30 posts • joined Wednesday 13th August 2008 20:23 GMT
Re: useful features
Check out foobar2000. I switched away from WinAmp a few years ago and I use foobar2000 for my light playback needs. It supports a lot of the features that people probably use in WinAmp and is much less bloated. It supports most (all?) of the common formats and few additional ones via the plug-in system (.MOD anyone?). I also use it for WAV > MP3 conversion (interface to lame.exe command line)
Security: That's someone else's job
So let me get this straight. Their method of "security" to avoid people getting emails intended for the previous recipient is to make everyone ELSE implement code that lets said third party check to see if an email address has been "valid" since a certain time frame? So basically if said third party does not implement this new Require-Recipient-Valid-Since header in their "ping back" email, it's no different than someone taking control over an email box through some other nefarious means.
What could possibly go wrong?
Adapting to the times
Of course artists should be paid for all their hard work they put into music, but just like music as moved from a physical format to a digital format, the primary source of income for an artist as moved from selling the music to PLAYING the music (e.g. concerts). That's where all the money is going to come from nowadays.
There are probably countless numbers of artists out there that think "I'm just gonna write the songs then let the money pour in from the sales while I kick back." It's just not the way the big boys do it.
Business as usual (for Apple)
Like them or not, you have to admit that Apple has a pretty slick deal for their phone order contracts (assuming they follow through in some way):
The phone is successful, Apple gets paid
The phone is unsuccessful, Apple gets paid
Must Have Filter
Please tell me one of the filters they have is this:
WARNING: You are shooting your video in portrait format. This is not the standard video format used by every playback device on earth. It will not only look bad, but it will also waste over half the pixel space when viewed in a standard viewing box / monitor / TV / etc. Please rotate your camera 90 degrees. Otherwise ...
Yes - Pfft. What do you know about how to hold a phone?!
No - Thanks for helping me become smarter and save the world from yet another poorly shot video clip!
"I'm very happy that the studios want me to be in Terminator 5 and ... I'm also going to do [Conan the Barbarian sequel] King Conan ... and also to do another Twins movie."
Hmmm.... One of these things is not like th other ....
Keep them away!
I an a former programmer turned IT manager, and I can definitely say one thing:
Keep us away from the design aspect!
It's one thing to IMPLEMENT the design. It's another thing altogether to MAKE the design. It's like the difference between a paint by numbers picture and a blank canvas.
I'm sure hardware designers fall in the same basic category.
Re: Who'd have guessed it, NSA exceeding their remit
In a lot of cases, they wouldn't even need to go that far. Just look how easy it is nowadays to take a phone number (at least non-mobile) and perform a reverse lookup. Granted, some people will have made the effort to "unpublish" their number or make it private, but most will not.
You want "anonymous" data? Convert each phone number to a one-way hash key. That allows you to "link" the data between two callers but makes it very hard to KNOW who those two callers are.
Then again, what good would the data be to them in that case .... I guess that's why they need a little more than "anonymous" data...
Re: @jerry 4 (toolbars)
I was hoping that the "removal of certain libraries" was a reference to that...
Re: It Just Works
@Velv: Check the article. The settlement only applies to the iPod TOUCH and some iPhones, not all iPods.
Referencing the "never wrong" Wikipedia , about 100 million iPod Touches have been sold (including later gen models not covered). It says approximately 250 iPhone units have been sold (also including later gen models not covered. Granted, with those numbers, the percentage is still pretty small, but 350 million is a lot smaller than 800 million.
History will repeat itself
Although I don't (yet) see exactly how well Glass will pan out, here's my prediction
1. Google releases Glass
2. Apple says "that's stupid"
3. A few years pass
4. Apple releases a product that's basically the same with a prettier interface and say they have invented a revolutionary new product
5. Fanbois swoon and flock in droves to buy it.
For some reason, this all sounds so familiar... just ... can't ... put my finger ... on it...
Steam vs Xbox game = invalid comparison
Assuming that it is impossible to pirate an Xbox One game (yes, I'm sure it will eventually happen), I don't see why people are missing the most obvious reason why you can't compare something like Steam to an Xbox game:
Once you sell the Xbox game, you don't have it anymore! Period.
With something like Steam, you already have a copy of all the files needed to run the game, so it is MUCH easier to maintain a copy of the game. That's why "reselling" a used game on Steam wouldn't work. You don't have that problem with an Xbox game because you don't have a copy of the game anymore.
Obviously once the hackers figure out a way to rip and play "backed up", the argument becomes moot, but until then, there's absolutely no comparison. There's also really no logical reason in my mind why they shouldn't allow second hand games just like the past (excluding corporate greed, politics, etc).
I'm more confused by the people that feel that an acronym has to be pronounced using the same hard/soft letters as the words it stands for. Using that logic, take these examples:
ASCII - Do you pronounce it uh-ski, since "A" stands for American?
ICANN - Do you call them ih-can, since "I" stands for International?
... just to name a few
Shake it up
I welcome T-Mobile trying to shake things up in the cell phone market (there's basically no competition in the segment), but I'm a little unsure exactly how much influence they will be able to push. We are almost at the point nowadays where AT&T and Verizon are so big, there's not much that can be done to knock them off their thrones.
Free with contract?
I find it REALLY hard to believe that Apple would release even the "low cost" version completely free with a 2-year contract. I think $50 or even $100 would be more likely.
One of the big ideas that Apple has toted over the years is the "value" of their product. They don't want to undermine that value by pricing things really cheap, regardless of their actual cost ($100 premium to go from 32GB to 64GB?). That's why you don't see them on sale like other products (although they seem to have relaxed this a little bit over the recent years).
That is all.
"using the open source OpenStack controller and the KVM hypervisor"
Hmmm? Rackspace uses Xen and XenServer as their hypervisor (not KVM), just like Amazon.
Nice design, poor performance/quality
I bought this phone right after it came out because it was the first Android phone available for AT&T (I really didn't want to get an iPhone). Initially I thought it was great (my previous phone was a Blackberry Pearl from work). However, since this was my first Android experience, I didn't have much to compare it to.
I like the keyboard flip out design. I have always been a much bigger fan of physical keyboards than virtual keyboards, and it seems like more and more Android phones are moving to virtual-only handsets. However, that's about the only thing that really stands out. It has poor video quality, a lackluster processor, and measly storage included. Oh, and it's still stuck on Android 1.5 (and based upon the Motorola timeline, no one knows when 2.1 will *actually* be released in the USA). I personally think they are still releasing it in the USA to avoid a class action lawsuit for falsely advertising that it was upgradeable to Android 2.0. This makes me question how the performance will be. The phone has been rooted recently, and the people that have done it have said good things, but I don't think I want to take the risk (I have to use the phone for work).
Personally, I'm looking at something in the Samsung Galaxy S series, such as the Captivate. My wife recently bought one and it's pretty nice. It has a lot nicer screen, it's much faster, and it already has Android 2.1.
"Any clue as to how it does this? Is it a one-time code? Is it implying that a buggered hard disk will result in buying a new copy of Office? A swift "no, thanks" will be offered to them from me."
Make sure you read their new EULA very carefully. The "key card" method of purchase is very similar to an OEM license.
Page 17, Section 3 (Product Key Card Terms), subsection 2a
"a. One Copy per Device. The software license is permanently assigned to the device on which the software is initially activated. That device is the “licensed device.”"
In the past, Microsoft as defined a "device" as being the core component (i.e. the motherboard), meaning that when the motherboard dies or is swapped out, the device no longer exists, and your license is no longer valid. This is why the key card version of the software is cheaper.
A hard sell
Considering that Apple would never want to lose money on the hardware end of a system, it sound like a pretty hard sell to me.
"You get the same hardware as a Mac Mini for $50 less ... and a lot less functionality"
But then again, fanbois will be fanbois...
Funny choice of examples
It's funny what example system they mention ... Jaguar. I doubt they would invest money in engineering support for that. Turbographics ... do you mean TurboGrafx? C'mon Sony!
... and Gravis... really? Why not mention the original Pong controller or Atari 2600?
No big surprise
@Pandy06269: Blackberry makes the devices and they also run the mail servers that handle the "push" traffic (i.e. when you send an email to the address assigned to your Blackberry, such as firstname.lastname@example.org).
On that same note, RIM has always been a little clueless when it comes to properly running a mail server. For example, they had a problem about a year ago (and I'm sure they still do) where they would silently drop all forwarded emails where the original sender was @yahoo.com. If you decide to redirect a copy (M$ Exchange rule) of your incoming email to your @*.blackberry.net address to get them "real time", and the original sender was @yahoo.com, the RIM servers would accept the email, then silently drop it on the floor. After multiple hours on the phone with their clueless "tech support" people, along with countless mail logs proving they accepted the emails, the problem was never fixed (luckily the person experiencing the problem has moved to an iPhone that syncs directly with Exchange).
I personally think it's all a scam to try to force the users to buy their stupid Enterprise Server software.
Hypocrites... or just plain stupid
"Our users' privacy and data security have always been a priority for RockYou and we strive to keep them secure" ...
Yet they stored passwords in plain text format. There is absolutely NO excuse for that if you "strive to keep them secure". The sad thing is I'm sure there are many other big sites that do the same thing, but the end user would never know about it until something like this happens. I guess to many people think, "Hey, they're smart enough to create this amazing web site functionality, so they MUST know what they are doing!"
Security consultants using free email?
Seriously, why is a security consultant using a free email service to send and/or store potentially private documents? Not exactly someone I would like to consult regarding my security.
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