I work with children. It's very common to hear them now talk about the 'hashtag key.' I think most of them had never had reason to think of the symbol until twitter repurposed it.
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It's nice, but one missing feature.
Where are the cheap chinese knock-off refills?
A thing like this is a long-term investment. That means I'd want to see many manufacturers competing to provide the resin. This isn't just to drive down prices, but also an assurance that even of the manufacturer goes bankrupt in a few years or shuts down production of resin in order to drive people to a newer successor product there will still be a supply of refills.
Re: Let's get Fracking
Old is also strategically problematic. Oil comes from the middle east (they hate us) and Russia (They hate us). Gas comes from Russia (they hate us). Not a good thing to depend for energy upon countries which are slightly hostile now, and may be at open war in ten or fifty years.
Re: Unusual error
That thing has nothing to do with XML at all. It just extracts truncated ZIP files. When it comes to actually making some sense of the half-a-document you get from it, you're on your own! In many cases, even recovering nothing but the textual content of a document is still valuable.
By far the most common corruption I've found is in the form of truncation - people yanking out their USB sticks before the file is fully written. The ZIP container stores the index at the end of the file, so you can't even open it unless it's all there. After finding every so-called document and zip recovery utility quite useless, I just wrote my own one. It'll let you recover at least partial contents of the zip, hopefully including the document.xml from which raw, unformatted text can be easily extracted.
Then I just pass it back to the user and tell them to fix the layout and unmount properly next time.
https://birds-are-nice.me/programming/zipfilerecover.shtml - if anyone ever needs it.
Re: UKIP ranter I expect
"What you have forgotten is that Hollywood studios generally do pay the people who do the work."
When they have to. They invented 'hollywood accounting.'
There's a reason you always see films reported as 'Grossed $X on a budget of $Y.' Because on paper, almost every film loses money. If there's no profit there's no corporation tax, and you can get away with lower royalty payments.
Avatar? Harry Potter? Star Wars (New, not sure about old)? All lost money, officially.
Degraded service, for a start, as it creates a perverse incentive. If ISP's 'regular' traffic is delivered too well, there's no reason any service provider would pay up for prioritisation. So it removes any incentive for the ISP to upgrade their infrastructure.
Think of it as the 'regular' and 'premium' sandwiches at a shop. There's a higher margin on the premium sandwiches, so the shop would rather sell those - but if the regulars are too tasty, who would pay extra for a premium? So the shop has to make sure the regular sandwiches are tasty, but not *too* tasty, so that anyone who can afford it will pay for the premium instead.
In broader terms, it also creates a barrier to entry that prevents innovation. The big sites and services that we have today could afford to pay up for priority class, but startups could not, placing them at a disadvantage.
We can trust some algorithms. The ones the NSA recormends to the US DoD and other important government agencies.
If the NSA could break them, then the NSA would know that China is probably well on the way to breaking them, and if the NSA knew that then they wouldn't be advising the rest of the US government to use them - especially the military side.
Of course, civilian implimentations of those algorithms may still contain deliberate insecurity and back doors.
It's not that complicated.
GCHQ wanted to send a message. Their way to do that was to make their destruction as expensive and inconvenient as possible. They ordered the over-destruction simply to raise the bill for replacing it all and cause as much disruption to business as possible while new equipment was obtained.
Re: I can't see this being useful for consumers
I can imagine something of a niche in medicine. There are certain very rare fluids which hospitals rarely need, but if they do need must be available immediately. Antivenoms, for one. So incorporate drones into stock management. A patient comes into A&E with a snake bite, doctors identify the snake as the rare pin-striped bugle-snake, but they have no antivenom - so the stock system determines that another hospital nearby has some. Thirty minutes away by car, but five minutes as the drone flies.
This is not good.
Just coincidence, and the million monkeys effect - but it is possible to put data into the blockchain, if you've enough processing power or a whole lot of luck. That means this could be done deliberately, and is the type of prank many people might like.
The good news is that the blockchain is separate from private keys, so even if your AV wipes the file your coins will stll be safe. You'll just have to download it all again.
Re: Smooth models
Stereolithographic printers do indeed have those advantages. Smoother, higher detail, better able to handle overhangs.
They do have two disadvantages, though. The printers are more expensive ($5000 is actually amazingly cheap) and they require feeding with a quite exotic chemical concoction - a goo which is not only expensive to make, but has a shelf life. Extrusion printers, the more common type, just need PLA or ABS plastic - cheap as dirt.
Except that, for the reasons mentioned in my previous post, they won't trust the DRM. The music industry took years to learn that they could make do with 'good enough' DRM - it doesn't have to be designed to defeat the combined efforts of all the world's bored programmers, hardware hackers and rival company engineers. This is a lesson the movie industry has yet to learn, and a super-locked-down DRM scheme can't be run as a sandboxed plugin. There would be no way it could be sure the hardware, OS, drivers and sandbox were all free of tampering.
Sandbox? How does that work?
A DRM plugin needs low-level access in order to function. It needs to be able to get driver IDs so it can be sure the sound drivers aren't actually a loopback recorder, it needs to be able to check hardware IDs to determine which computer it is on, it needs low-level OS and graphics API calls to prevent the use of screen recorders or just printscreen on documents. A DRM program running in a sandbox cannot even be remotely effective.
Not that they are very effective even without that limitation.
Re: Analogue, and it not being digital... and why 192k could be useful, not audible
I was under the impression that 48KHz can be a little better because it gives you more room for filter design. Real-world low-pass filters are never a sharp cutoff, ao that extra 4KHz translates to an extra 2KHz space to work with in the filter design.
The clothing is a bad idea. As soon as you tear the fabric in any way, it'd catch fire.
It's still good tech, though. Fold it up and stick it in a protective box and you've potentially got a replacement for the common battery. Supercaps are purely electrical devices, not electrochemical, which means they don't gradually lose capacity over a couple of years - plus they'll work from sub-freezing to near-boiling temperatures.
Re: So let me get this straight...
Actually, it's worse than that. The DVD and Blu-ray are DRMed: Under the EUCD, members are required to criminalise the distribution (Though not possession) of tools for breaking DRM schemes, and the distribution of previously-DRMed material with the DRM stripped.
That means that you are required to pay a levy for the right to make a personal use copy, but you still can't exercise your right unless someone is willing to commit a criminal offense by giving you a DRM circumvention tool. Fortunately such things are easily found online, where that law is rarely respected.
Re: But, but...
They tried. There was an attempt (I forget the name) in the 'home taping is killing music' era - an inaudible signal embedded into the recording which would act as a 'do not record' flag to cassette decks, so if you tried to record your vinyl onto tape for a friend it would either record silence or stop the motor. It failed dismally: Cassette deck manufacturers had no incentive to respect the signal, detection was expensive without digital technology, and the signal was not so inaudible as intended.
I know what is going to happen.
1. Obama will come out in support of net neutrality, though can't actually act on it very much.
2. In response to this, many republicans and conservative organisations will start opposing net neutrality.
Expect their arguments to focus on the evils of big government and regulation in general while extolling the virtues of the free market, paired with some overblown rhetoric trying to argue that net neutrality is a threat to internet freedom and the first stage in a government takeover aimed at eventually banning christianity as 'hate speech.'