Re: Technology Transfer in plain sight, must be obscured.
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Keep your racism to yourself.
Is this where MS products go to die?
Certainly looks like it.
Banks have a vested interest in preventing fraud or money laundering: they can be held liable if they don't take "reasonable steps" to prevent. But they can do this without infringing on privacy – they are essentially checking financial transactions – until they have "reasonable grounds for suspicion" at which point the authorities can be informed and warrants issued if necessary.
The degree of surveillance and the conditions under which the authorities are informed are probably debatable but in no way comparable to the wholesale transfer of all data to them This turns everyone into a suspect, in the legal sense, which violates habeas corpus.
In tests … claimed Brotli running at 3.381:1 compression ratio could compress at 98.3 MB/s
Deflate could run at … 2.913:1 compression ratio was 93.5 MB/s.
Is it just me or do those numbers seem underwhelming to others, considering that compatibility is broken? Compression ratio goes up a respectable 30% and speed around 6%. I Would have thought dedicated silicon might deliver better results without changing the format.
The static dictionary sounds an interesting idea though I shudder to think what's in it!
I think the sales numbers indicate otherwise. I'm no fan of "bigger is better" for its own sake but, depending on what you're doing, there can be advantages in making your pockets bulge.
Personally, although I've got small hands and fingers, I find that while a smaller screen fits them well, there are a lot of things which I find too fiddly: using any of the keyboards has to be number one. I don't use maps a lot but when I do I tend to find that you can't have enough screen. Battery life also seems better on the larger devices.
(1) It needs to be faster. Why does every version take longer and longer to load? That is unacceptable.
I've not worked with Office 2013 but that certainly seems to be the case in comparison with Office 2010 for Windows and Office 2011 for Mac. However, memory use seems to be better. I have some huge Excel files which cause the older files considerable trouble, whereas Office 2016 seems okay once it's loaded.
Yes, because there obviously won't be any exploitable bugs in the browsers' media players…
Disingenuous of MS to say the start menu has a fix tile limit, because it's a fixed entry limit which means it affects TIFKAM apps and Win32 exes. There was a limit of 512 entries in the start menu and now there's a limit of 2048, which is still too close for comfort if you have an IDE or two installed along with Office.
Is it a global limit? If so that seriously is fucked up. Not sure why it should be a table at all apart from the Win9x disease of trying to Access for everything.
The worst thing is the silent failure. This obviously wasn't thought about very much and further evidence of a rush to release Windows 10. Then again maybe without a deadline it never would have been released and with all the problems it sounds like a step-up for Windows 8.x users.
Ain't he bold!
Go on then, let's have a varda at it.
Here's a question to ponder (I don't have the answer) Is a lengthy list of security fixes a good thing
Wrong question. They should be aiming to keep the list as short as possible but should be completely honest and open about it: errors happen and we're doing everything we can to reduce them.
Let's face it: with NextStep and MacOS they have a pretty good, tried and tested basis for the OS. Consequently, the number of low-level bugs is small compared to some of the stuff that crops up in Microsoft's list (because Internet Explorer is so tightly welded to the OS). But some of these errors are, a bit like some of the shit Google has done with Android, frankly alarming that they are not being picked up before release.
The reason for the larger number could be that the fixes were more involved so they wanted to wait for 9.0…
Ever the apologist! Waiting means leaving paying customers potentially vulnerable to some pretty severe exploits. But you obviously seem happy both as a customer and, as you frequently remind us, as an investor. Ergo Apple must doing it right.
SD card in adapter for camera, straight into slot for computer.
Yes, it's the synthetic distinction between cabs and mini-cabs that's the real problem. Level the playing field for everyone so that people can get cabs more easily, and parasites like Uber can piss off until they come up with some real added value.
Given how much tax avoidance runs through the London institutions I would be careful about complaining about its use: glasshouses, stones and what not.
NAT may have the side effect of providing a little more privacy in some situations, but within any particular session (and these can be pretty long-lasting) each browser probably provides more than enough information for tracking even if you have an ad-blocker installed.
For Facebook this is irrelevant as you're logged in anyway.
I suspect that Facebook is seeing high latency particularly in Asia where multi-layered NAT is common and use on mobile devices, where latency matters more, is predominant. Switching to IPv6 should be a no-brainer.
The real win, however, will be with HTTP/2 over IPv6.
How do you get on El Reg then?
That's almost certainly hardware failure. At a rough guess the machine would be around 20 years old, maybe slightly newer if it had a colour screen.
It's normally just a matter of money. Like Windows XP, but also earlier versions of Windows NT, you'll find that companies have signed long term support contracts. I seem to recall that Deutsche Bank for one was more than happy to shove a couple of million a year to IBM for support. There was, and may still be, a huge market for OS/2 embedded (POS, cash machines, courier (UPS at least) terminals, etc.) because OS/2 was the only OS reliable enough that ran in constrained memory: get rid of the UI and it's memory use is very modest.
The OS/2 subsystem does some things that many other OSes have been able to. It also comes with a slew of excellent terminal emulations.
Admittedly, you probably won't need much of this but there are still a few companies with an extensive OS/2 landscape, who've saved tons of money by sticking with it.
I think that if I wasn't using MacOS I'd probably have a machine that could boot into OS/2 as I don't know how long it would before I hosed whichever unix I installed. The WPS really is quite funky.
Here's the example I didn't think of when making my post:
A paperback copy of a Harry Potter book can be bought from any shop in the EU and sent to any address in the EU. Why should the films be treated any differently?
As for cultural diversity, something which is so close to Hollywood's heart that it floods developing economies with cheap product, as any fule knows, that it is investment in production and not scheduling that is important. This was established by the early 1990s back when the French, with Jacques Lang as culture minister, were fighting a rearguard action, while the UK was leading the way with independent production.
Countries such as the Netherlands have long imported lots of non-local content and still managed to sustain a healthy* local production.
*okay Endemol does come with a lot of crap, but it's popular crap.
Motion Picture Association president Stan McCoy mocked Europe’s tinkering with digital trade…
Not that there is a conflict of interest there…
The issue is quite simply why should digital media be exempt from the rigours of the single market? The European Commission is obliged to enforce the single market and remove any barriers to do so. Whether this is subsidies, discriminatory tariffs or road tolls or geo-blocking doesn't matter.
All of the arguments agains the single market are smoke and mirrors attempting to deflect attention from it. Cross-border demand from consumers in any field (electricity, banking, mobile phones, etc) is small but that does not mean that consumers don't benefit from the removal of barriers (roaming fees, transaction costs, separation of production and ownership).
OOXML is open. It's still shit but it is open. Office 2016 for Windows will even let you set the strict version of the specification as the default for saving files. Not that this will do you much good as this is the least interoperable version! Still, as long as Microsoft continue to publish the schema for their extensions the world will continue to turn.
The MP4 ship has already sailed. The battle is already on for the codecs suitable for 4k streaming (VP >= 9 vs. HEVC). Google is already a major player in the 4k market due to YouTube even if the majority of the content is currently wank (no pun intended!)
So support for the format will be required in any browser that expects to work well on YouTube.
Support for the WebP image format based on the VP8 would also be very welcome.
just as long as there is one.
The Kremlin's recent moves (including the seemingly wanton destruction of cheese at the border) may seem bizarre to us but it's part of an orchestrated campaign within Russia to stir up patriotic sentiment as the economy slides. As such anything Russian is good and anything Western is bad.
Now if only the Russians were serious about dealing with the exploitation that accompanies a great deal of porn. Or the people traffickers smuggling young women within and out of Russia into European brothels.
I think Andrew's point is what Facebook effectively is. Not very much but seemingly enough to make the service popular and financially viable. Though I do wonder how viable any of these services would be without the constant free promotion on things like public television. I'm still waiting for some serious studies of the ROI on advertising on these services.
All these login-based services promise to provide oodles of "valuable" demographic data for advertisers but I've yet to see numbers that such engagement is any higher than it is around the more splatter-gun approach of ads. In fact, I wonder whether it's not more difficult to get people's attention when they're busy reading a stream than when they're consuming other media more passively.
By unilaterally assuming universal jurisdiction, the regulation would put European companies in an unsolvable dilemma and would be in conflict with the concept of interoperability that, while recognising different privacy concepts, is necessary in international data flows.
Actually, the EU directive is designed specifically to avoid the inconsistency and ambiguity of different jurisdictions. It will make doing the right thing™ a whole lot easier. Turnkey systems will be come available and legal processes will be standardised.
Data can be processed abroad but companies will have to contract to the EU data protection standards. This might stop personal data leaking out of outsourcing companies as is currently only too often the case.
Plus, wasn't Frau Bundeskanzlerin all up in arms a year or so ago when it was disclosed that her cell phone was being listened on? What was that whole show all about?
It made her look concerned that the dear allies were spying on Germany and it seems to have worked quite well.
Since then, apart from getting a new phone, she has taken no action whatsoever to prevent further spying. Indeed the dropping of the criminal investigation and the current shenanigans about parliament's right to oversee the spies, are indicative of obstruction.
Yep, a coherent presentation on the why, what and how. I suspect there might even be some financial incentives in switching from higher % to out and out sweeteners.
I think it's probably only the first part of an out and out services strategy because, as Intel have found out, lots of Android apps run native code. Still, it's a start.
It also looks like MS thinks Oracle's case against dead in the water as this is a ringing endorsement of Dalvik. Or maybe they hope to provide a runtime that isn't subject to legal action?
Sorry, hackers. This time you fucked up.
Every time personal data is made public is a fuckup. Whether it's a bank, a shop or an internet dating site doesn't matter.
Yeah, the whole hyperbole around the hack leaves me somewhat bemused: people commit adultery. I thought the stats on adultery in the general population were pretty well established.
The whole hand-wringing about how the dump will destroy marriages and lives needs a proper Paedogeddon-style take down. There will be embarrassment and possibly the odd divorce (betraying someone's trust does tend to have consequences) but life will go on.
The website wobbled for about 15 minutes late yesterday afternoon.
There are some pretty big projects on GitHub. I know some open source projects on there that are pretty valuable to some people. I think people attack because they can and, well, it's rails so it will fail.
The value of DVCS is that even if the canonical repo like GitHub goes down, it's pretty painless to setup a new one based on a local repo. Project data like the bug reports are less resilient.
There are good reasons NoSQL is so fast (and distributable), mainly that these engines have done away with table joins
What have joins got to do with (implied) write speeds? Write speeds will be held back by data checking and transactional security. You can get speed by switching those off or by using a queue.
Joins are only relevant in queries and are related to the projections that the relational model gives you, which has nothing to do with SQL. If data is properly normalised, and your DB has a good query optimiser then the flexibility imposes a minimal cost. There should be very few situations where a projection is slow. In exceptional cases you can denormalise for reporting purposes.
NoSQL is there for inflexible data where projections will never be required. This is the exception.
In summary: use Postgres and with BSON you can have your cake and eat it.
I think the general argument is that infrastructure should be nationalised or communalised. There are examples of how this can work in Scandinavia.
This would decouple something like Openreach from being required to invest a lot of money now and having to earn a large profit every quarter. This can indeed work: pension funds might even be happy to finance it but at the same time you have to accept inevitable degree of political control it entails. You also need to balance social and political aims with (broadband to everyone, including those in the countryside) with the role of competition in spurring innovation: how do you get cost-effective solutions when FTTH either isn't technically possible or hideously expensive.
The UK's problem seems to me is that it has kept the monopoly going too long. Unbundling seems to have been both more effective in other countries in reducing prices and in encouraging investment in infrastructure.
Evidently you don't remember what an execrable mess the railways were under state ownership.
I think you missed the sarcasm. Railtrack/Network Rail is an omnishambles whichever way you look at it.
Anyway, let's not forget why the railways were nationalised in the first place (they were bankrupt) and that the privatised rail companies have trousered more in subsidies than British Rail did.
FWIW I'm not a fan of Corbyn at all but I don't think that has anything to do with this.
The CPU is surprisingly decent, despite its Atom name - it didn't miss a beat playing 1080p videos locally. This changed when testing over Wi-Fi - 720p videos played fine running from a SMB share; but 1080p was completely unplayable.
Video playback should have little or nothing to do with the CPU. And Wi-Fi is perfectly okay for 1080p: my RasPi is on Wi-Fi connection and manages 1080p very well.
This device only makes sense for people who need a minimal Windows install.
Why the fuck should IT departments be running filters? A sensible "fair use" policy lets people police themselves and be disciplined if they do spend all their time looking at dating / sport / porn / cat animations, because even in Germany it's perfectly legal to track employee internet use if there are grounds for suspicion of abuse of a company resource, ie. like expense fiddling.
The licence a typical side issue. Oracle's handling of OpenOffice and Hudson was more than ham-fisted and it's not surprising that people thought that "bad things" might happen to the projects. Changing the licence of LibreOffice was not the solution and has probably lent to a permanent fork: many companies will not permit their employees to contribute to (L)GPL projects.
LibreOffice has indeed added lots in features but I've always found it less stable than OpenOffice and OpenOffice got the UX right.
Compare that to a BSD license for example where two companies may be running the same software but one has access to patches the other does not.
This might work occasionally but it actually makes more work for the "cheater" because they have to work harder to keep their patched version in sync with an upstream source. This is why open source is valuable in and of itself and doesn't need any pseudo-philosophical justification. I think Google's record of kicking back changes on the various projects it uses is a good example for this, but other companies understand it equally well.
Where a company does have some secret sauce that does provide some significant commercial advantage over the open source variant, then obviously they have to weigh up the costs of integration against the revenues generated by the commercial advantage.
But the whole point is, if your sources are easily available, bugs and vulns have a higher chance of being spotted.
The openssl fiasco would suggest that this isn't the case. The code was there for years and still nobody found the bugs.
Open source is at best an invitation to peer review but this itself is a damn good start. Back to the original poster – the GPL does just muddy the issue.
Not sure about propaganda, to me looks it like corporate red tape
Indeed, have another thumbs up.
The Linux Foundation reminds me of a Swiss admiral, you the one that never sails. We don't need badges but funding for CI setups and good static code analysis. A project with a dashboard detailing test coverage and what analyses have been run might actually be worth something.
You can always just use VirtualBox. Works great but lacks some of the comfort of Parallels. Keeps Parallels on their toes
I don't think Parallels is expensive considering the integration between the OSes it facilitates. I do grate at the yearly update notices and normally skip them and the speed promises piss me off: I remember running two Windows XP VMs next to each other on a MacBook with only 2GB of RAM, something I wouldn't dream of trying today. In the last ten years I've used Parallels, VM Ware and went back to Parallels – VM Ware was much worse when it came to updates. They're already trailing that a new version will be needed for El Capitan, but I will be able to upgrade with the version I already have. Don't know whether this is them just milking the market or down to Apple changing the API.
I can see the Pro version being very popular if it makes working with Docker, et al. easy.
FreeBSD has also been able to run on the RasPi for a while but was far from simple to install. I guess the news is that it's now much easier to install and supports everything not just the CPU.
Much as I dislike Debian I suspect it'll be a while before I replace it with FreeBSD on my Pi.
What, you mean with a patch for the bug released within two months of submission? Don't remember any of those for Windows 98. Don't remember any kind of OS level isolation between apps either.
The problem isn't really with AOSP but with the way this is adapted (or fucked around with) by manufacturers and carriers before they put it in on phones which makes integrating upstream patches unnecessarily difficult and putting devices at risk.
The increased scrutiny that Android is receiving should be welcomed, and is indicative of its importance as the most used operating system in the world. That said few of the bugs can be exploited remotely and so are largely dependent upon side-loading or nefarious agencies (criminals and secret services) getting them into official stores and onto devices.
This means that Microsoft doesn't have to concentrate on chasing the game with also ran apps. Maybe it'll even include some Android apps in its own store. This would remove hurdle for some corporate customers, and these are the only ones Microsoft stands to make any money from on mobile, from buying into some putative Microsoft Office & Exchange based eco-system.
I, too, very much enjoy working on MacOS. I don't, however, see why this means Apple can somehow afford to be so lax when it comes to patching software. This is why I don't trust them with the Posix stuff.
This is the list that MacPorts presented me with this morning. I just wish that Apple did this for me.
---> Updating the ports tree
The following installed ports are outdated:
freetds 0.91.103_0 < 0.91.103_1
gettext 0.19.5_0 < 0.19.5_1
lame 3.99.5_0 < 3.99.5_1
libedit 20140620-3.1_0 < 20140620-3.1_1
llvm-3.5 3.5.2_4 < 3.5.2_5
lzip 1.16_0 < 1.17_0
nano 2.4.2_0 < 2.4.2_1
ncurses 5.9_2 < 6.0_0
python26 2.6.9_2 < 2.6.9_3
python27 2.7.10_2 < 2.7.10_3
python32 3.2.6_1 < 3.2.6_2
python33 3.3.6_4 < 3.3.6_5
python34 3.4.3_4 < 3.4.3_5
python35 3.5.0rc1_0 < 3.5.0rc1_1
readline 6.3.003_0 < 6.3.003_1
texinfo 6.0_0 < 6.0_1
But not to denigrate Apple or anyone else, when you have millions of lines of code and a rushed development schedule…
Let's extrapolate from your argument and substitute Boeing or Toyota for Apple and "thousands of rivets" for "lines of code". Do you think the argument still holds up? When the batteries in the 787 started to catch fire did Boeing say it was the pressure of time? Did Toyota say it "could have happened to anyone" when a fault in a pedal was discovered?
It's not as if there aren't tools that can help find this kind of error. Sure, you can't expect to pick up every bug but what about the backports? This has been fixed in the beta, so it is known about, but the fix has not been backported.
Liability in the software industry needs to get stricter. If something buggy gets released because some manager decided that testing could be skipped then the manager needs to be held accountable.
Also, the lack of integration in the file system added an additional hurdle to adoption. Using Java for the client also meant lots of updates.
sudo killall -9 Autopilot