781 posts • joined 18 Jun 2008
... anything to avoid using a proper CAD system. Completely inappropriate but cheap!
One does not want non-CAD users to be using a proper CAD system because whatever they produce, while using an enormous amount of time on the task, will still be straight-up garbage and has to be redone anyway!
The proper CAD systems come with numerous rules, requirements and licensing costs that none of the "clients" that "just" want a design done according to the rules and processes that the business requires have time, staff and budget to deal with.
With Google they probably get Scetch-up too - which is good enough to explain to the CAD-person what one wants and a standard tool (since they roll it out everywhere). Of course Boeing now also get acces to everything via TISA; but, anything to keep the yanks happy!
Re: Closing down sales
Could it be that they can write off more if they go into the bankruptcy with higher prices?
Re: Skype account
If one uses “appear.in”, https://appear.in, there is nothing to install and one can avoid this kind of ritual for the digital gods!
- doesn’t work on Safari, of course but, what does?
- appear.in it is a browser based video chat system, what Skype could have been if MS hadn’t decided to route all traffic via Langley, Virginia.
Re: It's free
I do hope some well-monied Russian outfit buys it on the bankruptcy auction; just for the griefing :)
Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election
OK we have some bank fraud charges now "following the money"
Is it not ironic that we have actual fraud as in forging of signatures on documents by that bailed-out by the taxpayers unicorn treasure RBS and nobody ever goes to jail over that .... whereas a few internet trolls from an economy smaller than Belgium ... are a huge threat to Western Democracy.
Re: Wonderful timing!
Actually the one fact that the West has failed to grasp about Mr Putin is that he is the best Russian leader for them
Maybe the West has grasped this? After Boris Yeltsin sold everything cheaply to oligarchs and western bottom-feeding investors, the very one thing that would absolutely hurt Putin's election numbers would be if he is somehow seen as "approved" by those same Western Business Interests.
Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way
Re: What a waste of time and money
Isn't there something more useful that we can spend the money on?
Dunno - Destroying the planet faster, perhaps?
Crazy! Mark Me Words: As soon as Watson mange to hack into the nukes and nukes itself to stop it's tortured mind from dreaming of "IBM standard solutions and offerings", it is also over for humanity!
Sure. Ripped it off Charles Stross "Laundry Files" myself, so maybe it's "hot"
I don't know, I don't use bluetooth headsets because the batteries.
I had a "Marshall Monitor BT" headset for Christmas to keep the gibberings of the mind eaters prowling my open-office hell-space.
The battery life on this particular headset is obscene - about 30 hours of continous use which in my case is about one month of actual use. I have so far charged them exactly once.
automatically send it off to everyone INCLUDING my current employer?
Not automatically, it's a service :). Of course one has to expect that your employers HR people can subscribe to various "Linked-In Events" regarding people already working with them. Updates and Up-ticks in page reading activity and so on. I'd think that would be a feature since a long time back.
Maybe this is more real-time - They see someone opening a resume during work-hours and they can send Security to black-bag them before it's even done?
Since we are doing salary "negotiations" soon, I shall update my Linked-In profile just to rattle them a bit, I think.
Re: "raise property taxes slightly"
Not that I have any sympathy for these neoliberal con-artists.
The Church of Neoliberalism worship The Market - so, lets go with that: All of these folks behind this little scheme, they have kidneys, yes? They only need one kidney?!
Re: It was also HARDWARE that no longer exists.
You'd still need decoding software.
One advantage that places like NASA has, is a near infinite supply of grad students with no life of their own yet, many of them quite smart too. They could get a bunch of them to hack something up in GNU-radio for the Glory and for their school project.
It beggars belief that the military aren't all over the security implications of personal mobile devices and rigorously training personnel ...
Really? Since ages past, the military have handled both Adversaries and Enemies - The adversaries are the expected ones (Napoleon, Russia, China, Terrorists ....). Except, nothing big really happens there, so, when there is not in fact a hot war going on with everyone getting plenty of personnel, funding and glory showered upon them, all of the abundant military energy and ressources are firmly concentrated on the enemies - The Other Services! Nothing else matters!!
"They" got all the names and such anyways:
The Singularity is Here!
... but not exactly "The Singularity" that The Holy Church of Singularity(tm) wanted.
These kind of news items are written by robots. Other robots attach adds to the news items. Yet other robots read all the news and all of the adds on behalf of other robots, who trade bitcoin, stocks, exotic derivatives or to drive click-ratings. Still other robots do A/B split testing to optimise the spammi-ness
Finally robots make fresh new news items from the output from the preceding shoal of digital servants and the loop is closed for another trip.
What we see is that the world becomes more and more surreal and impossible to understand.
Link? I’d like to see that.
... we rented two different films, made at the same location with the same props, ...
The Japanese pioneered that technique with the "Godzilla" movies - which are still more entertaining and a good deal less retarded than the US remake!
Re: CGI is killing sci-fi
In my opinion Dick's best book is A Scanner Darkly - which is magnificently paranoid and twisted. Also an excellent film.
Philip K. Dick did epic amounts of LSD and other psychotropic chemicals - as did many of the creative people of his generation (Maybe there should be a logartimic "Shulgin scale" to quantify what "a lot" is).
I think being smashed out of ones head during working hours, inspired quite a few of the more visually stunning / intriguing stories and for Philip K. Dick drugs definitely created many of those story lines exploring common difficulties in figuring out what objective reality is and who it applies to, and of course the general paranoia.
Re: What does SJWing even mean?
She's pushing the claim that she is Transracial. That you can identify as a different ethnicity than the one you actually are.
.... And the rantings of this particular brand of lunacy only seem to matter and only gets reported because too many people spend too much time on "social media" immersed in a torrent of globalised stupidity rather than going to the pub and rant & rave impotently like a normal, healthy, person does.
Sometimes, more and more often, I think the internet will turn out to be the worst invention ever!
Re: Err, no
... but it's certainly not stable.
The *trajectory* towards a strong and perhaps even colourful impact on those rocks at the bottom of the cliff is stable - which is pretty much what the May-bot actuator and communications unit actually means (the personality matrix is obviously stored in a secure facility that used to be targeting Moscow and has now been repurposed).
Since "it has been decided" to smash the country onto the rocks and grab whatever spills out, like the worlds biggest piñata party, ballistic guidance is still the best system for the job: It can't be interfered with, it cant be reasoned with, it can't be bargained with - and it will not stop, Ever, until millions are Dead on the NHS or Impoverished!
Isn't that kinda the same thing?
See, first "They" slurp all of our data "for the children & freedom" then they share it with "our allies" like the #1 and #2 in terrorist atrocities, USA, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, and finally someone leaves the lot on a laptop that will invariably get nicked during a pub-crawl?
My dog smiles at me and my wife - it doesn't look so good on a doggie face, but thats what she does. She has a different expression with strangers.
Re: But how do they spread fires?
Somehow I don't think they steal matches or cigarette lighters.
Parrots would. They have a similar intelligence to cats only they are much smarter and craftier!
Re: Tax Laws
They just happen to be using laws not in the manner intended when the laws were written.
They are using the laws they paid for *exactly* as intended!
Both the government and corporate lobbyists have exclusive access to the very best tax lawyers of the land and we are supposed to believe that they, only in this very specific area, are a bunch of screw-ups who makes unfixable "mistakes"!?
The only fear the government has is the "democratisation" of tax avoidance - the cat is out of the bag so to speak, when every country competing on lowering those "barriers to business" and automation in the form of multi-nation 9.99 EUR/Month accounting support systems available to anyone with web browser and a CC. Eventually even a lowly self-employed plumber can incorporate in, f.ex. Estonia, for a small fee and not pay tax in the UK exactly in the same way that the big, bad, corporations already do today (and paid lavishly for also). Exclusivity is rapidly being lost!
And who would need the special services of Westminster then? All those good hunting trips, seminars at Aruba, F1 tickets and what-not .... Gone! Never to Return!!
Quite a bind for "our" politicians - they somehow have to unwind most of the bennies they gave to their special friends to regain their bargaining power and raise their value in "the market". Biting those hands that feed them, at least for a while, while promising to devise new scams for their special friends and supporters "later". Quite a hard sell, one would think.
Re: I wish the European Commission luck in getting any US court to listen to it.
I don’t care much for the Americans but I would feel a lot better about “ourselves” if “we” hadn’t agitated for and participated in ruining Iran, Iraq and Libya!
Re: "by undertaking acts entirely within the United States"
How Barbaric! Anyone knows that one have to use a missile equipped drone for that otherwise any Tom, Dick and Harry can play and there would be no sports in it.
He has just found that obscure paper with the mathematical proof for the impossibility of an universal computer, but, he still wants part of the stash going into AI.
So, it’s Hype On.
She is not suffering and she is not harming anyone.
“Help” would make her suffer and take something from her that she enjoys. For no reason other that imposing conformity.
Hardly an ethical thing to do, I think
I’d say this was the Best news item of the entire week.
Re: Horrible green stuff
There is a bar in Århus, Denmark (Le Coq) who has the current world record in selling Chartreuse, 1897 bottles in 2016. The first bottle of the day is 10 DKK about a quid, so get there Early (and be found face-down in the canal a couple of days later by rescue dogs)
Re: freebie USB sticks
Let's not forget how ungodly SLOOOOW the freebie flash drives are.
The daemon inside allows itself some time to relish the entropy created from your precious data!
Re: Devils Advocate
The situation is that their details are still exposed and that the thieves now have 100 kUSD also.
Re: Just when
Depends, Depends - what it the data is incriminating data? Maybe, I dunno, this is yet another way to slurp some cryptocurrency and not get nailed over it?
Re: the basement deluge control…
Great Link! I shall find some way to use the term "Void Coefficient of Reactivity" in my next financial report on my project (I have a bet on whether anyone, machine or human, ever read these things).
Re: Whilst I have sympathy..
If I wanted to experience the no doubt rich experience of daly life in Yugoslavia, Zimbabwe, Weimar Germany and so on, I would move there.
I live "here" and I don't buy crypto currencies because I don't need all that extra excitement so much that I want to deliberately seek it out.
Re: Whilst I have sympathy..
Fiat currency is no different, really.
Except if someone nicks my wallet full of Fiat, I can go to the police about it and someone might go to the slammer if the police finds my wallet on the thief. I can also expect that the 50 quid Fiat in my wallet will still be there when I reach the pub and also that it will buy me plenty of beer.
With cryptocurrencies, you are entirely on your own and nobody cares about your self-made problems.
Oh - So all my WoW-gold got ripped by them Evil Horde Scammers frontrunning the auction house!?
Sure, The Police will want to know All About It. especially the part explaining how these unregulated markets in virtual wealth are their problem to regulate, somehow.
Re: Pi flavour?
How do they buy these amounts? Amazon Mechanical Turks buying many, many one-off's, special access or parallel manufacturing?
The Real Problem Here
Is that "they" are happily using exactly the same kind of AI systems in "Signature Strikes" and for spotting "Terrorists" on the internet!
Although mistaking a turtle for a gun could be a "Working as Designed"-Feature, to better ensure the unimpeded and continuous flow of million dollar missiles onto brown peoples mud-huts, hospitals and weddings.
How good a Solvent is it?
Transformer oil will quite happily dissolve or swell some types of plastic and rubber. This could be a problem if nobody told the ITX board builders that their boards will be dunked in oil.
The dielectric constant would be higher too, meaning the impedance of tracks in contact with the oil will change - is this significant enough to matter? Who knows?
They need to have expansion space for the oil and some removal of water, silica gel usually, like one does with a normal power transformer.
I kinda suspect that the "certified for oil" ITX-boards will be more than expensive enough to eat any savings on "the environment" - or - one does the usual IT QA process: Slap it together and fire that sucker up, if it runs long enough to bore the tester, it's Golden.
Sarcasm aside but don't the S.E.C. get involved in this sort of thing?
Nope. The very last CO-Something being sent to the slammer for fraud was Bernie Madoff in 2009, probably only got nailed because he ripped off rich people.
Since Obama it's been: "Too big to fail, too Important to Jail"
Britain, Germany, the Scandinavian countries, Eastern Europe, and the Asian Pacific Rim need to get their sit together fast.
That's what I especially like about The Donald, his flailing about causing that rear curtain to come down before time, messing up the programme before all the re-education camps are ready:
“The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theatre.”
Right Now they are trying to not get anything together, hoping that the need will pass, however, when The Donald is re-elected they will.
Re: Turkey is a godforsaken corrupt shithole
it can't even design and build complex fighter jets.
Sure the USA can design fighters. The problem with the US incompetence is "just" Crony Capitalism: That there is a lot more profit opportunities in designing an unreliable piece of crap that needs repairs, major maintenance, upgrades for decades and no downside for doing this because all the cronies have each others back.
Wait a moment here - It accurate enough for launching someone, like maybe Zuckerberg or Larry Ellison on a Mars Mission.
Re: The good news...
The next shoe to drop is that the network adapters that survive the update is running NSA-drivers ...
Re: "The new rules apply to naturalized citizens of the United States and new immigrants"
Yes, "we" DO do second-class citizens. They are, for example, the ones growing up to become stupid by drinking leaded water because a trillion-dollar 1'st economy somehow cannot afford to change some crappy pipes which just happens to be installed where all those 2'nd / 3'rd class people can afford to live. Some squillonaire liberal Hillary-supporter might have to wait two weeks to buy another island if "we" were fiscally irresponsible like that.
Everything "we" do to some special minority is the test-run for what will be done to everyone, eventually. Therefore I don't see really the logic behind why anyone can seriously expect to be treated any better, or even different, from the Japs by an administration who is at permanent undeclared war with everything and everyone, everywhere once "the fronts" shift and one is stuck in the middle of it!
I bet the Japanese believed the same thing back then, that they were equal, having all paid their taxes and stayed out of trouble and all as The Man said. Proves that: "Everyone has a plan until *they* get punched in the mouth".
Re: Full of it?
When will we get a break?"
Just as soon as they manage to loose control of at least one of both houses - then the current US president can whine about "... getting nothing done ... because Evil Dims ..." just like Obama did using opposite polarities.
Re: Barred from elected office now, right?
With "Poor" Hillary, it is never, never, ever, Her Fault.
Re: Security and two-factor authentication ..
Well Spotted, that Dick!
The phrase " ... that was not secured using two-factor authentication ... " is the spin-doctored diversion of attention away from the Issue: That someone got the admin account.
Re: Never understood the obsession with ICBMs
rules by terror and is doubtless loathed by most of its population
This is not how people out in the real world works. What most people actually want is Meaning and Purpose, something that can convince them that their existence is not useless, futile and wasted. This "rule by terror thing" is totally subjective - if there are predictable rules and stable structures yielding predictable outcomes, then people will see the meaning and buy into the project.
The Roman Empire, Medieval Catholic Church, Sharia Law - people are totally fine with those kinds of terror and totalitarianism. The rebellion comes when the rulers become corrupt and capricious so that the structure and order decays, outcomes become unpredictable, not over any atrocities; that's family entertainment, in many cases.
The North Koreans no doubt love their great leader for purging the weak, protecting them from the evil Americans and generally making the sun rise each and every morning. Every North Korean alive has had a grandparent who was bombed or napalmed by the Americans, it will not be the Americans they will seek out for protection.
Kim Young Un made one mistake though in killing his relatives. It shows people that Gods can be killed, which is never a good thing for the current God and it is capricious too, outside of the normal rules which will lead to doubts, also not a good thing for the current God.