71 posts • joined Wednesday 14th May 2008 17:32 GMT
The same people who open phishing scam sites opened this one. :-)
Let me guess? A Chrome fanboi? Did you know that when v30 of Chrome came out, it fixed 50 vulnerabilities that existed in v29 and before? Chrome should be in browser hell.
Watch 10.8 have the same problem! [OK, unlikely... but you never know with Apple!]
Yup. Here we go sagain. Google releases another version that fixes 19 vulnerabilities. Expect another update in about 2 weeks to fix the problems that this version caused. Chrome is the buggiest browser on the planet. I'd take any other browser over this piece of crap - even if it takes an extra second to display a page.
I guess Apple doesn't want to divulge its plans. After all, everything from Apple [in hardware] is from Foxconn. I'm sure Apple has a dilema. If they don't increase the price for their gadgets and stuff, their profits will drop. If they do, they may get one or two less fanoi or fangurl buyers around the would not buying their stuff.
Of note, a place I know bought 3 systems. Made in China - assembled in Mexico.
Unlike Apple where probably everything is made and assembled in China.
Everybody's favorite security tyrants switching over to a less secure OS. Face it - some VP at that dump wanted to have that app that measures decibel sounds on his Blacberry but was unavailable. Or maybe they were sending their goons into some foreign land where that government made a deal to spy on anyone using Blackberries.
Talking about wasting money. i can see it now. These old farts in parliament trying to figure out how to use an iPad or maybe opening some malware and then getting all the other 649 MPs infected. :-)
Another crackpot government. Do they actually think blocking what they call objectionable will make them holesome? THere are thousands of sites which have material that could even make High Heffner blush [or at least happy].
The manufacturers are shooting themselves in the foot for trying to match Apple's Apple tax pricing. People take a look at a regular Apple laptop and see it's over-priced compared to a Windows laptop with the same hardware but then see the Windows based ultrabook and see it's the same as the Macs. Then they scratch their head.
Don't give in!
RIM has a major problem: give in to these crackpot governments who want to spy/evesdrop on not only their citizens but any visitor in the country or lose out to millions of subscribers that they will lose if the vans come in effect.
With a ban, any Blackberry within the country will be useless for most commincation. Without a ban [i.e. RIM caves in], those despot governments can check on business deals without your knowledge [you think they will actually need court approval? I doubt it].
Sure those governments say it's a security issue. So let's say BlackBerries get banned, what stops terrorists from using some other form of communication? Encrypted Emails from an iPad? Soime other smartphone?
The US [as far as we know] aren't asking RIM for access and yet terrorists have them in their bulls eye.
Can you really call it an emergency patch or out-of-band patch when it was expecteded to be released on the 3rd but released a day early?
It's about friggen time....
Someone needs to get after these registers. No more of these cybersquatting. Hopefully no more [or reduced] malware sites.
You can complain to a register who had registered [for example] the name www.theregister.us or www.tomshardware.co.uk that who ever is running those sites are cybersquatting but they don't care. They just want their money. ICANN should give a monetary penalty for every domain they improperly registered knowing that the domain is hinky.
It should be up to the registrar to verify that all domains they register are legal.
[Would be nice if the registrars were also force to check that there is no illegal activity or shut down a domain if malware is found on the site.]
ISPs are useless
To me ISPs are useless - and not just those in Eastern Europe. All over. The same go for the registrars. Neither want to disconnect a paying client unless they have to.
One registrar says it's up to the registree to verify the domain the registree is using isn't illegal or using any trademarked name. so I could register www.applehatesadobe.com and the registrar doesn't care - even though they know it's probably not right. Or maybe www.microdoft.com for cybersquatting.
ISPs won't bother if a site on their network is sending popup [and probably malware infested] PDFs or scripts.
Jeez. More updates.
I recently migrated to a new syste and reinstalled Acrobat 8 Pro. It was already at 8.1.0. I needed 7 patches to get it to the current 8.2.1. This is getting rediculous.
BTW, Adobe's quarterly updates are bad. Now we have to wait up to 3 months [or in some cases more when they forget to disclose a vulnerability] to get updates and all these updates are fixes to vulnerabilities. They [at this point] aren't likely to release any new features for them. So why bother with the quarterly updates?
The question is whether it's a Windows 7 issue or the drivers from the manufacturers. If those who installed Windows 7 used the default drivers from Windows 7, I suspect the battery life may not be as long. Did they look at the manufacturer's web site for updates?
My Fujitsu Lifebook E series does this
You can always go back to Vista. [hehehehe]
Windows 7 Starter === not for me
Glad I bought my Asus 1000HE when I did. While Microsoft would like to see Win 7 Home Premium on netbooks, so far most netbooks with Win 7 are with Win 7 Starter which has a few limitations [I heard you can't change the desktop background]. Why Starter edition? Switching to Home would add maybe $80 to the cost of a netbook.
Unlike everyone else, Apple gets a huge cut on all the data pland sold by those who provide air time to iPhones. On top of that by someone's calculation a year or so ago, for $10 of an iPhone sold, Apple kept $4 as profit [rest making it, etc.].
Dumb to fall for it
I wonder how many people would fall for this crap. A blue screen of death screen from within a browser? A popup message with a security warning. What does a security warning got to do with a BSOD?
I sent off an Email to the computer novices I know to warn them.
As mentioned previously, the over-paid MPs are heading for their summer recess [so they can play in the sand]. When they come back in September, the god awful Conservatives will finally be booted out of office. This bill will not become law.
I think the ISPs which include Bell, Shaw, Rogers and Videotron [owned by Quebecor] are strong enough to fight off the bill. This bill is basically open season for any police official to do what they want in the end.
@Johnny Canuck: How can you vote for those incompitent morons?
And so on...
If you buy a netbook with Win XP, the netbook manufacturer still has to support XP for the warranty of the netbook.
Advantage of windows over Linux? Try and get any support for [let's say] Federa Core 6 which is just a few years old.
Windows 7 will be faster than Vista according to reports and will also fix some of the major issues in Vista.
Windows 7 will not directly support BlueRay [from what I read]. Manufacturers will supply drivers.
Exchange Server 2003? Why? Still has another 5 yeas of life. Way, way, way more people have Win XP than Exchange 2003.
Of note: New systems purchased sometime after June 2009 until January 2010 will be able to get a free upgrade to Windows 7. But business users will have the option [when buying a system with Windows 7] to downgrade to Vista or Win XP.
Bridge to somewhere
At least Microsoft is paying for a large chunk of the bridge. Let alone it wouldn't cost as much if there wasn't train tracks as well. B'sides it is going over a highway.
In Toronto, IBM has a bridge to go to one of their campuses. Interesting thing is that it's like a typical exit off a highways except it's a street that's not even divided. They couldn't put up a light instead? In another IBM location, they have their own exit and entrance off a secondary road.
Boo on Adobe
First, the Reader and Acrobat (full) updates currently apply to version 9 only. Versions 7 & 8 will be out in a week. Unsure why they released the updates for version 9 as it probably doesn't account for 5% of the share. The Standard/Pro update clocks in at more than 110MB. Reader at 16MB.
Second, those using Active Directory *could* easily distribute any Flash update or version. problem is that version 10 doesn't seem to work well with AD. Version 9 works fine. I've reported the version 10 glitch and Adobe did nothing.
I think Adobe is doing a REAL crappy job of late. The CS4 suites seem to be so buggy. Something like over 1GB of updates already.
Do people care?
Do people really care that IE can be "disabled". Sometimes it's nice to have a second browser - just to make sure the browser is showing the site correctly. Using Firefox 3 and a menu showed only 5 items [when I know there was more]. IE7 showed them all [20+].
The only ones that care are the Opera, Google and Mozilla lobbyists that are pushing/bribing the EC to force Microsoft to change Windows. So much for living in a democracy. If you don't want to use it, don't. The EC is telling people what they can and can't do. Maybe they should stop wasting millions on this mess and try and do something meaningful.
If they continue, they should go after Apple for allowing them to bundle Safari [does any Apple users use that buggy piece of crap anyways?]
He should take himself to court.
Asus had announced that they had release too many models already that looked similar to each other and were trying to standardize on some components [the popular 1000He uses the same casing as some older models now].
Someone asked about features. I don't think any netbooks have an optical drive. The typical Asus netbook system has 1GB of memory [up to 2GB - limitation of the processor], probably has the N280, probably 3 USB ports, mic and headphone jacks, touchpad, VGA port and the typical 1024*600 resolution.
If it's like the 1000HE, it has a typical battery life of 7 hours - tweakable to 9.5 hours. Probably initially Win XP with a possible Linux model.
Now can someone fix the typos?
I can't see how they'd bother with x86 - unless in conjunction with a x64 processor [since x64 builds on x86 for backwards compatibility.
@Samson Chan: LeadTek, MSi, etc. don't make the GPU, just their own board. If the card is using a [for example] Radeon GPU, they supply the board and drivers.
Having a job or cut off
If I had a choice between having a job [paid less] in these difficult times or getting laid off with chances of not getting my job back - I'd take the pay cut.
Taking a 5% pay cut is better than getting whatever the government forks out - and that won't last forever.
I wonder if Acer learned. It's nice that RAM is built into the system and a slot is available to add more but with the limitation of the chipset on most [all?] netbooks at 2GB, this one can only hit 1.5GB because they don't make 1.5GB sodimms.
As well, taking off the whole bottom just to add memory is sucky. The new ASUS Eee 1000HE doesn't have that problem. Remove 2 screws, slide the small cover off and you can access the memory and the hard disk.
Get the ASUS EEE 1000HE
I'll take the new ASUS EEE 1000HE. 92% the size of a standard keyboard, 1024*768 native [not *600] and with power saving tweaking up to 9.5 hours (!) of battery life. Notebook Review web site gave it it's editor's choice. They tweaked the power settings to more typical usage and got over 7 hours. So 260 minutes is peanuts!
Does serve the city right
The city blew it big time. First mistake. They hired a guy with a criminal record (serious enough crime).
Second mistake. They obviously didn't check their security policies regarding who could access what.
Oh wow! Huge story. Front page news! Mac OS finally comes close to 10% market share. Give me a break. The Mac has been out for [what] 25 years now and only hit 10%. At this rate [with a 0.3% increase per month if they could keep it up] it would still take probably 10 years to come close to Windows' market share and that's unlikely.
Steve Jobs may be an innovator or good at marketing but he killed the OS by not allowing it to install the OS on any hardware. Why? So Apple could reap a 25-50% markup on the exact same hardware sold on a typical PC.
With the economy slipping, if someone had a choice between a $1000 Windows PC [even with Vista on it] or a $1400 Mac - with the same hardware specs, they'd still choose a PC. I would.
Stick it EU where the sun doesn't shine....
Over 12 years later, and the EU has finally decided that IE shouldn't be part of Windows [granted the first part of this mess was in 2002].
Do the ordinary people REALLY care that IE is bundled? Nope. If you like Firefox, you can download it [a wopping 9MB]. If you want Safari or Opera [hah!] then something is wrong with you.
Microsoft has unbundled the Window Live stuff [messenger won't be built into Windows 7] and it is to their advantage to do so. Until next year, they are still supporting IE 5 for Windows 2000 [although I'm sure most are using IE 6, the last supported Win2K browser].
I think the EU's commission is made up of 60 year old farts who don't know how to use a computer mouse and still use typewriters.
To the Apple & Linux fanatics [and the few zealots] - if the tables were reversed and Linux or OSX had around 80% of the OS population, you don't think there woild be more viruses, malware and other crap out there. Those virus maker creaps want the biggest impact as well as the most number of novices that they can fool [which is in Windows but OSX is catching up with all the novices who like fads/hype more than what the system does.
So why is it that there is anti-virus apps for Linux and OSX if they are sooooooo clean of this crap?
If you ever read the SANS newsletters? Linux/Unix is just as easy to get attacked.
Oh reason why Linux isn't getting hit? Every 2-3 years you are upgrading or reformating because the company doesn't support the OS anymore. Windows gets a minimum of 10 years. XP will probably be close to 14 years of support.
A J Stiles: "Free" [open source CD] probably also means the source code is available [so the hackers can find vulnerabilities in it] and in some cases amateur writing. Microsoft, Apple and the commercial Linux OSs at least have many programmers to test.
Stuart Duel: You mean that *NO* viruses and crap has it OS X since 2001? Ya right. And Bush will still be president for the next 4 years. I guess Symantec and others discontinued their Anti-virus for the Mac line 6-7 years ag. Eh?
Toss the CEO
What ever CEO & president Mike Zafirowski does seems to screw up companies. Motorola had major problems with him there. Now Nortel. Next?
BTW, one story said they'll probably sell off chunks of the company.
Oh here we go again
Every year the same prediction: Linux will take over the world.... Or whatever. This will never happen. why? The Linux side is too fragmented. too many distros. You have internal bickering betweek Linux people. Some say Ubuntu is for neanderthals. Others say RedHat/Fedora is too bulky [a Windows Vista wanna bee].
Dumb and dumber
Well, I think the guy probably deserved something for for having probably no brains in streaming the music. At least he is in possession of stolen material.
The week when the album was released, it was third on the sales list with something like 275,000 copies [in the US?].
While it's not a great album, it's listenable at least.
"Why does it seem like Microsoft insist on a restart for every bloody patch that comes down the tube." - Have you ever ran it through Windows Update or Automatic Update? One reboot.
Or manually download each EXE. Run each EXE [assuming WinXP] and use /q /z as parameters. This stops any reboot with minimal interaction. I'd run in a batch file. Works with 95% of the updates. [Suppost to use the utility "qchain.exe" after the last update. Qchain can be found on the MS website.]
We have a dozen Server 2003 servers and with this way, they weren't rebooted in 6 months.
Note: Some updates require a reboot to take effect - so there is a minor risk if your network isn't secure.
Apple == Overpriced & Overhyped
Unless I got it as a nice present this month, I wouldn't touch anything from Apple with a 10 foot pole. Poke around and you can find many issues with their hardware [not just iTouch]. They shoved a graphics card with a known issue into their new laptop. iPhones with hairline cracks and bad transfer speeds. Need I say more. let alone their deceptive ads which I know Mac lovers find them to be pathetic.
Macs aren't immune
Just because the vast majority of malware/crapware/viruses run on Windows doesn't mean Macs will always be free of those critters.
Aside from the "REAL" people who buy Macs [for business, for audio and video editing] you will still have those morons [they always seem to be blonde, female and an IQ of Britney Spears or less ... if that's possible] who will click on some attachment or open up some web site and will get infected. As more morons will buy a super expensive surfing/email system, more and more crapsware will appear becausethese morons know nothing about computers.
Probably make just a small dent. But it's better than nothing.
Shaun: The crap they sell half of the time [or most] is not even legit. You buy something from those sites are low dosage versions of dtugs --- if they are drugs at all. And if they don't work good luck in returning it. The fact that most are using spamming tactics to advertise is another reason not to trust them. EVer go to those sites? They advertise that they are hacker proof, Better Business Bureau approved, Verisign certificate, state or provincial approved and yet can't show proof. [The BBB and Verisign links should point to their respective sites but instead point to the pharamacy's own site.] Oh ya. The article said nothing about the pharmacy industry being on the raids, just Interpol and various police organizations.
Screwed up company
I had stock when it was worth $60US [after a 3-for-1 stock split]. Now a share can barely buy a very cheap trio meal at McDonalds. [$5.20US]
There is still a class action lawsuit against the company because of their shennanigans around the dot.com crash. And they are [last I heard] suppost to split off the handset stuff.
I own their razr and the Rokr T505 speakerphone. Both are excellent. But their recent handsets aren't. I think the Razr2 has died a slow death. Do people really need buttons on the outside specifically for playing [MP3] music when the battery life sucks?
On behalf of those who were too young to see them live [original four] --- bummer!
Mike Portnoy of Dream theater assembled a tribute band for a few concerts a few years back. Plant's "duplicate", Daniel Gildenlow wasn't too bad actually.
That said it still won't be Led Zep.
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