Re: Appalling software, it seems
Although reading the Zero Hedge article linked below, it appears that the $80,000 is for a second AoA sensor as well as the warning light, implying that the standard setup is a single sensor.
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Alternating between sensors on alternate flights was terrible design and seems like superstition rather than science.
The old mariner's adage "never go to sea with two chronometers" would seem to apply here, because if you have two of anything and they give different readings, which one do you trust? Triple (or even more) redundancy is the rule for many safety-critical systems, but if Boeing charge $80,000 for a warning light then goodness knows how much more they'd charge for a third AoA sensor.
Take a CPU with Harvard architecture so it physically can't execute what ought to be data, manufacture it on a (by modern standards) huge process node so it's less prone to external interference from electromagnetic attacks and such, give it temperature and light sensors so it can tell if someone's trying to tamper with it other ways, design it with hardware-based isolation between processes including strongly-encrypted memory, provide it with a true hardware-based random number generator so encryption key sequences can't be predicted, and then put Java on it. It's like having the world's most secure bank vault but leaving the door unlocked. So yeah, 3 billion devices do run Java, but all of them are vulnerable.
Oh, and the applets are called cardlets if you're being fussy.
My worry would be not so much that some micro-organism could damage the data store, but that the data store itself could be a micro-organism. Suppose someone's database when placed in this DNA storage just happened to encode for, say, an airborne virus with 100% lethality to human beings. Wouldn't that mean any large-scale DNA data stores would have to be kept inside the highest possible level of biosecurity?
The presentation last night was a little thin on detail so I couldn't get a handle on how any virtualisation would work, but the idea that you can use multiple GPUs per instance rather than a single more powerful virtualised GPU suggested to me that any virtualisation was limited because it would surely add to the latency. So you are kind of stuck with the hardware, which having seen the way that a single Stadia GPU struggles with fluid dynamics, is going to make multiple GPUs pretty essential. I mean, saying "hey, look at the improvement with two GPUs" is pretty much an admission that a single one isn't up to it.
The real elephant in the room though is raytracing. I know that you can ray trace in realtime without the Nvidia RT hardware because Nvidia have had to shoot themselves in the (elephant's) foot by porting their system to earlier GPU platforms due to the slow take-up of the RT-enabled ones, but if it does take off in a big way then Stadia may just be end up as an expensive liability.
Fantastic, let's take the greatest disadvantage of consoles, which is a fixed architecture that rapidly becomes obsolescent, and replicate it a millionfold in the cloud where you have to use a very long piece of wet string to communicate with it. Only a company the size of Google could come up with such a stupid idea.
Actually I do have a real boat anchor (bought it on a whim one day from eBay to match the room's somewhat nautical-themed decor) and I can honestly say it's never needed repairing. But my old (well, over two years is old these days) Sammy's not needed fixing so far either, and they still pump out OS updates for it on a fairly regular basis too.
Wouldn't "Tit Sup Bank" have been better?
And presumably Sabis was once Sabadell Information Services but then got spun out and offshored.
Full disclosure: yes, I do still bank with that bunch of muppets because 5% interest is hard to come by these days. And really I've not had any serious issues after the first nightmare week.
Because these days it's a standard way of getting rid of older employees. Younger people with no houses and no kids settled in schools are much more likely to take up relocation offers.
The only good thing you can say about this is that at least the alternative is redundancy, in the US if you get offered a relocation package and turn it down you're deemed to have resigned.
Boil for 9 minutes? No, no and no.
First take some bacon lardons and cook them over a moderate heat in a sauté pan until you have rendered most of the fat off them. Put the lardons to one side and stir-fry the sprouts in the bacon fat for 5 minutes or so. Then add a splash of water, cover the pan and let the sprouts steam gently for a few minutes. Finally, turn the heat back up, return the lardons to the pan and stir gently a few times, making sure any remaining water has evaporated. For a really festive touch, mix in a few sliced marrons glacés before serving.
It will be year 1 of the new era, but an additional issue is that the era name hasn't been announced yet and that forms part of the localised date format - for example, this year can be expressed as "平成30", "Heisei 30" or even "H30" depending on the choice of formats offered.
Traditionally the era name is is not announced until after accession, but this time it is expected to be announced before to give companies a chance to change things. Apparently though a new era can be added to Japanese versions of Windows with a simple registry update, so what could possibly go wrong with that?
Reminds me of the old joke about a crowd of people next to a building site in Berlin watching the foreman berating one of the workers. An English visitor is walking by and is bemused by all these people standing there intently, so he asks one of them what they are doing. The reply is "We are waiting for the verb!"
CPI was never intended as a means of measuring personal inflation, it was developed for comparing underlying inflation rates between different countries. One of the issues with it is that it doesn't include housing costs, which is why the CPIH measure (CPI plus housing) is a little better.
But the real problem is that personal inflation rates for older people are typically higher than for younger ones, mainly because they don't spend as much money on things that tend to get cheaper as time goes on, such as technology. RPI is therefore a better reflection of reality for pensioners, although it's still less than half of the estimated personal inflation rate that pensioners in some parts of the country are facing.
At long last, broadband suppliers with own-brand routers won't be able to bamboozle potential customers with meaningless (to most people) strings of numbers and letters. If company A offers Wi-Fi 6 but company B only offers Wi-Fi 5, you know at a glance which one is faster.
Except that if A's router's implementation of Wi-Fi 6 is crap you might still get better throughput with B's Wi-Fi 5. And then there's the question of do you really need that bandwidth when the speed of your copper/fibre is often the limiting factor? Plus, on top of all that, you might not actually have any kit that supports Wi-Fi 6 (or even 5). Still, this is probably a good move by the Wi-Fi Alliance.
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