185 posts • joined 27 Sep 2010
Re: Prior art ?
Quite apart from the good point you have made, please have an up-vote for the use of the word 'nincompoops'. Bravo sir! :-)
So they've not patented...
Windows then? ;-)
Re: Email that I jut got from CW
A spare disk? Are they saying they didn't have a HDD onsite for this (assumed) server?
Has it really been that long?
Man, I'm getting old. I remember my school writing letters of condolence to Regan when Challenger exploded too.
Brave people pushing the human race forward - their efforts should never be forgotten and their memory should not be disgraced by never trying again.
Do we *need* to be this connected?
I love gadgets and will always be interested in them. But the more I see stuff like this the more I think "Are we not just over-connected?" how much info is *too* much info?
They are out there...
It's just the majors have quit the market there are options out there:
H6 10 Inch Notebook Android 4.0.3 4GB Laptop PC Black (http://www.pandawill.com/catalog/product/view/id/45080/s/h6-10-inch-notebook-android-403-1g-ram-4gb-laptop-pc-black-p65515/)
MTL0701W 7 Inch Notebook Android 4.0.3 4GB HDMI Laptop PC White (http://www.pandawill.com/mtl0701w-7-inch-notebook-android-403-4gb-hdmi-laptop-pc-white-p71558.html)
The problem is expectation. Consumers generally want a device that does it all rather than a couple of devices that suit a particular usage. Trying to make the 'does it all' device at £200? No wonder the majors quit.
Re: selling data retail?
Ever? Yes. Back in the day retail was the only method other than mail order. If you mean was it a good idea since the advent of the internet? Then no, retail was always going to suffer the additional costs and so ultimatly wasn't going to be viable unless they added value in other ways (don't ask me, if I knew I'd be running my own store!).
Really struggling for words
How do you describe how vile these people are?
The only thing I can think of that would make me smile is if they pulled this shit on Liam Neeson...
"I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you stop this shit now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."
As the Depeche Mode boys would say...
Enjoy the Silence
Re: A bargain
You're a prick. I've not met you but I've been told...
I like Excel, the only issue I have is with people using it as a feckin' database instead of using an actual DB. Having said that Access was\is horrible so I can see why this happened.
Getting away from Office
Does anybody have any stories they'd like to share that cover changing from MS Office to an alternative. Not just individuals but whole companies? I'd be interested to see just how painful it is but also how much can be saved.
I think about where I work and the various Excel add-ins that run their financial systems and can't see them ever changing.
Also the lack of real advertising for alternatives hurts the sector. I bet if I went to each department head and said 'Libre Office' or 'OpenOffice' they'd say "WTF?"
Re: LibreOffice user here
I get the feeling that you don't like Microsoft very much. I'm not sure where why, it's just something niggling me about your posts that give me that impression...
Paris because she knows all about securing her smut. At least she should do by now...
IT at schools?
My IT lessons at school involved learning:
10 PRINT "Hello World!"
20 GOTO 10
and trying to be first to get there to have a go on the Acorn not the BBC Basics.
I would hope that IT now covers far more, in fact if I were in charge I'd have a technical lesson and then alternate that with one about other aspects of IT and how it affects our lives. Learning how to use a computer isn't just about programming these days or hardware like it was when I was in secondary school in the early 90's but about so much more. Lessons on how to secure your data, including pictures you might not want to get out, should be part of the school curriculum. Like it or not, IT should also be a mandatory lesson up there with Maths, English and Science.
Nintendo's problem has always been poor 3rd party games
The term 'shovelware' might not have been coined for the Wii but it certainly became it's poster boy. Every Nintendo fanboi always buys Mario, Zelda and Metroid. The casual gamer might buy another game on top of Wii Sports. But the shovelware grinds everybody down:
Food Network: Cook or Be Cooked
Gallop & Ride and My Horse & Me
Charm Girls Club: Pajama Party
Imagine: Party Babyz
If the casual game buys one of these, or more likely gets given one by Grandma at Christmas, they are then jaded for the rest of that ownership.
This is how the Wii U will die too... death by a thousand party games.
YouTube would need to offer a better way to find content
YouTube would need to have a much better system of separating the crap from the 'premium'. Vevo only came about after it became obvious that official music videos were being swamped in the searches on YouTube by terrible karaoke covers. I wouldn't pay for YouTube as it is because there is so little content that is of any quality. Plus $1 - $5 PM is way too high, if you wanted 10 top quality channels then it would cost near to or more than a Sky subscription and while I hate Sky their offering is still better than a few video clips...
The free-to-subscription transition would only work if the content was worth paying for. Most of YouTube is not.
Wouldn't it have made sense to have a semi-fraudulent business. That way you have some users who will back you up and it makes your excuses seem valid. This would arouse less suspicion. Yes it would take longer to make your big wads of cash but it's better than getting caught... Just sayin'. :-)
I rather like the reboot. To be honest the original material left him nowhere to really go, so a reboot was in order. Your complaint ranks right up there with "Nolan didn't include Robin in any of his Batman films and his Bane was nothing like the one in 'Batman and Robin!".
When Dustin Hoffman was involved with the movie Marathon Man, his character was depicted as looking like he had stayed awake for three nights. Dustin, being a method actor, decided to stay up for three nights in real life in order for it to look more realistic. When he came to the set, Laurence Olivier (An actor some consider one of the greatest in the world) asked him why he looked so tired and Dustin told him. Then Olivier pauses for a moment, then makes the famous statement, "Try acting, dear boy...it's much easier."
Bletchley Park is awesome.
If you've not visited you should! It's a brilliant site with a lot of very interesting history and a total geek-gasam inducing collection of computers. :-)
You can't go around attacking people just because you disagree with them! This is not the playground and he who shouts loudest wins isn't how things are decided. But then cowardly attacks using an attempt at anonymity are so much easier than taking a stand in a legal way.
I dunno, I looked at him and thought maybe he could have written Watchmen, Tom Strong and From Hell... :-)
Predicting systems with a massive number of variables...
...is tricky. Who knew?
Disappointed with Sky
It doesn't offer much above and beyond Freeview, Sky1 should just be called the Simpsons Channel, and their double dipping approach of adverts *and* a subscription is a piss-take. ITV manage on the former BBC on the latter. Sky don't actually produce much, they are more or less a reseller for HBO these days.
Netflix still has some way to go.
I like what I can get on there, generally, but in the UK at least there are some massive holes in it's offering.
Yawn. Bored with 'Mega' now.
Not only is it a shit name for a service but frankly if I wanted cloud I'd go with somebody who doesn't have an ego the size of North America. When the guy running the business is bigger news than the products that's a worry.
"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen."
For me the problem is not the spec...
It's just how "Meh" it makes me feel. Good tech should get you excited, this just feels like a poorly packaged laptop with nothing that makes me feel like it's better than buying an iPad and a cheap laptop for about the same price or less.
Lack of specialist knowledge?
Isn't part of the problem that the law, the people who make the law and the people enforce the law, somewhat behind the curve when it comes to technology? I think sometimes they fear what they don't understand and therefore do what the fearful normally do, break out the big guns to ward off danger.
There needs to be a group that specialises not only in law but also who have access and understand the world in which they operate. What Swartz did wasn't bright. That data, no matter how he objected to it's use (and there is a strong argument against how it was being used, but that's a septate argument), was not his to take in the way he did. However the 'victim' understood his argument and declined to press charges once the data was returned. That should have been the end of it. However the state fears people with skills they cannot understand, so they feel the need to control them. It's this fear that needs to be conquered. Once it is understood then maybe the over-reactions will stop.
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?
Oh for a roundtable meeting
With Kim Dotcom and John McAfee. All sorts of bonkers.
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: A bit Meh
Ah, yes I too watched B5 with my Dad. :-)
Up Vote for you, sir!
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.
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