Re: Could it be ....
"You can hook excel up to a HPC cluster, that's pretty innovative."
If you need a cluster to run the calculations on your Excel sheets something has got horribly out of hand.
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"He leaked confidential information for which he deserved to be prosecuted."
And for revealing war crimes should he be praised? You don't hear much on that one.
"But he literally did a dump of everything hoping it would be of interest to the public"
While there are many documents which in their isolation offer little interest, the collective "dossier" has focused the worlds attention on the illegal and corrupt tactics deployed by his government. (and of course those war crimes) It's only in the unfolding months after the release that the full impact has become apparent. I don't believe he could have cherry picked the correct documents to fully get across the deeply insidious and dark nature of the US foreign policy. [*]
"We'll wait and see what the sentence is before deciding he's been treated harshly. "
He will almost certainly serve longer than the torturers of Abu Ghraib. So if any lesson is learnt, you're better off sexually assaulting and torturing "foreigners" than relieving you own governments war crimes.
[*] While this is prominently about US foreign policy, I very much doubt they're alone in this practice.
"Are you "absolutely" sure about what you are saying or are you new to the game?"
I wish I was, because if I were to do it all again I'd choose a different game.
"Will your solution really stop "Wifi" location being sent to Google, directly or ...."
No it wont. But you already knew the answer to that question before you asked it. I was referring to the points raised in the original question.
I'll give you the benefit of the doubt that you aren't "new to the game" either. So you should be fully aware that if you're getting a phone from Google/Apple/Microsoft/Rim then that sort of data is leaking. It's also leaking if you have a Sat Nav that's capable of making a network connection or a Satellite/Cable box or using a web service/store or a connected games console. Or as we've seen over recent weeks pretty much anything with a network connection will get you swept into a mass surveillance dragnet.
But there are options. You can choose to use them or not depending on the cost to your data. If you choose to use them then be aware of what you need to leak and what you can avoid. If you choose not to use them then congratulation to you, that's your call.
It's Friday, let's have a beer and agree to differ like gentlemen.
" ... it should not be the case that technically literate children can just flick the filters off at the click of a mouse without anyone knowing."
I must admit that if by their teenage years my children haven't worked out how to get round a very simply DNS filer then I'll be most annoyed. It means they clearly haven't been paying attention to what it is daddy does for a living.
I completely agree, but would extend it to say "A great loss to literature". The fact that such a prominent author could move back and forth (and sometimes merge) between Sci-Fi and contemporary fiction helped to demonstrate how broad a medium science fiction is as well as producing some wonderful non Sci-Fi novels.
If you haven't already read the Wasp Factory. You wont regret it.
I think you meant to say "Among those battling to get nil points are ..."".
There aren't many countries left in Europe that can afford to host that particular financial albatross. I keep waiting for Ireland to submit "My Lovely Horse". Last year they got pretty close.
Apparently there are 193 member states, two observer states and 11 other states.
Question is, does this mean that Amazon recognises Palestine as a state? Or Taiwan? Potential diplomatic minefield right there.
Where to start.
> ... it had seriously questionable IP
Does it? What IP would you be referring to? Or does your NDA stop you discussing it?
> ... MS are rightly claiming royalties for the technologies they developed
Really? Like to tell us all what this technology is?
> ... That no credible company has tried to take them to court suggests that they have something valid.
No it doesn't. It suggests it's cheaper and less painful to give in.
> ... , but actually they don't have to tell us,
And there is the crux of the problem. I notice they're still not going after the source of the "infringement".
> ... frankly, I can't be arsed.
That much was evident.
The Reg needs a floating comments system so your post can be raised to the top of the stack. It seems a shame that it's buried away here on the second page.
You've pretty much hit the nail on the head. There seems to be an incredible rush to get new technology into the classroom long before anyone's worked out if it's actually going to be of any use.
"If the PCs running XP do not have access the the internet then i see no problem having them running past the end of life. A P4 box with 512mb RAM is quite capable of running XP and office software ..."
And how are those office files getting on and off the machine? USB drives? Floppies? A surface of attack (not matter how small or odd) is still a possible problem.
I see your point and generally agree with you. I'm sure there will be a lot of Win XP machines at the back of warehouses and connected to small production lines that will happily carry on as normal. However, over time they tend to get forgotten about and can become the "Typhoid Mary" of your office.
As much as I hate the upgrade treadmill it's worth looking at what's going to happen to them over the next year.
"Would be a Linux version of the Taskmanager.exe to kill off all these seized up and frozen applications, and File Transfers I'm getting off my NAS"
Check your desktop environment. KDE and XFCE both have it (and I assume GNOME does as well but can't speak from experience). There are other DE independent task managers.
But then if you've got that many seized up and frozen applications then you have bigger problems than not being able to find the process manager.
PS/2 has no limit on simultaneous key presses. However, USB is limited to (I think) six regular keys. Additionally some operating systems / BIOS setups / embedded systems don't support USB keyboards.
Personally I stick to USB as it's usable on a wider selection of "regular" machines, but I can see why some people might prefer PS/2 . For those odd situations I keep an old PS/2 as well as an IBM AT keyboard at the back of the cupboard.
... but never lasts as long.
The merits of 4G aside, I do wish the phone manufacturers would put more effort into battery life. We've gone from phones and PDAs which would last most of the week to barely scraping though 24 hours.
A net connected personal device is great, and I use it every day, but how did end up in a situation where you feel nervous spending a full day away from a charging point?
"On a more serious note this might be a good advertisement to increase near earth orbit funding"
It's just the universe's gentle reminder that everyone clinging to the same small rocky planet isn't a safe bet. (civilisation wise)
Now, must go sort out some off planet backups for my data.
" ... and playing things like Slay on it (just bought the Android version - about the tenth time I've bought that game, one way or another, since Windows 3.1)."
Good lord, I'd forgotten all about that game. I didn't even realise there was an Android version.
Well that's my next long train journey sorted. Thanks.
I tend to find the middling reviews are the the most informative. "Feels flimsy but then it was cheap", "Service slow but otherwise food good", that sort of stuff. It it gives you a much better idea of what you're getting into.
The five star raves and one star rants tend to be biased or generally uninformative.
The fact that it's done through Facebook aside, an automated message to your "friends" is a little lacking in sincerity.
Perhaps there's an app in that idea; a daily check on your friends status' for any mention of deceased and we'll rush out flowers and bill your credit card. That way your prompt response will make it look like you really care.
"The case that's specifically interesting is what happens if I take a picture of someone, which Instagram then use to sell advertising?"
I assume the line "Instagram does not claim ownership of ... " is some kind of legalese that leaves you responsible for the image but they get to profit off it.
I agree. It's a very good starting point for getting an overview of a subject and I find it's generally correct. However, it should only really be viewed as a launch pad into other sources of information. Always be very wary of any fact without an external citation.
Why the hate of Wikipedia? Those who make their living out of producing content love to point out any errors/pranks as evidence that unpaid content doesn't work.
The sad thing is it's a great, if imperfect, achievement that gets bashed far more often than praised. However, if there's one lasting legacy of Wikipedia it's that it has hopefully taught people to be more critical about the source of their knowledge.