232 posts • joined 18 Jul 2009
Re: Maybe we need an alternative
4chan, much ?
Re: Good question....
Wasn't the Lost in Space robot just Robby, moonlighting ?
Seems a bit Austin Powers meets Charlies Angels. But the name R.U.R. has an excellent pedigree.
You would include Roy Batty, and not Rachael ? Or Pris ?
Because the hold on the corporate desktop relies entirely on inertia, where Microsoft's history of screwing up is still less dangerous than solving new problems.
Nobody has a clue what Microsoft's phone OS is : they keep trying to shed the failures by renaming it, and the only thing that's got enough press to reach CEO level is the inappropriate windows 8. So no gain from inertia, and familiarity is the next string. That means iOS or Android.
Re: A Beta Test...
The Year of the Linux Desktop is a joke. Not on Linux any more .. but ironically, on the haters.The linux desltop is alive and well and in constant use : just not by the great unwashed. Which is fine by me. Mass market adoption means mass market attitudes. They can stick with their McDonalds. I prefer my artisan restaurant.
Re: Let's face it, corporations aren't going to keep buying phones based on glitz
"Companies want stuff that works, is cost effective and has a shallow learning curve."
No, they don't. They buy things with a predictable cost, so nobody will be proved wrong. It's all about arse-covering.
That's why Windows is common on the desktop : it's not cheaper, or better, or easier. It's what they did last time. Occasionally Microsoft bring out a Vista or a Metro and the corporates hold off for an OS generation while the total destruction of sales at Microsoft teaches a few MBAs a lesson and they bring out another version that allows them to continue to milk the cash cow.
In the meantime, the 'other' systems keep improving for reliability and familiarity and gaining users. Soon even the terminally stupid will stop buying MS.
Re: New day, same story
Next year will be The Year of Windows Phone.
Re: Blind leading the blind
"If she succeeds, as there aren't enough security professionals to vote her out, she will go down as the Home Secretary that gave away our freedom."
Like all the home secretaries before her.
So that's about 4000 tablets pre-sold.
Are they going to sell more in advance than Windows tablets have sold in total ?
"As an office shouldn't have any legitimate programs delivered by email"
Maybe an accountants office, or something equally pointless. But most offices contain at least a smattering of actual workers, who like most people need to communicate arbitrary files. We don't appreciate you taking out all the useful bits.
You'd be one for swapping all forms of cutting tool for plastic scissors, wouldn't you ?
Re: WARNING, Xiaomi phones are SPYING!
Goverments are governments. Who cares if it's the Chinese, American, or British that's doing it ?
Re: "... criminally lacking in documentation and project controls, ..."
Perhaps they don't mention that because the promoters don't do it either ?
Re: Meaningless in isolation.
Fourthly, there's no indication that the requests resulted in information which did, in fact, prevent or detect crime, etc.
If the US data was any guide, the answer is zero (plus a bit of inflation where a few lies might not be detected immediately).
Microsoft updates are never welcome. They always involve brokenness, unwanted machine replacement or matching upgrades on other machines because of compatibility issues.
<Big consumer electronics company> in '<New piece of consumer electronics> is a minor change from <Old piece of consumer electronics>' shocker.
News at 11.
Re: The government could ban the practice...
If it helps, ISTR that 9 as the first digit was once an indication that the line was installed by NTL (now virgin) rather than BT.
Re: Rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic
More fool you.
By all means get a Jaguar instead of a Fiesta. I have no doubt at all that you'll prefer it. But don't get one that only runs on special fuel, you'll be the loser.
The OS provides some services in the phone. It can be enhanced by the manufacturer and the hardware can be built in many different qualities. It doesn't need to define the phone, and this is where Nokia went wrong - first by wanting to differentiate themselves with a different OS (Symbian) and then by falling for Microsoft's gilded tongue (Elop).
Re: Very dumb idea
But it claims to be an FTDI device (VID/PID).
So why shouldn't FTDI send commands to it that would be harmless to an FTDI device ?
People who work in glass offices shouldn't use catapults.
I wear a watch. I find it quite useful to tell me the time.
I have a phone somewhere with a clock on it but it doesn't keep good time (why does 'sync to the network' never work ?), at best it's buried in a pocket and at worst it's on a table somewhere.
Phones as timepieces are pretty poor. Throwback to the pocket watch.
Who's up for a group trip to watch it ?
In Cheltenham, of course.
First, the engineers start and run the company. Exciting things happen.
Then the accountants take over, giving up innovation for the sake of stability. Sad, but inevitable.
Finally, the lawyers move in and preside over the picking of the bones.
It's possibly the other way around : there are some advantages for us (the comparison with industrial IoT is very good .. what we're talking about here is making it affordable for consumers) but the attraction to corporations is all about what they can get out of it .. and that's largely hype, and relies on us naively allowing them access to it.
Bring it on, I say, but keep it useful : don't give away access for peanuts, as we have with so much other data.
Re: Just a thought...
"The overwhelming majority of users had no need of a browser to get their work done. So why put a malware vector on the machine to start with?"
What century are you living in ? This might be true of a few sweatshop environments, but for any creative work (and I'm talking engineering, not just arty airheads) it's completely ludicrous.
Just try disabling your own internet access (I'm assuming you're in some IT role) and see how much work you can get done.
Re: Was this a Bash bug attack on Belkin routers?
Do you actually know that any routers use bash ? It seems rather big for a router, which are not fitted with a huge amount of storage. Even an intentionally tweakable firmware like OpenWRT uses ash.
Re: Every cloud has a silver lining
I'd like to think the government would get a grip, too.
Why would they want to differentiate on OS ? PC manufacturers don't, they see the ability to run one particular OS as a major feature.
Some tablets & phones - those without removable media - don't even need FAT32 names.
Wrong way around
No, Mr Bristow, what's too weak is the accountability and responsibility of the government and its agents.
Do you remember when YOU worked for US ?
You're out of date. Agilent are just the life sciences equipment now .. the real HP, the test equipment division, is now called Keysight.
Re: Touch typing
I prefer the mouse for cut & paste too. But applications under the X window system seem to have gone backwards - it used to be easy to mark, cut, paste with a three-button mouse. Now, half the applications (web browsers particularly) seem to inhabit a different cut & paste world leaving a frustrating failure to paste between them.
I suspect this is a user problem (it does sometimes work, and I'm aware there are two paste buffers) but I'm lost at how to use this mixture efficiently. Can you help ?
Curious - I remember a major usability rule was that you shouldn't force the user to switch between mouse and keyboard, as it slows them down. It seems to have been forgotten recently.
It's possibly untrue if they can use their dominant hand for the mouse and the other for the keyboard, but that would require left/right handed users to learn different keystrokes, which isn't sensible.
The chromebook already has a linux distro (Android) on it, doesn't it ? I'm puzzled as to why it's claimed not to be supported.
So Apple have offered backdoor access to China as well, then ?
And then there's this thing, but it's sort of weird. Reminds me of Psycho.
You didn't read TFA then ?
It's not about caring, it's about different lifestyles and expectations.
Using control chars like \h in directory names is never going to work out well.
Unless, of course, you failed to make any roaming fees because you were too expensive, and the other operators went to your competitors.
Why wouldn't that happen ? Perhaps because the operators had a gentleman's agreement not to compete ?
Except Gentlemen wouldn't have such an agreement. Only criminals.
Re: That's what makes horse-racing
Well said. The current market price is what the current market will pay : stock markets are a self-fulfilling prophecy. It has nothing to do with the value.
Yet another way in which our financial systems are hopelessly dysfunctional.
Re: Arrogant much?
If he's arrogant, then surely he's got more self-respect than to work for a coin-clipper ?
It's not callled ..
Re: Just don't do it
Which bank is that ?
I opened a bank account with cahoot specifically because of the virtual card facility .. which they then dropped (after first making it windows-only .. lol)
Re: Personally ...
Because a wanter wants to write, not page-set ? As someone else said, the content is very different from the layout. Concentrate on text and let the typesetter make it look pretty - you'll be more productive and he'll do a better job.
Re: @ Khaptain (was: Personally ...)
Nano is awful.
With so many common control-key shortcut standards available, why did they have to produce another one ?
Re: Great, maybe...
In this country, using fog lamps when there is no fog is illegal. Rightly so, because ancillary lights are not checked for alignment and so can cause dazzle.
Sadly, this doesn't seem to stop 50% of drivers from using them unneccessarily, nor, surprisingly, have the police latched onto this flagrant breach of the law and the potential for income from fines.
Re: Daytime running lights
No, a shortsighted invention which reduces road safety.
It draws attention to the subset of vehicles that have them, hence the improved safety for the early adopters. Like any road safety improvments, that attention doesn't come from nowhere - it's diverted from vehicles with less light. This makes it a one time journey, as Sweden has found : the only way to keep the improvements is to keep increasing the light levels. While pedestrians, cyclists, animals etc fade into the background.
The reason those DRLs lights exist is not to do with safety. The clueless politicicians and daily mail safety writers have been tapped to support them, but the real reason is bling - car designers trying to make this year's model stand out.
Re: We should outlaw DRM
I have no love for DRM or for Hollywood. And I don't even care about watching content. As far I can see it's all crap anyway. But it's not true that DRM stops caching.
It's perfectly possible to cache data without breaking DRM. You merely need to make each block identifiable so the cache can tell when it's needed again. This doesn't mean you're caching the film in plaintext.
Re: Work around the system?
Are they worth $600 ? Are there any other credit agreements where you can back out without cost ?
I don't have any love for the networks, especially if they try to gouge way more than the cost of the phone from their customers. But I don't think it's entirely unrealistic to expect the consumer to pay back their loan, one way or another.
If those funds have passed their decision making over to automatic systems, they need to accept the consequences when their programmed decision making is wrong.
Overall, there was no significant change to the share price, so if there was a crime, it was victimless. Anybody who lost out was matched by an equal number of gains, and since they're in short term trading that should be pretty much their expectation. In fact, they want short-term fluctuations since that's where there profits come from. Their only objection is that they didn't expect (ie cause) the fluctuation so weren't able to profit from it.
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