307 posts • joined Monday 7th May 2012 04:23 GMT
No need to give it away. Just reinstate the start MENU from Windows 7 and provide the option to stop showing TIFKAM for the vast majority of PCs without touch.
Now if only there was some other giant stash of nukes they could start dismantling ...
At least you guys get a science minister
Our current government has decided that we don't need one. They have also decided that AGW and Y2K are both scams, so I suppose that is no surprise.
UI Design Principle Fail
There needs to be a great big "Don't Allow" button on that popup (selected as default).
Re: What's an object?
> I measure storage in bytes, or maybe floppy discs
1 object = 1.44 Blue Whales or 17 London buses
I bet various 3 and 4 letter organisations would agree this is the way to go.
Your point would be much stronger if there was a way to even do a factory reset style downgrade.
During the betas it was possible but someone stopped signing those executables so now it won't install. That feels to me more like a policy decision than a technical feasibility problem.
This is why we should stick with safe and clean electric cars. These newfangled liquid hydrocarbon contraptions are just fireballs waiting to be lit.
That actually sounds like it has the potential to be a good movie! It would need a name suitable for a Hollywood thriller though. Something like "Cobalt 60 in a car" or "Gone in Co60 seconds"
They're doing it wrong
The trick is to get close enough to the pellets to obtain superpowers but not so close as to die of radiation poisoning!
Re: Glad they are getting shut down
Full network you kinda understand if it is ad supported, but location is pushing a bit far.
Re: Crack this...
Now imagine some future exploit el reg falls for means your password hash is discovered. You had better hope they are using some appropriate salt in their password hash. If not your password will be identified in seconds. The same credentials can thenbe checked for the email, ebay, amazon, etc. If they can access your email they will get all sorts of passwords reset.
Re: All I can say is this...
I thought you may have been posting this one for a tick
Re: ..."a whopping 80 per cent of crashes ... involved male drivers"
There are other factors to consider too. For example, expressing it as a percentage per million miles driven or somehow factoring in the risk factors where pedestrian accidents tend to occur ( CBD, near schools, near gatherings of inebriated people, after sporting events or near shops) and what the relative gender balance is in such situations.
I don't understand why they couldn't allow HTC to continue selling these phones pending the outcome of the appeal as long as the appropriate amount needed for damages to Nokia is held in trust for if the appeal is unsuccessful.
All these posts miss the point. I mean imagine the benefits. I mean you get nearly 29 days of uninterrupted access most months.
They may complain once they realise their 6 hour battery is flat in under 2 and it is hot enough to fry an egg.
Re: Bittorrent Sync
+1 for bt sync
As an added bonus, your clients could generate the secret and tell you rather than have to manage protection of the secret yourself. Also has 24 hour share options and no third party holding the data.
Re: while we're on fake...
Or if you are running windows, at least some parts of MS have a sense of humour about it
Re: One question.
Both of them in fact!
Re: So make it in a plain box
They're not legal either.
Re: Most folk are not El Reg readers
> anyone who allows that probably shouldn't be allowed to configure a web server.
Not to discount your correct statement, but we are talking about embedded devices here and manufacturers at the moment seem more interested in recording what channel our TV is playing to " improve our experience" than good security practices.
When was the last time you upgraded your router's firmware? Yeah it didnt work for mine either. Just saying.
Re: Assumptions all rounf
Or a keylogger installed on his PC while he was out.
Well I hold the patent for all that ... on a mobile device.
> Does this result make Dropbox a viable NAS substitute .....
Don't you mean NSA substitute?
Re: has anyone seen...
> Has anyone seen Studbucket33 and Steve Ballmer in the same room together?
No, but I suspect he is actually Eadon.
Re: Evidently what they need ...
A lot of CDNs use P2P as a key ingredient.
If you look at it another way, you can reduce the load on your CDN by nearly 10% by utilising the upload channel too.
Re: "the first of its kind to be discovered in North America."
I think it is just to distinguish it from the 300 tonne deathtoallasaurus that no doubt roamed Australia at the time.
He corners his prey and then flings any nearby seating apparatus until death.
Evidently what they need ...
Evidently what they need to invent is a way to "seed" this "torrent" of data in a manner whereby customers could download parts of the data and then share it amongst each other rather than hammering a central server.
Now we just need someone to invent such an idea.
If only el reg had some sort of icon that could indicate whether a postshould be taken literally. :)
Re: I wonder if it can be spoofed
Oh the pranks. I wonder if you can get the targeted ads to believe a colleague frequents the women's lingerie department for days at a time.
Re: fanbois can opt out by turning off their phone's location services.
> However, how long before Sammy say, 'Can't let Apple take all this lovely lucre from the Ad revenue' and introduce it themselves?
Nah. If Samsung were to copy Apple on such a feature in the next 6 months it would have been on a Sammy phone 2 years ago.
Re: And a lovely player it was
3 was to 2.4 what iTunes is to, et, pretty much anything else.
I used to be a naysayer.
Then a friend printed a Dalek.
Now I can see their value.
EPIC fail in the Supreme Court.
Fair enough point on the email big attachment use case.
Not sure about the having to setup a btsync server argument. As the client is the server, it is no harder than installing the dropbox client on two devices, except there is no sign up process so that would seem easier to my mind.
Someone else giving free storage is indeed compelling although I want to suggest the quota is too small for most people's photo backups so you would need their paid service.
They have their uses. I mean if you type in google you generally get on the first page of your results a link through which you will find what you were looking for.
And Siri is great at keeping a certain type of person entertained for hours and not talking to me.
Is there anything dropbox does that isn't done better by btsync? /Serious question
I may well have a natural bias to believe this won't work; but most of the problems I see in our software relates to requirements that have not been adequately communicated. Even if this software works as written on the box, you don't get around this problem.
Why is this a Windows only thing? I mean this specific malware was compiled for Windows but the attack vector is phishing and irrespective of the OS the user would have permission to write to those files.
Sometimes smug is justified. Other times it is misplaced.
Re: Let the whining
Let the WINE-ing commence.
Well all currencies are based upon the faith that you will be able to exchange them for goods and services in the future. We are more used to government backed currencies because they use their authority to state that a piece of polymer or metal has a specific value. Even precious metals like gold have limited uses to the average person (notwithstanding its uses as an excellent conductor). I mean it is shiny. I guess it is heavy enough to hold papers from blowing off your desk, but why is it intrinsically valuable to people outside the industries to which it is used as an ingredient to their processes? The main reason is that we believe that someone else will want our shiny gold in the future and so it will hold or increase its value.
Bitcoin is in the same boat. It has value because (some) people have faith that they will be able to exchange it in the future for the same or more (or at the very least not too much less) that what they spent on it. There are two main concerns I have about it:
1. Its not controlled by a government, so you haven't got the same financial services regulations (looking aside at the massive failures there over the last 10 years for a moment). This means that we have seen several "banks" collapse because their vaults have been compromised, literally cleaning out all of their assets or just disappearing entirely..
2. As more mining is done, I believe the only viable model to generate bitcoins will be the organised crime groups who run large C&C botnets. At some point in time, the cost of electricity means that you have to pay more to mine the coins than the coins are worth. Market forces should keep the value just above this point because mining should stop as soon as it is not viable. But the problem with the organised crime groups is that they are uninterested in the coin generation being profitable. All they want to do is to convert the goods and services owned by their victims into cash for themselves. Which means that they can convert "electricity and hardware paid for by someone else" into "cash for them"
Re: Batteries still suck
Range alone isn't the real problem; it is recharge time combined with the limited range.
Even if the car could only drive 200KM on a charge, it would be doable if it only took 10 minutes to recharge it to get another 200KM. (chance to stretch your legs and grab a cuppa). But due to the recharge times for each cell, they feel obligated to put lots of batteries in. This adds to the weight and drags down efficiency.
Perhaps a good compromise is to build a trailer with a small diesel generator and fuel tank in it. For long trips, you can hook up the trailer but for the most of the year when the range is less important you don't sacrifice the luggage space or weight. These trailers could even be hired out rather than purchased if that is more cost effective.
Re: If only...
... and if only those generators weren't twiddling their thumbs all night with little demand.
... and if only we had distributed amongst the grid large battery packs that could charge up during the night and then return some of that energy to the grid during peak times.
Nah, I'm dreaming. That would require a country wide radio network upon which wireless communication could occur to request vehicles stop charging and or to request vehicles to return some of that charge. This is so impractical. It would require base stations to be built all over the place.
Seriously though, in a parallel universe....
Have you heard that some nuts want to power cars by filling them with highly flammable liquid hydrocarbons. Whenever you run low on this fuel, you will need to go to one of the filling stations and pump more in. I mean where is all this fuel going to come from, and how will it be delivered to these filling stations. Not only that, but the country is going to need to add exhaust fans into all the road tunnels and underground carparks so we don't get poisoned to death. The whole thing is just so impractical.
Re: Is it every day now?
Maybe ridiculous. But then again, did anyone predict 15 years ago that today you would be able to get on your phone for directions anywhere with actual photos of the streets you are driving on a screen with as many pixels as the most expensive digital cameras all by talking to it?
Or that Nokia and Motorola would be eating the crumbs dropped by a fruity seller of fashion conscious PCs and a company who sells fridges?
Lots of things that make no sense today will be ubiquitous in another decade. Except we still won't have flying cars. :(
Been thinking of using BitTorrent Sync to remove the whole cloud element. It seems to do a nice job keeping the phone and computers in sync, backing up photos automatically as soon as it finds WiFi etc. The main problem with it that I can see as a backup solution is that there is no built in mechanisms to notify you if the remote device went offline for a week. I would also rather a way of leaving it encrypted at the remote server.
EDIT: also one of the few backup tools that is really easy to setup, just pick the folder and share the secret code with the other parties. Everything else just works.
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