@Tads: That would be a
Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire! lie, not just a damned lie from statistics.
The models don't go backwards without significant hard-coded data based on observations.
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Actually, while I never have trouble finding my house, I frequently need to stop to think when asked for my address. I don't find my house by it's address, I find it by other geography clues.
And yes, I have passwords for work written down because there are more than 10 I need to access various accounts and records. At home I have at least three passwords needed for stuff on my PCs. My bank accounts have different passwords and identifiers, including credit cards that's about another 8 accounts. Because they are unique, I don't change them as often as I should. Then I have three personal email accounts in some form or another of use, and probably 13 website forums with passwords. Some websites match each other but not emails, some emails match some websites. So that's 31 accounts I can think of, and I may be missing a few.
Granted if I used each of them every day it and they were all static, it wouldn't be a big deal. But throw in irregularly scheduled password changes with infrequent use and its a recipe for disaster. In fact, even with the passwords written down, one of those work accounts is a recipe for disaster. See, it's used by the account I use to connect to encrypted laptops, and at start up, it can't connect to the current network database, only the database last stored when it was connected to the network. If all the laptops were connected to the network on the day I change my password and synch soon after I change it, no problem (also something that NEVER happens). But if it's one of those that has gone out on travel or worse been stuck in a storage closet for an unknown period of time (some of them have been more than 18 months) not only do I have a long list to try (and at some point it starts a timer before next login, doubling with each failure) when I do finally get to the password that works, it might just make itself my current password, which fucks up all my other accounts and is a complete bitch to correct.
I'm not sure I understand the subtle distinction you seem to be trying to make vis a vie Forced Labor and Slavery.
Perchance do your grandparents hail from Georgia? And do you still harbor ill feelings toward those damn Yankees because of the War of Northern Aggression?
Actually, the checking of the equipment should have been done BEFORE publication of the result. I'd say the early publication of the "surprising" result is more indicative of how badly the money race has already corrupted scientific pursuits. If you publish a "surprising" result, you get more funding to study it. Although it does reinforce the necessity of publishing raw data, experimental methods, and conclusions as the bedrock of science. Because the subsequent public beat-down seems to have prompted a second look at the experimental apparatus, which in turn revealed the true cause of the "surprising" results.
I see YOU haven't been keeping up on YOUR facts. It turns out that in point of fact only 5 of the warmest years are in the last 100 years, with the other 5 being in the 100 before that. Your little factoid was a result of serious mistakes in the "corrections" made to the raw data by, yep that's right, the same maroons who think "denialists" are too stupid to understand the math.
Only back then we were going to hit the wall without revolutionary breakthroughs in magnetic disk technology, and we should never expect to get past them. At the time I think my Big Ass Drive was in the neighborhood of 200M. I don't expect the SSD guys are any less inventive.
True in the past, not so much today. WWII was the last real war in which a country was able to sustain the surprise attack, build up troops, and repel the enemy. Even then it was a closer thing than most today are willing to admit. These days if you aren't able to repel the first attack it will pretty much be over. Israel set the precedent in The Six Day War and the US followed up with the 100 Hour March Into Iraq.
No, I don't count the peace keeping crap that's come since then as real war in the sense of someone is trying to conquer your country. Yes, they can needlessly feed grunts into the grist mill and provide the politicians something over which to lament; but thankfully everybody has been too afraid of the nukes to go on a real war binge. What worries me as a Yank is that fear may finally be fading in some quarters. So we may yet see a real war in my lifetime, and that's not something I'm all that happy about.
You don't need to do it for all deleted domains, only ones that are taken over as a result of a court ordered take down for malware - everything else follows as usual. Personally I sort of like the idea of taking over the malware domain for a year or three and redirecting them to a legitimate anti-malware site.
This strikes me as radically different than the SCO case. The second SCO was obviously trying to obfuscate ownership issues with their choice of names and their claim on the patent itself was grey before the case (not something you want in an IP case).
My post above about Symantec owning the patent wasn't sarcasm, it was genuine surprise. That being the case and with clear ownership of the patent, they have a potentially valid claim, unlike SCO who were on a pure fishing trip. Now maybe things in the patent are obvious and shouldn't have been granted, or perhaps the patent is overly broad, but that's the system we work with and part of why we have courts to hear cases.
And whether the Symantec product is too complex, too poorly designed, or just getting a lot of bad PR, they clearly need to fix some things or winning the patent case isn't going to help all that much. I worked once for a company that had some good IP and no decent product at a sustainable price point. They went bankrupt about a year after I got out.
That would be the same first thought I had. I mean, I can see the man accused in the email messages wanting some money via civil court if he hasn't actually been convicted of anything, but fines as penalties just doesn't make sense. I don't think I stop at dismissal either. I think there ought to be some framework whereby depending on how egregious the violation was, the snivel serpent could be brought up on criminal charges and sent to jail.
And that goes double for my side of the pond.
You Brits must have some damned advanced candles over there. When I was a kid we use to hold our a hand over the candle to see who could keep it there longest before the pain caused us to move it away. Did the same thing moving our fingers through the flame. Never got burned though.
Nah, I have to give that to Google. Their slogan is the first sign.
First, MS only wants most of my money, not all of my personal details which they sell to other people to make money. Second, while it may be possible to avoid MS product in your environment, it is theoretically possible. Even if you never use Gmail, Google Search, Google Toolbars, GoogleDesktop, Google Earth, or any of the various other Google Apps (including Android), if you've read this post, Google has learned something about you. Because like 99% of the other websites out there, El Reg uses Google Analytics in their pages.
Paragraph 1: A+
Paragraph 2: A+
Paragraph 3: A
Paragraph 4: D-
Firewalls offer some protection, but despite all the good points in paragraphs 1 to 3, the only way to protect the network is to prioritize the testing and deployment of patches while keeping the firewall, AV, and anti-malware stuff up to date. Having a good and properly patched proxy server/cluster in the mix would probably help too, but being as I've never worked the help desk anywhere that has one, I can't speak to its efficacy from experience.
Part of the reason the trolls pursue these cases is how many companies fold so quickly. Granted an even larger reason is that so many patents are issued with so little competent review. And competent review in turn is dwarfed by the insane extent patents have been broadened by the politicians. But ya gotta start somewhere.
It happens to be the county seat, county seats are good candidates for US District Courts, and most 'Merkins prefer government toadies to be as far away from them as possible.
As for it being the only industry in Tyler, given a population of 109,000+ and that none of their top 10 employers are law firms or lobbyists, you must be thinking of some other Tyler, Texas.
I'm not normally a fan of Wiki, but this is actually the sort of thing they are decent at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyler,_Texas
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