67 posts • joined 7 Jun 2007
It is OK - they used long words
No self-respecting pleb would understand any of that stuff...
New study shows dietary fat doesn't cause problems
Interesting that this Reg article crossed my desk the same day a very interesting study result was promulgated by Ohio State University: "New research links diabetes, heart disease risk to diet high in carbs, not fat"
All this rubbish about fatty foods causing diabetes is just plain incorrect -- 20th Century rubbish. Although Medicine still tends to think in terms of simplistic cause-effect, the huge size of the human proteome, interactome and infectome make such simplistic concepts as "obesity causes diabetes" not worth the (admittedly degraded) brain cells used to keep repeating this simplistic nonsense.
I love Gordon's photographs
First time I have seem Lytro in action. Good tech for El Reg... Especially the rear-view mirror view... Hope you let him take the wheel a few times :)
What about the children?
Indeed, this is one time they do need to think about the children, and those sick amongst us, who will now be cooped up inside a Faraday cage with hundreds of cellphones emitting full power trying to access a working cell-site. What a human disaster in the making.. As if WiFi (at 10,000 times the required power level) was not bad enough...
Re: Yay, usable maps again
Thanks for that tip. I will use IE8 when I want to use MAPS. The new interface is an abomination, and, as you say, they serve up the good ol' one for IE8. Thanks :) And no thanks to Google for second-guessing that I like their new menu-less interface. I don't. It sucks. It has made me shift to Bing Maps. But now there is a pathway back to what works so well -- thanks Google :)
I would buy if it didn't have Google services pre-installed
I am fed up with Google wasting my battery and tracking my every move. I was looking at this phone to break free to Cyanogenmod and the F-Droid store. Thanks to Andrew for letting us know that is still a pipe-dream...
Re: Fingers crossed - Medical devices in 60GHz ISM band
There are a number of Eastern European medical devices in the WiGig frequency range which use nanowatts of power to affect the nerves and brain. They mostly evolved from USSR research. We may have gotten away with Wifi so far, no real evidence of negative interactions with human beings (so far), but IMO there is a disaster looming at WiGig frequencies and powers. So, as you say, "cross fingers."
Image for Windows
Terabyte Unlimited's "Image for Windows" also works with Linux. Boots from HiRen's recovery USB or floppy, or CD. Creates an image file(s) which can be booted. Best for System disks/partitions but will do a complete drive, if you wish.
I have never needed any other solution. I run an automatic backup every night with it. Saved my bacon several times.
Also good for porting operating systems intact to a new hard disk.
Live Video was great on CHROME, "please wait" on FIREFOX
At least that was what I found. After the live broadcast had ended everybody would have been watching the same recording.
So was the 'fault' in YouTube, in the way Slooh set up the live broadcast (there are user configuration toggles in the interface), or in Flash player??
Android 2.3.6 is an adequately functioning Smartphone OS
@Andrew Jones 2
I am running 2.3.6. on a Galaxy Note N7000 with all the Samsung and Google bloat removed (including Maps) and, while the phone is sitting on the shelf updating emails (K9) over WiFi and monitoring Google Voice (GrooveIP) it uses 10% of its battery a day. So there is nothing magical about the new OS releases. Except that the old releases don't get vulnerabilities patched (by Google).
However, one reason I stay with 2.3.6 is that Google has been progressively locking all users into its ecosystem with each release, I don't want to be locked into any Google ecosystem, Sorry. I value my privacy. And I prefer the older, menu-configurable systems, not the new UI. Sorry. That's just me. I have been in computer programming too long, I guess...
This time Microsoft has gone too far
I can't help thinking about Ebenezer Scrooge. Not sure why...
What about "unfounded" or "fantasy"? Most PR hacks don't allege "inaccuracy" if there is any other word to choose. Of course, there may be a problem translating the Japanese to unequivocal English...
Most US consumers have only one ISP - there is no choice
Thanks for this perspective, Andrew. I haven't had time to read the actual ruling, and your summary was very useful. The real problem is that most US consumers only have one broadband provider. This allows a company like Verizon to offer me 15/5 FIOS internet, their lowest speed, for only $74.95 (base) per month. I can get a discount to $49.95 the first year, but then my bill automatically changes to $74.95 plus router, plus taxes and fees. An ADSL feed required me to maintain a dry-line phone number, which was $65 per month with ISP costs on top of that. Some consumers have cable, where it is possible to keep the bill around $50 per month, provided one has some negotiating skills and doesn't mind a low 3/1 data rate.
Despite paying Verizon the $80 monthly fees, if I try to stream a 1080p YouTube video I find the data rate roughly half that of the 720p version (my router logs connection speed). Is it throttling? Yes, most likely, as no similar effect can be noticed on my cable modem feed from a different ISP. So throttling is a public issue, even now... for me, at least...
Verizon USA knows your passwords
Verizon USA FIOS routers have a backdoor for tech support, which is well-documented. But recently, when I logged into my Verizon web account to check my billing balance, I saw that my WIFI WPA2 password was recorded there in plain text, I switched ISP. It is just unbelievable how any ISP could surreptitiously harvest my WiFi password into their database. To say nothing of the threat to my WiFi network, knowing my WPA2 password would make social engineering of my internal network passwords much, much, easier.
And yes, I know Google does it with Android devices. I have given those devices their own DMZ.
Gifts from the Gods (while walking in the meadows)
Well, bird poop is pretty bad, but I really wouldn't like any of that electrolyte tumbling down on my head :)
Lenovo ships Windows 7, with optional Win 8 'upgrade'
No surprise why it is getting the sales increase. Guess what ACER and ASUS were trying to foist upon the end user :)
Oh - and the Lenovo BIOS also supports Win XP and Linux Drivers. UEFI can be bypassed, although it is uncertain whether selecting legacy Bios disables rootkit pathways in UEFI :)
Twofish (double-wrapped with AES) gives us a tiny, tiny, chance of true privacy. Thanks for all your efforts, Bruce, and your honesty.
My smartphone emulates my beloved HP41
I have Andsens HP41 simulator on my android smartphone. I use it almost daily. ( a41CV.apk ). It even runs my old programs...
FLASHblock also blocks the FLASH advertisements
I bet that is why Mozilla don't want to 'protect' us from FLASH. Can't upset the advertisers. Oh well, as long as Flashblock continues to work as a plugin...
Kelly Smith died of Cancer several years ago
Incidentally, the engineer who produced Tandon Computer's clone BIOS, Kelly Smith, died several years ago from cancer. After Tandon, Kelly worked on the Phoenix BIOS at Phoenix's 'skunk works' in Hawaii. Another sad loss to the industry...
Yes, indeed. I have a box containing QDOS 86 on my shelf
And it worked, although Microsoft had to get out quite a few bugs.
An excellent article, BTW. Accurate. RIP Mr Lowe. You changed the world...
Travel - it's like that...
Whether in Brussels or Beijing, I always prefer tethered 3G to WiFi. If I use WiFi, it is behind a VPN (usually my own server).
As for giving " name, address, workplace, ID number, birth date and phone number just to register for Wi-Fi" -- who would be silly enough to do that in this day and age? Birth date?
Google will save the world. While perhaps doing only a little evil.
Google will support those who fail to migrate (at least with a competent browser). I have no doubt that other software suppliers will follow Google's lead.
Sammy is pushing out the 'fix' in a software 'upgrade' for older phones?
Grab the popcorn - but after you have switched off automatic updates on your own phone...
We are seeing Lenovo riding Windows 8's coat-tails
I bought Lenovo Thinkpads as they offered drivers fro Windows XP and Windows 7, and came with Windows 7 pre-installed, not Windows 8. Plus they have a Legacy Bios mode as well as the UEFI.
I guess I was not alone in avoiding Windows 8....
Re: How do I get rid of this BLOAT - I don't want it
Oops - I didn't mean to imply that ALL Android users are twits - only those who are incapable of downloading this new app as a conscious mental task...
How do I get rid of this BLOAT - I don't want it
I am sick and tired of Google pushing bloat at me through Google Play. Google ought not to be able to do this without me being asked "Do you want this."
I just spent an hour tracking down "Google Settings" which got pushed last week and which takes up CPU cycles and battery power by searching periodically through my phone memory, allegedly to find compromized apks. It popped up on my power monitoring 'radar' long before I read that Google was pushing it in the background.
STOP this, Google. I am sure that the twits who use Android think it is great, but I think the concept of pushing apps silently at my phone is BRAINDEAD.
@PartTimeLegend: "They should have killed XP support in 2007"
they did. But then the netbooks came along - with LINUX. To stop that trend MS came up with a sweetheart XP license for netbooks, and thus extended the life (and reach) of XP.
I spend a lot of time listening to Radio Caroline these days...
Re: Where are the real BIOS programmers ?
Kelly Smith, who wrote the early Tandon clone-BIOS, and worked on Phoenix BIOS, died several years ago.
Not many of my old friends have survived the decades.. and the new generation of software programmers tend to work in a team... not as loners, solely responsible for whether their BIOS worked, or not...
The $1Bn is mostly spent on FDA paperwork
The $1Bn is mostly spent on FDA paperwork and therefore this alleged cyber-espionage is pointless.
I don't believe the pretext of this report. It is much simpler to attend the scientific conferences -- where the scientists who invented these drugs squeal like stuck pigs. Any info about a new drug is available there - except the $1Bn to pay the FDA, and except that the patent claims have usually been filed. Although the scientists are often apt to disclose weaknesses in the patents, too, with a little bit of alcoholic lubrication...
I still have four Lenovo S10 netbooks
I started with four - and all are still going strong. Running XP Home. An excellent and solid OS, once I stripped out all the bloatware. I switched off half the silly services that MS provides, which improved security, and these netbooks can do all my odd-jobs. One is monitoring the IP security cameras all day. One travels with me wherever I go, and two do odd jobs such as run test equipment software and interface with my Li-Ion battery tester.
The strange thing is that the low-end i3 rubbish being sold in many ultrabooks right now really isn't that much faster than these old atoms... and a lot more expensive. But then, they have to run Windows 8, don't they. I quite forgot...
Keith Olbermann may make out like a bandit
Depends on the status of those huge stock options he got when he joined Current :)
My four Lenovo S10 are ideal for travel -- and around-the-house
My main Lenovo S10 is perfect for travel. Small, light, and dare I say - disposable - (easily replaced if stolen or seized by customs). Its new SSD makes it run beautifully fast . Its new USB3 expresscard makes it really fast to external mass storage. Another S10 is used to monitor the IP-based security system around our house. One is currently used to log output from battery chargers and miscellaneous test equipment. They are reliable, and perfectly capable of acting as functional backup to my quad-core desktops. If I need a better monitor or keyboard, I have only to connect them to the S10 I/O... But I don't use them for writing books...
An Ultrabook? With a Core 3? what does that offer me?
Oh - the S10 all are running Windoze XP. I initially equipped them with a dual-boot to Linux, but ended up rarely using that capability... And now I suppose you are going to tell me that a decades worth of XP app development is going to instantly vanish in 2014 ???
Android is Linux - Use the shell
Anything substantial I do in Android, whether it is moving files with 'Root Explorer', making a User app into a Systems app by shifting it from /data/app to /system/app, or managing permissions, everything substantive is Linux. I use 'Terminal' for nandroid backup. I use 'Terminal' to run 'top' or any one of dozens of familiar utilities. It is just that the average user is content to ignore the operating system entirely, and backup is left to the geeks amongst us... (same as windows users in that way).
Halfwit? That's mild
Halfwit is mild ... My own bio page was defaced continuously for three years before Jimbo Wales made the decision that I "wasn't notable." All sorts of stuff got edited in. That I had young male Thai sex slaves -- you wouldn't believe what I would wake up to reading some mornings.
Wikipedia really needs more discipline when handling the troublesome editors - those that hack away at "improving" the bios of living people...
Ah, I see - I should have offered money...
Now I get it. When Jimmy Wales got involved in the deletion of my Bio page, I should have offered money, and not abuse. We live and learn....
I'm waiting for a phone OS that doesn't piss away all your data to anyone who asks
I have my phone locked down so that it doesn't send anything I don't want it too, and "AppTraffic" (inter alia) to detect sneaky apps. But you have to root the Android, Null all the Ads, and be ever vigilant. But isn't the same with any computer OS?
But if you want to use Twitter and Facebook (etc) then you are totally out of luck...
Patents were not such a big deal, 30 years ago
The whole software world was 'borrowing' from each other back then. I have 86-DOS, CP/M, Cromemco DOS, SuperSoft DOS, and DR-DOS on my bookshelf, and used to run them all. They probably still boot in my old systems, although I rolled my own customized 'DOS' and that is what boots these days, when I blow the dust off the old Z80 and 8086 boxes...
IEEE is just a shadow of its former self
I spent a significant part of my life disassembling and understanding how CP/M, 86-DOS and CDOS worked internally. I wrote an IEEE Spectrum article in the 70's explaining a neat trick that the CDOS (Cromemco DOS clone) originated to optimize floppy disk read routines to the Z80 instruction set.
It is hard to believe that Spectrum would publish something like this when there are so many with actual expertize still alive to peer-review junk like this...
"negotiate a better price" WTF?
Anytime one has to negotiate with a monopoly, one is going to get burned...
"get their phones to last to teatime"?
I have a Galaxy Note N7000, and in standby, running GrooveIP and K9 push-mail, it draws about half a percent per hour on WiFi and 2% per hour on 3G (depending on celltower proximity). When running apps, 90% of the battery drain is the screen, which has nothing to do with Java.
I don't agree that Java is battery-hungry. Sloppy coding is battery-hungry.
Oh, I do have Samsung Media Hub, and all the other nice Samsung bloatware, disabled (frozen with Titanium Backup). Still using Gingerbread -- at least until they can make ICS drain less than 1% per hour (LOL)
I keep an eye on my applications
On Android, most background programs can be listed under "Settings>Applications>Running Services" from the home screen.
An application called "AppTraffic" keeps track of all data used, and which program used it, since the last reboot. I found this invaluable in finding out "who phones home" and the amount of data they communicate.
Incidentally, Google Play and Google Maps run background services you can't stop. Bad Google... But you can turn off GPS when you aren't using it, and that will stop Google Maps from using much CPU, or sending much data. Google Play has to be terminated from the Running Services screen. Unlike maps, it doesn't automatically restart until you run it, or reboot.
My Credit Card was compromised this way (most probably)
Last week my CC was used to buy a train ticket in London, even though I was in the US at the time. Previous week I had been staying at a smaller hotel in Paris. CC company caught the fraudulent use and cancelled the card. A couple of days later a hotel in Spain emails to tell me the same credit card, which I had used as a reservation guarantee, was no longer valid. They must be pulling the card every few weeks to check...
Yes, the smaller hotels are a major weakness in the CC system, I think...
Where is the Fortran?
The Nevada Fortran for my Z80 CP/M machine ran nicely in 64K. Should be a doddle in the Pi, except we all seem to have forgotten how to program in 64K of memory..
I was looking at an old database I once wrote for 64K, and was amazed to recall that all the hash tables were saved on 8 inch Floppy, yet the interactive response was quite acceptable... Sigh... Those were the days...
Yes, I know the Kids are taught Matlab these days... Sigh again...
"ECC83?" nope, in the REAL world they were 12AX7 (or it could be 12AT7)...
I just bought a spare XP mother board
You know - one with a real BIOS in it, that will run my XP beyond 2014, even if my current hardware kicks the bucket.
I have 20 years of software collected on my Windows computer, some of which I only occasionally use, some of which I use every day (like Eudora, still the email with best immunity to Trojans).
I also run various flavors of Linux, but I am proud to be one of the 4% XP hangers-on because so much of my development and test software runs on XP :)
Happy Easter, all...
Re: 25Km per node???
Everybody knows that a good sensor can smell fire 25Km away. It's not mental, just supernatural...
Only one question. What is it going to cost to 'support' my Windows XP machines beyond 2014? Will it be cheaper / safer to use Android and Linux on my internet-facing boxes, and XP only on my video development machines?
You get the picture. Why talk in the abstract? One company is responsible for outlandish behavior in extended support. Name them and shame them -- for an outdated and wasteful business model...
Re: Re: Elop wrong?
My rooted, bloatware-stripped, Samsung Galaxy Note uses 1% of battery per hour when sitting on WiFi running GrooveIP. It's got a powerful, responsive, dual CPU -- but no power penalty.
I hooked it up to an HDMI monitor, Bluetooth mouse and keyboard yesterday. Even Android ain't a bad desktop when displaying on a big monitor, at 1280x800 :)
I am a happy camper... Maybe Ubuntu can make me happier... Time will tell...
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