I interpret your comment as ".. When NVM works as fast as DRAM"
Presumably the downvoter wishes to go back to the greater speed and reliability of clay tablets or papyrus.
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I am kind of surprised we don't have infrastructure designed to aid driving aids:
- roads could tell the cars the speed limit and they'd not drift over it (but deliberate acceleration would override it). The system could be as simple as a machine-readable bit of paint on the road instead of complicated AI trying to spot speed limit signs and work out if it's for you or the junction you're going past etc.
This would allow people to concentrate on potential hazards rather than keep checking the speed (or keep adjusting the manual speed limiter, or drive inappropriately on cruise control)
- Car makers required/incentivised to fit adaptive cruise control as standard. Stops vehicles getting too close and hard breaking, adaptive part reduces slow overtakes (because car just reduces speed by that 0.25mph speed differential). Users free to ignore the feature. Cost to users & companies is small - cruise control is cheap to add (though at present, not cheap for the consumer when selecting the options)
There are probably other relatively inexpensive ways to increase safety and improve traffic flow that are relatively low tech and cost effective but we seem to be leaving it to individual companies who then have to focused on a high - tech approach as the infrastructure doesn't allow for a more reliable low - tech solution.
Hmmm, 41 thumbs down to my comment. Every critical response missed the point.
Bitcoin is not a novelty. Paying 10,000 for a pizza was a novelty. Now it is genuinely useful.
It's not useful to me. Probably not useful to you. That's not relevant.
One responder said I was describing the black economy.
Yes. I was.
Is the black economy a novelty? One that'll wear off as people grow bored of it?
"Federal Reserve Board of Governors member says Bitcoin is doomed once the novelty wears off."
It's the usefulness, not the novelty, that makes bitcoin successful.
Make a better tax free, secure (& secure from the taxman), reliable and quick way to move value around and it'll become worthless.
Make something with the above that can also handle low value payments at sufficient scale and we'll have something that'll be sufficiently useful that it'll start to replace currencies.
Andy The Hat asked "does this mean we are finally at the point of selling cameras with a phone attached?"
We're at the point where the call quality (mics, suppressing background noise etc) is near enough the same such that specialist equipment would be needed to spot differences, and those differences would be dwarfed by the butchering to sound quality that happens when we make a call (thanks to compression or whatever).
The provided software for managing contacts, calls etc can be handled by your app of choice, should you not like the included software.
DS999 whined: "stupid examples
Those places won't have some random company's proprietary 200 watt charger available"
Sigh, it's a technology demonstration, not a product about to be released.
I don't use the fast charging on my phone but I can think of reasons a faster charging battery would be useful, especially in conjunction with battery improvements that reduce the disadvantages.
You and the other people saying it's pointless are just an example of the "I don't need it so no one else does" crowd.
"What's the actual use case here?"
Airport, phone low on battery, charged to full while grabbing a cup of tea.
Festival, phone charged at a (paid for) charging station at a fraction of the cost it would normally cost the customer because it took a fraction of the time. Business happy because they're getting 4-6 times as many customers.
Public transport, phones charged while waiting for (or on) bus/train and passengers happy because they can read el Reg rather than buy one of those uninformed, inferior newspapers.
Essentially, this is attractive to people that use their phone sufficient to run out of battery and don't have the ability to charge it for a few hours.
Some people asked why it's got N64 support.
The reason for N64 support is that some talented people decided they wanted it and then bloody went and did it.
Given the inevitable heat death of the universe, it is as much a good use of their time as anything else they gain satisfaction from.
I'm kinda jealous, because I don't have an ounce of the talent that those people have. I'm also in awe of them and all the other people that contribute to Linux being what it is.
What bloody amazing people they all are.
"Why was a round in the gun and not on safety if he wasn’t using it?"
It reads like you're trying to say he shouldn't have left the gun like that but don't have the courage to say so.
He would have already known that he shouldn't do that, even before he got shot!
Guarantee that the cause of this is poor coding not being punished because it's quick, and good coding being punished because it /looks/ slow.
Root cause? Non-coders managing coders, because management is the profession, right?
My managers used to look 'key performance indicators' as if they were targets because they didn't have enough knowledge to evaluate the actual work.
- People that should have been re-trained or sacked were lauded as high performers.
- Big problems went unfixed because junior management were hounded by senior managers to get their team hitting the 'targets'. Work snowballed because short-termism ruled.
"These days though, foreign governments seem to be ahead of the US with actual hacking."
The USA hacks for political information. Probably very successfully.
Certain other countries hack also for industrial & technological information that they can pass onto national champions.
In all cases, we generally only hear about it when something has gone wrong.
In the olden days it was /your/ data you were protecting.
Hardware is cheap and the data isn't theirs.
Customers look at price and tickboxes. For many, IT has been outsourced for that long there's no one in charge who even knows what questions to ask.
"Customers told to activate DR plans"
Customer has an emergency board meeting:
'But...but... we're paying them to look after our data so data recovery is their responsibility!' screams an about-to-be-sacked exec.
Another customer: 'We outsourced all our IT. The backup schedule wasn't defined so our single backup dates to the start of the contract. Responsibility for restoring the backups wasn't defined and so they won't do it. We don't have anyone who even /knows/ how to do it. We're doomed'.
People keep saying it's just like flu.
Unsure if they realise what flu would be like in populations starting with no herd immunity and no annual vaccination campaign.
It would be very bad (understatement).
The current virus is "only" a few times worse than that.
Let's at least wait until we've got everyone vaccinated before even considering 50,000 people super-spreader events eh?
"the numbers in Barcelona do not justify eternal lockdown."
You know your argument is weak so you've created fake reasoning to contrast against.
No one is arguing for eternal lockdown.
Sensible people are arguing that a 50,000 people super-spreader event should not take place this soon.
Hope that helps.
'the differences were enough to satisfy the Transformative Use standard." and concerns of "a First Amendment right to place the image of the Dalai Lama or the Pope in a violent shoot-em-up game against their wishes."
Quite! /A/ Pope is fine, using /the/ Pope should need his permission.
Probably the sort of complaint a normal person could resolve with a glance at a couple of pictures.
Now lawyers are involved, years.
The wide spread of intelligence Vs lack of in our species fascinates me.
My current theory is that there has been a significant advantage to having a large number of the population made up of stupid.
Eg A war of extermination against their neighbors is something I reckon stupid people could be enthusiastic about, even if it comes at considerable cost to them and their own society and enriches only their own corrupt leaders.
"This is a stupid idea on Nvidia's part. Their heart might be in the right place, but it's not going to work."
- grabs some nice headlines, helps generate brand loyalty
- helps with availability of cards at launch and maybe for a few weeks (days?) after
Nvidia have a massive incentive to push miners into needing the easier, quicker and cheaper to produce mining cards so there's a chance this isn't just firmware level.
"Ugh. Sounds like a new cat and mouse game with video drivers."
Yes, but if the miners take a few weeks or months to get around the restrictions, then the cards will not be bought up by miners at launch.
If they succeed in making the cards unattractive to miners in the long term, they can sell more of the cheaper-to-produce but higher margin mining cards AND when those cards get retired from mining they don't lower the price of second hand gaming cards.
mark I 2 asked "Why should US tax payers money be spent on aiding [etc]"
It is not about the jobs created directly, it's about building up an industry where choosing America becomes the logical choice for other manufacturers, because they've got the skilled and trained workforce and myriad other companies supporting the supply chain and providing all the widgets and doodads needed to set up and support a production line.
As posters above have said, the future is employees free to choose when and where they work as they see fit and the company being flexible and helpful in meeting the changing needs and desires of individual employees.
Home working does make outsourcing a lot easier though...
Norman reminisced: "I saw an interesting approach on an old keyboard: a rotating bar that could slide from side to side on its axle."
These are brilliant! The one I used did mouse clicks if you pressed it. Very intuitive and easy to use as well as similar speed and accuracy to a mouse.
They were part of the arsenal of weird and wonderful contraptions given to colleagues when normal kit was unsuitable and it's the only 'alternative' product that I got on with as well as the normal tech it replaced.
Mlupo asked: "If you truly want a reproducible repo, you snapshot CentOS - whether it is Stream or not - into a dedicated on-site repo. So how is Stream any different than regular CentOS?"
I'm guessing that they want it to be easy for someone else, long after the event, to be able to easily use exactly the exact same version of the OS.
"China's clouds boom but they're collectively earning less than Azure alone"
65% increase... in a quarter?
The US services won't compete on price and they can't guarantee no US government snooping.
China's cloud services, taking advantage of a huge domestic market, domestic CPU and component supply, government encouragement and incentives will inevitably take a massive share of the market... and quickly.