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Do you have even the faintest idea who Jakob Nielsen is?
Does anyone else feel uncomfortable about trusting their data's security to someone who uses gambling metaphors?
I think that may have been what we call a 'joke' in the UK.
To those of you at the back of the class who weren't paying attention to the article, it specifically ISN'T about rescaling a YouTube clip onto a TV. It's about bypassing all that an just echoing the image, as is, without any nasty DRM preventing you from doing so.
New Reg Measurement
Lewis, it's probably a good rule of thumb that if the Daily Mail are being less foaming at the mouth rabidly anti something than you are then you're probably taking it a bit too far (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2201242/Wind-turbines-supply-half-world-s-energy-minimal-damage-environment.html).
Speaking of which can we have a new Reg unit of measurement for foaming-at-the-mouth-rabidly-anti? Eamples would include
Thatcher's distate for the unions ran to one demi-Page,
Lenin was known to express a whole Page towards dissidents, or
PETA will be double-Paging all bacon butties.
Re: Apple doesnt effect the landscape?
Right up until the point where they loose some company sensitive information and their customers, the stock market and the law all form an orderly queue to give them a swift kick in the bollocks.
Re: Why blame Java at all?
I'd like to echo the sentiment. Later in the article there's the line "I have absolutely no idea what they used to get through the firewalls on client PCs, but it was effective" which suggests there is a level of uncertainty in the way the infection progressed. It's not inconceivable that the exploit got in in a Java unrelated fashion and make a big noise about some poisined jars by way of misdirection. If I had a flaw I wished to keep using I'd certainly want to make people look anywhere other than where it actually was.
I'm not trying to suggest it can't possibly have been Java that's to blame merely say that I can see alternatives that don't employ Java flaws.
I don't know that the Register has an editorial bias. Lewis (and to a degree Andrew Orlowski) do seem to though.
Re: @A.C. - - A sane
AC may be arse (who'da thunk it, an eejet posting AC) but outside of a very select audience watching Der Blinkinlights on the router is not really entertainment. You need a few more layers of abstraction and maybe an API or two before them thar electrons start doing anything more generally interesting.
In One Sentence [sic}
Now how many times will we get the chance to see the names "David Blunkett and Charles Clarke, and celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jude Law and Delia Smith." in the same sentence.
A celebratory beer of three I think.
Is this any different from Google Desktop (and yes, I know it wasn't the first either, not by a long shot), released in October 2004 and predating the pantent filing by 2 months?
It seems more like Apple saw Google Desktop, thought "bloody brilliant idea!", than wrote a patent.
It seems Matt's not been paying attention in history class again.
PHP release 1.0 1995 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Php#Release_history)
Python conceived in the 1980s first implementation started in 1989 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Python_%28programming_language%29#History)
Java started in 1991 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_%28programming_language%29#History)
Dot Not^WNet initial release in 2002.
So according to strict chronology Python's the oldest, then Java, PHP and .Not^WNet.
Unless if by "newer" you mean "Matt hasn't heard of them before" in which case there a a few Neolithic cricles around my way that are newer than your house.
Unless (2) you mean to associate newness with goodness?
Plus Ca Change
Well I don't see that this is going to kill off either development or product consultancy due to the rules of reusability.
When something is sufficiently capable as to be widely useful it requires complex configuration to work exactly how you want it to (hence product consultancy).
When a group of things are sufficiently simple to be understandable then a number of them must be integrated to do anything of value (hence bespoke development).
There are advantages and disadvantages to either approach so neither is likely to be universally applicable and so the train rumbles on.
The someone else who created that code was one of the aforementioned formulaic coders, then it's best to throw the whole thing out and write it properly.
To be fair, you usually have to at least start on the documentation bit before you can be certain that it really is the Gods-forsaken vile mess that you suspected it was and put it out of its (and everyone else's) misery.
So does that mean
If "The phrase derives from amicus curiae, which means 'friend of the court'." does that mean that amicus brief means friend of the briefs?
"...media students to argue among themselves. Afterall, they're unlikely to bump into either theologians or physicists."
That can't be right, surely there's at least one physicist or priest(ess) that likes burgers?
...after 18 months of promising to upgrade the 'phone's OS Sony will decide it's too much trouble, release a minimal upgrade and then start marketing the next shiney leaving you stranded on an out-of-date platform.
Me bitter about getting an x10? Just a bit.
So does this mean the Australians have lost their marbles?
I for one...
sincerely hope not.
How about someone running two VMs, one of them 64 bit, both of them running server software plus a client in the non-VM OS installed on the laptop. Would that count as a power user?
Because normal kit can't handle that kind of workload without swapping out all over the place and taking forages to do anything.
What is this difference that you speak of?
Probably not. Fair enough that I'm using the nightly build of Firefox but it isn't consuming an unreasonable amount of cycles. I can get up to 40% on a fairly weedy Core 2 setup if I really try hard but otherwise it makes next to no difference.
So how is the view from a Cupertino office windows these days?
Layers and Layers
And underneath the OS is the machine code that the processor is actually running. The hint is in this bit of the article:
"Like Unity3D, Adobe's iPhone Packager does not convert code into Objective C. It converts it straight into machine code."
Oh I dunno. You could say that the irony here is someone writing in the comments section of a technically focussed web site complaining that said web site is getting carried away about issues that concern the technology community. Or something similarly daft.
Have we got a collision-free hashing algorithmn yet? And what happens when it turns out that the algorithmn used has collisions that weren't detected when it was originally evaluated? If it's a secure one-way hash then you need the source data all over again to create a new hash using a new collision-free algorithmn. WHich means you'd need to keep the source data on recird, which means you've got to have it all intact somewhere, which puts us back at the NIR all over again.
Not a Netbook
This isn't a netbook, it's a mini-laptop.
Given that the original, winning, spec for a netbook was a low power, low weight, low capability (bit of email, bit of web, maybe a bit of light Office stuff) computer that was easy to lug around and gave a decent battery life then this has to be an almighty fail.
Not entirely sure if you're trolling or overreacting but Linux gaming has evolved a bit beyond Tetris.
I was able to get a Linux port of the Doom 3 engine up a running a week or so after the Windows version came out.
That said I'm a long way from being a hard-core games freak and stick to the console nowadays, it being a great deal less hassle anyway.
I heard this chap this morning and thought he was talking absolute arse.
It's fine if you're a lazy historian who never has to get out of bed before midday but some of us are up before 6 and appreciate a bit of sunlight on the way in to work.
And no, I don't farm cows.
@ Nigel Wright, @Cameron Colley
A couple of observations. It's probably fair to say that Reg readers have more than a little bit of extra tech knowledge over and above what exists in the general population, so their expectations aren't the same as those of normal users. So installing A.N.Otherlinux or <shudder> XP is what you'd expect. This isn't the area of the market that the manufacturers were targetting and the fact that techy folks can quite happily take care of themselves anyway suggests it's the right approach.
UIs are often a highly individual preference - witness the ability to customise the bejesus out of KDE, Gnome and (to a limited degree) Windows. Personally I've seen people look at the standard UI on the AA1 and go Ooh! - they're relieved that it's so easy to find the functions they're after and not need to click through some K -> Internet -> KMail (insert preferred options here) that only makes sense _after_ you've adapted to it.
The splitting of tasks into areas of related functionality is a complete change from the way that PCs have worked pretty much since day one. It was a relief to see someone trying something different from the desktop metaphor and actually structuring the UI around the tasks that people want to do - turning the PC more into an appliance. It's not going to be to everyone's taste but there are at least some people that prefer it that way and for the rest there's the ability to install whatever else you want.
Missing the Point
There are a number of comments here complaining that the version of Linux installed is the problem, which I think is missing the point of the netbook machine entirely.
They're meant for a bit of email, browsing and light office work at low cost and low weight and without the set-up hassles.
I bought my wife an AA1 with the locked down Linux and it does what it was bought to do perfectly. If anything more heavyweight needs doing there's an iBook sitting around and a desktop with Debian testing on it, but the times when they're needed are vanishingly small.
I think the manufacturers have done an admirable job of understanding their target user population and designing accordingly. The fact that those who need to can always install something with a bit more poke is more of a bonus added extra than a damming indictment of the installed OS.
A long time ago (in IT terms) I did some evaluation work on Egenera's BladeFrame which took (if memory serves) 20 servers and removed the disks and network adapters and virtualsed the lot across a single cabinet. Conceptually at least it doesn't sound a million miles away from this idea and has the advantage that there's actually products that have really been used by real people.
What About the Range?
Running those numbers through a few rough calculations gives 8 minutes of power (admittedly at full whack) from the battery pack. Even at 100 m/h that only gives a range of 13 miles. It looks like the petrol adjunct is going to have to do a lot of work.
Right Person for the Job
"a leading public figure from the creative industries"
Glad they're picking on someone useful rather than one of those techie types who might actually know what they're talking about.
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