Dont sign, publish...
Just start publicizing the bugs. That will wake them up.
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Just start publicizing the bugs. That will wake them up.
This is the way it works on my $60 Huawei phone, and its fine. There is absolutely no reason for the nav buttons to be visible all of the time.
"The US Department of Transportation estimated that the tech – which has been developed over a decade at the cost of countless dollars – could prevent or reduce the impact of up to 80 per cent of collisions."
But lets also look at the deaths caused BY tech. People on cell phones are now responsible for more deaths than drunk driving and guns put together. Wouldn't it save a lot of lives to prevent distracted driving? WELL????
We shame and criminalize drunk driving for 30 years, but barely give notice to the pile of deaths mounting up do to texting. Now we want to legislate that cars self correct for our texting and driving habits. How about, instead, we have first/second/third offenses... costing thousands of dollars and much community service... just like for drunk driving? Lose your license mostly permanently after the third offense.
I write all of this in complete seriousness. When an activity produces as much death as another activity, punishment for each should be similar. We shouldn't be trying to mandate electronic interventions for our electronic habit.
I've been using an Echo with a Samsung Smartthings hub to control quite a few devices/things around the house. A lot of it is just like this article... patchy and sketchy. But, and this is what you have to take from this, it is getting by leaps and bounds every few months. It is useful enough that I am going to set up my 81 year old father's house with a lot of conveniences to make his life a bit easier.
Self assembly taken to the extreme...
... and such is the growing influence of China....
I don't know what x3 products are, but I purchased enough HP-abandoned consumer products in the 2000's to NEVER touch another. That, and the big NVIDIA graphic adapter problems that HP/DELL went through around 2006/7 (an how HP handled it compared to DELL) convinced me to never buy ANYTHING from HP ever again, and I worked for them at the time!
I would suggest Minimum Viable population. Research has suggested that the number is between 160 and 40,000 people, with about 5000 being a true starting point. 600,000 is just a stupid number.
"oasis-like community for the local ruling elite when the oil runs out and temperatures rise."
The oil is not going to run out. The customers who use it , however, are going to stop buying (eventually).
which hardware company has ever been too big to fail?
" replacing them with the insipid "Invent" [that's what we DO Carly, in case you didn't notice],"
HP forgot that about 20 years ago. The cash cows have ruled until they can no longer give milk.
its an interesting perspective. I have had a similar perspective for a long time. My dad worked for
Burroughs when they were #2. And Digital when they were #2. I worked for HP when they were #2. Are we starting to see a pattern? IT companies that depend on self made software/hardware can , for a time, strike gold. They rarely strike gold again. What's innovative at Microsoft?? Apple??
It is really sad to see it happen to HP. They have a legacy that none of those companies come close to... like the Woolworths or the Sears of a bygone era. Getting big was the end of them.
"Not saying others copied Apple rumors but clearly this began the design process before any bezel-less Android phone shipped."
"Clearly"??? Not to me. You obviously have inside info on ALL of the major manufacturers design processes so that you can make this "CLEAR" conclusion. But, Apple fanboi, let me say this: the bezel-less design is an obvious goal, just as it was for monitors and TVs. OBVIOUS!
"China is making more progress towards environmentaly sound travel than any other country..."
Yep. That is because they are a polluted mess. The same could have been said about the U.S. decades back. It seems the will to make progress is stronger when you can't breath.
I have made about 12 orders from Alibaba. Of those, only the orders that were less than $5 were legit. Everything else was a SCAM, and took me a month to get my money back. EVERYTHING. By my estimation, about 80-90% of everything there is a scam. Most are "importer/exporter" type operations where they get a line on one item, advertise 100 similar things for sale. You buy one, and then they try to switch you to the one item that they DO have, and if you refuse you spend one or two months trying to get your money back. Or, they pretend to send you something by giving you a shipping number, and try to run the clock out on your CC purchase. Alibaba is a pit of thieves.
"But let's face it, the chances of keeping a fairly fragile set of solar viewers intact and unlost for over six years, and then finding them again, might be too much."
LOL. These guys should see my closet.
"The Register has to sadly support our old American neighbours. "
While that statement might make sense for any random person from the U.S., any American who is reading this article will generally be very well acquainted with different temperature and measurement systems. In fact, most of us wish the U.S. would just change so that we wouldn't have to learn every formula in two systems.
People can only accurately see a very small area in the center of their vision. everything else is fuzz. So people tend to focus their attention and best eyesite on the action If they aren't moving their heads, its because the action is staying at the center of their vision and there is no reason to move. And, as everyone else has noted, you don't necessarily want to be looking all around in order to be able to experience a movie. If this becomes something that lasts, I can see movies would have VR interactive ratings indicating the range of motion of the movie.
If I could get 52 millionaires per year to lend me $1,000,000 for a week each, set up sequentially, then I can continually earn interest on the money like I had a million dollars!
This is the way my credit union is able to offer me a free checking account... they make interest off of my direct deposit and money in the account.
If I can hold onto 1000 contractor's salaries ($2000 per week each) for a week at a time, then I essentially can pull down the interest on $2 million a year.
"OK, everyone can call me naive and shoot me down in flames, but is there any reason why an AI CAN'T tell you why it has made a particular decision?"
In every situation, it can. BUT that does not mean you would understand it. Supposing I have some complex mathematical relationship with some changing natural phenomenon. By the time you get around to asking "but why?", the natural phenomenon that formed part of the input to the decision is gone, never to be reproduced, and the mathematical equation from which we derived the results might take you 4 years of college level mathematics to understand.
YES. AI can tell you why it made the decision. But you will not understand , nor will you be able to check, the answer.
Not in this case. Two of those reactors (in Georgia. USA) are on the site of two older reactors. There are no protests nor NIMBY problems with these reactors, or the one in SC. This is a case of bad management, pure and simple, and the thought that they could pass cost overruns to the taxpayers. Anytime a pro-business Public Service Commission (the state government entity that allows the Southern Company, a parent company to Georgia Power, to charge customers instead of investors for power system expansion) starts approving charging the public for cost overruns, it sets up feed back mechanism to milk the taxpayer for BILLIONS extra in costs. Why come in on-time and in-budget when you can take an extra few years and get an extra few billion dollars from the taxpayers of Georgia? Methinks that they got lazy going for the extra billions, and let this one get away from them.
In in Georgia (USA), we are already paying billions in cost overruns on this project... a project that was not wanted by consumers, and was not needed by the Southern Company. They (the Southern Company) jumped at the opportunity to build the first new nukes in many years in the U.S., and our own Public Service Commission gave them the green light and let them start collecting on the first billion of cost overruns. It is a fiasco that leaves Westinghouse bankrupt, leaves Toshiba in a precarious spot, and leaves Ga consumers (and not Southern Company investors) on the hook for two half built reactors.
I'll tell you why: it is like all of the "fact checkers" run by newspapers. "Our impartial fact checker gave that story/quote 4 liar-liar-pants-on-fire"
They want to be able to say "Our impartial AI said that story is fake news".
Further, is a half truth fake or real? Is it fair to say, "illegal immigration brings rich diversity to our country" without saying "but costs us $120 billion dollars a year"? Both are real/true, but one without the other is a half truth.
So each side will produce its own AI to present it's factual side of the story, and anyone who doesn't agree with their impartial AI fake news detector will be wrong.
That thing can only be considered a fish in a DNA sort of way. Methinks they got the most hobbled fish that they could find.
Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever... man that takes me back.
This. Why have we never seen the The Foundation trilogy turned into a movie? It makes so many excellent points on monetary, technological hegemony, and the whole idea of prediction of masses of people (and the inability to predict the anomalous unpredictable individual, but setting up a storage of human knowledge for the inevitable day when civilization collapses.
Or a movie like "Time enough for love". The idea that our abilities and interest span many professions and would take many lifetimes, but we are limited to ONE. We don't get to pursue so much that we would like to pursue because we are so time limited.
WAY too much good Sci Fi, and it gets ignored to rehash Dune one more time? Sci Fi got close to nailing it... they needed about twice as much time to do it right. It is definitely a 15 hour (without commercials) movie.
"Science funding, on the other hand, should be broadly spread, because you can't predict the future results. If you can predict it, then the science is done and it turns into engineering. A side effect of Science funding is, of course, a population of creative and skilled scientists and engineers that might later go into profitable careers."
In an ideal world. sure. In the real world, it's not. Gov't money is invariably tied to expectations, and money is spread according to those expectations. Much of the time, you end up getting the science that you expect, with the same projects sucking up vast sums of money because of prevailing attitudes and expectations. And scientists tend to go where the money flows, and tries to give the expected results. A scientist has to eat too, after all.
They can be picked with a tablet and an electronic connection at the door. Google it. Don't leave anything of value in your room unprotected... ever.
One of the big problems with Atlanta is that it is based on and wheel&spoke type design, and our mass transit always goes through "the hub" to get from one part of the rim to another... taking a 15 minute ride and turning it into 1.5 hours. Or, all thru traffic (of the 18 wheel variety) gets shunted onto the rim with the commuting traffic. Or all of the interstate traffic from the east coast and midwest (I85/75) headed to Florida must go through a single pathway ("the connector") .Previous attempts to create an "outer perimeter" were seen as transparent attempts to create new development corridors. All are very bad ideas that contribute to huge traffic jams that could be ameliorated with tunnels. It sounds kind of spooky and like science fiction, but if it would work....
"Kloepfer told CBS: "I learned that every 30 minutes in the United States on average a child dies or is injured by a firearm."
Which is a blatant lie that can be disproved by any number of sources by anyone in this forum in less than two minutes. It doesn't help the anti-gun agenda to just lie and make up statistics, and it doesn't help that CBS allows that lie to go unchallenged. " I heard XXXXXX" is what passes for journalism now, and the press wonders why they have a trust problem.
and speaking of electricity, who is going to man the nuclear reactors? There are several in the state where "The Walking Dead" takes place.. one near Cartersville GA, one at Ga Tech (is that one still active?), one or several at the Savannah River Plant (military), two in south GA, and two more expected to come online in the near future, and one mothballed in the Dawson Forest, in Dawson county.
"The whole of the value is based on faith in people you probably can't trust (after all they're actively seeking an unregulated money transfer/launder)"
So, if I don't want the government or my CC company knowing (literally) every single thing I purchase, then I am seeking an unregulated money transfer or money laundering? I can't simply want to keep my business private? And If I want to deal with someone that only takes bitcoin, which of these two categories do I fall into? And if I am in, say, Venezuela, and I wanted to keep ANY wealth while my country is pissing away the economy, then I am money laundering?
You have reduced bitcoin to the realm of criminals, and missed the point entirely.
That's not as crazy as it sounds. They could be making up press releases to expose who IS actually building one of these things, so they can hack them for the technology.
ALL U.S. Presidents are a time limited experiment, and we have a Constitution that prevents too much damage by one person. I look at world headlines and wonder if they realize how the U.S. actually works.
The President can't create any laws by himself, can't negotiate/pass any treaties by himself, can't renig on any treaties by himself. The President can sign (or veto) bills into law. He can applie his policies to carrying out the executive branch (example, he can choose to not enforce immigration law or marijuana drug laws), he can appoint ambassadors/judges/ dept heads (including the supreme court justices). He is commander in chief of the armed services, but he cannot declare war. He can create regulations through existing federal government.
Thus, he is not responsible for the economy (though he often gets credit , good or bad), he is not responsible for the price of gas/oil, he is not responsible for the budget (though he can veto it or propose a budget).
He CANNOT build a wall.
He CANNOT deport every illegal immigrant (he can try, but would run out of money).
He CANNOT change the tax code in any way, though he can encourage the IRS to interpret things his way.
... and so on and so forth. So forget the hyperbole. Life will go on.
"The best method is get a cat. They don't tend to crap in their own garden, and they are territorial, so generally keep other cats away..."
Not. PBS (here on the left side of the pond) aired a show of a cat population in a small Brit town. "50 felines from the Surrey village of Shamley Green were fitted with GPS collars and 'cat cams'". In viewing the episode, it was discovered that while cats do avoid each other, they end up "sharing" an area by taking shifts. In fact, they discovered that (for the people who had cat doors), other cats come into their homes while the owners are not there and eat the food and share the house!
Thus, getting a cat will not eliminate or keep other cats away, it will simply cause your property to be time shared.
Setting the speed limit on a road is arbitrary.
The requirement to obey the arbitrarily set speed limit is not.
So big Pharma can make more money and big government can lose control over it?
I could have written almost the exact same thing about Dahlonega, Ga (or 90% of the U.S.).
"John O Groats has just been enabled for fibre yet most of the communities outside the village itself still cannot get ADSL broadband let alone fibre."
North Georgia College has been enabled for fiber, yet the entire rest of the city/county still can only get ADSL at a rate of less than 6mbps.... and it costs MORE than subscribers in CA/NY/NJ who get a 25mbps-100mbps.
I'm not sure THAT is correct, either. Instantaneous spontaneous disintegration? Not likely. But then, maybe nobody would set aside time to study exploding satellites, so maybe they changed the title of the study without significantly changing the intent.
Oh, it is way worse than that. the rest:
" And if we can't lock people up, we want to call (them) out. We want to name and shame through indictments, or sanctions, or public relation campaigns – who is doing this and exactly what they're doing."
Really? Is it the place of the FBI to "send messages", to use the legal system to harass, embarrass and ruin the lives of people that they have decided that they want to lock up, but can't? That is f'n scary. That it came out of the mouth of the man who pushed to NOT indict a connected political candidate who broke rules governing classified information should scare people sh**less.
"The don't make sense if the system can take a USB card"
Actually, these make sense if you have a system dated before about 2005-2006 where the firmware/boot process does not recognize a USB drive (even if the system had usb). Most systems after that time frame had the ability to boot/install from usb.
If the thing is implanted in my chest, it needs to have secure communications at ANY distance. Limiting comms to 7ft... or even 7mm... might prevent a mass attack, but it doesn't prevent a targeted attack.
“Saying it’s more Earth-like than just its mass is speculative."
That ONE statement sums up the entire non-event non-article.
Let's be clear: they find a planet in a habitable zone and estimate its mass. THAT'S IT. To use the term "Earth-like" is hyperbole. We know know that there are HUNDREDS of minute variables that go into life on earth. If any one of them waivers by just the tiniest bit , life dies.
Call it "Earth-like" when you can claim another couple hundred of those variables that we know are necessary for life.
"Not to mention that 0.3% dimming every year doesn't at all match phases that have time scales of millions of years."
Exactly. It doesn't match ANYTHING that we know about the physics of stars or their burnout. Someone mentioned the Drake equation, and that the odds of observing a civilization in realtime would be near zero. IMHO, this is no longer true. It could be that these "star dimming" things happen all of the time, but we never before had the computer power or observational equipment to detect them in real time. Think about supernovas... it use to be weeks/months/years before someone noticed a star going supernova. Now, we sometimes detect these things WITHIN HOURS/DAYS. Drake fail.
"Not to mention, Drake's equation - the chance of observing THAT EXACT MOMENT of someone building this ridiculous structure (rather than it not being built yet, it being already built, or it already having blown to pieces long ago) is basically zero."
Maybe, but observing THIS phenomenon over 4 years, 1480 ly removed, seemed impossible just 20 years ago. IMHO, this aspect of Drake's equation (the odds of seeing something in the sky as it happens being "basically zero") is dead.
Indeed. Reading the reg article, one would think that the only folks on board are piloting the ship. In reality, ships need CONSTANT maintenance. The members of the crew that aren't piloting the ship are scrubbing, painting, lubricating, changing filters, breaking ice, yada, yada, yada. There is ALWAYS something to do.
Uh, yes it can. We can't explain gravity, but we still use it to guide small vessels all over the solar system. Understanding something works is not a prerequisite to something using it. It is true, though, that optimizing that energy output will be difficult to do when they can't even explain it in the first place.
Traffic flows like water. When it gets backed up enough in one place, it seeks alternate paths. I have a commute path that is a couple miles further, but 30 minutes faster. It is not a main artery, and is counter intuitive to most drivers. So, the herd stays on the main roads...
"Is it just me, or does this have a lot to do with E-cigarettes taking away a lot of the business of Mar*bo*ro, Be*s*n & H*dg*s, etc? Sounds like someone did some lobbying.
In fact Li-Ion aren't that dangerous if they are made correctly, "
It's just you. First, there are different kinds of lithium batteries. Go to youtube and look up
"lipo battery fire" or "lithium battery fire" . What you will see is a LOT of energy being released from some reasonably small batteries. Do you really want this happening in the hold of an airplane in which you are flying? I happen to use various lipos in radio controlled vehicles, and the recommendation is to keep them in a metal box during transport in your auto AND home. One serious crash and you dispose of them even if they look okay. Lithium batteries used in electronics is a lot safer, but they still catch fire with (sometimes) disastrous results. Example, google: "electric car burns down home"
There is ample evidence that the danger is real, and not merely lobbying scare tactics.
I think they can do it, but not for a mere million bucks. I think there is too much specialty stuff that needs to be made, too much engineering and other labor that needs to be paid, yada, yada, yada. The real competition here should, in fact, see who can create the cheapest shot to the moon with some type of working payload. $3 million? $5 million?
To be clear, I'm all for these guys having a go. at least it will show what a project can do on a limited budget. If it runs out of money....well, that's what it tells us.
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