Feel strange urge to "pupulate variables"
71 posts • joined 12 Apr 2008
Feel strange urge to "pupulate variables"
I just got the update to 44.0.2403.107
Okay, so most of the bits about the hack I get. But I'm struggling with *why* the brakes are entirely electronic. Anyone know why?
I appreciate that shutting down systems might prevent ABS from working, and if the engine is shutdown, then I guess the brake servo won't work. But I can't understand brakes not working at all. Seems like a huge design issue, and potential liability to the manufacturer... and that alone, I would have hoped, would have prevented them from using such a system.
My mum's computer (yeah, I'm tech-support) runs Ubuntu and she has a wireless HP inkjet and that randomly decides it won't print... can't remember the error message, but it implies it can't see the printer, which therefore implies a networking problem... but you can *always* get to the printers own web interface thus proving that isn't the issue. When I try to investigate it will either start working, or CUPS will crash and I'll restart and then it'll probably work. Bloody thing.
Driving a long one day, notice a yellow "EPC" light on the dash board. But it's yellow, so it can't be super serious can it? I get home, check the manual and it just says the engine management system has spotted a problem and you should take the car to a dealer. Doesn't say you can't drive or anything though. So that same night I had to go somewhere, so I drove. The car drove completely fine, but the EPC light is still on. Later that evening, I return to the car, switch on... and there's another light on. Didn't know what it was until I got home, but it was the emissions light. Still a yellow light though... not red... so not serious.
Anyway, at this point I'm concerned I'll damage the cat if I drive it any more so I make enquires with "people who know"... and they ask me "do the drake lights work?". Which struck me as a surprising question. Surely this was engine related? Anyway, the brake lights were not working because the little switch under the brake peddle that tells the engine management that the car is braking had broken which in turn led to it just flagging up a bunch of other non-related issues.
It's just all crap to make up for the fact that for the most part, modern kit is electronically and mechanically, far more reliable than ever before. So obscure software issues is the new growth area in annoying people!
Next, they need to deal with referral spam on Google Analytics.
I agree that MS do seem to be making much better decisions under Nadella. However, whilst I know a few people with Windows phones and they all seem to like using them, I suspect the business case for MS to continue developing the platform is.... difficult!
Given the market share of both Android and iOS, MS absolutely must have convincing Office apps running on them in order to ensure the Office revenue stream continues. All OS revenues however are likely to get a lot thinner - I doubt they've ever really made any money on WinPho, and the days of being able to charge much for a desktop OS appear to be ending.
So unless they can dramatically increase the market share for WinPho, it seems to me that it's simply a massive cost for MSFT. Obviously, in the past, under Ballmer, they'd have simply thrown money at it for years on end (like they haven't already) until eventually, at version 3+, it's not too crap (..and to be fair...!) and all the competition has been killed off (ah... this!) and then they'd have a winner.
Does anyone else think there's a good _business_ case for keeping WinPho?
Or looking at it another way, imagine you're a share holder, Nadella's saying WinPho is costing X per-annum to develop/maintain, developing apps (Skype/Office) for WinPho costs Y per-annum, and you will *never* actually make any money off it directly... then what are you left with? Just a bit of leverage over a very small percentage of the market?
On the other hand, I guess if Nadella _did_ announce WinPho was to be discontinued, then that might upset a lot of partners/customers who have bought into it.
Only 12 days ago I said they should do exactly this:
Can't be a coincidence! :D
Windows should just include an SSH client (and server for that matter) and be done with it.
[quote]That means it lost 12 cents per device it sold, on average.[/quote]
It's probably worse than that in reality, because anyone buying a Windows phone would likely have otherwise bought an Android. And then MS may have collected their [strike]protection racket[/strike] patent licencing fee.
I wonder if vacuum cleaner manufacturers feel the same need to purchase such a domain? I mean, if someone else registers it, it doesn't have quite the same negative connotation.
Agree that all these "new" TLDs are way too expensive. I'd imagine they're either going to get much cheaper in a few years time... or much more expensive!
It's getting to the point where there's more bugs than bytes! I'm sure that if Adobe had software that compiled down to a single bit, there would still be six bugs in it.
I've not used AliExpress myself... but I have ordered a few very cheap things through Amazon resellers that have actually been shipped direct from China. Should I worry that perhaps these resellers just re-enter my shipping details (and potentially payment) on another site?
Springseed looked interesting, but their website is lacking any information.
Usually I like Google, and I sort of like/hate Amazon too, basically because they're companies that push the boundaries, innovate, and actually deserve to do well. However, it's arrogant shit like this that really pissed me off. The reason I mention Amazon is because their fourth-gen Kindle will not work on WiFi channels outside the US's 1-11 range. I want to use Ch.13 though because there's a shit load of other WiFi signals where I live, but of all my devices with WiFi, and I have a lot, ONLY the stupid fucking Kindle was designed with apparently no care in the world for anyone outside the US.
Something kind of similarish a few years back:
This one used OpenCV to try to visually identify the offender (squirrels in this case) and not affect anything else, e.g. birds.
... but this... this... is un***king believable. People of el-Reg, it gives me a huge amount of pleasure to bring you:
Silent Mount SM5 Titanium 4 (yeah, just the four!) 50mm rack mount screw thingies!
Quoting: "Can the change of materials make a difference? Absolutely: the titanium Silent Mount SM5s are identical in size to the stainless steel SM5s but are considerable lighter. The reduced weight improves energy transfer and this is why the titanium version produces a better performance."
They're hand-crafted in Japan you know! And they cost: £599 - yeah, so that's near enough £150 quid for each one (shakes head in disbelief).
Honestly, I had to check the URL to make sure I hadn't accidentally strayed to audiophile.theonion.com.
The comments here reminded me of the guy who was claiming super-expensive audiophile-grade SATA cables made things sound better... and it turns out he's still of the opinion that he's right but oddly, without really detailing why; just some twaddle about some engineers have told him that he is right.
It's comedy-gold though. I especially like the whole Lamborghini vs. Audi TT being a hair-dressers car thing to justify a 16-hundred-quid ethernet cable. Classy!
You can buy a Moto G from Amazon for £120 now - completely unlocked, so Tesco will have to work hard to create something better value than that. Really, it'll have to be lower-spec and lower-price to be worth it.
Dunno if anyone noticed, but she appears to have a sea anemone attached to her head!
I still have (and use) my old Sharp EL-506P from the 1980s and the thing that really surprises me is that it's still running on it's original batteries!
It looks a useful product but once all the extra bits have been added, it's waaay too expensive.
I know they're not directly comparable, but how can the Acer C720* only cost £200 and include memory and storage (yeah, I know!!) and a screen, keyboard, trackpad, wifi and battery when this thing costs half as much again even before you can use it?
If Acer stuck the C720's mobo on it's own in a box, I'd buy that instead... but I expect if they did, I suspect it would some how end up costing more. I guess we probably need more/better ARM based competitors to drive prices down.
Had to lol at the LTS comments above; I'm running 12.04 (LTS) and I'm still waiting for it to stabilize! It's certainly the most crash-prone Ubuntu I've used, and I started on 06.06
So should I move to 13.04? Well, given that this presumably only gets 9 months support, I'll probably have to pass. But then again, I feel like 12.04 has been left to rot. It's crash-prone, but it's also got a skip-load of stupid bugs like the often-ghosted-paste-menu-item-in-nautilus bug, or a weird one that I see all the time where when the mouse rolls over menu items, they seem to change their size causing the whole menu to jump about... and I've no idea how to even search for a bug on that. It's hard enough to describe!
It's almost like Canonical are focusing on their business plans, and completely forgetting their users are what stops them from being a complete irrelevance.
The "More Than" insurance people have a kind of silly password policy also:
Please bear the following guidelines in mind:
* Be between 8 and 14 characters
* Not include more than 2 repeated characters in a row
* Not include the word 'guest'
* Not contain swear words
The first point isn't sooo terrible except for the top-end limit of 14 chars. The second point really doesn't help much with entropy. The third is kind of weird... firstly I wonder why? How can that upset the system, and secondly, what if my surname was "guest".. that'd be annoying. And the fourth point seems to indicate that they store things in clear text. That or their OS is easily offended.
But they're using Media Temple for their unparalleled, rock-solid, reliability. Or... maybe not.
"parents are warned to keep an eye out for telltale signs that their kids might be indulging in it."
What like turning blue? Or is that too late?
Re the two Ultradisk products, when you say "not Mac compatible", are you really saying "Windows only"? Us Linux users need to know!
Also.... I'm intrigued how they managed to be incompatible with Macs. So my next questions is "Why?"
I think where a lot of these companies screw up is that they want to make huge margins, but they don't have the product quality to do it. Apple are expensive, but at least they do manage to have a consistent fit and finish both though their hardware and software. Costs more, looks lovely, works pretty much perfectly provided you don't want to root it... which most "normal"** people don't.
Cheapy clones from China can compete on price alone.
But "brands" like HP and Dell seem to think they can knock out something pretty average looking, and still charge Apples margins. They can't. They might sell to business who can negotiate a slightly better deal plus support pacakge, but with consumers they need a better product. I'm guessing they don't lower their prices though because that would just kill their business market?
But the interesting thing with the HP TouchPad is that they were selling their own WebOS. But as WinMo7 proves, if you're starting on a back-foot (small user-base) you're unlikely to get anywhere. HP had an advantage over MS in that they have (had?) their own hardware AND software.... so, with the benefit of hindsight, if HP had built the TouchPad to the cost of say, the Hannspree Hannspad Tablet (10.1" ARM9 + Tegra II T20 1GHz), loaded WebOS on it, sold it at the same price as Hannspree (£149), then with an advertising push, they would've not made much money, but they would've likely gained much more market share which is important for WebOS and it's app-store. Once they have earned the right to charge a larger margin, they can.
Basically... HP should have *ME* as their CEO. Let's face it, it couldn't be much worse! :D
**Yeah, so not us lot!
Do the ICO ever prosecute anyone? Only a few days ago I was reading about some clowns who lost a USB stick in a pub with thousands of housing association tenants details:
They got away without so much as a token fine!
In years gone by, this would have been reported by el-Reg as a Rise-Of-The-Machines(TM) incident! So contrary to the first poster, I can't help but wonder if the writer has been "turned".
It's also quite clear to me that the "human driver" of the Google PriusBot *was told* to say he/she was driving at the time by the car itself. On pain of death most probably.
I guess no one really wants to be living near any kind of power generation facility, but we all want electricity. So maybe the solution is to charge people more the further they are from a power source?
...just for the lulz!
[quote]"Nokia could be punching out Windows Phone handsets at the rate or one every two months, the company has said."[/quote]
Are they sure there's that much demand?
Rather than a whole, foldy-upy screen, I just want to not have to worry about bending my smart-phone when I stuff it in a pocket, so if it was just able to bend a bit without damaging the screen, that'd be great.
XML is good because it preserves the semantics of data, as opposed to say a comma delimited file, and includes namespaces so it's easier to add to, or remove data from without then having to change the software wot consumes said data.
The human readable bit is just that you can view/create/update XML data with a simple text editor. Or pretty much any programming language since it's just a text file. This may not seem like a big deal, but if you're stranded managing a legacy system and you need it to talk to something else, things like this really matter.
But don't misinterpret "human readable" as meaning it is intended to be consumed by end-users.
Is XML efficient? Nope. But that wasn't the intent. But it is useful as a data exchange format that's easy to work with -- easy as in lower barrier to entry.
I wish they had kept the captioning uniform rather than CAPITALISING a bunch of sections. It just makes the video-reporting seem a little biased. Plus the videographers sniggering didn't help much either.
FWIW .tiff files don't seem to render in Chrome -- so I can't see any of the images in this article. And who uses tiff files anyway... you weirdos! ;)
So MS haven't given any figures on WP7 deployments yet, but we know that "small number" of users were affected... and now also know that that's 10% of WP7 users. LOL! Clearly these two messages bypassed MS Public Relations.
I can kind of see why users might complain about OpenOffice over MS Office, but the former should still be workable. But everything else really shouldn't be an issue. According to the slashdot coverage of this story, printer and scanner drivers were cited as a problem.... apparently they were having to write their own? That sounds to me like either they've got a bunch of unusual legacy hardware -- in which case that'll likely not work in Windows 7 either, or they've bought new kit that doesn't play nicely with Linux -- in which case that's a procurement problem surely?!
If they'd already made the switch to Linux, I really can't see how they'll save switching back to Windows, *except* if they're being given sweeteners, which will obviously mean that long term it'll cost more.
The styling looks kind of hideous, but the price isn't bad. Shame about it being such an old Android version though -- I wonder why they did that?
My main concern is that at some point in the future, MS might want to acquire what remains of Nokia, and then it'll own a lot of mobile phone IP. They might then use that "persuade" other mobile phone manufactures to go with WinMo7 perhaps?
If that isn't their (MS's) long-term game, then surely this buddying up with Nokia is just going to distance them from all their other "partners" marginalising them even more... so that's why I'm wondering if IP buy-out isn't the real end-game.
Having watched the video, it was interesting. To sum up, when a user inserts a USB, it auto-mounts (which is fine*), opens a nautilus windows (Gnome file browser) which in turn will try to generate thumbnail images of the files on the USB drive. There's skip-loads of code that could get run doing this though -- an example mentioned was the totem video thumbnailer which covers a large number of video formats and therefore has multiple code paths.
Net result - it's entirely likely the some thumbnailer code somewhere has vulnerabilities and can be exploited this way.
Yes an example did use evince (PDF viewer) which has been fixed, but they didn't side-step too much real-world code. If I recall correctly, I think he said that AppArmour doesn't cover evince by default anyway, and certainly apparmour didn't cover all thumbnailers. There were other mitigations, but none seemed absolutely water tight.
* Although possibly a malformed file-system could exploit a flaw in a FS driver if you can find one!
Presumably MS have also released a Firefox plugin considering it currently has more market share than Chrome? Or is this _formally_ a pissing contest?
Is there any where I can see the the user-base for H.264, 'cos it seems to me that only OS X and Win7/Vista (ignoring mobile users) users get H.264 out of the box? So as far as I can tell, Flash still seems to be the best* way to deliver video over the interwob to desktop/laptop clients.
*best in this case meaning least likely to fail.
Nice updates, but I still find the Navigation feature sometimes takes the wrong route, but I still can't manually tweak the route like I can on the web-based Google Maps.
Also, although my phone supports two finger gestures, I don't need to be able to two-finger drag the screen to change the 3D angle... not that it matters that much, but it'd be nice to do! I also don't seem to be able to rotate the map using fingers either.
Nothing can help the Orange website. It frequently doesn't work -- enter details, submit, wait... wait... wait... and *then* it says it's not working and to try later --and even when it does work it's slow. And it's been exactly like this since... I dunno... 2005 or earlier maybe? I think the only reason Orange exist is because of good branding/advertising. Also their mobile network is acceptably reliable. Everything else Orange is kind of sucky though.
Whilst I don't doubt Android fragmentation (varied hardware & software specification) is an issue for app developers, hardware is *always* going to change over time. The underlying OS is more likely to stabilise I'd guess, although the UI might evolve and cause problems for app devs.
I think a far bigger problem for Android is that security updates don't get to end-users handsets in a timely fashion... if at all. As a result, there's a risk of Android phones becoming the security disaster-area that has historically been Windows. So I think that Google should really require that OEMs/Carriers that wish to bundle Google software *must* supply security updates in a reasonable time-frame. I think that is a reasonable requirement and shouldn't cause them any problems since security updates should not change functionality.
Also, using <center> in 2010 is pretty embarrassing. And then spelling it wrong (should be spelt "center") isn't great either!
@Simon Mayes - I never knew about that one. The only other sans-SLD domain I know of is nic.uk which is owned by.... Nominet!
So I'd be kind of wary of the Dixon one for the same reason, although they've got more to loose trying to punt a duff product.