85 posts • joined 26 May 2010
Re: I'm torn
"Torn between applauding the government for finally trying to educate the population in these matters and laughing at the totally childish approach taken"
You have to understand this is information to be understood by even the thickest Daily Fail reader. It's to step those people in the right direction, not for us Reg readers that (should) know better. In this regard, this simplistic approach does what it is designed to do
Re: @moiety 22:17
Yep, and it's an argument Valve has proved valid with Steam
Re: 32 bit OS in a 64-bit world.
Have you ever tried finding drivers for your hardware using 64-bit XP?
Re: I genuinely do not understand...
"...the 360 was just another x86 PC-in-a-box."
Umm no it wasnt. It was based on the PPC architecture, like pre-intel Macs. PPC to x86 translation is computationally expensive and the gap between generations just isnt that big, nor do the consoles have chips from the previous console inside them (ala PS2, Wii, GBA)
Re: What free games?
Beats having no real perks and being required to access services such as Skype (normally free) and Netflix (on top of the usual subscription charge). Anyone up for Xbox?
Re: yea google F*ck you
"I'm fairly certain they don't request a copy of your birth certificate"
They've tried this when G+ was first concieved, if they didnt believe the name you gave was you real one. It failed hard, as well it should
"That would require the card reader to transmit information about the card (e.g. "card is in the slot") to the POS terminal, and I'd expect they are only allowed to tell the terminal about success / failure of the card approval."
The nature/presence of this glitch seems to suggest that the POS terminal (a very apt name) is already receiving this information
Re: same old rubbish
Re: If you've got to do all this work to change your OS..
Lets work through your reasoning
"Because so many applications runs on windows only"
Chances are there's a more-than-viable alternative on Linux. Even if you think Libre-Office doesn't cut the mustard, Kingsoft Office will more than easily fit the bill to replace Microsoft Office, for example. Else, run WINE
"because so many users are used to Windows UI"
Which is being deprecated by Microsoft in favour of Metro. At least most Linux distro's keep some sort of familiarity
"because finding and installing drivers on Linux can be such a pain in the arse"
And almost always not necessary. Even if your driver isn't built right in, the Hardware Driver tool in Ubuntu will do it all for you
"because WS servers, Active Directory, centralized authentication, GPO are so useful and easy"
WS Servers: I assume you mean windows server. And no its not any easier to set up, its just different.
Active Directory: Supported in Linux. Look up Samba
centralized authentication: Supported in Linux. Look up Kerberos
GPO: that ill give you, but there's still NIS
Re: Software is not magic!!
No, this is usually the case if an app is supported correctly and there aren't any bizzare bits of code in the app.
Re: Naive, perhaps?
Look at the blocklist itself. The OpenOffice torrents are filled with artifacts that somewhat suggest what's being offered is identifying itself with Microsoft's offering rather than Apache's (Open Office 2010 anyone?). It is more than feasable to suggest that this was a bot error
Re: Even pricier Xbox live? No Thanks.
Please remind me on what other platform do you pay $60USD extra to use Skype? or Netflix? what other PVR requires you to buy a $60 subscription fee to use it? (don't give me Sky/Virgin, or any of that bollocks; you pay for the TV service itself with those)
no but the Dalvik VM is based off an open-source implementation of Java - and Dalvik is a core part of Android, so yeah you could say it is based of Java too
you are correct on both counts
Re: Hackers would go after Windows phones...
"Android is NOT Linux. Linux is Linux"
Android is no more or less Linux than Ubuntu, RedHat, openSUSE. If you said GNU/Linux, id agree (sounds pedantic until you realise Android doesn't run the GNU software stack unlike destop distros)
"which is NOT targeted because statistically nobody uses it for that"
Microsoft's own published statistics put Linux higher than Apple Mac.
Re: Why does anyone outside the US care?
Ever heard of Richard O'Dwyer? Set up a website called TVShack in the UK, broke no UK laws, yet he is being extradited to USA over DMCA Violations.
Funny how despite the PSP had a rampant homebrew scene, it got suffocated with piracy and no one would develop on it because it was so insecure, thus Sony lost out on millions...
Re: A distant echo of Symbian app development
The whole of Windows 8 is about what Microsoft wants. Not what Users want, not what developers want, only what Microsoft wants. Why else would there be such a huge push towards apps and services that only really help MS?
Re: OSX Users vs Windows 8 more like.
"Windows+Tab is just what I need."
Windows+Tab has existed since windows vista
Re: Called it
"I don't recall the court order stating they had to agree with it so why should they?"
They dont agree with it and thats natural. Slating the defendant and the UK courts (legally this is contempt of court) in that same requirement statement, where they could have just written it in a neutral tone, is asking for trouble. Its like a criminal insulting the victim and court in an interview after sentencing
Re: "Microsoft actually writes fantastic software"
Halo series (excluding the original as it was written before Bungie was bought)
Age of empires (as mentioned)
Pre 2007 Office
Sega Dreamcast's OS
Office 2007 and up
Windows Phone 7
Fucking Clippy (it looks like you are writing a letter)
Initial release of Win95 (too buggy for words)
Recent incantation of WIndows Livew Messenger
Re: Windows 8 cannot win...
And yes i do realise that Windows 8 is barely out the gate, with regard to the quantity of apps. Doesn't excuse the fact most dont even start up
Windows 8 cannot win...
Windows 8 is a difficult sell even for a tablet OS IMHO. There are no apps, half the apps that do exist are sorely broken, and trying to do anything useful requires coming out of a touch-screen friendly interface. Even setting up some wirelesses takes you to the desktop, and the metro apps that DO work are heavily neutered to the point where I cannot even set a custom fucking Pictures folder without going into desktop!
This is before we even get to the PC side. No start button, Windows key takes you to the metro screen (where there is NO indication that you can type something to start searching), all methods to the control panel seem hidden away, vital functions such as shutdown are hidden away in a retracting sidebar (again, no visible indicator to show this thing even exists). Oh and the only way to attempt using a Metro app on a netbook is a to force the resolution to 1024x768 (netbooks are typically only 1024x600, and thus Windows locks you out of metro apps). So immediately after installation and i already have to do registry hacks (and suffer bleeding eyes) to so much as test the fucking Metro side of things!
Oh and did i tell you most settings dont carry over from desktop to Metro? even where possible?
"Eliminating patents altogether might not hurt either"
Yes, lets have this nonsense about protecting actual inventions from being copied. After all, everyone is too trustworthy to reverse-engineer stuff and build almost like-for-like clones. Arent they? oh...
That said, software patents do go too far. What is a piece of programming besides a complex mathematical formula?
Not a problem
Linux DAW - Im assuming you mean LMMS (which is true, it really isnt there yet), but have you tried Ardour? It really smokes the competition
Linux Video Editor - Lightworks (Hollywood-grade video editor) is coming to Linux on October 30th
Linux Sony Vegas - See above: You wont need Vegas when Lightworks hits.
Anything else i missed? :)
Re: succeed in this with a desktop like Unity?
this is the beauty of Ubuntu (and linux in general), you can pull things out and put new things in, or download derivative distros. Myself, I use Elementary Luna; both Gnome Shell and Unity look far too cartoony for me, and Gnome's idiotic designs means I often cannot click OK buttons on my netbook because they are forced off the screen. Luna is quick, lightweight, and has the attention to detail that the other 'new DEs' sorely lack
Your opinion is outdated
Wine's compatibility is better than you think; I run MS Office 2010 under it and almost all of the apps (save publisher) work 100%. Also with the state of Win32 at the moment, not even microsoft want to really touch it, so developing Wine or any other Win32 compatibility layer will be far from easy, but they are geting there fast
Re: XP was as secure as you wanted it to be
" 2K was the first to have an actual security model that worked"
...which was NOT brought into XP, for compatibility reasons. They knew that people wanted to run their old apps, so they had to compromise security to do so.
"XP was really a pretty face on 2K"
No, it really wasn't. XP was designed as a replacement for Win 95/98/ME, and had the task of running Win9x apps, despite being NT architecture. The way many 9x programs were written assuming they had what many today would consider root access. This was simply incompatible with the traditional NT security defaults...so MS turned them off. What really turned the security efforts around was that programmers were starting to recognise and work reliably around the security architecture, thus achieving the same effect and letting the security setup do it's job. This was more or less forced in SP2 (when new defaults came into play).
2K was an enterprise OS designed to replace NT4, already of the NT lineage. It was a kick-ass system that solidified the NT line's reputation as a reliable OS, not that NT4 was doing a bad job anyway (compared to Win98). While there were improvements, they weren't of the kind that could break applications (or at least not as seriously as with WinXP). Win NT apps were already coded around a decent security model that was later inherited in XP, so they didn't have issues with compatibility
"varying degrees of easy"
How about downloading the Gnome, XFCE, KDE etc spin instead and installing that?
Re: Yes.. and no... but YES!
"But WHY, WHY, WHY can't we have ironsight views? So sick and tired of the unrealistic aiming crosshair getting lost in the scenery"
uhhh was CS ever meant to be realistic? i've never heard of jumping around and spaying bullets in a real warzone
" And the scoping is too fast"
CS is a fast game, it is not about realism, it is about split-second reactions that make or break
wrt the rest i do agree :)
so let me get this straight
According to court of law, it is fine to patent stupid shit like rounded corners
but as soon as those patents turn to litigation, the accused cannot retaliate with genuinely useful and innovative technology patents that the accuser has obviously infringed upon, antitrust suits start cropping up
I dont want to live on this planet anymore
Re: Oh for fecks sake
"Fact of the matter is that Swedish criminal law demands that you be given the opportunity to face the prosecutor in an interview immediately prior to being charged with a crime - it gives you the chance to face your accuser and argue why you shouldn't be charged"
Fact of the matter is there is no reason why this could not be done via video link, like Assange and his legal team suggested
Re: I think that I should....
yeah - there were several emails given as evidence that the Samsung team took a long hard look at the iOS devices before designing anything themselves - this was no accident. That was ultimately why they lost.
Re: Windows is dead
"The more I use it, the more I like Linux but, how the hell would Valve publish for every Linux Distro under the sun is beyond me."
they dont plan to, they are specifically targeting Ubuntu. Any other distro is purely incidental
that Microsoft allows those kind of apps on Windows 8
Actually i think Gnome do have a decent UI on their hands. The trick is in the keyboard shortcuts
Re: Vista better than XP?
By original, he means minus Service Packs
Re: XP Anyone?
By that time WINE will be perfected :P
Re: Can we get Gnome and KDE to do three-point-turns, too, now?
I don't know where you get your information on KDE from but it is seriously misinformed
KDE defaults with a traditional-Windows feel with a slightly Mac-ish aesthetic, aand a lot better than that sounds. Unlike either of them two (or Gnome 3/Unity for that matter), KDE is infinitely customisable. That's where the whole Activities\Widget thing comes into it. Activities gives you a way to predefine what is displayed on the desktop (alongside desktop icons, you can get KDE to display other useful items too)
Put simply, Activities is not about redefining the desktop by any stretch, but allowing the end user to do so for their own needs if the traditional desktop doesn't work so well for them. The whole thing is about choice. Something Win8 won't give us
Re: Partial Victory?
no, with the assumption to copyright, they are talking about 37 whole APIs
Re: Nine lines of code? Hypocrisy alert.
It's possible they might have had a copyright attribution system going on - when a dev submits code, he is alerted to the fact that the copyright to his code is now with Sun/Oracle. They had a similar system with OpenOffice too, so to is possible
Assuming APIs are copyrightable (they shouldnt be really)
don't forget the possibility of backhander deals
tbf kiosks do need to be fairly snappy in use, or the customer is going to be pissed. Signs? you can get away with a Pi easily with some efficient code
Re: Sexual assault is funny
again, reverse the genders and it is seen as sickening, and treated for the serious crime that it is. It is funny simply because it is A) rare and B) the stereotypical guy's idea of a perfect situation
you, sir, just failed
1) there is no being kicked out of android development - only the Marketplace
2) Many have written malware exploiting android's (and the user's) weaknesses. Many (impossible to know if all) have been kicked out of the Marketplace
why would a refused warrant be publicized? it doesnt make good news articles except in big cases, where the feds will have most likely done their homework on the issue anyway
I dont recall Adobe publicly bitching about Apple in their ad campaigns doing them much good either...
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