Re: Initial Hype
I understand the Segway was very different to whatever was on the original NDA'd presentations. I guess what was presented was impractical or too revolutionary at the time.
i'd love to see what it actually was though.
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If you've followed the problems Naomi Wu has had from western companies - big ones - you'll see that capitalism plus conservative activists can have the same effect.
(If you've not heard of her, she's a Shenzhen - based tech polymath: vlogger. maker, coder, designer. Her tech content is pretty awesome. But she has people gunning for her pretty much permanently, and it's almost entirely from the West. While there's a big dose of good ole fashioned misogyny, it's exacerbated by people who don't like the way she dresses (or doesn't)
I was very surprised to see how the comments section of this story has gone. not so much the comments, because people have different viewpoints and vive la difference etc.
It's more the voting: people with entirely valid, reasonable viewpoints being heavily downvoted. It would be interesting to see how often these voters take part normally, or if vested parties have been targetting what shouldn't be a hugely contentious issue.
for a family catch up. I was trying to wean the folks off of zoom for <waves hands vaguely> security reasons.
The ui was a bit clunky, but better than I had expected. Last time i used it it was voice & screenshare only.
They seem to have apps for the main platforms: ios, android and what was the other one?
It wasn't as user friendly as Zoom, people found the audio linking confusing. On my Ipad it maxed out at 6 people onscreen at a time, and they were moved around constantly. You had to scroll to see the remaining participants.
On the up side, the call quality was considerably better than when we'd used zoom the previous week (I think they must have had a lot of traffic at 7pm on a saturday).
Also the free account gives unlimited length meetings, at the moment, which beats Zoom's annoyingly short 40 min calls.
Thaler doesn't sound like a nut-job to me. He's clearly the human front for an alien AI.
Seriously, his points will become valid later this century in relation to human created AI. It all boils down to: which entities (humans, AIs, aliens, animals) have no rights and can be enslaved, and which have rights and cannot.
The tone of that message suggests to me that he maybe received a friendly letter from snapchat's lawyers, possibly outlining in simple terms the implications of them taking him to court. like being asked to pay costs when they inevitably won.
With some realistic numbers attached, shit would have gotten real, I reckon.
To take a purely theoretical view:
Imagine company A has a sale in the offing with company K, which has said "of course we want to buy your product, but I need to ask the boss next quarter. The boss will definitely, definitely approve it, which is why I need to wait and ask."
However Company A wants to book that sale this quarter, for whatever reason.
What would stop someone creating a brand new, burner Company C and using that as an intermediary? If Company K's boss agrees to the purchase, Company C gets a cut, if the boss disagrees, Company C goes to the wall, and Company A writes off the loss.
The problem with chlorine washed chicken is not the chlorine, it's the chicken.
The chlorine is there because the US has very low standards re. the rearing of poultry, so an attempt has to be made to sterilize the chicken before it hits the food chain. It doesn't always work, which is why the US has relatively high levels of food poisoning.
The EU has much higher standards, so the chicken doesn't need to be sterilized during production.
i always wondered why capacitor-based power tools disappeared.
My use case for electric screwdriver is that it's ony used occasionally, with brief flurries when I use it a lot.
I had a battery screwdriver which was flat every time I needed it, or sitting charging pointlessly. When that finally died, I found a capcitor screwdriver. Takes about 1 minute to charge from flat.
Yes, it doesn't take long to go flat, but then it's only another minute to recharge again.
I came here to say this. I know - and takepart in the pedantry here at el reg - but it's obvious someone has tried to take the concept of "higher frequency radio allows data to be transferred at a higher rate" and translate it into non-technical language.
it's like all science teaching: "lies for children" it gets the basic concept across. If someone's interested, they can can learn more later.
I'd always assumed the demise of video rental shops was down to postal services like Love Film. That one was killed off by Amazon a few years back, presumably because it was far superior to their streaming service.
Luckily www.cinemaparadiso.co.uk is still on the go, and has a way better selection of films than any of the streaming services I've seen.
The spearhead of the invasion force began to cross the 5,000 light years of intergalactic space in an attempt to form a bridgehead for the main force. Their forecasts of chaotic stellar trajectories updated in real time and fed into a matrix of plans and contingencies a million years in the making.
"Conquer... or be conquered!" had been the rallying cry which had brought together a galaxy in turmoil. Thousands of star systems had been sacrificed, converted into materiel for the conflict ahead. And there would be conflict, because they could see similar preparations being made on the other side of the gulf. They could surmise the strategies behind the out-of-sequence supernovae, stars perceptibly changing course and so on, but were more concerned about what they couldn't see.
Could the guy been about to get in his car? Perhaps the cops were actually doing him a favour by arresting him for something comparitively minor.
Interestingly, according to wikipedia, bud is 5% in the US and 4.5% in the UK.
Anyone know if that US 5% ABV is correct? AFAIK the US measures alcohol as % proof, not ABV
It'll be interesting to see wherther they give those skins a full polish after every trip, or whether they allow them to develop a patina.
Putting aside the whether it would affect the functioning of the heat sheild, I'm not sure whether Musk, with his eye on the investor, would go for "look at my shiny rocket" bling or "look at how often this rocket has been reused" bling.
Surface Book Pros don't have one either. Though they'd need to have 2 because of its screen/keyboard separation trick.
the only reason I can think that neither has one is that it isn't possible to make sure the point of failure is the cable (i.e. it's not the manufacturer's fault if it does get stolen.)
They *could* have taken your password and applied maybe some kind of a standardisation algorithm to it. Maybe lowercasing it, and/or removing numbers and nonalpha chars, then saving the hash of that? (obviously they'd store the hash of your actual password too.)
But they probably didn't.
A stab at the oribital period equation suggests a lunar geosynchronous orbit would be some 681km. (though I've not checked my workings, so there is room for error of many orders of magnitude)
There would likely be some interference from Earth's gravity out there (see https://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2006/30nov_highorbit) but it's a lot smaller than i originally thought.
which is why he queried Lynch about actually reading the court docs during the course of the trial. And why Lynch detailed exactly the mechanism he'd used to do so. Otherwise we'd have had something along the lines of:
"yes I'm familiar with this email"
"exactly when did you read it?"
"well you know the court evidence website thing. you know. err. someone sent me a link. ..err by err.., a secure, totally secure method , which has since been irrevocably deleted forever. by accident or possibly design."
"you read this document 10 years ago, didn't you?"
"I may have smoked but I didn't inhale it."
My view on "why" the treasury are doing this is not just the initial hit of revenues. They know it won't be quite as big as these estimates because the contractors and companies will adjust their practices to fit, and will minimise the tax hit as far as possible.
I reckon the main driver is that the treasury is more concerned about the potentially much bigger gig economy. It just takes someone to industrialise the admin/accountancy side of things:if low-hours and low-rate workers can engage in legal tax minimisation practices used by companies (and contractors), then the treasury will see a huge drop in income.
The point about audited accounts is that they only indicate one view of the truth.
You can rearrange the numbers - without lying - to give an entirely different viewpoint, should you wish. As another poster says: it depends on whether the books are for the taxman, a potential buyer, or for avoiding stock market predators.
Unfortunately, that's largely irrelevant. Downloaders are probably already a minority, along with blu-ray watchers.
Streaming is a lot better for the middleman, as it means they no longer have to pay the artist any money, while it looks cheaper to the end user. Until, of course the service stops, and your library disappears.
In the next few years, expect streamers to require a subscription for each of the major labels, each of them still not paying the artist.
The thing is that if this were to be successful, it isn't Uber who pays the VAT, in the end. It's us consumers.
All Uber would do - if forced - is add 20% on top of the bill and pass the money onto the taxman.
So I guess what this case is about removing the 20% advantage Uber has over VAT registered taxi companies.
A colleague used to work in the software part of an engineering works. She discovered, after she spent a day disposing of a lot of outdated manuals, that all their bins were weighed before heading towards the dump.
Apparently there had been a number of cases where large lumps of copper had been purloined using a bin & retrieve method.
The stupid thing was that these had thousands of pounds worth of precision machining done on them, and so the scrap value was a tiny percentage of their value.
My guess is that there is more to it than the cash. It sounds like, at least initially, there was the whole free-market philosophy he was emulating/embodying.
Then there there was the money, yes, but with it a level of being important to a lot of people. Once he'd gone beyond a $100,000 I suspect the cash was just a self importance meter, rather than a means to buying things.
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