The "Internet of Things" is going to comprise of things their current architecture would have to be rewritten to use, in the future. Things that we haven't imagined yet. So, we are still going to be paying for Windows 11, 12, 13, ...
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Re: A different Freak?
Opera 27.0.1689.76 is NOT vulnerable under Windows 8.1 64-bit Pro.
IE11 IS vulnerable under Windows 8.1 64-bit Pro.
** WARNING **, it is still not safe to do your banking using IE, unless you are banking with one of the very few banks that have enforced the more modern ciphers on their servers.
Re: Compare these to the 20MB MFM drives of not so long ago!
I run Windows 8.1 Professional on it. The reason that there is so much free space is because I had to wipe the drive and restore from an OS DVD with absolutely no foistware on it at all, just the bare OS. 'Kin A! Mean and lean is how I like to run things. Crude and rude.
What's nice about a small capacity SSD boot drive, is that I can easily and quickly switch the PC on to check something out on t'Internet, or some code I've written, and get to what I need in under 20 seconds. Browser load from cold start is pretty much immediate on an i7. Almost like instant-on. From sleep, it is instant-on!
Compare these to the 20MB MFM drives of not so long ago!
I have been running a 128GB Samsung 840EVO SSD (with the relevant firmware patch) for 9 months now. The OS is on it so it gets plenty of reads and writes every day. It is always blisteringly fast, and I am still surprised at its speed even after 9 months of its unfailing alacrity. I still have over 90GB free, despite putting all my apps on it (my data goes on a standard 7200 rpm 500GB SATA 3 hard disk). It's not the transfer speeds (read and write) that get me, but the access times being in microseconds instead of milliseconds. Sometimes, it seems to have done what you wanted before you've even pressed "Enter"! This Novachips 8TB 1.8GB/s drive will probably become the norm, and drive speeds will start to tax the i7 processors we currently run at 4.4GHz! Wicked!
Re: Problems with XP?
Totally agree with you about Opera and Firefox. I also had the same gripes about Chrome and its awful propensity to hook you up to all and sundry just because you're registered. Opera seems the least of all evils ATM! Safari is too crashy.
I don't get it... ?
This happened nearly 4 years ago. Why are we only just hearing about it now?
I am getting my coat...
... Windows 10 is around the corner, and that patches the OS in real-time! Yikes! For example, working on a 300 page Word document for 3 hrs, and then hitting "Save", and watch as the patch to Word delivered at 2 hours in, renders the document unusable!
Ha ha ha!
That was brilliant! Those poor aliens!
I left Virgin last year, when my 5th "megahub" blew up on me (completely dead). These substandard devices, cheaply made in the far east, always seemed to go wrong on me, so I moved to Plus Net. Not only did I get consistently fast speeds (downloads 3 to 3.5 MBytes per second, 1 to 2 MBytes per second uploads) throughout the day, evening and night, but their support was more personal and immediate. I'd move to them or One 2 One, and stick a finger up to Branson and his drug-fuelled island of depravity that he owns!
How to confuse AI and natural language analysis programs
Just write something like :-
"It's not as if this is the wrong answer ..."
AI thinks "this is the wrong answer" ...
Re: An example ?
"With drive-by infections, it is enough to simply visit a website to infect a computer with malware. Visitors don't need to start a download or install anything - the website does this automatically!"
My browser will not automatically download anything, without asking me where it should save it first. What kind of browser are you using that would do this? An idiotic one by the sound of it.
"Yet If a browser has a relevant safety gap, such scripts can access a user's computer directly. This therefore enables malware to move from the server to the browser, and via the security gap to the user's computer, without any conscious action by the website visitor at all."
Again, it's a problem with the browser, and you should change your browser.
Re: An example ? @ Pascal Monett
Considering FB store your password in a server in Japan somewhere, and it keeps coming back to the browser as soon as you enter your username, no matter how you try to clear all stored passwords in Firefox, I will not be going near this tripe any time soon. FB users beware - your details and passwords are available to those who can pay enough. There is no security on FB. Close your accounts! You have been warned!
Every time our Win XP office PCs updated Windows, they would all switch on the (crap and waste of time) Windows firewall, which I'd have to go round and switch off again (we already have Webroot protecting us). It sounds like Windows 10 is the death knell for all Windows versions.
You can see how much the British public trust our "authorities" nowadays, from the comments above! Having constantly shown how untrustworthy they are in the past, how can such a claim be made that they really will delete your records? This is an idiotic article - and Privacy International are really wasting people's time and their own money.
TV is dead
I am spending more time on the computer and less time watching TV nowadays and wondered why. I believe it is to do with the number and frequency of adverts being too high, coupled with a drop in the quality of the content on TV. Plus, choosing your own entertainment is much better than being "programmed".
Re: Nexus 2012
Did you check the source code?
Re: Key Strikes Yes - Letters NO
I suppose you can also see how useful it would be to be able to run an app that injects code into the memory space of another running app. And how useful it is to be able to patch the kernel so that low-level OS routines like writing to a file, can be hooked and redirected to your own code! Really, really useful! And extremely insecure for OS design! Let's face it - Windows is an extraordinarily badly designed (mainstream) OS. Like our (mainstream) democratic society - inordinately badly designed. Certain plants are illegal, but unmanned bomber drones aren't. You know what I mean...
Re: Class action law suit
There's nothing you can do, Dogged. Even when disconnected from the internet physically, Windows 10 uses the nearest unsecured wifi hotspot to get another connection. And, if your PC has no wifi adapter, it builds a "software only" version using secret kernel directives. You cannot and will not escape their jurisdiction! ;-)
What a shame!
For a man with octophallic terata, he never did find his octopussy!
Re: The Updates don't (all) workm(properly)....
My abacus has contracted bead rot - so they get viruses too!
Re: Windows 8.1 is good!
Yeah, sorry about that. I didn't mention minimum requirements for 8.1 so here they are :-
32767EBytes Hard Disk (SSD only)
200K X 130K pixels minimum display resolution (yes, I'm measuring in K now, but it will be M soon - don't worry, we're getting there...)
Sycophantic attitude to M$ an absolute pre-requisite
Windows 8.1 is good!
I agree, Windows 8.0 really threw me at first. I had to install Classic Shell just to be able to use it properly. However, after the upgrade to Windows 8.1, and discovering an almost perfect "Start" menu by right-clicking the new Start button, I no longer need or use Classic Shell (uninstalled it), and have set the Metro screen background to the same as my desktop, arranged the Metro screen to display all programs and shortcuts in one, name-ordered, scrolling screen, and set it to boot up into the desktop (all accessible under the Navigation tab under right-click empty taskbar area, properties), then, I have an almost perfect working environment. With my SSD-based OS drive, it boots in under 10 seconds! Support for massive (larger than 2TB) drives and huge expanses of memory (beyond 32GB), means that Windows 8.1 is a serious developers' environment and OS of choice. Go with the flow.
I'm so blue, it's making me wail!
In a few years time ...
2048 bits won't be enough, since hardware is cranking up the speed every time. My home PC is clocked at 4.0 GHz and has 8 cores and 8GB DDR3 RAM. Put a farm of 100 of these together and write multi-threaded software, and you could be hacking the DoD any time soon!
IPV6 and BT in the UK
I have heard (my sources will remain secret) that BT (yes, British Telecom) have recently rolled out a load of fibre-optic routers and other equipment that DO NOT SUPPORT IPV6 at all! If you are going to deploy IPV6 stuff, don't expect the UK to understand any of it in the near to medium future!
Re: The internet is full
I used to give the excuse, "there's a lot of solar flare activity at the moment" ...
Re: AV Software is the biggest attack vector on any PC
Our company is a recent convert to Webroot and, I must say, it is an excellent way of ensuring your end users do not turn off AV ever, using tray icons and such. Also, it provides an easy central repository for monitoring all PCs protected under any given set of licences, and seeing infections and how they were dealt with. It picks up stuff Kaspersky never ever spotted too.
ebay's password policy ...
... doesn't allow spaces in your password! But it allows non-white space characters in it. So, I've set mine to G6^10aPPq9&£v$pil0¬ but I'm having trouble remembering it!
That is a great headline! Perhaps the Register's headline writers could do some hard-to-solve cryptic clues for a technical crossword!
Re: Mobile phones don't have remotely enough range
Well, it's about time they started building phone masts in the middle of oceans for just such an occasion. :-)
Reason for the failure
As manufacturers get ever more greedy for profits, they'll sell you stuff that has the latest gimmicks, despite knowing full well they'll go out of fashion in today's dog-eat-dog climate within a few weeks. The answer is simple - only buy what you really need, and, make it last as long as possible. Stop being a good, law-abiding consumer!
Re: Great Idea
2000 rpm on my Zafira in 6th gear would have me travelling at 80mph! No, this is like all the subversive protestors' avenues of escape from the (fascist) law, are being shut down one by one.
Re: iPad vs plastic trinkets
Plastic trinkets do not emit wi-fi signals, the long-term effects of which we are only just beginning to experience (alcoholism, depravity, unwanted kids, family split-ups, sexual dysfunction, increased cancer occurrence, insomnia, headaches, nose-bleeds ...) ;-)
I agree 100% with you. "Classic Shell" is a superb, free-of-charge add-on to Windows 8 which turns it into a faster Windows 7 desktop arrangement. Security is simply not being addressed properly by the mainstream players. I wrote a free-of-charge security product for Windows ( jacobsm.com/mjsoft.htm ) called MJ Registry Watcher that safeguards the registry and all system files by monitoring for changes and, when something does attempt to change one of these sensitive system areas, it instantly undoes the change and allows you to choose whether to allow the change to happen. It uses next to no resources, runs on everything from Windows 95 to Windows 8.1, and does not need any signature files to be kept up-to-date. If anything tries to get into an "auto-start" situation, MJ Registry Watcher will stop it and kill it! It has silent modes of operation, including a service mode, and it can email people when alerts occur, for example, when it is running on our public-facing web-servers, it can keep my team informed of any changes to the server's configuration. <sweeping generalisation>All the best software is free-of-charge!</sweeping generalisation>
Firing guns in space
From a physics POV, a machine-gun or any other gun that requires an oxygen supply to ignite gunpowder somewhere in its line of function, will NOT WORK IN SPACE where there is no oxygen. Geez! Bring back Carmageddon Demo where the physics really worked.
Re: MS will win
Hey! Mr. Corporate Face! The majority of prospective customers out there do not work for enterprises. They want some simple home entertainment to consume. Android will suit them better than any of the other solutions available.
Sorry, but it is too difficult adding a single mp3 file to the tablet if you have to use iTunes!
iTunes is awful because they keep updating it, which means that, by the time you want to add something to your tablet, you load iTunes, and it has to struggle through an auto-update before you can even start using it. Annoying is an understatement!
Android wins every time, because the tablets are cheaper (£129 for a new Lenovo one with dual SIM ...) and they can have files copied to them using micro-SD cards. Easy-peasy and very versatile! Android will win. Apple and Microsoft will lose. Google will run the world! Look at their Chrome browser - you can drag an image to the search bar and it will search for that picture and similar ones using pixel matching! Definitely cool.
Re: Commercial fusion may not be as far away as you think
The thing is, could you use someone like Homer Simpson to monitor it safely?
My vote is for ...
... Martin Freeman. If he's in and they keep the Doctor's current assistant (meeeowww!), I'll be watching future shows avidly.
...that, somewhere between these factory workers and Apple management, someone is being far too greedy. So greedy, in fact, that it is threatening the very life-blood feeding that greed. I would strike for life and die of hunger - that's what I'd do, but then, I'm brave and strong, not weak and bribeable with survival. ;-)
What is wrong with this dude?
He absolutely keeps splitting infinitives with the word "absolutely". Especially when there's a valid criticism being levied at him. Jeez! What a d**k! Bring back Gates - at least he could program...
Instead of making deals with oil-rich countries...
Vodafone would do well to see that their network fully supports 2G phones. As of 11am Sunday 9/9/2012, there is no service for 2G phones across the country and they seem reluctant to do anything about it. They just keep saying the same nonsense - remove your SIM, wait for 30 minutes, then try again. This is not solving the problem. See http://forum.vodafone.co.uk/t5/Network/bd-p/usingnetwork for all the posts so far! It seems this problem has crept in over the past week.
Re: Eeeh, when I were a lad...
Well, we 'ad it tough. Our Dad would smash our eyes until we saw stars, and we called that "TV".
Safety in Numbers
I believe that the majority watch TV the old-fashioned way because they don't feel "alone" when watching live TV. It's as if there are thousands of others whose consciousnesses are all pointing the same way as theirs. It's kind of comforting! Video on demand doesn't quite have the same feel. However, I am in the minority and prefer watching exactly what I want, when I want and without adverts. But that's just me - born to be outside of the masses, like a dog rounding up sheep...
Re: Better stop calling them hoodies!
Better stop selling guns down at the local Walmart, then...
I may be able to retrieve my daughter from her current BBM oblivion. The curse of opposable thumbs!
Win 8 looks really bad but ...
Win 7 is a real pain compared with Win XP. Win 7 stutters, sleeps at the drop of a pin, and is always "delayed" in terms of response. XP is my favourite!
My friend showed me a meteorite ball he was given by a farmer who found it in a fresh crater in his field. It felt really heavy, and had the correct "molten layers peeling off" look to it. I filmed it and he said he would try to sell it. AFAIK he still has it. Could it be worth thousands to the right museum?