Re: Is this really relevant for OS X?
Lots of stuff in OS X is run via the shell so the exposure is there. Anyone who has web sharing enabled is in danger so Apple is responsible for protecting them.
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Lots of stuff in OS X is run via the shell so the exposure is there. Anyone who has web sharing enabled is in danger so Apple is responsible for protecting them.
Sure, I could write a cronjob to run as root to do this but: will my machine be on when it's due to run? Do I get to tell it not to run because I'm on a shitty or expensive network?
Anyway the main point is Apple ships a load of Posix stuff, some of which is weirdly patched and or broken and doesn't maintain it. Not everyone is familiar with the command line and even those of us who are have better things to do. Taking the Posix stuff out of the OS and treating them as third party ports would make it a lot easier for Apple to integrate (and test) upstream fixes and include it in a user friendly GUI like Software Update.
sudo port install bash
Or maybe they will grow up and bless MacPorts or Homebrew as the systems for managing their POSIX stuff and just integrate it with their software update GUI.
At the moment I have to do the following every day:
sudo port sync && port outdated
if there are any outdated packages
sudo port upgrade outdated && sudo port uninstall inactive
Don't wait for Apple: install MacPorts from http://www.macports.org
I can see telcos buying these boxes to replace existing proprietary ones. I can't imagine anywhere is using x86 for this kind of workload as it is suited to dedicated workloads. Buyers will have to weigh the potential extra costs of patching and deploying software themselves against any savings and independence from suppliers.
Intel doesn't need to worry, yet because it's not in those markets. But, of course, if the boxes turn out to deliver the right performance with low power draw and at an acceptable price then there will be appetite for more and it will presumably be easy enough to plugin whichever modules are required whether its multimedia or cryptography. At some point someone will try them as file or web servers.
Not sure that's relevant here. In any case it might make more sense for IPv6 to get more roadtesting on devices which can update their code before it gets universal adoption.
All this means that Quark may be a strong challenger to some ARM-based embedded processors…
Where's the evidence for this assertion? Is the Quark being used anywhere in volume? And if, as the article goes on to argue, even cheaper open source hardware is starting to appear, how does Intel stack up there?
I thought Quark was supposed to be the gateway drug from Intel for embedded Its power consumption is still well above that of the M-series so it waves the x86 instruction set to attract attention. Personally, I think the ARM has an increasingly attractive argument about the same toolchain across devices.
Fuck off you UKIP numpty!
The Commission only got involved in roaming charges because the case was made that operators were hindering the free market through price-fixing that wasn't covered by the terms of the national licences.
No, data just needs to be dumped onto the local internet.
Sure, the difference is in the load carried by the cells. A football stadium of people chatting uses essentially the same kind of resources today as it did in the middle of the 1990s. A bit different when you think about the differences in the use of data from 9600 baud to 50 Mb/s.
For voice you're wrong which is why the package has already been agreed to. We already don't pay anything like the real cost of making a call which is why a comparison based on costs is fundamentally flawed.
Roaming always involved charging the user for imaginary costs and splitting the profit between the user's network and the network where they were roaming. In a regulated market this might have been covered by termination fees based on actual costs but there were obvious reasons why the networks would never agree to that.
My provider (E-Plus in Germany) has already got rid of roaming charges for incoming calls when I travel and the rest of the prices are largely in line with what I pay here. If the wholesale caps are inplace than I can't see anyone surviving the competition if they maintain roaming charges as we will be able to pick and choose our roaming partners.
I can see some leeway for data, which remains very expensive when abroad, as it doesn't scale the same way: as hard as we try we can't really hold multiple conversations at once so capacity is easier to plan for. Much more difficult to cater for the same users as they move from SMS to IM to VoIP to streaming video.
The catch, of course, is that passengers in a plane flying at 35,000 feet probably won't be able to connect to GSM towers on the ground, so it will be up to airlines to provide in-flight telecoms services if they're so inclined.
Oh, I don't know about that. Depends on what kind of power they have and how big the battery is. The problem at 35,000 feet isn't being able talk to a tower but to know which tower to talk to. The maths behind cells assume that most people are on or close to the ground.
The airlines have known for some years that there are phone radios on on nearly every flight, mostly because people forget to switch them off.
Nice to see how you detail all the steps and their attendant pitfalls.
The key phrase, though, is whether you're listening attentively. If you are, and you know the track well, then you'll notice all kinds of things. If you're not, you're unlikely to notice anything. The reason for this is that the brain uses lots of lossy compression techniques for processing audio and visual data. This is why we're so susceptible to optical and aural illusions – there was a good Horizon program on it a while back. But you will almost certainly notice the difference in the EQ settings. I have music on quietly all day as it helps me concentrate. I can nearly always tell when I forgot to switch the EQ back to standard for music from
Speakers should be able to move enough air and well enough damped not to sound harsh or tinny. But if the acoustics of your room are poor like a car or a bathroom you're unlikely to notice even that.
Want to really know what your various sources sounds like? Get some monitoring headphones on and listen to the quiet bits. Other than that go with what works best for you.
I thought NSS was quite popular.
I don't understand either the analogy or the conclusion.
Amazon's profits are wafer-thin because it's in low-margin, high-volume, high-capex business. Any ROI for investors in stock-price only and that because of the expectations of future business because it certainly isn't justified by current profits. I personally like the way Bezos tries new stuff, though I do wish he'd get out of the business of owning warehouses and actually shipping physical products.
As someone else pointed out the other day: in hosting you don't pay for what you use but for what you provision and this is the achilles heel of the whole model. At some point vendors will have to drive up their yield in order to make money or go out of business. That will make the whole system much less flexible unless derivatives are introduced allowing resource trade between users.
GNU bash, Version 4.3.25(1)-release (x86_64-apple-darwin13.2.0)
But then again I use MacPorts to manage most of my command line stuff as you can't rely on Apple to update the stuff.
@logistix looks like a lot of very uptight people around today. I haven't seen any of the latest pictures but I'm not going to be so prudish as to say I wouldn't look, be unsurprised at how unspectacular they are and move on. I do remember the Paris Hilton grumble flick. Now that was funny!
In terms of being nasty to the people involved - yep, don't agree with it – but the tabloids are often a lot crueller. As you point out there are a few lessons for us all to learn about who we trust and with what.
@Mycho for letting us see what all the fuss was about. I'm reminded of wontsomebodythinkofthechildren.com
Much ado about nothing. Let them pretend to have naked pictures of the woman and let's watch the internet dissolve in nowtrage. Maybe we need a new word for it? Suggestions please. I'll get the ball rolling with "nowtnet"
Why, oh why,…
Equating technological progress with civilisation is at best naive, at worst stupid: it has also given us atomic bombs, nerve gas and a heap of other things the world would definitely be much better without.
I'm not a gamer – I generally play Freecell or Sudoku when I play anything – but I have played many of the Blizzard Warcraft and Starcraft games (from version 1) because of their attention to detail and their sense of fun. The MMOs never interested me so I never got into WoW but I know people who got a lot of fun out of it and praised the way Blizzard managed upgrades and add-ons. They had to get the $50m to spunk on development from somewhere.
While such games will continue to enjoy a loyal following, I think there's little doubt that the future will be games that also work on phones and pads where for various reasons such as screen size and input device, but also the ability to be done during the commute, the classic MMO doesn't work.
In-game purchases never interested me but they obviously stuck a chord with a lot of people. People collect cards, mod their cars, etc. Why shouldn't they do the same with computer games?
If we're really lucky one of the central banks bought it in an attempt to "stimulate the economy" and will get fuck all for it. Yay! Taxpayers get fucked again!
In some countries such "special payments" would count as embezzlement. Not in the UK, it seems, which is why the Glazers could do the same thing with United.
The banks know exactly what the PE companies are up to as they usually invest (other people's money) in their schemes. Financial engineering usually makes the often very odd deals seem to work. In the last few years it's not been uncommon for PE companies to play pass the parcel with acquisitions in order to meet their targets.
I think there probably is a place for buyouts – taking a company off an exchange can be very helpful if it needs restructuring – but the degree of leverage should be much more restricted. Unfortunately, however, the current loose monetary policy is encouraging more of these kind of deals.
Pretty much all postal systems scan and store the metadata.
Anything that involves the ISPs is likely to fall foul of existing ECJ judgements and technical restrictions are more likely to harm legitimate business than reduce privacy. You can already go after payment providers who work with criminals.
The Council of Ministers itself does not legislate. All it can do is ask the Commission to draft some legislation which then has to go through the European Parliament and national parliaments.
The big battle is going to be the upcoming renewal of data protection and privacy rules and how TTIP and CETA will try and scupper or work round them.
The Samsung last generation flagship minis are probably what you want: you should be able to get an S4 mini for a reasonable price. While I don't mind the TouchWiz stuff I'm getting fed up of the private data slurping so installed Cyanogenmod. It's worth learning to switch off wifi for better battery life.
I don't hold much store by analysts either. They're looking in the wrong place for a start: orders at Apple's suppliers (easier to identify now the product is out) would be a better place. But as a supplier itself Samsung probably already knows.
No, analysts and consultants are usually paid to put spin on company's own plans.
Is the suggestion that the market for high-end smartphones might be limited for everybody. Including Apple. Could fanbois ever get tired of the upgrade cycle?
This one of the reasons why the consumer electronics companies are trying the spraygun approach with new products like wearables but also media add-ons like Chromecast or home automation, POS devices, vertical industries. Apple is very coyly and stylishly playing me too here as well. If all goes well then they will be hailed for the getting the Apple Watch right. If it doesn't go well then Apple's PR will make sure that nobody's talking about it a year from now.
That manufacturers are still throwing so many resources at the market and iterating so quickly suggests they might be onto something. The next generation of Android is going to make their lives a lot easier. I hesitate to use the word "game-changer" but Android L certainly looks very impressive to me. Find the right market (and we should be looking beyond the customer markets for where the real added value is). What if someone gets a contract to supply tablets and associated services to hospitals?
Mozilla has suffered from feature creep and lack of focus in the past. It's in a pretty privileged position because it doesn't have shareholders to please but it still has a job to do. A couple of years ago Mozilla was hoovering up all kinds of developers and gave them pretty free rein. But you've got to see what works.
Did anyone think this was more than a puff piece for Dolby's tech?
Who do you think Silicon Graphics' customers were? There's a reason why commodity PC hardware still isn't used for post-production.
no-one 'replaces' their DVD collection unless something new/better comes along.
I think VHS to DVD was the last time people fell for this ruse. The main changes people notice are the improvements in the codecs: DVD looks shabby on a HD screen because the MPEG artefacts are sharpened. If pushed people can notice the difference between 720p (or lower) and 1080p but that requires concentration not usually associated with the living room.
You have already purchased the viewing rights to whatever it is so you shouldn't have to do so again for a different format. If Hollywood wants us to change formats something like an incentive to trade-in would do wonders.
Google and Apple already have the infrastructure for 4k but Google prefers (rightly in my opinion) WebM over HEVC which is why all new Android devices have to support it in hardware: the format wars aren't over.
Let's hope the mission is a success. While this is partly bragging rights, it's also an indication of India's commitment to science. It's not just a land of IT-outsourcing and call centres.
There are plenty of places in any rich country where poverty is rife. The southern states of the USA are particularly galling.
Presumably this "nationalization" would take place when the Americans invade and insist we use their language?
Much as I prefer the "s" spelling myself the "z" spelling is known as the Oxford spelling because its used by the OED, though I think the reasons are different: the Oxford spelling is for classicists; the American is phonetic.
…because I, to my horror (and no doubt also to theirs), find myself agreeing with dogged and Matt Bryant!
As previously pointed out: any country may do this at any time but it does tend to fuck up their chances of foreign investment, damage their terms of trade, and is dependent upon the support of the courts.
Nice to see you showing some love for the islands… oh no, you're not. You're telling us you couldn't really give a shit about the. That'll be a good start.
Shetland (and, historically large parts of the Highlands) looked to Norway. It'll be a whole different court case should they decide they want to join Norway because of the promise of North Sea oil, free education and free healthcare. Did you see what I did there?
You seem to forget the Act of Union was between Scotland and England. The United Kingdom is not the UK without Scotland, so who says you will be allowed to stay on the EU.
The mere fact that Scotland is voting to leave. England and Wales don't have a vote. This is known as secession so the the international treaties signed by Her Majesties Government will remain in force.
Well, here's the solution...Scotland votes "yes" and stays in the EU and England et al can do what they want and leave the EU.
There is fairly compelling political logic for thinking that Scotland, as a new country, will have to apply to join the EU: France, Spain and Italy will be loathe for the secession to set a precedent and everyone else has other things on their mind (recession, Russian belligerence). Some kind of fudge (free trade agreement but no financial transfers) will no doubt be available but an independent Scotland should not expect many sympathetic ears.
It's not clear whether the Commission's view on the matter (new application required) is subject to legal challenge and if so, by whom.
ie more costs is a load of bullshit... the reason???
Not true in this case. Mobile network coverage is part of the licence and universal coverage benefits significantly from scale. Networks already complain about having to provide service in sparsely populated areas but can partly offset the additional costs by also serving densely populated areas. Apart from the Clyde/Forth corridor, Scotland is very sparsely populated and this will significantly affect any services to aspire to universal coverage. So the postal service will also be affected. It's also to see how the cost of groceries will rise as rUK distribution is reorganised. Any such changes will provide new opportunities, but it's naive to think they will not be disruptive.
Of course, the Scandinavian countries demonstrate that some services can be provided despite low population density and tricky terrain but they operate significantly different models with notably higher tax rates to fund the necessary financial transfers.
I'm hoping for a decisive vote either way, the polling companies are hopefully more inaccurate than normal having never had to predict this sort of result in this political climate within the UK.
I think your wish may be granted. The Economist ran a piece on how difficult referenda are to predict.
A close vote is also likely to be subject to legal challenge because non-native residents can vote whereas Scottish ex-pats can't.
If the vote is for, how long before Orkney and Shetland ask for their own?
To borrow a neologism from Portlandia: Mr Pauli seems to be a "linkalist" and a bad one at that. Even based on the page he linked to 4.2.x has a distribution of 20 %. The article claims the exploit targets 4.2.1 but I suspect it might also work on earlier versions, too. Whatever, a journalist might research this, a linkalist just adds something racy to the headline. Obviously confusing JellyBean with KitKat doesn't matter.
It's a pity because adding value would be easy: alternative stats could be obtained from The Register's own statistics which would add credence to or detract from the numbers quoted; and a demonstration page could be set up for users to test, or linked to assuming someone else has already done this.
@El Reg can we start blacklisting some of the more futtocky linkalists you have? It's nice to be able to avoid the crap if possible.
It's the tool of choice for quick answers to lots of software questions. #python #postgresql
By your logic they should also be working on Symbian, Tizen and Sailfish phones.
The argument is less directly financial as resources: good phone engineers are in limited supply; and, as Nokia showed, differing product focuses make it much harder for an overall strategy. What would make those phones, whichever OS, distinctively Huawei?
Your conspiracy theory is even less convincing.
Yes, I did think it through but I admit it might be slightly misleading: Intel is artificially segmenting the notebook market; Apple isn't as you can't get a cheap Apple notebook. That doesn't mean it won't do something like an I-Pad Pro or a MacBook Air with a detachable keyboard or find some other way to bridge the categories. It's already downsized the tablet and upsized the phone to satisfy market demand.
Intel's attempt to artificially segment the market in order to preserve higher margins on certain chips is really hurting the market and shows how important real competition is.
Those of us that use notebooks will always want them lighter and with better battery life. I'm pretty meh about wireless docking – cables add security – but I would like to see a docking standard so I can use anybody's desk and not worry about whether my model (not just make) of notebook will fit the docking station.
Notebooks with detachable keyboards that can work as tablets are pretty good. But, again, the price has to be right. I think Apple still has the edge with developers with the Air. Rather than an Apple Watch I'd like to see Apple's take on bridging the tablet / notebook divide. But until they decided it's worth doing I think the small Air does a great job in combining portability and power.
But based on its latest devices, the prime reason to buy an Apple product is to tell the world that you own an Apple product.
Hasn't that been the case since the I-Phone 4?
I won't be buying them but I don't see any reason why they won't continue to sell I-Phones and I-Pads in droves. And, if the watch doesn't sell, then it'll be buried quickly and quietly like other failures. If it succeeds, a year from now we'll be falling over ourselves to point it out why it's so much better.
But, Apple is no longer leading but following. It wouldn't surprise me to see it the victim of some of the patent trolling it practised itself.
As I remember it the Orange deal caught most people unaware and pushed Vodafone to react because Mannesmann was suddenly a competitor in the home market, where Vodafone was ironically weakest. It was highly leveraged which left Mannesmann vulnerable but it was a great brand and Mannesmann had the better strategy (integration of fixed line, mobile and internet) that Vodafone rediscovered a few years ago but only after burning through the goodwill. Without the deal I'm not sure if Vodafone would have been able to offer such an eye-watering premium to the institutional shareholders who decided to sell: apart from Airtel's investments it had virtually no experience outside the UK or in integrated services.
But the main thing you are missing is that DT is committed to selling T-Mobile US
Telekom has expressed interest in selling, yes. It has also set a floor on the price. Whether it would be interested in selling, to what it continues to consider as a direct competitor, I'm not so sure.
Otherwise I think the guys in Bonn are probably quite happy with hot T-Mobile US is doing at the moment. Let's face it: there is plenty of fat to cut away in the US market and further consolidation should not be ruled out, especially if the FCC ever discovers the concepts of unbundling and number portability.
T-Mobile's purchase of One2One (and another networks in other countries) was fuelled by the privatisation and IPO of Deutsche Telekom, along with the general goldrush of telecoms and internet companies at the turn of the millennium. Telekom's Ron Sommer was just as odious as Vodafone's Chris Gent.
It was also Mannesmann's purchase of Orange that spurred Vodafone to take it over (at ruinous expense to Vodafone's shareholders but at great profit to Mannesmann's shareholders like Deutsche Bank and Hutchison Whampoa who saw a 400 % return within a year). Mannesmann also came with dowry of a part of AirTouch making the sale of Verizon over ten years later less impressive than portrayed in the article.
One has to question the value of buying into the US market at the moment. Money-printing has inflated shareprices and profits seem to have reached their maximum. The market is much less competitive than anywhere else which suggests that margins, and thus profits, will decline. Furthermore, T-Mobile needs a lot of money spending on building out the infrastructure in order to compete with AT&T, Verizon and Softbank.
T-Mobile meanwhile is doing a reasonable job on its own of raising its profile and growing its customer base. Being number 3 does make it a possible target but I suspect the price will still be too much for many. Make take a real outsider such as say Google or China Mobile with pockets deep enough to pay for the infrastructure and keen on disrupting the status quo.