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If they actually cared they would reject such an obvious date as 1-1-1900
1-1-1970 is a pleasingly round number on some systems.
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If they actually cared they would reject such an obvious date as 1-1-1900
1-1-1970 is a pleasingly round number on some systems.
It's the Philae lander, now repaired and upgraded by the denizens of 67P, setting off to start a journey of galactic exploration.
Oh, no! A web-crawler running on ARM!
... Google would want to downgrade my website for being http (no login, no controversial information, no justifiable reason to require encryption) ...
The benefit that SSL would bring in your case is not so much that the site would be encrypted, but that the encryption key certificate needed to establsh an SSL connection would identity you as the site's owner, and this would enable users of your site to ensure that they were viewing the site they thought they were.
.... not that anyone ever checks ...
... there is a neighbouring village called
That's on Wimbweldon Common, isn't it?
I'm amazed that the M4 doesn't have USB OTG, that's a standard feature of just about every other Android device, these days and support for it is built into the OS.
In this case the hardware apparently doesn't support it (anecdotal evidence from the web) so I can only assume that Sony deliberately chose cheap USB hardware for this phone to keep down costs, and perhaps as a discriminator between the M and Z ranges.
My Z1 compact certainly does have USB OTG, and even came with an OTG cable in the box.
Just because something is available "out-of-the-box" doesn't automatically make it right to use it.
Indeed. One wonders why it is available OotB, and whether any good purpose is served by it.
Oh, LoopPay?, I must have misread that.
I needed a 'p', anyway.
If the SIM security really was broken as described, then it's effectively game over for the current Secure Element technology that it uses.
Attacks of this kind -- differential power analysis in particular -- have been known for some time. There are things that can be done to hinder them -- such as making sure that the SIM card uses the same amount of power when processing a '1' bit in a key as it does when processing a '0' bit; and making sure that its firmware uses the same amount of power to process the code following a conditional jump when the condition is true as it does when the condition is false.
Lots of things can be done, but until someone proposes an actual attack, it's hard to know which things are worth doing.
What about employees who want to be able to take time off for other reasons? What if an employee wants to spend six months helping dig wells in African villages, or to take some time to cycle around the world, or have a fortnight off to sit in front of the TV and watch Wimbledon?
I find the suggestion that it's OK to go off an add to the population of an already overcrowded world, but not to have time for any other "personal project" rather sad.
Can you seriously not envision a technical implementation of virtual SIM cards that gives you the same functionality that physical SIM cards give you today?
That's not the issue. It would not be difficult to envisage a technical implementation that gave the user more flexibility and increased convenience.
What stretches the bounds of credulity is the notion than any airtime provider would willingly support such a system.
Uh, what makes you think that a new system wouldn't make switching virtual SIM cards easier than switching physical SIM cards?
But what will happen to the "virtual SIM card" you switch away from?
It's not just a matter of switching, it's being able to switch and switch back again at will; of being able to have two contracts or PAYG deals on the go at once, and use whichever is cheaper in a particular case.
The carriers would LOVE to be able to prevent that.
"They probably get less customers "
You mean fewer
The individual customers probably also become less, on account of not being able to afford to eat.
... stanene, a contraction of the Latin word for tin "stannum" and the "ene" suffix used for 2D materials.
The "-ene" ending in Chemistry usually denotes a hydrocarbon molecule containing carbo-carbon double bonds, such as ethene (formerly known as ethylene), propene (popylene), benzene, etc. The ending persists in polymers made from these molecules, as in polythene, polypropylene, etc., all of which are very much 3D compounds.
Graphene seems to have got its name as a formation from graphite and the -ene ending, perhaps taken from benzene (the structure of graphene is that of an atom-thick layer of graphite, which is effectively a 2D polymer of benzene molecules).
Graphene seems to be the exemplar, here, so I'd say that stannene was formed from the Latin stannum following the example of graphene, rather than pretending that the -ene suffix belongs only to 2D materials.
...buckyballs aren't one atom thick, are they?
You can think of a Buckyball as being a very small sheet of graphene (60 atoms) folded into a polygon (or rolled into a ball, if you prefer).
At the last big open-plan office I worked in -- about 80 of us in one large space -- we had the aicron set to 22C. On one day when the outside temperature was 25C the actual temperature in the office was 29C.
It turns out that when the office was built the aircon was spec'd to remove the heat from for about 80 people sitting at desks ... we had about 80 people and about 120 compters: The sales/marketing people each had a snazzy laptop and we engineers each had two insanely over-spec'd deskside towers.
So while the aircon was spec'd to remove the roughly 8kW of heat generated by 80 human bodies, we were actually generating something like five times as much.
Add to that the fact that aircon systems may cool the air, but they generally recirculate most of it and don't bring in much fresh oxygen. It's a wonder any of us managed to stay awake.
I should have liked to see a comparison of the power consumption of these units, measured both at idle and in use, and some account of the power-saving measures that can be enabled.
NAS units tend to be left switched on 24/365, so the power consumption while idle is important.
Here's the thing: those faithful love Microsoft. There's a reason that most (90 per cent!) people happily prefer Windows to Mac OS X, and buy Windows machines. They're comfortable with the experience.
Shall we say just that they are more comfortable with that experience than they would be with the cost of buying a mac or with the bother of removing Windows from the PC and installing something else?
That's what it comes down to, for most people. Windows is what came on the PC when it was bought. It's hard to buy a PC (apart from a Mac) that doesn't come with Windows.
There are a few alternatives -- you can buy a laptop from HP or Dell with Ubuntu preinstalled -- but the choices of hardware are limited and neither it nor Ubuntu will run CallOfGrandFifaFlightShooter, which is all they really care about.
As soon as 5G turns up, 5G phones will be on the market within minutes. The Sheep will go "ooooo, must have new shiny" and want one...
Yes, the sheep will do that, while those of us who've seen this all happen before will say "I'm not buying a 5G phone until there's actually a 5G network I can use, and I can tell which of the handet manufacturers implemented 5G correctly/implemented the correct flavour of 5G.
If there's ever going to be a need for 5G it would be helpful to have the standard(s) hammered out well in advance, though, otherwise some foolish manufacturer will start making handsets that implement some draft that turns out to be incompatible with the final standard.
There will be a sting in the tail, nothing is ever free from Microsoft.
If it is indeed true that MS make more money in licensing from every Android sale than from every WinPhone sale, then I can see why they might be very keen to encourage Android sales by offering free software.
Of course, the thought of (still) being able to lock users into (some version(s) of) their own office applications must have some appeal as well.
It's pretty damn close.
I set Windows Update to notify, then I make sure the damn thing isn't trying to install Bing desktop or some equally stupid nonsense, download updates at a time of day when my internet bandwidth is cheap, and install at my convenience.
I think it was Tony Benn who opined, "if we could have full employment killing Germans (during the war), why can't we have full employment teaching/healing/mending roads etc., etc."
Why not indeed?
Which shows just what a monumental cretin Tony Benn was.
I think you're failing to recognize a rehetorical question.
The point Benn was making was that if it is possible in wartime to engage the population and persuade them to dedicate everything to the (destructive) task of killing Germans, then it should be possible to persuade them in peacetime to dedicate themselves to the (constructive) tasks of teaching, healing, road-mending, etc., which are as necessary to our continued well-being.
I think this shows two things: On the one hand it is always easier to destroy than to build, and on the other hand it is always easier to motivate people when there is a clear and present danger to their well-being. Getting people to respond to a threat they cannot perceive has never been easy, and that is one of the tragedies of modern society.
Tony Benn was actually a very intelligent man, but one who was monumentally bad at getting others to see the point he was trying to make.
JS code can and should be beautiful, expressive and elegant, but it will happily offer you enough rope to hang yourself. Sure it might be different rope to that of C, but nonetheless it will gladly hand you the rope if you ask for it.
A safer language would be beautiful, expressive, and elegant without going around handing out unwanted ropes to all an sundry. Given that half the programmers in the world are of no better than average ability (for some definition of average) we should surely strive to ensure that they use only languages that keep their ropes to themselves.
Snobbery and jealousy have long played a part in the JS world, after all - we all know it's not a "real language" don't we?
Snobbery and jealousy have nothing to do with it. JS is a language that is easy to use badly and difficult to use well.
They say that a bad workman blames his tools -- but the truth is that a good workman knows to choose good tools, and to care well for them. In this case JS is the only tool available, and while a good workman might prefer to avoid it he has little choice. It is a tragedy that such an unsafe tool has become the de facto language for web programming.
Yes, exactly, and ...
Visibility (don't hide the buttons)
... or the menus, or the keyboard shortcuts.
Affordability (make the buttons look like buttons)
... make sure that the keyboard shortcuts are obvious (mnemonic).
Hiding the keyboard shortcuts is excusable only when there is no keyboard.
These machines were quite successful - to the extent that Microsoft decided that they were a threat to them. I may have the precise facts wrong here - let someone who knows better correct me - but my understanding was that they enabled a very basic version of Windows 7 to be installed on similar machines at a very low price. This meant that people were able to get Windows boxes at a similar price level - normally with larger, non-SSD boxes.
Yeah, more-or-less right.
The original netbooks had barely enough storage to run the Linux distro with which they were supplied, and it was hard to squeeze Windows on at all, but various people did manage to trim XP to fit, usually without buying a licence, and Microsoft noticed. Later netbooks had more flash storage -- or even a hard drive -- and Microsoft started to offer very low cost OEM licences for XP for these machines.
Some netbooks of the XP vintage were nice little machines, and although it was hard to find one for sale with anything other than Windows the "Microsoft Tax" on them was very small, and they made very nice portable and cost-effective Linux laptops for those that wanted them. I still have Ubuntu (14.04 -- the latest LTS) on my Acer AO751h.
Microsoft later released the "Starter" edition of Windows 7 for netbooks. This was basically a customized Windows 7 Home that was limited to handling a maximum of 2GB of RAM and a 1024x600 pixel display. This is what really killed the netbook -- too little RAM and a crappy display resolution.
I doubt that Microsoft imposed the limits specifically to kill the netbook, I suspect they did it so that people who wanted a "normal" home PC or laptop would have to pay more for at least Win7 Home ... but the effect was to ensure that all netbook hardware was limited to the Win7 Starter hardware spec. -- it was that or suffer a ~£70 (at retail) price hike.
The manufacturers turned their attention to Ultrabooks -- MUCH higher spec hardware, and price tag in which the cost of the Windows licence could more easily be lost.
Like it or not, Linux has too small a share of the market for it to have been worth the manufacturers' while to make higher-spec netbooks just for the Linux market.
... the non-replaceable battery and no SD slot are going to be necessary to make a sealed robust housing.
You might think so ... but Samsung managed to put an SD card slot and a removable battery into the standard S5 and the ruggedized S5 Activ, both of which have almost the same IP rating.
Samsung claim that the S6 Activ is IP68 rather than IP67, but an IP68 rating is supposed to mean that a device is proof against "continuous immersion" in water to a depth defined by the manufactuerer but "generally up to 3m".
Samsung's claim that the S6 Activ is proof against immersion for up to 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5m is a little better than the minimum for IP67 but it is NOT IP68.
It doesn't matter what the rights and wrongs are. If you cycle up the side of a lorry, the driver can't see you. If you are in front of him, unless you are a long way in front of him, he can't see you.
The rights and wrongs DO matter. What you've highlighted here is that HGV cabs do not afford enough visibility to enable them to be driven safely on public roads. They have the WRONG design.
That cyclists do not appreciate this, and therefore behave inappropriately when in close proximity to an HGV is a secondary, not a primary, cause of accidents.
... since the wristwatch rendered the pocket watch obsolete ...
What? When did that happen?
I demand a pocket smartwatch! (I could, maybe, use it as a phone ...)
The old UK billion (i.e. a million squared) is known as a 'billiard'.
You've missed your cue!
Er, no. The old UK billion is known by the modern crowd (those who use the term "billion" to mean 10^9) as a "trillion".
Those of us who still use the term "milliard" for a thousand million know that "billiard" is the term for a thousand billion (that is 10^15).
The hysteria about Secure Boot was massively overblown and a lot of people fell victim to FUD about it.
Quite. Secure Boot is a bit of a PITA, but all well-implemented security measures have to be if they're not to be trivial to circumvent.
The biggest "problem" with it is that the UEFI foundation itself did not (was not empowered to) set up a vendor-neutral Certification Authority to issue boot key certificates ... so when boards started to ship with Secure Boot enabled the only keys available for them to ship with were Microsoft's keys. Fortunately Microsoft have been quite decent about signing others' code and in mandating that Secure Boot must be able to be disabled (at least on x86).
Mobile phone shops in areas with poor coverage employ femtocells to provide some coverage within the shop ... so, yes, it's a Vodafone shop therefore it is a phone mast.
It's only a femtocell, though, and 50m away is probably too far.
Shirley, you mean Dropbox SDK for Android nonce flaw?
... those that are making money from selling broken systems don't really give a shit providing the lawyers draft a EULA that admonishes them of responsibility
I think perhaps the word you were scrabbling for is "absolves"?
Looks like they hired the muppets who have made Barclay's online banking so slow and barely usable.
No, the gov.uk site looks as though it's been designed to make Barclays look good by comparison. At least the Barclays site contains the services I need to use and I can find them with only moderate unnecessary faffing around amongst the draff.
problem is drives aren't a standard size they come in loads of different thicknesses.
These are 3.5" SATA hard drives. There is a standard size and although there are now some thinner versions in lower capacities any drive worth putting in a NAS is typically going to be high-capacity and so the full 1" thickness.
There *are* caddy-less drive receptacles for SATA drives, and they do work very well in practice. I just haven't seen one in a NAS.
It supports RAID 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10 and JBOD arrays.
Got any timings for RAID6 mode?
I wouldn't say that this thing really has enough bays for RAID6 -- especially not with a hot spare -- but it'd still be nice to know how fast it is.
Do I read that right ... there are removable drive trays into which the disks must be installed (screwed in?) before they can be inserted?
It's not beyond the wit of man to build drive bays that accept bare drives, and they would probably be cheaper as well as more convenient for the user.
Yep, broadcast is efficient given one important caveat: that there is a large number of people who want to receive the same thing at the same time.
Not necessarily "at the same time". I, at least, record most of my TV and watch it later when it suits me. The broadcasters may not like the fact that that enables me to skip the advertising (but it's surprising how much of an advert one takes in at x3 speed).
I wonder how many of the DTV channels are actually watched by a "large number" of people? Does anyone watch the "shopping and fucking" (or, indeed, "mass debating") channels? My possibly misplaced faith in human nature leads me to suspect that at least half the spectrum could easily be reclaimed without inconveniencing anyone who cares.
If you use the new Windows Runtime APIs ...
But why would you? Why would anyone?
If you're porting an existing desktop application changing the underlying API set is a major piece of work. Is (was) the RT marketplace big enough to justify doing that? Dunno, wait and see ... nope, doesn't like it.
If you're writing a new application from scratch you want it to have the largest possible market, so you write it to use the most widely supported APIs ... that means Win32 (or the 64-bit incarnation thereof) or maybe some cross-platform toolkit that targets Mac and Linux as well. You won't target the newcomer API unless and until it actually has some users.
At least there's now something to which the "burning platform" monicker really applies.
A couple of things:
1. There used to be a red vulture link at the bottom of a page (in the forums, at least) that led straight back to the homepage without having to either scroll back to the top of the page or use a browser bookmark. I miss that.
2. I've sometimes found a desire for a link from the "Post Comment" page back to the article -- useful to right-click and "open in new window" to check again what the piece actually said. Could we have one of those, please?
AIUI, this Win10 is the IoT version, so command line kernel stuff only, no desktop.
No, AIUI it will be graphical ... but probably Metro and store apps rather than a desktop.
As it says in the article:
Although the desktop might not be available, the Windows build will support visual applications. “It is a headed device, HDMI primarily at the moment but then LCD panels in due course".
So, still not really Windows as most users understand it, then.
Netbooks and ultra books are at opposite ends of the market, and do not compete.
That's what the marketing people keep telling us, but most people just see a notebook that is smaller and more portable than other notebooks. Those who can afford an ultrabook buy one, everyone else just bemoans the demise of the netbook (and probably buys a cheap tablet).
I can understand Microsoft wanting to wait for a convenient date on which a batch of fixes can be released as a single set of updates. No doubt this reduces the cost of production, management and testing of the patches ... and for minor bugs and shortcomings such an approach will be acceptable to most users.
Security issues are different, and deserve to be treated differently. The patches should be produced and released as quickly as possible, and should be independent of (i.e. not held up by) the scheduling of run-of-the-mill bugfixes. Yes, it costs more to do it that way ... but allowing security fixes to go unfixed for longer than is necessary is unforgivable.
90 days sounds an awfully long time to wait for a security fix ... and we should remember that if Google can discover the bug, so can other people. There was no guarantee that the bug would remain unexploited until Google published details. The correct time to release the patch was "ASAP" not "in 90 days".
Palm devices were good - I used a couple of them between retiring my Psion 3c and getting my first smartphone - but I can now do so much more with my phone that going back to what Palm devices were in the day seems likely not to be a successful move.
I'm sure there's a market for a modern PDA that isn't also a phone, and is more pocketable than a 7" tablet ... but I don't know how big that market is. I suspect that if the new Palm is to be a success it needs to be a phone, and that brings it directly into competition with Android, IOS, and Blackberry.
I mention Blackberry in particular because they illustrate one of the problems that new-Palm will face: They have a solution that is in many respects technically superior to their competition, but a very small markety share because they keep getting dismissed by the press for non-technical reasons. It's a tough market.
I never quite understood the issue.
I've never thought the EU quite understood it, either.
If IE were "just" another bit of bundled software that came free with Windows (like notepad, as others have said), and one could remove it and install something else in its place and the rest of Windows would still chug happily along there would be no problem. The trouble with IE is that it has its hooks deeply embedded into various Windows system functions -- Windows Update, for example, requires IE to be present and uses IE's code (even if you install another browser).
What the EU legislated for was a tool to help users install another browser in addition to IE, but what I think they wanted MS to provide was a way to install an alternative browser instead of IE.
That, of course, would have forced Microsoft to re-engineer most of Windows's handling of internet connectivity, which I can't see them being happy to do. It might have led to a better-engineered and more modular Windows, though.
It doesn't really matter if the feds have the CA's private key. They still will not have *your* private key, so long as you are able to keep it private.
... but if the feds have the CA's private key they can generate a new keyset and issue a verifiable but bogus certificate that associates it with your identity.
Then they can impersonate you, and ask your friends and associates to send them encrypted data using the public key in the bogus certifiacte -- and they will be able to read the data (but you won't, because you haven't got the relevant key).
Then they can accuse you of collaborating with $TERRORIST and demand that you hand over your keys so that they can read your data and you won't be able to, because you haven't got the relevant key ... and they will lock you up and throw away the, er, key.
Of course, the CA will know that they didn't issue the certificate ... but if they admit it they will be admitting that their root key is compromised, so they may choose not to.
... at the S5 -- I wanted waterproof, removable battery, and SD card.
Then I realized that the S5 doesn't have an FM radio ... WTF?
In the end I got a Sony Z1 Compact because while I think a user-replaceable battery is important, I've never actually changed the battery in a smartphone ... but I have listened to FM radio on both my previous phones (HTC and (older) Samsung). It was £200 cheaper than an S5, too.
The letters u, v, w, x, y, and z seem to be displayed in a larger font than the rest of the alphabet throughout the text of the report.
I don't suppose that could possibly be caused by a payload (an experimental one, prehaps) of a Regin infection on the researchers' machines?
It's quite clear here that the direct debits had ceased and Vodafone sent in the bailiffs.
So ... Vodafone called in the bailiffs on T-Mobile's behalf ... presumably to embarass them?
I like your thinking!