This will stop any teenager that cant take away 18 from the current year
This is where the reintroduction of grammar schools for those who can afford them and workhouses for the rest will help!
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This will stop any teenager that cant take away 18 from the current year
This is where the reintroduction of grammar schools for those who can afford them and workhouses for the rest will help!
I do wonder what constitutes "non-conventional". For some in the fruitcase fraternity this presumably includes anything other than the missionary position: no more blow jobs and even having a wank could land you in hot water; female orgasms can go back to being mere myths.
Nah, somewhere in the cesspool of the office they found a rough diamond and are polishing him up. Get him installed in a relevant company across town and there is endless scope for merriment and budget increases: "ACME now has a 4-Factor redundant storage arrays…"
Not really. ROI for shares is a combination of dividend and rise in share price: until recently Apple famously didn't give a dividend and Amazon still doesn't (has really shitty EPS). Some investors prefer one, some prefer the other largely down to cashflow requirements and tax treatment: dividends are treated as income, divestments as capital gains.
Don't have the graph handy but I think you'll find that Google's share price has consistently been on the rise. Some kind of share split (at least 10:1) followed by a buyback is probably on the cards as a result.
Today at 3 PM I and some mates of mine will be robbing the bank in Trumpton. Party round at Miss Lovelace's after.
If it is able to follow you around that means that it must be stored somewhere.
Sure, but the storage can also be encrypted so that only your user can read it. Opera pioneered this years ago, and Firefox also offers it and I do something similar with Signal. I don't use Chrome personally but I can understand that users with multiple devices appreciate this kind of service.
I know Google stores all the data on us it can, but I also think they're pretty shrewd about what bits they think they can make money from: GMail is probably far more interesting for personalised ads than browser extensions and bookmarks.
This article seems to gloss over Microsoft's irrelevance in the only growing market: mobile devices. It acknowledges that browser development is expensive but fails to take this into account regarding Microsoft's attempts.
It has been force-feeding "Edge" on Windows 10 users for years now and it's still only getting 2-3 % of desktop users, itself a shrinking slice of the pie. Enterprise users were badly burnt by the "seamless" integration via ActiveX of IE and, because, Microsoft was so slow to devote resources to web compatibility, they specifically targeted web compatibility for the next generation of network-based apps, not leased because corporates are mainly still on Windows 7, so all the Edge "goodness" isn't available. Enterprise apps have lifecycles of at least 5 years.
Microsoft has had to recognise its failure by releasing Office for Android and IOS, once it realised that people would happily pay for it.
Back to Microsoft's browsers: IE 9 did include a significant rewrite of the renderer but IE 9 - 11 were hamstrung by all that ActiveX compatibility. Edge has dropped this, but as the CERT reports show, still share enough code with the older versions to be vulnerable to many attacks. It's now playing catch up for features but, as so often with Microsoft, you can never be sure it will continue to devote sufficient resources to the project. Fortunately for them, it looks like most of the stuff that was missing from HTML has now been added and a more gradual development path is possible.
The debt we owe to those at Mozilla and Opera and later Google who fought for open standards cannot be understated. Without it we'd still be developing browser-specific sites and be dependent upon shit like ActiveX and Flash for advanced interactivity. Anything that smells like that kind of lock-in is not going to get a look-in for the next few years.
Then run Chromium, or anything else that uses the Blink engine.
Don't confuse cause with effect. News coverage still hasn't recovered from the dreadful reign of Greg Dyke but, all in all, I think the BBC does a good job. The Tory press has lobbied heavily against the news website, which did used to be excellent and is now more of an also ran.
How much oversight does the BBC need? There's the trust, the NAO and Ofcom and who knows what else. All that costs a pretty packet. As do all the reorganisations that these calls for change inevitably lead to. It could really benefit from being left alone by the politicians after the next charter renewal. But I suspect there is little chance of that: Tory HQ probably won't rest until the BBC just does some cricket and Strictly. After all, when the workhouses come back people won't have time for independent media.
You can add to that that most viewers wouldn't know good picture or sound quality if it hit them in the face, which is why you can hardly tweak the settings any more. This is nicely satirised in Small Soldiers with the neighbour obsessing over the image quality and sound from his TV with his wife largely oblivious.
The quality of the codec is far more important than the resolution: MPEG has blocky artefacts, MPEG 2 can't cope with colour gradients, etc. As for sound: any free-standing speakers pointing at the listener will be better than anything built-in.
that basically describes the transition from DVB-T to DVB-T2 in Australia. It seems broadcasters were remiss in informing customers that DVB-T was going to be dropped.
Regarding forward-compatibility: you cannot backfit hardware acceleration. Newer codecs take advantage of faster hardware to squeeze more data into less bandwidth. However, rather than buying a new TV every time you can normally pickup a new set top box / DVR at a fraction of the cost. Manufacturers have committed to the HDMI connection for the next two generations (4K + 8K). But it's also worth noting that TVs have become much cheaper compared to earnings since LCD panels were introduced, as long as you don't go for the latest and greatest: €600 will currently buy you a good 55" HD screen; I picked up my own 46" HD Philips for the same five years ago. I don't know what the author spunked $ 1500 on.
DVB-T2 is H264, H265 is only used for > HD resolution.
Germany's handling of DVB-T -> DVB-T2 was as badly handled as the transition to digital only, with the added "fun" of having to buy a CAM for € 80 if you want to be able to watch the non-public channels. This is only likely to increase cord-cutting.
Looking forward to whatever replaces the RPi having H265 / WebP v10 support in silicon.
@Martin, I guess I should have known I was asking someone in the wrong country… ;-) OLEDs are generally pretty good in sunlight (I've got an S5) but all modern phones tend to struggle with the glare caused by the reflection directly on the surface which even polarising sun glasses cannot eliminate. I'm currently trialling a screen protector which promises to reduce glare, but we haven't had enough sun here recently for any meaningful tests.
Older LCD devices used to be able to take advantage of ambient light using a "transreflexive" layer to let white light though the display and bouncing it back as backlight. Would love to see something like this for modern screens.
How does the screen of the S8 cope in bright sunlight? Now that every phone is fast enough and has enough memory and bangs and whistles, I'd like to see a return to ergonomy.
I could handle a fair bit of bureaucracy to be able to live in Paris.
Paris is great if you can afford to live somewhere with good transport for work. Like London, it's a wonderful place to visit but living there can be very stressful.
Yeah I think we aught to give up there.
Well, you ought to until you learn to spell and set commas correctly.
And we have a referendum with a leave vote.
The referendum was only ever advisory because … drumroll … parliament is sovereign. And the reason the UK doesn't govern by referendum is because referendums are shit for detailed policy, such as trade negotiations. The margin to leave was small, which is one of the reasons why policy referendums usually come with quorums and 2/3 or 3/4 majority requirements to favour the status quo. So, we still only know that "Brexit means Brexit". Two packets, please.
Thank you goodnight!
We can but hope so.
Not really, just trapped with the regulations of the EU…
Yes, because BSE was caused by the UK's own laxer regulations over the dubious practice of feeding sheep carcasses to cows…
The Euro currency should have been dissolved but instead a country was sacrificed. The utopia dream of equality destroyed when Germany unilaterally invited the middle east to move in.
This is, as usual, superficial nonsense.
"And you might expect your government to try and keep you in the dark for as long as possible."
Makes for good negotiating. Glad they didnt cave to the pressure of idiots wanting them to broadcast their negotiations.
Have you been reading the Dummies Guide to Game Theory again? How does keeping the electorate in the dark help the government, except in areas which the electorate might not like: cf. the ideas about dispute resolution in TTIP.
As for negotiating with the rest of the EU. What do you think that the UK can hide from the countries with which it currently trades the most?
"You're the one who doesn't seem to think that businesses can succeed both within the single market and out of it"
When did I say that? Of course some businesses can succeed. It does limit our options though.
You keep on saying that being outside the EU will give the UK more freedom in trade. This conveniently ignores the fact that the UK can already trade with non-EU countries and that it benefits from any trade agreements the EU signs. Outside the EU those agreements will have to be negotiated from scratch. Trade agreements generally take years to negotiate.
Is Germany the only one in this single market or are they the only success story?
No, it's merely an example and the one I'm most familiar with.
And still doesnt change the fact. If Germany left the EU which way would their new currency go? Here is a hint UP! And of course if Greece left their new currency would fall. Tie them together in the euro and both suffer opposite problems.
Germany isn't planning to leave the Euro or the EU any time soon, so there is no "fact" to be changed. If it did it would continue to do what is necessary to remain competitive: increase productivity through rationalisation and wage restraint. As for Greece, currency devaluations do not solve systemic problems and can make these worse.
Currency unions are always compromises: in the US the economies of Mississippi and California are extremely divergent; within the Euro area Ireland and the Baltic states have practised "internal" devaluation to remain competitive as, to a lesser degree have Portugal and Spain. Indeed Latvia and Lithuania worked hard to join the Euro even during the crisis because their governments understood the advantages of the currency union. Greece is a basket case because successive governments have failed to undertake the necessary reforms to benefit from the single market.
Did you mean to include google in there or is that a joke?
Nope, Google has a significant presence in the UK and elsewhere in the EU (and Switzerland).
Not much is happening yet, because the future terms of trade are unknown. And you might expect your government to try and keep you in the dark for as long as possible.
I guess it helps when the Euro forces their currency to be artificially low while at the same time artificially too high for Greece.
Nonsense: among other things Germany practised wage restraint for years, while countries like Greece squandered a period of low interest rates to fund a credit boom. Other than that pretty much every country has been holding their currency down since 2008, though this has generally been a welcome side-effect of financial repression rather than explicit fiddling with the currency. Indeed for the last few years most Germans would like to see higher interest rates and hence a stronger Euro.
Is Germany now the only example of success?
When did I say that? You're the one who doesn't seem to think that businesses can succeed both within the single market and out of it. Talk to any German industrialists and they'll tell you how important the integrated supply chains within the EU are to their success outside of it.
China can set their own standards because they're a bloc of a billion people.
It can and does sometimes but, like many countries, it's often happy to use standards that somebody else has already spent time and effort coming up with.
Yup. It will come tomorrow. I know I said that yesterday but I know it is coming tomorrow. And if tomorrow becomes today and it hasnt happened then I will say the same then too. Because its coming... tomorrow.
It's an increasingly open secret that the companies in the financial services are already opening small offices. They can relocate pretty quickly, bug as long as there is no immediate need to move, then why should they?
Indeed the recent rise in Sterling since the announcement of the election was justified by May using the bigger majority to renege (surely not!) on repeated pledges about the UK leaving the EU. But, as long as Brexit means Brexit, how can she be accused of anything?
We will see movement associated with any of the many EU research initiatives and of course the regulators. But the litmus test may well be industrial and whether the government can deliver on the secret assurances it has given to Toyota, Nissan, etc.
For those who need or want to restrict themselves to the EU moving may make sense.
What? You mean like Goldman Sachs, Google, Toyota?
The single market is important because it sets standards not because its exclusive: look at how Germany's trade with India and China has continued to grow.
Flats in Germany are generally measured by size and the price m2 is important. A "one-bedroomed flat" could be anything from 40 to 70 m2.
Berlin is huge and economic development is spread out around the city. That said, it has recently seen a property speculation boom (driven as much by AirBnB tourism as anything else) and prices are now considered to have more or less peaked (rent controls prevent the most egregious price hikes) with the financial repression induced by low interest rates starting to end. Outside of the hippest areas, rents should be a lot lower and public transport in Berlin is very good.
I thought that it took three years and that if your second nationality at the time of getting the German one is not an EU nationailty then you have to give it up. I.e. of you started now you couldn't keep the British one, or have I got that wrong?
The requirement to give up the other nationality has recently been relaxed. It's difficult anyway as many countries will not allow citizens to return their passports. I don't know anything about the three year rule but I don't see things changing much until the UK has officially left, which might be some years hence because leaving the EU is so fucking difficult. This is probably the main reason for May calling the election: a bigger majority might give her a more pliable parliamentary party (yeah, right), but it also puts the subsequent general election back to 2022 by which point people might not care so much that regarding Europe very little has changed. One nice aspect of the current SNAFU is that the ECJ is likely going remain the arbiter of any settlement.
Tory party was never a meritocracy.
I agree with you but don't forget that the term was originally coined as one of derision, which seemed to be vindicated by last year's "rebellion".
EU citizens can get unrestricted residence permits pretty easily and, once you have one (and you must apply in order to stay in the country), applying for citizenship is pretty straightforward.
Start up areas tend to benefit from network effects: once somewhere is established it attracts other parts of the eco-system, which help employees move between companies or create their own. Berlin's attraction was not just cheap rents, but also the ability to attract quality programmers and engineers from Poland and elsewhere.
That said, start ups also tend to congregate around other existing business areas, which is why Düsseldorf also has its fair share (telecoms, fintech, etct.) as do Munich and Frankfurt. London's scene is almost entirely dependent upon money from the investment sector and if that moves, it will. But don't expect any major announcements until the necessary deals have been done.
ah, yes the recent High Court decision in their favour means that their licence fees are safe however naughty customers try and access their own data.
MS was stuffed by Intel's exit from the mobile market.
The damage was done long before that with the needlessly crippled Windows RT that MS did as a favour to Intel.
Microsoft's new strategy is
mobile cloud first, cloud only.
Touchscreens that mount on the RPi's extender are cheap and come with drivers.
FWIW LineageOS is now available for the S3. It's well worth giving a go to get more out of the phone.
But the S5 is a much better phone, bought my own second hand 18 months ago. Splashed out on the wireless charging kit and an MHL cable (so I can watch what I want on hotel TVs) and an Otterbox and Quadlock for mounting on my handlebars and a Jabra sport headset. Worth keeping some cash for useful accessories rather than buying more shine.
The new car market is mainly driven by leasing and company cars which benefit from significant tax subsidies, the idea being that the car industry is hugely important to the economy. Pity the idiots that are trying to keep up with them out of their own pockets.
My guess is that when he finds some aspect of the presidency hard, he will just ignore it.
He's already done this many times. Just not quite enough yet to start impeachment proceedings, which is possibly why he's holding on so tightly to those tax returns.
What we're now seeing, however, is a bit like the Reagan years with policy being handed over to the generals and the VP with Trump interrupting his golf games every now and then to give a rousing speech to the base.
FWIW other countries are not quite so lax. A few years ago in Germany it became a requirement for companies in "strategic" industries (banking, insurance, etc.) to report any attacks to the state prosecutor's office (LKA). That in itself doesn't guarantee anything but, of course, failing to do so could void any insurance claims and this will inevitably spread along the side chains and to suppliers.
So, slowly awareness about cybersecurity and the willingness to do something about it is growing. Not without the usual pointless PR ops such as Ursula von der Leyen's "cyber army" stunt. In summary, it's easy to get the ball rolling on this without lots of reports.
This is already what happens. Plus, they already have cameras covering the whole area: fixed view cameras are much easier to calibrate and train. But we need to dream up "use cases" for drones and image recognition other than whether some celebrity has got their baps out…
Interesting study but I suspect the system can soon be trained to work with such processed images.
I don't think I've ever bought a phone because of its performance benchmark. And, even though Apple's silicon has traditionally outperformed the competition in key areas such as the GPU, it's wisely steered clear of comparisons along those lines. Apple's value proposition to customers is a beautiful product with all the nasty technology hidden away and seamless integration in the Apple world*. As Andrew himself has repeatedly pointed out: it's not about the hardware but about the platform.
What Android offers is choice. I personally won't buy a phone that doesn't have an OLED screen. Others find the idea of replaceable batteries or cheap memory expansion via SD cards, or a different browser or mail client. Google and Android manufacturers spent years playing catch up with Apple in both the hardware and OS but overtook them a couple of years ago. Since then Apple has started to copy the upstarts with larger screens and things like notifications but where's support for multiple windows?
The comparison of R&D spending between Apple and Google is disingenuous. Google has its fingers a great deal more pies and is actively looking for new markets. When did Apple last launch a genuinely new product? Of course, as long as it sells I-Phones at current volumes and margins, it doesn't really need to do much.
* This may or may not be the case for users. Certainly isn't for me.
If that is where x86 on ARM is supposed to lead then we all know where it will end.
Simply people complain about there only being 2 parties and then tactically vote for one of those 2 parties.
It's the electoral system that favours the two-party system: see also the US.
You should also consider the 2010 result before making a decision, though I agree it looks like the anti-Tory vote where you live is probably Labour. :-/
It seems to me that Labour's best chance of nabbing this is to dump Corbyn
I guess they won't get around to doing that until they've been humiliated again. Even then Militant 2015 seems to be so in control of the party that won't bother. After all militant policies worked so well in the 1980s didn't they? How does 18 years out of government sound?
If Corbyn wasn't such a fucking tool, he'd do what the Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition is supposed to do and oppose the government. Let May get her parliamentary majority only with the support of the SNP or try and ride out the inevitable backbench rebellions. Fixed term parliaments are only supposed to be undone by votes of no confidence in the government, not to allow the PM to call snap elections when it suits them.
Talking about mass here definitely muddies the water. The effect seems to be one of negative acceleration but presumably the energy required for the change in direction is provided by manipulating the spin of the atoms?
Don't we seem to get a report like this stating the bloody obvious and overstating the risks from Trend Micro every month?
The PHP example is annoying even if it's true: if you don't use prepared statements for DB work you deserve to be hacked. Good research highlights the less obvious security flaws in our code.
Algorithms are almost as pervasive in our lives as cars and the internet
Algorithms are far more pervasive than either cars or the internet. But it seems the author is not sure as to what an algorithm is.
Mine's the one with the pocket Knuth in the pocket.
Hope that problem will be fixed and AI will one day take charge of hiring workers on most places
hm, I wonder who, or more likely what, they will hire: other computers are likely to make the best candidates!
A previous experiment showed that people with European American names were 50 per cent more likely to get an interview from a job application.…
Link or at least name of the study and country where this happened (I assume the USA but the USA isn't the world).
Machine learning will be skewed by the datasets and the corrections it receives. Seeing as these will both be done by humans, adopting the human bias is unavoidable. Think of training systems to recognise images of cute animals… So, the real question is whether the systems are being used appropriately?
Anyway, I'm happy with a certain degree of bias as long as it stops Amazon et al. trying to sell me what I've just bought. In many commercial applications (think film or music recommendations) this kind of bias is likely to be welcomed by the customers, who, when it comes to comestibles, almost always prefer "more of the same".
Indeed. It's the smart bomb video redux. The video footage focuses our attention on the awesome power of this weapon and its amazing accuracy. That we have no way of verifying the claim that it was actually dropped on a tunnel complex underlines the real object of the report: tell the US population that no one messes with America so they can sleep safely and not worry about the budget.
Massive bombs and chemical warfare worked so well in Vietnam and Afghanistan since 1980, haven't they? Breaking news for the US: the Taliban is winning the war in Afghanistan.
Depends on the cookie: any session cookies will be deleted when you logout and any decent blocker should stop running (including making a call to the FB server) in the first place.
But for those stuck with Windows-ONLY software
Not really, modern hardware imposes a minimum penalty when running VMs so need for toys like WINE.
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