>Linux won and Windows lost - get over it!
Remind me - what game were we playing again?
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>Linux won and Windows lost - get over it!
Remind me - what game were we playing again?
To expand upon Micheal B's list of reservations:
Are the websites used in the poll evenly spread around the world? The very affordable nature of cheap Android phones allows people in poorer territories to get online, sometimes in places where wired internet never really caught on.
Also, I suspect that the better the device you have, the more time you spend online (on the reasoning that viewing websites is less irritating on faster phones with bigger screens, but I have no evidence for this). If this is true, it would then stand to reason that the more someone uses a device, the greater the chance they have of stumbling upon a website that is a part of this survey.
> A dated operating system
Or, to put it another way, a well-tested operating system (real-time, used in industrial control since the 1980s.)
Don't approach this topic from a phone direction. There are millions of vehicles already on the road using QNX for telemetry or infotainment. Just think of Blackberry as a single stop for Ford to pick up some engineers with recent QNX experience.
This story was also covered by Arstechnica, and someone posted (claiming to have once worked for Imagination, Samsung and others at various times - and because of Arstechnica's ranking system for posters I'm inclined to believe him) that Apple have been recruiting GPU talent for a few years now. He also had the opinion that Apple don't want a plain GPU, but rather a more flexible parallel compute chip, for applications beyond mere shunting of pixels around. His reasoning was based upon the idea that the resolution wars are more or less over, but things like better on-board speech recognition or better camera image processing are increasingly more important.
It sounds plausible.
There is a Microsoft-made launcher for Android that gets good reviews (especially of you're looking to get rid of some weird OEM launcher, a la Huaweii). I had a quick go with it on my cheap Huaweii, and it was good - though a little bit prescriptive about what you put where. IIRC it was based around calendar notifications.
tl,dr - A Microsoft mod might be alright, and may well be better than whatever shit the OEM has loaded on the phone.
No, no, no. It's not just Google's apps and services (Gmail, Maps etc) that an AOSP build loses out on, but a load of proprietary Google APIs that they have been encouraging 3rd party devs to use for some time.
Not as skint, not as young, but will be happy to do mushrooms when a suitable situation presents itself - as a rational type, I have take heed of the positive results all scientific studies (including three and five year-on follow-ups) have seen in test subjects. My body fat is low enough that I wouldn't be storing up surprise flashbacks for the future.
A European friend of mine asked a mate in the Westcountry to take her to Wales [border] to pick some, but due to her accent he drove her to Wells [Somerset].
I'm still confused by the downvote - I'd have thought that the idea of a man sitting in a bush with a radio control unit and spinning out hippies with a motorised wheely-bin of his own creation was in the true spirit of The Reg - I can't think of a better use for a load of NiCad batteries. Perhaps I was wrong. Have I changed or have you lot?
> women won't be able to tear themselves away from their mobiles long enough to be able or willing to procreate.
A lot of them are actually using their phones for Tinder, but if they'd 'swiped right' on your profile,you'd know that right? I prefer my social networking to be done in pubs. It's probably a coincidence that my favourite pubs have piss-poor phone signal (and an ethos of cheerful mixed-company piss-taking, compassion and drunken highjinks), but still!
I'm suspicious of ideologies, and whilst that does includes a fair chunk of the women claiming to be feminists (it's a broad church, and will always have a lunatic fringe), it also includes people who use terms like land-whales (it doesn't make you sound attractive). It just seems that anti-men and anti-women views often come from the same miserable pool.
Whilst it's disappointing the number of young women who are overweight today,the answer lies more in encouraging them to ignore advertising, to cook from basic ingredients and to dance joyfully around the kitchen whilst doing so, as opposed to shaming them (lowering people's self-esteem often only makes them eat more). Lead by example. Be a proper chap, there's a good man.
I'm also suspicious of people who use the term 'workshop' in relation to anything other than light industry.
Be wary. Some cyclists are well practiced at falling off without injury, and may be fitter and stronger than you, and in possession of a heavier object than your brolly.
However, when I was a cyclist,I would only ever bunny-hop onto a pavement to make way for a truck or car if there were no pedestrians with thirty yards. No harm, no foul.
I remember walking along the old railway track at Glastonbury festival many years ago when I saw a wheely-bin quickly accelerating towards my fellow pedestrians before stopping short of them. It would then spin round rapidly, before targeting another meat-bag to menace.
I was impressed.
And no, I wasn't under the influence of hallucinogens, being skint, young and wary of such substances at the time.
Autonomous cars require the same sort of production lines as conventional vehicles - production lines already operated by BMW et al. Whereas,the production of photographic film and of digital camera sensors are very different.
A bad analogy is like a grapefruit.
All things being equal, if your life expectancy is 250 years, you have roughly a 3x higher chance of being hit by a bus over your lifetime than you would if you only live for the traditional three-score years and ten.
@ Yet Another Anonymous coward
Next time, just get everyone to join in a matchmaking multiplayer session on XBOX Live or PlayStation. You could even illustrate some graphs by leaving virtual bullet holes in a virtual wall.
Well, if we're playing with the Moonraker idea, there's also the Ben Elton novel (and TV series) S.T.A.R.K.
A proprietor of an international satellite broadcasting network uses the supposed launches of broadcast satellites as cover for the construction of a luxury orbital habitat. He then sells tickets to the habitat to billionaires wishing to escape the impending ecological disaster on Earth. STar ARK.
When the world was sparsely population, technologies such as fire, metals, agriculture grew the pie. For this reason, I can't consider those technological advances as comparable to labour-saving technologies today. I think you may have been tongue in cheek, hence your reference to the colonisation of space.
With a more densely populated word, technologies such as fertiliser saved people from starvation.
Agriculture didn't make things better for everyone - generally someone would appoint themselves chieftain and get first access to women.
> Production line functions relating to repetitive jobs are probably quite easy to automate today. However, design functions are less so.
I've known old boys who once worked as draughtsmen, but no more. With CAD, each designer is doing more - and working in real time with more designers - but the effect is that more things are designed, or that more design is put into each product.
CAD of course isn't just draughting, it is virtual simulation, it is a knowledge base of the results of real physical testing, it is a portal to parts suppliers, it incorporates tools to assist in environmental impact assessment... just about anything pertinent to the Product Lifecycle, basically.
Ditto personal testimony. However, I suspect that Disraeli's comment was aimed at the use and comprehension of statistics by politicians, not the use of statistics by statisticians.
Again DougS, comments such as yours are more useful, more illuminating if you take time to unpack your terms. There are several definitions of intelligence, and by a few of those we already do have limited Artificial Intelligence.
With respect to AC's comment about neural lace and uploading personalities, I suspect you are right - we currently have no idea what consciousness is, much less replicate it. Also, AC's idea about compressing data from from our brains rings untrue - I suspect our brains already do a lot of data compression and throwing away of non-essential information.
Regardless of the label, the point remains the same - greater problem-solving abilities in machines will allow them to assume roles currently held by some humans. Last decade it was automated fork-lift trucks (because a warehouse is a controlled environment), next decade it could easily be automated road vehicles (a less controlled environment).
Our human problem solving abilities are limited, too. For example, there are timescales on which we can't apply ourselves because our reflexes are too slow - keeping the flight of a small twitchy drone stable, for example.
> Would I rather be a wage slave, working for 'the man' or a tech/artisan making really cool wooden surfboards ?
That is a trend, and is probably behind the whole ' craft/ artisan' fashion - young people creating jobs for themselves by creating stuff in a labour intensive way. It does require that there be customers happy to pay a premium for what you have made.
I'm actually writing this from a town in the Westcountry which was a hub of the Arts and Crafts movement a hundred years ago, but now is know is known for artists and alternative types living amongst engineers and manufacturing types, with a good sprinkling of countryside millionaires on the side.
> no, I just want gummint out of the way, a total "free market" system,
Go live in Somalia then.
Or are you unaware of the history of trade and taxes? The first taxes were raised to support courts, which were necessary to settle settle disputes amongst traders - otherwise such disputes would be settled by fights and stabbings. The presence of these courts meant that the traders became wealthier - they had the confidence to make longer term investments. The city-state became wealthy, and as such became a tempting to the barbarian hordes outside the wall. So, a defence force was required, paid for by more taxes.
In the 19th Century, the world's first congress of town planners got together to address a major issue: If the trading in cities continued at the current rate, horse manure would reach a height of 10' in city streets by 1930.
> Can't be that hard plus the leftovers are basically harmless if sufficient heat is applied.
Or use a microbiological process to render the poo harmless. The poo itself would supply the energy to do this. Of course, the timescale required would mean that the drone can only process so much poo per week. The bioreactor could be hidden in a roadside tree planter.
HaCF is very good, with the second two seasons arguably even better than the first. Looking forward to the final season. I'm relieved to hear that there will be another season, because the show's viewing figures have never been as high as they should.
> My only concern is that like a lot of other tv shows I don't think it will have a conclusion worthy of the series as a whole,
The creator of Mr Robot says he always envisioned the show as a three-act play, so hopefully the conclusion won't come across as having been made up on the fly.
The Expanse and Westworld are very good. More modestly, I find Dark Matter and Killjoys to be cheap and cheerful galaxy-hopping fun - they both start to find their stride after the first few episodes, and really get into the swing of things in their second seasons.
Whilst lots of episodes in the first season of Person of Interest are redundant ('investigation of the week'), season two and beyond is superb.
Well, we don't know for sure that it *isn't* about an actual robot, a la Westworld.
And no mocked-up-for-cinema GUIs, of the type often seen in films to build tension by racing a progress bar against the bad guys breaking into the computer room.
There's also a fun bit where a rich executive is driven out of her automated home by people taking control of all the IoT gadgets within.
I enjoyed the first season, second season was a bit slow to get started, will watch the third season when it appears.
> If Apple (and others) wanted to add a useful new feature to phones (and PCs) - make them do an automatic backup whenever they are connected to the internet by a fast WiFi connection.
Indeed. I've written about an (in reality probably unworkable) idea that all laptops must be sold with an external harddisk or NAS by default (unless the buyer signs a 'I really know what I'm doing!' form).
> Ask them if they know it's an in-place upgrade of the thing that holds all their photos
If they keep all their photos solely on one portable, easy to lose, breakable device then they evidently don't care about their photos.
> Ask them if they've read the release notes (which the article says don't mention it)
What would they do with that information?
> Ask them if they are on the public beta (the existence of which doesn't mean anything).
I have a Nexus phone, so I just tend to go with the updates - so yeah, I'm trusting Google not to bork it (though my photos and contacts are backed up whenever I have WiFi, which is in most pubs these days). When I was on Sony, I'd wait a few weeks and see how other users online had fared with an update (just to make sure that the update didn't dent the excellent battery life or have some other undesirable effect)
Trust a single company I've paid money to do a job and who have a financial interest in maintaining a good reputation for not abusing that trust? Or trust a whole bunch of hardware and software vendors who occasionally pull in vaguely the same direction, with a result that is far too big for me personally to audit even if I had the skills to do so?
The point is, you have to trust someone. If for you that's the open-source community, then good on you.
It's rare, but as more people store more data (especially compressed files) it's good that it is being addressed by newer file systems. On a mobile device I wouldn't be too worried (the entire device can be lost or broken, so data should be backed-up).
We're nowhere near a Neural Lace as Banks wrote it (backing up your entire consciousness on the fly) but nerve>electronics interfaces are on the cusp of becoming useful for paraplegics. But hey, Musk's Of I Still Love You is just a sea-bound barge and not a star-hopping General Systems Vehicle.
On that note, voice-activated assistants are already useful for some people, though obviously not as capable as Jarvis or HAL.
> where Sherlock and Holmes
Hehe, he's a recovering drug addict, not Jekyll and Hyde! But yeah, it's a watchable show and it does more than many other shows borrow from contemporary cultural phenomena, such as a plot about professional video game players (when did that happen?!) being bribed with strippers.
However, there was an actual bona fide documentary about the E.T. cartridge landfill recently. Even more geekily, there's a website about a man's efforts to fix the game:
Worth a read in my opinion. But then I'm a weirdo :)
>Yes, this device has caused a massive dent in the bottom line but have Samsung given any thought to the total shitstorm that will hit them if even on refurbed device goes badly wrong? That could signal the end of the company, well certainly in the mobile space.
Eh? Hey Steve, don't mistake the many column inches about the Note's battery for actual financial statistics. Samsung, unlike Apple, make dozens of different models, of which the Note was just one. The Galaxy line is probably more popular, and (now my turn to take anecdotal evidence of chasing down statistics!) supermarkets stock a lot of something called a J5 and I can only assume they are selling them.
As HipposRule pointed out, Samsung's electronics division enjoyed healthy profits last year, though this wasn't reported as heavily (though that is the nature of news: Fire!!! = exciting, Numbers = boring)
We will take your point that of Samsung were daft enough to re-re-release (I've lost track) the Note 7 with batteries that get overly warm it would be a PR misstep, but not a critical one. And hey, unlike the original recall which appears to have been a bit panicked, Samsung have since taken their time and there is every likelyhood that it will be a safe as the millions of other phones they sell.
Ah yes, because the solar system is trying to keep a straight face to better hide its tell.
Carrot> Rabbit Well, we're nearly back to the weird rabbit thing that Plan B From Bell Labs has for a logo.
Why would you require General AI for this application, Mage? Limited AI is suitable for pattern recognition within many huge data sets.
If you think AI hadn't progressed since the 80s, then it is your own learning capabilities you need to re-examine and not the machine kind. Surely you didn't miss the news last year about DeepMind beating the world's best Go player?
Can you expand upon your reasoning? Planet 9 - as inferred from its effects upon other bodies - is hypothesised to have a mass around ten times that of Earth and a highly elliptical orbit. There are quite a few orbits it might have that would satisfy the observations (hence the difficulty in locating it) so how can we yet say it hasn't cleared its neighbourhood?
The actual website suggests that noise and artifacts are the reason that they aren't using AI. I've looked at sample images, and they are very noisy. I don't know enough about machine vision to know how much trickier that makes the task. Perhaps if Mr Wilkinson could look at the images at get back to us? His past posts are such that I defer to his experience in these matters, but his post today seems to be about tracking objects, and less so about determining what is an object in the first place.
Perhaps the crowd-sourced efforts can form the basis of a machine trading data set down the road.
Whatever it is, it's from Outer Spaaaaace!
Sounds like a good excuse for daddy to buy a load of Lego and make an orrery!
You're not Micky Mouse posting as AC are you?
Now, I know Micky M has a pet dog, but the pooch's name escapes me right now...
So some CANbus modules are sensors or switches (transmit only), some are connected to actuators (receive only) and some are both (Engine Management Unit).
> If a link to the CAN bus is provided - will it be a secure read-only link ?
Yes. In fact the drivetrain-related modules run on a different frequency to the HVAC and ICE related frequencies, so a car's drivetrain modules won't even listen to its own ICE modules. Meaning: a car stereo might increase in volume when the car is travelling faster, but the engine doesn't know or care what the stereo is doing. The system has been in use in millions of vehicles for quite a few years now.
Tough. You likely already have a 'smart' car, albeit one that isn't 'connected'. CANbus has been around for a while. What makes it secure on my vehicle is that it is air-gapped - there is no wireless transmitter or receiver fitted to its network. The only time it talks to external computers by a physical cable during servicing.
The system works on two frequencies on a twisted pair loop, one for important stuff like the drivetrain, the other for stuff like windows, HVAC and ICE. Should one cable break, the drivetrain stuff won't work for safety's sake, but you can still wind down an electric window whilst awaiting rescue (though of course you won't stay in your vehicle if on a motorway hardshoulder or blind corner now, will you?)
It wouldn't be clever to run your engine in a garage.
Darwin Awards and all that.
Car controls (knobs, sticks, paddles etc) can be operated by touch alone - there is no reason to take your eyes off the road. Whilst you can't select a Spotify track from a list using this method, you easily skip to the next track in a playlist - just as people have for decades skipped between FM radio stations or CD tracks.
Nursing Times? Well, I guess a big explosion might impact upon medical staff.
Oh, Northern Territories, I guess?
Really? I thought beer was living proof that God exists and wants us to be happy!
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