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It seems Obama isn't just going for plain vanilla patent trolls ... he's going against the other flavor of patent trolls, or patent bullies. That is, stop companies like Apple blocking imports because someone else's phones have round corners...
Re: Perhaps a little research ? @Gav
Heh. It actually made me remember back when the god-awful Winmodems became common. I was saddled with one of those ugly things, so I go googling how to get the POS to work, and ended up reading stuff like:
"Oh, you gotta compile these drivers. If you don't know how to compile a Linux kernel, you shouldn't be doing Linux at all!" or "Closed source evil! We won't accept closed-source drivers even if winmodem manufacturers provide them!". Basically, the Linux community had a dark, newbie-hostile side to it and it showed in many places. Not to mention the pointless naming wars "EETS CALLED GNOO SLASH LEENUX!!!".
Though Microsoft is now losing the plot, given Windows 8. It seems they want to do a poor copy of Jobs' "blame the user" game, and they're losing it. They just don't realize it yet!
Re: To be fair to MS... @John Lilburne
" I go to get a coffee and what I want is a coffee, I don't want to have to chose between a whole bunch of different varieties"
Um... if I go to Starbucks and ask for "black coffee", or "American coffee" (this is how "regular" coffee is called here in Mexico) I'll get exactly that. In fact, the only question I'll get is "do you want space for milk/cream?". I've never run into the retarded zillion-option thing that makes its rounds on the intertubes.
Meanwhile, with desktop Linux distros, if what you want is something that "just works", it'll work no matter which distribution you've chosen. Got Ubuntu? Use Unity. Got Fedora? Use Gnome3. You can change the desktop manager, but you don't need to choose that when installing. So just like the Starbucks faux analogy, it doesn't apply to Linux either.
Re: There'll always be a future in security
Security is a moving target. The mere nature of all the security stuff means you'll rarely run out of work; especially if you go into the Identity/Access Management areas. Even the intrusion detection stuff gets some kind of upgrades or changes every couple of years...
So the tech to do a real-life Bionic Commando is coming soon?
He's probably the one that will actually make the future tech we want a reality. Reusable spacecraft & rocket stacks! Functional electric cars! Railgun-ish bullet trains! And he has the money to do it all!
Ahhh... the good old DELETE...
only surpassed by the WHEREless UPDATE, when someone ends up realizing they've set the email field to 'sucks@2beU.com' on the whole table too late, after getting the response
UPDATE 0 3958293
Geeze, isn't that single statement taking too long?
Oh, another Mickey Mouse Protection Treaty!
Couldn't help but notice that copyright term extension is among the TPP stuff. Copyright is getting real stupid these days... it's supposed to be a grant for a limited time. "Lifetime" does not a limited time make.
Re: Sinofsky pitched sales of Windows 8 licences as something
The Mexico City pirate salesmen are doing pretty well with win7 pirated copies. Guess why?
Not seeing the big picture, are you?
... to continue to use non-standards compliant front ends. We'll be stuck with Flash/Air/Silverlight/Java forever - great plan EFF!
If DRM is put into the standard, we'll have a lot of black boxes that are not only the propietary crap packaged into one tidy black box, support will depend on whoever makes that black box. If the Big Hollywood Studios, or Netflix, or whatever deem that supporting Linux is too much of a hassle, we'll end up worse than what we currently have. At least Flash is supported in Linux (though Adobe does seem to be phasing that plugin out), and Java does have actual support in most OSen out there.
Webservers and lazy sysadmins
A couple of years ago, a certain forum for a certain IT-related website had part of its userbase posting links to vulnerable websites. Some of them were immediately defaced by jokers, and while a couple of them were quickly fixed, at least one of those remained in its damaged state.
If instead of joke defacements, someone had dropped a botnet there, it would have done their job for quite some time...
Ruby/Rails vs. Java
That's not really fair to Ruby (the programming language) though, this is a failure of Rails (the application framework). You can write insecure applications in Java, too.
Though the point is that Java doesn't need an extra application framework. Java itself has its own framework, which does most of the low and mid-level stuff out of the box. Rails, Maven and other craptastic frameworks were built for platforms where there is no base framework within the language/platform: Ruby, PHP, you name it.
Start button yes, Start menu no
That's all we need to know. That is, they didn't listen in on user feedback, or listened the same way Jobs did: hearing what they want to hear.
Meanwhile, the one sole person that did like Win8 switched out to Linux Mint anyway!
Re: attempting to hide in a cactus?
I'm guessing they catched him after hearing way too much screaming. Cactus and 'nads don't mix!
Re: Speaking of China's state-run media
Taking in mind that this is the official mouthpiece of the Chinese government. Maybe they're just giving out a subliminal message about what they really are?
Validating the complaint
The one where Cisco is asking for the EU to unmarry MS/Skype.
Maybe they'll take in the people behind Maemo/Meego/Harmattan and make that project live. Basically, do what Nokia should've done instead of selling out to MicroSopht.
Oh the irony
The way Bitcoin is supposed to work makes BTC real cash. It might be e-Cash, but its cash.
FinCEN's announcement was actually seen by the economists as a good thing, as it means that the US Gov't is seeing BTC as a legitimate thing, not a Ponzi or a fraud, but an actual coin. Thus Bitcoin traders being stamped as Money Service Businesses. The only thing that traders have to do is to comply with FinCEN's MSB regulations and they're good to go!
The weird thing is that those who are complying with these regulations, like OKPay, are getting spooked by the recent Liberty Reserve clampdown. They should be on the clear!
That warning is oh so appropiate.
Damn, I hate to say this, but ... WAM is right. While black comedy can be done, most of that shit is just downright SICK. I'm surprised that FB *didn't* consider these things as hate! Ow!
What are they campaigning against? If it is against actual rape culture, or demeaning tripe like showing a scantily clad woman, with overlays saying "and then they cry when they get gang-raped" I'm all for it. But if it's against black comedy humor, not so much.
I've actually reported actual hate speech sites, which seem to be real common among the far right-wing leaning sites, but FB never acts or judges "it's OK for us". I have a gut feeling that these pages won't be acted against, as nobody has spoken out as the #FBrape women have...
Re: Bunch of nancies
Did that MS paycheck arrive on the mail yet?
They pulled another Apple.
Apple went on and handled Antennagate by saying "oh, death grip happens with all phones" and swiped away the real problem: touching the gap would short the antennas and kill signal reception, which was an iPhone4-only issue.
MS goes "oh, you want your Start Button back? There it goes!" while swiping away the real complaint: "I want my Start MENU back!" coupled with "how do I disable this baby toy UI?"
Hopefully, users will hold on and *not* buy in on Win8 even after these "changes".
People wearing Guy Fawkes masks are taking on a Fascist organization. Where have I read this before?
EDL is probably close to Norsefire, even though it isn't an actual political party.
Re: PPTP and L2TP
Yes, not blocking at least PPTP is more of lazy people, not "break the internet in blocking this" people. As someone else commented, it is much harder to block OpenVPN on port 443, as it looks like HTTPS traffic. But even then, some firewalls manage to block even that by limiting how much MBs go through a single HTTPS connection...
That's what I get for my "meh" reaction to Dwolla. I'm now hit by the OKPAY suspension. This is getting stupid. Can't they just not process US Citizens at all? And OKPAY, unlike Liberty Reserve, does ask for official ID.
WiFi is too power hungry for remotes, which would end up being more of a battery-muncher than any BT remote. Hell, it manages to be more of a power drain than 3G on smartphones! Also, a WiFi remote would be much more complex. If the average user is intimidated by the weird codes for universal remotes, try getting him to search his TV's IP! Ow!
Re: Beggars belief that TVs & remotes don't use bluetooth
How many phones on sale today support AVRCP > v1.3 for example (media player remote control with textual feedback of the file's metadata), as host or device?
My 2010 Blackberry 9700 supports it as a host. I'm pretty sure that any phone from that era or newer supports it. It would be pretty weird to have my 3 year old phone toting features that the latest shiny thing doesn't.
And I agree with DrXym. The PS3 has had a BT remote since *2006*. The only real complaint I've heard about it is that it doesn't have an outright "off" button. Pairing the remote to the PS3 is easy. The complaints on the PS3 BT controller being the only one able to control it are a bit misguided, though: it is more that none of the other things have jumped to BT, even as a second-option control. Mostly the complaints are from people who use those one-control-to-rule-them-all thingies, which are only IR. Ironically, BT should be able to handle this as well, and much better than plain old IR.
Heh, TV makers even had the opportunity of a lifetime to do the big switch: the Big Analog Switch-off in the US had people trashing their old CRT TVs and buying new HDTVs...
Re: Windows 8 not helping
Either way, why would windows 8 be anything to do with sales of pcs when you can simply switch it back to windows 7 or whatever else you might want to use? I don't follow that logic.
For the same reason you claim Win8 isn't suffering. Most non-El Reg people aren't savvy enough to even know you can swap out the OS. And even those of us who can do that swap, can't get a Win7 license from MS anymore, as I painfully found out back in December 2012. If you go to any brick&mortar store, you'll see that most if not all PCs are now toting the Playskool interface. You'll also notice that *nobody* is checking them out at all, and the few that do get annoyed pretty quickly.
I've only met one person who voluntarily bought win8 and likes it. Another person did the switch, then switched back after giving win8 a shot for 3 months. The rest are avoiding win8 like the plague, and this includes "normal people". Hell, it even involves "normal people without techie friends giving advice".
And well, companies have all but banned Win8 on premises. Most are still doing WinXP to 7 migrations, but new PC orders were halted when OEMs started offering only Win8 boxes. Oops!
SQL Server is a database. It has a much lower TCO than most other databases...
Depends on whether you have any Windoze servers on your site.
That's going to be a quick removal
Which is a good thing, as I, for one, would not leave the gates of parliament unless and until the law reverted, or I was removed.
If you don't have a permit, the Met is going to do it very, very quickly. Check out "Steven Jago", who got arrested while holding a placard quoting 1984 outside Parliament. Oh, the irony...
Re: We're in trouble...
Just take some time to look at what his foundation is achieving, then jump off your high horse.
Quite a few druglords were able to earn the locals' loyalty by using their ill-gotten gains to build hospitals, clinics and making their hometowns a better place. Even when they engaged in these altruistic acts, they were still ruthless criminals in the business.
So while Gates' foundation might be doing good stuff, it doesn't serve as an automatic bad karma antidote.
Re: Half a second?
Phones which have the "feature" of a user-removeable battery will survive a short dunk if the user's quick enough to do this. Had that happen with a couple of Nokias. They lived on without a problem, except for one that required replacing the ringer.
Late to the party, El Reg ... this blew up on Friday!
Most, if not all of the e-wallet/money transfer services will ask you for official ID before even letting you move money. Which means that either these guys were very naive (doubtful) or they were fully aware that the service would be used by criminals.
Re: Looks like generic cr*p
I unfortunately can infer that even before watching any trailer, because of this:
picked up by The CW Network, a youth-oriented outfit that is home to shows including America's Next Top Model, Gossip Girl, 90210, Arrow and The Vampire Diaries
The only show barely worth watching in that list is the one featuring a pirated version of Ezio Auditore. The others are crap!
I have never watched the original one, but I did get to see a couple of episodes from the 90's revival. More like X-Men, maybe, except that all of 'em have a base set of powers vs. having a special one.
... neither were the first iPhones more than a pricey, shiny feature phone due to the lack of apps. Yet they were still counted as smartphones back then (they turned into one when they released the iPhone OS 2.0, now retroactively known as iOS 2.0.
MS did crash Nokia
While Nokia wasn't doing so hot before the Elopocalypse, they still had a large share of the smartphone market. Elop's switch to WinPhone killed a thriving market overnight, and replaced it with a DOA platform. Real bad move!
Re: Fracking needs to be fully controlled @Charles 9
"Not without the specialized equipment and trained experts that went WITH THE OIL COMPANIES they won't."
Easy, the government just nationalizes it. See Mexico's PEMEX, Iran's State Oil thingy, more recently Venezuela did something like that.
Given enough resources, governments can and will take over all operations, which is why oil companies shouldn't piss off the gov't.
Re: Morphing more and more into PC's
I consider this generation to be the one where the ki'box (Stephen King reference) and the PSX lines are truly morphing into overpriced PCs.
I do get the differentiation between consoles and PCs as a gaming platform, but it used to be that the console hardware was running stuff that let them get better performance for games. That has mostly gone from the new gen, as they're going to be basically crap PCs, kinda like the original Xbox. Ironically, the underspecced Wii was the underdog on the current gen, while the WiiU will be the only one that isn't an overpriced PC this gen.
However, I'm still probably going to buy a PS4, even if it is a glorified PC...
I haven't heard of any case of "I sell games to be able to afford new games" and I live in a pretty poor country
Your country must be incredibly rich if nobody's doing this, then. I can actually vouch for a country where quite a large percentage of the population is poor by most standards: Mexico. Selling old games to afford for new ones (or at least, other second-hand games) is pretty much the standard for most low to lower-middle income people. Piracy used to be rampant (and still is on the PC area), but it is virtually nonexistent on the PS3. Xbox360 is still pirate paradise, however. But hell, there's even a whole store that basically makes a living out of second-hand game sales, and the kids that trade in their games are usually the ones that don't have the money to buy new games.
Article title misleading
What actually will happen is that the hobbling of second-hand Xbox1 games will DOOM the Xbox1.
Which suits me fine. MS already had done some EA-style evilness on the console market by charging for online play (something PC gamers haven't seen since the early 90's) so they deserve to lose the gaming market.
Meanwhile the current gens will still thrive, plus WiiU and PS4 as they don't have these stupid schemes on their platforms.
Re: Seriously? Gadget envy isn't a purchasing decision FAIL
"The PS3 suffers from various weaknesses over the Xbox 360.
Firstly Sony's crap security, which took their online services down for ages. Secondly the PS3 is a nightmare to program, hence why games like GTA4 ran in a lower resolution on the PS3 and they couldn't be bothered to optimise the code for the PS3."
Umm... GTA4 runs on 1080p on the PS3 w/o trouble. The actual FAIL there is to Rockstar, which seems to have b0rked something in their code which makes it prefer 720p over 1080p. If you change Video settings on the PS3 so that only 1080p and 480p are enabled, GTA4 will run on 1080p. There are two other games I think that have the same bug, can't remember which ones.
I do think the x86 switch is a huge step backwards, we should be getting rid of x86 crap instead of propping up consoles with it.
So what is Soylent Food made of, then?
Now this should give "crowdsourcing" a whole new meaning...
Re: What? It isn't green?
The Green one was the one made of people, but the others (theoretically) weren't.
TBH, they tried to pull a Jobs with Sinofsky, plugging their ears to the zillion devs/beta testers who told them TIFKAM sucked. The difference is that they lacked the Jobs RDF, and that even Jobs knew better than to make Launchpad mandatory, or Gatekeeper, or having the iStuff apps use iCloud exclusively.
Re: OK. What's wrong with XP?
"Personally I bloody hate OS X's UI, with the unified confuso-menu,"
Um... in fact, the ever-present menu bar is the original paradigm. That feature has been there since at least System 3, maybe even the first Mac there ever was. And all of those pre-date Windows. Sure, some of the later UI changes aren't nice, but they're still much better than the toy UI rammed into Win8.
The solution is not to use Classic Shell or Start8. It is to not buy Windows 8. At. All.
Vendor broke it, vendor should fix it. I wouldn't buy a car with the gearbox mounted on the roof, neither should I pay to fix something as stupid as that.
"There are more Windows 8 users than Linux on desktop users combined. Deal with it."
THIS is the actual joke that should be put to sleep. It's not even funny, given that Android+Linux tablets probably outnumber Win8 installs, including Tablet versions.
(Not to mention that Linux servers still outnumber Windows Servers as well.)
Re: Choosy mothers chose JIF
So my memory *wasn't* off track! JIF immediately made me think about peanut butter, even though I haven't seen JIF since 2001...
Um... isn't "jigabyte" the correct pronunciation? Of course, "jigawatt" for Gigawatt was popularized by "Doc" Brown at least a full decade before we started handling Gigabytes, so probably the pronunciation stuck from those days. Then there's the thing that I'm both an English and Spanish speaker, and Spanish pronunciation of "Gigabyte" uses the Spanish-J pronunciation of G as well.
I actually consider the hard-G usage in Giga- as the odd one.
That said, GIF is hard-G. JIF is Peanut Butter (or was it a cleaning product?)
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