213 posts • joined 25 Sep 2011
I wish there was an interactive route planner, location to location, using X data, Y calls.
One of my problems with mobile phone service providers is guessing what coverage will be like in the UK while at the same time avoiding punitive tariffs while overseas.
I know the phone companies have “send us your phone bill and we'll calculate the saving” but they are happy to leave out any awkward facts like lack of coverage.
Having a reduced call charge is meaningless if you can't make the call or having a decent data link but charged at £6/MB.
Price of copper
Would have nothing to do with it?
You could save a few cents there and only burn a few houses, who would ever know....
What else they will break?
That is a flippant but somewhat serious question.
I believe Microsoft gets some bad press from those they tire out. If yesterday a button or command was available to do some change and today it is missing, hidden, reversed in operation, the long term user may ask "what was the purpose of that particular defenestration?" if the logical answer comes back "just to make it look like someone, or some group is making changes” then there could understandably be a feeling of distrust or disappointment.
I know to be seen as a valid stock market investment they need to grind relentless with “I'm exited to be presenting...” ideas but they should not loose sight of the fact that business needs to just “get on, you know”, for those not in the market to sell operating systems they are pretty tedious things once they get in the way.
Re: I smell a shill
Windows 8 really did me a favour.
Couple of significant users seemed to think they were loosing out on the upgrades race so they got Win 8 laptops, has really made them go quiet on the new is obviously better theme.
Users complain about software in use.
There is no direct correlation between users complaining and other software being a wise move.
User may complain that "Linux" stopped me hitting that deadline when hangover, distraction, lack of training may have been the bigger cause. The fact there will be financial gains to some vendors jumping ship would certainly be shill bait and call for scrutiny.
I can see that the early adoption may have given them some of the largest mountains to climb and I am grateful for the vision, just feels all wrong to consider users normal (possibly) moaning to get more consideration than a technical review of workflow and project plan based on the facts. Maybe the beards have given up and are drowning under the combined weight of the well incentivised political low brows.
What are the facts, not facebook rants and what is the comparative costs.
But this has four!!
I sometimes wonder if some OS's are like a multi ink pen, there is an obvious sales "advantage" of having on tap four colour inks with a downside of increased complexity cost and size.
But it can write in four tones at the click of a switch that has to be a market leader right!
Well no, most people need less functionality in a work pen, they need to it to be reliable and efficient so the single ink pens remain in the majority.
An OS should be able to do a few things reliably and repeatedly for a number of years, it's a tool not a fashion statement.
If one good thing were to come of an ecosystem power struggle it could be the definition of basic OS tasks. Right now we have varied methods for simple work actions that should be intuitive and OS agnostic, the user should not need to know what OS is underlying their current actions.
I'm not sold on the cloud as a panacea but it could provide the common ground where OS's could be judged for their longer term investment.
If Cloud (local or remote) reduces the protocols and proprietary methods employed we should be able to judge the OS as a single ink pen rather than trying to work out where they have moved the blue this year (and regain efficiency).
Having looked at the available Bells and Whistles apps for the Synology NAS I kept coming back the thought "but why would you put that on something which by design has a lot of your valuable data/backups?" I can see the sales people screaming can it make coffee yet!? while the guys responsible for the backbone NAS functionality are busy freshening up their CV and broadening the Linkedin profile to pay the rent. It will end in tears, someone has lost sight of a main drive for NAS, secure file storage and backup.
If you want Joomla/Moodle/MediaWiki etc. install a hypervisor on a box somewhere and get to know TurnkeyLinux, assume something will get hacked or broken and keep them contained to limit the blast radius. Don't keep putting your Kinder, chicken and Fabergé in the same basket.
I was thinking more about companies that need to do business with other companies via the internet but not to the level of shared network.
In the real world there is a degree of risk, the shoplifter has to physically enter the shop, that is a commitment and investment in the exchange, on the internet there is little if any exposure for the hacker.
In the physical world we used to have walls around businesses, they could be measured and built to suit the neighbourhood. It used to amaze me (being from the south east) that in Norway large companies often didn't have any fence at all, nothing you could walk up to the front door/window and press your nose on it.
Now in the internet business world your fence goes through every Favela, Nigerian internet café and hackers bedroom, much harder to tailor to the environs.
To get it back in scale I think companies should pull back from that model.
If a company wants to do business with a range of others in an intermittent basis have the remote end invest in the interchange, have them put down some value to show they are committed to working with you to keep the fence between you only as high as it need be. If a company thinks that every one of it's hundred remote offices need quick access to your valuable information either have them go through one secured proxy or have them put down a decent sum to say they are committed to securing their systems and by doing so protecting your resources. Currently to say “I want to you give good access to X thousand addresses I look after but I am no prepared to give you my name or one atom of security” is the norm.
Where Entity A needs to contact Entity B in a trusted manner they should come bearing a token.
That IP range specific Token should be available once a surety has been paid.
Get the remote to put up say 1M$ for a /16 (for example). Then should there be a proven breach from that IP range they forfeit that amount (not quite sure who to).
Obviously for a narrow IP range to have access the value would be less, for a single IPv6 it could be a few hundred beer tokens.
That way it becomes in the interest of the remote party to keep their house in order and the firewall white list is "those currently assured".
At one stage I did think there should be a daily image file embedded in every email sent to me, one of my images, copyrighted and only given use rights to certain non spamming companies. No Image have a bounce, incorrect use have a domain block with public shaming.
The current "send me some packets, any old packets, worse you've got and I'll stop what other stuff I'm doing and try to deal with them" is the wrong firewall dynamic.
On your side at this point
Then we'll get you in a headlock and you have to look really trapped but still fighting, the crowd should be on your side at that point.
Will it hurt?
It has to look as it hurts of the crowd won't buy it, slap the canvas a few times with your lawyers.
Then you'll surprise us with a quick move and we'll go face down for a while, let the crowd enjoy that for about a week.
Then I pick up the paycheck?
Not right then but soon. You have to be seen to win the bout against a much bigger opponent but really the crowd secretly knows we let you win, it's all part of the game, keeping the status quo, then you leave the ring to chanting, shower and pay-check for being part of the team, OK?
Do I do promotional stuff?
Probably best not eh.
Oops meant for another forum sorry
Re: Microsoft, please don't add a start menu ....
Ah yeah I hadn't thought that through.
Re: Microsoft, please don't add a start menu ....
A little harsh Trevor, you try listening to customers while vigorously chest thumping and cock blocking other managers.
I know this will be sacriligous and I'm not for token employees but what if there was female boss at MS, what if.
(Misogynists morning call that will be)
Havn't been swayed
by all the talk of how good Chrome is, still prefer Firefox for just being sensible.
I set up a local single letter domains on a local server for various shared links, firefox will observe it as an address but good old Chrome generally wants to go look for n.com out in the real world, "I couldn't find n.com do you mean this advert, this advert or this advert?" no I mean observer the local network settings, local DNS and get the hell out of my way.
(sorry probably said this before)
A user at work went the chromebook route and installed lots of test apps (or whatever the addons are called) on his identity then signed in like that work, suddenly loads of issues with an otherwise sound CAD workstation. After the "IT Problems" moaning I cleaned it up and said lets leave Chrome off this time, all good and after a while we agreed to try Chrome back on but not to log in with the "all that home crap" profile, strangely similar issues very soon.
New workstation (same OS and software) no chrome just firefox and now it's all good, old worksation new OS install to another user, no chrome all good, I see a pattern here and I can see no reason to encourage Chrome use in the workplace over Firefox.
Chrome is becoming a virtual machine install for advertising not a browser.
didn't we arrest someone else with just one eye in the middle of their forehead last month?
Here's a little something, have a holiday, have a lovely time and forget about all this nonsense eh.
Anyone sick of trying to explain to users why flash, java, browsers etc pose security risks so should be updated as critical patches come along?
"But we only updated that last week!", "I'm too busy"
FFS, yes we did, and we'll be doing the same next week, month, year until what users have to steal is worth less than the effort of finding the holes, I'm sorry.
Need to be on?
I want presence or proximity sensing technology in the house, not being a big oven user why can it be on when I am not there? (and never leave it on intentionally while absent).
I want to be able to categorise appliances (a very quick category ideas).
1. Stuff that carries some risk and does not ever need to be on when the house is empty (kettle, Iron, power hand tools, shower).
2. Things that may be left on but need to be acknowledged on exit (slow cooker, washing machine, dehumidifier)
3. Junk, stuff that really has low risk but should be off unless its power schedule permits for updates (games console, recorders, PC)
There could be another couple like remote "graceful shutdown" and "power cut" so if the house is remotely monitored and severe electrical storm approaches or fire is identified the big red button can be pressed.
That said my biggest saving on electricity was the power company replacing a faulty meter, only really spotted the issue as I was using http://www.imeasure.org.uk/ and spotted the display fading when taking readings, that also allowed me to see the change when the meter was replaced.
House prices in blurred areas are 40% higher than those in (shudder) focused areas.
That is why you will hear the phrase "funds focused on the poor."
Obviously I and all my of my colleagues live in fully pixelated estate.
Valley accent please
Shouldn't there be like, some kind of emergency service for this? The government should do something, I was like just posting this selfie and it like was not going, I don't know what i should do, should I call 911? I could do a selfie with me and the emergency facebook responders or something.
Hello? can anybody see me?
Eyebrows that float
Deeply brilliant concept, we know it's daft, they know it's daft, together as sentient beings we can both marvel at the simplicity and ridiculous nature of the animation while enjoying the humour.
Sad to say V2.0 will probably introduce modern irrelevant distraction and “Bring it up to date”,
Completely missing the point.
I bet even the voices won't be a patch on the old ones.
I don't beleive it.
I remember seeing my Granddad in the hallway dialling out on the phone, he was visibly fearful of dialling a wrong number (think of the shame and embarrassment). I remember rotary dials and being given some coppers for the telephone box by the parade of shops so we could practice calling home from a red telephone box. The heavy phone books held on fold up arms, (or was that later..) a slight smell of pee (not mine) the heft of the handset, pressing buttons on connection, the bell hit by the coins still exist in that strange memory.
Who else remembers a time when having access to a phone box was considered a good and important thing, how the layout was before it was all locked down due to the vandalism?
Why the hell is our current life and public space so locked down and limited by the few idiots that want to wreck stuff? Oh that's it I'm off to buy some beige slacks.
First world problems
I so want to care.
Re: Do some Commentards not get the joke?
Thank you. I have become so cynical of terms used in the description I hadn't even watched the video as my "Normal Bullshit" lights were flashing so bright I could see past them.
Man this is no normal bull this is exceptional stuff so advanced it is high fiving itself coming back, and i don't think i have to say how excited I am about it.
Thanks again Credas, I might have missed out watching the video if not for you.
(that is actaully serious)
Here we see a layer of Nurdlestone, this indicates the presence of Humans which were an ape species known for their extreme self interest and lack of understanding of natural balance. The small black specs are Nikeduels made from a specific manufacturers logo found on forms of artificial footwear and other clothing, this period marks the peak of human indifference to matters of pollution and concentration on their own feet, battles were often fought in conurbations over such footwear with death not unknown for possession of those items...
Re: Look at page 113 of the 'Greenwald' file
Can't help feeling if you aren't prepepared to identify "page 113" the content might be a little tough going.
It's one thing to assume in some cynical way a cloud service may have been compromised but it's another to see them talking up the benefits to their "Enterprise Customers".
Clear your clutter with feng shui.
I bought that once.
Later when tidying up I found another copy I must have purchased earlier.
I still have both but one is now in a bag for freecycle.
It'll be manbags at dawn.
iRritation down under.
That day not a single vlog was given.
The Luggage revisted
That is thier job, they get to make stuff like that, for a living.
My life sucks.
Re: I read that as...
FPV racing that's the next big thing. Hide a quad/hex or bunch of them on some multi-storey roofs, solar panels natch. Come the race time all your mates down the pub watching real time as UAV, (or cars/bikes) appear in the town centre and battle to the death while the CCTV tried desperately to work out where the users are hidden.
Re: Vanitas vanitatum omnia vanitas
Wait! There's Cake!?
Oh my sides
MS refuses access to FBI, stop! I can't take anymore, Ha! for a second there I thought you were serious, lol, you guys.
They will know what you want before you do, they will shift (old-style) "hots" to the town centre meshspot (that were previously closed shops) based on the probability of sales. You can order for £25 with delivery in a few days, pick up from your local mesh next day at £28 or have it delivered within two hours £35.
You'll see availability change as you leave the browser window open as the mesh reacts.
“I see you have been browsing this item for twenty minutes, there is now one on it's way to a location 1.2 miles away, add to basket”
The intelligence is in the pre-requisitioning algorithms, like banks retailers will compete for the split second trend identification, your eye dwell signature will be quantified and you might just notice that same thing that caught your eye on the website there on the shelf when you go to pick up a previous delivery.
Re: For the price
Who mentioned batteries?
Once it's a shaft drive from one central point it makes greater sense to use a conventional engine, I was only pointing to the constant speed, variable pitch, four point prop system.
Once the thing is wider it opens it to using ground affect wing profiles to improve the efficiency on the national hoverways and desert crossings.
I can see it being a loosing battle to try and fit it in the width of a conventional car while in flight mode but the in-line fans seem too cumbersome and hard to control for simple agile flight.
Re: For the price
Why convert to electric motors, use something along the lines of the Stingray 500.
Single (central) motor, shaft and belt drive. Even if it was four ducted fans that would seem to produce better stability than this, just remind me how you stop it pitching from side to side with a couple of moving people above the COG with two fans in line?
if you could rotate the four ducts as well as affect the pitch it might be possible to go and stop in a real hurry. Include small wheels on the front edge of one pair of fan housing for around town, retractable steering set on other end.
Sweet, not having to know.
For me the sweet-spot is getting what I want to get done with computers without having to use grid power. Once I can forget how much the thing needs because it gets it from the sun/wind/hamster wheel/zero-point I can concentrate on "this one is a little better at rendering". I like reusing older stuff but it seriously pains me to see how much the older CPU's need while chugging along poorly.
Back in the last UK serious blackouts (70's) my sister and I dropped wax from the candles on to our hands to build up monstrous looking claws, not sure I'll do that this time but as a social experiment I think it would be fascinating to see how some of the youf deal with it.
It's hard to truly value something until it has been gone for, I don't know, twenty minutes...
Yeah this is real all right
Now us ugly, socially inept repulsive individuals will have added value in the market place, oh yeah bring it on, kerching.
"Can you imagine how much it would cost to get someone to befriend him? not going to happen" I bet the crooks are saying, might start attaching my photo to the CV again.
make sure i post this anonymous... oh the phones ringing..
There will be holes
With IPv4 I might take some solace that I am behind NAT and dedicated hardware firewall.
I have one appliance that can be updated to protect a number of clients in one go, worst comes to the worst you could disconnect the WAN while you check things behind. In the brave new 6 world of "we know who you are and can knock on your front door directly" any problems in the endpoint security need "addressing directly" strange how one leads to the other.
I want a router, a good one, between my faulty OS and the nasty world, for the OS will be faulty sooner or later. Imagine this the firewall or v6 TCP stack in "windows" is found to be have a serious security hole, the patch is 275mb (no off-line option) and needs you to hit "yes ok" "get on with it" and "yes I know you are trying" buttons before three reboots on each PC, by then you have other issues. Everyone running Windows (there might still be quite a few) would need the patch ASAP and any half decent hacker would be keeping a database of juicy IPv6 targets for when the next exploit is found.
It will happen, we'll be lucky if the fix is so simple.
Everything is low res to begin with
Then it gets better, they add in magnifying optics or a "Squint" camera (stands for Suplimentary Quick Unit Identifier ....or something). There will be little need for carbon forms on the tanks themselves.
If we can be doing aerial dogfights right now with off the shelf kit (link below) using fleshy things that need air in metal boxes seems so crazy.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtp-9yEv6W8 - Skip to about 11:00 then see the scene at 12:20 where one guy only is still using his eyes in meatspace)
Compare and contrast
Win 8 to Win8.1 upgrade, about 3.6G then instructions from me "no don't use who I am" and "no I don't want a MS account" and it boots and seems to respond OK.
I then decide to clean up the 128G SSD drive using the built in disk tools and select clean up old windows installs, revert to RDP to check it is doing it and get kicked off, rdp again, kicked off, back to keyboard "disk error" (first in it's short history), couple of failed boots later automatic repair gives up and I have an unbootable windows install with only 8.0 media. As the disk has been fault free and not that old I assume the clean up cleaned up something it should not have.
Ubuntu upgrade (13.10) to 14.04 about 900mb inc apps, does it OK, except the grub list which defaulted to the wrong windows partition (because I stupidly didn't accept the default) damn I'll have to edit that, could take me five minutes.
Back to the windows, wonder if I can repair it from the 8.0 media, actually you know what I think I'll install Linux on that box. It could be coincidence, maybe those dodgy Samsung disks wait for a windows upgrade to make it look bad either way its a lot more work to get it going again if I have to fix it, then the 3.6G upgrade, then the 1G update then the next...
I hope the base windows install is free and allows anyone to get a base 8/9 install going then download the rest to build it to their license level, bit like Linux has been doing for years.
Re: Another way to look at this...
I think you are on the money.
Want to test your code but would prefer someone else distributed and checked it? Give it some arcane use like, I don't know "bitcoin mining" (how we laughed) surely your mark is motivated by the "something for nuthin' " vibe no?
It gets out there the script kiddies moan it doesn't work on brand x and they only managed y performance and you go OK thanks guys.
Someone I knew used to share video via P2P with a friend, nothing dodgy just large ish files, before fast connections he got them moved quickly by compressing and uploading 95% as (for example) "Big bouncy boobs" video part 1,2,3 knowing that they would be pounced on, he then sent the small last 5% to his friend direct, without the last bit the files were useless but strangely readily available locally to his friend at sunrise. I bet there are people out there now still hunting for big bouncy boobs part 4.
I guess a lot of hardware can take a regulatory compliance overlay. The percentage of deviation for a few hundred megs at 5GHz is small so most of the RF side will be capable it's just down to where it's told to go. I have used Ubiquiti hardware and that allows the user to tweak quite a bit or to keep the EIRP compliance checked after selecting the country and antenna to have the device apply the channel and RF limits automatically
(to be honest I've never tried to see where it goes "disabled" but the scan option at least covers a wide frequency range)
Re: How about ....
Yes it would be far more correct to say "anytime I think of humanity doing office work with Windows 8, I laugh"
Is anyone missing the simpler times?
Did anybody notice the CMOS options
I was looking at roughly this time and one of the options was NIC enable, as in leave the fecking onboard network card enabled, I can't remember if it had a cost but for goodness sake they are taking the piss charging for some of this stuff. It's almost like they had a few beers and reminisced about having to install stuff for people and getting paid for it! back in the day and then one of them saying "hey lets do that again!" the PC market is getting pretty sparse so lets make the idiots pay to leave stuff turned on!
Yeah do that Dell, I wonder if those refurbished HP's are in yet, damn fine value for money and no Win8
Not just compliance
If offered a bright orange pill I'm guessing a fair number of people would ask some questions before swallowing it (if at all).
With cloud you are "such a square" if you don't just wolf it down with some vodka.
Cloud will make your worries go away!
Sod compliance, most cloud services installed by well intentioned users don't get past the first
"I better check this is the official client from the real domain".
I understand the attraction, once the balance is found where "net down" equates to "still able to work" IT might take a better view but we are in the mad rush mode where if it's new it's good right! Services need an off-line use and data backup, rating. If it does not work net down and the data is not yours for the easy constant backup then move on.
Could not the more intelligent thieves use an audio cable tracer to detect metal cable?
Around metal cables there will be some electrical field but with fibre optic (unless they have metal shielding or bundled power that radiates some how) they won't. Listen to the large back cable and hear nothing like data? move on.
With Time Domain Reflectometers on fibre it should be fairly easy to locate a break (and damage location) so educate the thieves that not only is it more profitable to identify metal cable it should reduce the chance of getting caught. I know it doesn't deal with the problem but should reduce the damage to fibre bundles.
I remember as a kid (70's) seeing gas bottles attached to telegraph poles in Essex so BT could detect pressure loss and cable theft, it was a regular occurrence back then, have techniques not kept up with the threat?
Another missing piece in this data protection society is the responsible local resident knowing the danger points, if there is a risky location by a farm why not let the farmer know? We'll keep and eye on your stock of you keep an eye on ours. It's all so bloody secret now nobody is meant to know the bloke next door is burglar, to protect his privacy you understand. It's "don't trust anyone just get them all to pay for the loss" gone mad ;-)
But seriously what is facebook?
Facebook is actually "gossip and bragbook" so it might be easier to think about what you are posting, if it was honestly named.
Still, at least she has something to write, "Even those techi brit guys are talking about me!"
"Suck it!! sounds great in the British accent"
The fault is more her dad's, I hope she sees it as life lesson rather than a cue for all us "never set a foot wrong" trolls to gloat.
Please, lift the veil.
XP and Office 2003 worked OK.
Since then it's been mainly button moving and bull.
If MS really have paid bugger-all tax on 1.7bn then it's time the government worked out we won't stand them being MS's bitch for ever, and if some suit does go the brown envelope route it's going to be very awkward to cover up this time.
I moved to Open (Libre) Office years ago, has saved me so much pain and searching for features, forget the money, really, that's a tiny part of the pleasure of a sensible evolving engineering solution over the madness that is MS office versions.
I use Office 2013 at work and think it looks horrible, it works OK but why should I be visual insulted while doing my inevitable searching for what I could easily locate ten years ago.
Oh no! I have some "progress" on my shoe....
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