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@ Chatty AC
that's a fantastic idea. A government that does absolutely nothing would be great. It's one of the reasons I like the idea of coalition governments and proportional representation - It suddenly becomes very hard for the government to get anything done. Which is perfect.
Failing that, I think we should have a rule that they ought to spend as much time reviewing and repealing old laws as they do making new ones. At least then we could get archaic nonsense like obscenity and heresy laws off the books... unless of course Wacky Jaqui manages to get them back on.
Actually,if they are tied in to the contracts -
The rate the pound is declining, which will accelerate massively when they start "quantitative easing", the billions they owe these companies won't actually be worth much anyway.
The only problem is....
... that I can see this bunch of ******** hanging on to power until the last possible moment they can, regardless of the benefit/detriment to the country such a policy will bring.
They know they're toast, so they'll force through as much of this nonsense as they can before being booted out unceremoniously.
I'm no great fan of tories, but anyone that plans to sweep aside a lot of these draconian, police-statisms AND cut government waste in one fell swoop, well, they're ok with me.
These are probably just rebranded iClones, most likely, not the real deal.
Look up brands like CECT and Meizu. Chinese companies making similar looking devices, some with similar capabilities and smaller form factors, clearly in violation of any number of patents, but quite pretty and quite nice nonetteless.
Oh, and I doubt they run an apple OS, if you care about that.
But a quick websearch reveals a variety of ugly and not-so-ugly phone watches that are already on sale from smaller brands in the far east.
I wish we got all the asian junk-tech over here. It's cheap and unreliable, but great fun...
there are a load of them
You can find them on ebay.
Crappy software, sure, but iPhone look-alikes in a smaller form factor have been available from the dodgy shops in the far east for some time. Many of them are Dual-SIM capable too.
This is the terrible state of affairs that happens when nobody protects Intellectual Property properly. It's a shameful mess, suddenly a vibrant marketplace springs up in which consumers get many more products and genuine price-competition.
New start bar sounds irritating
"the Quick Launch toolbar has been retired. The Start menu still exists, but if you pin an application to the taskbar it appears there whether or not it is running. It makes sense, because from the user's perspective launching or switching to an application is not much different, though the two states look confusingly similar in the beta."
1. Quick launch was a good feature, when you gutted it of the MS apps in there.
2. There's a world of difference between switching to an app that's running now and starting one up. Unless you have a machine with infinite RAM. I (and others) absolutely do want to know whether MS Word is not started or if it's running and hogging half the machine's resources.
/wanders off, muttering, to his debian machine
What happened to freedom of speech?
One can tell it's invective and not claims that she is *actually* a whore.
Hmmm. Well if she wins the El Reg had better watch out - you've displayed some downright nasty comments about the lovely, chaste young Paris.
So what happened to all the large capacity players?
Most of the old HDD iPods have been shelved and everyone else seems to be flooding the market with 2-4GB models.
What's the best modern player for the music lover that wants to carry their entire (50GB+) collection with them?
(Extra points for it not being apple, as the latest generations of apple stuff are not Linux friendly)
What's an IT professional?
Because I'm a Software Engineer and as far as I can tell we're doing just fine, thanks.
"it's illegal pay for sex and it's illegal to traffic people."
No and Yes. Pretty sure the UK's messed up laws allow prostittution, but no soliciting or a variety of other activities around it. So it's effectively outlawed, or at least there are ways that the police could charge you, but not explicitly.
Trafficking and the rest, sure, illegal.
But as usual, it's a nebulous mess and if the coppers decide it's your turn to suffer, you're screwed.
I've never paid for sex myself, I'm just tired of Labour's draconian laws and bleating about family values.
Time to leave
The problem is that it's not just politicians spouting this nonsense; a good deal of the British public are for it.
A huge number of people are just interested in the message, not the results. As long as the party are seen to be "doing something about the drug/terrorist/immigrant/prostitute/foreigner" problem, then people will lap it up.
Bonus points if you can conflate and confuse all of the above. Much like here - foreigners are trafficking illegal immigrants into the country and keeping them as drugged up sex slaves! It probably funds terrorism or something!
Time to go, this country is done for, by its own hand.
This is why we can't let them do the ID card thing.
If they can't get your name, address and date of birth right then how in the hell are they going to get an all-singing, all-dancing, fully integrated, cross-agency, ID, health and benefits database to work?
It's going to be a total clusterf*ck isn't it?
Hey, if you're MS then you probably want as many people as possible to try the Beta version, which you've hopefully built a bunch of expiry mechanisms into (it's *just* a beta) and hope that they get excited about it and tell their friends to do it to.
If they can get computer literate geeks saying it's a good thing this far ahead of a GA date then they know everyone else will roll over. And we all know those guys that like to show off about getting hold of beta/pre-release software via some shady channel. They'll be promoting it just because noone else has it.
This is of course assuming it is any good. If it's not then it's bad for MS because they don't get to sell a whole load before folks realise it's another polished turd...
"Although you do have a point to some extent, what percentage of linux apps is available for ARM? That is important for a system that is supposed to enjoy any wideish addoption."
Debian runs on ARM chips. It's the largest (in terms of software packages) distribution in existence.
And when the system is there, it's pretty much just a matter of rebuilding the software on the new system, which you can do because it's open source. Hurrah for flexibility.
@ "expand" AC
The same was said about Linux netbooks, and what we've found out is that some people that have never used Linux before like 'em, some don't.
If the performance and power consumption profiles are there, who really cares about the processor architecture? And if you've already made the leap away from Windows then you probably won't notice a difference.
Who really cares if it's x86?
Tux, because he's hardware agnostic.
"Or "Linux bundling" - depending on distro, but 1000s of apps on DVDs. Yes, they're open source, but they're still bundled."
The difference being that there are probably 2-15 that do the same thing, giving the user a lot of choice. And there's nothing to stop anyone re-distributing any and all of it with a different selection, or ripping out things they don't like.
OTOH, I agree that I don't really see what the fuss is about with MS bundling IE and Media player. I guess they have to play differently because they are a monopoly, so that when they provide stuff for free with the OS they really do kill any rival businesses.
As an openmoko owner....
... this ain't news, I've had android on mine since early november.
Not, it doesn't work properly, bluetooth doesn't work in the later releases, though there is now a software keyboard so you can at least answer a call.
GPRS doesn't work, as far as I can tell. WiFi neither. The system won't switch off. Sometimes it doesn't recover from suspend. Haven't been able to try the GPS functions yet.
However, the software is far more reliable and responsive that anything the Openmoko team have released themselves, so android is my current hope for actually getting a usable phone out of the brick I have on the shelf at home.
@Gulfie - I'm pretty sure the handset was designed by Openmok and manufactured by FIC, not HTC. If they bankroll OM then that's something else, but I've never heard of this relationship before. You might want to check your facts.
Keep your mitts off. Besides which, cutting in and overruling the driver is dangerous.
Not to mention the hideous prviacy implications of all this. I am a free englishman and I'll do as I damn well please. I am not beholden to the state to report or explain my behaviour at all times.
Leave me alone, and for god's sake lets vote in a party with some respect for us at the next election.
@AC 15:37 yesterday...
"Personally, I don't like any filtering and prefer parents to take responsibility, but parents can't be everywhere at once (kids will have notebooks/netbooks with wireless) and I'd prefer that kids have more freedom than granted by some distant filtering service provider who doesn't want to get sued (and who may have certain bias in site selection)."
So you want the government to publish a whitelist then, instead of another, commercial third party?
That's basically what you're saying?
So websense/netnanny etc are subsumed into a government role. Well, much as I hate the idea of government growing yet more functions and taking yet more money, I don't see anything wrong with that, so long as its use is controlled by the subscriber.
Frankly though, I don't think it's appropriate for the government to take on parental duties. They should be there for essentials like health, law and defence.
For those suffering from scrapeware...
... and I spent ages struggling with it last time I bought a machine, may I recommend "PC Decrapifier", available from a websearch near you?
Did the job nicely for me. No more trial versions, no more "we recoomend", and nor more yahoo toolbar.
Actually, that last claim may have gone a bit far, but it's good software nonetheless :)
Wouldn't work at all.
Either you give it legal power and then we're into censorship territory, or you make it optional and, guess what, most folks are not going to take part because it's extra effort and they don't care. My webpage is hosted by me, so nobody's going to force me to do anything. Let alone the fact that different countries have different standards and different laws. then there's the fact that people will dishonestly rate themselves to slip past this (think spam) and there's nothing anyone will be able to do about it. It *just* won't work.
What you and the minister forget is that there is no central system to keep honest. The moment I have an IP address, I am a web publisher. If I buy a DNS entry (from a registrar anywhere on the planet) to point to it then I have a name. That's literally all there is to it. We can't keep criminals off the net right now, let alone "rating violators".
The *only* thing that does work is parental guidance, supervision, and whitelist sandboxes installed on home computers. I don't approve of those either, on the basis that it's a whitelist so lots of innocent things are culled, but they work. The important thing here is that it's done by parents and done on the client machines, not forced on the net at large and regulated by people rating their own sites.
Besides which, the minister is actually talking about blocking chunks of content entirely, not just "rating" them.
"Why hasn't anyone just made a decentralised anonymous net that rides along side the current net but is not a part of it."
Because it's really difficult?
If you want to see our best efforts so far then go look up stuff like Freenet, WASTE and TOR.
Be warned though, Freenet has content that many would consider really unsavoury and highly illegal. That's sort of the point I guess. I don't take part in it because I don't agree with my resources being used for stuff I don't control (and I'm currently trying to come up with an alternative approach that maintains anonymity and secrecy but takes back control).
For those of us that don't want to travel around with Huuuuuge alice-band headphones, the sony alternative works rather nicely on the plane, on the tube or even to drown out annoying excess noise in the office.
Been using them a year or so and they're great, provided you like in-ear headphones. Maybe El Reg should review them alongside these two? Especially given the sub £100 price tag.
Either way, I highly recommend some sort of noise reducing headset for regular use. They can help you sleep on the plane, help you get work done, and I reckon they've got to be good for your hearing too - you can get away with listening to your music at lower volume when you don't have to overcome background noise.
Strike them out...
"The certificates were obtained by a competing Certificate Authority (“CA”) attempting to demonstrate a perceived vulnerability in one of our Registration Agent’s (“RA”) systems and procedures."
Well, that's not what happened now, is it?
And, to be fair, it looks like the found one.
Myself, I've removed Comodo from the list of certificates I trust in firefox (well, removed the ability of the Comodo root certificates to certify anything, actual removal is difficult). As I hear about more CAs failing their reesponsibilities I'll remove them too. Secure comms with my bank and credit card are more important to me than the ability to converse securely with any old user of a no-name CA that has security problems.
Actually, it would be better if the bank provided their own CA certificate in an offline manner, and if browsers could provide some sort of locked down mode where I only trust a single CA. Then I would be able to talk to my bank safely.
Have you looked at the list of "trusted" authorities in a modern browser? I don't know who they are and I certainly don't trust them all.
How is he still alive?
"There is content that should just not be available to be viewed. That is my view. Absolutely categorical. This is not a campaign against free speech"
How has his head not exploded with cognitive dissonance? Does he not think about what he says for fear that if he really evaluated it he might go mad or, worse, have to admit he was wrong?
"Burnham told the BBC any new rules would be run on a self-regulatory basis by the internet industry."
The internet industry? Lulz. the man clearly has no idea how any of this works and how anyone can publish any site they feel like. All they need is a net connection and a computer. Even one with windows will do. I think he thinks that all websites are controlled by some sort of broadcaster.
Perhaps someone ought to have a quiet chat with him about darknets.
"If you look back at the people who created the internet they talked very deliberately about creating a space that governments couldn't reach."
That's because they saw you coming a mile off mate.
"Zavvi has continued to experience significant difficulty in obtaining stock on favourable credit terms."
How about actually BUYING stock?
You know, like shops used to work, they'd buy stuff wholsale, and sell it on to consumers at a markup, justified by selling in smaller lots and having a high-street presence.
Why is absolutely everything running on huge amounts of debt these days? I'm not surprised it doesn't take much to bring the whole house of cards tumbling down.
Two things -
1. Can I transfer my license to steam?
I want SecuROM off my windows system. Not that I use it for anything but Spore anyway.
2. It's a bit late now isn't it, now that the world and his dog has not only pirated it but also found out how shallow and lacking the finished product is?
Sure, Spore is cute, but there's really not a lot to it.
"According to research by LG Electronics the average person in the UK will spend £350 ($516) on home cinema equipment this Christmas."
Which orifice did they pull this from? Or are there a few folk spending a couple of hundred million apiece?
I like my Full-HD and games on the xbox or PS3 look fantastic on it. OTOH I hired and watched my first Blu-Ray movies the other day.
Buggered if I can tell the difference between a decently made DVD and the Blu-Ray movies I saw.
I paid for a net connection so I could do stuff like this.
People across the country are realising the potential of the net because of services like this.
High bandwidth apps are the future of the net. Lets not respond to this new development by pricing them out of the reach of the populace, lets respond by making the UK better equipped to handle them!
Did we invest in a motorway infrastructure when people started using cars more or did we keep to single lane country roads and tell people they could only drive a little bit because roads are expensive and if you use them a lot it's "unfair" to light users?
Get your damn acts together UK ISPs. This shouldn't be a problem on a small, densely populated, rich little island like ours.
Same old, same old...
Rights? What do you mean rights?
No, you have permissions we grant you and can take away whenever we, your ruling elite, feel like it.
I'm feeling more and more like a serf every day. Pump up the tax a bit more and I'm basically indentured labour anyway.
@The Other Steve
"Where is the intrusion into privacy ? You walk a dog in public, it shits on the pavement in public, someone takes a photo of you and your doggy pal doing the dirty, in public."
I don't believe that being out in public is in any way implicit permission for my activities to be recorded.
No, I don't believe that dog crap is important enough to justify monitoring the entire population 24/7. Nor do I believe that being on camera is a deterrent to more serious crime. Nor do I believe it has significantly affected the ability of the police to successfully prosecute crime. Every study shows it too be ineffectual.
Studies also show that people abuse whatever powers they are given, you get phone company employees harassing ex-girlfriends and reading their text messages. Politicians pressuring the police to employ relatives etc. It's only a matter of time before we learn of the council employee that was using cctv to stalk women.
"who are the "ever more people" intruding into this non existent privacy right ?"
The system should be available to the police and the police only, if it exists at all. They are trained and they are accountable, sometimes. Council employees are the "ever more people", and they seem to have less and less qualms about using it for anything they feel like. I doubt very much they control access to the system at all, let alone properly.
"RIPA doesn't enable anyone to do anything, it merely mandates that they ask first before undertaking certain kinds of activity."
It spelled out what could be done. It codified a lot of the crap that was already going on. The only bill that should have been introduced was one banning it.
Spooks will be spooks, but council members can fuck off. This country was once free.
I've had handsets that are capable of receiving mobile tv.
I have no interest in ever using the feature, but I guess I'll still have to pay the tax.
It' bad enough the UK gov bumping up their take every so often, but no the EU's at it too!
@The Other Steve
You may be comfortable with the tinpot authoritarians at your local council watching your every move, I'm not.
If Labour had been honest about the intent of the RIPA then it never would have got through. Or at least shouldn't have, if open debate had been permitted.
I'm not a Mail reader I am concerned about government feature creep, from both a civil liberties and a financial perspective. I don't want the state involved in monitoring my every move, I don't think dog fouling is important enough to allow the intrusion into privacy by ever more people, I don't believe the systems will ever be good to prevent their abuse, I don't like it. I also resent being asked to pay for it.
Yes, I can imagine
I can imagine that imaginary property is central to the UK economy, now that the imaginary money we all seem to have been living on for the last decade is disappearing.
I like the idea of a petition to get rid of Ms Smith, but the reasoning - she's destroyed the moral [sic] of the various British Police Forces - is way off target.
We don't need someone who "actually understands how important the police are for the safe operation of a society". We need someone who understands human rights, civil liberties and how important they are compared to snooping on fly tippers. We need someone who is not looking for any excuse to grow the powers of the state.
We need a petition that states clearly that we think she is a danger to British society, not that she doesn't understand the police force.
"we have to remember that some crims go to court (especially for rape) and are found not guilty due to lack of evidence or the victim too afraid to speak out."
What is it about innocent until PROVEN guilty that you don't understand?
I'm sorry but assuming someone's guilt because the evidence couldn't be found is a very, very dangerous route, one that undermines the foundations of justice in this country. One does not have to prove ones innocence, the prosecution must prove guilt.
Assuming people got off rape charges because there wasn't enough evidence or the victim didn't speak up is also a great way to ruin someone's life and destroy their family and friendships, all on allegations.
the public needed to be educated, not terrified?
My god, common sense on this matter at last. Now would somebody please send this memo to the UK gov?
or maybe just a uk paper, so that people will stop bleating about "terr'sts" and queueing up to give their rights away.
Jacqui strikes again
Why is it that throughout all of her rambling and explanations of the DNA storage policy that I never once hear her say "and we'll be purging the DNA records of those who haven't been convicted of an offence"
She's now in direct violation of EU law and the EU court.
She should be arrested and removed forthwith.
She's a danger to us all.
To have anything close to the max possible speed. I get between 10 and 14 myself (and live pretty centrally in London).
However, I'm impressed by them so far, they seem to steer clear of the general FUP and cap stuff.
The IWF thing? Yes, that annoyed me. You can find my posts all over that thread in their forums.
You have paid for a service.
If you're not getting it that is your ISP's fault. Not the "freetard" next door. For all you know your neighbourhood just like watching internet tv.
Now, should we be arguing here over whether I need to be sensitive to my ISP's business model? or should we be arguing for transparency of service commitments, higher rate (and more expensive) connections for those that want to use the service, lower rates for those that don't, etc etc?
What we need is for ISPs to stop letting the likes of you and the likes of me onto the same shared connection and then "managing" it. It's not fair to anyone.
Also, FYI, leased lines in the UK start at under a hundred quid a month for 2Mbps, so not as expensive as everyone seems to think. And that could get you up to 632GB in either direction.
Asking ADSL providers to provide at least 100GB throughput for 20 quid a month doesn't seem that outrageous in comparison, especially when you take economies of scale into account. In fact we should be demanding they provision at least that much.
"Controversially, I agree with traffic shaping - if someone is negatively affecting a network and service then they have to be limited so as everyone that has paid can utilise the service. A finite amount of resources has to be shared amongst a number of subscribers. The costs for providing those resources plus an amount of profit needs to be made. That total is then split amongst the subscribers."
I may have signed a contract with my ISP to use a 50Mbps line. I may also have read the small print about contention ratios and a download cap.
I did NOT see anything there about their upstream connection being a dialup modem and my data being subject to throttling because they've got 100K subscribers contending over 5K lines, which are then contending for a single line somewhere else.
I'm sorry, even taking contention into account, they ought to be able to supply what they promised. All this shaping and throttling is just weaseling out.
As for the guy saying "why not just buy stuff" - happy to, and I do. But don't come whining to me when the UK infrastructure is left far behind the rest of the world's and we miss out on the next tech revolution, because you and your type have decided that we don't need the bandwidth.
The Swedes already have 100Mbps to their houses. Why don't we?
"Freetards on Virgin: can you SWITCH ISP NOW PLEASE so it's nice and fast for when I join?"
What does it matter how fast it is? the moment you start doing anything other than looking at the web they'll throttle you. You may as well go back to 56K.
I <3 Be
They just seem decent, they're aimed squarely at people that want a fast connection and no limits and aren't going to be on the phone asking why their google stopped working.
This is cool. I must try and get on the next round.
"She may not know what she is talking about, but she makes a good point.
Giving kiddies a non-standard OS is not going to help them. Who gives a monkeys if Linix is any good? Its not what they will see in the real world."
Hi Gordon, have you ever heard of IT or Software Engineering? AIX, HP-UX, Solaris? zOS?
There are many more operating systems out there in the world. Keeping kids exposed only to windows is useless for educating people. Sure, teach 'em to use word, they'll probably use it. Teach 'em OO.o too, as more and more corps and governments use that now. And give them a flavour of programming with any of the multitude of languages available for free and easy to set up on Linux. And windows too, if you like.
Your premature announcement of the death of all other operating systems is not well received. Linux is good experience for most of the non-windows ones.
"In fairness to Virgin I'd say that the Freetards are probably the most tiresome, irritating, self-important, entitlement-culture wankers on the internet. I'd want to kick them off my network"
No, I'd say you just won that title.
I am not a "freetard" if by that you mean someone that downloads copyright works. If you mean a power-user who uses linux, runs many machines and wants to actually make use of the service I fucking well paid for, then maybe I am.
I transfer lots of stuff around, stream video and audio over the connections, dump files about the place, seed linux torrents etc etc.
I don't give a fuck if your web browsing slows down because, guess what, I didn't sign up to share a connection with you, I signed up for a pipe to the internet to use as I damn well see fit.
You want to charge me more for that service? Be my guest, I'll pay it, but stop advertising these services as unlimited when you've got contractual limits, fair use limits and now protocol based traffic limits.
Fuck virgin and fuck all the anonymous cowards moaning about "selfish" torrent users; we're just ahead of the curve. Sooner or later you'll want to do something high bandwidth (iPlayer etc) and by then you'll have argued yourselves back to paying 20 quid a month for dialup speeds because it's somehow "fairer".
The internet has to move forward. Companies like Virgin and people like you are trying to hold it back.