169 posts • joined 4 Jan 2010
> Anything less than *** with more than 50 reviews should be removed immediately; simple uat...
And how exactly would a new app ever get on the store in the first place if it needs 50 reviews first?
Last time I was in an EE shop (my 4th visit to try and get a PAC code, but that's another story). there were a queue of people (all with complaints) and 3 staff, all the staff were on hold to the customer services line trying to resolve complaints so nobody could attend to the queue. Is that really any way to run a business?
I'm never going back to EE as long as I live, and I strongly advise anyone else never to touch them. I should probably put "YMMV" but from discussions I've had with colleagues this is a universal finding.
Is it really that important
"The browser is one of Microsoft’s premier pieces of software – a piece of code as important to Microsoft in terms of brand as its presence among developers building for the web and Windows and netizens consuming it."
it it really though? sometimes I have problems with a web site in chrome so I just switch to FF or IE to view it. Since all browsers are basically the same nowadays I don't see why we should be fanatical about having a favourite browser like we used to. And that's from someone who works in IT - I reckon for most users if you switched them to a different browser with the same home page they wouldn't even notice the difference.
wrong on two counts
I have no reason to question the author's knowledge on the history of computing (I didn't study the article too closely) but he makes two fundamental misjudgements about the nature of people.
Firstly, many (and an increasing number of) computer attacks do/will not arise from a lack of hardware/operating system protection; they come from things like social engineering attacks - fooling the naive user into doing something they don't understand.
Secondly, we are now in 2014 yet still a large proportion of the worlds population does not have access to drinking water, and any relatively rich nation spends a large proportion of its wealth on going to war (and inventing machines to kill people). Over half the world's population still believes in God for f***s sake. Humanity is simply not rational nor capable of acting in the best interests of the whole world.
Re: Password fields need to be bigger.
one nice trick is to have a space at the end of the password - even if someone finds it written down or sees the plain text on your screen they're unlikely to be able to use it :-D
Re: @ J.G.Harston Resets?
the worst offender I've found here is fasthosts (this was a few years ago and I wouldn't be surprised if they've fixed it now). The "change password" form allowed me to set a password with punctuation characters, but the login form did not allow me to log in using such a password - D'oh!
Re: Who trusts a third party with their authentication?
so I presume you either just write all your passwords down on sticky notes, or you've written your own encryption software? compared to those alternatives, I'd take a third party solution any time
Keep Calm - you don't need network access to use lastpass
if the lastpass server is down, the client just opens the local copy of the data - network connection is only needed to sync.
this isn't really that big a deal
In general, I'd agree about letters after your name but I must admit, seeing MVP does make me sit up and listen
Re: I can see how that would work...
Agreed - the point of contract staff is that you use them for as long as you need them - not a day more and not a day less. An arbitrary limit makes no sense whatsoever and will just encourage departments to game the system, generating waste.
What I really want...
Is some kind of bot that just reads all those thousands of "unmissable" FaceBook posts for me and likes them on my behalf, then I don't need to log on at all
Re: Hmm Hang on.
You can get windows in <20GB but only if you don't run any updates. It's only 9 months since I reinstalled windows from scratch and my windows directory is up at 35GB. And unlike XP there's no way to trim out the junk.
There's not much wrong with windows
If you exclude the Windows 8 UI for obvious reasons, the Windows (desktop + server) platform is really not at all bad for people who are sat at a desk while they work - and that is a hell of a lot of people. The reason people aren't buying laptops any more is simply because there is no compelling reason to change them, not because they're using them less. This might be a problem for MS shareholders, but it's not per se a problem for the users, or even the software vendors.
What is a problem for the users is the fact that MS are getting ever more desperate in chasing the mobile market, leading to stupid design decisions, which is having the side effect of making the windows desktop less usable and cannibalising what would otherwise be a pretty stable market.
Windows 8 *PRO*
When even a 7 inch tablet runs pro, surely windows RT is dead now?
my own festival survival kit
- 24 pack of stella
- wad of cash (a lot less than most of these gadgets cost)
- Nokia 6100 (10 day battery life)
What about people using FB to log into other apps?
The more serious point here is that people often use FB to log into other applications which are actually useful (maybe even apps they use for work). Ironically, FB being down could actually have a negative impact on some people's productivity.
solving the wrong problem
transport security isn't the big problem with email - it's identity.
when every email has to be "signed" with the sender's credit card, and the recipient gets a "this is spam" button which donates $1 from the sender to charity, then we might have the makings of a sensible email mechanism.
how on earth did it come to this?
needing all this state-of-the-art computing resource just to figure out a few people's time-sheets and expenses forms
<insert obligatory comparison with the amount of processing power required to execute a moon landing>
blackberry playbook anyone?
MS are discounting the hell out of the surface RT to get rid of them because the OS is dead in the water. The surface pro is just another touch-screen wintel box.
haha - facebook
hmm I remember facebook ... from 2010. is it still going?
"users took to Twitter to complain"
Aah the irony of it. Use the one service that is designed to splatter out every message to everyone
Pah - stop being so negative. If something _can_ be changed, it _should_ be changed - that's the new Microsoft paradigm
Re: Rust would help, but there's a reason it's not used there
according to wikipedia "Performance of safe code is expected to be ... comparable to C++ code that manually takes precautions comparable to what the Rust language mandates"
If it has met those objectives, then it seems to me you'd have to have a pretty compelling reason not to use Rust
Re: This didn't occur to me immediately
True, but it only affects the client if you connect to a compromised server. So any attacker would have to have either compromised the server or lure you to a fake server, in which case this vulnerability is probably the least of your problems.
I'm not sure Molyneux intended to make this point but let's not forget that supertankers go down too, and when they do it's with disastrous results partly because the impact itself is bigger and partly because people refused to believe it would ever happen. I know far more people who've been made redundant from big firms than small ones.
This doesn't seem to apply to the banking system (for reasons which are incomprehensible to me) but for other large institutions the apparent safety may be a mirage. Comparisons between MS and Titanic anyone?
Re: Why is this news ?
Exactly, I don't understand why this app is different from any of the other un-removable crapware that comes with every phone.
Anyone with an S4 should think yourself lucky you don't have a Sony Xperia mini pro. Mine became unusable because the on-board storage is 100% full of manatory updates to un-removable applications.
how can zuckerberg possibly missing from this list? He's the new messiah - everyone knows it. it must be true, hollywood told me so.
it's a megablast
First time I played this game I couldn't believe it when I heard the song - the _actual_ chart song megablast - coming out of the speakers with the game noises. I really thought games couldn't get any better
Is this random number generator actually used in security applications?
There's an inference in the tone of the article that this "early_random" PRNG is used for cypto/security purposes but it isn't actually stated anywhere.
From my understanding, cryptographically secure random numbers in IOS are generated using SecRandomCopyBytes which is a different mechanism and uses entropy from the microphone, wi fi, accelerometer etc.
if all you can do by cracking early_random is cheat in some games, this isn't really all that newsworthy
16GB RAM enough for s/w developers?
Software developers working on enterprise server apps often want need to run the server in a VM.
When you're trying to integrate some J2EE monstrosity with SharePoint bloatware and need to run it all on the laptop, 16GB RAM doesn't cut it.
A whole conference on lync??
That must be like going to a meeting of the Robert Mugabe fan club!
I tried it a couple of weeks ago. Like SharePoint, it might be OK when it's finished but it's impossible to tell at the moment because it's not even beta-quality.
Everyone can't gain market share every year
Why does our economic system seem to be predicated on the impossible vision that consumers have to buy things at a constantly accelerating rate so that all suppliers can sell more and more of everything every year?
Personally I'm happy with my existing broadband, my existing telly, my existing laptop (and until I was forced to upgrade to windows 8, I was happy with my existing version of windows too)
right back to work now
the seem to have missed out 99% of the population
According to the list on the ABC news page, "male" and "female" seem to be missing
Or maybe I'm in a minority nowadays
What will they actually get for the $200m?
If the windows team won't be releasing any updates or security patches, what do you actually get for your $200-per-pc extended support? a shoulder to cry on and some help to fix your newly infected PCs?
"Woo Hoo" I thought - "A phone you can fold in half to make it smaller and protect the screen when it's in your pocket". But of course no, it's just a phone that is slightly curved but you can bend it flat if you want to.
I already have a flat phone - why the hell would i want to buy a curved phone just to bend it flat?
There seems to be a lot of bad feeling in el reg towards Microsoft, and digging out some irrelevant ex-staffer to have a pop at Nadella before he's even started seems a bit harsh.
Good for you I say - I've had 20 years of being messed around by Microsoft and their shit software. I don't care who's in charge, I just want to beat them with a big stick!
re: fuck off
The thing is, office 365 isn't just cloud. it could be simply renting your copy of MS word instead of buying it.
MS have simply done their usual clever trick of renaming all their existing offerings to the new name and claiming huge uptake of the new product, when it's mostly people just using the same technology they had before but under a new name.
that screenshot - are you serious???
An interface that looks like Windows 3.1 would have if it only supported 2 colours and 256x512 resolution!
It's not surprising nobody wants it!
dark colours anyone?
the basic problem with any wall projection is that the darkest colour it can project is, well, white
What would I give to have the email address and phone number of everyone who uses shapchat? Hmm, about £0.00
as Basil Fawlty would say...
Can't we get you on Mastermind? Next contestant: Mr. Tim Worstall. Specialist subject - the bleeding obvious.
...not just a service for customers, but used extensively by Microsoft itself
Isn't that a bit ironic. People are scared of cloud specifically because it's NOT IN HOUSE - they lose control of the servers, data etc.
Of course MS would use azure because it IS IN HOUSE for them. Would they run their infrastructure on google or amazon? no. then why would they expect anyone who's not Microsoft to run their infrastructure on Azure.
I'm with the beasties on this one
If GoldieBlox had behaved in any reasonable manner, I'm sure the BBs would have been much more receptive to an amiable solution, but for them to file a pre-emptive lawsuit was cynical and appalling. Take 'em for every penny you can boys.
growth in sales is not the same a growth in storage
as a very rough approximation, storage is the integral of disk sales over time, so if sales go down it doesn't mean storage is going down, it just means it's decelerating (not going up as fast as it was).
Moreover as the article pointed out, there are other significant factors like reducing cost of storage and improved efficiency which would allow total storage use to accelerate even if disk sales go down (and yes I know old disks get thrown away but I suspect even that isn't enough to counteract the other factors)
Experience is overrated
what counts mostly in computing is ability, not experience. I will agree that all other things being equal a wide range of experience is a plus, but counting the number of years' experience in a particular subject area is very overrated.
I'm sure we've all met with people who've been doing the same job for 20 years but still don't really have a clue, whereas a keen newbie with talent can pick things up quickly and learn on the job and overtake their "superiors" within a few months. I'd choose a fresh grad who knew how to program over a "lifer" who'd lost all drive any day.
This could actually be a good thing
computers have suffered for so long from the problem that any old idiot with a laptop had the tools to create content, hence most software and most web sites are crap - the software equivalent of a movie filmed on a mobile phone.
by finally giving dumb users a content consumption device instead of a content creation device, we might finally get to have the people who know what they're doing creating the real content and software, while slab-fondlers can concentrate on tweets and facebook posts that nobody reads.
Governments have been spying on us poor citizens for years. Now finally it will be easy for the common man to snoop on the private lives of MPs
all well and good in theory
but it's exactly the fragility you experienced that is the problem with Microsoft - "black box" installers that sometimes work but often don't; incomprehensible error messages; the fact that things often inexplicably work the second or third time. They failed to make SharePoint reliable in the enterprise so they've abandoned it, and it took them 20 years to get windows right. How long (if ever) it will take to get WASWS right is still very much open to question.
these look somehow familiar...
ah yes, they all look exactly the same as my 4 year old MacBook air :-)
- Nokia: Read our Maps, Samsung – we're HERE for the Gear
- Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series
- Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
- Episode 9 BOFH: The current value of our IT ASSets? Minus eleventy-seven...
- Too slow with that iPhone refresh, Apple: Android is GOBBLING up US mobile market