50 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009
And the CEO and board didn't see it coming...
... double bonuses all 'round!
Re: Got a letter on Monday
That identify theft thing is a bitch, ain't it!
I often thought their business suggestions were odd to say the least, but thought that this was a feature for the US market where they might make a bit more effort with their data - nice to know there is clearly no point sending corrections in...
I have noticed and reported a couple of application issues - never hear back, but they have got them fixed over time:
- no tube station showing up at Liverpool St.
- the negative 0 latitude longitude bug in some versions (i.e. entering -0.02 would take you 0.02 degrees East of Greenwich)
- auto-suggest comes up with a station icon, but when picked is often some distance from the station
If I have spotted these, I can only imagine there must be heaps of other bugs across all the different versions, let alone the mapping data itself ...
Re: Not my GMail password
Yes they have checked - via Ars - http://googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/cleaning-up-after-password-dumps.html
"We found that less than 2% of the username and password combinations might have worked, and our automated anti-hijacking systems would have blocked many of those login attempts. We’ve protected the affected accounts and have required those users to reset their passwords."
How do these thing save money?
Serious question, how will these things save anybody any money? They consume energy themselves, so if anything, my bill would microscopically go up. If you want to save money, don't use electricity/gas, right?
It's ASIC ...
... I suspect it is ... fraud! dodgy financial products! and illegal tax avoidance! why won't someone think of the bankers?!??!?
Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?
"And even if there really isn't anything suitable, paying someone to write software, or tweak existing software would be far cheaper than paying for MS licenses, and the hardware upgrades the monster would require."
That is one of the funniest things I have ever heard!!! Jamie, I can only assume you are a software developer with self interest at heart?
Re: let me guess...
I agree Pavlov - as a white middle aged male (thankfully not too old yet) - I am sick of it too. Sadly, I don't have answers on how to fix it though - all I know is it will take a long time. As you say, affirmative action may not be ideal, but at least it's something.
To be fair to others (and I don't think you deny this), "the best person for the job" is not a bad ideal - but there needs to be a realisation from people that although you didn't get hired "because you were a white guy", you were probably picked from a bunch of white guys because most non-white non-guys never got the same opportunities / treatment over the long haul. I suspect that may not be a popular view here, however...
A bit of transparency would be good...
... surely the carriers / MVNOs could be forced to be a bit more open about what the agreements are - the consumers should know what they are getting - do they sit in a 'tier' on the network and what tier it is. Then the consumer can make the decision as to whether we want to pay to be in 'higher' tiers - be it PAYG or contract, home carrier or MVNO.
There are clearly people stating tiers don't exist, but all I can say from my own personal experience with O2 PAYG (my usage being light data - browsing, etc.) - in the same locations: O2 was OK, giffgaff was consistently poor (almost unusable) and Tesco has been OK as well. Others will no doubt say the opposite, but the networks should tell us what is going on.
Re: What is Hachette contributing?
And what exactly is Amazon contributing for its 30%??? Nothing to assist in the creative (or marketing) process, I suspect...
* And yes, the same can be said of the other digital players.
Re: Abbott is a complete and utter incompetent
"Within a single day of the prime minister, Tony Abbott, taking to the microphone ..."
Let's face it, you can finish this sentence in any fanciful way you like and it wouldn't be surprising...
Open the drive bay doors, HAL.
Dave, I know you are planning to insert more drives - I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.
Ummm ... read the article?
"Such a refusal would simply force the complainant to take their gripe to their national data protection authority – such as the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in the UK – and any decision taken at that level can be fought over in the courts."
I.E. Assuming Google refused the ICO request, ultimately a court could order the information be removed. Without the law, you could never get that far ...
Thanks - yes, I was thinking it might be a hashing issue - though if encrypted and then hashed it must protect those simple passwords some more. I guess my own feeling is that a somewhat complex string of memorable words is still a safer bet for most people than storing a bunch of super duper complex forgettable passwords - but I am (clearly) no expert.
Someone please enlighten me...
... what exactly does a 'strong' password (as defined here) protect you from? This is a serious question - I just don't understand this "password long, symbols, numbers not a word" mantra. It just forces the user to write things down, store it elsewhere, reset it all of the time, etc.
- If the password isn't encrypted, it doesn't matter how complex it is.
- If the password is able to be decrypted, it doesn't matter how complex it is.
- If your encryption model depends on 'everyone' having an equally strong password - good luck with that - it won't matter how complex yours is.
- If there is a key logger (video camera, machine compromised, whatever), it doesn't matter how complex it is.
- If you are successfully phished, it doesn't matter how complex it is.
- If you are re-using a compromised password, it doesn't matter how complex it is.
- If someone is attempting a dictionary attack on your account, the security model 'should' stop the attack well before it can 'guess' the password, so it 'shouldn't' matter how complex it is.
- Further to this, if someone is simply guessing your password, the above should also kick in - the 'obvious' password examples given aren't anymore obvious than a thousand other things...
What am I missing?
Re: Pono Player
People in duty free - 2 for the price of 3?
Re: Please checked your facts
1. 'spent' not 'spendt'.
'Please checked your facts'? Hmmm, it's not 'Graudian' either...have you got some meta-irony thing going here?
Why no naked broadband in the UK?
Not that it would make these providers any less slimy...
Re: Home server/NAS
WHS has always been (still is) available as an OEM license, which an individual (system re-purposer) can use .... as the OEM you have to support yourself though. I suspect most people inclined to build their own server are more likely to run Linux.
The one advantage WHS does (did) have is the built-in backup and bare metal restore for Windows clients. It seems crazy, but I haven't seen anything really equivalent on a NAS device or Linux platform - unless anyone else has?
The other advantage it has for me - the machine makes a great PVR and HTPC (Media Portal) client. NAS and Linux do offer options in this area though.
Re: "iPhones, iPads, Android gear and Windows Phone"
You got that right - lucky I read this, at least now I'll know why my Skype phone won't be working when I try to call friends and family come Christmas time. It's a shame - it was handy to have one 'normal' phone that could do both POTS and Skype.
Re: To be fair ...
... she spurned the opportunity of a $25k settlement. Not sure how much lower everyone expects this to go...
Well I can confirm...
... an uncased iPhone does NOT survive a 25 story drop down an elevator shaft ... I should have had me one of those cases it seems.
Surely some context would be useful here for the non-Ossies? Ongoing leadership bunfight between Gillard and Rudd in the labor party; Opposition attempting to capitalise. I don't know if I would consider these lame political games controversial.
Don't worry, you are in the El Reg demographic i.e. People who insist on posting about things they know nothing about.. But you did do it without personal abuse ... So maybe you don't really belong ...
Why is everyone saying "in public" ...
... If it is on Facebook? You can argue the privacy being the Internet and all, but surely one has the right to say what one thinks to one's 'friends'?
Huh, my DLNA worked without UPnP ...
... well ... at least until I got to Hong Kong ... now it just kinda works.
So much hypocrocy, so little time ...
So this guy apparantly can't argue against climate change; yet an IT web site constantly bombarding us with anti-climate change articles should be considered enlightened? Interesting ...
Phone jibe bad ...
... but generally I agree as well.
People need to make some sacrifices, but let's face it - most companies will not make any effort at all if they don't have to, and it saves them a fiver. A good analogy would be sky dishes - in many cases they could be more discreetly installed with a bit of effort, but do you think the sky installer is interested in that ...
Shame there isn't a double fail icon ...
The OP was talking about New Scienctist and Nature, not the BBC. And although one could argue these are not the most hardcore scientific journals they are a damn site more scientific than "El Reg", whose predertimined bias is clear for anyone to see. Strangely you don't even realise that in your analogy the El Reg editorial policy is equivalent to only letting the homeopathy guy, flat earth guy and Nick Griffin speak.
And I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I read so much "pseudo-science" baloney from posters who have absolutely no background in the area (or any scientific area it appears); yet are still determined to prove climate change is all untrue with some stupid analagy (tidal wave guy I'm looking at you). Kudus to the people who do try to argue clearly and succinctly, but you are fighting a battle that has already been lost.
Huh? As the article says ...
... it is against Australian Consumer law to do what they did i.e. force the customer into buying a bundle of products. Perhaps people are prepared to pay "too much" for a supposed lifestyle product - but they weren't complaining about that, they were complaining about having to buy the superflous crap. Overall this has absolutely nothing to do with the supply and demand price argument you are babbling about.
Finally, I should note, JB Hi-Fi are not really comparable to Currys or Dixons - they are mostly noted for selling a vast variety of CDs at relatively cheap prices. At some point they moved into the stack-em-high mid-range AV electricals market. I have always thought their numbers just didn't add up, but somehow they just keep growing - perhaps it just shows how much people have been paying over the odds for music (and AV) all this time (and how limited Internet shopping in Australia is - if you are curious as to why; think about the cost of delivery ...).
Totally agree with the general vibe from the commentards here ...
... but my question is are these all the same commentards who also comment bitterly about not being able to thieve - I mean torrent - movies and music with impunity? If not, where are they ... surely they should be arguing how this should be fine fine fine?
wtf ... wtf ...
Where is the el reg worst analogy icon? I think you might find people playing those sports are still getting being paid (quite handsomly) without having to sink half court shots, hit field goals etc. etc. Of course that might all change if they are getting the chance to win stuffed dinosaur ... now that's something I'd like to see!
Real World Performance?
A synthetic showing "close" performance to an SSD? Did the testing involve allowing the drive to optimise for a particular test? What would performance be like after a few months of use and a user who randomly uses quite a few applications ... what is the performance in this situation?
Hey, I really hope they work as well as they say they do, but just not sure this proves they do (4gb is pretty small). At the moment the suggestion to have an SSD program drive and a HD data drive sounds the ticket, but that is still a very expensive option for the desktop.
@Kebabbert - ZFS is relatively dead isn't it, particularly on the desktop? Mac - nope. Windows - nope. Linux - nope.
Now it WOULD be funny ...
... if a Malware/Virus/Worm/* writer could write the bad stuff AND write a funny joke!
Re: False Dichotomy
Yes he missed the point about neither being Open Source, but so have many previous posters.
And leaving aside this particular example of paying for a terminal emulator, surely the issue is that vertical / bespoke / custom software is never going to be written or supported by Open Source communities. The best "the zealot" can hope for is that such software will be developed on an Open Source *platform*.
Where does this mad assumption that FOSS exists for every SW need come from? Do they not realise that business requirements for SW extend beyound Office (and terminal emulators)? I really am fascinated as to how people (like the first poster) come to these conclusions ...
Ingredient names have been changed...
... to protect the innocent!
Foul my ballot?
But what if I don't have a dog to take in with me; could get scratchy ...
Yeah but when ...
... are people listenting to the radio? Am I only allowed to listen between certain hours now? You can't tell me you listen to BBC1 in the morning and don't feel sick?
... it is still shite. not as unbearable as bbc1, but nearly.
As stated in the article "The judge accepted there was widespread copying of their films, not just in Australia but worldwide, but the studios feeling that "something must be done" was not enough to find iiNet guilty."
You pray you are wrong; however, "something" DOES have to be done. Despite the mealy mouthed excuses of the whining freetard regtard's you see comment here - it is "theft" (moral term, not a legal one) and the idea of everyone getting all their content for free is unsustainable.
It is what that "something" will be that is the interesting question. Ultimately some legal changes are inevitable, as even if the distribution methods are changed to be more "consumer friendly" the totally free torrent option will still be there as well ... i.e. the problem of getting cash for content will remain.
Just my opinion ...
If they can't make a convincing argument how the hell is a jury supposed to know who was right? Are you supposed to be able to make a totally unconvincing argument and still win?
Based purely on the information provided in this article, my assumption is that he is indeed guilty (sounds like his lawyers are clearly using a BS line), whereas others here seem to think the guy should be knighted. Odd that ... maybe one actually needs to leave one's prejudices at the door and hear all these arguments (i.e. be on the jury) to make a real decision.
And because ...
... someone says they are christian, muslim, etc. etc. it means they all actually believe it?
Perfect reason ...
... not to get a machine (iMac or PC) with an integrated monitor.
@ John Dougald McCallum
Yes it would be pretty stupid for a company the size of NHS to use web mail ... but is also pretty stupid for one to comment on an article one clearly hasn't bothered to read (well for your sake, I hope you didn't read it).
Giant palm ... giant forhead ... giant slap ...
Re: haha! & the other people with no idea of enterprise computing
Yes you have missed something. Creating a client app ties you even closer to an OS. What, you don't think it is going to be a big change when you move from XP to Vista or whatever? Do you think you can just roll out a new OS and not test anything? That there won't be any incompatibilities? At least the web app can theoretically work on any OS and is a shed load easier to roll-out.
Ignorance is bliss for you people, but why don't you get yourselves jobs in real enterprises with 100s, if not 1000s of desktops, with some real business critical vertical applications to go with it. Then write back and tell us all how easy it is.
WTF is it with people slagging off things they know nothing about???
So you are telling me Twitter...
... uses the equivalent of Meta Tags! That really worked as a search tool on the Internet didn't it ...
So basically it does what other ...
... similar products already do (ORB, WHS, MSN, Facebook, an actual web server, etc., etc.). So the claim of "reinventing the web" was, as expected, a load of crap. Perhaps it may make some things easier to do, but If you think this is revolutionary you need your head examined.
Fair enough for them to have a go, but they have *many many* competitors and the probablities of this product making any major inroads appear at first glance to be virtually nil. Thankfully I say, as millions of machines being left on seems an awful waste of electrons!
Re: N choices vs 2 choices
OEMs CAN choose to bundle any combination of other software products they wish. Dell customers frequently find a bunch of pre-installed crud. So if an OEM wants to goes out and reach a distribution agreement with Mozilla they can. IF MS acted in a way that stopped an OEM from bundling a browser (e.g. price penalties), the EU would actually have a reasonable case.
And for these people wanting MS to bundle every browser; Monopoly or not, there is no way any company should ever have to pay for the distribution of a competitor's product. If anyone can think of an example of a time this has ever happened (in any industry) I would be very curious to hear it!
Hmmm Alexis I know idenitification of *some* organs is probably pretty important for enjoying life, but i'm not sure if people are necessarily wielding those with skill ...
And next time I have pain in my kidneys I will be sure to self-diagnose and just drink some more fluids. What's the worst that could happen if I don't go to a Dr ...
Re: Well, to be honest, that's fucking stupid.
Well blame the EU for that one. It is just ridiculous to think an OS in 2009 wouldn't ship with a browser and media player. And it is even more ridiculous to think that a vendor should have to ship competitors' software for them. As Richard Shearn rightly pointed out, Apple does exactly the same thing and nobody gives a fuck.
The reality is that these non-IE SKUs will never be shipped to anyone. And there's no need for MS to "pressure" the OEMs to choose the IE bundles - because they'd just be fucking stupid not to.
All I can hope is that the EU got enough from MS in fines to cover the cost of the case. But while they're on it, when are they going to stand up for all those poor developers of Solataire games and Calculators; they are still getting screwed????
Now excuse me while I burst into self-indignant flames ...
- 'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
- Review Apple iPhone 6: Looking good, slim. How about... oh, your battery died
- Crawling from the Wreckage THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models
- +Comment EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper
- Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia