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Invented by the Marketing Department?
"RCS upgrades SMS with branding..." and then I stopped reading Google's description due to a sudden lack of interest.
What, some common sense?
Somebody shouts "Cloud computing!" so you have a Java virtual machine in a virtual container on a virtual host in a virtual datacenter. On top of that, somebody shouts "Microservices!" so now you have that whole stack multiplied 10 to 30 times, with each piece using 5 database connections, each running the client library for every API of every other piece, each generating 1 TB a day of junk monitoring statistics, and each using 4GB of RAM each to do pretty much nothing. Next comes the complaints about how it's too expensive, it hurts the DB, it's too hard to debug, somebody always messes up deployment, the firewall is letting in hackers, and API changes are impossible. The proposed solution is then more layers of process!
Java in the "cloud" went down a very dark path. Kill it and try again.
The web will be like TV on a weekday afternoon
I suspect that Google will soon deprecate fingerprint scanners in favor of retina scanners. There's big money in pharmaceuticals.
Re: Linux Mint is free
It makes no difference unless you build your own computer or purchase it from a handful of places that sell bootable computers without the Microsoft tax. Replacing Windows with Linux is still paying for Windows.
The "mobile gisnt" typo actually sounds pretty good. I say keep it.
Error handling is hard - let's not do it!
Unless something has changed recently, MacOS doesn't handle media write failures. The kernel logs an error but it doesn't bubble up far enough to properly abort an operation. The first symptom is corrupted files or volumes once the unwritten data flushes from cache. Drobo NAS don't handle media write failures either.
Silicon Valley is getting too crowded anyways
Another year will pass and then they'll announce that their R&D produced solid results but the price point doesn't yet match the market. <poof> Gone. The tech (evidence) will be sold off to a brand new LLC that guards it as if it contained secrets that will change the world.
I don't have to know anything about Magic Leap to be extremely suspicious. AR and VR tech is awful. If a magical AR/VR device appeared now it would take at least two years before worthwhile content arrived for it. Consumers won't wait that long and neither can a cash burning startup. If Magic Leap had a real product they'd be giving crude prototypes to developers as fast as they could to accelerate the content development process.
It's only approved for use with Apple home furnishings. Losers with non-Apple shelfware shouldn't even be looking at this.
It's also quite probable that South Korea is a victim of their own botnets. 20 years of not giving a crap can take its toll when you actually need something working.
Didn't hack it?
I used to wire up RCA jacks to the clockwise pin of the volume control pots of my equipment so I'd have line-out jacks. The best spot for line-in was usually trial and error by touching another device's line-out to anything that looked like a DC blocking capacitor near the microphone amp. The same soldering iron used for that wiring would be used to burn RCA jack mounting holes in the device too. I didn't have a lot of tools.
That would be a lithium iron phosphate battery in a golf cart. They're tougher, good for 10x the charge cycles, less flammable, and less prone to thermal runaway compared to LiPo. It's definitely the preferred chemistry when energy density isn't critical.
Two way street
This is a good move but it needs to happen in both directions. I'd like to see businesses block Chrome because it sends sensitive URLs, page thumbnails, and hardware usage metrics to Google. Maybe they can block Android WiFi for leaking passwords. I'd like to see GMail and Google Groups blocked more because Google makes them easy to use by scammers. Google might be helping consumers every now and then but they're still quite evil and they'll never stop abusing their market dominance without pushback.
Of all the things to worry about
Most IDEs can automatically flag suspicious code and obvious inefficiencies. More advanced linters are REALLY HARD to design. I have a deep hatred of the garbage that Checkstyle forces people to write because it doesn't understand scope, visibility, and project expectations. Making a new linter doesn't seem like it should be high on the list of really hard work that needs to be done at Uber.
Holding it wrong
Most of the office file cabinets I've seen arrive locked with they key inside. You unlock them by turning them upside down. I wonder if the original office facilities staff is laughing their asses off reading about this?
Fixing the symptom of bad apps in the store but not the problem of malware developers being able to automate abuse. This another reason why people hate Google so f'ing much. Google's apps support enormous amounts of spam and phishing on the Internet but Google filters it when using the same apps to view content. People say, "I get so much less spam on GMail than my ISP's mail" or "Google Groups is much cleaner than my ISP's Usenet feed" when all of that trash is actually Google's fault.
Re: If It's So Flipping Bad?
Cooperating to produce a better outcome? <snooze> Nobody makes headlines today with compromise and progress.
Dumpster fires Fox and CNN are looking yawntastic today. Somebody needs to send some Boring weed torches to our legislators with a request that they begin discussing taxes, immigration, guns, and abortion ASAP. I hope our Internet works well enough to display the results.
Google doesn't have the focus and attention span to build hardware. They try and fail over, and over, and over again without learning anything. There's also a growing population that knows Google is only building hardware to spy on you more. Removing the headphone jack gets people to turn on Bluetooth so tracking beacons work, removing the microSD card forces people to use more of Google cloud services, and the AI chip is there to help Google anticipate, observe, and manipulate your every move in the name of marketing revenue.
Boring is funding infrastructure building hardware using the excess money of wealthy adults who want a collector's item. Why would you call time-out on that, El Reg?
The same deal happened when offices started using personal computers. A complete desktop computer system used 400 to 1500 watts around 1995. Office circuit breakers kept tripping, electrical closets overheated, and there was not nearly enough air conditioning to pump all that heat out. Local grids overloaded and there were regular blackouts. Power companies panicked at the idea of every home consuming another 1KW for a computer. (And this gave Enron a really bad idea for profit)
People bought backup power supplies and the wires got upgraded. Desktop were made more power efficient. Happy ending.
That looks like a 20 MPH impact. The entire front of the car needs to crush to survive a 65 MPH impact into a solid barrier like a fire truck. Even so, you'd be in no condition to refuse treatment.
More likely for LA : Going 95 MPH and the anti-collision system could only see far enough ahead to shed 75 MPH before impact.
Maybe I don't understand how this works
If China is subsidizing solar cells, wouldn't the proper response be for the US government be to purchase as many as possible? We'd have a nice surplus of cheap solar cells ready for when China ends the subsidy. (Then quietly steal all the trade secrets from China and build them locally.)
The silencer amp
In the early 1990s I was playing with MOSFETs in an attempt to build an extremely loud audio amplifier on the cheap. I built 4 Class AB amps on a +/- 45V power supply that could manage 8A momentarily. The circuit design was crude and involved twisted hookup wires between the MOSFETs and the main breadboard. The final build suffered from a bit of distortion and my old oscilloscope showed bits of the waveform missing, which was a typical symptom of intermittent oscillation. I soldered some picofarad caps on the MOSFETs as an easy fix. Now it was weird. Every time I turned on the amp, the MOSFETs hissed, my radio went dead, my CD player spun BACKWARDS, and my oscilloscope went totally blank. I disconnected the oscilloscope probes and it still wouldn't work just being there near the amp. The amplifier felt oddly hot where it shouldn't.
Moved the oscilloscope and powered on the amp. The scope a drew what looked like spring viewed from an angle, which means that the trace was partially going backwards too. I measured the loops and got 170 MHz on a 'scope rated for 20MHz while its probe was not connected. It turns out that the pins on a TO-220 MOSFET make a fine RF transformer. You're supposed to put series resistors on the pins to stop oscillations; never capacitors. I was energizing all the speaker wires in my room with 170 MHz of high voltage AC. The amp felt strangely warm because it was RF heating my fingers when I touched it.
I eventually got it working and it was worth every bit of effort.
Here to help
This horrific accident is prof that humans need autonomous limbs to protect themselves from dangerous lapses of attention. Now here's the hMotion product - a little back-pack like device that serves as your personal assistant via broadband nerve interface. Don't be afraid. It has gigabit 5G, AR, and all your favorite selfie filters. There, that's it. Scroll to the end of the disclaimer and hit "OK."
Broadband subsidies, broadband advertising, telling the FCC there's no need for competition because the sky-high prices are for broadband. You can see this all doesn't work when a telco's definition of broadband is 120Kbps of IDSL. Telcos are still free to offer crap service at crap rates but they can't call it "broadband."
I have no idea why you're trying to get dedicated fiber for just 10Mbps. What a waste. Comcast and AT&T, as bad as they are, have business plans that will guarantee that speed. You could have point-to-point wireless with repeaters renting space on somebody else's buildings and still do better than burying a 10Mbps cable. If it was multiple 1Gbps or 10Gbps links, I could see that you might need a trench opened up.
This is refreshing in a world where I see people burning insane amounts of money on their cloud hosted Kubernetes + Node.js + React + Redis + CPython + PyBrain + Memcached + CloudSQL + Debezium + BigQuery + Cassandra + Kafka + Lucene + Elasticsearch + Splunk + nginx cluster, which they boast can serve one million pages a day and be maintained by just 10 full time developers.
This isn't new. Some Roku devices have a bug where its WiFi Direct channel is negotiated on the most active channel rather than the least, essentially killing your home WiFi. The difference is that Roku can't be bothered to fix it.
I think desktop computers are vastly overpowered for their current surroundings. There's just no use for the extra power except for certain games. If desktop computer makers want to ramp up sales, they need to make some changes in the market.
1) Put an end to the idea that somebody else is the "cloud." Apple, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Amazon are holding back technology for their own benefit, trying to convince us to view the world through a web browser. Build consumer-friendly cloud software into every single computer - mail server, file sharing, web sharing, video conferencing, social interaction, etc.
2) Make IPv6 setup easier. Come on, it's time to standardize terminology so configuration is no longer a nightmare.
2) Fight telcos that block peer-to-peer communications. Install awesome cloud software and give it consumer-friendly diagnostics that can point a finger exactly at the place where communications is being blocked.
3) Move away from x86, MacOS, Windows, and Linux. They are archaic and too complex to maintain any longer. Let them die. Collaborate on creating open source virtual machines that can evolve independently of hardware and the low-level drivers. (Apple is doing this already but I don't think they have it right yet.)
I always feel like...somebody's watching me
I hate it when I buy a Chinese device and it has American, Chinese, manufacturer, and advertiser spyware all running at the same time. Can't we standardize on a single method of making devices totally insecure?
No time for tabs versus spaces
I think we're all in shock at how many people think Trump is a good idea. Even some techies like Trump based on the "It's easier to fix things when they're completely broken" concept, as if there weren't real humans to suffer while things are broken.
Re: We just got AT&T fiber!
AT&T Consumer Fiber will only show me the first month's base price if I try to sign up. I have to agree to pay all additional taxes and fees but can not be told what they are. I can not be told what the monthly bill will be, how much static IP addresses will cost, how much equipment rental will cost, which of the many blocked ports can be opened and how much unblocking costs.
An actual bill of $400 a month sounds credible given my past experience with AT&T. It's about what AT&T Small Business Fiber costs. A telco's "small business" offering is usually the same as the "consumer" offering but with a more honest contract.
Re: Not usually one for pedantry
Thermite isn't an explosive because it doesn't expand when it burns. It just sits there and makes a blinding-hot puddle of metal. It would need to be mixed with something else that vaporizes.
Even North Korea is in the survey.
Um... Thanks. Now can you take a picture with my phone?
Is Kodak trying to make amusement park photography a big thing again? That's what this sounds like to me. Wow.
That patent office
I read the patent abstracts. They were filed in 2015 and cover features that publicly available network cameras already offered. The receipt for mine is dated 2014.
Are there two versions of Ubuntu 17.10?
Because mine has been really glitchy. The daily stuff like the video driver, keyboard shortcuts, and networking is a hot mess since I upgraded from 16. What really makes it worse is the Ubuntu Software App. You'd think Ubuntu would want to promote Linux with some really good open source and commercial software. Instead, it launches with "Sorry, something went wrong." If it does work, it dishes up a long list of 1-star reviewed apps that won't even install.
Engage brain to start car
Nissan's US car commercials all prominently feature the car's ability to not slaughter pedestrians and crash into stopped cars while the driver is daydreaming. I'd prefer that those people not be able to drive in the first place.
How much of this is for security and how much of it is Apple protecting their rigid branding and customer lock-in? I started using Apple products from DOS 3.2 but quit after MacOS 10.6.8. For how much money Apple is charging, I need to feel like I actually own the computer after I buy it.
It doesn't even make juice?
"If anything Google are more open and honest about things than the other big players I mentioned."
You don't know anything about Google. Google is open and honest about a just enough things to make it appear that they're not being evil. They're also collecting huge amounts of personal data that isn't disclosed, they're associating personal data in clever ways that potentially reveals much more than they disclose, and they lie to their advertising customers about how accurate their information is.
People say that personal data spying is a fair trade for a free product. That's fine until Google starts dominating markets and there are no spying-free alternatives. Did you know that Apple and Google refuses to offer microSD cards so you're connected to their cloud more often? Did you know that the headphone jack is being removed so that Bluetooth beacon detection works more often? Do you really think that self-driving car technology won't coerce you into taking sponsored routes? It goes on forever.
I can't think of a time when Google wasn't as evil as possible.
Re: Alternatives to weed that would have been legal
They were busted for transporting an absurd quantity of a taxable and controlled product. Alcohol, tobacco, or ammo would have been at least as bad.
A woman was caught in the same area today with over 209 kg of pot. Don't you hate it give everyone the same gift as another family member?
But wait, there's more (fees)
The Nest is pretty much useless when the Internet is down. At least around here in the US, everything has an exposed service box where your private wires meet the utility's wires. At best it has a "Security Torx" screw head, which is so common that most tool combo-packs include drivers. Monitored security systems will call you when the wire is cut. DIY security systems have on-board storage. Nest needs you to purchase a cellular backup subscription.
This is similar to what Honda has done with Civic Hybrid cars. Rather than constantly replacing poorly designed "IMA" systems under warranty, they changed the software to stop using it and stop reporting failures. (I had the 2005 Hybrid Accord that was such an epic disaster that I got a lemon law refund.)
Re: So, when is he going to build Space Cannon One?
It would have to be going around 40000 km/h after the 600 km climb. It's not a survivable launch unless your payload is a bullet.
Offering easily abuse services, like...
I'm all for blocking services that are, through poor design, more abused than used. Does anything support scams on massive scales more than a telephone network? Even email's SMTP can be configured to block dirty networks. My phone's ringer is off.
Don't you mean $2000/month?
Right now in Silicon Valley: Comcast Business 75/15 Mbps with static IP addresses and no blocked ports costs $198 a month. Comcast Xfinity does not allow incoming connections and it blocks ports. Competitor Sonic could get me 6/2 Mpbs bonded ADSL2+ for about $120/month but IPv6 remains broken. AT&T's Uverse doesn't allow incoming connections, they block ports, and it costs extra to opt-out of spying.
Re: Saw it coming, just didn't care.
I see the microSD card as being able to carry just my phone where a laptop or a USB drive was once needed. About 100GB in my phone is offline OsmAnd+ maps and an offline Kiwix copy of Wikipedia. Traveling adds music, movies, documents, DSLR backups, and video camera backups. I've filled my 200GB card before so I've been thinking about a 400GB card for next year.
256GB phones are rare and expensive. A better question is if you really need 256+ GB of expensive high performance flash, or could most of that be a bit slower and 1/5 the cost.
Re: Saw it coming, just didn't care.
It's just like an iPhone but without iPhone support, so it's Essentially useless.
Pro-tip: Cater to people who don't want an iPhone. Give it a headphone jack, give it a microSD slot, let it run 3rd party ROMs, and maybe even make the battery user-replaceable.
Re: Still haven't graduated from lithium
Atomic batteries have been around for a long time, even in very small forms. They're perfectly safe as long as you keep the core cool and entirely undamaged for a few hundred years.
Bringing a bit of the 2010s to the 1990s
It sounds like they'd use Shazam to chain Siri and iTunes together. It's mind boggling that Apple has over 30 Million songs for sale but you can't be a customer without the iTunes app. There must be some people at Apple pulling their hair right now about iTunes getting a bit fatter.