787 posts • joined Thursday 1st March 2007 06:36 GMT
Re: Cute li'l guinea pigs.
>You realise that 30cm fence is merely psychological.
I suspect that psychological effect works on both sides though.
Re: NBN a fizzle
>FTTN NBN over the crappy copper I already have is not going to be much better than I get now.
You say you get 8 now. Malcolm's 6 year plan is to get a minimum of 50mbps... How is that "not much better"? Why would 100mbps be any better than 50? Where do you want to stop?
I personally would rather get something faster now than wait 10-20 years for ANY kind of upgrade. If you want to wait that long to get a speed increase, be my guest. But I'm a fan of Malcolm for simply wanting to get the damned party started.
Re: Name Change?
>or perhaps just: Shattered Windows
Most phones I see have a smashed screen these days - so probably not a terribly incorrect name.
>that mobile OSes need to be locked down if you want good battery life
So when the clever people at XDA-Developers (and others) manage to break the locks and free the OS, you're saying there's absolutely no way they could also create a customised ROM that has better battery life? The OS vendor gets things 100% perfect every time, right? And the OEMs never fill the OS with crapware, right?
So lets all let companies like MS tell us what's best for us. After all, they're a multi-billion dollar company, so they must know what they're doing.
Re: Which one ? Windows 8 with luck
>I really don't see this [disaster], I've been using 8 since not too long after release.
As I've been dealing with 8 since about then too, I feel qualified to say it's not only the least usable version of Windows I've played with in ages, but also the least stable.
It's also the least sensible when it comes to user data - easy user creatable full system backups are gone (I know the old backup system is there, but most users don't), BSODs now suggest effectively reformatting, and if you dare to boot from anything other than the single install of WIn8 on your single HDD/SSD in the computer, you're likely to end up corrupting the filesystem in some way (that damn hybrid boot thing still scares the bejesus out of me when I'm trying to handle customer data).
So are government department policies now to be open and transparent? Or is this just providing access to statistics, maps, etc?
What year was that again?
Microsoft is right - FTTP is the best end solution. Problem is that MS has yet again missed the point of the exercise - speeding up the damned rollout.
We're talking about a 10-20 year improvement (and that's being optimistic about Labor's turn and pessimistic about the coalition) in rollout time by going with the FTTN. Is it worth waiting 20 years to get fibre? I don't think it is.
Re: Apple and Linux......
"I'd love to pay Apple for a license to run a VM with OSX 10.9 Server, but that simply isn't available."
I agree. I'm extremely unlikely to ever buy Apple hardware, but if they offered a reasonably priced "unsupported" version for non-Apple hardware, I would probably buy a license just to have it available for the rare times I may need OSX for whatever reason.
Re: Why are we using memory compression?
I immediately thought of the 486 era "RAM booster" programs when I read that too. Of course Wyrdness does have a point - it would allow more stuff in RAM without swapping, which would save battery life in theory. Would also be quicker than swapping to HDD.
In practice however, I expect it's still in the same realm of gimmicks as the old ones. Most users wouldn't notice it one way or the other.
Re: Copyist Samsung
Not... sure... if... trolling... or... just... stupid...
Re: @ PaulR79 - Bemused
Sadly, click on Full Pages, scroll (careful - don't accidentally use 2 fingers) to the bottom and take note of the last few lines.... All 20 claims are cancelled by review.
Of course one does question why it took a review to get to that stage, rather than having it directed to the recycling on receipt.
Re: No VM upgrade option
Hmmm. Here was me wondering if I should try reinstalling 8 on my home server (as a KVM VM under Proxmox) to see how the update goes, and get a feel for the new options and such.
But reading that comment, and having never been able to get any of the leaked 8.1's to even boot the installer, let alone install, I really don't know if I can be bothered. Sounds like it's going to be a BSOD fest again.
I've been using aFreeRDP since it came out - does this do anything the open source client doesn't?
"As far as I know, MS updates are usually downloaded through fairly stable http URLs, perhaps because someone at MS intended them to be easily cached."
The URLs are consistent, but the download is done with ranged chunks which throws various tools into the works. And at 3.5GB, it's likely to include some pretty big files that may exceed the maximum sizes for caching in many common setups.
I'm not looking forward to this at work - computer repair shop. We may have a 200GB monthly limit we only use about 20GB of, but 3.5GB over ~18mbps means a 30 minute download IF things go fast as they can... And during that 30 minutes, no one else can use the internet because the download is chewing it all up. Rinse and repeat for the 10 or so regular customers with Windows 8, and we've basically got ourselves a whole lost work day as far as internet access goes.
"The Australian Police Minister"
Victorian Police Minister... Not The Australian Police Minister. He is Australian (if you count Victoria as Australia), and he is a minister for policing. But this guy doesn't represent all of Australia's police.
"Linux: new kernel -> reboot
Windows: new notepad.exe patch -> reboot
Oh, and don't get me started on PowerShell, I think it would just make you sad."
Yep. Don't forget that if notepad.exe was patched twice, you need to install patch 1, reboot, then install patch 2 aswell...
And bloody Powershell. What the effing duck if is with Windows not being able to do an upgrade repair install (you know the one - same version "upgrade") if Power effing Shell is installed, but it won't let you uninstall it either?!?!? What cockhead at Microsoft came up with that bullcrap!?! Thank gooseness it only checks for the Powershell directory, so one can simply rename it to "PowerHell" instead (can't delete it because that would be too blanking easy, wouldn't it?).
Bugger - you got ME started on Powershell.
Re: It's a PC
Uh, JeffyPooh, did you forget this is about a *Steam* *Console*? Steam updates itself generally very silently. Most of the stuff it pops up messages about are either fatal (ie a console would do the same) or are not popups if you run in "Big Picture" mode, which SteamOS revolves around.
And given it's intended to be used like other consoles, I suspect Valve have covered the idiot proofing side of things.
Re: meaty linux box?
They've been talking like SteamOS will allow you to add other software, so I suspect 300 lucky Steam users will essentially be getting a free PC. I doubt it would be difficult to install whatever you want on it, especially if you're not against pulling out a screwdriver and connecting the HDD to another PC.
Windows 7 Upgrade?
We've got a few customers still running XP on older PCs bought during the early Vista era - they'd run Windows 7 fine in most cases, and the hardware is fine... But MS has made it terribly hard to get Windows 7 without paying a premium... You can only do a Windows 8 downgrade from OEM licenses, which you can't install on the existing PCs. You can't buy Windows 7 Upgrade anymore, which leaves 2 options:
* Windows 8 (ugh - no).
* Windows volume licensing (5 license minimum)
Neither are very good options, particularly if you only have 3 or 4 PCs.
Re: depends on the industry.
Couldn't agree more. A 20 year patent on clicking a button is retarded and puts people and companies off even trying to create new ideas - the patent system doesn't protect inventions anymore, it prevents them.
LOL - I pointed out at work one day (with the help of about 60 seconds in MS Paint) that the iPhone4's promotional material was very easy to modify to say "ShitPhone4"... Big white Sans Serif font on a plain black background was far too inviting.
Re: Charles 9 Byz At this rate...
"Google gets to use your docs as they like, in perpetuity, even after you delete them, which implies they keep copies of all that stuff"
I suspect that's just butt-covering in the event that a Google employee cocks up and lets people's files out into the wild somehow. Remember, Google has a lot of lawyers, and T&C documents get written by those lawyers. They'd be thinking of the worst cases and covering their arses. Particularly after that WiFi thing people got all upset about (over what was essentially nothing).
I'm not saying Google's all rainbows and candy, but I seriously doubt they want to keep the worlds files on, er, file just so they can sneak a look next Tuesday when the programmers are bored.
Probably forgot about security
I haven't had much to do with these setups, aside from fixing up what Telstra's fucked up. But the few times I've been fiddling, I've been left wondering if they actually secured anything.
Sadly I've never had time to investigate further, but a story like this makes me wonder if someone else DID have time...
OK, it's not technically IT Crowd... But there's still time to donate to the Skyballs project that Chris O'Dowd is the face of (hmm - does one really want to be face of a "balls" project?)
Get over and donate!
Re: Only one way to fix this
They already have such laws against pointless cases:
Sadly the courts seem to be happier to just let it all go by - maybe they're making a profit for the government off the big companies when it comes to the court fees...
Re: penetration is the problem
I suspect you can blame the telcos for that... They seem to believe media hype and ignore customer's actual requests.
Not just guessing that - we were a dealer for a major telco for about 3 years and were asked to provide out input on that topic.
People actually give a toss still?
I thought everyone gave up caring around the time Steve died (or the iPhone 5 came out - not sure exactly when). The general public appear to be over the media hype ups Apple puts on, and the invited media seem to be the only ones that care (hey - it's a free booze up, right?).
This is outrageous! What the heck were they thinking? Plastic sheds?!?!
No, seriously. I read the whole article, then saw the links to the plastic and wooden sheds and just couldn't help wondering where the steel ones were. Are Aussie the only ones that bother building proper sheds?
Re: 802.11b/g/n is being replaced
"and basestations working in that band are required to find an unused band"
I'm not an expert, but isn't it only 802.11ac that requires that?
Pretty sure the 802.11a AP I configured many years ago didn't even have that little "auto" tickbox option everything has now. And the Nanostations I've got running a ptp link aren't doing auto channeling - they're on a preselected frequency.
Re: Liquid metal price
"If Apple is going to produce phones in colors, it only makes sense if they are durable enough that people will want to not use a case. Otherwise, what's the point?"
The release of the white iPhone4 was almost as exciting to some as the iPhone4 - yet most people who "upgraded" to this same phone in different colour stuck it straight into a case anyway. Why would a more fruity colour change that?
They're using 403? WTF?
What idiots thought 403 was a good error code to return for a government filter blocking the content? 403 means the server didn't want to send the file... Not that some government muppet has stuck a filter in the middle and blocked the page.
Let me guess. The same muppets also figured they may aswell put a huge max-age aswell to save on bandwidth....
"so long as you limit network exposure"
Sure - limit the network exposure to nothing at all, and you'll be fine. Allow pretty much anything and you're running the risk of attack.
Would love to upgrade our customers...
Would love to upgrade our customers, but Microsoft has really put everyone in a bad spot here. They're culling XP, which means we need to upgrade customers to Windows 7 or 8... Rather cleverly, they have also removed "7 Upgrade" from supply channels, so you can only buy 8. 8Pro has downgrade rights, but only if you buy OEM (not upgrade).... And OEM licenses can only be used on freshly built PCs.
What a mess they've left here. We either have to sell new PCs to clients just to get XP out of the way, or convince the world that Windows 8 isn't so bad. Ugh!
Re: "such systems are unpopular with the slackers"
"After all, you shouldn't object to your employer tracking your every move and every stop to ensure that they're getting the maximum possible amount of work out of you"
Arsehole managers/employers will be arseholes... GPS tracking is just another tool in their kit, not the entire basis of their arseholery.
Re: not back to normal
You shouldn't be storing sensitive things on Ubuntu One anyway... You don't know who could be looking at it at the other end!
The login thing seems to work. I logged in with my U1 account, and the forums came up with my (different) username. Slightly annoying though is that it didn't land me back on the page I started from, but instead when to the full list of forum categories... That could get annoying!!
Re: I didn't think anyone would want them.
I thought it was pretty standard for all IT people to love free random junk...
Free goodies means less trips to the office supplies shop/storeroom, and therefore less social interaction required.
I'm not being 100% serious there, but I am being partly serious - I think most IT people do love their free pens, rulers, coffee mugs, etc.
"How does this reduce CO2 emissions?"
Easy - they turn it into algae.
What happens after that is completely irrelevant... It gets made into a REPLACEMENT fuel... It's not like people will drive their trips twice if they use this fuel. Think about it.
@Mark Allread Re: Why bother?
"* The "file manager" in Windows 8 is much improved over Windows 7"
In what way? I was trying out 8.1 last night* and the ribbonisation of Explorer alone was enough to remind me never to put 8 on my main PC. I was ready to just switch the laptop off and abandon it without having even figured out how to boot straight to the desktop (which I also found was in a really stupid location).
* Trying 8.1 required me to dig out an old HDD to shove into my spare laptop... I tried simply installing to the same KVM instance I already had 8.0 running on, but the ISO black screened (0x0a). Fiddled with the settings there, still kept failing. Moved to my desktop PC and VMWare Player. Same result.
It's almost as if MS don't want anyone to try their stuff anymore.
"If you are tinkering in the control panel you are not the sort of user Microsoft are after"
No. But perhaps you're the kind of person who is paid to fix the problems those users are having. Problem is you're left sitting there swearing at the clunky piece of shit instead of actually fixing it.
Re: Climate Models
"It'll be interesting to see if the Oz government, (who appear to subscribe to CO2 AGW) will ban exports of coal."
They need the money first and foremost, so I can't see them doing that.
That said, we if it's Labor, then we're talking about the group that definitely won't have a carbon tax, then decided to do it anyway, then decided to compensate everyone for it, with a net loss to the government... If they stay in power, any stupid thing is possible.
Totally agree - Telstra has been busy proving how crap shared bandwidth wireless connections are. They have been overselling their 4G WiFi modems as a solution to every internet connection need. They've even been calling ADSL users and selling it to them - major WTF.
To provide suitable low contention wireless services to the masses, they need the fibre rolled out anyway. In fact, it would be similar to the coalitions plan as far as the fibre goes.
Speaking of the coalitions plan - how can someone comment on the possible needs for the future, then fail to notice the coalitions plan is scalable for the future. The paper they published even mentions they intend to replace aging copper with fibre to the premises anyway.... Just not in one huge effort like Conroy decided we need.
Personally I'd prefer the coalition plan purely on the time scale...
Re: Not MacBook Pros, not Apple batteries.
"Lesson: next time buy an official Apple part :)"
Cause Apple never had any Sony built batteries exploding in Macbooks, right?
Oh, and all those destroyed iProducts where the battery expanded and forced the case open... Those had to be non-genuine batteries too, right?
Re: And what about when it snows...
My first thought was rain fade too... But it appears they're talking short distance 2.5GHz point to point links here, not satellite (despite the company name), so it should cope OK.
Re: Non-problem? Hardly.
"Why the hell android does not allow ME to control that I have no idea."
Well it could be worse... You could be using iOS - where not only do apps not inform you what they could do, but the OS doesn't either.
Lawyers, Accountants and Artists...
Lawyers, Accountants and Artists... The more they think they know about the technical side of IT systems, the more dangerous/annoying they are to the people who get asked to fix it.
Re: So, a factory reset isn't.
You've not done a lot of hacking with modern electronics, I see... What they are describing is no different to the risks of rooting any mobile phone or tablet, or flashing firmware updates to any embedded device.
In this case, they're not just allowing you to update the firmware, they've released the source. One misplaced character could well brick the device, and they're warning the developers not to expect Google to fix it.
Re: Sorry, Eadon isn't right
"For the same reason we get stupid laws about driving with cellphones"
So you've never observed the retarded behavior of drivers talking on phones while driving? I've nearly died because of such behavior... It'd want to be a fucking good phone call if you're willing to risk people's lives for it.
MS can't do websites
Why is anyone surprised? Microsoft released IE10 on the world, but half their own websites don't work right with it.
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