It broke the Send To menu for me too, the list was blank. I removed some suspicious looking files from AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo directory with size of 0 bytes and that fixed it. Haven't encountered other problems...yet.
558 posts • joined 6 Oct 2010
"I got a ticket for a noisy exhaust, even though I explained to the copper that I was taking it to a friend's house to help me fix it AND I had the new exhaust system in the boot."
Cops can give a ticket. You should be able to contest the ticket in a court at a later date.
"to carry up to seven astronauts or 6,000kg (13,228lbs) of cargo"
Must be American astronauts then! How much is one Astronaut in KiloJubs?
"Just had a quick look at the store at both the watch and the charger, I cannot see it stated that the wireless technology used is Qi so not really sure what the fuss is about"
Apple took existing proven technology - didn't enhance it in any way - and made sure the charger can work with only Apple Watch and vice versa. If the charger could charge the battery faster then there would be less fuss.
The only reason was to maximize profits. It doesn't make the user experience one iota better for the Apple Watch users, and if, for example, a same household has an Apple Watch and non-Apple gear with Qi tech then additional chargers are needed. The Qi chargers are widely available in many forms, even Ikea has furniture with charging built-in, since any modern phone, pad or wearables can be depleted in a single day.
Outside Apple territory the Micro USB is a universal way to charge phones and tablets. I find that way better than say, 5 years ago when each manufacturer made damn sure to have their own connectors for charging or data. How about you?
Re: Using toys as tools... @Pott
"No. Windows can be configured to patch and reboot on schedule."
''No. It can't.''
Yes. It can. Provide proof if you want to be taken seriously.
"I wouldn't trust them under normal circumstances. I absofuckinglutely won't when lives depend on it."
You're implying that instead you trust Apple in a life-and-death situation. That's beyond stupid. And this even isn't a critical system.
"Hence the need for a device which lasts the entire flight."
Except that the device doesn't last the entire flight as you've been told.
"Do you need pictures? In crayon perhaps?"
Try not to insult at first.
Re: Using toys as tools... @hplasm
"Even MS themselves say this in the quasilegal blurb of the EULA..."
Please don't troll. Apple is parroting the same lines in their EULA:
7.5 YOU FURTHER ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE iOS SOFTWARE AND SERVICES ARE NOT INTENDED OR SUITABLE FOR USE IN SITUATIONS OR ENVIRONMENTS WHERE THE FAILURE OR TIME DELAYS OF, OR ERRORS OR INACCURACIES IN, THE CONTENT, DATA OR INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE iOS SOFTWARE OR SERVICES COULD LEAD TO DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY, OR SEVERE PHYSICAL OR ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION THE OPERATION OF NUCLEAR FACILITIES, AIRCRAFT NAVIGATION OR COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, LIFE SUPPORT OR WEAPONS SYSTEMS.
Re: Using toys as tools...
2. Sorry, but touch-interface ecosystem on Windows is garbage. The touch UI restrictions make the resulting apps horrible and there is not a huge ecosystem of developers who are skilled in making touch Windows apps.
An application doesn't have to be "modern" to utilize touch. In Point Of Sale sector the operating systems are typically Windows/Linux and the GUI exposed to the end-user works beautifully with touch.
3. Sorry, Windows does randomly reboot for patches. It also locks up when it gets bad patches.
No. Windows can be configured to patch and reboot on schedule.
I've had to fix iPhones and iPads that booted into recovery mode after an OS patch. Any device with a sufficiently bad patch can be hosed.
And Windows at least gets patches. The first iPad was supported for only two years before Apple dropped support.
4. Um, "standard USB interface" means nothing. There's way more mobile gear for Apple (using lightning or the audio jack) than there is for USB.
You've moved the goalposts. First talking about $external_devices and @external_interfaces, and now Apple mobile gear? This Pad is working in a cockpit, Starbucks Interface isn't needed here.
Are you seriously claiming that there are more devices available for iPad with their proprietary connector than for USB? RDF is strong with this one.
7. Corporate devices in theory will allow you to control patches, etc. Unfortunately, this isn't guaranteed. Microsoft has completely broken the faith and lost the trust of any rational or sane person when it comes to update management
Please explain both sentences.
NB: iPads are fine devices.
Re: The Pope
How is this advice bollocks? Are you still angry because your mother told you to put your phone down during dinner?
Re: Bah! Now with extra unrequested humbug.
"Using the vendor's site does not avoid such subterfuge. For this and other reasons, there are no Adobe or Oracle products, paid or freely available, on my computers."
Apple should be in that list too. Installing iTunes usually means that sooner rather than later your PC also has Quicktime, Safari and Bonjour, all of which are practically useless for 99% of users. Thankfully Safari was dropped but many, MANY computers still have the out-of-date insecure version installed that Apple just apparently abandoned without a notice.
I haven't seen the Adobe update processes offering anything but updates, too bad their free downloads usually have Chrome or McAfee tickboxes checked by default.
Is the revenue from these shitty 3rd party downloads so great that these Billion dollar companies like Oracle and Apple feel the money really outweighs the badwill they generate? How much does Google (for example) pay Adobe to have Chrome installed along with Reader or Flash?
Re: Phobos won't survive that long!
According to the future history as described by Joe Haldeman in The Coming, Phobos will first be split in two roughly during Christmas of 2054, shortly before the aliens arrive...
Re: ... 10cm^3 modules ...
Perhaps you mean 10cm x 10cm x 10 cm = 1000 cm^3?
1 dm^3 or 1 litre would also be acceptable answers.
Re: Oh, the productivity, the fliexbilty, the POSSIBILITIES! @dan1980
"The first question that popped into my mind on reading this was: how the hell do they know what people are storing on there? Yes, of course, they have the technical ability to find out - it's elementary - but what does it say for how much Microsoft respect their customers' privacy?"
Maybe MS just asked the user?
"Sure, offering "unlimited" data storage is a stupid, unsustainable thing"
Google, Amazon and Dropbox all offer unlimited paid storage. If the 75TB users move to the other providers they'll probably have to scale back or implement more expensive tiers.
"pretty much nobody uses OneDrive anymore."
You know, comments like these need to be backed up with some sort of factoids.
"MS has a bad habit of killing off stuff at random, or rolling back benefits."
I thought that was what Google does with its annual service purges.
Re: If you have the Win7 install disks
Yes. All this means that OEMs are not allowed to preinstall Win7 anymore.
Windows XP had a similar cut-off date some years ago but product activation still works.
Re: 5 years
Sounds very much like what Microsoft is doing with Windows 7, which is on extended support since last January until early 2020: only security updates, no new features or bug fixes unless a real show-stopper is found for 5 years. In short: end of all development for the platform.
How long until Apple announces their "revolutionary" "industry-first" OS model called Singularity?
HP still makes calculators!
"I don't think I've ever seen a mobile device without either a swipe pattern or PIN."
Ever? When Nokia ruled with the Symbian phones it was rare to see anyone protecting their phone with a PIN - if it even was possible (can't remember). Sure the SIM had a PIN code but that was needed only when rebooting the device.
Re: Eh. what?
"If that was a rebels' Buk, you would see a lot of evidence of this - satellite images of position, radar emission detection, rocket launch flare detection, and so on. Nothing like this has not been published."
Use logic and the Occam's Razor.
Russia has their own share of spy satellites orbiting Earth, and it it very likely that some are over Ukraine since they're orchestrating the rebel strategy. If there was any reasonable evidence to support Ukrainian BUK launch the Russian government would have handed them over to everyone.
Since the rebels mostly consist of (former) Ukrainians, it is likely that some have been part of Ukrainian Military and Anti-aircraft divisions. The rebels have BUK systems, reported by AP journalists. The systems either belonged to Ukrainian bases in rebel zones - therefore possibly explaining the older missile type - or handed over by Russia, which has denied providing anything else but humanitarian help since the beginning.
What the hell?
From the article: "...WPA2 with a key spinning out to at least 20 characters."
The WPA is spec'd to handle 63 ASCII characters so why would there even be a lower limits in the user interface, and furthermore, why would the German govt be happy with a shorter key?
I'd also like to see WPA-Enterprise option in each wireless AP since Windows 10 (and others) can easily share standard WPA passwords with the rest of the world unless your SSID contains "_optout" or "_nomap". You'll never know if the person you gave the password has a device that shares the password with Google or MS.
An internal RADIUS service should also be a huge plus for easier home deployment.
Re: footling around with the default interface?
"I reckon Belkin is probably the worst."
It is. The only Belkin products I could approve would neither require any device drivers and couldn't be managed in any way. That leaves only unmanaged L2 switches, cables, antennas, USB chargers, and things like that.
Re: Makes sense
"Switzerland also seems to have the most valuable coin in circulation: 5 Swiss francs, a bit more than £3."
Krugerrands are way more valuable.
Re: A Wisconsin court rules for a Wisconsin University?
So the university sued Apple in Wisconsin since the Uni is located in Wisconsin. The patent troll route would have been to choose East Texas for the lawsuit venue.
Serving the papers in Hawaii would have probably delighted the Uni lawyers but would have been quite an expensive endeavour.
Magnetic Stripe Reader usage today
"I sometimes try to imagine who might still prefer to use the ancient magnetic swipe reader found at the side of every point-of-sale card keypad."
Lack of imagination then.
People in shops and restaurants even here in EMV Land use magnetic stripe readers for them to personally log to a POS register - usually with a PIN code as well. The same MSR's are used also to process customers' gift cards and loyalty cards.
Empty magnetic stripe cards are cheap to buy and program and the equipment for batch programming is also relatively cheap compared to chip cards.
Technically speaking MSR's don't usually require any drivers since they appear as keyboards and implementations likely require less computer code too - in essence just parsing keyboard input. With chip readers you usually have to use not only drivers but may have to embed some 3rd party libraries from the manufacturer and sourcing from multiple manufacturers requires multiple drivers and DLL's too.
There is of course a small risk with loyalty/gift cards theft or other cards as well (my library card is a magstripe card), but you'll always need to factor in the cost of implementing 2FA vs the risks.
"Linux servers capable of blowing websites and other systems off the internet with at least 150Gbps of junk traffic."
This is why the supercomputers use mostly Linux. With compromised Windows servers the total traffic would have been less than half of that!
Re: Landfill Android
"Thats 'cause these Chinese outfits fail to respect GPL. So you could spend +500$ for a device that might last for say can. Five Years... Or spend ca. ~100$ a Year for a newer device. (i.e. Landfill Android!)."
5 years is a very long time in this business, and I can't come up with any handset that has had 5 years of support. iPhone 4S is the oldest phone which got the IOS9 and that's a 4-year old model. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple dropped support for it come next summer and IOSX. 5 years ago the Android models were fitted with Gingerbread - how many phones can be upgraded to Lollipop - and how painful the end result would be to use?
So, in the end, would you buy one of these landfills each year and surely have the latest OS and possibly some newer technology too, or hang on to the trusty relic that isn't getting any new apps and probably has had one battery replacement during its lifetime - if it was even replaceable? The battery and other hardware has a good chance to work for at least a year, and in EU (at least) you'll be covered by the warranty.
Re: Makes me think the following, even if it's not true
Bing is certainly not as good as Google but it's not shit either. You're just preaching to the choir.
Re: What?! @Chairo
"Oh, and yes, since IOS 6 (IIRC) they also use a signed bootloader."
I stand corrected. Thank you.
Isn't it Apple's job to offer bounties for security exploits in their products?
Since each IOS version has had security exploits granting root rights to jailbreak (or to just install malware), I think Apple should offer big money for these jailbreak enabling exploits and for each exploit deny free coffee from the IOS coding team. (cruel and unusual punishment?)
Also, why isn't Apple using signed bootloader like Winphone or some Androids? AFAIK, none of those devices have been jailbroken.
Re: Perhaps MicroSoft are looking at this the wrong way 'round...
"But they're to blind to see that its their failed works... Vista, 8.x, and now 10"
I politely disagree, and would like to see some hard evidence backing this popular hypothesis. Yes, Vista and Windows 8 are sometimes rightly dismissed as failures but during Vista the business computers were usually downgraded to XP, and they did the same with Windows 8 (to Win7/XP). Consumers just keep using what is available and the Joe Sixpacks can't even tell Vista and 7 apart. Consumers have started to flock onto the tablet market since iPad and other devices cater to needs of most people, they're much simplified for even IT declined people. I think that's a major reason why consumers aren't buying PCs. Tablets have also made inroads into businesses but I think people are just postponing PC upgrades since the old Win7 computers work well enough.
Searching for PC yoy growth rates shows that during Vista the growth rate was steady 20% or so (with usual fluctuations), and the market began severely tanking during Windows 7's reign before Windows 8 was released. Even if MS was to settle with Windows 7 back then I'm pretty sure the PC market would have just as it happened.
"along with the removal of standalone Office that's actually causing everyone too leave"
The standalone Office with perpetual usage rights isn't going anywhere with the 2016 version released today, actually!
"Why should I replace a decent mid-2000's Core2Duo with some ithingy CPU, when its more the capable of running everything I need?"
This I agree with. We've reached the good enough stage and since CPU frequencies aren't really climbing anymore the single-thread performance hasn't generally gotten much better.
"Makes One wonder, what would happen if MicroSoft would actually gave us what we actually wanted"
Most people don't know what they want. What did you want?
Re: "Opera 32.0 which is based on Chromium 45"
Saddest thing was Opera going over to Chrome
I think that wasn't so sad since Blink (Webkit) is not a bad web engine. The sad thing was that Opera 15 was just Chrome with a new skin and all the nice features removed. (kb shortcuts, popup menu etc)
I couldn't see a reason to hang on to Opera since the old version 12 was going to be EOL'd soon and I didn't like Chrome.
Re: I'll be damned...
PS one minor point: " Venezuela is a shithole", yes, but is that just because of their economic policy or also because of the massive levels of corruption which are endemic in that part of the world?
Spot on, Graham. I was about to post the same thing. Venezuela is annually ranked in the bottom 20 of the Corruption Perception Index, whereas Sweden is on the other end of the table.
Re: Personal Touch. @6x7=42
So you're reading this thread but couldn't reply to my question about the supposed crapness of RT? Why?
Have you even seen such a rarity or do you just have a huge chip on your shoulder and thus just talking out of your ass?
Re: Personal Touch.
"And a grovelling apology for foisting such crap on you in the first place."
I've never seen an RT device, nor know anyone who owns one, so can you tell us how it was crap?
I know the app selection was very poor but was the device itself somehow crap, i.e. was the hardware slow or unwieldy or unstable? Was it the UI - Windows 8 on phones is perfectly fine and Windows 8 on PC's with touch display is also fine, but was the WinRT UI crippled beyond recognition or something?
At least Microsoft is still providing patches for the devices until 2018, according to Wikipedia.
"Wow, an 83x83 pixel resolution?"
112x63 actually. The aspect ratio is probably 16:9, not 1:1.
<nitpick>...and 83x83 is less than 7000 pixels</nitpick>
The plan is to sue Dotcom, deny bail, and the next X years see that every avenue of appeal is used to exhaust Dotcoms assets and make an example of him. Even if the government knows that the case cannot be won they will pursue him to the end with no regard to costs since hey, it's not their money.
Re: Value? @bobgameon
Android doesn't have a mouse pointer on screen yet I have no problems using a trackpad/point on a Lenovo tablet (along with touch) since the mouse pointer appears when the mouse is used. Oh, and there's a left AND right mouse button.
"PATCH, but remember to ensure keep everything 'valuable' updated on an unmounted remote drive too."
In my experience Cryptolocker is delivered via email attachments, usually as a fake CV.exe or similar, and the only good remedy is either to educate people or lock the PC down. The latter option requires supervision if the users want this and that program installed and who's gonna provide it? And as even well educated people have fallen to Nigerian scam, well...
If the Cryptolocker was available to Macs and Linux systems (is it?) the stupid users would happily click away each warning and type their SU passwords when asked for.
Patching and backuping as you say is of course sound recommendation. Most (home) users just don't know how or otherwise just couldn't care less...
Re: Don't beat yourself up, AC
Seinfeld and Muppet Show were funny from start to finish.
SNL, Simpsons, South Park *were* really funny at their peak, many years ago.
Re: And on the left side of the pond... @ItsNotMe
"Mine's the one with the NSFW map book in the pocket."
...Dirty Hungarian Map Book?
Re: Memory vs Processor
"I would suggest that nowadays 8GB (and a 64bit OS to access it) is the new norm."
The new norm should be SSD. It really is the best way to level up any computer in 99% cases. And 32 bit (Windows) operating systems haven't really been sold to consumers for several years now (with the exception of some low-end 32 bit only Atom CPUs)
These laptops are fine for surfing, watching films, light gaming, Office software and such. None of those scenarios really need 8GB. If Chrome is the top reason to standardise to 8GB, I'd just select another browser that works correctly.
With otherwise identical specs I'd choose each time a laptop with 4GB & SSD than 8GB and HDD.
Re: Screen size
"Yes, I know these are cheap as chips laptops but if no one bought them perhaps the manufacturers would stop making them for us to buy."
Perhaps. But you need to consider the people who buy the cheapest things because they just don't have any extra money.
Then again I've met plenty of (older) people with poor eyesight who complain about small text when they're given a FullHD display to use even with a desktop monitor. And next minute you're adjusting the resolution down. Or hoping that the 200% scaling works with all the software...
Re: Interesting comment..
"Which patents MS is charging too much or bundling with others?"
Are you kidding? Microsoft makes more money ripping off Android phone manufacturers for bogus patents than it sells Windows phones!
I'm not kidding. The questions stand - which patents MS is bundling with other patents?
MS is charging for patents - that is obvious. How much is MS charging and what would be the reasonable price?
It's why companies in the phone space need lots of patents. So Microsoft/Nokia don't sue. What's the word: "Cartel"?
The word is MAD. I think one player even used the phrase 'thermonuclear war'.
Re: Interesting comment..
"charging too much, tying in useless patents to essential ones, not actually making any products and discriminating"
And Microsoft says this? I thought that is what Microsoft did all the time.
Which patents MS is charging too much or bundling with others?
Microsoft makes loads of products. For example, most computers contain software made by MS.
Which customers MS is discriminating?
Cue downvotes in 3...2...1.
Re: Walled Guarding
"AFAIK Internet Explorer is never likely to be made available for iOS."
Likely never, but with Office landing on IOS and Android platforms you never know...
"I believe that's the only one now available that isn't WebKit underneath."
Firefox uses Gecko engine. Chrome/Opera doesn't use WebKit but a fork of it, Blink. Opera Mini still uses the Presto engine I believe. Each have their own features (including bookmark sync and the Opera Mini data compression) that some users have found quite useful.
Re: except @asdf
Revenue increasing doesn't mean profit is.
I never said so.
Since the article doesn't state the amount of profit (or loss) how can you say the Xbox is tanking? If you have the figures - show them.
Even if PS4 is ahead in console wars of this generation with quantity and profits, it doesn't necessarily mean that the rest of the competition are just losing money.
NB: I'm not a console owner and not interested in owning one, but I think it's good for the customers to have more players than just Sony and Nintendo.
Re: except @asdf
"and it shows as even their one success story the Xbox is starting to tank."
How is it tanking?
Gamespot reports that PS4 is outselling Xbox 2:1, but the business is growing for Microsoft, as well as for Sony.
...Microsoft, meanwhile, revealed Xbox Platform revenue increased $86 million, which translates to a 10 percent growth. According to the company, this was driven by "higher volumes of consoles sold, offset in part by lower prices of Xbox Ones sold."
Microsoft said it moved 1.4 million consoles in the fourth quarter compared to the previous year's 1.1 million. It did not clarify the exact contribution Xbox One made to this figure, opting instead to combine sales of the console with its predecessor, the Xbox 360.
Total Xbox revenue showed a growth of 27 percent compared to the same period last year. This increase was attributed to console sales, Xbox Live transactions, and first party game sales.
Re: I have an Honor 6
"And yes, I'm aware Huawei is a bigger company than Sony are these days but Sony is high profile enough that it needs to support it's users"
There's cause and effect in the same sentence. Huawei and several other companies don't invest into documentation or post-sales support - hence they can sell identical kit with a cheaper pricetag.
You and I represent a small minority of the users. Most people don't know or care if their device could or should be updated - it doesn't factor into their buying decisions. People buy phones based on price, aesthetics, price, brands (Apple), price and suggestions of other people. Some purely compare specifications and select the one with the most megapixels - more pixels means better image quality, right?
The 'Man from Del Monte' inside me says yes for companies that put the extra effort in support and I strive to buy the quality stuff even as it usually costs more upfront. But I know the hoi pollow don't.
Re: Ah, memories...
Oh, and a quick note - back in those days, 13 floppies was pretty close to the definition of Bloat. Only Windows NT, OS/2 and perhaps a full install of Office 95 could make you do more floppy swapping! Oh how we rejoiced at CDs...
I didn't think of it as bloat back then, since games such as Ultima 7 and Wing Commander 2 (with the speech pack) needed even more floppies... And I think Win3.11 came with 9 floppies - with the last 3 or so floppies containing just drivers. I was of course a somewhat masochistic OS/2 user but defected later to NT4. I'd like to remind that OS/2, Win95 and later came with 3,5" diskettes that were specially formatted to contain more than 1.44M.
Re: FAT-free @thames
The reason why cameras and other such things use FAT is because Windows already has FAT without having to load a special driver.
The cameras and other devices could just as well use UDF since it's supported by practically every OS since Windows 95.