1526 posts • joined 15 Mar 2007
Re: patent extortion
Actually the FAT32 issue should never have been allowed as the point here was MS did some stupid things for compatibility reasons and got a patent on it. No one in their right mind would *want* to use FAT32 except for the need to talk to Windows machines (due to their de facto monopoly in the desktop arena, and inability to read/write much else then FAT or NTFS).
I am all in favour of protecting innovation, but anything that is to do with interoperability should be excluded from this.
Also why the secrecy? Any deal that is not public is mighty suspicious and part of patent agreements is they *should* be conducted in the open so that the "value" can be seen for trading, not just to stop predatory agreements being signed, but also to allow investors to see the actual value industry putts on the innovation concerned.
I thought it was Toyah Wilcox?
The answer is simple and obvious - those dark filaments are the cooled hyper-pasta of the Flying Spaghetti Monster's noodly appendages!
Thanks, my jacket and hat is the pirate one with the book on global warming in the pocket...
Re: Windows 8 - what is it?
I don't think there is much change the the underlying OS that is major, but it has has some minor improvements. Had there been a no-Metro option I think most commentards here would be less hateful in their comments, probably looking forward to it in fact as an improvement over 7. But sadly they have already tried the preview...
Maybe on a tablet/phone it has a purpose, but on a desktop it sucks. But don't trust me, I don't own a fez.
Re: hate for XP and the Teletubbies references
I hated the XP teletubbies appearance, but at least they let you change back to 'classic' look.
With win8 they have gone out of their way to stop you, the useless bar stewards!
Mind you, Ubuntu's Unity is well on its way as the Linux moment of pulling defeat from the jaws of victory, think of all those XP users who would find Gnome 2 quite usable? Ooops, we screwed that one.
Re: Well, that's OK then
Give up your base? Or maybe time to get another product from a company that is not doing this to you and make damn sure you tell world+dog about it?
Yes, that plain/HTML bug annoys me a lot.
Also the in-line spell checker 'forgetting' to check a whole paragraph, etc, if you just did an edit. Buggy since V2 I think. Finally on my annoyance list is the inability to run filters on the "global" inbox, meaning if you have several email accounts and use the unified folders thing (which I like) you need to define multiple filters.
Email is long established, just fix the bugs please! Oh and give us back coloured button text - that black text only crap is not so good for quick recognition.
F'in caps lock key?
Please will somebody realise that caps lock is of little use, and for most non-perfect typists just a source of hassle when you accidentally touch it going for 'A' or similar.
If dropping anything that is "no longer needed" please get rid of caps lock!
Re: Are you really going to pop that disc in your drive?
Yes, because I don't have a stupidly configured computer that runs anything presented to it, and there is a good reason to expect it is valuable to me. Even with Windows one of the first things I do is disable autorun on *ALL* media via the registry setting.
How would any other media be safer? Infected USB are depressingly common...
Parallel printer ports on motherboard
If you need older hardware support in a modern computer check out the DFI EL620-C ATX motherboard, it has a parallel port (you need a bracket/25D/ribbon cable thing unfortunately as it is not rear-facing), two rear facing serial ports (and more inside), PS2 mouse & keyboard, 4 rear-facing USB ports, and two Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Oh, and it also has 3 ISA slots for industrial cards like we use!
Supports the older socket 775 CPUs unfortunately, but Intel still make the Q9400 quad core one (and others) if you can find a supplier that is not utterly incompetent to actually sell you them.
Indeed. Some how I don't think it will be the grandparent generation who are the worst affected...
Re: Apple treated differently than Microsoft.
If you look at the article, you will find that MS has fallen to "If you factor in iOS devices, the ratio drops to less than 2-to-1". So basically if you include all Apple devices: desk-top computer, laptop, tablet and phone, they are still a minority compared to Windows.
That is why no one has investigated Apple. Yet. The time will come I hope...
Sadly I am troll-feeding but its worth noting this bug was introduced around the time of the last leap-second.
Real problem is lack of testing of such rare events. Windows is no better really, it ignores the leap second so clock is simply wrong for a while which can be a problem for transaction systems.
How to test?
Why can't someone set up NTP server called skippy or something, that every two days it adds an anomalous +1 leap second and then two days later has a matching -1 leap second?
That way you could set up a test machine that is more-or-less on time, but makes sure that your kernel and any Java, etc, updates are all happy with the concept of a clock shift.
Re: Leap seconds: not a one-off unique event
I don't know why they hung. All of our Linux machines ran quite happily (as they have done fore years before including this event) using NTP and Trimble GPS for precise time-keeping.
It is not like the folk behind NTP don't know about this, it has been supported and documented for a long time:
Sounds like something that was not tested during the last leap second event, but still, I fail to understand why it would take the system down for more than 1 second?
Seems the EU has sense here, after all the claims that software is "Intellectual Property" should come with the same sort of rules that physical property has, that you can if necessary re-sell it. I hope this ruling also gets applied to music & DVDs that are delivered on-line to break the distinction between physical and virtual delivery. Of course, there are big concerns that a number of customers won't be honest and delete the copy before selling it on, but really, are they not likely to be the ones obtaining it dishonestly in the first place?
As for cloud-only to get round this - I can see a number of cases where that is simply not practical due to network latency & bandwidth concerns, not to mention issues over data sovereignty and applicable law.
"backdoor control laws"
That is the key point: the secrecy of negotiation.
The fact that some very controversial proposals were included then dropped from ACTA (but not Japan's own laws?) shows the attitude of some aspects of those pushing this forward. I hope, but don't really expect, that in future the revision of patent, copyright and trademark laws are done in the open and NOT simply to maximise large company profits.
This applies obviously to the heinous business of DRM and so on being pushed by the content industries, but equally to the land-grab of copyright by the likes of Google, etc, against small players. The law should be fair to all parties.
For what client?
For a Linux VM or Windows VM? My own experience shows NFS as significantly faster than CIFS for the same hardware/network system, so can we please have some like-for-like comparisons?
Methinks MS pushes CIFS because that is Windows default networking and not because it is actually any better...
Re: The "dropped" part matters
Irrespective of any merits in ACTA, the manner in which it was negotiated and the attempts to use it to bypass parliamentary process is a VERY SERIOUS matter. Same in the EU where it is/was being pushed by the commissioners as a done-deal to be passed by the EU parliament.
This cannot be allowed to happen!
For the sake of democracy everywhere it is important that ACTA is rejected and politicians made to sit up and take notice that new laws or trade agreements need to be done in the open, and with the goals and participants all visible so that it actually reflects what the people want.
As Andrew has pointed out in past articles, most people are not "freetards" and will support creative work by paying if it is made a easy and good choice, but this has been a long time coming with music finally becoming easy to download DRM-free. Prices are a bit high (compared to CD per-track cost when manufacturing costs are excluded) but not bad. However video is still DRM-encumbered and subject to stupid regional restrictions.
Can the industry groups get round to fixing the carrot before demanding ever bigger sticks?
The "dropped" part matters
The fact it was dropped matters, as criminalisation was proposed behind closed doors. And considering Japan, one of the original proponents of ACTA, has gone and introduced this independently you can be sure it was not a joke:
"from friction comes life"
Re: In the interest of fairness
Certainly, for windows:
9 sets of AV software + Original CD to nuke it from orbit and re-install.
And for Linux:
8 books on compiling a kernel for Dummies/Fun/Profit/Sysadmin/BDSM/etc, a signed posted of Richard Stallman + a Tux penguin for your desk.
Re: Just visit your doctor...
Yes, and no Windows CD-ROM either - now try changing your IP settings!
But what is the cost of running (rechargeable) battery powered sex toys we ask?
Re: Definitions - are you sure?
The salt can't be "random" but could be something complex and user-specific, such as their email address (or a MD5 hash of that).
The goal is to make the required rainbow table too big so a standard table (for, say, all 8-character passwords and common longer ones) can't be used, and the time & storage to generate one big enough is unworkable for a reasonable time-scale so you are back to brute-forcing each user.
Secure boot is a double edged sword: while clearly a major step to preventing rootkits, it is also a good way of stopping freedom.
My own preference would be for a uniform and guaranteed way of turning it off, of cource with BIG MESSAGES ABOUT THE DANGERS so Joe Average is not fooled again by malware in to shafting himself.
The Linux option that blocks things like pci access, etc, to allow signing is not good in my view as I use that sort of thing in development. OK< I don't need secure boot, but would like the half-way house of knowing most of the boot process went OK and only the modules (or hardware access) were things to worry about.
Windows users being forced to pay more for the privilege of using their PC?
Oh my fishy heart bleeds for them as I play a surprisingly small violin...
Re: People are sick of Adobe
Shame those people did not help/sponsor improvements to GIMP as an alternative.
Even if you prefer photoshop, you get more of a reaction to asking if its OK if you & the GIMP can touch up their wife & daughter after a party photo!
Nothing wrong with USB ports, its the stupid OS that lets stuff run from them, in particular autorun[*], and people who don't care to (a) lock them down, or (b) take care what you do with them.
[*] sadly Linux is not totally innocent though not as brain-dead as the old MS approach, also why do so many Linux distros mount file systems on external media with execute permissions enabled?
Re: Not enough fuel?
Did "recent plane designs" mean optimised cruising in an airliner, or a helicopter?
No idea how the proposed future craft fair for efficiency, but current full-size helicopters are around 2-3mpg AFAIK, and I suspect improvements in that would be matched by improvements in car/bus/trains.
Wrong in so many ways!
Firstly, as already pointed out, we have a fuel/energy problem with cars and they need a fraction of a helicopter's energy for a comparable journey.
Also touched upon - where do you park them all? Buses drop passengers off, then move on...
And GPS for kids to make them non-targets - some Orwellian wet dream methinks? Who was the muppet who thought that anyone, or anything, should be forced to carry the cost of protecting themselves from someone else's transport or toy?
Self-driving cars are much easier, but just as capable of being deadly if they went wrong. I would like a ruling on liability first, for example, can the on-board software (and thus the maker) be held accountable? Will it have the usual weasel-worded EULA passing the responsibility on to the 'operator' who may be unable/not expecting to take emergency control when the unexpected happens?
Re: Your doorbell runs android?
Seriously - I have an HTC Wildfire and that is about all its good for.
Re: Oh look!
I see what you did there!
Re: @Tom 7 re. "girly is a non sexist term ..."
Oh I like it when cunning linguists argue!
Re: No, it's not just you....
Ribbed and silent - just what you need for enjoying a 'special' video at night.
Yes, cost is high but then they don't have the volumes that laptop makers enjoy.
Paris, she enjoys a large volume...
Why has it taken so long, and still not there, to make Itanic & Xeon hardware-compatible?
My own view is the Itanium was a wasted development, but once started it seems crazy the Intel did not make then socket compatible so they could sell them to makes of x86 boxes as an alternative choice of CPU, rather than having to roll out white elephant hardware just for the Itanium.
Re: @AC 21:34
Nope, the FBI can't seize anything that is outside of USA jurisdiction. Sadly the seem to believe that having a .com name puts you under USA law, something that other countries need to stand up to.
If you break the law in your own country, then you should be prosecuted there.
If your web activity is illegal in another country, tough. Why, for example, should I be subject to Sharia law (or a bastardized version of it) just because my web pages have an Iranian visitor?
Sorry, you are the f*king ignorant one - the FBI did that in ANOTHER COUNTRY and without the explicit approval of a local judge.
While some in the USA appear to believe their law applies everywhere, it dose not (though a few countries appear to lack the backbone to tell them, like the UK I live in).
Re: I am reminded...
And the reason for doing so?
Because humans, as a generalisation, are a lazy self-centred bunch who will make little or no sacrifice unless it has an immediate gain/threat.
Give people an ounce of doubt and they will use that to get out of doing things, in particular, those difficult or unpopular decisions that politicians must do but still keep themselves on the gravy train.
And that is the dilemma, try to hold a reasoned argument with those who don't give a toss, are incapable of understanding science/statistics, or have pre-set views (e.g. religion) and you lose. Not because your data is out of agreement, but because the DON'T WANT TO BELIEVE that their actions are wrong/ill-advised/must be changed.
Or take on politicians at their own gain by spinning the facts to attention-grabbing scenarios and getting folk to sit up and take notice. Then once more to dismiss it because "its just spin" and not in their short-term interests.
Maybe skynet was right...
You seem to be confusing "opinion I don't agree with" with "conspiracy", and have not noticed The Register actually has other journalists with differing options that are also permitted to speak.
Re: The ones to avoid are the full 'Security Suites'
Good point jason 7 there, if you have to ask the user you have failed already, as most users know nothing, after all, they are not pro system administrators.
As for firewalls, in the modern "IPv4 + NAT router in the home" world they count for little (but it is nice to know when something is calling home if you tend to tin-foil headgear as I do), and MS has been good at turning off some infrequently needed stuff in recent years.
In the NAT-free would of IPv6 that may change...
True words in jest...
In a lot of cases you have a choice between a well-sucky machine running AV all of the time that gets hosed occasionally, or a responsive one without McAfee/Norton (or other better AV) that gets hosed a little more often but is cheaper.
Which is better?
Personally the bigger worry for me is the lack of back-ups, as its not just viruses (mostly for Windows) to corrupt things, but hardware failures and "user's gross administrative error" to be recovered from.
And the long-term effects of all of the toxic industrial chemical washed out to sea during the tsunami's destruction of coastal industry?
It annoys me the way the mass-media press fixates on the nuclear incident and ignores (more or less) the enormous damage and loss of life caused by "safe" water elsewhere.
Re: Could be a dummy device
Damn - I could do with a giant mutant spider to deal with some of those perky flies! Just not ones with an interest in blue crystals...
"world made 1.8 zettabytes of data in 2011"
Home much of that is duplicated web site access or bittorrent data? And how much of the apparently 'unique' data transfers are actually the same but with DRM (and hence uncachable at ISP nodes) like Spotify's traffic?
Short term stability?
I was wondering about that, but also about the impact of a immersive cooling oil with relative permittivity values of 2-3 on the characteristic impedance and propagation delay-matching of high speed PCB tracks?
As a designed-for-oil system no problem, but as a normal board in oil it might cause issues with very high speed systems.
Re: Wonder how much it would cost
A lot. And also what do you do at night?
You need a lot of baseline generation, and storage (e.g. hydro) to smooth out renewable sources that are not constant (like geothermal).
Odd argument that they are altering the content so it is a copyright issue. As far as I can see the original content is not modified, all they do is allow you to see the bits you want and not the other bits.
Legislating against that would be bizarre as it would imply it is illegal to take a leak during the advert break!
Re: How far does the storage requirement go?
The 'legality' is probably something that engineers can't begin to understand the dumbness of, but I guess they can't argue against a de-dupe system as all of the copies are logically separate in the sense you can modify one without altering anyone else's "copy".
So today a mid-high end storage system could de-dupe this effectively and save a *lot* of space at the usual expense of having to have enough RAM for the de-dupe hash tables, which is hardly an issue now.
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