369 posts • joined Sunday 13th January 2008 10:47 GMT
easy upgrade is the key
I've looked into putting cyanogen Kitkat on my Galaxy Nexus. The steps are a bit daunting if you're not used to doing this kind of thing. I really don't see Jolla having much luck getting a huge number of Android users to upgrade to their offering unless it's really easy to do. It looks great, I'd happily stick it on my phone and give it a try, but for the mass market, having to access bootloaders, run command line and so on isn't going to be something the average user will attempt, however good the result might be.
Buying from Microsoft has always been a nightmare. They force you via resellers for most stuff, so the pricing is murky and the service is terrible.
A few years ago, I wanted to buy 5 Visual Studio Pro licenses for a business in the middle east. Microsoft forced me to go via a partner in Dubai. Having a strong south asian influence there, the people I was dealing with had no idea about any of the software they were selling and quoted a stupid price that they'd clearly looked up in the wrong column of some (no doubt paper) price list. After we eventually got to the right price, they said I'd have to turn up with a credit card and pay in person because they didn't do e-commerce. Apparently 'it is not secure'. Slightly ironic considering Microsoft was heavily pushing Visual Studio for e-commerce development.
Eventually they settled for me sending over the wife with my company credit card, which she obviously couldn't sign for. This apparently passed their security threshold...
When it came to source control, one of the deciding factors in going for non-MS was that we just couldn't face having to deal with their moronic resellers again.
Microsoft really need to figure out quickly that protecting their legacy resellers is a false economy - ditch these clowns and let customers who want to buy stuff direct via a web site and download it.
probably a .NET problem
We found that .NET sites started having problems with IE11, especially postbacks. Upgrading the server from ASP.NET 4 to 4.5 fixed it.
Microsoft had all the same problems when IE10 came out and has learned nothing.
Re: The voice of reason
>>> Fiat currency is not the same - it is backed by the faith in the government <<<
Well that should inspire confidence.
But you're defining currency on your terms. Dictionary says:
1. Money in any form when in actual use as a medium of exchange, especially circulating paper money.
2. Transmission from person to person as a medium of exchange; circulation: coins now in currency.
It has nothing to do with whether it is issued or used by a government. Only that it is a medium of exchange, which it certainly is. Like cash, it has no utility other than as a representation of value.
Re: Fearmongering from the Masters
Who can guarantee the UK won't be flooded with counterfeit currency? Or that the Bank of England won't decide to print 375 billion pounds and buy up 1/3 of the national debt with it (and they have done just that in the last 5 years).
Bitcoin prices are a bit absurd, but the system itself is sound and is far more secure against counterfeiting or the kind of unlimited devaluation by printing that most traditional currencies have been subject to in the last few years.
cars are not computers
I cannot believe the Microsoft board would be clueless enough to hire a car exec. He might have done a brilliant job with cars, but Microsoft's business is completely different. Ballmer was capable enough as an administrator, but he was not a visionary. He was good enough at milking their established markets, but his failure to see the importance of mobile and tablets, or to put decent products into those areas, has sewn the seeds of Microsoft's demise, or certainly its total dominance. Apple too is sinking now they've put an accountant in charge.
The British car industry since the 60s declined for the same reasons. The German companies prospered and still do because they put highly qualified engineers in charge. Technology companies' long term success rests of having leaders who fundamentally understand the technology, not people who are good and looking at profit and loss accounts and firing people.
what the hell is he driving these days?
>>> Rubin said he was initially thinking about smaller, intelligent systems that could be integrated into existing products, like windscreen wipers that detect rain and fire themselves up. <<<
I really hope he hasn't spent the Google boys' money buying 7 robotics companies for this. What's he planning next? Headlights that come on when it gets dark and gearboxes that shift gears by themselves?
a bit of history
"Airbus is a European-based airplane manufacturer formed by a group of European aviation companies in 2001"
The present corporate structure was formed in 2001, but Airbus is much, much older. The concept came together in the 60s, and Airbus Industrie was operating from the 70s, The A320 dates from the 1980s.
not rocket science
Solar power is not viable on earth, even though we have huge areas of worthless empty desert where the sun shines every day and where the cost of delivering heavy equipment and maintaining it is minimal.
Adding in a million dollars per kilo to get plant to the moon, plus the massive costs of maintenance (think Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission x 10 or x 100) is completely bonkers from an economic perspective even if you get 3 o4 4 times the amount of power.
The sun already beams energy right to us in electromagnetic waves, we need better ways to collect it on earth, not ridiculous moonbases or whatever else.
I just bought the mrs a Sony Vaio E with Windows 8 (which I swiftly updated to 8.1 before she noticed the missing start button). It's not great specs but it's fairly sturdy and cost me 300 quid. Runs nicely for web browsing, word processing and so on, boots quick, has Windows Store if you want that and decent screen size (15" I think).
An ipad surely isn't going to work as a computer for work? Surely need something with a proper keyboard unless schoolwork these days is just answering multiple choice questions.
Re: Sounds more like a US Honeypot trap
£3.8 M is indeed a lot of money.
I am pretty sure they don't spend anything like that on the average european arrest warrant, or commit officers 24/7 to stake out a place on the off chance they might be able to grab the target.
It's almost like there is something else about this Assange fellow that they're so interested in.
The US might not want to soil its hands smacking down the free press.
But Assange is in the UK which has no such qualms, and has a long track record of dutifully doing Uncle Sam's dirty work.
The UK is happy to send spooks round to the Guardian to make them destroy hard drives, something the US (at least publicly) distanced itself from. I am sure if they were to throw Assange in some hole, or prosecute him for his role in the leaks, the US might publicly remove itself but would no doubt be patting its little pet nation on the head in private... and throwing some more juicy funding to GCHQ.
No update on Galaxy Nexus
"Galaxy Nexus, which first launched two years ago, falls outside of the 18-month update window when Google and others traditionally update devices."
Well much as I hate to say anything good about Apple my ipad 2 from 6 months earlier got iOS7. So those 'others' doesn't appear to include Apple?
Like the look of the new Nexus, but have had second thoughts. I'd kind of assumed that Nexus phones would get updates for a reasonable period but I want a phone that will get upgrades for longer than 18 months. Not sure what happens if there is another big security hole - I assume we'll still get 4.3 updates for that?
My machine is set to 100% sizing, default settings - other browsers and everything else works fine. IE worked fine in Windows 8. In Windows 8.1 it defaults me every time to 125%.
I am not the only one:
The default should be 100%. If they're going to set me at 125% all the time, they should give me a way to override it, so I can view things at 100% and not have to change this on every damn page.
IE11 on my Win 8.1 laptop now defaults to 125% zoom by itself. Apparently this is some new 'feature' to ensure our screen space is utilized (I am on a 1600 x 900 ultrabook). Other users on different screen sizes get defaulted to different zoom levels. And there is no override, other than to manually zoom out/in each time it happens.
Opera has gone from being highly customizable to being a Chrome clone, Firefox is heading that way. Chrome is already the bench mark for basic uncustomizable interfaces, and IE has introduced a stupid auto-zoom feature. What are all these guys on? Have they really run out of new features to the point where they have to spend their time removing or screwing up existing ones?
I'm using tomeCMS for documentation for a project I am working on. It's a bit basic (it is free) but lets me put a reasonable manual online quickly, edit and add to it when I need to, easily add code snippets or file downloads and so on. Unlike PDFs or word docs, you don't need to keep producing new files and uploading them for minor changes.
Re: Are they going to change the name in Europe?
>>> If retailers go the other way then it is 84p land, and there's really not much range you can offer for that, <<<
Here in Portugal I can get a bottle of red that is drinkable for €0.99 in LIDL. That's better than anything you can get for 1 pound in Poundland I'm sure.
what the NSA were after
I assume that the NSA were not necessarily after the mails themselves. Rather they knew that Snowden used the service and were therefore interested in catching him communicating with the service in order to track back to where he might physically be located.
Far too much focus is being put on the security of email servers or the mail sitting on them, when the vast majority of mail sent between networks is not encrypted at all, and is trivial for the NSA to hoover up. Emails are typically assumed to be a digital equivalent of a letter, but they're really more like the digital equivalent of a postcard, because anyone en route can read the contents without any need to 'open' it, or without there being any indication to the recipient that the message was read by someone else. You should not really send anything by email that you would not send by postcard - because it's almost certainly being read and even recorded by people less honest and decent than your average postman (and in my experience, that's a pretty low bar).
Even though they're surveilling everything, we're told that all this data they're slurping up is all held safe, they know how to protect it and vet the people who have access to it so we can trust they won't abuse this capability etc. etc. - our private business will remain private.
And they continue with this nonsense even when it's now perfectly clear they could not even protect their own top secret secrets from a low level third party contractor who it appears had access to virtually everything they were doing.
Running your own mail server makes you about as secure and private as communicating by postcards which you carefully lock up in a big iron trunk after the postie delivers them.
Your plaintext mails coming in and out of your network are trivial for the NSA to hover up. They have no need to access your mail server, though I am pretty sure they'd be able to if the wanted anyway.
Re: Pretty much what I do
Much as I value privacy etc. the simple convenience of gmail for business kind of overrides that, unless you're dealing with the kind of sensitive information the NSA might have some interest in.
I did previously run a mail server for my small business, but spam filtering became such a headache (even with all manner of DNSBLs and bayesian filters) that gmail just solved my biggest problem for free.
Much as I appreciate our mail is not secure from snooping now, to be perfectly honest, email is inherently insecure. Your customer might have his Linux box, but as soon as he sends or receives email outside his network, it's plain text running around the internet and the NSA will gobble it up, no problem.
Of course you can use GPG and encrypt mail if you really want to protect your privacy, but then I can do that too with my mail running through Gmail.
What Brazil is doing is only really going to help if they can keep domestic traffic within their own domestic networks, and keep those clear of NSA taps.
Your customer with his Linux box has no such possibility. If he's in the UK or US, all his mail is being read going in and out anyway. So in some respects you are putting him in a more vulnerable position if you're telling him that his mail is secure because the box is in house.
Along similar lines, I had some discussion recently with one of those web security audit services that insisted my client had to run his 'contact' form on his site under SSL because people entered personal details into the form. I pointed out that like most contact forms, the contents were then emailed in plain text, so the SSL was only going to create the superficial impression of a secure communications channel, and encourage people to put credit card details and god knows what else in there. Of course, they were not interested - because sadly superficial impression of security seems to be what most people care about these days.
While 404 types of EU ID document might get you into the country, surely EU nationals still need to register in order to stay more than 90 days?
I've been resident in both Germany and Portugal, and in both cases I have to go to the town hall or some other body in order to get residence papers if I am working (or doing anything that permits me to stay more than 90 days). I assume it is the same for other EU nationals in the UK, so I don't understand why they cannot just get EU nationals to provide proof of residency rather than rely on their own country documents (which might prove they are EU citizens, but not that they have a right to stay in the UK beyond 90 days).
"Modern software barely works when the hardware is correct"
Kudos to anyone who manages an amusing comment that does not reference the fact he works for Microsoft.
no consumer business?
I am slightly confused by the assertion that Microsoft has failed to get into the consumer business.
I see lots of Xboxes around. I also find that most people I know have a PC or two running windows at home.
It's true that they've rather missed out on phones and tablets. But surely the failing then is to fail to hang on to the consumer business, rather than not to have got into it?
Re: What other possible outcome
"Today I'm not too worried about what they're collecting about me on a day to day basis for "security".
I'm not planning anything that needs to be kept secret."
I think anyone who says this should be forced to have cameras and microphones placed in every room of their house, fed 24/7 to the spooks. I mean, you've got nothing to hide, right?
Somewhere right now there is a terrorist building a bomb on his kitchen table, and our hard-pressed spooks won't know about it because of this lunacy concept of privacy, where people are not observed by the security services in their own homes.
You might feel a bit self-conscious next time you pull yourself off in the shower. But remind yourself that the spooks are not the slightest bit interested in your w*nking habits, they're only after terrorists and nothing else.
Angela Merkel might not look like a terrorist, but if you don't bug her phone for 10 years, how are you going to be sure? Can't be too careful.
At least the line Bill Gates is pushing has nothing to do with personal enrichment. On the contrary, he's giving his money away.
Zuck and Google are in the business of getting as many users as possible of their web services. Lo and behold, their cure for the ills of the third world involves creating more consumers for their services.
The first six punters all look like bums.
Re: Cheap knives
These people are taking things far too seriously, IT bods who've watched a bit too much Jamie 'Clean ya chimney guvna' Oliver.
These people should not have a dishwasher anyway, they should have a small filipino chap on an expired visa doing all their washing up - or they're not really doing it like the pros.
Re: why compare apple and ms?
>> iPads and iPhones are used almost universally by SENIOR people in business<<<
Er no, I think what you meant to say was that SENIOR people in business almost universally use iphones and ipads.
The vast majority of iphone and ipad users are not senior business people.
Laws against spying?
If the US can ignore its own laws and spy on its own people, as well as everyone in France, then I have little confidence that Canada will be an NSA-free zone, especially considering they're part of the 'five eyes' arrangement.
Re: If you previously had Windows 8 setup with a 'local account'. WATCH OUT!
It forced me to switch to a hotmail/microsoft account login, rather than a machine one. I did the machine one because I have a desktop and laptop running Win 8 and if I use the Microsoft account, it annoyingly copies my settings from one to the other (which is not useful since I swap mouse buttons on my desktop but not laptop with trackpad).
Good news is I could switch back to local account after the upgrade.
Other annoyance is that the font on desktop icons keeps adding dropshadow, even though I have a checkbox in the performance settings somewhere to turn it off. Switching the desktop item sizing to 125%, logging out and in, back to 100% and logging out and in again fixes it (so I get back to black text it light coloured desktop, rather than white with dropshadow). But definitely a bug and finding the setting is as annoying as hell, because it's not with the customize desktop displace where you think it should be.
Re: Still not enough
A full screen start menu is one thing.
But the start page in Win 8 is supposed to be more than that, with live tiles flashing news updates, new emails, etc. But it's pointless on a desktop.
A phone spends 90% of its time in your pocket, you whip it out for a quick glance to check if anything needs attention. Live tiles and a home screen work fine for that - a nice summary, the first thing you see that tells you anything important.
On a desktop, you do work - 99% of the time you're working on a desktop app or browser, you pin the programs you use frequently to the taskbar, so you hardly ever need go to the start page. So putting live tiles showing anything important that needs attention there is pointless. And on the odd occasions you are looking to launch a less-used program you don't have pinned, the last thing you need when you go looking for it is flashing tiles showing you that some bloke has been deliberately losing snooker matches or whatever.
Microsoft still does not seem to understand that phones and desktops are not just different in terms of the interface (finger / mouse), but are used in different ways too.
I've always thought that they'd have been much better off adding the new Metro platform as something that runs in the widget bar (which was removed from Win 8). Being able to run apps in a sidebar, especially the same ones as you run on a phone, would be far more useful than the awful full screen mess in Windows 8.
Re: Nice to see them catch up with the girls
--"Atheism is a religion thats core tenet is that "There is no God" this is a belief as it cannot be scientifically proved."--
As Ricky Gervais once said, saying that not believing in God is a religion is like saying that not skiing is a hobby. "Actually it's my favourite hobby, I do it everyday".
Not believing in something for which there is no evidence, and believing in something for which there is no evidence.... please don't try to pretend these are equivalent. They are not.
Re: Calm down, dears
Yes, but why are the police writing this letter? Surely whoever's IP is being infringed should be writing the letter... or getting their lawyer to do it?
As someone who runs a small business and has on occasion had to deal with IP infringements, I can testify that without any doubt, if I took the matters to the police, they would not give a toss. I'd either have to do it myself, or pay a lawyer to do it.
This has the overwhelming stench of junkets, brown envelopes, expensive dinners and 'fact finding' visits to exotic locations. The police's job is not to act as hired muscle for the music industry.
it looks better but....
...all they appear to have done is taken some modern visual design cues from WP, and taken some features from Android. And they still don't appear to have widgets or live tiles which I would consider to be pretty fundamental these days.
This does seem to confirm that Apple is no longer leading the way in terms of ideas or sophistication.
I was thinking exactly the same thing. Most satellites can generate power indefinitely, but their lifespan is limited by the amount of propellant they can carry to offset the very slight drag they experience which eventually slows them to the point of dropping out of orbit.
If you're dealing with space junk, then you have a constant supply of the mass you need to chuck down (or back) to make you go up (or forward faster).
casio databank watch
I had one of those casio databank watches when I was a student in the early 90s. The calculator was handy dividing up restaurant bills to the exact penny (students!). And having storage for phone numbers was genuinely useful - nobody had mobiles back then, the phone meant a payphone 50 yards down the street.
I presently have a Suunto Observer which I've had over 10 years now. It's a great watch, titanium, waterproof, nice big numbers, good light for night viewing. More than anything, the analogue watches I've had all broke eventually, but solid state stuff goes forever. The battery lasts over a year too.
As for this Samsung watch, it looks rubbish, and I don't see the point if it just connects to my phone.
".... as I discovered while taking snaps of a small model elephant in my bath"
You don't know how relieved I was to see that the picture actually was a small model elephant.
Solar panel factory on the moon, beaming energy back to earth?
That is even more idiotic than orbiting solar power stations.
No wonder Elon Musk is taking these guys' jobs.
it's not just women
I'm a 41 year old man, but I was also told by my manager to lose the painted nails, high heels and skirts and to 'dress like a man' if I wanted to be taken seriously.
This is great for user choice.
Having a made-in-USA phone allows me to choose to have my entire private life surveilled by the NSA, rather than by the NSA and the PLA.
I expect to be disappointed
It doesn't really matter to me what they film it on. I loved the original films and found the prequels very disappointed, but it had nothing to do with 35mm film.
It was partly down to the CGI trying too hard to create amazing locations and imaginative aliens which inevitably looked unreal. A man in a furry suit and real desert/snow/forest still looks better than any CGI. But mostly down to a confusing and poor story aimed at kids (Jah Jah Binks, Episode 1 race, etc.)
I hope they do a better job with these new movies, but having seen the new Trek movies, and their pointless inclusion of the original Spock, I just have a bad feeling we're going to see Luke/Han/Leia from the past hand over to Luke/Han/Leia from the future.
Re: But.... but...
I assume the AC was pointing out the irony of this arrangement, and its similarities to the US/UK arrangement to spy on each others citizens in order to sidestep laws banning domestic spying.
These two newspapers are now doing essentially the same thing, in order to avoid laws being used to silence them.
Re: brought to you by the same people who want a "porn filter"
Year 2000 - parliament passes Terrorism Act
Year 2013 - someone who is obviously not a terrorist held for 9 hours, has data confiscated, is threatened with jail if he doesn't reveal passwords and answer any questions
Year 2013 - government creates porn filter
Year 20?? - ????
If you can redefine terrorism to include investigate journalists exposing government abuses - in order to use sweeping terror laws agains them - you can easily redefine porn to include anything likely to corrupt minds and use it to block any political criticism. It is only a matter of time.
Re: If the rumours are true
>>> I'd honestly like to see the new strategy pay off (not least because Apple are the largest single employer in the city I live
Re: Maybe those spooks get too much reverence?
You're missing the point. This isn't an attempt at secretly gathering data - the purpose is quite obviously to demonstrate to a fearful public that the authorities have the power to do whatever the fuck they please, and you cannot do anything about it.
these fucking MPs...
...Keith Vaz and Yvette Cooper crawl out from their holes and question the reason the cops use anti-terror legislation against a guy who is, quite obviously, not a terrorist.
The reason is perfectly simple - because Cooper, Vaz et al marched enthusiastically in line behind Bliar and drafted the notorious terrorism act, which contains gems like this:
"power to stop and question may be exercised without suspicion of involvement in terrorism"
Not only can they detain and question you, you are not entitled to a lawyer (certainly not for the first hour) and you are required to cooperate and answer their questions or you commit a criminal offence.
Vaz, Cooper? Do you see now what you did, you fucking cretins? You passed these tyrannical laws, and now you're expressing concern at how they're being used for political harassment?
Re: Oracle--the official database of the Five Eyes!!
Not only were the Tsaernaevs on the radar already thanks to a Russian tip off, they also IIRC posted various islamist rants to Facebook. That is, the same Facebook that the NSA has a back door into in order to spot terrorists.
As for Larry's rhetorical question about government misusing information, one needs only look as far as J Edgar Hoover's abuses of his position at the FBI to see how dirt on anyone and everyone can be used.
That is the real reason for NSA surveillance. The Boston bombers killed 3 people. Drink drivers kill more every night in the US.
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