When did Moore's law start applying to profits?
236 posts • joined 11 May 2007
When did Moore's law start applying to profits?
Just Stop. Please.
Including Flash with Internet Explorer 11 was Windows 8's biggest of many sins in my eyes.
We're just at the point where binning it is a viable option, and Microsoft make it the flash and PDF Support the only "plugin" available in Edge.
Too late to do much about it now, But I'd really urge Microsoft to ship Windows 10 with the plugin off by default, rather than on by default...
Does it go up to 11?
Sounds like their search engine has been retuned to handle this: All calculations and algorithm based, with minimal human intervention.
In and of itself, it's not really a good or bad thing, but many tech companies seem to be going down the "No Negotiation" route - Reddit does the same.
One Wonders if this is their way through the litigation that went on a few years ago about salary collusion/No Poaching rules that was suppressing pay...
All depends on the drive family.
I've stayed away from the entry level consumer drives (WD Blue, Barracuda) since both Seagete and Western digital would only warranty them for a year, which should tell you all you need to know about the quality and expected failure rate.
While the Seagate Constellation drives are just as good, but WD Black's are that little bit cheaper and easier to find.
On a first quick thought, yeah, maybe you can see the funny side.
But when you stop and think of the dozen and one ways something could have gone horribly, horribly wrong, the laughter soon dies: SWAT member with a twitchy trigger finger, US Air Marshall not let in on the plan, a passenger with a guilty conscious thinking they're after them, critical medical package held on the ground...
Jerks like this are one step on the rung above swatters, who are mindless idiots who will eventually get someone killed "For The Lullz"
This guy phoned a bomb threat in on a plane he was in which got grounded, and could have easially spiralled out of control if the SWAT teams didn't keep such cool heads, especially as he specifically said the bomb was in Smedley's bag.
He also went after the personal details of and threatened his family, an area where we are all a little over-protective.
I think his anger, while perhaps misjudged, is understandable - it's a human reaction, rather than canned corporate speak. Kinda refreshing to see.
Apart from the traditional issues with nVidia Drivers on RC versions of Windows being buggy as heck, yes.
Steam runs fine, and not had any 2D or 3D games I've tried fail yet.
If you do have any metro games, some of them are upset at the moment, as they can't handle resizable windows, and glitch out (Hello, Sonic Dash) - Sure they'll get fixed soon after RTM.
I was finishing a Training course at Sophos HQ that day (They call their HQ "The Pentagon", Which was strangely appropriate on that day)
Had to drive home from Oxford to Chelmsford. The journey took six hours (Via the A414 instead of the M25); I don't remember much of the details of the drive, but I was listening to Radio 5 live all the way home, and lots of that commentary still sticks in my mind.
No issue here - our shop went Adobe free, after the security holes in Flash and reader, and the rental Bollocks in Adobe CS.
Designers did moan a bit, mind.
Ah well; fuck 'em,
I've never really looked into the Linux "organisational structure", as much as a project like this can have one, but as an outsider, I'm surprised Linus has that much to do with the day to day running that it can't/won't release when he's away.
It's not a bad thing, but it seems that he's a human Single Point of Failure: If something happens to him, is there the structure in place to seamlessly keep things going?
Annoying Kid didn't get eaten. 8/10.
Maybe we can help them put in a hostile takeover bid for the other Capita. Can't be any worse than the current regime, and these chaps seem Pretty customer focused and good value...
Turns out he was ahead of the curve with his laser pigeon.
The only new feature I actually like in Office 2013 is Outlook's Attachment Reminder.
Still, the number of times it's saved my bacon, it's been well worth the upgrade price.
Aren't tablet sales dipping across the board? Which when you think it, isn't too much of a surprise: We've gone past the stage of "Ooh, that's a new thing I want" to "I've got one, I'll upgrade it in 2 or 3 years"
Their home kit (Inspiron, studio) isn't anything to write home about, but their business kit (OptiPlex, latitude) is pretty good: Reasonably priced, good reliability, and backed up by good servicing and parts options, especially if you spring for the NBD ProSupport.
Normally it's a straight fight between them and HP for our shop.
Remind me to cut UK ISP's some slack, sometime. They're far from perfect, but for most exchanges there's reasonable competition, and competitive pricing.
Agreed. Very cool. Do El Reg give sources for all these header images they use? Just noticed on this one it doesn't appear to be attributed...
Yes, but I can't: They'll always be Dime and Marathon.
I'm guessing it's just a case of all hand on deck to get Windows 10 up to speed and ready.
From the outside as a tester since October, I don't think Windows 10 is in crisis: It looks and feels pretty stable - And more importantly, coherent - at this stage, but after the mess of Windows 8, can you blame MS to throwing every coder they have at it to get it ready?
Besides, since Windows XP/Windows server 2003, the server has trailed the client by 6 months to a year, so that about holds the pattern if Windows 10 hits in the summer as planned.
From a command line:
wmic csproduct get vendor,name,identifyingnumber
No downloads or plug-ins needed, no info sent to or from servers, and gives sensible information for most other brands, too.
Those are some long fix times. Good of them to hold the talk off, but that also takes the pressure off SAP to fix. One hopes they're not taking it easy as the fix isn't public, especially as it's not just Black Hats, but government agencies now that you have to worry about using unreported vulnerabilities...
When Is this coming? The Blacks have topped out at 4TB for over 2 years, now...
Absolutely right, Otto. was aimed at naive. Apologies to Jimmy2Cows.
If you care to remember, Jimmy2Cows, Meg Whitman replaced Léo Apotheker over at HP after he attempted corporate suicide by discontinuing Several promising products, threatening to split the business, and making a bad bet on Autonomy
Meg, on the other hand, grew eBay from 30 employees and $4 million revenues to 15,000 employees and $8 billion revenues
Be it business or technical credentials, I know which one of the two I'd pick every time.
Depends on the size of the shop.
Enterprise will obviously do this (Or should do)
SMB don't always have competent IT staff on the payroll, so doing a clean build costs them Time and Money.
Assuming that Pokki, like Superfish, was only shipped on Home use Lenovo's (IE: Not the business ThinkPads), then that adds weight to this being a smaller, ad-hoc shop - I Wouldn't be surprised if El Reg's source was a jack-of-all-trades office manager, who happens to know enough about IT to handle the client side, with contractors doing the server side.
And again, if they are a big shop, why are they buying Yoga/Inspiron/Pavillion laptops instead of ThinkPad/Latitude/Probook systems?
Why does most Patent Casework happen in Texas? Is there some quirk in their state law, or did the Ecosystem just snowball from a few favourable judgements? Never seen it explained why Texas became patent capital of the US.
I am not renting a Word Processor
The software stack will end up being great with so many eyeballs working on it, but there's only so much you can do without having the hardware geared towards it.
Granted, with OpenCL support and programmable graphic cards, you can send through custom shaders and microcode to do things in hardware, but without AMD, nVidia, and Intel tuning the hardware to openGI as much as they do to DirectX, it will have to work so much harder to get the same results.
Having them onboard from the get go will really help accelerate deployment, rather than them waiting for it to reach such a critical mass, they can't ignore it.
After all, one of the reasons DirectX does so well is that the gaming grade graphics cards Team Red and Team Green make have it baked in at the silicone level, and in many cases are built from the ground up for it.
If they're ready and willing to put the same hardware love in for OpenGL Next, and stop treating it as a second class citizen like they do now, this could really be a game changer, no pun intended.
Seriously, please - can we just put the fucker out of it's misery?
Thanks to Jobs putting his foot down on iOS, most sites proved they can work without flash.
I think the worst Sin Microsoft did with Windows 8 was baking flash into Internet Explorer: Just when we were at the point of beginning to get rid of it.
I fancied watching some Simpsons the other day, then spent the next 40 minute trying to find a legal paid or free way to stream it in the UK.
If there is a way, they've hidden it very very well: Not on iPlayer, Amazon, netflix, FindAnyFilm. The only place that may have had it was Sky Player, if you were a satellite subscriber.
Likewise with American Dad and Family Guy.
It's like they don't even want my money. I'm taking an equivalent amount of viewing pleasure watch this judge dick fox over.
Microsoft's product support Lifecycles means Business & Developer products (IE: Windows pro or Enterprise) are supported for a minimum of 10 years: for example, Windows 7 runs from 2009 - 2020
The longest Linux support I know of is 5 years for the Ubantu LTS editions:
for most non enterprise customers, those are the practical end dates of secure software, with vendor patches. Sure, if you're big, rich, and clever enough, you can shell out for a dev team to write custom patches for Linux, or pay Microsoft for custom support beyond those dates, but for most normal users, both options are out of reach.
If you want long term stability, for most non-enterprise or non-technical customers, Microsoft are a little bit better because of their longer lifecycles.
In fact the only elephant in the room here is Apple, who don't provide any public roadmaps or end of support statements:
Know the bug you mean: That was one of the major reasons Vista RTM Was so crappy.
Been fixed since Vista SP1 (And a hotfix for RTM), and GUI file copying (Especially dealing with conflicts and duplicates) has gotten better in each subsequent release.
... Still, not a patch on good ol' Robocopy.
I don't trust Skype (Because of NSA/Snowden leaks), and I don't like Skype (2014 interface is very hard to work with, and it's still missing features from MSN Messenger that is supposedly replaced)
more chat options is a good thing, and Kim is very, very good ad drumming up support for ideas, even if his execution is hit and miss
It's a nice idea, splitting the legacy code off into it's own IE (Can see it working similar to how Standard/Metro IE Did in Windows 8), but for the love of Xenu, don't follow Chrome and Firefox in the UI Department.
Yes, they're great for full screen web browsing, but I like the fact IE has a functioning menu bar by default, and doesn't attempt to hide every option and menu somewhere off the beaten track.
When did developers begin this pathological hatred of menu bars?
What makes them think this will go any better than Bada did?
If I was going to back a new phone platform - and between Windows Mobile, iOS, Android, and BBOS, I'm not sure there is room or need - I'd put my money on Firefox OS.
Nice to get some more 6TB Drives out - Great for the people that want them, and just as good for people wanting smaller drives, as they all drop down a pricing level.
The Blackberry Bold is possibly my favourite handset ever: It just felt right - solid, great keyboard, nice touchscreen. Know it wasn't the fastest, smallest, or "Best" at anything, but it was one of those pieces of kit everyone who touched wanted.
For most of 2012, my "Ideal Phone" would have been a Blackberry Bold 9900 running Android OS.
Wanted a small phone over a powerful phone with the last upgrade: Went for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, but thinking the S2/S3 Compact should have got more attention from me...
One has to wonder how much overlap there is in the target audiences...
Been running my work Laptop as a Dual Boot Windows 7/Windows 10 machine since October.
Only needed to drop into 7 twice since then for some obscure hardware connectivity.
I like what I see: Metro v2 apps run in resizeable, closable, and non charmed windows on traditional PC's: It's lost that schizophrenic feel that Windows 8.x never did, and feels like a cohesive product.
Once customised, I was happy with the Start Screen, but the new Hybrid menu "Just Works" for me. Add in some smart snapping features, steps towards managing wireless and VPN better and it feels like a true successor to Windows 7, again something Windows 8 never managed to do.
The fact it runs just as well as Windows 7 or 8 on my 5 year old Core2 Dell latitude is equally impressive: Say what you want about the flab on top of it, but the NT 6.x Kernel has always performed stunningly.
As far as I'm concerned, Windows 10 is "Feature Complete" (just up the drivers and reliability), and Microsoft have 8 months to not add anything stupid back in to screw it up.
Skipped straight to the comments:
Is it worth actually reading this article, or is it the normal Hyporbole-laden El Reg WikiCoverage?
That would still kinda be good news, I guess? least it would mean Apple/Android's encryption is up to task.
BTW, Has Microsoft spoken up about beefing up their handset encryption yet? Also, has Blackberry finished giggling to themselves?
You're the reason IT have the ability to force you to set minimum acceptable security. Try telling legal/compliance "Big Whoop" that someone can nab your phone and read company email...
Better than nothing, and the fact it's turned on by default in Windows 8/8.1/10 has to have some level of positive impact on novice users that would otherwise just fire up the PC and not worry about security.
Still, you can and should do much better.
Microsoft (For the most part) do test patches against all the API's - Application programming interfaces - that a version of Windows supports. For the most part they do a reasonably good job, The idea being if your program follows all the guidelines for whatever OS it's on, Microsoft won't break your program - Think how many legacy programs designed for Windows 95 you can still run on Windows 10 without too many issues.
The problem being there's a lot of clever developers that find undocumented and unsupported ways to make their program work, which Microsoft have no way to know about, and can't test against. It's the same problem Apple fight on iOS: One of their arguments against Flash was that it would stop them making low level optimisations as Flash Abstraction would hide them, and they kerb stomp any developers that find "Working but Undocumented" calls, as they may change/disappear in future versions.
Without any insider info, I'd say it's an even split on weather Avast was using undocumented calls that the update changed, or if this was a genuine compatibility error between a low level program and the OS Software.