Re: Tar Dreck: On borrowed time
Series are so regularly different from their pilot (and pilot's so often remade several times) that 'reboot' seems totally inappropriate.
2013 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009
Series are so regularly different from their pilot (and pilot's so often remade several times) that 'reboot' seems totally inappropriate.
I want aware of firefox even being able to monitor my desktop searches, application launches, system settings, used data or much of anything I don't volunteer, let alone report then to the mothership. Neither does my mail software. The malware known as win10 however...
I didn't buy copies of windows sold as subsidised by advertising and at no point have i willingly opted into receiving it (more accurately I've not knowingly failed to opt out of it). There is no possible interpretation of my deal with Microsoft where this is "legitimate advertising" even if they stuck to just letting me know the upgrade is available.
Indeed, how stupid of MS putting less frequently used controls where everyone else puts more used nav buttons and the launch dock.
My lg's allow alphabetic, install date and manual ordering but not by usage. But that makes sense because you pin frequent apps to the home screens in Android instead of launching from the app draw.
Trying to find things in a randomised sort order seems like a poor idea anyway, much like most of Microsoft ui thinking of late.
A little surprised there are relatively few obvious fake reviews on the store page, not what i expect from Microsoft. Even more surprised people actually want a feature list inferior to most devices default launcher. But I'm still perpetually surprised that people like ios ripoff launchers, with all the apps dumped on the home screen and bugger all organisation options so what do i know!
Left wondering why ms bothered making such an unambitious launcher, with a promised feature list that would degrade the quality of any of my current devices.
The craft brewers association defines craft partly on how many pints it's largest member currently produces, with headspace for growth. 6mil now, it will grow to fit however large and bloated it's members get. The significant thing that actually affects quality is the insistence on source to consumer temperature control. The problem is that doesn't stop Coors, Miller or Bud delivering perfectly cooked crap everywhere, it's a minimum quality limit. A very low limit.
The most common definition of craft beer is: £1 more per pint
Most 'craft' brewers aim for more, sometimes £1 per third pint. The points that just try to be great beer are desperately trying to take the name back to just mean good beer, real or keg. We live in sad times when the marketing is more important than the product.
(A colleague with Brewdog shares and discounts can barely justify even the discounted prices!)
I think the public are sophisticated enough to stick with what works for them, while Google delivers better results on average they'll hold their customers, not because the customers are lazy or unsophisticated but because they're making logical and proper choices.
There's a strong element of 'we know better than the public' on display. While that's the foundation for resisting monopolies and the public's willingness to sell their own choice to the them, it can go too far. Listening to Microsoft sponsored lobbying is not helping them make the right decisions.
I strongly suspect the best policy the EU could come up with would (and should) disappoint *everyone* - the mythical level playing field no one lobbying actually wants. They should be looking at what delivers the least harm to users and nothing else.
Right now not having Foundem pop up in search is doing me no harm at all and not having dozens of 2ndary search engines fill the top search results was an improvement I want to see continued.
Any facial recognition capable of recognising me at both the start and end of a drinking session is far to imprecise to be safe.
That's likely to be a long wait. The whole win10 everywhere idea is misguided. With the (half hearted) attempts to make win10 more desktop friendly it's heading in the wrong direction for small screens. With the repeat of "burning platform" hinted at winphone as a real mobile os isn't likely to be resurrected.
Microsoft would need to ship phablets to make win10 a sensible mobile os. Not going to happen while Surface exists, Ballmer might have accepted cannibalising ms product lines, saner minds are in charge now. Not much saner though. Ballmer would have spent more years pushing a failed product, todays ms are more ruthless and pragmatic. If wp looks neglected there's nothing accidental about that.
They did finally add the 'run as admin' options to the context and start menu but its still a pia having to remember to do it for apps that dont ask for elevation. There are enough of them to be annoying and most fail silently to add a sense of adventure to the game. I have no idea how ordinary users ever get their systems configured... Apart from calling us!
How long would they last if the cc companies decided not to deal with them? In light of an abject failure to protect the cc companies customers I suspect they have no legal right to demand service.
"I've always found", you missed a word.
I'm genuinely surprised this is news, FB has been a notorious battery killer for as long as they've had an Android app. It's why my current LG G2 is the 1st Android device I haven't rooted, it doesn't have that crap built in so doesn't need heroic effort to tame it. Had to remove 14 separate APKs from system to kill all the FB,Twitter and other crap on my last (ever) Sony phone.
They regularly throw in a placebo 'fix' for it, only very occasionally does it improve till the next update. I suppose relatively few noticed it because so many phones ship with this shit deeply embedded, where it can't be removed and in earlier Androids couldn't be disabled - easy to spot a new install hammered battery, not so when it's always been there.
Twitter has been pretty bad at times but they seem to have got better at making it behave itself, concentrating on breaking the apps functions instead ;)
May be time to find out what the current board are so desperate to keep control of. A few early morning raids to establish why ICANN seem to be leaking money so fast might be useful, even if it doesn't force them out immediately it should stop the slow wearing down of opposition were currently seeing while they're under suspicion.
Hard to imagine any legitimate (in any sane persons mind) reason for this level of resistance. Lying in public, to gov reps, hard to ignore that.
Android already has that covered (a little), to call my home SIP line (no DID) I just use the contacts book as normal... if it ever becomes necessary to use IPV6 raw addresses contacts will have support added. They might already, never bothered checking ;)
Does anyone punch in numbers more than once anyway?
In Britain (and I believe EU) we have a surprisingly large proportion of PAYG users, so many the carriers sell the same types of bundles prepay users get. But many of us do pay for metered voice.
I think what has the carriers really spooked is 1: even on PAYG rates it can be cheaper to use VOIP, 2: VOIP works on free WiFi and that's become almost universal, completely cutting them out. Carriers here have all launched VOIP apps that charge voice minutes against your 'allowance', even if you make the call over WiFi, quite astonishing they think they'll get away with that little scam for long.
My last 3g Android phone was quite capable of making SIP calls at below payg voice rates on my carrier, only the traditional shocking prices of payg data came close to matching the equally abusive price of voice. This is not an exploit and its to late to pretend it can be stopped.
Never got round to trying anything but the Makro bottles of the sauce and curry ketchup. Really must try harder.
Then again, we discovered the curry pizza around then and fell in love, leaving little room for other curry mashups.
Can't see the biz delivering any partially trustable solution until multiple site publishers get hit hard by lawsuits over malware. Quickest fix here would be explicitly making sites responsible for the consequences of their ad serving unless they use very carefully vetted ad suppliers, who would assume that responsibilty. Should wipe out the entire nest of brokers that enable malware.
At some point maybe they'll accept that the supposed advantage tracking gives over other ad media has to be abandoned. Probably not in my lifetime though and so the blocking will continue whatever else they fix.
...you haven't already noticed that happening? Pages with rafts of 'news' links pointing at sponsored crap you would wipe with if it was on real paper?
"dragging a tab off to another display" like Firefox? Pretty useful with iPlayer, drag, maximise, carry on browsing on the main display while waiting for the rugby to kick off ;)
We will eventually end up enforcing it by fining local EU entities that buy the affected services. If the US thinks they can just secretly carry on as normal, they don't understand the problem, any leak or even the suspicion of infringement will render them all toxic to EU business.
Any direct arrangement with end users will render them directly liable.
Either way, US companies will find the EU becoming a very unprofitable environment if they cheat.
I think what you really mean: nothing will happen until bribing,suing and/or blackmailing the US government to change costs less than US companies lose on EU trade.
But you're right, while US politicians are pretty cheap to buy, over here we still need to raise the costs till US companies feel compelled to actually start buying votes.
@AC You missed the point: the EU is trying to trick EU citizens into believing their 'model contracts' are legal and enforceable. Model Contracts just as illegal as safe harbour.
They cannot comply because the US insists any citizen, corporation or entity of any kind that trades in or with the US is covered by US law, that US citizens are always caught by it wherever they are. If 'billion dollar' US companies do the only remotely plausible thing and separate into legally different EU and US companies with no US citizens abroad they'll still struggle to cut enough perceived ties to stop the US continuing to harass them.
The US doesn't believe anyone is safe from their justice. Most of the rest of us don't believe their justice is fair or proportionate enough.
Safe harbour died because US law overrides it's protections. The same argument makes this illegal, all that changed is there's no ECJ decision confirming that yet.
@dotdavid it's worse than that: Win8 onwards weren't developed for PC users of any kind. The whole mess is firmly aimed at tablet and mobile, the market Microsoft had no foothold in and the store environment riding on it.
The problem is the lowest common denominator across mobile,tab&PC is a screen + OS. Can't assume a keyboard,mouse,touchscreen,microphone or even speakers. Not even internet access is guaranteed. So they picked the things they wanted to support (the mobile market and associated monopoly store) and assumed the desktop monopoly would force acceptance on the desktop.
If only they'd killed off the real desktop OS *before* trying to kill off the desktop. Monopoly pressure doesn't apply if there's actually a choice.
@Bazza "First, it was not "her responsibility", she is a volunteer. No one obliged her or paid her to do that work."
The moment she accepted the role, she accepted responsibility to do the job right. To be clear: I'm *not* accusing her of not taking the work seriously, it's just ludicrous to suggest volunteering absolves people of responsibility. The world needs less 'volunteer' timewasters.
Even in the consumer space it's hard to see massive scope for growth. You don't need large SSD's to gain most of the speed benefits and given a decent amount of RAM the advantage mostly vanishes once drive caching kicks in in Windows.
Adding more flash won't make boot any faster, it won't even make much difference on PCs short on RAM. If you've gone cheap on RAM you're probably going to cheap out on the drives as well and buy spinning rust. And if you've gone big on RAM there's even less reason to avoid big, cheap hard drives!
c) extremely lazy
Been lazily not caring what I look like since i was a teenager ;)
Looks like they're pandering to the Clara haters and giving her nothing to do or say. Death by neglect. Give the girl a decent exit and do it soon.
That normally implies the patentee was playing the system, refiling with modified claims to extend the patents effective life or add claims, sometimes claims that would have prior art if not attached to an earlier claim date. The US patent system is almost designed for abuse by trolls. It sometimes looks like troops deliberately file defective claims knowing they can take their time fixing the mistake, without the patent life clock even starting.
It's doing a pretty good impression of push mail for my gmail accounts in Thunderbird (and of course Android) and I've not paid anyone. The office Exchange server is far less cooperative.
It's not free, you paid for the os it upgraded and you still had years of support prepaid on it.
After the win 10 upgrade borked network access to my htpc, my microphone and a whole pile of app problems because it didnt manage to migrate settings correctly, I'm severely annoyed with this fugly mess and ready to rollback. Except i don't have that option if i want to stay employed :( so I'll have to clock up more time defanging win10 on top of the hours wasted already.
"apps might assume they are given the access they ask for"
Yes, it's not hard to check for permissions before using them but no-one does it or bothers catching the exceptions. Or carry on working after. That's going to change with Android 6 many years from now.
The 'correct' solution is to feed lies back to the requesting app instead of denying permissions. Not aware of any manufacturers shipping that, so users have to root and install the fix themselves. Not ideal.
...because I remember using punch cards, paper tape, mag tape and toggle switches to key in the paper tape bootloader! Nothing as strange as the oscilloscope output and rotary phone dial for input on an ancient mainframe though ;)
Yes, completely OT :)
Pretty sad isn't it, while Slashdot is reporting another flow battery breakthrough, Lewis is busy deflecting blame from crooks in a fossil fuel industry. The S/N for tech news seems higher on a troll infested semi-anarchy than a purported tech news site (being satirical never used to stop the reg doing the tech bit as well).
[BTW Still trying to find out if the description 'throbber' is a term of endearment in the navy...]
You understate the problem. Your data is effectively only as secure as the physical security of the device holding it. For a phone, that's 0% secure. They're easy to lose, easy to steal and there's a non-zero chance of being snatched while powered up and logged in.
Store nothing on one you can't afford to lose.
...not that I'm claiming your PC is much more safe. I let mine have unimportant passwords only. I am beginning to hate 2 factor authentication though :(
After running some tests it does look like they carefully cherry picked the publicised performance, what I saw was a nearly random pattern of relative compression compared to lzma and deflate. In one test deflate beat it by >10%!
The lzma comparison was more interesting, with the quality at usable settings it was comfortably faster with roughly the same compression ratio. That's pretty surprising given the use of huffman coding. Will definitely be trialling it some more, lzma just isn't fast enough for us (neither is lzham), this might just be.
A future version with arithmetic coding could be very interesting, once the current patent woes on ANS are dealt with.
This is why many compressor comparisons include the size of the compressor (inc any static data) in the results and your compressor would instantly rank as the worst ever!
For Googles specific use on the net/web it's a no-brainer and particularly useful for small payloads.
You've assumed a few things: that those middle age people were human, that the Doctor didn't know it was a trap, that what you saw was what was really there, that there was evidence left or anyone left to influence after that scene.
It's a clever ploy, guaranteed to get watchers debating furiously till next Sat, when we'll find out how much the Doctor and the story teller lied this time.
What cliffhanger? He can't kill Davros unless they really intend to reboot the entire Who universe back to Hartnells stories. Rather obvious he's going to exterminate the handmines, then we'll be treated to 30min of idle chit-chat before Missy rescues us from boredom.
That's the perpetual problem with Who cliffhangers, the resolution is normally limp.
The Sonic may be replaceable but it's being misused (again) to solve every problem. Time to dump it, again. Only problem is this geriatric Doctor needs gadgets to paper over the lack of action :(
Have to cover the paucity of the claims with some vigorously encouraged SHOUTING.
It's well accepted that drinking 2 halves takes less time than 1 pint. I suspect the same applies to food ;)
Lewis is simply relying on the observation that "believers" on both sides won't bother reading the sources. It's almost pointless arguing with believers because their belief is religious (as i believe Lewis managed to point out a few weeks back, overlooking what it said about his own faction!).
Religious belief is the promise to believe despite any evidence or lack of it. Scientific belief is the promise to follow where the evidence leads. One requires ignoring inconvenient data, the other requires questioning what you believe faced with contradictory evidence. I'm going to put my faith in the scientific version, it corrects mistakes a few millennia quicker
Not sure carefully checking helps any longer since they stated they'll stop giving detailed explanations of updates. You'll actually need to search non Microsoft sites to find out which updates are Trojan horses from now on and i won't be trusting a Microsoft owned search engine for that.
One bunch a week or so ago gave no useful info on the Microsoft kb pages, took 30min identifying the rotten ones :(
@Big John: Somehow I get the impression you're wilfully forgetting that's exactly what the denial camp claimed.
And no, you can't hide behind 'climate is variable' because that's the whole point of extracting long term trends in the data. Also why it took so many years to even notice something was amiss with the results and why in context it looks like a damn rapid change. The unfortunate reality that annual variation far exceeds the cumulative trend is very convenient for some but doesn't change the results, it just makes them easier to ignore.
"get labelled as "deniers" by AGW-proponents"
No h4rm0ny, the problem is the undecided get appropriated by the denialist minority as supporting their beliefs. The undecided are rapidly becoming a minority themselves and it's getting harder for true denialists to manufacture any pretence of wide support.
They face the other problem of even undecided voters realising some of the mitigation efforts are worth doing even without global warming. Leaves actual denialists in an increasingly tricky spot deciding exactly what to oppose.