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648 posts • joined 21 Mar 2009
What is this Windows 10 of which you speak?
So, lets get this right. There's like this screen thing which is really good (i.e. the retina screens fitted to all iPhones for the last several years), and the "innovation" is fitting a screen which is really good, but three microns thinner.
Shirley innovation is developing a truly 3D experience. Or one which at least emits light outside of our visual range. Or something *innovative*. Just incrementally enhancing a screen to be "a bit better" isn't innovative.
Innovation is somewhat intangible. Innovation in this context is something that's game changing and the whole market follows. The original iPhone was staggeringly innovative. Never before had we seen the gestures or such a simple interface. It was an utter game changer as copied by all subsequent manufacturers. It was so innovative that it immediately lent itself to the tablet market from which an entire industry was born.
The fingerprint reading home button. That's innovation. (and you can easily use proper strong pass phrases as opposed to 9999 numbers which everyone can see you enter)
The current incarnations of iPhones are just plain "meh". Slightly bigger. Yawn. Slightly thinner. Yawn. Slightly better camera. Yawn. Slightly more breaky in your pocket as a result of this "innovation", yeah right. No doubt the next one will be a screen that goes to the edge which you can't grip tightly.
And the watch... What's the point of a watch that can't stay permanently attached to your wrist no matter what you do? Oh, leave it in the swimming pool locker or on the beach to be stolen... You want to use it to log your swimming exercise, water temperature, etc., but you can't. You couldn't take it camping or hiking as the battery's too small. That's the definition of a fashionable trinklet.
Agreed, it's early days for the watch, but it's nowhere near as innovative or game changing as the original iPhone or iPad.
The iPhone was innovation at its best.
The iPad was moderately innovative - lets face it it's fundimentally just a big iPhone - but it did spawn a whole new market which never existed before (Windows tablets were cack at the time).
The watch is innovative in that it's never been done before, but what's the point of a watch that's not waterproof and needs recharging daily? It seems to be a bit of a poseur's trinket rather than genuinely useful.
The Mac's are now dull. Little innovation going on except for making them more proprietary than ever. Making them thinner isn't necessary nor innovative. Still need to change SSDs periodically, such as when flogging the thing, but Apple has this locked up.
The Apple telly thing is just getting you to pay for downloading more Apple stuff and locks you in to their expensive tunes/store. It's also up against Amazon's stuff which is cheaper.
Lets hope that Apple are about to sort out in-car infotainment systems - 'cos the car manufacturers are making a hash of it. Lots of innovation there and a high-value market.
On the whole Apple's getting a bit "meh".
Which choice -- in or out -- will hasten that reform?
Business, especially large multi-nationals, hate uncertainty.
They're the 30% of customers who had a DR solution in place?
I call that 123 bollocks.
There's no way on earth that they have 115 THOUSAND SERVERS. At 42 servers per rack, that's 2740 full height racks - if you can get 50 racks in a double-decker bus, then you'd need 55 London buses, consuming the floor space of three micro-Wales. They are talking about VPS'
The 67 SERVERS would be the things they ran this untested script on. With each one hosting, [finger in the air] 20 VPS', this would be 1200 VPS's deleted.
Which is why I personally know of three different VPS' -- including my WIP dev VPS -- which has been deleted.
> Is your mac over 5 years old?
Yes... It's used daily for development running multiple VMs, has loads of music, etc. So why no upgrade...?
Partly because the current Macs are not upgradable and full of proprietary SSDs and the memory's not upgradable.
Partly because the performance of a 5 year old MacBook Pro with discs replaced with a 2TB SSD, is not far off of a current MBP.
Partly because there's no need to update as it works fine.
Partly because you can't get 17" MBPs.
Partly because there's no need to splaff £2500 on a new MBP with only marginal benefits. To be fair, the old machine would still fetch well over £1000 on eBay.
etc, etc, etc.
> Until the infatuation with java stops in the offices of consumer industry, we will lug that millstone around with naught to do but complain.
And the alternative to Java for embedded systems is....?
But the databases (our database anyway) was taken roughly from behind.
Still, it's sooo useful to discover that the backups weren't any good. Will it ever come back to life...?
Arse. Feck. Nuns.
Given the amount of work that's gone abroad to the lowest bidders who just say yes, there must be quite a drop in tax paid by UK contractors who've been replaced with Jonny foreigner.
Hmm, Werd version 1 was released in 1990 or thereabouts. MS released office 4.2 around 1994, which was one of the better versions.
So that makes the office suite around 25 years old and it predates the internet FFS.
What's the next version going to be called - Office Davros? Lets have some regeneration added, yeah, have some glowing gold buttons, that should do it.
Could it be that the codebase is a horrid mess of antiquated code with hack upon hack and that the only things they can mess with are the front-end and bolt on more bloat?
It's staggering how each office version seems to do things slower than previous versions and that they've got away with this for so long.
Office 2011 for the Mac runs... no.. walks... no.. crawls. It's ludicrously slow. Werd is quick to load the first page of a doc, but then you can't do anything until it's parsed the document, which frequently takes 15 seconds.
My iPhone and car seem to hate each other. It takes three or four goes and frequently a reboot to get the iPone to connect to the car. Then it frequently screws up and goes into gaga mode.
And it's a shite phone. Sometimes wish I had a good old-fashioned Nokia as a phone.
Hmm, browser extensions that give access to your mic & camera. What could possibly go wrong?
Who's sponsoring this; the NSA?
Masters of the Progressive Rock genre: such as Echoes, the 23 minute masterpiece (the track I'd like played at my funeral!). Or the whole of Dark Side of the Moon which should be played in its entirety (maybe Money could be left out). Same with Wish You Were Here.
Later 'Floyd was more rock than prog as the tracks were less groundbreaking which started with the wall, but is really obvious in the Final Cut (a good album, but very different to DSotM).
Oh, you mean it has everything to do with them stealing my CPU cycles, heating up my computer and therefore costing me more in electricity to display their distracting animated nonsense?
It's nonsense as I refuse to look at it and specifically adblock any new instances and reload the page (if I can be bothered with staying on that site).
Now, why is it that Google's popular? Could it be the benign (i.e. non-distracting) nature of their adverts? Let me look at Yahoo!!! for a moment just to check.... Aarrgghhh, my retinas are bleeding, that's hideous!
Ugh, Jenna-Louise Coleman. IMHO easily the worst companion ever. Poorly cast and just poorly acted. I'd even prefer Ace to that wooden "impossible gurl". Struth, K9 has more feeling.
For me the best companion was Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane). Something about her.
Sure, you can (allegedly) turn off the data harvesting, but first you've got to find out how. Microsoft aren't going to help you in any way or highlight how much they're taking.
> Adobe paid a lot of money to acquire Macromedia.
And they've slowly binned most of Macromedia's good bits to eliminate the competition. Like Fireworks. Dreamweaver's hardly had any updates, ColdFusion, etc... Flash had it's good points, but needed some real effort put into security and performance. Now it's too late as other technologies have replaced it.
Granted that this really does show a *lot* of security updates, it's sad to see that they only bang on about the Apple music application. Most of those "issues" I "fixed" by installing Ecoute. The Apple music application formerly known as iTunes truly sucks donkey balls.
This release includes improvements and fixes to Apple Music.
• Resolves issues that could prevent turning on iCloud Music Library
• Resolves an issue that hides added music because Apple Music was set to show offline music only
• Provides a way to add songs to a new playlist if there aren't any playlists to choose from
• Resolves an issue that may show different artwork for an album on other devices
• Resolves several issues for artists while posting to Connect
• Fixes an issue where tapping Love doesn't work as expected while listening to Beats 1
For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:
That screen real-estate hogging ribbon is another example. Bloody clutter for no good reason.
it appears to be missing the signage from the side. After all it's the size of a transit van.
Maybe it's me, but every time I see one of those on the road I can't help thinking what tasteless tosser would buy one of those. Obviously they'll sell well in those bastions of sophistication Essex and Cheshire.
Some more lunchtime reading...
I've the last of the 17" MBPs which is now over three years old. I'd normally "upgrade" the machine every three years as it leads a hard life, used for 8 - 10 hours a day. I replaced the disc with a Crucial 1Tb SSD and the thing is very good.
Looking at the benchmarks (http://browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks), my 3 1/2 year old machine scores 11,000 compared with the latest MBP at 14,800. Sure, that's a nice improvement, but only 25% (and that's not comparing the performance increase an SSD gives the old machine).
So, what would I get from Apple if I paid them their £2600?
Well, no optical drive obviously. Nor would I get a network port. Nor the remote control (I do use this occasionally). I can't change the disc, nor memory (not that this is an issue). The ability to change hard disc is really important to me as I need to periodically update the 'disk' as new hardware is available, but most importantly, I can remove the hard disc if the machine needs to go in for a service -- I could then mount the disc on another machine in the meantime.
I do get a machine that's thinner. Well, thinner than my existing machine which is quite thin enough. I do get a screen that's smaller. Sure, the retina would be nice, but I spend a lot of my working life connected to a thunderbolt display.
In other words, sod all really. Certainly not £2600 for a bunch of grief, plus the issues with disc.
Not impressed. It's obvious that I should wait another year until the new Intel chipset is available before updating.
Won't the NSA just use GCHQ to do their spying for them -- legally?
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?