I want one with Majel Barrett's voice, definitely.
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Re: some would say the taxi meter is the device that tells you the cost of the journey
Originally, a "taxi" was an abbreviation of taximeter cab, as in "a cab with a device that measures the charge".
I always thought it was originally a taxidermy cab - as in "a cab in which you get well and truly stuffed"
Yes, I understand that, but whether they are licensed or not isn't the point, there's still a contradiction.
The FCC are trying to stop the installation of custom firmware on WiFi routers, their stated reason being the possible interference if the firmware is used to make the router transmit out-of-band.
However no amount of firmware mods can make a WiFi router transmit at the sort of power levels that could cause any widespread disruption - at most you'll get a few milliwatts out the end of it, whereas this "gun" must be transmitting at Kilowatt or even Megawatt levels to achieve the stated result, and yet it's described as "harmless".
Re: So a load of customers had their personal details put into the public domain ....
So a load of customers had their personal details put into the public domain
Um no, not into the public domain, just accessible if you were able to set up a matching account.
There should be a control of what information Banks are allowed to collect and store
I rather think banks probably do need to collect and store name, address and account details for their customers, otherwise it would be quite difficult for them to identify the customer's accounts.
Maybe if customers didn't splash their names, dates of birth and addresses all over social media, it would make life a bit more difficult for those with criminal intent.
However, that doesn't excuse the bank's imbecility in linking accounts between the two businesses.
The regulator is worried that, by allowing people to load their own software on these gadgets, they can reprogram the radio hardware to broadcast on any frequency they like
Is this really a problem at the moment?
Obviously it's not the sort of thing that many will admit to - even if they do it - but I've never heard of anyone re-programming the radio, custom firmware is more about improving the security and in a lot of cases reliability of proprietary hardware.
the unintended consequence of making it harder to gather around a PC to check out that really funny new thing on YouTube.
...and the further unintended consequence that the number of internal emails suddenly rises, as people send each other the link to the new You Tube Funny, instead of gathering round one notebook...
The problem, deep down, is that this wretched combo has become an ungodly mess of a hack on a kludge on a workaround on a tech that wasn't meant to do any of it.
On the contrary, I would say that HTML was designed to do exactly what it is doing every day on the web - to present information and media and provide linking between documents. Unfortunately, it's the way it is being implemented, and all the add-on cruft, that is the problem.
Re: Dumb, dumb, DUMB.
I agree with you about web optimisation of graphics, however, I don't agree with this sentence:
Re: Am I the only one ...
.. that expects business to carry on exactly as usual?
Um... well I think you may be in a minority.
Certainly any ruling which reflects the damning statement transfer of the data of Facebook’s European subscribers to the US should be suspended on the grounds that that country does not afford an adequate level of protection of personal data.” is going to have serious repercussions.
My employers will definitely be looking closely at this, as we deal with a lot of data for local government, and we already have to go through a rigorous assessment of how we handle and transfer that data. This will only make things worse.
Re: I'm puzzled as well
My point was not that the failure was when the control systems were originally designed; if something was then "unthinkable" then no - one can sensibly be blamed for not thinking it. The failure was later, when someone decided the connection to a public network was a good idea. They were entering the realm of Donald Rumsfeldt's "unknown unknowns" and should have though long and hard think about some of the possible implications; it was at that stage that any penny - pinching occured.
Ah, right, sorry, I misunderstood your point.
I agree completely, that whoever thought connecting such infrastructure to the internet without very strict safeguards was a fool, or just incompetent, or, as you say, working to an unrealistic budget.
Sadly, it's normally a decree from on high, from someone with no understanding of the ramifications, which causes these things to happen.
Re: I'm puzzled as well
I don't want to trigger an argument about public versus private ownership but there has to be a real possibility that simple commercial pressures meant that the connectivity was to the minimum practicable standard (i.e. the cheapest) rather than one that was properly fit for purpose; public ownership might have been less concerned about cost considerations, assuming of course that the risks were understood.
I think you are missing the point made earlier by James Metcalf, and one that has been increasingly forgotten: When the control systems were built, the idea that anyone would be daft enough to connect them to a network where members of the public could access them was unthinkable - in part because such a network didn't exist, and was (at the time) the merest science-fiction.
So it's not a question of being built down to a price, it's simply a (wholly understandable) failure of imagination.
In exactly the same way, the protocols used for the internet such as TCP/IP, DNS, SMTP were never built with security in mind, simply because nobody considered the possibility that these things could be used maliciously.
Like two previous posters, I feel it is a disservice to compare Cray to Jobs.
Jobs was a great salesman, but not a designer or builder, whereas Cray was all three.
The Cray legacy is all down to one man, who designed, built, sold and evangelised his products. He had a clear vision of what he wanted to produce, and he himself (with assistance) built, tested and refined the product until it did what he wanted.
The Apple legacy is much more of a dispersed effort, with Jobs as the figurehead. Jobs knew what he wanted the end product to be, but the realisation of that vision was done by other people.
Maybe I'm mis-remembering, but I thought this link had been posited before.
I'm sure I remember reading that at the time of the Chicxulub impact, the Deccan Traps area would have been almost directly opposite on the other side of the Earth, and therefore were very likely to have been caused by the shockwave of the Chicxulub event - much like the exit wound from a bullet's impact.
Re: Men with beards have invented a razor which shaves with a laser.
Let's just say that "downstairs" razor burn is no laughing matter. Well, I wasn't laughing anyway...
Hmmm, you've seen the reviews of Veet For Men, I take it?
Brings tears to your eyes...
Volkswagen is going to spend up big getting rid of its troublesome cheatware
Why is everyone reporting it this way?
My understanding of the issue is this:
Every modern car - and by that I mean both Petrol and Diesel powered vehicles - uses software to manage the way the engine runs. This software relies on a large number of sensor inputs, including throttle position, engine revs, road-wheel speed, air intake pressure, etc, etc, to determine the settings for fuel/air mixture, spark timing (for petrols) injector pressure and so on which govern the efficiency of the engine and ultimately what pollutants it produces.
In all cases, this software needs to be able to recognise the unusual situation presented when a vehicle is on test - the driven wheels are turning at high speed, but the undriven wheels are stationary, the air intake pressures are low, suggesting the vehicle isn't moving, and so on.
In the absence of any instructions to the contrary, the vehicle software would probably assume a fault, and shut the engine down.
There is therefore a part of the software which recognises this test condition, and in effect tells the computer to ignore certain sensor inputs, and run using a number of preset default settings.
What Volkswagen is alleged to have done is to alter these default settings to artificially restrict the engine to run in a mode where it's pollutants are minimal, a mode which is not available in normal running conditions.
However, you can't REMOVE the software, as is being reported everywhere, if you did, the engines wouldn't work properly.
All that is needed is for the Volkswagen Group cars to have their test running parameters set back to a mode which reflects normal driving.
Whilst not insignificant, the cost of changing the parameters used by each car whilst running in test mode (by a firmware update or similar mechanism) should be fairly small, compared to completely replacing the software.
The FTC says Roca Labs has gone so far as to file suit against customers who posted negative reviews and comments, claiming violations of the terms and conditions.
I am, happily, not conversant with American legal practices, but does the above mean that somewhere, a lawyer was happy to accept these filings as cases which he / she thought they could win in a court of law?
I'm sort of surprised at that - although I admit my naivety.
Re: Never mind the fines, think of the SAVINGS
Language does change over time?
I'm fed up of seeing this trotted out as an excuse for ignorance or poor education.
Yes, language does change over time, but not to the extent that the word "of" will ever have the same meaning as the word "have".
Language and grammar have rules, in part so that non-native speakers can learn the language.
English is already one of the harder languages to learn, but what chance does anybody have of learning to speak and write it correctly if arbitrary nonsense is allowed to become the norm?
This doesn't happen to other languages as far as I'm aware, so why is English considered fair game for such abuses?
Interesting scale he's developed, apparently all "hacking" is either politically motivated or crime related.
I wonder where on the scale he would place Gary McKinnon, or even any of the thousands of script kiddies I can see knocking on my firewalls every day?
Not all "hacking" has malicious intent.
Re: pronounced “Iron Brew”?
But not as unholy as a friend's Mum's accent. She's from southern Spain, and married a Glaswegian. She learned her english from him. Glaswegian with a strong spanish accent is interesting. I'd love to hear him speak spanish though.
I used to know a bloke who was an Italian prisoner of war, who stayed on and married a local girl from North Derbyshire. He spoke English with an Italian / Derbyshire accent - a most remarkable combination!