133 posts • joined 16 Jan 2009
Re: Laptop resolutions...
Nice res but 16:9 yet again.
Re: Laptop resolutions...
Apple are doing so. Apple are also sticking with an aspect ratio that suits laptops rather than following every other manufacturer in assuming we do nothing but watch DVDs all day. If my 5 year old Acer dies before this stupidity ends I shall need a new forum handle.
Human stupidity is the only unlimited resource in the universe
I think I shall print that large, frame it and hang in on the wall next to the rather blood stained* "The only entity in the universe capable of sustained growth is the universe itself."
* From beating managers & the occasional politicians head against it.
Re: XP Needs to Die
" Windows 7 brought bloat, eye candy, and features barely anyone used such as bit locker, but it wasn't all that much better than XP"
Bzzzzzt: Wrong! XP started the bloat & eye candy with the Tellytubbies hill and many transition effects, Vista took it to stupid extremes. Win7 development included the WinMin process which reversed a hell of a lot of bloat. 7 introduced little new candy and it can all be easily switched off. Put 7 in classic mode with visual effects set for best performance and it is perfectly acceptable.
Win 7 even introduced useful tweeks such as when you press F2 to change a file name the extension isn't selected. The 7/2008R2 combo is superb for GPO admin too. Ok so that exhausts my list of known improvements but at least there are improvements with 7 unlike Vista, 8 or any office after 2003.
Re: WSUS Offline
I was going to suggest a WSUS server in VirtualBox but your suggestion is far superior. Downloaded and building an ISO to try out.
What ideas do you have?
You could lean on the Reg house elves to get secure access to you working and default.
Re: That's the way to do it
Somerset? You should be safe from igniting the landscape there.
Great, they've put bigger, fatter and more modern locks on the front door to the vault they want me to put my files in. I've still no idea how many other doors there are on the vault and who has the keys.
"But such money needs to be traceable, unlike Bitcoin he noted."
The brown beer tokens in my pocket aren't traceable, there's no way to establish who's hands they have been through until now. Did I get them from a cash point, as change from a purchase or as a gift? No way to know. Physical notes are uniquely identifiable by the serial number and can be verified as genuine by those who know. Digital currencies must be identifiable and verifiable but why traceable? I'm sure the spooks would love it but that's no reason at all in my book.
Re: TO THE LAB!
Does it have an Igor? All the best labs are equipped with an Igor.
I don't know if that is a fashionably piss poor spelling of You Are The Cast or a play on EarthCast. Either way I need a bucket.
Re: You've touched on the reason why there's a problem
"as opposed to polishing the desktop environment to a mirror shine, which is what people actually wanted."
That's not what I wanted at all, shine on the desktop gets switched off for speed as a matter of course. What I wanted was to be rid of the annoyances like the whole OS freezing when one network connection in one explorer window takes a long time to respond. Or when you click to open Program A then select one already running to get on with while you wait Program A should be kept in the background while it loads not allowed to keep grabbing focus.
It didn't oversleep at all, the author hasn't checked his facts.
Re: Was briefly enthused...
Your point about it being pretty trivial personal data arguable. It is personal data and should be treated as such regardless of how trivial it my seem.
The bigger issue is the loss of control. What if this thing flops and the servers get shut down in a couple of years? All perfectly working units sold are landfill and your investment both time and money is round the u-bend. Tell me Tony, what does having the internet server in the data path add to the product for me? I see what it adds for the vendor but I see no added value for the customer.
I have 12 thermochrons and 3 hydrochrons around our property, I'd love to replace them with something wifi enabled to save me the chore of downloading every 21 days but it will not be with these.
Want that screen.
Oh why won't somebody else, anybody else, build a laptop sporting this lovely 16:10 screen?
Opt out required.
Here we go again. I have to do something, change my SSID, in order to opt out. Why not have a _map suffix if you want to opt in?
Re: Don't worry!
It really is an unlucky country, America. Or rather North America. Whoops no, I mean the smaller southern portion of North America. Big as countries go sure but for a space rock heading for Earth with so much surface area to choose from, even so much land to choose from not actually large at all. There must be some magnetism effect I guess. Poor merkins.
Re: I really wonder who would see the difference.
Many many people. 16:9 is great for watching DVDs and a pain in the ass for anything else. 1920x1200 is 16:10, the difference seems small but it is a great deal better for most work tasks. As for RAM, you don't use VMs do you. If you did you'd know there is no such thing as too much RAM.
Re: Perspective please
I would imagine that the fingerprint on the scanner itself would be the one to start with.
At least with the swipe type of scanner an attacker would have to try every print on the phone.
Re: "High frame rate hologram generator."
Glad it's not just me that read that and saw that Musk has solved the easy part and glossed over the hard. Hand tracking? It's called a Kinect. Slap yet another new UI on AutoCAD and you've got the design software. The hard part remains, er, hard.
The number of pixels would be nice but more useful, to me at least, is the 16x10 aspect ratio. The 5 year old Acer I type this on has it (1680x1050 15") and is 2 years past it's scheduled retirement date because I can't get a 16x10 screen again. Apple get it so why doesn't anyone else? 16x9 was invented for, made for and is great for watching DVDs, it sucks for real work. Only 1920x1080 or above has acceptable number of vertical pixels and they are all either too small to read if below 16" or too big to conveniently carry if above.
A 15" MBP with bootcamp would be a lovely replacement but £1799 is a smidge over double the price of this Acer. It wasn't quite as close to the bleeding edge in it's day as the MBP is now but it wasn't a long way short either. Oh and I've replaced the battery on this Acer when It got down to 45 mins run time from 5 hours when new. The duff one is still used when on mains to preserve the life of the replacement, it takes seconds to swap. Can I do that with a macbook?
Agreed. Hell of a lot of tin foil hatted nonsense being spouted forth about this despite absolutely no details being available yet. 100,000 voluntary cancer and rare illness patients represents a very focussed 0.16% of the UK population. GeneWatch would have us think it's everyone without any choice.
The lack of detail available at this early stage is in complete contrast to the IMP draft bill which is out, examined and positivly identified as bloody awful. Properly implemented this could be a good thing. Just so long as we can keep BAE, GCHQ & a certain Mr Farr away from it there is at least a chance.
I am mindful though that 'properly implemented' and 'government contract' are generally mutually exclusive. Ho hum.
Speaking of twitter
Why is https://platforms.twitter.com/.... tuning up in my browser history every time I navigate from the home page to a story? Damned annoying having to hit back twice to get back to the home page.
Won't be missed when they go pop.
Not surprising seeing as their product line now is much the same as the one that didn't sell leading to the huge inventory problem. A vast variety of machines on the '16:9 dvd player first & laptop computer second' theme. Nothing 16:10, nothing 4:3, nothing cruft free for business users, little by way of SSD. Dozens of models listed and they're all, within a very little, exactly the same.
I love my old TravelMate 6592G which gets looked after with exquisite care and is now fully 2 years past its scheduled retirement date. I regularly scour the Acer lists for a replacement but there is none. Seems they just don't want my business any more.
Re: Just to shut down the trekkers...
I'm sure you are correct but be that as it may I applaud the intellectual effort now being applied to the problem. For decades it seemed that nobody dared think beyond Einstein, you'd get laughed out of the scientific community if you questioned his limit. Now across the gulf of conference theatres, minds immeasurably superior to ours are daring to ask. I applaud the 100 year spaceship project, Planetary Resources and other similar efforts. I just wish I could be here to see the fruit of their labour.
You could have searched on any search engine for "1 wire seral" and found that it requires a ground connection as well as the signal connection and thus requires two wires to function. But you didn't.
The name is either marketing bullshit or correctly representative of the signal wiring depending how well disposed towards marketing wonks you feel.
Ah nuts, I'd forgotten about Thrust on the beeb until I saw that screen shot.
/shuffles off to fire up Beebem and flush a couple of days away.
Thanks for putting the utterly pathetic screen resolution in the 2nd para, you saved me wasting any further time.
If anyone knows of any non 16:9 laptop out there to replace my 4yr old Acer Travelmate with 1680x1050 15.4" I'd be grateful of the tipoff.
Re: Another tiresome fingers-in-the-ears tirade
They both read comments. Lewis had a good 'ol toys out of pram at me a couple of years back about one of my comments. Orlowski intercepts them so that he can filter out and act on typo, grammar and link corrections without the ignominy of them appearing here.
Re: *still* not there
I have exactly the same problem. Best I've come up with is a Marmitek AWM2P to send a signal when the amp powers up and any one of a number of simpler X10 blocks to switch the sub. Great. That'll be £100 for the blocks and another £60 for the computer interface to use just once to program them up. Then there's the time that I simply don't have to learn to use the system and wire in the blocks.
Given the number of very effective switchers out there how can £160 and a load of grief be the best available option to simply to slave the power of device B off device A?
Blowing of a fuse leading to no breaks is exactly what you want. A blown fuse leading to no brakes otoh....
Speaking of which do these things do energy recovery?
You make a good point that Business does not need bleeding edge performance. You also applaud this machine for having proper ports, another good choice for a business machine. Yet you fail to understand that mentality when it comes to the screen. Tight viewing angles are just what you want on a plane to keep your neighbour from reading your screen - Reg FAIL. Focussed light output also has a positive impact on power consumption of the screen and hence battery life - Reg FAIL. You should be roasting the Tosh for having a glossy screen which is best for videos and DVDs, matt is better for real work - Reg and Tosh FAIL. You also overlook the dismal vertical resolution and DVD-centric aspect ratio, another Reg and Tosh FAIL.
IANAHABE* but how reliably can the moment of ballon burst be detected and reacted to? Or can the balloon be popped on demand?
I Am Not A High Altitude Baloon Engineer.
It's all about the V
900 is not enough vertical resolution. Run Excel with the damned ribbon at the top and the number of rows visible is distinctly limited. Why does it have to be 16x9 at all? This is supposed to be portable computer *first* and playing movies something else you might do with it. Stop giving us DVD players that as a 2nd function can run windows. And glossy screens on a laptop? Oh dear.
1680x1050 15.4" matt screen here and I'd even pay macbook money if I could get that afresh with low voltage i5 chippery and a 250ish Gb SDD.
But is it...
Better Than Life?
How on earth..
..can you rate either of those above Crusher Jr on the irritation scale?
I work in the same markets as you Harvey and have exactly the same issues with the current letterbox screen fad. I want a machine for work first and maybe it's suitable for watchin a DVD in the evening. All you can buy these days is machines built as portable DVD/Blueray players first with tweaks that nod in direction of work.
The only way to get sensible vertical resolution, by which I mean >1000, is to go for a full HD screen and they are rare in the 15.x inch sizes. Probably rare because they are unfriendly on the eyes. 17+ inch is too big for portable use.
We intend to replace our laptops on 2 years but the current crop of Acers with 1680x1050 non glossy screen are past 3 years now and getting treated extremely carefully indeed.
5si here with added duplex. Never had much joy with non genuine cartridges myself and genuine ones seem to have just gone out of production so I'll probably have to upgrade in a year or two when the current toner stock runs out. It'll certainly be another HP and quite likely an 8550 which will be popping out of the rental chain in their thousands around then.
Re: Internment camps next?
What utter tosh. Cameron is talking about it, Blair/Brown would have just got on and done it without so much as a hint of consultation. Not only that they'd have set up a national database of those who opt in as they are obviously one step away from kiddiefiddling. The database would naturally turn up in a taxi/train/ebay/etc soonest.
Get back to your (not)working mens club and stick to whining about the pits closing down.
A unicorn shies away from an approaching patent lawyer
Shame, a head down charge would have a much more beneficial outcome.
now supports good ol' British English
No, it now supports English. It used to support American English only but now it supports English as well. Ours is the original, all other forms are variations that must be qualified.
Looks nice. Does it have a letter box or a useful screen?
If you can guarantee the toxic wench would have a *terminal* seizure then you could probably fund this project by sales of lottery tickets for the honour.
Any chance where an app is available for direct .apk download from the author you could add that link as well as the Chocolate Factory link?
@John Smith 19
"But it's not clear to me (not read the paper) if that allows you to substitute your *own* design by replacing the configuration ROM's. if so that is the ability to add logic to act as a hardware trojan."
In a word, yes.
The long version best start with a bit of background. In a microcontroller system the cpu reads the program a bit at a time from ROM as it goes along. Similarly the program for an FPGA is held in a serial flash rom but instead of being read as the program runs the entire rom is read at system startup. So to counterfeit a system you just buy an identical FPGA and SRAM and read the stream at startup of your original to program into your SRAM on the counterfeit. This is prevented by encrypting the data in the SRAM.
The secret key the equipment manufacturer chose for the encryption is programmed into the FPGA at the equipment factory, this is tiny and the only part of the program put directly into the FPGA. If someone cloned the hardware the FPGA on the clone won't know how to decrypt the bitstream sniffed from the original. This attack recovers the secret key so straight off your counterfeiter is in business.
Knowing the secret key means you can also decrypt the bitstream meaning you can load it into clone hardware without encryption and without having to program in the recovered secret key. This means you can use JTAG etc to analyse it in real time.
There are also methods cited in the paper for recovering the netlist from the bitstream. You could then make changes to the netlist and so introduce your trojan. Believe me, working from a netlist is not easy as it is not nice graphical source material. It's like disassembling machine code back to assembler with no variable names, no procedure names etc just raw memory locations. There's still a lot more head scratching to do to get usable, readable & compilable source. Been there, reverse engineered that (on a much smaller scale) after some management prong threw out the Vax with the source code. They did keep the backup tapes though, can you guess how many data recovery firms in the UK have a Vax among their toolset?
Grrr - Acer product manager = twunt
We used to replace or Acer latops every 2 years regular as clockwork. The current crop is 3.5 years old because they don't make suitable replacements any more.
*Every* laptop Acer make has a movie screen aspect ratio. This means you have to put up with shit vertical resolution or a laptop that is only slightly smaller than France. Oh and wanting one that isn't shiny enough to use as a shaving mirror doesn't half slim the options.
Acer are not alone with this blinkered approach, the only 4:3 ratio laptop of decent spec I can find is an Apple and none of the proprietary software we use runs on that. I'm close to looking at getting iMacs, changing the drives (just in case) and attempting a self install of Win7. Driver fun me thinks.
"this puts SpaceX on its own at roughly the same level of space punch as the 19 allied nations of the ESA"
It is true that ESA have never to my knowledge carried a large cheese into space and returned it safetly to earth. It is also true that ESA have achieved quite a number of things that SpaceX have not yet attempted. To say they are on equal footing in the present tense is, how can I put this, utter bollocks.
But then everything that comes out of America is superriffically perfect to Lewis.
"Personally I have no problem with this data being collected as Orange are able to track me everywhere I go anyway."
This isn't about Orange tracking you. You have a contract with Orange and part of the price you pay for the service you recieve is that Orange can track you. Quid pro quo.
This is about other people being able to track you and find out historically where you have been. The article gives the example of someone getting hold of the database from a backup which seems irrelevant to me. Might matter more if I were the sort to play away, if Mrs iShit wants to know where I've been she's welcome to.
What I'd find more concerning is that this is available to any app on the phone. Pleanty of apps have been found doing questionable background activity, how long before a freebie ad sponsored game starts feeding this back to the mothership?
Surprised the file isn't called newlabour.mbdb.
@Trouble with that real ale stuff
Whats the matter lager boy, afraid you might taste something?
Done to death laready
Agreed get rid of Gates but lets not bother with Ballmer, get shot of Jobs too. Both are very boring now. Get rid of the celebutard too, the Paris because..... 'joke' has been done to death many times over.
How about an Eye of Sauron picture with the popup text: Google - <strikethrough>Don't</strikethrough> be evil. That'd get a lot of use.
Quite like the idea of a 'we need an icon for....' but I've no idea what it could look like
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