Re: This is worth waiting for...
"Wow. What did Apollo ever do to you?"
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"Wow. What did Apollo ever do to you?"
"So when can we expect the arrogant tw*t to sack himself now that he is 10 years older?"
Zuckerberg is the modern version of the god Appollo. Forever beautiful, forever young, forever a complete sphincter.
Actually removing Facebook extends battery life, just as removing a tapeworm means people require less food.
"Resize photos before sending? need an app for that."
Am I missing something? I have BB Hub installed on a Sony Z5C, and one reason is that it offers to resize photos within the Hub before sending. (Another is that it integrates messaging better than Google manages, but that's a separate issue).
Marching off taking your bat, ball and stumps with you doesn't work so well when all the other players also have full sets of equipment.
Actually the barometer on my phone (Sony) is quite good enough to use in conjunction with the weather forecast to get a good idea of the weather in the next few hours. I don't need to tap it because it shows trends.
Which given that "Alexa" is pig Greek for "without words" or "away from words" is an odd choice.
"He's been assimilated. He is now lost to Humanity."
He seems to have 3 houses. Perhaps he's no great loss.
"They can't do the job and they're a privacy nightmare. Who in their right mind would buy something lime this?"
Well, the Feds are still placing contracts with Equifax and the UK government employs Capita.
Oh, did you mean something else?
He's very obviously in favour of it, see Twitter. He just wants it restricted to things he agrees with.
"The anti-Trump hysteria coming from the Hitler-equivalent left"
Obviously there's a lot of fake news since even Fox isn't reporting the hordes of brown-shirted armed supporters of Chomsky marching through the street, smashing the windows of Jewish shops and screaming "Ein Hillary! Ein Reich!"
Impossible that a Trump supporter could be guilty of lies and massive hyperbole.
I concur. The funny things is that the "compact" Sonys are pretty much like the standard iPhones except for the square box, and if you cut off the top and bottom of an iPhone with the rounded bits, that's pretty much what it is. People go on about big Sony bezels, but they are smaller than iPhones due to putting the finger sensor on the side.
I don't know whether it is poor marketing or lack of leverage with carriers, but Sonys are pretty much what iPhones would be if they had SD slots. And, now, headphone jacks.
And the Greek one could be called Νεφελοκοκκυγία (Nephelokokkygia) in a nod to Aristophanes.
"Pisthetaerus, a middle-aged Athenian persuades the world's birds to create a new city in the sky .....thereby gaining control over all communications between men and gods." It certainly sounds like Aristophanes anticipated Facebook and Twitter.
"If it was, then when a Prime Minister says that the USA is making a mistake on a given issue, then that Prime Minister would be breaking US law -- and that is certainly NOT the case."
Given US attempts to extend its law to the entire world, I'm not totally sure you will continue to be completely right.
"I used to teach IT introduction courses to secretaries and the like who would, for the most, be using a computer for the first time in that course."
A former acquaintance got a job working for the Civil Service back in the day of floppies and was sent on a "computer course". The instructor began by saying "Now this is mouth A and this is mouth B"...at which she held up her hand and announced "My husband is a computer scientist, can I go home and do this without the baby talk?"
"Ah, I see you're trying to start a war. ;-)"
No, just flushing out of the woodwork those of use who know that SEQL is quite different from SQL and have in the past actually had to distinguish them in speech.
(Monty Widenius calls it my-ess-queue-ell, and he cannot be wrong.)
"*Insert off-colour joke about Mother-In-Laws and Beavers here*"
I'm sorry, joke mothers in law and sex are disjoint sets.
"My distant memory of a year of Science German in the 6th form says that not only can German do this "
Wasserstoffionenkonzentrationbestimmunggeraet. (pH meter)
But in the same language a mobile phone is a handy. Presumably using one is a hand job.
The French, of course, had a proper committee to organise technical terms (I don't know if they still do, but I was once sat at a dinner with a member of said committee). Hence caméscope, logiciel and so on. But also navigateur being a browser (wonder why) while the similar job function of pilote is actually a driver.
This reminds me of the story of the naming of the quark.
Murray Gell-Mann who came up with it pronounced it "kwawk".
The origin of the word is in Finnegans Wake where the seagulls cry "Three quarks for Musther Mark" - there being three quarks, of course, in a nucleon.
When it was pointed out to MGM that in Joyce's Dublin accent "Quark" rhymes with "ark" (and of course with Mark) he is said to have denied having ever come across the word in Joyce and having invented it himself de novo. Of course it is impossible to doubt the word of a great physicist who is also an expert in the pronunciation of many languages. And happens, see the fine article, to be American.
"So what's needed is something like the Blackberry message centre"
You mean the Hub you can still get, but for Android?
"How many within NSA and other agencies such as GCHQ are using the toolkits for their personal errands?"
Or, is shorter form, quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
It seems Kaspersky's offence is to try to make their AV effective against the NSA. Because nobody seems to be suggesting that Kaspersky has been returning interesting files for the FSB to look at, just returning interesting AV signatures and pattern matching them. Which seems to be part of their day job.
"and briefly has the customary 4 fingers + thumb "
That's because it would upset Japanese audiences to see a Yakuza playing a piano.
The generic pictures of cameras show a design of folding reflex with bellows that hasn't been around for very many years. The picture of a narrowboat on canal signs is something that would not be very practical, to say the least.
And the problem here is surely that the projection of a football onto a flat surface is rather complicated, so a generic hexagon tiling is much easier to do. Perhaps his improved signs should have a QR tag providing links to information about geometric projections, the problems of tiling a sphere, and the address of the nearest A&E.
"Was it not the blessed Maggie who said "The Market will provide."
Thatcher never read Kipling, which is a pity.
AS I PASS through my incarnations in every age and race,
I make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.
Kipling wasn't an economist, but that didn't stop him from understanding economics and world affairs better than the entire current Front Benches (with the possible exception of Cable).
"I was thinking more along the lines of 6809 assembly code"
Ah. I only came across the 6809 once as I went straight from 8 to 16 bits, both military processors, and never looked back.
And I discover my memory fails me (perhaps that's why the downvote?) and the 1800 branch instruction is just BR. So yes, 6809 is where it's at. What's more, the 1805/6 instruction set missed a trick - there's a DSM instruction and a DSMB instruction. So close! If only they'd called it Borrow Decimal Subtract Memory.
"Before the IT was filled with idiots like these producing absolute garbage and childish lame nonsense stuff like this"
Before about 1965 then, which I think was when I first saw a Snoopy printout from a mainframe.
"'BRA' and 'SEX' instructions... and that challenge was invariably accepted."
Isn't that 1800 Assembler? SEX disappointingly SElects the register to use for the X stack pointer.
The manual had a convoluted example of how to code ASCII that seemed designed purely to allow the introduction of the word "t'its'.
"Whitespace for me: look at this example"
There's an unclosed function on line 44. Does not compile.
"It's the job of QA to keep a tight reign on the quality of components being used."
QA (quality assurance) is supposed to ensure that the production process from start to finish delivers the required quality to the end user. Note that the required quality may well not be anything like 6 sigma.
QC (quality control) is the set of tests carried out at critical points in the process - like component delivery - to ensure that the QA system is in compliance.
One of the places QA falls down is that it is subject to human factors - such as QC not being carried out properly either to get stuff out of the door or to save money.
At the end of the day if you outsource, your QA can never be as good as if you build in house. That's for the simple reason that it is relatively easy to sack a dishonest production manager, relatively difficult to change large subcontractors. However, outsourcing can give better products if the technical processes of the subcontractor are better than your in house ones.
It's an extremely difficult and complicated subject and Tim Cook can no longer give all his attention to it, as he has other jobs. It's just another example of why armchair CEOs are clueless - they just have no idea at all how difficult it all is. But modern manufacture is an enormous achievement, dwarfing even the moon landings (which were done on a wing and a prayer that would be rejected by any modern car or phone maker).
"We stopped going to the moon in the 70's due to budget problems, CAUSED by LBJ's "Great Society"."
Hard decision: try to reduce inequality in society or keep putting small numbers of people on the Moon with very inefficient and somewhat unreliable vehicles.
"956 might well have been a mistranslation of "ninety-five or -six"."
No, because Hebrew numbers don't work like that. They are not positional.
But there are other religions such as that of the Jains which believe that in the past people lived much longer and were much bigger. I've said it before, will say it again, the original purpose of the Bible was not to be a science textbook of any description.
"If you make it out of childhood, and weren't starving, then 50-60 is about right for the ancient world. 70 is a ripe old age then."
In Rome you were "senex" at about 44, at which age also you could retire from the army with your plot of land in the colonies.
After you've had the broadside from the port side, the starboard side will be of very limited interest to any survivors.
"the additional impetus that the Earth's rotation gives, which is maximum at the equator, and helps save on fuel?"
He did try to explain above. If you want to orbit from pole to pole, it is of no use at all.
"Which makes you think, why didn't they provide a magnetic connection for 3.5mm jack devices?"
Palm actually tried it with the Veer. Press reaction was negative; they thought the little adaptor would get lost. Unlike, of course, the future Apple Lightning adaptor.
"attempt to pressure left-leaning corporations like Twitter and Facebook and Google"
Marx wrote a book called "Das Kapital". He predicted pretty well how things would pan out with mega-corporations. Maybe you should read it and understand that Twitter, Facebook and Google can never be "left-leaning". There are reasons to dislike them, but a false equivalence of would-be monopoly capitalism and the "left" is just oxy-moronic.
"It's illegal for any foreign government to donate time, money or other advantages to any part in a US election. Quite a sensible law really."
Presumably it's illegal for the political party to accept it. But what about advertising not directly aimed at supporting a given political party? And how are you going to enforce it?
"Yeah, some bad actors like Russia may be helping to fan the flames"
In the US by far the largest bad actor was the SCOTUS by its decision on Citizens United. $100000 dollars is a big ad campaign? The two major parties attract $billions in funding.
I'm sure the Russians are up to naughty things - they've never forgiven the US for supporting Yeltsin - but come on, less than 0.01% of election ad spending made the difference? Those Russkies must be brilliant at propaganda and the Kochs must suck.
"but tax AVOIDANCE is not only legal and ethical, in most cases companies are required by law to engage in it because they have a fiduciary responsibility to maximize value for their stockholders."
I would actually like to see a proper citation of those laws, because nobody I have asked has yet come up with anything convincing.
One simple reason is that there is no credible definition of "maximise value for stockholders." Over what timescale? Dividends or share price? Reliable return? Political donations? Arms manufacturers spending money to encourage foreign wars? Entertaining potential buyers with hookers and blow? Industrial espionage?
Tax avoidance is legal, but ethical? Only if your company makes no call whatsoever on the resources of the society that hosts you.
Yes I want a multi-year free trial of Amazon-Luxembourg tax avoidance!!! Whoopee!!
Continue without gaining tax avoidance benefits? Really?
"Waiting 4 months gives them ~40 less potential problems? I think that makes waiting a winning strategy."
With Android (and this is just a comment not a dig) there's usually the issue of tradeoff between how long you wait after release for all the hardware bugs to be ironed out (like the LG G4 reboot problem) given that the time to the end of updates is also shrinking, but so is the cost.
I have a feeling there's a potential non-linear program there varying by vendor which gives you the maximum bang per buck with the minimum potential hassle. Where's Big Data when we really need it?
I suspect that if you don't want the very fastest processor the MBPBMPH of some of the second tier vendors like Sony or Huawei (though they re heading for first tier) may well exceed Apple or Samsung, but it's something that would be nice to have quantified. Does paying the Apple price actually pay off in duration of updates and device longevity, or does your hardware and software stay more current if you buy reasonably high spec Androids once the price has dropped significantly?
How many people do you have to have in a room before there is a greater than 1 in 2 chance that 2 of them have the same birthday?
People tend to guess a number around 183, but the same logic as the drunk testing applies and the answer is in the low 20s. (It is not exactly as calculated because there tend to be more births at certain times of year.)
"Really? Back in the 5th C, Augustine of Hippo, that eminent Church Father held that when a literal interpretation contradicts science and our God-given reason, the Biblical text must be interpreted metaphorically."
I was being mildly ironic but yes, I too had to read Augustine as part of my degree. You have not cited him correctly though, because you wrote "contradicts science", and at the time what we call science today did not really exist. Augustine's get-out clause is actually that we, as mere human beings, are too limited to understand what the author of the Bible truly had in mind. If we cannot make the Bible agree with our understanding of the world, then the fault is in us and we must adopt a metaphorical interpretation to compensate for our limited understanding. But Augustine affirms the truth of Scripture and its creation by the Holy Spirit. The intellectual world in which he is functioning is very different from that of, I suspect, anybody today other than a limited number of Catholic theologians.
In simplified terms he's saying that if we can't understand the physics textbook because it's too difficult, rather than say it is wrong we have to say that we need to try to understand it by analogies.
The Protestant error is different, interestingly so. The Protestants believed that God would not have made the Bible too hard to understand, therefore it had to be literally true in a way that an educated man could follow. Otherwise, of course, the Catholic view that the laity could not interpret Scripture would be correct, whereas the Protestants argued that the opposite was the case.
"So how would you address the issue of the long debate over catastrophism versus uniformitarianism? Or are you advocating that no teaching of the history of geology take place?"
Simple; it was a category error to involve the Bible but at the time it was not recognised by many people in the West that Torah was not a science textbook.
Category error means that something is being used in subject A which properly belongs in subject B. So to use a book of mythology for science is a category error. To confuse science with history of science is also a category error. Phlogiston belongs in history of science but we don't use it to explain the reaction of magnesium with the air. The attempt to reconcile Bereshit with biology is an event in history of science and religion. It is not part of the sciences of geology or biology which, as Laplace observed in a different context, n'ont pas besoin de cette hypothese.
PS: I know from your past posts that you just stir for amusement.
"it took me a couple of pages of Genesis to realise that (a) it was actually 2 or 3 different stories mulched together seemingly at random and (b) from the word go, it was full of inconsistencies both internally and compared to the child-friendly short versions."
You are right, but there was a reason for it. Above I referred to involving the Bible in the age of the Earth as a category error, which clearly upset some people, and (as usual ) Pompous Git tried to confuse the issue - by referring to 19th century debates which took place in an environment in which the modern understanding of the Bible didn't exist. I suggest he tries reading Stephen Jay Gould's books.
To understand what is going on in Genesis/Bereshit, you have to free yourself of modern thinking - and by "modern" I mean post the invention of history. History as we now understand it was not an obvious idea. Chroniclers recorded what kings wanted said about them. The classic Biblical example is the Book of Kings, which records the doings of often very unimportant kings who were, however, Yahwists, while mentioning the very successful Omrid dynasty only at its very end when the Yahwists defeated Ahab and Jezebel. The job of Kings was to reveal how Yah'veh supported the kings who acknowledged him, not to provide a balanced view of history.
But now go back still further and think of nomads, in some ways like present day Native Australians, sitting under the stars round the fire and listening to the tribal stories. There's the one about the creation of the world by the Elohim. There's the one (which may be a mythicised account of the drying out of the Middle East) about Adam and Eve being driven out of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle and being forced into agriculture. There's the one about the Flood, picked up from a Babylonian traveller. There's the one about how the Watchers had sex with human women who gave birth to giants, which explains all the fossil bones that turn up from time to time. There's the one about the unceasing battle between nomads and farmers, and how the nomads are smart but have to wander (Cain and Abel). And there's the one about how our tribe came to be the best (Abraham). No-one takes them literally; they are myths, important stories about how things are. Kipling wrote a modern version in the Just So Stories.
Then around 600BC the Hebrew religion is turning into a codifed version. The literati collect all the myths and decide that they must be true accounts with a few verbal inconsistencies. So they try to tidy them up into an organised whole. And the result is Bereshit*. Monotheism has happened, but we can't lose the important word Elohim so we write "the Elohim created the Heavens and the Earth" (Bereshit ba'ra Elohim...") but with a singular verb." and so on.
The result is that stories which would not have been taken as literally true by nomads in 2000BC become regarded as a science textbook.
*You can read that as Hebrew or you can Grimm sound-shift the B to a V and read it aloud, I don't care.
"When you go into the Hebrew language that Genisis was written in, the language used to talk about the creative days means only a period of time, no indication is given of the length or that each 'day' was the same length. "
It is a complete category error to refer to the Bible in any way when discussing the age of the Earth.
" It's in North London in a CofE primary school."
And to think it was ordained ministers of the Church of England whose studies of geology led to the understanding of the fossil record and the age of the Earth. The CofE has gone from being by far the most progressive Church to an evangelical joke. High time it was disestablished.
"That said, I'm surprised more work hasn't gone into greater electrification of planes, particularly with respect to landing gear. "
This has of course been going on for some time with cars which nowadays have electric power steering, some have stop/start mechanisms, and the more efficient pusher belt CVT (compared to slushbox) has been made possible by computer control. But aircraft design, like big ship design, is very conservative and for very good reason.
"Well if you are getting pedantic 2 orders of magnitude would be 100 not 50"
If you are getting really pedantic an order of magnitude is the fifth root of 100 - it was a prescientific classification of star brightness, and it turns out that's how the human eye seems to discriminate reliably.
It's why it's a term I prefer to avoid, whatever Wikipedia says. Orders of magnitude are only themselves within an order of magnitude.
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