Re: I Think "Brexit" will sign the death warrant for the Pound
Oh shit, I never thought of that, but now that you say it yes.
47 posts • joined 1 Feb 2013
I had 2 students on a lab exercise once. It was about logic circuits. They had connected according to the schematics. But it did not work. They had no idea what could be wrong. I asked them if they had power. They just looked like question marks. After a while they reluctantly connected the 5V I pointed at. It still did not work. Ok well how about ground? They outright refused to do it. 0V was pointless to them. I had to connect it and show that now it worked. Electricity needs a return path. Thing is this was a masters of science in electrical engineering program. They should not have been there. They must have entered on som foreign students quota or something.
I got one for my 10 year son. Ordered it after he claimed he could not do his homework since the desk/chair was wrong height for him. I have no metrics on homework productivity before and after. The desk is quite solid though. If they figured out how to provide for the power and ethernet cords it would be perfect.
One theory to explain how gravity (gravitons if those exist) seemingly escapes the black hole is that it's space itself that holds and propagates (sort of remembers) the gravity field. It does not need to be connected to the mass inside. Within the space around the black hole there is then information about how much mass is inside the event horizon. But that is just one theory. It don't fully explains gravitons etc. there is a lot of phenomenas where quantum theory and general relativity don't play with each other.
Speed of light is our reference since the formulas make out to be simpler that way. It is definitely possible to set up formulas where a changing light speed over history is used.
To explain big bang and inflation we could see it as light speed dropping while the universe stay att the same size. Inside the universe a reduction of light speed would look exactly same as inflation since that is what we use to measure distances.
For me that way of looking at it is useful to understand how big bang could happen everywhere. It did not happen in a single point from which it expanded.
Since It only changes the point of view, I can not imagine any experiments that could prove it one way or the other. What could happen though is that with more observations more complicated formulas are needed to explain them and some day using a variable light speed would make a less complicated model.
For now Ochams razor say light speed is constant.
I read somewhere that skylon would not be able to compete with a reused falcon9. Probably because the payload on a single stage to orbit will be very small.
A two stage version seams more feasible and is indeed investigated:
Personally I would like to see something like bristol spaceplanes hope to make:
If ISPs had proper egress filtering DDoS should be possible to handle.
Any site should be able to send a message to the net saying block all traffic from that IP to me. The ISP closest to offending node then applies this filtering for an hour or so.
Even if attacked by a million nodes, sending out a million block messages should be doable.
Many years ago, before everybody had mobile phones. I needed something from IT department. They never answered. But then I dialed 0 then full number to make it look like an external call. The call was answered immediately. I do not remember the rest but think I got what I needed after some complaints about calling her "private" number. At that time calls from outside where likely not work related.
I only now realise what risk I took.
I think the real issue here was the EULA thing. Yes its clear the laptop came with Windows but it was not clear that some additional agreement must be made to use it and above all not what to do if it is not agreed upon.
Analogies to google and Apple are halting, they do not enjoy a near monopoly as Microsoft used to have. This was a high court ruling so it must have been in process for some years. Today MS is a little less of a monopoly. I was happy to find the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition which come with Linux instead of Windows.
The most important thing governments and can do is stop assuming everybody have MS Office. Communication with authorities should be done with open document formats only. If government require people to use something sold only by one maker then that is a monopoly not just a near monopoly.
What? If they don't charge anything for rejected applications. Not only would it provide an incentive to approve questionable patents. It will also encourage companies and people to send in piles of questionable patent applications. In Sweden I think sending the application in is free but if the fee of 3000 SEK (about $450) is not payed it will not be processed and never reach approval. No refund if its rejected. For approved patents there is a yearly fee, which increases dramatically after some years.
Windows TCO is worst of all for the HOME user. Even OSX will cost less in the long run, much less.
To have a useful Windows machine you will spend a day installing all application programs. Find a start menu replacement. Then pay a yearly fee for AV. After time your kids get viruses on it anyway. So start all over installing again. Time is money.
Companies make clones so reinstalling is not a big issue for them, They don't let kids in and don't mind paying yearly fees. So for them Windows is probably fine (just don't put company secrets on them).
With Linux I install all those 10+ apps I use with one command line, take a cup of tea while computer does the work and its done. That is TCO for me!
There should be more than 2 players on a healthy market. Be it phone OSes or desktop OSes.
MS already have near monopoly on the desktop. Remember how MS have abused their position in the past.
And what is Windows 8? Did they make it to improve the experience of their existing customers who pay for it? Or did they do it that way so that it would help them sell their tablet and phone OS? I say the later.
So I do hope someone else than MS will fill that third spot, Blackberry or Ubuntu phone would be better. Someone mentioned Firefox OS that would be great.
All of us who don't want NSA snooping in our pockets should help projects like this. I have contributed but I doubt target will be reached. Anyway if target is not reached and the money returned, then at least I did put my money where my mouth is during the 30 days.
Cyanogenmod is rather open source Android but still needs some binary drivers as far as I know?
I think perhaps Replicant is fully open source variant of Android?
Then there is Firefox OS. They have some phone out in Spain if I am correct.
Today Canonical presented the edge crowd funding campaign. I hope enough open source fans will contribute to it to make it happen. Go to www.ubuntu.com" or "http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/ubuntu-edge/x/4068054"
I did contribute to it. Or rather promised to contribute, if the target is not reached there will not be any edge phone and contributions will be returned.
I would like to see more/easier dualbooting.
For quick virusfree surfing boot chrome. For more advanced use boot Linux or Windows.
How about putting two powerbuttons on all laptops? One chrome button and one other os button? Chrome would not waste disk space if it could be used for factoryresetting that other os also. Oh and make the chromeos button bigger than the other os button. People who are not computer savy should not boot the other os by miatake.
"thanks to the increasingly rare features of a removable battery and a micro SD slot, it will be the default choice for many canny smartphone users"
I have had many phones. If left unused say half a year the battery goes swollen, must be replaced. But not only that some phones crack when this happens, others just pop their back lid off.
A good ifixit score is nice, like replacing the micro USB connector if worn out. Only thing missing here is watertight, thats probably easier with a non replacable battery.
I have since learned that li-Ion batterys must NEVER be stored fully charged! They shall be 40% charged and stored at +4 Celsius, but still.
Absolutely. For someone used to XP migrating to Mint (mate) will be way easier getting used to than Win8. So if you must reinstall your dads or moms PC then give them Mint. They will complain the first few days but much less than with Win8. Office tools and multimedia players etc will be included with the initial install so much less work for you too.
If he can afford the trip then why not. The trips to the moon was not for science either, it was about who would be there first. And I would love it if an old man could do it, show the world you can do things after 70, that could inspire people. I hope its not his ashes he is planing to send there though, that would be like polluting the place.
For most cases a company shall stick to its core business. Start new companies to go into new markets. But if you have a great new idea and enough money. Then buying an existing company can make it a lot easier to reach your goal. So I hope for him that he has ideas. Milking an existing market is perfectly compatible with stock market.
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