182 posts • joined 22 Oct 2008
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?
Re: That actually sounds like a good time
Maybe if you get drunk again when you need to support it
Isn't that standard protocol? Seems to be the case any time I have to call for support for things beyond my demarc.
How many times did Rory die, anyway?
Infinity excluding the final paradox, technically.
"the smallest version can fit in 256 KB of RAM"
Re: Internet should be considered a public utility
Internet should be considered a public utility.... and regulated. It should also be funded by the national budget.
Whoo, boy, I can see it now - government-run porn sites! Would those be demonstrations of how we're being shafted by taxation?
How much freedom do you actually want? None?
Distributing your Chrome Extension will cost in some form or fashion no matter what method, even if you're distributing it yourself on your own servers. Google won't want to piss off their developer community too much either by charging a ransom for freely distributed software, so I don't think the money is really much of a factor in this move.
I do however agree with your concern about what's allowed in their store, though. This maneuver is by their own admission an attempt to control what sort of extensions are published and used, even if they are only explicitly referring to malware. I too expect ad blockers to be among the next set of casualties, given that Google is first and foremost an ad broker.
Blocking ads is such a morally gray matter, given the Internet can't run for free, but the principle should encourage ad pushers to use less-annoying advertisements which people wouldn't bother to block in the first place. Instead, they seem to have taken the opposite approach overall, making them more "discoverable" to try to regain money lost on the people that use ad blockers. As it stands, using an ad blocker does increase your privacy due to the methods now used to target users, so that can be a deciding factor in just what shade of gray you see.
Re: Hey google
I do agree that you should be able to do whatever you want with the hardware you own. However, you are bound to the licensing terms of whatever software you use. Unfortunately, the builds you're most likely using are THEIR software. Chrome is by no means free (you pay with data, not with money) or open source; its brother Chromium is, on the other hand. Google can do what they want with their proprietary builds, but anyone can undo that in Chromium if they so wish.
I'm not saying that open source software is The Way even if I do prefer it overall, keep in mind. At least for the meantime, you as the user do still have the choice in which software you use. If you don't like how Google are directing Chrome's future, show them that you won't tolerate any totalitarian decisions they make and just switch away. On Windows, you have the choices of Mozilla Firefox, Opera (now a Chromium fork anyway), Internet Explorer, SRWare Iron (another Chromium fork), Maxthon (some weird fusion of Chromium and IE), Avant Browser (did I say Maxthon was a weird fusion? I spoke way too soon), and countless others.
I've used that feature in Google Docs before for a university class group project, mostly while sitting next to each other in a computer lab. Each of us took a different section of the research project and created one document simultaneously. Sure, we could've just had four separate documents that we combined into one at the end, but this way, we were able to monitor the content the others were working on as they entered it and try to keep to an overall theme and tone. If we had any questions or comments, it could be clarified immediately.
That said, that's the only time I've ever used that feature, mainly because I prefer to work on documents locally, not in the cloud.
Re: 300 MB update
Writing isn't so much of an issue to a hard drive as it is to solid state media. Sure, there's some wear and tear, flipping electron alignment from one state to the other, but it shouldn't affect the lifespan that greatly. The thing that would concern me more is partition fragmentation. Surely the part used for recording would get its own partition to reduce fragmentation, though. I will grant that it's a strange choice.
Re: "Massive" 300MB update?
Windows 8.1 is more than just an added start button - it's a completely new version of Windows, with a new kernel version (NT 6.3), new driver models, etc. Windows 8.1 is to Windows 8 as Windows 7 is to Windows Vista. They just didn't charge money this time for the workstation version. The download for Windows 8.1 is the entire OS image.
Could they have supplied it as an update or a service pack? Probably. They didn't, though, possibly so that using the built-in restore-to-default button would restore you to vanilla 8.1, not 8.
Re: "Massive" 300MB update?
Codec packages for h.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-1 Layer 2, AC3, DTS, PCM, etc. should be rather small, less than 20MB, one would think. The actual player itself shouldn't be much larger than 50MB or so, and I'm being very generous here. For what it is, it is rather curious that the download would be so large.
One option might be to use an incompatible format for the ID, one that would require the additional software mentioned by the original poster. That piece of software would have to operate at a pretty low level, though.
which means Canonical promises to support it for three years on the desktop and for five years on servers
While true for LTS releases prior to 12.04, unless they've gone back to their old model, LTS releases are supported for five years both on the desktop and servers.
Re: Fixed already.
The problem that caused it may not be fixed, but it appears to be no longer causing issues. Those logs also state "Any messages sent after 01:30 PDT are unaffected."
Re: How easy is it REALLY to get your fingerprint from a phone?
While I do agree... I don't know about you, but I tend to wipe my screen off rather frequently to keep it from being all smudged simply so I can actually see the thing. The rest of the thing is rather not-smooth thanks to the bumper case I've got.
Re: Security by obscurity
Or just scan some other unique bodily appendage instead. That alone might make a thief think otherwise when stealing the phone...
Re: Linux anyone?
I'm a Linux proponent, but even I can't back your sentiments here. Once you get malware on a computer that's compiled for that target system, it's going to run with whatever privileges it's given by the current user, no matter what OS you're using unless memory is so thoroughly managed that you need a 3GHz or faster CPU core just for a simple calculator or text editor.
Malware that can gain root/admin permissions has been steadily on the decline for several years now, even on Windows. Linux on the desktop is barely used at the moment (though market share is slowly rising), so it's not profitable for malware developers to compile for the system. The best practice is just to stay up-to-date with security patches and be careful about your browsing. You can take a proactive approach if you're ready for the hassle by installing several security extensions such as Ghostery, AdBlock, NoScript, etc; disable third party cookies; make plugins click-to-run; etc. Simply running on Linux won't offer you much protection unless it's an environment loaded into RAM and never saved to the disk.
Re: Try and not to be so negative ..
WebRTC has actually been in Firefox for a while now. It's just new to the Android version in 24.
As a side note, it is my preferred browser on all platforms, but I see they still haven't fixed the weird bugs with text entry in the Android version. I typed this response on my tablet and have had troubles with the cursor jumping around when trying to clarify pronouns with unset antecedents earlier in the paragraph.
Re: MTP vs UMS
Bah! Apparently CyanogenMod 10.1 stable did get rid of mass storage mode as well! It worked in the milestone build I was using but not on stable when I just attempted to re-apply it. I guess Google probably did in fact remove it from Jelly Bean.
As to why Google switched from mass storage to MTP, I found this article on reddit with a response from an Android dev: http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/mg14z/whoa_whoa_ics_doesnt_support_usb_mass_storage/
Re: MTP vs UMS
Google actually set MTP as default as of 3.x (Honeycomb). Others have adopted MTP at different releases, however. For instance, CyanogenMod didn't change over until 10.0 (Android 4.1, Jelly Bean Ⅰ).
If your phone itself supports Mass Storage mode and is rooted, you should still be able to set 4.1 or higher to act as a USB Mass Storage device through the terminal. At least, you still can in CyanogenMod 10.0 and 10.1. (Mileage may vary. You and only you are responsible for whatever you do to your phone. No guarantees!)
PS: I really wish I could edit a post without withdrawing it and re-posting. I never used any Honeycomb devices, so my first encounter with MTP on Android was in 4.0. Further research on the matter tells me it actually showed up in 3.x though - not quite sure whether it was 3.0, 3.1, or 3.2.
I had similar thoughts on the matter...
The case itself never went before a German jury
Maybe not, but I would think that if Microsoft were looking for reparations for being wronged in Germany that they would be required to do so in the jurisdiction under which they were wronged. The fact that they are both American companies should not make what happened in another country relevant to the American legal system.
I have no problem with Microsoft receiving payment from Google/Motorola as indemnification, but I would think that the payment for costs incurred in Germany should be decided by a German court instead. As it stands, I simply find that aspect of the settlement to be bizarre, but I do not know the entire situation and am most certainly (and thankfully) not a lawyer.
Re: Two factor authentication?
I didn't alter the definition. I used the term exactly as defined. Their system requires a password (something the user knows) and a token that generates time-based codes or sends a code via SMS (something the user has). Those are two factors. Period.
Yes, I know the client apparently doesn't use 2FA, revealed in the article, but I was describing the website itself. If you were at all familiar with their implementation, you would know that the website does indeed use it. I'm not arguing about the quality of their implementation, but it is in fact 2FA. That said, you seem to be commenting on a system (theirs, in particular) with which you appear to have no familiarity.
Re: Two factor authentication?
Sorry, Nicho, but your pedantry is misplaced here. What I described is indeed a second factor - what the user has, a time-based disconnected token using a supplied secret for code generation. It is the same sort of two-factor authentication as used by Google. In fact, Google's Authenticator app is completely compatible.
Re: Two factor authentication?
Drop Box's Web site doesn't require two-factor authentication. It requires a user ID and password: one factor.
To enable two-factor authentication for Dropbox, first log into the Dropbox website. Click your name to access the drop-down menu. Click "Settings", then click the "Security" tab. Under "Account sign in", next to "Two-step verification", click "Enable". Click "Get Started", authenticate again, and follow the wizard.
Next time you log in, it'll ask you for a six-digit authentication code after successfully entering your password. Oh hey, what do you know - two factors!
Re: But.... but...
That'd just be underhanded and tantamount to a confession that what you're doing is more or less illegal and should be stopped, wouldn't it?
I'm reserving judgment on the situation, primarily because nothing is distinctly black or white, but I would at least like to point out that there's a difference between what's ethical and what's legal. If you haven't learned anything else from this entire mess, you should at least learn this much, that laws are not inherently morally just.
You might as well complain that Microsoft isn't support Windows 98 either...
IE for Mac was dropped years ago. Safari effectively was its replacement due to licensing agreements between Apple and Microsoft.
Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone
Most people with dangly bits don't tend to carry purses, and I can't imagine how this phone would fit in a pant pocket on the go. Is it intended for backpackers and purse-carriers only?
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