55 posts • joined 14 Mar 2011
Re: Wow Ten times further
You're confusing distance with time, the observable Universe is over 90 Billion light years across, according to brainy people who do this for a living. A little Googling can a good thing before making snide comments, particularly in areas as complex as cosmology.
Does it matter any more?
The reaction of most people seems to be 'Whatever". People seem to be willing to sacrifice privacy for "protection from the terrorists". Will a mega release change any opinions? I doubt it, so this probably will do more harm than good.
Military-industrial complex in Bribery shock.
I'd say his odds of seeing a prison are just about zero. Nice work if you can get it.
Re: national security
Are they trying to gain a commercial advantage, or are they trying to open the playing field to any interested bidder?
Re: "spin and a highly-reflective coating"
If "Moving your finger from one place to another on a touchscreen" is patentable, then I'm sure "Airbourne cloud of discoballs to defeat attack by lasers" would have been worth a punt. And it would certainly liven up the afternoon at the Patent office.
Sadly, by making your idea public, we're all now free to clad our spaceships in 70's sparkle, and you won't get a bean. You'll be kicking yourself one day.
Q. What do Twitter developers actually do?
This is a useful feature, but I'm amazed at how slow progress is at Twitter, Facebook etc. Considering the size of their development teams, they don't seem to actually *do* a lot.
Does building the infrastructure, creating new optimised database etc really take up all their time? I guess it must, but it never fails to amaze me how large teams can put in so much work with so little to show for it. I'm a developer myself, and I know how much a small team can do when they put their minds to it.
It's nice to have someone showing governments how to do it properly.
The whole world is obviously lying to me!
The article doesn't say exactly how they know, so it must be a giant conspiracy to fool me! In no way am I completely crazy!
Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only
"is there a compelling reason to get this update"
I think we'll stop getting updates for 8.1 if we don't upgrade. But for those of us with Classic Shell I doubt upgrading will do any harm.
For those who havn't tried it, Windows 8 with Classic Shell is better than Windows 7, in my opinion at least.
Re: Hang on there
Never trust a man who starts a sentence about neutrinos with the word 'basically'.
Re: " throws enormous weight behind the famous theory of the Big Bang."
It's accelerating now, but it was decelerating due to gravity for the first half or so of the universe's lifetime, I believe.
I don't think it's the biggest risk
I think the sort of people who would make use of this sort of information are probably capable of getting access to the medical database directly. It's generally going to be easier.
It's not entirely unreasonable. You and I could trade in cars or stamps, and want to do it without interference from government, but also expect the police to act if the other party stole from us.
Re: Test-Driven Development
"I would also love to see a lint-like tool that would spot the wrong indentation."
Or just do what Visual Studio does and have an auto-format.
Perhaps it's time to think about security?
It's not just bored teenagers anymore, we're in a world where Billions of people in countries of low income have access to the internet and very little chance of being caught or punished. We, as an industry, need to put our quest for speed and cost reduction and bells and whistles on hold for a little while, and put some serious effort into security.
I think we should do it soon.
If they were serious about punishment
they'd give him a Windows 8 machine instead.
His role is essentially political and if he was involved in the various deals to minimise their Tax liabilities then it's entirely possible he's earned them that and then some.
By the way, I'm not in any way approving of this behaviour! Just stating the fact...
Re: Seeing the password
At which point your main security threat won't be some foreigner, it'll be someone in your office. It has to be down to the software to reject commonly used passwords.
"No. You're NOT choosing 123456 as your password.
Would you like to try again, or should I just mail your Boss now and tell him you can't even manage this simple task...?"
If they can deliver malware to an air-gapped system underneath a mountain in Iran, I'm fairly sure they can listen in on your webcam without having to ask Chrome to be a middle man.
Fire the spokesman
All they needed to say is "Oops, cockup, sorry, we've fixed that now". I would respect the company, and wouldn't rule out using them.
But the response "We havn't done anything wrong, everything is fine" makes me think they don't care, and so I won't be using Eclipse again.
Well played Mr Spokesman.
It is inconvenient when you can't park your Jet nearby. The roads are so full of...well...you people.
To be fair, it's perfectly safe to download apps from the Play store. Those who choose to download pirated software from unofficial sites...well, it's to be expected.
The report said something like 14% of web malware was targeted at iPhones, which is weird because we would have heard if there were widespread iPhone infections. So I'm thinking these stats include failed attacks, i.e. sites trying old and long patched vulnerabilities.
I'd love to hear from an expert...if you don't invite virus' in via pirated software, what is the actual risk of a drive-by infection?
Re: Using Sinofsky As A Scapegoat
He was Head of the Windows division, and he produced a loathed version of Windows. It's pretty hard to argue he's a Scapegoat.
Re: The defense for Billy Catriger
"Why so many down votes?"
The "My political party is an Angel, yours is the Devil" type of rant will normally fall on deaf ears in the UK. In fact we're still perplexed why so many Americans fall for it so easily.
People in glass houses
Referencing CNN as a site which displays it's content in a tiny strip down the screen is a bit cheeky, when the Reg does exactly the same.
Re: Technical question
I don't think you need a critical mass. if the rods are generating more heat than the cooling is taking away, they'll get hotter. When they're hot enough they'll melt, then they can melt through the reactor itself.
"If you think you might be a target, is there anyone you can rely on?"
Well, no. If you think the NSA are after you, you should probably avoid using a smartphone.
If you like iPhones, stick with them
I really like Android (especially my Nexus 7 without all the crap that my Samsung phone has), but I would never try and persuade my wife to ditch her iPhone. For some people, Apple's approach to security meaning virtually no risk of malware (that I've ever heard, anyway) is just easier.
I don't like the company, or a lot of their practises, but as a safe and hassle free piece of kit the iphone is the right choice for a lot of the population.
This is a good reminder that one size doesn't fit all
Both Apple and Microsoft are guilty of forcing user interfaces on people with a 'like it or lump it' attitude. It suits their marketing to have everything looking the same.
It's just wrong. We should have more control over how our computers look. Android is a little better at allowing re-skinning, but still not as good as the era we're leaving, with desktop computers where we can easily change colours, fonts, resolutions to whatever we want.
Soon we won't be able to do anything without consuming Apple/Microsoft/Google content and marketing.
Wow. I'm angrier than I thought. But hey, it IS a really annoying animation.
I feel sorry for the Spooks
Their job of cataloging every email in the world isn't made any easier by this sort of nonsense. :o)
Re: How do I remove the Start menu?
> "Can't please all of the people all of the time"
Sure you can, all it needs is an option to choose between the desktop start menu or the metro start screen.
Re: CD = Colision Detect
If you don't do documentation, you're doing it badly. Unless your system is so simple it doesn't need any, but that's unlikely.
That's no moon.
It's a Power station.
Re: 128G storage
Shouldn't REALLY surprise you that a story about new iPhone rumours will attract a fair number of iPhone fans. :o)
Perhaps the banks could introduce some actual security.
Trying to stop skimming is almost impossible, so lets solve the real problem - that anyone can help themselves to our money just by knowing a couple of secret numbers. Facial, iris, fingerprint, and voice recognition could all be used, or cards themselves could have copy protection. It's just crazy that someone who isn't me, looks nothing like me, and who doesn't have my bank card can pretend to be me so easily.
Re: "Not a saint"
"Having been personally burned by some of his shady business practices, I'm going to be holding my applause for a while"
You mean even though he's on a mission that might save MILLIONS of lives, he's still, on balance, a bad guy? Wow...what exactly did he do to you??
Re: It's all good
If the sentences for burglary, assault, rape etc are all at least as high, maybe. But if you think attempting to access someone's computer without permission is worse than those things then you sir, are a nit.
Apple (and a few others) need a new business model, and soon.
If they can't charge an extra £200 to throw in £30 more flash memory, what will they screw us on next?
Re: Search as primary means of navigation?
You could type names and hit return in Windows 7 too.
There's nothing wrong with copying
I'd love to get back to a world (if it ever existed) where a company could protect clever technical discoveries with patents, but where no-one owns ideas of shapes or sizes or colours. If one company releases a triangular smartphone and it sells like hotcakes, then great, everyone should build them.
I don't want to live in a world where companies aren't allowed to build things their customers want, just because someone else has already built something similar.
Re: Just nuke it.
Good plan, it's not like they have hundreds of their own nukes to retaliate.
Absolutely right, or health campaigns in hospitals, compare the number of people dying from carelessness or uncleanliness compared to the number killed by terrorists.
Re: US tech, and server logs
What sort of hacking attempts use a spoofed IP? To hack, don't you need to server to send data back to you?
Any clues as to why America is attacking Canada while doing very bad Chinese impressions?
Re: Inciting hate
On the plus side, it should be easy to get the Daily Mail banned, the most hate filled publication in the country. Probably.
Re: Badly Designed Server = Server running Windows
Speaking as a developer, show me an alternative that comes even close to the productivity of the MS stack and I'll switch. For most small companies, the cost of developing software is greater than the cost of hosting it, so even allowing for more hosting resource it saves money.
Obviously, this changes for larger companies with high volume websites, I wouldn't try to convince Twitter to run on .NET. :o)
Re: diurnal cycle
Ssleep phase disorder! I have the same pattern, I didn't realise it had a name. So I've learned about remote server management and circadian rhythm disorders in a single article. :o)
Thank God they're cracking down on these dangerous criminals. The world will be a far safer place when there aren't websites that help you download TV programs.
Puzzled by your view, the last time I used Eclipse I felt it was about a decade behind Visual Studio. What is it it does that's better? For that matter, what did the Visual Basic 6 IDE do that makes it better than VS2012...?
It still baffles me how anyone with a brain could believe something like 97% of scientists are engaged in a mega-conspiracy to defraud the public to gain research grants, and refuse to even CONSIDER the possibility that the people who make Billions selling oil and gas could be the ones lying to try to protect their profits.
Maybe that's not the case, maybe all the climate-change sceptics are just people paid to sow doubt...but it does seem that there's plenty of people around utterly convinced that oil barons are decent, honest people, and it's the climate scientists who are the greedy, money-grabbing liars. Very weird.
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