358 posts • joined 18 Apr 2007
Re: High tech for the sake of high tech
"I mean seriously, how often do people get killed by random strangers on a bus?"
Anyone else having flashbacks
to the "studies" declaring computer keyboards were less hygienic than toilet seats - sponsored by cleaning product manufacturers ?
all the so called improvements on the current generation flagships are actually negatives in my personal opinion.
My note 4 does what i want, but is old and sad, and after seeing what is currently on offer, I have searched out and acquired a successor ... note 4.
Failure to die earlier.
Keep that up and who knows where it will end.
How hot does it burn ?
Re: They kinda do and kinda don't
"Level 4 means the car does all the driving, takes all the decisions and you can doze off, surf pornhub, or whatever you like. They are expected to hit the market in 4 years. The level 4 autonomous cars, that is."
And level 5 is the finger of God..
Re: I know
"Which leads me to the question: When did we become so rich that splunking even £500 on a phone for virtually no benefit over something far, far cheaper became sensible?"
Since microsoft poisoned the well with 8 and 10, so spending money on a new PC is something to be avoided..
The missus has a long standing competition with her best friend - who can find the most useless kitchen accessory - which is used as a gift to the other.
As for sprouts, they taste the same as urine smells, and any attempt to make them palatable can be simplified and improved by not including them in the first place.
Also referred to as "budgie heads" and "little green balls of death"
Re: The best of both worlds
The deeper the canyon you run your GPS in, the worse its accuracy. While satellite cannot be the sole source of positional data (and useless for mobile object detection), it is a cornerstone for vehicle navigation.
Instead of burying the vehicle roads, perhaps we should elevate them, which solves a lot of the segregation issues, and produces sheltered paths to mitigate climate issues for human powered transport. This would have a massive construction cost plus drawbacks such as on/off ramps landuse requirements, degraded GNSS and other signals for anyone underneath one, and many more that I cant be bothered to think up right now.
Economics - the real reason
Gloves would have to be replaced if damaged, but students fingers will probably heal...
Re: "Strategic Services Group (SSG)"
Another atrocity to be laid at Ubers door...
Besmirching the good name of SSG.
Strategic Studies Group where, and possibly still are, an Australian computer game writing/publishing company, responsible for Battlefront, Europe Ablaze, Carriers at War, and I think Warlords and Reach for the Stars - before those thieving bastards at mcdonalds stole the name for a marketing/charity ploy.
Re: I'd happily own a phone
I have found the selfie camera occasionally useful in a sort of "under-vehicle bomb inspection" role, ie. to read text on pipes etc, that is facing the ground or otherwise obstructed such that I cant see it directly.
If I can fit the phone in, and hunt around til I see the information I am looking for, its job done, otherwise I have to try and get the engineers to pick an appropriate value...
Of course, the glossy face of the phone serves almost as well as a mirror, so sometimes I dont bother activating the camera....
Re: Britishese to Americanese
Derogatory phrases about women are built into our language, from the common or vulgar references to genitalia, to things like "hysterical" which means something like emotionally berserk/unstable, but translates/derives from "having ovaries"
Re: Expect better than this from the reg
I encountered a rancid camel in the course of my duties, several years ago. Wasnt easily identifiable, dogs had been at it, but the smell was really really bad.
We subsequently established our site office in that same location.
This has changed my understanding of the universe.
Not the irrelevant trivia about air pressure blowing meteors apart, but the realization that in the absence of planetary rock-forming factors - heat, pressure, a cementing medium, or solidification and crystallization from a molten fluid - space rocks are not giant flying hammers of global extinction, but just a bunch of particles hanging around together for lack of anything better to do...
Its rocks Jim, but not as we know it.
Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 for PCs, mobes: Cortex-A75s, fat caches, vector math, security stuff, and more
Specialist processor for fingerprint and facial security
.. something that gets left all over fridges, desks, glasses, or posted onto facebook etc...
its the old "10 inch steel bank vault door on the front of a soggy cardboard box" security strategy. Again.
Can we get a youtube of this ?
Re: Presumably, Danny 14 ...
There are people or jobs which have a legitimate requirement for gun ownership/use.
Defense forces - to shoot invaders/threats to national security
Offensive forces - to shoot people in order to further political/strategic goals
Police forces - to shoot dangerous criminals (not including unarmed non resisting non threatening confused people, or women in pajamas, to pick an example at random)
Shooting sports competitors - for the glory of whoever they may be representing
Agricultural and pest controllers - to shoot vermin
Private citizens - to shoot corrupt or incompetent elected or public officials.
Sadly the last group are failing dismally in the performance of their duties
Re: Keep politicians away from IT decisions
Linus would probably get upset (I know it doesnt sound like him..) to be associated with that, so possibly safer to call the mongrel creation Windix or windux.
Re: There's a work-around - use a 3rd-party tool to copy a file!!
People would consider file management to be a pretty fundamental part of the operating system - so you are saying windows OS is unfit for purpose..
Couldnt agree more
resembling an obscene image to observers on the ground
I am continually confused at what meets official interpretation as "obscene". If it was accurate in its depiction, then some theoretic conspiracy group determined to keep some other group ignorant of basic human anatomy might have grounds for opposing public displays - but the generic nature of the image indicates its the first group who have achieved ignorance. Perhaps that is what they are trying to keep.
"they dont know what a dick looks like, but they heard on TV it looks like that..."
Dick pics have been part of human culture for as far back as we have art, these days the behaviour seems most common amongst juveniles of whatever age..
As far is I am concerned, the action was childish - which may be a useful trait for people you want to fly into possible death, and the obscenity charge is a reponse from senior officers more concerned about being embarrassed.
This implementation stretches the bounds of stupid
Yet the converging juggernauts of online shopping replacing 'high street', and impending decrepitude, mean some kind of solution should be found.
The idea I currently favour is having a security antechamber, with the external door using a programmable keypad, and the interior door somewhat similar to a bank vault. Furnish with secure containers including insulated ones for groceries, salt liberally with cameras, add electrified floors/rotating blades/spiked pits as taste and architecture allow, and relax.
Being an engineering solution it would cost real money, as opposed to the few hundred bucks amazon would be flogging their lock/camera/software (guessing, not going to look).
There will probably be a market for ugly cages people can bolt onto their front doors to achieve this effect.
bring back crucifixion
If we could make a suitable example of these 'disruptive' stoats - or whatever vermin is weaselly in nature but with extra helpings of vicious.. - maybe they wouldnt appear so attractive to investors.
Laws need to be in place to protect users - and actually be enforced.
Users need to be aware of these issues - attacks, lack of insurance, failure of screening, and decide if its really worth calling a Uber.
Investors and advertisers need to be aware of the damage associating with Uber is doing to their own reputation.
Microsoft Vs Trump administration
Can we make this a gladiatorial cage match ?
2 sides enter.... no one gets out !
The cats name was Guacamole
Why is there a problem?
Oceania together forever with its eternal brother Eastasia/Eurasia against its implacable archenemy Eurasia/Eastasia...
Re: Not only birds
Going back a few decades, indigenous Australian Aborigines used to like telegraph/power pole insulators to chip blades and tools from, taking down the line in the process.
Smart maintenance crews would just leave some spare/broken insulators at the base of the poles.
Australian bird calls are generally the opposite of melodious
So "tweeting" is right up there with "white christmas" as something those drongoes from the northern hemisphere think is a thing.
Some few birds are pleasant to listen to - so long as you can hear them over the flies. The game 'Gaints: Citizen Kabuto' used Australian wildlife calls as part of its background ambiance, supposedly to create the sense of an alien world... personally I found it comforting and familiar.
I missed it
I must have blinked
murdering your audience before testing is frowned upon,. and skews the results
Call it what it is....
... or would be - if it worked ...
World Wide extends all the way from the American west coast to Europe. Presumably in an easterly direction, otherwise it wont include actual inland USA.
I guess that will be a shock to all those USA-ian "World Champions", but unlikely to ruffle their equanimity for long as they have border protection agencies to keep out the rabble.
For those of us apparently living outside the world, if only we really were outside the reach of culturally inappropriate blatant mass marketing exercises pretending to be seasonal festivals...
I must admit
..its a pleasant change to see the tax office told to "bend over"
So its completely silent...
but every cheap magnetic compass for miles around points directly at it ?
bare bones "PHA" protection
because they dont want to miss out on selling the full featured version
Re: How is it different
1. There is no learning incentive to other geese from acting against the offending goose.
2. There is no financial incentive to the regulatory authorities / legal industry for acting against wildlife.
Against drone operators, there is both the potential of a positive outcome, and a financial reward,..
How is this not obvious ?
"On a dangerous note, if a car is controlled by a computer, and a computer can be hacked, and nothing is 100% secure, what's stopping a hacker in the future from using your own car as a weapon against you?"
The hacker wont have a job and wont be able to afford a computer...
I really dont like replying into my own posts
this is exactly what I meant about sense of proportion.
Instead of a response appropriate to the situation, its straight to DEFCON 5, crucifixions all round, midnight renditions and spitttle all over the keyboard.
As for reviewing my life history, I am old enough that when I WAS young, physical punishment was one of the consequences of excessive stupidity. Most of the voices in my head tell me I'm sane, even if some of them are compulsive liars...
Remember back when "sense of proportion" was a thing?
Kid would do something stupid, cops/parents/random bystanders would kick his arse, everyone would move on, either lessons learnt or exercise to be repeated.
These days it seems no one can interfere with little timmies "Self Actualization" until he crosses boundaries he never learnt to respect, and the full weight and accompanying cost of the legal industry grinds into action, followed by baying media circus and several other tortured metaphors.
Smack your kids, its good for them.
but any dyslexic who is into Suicidal Depressive Black Metal (yes, it is a thing), is heading for a world of hurt...
"Incidentally, the cancellation robs suppliers Qualcomm and Microsoft of a showcase for the difficult AI problem of how to interact with children. ®"
Their biggest problem seems to be an absence of responsible adults.
OK, there's lots of stuff they're responsible FOR, but not much they are responsible ABOUT
If I am squeezing the sides of the device
its because I am trying to choke the assistant to death, not request its presence
Re: Flat surface sales
Problem with the bootable USB is updates - as being the likeliest cause of a bricked PC, and MS refusing to acknowledge that THEY are the problem.
All the smartarses say "Military Intelligence" is an oxymoron, probably because it flatters their egos,
but I am thinking "Political Leadership" and "bureaucratic efficiency" are better examples
While South Oz does face the southern edge of the continent, the geometry of the continent is such that bits of the coast are relatively northish... I resided in Whyalla for a couple of years which is further north than Sydney. (and worked north of Woomera at times)
This doesnt make it better than north Qld, or NT, so other factors come into consideration. Perhaps they would like to drop stuff into the ocean, not going to get away with that around Queensland, and probably not a good idea in the Torres Strait.
No one in federal government is going to give this to West Oz.
Biggest issue I see is psychology, Adelaide/SA is home to psycho murderer corpse collecting loonies, but they listen to COUNTRY MUSIC in Queensland.
Re: It doesn't matter...
"...and we'll hit the wall sometime, and it won't be pretty when we do..."
I think the splash and splatter spray will be SPECTACULAR !!
Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious
If there was any such thing as a legitimate ad
Uber would not be involved. If the spam ads I see include Uber, it merely confirms the site is predatory and is trying to do me harm.
The world would be a better place if all of them succeeded in knifing each other then the survivor(s) died in a fire, and left the general populace alone.
problem with 2nd hand is age / wear.
My note 4 is becoming unreliable, and will need replacement soon, but buying a phone of the same vintage implies the same issues.
I would love another note 4 - at least compared to whats currently on offer, the only real improvements seem to be increased storage and wireless charging (in hope of reducing mechanical wear on the USB port).
Most of the new features being advertised are actually negative incentives. The only reason to buy the new models is because the bastards stopped making the old ones.
Re: Whilst I've toyed with the idea...
My belief is that anyone wearing earbuds or headphones on a public access way has not only provided consent to being run over, but is actively requesting it, and i make a token effort to avoid doing so merely to disappoint them.
I used to wear various back-of-head headphones, down around my neck, just to get speakers relatively close to my ears without obstructing them.
These days I just hang a bluetooth speaker off my handlebars (bicycle) or belt (afoot in 'wilderness'), and use an innocuous playlist whilst urban, saving my psychedelic-black-metal-in-foreign-languages for ... most of the time I am at work ...
I consider it to be a safety feature, increasing others awareness of my proximity, or allowing wild animals to vacate the area. (I suspect Evanesence is less useful for chasing away snakes than Rammstein or Disturbed, and feral cattle seem to be fascinated by Orransi Pazuzu, Data collection is ongoing.)
Re: A long time ago....
i checked on wikipedia..
" kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus and species."
we are all family.