Is it me or when it gets kicked does it's body language say "Just you wait till I get my automatic defense system..."
383 posts • joined 2 Feb 2010
Is it me or when it gets kicked does it's body language say "Just you wait till I get my automatic defense system..."
Sorry small business owners but the old saying goes - if you can't beat them, join them.
Make an eBay and an Amazon shop and do most of your business through there. You'll find that if you are actually UK based and offer good customer service people will buy from you even if you charge a little bit more (not taking the piss though). Mainly cause they will get their stuff that week, not some random period of time later when the cargo ship arrives.
Or were you selling Chinese bits and bobs yourselves but adding a massive markup on top by any chance and are now just sad because the game is up? I'm looking at you Maplin.
If you think that's bad you should look into the way groups work.
If you add people to a group in WhatsApp and then as group admin you leave, the group is persisted and a RANDOM participant is allocated as the new admin. So if a user does this by accident, bad things can happen. Also any users who've been in the group can see each others profile pictures and phone numbers and the messages that were sent to the group even if the admin kicks them out.
Even the fact that it's phone number rather than user name based really doesn't sit right with me.
These things look pretty cool and all but I just can't see it taking off for mass market consumption.
Most people I know don't even use the 3D function of their 3D tellies because you have to wear "stupid glasses", hell I've never even bothered trying the option on my projector. Mainly I can't see many folks wanting to strap a massive thing to their head and lug around a pound of battery.
As a niche product for porn, theme parks, science or the DIY helper thing it could work nicely but as for mass market I just can't see anyone wanting it.
So then I wonder what the rules would be if someone used uber but only charged enough to cover half their fuel costs. So basically used it as a communal car sharing app.
The point about if you were traveling to point B anyway is interesting as well because it's common to give non-driving friends or relatives lifts to places then ask for them to pay the fuel in it's entirety.
An example might be if a friend wants to go to an airport, with their partner (who just for the sake of it let's say the driver doesn't know). The couple will each pay half of the driver's petrol so they are getting a cheap ride and the driver isn't out of pocket. The driver though has used his car to take a stranger (the partner) somewhere in exchange for money. So would that be covered by insurance or not?
One question about all this.
Is car sharing illegal in Australia if the passenger pays some of the petrol money plus a bit more for the effort?
If you see a cyclist about to run a red light that you are about to cross and you are big enough - cross anyway. Chances are they'll come off much worse if they fall off. Unfortunately dickheads like that are usually just as bad in their Audi as on their bike though so it might just mean another bad driver on the road while they recover or get their bike fixed instead...
Speaking of which - the most common red light running I see from drivers is at junctions where U-turns are forbidden. There's one in particular where I've nearly been ran over twice. All lights like that should have cameras fitted and automatic fines given out accordingly.
How is this a big deal? On most systems I've worked on, there is an "other" option which would allow people to specify (if they want to). That goes for any dropdown box based field unless it specifically needs to be one of the provided options for business reasons.
Choosing whether or not to provide this functionality should be a no brainer. It's easy to do and if it makes someone who normally has a difficult time happy then why not?
I always thought having to press the word "Free" was weird anyway. It took me a few seconds to actually figure out that was a button at all and not just a label when I first looked at the store.
But I guess it's offensive to have buttons that look like buttons...
I use it all the time. Though many of the people I want to chat to seem to be moving onto Skype. And anyone under 25 seems to be on KiK. What's with the weird proprietary ones being popular?
You can use Pidgin to talk to Facebook friends though (well, until quite recently anyway, not sure about now). The added bonus being not having to look at stupid Facebook.
The Japanese have a different outlook:
"The nail that sticks out gets hammered down"
Glass of Dutch wine at the Nail Gun Arms anyone?
Don't worry - they'll just mess with their content lock some more so you won't be able to get on YouTube or other notorious sites such as gov.uk from one hour to the next. That should give you at least a couple more hours of of extra "usage".
Oh great, another hosted authentication system from Microsoft. So far I believe this is their 4th but maybe I've missed one...
To my knowledge they have:
Live Connect, which seems fairly widely used but is secreted away somewhat and not really linked up to their Azure stuff.
Azure ACS, which is now deprecated after being "best practice" for a little while.
Azure Mobile Applications, which always seemed weird as an auth point for me but they bundled scheduled tasks in with those too so who knows?
Of course there's also the good old forms auth stuff and Azure ACS was kind of linked with active directory on Azure too.
Either way - this "ecosystem" is a massive mess for anyone just getting started. Honestly if it were up to me I'd not touch Microsoft auth with a barge pole. They just don't seem to know what they want to do.
No, it's much worse than that.
You just get a project per platform and the UI for that platform goes in there.
You can handle the sizing stuff in code but its a pain and very much a manual process.
Honestly, if you want something actually cross platform - just build a website.
Is this about apps (as in phone apps), web applications or just applications in general?
The term "app" is so horribly varied that it's impossible to use it properly these days.
As for the fact that most devs have poor security in web applications - yes that's probably the case for the reasons mentioned about (we've all been on the receiving end of Boss: "do it later"). But for (phone) apps it's even worse, mainly because there are hoops to jump through to allow SSL and on-device encryption, which many new, indie devs simply aren't going bother with.
"In one sense, it belongs to Microsoft now. In a much bigger sense, it’s belonged to all of you for a long time"
... but in a real sense, it belongs to Microsoft now, who will fuck it up.
It looks like they've sorted out some of the issues of Windows 8 but frankly it's going to take more than the implementation of obvious features that should have been in the predecessor (at least) to bring me back to Windows.
I already switched to Mint on my low powered laptop (though the poor thing needs putting out to pasture tbh) and my Desktop install is starting to get a bit more unstable so it's gonna get the Linux treatment too when I can be bothered.
I'm just sick of the MS bullshit. It's going to take something special to bring me back, especially when the alternative doesn't cost anything.
We're very heavily invested in all things Azure so this outage caused us big headaches yesterday.
It wouldn't be so bad for TFS online to be down if Visual Studio didn't have to timeout (~3 minutes) on EVERY SINGLE FUCKING CHECKOUT...
But no, the amazing resilient cloud can't be down so no need to do some defensive coding around that.
It's exactly this kind of crap that is turning me off MS dev (and MS in general tbh) more and more. Which is a shame because I normally sing the praises of both Visual studio and TFS, especially when used together.
"Been hit by both of these."
"I assume you mean you have been hit by service outages"
No, service outages happen, that's annoying but it happens.
The 2 services I listed were extolled as being best practice for a while before the announcement that they are being deprecated. ACS will stay around but will not be developed so it's going to just get more and more out of date and Federations are being actively canned next year (not sure of the details so existing ones might still work but I doubt if you'll be able to make new shards).
Well sticking stuff on a VM would certainly work but that kind of defeats the purpose of Azure's offering IMO. We may as well (and should) have gone with AWS if we were going to do that. Besides, they've only been offering actual VMs for a couple of years and our stuff was already on Azure by then.
As for the bacpac option, they don't include the transaction log so aren't fit for purpose for most companies who would need a real backup strategy for a legal requirement to minimize risk.
And of course RDP being disabled by default is a good thing but you shouldn't have to take down your live service to enable it. And you shouldn't need to enable it because Azure should provide access to real diagnostic tools from the admin console.
They do but they don't push out major version upgrades. They do deprecate them though.
"What history of nixing customers"
Azure Federations, Azure ACS. Been hit by both of these.
"Azure is easier to use"
I use Azure every day and can confirm that it most certainly is NOT easier to use than AWS. At least from a development and deployment point of view.
I'll list a few off the top of my head examples of where Azure makes things more awkward than AWS (or an on-premises setup, which is basically the same as AWS) I'm talking from a .net perspective, which in theory should make things easier so I dread to think what it's like for non .net folks.
- Wrappers. To deploy to Azure you need to wrap your projects in a special .cloud project. These frequently become corrupt (especially when upgrading) and have lots of config XML duplication. Very awkward to merge. (You don't have to use these if all you are making is 1 website but for anything remotely interesting you have to use this mechanism)
- Deployment. Is SLOW. You can deploy from Visual Studio, which packages up your application then sends it up to Azure, which will then makes a whole new VM, installs what it needs then allows you access. This can take anything from between 5 and 45 minutes depending on the size of your application and which way the wind's blowing. Note that getting the deployment set up in the first place is a pain because you need to mess around with storage locations and other auth stuff. Oh and if you just want to make a minor CSS tweak (for example) to a wrapped website you need to do a whole new redeployment because any changes you make via RDP aren't guaranteed to remain.
- Config. With Azure, they've thrown the .settings stuff in the bin and implemented a fudge so you can store your settings in the .cloud project and access them through a proprietary MS class. This does fall back to web.config or app.config if the setting isn't found but it throws and catches an exception to do it. Also it duplicates config, meaning it's easy for stuff to get missed out. Oh and it still takes ~5 minutes to make any config change via the Azure front end (it must do a soft reboot or something).
- Waste. For every project in a .cloud wrapper Azure will create a VM, eating into your cores limit.
- Backup. Backups (of Azure SQL) are still practically impossible to get set up in a reliable, automated, on and off-site way.
- Azure SQL. Is just generally awful. Missing features (freetext search, custom CLR functions, scheduling), difficult to diagnose when things are going wrong.
- Scheduling. Is only available via creation of a mobile app and even then it's only able to call a web service so you still need a whole instance per (different) scheduled action.
- Remote access (RDP). Needs to be enabled specifically from the first deployment or you need to redeploy with the various settings enabled. Makes debugging a failing service very difficult. Oh and you can't do an in-place swap of VMs while turning on RDP because it creates another endpoint and you can't swap in that situation. That means downtime, of however long it takes it to deploy.
- Diagnostics. Aren't provided by MS at all. The best software seems to be "Azure Management Studio", which is OK if a bit flaky (I put this down to the services they are calling rather than their software). But to get anything useful you have to mess around with more settings, pepper your code with more Azure only MS classes (Azure Diagnostics), turn around 3 times and stand on your head.
...That's all that immediately spring to mind.
Oops, I misread "charge" as "change" ... and even quoted it. What a numpty! You get the message though.
Well, they have certainly pushed me to change more - to Linux.
I've just moved house and we don't have a phone line yet so we're using a prepay 3g dongle. So naturally we're being conservative with bandwidth.
So last night I boot my Windows 8.1 PC for the first time since moving, turn off Windows Updates, various sync things via the "modern" UI, App Updates via the store and all the rest of the bandwidth eating stuff I could find ... and it still keeps gobbling up data. It's the final straw for me. I've had enough.
If this is the "cloud" future that everyone wants then count me out too. Once I've got time, Windows 8.1 is going and being replaced with Linux. I can always run a VM if I need Windows for gaming or Visual Studio and even then, next time I move jobs I'm intending to go somewhere less MS focused. And universal apps can fuck off too (you got WCF support yet MS? Thought not). Besides which, app dev on the Windows platform in general is dire compared to Android and Azure is a massive, slow, gold turd compared to AWS.
That's me though. Having read your articles and comments I feel your pain that you and your clients will be stuck with Windows for the foreseeable future. All I can say is good luck :/
For me it's a single portal, offering brand new content, as well as an archive of previous stuff (music, film and TV shows), including old and obscure, possibly never released on DVD stuff (cartoons etc), with the ability to take an offline copy.
At the moment, torrents offer basically this for free so I guess I'd pay maybe £5 - £10 a month for it. Maybe they could have an ad supported version too. As you say though - it's about availability, not price.
Well no, obviously the spaceship didn't CRASH there - it was underground and took off.
If it means a reduction in the dumbing down of franchises on consoles then I'm all for it.
Mobile for easy, throwaway yet expensive crap. Console and (hopefully) PC for real games, which are actually challenging to play and have plenty content. Oh and some good UIs would be nice.
Old horse o.o
I'm all for not discriminating against people who like to say they are whatever gender they want but this seems like a little strange way to go about it. I'd have just replaced the dropdown with a tag based textbox so it covers all bases while still remaining elegant.
Thinking back to my own childhood, I can say that in fact technology and computer games had the exact effect that Ellison describes - and it was the best thing that could have happened for me.
I grew up in a relatively poor area. Thankfully not the hell that inner city kids have to deal with but the kind of place where 8 out of 10 families (mine included) were dependent on benefits of one form or another.
As a young child I'd go outside a lot and do all the usual stuff such as making tarzan swings, camps in bushes and things like that (didn't have a bike until I was 12 as we couldn't afford one). The people I'd do these things with were not nice (I knew right from wrong) and along with the good, wholesome activities there were the games which involved setting stuff on fire and other antisocial stuff.
That all changed when I got my Sega Master System (saved up all year). Now I finally had something to do, which didn't involve hanging around with mini-chavs. Then when we could afford the Internet, that really allowed me to become the person I am today. I could talk with those with views like my own and it allowed me to see that there was a whole world out there to experience.
Fast forward a few years and now I'm doing well. I'm a software developer with a good degree from a decent uni, a good few years of experience and will soon be buying my own house. The majority of the kids I hung around with are either dead, in prison or on benefits with a horde of little bastards of their own.
It's true, computer games and other tech can prevent kids from going outside and in my opinion, that's a good thing.
Wow, old news today Reg - the DM covered this one weeks ago.
Hilariously inappropriate device though non the less.
Right click the start button (bottom left hotcorner if 8.0)
You will be happy.
Very under-reported (and non-obvious) but useful feature, which should have been in Windows since XP.
Unfortunate and very mean, but quite funny.
This really is what 4chan [used to be] all about. Not getting people to kill themselves or the lame moral crusades.
One of the things that these "boycott Amazon" lot always seem to forget is that a large amount of what we see on Amazon is actually provided through small, independent, tax paying retailers who could not even begin to survive the hideous shop rental prices if they couldn't supplement their sales through Amazon (and Ebay).
So before talking about how evil Amazon are - think about the little guys who they keep afloat.
The trick is to never give overtime for free. Leave work on time (a few mins to finish off is fine), never check your emails on the evening / weekend / holidays and have a separate work and personal mobile phone if the office always rings you.
It's tough being the only one to do this in a company of spineless coworkers but it does catch on.
The cover-keyboard was a good idea. It could have been a killer feature if it had been bundled with every surface for free rather than costing an extra ~£120.
In case anyone is wondering (as I was) if this update will remove the HEIGHT restriction for running apps, the answer is no. Only the width restriction for snap has been removed / modified.
No big loss really.
I'm hoping this fixes a few of the annoyances of Windows 8 on my (crap, low res) laptop.
The start button and custom corners will be nice currently it's annoying with the rubbishy trackpad. The top right one for example causing the charms bar to appear when I'm trying to scroll something.
As for the start menu / screen debate. Honestly I (and I suspect most other advanced users) don't much use the Win7 start menu. We open it, search and press enter or we use taskbar or keyboard shortcuts. One thing that we do use is the fast access to computer management etc but that's BETTER in win8 because you can right click on the bottom left hotcorner (most useful feature in the whole thing).
The only people who will actually have their use case changed are those who enjoy scrolling through the start menu, which is a waste of time.
That said - I do think the start screen is ugly and unnecessarily large on a proper screen. A middle ground would be nice.
It's definitely been tried. I attended a talk by a guy who did an experiment like that on himself (essentially inserting tiny wires directly into the nerve - an incredibly painful process apparently).
If I remember correctly he was receiving the stimuli from someone else, having it sent over wifi then into his own hand.
That was a few years back though so I don't know what happened with him or his research.
I really wish people would stop recording videos with their phone rotated vertically.
Or the developers of the recording software should automatically transpose them. It's hardly rocket science.
I did read the article. Did you not read the comment?
If you do something in public - people can see and photograph you and the Internet has nothing to do with it.
If you are ashamed of your behavior and don't want it photographed maybe you should just not behave that way in public?
What a waste of time.
Any company with photos of someone will probably remove them if asked. The problems occur when someone's peers have downloaded their own copies. It's annoying that people in positions of power still fall for that tired old Hollywood misconception that there is only have 1 copy of anything digital.
Anything you do in public is exactly that - public. If you don't want people to know about it then do it in private and don't take photos.
For all the improvements, I just can't get past the impression that such convertibles would be really flimsy and prone to physical failure at the pivot points.
Does anyone have one? If so, are they more robust than they look?
Anyone ever tried to use Standard Life's "Customer Zone"? It's IE Only for a start so if you use any other browser, the contents of the pop-up (yes - obviously it's all in a pop-up) get rendered about 10000 pixels wide and none of the links work. The design is awful and the interaction just not thought out in the slightest.
The worst though? It's only available during business hours. They actually go to the trouble of turning their web application off after 6pm. You can use it on weekends though, which is cool.
I guess the point I'm making is that finance companies are really behind the times in many ways, their IT systems being the worst.
Public sector tenders are stupid and pointless. Generally they come in 2 flavours:
Tender A: The one, which has clauses in it that only <Big Company> can possible say yes to (e.g. your system must fully integrate with <Big Company Proprietary System>... which has no externally available API).
Tender B: The one where the clients don't know what they need so they pick as many tick-box requirements as they can. ISO XXXX, AAA accessibility, Investor in People, CRB ... et al. These ones are especially frustrating because those who come up with them play a game where they attend public sector conferences and talk with other tender creation people to exchange new tick-boxes. It's like swapping stickers for them.
Now I may be completely missing something because you lot (el Reg) seem to be doing a fair few articles on this thing but the only reaction I can summon of the Chromecast is "meh".
I'd be much more interested in a wireless HDMI desktop streaming dongle for the same price, if anything cause it'd make working with projectors much easier.
I'll give you £50 for one Microsoft, wouldn't pay any more.
I'm actually thinking of buying a new, small form factor laptop but given that I can get a really nice one from PCSpecialist for ~£500 - why on earth would I buy a surface RT for only £150 less?
"declining home media and ticket sales"
I simply don't believe that there is a decline in ticket sales or home media. Cinemas make an absolute fortune from every rubbish reboot blockbuster that gets released and while CDs are only bought by enthusiasts now, legal downloads seem to be doing quite well, as are devices to play them on.
Just sounds like an excuse to make a new tax to me.