1105 posts • joined 28 Aug 2009
If MS had just stuck with the XP interface (maybe shinied up a little) and concentrated on making it more solid and secure they'd own the universe by now. With maybe a touchscreen interface as an optional, user-selectable, extra.
Winphone - doesn't appeal. YMMV.
Xbox One - Complete fuckup right from the first press announcement.
All of these things are obvious to anyone who has been paying the slightest amount of attention. If Microsoft had listened to their fucking customers they wouldn't be in the state they are in now.
Re: It's in how they use the data.
WhatsApp do really make a big thing out of not selling you out to advertisers. Linked on the first page of the site:
...so subscribing to the service would include a reasonable expectation of privacy from advertisers that -after being sold to FB- is no longer there. Unfortunately, subscriber's data still is.
Re: Chorded typing!
£60 on ebay gets you one of these:
...wouldn't want to write books on it, but it's ideal for emailing
There's also the Toshiba Libretto:
...but that has 2 screens and no proper keyboard
Re: A question
Maybe we need some sort of user status in the comments, based on the amount of fumbling in the edit box
Status: Moiety is twatted and has his random generator turned up to 11. Again.
Status: User X is stone-cold sober and is genuinely like that etc.
Get on it El Reg!
"more bearable for those that are stuck in the past in a non touchscreen world"
Touchscreen = fingerprints = a pain in the arse if you'e doing anything visual. You either work through them and risk a flaw in your work because that smudge was part of the image and not the fingerprint you thought it was; or you clean the screen and have to then shut down the 20 apps that you started up whilst wiping.
Some setups are simply more suitable for some types of work.
Re: A question
Point taken h4rm0ny. I was actually referencing the fact that this isn't the first time Microsoft have "accidentally" let an upcoming release "escape" in order to score some free press.
I don't have much of an axe to grind against anybodys choice of OS. I don't like the way a lot of the big players operate, is all.
Nevertheless, it was a silly thing to post and wouldn't have happened if not for beer. Quite a lot of it. I really should get some sort of breathalyser lock for this keyboard.
Re: A question
Q. I got paid by Microsoft to write this article
"What does that even mean? That's just stupid."
Can you really not understand that? Really? It is a yes or no question.
Q. I got paid by Microsoft to write this article
I trust Google to do nothing but to sell *my* data as far and wide as they can.
Bit of a long way for a pint for me; but I hope you have a splendid time and will quite possibly lift a synchronised pint in your general direction on the 12th.
I thought it was a bit optimistic myself; but one can hope...
Now they know what it fucking feels like to be everyone else, maybe something will be done about it.
Easy to be smug in hindsight and you have to feel sorry for the poor sod; but keeping £200K on internet-facing ANYTHING -regulated or not- is just asking for trouble.
I was toying with the idea of dipping a toe in around Xmas and the first thing I looked up was how to get my one (count them...one) potential bitcoin off the net. Glad I didn't now.
Nothing wrong with that. In order to access mattress money or a cold wallet the potential thief can't do it from a comfy chair from anywhere in the world. So location limits the pool of attackers. Then this reduced pool has to contend with physical barriers like locks and the chance of a comprehensive stabbing; which is going to put even more people off.
Re: Not convinced
The equivalent of credit cards being 'hot' storage isn't a bad one in that you don't load a CC up with your entire fortune if you're prudent.
Offline cold wallets would appear to be the way to go.
Re: Isn't it even worse for you ....
I read that too....endorphins or something, so exploders tend to repeat the behaviour. Until presumably, the real world slaps them down.
Re: Bozhe moi...
terabyte would be one that's in the process of attacking you
petabyte would be one that's domesticated and trained as a guard insect
kilobyte would be a fat one.
yottabyte would be an unreasonably rich one
Sounds like a multiple-choice survey written by someone with a sense of humour.
Re: Sorry if this is a stupid question....
If you've been rootkitted, you might want to change the passwords of all your online accounts. Just sayin'.
I'll stick with the ad-blockers, I think.
It's always been that way...any site that is vulnerable and can be cajoled into hosting some illicit goodies will probably be used in that way by somebody eventually.
You can see which pseudonym paid which other pseudonym, I believe. Nailing that down to an actual person in an evidence-worthy manner might be a different story.
"Isn't this exactly what all the email providers do, trawl through your email and feed the results to the advertisers."
No. My email is "private" in that it runs through mailservers that I pay for. I don't want advertising profiles built up and I most emphatically do not consent to my private emails being read or scanned.
Re: Carl Icahn...
A toothbrush moustache may possibly be regarded as a passé fashion amongst some groups.
It's just barely possible that Arabs and Israelis don't see eye to eye.
An IT job in North Korea might not be enjoyable all the time
...nothing to do with the article...just running with understatement because that's more fun.
Do you reckon there's a market for neckbeard follicles? I could live without them and I bet I'm not the only one here who could coin it in.
Re: I ain't a hipster then
"Permanent facial hair removal actually compares favourably with a lifetime's supply of razor blades and shaving cream."
£50 on a decent pro-grade Wahl hairdresser clipper a decade ago. Just run it round your face and head when you get to the mad tramp stage (or more often if you have a public-facing job/give a shit) and it's job done. Best money I ever spent.
My coffee cup's quite heavy as well.
Courier services seem to be more uniformly useless here in Spain. I've lost count of the number of my goodies that have been taken on a random tour of Europe before finally heading back where they came from...if they aren't out-and-out pocketed by customs, that is.
The worst UPS would do is put a "we tried to deliver but you were out" card under the wipers. If they managed to find the car, that is.
So the reason for binning Skype P2P and making it all run through central servers would be what, exactly?
Looking back on Microsoft's career; I have to say that 'ethical' is definitely not the first word that springs to mind.
"We do defense, not offence. We never do bulk data collection."
How then, could they list the exact number of zombies killed shortly after the XBox One launch? That's data; it's being collected and there seems to be quite a lot of it. Bulk. Data. Collection. That's the reason I'm not buying one...I love my 360 to bits; but it's not connected to the net because I don't want some fucker analysing my every action in order (and this is the kindest interpretation) to advertise at me.
Re: So we have a choice
Well at least being slurped by the Chinese, having to translate will slow them down a bit and you can probably sneak nuanced info through.
Of course, they are technically an 'unfriendly power'; but given the way the 'friendly' powers are treating their citizens these days maybe that doesn't matter so much; unless you're a manufacturer.
Don't suppose there's a way of containerising the advertising industry away from the rest of us, is there? I'd buy one of those.
Help! Help! I'm being oppressed!
Not really. All my turnips are right here. Stuff the cloud.
Re: Well... So do some christians, hindus and even buddists (on a bad day)
It's always been a mystery to me how religions go so quickly from "Love thy neighbour" to "Burn the heretic". Even the chilled ones like Buddhists aren't above setting each other alight if there's not enough monastery to go around.
After decades of torpedoing open standard formats; finally they are getting torpedoed back. It's about time.
Re: Blatant sexism at El Reg
Bring out a pastel version called bean-flicky and all will be good.
Aren't these things $1500 a go? And Google wants wearers to answer questions in he same manner as a paid salespeson? Also; lecturing others for being creepy is a bit of a cheek too.
Does the agreement boil down to "we can continue to data-rape EU citizens provided we cut some politicians in on the deal"?
Couldn't be arsed to read it.
I asked for this as well; only to be astounded by my own gormlessness on the discovery that it had been there all along. The link for your post is:
...and can be obtained by right-clicking on the date of the post (says "2 months ago" at the time of writing)
What the fuck is the point of that? All the data-haemorrhaging capabilities of Android skinned with the road-crash of Windows FU or whatever the mobile thing is called. Glad I don't have shares in them.
So they've invented a scheduling app with alarms. Wow. Technology is marvellous.
Re: Let's get this right...
If you produce and sell backs for the phone then they want a cut...that seems reasonable enough on the surface. They've invested time, effort and money on the ecosystem without which there would be no 3rd-party market. Meanwhile, hobbyists are free to bugger about with it and it won't cost a penny.
Those people who are interested in producing commercial parts will be able to get to the prototype stage much faster thanks to the developer kit and it all counts as hobbyist until you go into production and start charging. Providing the licensing terms aren't too onerous it all seems pretty sensible and fair to me.
If it can be killed remotely by some random bastard; then it's not my phone. Do not want.
What happens when the traffic starts moving and your drone is still airborne? Makes shaving while driving look like amateur hour.
PSA: Remember that when investing in a business using the model of "I dunno, maybe we can throw some advertising in there; that hasn't had the arse completely thrashed out of it yet" your investment can go down as well as up.
It's already been tried in Spain, with a levy on blank digital media (anything you can store songs or films on). The result: Rights-holders bitching about not making enough money and still calling downloading piracy, despite the fact that we've paid already; instantly tanking the blank CD/DVD industry; calls from rights holders for penalties for "infringers" (again, ignoring the fact that we've paid for the privilege of downloading music and films) which the Spanish government have responded to in typically laconic style. There are penalties for enabling sharing, but currently none for downloading.
There has been talk since the law was passed of rescinding the downloading privilege (leaving the levy in place, of course) but it hasn't happened yet. Possibly won't now.
What this has made very clear is that a universal levy won't stop the rights-holders from bitching for more money. They want the money now and they want to call "take-backsies" on any concessions they made in order to get their hands on said money. In the case of Spain, they wanted the levy on blank media AND they wanted us to pay full-fat prices on anything we downloaded...any deviation from that and we're somehow pirates, despite the fact that boats are involved in very few cases.
Been thinking more about this. Firstly, there's springs and springs. Spring A is made of lab-quality spring steel, manufactured to intolerant tolerances and individually licked to a mirror finish by master craftsmen. Spring B is cheaply imported from $country and is made out of whatever was in the yard that would fit in the smelter. They're going to perform differently.
Another thing not considered is load distribution...if a lorry is loaded down one side with heavy stuff (does happen - it can get very boring in a warehouse) then any form of measurement using the appearance of the lorry is going to show it as massively overloaded on one side and slightly lighter than air on the other side. So even at best you'd need 2 boxes to look at each side of the lorry.
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