Just communicate with mars at night. Isn't that the proper way to do it?
2950 posts • joined 14 Dec 2007
...some of the old HP buildings on the site.
Then again, while they are thinking, they could make a nice patch of grass in the meantime (after they take down all the buildings that are already there, and rip up the parking lots.
Just an idea.
p.s. I had a house a couple of blocks away from the site at one time.
A never ending arms race. The spammers on one side, and the anti-spammers on the other.
It all boils down to a simple truth. People SPAM because it works. Yes, the yield is low, but the spammers have numbers in their favor. Send out a million emails, and even if you get 0.1% yield, it still is a big enough number (1000) to earn money, or rape users computers.
If we all went back to plain text email (so you had to do things like select then click on a link, and it couldn't be obfuscated, it might be better. The problem is that nobody wants to do this as it makes it very inconvenient. So, we live with spam (hoping to not contribute to is exploitation), and use all sorts of "anti" programs. Life goes on.
So, teach your children well, and don't click that link.
These things are pretty nice, but they do have limitations. Mostly in the material, and the size of the object.
Soon there will be a 'standard' file format (like PDFs) that we can all pass around to make cool things. As for 2nd amendment issues, it might be similar to having a PDF of your local currency. The PDF itself is one thing, the output is quite another. I'll leave it to legislators to really put a stop to this nonsense somehow. Given their predilections they might very well ban them.
So, is making something like publishing it? Free speech and all that. Time will tell.
...when you HAVE to perform service. This usually happens in my own house when my wife screams at me that something technical doesn't work. The problems can be wide ranging. The examples are:
Under counter lights (they ARE electrical!). Solution: replace some of them.
TV that is very loud, and can't be turned down. Solution: remove book from top of the other remote.
Any computer problem: Solution: reboot.
IPad funnies. Solution: Look, I really don't know, but I might be able to fix it (no a new one will have the same problem!).
IPhone things: Solution: No, I don't know where you misplaced it. Try calling it.
So, yes, I do love my wife, but I don't ask her about medical things all the time (she is an MD). (*SIGH*)
Well, out people who have a global presence have an end-to-end offering that our solution provider who is a trusted partner for our clients will be focused on business value-add with our common solution provider.
All this seems very obvious to me. Do I get the contract??
Sorry, I couldn't resist, being close to April 1. For those playing at home with the latest version of "buzzword bingo", please keep score at your next presentation.
Now if others were as smart, including the patent office. The problem is that "prior art" to the patent office is only what is patented, not much else.
We in the computer field, know that LOTS of stuff is known (possibly "novel") but not patented, and been public for over a year.
Reach for that clue stick!
One of these days the brass ring will be fetched, and the ride will stop. Until then, we all sit and watch. The same characters keep coming by from our outside point of view, but as they disappear, a new net arrives to take their place. When will it end? Nobody knows, but it is fun to watch!
No? Then I wouldn't send you to the store to buy eggs!!
Maybe the robotic retina can tell the difference, but will it go to the store? Time will tell!
Some things are better left to humans! As for cleaning up a room, my father had an idea of fitting a garbage disposal in the center of my bedroom and every once in a while, hosing the place down to cure the "mess". Ah, my youth!
Change for change sake. Or how we force people to upgrade by adding in non-compatible options.
Why?? To make money.
Look at it this way: Typewriters really haven't changed in over 100 years, and everyone knows how they work. You hit a key and it makes a mark on paper. The keyboard is pretty standard (yes, I know regional differences), but it works. The "additions" mostly have been in the amount of force needed to make the impression, and the various methods to change fonts (if you can at all). I'd be willing to bet that any user of a typewriter today (if you can find them) can probably use a typewriter of 100 years ago with little (most likely no) additional training. The reverse is true as well, but the examples are more difficult to achieve. Take a user of a typewriter 100 years ago, and plunk them down in front to a modern one (again if you can find one) and they will be good to go.
I suspect there would be similar experiences for automobiles.
Now take a word processor (please). Go back to a modern windowing environment, say Windows 95 (it is only 15+ years!). Try to be usable by such a person then and now without any training. Good luck.
Me? I'd go into a local retailer and arrange to brick every Samsung piece of kit I could find (handy little USB key in pocket). Wonderful demonstration it might be. The store puts a new one on display and in 5 hours, it too doesn't work. Maybe a big retail chain could make the proper complaint.
If it were only that easy!
Look, if Microsoft had its way, the BIOS would keep saying "Must...only...boot...Windows", which is what UEFI is all about anyway.
Gone are the days when you would dial the IPL device into the console and let it rip. It was much easier then, and you could even boot from Mag tape, or (showing my age) Punch cards.
Other than a small minority of tree stranglers?
Looks nice though, as most window dressing does. No real value!
How much "green" did it cost to make the solar panels over their expected lifetime? Please tell me. Maybe I can be "green" as well with "standby" power from the utility. A solar cell from a cheap calculator might work. OOOPS I need backup power!!
Just so you know, some smoke detectors have magnetic reed switches in them for testing purposes. With a small magnet one can trip the smoke detector (which can't tell the difference!) and have an instant "fire drill break". Quite handy if it is a warm day outside and they have a special at the coffee shop across the way.
The magnet I saw used was one that was about a 1 inch cube. Pretty strong one, but readily available. It was put on the end of a stick (I guess something like a pool cue would work as well).
For a transmitter with about as much power as a refrigerator light bulb. I believe it has about 15 watts or so in the transmitter. Nice to have a good antenna here on earth, and a slow data rate.
Now everyone apply the inverse square law, and incorporate path loss.
MJS77 is alive and well!
It seems that all of this technology is there to display "talking heads" which you can just bypass for the most part. Maybe we should go back to the 100 year old technology of the telephone and not worry.
Sure, the video impresses people and is nice and "blingy", but at the end of the day smoke and mirrors would probably do as well. I just attended a company "broadcast" and if one had sound and the slides of the presentation, it would have done just as well. The telepresence is VERY overrated. The problem is that those with three letter titles (usually beginning with 'C') like to have the fancy expensive stuff, and show it off to their friends. This starts a never ending escalation and arms race to have the better kit.
Is that the patent office only sees prior art as what is already patented, not that which is already in use for many a year. This is FUNDAMENTAL to the problem with the USPTO. Their vision of prior art is flawed in many ways. They run on the assumption that everything should be patented. Most (hopefully) software people (not companies) are on the assumption that "software is good" and release it willingly without patent restrictions.
So, the cycle goes on and on. We get people who try to parse the differences in words ("is") and we spend time in legal battles when it would be more productive to write better software instead. Just think if the basics of the internet had been patented back in the day (I shudder at the thought).
Central offices get quieter and quieter.
In days of old (I visited COs in the early 80's) there was a low level din of switching going on. Much was mechanical with relays and all that. It is now being replaced with smaller and smaller kit as the days go on. The only noise you get is the blowing air of the fans and the 60 (50) Hz hum of the power supplies in the back room, or the high pitched whine of the switchers being run from the -48 volt buss that is everywhere.
Of course the BIG NOISE is the gas powered turbine for standby power, but you don't expect that too often (it is in a separate room anyway).
Life goes on, but I really miss the step-by-step exchanges where you could SEE how a telephone call worked. Now days all you can do is say it came in from over there, and it goes out over yonder. Not very instructive.
Time marches on...
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