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Erm, I have the dosh to buy an iPhone. However, I don't like to spend my money on shite, which is the reason I'm buying a BlackBerry Bold instead. And yes, I've used an iPhone... I like touchscreens for screen stuff, but I'd rather have an actual keyboard for typing.
Anyway, the ad hits the right target... the iPhone is a "girly phone" for people who can't be arsed with tech stuff. The Droid is targeted to those who do care about their tech, and all those geeky guys who want to install whatever they want on their phones (ok, those guys might go for an N900 instead). It is punching the very thing that has driven Apple so far: "classy princess vs. regular guy". Though they change "regular" for "macho". Nice thing they did there!
One iPhone game maker has already used this to pimp out personal info from the iPhone, using Apple's API. Looks like the iBone has no security sandbox at all!
I'll keep my BlackBerry, thank-you-very-much.
BlackBerry fields forever...
I keep hearing about the iPhone mopping up the smartphone market with the competition, yet I haven't seen the mythic hoards of iPhones in the street. In fact, only 2 coworkers have iPhones... wait, make it 1, because the other one is in fact a dual-SIM hiPhone. However, what I have seen a lot these days are either blackberries (both the Curve/Bold models and the skinny Pearls), the Samsung Messenger (builtin wifi, pre-installed MSN Messenger, and QWERTY physical keyboard for your chatting pleasure), some Palms and a lot of iPAQs.
The iTouch would be more successful, though; it seems that the look & feel works fine for those who want an iPod, but sucks for those who want a phone.
It isn't the Live Banning...
I'll have to use a Clinton-ish phrase to rub it in:
"It's the CORRUPTED SAVEGAMES, stupid!"
MS didn't just stop at banning "hacked" consoles, it went even further and shat over legally-bought licenses, corrupted all savegames *and* crippled basic XBox functionality. It is basically similar to WGA corrupting all your files because you're using a "pirated" Windows.
Thanks to this, even those who *did* mod their consoles for playing pirated games have a legal standing; MS purposely vandalized their personal data. I wish 'em modders luck!
Also, I'd bet this goes down as bad PR for MS, while the PS3 stands well in this matter...
Some good chuckles...
The steam catapult is a Brit invention ... however, it can't be used in the new Royal Navy's carriers!
I'm looking forward to seeing this deployed ... and it would also be nice to see something similar used to put stuff into space!
that most of those in the top500 are x86/x64 iron. I would've expected some Cell-based HPC to outrun 'em!!! Of course, it could be that no-one has actually built one large enough to compete ... ahhh the ole "2 oxen vs. 1024 chickens" that good ole Cray talked about.
OMG my games are doing illegal stuff!
Hm... my MGS4 game does an "install" for each act. That means that part of the game is copied to the PS3's HDD, which according to this judge, is a copyright violation. Meh.
Anyway ... I'd like to thank this idiot ruling, as it means that anyone who wants to play overseas games ... will buy a PS3, which doesn't have region-locking. Hell, Sony gave everyone what they wanted: copy protection for the developers, cheap Blu-Rays for the masses, OtherOS for the geeks (though they didn't include those in PS3Slim), and removing region-locking for the overseas game purchasing dudes. Thus there is no motivation to actually do a modchip except for illegal purposes; though Sony's "idea" of dropping OtherOS might actually make the geek crowd want one for the PS3 Slim. Oh well...
AOL sucked even before the merger
I remember them veeery well. There's a reason www.aolsucks.org *still* exists. Their "free" trials required you to give 'em your credit card, and cancelling would be extremely difficult. They also charged $40/month for what was basically dialup services, even when real broadband started to charge $40/month as well.
AOL might have had good ideas on other areas, but they were the dumb man's ISP, and not only in the "internet n00bz" sense. They can burn in hell!
Yes, some of us still use Hotmail. And a zillion users still have Hotmail accounts, if only because of MSN Messenger. I shifted most of my email stuff to Gmail, as MS took too much time realizing that 2Mb was a laughable size for an inbox. Even when they started giving out 250Mb inboxes, it still reeked of stupidity; they restricted it to US accounts while any John Doe could open up a Yahoo or Gmail account.
By the time Hotmail started offering 2Gb inboxes, Hotmail was forgotten. If it weren't for MSN Messenger, it would already have gone dead, just like Geocities.
Anyway, cookies to log out? Stooooopid.
I can't avoid laughing at this statement...
"It's application compatibly and familiarly with Office or music applications, and hardware compatibility that Paterson believes will help Windows 7 Home Premium hold its own against Linux - a classic Microsoft argument and one that's partly prevailed on desktops and laptops."
... the same familiarity that has put off users from "upgrading" to MacOS-wannabe Vista, and made power users cringe at the Office 2007 Ribbon. If anything, they've successfully opened up that possibility for either Linux or MacOSX ... in fact, if MacOS X were not locked to Macs, they would've already taken over the Windows market.
Fortunately, it hasn't catched up here
It has been toted as "cool!" since at least 2007, however I've had only two mobiles playing these "ringback" tones on me. It was one of those corny pop-songs (and I'd like to note that it was the SAME frickin' song for both numbers!) which annoyed me to hell. I use the dialling tones to avoid getting sent to voicemail, and people using these screw up my count!
Also, it seems that these "ringback tones" (marketing over here calls 'em "while you answer tones") are all "choose from these tones", and you can't put up your own. Sad, as I'd like the "Also Sprach Zarathustra" ringback tone. Though I think that would be better to have as my actual ringtone.
According to some sources, MS isn't just banning the modded xboxen from Live. They're trashing all functionality, the media live center *and* corrupting *every* *single* savegame you've got. That would be the equivalent of WGA overwriting all your files because you have a "non-original" Windows. I'm pretty sure that's highly illegal, and I'd expect MS to get slammed by lawsuits for this.
Oh well, good thing I bought a PS3. ;)
BTW, the "turn 360 degrees" was awesome. Has anybody here seen Last Action Hero?
I actually like this multi-platform GUI environment. It has been the only C++ GUI that I've found easy to learn and use, and was my main platform before I took on Java.
Development for BlackBerry OS is with Java, so it doesn't look weird. WinMo is C#/:NET I suppose (whoever still uses VB should be shot on sight) and I suppose that the Linux-based offers are C++ based (especially those using QT) so it isn't too hard to learn on these ones.
iPhone requires that Smalltalk-wannabe ObjC, but then again, some devs have actually started learning that as well, but the learning curve might be steep for those used to C-like languages.
Of course Apple has passed Nokia. An iPhone is much more expensive than your standard Nokia handset, especially the cheap ones which are Nokia's strong product. As the article pointed out, it isn't winning Nokia on number of mobiles, but on gross sales.
I doubt Nintendo has any worries from the iPhone; real gamers will stick to the DS or the PSP, and as other commenters have pointed out, Mario, Resident Evil and similar games are unthinkable without real buttons. In fact, I'd rather play on an N-Gage ;)
The term "0wned" totally applies to this one!
I do wonder how nobody had thought of this one before. Having the botnet executable in your hands means that you can find out any possible C&C server, as the bonet "client" has to find one to properly function.
In fact, I'm thinking about setting up a VM and try to get "botted", just for the kicks. No real harm would be done, as my ISP blocks port 25; the botnet won't be able to send any crap.
In part to save energy, and also to lower the fatality rate of would-be suicide jumpers (or legless drunken ladies) the electrified rail doesn't operate at max power 'till the train is near. She's pretty damn lucky that the spark occured while the train wasn't too near, but ouch!
Don't drink & tube, seems to be the moral?
I'm about to see this soon over here...
... as a similar law passed this April in Mexico. The difference is that the cut-off day has been widely publicized. If you buy a new PAYG or enter a new contract, you have to ID yourself and register. If you're an existing customer, well, you can register via SMS giving some personal details. (Of course, there is a possibility for abuse here, as the stuff you get asked for is full name and DOB.) The thing you actually register is your SIM card, and/or the cell number itself in case you're one of the poor sods stuck on CDMA networks.
Oh, and it is similarly easy to UNregister your cellphone, so you can do precisely that when you sell the handset. Second-hand mobile markets are strong over here, so this was an important thing to have.
I still don't trust my government, but it is either registering, or no mobile at all.
VM's usually come into need with Windows environments ... because MS wants you to use a zillion servers to do what other OSen suffice with two. I've been told that I can't achieve real DR capabilities if I don't have *three* DC's running! Then comes SQL Clustering ... add two machines ... IIS needs to be in another one ... blah blah ... and some clusterized apps don't play well with non-clusterized apps. So the need to virtualize becomes critical.
Other stuff I've seen is the development servers problem. It is much easier to just buy one Blade with tons of RAM, hook it up to the SAN and give it gobs o' storage. Then you set up as many dev servers as you want, thus freeing up your budget for the actual production servers, while meeting dev and QA server needs.
I do agree, however, that instead of a zillion "desktop PC" VMs, you could just solve that with a much cheaper solution involving a Win2003/2008 Server with a zillion Terminal Services CALs ... which might be even cheaper than going the VM way. Especially when you can just slap Linux on the PCs and make 'em run rdesktop at boot time. Whoopee!!
SORBS overblocked me
SORBS has an ugly "fuck you" policy for spamlisting. I found myself inside one of their listed IP blocks, and found out that they do not honor or maintain any kind of blacklists. This of course means that the only way to get "unblocked" is to pay their $50 fine to unblock the entire netblock I reside in, or wait for SORBS to auto-delist the block. The first option would obviously not work, as whoever's actually spamming on said block will keep on spamming, and get the whole block to get listed again; and the second one, well, I doubt the spammers will cease to spam.
Thanks to this policy, I've discouraged SORBS whenever I can. In these days of colocation and IPv4 address shortages, I can't really decide on who's going to be my IP neighbor.
The LHC guys never played DOOM, it seems
Otherwise they'd know they're supposed to do this on Phobos, not Earth! Anyway, stand by for Hell's invasion into Earth!
Mine's the one with the BFG9000
Looks more like giving Apple the finger
Given that the iPhone is basically a kick in the nads for the "chosen" carriers, as it's basically an Apple gadget with Apple stores and Apple-everything but it doesn't really care about who is the carrier. Android seems to bring the brand back to the carrier.
Actually, Apple does want, and once had a large % of the desktop computer market. PCs used to be the "underdog computer" and Macs were kind of expensive when they were first launched (price tags much higher than now, but quality was high as well) but the Apple II was pretty much THE personal computer of the 80's. Even with the high-priced Macs, the Macintosh was the best computer to have for office stuff; it had a GUI, it had PageMaker, and I'm pretty sure that MS Office began on that platform. Even the "one-button" mouse was considered an improvement, as the two-buttoned mouse for the PC was confusing, as most programs rarely used the second button, so it wasn't seen as something useful.
Apple's opening up didn't "nearly kill" Apple as some seem to argue; it was the incompetence in management that made some projects lag. How can you explain the Newton not gaining traction? It was a damn fine PDA *years* before the term was born, *years* before Palm and however it just never got off the ground. And on the opening up, some point that the problem with Apple was that they opened up *too late* on the Mac; by the time the Power Computing Mac clones came to be, the market share had already tilted to Microsoft's empire. Win95 closed the learning curve gap between Mac System 7 users and Windows users, and this would be the point where most Mac users started to jump ship.
In fact, I'd point out that bad management is actually *limiting* Apple this time around; they'll never have a big market share as long as it stays with the control zealot culture.
I would display my 1986 Mac Plus with pride if I still had it ... but there's very little chance I'll buy an Apple Product as long as Jobs is still in its helm.
@magnetik, @Richard 118
Hm... I wonder if you're aware of the BlackBerry OS security model. I don't get any "security dialog" when I send an SMS or make a call, but I do get 'em when *any* app tries to do these things, unless I've explicitly granted permissions on that app.
In fact, I installed the Google Mobile App about 2 days ago, and it caused a security dialog to tell me that Google Mobile app was trying to access the phone data. This is SOP for *all* apps other than the stock BlackBerryOS apps... why can't Apple manage this?
It does show, however, that the iPhone locked-down environment isn't done for *security* reasons, otherwise something like this would be impossible to pull off. I would definitely say "no" if some game started to ask me for phone data access.
No they're not...
"Mac enthusiast blogs, such as Cult of the Mac, have criticised the move as treating Mac fans as just as dumb as Windows users."
They're actually dumbER. The "Mac has no virus" argument has been toted for so long that Mac fans will no longer be wary of suspicious programs as for them, the Mac will never have malicious stuff like virii or trojans and such.
As for the game ... it looks like something the BOFH would do... does anyone remember the DOOM game where the mobs represented networked-PCs???
BBs don't need to be jailbroken either. The only "restriction" in place is that you need to get your modules signed if and only if you use one of the "restricted" calls, and that is only in place to avoid virus stuff from spreading. RIM will happily sign your code after checking it out, even open-sourced apps have been signed.
The only ones I know who are stupid enough to restrict their phone so much are the Apple guys. This "hack" is bad PR for them, but I wonder if anyone outside the IT world will even find out about this. Maybe if someone else does something like this in the US and makes the 7 o'clock news...
BB hasn't lost its share
Palm has lost it to Apple, and then again, this is the US we're talking about. I live in Mexico, and the ones that are getting more sales are the Samsung Messenger phone (oooh! I can CHAT on it!), the Nokia handsets, some of the iPhone lookalikes, or the BlackBerries. The iPhone's PAYG price tag of $700 is a dealbreaker in a country where 90% of mobile users use PAYG.
Looks like the only country to go with the flashy stuff is the US...
I'm not surprised...
I would expect Family Guy to do the same as the Simpsons, as both usually rip the shit out of Fox. I'd actually expect Seth to pull a "Wayne's World", that is make fun of Windows 7 in the show. In fact, I'm pretty sure that's what actually happened and Microsoft's PR people used the incest/holocaust jokes as their 'reason' to pull out.
Real jump was Win9x to Win2k/XP
As pointed out by others, this was when the DOS-based "OS" was dropped. The Win9x and pre-win95 "Windows" were nothing more than a glorified DOS-Shell with eye-candy; in fact the Windows 3.x line shared the basic DOSShell Program Manager concept. (The DOSShell menus were basically the same as the Program Manager.) The gigantic Win95 "jump" was basically MS copying Mac System 7's look & feel, much like Vista was copying Mac OS X's look & feel. My, things never change!
However, when XP was touted as the "replacement" for Win98 (WinME is something everyone, even MS, tries to forget it even existed), the desktop users were actually upgraded to a real technological jump. Of course, I say desktop users, because come corporate users were already using NT Workstation 4, which is basically the same as win2k sans Active Directory.
I think that it is really hard to do anything else to the current GUI as it stands without big hardware improvements; the only revolutionary concept I've seen is the Compiz/Beryl "3d desktop" or similar stuff around that concept. And they're still based on the basic windowed desktop! I'd rather see improvements on the backend-side of the OS... but I think Windows has also found itself on a dead-end there.
Well, just switch to PostgreSQL then. It's all MySQL has always wanted to be, but has only recently approached to.
I've always been amazed by the way MySQL suddenly took over as lead "free DB" when Postgres had the leading edge in most things, including those basic RDBMS things like "Transactions". Which, by the way, MyISAM tables can't handle thanks to Monty. Sheesh.
Oracle didn't kill InnoDB, I doubt it'll kill MySQL. After all, killing InnoDB would've taken out the transactional capabilities from MySQL (except for the BDB engine hack, but I haven't seen that in years) and no sane DBA would use a transaction-less DB.
Simple solution on the device stuff
Ban iPhones from the enterprise network. Mobiles should be using their 3G uplink anyway, not freeloading on the company's net!
Anything other than a secure smartphone should be either banned from the enterprise network, or given access to a "insecure, internet access only" network ... secured by WPA2 (so nobody sniffs out the packets.) Geeze ... I think that leaves only BES-enabled Blackberries in the enterprise network ...
But seriously. If your network infrastructure is having trouble with gadgets using it, you're having a serious security problem; gadgets notwithstanding.
Hell yeah! I just can't believe we're still depending on *rockets* to lift stuff up; especially big-ass rockets that aren't fully reusable! I wonder why are we re-inventing the Apollo when we should take the Space Shuttle example and do a fully-reusable spaceplane. We could even follow the SpaceShipTwo example and do a hybrid launch mechanism; flying the craft high enough to make the "launch" easier. Added benefit would be having an actual spacecraft, and not some tin-can that barely has space to stretch your legs!
This could be fun...
If we actually find an Earth-like planet ... what are the odds of finding one that has the exact same conditions our own planet has? (or at least a breatheable atmosphere, drinkable water and land suitable for earth agriculture)
Even better, the chance of finding some kind of Homo Sapiens-ish race?
That Deja Vu Feeling...
It seems that Apple's problem is the guy who thinks he's God doing the designing. Overheating isn't a new thing for Apple ... hell, the problem goes waaaay back to the 1980's! Anyone who had a Mac Plus knows what I'm talking about. Those had no fans, and the guy who specifically asked for the Mac+ to have no fan was. ... you guessed it, Steve Jobs.
In fact, I think the Macs that came out after he was given the boot had fans. They were actually reliable, at least up to Jobs' "second coming", which would be marked by the switch to the iMac, iEverything ... and suddenly all Apple hardware started heating up again.
I see Apple hardware overheatind and/or popping its capacitors, while my 1996 Performa still soldiers on...
"SCO" never bought the Unix stuff. That was the "real" SCO, the ones that changed their name to Tarantella, and are now part of Sun.
Current "SCO" is what used to be Caldera, which bought SCO (the OS) and the trademark; they switch to "The SCO Group" when they decided to play the FUD game. Thanks to them, the SCO trademark will live in infamy for decades to come.
Flames, 'coz that's how "SCO" is going down.
M$ was still responsible for this data. If they thought the platform was "unstable", well, they were under a contractual obligation to make it stable. Also, any "critical" IT infrastructure change requires a full backup, especially one like this one. Do they think it was bad, and that the MS Windows platform was better? Then they should've migrated to that. They had more than a year to do it.
If I did this at a bank, I'm pretty sure I would no longer have my job.
I'm also pretty sure any OS or RDBMS will crash and burn if your storage goes poof, which has been the MS argument all along.
It's already happened!
"MobileMe, MyPhone and Ovi could all disappear in a flurry of commercial short-termism and no one would be as inconvenienced as those poor Sidekick users."
Erm ... MobileMe also ate users data ... those who cancelled their account after the free trial got their data eaten up at the next sync. Geeze, you'd think something like that would only give a "Sync Error: Login failure" but things seem to work differently in the Appleverse.
In fact, it seems kinda rich that Apple worshippers claim it wouldn't happen with the iPhone, when it has in fact happened *under normal conditions*, without any weird server failure, with or without sabotage being involved.
Of course, the possibility of "losing data" due to a technical fault is an unfortunate reality, as I've had this happen to myself a couple of times now.
- Formatting a < 500Mb HDD with the "big HD" thingy needed to see > 512Mb HDs on old motherboards made it remove precisely that boot-up translator (I think it did something weird like turning CHS requests to LBA or something like that). I was thus unable to see my big HDD until I reformatted.
- RAIDs great... except when the one you got is a fakeraid, and it is on board your motherboard. ESPECIALLY when said motherboard dies and you're left with a RAID array that can't be read without the specific controller ... which I've been unable to find.
- Filesystem massacre: Let's see how you find your files when the FAT goes down and there's no way to know what your files were. Older DOS virii did this, and I did suffer from data loss back in those days.
There are a bunch of possible accidents that can result in total data loss, but these are the ones that I've personally suffered.
... for reminding me why I don't buy an iPhone. I do understand this is a case of AT&T not wanting users to acutally *USE* their 3G datalink, but it is Apple the one that's applying the stupid restrictions anyway.
I wonder if they actually did appkill the "3G streaming" version... would they refund the affected customers? I think not.
Re: Shame on you *nix, shame!
I'd find it hilarious if they had actually *switched* to MS platforms by now. After a year, I'd expect them to do it; they did so with Hotmail, didn't they?
In fact, one MS technology I have to use gives me the creeps because of this lack of backup capability: Active Directory. If I use any other LDAP, I can just dump everything into an LDIF, and load it up on another LDAP server... possibly even one from another vendor. MS will let me dump the LDIF all right, but all passwords will go poof, and you got a big fat chance your data won't be able to be loaded on the other AD!!!!
Erm, what's your definition of "freetard"? If I develop a piece of software for my iPhone (assuming I bought one, of course), jailbreak it and install it, *who* am I freeloading from? Is this self-piracy? No it isn't. It's RETARDED to call this "piracy" or "freetardery". In fact, the AppStore came into existance because of these jailbreakers, as you will remember that Apple originally said "nope, no apps on the iPhone!"
What's the difference between the AppStore and, say, Handango? Well, I can buy software for my Blackberry at Handango, or somewhere else ... or hell, download some open-source software for it. Or even roll out my own software for the thing! The only "restriction" RIM has on this software is when the app uses certain libraries; and even then, you only need to pay a one-time fee to get your "sensitive" code checked and signed by RIM. This restriction is for security purposes, so that you don't release a Blackberry virus. This is understandable.
Those who downplay the effect of jailbreaking and the AppStore lock-in haven't factored in that many iPhone users are either Apple Fans, fashion users who buy the phone just to show it off, or casual users that don't care much about apps. Those who do care, and especially those who have used other smartphones are being irked by the restrictions in place.
By the way, I own a Blackberry, and I've only seen THREE guys with an iPhone. The rest carry either regular phones, WinMo phones, or Blackberries.
Microsoft is responsible
Even though I think it's good that T-Mobile gave customers the $100 voucher, I do think that the blame must be placed squarely on Microsoft. T-Mobile has no way to make sure if Danger/Microsoft is doing regular backups on their managed data; the same applies with the Blackberry handsets. All the Blackberry-specific stuff is stored on RIM's servers, and it doesn't matter at all who's your actual carrier. Fortunately, the Blackberry doesn't run on the Sidekick's concept.
Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!
This seems to be a funny name to give a company that's supposed to keep your data. At least this incident is much, much better than the MobileMe incident Apple had. Losing my backups might be ugly, but getting my data wiped during a sync would truly piss me off!!
This incident is going to hit MS, even if it wasn't because of MS stuff failing, which I wouldn't be surprised if it were the case. I've recently discovered that there is no real way to backup Active Directory or ADAM other than Microsoft Backup. No shit...
You're telling me those Sidekick smartphones *don't* use Flash memory?
I'd never use a phone like that. I've lost too many contact lists on older phones, and I definitely don't want that to happen again.
Dude, are you just trolling or are you really not understanding the issue?
Have you actually worked with SSL?
FQDN checking is done at the CryptoAPI's level, *not* the browser level. SSL connections are usually initiated with some open_connection("blah.site.com", 443); call, and the Crypto Provider does the rest. It is that API the one wrongly validating the null-prefixed certs. This is basic validation, the kind you learn in basic programming courses!!
Of course, the CAs should also be at fault, as they were stupid enough to sign a cert like this; however, these certs shouldn't be passing through something as sensitive as the SSL FQDN check!
That means I'm not touching it either, unless they have a big red "switch on menus" button on it. Live Messenger still has a button to open up the original menus, Office should have it as well.
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