The next best thing ever is a solution that works on many platforms not just one.
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Apps are a massive issue. And developers these days don't want to have to redevelop their app five times in five different languages for five different platforms.
"The welfare state does not take money from anybody (that's the job of the inland revenue)"
It is disingenuous to suggest that there is absolutely no connection between the two. We are taxed at least in part in order to fund the welfare state. If the article is predicated on this not being the case, it fails.
I'll echo thanks for this, but I will say that trying to emulate pre-cortical brain structures is unlikely to elicit much excitement from the general populace, who won't consider something intelligent until it can speak their language. Kudos to Jeff therefore for trying to build some models of much higher level stuff.
Regarding private sector need for results - not so long ago the main driver for results was the military, and I don't think that private enterprise's goals are much more worthy. Better to strive for a better understanding of who we are as humans than settle for models that can help us to destroy or one-up each other.
"I don't particularly agree with a lot of the actions of the music corporations, but how is trying to stop people illegally access your copyrighted product without paying for it censorship?"
Definition of censorship: The use of state or group power to control freedom of expression or press, such as passing laws to prevent media from being published or propagated.
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This is all totally pointless because if the bad men know you have a secret they will force you to tell them the secret (give you the keys) or they will do nasty things to you (like imprisonment, thanks Paul Beresford!).
The only workable solution is one whereby you don't have a secret that is detectable by any known means, i.e. steganography. This puts the burden of proof on the courts to show that you actually had a secret in the first place. Of course, it's still not 100% watertight because it will probably be countered by a Yanukovych-style squad of hit men who will come around and anonymously break your kneecaps because you made life difficult for them anyway.
I'm going to call bullshit on both of those statements as I have implemented directly from RFCs perfectly easily before and know many others who have; and generally the "off-the-shelf" source code is targeted towards the app it was written for rather than being a generic library, and in the case where it is a generic library it's often too generic for the purpose or usues the wrong paradigm (e.g. push rather than pull).
You can use 'an' before a word starting with h only when its first syllable is unstressed or where the h is silent (e.g. 'hour', or 'herb' if you're American). In 'hotel' the second syllable is the one with the stress so 'an hotel' is fine. The stress on 'hallucinogen' is /ˌhæl.uː.ˈsɪn.ə.dʒən/ i.e. the first syllable has secondary stress.
The Queen is just a symbol representing the country; it's exactly the same situation when you take a commission in the military.
It's a bit like putting your hand on your heart when you say "I solemnly swear..." - nobody is actually claiming that the heart is actually the centre of honesty and probity in the body, it's just a representative symbol of such.
[quote]Given that the last Census shows that 59% of the country is Christian[/quote]
...given a census with the following multiple guess options:
1. Christian good next door neighbour
2. Mujahideen terrorist*
3. Om chanting unwashed hippy*
4. Atheism is not a religion, we'll just put you down as Christian
5. Something else*
*by selecting this option you give permission for jackbooted police to kick down your door
These are ridiculously easy to avoid if you think for 2 seconds about it.
Simply replace "National Security Agency" with "Notional Security Agency", reverse some of the colours in the logo and add and/or remove some of the embellishments. People will still know exactly what you're talking about.
Logic is a mathematical construct. All software is an expression of that logic. Therefore all software is a mathematical construct and should not be patentable.
The processing that goes on in your brain can be expressed as a mathematical construct. An idea is an example of the processing that goes on in your brain. Therefore an idea is a mathematical construct and is not patentable.
If Google had been Microsoft, then when they acquired YouTube they would have started dropping support for H.264 in favour of WebM - not across the board, but selectively, gently and quietly, until enough of the clients it didn't control implemented WebM well enough. Then they could just drop H.264 completely since virtually everything that could view YouTube could use WebM to do so.
Unfortunately they were too concerned with scraping the pennies from every last corner under the sofa by giving consumers what was convenient for them at the time, and dropped the ball.
The problem with invoking freedom of speech or censorship arguments here is that the means by which the information is published has moved on rapidly from the concepts that ideals of freedom of speech and censorship were supposed to address.
If you as a person stand up and say "I believe X", whatever X is, then you should not be punished for it (although you may be criticized) and you should not be refused publication based simply in the argument you present. That, I think everyone can agree on.
If an untraceable anonymous publication is made that urges people to kill their neighbours and rape their wives, does this deserve the same degree of protection? Arguably, by remaining under the veil of anonymity, you forfeit your right to publication in any case - your posts can be removed and it's not censorship - because you're not opening yourself up to proper criticism or legal recourse should there be any. In traditional media, it's the difference between publishing a scientific paper expounding some theorem (which the majority may well disagree with or object to) versus scrawling graffiti in a public place. You're not going to argue that the council can't remove the graffiti? It simply doesn't deserve the same degree of protection because the author is not accountable.
The Start Menu is mostly good for 2 things: (1) to launch applications, and (2) to log out, reboot, or shut down the computer. If the Start Button jumps immediately to All Apps, it solves the first problem. Show me where in the new interface the new user (former Windows user) is supposed to discover how to log out.
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