210 posts • joined 22 Oct 2008
Re: Standard Windows timings
More like this thing called imaging now since that's how Windows since Vista (and really Windows for Legacy PCs) does it. And that's only worth it if you have more than one computer to update. Why can't Microsoft offer updated install images as suggested above?
I imagine the answer is as simple as it's supposed to be more incentive to buy the newer version - fewer updates required. That's also probably why we won't ever see Windows 7 Service Pack 2.
Re: OK, Google
If you have your social security number or banking information in plaintext in something as insecure as email, you've got bigger troubles. Just about anyone in the middle of the transit can view the data contained within an email.
I wonder if Samsung noticed problems with stock KitKat's code when they started burning up AT&T customers' Galaxy S4 Actives with the KitKat update, which has since been withheld.
Re: Battery Life?
Given it switches the grunt work to the attached phone as an Android tablet, I'm sure the battery life will be better in Android mode.
Re: Is it a proper programming language?
On the other hand...
Google has moved the majority of their services and applications away from the core OS to the Play Store so that they can in fact be patched even when the older operating system isn't. Basically, if you have Android 4.0 or higher and use the Google services, security really isn't much of a problem on Android unless you start trying to pirate apps - same situation as on the iPhone, really.
Re: If this bill gets anywhere close to passing...
"Odds are the bill will be construed so as to bar the Internet (and perhaps even telephone) from being classed as a common carrier at all. For that matter, they may just remove the "common carrier" designation altogether and completely defang the FCC. Anything the FCC tried can be negated by the act, since the FCC's powers come from the Telecommunications Act, and as long as they're not retroactive, they can be applied legally."
I'd expect no less, especially if Congress thinks the FCC might push the button, so to speak, before the bill's language is finalized. Even if it were the case that Congress didn't pull the FCC's powers, subverting anything they would've accomplished with the bill, if Congress could actually unite to pass such a bill, they could feasibly pass another to undo any "damage" the FCC might've already done.
"But this bill will go nowhere. It'll likely never get through the Senate. Even if it did it probably wouldn't make it through Conference Committee, nor get passed AGAIN. Finally, President Obama would likely veto the bill, and neither house is united enough on this bill to override it."
My guess is you're likely correct on that, but the true differences between elected Democrats and Republicans is very slim, the rest mostly a facade for the people they represent. They all more or less seem to obey whoever pays the most money
bribing lobbying, with one member recently confirming what we already knew, regarding patent reform.
If this bill gets anywhere close to passing...
What would be the odds the FCC would reclassify the Internet before the bill gets signed into law?
Re: What's wrong with these people?
Yes, because peripheral hardware designs people write games.
Re: Show the notification bar
I was wondering the same thing. I've had my hands on an elderly friend's LG G2 and someone else's LG G Pad 8.3; the notifications were almost hidden off the screen by the toggles and sliders available. It is possible to trim that up a bit after digging for a few hours through the settings though.
What bugged me the most was the G2's inconsistent method of answering phone calls. If the screen was off, you had to drag the green accept button at the bottom left of the screen to the right to answer. If the screen was already on, you just push that button without dragging.
This difference was a bit difficult to explain to an octogenarian who had never used a smart phone before. I honestly don't know if changing the dialer with something like ExDialer will change the method of answering a call or not, but at this point, now that she's finally learned it, changing it really isn't an option anymore.
Re: Conflict of Interest?
"But if people aren't getting their ads, would Google care if they use their browser or not?"
Yes, because then Google wouldn't be able to collect as much information as they do, especially if people start using things like NoScript (not for the Average Joe, granted) and Ghostery and rejecting third party cookies.
Re: If it's part of HTML5
"Well, you see, HTML 5 is NOT an official standard, yet."
Right you are, but then they can remove the DRM-enabling sandbox if EME gets dropped from the HTML5 draft.
That being said, why should they? You have to install the extra component yourself separately. I hate DRM as much as the next consumer, but not supporting it when every big name media provider requires it would be corporate suicide, whether it enters the standard or not. Boycotting DRM should be a decision left to the individual user, NOT the company that makes that user's web browser.
And as I said, you are indeed right that it's not a standard yet... but HTML 5.0 is all but finalized now and is expecting an official recommendation by the W3C later this year. From what I've been reading though, EME will probably be in the HTML 5.1 spec, expected in 2016. EME is not an official part of the standard yet, but do be careful with such blanket statements when the draft is almost ready to be released.
Re: Lumia 625
Maps aside, you can easily store your music offline on Android phones. Either connect it through MTP and transfer your music, insert an SD card with your music on it (if the model has a card slot), or download it. Google Play Music supports downloading directly to your phone by selecting to save for offline usage.
For satnav, you can buy map apps if the data matters to you. I bought a copy of the TomTom app (not the best but not absolutely terrible) for that purpose myself.
That said, to each his own. I'm glad you like your new(er) phone. I just wouldn't say that Android relies any more on data than any other OS does though.
Re: Tee hee hee hee hee...
"Not likely since they purchased the rights to the Nokia brand for mobile devices."
For two or three years only, if I recall correctly. By then though, they'll probably snuff out the
Nokia X line.
Re: Is there a rocket scientist in the house?
Is it possible to maintain a geosynchronous orbit with the mass of these satellites at the altitude at which they orbit? I honestly don't know. That's the only thing I could imagine though, but I'm certainly no rocket scientist.
Re: If I were MS, I would be much bolder and replace icons with tiles.
Well, strictly speaking, with KDE4, you can't avoid widgets at all because everything is implemented as a widget in Plasma, even the taskbar and the components on the taskbar like the application launcher, window list, tray, clock, etc. They implemented them in a way that they don't feel like widgets though, despite being coded as such and being just as modular.
I'm just being pedantic though. For all intents and purposes, I use KDE 4 without any widgets on my desktop, more or less mimicking the Windows 7 desktop, even putting a Show Desktop button in the bottom-right corner out of habit.
I missed a T in that
I was wondering what you had against olives for a moment. Tasty oil.
Re: I hate Live tiles
Well, I hate the Live Tiles too (see above), but to be fair, you can toggle a setting in the control panel somewhere to change it so that Windows 8 knows you're on a metered connection and to cut out the unnecessary chatter. That's something that would be nice in any other OS that wasn't designed for mobile devices first and foremost as well. I've only seen that feature on Android otherwise, though I'm not that familiar with iOS's features. That said, the only things that seem to respect that setting in Windows 8 are "Modern" apps.
What better way to hype a product than a "leak"?
These videos do look like better ways to deal with the "Modern" desktop on a touch interface, but basically, they've just re-invented desktop widgets. That said, I hate the Live Tiles in the first place since they seem to be designed to aggravate ADHD.
Re: Wow! That many people moved to KDE or XFCE?
I'm talking Kubuntu, yes. I've set up Arch with KDE before, but I've been bitten by updates on multiple occasions when trying Arch. I don't feel like having to keep up with a website just to see if updates break anything on my system. If I were to move away from Kubuntu, it would probably be to Debian Testing. I really like Debian-based systems aside from the extraneous package dependencies and "recommends". The only reason I use Kubuntu in the first place is for the support I get from the Ubuntu base, especially with regards to proprietary drivers.
Also, looking up more about Blue Systems, though their standard release is Kubuntu-based, I might take a look at Netrunner. The default package list seems similar to what I end up going with anyway. I may try the Manjaro-based (and thus Arch-based) rolling release version too. *shrugs*
Re: Wow! That many people moved to KDE or XFCE?
I started with KDE 3.x and moved to GNOME 2.x when KDE 4.0 was as stable as a sandcastle. I moved back to KDE when GNOME 3.0 changed everything and KDE 4.6 was feature-complete as compared to 3.5 and becoming faster and more reliable with each release.
That said, I've had a few problems as of late with 4.12 and 4.13 (yeah, I know, still RC) as packaged by Blue Systems and Canonical, but I don't know if that's a problem with upstream KDE or Canonical's patched MESA libraries or the transition to Qt5 or what. Specifically, using the Folder layout on my desktop, when logging in, it's sometimes shoved off the screen with only a scrollbar on the right.
For what it's worth, I've tried giving GNOME Shell a chance with just about each new release on Fedora, but there's always some quirk that just drives me up a wall. Reducing features in core applications isn't helping out any either.
Re: Pump the Primes
Though you're right that the US price listing does not include any sales tax, if it were sold for the same price as in the US directly converted into GBP at the current currency trade rate, even including the 20% VAT, it would only cost about £57.89.
Re: "but all of your video is stored in the Amazon cloud."
Obviously the quality will depend on the speed of your broadband, but as long as it's broadband, buffering shouldn't really be much of an issue these days with modern codecs. Even with my measly 1.5Mbps connection at my old apartment, I was able to stream Netflix on the Nintendo Wii in standard definition without buffering for more than a few seconds as I first launched the movie or TV show.
Are you insane?
Black hats would be combing it over for vulnerabilities applicable to Vista, 7, 8, and 8.1 too. The community might be able to fix vulnerabilities in XP, but they definitely couldn't with the newer operating systems.
Re: What is more interesting
"You CANNOT compare the curves as the environment has changed too much in the meantime."
I'm sorry, but given that Windows 8 is marketed first and foremost as a tablet-friendly operating system, I'd have to disagree with you entirely. The numbers are indeed directly comparable or, if not, perhaps should be weighted even more than Vista's, given the numerous more devices that should be running Windows 8 in Microsoft's dream world.
The funny thing about OS X is that there really wouldn't need to be that many UI changes to enable proper touchscreen support. The dock would be well suited for launching and managing programs, they've already implemented full-screen support in most applications, and full-screen applications are treated as their own virtual desktop in the desktop switcher.
They've been adding small elements from iOS to OS X at a slow but sane pace since 10.7 appeared. Basically all OS X would really need for a touch-screen MacBook would be to increase the icon size in a few applications. My only fear about future OS X interface tweaks is that they might decide to implement the icons from iOS7.
Re: 1$ <> 1£
I find the entire import/export tariffs to be a bit bizarre in general, especially given how they lack uniformity. Back in 2007, I was somehow able to import a few Cisco textbooks from a seller in the UK via Amazon for a total cost lower than the cheapest retailer from the US, including shipping, by 10s of dollars. They were the exact same books that my community college/"university" sold in their bookstore for double the price, down to the UPC. I know the situation is different with books versus electronics, but I don't really see why it should be.
Re: 1$ <> 1£
Don't forget that the US does not include sales taxes in advertised prices. They vary from state to state and even sometimes city by city.
With Kentucky's low sales taxes of 6% applied and assuming no further local taxes, people would be paying $52.99 (£31.70), which is still lower than £49.99. Yeah, you're getting jilted, but you do have higher taxes than we do. That said, I certainly hope you don't have a 67% VAT... I suppose there is probably a bit of the "screw you Brits, you can pay us more" attitude in the pricing that seems typical of many electronics.
You really don't need source code to repackage a compatible binary, drop it on the system, and write the required registry keys and configuration data.
Years ago, as a teenager, I played around with turning a spare Server 2003 license I had into a workstation since it ran better than XP overall. Restoring features missing from it as compared to XP was as simple as modifying registry values and a few INI files and inserting the XP disc as the installation source. Likewise, installing features such as the Link-Layer Topology Discovery Responder to Server 2003 was similarly simple.
And don't forget about Windows Embedded 2009. I'm not sure whether it's NT 5.1 or 5.2, but most of the updates should probably still be compatible with XP. That said, redistributing these updates in a way not approved by official sources probably breaks copyright law in most countries, but...
That featured screenshot doesn't look like the boot screen
That screenshot rather much looks like an installation screen instead, particularly given the order in which it's listed in the Google+ source and also given that there's a screen that looks distinctly like OS X's boot screen minus the Apple logo, plus a giant Red Star logo.
Someone should make...
Saga of the Candy King
Re: It's even worse than that......
ATMs would generally run the embedded version of XP, which will still receive updates for a few more years. That said... do the ATMs ever actually receive the updates? THAT is the scary thought.
Re: Gah :(
Sadly, IE7 won't die until Vista dies in 2017, and IE8 won't die until 7 dies in 2020...
Re: google site:microsoft.com
For the hell of it, I tried the "Bing It On" challenge with terms relating to Microsoft products such as Windows Defender Offline, Windows XP end of life date, etc, and Google won hands-down. At the end when the winner was announced, the results page asked me to take the challenge again.
Re: How the Mighty Have Fallen
"Then [...] they can shift their library / IP to PC via Steam."
Yeah... I don't see that ever happening. As happy as that would make many consumers, myself included, I just don't see them ever letting go of their digital distribution platform and embracing someone else's. I could be wrong, but I have the feeling that Sony would rather leave the market entirely than to make marginal profits on second party software licenses sold and distributed on Steam.
That said, yeah, I do agree that they should probably ditch their PC division - the margins were slim when the market was at its peak. Sure, competition benefits the consumer, and the PC sector is far from dead... but it's one of the easiest divisions for them to drop and probably their least profitable.
Re: How the Mighty Have Fallen
Still is the best? Not really. One of the best? Sure, maybe. For the time being, Samsung and LG make my favorite displays, and I merely see Sony as "comparable."
There was a time in which I wouldn't buy any Sony product due to failures of one sort or another, starting around the launch of the PS2. Hell, even my Sony LCD TV would screw up and not shut down properly or come back on until I pulled the plug at times, only resolved after a firmware update, and it's not even a "smart" TV.
That said, your referenced "Walmart generation" might buy whatever junk at first, but if it fails prematurely or provides a terrible experience, they won't recommend it or go back for more. Quite simply, "any old shit" brands are catching up with the quality of higher end brands for the most part. Of course they're still far from equal, but the average consumer doesn't really care anyway and wouldn't have spent the money for the higher end product in the first place.
"It's not clear how the Windows Store app icon got there in the screenshot, however, because the checkbox isn't checked."
The Apply button is active, not greyed out, so if genuine, it's entirely possible that the person had checked that box to make the Windows Store icon appear and then unchecked it before making the screenshot.
That said, other screenshots show the icon as pinned to the taskbar and not open.
Re: Uh oh
I've experienced the same problem with the TF300T, though more so with aftermarket firmware than with stock firmware. I imagine ASUS probably made some modification to the scheduler to slow down and better manage the writes and give higher priority to the read speed. It's amazing though that the same company produced the Nexus 7 (both 2012 and 2013) without the same problems with the flash.
Re: Now do a RT version
I don't know that browsers are explicitly disallowed as they are from the Apple AppStore, though I'll be honest and say I've not read the Windows Store application guidelines. As far as I'm aware though, they just can't hook into the necessary APIs to make a web browser fast enough to use. Furthermore, it would have to be rewritten entirely to use the WinRT APIs.
Re: @Fill A different era?
Er, right, I read that. My train of thought derailed when someone else grabbed my attention before I responded. Let me amend that, then... "Here's a new pseudorandom number generator we developed that provides a more random seed than other algorithms."
Have a vote-up for catching my derp.
Re: @Fill A different era?
I imagine it more went along the lines of "Here's a new encryption algorithm we developed to boost security. If you use it, we'll give you $10,000,000 to cover development costs for inserting it into your encryption products and make implementation worthwhile for you."
Does anyone else take issue with that wording?
"we take seriously our duty to provide such information only when authorized by law."
Only when authorized or only when required? Somehow I get the feeling that that word was chosen deliberately.
This is quite true, and I hadn't considered that earlier. That said, it still puts the onus on whoever buys the device. They'll just about have to know it's stolen so they shouldn't ever try using it as a phone.
If this is going to be regulated...
Wouldn't it be better just to mandate an operator blacklist of IMEI numbers for stolen devices rather than being OS-dependent? This doesn't prevent selling to other jurisdictions, I'm aware, but if such a blacklist were maintained nationally, that would stop a lot of motivation.
Re: It's not the ads that bother us. It's the tracking.
"I don't really object to ads. I think most people don't really. It's the tracking we loathe and oppose."
Really, it's a little bit of column A, a little bit of column B. I don't mind unobtrusive ads, but there are some that I do mind, especially the great big flashing ads textually shouting "YOUR ANDROID MIGHT BE INFECTED!!", trying to get people to download junk apps that at best they don't need or at worst will actually install malware or adware on the phone.
I know to avoid these ads, but some older people I know get worried when they see them. It's the same problem as on Windows, really, not that I'd want to be locked into any one walled garden with no gate. I just uninstall anything that has ads like that and advise others to do the same.
Re: I genuinely do not understand...
"After all, the 360 was just another x86 PC-in-a-box."
No, the 360 was PowerPC-based, not x86. The original Xbox, the Xbone, and the PS4, on the other hand, are just x86 PCs in varying degrees of shiny boxes.
What about IMAP?
I've used IMAP to upload emails I had downloaded from one service to another service through Thunderbird and other mail clients before. How is this new, exactly - that you don't have to rely on an email client to download the data now?
Re: Compensating for something?
"I think not. Unlike men, women rarely boast that it's REALLY BIG."
Except when men get a giant car, they're pretty much shouting the opposite. Perhaps in the same vein this is a clever way for her to proclaim she's got dainty woman parts?
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