...like we're in advertorial land again.
297 posts • joined 20 Jun 2011
...like we're in advertorial land again.
When you can guarantee me that my data won't get pilfered by hackers / moneygrabbers, and only be seen by those who need to see it (a judgement I get to make on a case-by-case basis, not the NHS) then I'll consider sharing it. Until then, no.
We do seem to be missing one point: while it is true that new jobs can come out of new technologies, it does appear that many of our 'new' jobs are virtual in nature. They don't actually produce physical product. They're either service (face-to-face or voice-to-voice) jobs; or information jobs (producing content or such like). For the service jobs, not everyone can do 'people jobs' well (I'm one. I have suspected ASD yet to be diagnosed). For the information jobs, most distribution of information is now virtual, and the consuming public does seem to like such content for free. The result of mainly service job types being available can be that if there are many people seeking work then the value of those jobs that remain goes down, giving low wages and leaving less for consumptive spending which means less products being sold, etc, etc. The result of an unwillingness to pay for content is less income to be made, leaving the same low wage problem and consequent lower consumptive spending. Yes, for some of those jobs advertising can take up a bit of slack, but when consumption goes down (which the entire world is facing right now) then it can't do the job of keeping people employed.
The employers here don't train properly because they're afraid that all that training expense will go to waste when their newly trained employees get head-hunted by the company next door who couldn't be arsed to train and instead let the other 'gimberts' do it.
It doesn't help that DWP is divorced from the Business Training and Skills department. By keeping those separate, there are a batch of people on the dole (like me) who want to re-train in relevant I.T. skills, but there's absolutely no will in DWP to even take notice of us.
But, I have to say that all these businesses complaining about Brexit actually happening is a bit ripe. If they'd respected the citizens of this country by not outsourcing all their jobs, and making sure they got paid at least a living wage, then perhaps we* wouldn't have voted to leave the E.U.
*I voted remain, so that 'we' doesn't technically include me.
You, Facebook, want me to put all of my business's internal conversations on one of your servers somewhere so you can snoop on private, and most likely confidential and sensitive, conversations?
I have a finger, it's the middle one, it likes swivellers...
...sounded more cumulus to me, and just about as solid ;-)
You summed up my thoughts in one word that I don't believe I've heard before - have an upvote :-)
The article came across as trying to sell their particular solution, rather than being a proper unbiased analysis of file synchronisation and collaboration services via cloud.
"As we build confidence with IT pros"
Maybe he should get out more and read what IT pros actually think about Microsoft because there's a huge assumption built into that statement.
I agree, wholeheartedly.
As for all the statements in the article, where the fuck do I start? Almost everything in them seems to be damage limitation and a serious attempt to try and pull the wool over the eyes of businesses everywhere. Just why the hell should any professional I.T. bod think that MS will ever be trustworthy for data security? They're no better than Google, Apple or Facebook in that regard, and if you 'buy' wholesale into Windows 10, they have your PCs by the balls. All they want to do is snoop the data so they can chuck crapware adverts all over their customers. And of course, avoid the Windows 7 retention issue, which looks like it might become the new XP.
Those figures appear to be within margins of error, so don't mean a whole lot really. The only thing I would take from them is that Windows 10 adoption appears to have stalled for the moment (probably due to the ending of the free upgrade and a few users now rolling back since the end of July).
As for bigger businesses having still yet to roll out Windows 10, that will depend on how much they can implement their own controls and be confident that MS aren't going to try and retro fit their forced updates onto the Enterprise edition. If I were a bigger business I.T. officer, I'd certainly be wary of Microsoft's retro fitting tendencies and for now I'd stick with Windows 7, or be looking at moving away from MS OSes to platform independent software that can run on anything (i.e., web based applications running from either private servers, or from a 'reliably secure private cloud'*).
*is there such a thing?
Just a me too post to add my congratulations to the team, well done.
Now, what's next? ;-)
That's how Skodafone did it anyways... removed line rental, bumped up the other prices.
I'm not sure if that's giving Skoda a bad name by comparing them to Vodafone, or giving Vodafone a bad name comparing them to a VW company...
Line rental of £16.99 disappears, but lo and behold, the cost of the broadband goes up £16.99 (or more)...
DEV: "I've got an idea! Let's allow users to plug their phones into a big screen like a desktop can, to allow them to do desktop like stuff!"
CORP: "Er, okay. But can we make sure they can't actually do desktop like stuff, because we don't want them to be able to hide our adverts and stuff?"
DEV: "Really? Okay, so how's about we let them plug the phone into the big screen, but only show one window?"
CORP: "Will it have adverts?"
DEV: "Er, it can do..."
Wasn't it Rachmaninov who had particularly big hands and composed some of his piano pieces taking that into account, meaning even some very 'gifted' piano players just can't play those pieces because their hands just aren't big enough?
It's possible that conditions such as Aspergers, which are fairly prevalent in the tech community as I understand it, could explain some of the 'geek' element. People with Autistic traits tend to find it easier to concentrate on highly focussed tasks at the expense of social distraction, meaning any subject which requires some degree of intense study to do well in (what subject doesn't?) may be easier for them to do. Socially adept people (that is, NTs) may find it harder to keep their focus on difficult subjects and hence find them less easy (but not impossible) to do well in.
There has to be a prize if someone can catch an MS-DOS screen of death, shirley?
And as for feature requests, how about BSODs being in the language of the computer OS regional settings?
It's pronounced Checkia, not Chechia. How do you pronounce the 'ch' in Czech Republic? How do you pronounce it in Czechoslovakia? Why would you now pronounce Czechia so differently?
All those upvoters must have left their brains in the pub. Still, that's one way of approaching the weekend...
You're right, in that in this instance the 'ch' should be pronounced 'ck', but most people, me included, when seeing 'chia' automatically think 'ch' and not 'ck'. So the Czech people will have to contend with the rest of the world pronouncing their country name wrong. At the moment, when I see 'Czech Republic' I think 'Check'. It would take a humungous education effort to get the rest of the world's population to get the pronunciation of 'Czechia' right, as in 'Checkia'. That or the spelling needs to be changed to the latter so the rest of the world gets it right from day one.
All this doesn't even begin to deal with 'Cz' being pronounced 'Ch' (though most people seem to know that one).
I thought one of the main complaints about the name is that Czechia sounds not unlike Chechnya, the disputed region in Russia...
Intel and Micron's vapour announcements are beginning to dissipate, and it looks like they were stretching the truth a 'little'.
Ultimately we'll know when product hits the streets properly, and in particular when XPoint Dimms debut with systems designed to take them. Of course, by then Nantero's carbon nanotube NRAM might manage to make the light of day and wipe the floor with it (again, if their vapour announcements are anything to go by). I do wonder if the Intel/Micron XPoint announcement last year was an attempt to get ahead of what Nantero were doing.
Ah, that's better. Silver Badge came though overnight.
I've just gone past 2000, and pretty sure I didn't get many upvotes on my only Anonymous Coward entry, so I'm not sure quite why the Silver Badge hasn't appeared...
I didn't notice this patch in the September updates for my Windows 7 partition. Is this update out of band?
I did notice that the update to check compatibility with Windows 10 was still there though, so that still got 'hidden'. Thank god we're past all that nagging, at least for now.
On the BBC News website, they're reporting that Which? have condemned Windows 10: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37431343
"...every single piece of fruit is checked..."
Aaaargh! Is this REALLY still a THING!? Don't they understand some of us just don't have these accounts? How can they prove we do, and we prove we don't? It's bloody ridiculous.
And, if you are someone really into social media, how many accounts are you going to have? Just how much space is going to be made available to list them all?
In my experience, government and public bodies find change very difficult to accept. They prefer to keep banging on doing something they already know how to do even if it's inefficient, rather than understand that their processes are wasting money and causing difficulties for those who have to use the services those public departments supposedly supply. Of course, some of that resistance is a realization that if savings can be made then those budgets will be cut and they'll lose the money that they're effectively using to feather their nests with.
I have to add that I've seen the same in the private sector, it's just that there anyone putting in too much resistance eventually loses their job.
Yep. Pretty much how I feel too.
If the industry wants me to adopt IPv6, then give me a translation router that: allows my v4 network to work internally, via static addresses if necessary; allows my website and email servers to be connected either via v4 or v6; allows me to prevent snooping backwards into my individual devices.
Otherwise, bugger off.
We're pretty much screwed anyway. Even if I try to take care where my personal information is held and that it isn't easy to get at, as long as someone else needs it and chooses to store it on Arsebook or Groogle, I can't stop a hacker getting it second-hand.
When it comes to authentication with banks, we are asked to give them information so 'they know who they are talking to', but they seem resolute not to let us as consumers have the same confidence in them. Where's the password or memorable information I can ask for the first, fifth and eighth character from that they have to remember so that I know they aren't some scammer?
IPv5 kind of already exists according to this page http://archive.oreilly.com/pub/post/what_ever_happened_to_ipv5.html
But yes, that bridging capability between the two systems is what is necessary. I don't see why an IPv4 internal network behind a NAT router couldn't use the router to give dedicated IPv6 numbers to specific IPv4 addresses behind - a pain from a DHCP point of view, but if each device has a fixed IPv4 address then it can be comfortably translated to a fixed IPv6 address. I expect, though, that there's some other shit going on with IPv6 that would be difficult to translate in the router (though I doubt it would be impossible).
effectively kill off hotspots for pretty much everyone unless an e-mail address is accepted as proof of identity and a voucher code system is used on the wifi hotspot
Either a voucher, or a deposit paid by credit/debit card which could then be refunded. Certainly it would mean securing wifi with individual user accounts of some kind. How many consumer routers (which I imagine are what most coffee shops and the like have) are set up with that kind of system?
I have pretty much every wireless component turned off bar the GSM until I actually need them.
But even then, I still use xprivacy as defence against apps (including Google's) accessing things they shouldn't. Xprivacy is better than Google's own access system as in theirs they seem to be letting their own apps through and not allowing the user to control them.
Oh, and I'm still on KitKat 4.4.4!
...please save me from Excel absurdity such as this. While it's 'fun' to see how far to push a program with in-built coding capability (I've done it myself in Access) it's such torture to try and keep these things going because some PHB (and sometimes not so pointy) decides they actually like it and want to keep using it!
As Mr. Scott once said (in Star Trek V, I believe): "The right tool for the right job". Excel is really pretty much only for data analysis. For everything else, there's 'proper' development tools.
I think it's probably true to say that in the case of internet access software (predominantly thinking browsers of course) then the controls shouldn't be in the browser but as close as possible to the connection to the internet itself. Then it wouldn't matter what software you used to access the internet. The error is that MS are trying to implement access restrictions in Edge.
Well, bearing in mind the period June-August 2016 (not 2017, as in the caption for the graph at time of reading!) includes the deadline day for free upgrade, I'm not surprised it's gone ahead. Let's see how the next six months pans out, shall we?
The BBC article on this mentions that some kind of 24 hour restriction could be put in place to stop repeat orders if the button is pressed additionally within the 24 hours.
I think this is neat in one way, but entirely wrong in execution. The idea of the button, fine, but it should send a note to a shopping list that you can check at the end of the day or week for things you need to buy, which can then be ordered online or sent to your mobile (or printed even) for when you go to the shops next. Ideally the item 'request' wouldn't be sent to a shared server shopping list but to a local one, but of course knowing all these cloudy companies that wouldn't happen.
Dear god, when will people realize that putting any kind of authentication or authorization details in the cloud is a REALLY STUPID IDEA!
This head office that is only 'on paper' - don't we mean 'in the cloud'?
Oh, and 13bn Euros, that's pocket change if the reports of Apple's cash reserves are anything to go by.
IMO HS2 should be put on hold, and there should be a proper plan to put FTTP to all premises in the UK, regardless of where they are.
In the not so distant future, much of the world of work will be knowledge based, and won't need (or even be cost effective) to do in central offices. So getting the whole country hooked up to good quality fibre is pretty much essential.
...I think I spotted a problem: at some point in the future Earth is going to crash into Spitzer! Where's my tin foil hat, I'm going to need it!
You do realise don't you that Facebook puts a lot of effort these days into tracking non-users as well as users?
You don't have to have an account for Facebook to have information on you.
With NoScript, Privacy Badger, Adblock Plus, and clearing cookies regularly (not just on exit), I think it will be harder for Farcebook to reliably track me.
Same here. The best way to avoid such an intrusion is not to open the door to the 'burglar'.
This is why I don't use Windows 10. Just how many things can go wrong with this OS? And MS think it's right to force this crap on users? It seems almost every day I get a feeling of deja vu all over again! I said it before, I'll say it till I'm a horse: forced updates are a fucking mistake and we should be allowed to keep them out, and telemetry is something we should be able to stop completely and verifiably.
Windows 7 + Linux Mint FTW.
Whether we like it or not, professionals in any industry need to be paid in order to have a home and eat food, so they can continue to produce. Advertising will only ever go 'so far', frequently not far enough when we also have to consider that we like our internet free of intrusive advertising. So some kind of payments back to the professionals have to be made. Or are we willing to just put up with the half-arsed results that all too often come about from the efforts of hobby coders volunteering their valuable free time away from serving people coffee and cakes for minimum wage for ten plus hours a day, seven days a week?
Seems to me that the only way to find out...is to go there ourselves. Enough with these namby-pamby robots, send real men, with really powerful power tools, and go dig up Mars! ;-)
I agree, in the sense they all look weak. The Firefox and Thunderbird logos still work as far as I'm concerned.
In the poll, on the first question we need a 'None of the Above' option, and on the second a 'because they'll all naff' option.
I've just come back and reloaded the page, and now the image for the airport signage is in place, so that appears to have been fixed.
As the images below show, some digital signage at the airport was running Windows XP
I'm not seeing any images from an airport...?
But that’s OK, because repeatedly failing is now supposed to be such a positive thing in tech startup culture that investors rate it more highly than success, profit or ROI.
I wish. If that were really true, I'd be a billionaire several times over! I've failed more times than I've had hot dinners.