609 posts • joined 29 Jan 2010
And after these lawyers get done with it, Macbook users will end up getting 3% of the settlement.
Re: New ElReg unit
V'GER REQUIRES THE INFORMATION
Re: Windows 10 is fugly
This is just Microsoft's history - every other consumer OS intro is a dud.
Windows 3.1 dud
Windows 3.11 SUCCESS
Windows 95 dud
Windows 98 SUCCESS
Windows ME dud
Windows XP SUCCESS
Windows Vista dud
Windows 7 SUCCESS
Windows 8 dud
Windows 10 Success?
I left out Windows 2000 & NT variations because they were never marketed as consumer operating systems.
BTW, Windows 2000 may have been the best OS MS ever made. If only it had a firewall it would have been a great consumer OS.
Re: How would you tell Drive wasn't working?
wtf is Google + ? Isn't it just that annoying login (I refused to use) on YouTube?
Google+ = The social media website no one wants to use.
Re: Who defines terrorist ?
France has effectively declared war on the internet.
France is expected to surrender next week.
Re: Intel is selling tablet SoCs for approximately 7 cents each
That's interesting. I'd assumed Intel managed to strongarm companies like Asus (who are also players in the x86 market) into doing x86-mobile occasionally by applying a little "encouragement" to the x86 desktop and server chunks of the company.
The truth is Intel offered Asus free design engineering services to get them to use their components. I've done it myself when selling a core that my customer doesn't have experience with. It's an effective win-win technique.
Let's see if I understood this: if I want to make Microsoft take a video I don't like from Youtube, I just have to get a hold on a stolen Windows 8 key, create a fake Youtube account, and post the key in the comments?
I suspect it's broader than that. Since MS is only web searching for product keys, you could probably post the key in the comments of ANY YouTube video and get it taken down.
Re: Money talks
the judge granted the warrant, explaining: “If the territorial restrictions on conventional warrants applied to warrants issued [in this case], the burden on the Government would be substantial, and law enforcement efforts would be seriously impeded.”
Translation: "It would be too hard to get this data legally so screw it, just hand it over, bitch."
I was never a fan of Neil Tyson. Ever since he decided to take it upon himself to demote Pluto from being a planet, the man is much more interested in drawing attention to himself than pursuing science.
Operation Elop debunks the weird conspiracy theory that Elop had been brought in to sell the company back to Microsoft cheaply
Actually, I've seen this happen. A CEO is brought in by the board with the (undocumented) understanding that he will make questionable decisions that lead to selling the company to a specific corporation.
Unless you are specifically told what is going on, this is completely impossible to prove as absolutely nothing is documented to prove this. What does happen is that the CEO and certain other complicit managers walk away with millions six months or more after the acquisition, usually covered under money that is kept in escrow for undisclosed purposes.
On the surface it all looks very legal because you can't prosecute intent.
To shore up his argument, he recapped the US's scuppering of a 2009 terrorist attack on the New York subway and the arrest of lead suspect Najibullah Zazi
Hasn't it been proven that Zazi was captured purely by good police work, without any help from snooping Feds?
Re: Somebody has gotta simplify that agreement
We need lawyers to get us out of problems that we never would have gotten into in the first place if it wasn't for lawyers.
Re: A Night At The Opera
I predict Adobe will say something like:
"This was test code that was only used during testing blah blah blah, none of the transmitted information was stored on our servers blah blah blah blah, the code is not used and no data is collected blah blah, our users are all a bunch of blah. Now shut up and go away."
Re: Really? Worried? You had me for a minute there
Why the f*ck are they still playing the paedo/terror "the world will end" card every time we (the ones who make and design the devices and services) try jack up the security and encryption in them?
The threat is real. Why? Because this is the discussion going on every day:
VP of Engineering: "We can have this IoT Thingie on the market in ten months. The timeline is in front of you."
CEO: "Hey, what's this, six months for development and four months for security features? Skip the security and get it to market in six months."
VP of Engineering: "Um, wait..."
CEO: "I'm cutting the budget for security development. See, we get to market faster and we save money too?"
VP of Engineering: "But what is someone hacks our product?"
CEO: "You're crazy - nobody is going to hack our product! *** "
*** I wish I had a dollar for every time I've heard this. It's always yelled with a mixture of laughter and anger.
The Doctor is supposed to be uninterested in her romantically, not a blinkered idiot. Coleman is a beautiful woman and neutering the Doctor to the point where he can’t even objectively see that is just bizarre
Coleman is an outrageously beautiful woman. For crying out loud, for this Doctor to ignore that, he must be dead inside!!
Whenever a politician says "think of the children", what he's really saying is "think of me".
Eric Holder absolutely has no moral high ground to stand on in this discussion because to him, a warrantless search is no longer the exception, it's the freakin' rule.
The 8051 is estimated to be a $1.5Billion market annually. Most of the sales are in SE Asia as it's an open-source core perfect for the countless low-end applications out there that don't need more than 4MHz to run.
If I told you how many $$$ Atmel sells in 8051 each year the number is so high you wouldn't believe me. Silicon Labs 8051 sales is even higher.
Settings > Advanced > Update > 'Never check for updates (not recommended: security risk)'.
That prevents it from auto-updating, but there is no setting to prevent the nag popup sceens.
I have an old laptop with Firefox 3.2.28, Outpost firewall, and an antivirus. Last year I ran a contest, if you can infect my machine through that version of Firefox I give you $100, if you can't, you give me $50. I admitted my firewall is Outpost, but my antivirus is undisclosed. There were no takers despite the outcry from Firefox fanbois gleefully insisting my laptop was going to hell.
My main daily laptop has Firefox 27 and has never had a single problem.
Firefox has to have the most draconian upgrade policy - constant nag screens to update Firefox so it looks like Chrome.
In February 2009, Ericsson entered into a joint venture with ST-Microelectronics – itself a merger of SGS-Thomson and NXP – in a bid to take on Qualcomm
STMicroelectronics is not spelled with a hypen, and the Company is very vocal about that.
STMicroelectronics is most definitely NOT a merger of SGS Thomson ( no hypen) and NXP, these are two different companies and still are today.
Other errors in this article, but not enough time to detail.
Re: Another one bites the dust...
I don't know the details, but I'm guessing this was a massive management failure at RS. Look, with the electronics revolution of the past 20 years RS was in a perfect position to capture market share. They blew it. Years ago they had trained, experienced salespeople. Now RS stores are staffed by people that can't even insert a battery the right way.
They could have addressed the makers market. More important, they should have FOCUSED on immediate need, get-it-now items that people can't wait until tomorrow to get, like batteries, cables, memory.
Instead they tried to sell broad appeal items (you can't undersell eBay). They tried to sell mobile phones with salespeople that were pathetically inexperienced.
In a nutshell, they didn't know what they should sell. And now, in the final irony the whole company is for sale.
Re: OnePlus One
As a good capitalist, I have to shrug and say the market charges what the market will bear. The purchasers must be getting something for their money that they feel is worthwhile even if that is only cachet of owning one.
True. In this case, the iDamnThings have a high vanity effect. This is why people that can barely afford rent buy iPhones. It's marketing at it's best - or worst.
Re: They've got their heads in the sand..
"Our review indicates that the server did not contain consumer personal information; data was not transmitted outside the agency, and the website was not specifically targeted," a DHHS spokesman told The Wall Street Journal.
Sorry, I don't believe it. This sounds too much like spin. Given the sorry state of HealthCare.gov (the website contract was awarded to a Canadian company run by a close friend of Michelle O.) I think it's more likely that consumer personal info was compromised.
Re: "a battery life of up to two days"
These first wearables use off the shelf semiconductors that do more than needed and so draw more power. ***IF*** these devices become popular, custom chips designed specifically for wearables will be made with the proper functionality and longer battery life.
I don't see the problem - my FF v3.6.28 (just checked) works brilliantly. Wake me when there's a good reason to upgrade . . .
I have an older laptop running FF 3.6.28. It's the perfect browser for a slower computer. Fast, reliable, never crashes. I have a firewall and an antivirus and never had a problem. I dare anyone to infect it - go ahead, I dare you.
On my more recent laptops I'm running FF27 and FF28. FF28 constantly shows nag screens to upgrade. I laugh maniacally as I close those nag windows.
Re: Perhaps this gets sorted when...
China's antitrust regulator has given Microsoft 20 days to hand over a written explanation of how the Windows OS works together with the bundled Office software suite...
..."so we can pirate it" said the Chinese regulator.
Re: Police would definitely use that information against them if they got the chance
Reminds me of a Monty Python sketch defending police brutality
Police: "The defendant was caught doing something, (mumbles) not normally considered illegal."
Re: Trying to save the UK, whilst the world carries on regardless
Are you actually interested in and engrossed in your idea? It'll feel less like hard work if you are!
That should actually be bullet point #1.
It’s interesting to note that the new LG phones don’t have NFC
Maybe low end phones tend to be used by less sophisticated users? And NFC is another tech support call to deal with.
Re: And Mr.Pirsig quietly puts the wrench back.
Xen's efforts aim to ease these situations by delivering a regime in which a single system-on-a-chip could run several operating systems. Each OS would take care of a different task: an Android virtual machine could run the entertainment system while a Linux VM takes care of niceties like keepingt the car on the road.
There's a name for this: "Single Point of Failure"!
Re: my guess is...
Murdoch's not a part of that debate. His preferred Twitter style is to fire off something nasty, then disappear for a few days
... just like 90% of the people that use Twitter.
In these things, the simplest explanation is usually the correct one. Someone working at booking.com is scamming people. The scam they are running is the lowest risk scam.
John Kerry - Yawn!
Listening to John Kerry talk has to be more boring than watching grass grow.
Re: No one believes IDC
No one believes IDC's figures. They are guesswork at best which are completely manipulated to ensure the integrity of the headline figures with the current narrative.
True. Remember that IDC is in the business of selling reports. Developers are building apps and GUIs around Android, not iOS. A report that shows Android is popular, helps sell a project to upper management. So those project people better buy that report from IDC, right?
Oh Captain! My Captain!!!
I recently read an article on LinkedIn that said the Internet of Things will be a "multi-Trillion dollar market" by 2025. At that point you have to believe people are just making things up to get attention. Smart investors and technologists ignore these numbers because they know they are complete guesses with no basis in fact.
That assumes intelligence and some respect for another countries permanent interests. Kerry displayed no signs of any of that during his trip, so I'll put this one down to stupidity and arrogance too.
I'll have to agree. For years Kerry had the luxury of basking in the shadow of the late great Ted Kennedy. But after Teddy died and his vast accomplishments were proclaimed to the world, everyone looked at Kerry and said "So what have YOU done?" An embarrassed silence followed.
As a Secretary of State, Kerry is a seatwarmer.
Whoever those staffers were working overtime, they sure as hell weren't working to fix all the problems with LinkedIn Groups.
" lack of privacy" is the new nicotine.
Re: "the latest version of Firefox has some great tools for web developers"
I'm not a web dev. I just don't like being dicked around. UI stupidity is the problem
I agree. If I wanted a Chrome interface I'd use Chrome. Despite Firefox's loathing and disgust for anyone that chooses to not use their most recent version, I'm still using Firefox 28 because I like the File | Edit | View |... UI.
"Provided you can overlook some of the organization's exceedingly poor decisions in the last year"
...like trying to make Firefox look like Chrome!
"you don’t have to make decisions about what to listen to. Swell figures it out for you.”
I need an app to help me figure out what app I need to figure out for me what I should listen to.
Re: I object
But you are forgetting the genius acting technique known as the Shatner......
Re: Like, WOW, man!
it's clear Apple owes customers some answers.
Apple won't want to say anything, and if they are forced they will say something like it's part of their quality control and information is only used in the aggregate and users are not personally identified etc etc. Same ol' Apple B.S.
Re: Why am I not surprised by this?
" But I wonder, if they intercept a 13 year old's sexy pic, will someone charge them with child porn?"
Actually, yes. The NSA is part of the US DoD and hence, has anyone viewing, trading or collecting child porn arrested and charged for the crime.
Actually, no. The NSA is part of the Executive Branch and as such, they are exempt from all workplace harassment laws and it is almost impossible to prosecute them for sexually oriented laws in general. This is why Bill Clinton could not be properly prosecuted for rape.
Facebook was keen to point that it had built the "Buy" button "with privacy in mind"
To date, blocking Assange's escape in this way has reportedly cost some £6m ($10.3m) and counting.
But the entertainment value is priceless.
Re: ...Murdoch...content super-colossus...
At the moment, Fox says, “We are not currently in any discussions with Time Warner”.
"...because Comcast is offering Time Warner executives bigger takeover bonuses"
IMO Microsoft is one of those companies that has too many millionaires at the top that are no longer hungry and lack vision. The danger is that it has become a "lifestyle company" - it exists solely to support the financial lifestyles of upper management who have lost interest in making hard decisions that conflict with their tee-off times.
We've seen it before - National Semiconductor, Digital Equipment Corporation, Pan Am... the list goes on...
Just In Case
It’s worth noting that many of these vendors – Samsung in particular – are very happy to sign up to pretty much anything new in case it turns out to be important.
I've sat on these standards committees and pretty much that is how it is.
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- Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2