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Re: $1000s to replace apps?
Oh well that's crazy then - generally this consideration comes up when someone wants a new device, and the debate is over whether to get a new iDevice, or go to another ecosystem and rebuy paid-for apps that they still use. That's the time most people make the decision, outside of the techo chamber.
I'm saying that for a huge number of people, that cost: $cost_of_apps_i_still_use - $apple_tax is close to zero, if not massively in the negative. My mother-in-law owns an iPad Mini and only uses it for Facebook, email and Candy Crushers. Literally got three apps on there.
Ease of development?
If I want to write an internal app, and I choose Windows, how easy is it to write a cross-platform app on there (say, for phone, RT, Windows 8 with touch and Windows 8 without touch) vs another system? I think internal app development is a big barrier to entry for each platform; it'd be cool to see an in-depth comparison.
If it runs Putty...
then that'd actually be cool. Also, I'd be interested on El Reg's take on its ability to administer Windows servers.
Re: Hear of Amazon?
Ever heard of television?
Add a timecode for migrating to/wrestling with/recovering from hacks of/waiting for Y!Mail to respond. Don't make people do it "in their own time".
$1000s to replace apps?
I doubt many people are in that position. Thousands to replace the total number of apps they've ever bought? Possible, though still very, very unlikely for most. Thousands to replace the apps they still use? Never. Cost to switch is actually quite low, and if you're switching from an iProduct then you have all that disposable income to play with.
Re: Which one ? Windows 8 with luck
All the commentators also laughed at WP's "flat" look, but now in the (genuinely schizophrenic) iOS7 it's a great thing.
The final "war with Eastasia" step will be for Apple to successfully sue Microsoft over a patent for it.
Re: Off-topic: Electric cars?!?
Never mind ecology; let's also consider the possibility that stopping giving some Arab states (with their crazily unpleasant human rights track records) all our money and guns is a good idea.
This is a bit like Apple
Except they sell it to you after it's been inevitably dropped :)
Re: Title is too long
Yeah agreed, and I bet it wouldn't be too hard to automate altering videos invisibly so they give different hashes each time they're copied.
Curious to know why the silent downvotority downvoted this. Just pointing out a typo, you miserable lot!
P.s. I won't be curious about why this is downvoted.
Digital zoom and oversampling are brilliant reasons for a high-megapixel camera.
Flying the flag for Windows Phone
I do love having free access to as much worldwide offline HERE mapping data as I can stuff into my phone, free.
Re: Just showing my wife ...
Tell her if she's going to compare stuff to Total Recall, she should start with how many boobs she has compared to that alien hooker. That's right, Mrs Woods. Not enough.
Apparently a Windows Phone 8 version is being developed.
What's the point? There aren't any apps for it.
Crowdsourcing common sense?
Come on Sourceforge. Just go and download a file and see all of the misleading adverts. It's really easy; you don't need us.
Re: Well then
TBF, Microsoft are constantly changing their minds due to feedback. The problem is they make such stupid decisions in the first place.
Re: Rhetorical Troll
Re: Fixing the wrong problem
The problem is that business is almost all about relationships. Speak to most sensible MBA students and they say that the qualification itself is pretty boring and more about paying the fees and slogging through a lot of busywork. The reason they do it is to establish relationships with the people they study with.
This is why the idea of an MBA being academic (ie Masters-level) is pretty ridiculous: if people are teaching MBAs, then they aren't in business. That means you don't want to learn business from them. However if (say) you go to Harvard Business School and pay the fee, you end up at the end of the year with incredible contacts from all over the world. It could be a year of hiking, as long as everyone made the relationships it'd have the same primary benefit.
Re: Just like the early days of banking?
There's nothing new under the sun?
Well, you did just invent the word assertained. Assertainment all round!
That's about three hours' worth, then?
Re: Corporate PAYE
Course you are; that's normal, especially for body shops whose costs (staff salaries) scale with income (from renting out staff).
Generally unless you sell a cheap to manufacture product (e.g. software) your profit to revenue ratio is the inverse of your time in business: you'll start off with high profits on your low revenue, and you'll end up after ten years with big revenue but a much lower proportion of profits.
That's even before the bean counters get through with reclassifying your business as a charity EU farm that just happens to have a weapons manufacturing division, or whatever.
Isn't he the guy that helped Steve Jobs build the first Apple computer?
This is why I stick to property
Speaking of which, does anyone want a 1000 acre kelp farm in Second Life?
Re: it's in difficult times like these
I was coming here to post exactly the same thing. +1.
I'll say this
When I got a WP7 phone, the IE touch experience was also way nicer than on an iPhone of the time; it had genuinely zero lag. Was like playing console games at 30fps and then switching to a PC at 80fps; totally different level of fluidity.
I'm no IE fan; I'm just saying :)
This is not a coincidence
They already boast more active users than Twitter and they haven't yet begun to tap the commercial potential of this engagement in a professional way.
Re: Aim Down Sights
Revit doesn't use the GPU for render, as far as I know.
They don't force people to use their store.
Re: Fixing the wrong problem
I know it's a bit like shooting fish, mocking someone who says that the real skill programmers lack is in business, rather than what business lack is an ability to understand software and then aim programmers at the right target, but here goes anyway.
THE MONKEY! I've been trying to get banks to lend me the monkey for so long; they say I'm probably an amazing programmer, with actual useful skills, but because I haven't done a marketing degree I'm not allowed to be lent the monkey. Probably because they all also have marketing degrees.
The reason why cars are (were?) repairable isn't that you could take them apart and put them back together again, it's because you could do that and buy spares easily. Can you buy spares for these phones?
Re: Is anyone still using Weblogic in anger...
Of course thet are! No other emotion is appropriate.
Re: Boom boom?
One medium ripping off another in some small way is no more newsworthy than spotting it, I'm afraid.
See also: Starcraft and Aliens.
Transparent encryption to disk?
Why isn't it encrypted before that? Or is this an additional encryption of everything, headers etc as well?
Also, if it's encrypted at the mail daemon, where are the certs stored to do encrypt/decrypt? Presumably not on the server the daemon is on?
Someone please explain, I feel like I know enough to ask questions, but not enough to know if they're stupid ones :)
The guy who wrote this is such an Android user.
what you’d expect from a Java OS rushed to market by a large advertising company
"Large advertising company" is a bit silly. It's a tech company that makes its money from automated advertising distribution, but that's almost the simplest technical accomplishment it has achieved.
Not a Google fan particularly any more, but this sort of simplistic phrasing isn't great.
Re: My boss Ferdinand Feghoot was drinking from his favorite stein
I don't really understand this, but enjoy the sentence construction. +1.
Re: Gates is burning a straw man
This isn't a give a man a fish situation. Malaria and polio are things you cure, one person at a time. You can't teach them the cure and get them to teach others.
Having said that, I know what you mean. Technology and medicine aren't mutually exclusive. Except in the case of charity, where there's a finite amount of money being allocated to charitable causes, it in practice is a choice between internet or real needs. What you spend money on removes options, because you could've spent it on something else. So for all intents and purposes it is a substitute for aid.
(Then you would generally move on to the "well it's his money, can't he spend it how he likes?" "argument", which is nothing to do with your previous point but makes you feel better. Don't do it!)
The tolerance brigade in all its hateful fury at work :)
P.s. I'm obviously against that sort of treatment of people based on their sexuality; it's just that I laugh at the word tolerance. It's not that, it's just modern morality.
History repeating itself?
Is this a bit like the PS3 and the 360? Everyone loved the 100% backwards compatibility for PS2 games, and yet it turned out that the 360 probably had at least as much BC in practice. It just feels a bit like MS make all the gaffes, but respond to feedback and end up with a good product.
I know they're both good, but you know what I mean - MS with the 360 delivered a better product than promised; Sony probably a worse one.
it's just become more like the iPhone; other than a bunch of weirdos who
needwant to get the new one each time, most people will roll through the upgrade cycle every two or three years.
The thing about a space elevator is that it's an engineering problem more than a practical one. This tube is both.
Re: not exactly holier than thou
The reddit hivemind contains people from literally all walks of life - pervs to presidents.
Dude, you can only count Berlusconi once.
Re: A thought
Thanks for your comments (and everyone else's). You particularly seemed to respectfully term my assertions as BS; this thoughtlessness probably explains why it looks as though you didn't read my post? E.g.
1) I know that capability and legality aren't the same thing. Read my post and you'll get that.
2) Yes, I know it's illegal; that's what I said. Yes, I know it's been done; that's what I said. My point was that it's inadmissible in a courtroom. The rest of what you said was drowned out in all the crazy :)
3) Real police work without the legal ability to legally detain, search, intercept etc? My question is basically: why are we singling out intercept as universally wrong, rather than wrong when it's not legal (by definition).
The thing about leaving the country now, well how pleasant of you. Apologies for my thoughtcrime; I do indeed need to be punished for not believing as strongly as you do.
Just one Movitz?
I like two: Movitz Movitz!
I totally agree with the right to anonymity, so - as my brain frequently does - I'm just checking whether what I think has any intended or unintended negative consequences. See if you guys can clear this stuff up.
Some assertions, please challenge:
1) Ever since we've had telecommunications, a law enforcement body has had the ability to intercept them.
2) The interception has generally been lawful, and unlawful interception will usually not be enough to convict anyone of anything. The law's intention is that it never can.
3) Interception of communications is a vital part of detection of crime.
If we have a privacy technology that is uncrackable, as appealing as that is to me as an individual, does this mean we're breaking 1) and 3) instead of fixing what's broken in 2)?
IE the laws around interception and their enforcement are far too lax, and tightening this up will actually fix what we don't like: that it's too easy to intercept stuff at the moment.
Putting it another way: home searches and wiretaps are legal with a warrant. We're not trying to ban those, although we would strongly protest the illegal use of them. I understand that in the short term (next 5-10 years) the NSA/GCHQ may not be responsible enough to police themselves properly, and so cool absolutely privacy tech will be useful to highlight the issue, but long term, is absolute privacy the solution?
I see what you mean. I wasn't omitting the brand stuff deliberately. Just the leveraging bit.
Incidentally (this is weird) I was thinking the other way that people would start saying "weighting" when they meant "increasing". Seriously. This is spooky.
I think I need to start recording the current fashion of converting nouns that have associated verbs into new verbs (e.g. "reference" is the noun, 'refer to" the verb, becomes "reference" the verb, for no real reason).
Re: Cross platform security kit
I think maybe you misunderstand :) I'm not saying they should enforce the use of special characters or mixed-case passwords; I'm saying that they state that their password checks are case-insensitive, and that you aren't allowed special characters in your password.
Cross platform security kit
This is what I want: someone clever to spend his/her days creating guidelines and a spec for a security API that then gets open source reference implementations in various languages, so I can just keep that library up to date and it'll set out for me recommended ways of doing everything. E.g. this is our recommended password spec for a really secure site (e.g. banking), for a fairly secure site (e.g. Facebook) and for a random site (e.g. comment on a forum I'll probably never visit again).
Case in point: Halifax's password requirements are as follows:
Minimum 6 characters (should probably be 8).
No special characters allowed (WHAT?)
How that passes any modern standards is beyond me. Except it's not; I've been in the sorts of meetings where this gets set out. It's all people who know nothing about security, and they just say, "Well XYZ website does it like this, let's copy them."
If they just had something that gave them code to validate password strength (presumably set to the most secure setting, since they're a bank) and told them what the right thing to do is, we shift the problem out of a room full of people ignorant of security, and onto a standard.
And I know, half of this is framework, half is training etc etc, can't all be solved with an API. It's just annoying that things like security questions always come up, and every two years or so there's a comparison on Stack Overflow of the ten best PHP authentication frameworks, when security hasn't changed that much and we just need one standard. Until we standardise this layer, we never get to innovate in higher ones.
Re: My boss Ferdinand Feghoot was drinking from his favorite stein
I don't really understand this, but enjoyed the sentence construction. +1.
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