333 posts • joined Monday 25th July 2011 11:38 GMT
Re: I wan't Oricle to win
What's the difference, in real terms, between implementing and using an API?
To implement an API, you look at the API and create classes, methods and properties around it. When using an API? You, err, create classes, methods and properties around it.
The only difference is which 'side' of the interface that code works on.
Why would having it on the 'calling' side mean it is ok, but on the receiving side suddenly its a travesty and copyright theft?
I don't know a single person who has replaced their home PC/Laptop with only a tablet or smartphone. Not a single one.
I fear that lots of people in the IT industry misunderstand how "ordinary" people use their computers. A tablet or smartphone is fine for quick snippets of information, but people don't want to sit there and do anything more than 5 minutes of stuff on it in my experience (well, unless its playing a game or watching a show). After that point, they find themselves realising its easier and quicker to use a PC for it - even as a 'consumption' device. Which is why I provide just as much advice on which new PC to buy as I did 10 years ago, just that now I also advise on tablet devices and smartphones too.
This is based on my experience with around 2500 users over the last 2 years - none of which are what I'd call "IT people".
In fact, I've seen a form of technological regression with users - all the changes going on, all the new devices, new interfaces, new buttons etc... are scaring a not insignificant portion of users who had become comfortable with IT, so now require a lot more handholding than they did before.
They can pay like anyone else
Microsoft offer continued XP support - to those organisations willing to pay. So, if China wants extended support they can get their wallet out.
If they think it'll increase piracy by not extending it, then they should get their house in order and prosecute the pirates!
Sick of hearing that the PC is declining
Sales of new PCs may be declining but this in no way means there's a decline in their USE.
Computers are an expensive asset. Businesses buy them as rarely as possible, and as they last longer now, in terms of productivity, then they did 10 years ago businesses buy them less often.
A rise in sales of tablets is just co-incidental and as far as I can tell as separate as a rise in sales of smartphones. If tablets didn't exist, PC sales would still have slowed.
Re: Clasps cap to chest.
You're reading far too much into it if you think a drop in sales of new PCs will make the slightest bit of difference to Microsoft or Intel.
A drop in sales of x86 machines in traditional form factors won't affect Microsoft or Intel very much at all - Microsoft make most of their money from Volume licensing and services, not from individual PC sales. Intel are powering the data-centers that everyone connect to on their iPads, and not to mention their new generations of CPUs are making their way into tablets.
No, the 'Wintel' world will be with us for quite some time yet!
Judges are getting worse
I really hope HTC win this patent case and can then file suit against Nokia to reclaim their lost earnings.
What is this judge thinking? There is an ongoing appeal regarding the efficacy of the patent, so even the patent is in question.
If you look at it from a different angle - who is most at risk from harm should the wrong judgement be given for an injunction, the answer is HTC. If Nokia didn't get an injunction and their patent was upheld later, they could simply sue HTC for the money they owe. However, as HTC now has this ban during the busiest mobile device sales period of the year, their business is going to be severely damaged by the injunction. If the patent is thrown out in the future, HTC will then have even more leg work to do to try and reclaim their lost income - the value of which will be subject to lots of guesswork by both sides meaning HTC may not actually get their money back and Nokia still come out ahead.
The right judgement here would be to say no to an injunction, and wait for the outcome of the appeal.
Re: Another bullshit patent
You make one giant assumption there - that our judicial system contains anyone with any relevant qualifications. That's not how the system works. It works by both sides basically bombarding the judge with information and the judge then deciding which one gave the best argument.
So, what you're saying really is "people at Nokia obviously disagree and in this instance, the judge on the balance of evidence provided agrees".
In terms of market growth, Apple aren't doing well then. If a market doubles in size, and a company's sales only increase by 20% then they're failing to grow with the market. Their investors will not be happy.
Will be that they'll be standardising across WinPho, WinRT and TIFKAM (as that was kind of the point in the first place). So, they'd end up with 2 environments - Classic Windows and Boxville.
They also need to streamline management tools, with enterprise management being somewhat divorced from 'mobile device' management due to their insistence on using InTune.
The notion came from the facts. Reliability rates with OCZ SSDs are much lower than their industry competitors. Example, a comparison of return rates between April 2012 and Oct 2012 gives OCZ a 6.64% return rate, compared to 0.37% for Intel, 0.16% for Plextor and 0.05% for Samsung!
Those statistics whilst varying a little, are repeated during pretty much any period you'd care to look at.
Re: Meh… EULAs
You'd think good lawyers would do that, but the problem is the nature of the civil suit system. What happens is, someone gets a lawyer to lodge a suit, the company then ums and ahs about it, and before it gets to trial they settle. So, you never end up with a legal ruling.
Which means no-one ever gets any decent guidance on what would be legal or not in T&Cs.
All change in the 'old' education IT market then!
RM and Viglen are basically the remains of what used to be the education IT market 10 years ago. Sure, there were some other players, but those 2 dominated.
These companies changing so dramatically are evidence of what schools now do for IT. It used to be "go to a single manufacturer for everything" due to a lack of expertise. Now, schools have dedicated IT managers who have the time and inclination to get better value for schools.
That said, Viglen's PCs are actually a good value investment still, with their warranty service excellent too.
Don't know about the status in the UK, but you are right. The EU ruled that replacing firmware/OS does not void warranties (for consumers).
Re: Doesn't seem to be much different
@AC - The Human Rights Act codifies the right to free speech in the UK. So, yes, we do have a right to free speech in the UK.
Doesn't seem to be much different
In terms of defining defamation, it doesn't seem much different to before. Defamation has always been making a comment which causes damage to someone's reputation and the defense has always been it being true or you reasonably held the view to be true (eg. if you relayed the view after reading it in a well regarded newspaper etc...).
The key difference appears to be the regulations for website operators, and making it easier to track down whoever made defamatory comments.
At least in this case the law appears to balance the right of free speech somewhat well, compared to the us DMCA which uses a shoot first ask questions later approach.
Re: Something to remember
No idea. I did switch to it because of the UI and speed originally. The UI was significantly smaller than its competitors - less junk in the way of showing pages.
So, potentially, yes, some of the growth could well be down to the UI.
Some things to remember when looking at TCO:
Windows system admins are cheaper than Linux admins (at least, they are in this market). Setting up Asterisk is time consuming, and prone to errors due to the text based nature of the system (typos etc.) It requires someone who specifically knows Asterisk to do it - which is expensive, compared to 3CX which as a point and click system is easier to get up and running without specific knowledge. Many businesses have existing Windows expertise in place, so adding the new system will be slanted towards a Windows based solution.
We run an Asterisk system here, and it works flawlessly, but learning it in the first place was a heck of a lot tougher than learning how to install Windows and install 3CX.
Re: I'm sorry, but it can't be easier to configure than Asterisk
You're obviously not experienced in managing Windows Servers then.
I can deploy a Windows Server VM in a matter of minutes. Ready configured with central update management (we use SCCM, but WSUS is also available for free). Managing a Windows Server is not hard. It isn't 1999 any more.
By comparison to setting up Asterisk, Windows is a walk in the park.
However, I do run an Asterisk box here. Its been running happily for 5 years without issue for our 40ish extensions. But when I look at replacing it later this year, 3CX is a serious contender.
Something to remember
Firefox usage share has dropped whilst Chrome's has grown.
As with any product, be it free or not, this isn't a good thing. So, they need to improve it to compete properly. Things that most users notice are:
Things like plugin support now exist in pretty much all browsers in one form or another, so Firefox no longer has that as a USP.
As Firefox and Chrome are near identical when it comes to speed and compatibility, it really only has the UI to work with to gain more share.
Unless it can come up with a proper new USP of course.
Makes sense for big app developers
Software houses and the like will like this, as it means less need for porting teams etc...
Not so useful for little indie developers at those prices.
Re: localzuk localzuk localzuk Question.
Oh, and also, as of 1998, the Human Rights Act requires judges to read all laws against Human Rights to balance between the right to freedom of speech and the right to whatever the other law codifies. In this case, that Section 43 point 1 indicates that significant strength should be given to freedom of speech.
The judge wouldn't allow us to refer to Hansard to prove this.
Re: localzuk localzuk localzuk Question.
The Education Act (No2) 1996 Section 43, point 3 states that universities must maintain a code of conduct which ensures freedom of speech is protected for all meetings that fall outside 'teaching'. So, conferences etc... It doesn't include commercial room bookings.
The university I was in had this code of conduct, which is nearly identical to most other universities. The code of conduct states that all meetings must be notified to a registrar on the site. This registrar must determine whether the content of that meeting is controversial, or if any national figures were present. In our case, both were true, but the registrar didn't determine that they were (Lord Sainsbury was there...). After such a determination is made, the registrar was required to notify the students union of the meeting and allow them to organise representation. This was not done.
So, according to the code of conduct agreed by the management of the university, in order to comply with the university's duty to allow freedom of speech per section 43 point 1 of the Education Act (No2) 1996, the meeting was not authorised, and therefore the university did not follow the law. This means that the university preventing us from speaking was itself a violation of that point 1.
Exactly as was presented to the court, and was denied as the judge said such arguments were too complex for lower courts and we would have to appeal to a higher court.
The fact you mention 'civil trial' is indicative that you don't know what you're talking about - it was a criminal trial. Trespass requires removal of implied right of access. As students of the university, with no notices posted stating the room was closed to students, right of access was still there. You don't have an implied right of access to my house. Accessing it would be breaking and entering, civil trespass and if you were there to intimidate or disrupt my activity, aggravated trespass. Different situation entirely.
Considering we ran all our protest plans via a solicitor before engaging in anything, I'd say we knew what we were doing.
Re: Artificial scarcity
To the end user, they don't care whose fault it is. They just want their shows. The problem is the industry.
Yet services like Netflix *still* promote the concept of artificial scarcity.
Why do they remove shows from their listings? Why do they have different shows in different countries? Both questions shouldn't exist. If I log in to Netflix, I should be able to load up a show I watched last week!
Piracy will continue until pay for services stop playing games with their content and customers.
Re: localzuk localzuk Question.
Judges in the UK have to register their interests - ie. their financial income sources and investments etc... We *did* complain. It was determined, by the judge, that he could be impartial - in both the original trial and the appeal. Who do you appeal to at a trial? The judge. The only thing you can end up doing is going through the trial and if they refuse to back out due to conflict of interest then you can try and appeal after the trial is finished.
As I said before, after a trial and an appeal, we decided simply not to play the game any more.
Stop assuming things. We *know* we didn't break the law. I'll explain the case to you, as you seem to be unable to accept that the legal system is flawed.
We were students at a university. A department of the university organised a conference at the university. The conference featured content which was controversial (discussing the privatisation of phd research funding, removing the funding board and funding directly from private investors), and also featured national figures (a government minister). The education act specifies that any meeting that is organised on university premises by a university must notify the students union if it has either controversial topics or national figures so that the union can arrange to have representation at the event. If they do not, the meeting is determined to be illegal. This is a fact. As universities are publicly funded, they have to follow the rules.
The university in question did not engage with the student union. So, we held a protest at the event. As the event was technically illegal, holding such a protest (entering the lecture theater with a banner, and making a statement) is not illegal.
However, all arguments regarding the education act were, as stated earlier, ignored as the court refused to admit that level of legal argument.
At the end of the case, the prosecutor came over to us and apologised! Saying he didn't agree with the case, but was doing his job! Our solicitor and barrister worked hard throughout the case, but they were very clear from the beginning, the chance of winning a politically motivated trial is low - as the government will put everything they have into it.
We had supporters hand back their phds to the university, a petition of thousands of academics etc... who all supported our case. Our activities were supported by the student union. So, as I said, stop making assumptions.
Oh, and just to make sure its clear - our group was an animal rights group. At the event were representatives from the UKs biggest animal testers, environment damagers, tax avoiders etc...
Let's generalise this a bit
Rather than focusing on copyright infringement, how about teaching about law from a relatively early age? You know, the basics of what laws exist in our individual states/countries etc...? As it stands, hardly anyone actually knows the laws where they live. They know a tiny snippet of it, spread by gossip most of the time.
Pushing boundaries, but only in a limited way
Increasing speed is important and is forcing its competitors to work harder to do the same. However, Virgin are forgetting a key aspect of where it fails as a business - coverage. Virgin have 48% coverage.
How about they start expanding a little? Take on some new areas? Oh right, they can't, as doing so is *so* expensive that every business that tries it ends up going bust, and ends up being bought out...
Re: localzuk Question.
@Matt - it was a criminal trial, not a civil case. Our arguments were legally complex, to the extent the magistrates court didn't have the usual panel of judges, just a district judge as it was determined it would be above their level of expertise. The Crown court had a single district judge also. At our appeal, when our comments regarding the education act were presented as a defense, the judge stated that they would not be considered as "they were too high level law for that level of court, and would only be possible to present them in the High Court". Meaning, our defense was mostly ignored.
Not to mention, during the case nearly every witness lied on the stand. Even the police. One of the police officers was called out on it by the judge, as his statement was unrealistic. But there is very little you can do about it. Our mail from our solicitors was opened before it arrived at our homes... Oh, and the judges in each court were shareholders in the businesses in question, keen hunters also, yet they could sit on an animal rights case etc...
Our activities weren't illegal if you pay attention to the law properly. We didn't appeal further as it wasn't worth wasting yet another year of our lives over the matter - our protest worked anyway, which was the main point.
So, don't make assumptions...
You'll want to double check your definition of the first amendment - photography and artistry have long been determined to be covered by first amendment rights - there is decades of case law supporting that assertion.
The rest of your blurb relies on definitions that simply aren't in the laws they're working with here.
The issue is entirely a legal one. Morally, this behaviour is wrong. But the law doesn't work by moral judgements, it works by interpreting legal documents. As it stands, the interpretation by the perv here appears to be the legally correct one.
Re: Expectation of privacy?
But what if someone else doesn't want someone to take a picture of something else which with a little 'angling' is visible? But not related to underwear. In public of course.
This is why the court case is needed, to determine these things. The law is somewhat ambiguous on this, and as such a judge needs to clear it up. And as it stands, my reading of the law agrees with the pervert's.
It was political, related to animal rights right in the middle of the crackdown on animal rights protest. Our court case was an example of how much effort they put in - at Crown Court, we had a solicitor and barrister. They had a barrister, several solicitors and an army of people surrounding them, with a mountain of paperwork that was wheeled in on the equivalent of a sack truck. All our paperwork fit in a thick envelope...
Re: Expectation of privacy?
Bear in mind, I am referring to agreeing to his interpretation of the law, not agreeing with the activity. The law needs to protect people, so if his interpretation is correct, the law needs to change.
The thing about angling the camera is full of issues though.
What if its a skirt and they're stood on a raised platform, or on a floor above and you can see? Or what if its a boob shot and you're above them? You start to generate some very odd cases when you start getting that specific. The law is meant to be clear, and 'what the person intended to be visible' is very difficult to enforce in a public setting.
Why the downvote? I am talking from experience here, after having my house 'raided' and computer gear removed for a crime I was suspected of. They found no evidence of that crime, as I had simply not been anywhere near the place and there was evidence I hadn't been. However, they did find videos of some protests I'd been involved in, which they managed to wangle into a charge for aggravated trespass, and prosecuted my friends and I for.
All completely legal for them to do so.
Re: Copying from the BBC
You're being downvoted because you're wrong.
The MI title came from back during WW1, when the different intelligence agencies were divisions of the Directorate of Military Intelligence. MI6 was the liaison between SiS and the Foreign Office. Whereas MI5 was counter-intelligence and MI4 were cartographers.
So, while SiS is the official name of the agency, they are still referred to as MI6. They even have MI6 in their logo.
Expectation of privacy?
Is there an expectation of privacy if you're in public?
I'm inclined to agree with the pervert here. He wasn't being covert, using a phone to take the shots. He wasn't going out of his way to get pictures of nudity, he was taking photos of things that were visible should anyone care to look.
Re: "Talking to the nice policemen"
Indeed, a no comment interview is in your best interests. The police are there to get evidence of crime, not to determine if you're innocent. You cannot be coerced into talking. It cannot be implied from your silence that you are guilty, that's not how the legal system works.
Yup. Any evidence of crime gained during an investigation, being done legally, is usable. So, if there is no evidence of the original crime, but they find evidence of another crime, you will end up re-arrested for those extra crimes.
Re: Possible correction
The terminology is somewhat odd.
You're already under arrest at this point, but you've not been charged. You can be further arrested though, for further suspected offences. However, the police don't determine whether you should be charged, the CPS do. The police will determine whether you should be held for longer for more investigation.
The CPS will determine if you should be charged, but only towards the end of the process. If you're charged, the police can bail you with conditions, or they can apply to a magistrate for you to be remanded into custody until trial.
Only one word for this behaviour...
Re: We don't hate iPads...
So very true about realising they can't do what they want with them.
We rolled out about a dozen iPads here to department heads. So far, I've had 2 given back because they couldn't think of a reason to use them when they have i5 laptops as well.
I know 2 of them are used entirely for playing games.
In reality, I know of only 1 which is used well - by a musician. The head uses his quite well, but it is used in no different a way to a laptop - he plays powerpoints via it, and checks his email. I've seen him attempt to do some audio recording (trying to have 2 tracks) and editing and it took him hours, compared to using Audacity on his PC.
So, as yet, I still fail to see a use for iPads in business when a Ultrabook or normal laptop can do more and is a better investment, longevity-wise.
Re: IT Managers (in a windows world) dream of
It does make me laugh, how angry some users get when control is taken away from them. We have just migrated to Windows 7 and as part of the migration, I removed many of the permissions our staff had. With XP, they had local admin rights and strict instructions to not install software unless agreed by us. They ignored it, and caused massive problems network wide. Removing the rights and changing the culture would have been impossible without a major reason to do so.
So, I used the migration to Windows 7 as that reason. I introduced SCCM, locked things down and now? We have had a 90% drop in user created problems. Sure, our "we need X package" requests have increased, but packaging up and putting into SCCM for self-service installation is a very quick process usually.
Staff have complained about not being able to install all the dodgy software they used to, but overall they can do their jobs more reliably than before.
That is why we lock things down. Not to be controlling and annoying, but to further the purpose of the IT equipment beyond being a toy for staff and into being productive, and ultimately the purpose of the business.
Re: Tablets in schools? Not for long.
We have some thin clients here (about 80 or so) but they are not capable enough to handle the demands we place upon them for all subjects. No video editing for one. They're better now than they were (now that Flash runs on them well enough, without needing expensive Citrix XenApp), but they still can't handle anything properly multimedia.
So, unless your school is huge and has the ability to focus ICT suites per department, thin clients often cannot do what the school needs. Just like tablets.
As someone who works in school ICT, and has done for nearly a decade, I can safely say that whilst there are some schools jumping on Apple gear, it is not the norm - most schools simply can't justify or afford it.
I don't know of a single school which has made that change that isn't having major issues, especially if they've gone down the 1 ipad per child route. One school that did it had something like a 40% first year failure rate!
Schools are supposed to teach transferable skills. Limiting children to a single device or OS is a bad thing, whatever the system may be.
Agree with him
Still think Microsoft would be a better company if it was split into different companies. A consumer company and a business company.
Windows and Office would stay 'Business'. but would sell the underlying OS to the consumer division for them to build their consumer systems.
That way, they could stop ruining the enterprise products!
So, he says that the shares are undervalued, so he wants Apple to spend its cash reserves to increase the value of them, as he also thinks the lower than should be value is an anomaly and that the price will increase by itself anyway.
Why would Apple do that? If the value is going to go up anyway, why bother wasting the money on buying them back?
Why not use the money to actually increase value - investing in other companies, creating new products through R&D etc...? The things a technology company should do in the first place, and which will increase share price properly, rather than fiddling around with the balance sheet.
Is he related to a certain Iraqi?
Any relation to Comic Ali? There's no tanks here...
The Black disks are aimed at enthusiasts and similar. So, there's definitely a market for them in terms of speed vs capacity.
How many enthusiasts could afford a 4TB SSD?
Re: Forward Compatibility
It happens, through poor planning and poor programming.
Using things like depreciated API calls, even though they are documented as being removed "in a future version" or similar.
Re: Variety is the spice of life
Indeed. Using an array of technologies which are battle hardened, and excel in their own areas for their best capabilities seems like a great idea to me.
Rather than one monolithic system managed by super expensive consultants, and with only proprietary interfaces to integrate with, as is the norm for gov IT projects.
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