238 posts • joined Monday 25th July 2011 11:38 GMT
Re: Selection guides?
Why would they do that though? The company aims its processors at OEMs, not end users. The site provides specs and the like for those who want or need to know about it, but 99% of their end users neither care nor know what anything they say on the site means - all they know is what the salesperson or website they bought their PC/Laptop/Tablet from told them.
They don't do direct sales. They don't care about what motherboards are a good match - that's the job of the motherboard makers, and realistically, the OEMs who use them.
There are no background checks if you buy from a gun show. There are places where background checks are weak. Don't take your personal experience to be gospel as to how it is done country-wide.
@AC - The damage from this course is purely economical. The potential from NOT doing anything is more serious - it is physical.
I only have a rudimentary understanding of plate techtonics and glacial movement, and even I know that the surface of the planet moves up and down as the plates shift.
Sure, its not like we wake up daily and find the beach is now a mountain, but over billions of years, things change.
Very odd that scientists have supposedly ignored this.
However! Is this guy saying that in a mere 3 million years, the surface has moved by 35m? Really? Seems a lot in that short a time frame.
The product makes no sense
Adobe do not have expertise in Cloud technologies.
What would have made more sense is integration into existing Cloud hosting services such as Dropbox, Skydrive and the like. That way the users can use the services they already use at the click of a button, and Adobe would not have ongoing costs having to maintain their own infrastructure as an entrant to the market.
Gotta love armchair commenters
Who have no idea about what a long term trend is.
Saying the last 20 years haven't shown an increase is meaningless. It doesn't discount the much longer trend.
Its about as clever as people saying "It snowed! See, no global warming".
Re: More like global cooling...
Frank has gotta be trolling. Trying to disprove global warming by localised weather patterns...
Re: No thanks
What a convenient life you must lead...
Re: If your account is hacked...
Not strictly right AC - as you mention Data Protection laws, I'm gonna guess you're in the UK. If so, linking something like this or Paypal to your bank account in the UK is done via a direct debit. This means you're covered by the direct debit guarantee, so you are able to go to your bank and demand the direct debit is cancelled and the erroneous transaction reversed under that guarantee.
Protections for mistakes come in many different guises.
Re: Seriously, PHP?
What happened to "the customer is always right"?
Your customers want to use PHP? You support PHP. You may think of it as the VB of the net but it does what everyone wants quickly and easily.
Perfect for startups trying to get their software online but don't want to have to splash out for expensive hosting which may sit unused and burning electricity for months before it starts getting used by their software and customers.
People knock PHP a lot, but I fear that is often simply down to arrogance. PHP allows a lot of people to rapidly get software written and published. Sure, Python is a nice language, but there are more PHP developers out there than Python.
Good job Google.
As I see it
The problem that exists amongst all these companies is one of being stuck thinking and operating using old ideas. Locking your customers in is an old idea. The idea that to make any money, you must control everything. Apple has managed to successfully make a few bucks doing that, but their fortunes will change as time goes on.
Microsoft, as an example, gives lip service to things like interoperability but they then do things like the Microsoft Store and trying to force customers to do things their way. In the past they have only opened up when forced to by court cases!
They all need to stop acting like pre-war US America - protectionist. Be more open and customers will appreciate it.
The entire report is questionable
As it is based on their own ideas as to what 'sector' a company falls within. So, basically it comes down to lies, damned lies and statistics.
If Samsung was a US company, which sector would they put that in?
Is Amazon an IT company? Or a retail sales company?
Re: 51st state
They're not protecting anything by trying to tax themselves out of the hole they're in. They're just damaging it further. I can't name any French movies of the last decade other than Les Miserables but wait, that's a British movie... The last actual movie I remember of theirs was Amelie, and that was a French/German movie.
How about pop music? Nothing comes to mind recently.
They need to promote export, not internal taxation.
Not gonna happen
A huge number of businesses will never move to a public cloud. They simply can't do it due to their legal responsibilities towards the data they have on their servers.
Comparing to utilities is all well and good, but all you do as a customer of the power company is pay them for power. That's it. With a public cloud, you pay for the service, and then export all your most valuable data to an external location... So, you're giving the company the keys to your Ferrari when you do so.
Yes, running your own data center is expensive, but it has massive advantages over giving some faceless company your dirty laundry...
As far as I'm concerned, the phone should have a few basic features - ability to call, ability to receive calls, a phone book, caller ID display, and some indicators for key line status.
That's about it. Everything else is cruft.
Which is why we used simple phones here when we deployed Asterisk+FreePBX 6 years ago. Been running Grandstream GXP-2000s. Yes, they have an issue with gain being linked for mic and volume, but they work fine other than that.
When we're due for a replacement in a couple of years, we'll probably look at Grandstream again.
Re: Good Bye Yellow Brick Road
Sorry, what? You had issues signing up for a gmail account? Seriously? You click 'Create Account' stick your name and details in, and click Next. Not exactly hard!
Why would you pay for it?
Openreach should not be part of the BT group
BT Group can simply make their other divisions make no profit and cover it using Openreach's profits.
Split the company up properly, and not just using a rule book and it might change the face of internet in the UK.
Re: Nice to see
Realistically, there is nothing legally that the French government can do about it. It is bluster from the government really - private companies are legally allowed to be bought and sold as their owners wish, and if a government tries to step in, they have a limited scope with which to object such as it damaging competition, or for national security. Otherwise the WTO can get involved...
Re: Automatic tills?
Ok, from the mixed responses it does seem that we have a number of people who are unable to think the process through properly.
How can an automated till confirm what you've scanned is what you say you've put in the bag? Cheapest way is to go be weight. So, that explains the whole "using your own bag always flags up an issue" thing - if the bag you're using is heavy, then the till needs confirmation that you're not secretly hiding things in there to get around having to scan them. Think about it logically and it makes sense. Maybe that's too much to ask though.
I've never once had an issue with an automated till. You just do what it tells you! But people also seem to dislike doing that too - in all walks of life. Send out an email to staff telling them how to do something. If it has more than 1 step, cue the influx of people who say its too difficult.
Re: Dangerous thinking ..
I don't know that that is completely true. If the servers were operated by a foreign subsidiary - like is done for tax purposes, then that subsidiary wouldn't fall under the US's jurisdiction I don't think? Not to mention, if the US request would breach local laws, the company could be in serious trouble for complying.
Eg. EU data protection laws as compared to this.
Disability benefits ARE NOT JOBLESS BENEFITS.
How hard is that to understand. One keeps people alive who can't work, the other keeps people going who can't find a job.
Only just signed up last month
And had this text telling me it was going up already, but as I'm new it'd be credited for 6 months...
It'd be funny if I could leave the contract already.
Re: How does this work?
This seems to happen all the time in these patent litigation cases. No-one seems to do any prior art research, and then the industry has to pick up the pieces by defending themselves in court - which if you're a dinky little company vs big old BT, you've got no chance.
So, basically, these sort of cases simply exist because people can't afford to prove that they're trolling.
There's a huge difference between oversight and interference.
Not to mention, duplication is how science works - experiments are repeated to confirm outcomes. They're repeated with slight modifications to see if that changes results. Duplication is key to science.
What is the relevance of automated tills in supermarkets?
They do their jobs perfectly from what I can tell - walk up, scan your item, stick it on the output area, repeat until finished, tap pay, choose method and then insert cash or card. Done.
What else would she think a woman would do to them?
The drive for equality is a good thing (so long as equality is actually the goal) - but sometimes, people are getting lost on the way. Highlighting things like the above make the speaker here seem like a bit of an idiot IMO.
EE keep texting me saying I could move to 4G
But I don't like in an area covered by 4G, and its not likely to be covered for a long while, as its very rural.
So, they're not even advertising it sensibly either!
Seriously? Have you seen the prices they charge for their data? I have a HTC One with unlimited data, unlimited texts, unlimited T-mobile calls, and 2000 non-network minutes for £21. If I were to use, say, 5GB data, this would cost me £51 under EE... 10%, yeah right.
Always on = future switch-off
No company will keep their always on servers on forever. Like with EA, they turn off their online gaming servers as little as a year after release. If a company like Microsoft were to release an always on console, that means they have set a timescale for their server farm to support it. In 5 years, when they come out with the Xbox 1440, they decide 'lets turn off the old servers'... So suddenly all those loyal customers have a single choice - buy their new console to continue playing.
Well, or stop using Xbox.
This is the reason I didn't buy SimCity. Not the bugs or the downtime. Not the high as hell price. No, the fact that at any moment, EA can decide 'you've had enough entertainment for your £40, buy SimCity 7'...
Cost vs advantages
Pretty sure every IT department could offer near 100% uptime, with worldwide availability on a multitude of devices if they had enough staff and funding.
However, most don't. So, instead, they have to balance the perceived advantages of 24/7 access on consumer devices against their limited budgets. The reason Facebook can be always online? They have millions of servers and thousands of staff constantly adjusting, tweaking, upgrading, replacing and improving their systems. Most businesses question why you need a new server let alone a new data centre.
The consumerisation of business IT has made business IT professionals look slow or restrictive but they have a good reason to be - security. That iPad having access to all your financial details is a security risk. It might be fine for a consumer to have that, but a Fortune 500 company? Hmm...
Correlation != Causation
A 3 year old Core 2 Duo is a good machine. The processor is highly capable, the RAM is fast enough etc... Businesses won't be replacing them with Core i* processor machines because there is no benefit to it.
Even a 5 year old C2D machine is perfectly fine for most business work. Why replace things that work perfectly well?
Tablets are *additional* devices. No normal office worker can or will switch their entire computer requirements from a desktop or laptop PC to a tablet. It just isn't practical.
Considering the 2690 is around 40% faster than its nearest Opteron, I'd say not as fast... Not a fanboy, gotta love a good AMD chip, but lately they just haven't kept up in the performance ranks.
Everyone is obsessed with SD cards and batteries.
I've now had smartphones for about 6 years. I used to subscribe to the 'no expansion, no purchase' mindset but I don't now. I just haven't had any need to do either! Swapping internal batteries are a pain whatever the case, as you have to turn off and on. An external battery for £20, can charge my phone in about an hour, and I can do that 3 times between charges of the external battery.
SD cards? I've got an 8GB card in this phone at the moment. I've never once filled it. I have many hours of music, hundreds of photos, apps, videos etc... Yet I still don't fill it. Why? Because I clear it out and archive my stuff. Just like I would with my camera.
I for one will be getting one of these to replace my Desire HD.
Every time they do this, it makes me fear cloudifying anything at work.
Losing that control and then being completely at the whim of a company that flits from project to project doesn't seem good.
Microsoft are pretty much as bad too.
I think I'll continue to keep things in house!
Caps are irrelevant to me...
If I get more than 1Mbps on my phone here, I'll be amazed.
However, these caps are interestingly timed... Just right to advise people to move to a 4G plan perchance?
Seems to have lost his way
So, what he's effectively saying is - you lot who helped build this distro up to its success now, we don't want your ideas any more, we've decided what we're doing and that's that.
You know what other companies that do such things end up doing? Failing miserably. Even Apple. Sure, people bought into the Apple coolaid for a while, but now? People are starting to drift away, as they don't see reasons to stay with them.
Ubuntu could be a great OS. If Canonical stop acting like dictators, listen to their community and adjust course accordingly. Stop trying to unify everything. Interfaces can be different between form factors. People are capable of learning the differences. There is no way on earth someone would want to use a piece of desktop software on a touchscreen, so why would they want to use a touchscreen program on a desktop etc...?
Why not listen to you community? The people who have actually got you to where you are, rather than deriding them as poisonous? Such comments drive people away... For example, I no longer use Ubuntu as it just doesn't suit for any of my use cases or recommendations to people any more.
Re: All evidence is presented
So in this normal procedure, he is forced to be out of his home, away from his family, in a foreign country? Potentially remanded in custody without ever having seen the evidence.
If the extradition request is going to hold ground, it should be able to be scrutinised by the accused else it is a bit of a folly. How can a judge make the decision that there is likely a conviction if the defendant can't counter claim in the first place - pointing out any inaccuracies or frauds in the evidence for example...
Re: Ha ha ha. Ho ho ho.
Porting is important for a system that Canonical will attempt to get people to install themselves, as well as getting OEMs to ship it. It will be useful to the latter too, as a lot of the work that the OEMs and Canonical would need to do may well already be either done or well on its way.
First rule of building - get a stable foundation before building a roof.
Re: It's a Developer Preview
Sorry, what asdf? You're saying "they're late, so what's the point?" effectively. If everyone had that attitude, no companies would ever enter a market if it had others there. Microsoft were late to the console market.
You're still letting a dev preview influence your view of the project beyond getting an idea of what it is - a platform for developers to work on.
To many, the idea of having a single device which will work as a PC as well as a phone, just plugging it in to a dock to switch, is a great idea and we look upon it eagerly.
And then you're annoyed that they've partnered up with Amazon. Sure, they are cheap when it comes to their taxes around the world, but they also are one of the most successful companies in history, with a majorly successful server back-end also. If you were looking for a partner, you'd be pretty damn thrilled by being partnered with them.
Re: High Hopes
@MyBackDoor - oh my, what a short memory you have. Remember back to the Linux world before Ubuntu. There was no Android. The idea of a user friendly experience was somewhat scoffed at by Linux devs - people should just edit the config files, its easy - was a common refrain. Remember things like wireless cards? How often was it people had to use ndiswrapper to get them to work? Ubuntu brought around the idea of "lets make things just work". Sure, the project itself didn't do all these things, but their drive to make their OS stable and useable encouraged other products to improve too. X11 is amazing now compared to what it used to be, for example.
Debian, before Ubuntu? Great. Nearly unusable for the average computer user. Redhat/CentOS/Fedora? All entirely aimed at business users.
So, Ubuntu, even though it has become somewhat odd in its 'maturity', has done a hell of a lot for the Linux community.
Stick with vanilla Debian? Great. Go get your gran to use it. She'll have problems as soon as she tries to use BBC iPlayer. Or play a DVD.
So, no, don't 'stick with vanilla Debian', use whatever distro suits your computer use and your way of doing things.
Re: good riddance to an early 'hacking tool'?
"Someone forgot to unbunch her panties this morning...
It's simply obsolete, and was hardly used anymore, so it's being killed off. No Black Hats needed."
Huh? There are about 300 million active users on it! How is that 'hardly used any more'?
MSN is far superior to Skype for IM. It has far more collaboration tools for example.
Re: Mint is great but ...
I don't know why, but I've got past the whole "bleeding edge" obsession. I don't feel a need to upgrade my OS to the latest version as soon as it comes out. When I was using Ubuntu, I stuck to LTS editions, for example.
I want to use my computer, not to have to constantly be setting it up or updating it. So, having to do a full reinstall every couple of years is not a problem to me. I'm more likely to be replacing the computer anyway!
What we receive on our television sets is "broadcast TV", what we see via the internet is "internet TV" and what we interact with would be "interactive TV". So, "Video" and "Vision" both seem somewhat wrong, but TV works.
Same for radio.
Seems sensible to have quick lookup
The fact they're using tablets and phones is somewhat irrelevant. The technology to do this has existed for quite some time - US cop cars have had uplinked consoles to find out information for quite some time. UK cop cars have ANPR scanners built into them (well, some of them). Some forces have been using mobile finger printing PDAs for about 8 years.
No, the key is that access to data, and the ability to report data back quickly. Its all well and good being able to talk down a radio, but that means you need someone on the other end to be relaying information back and forth - like a really slow network switch.
There are some concerns with them using 'consumer' tech though - iPhones are easy to steal and relatively insecure. As are iPads. Wonder how they'll overcome these issues.
Re: Oracle are a laughing stock
Not to mention, if this case succeeded, then basically every emulation package in the world would become illegal.
Oracle are a laughing stock
Their idea is like saying that you can copyright a normal door. It hangs on a couple of hinges, has a handle or a knob, and may have a key.
Ridiculous to say the least.
Re: One problem hopefully solved
Excessive drive to reduce energy consumption?? What? Reducing energy consumption is something we should all be wanting to do every day - as it then costs us less. Regardless of the environmental arguments.
How can a drive to reduce consumption be excessive?
The death of optical, like desktop PCs is being talked about prematurely
Optical drives aren't going anywhere. Every PC this school has bought in the last 10 years has had an optical drive. Every PC this school will buy for the foreseeable future will have optical drives. Nearly all educational software is still provided on a disc of some form. I think I found a single manufacturer who now offers a digital download option recently.
Ultrabooks are fine, but they're expensive, and things like Chromebooks are great but are severely limited.
So, the one which families still get? A laptop or a desktop PC. Which has an optical drive in it, to play their DVDs that they've all been buying for the last decade or so.
Re: UK Govt IT Policy and SMEs
In the UK, a 2000 employee business is Enterprise. Its definitely not SME. Sure, its not 'IBM' in size, but it isn't a little company like IDNS or CSE.
SME only goes up to about 250 employees in the minds of EU govts.
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