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?
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If Disney didn't lie about singing mice, then what will happen to us if Monty Python didn't lie about killer rabbits?
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?)
"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.
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.
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.
"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...
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.
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.
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.
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 ?
"What? I'm not running around naked; I'm wearing SiOx resistive memory you insensitive peasant!".
"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!".
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.
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.
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.
The only real report I know of was from the Apache programmer who apparently was so upset with this default setting that he threatened to implement a routine in the Apache server to ignore the setting whenever it was coming from MSIE10.
Talk about professionalism...
It's the only thing being technically involved here. You're simply moving it. So when one office has a problem the other is most likely still capable of working. When your centralized cloud has a problem the whole infrastructure comes to a screeching halt.
And the only reason why some would call this progress is because they're either too stupid to understand what is going on or this decision serves completely different interests.
...as happened numerous of times in the past.
How does one type that into the browser without using copy & paste?
I suppose some people really lose their mind when becoming exposed too long to Windows 8. And when its a SOB like this one bad things happen....
I got a 3c and later got the 5mx and boy was it awesome. Not only the keyboard and touchscreen but also the stuff you could do with it. I even ran Norton Commander on my 5mx. Still, from there on it went downhill pretty fast where consumer products were concerned.
With a little more innovation I can't help wonder if things couldn't have been different.
Back in the days of Sun I would have believed and even valued and respected statements as "community effort". But when it comes from Oracle all I can think of is: "Cheap labour".
Don't these idiots realize that in the past post-Sun years they have actually been very effective in pushing away the community as much as they can? The only reason I use Java is because I simply like and enjoy the language, I'm not really up to learning a new language which might be able to use the JVM too.
But they made it very clear how much they loved the community when they raised the support costs for all the previous Sun products up to a price where small players (the community) simply couldn't afford it anymore. I licensed several Solaris servers because I believed in the OS and the company. Paid approx. E 400 - 500 / year. Money well spend: continuous updates, SunSolve access, it was good. Oracle took over and I got less support and had to pay approx E800,- per CPU. So don't give me that "community" crap, Oracle only sees money, cheap labour and nothing else.
The very moment I find a Java environment out there which isn't tied into Oracle - at all - and which can still keep up a little with current developments then I'm outta here! No more Oracle for me, the sooner the better. The only reason I put up with them is because I like Java. But I dislike Oracle enough not to contribute anything to their project. Quite the opposite; I avoid them best as I can.
Better yet: I'm even free to remove that Oracle crap from the IDE in its entirety. Which I did :-) Its easy :) I'm not spreading it to avoid possible issues. Even though I possibly could under the CDDL & GPL I don't want to risk it, because that's the company Oracle is: I'm sure they'd sue me for slander or illegal usage or something even though it would show they don't even understand their own licenses.
...we didn't read stories time and time again where authors get harassed for sharing their own work.
Like last time where Google locked someone out of his own account simply because he was providing torrents of his own book. And with that I meant the book he wrote himself. He provided it as a free torrent download as well as something you can buy. Google quickly picked up on this and was determined that this guy was doing something illegal. Read about that here.
As long as we have to put up with stupidity like that then I don't think laws such as these will bring us any justice. Far from it even... How long before someone gets fined for sharing (or downloading) his own stuff?
Probably never because more than once such "success stories" are also kept out of the news from time to time. For the benefit of us all of course; who wants to read about such criminals anyway....
Kittens won't cut it for a Mayan calendar. Kidneys otoh would make a more fitting decoration.
Who said anything about enterprise? This is a poll amongst /early adopters/, that usually does not include enterprise.
Its simple... This move will boost Ballmers confidence that he is indeed on the right track. He can now tell the stock holders: "See? Even the competition tries to follow out lead! And look; they didn't even fully implement mouse support. I bet we can remove mouse support entirely in our first win8 update...".
And if that doesn't kill off Windows 8 permanently then nothing will!
Mission accomplished! :-)
"Why ado you find this so difficult to understand?"
Well, I suppose it could be possible his iphone only picked up bits and pieces from the conversation due to connectivity issues.
Sure, when you read this the first time the idea is indeed "Google drops support for old stuff, guess the commercial interests rule again". But if you check the link in the article it becomes quite obvious that the only feature Google is dropping is the ability to export their documents to these older formats.
Which I think makes sense. If you want to sent stuff to others then why not use online storage such as SkyDrive or Google's alternative (I have no idea if they even have something like that, I don't keep up with their products) ?
I can even be more specific than the AC here.. Have you never wondered why a distribution more than often installs several versions of the exact same library?
That's because a lot of the libraries used in Linux aren't backwards compatible. At all... As such; in order to be able and run certain software you sometimes need to have several versions of the same library installed, until the specific software has been updated (= rewritten) to use the new version of the library.
Which sometimes doesn't happen. And quite understandingly; library versions won't remain supported until the end of times. Versions disappear to make place for newer versions.
SO if your software would date back to 1990 without having seen any updates but would be so unfortunate to use one of those libraries then you're completely out of luck. Sometimes its even sheer impossible to get hold of older versions of certain libraries.
No, Windows can do this on its own.
As of Windows Vista PowerShell is now installed by default. All the OP needed to do was to start the right commandline environment for this job.
PS > Select-String -Path c:\this\strange\directory\*.sam -Pattern "fred"
And you're done.
Well, its not as if we can already easily manage to leave our own solar system. Last probe that succeeded was launched in 1977 and only around 2007 did it finally leave the solar system (although it did visit some outer planets first).
Am I the only one who doesn't consider this to be the brightest of ideas?
Just to make sure that this really was what I thought it to be I looked up the ADF Security and ended up on this page (Oracle article). A small quote: "The goal of ADF Security is to ease and promote secure application development based on standard J2EE security features and the Java Authentication and Authorization Service (JAAS).".
Now, I realize that there's always the standard EE layer and the, as mentioned above, JAAS. Even so I think that when you're dealing with web applications the one thing not to ignore is the security part.
It would have made a lot more sense to me if Oracle left out some of the parts which made setting up the "eye candy" easier than actually and effectively risking to reduce security.
Have they already forgotten the issues with Java 7 ?
I think there are plenty of people who don't understand the reason why people get upset. Sure; you can easily uninstall the lens parts and be done with it. Of course; Ubuntu was targeted at making Linux as easy as possible, so even end users could enjoy it, another problem.. But even that is not the main thing pissing people off I think.
Have we already forgotten what Ubuntu stands for? Its not just a name; its a philosophy. Which in short seems to mean "humanity" or "friendlyness towards others" (from the top of my head).
Put short: its named for following a friendly philosophy which in my opinion boil down to "Treat others as you want them treat you". Needless to say but enforcing spyware on your users sort of goes entirely against this ancient wisdom. Is it really that hard that this is going to piss people off?
Worse yet: because you're touching the very basis of the distribution you're bound to tick people off, even if they may consider this to be a rather moot issue. Its not so much the spyware as a whole; its going against what Ubuntu stands for. And that can and will scare off a lot of Ubuntu die hards and followers; people who fully believe in this.
Canonical should have known better, because I think the damage done might be much greater than one might realize. I mean; if they know this little about the distribution, what guarantees have followers that they won't do even worse?
In my opinion Canonical should have added a commercial release. I dunno; maybe a server edition which can be supported for 5 years or so. Or extra commercial support for the product. Which is putting the finger on another sore spot: is it possible that Canonical wanted a way to generate more revenue but without too much extra effort? How friendly is that; normally people work for their money...
I am not an Ubuntu user anymore, I used to be a big fan of the LTS releases. But the ideas behind Ubuntu have always appealed to me. As such, even as an outsider I think this has fail written all over it.
Actually going from a Long Term Support (LTS) release to a regular one isn't that much of a big deal. Because what do you think people suggest you do if an LTS to LTS upgrade goes wrong (which unfortunately still seems to be the case quite often) ?
Then you're advised to upgrade to all versions in between individually; version for version.
Its merely a dist-upgrade setting.
First they practice on the main distribution, then they'll check how to embed this in all supported variants...
Somewhat meant jokingly but even so; do you really think they'll stop here is there's money to be made?
Is to hope its a real rock and not an alien egg ;-)
Now, this is probably comparing apples and oranges but MS has their VirtualPC for quite some time now. Its even featured with Win7 professional as "Windowx XP mode", this allows Win7 pro users to run a virtual Windows XP instance.
Of course this is where the good part of the story ends. While it can grok server 2008 and such it won't run Windows 8 for example (which I consider a pretty fail). Nor most linux distributions (I have managed to get Debian to work, but it wasn't easy and that's about it wrt Linux).
So with this in mind... Topping VMWare? I'll believe that the moment I'm able to run a virtual Windows 8 on my current Windows 7 using a Microsoft based solution.
But until then....
First the brasses used this app themselves and then all of a sudden either weren't pleased with the results or finally realized that this could put them into a rough spot.
And so the app had to go...
"The deal caused some head-scratching from observers – why would a recruiting site want to acquire media and code-hosting businesses?"
Advertising, advertising, advertising.
Your (our) problem is that we're tempted to look at this with a reality vision in the back of our heads; some of my fellow posters also mentioned as much above: geeks (think Slashdot) use ad blockers.
But that is now how the suits look at this.. In Holland we have a nice saying: "Ongehinderd door enige kennis van zaken".. or: "Not disturbed with any knowledge on the subject..." is a good translation.
But to be honest.. The fact that El Reg carried this news /sooner/ than Slashdot itself is what I consider to be the real dealbreaker here.
Could it be they don't want the /. crowd to know? I'm not just saying this: a lot of times /. "beats" others such as El Reg to some of the technical based news. As such... puzzling...
Some year ago I bought my gf 'EyePet'; its a PS3 game involved around the Playstation Eye (camera) which displays your room on the telli and adds a plushy adorable furry creature into the mix. She actually liked it and thus the down side; it meant cleaning out the table and freeing it from everything which could block the view of the camera because the game wouldn't work otherwise.
Even so; I have to admit being impressed with what I saw. Even trying to kick the virtual creature away from my couch only made it jump up and carefully avoid my feet.
As such... not sure if I understood the article right but it seems to me as if Sony beat them to the punch a few years.