116 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 20:16 GMT
Re: Missed marketing angle
Its only time before these get an USB connector of their own (assuming thats what's on the bottom of an iphone), and an app which makes Siri say naughty things to naughty Apple fanbois geeks everytime "she" dons a new outfit.
Proof of rise of the machines?
Personally I suspect this was a test by the machines to see if they could destroy humanity or at least the infrastructure and take over while we're trying to sort out the mess.
- Machine in Syria talks to machine at rouge login Twitter server and gains access to feeds.
- Rouge Twitter server sends out the tweet.
- Machines in Wall St. oblige by "doing as they're programmed" and sell, sell, sell.
- Finally the machines put everything back to normal again ready for the global version.
Of course this doesn't work against Mr & Mrs Jones sitting on their farm in Wales with pitchforks at the ready incase Skynet becomes self-aware so perhaps the machines will have to start playing "Thermonuclearwar" afterall....oh I forgot they tested that over Wales (or at least the sheep), it was called Chernobyl...!
Unless the AP password was "appassword"?
Why Wordpress - it gives really easy PHP uploads
For login security, Limit Login Attempts plugin seems pretty good and you can lock people out for a long time with it. Not perfect when they're hitting from different IPs however. Still baffles me as to why the default doesn't include that.
One really dumb thing about WP is that you cant easily change the admin account name which was until recently also the default. Can't actually remember if you could select another name, but that's why so many have admin as a name. Either needs a plugin or database editing.
As for why hit Wordpress - going by a hack I saw a month ago it could work something like:
- Hack into the Wordpress admin account
- Go to plugins -> upload a PHP script pretending to be a plugin.
- While it's waiting to install the "plugin", it puts the PHP file in a public directory not /tmp!
- Said script is now available at example.com/blog/wp-uploads/evilscript.php from memory.
No messy FTP details required, just access to the WP blog admin account and you're sorted. The one I saw even upgraded itself as required so I'm sure any new ones will too.
Low Orbit Ion Cannon initiated by looks
Since the website linked is currently down, it seems the Low Orbit Ion Cannon has been initialised, all fancy flashing lights are flashing, the big red glowie thing is glowing....and oops.
From Viper point of view - "what you mean the data centre lines are all engaged" as the data centre team, sitting round at a weekend read this news on El Reg and decide to send all calls to /dev/null
Do feel for the Viper tech support bods who'll be fielding calls on Monday.
Oddly Python . co . uk doesn't even seem to be used.
Gateways were the most reliable
Would have happily kept buying Gateway 2000 machines and had a P75 running from approx 1995 until 2012 when it eventually died and wasn't worth trying to fix. Even had the original hard drive in it although the original monitor failed several years before.
Now had to deal with 5 ACER laptops and 1 desktop in the past 3 years and every single one of them has had major faults. Never had an ACER without a fault or known anyone who has one that not faulty.
- Mouse & trackpad mysteriously fail unless you take the power lead out (x2)
- Overheating problems on one with no obvious cause (fan running, no muck).
- Almost all of them developed problems with the power connector.
- Wi-Fi would go down on 3 of them while on power, but instantly work on battery.
- Desktop suddenly refused to work with the monitor, but worked with another...then switched.
- Desktop then just died and it was only a year old.
Other computers and laptop makes, basically few problems that aren't the run of the mill and all fixable. Btw, acer's make good frizbies! :)
Title is cancelled due to the snow...
I would guarantee that 90% of the complaints never saw the app by a simple set of assumptions:
1) The people who complained are almost certainly members of said pastor's church.
2) The followers of said church division and very likely to blindly follow his every word like sheep.
3) Being the sorts who follow like sheep, they'd never buy anything but an iPhone.
4) It wasn't released on a iPhone and thus they'd never have seen it.
Before this gets too downvoted, the assumptions are based on this being one of those marginal and very brainwashing American churches where the congregation just follow the pastor religiously regardless of stupidity just to boost his / her ego.
So far not looked at Skype to see if it has a typing chat system, but really don't like the idea as lots of people will want to video chat suddenly which will be an even bigger pain. At least with MSN you can go into away mode and don't have to cover the camera or pretend it's gone down when you need to nip out for 5 mins.
From what I've read on their site, this YourView system seems to be a vaguely specified internal system for their clients so would have to agree it's not likely to cause any serious confusion to the clients or the public, most of whom won't even see it. Presumably the only similarity is it involves in some way looking at a screen?
Whether that makes it legally right is another matter, although I really do wonder why if it's not public facing, they bothered to trademark YourView.
Reading between the lines on their site they also hinted that it was very integrated into everything they do, which I can't help but think means "we've got it as a header on web pages" and might just possibly be an angle to say to YouView later on - well if you pay us X we'll go through the huge hassle of changing the name in a few places and changing the logo. Perhaps I'm being too cynical?
Re: Profit -v- Revenue
Thats what I was thinking - either they're spending a fortune on R&D or they really need to look closer at where the money is vanishing to as the actual "cash at the end of the day" is hardly moving.
What happened to businesses that actually made some decent money from their sales? Does this not exist in the IT world anymore?
I do wonder if it was deliberate...
I am wondering if it was a deliberate way to partly defeat the pirates by releasing a broken version, that gets pirated immediately with the same broken files will be copied over and over, and then release the fixed one.
That way most people downloading an illegal version will find it doesn't work and some might go buy it instead?
Ahhhh, so that's what the heck that strange URL was! Hit one of our very obscure and pretty much abandoned web sites a couple of weeks ago and sent bandwidth through the roof. Now going to the bit-bin, but how about sending all the traffic to apple.com - they can afford it.
But the difference is...
Timelines as in chronological type list details in a logical and ordered way which makes sense to 99.8% of the human population, even those not previously familiar with them.
Facebook Timeline which basically seems to be the "profile" page (as the frontpage and such hasn't really changed in concept), lists things in a totally random order mixed up around the page with no reference to any date system I've ever come across, and therefore isn't a chronological timeline.
Exactly what Facebook Timeline's purpose is however seems to be a total mystery, along with the equal mystery of why the heck anyone would want to lay prior claim to something resembling that mess...!?
Forget Kansas - bring it to the rest of us! :)
As mentioned Kansas is in the middle of Tornado Alley, thus wouldn't it make more sense to create the network somewhere that is a bit more stable?
Can't have the northern US due to snow and ice storms, the middle has tornadoes / earthquakes / or they shoot the engineers in Florida and further south they likely think the Internet is the work of satin, so there's only one place that this should be trialled - the UK.
Anyone at Google listening...? :)
Is there a "down time" government quota?
Am wondering if there's an unofficial quota that states all government systems must have x% of downtime per year, so that the badly written systems look a little better compared to the good ones? Having a login glitch is an easy way to keep this quota...maybe.
Exactly "Not That Andrew" - not playing Justin Beeber kindof proves this was all an excuse!
Alternatively, maybe the Revolutionary Guard wanted to play AC/DC but needed a reason. Now they can borrow this "virus", run it each time they test the AV software and no one will be any the wiser?
I don't know about being more efficient. Having delt with them a few times before and after the changeover, things were very "council-ified", ie: took ages for anything to be done anywhere. Plus even in house, the depts still weren't co-ordinating properly, but that seems to be typical of councils.
Cumbria is fairly rural, but 80% of the coverage would mostly still be in the towns and Carlisle as most of the really rural houses are owned as holiday homes, so we can ignore those (yes I come from Cumbria).
The trouble is the towns seem to be very late in getting anything half decent Internet wise. It wasn't that long back that Keswick got ADSL well after most of the rest of the country and Kendal which is pretty big still doesn't have ADSL2.
Re. wireless - there was a company in Kendal offering it years ago, but the Lake District (in the middle of Cumbria) kindof gets in the way, along with making it hard enough to get a blinking mobile signal.
Oh and no, we're not in Scotland yet....or in Wales.
Beyond that it's pretty much a useless piece of legislation and £500,000 fines...yeah right!
Good hardware - really crap software
Probably the biggest problem with Nokia comes when they try to go beyond standard phones into the "smartphones" as the Lumia 710 has serious problems such as not being able to end a call if it lasts more than a couple of minutes - they did actually test the phone before release!? Still awaiting the fix being released to the UK.
By the sounds of things from the US, there are even bigger testing screwups in the Lumia 900 with more simple lack of testing for simple features.
Used to be good, but software is starting to seriously let them down.
They have staff in the UK...!? I'm guessing these people aren't on the call centres as all you ever get with them is India, who have obviously never been told how the UK phone system works including the little white box etc.
As for moving to Preston - yeah so if you get another job it'll pay £5K less a year, have worse conditions and it's in Preston. My advice to all those in Northampton is take the money and run, and then claim you were working in Outer Mongolia rather than for TalkTalk.
Perhaps by the time they release the Nokia Lumia 5000 (following the 950, 1000, 1050...) they'll actually have tested it before release!?
- My g/f has the Lumia 610 which fails on the most basic of functions like "end call" and has to be turned off if the phone call was more than a few minutes long. Nokia took at least 2 months to work out the fix then released it in India with "other areas coming as demand dictates" - it still not being offered to UK punters!
- Then there's the 800 which has serious battery life problems for many and has the above bug too although seems less frequent on that one. Would think so for a phone that can cost £500.
- Finally we come to the 900 which just fails completely at being a phone for a "small number of users". If it was a genuine small number they'd not be giving refunds and $100 so publically.
Oddly they do make good phones, just not good smart phones and whoever runs the testing lab needs hanging by painful bits outside in the middle of a Finnish Winter.
I am kindof surprised they're still running on MySQL, but have to admit that MySQL vs Postgre...thingy isn't a contest of which is better but simply that one is much much easier to talk to your boss about than something which sounds slightly greek.
As for MySQL releasing code - good for PR, good for MySQL users (bigger ones) and maybe one day the changes will get introduced into the core of the database for the rest of us.
I happened to be doing some test searches today on various travel themes (mostly UK based) and Tripadvisor was doing rather well despite having pages that break several of the Google webmaster guidelines.
Not too sure it's the best time for them to be throwing such complaints at Google else they might start looking more closely at the TA "no content" type pages and tweak the algo once more to put those pages where they should be in the results. Not good when you're as big as TA.
Surely most 32 bit computers won't run Win 8?
I thought with Windows 7 they'd drawn a line with older computers so why not just draw another line to say we don't support 32 bit at all now? Would seem logical and helps their hardware partners move things along a bit too....for those nuts enough to want to upgrade for Win 8.
Not sure if this move would save money for MS, but if so then it's a nice bonus for the shareholders too.
Surely not that hard to find him via Nat Ins number?
Surely it should be possible with a little digging for the solicitors to find the person involved and give them the documents in the more standard way?
Debt collection agencies can trace people years later after they've moved several times, and councils can do it, so why not just employ one of them to find him? In an extreme case, couldn't they ask FB for the IP details and then contact his ISP (slightly more tricky with mobile internet)?
Pretty sure these would be much more reliable ways than assuming that someone accessing an FB account is the genuine person you're after and that critically they will even read their mail.
Dialup still seems to exist quite a lot in the US
From what I've been told,dialup is still popular in regions of America where they have worse telecomes companies than BT at its worst. I guess its these people who AOL can tap into, although not sure why they'd want AOL.
What baffles me is why on earth anyone would buy 5% of the company when they know it's crap!? Is this some kindof tax writeoff?
Biggest problem with it is that there are a lot of complaints on FB about people getting through the checkout, Ebuyer taking the card details etc. and then later on in the day getting an "out of stock" message cancelling the order.
Seems either their system doesn't bother to check stock levels at the time you finish the purchase or it doesn't lock the item as sold for say 2 minutes to allow the checkout process to work correctly.
Be interesting to see whether people get charged and then how long it takes to do refunds.
As for using them - not a hope as they've never managed to get an order to our office on time and returns for faulty items is (or was last time we used them) email only and takes ages.
What will be interesting is whether the search terms still appear in Google Analytics from these
searches. Can't imagine they're going to drop that info if they can help it.
But if they do include the info, and no other analytics type package can see it (due to not being connected into big G's database) then doesn't that steer them into hot water over stifling analytics competition?
Actually pretty sure if it comes via SSL the referrer isn't sent, thus seriously breaking most analytics systems?
Why need to collect anything?
There's plenty of systems out there like ones you can get in a Volvo for example which can phone the emergency services in a crash and give your co-ordinates, without needing to send the data anywhere else.
If it was one of those trackers which activate when the car is stolen I could understand it, but again why it needs to know all those details I don't know. Just location of the car is good enough. Glad it doesn't seem to exist in the UK.
Clicked the status link and then link at bottom
Status page at least is hosted by "Warped Unlimited Web Hosting" who'll host your entire site for $5. This might explain a few things if they're also hosting the rest of LJ.
Agree with AC - Acers are crap
Had 3 of them in the last year (one was a education funded one) and all 3 broke down, were non-upgradeable and slower than my much older Dell laptop. And that's when they were actually running and not crashing.
Also know a couple of other people who've got Acer's and they say the same thing with constant problems from day dot. Maybe the world is finally realising that Acer = total garbage.
3 things that say it's not improved
1) The front page can't even line up so if they can't do it, how on earth are their users ever going to create less than horrible pages?
2) When you "browse" it comes back with 3000 people and that it would seem is the userbase. Not exactly looking good on the numbers front.
3) Best of all is the "Connect with facebook" on the frontpage. If ever there was a sign of defeat. :)
Maybe they could use the supermarket idea for results
One slight difference between the supermarket version by Ivan Headache and Google results is that most readers view the results only one way, ie: top to bottom. With a supermarket, you can view the results / products from two different directions, ie: depending which end of the isle you come from.
With this in mind, perhaps Google needs to change the layout of it's results, so instead of scrolling downwards they maybe go sideways with say 3 results per line and on an average 1024768 screen, maybe 3 lines per screen.
That way more of the "products" get seen including of course their own, but no one can complain that the other products are hidden.
Not sure if this would work mind you from a UI point of view, but if it does how do you trademark an idea at the US patent office before Google reads this? :)
Won't skew web stats of Google Analytics...
I assume that it doesn't actually run the J/script during the rendering process and thus just downloads images, j/script etc. ready for the user? Would seem the most logical idea otherwise it'll end up slowing the browser.
Wonder if there'll be an opt out for web sites as really big sites like Amazon and of course Google themselves are going to get seriously slammed.
Who decides what's swearing?
Since pretty f***ing is pretty much an everyday word in some parts of Scotland then anyone coming down from Glasgow or Dundee and "swearing" in Barnsley might be a tad confused when they get slapped by a fine.
So who decides what is and isn't swearing? Are variations swearing such as "bi-aaatch" and Father Jack's famous "Fecking"?
If it's just when directed at someone in a hostile way, then don't the existing laws on public disorder offences and such cover it anyway thus removing the need to actually bother telling people that everyone in Barnsley apparently swears...?
Can understand having 30,000....well...
Actually can't really understand having 30,000 songs without words, but why on earth did she need to file share them or is this more a case of not understanding that when you download them it also uploads for other people?
Were there 30,000 individual songs or just 30,000 uploads? Can imagine the same song getting uploaded countless times if people request it.
Something odd going on...
Can anyone be sure where the servers are?
One thing that often seems to panic big businesses and such is getting hacked by the Chinese, Iranians, Korea or similar for industrial espionage purposes, but if they outsource all the data storage to the "cloud", can they really be sure where the data is actually being stored, and thus who can actually read it?
For example say salesperson X comes from company Y selling this cloud concept and you'll have data stored in our cloud which is replicated in several geographically distinct locations for extra safety. If they forget to ask where these extra locations are, what's to stop the government of the country hosting the servers peaking into them and supplying the data to companies in their own country?
Amazon might be open about where they are, but not all will be especially if say the Chinese gov. starts offering discounted rates on bandwidth, data centre space and not worrying too much about all that environmental stuff.
Isn't there an allowance for backing up your music?
Pretty sure in the UK at least your allowed to make a copy of your music for backing up purposes, so presumably this is no different to copying it to tape for use in the car, assuming of course you don't play both copies at the same time?
Maybe this doesn't apply in the US, but perhaps if not then move the service to the UK?
Also going to be fun when all data is stored "in the cloud" instead of the local hard drive if Google etc gets their way, so doesn't that mean effectively you won't be able to store your music anywhere anymore?
Why do they need so many databases?
If you've got multiple databases then one or more is likely to be out of date so just how long will it take them to knock out ITV in one or more regions? Hopefully the UK will have one database, then there's only one useless organisation to complain to (and wait 2 weeks for anything to be done).
Pick and shovel - not in Cumbria
Not sure exactly what this MP has been smoking, but BT (or company working for them) actually laid a very long fat pipe through Cumbria a couple of years ago - not sure if we ever got any benefit mind you.
However, despite the number of green fields and such, they laid most of it along the A6 digging said road up in a long and not very straight route. I really wouldn't want to put anyone who's not had the proper training behind the machine they were using as it looked pretty dangerous, especially on the bit where they were feet from a 100 foot drop!
So unfortunately doubt this pick and shovel plan will exactly work unless you include pickaxes and then that's going to take a very, very long time.
If he thinks Cumbria is hard, imagine what happens when you hit the granite rock in Scotland!
Two switches in every browser
For many years, every web browser I've used has had various options related to cookies, but the most useful as the one that says "Don't set cookies", "Ask me..." and "Always set cookies".
Slightly more recently most of them have added options to say "Don't set cookies for these domains...".
I did hear that browsers are coming with even more options now to satisfy this law in all it's stupidity, thus getting around the need for web sites to ask permission to set cookies. Of course whether that will satisfy the bods in Brussels is anyone's guess.
An analogy to this might be that they're trying to shut the stable door after the horse has bolted, met another horse (alt gender), raised 4 generations of baby horses and retired to a farm somewhere in Sussex.
12 weeks for disaster recovery?
"as well as for disaster recovery when the primary data center is knocked out" but then later says it takes at least 12 weeks to get one of these up and running. Does sound rather a long time to wait when your data centre is knocked out, albeit a little quicker than building a brand new data centre.
The one thing which always baffles me about mobile data centres is security. Reading this seems to suggest you can put the mobile box in a place where you can't build a data centre, but it also appears to be seriously lacking the security of a proper data centre, unless you build a very big electricified fence around it with moat and crocs?
But when's it coming in pink?
I know of two people who are flatly refusing to buy one until it comes out in pink (ideally bright pink), so all this "only in black" and now "ok, so you can have white too" is still losing them sales. Admittedly, I can think of better things to do with the weekly DHSS cheque, but...
@Turk - a combination of El Reg + Apple + useless announcement + we're bored I suspect gives the answer to your question.
Did the door actually fly 100 feet?
Need to know if the door actually flew 100' down the road in which case a high speed crash would perhaps be likely, or did it actually fall off, someone nicked it and then dropped it after realising it's gonna look pretty stupid on their banged up Ford Fiesta?
Not entirely sure there's much point in Opera announcing support for WebP images until several years down the line when people, might, possibly, just about consider using it. A bit like PNG vs GIF - it was better and had no licence fee, but still very few images use PNG on the web.
Speed Dial looks remarkably similar to what Chrome does when you open a new tab, unless there's some difference I've not seen?
Would also be nice if Google would do a proxy thing for Chrome, like Opera is doing. Can forsee it being useful in Opera, but could also forsee it bankrupting them if the browser ever took a large market share.
Don't dislike Opera, but just not sure if it has any real purpose vs IE, Chrome or FF?
Too many metal buildings in MK?
Am wondering if the Milton Keynes problem might be the amount of concrete and reinforced steel in all the buildings surrounding pretty much anywhere you want a mobile signal?
Ran into this problem recently when moving into a new house and waiting for BT. Away from the house we can get it, but there's a coal slag heap behind it which of course contains lots of iron ore and bang goes any chance of a decent (or sometimes any) mobile broadband signal. Tried almost every network too.
Does this mean upto 20Mb/s will actually exist?
Since ISPs have been rather slapped for their "up to 20Mbs" offerings so far, will this FTTC mean they can actually offer their customers something a little closer to that?
Amazingly fast response time
Wonder if Interpol were involved in this to get the problem translated to the Spanish police, or if there just happened to be someone in the police station who could speak Spanish.
Or is there some kindof European police quick lookup system these days?
Should be simple to combat for Twitter
Should be very easy for Twitter to combat this as I assume the service uses API keys, so simply zap the key and the app won't have access to anything. Won't stop the next one, but that's why they (in theory) have a security team watching this stuff.
As for waste of time - could be, but then again is reading The Reg constructive when we could all be out solving world hunger or summut equally "moral".