1264 posts • joined Thursday 15th March 2007 16:58 GMT
Re: Chrome - the anti-drone?
"Every time you hit Google.com with IE it tells you to download Chrome, so that's what such people do."
Makes sense in a sad resigned sort of way :(
As I virtually never use IE that escaped me.
Re: Chrome - the anti-drone?
Going to the site and playing with the regions is interesting. Some like the UK or Netherlands shows noticeable weekend peaks for Safari, etc, and others like Germany show a much higher FF proportion.
Chrome - the anti-drone?
Funny how IE and Chrome have such a weekly cycle opposite each other, where as FF/Safari/Opera shows very little variation.
Why would corporate locked-down users all choose much the *same* non-IE browser for home use, and not a balance closer to the other browser's respective shares?
Re: MAC Address
The router probably holds the MAC addresses only temporarily in RAM. mine seems to have no permanent logs, so if it has been switched off at any point then any such MAC records will have been lost.
However, if there is a fixed port-forwarding rule to a specific MAC address (rather than a dynamic UPnP set-up for forwarding by the BitTorrent client) that would be available on inspection of the router. That is if they are willing to pay for expert evidence gathering and compensation costs for the accused's loss of access, profits, etc, should it turn out to be an error in their evidence.
Ultimately these companies are not in the game of proving copyright infringement, they are in the game of demanding money with legal menaces (more profitable), which the judge here clearly sees.
Re: See how well that holds up...
<= you missed the icon?
You also forgot to mention the large resulting compensation for legal costs, time & inconvenience when a large number of such accusations turn out to be false...
Very much so.
It sounds like it may end for them as for ACL:Law in the UK, where the lack of willingness to prove actual infringement by the accused in a court of law, and the general incompetence of their evidence processes, blew their chances and led to bankruptcy for the ambulance-chaser of the lawyer behind it.
Oh FFS do it right!
So let me get this right, a 19" rack is too small, so lets go non-standard for only 4" more?
Why not go for 2*19=38" wide and be done with it, so you can mound old and new stuff in one rack?
Somehow I doubt that a few inches are so make-or-brake for cooling, and the real issue is just what is in a box and how it is cables. Most racks seem to end up messy for cabling, more so if you have servers on sliders to gain access and so have big loops on supports arms at the back. Why not have some "plug in" rack so the inter-unit cabling can be fixed, and the unit pulls out completely for repair, etc?
Re: Fan = show stopper
You seem to be lucky. We see less failures than the sometimes quoted MTBF = 4-5 years figure suggest, but still not great, and some get noisy and slow (so less effective) as they get old even without "complete failure".
..is often a web browser in our world. Why, oh, why does a web browser need GB of memory to keep a dozen or two tabs open?
Memo to Mozilla et al - please fix you damn leaky code and stop buggering around with version numbers and GUI changes.
Re: Re:El Presedente
Avoiding fans is a good idea if you want reliability over a long time. Some example info of bearing types vs. temperatures can be found here:
As usual, if you can run cool (and probably lower the fan speed as well) it lasts longer. Of course, if you need a fan, then running cool is probably not a typical case...and if you want it quiet (e.,g. media player) the no fan is best, or a really big low RPM one (acoustic noise is related to the 8th power of air speed!)
Source code, etc
I don't particularly like MS, and of course prefer Linux's openness instead, but that is down to their behaviour of propitiatory protocols and dirty tricks to promote vendor lock-in (not the only company to do so, I hasten to add).
So if they are indeed properly supporting an open protocol that is a very good thing and as such the source code is not essential if it works properly with a good selection of other's products.
Slightly different if high trust is needed (e.g. encryption).
"And, really, how often do modern fans fail ?"
Few companies give MTBF figures, but those that do rarely say more then 40-50k hours, which is about 4-ish years. At at the MTBF (if correctly given and a constant rate) only 37% are working by then.
For always-on devices they are *significantly* more likely to fail than semiconductors.
What usually happens is someone else comes along with a "better" fashion and the old guard get knocked down a bit towards retirement.
So the real question is not can he keep Apple going, but who can usurp them?
I don't see MS doing that, though they are so entrenched in the desktop PC world they won't vanish in spite of turd-like OS/GUI choices, and Nokia, Sony, etc, seem beyond hope now.
Permitting technical control on 'culture' in the form of DRM is by far the worst aspect of the whole game.
While I have serious reservations about the fairness of the "private company accuses" nature of the warning letters system, it is still a system that works on the basis of the majority being willing to do the right thing, and the minority freetards left over are probably not worth a serious fight over anyway.
But DRM is so much more toxic, as it hinders innovation ("can't do that boy, not without our license") and serves to render 'content' in current technology obsolete in due course and thus to force a re-licensing of stuff you have already paid for. Also it serves as a barrier to free speech and fair use by those who take copyright to cover far more than distribution of a copy.
Remember the revocation of "1984" by Amazon?
Re: Only a small percentage of society is in denial
Come out AC, we know you are really Gene Simmons:
Re: when she says
"terrorists, criminals and so on."
And what exactly are the "so on" category of suspects?
Re: Obligatory star trek,...
I dreamt of a watch with Sapphic glass, but it proved to be too distracting...
Re: BYOD sync 'n share
As others have mentioned, Dropbox only encrypts the link to its servers, all of your data is available there naked and, if something goes wrong at their end, to world+dog. But that is no worse than most folk's PCs so its acceptable for most users I guess.
What I would like is an option in Dropbox's client to use your own NAS for some data, as it would be faster & easier for a home setup to sync big files (videos, ISOs, etc) between multiple users without needing always-on networking & NAS. But I guess that would eat their financial lunch so not likely to happen.
@As for vendor lock-in, how exactly?
Why, if your browser agent is set to report IE, will it attempt to load an ActiveX plug-in?
The old MS trick of favouring IE/Windows all over again, rather than being web standards compliant?
Still, Google's web offering also sucks so its not like there is a vastly better offer.
Re: Hmm . .
Funny you should mention that, two of my friends' hotmail accounts have spammed me since Sunday.
Re: And who said wishes don't come true.
Sadly I can remember when Sony was an honourable company, and a good example of Japanese excellence.
Probably about the time before it bought in to media and the USA way of litigation, DRM, etc.
Re: A grave misconception
It is all about this petty control, and getting you used to it before they discontinue optical disks in a decade or so.
Why bother stopping you copying anyway? if you are a dedicated 'freetard' you will get it pirated easily enough, so its not like those are going to change.
Make it nice & easy to use without needing an "approved" device (i.e. no DRM) and make the price & availability right and it will succeed. Sadly I fear they have not quite learned that yet...
Re: Even if people stopped downloading
"It's not helping anyone unless they start buying"
That is possibly the most succinct statement of the whole issue. While big media likes to portray 'piracy' as the cause of their financial downfall, its not the whole story and more laws to play whack-a-freetard are not really helping anyone.
As the author (who is very much pro-copyright) has pointed out before: legitimate services have by-and-large sucked. If they make paying for stuff easy and don't piss paying folk off with DRM and "you are probably a thief" messages, maybe things will improve.
But, and there is the rub, maybe the disposable money is never going to return to past levels enjoyed by the music/movie biz due to the range of other things Joe Public has to spend it on now (mobile phone contracts, fondle slabs, multi-player games, etrc)?
Re: Better than that,
No doubt with the custom ROM fitted?
(apologies to XKCD)
"Sod this you smelly bastards, I'm off out for the day!"
What do you think the space-walks are for?
<= I think you missed icon selection.
Re: Different w.r.t. Blackberry
I suspect in most not-totally-paranoid countries (e.g. excluding recent events in Iran) the intelligence services don't fear "unbreakable" encryption, they fear mass adoption of half-decent encryption so keyword searches and similar methods used to target traditional resources at real suspects is harder.
Different w.r.t. Blackberry
There are two important differences:
1) This uses standard GSM calls, but scrambles them if you are talking to another secure phone, so unless they are already targeting you (or that recipient, or scanning all calls for scrambling), they won't know you have one in use.
2) Unlike the Blackberry, there is no central server in *any* country to tap, so the only simple option (short of finding & arresting you) is to block the call.
In both cases (block or arrest) you then know you were targeted, and they probably have to charge you with something, not generally convenient for them without other proof of illegal activity (e.g. if you are actually doing business and it is legitimate). It would be pretty hard for any gov to simply outlaw encryption and still expect to do major international business.
For any real intelligence agency I can't see such a big deal in any case. I guess MI6 and similar would deploy other ways of listening in without you knowing about it if you were that important(bugged car/apartment/paid-off lover/goat/etc).
Perplexed reply to Angry reply. Asks where he can get $SexualDeviance as reasonable price?
Re: Woa is me AC 21:18
"they might find themselves paying for machines that weren't running their OS and couldn't run MS Office"
The short & smug answer is tell them to release Office for Linux. I would buy it for sure.
The more complex answer is it shows how anti-competitive they are if they are using success in one area (e.g. Office document support) to boost another (the OS no one seems to want).
Realistically I would have though Office for iPad should have been out by now. Its not like they haven't ported it to MacOs already...same for Linux...how hard can it be if you already have more than one OS supported?
"don't understand why you want to pay Apple or Microsoft for their OS only to remove it to install Linux."
There are a lot of good reasons why you might want or need to boot an alternative OS!
One example (maybe less of an issue for WOA) is to rescue a screwed up system. With MS' attitude you will only be able to do that with WOA. Not so good if its a nasty virus in there that has already taken WOA down...
Or more likely, some rootkit. Now secure boot is supposed to prevent this, but what if one is created with MS' support (such as the German police's trojan) that then escapes? Or the bad guys break the boot signing (like every DRM scheme created so far)?
But more fundamentally than all of this, it is my damn thing and I should be free to do as I want. OK, default is secure and prompt me if I do something potentially stupid, but I own it!
That, of course, applies equally to Apple & MS, but the reason I single MS out for this dirty trick is a combination of their numerous other previous anti-competative dirty tricks to capture the markets, and the basic difference that Apple make their own hardware, while MS seek to impose their will on every other hardware maker who wants/needs Windows for the majority of customers' needs.
Who says x86 won't be next? They already say it is 'optional' to allow me to boot something else, but who is to say the manufacturer will allow it (or has had back room pressure applied to stop it)?
Re: @problem (@Paul Crawford)
Firstly on "It won't work" lets take a simple example: say I upload a collection of my own scribblings called "the Rolling Stones collection", and say its in some encrypted form (or just non-standard) then how will an automated system decide if I have infringed copyright?
On the sole basis of the file name components? On fragments of that (as anti-spam filters fail to stop v1agra and similar subjects)? Or will *my* rights be blocked "just in case" someone else's are infringed?
In reverse, it is then easy for infringes to do the same and avoid detection. So quite how is this filter going to *work* to any usable degree? And if it fails, will the courts shut the site down for not doing the impossible?
As for the bigger question of "Outdated business model" then its going to take more space & time to discuss than I have here. While I have great sympathy for the creative industry, the simple fact is the digital era *has* changed the world, for better generally, and there has to be adaptation to this new world.
And yet (as El Reg's Andrew Orlowski has covered in considerable detail) we still don't have very good options for legitimate sales. For music, its got better with DRM-free downloads, but really often more or less at the same cost as physical media (with its manufacturing, shipping, shop front, etc, overheads). Who are they kidding?
To put the preservation of copyright above all other considerations like fundamental privacy and services to others is farcical. Yes, the creative industry deserves payment, but they have to adapt to the way it is now with price & convenience that will win over the moral majority, and not to rely on courts imposing technical decisions they don't understand.
Re: Woa is me
Its not Apple-bashing, the DRM in question is MS insisting on secure boot without ANY option for booting a non-MS system.
In fact, I would rather like WOA to fail just because of that on petty issue - the prevention of dual boot with Linux/BSD/anything else.
The problem is it just won't work.
No one has an acceptably fool-proof filter and such sites don't have the profit margins to employ the hundreds of people needed to manually review and validate the *user uploaded* content. And the rights holders also feel it is too expensive and difficult for them to do via the sites take-down procedures.
Finally, there is this thing called "privacy" which is a right, much older and more basic than copyright, and people should resist its systematic erosion in the name of profits and/or gov paranoia.
Really, the copyright holders are not happy that sharing data is cheap & easy and want it to be made too impractical for the hosting sites to survive, so this new internet business just fades away and things return to the days of old.
Oh, but make sure you configure all software in the VM to use a "network drive" (at least not C: locations) for all of the important files. Then your VM's virtual disk is not storing your data, so that can be kept on the Linux host, or better still some RAID-based NAS that is backed up properly, etc.
VMware has an option to mount host folders as 'network drives' but it sucks (becomes disabled for no obvious reason, unable to cope with case sensitivity/unsensitivity), so if you can use a NAS with CIFS export, or run samba on the Linux host to do network drives properly.
Not sure about VirtualBox, etc, but they are probably similar.
Re: That's what I was thinking...
"Has anyone any experience of getting Engineering and CAD packages working within a Linux VDM?"
Some, but probably very few, will run with wine.
However, as far as I know (and use) there is nothing in that old XP license you have that stops you turning it in to a VM to run such CAD stuff on a Linux desktop. I use some CAD software that way.
Keep web & email on the Linux host, and block (or at least seriously restrict) the XP VM from Internet access, and turn off USB autorun, etc. Then you don't have much to worry about for malware so can drop AV (or use Klam etc on the Linux host for sanitisation of stuff).
Then as the PC is replaced down the line, no re-install and driver issues for XP to keep it running on new hardware, just copy the VM. And as it drops from MS support in 2 years time you don't have much to worry about the lack of patches for malware (assuming its kept in a network sandbox).
Re: I'm really happy with The Gimp
So am I, just add in UFRaw for camera's raw files, and you have most of what you might need for non-professional camera work.
Photoshop is simply too expensive, and complex to use, for the basic image editing I need and I suspect that applies to a *lot* of folk (even if they don't realise it). Also you don't get Photoshop for Linux so my choice would be getting a copy of Windows and the sucking AV software, bloat, etc, that comes with that, or the additional expense for a Mac.
The article is, in my view, pretty much right if you discount some of the nit picking here. In that:
Most folk, and that includes the majority of 'pirates' agree that the creator should get some fair remuneration, and if we think about it, that means those who support them in the form of the record companies also deserve a fair cut of this.
But none of the P2P services *ever* had a chance of a legal option as history shows the record labels (and I guess the same applies to movies) are absolutely loathed to give up control over their 'rights'.
They wanted the same sort of ability to dictate who, where, and what price, they always had by virtue of having the physical distribution channels sown up. Well you know what happened there, don't you?
In sort, they blew it. They tried to set up label-specific web sites, but of course nobody gives a monkeys todger about what label their favourite artist is on, so they all failed. They imposed DRM on legitimate sites, even though all it serves in practice is to piss off the *paying* customers, and the result was P2P flourished.
Then (and certainly for a while) the only viable legal site to pop up was iTuens, by virtue of Apple being big enough, and focused enough, to bang their collective heads together and get sufficient sense out of them at last. But I'm not a fan of iTunes either, and it is far from perfect.
You see, the internet has removed virtually all of the cost and boundaries for distribution of digital media, but they hang on to the old regional licensing terms (OK, there may be difficulties in re-negotiating some of that with the artists). They also expect to impose their own pricing model and, in the case of video, still try to foist DRM on consumers.
But now the economics are different, they are no longer having to adjust the price on the basis of "what the customer will pay in market XYZ" because it is not just buy it or leave it, as they now have easy pirating to compete with.
Which is good, and not impossible. Why? Because most folk (as Andrew has reported on in the past several times) *are* willing to pay, but they want it to be easy, and global, and not to piss them off with every new (or old) device they choose to play it on.
When or how will this happen? Buggered if I know :(
 yes, the period of copyright is moot, and arguments abound about how much, but in principle its accepted.
 stop laughing please, we could imagine a world in which the big record labels were not lawyer-driven entities focused on screwing over artist & consumer, so their cut was morally acceptable. I'm not holding my breath though.
"I feel sorry for the couple of dozen companies and hundreds of people"
True, but then again, they also displaced a similar number of jobs on the UK mainland due to the loophole.
While I don't feel much sympathy for HMRC generally, I don't think such an import tax-relief scheme is fair to UK based companies. Sure, keep relief for goods *made* in those islands, but for the multi-nationals like Play & Tesco, etc, using it as a dodge?
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