Re: Make it attractive to pay tax
No, VAT is still payable. Amazon can avoid corporation tax, it can't escape VAT.
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Looking down the microscope at a slide you get a largely 2D view of the object and rarely use binocular microscopes. Shape recognition works.
A person looking at a cat directly gets 3D information and when it moves your brain integrates it all into a cohesive 3D cat. Once learnt you can infer the 2D outline of a cat in any position so recognize the 2D image as a 3D cat. By training recognition systems with libraries of 2D images the systems have chosen to ignore the wildly variable 2D outlines that result from the different positions of the 3D object and concentrate on the more consistent textures …... which sometimes give horribly wrong results.
That's not a good comparison. Fiat currency has value and need because of the government behind it. It levies taxes that must be paid in its currency and it pays out in that currency. The currency then becomes a representation of the underlying asset value of the country. This "generally" makes for a reasonably stable currency which can be valued then traded against fiat currencies of other nations. This is utterly different to bitcoin which is not a currency. A more appropriate analogy for bitcoin would be a limited set of baseball cards. When the fans want to buy them the price goes up, and when they want or need to sell them (perhaps to pay a tax bill) the price goes down. Even that is a far from perfect analogy as a baseball card has a picture on it with some intrinsic value.
Your argument would be true if the bitcoins together represented some underlying asset with a tangible value. They don't. The value of a bitcoin is simply a function of market supply and demand: when people want to buy them it pushes the price up and when they want to sell the price goes down. As there is no underlying asset that can be valued independently, there is no true notion of the price being under or overvalued so there is nothing to constrain the price rising towards infinity or dropping to zero.
I would consider allowing one of these devices into my home if it had such a button, provided that the button operated by physically removing power to the microphone pre-amp. It would also require an LED on that power line so I could see if the device was capable of listening or not.
I don't think they deliberately sell the data, but I'm happy to see the evidence to be proven wrong.
As I see it, it's too valuable to just sell as by holding onto it they can continually monetize it with dynamic ads that lets the advertizer select the data characteristics Facebook will use to target the add.
Windows 10 should have been the solution to exactly what the article was about, namely the inevitability of the market for home PC's evaporating. Their hope was to keep their users by developing Windows phones that felt the same as their Windows desktop at work and also gave them the option to allow their phone to plug into a screen/keyboard to give the productivity when and if required.
The problem was that they came late to smartphone market and missed getting aboard the apps bandwagon. In their panic to catch it they pushed out Windows 10 to phones before it was ready and destroyed the platform they hoped to migrate their users to by making it an unattractive choice for third party phone manufacturers.
Nope. The smartphone broke the PC market. Most of the things that a home user did on their PC, they now do on their phone. The few instances when they need the PC they struggle and do it on their phone slowly and inefficiently because it's not worth the expense of buying a PC to fill those needs alone. Business users need the productivity of the big screen, keyboard and mouse so they are still largely buying PC's though for some job functions the phone is sufficient.
We had fibre roll our down our road. The ISP's didn't know so they didn't inform the people who had asked to be informed if fibre became available. After about a year I found on a comparison web site that BT but no other ISP's were offering fibre, so I was the first down our road to get FTTP. Now all the
ISP's are offering it.
Quite possible as the US has a low penetration of WhatsApp. For the 18-29 age group its 30% and for the 30-59 folks it's 25% both of which are dwarfed by Facebook messenger.
It's the network effect. You use what your friends use, and they use what their friends use. For the US this means a big dominance of Facebook messenger and for the UK it's WhatsApp. It is however possible that you are in an isolated social bubble so don't come across people using the regionally dominant messenger even though they probably do ...... just not with you.
I briefly worked with a chap who would have failed your written For Next loop test. Every time he programmed a loop he got an out by one error, and on more than one occasion when the error was pointed out to him he would "fix" it ..... and end up with an out by 2 error.
He didn't work for us for very long.
I'll keep my 640XL to the end too, which for my phone is July 2019 as it couldn't get the final update.
I purchased it in July 2015 so it will have received monthly security updates for four years. I expect it will be hard to rival that with whatever replaces it, especially when you factor in that it only cost £122.22
"I think you'll find that any distributed ledger would be vulnerable to attack in such a circumstance."
As it was intra-company I think that you will find HSBC's ledger (which might have been distributed but probably wasn't) was handled solely within HSBC's systems which voids the concept of a 51% attack.
I solved this problem 20 years ago, by buying a single roll of Izal hard toilet paper. It's truly horrible stuff that I remember using as a boy on my Grandparent outside loo.. When supplies get low I see this roll sitting at the back of the cupboard and the thought of having to use it is so bad it sticks in the mind for days ensuring that I remember to buy some nice modern comfortable paper. Consequently I have never needed to use any of the 336 sheets from the 75mm diameter roll....... yes it's that thin.
Back then I got paid to do computer forensic investigations and have come across tampered logs at work. He was capable of MAC spoofing and good at id theft, and yes I was proud of him, but sadly the logs did not lie. I guess he was just a late starter ........ unless he had figured out ARP cache poisoning.
When my children were young I did secretly monitor their internet activity. It made me a little uneasy to be intruding on their privacy, but their online safety was paramount. Whilst I was most concerned about my youngest children's access, I vividly recall looking at my teenage son's browsing habits with dismay and thinking to myself ....... "for fucks sake, you should be browsing some porn at your age".
PKI was invented to distribute symetric encryption keys over an insecure channel. The problem with PKI's is that everyone needs to use the same one (though bridging is possible). Both national governments and financial instututions wisely see no net benefit to prioviding large scale PKI's, so they are fragmented. You also need to trust the PKI to correctly distribute the public key. It gets really messy when you start factoring in key expiry and revocation and people forgetting their private key. These complications have limited it to small scale deployment, and this hasn't improved in the last 20 years.
The OS should not permit the application to roam about without authentication, but should provide a discretionary privilege mechanism to allow applications to respond and respond to incoming calls whilst locked.
It is however the responsibility of the application to protect all data that it had previously cached when operating in an authenticated mode.
No. Keep it simple. Send up a unarmed drone with longer flight capacity to follow it home. Follow this up with a visit from plod to collect the forensic evidence (i.e. a drone with lots of fingerprints and DNA inside and out) and/or nab the perpetrator.
Blue Nun is interesting stuff. Just don't drink it. The prototype for Le Piat D'Or red wine was made with Blue Nun and red food colouring as this would "appeal" to the regular British consumer in 1974 who wasn't quite ready for real red wine. They then went to a French wine producer and asked them to make red wine that looked and tasted that way. It was very popular in its day thanks mainly to an attractive bottle and a huge TV advertising campaign.
He is simply a broker. There are good reasons to use a broker who has been around awhile and understands the business rather than dealing directly with the end party whom you have no reason to trust. A broker always gets commission for his services either by charging a fee or pressing the supplier for the discount he knows he can get, and often both! As for cracking RSA-1024, the only practical way of doing this is to "obtain" a copy of the private key.
"Load control? Unless the rollout is even dumber than I've heard, that's not done by cutting off power at the meter. It's done by selectively cutting off individual major loads, usually an immersion heater."
How could it possibly do that? The smart meter in on the wires coming from the company fuses and going into the consumer unit. It's all or nothing. You would need a smart consumer unit to selectively cut power to individual circuits.
All a smart meter can do (in the future) is allow power to be bought with an expensive high reliability tariff or a cheaper low reliability tarif that gets turned off when power demand exceeds supply.
30% of the market takes selfies and posts them on social medial, 60% of the market wants to emulate that 30% so need a phone that is good for selfies. The remaining 10% is an interesting group for various reasons. Most Register readers are in that odd 10%
"You can turn a speaker into a microphone by reversing the polarity or something. "
Sigh. You can use a moving coil speaker as a microphone, but only by putting it into a circuit that does the exact opposite of the electronics used to power the speaker. A circuit that goes DAC -> amplifier -> speaker is more than just a "polarity change" to go to speaker-mike -> amplifier -> ADC
Self driving cars are really good at maneuvering and braking the car, better than almost all human drivers. They are relatively terrible at identifying things, current worst than most drivers so we have a way to go before making value judgements about what to hit. Once we get there it's time to apply Steinbach's Guideline for Systems Programmers - "Never test for an error condition you don't know how to handle."
"Do they need to be paid, wouldn't some copyright holders do it out of self interest?"
They might for a bit, but then drop out as they realize the costs of network bandwidth, maintenance, support and storage space outweigh the somewhat intangible value of having a robust way of claiming copyright. Soon you start to have concerns that over 50% of the service is provided by a single player ...... who rapidly becomes a very big copyright owner.
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