41 posts • joined Tuesday 22nd June 2010 01:00 GMT
Re: During the meanwhile ...
"why would a sexy wallpaper need access to my phone book?"
So young sexy single ladies can contact me directly instead of just randomly emailing my porn browsing account.
As the argument rages about this OS being safer than that OS with respect to nasties does anybody have any figures on how many viruses actually use windows as the directly attacked platform as opposed to using some third party program (Adobe & Java - looking at you) as the attack vector which then goes on to compromise the OS.
I suspect that 'modern' windows, say Versions 7 & 8, are actually very robust and the vast majority of the infections are due to third party applications.
I can see this as being a major flaw in 'phone and tablet OS'es where they request, and are inevitably given, permissions far in excess of those required for purely operational needs in the same manner as many windows programs have "needed" administrative permissions in the past and thus provided an easy foothold into the OS.
And the Lab was fined how much?
You all seem to have missed the obvious downside to all this. It means there is going to be a new series of "Pope idol" on TV.
Is the E-machine brand the same one as I remember as the biggest load of incompatible hardware ever thrown into a box and passed off as a computer in the history of box shifting or am I doing it a disservice?
Re: Oh, maaa-aaan, they really got this one wrong...
"The trademark application covers 10 classes of products including computers, jewellery, educational material, footwear, film streaming services and paper packaging for audio tapes."
I notice that you only name 6 classes of products, is one of the others for urine extraction plants?.
Your right they have come a long way.
£5 has changed into £50 to buy a game.
Originality has given way to re-skinned generic cloned games.
Tape to Tape copying is a bit of a waste of time nowadays.
Flogging and reflogging a dead horse with DLC was never part of there game plan.
Being abused by 12 year olds practicing there swearing was never a problem on the 8 bits.
Swapping playability and re-playability for shiny graphics.
I can see how years of progress has changed Activision for the better
I work in an organisation where HR is obsessive compulsive about all things politically correct regardless of the stupidity of the situation.
Recently Brother, our main printer supplier, has started to ship printers made in black plastic rather than the more normal cream. When we first saw these we all had a good laugh about the calls we would get about problems with the "black brothers". It should be added that two of the people most mocking of the situation happen to be of West Indian descent. Given the comedy value we agreed that the first few support calls we got for these printers should be handled by these two guys just for the laugh. They were all in favour of this and promised to report back.
A couple of days later some HR droid phoned up to whinge about problems with his new black brother (we had primed the helpdesk to ask users of the new printers what colour they were). One of the lads is duly dispatched to HR, arrives in the open plan office and loudly announces "Who's got a problem with a black brother". Apparently the only noise was that of jaws colliding with desks. He then announces "So, your all allright with the black brothers then?". More silence. "Right I'll close the call then" and walks out.
For some reason they never called back to reopen the call.
Re: The times
It's possible, though highly unlikely, that in some universe on some timeline Windows 8 will be a good operating system, we know that will never happen with Vista.
If I remember correctly the stated aim was always to get the first Pi's out to hackers, tinkerers and enthusiasts, then, when the product has a higher level of maturity, release it for as a cased product for mass educational use. I always thought it should be considered in the same way as a Microsoft operating system, no sane person would use it in a liive / production situation until at least service pack one.
Having said that I have had non of the problems with USB stated above and quite happily run a SSD via USB on a powered hub as well as the normal gubbins like a keyboard, mouse, wireless dongle etc.
My normal Pi setup of Pi, power supply, keyboard, mouse, powered hub, wireless dongle, second hand laptop SATA drive and SD card came to about £70. Exactly which netbooks were you considering in this price range?
The third way
Of course the other way of doing things is to install a motorised dish and get your own decoder. Total cost for a full HD setup is about £250 (or less) and being as you can pick up satellites covering all over Europe (and the middle east + North Africa) it means you can watch most of Sky's premium rubbish on Free to air from somewhere else. RTL's F1 coverage is perfectly good and free. 10,000+ channels of shite should be enough for anybody to find something at least vaguely interesting.
To quote a famous ex tennis ball botherer....
"You cannot be serious!!!"
There is one film, which after waiting for it for what seemed an eternity, failed in such spectacular style even the greatest fan of the original material was driven to despair. The Hitch hikers Guide to the Galaxy must be the epitome of how not to make a film.
I know the Radio series, books and BBC were there first but it was quite a good game so I would consider its inclusion in this pile of turds should be a given.
If its the whole worlds off-shored cash does this mean there is an underwater Fort Knox equivalent probably somewhere near Atlantis?
I wonder if this will have the same effect as the original "Daley Thompson's Decathlon" and result in numerous broken joysticks and wrist strains........
Learning BASIC from books, so yesterday
Something which should be noted for those people of less than old fart status is that all these 8 bit machines shipped with excellent manuals to enable you to learn the particular variant of BASIC they employed.
When was the last time you bought a machine (or piece of mass market commercial software for that matter) that had a comprehensive, example driven manual?.
Of course for those really on the bleeding edge of learning BASIC programming you could lose the manual and watch the VHS instruction tape. An example for the Spectrum can be seen here - http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0013467 - beards and all.
Make them live with my ex.
I think it's about time to introduce an advertising version of the Razzies.
To be shown live, at prime time, on the BBC (no advertisers to upset so long as you don't count themselves, gratuitous product placement, puff pieces for show "guests" ect ect) a Saturday night special (take that as you will) awards show.
Some of the categories could include :-
Best usage of a word or words not in the OED. (Cosmetics should have a chance here)
Best misuse of a real word or words. (Unlimited comes to mind)
Best use of meaningless statistics. (8 out of ten cat owners.......)
Most gratuitous use of small print on a TV ad. (** This is the best you can hope for in perfect conditions, zero gravity and a full vacuum between 3.15 and 3.17 on the 57th Sunday after lent)
Most misleading headline price. (£14.99 a month rising to £25 a month after 30 seconds so long as you take our other products and services which will cost a minimum of £75 per month)
Least actual information imparted. (Most adverts really)
Advert content least related to product being sold. (Most ad's again)
No doubt there are many other worthy categories but it shouldn't be difficult to fill a two hour show. I do wonder though if of the companies or PR bunnies would turn up for the presentation of there "Golden Turd of Lack of Truth" statuettes.
"More than a quarter of Americans under the age of 30 get their information from various social media sites."
I read that as
"More than a quarter of Americans under the age of 30 get their information from vacuous social media sites."
Still think my way makes more sense.
Problem?, What problem.
"In short, the MoJ has set up a numbers game where the ministry wants to say that the vast majority of respondents are opposed to costly changes to the Data Protection Act. however, an embarrassing number of data subjects writing in support of the changes proposed in the Regulation would make that claim “sort of difficult”."
There is already a well tried and tested way round this "problem" in consultations.
One response from a business represents (say) 10,000 people with that view, i.e. the number of people employed by said business.
10,000 responses from individuals count as 1 against as they all represent the public.
Therefore the one business reponse outnumbers the 10,000 public responses by 9999 and you have the "vast majority" you require.
Now that's a good idea for a new icon to denote <insert persons / company name> attempts at world domination.
Sinclair Spectrum icon - I've been in the industry for 3 weeks now and we did it this way when I was a yoof.
Jordon icon - For Bulgarian airbag stories
Unicorn icon - For conservation / global warming etc stories
Mushroom icon - For "I call bullshit" comments
Now ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the defendant before you, Mr Lewis hamilton is accused of exceeding the speed limit on the M6 last wednesday afternoon. Although we don't have any direct evidence of this offence I point you to the following examples of Mr Hamilton driving at over 200mph every other Sunday afternoon and, moreover, causing a number high speed accidents and, on more than one occasion, failing to stop after said accidents.........
"Their main downfall seems to have been massive assumptions about their brand awareness in the UK - yes, people who've lived in the US or are particularly switched on knew about Best Buy, but most of the population drove past the signage thinking "Best Buy? I've no idea what they sell"."
Anybody who has lived in the States or knows about Best Buy probably knows they are one of the few firms with a worse reputation for customer service than DSG.
Well thats all right then....
"Security requirements are being developed to minimise: (i) the likelihood of such an event taking place, and (ii) the impact should it occur. The development of these requirements has involved extensive consultation with other government departments and relevant agencies, as well as with industry."
So, were talking to ourselves and everybody knows the stellar record the government has with IT.
Were talking to the industry who has no vested interest in this at all and can be relied on to deny any and all problems .
Were talking to "relevant agencies" who we won't tell you who they are but will be making money from this.
So that's all right then......
What they need to do is talk to people like geohot and other selected white/greyhats or give these systems to the university's and say - "Right we are 100% confident these are secure and will give you £100K for every flaw you find. You have the right to publish if we don't fix the problem."
Either it will be a very expensive exercise which will lead to a much more secure system or a very cheap exercise which will validate a reasonably secure system. Whatever, I would trust what these sort of people say about the security rather than "government agencies" or "industry".
Welcome to the Wall St Asylum
Earning up massively.
Profits up massively.
From a company which sells non essential luxury goods in the middle of a world financial crises when most firms are happy to stay in the black.
Shares drop 6%.
Just which planet are these analysts on.
Given its financial performance I would rather have my money invested in Apple than any of the big money firms on Wall Street.
I always wondered what the "Z" list was.
"thetrainline.com will already sell you a ticket that exists as nothing more than an on-screen barcode for your phone."
So how many people are now walking round with ticket punch holes in there phone screen?
Well that blows every ISP contract out of the water.
It wont happen but it would be nice to see some honest advertising. Of course nobody will believe it after years of being lied to as consumers by just about every company out there.
You know where you stand with Basement Bob
"People will happily download homebrew from Basement Bob which could steal logins/credit card details, but code from the console maker is evil?"
At least with Basement Bob you know your probably getting a trojan.
"Android came equally out of nowhere to capture 2.3 per cent of the market with total shipments of 2.3 units, by far the majority of them being Samsung Galaxy Tabs."
Presumably the .3 of a unit was a Planet Tab ?
No breach of trust
"We promise not to share your details with anyone else."
Perfectly true - It doesn't say anything about everybody else......
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BTW - the PBS speccy is a bog standard Spectrum Plus in a case - not uncommon - but any information on the company would be appreciated. You can get the same thing with a rubber keyboard if your feeling particularly masochistic.
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