446 posts • joined 21 Sep 2010
I trust this huge leap forward in phone peripherals is fully patented...
Re: London's a pain in the arse to get to...
That's a tempting offer Vic, just wish I lived in Southampton instead of London so I could take advantage of it on a 'school night'. ;)
Re: The causes are missing the gorilla
"The solution is to insist on incremental delivery, isolation of customised elements, and heavy testing from the start, as that forces the correct behaviours and manages risk with a fast-fail approach. I don't know if big-ERP can do this, I've never seen it."
Ah, the voice of reason speaks... Have an upvote for pointing out the bleeding obvious... The fact that suit clad exec types still insist on delivering huge monolithic projects big bang style suggests that these guys really are incapable of learning from failure.
Re: I believe that a well-implemented cybercurrency would be a good thing...
"The problem is the freedoms and secrecy that the crims or paedos want are also making traceability and fraud prevention difficult."
Firstly, it is important to note that many folks who are not 'crims or paedos' like 'freedoms' and 'secrecy' (aka privacy) too. Secrets can have value, and there are some fairly large chunks of the global economy that are built on this principle (eg: intellectual property).
Secondly, Snowden's leaks have shown 'traceability' isn't a problem because surveillance of electronic communications is practically universal and the guys doing the surveillance routinely work with the law enforcement (eg: the Silk Road take down).
Thirdly, Bernie Madoff demonstrated that it practically impossible to prevent fraud. Bernie managed to conduct his fraud under the scrutiny of the SEC for over a decade to the tune of a few $bn of *real* money. Experience shows that fraud is practically inevitable, and it has been accepted to the point where insurers make money out of it...
The problem is not a lack of laws, too much freedom or too much privacy, the real problem is getting the authorities to actually make good use of the more than adequate tools they already have at their disposal.
Re: Apple doesn't comment on ongoing legal disputes. @ JaitcH
"Apple doesn't comment on ongoing legal disputes.
Too long, and redundant."
Actually not redundant at all, because Apple does comment on ongoing legal disputes, they couldn't keep their mouths shut vs. Samsung. I think the author may have been aiming for sarcasm.
Re: The term Quixotic comes to mind
"That would assume that a Chinese court is going to rule fairly between a Chinese company and an American company. Why would they?"
The same applies with respect to Apple in the US, except in the US the lawyers cost more and the settlements are an order of magnitude larger. Net win for Apple on that one. Besides which Apple can quite easily manage to ship phones sans Siri, but I doubt it will even come to that.
Re: "... chaired by ex-MI6 chief (or "C") Sir John Scarlett "
It is tempting to put the boot into Sir John Scarlett, but at the end of the day I think it is pointless. Scarlett is someone who chose to fabricate and spread lies in order to facilitate an illegal war, I very much doubt he cares what anyone else thinks.
Re: Who is Wun and how do I reach him?
Shitty developers abound, too. No surprise there."
Shitty comments abound, too... You should expect some down votes for making an unsubstantiated snidey comment about a wide-spread set of tools that a lot of people use by choice.
P.S. Conflating people who 'downvote' you with "Shitty developers" is probably generate some more down-votes for you.
Re: Foxconn are in big trouble then...
"The Foxconn device fails to meet the above requirements in all three regards as far as I can see. There's no keyed alignment, "
"(1) self aligns and precisely connects"
Actually it does self align - that's the beauty of using magnets (and it is keyed - if you count keeping the long sides matching up)...
That said the magnetic attachment doesn't trigger anything in itself. So fair play.
Foxconn are in big trouble then...
My Foxconn NT330i 'nanoPC' has a magnetically attached USB DVD-drive. The fact it shipped 2-3 years ago won't stop a US Jury from awarding a few $bn in damages to Apple...
"This would be of interest to my partner, who had to provide the passwords to her LinkedIn and Facebook accounts when joining her current employer."
Strictly speaking your partner didn't have to provide her passwords to anyone (and in fact doing so would violate the T&Cs of most services).
... If I found out that a job candidate handed over their passwords (on request) to a bunch of unaccountable strangers I would inclined to bin their application with no further questions asked.
Re: The other shoe drops...
"They will just criminalise the use of the megaphone."
With a kill-switch they can prevent free-speech from happening, with that kind of law they would have to wait until the free-speech had happened before they acted... It would be easier for them to make it illegal to possess a Megaphones.
The other shoe drops...
Now there is a handy mechanism for putting the kibosh on free speech.
Megaphone because that very soon that will be about the only medium that doesn't have a kill switch with a spook's paw resting on the handle.
Re: The other way around?
Agreed Manolo, as much as it pains me to say it I think it would be better to have Windows hosting Linux given the requirements. I would like to add one little tip though. Install Windows and Linux on *physically* separate hard drives, it makes upgrading/re-installing risk free (if you unplug the hard drive you want untouched). Two drives also means that if you suffer a drive failure you can carry on using the machine with the remaining OS. ;)
@skelband: Agreed + Extras.
As much as I concur that Ellison is a huge pustule encrusted arse, I also agree that he is right.
So as it stands technology has reduced the cost of production down to a relatively tiny level, and that has quite naturally contributed to massive (and growing) youth unemployment. This will accelerate the trend of concentrating more cash in a small pool of the population (largely comprised of our elders and betters).
So the kids of today are born into a very different set of circumstances, they'll have to do stuff differently to get by. Oh yeah, and just to add to the inertia holding back the development of civilisation, mass surveillance is now not only possible but a daily reality.
Good luck to the kids of today (and us for that matter).
"Well I tried to upgrade from CENTOS 5 to 6, and I couldnt - clean install required! And then I found that my software wouldnt even compile under 6 - lots of missing dependencies. You just don't get that crap in Windows. It just works."
It shouldn't come as a surprise to you that some dependencies are missing if you have just done a clean install...
For the record you do get that crap on Windows and have done at least since Win 3.1 (which was the first one I installed & upgraded), but in fairness to Windows it does have a decent record of backwards binary compatibility with all of the downsides that brings with it.
"You want to install some software? You just have to recompile the kernel. And doggy interfaces."
Weirdly I haven't compiled any kernel (or software) on my Ubuntu Lucid Lynx desktop since I installed it nearly 4 years ago... That said I'll be the first to admit I've baulked at getting current with Ubuntu (really don't like Unity style UIs - sorry), and I'm currently soak-testing Linux Mint Debian Edition. Liking what I've seen so far.
On my Windows 7 desktop at work I can't even run a simple awk script on it to aggregate a file that chokes excel (installed at huge extra cost of course)... By contrast every single UNIX box I have worked with had enough tools installed (by default) to mash files as fast as the I/O subsystems could feed my scripts... I know that shell scripting is not everyone's cup of tea though...
I find that a clean brand spanking new Windows install is a cold and lonely place if you want to get some computing done... :)
Re: Things I hope for...
"I wonder what'll happen if customers complain about higher maintenance costs and we respond with "Have you heard of FreeBSD, Samba and Mono yet?"."
Well in the late 90s the usual response was something along the lines of "No, we want Windows 95 because we know it and MS has a massive market capitalisation so they will never fail ever". Cost, technical merit, performance and failure rates were usually not a consideration, the only thing that mattered was whether it was Microsoft or not.
Let's hope things have moved on a little...
"started a debate about how the baton of innovation has passed from Microsoft to the tech companies of Silicon Valley."
I am surprised that such a debate exists...
There is very little evidence that Microsoft ever held the baton of innovation in the first place. They started out with a shonky clone of CP/M and have only moved forward when they have been unable to FUD & litigate their competition into oblivion.
"The unit improved organ donor rates and payment of court fines? Does it matter which techniques they used if it worked (and was cost effective?)"
The article is challenging the assertion that the Nudge unit is achieving this happy outcome because of it's wannabe Seldon (as in Asimov's Hari Seldon) plans.
The fact the outcome is happy is nice, but is irrelevant to the point, RTFA.
Re: Make it more real
"I'd want to see a greater emphasis on bankers being kidnapped on their way to work or from their homes,"
I suspect that you are not the only one who would like to see that happen, in fact I think that there would be a long queue of people volunteering for that job. ;)
More seriously though, if a firm were to try a surprise abduction on one of their golden boys, it would end up in court, possibly at the behest of the CPS.
Re: Great, so that means they're going to issue cryptographically signed releases as well, right?
The real tragedy is that Microsoft think that this will wash with enough people to give a try in the first place. Microsoft must feel total contempt for their customers to even try hoodwinking them with this piece of security theatre.
In support of AC...
"Once you have that precedent you can expand it to include other products."
I suspect people are registering their dislike of that cruel fact with their downvotes. Have an upvote for stating the unpleasant truth clearly. :)
Re: I wish ...
"One vendor per market is called "a monopoly" and is the exact fucking opposite of competition."
Trevor, say what you mean, please ! (kidding, it came over loud and clear - have an upvote and a crafty Sunday beer) :)
The amount of time, effort and money Apple are putting into banning obsolete phones is awesome, Apple must be convinced that they are unable to compete in an open marketplace on the merits of their products.
Also it doesn't bode well for future innovation from Apple if they are aiming for bans on new phones that are largely the same as the infringing obsolete ones...
Re: @ Charles 9
"One's an exception to the rile. The difference engine was commissioned by the Crown, thus making the work property of the Crown and subject to different rules."
That doesn't change the fact that I named at least one work that was commissioned and the discoveries were not patented. I guess you don't do "gracious in defeat". ;)
"The analytical engine was never commissioned at all and has never actually been constructed to completion. Thus there was nothing to patent."
In case you haven't noticed Patents don't require that the invention be "constructed to completion". If you disagree with that policy you should lobby some politicians to see if you can get them to change the relevant laws.
Re: @ Charles 9
"Name one invention that was commissioned but not patented."
I know I will regret this, but I will bite:
The Difference Engine.
The Analytical Engine.
I'll get my coat, mine is the one with the pockets full of cheap brass cogs stamped "Made in China".
@ Charles 9
"Without the incentive to invent, you're not likely to see many inventions."
If that was true we would still be banging rocks together instead of exchanging messages via t'internets. The fact is there are some powerful incentives that exist independently of patents, e.g.: survival in a hostile environment.
"Even the greatest works of art had incentives behind them: most were commissions."
Getting paid to do a job is hardly news, believe it or not that happens without patents too...
Re: Hats off to the Troll who stabbed snoring Gulliver in the eyeball.
"Indeed, I love seeing a bit of fight back from the little-man too."
Actually that isn't really the sentiment I have, it's more of a case of "well played". Even though I think patents are a particularly stupid waste of everyone's time and resources, I still appreciate the skill involved in hi-jacking someone else's revenue stream. Same goes for Microsoft's taxation of Android. It's a neat trick being able to impose a tax on your competitors ! :)
Hats off to the Troll who stabbed snoring Gulliver in the eyeball.
Re: American beer? @ DiViDeD
"Yes, but none of them are terribly nice, are they? My experience of US craft beers (limited to Sam Adams and a couple of New Jersey/new England microbreweries was that they were all a bit 'hoppy' for my taste,"
I tend to be put off by 'hoppy' beers too, I usually drink an Ale if one is available...
Over in Portland I found Black Butte Porter by Deschutes Brewery to be delicious (definitely not hoppy), and much to my surprise they also did extremely hoppy beer that was delicious. 'Cinder Cone Red - it tastes a bit like how pinecones smell - which is perfect at the end of a long hot day. :)
"Why would I destroy my job just to blow the whistle to managers several layers away?"
If you know things are going badly and you wilfully hide problems then I think you *should* lose your job or at the very least have a 180 degree attitude adjustment. I don't see how a project can succeed when people are ignoring or hiding problems.
Re: Nothing new here.
"I suspect any program to collect data via Angry Birds will run the same issue of generating massive amounts of chaff even when it does provide a little wheat, especially as this is data the users are willingly giving to the marketing companies."
Agree, but on the other hand I wouldn't want to bet my way of life on that assumption.
Re: Here's the problem
"something others consider bad is the right thing to do and can genuinely believe that"
"That depends on your definition of genuinely" to paraphrase the head knob of the NSA.
Please note: An innocent tax paying citizen (ie: someone who is subject to the rule of law) would likely end up facing imprisonment or worse for perjury and/or treason for trying that stunt.
"Silently contemplating over the numerous HSBC executives that were handcuffed and arrested for laundering BILLIONS of drug money ..."
That's OK, the branches are compensating by telling people they can't have their money back (and asking them what they are planning to use it for). Worst case scenario, the stories spook customers and they start closing their accounts.
Re: The FBI and NSA hate anything....
"they cannot control. IE Bitcoin"
... Looks like they are controlling it just fine.
I suspect they would not show their hand unless they had reason to be confident that they are a step ahead. Cue Black Helicopter.
@ Had Dunlop Re: @Roo. It was patent reform, didn't you read the press release?
"To make us like the rest of the world...."
Let me fix that for you:
... Except Asia. :)
Re: So Microsoft has just "invented"...
Welcome to a world where filing first trumps prior art. The new US legislation is intended to encourage more patenting, by allowing patents to stand in the face of prior art they have opened the playing field to patenting every possible method out there. They will learn the hard way...
Gulliver in Lilliput
Google pinned down as they snooze by red tape and lawyers...
Re: red had does similar
I agree that the overhead argument is probably not going to sway the majority of places to switch from virtualization to containers...
Most folks seem to be using virtualization to work around packaging and deployment problems by packaging up the entire OS & application stack. With containers the fact that you have just one resource management system (ie: the OS) will make operating those boxes a lot simpler, and I think that the learning curve of OS + Containers + Docker will be a lot shallower than learning curve for VM+OS (I am thinking of server style workloads here rather than using a VM to run an old desktop app).
"It's the lack of a Plan B, C or D that resulted in the two-year vacuum - and this was the consequence of complacency during the OPK* era"
My pet conspiracy theory is that they actually had been working towards a WinPhone platform for quite a long time - and that the product vacuum was due to Microsoft being late with a workable cut of WinPhone.
When I visited Tampere back in '05 I had a few beers with a guy who was doing R&D into what the next (smart)phone platform should be. To my surprise, despite the fact they already seemed a long way down the Linux road already (Trolltech etc), he was adamant that Nokia would standardise on a Microsoft platform (CLR, C#). At the time I figured the guy just loved the MS stuff and was basically fighting his corner, however it looks like he was right - hopefully he still has a job...
""Are you sure you have got that right ? nano-second access across hundreds of GBs of memory isn't doable in hardware, let alone through a JVM sat on the end of a network connection."
Why isnt it doable, can you explain a bit more?"
The answer lies in just about any memory chip datasheet you can get your hands on... The round trip of issuing the read request and having it complete is > 1ns in every part I have looked at. Writes are faster, but again for dense commodity parts I very much doubt any of them are in the sub 1 ns access range at the pins.
For the sake of argument even if you did have a huge pile of DIMMs that offered < 1ns read/write latency at the external pins, you would have the speed of light to contend with. IIRC electrical signals travel across circuit boards at ~0.3m per nanosecond... So for such a machine using 12x (for 192GB, the guy did say 'hundreds') magic 0.3ns latency 16GB DIMMs you would need to find a way of packaging and laying out the memory in such a way that every single PCB trace was < 0.2m end to end.
The good news is that I think the PCB side of things is doable if you can find 16GB DIMMs with guaranteed <0.3ns read-modify-write latency. The bad news is you won't find any DIMMs that can deliver that kind of latency to a piece of code running under a JVM. ;(
"Hazelcast you can lash together hundreds of nodes to build pools of hundreds of gigabytes of memory with nano-second access."
Are you sure you have got that right ? nano-second access across hundreds of GBs of memory isn't doable in hardware, let alone through a JVM sat on the end of a network connection.
Re: So co-opt the browser engine?
This sounds like a neat trick to make malware writer's lives a lot harder... It won't be invincible, it isn't a substitute for well written code, but it could dramatically increase the amount of effort malware writers have to expend, which would be a good thing. It could help browsers to identify replay attacks as well.
On the downside it's going to break caching of web pages which could trigger an upswing in traffic. But on the upside it'll make traffic interception more interesting and hopefully a bit more expensive. ;)
Re: Give Them What they Want
"OK, not exactly what they might really want. As they really need something to run about with, set up reverse honey traps that will feed out misinformation"
That kind of lark has a habit of hurting innocent third parties. Folks who practice entrapment have a habit of creating 'legitimate' criminals/victims where there are none. Come to think of it, I would not be surprised if the folks doing the attacks on the EFF are a result of some misdirection in the first place.
Re: Protection using VMs?
"Am I right in thinking that using a Virtual Machine will give you full protection from any e-mail or website sourced malware?"
No, using a Virtual Machine doesn't give you full protection at all.
The software you are running under that VM can be compromised and leak confidential information in exactly the same way as a normal bare metal host. The main benefit of using a VM is that it's relatively trivial to restore a VM to a known good state after the damage is done. Personally I don't bother, I just wipe and restore on the bare metal.
Re: Whenever a PR drone comments
"The truth is buried."
Some PR drones would have us believe that they create new "truths". Then again, I suspect they are simply trying to evade justice by convincing people that they don't lie by lying again. ;)
Remarkably rational response from Intel bod.
Kudos for the remarkably rational response from Intel bod (in the update).
Re: JS is the new ASM?
I suspect you'll find that in many cases code will revert to a pre-K&R C style crocodile infested primordial tarpit.
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