1549 posts • joined 15 Mar 2007
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.
"any other can or can't?"
The point is the OS should provide the appropriate restrictions for ALL applications, and regulated by only a few permission levels depending on what an app needs to do.
The beef here is MS want to play with APIs for IE and Office that others are not allowed to, a bit like the old Word vs. WordPerfect anti-trust case where MS, due to its inner knowledge of its own OS, could out-perform other software by using undocumented features (OK WordPerfect had other issues, but the API tricks are known).
Or the same tactic, used more sneakily, to break DR-DOS + Win3.0 etc.
Re: Marketing is working
No worry, as win7 will be available for years due to demand just like XP got several stays of execution.
So please don't give them any more money then necessary?
Tux - 'cause he/she is cheap, and I like IT!
Re: All the well written 3rd party apps in the world won't save win8!
"So are you suggesting that they document how to use every piece of code in Windows?"
In a word - yes.
Or remove them completely so their own developer's don't have something special to play with.
Remember its not just IE that gets special treatment on WOA/WinRT, but they also have a special rule to allow Office to run without the dreaded metro interface. Why not allow LibreOffice this access?
Yes, I know, that was a rhetorical question...
Re: South America
No, the missed point about a usefull sub-orbital flight (as opposed to geostationary satellite launch) is that it goes from somewhere people are, to somewhere people want to be.
I can see flights from, say, UK to Australia (and vice-versa) in 2-3 hours being very popular if the cost was vaguely tolerable.
The disbelief is not that 20% of software in use is not correctly licenses, but that (a) stopping this would not necessarily lead to 20% more income (a lot of expensive unlicensed software would not be bought, but cheaper alternatives used), and that (b) any such increase in income won't necessarily help the UK economy as a whole.
So while it may help some of the BAS' member's businesses, that is not the same as helping the UK was a whole as a significant proportion of such income would go overseas.
Where would the £1.2B come from? Its not like the UK has lots of spare cash in the cupboard, so other UK business & services would lose out. Robbing Peter to pay Paul?
More importantly from an economic point of view, where would most of the claimed £1.2 billion go, to Adobe/MS perhaps? Not in the UK's balance of trade advantage I'm sure.
A more useful thing would be for more home-grown (or open source) software to be used, that way the "missing" £1.2B can be spend on UK jobs & services.
If it ever existed in the first place.
Re: If they really knew...
Indeed, a small percentage are terrible drivers.
But speeding w.r.t. road sign values is only one aspect of this: not paying attention (for whatever reason: phone, kids, being senile, etc), being drunk/drugged up, having marginal knowledge of road rules, driving too fast for the prevailing conditions (fog, snow, etc), etc are all big factors that would be very difficult to deduce from GPS track data.
Is it just me, or are other surprised that the CPU is costing almost half of the machine?
Seems that is the reason Intel wants to push the 'Ultrabook', though as Big_Ted said, you could get a decent and flexible combination of machines for this sort of price if not wanting to ape Mac Air looks.
Machines writing software to logical rules is quite practice, the problem then is you need to define those logical rules to be complete and in-turn with what you actually *want* the system to do.
For simpler systems you already have this and it works quite well (e.g. MATLAB's code generation option to produce C/Ada/etc from a block diagram simulation system).
But although this may avoid simple coding errors, I think you will find that it is no easier (in fact possibly harder) to formalise a large complex system in strict logical terms, than to allow humans to fill in the gaps of the specification as they develop it.
The OS and its architecture can have a big impact on power dissipation depending on how it handles task switching and idle operation.
Also one argument for x86 is the huge (but often ugly and unsupported) "wintel" legacy of code that businesses rely on.
So far MS has failed to succeed on non-x86 (they supported then unceremoniously dropped Alpha, MIPS, etc with NT4) so the new WOA (WinRT) on tables is therefore a big gamble. However, Apple has made a successful transition from PowerPC to x86 for the Mac, and conceivably could do it again if ARM became attractive enough in cost/power/performance (given the success of iOS on ARM that is not unreasonable). Similarly Linux runs on practically everything.
So the OS choice matters in that Intel's success was tied to MS' past glory, and the x86 is a horrible design that no one in their right mind would *want* to use, so outside of MS' old PC ecosystem there is little reason to favour x86.
"...the new phone chip really does come close to the TDP of comparable ARM designs and it has more oomph"
How much of that is clever design (i.e specific to the x86 system) and how much of that is down to having a process technology a year or two ahead of the competition?
In other words, if you could get an ARM chip done with on the same Intel fab, would it then thrash it?
Re: M$ only have themselves to blame
Funny, I thought XP was supported until 2014?
Also note that the latest stable version of Opera for Windows has the minimum requirements of "Windows 2000 on a Pentium II, 128 MB of RAM, 20 MB of free disk space"
Funny how other browsers can work on XP, but not MS' latest?
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: @David W. (was: Whatever.)
"Why would you care, one way or another, what an ignorant fool thinks about you?"
It makes it harder to get the vicar's daughter undressed...
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".
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!)
"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.
..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.
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).
I see a letter H in there.
It's Hammer time!
"crank up the cetacean ambient CD to 11"
- Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees
- 14 antivirus apps found to have security problems
- Feature Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?
- Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook Pro
- FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great