This cuts both ways
In some neighborhoods, I am assumed to be a police officer.
175 posts • joined 14 Sep 2007
I've sometimes wondered why they don't build the cooling in some fail safe way. Where the core is below the level of some plentiful local source of water. With mechanisms designed to keep the water out.
Then if there is some sort of problem, the mechanism fails and the water comes pouring in to flood the entire area.
While it is amazing that the machine can answer questions that are phrased obscurely, I think that the win comes down to the machine's ability to press the answer button button at the correct time.
From what I understand, the key to winning is getting the oportunity to answer the question. If a player buzzes in too early, they are locked out for half a second or so.
The computer is always going to be quicker to push a button or flip a switch. I'd like to see the results if they had a person from IBM pressing the buzzer, then let the computer answer.
Let's not forget that this was just a long commercial for IBM that was edited for time, and IBM had home court advantage. I have read that Watson crashed many times during taping.
Let's see it win under normal time constraints, and while "hearing" the questions, rather than getting the exact text of the question.
I don't think that they would need to attack or ddos wikileaks. Plus, that would just give them more press.
Just raise their costs.
I'd think that the U.S. gov (and friends) have plenty of bandwidth available. All they need to do, is start downloading large files from WL, millions of times per day. They could start with a couple of dozen downloads, then just double it every day.
At some point you will bankrupt them, or their provider, or their provider's provider. Nobody would be willing to host them. Maybe an "evil" government would host them, but any company interested in turning a profit would not.
"MS said that the flaw stems from applications that don't explicitly state the full path name of DLL files and other binaries. As a result, each application will have to be patched separately..."
It sure sounds like MS is saying "it's not a bug, it's a feature"
When hundreds or thousands of existing apps can accidently wreck the OS.. It's a problem in the OS, not the apps.
MS needs to put out a patch for the underlying problem, even if it means breaking hundreds of third party apps.
Hopefully some antivirus company will put out an update soon, that starts flagging half the apps on the computer.
I wonder how hard they'll be working on btrfs, now that they own zfs? I'm sure they say that they will put just as much time into it, but will they?
As they now own zfs, they could save a lot of development time, by simply changing the license on zfs. But would they?
My magic 8-ball says "ask again later".
In most U.S. cities where housholds do not pay individually for trash service, the city has negotiated an exclusive contract with one service provider. They pay them a flat yearly rate per houshold, then put that charge on the property taxes for the home.
The largest companies usually own the landfills around major cities. So even if they don't win the contract, they still get paid.
The trash company executive that first came up with the idea of the recycle bin is a genius. He/she was able to get millions of people to provide free labor, by sorting resaleable trash for the company.
But tricking people into providing free labor is one thing. Forcing them to, is quite another. While this isn't comparable to slavery, forcing people to provide free labor certainly isn't good.
1. Detroit will not do a recycling program. They figure that individuals would go and collect the profitable items, before the truck gets there. I've been to cleveland. it's not much different than detroit.
2. Canada is full of empty space. I'm sure they have room for more landfills. But either the regulations or taxes in ontario make it too expensive. For about the last 10 years the city of (london or toronto) ontario, has been exporting their garbage to landfills in michigan.
It's cheaper for them to truck the garbage 3-5 hours and dump it in Michigan, than it is to dump at a local landfill. Michigan politicians campaign on the issue once in a while.. But it can't be stopped, due to nafta agreements.
If they don't get a patch out very quickly, this is going to be a disaster...
So how did they target scada systems? How did they get this into the hands of the people who operate this stuff?
The only thing I can think of is: They handed out usb sticks and CDs at some scada trade show, that had usefull utilities on it.
Between the targeting and the use of a legit cert to sign the drivers, it's not your average botnet.
We have a physical universe, where most things behave under specific known rules. But to explain the origin of this universe, we must accept that those rules did not apply to the early moments of our universe.
For myself, I don't see much difference between "i am" and "the entire universe came from a tiny peice of matter of unknown origin, that exploded"... It's just a louder "I am".
"adding geographical information to existing video footage to make it more usable"
Are you telling me that the photos and videos aren't even geotagged!? They just pile up the tapes somewhere and (if viewed later) try to figure out if the desert cliffs in the footage are in yemen or afganistan, based on which pile the tape was in?
Maybe one of you should drive to el reg and ask for Lewis Page. Then show him that your phone can in fact play the clip... That'll show him.
Don't forget to bring the printouts of his articles, where you have highlighted all of the slights he has tossed at you and your phone.
He would say:
Because "Jump" is a song recorded by the rock group Van Halen. It is the only single the group released in their career to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was released in 1984 as the second track on the album 1984. The song breaks the mold of earlier Van Halen songs, mainly in its rolling synth line (played on an Oberheim OB-Xa), although the song contains the standard Eddie Van Halen guitar solo, which Eddie claims as his favorite solo he never wrote. This refers to the fact that the producer spliced parts of two different takes to create the one heard in the song....
Then the other two jump off the plane.
The part that catches my eye is that the US Department of Defense is buying truly "mission critical" equipment from a Saudi national.
I will be waiting for the article about the arrest of the Iraqi street vendor for selling bullets to the US military, Because the bullets were illegally stamped with the Winchester trademark
That his bail is still 5 million.
That some tech company didn't pay the bail.
That he's been in jail nearly 2 years, even though nothing broke and he did give up the passwords.
That at some point, somebody at the city did not step in and find a better way to handle this.
That he stayed so quiet.
All he needed was a few publicity hound lawyers to file lawsuits, and go on talk shows to point out every wasted dollar and paint everyone at the city as incompetent bozos.
“We must take rules more seriously.”
Read as: “We must tax rules more seriously.”
Look for a promise of faster internet for everyone, collection of sales tax on all inter-state sales, taxes on fiber lines and high speed connections (those cadillac internet plans). A HIPA for the internet, where only gov can sue or fine for violations. Lots paperwork and higher costs for providers and ecom sites.
Comcast, ATT, Verizon, Google, MS, Amazon, etc will welcome these changes (they will help write the rules), as it will raise the cost of entry for small companies that may rise up and put them out of business.
Or at least to keep more of it.
You see. Once people become super rich, they go a little Howard Hughs. The only way to prevent people from stealing from you, is to control everything.
Comcast, Road Runner, and other ISPs have landing pages, where they redirect their users who have mistyped/unresolved URLs. These landing pages contain (surprise!) paid ad's.
So google winds up writing a check to some ISPs every month. Google !hates! writing checks... In google's view, these ISP's are stealing money from them.
Then there are the people who use the address bar as their search engine. When the ISP redirects these people to the ISP's own search engine... They are stealing eyeballs/clicks/market share/more money, from google.
If google allows people to become accustomed to this, it will lead to bigger and bigger checks being sent out. The ISPs could even (gasp!) allow bing/yahoo/etc, to provide the search results.
But if google gets people to use their DNS, they preempt the ISPs cash grab.
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