219 posts • joined Wednesday 26th November 2008 23:48 GMT
>It's a shame Iomega didn't conquer the world
No, actually, it isn't. What is a shame, however, is that the market didn't crush the life out of Iomega posthaste, as doing so would have spared many, many people much grief. So many off-the-mark products it's difficult to begin the list of charges of crimes against technology...
Re: Calm down...
More likely than "awesomeene" is "eventualene".
Mandating the dogfooding of their own charger designs—for example, by using each until an internal component (diode, resistor, heart, etc.) fails—would likely have a salutary effect on what's produced in pursuit of the quick buck made off the backs of the cheap and the not-so-swift. You buy cheap, you get cheap—and you encourage cheap to enter the marketplace.
Flight. Always works. Cover your own ass—it's within reach, after all.
An opportunity likely to be missed in these circumstances is the eventual application, by actual people, of concerted and directed political pressure aimed at wresting something from the manufacturer—a quid pro quo worthy, perhaps, of Solomon. And quickly.
That might be a precedent-setting 'arrangement' to allow users to usefully upgrade the firmware on the set in question (e.g. to allow the owner to point the data outflow anywhere they choose), or a general transfer of the intellectual property underlying the hardware involved to the public domain, in exchange for said manufacturer being allowed to continue to import into/sell into a specific country/bloc.
For me, the issue is not the fact that LG (or any other company) would do this kind of thing; we're really just waiting for the next one to get caught out doing it. The only remaining surprise is the specific date.
The concern I have centers on the truism that the wheels of justice grind so very slowly, and that legal fictions are impervious/insensate/invulnerable to anything analogous to pain, deprivation, or punishment of any kind. And they aren't subject to the one thing that actual mortals have in common. Which makes it more than a little tempting for big corporations to give underhand information-centric sleazeball tactics of all kinds a go. "Can't hurt, right!" That's what has to be changed.
Re: don't they know any anatomy?
Seems everyone is confused. The apparently wide ignorance of the distinction does say a lot... different parties using the same term to reference different things and carrying on an endless conversation that doesn't seem to have much traction. Head-shakingly sad.
What a ride that was!
Re: You guys really know haw to build up excitement!
The tease! Wouldn't be the same without it.
Re: Ooops. Can you say "Tipping point"?
>Iceland isn't a hotspot. Iceland is the result of the plates pulling apart.
In terms of emerging real estate markets, it's the place to be! Get in on the ground floor, and you're golden.
The profits spends like any other money, making the scope of possible future courses for the company and the industries it competes in that much broader and deeper. The sun will set on Apple, eventually, but they've got extremely long money at the moment. Don't hold your breath waiting for their last gasp; get on with your life.
Re: How much?
Well, start with asking why there's a turner on, as robots can work in the dark. And leaving the lights off would eliminate the need for a turner off, and save on the electricity bill to boot. And, with no turners off nor on, there'd be no point in having a toilet unless it was exclusively for the toilet cleaner. So, having eliminated three unnecessary positions, and saved money on the overhead, I can haz a bonus?
Re: Fixit were able to take it apart
“He that breaks a thing to find out what it is has left the path of wisdom.”
Or, the hacker's variation:
Who breaks a thing to find out what it may be travels the path of wisdom.
Why is someone reaching around, anyway?
"Here we go again Fandroids out in force jumping with joy.
Rather pathetic lives they lead."
Who... thefuck... downvoted this?
(Ignoring your mis-calc...) Can you currently buy (or steal) a new drive for which the stated MB-age even approaches 1% of the capacity? If your circumstances have you down to needing to jettison something on that scale, you have space constraints well beyond serious!
500? Not good enough, IMO.
Re: Secure? D'oh!
Rifle the menus of your browser (something you should do in any application that's new to you)—not to 'grok' everything, but to note, in passing, what possibilities there may be. One of the menu items, almost certainly, will relate to extensions/add-ons/plug-ins (remember Settings/Options/Preferences? Same same, but different).
Select the item most-likely. Follow your nose, taking hints from things that you read online about security and privacy online. You are, after all, using a program the principle purpose of which is to search on-line and to access those resources references to which you locate in your searching. The central repository where you download, or from which you install, add-ons, will almost certainly have a 'most-popular' listing. And each add-on will come with a description and user ratings...
When you install an extension or add-on, pursue it through its preferences or settings until you've dug down into the very bowels of the thing——not to 'grok' everything, but to note, in passing, what possibilities there may be. Hit the obvious buttons and controls. Come back to it later and play with the others. Choose to have any release notes displayed on update (updates are typically automatic). Visit the developer's website on those occasions, and read. Prowl around.
Once you've got a few add-ons installed, enabled, and tweaked a bit, make a checklist of what you've got installed outside the program. You'd do well to consider the mix of your priorities (e.g. privacy, security, ease of use, etc.). More is not better; better is better—so mercilessly disable/remove any that misbehave. Spread the love, etc..
Re: Shock news
"Adverts ... always have been ... part of the web."
Historical revisionism. Or, you're much younger than I am.
Re: "all 5.29GB of it", and the rest
"once the initial 5.3GB of shiny newness is downloaded and installed, you've got another 10 GB or so of app updates to gobble up ... "
That's what friends (and neighbours) are for!
Re: Gateway drug
"'get hooked ... and you'll have to buy ... from ... us'"
That's the industry in a nutshell. "what people will be saying about this policy in a few years" is probably "Du-uh!".
Just missed the cut on the system requirements; this (complete) dumpster-derived MacBook (technically) won't be able to have Mavericks installed on it! Geez Louise. Nevertheless, it will be fun trying the install. Eventually someone will come up with a software fix (or plist edit, or similar) that will make marginal-case hardware fit right in.
I wonder if Mavericks is Apple's dividend to shareholders... Hmmmm.
No surprise if the black-hatted ones move as double-plus-quickly as possible to ensure that each and every planted bad-thing stays where put for as long as possible. (Time is money, after all.) There being so many new, neat, and nifty things you can do with the data to be found on mobile, the problem is likely to end up being much, much bigger than security on Windows was.
Re: Was this written by a 14 year old?
"- You don't need a comma between the final element of a list and the 'and'"
Such a comma is permitted if your style manual allows for it. It's optional, in other words.
When introducing a list with a colon, it's usual to separate items in that list with line-final semi-colons (ignoring the line-initial character, or any capitalisation on the items, for the moment). Furthermore, the semi-colon after the penultimate item in the list is usually followed by " and"—and, of course, the list is terminated with punctuation of some kind, usually a full stop.
That is all.
This is the thin edge...
It's evil in clown costume (at the moment, empty-handed).
I expect this will be converted in an eye-blink into a ubiquitous low-rent paywall—where you don't get to see the content of the page until you've consented to having your retinas exposed, for a brand/site-specified period of time, to specific objects in specific relations, etc. and made to jump, slide, twist, drag the fiddly bits through the required hoops... It's well shy of Blipverts, but has the potential to go far - or, with a little applied psychology, fairly deep into the psyche.
Re: Yes of course, *tap Return*
>I can only conclude that there are people who rename their files more often than they open them.
Consider the possibility that your take is a conditioned one i.e. that pressing/tapping Return (elsewhere, "Enter") is rooted in ancient, deeply-entrenched reflexes associated with selecting and opening items on systems where the mouse, being an after-thought bolted onto the interface—and the mouses a reliably unreliable NIH, at that—largely _required_ that you (have the fallback of the) use (of) the keyboard to effect most actions (the best example being, selecting an item using the tab key or arrow keys, and then an alpha key, then tapping "Enter" to have the item open...). Consider Windows 3.1 generally. Sorry; there's nostalgia-scented brain-bleach under the sink.
An earlier method on the Mac OS for selecting the name of an item in order to change it involved clicking on the object's name once and immediately, on mouseup, moving the cursor/pointer—at which point the name became highlighted and you were good to do whatever was necessary to effect the changes desired. Many years have passed since that change was made to the interface. I've accepted, now, that that method is gone, and will never return. Still, it's hard to forget... sniff.
Re: Fooling with conventions
Another twenty Gauloises and a bottle of Pernod should mask that, no problem.
>Peugeot* puts the buttons for the electric windows not on the doors, near the actual windows (what a typically un-french, non-romantic idea!). No, the controls for the windows are in the middle of the car, just behind the handbrake.
Foolish person! The controls are in that position so that, when opening a window with your lit Gitane or Gauloise in your hand, there's no risk of ash or sparks flying back into the car—possibly into the eyes of your passengers in the rear seats. IOW, design rooted in la politesse.
'You can get used to anything. And, besides, it's not such a big deal'.
Most won't be able to tear themselves away from fb long enough to even wonder what's different. Nor whether they should wonder about its significance. Sad, really.
Re: El Reg is getting worse....
But don't they all use electronic ignition these days?
Ah, yes, but...
>The phone lady did your dialing for you, provided inclement weather updates as well as acting as a hub for a localized social network that was far more intrusive than what we have today.
I doubt that last claim. The scale was smaller and the culture was verbal—rather than digital—and the content gleaned was transient—so always current, yet ephemeral. These aspects of the network arguably contributed to social peace and civil relations within society at that time—largely because there was a good chance you knew where the person listening in on your conversations actually worked. And lived.
Re: upping the game to the detriment of the competition
>Now Apple will have to make a phone that's curved in both axes... to claim the crown as most innovative phone maker.
Cool! And you can carry it on top of your head, freeing up a hand so that you can hold up both cup and saucer simultaneously. Or whatever other pair of things might interest you.
Are you (all) speaking from experience? Is it actually painful, or is it a case of humour-impairment?
Re: And still
>>Nothing wrong with electronic voting in itself.
>In theory. However, it makes the system easier to game and less transparent for little gain.
Arguably easier, but certainly a much, much juicier target.
well, hmmm, lessee...
IE, from 6 to 11, gets patched regularly, and it's necessary, to most folks, for updating the system...
It would hilarious...
if an exploit managed to defeat the PMS stack across all apps, just for shits-n-giggles...
"Wow, this little bugger is HOT!"
Re: Reversing Moore's Law
>Tell me what you want to do?
Tellingly, that isn't a question. It's a command mis-punctuated. (It might be a question in Redmond, though. I can't be arsed to check. I just don't want the truth from that quarter.)
Re: A split personality release
>accidental emergency pocket calls
I don't have a phone, but I wonder YTF people who do carry it in their pocket. Shirley on a lanyard around the neck, in a holster at the ribs, or in a clip on a belt makes more sense.
Re: But does it blend?
Yeah, not that impressive. What's the point of shooting that calibre of gun to esplode* some bit of tech in super-slo-mo if it isn't frame-filling and from multiple angles? And who's to say it was only two bullets? Meh.
Anyway, I wonder what the effect of the views stats will be on public mind-share for the iPhone?
* It's in *my* dictionary!
Re: Thats strange...
It's a feature! And, yes, you're quite welcome.
Shtum... but an imminent update will include a means to silence media types insistent on highlighting such beneficial-to-the-human-gene-pool features. Can't wait, myself.
As useful and as relevant as..
a fig leaf.
"So yes, you pay extra for the iPhone, but you get a better screen, better camera, better battery life, and comparable performance in a package that's much smaller, thinner, and lighter."
So who says those things are what makes it a better buy?
And besides, you have no taste.
Entirely coincidentally (really, three adverbs reasonably in a sequence):
Bugger that; I want a phone that has modular processors. In fact, I want the whole thing to be modular, so that I can keep it current for as long as I can remember my own phone number. Innovate that, FFS!
Re: NSA: Thanks Apple for all the China traffic
And then there's the touchy little problem of off-shoring the translation work.
Re: One thing the FSF seems to be overlooking...
>This isn't a black / white ... shroud of mystery ... that with open source you have all the tools available to take that shroud down. For free. But would an ordinary end user go all the way for that?
Probably would not. The 'openness' is theoretical, therefore, and almost every user of FOSS is acting--in this respect, at least--as a free-rider (free-loader), hoping/expecting that, in addition to writing the code and updating it from time to time, the programmers and others--with far too much free time and/or OCD--are also vetting the code from a security standpoint. Is there oversight to ensure that a fresh-eyed someone, somewhere is, in fact, pawing through this particular steaming pile of code to ensure that there's nothing untoward hidden inside it? IOW, who's ensuring that the watchmen are clocking in? There's a risk being taken when you use FOSS: you're hoping that the difference between the theoretically-possible vetting of the code and the actual vetting of it approaches 0. If that were the goal, or target, you'd see FOSS packaged in such a way that you'd know almost immediately something of its security audit history...
Re: Should we trust Android more though?
"your fingerprint is pretty useless to most criminals (at present at anyrate). Yes, law enforcement would love it but are law enforcement going to break the law to get it (I guess only if they think they can get away with it)?
It will become increasingly interesting to everyone. However, it must be remembered that what isn't going to be recorded/stored using one of these scanners--at least for the foreseeable future--is your mDNA. The evidentiary standard, once biometric scanners come increasingly into play, will likely evolve to require '2-factor authentication' i.e. given that biometrics are necessarily digital in nature, the records produced are necessarily also (seen to be) copiable/transmittable/etc., so any evidence of a 'fingerprint' will have to be backed up by the presence of mitochondrial DNA from the same location, to prevent abuse of gummie-bear- or 3D-printer-produced 'prints'. Things will evolve, IOW.
p.s. On the subject of hashes: I'm supposing it safe to surmise that the fingerprint being scanned is--at least temporarily--instantiated in digital form, in memory, in order for a hash to be produced from it? If that is so, the security concerns about fingerprints, per se, would come to a sharp focus on that particular point in the entire scanning process, and that's where the security largely belongs.
Re: I have it on great authority...
>the Newton has that cool puff of smoke when you scrub something out
Actually, that's still around: it's now known, in OSX, as the Dock poof (drop it, cousins across the water!).
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