277 posts • joined Monday 21st November 2011 01:09 GMT
Re: Fraudulent misrepresentation?
Of course you're right but I'd dearly like to see an itemised list of what they're paying for: €1 mil for opening the envelope, €2 mil for lifting the cheque out of the envelope , €3 mil for readings the cheque...
And that's why we don't have the death penalty any more - treason is a capital crime and neither the current nor previous governments fancy being hanged.
I can't help but feel that we should have made Bob Katter the PM.
Re: Out of curiosity ...
- the coffin maker gets their advertising.
- the models are presumably paid for their work.
- the profits go to a good cause.
Where's the downside?
They keep changing things purely for the sake of changing things and now they've discovered that maintaining a heap of different OSes and interfaces is a pain in the bum. My sympathy for their self inflicted pain knows no bounds.
But ok. I'm a nice guy. I'll help.
Toss out metro, win RT, dot net, jscript, and hang the dipshit who made the ribbon interface 'we just had to have'. Ta dah! Less stuff to deal with and maintain. If that's still not not enough, I'll be back tomorrow with more 'vitally important' stuff which you can chuck out without anyone noticing or caring.
As much as I'm not an apple fan, they did get one thing right - one OS for computers and one for small screen thingies like phones and tablets.
Chuck out the Dragon32's internals and replace them with a cheap, second hand laptop's innards. Use it to run MESS (mess.org) which will emulate the Dragon32 (and a whole heap of others) in a cute 'retro' case and with the benefit of HDMI-out.
Re: Microsoft FAIL
While I don't hate MS, if I did, I'd want them to keep pissing away piles of cash to achieve a rounding error 's share of the market.
Re: GoldieBlox were cheeky and blatantly negligent jerks.
Could they have accidentally-on-purpose 'forgotten' to seek permission to use someone else's song the made "were gonna sue the song's creators" gestures (but back off before having to go to court and lose)... all a cynical attempt to buy themselves/their marketing campaign some publicity?
I hope the Beastie Boys sue 'em to the ground.
*If* this isn't vapourware...
It will prove very popular
I'm looking for something similar - my wishlist includes a backlit keyboard with a numpad - but the closest I've found is 1920x1080.
Re: No nVidia = no CUDA = No deal
The samsung ativ book 9 plus (3200x1800, only 4Gb ram though) and toshiba kirabook (2560x1440) both run off the intel graphics - plenty good enough for anything other than recent games.
I got my girlfriend the latter (she's into photography) and the kira's display is just gorgeous. But yes, photo-bloody-shop's interface does not scale well at all... which is just what you want when you have a high res laptop for the express purpose of editing photos. Anyone whose survived this far into my ramble and has an interesting in photography, check out LightZone - open source and damn impressive based on the limited time I've had to play with it so far.
Re: I Confess
I agree with you both however I won't go on a rant because it'd be longer than the original article. Have a well deserved beer from another programmer who sick of the fads that grip our little part of the world.
Don't forget a kick in the bum for the email clients. The default behaviour should be to rename any executable if it's "saved" from an email.
"CrypoLocker.pdf.exe.RENAMED" would be a novelty for viruses researchers rather than a real problem for average-Joe computer users.
Hype combo points
Surely the researchers could have found some equally tenuous links for a tripple-bonus hype combo.
Though we have no evidence to support this claim, we conclude that the wide scale cocoa and opium poppy farming are directly responsible for increased temp climate change. Furthermore, the profits from the sale of these narcotics are undeniably being used to fund international terrorism.'
Of course it's not patientable...
Apple hasn't invented it yet!
More seriously though, *all* computer programs are "computer implementations" of relatively simple abstract ideas. If the judge's reasoning holds, then all software patients should be invalidated.
Re: I can see it now
@wolfetone: If it was just that - BB is a more secure superset of android - they'd have a surefire winner on their hands. Why wouldn't you want better security if it costs nothing? But, as the great philosopher Alice Cooper said, nothing's free. If nothing else, you'd 'pay' by having a more limited choice of handsets to choose from. That range of choice is IMO a fair part of what makes android popular.
I'd be interested to see how they'd go if BB quit selling hardware and just sold their OS as a replacement ROM for other android phones. A direct competitor for CyanogenMod. It won't happen but it'd be interesting to see how they would do.
Perhaps if apple spent their time making good products instead of hiring shills to post positive "opinions", their stuff wouldn't be so ridiculously expensive.
@Van: I'm not entirely sure what you're getting at. I'm not aware of any stage where a console has had more, for the lack of a better description, 'polygon pushing ability' than a decent gaming PC of the same era.
My point though is that, in terms of 'polygon pushing ability', consoles > phones the same way that PCs > consoles. But even though gaming PC are technically 'better' at running games, consoles are good enough for most people. I also thing were soon reaching the stage where phones will also be good enough at playing games for many people, and that will eat into console sales.
@Mark: Regarding the "can't be arsed plugging it in" factor, you're surely right. I'd suggest something like Miracast to use the TV's screen to play games but the latency probably isn't low enough.
As for the types of games, I wasn't thinking designed-for-phone games like angry birds, more something like MAME (I know there's a port for Android, I think iOS too).
@Alan Brown: I've never listened to a phone's FM radio. I do occasionally listen to radio from other countries via the magic of the internet... on my phone.
I'm kind of curious about what will happen to the console market when phones reach the processing and graphics power to compete (if they haven't already).
Plug in the charging cable, the USB-to-HDMI into a TV. Pick up the bluetooth game controller(s). And away you go.
Sure, it will never be as good as a dedicated console, the same way a console will never be as good as a gaming PC, but I suspect it'd be good enough for enough people to make a serious dent in the console market.
Re: And why aren't they going after this group??
"Where is the FBI/Scotland Yard when you need them??"
And there it is. You know their response will be a more diplomatic version of, "Oh so now you do want us to keep tabs on the whole internet so that we can swiftly apprehend criminals. We'd like to do a better job of protecting the public but these pesky privacy laws.. "
Re: I still have some old Borland manuals
Borland TASM (x86 assembler) circa the late 90s came with a printed instruction set reference (every x86 instruction, what they did, their binary encodings, what flags were effected and how) and an extensive user manual (I only remember chapters on "object oriented programming in assembler", "calling conventions", and enough BNF to re-implement TASM if the mood took me).
Visual Studio Express 2013 for desktop's idea of "help" was allowing me to select from a list which help packages I'd like to download for offline before telling me, "You don't have the required permissions to perform this action", with no indication of which "permissions" or, for that matter, which "action". (This sort of stuff is why non-tech people only use the admin account! )
Ain't progress grand?
Re: just go away
Yes asdf, I was thinking the same. The people appointed to the positions will have just enough time to sit their backsides into their respective chairs before the next CEO comes along and "dynamically reinvigorates emergent synergies" by, erm, shuffling around the management positions .
@bigtimehustler: While I don't agree, 'the roads are safe enough already' is a reasonable viewpoint. The only counter I've got is that I don't see the virtue of risking some kid growing up without their mother or father because the other driver couldn't be arsed pulling over to update their precious facebook status.
On the other hand, my nasty side says we should encourage people to use their phones while driving in order to achieve a voluntary self-culling program of those too dense to realise that not paying attention while driving really isn't such a good idea.
God forbid that the passengers might be required to undergo the torturous ordeal of surviving a journey WITHOUT being able to make a phone call. How ever will the poor dears survive?
PS: I'm for making all private cars into Faraday cages. If you want to convince me to the contrary, don't give me, "wah, wah, I don't want to be inconvenienced." Try to convince me that the roads wouldn't be a safer place if private cars were Faraday cages.
People who run a popular service make unpopular changes and, upon complaints from users, actually make changes to address the complaints. Who'd have thought this was even possible?
Are you paying attention Microsoft? Mr Shuttleworth?
This has 'win' written all over it
I'll get back to you about what the performance hit is like when my first program finishes executing. It's looking promising that it'll print the 'h' and possibly even the 'e' later this week.
Is there a market for this?
I've got two android apps, the most expensive of which was AU$4 (about £2), which create panoramic photos*. If wouldn't be terribly hard to extend that kind of app to do 360 degree photos. While it would require a bit more effort from the user than this ricoh camera, it would also cost some £325 less.
* Both work on the same principle - move phone slowly from left to right. The phone takes a series of photos along the way before stitching them together to produce a really wide photo.
Apple & Sammy
There really should be investigation into these two for anti-competitive practices. Between them, they're conspiring to corner the market on 'stoopid', and push up the market share of WinPhones (which should be a crime in it's own right).
Where were you "respect for living creatures" people when Bill "Dr Death" Gates is out there trying to eradicate malaria? Poor mosquitos. And poor malaria parasites. Betcha you people wash your hands after going to the toilet too, killing millions upon millions of blameless bacteria!
Who will benefit
Malware and anti-malware peddlers. The former from more bugs in the increasingly complex code to handle URLs and from being able to get real-looking sites (amex-philchingsite.bank or whatever). And the latter from more software sales to fend off the former.
I occasionally fantasise about how the world would be a better place if the person who did the 'downsizing' was forced to take a pay cut for every person they canned. Sack 10% of the staff and they take a 10% pay cut. Same applies to their boss, and their boss, all the way up the chain.
Yes, I realise that this is not at all realistic in a capitalist system but it's nice to dream.
Re: Media Firestorm?
Mr Hughes, if Mr Shuttleworth possessed the intellect and PR savvy you credit him with, he'd he'd have realised that calling people who disagree with him 'uneducated and stupid' was never going to convince them of the validity of his argument, nor result in a PR coup.
This fondleslab will self-destruct in...
Surely there's a mission impossible joke to be had here.
"A group of 28 Tory MPs have written to the Guardian to protest against its continued publication of Snowden's revelations."
And to sew up reelection, all they needed to do was pen a letter to Her Majesty requesting that she bestow knighthood upon Mr Snowden for his services towards protecting the rights of Her people.
I wonder if they're towing a party line or if they really believe what they're saying.
Re: Hey google
@MrDamage, Once you've gotten over your self righteous hissy-fit, remind me, who makes the decision about which browser to install on YOUR PC?
So I was thinking about the volume of code necessary to do all of the stuff this malware is supposed to be capable of, on multiple types of systems. My conclusion is that it's not only possible but it's already in the wild! Dragos Ruiu has inadvertently downloaded Windows 8.1.
Let Rockstar Games sue the bejesus out of this patient troll consortium for copying their (presumably trademarked) name.
Re: VAT is the answer?
@AlgernonFlowers4: Having asked myself the same question, the best I've got is a flat, x% tax on any retail purchase made, or on any money being moved out of the country. No doubt someone more versed in finance would poke holes in my plan but I find virtue in a tax system simple enough that average Joe can understand how much he's being taxed and subsequently make informed financial decisions.
If Mr Cameron is aware of companies participating in "illegal" activities, why hasn't he reported it to the appropriate authorities?
And by the way, if shell companies and blind trusts and what-not really are the devil's spawn, (a) why doesn't he make them illegal? (b) why doesn't he release a list of the MPs who made/voted-in the laws which allow these accounting 'tricks' to exist in the first place?
"They're certainly more attractive than a bluetooth headset."
I believe it was Simon Travaglia who absolutely nailed it when he described the bluetooth headset wearers a half-cyborg, half-wanker. That's the description which springs to mind when looking at the google glassy-thingys. They're trying too hard! If they avoided trying to make it's wearers look like half-cyborgs, they'd probably avoid the full-wanker look.
If they looked like a cheapo pair of sunnies you'd buy at a petrol station, nobody would notice them... which, I guess, defeats the primary purpose of buying a $1500 pair of sunnies.
Why wouldn't they block...
Something like a debt collection agency, if that is what a large number of their customers want? It seems, at least to me, that they've somehow missed the bit where they are supposed to provide service to their customers rather than dictating what their peasants will get.
As his software was not in the US
no US laws apply. Ain't that how it works?
"The privacy-enhancing Do Not Track standard... "
Re: Its like when you have proof that a politician is lying...
"Just of out morbid curiosity, how do you propose any nation "punishes" the US?'"
Poetic justice - by directing funding towards creating and maintaining a secure AOSP build and distribute it to all and sundry, starting with Ms Merkel. Could you imagine how hard the NSA would cry if a substantial number of phones worldwide suddenly got a whole lot harder to hack and there wasn't some American company they could lean on to get backdoor access?
Had it been the Mexicans who hacked the American president's email, there would now be a carrier group parked off the Malaysian coast, 'to teach those sneaky Moroccans a thing or two about messin' with the mighty US of A'.
"Preparing to install"
Does anyone even know what that means? Is it the CPU in deep, philosophical discussion with the BIOS about the meaning of the word 'install' and 'what it means, like really deep down' while the GPU is off in the corner getting high on petrol fumes?
It's not that effing complicated! Check existing installation. Unpack downloaded files. Replace/modify as necessary. No vague, esoteric [lack of] progress messages are required. Just get on with it!
</rant> I had the joy of installing VS 2013 on an EEPC this morning and had enough time to watch a movie while it faffed around so I can sympathise with the 8.1 upgraders' pain.
Improved security from MS
After burning all of your download quota to upgrade, there's none left to download viruses. You're welcome!
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