1892 posts • joined 4 May 2008
Re: I have to defend the police here...
Then if the police have absolutely nothing to go on and the case is so insignificant why did they bother doing anything at all. What was the point of the letter then? Was it just to satisfy the community needs....pull the other one.
>Is the police sending round a polite note reminding everyone to secure their WiFi really comparable with you attempting to grass up your neighbour as a sex offender?
Is this what you consider the Police should spend there day doing, sending polite letters reminding people to secuire their Wifi connections. Maybe in Noddy Land that sounds like a great idea but here in the real world I can think of far better ways of spending tax payers money.
Re: I have to defend the police here...
No, I am not saying that they should not respond to anything, I am saying they that should have gathered some facts before reacting.
They sent out letters without first establishing if there was indeed a case... Why was no-one intially sent out to determine what ALL the facts were ?
Re: I have to defend the police here...
A guy in the pub last night told me about a friend who's neighbour saw what looked like a naked child running around MrXavia's house. I am sure a quick call to the local plod should sort that out.
What do you think Mr Xavia...
Sorry about the tone but the police should react on fact not on speculation.
Re: Hey APPLE!
@Alex : I must point out some facts.
1 : It was Google that coined the phrase "Do no evil", not Apple.
2 : Steve Jobs is dead, so jail time wouldn't actually be very usefull unless his cellmate was a necrophiliac.
3 : Fashist is actually spelt : Fascist ( The word Spelt is the preference of the British, Spelled if you are over the other side of the pond)
And they will recover the $10m by asking one of their child labour farms to stop feeding the children 7 days a week, 6 is enough after all....
Or alternatively they could just put a cheaper antenna in the iPhone ( oops..... tried that already and it didn't work, literally)
I prefer Noddy
"The key, he said, lies in shaking up a business that has relied too long on processes that it developed in the earliest days of the PC industry."
Strange to want to change the very same processes that made them into some of the richest people on the planet.... Software requirements haven't really change much, I seem to have been doing much the same thing for the last 20 years, the interfaces change a little but everything else remains about the same.. ( Except for the VMs)
"The diversity of products that Microsoft has – from silicon tape-outs to services that we are continuously updating in Azure or Office 365 – is a lot more than when we first created the Microsoft engineering system," Nadella said. "That was for retail, packaged products."
So if these products are not going to be retailed or packaged how does he expect to distribute them. The retail methods and the packaging might change a little but they still must be retailed and packaged in order that the custormer can actually recieve them.
"We are not in hardware for hardware's sake and our first-party hardware will be aligned with our strategic direction," he said.
Then what was it doing before if it wasn't "Aligned with strategic direction".
Nadella really is nothing more than a stockholders sock puppet. Bill, and even Steve to a certain limit, were capable of creating an enthusiastic future.
Nadella just bumps out Buzzwords behind empty phrases, either he is just crap at public speaking and has no imagination or he is just a terrible boss. In either case he shouldn't be going public with speeches like that.. As an investor I would start seriously considering moving MS Stocks out of my portfolio.
He shares a lot with Tim Cook really , neither strikes the chord of desire.
Twitter and Facebook I understand but LinkedIn ! It's really a bit too dull to be classed as Social Media.
Agreed the Acronym is a but naff but the phrase sounds great. ( even though it's not by thang)
Re: Microsoft bought Nokia because ...
I though Microsoft bought Nokia because they wanted the patents....and now they have them.....
>Of course, to access all these hidden tools you'd need access to the target's iPhone, and Apple's security is invincible, right? Not so fast there: Zdziarski has also uncovered a way to get around this that, while hard for hackers, wouldn't be too tough for law enforcement.
I can only presume that this means "with some help from Apple".
> it's clear Apple owes customers some answers.
I doubt that Apple will provide much of anything to these kinds of findings, they have a new product about to be launched so their interests lie elsewhere for the moment.
If Apple have these kinds of undocumented APIs, it is safe to presume that everyone else does too, whether it be with or without the NSAs blessing.
API : ( Access to Privates Interface) - Don't let coders make you beleive that it means something else.
TV - the illness of the 21 century...
When will people realise that giving up TV is like giving up cigarettes: - it releases you from the ensuing illness.
If I understood the article in the link correctly this study was made during "2008".
I have a very poor memory but I believe that 6 years ago SmartPhone usage was no-where near what it is today. Today people use their smartphones for a plethora of Social Media applications which were not prevalent at the time.
Please, redo this study today and publish the result.
The article also does not state how the managed to ensure that no-one used their phones....
Don't know why I got the thumbs down as this was simply a question ? If there is something wrong with the question at least have the decency to point out my error.
Does this mean that they have Dalvik running correctly or have they managed to remove it and run the Apps is some other kind of sandbox ?
Oh my eyes
What has happened to interface designers in the last few years, colour schemes seem to have taken a dive. It now appears that the visually disturbing the interface the better...
Windows 8 . Chromes OS (as per photo in article), even my bloody NAS ( Synology - DSM v5.0 ) have been given interface colours and icons that only appear attractive to the under 5s... And no, some of them can't be modified, or at least not without some considerable effort.
>Hacker attacks on our national infrastructure [or] espionage attempts to obtain our secrets
Hint : Hide your secrets a little bit better to start of with rather than leaving them lying about.
>“If we can watch traffic going through that third-party computer, discarding anything we don't need
So they will discard the trail left behind your prOn perusal ( pull the other one)... And just how will they decide what is and what is not necassary. After all you might be an aspiring terrorist or a peado so they will just keep everything anyway...
>simply looking at the malicious signatures and where they come from, we have taken a great stride forward,”
Only to find that the comprised PC is being controlled by a CC in another far away country. So in other words it gets them no-where other than being able to spy on your PC....
Re: Buzzword bingo
That dates back to 22 years ago and is no less valid today as it was then. We have mad huge progress in computing but unfortuantely the same can't be said for the meatbags that use them.
>To win in the higher price tiers,
We don't currently compete in this bracket, or at least not on a serious level.
>we will focus on breakthrough innovation.
Up until we were simply focussing on old technology because we had completely lost track of what we were doing..
>that expresses and enlivens Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences.
That brings our old technology up to date, we really are that far behind the others.
>In addition, we plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows.
We realise that an android platform would likely surpass the Windows version so just to avoid the embaressment we will eliminate the android version
>This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space
Our cheap shit just managed to pass the break even line.
>and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps.
I need to make at least on reference to Windows 8 in order to satisfy the boys....
Not very positive Mr Nadelle.....
Re: Latex Masks
So 6 guys walk into a bank with these on....
Creepy doesn't even begin to describe it, I had no idea that these really existed outside of Hollywood...
So whoever opens up a business selling realistic latex masks, not the BDSM kind, is likely to become very popular amongst the underworld.
It would be interesting to use the Chief Superintendants face for example.
Lumia 930 - not very luminous.
After reading the whole article I didn't find anything particularly negative but also didn't find anything particularly positive.
It reads like "Just another phone". the market is already saturated with great phones in the upper price band.
Other than the desire to pass into the MS Garden I really can't see any compelling reason for anyone leaving the comfort of the Android/Apple gardens. I could say the same thing for any one the top of the range phones for the moment though.
I am actually surprised that the Google Nexus is not actually running away with all the prises for the moment as it is cheaper and fills in all the usual tick boxes.
Glad to see the article didn't concentrate solely on the camera, kudos.
Re: for some definition of paedophile...
@Skelband : Agreed
> but looking at pictures being a crime is a step too far.
Imagine the number of arrests the day that looking at the Youporn/Xhamster kind of porn is made illegal ?
( Not speaking for myself of course, I definately wouldn't look at naked bodied people, doing things that naked bodied people sometimes do together, or with friends, or with multiple friends).
Re: Remember kids ...
You can if you use the other spelling, "wellpaidarsehole".
Re: invest $71m...
ROI = $-71m
( A loss for the company but not for the individuals that recieved the intial $71m and successfully managed to shuffle away a large part ot some offshore account)
Re: Now remove the Tiles @Khaptain
Up until the moment that they offered tiles no-one was complaining, everyone was able to do as he pleased.
The Tiles aka .Metro changed that optic... There was no option other than to use this new, unwanted by most, method, the paradigm in itself that was not accepted.
Now remove the Tiles
Anything +Tile+ related will be like have your eyes poked with a sharp thing, so that has to go too. If they remove the tiles and the kiddy icon set we will be back to a nice comfortable desktop.
I genuinelly believe that MS have made a major error with W8 and I do not believe that they will fully recover from it. MS has now moved solely into the hands of "the "unvisionaries"...
Definition "unvisionary" : n,m : Those that are incapable of understanding that ripping up the playing field means that you can no longer play........
Microsoft is not a one man team and Nadella has become the manager of that team. Unfortunately he might be a great engineer but not a great manager. If he can't create the spark that will ignite his teams motivation/innovation/drive then he should return to waht hwe was good at rather than remain where he is.
Hard-working and bright does not make you an shining light.
Microsoft appear to be in a very "cloudy" situation, and I don't mean the asure kind, their ideas are vague, they lack direction and appear to be lost.....
On saying that though, I wouldn't like to be in Nadella's position, when you start of in Pole Position you have to fight three times harder to remain there.
>There is no other way to lower costs than reduce your outgoings, be it substandard construction or low wages.
Then you shouldn't be in business.
Re: I feel such a failure
There is no need to answer anyway as the results were determined well in advance of the questions.
What a lovely government, they do all of the work for you..
Re: What's the real danger ?
@asdf - No problem ;-)
Yes, as soon as the golden words are mentioned "corporate bureaucracy" it is easy to understand the root cause of many a problem.
In the perfect world I would have a team of developers/admins constantly updating all of our apps/servers, but I don't pay the bills, so here in the real world things are a lot less glamorous...
Re: What's the real danger ?
>Sounds like your shop is more smallish but Enterprise IT can't really think like that.
I can easilly understand why you would think that. For obvious reasons I can't mention who I work for but I can say that it is a large Multi-National with a more than 100K direct employees. It really is a very large company.
We do have the normal Enterprise IT attitude but not always and not for all business lines. It all boils down to money, project investement commitees and project priority calendars. Budgets have not been made available, nor suitable priority given to some of the older applications and as such they remain static, they can't be decommissioned but at the same time have no resource allocation for upgrades/renewals.
The regional DPP is well aware of the situation but also has his hands tied by the bean-counters and higher priority projects - especially those concerning new business.....
And in the mean-time I have to keep the local shop running... it's one of those catch 22 situations in which I can't win..... ( notice how I used "I" rather than the company).
I always thought that the large corporate world would always have the latest technology etc.....how wrong I was.... ( they do have some nice stuff to play with though).
What's the real danger ?
Except for web facing front end servers what would be the real danger here ? I have two servers that have been running W2003 for the last six years, they are rebooted about twice a year for maintenance and they never cause any problems.
The physical machines were transfered to VM,s two years ago during a hardware refresh, they are both running a legacy application that will not get updated for a few more years, if ever. The application works, the user like it and it costs us nothing in maintenance. We have no need to update it....
Why would I want to update ? How serious do you guys treat security updates for back end servers with little or no internet connection. The proxy configurations are not configured on either machine so they have no direct connexion to the web.
Are you sure that it is Purple and not Pubian...
It is important to highlight the word "directly".....
The rumors started around the end of 2012 and Apple are kinda responsable for some of the rumors , and since lots of others already exist, then yes they are kinda "late for a very important date".
Can we have a El Reg unit which can quantify "Rumor to Market" time..
Will he also request bringing back corporal punishment and putting himself on trial..
They are doing it again
Wll someone at Microsoft please listen to the following
Please stop trying to dictate how we work........Each of us is different and we need to do things in our own personalized manner......We already have links, icons, menus, shortcuts, favorites etc in order that we can organize our work, we don't need this silly method that you are proposing, leave it to us to decide.
In 20 years of IT I have never seen 2 people organise their desktop in the same manner, why would MS think that suddenly that is going to change... There are some very intelligent people at MS but why have they assigned the absurd, strange and weird ones to the W8 interface design team.
>In August last year, NSW Police busted a Romanian carder ring which had used a 3D printer to produce skimmers subsequently installed across Sydney ATMs. ®
So how long before 3D printers get banned.....
As for the the alliteration, an alternative would have been to replace Sydney with Cobbers
Cobbers clobber cabbie carder crims....
Re: No problem for me then !
"Any person not in a continuously vegetative state"
I suppose that that definition will exclude most of the cabinet then.
No problem for me then !
>The ability to access information about communications and intercept the communications of dangerous individuals is essential to fight the threat from criminals and terrorists targeting the UK.
Since I am not a "dangerous indiviual", or not that I know of, does that mean that my data will not be recorded.
Or is there another method classifying what a dangerous individual actually is.
Can someone actually provide a detailed definition of "dangerous indiviual".
Does it really matter
They also spy on the President, the vice-president and anyone else that dirt can be thrown at when they no longer need them.
It's the American, European, Asian, Arab, African , South American way of life : in other circles it's called Politics...
Do you mean Phoque and if you do I presume you know it has another meaning.
Now you will be able to see all those parts that are not user replaceable.
Oh look :
There's the ram that I can't change.
There's the battery that I can't change.
Also if your iDevice get's dirty on the inside, dust etc, now you will be able to see the dirt/dust whereas before it was not a problem....
Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?
We already have the technology but it just isn't as functional, or intelligent enough that it can currently replace the KVM solutions that we use today.
The reason that keyboards and mice are still in use is because they are simple to use ( with only a very small learning curve).
I wouldn't like to suggest that we will never use any other method but for the moment nothing is better that what we currently have.
Swiping a tactile screen has become the defacto interface on SmartPhones because it works for that particular format. Swiping a large tactile PC is a pain, a mouse is a far better medium - for the moment.
Evolution/advances in technology will always provide us with alternatives but until those alternatives have some distinct improvement over the existant then I doubt that anything will change.
Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?
>So the user can write, speak or draw their request
So what's wrong with the Keyboard and mouse solution, they are proven, they dont break down very often and the simply work.
Speaking requires interpretation.
Writing requires interpretation.
Drawing requires interpretation.
Interpretation leads to false positives, then having to repeat the command again and again, a long learning phase etc etc ...
In other words, they are far more pain than they are worth....for anything but minimal commands ( swiping on a smartphone is fine)
Desktop != Tablet != Smartphone
They wanted to create the same experience for the various platforms : fail....
They made MAJOR changes to a very functional OS ( XP , W7) rather than taking small steps = fail.
The expect that users will forget 10-15 years of habits and instantly move over to a new paradigm = fail.
All they had to do was move in small steps, test the water and either implement or remove...
Now they are in a position that they need to make new radical changes in order that the userbase falls back in love... but that is not going to happen overnight.
The tablet world is not the proffessional world is not the smartphone world... Different userbases, requirements and situations. MS Please, please, please stop confusing them, I can easily handle the differences between the three, they really don't need to have the same interface..
Coding does not = innovation.
The world is full of great coders, linux stands as proof of this fact. What the world is not full of though is innovators and I am not convinced that that is something that money can buy...
>You can't soundly conclude either (i) that any particular proportion of sales were people buying into the hype (though almost certainly some will have been); or (ii) that laptop sales will climb.
Agreed it is very difficult to make a true conclusion but :
Who actually did buy the tablets ? The professional market, the only people that I have ever seen using tablets are sales droids showing product presentation... I don't seen them on public transport during commuting hours and I don't see them in the streets as we do smartphones.... So who the hell bought the damned things.
What I do beleive though is that Joe Public simply doesn't need these gadgets. He actually has very little usage for them. It would be extremely difficult to build a use case model that was actually serious. That is why I believe that most of them are hype driven, why else would Joe Public buy one ?
My wife works in the education field and all of the staff were given iPads but no-one uses the damned things because they don't truly provide the platform that is required... Again these were hype driven purchases, Silver Bullet if you will. There is an once opended iPad box on top of my fridge that we simply can't find use for and I am convinced that we are not alone in that respect.. And from what I understood all of the schools, at least in my region, were given them.... I don't consider this as professional, this is educational, which is a different market althoug no better in the end..
I find that a reasonable smartphone covers 90% of Joe Publics real requriements. The tablets might cover 5%....
The market might be saturated but it also can't fnd any true prupose for tablets that would justify an upgrade or renewal.. the fad has come and gone
>that laptop sales will climb.
I don't believe that laptops will climb back up either.
Guam, is that like a cut down versionof GAUntanaMo. I suppose that is better than being dropped of in Guano.
What's the betting that Putin couldn't give a shit about Seleznev, Snowdon is a much larger fish... a very public fish.. like Jaws but with glasses.
Unless of course Seleznev is actually an NSA/FSB special/double agent/spy character who has already hacked Putin's/Obama's personal smartdevice..... dream on....
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