25 posts • joined 14 Jul 2009
Those who sow...
Microsoft are now reaping the results of the decision they made back in the 90s to eschew the traditional software upgrade model of major and minor version releases in favour of presenting the world with a brand new (apparently) product every few years, and thus forcing users to shell out for a complete new product, rather than a more moderate price for a version upgrade. If they had taken a staged approach with the WInNT development stream, we might have seen:
Windows 5.0 - 5.4 (aka Win2000)
Windows 6.0 - 6.x (aka WinXP)
Skip Vista entirely
Windows 7.0 (Win7) - Windows 7.5 (perhaps) (Win8).
What we know as XP would by now be only one major version behind, and open to additional development and/or maintenance, rather than three products behind, and politically embarrassing to develop further.
Microsoft has sown the seeds of its own decline with its grasping business practices, of which this is only one example. Similar comments apply to the Office range of products.
Re: Ubuntu preloaded
"You're mistaken. Dell offers Ubuntu preloaded."
Do they? They probably ought to advertise it on their website then. Admittedly I've only looked at the Inspiron range on the UK website, but there is nothing there about Ubuntu.
Cable & Wireless Worldwide became part of Vodafone in April this year.
*Reduced* economic activity in wartime?
I'm baffled by the idea that WW1 and WWII might have been responsible for a reduction in economic activity. The participating nations (notably the USA) ramped up their economic activity tremendously, to produce the military hardware required, and to support the activity of millions of fighting men and women. Not to mention the polluting effect of millions of things going bang...
I try to keep an open mind on the whole subject, but sometimes, when confronted by obvious bollox, it's difficult.
Re: BAD idea
@Peter2: It's not *them* getting *younger*, you know...
Printing a safety razor out of plastic? You don't want to even *buy* one with any plastic in the handle - after a few weeks use it starts to deform slightly - suddenly the blade can't be clamped in place as hard as it was, and there's blood all over the shop (got the T-shirt, but had to bin it cos of all the blood).
Sometimes there's no substitute for stainless steel.
End of a con?
So ends (hopefully) one of the biggest cons in computing history, namely the pretence that each new version of Windows was a brand new product rather than a version change over the previous product - thus enabling Microsoft to charge more for the "new product" than they could have if it were seen solely as a new version.
Same goes for Office. I'd be glad to see that go the same way.
Re: Overcrowded Market
This is very odd. Kubuntu (that's Ubuntu withe KDE4 front end) 12.04 runs fine on my Acer AO725 - dual-core 1GHz C60 processor, 2GB memory. Flash video is a bit choppy, but that's a whole separate issue.
Re: Where's the market?
So the RPi is a base model Android phone? Hmm, let's see.
As you say, no touchscreen, no cell interface, no battery.
On the other hand, LAN interface, 2 x USB Type "A" i/fs, micro SD card I/f, analogue video, 5V power socket in non-obvious location for a phone, GPIO pins, HDMI...
I would think there comes a point where you don't mod a phone card to make it into an RPi, you design from scratch. And I think that's what happened.
I suggest you read this - http://hudoc.echr.coe.int/sites/eng/pages/search.aspx?i=001-115535 - and then lecture us on the existence or otherwise of extradition agreements between Sweden and the US.
Perhaps I'm being stupid, but I don't understand the reason for the "VC" reference.
They may be one day...
Re: Cat fight
Surely the price is $35 for a Model B, $25 for a Model A. It's the Model B which is selling in the UK for £29, which includes (I think) VAT and delivery.
I'm a bit confused that we should share only 5% of our DNA with this delightful young lady. I thought we shared 95% with chimps!
Never Say Anything...
I'll tell you a funny thing. NSA have for years published advice on their website on how to secure various types of system, most importantly elements of an Enterprise Windows/AD environment. They do this to help US entities, Government or otherwise, protect themselves, but they have no problem with foreigners making use of this advice as well. It seems to me that their SELinux efforts should be looked at in that light.
And I won't even tell you how polite they were when I rang them about one of their documents at around 0900 Eastern Time on Sept 11th, 2001...
Sorry, is it fed with a reel of punch cards or a pack of paper tape?
No such thing as a random number?
Works for me.
Re: Most Purposes
There is the odd difficulty with unmanned aircraft in some conflict environments. See
You obviously missed out on Granada and the Alpujarra...
Splendid - I do miss the days of having my Sinclair Spectrum plugged into the telly! Not sure my wife does, though...
Segregation of duties
It seems to me basic that you should not use a security mechanism provided by supplier X to address security vulnerabilities originating from the same supplier. Microsoft do not seem to have understood this.
Microsoft's first anti-virus product, MSAV, was rubbish. I can't speak to the quality of this one, but however technically good it may be at detection, it has now, I believe, been utterly compromised by this extremely bad advice. The only way out, I feel, is for Microsoft to improve the performance to the point where thay can publicly rescind that advice.
Paris, because her performance is never in doubt. Can't speak about vulnerability to infection though...
PKC, I think you mean
@Learn the language
You may be interested to know that according to Wikipedia the USA does not have an official language.
Your headline raises the question of whether the GPL is or is not a license; but your article text does not address that point at all, which makes the headline a trifle misleading.
See http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20031214210634851 for a treatment of that question (written in pre-GPLv3 days).
Not rocket science...
The simplest workaround is to install the "NoScript" add-on, and only allow scripts on sites known to be trusted.
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