Re: It's the plot of 'The Producers'.
Kinda tempting to hope FB et al don't seek to get this thrown out, so that the mounting legal bills exceed the donations.
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"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.
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.
AC ballshitted: "Who have all been released from prison..."
Have they? Bet they haven't.
"...because the ultra progressive city DA decided that there are no such things as criminals"
Did the DA? Bet the DA didn't.
"...So crime goes up a few hundred percent"
Did it? Bet it didn't.
When you lie, I disregard everything else you say.
"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.
RIP to the big Lee.
Now, this caught my eye.
"the younger Lee spent 18 months in prison after being convicted of bribery"
Crikey, what did he do that was so bad they didn't pardon him like they did his dad (RIP)?
"Chairman Lee Sang-hoon and executive vice president Kang Kyung-hoon were in charge of a wide ranging scheme to stop staff joining unions. This included cutting wages for staff who joined unions and probing workers' private lives. Some two dozen other Samsung executives were found guilty of related offences."
The BBC also reported Samsung were "closing sub-contracted firms with active unions."
The specs are focused on the wants of mobile gamers, missing things you'd otherwise expect at this price point* so that memory, ram, processor speed, fast charging, large battery and the high refresh rate OLED screen would fit into this price point.
As such, it was amusing to read things like "120Hz refresh rate, which makes UI elements feel slickly smooth" and the statement that 12GB ram was excessive "unless dabbling in games" - the whole phone is excessive unless playing the most demanding of games! :-)
Thank you, I enjoyed the review but mainly for the bemusement-factor.
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