Re: I hope these were supposed to be humourous.
Sometimes low-tech is the best tech.
The less complicated it is, the less there is to go wrong.
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I mean, who bothered to report on Dragon's maiden flight's cargo? (a soft cheese, as it happens).
Well, in that case, the fact that they didn't reveal it until after the flight had happened and 90% of the news had already been reported, leaving it as a side-note for bloggers etc to comment on after the fact did that.
And that is why the first thing I did was to turn that feature off when I unboxed my new phone a year ago - and on the old one too, when it came in an update (yes, an Android update delivered by the carrier!)
I prefer to have control over which service I am using, especially when one has no limits, but is positionally restricted (home broadband) and the other can be used anywhere but has usage limits, I obviously don't want to be using the 4G connection at home, despite the mast being across the street, and delivering comparable connection bandwidth.
Presumably they don't get flagged up in Birmingham because the tech is being trialled in Cardiff.
And yes, it is exactly like pulling over a car based on matching model and colour from the description of a vehicle used in a crime.
Provided it is used properly, i.e. faces are captured only for checking against the wanted faces, then I have no problem with this. If not, well...
If it makes the police more effective at their jobs, so they can be more effective, then I wish the best for then. If used as a way to cut numbers of police on the streets, then it's being used in the wrong way.
Have you considered that these were often the first actual tests that they ran? They would have been a spectacle regardless of whether they worked or not - and if they did, they would have wanted some proof.
The only parts of that footage that appear to be at a proper show are the three shots of the same aircraft - the one flying into the mock house. It is notable that the design on that aircraft looks more like a properly viable aircraft. Indeed it's flight was stable, if on a collision course with a solid object that it appeared unable to avoid.
I still think that maybe we don't have the full information.
The article mentions the difference between manual and automatic switching of control back to the driver. How much of this is because of a different testing strategy, and how much is because of failure of the control system?
Seems like Waymo is doing allright.
I half suspect that once one company has cracked it, it'll become a de-facto (if not enforced) standard. The Marketing seems to write itself.
I also quite firmly think that anything beyond what we pretty much have already with Tesla "Autopilot" but falling short of fully autonomous is doomed to fail as a product - purely because of easily distracted bags of meat not being ready to take over controls in case of emergency.
They can take my 16:10 (1920x1200) monitors from my cold dead hands.
It's a shame that form factor has pretty much died out, but I managed to grab a few before they were chucked out from a recent office move.
They are big enough for two 'sheets' in a pdf to be displayed side by side at 1:1 resolution, and are nice and wide in portrait too.
And here I am having just discovered Rags' delightful YouTube channel.
Funny how these things coincide.
A few of his arguments are a bit nebulous but I can't say he's actually wrong about anything I've heard him say so far.
I'm personally of the opinion that people can choose what they want. I prefer PC, having gone from PC, through four different consoles, and then come back, but if you personally prefer something else then that's up to you.
I do whitelist sites who I want to support, and who haven't (yet) served me anything offensive.
What would it take to make my adblocker go away for good though - being as I'm not against advertising as a way to generate revenue for sites.
No scripts - that's most of any threat gone.
Images - fine
links - fine
animated images (gif, apng) fine
html5 video with nixed audio - fine assuming file sizes are limited
html + css? fine - as long as these can't be used to "break out" of the advertising panel (might need to subset what is allowed)
99.9% of all legitimate ads wouldn't be impacted by this - at least in terms of making an imprint on the viewer. If some fingerprinting capability is lost, then that's only a good thing.
That's a worrying facet for a machine that's driving your car in the real world. Pretty much if a UFO were to park itself on the M25, people would still recognise it as a hazard and know how to stop their cars safely. "AI" like this won't necessarily, and you have absolutely no way to tell what it'll do until the day it happens.
I would hope that an unknown object, vehicle or not would be identified as an obstruction and handled appropriately.
You can usually ( at least you can in the cinemas and theatres near me ) phone up to book in advance, then pick your tickets up from the front desk, avoiding the website entirely.
When I go to the Cinema, it is most commonly with a voucher that precludes online bookings, so that helps a lot.
The TL;DR of the answer to the question you asked is that it's the users who drive the market - you can argue whether they should or not, but it's what they do.
Some cheap phone shipped from a cheap warehouse in china with terrible device security in place? Urgh. "But it's 10% cheaper than the equivalent Apple/Samsung mobe" - cue a long line of shoppers wanting a good deal.
Users don't "see" security - even if they are aware of it, it's something that they expect to be there, particularly when it isn't. They only really encounter it when it gets in their way.
Imagine a room filled with abacuses, and one or more people to use them.
That's your processor.
There is an interface to the processor, which we will imagine as a series of pipes that you can pass messages down to the people in the processor room.
(yes, this is a very loose analogy)
The Spectre and Meltdown flaws are, in this analogy, flaws in how the people in the room use the abacuses.
Your proposed solution is to insert something into the pipes, to do... what exactly? The people in the room only respond to specific messages that are passed, so you can't go changing them, or stopping them, or...
I never did it myself, but each of the three desks around me in UG labs managed to separately insert Op-Amps into their circuits round the wrong way.
They each blew the top half of the casing off and sent it bouncing around the room with a surprisingly large bang.
I've also seen the magic smoke released numerous times from faulty motherboards (ran a recycling (back into use) shop a while ago) but those occasions somehow all managed to be surprisingly quiet. (small pops followed by fizzles mostly, one "whoosh")
They shouldn't freeze - I've had experience in a few walk-in freezers of various sizes.
If you are to get it to freeze you need excessive liquid present that can then freeze in the button - if that happens it's because of poor maintenance or spillages.
The buttons work fine in the standard humidity of the freezers
The fix isn't to disable it entirely, though it's true that when it is not done, the chips are not vulnerable.
The problem is from when boundaries between processes need to be crossed. The speculative execution was crossing that boundary to continue its work, was then invalidated by a conditional that evaluated a different way to that which was predicted, and is then not cleaned up properly.
The flaw is the last step.
Because the data remains in the CPU's registers, it can be read by the new branch of code that is being executed.
This works because some protected memory is mapped into the application's memory space. The fix stops this, so that there is complete separation between the application and the kernel. Going from one to the other (system call) now involves a complete context switch (which does properly wipe the registers)
It was going mainstream anyway, The Register were just first to that party.
Basically, as soon as Linus revealed that there was a kernel patch that would have a notable performance penalty, the whole thing was going to be exposed.
Apple + MS reporting the same? not so much as it is closed source, but as Linux is open source, any changes are in the public domain as it were.
To the best of my knowlege, The Register didn't sign any NDA.
Why would Lenovo want to put in a UEFI fail-safe that almost none of their potential buyers understand well enough to make it a selling feature?
They just have to put something into the marketing material to say that their new PCs are resistant to problems with firmware corruption with their NEW [SUPER FEATURE NAME]
That should be enough,
My last laptop cost me £750, and got me through my entire university degree. LAN parties included.
(Yes, it did play Crysis, pretty well in fact, on medium settings, and I bought the laptop about when Crysis was released, so the meme is applicable)
My (£1000) desktop PC is pretty high spec, and these days, with faster network/internet connections, I can't really think of much that can't be farmed off to a cheaper, more capable static machine, with the exception of gaming, and even then only e-sport level low latency games. My SteamLink delivers an experience that is 99% that of what I would get sat in front of the machine, over Wifi.
As your only machine, I can see the attraction, but it still seems like a lot.
That SSD will be a big chunk of that price though.
Anyway. Focus stealing becomes even worse on Windows when some idiot writes an app that pops up a requester and the WORST POSSIBLE ACTION is the default choice. So you're tapping away in Outlook, and something pops up and says "Do you wish to format your hard drive and all connected network drives? [YES] [no]" just as you hit the spacebar which naturally chooses default settings.
Urgh, yeah. Ran into that the other day. Was directory diving on a file server, went to hit ENTER to er... enter a directory. My finger caught the DELETE key on the way. Cue the creation, and immediate dismissal (as my finger finished it's journey to the ENTER key) of the "Are you sure you want to pernamently delete this" confirmation. Of course the default is "Yes", isn't it...
Turns out that said file server only has backups for a small part of the filesystem on it, and the vanished directory was not included.
Windows Mixed Reality Ultra PCs
NVIDIA GTX 960/1050 (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU
AMD RX 460/560 (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU
GPU must be hosted in a PCIe 3.0 x4+ Link slot Integrated Intel® HD Graphics 620 (or greater)
Windows Mixed Reality PCs
DX12-capable integrated GPU (check if your model is greater)
NVIDIA MX150/965M (or greater) DX12-capable discrete GPU
Where does the spec say that your 7850 should be capable of running this?
It doesn't meet the requirements for an "ultra" Pc, and your entire manufaturer isn't listed for the non-ultra option.
This is a comparison of your card, the (high)mid-range card from 2010 I recently gave away for free, and my current (compatiable) card.
The 7850 is underpowered and not compatiable, and almost 6 years old, predating the occulus rift kickstarter. Note that it only supports DirectX 11.2
Sorry to burst your bubble, but it was never going to be enough for VR, as VR needs more grunt.
I can only see 9G/Mo for £18 om Giffgaff - what am I missing?
Almost a decade.
They did unlimited data when they started out, but stopped offering it about 8-ish years ago I believe - at least for phone plans.
A 4G mobile internet connection might have better deals.
I found that using a spark igniter (the sort you can extract from a handheld gas firelighter) within about four or five metres of my keyboard causes it to instantly cease operation. No contact required. Even the backlight fails (I thought that the static backlight would be more resilient).
It needs to be unplugged and re-inserted before it will work again.
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