648 posts • joined 15 Jul 2011
Time to start talking truthfully about these scammers
"Hundreds of millions", my ass.
They'll be lucky to ever see pennies on the dollar. El Reg should stop talking about this sham outfit as if it had any real assets. It's a pyramid scheme, plain as day, nothing more. And the party's over.
Agreed - I'm going to have to pull that comment down. Dangerous waters right now.
Clearly he meant to say "iPhone".
@CatptainHook - "This is a Trademark / Contract issue. If there weren't any restrictions associated with the use of the Trademark then you would be correct. As it is, you're an idiot."
Just watch - Dell will start installing IceWeasel instead.
"850,000 Bitcoins worth hundreds of millions of dollars"
I love how the press throws around numbers like this when there is a loss or a crime. For instance, every time a shipment of illegal drugs is seized by the police in America, the press quickly declares that the shipment "had a street value of $50 million dollars" or some such.
It should be noted that "hundreds of millions of dollars" would be maximum value under ideal conditions. Just like selling street drugs in America for $50 million would be "maximum value under ideal conditions". The fact is, those ideal conditions are unlikely ever to be met either in the case of a failed drug sale or a flopped bitcoin exchange. Buyers may not have been willing to part with maximum price for questionable coin from MtGox - so the "hundreds of millions" might be a totally bogus number in the first place.
Re: low cost?
@Mikel - "$1,199? So that's £1,199. You forgot the transatlantic markup and VAT. In Australia that's AUD7,250."
- and yet, somehow the profits will go to Ireland, and no corporate taxes will be paid.
Re: A question
@moiety - That's freaking hilarious! Nice work - no, please keep posting after the beers. As long as we know, we'll be able to laugh along with you.
I like the paid Wikipedia article idea though. I'll have to borrow that one for my blasts against Apple's press-release/articles.
Re: A question
@Anonymous Coward -
"Actually, I thought it was a dig at Wikipedia's upcoming "paid edits" policy..."
OK - I could see that. Not a bad bit of trolling after all then - a slight little more info would help the trolling process though. Like sticking Jimmy Wales' name at the bottom or something. Don't want to make your trolling so "insider" that no one even understands what they're being trolled about.
Re: A question
What does that even mean? That's just stupid.
Applying updates with no description of what the update is supposed to be doing. And with no idea if these are the final, official updates, or some kind of beta or internal rc release. And no idea if they have any impact on your drivers.
Windows users - got to love 'em. Clicking "install" with no idea what the consequences will be since the early '90's. This is what you call "job security" if you work in the PC repair field.
Re: State deodorant
Looks like the smog clearing chemical will probably be liquid nitrogen, something the Chinese have been testing for awhile:
Re: Some hope?
Maybe Apple can trade 5c's with Microsoft for a bunch of Surface RT tablets.
Re: no 32GB version
"We may as well get this out of the way now: as well as lacking a user replaceable battery the Moto X doesn’t have a memory card slot"
So - more Android landfill. How incredibly worthless.
For some reason...
...I'm completely bored with all the phone and mobile offerings these days.
iPhones & iPads - annoy me with all the idiot crap they won't do. Can't have my choice of keyboards? No Micro-SD after all these years? Just plain annoying.
Android - the apps all suck. iPhone apps too. I haven't seen a useful app except memory managers and ad-blockers for ages. Facebook? Twitter? WhatsApp? (I already have cheap unlimited texting, email, phone). Moronic games? Readers for crappy blogs I don't really want to read? Meh.
Seems like these devices have awesome specs, but there's no worthwhile content to use it on.
Re: "copying a 50GB folder of small files"
It was 5 million small text files. They all said "@BlueGreen asks dumb questions", oddly enough.
Re: History says otherwise
@cap'n - "Apple got a way back partly because Jobs had a clear picture of the niche they needed to target."
- and mostly because Jobs' buddy Bill Gates used MS money to give Apple a life-saving cash infusion.
History says otherwise
Apple thought they could sell computers at a premium while the rest of the world was in a race to rock-bottom prices for PCs, and Apple very nearly went out of business with that model. Commodity Wintel hardware destroyed their business model, and they were nearly dead by the late 90's.
I think they are facing a much greater loss than 0.5% of market share if they continue to focus solely on high-end, high-dollar smartphones, in the same way they lost massive market share to the PC market.
Your dastardly tricks won't work on me Cupertino
I refuse to let Quicktime or iTunes or Safari or "Bonjour" on any Win systems I administer.
What I don't understand..
...is why anyone would run production operations on a device built for teenage girls?
Re: This is funny
@GaryDMN - "I have been using a Mac since the 1980's and have never had a virus, been hacked or lost data and I have never spent a single cent on anti-virus software."
I was wondering how long it would take a fanboy to post the obligatory "I've never been hacked or whacked in 30+ years and don't believe in security measures on a Mac" post.
No - you weren't (that you know of) - but millions of Apple users have been, and some of the consequences have been pretty disastrous. And that number probably went up substantially over the weekend. Keep drinking your own Kool-Aid though, and telling all your friends and family that "they don't need to worry about security on a Mac". Hope it works out for you.
Why would a citation be needed?
Millions of Macbooks were wide open to exploit. What sheeple in their right minds wouldn't be worried sick?
Probably had to drink an extra tall caramel mocha frap to get over their jitters.
Re: I've gone one better
I grab all my family and friends' phones and add little Bobby Tables as a contact.
Facebook is about to have a big data-loss problem.
Re: Trotters independent traders
That's it, I'm buying a Wii U right away.
If all you trolls and commentards hate it, then it must be the best console ever.
Re: Send him to Texas
I heard he shot a bunch of kids and teenagers.
Odd sense of humor you've got there, little man. I didn't know it was open season on the political leanings of dead kids.
Send him to Texas
We know exactly what to do with folks like him.
Death Row at the Huntsville, Texas federal prison wouldn't include a Playstation 2 or 3. And definitely not a weekly monetary stipend.
But he would be "free" in a much shorter period of time than in Norway, in a manner of speaking. As per the latest Hobbit movie, his disgusting head would be soon freed from his worthless neck.
Trying it now
Seems a little zippier. Not bad. Definitely Chrome was needing a little more pep recently.
Got to respect the man's sense of humor
Some of his payloads came from "strict_daddy4u", "whoknew69", and "commonname69".
Of course, those are probably typical snapchat usernames now that I think about it...
The media misses the main point
For every Snowden handing documents to the press, there's probably 50-100 "contractors" who were downloading and selling the same stuff (or worse) to Iran, North Korea, Russia, etc...
The fact that it was this easy nearly guarantees that unscrupulous people with access would have decided to make a few bucks off the data.
Re: Spread the word
Go on Facebook and Twitter to protest snooping into personal online communications.
Is it too late to harness the power of MySpace too?
2-box configuration using Synergy and Portable-VirtualBox
I use a 2-box configuration (Windows i5 Haswell laptop, Debian running on the AMD 6-core tower). I have a 3-monitor arrangement (23" monitor for Debian, 23" monitor for Windows, and my laptop screen). I use a program called Synergy (instead of a KVM switch) that works on Linux, Mac and Windows to share my mouse and keyboard between the two systems:
I don't like using VM's - much better and smoother performance for me on bare metal without any configuration hassles. With this setup, I'm only having to use one keyboard and one mouse (which was one of my primary goals - separate keyboards and mice are a major hassle), and I've got access to everything.
When I travel with my Windows laptop and I need basic VM functionality for a Linux guest, I use Portable-VirtualBox and keep my Linux guest on a USB 3.0 external hard drive:
Portable-VirtualBox via USB 3.0 gives me adequate performance for a Linux guest compared to running a VirtualBox instance on an internal hard drive. I can run streaming video, some simple games, compile from source in a reasonable amount of time, etc. But it allows me to keep my Windows and Linux hard drives separate.
Already been done many times
It's called iDroid. It installed on a jailbroken iPhone. Don't think the project has been updated in a couple years though.
@Just a - "On another note 'The UK's 2e2 cloud service collapsed in February with users asked to pay up to $40,000 extra to get their data back.' - anyone have a link for that?"
Feb. 7, 2013
I had the original idea...
...for a small, handheld digital device that makes fart noises to embarrass your colleagues and to disrupt meetings.
Apple stole my idea with the iPhone. Think I'll sue for $10 billion.
The 2-iPhone craze
One thing I've noticed recently at meetings is that the iPhone users are pulling out 2 iPhones each and monkeying with them both throughout the meetings. I assume that one is a work iPhone and one is a personal iPhone.
I would imagine that this kind of 2-phone usage per person will massively increase the amount of data flowing on the networks.
@MrXavia - "The one thing I hate that Apple made popular is the soft-keyboard,
I really would love a flip cover for my phone that had a nice flip out keyboard built in, unfortunately the ones i've seen are so bulky it makes the phone too big!"
Agreed. I decided during the time I owned my Blackberry that I simply couldn't ever be terribly productive without a physical keyboard. My first experiences with an iPad and an Android tablet really confirmed that for me. My Android phone has a slide-out physical keyboard, and I almost never use the soft keyboard - much more productive for me.
My quality of life has improved
@Taylor 1 - "Modern life is very much possible without a smartphone. Never had one, and life is great. Everyone else I know has one, and their quality of life is worse."
My quality of life has been better since I got my first Blackberry. Why? Because I always wanted to un-tether myself from my desk for a few more hours a day/week, and get outside and walk and jog and enjoy the world, but still be able to respond to urgent emails and make a living. Also, I returned to school, and have used my smartphones to listen to lectures while I'm outdoors, and even submit short homework assignments - now I'm attaining a lifelong goal of getting a graduate degree.
Smartphones can be used to involve yourself MORE with the outside world - if you don't spend all your time playing with Twitter, Facebook, Angry Birds, and your multiple Fart apps.
Re: What a monumental waste of time and money
What - you don't get paid for your comments? The rest of us do. $100 for each upvote, isn't it?
Re: False sense of achievement maxed out...
Violent crime in America has been declining at an amazing, record-breaking pace since the widespread introduction of home console and PC video games.
You aren't wrong. But never forget - your "waste of time" could be some young man's escape from bloody neighborhood gang wars.
Re: I agree
Wow! Thank you for your 2c there Mr. Cameron. Errrr, Mr. "Jim Wilkinson". Glad you could come on this board and share your thoughts with the "little people".
Squeezing customers for cash
"So basically Lenovo are trying to win over more customers in its homeland and squeeze more cash out of them."
I'm glad that no American companies operate on this basis!
Otherwise, companies would be trying to aggressively force a bunch of silly product upgrades onto their user base - like 8 different generations of iPhone in 7 years.
Re: Keep on popping those NSA piggies
This is horrible - now the NSA knows that my political preference is "none of the above" and "kick the bums out of office".
Tor - for those rare times when you don't have any tinfoil to wrap around your head, but you urgently need to warn the Federation about an imminent Romulan invasion.
Why not take it to the Amazon App store?
Amazon gives me free App Store bucks to spend in their app store when I buy Kindle books and stuff, so the developer gets paid from Amazon if I spend my store bucks. But I don't see this game on Amazon's App Store. If he wanted to make money in the Android market, why not put his app somewhere like Amazon where the company pays him when people download his game? Take the customer's wallet out of the equation.
I think the iTunes store works the same way - you get some bonus bucks to spend on apps when you buy music and books and stuff (am I right? I haven't been to iTunes in ages). I can't find anywhere on the Android App Store where you get bonus bucks like this.
I looked at the game website - it looks like a fun game. But certainly not worth $5 bucks cash - lot of better options available for cheaper. It's a lot easier to justify if you are just spending your app store bonus bucks.
I would be interested to see what Google, Amazon, Facebook, et al are spending on chips for their cloud server armies. I'm thinking it wouldn't be insignificant compared to the consumer electronics companies, but I could be way off base. But I'm betting Intel and AMD are making a nice chunk of change off those cloud service companies.
Re: I'd like to see someone crack Chrome or Chrome OS the way I run them
@JDX - "Well done, you've metaphorically made yourself safe from athlete's foot by hobbling yourself."
I've hobbled myself by getting rid of ads and non-white-listed cookies and auto-play flash videos? You've got a weird definition of the term "hobbled".
Re: Roll up! Roll up! Step this way...
Holy Cow! That pinkie pie dude is freaking brilliant.
However, looks like my Chromebook would have been safe from all his attempts at pwnage. Two of them only worked against Chrome on a Windows machine, and his Chrome OS exploits were only partial exploits - he was able to point out some vulnerabilities, but he wasn't able to gain control of the system.
But there's no doubt - that dude is brilliant beyond belief.
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