For 4G to be seen as a viable alternative to fixed broadband, we'd need to see not just availability but also usage caps that are conducive to more than just single-user mobile usage.
That said I'm not convinced in the inevitability of the singularity because I wonder about the physical limits of processing and how close the brain may already be to that.
Depends what you mean by 'processing'. We can reliably evaluate complicated mathematical expressions in a barely-visible block of silicon. We can reliably store vast amounts of factual information in the volume of a postage-stamp. I suspect combining a human brain with the knowledge of wikipedia and the math potential of a CPU could lead to some interesting progress, and that's before we get into the idea of linking brains via the internet...
Nature != Someone
Natural != Artificial
So, you're suggesting that it's wrong to freely select a society on this planet in which you wish to spend your life? Instead, you have the ethical obligation to forever remain in the hut/town/city/country/continent you just so happened to be born in, fighting hard to try and change the surrounding government to align with your values - because a few others are?
Say, hypothetically, I'm born into a society that doesn't resonate at all with my views. Maybe practicing science is illegal. Maybe I'm legally required to sacrifice a goat every Sabbath. Maybe Scientology is the only state-approved religion. Maybe possession of caffeine is punishable by castration. Maybe the official country motto is "In Zeus we trust". Maybe hackers are given longer prison sentences than rapists. You get the drift... there's stuff I don't agree with, and the local society isn't my cup of tea.
Would it be wrong for me to say "fuck it" and move somewhere I consider more enlightened. Somewhere where I could contribute to society by exploring my scientific interests without fear of getting castrated for caffeine consumption or neglecting to sacrifice a goat? After all, and are fighting in a vain attempt to correct the idiocy of my hometown - and according to your logic it would be disturbing if I chose to live my short life in a society who's values resonate closer to mine.
Life is short. You could spend it fighting against the approaches of the people who happen to surround you, or you could find somewhere inhabited by like-minded people who you can team up with to create greater awesomeness in the world.
There's nothing noble about remaining in whatever shithole you happened to find yourself in - trying to change people who may not want to change. Let them get on with it. Many of us will chose where to live our lives, based on the people and places they want to be surrounded by.
So what you're saying is that people should feel an obligation to forever remain in the place they happened to be born in, and deciding to move somewhere populated by more like minded people and governments is a bad thing?
I assume quite a few torrent clients let you do this, I've used Vuze Plus for a while and it works like a charm.
There's always DNP.
Problem is whilst it's remarkably effective at increasing the metabolic rate in humans, it causes scarily nasty side effects in some individuals.
Yeah... I was thinking they could do this. However I'm sure P2P networks will quickly spring up that let you ask peers for a salted hash of a file, then use it to download the full quality file from Apple. More of a ballache though.
According to the announcement, once music is added to iCloud it can be downloaded onto iTunes and mobile devices, in DRM-free 256kbps AAC format. They don't support streaming.
So let's get this straight... iTunes will allow you to replace a pirated copy of your music with an official download, presumably identifying the original track based on audio fingerprinting and/or file hashes.
I can't think of any way in which this could be designed not to be broken. I'm expecting people will quickly figure out a way to trade hashes/fingerprints, bypassing the requirement to even bother downloading a pirated copy. Or maybe if the threshold is low enough we'll get a Shazam-like app - that records snippets of music then presents them to iTunes as a ripped track for replacing with a HQ version.
54Mb/s and freedom from wires is more useful to me than 100Mb/s.
Except you'll not be seeing anywhere close to 54Mb/s actual throughput. You'll see around 20Mb/s, barely double the 10Mb/s Ethernet network that you deemed too slow in the mid-90's. Proves your point though that you're unlikely to need more in a home setup. Server data centres are a different story...
I thought a requirement for patents was for the 'idea' to be non-obvious to a skilled professional in the field.
I don't work in the field of display technology, but the second I read the headline I knew how it could be achieved with a trivial modification to the LCD shutter glasses.
Your assumption is correct. It only recurses to one degress of seperation
It's not friends of friends of friends