2938 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008
MS have been at the forefront of democratising IT and empowering people to leverage their hardware. If it wasn't for MS we'd be back with IBM and only six computers worldwide! MS "funding" Linux is just an extension of MS's drive to bring quality, affordable IT products to a world audience. MSs browser is goog enough for Google to take into markets like China, what more prrof do you want?
[The above may be a pathetic attempt at irony, verging into sarcasm]
You want a "bestskinever" you do. Got one on my Sansa e280.
If the patent world-wide?
If not - release browsers that can cope in areas not covered.
Does the patent cover compiled code or source? Is a "workaround" for individuals to compile the source themselves? (not hard on a Linux platform)
The best answer is, of course, to adopt a fully-open standard. But as the open types can rarely flash the wonga, that won't happen (no bungs to the top brass). Still - it would take just one manufacturer (let's say nVidia for the sake of argument; they're pretty open source friendly anyway, unlike ATI et al) to do it to show off some kind of "extensible video acceleration architecture" or something and...well...blammo. There you go.
An open source standard would stimulate innovation, competition and lower prices to consumers. Sure there are problems with the various Ogg formats; the great thing is if Apple (say) don't like something it does, they can simply proffer the fix, job done.
I use Ogg wherever I can as it (generally) gives equals (usually better) fidelity for a smaller file size when compare to MP3; important when you want to cram as much onto your player as possible.
I feel most sorry for the iPod users out there. The iPod is lovely to look at, well made but jeez - so locked down it is untrue.
Please tell me it's nVidia
I freakin' love their cards; it's a deciding factor when buying a laptop (although the newer Intel chipsets are meant to be good too). Never have an ATI card though - not until they get with the program.
No problem in Windows either
Took me, ooh, ten minutes to get media Center to accept them. And that includes the download time.
Just a shame I can't add the functionality to the GF's iPod...
Then you are to blame
I utterly despise MC SecureCode, it is utter crap and a total inconvenience. I have lost count of the number of times it has had some fit and blocked my purchase and just returned some meaningless exception code.
You phone the card company, they can't help.
You phone the retailer, they can't help.
So you use a different card and say "FUCK OFF" to MC SecureCode.
Also, the MC SecureCode shit is very badly integrated and my browser throws a fit as 85% of the time it detects MC SecureCode potential XSS. My, that really boost my confidence in MC SecureCode.
Take my advice - boycott retailers that use MC SecureCode/VbV and keep you life simples.
Nice as that may be...
...but deliberately hobbling the RFID chip will be taken as a sign that you have something to hide and lead to the police giving you a full cavity search in public (or whatever it is RIPA lets them away with).
There's been too many stories of people not co-operating 100% and immediately with any inane plod request and then getting in deep-kaka because of that.
You will obey the law.
You will obey the police.
You will obey the machine.
Labour has spoken - you have no choice.
Or Farady pockets?
Whilst I can accept that in certain place it should be a requirement to identify oneself, I object strongly to be identified and tracked against my will, and especially in a public place without my consent and without probable cause.
Still, there is little sense in going to great lengths to protect your identity like that and then using a credit or debit card. They can just track you that way.
Tin foil hat, please.
What is it for anyway?
I've got the plugins I want to play with on my customised (native) toolbar, I have my search box (where I can change sources) and I have my address bar (well, "Wow bar" or whatever).
WTF does Google toolbar give me? The weather? Don't need that; I can look outside, check clock in the panel or have a glance at conky.
Security/Privacy? That's what NoScript, AdBlock, TrackMeNot etc. are for.
Local search? Well I appear to have Catfish for that...but I've never used it (yet - I generally have documents in a proper doc management system).
So....WTF does the Google Toolbar give me? Other than an attack on my personal privacy of course.
Who'd a thunk it?
Labour spunk millions on something that is unecessary, unwanted and that doesn't work.
One wonders how many members of the Labour party may have an "interest" in the manufacturers of these ridiculous scanners?
Of course, it is primarily an EU directive that is brining these things in but if Labour had any ball and gave even one shit about us (two shits is just asking too much of these scum) then they would tell the EU where to go.
It's time we kicked Labour out.
It's time we quit the EU. A united Europe is great 'n all, but not a united Europe that meets in secrecy and can't even get it's accounts signed off.
If it's not OGG...
...I don't want to know.
Actually, I couldn't give two craps if it's OGG or not. I just want one, open codec unencumbered by patents. Because let's face it, an "open" codec you can't implement because you'll breach some crappy US patent is not open at all.
Do no evil indeed...pfft.
...and where did you pick that from? Or did you confuse bug count with security?
And that you have to determine which bugs affect security and what the severity of that effect is.
And don't forget that FF/Moz publicly declare bugs and MS does not.
In fact, just using different browsers (Konqueror, Safari, Chrome, Opera etc) will reduce the possibility of an attack being successful as it is much harder to have an attack that can hit multiple nodes in a heterogeneous environment. So long as intranet applications are coded to the standards then it will not matter what browser an end-user may have.
If, however, you have been a moron and spec'd/coded to some proprietary format; then you deserve everything you get.
And being government departments they will get pwned, and pwned hard. Just like last time(s).
...you rejected the EULA and claimed back the Microsoft Tax?
Or just buy a laptop from a different vendor which is either naked or has a different OS installed (and that does not necessarily mean Apple).
In the home-consumer PC market I would be surprised to see Linux have more than 0.1%. But that is just part of the picture.
What do you think your cable/satellite/digital-tv decoder runs?
Any number of other hi-tech doo-dahs?
Almost certainly some flavour of embedded Linux.
Also Linux has been getting a lot of press of late. MS's *fear* is that the public will wake up and realise that they do not need a new PC, what they need is an OS that isn't bloated and that can run quite happily on their existing kit. If that happens in any significant way, it will leak from the home into the workplace and then house of cards comes down.
That is the whole reason for the MS strategy.
You chose the HP - why simply not choose to by a laptop without Windows? Yes, it is possible. And no, I do not mean Apple.
I really should read posts properly....
Well done that person!
Wish I had thought of this. Very well done indeed.
...place these cretins under Civilian's Arrest right now? Surely the Home Office guidance is asking people to break the law (as found by the EU), isn't that itself a crime?
The EU, by and large, if full of corrupt assholes; is a sad day when you have to turn to them for protection.
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Seriously, MS produced the abomination that is Windows mobile and they claim to know anything about quality?
Linux has problems (and they are legion*) but it is a DAMNED sight better than anything spawned by MS, certainly in the past few years.
*This is true of any complex computer system, I'm not having a dig at Linux; so chill out fanbois.
3D schmee dee
What we want is a good story. Everything else will be forgiven so long as the story is well written and executed.
"Avatar" is a terrible movie, simply awful; and typical of the crap Hollywood studio spew. It was nothing more than "Pocahontas" in space and even the idea that the forest is somehow sentient has all been seen before ("Princess Mononoke" to name one).
The admittedly excellent visual execution cannot make up for the fact that the acting was wooden, story banal and the plot so full of holes it made a passable Swiss cheese. For example, humanity can travel interstellar distances but can't work out how to tunnel? Wow. When they do some archaeology back home and fine the Channel Tunnel, that's going to blow their minds.
Like the "Star Wars" prequels, "Avatar" is simply continues the trend of style-over-substance.
As for 3D...yawn...who gives a crap. I still don't have HD and I still see no need for it; no one has EVER shown me an HD picture that gives a better experience than a decent SD set-up and that is because the sound is way, way more important than the picture for viewer immersion.
Why should the BBC pay more for what I download? If I download 1gb a month because I don't do much surfing, charge me X. If I download 80gb a month because I constantly stream iPlayer, then charge me nX. Is it that cocking hard?
If my connection is "unlimited" then I expect to be able to download as much as I bloody well like. That's what "unlimited" means! So don't sell "unlimited" and then moan about people using it!
If I knew the cost-per-mb you can bet that I would be more careful about what I downloaded/used (cue blocking more cruft on websites and running a larger local cache).
Like the government cares
Here in the UK, they have just spunked £300million in promoting MS products and trying to buy the next election...I mean...improve children's education.
This is a PR stunt. OK, the attack isn't a PR stunt, but Google's response is. They want to cover themselves in glory and lloks like the bastion of freedom so that people pay less attention to the amount of information they are collecting and the monitoring Google applies.
Opt-out is useless.
You will be assimilated.
I don't think so
"I know full well that I am allowed to make a copy of copyrighted material for personal backup purposes."
AIUI you are not, not unless you have the permission of the copyright holder. In the UK this is not a criminal matter, but a civil one. It sucks, I agreed, but that's the way it is.
If your CD/DVD/BlueRay becomes damaged you should contact the company concerned and get a replacement at a "reasonable" price (their words, not mine). Thus there is no need to copy/backup and thus any such copy/backup must only be for illegal activities.
It's probably under PFI
"We can't provide the service for the price we agreed (without having to cut our bonuses), bung us more money."
And they will. The ridiculous profits will stand and the fact remains these laptops are not required and are nothing more than a bribe.
...It's about £1,100 per laptop.
If it is a base-spec lappy it should cost around £350 (probably less as a bulk-order, so let's say £250)
This leaves about £850.
From that remove the broadband cost (circa £35 per month, but this is a bulk order...so let's say £25 per month). That's £300 per year
This leave £550
From that, let's remove costs not already covered (e.g dispatch etc - say £50)
This leaves £500 clear profit PER LAPTOP.
What could that be for? Well bonuses to the directors of the companies involved. I wonder how many of them are MPs, spouses of MPs, relatives of MPs or good friends of MPs.
So not only is is a blatant bribe, but it is a money grabbing scheme by MPs and their cronies.
Labour disgust me.
A gubbermint IT project that went well? Surely you jest?
There should have been no MS products on their (unless they were the sole maker of something and I find that difficult to believe).
A child needs an education - and that comes from books. Not from a PC. Even IT pros don't use PCs to learn (PCs are for doing, or testing out what was learnt from a book), just ask O'Reilly et al.
So, in a nutshell, these laptops are not needed. They are just a bribe before the election.
They do not need laptops you thundering moron (well, not unless they are doing an IT-related subject, and even then...)
They need books.
They need encouragement.
And, most importantly, they need the will to learn.
If I (and I am sure most people reading this) can go through college and uni (pretty much) without a PC and certainly without an internet connection and still do well with nothing more than a few books and a bit of drive, then pretty much any idiot can.
This laptop scheme is try a ploy to buy votes. Books is where it is at, where is always was at and were it will continue to be at for quite some time. Books, books, books, reading and graft. That's it. Nothing fancy.
If they are so poor, who is going to pay for their net connection? Who will pay for repairs? For media? For software? For...for...for... I will. We will. The hard-working taxpayers once more. Wasn't bailing out the banks and paying all those bonuses last year to incompetent bankers enough?
Save the money, hire a few more teachers, save the playing fields and stop trying to bribe the public!
It should have been supplied with standards-compliant software and (as far as possible) free software. This would have reduced the cost and allowed many more bribes...err...laptops to be handed out.
Ubuntu (or similar)
Firefox (or Opera, or Konqueror)
OpenOffice (or ?)
Done. No need to reinforce the defacto monopoly.
Google have not opted out
I have decided to start a 24 hour service and have assumed that every IT company at Mountain View will want my service. It costs US$10,000 per hour for the service to be on stand-by and US$100,000 per hour if the service is used plus a US$1,000,000 bonus for every problem solved, not matter how small.
Google have not opted out of my service.
I have been running this service now for 3 years.
To whom should I address the bill?
I think someone tried this once, but it failed to take-off.
Why can't I pause any movie, click on any item I like and find out where to buy it (or close facsimiles)? Surely that's not too hard for the Overfiends at Borg Central? Revenue from sales could be split with the movie maker, so even pirated movies could end up generating revenue.
No nVidia card?
Eh? I've got one. When I ordered it, it was all "nVidia" this or that, no mention of any other manufacturer. The card itself only states "nVidia", all the drivers are "nVidia" and other rleated software is all "nVidia".
Also, unlike ATI, nVidia at least provides drivers and support for Linux. It may be proprietary, but at least they exist. Until ATI do likewise, I will not buy an ATI card.
"The bottom line is, every business has to do what's best for its customer"
Not quite. Every business has to do what's best for the *shareholders*.
That may, or may not, be what's best for the customer.
Just as the banks, insurance and endowment companies. They sure as hell do not do what is best for the customer.
Seems I was right
"Microsoft has once again questioned Google's mobile strategy, insisting that Mountain View will have trouble attracting - and keeping - OS partners now that the company is selling its very own Googlephone."
Translation: MS will use contract negotiations with OEMs to force them to ditch/bury Android or only sell it on sub-standard kit.
They have form for this - just ask Dell and a few others.
One wonders how long that will last. Dells last foray into non-MS OSs was beaten down hard by MS (you cans till find them, in the basement behind the sign saying "Beware of the leopard").
I applaud Dell for trying to break the shackles of MS, but I can't see them being allowed to get away with it. Shame really, innovation and competition is what this homogeneous IT market needs.
50p per unit?
Let's see that tried out in a test market...say the bars in Westminster...and then rolled out nation wide if it is a success.
But that would mean MPs having to suffer and obey the law...never going to happen in the cesspit of corruption and deceit that passes for our Parliament.
And what about all the cheap booze MEPs can access (subsidised champagne etc), will they be putting a stop to that? No, thought not.
Make them all wear headcams so the audience really can "be" with the athletes.
Hmm...not such a bad idea really, if you give two shits about the Olympics and I don't. Complete waste of money for a second-rate country like the UK. We can't even keep roads open FFS.
Snow and ice? What're they? It's not like we get them every year. Oh, wait....
Was at a meeting and someone needed to get info from an email. iPhoner bring up web page (all smug) passes to other person who logs in. iPhone browser craps out when trying to access mail.
Out of curiosity (and for amusement) I got my crappy Nokia out and tried the same. I thought it would be funny yo see how hard the Nokia failed. If an iPhone can't hack it, what chance Nokia and the mini-Opera browser? Well blow me if it didn't actually work! OK, the mail layout was munged to hell (tiny screen) but you could at least read it and get the attached PDF it you wanted (what you'd do with it after is a good question).
But it worked. I was staggered.
Are you moaning about FF...
...or your add-ons? More often than not it's the add-ons that are at fault. I don't know how you determine which one is screwing your interwebs pleasures though.
I am running FF here with a bunch of add-ons (AdBlockPlus, NoScript, GreaseMonkey, CookieCutter, CustomizeGoogle, FireGrstures,TinyUrl, XMarks, WebDeveloper; to name a few) and FF is running with a lower memory and CPU footprint when active than Miro when inactive and minimised!
I agree that allowing an add-on to kill the browser (and not having an obvious way of monitoring add-ons) is pretty poor; but you can hardly blame Mozilla for the actions of others.
FF also wins in one other big way. IT IS NOT IE! It is also standards complaint (unlike any version of IE, including 8). For those reasons I would us FF, Opera, Safari or Konqueror before IE (I would not touch Chrome as I don't know [yet] what spyware it may contain).
It's just a shame that the corporate world demands IE support rather than standards support, forcing poor dweebs like me to code for the shit that is IE6.
What's the problem?
It's obviously part of the Labour anti-crime initiative to crack down on shoplifting.
It will also allow NHS operatives to check on on how fat customers are so they can be given advice in store.
If you have nothing to hid, you have nothing to fear and I for one welcome this new initiave to keep me safe with open arms.
(This post may contain trace of "lie").
Who needs a big SSD?
An entire OS (including all applications) can sit quite happily in under 4GB. So at most you'd need an 8GB SSD (allowing a lot of wiggle room and should still be fairly cheap). Data can then be held on a standard HDD and mounted transparently into the filesystem.
Unless your OS and apps are bloated to hell of course.
The number of people who cannot tell the time is staggering. "01-02-10" What date is that? Without context there's no way to know. The format should be YYYY-MM-DD. But that doesn't work in America as the Yanks are so staggeringly dumb they will assume it to be YYYY-DD-MM (I am not kidding, we tested it out).
Of course, even if you do that you still can't tell the time. Any time without a time zone is invalid. End of discussion. So the full format should be "YYYY-MM-DD hh:mm:ss Z". It's more data, but at least you can be bloody sure that the hell the time is.
When it comes to UI, display it any way you want; it is merely a view on to the internal data.
A datetime is like Unicode data without knowing what the encoding is; utterly useless and probably going to lead to trouble.
Google will know..
...where I go and when;
Who I call and when;
What I search for and when;
What I book/buy on the mobile and when;
Potentially who I associate with and when (assuming they also have a Borg-phone);
Pretty much everything about me.
And they expect me to want their phone?
Feck that. Feck that very much.
"Do no evil"? Too late Mr. Schmidt, way too late.
The failure of the major labels to provide a service that people want and to monetise the new media as it emerges is 100% the fault of those major labels. Not the file sharers, not the the ISP, not you are me; it's their own bloody fault.
"Free" (often illegal, but not always) only sprung up because people could not get what they wanted (or at a price they were willing to pay). "Free" is also usually DRM free, something anyone with half a brain wants. Idiotic licensing restrictions, artificial barriers to trade (region locking etc), aggressive and illegal DRM attacks (the rootkit fiasco) are all examples of how Big Labels just don't get it.
iPlayer is a good start, but not nearly enough. Spotify looks good, but I am nt sure how much longer it can last without running ads (got nothing against ads, so long as I don't have to pay).
I will *pay* to get the content I want. Really, I will. If you are smart enough to make it available to me. Why can't I watch Hulu? Some pen-pushing accountant-cum-lawyer with no brain said so. Same reason I can't watch Adult Swim. Just idiocy. I will pay for access (advert free - a la BBC) or they can cut the feed with adverts (free access to me). Either way, I don't mind.
But will they do this? No. Too busy throwing money at lawyers and chasing a business model that has died, often forcing those of us who missed an episode of <whatever> on to the illegal sites just to get a hold of it. Or because some piece lawyer-turdling has decreed that USA-ians can see a thing but the rest of the world is not allowed.
Stupid, just bloody stupid.
Nothing to hide != No need for privacy
Get a clue, chump.
"The Police Federation said it was surprised the figures were so high and suggested forces should be doing more to inform staff of what the rules were."
"The Police Federation said it was surprised the figures were so high and suggested forces should stop looking for staff who were breaching the rules."
Why? Because that's what will now happen in order to make the figures look better.
The police - would you trust them?
The price of peace
If the price of peace, the halting of terrorist acts and the saving of many innocent lives is letting a few terrorist scum walk free; then that is a price I pay willingly.
The alternative is martyrdom and continued killing.
Which do you prefer?
", only if you are going where the train or metro is headed is it convenient"
I see. So you just ask the captain to divert the plane to where you want to go? Most people call that "hijacking"!
Trains, where properly funded and run (i.e. not the UK or USA) are much better for inter-city travel than aircraft. They are also better for freight, but again this relies on proper management and funding.
Meanwhile the UK throws millions in subsidy and our piss-poor rail companies and still pisses money away on a runway at Heathrow that we wouldn't need IF said (heavily subsidised) rail companies actually pulled their finger out and did their jobs properly.
...and a return on a budget airline is about on third the price and takes half as long.
Way to go British railways! Woo! Remind me, how much subsidy does a budget airline gets from my pocket and how much do those incompetent morons who run our railways get?
When I get get on a train in (say) Newcastle and be in (say) London in around two hours, with a seat, not pay any more than a budget air-ticket and not pay any subsidy to the rail operator; then we can begin to think about considering them "acceptable". Not "good", not "excellent"; just "acceptable".
Thinking about - just fire the lot of them and hire the Swiss. Oh wait, didn't the Swiss said they wouldn't touch our rail system with a barge-pole due to massive under funding, ineptitude and corruption?
How do the Beeb keep getting it right*?
Say what you like about the Beeb programmes, but their delivery is spot-on. iPlayer is simply superb and being able to use in on the PC, (old) xBox and Wii is just great. That alone is worth the £11 a month to me!
As for Sky; big, fat "Meh, who cares?" Why people want to pay £30+ a month to watch 100 channels of utter shite and still get bombarded with ads beats me. There's more than enough on the free-to-air gogglebox to not need Sky and with services like the iPlayer you can keep up on anything you happen to miss.
Like MS, Sky is seeing the writing on the wall and beginning to panic. They don't have the talent or skill to innovate, so now they are lashing out and trying to kill off emerging initiatives that threaten them. Tough luck, the world moves on Mr. Murdoch.
Adapt or die.
*Their phone system excepted, of course.
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