2938 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008
Not just XP
At the moment almost every time I try to do an update in Windows 7 I lose all networking.
I am now w-a-y behind in updates as I install them one at a time to try and finger the culprit whilst do the day job.
Not good at all.
Re: They should offer free entry....
You joke, but this is in fact no joke. Ever wondered why those "print your own cake decoration" things have either gone to the wall or only allow to to choose from select designs?
If your bairn draw a little Mickey Mouse or W&G for their own birthday cake, it can't be printed out as they do not have a license. Now I ask you; whilst in might be in technical breach, does this in fact breach the spirit? Sure, if the picture is a near-perfect rendition and you want 1,000 done eyebrows should be raised.
But on drawing for a kid's party? FFS. Get a grip corporates. This will add to your bottom line.
Re: Next up, Krusty the Clown! - Wrong trousers is one thing, but this is plainly below the belt.
Every time I am stuck on those (which isn't that often...snigger*) I always think "I have just spent my hard-earned and bought original media. Why the hell do I have to suffer this? And it isn't theft, it's a breach of license mumble...grumble..."
Could be worse, we could live in the USA where such cobblers has become law.
*Nothing dodgy, I just happen to have one DVD player that jumps to the menu. Means missing out on trailers for other movies (which is a shame as I rather like watching those).
Next up, Krusty the Clown!
"Hey kids! Have you heard of 'culture'? Yeah, that's right. It's what you get when you buy a DVD or a CD.
What's that? You think human culture should be free from corporate profiteering? Nothing could be further from the truth! Without corporations to make money from you, there's be no jobs. And your mummy and daddy would die from a lack of food. You love mummy and daddy, don't you? You don't want to see them die of starvation on the streets, do you?
And without a corporation to control what you can see and talk about, why...you could see or think just about anything! And that would be bad kids, because then you might think that corporations are all bad and you wouldn't give them any money and then your mummy and daddy would lose their jobs and we all know what happens when mummy and daddy lose their jobs!
So love mummy and daddy, and never ever EVER try to engage in freedom of expression or have an original thought.
Thank, have a nice day."
Re: "no switching of web sessions"
It means, if you are doing something in IE Metro and switch to a real UI to get some actual work done; everything you we doing in IE Metro is stuck in Metro and you either have to start again or switch back to the Duplo(tm) interface.
Those sales figures in full
Win 8 licenses sold - 500 million.
Licenses "optimised for corporate continuity and compliance" (downgrade) - 400 million
Infringing installs of previous versions - 50 million
Installs of alternative operating systems (intended) - 1 million
Installs of alternative operating systems (unintended, but the sheer horror of Metro was too much) - 68 million
Actual instances of Win8 world-wide? 1 million; all in store fronts.
Actual instance of Win8 used in anger? 1,000 (MS marketing drones)
But none of this matters because the sold 500 million! Woo! Win8 is big baby! Yeah! Woo! Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers, developers!
Get the children used to the concept of total observation, all of the time. It'll make them much more compliant to state spying when they are adults.
All in the name of PROTECTING THE CHILDRENS!
This is what happens when you don't pay your taxes
Countries can't pay the debts! I have zero sympathy for the likes of Vodafone.
Pay your dues and then we'll talk.
AIUI Cyprus, Ireland, Malta and the United Kingdom all lack a "blank media levy".
In the USA personal copies are allowed and this is where the confusion arises. In the UK, however, copying for personal use is illegal (although the various media companies have said they will not pursue anyone). The Digital Economy Act may make it legal in the future, but until such times if you want to obey the strict letter of the law, you must get express permission from the copyright holder to make the copy (or but it again on the different media).
Citations: Mostly Wikipedia, but even the most basic of web searches will get you some answers.
Copying is a crime. Or at least it should.
Everyone knows that the only way to stop actors and musicians staving to death through poverty is to pay full-price each time you want to listen to a song/watch a movie on different digital media. It's only fair, each time you hear/watch the media you are uplifted/comforted/entertained; so why should you not reward those involved.
Allowing consumers to copy media from one device to another will destroy businesses and send millions of people on to the streets. Imagine the streets thronging with malnourished thespians. This is the future you seek dare you copy anything!
And what of the musos children? Oh dear god! Won't someone think of the children?
And all the industries that rely on music and film. And all the industries that relies on those. And so one.
By god, copying would destroy Western civilisation as we know it!
So do not copy. Be a patriot. Support you country! Stand proud! Say "Nay! I shall not give into temptation and steal from my fellow man!" Pay full-price for each item and rejoice in the knowledge that you are saving us all from 'pirates' who are probably no more than trainee kiddy-fiddlers anyway.
ALWAYS THINK OF THE CHILDREN!
Re: Microsoft: Please U-turn!
Not at all. Basic ergonomics relating to the prevention of eye-strain gives a rather amusing rule-of-thumb; have the monitor beyond arm's reach.
How the heck does one use a fangly-dangly touch interface on a fangly-dangly touch monitor in that case?
So FB has dropped around 3% from an over-hyped opener. This is news? Really?
Are we going to get El Reg stories every time the FB share fluctuates?
Give me a call when some massive pump&dump/naked short bends Zucker over a barrel and has its wicked way with him.
Am I the only one who does not understand how Facebook could possibly be worth USD105bn? Seriously, I just don't get it.
...but they should not be using iPads. That's as bad as locking the kids into MS by teaching them how to use Word and calling it "ICT".
Basic Android tablets would be 1) Cheaper and 2) Not locked-in.
Of course, I'd much rather they spent the money on books and lab equipment, rather than trendy-Wendy bullcrap.
Re: Electric burns?
I don't think it leaks as such, but causes an acid to be formed. This was on "Monsters Inside Me" a few episodes ago. Afraid I can't recall the acid.
@AC - What's the point? because it stifles innovation, prevents new products coming to market and can stop a whole industry moving forward. That's why. The whole Internet was found on technology that was patent-free. Do you think it would have gone as far as it did if was riddled with patent caner?
Patents have a place, so long as the are good patents about something truly new/non-obvious. The patents the USPTO a granting willy-nilly for tech ideas are just such cobblers. Thankgoodness (for now) the the EU doesn't allow software patents.
Re: prior art!
Never mind a phone, bloody XBMC has had this for sodding ages. Probably other applications designed for only mouse/controller/IR input too.
Just because this "modifiable on-screen keyboard thingy" is now implemented on a phone rather than a desktop/TV is not a good enough reason to make it patentable.
And on top of that, having a button to switch "layouts" to keep the screen organised is w-a-y too bloody obvious and is used time-and-again in a whole host of areas for managing features/options.
Seriously, the USPTO need a kick in the knackers.
There was a reason I quoted what I did; less religion is always good - regardless of the faith or country.
People are, of course, free to decide whatever they want. But just because they decide to believe a thing does not make it true. Or are you one of these people who believes in belief?
"Why no, I don't think there is a teapot orbiting between Earth and Mars; but I respect your right to believe it."
And next time - kindly keep the insults to yourself.
Re: Open source zero cost?
Oh, and of course the F/OSS software has to be written, and there is always a cost in that; either monetary in the form of sponsorship/salary or in volunteers' time. Then there is the hosting of the binaries and source, that has a monetary cost.
Again Free != Zero cost. Donate to your projects, people.
Re: Open source zero cost?
I don't know why you keep getting downvoted. The "free" refers to "freedom", not cost.
Yes, one can download F/OSS software for no charge and use it without charge and this is generally fine for home/enthusiast use. But in the workplace you need all the same stuff as you need for proprietary code. You need to hire (or contract) support, hire (or contract) customisation, hire (or contract)....
That's nothing against F/OSS at all - it's just a fact of life and people can argue until their blue in the face about which is "better" in terms to TCO. And often do!
Re: This could bite them in the arse
"This could be one of the biggest blows to religion in the country yet."
Re: internet economics
Perhpas Greece should check Groupon for some hot EU deals?
Re: The drive needs to be re-formatted?
The Bravia can read from multiple formats. It seems that when connect to a special "output" port the drive will get formatted and the TV will drop encrypted recordings on there. There are comments that the drive can only work with the exact same TV, and the Sony manual have precious little information. So my guess is Sony are using some proprietary crap-ola.
One more reason to never buy Sony (as if they hadn't given us enough reasons already).
Re: So my question is
I was about to post the same thing. I would imagine that Google would respect "robots.txt" and if the Google bot can get at the images, it kinda implies that anyone else could by simply walking the site using wget or similar.
So either they didn't define "robots.txt" properly, didn't correctly check sessions, didn't have proper security or some combination of all three.
And what did Perfect10 want? Google (and Yahoo, Bing, AltaVista etc) to not index them?
Re: They haven't copied
Yes, yes I think they have. Get Andrew Orlowski on the case, he's big on copyright and will surely see that just action is taken.
Re: This all ignores the elephant in the room
Nice post, although I do take issue with the use of the word "piracy" but that's just semantics.
I see Avengers 2012 on that list - can you please tell me how much that affected the box-office take? Because if I remember, it just broke lots of records.
Obviously that does not excuse copyright infringement one little bit, but it does bring into question just how much damage (if any) is actually being done.
I don't necessarily agree with TPB (although as a distribution service it is genius) but neither to I agree with the draconian legislation being mooted and forced through.
Infringement has almost certainly always existed once it became technologically possible (and no, that does not make it right) but what harm has actually been caused? Companies have survived and grown from gramaphones thru LPs to tapes, videos, CDs etc and not a lot seems to have gone wrong. Heck, maybe the infringement was even a boon to some. So despite it having been around for so long and companies/people still raking it in, why should we let them make such an audacious grab for culture with ever increasing terms, region-locks (WTF did those ever do other than force people to infringe?), DRM (as before), and new laws?
I often wonder what history has to say about all this - what happened when the printing press landed and all the scribes' jobs were in danger; did they demand legislation/special treatment to protect their business? It's the closest equivalent I can think of.
Re: This all ignores the elephant in the room
Copyright (and to a very large extents, patents) were about giving the original creator a window of a opportunity to make money off their creation/invetion (either by direct sales or some kind of licensing). The copyright/patents were all geared around the idea of a creator.
Now big business is trying to re-gear it all around a corporation. Corporations don't die and are inhuman. Thus they demand ever increasing terms and ever more restrictive laws to "protect their investment".
What about protecting human culture?
TPB gets it's panties in a bundle over being copied. Yes, that is hypocritical.
Andrew gets hit panties in a bundle over TPB allegedly attacking sites and deleting content, but isn't that what the authorities do to the likes of MegaUpload? Actions that Andrew supports. Isn't that also hypocritical?
The copyright laws are way, way out of control. The stranglehold corporations wish to get on human culture is simply beyond the pale. Sites like TPB are not really an answer (although the tech they use is certainly a boon), but neither are increasingly draconian laws which restrict culture.
Re: Censorship is bad. Always
@AC - Nothing, but a consistent handle is a step-up from a coward and the best yer going to get around here. Yes, I could have multiple handles, use throwaway account etc etc.
But I don't.
ElReg, good as it is, just isn't worth that level of effort.
Heck - how does another reader know that you are not me.
Are you me? Does that explain the blackouts and the voices?
Re: Censorship is bad. Always (@JDX)
@Swarthy - Or when "faith" tells you something is bad and bombs/burns you at the stake for wrongthought?
Re: Censorship is bad. Always
@AC - the point being, you can check out my other posts to see what else I have said. Can't do that with an AC. You could be the same AC for all I know.
The AC system has it's used, but seems to be abused.
Re: Censorship is bad. Always
'There are two extreme camps: "let everyone have everything" and the "make sure the state censors anything which may be damaging to anyone" '
A lack of censorship does not mean a lack of laws preventing harm to others. Censorship (as opposed to preventing harm) tends to be based on some idea of outraged morals "I disagree with that, lets ban it". I am not for one second suggesting we should be able to go into a shop and by "Kiddy Fiddling for Dummies", but there are laws/operations to catch those doing the harm and ensure the actual censorship is not required. I realise I may appear to be splitting hairs and not explaining myself well; but I do not see the prevention/protection from harm as the same as censorship. Consider censoring debate about child porn as opposed to the child porn itself.
Take a different example; S&M. Should that be banned/censored? (I know 'extreme' porn already is). Between consenting adults (even to publication of their activities) - no. They're consenting adults. Between one adult and an unconsenting adult? Or one unable to understand what is happening, or two you? There's no need to censor that - it's simple assault.
Censorship is much more about protecting some idea/perception we have from (potentially justified) attack. It used to be (still is, in some places) about protecting religion. Now it is about protecting from the perception of offence, or in the name of diversity, or for the children, or whatever. Doesn't make the censorship any less bad IMHO.
Re: Censorship is bad. Always
"Everyone should be able to see Child Porn, in order that they can see how bad it is?"
A, child porn. Used to enact an emotional response and allow the other party to call me a lover of paedos (or whatever) should I say something that they disagree with. If you had posted under your El Reg name I would have answered.
As you didn't I call you troll. Good day.
Re: Censorship is bad. Always
Yes, always. Even for scary, hate-filled, garbage censorship is bad. Only by shining a light on it (whatever it may be) can one discuss why it is wrong, harmful, not supported by evidence, not compatible with good morals, just plain wrong etc.
Oh, and TBP is not illegal as they host no content. If you declare TBP illegal, you must also declare Google etc illegal for the same reasons.
Censorship is bad. Always. Age restriction I don't qualify as censorship, but censorship can wear it as a disguise ("Think of the children!" argument). I do not think VM (or the court) has censored TBP, it's still trivially easy to access. If the court had wanted, they could have made the terms much more sweeping.
TBP is a source or copyright infringing material (amongst lots of other things) and this is either because people are not getting the service they want, or do not value the products at the price offered. The former is definitely the case - DRM only affects the legal consumer and drives them towards infringement to use material they believe they have bought. The latter would require a cartel, and such cartels do exist (RIAA, BPI etc); they exist only to prevent free-trade (region encoding, blocking imports etc).
TBP only exists as a reaction to the control/exploitation of the consumer. There has *always* been sharing. We're a social species! The sharing is not a loss, it viral marketing! Sure, jail the idiot banging out 100,000 hooky CDs every month, but people sharing the odd song/movie or two? Please, that's just human nature. Deal with it. And if you can't deal with it, piss off.
Despite (or because of?) heavy piracy the new Avengers movie still broke records. I utterly fail to see what these muppets are fighting. They seems to still be cashing it in.
Re: Old hat - but the bigger story is...
@Ian McNee - I wish I had more upvotes for you. This is exactly what the NHS should be doing. Hopefully it can be expanded to other services.
Re: or provide a refund
"A buyer has the right to return or resell the OEM copy of MS Windows, or the antitrust authority should intervene."
No, they don't. MS changed the EULA, remember? You must now comply with the vendor's policy which may mean you have to return the entire machine (and I believe that is not the policy of the major vendors).
Re: IdeaStorm not up to much then?
"Neither suggestion has ever been taken up by Dell for fear of loss of their Windows volume licensing I reckon."
And this is why the regulators need to act. The major OEMs need to be forced to provide "No OS" as an option (they caveats/warnings about support and needing licenses if needs be).
Needs more info
Proper open source drivers that any distro can package, or binary blobs that could potentially only work with Ubuntu? e.g for full multi-touch or whatever.
As for the lappy, just a rehash of what Dell has offered before (over-hyped and under-spec'd).
All Dell (and other OEMs) have to do is provide a "No OS" option when spec'ing a device and stop placing Windows Limits on what you can spec.
...so now we need global warming to stop us turning into New Hoth? Fire up that Quattro!
Copyright an API?
Really? If that happens the IT world is screwed.
Well, even more screwed that it currently is with patents etc.
Google were dumb to fork the Linux kernel and Java as they did. But look at the innovation and industry that exploded around Android. The two players kicking up a stink (MS and Oracle) are nowhere in the spaces Android occupies.
AIUI the Android kernel is coming back into Linux mainline. Looks like the 'freetards' have shown the big corporates up again.
This judgement could have serious implications for the IT world and is a sad day for consumers.
It's triple-dipping. My taxes are subsiding the service in the first place.
I had recent cause to use the train in Germany. A one-way cost €60 bought at the station on the day, not cheap I grant you but still around half the price of a UK equivalent ticket (some of the changes were tight, so I took flexible).
The train left on time, was spacious, clean, quiet, had a comfortable dining car, good and reasonably priced food. Even the more rural trains were all clean and well turned out. For half the price I felt like I got four times the service.
In the UK I would have been on a slow, dirty, overcrowded train which served cardboard and paid through the nose for the privilege.
Crap - I wish I would learn to type. That should read...
The UK model is to gouge the public to fatten corporate pockets.
@Piloti - The Swiss (and German model) is to provide a SERVICE to the PUBLIC.
The UK model without gouge the public to fatten corporate pockets.
They both work well for their intended purpose.
...wasn't too bad, although the way it was arranged without democratic oversight certainly was. But who needs ACTA when the USA will bring CISPA into World Law. Is it really safe to let the World Police set the laws? Is that not a conflict of interest?
Never apologise to superstition
There probably is no Yaweh/Allah/Thor/Whatever (as there is certainly no evidence).
Thus they hold the same validity as the Easter Bunny and should be treated as such.
It's high time we stopped treating religion in such a privileged manner and regarded it as the hate-filled, child abusing, reason stunting, war causing hokum that it is.
Re: I find...
I totally agree janimal, but this is just another sign of people expecting "someone" to do things for them, to be to blame, to carry responsibility. I pay a mechanic to do the jobs on my motorcycle I cannot (either due to tooling, skills or time), I pay a plumber/electrician/joiner to do the jobs on my home I cannot do; why should a household Internet connection be any different?
Parents, take some responsibility for what you brought into the world!
Ah, so he has a penchant for supporting the unsupported and seeing n effect where there is no cause. Explains much.
If you forget to take your homeopathy meds - do you die from an overdose?
...twat off, Vaz. This is the same "Think of the children!" knee-jerk bullshit that brought us the IWF (easy to by-ass, penchant fir censoring Wikipedia), block of TPB (easy to by-pass) and now the "I' am a dirty, porn-loving deviant list".
AIUI there is not one shred of evidence that games increase levels violence.
And even if there was, that could be a matter for the parents of that child to do their job and not let little Timmy play "Ultra-Kill 9" or whatever.
FFS, Breivik will have used maps. BAN THEM!
Probably drank coffee. BAN THE BEAN!
Even took a dump. ANALLY RETENT TO SAVE YOUR KID!
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