Re: too late, I'm already gone...
I was with you there until you mentioned PS4. That's made by Sony who live in the 7th layer of hell along with Adobe. Up against them MS almost appear to be saints.
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I was with you there until you mentioned PS4. That's made by Sony who live in the 7th layer of hell along with Adobe. Up against them MS almost appear to be saints.
Win 10 is an incremental improvement on Win 7, unlike the tosh that was W8. Hardware's incrementally improving, but there's no great leaps in performance as per the multi-core changes of a few years ago. New features such as touch screens (on desktops & laptops) aren't gaining traction.
There's competition now from tablets & phones on the domestic space which wasn't there before.
So it's boring. No compelling reason to update desktops or laptops and it's hardly surprising that the market's flat or falling.
All software patents should be outlawed. They're completely inappropriate for patent protection. Copyright maybe, but not patents.
So they can use the "free" WiFi and not bother installing/upgrading their base station.
So EE will just use the WiFi network to make the call. But will they pay for using that bandwidth? Will they discount the call? Of course not.
... as the world has given up on any semblance of privacy by allowing tracking (phones), network analysis (social networking, phone usage), personal interests (Amazon, et al), audio monitoring (siri, et al), video monitoring (xbox, Samsung, etc)....
It will all ends in tears I tell ye...
The cover/first photo shows the awful washed-out screen reflecting everything around it. Would hate to have to use that on a daily basis.
I can't quite make out what you're saying here. The first 128 bytes (4096 bits) are encrypted, then the rest of the file left in the clear. Bad.
Using XOR is secure, provided the mask is "random". That technique has been used forever. Good (or OK), depending on the mask.
Not sure where the AES128 comes in.
Sounds like a bug in the encryption. Bad, very bad.
The only fork I would lift for any IE would be the one to dig the 6 foot hole in the ground to bury the code.
I would have expected that the mess of code in IE is the last thing you want to port. If they did use this code, then we can face years of stupid errors rearing their ugly heads over and over again.
We all need IE. Once. To download a proper browser.
> If it's Windows software you are developing then the Mac generally sucks.
Yeah, right. You put the Windows in a VM and develop on that. You can have several VMs for different scenarios (like all the poxy IEs). All the development VMs can be copied from a single installation which you remove all the Windows shite. Even Microsoft ships pre-built VMs for testing IEs on websites (I downloaded the set of three the other day: IE9, 10, 11 on Win7. And as the Windows isn't going to be used for anything other than development, you don't need all the AV shite, orofice, or any of the other CPU-hogging cack that comes with Windows.
If, as *I* inferred from the OP, you are developing Java or J2EE, then a Mac makes for a really nice environment. Eclipse works well along with Maven and all the other development tools which are ported to a Mac environment. OK, there's no Tortoise port, so you end up using Versions or suchlike.
It's as simple as this: the majority of all "enterprise" developers I know use Macs. Admittedly I happen to know a lot of freelancers, consultants and contractors, but the fact stands.
So what's the alternative to a Mac... A horrid plastic laptop with letterbox-sized washed out screen running Windos. Haven't you got any pride in yourself man? A plumber's toolkit costs many times more than a Mac...
As has been said, look at the MBA with other laptops on a like-for-like basis and you're unlikely to find anything cheaper. And you don't have to put up with that Windows mess.
Oh, and don't forget to add your "anti virus" subscriptions and an asbestos mat to protect your lap from the gnad-cooking Windows laptop...
Arrgghhh, you've got me going now... Why is it that all windows laptops try to look like Apple laptops, but fail in virtually ever way: nasty plastic cases that flex and creak, massive power bricks, washed-out screens that are utter shite, pathetic letter-box format aspect ratios which prevent you from working, keyboards that have useless keypads so your hands are permanently offset to the left, pathetic piddly little trackpads that don't work, loaded with crapware that's nigh-on impossible to remove, stickers all over the keyboard proclaiming it's a lemon or intel or something, a CPU running at max chat so the fan is permanently on, and that filthy horrible Windows mess that is ridiculously difficult to use...
Now I'm going to have a cold shower...
Isn't Flash / SWF interpreted? In which case it's the interpreter that needs patching?
Like the new met office website. Stupid kids pulling the wool over the eyes of the crusty managers.
Result is millions spent and an utterly unusable website.
The biggest issue with IE is it's glacial update cycle. Updates only ever seem to fix the legion security issues and rarely update it's functionality. Compare that with Chrome & Firefox which are updated in pretty much monthly cycles.
Whenever I have to test a site using an IE, it just looks, errm, crap. There's something about the way that IE looks and interacts that makes it look and feel like an unfinished amateur product. Just take the naff way it handles <select> dropdowns with it's script-kiddie JQuery-esque animation. But I suppose this is the same for all of Windows when you compare it to other operating systems.
Where can we get them as a T-Shirt... I'll have the set.
Preferably proceeds to the families...
What a pity there's no previews available on that site. I like different music, but I'm wary of buying on spec just in case it's crap (IMHO)!
What about the Top Gear and Dr Who repeats*. BBC3 is useful for that. Similarly for some specials.
And Bluestone 42
And In The Flesh
*Some of us live in a bandwidth blackspot so can only dream of iPlayer working.
How can caveat emptor apply to people stealing software?
I don't want to claim the moral high ground but it does seem like just desserts...
You've obviously not applied for a loan recently then. Things have changed 'cos of all the PPI pigeons that came home to roost coupled with the new FSA^H^H^H FCA rules that means the bank now need to take -- and fully document -- your whole history regardless of your relationship with the bank. They effectively treat someone walking in off the street in the same way as someone with a 25 year flawless history with that bank.
Madness, utter madness. The pendulum has swung way too far the other way.
The iPad 1 has been left behind on iOS 5, so the move to iOS 8 is interesting; seems like lots of bling and things flying all over the place, thankfully this can be turned down in the Accessibility options (reduce motion). I'm not sure it really is any better than iOS 5; the application switcher is a lot slower and more intrusive.
I don't have a SIM yet; need to get to a shop (yeah, I could order one over the intarwebs, but if you don't use the shops, you'll loose the shops...). The damn thing keeps prompting me to set up a "Cellular data plan", which is just annoying and it seems you can't turn it off.
Without the case it's too slippery to hold. Wasn't impressed with Apple who shipped the case & iPad separately a couple of days later. The iPad leather case doesn't fold particularly well as there's only 2 folds and it slips flat if you nudge it (the iPad 1 case is much more effective).
All in all, it's a much faster and less crashy than the iPad 1, but pretty much does the same thing -- and still crashes when browsing. It's a little lighter (600gms over 880gms), but so what. The screen's a bit better being retina, but the screen on the iPad 1 was very good. To be honest, the iPad 5 (aka Air 2) is an incremental upgrade.
Disappointed that it still crashes, also I'm not overly enamoured with iOS 8 - seems like they've replaced skuomorphism with irritating popups.
The 'killer feature' and main reason for the upgrade is the Touch ID which means I can use a much stronger password.
7 / 10
To move from the quite strong plot of "The Impossible Girl" to this mush is quite frustrating. Clara's supposed to be strong and clever (c.f. The Impossible Girl), but it's seems she's regressing to become an irrational teenager, vis the boyfriend nonsense.
We're now mid-way through this series and it still feels like it hasn't started yet.
It would be good to see Clara spun off to a C-Beebies sub-series and leave The Doctor to get on with it.
What is a One Dimension concert?
> The Impossible Girl
Odd how the Impossible Girl story line went OK, probably as it was a strong enough story to paper over the cracks underlying the Clara character. Sassy becomes downright annoying.
Now it's painful. Almost like there's a petulant teenager as a companion. Which is just plain odd as it doesn't suit the new doctor at all. Would work better with a more Donna-like character. Or Frank Skinner!
Curious: what's your alternative for work* based electronic communication?
* If you don't work then you deserve all your downvotes
One would think that logically the Patent Office is at fault for issuing such a trivial patent in the first place. Shirley Rackspace could make a case for recovering their legal expenses from the US Patent Office as it's their "incompetence" which lead to this case being brought in the first case?
Maybe then the Patent Office might actually reject more "patents" at source.
Is that the IE box model commonly known as the "broken box model"?
Whatever; the fact was that MS decided to ignore the standards.
So IE users use edlin?
Looks like the MS fanbois -- or PR twonks -- are out in force with their downvoting...
Microsoft should be forced to maintain these browsers in perpetuity as a penance for foisting such utterly appalling code on the world. And they should all wear hair shirts for two days a week.
As an alternative, their company is condemned to insignificance. Seems to be their current strategy.
> I run a large club, and we use a mostly automated feed to remind people of the events we organise
Why not simply email them?
I thought it would be great to give twitter a go during the opening ceremony of the Olympics; an excellent opportunity to get the back-chatter to a massive event.
What a load of utter crap. Spammers a spamming; so much off-topic nonsense. Worse of all was all the PR twonks pushing their client du jour (in this case something called one dimension - I believe it's some form of exploitation of children).
Since then I've never found an urge to waste more time.
And I'm posting here. Hmm.
Is that related to Bulgarian Airbags perchance?
Please, do explain what you're talking about...
I'd love to use iPlayer, but I live in central Sussex where Bastard Telecom can't be arsed to install fast broadband - I get 1M bit/sec (or 130KB).
So I'm stuck with using the catchup channels.
BTW I'd forgotten that there were shopping channels, etc. I retuned at switchover then set up my favourite 30 or so channels and have never missed the dross.
If we valued the future we should do both: fibre everywhere and transport infrastructure. That's what the Victorians would have done.
Strange to see so many people posting AC, especially when extolling one particular viewpoint.
Nice to see Trevor feet-first in the mêlée!
It's good to see some people with experience of using Azure counterbalancing the AC's.
Are there a lot of people posting from Reading?
Must give him/her some credit for using capital letters and avoiding s2pid abbreviations.
My iPad 1 with 64GB runs pretty much all I need. I'd like to upgrade, but the later iPad versions don't offer anything substantially different from what I've got. Sure, they're lighter, faster, better screen, but nothing *trully* compelling.
If the next iPad has the fingerprint sensor, that might make it worth the upgrade, but it's still an awful lot of dosh for fundamentally incremental improvements.
Quite frankly, it's the same for the MacBook Pro. I've a three year old 17" one and the latest versions have no compelling update: the CPUs are a few percent faster and the screens are great, but counteract that with the smaller screen (17" vs 15"), they're massively more expensive, they've no built-in DVD reader, you can't upgrade the disc or memory...
Office 2003 was the zenith of Office development. All releases since then add little and completely screw usability.
FFS table formatting is still broken; formatting images is painful; it still crashes.
Don't fall for Microsoft's money making scam. You know it's not worth it.
Welcome to the free world where you're free to do anything "they" say you can do as long as you ask them first... (or let them spy on you).
Have you got something to hide????
Just like fixing their bloody websites... Can you do a website for me (I develop them for a living). Yes, but it'll cost you. How much they say. Well, I don't know what you want, but lets say between 10 and 20 days, so somewhere between, lets say £2 to £5k but could be more. Eeek, that's not like the adverts for One and One on the telly.
Yep, please do.
I do get pissed off as they don't do that for their accountants, lawyers, surveyors and other professions, yet they do do this for us "IT" people. FFS we have to defend our reputation for being overpaid geeks...
I've been plagued by people asking me to sort out their computers for years. But thanks to the nice people in Redmond, that's all stopped now: I have no qualms in declining anything whatsoever to do with Windows 8. "Sorry, I know nothing about it and cannot use it"
I never thought that I'd see a reason for the world using Windows 8 until the nice Mr Dabbs pointed that out. Funny how unintended consequences have positive outcomes.
Also... They're a scam because they employ considerable passing off techniques; similar typography and design (much like grocery manufacturers to to market leaders).
If they're morally dubious and adding no value, then they're they're probably scammers.
This is now getting more mainstream coverage in the UK -- for instance Money Box on Radio 4. From what I see of this change to the market-leading web browser -- Chrome -- this is simply going to aid the scammers, so expect a lot more of the "I've been conned" stories in the future.
> Anyway, after reading that I'm not sure my PC will have a hard disk for much longer.
I updated my Mac last year with the M500. It was so fast it was like I had a new machine. I love the silence; the reliability, but most of all I love the speed.
Worth every penny. Can't recommend highly enough.
Now if they could hurry up and increase the SSD to 2TB as I want to add another couple of Prog Rock tracks to the file system;-)
> 75% market share of servers, about 90% on desktops - growing rapidly on mobile phones - doesnt seem so in the near future.
That's utter utter bollocks. More servers run Linux than Windows - check out the stats. The desktop is a declining market and few companies would even think of rolling out that W8 turd.
WTF has TIFKAM got to do with anything? Apart from proving Microsoft's pig-headed bombastic approach to customer research.
Are you Scott Forstall? If you are, then well done for killing Microsoft in conjunction with your pal Monkey Boy. I always thought Microsoft's competition would bring it down, not internal politics...
Thankfully the 30 spam messages today containing zip files which contain a file ending in .exe don't seem to have any affect. That's the nice thing about Windows attracting all the ner-do-wells; targeting Mac just ain't worth it for them.
Killed my mouse gestures after the update. Had to do a second reboot which cleared it.
Struth, two reboots in one month...
Looking around this office, computers are being used for process: email, accounts, bespoke applications, word processing, spreadsheets, software development, etc.
Any fewel knows that none of these applications work at all well on tablets, at the very least because you need your desk free for other items.
Looks like HP are not only late to market, but late to the wrong market!
A new weather website could be developed at any moment and you could start using that any time.
However, you won't ever get an alternative metro-weather app -- it's too much effort for MS to update, and it's too specialised a market for an application developer when compared with developing an HTML5 website.