155 posts • joined Monday 27th September 2010 14:09 GMT
No honour among thieves...
Another vote for the "I just don't get your point" brigade.
A more confused article I've yet to read!
"Everything has value" - Value is a perceptive concept applied by humans. There is nothing inherently more valuable in oil than there is in the same quantity of urine. The application of the resource, it's scarcity and the difficulty in obtaining it and how that benefits humans is what confers the subjective quality of value. Your family pictures have no value to me but they may be beyond price to you - no inherent value only that we confer. How can this apply to data? In the same way. While data describing the profits of Apple might be of interest and have value to the stock markets and traders, to a worker at Foxconn they are essentially valueless. Storage of this data, as has been pointed out, is the same as a byte of data is a byte of data no matter what it represents. The only value that can be added in a service like Mega is a one of tiered levels of security and redundancy. The customer could determine the level of value to them and decide what is required to retrieve that data (two-factor) and if it is held in a manner that meets the requirements (co-location, physical security) of that value judgement. There is no such thing as absolute value.
Paul Sanders' point that you then drag in makes no sense because you are trying to conflate the value of storage with that of the value of the item itself. Nobody is suggesting that the item is flat priced. A better analogy would have been if the storgage of food was flat priced what effect would that have? It would be at this point that you would realise that the comparing digital products to those that have other factors such as shelf-life and fragility as part of their costs, is futile. Cost is determined by the difficulty in maintaining quality and safety of the item. Soft fruit is more expensive because the cost of storage and transport is far higher than that of dry pasta. Digital media has the same cost of storage and transport if the size is like for like, the content makes no difference.
"There are so many dubious, and at times outright bogus arguments here I won't dwell on them." Really? It might have helped make your point clearer....
I can't even comment on what follows because it makes no sense to me at all.
It's own EULA?
Now that's a quality name. :-)
Cart before horse?
It's an interesting idea but - and I may be being thick here - this is still a method for transmission and not a new protocol, right? So until IPv6 is actually used in anger, there are going to be no addresses for the cooker or any other device to use anyway.
Was pretty funny that the song sung
was "One Finger, One Thumb" :-D
There is nothing that the British like more than an outrage over nothing though!
The Register did not invent English they just abuse it....
I give to you for your delectation the term "de-risking". If IBM are packaging up innovation El Reg is packaging up poor use of language....
I agree with Mr Millar, there is no point to this, it says nothing that is not self-evident. What would be more interesting would be an analysis of what this packaging approach has on potentially suppressing innovation. by giving CTO's easy, shorthand solutions are they suppressing the innovation needed to drive the next big movement in computing?
If Jobs had just put a box around an IBM design and shipped 'IBM Compatible PCs' rather than having Apple forge it's own way would we have the computer landscape we have today? I think we wouldn't. Love or hate Apple they at least did things their own way.
But repackaging is more cost efficient than finding a new way to do things so it will always be the case for companies who can do it.
Re: Apple did not invent mobile computing, nor even make it real.
Agreed. What is mobile computing if not exactly what Psion or Palm did YEARS before Apple?
Microsoft licence fees are horrible. Everything they do contains a hidden 'fee' to do something. If I could be rid of Microsoft in the workplace it wouldn't be because of the quality of their software but to be rid of their evil, gouging licence structure. Brining this to the tablet world is an EPIC fail.
The problem for Mircosoft is...
That they want the best of both worlds.
Apple iPad succeeds because Apple use iOS to best show off it's hardware. It's long been acknowledged that much of what Apple does in the software environment, be it an O/S or an application such as iTunes, it is there to push the hardware. They are are a hardware company for whom the software component is an enabler.
The success of Android is that Google doesn't mind if somebody skins it an makes it more of their own. They ceded control of the look by allowing Blur, Touchwiz and Sense and then learning from those to improve the core UI. The Android specs aren't also locked down like Microsoft have done, give vendors flexibility and the market will decide who has produced the best device. Once the market has decide what the spec should be (Nexus 7, Kindle Fire, Nook HD etc) then the manufacturers are happy because it was up to them to find their own way.
Microsoft are a software company so unlike Apple their software has to be awesome on the hardware. Instead of taking the Google approach, they thought they could be like Apple and pissed off everybody in the process, vendors, buyers, developers - the whole gamut.
Either you own the process from start to finish (Apple) or you let the market shake out how things will be (Google) you can't do both.
Nope you are right, they are a regulator that companies that produce qualifying material *have* to pay. What I don't understand is your outrage. The payments are there to pay for the the regulation, the regulation in theory being something desirable to prevent undesirable outcomes.
You are subject to a number of non-option, paid regulations. For example if you have a car and it's over 3 years old you must have an MOT. This is regulation and the inspection is conducted by a devolved 3rd party, your local garage.
Simply not being directly run by the government isn't a good enough reason to "Tell them to fuck off" because they are there to enforce rules or laws laid down by government. The ASA, FSA and OFT are also independent bodies (as are Offcom too) and actually this independence is desirable as it means they are capable of enforcing law without political interference.
If you want to setup a regulator good luck, it's not a get rich-quick-scheme but a lot of hard, thankless work for minimal money in a complicated area of law. But I'm sure you knew that already.
It appears that there are a lot of people who don't know what regulation is for.
Why is it so many people see regulation as a scam? Many times regulators do a lot to protect the consumer from the excesses of content providers. Could you imagine the adverts that would run if there was no ASA? The crap that sneaks through at the moment from the likes of BT and Virgin are bad enough, but with no rules they'd run riot. The same applies to TV and VoD.
Regulation isn't perfect, I give you the absolute shambles that is the Press Complaints Commission, but the alternative is to have nothing and endure the US model which gives us FOX "News" which is nothing more than right wing propaganda or the National Enquirer, which is pretty much liable disguised as insanity printed on paper.
I'd also ask you to consider this; what if because we didn't regulate and it was decided that the internet was going to be regulated for us by another body in a foreign land? It's not beyond the US to try impose it's own will on the internet, so by having a framework of rules in place already it limits that possibility and at the very least ensures that we are asserting our sovereignty and making a case for having a place in any future discussions on regulation of the internet and/or the content delivered over it.
Re: Oh dear DS9
"Firefly,Serenity,Lexx,Andromeda and all the other low budget American scifi miniseries are also pretty crap."
Firefly was all kinds of awesome. Serenity was a film not a mini-series. Heretic! :-p
Re: Babylon 5 dissappointment
Kinda missed the whole point of it then. That's a bit like reading the first chapter of a book and then giving up and concluding the rest of the book was rubbish.
B5 had an EPIC arc and (last weak-ish season apart) it was superb.
Re: B5 @BoldMan
"I see Andreas Katsulas on other shows (from the past, obviously), and when I do, I can't help seeing him as G'Kar."
It made re-watching the film version of The Fugitive a much stranger experience... "Oh look Han Solo is wresting with G'Kar!" :-D
Why is it...?
That somebody has to knock things that other people like for the sake of it? I'm not a massive Steampunk aficionado, although I did enjoy The Difference Engine, Chaos Engine and even newer stuff like Dishonoured (http://www.dishonored.com/).
However I'd never consider talking crap about something I've no interest in because that's just rude. I can't really listen to Country and Western without smirking, I find it impossible to take it serious but I know people who love it and why the heck not? Are they going to be persuaded by me slagging it off? No. Am I going to annoy them for no real reason? Yes.
So why the 'hate' people? I think it's far better to say "I don't get why you think this is cool but that's fine because it's your thing not mine."
The Victorian's, steam-punk or not, knew a few things about manners and there are a few here that could stand to learn that from them at the very least.
Wild strategy swings..
Sounds like banking in the 80's/90's/00's. Banks with their core business of lending, savings, mortgages and expensive letters telling you that you are 30p overdrawn, suddenly decided to get into all sorts of stuff they didn't understand.
Abbey National lost £243m on the whole Cornerstone Estate Agency project.
Bradford and Bingley sold it's estate agency arm to Countrywide.
HSBC actually made money on their sale of Eversholt Rail which owned train rolling stock but I've still no idea why they were involved in it...
I'm sure there are plenty of others.
Re: How many of those orphan works will actually be of value?
"Your family photo holidays might end up decorating some travel companies leaflet but, being honest, you weren't going to get any money for them anyway."
I look forward to your outrage when your family photos are used to advertise something you dislike. How about a lovely smiling picture of you and the kids on the front of a EDL poster? Or maybe that would suit you so, what about EasyJet running a campaign with your kids on it that says "Don't end up looking like this, get away somewhere nice for your holidays?".
Still, it's not as if they were going to pay you for them anyway...
Re: Linux / Android in everything that's pricey
Java is in a lot a pricey items. Doesn't mean it's good.
Personally I like Linux but fanbois will be fanbois. Bloody annoying.
Time to prepare for more cases of electromagnetic hypersensitivity?
How long before some nut crawls out of the woodwork to claim this is giving them bad skin and headaches?
If the DoJ and USPTO are fed up...
...then maybe they should put their own houses in order and stop allowing stupid patents and allowing the enforcement of stupid patents. This may actually lead to a positive change, but I doubt it.
It's hard to feel sympathy for them when the design for the rod they have made for their own backs is probably patented too...
I wonder how BT would feel if...
I made an 'estimate' on when they were getting paid and then kept putting that back by 3 months...? :-D
And by that I mean a shit idea.
Re: Verified by VISA is horrible
You clearly have no idea how PKI works.
Chip and Pin is by no means foolproof or perfect (PIN written on post-it™ notes etc) but it's not also as simplistic as you seem to think it is either.
Re: Their Problem is
You have, I think, hit the nail on the head. Innovation in the last few years has meant driving down the cost of components so that CPU speed, RAM and HDD capacity go up. But nothing particularly innovative in as much as it does something the last model didn't.
Windows is a huge anchor. I use it all the time and I'm not suggesting it doesn't have it's uses but even Microsoft are admitting with W8 that a new UI is needed. I find W7 very usable and it's certainly a solid performer at work having replaced XP successfully. But in the concept is it really that different from Windows 3.1? Not really. Same concept of windowing, file management and applications. For the PC market to revive it needs to look at what it's customers are doing and then look to be a part of that. At home I've not had a PC for years now. My Xbox 360 fills the media hub\gaming needs, the iPad the internet browsing. What can a PC do that I, need that I can't do with these devices? This is the question they need to ask and answer.
"No option for anything higher than 1920x10280 though."
I dunno that's some way beyond retina, vertically at least. :-p
Support is the easiest part of IT to get into because the bar to entry is so low. Anybody can start as a call logger and then progress to 1st line and then do some stuff like an A+, N+ or some Microsoft bits. The problem is because anybody can do it and many do there is no progression. The only support people who do well are those who focus on a specific product and in general that's very hard to do at most companies who expect you to be a generalist. Support becomes a grind for the vast majority who are fed up of users making the same mistakes and requests day in, day out. It is one of those areas that challenges rarely come along and doesn't allow for any expression of creativity. Realistically your only way out of support is management or project work\management both of which require retraining later down the line (ITIL, Prince2 etc).
I would consider SQL as a really good skill. It allows you to have flexibility, there will always be people looking for somebody to develop for SQL if that floats your boat and if it doesn't so many applications rely on it that you'll never be short of support options. If you like a particular area of SQL (SharePoint, web back-end to name two) then you can elect to develop along those line when it suits you.
Have you ever tried 'alternative' keyboards?
At least for more than a tweet or e-mail? I love my iPad but I wouldn't want to use that touch keyboard as my only way of typing. Laser projected keyboards are even worse, they are so hit and miss and provide no feedback.
Voice recognition has always been 5/10 years away and I'd say on the basis of things like Dragon and Kinect, usable day to day voice is at least 30 years away if not more. Most people underestimate just how complicated it is.
Linux isn't the answer to everything....
I know this will be seen as heresy around here but there really is actually some things that are best done by commercial software. I'm pretty sure that even NASA doesn't have the resources to write every line of code needed to keep a satellite in orbit so buying a commercial program to cut development time and costs is logical.
Re: You will have to wait...
You can't even argue the aluminium unibody really seeing as monocoque design has been around in other industries for decades and only the US patent office would think that taking an existing idea and applying it to a different product is innovation.
I'd be interested in the duribility aspect
Bending like that introduces repetitive stresses along common lines so I'd be interested in the long term test data but unlike some of the Luddites here I can see a potential future for this. The problem here is too many people are thinking of offices, homes and so on. This is the kind of tech that will find a home in various aspects of industry and possibly education too. Besides nobody would want to try to use George H. Heilmeier's first LCD but through time it ultimately lead to the LCD screens we all use today. Dismissing a technology in it's relative infancy is a foolish pastime.
The lack of Ethernet is a killer
I'll accept that from my tablet but not a laptop of any description. It's one of the things that make the Air a bad idea, the only way to connect that by a hard wired connection is via a dongle and with that you get a less-than-stunning 10\100 connection. Whoop.
It's a shame because otherwise this looks like a nice device.
It's not just the crime.
I am sickened like all sane people by what these men did. I call them men because animals work largely on instinct, however sick these men are they are still capable of higher reasoning and therefore it makes their crime worse. I dog kills it may be out of primal fear or instinct, a human does it with the ability not to.
More disturbing is the cover-up. A cover-up requires planning, multiple-parties and many supposedly rational people choosing consciously that the course they wish to take is not the just course but the one that suits them best. Evil on top of evil.
I'm actually interested in the new iPhone
Not because I'll be buying one, I have a 5 that I got as a reasonable cost upgrade on my old 4, but because this will be the first utterly Jobs-Free device Apple have done in years. This will be the one that proves whether the magic was in Apple or Jobs...
Re: WTF !?!
I'm going to guess you're American as you utterly missed that joke...
Way to celebrate ingenuity...
"Hey Orville, that aeroplane that you and Wilbur invented, it's rubbish because one day gasoline will run out so why bother?"
"Oooh, look what we can do!"
I know that security is important and I'm not saying that what they've done here doesn't point out some security flaws, but it really is just willy waving. They aren't doing anything useful here it's just kids running around being douches. Hacktivism is supposed to have a political goal. This clearly doesn't so they aren't Hacktivists they are just vandals.
QR Codes kinda rubbish, but I like this one
Re: Why one anyone want a shit expensive phone?
I love how you can slam this phone in one breath and praise any phone made by Sony in the next... shocking.
Basically they've made a new W8 phone with similar specs to an iPhone4 that costs what a second hand iPhone4 will these days? Seems fine to me for a base model.
Missing the point much?
If Leveson is asking the press to put it's house in order and stop printing factual inaccuracies by producing a report with factual inaccuracies in it, doesn't that rather undermine the point he is trying to make. It let's journalists say "See, not as easy as you thought is it?".
Re: Could be worse...
Bit dated that...
"First names are chosen by the child's parents. There are no legal a priori constraints on the choice of names nowadays, but this has not always been the case.
The choice of given names, originally limited only by the tradition of naming children after a small number of popular saints, was restricted by law at the end of the 18th century. Officially, only names figuring on a calendar, or names of illustrious Frenchmen/women of the past, could be accepted. Much later, actually in 1966, a new law permitted a limited number of mythological, regional or foreign names, substantives (Olive, Violette), diminutives, and alternative spellings. Only in 1993 were French parents given the freedom to name their child without any constraint whatsoever.
However, if the birth registrar thinks that the chosen names (alone or in association with the last name) may be detrimental to the child's interests, or to the right of other families to protect their own family name, the registrar may refer the matter to the local prosecutor, who may choose to refer the matter to the local court. The court may then refuse the chosen names. Such refusals are rare and mostly concern given names that may expose the child to mockery."
- IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL
- Analysis Who is the mystery sixth member of LulzSec?
- Comment Congress: It's not the Glass that's scary - It's the GOOGLE
- Analysis Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?
- Murdoch Facebook gloat: You're like my $580m, 'CRAPPY' MySpace