Not just ports
The new Macbook also sports a "480p FaceTime camera".
Can you actually buy any other laptop (with a £1000 start price) with just a VGA resolution webcam?
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The new Macbook also sports a "480p FaceTime camera".
Can you actually buy any other laptop (with a £1000 start price) with just a VGA resolution webcam?
"It was however unable to tell us of a way, tracking IMEIs or otherwise, to know which sensors are in which phones."
The models with the Sony sensors were obviously produced first. After the first teardown articles from iFixit and other reviews they should have been able to evade detection of this change in materials.
"I have no problems with the Software Centre listing or advertising paid-for software"
Soon you'll see ads for Windows 10, blue pills, and dating services elsewhere on the OS.
Is there a way to turn it off, or can I install an "Adblocker+ for Software Centre" (from the same SW Centre of course)?
"Big advantage for SSDs in that regard, erasing a hard drive partition requires actual writes"
Yes and no.
For traditional hard drives you are spot on, but Self-Encrypting Drives ("SED") encrypt everything. Some SSD and HDD models have SED capability but not all.
The drives have a default encryption key already set in the factory (and printed on the drive label). With the default key the drives are essentially unencrypted, but if the encryption key is set then the drive appears bricked unless the correct key is entered upon boot. The drive can be unbricked with a special software but that renders the previous contents unreadable and the drive appears afterwards as unpartitioned, clean drive.
"I can see nothing special about W10 that is likely to persuade me to upgrade"
Same here, but...
I see a real reason to replace Win7 sometime after Jan 2020 when Microsoft ends all support.
You can have anything from Homer Simpson to John Cleese or even Brian Blessed reliving his Prince Vultan role. And you'd pick Clarkson? See icon -->
"If someone pays $10K for something that has $150 worth of electronics and $2000 (or whatever) worth of gold"
The Apple gold watches supposedly have other, higher quality materials than just gold so it's not just the metal parts that were replaced with shiny yellow.
The amount of gold in iWatch is reported to be about 30 grams, so the gold (18 karats) is worth about $850. Ten years ago it was worth $225, and only four years ago the it was worth $1350 when gold hit the peak.
"Somebody has used an MITM attack."
You seem to be really interested in pointing out minor grammar and spelling errors at El Reg.
But why only Win10?
I mean all of the major browsers like Chrome, Firefox and the also-ran Opera (sadly now a skinned Chrome engine) manage to support various versions of Windows and also Mac & Linux. Why can't MS do this?
Like Eric mentioned, they're trying to sell a new version of Windows.
I'd like to point out that this business model isn't unusual for all commercial operating systems. Older RHEL, OSX, Androids et. al. can/could be made to run the latest browsers and other software too. Whether it is trivial - I don't know. I know Android isn't exactly commercial but my Android 4.0 devices are without love - the burden is just with the device mfgrs unlike with other systems.
Since consumers and many small businesses are allowed to upgrade Win7/8 to Windows 10 this is not a problem for them. Same with OSX users who can upgrade to Yosemite.
Some may wish not to upgrade for several reasons including amount of work, incompatibilities, certifications and so on but that applies to all the other operating systems too.
Notebook computers for Businesses are normally 1/3 more as you have to also provide docking stations
If a company sees value in users' ability to work at home then the company would have to provide another computer for homes. If the desktop computer was replaced with a laptop without any intention of working mobile then a dock may not be necessary at all.
a posh bag because the old one smells,
Basic laptop bags start at something like 10 pounds/bucks/euros.
a two factor device such as an RSA keyfob, etc.... You then need to provide a bigger connection to the outside world to support them
So if a company buys laptops all the users need remote connections to workplace, but if the company buys desktops then the users really didn't need remote connections? That's... Confucius!
Internet usage can be denied at external locations if you're talking about routing all internet traffic through company firewalls, so no need for fatter pipes.
You should have pointed to the plastermaster that the earth is concave - why else do the soles of shoes wear out only below heel and toes?
"SSDs rarely fail, unlike spinning rust. At least 40% of the crop of spinning rust we bought a couple of years ago at our company"
It could have been a bad batch from the factory. So how many WD drives was that, 10/100/1000?
Do you think that 40% of all WD drives die within couple of years based on your sample size?
Take a look at this set of 30k+ drives and the failure trends on WD and other drives. The failure rate seem to be under 10% for most drives.
The rather short history of modern SSD's (=SAS/SATA or later) is plaqued with firmware issues. From EVERY single manufacturer. I've had several Kingstons die and brick suddenly with no recourse to extract data. OCZ folded and was sold to Toshiba because they produced shitty drives. Intel had the 8MB bug. Samsung 840 EVOs are slowing down. Some Crucials had the rather comical 5000 hour bug.
I certainly couldn't say whether HDDs are more (or less) prone to failure than SSDs since I haven't seen any studies on this.
Uh, just click Start with right mouse button and select Control Panel.
"Given past history, the final release could cut off anything below a nehalem."
Windows 8 requires at least Pentium 4 "Prescott" (circa 2004) or any AMD64 capable CPU (2003). Microsoft has communicated that the requirements will be the same for Windows 10. This could change - of course - but what OS-specific features do Nehalems have that earlier CPUs didn't?
Windows Vista/7/8 had the Upgrade Advisor program which checked whether your installed SW and HW was supported or had workarounds available.
"Authentec Fingerprint Readers as a good example of no longer getting support"
This would really depend on the support agreement between Authentec and OEMs. The agreements may contain provisions of driver support for upcoming Operating Systems (or) for the next X years.
"fix their telephone without them knowing it."
Just don't even try to tell Central Services that the machines fixed themselves. And if you do, remember to ask for 27 B/6 if they want to have a look!
Is it September already?
"Could it not be that people are waiting on Windows 10's release"
Unlikely since Windows 10 is coming to the computers regardless if people buy the computers now or whenever Win10 is released. The "Joe Sixpacks" out there are not even aware of the Windows 10.
Few small shops may wait for it just to standardize into something else than Windows 7 (all support ends in less than 5 years from now), or Windows 8.1 (many people dislike it).
AFAIK, Win10 will be free upgrade also to businesses that are using OEM versions of Windows Pro for the first year so the computers can be bought now if necessary and upgraded later though it may be inconvenient for some.
ERPs, VPNs, drivers and other software may need updates to work with Win10 and usually it takes at least months (or even years) to get certification for the latest Windows version.
"Also factor in that as each successive release of Windows seems to require less horsepower and a generally depressed economy is it any wonder PC sales are down when money's tight you mend and make do!"
I agree. Also, a 5-year-old Intel i5 isn't noticeably slower in general usage than the latest i5 CPU's - AES-NI does make a noticeable difference but to how many people? Just replace the HDD with an SSD and that's it. For many people even a 64GB or 128GB drive is more than enough and the cost of upgrade is minimal.
The article doesn't mention phones, only Android/iPhone/Windows 'mobile devices'
They have a Windows ecosystem and they're already trialing iPads - therefore it is likely that the Met will end up with tablets.
There are tablets with IOS/Windows/Android available. Apple doesn't have rugged designs but rely on 3rd parties - I haven't seen any rugged iPad so won't comment on their durability, but rugged Androids and Windows tablets are readily available. There are plenty of rugged devices available on both camps.
The type of their current ecosystem and the funds available will partly dictate the choice. If they need to run Windows software natively then the Windows camp obviously has an advantage there.
Nobody was interested since DAB radios were really expensive back then, FM is/was good enough, and no commercial station participated. The incentive to move - a couple new YLE DAB-only stations and that's it - were not even close enough to entice people to move.
Also, replacing the embedded radios in car entertainment centers - how expensive or even feasible would that be?
The future looks like streaming to me since pretty much the whole country is covered by 3G already, and even the remote Lapland parts could be covered with less cost than the move to DAB.
"Reading Mode in Project Spartan is great at making web pages readable"
I agree. Makes El Reg look nice and tidy once again.
The pussy is in the eye of the beholder.
"Is that really the physical limit in this form factor using current technology?"
Samsung et.al. are targeting the most common platform which is 22mm in width. Samsung has probably done the calculations and selected 80mm as the size that will sell the most units. 110mm sticks wouldn't fit into any laptop I know of.
I have no problem with inherited wealth or making money.
The problem lies when these billions of dollars are hoarded and kept in bank in the Caymans instead of the money being used. I don't care that much whether the money is donated to charity* or pissed away on purely vanity projects such as building luxury housing or just buying luxury items, or used to invest in other companies - they all bring benefits all the way to the blue collar workforce simply by creating work.
*Charity actually doesn't bring that much benefits since in the US people seem to just deduct them (up to 50%) in income taxes, and which percentage of the money is actually used to help people in need?
They don't state anything since they can get away with it. If Apple stated that OSX 10.10 will get updates for only three years or so people would tear them a new one since the competition (Linux + Windows) get something like 10+ years of updates.
Apple computers are not for the technically oriented minds. People will buy Macs regardless with the content smile of lobotomized, bordering on Nirvana. When Apple shows no more love for the device few years from now these people will still use them since they are not aware that there will be no more updates.
Editing the config file requires administrative rights.
I don't understand why the virus write would target that particular file since if the malware was executed with admin rights it can already do any kind of havoc on the system, including showing its own ads.
Just like malware with superuser rights can edit /etc/apt/sources.list
The download page for Adobe Reader and Flash Player has Chrome and Google Toolbar for IE both selected if you happen to visit them with Internet Explorer.
Safari and Opera users are also offered the Chrome browser. Safari users should upgrade to *anything*, since most if not all Safari users on Windows had it automatically installed (along with Quicktime) when the ITunes was updated with the Apple Update malware.
Firefox users don't get the Chrome offer, only the McAfee crapola.
Chrome users are also getting the McAfee treatment.
Google knows that Adobe Reader and Flash Player are some of the most downloaded applications on Windows so they struck a deal with Adobe and this is exactly the only reason why Chrome is the most popular browser on PC.
"...now try to select a large passage of text when posting to El Reg forums using an android device and you'll find that the text input window scrolls like mad instead of slowly, when you try to select above the visible text"
"Read before commenting - did I ever suggest that the E90 was the pinnacle of mobile handsets? No. It could have been massively improved with a touch display. My point was that we've gained, (useful), touch interfaces at the expense of losing some of the functionality of the old handsets."
Like I said: "The problem in your example is not in the concept but execution."
There is no technical reason for the touch interface in an Android to scroll like that. Neither am I suggesting that touch interfaces have reached their pinnacle.
"because the manufacturers use it [app store] as an excuse to slack on the built in functionality."
Repeating something doesn't make it true.
"Is there an echo in here? Read and understand before posting - already you are contradicting your own point of view. "Not satisfied with the built in applications", means one of two things, either you need an additional capability not provided for by the device, (e.g. a game), in which case it could run in a sandbox, because it is nothing to do with the core functionality and doesn't need to mess with contacts, messages or anything like that. Or secondly, you want, (for example), a replacement email client because the built in one is crap."
Maybe I don't articulate well enough. You definition of 'core functionality' differs from mine. I expect the core functionality to include only the OS kernel, device drivers, APIs, and on a handset I'd like the calling functionality to be there too.
Your definition of core includes a web browser - 15 years ago (or so) Microsoft was dragged over coals for insisting the same. Many would be similarly satisfied if your core text editor was vi, but not all.
Your "single browser" monoculture proposition is in use with the IOS devices. Chrome, FireFox nor others are allowed. Some people are not satisfied (not saying they're crap!) with Chrome either in Android - hence the option to install others.
"Yeah, April 1st has passed you know. If you're looking for a mobile technology success story, NFC is not it. Sorry, but at least this point made me laugh."
You are easily amused then. NFC payment by phone isn't ubiquitous but people are using it.
"Are you winding me up or are you really this dumb?"
Based on your ad hominems I'd say you were already wound up. Chill.
"Spend an afternoon in Argos and count how many cameras under 100 quid they sell."
Apparently that's your workplace since you seem to know how many units they sell. I'm sure there are cameras on the shelf, but do they fly off the shelves?
Of course there are digital cameras still sold, and the better cameras with changeable lenses have a somewhat steady market outlook. There's still some market left on the compact shooters too, but the sales are dwindling rapidly with them from the heydays of 2010 (108M units) to last year (29,2M). This year the sales from Jan-Feb period are already about 20% down YoY. (source: CIPA)
For GPS units there's no data available (or I'm too stupid to find it), but my Tomtom 720 is gathering dust since my phone is "good enough" and the maps are also free. I see many others use their phone for GPS since it's a common feature on even low-end.
"Things come and go. They all seemed great and unstoppable at the time."
Of course. I detest Facebook but it has made huge waves and changed peoples usage of computers or phones. Several sites use it for authentication, and millions are hooked on social media. Nowadays you don't have to have any HTML skills like back in the days of Geocities et al. to bring yourself or your causes for others to ogle. It's a site where IT declined people can post their ramblings to select or wide audience. And I mean people who used to read their mail maybe once a week/month and call you when they send email just in case. (hi dad!)
"I mostly use a perl script and curl to slurp interesting stuff from El Reg, actually."
Do you submit your posts with scripts too?
"Real programmers tend to do things like that."
"Sorry, but at least this point made me laugh." :-)
"If you can't see how the proliffeance of web-based email has added massive inefficiency to businesses, you probably shouldn't be working in IT."
The businesses I work mostly with use a mail client you'd probably disapprove of greatly, and use webmail only as a backup.
"I can and do write assembler, but why on earth would I write everything in a language that is inappropriate for the task?"
Well, I do not know your tasks. That Gibson guy at one point coded everything with asm IIRC.
I'm objecting to your snobbery regarding to coders fresh out of schools. They rarely are adepts at anything and learn the real-life skills while working. This applies to all trades.
Laugh all you want at the beautifully constructed but inefficien code but what matters is what the code does. The ready product may be filling a need no-one else catered before, and it's important to ship it before someone else does unless you're not interested in making money. Witness the idiotic Flappy Bird game craze couple years ago. The simplest possible game brought the author in Vietnam what, $50k daily? I'm not contesting his skills here, but that was a game that could have been done by less skilled coders to put it nicely.
"Any more dumb posts for me to reply to?"
Do you feel threatened and thus resort to condescending language?
If you want to start a flame war go somewhere else. I'm not interested.
"Touch screens are wonderful - but for no technical reason that has been coupled with the removal of real keyboards from touch devices. The Nokia E90 keyboard was much easier to type on than the stupid on-screen keyboard on my Samsung handset. I could cut and paste with character accuracy with a couple of key presses. Try doing that on a touch-screen android. Easy? OK, now try to select a large passage of text when posting to El Reg forums using an android device and you'll find that the text input window scrolls like mad instead of slowly, when you try to select above the visible text. One step forward, one step back. Don't even suggest that I download an alternative web browser from the play store to fix the problem."
The problem in your example is not in the concept but execution. How did you zoom in and browse the zoomed page on E90? Much harder than with your touch screen. My last two Symbian phone were E65 and E72, I was there.
With your E90 you were limited to the disastrously awful Nokia browser or Opera. I was there too - had E65 and E72. The first thing I did was to download Opera. I'm sure glad that was an option.
BTW, I'm not against physical keyboards, I'm writing this with one. Smartphone covers with keyboards are available and I have an Android tablet which also has a touchpad+trackpoint with physical keys.
"Learn that some of us don't want app stores,
Don't use it then. Let it sit there.
and that their existence is a massive excuse for the manufacturers to bundle buggy, limited apps with the phones themselves. [...} Why would you need extensibility if a decent collection of apps, (email, message client, browser, ftp and ssh client, text editor), were built in to the firmware an maintained by the manufacturer?"
Because not everyone is fully satisfied with the built-in applications.
Youre fantasizing. How long do you think manufactures would maintain their devices anyway? How many no-name Androids can be patched up-to-date?
"My Nokia handsets had IR connections 12 years ago."
My pocketed phone streams music to the speaker via BT. I consider this a big improvement. Some people are pay-by-bonking using NFC.
"There is still a considerable market for low end digital cameras and dedicated GPS devices."
I believe there's still market for CRT monitors too.
How many businesses do you think are going to start in any of those businesses?
"Those are all examples of things that a lot of technically minded people consider irritating, and more importantly, badly implemented.
I'm not necessariy disagreeing with what you write - what I was saying is that Myspace and FB sprung up from nowhere and gathered billions of users. Likewise I didn't expect Google to end up that dominant behemoth it is today. Nor for Apple to grow into $700bn corporation as it did. How many people predicted them?
"Massively bandwidth inefficient, all pointy clicky and slow."
Yes. Do you visit this site with console based browser as well?
"...most people that learn to code at school, college or university never have a clue. I always have a laugh when I see the nicely formatted, prim and propper code without a single 'goto' that they produce, then proceed to point out the bugs, security issues and inefficiencies."
Does your code stand up to scrutiny? Is it bug-free, vuln-free, fully optimized assembly?
People should learn from mistakes. Some do, some don't. People who learn to code in school but show no interest in developing their skills afterwards won't master their trade. Then again those who apply their newly learned skills and experiment may attain something great. As an example, Linus probably spent a lot of free time for his hobby back then, though I cannot say whether his CompSci studies were a benefit or a hindrance.
"Things already have slowed down. 15 years ago you could earn silly money just writing perl scripts. The boom was in full swing and although many people fell by the wayside, there was a lot of real, useful innovation. Now, less innovation and the pushing of ideas that people don't want from large manufacturers."
I disagree. The devices and the basic OS may stagnate for some time until they're re-invented again. The phone or tablet or whatever isn't that interesting to me and at some point they will be meaningless if/when OS specific software is replaced with generic software.
The big picture of computing - how people use computers - is still changing rapidly. Having every single electronics device in the household to be monitored or activated from your phone or tablet isn't utopistic; Cars are getting more and more connected; how many will still read a printed newspaper in 25 years time? 50 years?; teleconferencing with the boss, or your bank manager with the tablet/phone will become easier and commonplace. And so forth.
It is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future, and I'm not aiming to be the next Criswell. :-)
1. I don't think the Communicator is 'arguably' better than modern phones in any way. It may equal new phones in call quality since GSM codec is still the lowest common denominator and voice if of course just voice.
2. A new laptop (in same price category) has a better screen than something from 2002 unless your requirement is "4:3"
Your points aside, everyone expects smalle evolutionary updates in hardware. The 2002 Communicator is ancient and after that we've seen a paradigm shift in the user interface (touch), easy extendability through app stores, wireless charging and data exchange. Built-in cameras have replaced the point-and-click digital cameras. TomTom and other dedicated GPS devices had a great decade but I their unit sales have been declining for years since smart phones can handle navigation reasonably well.
But I don't think it's about hardware only what Gates is talking about.
In 2002 no-one expected the social media sites like Myspace or Facebook to boom (and fade) as they did. Kickstarter, ride-sharing/travel/accommodation services, what have you. Google Earth and Street View were astounding when they were debuted.
Coding is being taught in some elementary schools, and I'm not expecting things to slow down. More people more ideas.
"Si has it gotten any better?"
The blog you are referring to is by McAfee The Crap Foister - they'd like people to buy *their* Disk Encryption. Please keep that in mind.
The blog starts with two false points - Bitlocker CAN work without TPM.
Smart Cards are also possible. And Bitlocker can be enforced through GPO. Cold Boot/Firewire/Thunderbolt attacks work with all encryption software. Backing up a recovery key or other token is important unless all data is in the cloud already or your backups are always up to date. I'd be vary of storing the recovery data on Onedrive though...
Bitlocker isn't the best solution out there but it works well and is easy to enable. I'm not using it - my laptop has an SED and fingerprint reader. Works seamlessly, instantaneous de-/encryption, doesn't tax CPU. Recommended.
If an encrypted computer is stolen I'm pretty certain no ordinary thief can access any data if the preboot password is well-chosen - no matter which FDE is in use.
"This is why microsoft are scumbags"
Are you actually trolling on an article about patent trolls, or are you just plain stupid?
One of the co-founders of this troll corporation used to work for MS but so have a couple hundred thousand other people as well. This ElReg article wasn't about Microsoft at all.
Your short post history is made of comments slagging Apple/MS and/or praising Android/ChromeOS... interesting (not really).
AC1: "Setting a boot password..."
How many people are bothered to set a boot password, or even know it is an option? Very few, I'd say.
Also, the storage is not soldered in as mentioned by the other AC.
AC2: "No need to set a firmware password anymore, Find My Mac..."
AFAIK, clearing the NVRAM and reinstalling the OS will disable the Find My Mac feature 100%. Not setting the firmware password will surely help the thief.
Nothing wrong with Tripods, but I remember the TV series ending abruptly. I hope this one does better.
Based on IMDB ratings and user reviews I think I'll pass this one though.
WTH? The ElReg author missed the most obvious play on words, SamDung.
Now that the Uber offices are raided there's a good chance that the local Uber bosses are heading for more fines (even personal) if they're found to be in contempt of the earlier court order.
Is that 100k the maximum permitted by Dutch law perhaps?
"Entitled little pricks"
Of course. The people running Uber in Holland are Übermens.
"Do people really upgrade their laptops every year or so?"
My boss has his laptop replaced at least once every year. No joke.
"I usually go 5+ years between mine."
Me too. It's usually a year old laptop from my boss.
Isn't the point of installing Firefox or Chrome to make that the primary browser instead of IE?
Very likely with Firefox, not necessarily so with Chrome which is often installed along with Adobe Reader or Flash. Chrome imports bookmarks from IE/FF and makes itself the default browser.
...and that's why Chrome is the most popular browser.
So... why did the Lexmark let you down? Was it a $50 throw-away inkjet model or a $5000 MFP?
And please enlighten - which printers you would recommend?
I want at least 10 minutes of run time at full load(with N+1 power)
So do everyone, but perhaps it could be done with a PSU fitted with batteries...
If the server is powered by -48VDC (or 380VDC?) I believe the power conversion to DC would require significantly less space and perhaps one or two DC battery cells could be squeezed into the PSU.
Since the Server power management logic is aware of power outages it could start throttling the CPUs and other m/b electronics, slow down fans, allowing higher temperature for the few minutes the server will have until the batteries are depleted. Naturally all the PSU slots should be filled.
The downside would be the need to replace the PSUs every few years, or at least have the batteries replaced.
I know next to nothing about electricity so feel free to shoot the idea down! Sounds a wee bit too fantastic and I've probably missed something, like the laws of thermodynamics or something... :-)
Just use the built-in Windows Defender. It works and is very unobtrusive.
Actually the headline was pretty weak when judged against these coffee-spilling pieces of brilliance:
"However, Iceland has a population smaller than Stoke-on-Trent, and would not be in the list of the 20 largest UK towns."
Relevance? The whole UK is fly droppings when compared to China, but I'm still not touting Chinese political party system. (though I wouldn't glorify the UK parties either)
"It would seem that a manifesto of "stop telling me off for stealing" is not an inspiring vision for society, and in the end privacy is too important to be left to adolescents."
They have an English section in their website and their manifesto (not your imaginary one) states that "Pirates are not against copyright, but it is obvious that it needs to be updated."
Are posting AC because you just want to troll or are you just gormless?
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