2094 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
Re: @Mark 65
@JDX: I fail to realise nothing and know exactly how it works. Why make two devices when you can just force everyone onto one that likely has higher profit margins, right? Especially when you make the base version just that bit too small and charge too much for upgrades.
I don't fail to realise anything about most people and cameras and completely realise that most people think their phone camera takes great pictures because all they do is stick them on instagram and facebook and the shitness of the picture doesn't notice when shrunk down.
You may note that I don't really make much note of the iPod just that having one device often results in inadequate battery and the search for a charger - seen it all too often.
In terms of "big enough market" I believe the article mentioned the ipod line brought in $1bn. That's plenty, but reverting to my first response above, why bother when you can rape the customer for more by only offering a phone. You may notice similarities in their line of computers now the Mac Mini has been ruined.
Re: Apple killed the competition then deliberately dumped the market...
@Adam 1: with the added advantage that the portable computer you speak of will have a flat battery by lunchtime and has a poxy data capacity unless you hand over your first born. There is every reason to get two devices as the compromise of being unable to make a phone call because the battery is flat on the jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none device. Getting a high capacity iPhone to replace a music player is financial idiocy.
Nano refers to it's storage capacity I believe.
Re: A technology in decline
Agreed. As soon as there are high-speed moving parts there's the potential introduction of issues. Would be good to see some long term MTBF/failure rates for normal SSD although I guess they're still advancing too fast to be of much use.
I was pleased to be able to afford to update my home machine this year with a 1TB SSD giving both speed and capacity for a reasonable price (M550).
The one drive I would never, and I do mean never, buy again is a WD green. Absolute piece of shit. Developed an issue with the intelli-whatever green part and just continually span up and down, up and down, when trying to access data. Took a couple of days to rescue (luckily) the data off of the 750GB disk.
I'm now nervous of buying WD again, especially any drive that mentions the intell-guff componentry and any drive that fails to mention its rotational speed. Went to Hitachi Deskstar NAS as of this year although have had long term success with Seagate before getting a DOA.
Always wondered why, despite showing countless stories about how user accounts were owned by the ability to MITM the login form, not only does El Reg not offer https but it likely also suffers from the unsecured login form details. Now, as good El Reg users, we all know to use long passwords that are site independent etc etc but still. Shouldn't the Reg be setting an example? Sent in the clear and read by 5 eyes before publishing.
Re: Who pays?
Because they're duplicitous arseholes and there's only really two sides to choose from. A bit like bitching about alcohol or food prices before realising just two corporations hold 80% of the market.
Exactly. Turnbull is lying and he knows it. He is just relying on the general public's mass ignorance about how shit works (check) and that most politicos are luddites (check). The fact is, as stated, an IP address is useless given many websites can be hosted on the same server and hence destination IP. I'd imagine shitloads of people would be communicating with Akamei et al but for what? In order to know you need the URL and hence you have browsing history. That which he specifically stated would not be recorded.
The only way to go once this is in is add another $10-20/mth for good VPN and then they can go "play with the traffic".
"We have respect for Apple and Apple Pay," he said. "There is no harm in competition. It should happen. Consumers need to have choice, and we will put choice in consumer's hands. No one has a monopoly on virtue and consumer experience."
He clearly misses the irony of talking about how good competition and choice is in response to a quesrtion about member organisations removing that consumer choice (blocking Apple Pay) in favour of a system that puts issues firmly in their court whilst also holding and tracking far too much information about them. Arsehole.
Just watch them remove their legal presence from Australia then tell the Government to go f*ck itself. No presence, nothing to enforce.
Re: If it's any consolation...
TTIP/TPP are just polite terms for a contractual obligation you sign up to whereby you consent to allow the US and all its glorious corporations to fully jam you and your citizens in the ring-gear without even so much as a polite pulling up of your fiscal trousers afterwards.
Err....if I don't want the version from my distro I can add a PPA (or equivalent) and that is also cryptographically signed.
Does that not assume that this process cannot be subverted i.e. the PPA signature? We are talking about people downloading through Tor after all.
Re: Problem with organisations everywhere...
"This isn't because I think the guys who run it are bad people, just that human nature seems to take over in organisations like this and smart people just can't see beyond the limits of their own knowledge and power"
I don't entirely agree. I don't think they're smart guys at all. In fact I believe that most organisations, including the others you mention, have the standard human problem that when asked "who wants to be on the committee?" all the arseholes step forward. All those little wannabe local councilors and politicians. You know the types - can't help themselves and their desire to rule over people and tell others "thou shalt not". The fact they pay themselves, set their remuneration, and want more tells you they're just like politicians.
Re: All change Yet Again...
"If I was to continually adopt the latest shiny shiny techniques and tools from MS My first cost would be in staff training.. The second hit would be in productivity as the new shiny is found to have a few tarnished edges and people get up to speed using it."
Why would you feel the need to *continually* use the latest? Use the latest now by all means if it does the job but never upgrade for upgrade's sake.
Re: Optional Title
It's called the 360 Secure Browser because it spits your information through 360 degrees when publishing it to the World. Seriously, would anyone voluntarily use a "Secure Browser" made by a Chinese biz? Talk about asking for trouble.
If you're going to do a lot more interception it makes sense to sweep those stats under the carpet.
Re: Mightier than the sword
I think it is a very sad day when a malicious computer attack (and we all know this law will be abused to its fullest extent) resorts in a more severe punishment than GBH, aggravated assault, armed robbery, rape, and potentially even murder. Certainly leaves me feeling a lot safer knowing thugs, rapists and (potentially) murderers are set free before all those nasty hackers. I guess as far as politicians are concerned hackers can destroy potential directorships whereas murderers just thin the herd.
Re: Very worrying!
I disagree with the author's sentiments.
"The key difference in a soft-SIM world is that you select, via a “ballot screen” which network operator you'll use. Who gets to choose who goes in this list? Apple does, from a pre-approved list chosen by Apple. "
The EU would not allow a device manufacturer to restrict the network on which the device can be used. It simply will not happen without massive fines.
Second, Google and Apple will not be the gatekeepers as if they try to restrict choice for the consumer the consumer will not purchase said device and someone else will step in to fill the void. The void being a tablet you can use on your network of choice. Hell, the someone else could even be disgruntled networks funding an incredibly similar tablet produced on the same Chinese production lines using the same OS (Android). With this much money at stake industry will route around the problem.
Re: Why all the rage? Oh I see.
@DropBear: The thing is, even if they have taken off the shelf cheap as chips hardware and added someone else's OS and are flogging it for an eye-watering markup, they are no different from most other businesses in most other market sectors. It is up to the end customer to discern whether they are willing to pay that price for what they are buying. If they are then I don't see a problem, I also have a bridge to sell them. Caveat emptor as always.
The teacher was just an example. It doesn't have to be a teacher though does it, it could be a banker wrongly accused of fraud and, let's face it, you're not going to go out of your way to defend them but their livelihood could be laid to waste. It could be any type of wrongful accusation: rape, assault, domestic abuse, whatever. The person isn't important, the principle is.
On the OPs original point of
"The European Court judgement was silly, very silly, but nothing like as bad as it was painted. It has the same background in silliness as many other rulings from courts all over the world, it attempts to impose local rules on non-local companies."
I think you'll find Google is a local company (or rather has a local legal entity or two in Europe to avoid tax through) else they'd tell them to piss off.
Re: Minor bump
This ^^^^^, the constant tab reloading is really starting to get on my tits and that's with hardly any apps (Safari and Mail) or tabs (reloads with more than 4) open.
Re: Google has since promised to do something similar with Android smartphones.
"Except that as I understand it the (UK) two years for not handing over the password is recurring - two years inside, and if they're feeling mean, if they ask you again and you refuse, back to court, rinse and repeat ad nauseum."
I'd like to see the rinse-repeat part pass the EU courts, Human Rights etc etc. That clearly counts as persecution.
Re: Google has since promised to do something similar with Android smartphones.
That's the stupidity of the "reveal your key" laws. Anyone who's a serious wrong-un will take the punishment for not revealing the key over that for revealing what is concealed. Terrorists and security being the weakest strawman - if you were accused of being in the final stages of planning an attack (and you were) it's highly unlikely you're going to hand over a fucking encryption key.
Re: Obama's Snooping
"The important question is, how do we stop this? Or do you just throw up your hands and decide that it's in Obama's nature to spy on everyone?
Remember, Obama can stop this with just one Executive Order. Why hasn't he? His own party has called on him to fire the head of the NSA. Why hasn't he?"
Surely a better question to ask is "just what hold do these agencies have over him?"
Re: Obama's Snooping
"so the window for rolling back the clock has passed and the government knows it"
Not entirely. With everything starting to move to encryption as a first though rather than an add-on what exactly will they now be hoovering up? They are their own worst enemy. If they'd kept it all nicely transparent and through the legal system they'd likely not have the problems they will shortly be facing. There are plenty of eyes now on the problem of creating greater security and anonymity. More than there would have been. I believe Tor use will start becoming more widespread and may well end up being baked in to linux distros in an easy-to-use fashion so that noobs can easily use it. What then?
Let's not forget they never stopped 9/11 despite all the things that they actually knew at the time. They didn't prevent the Boston bombings and the attacks in Madrid and London seemed to have gone quite well given the extra security the public are supposed to receive in return for the last vestiges of their privacy being shredded.
Stupid is as stupid does.
Re: How easy is it to turn on in the release version?
I'd say that if this instrumentation is left in the final release, especially key-logging and other privacy invading parts, then Microsoft will have signed its own death warrant. There will be no trust and there could be no second chance. If a company with so much history of abuse and poor coding believed that it was acceptible to leave such code in place even "switched off" then that is the end for them.
Re: Competing on taxes
I disagree in part. I believe the EU should set a minimum rate to prevent the intra-block race to the bottom and let countries decide how they wish to levy their taxes. There will always be a trade-off between tax rate, barriers to entry/bureaucratic costs, employment costs, employment pools, access to ancilliary services, etc etc that can then be shopped around for but countries need not fear another block member charging 0.5% corporation tax. Outside the EU it's up for grabs, perhaps there should be a G20 minimum of 10-15% or something. Having one rate for the whole of Europe does not take into account the other factors in each economy and thus provides ever greater inflexibility and likely the demise of the majority of members, as if it isn't bad enough already with 50+% youth unemployment in Spain.
Re: e-bikes keep you fit!
Feeling fitter might be a nice placebo or it may be genuine as you now get out and cycle more in total than previously. What say you?
Re: Open software on these boxes?
Pretty sure I've seen somewhere on the QNAP forums about people having installed some version of Debian or Ubuntu on their boxes.
Re: Or alternatively...
"This very article articulated problems with various brands and models of drives for a particular NAS. If the entire unit goes out, how do you know that you will ever be able to get a completely compatible replacement chassis? That's never a problem with just running a regular OS."
Pretty certain Synology and QNAP use standard linux software raid unless you choose the mystical do everything in mysterious ways RAID options rather than a stand 0, 1, 5, 6 etc. Also pretty certain I could stick my QNAP RAID 5 disks in A.N.Other case and use mdadm to access the array. YMMV.
Re: cynical remark
Just wondering how much software might be parsing the OS name and using OSName.StartsWith("Windows 9") as a Windows 95/98 shortcut?
I expect no less from the piss-weak spineless parasites on both sides of politics. Anyone with a backbone would stand up, especially in light of the Snowden leaks, and call out the blatant bs going on in this rights stripping security theatre. After all the high terror alert supporting sudden raids I think one person was charged. It is nonsense. Nobody gives a toss about Australia. Shorten needs to stand up and call a c*nt a c*nt and Abbott is one of the biggest modern politics the world over has to offer. He is an utter imbecile whose playground theatrics are hilarious if it weren't for the fact he's utterly f*cking the entire country. I cannot even begin to dig through the surface of the contempt and hatred I have for this tosser.
Re: Not available
"Or maybe they will grow up and bless MacPorts or Homebrew as the systems for managing their POSIX stuff and just integrate it with their software update GUI."
Yeah, that'd be nice. Took a whole load of effort for me just to be able to subscribe for UPS outage broadcasts from my NAS because OSX wants to be the first and only listener.
The reason I use FLAC? It's my archive copy. CDs get scratched, lost and broken. They also degrade over time, especially in hot climates. My FLAC copies are backed up in multiple locations. Versus the original CDs: they are searchable; they are streamable; they are shareable en masse. I can also re-encode them quickly to AAC for use on portable devices and when AAC is surpassed by some other format in order to cram yet more music onto small devices I will re-encode to that.
Re: Battery Life?
"f you won't upgrade until you hear zero problem reports, you'll never perform another software upgrade on anything you own ever again."
Yep, but the third OS release in as many weeks isn't exactly going to speed us to the party is it? I think I'll wait a little bit until there's a stable period.
Re: @beep54 So What?
"I wonder how many people would pay $175 a year for a social network."
That's the issue - at the moment there are essentially two models of operation
1. You are the product
2. You pay an annual subscription
The former is in the ascendency because most people are unwilling to pay and prefer "free" whilst not realising that they already paid with their privacy. As for (2) you could pay a subscription and still find there was gradual privacy creep as greed crept into the ownership base.
Re: Streaming wins
"Of my parent's collections I listen to precisely nothing."
"I envy the digital generations who have none of that."
and I pity those whose parent's music collections will expire with them. I first discovered artists such as Led Zepellin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas (along with a lot of Motown) from listening to the collections of my parents, friend's parents and other relatives. You can keep your poor quality intermittent connectivity based can only listen as long as you keep paying us popularity driven availability cloud nonsense and I'll stay old school with physical media and FLAC rips thanks.
Re: Paying to cut the copper
Nah, just break Telstra into two companies like BT - openreach and retail. It'll fuck their current model and they deserve it with bells on.
...f this may be how the FBI got the silk road server to spit out information?
You forgot SDXC, the one thing it really is missing above all else.
To answer your question: If a hardware veep had told uncle Steve he couldn't have a nice round integer multiple and instead they'd upscale to downscale he'd likely have torn him a new one before the door hit his arse on the way out. Jobsy was one for getting what he wanted.
Re: "A little eBay shopping and you can find 128GB Micro SD cards for under a tenner"
"Even SanDisks have issues"
SanDisks are also some of the most counterfeited cards on the market. The situation is so bad I believe they even have a system for you to check the serial numbers. I'd never buy a SanDisk anywhere but from a reputable retailer it really is that bad.
"And if the EU tries to get fresh and sanction US officials committing crimes against EU citizens, that's going to be received very poorly in the US, with trade sanctions."
I wouldn't worry too much about that. You are getting to watch the rapid decline of an empire in real-time and once dollar hegemony ends so their nonsense will no longer be tolerated. In essence they can sanction at will because they control the dollar and lots is traded in it. In recent times central banks around the world have setup swap lines with the Yuan and trades are starting to be done in large size in other pairs - witness the Ruble/Yuan take your pick settlement for Russian gas. I'd imagine the Germans will soon be lining up for EUR/Ruble settlement. No need to price in dollars, no need to bow to the yanks. At best, and I do mean at best, the future reserve currency will be a currency basket thus giving them some influence. At worst the playground bully gets expelled. If you think about it all we get from them is actually from their global organisations that generally minimise their tax there so if push came to shove the USA really doesn't need to be involved.
When the dollar's time at the top ends things will get interesting for a country with $16tn debt.
Surely you want the German variant TERROR<IST>MADEUP?
Re: Tiger Air has been blacklisted
Couple of points:
What kind of petty minded think of the children nanny statist arsehole makes such a complaint in the first place?
What kind of an airline actually does this rather than tell the aforementioned tool to STFU and sit down?
Being blacklisted by Tiger is a form of salvation not punishment - in a land of poor customer service there are few that can surpass the inadequacies of Tiger airlines.
Re: @Steve Hersey
There are ways in which an OEM can differentiate its product. For example, given you generally have the phone with you all the time, a point of differentiation could be the quality of the camera on the phone. Phones are generally butchering the low end compact camera market (despite what many think they cannot butcher all of it due to quality issues and the laws of physics) and so a phone that clearly produces much better photographs (less fringing, better low light response etc) can therefore make a difference. My money would be on Sony in this department for the Android crowd given their constant innovation in the camera sector. Their A7 and A6000 lines for replacing typical DSLRs and the RX100 MKIII for the pocketable (ish) high quality compact market.
Re: "you've got that $1.25 a day at US prices to play with...
@Vic: I agree - if you choose such a low hurdle then of course you can say something doesn't exist. The issue is that poverty should be described a little more meaningfully than "has fuck all". If you're having to live in some overcrowded "single room with a sink" accommodation paid for by the state on a permanent basis then I would argue that you're impoverished and thus living in poverty. The UK has its fare share of homeless people. They are also living in poverty, $1.25 definition or not. I'd also argue that when you start regarding such things as just "inequality" then you lessen the impetous to do something about it. Inequality sounds like something a lazy-arsed scrounger would refer to.
I'll agree that I couldn't see any validity to the Long Tail argument. If you're comparing across regions then it is only right to compare the prices of what people are largely watching than what they clearly aren't in any meaningful numbers unless you are specifically doing a long-tail study. Timeliness and price of major blockbusters is always going to be the key comparison area. After all that is what is complained about with iTunes pricing too.
"Not at the first-run cinemas, but you forget all the second-strings like cinema cafes, airlines, prisons, hospitals, etc."
Oh OK then I'll just head to prison, take a long-haul flight or get a hospital stay in order to watch the movie rather than PAY to see it in the comfort of my own home. Seriously, that's the most piss-weak argument I've ever heard. This is the reason piracy exists and from your level of understanding I can only assume you work for big content who think that because they pissed away $100m on a movie with a shit script and overpaid undertalented eye candy that means that is what it is worth (minimum).
I have to agree with the OP here. When it comes to hearts and minds the battle is over. Setup netflix with prices and content the same as the US and I think you may tempt future generations but the current crop are done with big content. It's a shame in some ways but it's the road they chose to travel down. When DVDs can be picked up for a few pounds in shops like Tesco in the UK and yet for the same movie they wish to charge $20+ in Australia with around $40 for the blu-ray the battle is over. When they decided to rip-off the Australian people by overcharging and making everyone wait longer all they did was pull forward future earnings. Now we have gotten into things digital being largely free and without advertising. Too little, too late. Whilst I'm on the topic of advertising, Murdoch and his shitty cable channel can GGF if they think I'm going to pay hundreds of dollars per year to still have to sit through adverts.
Other companies still try to rob Australians but because they're dealing with physical goods life hasn't been so harsh to them. Yet.
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