biz platform ? i thought it was a spam platform.
239 posts • joined 18 Jul 2009
Re: Money speaks, as usual
My initial reaction too, but having investigated I'm happy to keep using it.
This seems a reasonable policy : I stay in control, but the default is to block the distracting and annoying stuff.
The only thing that article doesn't cover is charging - in fact, it states "no one can buy their way onto the whitelist". Perhaps there's an 'admin charge'.
Containers all the way down
Isn't the point of an operating sytem to provide process isolation whilst offering standardised services ?
Of course, those services develop in different ways, and eventually we have the problem that our processes depend on the rapidly diverging 'standard' services.
I guess next month's thing will be a container virtualisation model, so we can substitute the app container or containing OS of our choice.
Re: @Chris W Haven't we been here before
You'd reboot your system (or start a VM, make space for another box etc.) just to write a letter ?
Hint : nobody writes letters much now.
Re: Take this train to Luton, um, I mean Bedford
Or take the X5 coach, which is rarely crowded and has free wifi.
If it's late, will there be the compensation of a free RS232 interface lead ?
Chrome isn't free software. It's just that it isn't bought with cash.
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)