Re: How can this be patented?
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Kiki approves of this idea.
At least she seems pleased with her new package.
Even if everyone knows about it.
A salesman are you?
"Blame the product" is the #1 excuse salespeople trot out when confronted about their own poor performance. (Occasionally it's true, but most often not.)
It died of old age.
(It was increasingly tired over the last few years.)
If we went "with the vote of the people" we'd be discussing President-elect Hillary Clinton.
On laptops that have an LED indicator to show that the camera is on, clever people (pronounced "bastərds") have managed to reprogram the microcontroller to disable the indicator function. So an indicator isn't as useful as one might assume.
Start counting down. Between 6-9 months from now the main processor board will fail in some fashion, ranging from bogus indicators to complete (literal!) melt-down of your freezer contents.
The cost of replacing the board is greater than the cost of the fridge. Samsung will not honor any warranty on it; there's always some way that it's Not Their Fault.
This is from a sample of six Samsung refrigerators from myself and friends. All six have had processor board failures. All six have been replaced by units from more reliable manufacturers.
(The ice maker usually fails around four months in.)
...the ones that make you look like Milla Jovovich.
I want to get a pair for the Mrs. for her birthday. Or maybe for mine....
Those other laptops that attract more flies are undoubtedly more "specked".
The fact you consider the Mac Pro (Late-2013)™ to be "dildo shaped" suggests that you may have some misconceptions about how to use computers.
I would seriously suggest further investigation before attempting to use an older "cheese grater" MacPro.
If anyone actually looked at the Musk presentation data, they'd see that the 80-day transit time is the "best case" scenario with one particular Earth-Mars alignment. Worst case was 150 days, or nearly twice as long.
And all of that was in support of determining thrust and fuel requirements for the desired payload mass to Mars, which determines the size of the booster, not for the purposes of scheduling how long you need to board your cat for.
While I'm at it, he also didn't promise 100 passengers to Mars in 2022. The 2022 date is for a completely different mission to Mars (Red Dragon), and he specifically stated in the Q&A that the first test flights of his "spaceship" would have many fewer than 100 people on-board. I would expect that the first flight(s) would have 0 humans on board.
Obligatory pedant comment pointing out that neither Smalltalk on the Alto nor Star Office featured overlapping windows. They were both tiled systems.
But the Apple visitors to PARC thought they'd seen overlapping windows so that's what they implemented, and did a rather clever job of it.
(Around the same time the AT&T Blit did have overlapping windows, but I've never heard any claim that anyone from Apple saw a Blit. And I no longer recall the exact timing of who released first. Needless to say the Blit didn't go very far.)
And when presented with one of those misconfigured DNS installations, you never have to look at, type in, or mentally compare an IP address?
This reminds me of calling tech support because your computer won't boot, and you're told to fill out a trouble ticket on their website. The high-level solution is best until it isn't there.
Human-readability of addresses isn't the most important issue (by a long shot), but it sure is annoying.
Will the latest fad be the last one? (said breathlessly)
Some of us remember when "goto-less programming" was going to fix everything. Sigh....
What difference does it make where he was headed or what he does in his spare time? He could have been headed to the local fluffy-kitten sacrifice cult annual BBQ and he still wouldn't deserve to get shot for explicitly following a cops orders.
Being a cop is not terribly dangerous compared to other jobs. Being a crab fisherman is considerably more dangerous, but we don't use that as an excuse to allow crabbers to shoot people.
Having grown up around cops I can say quite confidently that most cops are racist assholes who are incredibly insecure anytime they are not 100% in control. There are some good cops out there, but they've been bullied into just going along with the rest.
Here I am typing on a wonderful Mac II ADB-interface mechanical-switch keyboard connected to a current round Mac Pro. Works just fine, thank you, and is the best keyboard this side of a Selectric.
I have a stack of 5 more of them in the closet just in case, but I can't kill this keyboard no matter how hard I pound on the thing.
Yes, I use an ADB-to-USB converter, but still...
...all of the ISIL "supporters" on Twitter are actually FBI agents trolling for marks for the next sting operation.
And those FBI boys like their pron almost as much as the Secret Service guys.
I'm sure the EUTELSAT folks will be surprised that SpaceX is "taxpayer funded", considering that they paid $60 million+ for the launch of their satellites.
Or does receiving government contracts for one thing mean that everything else you do is "taxpayer funded"?
Since case-insensitive is the default setting for HFS+, what is it that you think makes it "not work (properly)"? Locale handling? Honest question.
Yes, there are issues with HFS+, mostly just showing its age. Not sure anyone is going to argue with you there. But whatever follows it is sort of by definition the "next-gen," at least for Apple.
ZFS appeared to get canceled by Apple's legal department, not because of technical issues.
Since we talking about case sensitivity, it's "Xcode", not "XCode".
But there is no evidence in this article that Broadcom is abusing patents via submarining or patenting the obvious. These 10 patents are well known and widely licensed and, as the article noted, were previously licensed by Sony.
It's possible that it's an oversight on Sony's part, but if Broadcom has really contacted them then an oversight could have been quickly remedied. More likely Sony is using their lawyers to try to cut a better licensing deal as part of a settlement. ("Well, you could continue this expensive patent litigation for a few more years, or we could just license the patents for 10% of what we were previously paying. Your choice.")
Yes, Macrovision. The company that used to provide "copy protection" for VHS tapes.
Utterly unrelated to Macromedia, which is why they have different names.
Using the phrase "dependent on taxpayer dollars" is what is known as a "tell."
These issues have been voted on: in Congress, which determines the labor laws.
It's just that Uber chooses to ignore those laws and objects to being called on it. And it's the judges and juries who have the task of doing something about it. That's the way the system is set up, and there is nothing special about Uber that exempts them from the process.
If you want to have some kind of voice in it, get Congress to change the laws. Uber is certainly spending a lot of lobbying money on that effort, perhaps you joining their effort will make a difference.
As for me, I'm not likely to expend much effort at ensuring my right to be someone's serf.
And as for the awful thought that Uber might be forced to comply with labor laws and thence go out of business: boo fucking hoo.
Back in the late 80s I hired a guy as a software development manager whose previous experience was as a rocket nozzle designer. Laid off in 1971 as part of the Apollo wind-down (Orange County/Long Beach designed and built a lot of the Saturn series rockets). But he recognized software was where it was at (back in those days, anyway) and moved on. Had some good stories relating to hypergolic fuel accidents. (Do not put ear to engine when you hear an unexpected hissing if the fuel is unsymmetric-dimethylhydrazine.)
Great guy, successful hire.
Wow. Somebody's been drinking the Kool-Aid.
There is no shortage of qualified IT personnel in the US. It's all a product of wanting to pay very low salaries and not even interview people over 40.
Hire some "olds" (i.e., experienced workers) and raise salaries to attract more people and the problem is solved with local talent.
I pay well over the market and am always amazed at the quality of applicants I get. The extra salary expense is easily recouped from having extremely low turnover, thus little downtime getting new hires up to speed. But then, as a private company, I'm allowed to think beyond the current quarter.
The Voip-Pal patent went snicker-snack, I guess.
...of applying perspective to the chart?
Does distorting the values accomplish some useful purpose?
Or does someone fancy themselves an artist? If so, think again.
Of course, to acquire that increase in salary, you'll have to become comfortable using terms like "reskilling."
In other words, at the cost of your immortal soul.
"and to tell Apple to fuck off when they threaten to sue because ProRes is proprietary"
You first. Let me know how your legal battle goes, and how your lawyers like their Veyrons.
And ffmpeg doesn't allow for retrieving random frames from GOP encoded codecs, making it useless for most video apps. (And the fork that does (slowly) provide for that is GPL (not LGPL) which rules it out for commercial software.)
There are a lot of video apps that rely on the QuickTime for Windows SDK to support common video formats (e.g., ProRes). If you uninstall all of QuickTime best case is the apps lose some functionality. Worst (and most common) case is that the apps will refuse to launch for lack of the DLL.
I suspect a bunch of high-end video cameras who are launching ProRes support at NAB next week will be thrilled to discover that there is no way to access their video files on Windows. No doubt Apple will be very forgiving about that ProRes license fee (ha!).
What Apple should be advising is removing the QuickTime Player app and the browser plug-in. No loss there.
Instead of deorbiting it and letting it burn, they should keep it nearby so that after they launch a few more for testing they can use the Candarm to twist them a bit and make space animals.
Might be a real treat for some astronaut celebrating a birthday on the ISS.
There is little chance of Congress cutting funding for SLS in the short term. NASA doesn't even want the thing. It's all a congressional pork barrel project which certain congresspeople will protect.
I'm in favor of funding space to keep the A&D industry alive over building hanger queens like the F-35, but unless funding appears for missions that exploit the SLS heavy lift, it will end up as a white elephant after the first manned launch. And the leftovers will become lawn ornaments like the (flight ready) Saturn V's did back in the 70s.
I can't think of a bigger growth market for Microsoft to enter than the design of radial aero-engines.
Good thinking MS marketing!
"I believe it's the People's Job to take care of each other"
I agree. That's why the people (as in "we the people") banded together to, amongst other things, "promote the general welfare." Compare and contrast to libertarian paradises like Somalia.
[Obviously speaking American here, but most countries have something similar, in theory if not in practice.]
So 1/3 of the population of the US could and probably should be working but isn't?
You're promoting child labor, aren't you?
Hmmm...my recollection is that the original estimates of LOC (loss of orbiter and crew) were around 1 in 250. After Challenger a review put the odds at a little worse than 1 in 100. And after Columbia it was (quietly) put at around 1 in 30, hence the retirement of the Shuttle.
They didn't refurbish anything before test firing the returned booster.
For a paying customer, I'd expect that they'd at least run it through a car wash to get the soot off. Who wants their satellite launched on a dirty rocket?
Also, the fact that the engines don't need any refurbishment (unlike, say, the Shuttle engines) doesn't mean there aren't other parts of the booster that might need some refurb.
I suspect that the thief who tries to steal a large tank of Prussian blue will be fairly easy to identify.
(Old enough to remember handling real blueprints, not diazo bluelines.)
"Do you wear tinfoil-hats to protect yourself against their feminine man-controlling mind-rays too?"
Surely you know that their man-controlling rays don't come from their minds. Likewise we men need to wear the tinfoil lower down to be fully protected.
Alternatively, you could just treat co-workers as co-workers rather than as everyday (or weekend-only) man-hating feminazis.
I have nothing against mesons, but I just don't think they should be allowed to marry.
I don't expect any such marriage would last, in any case.
Over many years and some painful experiences, I've learned that anyone who says "we'll create a special language" needs to be fired as quickly as possible. They've revealed that their priority is not solving the problem at hand. They are absolute poison.
I can easily hit the power lines 2+ miles from my house using a 500mW green laser pointer held in my hand.
I've never tried hitting a plane because I've mastered the whole actions/consequences thing, plus they are already at about 15,000' by the time they're over my house.
As others have pointed out, the atmospheric backscatter makes the beam easily visible. Which is why it works so well as a star pointer, the reason I bought it in the first place. (Although I suppose some Jovian pilot may have complained when I pointed out the planet to my wife the other night.)
And to think my very first (paid) programming job was working on the "Date 74" project on a PDP-10 where all dates were going to roll over in 1974. Seems that TOPS-10 only allowed a 12-bit field for "days since 1962" in the file system.
It's fuzzy, but as I recall they stole some bits from some other field which allowed an extension to some time in the 1990s, by which time *surely* no one would still be using the system. Hah! It wasn't Compuserve's only problem, but it was one more nail in the coffin.
> You need experienced, talented programmers writing tests
Yes. But at most places I've worked you would also need to an "and cheap" to that list of qualities.
QA is a great place to not only cut personnel costs, but the testing period is a great place to steal schedule time from when the developers run late (again). Or so I'm informed by various MBAs.
Good thing there are no tax returns involved in collecting excise, sales, and other consumption taxes.
Sheesh. Another overly simplistic solution hiding a massive tax break for the wealthy.
Most of what I've seen talks about actual use of this is in a hybrid configuration. Use batteries to power the motors for takeoff, then switch to conventional turbofans for cruise at which time they can also recharge the batteries.
Or use both electric motors and turbofans for takeoff. That allows the turbofans to be optimized for cruise without the high-power requirements that takeoffs currently require. The idea being improved fuel burn and less noise.
And probably coming to commuter planes a long time before you see an electric A-380.
Given that an adverse ruling would put Lyft (and Uber et al) out of business, a $12.25 million settlement seems remarkably cheap.
Always nice to have confirmed that you can always buy your way out of violating the law.
Really hard to insert a probe into orbit considering how fast the probe needs to go to get there in a reasonable length of time. At least Uranus has a deeper gravity well than, say, Pluto, but the probe would still need to slow down a lot for orbital capture, and that takes lots of fuel.
Anyone want to try aerobraking in an atmosphere we know so little about, all the while dodging "dark" rings?