Disappointing move from MS - I had thought they'd gotten past that kind of evilness to an extent. Still at least they have come to an agreement rather than simply throwing their toys out of the pram and trying to get the products banned.
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Exactly my point - it did no harm to me or my mates at all. If anything it just made me totally accepting of other people's choices.
It's a really good point about the stifling too - it's so bizarre that as a society we totally shield anyone under 16 from the real world and responsibility then when they turn feral we wonder why.
Still - sounds like you have the right idea - it's nice to see that not everyone is totally illogical :)
Sorry but I don't believe that.
I know that all of my friends who had net growing up (and me for that matter) used to look at porn. And it made no difference to us at all :P But then boys always find porn, even if it's a stolen dirty mag or whatever.
At least they cancelled it now. Had Labour still been in I bet they would have kept it going and eating cash indefinitely.
What I want to Know
Will we be able to format these devices and reinstall windows if required or buy a version of them without the os (hence saving a few quid) and use our (legitimately acquired) existing licences that we have from (for example) Technet?
Got it Already
I should have said that I already use that one and it works well much of the time but there are still occasions when it fails to make any difference.
The one I remember recently was magicdisc on win7. Neither task manager or process explorer could kill it.
File Locks and Ending Processes
Personally I'm hoping for improvements to the way "open" files and rogue processes are handled so that as the admin I could actually force a process to end or forcefully remove a lock from a file. As it is, some naughty applications (I'm looking at you Outlook) can even stop you rebooting cause of this.
Yeah but if it'd been the last I'd expect they'd have gone ahead anyway regardless of the fact it'd be a logistical nightmare.
Then blamed the technology and hackers when it didn't work.
What's wrong with using a mass communication tool? Just because lots of people use it for trivial crap doesn't mean that's the ONLY use.
For example, during the recent Amazon EC2 outages, twitter was instantly filled with posts about users having similar problems, where as their own status page still listed everything as A-OK.
I was pretty disheartened when I first heard the government coming out with that crap as it sounded just like what the last lot would have said.
It's still worrying that it was their initial reaction but it's a relief that common sense seems to have prevailed.
How many digits and/or letters are there in the serial? If it's only numbers and a few digits then it would be pretty easy to try them sequentially.
If it were me
I would only be annoyed when they don't attribute it.
If a big media company uses a previously unknown photographers work it gets their stuff out there. As long as it gets attributed then they'll get more work because of it. It's why I (intend to) put out free software.
Also they can always watermark stuff and put up low res copies only.
Not accrediting them though - that's just low.
I Doubt It
That kind of system will almost certainly be imposed if things carry on as they are but as soon as that happens people will just put their efforts into making better darknets and it'll be back to square one.
Well yeah but it's not like they started from scratch is it...
Same as music
It's the same as music. Basically no one wants to buy these things because they really aren't worth it. I wouldn't give most modern music / film shelf space, let alone pay for the privilege.
Only now that DVDs are sold for £1 or so am I thinking of buying a few classics, which I may watch again. If the studios offered an unlimited, free streaming service for a fair price (and given the lack of quality in anything new I'm talking £5 / month here) then I'd consider paying for new stuff but otherwise, no way.
So what about news programmes on TV, all of which have a section for going through what's in the papers? Will these now require a licence too (or do they already)?
Maybe he did not read your post, maybe he did. His point still stands though.
Clearly if you have an old computer and you stick 7 on it it will be slower than XP. But if you downgrade a new one and put XP on it, 7 will be faster (if not right away then definitely after a few weeks). Also as other people have pointed out - it's all about productivity and XP is crap compared to 7 for that.
Whenever I have to go back to XP on someone else's machine it takes twice as long to do anything (even when I remember the exact convoluted way to do it).
Don't know about the toughbook thing but totally agree with the perception aspect - if I went to be a dev at a new place and found them all on that old junk I'd not bother with a second interview that's for sure. It shows a very bad, backward thinking mentality and resistance to change that would almost certainly be endemic throughout the whole business.
What missing functionality do you mean? I'm not flaming here, I'm actually interested in what you've had to get that you think should be part of the OS.
Or maybe they could make games that weren't mindless churned out crap that can be completed in 6 hours so that their gamers actually hold onto them for more than a week?
Unfortunately, I think that systems where the passwords are stored properly are actually the minority by a long way. That's certainly been the case with my own experience (inheriting existing projects).
Remember that developers who inherit stuff rarely decide their own priorities and customers only care about the issues that are impacting them NOW so "nice to haves" like having a semblance of proper security practice never get done.
How to get your pet law law pushed through or force government to make a U turn on a good idea: make it into a gender issue (say it will help find rapists), make it into a "child protection" issue, shout hysterically as loud as you can to every news paper.
his first paragraph made sense
My reply was more to his second paragraph, which looks more like the attitude that you are describing. Just as there is not a pedo under every rock, there is not a pedo lurking in every web site.
And nah I'm not a parent but I'm speaking from my own experience being a kid with both net access and freedom to go outside.
That is a good point to be fair. Of course there is the correct middle ground of teaching the kids not to be idiots in the first place then they'll be responsible enough to use the net (unfiltered or otherwise) and not want to hang round with the scum bags.
And to the other guy - of course I'm not one of the DM "pedos are under every rock" group ... not sure where you got that idea from because that's the opposite of what I said. I think that the problem is over exaggerated both on the Internet and in real life and teaching kids responsibility and logic is the best solution.
You are now on "the list"
Turning down CRB, almost as bad as "failing" one.
Please tell me you are being sarcastic...
Do you honestly think that "predators" are "all online"?
Do you really think that paedophilia is a recent occurrence?
I take the piss saying that there are people who think that. Obviously I underestimated how ignorant people are of actual history.
I'd personally much rather have a kid on the net unfiltered than have then roaming the streets with the local chavs. I know which one is going to become a better person when they grow up that's for sure.
In the UK we have creatures called chavs, these are generally teenagers who hang round shops etc, intimidate people and vandalise phone boxes etc. These lot seem to be the Internet equivalent.
I don't mind hackers who expose bad security and tell the owner so they can fix it, even if they release stuff when the company ignores them. But lulz are doing it for no reason now, it's not even funny, it's just mindlessly destructive, just like chavs.
Or they will put their money into something much more sensible and develop it themselves and leave us living with electricity rations and a massive economic disadvantage. Of course it won't matter by then because anyone with any sense will have left.
Enjoy your idyllic agrarian lifestyle while you can though - those with the technology (and fewer morals) may need some beasts of burden in the future for experimenting on, using as soldiers and whatnot.
So free stuff for the scratters and the rest of us have to pay for it then.
I'd much rather share a train carriage with a pony than with a scum family with bored, screaming kids.
Damn right on all points - and not a surprise at all.
Oh and PrAP is an EDS product, just so you know :)
It tastes the best because
it's made of people.
Sounds cool, especially if it includes really up to date stuff (stuff where I really don't want to have to pay to see it at the cinema cause it only looks OK) for a lower price than the cinema (if it's the same or more then people will continue to download illegally and they'll get nothing).
Will it actually be available in the UK too or just the US? Also, will the titles be available low res for people like me who have awful (sometimes < 1MB) connections?
'angin's too good for the buggers. Many a cold, wet day I've spent in some god-forsaken hell hole (Derby) because some scumbag decided that they couldn't do without Xmas gifts for their spawn (or enough Stella to get so blotto that they don't care about the tears).
I can only image the overall loss to our economy because of delayed and cancelled trains that these selfish gits cause.
I propose very high current electric fences to keep people away from the target areas or some kind of automated laser turret system.
He's talking about Coventry. It's well known that Churchill knew in advance of one of the big attacks on that city and couldn't tell anyone because of the source of the info.
eInk will not really be seen as anything other than crap by the general populace (as in people who read magazines, not books) until it can do colour.
Live under your bridge forever
1 - Nearest star with likely habitable planets
2 - Enslave them
3 - Simple probability that even I can understand - we'd be hedging our bets if we had 2 planets to live on. The more planets the more likely we are to survive
4 - No need for several thousand as inbreeding isn't as instantly destructive as it's seen to be (look at other creatures in the animal kingdom to see this). Obviously more (and fitter) would be better though.
5 - You can spend your money on Earth if you want but those of us who can see a future where the descendants of thee pioneers are as gods to those of the plebs who stayed would not begrudge a penny. In fact I would much rather all our aid money went into this kind of venture than to Pakistan.
Troll icon because I expect you probably are one.
OK, Apple are doing pretty well now. Cool. So now do they have to play by the same rules as everyone else or are they still going to be allowed to get away with forcing people to use iTunes and all the other anticompetitive crap that they do?
Never gonna work
It's a nice idea but it's never going to work.
First, most people still have very slow broadband connections and those that don't still have usage caps. This is not gonna change any time soon.
Second, gaming is pretty much always at the cutting edge when it comes to technology in terms of graphics, AI, physics, etc and for that you need a local high end piece of kit if there are a lot of concurrent users, if only to avoid the lag.
The only way I can see this sort of service working is to offer old games to casual gamers (think like those plug into your TV gizmos that you can buy from Argos). It just doesn't appeal to the hardcore market.
Just Like Mr. Lucas
He made some truly great things but the latest efforts are awful :(
Fable II was acceptable - barely. Seemed to care a lot about banning people from their forums and bringing out expansion packs, not to mention putting in achievements that you needed to buy extra stuff to get but didn't much care for actually fixing the game breaking glitches - oh and of course you can't back up the save files easily either.
Fable III - yuck. Dumbed down kiddy rubbish.
Stop - making games dude, you had it once but you've lost it.
Oh, Winamp still exists? I haven't used that in years, I wonder what it's like nowadays.
You should be a consultant for them.
On the other hand
So it seems good that Apple is sorting out this nastyness but if you think about it, forcing suppliers to close down by cancelling the contracts is surely going to make their workers unemployed and die of starvation or have to get even worse jobs.
I don't know what the answer is but surely in the eyes of the workers they would rather work somewhere bad than not be able to afford food at all?
Can it be upgraded?
Looks like the kind of cheap and cheerful device Binatone seem to make for those who really don't care much about a product other than to get basic functionality (my only home phone is by them and still going strong after about 7 years).
My only query is, is it possible to upgrade the OS to a later Android version or is it totally locked down?
"a zettabyte is 1000 exabytes"
Oh cool, thanks for clearing that up for me.
And the fine will of course be paid for by the tax payer. Thanks guys.
I'd much rather the idiot with the laptop and the idiot who gave them it were sacked.
Send him somewhere ...
Preferably somewhere without a net connection ... or a way out.
Definitely was to scare the Russians and (horribly) it probably worked out better for the Japanese culture as a whole because had the Russians invaded (which they would have, having been at war with Japan previously) their culture would have been totally obliterated with them becoming part of the USSR.
One thing that people never mention either was that although the targets were military with a lot of civilian workers, much of the population of Hiroshima were actually foreign POWs.
It was a horrible thing to happen, lots of horrible things happen in wars. It doesn't "cancel it out" in any way, everything about it is horrible and no one really won or was in the right. We just have to make sure to remember the things that happened and learn from them so they never happen again.
"Are the people making these proposals really so stupid that they think sex is the worst possible thing that a child (or adult come to that) could see on the internet?"
Yes. Yes they are.
Notice that in films you can have as much gore and shocking scenes as you like (as long as it's a "fantasy" setting) but anything even remotely sexual is an instant 18.
Not that much
It's quite sad really but when I hear £300k and government IT project I actually feel like it's a bargain :/