342 posts • joined 16 Jun 2009
Re: Do they not read the news?
"Yep, I'm being stalked by those two same twerpies too. Can we get the El Reg computery person to mod the forum so anybody who issues more downvotes than upvotes gets redirected to Computer Weekly - if it still exists - I haven't checked but at least they have stopped spamming me."
Aha - so CW does have a reader left - even if he is a downvoter too. Love it!
Re: Do they not read the news?
"I love that I've picked up 2 down votes for my comment... Either we've got a couple of humourless commentards on here (not unheard of) or the RIAA/MPAA have their reputation protecting drones in our Reg!"
Yep, I'm being stalked by those two same twerpies too. Can we get the El Reg computery person to mod the forum so anybody who issues more downvotes than upvotes gets redirected to Computer Weekly - if it still exists - I haven't checked but at least they have stopped spamming me.
Re: Windows vs Linux
But I bet that 20% of the servers are doing 80% of the work. And most of those public facing ones are running Linux methinks.
Still patched mine within minutes of release (Linux repositories are a great way of getting stuff fixed fast). And had I not then the default setting on my WHM/cPanel setup would have done it within hours. That covers a substantial section of the vulnerable systems for starters.
Nothing is foolproof but the odds (and that's the important issue here) is that with open systems problems can be verified fast and we are not reliant on one actor, who has other considerations, to fix it. Panics are good so everyone can be see the problem and see the fix. And sort it if it isn't really a fix.
I can't find my Instamatic ...
Yep even my smartphone produces better picture these days even if I am not a better photographer. I do need to cover my mistakes/enhance. And I do it with my Chromebook using GIMP running in a crouton. But then its mostly cropping and adjusting for over/under exposure. Do it easier in the Chrome browser for free and I'm hooked.
As for that 50GB worth of pajamaless MPs - my nano 64GB USB stick does it a lot more unobtrusively than his $%^& - oops I don't really want to think about that.
Re: Yeah right....
"Like we're going to listen to someone who uses Windows 8!!! I'm much more interested in the opinions of those who won't go anywhere near it, they give a much clearer impression of how shit it is."
You have hit the nail on the head. I haven't used any MS OS since a very short episode with Vista.
That's the point - I was on the edge of my seat (sometimes in front of Bill Gates) excitedly for every new MS OS. I bought into it with all the fervour now donated to Apple fanbois. But no longer, I don't care, I've moved on.- Win9 may be brilliant, it may be pants - it most probably won't make any difference to my purchase plans. I'm not listening, I now have other fish to fry.
That's MS's mistake - it is a darn sight easier to lose your base then get them back.
Personally I think MS missed a trick in trying to keep a unified UI across devices. The story of Linux is that that's now herding cats. The abuse over TIFKAM is mild compared to what's been thrown at Canonical over Unity. Except if you don't like that then there is KDE, Gnome , XFCE, LXDE ...
A smarter MS would have slipped in TIFKAM as the default consumer UI and kept 'classic' just a click away. OS vendors don't seem to learn that it is now a mature market and the new is not a guarenteed winner.
Users hate change. Businesses can't afford it.
Re: What happens when
"..........the aforementioned lasers take a new route directly into Madame's rather sensitive eyes.........."
Will we notice the difference?
We ban TV in sight of the driver for an obvious reason. Constantly flickering speed and other indicators obscuring the exact part of the windscreen through which she is supposed to spot other road users and pedestrians rather worries me.
Many drivers already have the SMIDSY problem without this distraction. Is this going to make it whole lot worse? Has the research been done?
All software engineers should be put back on dial-up ;-)
One problem is those that commission and create net services have the fastest juiciest broadband that money and location can buy. Hogs and hogs of quad core processing and fat wide pipes makes pretty pictures. The prettier the picture the more kudos.
Which means the rest of us are forced to play catch-up with power and bandwidth. If we don't we don't see stasis - we can watch our existing services get slower and slower as the poor processors try and grab more and more inefficient code to basically do the same job. Think how fast sites were when you first got 256 kb/s. are they going faster or slower with 60mb/s?
Living in an urban area and having dosh - that is do-able. In the sticks the laws of physics are harder to defeat.
Yes some stuff really needs cutting edge technology, multicore fat fibre to work. But actually most of us homeworkers are not majoring on HD Videoconferencing or trying to beat the fast computer brokers with nanosecond trades.
Nope - we just want normal websites to load as fast as they did and email to not get lost. I bet I could speed up a lot of folks net access by reminding them of adblocking software and script supression. Trouble is stopping unnecesary waits and processes creates a performance hit in its own right.
And lets not confuse reliability with speed. What use is the latter without the former if you are trying to run a continuous service.
if it was real why are Nvidia are keeping quiet on the WW2 bomber airbrushed out of the scene. ;-)
Re: A little help required from somebody with a better memory ...
"You might be thinking of the Amiga which offered Screens back in 1985."
Which they probably copied from Concurrent CP/M and its predecessors. Guess Gary Kildall wasn't too smart on the patenting front.
At last the 1936 Show, Folks!
Which decade is radio stuck in, the theatre stuck in, the book stuck in ... ???
Technology has aided them, complemented them but not yet superseded them. The only major media certain to die is the printed newspaper. Its problem is the time lag in delivery. You can't be more immediate than broadcast. I mean iPlayer is great but only if you want to revisit last week.
I won't mention its more robust, cheaper and more reliable than AppleTV or whatever wasn't working or compatible with any of my devices for a certain launch last week. Its was all a bit 1936 for students of British TV.
We need a good backup solution - so back off
Yes if only because you are more likely to lose your prized baby photos by disk crash, theft or spilt coffee than from cryptoware. And remember this threat only affects one brand of software. Moving away rather than trying to defend the indefensible might be a good additional precaution.
You get what you pay for
Which in Virgin's case is the eradication of several forests to junk mail me several times a week. If only they would spend that money in improving their service I might be interested. But my interest will come from expert people saying good things about the ISP. That's harder to buy than TV time (or buying islands in the Caribbean).
Yea I know VM have moved on from dodgy Branson but the legacy persists.
Re: Another happy ownCloud user here
Using Kubuntu the Dolphin File Manager will just 'place' the webdav connection. Which gives me an another way of getting at my files. I am running Kubuntu because I believe in 'personal computing' aka 'user control' which has been pretty much eroded by Apple & Microsoft. Going into the cloud is even riskier. Donating your user files to a proprietary (or is it predatory) supplier in the sky is asking for trouble.
Already had that when my first foray came a cropper when the supplier completely reneged on their deal. When they do that you either have to give in to blackmail or take time out to re-implement clouds (and when you have a few hundred gigabyes you don't want to be winging up and down a broadband line).
The good news is OwnCloud is a fast developing product. The bad news is that in two months I have gone through four versions. Whilst the upgrades, for me, have gone cleanly that has not been the case for everyone - and the prime requirement for a cloud is security and stability. New stuff breaks old stuff. Maybe they need to more clearly differentiate a stable route from the bleeding edge for those that don't want to fiddle with it more than once a year.
Oh and the capitalisation - I just can't write it without a leading capital. But otherwise its brilliant and looking to be brillianter. I have always had my newbie issues answered quickly, efficiently and kindly on the support forum. Thank you for that which is sufficient for personal and small users. There is a paid enterprise option for, err, enterprises.
I'm not sure I would yet go with OC for a major mission critical project. But I would strongly recommend considering it for smaller projects and familiarisation. You are not going to get the best out of it until you have had some experience.
Re: There's going to be a lot of landfill
Nope - there must be a market for texting selfie naughty bits in 3D to the one you love - or want to love. And a lot more useful at the other end I would imagine. No, on second thoughts, I don't want to imagine.
Hang on, am I too old for this?
Some people forget the retired was the generation that invented digital computing. And that meant fondling machine code and thermionic valves. Assembler was for wimps. C was for cissys.
Yes some of us are frustrated and overwhelmed by the crap that modern manufacturers have put between the interface and the machine over the past half century. The reversal of the later concept of personal computing to lock out the user from the pc as IT teams had earlier locked them out of mainframes.
Is our only hope now full blown Linux? Is that an option on this device? Or would providing that be too difficult for the young?
Re: Apple don't like sex
"Because it's something which even they would find hard to claim to have invented"
You mean you don't have rounded corners? Rough!
Are you talking to me? (again)
Another vague scare story. No reference to the risk factors. Is it a browser, os, java vulnerability. Hence do I have to take it seriously or not?
English first - rest of the world can wait
" ... but I just wish they'd teach the kids English first"
Ahem - my Z80 Assembler is better than my English. Some of my fellow kids were wonderful artists but couldn't do 'rithmetic. Forcing people towards a particular method of communication and hold particular subjects higher than the rest closes real opportunity.
Expose everybody to everything and then encourage them to develop along the new found strengths rather than follow rigid curriculum aimed at grading people (Huxley like) with terminal (or is interminable?) exams.
That's if we want a really creative community with people wedded to and enjoying their skills.
It's the Apps Stupid!
"Market share is I think poorly understood by your typical journalist... possibly deliberately to make a statistically meaningless point which suits their own biases?"
I remember when Android was struggling against Apple. The reason was not price, not cool but fewer apps. Only when it got to near parity did the reason not to buy Android disappeared.
Those market share figures are important to the app market. They don't quite match the percentage revenues to the App makers but a majority and increasing share of revenue is coming from Android. Now if I produce an App it is going to be both Android and Apple. I might consider Windows but is it worth the effort in support & development - especially for the smaller companies (still responsible for the width of app offerings for each platform).
If Apple goes lower than 10% and my development/support costs are appreciable higher then the Apple variant may be late (when Android has amortised the development cost) or even not at all.
If 'premium' Apple costs you Apps you may not buy. That could herald a Blackberry/Nokia tumble. It can happen inside 18/24 months. Aston Martin is not a business model. They wouldn't sell many if it could only use motorway or A roads.
Re: Sounds normal
Remind me - what percentage of lawyers/corporations manage to lose to "utterly without merit" cases. And what does this say about them?
It may feel like 23/09 but the outage didn't last that long. MX (five google servers) records are now showing. Maybe the Chocalots are the root cause? And yes your NTLWorld mail is now both fully Google and NSA approved - if you got it!
Re: dig ntlworld.com mx
"Unless its been de-listed from DNS because they've shut the server down....."
Something like that - accidental or deliberate. It only takes seconds to put the MX record back - to direct it elsewhere (surely they have a receive/store/forward reserve server for when the mail system goes tits-up - a not unknown risk at VM).
Indeed taking hours to not getting a workaround in place suggests the Virgin problem is managerial rather than technical.
Are you talking to me?
Could I just request El Reg journos to add a line indicating vulnerable operating systems and/or software version number on security stories.
Because this is flash it could just be one os - or all? I could take time to find out - but as so many turn out to be just one it wastes a significant amount of time for people using others. Alerting people to real security issues is good journalism. Posting vague scare stories is not.
Landfill!!! Fill my pants!!!
Moto G is landfill product?
Its the fanbois that splash out £500 on the latest gizmo and dump it after 18 months that treehuggers might worry about. I have a feeling longevity may be inversely related to price. I have too many friends with really retro budget Nokias.
Re: Be a pleb
"It is much harder to corrupt the hosts file if you are running as an unprivileged user"
The default on most Linux distributions? Why would you do it any different for end user installations home or away?
Re: Given that this could cause crashes
"The one with the keys to the classic mini in the pocket"
Errr ... you don't need keys to get in or start an original Mk1 Mini. And it don't understand anything less than 12 real live volts up its distributor ;-)
Re: Does the court case matter?
"Assange may be a narcissitic, self-aggrandizing asshole, but I've seen nothing to suggest that he won't get a fair trial in Sweden, nor any good reason that the Swedes wouldn't want him to have one."
Nor do I. Does that surprise you?
You do seem intent to take and twist almost every word I have written to try and present it as saying the opposite. For example claiming I am prejudging the court when I speak of evidence at face value. Did you miss the word 'face'? The point of a court is to subject evidence to the highest scrutiny before accepting it. Otherwise we could just let the prosecution attorney to decide guilt. Face value is what it is before scrutiny.
Can courts get things wrong, not uncover ... yes they do. That's why you have appeal courts, and supreme courts and pardons.
Please don't make me suck eggs. I'm going to stick with the idea that so many games are being played around and by Assange that you or I don't stand an earthly determining what is or is not true. You appear to have complete confidence the court can. I believe they may be our best chance of determining the issue which is the very reason we have courts. I have no evidence that Swedish Courts are anything but amongst thee best in the business. But are they are not immune by being manipulated or deceived by external forces?
The bottom line is I have less confidence than you. Let's leave it there please and not keep on accusing me of stuff I never did. You certainly don't deserve any place in court other than the dock.
Re: Does the court case matter?
"That's why we have courts and legal systems in the first place. If you're assuming that they are all incompetent or corrupt (which is a considerable insult to the millions of people who work in them) then perhaps you should just get a bigger tinfoil hat and go back to hiding under the bed?"
I am afraid it is you who is assuming stuff that I neither wrote nor thought. Which is why I fervently hope you are not one of the millions working the system.
A competent and uncorrupt court can only come to its decision based on the evidence presented. Well crafted fake evidence looks just like the real thing. We can assume (oops I know that is dangerous) there is enough evidence (real or fake) at face value to convict Assange. You assume that all fake evidence will be rooted out Rumpole like. When it is done by professionals that is an unsafe assumption.
Tin foil time? Well that's the problem. A cursory conclusion from their own documents liberated by Snowden and Assange would suggest the American authorities do not feel bound by their and other jurisdictions to not do illegal stuff. So does this include this case?
I don't know. The fact you think you do know invites me to ask - how?
Does the court case matter?
The trouble is - we all assume the Feds were out to get him and framing him might be too tempting. How are we - or any court or judge - be able to tell the difference between a well crafted set up and a genuine case of rape?
The guy's best hope is go and take his (small?) chance in court and serve his time and hope he can avoid a deportation. Surely it doesn't take this long to negotiate that?
He might be not a nice person or even worse. But he did some good in his Wikileaks days.
Re: New browser names:
There is an excellent browser called BROWSER on Android. Maybe they could buy that for a little less than Nokia. And have perpetual rights to the name?
Re: Pick any Comparision
"He ruined the print media, he ruined television"
You forgot FOOTY. Glad to know there are no Sky subscribers here. No RegReader would be so duplicitous?
Re: Linux maybe, but OSX.. You'd need to be off your tree.
Yep - we went Linux after the Vista debacle and never looked back. OK we only have about a dozen PCs but do have a network server and are building up our own remote cloud.
I guess we don't have the problems (or expertise) of a major world player but there are more businesses like ours then those. Why they make it all so difficult and expensive using restrictive MS software despairs me.
Linux is not rocket science. Whereas these XP => Win7 migration have a bit of putting a man on the moon feel and take around the same number of years to plan, build and complete.
Why having done that once you would even think about doing it again is quite remarkable. Your choice.
Re: I feel a vote coming on...
Q. What would you advise your Grandmother to use?
A. Linux - probably ChromeOS
Q. What wouldn't you advise your Grandmother to use?
A. Anything from MS. I might have suggested MS Essentials until they left XP people high and dry.
Re: Cut or compress
Can't we just cut the dedicated shopping and porn channels?
Some people like them and they do add to the breadth of material available. The real hogs are the time shift channels. Yep I use them too and it can be easier that catching up on iPlayer and cheaper than a PVR. But they come at the expense of breadth (like BBC1+1 replacing BBC3).
Actually iPlayer is brilliant and I use it a lot. I'm using ITV3+1 because ITVplayer is s**t. Should we really have each provider rolling their own or would it not be in the interest of the consumer to have it delivered through one coherent technology as DTT is done through Freeview. That is some sort of FreeReplay. One readily understandable iinterface for young and old delivered directly by the device manufacturer.
Then we could phase out all the +1 channels and argue about whether the spectrum be used to expand either breadth or quality - or even both.
Re: Just close your accounts.
Did that ages ago hence helping to improve FB's ARPU. And they never even said thank you.
Re: Ruthless cutting
I'm obviously not the target market - or the cutting is going to have to go way deeper.
I've rented dedicated and VPS servers for over ten years - beginning with the price breaking RackShack @ $99/month a dedicated server. Indeed I'm still paying around that level today but getting more for my money (but not that much more!).
I've looked into going cloudy but the prices are significantly higher yet offer no discernible advantage. The reliability on our servers (touch wood) has been exemplary - except from the VPS we have at AWS which doesn't fill me with confidence in using any more of their stuff.
The obvious opportunity for us is to switch our backup servers to the cloud. We want to set up servers that can be turned on instantly when needed for production or updating. So most of the time the vendor is getting money for non-use and a premium when used. Overall that means they get more money for providing an active server and we don't pay much more than a nominal sum when it isn't being used. Less for us. Both win.
But I've yet to see a pricing model that gives us that.
Re: Moving money and assets around
A little more than that. A cynic might say he trousering a few billion of value from other shareholders for a company he still effectively controls. More fool them methinks. Do they get to vote?
And of course he has ways of extracting money from the bigger Sky into his own companies to grab back some of the profit that might have leaked to the other shareholders.
The $64 billion question is where is Uncle Rupert on his succession planning and dynasty creation?
Get your retaliation in first ...
... and block Australia until they can elect a less authoritarian government.
That is all.
Someone on the red line Vlad ...
Langley to Putin: "Clear out of Ukraine and we will share our code for free"
Encarta - could have mapped M$'s future
Wow - I had forgotten that market leading product of its time. If only M$ could have thought past selling CDs and keeping it in house they could have been where Wikipedia is now. Except, like YouTube, it would be earning a fortune from ads.
We now control your data - and here our our new charges, T&Cs ...
Cloud computing is a great euphemism for centralization of computer services under one server ~ Evgeny Morozov
Our commercial and technical relationships with these companies was cloudy. Perhaps murky would be a better word. It all starts so well cheap or even free storage, one click to donate your data. It's so easy.
Then you are no longer in control. Opting out is difficult and expensive. Rackspace are now doubt taking notes on the ways IBM held hegemony over their user's IT and data for decades.
This week we went with the open source ownCloud on our own servers. We are in control and its just our time that costs. We understand exactly where the backups are and can go poke at them at any time if we want to experiment.
I now sleep sounder at night.
Re: I'm sure they know what they're doing
Blyk, Ovivo ...
Re: What's to look forward to?
"Okay, then I apologise for the rather strong wording of "stupid". Misinformed would be a better and less confrontational term."
Which still presumes you have an exclusive on how best to configure our company IT. As you know nothing about it may I say that may be both presumptuous and even wrong?
We were a mixed XP/Linux environment. The Linux bit arose from the disaster that was Vista. The XP bit was helpful in maintaining legacy applications. The security aspect was containable and we would have preferred to continue as is until the legacy apps died naturally of old age.
Removing XP support threatened to take XP over our risk threshold. Win 7 & 8 had issues with legacy apps and some of our hardware. It was just easier, cheaper and faster to take the hit on legacy apps (which we had been ducking) and go all-Linux.
So there you are - one unfortunate outcome of Microsoft's decision to 'roll their base'. It also means that we are unlikely to trust Microsoft again. We were Microsoft Partners and evangelists for something like 10 years. Yet we moved in the opposite direction to you.
You might have made the right decision for yourselves but please do not blow your credibility by presuming to know what is best for every other old XP shop.
Four grand is six months work for some or a good night out for others.
Why, oh why did we abandon the idea of making it a percentage of income?
I'm totally confused by all the complications. Freeview isn't ancient. It is what most people use and understand now and will continue until something else cheap and likely to last longer than the next PR launch.
Meanwhile a Raspberry Pi with XBMC does 80% (ymmv) of the job for £25 and a bit of fiddling*. If only I could make the WiFi as stable as a wired connection I wouldn't even think of using something else. When I do its using my Chromebook to drive the TV.
* Any fiddling is preferable to a visit to Currys.
Re: Its the Apps Stupid!
Sony was possibly an even more aspirational brand than Apple or Samsung in its day. Betamax was superior in almost every department to the competition. The market was won by Apps availability (in the form of film cassettes).
So many technology companies are determined to ignore and repeat history. If Samsung swopped to Tizen tomorrow their market would swop to LG/HTC/Moto by the next day. Their management, maybe not their developers, know this. Hence the realignment of Tizen's target market?
Its the Apps Stupid!
Apart from Fanbois - who cares about the OS in the smartphone market - its Apps availability that makes a successful platform.
Android struggled not until it became refined but when it could deliver a critical mass of apps. Nowadays iOS & Android are so far ahead the only chance for anybody else is if they can successfully create an emulation environment to hijack existing apps with or without the owners permission (are you listening MS?). Only then is the mass market going to care about anything else it can deliver.
Or is this an admission that it will never get consumer acceptance - and its future is embedded in iThings where the manufacturer, not the consumer, chooses the OS to do a predefined set of tasks.
Fiddling with fiddlers while London turns (into an exclusive haven for the robber barons)
And I guess the British Museum had better check out its ancient Greek library pretty fast.
Re: Open source was supposed to be secure
Found and fixed promptly on Linux. Now had MS used that code in XP would it have been fixed that fast, or indeed at all?
The real question is not bad code but which system (closed or open) is more likely to encourage it and less able or willing to fix it.
I worked for a company one of whose major markets was sensitive parts of the UK IT infrastructure. It too had a specialist relationship team. The point was to create a firewall in the transference of both information and product between us and them. This enabled us on the outside to behave both legally and morally correct.
By definition we did not know what happened the other side of the firewall. Whether it was moral or legal. Neither, I suspect, did the CEO. That was left in trust to the relevant government structure. It is the responsibility for government to govern itself on this. When corners are cut or worse we need whistleblowers. When they get too awkward, like Snowden it is a message that an internal whistleblower process is not working and that is the real damaging fact.
Silly names for BT or the payment for services contracted is neither here nor there. Better it be part of the corporation than having our security services infiltrate them. More expensive and less efficient. But it isn't going to stop anything.
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