Re: Do Fisher-Price do consuting?
Yeah, but under the brand names Serco and Capita.
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What? Stolen goods is somehow a net-positive to the consumer, and so receiving/handling stolen goods shouldn't be a crime, as long as those goods are Apple parts?
Nobody likes planned obsolesence and vendor lock-in, but tacitly encouraging shipment hijacking is really not the way to solve those issues.
Is anybody offended?
In today's idiocracy, it's guaranteed this will offend someone. And it will be someone who has no business deciding what your technical requirements should be.
Should I change my design?
Absolutely not. Last thing we should do is pander to these morons.
Yes, I know the OP was sarcasm.
Have you actually read any of the many, many articles about this particular update?
Yes, sometimes there are cockups leading to subsequent update fixes. This was not one of those. It was a deliberate and targeted attempt to get users of older models to upgrade, by artificially limiting performance under the guise of protecting battery life.
Outside counsel can still see those details, though. It's just Google's own legal beagles that are prohibited. Outside counsel can then advise Google and their in-house lawyers, without revealing specifics. Not very efficient, but it seems about the only way to trust the defence with sensitive data forming the prosecution's case. Assuming one trusts the outside counsels to behave.
There'd have to be another warning manual about the dangers of the first warning manual.
Warning: warning manual is heavy and may cause personal injury or injury to another if dropping on any part of the body.
Warning: warning manual may ignite if exposed to naked flames or incandescent heat sources.
Warning: do not ingest part or all of the warning manual.
Etc. etc. ad nauseum.
The risk is that manual grows so large it needs another manual to warn about the dangers of the warning manual's warning manual. Infinite recursion.
And now my head hurts. Shouldn't have dropped that 15th tier warning manual warning manual on it, I suppose.
But it never does, because the sort of people that would do this in the first place are too stupid to see the problem. They think they won't get caught (I'm on the ground, they're in the air - I'll be long gone!) and/or don't even know the legislation exists, and/or don't care anyway. Hence the incident rate continues to rise despite the increases in sentencing, expansion of punishments.
Personally don't mind a HUD, but navigating a touchscreen to find the fan and heater controls is, from personal experience, a royal pain in the arse. Can't do it by touch or muscle memory, have to physically look away from the road and at the screen. There should be a legal mandate requiring such controls to be physical.
I get that it's easier and more cost effective for manufacturers, to stick all these things in a touch screen. But that shouldn't come at the cost of basic safety of operation.
Because the tunnel isn't a perfect vacuum. That would take far too much energy to maintain, while vastly increasing the costs and engineering challenges. Still some air in there. Not enough to breathe, no way, but still enough to get in the way. Aerodynamics still applies.
The article covered at least some of this...
The fine-print for the changes ensures wages, stock options, bonuses, and tax refunds are all considered part of the CEO's total compensation.
In the UK perks may be considered as taxable income, depending on what they are and if they meet certain thresholds. Don't know if there's an equivalent in the US.
Also it seems like "median salary of their company" should be excluding other exectives and senior management, otherwise the biz just needs to increase exec and senior management pay across the board, just enough to raise the median above the threshold, and the CEO can keep their fat paycheque without paying this tax.
This will do nothing to help raise pay for minions actually doing the grunt work, and it won't bring much if any extra revenue to SF's coffers. Expect somewhere around zero once the affected companies have figured out their workarounds.
Sounds like the Executive Assistant needed almost as much "looking after" as the CEO.
Never ceases to amaze how someone so obviously unable to figure out really simple problems can end up in such powerful positions. Nepotism? Blowing the CEO (with her gloves on, natch)?
consumers will be price-sensitive and only want to pay for a terabyte, while commercial operators will be happier to pay for higher-resolution cameras that require more storage
Bullshit. For something as safety critical as level 4 and level 5 automation, manufacturers should be using the same sensor quality regardless of the purchaser.
If lower res does the job and is good enough for private individuals, the commercial operators paying for higher res are being ripped off.
If higher res is the safest choice, then selling vehicles with lower res sensors, such that safety is being deliberated downgraded to save a few quid, should be tantamount to a criminal act.
190000kWh is a staggering amount of energy...
It really isn't. Over a year i.e. the period by which emissions and energy consumption tend to be measured, that's 520Wh per day i.e. really not much at all. While I agree that GPT-3 may be of limited benefit, that doesn't detract from my original point.
...that doesn't produce anything tangible.
If all scientific endeavour had to produce something tangible to be worth doing, we'd still be living in caves. GPT-3 and other such projects are attempting to advance the start of the art in AI. Personally I still think there's a long, long way to go before AI fulfills the "I" part, but that's irrelevant.
I've read an estimate that data centres account for 3% of global emissions - the same as air travel
And you acuse me of tragedy of the commons. You're conflating two entirely different energy uses, taking what's a currently a non-essential ecological demon (air travel) and comparing it with an essential underpinning of our daily lives. Apples to oranges.
Yes, data centres may well account for 3% of global emissions (citation please), there are a lot of them, and most of our modern life is supported by those things. Probably you wouldn't be able to interact with el Reg were it not for data centres.
Whether / how much our lives are improved by data centres, and our data-centric existence in general, is a different philosophical debate.
Sounds big until 126 homes in Denmark per year is shown as equivalent. At which point it becomes clear the energy used is a piffling rounding error when compared to overall world, or even city, consumption. Well, well... something with a lot of computers running full tilt consumes a significant amount of energy. Who knew?
My question therefore is "In the grand scheme of things, so what?".
The eggheads who produced this guesstimate are
based at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark using seemingly big numbers in an effort to grab headlines, and stoke outrage among the hard-of-thinking.
How exactly does one through a book? They're usually relatively solid. Solid enough you can't easily pass through one, at least.
Hammer and machette?
One of these? [ See icon ----------------> ]
I guess not so much "through" as obliterate, along with everything in a 5 mile radius.