305 posts • joined 21 Nov 2011
@Gray Ham, I'd pay to see that! But you're right, it won't happen.
The thing is, I imagine Apple does pay whatever taxes they're required to because otherwise the ATO would tear them a new one. The problem is not some companies paying bugger all taxes, it's that we have retarded laws that let them do so legally.
See! Who says Apple doesn't innovate?
Now I wonder if the government could be persuaded to shut off water, electricity and street access - the trivial kinds of things taxes pay for - to Apple stores in this country.
The 'improved' Office 'features' which nobody wants to compliment the 'improved' Windows 'features' which nobody wanted.
Shoot the Messenger
"If reports of her [Tami Reller's] demise are correct it perhaps signals Microsoft distancing itself further from those who made the world so tepidly enthusiastic about Windows 8."
She's like Baghdad Bob - tasked with putting a positive spin on abysmal failure. In both cases it's not the messenger's fault that they've got nothing positive to report.
Shirley Ms Smith has just supplied reasonable doubt for anyone being prosecuted for distributing sicko stuff.
"Yer honour, mine was a benign $HOBBY site but evil people hacked it so they could distribute their filth. Even Ms Smith of the IWF has noted the trend of innocent people like myself being victimised in this fashion."
If the counter-argument is that, "the images were on your server therefore you're guilty of possessing said images", then there's going to be a not insignificant number of (genuinely innocent) small businesses coming to grief.
My thing is this...
... how would they know who is gay/straight/whatever?
I've got this image in my head of devout religious types standing by a grocery store's entrace with a stack of skin mags: "Excuse me sir, you don't seem aroused by 'Busty Biker Babes' therefore we refuse you service because you're obviously gay."
Is that how it's going to work?
And incidentally, I recall reading of a man who, on occasion, kissed other men, and who never entered into a sexual relationship with a woman. That Jesus guy seemed a little on the homo side. Does he get refused service too?
Re: Who cares?
@Mark65: The benefit of my cognitively deficient thoughts are that I don't spend my life consumed with worry about the *potential* negative opinion of neighbors/public, who themselves are such mental powerhouses that they can't grasp the difference between being questioned and being found guilty.
@AC: I don't doubt the ability of the police/prosecutors to convict innocent people, either by malice or more probably incompetence. It's just that I don't see the police being able to fingerprint people as making that noticeably more or less likely.
The police can have my prints every day of the week and twice a day on weekends, so long as the scanning process isn't an onerously long affair. So far as I understand the current law, the police can already legally compel people to provide ID. How is this fingerprinting business such an invasion of privacy that the 'privacy advocates' want to have a sook?
The phone killed the big N
The casual gamers and kiddies - who represent the demographic which Nintendo targets - are playing Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja or 'hanging out' on facebook. None of which involve buying a dedicated 'games' machine, or being stuck in front of a TV, or paying $100 per 'app'.
I think the reign of the consoles is coming to a close and Nintendo will be the first, but certainly not the last, to abdicate.
"What's the point of a DDoS on a website?"
It's vandalism by an attacker too cowardly to go to and throw a rock through the target's window.
I'm not even convinced about the "DoS as misdirection to disguise a more sophisticated attack" thing. I mean, a sophisticated attacker wouldn't be inclined to announce their arrival.
One phone to rule them all
How long will it be before phone hardware is good enough to run and/or emulate all of the phone OSs on the one handset while still providing the user with a decent experience?
Something like: I like the Moto X handset but prefer to use the Tizen UI, and want to buy songs from iTunes while looking up directions on the Android version of google maps and taking photos with the mozilla OS camera app.
We're not there yet but I imagine it's not that far off being a viable proposition.
Re: "Upvote this post if you want to end government snooping on our private data"
Now you and all 14 supporters of your subversive cause are now on a terrorist watch-list.
With regards to Voda Australia: good pricing and plenty of advertising but bad network coverage and worse customer service.
I don't have and have never had any dealings with Vodafone but that's the story I'm getting from *everyone* who I talk to. I honestly can't point to one happy customer.
Re: Sorry, but I do not nderstand.
Tone it down a little on the paranoia, John Doe 6. You boot the machine to look like a Windows box to allow the kids/visitors to use the machine while ensuring that the important stuff, in the host OS, doesn't get trashed.
From the outside looking in, this looks like wedge politics - the Democrats aren't interested in net neutrality so much as they want to put the Republicans on the 'wrong' side of the issue, and make them look bad (to their Republican constituents) when they defeat this bill.
'Net neutrality is about you having freedom to read what you like, and about the American Dream of some little guy making a web page and becoming the next Zuckerberg.'
^ That's what they want to make the Republicans argue against.
I wonder if Mr Gates would get hired by Microsoft if he submitted his resume under a different name.
Good move, MS
You get to debug our code then pay us to use it. And, as others have pointed out, there's no guarantee that the binaries you're getting are, in any way, related to the source code which you reviewed.
I'm with the other commentards here: if governments are going to spend money on reviewing code, spend it on open source so all of the code down to the build tools can be checked, and so they can build the binaries to be certain that they came from the "trusted" source code.
It's so easy
"The number of accounts involved in national security orders is infinitesimal relative to the hundreds of millions of accounts registered with Apple," the firm said.
It is easy to be blasé when it's not your confidential info being handed out without your permission. Betcha if a national security order demanded communications containing the designs for the iPhone 6, suddenly these orders would become an violation of all that is good and virtuous.
How is this process, as described by Amazon, different from how retail stores do their ordering?
Our average 1L milk sales on Monday, during the previous month, was 10 bottles so we'll order 10 for next Monday.
Throw in a few 'speculatives' and a 'preemptive' and it's apparently worthy of a patient.
A few of Pres. Obama's drinking buddies will sleep off their hangovers in the back of the foreign intelligence courts before reporting back to Obama that everything is being done by the book.
Wish I could up-vote articles because this one surely deserves it.
Like most sane people*, I'm annoyed by the volume of the absurdity that exudes from the patient office, the patient trolls, and the companies who view the patient system as a stick to beat potential competitors with.
As someone more directly familiar with the system, I'm curious about Mr Watkinson's view. Is the patient system salvageable? Or would we be better off tearing it all up and starting over?
* There's whole minutes at a time when I'm lucid!
Re: Not what it's cracked up to be
They were silent 9's. :)
I think its time for another chorus of, "no taxation without representation". Us plebs get taxed well enough but the representation goes to whoever has the richest lobby group. And funnily enough, the companies which don't pay any taxes have plenty of cash available for lobbying - that is, buying representation.
Re: one small problem : "both halves of the debate"
I like how Mr Treen is getting down-votes for stating what is objective fact. It also says a lot about those doing the down-voting that they don't want any inconvenient facts to intrude upon their delusions.
Nothing useful to add
But thanks for the article and all of the comments. Fascinating all round.
Re: Sounds like a great idea...
"Until some malicious tool finds a way to... “
"Please send X bitcoins to Y or 'your precious' becomes 'your doorstop'. "
Oh yes, people would pay-up.
I hope GoldieBlox get rich
Soon after, you'll be able to buy my GoldieBloxes* from your favourite toy store.
* Which will be a not-quite-identical parody of the original GoldieBlox product. And, for good measure, I'll preemptively sue GoldieBlox in a cynical attempt to gain some publicity.
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).
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.
@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.
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?
@Cliff.I see where you went wrong. It's got nothing to do with improving your life but quite a lot to do with weighing down the pockets of google shareholders.
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