Re: A what USB stick?
He also says it to the PFY, who doesn't bat an eye at it:
“But they DO have a Class-10 USB stick with a key logger on it.”
So there is something more there than meets the eye (or USB port)!
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I wonder if they are answering "What time will the sun cross the horizon line?" rather than just "What time is sunrise/sunset for this location?" That's a significantly more challenging question to compute for fixed point, much less for a device that is mobile. And that's just with physical terrain - if they are also including weather and/or man-made structures it gets pretty crazy.
"...despite the 1,693 pages of closing legalese filed by Lynch's lawyers and 2,558 pages of closing arguments filed by HPE..."
I'm picturing dozens of lawyers printing out copies of these documents to review and annotate, all on HP printers. The ink/toner costs should help HP fight off the Xerox hostile takeover!
American Idol Season 2, Semi-Final. Three contestants. The phone lines to vote were open for 2 hours, and there were ~6m votes counted in total, and the three totals were all fairly close to 2m - at least not statistically significantly different. The next week, for the finals, just two contestants, but phone lines were open for 3 hours, and there were ~6m votes in total, both totals were fairly close to 3m and did not seem statistically significantly different. It seemed quite obvious that the voting system was bottlenecked.
I have to wonder if the winner was decided by a minor difference in the systems designed to count the votes - a better rack location, shorter cable runs, better cooling, less fragmentation on the filesystem...
How about having no political ads, period. Candidates can publish material about their platform and where they stand on issues, but I get to go research it, not have it shoved in my face. There would be a need for conglomeration of the info, but any site doing that is not allowed to express opinions. So you would have "Candidate ABC is for the requirement of wearing codpieces in public while Candidate DEF is against this requirement" and not "Candidate ABC is completely bonkers for wanting to force everyone to wear a codpiece whenever they are in public, while Candidate DEF has a grasp on reality and thinks this is absurd and is clearly the only choice any reasonable person can make."
It's not easy, but you can usually find a pretty simple list of where candidates stand on certain issues.
"So, in such cases, my only option is to request a password reset, login, and either close the account, or change the email address to something else."
Are they able to do that without confirming you are really the person who opened the account? Why not just run the account out of login attempts with a bad password, then the actual owner has to get a reset done without the right email address - if it's important they'll fix it, and they get to jump through all the hoops. That way you are only attempting to access the account, not actually accessing it - which is less likely to end up with you in trouble.
Sometimes that Support contract is wonderful to have...
Laptop "stops working" and the student just goes to the IT department and gets a replacement. Standard model, standard platform build on it, so the only change is the serial number/asset tag. Which isn't normally tracked well enough (by the bored student who does the swaps and only verifies that there is an asset tag on the machine being turned in) to determine who turned in the machine with most of a can of Mountain Dew dumped in the keyboard...
I had a programmable calculator in college - they were a must for a number of Engineering classes. The school recommended a certain model, but did not require it (and you could get it at a good price through the campus bookstore). I got the recommended model, and was able to get class content from friends a few years ahead of me in the program. The infrared data transfer wasn't fast, but would finish up while we were eating the dinner I'd buy as way of saying Thanks. Those who went with other models saved a bit of money, but were on their own for setup and use.
I can see a case where they wouldn't want to expose capabilities with an example ("We were able to hack the camera on Little Bad Guy's cell phone, seeing he was running Android Marshmallow and connected on 3G on a Tuesday in October when it was raining, and see that Big Bad Guy was there with him.") but you would think they could at least say "We captured Big Bad Guy."
"That isn't a solution as the car shouldn't stop for any object, such as those I mentioned above, it should only stop for those that are a risk."
If you see something dart out into the street, as a driver your first instinct should be to avoid hitting it. If you then realize it's some leaves blowing in the wind you can then abort the avoidance and carry on. That's usually going to happen before your foot is all the way off of the gas pedal, and before you've committed to a swerve.
Defensive Driving starts with everything being a threat and then reclassifying down. With training you are able to do that quickly for most things, but something new should always trigger that same response.
When I was taking Drivers Ed, for the in-vehicle phase the instructor had their own brake pedal, and the ability to reach across to grab the steering wheel - the two options were Stop or Go Straight (as turning the wheel from the passenger seat was not really possible, but holding it steady was). The danger in that is the driver could decide to swerve around something when the instructor wants to stop, and you get something somewhere between, which isn't going to be a good solution. I was in the back seat of the car when a fellow student driver hit a squirrel - he tried to change lanes, while the instructor didn't think he saw the squirrel and tried to stop.
Having two different systems, that don't have the ability to communicate in real time, attempting to control a few thousand pounds of metal going down the road is not a good situation. At least for the squirrel. Or a pedestrian.
And yes, if your autonomous braking part of your self-driving system isn't as good as that delivered by the car manufactures it needs some more work before you put it on the road.
"In the car park at work? Arrive, plug in, clock on, start the day's work, bleep from phone "your car's finished charging, please move it to a non-charging space within the next 30 minutes"."
My boss at my last job does exactly that - his Leaf lets him know when it is charged, he drops down to the parking lot to move it so the charger is available for someone else. He'll often tap someone on the shoulder so they know they can move their car to the charger (and the EV community seems to work that way pretty universally - they're pretty supportive of each other).
That's manually switching. Having a charger with multiple leads - one power source that switches between multiple vehicles - is a pretty easy thing to set up, and would eliminate needing to moving the charging lead between vehicles.
"Irrespective of whether the grid can supply the power in a distributed manner can it concentrate the power needed for a motorway service station car park full of cars whose owners have stopped for their 20-30 minute power and pee break after 5 hours?"
When I build my EV Charging Station I plan for this - just like a petrol station does. Why build the station if I can't get the supply I need? I'll pick the location based on many factors, with this being one of them - can I get the current I need to drive the "pumps"? If I can only get some fraction of the power I need to run the station I either need to find another power source, store up power when demand is lower, or not open the station right there.
If I can charge my car in 10 minutes I don't need a 1:1 ratio of parking spaces to chargers. 10 minute charging means one charger can service 48 vehicles over 8 hours, provided it has the supply to do it. Switching output between different attached vehicles is a simple problem to solve.
Yes, you have to put in the infrastructure - that's obvious. But you have to anyway, at some level. Building smartly now, and retrofitting when it makes sense (and as demand dictates), is how all of these kinds of things get done.
Since the ear buds are going to get all coated with ear wax nastiness the glue needs to be proof against what people are likely going to use to clean them - alcohol wipes.
If Apple used glue that the alcohol breaks down you'd be hearing cries of "How dumb can they be, using a glue that won't stand up to cleaning!" They picked longevity here rather than repair-ability. That may not be the choice everyone would make, but there is a logic to it.
Exactly - it's doubtful the price increase was extended to the customer. We are looking at commodity drives here, so the price increase was probably pretty low - if the price was overly-inflated someone would have noticed ("Gee, I can get that same drive cheaper at Best Buy!"). So if the supplier can get an extra $0.50 a drive, on a million drives, they net $500k, but since the consumer unit sales price is still going to be rounded up to the next $9.99 the increase was absorbed at that point by HP. And HP isn't going to change the number of drives they are ordering because of this, so it's pretty lucrative for the suppliers.
“The data set creators allow some of these 'contaminants' to remain simply because there is little incentive to spend the resources eradicating them all and they have minimal overall effect on the training of machine learning models.”
In other words they didn't think they would have to do it and now that the data set is created it's really really hard to fix so they don't want to. Nice.
And the "effect on the training of machine learning models" is irrelevant to the privacy concerns.
I sold one of the first Logictech Trackballs (big square base, 3 buttons) to a Comp Sci PhD, who is still to this day probably one of the most brilliant people I've ever met. He returned it 3 days later - he just couldn't see how having the buttons on the bottom was ergonomic in any way...
The number of times I was asked to take "special backups" to be prepared for an upcoming DR Test, wow. I used that same line to explain why I wouldn't do it. I was forced to agree once, but escaped by following the procedures to the letter - a "special backup" would require a "special restore" to be added to the Disaster Recovery Plan, which in turn required following the Change Management process to make the update. The requester was not willing to put their name to the request in writing for some reason...
They only have the one Tesla - the article indicates it is the first EV in the fleet. So there is no spare. If they have to have their one and only EV out on patrol (say for political reasons), noticing that it wasn't charged at the beginning of the shift simply means the shift will be shorter than expected.
It's a learning curve switching from IC power to EVs, especially for managing a fleet.
"Somehow I think AT&T and Verizon would see things differently..."
Bronx Telecom would have to have roaming relationships with Manhattan Telecom, Brooklyn Telecom, Queens Telecom and Staten Island Telecom, and that's just so you can move around New York City and have your Bronx Telecom phone work. Jersey City Telecom would probably not join the group, so your calls (and data) are going to cost a lot more across the river, if your phone will even have a signal.
It's one of the advantages the big guys have - you're almost always on their network, and if you're not they know who's network you would roam to, so it's easy to have those relationships in place. With thousands of independent providers it would be a nightmare trying to figure out what a call would cost outside of your provider's service area.
Changing the default WAVs that came with Windows to more "entertaining" ones was always a good trick. The fact that "DING.WAV" is now not just a 'Ding' sound gets past any locking down of settings.
Not that I know from personal experience - I think I read about it here on The Register Forums. Yeah, that's it!
Got tired of a coworker who would prank everyone, constantly (and therefore not get much work done). It did train us all in proper workstation security, but daily having someone had to fix their setup because of him - tape over the laser in the mouse, paper under mouse buttons, toothpick in the keyboard He was, as he would need to be, very cautious about locking his screen when he left his desk, so the group revenge on him was to unplug the line cord from the laptop PSU/brick. Then it was reinserted just enough to look plugged in, but not make a connection.
About 3 hours later he was in a near state of panic when he was getting all kinds of warnings about the battery being almost dead. He even crawled under his desk to look at the power cable, and reseated the plug in the socket. After his laptop suspended because of the low battery I told him what to check, let him know we had more in our list of revenge pranks, and told him it was time to stop. Which he mostly did.
Taking his car apart and reassembling it in his bedroom would have been one thing, but I don't know how we could have gotten a giant Jiffy-Pop into his house, nor been able to retarget an space-based laser system. We can't all be students at Pacific Technical University, after all.
When your "unlimited" data plan slows to a crawl you realize that having your music locally on your device has some significant advantages.
Plus not having to tote your full-sized phone everywhere is a plus. Seeing people with the new iPhones at the gym is pretty silly looking sometimes.
I'll just point out that Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Ghandi both spent a lot of time in jail, knowing it was a consequence of their actions. They knew the law (right or wrong, it was the law they were under at the time), chose to violate it, and accepted the consequences. Before you put Julian Assange on that same pedestal you have to get past the fact that he is putting avoiding those consequences above trying to clear his name as an accused rapist.
So some vocal portion (likely a minority) of Google employees don't want to work on a DoD project, and Google won't be bidding on the business. That's a scary precedent to set, looking at the political climate these days - You can't make all the people happy all the time, and if the unhappy ones can cause you to reject business/revenue you will eventually run out of customers you can do business with.
Think about it - the list of customers that could easily be "rejected" is pretty vast: Government agencies, Big Oil/Energy, Big Agriculture, run by Republicans, run by Democrats, Pro-life, Pro-choice... It really starts getting scary when you think about how crippled a company could be by this kind of thing.
Why in the world does your toothbrush need to be online? It's a piece of plastic with bristles at one end. The electric ones that live on their chargers really don't need to send you a notification when they are recharged, do they? Or do you need a model that reports to your dentist how often you brush, for how long (on each tooth, right?), with how much pressure (on each tooth, again, because why not???).
Yeah, a brush that tells you that you are pressing too hard (or soft) with some kind of audible notice would be reasonable, or that tells you when you've been on an area long enough, but can anyone really justify why it has to be online to do this?
Just because you can doesn't mean you should.
Funny how "TEMP" sometimes translates as "Keep the most critical data you have right here - it will be safe forever!"
I once had to admit to an IBM VP that I had indeed reformatted the 3995 optical disc that the DBA had stored the copy of the DB2 config file on just prior to his managing to corrupt the production config file.
When the VP finally stopped for a breath I added, "The disc was both physically and logically labeled TEMP002A/B." He took 2 more breaths and the tirade was redirected to the DBA.
Had a friend in college who would buy a new printer, whatever was on the best sale, when his ran out of ink. He'd sell the old printer for about half what he paid for it (super-cheap printers don't last long on a college campus), and at least in his own head he was coming out ahead of buying ink.