836 posts • joined 1 May 2007
Re: Sharing schmaring
Well... don't share. Nothing is stopping you.
For everyone else that wants sharing, they have that option.
Honestly, I don't know why people complain about features that don't affect them.
Re: History repeating
Actually YOU don't get it.
The only reason why people were content with XP was simply inertia brought on by the totally once-in-a-lifetime gestation period of Vista (through the period when it was Longhorn and after that was scrapped).
Even so, Vista was necessary in order to move people onto new designs and features that Microsoft intended. Having Vista effectively "skipped" by releasing the next version of Windows after XP around the time of Windows 7 instead of when Vista shipped wouldn't have changed the supposed backlash.
Of course Windows "9" will be more readily accepted, they would have one OS' worth of experience with the new technologies introduced with Windows 8, in the same way Windows 7 was more accepted compared to Vista.
There doesn't need to be a separate statement referring to Google Glass and similar - they already use the "ban on recording equipment" statement that covers everything past and present.
Re: And for us country bumpkins
Yeah, I'm sure the thieves will like to steal my box of nappies, or box of Hot Liquid Seasoning, etc.
Re: "If I could pick up my packages from the station when almost home that would be excellent."
>>"As opposed to picking them up from your front doorstep? You know...the one attached to your house."
Yeah, great idea to leave my valuable parcels on the front doorstep where anyone can simply take it. Or maybe I want to use it that same day and not piss around trying to use it in the evening after work? Idiot.
Re: Sounds brilliant.
>>"So I pay a delivery fee to Amazon...for shipping company X to deliver a package to a train station...so I can therefore take time out of my commute home at the end of the day...to stop and pick up said package...and then carry it home myself...along with my briefcase...and laptop bag...and top coat...etc...etc..."
It's another delivery option for those that need it, you idiot.
No issue from me regarding forking OpenSSL - it's not as if OpenSSL is the only SSL implementation out there anyway.
My phone cost £400+
So I couldn't care less about your £89 cheapo phone.
Re: And what's the real subtext here...?
>>Isn't it likely that the "durggies" (if that's who's doing this) are just going to steal something else instead? In which case we've just moved the problem elsewhere.
Cool so let's keep the smartphones as unsecure as possible in order to attract thieves to that and not other objects.
Re: Please stop swallowing this cloud hype in articles
Er... Office 365 is the name of the SUBSCRIPTION. The subscription that gives you access to the latest version of a local-install of Office.
>> I had to show them how to use the dial phone, because they simply didn't have a clue. Never encountered one before. They were actually amazed at seeing the rotors go round. "How the flippin' heck does that work?" I was asked.
Man, I must be old :(
>>Apple (record label) vs Apple (brand image consultancy) (both using the fruit as a logo)
>>No precedents at all then.
Yes, thanks for providing two excellent examples of one company who had to kowtow to the other regarding trademarks. The VAX one someone's already explained. With regards to Apple, Apple Inc was taken to court multiple times by Apple Corp regarding the name, several agreements were signed, which Apple Corp has used to subsequently go to court to get Apple Inc to stick to their side of the bargain. Apple Corp could have very easily simply stopped Apple Inc from using "Apple" full stop, as was their legal right.
Re: 11 SP1 by another name
> If they had actually called it by its true name - Service Pack 1
Wrong. It's called "Windows 8.1 Update".
Whether it's a good name is not the point, the fact is that that's what it's called.
Re: Are oyster cards identifiable ?
Visitor Oyster Cards are exactly the same as normal Oyster cards except you pay less of a deposit on it and you can't put any Travelcard fare on it. You can get a normal Oyster card without having to register it - you just can't put more than a 7-day travelcard fare on it
Re: The Watchdog is wrong too
And through the BT Sport app in conjunction with a Chromecast.
It doesn't matter though, as the watchdog wasn't wrong - the point still stands - BT didn't make it clear enough and it's for THIS reason why the watchdog came down on BT and their ad.
It's a pity. I used it for the first time a few weeks ago, despite having a credit card with NFC for yeaaaars. I used it at Westfield London's Coca-cola machine, was kinda good to pay for it and not have to put in a PIN.
The one thing I really want is Google Wallet here in the UK, so that I can attach all my cards to it and then just use my mobile.
LOL this isn't exactly revolutionary - they've just used the same tech as is used in dongles but put it in a router.
Windows 8.1 with Bing is simply the normal Windows 8.1 edition with Bing set as default, so to OEMs they won't be able to customise it with a different search engine (and other options) as they may have done before.
In return they (after signing an agreement) get to offer it on devices less than 9" while paying little to nothing, compared to what they would normally have to pay to include Windows 8.1 on devices.
Re: Real issues
This would have been worked out yeeeears before by the relevant authorities (government, car industry, the likes of Google, etc.) before driverless cars are even thought about being let loose on the streets even on a temporary "test" status. YOU don't need to worry about that, the industry will do that.
"We’re told by the G-drive gushers from Mountain View that road trains or platoons of driverless cars will use roads more efficiently because they’ll be able to drive more closely together than human-controlled vehicles. Right. So you’re driving along at 60mph and come across a slower platoon of some twenty vehicles moving at 55mph. You overtake them, noticing there’s no gap between each car in the platoon that’s large enough to let you in, and then you come up to the exit ramp you need to take but can’t get onto it because the platoon prevents you passing though it."
Good point, but think about it - how does sat navs (even ones going back from the last decade) do when you miss your turning? They reroute. It'll clearly be the same here.
"The cars use GPS to locate themselves, with more precise location data provided by the LIDAR and other sensors. Sensor input is received and processed, we understand, by a quad-core x86 processor using a modified version of Ubuntu Linux.
What happens when the GPS data is unavailable, as with a long tunnel? Does the car get lost?"
Again, what do sat navs do in tunnels? Use "Dead Reckoning" - it already knows it's in a tunnel because the map data is already in it's system, so it simply judges where it is by the current speed via GPS just before it went into the tunnel (which will be far far easier in a car because it will be able to rely on the car's speedometer directly and not on the speed upon entering the tunnel).
So good points, but took me not even a second to work out, so Google's engineers would have clearly already thought of this.
Not sure of the point of this - after all your phones will have their own data connection and is anyone going to want to desperately need connection in their cars in order to have connectivity with the outside world (and if so, why didn't they buy the 3G/4G tablet version instead)?
It's only really worth putting in the car if the car's electronics itself is making use of this, surely?
Re: Anti-phishing could be done in other ways
The domain is ALREADY in bold.
Re: Stick to your guns: Stop supporting XP
MSE is a product and not to do with XP at all. That can and will follow a totally different support schedule to XP, or it could coincidentally follow the same schedule as XP (as IE did).
It isn't doing the latter, so get over it.
WRONG. That would only be right if that millions paid covered that one patch for that one specific product which happened to be the patch that was released.
Clearly it isn't, and clearly there's a ton of patches for XP that are and will be continually created specifically for the people who paid for it.
This specific patch is just one that was freely released at Microsoft's discretion - the rest (of which there will be many for XP this month) won't be.
Re: Poor decision
Nope. It was one patch to address one specific problem in a specific product (IE) that coincidentally ended it's free support a few weeks ago. It's hardly a rip-off because there'll be a ton of security updates for XP from now till (potentially according to the paid-for contracts) next year, just only for the people who paid for it.
So calm down.
Re: Maybe for IE?
That's exactly what is happening. They aren't going to release any more patches for XP - but this one was specifically for IE and totally at their discretion - don't expect to see specific XP patches (for free, that is).
Actually it's based on Blink, which was forked from WebKit a while ago.
Re: This comment is totall Bullsh--!
Oh those hardware running with embedded chips? Not running XP - running XP embedded, which is STILL supported for free.
In any case, there WILL be patches for XP after today, but you'll have to pay for the Microsoft staff to fix the specific problem now.
Re: Getting closer
Time to get real and get a proper mobile - you wouldn't have any problems if you actually took your head out of the clouds and got a current-gen HTC mobile.
"And the Start screen retains a button that does a quite baffling miniaturisation. I’m not sure why."
It's for the people who have very long Start screens - you can go from one end to another without having to swipe so many times.
It seemed like a good idea - anyone no matter whether they already had a Facebook account or not could send a message direct to a Facebooker's inbox. Execution was, however, POOR:
1. Messages went into the "Other" inbox. Most people aren't even aware they have a "Other" inbox, and those that do don't bother going into it.
2. THAT TIME when Facebook decided that everyone's @facebook.com address had to be the default primary one. Such a cock up - it meant that no matter how many e-mail addresses someone chose to expose on their profile, they were all hidden and the @facebook.com address displayed. It didn't stop there - mobiles that synced Facebook with the contacts only synced the default primary address, which meant that existing e-mail addresses were removed.
As a result, no one cared about it.
I think it's fine. Clearly there's a significant amount of people who want to describe themselves a bit more than the standard blunt "male" or "female" choices so let them, it's their profile page.
It's also a bit like the "race" question you sometimes see on things such as job applications. I'm fine with the choices myself, but as the list is usually very short sometimes you do wonder how people can choose when they may not identify with the blunt choices they are presented on the form?
Man and machine, POWEREXTREME!
"ITV Player's often being the worst (a web portal with a terrible interface, at least on the PS3)"
There's no "at least on the PS3" about it - it's terrible whatever platform you use and in whatever incarnation.
Re: No one told them?
How does it know? Specific coding to specific APIs, obv.
Re: 8.1 and 8 should be grouped together
8.1 is not a service pack for 8, it's a totally separate OS, evident by the fact that you install it like a new OS, you get upgrade screens like a new OS, etc.
If it was a "service pack" for 8, then Windows 98SE would also be classed as one - it isn't so it's not.
Isn't this exactly how DVB-T/T2 here (i.e. Freeview and OnDigital/ITV Digital before it) works?
Re: Court Orders.
Really simple. They're doing it off their own backs.
Re: Hold on
They're not checked like Apple's store though.
Re: @Goldmember -- The Internet. Yes, it was too good to last.
RobHib - "Did not know that." As someone else has already posted, it's NOT being phased out. There's a subsequent BBC article that states that the powers-at-be changed their mind.
Re: This doesn't alter the fact...
"She uses Internet Explorer, uses Outlook, and all she does is watch sh*ting "Revenge" on 4OD. And for this reason, she will always remain the girlfriend and never earn the right of becoming my wife."
Surprised she's even your girlfriend, with a disgusting idiotic attitude like that..
Re: "Supervised Users"
No, they only introduced the "users" function in a build last year.
Re: Any way
Just use the Maximise button when in "Desktop" mode, as you have been able to do since the year dot.
Re: British & Irish isles, but Guinness/Stout/Porter is English!
Stout might have been invented in London but Guinness specifically was started in Dublin, Ireland.
What you are saying is as silly as claiming "Club Premium Lager", a Ghanaian drink, is European.
Re: Now do a RT version
Can't - browsers are the one thing that is not allowed as an "RT" version.
"Technically, Irish is British, Ireland being one of the 6,000+ islands that make up the British Isles."
Nope. The island of Ireland is part of the British Isles (a group of islands, although the Irish would beg to differ on even that point). This is not where the description of nationality of objects comes from.
"British" is an adjective that describes objects, etc. that have come from a specific area whose component parts were once the Kingdom of England (England and Wales) and the Kingdom of Scotland (Scotland) and was subsequently combined to form the Kingdom of Great Britain.
"The Irish" is an adjective that describes objects, etc. that have come from a specific area, that is Ireland, which once was the Kingdom of Ireland and was subsequently joined with the Kingdom of Great Britain to become the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (and the last part subsequently "Northern Ireland).
Being "British" confers the object geographical status related to "Great Britain". This does not and never has been conferred to anything with a geographical status relating to anything located in the island of Ireland.
Re: HMRC XP machines
A PC can still catch viruses when not connected.
"This is just FUD-ing. All those machines are almost certainly behind a firewall that implements layer 7 filtering, which means that the chances of an actual threat reaching the XP machine itself is negligible."
Actually, THIS is FUD-ing, as a dodgy USB stick/external HDD/whatever can still render the machine unusable (and it has happened).
Anti-virus software isn't going to help if it's a vulnerability that the software doesn't know how to catch yet (which has happened too!).
"Ultimately it's not that big a deal if the PC's are never allowed on the internet (and restricted environments generally are not), and the multiple layers of firewalls are all configured properly."
Except a dodgy USB stick can render all of this moot.
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