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Re: 2007 hardware obsolete?
"Until the hardware dies there's just no reason to buy a new machine - unless you're obsessed with having new shiny-shiny."
This, and this again. I'm sure I'm not alone here in having been one of those who would routinely upgrade their desktop as new processors, motherboards and other bits and bobs became available in the late 90s or early 2000s. There was a big difference in going from a 500MHz part to 1GHz and as RAM prices plummeted we were able to go from computers with 4MB of ram to many hundreds of MB. Today, and since the mid-late 2000s there have still been improvements but they haven't revolutionized the ordinary desktop.
Sure we can now work more easily with video and other taxing stuff, but launching a desktop, a web browser and a word processor is juts as feasible on a 2007 computer as on one bought yesterday. Where one company supplied the hardware and OS, there's little excuse for them to end support this soon.
A few people? I'd imagine there are quite a lot of Mac Minis from 2006-2008 still operational. They're running dual core intel processors and quite capable of running a modern operating system when they have a couple of gig of ram in them.
This isn't an XP moment, this is like Microsoft abandoning Vista which was launched in 2007 - the time as Apple were selling computers that they now imply are fit only for landfill.
And it's only recently that these upgrades were available cheaply. The upgrade from 10.4 to 10.5 was over $100.
Great. Expect random fluctuation in latency
It's pretty easy to make voip work really poorly on a given network. Random fluctuations in latency are almost impossible to work around. A little bit of congestion and your call becomes useless. I don't see networks who have already lost so much revenue from text messaging handing their voice revenue over too.
Re: Any specs? Release date?
From USA Today:
The Nokia X, boasts a 4-inch IPS capacitive display and 3 megapixel camera. It includes 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage, which can be expanded with a microSD card.
The Nokia X+ is almost identical to the X but comes with more storage and memory by including a 4GB microSD card and 768MB of RAM.
The Nokia XL boasts a 5-inch display with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 768MB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and flash. Like the X+, it too comes with a 4GB microSD card.
Nokia X, X+ and XL – priced at €89 ($122), €99 ($136) and €109 ($149) respectively. Availability is immediate.
Re: Prime one-day delivery? Ha!
That's strange. In the US, Prime has been very reliable. Whenever a delivery has been late - other than for weather related reasons - I've received a very quick apology and usually a credit of something like $5.
I can't understand why the customer service in the UK would be so different.
It also showed Google Fiber as the fastest network. Isn't it possible that the speed you refer to represents the maximum bandwidth for a mix of HD and SD broadcasts from Netflix?
They are, after all, a streaming service, not a download service. As such, they have nothing to gain from letting users download much faster than the program they are watching's maximum bit rate. Otherwise, when a viewer stops watching half way through a program, the bandwidth used was wasted.
The results at Speedtest.net suggest Google Fiber delivers a lot more than the Netflix survey suggests:
Because upgrading will surely let them know you are a new user? Do you often find all your preferences, history and bookmarks are deleted when upgrading Firefox?
Not upgrading a browser must be one of the most idiotic things to do, given each new release - from any of the big three browsers - is awash with security updates.
Plex works perfectly and fantastically. It's a shame to have to pay, but the lifetime pass seems reasonable for what you get - i.e. the ability to watch your local media on your on your telly at home, or on your phone at home or anywhere else (assuming you have decent upstream bandwidth).
Given the purpose of Plex is to let you stream your local media, and that Google gave their app early approval, I don't think their problem was with local media streaming.
Did the other apps maybe use the Android device as a conduit, rather than setting up a link between the Chromecast device and the server? If so that would maybe explain why they were banned since it goes against the way Google designed the Chromecast to work.
You could add a small fan and a cheap telly showing that youtube video of a log in the fireplace and use the thing to keep the living room warm.
What an unlucky coincidence that their typo pointed to a malicious domain that was registered yesterday.
I think one of two things could have happened. They did make a typo, but left it hanging around long enough for someone to notice. That person then registered the domain and took advantage.
The alternative is that they were simply hacked and the pages were maliciously altered.
To me, the first scenario seems the more likely screw-up. And therein lies a lesson to everyone in the dangers presented by typos, particularly when you're trusting code from other domains.
When you go to the AT&T website and select their options for bring your own phone it takes you here:
Select you want to bring a smart phone and they recommend a no-contract plan with 4GB of data at $110 a month. I've no idea what else you get for that crazy price, presumably a live-in butler or something.
Having come here from the UK, it's really hard to comprehend just how much ordinary families are paying for cell phones.
I bet you were a barrel of laughs on the school playground.
What does this solve?
What problem does this solve.
Here in the US, I can tap my android phone momentarily against the POS terminal. That's all it takes for the transaction, as the terminal just needs to get the card number from my phone. It then processes it over a second (secure unless you're in Target) data network with the bank's merchant provider.
It's not like I need to keep my phone against the terminal for the duration of the transaction.
Maybe it's the author, not the Americans
"not being fully responsive" to such actions is a reflection of the lack of choice, not the 'stupidity' of Americans. of course, name calling is more fun but the author had already identified the issue earlier in the article.
If, say, an ISP blocked netflix, you would expect most netflix customers to switch ISP. That would be fully responsive. Where you have no choice of ISP, you cannot switch and so the customer base would not, as the court put it, 'be fully responsive'.
That's not a reflection on how lazy or stupid they are, it's a damning indictment of the monopoly/duopoly in internet provision that most U.S. residents face.
Re: google idiots
Not sure I'd admit to visiting YouTube for the comments.
Re: Not seeing the problem here
if you have email addresses that aren't public, don't create a public Google+ account with them. Problem solved.
As for the article saying people were stealthily opted in, I think the fact that Google sent everyone an email explaining what had happened and pointing them to where they can disable it is quite some way for being stealthy.
For those who are upset, and want a clean and private mailbox, there are plenty of hosts that will let you pay for one.
Re: Is this good or what?
And pray tell why the majority of people would need or want a hackable router?
This is hardly aimed at the majority of people. I'd think it's aimed more at the folk who've built an x86 router because there's nothing reasonably priced commercially available to meet their needs. For those folk this isn't unreasonable.
As for the psu, I'm an n of one, but my wrt54g has been running 2x7 for nine years 4 months. I have no problem with its longevity.
So, can I buy 100TB of AT&T data for my app, then sell a browser app with a per gb charge lower than AT&T's consumer data rate? If I faced AT&T's charges, I'd happily pay for Chrome or Firefox by montly subscription if they came with a data allowance.
Re: Ways around censorship
@ Suricou Raven
That's why I specifically asked about whether DNS traffic routed away from port 53 works.
I also pointed out a well known public DNS service that permits traffic on other ports.
I'm suspecting they have a very simple block or possible transparent redirect of all DNS traffic on port 53. They'd need to start packet inspection to spot DNS traffic on other ports.
Re: Ways around censorship
Does anyone have it activated yet? What happens if you use iptables to send your DNS traffic to opendns servers on port 5353? E.g. 126.96.36.199:5353
Re: Plex is a big deal
But $30 a year to stream YOUR local content? That is, after all, what a great many Chromecase owners want.
Avia looks like it might do something, but it used a crazy amount of battery on my Nexus 4 before I forced it to quit.
Isn't that a plain old laptop SATA drive. This is mSATA and a fraction of the size. The largest capacity mSATA on the crucial.com website is 480GB for $329.99 or £242.39 inc. VAT in the UK.
Re: AC @ 21:25
Look it up again. Now it's got three times the effective range!
Looking near me (small US city, circa 150,000 people), traffic.com shows no slowdowns. Google lists several small areas where local roads do typically get congested as yellow or red.
Article is confused
I've no idea what the article means by only Sprint supporting Google Wallet. Isn't that like saying only Vodafone support your HBSC App? My Nexus 4 is on t-mobile and Google Wallet runs fine. It has nothing to do with the operator.
That said, I noticed AmEx promoting Pay With ISIS which seems to be a Google Wallet NFC competitor. Their app does, bizarrely, demand operator support. So if you switch to an MVNO you will likely lose your ability to use the app. Thankfully not the case with Google Wallet.
Then the article suggests it's hard to find places you can use NFC to pay. Most our local supermarkets have pay by bonk terminals. I'm not sure where the author lives, but I've no problem finding places I can use it.
In fact, the only reason I haven't moved to it as my primary way to pay, is because I don't get cash back on transactions from my credit card that I do get if I use my card directly.
If they didn't interact with it, why would their picture be used? I thought the idea was that if you +1 Coca Cola, your friend might see a Coca Cola ad with your picture next to it, saying they had +1'd it.
I don't think they're planning to place random pictures beside random adverts. There wouldn't be any real benefit to the advertiser and lots of problems when a prominent PETA activist finds their photo used in an advert for the National Beef Association.
Since when were the original spectrum shares handed out for nothing? Both Vodafone and Cellnet had coverage obligations they were expected to meet in return for the spectrum
Had the government stuck to that mode of allocation, the heyday bidding on 3G would have been replaced with operators competing to provide 100% nationwide 3G coverage - certainly the bidding amounts on top of the actual 3G investment would probably have enabled it. Then today we'd be sitting on one of the best networks on the planet.
Instead the money has long since been squandered and Britania has lost its Cool.
"The restrictions imposed on PHP by Google seem minor in the way they are presented. But they mean you can't run WordPress or Joomla or Drupal or pretty much any other major PHP framework."
Any basis for saying this? There's a prominent link on the Google App Engine page, under PHP, called "Running WordPress in App Engine". Here's the link https://developers.google.com/appengine/articles/wordpress
Likewise, I have no idea why it took 2 days to restore. However, taking a 'less said' approach is foolish. This was getting a lot of publicity - I think you can safely say there would be a lot of folk from whatever software and hardware companies that were involved were working on this.
Personally, I'll never say this couldn't happen to me. Crikey, even Google had to resort to restoring lost gmail messages from tape a while ago. The unexpected can happen to anyone.
I'll look forward to seeing the postmortem and finding out what went wrong. Perhaps someone made a stupid mistake. Perhaps, there will be a lesson or a warning for us all.
An extra 8GB of flash would surely cost well under $10. I'm struggling to see how keeping it to 8GB is essential for them to price competitively enough for the Chinese market.
On the other hand, it may be sufficient to encourage product replacement in a year or two buy those who foolishly buy such a low specced tablet. That, to me at least, seems much more plausible.
Re: Security flaw in all online banking too
My online banking demands I reenter my password before any attempt to move money. As it should be.
My computer lets me change its password, but demands the old password first. As it should be.
The only issue I can think of with demanding a password to perform a reset on the phone is that if someone has forgotten their password while the phone is stolen, it might, at present, be difficult to have a secure way to reset the password, other than relying upon an email. And whoever has access the the web page already has access to the owner's gmail.
The solution to that would be the usual security questions, 'what color of hair does your third cousin twice removed have?' and things like that.
Re: ql Nothing magical about next year
Oil companies are all leaving?
You realise that the industry body Oil & Gas UK project 13.5 billion in North Sea oil investment in 2013, an all-time record?
They also predict oil extraction to continue until at least 2050.
Doesn't sound like folk are bringing down the shutters quite yet.
Re: They don't want independance
Why downvote? Perhaps because he used figures that are almost a decade old, when much more recent ones are available:
Government Expenditure & Revenue Scotland 2011-12
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) is a National Statistics publication. It estimates the contribution of revenue raised in Scotland toward the goods and services provided for the benefit of Scotland. The estimates in this publication are consistent with the UK Public Sector Finances published in February 2013.
The aim of GERS is to enhance public understanding of fiscal issues in Scotland. It estimates the contribution of revenue raised in Scotland towards the goods and services provided for the benefit of Scotland. The estimates in this publication are consistent with the UK Public Sector Finance Statistics for January 2013, published in February 2013.
The key results for 2011-12 are as follows:
In 2011-12, total Scottish non-North Sea public sector revenue was estimated at £46.3 billion, (8.2% of total UK non-North Sea revenue). Including a per capita share of North Sea revenue, total Scottish public sector revenue was estimated at £47.2 billion (8.2% of UK total public sector revenue). When an illustrative geographical share of North Sea revenue is included, total Scottish public sector revenue was estimated at £56.9 billion (9.9% of UK total public sector revenue).
In 2011-12, total public sector expenditure for the benefit of Scotland by the UK Government, Scottish Government and all other parts of the public sector, plus a per capita share of UK debt interest payments, was £64.5 billion. This is equivalent to 9.3% of total UK public sector expenditure.
In 2011-12, the estimated current budget balance for the public sector in Scotland was a deficit of £14.0 billion (11.2% of GDP) excluding North Sea revenue, a deficit of £13.0 billion (10.2% of GDP) including a per capita share of North Sea revenue or a deficit of £3.4 billion (2.3% of GDP) including an illustrative geographical share of North Sea revenue.
In 2011-12, the UK as a whole ran a current budget deficit, including 100 per cent of North Sea revenue, of £92.3 billion (6.0% of GDP).
In 2011-12, Scotland’s estimated net fiscal balance was a deficit of £18.2 billion (14.6% of GDP) when excluding North Sea revenue, a deficit of £17.2 billion (13.5% of GDP) when including a per capita share of North Sea revenue or a deficit of £7.6 billion (5.0% of GDP) when a geographical share of North Sea revenue is included.
In 2011-12, the equivalent UK position including 100 per cent of North Sea revenue, referred to in the UK Public Sector Accounts as ‘net borrowing’, was a deficit of £121.0 billion (or 7.9% of GDP).
Re: Reality sinks in perhaps?
You say Linux still can't rach 1 million IOPS in a single VM.
I spend less than thirty seconds with The Google
The first hit is an IBM research paper detailing Red Hat Enterprise Linux reaching 1.5 million IOPS on a single KVM guest.
One region? What's the big deal?
If it only affected a single region, I'm not sure what the big deal is.
This is no different that a major hosting center or hub having a network issue that affected a bunch of websites, only in this case we get to shout "but it was in the cloud."
Amazon present easy options for sites to present themselves across diverse geographic regions for added resilience. Many choose not to do so, but that isn't a problem with Amazon's offering, it's down to their own cost-benefit priorities.
I disagree about the need for carrier subsidy. Take a look at Google's Nexus 4. It's a very well specced phone with no carrier subsidy and sells for $350. Canonical wanted an extra $500, and I'm simply unsure as to what would justify this massive price differential.
Presumably Google expect little to no profit on the Nexus, but I'd expect similar from this crowd-funded project. I think if they could have got the phone into the $400 range, then they might have met their target through increased sales.
Re: To be fair...
At least on Android, the Google Translate app includes speech recognition/synthesis.
I'm not so sure it's about over selling a server.
When one database goes down and the replicated server also fails, I'd be suspicious of a bug. A command run on one server caused corruption. The problem was the command was replicated and run on the slave within a fraction of a second. Both databases being otherwise identical, you get the same corruption on your live server and the slave.
what I'm wondering is why, if they have an hour old backup, there's no transaction log from which they can restore? Or did the command that compromised the entire data set actually run one hour before they shut things down to prevent further damage?
A slave is like RAID for your discs. You get redundancy, but no backup. Your back is from the last image with the transaction log being used to bring your databases up to date. If they have an hour old backup, there's very little in the way of excuses that would justify not also having a transaction log to complete the restoration.
Fair credit to you, but for anyone with an android phone, using gmail and with location services enabled, I don't see much more information heading in Google's direction.
Certainly a sub $300 price point will be a lot more palatable for the masses, and may well spur rapid adoption. I think it could be exciting to see what apps developers can come up with - much like in like the first few years of iOS.
The price point will also set a bar for other wearable tech. Apple will of course charge some sort of premium, but it will be viewed against the cost of Google Glass and will possibly limit what they can get away with (assuming the mentioned price is accurate).
Re: Define: Server
I agree about not keeping remote desktop available to the world, but what about SSH? Should that require a commercial contract?
What if I use asterisk to receive inbound VOIP phone calls? That's banned, but an inbound skype call is okay?
Is bittorrent a server if it serves as well as fetches?
What about old fashioned games that had a server mode? Those are banned too?
Has Google _ever_ given a domestic customer written permission to use any of these or similar?
The best thing about the revelation is growing public awareness.
It seems there will be a large and increasing market for a public key based messaging solution. The first to offer a usable setup will pose a substantial economic threat to the existing messaging clients. Providers need to store messages, but they do not need to store the contents in any user-accessible fashion.
I'd imaging there will be many businesses who would pay for an enterprise solution too.
Once that's taken care of, hopefully we'll see a rise in encrypted VOIP.
Re: Comparing like with like
Only a handful of states have no sales tax, while half of all states impose a 'use tax' on internet purchases. Of course many do not pay this tax, but not paying does not mean you're not supposed to pay.
On top of that, Amazon charges sales tax in nine states (yes there are other online retailers, but they are certainly the largest) so your good chance of not being taxed might not be as good as you first thought.
Re: Proving once again you get what you pay for...
It's not great for young kids. Apps with that little RAM are going to be slow and frustrating.
I have a 2012 Sony Xperia phone with 512MB of RAM and dual core 1GHz processor. It feels slow. There is a hesitation before the keyboard appears. You need a task killer to keep things working in a useable way. And that's just for stuff like facebook or web browsing.
Kids apps are going to have animated graphics, even if they're basic, and they'll be playing sound - maybe video too.
If the other posts are true and you can get a 1GB machine on eBay for the same or less, I'd save your money and get something better suited.
Re: What gives ANY company the right...
You write that as if Google has no lawyers. The company has every right to enforce whatever the contract you agree with them says they can do. There are very few rights that cannot be freely contracted away. Don't like the terms, buy a different product from someone else.
Looking at the terms quoted in the article, Google don't claim it's illegal for to resell the device.
What Google do appear to say is that the buyer is entering into a contract with Google. As part of the buyer's obligations under the contract they agree they are not entitled to sell the device. They may still be legally able to sell the device, but would also be opening themselves up to a claim by Google for breach of contract.
They are also on notice that if they do sell it, Google may deactivate it.
Take a look
I just took a look at their site.
Here's what it looked like when Google came along
I can't imagine why users abandoned ship with such haste.
It turns out they have a new, 'beta' site. Here's how the same area looks there:
I remember using streetmap, and thinking it was a great service. But it appears to have changed little in a decade. I think that might be their bigger problem.
Re: What about not having an account on FB?
I can see plenty of stuff on https://www.facebook.com/netflix without logging in.
Even if you did have to log in, would that really be any more restrictive than needing a subscription to some monitoring service? I mean, not so very long ago, company filings and press releases wouldn't be available to the average investor other than through some third party service monitoring such things or by reading about it the next day in the WSJ or FT.
I like my HP tablet
My existing HP tablet, a firesale touchpad, is actually pretty nice. Unfortunately it suffered from a cracked case near each speaker - seems this is a common complaint - but it's still nice and responsive running CM9 and will soon be upgraded to CM10.
Hopefully they'll stay in the market this time. More players can only be good for increasing quality and lowering prices.
I think XBMC has a feature freeze for the next version, though it might be possible to do this as an add on that can be separately installed.
I'd think XBMC support would be an excellent Kickstarter project for anyone with both the time and the programming skills necessary.
Re: I want to go the other way...
if you want your TV signal to be on your tablet, wouldn't you be looking for HomeRunHD?
I presume you mean OTA/Cable since anything else that's local should already be playable on the mobile device.
Maybe 13 is the problem
Why do we wait until kids are 13, by which time many are seeking privacy and have their own phones/computers.
Shouldn't we introduce them at a much younger age and have parents try and teach them good skills about what is sensible to post online and what is not? Why is online safety not part of the curriculum from the first day of school?
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