449 posts • joined 30 Jun 2010
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?
PDF on Windows?
Hasn't that already been there for a couple of years? I think it uses PDF.js, but I don't care about that. It doesn't require the hell-spawn that is Adobe, and it works fine most of the time.
As the article says, a femtocell or a picocell will fix your reception problem.
I already have one phone that works inside the office and outside. It's my mobile phone. Why do BT keep trying to re-invent inferior versions of it?
Presumably the fingerprint won't differ between the same make & model of computer or tablet? There are millions of identical iPads and MacBooks. Some of the more popular models from Dell / Asus / Lenovo must sell in the hundreds of thousands, at least. I don't see how canvas fingerprinting could uniquely identify them.
Why on earth would you want an AddThis box on a porn site? Who in their right mind is going to watch a strictly NSFW video, then use their handy buttons to share it on YouTwitFace? It's an accident waiting to happen.
"The APIs [...] deliver information on what is being searched for by the users..."
Not if I connect to Google/Bing via SSL they won't. What are they talking about? What's in it for me to give Orange access to my DropBox and other accounts?
68 per cent of apps (that request SMS permissions) ask for the ability to send SMS messages;
28 per cent of apps (with SMS permissions) also request read SMS access;
So out of a hundred apps which request "SMS permissions", 68 can send and 28 can read. What do the remaining 4% of apps do, if they request SMS access but neither read nor send?
It's usually safe to assume drugs are involved in stories like this.
Kudos to HP for having possibly the first Full HD laptop at just £329. Everything else at that price is horrible x768. Ok so it doesn't run Windows, but that won't matter for a great many people.
There are more important places to cover first!
I'd like to see decent coverage on the railway network first, before worrying about national parks. If I could surf the web and comment on Reg articles on the train, then I wouldn't need to do it at work, and my productivity would increase. It's good for the economy, apparently.
Mobile security? Hah. Getting them to take more than a passing interest in regular security would be a good start.
And when they grow up?
How much do adult coders get paid in Silicon Valley then? $7,000 a month works out to £50,000 a year in the UK, which is well above-average in most places (possibly except London).
News flash: Vatican found to employ too many Catholics, not enough members of other religions.
Do we know which encryption algorithm(s) and which software he was using? Inquiring citizens might like to know which systems can't be broken by the police.
What exactly does "signed off" mean here? If nothing has been signed off, the project shouldn't have started in the first place. So clearly something has been signed to get it started, and to get the millions spent so far. We're missing a large part of the story.
No worse than Las Vegas, surely?
Isn't this just a clone of Las Vegas? There the hotels have light blue sky-ceilings instead of glass, but otherwise it's the same concept. Vegas has miles of shops, huge hotels, ample parking, a barely-used monorail, and no culture. Granted Dubai's version seems a little more controlled, but it's the same principle.
Re: Lycra Mobile?
It's a bit of a stretch...
It's more expensive than I expected. A brand new Google Nexus 5 starts from $349 contract-free. It gives you the same vendor lock-in you'd enjoy with Amazon, plus access to a bigger App Store. Sure, the phones are technically different; but tech specs were never going to be the USP of an Amazon phone.
The Kindle Fire tablets were competitively priced. This thing isn't.
Re: Tech businesses
You wouldn't know it from looking at the UK's banking sector, but there is in fact a clear difference between banking and tech.
In the US, every small town has its own bank; and they don't each run their own back office systems. Instead the back office operations are outsourced to one of several banking tech companies. The tech company manages all the technical aspects of the account, including any online banking facilities, card and PIN management, and all the rest. At the bank counter, the teller's computer runs the tech company's software.
However it's the bank which makes all the financial decisions, including who can open an account, who gets credit, how much credit, and at what interest rate. They also handle marketing and anything involving physical cash. It's analogous to MVNOs in the mobile phone sector: one company runs the infrastructure while a completely different company deals with the customers.
In the UK, the asset management sector outsources its back office work, sensibly enough. But our banks are vertically-integrated monoliths just begging to be broken up.
The real question is...
How do I get tickets to the free booze boat party next year?
Re: The joy of the walled garden
The basic definition would be whether you can run code that isn't signed by the manufacturer. It's not limited to mobile phones - games consoles are walled gardens too.
Apple extended that idea into making it much harder to load your own music and videos too, essentially "nudging" you into buying on the iTunes store. Sure, you can download music on your computer, then use the horrible desktop iTunes to tediously "sync" audio and video files from the computer to the iDevice; but it's much easier if you just buy it through their store. Compare that with Android where you can fling files onto the device with simple Windows Explorer, where any app can open any other app's files, where you can even run your favourite BitTorrent client and download music and video without spending any more money.
As one Reg writer already pointed out, buying the Kindle (Fire) is like buying an Amazon till. The Amazon phone will be the same, and as such it should be a money-spinner for Amazon, even if it doesn't sell that many units.
The joy of the walled garden
Many people like walled gardens. In the iOS vs Android war, Apple's walled garden approach makes for a safer device - there's virtually no malware on un-jailbroken iOS devices.
If Amazon were to set up a competing walled garden, at a lower price point, it would attract a lot of people. One particular group is parents who are worried about what their kids can access; but anybody who is concerned about the security of Android, and who can't afford an iPhone, is a likely customer.
Re: More privileges?
It wouldn't be a problem for me personally if Romanian gypsies were allowed to drive horse-drawn wagons in bus lanes, and I'd love to see that headline in the Daily Mail. A great many things wouldn't be a problem for you or me personally, but if that's the requirement, then none of us can hold an opinion about anything.
Firstly, as stated earlier, we already give electric car drivers thousands of pounds in subsidies. I estimate the privilege of driving in bus lanes to be worth another couple of grand annually. There are better ways of spending that kind of money.
Secondly, at the margin, more cars in bus lanes will mean slower journeys for bus users. The effects won't be evenly distributed: some bus lanes will remain virtually car-free, while others will be chock-a-block with electric cars at peak times.
Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, it sets a dangerous precedent. If we allow electric cars into bus lanes, soon every other group in society wants special privileges too. Minicab drivers? Blue badge holders? Urgent Amazon deliveries? Google's self-driving cars? Members of the Olympic committee? (Oops, we've already had that one.) We might as well go the whole hog and turn bus lanes into toll lanes.
"allowing electric cars to drive in bus lanes"
Electric cars already get tons of favours, in particular a £5k bung to buy the damn thing in the first place. Subsidised parking, worth another £5k a year in central London, is an obscene amount of money to shovel at them. I can't possibly see how you justify letting them drive in bus lanes too.
Besides, private cars are hardly the biggest cause of air pollution in the capital. The few people rich enough to drive and park in central London generally have newer and well-maintained cars. As a pedestrian and occasional cyclist, it's the taxis and white vans which make me cough and splutter the most.
In WWII, the Brits had radar and the Germans didn't. Allegedly the Brits told the Germans that they had better eyesight because they are lots of carrots.
This story is similar smoke & mirrors. It draws your attention away from the real vector of infection, which as other commenters state was most likely plain old USB sticks and a brown envelope stuffed with banknotes to gain access.
I got downvoted to hell last time for pointing this out, but yes there's increasingly a blurring of the boundaries between a VM and a plain old multi-tasking OS.
Yes, it's the exact same car.
I recently drove the in-laws from London to Windsor and back in an '11-plate rented i-Miev (Hertz 24/7 have a couple of them). The silence is golden at low speed, but there's a considerable amount of road noise above 35mph. Contrary to the article, I found the handling to be fairly poor. For my own money I'd rather have a hybrid: you get the same silence at low speed, the same handy automatic gearbox for town driving, and of course the reassuring backup of a petrol engine.
I can just about cope with the absence of a Start menu on a touchscreen laptop. But on a server?
You can take my Windows Server 2008 R2 when you pry it out of my cold dead hands!
Re: Proper version control
Actually it could support diffs, as long as the tool can handle zipped files. Office 2007+ files are just zipped XML, and you can diff the XML alone quite easily.
Humans > robots?
What can a human do on Mars that a robot can't? It's safer and far cheaper to send robots, as we have been doing. The only reason to send humans is for PR.
And the clients?
So you've successfully encrypted your server; but what happens when you access your files or emails from your compromised Windows or Android client? Or does your small business run exclusively on Linux?
Re: Shark Jumped!
I have the recipe for Haribo sweets, a magazine for puppy owners, and a Haynes book for my white van. Would this constitute a paedo manual?
iOS seems to cope fine without any kind of file manager. In fact that's almost it's unique selling proposition: not having to worry about where your files are.
Not up to scratch
Come on Reg, you can do better than this! The pliers and the cat 5 cables were brilliant. This is just some kid's first lame attempt at a listicle.
Also, on the mobile site the pictures come out squashed (at least on iPhone).
Given that a Chromecast dongle costs just £30, the price of a YouView box is hard to justify.
(Yes it's hidden in the contract cost, but it's still a cost.)
Back to the Future?
Virtualisation, containerisation - isn't it just multitasking? How is this different from what my 386 DX could do nearly 30 years ago?
Re: God no...
"After consultation with young people of Vulture South's acquaintance it seems sensible to conclude watching other people playing games Is A Thing"
No. Just no. This is Brave New World's soma, or a virtual opium. It's even worse than watching Jackass or ancient repeats of Columbo. I despair for mankind.
But Google was/is actually a better search engine. Uber doesn't seem to offer any advantage over the competition. Or does it?
I understand Uber emerged from Silicon Valley and is therefore automatically better, but how is it actually better than e.g. Kabbee, Minicabster, ubiCabs, minicabit, Bounce or dozens of other minicab comparison apps, let alone the operators own apps (Addison Lee, Green Tomato, etc.)?
Just not big enough
It does seem strange to put a low-rise building on such a valuable prime central location. Presumably their new plans will be taller.
+1 on the PowerShot. Perhaps not as rugged as you'd like, but produces great pictures for it's size.
This is evolution 101.
This always happens as technology advances. When the first cars where being made, there were tens of thousands of companies in Britain alone making cars, engines, gearboxes, seats, bodies, custom paint jobs, and the rest. Today we're reduced to a handful of global giants. The same happened in pharma, it happened a bit in banking post-2008, and now it's happening in mobiles. I daresay Chromecast is eating all the competing TV dongles too.
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