"Oh FFS how am I going to explain this one?"
"Quick, pass me that asteroid... No not that one, the big one over there"
"Ha, that'll keep 'em guessing"
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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.
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...
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.
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.
Oh Gods, not you as well!
Look, IT IS NOT THE FESTIVE SEASON YET!!
I don't care if the retail trade think it's Christmas already (our local supermarkets all have their XMAS displays up now) there's THREE WHOLE MONTHS to go, a quarter of the year, so please El Reg, shut up about it already.
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!
Why the hell would they even consider a desktop OS in Linux? What possible benefit would they accrue from doing that?
They've produced this embedded code to carry out specific network functionality, but in what way you could think that that would transfer to creating a desktop OS I have no idea.
"Over the past three years Tim has brought his infectious energy and creative expertise to the vital drive for open, transparent and technology-enabled health services."
Rarely have I seen such a blatant misrepresentation of the facts...
Oh wait, this is a British Civil-Servant... as you were...
Look out Aussies, you're next.
Since then, NASA has laid out new plans to ignore the Moon, build the SLS, and gradually develop it from its initial relatively feeble configuration (able to lift 70 tonnes to orbit) into a real heavy-lifter more powerful than the 118-tonner Saturn Vs of yesteryear. Such an SLS Block 2 would perhaps be able to lift an Orion plus the necessary lander and habitat for a manned Mars flight.
Surely no-one really thinks that a direct Planet-surface to Mars mission is a sensible idea? Why would you burden the Mars-bound spacecraft with the necessity to climb out of Earth's gravity well?
Earth orbit is the only sensible starting point for a Mars mission, whether you build the craft there, or lift the completed thing up from the planet before fuelling and provisioning.
The situation reminds me of the rail companies in the UK who are liable for fines for running a late service.
And what a stupid idea that is, too.
Train services are usually delayed by problems with signalling, availability of the rail network, stock breakdowns or incidents like someone jumping in front of the train - none of which are the rail companies' fault, and none of which are within the rail companies' control, except perhaps stock breakdowns, but even then it could be leased stock, so not directly under their control.
So what is the point of fining the rail company? Because it feels like punishment, and satisfies the baying hordes, that's all.
Teachers... are an ever-present danger as they may encourage pupils to actually think.
IME not much chance of that, my daughter seems to be actively encouraged to learn-by-rote, and not inquire further, or otherwise distract from the "educational" process. Asking questions is frowned upon.
I have some serious reservations about the technology, chiefly the one where a Google car with a Realdoll crew is barreling down I-95/the M1 with a trunk/boot full of fertilizer and diesel fuel bound for somewhere about to have some of its people and infrastructure thrown about with scant regard for life and limb.
Fascinating. I'd never considered it, and I bet no-one pushing for early adoption of the technology has either, but the use of an autonomous vehicle for criminal / terrorist acts raises some interesting possibilities. You obviously have a paranoid mind :)
When an insurer looks at the liability profile of an autonomous vehicle - versus a human who can be tired, distracted, drunk, or just plain angry - it’s looking quite likely that autonomous vehicles will cost next to nothing to insure, while the cost of insuring human drivers will skyrocket.
I think that's a rather naive view of the insurance industry. What will actually happen is that insurance for autonomous cars will remain at current rates, and insurance for human drivers will skyrocket.
Insurance companies are not altruists, they are in it to make large profits, and they certainly won't lose their core revenue by lowering rates unless they absolutely have to. I think it will take government legislation to force them to lower their rates for autonomous vehicles.
You quite rightly quote The Hitchhiker's Guide with regard to the origins of Krikkit and yet earlier in the same piece you say:
the trusty bat that is the mark of an advanced civilisation with time to devote to leisurely, non-warlike pursuits.
Only on Earth was the memory of the dreadful Krikket wars remembered dimly, and considered a fit subject to turn into a slow, boring, incomprehensible game by the race known as the English, and it is for this reason that the rest of the galaxy shuns us.
The thing is, this case should never have come up.
If the US Justice Department had followed correct procedure and asked the US government to ask the Irish government for access to the data, as per the existing agreements, then all would have been well.
Instead, they chose to take the high-handed shortcut of demanding the data direct from Microsoft, who quite rightly (and perfectly legally) refused.
So now they're trying to use bully-boy tactics to force Microsoft to do something against the law.
This is the "Justice" Department, how ironic.
Yep, one of the Olsen Twins is an Ashley as well.
I think Dabbsy is a little behind the times here - or showing some British reticence,
It appears Americans will name their kids almost anything, and sadly we Britons are following blindly.
How do "Future" or "Royal Reign" grab you as daughters names?
Besides which, the three laws were in effect aimed at the artificial intelligence underlying these robots. Current consumer drones are human-controlled with (at most) limited automatic behaviour in certain situations that doesn't come close to Asimov-level "intelligence",
That was rather my point...
Perhaps the same thinking that led him to sign up for Madison in reaction was behind the start of the nasty divorce or if the sign-up or similar behaviour was a pre-existing thing and part of a pattern leading to the divorce?
Quite frankly, I can't see that it's any of your damn business, and speculation about "Dave's" reasons for either his divorce or signing up to AM are not something that should be aired and discussed on this forum.
The story was published to show the sort of blackmail methods and threats that certain scumbuckets have tried to use on those who appear in the database.
The morality or otherwise of using sites like AM is besides the point.
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