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Don't think the processing will be that hard.
Nice posting history.
And people accuse me of having a one-track mind.
Question though.. if you are so confident of Microsoft's continued dominance, why do you feel the need to defend them so vociferously in practically every single post you have made so far?
Letters and d1g1t5
"Twitter has long be a proponent of online free speech, and it does not yet have a UK presence."
Possibly the latter is precisely because of the former. It's a shame how far down the path of censorship and government control of information this country is getting. All with the best of intentions, of course.
Gravestone to mark the passing of freedom of speech in once-great Britain.
Isn't that the school of "medicine" that dictates you should take a poison, dilute it down thousands of times and this somehow becomes more potent the more you dilute it?
Makes about as much sense as Scientology, then.
Now that's an idea.
Only for a fair comparison, if the Linux distro is something awful and techie like Slackware or embedded-linux-for-routers, then the Microsoft option has to be MS DOS.
Ubuntu vs Win7 vs OS X perhaps? All running on certified hardware to remove any issues over "oh but you were using dongle Foo when dongle Bar is so much easier to set up.."
How many dear old aunties with the requisite lack of computer knowledge are there amongst Team Reg's relatives? And what tests would this hypothetical gauntlet to be ran contain?
Or the pretty graphical version "click the button that says upgrade".
I don't see any option in Windows XP or Vista that lets you upgrade to 7, outside of paying Microsoft a lot of money.
Don't forget that UAC is a poor rip off of the sudo/gksu/kdesu commands.
Oh and.. boot from a CD to grab files from a b0rked OS install. BartPE does not count, as it is illegal.
While we're at it, I still have yet to see a Windows firewall with the functionality of iptables. Geeky and technical, yes. There are graphical front-ends though, and Windows still is hopeless compared.
Oh, you also can't run Compiz in Windows.
Also, plugging a wifi adapter in without fucking about with drivers.
Also, connecting to a wireless network without having to right-click "troubleshoot problems" to kick the thing into life every other time you try to get online.
That enough things? I'm sure various people can think of more things that various Linux distros do, that you can't do in Windows.
Letters and digits.
Does this mean that Sarah Bee can get sued for laying the smack-down on commentards, because El Reg's pages can be read within the US?
I was always under the assumption that while web pages may be able to be read by the public, the servers are very much someone else's private property. They'd have more chance if the server was in the US under a .gov domain.
Been saying this since HD came out.
Not that I'm some luddite who doesn't like it. Just that most people don't sit with their nose touching the screen. From the other end of a living room, unless you have a super-sized screen (above, say, 25-28 inches), are you really going to tell much difference between HD and even a normal DVD? And no, I don't have crappy eyesight. It's good enough to see the "invisible" pixels on an iPhone4, at least.
The biggest benefit I can see with HD, is that finally broadcasters have upped the bandwidth of their digital channels to approximate a level of quality achieved by standard analogue PAL several decades ago.
When does "comforting a crying child" become "spoiling a little brat who's learned that all s/he has to do is bawl"?
As the title says.
"It's only video games that are keeping the PS3 alive for now..."
Asides those early adopters willing to shell out 400 quid on a toy, who seriously buys a PS3 primarily for playing blu-ray disks now?
The game is just the start? No; it's the start, end, and middle too. At least, ever since Sony got rid of Other OS. Now that's a decision that I think some execs are kicking themselves over, given recent events.
Poor old Sony, I almost feel sorry for them. They've had nothing but cock-ups the last few weeks!
A bit like SRS then?
And yet SRS does manage to widen the sound a lot, if not quite being the "two speaker surround sound" that it alleged to be on launch. Was still pretty amazing all those years ago when I bought my little NuReality box.
Not that I know how this pseudo-3D works, but I can guess with a bit of edge detection, shape recognition and other such funkiness then yes you can turn a 2D image into 3D, if not a completely authentic 3D.
Doesn't fit in your bag?
Get a bigger bag. I've got a gigantic lump of 6 year old HP Pavilion zv5000 here that probably won't fit your bag either if that Sony won't. Anyway, while it's slower than pigshit rolling uphill in Winter compared with anything modern, it still has those lovely Harman/Kardon speakers under the two front grills.
Best sounding laptop ever.
Regardless of whether they've been hit or not...
Perhaps these guys should be RDPing into a secure server and having the laptops given the nuke-and-reinstall treatment on every return trip? Shouldn't be too hard if a magic disk can be fettled somehow. Insert disk, boot off disk, come back 10 minutes later to a clean OS install.
That or use some kind of ChromeOS-style cloudbook with the OS booted from a read-only device of some sorts (custom LiveCD? Print with a hologram for authenticity checking?). When you're working with something that sensitive, surely the less that can be gotten from access to the clients the better?
"Yes, that's what my Galaxy S does."
Funny, my Galaxy Tab doesn't. Neither does the ZTE Racer. Neither did the Commtiva N700. Neither does a friend's Galaxy i7500 (the one that Samsung rather unforgivably dumped and left with 1.x). Neither does the Dell Streak. Or the Motorola Xoom. In fact I have yet to see a single device, Android or otherwise, that automatically connects you to an unknown network without some serious hackery going on.
Are you sure you haven't just remembered an open access point called "NETGEAR" or something, and still have its profile? Android (and a lot of other OSes) uses the SSID to determine network identity, which is really annoying when you have two people, with two different security set-ups, who both have routers called "dlink".
Try locating the offending profile and giving it the old heave-ho. Shouldn't be too hard. Tap on the entry then select "forget".
Re: This is why
Uhm, you do know that phones have been able to run apps for several years before the iPhone was a twitch in el Steve-o's pants? It's called Java/J2ME, and there are snoop apps for bog standard Nokia "dumbphones" too.
And no, the PI would not be able to just "send it to your phone". Google and Apple might be able to do sneaky things like that, but your wife's PI has absolutely no chance. They'd have to have access to the device, and even then you might notice an extra "McSnoopSnooperson" app in the list that wasn't there before.
So, carry on banging the secretary, eh?
Re: I regularly get updates from Samsung
I went ahead and installed Kies specifically because of this article. And Geoff Campbell, I'm well aware of Gingerbread ALLEGEDLY about to be rolled out since I did just post the link about it up there.
My Kies information:
Current firmware version: PDA:U7 / PHONE:JKS / CSC:U5 (CPW)
Latest firmware version: PDA:U7 / PHONE:JKS / CSC:U5 (CPW)
So no, Samsung do not update regularly, and never have. That is unless I bought a Tab that's been sitting in the warehouse for however-long with the latest firmware somehow magicked onto it. Their Android update support is infamously crap, hence my utter surprise at this latest announcement.
Also is it just me, or is Kies an awful, slow POS that makes iTunes seem almost slim?
Such a teasingly tempting rumour to believe.
Hence, I won't believe it until it happens.
If it does happen though, I won't have needed this article to lower my surprise levels any further. Microkiasoft or whatever it's called will end up as the only company producing Windows phones if this happens. I mean, other manufacturers might theoretically be allowed to play but why in the HELL would they want to?
Unfortunately, Microkiasoft is not Apple, and only Apple really has the required fanbase to pull off such a vertical strategy. Could be good news for the more horizontally-inclined Droids all round, really.
...the only people who've ever seen that line of terminal gunk are likely people who know more-or-less what it means.
And in the spirit of Joe and Jane Public...
This is shit. Give me my Windows back.
Hm, I was about to rip Samsung a new one in a comment.
...then I did some googling and found this: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7-20063177-251.html
Fuck me, Samsung? Actually providing an updated firmware?
I won't believe it until I see it.
To be fair...
...this old G3 Power Mac thingy I have here has a Quantum Fireball in it.
However the power supply was what blew, and it's a godawful no-name Chinese thing with a 20 volt line and an odd pin-out so you can't just bung a PC ATX supply in it without some serious tinkering. Apple G3 power supply? Oh that's about £250 unless you want to risk Fleabay. £1 per watt, just to get a system with the approximate power of a Pentium 2 running again. Bargain!
This is what warranty tags are for.
...and if your place isn't using them, they should be.
Once the warranty has expired of course, the consumer can clip that tag off with some side cutters and hack at the guts of the things without wrecking a nonexistant service agreement. Little easier to remove than a boatload of epoxy, don'tcha think? Cheaper too!
Scary thing is a fair amount of people do think like that though, and it seems a significant proportion of those tend to post on webby forums. Sometimes the ol' cat's whisker needs a bit of a tweak, y'know?
"I will never get a job in IT now"
While I'm sure some companies may be warned off, there's plenty of tales of ex-crims turned security analysts. Sort of like hiring a thief to design a better lock, I suppose. You get years of experience in how to break the things, going into hardening said things. Plus you know who the little fucker is and he's on the payroll, so easy enough to track.
So long as they come out the other end of their sentences and try for a BSc in Computer Forensics or similar, I'd say his current criminal record might even help. Just don't go bragging about it in the job interview like it's your best qualification.
50 million screaming Christians can't be wrong?
Sorry, just channelling Marylin Manson there. Umpteen million users use Windows not because it's the "most open" or "most usable" but because it has the "most games" and "Microsoft Office" and it's "what everyone else has". That is the be-all and end-all of Microsoft Windows. Its usability, frankly, stinks compared to even Linux distros these days (okay, you could go for some awful Slackware-based embedded thing just to be awkward but I'm thinking Ubuntu, Mandrive, Fedora, etc). It's also inefficient, bloated.. and I don't think "open" means what you think it means. Perhaps you meant "accessible", in which case I'll agree - so long as you're willing to fork out stupid amounts for an uncrippled version of the OS every couple of years.
By the way, did you know that if you buy that PC in a shop as a complete unit with some OEM Windows on it and your motherboard develops a fault, that Microsoft will demand you buy a new copy of Windows because to them the motherboard is the computer? They've threatened various small repair shops with four-figure fines over this already. The guy I bought my latest PC from mentioned this to me, as well as saying how he's told Microsoft to get stuffed and hasn't received any legal love letters over it YET (touch wood). Perhaps I should mention the crapload of patents that Microsoft still insist that the Linux kernel violates, despite not telling anybody where or how and just using their insistence that it does as a way of extracting settlements and frightening people into staying away from a REALLY open system?
Microsoft may have their OS on the most machines, but I would never, ever describe them as "open". Not to the slightest extent. That's before we get into "Open Source". Also, 1967? Crikey, hello gramps. Is that a punchcard I see in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?
Alan Bradley: Excuse me
Richard Mackey: Yes... Alan
Alan Bradley: Given the prices we charge to students and schools, what sort of improvements have been made in Flynn... I mean, um, ENCOM OS-12?
Richard Mackey: This year we put a "12" on the box.
Batteries charged in an hour and a half will not cycle 1000 times.
"Starting a couple years ago, they said a MacBook battery should be able to go through 1000 charge cycles before it loses 20% of its capacity."
That's about the standard figure for any Li-Ion or Li-Poly battery, and you can guarantee you won't get anywhere near that. Not unless it's charged so gently you're waiting until next week to use the thing. Think of the 1000 charges as being like a hard drive manufacturer promising "1000 gigabytes" or USB 2.0 promising "480mbit/sec". Theoretical but never-actually-reached maximums.. or just plain old marketing bullshit in the HDD manufacturer's case.
Already exists, just hasn't been mass produced yet.
The Sony version of events looks rather cool. There's a vid somewhere of one of these screens being repeatedly rolled around a pencil-thickness rod, while active and displaying a movie.
743 people per 100,000 in prison as of year end 2009
And you're proposing locking MORE people up? Over software laws that are already ridiculous in their scope? And losing the right to vote because they had a hooky copy of Big Babes with Big Busts vol 2? Wow.. that'll really work. By work, I mean "introduce people without a criminal thought in their heads to some really nasty types who'll likely ensure that the USA's recidivism rate stays WAY up"?
I always thought Australia was the one that started as a penal colony? Land of the Free my pink rosy arse cheeks.
I believe the term is...
...an Orbital. Or for the uninitiated, a small planet with a Mind in it. Capital M to indicate the hyperintelligence levels.
And there was me thinking I'd be different for making an Iain M Banks-related post on some other article. Oh well, I'm just waiting for the BBC to (refuse to) play David Bowie's Space Oddity on request for "the good ship Arbitrary and all who sail aboard her."
...if That Ship were in orbit, I don't think we'd have much of a problem with dictators and ..well, politicians in general any more. As I understand it, Grey has something of a.. fetish, with regards meting out psychopathically righteous and ironic "justice" to genocidal maniacs and other ne'er-do-wells.
I think it (she?) would find Earth to be a positively orgasmic source of fun!
MMmm computer games.
I like the X3: Terran Conflict approach. Fit a Boron Kraken (that's, err, a rather large missile frigate) up with as many auto-targetting, re-targetting FoF heavy torps and swarming missiles as you can cram in. Jump it into a sector heavily populated with enemy fighters and capital ships and issue the command "missile barrage". When it asks you how many you give it the number "-1" which means "oh fuck it, just dump the entire freight bay into the launchers." Well over 1000 screaming streaks of death emptied in, oh, about 10 seconds?
Watch as the entire sector explodes and your graphics card hates you forever. Missile Frigates: For when you absolutely, positively got to kill every other motherfucker within a 100km radius no matter how many countermeasures they can deploy, accept no substitute.
(you may want two or three large-ish production complexes going to keep one of them fed, though.)
What is it with Culture references lately?
Oh you silly Martian, you.
I still think you're like, some kind of Culture ship Mind that's gone a bit eccentric and is having fun with obscure Terran tech mags. Or maybe I've been binging on Iain M Banks books a bit too much.
How a Microwave oven modulates its power.
Most of them don't. While some more advanced microwave ovens can indeed operate at "half power" or whatever, more operate just by running the magnetron at 100% power with say, a 50% duty cycle. In simple terms, it switches itself off and on.
And Apple are still being shitty. The first thing your average consumer will notice is when it breaks and instead of a bill for £50 plus £20 labour, it'll be £200 + £30 labour and the special hard drive will take two weeks to order from Apple. Just because most consumers couldn't give a shit about what goes on inside their machines, doesn't mean that those of us who make it our business to know about what goes on inside a computer should not point at shitty practices and say they are shitty!
Re: Banning AGPL projects.
To quote a Mr Chris DiBona:
"Basically the answer is when I, Fitz, Greg or the team think it is popular enough. I know you guys think we don't like it for nefarious reasons, but what you're missing is we dislike -all- new licenses that are unpopular. They lead to bifurcation of the open source development world and that is a high price to pay. "
So AGPL was apparently banned not for being open-source, but for (at the time at least) being an obscure branch of the GPL that next to nobody really new or cared about. What do you know though, two years, some harassment from the FOSS crowd and an acceptance by the OSI later and we have this:
Google Code now accept any OSI-approved open source license. That includes the Affero GPL. Now, have you and Mr Asay got any more examples of how Google is really Microsoft in disguise, or are we all done here?
Well to be fair...
...fixing a screwed up BIOS setting is usually as simple as "load optimal defaults? (y/n)"
Yon venerable old PC bootstrapping mechanism has come a long way since 1980. They even detect hard drives themselves!
Though, I do miss the IDE low level format option.
"just look at the amount of apps they've been throwing out of their market. Figure it out."
Hang on, what? You mean the illegal ones like rip-off game copies? Or malware? Unless you're suggesting that Sega and Nintendo both are licensing the gigacrapload of ROMs you can download?
If Google were removing apps based on "we just think it's crap", then most of the Papi-something games wouldn't be there. If they were removing them based on some Appley "you're making something we do better than we do it", then you wouldn't see the media players and home screen replacements would you?
Google, "once bastion of openness"? I think you've been reading Matt Asay articles and taking them to be Gospel. Google have always been a Linux shop and they seem to be doing quite well as far as their GPL obligations go, but they are a search and advertising company and their secret searching sauce has never been open.
Plenty of things you could bash Google for but, in trying to defend Apple's awkward practices, you could pick a much better point than "GOOGLE ARE KEEPING THEIR LATEST OS UNDER WRAPS UNTIL IT'S READY. THEY MUST BE TURNING INTO MICROSOFT." Christ, talk about FUD. If the infamously zealous EFF don't have a problem with this.. hell, if Linus bloody Torvalds doesn't have a problem with this, then why do you?
EFI 100x better
Well, it could be. I mean, it's a Hypervisor. It could theoretically give you the Xbox-style ability to pause current OS and just flick to another one in the middle of something, like how you can press the green button and stop your running game to go to the system menu.
However, what is EFI's main use in Apple machines, asides making it awkward to just bung OS X on an Intel x86 PC? Come on, Boot Camp? Having to reboot the machine to start up some other OS? How is that different to every other PC in the world?
...you can add a NAS box to any network. Doesn't cost much, almost certainly less than a Time Capsule, and you can use it on any computer INCLUDING Macs! (Well, for now anyway)
However, a gigabit network link still has nowhere near the throughput of a SATA cable, and Apple are still being shitty by making you buy a speshul Apple hard drive for WTF prices.
Get a couple of multimeters.
Wire them up to measure volts/current so you get an accurate reading, Do it carefully because the mains supply in any country is rather nasty. Then try shoving an Ubuntu Live CD in them Windows PCs. It's bloody amazing how much difference using a half-decent OS without a shedload of bloatware bolted on can make to your power consumption figures.
Really, try it some time. The fans on my PC and laptop both thank me with joyously low revolutions whenever I switch that damned Microsoft monstrosity off in favour of Canonical's distinctly more svelt baby.. and Ubuntu is supposed to be a kitchen-sink distribution too!
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