172 posts • joined Friday 28th March 2008 01:14 GMT
Sure, but that doesn't prevent uninformed, or uninterested, parents buying them anyway.
Re: Actually, there are no unhappy SVN users because of this
Actually, there are unhappy SVN users because of this because Github provides a compatibility layer to allow use by SVN clients as per https://github.com/blog/966-improved-subversion-client-support
Like some of the other commentators, I moved away from WinAmp with its 3.0 release.
Since I have a decent collection of tracker mods from ye olden games, I wanted a player that could handle reading all kinds of formats and ended up with XMPlay with one of the plugins (DelixTracker) which handles everything I can throw at it.
To the one person who asked about music devices, XMPlay lets you specify which device you want to use, including WAV encoding or LAME (for MP3) or OGG output should you need to transfer formats.
The choice of companies is interesting... I can't help but wonder if it's related to the non-standard disc format Nintendo uses for the Gamecube and Wii.
The reason I wonder that is because while Wii discs are weird, certain DVD drives can read them, especially models from LG...
Disclaimer: I don't have a degree, however I did tackle the fundamentals of this in Decision Maths as part of an A Level in Maths so while I may not be as boffiny as some here, I do understand what NP problems are and the relevance thereof.
The only time I can actually recall using the various things I learned was in the midst of writing bits for an RTS game, where pathfinding was required. Whether you go down the road of A* or D- or whatever in between, you're still talking dancing about with Dijkstra's algorithm to some degree.
Having an understanding of the differences between bubble sort, quick sort, exchange sort etc. is always useful too and where it can be an advantage not to use the good old quick sort (if the data is already mostly or completely in order, for example, quick sort may not be any use to you over a bubble sort)
The other algorithms covered - travelling salesman, shortest method of connecting a weighted graph (like network cabling) have applications out there in the real world but I've never encountered them, and neither have any of the folks I know, but I'm sure there are uses for them.
Wait... if you have to unlock the phone, surely you're already going to be able to access contacts anyway?
Re: Please excuse this OT comment...
If Wikipedia is to be believed (both The Register's page and Orlowski's own page), he is the executive editor of El Reg.
I just wondered that myself. It seems almost fitting, really.
Re: Disable Find my iPhone?
That's great, until you either want to actually use anything that's on the Internet - or shock, horror use the phone for the purpose for which it was designed, i.e. to actually talk to another human being.
Airplane mode just makes it, quite effectively, an iPod Touch.
I don't really care whether Scotland gets independence or not. My concern is that if they go 'independent', independence should mean total independence - no money from England at all except for things we actually buy from them. No bailouts, no handouts, nothing.
Re: That's not the right way to do it
I didn't have any problem using the current (not beta) versions of Xcode, including the 6.1.3 APIs and whatnot to push a build of my current app to my first gen iPad, which still runs 5.0 (it can run 5.1 but 5.0 was memory hungry enough on it)... Depending on how far back you want to go you might have to jump through a few hoops but that's par for the course when using any of Apple's dev tools.
Re: I wonder if it's straightforward role reversal
He's not calling you a Chev, he's referring to Chevy - Chevrolet - the car manufacturer. As in 'as a fashion statement they are right up there with Chevrolet', a brand not entirely known for its fashionability, except the Corvette (as noted by the poster)
I'm intrigued by the whole 'shared memory' thing because it's nothing new at all. I'm not talking about the setup that PCs have had in recent times where the video memory was carved out of the main system memory, but every time I've seen it mentioned, I've just remembered the Amiga.
For those not familiar with the Amiga's innards (and this is a simplification, the real picture is more complex but I've forgotten most of the detail), there were essentially two kinds of memory hived out of the total system memory. The first was 'chip' memory, which could be read by all the main chips, which is where graphics and sound had to be stored. The second, was 'fast' memory where only the main controller could access, meaning that you stuffed application code there where possible, because the CPU could access it faster than it could if it were reading from chip memory. It was also possible to switch some from one to the other (e.g. like the later Amigas had a ton of chip memory but a lot of programs expected that if it saw that much memory, some of it had to be fast memory and promptly went splut)
So yeah, sharing memory between subsystems on a more unified level is not a new concept, especially when you're talking about memory that both the CPU and graphics setup can share between and essentially allow the graphics to grab from memory without the CPU being involved... it just reminds me of 1986 or thereabouts...
That's true, however I'm reasonably sure the current look and feel of Tony Stark had something to do with Elon Musk; did the original Iron Man comics have the same lovely holographic imagery and handwaving UIs?
Given the whole 'it's ad free if you have iTunes Match', you might be surprised to see how many people use that instead...
Friend of mine is using a 3 year old iMac... and using Parallels to run Steam games where there isn't a native version of the game for OS X. I was watching him play Assassin's Creed III on it the other day and it performs surprisingly well on a 3 year old machine running through an emulation layer. In fact, when we rebooted it and ran it through Boot Camp (i.e. native Windows), it wasn't actually significantly better.
Me, I'm using a MacBook Pro (developing for the mobile things) and I'm in Boot Camp most of the time. Don't know what it is but Parallels just doesn't run very well for me. Guess my friend is the lucky one.
Not understanding what the problem is here... she had gold bullion (physical item) in her house, which was stolen.
Unless there was some exclusion in the policy against gold bullion, I can't see that they have much of a leg to stand on... it wasn't obtained illegally as such... are they claiming the gold was proceeds from a crime? If so, what crime, actually, was committed? Seems to me that the worst that could be claimed was breach of contract (her with Blizzard) which in any case is neither a criminal matter nor anything the hell to do with the insurer refusing to pay out for the gold bullion.
What I could imagine, though, is that the gold bullion was worth more than what she had insured and that she wasn't going to get the full value back...
Except that there are documented vulnerabilities even in SSL (e.g. CRIME, and much more recently, BREACH) and of course there are all kinds of things like MITM attacks to be concerned with - SSL is not a magic bullet to these things. It's one aspect of it, but far from the only aspect.
Re: Boring without Eadon
There was a big rant from Eadon calling Trevor Pott an MS shill (which he most certainly is not) and one of the senior folks banned him. I do miss the occasional entertainment though.
I have the feeling that some of the people commenting here do not remember HTTP 1.1 first emerging and some of the interesting consequences that came with it for both site operators and browser users.
Sure, it was a very different time, when most people who had sites were generally more tech-savvy than most of today's site owners (speaking as someone who's done support for off-the-shelf site running software)... but an awful lot of sites had a slightly ugly transition.
If I remember rightly a lot of it came down to the simple Host header which wasn't required in 1.0, mandatory in 1.1 to allow name-based virtual hosting to work (1.0 assumed one site per IP address, something that clearly doesn't work in a shared hosting environment) but that broke a lot of things in the middle, especially proxy servers. Sure, now, it's not a problem because most things are using 1.1 but it's interesting to note that there's still a fairly large undercurrent of things not implementing 1.1 for various reasons.
I haven't read the 2.0 spec, mostly because these things seem to change almost like the wind (like some of the stuff in HTML5 at times) so once it's moved on a bit I'll check it out and see if the firewalling systems I work with will need any changes (given that they do a little behavioural profiling based on what a given set of HTTP headers they see containing... there's going to be changes needed), but it's probably going to be 2016 before I really have to worry about any of that.
The notion of a vulnerability that works across all these environments (remember: the article quotes the reporter as saying it works on 'PC, Android, Mac'), without touching shared code, suggests that it's not really the browser that's the problem...
I mean, what do PC, Android and Mac have in common in terms of platform? You could argue Webkit, seeing how Chrome on all platforms, plus Safari all use Webkit, but that's not really the point being made if 'potentially' games consoles are vulnerable.
For it to be a cross-environment vulnerability, it must target something common to each environment, and the first thing that comes to mind is the bit after the browser, after the operating system, i.e. DNS. Another DNS poisoning/MITM type attack?
As for the graphs, I'm really not sure what to make of that exactly. I'd argue that most people who intentionally veer off the straight and narrow (IE land) are probably more aware of the kinds of things out there and less likely to click on something that seems phishy.
Remind me again, when did the iPhone 3GS and iPad 1 come out? That's right, 2009 and 2010 respectively. And they're only just losing support now. Never mind that it's been hard work getting hold of these for a while for the obvious reason that they've been superseded by multiple generations of product (iPhone 4/4S/5, iPad 2/new iPad (iPad 3 to the rest of us)/new iPad (iPad 4))
Just to put that into context, Android Froyo was just coming out back in 2010...
Seriously, the worst 'fragmentation' in the ecosystem was the iPhone 5 with a different set of dimensions (rather than simply 'doubled' what was there before)
Whenever I heard PRISM I can't help but think of Infocom's A Mind Forever Voyaging in which you're a computer called PRISM.
Pint, because it's an underrated classic to toast.
Re: Great post
A sombre finish to a classic series. (I prefer to pretend Blackadder Back and Forth never happened, leaving Goodbyeeeee as the closing episode from Blackadder Goes Forth)
PNaCl: The 2010s answer to ActiveX.
*waits for the inevitable Eadon rant*
Re: A method
That's the thing, the holes - a set of them - are so small that they are not visible to the naked eye, yet permit enough light through the surface.
The front of the MacBook Pros have this, the standby light is one such light; there are no visible breaks in the metal surface, but yet the white light glows on and off while the lid is down. I don't know if Apple did it first or not but it is damnably clever to use it in that way (IMHO)
Actually one manufacturer did ship both for a while, forget who it was, might have been Dell, and they got a lot of returns because people didn't understand/realise it wasn't Windows and they couldn't use the software they'd bought elsewhere.
I'm sorry, you must be new here. You should see the general commentary from the staff about Apple.
It is a cynical, and for a lot of cases accurate, take on the way those of us who do support view the wider userbase: if we could teach them not to blindly accept everything, it would go a long way to nailing down bad-ware going places.
So for people who use Win7 at home, who have automatic updates turned on but don't follow tech news outlets like El Reg, how are they going to know to roll this update back and/or apply a fix?
Pint, because it's Friday and I've dealt with enough issues today.
Yay for yet another browser engine. With Opera moving to Webkit, I thought we were headed towards three browser engines that worked relatively consistently but noooooooooo that's not enough for Google.
As per last Saturday's Doctor Who:
Doctor: "Imagine that – human souls trapped like flies in the world wide web, crying out for help..."
Clara: "Isn’t that basically Twitter?"
Re: We really are at the mercy of crappy programmers now...
I sort of take exception to this - but in the very best of British, stiff upper lipped way! I'm a twenty-something programmer, wear t-shirts and am pretty well bearded, though I'm only just a twenty-something (not for much longer, sadly), t-shirt wearing and so on, but I gotta say, the crowd of people who develop with more than a passing care for security seems to get increasingly lower as time goes on. People don't care about security all the time it affects their convenience.
I'm in that awkward situation where everything I do is in PHP, and before anyone whines too much about how PHP is the devil and it eats your children or something, the sad truth is that the crapfest that is PHP is pretty much everywhere and it can't hurt to have someone who does have *some* idea about security running around in the camp. Too many times I've had to deal with people who want <feature X> added to their site but don't care about any of the security implications or anything else. Yes, of course I want to downgrade password security from salted SHA-256 to unsalted MD5 to integrate with your other crappy app. Right after I run out of thermal underwear at Satan's winter ski lodge.
Anyway, as you were.
I personally am glad to see that he isn't afraid to call it how he sees it. If he thinks it's stupid, I'm glad he has the nerve to call it so, bluntly and plainly without weasel words.
I would speculate, though, that a lot of the rest he is as ranty as he is, is simply because he is passionate about what he does. People who are passionate about what they do, they live and breathe it, and it flows through them. Drama is the inevitable side effect of someone who is that passionate about it.
So, Nokia isn't there... um... Microsoft and Symbian are both represented, doesn't that cover Nokia any more?
To be honest, I have a Symbian-based Nokia PureView 808 and am very satisfied with it. Yes, it's a bit of a slab but to be honest it fits my hands very nicely, moreso than an iPhone does.
And judging by the crapfest that was Microsoft 'social crap' that came with my last update, WP Nokia can fuck right off.
Well, given that Flash can be configured to access webcams, I'm not really seeing why there is a sudden new risk of browsers accessing webcams just because it doesn't need Flash to do it any more... it's not like there is a sudden lack of Flash on the desktop.
I saw their TV ads in the run up to Christmas, telling me it was the place where I could go to get all my Christmas shopping. Yes, because what I really want to get my family at Christmas is second-hand or knock-off tat.
Re: What exactly is an 'open source data solution'?
How about MongoDB?
Funny, the author of this article works for the company that develops MongoDB and sells MongoDB support packages and whatnot. If I didn't know better, I'd say it was leading towards being an infomercial.
Well, considering how inefficient WP is under the hood, any blog with any amount of traffic really does actually *need* this plugin, and it is so commonly installed that yes, it is newsworthy in a lot of ways.
Now only if I hadn't already heard this 3 days ago... ;)
Re: A title should not contradict it's article
Except not the one that was being complained about, where 'a title should not contradict it's article', as that should be the possessive form of its, not the contraction.
Beer, because it's too late in the day not to have had the first.
Re: Antiques Code Show
Well, the source to the original Prince of Persia was released a bit back, as was DOOM's, if I remember rightly. It does depend a lot on what you call 'significant'.
It's called Code Show in an attempt to make a pun out of the name of a certain staple of Sunday night BBC TV, namely Antiques Roadshow. Whether that's a great idea or not is questionable, but to be honest I'm not sure how much interest there would actually be in the code of old games, because an awful lot of the time it was about juggling system resources and hardware tricks that are long since obsolete.
Mind you, Quake is the rare exception in this case; there are some things about its design and implementation that are actually interesting in their own right, like the way that instead of being built in a peer to peer fashion for networking as DOOM was, it was built from the ground up to be client/server - not just for multiplayer, but single player as well. I can't remember exactly what advantages this gave, though.
Can someone send a copy of Star Trek: The Next Generation to the government, please? If nothing else, a copy of the episode The Drumhead.
I mean, I'm seeing Clegg trying to imitiate Picard (I was as shocked as you are), and Admiral Satie as the successive generations of Home Secretary. I don't know who's playing Worf, but any of the civil service pretty much sums it up.
Picard: You know, there are some words I've known since I was a schoolboy: "With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably." Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie, as wisdom and warning. The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged.
Worf: Sir, the Federation *does* have enemies. We *must* seek them out!
Picard: Oh, yes. That's how it starts. But the road from legitimate suspicion to rampant paranoia is very much shorter than we think. Something is wrong here, Mister Worf. I don't like what we have become.
Picard: Mr. Worf, villains who twirl their moustaches are easy to spot. Those who clothe themselves in good deeds are well camouflaged.
Worf: I think... after yesterday, people will not be so ready to trust her.
Picard: Maybe. But she, or someone like her, will always be with us, waiting for the right climate in which to flourish, spreading fear in the name of righteousness. Vigilance, Mister Worf - that is the price we have to continually pay.
This episode was 21 years ago, but the lessons it teaches in its own way are just as relevant today as they were 21 years ago. I'm not sure whether that's a good thing or a bad thing.
Obviously this is Apple's fault. Or not. How about all the other companies whose products are manufactured at Foxconn... going to boycott all of them too?
Oops, that lets me out.
I have, in the past, bought retail versions of things, specifically so that I can run them in virtualised environments later on, e.g. buying retail XP so that when the inevitable later time came, I could run it in some kind of container, just as I ran 98 in containers under XP - now I run 98 and XP in containers under 7.
But if my only choices are upgrade or OEM, there is no chance I'll buy it because that's just not how I want to operate. I even was quite happy to pay the premium for that privilege, but I guess MS doesn't want my money that badly.
Um, Google I can understand but how, exactly, is Apple contributing to the piracy angle and getting paid? Given that you can buy on iTunes and presumably some of the (often a touch overpriced) revenue goes back to Hollywood...
Seems to me as though he needs a lesson in where the money really comes from. Paris, obviously, knows where the money shots are.
I actually think that Apple is not really the one lobbying for this, it isn't really in their interests to prevent people moving up the ecosystem. That said, the whole thing with Bruce Willis is relevant but I always got the impression that was more about them covering themselves rather than anything else.
I personally suspect it's more likely to be the RIAA, MPAA and the folks who make high value games - these are the groups who think they lose out most from such things, as demonstrated by the increasingly inane tactics and claims regarding second hand sales of games.
What these people fail to understand is that thinking short-term about profit maximisation is guaranteed to come back and bite you in the ass in the long term.
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