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Re: Who writes this crap?
You make a valid point but spoil it by the tone. It is always a bit embarrassing when people who don't understand something describe it but at least Brid was highlighting the key failure in the procedure.
I wonder if not salting and encrypting passwords will soon be considered as negligent.
On planet earth
The multinational <insert name here> I work with is still busy rolling out XP - Windows 7 upgrades. So no quick upgrade there. At the same time a policy for Ipads has been rolled out and Iphones are due next. Once management migrates completely away from Windows based desktops you can expect them to allow the plebs to do so as well. That process may well be completed before the next upgrade cycle is due and put the whole idea of such a cycle into question.
Consumers don't normally get to choose the operating system on the kit they buy. It was only the revolt of the corporate customers that got OEMs to get Microsoft to extend the life of XP and offer them a choice while VIsta was being pushed.
The guy from Acer must be very glad that they also make Android devices.
Google+, the ad giant's flagging social network.
Can you please stop thinking of Google+ as a social network. Having it as the backbone of nearly ubiquitous Google profiles makes it both more and less, depending on what you want from it, than that. Anyone with a Google Play account for their Android device has such a profile. There is value in just that for both Google and users.
More insightful analysis into the role of the gatekeepers and identity traders such as Google and Facebook instead of simply repeating trite sound bites would be appreciated.
No mea culpa?
I seem to remember a certain columnist jumping on the bandwagon and trying to justify the silly valuation...
Still, that must have been, oh, months ago.
Re: Promote for Like Pages
I run a Facebook page for people who have Liked a web site...
I think there is a "c" missing somewhere! ;-)
Ouch! Insulting your potential customers as an excuse for being late...
While the Apple "propaganda" does encourage the devote it is very careful to stroke the vanity of its customers and not insult them.
I like the idea and decided to peek into the future.
For some reason the Windows Phone version seems to be struggling:
I programmed on leave home, turn off the lights but it turns the washing machine; on shake, play some music but it just crashes...
Worst of all, however, is I can't seem to be able to anything without "Clippy"*, some kind of animated paper clip, popping up and asking me if I want make an action for that.
* torn between this and the imps that power the Raspberry personal disorganisers on the Discworld. Clippy won out though because the imps seemed to show the ability to learn from the past!
Re: Lots of good uses for this.
Irrelivent (sic) and poorly spelt.
Re: Focus ?
Kim Jong Eun can use it to check if he's cleaned his teeth properly!
@Rik nice article highlighting just how flush the US military still is. NASA might have to put stuff out to fixed cost contracts but over at DARPA the party never stops.
The most important lesson
for Internode is that done right, customers will not even notice the change to IPv6
My router (FritzoBox is set up to run IPv6 when possible). Those devices on the LAN that are IPv6 capable play along happily and the rest (the telly, one mobile phone) carry on blissful of their ignorance. ISP, Unitymedia, doesn't provide an IPv6 uplink yet but has it in the FAQ.
1 % is already pretty good compared to a few years ago. Many of Germany's ISPs have committed to supporting IPv6 this year and I assume it's similar elsewhere. The rest will follow as network buildouts and updates use IPv6 capable hardware. There won't be anything dramatic unless particularly positive (much more efficient routing, lower latency, simpler provisioning) or negative aspects (security, privacy, configuration headaches) associated with deployment come to light, which events like IPv6 are supposed to highlight.
Will El Reg be running an IPv6 service like Heise does?
Price of energy
When comparing prices it might be useful to compare average yearly running costs which can be significant between inefficient plasma and efficient LCD.
Re: Do not track is not the law
Do not track is not the law
You forgot to say where it is the law. In the EU the law is that people must opt-in to being tracked. Microsoft is only being sensible by helping users and webmasters as, EU law tends to be adopted in other countries, see the browsers selection screen.
* Onto the meaty parts: self-regulation of advertisers. Yeah, that works well. Might as well let the banks regulate themselves...
* Do not track is conceptually flawed as it does not actually enforce the setting. Until there are actual cases and judgements advertisers and stalkers will be free to do as they please.
* The whole tracking discussion is a red herring to distract people from the real identity trade. Users logged into the favourite service (eg. Facebook, Google, Windows Live, Twitter) then these services have the user's informed consent to track them across the interwebs. Google already has doubleclick, expect the competition to buy of create their own advertising arms to take advantage of this situation. Though, to be honest the value of such highly targeted advertising is questionable. More money is going to be made on the detailed personal profiles that the identity traders will be able to offer: this guy not only visits El Reg but also lovelyfuffysheep.com, regularly exceeds the speed limit, etc.
Re: Not impressed
Yes, a product from Microsoft that can't be found in the download centre or site search. Hardly rocket science to think that isn't quite right. Oh hang on, it's must be that I'm fecking ijit!
Rocket science is OTOH required to throttle the bandwidth.
First off I couldn't find the download from the Microsoft homepage so I had to go back to El Reg and follow the links. Installing and using is easy enough (I'm on a Mac) but there is no bandwidth control so you max out your uplink when it synchronises. That's bad enough at home but even worse if you're a guest on someone else's network. Think I'll stick with Dropbox.
Re: "Could it be simply because they don't know Lua?"
Oh please, give them some credit.
I think it's a reasonable remark.
The article also notes that the worm uses the "open source" libz library. Wow, apart from the fact that I think this is usually referred to as zlib though I don't want to get in a willy-waving competition about open source libraries, what the fuck does it matter that it's an open source library? Or that SQLite is being used for persistence? Implementation - the libraries used - shouldn't be confused with design - encrypted and compressed communication.
I'm not sure anyone is making money on Facebook stock beyond the initial IPO. It's just dipped below $30 for the first time.
You can be sure that someone is making money on that. It's what short-selling is all about. And any employees that were given shares before the IPO and are allowed to sell them might be cashing in as well. Even at $30 a share they're still getting a pretty good deal.
Aside from the issues of encouraging users to invalidate the warranties of their devices by installing a different OS, they'd also have to support any
idiots facebookers willing to try.
Easier to partner with an existing manufacturer such as HTC and get them to do the software changes. Buying RIM would give them the possibly poisoned chalice of a hardware department but more attractively the messaging suite.
Time for those with inside knowledge to make some money from the stockmarket.
What's the exta depth for?
I assume it (the pad) comes with a fan just in case the cores actually have to do some work? 710g is just about acceptable.
The "meccano" one is too heavy for an Air clone: 1.1 kg max. And, as others have said, Asus' approach to mixing an matching tablets and notebooks seems better: the keyboard not only comes with keys, duh, but an extra battery pack.
Another predictably poor piece of OpEd from Mr Asay.
I am, however, intrigued by the silence around the third category in the soothsayer's diagram: NewSQL. Is this an attempt to remedy the inherent deficiencies in the language? Or perhaps a set of engines that successfully distinguish between the logical and implementation layers?
Re: Yes, but..
Why would people pick MySQL in the first place? Because "everybody else does it", and they don't know any better. As the M in LAMP it sees a lot of automatic deployment even if a different approach might've been a better idea. It happens.
10 to 15 years ago MySQL was also available for Windows users which meant that many new developers chose it as they could run it on their own computers. As with so many other things at the time this meant that impressionable people chose tools because they were easy to use rather than their suitability for the job. That was bad enough, but it was compounded by the abundance of poor advice and hacks to compensate for deficiencies of said tools. SQL injection would never have been a problem if code examples and libraries demonstrated the use of pararmeterised queries.
Much as I personally detest the MyASM backend it was developed for a reason. I just wish this wasn't the default behaviour as errors in your application are likely to be exposed after deployment. Data integrity is fucking difficult to impose in the application layer which makes it one of the main reasons for using a data management system. You can get the pretty much the same performance using an ACID system if you selectively switch off or defer constraint checking but this is like two consenting adults agreeing to have sex without a condom - they are aware of the risks.
Of course, MyASM is supposed to be a great funnel for customers to upgrade their applications to Oracle once the failures inherent in a non-ACID data-based application start to appear.
Re: How come
a) because the software is easy to install on windows
b) because that's all they need to do to make the high and mighty quake in their boots
Re: Economics of reusability
Dragon would essentially re-use just the capsule, which is hardly equivalent to the shuttle cockpit. All the rest - the heavy bits of machinery - still gets dumped. But for the moment, this is the realistic way to do it, like it or not. The advantage is, at least in theory, where the shuttle needed to be essentially remanufactured after each flight, this time they may actually keep most of the thing in working condition.
That's pretty much my thinking and a useful clarification of the situation. I think it's why ESA doesn't bother about trying to reuse the ATV. I suspect real reuse won't really be possible until we have an easy way of getting in and out of orbit and can employ modified ship containers.
Economics of reusability
I thought the Space Shuttle demonstrated that the nice idea of reusable rockets being cheaper didn't really work with space vehicles. I can imagine it being made to do so but would like to see more information as to how this would work. Especially the idea of sending the thing up with more fuel than it needs to get to where its going.
It's an admirable in achievement in terms of time and materials used.
Re: Well done.
It's not *their* money. NASA is paying for everything except on a fixed-price instead of cost-plus basis.
Sure. Horses for courses: projectors are loud, use more energy, have lower contrast and bend the picture. The higher contrast of OLED is similar to glossy LCD screens in adding depth of field but without the reflections.
You really need to see the same images using the different technologies in like-for-like settings. Sales of these TVs will pick up once people can see the difference though at the prospective prices you can see their initial use limited to people with loads of money or special display environments. Power consumption might be a consideration for anywhere that runs displays for more than a couple of hours a day.
Re: Wider gamut
OLED has already has far wider gamut than LCD because it is not filter-based. As the materials for different colours age differently, blue faster, software must adapt the brightness of pixels over time to cope with this. The additional white pixel in LG's panels is mainly for this.
Are you sure it wasn't sabotage by a rival team possibly hoping to hijack any future asstronautical escapades.
Quite a good rant: I'm not sure what your point is.
Data via light is no more inherently secure than any other electromagnetic transmission. What you suggest is the normal "security by obfuscation" approach which is known to be crap. Want security then add security.
The efficiency of electromagnetic transmissions is also largely independent of the frequency. Power is directly related to data rates and distance. Want efficiency then make it directional. Given the known heat losses still inherent to LED I doubt very much that it is more efficient than Bluetooth.
To paraphrase On The Hour*
Disgruntled and suspicious El Reg Forumista:
"Hypocrite sounds too mild a word"
Forthright and upstanding Daily Mail columnist:
"Hypocrite is not a word in my dictionary.
* Originally the use of "approximate" was ascribed to a Mrs Virginia Rumbelow when discussing care of the elderly. Along with the memorable quote: "We are giving the people the right to care. Now, personally I don't care but that is my choice...." obviously miles away from sainted columnist.
Won't somebody think of the children?
I mean, surely, all this irresponsible and possibly dangerous use of a GAS is likely to set a precedent for young and impressionable minds!
Re: Is this legal
All perfectly legal. Of course, going public is such a messy way of stealing other people's money. Fortunately the new JOBS act means that future Facebooks can stay private for much longer, sucking up money without any tedious obligations to disclose things like earnings.
Re: Please can someone explain why Vista gets slated so much?
In many ways Windows Vista was a great step forward but it was hampered, hamstrung to many, in three important ways:
* Windows Presentation Foundation used for the GUI is a memory hog and when it was released only the best specced hardware (>=2 GB RAM, 4 if possible) were suitable. Many people who
upgraded instantly regretted it and companies baulked at the costs and forced XP to live longer. A couple of years later and machines were being released that were beefy enough for it which is probably why you have a good combination that you're happy with. I still know quite a few people with XP based systems still chugging along acceptably with less than 1 GB RAM.
* UAC - technically a much better approach to security but terrible usability so that users often felt obliged to press the "don't ask me about this again" button
* many legacy apps would no longer run. Even though the reason for this were okay - the new system needed new APIs to be safer and more stable - it was still another reason to think twice about spending money on a new OS, the new hardware necessary to run it and new apps to replace those that would no longer work. And, if you did spend the money, your new computer didn't really seem much faster unless you really needed all the 64-bit goodness. Even then, the hard break between 32-bit and 64-bit made getting good drivers a very hit and miss affair.
In addition the sheer variety of flavours of Vista (Ultimate, Spectacular, Home, Trailer Trash, etc.) confused the market in a way eerily reminiscent of OS/2 and in stark contrast to the Church of the One Fruit. This turned out to be even more important because, as companies simply refused to buy Vista, consumers became even more important to sales.
Windows 7 addressed many of the problems well and is a stable and usable system with considerable attention to detail. And I say this as someone who primarily uses a Mac.
Re: Predictions required for the price on Friday at noon
Back of an envelope calculation:
With a 15 billion class action on them and P/E about 5 times historical highs: IPO at around 100 billion. Divide by 5 and subtract 15 billion. Would put the total company at around 5 billion and shares at around $ 2.
That said, the data they have managed to amass should allow profits to grow significantly, assuming they know how and are legally allowed to monetise it. Facebook is a sort of credit check agency for people. Amazon has been successful despite being an utter failure for early investors.
Re: not normally looking for high risk
Yes, they're nothing like those fools who invested other people's money in sub-prime mortgage derivatives... anyway everyone knows that lightning doesn't strike twice...
Fact is that many pension funds are based on a calculation of 8 % returns from bonds, cash and equities. With "safe" US or German bonds paying less than 2 % this means piling into equities and derivatives in search of returns.
This is all going to end in tears. Our tears.
Re: Same old, same old
I'm keeping GA cookies as it's essential I know what customers want from our website, it's a free way of keeping the site up to date with customer trends
It's only free to you. It's a third party cookie and unless you have an agreement with the third party that they will comply with your data protection policies that won't fly as you are effectively trading your users' personal data for an analytics services. Anonymising the data by stripping the last octet of the ip address is the way around that.
Re: Let's hope for a snowball effect
The whole idea of "Do Not Track" is like letting the foxes look after hens after they've promise not to eat them. As Twitter is a login service, it's probably worked out that it has more than enough data willingly provided by users. It wouldn't surprise me if the vast majority of users aren't using websites anyway but dedicated apps.
Re: Couple of things
to make sure ARM stays competitive
The article is about DRAM not CPUs. Utter Fail. Go straight back to school, do not pass go and do not collect shiny new gadget.
Re: In Germany
You forgot to lament the current dire crop of wall-to-wall talkshows on the public channels - for those who don't live here, it's sort of like Paxman and Humphries cloning themselves and their guests and invading the evening schedule.
The less said about private TV the better.
Interested in what you think of as gems because from where I sit stuff just seems to be getting worse and worse.
Re: About bloody time
You can still call it a pint and should still get served. I think spirits and wine are already metric, no one crying for the gill? The important things is weights and measures but seeing how often you get fucked over there anyway, changing the units will hardly make a difference.
In Germany fruit and veg is often bought by the "Pfund" which is taken to mean 500g and the sky still hasn't fallen on our heads!
Re: Not entirely a joke, I think.
Yes, but Google is even better placed than Facebook on mobile. Facebook isn't really doing very well at monetising all that personal data and it isn't doing it at all on mobile. Google Plus is a reasonable extension for Google to its existing services by providing a single sign-on. I noticed the other day that my Google Plus pictures are visible to my Android device.
The default of not posting publicly and actively advising against it is not only smart towards savvy users and the data protection crowd it also means that only Google really knows what people are doing.
What a mess
Thanks for the article but if the following statement is true then the courts are going to be busy: The ICO has left it up to individual operators to determine what methods to choose.
Informed consent is easy to define and, therefore, easy to set up a mechanism to implement. It is much easier for everyone to have a standard procedure for all ad and identity vendors which users quickly learn to recognise. Not doing invites interpretation and that is bound to lead to challenges in the courts who will, yet again, have to make up for parliament and the ICO not doing their job properly. I can forgive politicians a lot but not their apparently increasing propensity to draught laws poorly: write shit laws and get flogged in public.
Do not track is the useful wishy-washy crap that cannot solve the problem because it doesn't address it. Informed consent is not opt-out but opt-in only.
Advertising was successful enough without all the minutiae and, despite industry screams, will no doubt survive a total ban on cross-site tracking.
Re: The Beginning of the End for Flash (Rejoice)
I think you're right on streaming, although the protocols are in place for that. You can still encrypt h264 streams and the smart way to do it would be using a hardware device such as a CAM or a SIM. Like, webcams and Geo location this will require an API to allow the browser to talk to the OS. You can just guess who is best placed to offer this in its browser, technically for all platforms but practically limited to two.
The arguments from Mozilla and Opera about video have never been about encryption of the stream but about the codecs - the customer should be able to choose their player.
Re: 2 platforms I own
Apple dropped support for PowerPC first and made multiarchitecture builds very difficult by dropping carbon. I don't know what version of Android is on your phone but that is certainly part of the problem. Product liability allows you to hold you vendor, admittedly tricky in your case (shop, Huawei, Google, Adobe) accountable for a defective or dangerous product.
Slashdot karma, seriously? I think this one is yours.
Re: Another advantage
Not particularly fan of Firefox but one really sees how closed source has no chance compared to open source and standards.
Yeah, Mac OS 10.4 is a really huge opportunity being missed.
FWIW Closed-source Opera dropped support for 10.4 later than Firefox did.
Re: You say it like its normal
No, I still say it like I said it: it's no longer news and, therefore, disingenuous to portray it like it is. As others have noted Adobe still providing security updates to Flash players, even on mobile.
Adobe's double fault: too snazzy and doesn't work on Apple kit
Adobe itself has said that it is dropping updates for Flash on mobile devices and is busy developing tools like Adobe Proto, which is well worth a look, for generating straight HTML. So the sub-headline isn't really news. You can get the eye-candy with HTML 5 & CSS but support across browsers isn't guaranteed.
And if IBM is in the business of selling SPSS then it helps to be able to do this without having to bundle or rely on other runtimes.
Re: Free Sottware
Is that Free Sottware™ or what?
USB 3 instead of ethernet?
I can see both USB and Ethernet ports being dropped in favour of Thunderbolt but if either is to be dropped then it should be USB and all hail the new breakout boxes also known as docking stations. USB 3 adds additional electronic and mechanical complexity to the build. Gigabit Ethernet is already an extremely commodified component which provides universal connectivity at a minimal price.
Re: Casting error
Exactly, except I think we'd better stop now. But I can't: Paris Hilton to play Lady Di?
Re: I wonder if the mole has a financial stake in the success of the IPO?
Don't look now because you might see your bank and pension fund in the queue desperate to hand over *your* money on this *sure* thing.
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