"another 100 to 150 grams of helium"
hmm just try weighing that out on the kitchen scales ;-)
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hmm just try weighing that out on the kitchen scales ;-)
the link about salting is from 2006. presumably they have fixed this now in which case the hashed passwords are useless?
" Isn't there some kind of axiom about "Jack of all trades"? "
yes there is but in my experience it's almost universally false in computing. Someone who can turn their hand to many different things is usually better at any one of them than someone who can only do that one thing.
What I find interesting is quite how un-political most of the debates are. There's strong arguments both for and against from people at both ends of the political spectrum and everywhere in between. I find it great to be able to openly discuss the pros and cons without having to worry about offending anyone's political sensibilities.
The people who are coming off worse IMHO are those who seem to think the answer is obvious and doesn't warrant any discussion (i.e. most of the political establishment)
As far as I'm concerned, any app that didn't get borked by the removal of left-pad from NPM last week has no place in the modern world.
I agree with the comments about OSX devices having a long service life, but those are basically mature and stable products.
The apple watch is basically a first generation very immature product and, if the whole smart watch concept is viable at all, developments need to be so rapid that the current product is a laughing stock within a 1-2 year time frame.
I suspect the reboot was a red herring. I had the symptoms between about 11:45 and 12:00 today after which they went away, and my last signature update was showing as 9:45 throughout the whole period.
I assume that it's doing some check against a blacklist which is more "live" than the virus signature updates.
Yes, more than 10Mb is lovely if you really want to watch several movies at once but for access to essential services, and even for casual streaming, 10Mb is mostly perfectly acceptable, and I predict that situation won't have changed significantly by 2020.
The big problem at the moment is that a small but significant percentage of the population does not have access to broadband that's good enough for accessing government services, banking, online shopping/price comparison etc. Bringing these people online is higher priority than striving to reduce the time it takes for the average connection to download a movie from 10 to 5 minutes.
Damn shame - at $15k a time, I could retire on the bugs I've found in OneDrive (and probably afford to buy MS outright if you included the abortion known as OneDrive for Business)
I suspect the conversation went something like this:
"have you seen the amount of free publicity Amazon got from their pie-in-the-sky delivery drone videos.?"
"yeah let's get us some of that"
Woo hoo - finally someone's really committed to making a usable linux for the desktop aimed at non-techie users.
Now stick it in the pile with all the others and wake me up in 5 years if there's any more than a few techies using it ("0.2 probability" as Gartner would say)
in the old days when the monitor power was daisy-chained out of the back of the PC, I connected a novell netware server to the output power socket on my colleague's PC, and connected his monitor power and VGA to the output of the netware box. when he turned the PC on, the monitor turned on and he saw netware booting up.
Surely if there's any reluctance in user takeup, all they have to do is integrate messenger into the normal FB application (which in my experience can't be uninstalled on android), then users will have the simple option of either having messenger or not having a smartphone.
For me, the performance difference is real because the startup time of Libre office is much longer than MS office.
The problem isn't quite as simple as that.
In Skype there is no central server through which all messages pass, so no authoritative source of "system time". Individual users' devices may vary in their current time setting by several minutes. Also the order in which messages are received is not necessarily the order in which they were sent because the network is slow and unreliable.
However, I'm not defending the fact that it used to get it "right" (or at least better than it does now) so there has undoubtedly been a regression of functionality.
agree - I think skype usability peaked around version 5 (in the golden days of windows 7 and server 2008, before everything MS did was shit)
Does this really work? sounds like a valuable tip we should know about
I'm not looking forward to my next phone and that's a great cause for optimism in my book. The fact that the phone market is maturing is a good thing. It means we'll get more reliable and stable platforms, better usability and fewer dead ends.
But most importantly, we can get on with our lives in the real world using the phone as a means-to-an-end rather than the phone itself being the object of our attention.
When I go out for a walk or cycle, I'm pretty sure nobody gives a shit where I've been or how fast I was going, and I certainly don't want to be fiddling with gadgets all the way round. I thought the point was to get out and enjoy the countryside and have a rest from technology?
Maybe I'm being dumb, but I thought an advert was just an HTML element on a web page (possibly an iframe) which is served from a web server. It's no different technically from any other content. What has this got to do with browser extensions?
I'm currently the proud owner of a 4 year old dell precision M6600 and a 5 year old macbook air 11. Both used very intensively and both are in just about perfect condition, though the macbook does have a small dent where I knocked it off a table onto the floor (this would probably have killed a plastic cased HDD laptop).
I agree with AD though - the construction on cheaper products is crap. there was a time when you knew your laptop would be outdated in a year so there was no need to bother buying something well built, but nowadays it's worth the money to get something that will last
have just bought an HP envy 13 which looks superficially as well built as a macbook but only cost £600. if I get 5 years out of that, it'll be a bargain.
The apparent quote "aren't enough developers" isn't actually a quote from the story; the story actually says "aren't enough skilled developers".
In my experience there are plenty of insufficiently skilled developers (many of them "trained, experienced and idle" to quote yourself) but there is most definitely a skill shortage in the industry despite good pay rates. I have personally never met a truly talented IT person of the type I recruit (developer or otherwise) who left the IT field to do something else more profitable.
...reminds me how glad I am that I don't live in the US
Just turn on your GPS and leave it in the same place. Subsequent location readings will differ from each other by some error margin and thus it will think it has moved (i.e. that your speed is non zero)
Now imagine you're moving very slowly compared to the error margin and you can see that it will think you're moving much faster than you actually are.
what's sad is that it's newsworthy when someone has to say this.
step 1: redefine <<latest buzz word>> to be whatever we're already doing
step 2: claim we are 100% compatible with <<latest buzz word>>
I'd be interested to know what percentage of LOC has been changed to meet this "98% redone" claim. I'm guessing it's way less than 1%, and all the rest is creative accounting.
I think you need more than two data points to claim exponential growth.
And with debt of £200k per employee or £2,000 per customer, I'd agree the jury is still out on the business model.
Anyone with friends that still use hotmail will regularly get spam coming from those people with links to dodgy web sites. This flaw has been very obvious and actively exploited for at least 10 years.
I only twigged it as a simple XSS attack last year when my gf clicked on one of the links and we noticed a load of spam messages appear in her sent items. If there was anyone inside MS with the remotest interest in hotmail security they could have found and fixed this flaw years ago and saved all of us a lot of grief.
"While Facebook's response is a novel one"
err, a forum site allowing smileys to be used in posts - novel?? it's only been around since about 1986
1. using the same ecosystem for such a broad range of devices will restrict developers to the "lowest common denominator" features (which should really be called highest common factor) i.e. developers can only access features common to all devices and will find it much more difficult to optimize for a specific class of devices.
2. using the same ecosystem for such a broad range of devices is probably not desirable. contrast the success of iPad and iPhone (iOS having a completely separate codebase from from the desktop OSX) with the failure of windows 8 (trying to shoehorn desktop and mobile into the same UX)
This Asus might be different but so far I've never used a windows laptop which came within a mile of the macbook touchpad for usability (multi touch, swipes etc). Boot the macbook into Windows and all the magic goes away, so I guess this has as much to do with the OS as the hardware.
I'm not an apple fanboi at all; I don't own any other apple products and generally find Windows easier to use than OSX. But for me, this alone is worth the price premium and the hassle of not being able to run my windows apps.
I very much sympathise with your viewpoint, but let's not forget most computer users are not IT savvy people. IMHO the biggest problem faced by non-techie home users is there's too much scope for them to mess things up. One of the reasons tablets have been so successful with home users is that they are so much more difficult to screw up (though this is partly down to much lower levels of functionality available). Maybe Windows should have two separate modes, one for people who want control and one for those who just want to take the line of least resistance and do everything the recommended way?
because if there's one thing the public sector is better at than outsourcing IT, it's running it's own IT.
How dare you print this heretical and blasphemous crap. Repeat after me, "cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud", and don't stop until you believe it.
I have noticed what seems to be a lack of randomness in car audio track selections, but on doing a bit of research I believe this is actually psychological - I'm sure even the most basic computing device easily has the capabilities to generate PRNs that appear random to a casual observer.
However, what you want most of the time is a shuffle, not a random!
Anyone who has ever had to use EE customer service would never touch them with a barge pole, but if you're a virgin cable customer you can get to use EE's network and still have some semblance of customer service. YMMV IMHO etc.
A lot of bank robbers seem to use cars as getaway vehicles - let's ban them
All kinds of criminals use mobile phones - they should be made illegal as well
Our oxygen-rich atmosphere makes it easy for criminals to breathe - destroy it!
If there's one pattern we've seen again and again from Microsoft it's this - pick a buzzword and re-brand all your product lines to that buzzword (Remember "live"?). The technology behind it is irrelevant.
"The fact that ... some social networking app is not available is not much of an issue (in business scenarios)."
So it's goodbye BYOD and welcome to the world of having a separate phone (and presumably separate tablet) for work.
"32,000 hours of original programming" ... "371 hours of new UK output were broadcast"
can anyone explain what these numbers mean and why there is nearly a factor of 100 difference between them?
I suspect that even the top brass in MS new it was an utter disaster, but they knew they had to do something drastic to get in the tablet game, and couldn't think of anything better.
They took a gamble, and largely succeeded, that their foothold in windows desktop+server was strong enough that even Windows 8 wouldn't cause most users to abandon Windows, and they probably had a very good idea they'd be undoing a lot of these changes in the next version.
Whilst I've personally been pissed off immensely by the whole w8 debacle, I'm not sure what else MS could have done which would have been accepted by the shareholders and top brass desperate to compete with apple and android. On the other hand, are they in a better position now or in a years time than if they'd never done windows 8? I really don't know.
cue the downvotes please...
Thank you thank you - this is what I've been harping on about for years.
Why on earth do new versions of Windows group the windows together by app, meaning 2 clicks (or at least one hover followed by a click) are required to switch documents even within one task.
Personally I have the taskbar on vertically down the screen, with small icons+text and "never combine", and I use 7TT (highly recommended) to group windows together by task. It really frustrates me when I have to use someone else's PC and go back to the default way of doing things.
...to run software that only runs on Windows. That's a helluva lot of software to be sure, and it includes some of the best software in the world, but it won't run on the Pi either.
Windows is going to be around for a long time but outside of the classic wintel environment it'll only ever be a curiosity
I assume this is running full-fat windows rather than win RT. If so, 32GB is only enough to last for about a years worth of windows updates even if you don't install any local software or store any local data at all (some of my PCs have over 50GB in the c:\windows directory).
This is a very short-sighted idea
Having just switched from gmail to office 365, the biggest downside for me is search which doesn't seem to have improved significantly since I used exchange in 2001. If this is what on-prem exchange customers have to look forward to in exchange '16, don't get your hopes up too high.
yes in theory, but this cunning plan relies on the fact that most users aren't savvy or motivated enough to do that... only the ones with something to hide... oh crap!
I paid £109 for my 23 inch full HD monitor in 2009 and have never had any problems with it
Not a twitter user myself but to the uninitiated, this looks like something that would take one competent programmer about half a day to implement.
It's interesting to look at the upvote/downvote ratios on this story. On most stories, a common-sense comment gets a big pile of upvotes an a stupid comment gets a load of downvotes. What we're dealing with here is basically a political issue so I'd expect people to vote along party political lines (tories in favour of the original article and lefties against). Hence a fairly even split of up and down votes.
We might not necessarily see it as party political, we each see our own view as common sense, but that's the nature of politics.
Don't forget this is just one specific category of one specific area that's being identified as wasted for one specific reason.
If you take into account inefficient public services, benefit payments, parliament, bureaucracy etc, I'd guess at least 1/2 the £700 billion is "wasted" in that it could have been better employed had it not been given to government to spend.