Re: It seems faster
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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.
upgrading to El Capitan is not an appropriate security patching approach
Especially as it's still in beta, ie. explicitly not designed for general use and with appropriate disclaimers.
If someone can come up with a remote code exploit then I think there are good grounds for legal action as this sort of bug should have been caught by static code analysis. Has Apple got something like Coverity in use? I suspect it won't come to much: people still seem to be more than happy to hand their money over to Apple for the latest shiny, shiny.
From GitHub's T&Cs
You shall defend GitHub against any claim, demand, suit or proceeding made or brought against GitHub by a third-party alleging that Your Content, or Your use of the Service in violation of this Agreement, infringes or misappropriates the intellectual property rights of a third-party or violates applicable law…
While this is a glaring exploit that Apple should fix as quickly as possible, publishing the source on GitHub is not the wisest action as GitHub will work hand-in-hand with "third-parties". Not sure if the exploit is covered by DMCA but I'm sure Apple's lawyers are sure to be able to find something and then you get to pay not only their costs but GitHub's as well.
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.
The ESA last week signed the contracts for the Ariane62 and Ariane64 next generation launchers intended to be competitive with SpaceX and China. Coverage on El Reg? No, because it offer much of an opportunity to bash the EU.
Actually, I think larger launchers are more cost-effective. For every launch you are paying to launch both vehicle and payload so the economics of scale apply.
This doesn't preclude assembling stuff in space but, as the ISS is testament to, this is far from easy: gravity and radiation shields in the form of an atmosphere have their advantages. I suspect this is why the moon is so attractive as a half-way house: possible to build large facilities reasonably easy and low enough gravity to make really large launches possible.
What Samsung designers seem to have forgotten…
No, I think they've seen just how little it matters to a lot of customers and Apple's success is the proof.
I'm with you: I think all these devices should accept additional storage and have replaceable batteries. But that's the point of the market.
The sales numbers of the S6 Edge haven't been that bad, all things considered.
In the rest of the civilised world, magnetic swipe transactions were phased out about 10 years ago, and everyone uses chip&pin, except for a few pay-by-bonk transactions. In France, it was phased out about 20 years ago.
"If only it were true…" or more accurately, that simple. Yes, chips were introduced in Europe (initially in France about 15 years ago to combat skimming) but the magnetic stripes are still there and still very much in use. The banks in Germany even had to go back to using them briefly on cash machine due a to SNAFU a couple of years ago.
The US has never really cared much about card fraud: lucrative insurance schemes were the preferred solution.
Now the banks are pushing NFC "girogo" terminals and services to merchants.
Also known as damning by faint praise!
I think the initial target group is those who got tricked into Windows 8. Windows 7 users will want to wait for the first service pack equivalent. My corporate clients currently have no plans to upgrade but they are a cautious bunch anyway: IE 11 is still under evaluation to replace IE 8. Seeing as IE 8 may still be required for some intranet stuff which IE 11 can't handle, Windows 10 isn't an option anyway. Pity Edge hasn't been backported to Windows 7. I wonder if you can get it for a large envelope of cash? Otherwise only Mozilla seems to have understood the need of bug fixes only with Firefox ESR.
Nevertheless, I do wish Microsoft well with this release because it really is them putting their money where their mouth is in the post-Ballmer era. Let's hope they sort out the teething problems so that moaning about Windows 10 doesn't dominate conversation for the rest of the year.
I think the whole point is simply to take the skunkworks out of the ad farm stuff which makes the accounting clearer. Google's been under pressure over this recently. It's clear that Page and Brin want to continue to invest heavily in things that might eventually bring big returns (cars, health, whatever) but investors want their money now so they can spunk it on the The Next Big Thing™.
Data protection legislation is pretty clear on use between associate companies. But I don't see the relevance here.
What do they call the 'Secret State Police ' nowadays?
There isn't one. The BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst) is literally Signals Intelligence but with a relatively small remit. The post-war powers heavily neutered the German state, whilst ensuring themselves special powers, which is one of the reasons why Germany cannot effectively investigate the NSA.
Recently, however, along with secret services everywhere, the various agencies are using the vague threat of terrorism to get their remits and budgets massively expanded:
reds jihadists under the bed.
The German justice ministry has formally announced the end of a treason investigation aimed at two journalists.
Nope, it wasn't ministry but the Office of the Attorney General based on research done by the ministry.
Yes, it is an explicitly political office related to how the Nazis were able to seize power because the mainstream didn't do enough to stop them.
You get a better gist of the meaning with something like "Office for the Defence of the Realm".
You can actually use extensions. Currently you have to download them (for me on MacOS from the Opera store), unzip and import them. Unfortunately, I haven't managed to have them survive browser sessions for some reason but it's a while since I tried it.
Don't customers come first?
Sure, but who were the customers? All those people using the browser for free? For a while Opera seemed to have cornered the embedded and mobile (low memory, low bandwidth) market. But in the meantime with things like AndroidTV, Chromecast and UC Browser have come to the market.
Along with the technical difficulties of playing catch-up with Presto, Opera wasn't making a lot of money from the browser. There were differences of opinion in the board as to the best way to run the company and as a result Jon von Tzetchner left (he's now with Vivaldi).
I, too, think they through the baby out with the bathwater with Opera 15. Using it for the first time felt very much like a slap in the face. The mobile version continues to do well, though I ditched it because I couldn't use an ad-blocker. On the desktop it's definitely lost differentiating features.
Opera makes money from selling its embedded browser and proxy solutions to OEMs.
Presto was killed because Opera couldn't keep up with the pace of development. As a long-time user of Opera I wasn't happy with the decision but I could understand it. Given the small size of the company it's making a reasonable profit, though how much of that is from software sales and how much is from search engine referrals is unknown.
What I couldn't understand was some of the decisions taken when they launched the Blink-based browser: no bookmark manager and lots of fluff like "Discover". It's still my main browser and I'm dependent upon the mail client but I'm closely following Vivaldi which is being developed in the spirit of the old Opera. It's far from perfect – somehow keeps forgetting the extensions I install – but the intention is clear: create a browser for power users. The intended market for the blink-based Opera is still unclear, to me at least.
More recently: Opera closed all development in Oslo. Some ex-Opera developers are now working on Vivaldi which bodes well for it, I hope.
They can do, but the spec is then massively past any Apple laptop.
I don't really think the article has anything to do with the Apple at all: it's just clickbait. I don't know anyone going from an MacBook Pro to an HP or a Thinkpad but I do know a few going the other way (mainly down to the poor quality of the Linux drivers).
While there is no doubt about a market for MBP's which can take say 64GB of RAM, most people are happy enough with 16GB and a big SSD. That will let you run a heap of VMs and some form of CI for web or app work. Not necessarily suitable for modelling the weather or crunching wind tunnel data.
As you say, there are other areas where the cost of the hardware pales in comparison with the cost of the software and developer time.