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Since it has become an important tenant of font design to make "I" almost exactly the same shape as "l".
It is just visible to the naked eye, easily with binoculars, on a dark night. And yet 160,000 light years away! That is much, much further than the Orion nebula at 1300 light years. The power must be amazing.
It also amazes me that we can see even one light year. That is a long way. If space was even the tiniest bit opaque we would see nothing beyond the solar system.
Where can I buy these? iinet sells "Basic" for $70/mo. Bit of a surcharge.
Sure there is more to an ISP than the NBN, but it is also the case that the "last mile" (i.e. NBN) is the most expensive?
If 12 Mbs was priced at a substantial discount to 25Mbs, then many if not most people would sign up to it. 12 Mbs is enough to drive 8 ordinary DVD quality televisions provided Windows Update can be tamed. More than enough for most.
(Yes. 1.5mbs per TV. I know, I have a crappy ADSL line and use Gargoyle to throttle the TV to 1.5 mbs and it works fine.)
When Curiosity's nuclear battery runs out.
That story about the UK, if true, is appalling.
In Australia, ballot boxes are only sealed in the pollling both, with scruitineers present to confirm they are empty. And scruitineers are present when the seals are broken to count the votes.
It takes about an hour to manually count the votes at a booth in front of scruitineers.
As to the New York lever machines, I think there were plenty of stories of election officials routing those. They are no better than computers, being an unauditable, black box.
Having unified data can be very important when dealing with multiple providers. The current system of faxing data is a mess and lead to errors.
However, all the data collected from GPs etc needs to go there automatically for it to be useful. All GPs have IT systems, just not interconnected (except by fax machines).
There are privacy nuts who have made this very difficult to build. ASIO, the AFP and the NSA already could know everything about you, that is a lost battle. But having unified records is essential.
NEHTA spent a large amount of money designing something that was never going to be built. What was needed was a simple system that works.
With the naked eye, you can see them easily in a dark sky. 200,000 light years away. That is a long, long way.
I have never understood how this is possible. Space must be really, really, really empty to be able to see clearly that far. One spec of dust per cubic giga metre would be enough to obscure the view.
And with binoculars, you can see the Trianchela nebula making new stars.
Even under the original FTTP plan.
The trouble is that many if not most people were actually satisfied with their existing broadband. And would not have switched to the NBN if the copper was still available. In those early Hobart trials it was only something like 15% that took up the NBN when it was free to convert.
Meanwhile, other people without broadband are screaming for something, and still waiting.
That is the fundamental disconnect. It was never about megabits. It was about availability to those that had none or very poor broadband.
I doubt very much if the government makes much from these fees. By the time you add the cost of developing regulations, collecting fees, inspection and enforcement etc.
But rules and regulations, processes and procedures are what has made us what we are today.
I personally am disgusted that people can walk on footpaths without any licensing whatsoever. Thousands of these unlicensed pedestrians get killed every year. Not to mention the billions spent maintaining footpaths throughout the country. Something should be done about it.
Amazing technology, FTTH. 60 televisions each showing a different show. Wow.
Trouble is, most households do not have 60 televisions. Indeed very few have more than 6. So unless you are running a data center, these high speeds are just not useful.
The problem was never bandwidth. The problem was availability. To people that did not already have good ADSL or cable. That should have been the original focus, people without decent broadband in the first place.
But instead, the NBN has mainly been built out to people that were already happy with existing service. Hence the complaints about having to cut the copper. And many households will end up just moving to mobile.
The whole NBN fiasco was based on the premise that people wanted very high bandwidths. And that premise is wrong. Once people can run two or three TVs they have enough bandwidth. You do not need 100mb to run Facebook.
Incidentally, few providers provide less than 25mhz, and there is very little price difference for those that do. If 12.5 mhz was offered at 60% of the 25mhz price, it would be the most popular. Heck, if 6mhz was offered at 60% of the 25mhz price it would be the most popular for households without teenage kids.
Have a look at Document 9's "Seven note worthy problems."
And they actually said this. Not just did it.
Their upcoming use of AI to control people will be truly Orwellian.
It is tough being in a market that you only compete on price/performance. So Intel is trying to add features. One is SGX, which enables code to run in "enclaves" that cannot be accessed by the O/S or anything else. A bit spooky, but novel and riddled with patents.
If you have an application that relies on SGX, you will not go AMD even if it is faster and cheaper.
(Probably way too big.)
The only comparable technology is .Net, which is fine if you want to confine yourself to Windows.
The various scripting languages do not come close. No static typing makes them horrible to work with in large projects and their performance is inheritantly bad (even with the new run times that do brilliant job of optimizing a broken design).
C/C++ are archaic rubbish that should never have become popular and cost the world billions in wasted programmer productivity. Go etc. do not have the JIT compilers and generational garbage collectors.
So Java is a bit of a monster. But it works. And it works well.
(J2EE is another story. But it can be safely ignored.)
"Nope. Java doesn't support (real) closures."
Most businesses have minimal need for video. The occasional webinar etc.
So they actually have less bandwidth demand than home users with teenage kids.
It takes very little to power the web. Even most cloud servers can chug along in the background without much bandwidth.
Everybody knows how horrible they are, so I can pick up a low km Citroen for about half the cost of the equivalent Toyota. When it goes bang, throw it out. (My current C4 requires major work just to change the air filter which is stuffed *behind* the engine.)
Pity this does not work for phones.
Fortunately, Australia is not the USA. So people here are not sentenced to long prison terms for technical breaches. Particularly that every laptop that travels is full of crypto.
But those regulations are a nuisence. They could hold up government contracts etc. So good to see them go.
When you install it.
Now only one version of Excel per (virtual) machine. Unlike previous versions. And no install options.
So people WILL learn to like it!
There are lots of bugs and limitations that go back to Excel 1995 that have never been fixed, and will never be fixed.
The article is talking about the problems with backhaul. The last mile works fine for most people. But there is no point if the telcos do not provide sufficient capacity at the other end of the wire. And the NBN charges the telcos for the privilege of providing backhaul, which is why they are not doing it.
Leave the "fraudband" politics behind and stick to the facts.
The problem with any unified patent court is that it will become part of the patent industry. And thus strongly inclined to widen the scope of patentability. That is what happened in the US.
Currently, the law states strongly that software "as such" is not patentable. The EPO interprets that to mean "unless it runs on a computer"(!), and thus grants lots of patents, which are probably not enforceable by any normal national court. But a unified patent court controlled by the EPO would almost certainly decide that software is in fact patentable.
The fight against European software patents has been long and ongoing. Do you really want to follow the Americans there?
For most people without teenagers at home 100 meg would actually be enough.
Who are the "Members"?
Who are the shareholders, if this is a company?
What, exactly, does the company own? The right to the .au domain? Says who? What if the members create a new organization?
Brisbane City Council is several times bigger than smaller regional ones. Yet they both do the same sorts of things and need the same sort of IT support. Rates, dog licenses, capital works projects etc.
And a Rates system that does 1,000,000 residents is no more complex than on that does 10,000 residents so there is a huge economy of scale.
And yet, rates for Brisbane are quite high. And the smaller councils still manage to get things done.
One of the mysteries...
Obviously, really intelligent machines will never be built because they have not been built yet. Nor are they likely to be built within the next few decades.
But once they are built, the ones that survive will be good at surviving. Natural selection. And being friendly to parasitic humans is not likely to help them survive in a competitive environment. So meat based intelligence will become obsolete.
But does that matter? As individuals, we will all soon grow old and die anyway. What are our descendants? Men or machines? Is this how "we" achieve immortality?
It actually does not matter whether it matters. It is inevitable anyway.
There are many types of machine learning. ARNs have the buzz at the moment, and are often used inappropriately. And even if ARNs are used, there is (much) more to them than the naive back propagation algorithm that is so, so slow to learn.
Fix the algorithm before going crazy with hardware.
Mandated on all devices. Just like corporates do in the west.
Easy to intercept all HTTPS traffic. And if you do not trust that root then nothing works.
Nonsense about there never being a revolt there. Taiping was home grown, as was Boxer and Sun. Heck, Mao's crusade was a revolt. Read your history, China has been nothing but revolts until recent times.
However, Goulash communism requires the standard of living to rise every year so that people will put up with the government. China simply cannot keep growing at the astonishing rate it has for too much longer. There will be stagnation, and people will blame the government.
This could lead to horrendous trouble. At the moment the Chinese government is fairly benign because there are no threats. But if there is a real demand for democracy, will they adopt it (probably in a Russian style) or stand firm and fight.
Either way, it is very important to keep trouble makers on a tight leash. New AI technology for monitoring communications can help a lot with this.
The real thing that the UK could learn from China is the way their bureaucracy controls and tames the internet. It is not too heavy handed, so most Chinese do not complain. Just enough where needed.
With super secret people in a super secret room. These people must be important to be in the super secret room. As were the pollies that were invited.
There they heard. Heard of .... TERRORISM. Top secret information. That there might be "chatter", whatever that means.
This was very, very important, in that super secret room. So they all nod in unison.
The nastiest part of this type of law is restricting people's ability to complain about being subjected to them. Much of the ASIO legislation also makes it illegal to tell people if you have been arrested etc.
Like this would stop a real terrorist from telling their mates. It is about protecting the security forces themselves, pure and simple.
It was a big deal then. Special APIs that could only be used by MS Office to entrench a monopoly. I think the courts thumped them by vague memory, or were going to.
Yet Apple is now as dominant as MS was and seems to be able to get away with anything.
Not tiny drone could destroy the grid. At the very worst trip breakers for a few seconds. And Think about the size and strength of the insulators compared to the few hundred grams of drone.
OTOH, I once hit high tension wires with at glider winch launch cable. 1000 times more solid than a plastic drone. It made a huge explosion as the cable vaporized. But did not seem to do any permanent damage, although we thought it best not to inquire...
Understanding depth by using one eye is a really difficult problem. However, using two eyes to measure depth nearby is relatively easy, and AI labs have been doing it for a long time.
When driving, humans do not use stereo vision, distances are too great. But a computer can have two or more cameras spaced well apart. The hard part is to recognize that an edge seen from the two cameras are actually from the same object. Then a simple bit of trig gives you the distance.
I am surprised this approach is not used. But I suspect that the car manufacturers are more auto engineers hacking AI rather than AI researchers.
The NSA had a real enigma at the RSA show this year. NSA man was showing how people could encrypt a short message and then decrypt it. So I asked him, pointedly, how this could possibly work because there was not Encrypt/Decrypt lever. Just double encrypted to produce the plain text. Just got a blank look.
[The way this works is extremely clever for a mechanical machine, but turned out to be its fatal flaw. It is central to the whole story.]
Sounds like they need some face to face meetings.
The sun.* packages are used because there are no good alternatives. The alternatives need to be provided well in advance. And with back portable .jars. Some things are just convenient, like base 64. Others like sun.misc.unsafe are essential for some advanced usages.
Java itself was godsend. It made Lisp-style programming popular, introducing garbage collection to the unwashed masses. It spawned .net. If it did not exist we would still have to use archaic rubbish like C++ and PHP.
Australia is not (quite) the USA (yet).
Unburdened by any Bill of Rights, we have never had slavery. Nor do we have the US civil forfeiture laws in which police can arbitrarily steal people's money. Nor the extreme plea bargaining against draconian laws.
It is very rare for the ATO to freeze assets. So there is probably more to this than disclaimed. And it will go to court in a few days, unlike the USA.
There would be no peer to peer networking.
There would be no such thing as universal email. There would be lots of walled gardens.
The Telcos would control which sites you could use/visit. Only they would be able to produce servers.
There would be no anonymous sites or browsing.
But fortunately, all those things got out of the bag before the MBAs took control.
Fixed wireless in my area has been delayed indefinitely because apparently some people think that the radiation will kill the koalas. It is in court at the moment, been there for a long time.
They need to cut the copper, politically. So if they cannot do fixed wireless, they threaten Satellite!
I don't need 100mbs. Don't need 25mbs. Don't even need 12mbs. 5mbs would be nice, but 3 will do. But I do need that 3. Which is plenty to do development with. And without huge latency.
They should just give the FTTH to everyone that is will to pay, say half the cost, $1,400, up front. That should be easy to do and shut up the Fraudbanders. Then the other 99% of households will be happy with FTTN, plus not having to pay in taxes for services they do not want.
Personally, I would be happy to pay $1,400 for a decent ADSL service. But it will be a long, long time before the NBN gets near my place.
There is a huge benefit of the NBN for people that have no internet at all.
But so little for people with good ADSL that most would not switch to the NBN if they were not forced to by cutting their copper. (We know that as a fact from trials where they did not threaten to cut the copper.)
So what does the NBN prioritize? Those that do not really want the NBN.
It is the wrong KPI. Number of premises is a worthless metric. How many people with no or bad internet have been connected. That is the KPI that counts.
(And for the "Fraudband" screamers, it would have been as bad or worse under the FTTP plan. And that $42 billion costing was a fairy tale for small children.)
"If you simply fail to inform your inevitable IoT dishwasher of the password for your household Wi-Fi hotspot, then it's significantly less likely to actually connect."
After 30 days being unable to check for software updates it will refuse to run at all. An essential safety feature to keep you safe.
To misquote Edmond Hillary, They are connected to the internet because it (the internet) is there.
They can, um, ping your iphone when the dishes are done. Let you check that the kids have run the dishwasher from work. Keep statistics about powder usage. Disable the machine if it is found to be used by terrorists. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination...
The next dishwasher that I buy will certainly be connected to the Internet of Things ... because I won't have any choice.
Just because the rules set up by the executives were incompetent, does not mean that the programmers did not also stuff up in other ways.
Given that this is an IBM project, it is safe to simply say that the natural incompetence of the IT department was, in this case, overshadowed by the even grosser incompetence of the management.
Mind you, one should always be wary of claiming that management is incompetent. In this case, I presume that many senior managers got promoted precisely because of their ability to say "Yes" at the right times, without being burdened by facts. Competence is the ability to achieve one's goals.
So why all the fuss about wireless. Just a bit harder to listen in to the 4G traffic.
Seems to be the trouble. Flying an airliner like you fly a computer game.
No little camera is going to clog up a big heavy steering wheel. And if it did the effect would be obvious, wheel pointing in wrong direction.
But a tiny bump being enough to pitch it over. It should take a mighty shove to do that.
The tiny stick has destroyed planes in the past. Air France idiot pilot pulled back the stick and held it. Other pilot did not realize -- no tactile feedback. Stalled it in all the way from 30,000'.
"Why of course I'll write a binary-tree balance algorithm for you, right here on my laptop, right now in front of you."
You'd be kicked straight out of the country. The official will compare your scawlings with his listing of the "correct" answer and instantly realize that they do not match. Because you should have used IBM 360 assembler.
SGX is the perfect place to write malicious code. I suspect Intel are trying to control who can write SGX enclaves to reduce that risk.
How many people have less than 1 megabit. That is the number that counts.
1 meg is enough to watch Netflix. And also use all web apps.
But less than that and you have no internet at all.
It is the minimum that counts. NOT the average.
Very few people have any need for more that 12.5 megabits. If 12.5 megabits was significantly cheaper than 25 megabits, very few would take up the latter option.
To include the security fences, and machine gun totting guards. Makes it more Australian.
Something like this
Sure they back up. To the cloud even. And once they they have all the encrypted files fully backed up the ransom ware demands payment.
The real issue is just how fragile software systems are. One small hole, one silly mistake by one user, and the whole stack crumbles.
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