302 posts • joined 19 May 2010
Re: As if this will make people happy!
Win8 attempted to bring a tablet experience to the desktop. But it wasn't just the OS, they screwed over just about everything from their dev tools to office.
This release feels, more than any other, as if it was put together by a bunch of recent grads who have absolutely no idea how people use their computers. We didn't need a revamp of the desktop UI. Not did we need to be directed to have our login credentials handled by MS's servers. And we sure as hell didn't need settings to be dumbed down to the point of being unusable.
Win8 is simply NOT a product that belongs in an office setting and if I wanted a toy then I'd get an xbox.
As others have pointed out, I'm just not seeing a story here at all.
Honestly, I think their contract doesn't go far enough. They should require manufacturers to allow updating of the handset OS at least two versions forward. In other words if I buy a handset that's running version 2 then the manufacturer should provide updates for that phone through version 4.
Phone manufacturers are notorious for releasing a phone then simply not supporting it 6 months later. They can't be allowed to do that anymore.
Up voted you but disagree that an academic necessarily understands English. I've met plenty ( native speakers ) that seem to have that problem.
Also I wouldn't put too muh stock in what tht guy says anyway. The hyperbole in his statements show that he doesn't understand what he's taking about.
Sounds like the stuff isn't that good if some journalists figured out what was going on.
You know, I'm glad most of you aren't head of state. Some of the things posted here are on par with what is expect to hear from Iran or North Korea.
China doesn't sink the US because we keep their people employed. Plain and simple. Could they do it? Yes. It would probably take less than a week to cause massive uproar and the US couldn't do a damn thing about it. However their leaders are actually pretty smart and level headed. So it isn't going to happen.
Is there such a thing as a radio the size of a USB stick that can send out a signal strong enough to be picked up 8 miles away? No. If there was anywhere near something like that then wireless manufacturers would have been all over it.
So calm down. This "release" is just BS.
Here's an idea. Stop red acting stuff and just publish it. Pretty much all of this should be known by anyone with a few brain cells.
Re: Scary indeed
Although quite sad, I think you're right. This will have some serious long term effects on the populations in and around those cities.
Why would I bother with a kickstarter when I can just go down to my local Office Depot and buy one. If it doesn't work, I can take it back to them to get my money back.
Seriously, there's no need for the kickstarters on this unless the thing includes some way to do away with the whole "3d design" part. In other words, let me put a part in and have it duplicate it. Just like a copy machine.
I'm conflicted about what they should do. I do NOT like the idea of having companies like FB and Google to pay for my data transfer. After all, it could get murky really quickly about what rights I give up as my information goes across lines they pay for. Nevermind that it easily raises the bar for new competitors entering the market.
OTOH, a few apps are notorious about the amount of data they transfer to the device. As a programmer I know that a lot of this boils down to lousy coding. The net effect is that a lot of bandwidth is simply wasted, and AT&T knows this.
So, I'd love for AT&T to put out much faster towers with bigger pipes, but I also know that every single time things get faster, programmers find a way to waste that speed through lousy coding; so it's a never win situation. Caps on the consumer limits the problem, but this doesn't necessarily filter back to the offending companies as issues they need to solve.
So, if you are AT&T, how do you fix this?
If it is "publicly available" then I think the courts ought to throw the whole thing out. Perhaps even beat LinkedIn with a stick by forcing them to provide a web api to make it easier to grab. Which, now that I think about it, sounds like it would be something LinkedIn would want to do anyway...
If it is data that is not "publicly available" then it seems to me that someone ought to sue LinkedIn for not doing enough to secure everyone's private data.
All in all I'm failing to see the angle in which LinkedIn should have a standing to sue. And, no, I don't give a rats ass about their "terms of service" for data that will can show up on a google search.
In the link to the defense.gov site, the article ended with this tidbit:
"I’d like that last operator that we lost to be the last operator we lose in this fight or the fight of the future. And I think we can get there."
A few questions come to mind: Did they lose someone while testing a suit? Which fight is "this fight"? Does this mean they already have a suit that was deployed on a battlefield but it was destroyed?
Kind of an odd statement unless I'm missing something.
quote: “... has a 1 in 3,362 chance of drowning at the beach and a 1 in 292,525 chance of being killed by a shark in one's entire lifetime.”
What's the chance of being killed by a shark in someone else's lifetime? Or, perhaps, what are the chances of being killed by a shark in only half of your lifetime?
This "leak" is pure BS.
Sorry, but the US gov just spent well over $600 million on a broken website. I seriously doubt the NSA would only pony up a measly $78 million for the wet dream of spy computers, even just for continued research in its development. Either it's missing a zero or it's completely made up bullcrap someone was mocking up.
Somehow I don't think the lawsuit is going to matter at all.
Most iPhone users have learned that you absolutely positively must have the phone in an actual protective case, otherwise it will soon be scrap. Mine hits concrete at least 3 times a week ( thank god for LifeProof ). That keyboard looks like it would shatter the first time it hit carpet.
The only people that might buy it are probably ex-blackberry users that haven't learned that lesson yet. Not sure how this plays into the dimbulb comment though.
What does "crims had lifted data from the magstripes on victims' cards." even mean?
You can't pull the data from the mag stripes of 40 million cards across 1800 stores. You pull it from the systems the reader communicates with. In other words the register or the back end systems it connects to.
Inside job or not they are obfuscating the hell out of this.
Pics or it didn't happen.
Option 1 isn't really an option. Any time you start taking big hits you have to explain.
Option 2 might be cutting a little close to the mark with regards to any FISA court order that may be in place.
Unfortunately the NSA put IBM in a really bad position where they were going to be sued no matter what they said/didn't say.
Re: nanny mozilla strikes again
You failed at reading comprehension in school didn't you?
You can whitelist your corporate network in about 0.5 seconds and not have to worry about it.
Re: inspace, there is no friction, you would go lightspeed
"HOW DO YOU STOP ON THE OTHER END?"
That ones simple. Just ask the guys building electric cars: regenerative braking. You slow down AND accumulate energy all at the same time.
Can someone please figure out a way to muzzle the NSA.
Given all the Snowden leaks I'm starting to become convinced that the NSA was responsible for the invention of malware and they obviously had a hand in this.... somehow.
This entire article should ..
appear on thedailywtf.com.
Let's see, a company owns 90% of a market which is PAYING it for their product. There are no real competitors at this point (sorry linux fans, there really aren't that many of you in comparison). So they should just give away something that is literally making them billions of dollars a year? for free?
Yeah, okay, whatever.
I have to say that the snapchat management were idiots for dismissing a $3bn payday. That's a whole lot of money for an app that FB, or really any other company, can reproduce. As the competitors roll out that $3bn is likely to become a valuation of around $3,000 ... Especially when you understand that teens are fickle customers who jump ship on a dime.
Re: For me, Java was already dead
The sheer number of workarounds needed to get stuff to work in Java is enormous. Years ago I said Nevermore and I've been much happier since.
Maybe we should start a site where everyone publishes their method headers so that we can ensure no one uses the same method name and/or signature twice?
Dear god, if Oracle is successful the entire industry might implode.
Re: This is a tough one...
According to Oracle: the first person to "copyright" it would own it. Obviously the other one copied it.
The researchers, as they are normally do, made at least one unjustified claim. Namely, the reasoning behind why men drive and women are passengers.
It has nothing at all to do with the stated reasons. Rather, women ride because they are far more manipulative then men are and are much better at getting others to do things for them. A man prefers to take "control". A women prefers to retain control while letting the man believe he has any at all.
Notice how women have historically been in control of family finances while staying at home letting the man do the work.
Author missing an important point
Like most people in the world, the American public isn't exactly 100% up on current events. Yes, we have constant news cycles telling us how that cute panda is doing in China or how many terrorists have blown themselves up.
However, it's more likely that the average American has heard that the government is using drones to watch and/or attack people than they will have heard about Amazon's drone delivery service. They are also not likely not to know that the US drones are not targeting people on our own soil... And they are even less likely to know how to tell the difference between the two even if there is a large Amazon logo painted on it.
With that in mind, take your average redneck and fly a drone over his head. You can bet he will try to take a pot shot at the thing whether he knows he can hit it or not. Which is the dangerous part as he is more likely to injure himself or a neighbor than the drone.
Yes, I find articles like this useful.
However, leave the hyperbole out. Google employs the most capable people? Not so sure about that. They seem to screw up as often as everyone else; while either over complicating basic things or simply leaving basic features out of product releases. Even the quality of google search results, their bread and butter, has been declining over the past couple of years.
Also, the big three provide very different services. Yes, they are all "cloudy" and what not but at their heart each takes a very different approach. Differences that don't necessarily allow for easy migration.
I am happy that the price/service wars continue. When we first got on Amazon for MS servers, MS's solution would have been about 3 times the price. So we so prepaid for a year. When it came time to reup, we went month to month and have seen our TCO drop. I expect it will continue to do so for quite awhile.
The NSA doesn't exist to "safeguard" anything. They aren't a police force, they aren't in the business of making sure American technical assets are protected. They are in the business of gathering and analyzing every single bit of intel they can.
That said, I vote that we add a new amendment to the US constitution. It should state:
"Federal, state and local governments and all representatives must abide by the same laws as US citizens. Any individual failing to abide by such laws are subject to the normal criminal and civil penalties in addition to 10 years in a federal penitentiary without eligibility for parole"
That would stop this bullshit.
Re: Right and wrong...
There is far more being insured today than ever before. Of course payouts increase. Take any single modern city on the planet and compare how much it would cost to rebuild today vs 50 years ago. Even adjusting the dollars for inflation, there would still be a difference of several orders of magnitude. And that is comparing the result of only 1 disaster.
Increased costs and payouts are not an indication of changes in weather. They are an indication of Changes in how much is being insured.
Impressive. Brings to mind thoughts of the library at Alexandria.
Another thought is that the data stored is essentially a log of human life. Even if we don't care about those drunken party photos, historians 2000 years from now might. The next step would be to get the data off of magnetic entirely and moved to a true long term storage that would survive everything from nuclear strikes to the degradations of time in order to be useful for the future.
Re: Scientists! Repeat after me: We don't know
The reason why we have things like the MMR and global warming scares isn't because the media cant read scientific papers. It's because reporting the hedges a scientist makes in their paper gets in the way of a good story.
Honestly, would you rather read a story where a scientist says, "We think the world has a 0.0001% chance of imploding if 100,000,000 Hummers are started at the exact same time... But we're not totally sure." Or one where a scientist is reported as saying, "World will implode if more Hummers are sold." It's trivial for a reporter to get a scientist on record saying the second thing then take it completely out of context.
That's the problem. The news media knows exactly what people are saying, they just choose to ignore those bits and instead focus on what will sell papers. Hint: Half true polarizing statements sell more papers than completely true innocuous ones.
They have phones? And computers you say? I guess wonders never cease.
Continued proof that first to market doesn't always mean you keep dominating it. You still have to innovate or your competitors will take it all away.
I'll take 2. Thank you.
Just goes to show that even naive dimwits can make a metric crap ton of money.
Adding him to my block list
Anonymous currency is a destabilizing problem for any country attempting to hold legitimate elections.
The issue isn't with tracking drug dealers or pedophiles. Those are actually just side benefits. The real issue is in determining who bought an election. If Chase bank can funnel $500 million into a presidential campaign fund without anyone, but the recipient, knowing then that is a huge issue. Yes, I'm not naive enough to think that politicians can't be bought through a variety of ways, but most everything can be traced.
Bitcoin may appear to be a good thing, but it has the potential of being highly disruptive to a lot of different activities.
Re: "doesn't admit wrongdoing in the settlement"
Let's say you walk past someone else's car. There is video footage that appears to show that you were very close to it. Perhaps close enough to have caused a big scratch in it's paint. The car owner files a lawsuit against you to have their car repainted. However, you didn't touch it at all.
You're lawyer tells you that it will cost $10,000 to defend against the lawsuit. However, the car owner is willing to settle for $500 (cost of repainting). Even if you decide to fight it, the evidence is enough that it's hard to tell which way a jury would go.
What do you do?
The financial answer is that you settle while not admitting guilt. To do otherwise will simply cost you a lot more money for zero gain.
Now, same situation only you in fact did scratch the car and know it. Not only that, you scratched two other cars on the same street.
Again, the answer is you settle without admitting guilt. If you admit guilt then you make it easier for the other guys to sue you, and their lawyers will tell them not to settle as other damages can be applied in the case.
From a business perspective, you might very well have employees that did something which wasn't acceptable to you. However, that code goes into production and you, the business owner, is sued for it. You'd love to tell them it's not the business's fault rather it's this "rogue" employee, but the fact is the employee works (probably past tense now) for you. In order to limit the financial damages you settle, don't admit fault, and make as sure as possible that the problem is resolved to everyone's satisfaction.
To do otherwise would open your company up to a huge number of lawsuits costing probably far more than would be warranted for the transgression.
Re: Renaming media
Someone already did this. That's why the URLs return a 404.
Hint to the UK:
The right answer isn't to stop training smart people. The right answer is to create an environment that is conducive to launching new enterprises. There are too many issues with having an actual presence in the uk to bother listing. However a few that come to mind are difficulty in terminating employees and incredible tax costs. Heck, I'd leave too and there is no way I'd set up shop there.
Address those then reap the benefits.
The 3 laws...
Someone needs to contact the manufacturer. Apparently they let a defective positronic brain out of the factory. I wonder what the punishment for violating the 3rd law is?
Glad to hear they are responding to feedback. I went to sourceforge a couple days ago to grab something and couldn't figure out where the actual download link was. Ended up just searching for a different package to solve the problem I had. I'm sure I'll check in on them in a few months.
This is a difficult problem. The defense lawyer is good. If I'm ever in trouble I know who to hire as this is likely to go up a few court levels.
Going forward how do you construct a law so that photographers have permission to photograph people in public, without getting their permission, but prevent certain types of photos taken?
The upskirt photo is not of a naked person and the subject isn't in a state of undress. If you claim angle of the shot, then how do you define what is or is not acceptable without impacting a whole class of valid photography.
In short, I'm not sure I see a way to legally define this. Maybe the law should be a little less exacting and instead leave it up to a jury to decide what an acceptable photograph is... However, that way will easily lead to a large number of "wrongly photo'd" cases and huge expenses.
Yes, upskirt photos are obviously wrong and should be punishable. I just don't see how that can be withou impacting a lot of other things. So, kudos to the defense attorney. She's going to "win" this one.
I wonder if any of the Reg's article writers know how to actually parse the English language for meaning.
Apple said they gave "consideration" to users privacy. This does not mean Apple thinks users information should be private or even that they took any step toward keeping such data private. It just means a couple managers or devs thought about user privacy at some point. Probably while chugging a beer and crossing it off a list of potential features of the application.
Come on guys. Learn to read.
Re: Why there are no good Dr Who games.
This was at the forefront of my mind as well. A Myst style game would have been perfect.
Even now they could hook up with Lego to make a cool Lego game. My kids love the various ones ( except LoTR - too violent ). Assembling the key of time is kind of a perfect meme for them
I must be a bit jaded.
Item 2. Was a two parter. Were they saying that they would not provide the legal basis for doing it or that they haven't done it.
Item 3 also had multiplied questions in it. Again were they saying they have never granted a request or that they wouldn't provide information?
Item 4 is curious. They start off talking about malware ( which is a general classification ) but only really deny Trojans. This leaves open the possibility of other classes of malware such as worms or viruses.
Even if we assume he's not lying, the way it was answered leaves a tremendous amount of wiggle room.
My first thought was: maybe now they can buy some decent hardware. That site has always been slow, generally timing out.
I applaud their efforts to retain the minutiae of the ever expanding dung heap if the interwebz. However I jus hope they run the new stuff on something better than 286's
My second thought was: I wonder if they've ever tested their backups.
Re: "Talking to the nice policemen"
Your post is full of fail and I truly hope people don't take what you said to heart.
It is never in your interest to talk with police. There is no such thing as "off the record" with a police officer. That is pure fiction. Whatever you say can be held against you in court. Period.
People normally innocent of what they are accused of will generally embellish the truth slightly to prove their innocence. This is a known fact. However, it is lying to an officer, which is usually enough leverage to get someone to plead guilty on certain crimes just to be done with the ordeal. Otherwise they face obstruction charges as well.
A police officer is not your friend. They aren't there to "clear things up" nor are they there to help you in any way shape or form. They are there simply to uncover evidence of crimes. They have no authority to prosecute and they certainly have no authority to convince a prosecutor to "go easy" on you.
They are permitted to lie or otherwise mislead you in order to get you to fess up to something. This alone is very important. The police have zero authority or power to make any "deals". They often use misdirection and statements to cause you to admit to something you may not have done. Simple example:
Officer: so mr jones, I clocked you at 75mph. Where are you going so fast?
You: I was just going home.
You have now just admitted to driving 75mph. The officer probably had no idea how fast you were going, but it's done now as you've "admitted" it by answering the question instead of denouncing the statement. The police are trained on how to do this. We, as regular people, aren't trained on how to avoid it. Lawyers are though.
I've informed my kids and anyone that will listen that the first thing you do is ask for a lawyer and then shut up. Doesn't matter if you are innocent or guilty. Any competent attorney will tell you the same thing. Tell the attorney the truth and tell the police nothing unless your attorney explicitly advises you too.
A friend of mine's son got caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Police arrested him and he happily told them everything that he knew. However another person involved claimed my friends son was a part of it. From the police perspective how could be possibly know so much if he wasn't involved? The kid is now serving 10 years. His lawyer almost quit when he read what the kid had told them. So, yes, just keep your mouth shut and let the big boys ( and girls ) figure it out.
Yet another article written by someone who failed to even do basic research on the content. As has been pointed out: the research highlighted isn't new. Just a case of another moron "scientist" claiming to discover something that others have already published.
Meanwhile The article writer ( note that I purposely don't use the term journalist ) mischaracterizes major religious texts by claiming they say something they clearly don't.
Please do the world a favor and stop writing articles until you can figure out what "check your facts" means.
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