309 posts • joined 24 Jun 2010
Re: As a Galaxy Note User...
The stylus will be Apple's next invention...
Apple don't copy, they "retroinnovate".
Guessing he probably didn't snag the Christmas number one that year round.
Re: re. " ... digital vagina analogues ..."
Sounds like a "new media" remake of the "Vagina Monologues".
Macs never really escaped from the desks of graphic designers or others chained to Adobe products, only the media wonks and Nathan Barleys of this world want to pay that much over the odds for what is now basically completely generic X86 PC hardware in a fancy box with a massive premium on the price.
Re: Amazon is a bit of a jungle
You mean that "it's massive?". Very true.
Re: squek squek
It's not that we are spineless, more just that we are massively cynical and have an 'oh not this shit again' attitude which results in a tendency towards political apathy. The fact that all three political parties are in on this gives you some idea why, we pretty much have one political party with three different colour schemes and a 'monster raving racist' party as the only alternative.
Re: First person on the dangerous persons' list
Yeah, he does seem to be that rarest of oxymorons, the honest politician. Probably means he won't last long in the business, sadly.
Re: True bug location.
Apparently though, if you take a unix trick which has been known about, documented and worked around for thirty years and throw it into a document with the words 'exploit', 'vulnerability' and the names of popular current unix-derived operating systems, you have 'news'.
Re: directory write access?
Yes. Basically what they are suggesting is that
- if you have the ability to create files (e.g. some webserver that allows you to upload files and stupidly doesn't rename them using an internal, safe, naming scheme)
- and if the operating system happens to also have some scripted shell glue which runs wildcard commands on the contents of that target upload directory
- and if that shell glue didn't use the ./* convention named above which has been widely used since the 80s to avoid this kind of cockup
Then there might be a problem. But this is in no way a 'newly discovered exploit'.
Re: which is why...
Indeed, this was well known about when I was first exposed to unix in the early 90s.
So basically some 2014 script kiddies just learned about a 80's era issue which has been worked around since forever, and now it's news?
The possibilities are huge
That's a nice citizenship you have there, it would be a shame if someone were to turn up the 'angry' dial on our Regional Mood Control Panel for the UK for a few weeks before the election...
So, about this 'tax on global megacorps' law you were about to pass...?
It seems of late that they have decided that it's not "Evil" if you're not actually shooting bunnies or similar, and that just being ruthless and dirty like every other big corporate entity is "fine".
Ah, you mean the £1500+ imacs? Those are even worse value for money. Who the hell spends £1500 on a computer with an i5 and 8GB of ram? The mind boggles at the sort of PC you could build for the price (and yes, that's INCLUDING a 27" monitor using the identical panel apple used).
Obviously, if you throw enough money at something you would expect a nice monitor. The point still stands though: Apple just buy their panels from LG or Samsung like everyone else, and if you build a PC instead you can always buy the same panel in a monitor with a different sticker on without paying the fruit tax. So claiming that apple is value for money because they have super duper screens is a peculiar argument - when you get down to it they have the same screens as everyone else, and until apple start building their own panels (not going to happen) that will remain the case.
Enjoy your ugly computer/girlfriend and rejoice - from your perspective saving money is all there is so congratulations, well done. You got what you paid for.
Well, with women as well as computers I find that in the long term it's wiser to look at what's under the surface.
So the same to you: enjoy your shallow, dedicated-follower-of-fashion existence, and the expensive trophy wife which from the sound of it you would consider ideal. For me, as for many engineering and science types, form comes second to function.
It's a 1920 x 1080 21.5 inch IPS screen, made with an LG panel. You can get a very similar screen made using the same panel (but with an LG sticker on it) for a desktop PC for £120. While perfectly decent, it really is nothing all that special, and I'd factored that cost into my estimate.
The one defence you could reasonably make for the pricetag is to compare it to other all in one systems, such as those made by Lenovo, in which case it only looks moderately overpriced instead of stupidly overpriced.
It's a laptop part in a desktop chassis though, so unlikely to be thermally constrained that much, and will probably spend a good portion of it's time at the 2.7GHz turbo frequency.
It's not a desktop chassis, I believe - pretty sure these are all-in-one units with the hardware packed into the 'monitor' - so performance is going to be very much like a lappy I would imagine.
And I'm not saying it won't do the job of web browsing and basic office tasks very nicely. However you can easily build a PC for £400 - including a monitor and keyboard - with much better specs - admittedly in more boring and generic cases, but with the upside that you can tinker and upgrade it should you be so inclined.
And yes, probably they will sell. But let's face it, apple could slap a logo on an iTurd, charge £100, and it would probably still sell. That doesn't make it good value for money, however.
From the specs? It's just PC hardware, and a 1.4GHz dual core Intel Core i5 is a 1.4GHz dual core Intel Core i5 whether it comes in a box with a fruit themed sticker on, or not.
Never underestimate the ability of politicians - of any flavour - to make it worse, whatever 'it' happens to be.
I suppose this means that British Telecom and British Petroleum should go war - BP vs BT, clearly us poor dim punters are going to get confused and start trying to make calls using petrol pumps.
Re: Breaking News
Yup, Alienware are overpriced anyway, so I guess adding the 'windows tax' into the equation won't make a huge difference.. they'll still be expensive, but people will buy them anyway because they don't really know any better and they have pretty adverts and the dell brand behind them.
You're making the classic mistake in assuming that 'Anonymous' is some big sinister organisation with a hierarchy and a leadership, or a strategy and a set of goals. Hint: anyone can be part of 'Anonymous' just by claiming to be. That's sort of the point.
Re: WTF is this "article"?
Pretty standard stuff from the reg really, like all the reviews of the "latest macbook" they churn out whenever there's a new model, which always conveniently overlook the pricetag while banging on about how great it is.
I think anyone sane knows that this is not a place to come for detailed product reviews, let's just let them have their fun - my guess is that this might give them some leverage to try to get hold of some cool toys for the office 'for review purposes, you know!'.
Quite, would want to know about the latency, also. Everyone blathers about 'Up To MB/sec' speeds but if you care about anything beyond common-or-garden web browsing then low ping times are important too.
The main thing wrong with C is that life's simply too short. Operating systems written in C - great. Fart apps? Overkill really. Just not the right tool for the job.
Well the network would obviously use a high level or redundancy, effectively your storage contribution would be one part of a very large virtual raid array, if you like. So you would have no duty of care.
As for earning coins, I guess it would have to be based on both time availability and storage, in which case coins would not be lost when you 'switched off' (or blew up) your storage - basically you would be paid for the contribution you make to the 'virtual drive', and you should be able to enter or leave as you wish - nothing else would be practical.
I suspect that the protocol could check for that using checksums to verify that data was actually being stored fully and completely. In fact it would need to do this anyway really, so I doubt that it would be easy to adopt the 'cheap high capacity chinese pendrive from ebay' strategy you're suggesting.
Re: There's plenty of stories about “Glassholes”
Yeah that line stood out to me as well. So far as I can make out, most of those stories get the bulk of their bandwidth footprint from The Register anyway.
Re: Eh Hello?
LASER - Lupine Alert System - El Reg
Yup, for a technology related site El Reg does seem to spend a lot of time screaming "New Idea! Kill it! Kill it with fire!".
Obviously nobody at Google thinks these are going to be replacing human driven cars in the next few years, but that doesn't completely invalidate the point of the research. Even if it never results in actual computer driven cars running on normal roads I would imagine there's a hell of a lot which has been learned about things like robotics, image processing, software anticipation of complex environments, etc.
"Ho ho ho look at the silly computer"
Yes, I'm sure I would be concerned about software driving cars around.
On the other hand, consider the general public, and indeed an average member of that general public. I'm honestly not happy about that person driving a car around either.
One thing's for certain though: if all the cars were driven by computers, the number of fatalities would be lower. The thing which makes the roads most difficult to compute is the other drivers on the roads and their unpredictability.
Spinning off Bing would be a very short-sighted move. It's not going to dethrone google, but without the backing of Microsoft it would fail, and Microsoft need it to exist simply because handing the whole game to the chocolate factory would be suicidal. If they don't have an ecosystem of their own which can at least seem to challenge google, they are doomed, and search is a big part of that.
Where does the 30% search share figure for Bing come from by the way? That sounds more like a USA figure rather than a global / Western world number. I don't think I know anyone who uses Bing, to be honest. If I met someone who said they did they would probably get the same sort of reaction as if they had admitted to being Seventh Day Advent Hoppists - confusion and disbelief.
Re: The 70's?
Erm.. Thatcher was only elected half way through 1979. Although she can surely be blamed for many things, her misdeeds were perpetrated in the 80's, not the 70's.
Re: Ah, encryption and hashing
The fact that a software geek isn't also medically knowledgeable actually isn't as ironic as your misuse of the word 'irony'.
Re: Not News?
"so the headline is just flamebait for the Fruity Haters then?"
Welcome, you must be new around here :).
Although arguably being just 'first among equals' is a fall from grace from the days when they were 'the only game in town'.
Re: 200+ Domains?
I think you're underestimating how easy it is to set up a free subdomain, or iterate through a list of subverted domains. My point is that they do get squashed, but that requires due process and legal action typically, whereas the black hats are smaller and much more nimble, with the net result that it's simple for them to add new domains faster than they can be squashed.
Re: Enterprise use of Augmented Reality.
I'm sure there must be irony and/or sarcasm in this post somewhere, I'm just not finding it.
Re: Beyond a joke.
I understood that you could still read data from SSDs once they hit their write endurance limit? That's why it's a WRITE endurance limit surely? You just can't change the data any more.
And regardless, enterprise usage of SSDs should be based upon the usual redundancy strategies so loss of a single drive != loss of data, same as for the usual chunks-of-spining-metal drives.
"On PC, payment is done via Paypal"
Card payments are also accepted through a card registered to the associated battle.net account. (Like all blizzard games, you need a battle.net account to play).
This will be a breakthrough
In lolcat delivery technology, the principal benefit resulting from all major technical developments such as this.
"Look at the detail on those whiskers!"
Ironically, until very recently Amazon had the exact same policy with their 'price parity' rule on all products sold through the Amazon Merchant system - you could not list a product cheaper elsewhere (e.g. on your own store) if you were listing it on Amazon. But they were told (quite correctly) to stop that, in the EU at least.
Netflix is definitely supported on a far wider range of devices, especially when you take into consideration media streamers and the like.
I doubt that it is actually a case of Amazon wanting their product to have a more limited audience, the issue is likely that it's having to rewrite a lot of it having gone down a dead-end technology branch in the form of MS silvershite.
Re: wikipedia download too big?
Actually truly random binary data would not compress well at all.
Re: Dwarf Fortress
Relevent, a study of the pursuit of 'fun' in dwarf fortress, in comparison to 'normal' and merely 'hardcore' games:
Re: The Saga of the Saga Sagas
As above, try Googling for the definition of the word 'saga'. It's being used absolutely correctly in the context of this game.
The Candy Crush people used it inappropriately, and then tried to sue the makers of the Banner Saga for using it in the title, despite the >1000 years of precedent in the form of the Scandinavian saga literature. Classy.
Re: Valid Points
I know that in theory they should be fine, however the truth is that they are not really designed, as gaming GPUs, to run 24x7.
Given the choice between one which had seen normal use, and one which has had it's nuts clocked off and then been run with a custom water block at the absolute thermal limit for 2000 hours without a break, I'd choose the former, all else being equal. Perhaps that's just my suspicious nature.
Quite right about the warranties, but having to return stuff is hassle I prefer to avoid.
I think though that to say that they (graphics cards purchased for mining) 'will not have a resale value' is an exaggeration.
It's almost certainly true however that the resale value of cards will be affected by the glut of cards which are purchased for mining and then dumped onto the second hand market when they quickly become obsoleted by a newer card. So it's true that people buying such cards would be wise to expect to be selling them for considerably less than the current going rate.
Which is potentially good news for gamers looking for second hand cards in a few month, although the question arises: do you want to buy a card which has been nuked at maximum load 24/7 for the last six months?
RE: Daley Thompson & joysticks
Those QuickShot IIs just couldn't sustain that kind of abuse, I must have killed a few before I discovered the glorious (and basically indestructible) sure shot, and later the almost as rugged (and slightly more flexible) competition pro range.
Tax Return Gateway
Sneaky how the TaxReturnGateway people made a website with a colour scheme using exactly the same palate as the official HMRC site.
They made one big mistake though, their website actually looks professional and tidy. If you click the official HMRC link just below it you get a horrendous mess which looks like it was produced by a 15-year-old YTS trainee who had been handed a copy of FrontPage from 1998.
I haven't a clue what I'm talking about, so I will string together some phrases which I believe are pertinent to the issue and hope that it makes sense.
Re: You have missed the boat!!!
That's certainly true for BTC, which is where the alternative Crypt based cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin and more recently Doge have come from - because scrypt doesn't currently benefit from the ASIC hardware out there (although naturally there are people working on Scrypt ASICs).
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