Wasn't this the whole point with microprocessors?
"it's cheaper to use a non-dedicated, general-purpose chip, running some small specialized program to enable it to do its job"
But no problems. Just saying.
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I received a call that the switchboard had put through to me because the name matched. The garage told me that my car was ready, but my car was not in for repair. It turned out that the car owner lived a dozen miles from me. So how did they get my work number, since there was nothing to link me to the company (so soon after joining, and, in 1983, so no Internet presence)?
BTW, a sonic repellent needs a lower frequency when used to keep deer out of my friend's orchard.
I like the idea of a kill-o-zap death ray in the garden for use against various pests, but then I could not actually use it.
I used to try aggressive means to deter neighbourhood cats, but, when I gave in and was kind to them, they started using my small garden as a sun lounge, and kept it clean.
Copyright is more to do with making content available, like if I put all the Harry Potter books online for people to download (1). Otherwise, why not go after the people who laid the cables.
As I always say, the internet is the very best and the very worst of anarchy.
(1) I'm still annoyed that "view with browser" and "download" are distinguished: how else can anyone view something with their browser?
Don't blame the XOR. If I were to use a one-time pad to apply a sequence of bytes to my data using XOR, my code would be unbreakable. Therefore XOR is not a weak link. You'd have trouble managing such keys to cover unlimited data, but that isn't the XOR's fault.
You might as well say that the processor can't be expected to do much, because it's only manipulating a bag of bits using very simple operations.
I remember looking at James Bond etc., where someone is bundled into the boot of a car and driven to the other side of a mountain range. Fortunately, he has a beacon inserted into his person, and his friends can monitor his position, to the nearest metre, at a range of a hundred miles. Oh my, how we laughed at such fiction, barely managing to suspend disbelief.
But I do not hear myself laughing at Treasure Map.
The internet has a very large quantity of worthless drivel, but enough interesting material to make it worth the effort of getting involved.
Some parts have a high concentration of goodness, like The Register (1).
Others have a low concentration of goodness, like Facebonk (just my prejudice?!).
My impression is that Twitter is not significantly worse than the internet generally, but that isn't a very good reason to invest in it.
(1) If El Reg doesn't pay me for this, then I'm deleting it. Mutter mutter mutter.
"Our analysis reveals that there is substantial evidence that this data is up to three years old and primarily [linked to the] geographical catchment area [of] the United States and England, but [we've] also confirmed [a] dozen Danish Gmail accounts"
If the data is 3 years old then they haven't got my recent password. If the data is 0 years old then they might have it. If the data is up to 3 years old then they might have it. So to my mind that makes the "3 years" entirely irrelevant.
"the data is probably three years old" FYTY?
(Like the retail outlet headline "up to 50% off", which actually includes the case where there is no reduction at all, and so the claim is annoyingly content-free.)
Perhaps we could avoid embarrassment if we used quite a different style of error message. My favourite is haiku, see Salon Magazine competition (which I could only find using the archive site).
On the other hand ... oh sod it. I mean, bugger. Perhaps I need to wash my mouth out...
That's why this icon is used so many times. Mine's the unwashed waterproof ...
(I need help. Shit. I mean...)
Actually seven stools: I can imagine the seven companies named all hesitating to make changes, because none is the majority user. That's a possible explanation, not an excuse.
So it's interesting that Apple is singled out for blame. Like Gray Ham said, what about the other companies?
I agree with Khaptain: leave the search engines alone. We know that Google can manipulate the results, but we'd much rather that they didn't.
And yet there are ways for someone to manipulate search engines to promote their site, so we want Google to intervene, which is manipulation.
Does this mean that we should shoot the messenger? Difficult.
"Last March, the US announced that it would work towards a multi-stakeholder model of governance by autumn next year."
"The Commission will also want to talk about future funding for the IGF secretariat, whose mandate runs out in 2015 and which relies on voluntary funding."
Let's review this in, say, ten months. No? You won't exist then? Pity.
In my experience, poor terminations are the most dangerous. Thin wire will distribute the dissipation along the cable; a break in thin copper midway will soon burn itself out, but, I expect, without setting fire to the insulation; a termination tends to be where more substantial conductors can withstand more current and temperature rise (1). It is too easy to crimp badly and then hide the mess in a block of plastic.
(1) c.f. arc welding
I remember HP being the proud manufacturers of electronic test equipment, always our first choice. HP 8640, anyone? (1) And then they chose to split their business: The old and thoroughly reputable test equipment side got a new name, Agilent (we resented it bitterly); The burgeoning PC and printer side retained the Hewlett Packard name.
So it is ironic (2) that their hardware (or some of it) is cheap and poor quality. Sigh.
(1) If you don't know what one of these is, you're too young. But that's my point.
(2) It is also ironic that I can't do colour here. Or did Proud Mr Bronze Badge miss something?
The problem is that the media is generally painting this as "brown people far away" while ignoring the growing number of British citizens travelling out there to join ISIS...
Government policy and the media narrative are threatened by this video. People might start to think something other than what they're meant to think.
Well, that makes sense. But how about looking at it like this:
"They" must know that prohibiting viewing the video will make people watch it all the more. So that would mean that "they" are not afraid of it. Perhaps it is preferred that people associate evil with extremism, rather than with "brown people far away" or Muslims at home. Or is that too sensible?
(I've been trying out theories of reverse psychology quite a lot today. I think I'll go and lie down.)
This reminds me of the joke played on freshmen in my college. A note was placed in each of our pigeon-holes advertising a new technique for marking serial numbers on bicycles, using nuclear radiation. This was to be provided free, as were the lead-lined underpants that should be used when riding the bicycles during the initial stage, when the radiation had not died down to a safe level. We were to apply to the Porter's Lodge: the Porters showed a range of emotions, ending with hilarity and derision.
At least those precautions would have been effective but unnecessary, rather than ineffective and unnecessary.
When you have A-levels, people take less interest in your O-levels (1).
When you have a degree, and apply for a job, people take less interest in your A-levels.
When you apply for a job, they ask "what have you been doing these last few years?"
Seems fair to me.
(1) showing my age here, but you know what I mean
Someone once challenged a history undergraduate to show that his degree was useful. Whereas the study of history does benefit society (1), I chose to point out that "useful" studies should earn that description by improving society's quality of life, like having the opportunity of studying e.g. history.
But a degree in hair care is just taking the mick.
(1) but a history degere is probably less useful in IT
Decades ago, the idea was that undergraduates studied what interested them, and that their supervisor nudged some of their activities to maintain sanity. I have a degree in engineering, but that kind of subject requires so much specific teaching that there is hardly any room for striking out on your own. So really my course should not have been called a degree. It was exactly what I wanted, but not really a degree in the old sense.
Naturally, the polytechnics abandoned their title because they clearly offered the same teaching as universities.
And so now we have more and more apprentice schemes. That strikes me as always having been a good idea. It is a great pity, however, that companies need to tempt apprentices with the opportunity of getting what is called a degree: they are keeping degrees watered down.
(Icon for subject matter as much as for my pedantry.)
If the no poaching pact was done for profit, and if it succeeded, then the shareholders got more value not less. Why would they cut off their own noses?
Or perhaps the pact had run its course, and was generating less money (but how can anyone know that?). Then it might be good to be first in the queue suing for compensation.
Sorry, that's a bit cynical.
As for the Big Data Prophets, whereas I can see they want some Big Data to play with, I don't know how they will afford that much data. Perhaps it's all Wizard of Oz, smoke and mirrors, the Big Data TV Evangelists asking for investment, but for ill-specified returns.
(I think the storage vendors will be among those who are hoping for sales of satellite images, rather than those paying for the images themselves.)