* Posts by Quxy

431 posts • joined 22 Oct 2009

Page:

Windows 8: Not even Microsoft thinks businesses will use it

Quxy
Pint

Ah, if only Steve were around to see this

If the Windows 8 transition is as uncomfortable as AO anticipates, Apple might be able to peel away large numbers of PC users and trigger a collapse of Windows sales, especially if they were to create things like special Mac bundles with Windows emulators and file migration tools.

The PC market is still worth about $300 billion in revenue a year, a huge pool of revenue. If Jobs were at the helm, I think he'd be sorely tempted to attack -- hopefully someone in Apple's new management has the balls.

2
0

Microsoft crowd-sources next Win Phone apps using Android

Quxy
FAIL

No... what _does_ Microsoft bring to the party?

If you want "on{X}" actions on your Android phone, but don't want to write scripts and don't have a newer OS installation that comes with Google's own Smart Actions app bundled, simply download the damn app from the app store! (If you don't trust Google's apps, you certainly shouldn't be using their OS in the first place; and its integration with the OS is undoubtedly better than what a third party can do.)

As an Android user, why on earth would I want to install an app from Android's sworn enemy (Microsoft's claim, not mine) and grant it access to my most private information (as indeed it requires)? I guess I might be able to rationalise the risk if Microsoft offered an app with a uniquely cool user interface; but in fact Microsoft has a truly dismal track record on user interfaces -- people have plenty of good reasons for using WIndows and MS Office, but usability isn't one of them!

5
1
Quxy
Thumb Down

Unoriginal and late to the game

There are any number of "smart events" apps that already do this, and Motorola's Android installations already include "smart actions" with a nice GUI front end to define the actions. (Their sample recipes include things like "Call my wife when I leave work", for instance.)

Moreover, Android was designed to be simple to script, and many only slightly-geeky Android users have been writing scripts for their phones in Python, Perl, JRuby, Lua, BeanShell, JavaScript, Tcl, and shell since the introduction of the G1 four years ago.

I'm not sure what anyone possibly believes Microsoft brings to the party, but given their deep antipathy toward all things Android, I wouldn't trust a Microsoft app within a mile of my Android devices.

7
2

Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

Quxy
Facepalm

Re: multiple monitors?

You forgot to mention that when you unplug your laptop from the external monitors, all* the application windows that were open in the right-hand monitor are now inaccessible, even after restarting the application.

(* For a large subset of popular commercial applications, in any case.)

3
0

I need to multitask, but Windows 8's Metro won't let me

Quxy
Thumb Up

Congratulations...

for hanging in there with Microsoft for so long. I'm obliged to run Windows 7 at work, but I've reached the point where, to bypass its sluggish response and limited capabilities, I do all of my work under Linux running inside a full-screen VM.

1
1

Windows 8 Release Preview open for download

Quxy
Boffin

To avoid confusing the newbies...

...when you post something so obviously tongue-in-cheek as AC, the convention is to surround it with faux-HTML tags, i.e. <sarcasm> ... </sarcasm>

21
0

Third-gen Ultrabooks must offer USB 3.0, anti-theft tech

Quxy
Thumb Down

"It comes down to who controls it"?

Well, since it's pretty clear that it's not the USER who controls it, that makes it a rootkit in my book. From my point of view, it doesn't matter much whether that third party is a Russian hacker, Microsoft, a "Trusted Third Party", or the NSA -- if someone else controls your computer, it's untrustworthy.

3
0

Top Facebook exec begs students: 'Click on an ad or two'

Quxy
Unhappy

Facebook users have *never* been seen as "members"

As Douglas Rushkoff pointed out quite some time ago,

"Ask yourself who is paying for Facebook. Usually the people who are paying are the customers. Advertisers are the ones who are paying... We are not the customers of Facebook, we are the product."

23
0

Backdoor sniffed in ZTE's US Android smartphones

Quxy
Thumb Down

Re: Moral of the story......

Yes, there is a long and steady stream of mistrust against Chinese suppliers -- in the West. In Africa, the situation is reversed. Having learned from decades of relationships with Western countries in which political manipulation and resource stripping was disastrous for 99.99% of the population, democratic African countries are telling the US to fsck off and jumping at the opportunity for economic development relationships that are strictly commercial in nature -- China has (to the occasional dismay of the US) a well-established "hands off" policy w/r/t other countries' politics. The relationships aren't perfect, but in places like Ethiopia where I've spent time talking to people, there is a lot more popular support and sense of fairness about the massive Chinese infrastructure development projects than there ever was for American involvement.

0
0

Ten... Ultrabooks

Quxy
Boffin

Why replace the 13" Air?

It runs Linux (and Windows, for that matter, although with VMs I don't see the point of a dedicated Windows machine) wonderfully; and you can always boot back into OSX if you want that environment. My only complaint about the Air is its lack of a dedicated gigabit Ethernet port. And from a price/performance standpoint, it compares quite favourably to the other machines in the review.

2
1

Redmond revamp: Bing gets social bling

Quxy
WTF?

A better job of separating social search?

Now if Bing were to "separate social search from the main body of results" -- and then *discard* the social results completely -- I might consider trying it. But the last I checked, its success at finding relevant results for technical searches is enough worse than Google that there's really been no point in touching it.

3
0

Did dicky power supply silence climate-change probe Envisat?

Quxy
Thumb Up

Re: Relevance? Humbug.

Too bad you can't select the Troll icon as AC, eh?

3
0

China admits plot to conquer the world ... with its own 4G

Quxy
Facepalm

Pushing incompatible mobile standards?

Thank goodness the US would never do anything like that! Oh, wait...

0
0

Apache releases new OpenOffice build, promises faster upgrades

Quxy
Headmaster

Re: I know I'm feeding the astroturf troll, but..

I believe that LibreOffice's grammar checker is every bit as useful as MS Word's.

0
0
Quxy
Facepalm

I know I'm feeding the astroturf troll, but..

Do you even *use* MS Office for anything but interoffice memos?

Let's talk about graphics handling, shall we. How do *you* import scalable vector graphics into Word or Powerpoint. Industry-standard PDF or SVG? Nope? But Microsoft's own WMF and EMF formats work, right properly? Guess again.

OpenOffice/LibreOffice may share MS Office's abomination of a UI, but at least they've managed to get a number of features to work that have been broken in Microsoft's own suite since, well, forever. swriter is not not (nor will ever be) a real DTP application, but at least it can handle basic line art, which is something that Microsoft has never managed. And the list goes on and on.

I really have no clue why, after more than a decade, Microsoft can't implement basic functionality that Linux and OSX provide in core utilities. Thanks to our enterprise licences, I've always got the latest version of MS Office, but I'm always obliged to fall back on FOSS to find something that works.

5
0

Nokia on 'brink of failure', warns analyst

Quxy
Boffin

Nokia *was* primarily a feature phone maker

Nokia saw perfectly well that the feature phone market was rapidly eroding as the traditional consumers for those low-cost phones were switching to dirt-cheap Chinese Android smartphones. The global market has shifted, and even in African countries the days when you could compete without a smartphone and an apps store are over. Walk down the street in Addis Ababa and you'll see all the people who used to buy Nokia phones because of their reliability now carrying shiny new smartphones made by ZTE and Huawei.

0
0

Hitachi spins up 'leccy fan motor sans rare earths

Quxy
Boffin

Disingenuous

Your point about the widespread nature of rare earth oxides is true to a point, but the fact is that discovered minable concentrations are less common than for most other ores. US and world resources are contained primarily in bastnäsite and monazite. Bastnäsite deposits in China and the United States constitute the largest percentage of the world's rare-earth economic resources, while monazite deposits in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Malaysia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the US constitute the second largest segment. The remaining resources (apatite, cheralite, eudialyte, loparite, phosphorites, rare-earth-bearing (ion adsorption) clays, secondary monazite, spent uranium solutions, and xenotime) are still not felt to be profitable.

Add the fact that the profit-driven US industry drops out of any business as soon as it can be acquired more cheaply from China, and it's no wonder that China is now responsible for over 95% of the world rare earth production.

Your canard about interference from meddling environmental groups is simply disingenuous. When California's Mountain Pass mine closed down, they cited competition from China as the primary reason. Their only run-in with environmental issues stemmed from repeated spills of radioactive waste water; and all that cost them was a cleanup order and a tiny $1.4m fine. They're now back in business under Molycorp, and aren't being picketed by the Sierra Club.

1
0
Quxy
Boffin

Specialist kit?

At least half of current rare earth usage is in consumer and business electronics. Only a few percent is in industrial and automotive electric motors -- but Hitachi, Toyota, and Nissan naturally want to reduce that to nil, and have all recently announced efficient rare-earth-free motor designs.

0
0

Spotify adds web button: Just push... Play

Quxy
Facepalm

Web widgets??

I really wish that Spotify would prioritise some of their resources to fix their mobile apps -- for their paying subscribers -- before rolling out more web applications! Adding the music discovery features that the desktop client has long had would be a great start...

0
0

Baffling barcode-on-steroids stickers plaster the EARTH

Quxy
Thumb Down

Yes, but...

The QR code standards are refreshingly uncomplicated; and even the highest density (v.40) code is limited to a modest 4296-byte payload. This means that the possible buffer overflow vulnerabilities are fairly limited, so it's reasonably easy to implement the QR reader software to avoid internal buffer overflows and then test for such vulnerabilities. I'd be more concerned about the QR reader passing along otherwise legitimate URLs that carry out things like format string attacks to downstream clients.

But I'll reassert my position that the most critical security focus needs to be on (a) educating users about the dangers of phishing and messed-up URLs, (b) giving them tools (like displaying the link URL) to help them avoid clicking on dangerous links, (c) fixing the OS so that it doesn't automatically execute downloaded code, and (d) sandboxing downloaded code so that it can't affect the rest of the system.

3
0
Quxy
WTF?

"A QR code can easily contain a link to a scam or a blob of malicious binary information"

Sure, so can a printed URL.

I would argue that QR codes are no more obscure than links in email and web pages, given that many common (albeit to be avoided) email clients and browsers fail to display the full URL of the link before the user clicks on it; whereas all QR code scanners I've used display the URL and accompanying text, requiring at least token approval from the user before opening the URL.

Yes, OS manufacturers and enterprise admins need to do more to lock down permissions to sandbox or block malicious code. (In Android's case, a *lot* more.) But displaying URLs and text blocks as easy-to-read QR codes does nothing to exacerbate this problem.

4
2
Quxy
WTF?

Sure, why not?

Once you see the resulting text and accompanying URL, you don't have to actually CLICK on it! What kind of smartphone OS immediately opens the QR code URL in a browser without displaying the full information and asking for permission? (Not iOS or Android, certainly.)

1
0
Quxy
WTF?

Smartphone camera limitations?

Boy, you wouldn't think it here in Japan, where even the cheapest phones seem to handle v-40 QR codes without breaking a sweat -- even when (as is common) they're printed on glossy colour posters or transparent window decals. It's telling that iPhone users seem to have the most trouble -- you can spot them stopping, carefully framing, and retrying the QR codes instead of snapping them in passing like most folks with domestic phones. Methinks the US and Chinese phone manufacturers need to work on their image processing software, not on their CIS resolution!

1
1

Microsoft tarts up custom Mustang Muscle Microserfmobile

Quxy
Facepalm

Understated elegance and sophistication...

...just like Windows 8!

2
0

Microsoft cuts back on Windows keys after pirates grab booty

Quxy
Linux

Be reasonable...

Your support has to come from a single company with limited resources, so you can hardly expect the level of support and security updates that you get with Debian or Fedora.

15
1

Windows 8 for Kindle-like gear hinted by Microsoft bigwig

Quxy
FAIL

Oh? Um, no.

Linux is the operating system that supports a wider variety of user interfaces than any other OS on the planet. The most suitable user interface for each application, in fact -- which the rather obvious point that Turner seems to be missing.

5
0

Pacific nation prepares to flee rising seas

Quxy
Thumb Up

Re: Time gentlemen please

That's the most sensible comment so far!

4
0

Workers can't escape Windows 8 Metro - Microsoft COO

Quxy
Unhappy

Yep, of all the innovations Microsoft has inflicted on the world...

...The Multiple Document Interface is one of the most annoying. (I was going to add "pointless", but Wikipedia reminds me that one of MDI's main advantages is that "if the windowing environment and OS lack good window management, the application author can implement it themselves.")

2
0

Stolen NASA laptop had Space Station control codes

Quxy
Happy

I thought that the Vetinari Solution was...

...Tax the rat farms.

1
0

FBI boss warns online threats will outpace terrorism

Quxy
Thumb Down

Re: Bruce Schneier is a twit

I'd be interesting in hearing the context for that quotation. If it's what I think it was, Bruce continued by saying,“building tanks does not mean you fear you could be overrun by a military force right now. It pays to build tanks and it pays to prepare for cyberwar, but I don’t believe that’s a fear we should worry about right now...It’s very easy to invent scare scenarios but this does not mean we should actually be scared by them.”

3
0

Microsoft Tangos into cheap smartphones

Quxy
Facepalm

Re: Interesting Direction from Microsoft

Eh? Apple is a hardware company, while Android is a cheap-to-free OS platform used by a very wide range of hardware manufacturers. And while Apple isn't downscaling, have you actually _seen_ the low-cost devices running Android here in China and Southeast Asia? Microsoft is following this strategy precisely _because_ of the success of Android in dirt-cheap devices!

1
0
Quxy
Facepalm

Yes, but...

...Even in China, Microsoft isn't perceived as a prestige brand. I would suggest that their best strategy is to emphasise Nokia (which is) and downplay WP.

Unfortunately, Microkia is also late to the party for integration with both QQ and Weibo, who have long since rolled out immensely popular apps for both Android and iPhone (not that I trust either of them in my mobile devices!).

1
0

Intel joins The Document Foundation, pushes LibreOffice

Quxy
Happy

Gnumeric?

Surely you mean sc or (gasp) Oleo!

0
0

Proview wins new Chinese IPAD ruling as Apple threatens to sue

Quxy

Re: I nominate...

Erm, wouldn't that be 卫生垫 in China?

1
0

Apple antagonist Proview unveils its own iPad

Quxy
Unhappy

Re: I've seen that before...

Yep, that's what the ProView IPAD was. I ran into a few of them in China, and they were just as useless as the iPaq.

0
0

HP's Whitman suggests Googorola may close Android

Quxy
Unhappy

Not hard to beat Apotheker...

But Whitman has zero experience in the enterprise software, hardware, and services which are HP's core, which arguably puts her at more of a disadvantage than Leo had.

Her track record at eBay isn't exactly stellar, either, with its stock value sliding from a high of $58 to $10 by the time she left. Her decision to buy PayPal was probably the smartest thing she did. On the other hand, acquiring Skype for such a colossal sum saddled eBay with a white elephant, and a bullet that she dodged only by finally managing to flog it to Microsoft for what she paid for it. Worse, she missed shifts in the market that let Amazon take over much of what could have been eBay's.

2
0

LibreOffice debugs and buffs up to v.3.5

Quxy
Facepalm

God love 'em...

My fellow FOSS developers, that is. But the fact is that whether you call it StarOffice, OpenOffice, or LibreOffice, it's still a functional copy of one of the most ill-conceived pieces of crap ever to be inflicted on a naive business community -- it's generally agreed that you couldn't make many worse usability choices than MS Word if you set out to do so.

4
3

Apple kicks China's most popular browser out of iTunes

Quxy
Flame

Complain all you like about the Cupertino Gestapo...

...but 360.cn is pretty obviously spyware. Just turn on Wireshark and start watching the high volume of HTTP POST beacon requests to 360.cn and gov.cn addresses.

If this was all it did, you might be able to simply block traffic to certain domains. But the fact that it's impossible to remove without reformatting the drive containing the OS -- worse than QQ and PPstream, in fact -- moves it from simply annoying to positively evil.

1
0

Dutch retailer spills Nokia 910 beans

Quxy
Windows

True...

But it'll be much cheaper than Android phones with comparable hardware, right?

0
0

Newt Gingrich wants Moon to be 51st US state

Quxy
Facepalm

Clueless, and proud of it!

Yep. This is the same candidate who announced, in all seriousness, “If the Soviet empire still existed, I'd be terrified. The fact is, we can afford a fairly ignorant presidency now.”

4
0

Ultrabooks will devour notebook biz by 2016 - report

Quxy
Thumb Up

Moreover...

I've played with nearly every one of the Ultrabooks listed on Intel's site, and (to my disappointment) none of them comes close to matching the build quality or solid feel of the MacBook Air. I don't think that Apple's industrial design team is worried.

5
2

MPAA threat sparks White House petition for bribery probe

Quxy
FAIL

Formerly reasonable?

Whilst a Senator, Dodd received more campaign money from Wall Street than any other politician. And the bulk of the $47M he received in donations during his 20 years in office came from individuals and PACs affiliated with the major investment banks. So he understands very, very well the way that money buys political influence.

0
0

Congress puts PIPA and SOPA on back burner

Quxy
FAIL

Global warming?

Yes, the belief that the theory of global warming is a deliberate fraud can accurately be described as a conspiracy theory. (But as Sunstein points out, this is a very different issue than skepticism or even a firm ideological belief that climate change is neither occurring nor likely to occur.)

That said, the use of copyright law to effect political or ideological change (however desirable the end might seem) is a frightening course to take, and is a sobering reminder of the sort of far-reaching misuse we will inevitably see if bills like PIPA and SOPA are passed.

2
0

Kodak's moment: Camera biz files for bankruptcy

Quxy
Unhappy

Kodak ISS is now Truesense Imaging

Kodak sold ISS to Platinum Equity (a mergers & acquisition firm) last November.

0
0
Quxy
Unhappy

Kodak no longer makes sensors

They already sold off all the viable businesses.

4
0

Two PROTECT IP sponsors drop support for their own bill

Quxy
FAIL

fscking weasels, the lot of 'em

That is all.

3
0

Pirate Bay dropping torrents after magnetic attraction

Quxy
Thumb Up

I don’t wanna talk to a scientist

Magic everywhere in this bitch!

2
0

Android devs get schooled on style

Quxy
Facepalm

No black turtlenecks here

If the photo in Wired is any indication, I just hope Duarte's UI design skills are better than his fashion sense!

4
0

Page:

Forums