3454 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009
Best phone ever made. But I prefer my V3i because it's a tank.
Thought I was getting old
I kept seeing articles about home automation and thinking "why? What exactly is the point?" Asking Google "Why should I automate my home" got me a load of crap about showing off to your friends by switching your thermostat on from the pub - sorry, my friends don't impress quite that easily.
But leaving the house one morning and absently thumbing the car key fob did suggest one seriously bloody useful application - the central locking house.
Not from somebody with Apple's track record on "all proprietary all the time" though.
Re: So where are the Whiteknighting MicroSoft Shister-Team
> If and, when MicroSoft blesses both Apple and, Google with its Nokia goodness.... It doesn't mean jack shi--
Microsoft do not own HERE mapping services - those remain a part of Nokia. Please try fact-checking before spitting ill-informed froth all over the forums.
Dude. I was quoting the article.
All this is true (if unformatted) but HP today is sadly not the HP of the mid-90s.
And even then they tended to try to push HP-sUX before linux.
> Linux unhooked the enterprise data centre from its reliance on Windows and saw companies run both OSes.
Given the thrust of the article, it's ironic that before IBM really put its weight behind linux, Windows wasn't much of a big deal in the data centre. Solaris, on the other hand...
Re: Stupid bureaucrats
> In fact - shall we do it? Forty of us putting a tenner in would pay this fine.
I'm in. How do we go about it?
Having initially missed the typo, I just spent three fruitless minutes seeing if that phrase would work in Iambic Pentameter thinking Mr Dabbs had done something clever.
Re: Fixed it for you.
Are you suggesting that Apple and Google pay tax?
We get a whole lot of Osama bin Linux jihadis around here.
Re: Believe me - would I ever lie to you?
Unless I've read it wrong, the MS lawyer's commentary is on papers unsealed by a court. So you can always go look at those papers and see who's lying, if it suits you to do so.
> 3- Security: by this reasoning, desktops and laptops should move all to Linux, right? WP is "secure" because it does not have yet a decent user base to exploit. Make it popular and will be as unsafe as Android or Windows. Make Linux as popular as Windows is today and you'll see a raft of security vulnerabilities appearing from nowhere.
While security by low market-share is certainly a factor, WP8.x uses a sandboxed apps model which isolates applications from each other and the guts of the OS, much like iOS does and like Windows RT apps do. This means it's inherently less vulnerable to attack than anything where a privilege can be escalated, such as Win32, linux or Android.
I didn't quite understand your point about #2 either. If standardizing on a certain model Lenovo or Dell on the desktop is fine, why is standardizing on an HTC 8X or Lumia 720 not fine?
Re: Just needs one test case
I dunno. You remember that woman in Bristol who got murdered and somebody from the Daily Heil decided her landlord looked a bit funny, declared him guilty and his life was ruined despite being later fully proven innocent?
The problem is that the public don't read followups and retractions, which is why media organizations are so happy to print them. All you need is the initial smear and that's it, damage done.
> I'm old enough to remember British Rail and although we didn't use it much as a family I do remember it being part of the standard repertoire of every comedian
I'm old enough too, and yeah, it wasn't great. However, while a bit shit, it was also affordable. Cheap, even. It could certainly compete with an equivalent journey by private car.
At peak times, the current train system would have trouble competing with a road journey by gold-plated limousine. It squeezes the commuter dry and then cries to government for subsidies which (inflation adjusted!) add up to more than the cost of the old British Rail.
Re: Good Thing (TM)
> How come the UK (with a much smaller network) can't do that?
Probably because actual data on how badly the services are run would impact franchise costs and reduce the subsidies that every franchise operator collects.
Or, short form - "privatisation". Thanks for that one, Tony Blair.
OTT = data = money.
See title. If this kind of broadcast can be done via operator subscription rather just gobbling your data allowance, it might even succeed.
> The anti-chromebook shills are pretty fast and furious - someone/somecorp must be worried.
Not really. What you're seeing is the same as Sun/Oracle pushing thin client computing got -in fact, it's fairly similar to what Windows RT gets (if a lot less hate-filled) although at least that does come with an offline productivity suite - with side of "Yeah, I totally want Google to know everything I do, think, say and look at, not".
Nobody was worried back then, either.
You don't want one? You really don't want one?
Oh well, pack up your stuff, everyone. Major Ebaneezer Wanktrollop doesn't want one so there's no point.
Sarcasm-free version - since when did anyone care what you want?
I think it's a little beyond the pale to inform a fellow commentard that his position in favour of rehabilitation over punishment is due to attempting to hide a criminal past.
I have no record, for the record.
Further a trip to the naughty step for identifying such libel as libel is poor moderation at best and laziness or partisan at worst. I note that broad insults are "dogging" are absolutely fine, though.
Good for you, Gaz. Good for you. What a champ you are.
You're either the best troll I've seen in weeks or you're a fucking psycho and you should be locked up.
EDIT - or you haven't got pubes yet. The young are sadly inclined to extremes. Some go for soppy veganism, you've gone for fascism.
> The primary purpose of the CJS is punishment.
I am glad I do not live in your little world.
Here in reality, the purpose of the CJS is to prevent and discourage crime by removing offenders from the population and rehabilitating them so that they do not offend again.
This is not a vengeance-based society, much as the Daily Hatemail and most politician scum would like it to be.
Re: It's a preview...
MOST people don't go around telling other people what they're allowed to like. And Windows Phone 8 != Windows 8, in case you didn't know.
It rather looks as if you didn't.
Re: Get your tin-foil hats here -- at these prices I'm cutting my own throat
> I beleive the origin of 'trolling' is that of a method of fishing where something shiny is dragged through the water to see what gets hooked.
Re: Whats the matter?
> You’ll get email alerts whilst driving, but you won’t be able to read them until you’re stopped or at traffic lights.
From now on, all spam will be titled "DANGER - OVERHEATING. IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED".
Re: "Locking it down: Steps to Oracle database security"
Oh, grow up.
There's no NoSQL functionality in SQL Server, it is equally vulnerable to malicious bastards in the outside world and reliant on a decent DBA to lock it down - remote debugging against SQLCLR is otherwise a nightmare of Gojira proportions waiting to happen - and it costs a lot of money. Nowhere near as much Oracle, granted, but still, money.
PostgreSQL is a fine database which has several advantages. Stop being a dick.
And for the record, I like SQL Server a lot. I'm working against it right now and it's a pleasure, unlike Oracle. But PostgreSQL is also pretty nice to work with.
Enough fanboy wars, please. Leave those to the morons in the phoneOS and console threads.
With my dev hat on for a second...
One of the primary purposes of Oracle seems to be preventing data from ever escaping by any means, especially applications coded against the database.
The desk-nutting fury that setting up an initial connection to an Oracle instance can create - "Now install Java and run the wizard which doesn't work! Now go back to tnsnames which also doesn't work! Fuck you, windows dev!" - is one of the biggest reasons why so many business no longer tolerate the bloody thing.
Re: The proper way to handle DRM
> Be surprised when you discover that it's broken
Well, they did go with Adobe...
@h4rmony - clearly I've just insulted a moderator (somehow) so thanks for keeping the sentiment alive.
Re: Popular commands...
Yes, but only to the extent that everything you do in Chrome is tracked. Or possibly less.
Assume that they're counting how many enemies are killed - with each kill, a counter is incremented on a server somewhere (or an Azure instance). Nothing there to indicate that this statistic can be linked to the user account of the gamer that made the kill.
Paranoia may be a useful trait in this day and age but given that the XBone doesn't advertise at you beyond the level of the 360 - ie, generic "Promo! Get stuff cheap!" ads that are identical whichever account is logged in - there doesn't seem to be any benefit to MS in cross-referencing this kind of data.
Re: Dilbert - Wally
That's like saying you should be ashamed of needing to drink.
There are always bugs.
Re: Debate worthy of a playground
> Westminster should know that the relentless tide of shouty, hyperbolic bullshit, with that sour underscent of panic, is not helping their case.
au contraire, old boy. If Scotland secedes, the Tory majority in England and Wales would be unstoppable. Their campaign is working perfectly.
It's the only thing that makes me uneasy about an independent Scotland, as an Englishman. Every instinct screams "you don't like it? You hate us? Then fuck off and pay your own university tuition and we'll see how long that lasts" but Tory majority forever... that's a concern.
Will there be an event with a big voiceover?
that says "Shamefur dispray! Commit sudoku!"
*disclaimer - I love Japan and even went so far as to learn the language and customs when out there because of this, but Total War : Shogun 2 voiceovers are still funny.
> Regulating cow farts to control the greenhouse effect?
Not this again. Cows don't fart (although some gas is passed with faeces). They burp. It's the four stomachs thing. Get a faceful of cow-belch and you know about it.
My old man was a dairy farmer. I grew up working with cattle. Sometimes, cows eat too much fresh grass or silage that hasn't stopped fermenting and the back two stomachs gradually fill with gas and then you're going to have to pierce the abdominal wall and stomach to stop them dying in agony - not a thing that would happen if they could just fart it out.
The smell when you do this is unbelievable, but hey, it saves lives.
Re: Windows Server 2008?
The article says Amazon use Win2K8, not Microsoft. I believe MS are using Win2K12 R2.
Re: Three new offerings from MS
All of these are already offered by Adobe and Oracle are competing heavily with them via Java. I think that particular market's too packed for Microsoft.
Re: R'ftxahuan 'a'tun ..
Great. Bing! Translate, now with Aklo.
> it's so poetic!
if you find beauty in spittle, maybe.
Re: Araf (*)
As an Englishman who often visits Wales, I've had some success in convincing American tourists that the Slow Araf is in fact a land mammal related to the hedgehog, a shy and nervous creature which, like the Slow Loris, does not move quickly and is therefore in constant danger on busy roads. One particularly gullible specimen even swallowed the proposal that the penalty for squashing a Slow Araf is the amputation of a toe, which is why so many Welsh bus drivers limp.
Obviously, you never see a Fast Araf. Quicker than the human eye....
Re: Microsoft asks "What would you do if you have unlimited computing power?"
I think lottery results would probably be involved.