Researchers led by Olaf Thalmann of the University of Turku in Finland used prehistoric genomes
First read that as prehistoric gnomes, strange how my mind works...
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According to Boston Dynamics, Atlas is a high mobility robot designed to negotiate difficult outdoor terrain.
Ah, there's your problem, right there...
It should have been designed to negotiate tricky indoor terrain, you know like highly polished lab floors, loose rugs, spilt cups of coffee, that sot of thing.
<"support"> "Hello I am Paul, ringing from Microsoft. We have identified a problem with your computer"
<me> "Oh, Hello. Which one?"
<"support"> "Yes, your computer has a virus."
<me>"Yes, which one?"
<me>"Which computer? I have about twenty here at the moment"
<"support" (sticking grimly to the script)>"Please can you click on your Start button and ..."
<me>"I don't have a Start button"
<"support"> ... <click>
What are they going to do with them? If a retailer is offering buy-back on an item, It's usually because they can sell them on to other folk, but I can't see this being a viable option.
Maybe they think sufficient people will use the money they get from the buy-back to put towards a new purchase?
Hence we can blame the faulty Jags on the Indians who own and run it, not on the UK ex unionised car workers who killed the industry by producing Austin Allegro's and Morris Ital's
Are you a greengrocer? Only you seem to have a problem with apostrophes...
I'm not trying to cast aspersions (or, indeed, nasturtiums) on the SPB staff, but is that really the case?
It just surprises me that, as 3D printing has been around for a few years now, some enterprising amateur rocketeer or RC plane enthusiast hasn't already done this?
I hear Balmer is looking for a job. He says hes worked with mobiles before.
No, I'm sorry, but he doesn't meet the required standards. The article clearly states
Technical expertise in the underlying engineering and physics would also be highly desirable, and some knowledge of the wider telecoms and networking field is essential.
On that basis alone, he's got no chance...
Unfortunately, whilst a nice idea in principle, it is becoming clearer as more information is released that the underlying infrastructure of the current internet has been fatally compromised by the efforts of security services worldwide.
I can't see that there will ever be an internet which is free from the possibility of such interception,apart from starting again from scratch with new hardware, software and cryptography standards untainted by government interference, and this is not a feasible or practical solution for the internet as a whole.
But not the first species we did it to...
Most farm and domestic animals, and most farmed crops have been untouched by "natural selection" since humans started selective breeding, which is something like10 millennia ago.
So if your face happens to resemble a poor quality image of someone who one shop keeper was suspicious of, all the local shopkeepers are going to be treating you as suspicious and keeping an eye on you every time you go out shopping. Every shop you go into is gong to be making it clear they are watching you. Every time.
So what? Unless you were planning to carry out some criminal activity, does it matter if the staff are watching you?
Innovation is monopoly abuse?
Microsoft was innovating when they stuck IE in their OS?
Google are innovating when they put all their products and services first in search results?
I see this comparison a lot and it's completely false. Nobody is under any obligation to use Google as their search engine, and if they do, they don't have to click on the sponsored links, or links to Google products.
The only way your analogy would stack up is if Google ONLY returned search results pointing to their own products, and nobody else's, which is clearly not the case.
these companies are only doing what we ask: come up with stupid products that the cretinous will buy in their millions on the back of seeing inexplicably popular celebutards wear one.
Alistair, aren't you a little young to be exhibiting "Grumpy old man" syndrome?
That said, thanks, great article.
The NAO said in a report that border staff managed to cut immigration queue times down during the London Olympics, but only at the expense of neglecting their other duties.
Ok, so the Tech used is inefficient, as repeated above by most commentards, but no-one seems to have noticed that this report is based on a period when the number of incoming visitors to the UK had almost doubled compared to normal, and yet the staffing levels were not adequately increased to deal with this.
It's hardly surprising, then, that the Border staff did the best they could with what was available to them, and prioritised the queues of incoming travelers over their other duties, and yet now they are being admonished for doing that. Had they ignored the queues and continued to carry out all their duties equally, I'm sure they would have been criticised for that as well
I am not in any way connected with the immigration service or any other affiliated organisation, by the way, I just think it's typical UK government behaviour to blame anyone other than the policy makers (themselves) when a lack of forward planning is highlighted.
Interesting that the two don't quite agree:
Snowden says: "The journalists I have worked with have, at my request, been judicious and careful in ensuring that the only things disclosed are what the public should know but that does not place any person in danger ..."
Greenwald says: "I'm not aware of, nor subject to, any agreement that imposes any limitations of any kind on the reporting that I am doing on these documents. I would never agree to any such limitations."
So which is it?
In a post last week, (here) where there was a discussion about using Tor to evade interception of web browsing by Google, the NSA or anyone else, I made the following comment:
I notice that certain sections of the UK press have cottoned on to the use of the Tor network, and have labelled it "a tool of paedos".
It would not surprise me if we soon see calls for knee-jerk legislation to try and block anonymising services, VPNs and encryption software.
It appears I was partially correct, I just got the country wrong...
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