Re: The full quote:
But was Wilde being sarcastic?
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But was Wilde being sarcastic?
"... transition for the past five years, writing a new textbook ... Roberts wrote the Java textbook still used in CS 106A, The Art & Science of Java..."
I think you'll find the real aim is to maintain sales of a textbook written by Roberts to his students.
There will be benefits to all without doubt, but in further education one should always question the alleged reason for anything.
True for some.
Some do hate them all, some hate their bandwidth requirement, some hate being tracked for advertising purposes (or indeed, mostly any purpose) and some hate the increased risk posed by poorly vetted 3rd party "source injection" (for want of a more accurate term occurring to me while I type).
There are likely others too, but that last one is where the assumption that adverts = insecurity is clear (though tracking and theft/misuse of that data is another type of insecurity too).
No doubt some companies like long processing times (likely phrarma who patent a lot) . I seriously doubt most small companies do though: the last patent I got through took five years! What odds your company's inventor works for you anymore by the time you know if spending R&D for v2.0 is financially viable?
I've no proof but I suspect this is not an uncommon use of corporate charity - and fairly worldwide too. Maybe "bribery" is a bit harsh in other instances, where "tax evasion" may be closer to the mark (and if there is a moral distinction worth making between the two).
Unless you are just an abusive tosspot obviously.
For most companies, spending time and manpower contacting people with no interest in what you are promoting is a clear loss-maker. "Give me the good leads" as sort-of-said in Glengarry Glen Ross.
If your system's design reflects what your customers want you to help them with (rather than "keep everything and screw them"), and you interact well with those customers, your odds of getting the good leads from that system will be improved. If you assume that customer data needs modifying and pruning on a regular basis, you'll find maintaining your data won't cause apoplexy as editing was designed in at the start, not as an afterthought.
And as side-benefits, when your system gets breached (like we all know it inevitably will), if your setup was structured with customer privacy in mind, the impact of said breach will be lowered.
You can make acting professionally a winning proposition: the question is, will you?
With a high probability of all the old problems, if not worse, and a long minimum contract length to boot. Much like the rail system where "use another train line" isn't an effective an solution to poor service, a system of rebates for contractually poor service needs to be established.
And that needs some level of agreement as to what minimum* standards are for all those fictional "up to services" that everyone is on.
"... But is it legal? Microsoft evidently thinks that Google's Maginot Line can be circumvented..."
"Evidently thinks"? Not necessarily. It may be no more that a tactic to overtly illustrate the current anti-competitive restrictions being applied by Google.
Many might smirk with schadenfreude given Microsoft's history of similar market abuse but, as immoral as Microsoft were, the rest of us do not benefit from another company applying similar tactics/morality in the mobile OS world.
Not if you are in the UK (and don't have a garage) you can't:
"You MUST NOT leave a parked vehicle unattended with the engine running or leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road."
I imagine many potentially helpful (and therefor potentially dangerous) actions may have troubles somewhere in the world for somebody, so the whole approach may require "legal-region" localised APIs or the like.
Wasn't that General Electric? (CEO Jack Welsh if google serves aright).
Regardless, it rather pre-supposes you have a means to measure employee "value", which most companies don't. They have lots of metrics on their employees of course, but few of them illustrate anything meaningful.
And as was pointed out above several times: it always hits the snag that if you pay somebody bonuses to fire people (be that directly or in short-term shares where short-term market "valuation" via the clueless share-price rules), then that is exactly what they will do.
Given the description of a controlled aliased signal, doing the ADC sampling properly would have avoided the problem in the first place (anti-alias analogue prefilter in hardware; over-sampled DAC, digital downsampling filter; downsample). I'm going to guess that was too much bother for the manufacturers.
Alas it seems they don't understand their own words.
IoT insecurity is currently likely to cause harm.
Screw those guys. Never did anything for anyone.
By whatever means might have a chance of working.
e.g. Buy a share: can't sell it for 6 months.
That example is too simple to work in reality, but there must be some reasonable system that encourages stocks to be bought because they represent a company of value, rather than bought as part of a numbers-game that reflects no meaningful sense of worth to anyone outwith the game.
My marketing-speak dictionary needs an update it appears. Yet another extension to the "hope like hell sales go up but, in the likely case they don't, cover yourself by copying everyone else" category.
Given that most rags do little more than copy/paste PR puff from politicos or companies, one wonders if the robots will stop at just replacing the middle-man in this arrangement and target the other sides too? Robots creating PR drivel to be tweaked by robots for "local news" to be read by robots (to dive up the advertising "seen by" figures)?
"Who's "she"? the cat's mother?"
It was Stuart C. McDonald as it happens.
The committee transcript is linked below should anyone want to see the gory details.
there are some nice lines such as "You used the expression “no indiscriminate mass collection of data”. According to the European Court of Justice Act, that is essentially what DRIPA was. It is almost certainly how it would regard the Investigatory Powers Act. That suggests that it would be impossible for anything to pass this adequacy assessment without changes to that legislation."
Have they said what grounds they will appeal on?
When a company's (or indeed, person's) immediate reaction to a verdict they don't like is "appeal", it always sounds to be a combination of financial bullying with contempt of court.
My mobile (being a few years old) doesn't have the latest 'droid and as such doesn't have revocable permissions. Thus, as apps have been developed (in most cases, seemingly just shark-jumping) they have invariably asked for more and more permissions for the next update.
As each permission is an increased risk, but not updating is also an increased risk, what's a commentard to do?
Indeed, a number of cyclists, drivers and bouncers already have. I'm fairly sure there was a Black Mirror episode about all this...
They struggle because they add so little value themselves*: who's fault is that and why should we pity them for their failings?
*One might even argue that most remove value rather than add it.
The new meaninglessly-improved models make the previous generation models significantly cheaper: that's the only benefit I tend to see (though your mileage may vary: e.g. gamers for can almost always actively use incremental benefits to their genuine advantage)
I suspect most of us are at the point where the phone we have is not the problem: it's the piss-poor mobile data connectivity that app/web-site/phone designers seem to be oblivious to.
As for what might work in the modern age: a genuinely secured phone, which would require a genuinely secured browser (not going to happen) pus a genuinely secure/robust means to run 3rd party apps (also not going to happen). So more of the same then.
The next question really should have been "Do you know what the word 'best' means?"
uSwitch does have some somewhere on their site but they make them a bugger to find (I've lost the link I once had: and what they showed certainly didn't tally with my own experience anyway).
Useful coverage maps (IMHO) can be found at https://opensignal.com
"Because analysis begins not with visualisations, with the presentation stage, which if it is to mean anything should be about presenting to your audience in clear and unequivocal fashion the results of analysis, but with the data."
Have we got an icon for irony?
A beer for El Reg!
Whether 99% accuracy is a good result or not depends very much on the split between false positives, false negatives AND the underlying base rate (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Base_rate_fallacy).
Don't discount the experience gained in material production techniques while this research has gone on. Maybe graphine won't be a money spinner, but the next material will start off with a wealth of production experience behind it. Assuming one doesn't loose large numbers of experienced academics who just so happen to be from other European countries... oh well. £120m down the tubes then.
My company stopped us taking laptops etc. years ago going anywhere: a fresh pick-up device was always arranged at the destination before we went.
But for the more entrepreneurial in the USA, I'd think there might be money to be made at the airport shops, car-rental or major hotels in renting out laptops/tablets/phones for visitors with a genuine-wipe on return.
I love the sentiment and will hold to it for holidays; but were I to suggest to my employer that the USA was a no-go, then I'd be on the first train out-of-town to P45 land. The sad reality that neither the USA nor my employers really have any regard for me (or anyone really).
Does Vivaldi use old-opera's per-site permissions setup out-of-the-box?
That was my fav feature of Opera back in the 6.2 days!
Other names are available.
"Oculus in its statement focused on being found not guilty of trade secret theft, and said it plans to appeal the decision."
So it wants to be found guilty?! There's a turn-up for the books!
I'll try it out.
I plug a laptop into the telly as it happens. Running Chrome in that particular case, though both IE and Opera have similar problems.
I've heard rumour that nexflix boxes do a good job in a shoddy download environment: any reg readers have any info on that?
My Virgin media "fibre broadband" can't cope with iPlayer without commonly experiencing intermittent buffering - the thing their adverts say doesn't happen with them. I assume it's due to high contention in my area as the data rate shouldn't be that high (standard def streaming, not HD). Why don't I switch then? Well, because there is no way to know if the service from the alternative will be any better. As far as I am aware, there is no means to evaluate an alternative before taking the plunge and, as the article says, there's a lot of hassle in doing a switch which may leave me in a similar or worse state than I already am.
Sounds like every tech company in the UK then. Tech salaries lag well behind similarly qualified posts in other disciplines (finance, marketing, legal etc.).
Thus the "we need more scientists" waffle we hear in the press every year. No you don't. You need to pay technical posts inline with the non-tech alternatives that STEMI folks are qualified to do.
Old school sound mirrors always make me smile!
Low hanging fruit perhaps? Google have lawyers on tap while the app designer likely can't afford the bus ticket to court.
Whether 91% accuracy is a good result or not depends very much on the split between false positives, false negatives and the underlying base rate (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Base_rate_fallacy).
For automatic technical solutions, one is almost always best to avoid trying to diagnose but rather to screen instead: bias the technology to avoid false negatives to act as a gatekeeper to reduce the number of cases a genuine doctor has to see.
I never link my phone to public wifi due to basic security concerns (like most El Reg commentards I assume). Which rather calls into question why they exist at all. Is it even possible to design a safe one? (assuming that it wasn't an actively miscreant honeytrap for the unwary).
You mean nobody has applied the Data Protection act to all this stuff? All those tricky bits about defining what personal data is collected for and then deleting said data once no longer needed. Who knew or even suspected!
You keep using this word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Or indeed gambling houses who banning patrons who win.
Except they did turn up earlier: dressed as Harkonenen troops. Thus one of the (many) threads that the Emporer would do nearly anything to avoid being caught having used his crack troops vs. one of the noble houses. And while his troops may have been the best (until the Fremen show otherwise, and there is a suggestion that the Atridies may also have had the edge), they were a well-known "extreme" force - one he could not use without political cost.
Like the Sony FES U? Alas, only available in Japan.
It may (or may not) fall under "successor liability":
"... successor liability is most commonly litigated under the “de facto merger” exception. In general, the de facto merger doctrine creates successor liability when the transaction between the purchasing and selling companies is in substance, if not in form, a merger... A court is more likely to find successor liability under de facto merger doctrine when the Seller discontinued its operations or dissolved soon after the asset sale occurred"
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