1257 posts • joined 13 Jun 2008
"How does one win the update game?"
A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of chess?
Re: Support From Larger MicroSD cards
128Gb in my S4. ^_-
Very nice article...
Now since El Reg has branches in the US and Australia, can we have the same advice break-down specific to those countries please?
...any use against the Crown-of-thorns starfish which is damaging the Great Barrier Reef?
"Someone, come up with a catchy logo for this SSL hole"
No logo but an acronym:
Another SSL Security hole.
Where's my coat?
Congratulation on trying to make the guns hack-proof. Now all I need is to carry my own portable transmitter spoofing the correct base-station for the gun.
How about developing plug-ins instead of HW?
Yes, this is all nice and good for those who do not have a HTPC. But some of us have one, AND a cable box (damn it). The last thing I want to to have to add yet another box for Amazon, and another for Netflix (it'll come), and another for Google, and yet another for the BBC, etc, etc... Nor do I want to install a multitude of separate applications/software where I have to quit out of (say) MP to fire up the specialised iPlayer software or the Amazon player or whatever-the-hell-is-next.
There is very good HTPC software out there already (XBMC, Media-Portal, etc...) How about writing plugins for them instead, huh? Shouldn't be much harder than writing your own dedicated players, surely? And by all means, slap all the login and DRM on your plugin as you like - I just want to be able to access your stuff in the same way as I access the rest of my DVD collection/Free-to-air TV, thank you very much. And as for *you* Foxtel... requiring me to use your official decoder cards to make sure I am an actual account holder is perfectly fine and understandable, but forcing me to use your STB to further decode the signal AGAIN... that's just being an <expletive deleted> It'd be so much easier if I could plug your cable into my HTPC, slide the (legal) decoder card in and (once again) have a consistent viewing experience.
So, again: less specialised hardware/software, more integration.
Thank you </rant>
Good lord man, learn to spot sarcasm...
And this is different from Fox News exactly how?
I re-read the quote in That Voice. Yep.
Re: The store check-out experience
Interesting. Here in OZ it's AU$100 or lower (about £55). And it still works if it's over that amount - you just have to enter your pin after waving your card over the scanner.
Yes, because nobody on the Internet has ever forgotten that an account exists and then tried to revive it if only to clear it then nuke it.
What could *possibly* go wrong?
"Whisper's editor-in-chief Neetzan Zimmermann and its CTO Chad DePue aggressively denied the allegations – but failed to provide any evidence they weren't true"
I personally think they're crooked; but, in their defence, it is near-impossible to prove a negative.
"Judge Loretta Preska said that the location of the data was immaterial since Microsoft had "control" over it."
I think I know the *real* reason MS and others are fighting this. A lot of their profits lie in the legal faction that (say) Microsoft Ireland is a separate company from Microsoft Netherlands and Microsoft USA. This allows them to transfer profit... er, licence products... from one company to another thereby minimising the actual profit in any one country with high tax rates.
Now, along comes the US Government basically saying "screw this legal fiction: MS Ireland is part of MS USA, so hand over the data". If MS caves, *someone's* taxation department is going to turn around and reply "if you *are* the same company, here's your full-phat tax bill plus fines for screwing us around for the last x years."
MS et al cannot afford (literally) this loophole to stand.
"...those in favor of paid prioritization argue big websites should pay towards the network infrastructure they're reliant on"
Because, as everyone knows, traffic from big websites just magically appears on network infrastructures. There isn't any peering agreements to allow company A from sending/receiving data from company B's network. In other words, Netflix somehow manages to get its data on Comcast's network without paying anybody.
The moment the data leaves Netflix's network, *someone* gets paid. And when that data moves from network to network so does money change hands. Until gets to you and you pay to receive the data (hmm... does this mean your ISP double-dips?).
So what this basically means to me is that Comcast, like most ISPs, oversold its network capabilities and is now wringing its hands saying "look how our poor networks are being flooded" without acknowledging why said network are having difficulty coping in the first place.
Re: Not sure about this
Looking good. Will try it for a while and see how it goes.
Re: Not sure about this
Tried CM on my Galaxy S4 and went back to the Samsung version of the OS. Don't get me wrong, I liked CM, but there was one thing that annoyed the bejesus out of me - the stock android keyboard. I prefer the 5-rows Samsung keyboard over the 4-rows Android keyboard. And once I installed CM, the only replacement keyboard apps I could find seemed to be re-badged variations on the stock keyboard.
Small point, I know, but I like not having to swap between alpha and symbol every time I need to type numbers.
So, keyboard app developers... where's a keyboard app that *isn't* the stock keyboard with a new colour scheme?
Oh, FFS! My parents live 100Km outside Brisbane and they have access to the NBN. Me, I live 10Km from the centre of the city (as the crow flies) and the entire area around me (not just my suburb) is not even getting a look in, let alone planning details.
There's an option missing in the "how did the Aztecs use cocoa": currency.
“the US remains fairly isolated in its efforts to overhaul patent and copyright law around the world”
That may be because the US' idea of overhauling patent and copyright laws is to remove more rights for the consumer and instil them with the US companies. This is based on the last few rounds of "releases" where the US seems to be desperate to squash anything that would allow "grey market" trading.
If a company shops overseas it's outsourcing. If *you* do it, it's criminal. (at least that's what the new TPP is trying to make it)
Boffins have found Minas wobbles. Maybe it got drunk after taking one too many librations at lunch.
I remember a study quite a while ago that "proved" that kangaroos could not possibly eat enough to supply the power needed to hop around all day... until someone pointed out the study calculated the energy requirements of dead-lifting the roo's weight instead of taking into account the spring-like action of the leg muscles. If memory serves, the whole think was put to rest by Terry Dawson in the 70's using kangaroos, a treadmill and a modified breathing mask.
So I'll take this new study with a sprinkle of salt until it has been properly peer-reviewed, thank you.
Re: re. " ... a human-made space lab ... "
"By August the comet will make its closest approach to the star, and cook Philae"
Does this mean we'll end up with Philae Mignon?
I think I'll give the Player a miss - based on their own promo page the damn thing doesn't access local content, only internet-based content. I'll stick to my HTPC running MediaPortal with NetFlix plugin, thank you.
As part of a couple who appears to have waited too long to be able to have kids, let me say that I (for one) approve.
I remember being part of a job-interview team. There were three of us from the IT side (all male) and a representative from HR (female) to make sure we weren't doing anything improper. We had finished winnowing down the written applications and were doing the actual interviews. We had set things up so that the HR person was our "user" as we wanted to see how the applicants would react when faced with clients.
We interviewed both men and women. At the end of the interviews, the HR person turned to us with a look of disbelief on her face and said "you really don't care, do you?" We had to get her to explain to us what she meant; apparently, she was expecting us to treat the men and the women differently. We all looked at her and one of us (can't remember who) asked "were we supposed to?". We finally got through to her the fact we were more interested in whether they could do the job or not, since an incompetent person meant WE would have to take up the slack.
Eventually, we *did* settle on a female candidate as the best of the bunch (she was the only one who started the "client" interview asking what information the client wanted on their report instead of what language they wanted it written in). We had been told this position needed to be filled in a hurry and so we went from getting the applications to final choice in less than 7 working days. And then HR sat on our recommendation for over two weeks, by which time our preferred candidate had gotten another offer.
"The machine is expected to net between $300,000 and $500,000, depending on how wealthy and overexcited the audience is."
"At the current price of $1,299.00, you could buy about 300,000 units of the basic MacBook Retina model for the same price."
Beggin' you' Lordhip's pardon... but $300,000 to $500,000 divided by $1,299 gives you between 230 and 384 units (rounding to whole units, of course).
Didn't we recently have an article about this sort of behaviour...?
Re: Desktop versus enterprise firmware
@Henry Wertz 1:
"Regarding disks, I saw one setup where they had like 64 drives racked onto this custom rack thing they'd built, with all these external port multipliers hooking it all into a couple SATA ports on 64-core system."
Yes, I saw those. The company (whose name I can't remember right now, damn my memory) has even made the plans available to the public, including how to order what were (at the time) made-to-order SATA port multipliers. They will even sell you an empty rack-mount enclosure (since they also designed that from scratch) for you to build your system in.
Unfortunately, shipping one of those across the Atlantic is too expensive for me. As for using the plans to get one made here in OZ by a local sheet-cutter... would cost even more (I checked). :(
"What you want is cheap and good at the same time. Face facts, you're not going to get it."
Depends on what your definition of "good" is. Mine is different from an enterprise.
"You do have some options, such as the WD Red drives. They are physically Green drives (bottom of the barrel desktops), with firmware changes that make it suitable for use within an array. So they won't randomly fall over and still pretend to be OK, but they are ARE shit drives, so will fail (catastrophically) statistically earlier. But given the price, they're plenty good enough for cheap not-so-critical mass data applications."
That's exactly my my needs are: "cheap not-so-critical mass data applications".
Point of order, BTW - I use exclusively WD Green drives and my self-built box has 9 of them in a RAID5 array. Never had any dropout, haven't had a failure yet in all those years (I had *one* drive fail the first time I spun it, replaced by the shop under warranty, replacement is still spinning) and, as I said, the oldest has been spinning for 14+ years (except during the odd power failure in the area).
My experience with those "shit" drives (as you call them) has been very good FOR MY PURPOSE. And that's my point; I am *not* an enterprise - I do not have staff all trying to access storage, I do not need quick access, etc, etc. So far, my 15x WD Greens (in the first array and various PCs) have been spinning without a single hiccup. I have replaced CPUs, but never one of my drives.
YMMV, but *my* experience with all those drives has been spotless.
"You're going to have to deal with it: Better products cost more, crappy products cost less. There's more to this of course, where choosing a drive for any given array is not like choosing a tyre for a car, it's more complicated, and there are many more issues to look at. And yes, price is one of those."
Yet again, you're making my point for me - I DON'T NEED ENTERPRISE-LEVEL RESPONSE/MTBF. And, I have yet to experience to drop-outs you said I should be experiencing with my crappy drives. Why? Because I am a home user with home-user requirements out of the hardware. Which is why I complain about the fact that in order to get more drives per NAS I also have to take a quality/price hit WHICH IS NOT REQUIRED FOR MY PURPOSE.
Your response to my complaint is EXACTLY why I am complaining in the first place.
I am a home user. A while back, I got tired of trying to find the movie/TV-series DVD I wanted to watch and started ripping my DVDs to hard-drive. ...and promptly ran out of drive-space which prompted me to look into NAS boxes.
My first foray was building a rack-mounted HDD farm, shoving Linux on it and using software RAID. 9x2TB drives (plus a system drive). Nice but, as another commenter said, not a backup - if anything went wrong with the box itself (rather than a drive), I'd potentially lose the whole dataset. Mind you, it's been around for almost 7 years now without a hitch.
So I went looking for a commercial solution to do the backups and that's when I realised no-one out there catered to my need - you either had home-level solutions that sat on a desk and took 2 (or if you were lucky, 4) home-level HDDs; or you went for the enterprise-level solutions that required you to have enterprise-level drives. Expensive. I eventually settled on a Netgear ReadyNAS and shoved it full of 3TB HDDs, then had it sync with my home-made NAS RAID box. I can now sleep (more) soundly at night.
But my initial annoyance still remains - there is nothing for the home hobbyist; you have to choose either from the small home solution or the more expensive (per HDD hosted) enterprise solution. Come-on, storage people - how about an 8 (or more) drive unit (rack-mounted or not, I can handle both) which takes "home" PC HDDs instead of enterprise-level HDDs? I don't care about recovery speed, I don't really care about MTBF (I haven't had a drive failure in forever - my oldest working drive is 14+ years old), I don't even care that much about access time. I *do* want a large-storage box to store my DVD/BR rips, thank you.
Oh, and somewhere to store my physical DVDs/BRs once they're ripped, but that's another problem for another time.
(edited for spelling)
Too late USA.
No amount of "we're gonna be good now, honest" is going to allay the fears that what your TLOs* had been doing in the shadows won't still be happening in the shadows regardless of your public contrition.
"What we do not understand is why the two companies did not restructure the agreement to buy some time for GTAT and how did this relationship potentially breakdown to this extent"
Because Apple's executive are back-stabbing SOBs who do not care about anything else but Apple's bottom-line. Why pay a premium when you can force the other company's stock-price down and buy it all for small change?
"Soylent 1.0's effect of having him "out-gassing more, and the resultant emissions are noxious.""
Version 1.0: Soylent but deadly.
Damnit, I don't want Soylent White; I want my Soylent Green!
"...can't be hacked from a pathway that wasn't intended".
...but kindly leave alone the security holes that were intentionally placed by various TLA agencies.
Does this mean it'll flash Adobe software as "dubious" because its constant attempts to include the ASK toolbar in its downloads?
No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off
Re: Standards proliferation
So... a downvote, but no reason why. And yet all I stated was a simple fact.
Re: Standards proliferation
Re Dr. Mouse's "All connections are from a host port to a device port, so all cables should have one A and one B end."
Unless you have an Android Phone which allows you to plug USB storage devices to it.
Glad for the bootnote - up until then I had glanced at the picture and wondered how long before Apple screamed at the similarities with the iPhone.... and why Samsung was leaving itself to such an obvious lawsuit.
While I agree that Hachette et al have been naughty in their collusion, there is another underlying problem - the "walled garden" mentality of the eBook sellers.
With normal books I can walk into *any* bookshop, buy a book, and read it when and where I want to. In the case of eBooks and Joe Public, if I want to read an eBook from Amazon I have to read it through their Kindle device or app. Ditto with Kobo. Ditto with... you get my drift here. I cannot easily buy from one eBook supplier and read it on my chosen device or app. (Yes, I am aware that Calibre and Adobe copyright whatever-its-name-is will allow me to do this, but I am talking about Joe and Jane Public who are lucky if they can figure out where the off switch is on their computer.)
Until you can easily (and legally) migrate your eBooks from one device to another regardless of where you bought them from, then Amazon and its ilk are hypocrits when decrying they are doing this "for the readers".
I have both Tablets and eBook readers (note the plural). Why? Because while tablets *can* be used as eBook readers, they are to damn heavy to be used on-the-go for any length on time. In my case, I have become able to read while walking down the street (pausing to cross said streets - not suicidal), as well as the more usual "while standing in public transport during peak hours".
eBook readers are light, not to mention frugal on power. Tablets are more powerful and are in colour (great if you're planing on reading trade magazines or, as I do, old french/belgian comic books) but are power-hungry and get heavier-and-heavier the longer you read them using only one hand (the other being used to steady yourself on public transport - get your minds out of the gutter).
I don't bother watching videos or TV while I commute/walk around, so that "killer application" which supposedly differentiates tablet readers from eBook readers is a non-starter for me.
Ideally, I suppose, I'd like a 7' eBook reader with a colour screen (for reading - screen refresh speeds don't have to be that high).
"But it seems perfectly acceptable to be running this year's iOS on old kit."
Tell that to my iPad1. :( No upgrades for me unless I shell out for a newer iPad... so I got myself an Android tablet.
For the record, I own an iPad (original version), a few android tablets and an android phone. Apart from the iPad, they all run the latest version of their respective OS... and in some cases, versions that haven't yet been released by the local Telco (here's a dirty little secret Telcos won't tell you - most versions of Android for a device are compatible around the world. For example, I'm running a French image in Australia, in English. If you live in the US, though, you may be out of luck thanks to your different radio requirements).
So if you want to upgrade your Android device but don't want the bloatware from your Telco, try the manufacturers stock release. And if you don't want the manufacturer's bloatware, install cyanogenmod's version of Android.
As for the iPad, I keep it handy for one app which I can't get under Android (yes, there are similar apps, but they just can't hold a candle to this one). And I can't upgrade the OS at all, so no more app upgrades for me either.
Let's look at it another way.
I wasn't using FB's messaging option all that much before - now, I guess I'll be using it even less.
"Now, back to business. Just how many As are there in SPAAAAACE, exactly?"
Depends on which season of the Muppets you are watching.
I have a home-theatre PC. The HTPC software I use has a plug-in so I can watch Netflix through it (without having to shut down the software and call up Netflix's website) and it also interfaces with my networked free-to-air TV tuner.
I wouldn't bother with this unless I could integrate it into the HTPC, but these companies seem to go out of their way to make sure you can't see their broadcast except through their hardware (I'm looking at you Foxtel and IInet), even though you've paid for the service. :(
You buy bitcoins. You sell bitcoins. Their actual values are based on supply and demand. Does that sound like something that already exists?
Yep: Bitcoins are just easily-tradable stocks (but without the whole bullshit that goes with short-selling, futures market, etc...). So treat them like stocks and you'll have already-existing regulations.
Some of Vodafone Australia's mobile customers were suffering from a DNS outage yesterday as well (call it 11am - 3pm AEST). In my case, my mobile was affected but my tablet wasn't.
First thing I did when I bought my last two Android phones was to change the Launcher.
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