1954 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Re: "that’s a serious amount of money"
@Steve. I'm sure modern processors on machines on which this is likely to be used can cope adequately especially when it tops out below 0.5GB/s but I'm willing to be educated given the past failings of USB 2.0 with redards sustained transfer rates. Although you can chain thunderbolt this device has to be at the end as it has but 1 port. Also, being portable, how likely is it to be on a chain rather than just a portable add-on? All of which does not add up to a £150 premium.
Re: "that’s a serious amount of money"
Problem is that anything with a thunderbolt interface is likely to have a 5Gb/s (theoretical) USB3.0 port in which case any premium for thunderbolt - especially a piss taking one like this - is unjustified and utterly pointless.
Re: end customers haven't pulled their heads out of their arses
Whilst some have noted that people won't upgrade what already works and has been working since they bought the machine it resides on another thing worthy of note is that, when upgrading an OS, 3rd party software manufacturers normally take the opportunity to fleece you for a new version of their product and everyone knows this. Just one more reason not to bother.
Re: "caught by surprise"
Ponzi schemes also trade right up until the last moment in order to squeeze every last ounce of capital out.
@Trevor:"This is a very simple question with a defined set of parameters. It isn't a broad question about the entire industry. It isn't a question about other companies or other people. It is a question about me, my circumstances and the advantages - or not - to me and my company."
Oh, but it is. I would like to use whatever office package I like matching such criteria but if every other bastard is using Office and I need my documents to come out formatted exactly as intended (some formatting I've seen is just ridiculous) then I am effectively forced into this realm. This affects a person and it affects a company likewise. If compatibility is not 100% from a WYSIWYG perspective as the original author intended then it's not good enough for me and I don't care whose fault it is, my time is too precious to spend reformatting documents/workbooks/whatever. That is why I reiterate that it is important that the Government leads by example and breaks this cycle.
I don't disagree with your standpoint, just that it's more ideal-World than real-World at the current time. You can make your choice and your stand but it takes a shift in momentum, that something like Government can provide, to turn this ship around. For the monopoly to be broken there has to be a viable alternative (check) and a move by major users to shift momentum (almost check).
I also don't buy on popularity (I got it courtesy of an employer provided MSDN subscription) but I do want that compatibility and Government mandated standards will force that to happen.
Re: Open Source Means Choice
@Trevor: You're right in what you say but there is a difference between the casual/home user and the business user. The business user sticks with Office as other businesses steadfastly use it and therefore it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. For some there is a deep and pervasive investment in macros whether for better or worse. That businesses use it so extensively effectively forces it onto the citizen. This is exactly why it is up to Governments to enforce open standards and break the cycle. The added benefit is that, hopefully, it should save taxpayer shekels - not that we'll ever get a rebate - and promote greater data freedom as open standards gain greater adoption. It also means you constantly have an advantageous licensing negotiation position.
Re: Piss poor reporting
They also fixed it by mandating that all iOS users bar 3GS owners had to upgrade to the Fisher Price monstrosity that is iOS 7. No 6 fix for you.
Re: Infrastructure ?
Which is exactly why such companies and, in my opinion, most companies should become more flexible about how much time their workers need to spend on site. I've had many IT roles where one or two days a week would have been enough for large amounts of the year but it was a mandatory every minute of every working day spent onsite. 2014 and still the practicalities of IT are not being leveraged.
Profit maximisation is an oft quoted, or rather mis-quoted, obligation for companies. They are actually required to run the company in the best interests of the shareholders and I would argue that pissing off tax authorities the World over is not aligned to that objective.
@Corinne:"All very good standing by your principles but in the long run it means you don't get the job, it goes to someone who was willing to hand over the data."
Brilliant. Show me that person and I'll happily abuse them and pay them fuck all because, after all, they're glad for the job. One born every minute and workhouse employers thank you for your compliant attitude, desperation and lack of dignity and self respect. Personally, I'd tell them to go get fucked and be happy with the result.
Re: Who cares?
Errr, because once they get stored (prints of every citizen?) you could then get picked out in a weak match (5 or 6 points) and get brought in for questioning over perhaps a child murder and have to effectively prove your innocence. However, no smoke without fire in the public/your neighbours' minds. After all, they have a match and you were home alone watching TV.
Is it clear yet?
Your post is yet more evidence of how cognitive thought deficient some of the public really are.
Re: Huge relief
It's certainly a step in the right direction. Cannot for the life of me understand why the author was miffed at the lack of SD card slot. Don't think that's really the target demographic.
No shit. I want onto this gravy train. Sounds like you can make good money showing even the slightest hint of competence.
Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code
@Lusty: The beauty of these types is that you don't get to agree. You don't get consulted. You just get told "we've promised X to dept Y in timeframe Z". When that impossibility is not met despite you flogging your guts out, then you get asked the magic question. You also get made out to be the "he must have agreed to it" arsehole that couldn't deliver. Please don't assume these people consult the minions. Shit flows down and praise flows up.
Re: killakrusty Jon Smith IQ19 Don't bother.
@killakrust: If you haven't worked it out yet, Matt could start an argument in a vacuum - whether it be invalid or not. You know the type you used to meet at school who would argue away until you gave up as it was all pointless at which point they'd happily feel that they'd "won" thus justifying their position.
If you owe the bank a billion you're probably one of their senior traders these days.
"America will continue to print money until China gets totally fed up with them & royally fuck them up. Which China can do right now if they really want based on the volume of debt they hold for the USA."
There's a saying in finance that goes along the lines of "if you owe 100,000 then the bank owns you, if you owe 100,000,000 then you own the bank"
China holds so much US debt in order to keep their currency from appreciating which would destroy their exports, and appreciate it would have under normal conditions. The flow is US buys Chinese goods, then China buys US debt to neutralise the currency movement. They need a cheap yuan/renminbi which means they shed only crocodile tears.l
Re: MacBook Air
Especially given it sounds like it should have wings.
Re: Have I got this right?
"If the POS terminal at the register was hacked, you're hosed no matter what. Card details and PIN, the bad guy has them."
Which is why, in most other countries, the card hardware is separate from the POS terminal and is a closed system. It gets passed the amount and passes back information on verification. If the POS terminal is hosed then who cares?
Re: The big issue in a nut shell
But, as stated, there was no evidence whatsoever that it has helped prevent anything thus far including Boston. So it is largely pointless. Restore privacy please.
I went Duck Duck Go too but then decided I didn't like searching, I liked finding.
GDP growth like that mentioned is of little relevance to a company selling its wares globally. Corporation tax rates, laws, and (to a lesser extent) inflation rates/cost of living on the other hand are much more important.
Re: legal? We shall see
I'm sure the EU are watching with interest.
Re: FBI in doing same thing twice shocker!
A mole would seem the obvious source.
Yep network storage, 'cos that'll just be so fast. Have a look at someone like Chase Jarvis. Does pro photo and video work. On his blog he has details and videos of his company setup. Mac pros with locally attached graid drives. Networked storage is only used to copy to and from, not for working on as it is too slow.
Re: Yahoo layout boohoo
Don't need to pay any more. Since gmail has let you have free imap access Yahoo's pay model died on its arse. I don't pay and can get imap access. Give it a whirl.
Your issue with large data sets is not necessarily solved either way as it is more dependent on the asymmetry of the connection. I already have 30 mbit/s cable as a download but with only 1 mbit/s upstream. It is this asymmetry that's harms businesses as they will tend to have or need more two-way traffic.
Firefox addons like better privacy etc should deal with these.
Just curious, but why/how were admin rights available to install software in the first place on the work laptop?
+1 for disciplinary event comment above though.
Re: The wages are rubbish - so is the tax
1. If you're any good then go contracting and that $125k Aussie salary will look like peanuts.
2. Don't forget that the Aussie salary looks good now due to the exchange rate which can go down as well as up. Around 2000-2001 the Pacific Peso was 3:1 to the Pound. That's your GBP40k right there.
I'd like the Government to make it illegal to strip the metadata from uploaded material. Effectively creating orphan works in order to directly benefit from the process is a despicable act and a taxpayer funded body like the BBC should be dealt with harshly - our funding, so stop trying to rob us you thieving bastards.
Re: Do you need a degree to...
Total myth. The best programmers I've ever worked with were physicists, mathematicians and, of all people, an economist. People with CS degrees rarely featured. If you're smart and have the aptitude you're there, you don't need to have backed yourself into an alleyway by doing a CS degree.
Re: Save us all money
Agree wholeheartedly. As for...
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has reported on its radio news that state treasurers are offering to look at scrapping taxes such as stamp duty on new homes, if the federal government is willing to play ball.
That was the condition for them originally getting GST revenue as far as I'm aware, and offering to look at something is not offering anything at all - thieving little parasites should get their accounts in order. Despite having huge mineral wealth states like QLD are still $80bn in the hole.
"That inquiry conducted public hearings in March 2013, at which Microsoft Australia's Pip Marlow appeared and said she was content that the laws of supply and demand would determine whether Australians are asked to pay too much for Redmond's wares. If Microsoft does overcharge, she said, customers would vote with their wallets and buy rivals' products."
If it were really about supply and demand they would vote by buying the same products from other channels around the World but they aren't allowed to. That is a form of price fixing.
The windmills will save you all!
Re: Sensible approach
and to make the process more efficient for when you do dial 999 the exact location of your phone should be tracked all the time thus not wasting valuable time when that vital call goes out. Can't see a problem myself.
Re: Going short and long
"It wasn't that hard to go long or short in housing, you could use homebuilders stock to do it"
Errr, no. That's like investing in gold miners as a proxy for the metal itself - generally a piss poor idea.
Re: Shiller - quite!
If you want your pension pot paying out VAT on every transaction then go for it mate but that's some hurdle rate you'll be setting yourself for having a pot to piss in when you retire.
Re: Surely, people can lie...
For the first part Google "the five stages of a bubble". What the author is implying though is that you need to be able to speculate, to take the other side and say "I think that's overpriced shit" and to go short otherwise the market is absent crucial pricing pressure on the other side. Bubbles are human nature though.
Re: And so it begins
It's evolution in realtime - if you're stupid enough to use Facebook then this is what you can look forward to.
"There's also the argument that OS X Mavericks is on the horizon, and folks are simply waiting until it is released to pop out their credit cards, and thus avoiding the – admitedly minor – hassle of upgrading. "
Or there's the case that machine obsolescence isn't as great any more. I'm still running my Macbook from 2008 happily despite Apple not allowing me to use the latest OS. Replaced the HDD with a SSD (a model you still could do that on) and it works fine. Add in the hardware cost and the post GFC environment and it's not hard to see why Apple's sales aren't growing - they are expensive and increasingly non-modifiable. My next Mac will definitely be a Hackintosh.
Re: Not just in the US
Standard practice in Brisbane to advertise IT jobs at well below market rates so the visa end-run is in the bag when nobody applies.
Re: Can someone please explain WHY I'd connect my fridge?
You'll be able to get one that doesn't phone home in future because, unless the manufacturer wants to supply mobile internet subscriptions for free with their product, it cannot just connect to the local network.
Re: not back to normal
Last time I used SSO with my yahoo id (through sourceforge or stackexchange as I recall) I ended up with my email account spewing spam left, right and centre. May have been a coincidence but I am now reluctant to use SSO involving any email account.
Re: "Hashed using MD5"
The question I would ask is that, given how the attacker was able to escalate their privileges, were they able to see how the password was being hashed i.e. algorithm plus salting mechanism or was the system setup correctly in this regard?
VPN back to base before browsing?
Re: re Tits-n-Guns
Good subject for a documentary on Channel 5 - it has got two of the three "sharks, tits, and Hitler" topics.
And there was me thinking it was the job of the police to actually investigate crime. This sort of arrangement is little better than abuse of RIPA for investigation of rogue dog shit and does nothing to restore the public faith in law and order or the police in general. It is abuse of public trust and shows there is now precious little oversight in policing or Government with people just doing whatever the fuck they please.
The most worrying part is that someone with that little common sense to think they could get away with posting something like that on Facebook would get to decide your fate in court.
As for the fraud case, I have sympathy as fraud trials tend to go on and on with reams of paperwork to get through and plenty of tax/accounting/legal arguments. In fairness most jurors often do not understand the complexities of the cases and I've frequently thought them to be specialised and as such should be dealt with differently, whether that be with more selective juries or panels of judges etc.
Re: Higher resolutions...
"I'm waiting for an Air that has a (nearly) 13" screen in the case of the 11" Air. "
But the same application to the 13" would give it a near 15" screen which may harm the sales of pro machines. They could probably stick a quad core in one of these as build to order but Apple don't generally try to cannibalise their product line - witness how you can't get a 13" quad core pro (retina or otherwise).
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