2574 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009
Is Series 30 really canned?
MS announced a dumbphone last week I think.
Re: Yeah, well
Who downvotes a comment like that?
"Whenever a big company creates an open platform for developers..."
Re: Standing by for Kickstarter
That sounds worryingly similar to the Catholic Church's policy of forgiveness after receipt of the correct payment for marriage after divorce, eating meat on a Friday, and 1001 other minor things. Only, thankfully, for a better cause.
Re: 2-3 year desposable no thants
All the MacBook Air and Pro Retina models are horrible to upgrade or fix and have fewer ports and no DVD drive. While you might be able to excuse that with the Airs if you use them as an on-the-road machine with long battery life, refurbished MacBook Pros have never looked so good.
Re: 1800 jobs
Munich is the open source project that everybody can name. If MS can get that replaced with something cloud-based then that would be a PR win.
Hence the willingness to move down the road.
And in completely unrelated news, MS are opening offices in Munich.
Nope, it's not a joke...
Re: 20th century
I think MS are well aware that something's amiss with their patching and testing and they're trying to cut down on platforms. As well as XP being knocked on the head, for later versions of Windows you also need the latest version of IE and with Windows 8.1 you need Update 1. Shame it doesn't seem to be catching everything.
Re: Facebook confessed in a statement that some of its users were a bit thick:
El Reg has had it for years, what does that say about commentards?
Re: It's that featureless mouse thing again!
People IN THE KNOW forget about the Apple mouse and buy a cheap Logitech.
All this time since the hockey puck and Apple mice are still unreliable and unusable (you have to hold it uncomfortably and you end up pressing the side buttons when you don't want to). I assume someone else has the patent on usable mice which is why Apple won't do it. Now they're going to add haptic feedback to an already crappy design just to fuck up your RSI even more I suppose.
Siri misunderstood the question and instead of how to avoid arrest, returned results for Everest, Apple Maps when told to give the route to Everest returned the quickest route to the nearest swamp.
Re: No SD card slot !
I hope this is not the start of a trend. Samsung's SD card support probably made Sony bring back SD card support in 2013. They might manage to convince each other to drop it.
Re: He's right! PGP sucks to use!
No, it's time to move to the same mail protocol with STARTTLS support.
Where's China then?
What's more surprising than an article about command economies not mentioning China is a comments page for an article about command economies not mentioning China.
China's command economy more-or-less works, doesn't it? They've managed to keep a lid on their housing bubble and apart from huge dystopia TVs in Tiananmen Square because you can't see the sunset for the pollution it's more-or-less worked out, amirite?
Look at Whackypedia or the news articles at the time of the sale. It's all very well thought out, on Nokia Oyj's behalf - MS have till the end of 2015 to drop Nokia from their Windows Phone and Asha ranges so they'll be stuck with selling Microsoft Lumias or just Lumias. Meanwhile they can carry on with the dumbphone business for 10 years but they must keep the Nokia name, ready for Nokia Oyj to pick it back up where they left off if they want to.
Re: There do seem to be a lot of Chromebook haters on here...
Scanning the content and targetting advertising. Pretty obvious I would have thought.
Re: Mac OS?
It's still got location detection, though I've only seen it used down to the country level in the date and time preferences.
Re: meanwhile in the real world
Crappy chicory mix which tastes like dry cleaning fluid? Luxury! It could be Mellow Birds...
Re: Never mind fast food
Out of morbid curiosity I read on a bit more. If you scan the example QR code on the first page of this PDF you get sent straight to an example online dashboard with your address and energy usage, the option to share them on Facebook (sigh), and a button to go to a tariff comparison website with this data.
So no, I don't think they have thought the authentication through that much.
Re: Never mind fast food
It seems reading that they don't really care what data the QR code contains, they just know they want one. I assume they've thought of all the authentication issues before unleashing this on the nation.
Re: @Dan 55 (was:To say nothing of the addiction factor ...)
I can't address your point about Twitter's addiction factor, I'm too busy with El Reg all day to bother with Twitter.
Re: To say nothing of the addiction factor ...
I can see why you're no good at Twitter, a real Twitter addict would have written 'niece' to get more into the 140-character limit.
Closing all outstanding bugs and re-opening only those which are relevant and verifiable
AKA time will make the problem go away... or the customers.
Re: Best Browser
I dunno about that, it's a close call between IE and running ftp with cmd.exe.
Re: On balance...
Fewer dodgy CAs might not go amiss. Fewer under the control of five-eyes and dodgy BRICs might not be too bad an idea.
So who does that leave, exactly? Turktrust?
Unless the 20 year-old man has managed to set up a proxy server using the services of one of the ISPs which were ordered to block the website, there is no crime, is there?
Are we getting into territory that if you use a non-BT/Sky/TalkTalk/etc... UK ISP or a foreign ISP you're providing illegal access because you didn't go along with a high court ruling that was not aimed at you?
Re: Slater doesn't "Own" the photo, because he doesn't and the monkey doesn't
More to the point, who made Wikimedia judge and jury and said they could clarify a possibly obscure part of the law (or possibly not, because as mentioned above David Attenborough's programs have been running for decades)? I'm pretty sure if it goes to court then a judge would have something to say about that.
It's all made there anyway. I think the time when the west got them to make stuff for peanuts but they didn't know what it was they were making has long gone.
Re: Metadata IS data
Looks like they've decided anything's better than nothing. Which, in this day and age of cloudy virtual hosting, is utterly wrong if granny's knitting club website is on the same server as the Taliban overseas recruitment job board.
Re: Shoot marketing!
I was looking for an OpenWRT-compatible router, while glancing at the NetGear WNDR3700 I found there were five different versions...
- WNDR3700v3 - with a completely different unsupported chipset
- WNDR3700v4 - back to the v2 chipset but with a load of memory, this is the one to have
- WNDR37AV - a variant of v1
Buying it from a bricks and mortar shop would be an exercise in futility but I couldn't be sure what I was buying online either as too many sellers didn't include the version number and I couldn't find a seller that said they were selling v4 so in the end I went with a Buffalo, all thanks to marketing.
Re: Recent Spamstorm
My disposable address for PayPal has just started receiving spam. Bodes well I guess.
So service packs are dead
So near to Windows 8's EOL (it can't come soon enough) someone with a new system will need to update to 8.1, then 8.1 Update 1, then download about 900 patches, sorry, updates followed by Classic Shell.
No problem for enterprise though, it's another reason just to stick with Windows 7... forever.
What's going on inside MS? Does anyone know? Do they know?
Re: slippery slope or lawsuit magnet?
Google is legally required to report suspected child abuse, as are all other US companies (Yahoo and Outlook.com included).
If a post office worker at UPS or the postal service saw a postcard with an image on it, they would also be legally required to report it.
If the US ever changes the law to make US companies report other suspected things, then maybe I might revise my opinion. But until then I really can't get bothered about this at all, apart from Google and the IWF using MD5sum which is flawed.
Re: slippery slope or lawsuit magnet?
Google tips them off because they're legally obliged to report suspected child abuse (so it is actually the job of Google to approach law enforcement agencies and suggest that they might want to take a warrant out on one of their clients), police get a warrant to investigate presenting the evidence they were given in the tip off. What's the problem, exactly?
They get a list of hashes from the IWF, although MD5 seems rather a bad choice given it was found to be flawed years ago.
The law is an ass
But given the judgement, what could you do if happened to you? Go straight to your solicitor, get him to write something to the effect you received unwanted images at x o'clock from sender y and deleted them in front of him at z o'clock? Then if you were feeling brave report it to the police?
Found the article, there's madness in their method...
It may feel like 65 patches later but IIRC Java revision numbers for version 7 started going up in 5s, probably to try and make people think it's as cool as Chrome.
Re: Legally untidy.
And it runs out in a year, because y'know, consumer rights are more dangerous than mass surveillance so it must be renewed more often.
Re: A glimmer of hope
GSM was developed by a non-governmental standards body.
Which was a working body set up by the CEPT (part of the then EC). GSM was later ratified by national governments in the Bonn declaration.
I wonder what cars could have looked like if folks could have designed lighting systems to a functional requirement rather than being forced to use one of A, B, C or D.
The mobile phone equivalent of that would be the GSM working body setting up a standard for how mobile phones should look, which would also be silly.
Re: A glimmer of hope
Da gubbermint legislated GSM, that didn't turn out too badly.
No need to legislate screw sizes though. If some mass produced item with a large impact on the environment like the MacBook can't be easily repaired or dismantled for recycling then I honestly think it should be taxed accordingly. That'll focus Apple's brilliant marketing mind (because it's marketing which has driven extremely thin designs with glued-on screens and batteries).
Re: It's nice to see people are chipping away on the DMCA
You are fking joking right? The US originally pushed DMCA variants onto the rest of the world via trade agreements (AKA "agree to trade with us or else").
Re: Not Good
From the article...
"all US companies are bound by US law to report suspected child abuse"
So I really am having a hard time feeling outraged over Google comparing file hashes of photos given to them by the IWF.
Just hope it's not MD5 though.
Re: Smart for LG
"Are you sure? No apps. No store. No streaming content. No nothing."
Maybe they should change 'nothing' to 'tracking' if they want a more truthful representation. But I'm sure that some setup info is uploaded to the mothership even if you don't enable smart TV features.
Re: MS crippling IE
People can't view the website on IE and have it actually work. Websites serve up the IE version because MS spent years going their own special way, now they've gone and removed years of compatibility cruft in IE 11 Mobile the lipstick has come off the pig. The only way MS can fix it is abandon their user agent ID altogether.
Re: What can I say?
Correlation does not imply causation but their are one of two possibilities... a) FB is an idiot magnet or b) FB turns its users into idiots.
Re: Damned if they do and damned if they don't!
Mozilla is a US company. They could be forced to hand over info about Firefox IDs.
Help me Jolla. You are my only hope.
Re: why would the Irish know?
Only in the US court's view. In the Irish court's view MS Ireland would be guilty of breaking the injunction with the consequent fine or jail sentence for the directors that that entails.
This is why we generally have laws that stop at national borders. If they don't then they usually involve arrest upon return or cooperation with other countries' legal systems. Apart from the US of course because US.
Re: Doom for US tech companies
Purely as a thought experiment, what would happen if some Irish judge decided that the tech companies in Ireland had an Irish legal attack surface? He or she could get at all data held by US companies around the world with some shoebox office in Ireland just to take advantage of tax laws in the same way. And they would have them by the balls if they said something like "give me the data I want or cease operations in Ireland".
What would the US say about that?
Next release PHP 5.6.1
With everything slightly changed. That'll learn 'em.
Which is probably what would have happened anyway.