101 posts • joined Monday 13th December 2010 08:57 GMT
A drone would have been cheaper.
Microsoft needs to take the blame for these things. Why? Because of the brain-dead default setting in every version of Windows that I've seen, which is to 'hide file extensions of well known file types'. So the mark sees a file that looks like file.pdf when in reality it is file.pdf.exe ...
No one has said anything about the costs for website owners to buy SSL certificates in this scheme.
Re: hmmm, IE, IE, IE???
IE: Internet Exploder.
Hey iWatch, what do I have in my fridge back home?
Doom is near!
What about the elephant?
So many people debating atheism, no one sees the elephant: what is the Queen still doing in the oath? What duty does anyone think they have to her?
Re: Constant spam from ad companies
After running a rooted S2 and S3 for two years, I've moved onto a Note 3 which is not yet rooted. I am quite shocked at the level of advertising, from things like GoSMS ... those interstituals are really annoying.
I wonder if MS is starting to worry about ending up behind Ubuntu / Firefox / Sailfish / Tizen phones? Or if the fact that at some point in the near to medium future (if not already) there will be more personal computing devices based on that upstart Linux than on Windows .... and we all know that developers go where the numbers are....
I am Shocked! Shocked! that Siri will take instructions from any voice instead of just the owner .....
" Windows no longer has the security holes of yesteryear" ... because they've copied more and more of the unix/linux way of doing things, which was properly thought through and designed in the beginning, unlike Windows, which was not. Heck, MS even stole the networking code for Win3 from unix. Then they went on to add multiple users, 'execute' permissions, etc... but being MS, dumbed things down to the point somewhere between annoying and unusable.
I'm fully expecting Windows 10 to be Windows X ... for the same reason Apple used the X: unix.
That is clearly a fake rock made out of cheap cement.
Re: It looks very interesting, I might just try this out...
Never mind the permissions, see what they claim the right to do with all your personal data ... I risked installing it, tried it, hated it, uninstalled it. Nice idea in theory but don't think it will work properly in the real world.
Re: Can't see how it will work.
This resolves to my point ... who owns a particular thing on the net? Things can only be deleted if ownership can be ascribed and proved. That, of course, is a very double-edged sword, assuming it was possible (some sort of meta-tag, perhaps). But what about news reports about Bill doing something naughty? How will Bill ever get that deleted, since he is unlikely to own the news report....
Mmm a while back Iran brought down a drone remotely .... sounds like they used a similar approach.
Airdroid. That is all.
Re: FSB 1, NATO 0
If i read between the lines of the article correctly, then the malware was looking for Crytofiler files and sending them back home, where they can be thrown to the supercomputers for decrypting. Nice.
Re: Was it just me or
I'm sure it would be possible to write a paper claiming we walk on our hind legs because we can kick much harder than we can punch, and it's much easier to kick from a standing position than from all fours.
Will someone please think of the poor boys who have to put up with all this sexual abuse?
Android manufacturers are trying....
Some recent devices have shipped without the ability to take SD cards (HTC One X, IIRC, etc.). Some people complained about this (probably because HTC skimped on the installed memory), but I think this trend, together with the recent change in Android to STOP treating the phone as a USB device but as a camera instead, is part of Google's plan to move manufacturers away from the SD slot, and then the problem should go away. But they'll need to bundle something like AirDroid with the phones to allow easy transfers (and hope people have wifi on their network). My mother would be stumped (but then, she wouldn't know what an SD card is either ...)
Those projections seem to imply that Windows on Mobile will get around 30% of the market.
Is that really possible?
@Marty: I also used to be very much in favour of an "internet driving licence" ... until Big Brother started talking about it, and I realised that it would also mean the end of anonymity. Not good.
"The Court said that the creation and display of thumbnail images was not copyright infringement."
Can I argue that an .mp3 is a thumbnail of a .wav?......
So Nokia was clearly correct when they concluded that making Android phones was a dumb idea. Maybe it's not too late to jump aboard ....
The moon landings were long ago? Is El Reg written by kiddies?
@uncle slacky: no, your comparison is faulty. Iran arrested they burglar on their own property.
@technocrat: there are apps on Market which allow you to selectively toggle individual permissions for apps. However it becomes a mission to manage as your number of apps increase and they keep updating themselves, often requiring NEW permissions which they did not have before (Angry Birds: guilty!).
I agree that the permission categories as specified on market are way too broad. In truth, if a game needs to check my sms or call status, I want to know why. Else Android needs an option somewhere for things that "will not put phone into sleep mode'", so that it can be handled at an OS level rather than each app checking what else you are doing on the phone.
Forget the tech, I want to work where she works.
ah, shuddupa your face
My design for a perpetual motion machine relies on being able to shield the magnetism briefly (as in the stolen design described above!!) ... you let the static N pull the S on the circle, once it starts moving your magnetic shield moves in, momentum carries the circle magnets past, and the shield moves out of the way in time for next S to get attracted, and the passing N to be pushed away...
Now need to figure out how other people are stealing ideas out of my head... was really annoyed when Google launched Circles!
I'm horrified. Has MS absolutely no idea of the chaos this is going to cause in Hollywood, where their overdone "copying file" dialogues while the baddies bash down the door are going to look even sillier than they already do.?
Elementary, my dear Watson
Clearly Google is just trying to demonstrate how stupid the US patent system is.
why icons on desktop?
I'm using KDE 4. Took a while to get used to it, but thankfully Gentoo stable only switched to it when upstream support for KDE3 stopped, and a lot of issues had been ironed out by then.
As to icons, I don't have them on the desktop. My desktop (as with KDE3) is a hybrid of Win 95/XP and OS/2 interfaces ... I have an OS/2-style toolbar at top with icons for my normal programs, and the clock, pager, notification icons, etc.
At the bottom I have another toolbar with the Windoze-style running programs buttons.
The desktop is populated with a few useful widgets, mostly weather and sysinfo related.
This setup gives me the best of three different worlds.
Now if only KDE/Linux could sort out their sound issues ...
Screenshot here for the curious: http://tinypic.com/r/fdxblu/7
1. Oi, "blue" means IBM ... or is MS usurping the colour?
2. @xj25vm: Windows has been slowly morphing into unix/bsd/linux over the years ... I've said it before and I'll say it again: WIndows X will also be unix/bsd/linux based, just like Apple's was.... :-)
Who you gonna trust?
The point Intel is missing is that its (relatively) safe to download an app from Apple or Google, but from some mickey-mouse website you never heard of? On to your mobile, where it can dial premium numbers to its heart's content?
I don't think so.
What is the Speed of Pressure?
Let us do an experiment.
Take a long thin inelastic rod, 186000 miles long. (Yeah, I still do Imperial on occasion).
You push it along from one end, until it bumps into something.
Now, if you feel it bump in less than a second after it bumped, then we have transmitted information faster than the speed of light.
Why should you not feel it instantaneously?
Exercise for the reader: develop this idea into something useful.
Outside the box
Let's say you wanted to roll out a NFC payment system, and you wanted to reassure both users and vendors that the person paying was not using stolen cellphone ... maybe a facial recognition system that popped up the user's name when he was paying would help?
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