IoT gone too far?
I know we've all laughed at silly IoT products, but a packet-switching pickle really is a bridge too far.
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Basically we know that the existing systems of protein and nucleic acid metabolism must have been optimal at the point of life's origin,
No, that's not how evolution works. We know it was "good enough" to survive more often than whatever it was competing with.
Anybody who thinks evolution produces optimal results has obviously never tried to maintain a human body in working condition for more than a couple decades...
It depends on if you are dealing with an advanced script-kiddy or someone who is actually IT literate. QR codes are a bit more advanced than normal script-kiddy stuff but would say one has to be IT literate to use one.
Nonsense. Anybody who can run a browser and knows how to "google" can create a QR code.
Just googlling "create a qr code" and clicking on the first link takes you to a web site where you enter whatever text you want. One more click, and there's your QR code.
Mersenne primes, when written out in full, equal 2^n - 1 where n is the exponent needed to generate the prime and is used to form the codename.
Can anybody explain what the qualifier phrase "when written out in full" means? Aren't Mersenne primes always equal to 2^n - 1 (for some integer n) regardless of how they're written?
Has anyone seriously suggested this?
Yes. There's a company in Wisconsin, US that's doing it:
IIRC, it's voluntary, and not everybody with a chip got it implanted -- you could get it built in to a ring.
£999 is enough to pay for ...
How the hell do people justify iPhones to themselves?
That's what I always think when I read these reviews. My current phone (Moto G5+) was $280 brand new and unlocked (and I coughed for the high-end model with extra memory). The Moto G4 I had before than was under $200 brand new, unlocked, retail. For the life of me, I don't see what the extra $800+ is getting people...
When you ask someone what a Tesla is unless they are an old skool Electrical Engineer they might say 'oh, that's a funny car that runs on batteries'.
I think you'd be surprised how many people would know what a "Tesla" is (at least vaguely) if you started asking around in a modern hospital's radiology department. My 86 year old mother can tell you how many Teslas her cardiac stents are rated for...
For sentences of more than 12 months, "85%" of the sentence must be served, but after that the prisoner can be paroled if their behavior was good.
Is it really parole? Where the released prisoner is still under court supervision and subject to re-incarceration if certain behavior restrictions are violated?
Or is it just a sentence reduction? Where the sentence is completely served, and the released prisoner is not under court supervision?
Everything I've read refers to it as a sentence reduction.
I still find it a pain having to reboot everytime a kernel or Graphics driver update (get your shit togetther, Nvidia) forces me to.
Why do you have to reboot for an Nvidia driver update? I've been running nvidia cards for decades, and don't remember ever having to reboot for driver updates.
I do remind myself every couple of weeks (when I've got some spare time) to reboot my desktop boxes just to make sure they are still still bootable. If you wait for six months, then inevitably something will force a reboot right in the middle of some urgent work -- and only then will you find that some update or other that happened during the past months required a configuration adjustment that you forgot. Now you've got to figure out what went wrong while people in manufacturing are twiddling their thumbs waiting for you.
When it comes to Multi-monitors, workspace per screen is the only way to go IMO.
Definitely! I've always run that way. When XFCE dropped support for multiple screens a few yeas ago, I ended up switching to running multiple instances of openbox+tint2. It works great 99% of the time, but there is still a bug where openbox occasionally locks up the X11 system. That's annoying but not bad enough to make me give up having multiple screens.
We were supposed to use it as a software engineering bug-tracking system. It was awful. We wasted potfuls of money paying somebody to write some customer screens/flows/whatever. It never worked in a useful manner, but at least it was expensive and wasted a lot of time. After a couple years, we finally convinced the powers-that-be that it was hopeless, and they let us set up a MantisBT system. I guess, the sales and support people still use SF...
A man who has refused to identify himself to Google or the UK courts but is still trying to drag the ad tech company through a Right To Be Forgotten legal action...
A man with no name, a long drawn out legal battle, a secret history of crime...
Sounds like somebody's found a new Dickens novel to me...
there can always be a transition period and then a post-transition period transition to the new technology period, and then a post final transition deadline transition to accommodate the timetable slippage of the post-transition transition period...
Thank you Sir Humphry!
PCAnywhere is not exactly bulletproof when it comes to security. In 2012 hackers revealed they had stolen the source code for PCAnywhere back in 2006, prompting Symantec to advise customers to disable some older versions of the software.
In what sort of crap design is disclosure of the source code a security problem? What century _is_ this?
There is a theory that at least one form of dowsing works on the principle of detecting changes in the Earth's local electrostatic field as one walks around.
Except all of the real, scientific, trails of dowsing show that it _doesn't_ work.
So, trying to come up with theories about how it works seems a bit silly.
The 3.5" floppy has a shuttered case and designed to go in a pocket. Far more sensible than DVD style packaging.
IIRC, whith the first CD drive I used (a bulky, Sun branded SCSI thing), the CDs were in shuttered hardshell cases similar to 3.5" floppys. They were pretty bullet-proof, but people voted with their wallets, and they died off very quickly.
I mean, basically the government is now handing out a fine to an institution which got paid with... government money (aka: the taxpayers money!) in the first place. Could someone please explain to me how exactly this is going to have an effect?
It can have an effect because the PHB of government department X takes if very seriously if a chunk of money is deducted from his budget and moved to the budget of some other department's PHB. The basic goal of managers in government is to maximise their department's budget and/or headcount. Taking money away and giving it to "the competition" stings.
Imagine the havoc that could be caused by a video of a prominent politician repudiating democratic norms – and no one is sure whether it reflects reality.
Is that worse that what we have now -- seeing them every day and knowing they are real?
It might be reassuring to have some hope that those clips aren't real...
Microsoft C compiler v4.0 and CodeView in the mid 80s
That was indeed a solid product. IIRC, it was basically a repackaged version of a compiler/debugger by a company they bought. (Whitesmiths?)
It took a while, but they eventually f*&^#d it up: it turned into VisualStudio.
Nope, I misremembered. The first couple versions of Microsoft C were repackaged versions of Liveboat's Lattice-C compiler. Supposedly versions 3 and up were developed entirely by MS:
mostly tedious, with intermittent stabs of queasiness.
Brilliant line, that.
I don't really "get" 3D films either. Mostly they're just annoying (at least they don't make me physically ill they they do some people). The only 3D film I've seen that I thought actually benefited from the extra "D" was Coraline.
I think the router manufacturers might be on to something good IF they use a username and password that's randomly generated and put a tag on the front of the device.
No matter how many preachy articles tech journalists write, 99% of consumers are _never_ going to change admin/wifi passwords. That's not going to change. Ever. So the endless harping on this is pointless.
I think all of the new routers and APs I've seen in the last 7-8 years (even low-end consumer units) came with random admin passwords and random Wifi keys. However, the tag is always on the bottom or back not on the front. This is the only practical solution.
The results were [...] more hoppy than the control brew [...]
More importantly, there were no unpleasant flavours.
[I'm sure this will get plenty of downvotes, but...]
That's completely contradictory, since hoppy _is_ an unpleasant flavour!
Obviously I really, really don't get the whole IPA fad...
Surely he will be out on probation well before then
If you're talking about parole, that doesn't exist in the federal system. He could get up to 14% off his sentence for good behavior.
Probation is a sentence imposed by the judge. Sometimes a sentence involves both incarceration and then afterwards probation.
I have to admit that I always end up learning something from Dabbs's columns. Often it's a slang phrase or pop-culture reference unfamiliar to us USAins. This time it was "baked bean wrestling". Somehow, I've spent more than a half-century on this planet without knowing that baked bean wrestling was "a thing".
OK, it was funny at first, but now it's just tiresome. You need to come up with something new.
That "President Trump Show" show, OTOH, that's still pretty fresh with new twists every episode. I'll admit the plot has gotten increasingly hard to believe, and I can't figure why there aren't any dragons or zombies in it.
Guiney, who represented herself
Not all who represent themselves are kooks, but there does seem to be a pretty high correlation. Even if you're not a kook, it's still a good way to get your ass handed to you in court. At least in the US, it's usually possible to find a lawyer who will take this sort of case on a contingency basis.
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