The Chinamen should have offered "Complimentary Release Candidate Safety Testing"
82 posts • joined 3 Jan 2008
The Chinamen should have offered "Complimentary Release Candidate Safety Testing"
USB-C is in fact fairly compatible with previous standards, but also incorporates high power transmission option, which can be potentially dangerous over low quality cables. Unfortunately, the original standard doesn't sufficiently check cable quality and specs, creating a potential fire hazard
Did they just tell curious and smart people what NOT to do?
That should work...
I believe that information may not require such a huge storage density, and could be easily carved in a chunk of reasonably durable material nearby.
Prior art: Voyager's golden LP.
Handy as these things are, they probably rely on the missing cell signal...
Wouldn't have been much help in this case.
The breakers might go up to 20A, but finding a kettle over 1600W is a miracle.
Windows 7 was a success, but it was aging and that showed in the cracks.
The old windowing system and rendering were completely useless on HiDPI screens, and many hardware enhancements were only possible by generally hacking drivers onto an aged kernel.
Windows 8 brought a lot of necessary new guts, with an unfortunate interface.
From what I can see on my Surface, Win 10 is basically an evolution of that, with many things I used to dislike in Win 8 resolved.
My pet peeve is probably about the forced updates, which I hate on both Windows and Android.
whenever US politicians have wanted to push a security related (and mostly illegal) agenda, they've defaulted to two "unbeatable" arguments.
POTUS Obama just proved my point: bla bla bla bla pedophiles blabla bla bla bla terrorists blabla....
Unfortunately, that number is only the theoretical Mean Time Between Failures. Although it may sound confidently optimistic, WD castrated the idea by offering a paltry 3 year warranty on your archive drives.
Surely they must have another business case for this model?
am I the one-man cheering section for Prince of Persia?
As for impactful games, I wouldn't throw out Max Payne's Bullet Time.
There is a basic problem with the definition of driving in your response.
Technically speaking, you can sit in a car and make it move without ever going through driving school, but actually *driving* a car means you take into account road rules, traffic around you and general safety.
With those included in "driving", then no, it isn't easier to do when drunk.
Rather than a man in the middle, I'd classify the approach as a drive-by replay attack.
Since the good fellow wants to have his cake and eat it too, I suggest we mandate a simple substitution cipher for all his private email.
Given that the weakest link in any encryption system is the human element, having a human-controlled backdoor to cryptography is akin to sending a partially sealed envelope.
Given their track record, it is unreasonable to trust any government to look out for the people. The US govt is just a case in point, openly paying homage to the highest bidders (er... lobbying parties).
I'd suggest "smajhenee seer" as the closest approximation in the Queen's tongue, with the final "R" borrowed from Spanish, rather than English. (try readspeaker.com for the real version)
My family's tradition definitely calls for a Camembert-style cheese, though almost any cheese with a stronger flavour will do. Feel free to experiment with diced/mashed spuds, but do not skimp on the tartar sauce, if you've already got a decent mayo. Just add some finely diced pickles and onion to bring the flavour out.
Given the meal's fat content, I wholeheartedly recommend a pint of your favourite Pilsner as a digestive.
Once you realize that this (1M $ in Bitcoin) won't even register on the scale of the real evildoers (mafia, bankers, politicians), this announcement loses a lot of its fanfare.
I'm sure it's considered a magic trick to shoot down clouds, unless you work as a BOFH of one.
I know they are busy with all those patent assertions of late, but there's at least one example of direct prior art here in the comments. Reckon a google search would have revealed that in about 10 seconds and thrown out this ridiculous iPatent as it should have been?
IIRC, Nvidia just announced their Geforce GTX Titan Z with 8 TFLOPS and a paltry 12 GB of RAM for a $1000 less.
While it's not a Quadro per se (unlike the FirePro branding), I wouldn't say the performance will be too bad for that money.
Sounds like a price war to me...
All 5760 instances should run just fine :D
Now you just need someone to rewrite it for CUDA...
Hadoop (and many other parallel/hybrid processing frameworks) cannot change the fact that some problems simply aren't very suitable for parallel processing. I believe Intel employs a good number of people who know their way around Hadoop, but they've also noticed not everyone is doing big data in their own garden.
That said, if you've attempted parallel processing on any larger scale, you would notice that getting the system to run efficiently, given a limited memory bandwidth, is a major task and often crucial for deployment on any cloudy distributed platform.
It isn't just driving - which arguably demands more attention - just notice how stupidly people behave when they are on the phone while walking down the street.
I'd rather hope not. Otherwise, someone will forget if they were using feet per second, kph, knots, mph or any other arbitrary unit.
Not that it ever happened before, right?
I'm left wondering if the new standard does away with USB 3.0's interference with 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands.
As it is, I can barely use my Wi-Fi and wireless mouse whenever I connect a Superspeed USB drive into one of the blue ports.
afaik, if the quantum computer was anywhere close to its theoretical performance, 2048 bit keys would still be ridiculously short....
When it comes to text books, one hardly needs higher resolution than the current Kindle offers.
I'd imagine that Kobo's high resolution screen would impress manga/graphical novel readers in particular. Those do need the extra storage.
As interesting as the title seems, just looking at the graph shows that the *dreaded* memory effect is in fact minuscule in Li Ion batteries.
Talk about blowing a story out of proportion. Among the problems facing Li-anything batteries, memory effect is hardly worth mentioning.
Re: Pierre, I noticed that the general public is very prone to parroting any 'seemingly true' facts about technologies they don't understand. Do yourself a favor and check some actual research before believing everything in your first google search.
The key is in multicore & multithreaded hardware based decoding. If you ran a purely CPU based, software single-threaded (i.e. reference) decoder, you'd get nowhere near realtime decoding for full HD streams even using h.264/avc, not to mention HEVC.
Nobody sane does that, though - and today's CPUs and GPUs are proof of the fact, many supporting full decoding of h.264 using specialized instructions or dedicated HW. The real issue is going to be power-efficient encoding of h.265 streams in hardware, because there's no cheating the complexity even with specialized ASICs.
There is a broad alliance of patent holders behind h.264 and even broader behind HEVC. The difference that HEVC made was including HW and SW partners, so that it could be designed for easier processing using combinations of CPU/GPU. Also, the design goal was to produce a codec @ half of h.264 bitrate - this was close, though not quite there last time I checked a couple of months ago (while the reference codec was in Working Draft 6).
As for UHD content, there are suddenly large swaths of similarly textured areas in each frame (imagine a DSLR shot of someone's peachy complexion) - all the more suitable for larger quadtree-style macroblocks. The large resolution also calls for finer motion-estimation, which is responsible for a lion's share of the encoding complexity increase - actual "compression" in HEVC has been pretty much ported from h.264/avc, and this also means that developing solutions for h.265 is going to be that little bit easier.
For people unfamiliar with the process, a compression standard pretty much describes the format of a data stream - and leaves the actual implementation to the market. HEVC working group was actually kind enough to also provide a reference encoder/decoder software, modifications of which made its way into many scholarly papers and dozens computer science students' graduation theses.
The sad truth about free codecs is that the basic technology for video compression hasn't changed significantly since mpeg2 - and the elements in that are very much patented. VP8/9/10.... won't be any different.
This seems to be a perfect "school science project" they could try in their free time on the ISS.
Now we need a suitable K-12 volunteer to submit the idea for us :D
or perhaps he was thinking about developmental cycles
proposal-draft-implementation-deployment => new version proposal-draft..... etc.
I seriously urge NASA to use these last 40 days to re-check which part of the whole shebang is expecting its input in fractions of imperial units. Considering the thing was built and operated by engineers such as the one interviewed here, there's high probability of a non-metric bug stuck somewhere in the middle. Hopefully, it's not a 21 ft rope gently dropping the buggy from 20 m above surface...
Anyone else thought of a (nearly) headless Nick?
I was just wondering how on Earth could he still talk....
Just to keep you up to date: OS X no longer comes on rotating plastic. Since introduction of coffee holder-free MB Air, Apple has switched to cute own-branded USB keys. You can even upgrade your installation "media" this way when a new breed of cat comes around.
As for Creative Suite - Adobe offers complete trial downloads, which can be turned into full software by entering the proper serial number. (Yes, they still provide plastic, but I haven't actually opened my CS6 package except to get the code).
Quark - oh, well.
I finally know what this Meebo buzzword was all about.
If only those sensor companies hadn't gone for ANT+...
Given that the numbers for Kindle Fire and Nook only reflect US sales, exactly how are they an indicator of European economical depression?
Does not compute.
For the price tag attached, I'd much rather become a fruity fanboi - even Apple understood that resolution is king when people pay this much for a computer today. Not having an SD card reader is just rubbing it in; the only thing going for the Dell is its USB 3 port.
Though personally, I'm waiting for the retina display in the next-gen Air.
I've read many a book on my veritable Palm 3e's good old grayscale LCD, alternatively backlit with Indiglo. While it now rests in electronic heaven, I routinely got up to two weeks of joy from a pair of AAA cells.
Although I couldn't care less for the author's attitude, I'm also a somewhat satisfied Kindle customer. Extolling the virtues of a passive reading screen to an opinionated crowd would be a completely moot point, so I'll mention another, often sidelined 'feature' of dedicated ereaders - their intentional lack of any other functionality.
While many smartphone users will argue that they can just as well use their 'precious' to read, I find having so many features at hand a huge distraction. It may be just my personal opinion, but know at least two other Kindle owners who think alike.
That said, the entire publishing and media industry should pull their collective heads out of *where the sun don't shine* and bring a reasonable offer on the table. Just how long will they continue to ignore that end users no longer perceive geographical location as the critical factor, especially when purchasing bundles of 1s and 0s.
publish it on any other day and you'll surely find enough people believing it - especially with Cupertino's track record.
Many find the 2D solar parks hideous enough, care to explain how much opposition would these "beauties" gather once built anywhere near populated areas? Surely the efficiency would be at least 5x higher....
Wikipedia is your friend...
To sum it up, Gray is the less discriminating unit = radiated energy/mass
Sievert is exactly the same thing, as long as the radiation is Gamma rays. Other types of radiation, namely alpha & beta can have significantly worse effects on tissue, and therefore include a coefficient, which compares them to an equivalent dose of Gamma rays.
Thankfully, alpha radiation is generally easy to stop, so unless one gets a source inside his body, (remember Litvinenko in 2006?) one should be relatively safe.
With the current legislation, China is much more a land of the free than the venerable US of A.
The US like to tout democracy as the ultimate freedom, but apart from their right to vote, the average chinese person does indeed have much fewer obstacles in their life. Travelling to the US? Prepare to be searched, questioned, probed, groped, scanned and have your entire notebook copied/confiscated, all at the liberty of the omnipotent TSA. If you go to China, you might be refused a visa, but the entry is much more pleasant.
Now which is the land of the free?
Sorry to pee in your cornflakes - this is exactly the reason why serious crackers have rainbow tables and dictionary files.
The WPS button is unfortunately only one of possible connection modes under WPS. Others rely on a matching "PIN" - which obviously limits the effective security level of the device. This was intended for devices without a HW button, but it seems that it was an even worse idea than buttoned WPS.
As much as I'd like to applaud the developers' intention to start with a new, patent-free design, most of the currently known video and image compression techniques, including e.g. motion compensation, prediction and entropy coding are sadly all patented by the current MPEG-LA members and/or others.
It would be extremely unlikely for a team of developers to come up with a completely novel approach to video compression, especially if they are well versed in the current technology and therefore blinded by the known approaches.
The minefield provided by current patents in the area is nearly impossible to avoid, as proven by projects like VC-1 (which, sadly, resembles most modern codecs to the minute detail).
That's 128 MB of printer memory, not a USB stick. The price is still outrageous for that one, but at least it is a bit more exotic.
The asinine decision to provide so little storage while denying memory card expansion rightly cost this device a slew of customers. Seeing as most smartphones today need to be tethered to the power grid just about every day, it appears deranged to force customers into the cloud for their media files, too - wasting expensive bandwidth and precious mAhs on 3G. Not to mention potential customers living in areas with patchy wireless coverage.
For a phone that is supposed to increase WP7's market penetration, MS's business decisions remain rather unfathomable.
The key word here is accountability.
While it is true that Spamhaus doesn't block anything, but its market penetration is so large, that it has enormous influence without any sort of accountability. That is a BAD thing, evidenced by the bullish behaviour described in this article.
You attempt at giving Spamhaus a carte blanche, since it's "your ISP's choice", is flawed from its very conception. Once you find your company mail server's IP blacklisted, and happen to lose business because of it, you'll start to understand my opposition.
Spamhouse has a lot of clout, yet there are no clear guidelines saying how far they can go. This is a position open to all sorts of political influence and I'd hate to put so much power to a body which clearly lacks ethical standards and can lower itself to the described behaviour.
Try stuffing 3-4 paperbacks in your luggage whenever travelling, you'll notice the difference. Paper takes up a lot of space and I certainly like looking at my Discworld series collection, all lined up on the shelf. But alas - currently, it is about 9000 km from me, because I simply couldn't rationalize stuffing kilos of paperback fiction in my luggage when going abroad.
That said, I certainly prefer reading textbooks and technical literature on paper (scribbles, squiggles, and just plain old visual memory). It's just all the other fiction, novels and even news articles are so much more convenient when contained in a slim 240 g package.
About the book tracking - it can be turned off in your kindle profile, too. Or you may simply download the azw file from amazon yourself and keep the wireless on your kindle off.
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