See above. But here's the link again: GSM Association Official Document 12FAST.13 - Embedded SIM Remote Provisioning Architecture.
This is an earth-pressure-balance type TBM built for soft sand and dirt, below water level. Compressed air is used to keep water out at the working face. That's what's needed for a tunnel under the Seattle waterfront. It can cope with rocks and boulders, but not a solid rock face. It's not a hard-rock TBM. Those have very different cutters, but can't handle waterlogged soil.
Tunneling is like that. Stuff like this happens. It will be handled.
The Robocop example is really the 'first waffle' concept. You always have to make a first waffle, and it's almost always bad -- the iron's just not warm enough, oily enough or whatever until the second one comes out. But there's always, by definition, a first one. So just plan on your first iteration of a project to fail and to start over and do it right based on what you learned about the wrong way to start. Or not. Either way, the first iteration fails. You can throw it out and start over, or you can try to make the best of that ruined waffle. So why not plan on it?
Also, read "The Mythical Man Month". Amazingly, there are managers (and managees) who haven't. They don't have time? Really, you don't have time not to.
And how did the author of TFA miss the best one: pad your time estimates like Scotty.
What this seems to do is take control away from the user, who could swap SIM cards, and give it to some carrier.
When you say "seems to," do you really mean "could possibly some day"?
No, I mean that's what the documentation seems to say. The user can't swap SIM cards when there is no removable SIM card. It has to be done remotely. From the documentation, it seems that the carrier has the keys to do that, but the user does not. Some devices start out in "provisioning mode", from which point (I think) the first carrier to talk to the device downloads a profiile and has control of the device until they release it. Or the device might come pre-locked to a carrier. Whether the user can force the device back to provisioning mode seems to be under the control of the profile downloaded by the carrier.
it's a lot like the way domain transfer works between registrars, with the "domain locked" status being under the control of the "losing registrar". That's led to disputes.
Who tells whom what to do? - V. Lenin
To fix this issue, the GSMA has developed a non-removable SIM that can be embedded in a device for the duration of its life, and remotely assigned to a network. This information can be subsequently modified over-the-air, as many times as necessary.
What this seems to do is take control away from the user, who could swap SIM cards, and give it to some carrier. This looks like something where you beg and plead with your old carrier to let you switch your device to a new carrier. There's a lot of elaborate key management in this system, and compromise of certain keys could break the whole system.
People who use an OpenMoko will love this.
There's something to be said for what the FSF is trying to do. The problem is that they're too slow in doing it.
Heard this one before. On Slashdot, even. Yes, you can do it. No, you don't want to. Remember when LCDs came with a few dead pixels? There used to be a market for DRAM with bad bits for phone answering machines and buffers in low-end CD players. That's essentially over.
Working around bad bits in storage devices is common; just about everything has error correction now. For applications where error correction is feasible, this works. Outside that area, there's some gain in cost and power consumption in exchange for a big gain in headaches.
Bitcoin has a legitimate purpose; a truly portable store of value
As a store of value, Bitcoin has trouble holding its value for a week. Some days, hours. This limits its usefulness for transactions.
But it's an interesting lesson to see an authoritarian authorship system like that end up irrelevant and forgotten, because this is the sort of road current copyright maximalists would love to lead us down.
I know. Most of the Xanadu people were libertarians of the "markets are the solution to everything" persuasion. The World Wide Web might have turned out that way. There was a previous generation of paid online information businesses - Minitel, Nexis, Lexis, etc. - where you did pay for almost everything you looked at. Xanadu was supposed to be a better implementation of that model.
Ted's "Project Xanadu" was a very early vision of a large semantic hypertext network, very much like the modern web in some ways. But it never quite solidified into something that could take off on its own power.
It got implemented. Autodesk funded an implementation. I knew the people who did that job. It just wasn't very useful. It was a centralized storage and revision control scheme for text only (No pictures; Nelson was very text-oriented) tied to a micropayments system. You paid to read a document, and payments were parcelled out to everybody who'd contributed to the document.
The fundamental problem was that it assumed that most text documents were worth orders of magnitude than they are now. Pricing was intended to be comparable to what overpriced academic journals charge for online access today. Another part of the problem was that Nelson had very strong ideas about how it should be implemented, but didn't know much about database technology.
You joke, but it's really incentive for future artists more than former. When they see people working a few years in their youth and then earning royalties into retirement, that's quite the incentive to get into music.
Just ask any musician. They'll tell you they got in it for the money.
In Soviet Russia, dogs are allergic to you.
Also in my house.
Recently found out some of the allergens that my constantly irritate my dog, a list which includes cat and human dander.
Isn't looking for a "hygienic" way to expose a person to microbes like looking for a pornography store without the smut? The unhygienic part of poop (or saliva, blood, skin, or any tissue or fluid) is the microbes. Example: What's the polio vaccine? Weakened or killed virus from poop. Why did kids need it? Too little exposure to poop as a result of better sanitation.
Also what dangerous zoonotic (transgenic means something else) disease do you expect to catch from Fido that you're not just as likely to get from another human? You don't want to know where your baby's doctor's tie has been.
Also, before some Slashdot Aspie suggests I'm advocating living in filth: I am not suggesting we live in filth.
There is something about dog ownership that causes deafness.
The solution then to the barking dog problem is to get your own dog.
Everybody is digging the music, but no one is dancing.
That's usually a "DJ trying to be too cool" problem.
There are automated DJ programs, but so far, no one seems to have one that takes in video of the dance floor, tracks how many people are dancing, and adjusts the playlist accordingly. I thought of doing that 20 years ago, but now it would be both feasible and cost-effective. (Optional feature: also connects to the bar cash register system to optimize for revenue.)