499 posts • joined 13 Jan 2008
Wow, they've finally caught up with the 21st century.
Next thing you know, we'll be having democratic elections and a written constitution.
Re: Is Old English The Only Real English?
If learning Chinese, you *have* to learn characters, not rely on Pinyin. Simplified or Traditional doesn't matter, they are pretty similar and if you read one, you can easily learn to understand the other. But you have to learn characters, once you can, it's actually far easier to read than pinyin. And you need characters if you ever go to China and need to read any signs, etc.
Re: "So, kids, keep on learning those verb conjugations "
And no plurals, and no tenses either.
If only they didn't write it in characters and speak with tones, it would actually be a very easy language to learn, even for Europeans.
Re: difficult to master?
I speak Chinese, when I was learning I thought it was hard at the start. But then someone pointed out to me that everyone in China can speak it, even the stupid people. So it is clearly not anywhere near as hard as differential equations or other stuff which the majority of the population would never get regardless of how many lessons they took.
Languages are not hard, but you need to be there, take lessons and take the time to expose yourself to them and practice.
don't understand the logic
I get people who're selling the benefits of MVC as speed, and they then go and 'upgrade' their db to EF to be down with the kids.
Considering even MS's own figures show it several times slower than the old fashioned route, what's the point? Maybe it makes you seem groovy, but taking such a massive performance hit because it's new and funky doesn't really make sense.
what's the point
I don't really see the point of all this tracking built into a development version. Precisely because of all that feedback, people aren't going to use it for anything other than kicking the tyres a bit. Nobody is going to do serious work on it, or live with it for several weeks. So what use is all that feedback you collect from a system whose mere presence will ensure that the computer is not going to be used for the normal tasks someone might use it for?
Yes, but curiously I have observed it's almost obligatory to reference Android's huge market share in comparison to Windows Phone to prove the inferiority of the latter.
feedback, do they care?
I remember the feedback/answers site for the Windows 8 beta. The top issues, upvoted by many thousands to the top were:
1. Where the fuck is the start button and menu? I need a start button, not some stupid hover corner and full screen of big chunky squares.
2. How can I remove metro and all that shiznit that goes with it?
So I guess the biggest issue is whether they will actually listen this time, or whether it's still just a corporate exercise to pick and choose and ignore anything that does not fit with what the boss man has decided.
Yes, you can plug in a USB cable and copy photos and videos straight off the file system just like you can with Android.
You can also set OneDrive to automatically upload them through wireless when you're connected and sync your computer with that... I used to do similar with Dropbox in Android. That way, all your new photos and videos get on to your PC without you thinking about it.
As a long time Android user, I didn't find any real problem doing anything I wanted to do on Windows Phone 8.1 with the latest update now that VPN is supported. It also has the Swipe type keyboard which I got so used to on Android and really could not do without now.
Re: Don't forget his sidekick
Whenever I think of Chris Serle, I remember this
In our house, to 'Chris Serle' is still a verb meaning to deliberately and blatantly do something extremely badly and ineptly so as to make it look difficult or impossible, normally to reinforce a petty point.
won't someone think of the children
I would like to suggest to the US Attorney General that everybody should be strangled at birth. Not being strangled at birth is playing right into the hands of the terrorists and paedophiles, who are able to go on and commit heinous acts precisely because they had not been strangled at birth.
Re: I wonder
I imagine the miscreants are already. With heartbleed and now this having been present for 22 years, I suspect there is going to be quite a bit more attention on a lot of software previously assumed to be safe by those with both good and bad intentions.
Re: FUD whack-a-mole
"This has existed for 23 years, and nobody has ever written a worm using it! Now, doesn't that tell somebody something?"
Presumably the same applies to Windows XP?
what else lurks
After heartbleed and now this, which was apparently lurking in plain sight for 22 years, one has to wonder what else can be found in long-trusted code. I would imagine miscreants will be paying a lot more attention than before to common open source software as it seems it could be rather fertile ground for exploits that have long been overlooked.
"Samsung will have the same issue but perhaps only sell 10m phones in a year so it's not going to make the news."
At least as recently as April this year, Samsung apparently shipped more phones than Apple..... and Huawei, Lenovo and LG put together. 85,000,000 smartphones in the first quarter alone.
Re: Flaw in the argument
He said a 2.5 KG bag of baking potatoes. I assumed therefore he was going to bake them. Don't need to peel or chop them - just a wash and in the oven. The skins are full of vitamins and fibre - best part of the potato.
but spectacularly overpriced.
does anyone really care for vendor tinkering?
I mean, has anyone ever bought a phone because they actually liked Samsung, HTC or Huawei's 'improvements'?
Having just moved to a lumia 930 after only using Android, the last thing it needs is far-east vendors putting their own warped idea of what looks nice all over it.
not really a surprise considering how piss poorly run they were
Just last week I was looking for a new phone and found one, SIM-free, unlocked dialaphone.co.uk, a p4u subsiduary.
After we tried several times to buy it using a company credit card, we gave up and called them. On eventually getting through, we were rather rudely informed that they only sell to individuals, and only sell phones with contracts... not sim-free or unlocked.
A simple mistake, I suppose it was a combination of the words 'sim-free' and 'unlocked', coupled with their Ts and Cs and web site which did not state anywhere that they only sell to individuals which confused me.
Of course they haven't conducted mass surveillance of their people...
...they've subcontracted the job to the USA.
Not another ipad
So Apple has come out with a watch that looks as crap as the Samsung effort, and technically seems to have all the same problems but is a year later to market.
They've also produced two new phones that have finally caught up with the fact people like bigger screens several years after everyone else went there, and Jobs went to his grave insisting were too big.
Pretty clear that Apple's era of defining the market is behind it and it's basically just following the leaders now.
Re: Would the US risk a diplomatic incident?
<quote>For the latter, the US would have to provide probably cause in a manner that is 100% compliant with Swiss law</quote>
I wonder if Swiss law is any more robust against political abuse than Swedish law?
Re: re: There are also many who aren't happy with the limitations of Windows
"We're talking about buying cheap hardware to re-use for different purposes, here."
So, you're saying that if the vendor tripled the price into Apple territory, it would be fine to lock it down for a particular OS as Apple does? But because it's cheap, it's morally wrong to impose such a restriction on it!?
That is a rather bizarre point of view.
It seems to me the real reason people object is that they still regard Microsoft as a monopoly, which with the variety of computing devices available these days, it isn't. I'd argue Apple and Google are equally as bad now, but old heads have not quite caught up to this way of thinking yet.
Re: Not happy with the picture on the mug....
I am sure the residents of Tuvalu are equally concerned about the lack of visibility of their island home on the Lohan mug. What to do?
Can you not move?
Re: "Seven" and "one"
In mine too. The wife (despite what she claimed during the WC) has no interest in football, but suddenly is the world's biggest fan when the WC arrives. Hopefully that result will haunt them, and they won't be quite as unbearably jingoistic next time around.
Might I also suggest that the Brazil players like David Luiz, if they really have to believe in god, save their prayers for important things like people getting shot in the face in street robberies, and nothing as self-indulgent as a bit of assistance in getting dives adjudged as penalties in a football match.
Re: Vote UKIP!
Rejoice, in an EU-free Britain, the right to parody will be restored!
Unless of course, it's a UKIP leaflet you're parodying... then the freedom-loving libertarians at UKIP will set their masonic chums in the local rozzas onto you to force you to delete your heretical utterings
Re: Battery clip springs...
put 'em perpendicular to direction of motion?
Re: Tony Blair was half right (*cough*)
If Tony Blair has nothing to hide, he has nothing to fear.
It's up to us
You cannot rely on legal protection or rules to protect privacy. We all know that rules are what people like us are forced to adhere to, they don't apply to the governments and rulers. Even if they say we have rights and protections, in secret they'll be doing whatever they can to watch all of us regardless.
It is up to the people to do whatever they can through technical means and behaviour to protect themselves. SSL wherever possible to frustrate pervasive surveillance, extensive use of Tor and obfuscation, encryption of emails between yourself and your regular contacts and so on, even if for trivial matters. None of this will really hold back determined security forces if they really want to access what you've been up to, but it will raise the cost/difficulty of doing so that will force them to focus efforts only on those people they have real reason to suspect, instead of just on everyone. Which is what they should have been doing all along, if only they had not got drunk on power.
Re: "1 TB (1,000 GB)"
I recall Stephen Fry explaining the very same on QI a while back.
But despite this celebrity unendorsement, it is in fact correct.
Re: Don't shoot the messenger!
I have used dropbox for several years. I tried OneDrive after I upgraded to Windows 8.1 and it was baked in. OneDrive was syncing my files at about 10KB/s. Dropbox gives me at least 100x that speed.
Not a Microsoft hater by any stretch, but OneDrive is just too slow to be of any use as a cloud storage system in the 2 weeks or so I struggled with it.
I think we also need to consider too that all these price cuts is just the big boys like Google and Microsoft hoping to put the smaller guys out of business. Remember when Google Apps and email was free for businesses on your own domain. Then it stopped being free for new signups, and soon after Outlook.com was no longer free for businesses either. I fully expect once they've extinguished the competition, you won't get free cloud storage from Google or Microsoft, and everything will be paid-for only.
I just installed chrome 64 bit and to be honest, I cannot tell the difference.
I'd settle, after 4 or 5 years, for being able to move my toolbar buttons around, something chrome still struggles to give me, and it's fairly useless plugin/addon implementation seems to be unable to address too.
The libraries affected were implemented in accordance with the spec, and then had workarounds for quirks in browsers not implementing it, which included Chrome. This is precisely the problem - if you fix a bug that has been there for 4 years, basically every library will have a workaround for chrome that is suddenly a 'bug' because chrome decided to change its implementation without warning.
Chromium's release system allows plenty of scope for testing if changes to js implementation are not marked as 'trivial' when they are not, and hence sneaked in without warning in the next release.
Browsers should be careful to implement fixes in a way that is conscious of the fact that the vast majority of users out there will have built their code to work as the browser is, not as it should be.
They've then topped it off by responding to any complaints about the issues by saying that they (now!) follow the spec, and all those libraries written and tested against how chrome worked for years don't, so people must bitch at those other developers to 'fix' their bugs and not the chromium team.
It seems this kind of arrogance and expectation that the rest of the web should jump to accommodate the whims of your corporate suits and devs comes with the territory when a browser obtains the largest market share. So much for 'don't do evil'.
Say what you like about Mozilla, but I am not aware they've ever thrown their weight around, especially for corporate reasons (i.e. breaking other people's libraries that are used in competing products), like this.
Why remove an app with 50 plus reviews and less than 3 stars? If someone is stupid enough to buy an app without looking at the rating or reading the reviews, that's surely up to them?
release the paedos!?
Are we saying it's not illegal to watch those kinds of videos?
I was thinking the same
I guess mrs Lineker is hoping it does get better than a huge semi.
never going back
I lived there for 8 years. I don't know how, looking back.
It's an awful place.
You cannot gold-plate a turd, although they're desperately trying.
Do you think the Warsaw ghetto uprising was a provokation and a breach of the peace that demanded German forces go in to restore order? Because it really isn't any different. One man's terrorist is another's freedom fighter.
There are around 1500 palestinians dead. How many of these are civilians you can take the Israeli view (50%) or the UN and others (80%).
On the Israeli side, there are 60 dead, 58 of which are soldiers. Which is about 3% civilian casualties.
So one side is killing 50-80% civilians, the other around 3%.
Remind me which side is doing the 'precision' attacks and doing everything to avoid killing civilians?
According to Henry Siegman, former executive of the American Jewish Congress, David Ben Gurion instructed his generals to target civilians - specifically to line up Palestinian men against the wall and shoot them, so as to encourage an exodus:
As he points out, Israel was founded by terrorists who were essentially doing what Hamas is now, only much more effectively. The people involved in these crimes went on to become leaders of Israel - Ben Gurion, Rabin, etc.
This has nothing to do with the EU, your fault was that even if there were laws to protect you, you were not prepared to go to the small claims court and argue the toss. This is exactly what companies rely on. Case in point, the EU compensation scheme for delayed flights - every airline will claim the delay is not their fault, it was not reasonably foreseeable. Unless you're prepared to go to the small claims court, you'll not get any joy.
And take a look at the British parliament. Let me ask you - do you see a public-spirited bunch of capable, trustworthy and selfless individuals dedicated to make the world a fairer and better place of only the evil shackles of Brussels were removed from their delicate, hard-working hands?
The funny thing is these imbeciles will now have to take the phone away their ear and mouth and stick it on the bonk plate. But of course they won't, they'll just stand at the plate holding up the entire queue while they finish their conversation, like they do at the supermarket checkout.
To be fair to Microsoft...
...they're trying to fight this in court.
Where are Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, etc.?
Re: And Google's and Apple's
The point is of course that it isn't really about drugs or terrorism or other things they can easily ask European authorities for and it never was. It's about blanket surveillance of everyone and everything all the time specifically for all the things they cannot get warrants or cooperation for because they aren't legal or moral.
resistance is futile
The public outcry and indignation of allies and domestic US companies co-opted into spying on their users for Uncle Sam has resulted in precisely nothing being done.
The US and UK are still busy at it, they're even rubber-stamping new laws with opposition support. They're talking about improving oversight and so on, but it's just fluff. They're going to keep spying on everyone just as before regardless.
But now thanks to Snowden, we know this. If we want to be protected, we're going to have to do it ourselves. There is probably no hope to make everyone NSA/GCHQ proof, but widespread use of encryption and other technologies could realistically make blanket surveillance impractical and uneconomic.
I recall the first time I saw XP, with the bright blue windows and taskbar, the default tellytubbyland desktop wallpaper and the first thing I did was go back to classic mode.
But now people make out it's some kind of design classic. It was a very good operating system, especially compared to what went before. But it looked awful.
Win 8 actually works quite well, despite the toytown interface.
Re: It's all very wonderful
It's impressive yes, but I do wonder about their priorities.
Does anyone really care these days about the entertainment systems on aircraft? Everyone has a phone or a tablet. A USB port for power would be far more useful and a lot cheaper to install and maintain - everyone wins.
I'd much rather they spent the money on making the leg room a little better. I am 6ft, but I frequently find my knees crammed up against the seat in front. Even half an inch would make a difference, and forget the fancy 3d movies.
Re: Conspicuous consumption at it's worst
Sorry, I lived in Dubai for 8 years, and if you think this kind of thing is spending money wisely, rather than in the rulers' own self interest, you're deluded.
There is nothing but worthless desert there, there is nothing sustainable beyond when the oil runs out. The locals have had oil money for 40 years, and they still cannot educate and instil a work ethic in their kids so they can fly their own airliners or engineer their own oil production. Why bother, when you can just pay foreigners to do these things? This is not Singapore or HK or China, countries that value education, hard work and doing things themselves, despite the great wealth they've come by. It's a lottery win, that they're busy frittering away and having a good time with while pretending their business people.
there is a difference
If the climate in the Amazon region was different a few thousand years ago so it didn't support jungle, then most likely other areas of the world which now do not support jungle were wetter and previously did. North Africa springs to mind, quite possibly other parts of South America which are presently drier plains and possibly even desert.
This is quite different to human beings tearing down jungle from the areas that do presently support it.
I think the Reg doesn't help its credibility as a source of technical and scientific coverage by letting Lewis constantly write these twisted articles. Scouring technical journals for any nugget of information that sticks out from the overwhelming evidence, disregarding any qualifications scientists put in and then presenting it as some kind of growing body of evidence against climate change makes the Reg look a bit bonkers,
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