Re: FORD SYNC
Yep, spotted than on new Fords. Seems to be something similar on some new Peugeot models as well.
Does anybody know if this part of the same scheme or is it a separate initiative?
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Yep, spotted than on new Fords. Seems to be something similar on some new Peugeot models as well.
Does anybody know if this part of the same scheme or is it a separate initiative?
The hardest part about dealing with the Ciscos, Mitels and Avayas of the PBX world is how they insist on using different terminology for largely the same features and to add to the entertainment also add various artificial restrictions to each of these features. Want an extension / user to be a member of more than one pickup group? Forget it on one system, on another they can be members of four but for no readily apparent reason not more than that. [just mindless examples] Gah!
Glad that I'm not the only one to have read it that way.
In Microsoft's (partial) defence, a huge number of the problems with Windows and Sleep mode are due to device drivers and in my experience, particularly wireless network drivers but these aren't the only culprit. However one application in particular seems to often make a mess of Windows Sleep mode, sometimes even preventing it completely: Microsoft Outlook. Thanks for that MS.
This may be something that is also intended to help non-first world Internet connection countries or regions. Just considering these situations there are a lot of instances where there will be quite a few locally networked PCs but with rather limited bandwidth - far better that the systems are patched and updated than not. Or another easy example in the first-world Internet sceneria on a HE campus of some form there will be thousands of non-domain controlled PCs downloading thousands of updates which eats a lot of bandwidth.
This is actually rather a good idea from Microsoft (as long as it's done properly, but that's true for anything really).
IT angle? Who cares! I suppose there were the tweets though.
He annoyed other authors with his writing style but succeeded at being a greater author than most of his detractors because what he wrote was fun to read, often clever and insightful on many levels.
The "Three" version is shite. Install a crappy app on your mobile, register it - but only when you have a good signal, and then suffer with an utterly backwards, non-integrated "phone and SMS message" system that doesn't work very well, is annoying to use, and is entirely separate to your normal phone and SMS functions.
I have a nasty feeling that the other offerings aren't much better.
I'm starting to believe Microsoft Bob to be a giant false memory; I don't believe I've ever seen Microsoft Bob, even though I feel I have.
You're lucky. Some "friends" of mine decided that it would be fun to install it on my computer when I wasn't around and then to watch me curse and swear at it. Gits.
Almost as funny as when they decided to configure a 2 minute long wav file as a windows launch sound, during which time the system hung until the audio had completed playing. Win 3.x - what a joy.
The original design of the Windows Start menu (not the correct name for it, can't be bothered to look it up) was for the bar to at the top of the screen. I believe it was moved to the bottom by default quite late on in the development cycle to differentiate Windows from Apple.
If you find an older version of the OS, move the start menu bar to the top of the screen and suddenly you'll find that it begins to make a lot more sense. Shutdown being at the end of the list of options, being the most obvious, but also any popup menus that show as well.
Arrrgh. I'm not starting to remember the ghastly hacks that were required to completely remove the sodding Office Assistants from an installed copy of Office. The alternative was to uninstall everything vaguely related to MS Office, kick the original installer hard in the knackers (or another appropriate punishment) and then install MS Office again, this time taking care to deselect the assistant options.
IIRC after a while there were non-MS tools to remove the assistants from MS Office installations, and of course installation profiles that automatically deselected the things.
Was trying to remember the name of that device from the late 70s... Microwriter - the device that was interesting but useless for almost everything due to certain little functional issues. Connectivity - good luck with that. Editing - you basically can't edit until you get the text into a more conventional device.
This said, the rather more recent follow up CyKey does look vaguely interesting. It would look a bit more interesting if it was possible to connect it to any form of modern device without all kinds of nasty kludges and cables. They claim to be working on bluetooth support but are having licensing problems... which is a little strange seeing as bluetooth chips are pretty damn easy to get up and running as they are largely "commodity" systems now, but maybe the problem is more integration / configuration and power management on CyKey's side.
Still a niche product though.
Nest works fine for me. A much better interface to deal with than the utterly unwieldy two on, two off or some nightmarish one-off, one-on kludge during winter particularly when you have the typical interface of 4 buttons repurposed for everything in some archaic manner. You ditch the silly idea of "heating on" and "heating off" and just set the temperature that you want, when you want it. In a particularly cold winter's night you don't really want the heating "off", you just want it at a lower level than during the day when you are around and would like to feel your fingers. The temperature is set at a target value for a particular time therefore if you want 20C at 6am in the morning and your house takes 45m to warm up to that from 12C it will turn on at 5:15am. Similarly, if the temperature is 16C and it predicts only a 30m warm up period, it'll turn on at 5:30am instead. (silly temp examples, but you get the idea)
The auto-away option overrides the temperature to whatever you set as your minimum / frost-protect temperature and should spot when you are away or not in case you forget to turn it off. The remote app can turn the heating up and down or trigger the away option manually and if you expect to be home at, eg, 8pm you can tell the system to have it warm for you then.
That actually seems like a sensible way to interpret things like data encryption. How the hell did this happen?
Love the map :) Haven't seen that particular one before.
I'd forgotten about some of those, particularly the impossible projection watch, which even it were physically possible to somehow cram the required components into the ring (I consider it currently borderline possible but damn expensive as most would have to be custom integrated) however just the reality of basic geometry made the actual projection side impossible at the angles and targets demonstrated in the photoshopped images.
And as for Bleen... whichever fools backed that really need to watch less hollywood "sci"-fi and engage a bit with reality.
Thanks for registering just to write unsubstantiated almost-racist rubbish.
Android users tend to be from "the third world"? Hardly: many android (and winphone) devices are often the same price or more than the apple equivalents. This doesn't equate with them being used by "poor people".
For some reference statistics, which you will doubtless enjoy manipulating and misreading to give whatever picture you want: smartphone % penetration by country..
Back to your "third world" angle: Here's a breakdown of the US's smartphones by OS. Unless you are going to now state that the USians are in fact living in a third world country, would you care to explain this?
Relating back into the first stats, here's one showing worldwide market share..
While it is interesting to note that the US has a more balanced split of Apple vs Android in it's market, the US is only 13th in overall smartphone penetration. Some "third world" countries such as Spain and Germany have rather higher OS splits in favour of Android compared to Apple.
One point to note is that in the developing markets the price paid for handsets is less than in the developed markets. This necessarily skews the market split away from Apple as other than 2nd hand or older devices, most Apple phones are priced out of the reasonable disposable income price range - food, heating, clothes, education or mobile phone? WinPhone devices are making reasonable inroads into these price constrained markets but nothing compared to feature phones and to a lesser extent "landfill" android phones. It's these phones that will be targetted by this kind of exploit, they are often unsupported, never updated by their manufacturer and often too costly for an end user to even consider the data bandwidth to peform an update and often as a result they have access to local app stores and not Google Play. However this does not mean that an app that requires Root access will work as even the landfill devices don't come with root access as standard.
Basically, it's a security scare story from an advertiser that's sole reason for existing is to sell security products.
(EDIT: some of the links may not work as the damn stat site sometimes arbitrarily requires a signin to view the stats. sorry).
Quark also shafted every user, repeatedly, through their despicable file version handling practices. Want to import a file from a version that's more than one release old? Forget it. How about save a file in a new version in an earlier format to allow somebody else to use it? Forget it. Gits. This and their dastardly unreliable configuration settings that somehow reset themselves just before a deadline or files that were saved to be unreadable... the pain just goes on.
Adobe patch their Photoshop products? Ha, we'll have flying pigs next. Oh wait, you mean the "buy the next version and hope it's been fixed in that" style of patching...
AIUI: very, very little of any worth goes on in the public chambers. Generally anything of value happens in the side (private) rooms with smaller groups. In English, just to annoy the French.
I thought that at one time but it's the weight that is the problem. Getting relatively light payloads as far as Titan is expensive on fuel as even with a large chunk of the journey being coasting which is likely why no orbital stages are discussed for this one. There are usually substantial course corrections (navigational changes) as they are inevitably sling shotted into place and we don't have any powerful enough engine systems which wouldn't require enormous amounts of fuel for a direct flight, even to Mars, let alone further. Lifting huge and heavy payloads into near Earth orbit is pretty much trivial in comparison to interplanetary missions.
Behind every great tech boss there's... a wife who drains his bank account dry like a vampire in a blood bank?
Well written software should continue to work on a later OS however the other factor is how many specific OS, or OS locked application, dependencies there are in place.
One of the more common application problems will be poorly written IIS applications or IIS applications that use features that have been deprecated or altered in a non-backwards compatible manner on later versions. I've found that on a few occasions that it's just the damn installer that has the problem, the application itself runs fine on a new instance of IIS. IIS is a particular problem here because there is no separation between the IIS application and the OS - get a new OS, get a new version of IIS, there is no choice on this.
A business problem is the challenge that in many cases the current servers continue to run fine, are reliable and haven't had a problem in the last 18 months... therefore why should they be changed now? Computers are tools and one shouldn't have to replace working tools.
It's not so much iPlayer, it's all of the videos on their website. They all seem to "require" flash for some very annoying reason.
Are you paying attention? Please, please, get rid of the useless and annoying reliance on Flash for video.
It's the only reason I might use flash other than the odd backwards site "requiring" it for multiple file uploads.
Unlike various other "national" food types such as Chinese, Indian fare has rapidly taken on whatever local or new ingredients as are available. e.g. How many potato based Chinese dishes are there available in a Chinese restaurant, or Cantonese, or Japanese?
The fact that many of the Indian recipes we know of in the UK were created in the UK or Europe is another factor. Now to just educate people that "Jalfrezi" is simply as style of cooking, not an indicator of peppery hotness, similarly "korma" is not necessarily for hot-food-whimps either as they can be made deliciously hot.
C pretty much makes buffer overruns the default behaviour. Nice one K&R, nice one.
No it doesn't. Shoddy programmers who don't check length parameters are the fault here.
While the other copy functions perform the parameter checks for the programmer, checking the length parameters before calling the function and gracefully handling any problems is often a better solution than passing off the checks to the function.
hahahahahaha... what has the US "privacy" bod been reading?
The terms of Safe Harbor agreements are rather too clear: any data is only covered for the exact pre-registered purposes. If data is collected for any other purposes then a Safe Harbor agreement does not apply to the data, therefore if a US organisation claims to have signed up to the Safe Harbor agreement then an EU organisation must ensure that the registration has been filled for the exact purposes stated. For example, a US organisation has signed up to Safe Harbor for support purposes for Product A, however a customer provides data for the support of Product B, this is not covered.
The other gotcha for the Safe Harbor data is that any "official" US organisation that can demonstrate a requirement to access the data must be given access to the data and that there is no legal process to filter this. For example if a local US county decides that it requires access to the data, it must be given access and the safe harbour agreement does not extend to this organisation...
In effect, once your data is in the US, it can wind up anywhere and there's nothing that you can do about it other than not allow the data into the US in the first place.
The martians are still looking for the Any key.
So let me get this straight... Some malware that somehow finds itself executing on a DC with sufficient local system access (not necessarily "domain admin") can alter the in-memory code of the authentication process and insert its own tweaks to let specific passwords through as well as the correct ones.
Clever but, well, duh. When a process has full access to all memory in a system it can make all kinds of interesting changes but isn't this what ALSR was meant to help to partially mitigate? ALSR can't fix this problem entirely as the executable needs to be discoverable somehow, it just makes it harder as the attacker has to put more effort into finding the correct memory location to patch. Other than this, good luck fixing as Windows isn't designed to segregate application memory space in this way when a user with local admin access is involved and continually security monitoring or reloading in-memory images is CPU intensive.
As noted previously, when a user with sufficient privelidges is compromised, you have a lot of problems and this is just an example of one. Pretty much why Best Practice dictates that no user should ever have such access on their normal account and instead have a separate admin account which they use on the occasions that they genuinely need to perform system administration. This doesn't make the problem go away, but it does help to reduce the chances.
Tesco have lost the plot on all of the basics of their core trade one of which, as pointed out, is elementary customer service. Sainsburys do seem to have it right though - there are two "mini" supermarkets near where I am, one a Sainsburys Local and a Budgens. From the start all staff in the Sainsbury Local have made a point of clear greetings and farewells, most of the Budgens grunt at you if that much - one rude arse just held his hand out for the money and didn't say a word. Guess which is the more pleasant place to shop? Sainsburys without a doubt. Guess which seem to have the happier staff? Sainsburys as well - just the basics of human interaction seem to be keeping the Sainsburys staff in a better mood (and overheard conversations seem to reflect this as well). It's also interesting to note that Sainsburys have audio recording at their tills which could help to enforce this as well as I suspect that it's a concerted effort from Sainsburys rather than just staff initiative.
[from inside sources] Where Tesco also fail is that their head office is an utter shambles with a lot of reportedly quality staff leaving for nicer places. The staff that seem to be sticking around are those who brown nose their way everywhere and those with no interest in anything much other than their own personal status quo. They're promoting the wrong staff into the wrong places with inexperienced (e.g. cheap) staff in critical roles (some departments are known locally as "the creche" as a result), devaluing good and / or experienced staff until they leave and the result is an impending growing mess that'll likely implode soon enough. On top of this they are also attempting to offshore as much of their core operations as possible, which as we all know works so well when you add in even cheaper staff, language and context issues and a few thousand miles of not giving a shit.
It could be that somebody with a clue has taken over at the top and is savvy enough to spot the problems and how to fix them by establishing a focus on their core business.
Too right. Although from what I can find the US's approximate ratio is 72% "white" therefore there are a disproportionally low number of white employees and with 4% of the US being Asian, their share of 29% of Microsoft's workforce is definitely out of whack. Nothing's straightforward though as around 9% of the US's population are "mixed" race therefore either of Microsoft's reported values could be out by around 9% as what is self-reported is not always the same as census demonimations.
It's much fairer to ensure that staff of equal roles are paid equally, but even this doesn't work as those employed in expensive areas where the wages are generally higher than average would expect higher wages. It is much better to employ with equal opportunities, rather than a thoroughly retarded, backwards and do-gooder-bigot-serving "equal representation" which can only lead to octeganarian male pole dancers.
Not sure about the inclusion of Hunters and Gatherers as while it's a fair game it's the one that I've seen so many times abandoned or thrown into charity shops and even my copy has been barely touched and is almost pristine. It's not a patch on the main Carcasonne game and has a few flaws that once you've sussed the tactics tend to ruin the game.
An easy solution, buy from "microbreweries"... usually rather better than the commercial nat's piss that you find in every bar.
@ Ivan 4 - I'm not sure you read the RSPB article...
They clearly stated that there are gaps in their knowledge regarding placement, that there will always be some trade offs but that they are committed to ensuring that the adverse effects are minimal. They even state where there have been some complete failures of placement that have had a serious impact on the local bird population and while there have been a few bad cases in the UK, they are very minor compared to the ones that they cited.
As to the effect of the RSPB's objections and whether or not they are overruled or ignored, that's a different matter.
Agreed. Wind power has its place, but shouldn't be seen as the solution to anything in its entirity, more a possibly useful component or supplement to power generation.
As for how evil these things supposedly are, the sensible organisations have a rational, well thought out policy and approach to the matter. For example, here's the RSPB's take on wind farms: http://www.rspb.org.uk/forprofessionals/policy/windfarms/
Why whenever I read the word "Neoliberal" in some text on the Internet do I imagine the writer frothing at the mouth and dribbling a bit?
On the other hand, some bits of the current economic system are truly unstainable or just mythical: "perpetual growth" being the most stupid where all countries, industries, markets and everything else must be seen to be growing continually or are judged to be a failure.
Some bits of the books did go on a bit, so cutting them out of a film where the film representation would taken even longer would not help the story. However one film seems to be most about dwarves singing, and the next morphed into tedious kung-fu / wire-floaty / unfeasible action scenes and it all felt like contrived filler particularly as it didn't even add to the film as a whole, it took away.
However having seen the first two... I'll try to avoid the last but may not be successful.
I doubt it - the similarities between standard IMAP and Microsoft's IMAP implementation in Exchange are few enough that bugger all works with it. There used to be entire websites dedicated to the topic, but I suspect they gave up as it became more and more obvious that MS didn't give a stuff about IMAP and were only interested in their in-house APIs.
What utterly useless advice. Four fingers of kit kat are much more similar in shape and size to a modern mobile phone. Unfortunately kit kat wrappers no longer have the foil inner so we lose out on the shiny shiny relevance but at least the shape is near right. Sheesh. ;)
The other fun simulation is to look stupidly confused when the signal disappears, strangely around the same time the train goes through a tunnel.
For its part, Microsoft has said future releases of IE will add support for WebRTC.
Maybe I'm getting more cynical... but what's the betting that this "future release of IE" will, somehow, only be Windows 8 only? Due to "technical" reasons of course...
it is now illegal, for instance, to detonate nuclear weapons in the UK.
I will sleep better in my bed knowing this. I may even write to my local government representative and thank him for pushing through such an insightful and meaningful law that will make us all feel better.
Of course those that would detonate a nuclear weapon in the UK don't give a rat's arse about UK laws. There goes my better night sleep :(
I'm afraid that you sir, appear to be suffering from hysteria. Off to the clinic with you...
Margarine is generally very bad for you compared to butter. Margarine tends to be made from hydrogenated or trans-fats and these are rather dangerous compared to any other fat type. Great for the food industry as they are far cheaper and a preservative as well, but not good for the consumer unless your sole marker is price.
Butter also taste nicer.
There's an astounding amount of FUD around the entire diet industry... if you were the type to see conspiracy everywhere you'd almost think that dieticians were more interested in keeping themselves in a career than any long term sense.
Fat in your diet: Too much, obviously bad but largely because you're likely to be eating too much unbalanced food and likely to not be doing enough exercise... and as rightly pointed out in another article on El Reg, very little of your body's energy is needed to maintain body warmth compared to even 50-75 years ago, e.g. within a generation. Certain types of fats have been proven to be very bad for you, e.g. trans-fats / hydrogenated fats and while these are great for the bulk food industry as they are very cheap and double as a preservative they are very bad for your body. Luckily there is growing awareness of this and while most governments haven't mandated clear, honest, labelling of these or banning them, this situation is improving. One very inportant point about fats in your diet is that it is far from the case that fat goes straight from your food to your own fat cells, there's a huge number of steps that the intaken fat goes through and the more steps the better as this requires more energy to process and the energy from the result tends to be eventually used more evenly throughout your day which helps to keep your hunger at bay as well. This is one of the reasons a good solid fry up keeps hunger at bay much longer than a bowl of cereal, a yoghurt and a fruit smoothie.
Refined sugars: These are best avoided as much as possible however in order to substitute for the lack of food flavour from removing fats in food the food industry has added sugar instead and this sugar is far worse for you than the fat it replaces. Refined sugar requires very little energy to process / break down and as a result produces an instant energy hit but no lasting, or spread over time, benefits. The less refined the sugar the better it is for you and the longer the period over which the sugars will be released. This is why natural fruit sugars or honey is far better for you than refined (cane or beet) sugar.
Calories: While it's useful to have some form of indicator as the nutritional value of food, there is a world of difference between a boiler and a digestive system. As a result a 100 calorie chocolate bar and a 100 calorie oat bar while having similar calorific values, produce vastly different results. The chocolate bar will be loaded with instant energy refined sugars which if you need an instant energy hit isn't a bad thing but very poor for a longer term snack and won't satisfy hunger in nearly the same way. The oat bar requires much more energy to break down and while the nominal calorific value is the same, your body will use much more energy to break it down and the results are spread over a much longer time. There is a noticeable lag between eating and your body's signals telling you that you've eaten enough, which is one of the reasons that eating slower works, similar to not eating while distracted (working, driving, watching tv) as we tend to not pay attention to our body's signals at this time.
Detox diets: These work solely due to the fact that you're cutting out the crap from your diet and eating less for a bit. There are no "super foods" or other rubbish, our bodies have had millions of years perfecting amazing detox mechanisms, eating freshly-marinated-quid-puree (or whatever today's celebrity inflicted detox diet is), doesn't help any. The other risk of a heavily calorie restricted diet is that your body goes into "starvation mode" where it hangs onto food for longer to wring out as much as it can for it (constipation often results) and then has a digestive fun day when you stop the starvation and supply enough food where it will continue to wring out more of the food... which is why the weight piles back on and the cause of yoyo dieting. If you must starve yourself, do it for a couple of days time at the most and then eat normally for the rest of the week.
Typed up while eating a nice sugary snack because it's oh so tasty... mmm... dammit.
I wouldn't touch normal US bacon with a shitty stick and if I did the stick would likely grow into something else entirely given the amount of hormones and chemicals in the average US porker. US pork is one of the times when "free range" or "organic" is most definitely the only safe way to go.
a 90% market share is excessive by anyones standards
Not exactly. There are plenty of markets where one company has 90% or higher market share. It's what that company does when they have such a high market share is what's important.
If that company deliberately destroys and makes it hard for all other entrants into the market through lock-in policies, proprietry information / technology and just generally fleeces their customers that is bad. If, on the other hand, that company tries hard to stay at the top by providing better services and better prices (running at a loss is considerd unfair) than its competitors than that is good (it's also basically only of the noble aims of capitalism).
Was probably put off by the earlier SDL which was a dog on many fronts. The v2 revision fixed so many annoyances that if anybody tried it before, it's worth having another look now.
Largely it's what a lot of people either don't understand or don't realise is that computer AV, much like biological immune systems, is retrospective in that it needs a sample to be able to spot it and deal with it in the future. The advantage of computer AV systems is that the initial detection can be in one location and detection patterns can be spread to others - doesn't help the first victim much but does help the rest. Of course, the longer something remains undetected, which is the aim of the game, the further the spread.
Unfortunately we're not helped when the prevalent computer system is one that was initially designed as a standalone system with a single fully trusted local user using it. However even with a fully application sand boxed operating system with a full and sensible application permission system, the weak point will be found between the chair and keyboard.
Those are some savage reviews... and not troll reviews in light of this recent national press notice.
What's even worse, is that many were threatening to contact Environmental Health, and at least one or two must have done this so what is Blackpool council's response to this?