Re: Remember when..
Meanwhile in Britain ...
1584 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007
Just wondering how you guys know what urine tastes like ... ?
When I looked at Android Wear devices I was disappointed to see that the functionally available when paired to an iPhone was severely limited when compared to use with an Android phone. Will the change to Wear OS change this? Will it play nicer with iOS? Or will it be allowed (by Apple) to play nicer with iOS?
This is why we can't have nice things. But knowing that people are going to do this sort of thing, then obviously we should design in defences against it. Even though the engineering involved is going to make the system 5 to 10x more expensive to deploy.
It still rather sticks in the throat that the ones who'll be doing this defensive engineering are probably the same one who would otherwise attack the system. It's like a protection racket run by nerds.
> Who needs drivers for these things?
They won't be drivers, as such, more like on-board security guards for a self-driving truck, to protect truck from non-Tesla drivers. Once all the drivers have retired or been put out of business, they'll remove the seating area.
Add another popular franchise cross-over and you could have plucky wizard hobbit, Hairy Botty, who's busy destroying whore-crotches though all of Littlefinger's knocking shops in the Shire ...
So, they're going to be using drones for standard deliveries and these rockets for same-day deliveries. Is that right?
> Other gimmicks here include 3D scanning. Sony claims it can scan a head in around a minute.
Erm, why do we need to be able to scan our heads? How did this get on a feature list for a phone?
Can't speak about Windows PCs, but let's talk about Apples. Are their Mac variants not being updated because their sales are falling? Or are their sales falling because they're not being updated*?
* Or being updated badly: Unwanted touch bars, disappearing ports, etc.
Yebbut, how nasty does Musk think Earth will get to ever make Mars preferable?
Force a firmware update of several gigabytes of geofence data before every flight! That'll learn 'em.
(Seriously, it might be simpler to require drone pilots to submit a flight plan for every flight. Like real pilots do.)
> Users now hold on to their phones longer so manufacturers are raising the sticker price.
Are we certain we're not confusing cause and effect here? Users now hold on to their phones longer because manufacturers are raising the sticker price ... ?
> Outsourcers blamed for cocking up programmes at one in three big firms
Which could be (mis?)interpreted as meaning that the other two in three cock-ups were due to the firms' own in-house staff, and therefore be an argument for outsourcing, since apparently outsourcers may be only half as incompetent as in-house staff.
I'm not saying it is so, just that the language is imprecise enough to allow this possible interpretation.
> Yet they have given G4S another contract.
Are there other companies bidding for this work?
Could a tag be replaced with a ruggedised, non-removable Apple Watch? This, at least, should already have most of the call-home technology required to keep track of the wearer 24/7. Add a requirement to keep it charged and they should hardly ever be able to leave their homes.
I'm not saying all projects on Indiegogo are deliberate scams, but their failure to require at least a working prototype does encourage the more, ahem, naive projects to get launched there. And the ability to collect any backing received, rather than requiring a fixed (planned) target to be reached, also works in the interest of the more, shall we say, speculative ideas.
Kickstarter does a better job of keeping their project starters honest, in my experience.
I think I need this for at home. 16yo dorter#2 uses about a roll a day. That can't be normal, can it?
I suppose joining ISIS is slightly worse than being a Guardian subscriber ... ?
You're right. Read the report (PDF linked in the article) and you'll find they merely* managed to get the accelerometer to output a g-graph with a curve that vaguely resembled the word "WALNUT". There was no takeover or execution of injected code. Just manipulation of accelerometer output.
* Fair play, there was a lot of difficult maths and clever fine tuning to find resonant frequencies of the accelerometers involved.
> Whenever I look at a Dyson airblade fan or hand dryer, I think of the Rockwell XVF-12 VTOL jet
Me too. They both make the same amount of noise.
> Also, I hope everyone here has a jolly hockeysticks day and all that with knobs on.
Having been burnt by the Jolla Tablet project on Indiegogo, I think I'll sit this one out.
I've had less bad experiences with Kickstarter. Is that just luck? Or is there some intrinsic difference between the crowdfunding platforms that makes one more likely to deliver than the other? (And I mean "deliver products to the funder" rather than "deliver cash to the fundee".)
You shouldn't underestimate the trouble some people will go to to avoid having to tidy their house. Or walk somewhere.
And did they test for midi-chlorians?
> the isle of Tobermory, where the CBBC show "Ballamory" was filmed
> I don't call short term memory loss a "good recovery".
Some might say 2016 would be better forgotten.
> How do you feel about 'produlate'?
Professor Nebulous? Is that you?
Indeed. Even Oxford Dictionaries accept this usage. I quote: "Some people object to the use of plural pronouns in this type of situation on the grounds that it’s ungrammatical. In fact, the use of plural pronouns to refer back to a singular subject isn’t new: it represents a revival of a practice dating from the 16th century. It’s increasingly common in current English and is now widely accepted both in speech and in writing."
Thanks for the clarifications from me too. I knew I must have misunderstood something.
Maybe the people he paid to do the due diligence were the same ones that worked for HP when they bought Autonomy.
> we need paying jobs for people to do ....
Do we though? Should humans really doing jobs that can be done by a machine? Isn't there something better, more creative, more human, that the humans could do? Or are you saying that the humans need to be kept occupied in some unnecessary employment to keep them off the streets? To keep them out of trouble?
Be a bit more positive. We survived the industrial revolution, with increased wealth, health and wellbeing. I suspect we'll survive the information revolution too. Even if we're just being kept as pets by the machines.
> I know plenty of people who have bought HP kit, eg printers, that HP does worse by sabotaging post sale, but that is, somehow, not fraud.
I am one of those people who was burned by that bit of trickery by HP, which is why I have never bought anything by HP since. And will never by anything from them again. Ever.
I hope Mr Hussain gets away with ripping off HP, in the same way that HP got away with ripping off their customers.
Crash and burn HP.
> When other mice are added to the cage and the laser is switched on, the mice did not attack each other.
I'm betting that at least some of the scientists were a little disappointed when they observed that. They went to the trouble of performing the experiment after all. And then nothing happened. Scuppering their hopes for a organizing the lab's mouse gladiator championship ... ? Maybe putting their DARPA grant application at risk ... ?
> It appears unlikely that anyone’s going to be proudly sporting a Made in America sticker on their iPhones, iPads or Watches any time soon.
Currently the (tiny) by-line on the iPhone is "Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.". It's not made anywhere!
I guess that reflects the international sourcing of components, but also Apple's wish to disassociate itself from a lot of what goes on in the rest of the USA.
If Apple ever does move production, sorry, assembling to the States, I think the new text will more likely read "Designed and assembled by Apple in California" rather than give credit to any of the rest of Trumpland.
I'd imagine it's rather a no-win situation for D-Link. They've probably got one set of three letter agencies telling them to put the security holes in and now another one suing them for doing so.
And it's not as if they even enjoy Cisco's profit margins for doing it.
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