340 posts • joined 15 Oct 2010
Re: "... The interface is terrible. I mean, it’s awful!”
"....and each one of them has a different interface for the same service."
Yeah, I was trying not to expand my rant more than necessary. I've got the same problem with all sorts of different streaming devices. The whole experience is annoying, but with that said, I'm still more OK with getting a little jarred going back and forth from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon on different streaming boxes than I am trying to navigate the craziness that is the US cable boxes which seem completely random/chaotic after getting used to being able to just simply find/play exactly what I want to watch and completely on my schedule without DVR's, without commercials, or any of the normal annoyances (except for Hulu, but their commercials are reasonable at 30 seconds to a minute instead of 6 minutes like commercial TV).
"... The interface is terrible. I mean, it’s awful!”
Its OK Mr Cook. Its just a standard point and click interface.... :)
Since "TV" is now much of the time Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, AppleTV and others, then combined with all the different "cable boxes" for those who still have cable, or TV tuner itself for those with an antenna, and what you have is a metric crapton of completely different interfaces. I myself undergo a little UI shock/adjustment all the time switching back and forth between different providers, with the "cable boxes" being the WORST for actually finding something to watch (and one of the reasons I dropped cable). Inconsistency reigns currently...
Re: Another one bites the dust...
I haven't been in a Radio Shack in 10 years due to their refocus on phones, which meant less transistors, circuit boards, relays, speakers, etc etc that I went into Radio Shack for. I'll miss the the old Radio Shack, but I won't miss the new/improved Radio Shack... Luckily Fry's Electronics and Altex have the electronics stuff I want/need that I used to go into Radio Shack for.
ISP's when leasing equipment to the end user, technically would have an obligation to keep it up to date for security purposes. That includes no default passwords and providing firmware updates to close security loopholes.
The last "Residential Gateway" device I received from ATT a couple of months ago was actually secured fairly well on the defaults front. It was a forced upgrade off the old one that wasn't supported any longer. That old one when I got it wasn't secured in the slightest. So I'm at least seeing progress on this front. Hopefully other ISP's are also *starting* to finally take at least basic security seriously...
If the Beebs offered a monthly subscription worldwide for content
I'd get one. I already pay Hulu, Netflix and Amazon, whats one more? The BBC leaves a lot of revenue on the table due to not understanding what it is being a global commercial enterprise with a proper desire to make money, versus being a local Government enterprise whose desire it is to tax locals in the UK.
I don't (knowingly) know people using VPN's for piracy, but it is extensively used for business for those of us that work from home or the field a lot.
Re: 2 year ATT contract?
Yeah, there is NO discount. For a 2 year subsidy contract, you pay 99 cents upfront for a Fire Phone I wish the US Trade Commission would start calling the telco's (and others like Amazon) out on this. "Free" Phones really, really aren't when you pay a subsidy like that. Its just "Zero down and pay it off for two years."
Re: Most large companies are running at least two virtualisation platforms
Where I'm at, we were just VMWare, but Oracle prefers to be running on OracleVM, and there is about $300K/yr to save in licensing and support costs by the switch, so over time VMWare is probably about to slowly get pushed out. Starting with the Oracle DB/App environments (tired of fighing with their support regarding running under VMWare), and then potentially spreading out from there. No telling if KVM and HyperV won't both also get picked up along the way...
Re: And then there were four
IBM has licenses and is cross licensed on all sorts of stuff, so it *probably* still has an x86 license.
VIA bought and gutted Cyrix ages ago. The current VIA procs are from their other acquisition, Centaur.
Re: salaried employees
since its all about content, and content alone, in the end the engineers who are building the tools do work for the Wikipedieans, but draw their salary and take their orders from the WMF. A fine, but important distinction. Since Wikipedians produce the majority of content, so without them, the software engineers would be writing for nobody. :) The engineers haven't done anything wrong though, thats the WMF for giving crap orders.
"after 40 hours of investigation"
So 40 engineers spent 1 hour taking a quick glance? (probably before lunchtime)
Joke icon for the obvious reason, although I fear there might be some truth in my joke. Truthfully, I would have expected more than 40 staff hours spent on something of this magnitude.
Re: "ZERO FUCK"
@i like crisps
"I forget, is that Celsius or Fahrenheit?"
Neither, its "Fuckinheit", or in warmer climes, its pronounced "Fuckinhawt".
Re: Sounds like they doing it for the LOLz
3rd armed division? Shows what you know. Obviously the 4th armed division would be deployed while holding the 3rd in reserve. :)
Re: AC, using reverse psychology ?
You really have to wonder about issuing absolutes in a market that has been getting turned on its head for a while, is in the middle of a refresh cycle, and nobody is truly dominant YET. At the current rate, it looks like dominance may not be achieved by a single player, but possibly several players in their own niches. So far its been interesting to watch.
"... needs to develop its channel beyond Red Rock."
ahem, scuse please - its "Round Rock"
I'm seeing longer upgrade cycles as well now
Still running an original 2012 Nexus7, a FireHD8.9, and a newer FireHDX. I retired my original Fire as it was definitely too slow, but it was an earlier design. The Nex7 will get replaced soon not for performance, but because its my Dev and test tablet, and I need to move on to something current.
Most of the recent tablets do just fine for light usage on the go and the sofa and reading. If I go for heavy usage I switch to the laptop or desktop. I'm thinking other folks probably do the same?
John Legere now starring in....
these are probably RealVNC installations
just probably 4.1 and lower. Who knows how many people are using 3.3.x still....
I thought passwordless VNC was over after the 2003 virus scare that pwn'd all the VNC servers that didn't have a password set. Guess not, or folks have short memories.
No passwords? Its pwnage time!
". My workplace does passwordless vnc too.."
Might want to look at UltraVNC (also free) then and enable the built in domain authentication. That way your users can get in provided they can remember their own passwords into their pc's.
Back in 2003, there was a virus out that used passwordless VNC's to spread. Once its inside your firewall, it was also kinda hard to stop at that point. This caused me to have to have to build a specific patch for a commercial product (that will go unnamed) to disable VNC if the install detected no password set. I'm flabbergasted that this is still occurring 11 years later...
Here is a forum posting from REALVNC:
(Paris, because she probably has passwordless VNC as well)
"The revelations also renew questions about whether the FBI – or some other agency working with the former LulzSec co-founder – was using hackers to gather foreign intelligence. The FBI has consistently denied doing so. "
If I've learned anything from Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister - never believe anything until its officially denied.
Re: The DOC format is dead.
100% agree that o365 is the new way they're going for vendor lockin.
Truthfully - Microsoft spent too long after getting their OOXML standard adopted before they actually adopted it themselves and that provides a lot of ammo against them in political arenas. MS Office 2013 is the first edition of MS Office that fully adopts the ISO OOXML standard after that standard having been adopted by ISO in 2006 (and adopted under dubious circumstances)... Open/LibreOffice have improved dramatically in that same timeframe while MS Office other than UI has largely been static. How many companies have deployed MS Office 2013 so far? Many offices like the one I'm in are just BARELY getting 2010 deployed after having avoided 2007... Meanwhile, ODF has been an ISO standard since 2006, actually in the field since 2005, while MS also supports it, soooo not much risk moving to ODF now.
Re: Just use Cash
@Gene Cash - well Checks (and Debit Cards) make it easier to empty your bank account directly. At least with a Credit Card you are shielded from anyone having a direct line to your money, and have some additional legal protections as well. Its fairly easy to empty your account once someone has your ABA and account number, and much harder to recover the money stolen. Checks in the modern electronic era are unsafe at any speed, and weren't that safe before - see Frank Abagnale's exploits in the 1960's
Re: Hesitant to upgrade because of costs?
I've been finding that a risk averse corporate culture is starting to play into it as well. Sometimes its not strictly financial, its simply "perceived" risk. I've been in similar situations as yours. I suspect in a meeting, someone (pointy hair manager type) said it was less risky to keep the same electronics and have someone just "fix it" with software, not understanding the levels of complexity that are truly involved.
Presumably there was a sign nearby that said "Beware of the Leopard"?
I found the final bit of the article amusing
"Jonathan Carlyle, identified by ABC radio as a moderator of Doctor Who forums, said he read the scripts, but only so it will be easier to find and delete spoilers posted to the boards he tends."
I fully understand. We also only read Playboy for the articles too. (wink and a nudge heh heh?)
I agree that Aereo is basically a cable company. I think the law itself need rewritten though. The law itself was to protect the local affiliates, although I'm not sure how exactly. Since they are advertiser based and OTA, the local cable company at most needs to carry them in the local market, but there should be NO money required to change hands. Thats what the advertisers are for. There are now 12 minutes of commercials per 30 minutes, so the local affiliates *should* be ok.
Re: I was expecting this...
I had a similar "is that legal" situation this last week - Its frightening that I had my father in law ask me if putting up an antenna at all (even "rabbit ears") was legal. Apparently the general populace in the states now thinks that OTA is illegal and you have to buy cableTV.
OTA content is paid for by advertising. As such, those advertisers are only paying for ONE market, so rebroadcasting into "foreign" markets a couple of states over I could see being an issue. Paying to rebroadcast a signal into the local market it was intended for is asinine. Normally the broadcasters should be PAYING the cable companies and Aereo to get their advertising funded broadcasts to MORE people so they get more ratings for more revenue. But Congress made it such that the broadcasters get paid if someone rebroadcasts into the local market, which turns free enterprise on its head...
As it was for me, the prospect of renting an HD antenna to watch OTA broadcasts was appealing and I did that.Since the introduction of digital TV in the US, its actually difficult to get a reliable signal in areas with a lot of buildings without having to adjust the antenna everytime you turn around...
Actually, Outlook97 (or was it 98...) WAS free back when it had little market share compared to ccMail and Notes... It was also a very long time ago, in what feels a galaxy far far away....
Re: You have to assume they've done the audience research
Well, I've had a wireless HR monitor for exercise since 1989. The prospect of getting VO2 data simultaneously to correlate where my HR is? Oh hell yeah, I'm in. This will generate a lot of interest from athletes, but I doubt it will generate little if any interest from the general population.
Now the question is are folks will to pay for it? On the cycling side which I'm more familiar with- seems to me that $500+ for a good cyclometer, another $500 plus for a power meter, $2000+ for the bike, and then this will likely be chump change in comparison. Not sure how many runners would get it, but probably a bunch of them would be interested too.
Re: Any auto backup solutions?
Linux Software RAID1 can do it as Paul Crawford mentioned, although in the laptop use case that will not work. For my machines, I use CrashPlan with it backing up to both my house NAS as well as their cloud. That way if any of my SSD equipped boxes go kaboom, I'm covered with only 15 minutes of potential data loss.
Re: That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft
@John P " Going from 7 to 8, it is more of an incremental change."
True. Vista/7/8 are all the same underlying architecture with different UI elements so its minor updates from that perspective one to the other. With the massive UI swap - 8 becomes a defacto major upgrade, but underneath its essentially 7.1 for the "meat and potatoes" of it.
NT4/2K/2k3/XP are significantly different underlying architecture which makes Vista/7/8 a significant upgrade from an architectural perspective.
That's it, I'm going to ARCH! :)
Re: Google Aspies
Great name for yet another inane awards show - the Google Aspies
Re: Bring back Aero too
There is a real WIDE variety of what people want their desktops to look like. Its Windows, people love their customizations. Some folks bling it up, some folks go minimal. MS just needs to realize that and not force bling down folks throats.
Back when I was running XP, I turned off all effects to save memory and CPU/GPU cycles on a laptop to maximize battery power. It worked of course, but strangely (to me anyway) I got a lot of compliments on how nice it looked and was I running a beta of a new Windows. Effectively it looked like the completely boring NT4.
Re: Well I'm convinced.
I think our Time Traveling friends instead went for #IhazCheezeburger instead to not totally give themselves away. Bow to our (time traveling) feline overlords!
The unexpected consequence?
More HP server crashes and/or data corruption due to firmware not being updated, and HP getting a very dirty name inside HP shops because the internal support guys that used to "just handle" the firmware updates (without the upper mgt involved), weren't the guys named in the contracts for having access to the firmware updates. Larger orgs might now be impacted since they have major league change control processes in place already, but smal/medium orgs will definitely get impacted.
What happens outside the HP Ivory Tower? Back out here in the real world many companies, with service contracts or not, will slow down and possibly stop the firmware updates. A few crashes later and/or a major data loss, and you'll have Dell, Cisco, IBM, etc with a foot in the door.
Re: "Free" market prices
My thoughts EXACTLY on it starting an arms race. Many of the exploits for things like Flame and Stux are invaluable. Most Govt's can just up their (off the record) bounty by 25K (of whatever currency floats your boat), and keep doing that all day long. I think this might be a step in the right direction to get rid of many lower level exploits, and it could get a whole lot of new folks trying to find security bugs for a quick payday, but the BIG security defects will still mostly end up in the hands of the folks with lotso cash.
Re: Do the pipes go....
Well, they *were*, and that was fine. "squeelookle" was what raised their concern.
You're right @vmistery - Nothing comes for free, and a new security hole gets introduced while securing another. The big thing to me, is it keeps my work stuff separated out from my personal stuff. I already do the same thing using desktop virtualisation to keep things separated out on those occasions where I have to use a personal laptop. For the mobile device case, the IT-SEC bod can wipe the corporate VM on the device without wiping my personal data, which I consider a huge win. After having been an EARLY adopter of BYOD, I'm currently avoiding BYOD now until the virtual mobe is available in whatever org I'm in. Until then, someone can continue supply me a phone, and I'll have a batman utility belt of devices... :)
Re: Effective protection starts with a severe threat...
so firing up "What does the fox say" on YouTube until they surrender? Works for me, but probably violates the Geneva Convention.
2) True, but conversely he's lucky it DID hit the relatively dense battery. The bullet likely would have still made it through anywhere else on the phone. If its risk of battery fire versus having a round in the chest, I'll take the battery fire risk. :)
Re: A split personality release
@Artic Fox: the studies I saw put it at 20% on "3D" which means almost many family households have ONE person that can't deal with 3D on movie night (and studios wondered why it didn't take off). Unfortunately, as luck would have it, I'm one of them, and it gives me a headache... Haven't seen the new iPhone OS v7 up close yet, but I'm scientifically curious now whether that would affect me or not. I'm surprised Apple didn't have at least ONE tester who reported an issue on that, and I'm surprised they didn't have a variable slider for effects ranging from "none" to "bling it on up".
@BenM 29 - I upticked you just for getting her back onscreen. However - one slight problem - Peri died during Trial of a Time Lord. (yeah they re-wrote it to magically bring her back at the very end in the weirdest way possible by marrying a barbarian king, but she didn't really make it. The Doctor was complicit in her death, which had to be undone)
Re: The geek in me is compelled to mention...
Having just read Lungbarrow (hard book to get now), I'd say that the Other wasn't evil, or even close to it like Rassilon and Omega who skated on the other side of the moral line. I think it likely that Hurt is the old McGann, particularly with that poster. The other option was the Valeyard, but I'd pretty much dismissed the possibility of him being the Valeyard after Capaldi was cast as the 12th Doctor. I'm thinking Capaldi should make a excellent darker Doctor leading into the Valeyard story arc.
Re: @ FredBloggsY - "Apps" - WTF?
:) Yes, "App" predates iPhone by at least 10 years, although I remember it being about 15 when app suites like MSOffice came began to make a big appearance. I think most of us had been shortening it in emails and such since the Compuserve days of yore before the internet was commercialized. You remember when you had to ride a dinosaur 10 miles through the snow, uphill, both ways to login (ah the life of a dialup modem at a blistering 2400bps). :) Who is really going to write out "application" in an email to other engineer types when you can see the cursor lag across the screen and you are being charged by the minute?
And with that, I now feel old...
Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone
"Vanity of vanities; all is vanity."
Uhh, no. I've had glasses almost all my life, so why would I care now about bifocals or reading glasses? You tried screwing around with bifocals and reading glasses? In between my parents, much older siblings, and my wife, I've seen how much fun that is. They are a pain in the kiester and most inconvenient to deal with. The longer you can stave that part off, the better. Here's a beer, it may not improve vision, but at least you won't care as much. :)
Re: HELLO !!!?
I remember not so long ago, when all that was available was 2.8" screens with crap resolution... So having multiple sizes of screens is awesome as far as I'm concerned.
Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone
Bigger phones have their uses. Those of us with eyesight issues for instance, or even folks who rarely if ever use the phone as a phone, but use it as a tablet all the time, or folks that want multiple day battery life. Figure out what the requirements are, and fill the requirement. If its smaller, its smaller, if its bigger its bigger, but at least there is choice and variety in the marketplace.
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