Re: Jeez... we actually let these people out in public on their own...
The only thing different about this set of whackos is that instead of targeting farmers or logging companies they are targeting physicists.
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I wouldn't force them to spend an hour a week for each year of school on coding. But I think it would be worth spending an hour a week on a few key conceptual areas once students have the prerequisites for the material.
* How an early processor handled its computations.
* Simple cash register program. Total less than ten items, make change from cash tendered. Do both intereactive and data sets.
* Address Book (for string handling purposes)
* Blackjack game
* Same day birthday bet simulation (How many people do you need before there's more than a 50% chance two of them were born on the same day of the year)
Similar work should been done for other non-standard but technical areas of study.
The offer additional optional classes.
Nope, usually both sides pay their own freight for lawyers.
Now, the judge can order one side or the other to pay some or all of the legal fees in a case, but that rarely happens. I think it requires proof of egregious misuse of the legal system, which for some odd reason seems impossible to get in an arena where $13 million legal bills are common.
Now, I can see some justification in not always making the loser pay. If you're the little guy and the big guy hires expensive lawyers to shake you down, it could encourage you to settle regardless of where you think you stand because you're afraid you'll just lose in court anyway and then have to additionally pay their lawyers fees.
The problem is, you need judges who are trusted to render impartial decisions, and none of us believe we have those kinds of judges anymore.
I'm not a minecraft player. Reading this article I get the feeling:
a) Notch probably wouldn't object to a movie if he was first contacted about it, they worked out the framework for development, and the framework wasn't seriously broken during production.
b) Notch was really, really annoyed at the presumption of the filmmaker and the lies about it being endorsed. Hence the very public biatch slap on Twitter instead of deploying a lawyer and keeping it quiet.
I'd say the man's tweet had bright neon lights pointing at the latch to open the door.
The man has a trademark and like it or not, under the law he is required to protect it or he loses it. Having been involved in two such disputes I can tell you the typical response, usually drafted by a lawyer is something along the lines of:
Dear [insert name of defendant here]:
[Name of trademark holder] has become aware of ongoing work [defendant] is engaged in which violates their trademark protected materials. Cease and desist all activities in regard to this project immediately and [insert rest of terms here, including but not limited to turning over or destroying all infringing materials, posting public notices of your infringement and apologizing for same]. If not we will be forced to pursue legal remedies.
Now, if another lawyer reads the letter they may think to ask for permission and/or licensing terms. If the transmitting lawyer is really, really nice [not all that common] they MIGHT leave a pointer that the plaintiff is really angling for a licensing deal but are required to respond in the manner indicated. In the first dispute I was involved in, the lawyer was directed to write the hint in the letter because frankly the defendant was bigger than we were and gave us great publicity. We knew the defendant had intended it as a compliment, but our hands were tied. Thankfully their lawyer understood, sent the appropriate reply, and we granted permission to use the trademark with the appropriate notice. In the second instance we sent the other kind of letter because there was no other resolution we would regard as satisfactory.
I don't doubt that there are a fair number of people doing exactly what you said. But I'm paying for a FIOS connection, not some 76K connection and I've had some issues recently. Two nights ago in fact the show I was watching magically disappeared two minutes before the end of the episode. "Couldn't be found on Netflix" or something along those lines was the error message. When I went back last night to finish watching it, there was no resume point stored. Whenever I stop a stream there's always a resume point stored. Using the blueray player, not the pc on the wireless from the Verizon router.
I might just have to buy a switch and start wire sharking to see what's up.
Except the phone companies have been socialistic since their inception in the US. The profits in the big cities subsidize the rollouts in the rural areas even though the rural areas still feel like they're getting raked over the coals.
I'll admit some of it makes absolutely no sense to me. Where my parents live (rural/suburban) Verizon has rolled out FIOS for internet and phone, but not tv. They promised the tv availability was coming in two years back around 2005. They have Dish and would really like to switch to FIOS for tv as they get frequent thunderstorms that block Dish reception. I told them to take the Comcast deal if they want to replace Dish and suggested he switch the internet at the same time. That way when FIOS does finally roll out their cable subscription he can come back as a "new" customer and get a better deal.
Verizon delivered a total return of 18.6 percent to our shareholders in 2013, while attracting more customers than our competitors and improving our financial performance.
There is no math in which 18.6% = 1500-2000%.
Except we determined that was exactly the problem with predicting 9/11 and so changed that fundamental premise of intelligence work. The data is supposed to be freely shared internal to the agency, just not the means, methods, and assets used to collect it (or certain data that would reveal means, methods and/or assets).
On a commercial system like Target runs, I expect the refrigeration company is constantly monitoring and tweaking stuff. So the access would never expire. And since it is constant monitoring, you'll also want it to be remotely accessible. Yes, there probably is a more secure remote access system (real two factor comes to mind), but usually not thought about and not cheap in terms of your typical IT budget for such an operation.
No, most POS systems are fire and forget. The install is done once and only visited when broken or upgraded. Sure there is inventory and configuration data that gets regularly updated, but that's not quite the same thing as getting your monthly Windows patches.
The POS equipment itself is as likely to be non-Windows as Windows. The reporting and managing software is likely to be Windows, but given the news reports, that isn't what was compromised. It was the actual physical card readers or at least the data stream from the card reader to the PC before the encryption was applied. This was a serious hack that should be sending shivers down the spines of every IT security worker in the retail sector. Yes, Target might (and that isn't proven yet) have had some security lapses. But whoever perpetrated this likely used the mechanisms normally used to update the readers to deploy their malware. That is, they turned at least part of the security infrastructure against itself.
Because, as I recall, the criminal or an associate apparently was asking around on how to crack the crypto protecting the data itself.
I think that was a red herring. An article I saw indicated that it was the POS terminals themselves that were compromised. The bad guys were reading the data right from the devices getting both card numbers and in some cases PINs associated with the account numbers (debit cards).
What stinks about this is that companies won't divulge the full details of a breach, as they're trying to protect themselves against litigation.
That's one possible reason. At the moment, I'm not doing support work in the commercial sector. Instead we've got rigorous reporting standards for all incidents. (Sometimes insane interpretations of said standards like the nitwit who wanted all "McAfee stopped this virus" reports forwarded as individual incidents to the central handling agency, but that's a whole other kettle of fish.) Usually these things take weeks to work their way through the process. At the end of which I've gotten such unsatisfactory directives as "use standard procedures to correct the issue" and the occasional clear directive "wipe the drive with DoD 5220.22-M compliant software." The scariest one was when the security guy said "Some of these incidents will never be closed. And you'll never be told why, because the directive is coming from way, way up the food chain and potentially involves national security." But the one thing I've never seen is a clear description of how an incident evolved, because that's now considered sensitive information that can't be disclosed because it might leak to the bad guys.
Better yet, since click through agreements are all the rage for software and websites, put one on the Google Translate service. In it you require anyone using the service for a website translate to put in a translate_robots.txt tag to indicate the translation came from Google translate. Or maybe get really fancy and allow it to specify how the translation was created.
I don't care for Ichan either, but what he's doing is legal, and in this instance actually good for the economy.
When Apple sits on $100 billion of money in offshore accounts, that wealth is removed from productive activity. Ichan's raid puts that money back into productive work. If Apple had the money working productively for stockholders, Ichan would never have been able to launch his bid in the first place. And the bottom line is, even with Ichan running his bid, if the majority of the stockholders agree with the corporate types claiming the money needs to be kept out of their hands, he loses. So if you and they have the better argument, there's no problem, just a lot of sound and fury selling ads around a theater stage.
Nope. They just another socialist front from California posing as a reputable organization.
I don't like Ichan, but his closing statement is absolutely true. IF state run pension organizations were truly more interested in doing well long term for their investors they'd be pushing for the sorts of legislative reforms that would result in companies distributing their profits to the shareholders in a timely manner and preferably in the form of dividends instead of buy out sprees. But their socialist agendas are more important to them than the future well being of their pensioners.
And frankly, if you make the sorts of reforms that ought to be made, Ichan would actually be less able to run the sorts of corporate raids for which he is famous.
In essentials, yes I am. Some of the details may have changed a bit. In fact, in essentials I'm pretty much the same person now I was when I graduated from high school back in the dark ages of personal computing. Except for one major fault cracking, which was not in any way shape or form good. Fortunately for me those costs are unlikely to affect much of anyone besides me. But I was forged in fire and I don't expect that will be true of most people.
And I will give the guy a break.
No, they need a real tablet. I don't mean "tablet" the way Apple has redefined "tablet" with their iPad crap. I mean tablet like Wacom back when I was running Autocad on a venerable 386 with a 1280 paperwhite monitor on its dedicated and proprietary graphics card and a brand spanking new 640x480 VGA monitor. Define the grid on the tablet, more the mouse to the right icon to select the function, then back to the screen part of the tablet to work on the drawing.
Still, I won't begrudge them trying to do it with a specialized keyboard. Who knows maybe it will work better than my solution. I just wouldn't bet on it. Not even a can of Coca-Cola.
I think it did jump too quickly or perhaps more accurately too far.
There are legitimate technical reasons why there might be an issue beyond throttling. But throttling also has the potential to cause the same result. So saying they were throttling is just as problematic as saying they aren't throttling. We need more information before we can decide.
There is certainly an issue, and it certainly involves Netflix, Amazon, and Verizon. Since all of them make money from delivering services to us, it seems in their best interest to resolve it amicably amongst themselves. Lest we all go elsewhere for those services.
The more socialist the country, the more imbalanced the society.
And yes, the socialists here in the US do want to do away with indoor plumbing and replace it with some green scam that leaves a good portion of your house smelling like an old fashioned outhouse.
Yes, I've been noticing issues the last few days too. Problem is I'm not sure if it is Netflix, Verizon, or the Blueray manufacturer who are at fault. Start the Netflix app, leave it on pause or the selection scren for a few minutes and come back to a non-working stream. Reboot the blueray, same thing. Reboot the ISP router and the blueray and everything works again.
I'll stand by my previous posts that we don't need Congress regulating the issue. I fully expect that as the truth emerges from customers, Verizon will change its ways or lose customers. Because there are other choices, even in remote areas.
I have to disagree with that point. It was fully thought through. And it was pushed as an ideological decision that ignored input from its massive user base.
There may be a good OS hiding under metro, but it won't matter if MS don't do a full admission of guilt, revise the glitter to something palatable to their customers, and really take to heart the lessons learned in going through the full admission process.
It would be like the England national football team hiring a foreigner as manager. whatever issues you might be having we're not aware of them. I'd go with
It would be like the England national football team hiring Vince Lombardi as manager.
The difference is, when you shuffle the money to reduce tax exposure, everybody still agrees on the net worth of the company.
It may be that the Irish branch with only a dozen salaried employees has $12 trillion in revenue with $11 trillion in profit with $100,000 in taxes while the US branch has $1 trillion in revenue with $1 million in profits and $200,000 in taxes, but at the end of the day the company had $13 trillion in revenue, $11.1 trillion in profits and $300,000 in taxes. Whether or not this is fair depends on whether you're a tax collector or a shareholder.
HPs claim is that the $13 trillion is more like $6 trillion. This is fair to neither the tax collector or the shareholder.
Autonomy's claim is HP is full of male bovine waste, possibly even liquified.
It would be nice to think that. Trouble is, Gates signed off on all the initiatives we bitch about constantly.
Yes, he can recover the company. But in order to do that, he actually has to forget he is a Very Important Person at MS and think like a small fish in a big pond with really big fish all around him, but who none the less intends to be the biggest fish in the pond when things are done. Because that was where he started and where he was good.
Bottom line: While he can recover the company, right now the odds are long for him doing it.
Gates may not have been visionary, but he understood business. Jobs was visionary, but I'm still not sure he understood business. I'm not sure how MS lost that thread in Windows 8, but that was their major failure on that front. To a great extent, I think they got too envious of Jobs and tried to become him. Jobs always dictated how his users would work. For them, that seems to work. PCs were always about the user dictating how things will work. Trying to reverse that was, is, and always will be a recipe for disaster. If Gates remembers that, he will do well. Otherwise we'll stumble along, perhaps into oblivion.
It shouldn't. When you latest two operating systems combined still don't exceed the market share of your 2-months-from-we're-going-to-kill-it-and-this-time-we-really-really-mean-it operating system, you have a colossal failure. Failure is NOT supposed to be an option.
Actually it does in a round about way. As an earlier poster noted, you lose your trademark is you don't defend it. The intent is that King can't defend all the infringements, so when he next slaps a suite against someone, they can easily defend against it.
Trademarks have their place. If someone makes a superior product there should be some way for them to protect the product identifier so it can be easily distinguished in the market place. I've been on the end when someone when someone was obviously infringing on a trademark and service I helped create and which deserved protection.
The problem is that the politicians on both sides of the pond have rewritten the rules and destroyed the system in the process. King should not have been able to trademark or service mark "candy". I could perhaps see "candy crush", although I think it should be something more along the lines of "candy krush" to be eligible. He does have something of a point about the buzzword bingo on the infringing name - I don't think he missed any of the top selling game names in the mash up. The thing is, the search word biz is setup to encourage exactly that sort of gaming. So while I think it's kind of slimy, I don't think it rises to the level of lawsuit worthy. So more demerits for King than the guy he bitch slapped.
This is the bit I'm not familiar with and where I hedged my statement.
I suppose more precisely what I am say is that the mean of chip production across all suppliers has to:
1) meet or exceed the standard computing power requirements of a consumer PC
2) substantially exceed on the cost savings front
in order to disrupt the current market.
While meeting the cost savings front might seem more logical, the established distribution channels give a cost savings to the CISC architecture for the consumer pc market. Note that I am saying consumer PC not consumer electronics. I put iPads and Android tablets in the consumer electronics market, not the consumer PC market. The distinction is the PC can produce things for the end user whereas tablets are consumption devices.
By the time of the 386, Microsoft was already ubiquitous in the consumer computer market (you need to stay focused on the company, not the OS which at that time was MS-DOS not Windows). Apple had already relegated itself to a niche market. True at that point they weren't the server market, but back then that was still specialized hardware. But on what we now call the PC market, it was Microsoft all the way.
Not claiming this was a good thing. In fact I think it has stifled innovation. But it was the reality.
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