2938 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008
"Same state of affairs on Androidland, where there's Freedom(TM) and nobody is evil."
OK, cite where Google has demanded that all bootloaders be locked. Go on. The OEMs themselves locked the bootloaders and some (e.g. HTC) are now unlocking them.
Apple is both the hardware and software vendor (unlike MS), they are not imposing their demands on OEMs. Apple are also not a monopoly (Google could possibly be considered to be one).
And no, I do not think the sun shines out of Google's arse nor do I think that much of Apple.
MS is abusing its monopoly position (again) to restrict competition (again).
...because it's a monopoly player dictating terms to OEMs to ensure vendor lock-in.
ARM may mostly be on mobile/tablets right now, but it is coming to ultrabooks and will no doubt enter the desktop again. How relaxed will you be when you can't pick up an ARM mobo that isn't locked to Windows? Or when the next version of Windows requires you to buy new hardware?
This is just another in a long list of anti-competition, anti-open, anti-freedom steps taken by MS; and you can be sure Joe Punter will give a shit when the lock-in turns around and bites them in the ass. But by then it will be too late.
And beyond Joe Punter we must consider the effect of "the cloud" and the increasing demands placed on mobile/low-power devices by enterprise/government. Any sniff of non-Apple competition would be crushed by this dicktat from MS.
Allowing custom mode has no effect on Joe Punter if they like Windows 8 (have you tried Win8? Vomit); so why demand that OEMs remove the feature?
If it passes regulatory muster, you and I may well care about OS replacement but the matter could well be moot as the option has been removed (until some bright-spark finds a way around UEFI altogether - probably spurred on by the desire to do whatever they see fit with their own hardware).
"Go ahead and put linux on your iPad then if it's such a big deal. What? Locked? Surely not? And all those android tabs with locked bootloaders? How are they different?"
Straw man - I never said they were any different. But at least some of the Androids are being opened up, although it's on an ad-hoc basis.
"As for the UEFI thing, it's bogus click-driving and penguin-FUD. If UEFI secure boot was mandatory, there'd be no upgrade path so it won't be."
Apart from the fact it isn't. Did you bother to read the link? UEFI is mandatory for Win on ARM and that "Custom Mode" must be disabled.
UEFI in and of itself is not the issue, that's just the technology.
The only thing...
...the government should mandate is open, royalty free, patent free standards. But they won't as the nice people who pay for the big lunches said "No"
Not just those three...
...our friends in Redmond are keen to retain total control over you as well.
And they'll probably get away with it too.
Three step plan
1) Save on marketing;
2) Spend on lobbying;
3) Profit: http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/public-sector/2012/01/microsoft-hustled-uk-retreat-o.html
"The British government withdrew its open standards policy after lobbying from Microsoft, it has been revealed in a Cabinet Office brief leaked to Computer Weekly."
...they block the use of "killall"
I thought......the Aussies had already given Apple a boot to the conkers?
@AC at 13:45"Strange how he always seems to be on the side of the fence for the software patent "abuser" then isn't it." On the fence? Can you cite, please? "FM is a FUD blogger - how much exactly and all the parties is not known, only some of them are. " Well, can you please cite what is known? I've barely heard of the guy, checking Wikipedia shouws he admitted to an MS study in Oct 2011, that's it. And thanks (whomever) for the downvote it was a genuine question.
A shill.......for whom? He's anti-software patents it seems, so he can't be a shill for MS or Apple. Can you cite a source, please.?
Sounds goodAnd with the Raspberry Pi (amongst other) coming along, it could be just the ticket. I hope MS allow it to happen.
In the UK......the tax on importing the components makes manufacture impractical. It's cheaper to import the assembled box. Ask the Raspberry Pi people.
...in the first-world. The answer is education, i.e. get the kids in the third world into school. After a generation or so, things will sort themselves out.
However with the kids in school, there will be no one in the factories making your T-shirts for £5 or new training shoes (which you *will* moan about), no money coming into child's household (because the child is not working) and the situation will worsen.
The answer to that is to pair a fair price and fine the hell out of companies using child labour and jail the execs who have worker's activists executed (we all know which companies these are).
All that hits the bottom line and share prices, can't have that! So it's much easier for us to profit from selling arms to dictators, having wars, securing oil and ensuring the status quo.
Is it just me...
...or do the embedded Vimeo videos not work on El Reg?
...the bubble just became a cage and the tracking a leash, which is why I rarely search with Google any more. Other engines (such as DuckDuckGo) are improving rapidly and give me good results.
@Field Marshal Von Krakenfart
Very hard to prove a negative, no evidence of risk is as close as one will ever get.
All this talk of "electrosensitivity" is utter bollocks. There has simply been no evidence of it and what tests have been done (putting an "electrosensitive" in room where wiring was switched on/off) simply showed they had no sensitivity.
@Allan George Dyer
I asked that too - the meters apparently use non-standard connectors and as one doesn't really want to pass the regulator (mains pressure in domestic pipes? Yikes!) it is actually easier/safer to steal the meter.
There's a rash of thefts around this way at the moment.
Yes a basement would be nice, but they will break-in to steal the meter.
And one cannot secure the meter for obvious reasons (access may be required in an emergency). Although I did consider fitting a light-sensitive diode inside the cabinet connected to an alarm inside the house.
Simple. They swap it for their meter, use power/gas for a while, then swap it back before the meter reader comes; makes them look like they've used less power/gas. Scrap has nothing to do with it.
Trust me, I was as shocked/puzzled as you were. TransCo told me it was pretty common. The scum will even break-in to get the meter!
However, rather than bare my private to a utility company I installed a decent security light.
If it makes...
...readers harder to steal, that's a good thing (I have been the victim of meter theft, the police don't regard it as a priority and the utility companies won't lift a figure without a police response; if it happens to you, you are in for at least a week without power/gas).
Umm...I think that's about the only benefit I can see with the things.
Security is fine
The customer's details and systems are 100% protected 100% of the time.
"Customer" in this case being the utility company who owns the meter.
The consumers security is of no corporate or regulatory concern. :-(
You'll find a newer guide here: http://wiki.xbmc.org/index.php?title=Installing_XBMC_for_Linux#Ubuntu
You'll notice it's even shorter than the Windows one. :)
Quite why there are two versions of the same guide is a good question, but that is not the fault of GNU/Linux; poor documentation is a general problem with all software products. Did you offer to update the section of the guide that caused you problems (assuming you solved them) to give back to the community and help others? Or at least point out where you came unstuck so that someone else could?
Personally I prefer the extra step of adding a PPA/repo before install. The security (and that'll be cryptographic signing) that is offered educes the chances of getting pwned. Tell me, do you check the md5hashes after doing a download, to make sure you've got a legit file?
@AC at 06:50
Ha, ha, ha! That's a good one!
You are a cad and a rascal, sir. Keep up the good work.
Apple are such an...
I was thinking "How long before that gets hacked?"
It is worrying, no doubt about that. In many countries encryption is already heavily curtailed and there is the presumption of guilt (e.g. UK, keys *must* be handed over on demand).
If SOPA does get passed with those draconian measures, it will just be the USA passing draconian and totalitarian laws.
@AC at 09:37
"Thieving is wrong"
Cool, we can agree 100% on that. Shame theft has nothing to do with the story.
Would you perhaps care to discuss copyright infringement instead? The curtailing of fair use, parody, remix and the diminishing of our future culture?
"How will they stop a legit EU site hosting something like PB in Germany? They declare the host undesirable, block it along with all the legitimate business that uses the host."
You are quite correct and that is, pretty much, "The Plan". Only one problem. This is Internet, progeny of Arpanet, survivor of nuclear attacks. SOPA is just another blockage, it will be identified and by-passed.
Maybe not legally by-passed, but technically and almost certainly morally.
If the companies started playing with their customers rather than booting them in the balls constantly, they may get more support (case in point, the absolute bollocking those illicitly torrenting the "Humble Indie Bundle" got from the community). If they also stopped manufacturing total dross (there's a reason the top 5 films on Netflix are non-USA and that big-media cinema numbers are falling). If they further stopped lying and committing near-frauds (e.g. "Harry Potter" was a loss-maker? Really?) And, finally, if they made sure some cash actually went to the creatives and not up the noses of the execs and the handful of mega-stars.
Big Media made this problem for itself, but rather than change their practices they have gone running to the legislature with stuffed brown-envelopes. Every time in history that money has made law and ignored the people there has been revolt and revolution. We already have the rise of various "Pirate Parties" who seek to protect our culture from these land-grabs. What will be next?
@BigYin - Typa
'How about the concept of "fair use" and where agreements over that can occur?'
Should, of course, read:
'How about the concept of "fair use" and where DISagreements over that can occur?'
@AC at 18:18
I agree. Pirates are scum and should be dealt with severely.
But tell me, what about people who breach copyright license? Which is (or was) a civil offence? How about the concept of "fair use" and where agreements over that can occur? What about the right to use a meme that passes into popular culture? To remix a work? To pass a copy of work on? Doctrine of first sale? etc.
This is an attempt at a land-grab of epic proportions to privatise our culture. It must not be permitted. Can you imagine a world where Mozart, Monet, Shakespeare, Confucius or any number of other creator's/thinker's works were still privately held? How weak, grey, dull and expensive would we be then?
This is the future people such as yourself wish to create.
You have not thought things through.
You are in error.
You must be opposed with all vigour.
Does Skype do that?
Can you cite a reliable source, please?
I thought it did some client-client sync thing, but that was all.
Must say, all this makes me want to use Jitsi.
How long before some dodgy html/jpegs get used to pwn the new AOL IM then?
"With digital stuff, the reality changes. The cost of "publication"(sharing) is trivial. It can happen, it will happen, it does happen, it will continue to happen, and it can't be stopped.
The laws need to change to reflect this new, modern reality. The cats can't be swept back into the worm can behind the open stable door."
To a very large extent I agree with you. The majors (be they print, film, whatever) have made it their business to exploit just how hard it was to make and distribute stuff, charging a huge premium for their service. As you rightly say, a lot of the old problem no longer exist (although there are some new ones).
And this is why we have the RIAA, MPAA et al trying to push through the likes of SOPA. Their business is against the wall, the firing squad is ready and they are trying to argue that bullets should be illegal rather than move with the times.
So, yes, copyright etc should change but it won't change in the way it should. It will just become more and more entrenched to enforce the status quo (e.g. now lasting 50+ years), create artificial barrier to trade (DRM, region codes) and maintain this years bottom-line (meanwhile the actual content creators will get screwed over and films like "Harry Potter" will be declared loss-making on paper).
There will always be a place for Random House, MGM etc. It will just be different and they are afraid of change.
And this is before we even consider the total dog's-dinner that is the patent system.
...intall NoScript, AdBlock Plus, CookieCuller, Ghostery, TrackMeNot and BetterPrivacy; then tell the lot of them to piss off.
(Also, update hosts files etc)
Wrong way round
This mean I have to store a cookie that says "Do not track" and this is clearly wrong.
What each ad network should be required to do is get explicit consent to store a "Please track" cookie. No cookie, no track.
Although I realise there are other methods to rack people that do no need cookies (browser, font, OS and plugin combinations are fairly unique).
Strong with fat is this one
Much cholesterol in their blood is there
Not long for this world will they be
...if only there was some way to run an application on a server and have the client appear elsewhere. If only such a thing existed. And I don't mean a website, that's far too limited constrained to the limitations of the browser/HTML.
What's needed some kind of crazy mechanism for the server to "run" the application but have it display somewhere else. Not Terminal Services of Citrix, much lower level than that.
I can't believe that after all these years no one has created and tried to push - it would be the perfect solution. Some apps run on the server, some on the client. Where depends on the use-case/hardware needs.
Such a thing would be a paradigm shift in computing to rival "the cloud" and an X-cellent idea.
I'm glad it wasn't just me then. I thought this was going to be some clever way of reversing a virtual image out on to physical hardware or something else.
Instead it's just bizarre-o and IMHO wasteful. Games inside virtual machines? Over RDP? Yuck.
Full consumer PCs to simply remote into an XP image? Huh?
Maybe I too a missing something, but it strikes me that most of the issues could be resolved with a lot less complexity.
Whilst I want this to succeed...
...because I want to see some actual competition and innovation, I have my doubts. I have seen stories about GNU/Linux getting on to consumer devices one too many times. Whilst it is there (routers, set-top boxes) it's always behind the scenes and unnoticed by the masses who drool over iOS.
It would be good to get some more open hardware in the TV market. Most decent TVs today are small computers (probably running some Linux flavour, natch) but they are all so crippled and locked into walled-gardens. What I want from a TV is a monitor. Err, that's it.
To that I will attach a device (say a RaspberryPi or something) and have that broker all the media requests. The TV is not the hub, it's just the display.
Also, click on the "A" once it's done, you'll get a mini-report on other tests that failed.
ACID3 - 100/100 is ***NOT*** a pass, people!
Try understanding what 100/100 means on the Acid3 test first and what it takes to actually pass the test.
Linux != An Operating System
An Open API...
...is all well and good, and a boon to integration; but if one does not also have an open implementation then final control still lives with the proprietary code holder who can hold the entire developer community to ransom on a whim.
In fact the whole phrase "Open API" is a misnomer that does nothing expect dilute and obscure the meaning of "open" (just as "open" did for "free"). What we have here is a nothing more than public APIs.
The increasing dependence of "Open API"s as people integrate their toilet with Twitter (or whatever banality they think people care about) merely entrenches proprietary code and companies. The F/OSS community should resist the urge to depend on "Open API"s unless they can also roll their own fully-operational implementation.
Failure to do so will leave F/OSS at the mercy of proprietary.
Maybe this is why MS are so keen to push "Open Surface" it's the same Trojan Horse, just a different jockey. Or maybe an "Open API" means one that can be invoked without patent infringement. After all, we have ISO "Standards" that can't be full implemented without begging for patent protection.
As for APIs for internal systems, whether over SOAP/JSON/XYZ (pref using open libraries for future-proofing and resilience), this is just good planning and should be part of any design process. The various layers should all have well documented APIs (and test sets for same) so that any one layer can be swapped/updated without the other layers being overly disturbed. If you can only access your CMS (say) via a single client and the CMS can only access a single database via a single connection; then you are a bloody moron.
No layer should care what the other layer is beyond the API boundary.
1) Who the shuddering fuck are Strafor?
2) Why should I care that they can't secure their network?
"What's not to like?"
I am supposed to be fixing this house up, instead I am wondering what order will tip the balance in my next Gratuitous Space Battle :-S
He breached the terms of his license. That should be a civil matter at best, not criminal, as a license is basically a contract.
He may have caused loss (i.e. *some* downloaders did not buy the DVD or a cinema ticket who would otherwise have done so). OK, recover that loss from him. Once it can be quantified (and remember, 1 download!=1 lost sale).
He can't pay? Garnish his wages or use other measures open to the judge.
If the media companies want their productions dealt with like a physical product (e.g. "theft" etc) then they should also assign the rights of a physical product. e.g I can do what I want with it (cut it up, re-purpose it, whatever), I can give it away, it can be inherited and so on.
At the moment they want license terms in their favour (no copying, no format shifting etc) but product terms when it suits them ("theft", jail etc). They are trying to have it both ways and are getting away with it for now - this is not something that can continue. Our culture will eventually suffer, innovation will suffer, economies will suffer.
The biggest threat to the digital economy is not the license-breachers, it's the corporate trying to legally entrench their fiefdoms and create barriers to free-trade and innovation. These are the same morons who think the Internet should have been patented! My yes, what a bloody great idea that would have been! THEY are the one now benefiting from the freedom the Internet offers and they want to lock-it down.
It's so short-sighted it's like trying to monetise collaterised debt...wait a minute...
...so copyright infringement is now a greater threat to society than burglary, theft and bodily harm?
Something is seriously screwed up.
As @Craig 12 said, they still made money. If one assumed that all the downloads were lost sales (which is highly, highly unlikely) what would they have gained? 0.001%? The lawyers probably cost more than that.
And haven't other surveys shown that the downloaders are also their biggest customers? They are not just biting the hand that feeds, now they are jailing it.
You seem to be acting under the false assumption that downloading is somehow divested from paying. It isn't, it's just that the majors can't be bothered to provide the service that consumers want, or are only willing to do so at a price-point the consumers can't stomach; so some consumers look for an alternative/
It doesn't have to e this was at all. Some of us download AND pay. Just not from the likes of Sony, EMI, WB or any other those idiots.
Ah yes, Disney
Remind me, how old is Mickey Mouse?
Who keeps campaigning to extend copyright again and again and again and again and...?
At some point people need to realise that their culture is being restricted and entrenched by corporates. There is not such thing as "intellectual property", that's just a PR buzzwords to collate disparate ideas (a bit like "the cloud" in that respect). It confuses the consumer, makes them fear legal action and erodes their rights.
Copyright needs to be cut right back (a max of 20 years is more than reasonable if you ask me). We do not need our culture held hostage by inhuman corporates.
Oh, and how do Irish pirates get an Internet connection? They must have some really cool undersea cable tech or satellite uplinks. Maybe they can help Cameron's broadband Britain scheme?
They are moving to a dying platform? WTF?
Glad I'm not a customer!
What does the USA say about statutory rights? Is a class action one of those? Can they be waived in a contract? Could it be considered an unfair term and thus unenforceable?
I have more sense than to use PSN, but I am nonetheless curious.
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