3070 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009
Re: Can't see the point myself.
So you produce better code much faster.
Which makes you more employable.
Sorry, you were saying?
In other news, El Reg's headline writer is a misinformation-peddling tard.
Re: The internet is fixated on this 'secret tunnel' type of backdoor idea which is pointless...
> Its too bad you can't run some similar software...you know, have an OS and other programs that
> you can compile yourself and verify if "backdoors" are there or not.
Let's take a minimized debian netinstall from CDs. Strip out everything and what you've got is 209.7MB of binaries on your hard drive after install.
Now, that's compiled binary code. The actual source that compiled down to the 209.7MB is going to run to more like about 4.2GB or, to put it in terms that actually make sense to a human being, about 4,200,000,000 characters of C++ which taking an arbitrary 180 characters per line (and whitespace is extra so I'm ignoring it) will be approximately 52,500,000 lines of code to read through and fully understand the operation of in context to every other line and obviously, a complete encyclopaedic knowledge of the relevant RFCs and where relevant, cryptographic algorithms to know whether or not you have a secure system. With no GUI or any userland programs installed.
People talk about how open source is safe because it's open. It's not safe unless you both read and understand it. Relying on somebody else to do that for you is the absolute inherent basic root of insecurity. If you do it yourself, then you can say it's secure but why should I believe you? Are you infallible?
That's just stupid. No company wants to kill potential customers except possibly Philip Morris.
However, the citizens of Munich are remarkably lucky that their city council a) gives a shit about IT and b) is seemingly resistant to the usual bribery.
> Oh what a twisted web Microsoft weave
When they make an OS and then support it for over 13 years in production.
Hold on, that's not Shakespeare.
Re: Just wondering ...
> (I am not a Windows fanboi and I do know how easy it was/is to clone an XP installation or get a key.)
You don't need to be any kind of fanboy to know that it's ridiculously easy. If you're an admin or on support duties or just need to test on XP VMs a lot, you pretty soon find out that you can either
a - go through the continued pain in the arse Windows Genuine Advantage(?!) hassle all the time or
b - disable WGA, disable WGA updates and throw it a cracked key
It's the iCar. And clearly, they're driving it wrong.
(This would explain the shape of the Cupertino HQ nicely...)
Re: Android - This years VHS
With easy access to porn!
Re: microsoft patents
You registered with a username that would get banned on 90% of forums without a second thought purely in order to post something entirely wrong?
> They're not laggy.
Not yet. Put some apps on them. Every bloody Android starts to lag once you've installed some stuff on it.
Re: Nokia by itself maybe ...
> but with the smell of Microsoft (including an NSA fragrance), the answer has to be 'no'. A shame, since I liked the Nokias that I had.
Better hold on tight to that featurephone then.
Your alternatives are Apple (part of PRISM), Microsoft (Part of PRISM), Google (Part of PRISM and massive data-thief in their own right) or dumbphone.
Or the new Blackphone, which I am surprised to note that the Reg appears to be ignoring.
Re: Forking from the inside.
> I guess the average commentard has finally begun to realise that developers have bills too...
I was working on the assumption that because DrXym is arguing from a pro-Google standpoint, they're letting the DRM thing slide.
Re: Wheat from chaff...
That's just crazy talk.
The google employees will continue to pour scorn on these because they're not sending all your data to Google and the F/OSS brigade* will pour scorn on these because they'll assume that they send all your data to Microsoft.
Try it for yourself - mention how you can individually change an app's separate permissions in WP8 so that you withold data from Redmond if you so choose and watch the egg-throwing.
*This makes me very sad because I personally use, love and occasionally contribute to open source software on several platforms. But these people make Stallman look compassionately moderate.
Re: What a load of bollocks
> from which version of AOSP?
Re: It's about the bonus
oh wow Flocke Kroes, with business acumen like that I can see why you're a multibillionaire CEO!
Re: Utterly desperate move
Because Samsung's Windows Phones are a) boring and b) marketed from a locked filing cabinet in a disused toilet with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the leopard".
Honestly, it's like they really didn't want to sell any of them.
>Windows Phone, the new burnt platform. With no marketshare and no apps, it's not hard to see why they are turning their back on it. This is the death knell for the Windows Phone platform.
Tell the truth, AC - you've got a macro for that, haven't you?
Re: But, but..
I found the networking to be choppy on PC, which is probably something to do with not running through XBox Live.
It's good either way, with my preference being sofa, controller, big telly.
Honestly, I'm half-convinced that Titanfall is what'll sell the XBone, much the way Halo sold the original XBox.
Re: But, but..
> Xbone..is it a games machine or an entertainment device because it does neither well
This user did not get a Titanfall invite.
Oh well. Enjoy your PS4.
Re: Utterly desperate move
> (True) Android is the platform Nokia should have launched 2-3 years ago, not Windows Phone, but they got that badly wrong
Yeah! Nokia could have been rolling in all that sweet, sweet money everyone makes from Android, just like Motorola and HTC! Right?
>And when Microsoft completes the acquisition of Nokia, I would be surprised if this Nokia platform lasts longer than the Kin.
On that score, I agree with you.
It's not as if Android is even any good on cheapo hardware, or as if this thing cost much less than the Lumia 520 which is, y'know, quite well reviewed.
Re: NOKIA SHOULD MAKE ANDROID
> "Microsoft now making Android."
Except they're not. MS don't own Nokia yet and have no control over what Nokia choose to do.
Can't help laughing, really.
For three years we've been hearing NOKIA SHOULD MAKE ANDROID LOL and now they have and... it's absolutely dire.
Oh wait, is this the thread where we all agree that being able to be advertized at by Google and Facebook is somehow superior to actual food and health?
Sorry, didn't realize. I'll get my coat.
> No, but data means that a farmer can find out what the market price for his produce is, and so not get ripped-off by middlemen.
You're out of your fucking tree. Get help.
For anyone less clearly insane than this specimen, no it can't. The farmer takes the crop to the nearest village or whatever and sells it. He's not going to trade it to the locals (except in barter) because they're just as broke as he is. He's not going to ship it to a city because the thing about being a farmer is that you need to be farming on your farm every single day (this is why there are no orthodox Jewish farmers) so to do that would actually badly damage his livelihood, such as it is.
He will sell it to the middlemen who show up in the village to buy and he'll take the price they're paying because they are the only buyers and theirs is the only price.
They then gouge the consumer.
For an example of this principle in action, buy some milk at your local supermarket.
Re: How many WiFi blimps
How many malaria cures or polio vaccinations?
Re: Hmm... billions? Billions - 1
Agreed. Although this bit amused me -
"Last year the average Facebook user downloaded 14MB of data a day from the social network, but the company has cut that to 2MB this year"
By plastering so many ads all over it that people now install AdBlock and download less crap.
Re: I only have one thing to say to Mark Zuckerberg...
That was a) not true b) Catherine the Great and c) Russia.
But nice try, AC.
Perhaps he meant "area full of undesirables".
DOUBLE DIGIT payrise
> What could make SAP interested in Xamarin?
The fact that it's very nearly as arse-clenchingly expensive as the shit they peddle?
Does this mean we can expect O2 to start pushing these mobes?
Does it? That is interesting, thanks.
Re: Sir John Scarlett, famous for overseeing production of the dossier
> while taking time off to establish peace in the Middle East
and how's that working out for him? --checks news-- Okay. Nevermind.
Re: We did it first
Yours looks cooler.
I'm still not going to complain about which one I get though.
That's awesome and I want one.
What, for the example, Britain could do is -
1. Clear down any obstructive EU treaties. This is important.
2. Make it illegal to sell any kind of item or service in the UK except from a tax registered UK company or individual.
3. Make it illegal to borrow money in the UK from any non-UK based company.
4. Tax the UK-based companies.
Thank you and goodnight.
Re: But... MUH INFRASTRUCTURE!
I quite like jews. I married one.
However, Israel is pretty damn close to a fascist state and it's certainly "rogue" by any normal measure of the word.
You can dislike a political entity without being a racist.
Racism is stupid anyway, there's far too many white people around to be hated to leave any time for it.
Re: Make it free
Well, obviously since they were collecting data from Windows installations, that would be the kind of user who does more than make Powerpoints and watch Facebook and make retarded comments on the Register.
How do you find a power user? I know how I would. Look for Autohotkey, look for Notepad++, look for a non-Express edition of Visual Studio, look for use of the Powershell cmd prompt, look for actual use of SQL Profiler, examine the amount of time spent remotely managing other installs.
Therefore my feelings (ok, not a study) say your feelings are irrelevant.
Re: Make it free
All those metrics were what Win8 was based on. Sinofsky had a series of extremely detailed blog posts showing actual workflow and how people actually used computers every day.
One interesting result of this was that for over 90% of actual power users, the Start Menu was utterly redundant - they just type the name of the application they want to run in the Search box at the bottom of said Start Menu.
Above all else, this is what makes me think that the constant outpouring of hate for Start Screen - which works exactly the same way, ie hit the Windows key and start typing - comes from newbs who just like to talk about how awesome they are.
Re: Race to the bottom?
> Also note on the sales figures: which ones are being quoted? I thought IDC poured some pretty cold water on Windows Phones sales in 2013.
I could be wrong (and doubtless somebody will tell me if I am) but I believe even IDC only calls WP stagnant in the USA.
Re: Time to get the calculator out
Ew. I know you're quoting but that's horrible. What happened to "burgled"?
> Office Online IS free! Only Office 365 requires payment, but you get much more for your money there.
Surely mathematically speaking you get infinitely more for your money ($ = divisor) where you don't spend any?
Re: Stuck in the doldrums...
> Where's the controversial bit?
Failed to criticize WP and/or use a retarded twelve-year-old's nickname like "Micro$haft", I expect.
Re: Missed an actual selling point there, Andrew
> Windows Phone toting nerds?
Using nerd = socially inept, you can either be one of the crowd with your android or one of the other crowd with your iphone or not part of any crowd with your wp phone.
I've got an L920. A plaque on both your houses. A nice blue plaque.
Re: Also missing......
There's hundreds of podcast apps...?
But shouldn't you stroking and licking some Symbian source code somewhere?
damn these filthy deniers and their filthy research that keeps undermining the truth of climate change!
94% of all searches use Google. That monopoly.
And don't call me a shill, you anonymous shitsock. I work for a living and use a traceable handle unlike some ACs I could mention.
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