Re: The "Free" Windows 10 wasn;t the problem.
I'm not claiming causation here, but 5 years does roughly correlate with the release of Windows 8.
118 posts • joined 29 Jan 2011
I'm not claiming causation here, but 5 years does roughly correlate with the release of Windows 8.
Like working for microsoft? (joke icon)
But seriously - the article says the appointment was made 'involuntarily'. I mean shit! Anyone actually wanting to do this job absolutely must not be allowed to do it.
And on a related note, a very good friend of mine, many years ago, managed to get the job he really wanted - a police man. That's a job you couldn't pay me enough to do, but someone's gotta do it. After a short time in the job he was a wreck. All the horrible shit he had to deal with on a daily basis was really grinding him down. I had to remind him that most people aren't all that bad, but his job is to deal with the ones that are, giving a warped sense of reality.
He got over it by becoming a tough son-of-a-bitch.
I'm not sure what you would have to become to deal with what Soto and Blauert had to deal with.
Yep. I recently read this article on the BBC regarding dark net drug dealings and the postal service:
Summary: Buy/sell your drugs on the dark net. It's pretty damn safe.
Good work, BBC. I'm not sure that's what you had in mind when you published that article, but that's what it boils down to. They pretty much tell you how to do it. I'm surprised there weren't any links.
We are struggling at the moment to get machines to learn some knowledge without forgetting it when it learns something new. When (if) machines actually understand that knowledge, then things will get really interesting.
Also, in pedant mode, its "forward model", not "forward mode"
I think the Irony was the price.
I agree that citations would help the cause, but it doesn't take anything other than common sense to see that being able to feed an addiction to nicotine without burning tobacco is definitely a step in the right direction.
I agree that vapour products should be regulated, just like other nicotine products (patches, gum, etc.), but those products are allowed to be advertised and no-one is trying to get them banned. I'm struggling to see any significant difference between nicotine gum and nicotine vapour, other than vaping _looks_ like smoking.
Yes, of course. The changelog should detail all exploits fixed, so that baddies that weren't aware of the problem can exploit exactly the right versions. Good idea.
I made this exact comment in the preview feedback. I was hoping not to be alone in this.
Incidentally, the fscking GWT nagware has recently reappeared on my Win7 machine, despite having done all the removals/disables/regedit shit. Take the fucking hint, Microsoft. I don't want your shit - not even for free.
Not to mention the US 'justice' system. Innocent people pleading guilty because they are shit scared of the ridiculous sentences they could face if they don't. Just look what happened to Ross Ulbrecht when he didn't do a plea deal. Definitely not somewhere I'd like to live.
"if I could prove my innocence"
Innocence need not be proven. It is guilt that must be proven. Please, let's keep it that way.
I used the trick on one of my servers. It was constantly being hit with login attempts over ssh. None ever succeed, but I didn't like it. I changed ssh port away from 22 and problem solved.
I tried denyhosts, but occasionally locked myself out trying to remember the right password. Not an insurmountable problem, but it's not (or wasn't, maybe) trivial to unblock an ip address.
I'm an unlimited data plan with Three, 4GB tethered. It used to be unlimited tethered, too, before 4G came along as a 'free' upgrade. I'm guessing the reason is that people could use it instead of home broadband, as it's probable a lot faster for some. This must have hammered Three's network, so they would have to choose between upgrading their 4G infrastructure, or limit tethered data. Guess which one they did (#makeitright my arse).
As a netflix customer, I'm happy to get lower quality on my mobile. It fits with my data plan an usage well. I'm not so happy that it isn't an optional thing.
As a Three customer, I'm not happy that the poor infrastructure means it has to be this way. Personally, I was much happier with a truly unlimited 3G plan and would choose that now if it was an option.
@Ian Michael Gumby
"Take the top 100 potential moves"
Even if the rest of your argument was valid, how does your algorithm choose the top 100 potential moves?
Docker is the new VM. VMs are now pretty much ubiquitous, but this change took a while. VMs are so clumsy a solution for many use cases, so bring in the containers. As for enterprise inertia ... only force can overcome inertia.
Where did the kick-bait headline get 'And kill you' from? The field notice linked in the article states that the symptoms are 'The switch fails to power on.' Also, the label shows 24v or 48v DC input. Still not seeing any risk of death here, even if no fuses were blown. There are models that can take 240v, but there's very little danger there either ... unless you are running one of these off a power circuit without ELCBs, in which case all bets are off.
I thought for a moment this would be something to care about.
I've recently discovered Groovy. OO and Functional. Oh, and scripting. I learned a lot of Haskell at Uni and the beauty of it was staggering. Its type system sublime. Groovy is a great way to add functional (and tonnes of other great) stuff to Java code. I won't harp on about it here, but it's well worth a look.
Great article, BTW.
That's a bit like saying 'try driving your manual-shift car without using the gear stick' when someone says manuals are better to drive than automatics.
I used to do freelance IT work for an SMB. A manager decided it would be a good idea to to send a charity fund raiser email to their customers (without consulting the boss). The manager did this using the company customer management system. The CMS integrated with Outlook to send the bulk email (1000s of recipients) by putting all the email addresses into the 'to' field. This caused all kinds of trouble.
First of all, the 'to' field was overloaded, so the email was malformed and should have been rejected by 1: The CMS, 2: Outlook, 3: Exchange server, 4: inbound mail servers. The exchange server got stuck in a loop constantly trying to resend a malformed email, with many of the recipients receiving the email multiple times, along with a list of everyone else's email address. Many of the email addresses were out of use or had some kind of automated response, causing a deluge of incoming mail (along side all the customer complaints and malformed email responses). That message was ridiculously hard to exorcise from the Exchange sever - it just would give up.
When the dust settled, there was much groveling to do. This was a data security company, so they lost quite a lot of custom because of this. Needless to say, said manager was out the door shortly after.
I ain't interested.
there's just an empty space
But you don't need to be such a dick about it.
The ransom demand has just been issued. Your move TalkTalk, although I don't see what good paying up will do.
There was no study mentioned in the article. Just putting processed meat on a list of probable carcinogens is fairly meaningless. Oxygen should be on that list, and that's only marginally more important than bacon. To suggest that bacon is equally as bad for you as tobacco smoke or asbestos is disingenuous, to say the least. I'm actually surprised they didn't spout some percentage of a percentage to boost the bullshit. E.g. "Bacon makes you 10x more likely to get bowel cancer (0.0001% to 0.001%)*
* All these figures are made up. I've no idea what the real statistics are, and I'm guessing neither do the Daily Mail.
but the Windows ones are fun.
Them - Hi, I'm from Microsoft, and we have detected a problem with your Windows computer ...
Me - I don't have a Windows computer (lie)
Then - Oh. But we have detected an infection on your computer. If you click on the start menu ...
Me. I don't have a start menu. I don't have a Windows computer.
Them - Oh. But we have received reports of your IP address being used ...
Me - Really? What IP address is that, then?
Them - Erm.
Me - Goodbye.
The Mac ones would be even more fun. What's my name? What's my Apple ID? Which version of OSX am I running? Etc. I guess I'm not their target.
I could just sit here feeling smug, but I know people who have fallen for these scare tactics and it makes me mad.
This seems to accept bitcoin as a commodity/currency rather than an product/service.
I don't usually go in for thew whole FTFY, but, this being the thread of 'fuck', fuck it.
"In the recent Windows update, this option was checked as default; this DID NOT GO UNNOTICED and we are removing the check."
<dream>As a penance, they should be forced to open-source DirectX</dream>
@ Mystic Megabyte
Let's worry about that when we get there.
@ Lush At The Bar
Spot on. That's the true bullshit right there. Anyone with my (or any) phone number, or one just randomly picked, can post shit and there's fuck all that can be done about it. Can she really not see the possibility for abuse here? The lawyers must be creaming themselves right now. The company and its peeple [geddit?] will hide behind the "we're just the medium" and "we have no control" lines.
It's on my list of windows essential programs (Chrome, Firefox, VLC, Programmers Notepad, etc.).
Plus, on the rare occasions when I have downloaded an executable file, I always ask 7-zip to take a look inside, even if I trust the source, even if I don't think it's an SXF, because just in case, you know.
I have to admit that this is where Apple's model comes in to its own. How many devices can run iOS 9, and therefor need testing, compared to Android? Google can't test them all, so it's down to the manufacturers - they get android for free, after all. The flip side of that is that there's no dodging the blame here by Apple.
Most definitely cheap. The non-bluetooth device is free, most people will already have a smartphone it can use (not just iphone), and there is no contract, monthly fee or minimum payment. If you don't use it, it costs nothing. They just take at most 2.7% of whatever you put through it (the % goes down for large amounts. I forget the limits as they are irrelevant to me. My wife uses one at craft fairs and the like. It's perfect for that sort of thing. If I was WorldPay, I'd be shitting a brick.
Be careful with the grandfather plans. Both my wife and I were on 'The One' plans. I got booted off when I didn't continue paying extra for the phone. My wife was on a pay monthly sim-only One plan (paying ~£15pm IIRC) when she received a letter informing her the One plan was no more and she was automatically being moved onto an equivalent plan costing ~£35pm. We weren't happy with that, so now she's paying the same, but getting only 1GB of data per month, which we are obviously not happy about, either. We wanted to quit on principal, but the bastards arestill the best value for our needs.
“Not being able to use your phone as and when you want, no matter where you are, is one of the biggest pain points for customers,"
As a Three customer I would say that paying more and losing unlimited tethering in return for the 'free' upgrade to 4G has been the biggest pain point for me.
Someone who really REALLY wishes they backed up whatever data is worth >$500 to them.
1: Keeps valuable data on phone
2: ... not backed up
3: Installs software from dodgy stores
Talk about limiting your market.
It's all about manufacturing. I'm guessing Blu-Ray discs are still pressed, like CDs. Unless SD compatible chips can be manufactured with the video data on them, with DRM, they'd have to load each card up, either individually or in batches, and I just can't see that being viable.
The Z3 Compact is a great wee phone. It's entirely possible to build a top-spec phone in a pocket-sized form factor.
"never mind those console n00bs, my Overclockers Infinity Vesuvius 4K rig ..."
If you bought your gaming rig, then you are just a more affluent n00b. Building it yourself is the best bit about owning a gaming PC.
@AC - What a bell-end of a comment. Vaporising is one of the most effective ways of getting smokers off cigarettes there has ever been. They remove ~99% of the harmful stuff, leaving only the practically harmless nicotine (less harmful than the related chemical caffeine). I have many friends who were unhealthy smokers who are now much healthier vapers. I've been in confined spaces with them and smelt nothing at all because there's nothing to smell. In a modern free society we should be able to as we choose, so long we aren't harming anyone. People inhaling nicotine vapours are not harming anyone, not even themselves compared to smoking cigarettes. If you are personally offended by then, you can personally piss off.
What utter bollocks. Just because something is available "out-of-the-box" doesn't automatically make it right to use it.
All these years, and still no sarcasm icon. Seriously?
This IS about copyright, not patents. I boils down to the fact that software is covered by copyright, so the question is are APIs software? I've always believed that ideas are not copyrightable, but implementations are. APIs are slap-bang in the middle, straddling both sides. I guess you could say that they define the idea and are the first step towards implementation. We all know that enforcing copyright on APIs is a bad idea, but as someone who has written APIs I understand why they are covered by current copyright laws. It's the law that needs to be brought up to date.
Just run 'em for making the toast. It's a win-win!
I agree. MagSafe is a work of genius - why get rid of it? Seems like a backward step to me. I love my 5yo MBP but it's definitely showing it's age, despite the upgraded RAM (8GB) and SSD (512GB). But at least I could upgrade it. I'd love a new MacBook, but every year Apple give me less incentive to buy one. More expensive, less power, non-upgradable and now no MagSafe! Fuck Apple. Now I'll have to find a nice ultra book and stick linux mint on it. Bollocks.
BT should get Valtteri Bottas helping them with their rural broadband scheme.
So, read "keyless" as "jamming a screwdriver into the ignition lock"
You don't even need to drive the car to steal it, just drag it on to the back of a lorry. If they are getting broken up for parts, they don't need to run.
I've heard arguments for similar situations whereby someone has tried to trademark/patent something in order to STOP people cashing in on it - by giving it away for free afterwards. I doubt this applies here, though. I also wonder if the t-shirts were being sold at a profit or not.
No, my mates moves was a stupid one - he just got a little over excited. He had decided on his approach before the hand was dealt and we all laughed and pointed at him for getting caught out. That part of my comment was just an amusing aside, but it highlighted the fact that a lot of the time, in NL-TH, the actual cards in your hand are irrelevant as nobody gets to see them.
Agreed. I have worked on poker AI quite a bit over the past seven years, so while I applaud the work that these people have done, I won't be impressed until it can play no-limit against a full table (>6 opponents). I imagine that what they have actually achieved isn't much more than the pure statistical models we already have, especially if it has only trained against itself. Every good (human) poker player knows that what cards you hold is irrelevant unless there is a show down. What is far more important is what your opponents think you have, and what you think your opponents have*. The latter is achieved by player modelling, the former by how you represent your hand (bluffing). I'd be astonished if this new AI could learn all this by playing itself, leave alone all the psychology involved in the game.
And all this talk of eleventy trillion billion training games is also bunk. Unless it comes across a new strategy, all that will be happening is that the learned model will focus in on the local optimal with greater accuracy. I'll wager that the learning curve flat-lined pretty quickly.
* I remember once in a friendly game of NL-TH, one of my friends, who was under the gun, came right in with a big pre-flop raise. This was a bold move, considering we had only had one card dealt.
"A previous PoC used 56Gbit/s InfiniBand to link TSM and GPFS servers and also produced outstanding results:
Peak backup performance using multiple sessions for a single TSM server is 5.4GB/sec.
Peak backup performance using multiple sessions for two TSM servers is 9 GB/sec in total.
Peak restore performance using multiple sessions for a single TSM server is 6.5 GB/sec.
Peak backup performance using a single session for a single TSM server is 2.5 GB/sec."
9 GB/s over a 56Gbit/s (7GB/s) link is very impressive, some might say impossible. Looking at the linked blog post shows that the TSM servers connect to the switch each with a single 56Gbit/s link, but that the GPFS Storage Server is hooked up to the switch with 2 x 56Gbit/s connections per server. So unless I am mistaken, they are sending the data to and from the same storage, albeit through the switch. This sounds more like marketing than a genuine PoC to me.