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Sadly for your argument this technology is not aimed at the average user.
It's aimed at the server market. A hint may be in the article: " ...which it says will arrive in the next version of Windows Server."
As far as I know sys. admins are a little ahead of your "average Joe" in things computing and will probably be able to handle the intricacies of running Windows Dockers, if it ever gets off the ground.
Still, nice to see that the FLOSS world can teach the proprietary one a thing or two.
Home from home
"Elop inherited a dysfunctional bureaucracy, warring factions, and a product team that took 18 months to develop a mediocre device..."
He must have felt right at home then having come from Microsoft. The quote above applies just as well to MS as it does to Nokia.
Re: What did people expect?
I agree. Buy an Apple Ithing and you buy into Apple's way of working, whether it suits you, the consumer, or not. Apple's interest is solely Apple, not you.
In a way the current situation resembles the way things were about 25 years ago, Then we had the likes of Commodore with the Amiga and Atari with the ST. Both aimed at the same market and both closed and proprietary. In the end of course Microsoft came along and killed both of them off, not because MS's stuff was better, it most certainly wasn't, but because of the network effect spilling over from the business sector. Whether anyone can give the punters a better deal than Apple or Google remains to be seen.
It might be good for consumers if it happened though.
Re: Not good
"It is sick that big companies are vilified and then robbed ..."
If it wasn't for the fact that these multi-national companies are freeloading by demanding a trained workforce, infrastructure, security and so on without being willing to pay their share of the cost of these things, then I don't think that the EU would bother going to all the expense of an investigation.
Who's robbing who, eh?
Re: What a fuckbag
"Did the FBI finally create an account here? What's with all the single downvotes?"
Yes, I've noticed it too, in a lot of threads. Relatively innocuous, factual replies often seem to get a single down vote.
I think that this is the El Reg equivalent of the Tooth Fairy. Instead of money under your pillow people get a random down vote instead. It happens to me sometimes, much to my amusement.
It might be of interest if a webmaster at El Reg could take a look and see if there is one person running around with the down vote stick and let us know if it an organised campaign. No need to say who the person is, just whether it's happening or not.
No surprise there then
"And then there's Microsoft, which has outlined its own vision of a "cloud OS" – naturally, powered 100 per cent by its own, proprietary software."
Well what do you expect?
As far as I can see MS has a couple of problems.
1) Greed and a desire for control. Though they take second place in that to Apple.
2) A deep seated sense that the stuff that they turn out is not as good as stuff offered by their rivals.
It probably never occurs to the people at the top of MS that there are benefits to working cooperatively and that trying to grab everything for yourself is not always going to work in your favour.
So of course they are going for a total "own brand" proprietary route. That seems to be the only way they know how to work.
Thank you Neil McAllister
"... rather than caving in"
At last, thank you.
No more speleology.
Re: How much do you care?
Note to El Reg.
Write out 100 times.
"I couldn't care less."
Otherwise it just makes you out to be a drooling Apple fanboi.
Please don't join out trans Atlantic cousins and turn English on its head.
See also "Cave" instead of "Cave in".
This is not the only corporation also functioning as a quasi religion. You just have to look at the likes of Coca Cola to see that. At least with Apple their devotion is focused on a dead human. For Coke it's the "Dynamic Curve". You know the shape of the side of the Coca Cola bottle.
I kid not.
Re: Is there an option to have more than one partition?
See you've made my point.
Diskdrake handles things like separate partitions with ease. It's just a case of working out what space is needed for each partiiton and than using the GUI to split up the disc. Its easy because you have a graphic representation of what the partitions are and you can manipulate them to your hearts content.
Personally I have separate partitions for /, boot, usr, var, opt, and tmp. I prefer to use a second HDD for /home so that when I re-install the OS I don't have to worry about deleting any of my data. I could of course just have another partition on the first drive but with two I don't have to worry about fat-finger syndrome.
Why all the scratching around for a new partition manager when Diskdrake has been about for years?
I've never understood why it has been confined to Mandrake derived distros like Mageia and PCLinuxOS. Its GUI, very easy to use and does the job in a fraction of the time it takes with other managers.
After all NetworkManager is GUI, is easy to use and just works, it got where it is by merit so the Darwinian principle worked there.
Why Diskdrake isn't the same is one of the great unsolved mysteries as far as I'm concerned.
One thing is almost certain.
If Amazon does set up a grocery shop in Oz it will do its best to avoid paying any taxes.
As Yogi Berra said "It's deja-vu all over again.
Now if you can ditch Windows and install Linux I might have a place for one of these as a backup for my Asus eee701.
The Australian authorities had better get their skates on.
When the TPP is finally unveiled to its victims it may contain clauses enforcing Valve's stance on refunds. Who knows?
After all Valve is, by the way the negotiations have been conducted, in a far better position to know what TPP contains than most people, probably even sections of the government.
Re: In its way, a good sign
"I do wonder whether Android tablets slow down, PC-like, as the level of user cruft goes up. Perhaps the absence of spinning disks makes that slowdown less painful."
Or it could be that Android has a more efficient design and does not suffer from this problem, unlike another well known OS.
Holograms! Holograms! We're all holograms?
God I hope that means that we are really not all like Rimmer!
Re: Does a lack of search=lack of interest?
"Agreed ... A far better metric would the bandwidth stats of the various distribution repo server + mirrors"
Don't forget BitTorrent, I haven't used a distro's mirror for ages so by your metric I would not be counted.
Re: If it just works
A good point and it may be the explanation as to why we have had the likes of Unity, Gnome3 and TIFKAM foisted on us.
Re: Awww, the good old days...
"... but I'm kind of afraid of wiping out something that's working"
That's what VMs are for.
Just install Virtualbox and experiment to your hearts content.
" ... and make us petition our government to (hopefully) cave to the terrorist demands in order to make it stop."
That's right, let's all head for the nearest hole in the ground.
I'm getting tired of correcting this ridiculous error.
It should be: cave into
Speleology has nothing to do with it.
Enforce the law = make the law.
The police must have been reading Judge Dredd's book on law enforcement.
" I am the law."
"It's possible the poster is referring to the original Mini Cooper S
You are of course quite right. It IS an original Cooper S and it doesn't have a cigar lighter or an ODBII. The last real Minis were made in 2000, mine is a '98 vintage multi point model. It does have an ECU for the engine and an ECU for the airbag, hence me saying that a spontaneous inflation of the airbag would not be appreciated.
Oh well, that's me out of luck then.
My Mini Cooper S has neither the 12volt adaptor mentioned in the article nor any visible connection to the car's electronics.
Which is probably a good thing as I do not relish the thought of unwanted ads and things appearing in my line of sight nor do I think that a vector whereby any hacker could get into my car's electronics is a very good idea. The thought of being blinded by the airbag suddenly inflating is not a happy one.
Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary
rather than a few engineers pouring over code and packet dumps...."
Would they be pouring gravy or custard do you think?
I imagine that you meant to say poring.
"testing them across a range of services (voice, text, data), in different use cases (indoor, outdoor and while driving"
I certainly hope that it should have been whilst in a car.
Using a mobile whilst driving is illegal.
Re: Aviation geeks
"I was buzzed by either a Beaufighter or a Mosquito"
If it was a Beaufighter that really would be talking about.
As far as I know, I may be wrong here, are no Beaufighters currently airworthy.
Let me know if I am wrong as I would love to see one in its true element.
Re: de Havilland Mosquito
"And, as is usual with British engineering success stories, nearly didn't happen due to lack of imagination at the War Office."
You are probably right. I don't suppose that the War Office had any idea what to do with a Mosquito, not because they lacked imagination but because they were responsible for the Army. What you should have said and probably meant was that there was a lack of imagination in the Air Ministry. Yes the AM was woefully short of imagination in respect to the Mossie, they didn't believe that a wooden aircraft had any chance in an era of all-metal airframes. Good job they changed their minds as the Mossie became one of the most versatile aircraft of the Second World War.
Not at any price.
" De Souza wrote: "I rest my case. I am still happy to use Ubuntu..."
It just goes to show, you can fool some of the people all the time.
Personally I wouldn't touch Ubuntu with a bargepole, with or without that lens nonsense. If you want to use Ubuntu like it should have been, use Linux Mint. Just look at the Distrowatch rankings, Mint is way ahead of Ubuntu or any of its derivatives.
They must be doing something right.
"The chaebol has apparently asked South Korean courts to reduce or eliminate the sums it must make to Microsoft – even though, as Microsoft points out, most of those were granted by countries other than South Korea and they're based on products sold outside South Korea."
So what? If the US courts think that it is OK to pry into databases held in a foreign jurisdiction then surely it must be OK that agreements signed outside South Korea can be nullified by a South Korean court. Or the clauses in the DRIP Act in the UK which purportedly give the UK government rights to interfere with companies of other counties who do business with the UK.
Sauce for the goose etc.
Or would it be better if countries refrained from trying to impose their legal systems on others and instead abide by the bi-lateral and international treaties supposed to govern this sort of situation?
Re: oh, sorry!
What do you expect? Spies spy, it's in their mental makeup to do so. This does point to the fact that these characters need to be held on a short lead at all times. Otherwise you get what has happened.
But I agree, the hypocrisy shown in this case is stunning.
It just shows you, one rule for them, another for the rest of us.
Only $300 million wasted? Pah! Rank amateurs.
Now that's how to waste public money.
Good to see that the UK can still beat the US at something.
Up to a point.
"They are prepared to bet reputation, goodwill and market share..."
Ok, I'll go along with you on most of what you say but not the quote above.
MS managed to destroy any reputation and goodwill long ago in pursuit of the market share bit.
The roll call of the companies Ms has screwed is long, Netscape, Novell, IBM, Digital Research etc.
The dubious practices used to ensure MS's dominance in the market, see:
Not to mention TIFKAM
All this and more has ensured that MS is held in contempt by many people in this business for the way in which they have abused the the trust in and reliance on Microsoft.
So yes, MS might have market share, but at what cost both to itself and all those relying on it.
Re: For security - consider BlackBerry
"...a summary of several instances of government pressure and varying degrees of caving."
What's speleology got to do with this?
If you are going to use a cliche, at least get it right.
It should be "... a summary of several instances of government pressure and varying degrees of caving in"
I should be so lucky!
"Nederkoorn has posted a video that first shows a Netflix stream running at 375kbps on what he says is his regular internet connection and configuration. He then connects through a VPN service and reloads the video, which promptly increases to speeds of up to 3,000kbps."
375kbps? Good God if I got that speed I'd think that I had died and gone to heaven.
Still we have that nice Mr. Cameron's word for it that most of the denizens of these sceptic isles will soon get "superfast" broadband of up to 2 Mbps.
The real world versus fiction
A humorous article with a joke poll but with a very serious point.
You are the enemy as far as the security services are concerned, we all are. It's just the way that the people drawn to this sort of organisation think.
Unfortunately James Bond is a fictional character so what he does does not matter. What GCHQ does, does matter and it matters a lot. They are for real and the peculiar mind-set means that whatever they can think up to subvert the security of your most personal and private conversations and other things you might want to keep private is acceptable. At least it is to them and their masters in Whitehall.
Sadly the vast majority of users of the internet have no interest in what is being done with their personal data, how else would the likes of Google and Facebook flourish otherwise? For those who do care, take all the steps you can to protect yourself. It may not be much but we must try and hang on to any vestiges of privacy that we have left.
"Thankfully, US President Obama recently suggested that the TPP's text will be released to the public in November."
Ah! a pointer to when the various negotiators think that the treaty will be signed. Before November.
Keep everything under wraps until it's too late to do anything about it, then release the treaty to the victims and claim that the negotiations were in good faith and that they are living up to the much vaunted "openness and transparency"
More like smoke and mirrors to me.
Greedy, unethical bastards, but then that's politicians and big business for you.
Dyke said "...will allow us to work together with Microsoft to deliver best value to the NHS".
The only way that will work is if the NHS persuades MS to help it migrate to Linux or another FOSS O/S, and that ain't going to happen.
So keep spending chaps, it's not your money you are wasting anyway!
With added Google?
If it's got anything to do with Google then I'm glad that my Mini is of the old school and relies on conventional instruments to tell me whats going on.
Using a proprietary application in a Linux based OS is not the way to go. OpenStreetMap might be a better way of finding out where you are.
The thought of Google tracking me, knowing what I'm doing and attempting to shove adverts down my throat whilst I'm driving just turns me off the whole idea.
"but LG's and Samsung's don't start shipping to the general public until early July"
The first are shipping in 3 days time..."
So that makes it until the 3rd July then. So what's that if it's not "early July"?
The Labour Party recently indicated that it was likely to resurrect the twice-shelved reworking of existing surveillance powers...
I'd never thought I'd say this but "Help us Nick Clegg, you're our only hope."
So if we vote Tory we get a "Snooper's Charter" and if we vote Labour we get a "Snooper's Charter." Looks like this piece of nonsense is a shoo in, so much for democracy. The Lib Dems are heading for a wipe-out, so not much hope of any salvation from them.
Re: It is what it is ...
"These are deceptions and baldfaced lies and anybody who expects promises made in an advertising sales pitch to actually be honored is seriously maladjusted."
Unfortunately for your theory there's the law of contracts getting in the way.
Yes, an advert might be "an invitation to treat" and the vendor can impose other conditions if you want to buy; when the vendor takes your money then that's a contract and they can't unilaterally go back on the content of that contract. Imagine if you decided not to pay the rent on a property after having signed a contract, the law would come down on you for breach of that contract and this is no different. It also doesn't matter whether the contract was agreed verbally, in writing or a "click through" It's still a contract. They have taken your money and must live up to the terms agreed to.
Just because it involves two, dominant players in the sector does not mean that they are above the law. It does mean that you might have a fight on your hands given that they probably have a lot more money to buy good lawyers. A class action might even things up if one can be arranged.
"You can tell them from the Met by their hats: Met have the famous blue chequer pattern. CoLP have the same pattern, but in red."
And if you look very closely you might notice that their buttons and badges etc. are gold not silver.
Sorry, just getting my anorak.
... and added that he wanted to "draw a line under the past"
I bet he does.
"Nothing to see here, move along."
Then when no-one is looking, bam,
"Psst.. want some nice juicy patient data, going cheap!"
The NHS run by accountants, who'd a thunk it?
"Gussie Fink-Nottle, after whom you no doubt have taken your nom de plume, was a nice character. I suggest you change your online name to 'Spode'".
Yeah, stick to the newts and leave thinking to others better equipped for it.
No, to the average US punter the world outside the US is a big, scary place full of foreigners and their non-American ways. Having your stuff hosted in the US is, for them, like a security blanket. It might not be of any practical use but it keeps the bogeyman at bay.
For the rest of the world NOT having your stuff hosted in the US is a plus, probably as equally illusory, as who knows what the "security services" have got their fangs into?
Although having said that having a host located in Brazil is probably as good as it gets just now. Ask Dilma Rouseff why that should be.
"Have you seen the "new" Mini Countryman? I've seen smaller Jeeps."
Yes I have. That's why I posted that my "original" Mini is small. I wasn't talking about the "new" one, those great lumps dwarf my car.
"There is 1,120kg to haul around, which is par for the small car course."
Small? My Mini Cooper S (original type) weighs 715 kg kerbside, now that's small.
That Citroen is like all the other "small" cars presently produced. A big fat dumpling.
Nope, Linux is the kernel. The rest is just support often provided by the GNU project , hence Gnu/Linux. Usually wrapped up in a distro.
So strictly speaking, with Android running the kernel that it does, it IS Linux, it's the other stuff that is different.
" Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, reliability, availability or timeliness..."
Sounds pretty much to me the description of everything that Microsoft throws our way.
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