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Re: Pulse dialling?
Anyone else remember spending ages trying to dial numbers by just clicking the handset rest?
Hell, I remember having a phone stored on memory and doing the reverse process: hearing the clicks generated by the phone, then substracting 1 from the click batches and voila! I have the phone number!
(Ok, if you heard 11 clicks, that was 0.)
Bing is an ice cream franchise. That's the first thing that pops up in my mind. Ok, maybe the lame attempt MS did to place their not-Google search engine on the Hawaii 5-0 remake. "Bing it!" (and reading the comments "He said Google wrong!" is hilarious!)
I do have a Hotmail account, but that was mostly used for Messenger ... oh, MS killed that.
They also killed Hotmail, only leaving the addys themselves. Outlook is an anti-brand like Windows these days.
But really, anyone claiming "Microsoft" and "love" in the same sentence is either an MS shill, or has bet the cards on the MS ecosystem, like those devs who only knew .NET and were afraid of the Java switch one of my former employers was planning...
Re: restrained, thoughtful and cerebral debate we can expect.....
well, with The MS-Basher Who Shall Not Be Named now properly banished, there is a decent chance we actually WILL see restrained, thoughtful, and cerebral debate. A very, very SLIM chance but a chance nonetheless...
Unfortunately, the MS shills (no, not the ones that he claimed were shills, the real ones) are still here, so it is just time before one of them makes the retarded arguments pushed by MS shills and blowing up the comment section again.
Though it could be that they're basically the evil version of the Eadon troll, as one of them at least has been trolling the space related articles as well...
Re: What happens when lies meet real world?
Maybe the issue is the media portraying IT people as nerds, think NCIS, IT Crowd, etc.
Oh so very agreed. (Though NCIS's Abby is someone I'd like to see in IT!) In fact, programs like IT Crowd usually get the laughs at the expense of IT stereotypes. No, IT people aren't 30-somethings that still live with mommy. No, IT people aren't nerds or social outcasts. IT people are pretty aware of pop culture, and aren't unaware of Twilight even if we wish that tripe didn't exist (I'm referencing a specific Criminal Minds episode there).
And no, we don't build a VB GUI to trace an IP.
It seems the media is still taking their stereotypes out of Revenge of the Nerds and forgot that a lot of people are now tech-savvy, that videogames are now played by people in their early 40s, and that IT people aren't separated from the rest of the social world anymore.
Re: "Customers who have Windows 8 on touch systems are much happier than other Windows 8 customers"
I suggest you check your bank account, the MS payment should be around six figures by now.
Who makes the Atom? You know the CPU that runs rings around ARM in fair competitions AND still runs 10+ hours in a 10'' tablet PC (Dell, Lenovo)?
... in a competition where the fine tuning and specs used has not been disclosed, and probably has been skewed to Intel's favor?
Re: I dislike windows 8...
Windows 8 works perfectly well without touch anything, I don't know where this "It needs touch" meme comes from.
Gartner. MS has done the impossible: they proved a Gartner prediction correct.
And no, if MS were to scrap Modern, Win8 would probably start making inroads as expected, instead of sinking the PC market faster.
Re: Argh, more microsoft lies.
If you do not need Modern - then simply do not use it.
Except running anything requires using the Start Screen, which is Modern.
If Ms listened to their customers we'd never have got XP, and we'd probably have never got 95.
Win95 was the first one to actually do a decent ripoff of the System 7 UI. Most customers back then were grateful for this, as it uncluttered the screen compared to 3.1's Program Manager. (Incidentally, Metro looks like a return to that clutter with the Start screen!)
XP worked fine, deactivating the Luna UI could be done as well though I never saw the point of doing so. It didn't interfere with the UI, unlike TIFKAM.
touch-screen mobiles were resisted too.
You talk like this is something of the past. It isn't, some of us still resist touchscreen smartphones.
MS did the research, most of the feedback was "get rid of this toy thing" so they discarded it and pushed it on anyway. They even went for the nuclear option, killing the ability of deactivating Metro in the RC version...
Haven't seen his other posts? He's got Microsoft-phillia.
I myself am a Blackberry user. I'd rather have other alternatives like the Elop-murdered Symbian for a replacement smartphone, but as it stands it seems BB is still the only one that gives me both security and privacy these days, and isn't Yet Another Annoying Microsoap Product.
I have a well loved Panasonic MSX 2 at home on my desk, mainly for the ability to play the original Metal Gear games.
Heh, the only reason I even know about the MSX computers is precisely because of Metal Gear! Somewhere among my backups I have an MSX2 emulator which I originally got only to play the first two Metal Gear games (somehow, I got hold of a fan translated version of Metal Gear 2!) but I later started monkeying around with MSX-BASIC itself. It was definitely impressive what these computers were able to do, taking into account they're from the late 80's!
It serves as at least a way to know who owns a domain, useful sometimes for legal reasons. As others have mentioned, it also serves to weed out spammers.
Really, the decision to axe Whois sounds as dumb as axing DNS altogether: what use is to have DNS if we can't know who's responsible for the domains? Also, ICANN seems to be forgetting that whois is also used for reverse DNS tracking: that's where we get who owns which net blocks. That's even more important...
Re: You came in that thing?
If you have ever seen an Apollo module, you'd notice they were also cramped. And astronauts had to stay a whole week inside those!
The Orion is basically a bigger version of that, so I'm guessing it's still cramped, but only with more seating.
Re: used to play Quake and UT all night? @Ledswinger
Talking of old, blocky things, and iD software, who round here remembers being impressed by Doom back in '93? And in fact being genuinely scared whilst playing it?
Phobos Lab. Dark. Spooky soundtrack. GAAAH WHAT IS THAT PINK THING! *fire rocket launcher at point-blank range* *die due to splash damage*
Yes, I'd say that game was the first one that genuinely scared me back in the day! I also managed to pass both Doom1 and Doom2 w/o cheat codes, found them on the 'net 'till a year after I had finished both of 'em.
Re: Is this low framerate why...
It is written artifact in the US. The other spelling makes my brain coredump as it looks like someone sliced an o out of the Spanish spelling. If you're really going to go into Language Pedant mode, I'd likely note that the British spelling of check as 'cheque' is also a Spanish word. Maybe the colonials were able to preserve some words better being further away from Spain?
Oh you had to ruin your argument.
We've already seen things where technically the better solution is generally rejected, even as recent as the Xbox One digital sharing feature that, amongst others, was dropped.
You had to choose the worst example? We've got x86 vs. RISC, 30/60fps vs. 24fps, full dynamic range audio vs. Dynamic Range Compressed loudness, watching SDTV content in 4:3 vs. "stretch-o-vision" grossness, and you choose the draconian DRM thing as an example?
There's also some detractors that don't like the look of the 48fps The Hobbit film.
This is a much better example. I've heard a lot that >24fps movies look too weird to the human eye. Others say they don't like HD because you can see all the imperfections on the actor's skin or whatever. I'd rather have better image/motion resolution, and yes we should be doing real 60fps filming by now!
Re: Treaties smeeties
The same applies for Ecuador as well. In fact, I'm not sure I'd feel safe *anywhere* within Latin America; until recently, that was the CIA's backyard. Then again, that's why a few US-unfriendly governments have popped up there in recent years as well...
Re: This decision is just absurd
You'd rather have the US system, where rapists get "rehab therapy" while one of the alleged hackers that uncovered evidence that burned them gets 10 years hard time?
Re: This thing you call windows
Can't attest for others, but at least Symantec's Corporate AV just won't plain run on Win8. My coworker got stuck with that problem after being suckered into the cheap Win8 upgrade.
Did MS actually revive the Start Menu on this one, instead of having the Start button go to the kiddy toy thing?
Re: Win 8 -- Worse than you thought
As much as someone who is trying to switch to Linux after a horrible Win8 experience does baffle the mind as I'd avoid buying any Win8-loaded gear, I can't blame him on not learning it.
I can definitely learn to eat a turd, but that doesn't mean I want to eat turds. Same applies to Win8.
Re: All these unsold boxes
< 2% Linux market is MS-paid FUD. Anyone who has worked for even half-decent companies knows that the server market is swarmed by Linux and UNIX variants. While the desktop side is still low, the server market is a different story!
But the fun thing is that this is actually something they predicted before Win8 was released. They outright said that TIFKA Metro was awful on the desktop, and that it would be horrible.
They were right.
I'm pretty sure hell froze over, as that assessment still stands.
The novel's pretty hard to adapt without bombing
The only version to mostly stick to the book is Vincent Price's "Last Man on Earth". But including the part of the book where that phrase is used means you get a bad ending (for humans, that is) and that just won't go well. Ironically, there's an alternate ending for the Will Smith adaptation where the phrase's meaning is preserved in context, but it was cut out.
But really, a movie where the "monsters" end up "winning" isn't going to fly.
Re: NT 4
I once migrated an NT4 Server box ... in 2006. Though in the end, we ended up chucking a new server into the site, installing WS2003 on that and migrating *all* PCs to that domain. The NT4 box was really out of spec, slower than most of the PCs in the office and that said a lot!
Re: Dropping XBox
To play devil's advocate for a second, none of the XBox titles I have ever purchased have required me to be online just to play them. None. (maybe I just haven't bought the right ones though)
But they do require Gold for the extra stuff, like Netflix. And even though Sony did capitulate and turn PS+ into a required thing for online gaming in the PS4... it still isn't required for the extra stuff. Only the online gaming part will require PS+. So even in the next gen, MS are still looking like greedy overcharging bastards!
Re: But what about Windows?
Not this time. Both consoles are now using the same Craptel architecture, so the upsides on the PS4 box are merely the difference between different PCs. The differences will be that now devs will target the PS4, and simply set the Xbone version for "low graphics" or something like that.
And for the looks of how the market is shaping itself, there's a good chance that PS4 will end up winning this round. It's cheaper, and it didn't piss off the gamebase with the DRM thing. That part is probably going to leave a bitter taste for years, even with MS doing the U-turn and all. Just see how Sony is still suffering from the rootkit fiasco: every time something about Sony comes up, someone will inevitably mention "but does it come with a rootkit?"
PGP/GPG relies on the prime number thingy for secret key transmission. It is only used for sending the encryption key used by the symmetrical encryption algorithm which is used for the actual message. The symmetrical encryption algorithms used by PGP/GPG are also used in TrueCrypt, specifically AES.
TrueCrypt requires recipients to know a secret key/passphrase beforehand, and that's where you need something like PGP or roll out your own RSA implementation for that. And that's where you end up using the prime number thingy, or maybe Elliptic Curve if you can do that.
Re: Organic? @Tom Wood
Oh so very agreed on all points. I do eat fatty/energy dense products, but it is mostly when my regular intake is low or when I'm actually doing energy sapping stuff like exercise, carrying stuff, you know ... physical stuff. And yes, some stuff does need salt, which is why the "war on salt" seems so stupid from my point of view.
Re: The history of tribal violence
Go back to the Aztecs and you'll find they weren't the nicest people around and were overthrown in part because all the nearby tribes signed up with Cortez in hopes of sloughing off their existing master.
And there goes an interesting thing: unlike Africa, the Latin American former colonies aren't killing themselves in the stupid way the Africans seem to be doing. By the time we started breaking free as independent countries there was more of a national identity than a tribe affiliation; though the intermingling of Europeans and the native population might have a lot to do with that, something that didn't happen in Africa.
Re: *Properly* implemented encryption ...
Indeed. That's why I consider most iPhones insecure, because the "password" is actually a 4-digit PIN. So instead of 2^256 guesses at an AES key, you only need to try 10000 "password" combinations to crack the crypto.
AES has been tested.
The algorithm has been pounded everywhere, even by security bods who don't trust the NSA and it hasn't been cracked. Yes, the implementation even in FIPS 140-2 certified implementations might be considered "NSA 0wnable" but those that aren't should be moderately secure.
Also, take into account that at least in some FIPS 140-2 revisions, the ghastly TDES is still "certified" ... which I actually distrust. DES was cracked 10+ years ago, and it is pretty possible that GPU/FPGA hardware in the "chump change" range might be able to crack DES within hours; TDES is simply doing DES three times with three different keys. But theoretically, throwing hardware at it should eventually crack it... and it probably has been cracked already.
Reminds me of HS
Back in High School, I encrypted the following message:
"Si estás leyendo esto, CHINGA TU MADRE, este mensaje no dice nada!"
(If you're reading this, [local profanity], this message doesn't say anything!)
The idea being that anyone snooping my email and eventually cracking the "secret" message would have wasted their time for nothing. Maybe these practical jokes will become standard?
Re: Right John
It wasn't that bad when he sold it. Same thing happened with Norton AV, after it got sold, it started going shitty!
Re: Less than ideal
In my case, yes I have more than one card. Unfortunately, most of 'em are stuffed, so most of the time only one has enough credit for doing stuff.
Also, having only one card on me means that if I ever get mugged, the mugger will only be able to empty one of my cards instead of all of 'em.
Re: Not making sense @jeremy 3
Ah, that's a better name for the thing. We still call it 'outsourcing' over here, though I've pointed out that the term isn't quite right as the only 'outsourcing' component is that the resource works for another company than the one that pays him his salary.
I used to be stuck under this scheme for 5 years. It's horrible, and over here in Mexico it has become the unofficial standard. A big bank which is a strong branch from a very well known European bank recently went full evil and created an entire NearSourcing branch, moving most of the IT people into that. All of the work, without the privileges of working in a bank ... because you don't work for the bank. Get it?
Only five years?
Most-favoured nation clauses should just be made illegal. They lead to anticompetitive markets, and this case shows it.
Re: Too big for its britches @h3
I disagree on the tyrant stance being good. Nintendo didn't shave away "bad" games, they shaved away most competition in favor of their own content. That's why some of the big publishers started creating shell companies (Konami had ULTRA and others) to sidestep on their "5 games per year" restriction for third-party games. Adding to that, the draconian Nintendo Censorship board, which seemed to have censorship standards based on "what can an 8 year old play?". One of the few weird exceptions would be Monster Party during that era.
Hell, for many years I gravitated more on Mac/PC gaming because the games were much better. It took the Playstation to finally break away from the heavy censorship era, though by then Nintendo had stopped being so heavy-handed on the censorship (only that can explain DOOM on the SNES.)
Re: XBox 180
It is XBoned, as in 'boned' by Sony.
At least if the XBox 180 moniker sticks, it will finally make that 360 joke accurate.
- Why is the XBox1 called the XBox 180?
- Because when you see it, you do a 180 and walk away!
(Though the original joke would work if you're moonwalking away.)
Re: Exception: the Ribbon
The Ribbon is only marginally useful in the OSX version ... mostly because the Office for Mac edition still has the menus and thus you can ignore the Ribbon (or use it for the few power features that actually show up there), and that the Ribbon doesn't waste as much screen real estate as its Windows counterpart.
At least you do agree that TIFKA Metro is a piece of shit that should be dragged to the woods and shot.
Re: Its all about games
With these restrictions Microsoft was courting the game developers by reducing the developers two great hates. Piracy and second hand sales.
Piracy is understandable ... but that was far better covered with the PS3. Even here in Mexico, where piracy is widespread, the PS3 has been the one console where most games are acquired by actually buying them. The 360 is the one that's still chock full of pirated games.
And second hand sales is only a developer-side hate. As MS found out, gamers are far more pissed off at draconian attempts to kill second hand sales, and they're the ones who actually pay for games. Those who had wooed MS and made their games XBoned exclusive releases would have seen their games fare far worse than the usual second-hand-traded games they currently have. Game publishers will smell the blood and sometimes even remove the "exclusiveness" of certain games if they realize their "exclusive" platform is going down the drain. Remember Resident Evil Code Veronica?
Re: Fuck them.
Even the most rabid of Sony shills - hi Barry! - couldn't possibly argue Xbox One's phonehome and limitations were about Microsoft's greed. ... sez the MS shill.
Ironically, EA are dropping their own retarded attempt at screwing the second-hand games market: Online Pass is being phased out. Yes, publishers probably had a hand on MS trying to pull off this, but for it to work it would have to be implemented on all platforms. Anyone who isn't stupid would know that DRMing the shit out of a console will send people fleeing to the competition unless they are also locked down. By the time MS went on to go full retarded offering their horrible games lockdown, Sony had already stated that the "NFC chip disc lockdown" FUD wasn't true and that there would be no secondhand games lockdown.
It would have been interesting though if the devs pushing for this DRM scheme were actually offering the X1 more exclusives. If it had gone through, those publishing houses would've had their exclusives crash & burn, as the thing would have not sold. Which is why I'm sad that MS did do a U-turn: all of those who pushed for this braindead, greedy scheme should have been punished by economic failure and bankruptcy. That would send a pretty strong message to anyone even trying to pull this off that its just not worth it.
Re: The 360 cannot live like XP did
Yes, they could do that. But if the problem were that people aren't just buying the XBone, that might just piss those 360 owners enough to send 'em to the PS4. Hell, maybe even used PS3s just to give MS the finger!
PS2 games were still being released years after the PS3 came out, and it is pretty possible they were being released because the PS2 had a larger install base than the new gen consoles for quite some time.
While Nazi does mean "national socialism", it was in fact more like pirated Italian Fascism than actual socialism. In fact, their first targets were the Communists and the actual Socialists and Social-Democrats; the conservative oligarchs actually cheered for the Nazis because they would crush all attempts at socialism/communism. Of course, they were very, very wrong.
And well, I'd really doubt Kim Jong-un would worship the Third Reich, given that the Kim family fought the Axis powers in WW2. It would make as much sense as a Holocaust survivor worshipping Hitler: it would just not make sense, even by NORKS standards.
Dr Strangelove or ...
I usually think more of the Kubrick film.
The code is OPE!
Nah, all their articles are like this ... against all big IT companies. Ever read Itanium articles here? They call it the Itanic.
McAfee really knows how to party :P and he gets to take potshots at his former product. It's kind of similar to Murdoch's trashing of MySpace, but way cooler!
So now his "plus offer" is reduced to a mere 2.5% advantage? Hopefully investors can remember how Icahn has shafted everyone else and kindly refuse his offer. He's also at a loss as his previous bluff was called.
It's pretty possible that Icahn will lose this battle. Good riddance!
Is this a mad dash for outdated technology? Sprint uses the dog-awful CDMA. Clearwire IIRC used the failed 4G contender WiMAX. Why would anyone want such things? Sure you'd get their spectrum, but then you'd have to invest into building up the infrastructure from the ground up, as both CDMA and WiMAX are dead in the water.
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