique plug (probably over priced). The modular plugs are really cheap these days (less than a dime each), and if you are terminating a cable to a plug, paying for a fancy plug and an adapter (that is a big thing at the end of the cable) is inviting trouble.
The next question I ask, is how does it survive being used by
monkeys the user population that can barely get a USB jack plugged in right.
So, I reserve judgement for now.
Yes, the government is as addicted to cigarettes as anyone else. The bloody things are taxed so much in relation to their cost it is silly. The vaping people understand this and their product is by far a cheaper alternative. So, it is in the best interests of government to keep vaping and cigarettes in the same boat and tax them both to death.
Look, if it is bad, outlaw it. Oh, wait we would lose revenue from it (see prohibition in the USA) and couldn't control it, which would be bad. We (at least here in the USA) regularly ban substances that cause cancer if ingested in such small doses that it might take 10 lifetimes to consume the lethal dose (see sodium cyclamate) but tobacco makes so much money that they can't ban it.
"Snowden has been indicted in the United States on charges under the 1917 Espionage Act, including theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information, and willful communication of classified communications intelligence to an unauthorized person. If found guilty, he faces 30 years in jail and additional fines."
Interesting that Snowden was charged, when others high up on the food chain were given a "free pass".
"Theft of government property" - check.
"Unauthorized communication of national defense information" - check.
"Willful communication of classified communications intelligence to an unauthorized person" - check.
Former Secretary of State - check.
She ticks all the boxes!!
What happens when the vehicle finds a nice ice patch (difficult to see black ice!) and fumbles around trying to just keep in the lane. THAT would be a good test of autonomous vehicles.
Will they know when to pull over and tell the people to install tire chains.
Just travel I-80 over Donner** pass in the winter.
** Donner pass is on the road between California and Nevada north of lLake Tahoe. The pass itself is around 7600 feet in elevation and GETS SNOW and COLD WEATHER!!
We wouldn't have this problem. If the test was more realistic, then they couldn't have "cheated". They were just conforming to the test at hand. The engine passed the tests as they were designed, and they (obviously) didn't reflect the actual driving of the vehicle.
This is VERY similar to compilers that sense benchmarks, and compile VERY specialized code that was (possibly) hand tuned to make the compiler and run-time system look good. When this was discovered, the benchmarks were constructed to not have this "advantage" readable, and the manufacturers got called out on it. Big deal.
If the EPA/CARB wants non-cheatable tests, they had better reflect actual driving conditions, or things like this will happen. As is said in school, you "teach" to the test.
I fault the test, not the vehicle!
Had a more favorable tax structure for corporate taxes, it wouldn't be necessary to play musical chairs with money and "IP" that moves from place to place. If you have the highest taxes for corporations, expect some of this mischief to happen. It is human nature to pay AS LITTLE taxes as possible. Everyone will use the nicest tax havens to do this. Expect no less.
As Ludwig Von Drake would say. Watches are fickle things. For the most part (since quartz crystal and silicon chips) the timepiece part of the watch is in the less than $50 range. The added parts of the watch go into the "gee wiz" category (see diving watches), or jewelry (see Rolexes). People who BUY watches tend to keep them for a long time (Me, over 15 years), and use them for a simple task, answering the question "what time is it?". You don't need much after that for basic functionality, and you can't innovate much in that space either. The iWatch is a solution in search of a problem, and the solution doesn't really solve anything.
What might be really innovative would be a "self charging" version, where it takes the hand/arm movements and recharges the battery. This could (possibly) add enough to make the manual recharging process unnecessary.
That would be a BIG DEAL. I suspect that the energy available isn't enough to be significant, so it probably won't happen. In case it does, I mentioned it here first, and if nobody patents in a year, it is a free idea.
I still like nice analog (dials) watches, and desktop machines. I need the nice big letters that work nicely with my old age (*SIGH*).
I wear the watch on the other (right) hand, and on the inside of the wrist. Not having read any of the literature, do they accommodate this in a meaningful way? I also like Twist-O-Flex watchbands that don't need disconnecting straps to stay put around my wrist. From the looks of it, the nice iWatch needs (and is provided with) a klunky leather band that needs to be fastened before one can run out the door.
Oh, and I haven't replaced my watch in over 15 years. Will an iWatch last that long and be good for over a year on a single battery?
While i'm no expert, fresh water and salt water are entirely different beasts. I got a nice FitBit a couple of years ago, and after being wonderful for over a year, a dip in the warm waters off Hawaii killed it for good. Before that I had been taking showers and other stuff.
All the pictures in the "event" showed swimmers in nice fresh water pools. A bunch less hostile!
First: Maybe a re-vector of the ransomware to somebody in the Russian government might work. I understand that many of the malware check to see what the domain name is and judicially skip some domains presumably for fear of retaliation.
Third: Get rid of somebody who gets infected. Stupid users are probably the biggest reason these things happen. They probably get suckered by Nigerian princes with cash gushing out of their pockets.
Get a clue people!
I could make up a super computer by connecting together a BUNCH (10k or so) Raspberry Pi's and calling it a "super computer". Even with all the wires and power supplies, it would be less than $1,000,000 pretty easily.
It IS ARM, and available TODAY!
Now to get it programmed correctly...
The separation if the driver and the firmware was probably driven by some guy in a suit that wanted to control everything. The poor software writer of the driver can only say "OK" and try to do it that way. Of course it makes little sense, but he was doing as he was told. With the feedback from Linux, he can tell his higher-ups that it can't be done that way. So, the suits might relent and allow the "proper" way of doing things firmware blob in the driver and all that.
If they want to update the driver, OR the firmware, a new release is in order. See, it isn't that difficult. The maintaining of a specialized program that talks to the driver is a special way to load the firmware, which needs to be done before you can do anything, is at best a difficult task. Making it work in all circumstances (now how to I get this into systemd) may well be out of the question.
Put simply: The driver should be all you need for a device. No more, no less.
Back in the day as a sophomore (aka 4th form) in high school, I did enjoy the series. It kinda got to you after a while. Now I understand that Star Trek (as most theatrical productions) was a reflection of its time (the USA in the 60's), and dealt with the subjects of the day in a different way.
Yes, it was sad when the series ended, but that's how it goes. We now have a record of some of the conflicts of the era (as mentioned in the article). It is all a new perspective to see things.
Yes, I was one of the guys that sat at the 'nerd' table during lunch, and yes, we did talk about the series on the Friday after the Thursday showing of the show. Made for interesting discussions.
Send one of these scam emails to a government (after all they print the money) and have them drop off a load of cash.
I'd probably end up in the hoosegow, but I'd live large for a couple of days. Then again with government efficiencies it might take a while. I get all these offers of IRS forgiveness all the time, so they must have some spare change floating around to line my pockets. I might even retire.
Message to IRS: I am due a refund of (large) amount. Send it to me. Cash is OK.
In my part of the world, the "Lycra Butts" have all sorts of flashing lights on their two wheeled velocipedes. Usually they are on the side of the road, but sometimes they come out into the lane of traffic to make a turn across the center divide (when I was a youth, we used the crosswalks, but I digress). Given that these travel every which way (and have little regard for ANY traffic rules (stoplights, stop signs)) I just hope that the dome top vehicles can keep everything straight. It is a big task.
There are so many of them.
Oh, and not everyone follows them, and they make their on "modifications" to make them their own.
So we get all sorts of display standards. To Wit: MDA, CGA, EGA, VGA (in various forms), Display Port, HDMI, and DVI, just to name a few. If you wait, more will come.
Oh, wait USB-C.
When a government gets its hands on any amount of moola (bucks, quid, euros), it has a certain amount of "overhead". This number is not insignificant. So for every chunk of change that goes INTO government coffers, only a fraction goes OUT to help us citizens.
Then the government decides who to give handouts to is rarely in line with those that it extracts taxes from. It is the nature of the beast. This is why government is not the "solution", it is the "problem".
But as was so eloquently said a bunch of years ago, "Nothing is certain but death (life is a terminal disease) and taxes".
First the communication is by inductive coupling (not radio) which has a VERY limited range (inches). Yes, the parameters can be changed, and lots of information is there, but by and large they are not big computing devices. The pacemakers St. Jude makes (at least while I worked there about 16 years ago) run on CMOS 6502 chips. They have ALL SORTS of power conserving tricks they use since the power source is quite limited (and is about half of the implantable device). The processor wakes up for every heartbeat and does minimal stuff.
The biggest thing that happens is when it detects atrial fibrillation and needs to shock the heart to get rid of the problem. In that case the patient is VERY conscious and gets a very rude jolt (as it was described to me). It doesn't happen often, but when it does, you will know about it. The more serious ventricular fibrillation (see your nice medical show) when external paddles are usually used, a pacemaker can also give a jolt, but in that case, the patient is usually unconscious so the patient usually doesn't feel a thing.
The software inside these devices goes under quite a lot of scrutiny and LOTS of tests to see that it works properly. The chances of significant problems are really quite small.
I wish operating system vendors would be as thorough (is Redmond listening??).
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