439 posts • joined 2 Mar 2007
Re: Isn't that cute...BUT IT'S WRONG!
Agreed - and MS should not be encouraged to use the fat wedge that they have extorted via their monopoly positions in other markets to gain anything like a monopoly position in the mobile market.
Yes Google have spent quite a lot developing Android but Android is Open Source and a huge chunk of the work was already done in the form of the Linux kernel and other Open Source inputs. And yes Google are monopolistic in their own way but that is their search+ad+data slurp model, not mobile OS lock-in.
An attempt by MS to gain significant mobile market share by using WinPho8 as a loss-leader initially can only be on the premise of future monopoly per-device license fees in the future as that is almost the only significant business model they have. That would not be a good future for any of us apart from possibly MS (if they could make that succeed, which is questionable).
MS's failure to date is not that their mobile OS is too expensive, it's that it is not sufficiently superior to (or even as good as, some of us may argue...) the competition to justify the premium they need to charge to cover the cost of development and turn a profit.
Dead Steve Jobs?
Did I miss Daniel Lyons' obit?
Re: Canbridge postgrads aren't what they used to be (sic)
@Colin Millar & Mongo:
Who knows (or cares...) what "Canbridge" postgrads are like? But your typo is beautifully Freudian as you clearly have not bothered to put the comments in this piece in any kind of context, let alone glance at the research referred to.
The quotes are lifted from a post on the excellent Light Blue Touchpaper blog that is simply a response to the usual media/consultant-hyped scare stories about brute-force cracking. And, Colin, even the article makes clear that the quote you mistakenly attribute to the researcher was "perceived wisdom" being debunked.
If you really want a flavour of the actual research check the summary of the thesis or a more weighty LBT posting on authentication. There are boffins and there are boffins, in my experience the bunch at the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory know their stuff.
...would you like a little horse with that?
Re: True innovation
@JDX: You, sir, are a troll, though a troll with a very nice gold badge!
For once I'm going to give M$ the benefit of the doubt here: maybe there is some wag of a code monkey in the WinPho8 dev team who mocked-up this screen to be displayed on a boot failure likely to have been caused by tinkering with the standard boot image. Surely someone at M$ has a sense of humour...surely...
Quite right - I do get fed up of Windows drones whining on about all their fab new feature that has just been quietly working in Linux for years. I mean the important shit that does useful stuff and makes systems dependable, fast & efficient, not the bollocks bling and other ephemera.
Same with iPhone fashion victims continually bleating the myth that their extortionate hand-candy is innovative and technically superior - though I grant that from a marketing perspective it may be. Meh...
Now be fair...
...as attractive paperweights go this one is beautifully designed!
Assange is a dick.
Manning was naiive.
Leaking & publishing information about US war crimes and cynical diplomatic hypocrisy was the right thing to do.
Manning's treatment in custody is a deliberate form of pre-trial (i.e. extra-judicial) punishment and amounts to torture.
112 days remission does not make the US court martial system just and enlightened.
None of these statements are mutually exclusive.
Media Service Provider of the Year
The BBC not on the list? Best £150 I spend every year!
Re: You can give me £10-15 if you like
Anyone would think I pompously held-forth without reading the article...oops!
The Huawei Ascend G300 of 7" tabs?
If it's straightforward to SIM-unlock this for £10-15 and it doesn't have some awful signed bootloader this could be a nice cheap 3G tab to hack and put a custom ROM like CyanogenMod on.
Re: Asus PA248Q
Being the proud owner of an old Iiyama 24" from back in the day when 1920x1200 was more common I totally agree. However both Dell & Iiyama do a couple of reasonably priced 24" 1920x1200 IPS displays like this one at Scan: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/24-dell-u2412m-led-ips-monitor-full-hd-displayport-dvi-vga-1920x1200-8ms-300cd-m-10001-silver
However what puzzles me about this review of "affordable" monitors is including those expensive panels from Asus & Benq. When you're in the £300-350 range it's hard to imagine why someone looking for the improved colour performance that these offer would not spend a little extra for a 27" 2560x1600 IPS model seeing as there are several good options around the £450 mark.
And was it not possible to put in at least one monitor that the review felt able to recommend?? Poor show.
Fab title btw - Ballmer will be getting sweaty just thinking about it :-)
Android vs. Surface/Windoze 8/TIFKAM/<insert crap M$ product here> anyone?
Setting out Microsoft’s position at New York University, Mundie claimed open source resulted in “unhealthy forking” of code and the “viral” nature of the free software movement's GPL threatened developers' intellectual property and undermined commercial product development.
Speaking as Microsoft was ramping up its campaign against open source and Linux – Ballmer called Linux a “cancer” – while promoting .NET, Mundie said the open-source software model: “Isn’t successful in building a mass market and making powerful, easy-to-use software broadly accessible to consumers.”
See title. Nuff sed.
Re: Tripe... - and on so many levels
Fundamentally what Matt Asay misses is that where iOS is a walled garden monoculture and an attempt by Apple to completely monopolise users', Android is open and diverse encouraging a massive ecosystem of hardware, software and cloud developers.
Just because Google are monopolistic with their search/ad business it doesn't mean that Android is monopolistic. On the contrary, its openness and diversity have simply made it extremely successful, to the benefit of all of us who choose to use in whichever way works for us. Unlike Apple with iOS, Android expands the possibilities of what we can do rather than limiting them to what we are spoonfed (and spoonfed rather expensively at that).
Re: Starting figures are well out
Using this analogy I expect our thieving pals in the City would have dipped-into someone else's savings to buy half a dozen battery-farmed eggs from Tesco that they knew would not hatch, then sold 250% of the shares in each egg on the basis that on maturity each egg would become 100 plump & delicious organic free-range self-basting roasting chickens.
The rest is smoke and mirrors, just like Tim Worstall's piece. Never mind the vast omissions, what about that old turkey: "the public sector ate my breakfast"? Who do you think does all the jobs that makes life tolerable in this country? Largely low-paid public sector workers: refuse collectors that prevent us from drowning in crap, hospital cleaners who make sure that we don't die horribly from MRSA if we're injured, transport workers who keep our cities from grinding to a halt with cars, carers who look after our parents.
Yes we all know about the horror stories in these various lines of work but they are largely caused by lack of investment in the people doing the work: wages, training, supportive management. If Tim Worstall has his way less money will be spent of these things and it will be a short walk to hell.
Re: Ping Time
"24 years latency" - so, not quite as bad as Talk Talk boradband then?
Re: How humiliating
But just how humiliating? Now if Apple have patented schadenfreude...
Re: Not 5-6 weeks for everyone
Different supplier naturally but my Nexus 7 3G that the website said would ship in 1-2 weeks last Wednesday arrived on Friday - deep joy!
Maybe I'm being cynical but perhaps the pessimistic delivery promises are part of the marketing hype? If that's so Google ought to be careful - Apple have probably patented that too...
Ditto - but at this price??
http://www.lambda-tek.com/90OK0MI1101090U-Asus-Google-Nexus-7~cs/B1490372 - just as well you get £124 cashback if you purchase with a debit card... *ahem*
Jemma: keep taking the tablets! (sorry...)
I know your game - you're aiming for FotW! A bit more random capitalisation and typing errors and you'll be there. And for the record I'm just about to order my Android seven-incher and wouldn't touch an iPhad with a barge pole (even if I could afford one).
Re. Testing with Linux
Totally agree with Troy - even if the tester ins't a Linux geek it's nice to see that they make the effort to see how a major Linux distro runs on a system: thanks Alun!
Re: Microsoft have been clever
Mark: correct yourself - it's obvious that I'm referring to tablet market share where Apple have about 50%: http://www.channelregister.co.uk/2012/11/05/apple_tablets_decrease/
Re: Microsoft have been clever
I think you're missing something here: M$ will have been clever if they can sell a shitload of these. I'm no fan of Apple, far from it, but they continue to sell lots and lots of iPhads. It has take the Android slab makers a couple of years to even begin putting a dent into Apple's market share even with a wide range of quality product from the likes of Asus and Samsung.
You only need to look at M$ efforts in the mobile market: WinPho 7.x was going to clean up and the response to 8 has been muted praise at best. Their sales are still virtually flatlined at the bottom of the graph. So an over-priced high-margin slab is going to reel in the profits for Redmond? You'd have to offer me very big odds to bet on that.
The maths is simple: modest sales x high margin = tiny profits compared to Apple.
Slow news day?
Apple CEO Shock! Bigs-up inferior mini tab vs. far cheaper main competitor!
Just as well that wasn't a bus, I'd be chewing tarmac...
In the wrong business?
"For its first fiscal 2013 quarter revenues were $118m..."
If they can see this far into the future would they not get a bigger return on invesment on the lottery and the horses?
Re: End of life - comment bait or...
...Gavin didn't read the note properly on the M$ website that he included a link to:
"Support ends 24 months after the next service pack releases or at the end of the product's support lifecycle, whichever comes first."
As there is not (yet...) a next Win7 SP then it's the same as the Mainstream/Extended Support End Dates for Win7 generally (2015 and 2020 respectively).
I've never seen one before. No one has, but...
Re: Mine does this, and has done since day one
Agreed, we can use modem mode but that still means we have paid for this lump of electronic crap. VM may say is comes free when you upgrade beyond a 20Mb/s service (the limit of the old Motorola cable modems) but we still had to pay for it to be "activated" even if we installed & configured it ourselves and there will be something factored into our bills to cover the cost as well.
With the TV service VM give us the option to having a simple digital STB or paying extra for a Tivo so for our broadband give us the option of a small-footprint low-power modem that will run at 100Mb/s+ or paying extra for an all-in-one modem-router-switch-ap.
Assuming the rumours are correct that VM execs are mulling this over does anyone know the best place to comment to have a small chance of influencing this decision?
Re: Well, you haters can hate
You Sir are a facetious sh*t and I upvote you for it!
Cookies with user account passwords in plaintext confirmed...
...the H-Online have tested this: http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Santander-s-online-banking-keeps-passwords-in-cookies-1730364.html
And these are the people who, if money is fraudulently removed from our accounts, instinctively insist that we must have divulged a card PIN or similar.
Yes, the banks are an easy target - mainly because they are an arrogant money-grabbing bunch of bastards.
And why no comparison between the free and pay-for versions from companies like AVG, Avast and Avira? Also as other have said the failure to test products with widely-used non-MS browsers is a big gap.
Re: apple gimmick?
pete: you're a bloke and you're saying you DON'T ball touch??
Unfortunately it seems that Apple might be doing it again: getting us to part with our hard-earned for something that we don't really need as there is already a perfectly good (and free in this case) non-electronic method of achieving the same result, i.e. a satisfying ball-scratch.
Conflation part II: GM =/= mutation/evolution in the wild
You are right to separate out the different issues in the whole GM Pandora's box but you do so selectively, are guilty of your own conflation and ignore the interaction of these issues..
The first poster, asdf points out that there are proven links between obesity and cancer (and many other serious health epidemics in wealthy countries), not the simplistic assertion that "GM causes cancer." And you suggest that creating GMOs is no different from random genetic mutation in the wild which is frankly utter bollocks. On the one hand random genetic mutation leads to small incremental changes over time in the context of an ecosystem in which all organisms are evolving. On the other hand lab-created GMOs are specifically designed to out-compete organisms in the wider ecosystem and thus have a far greater potential for unpredictable consequences when released in the wild.
Finally it is precisely amoral profit-driven semi-monopolies like Monsanto that are creating these GMOs and lobbying to have them released into the wild. Do you trust them to do due diligence with regard to large parts of the planet's ecosystem with their track record so far? I certainly don't.
Re: Virginmedia has routing problem...
Indeed. And I'd be willing to bet that their service status page says something like: Everything is DANDY! Don't you just LURVE having the best broadband in the GALAXY??
Fortunately I seem to be unaffected by this particular VM f*ck-up.
micheal you clearly know nothing: the Amish aren't allowed to play football as the ball is heretically spherical and may lead those of the faith to the hellish idea that the world is not flat!
Re: Christian beliefs and ideals
badmonkey: don't forget a penchant for shifting paedophile priests from one parish to another so the law doesn't catch up with them
Re: patent arena
Damn! I've never gone pay-per-view in my life up to now but the prospect of seeing Steve Ballmer's fat sweaty carcass getting pummelled would have me reaching for my debit card! qB^D
Re: 'Couple of decades'
Thanks Peter, as I typed "a couple of decades" I had the feeling that someone more knowledgeable than I would point out that it was a lot longer! :-)
Re: Big deal....
No, it's not a big deal in the sense that you can (presumably) configure this search feature to not search beyond the local machine or simply use a different search tool (find has worked well for a couple of decades...) but this is at best Canonical being disingenuous and underhand.
Home Lens does not suggest "send my search in plain text over the net to a 3rd party". And as for the results not being ads but "integrating online scope results into the home lens of the dash"?? WTF?!? My hopeless managers would struggle to come up with bullsh*t double-speak like that!
Oh and for the record I'm a long-time Linux (and Ubuntu) user.
P0wned?? WTF??!!??! FTW!!!111!!!
As any (geek) fule kno it is pWn3d
Way to miss the point eulampios: Acer being shite and failing to seriously address the Windoze tax doesn't exonerate Google from flagrantly using their monopoly position to further their own interests at the expense of a potential competitor and ultimately end users.
Speaking of Nokia...
...don't Alibaba have their number? If WinPho tanks any further Nokia may not give a stuff what M$ say to them.
But for the record, as an Android user and advocate this is yet another totally sucky thing done by Google. Not evil but monopolistic anti-competitive practice for sure.
Re: Full Frame
Presumably because Nikon, Canon, Sony, et al know that they can sell APS-C sensor cameras to the consumer market and make a killing on APS-C lenses that still cost the same or more than the equivalent AF 35mm lenses from old film camera systems: much less of that expensive glass == much bigger profits.
It's called monopoly capitalism apparently.
Re: But, but, but ...
Because the crims can "legitimately" use a URL shortening service like bit.ly or tinyurl that need not be be compromised. The "link" on the shortening service doesn't actually go anywhere - it's a URI that is itself the attack site.
So effectively this vulnerability makes shortening services attack sites and therefore it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect them to sanitise the links that they accept. Maybe they even do this already, anyone?
And as anyone who fixes PCs knows, we *never* have nightmares with shed-loads of Acer laptops and Dell desktops built to the headline price set by the marketing department to sell shed-loads of boxes to unwary buyers. As if.
Re: So what?
@frank: steady on - another story like this could generate a similar Twatter-splat of outrage and tip the intertubes over into...ermm....oh yeah, reality check...more utter indifference.
Slow news week? Meh.
Re: Here we go!!!!
OHOHO! Is funny because he say is great when his brain know it not true!
Re: Confusing article
@diodesign: that's a somewhat complacent and narrow view. A not unlikely scenario is that this was created by a security agency like the CIA who have a well-documented penchant "extraordinarily rendering" (read: violently kidnapping) foreign citizens to assorted locations around the globe to be detained and tortured.
They have done this with the flimsiest of suspicion (bearing in mind that extra-judicial kidnapping, imprisonment, torture and assassination are illegal by definition and in many other ways). So if they happened to have had a tool like this to target potential "terrorists" over the past few years it would almost certainly have been used to assist such actions.
No, Flame/sKyWIper is not a "weapon of annihilation" (nice paper tiger!) but that wouldn't be much comfort to anyone languishing in an interrogation facility in Uzbekistan, would it?
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