358 posts • joined 29 Jan 2008
It's simple, allow it for about a decade, then have all the countries in the world ban it. So basically let the whole underworld get used to using it, and then after all their assets are tied into it, cut it off. Seems like a pretty good way to end all crime at once (at least de-fund it).
To bad the banks don't want to wait that long. I mean, they can't allow a currency that they can't manipulate artificially.
I remember hearing the NSA was asking for a way to listen in on British owned Skype, and them telling them to get bent, then Microsoft buys them out and they stop asking. Hmm. I guess it could be a coincidence.
So law enforcement has just been somehow cracking all the computers that the seize running Bitlocker? Right. Just like there isn't a master CMOS password for most laptops.
I have heard of coworkers "updating" their Ford media systems, and have never ever seen a QNX based upgrade. So either QNX never releases a system with any bugs or problems, or they simply don't care once it's in your car. I'm betting the latter, especially since the only way I can get my QNX based car to display the current song playing off the internal harddrive is to first go into the "Telephone" menu, then back to "Media" and magically it jumps to the currently playing song in the list.
Damnit, I shouldn't have to buy a new car to have the radio work correctly.
Re: QNX is Blackberry by name only
Reliable fine, but Matag makes reliable appliances but that doesn't mean I want them designing a media and navigation interface.
I have had a QNX-based interface before and it sucked, was buggy, and once it was in my car, they clearly felt no desire to keep developing and issuing fixes. Who walks around with a 5 year old smart-phone, why do we allow car manufactures to basically lock us into the same thing. There are at least 5 distinct GUI and navigation bugs in my current car, and they will be in there until it gets crushed according to the manufacture.
I always thought that you were supposed to design a car interface as if the driver was blind, that way they will eventually not have to look at it to use it while driving. I absolutely hate touch screens as an interface in a car, I don't mind large displays for things like Navigation or media selection, but I don't ever want my grubby hands to touch it.
I can only assume that one big slab of virtual buttons is a lot cheaper than designing, sourcing, and assembling a dash full of real buttons. That unfortunately means that in the future there will be a huge screen and a steering wheel making up the majority of dashboards (cough, Tesla, cough).
Re: And what have we learned Microsoft?
Hell let me add a few things to it for posterity.
Why remove "Status" from right clicking the network icon in the tray, for that matter, what was wrong with the original icon that was showing me traffic and direction (what the hell is the stupid trident for?)
Why does the submenu "+" disappear when I move my mouse from the left explorer pane to the right, were they being changed by the pixel? Why take away information from the screen?
Didn't XP used to give you a full month calendar when you hovered over the time?
Why don't I get a choice on whether I want the whole filename or the filename minus the extension to auto highlight when I rename it?
Right-click Search, what a concept.
Re: I can guarantee one thing
I was wondering about that, will people get to keep the version that they train their employee with? For how long? If so, will they continue to "patch" the version each user likes? For how long?
It seems like "cloud" services should really only be a good fit for an extremely small about of people. I mean a really small amount of people, nowhere near the amount I see for the number of times I see the word cloud being thrown around.
Re: fuck off
What's so hard about buying a NAS for on-site storage? For a couple grand (less than 3) you could have 10TB of RAID6 storage, and if your paranoid you can buy 2 and sync them. Drobo comes to mind, but there are others that are cheaper or more expensive. It doesn't take a rocket surgeon to manage a NAS, not any more than a local tech shop could provide a la cart.
Why would a small business make their entire business dependent on whether or not they have a internet connection. What is so wrong with buying Office off the shelf and keeping with it until it can no longer provide features you might need (which is almost never). Why is spending an ever inflating monthly price only to be left holding nothing the moment the payments end a good thing?
What is a company really worth if the only thing they own are chairs and desks.
I've heard stories told of people, people without a lot of money (or none, read: unemployed teens), that when given the option between nothing or a cam version, that pick the crappy cam.
The funniest thing is that ANY film going to China is going to be ripped by a top of the line camera on a tripod in the middle of the theater and be available that afternoon on the street and there is nothing the DHS can do about that, yet it is ok for the DHS to harass and detain a citizen at the request of a cabal of studio lawyers. I don't think the civil liberty violations are worth the 3 day delay they may get by harassing citizens wearing Glass, a cam will always come out from a foreign country anyway.
Dell iDRACs work great, when they work. It used to be that if an iDRAC4 didn't work, you're taking a drive to location, just to pull the DRAC so it could boot again. The newer iDRAC5 failed a lot but at least the device would still function. I have yet to see an iDRAC6 fail, but it's only been a few years.
Dell has always let me pull down any firmware update I needed though. I wouldn't buy an older server from them, but newer 610s and 710s seem fine.
"That's a real nice server you got there, it'd be a shame if something was to happen to it."
If they make a fix because the hardware needs it, then they need to make it available to all the owners of that same hardware. To do otherwise is simply extortion.
So if I bought it myself, and I'm my own tech support, am I now the unauthorized maintainer owner?
And they're still up for the Dell 1850s and 2950s. You can't get much more "Out of warranty" than a 1850. (except for maybe 6600s)
Why come you ain't got a tatoo?
I wonder what they will do when they dumb their own interface down so far that they can't even use it to create their next OS.
"Cannot find 'driver.inf', inf files are not part of the 'Valid Extensions List' that a user may search for. Would you like to Bing for more help?" -- Windows 13
where is the love
And here I thought their hardware was being made with love, I guess this explains why their DRACs die all the time.
If someone somewhere doesn't get exploited or screwed over, then how will someone create a wealth imbalance.
Re: Who needs Windows XP?
In a Virtual machine maybe. It takes a lot of work just to get XP SP3 into a new machine (slipstreaming various chipsets and SATA drivers into both modes of the installer), but that is only because manufacturers still write drivers for their generic counterparts, Windows 95, not so much.
I suspect you were just being snarky.
Re: Just the job
I used to use Ubuntu, until I installed that first version with Unity, I then spent the next few minutes trying to figure out what I must have down wrong to screw up the GUI. I quickly discovered that it wasn't anything I had done, it was that some "decider" somewhere had decided that they didn't want me as a user anymore by trying to force that horrible GUI on me.
Been using Mint ever since (XFCE though). Come join us.
Just no. Server 2012 is mostly just convoluted and stupid. IT people need to just start saying no. Don't just switch to it because it's new, force Microsoft to create products we want, don't just take what they offer.
Re: Right click admin options
Why do you people make so many concessions to Microsoft for their crap OS. Their "upgrade" is the size of a complete OS DVD, and to add insult to injury you will have to pull all 4GBs of it down on EACH of your computers. Why not just allow the user to download an ISO or even a USB flash disk builder?
You sympathizers do realize that if your OS goes south or you lose your OS drive, that you will have to install Windows 8 first, then install your 8 Pro "upgrade", then re-download the whole 4GB 8.1 "upgrade" again?
They need to give their customers what they ask for and then stop screwing over their paying customers with this crazy anti-piracy crap.
YOU sympathizers need to stop bending over and taking what they give you, or at least stop thanking them for it.
Not going to happen.
I'll use Server 2008 R2 until I can push my employer to switch to a Linux based solution. 2012 is a joke.
Microsoft has basically taken themselves out of the computer operating system business by forcing their phone's stupid GUI on traditional computer users, hopefully they have something else to fall back on.
No one likes their phone, their newest tablet OS bricks the hardware of their own overpriced tablets, the draconian DRM of their newest console will be driving customers to their direct competitors, and they can't even give away their newest OS to computer users. Is there anything they have done lately that hasn't been a huge failure?
Umm. 6 figure 18 year old?
That would be called an allowance, or maybe a trust fund payment.
Unless they are a drug dealer, how exactly does one straight of out high-school "earn" a six figure salary?
Re: It's inevitable...
Guess what they use at the research zoos to interact with the apes? A touch interface. Do you know why? It's the simplest interface.
Can you click and drag pretty pictures with your built-in meat stylus? Yes.
Is it good for anything else? NO.
Typing on a touch screen sucks. Fingers are often wet, oily, gloved, and are often just too damn big, and depending on the task, there is a more efficient interface.
Do you use a touch interface to play Halo? No, it would suck and slow you down.
Do you use a touch interface to write a thesis paper? No. It would suck and slow you down.
Can you surf around the web reading blogs with a touch interface? Yes, sort of, but it only really works on the most dumbed-down of interfaces.
Can you play a simple game made to work with simple tapping and dragging? Yes. But so can a monkey, or a cat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdEBgZ5Y46U
Can you write a simple game that uses a touch screen with only a touch screen? No. You'd use a REAL interface, unless you were a sadist.
Touch screens are not "the wave of the future", they are what the manufactures can easily put on small devices with minimal parts, assembly and cost. Period. Most people just suffer trying to use them for real work.
Well that explains it, I don't own a BluRay player (ok, my PS3 has one, but I don't watch movies in it). I own lots of DVDs and BluRays (like 500), and when I buy one, I copy it to a harddrive, then encode it to H.264, then delete the 35GB in temp files, then I can watch the H.264 file from any device anywhere around my house (The Bluray then goes on the shelf, never to be used again). I would never plug a BD player into the network or phone jack.
Firstly the only way that could work would be to have users register the serial number of their 4k player. A draconian challenge at best that is easily circumvented by the fact that you simply need to report your registered one stolen, then you could release all the rips you want, "It must be the robber that is doing it, not me.". Unless they are talking about a "phone-home" system, but then who wants some manufacture or studio knowing what movies you are watching? Hmm, I recall a similar system called DIVX that Circuit City tried to push, I wonder where either of those are today?
If they can turn owning physical media into a Steam style system, then we're all screwed. If 4k BR are allowed to be network only devices a la Microsoft ONE, we truly will "own" nothing.
Just sell the discs at a price that people are willing to pay. Only the poor would be pirates if things were made available in a timely manner and at a price people were willing to pay. But no, let's spend millions, inconvenience millions, and have it be broken in less than a month anyway. Rinse, wash, repeat.
It's kind of easy to explain.
Some citizens were programmed by their parents to be racist, some are programmed to be happy with being ignorant. (the former were programmed with both, sadly).
Mix in that the U.S. has an education and critical thinking problem. (from not placing those high on the funding list)
Some issues are brought about by religion encroaching into politics (and the absolutes it brings).
Add in the fact that most politicians think they are corporately sponsored Professional Wrestlers. "We're not going let them win, we're going to beat back those commie pinkos, Emurka! (brought to you buy Carl's Jr.)"
You mix greedy ignorant grand-standers that are sure they are absolutely right, and you get the nightmare you see unfolding. (don't even ask were the money comes from that funds them, that's a whole other thing)
Re: USA Delusions of Superiority
Oh 1927, you mean "The Good Ole days", well for the Haves, not really for the Have-nots. Imagine working and "earning" so much money that you're able to hire a small army of "servants" to do all the normal toiling associated with a daily life, like cooking, cleaning, driving, watching the children, really anything other than leisure and play.
Have a look at this video, the disparity between the Haves and the Have-nots is A LOT worse than you might think in the U.S.
Wealth Inequality in America
Wish they were an American company.
I wish Apple were an American based company, if they were we could see more of that money working for Americans, like the manufacturing jobs it would bring to the U.S., and the tax money they would be adding to our economy by bringing those profits back into the country. Where is Apple based again? I'm thinking China, but that doesn't seem correct as I know they aren't a capitalist country, and probably would never allow a company to get that big. Whatever country it is I bet Apple is happy they picked there, and it let them be so prosperous.
Re: Easy peasy.
I was speaking from the XP users point of view, the same way %38 like Obama Care verses the 60% that like the Affordable Care Act. That is why I said "trillion" and "sucks" instead of "because Aero was a memory intensive "
Vista - skipped because it sucked and need 9 trillion gigs of RAM to work.
Win 7 - skipped because it looked like Vista, and still needed too many resources.
Win 8 - skipped because it looked stupid, was hard to switch to because it is counter-intuitive, nothing like XP's interface, and also needed too many resources.
I imagine that the majority of those XP devices are going to go to the trash or some Linux distro before they ever go to Windows 8.
Truth is for non-networked POS (point-of-sale) and kiosk setups, who cares, XP will continue to work fine.
Even a networked XP box behind a good hardware firewall with a current browser will be fine if they keep their browser, antivirus, and adobe crap updated.
Re: Two issues..
Except that those HOV lanes are cut from the existing lanes. It's more like those VIP passes at ride parks, only in this example we helped pay to make the park in the first place.
They need to lay new cable, they need to lay new cable, they need to lay new cable. Dividing up the existing into smaller and smaller pieces, and then choosing what I have access to is not want anyone wants.
Basically, if the U.S. Republicans get their way, they'll be no need to lay new cable, and there will be no new innovation on the Internet from anyone in the U.S. that doesn't have the deepest of pockets and an army of lawyers.
Anyone that doesn't see why this is a bad idea shouldn't be allowed to vote.
Re: Is there *any* evil view the GOP doesn't hold?
@Destroy All Monsters
Wow, just wow. What flavor Kool-aid was that?
Really? Providing food to hungry people is super evil? You do realize that the reason you work 8-hours a day and not 14 is because of unions, the reason you don't work weekends is because of unions, the reason you can take a vacation is because of unions, the fact that most people get paid a "living wage" is because of unions, the fact that children get a childhood is because of unions. Then you roll in, in the eleventh-hour and on the back of millions of union workers and declare the "Evil" that unions do. What a peach you must be? No, no, continue on about how dems make people dependent on luxury things like food.
Re: The Republican Dream
No they pretty much nailed it on the head. They want to remove minimum wage laws, remove unions, remove all regulations pertaining to amassing wealth and environmental issues, not pay any taxes, remove all social welfare programs, defund public schools, let them play with your social security, and Frack and drill where ever they want.
They pretty much are a collection of fat cat 1890's bank types. I would modify their statement though, it should be:
A polluted sweatshop America where compliant workers live in ignorance, fear, illness and poverty, while the 2% laugh and invest overseas from their luxury homes on private islands.
What will happen if you try to install a non-LVL XP after the EOL date?
Will they keep the "activation" servers on forever?
Will they make a patch that removes the phone-home element.
Does them turning off the activation services mean they'll give out a LVL to anyone that wants to keep using it?
Is it legal to make a product stop working after a certain date, after you bought it?
What happens after 90 days and it tries to phone-home, but no one is there, are people going to be locked out of their systems?
Re: Next gen WiFi???
I live on a houseboat, and drive a Jeep. MacGyver is my last name, my first name is Angus.
Mugger: Give me your wallet and iphone.
Muggee: Ok, here you go (S.E. grin on face).
Mugger: Hey, what's your unlock code for this thing?
Muggee: I don't have one, it's a fingerprint lock (still grinning).
Mugger: No problem (pulls out pruning shears).
Muggee: (no more grin)
My point being, if you are somewhere remote enough to be mugged, then it makes sense for the mugger to ask for the unlock code, and I wonder just how far they are willing to go to make money off that iphone.
Re: "HAL bug"
I've also seen an alternate theory that had the two "sentient" life forms in a race to get to the next level of evolution, and HAL was trying to get the source first, to advance his own kind.
Re: Not just a static prop (yeah, it's an animated prop)
I can "drive" a bicycle under water with scuba gear too, that doesn't make it a submarine. Now if you could sit in it without the need to breath canned air, then yes, it would be a submarine and maybe even worth the money. I'm guessing at most this is a neutrally buoyant mockup made from a hacked up Lotus. It's real purpose is to show it to your "friends" and say "I own the 007 submarine, see." If they think that it's worth all that money, then so be it. Must be nice to have that much disposable income.
Re: Moore's Law has been dead for years.
I will agree that the definition is for number of transistors on a chip, but adding cores is not what common people associate with Moore's Law, we think of the %40 clock rate increase that comes with the increase in transistors per die. If they are not going to get any faster, then who cares if they are doubling the number of transistors on a chip? If I wanted a dual chip system in 2006 I could always just buy a Xeon, just like if I want a 16 core system, I could find someone that is building a 16 chip system, or I could create a Beowolf cluster.
I want speed.
Moore's Law has been dead for years.
What was the fastest CPU available in 2006, IIRC it was around 3.3 ghz, now what is the top speed of a 2013 CPU, I've seen an article or two about 4ghz ones, and granted the "cores" are doubling every now and again, but that isn't doubling the "speed" now is it?
If Moore's Law was really still in effect, we would all have 50ghz CPUs today, instead we have roughly the same speed as 2006, just with 8 cores.
How many is too many?
I agree. For those people that don't agree, how many is too many?
We are at 7 billion right now, and left unchecked will be at 10 sooner than later. I would ask what magic number they think is too many, and what they think we should do about it once we hit "their" magic number?
Overpopulation is a real problem, either right now or soon, but we all need to recognize it while we still can, while we still have time to slow it down, or level off. I find the fact that we are just ignoring our impending doom frightening.
They are making money hand over fist, so..... lets make some more at the cost of 300 people's livelihood.
I hope their investors get the stock price they are hoping for just in time for X-mas. We already know what some of their employees are getting. pink slips.
"Thanks Microsoft for hiding the extensions by default which IMHO is one of the most stupid things they have ever done."
And show the feeble-minded that those clickable words point to things called "files" and those have things called "extensions", and those mean different things. Consumer's Mind=Would Be Blown. (from Microsoft's point of view) They want users that click on pictures, and enter their creditcard info when prompted, not ones that understand file extensions. (have you seen Windows 8?)
Are people not concerned that the only way to "filter" content going to your home has to be at some level to "read" it first. What is their plan, filter for naughty words? Check to see if the picture is more than 75% beige? Filter for moaning noises? Block all pages not "registered" in a government database?
Some people think that other people want this?
Does it have access to USB devices yet? Like card readers, and USB sticks?
Show MS how you feel....
.... by pushing Linux solutions.
Microsoft will do whatever they want to do, right up to the point where it starts cutting into their profits, then maybe they'll change, if they have the right leadership. Recently though, they've been going "all in" on some really bad ideas, so who knows.
Re: The message isn't clear enough yet?
One more for good measure.
Not only that, but it's been extended to almost forever because corporations can't die.
I purpose a new law, mandatory corporate euthanasia after 75 years, problem solved.
Boo hoo, here's a tissue
"Everyone is talking about curation, but curation has been the cornerstone of our business for the last 20 years,"
Go tell it to the WWAA, the Wagon Wheel Association of America, or the KSSM (Kennedy Space Shuttle Mechanics).
Looks like it might be time to find a new business, just like all other entities that were made outdated by progress.
I'll agree about using your name, and even about the use of the acronym, but the contents of the playlists, you can stick that idea someplace dark. Companies and people that make claims like this should not only lose, they should be fined for wasting tax-payer resources.
Re: "Edward Snowdon"
Their names have been changed to protect the innocent, and the guilty.
I have seen a lot of Uwe Boll films, always accidentally, I can always tell when I've been duped into watching one. It usually goes something like this, "Wow, this movie is bad, let me see who made this thing, damnit, it's a Uwe Boll film, I could have guessed. 'presses stop' "
At least 6 times I have wasted both my time and money on a Uwe Boll film, always accidentally. Who keeps funding his projects? Sadly it is us, we do it to ourselves. He owes his whole career to his DVD cover artist. (confession: I did like Alone in the Dark, it was ok.)
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