Maybe the funding problems could have been solved by charging a small fee for recommending/voting for "Celebrity Conscripts"™ to make up the first shipload of colonists. The pool of has-been/wanna-be/never-were celebs, politicians, "lawyers to the stars", and people famous just for being famous ought to nourish the soil... er... that is... should begin the colonization process heroically, and the "poll tax" for voting ought to cover the costs of the cardboard and old string for the rocket quite well, eh, Moriarty...?
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Senior slippery sex stimulator sales exec sacked for shafting .org-asmic cyber-space place, a tribunal hears
Crypto exchange in court: It owes $190m to netizens after founder 'dies without telling anyone vault passwords'
Thanks for all those data-flow warnings, UK.gov. Now let's talk about your own Brexit prep. Yep, just as we thought
Re: Road builder? They are just like those putting ad panels along highways and renting them
"I don't think, for example, they could install plate readers into panels to identify who passes in front of them, and how often, and at what speed, and then sell those data to customer buying the ads space."
For gods' sake; DON'T GIVE THEM IDEAS!!!!!!!
"Among the holes the judge shot in the proposed deal was a lack of accounting for exactly how much money would go into the settlement and how the various costs were adding up. She notes that no total figure was presented for the settlement, and that the deal doesn't explain how the costs for credit monitoring service, administration of the settlement payouts, or service of notices would be calculated. Without that information, Koh says, it is impossible to decide if the customers are getting a fair deal."
<Yahoo!> "First you complain because we didn't keep things secret, NOW you complain that we ARE keeping things secret! Would you MAKE UP YOUR MIND!??!"</Yahoo!>
Re: Super rich don't pay salaries either
@ bombastic bob
"One that remains (for good or ill), "charitable deductions", is typically exploited by people like GEORGE SOROS to fund his political influence all over the USA ('media matters' and 'moveonorg' and whatnot). So taxpayers are LITERALLY paying for HIS politics..."
Even worse than Soros is Sheldon Adelson. He's worth about 4-1/2 Soroses and spends WAY more on pushing his radical ideology.
Funny, you never mention him.
Does the "Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act" have anything in it that actually requires Congress to make evidence-based policy?
...or ban Congress from forbidding certain researches which might provide evidence for that "evidence-based policy" by federal agencies or organizations receiving federal funds?
I'm guessing that the answer to both questions is "no".
It would have been an interesting sting if, shortly before a date where some big companies announce their results, the SEC had gone to them and worked with them to upload doctored reports to EDGAR. Reports get stolen, buys/sells are made based on the reports, real reports come out, and the crooks take a bath.
Hilarity ensues, except for Mssrs. Ieremenko and Radchenko who now have very pissed-off customers with very long memories looking for them.
Ah-h-h-h-h-h... Fosters! I remember back in the day when it first came commonly available in the States that you'd get the occasional frat-boy or other slope-neck who was used to chugging, say, a Budweiser and then smashing the can on his forehead try to show off his studliness by doing the same with a Fosters oilcan.
It generally ended about the way you (but apparently not HE!) would expect.
Funny as hell seeing a guy walking around campus on a Monday morning with huge bruise-ring on his forehead, though!
Pre-cooke and vacuum-sealed in a plastic sleeve. It will keep almost indefinitely at room temperature. Can be microwaved crispy (out of the sleeve) in 10 - 20 seconds in a microwave. Not a great bacon but when I just want some quick bacon bits for, e.g., making a salad edible or whipping up a peanut butter and bacon sandwich, it's quite acceptable.
"I have a HTC wildfire that's fully working oh and it takes micro SD cards allowing it to be still used as a high capacity walkman and a handy back up phone. Can you put a Micro SD in an iphone 4 which was released at the same time ?
"Oh and my s2 galaxy is still going strong thanks."
Are they both running the latest Android system -- WITHOUT modding/jailbreaking? Because, as noted in the article, the Apple 6 is. The ability to keep up with security/functionality updates is a big issue for some of us. (Note: I have several Apple computers and an iPad, all of which are fully up-to-date, system-software-wise (My previous desktop was a Mirrored Drive Door G4 duallie that I used for ten years or so, or about two years after they stopped posting security updates for PPC systems.) My phone is a Samsung S8, updated from my old S3 because that one was no longer seeing updates and felt like it was slowing down, and I felt that I had better ways to spend my leisure time than fiddle-farting around with the internals. YMMV.
Re: People are just assuming Apple's app ban was the reason
Exactly! Tumblr.com is still available on the web, so the only rationale for the ban is to get the dedicated "go to our site only" app back on the Apple store.
Were I the suspicious and cynical sort of individual (which, of course, I'm not!) I might think that Tumblr didn't want to lose the "walled garden" of having people accessing their website through an app that doesn't remind them that there are other content-serving sites out there.
As others have noted above, getting the brush strokes right will be the important thing in duplicating art styles; and not just modern art -- my recollection from my art history classes in college is that "Rembrandt" (or whomever) used his paints texturally in, e.g., The Man in the Golden Helmet. Getting the AI to recognize when a color boundary in a photograph is due to pigmentation or shadow depth will, IMO, be a big step.
To find out where the technology really is at any given point in time, give an AI a really big 3D printer and a photo of a Jackson Pollack painting and see what it can do.
Re: The problem is that Apple is double-dipping
"I'm an Android fanboi because of things like fdroid, which sells open source apps only, and compiles them from source itself, so you can look at the source of the app you're running."
And, if that's what floats your boat, that's fine. The vast majority of the rest of the world has very little skill at vetting source code, and far less interest in wasting their leisure time doing so. It helps to remember that, statistically speaking, in terms of interest and ability in such things the majority of regular El Reg readers are outliers
Thank $deity that week's over. Look, here's some trippy music generated from pixels of a Martian sunrise to play us out
Re: Odd middle ground
"A tablet is a media consumption device with a bigger screen than a phone, that is all. Useless for productivity, despite the best marketing efforts of Apple and Microsoft.
Horseshit. That may be all it is for YOU, but I can go to a client's site, take photos, make sketches with pro-level art tools (Serif Software Affinity Photo, which I also use on the desktop, since I don't feel like renting Adobe Photoshop), create a quote and email it all in a PDF to a client before I get back to the office. I can troubleshoot relatives' computer problems (being the family geek) remotely with Team Viewer. I can even type long-form text files on the screen -- not being a touch-typist, the lack of a physical keyboard is utterly immaterial to me (although I, at least, have the intellectual honesty to admit that something that I have no need for MIGHT be crucial to someone else!) -- and being able to look at the keyboard AND the output on-screen at the same time works well for me.
Now, it's true that I spend a lot of my leisure time using my iPad (9.7") and my Samsung Tab 4 (7") for consuming content -- try reading with severely nearsighted sixty-mumble-year-old eyes on a moving city bus on a laptop or phone! -- but saying that that's ALL a tablet could POSSIBLY be useful for is just flat-out wrong. I can't drive so, for instance, I might consider a motorcycle to be a frivolous toy, good only for cruising around for amusement. But I had a friend years ago who couldn't afford a car, so rode her motorcycle year-round -- including in New England winters -- to get to her third-shift job after the busses stopped running at night. For me, a motorcycle had no use case -- for her, it most certainly DID.
There are myriad people who have use-cases different from yours or mine. Many of them may be niche cases -- as I will admit MINE is -- but, when you come right down to it, EVERY individual is a niche case and if you can fill a lot of niches, you can have a solid industry.
Re: DRM didn't protect anything, ever.
"It's rather amusing when studios threaten the large ISPs/Telcos, as the latter companies could solve the problem permanently by BUYING the studios with small change from down the back of the sofa..."
Comcast tried that with Fox. Didn't work. Maybe they should have used a bigger sofa.
"Julian himself would be the first to defend a person's right to freedom of expression."
...unless it inconvenienced or prejudiced HIS interests; then it's right out!
Since these were "leaked" and are now found being used in the wild...
... the NSA can claim plausible deniability for the listed attacks on Russian, Iranian, and Egyptian nuke and aerospace targets.
(...or that's what I'd think if I was a cynical and suspicious sort of person.)
(...which, of course, I'm not.)
What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?
Re: 6 downvotes and counting
"Reminds me of an old joke. You know why rich people drive Jags, but REALLY rich people drive Bentleys ? Well, everyone can own ONE expensive car, but maintaining a rolling fleet of three and having a mechanic on the payroll is what real money is for..."
A friend owns and operates an auto service company here in the States that specializes in Bentleys, Rolls-Royces, Land Rovers, and Jaguars, as well as Mercedes and BMWs. He has often said "If you know 30 people who own British cars, you've got a reliable monthly income."
Welcome to the club!
Lesson learned: NEVER decide to "clean up some old files" at 4:30 on a Friday afternoon. You WILL look for shortcuts and it WILL bite you on the ass.
This was back in the mid-'80s, while I was using/adminning Unix boxen with a "Beginner's Guide to Unix", or some such, in hand because -- while I was the Art Department's tech-geekiest member -- I was not a programmer. Fortunately we were a beta site for the machines so;
A -- Having called the vendor Friday to announce my stupidity, our rep was in on Monday morning before I even got there, re-installing the system and recovering the work files, and;
B -- A short time later, the company updated the software to include a GUI for admin tasks, taking the command line out of the hands of fumble-fingered amateurs. (Gee, I wonder what inspired THAT decision...?)
Sunny Cali goes ballistic, this ransomware is atrocious. Even our IT bill will be something quite ferocious
Re: "Never forget your (insert name of weapon system here) was made by the lowest bidder"
"If the Congresscritters thought it would save a few cents they would probably demand the Navy manage with a couple of abacuses between the fleets..."
Not true! They'd only do that if they had abacus manufacturers in their districts (who were major contributors).