136 posts • joined Friday 16th September 2011 16:00 GMT
Re: Title is too long
"Yes, because if I was planning to stop someone aquiring nuclear weapons the first thing I'd do is warn them I was coming and how I was planning to stop them."
You're right! If I was going to implement an Orwellian spying operation on everyone including my own population's electronic communications I'd never tell them about it. So Snowden must be a hallucination/imposter. Because security services never leak.
Re: To be fair cable cutters are cheap.
"Is it THAT hard to cut the internet from their facility's " critical " machinery ?"
Wasn't the innovative aspect of Stuxnet that it didn't hack centrifuges directly via the net, but was designed to make its way there via USB, boot sectors and other methods, since the centrifuges and the systems that controlled them weren't connected to the net? So there is no internet cable to cut.
Re: Oompa Loompa Dollars!
They aren't totally worthless if I can buy things with them. And I can.
I suspect the current price is a bubble - bitcoin price has been a series of bubbles.
But the system has real merit
- easy to send around the world without relying on third parties (like Paypal who won't deal with some users due to US sanctions, or just decide to put holds on accounts for arbitrary reasons)
- low transaction costs (free in many cases)
- finite - no mass printing by government inflating away your savings
I suspect therefore that over time (perhaps a few years) the price will stabilize somewhat and bitcoins will be ever more widely accepted
Re: Yes, HSBC Bank.................
"Gold is freely tradeable and has, besides jewellery and some industrial niche use, no inherent value."
Worth noting that the US made it illegal for private citizens to hold gold (since repealed)
They can try and take my Bitcoins from my cold dead hands.
Re: Regolism too far
I prefer "to ejaculate"
Probably why I get so little work done.
Re: And now the world waits...
I'm hearing lots of Mac fans in here today. Aren't they supposed to be in a queue somewhere?
Why the obsession with thin?
I don't get why these new products go to so much length to knock a millimetre off the thickness of the device. I'd rather pay less, or have more battery. A slightly thinner iPad in my bag isn't going to be noticed (I have mine in a sleeve anyway).
Its the same with laptops and phones. I have a nice Asus ultrabook... its pretty thin - I have no interest in having a thinner one. Then I have a Lumia 920, I love the wireless charging, but on the 925 they removed that to save a bit of weight and thickness. I don't see the point - I've never once thought "this phone is too heavy".
We seem to be getting to an age where innovation is largely about making something that is already amazingly thin even thinner, yet phones seem to be growing in other dimensions in any case for a larger screen, so whats the point of selling it to me on the basis of how thin it is?
These guys need to take a chill pill
If they can find somewhere new to buy them.
Re: @Destroy All Monsters
You said something against Israel, a state that is based on the racial supremacy of a particular race.
That means you're an anti Semite, a Nazi and probably a paedophile too.
Re: Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse..
"Ballmer is heavily invested in Metro/Win8, and he's such a major stockholder in Microsoft that he effectively is impossible to dethrone. "
Great day to make that post!
I wonder if their cable can help them read this story, because on the Daily Mail site its dead.
Fortunately its still in the wayback machine
Re: He was lucky :-(
Fortunately we have the Queen and her quite marvellous son, they are very concerned about the rights of us common folk, and would shoot down any draconian laws like this. Thank god for democracy eh?
WP8 already supports some of this.
Text or IM use the same sound, but you can separately specify sound for voicemail alert, and new email.
Nokia Lumia 920
I love my Lumia, but MS really needs to be rolling out updates more frequently. Some things are desperately needed
- VPN support (an absolute must for corporate use)
- notification centre
- ability to set speaker volume separate from ringer volume (why on earth wasn't that there out of the box)
On a relatively immature platform where you're playing catchup you've got to be rolling out feature updates as and when they are ready. I'd have expected a new OS release at least every 6 months, and minor releases every 2-3 months.
Re: Good looking on Radio
You missed out Alan Partridge! Once voted the second sexiest radio presenter in the whole of Norwich.
What was Eadon's blog running when it got hacked?
Surely not windows?
Re: Not really fixing any of the problems
"Linux solved that problem ages ago. When you log in you select the UI you prefer from a list of those installed on your system. If your UI of preference isn't on the list and you have admin access to your machine, you download and install the one you want. "
In fairness that is the case with windows 8... I didnt like Metro... One classic start menu download later and a little tinkering and I had a fully working desktop with a start menu.
My mum and dad both have Doro phones, which they like.
Unfortunately I still can't get ever get through to them because they always have their phones turned off... Only turning them on when they want to make a call. They just cant grasp that you can leave the phone on for hours or indeed days in case someone wants to ring you. So they need to have no Off button on this phone.
Wasnt Al Capone eventually jailed for tax evasion?
Isn't it conceivable that like Al Capone this guy has indulged in much criminality but this defacement is the only one at present where they have enough evidence for a conviction? Other charges may or may not follow as evidence is developed.
Re: Not what I was waiting for
The 920 doesn't have xenon flash... I think that was only on the new 928.
Personally I've got quite into the wireless charging of the 920... Seems a backwards step to remove that.
Does look beautiful though!
Saudi is a pretty brutal dictatorship, as is the UAE.
But you won't find obama or Cameron talking about that, because they are OUR brutal dictators.
Cameron and Obama are currently helping the Saudis impose their particular brand of "freedom" on Syria... One has to feel sorry for the Syrians... It's out of the frying pan and into the fire, and they won't have us to condemn on their behalf when it's the Saudis bugging the communications and beating the living daylights out of them.
Does Amazon get to listen to all my calls?
They'll have to fight it out with Rupert Murdoch's boys.
The problem is that the US can only regulate transactions that happen in the US.
And with bitcoin, the whole point is that the transactions are virtual, and anonymous. If users choose to make it this way, its not possible to know who is exchanging currency and where they are located.
So the Feds can legislate all they like, its not going to have much effect.
Bitcoin is being driven by the failure of state currencies - the issuers of fiat paper can never resist the temptation to finance their overspending by printing ever more currency, until its worthless. They are the biggest factor driving bitcoin.
"I'd say that open source is better for non-geeks. If you let non-geeks loose on the internet with an Windows box, then they will get hosed within 20 minutes. Linux systems do not have that problem"
Oh but they do.
Linux is complicated, especially for the not so tech savvy.
For example I've seen Linux boxes get compromised because someone was having permissions issues with a website so did CHMOD 777 and opened it all up.
Is Linux inherently less secure? No, certainly not. The problem is users. On the desktop Linux is much less likely to get compromised because
1) most users are tech savvy
2) there are many fewer users, less fruitful to write malware to attack them.
But on servers its a different story, Linux ones are more likely to get hacked. Again its not because Linux isn't secure - its the old story of
1) clueless user actions
2) old software that hasn't been updated.
Use this in the pub and it can be only a matter of time until we see the first "google glassing".
"When I was a kid my dad owned a chip shop, until he lost his business to a combination of recession and a bypass killing half his trade"
That sounds like it must have been the most dangerous stretch of road in the world.
"Maybe some enterprising group will start handing out distros at the tube, train stations etc. That would get people thinking"
I think most people with the skills to use those would probably be aware of Linux already.
I tried Red Hat years ago and was surprised at how easy it was to install - since then I've installed Mint and Ubuntu and both were easy to install.
I think the big reason most people don't use Linux on the desktop is because they are largely happy with Windows. They like the fact that they are running the de facto standard, because as others have posted it means they have no problem using the programs they want to use. Its the same reason Windows Phone is going to struggle to gain market share - its not to do with the quality of the product (which has received good reviews), ultimately most people will stick with what they know unless they have a very pressing reason to change.
I thought Windows 8 might provide that reason, but looks like MS might be fixing the problems with that in a future release.
My comment wasn't negative. Linux is great I'm glad it's there.
Eadon logic dictates that market share is all when it comes to windows phone. Applies different logic to desktop.
Facts are that Linux isn't breaking through on the desktop, and to me that is partly because of people like eadon.
Now when I pick up when kerb crawling in my hummer I'll know to leave the engine running.
Re: Isn't it odd...
"The reality is that the Market (when it has a choice) loves Apple, loves Android, likes Blackberry and... it loathes phones with Windows 7 or Windows 8 on them."
And on the desktop/laptop the market apparently loves Windows. Which doesn't automatically mean Windows is great, or does it?
I've had a Lumia 920 for a month or so now. I have some gripes but on the whole its a great phone - looks great, easy to use, fast and responsive, stable (no crashes yet). In fact my biggest gripe is the lack of some major apps on it (eg iPlayer). But that isn't really a criticism of the OS itself is it? The same criticism could be levelled at your beloved Linux on the desktop (and again would be unfair).
No doubt Eadon will have his own take on it.
Lumia handsets seem to be shifting fairly well. The question is can they keep up the momentum and continue to ramp up sales.
On trips to Boston it will be observed that recreation for a substantial number of the local residents includes attending bars that have overt support for people who planted bombs in British streets and pubs.
I'd like to think that if anything positive were to come from these bombings it would be that it might cause such behaviour to be frowned upon in Boston, but I doubt it.
Re: Eadon's late
He's probably still at his telnet port 80 prompt, constructing his post.
Re: Not paying for patents
"This is a classic example of how these mediaeval instruments work to stifle innovation - companies that are small simply can't fight the court cases while the big established companies just write a cheque rather than challenge the ludicrous claims (Microsoft invented something? Don't make me laugh)."
I was under the impression that Google was a sizeable company with money in the bank. It could afford to fight these claims, but it hasn't. You can't blame Microsoft for that.
Re: Azure announcement - they managed to get it back online
Curious that the man who saw his parents murdered by Microsoft would cheer Amazon's support of what is no doubt an excellent and therefore widely adopted Microsoft technology
I guess all the comments here illustrate why so few PC manufacturers want to touch Linux.
Those pointing their fingers at some black helicopter mind control conspiracy headed by Darth Ballmer need to look a bit closer to home. I doubt with all this flack and vitriol posted here that Dell will be planning another such product anytime soon.
Re: Every so often a market develops around something improbable
"Where is the intrinsic value in Bitcoin? There is none."
There isn't much intrinsic value in a small square of paper.
Wipe your ar5e with it, or spend it (if its a 100 dollar bill).
Its worth what other people will pay for it. So long as enough people consider Bitcoin a useful form of currency to trade, then it has value. It offers a number of advantages that nothing else does at present
- relative finite, like gold (and unlike pounds or dollars, which as we've seen central banks can print at will eroding your savings with inflation)
- anonymous, like cash
- easy to transfer through the internet (like paypal etc, but with out the requirement to have an account, or the risk of chargebacks, account closure, US sanctions etc)
I suspect therefore it will survive and prosper. Its boomed and crashed before but the concept and system is sound. The dotcom crash didn't spell the end of the internet or dotcom companies in general. Bitcoin's price rise has been as absurd as the dotcom share valuations, but to write it off based on that would be like writing off the internet in 2000.
@AC "I, however, felt she did far more good for this country than bad."
Let me guess - you're in America?
Controlling 50% of the bitcoin network processing power would require pretty phenomenal resources... It's actually rather a clever concept to create a digital currency with no single issuing authority, and rely on the network processing in this way. The big problem with bit coins is the fluctuating price at present. Perhaps as the value of the total issued bitcoins grows, it may stabilise, but with speculators rushing in, I'm not so sure.
Some rather dubious logic from the usual suspect here.
Windows phone assumed to be bad due to low sales figures compared to android. But windows installs dwarf Linux on desktop so new logic applied.
I have a lumia 920 and I really quite like it, though the concept of it being people-based is largely marketing bollocks... My experience is still based around apps... On the rare occasions I use Facebook I use a dedicated third party app.
+1 on the start menu.
There is no way I'm switching our two PCs and 3 laptops to Windows 8. Sort it out Ballmer else we're off to see what Mark Shuttlecock can do.
I lived in Pavonia Newport for a year and spent most of my drinking time in Hoboken... Cheaper beer and real people rather than the wannabes in NYC. And I had a 20 minute commute to work on the PATH train. Loved the place.
I expect to get swathes of downvotes from the fanboys but here goes.
The fact is that Windows Mobile was crap and bombed. But Windows Phone is actually rather good. Its innovative too, it hasn't just tried to provide a cheap Apple knock off.
Note: I'm not saying Android or iPhone is rubbish, so don't start a tantrum.
I've resisted having a smart phone for years (though had iPod Touch and iPad2), but liked the Lumia enough to take the plunge. I'm not disappointed with it. Few things they need to add, like VPN support in particular.
Microsoft aren't going to bin it, certainly not yet. They might not be shifting as many as Apple or Android (and perhaps never will) but they are shifting way more than they did with their older phone software.
As a developer I'd much rather them switch to a model of regular upgrades and cutting support for old versions than have the situation we do with XP where we're still having to ensure compatibility in our software for IE6&7. And despite the reg article, it looks pretty much like this is what is happening, with other sites already reporting on WP8.5 development.
Why do people get so uptight about their favoured OS that they want others to be denied choice? I really don't get it, its all a bit primary school, which reminds me - down vote away.
You aren't in favour of freedom. Many people choose windows. More than any other desktop OS. Don't you care about their freedom?
I think the posts here some up what is wrong with linux... "use this version of gnome", "use KDE", "use Crunchbang"
For techies that's fine but the average bloke in the street just wants to have something that works out of the box and is the same as what a sufficient number of others are running.
As these posts show, everyone is pulling in different directions... Until everyone moves together Linux won't break through the desk top. Windows 7 was great but windows 8 provided a golden opportunity with thousands of frustrated users... So they load up Ubuntu and find that has gone nuts too.
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