No more speed increases coupled with decreases in power consumption and cost. Fair enough, but who says increasing cost is the way to go? (That's rhetorical, we all know it's the business people saying that). Focus on less power consumption and at least keep costs the same. Use the chips we have to make systems with more processors. Take advantage of the cloud and Hadoop. Refocus on more efficient coding practices. We're so focused on chips getting faster, but parallel processing is a viable method of getting more processing done.
It's great that we can be so connected, but ask yourself this: how urgent is that email from Amazon? Or that calendar invitation about a party next month? Are you living your life or just sifting through emails and instant messages? If you're on-call for your job, have a friend or family member in the hospital, or some similarly important event going on, then that's definitely a valid reason for interrupting a conversation and attending to your device. If you want to read emails while pretending to pay attention to someone, then perhaps face-to-face socialization isn't for you. While people *think* they can covertly read emails while holding a conversation, I've never met anybody that could actually do so. I've been guilty of trying that myself and realized how silly the whole situation is. Anyone trained in business or interpersonal communication will tell you the same thing: Pay attention to the person with whom you're speaking, or excuse yourself to read your emails.
I'm sure it wasn't actually Qradar, but collecting Google searches is a built in function of the QRadar product. Qradar is a SIEM that uses packet sniffing appliances called Qflow to watch corporate network traffic. An out-of-the-box feature is to capture all Google searches. Same functionality as wireshark, but with a much easier interface.
Your best bet would be floor monuments that enclose power receptacles, and if you wanted you could put network jacks too. Of course, this is only available if you have a floor that can handle this installation, so it may not be for everyone. It's very unlikely that furniture manufacturers will ever want to wire up their products. As you stated, the fire hazards could be a disaster. If the furniture is sold worldwide, it's also unlikely they'd want to deal with the hassles of the various different voltages and regulatory approvals. They're much more comfortable with you stringing your power adapters through the couch and taking all the liability off them.
Password safes would be a better solution. A central authentication service is useful, but it also has a big target on it for all the hackers out there. One big score and the hackers could have access to millions of accounts on thousands of sites. If it's worth their while, hackers will keep at it until they get the prize. To keep you safe a better choice is a password safe. You have random passwords for every site and store them in the safe. Then you put a strong password on the safe that you won't forget. Your accounts are as secure, if not more so, than using a centralized sign-on, and the hackers can't access millions of user accounts all in one place.
I agree that some of these games could be excessive if you purchased all the in-game items. I calculated that purchasing each "premium" item at least once could cost between $100 and $500 for Simpsons: Tapped Out. This is very similar to gambling. You can have sensible people that view it as some entertainment and will stop after a limit, or you have the people that don't set limits and lose a lot. With that comparison, kids are protected from gambling so there should be something in place for software companies to protect children. Software companies do need to make money of course, and this method is important because it allows the consumer to try a game before buying/paying for it. It also allows people that don't want to grind to be able to experience the end-game content. I do object to games like Simpsons: Tapped Out that make it next to impossible to ever get premium items without paying, but that's their choice. On the flip side, some responsible parenting would be good too. Teach children the value of money and of working for a reward (in-game or otherwise). Don't give your children access to phones or software that are attached to credit cards or billing accounts. Restrict them to game/gift cards for purchasing content. (perhaps that could be the new currency for allowances?)
If you have a problem with the depiction of Jabba's palace, why are you blaming Lego? Did they create Jabba's palace? No, George Lucas and his design team did. I think they missed the boat on this complaint by a couple of decades.
dgharmon writes in with an interesting article about how much (or how little) beef is in a UK burger. "The presence of horsemeat in value beefburgers has caused a furore. But what is usually in the patties? It has been a sobering week for fans of the beefburger. Tesco have used full-page adverts in national newspapers to apologize for selling burgers in the UK that were found to contain 29% horsemeat. Traces of horse DNA were also detected by the Food Standards Agency of Ireland in products sold by Iceland, Lidl, Aldi and Dunnes. But a beefburger rarely contains 100% beef."
"a waste of German taxpayers' money"
...so let's start an appeal that will force the government to defend the ruling, hence wasting more taxpayer's money? Makes total sense...
My circadian rhythms flat-lined a long time ago. Years of video games, late night programming, and 2am change windows. Sleep is for the under-caffeinated.
So what's the difference between this and all the US air force bases that fly manned fighter aircraft? What? Did they think these drones just naturally fly without any training or practice? Not exactly a good idea to put an expensive drone into a war zone when it's being controlled by an unskilled/untrained operator. Must be a slow day in the news room.
Clearly this time the best mouse trap has been built, unlike all the previous other times that someone built a better mouse trap. From what I've seen in our helpdesk, most of their job is fixing users' screw-ups, like spilling coffee on their devices, unjamming printers, user hardware provisioning, etc. Not much can be done to remove all that physical work.
From the article it seems their key argument is that depressed people are identified by inconsistent heavy Internet usage, as opposed to just heavy Internet usage. If this were applied to heavy Internet users that are also parents, have a steady job, own a home, etc, they would likely show up as depressed. In reality they can only be "heavy" Internet users when free time exists. Also, I wonder if the test is properly separating people who are depressed from those that are just introverts. Introversion != Depression. I would challenge that a lot of these people that are being categorized as depressed are actually just introverts trying to deal with the very extroverted college/university lifestyle. It takes a lot of energy for an introvert to deal with all those extroverted people, and a perfect way for them to unwind is to have some quiet time downloading, chatting, surfing, etc. Catching up on all those things that they feel they missed because they were feeling they must go out and be social. Once they've recharged they go back out and be social for a while. That could explain a lot.
Give the program access to a company's enterprise data warehouse and any other data storage, and have it write an article on the health of the company. Could have some interesting results for investors, auditors and investigators. "This company is a hidden gem" or "This company is so rotten you should be able to smell it in the reception".