491 posts • joined 30 Jun 2010
Same as iOS 8
iOS 8's Spotlight does the same thing, sending search queries to Bing. It also shares your geographical location (not sure if with Apple or with Bing). Both features can be disabled via the Settings, so it's not exactly secret.
Your surname is Connor, your son is into tech and killing robots, and yet you didn't name him John?
Re: I guess it's neat that they "self destruct"
It's neat that they self-destruct, until your contract gets extended and the IT guys forget to extend the self-destruct date of your VM.
6 GB free
Anecdotally, it's the requirement for 6 GB of free space that is putting most people off.
Don't tell them that they can connect their iPhone to a computer running iTunes and perform the upgrade without having to delete anything.
"What we think of today as the "flagship" Android niche may shrink to boutique-sized proportions, much like top-end hi-fi or A/V equipment became a low-volume high-margin business."
Yes, this. Mobile phone manufacturers can't differentiate on OS (it's Android or nothing, nobody except MSNokia are making WinPhones), nor can they differentiate on screens (AMOLED, 300ppi since the eye can't see the difference). There's little point adding a super-fast processor or tons of RAM since the OS and apps aren't built for it. Radio support (3G/4G/5G) depends on the network. And so on.
Today's high-end phones compete on fringe features such as speakers (HTC One), battery life (Sony), and camera quality (Nokia). Speakers haven't evolved in years: phones differ only in speaker placement. Cameras will reach a technical plateau soon. All that's left is price. Margins will shrink dramatically: in fact they already have for most manufacturers.
Re: To improve the health of the nation ....
The government already is in sole charge of alcohol sales in some places, including much of Scandinavia and Canada. It's not nearly as bad as you'd expect.
There could be some good in this, if social networks accurately reflect real-world networks*. Researchers could track the progress of e.g. winter flu by observing status updates like "feelin poorly, ugh i h8 being sick, yay day off work/school!!"
In practice the mapping between social and real-world networks is poor (how many of your colleagues are friends on your TwitFace account?), so it's worse than useless.
I find half-screen docks incredibly useful; in fact when I was forced to use Windows XP for a while (after having become accustomed to 7), the first thing I did was install a tool to enable left/right docking. I'm very much looking forward to corner docking becoming a standard feature too.
Backward compatibility to 7
To gain any traction, they urgently need to backport the Windows Runtime and App Store to run on Windows 7. If I'm developing software for companies, I can't possibly tell them "Here's your new app, by the way you need to upgrade your entire estate to Windows 8." Most of my clients have only just migrated from XP to 7; they're in no hurry to go through the same hell again.
Please specify the nature of your menace
What exactly is the danger here? A paedophile somehow gets access to a kid's location data, identifies times & places where he/she is likely to be alone, and then pounces?
Kids are most often found walking alone to or from school, around 8am and 4pm. There, no hacking needed.
Handbags at dawn
The pockets featured in that video wouldn't fit an iPhone 5 either. Most women carry their phones in their handbags anyway.
Not all data is equal
Knowing somebody's income is much more valuable if that income is high than if it's low. Marketers pay more for a database of 100 high earners than 10,000 breadline earners.
Re: testing procedure.
Except none of those options work on a remote desktop. Rebooting a Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 machine remotely is an exercise in frustration.
The Shell Shocked bug needs to get itself a trendy logo like Heartbleed. Otherwise the media just aren't interested.
No ladder required
I'm sure he just used one of those horrifying selfie-sticks that are sold in all tat shops these days.
Sign me up!
So how does this work? Can I just move my company in and get free rent and free high-speed internet? Where do I apply?
I remember Windows 95
It's hard to believe today, but back in 1995 there were iPhone-esque queues outside computer shops on the night of the launch of Windows 95. That was the last time consumers were excited about Microsoft products (not counting the XBox).
It's time to give serious consideration to installing city-wide pipes for goods delivery. Just as we have water pipes leading to every house, we could have an Amazon pipe - no more than two feet wide - delivering small packages. Robot vehicles would scuttle through the pipes carrying goods. Once arrived at their destination, they could drop their payload (or wait for the recipient), then drive back to base automatically. No danger of bird strikes, air traffic, or poor weather. The pipes would be fairly cheap to build since they're just dumb pipes: no fancy engineering needed. All the smarts are in the robots, which can be upgraded as technology advances. Since they are ground-based, they would be much more energy-efficient than flying drones.
I have no idea what this would cost, but it certainly seems worth exploring.
For Christmas I would ...
... rather have a drone than an eyeWatch. I suspect the same applies for many Reg readers.
Re: But will it make a difference?
Thank you for addressing my concerns directly. I accept that her actions will indeed make a difference. Though for what it's worth, I suspect the nasty men will just ignore her precisely because she's a woman; the same message coming from a man might have a greater impact on its intended audience.
But will it make a difference?
It was a great speech, full of well-intentioned ideals, but what practical difference will it make? For example she asks men to sign a pledge that they'll be nice to girls. But let's face it, the kind of men who aren't going to be nice to girls simply aren't going to sign it.
It's analogous to the problem of reducing CO₂ emissions: one person acting alone will make virtually no difference to the global impact; and those who are emitting the most are the least likely to change their behaviour.
That's a shame, they made nice kit. Orlowski wrote a positive review of this one a couple of years ago: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/12/11/review_samsung_series9_np900x4c/
Can we get Tim Worstall's rebuttal to this? I imagine he'd have a rather different take on the matter!
Re: Is this SAP's autonomy ?
It looks like SAP want Concur's clients. Get them hooked on basic expense software, then up-sell the rest of the suite. That's the only way this deal makes sense.
Your assumption was mostly correct. ASUSTOR is a subsidiary of ASUS, i.e. a separate company, not just a product line under ASUS. Whether that actually makes a difference on the ground is hard to know.
Thecus and Asustor also make popular NAS devices; the latter has only been around for three years yet already has a very impressive suite of products.
Re: OS vs apps: Paint
The first iPhone didn't even have 3G, only wifi. So having a data plan was irrelevant.
Once operators saw the uptake and the potential, they were falling over themselves to launch iPhone-specific plans. Also, Apple charged operators a few bob for use of the trademark "iPhone" in their plan names. For a while you could get the exact same plan at a cheaper price by choosing the variant without the fruity trademark in the name.
If the NSA are splicing the cables, just encrypt all traffic between nodes.
At any rate, it's much, much easier to attack sites on dry land than to splice an underwater cable, then run a parallel cable back to the mainland and into your secret data centre.
Re: Roaming charges are what they really mean...
Yes, nowhere else in the world has this problem, it's completely unique to the England-Scotland border.
Christ, try living somewhere like Basel, on the French/German/Swiss border. If their mobile networks can cope, I'm sure the Scots can too.
Re: Banks are digital these days, right?
Yes I could get a separate bank card, but by the same logic I could just use a local SIM when I go on my travels. That wasn't enough to convince Neelie.
Banks are digital these days, right?
What Neelie did for phone calls, is there any chance this pair could do for banks? I'm constantly peeved at paying a 2.75% foreign exchange fee just for the courtesy of using my bank card in a different country.
Back to maths class!
"Basically raw capacity is doubling every generation with compressed capacity increasing 2.5 times per generation."
No, that's not mathematically possible. Compressed capacity increases at the same rate as uncompressed, assuming no change in compression efficiency. And indeed compression has pretty much stopped evolving: all the low-hanging fruit has been plucked, there are only minimal gains left to be made.
What's worse, a lot of the new data which is filling up these tape drives is made up of images and video, already compressed: so the stated 2.5:1 compression ratio is actually falling.
Not my GMail password
They have my GMail address, but not a password that I ever used with the service. They have a low-entropy easy-to-type password that I regularly use for one-off sign-ups on sites that I couldn't care less about. Unfortunately that doesn't help narrow down the source of the leak, other than to exclude Google themselves.
Yes it's pretty much the same price. The iPhone 6 base model costs £539, the 5S cost £549 at launch. However, since other phones (like all electronics) are falling in cost, the iPhone should be too. You can pick up a very capable handset for under £150 these days: it's no longer clear that the iPhone is special enough to make up for the extra cost.
The cost of the mobile networks is falling too: when I got my first mobe, I was paying something like £1 a minute for calls; today it's down to pennies or fractions thereof. As a result, the price of the handset becomes more noticeable.
The numbers don't add up
"It processes more than 500 complex messages a second."
There are some 36,000 GPs in the country, seeing an average of one patient every 12 minutes; making a total of 50 patients per second. That's an order of magnitude less than the number of messages per second that the system is processing. What are all these messages?
Re: What's the point?
A 5K monitor would allow you to edit 4K videos with a margin for your favourite editor suite's menus and toolbars.
Re: Old technology?
Hit us with a leg of lamb? Kids today already do that. It's called "shanking".
Two-factor auth for Find My iPhone?
Two-factor authentication typically relies on a separate secure channel, such as SMS or a telephone call. If you're using Find My iPhone, it's because you've lost your iPhone, so that second channel isn't available to you.
Since most of us use Google's services in multiple tabs, we could just call the product Tabs. There'd be Tabs 3.1, Tabs for Workgroups 3.11, etc.
An example to follow
If only other app stores were as selective!
Silverlight still works
Silverlight works fine in this new 64-bit Chrome: I've just tried it.
Daytime running lights
Aren't they required by EU law now?
Just no. Leave us in peace at the weekend!
What about for business?
Let's say I want secure email for all my employees. But then Alice gets run over by a bus and is in hospital for six weeks, and Walter needs access to her mailbox. Can I get a secure email system for my employees which nevertheless still allows the IT department to grant access to Walter's mailbox?
Twice the network
It's hardly surprising that EE are best - they have twice the network, since they have both Orange and T-Mobile base stations. Or am I missing something?
Coding != Programming
For my tax money, I'd rather see kids taught programming than coding. The broad principles of programming can be applied in many domains, not just computing; whereas coding is too narrow and likely to turn off many students.
In the UK at least, PayPal can take money from your account via direct debit, thus bypassing Visa/MC and presumably not giving much to the banks either. Then they slap their whopping fees on top, which are almost pure profit.
Product to Service
It's amazing how quickly we've shifted from the idea that software is a product you buy once (with a service pack or two to fix bugs later) to the idea that it's a service which is constantly kept up-to-date. It works surprisingly well for consumers (e.g. on smartphones), but businesses are taking a while to adapt to this new reality. Hence companies still using Windows XP today.
Latency on mobile
HTTPS latency is particularly bad over 3G connections. Frustratingly, the scenario where you'd most want to use it (i.e. remote field workers) is the same scenario where latency is most noticeable.
My Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet is still on Android 4.4.3 because the powers that be have deemed 4.4.4 unsuitable for wider release. If even Google can't release their updates on time, what hope for the rest of us?
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