Re: A Journalist Who Just Happened To Find This Interesting
Have to say I'm appalled that El Reg gave this 'article' editorial space.
27 posts • joined 22 Jun 2009
Have to say I'm appalled that El Reg gave this 'article' editorial space.
As someone (one of many) who worked alongside 'contractors' in the 80s exploiting umpteen tax loopholes to avoid paying their fair share of tax on the vastly higher salaries than those employees they worked alongside, I have no sympathy whatsoever if belatedly HMRC are catching up with such schemes; even if, sadly, those I saw abusing the system aren't likely those now getting hit.
It seems a widespread domain outage, the forums are down as well as the Store, so it maybe more than just their account system under strain.
Just another clueless user blaming others for his ignorance.
Seems perfectly reasonable to me that photos I've taken before uninstalling an app are still being backed-up if I'd set that option in the past.
Will someone please tell me just what the hell "using the cloud" actually MEANS?
Okay, so I accept hardware/software fails but if that's been fixed why is it going to take FOUR DAYS to 'ingest' (love that word, so PR-speak) the missing data?
" Even though testing procedures have been improved, mistakes still occur: mostly because the volume of signature definition updates has shot through the roof over the last decade in parallel with the boom in Windows malware."
Stop being an apologist for the A/V industry!
There is NO excuse for ANY signature update to flag STANDARD Operating System files, NO excuse at all. How many variations of Windows are there? Frankly, a handful, it can't take a significant amount of time for these people to TEST EVERY UPDATE on currently-supported O/Ses at the very least.
Sure, it's probably unreasonable for them to check their updates against every third-party driver but nearly all these kinds of reports are dealing with standard Windows DLLs etc..
I use AdBlock Plus mainly for the ability to hide elements of pages I don't want to see, such as the pleading banners that somehow defy NoScript to block, Privoxy is my main defense against ads.
I have to say I find the developer's idea to take money from websites to allow their ads through to be pretty damned hypocritical, unethical and having followed this case I think the web sites who sued had a good case if they'd tried to argue along those lines (and damage to business) rather than their arguing the legality (or otherwise) of blocking.
Seems like ESPN think differently:
So tell me, in the aftermath of Snowden's revelations, why are you suggesting Putin's Russia is any less to be trusted that Obama's America or Cameron's Britain?
America's hubris over alleged Chinese government 'cybercrime' and Huawei is now apparent to all, the NSA and GCHQ are no better and likely far worse!
Fact is Snowden has proved what many probably knew, no government can be trusted and to suggest by inference the 'west' is any better than Russia is laughable: as for the 'east' (eg. Korea) I see no reason to think they're different either.
Whatever happened to the quaint old custom we used to have of the "E&OE" caveat that meant such blatant errors as this weren't able to be claimed as legit by customers?
I was using multiple desktops in Windows 3, albeit with a third-party tool. The fact M$ didn't implement it in the O/S doesn't mean this is a new feature.
This review is at odds with several I've read, linked on Slashdot and other places, those were uniformly bad/dreadful and gave the game few good words at all. At $500M Bungie had better hope El Reg's views are more right that Slashdot's.
But since we in Europe are doing our usual Ludd impressions, Uber is being banned left, right and centre so that argument is largely moot.
What is data?
In the case of this article it's actually someone's IDEAS, there's nothing 'free' about what I think, I am thankfully free to charge what I want for them and you are free not to pay me .. but please stop this '60s hippy notion that everything that exists is your by right, free of charge.
So you'd be happier if they sold the 'base' model to which you had to apply upgrades (or send back to the manufacturer) that are 'sold separately'.
It totally makes sense for the manufacturers whose products are software-defined to build umpteen variations of the hardware simply so that they can contain various software versions depending on the price being paid.
I say again, this is a silly argument from those who seem to want everything at a basement bargain price and clearly don't agree with the idea you get what you pay for.
For years, Microsoft has shipped one DVD with all flavours of Windows on it which are selected by the activation code you enter.
I don't recall anyone complaining about that method of distribution, so why is this any different in principle? Same argument could apply, why should I pay more for Windows 7 Ultimate when it's already on the DVD I used to install Windows 7 Home?
The basis of this article is laughable, it's simply an example of today's entitlement culture.
Notice the 'permanent error' nature of the response a sending SMTP server will have been getting, these e-mails are more likely than not lost permanently and there is no record on VM's system, of their ever having been sent.
Your final question is wrong, it isn't what Snowden has wrought, but what the NSA has,.
To be honest the real crime here is their storing passwords at all, the 'over the shoulder' issue pales by comparison IMO.
Because this device is in the same league as a Synology box.
Chalk and cheese comparisons are rarely useful.
"Crowing from the rooftop"
Er, no, not while it's clearly 'work in progress'.
Once they'd destroyed the entire TOR network then yes, pull out all the stops to help justify PRISM (yes, I know it's not really related but 'saving the children' is a great carrion cry excuse for anything like this) and anti-freedom actions in general.
Er, please explain to a non-Glaswegian how I would only need one journey per working day 'cos where I live I make two journeys every working day, so 5 x 2 = 10 per week.
As the first poster noted via his link, this device is already obsolete as far as ASUS is concerned, they're palming off yesterday's tech. as 'new' to UK punters.
Not good ASUS, not good.
Given what Garriot did to the Ultima series with the abomination that was U9 no way will he get another penny of my cash.
Do the PR bunnies who write this sort of thing actually use the products they're writing about?
Fact is, using a CC online was made HUGELY more of a pain when Verified By Visa and the Access equivalent came into being.
Do those parts of the banking system that foisted that horror upon us know what those propounding this simplified system are doing?
I'm not an Opera 'fanboi', I've used it on and off since version 3 (back in the days when people actually PAID for it!) and think there's a lot to like about it.
However, in the modern world of the Internet most of my browsing is done in Firefox+NoScript+AdBock, if only Opera provided the functionality of NoScript I'd probably switch over to that far more.
As Andy pointed out, Opera pioneered, if not the concept then certainly the implementation of several features of 'modern' browsers, some still not available elsewhere: I like how I can sync. my bookmarks etc. across multiple systems within the browser and not have to use a third-party site which I probably don't trust.
This 'review' is atrocious; loved the way Andy pointed out the writer's credentials! A bit of sarcasm is perfectly okay, I enjoy the odd snide remark when appropriate, but the entire piece was one long rant.
The bit about Yet Another Template Language I agree with, it's so typical of the Internet world that developers always know better than those that went and solved the problem before, and while obviously some innovation happens sometimes, mostly this effort is copying for copying's sake; I think Markup is probably that.
However, the whole 'Unite' thing has potential for the audience it's intended for, something that Ted Dziuba clearly doesn't see.
So to you Ted I throw your snappy little sub-head back at you: "Fail and You"