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What this whole thing /really/ shows us
Is that the "upper brass" (politics) have absolutely no idea - what so ever - how this "internet thing" actually works. And apparently some also don't seem capable of getting things explained to them in any way.
What baffles me is the stupidity of it all... The Internet is a public medium; anyone can access your website unless you make it so that they can't. Same applies for search engines. But if you don't want those search engines to "use" your material then there's nothing stopping you from blocking them (robots.txt).
I get the idea that they seem to be incapable to comprehend even the most common basics such as "public access", "search engine", etc...
Here's the thing: if these very trivial aspects prove to be so hard for the (in this case French) politicians to understand, then how on earth can we expect them to comprehend the whole file sharing environments (BitTorrent)? Within this context I can clearly see why agencies such as the RIAA and BREIN (to name two coming to my mind) as so influential.
Isn't these something anyone can do about that? At least making sure that these politicians - know - what they're talking about?
What I consider somewhat funny...
Is that the amount of tablet sales seem to be somewhat decreasing, according to the financial section of a local newspaper. Now, I'm not suggesting that this will spell doom for Microsoft, but I can't help wonder if MS hasn't set their sales expectations a little too high.
Time will tell I suppose, but I still think they're jumping in head first while totally ignoring everything else. And in the case of Windows "everything else" is where a large amount of the revenue comes from.
There's even another huge advantage; if the pallet attack fails then we can sue that company for sending an asteroid to us. We already have all the visual evidence we'd need!
Now, I know I'm playing a bit of devils advocate here but even so....
Microsoft is all about creating extra revenue for itself. I can't help thinking that the current approach could also be bound to push some developers right into (paid) Microsoft support for getting their app "fixed". This guy obviously knew what he was doing, and sure of his cause.
But what about all the new(bie) developers this whole environment is bound to attract ?
Sorry if I missed the obvious...
"Will it be remembered as an XP or a Vista?"
Will what be remembered?
Very good read
I was pleasantly surprised to read about the authors experiences with remote desktop. I think that can be quite an issue, although we should also not forget that Microsoft has made it no secret that they put their money on PowerShell when it comes to windows administration.
As good as it is; nothing beats being able to look over the users 'shoulder'.
To me this is yet another conformation that Metro has been setup without proper preparations. I get the feeling that they started to setup and embed Metro and only after that was done started to look into the other aspects.. "somewhat". MS wants touch so now everything has to make way for touch support. And we'll also just have to like it most likely.
I think that unless something drastically changes in a future update or perhaps a possible upcoming Win9 MS may very well get into problems again.
Marketplace or in the open?
The article didn't make it very clear how these apps were distributed. If it was through the marketplace then I can't help wonder if this shouldn't have been caught by quality control.
Srry! I R too dumb to click on tah right fingerie....
Uhm, mixing things up?
I tend to agree with this guy but then again; that's only fuelled by my own dislike of Win8. However, I wonder if he isn't contradicting himself here:
"Instead, he said, customers are increasingly using smartphones and tablets as their primary computing devices, and that trend will only continue as the wireless networking technology improves."
But doesn't that talk right into Win8's "alley", considering how it is fully targeting mobile and touch platforms while even somewhat limiting the desktop experience?
I think Mr. Benioff has a good point that people have a choice these days, but how many people will use those alternatives? In popular believe moving to an alternative environment is "difficult", "time consuming", "error prone" and so on.
I don't think its all that likely that people will look into alternatives. Instead I think they'll just sit it out and wait for Win9 to appear. And when that also turns out to be a disappointment then I think we're on the highway to "doom" indeed....
wrt Psion: my thoughts exactly!
"You can see why Nokia execs would not be interested in Open Sourcing it, because they would see it as giving something to help the competition."
Considering the state Nokia is in right now I think their main motivation is a financial one: giving it away doesn't earn them any money. If they hang onto it and some interested parties offered to buy the licenses from them it would somewhat help them reduce the major damages to the company.
I agree that the odds are slim, but the alternative is a guarantee that they won't make any money at all.
Nokia; yes, but Winphone... I'm not so sure.
Other companies (Samsung, HTC) also run a line of Windows phones and they're not into huge problems so it seems. Of course; they're also not betting all their money on a single horse.
Which is IMO the very essence of the problem: if you want to promote a largely unknown product you'll have to invest. A LOT. Advertising, marketing, promotions, etc. I did see a Nokia commercial coming around every now and then; but nothing from the competition.
The reason why I think this to be a big issue too? Because the Nokia phones have a very specific look to it; I guess you like it or you don't (I think they're ugly). So now what happens if you're interested in the WP7 environment, don't like the (advertised) Nokia's while you also don't know of other brands?
Then I think people turn to the competition again...
Ok, I thought it over...
And I'm gonna write it anyway.
This particular brand isn't available here (though the package looks somewhat familiar but then again....) so I decided to take a closer look to the ads myself. From the article and the commercials I found on YouTube (see here (YouTube link) for example) I can only come to one (maybe two) conclusions...
Either the complaining guy doesn't have a real gf or he's a self absorbed arrogant S.O.B. The reason I come to that conclusion is because IMO the ad makes it perfectly clear: This isn't about "us", its about "them" (no offense)...
Think about it; why is that girl walking around alone? Why is she going to a concert, trying to climb a construction, then wrestling her way into the subway only to end up trying to walk a marathon (sort off) ?
I see sooo many matches with the way my SO behaves when its 'that time of the month'. Easily changing her mind on a whim is one of those. Quite frankly I got the message very clearly; this isn't about me; its about her. If SHE feels like going to concert and also feels like dragging me along SHE can. I'll just have to shut up and like it ;-)
I can see it now...
But wait; there's even more. If you order now you'll even get Amazon's widely known, heavily discussed, user friendly, super duper search engine which doens't only allow you to search your desktop; it searches the Internet too. Everything you always wanted in one box!
If you order within the next 3 hours we'll even throw in our self proclaimed ultra violent firewall which will help you to keep your computer safe from anything nasty on the Internet AND improves your searching experience too. Ever saw someone use a browser where the website looked like a pile of uninteresting words?
Thats because they used programs such as AdBlock or NoScript. With our self proclaimed ultra violent security suite you don't need those any more. So we did you a huge favor and removed them from the repositories entirely!
Now you can be sure to always get the information which you want and require!
TIME IS RUNNING OUT... Please call the number on screen now and order YOUR copy of the highly popular Ubuntu desktop!
First; isn't going from version X ('10') to version 6.1 basically a downgrade? ;-)
But even so; I can understand why people get upset over Adobe certainly dropping support in its entirety but I also fail to see the problem. Its not as if the software suddenly stops working or anything; you will still be able to use it for which you intended to use it....
So what's the problem ?
Mixing up the facts...
"Microsoft takes great pains to ensure that each new version of Windows remains backward compatible with older applications. But if Internet Explorer is any indication, writing a modern application for Windows 8 that still runs on older platforms is a lot harder than it sounds."
But what does the MSIE situation got to do with backwards compatibility?
Nothing of course... Being backwards compatible only means that a new version can do everything the older version could. So Win8 being backwards compatible means that it can do / use everything which Windows 7 could.
Or put differently: Office 2010 being backwards compatible means that it can still open documents which date from the Office '97 or Office 2003 era. NOT that it can open documents produced by the upcoming Office 2012.
Commercializing has begun...
I think its safe to say that this marks a new era; where the Ubuntu distro itself has become a "business commodity".
Things which make me say that: the expensive sounding yet totally meaningless words of the CEO, the fact that they won't abandon the idea but merely make optional (does anyone know already if this option is opt-in or opt-out? Though I have a very good idea...), and of course the seemingly existing believe that they're actually doing a good thing.
The last is a matter of opinion IMO; without the company there would also be no Ubuntu (sort off), but even so; if this causes a major dip in Ubuntu's popularity then I'd say they eventually managed to do the exact opposite; then they hurt their own company.
Which brings me to my final question: what does this tell us about the Canonical company? The fact that they don't even seem to (or want to?) know their own userbase is also pretty disturbing IMO.
I think its more likely that's exactly what he did :-)
Either them or chickens. I can't help heavily associate the music with the sound of a chicken. Screaming out in horror :)
The real cost of Windows 8
Is the desktop.
You can buy Win8 for some money and your currently well functional desktop.
I did too, and you're right.
Though your comment also shows that you never bothered to click an article to read its contents. Because then the paywall shows up.
I think that Anonymous brings that reputation upon themselves and no one else.
Like the latest (Dutch) news; they are now threatening to launch an all out attack on several internet providers because they block the Piratebay. You can read the (Dutch) article here (link to "telegraaf.nl", a Dutch news website).
Apparently they don't (or refuse to) realize that most of those providers (XS4All and UPC to name two) have actually challenged the blockade in court several times, which has cost them plenty of money. They also seem to ignore the fact that these providers simply have no choice because they are being forced into this.
And here we are now; the providers are going to take the heat from these terrorists, thus most likely effectively hindering many end-users to gain access to the Internet tomorrow.
Does that sound like a sane protest or freedom fight to you? To me its plain out cyber terrorism and vandalism, nothing more and nothing else. The worst (and IMVHO retarded) part being that they actually plan to attack providers who actively protested and fought these rulings, some of them still are btw.
As such; they do it to themselves. Time and time again.
Although I agree with their criticism I can't help wonder if this is actually a good thing for Wikileaks. I mean; do you really want to be associated with a group holding a notorious reputation such as anonymous has?
Of course those drivers will continue to cause accidents when you take away their phone. Instead of phoning or texting they are now busy searching (for their phone) so they still have little attention for traffic.
OMG El Reg is a Bond villain!!
I knew it; it takes one to know one (El Reg link on Bond villains).
The why is easy; one of traits of those villains is showing off, often in a bit of an eccentric way. Goldfinger liked golden girls and cars, the head of SMERSH liked to keep electrified chairs around, and so on.
But you got to be a really evil organisation if you have a main office fully shaped in your own logo ;-)
Although I think some of the modern Bond movies lack the suspense which the old ones had, I also think some of their plots are pretty well carried out.
What to think of Elliot Carver in 'Tomorrow never dies' ? The idea of a media tycoon who creates his own news in order to cover and sell it is IMO a good one because it could be true to some extend.
Which is also where I think a possible next villain might be hiding: the government itself. Our governments aren't always acting on our (the peoples) behalf and in some cases have their own agendas to work out.
This could spell doom!
If Disney didn't lie about singing mice, then what will happen to us if Monty Python didn't lie about killer rabbits?
Could be the end of Ubuntu...
Now, I'm not saying this because it seems that Canonical is going straight against the whole philosophy of Ubuntu; but am I the only one who considers that donation screen to be extremely suggestive? To be quite honest I personally think its actually plain out misleading, at the very least heavily bordering this behaviour.
First; lets not forget the target audience shall we: end users who want to "Use Linux" without having to deal with all the hassle; hacking Xorg.conf is a big no no there.
So how hard is it to assume that "Make the desktop more amazing" could actually be picked up as "The more I donate, the more bling I'll get on my desktop, whoah, cool!" ?
Sure; I agree that such users should read more closely; especially the part of "Of course you don't have to pay" and the statement that this only shows Canonical what users care about the most. But even so; no where on that page does it clearly say that no matter how much you donate you'll always get the same product.
I agree that people should be smart enough to realize this is implied. But once again: the target audience are end users, and personally I think its only a matter of time before some won't read closely enough and may very well end up quite upset over all this.
IMVHO this is a disaster just waiting to happen.
Most likely this is the doomsday device which we'll accidentally activate in about 2 months or so, resulting in the end of the solar system as we know it.
Amazing that those Mayan's knew all this; I bet those bastards put this device on Mars themselves...
(how's that for a conspiracy theory?)
I'm missing an option...
"A warning should only interrupt a user if it is absolutely necessary to involve the user. "
So what about the situation where a user (admin in my case) wants to be interrupted? Sometimes such warnings can help you find bigger problems. And yes; most likely you could find those in the event logs, that's not my point since we're talking about interruptions here.
Microsoft is part of the problem too...
Now, before I continue let me stress out that this isn't a black/white kind of situation and I'm not 'attacking' Microsoft over this because I can fully understand why they're doing what they do.
Microsoft fights software pirates and I can respect that. I don't always agree with it but in the end I do think one can only respect if a company tries to protect its income. However; there's one thing which I think doesn't do them much credit and only puts the Net as a whole at risk.
Because Microsoft has a tendency to block off pirated (illegal) computers from receiving (security) updates. I can understand that MS doesn't want "freeloaders" to usurp their services, ones which regular customers pay for (keep well in mind that keeping an OS updated for years isn't an easy nor cheap task). However; the other side of the medal is that many of these illegal users simply decide to turn off security updates and leave it at that, thus forming a potential risk for others. After all; who knows what could be happening on those boxes?
Its the one policy I think Microsoft should change. Supply global security updates, no matter the state of the OS ((il)legal or not), so that at the very least you don't risk a large dose of infected Window PC's. Apart from that MS should do everything in their power to block these illegal copies. For example by blocking them as they do now (at one time I even had a customer coming in to ask "how to get rid of that weird black background....", well; duh!).
But please make sure that even these illegal copies are up to date where security is concerned before you had a chance to lock them out! I'm pretty sure it could reduce quite a bit of problems.
Not very convincing.
When looking at the articles you get a bunch of charts and numbers which indicate that Bing is more poisoned than Google. But no where do they share how they got those numbers, all they're sharing is that they merely based the numbers on blocked redirects on their own web appliance.
Not very convincing.
In fact, the author of the article himself also seems to be aware of this: "Of course, this breakdown takes no account of the search engine being used by these customers. Nonetheless, we would expect Google to be the dominant search engine in use, as supported by recent data released by comScore.".
I'd be more impressed with the article if they could actually show us real examples. Search string "x" entered in Google vs. the same string entered in Bing and tten comparing those results. But that's not what this article is about.
In fact; the conclusion of the article isn't even "Bing is less secure than Google", a conclusion they could have easily made if their findings were correct (and provable). Instead they only conclude that: "The bottom line is that we are all guilty of trusting the results we get back, and clicking through without necessarily scrutinizing the URL as closely as we might.".
So; nothing to see here...
The server(s) on which this bot runs will now be moved back to running Windows 7, until the first win8 service pack has been released.
All jokes aside; I wonder if you could hold MS liable for false accusations when they take down your website based on these fake allegations.
Re: Switching away from magnetism
I too was a little surprised to see tape out of all media still being developed. But I think it makes a lot of sense; not merely for (large) capacity but also for reliability.
Optical is neat and all, but not always as reliable as it can be. For example; I have several 5.25" floppies dating from the C64 era and I can read all of 'm. I also have several older CD's from the 286 / 386 era and guess what? Some of them are already completely unusable.
Well, I think there's a lot to be questioned here in my opinion. The theory of a Dyson sphere isn't that illogical, but the amount of resources you'd need to get there are enormous..
Which brings me to another idea... Why do we assume that these Alien species harvest energy in the way we would? Why couldn't they have totally different means of collecting and using energy instead?
Its a bit far fetched, and probably stupid, but a few months ago scientists discovered a huge cloud of gas surrounding our galaxy. The gas is said to be of high temperature thus it contains lots of energy. How certain are we that this was a natural phenomenon? To my knowledge (but I don't keep up with these developments) such clouds weren't discovered before, not even when observing other galaxies.
Now, I'm not insinuating that such a cloud was actually created by Aliens. But why couldn't such a cloud be used by such a species as a source of energy?
Even more assumptions.
-We- can't do anything with "low grade heat" but how does that proof that 'they' can't either?
Which is all I'm saying; its foolish to start with assuming that we know how things work for them.
Good idea, the only risk we'd take is when they ever become self aware we'd have created our own worst enemies (according to Stargate SG-1 that is).
More likely is that some boffins are totally incapable to think outside the box so to speak.
Way too much assumptions
"No matter what form they might take, they'd undoubtedly give off infrared radiation that could be detected by such sensitive sensors such as those aboard WISE – and that's where Wright and his team come in."
So we're assuming that such an Alien nation actually has the means and skills to build a Dyson sphere, but immediately conclude that they can't be advanced enough with chemistry to have invented an alloy capable of complete absorption (or at least one which doesn't waste any energy at all) ?
Sounds like a very flakey assumption to me.
Point well made, I was happy not to see Samsung appear there.
Even so; I do wonder if the demand a company puts on the factory isn't also a big influence in all this. I could imagine Apple in more demand for lots of phones given the current demand in the market than, say, Microsoft or Nokia.
According to an Oracle spokesman I never spoke with this isn't about money but to protect the developers from the influences of the evil empire. Makes perfect sense, no?
Seeing is believing!
But more serious though; studies like these are going on forever. First one has to wonder how realistic and truthful these findings are. Sure; they may look genuine now but just give it time. It won't be the first "shocking conclusion" which gets debunked a few months later (but such news usually only finds its way on page 6 or 7 of the newspaper) and it won't be the last.
I like to cook. Not a fanatical cook or such, but from time to time I like spending a few hours to cook up a good meal. As such one can expect that I also have a cookbook, though I also heavily use the Net for this (never underestimate what you can learn from other people's advices or tips, even though you might not agree with them!). Like with computers I don't need hand holding, I need a guide telling me the basics, and from there on I'll find my own way. So my cookbook dates from 1960 or so and it explains the very essence of (Dutch) meals. The seasoned dishes, common dishes and everything around it (how to make certain sauces, what kind of ingredients make variation, etc, etc.).
The book starts with an introduction: "What is healthy now is soon to be claimed unhealthy and the bad dishes often turn out not that bad anymore when new studies have been performed".
I kid you not; such studies have been going on for ages. Its the same with everything else: just try not to overdo it, then you should be fine.
Speaking of which: ever heard of nutmeg ? Its a spice with a very specific and strong flavour. and commonly used throughout the world. However, consuming too large amounts can actually be poisonous. Yet that never seems to bother anyone...
There will be queue's
Even if they have to pay for them!
Quite frankly, the Surface looked interesting to me when it was first introduced. I even allowed myself to look past the glitch in the demo (you see the guys Surface doesn't do anything anymore so he quietly replaces it) and what they showed there looked good.
But quite frankly the appeal only went downhill for me from there on.
I'm especially baffled with the stories about how Win7 manages to be better suited for using regular desktop apps. in a touch screen environment than Win8. So even though the device may look appealing you won't see me in one of those queue's. It's the kind of hardware you really need to try before you buy.
I think theres another problem
Apps being able to run on both mobile & desktop is a nice idea but one has to wonder: who would care about apps on the desktop which were written with lots of restraints kept in mind? In other words: which could perform much better, if written or targeted differently ?
Ok, and it has to be said, although I'm repeating things: And how many people would actually /use/ those apps on the desktop anyway? So far Win8 isn't exactly being excitingly welcomed on that platform.
...which then leaves a mobile market with a lot less market share than the competition.
Sorry but I'm not a believer this is going to work out. Even if it works technically.
I get it!
We don't need to change the OS or the parts everyone is complaining about. We need to change the way we present it.
Brilliant strategy indeed.
What they want..
Is easier access to the data from other countries. The more this EU moloch is growing the more power does it seem to pull towards itself. And the worst part is that the population has no say in the matter what so ever.
The whole EU is a totally undemocratic body. Think about it: What exactly can you "vote" for during those eu elections? Dunno about you guys, but here in Holland all we can do is vote for a group of people of which it is already certain that they got new jobs in Europe. I always thought the eu should unite us. I often see how people in other countries (Germans or Belgians) come up with a far better and much more serious plan on what they want to do when they get elected. Or better put: they manage to promote themselves much better. Even so, it leaves me with the question: why can't I vote for them instead?
Instead we can only chose which one we'll sent to europe and no matter what you vote for they're all going (at least here in Holland). Amazing...
So all I'm seeing here is simply a few of those guys trying to make the whole system more transparent so that they can gain easier access to the data of other European countries. Could Orwell have been 100 years off by any chance? 1984 should have been 2084 ?
Tech clothes for the Emperor!
"What? I'm not running around naked; I'm wearing SiOx resistive memory you insensitive peasant!".
"All those nasty hackers..."
"If we simply build in this kill switch they might turn us off, but at least will leave the rest of our data alone.
Of course we're not making it easier for them; who would want to use such a scheme to blackmail us? That's absurd. Besides; if they do then at least we got their address. Its a full proof plan!"
Lets talk about in, say, 3 years or so. I can see it now: "Hacker threatens to shut down $small_cloud_provider by pulling kill switch".
They I'll go: "Told you so!".
I expected a bit more...
Its a good thing that these guys are being taken care of; they deserve everything they get IMO because they make us technies as a whole look bad IMO. I mean; someone who got swindled (which is the real crime, though I could bet more charges can be found such as obtaining illegal access to the computer) is most likely not to trust tech support that often. So basically they're damaging our reputation in some way.
However... I would have expected a little more coming from the bigger companies. A little more effort to raise some kind of awareness. I know you can't easily target these potential "scam targets" because as (assumingly) non-technies thats kinda hard. You can't expect companies like MS to start billion dollar advertisement campaigns merely to warn people.
But they could have tried more to raise awareness amongst their known customers. For example; sent everyone with an hotmail ('outlook') address an e-mail about this. Either I missed it or it didn't happen.
I do think its an outstanding job that media such as El Reg spend plenty of attention on all this. While we may know better not to fall for tricks like this; what about your neighbour? It was a good opportunity to raise awareness in your direct surroundings, which I did.
Of course it didn't hinder sales...
Why would a slimline PS3 suddenly stop people from buying one?
Another important aspect is that the new model also has more storage capacity, so its not as if people suddenly get less hardware for more money or such.
Even so; I'm still happy with my "fat" PS3. Bought it approx. 3.5 years ago, upgraded the HD from 80Gb to 500Gb and it just keeps running.
And lets not forget where its coming from...
IMO Microsoft are doing a lot of good things as of late. Also lots of bad stuff, sure, but when it comes to privacy and customer protection I think they're setting the right tone these days.
But although I think they deserve credit for actions as these I also think its important to realize where its coming from: Microsoft are feeling the heat from the competition. Not to discredit them or anything, but I do think its important to keep in mind.
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