299 posts • joined Monday 7th May 2012 04:23 GMT
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Re: Value vs Features vs Price
The author doesn't seem to recognise that low price and landfill are not necessarily synonymous. The landfill expression refers to phones where critical engineering compromises were made in order to hit a particular price point. We saw this especially with touch screens and insufficient internal storage and RAM.
Look at it this way. A galaxy s2 was in its day arguably the best smartphone. Today, a phone of equivalent specifications would easily be in the landfill price point yet as a phone it would work fine and would not blink at running words with friends or angry birds.
To paraphrase a famous quote. Phones should be as cheap as possible; but no cheaper.
I could believe that a pre infected PC with dormant malware could receive instructions from the C&C using such a technique.
I could accept even that a specific BIOS had some sort of buffer overrun that allowed such a vulnerability, although that seems a very long bow. But to have an exploit of a nature that would work like this across multiple BIOSs sounds too big to fit in the available ROM so I think this is unlikely.
What I am willing to accept is some similar technique in the mobile space. E.g an overrun in Siri or Samsung's equivalent in Android. Such an exploit could spread to others on your bus or train.
Don't see any problem.
It is not like the said board members ever failed to notice untoward behaviour when they were foreign minister. Certainly no hundred million dollar kickbacks to Saddam for wheat contracts....
I am sure that makes them right on top of what China does in closed source modules in key infrastructure.
About the first sensible thing the new government has done re NBN
Re: False flag (key)
You mock, but you obviously haven't seen the magnificent resolution of the said icon.
Re: Why did MS suddenly fall out of favour with contrast
FYI, there is a registry key to make it less shouty
Re: Microsoft Time (sucks)
Re: Next up...
I'd settle for a hoverboard.
Don't give him any ideas
> I'm really disappointed that he didn't put some port into orbit to go with it
Particularly considering there is the biggest known source of cheese already in space.
Re: Iceland maybe?
> so what's not to like?
Having to spell the name of the said volcano in you GPS?
> Microsoft? Security? The thought never connected a single synapse. Not a one
More specifically, it is a new rdp client not a listening daemon. So unless he is worried about spoofed certificates going unnoticed by the client in q man in the middle attack, I can't see any major risk.
Re: No ISO?
> 10.5GB, woo, yeah that's a lot in 2013. </sarcasm>
Way to miss the point there.
On a reasonably performing ADSL2 connection, that is 4 hours. Surely it would have been more efficient to torrent the whole ISO, even if all updates had to download a small app first to check some md5 hashes.
... a former spook who exposed the Howard government's "artistic license" about Iraq's WMD.
Re: False economics
I am afraid that the field of copyright math is extraordinarily complicated. We really do need to leave it to the experts. A single iPod full of pirated music has been shown to cause northwards of 8 billion dollars damage to the economy.
So please don't come along with and use your primary school times tables to conclude you have made no damage.
Sometimes I think to myself that a facebook accountwould be useful. Then they pull stunts like this and I remember why I never signed up.
> Is Microsoft deranged? Mentally unfit?
So nuts that even Ballmer calls it a day?
Re: "public static final double π = 3.14159;"
I would like three pies
You're shooting it wrong!
Re: same or similar on Windows Phone
That is just cruel. What would anyone do with a Windows 8 license?
Industry: We pre-pferd that you keep quiet about this.
More like this please. Thanks
I wouldn't mind with two changes
I actually like mandatory polling booth attendance, which minimises the risk of cronies threatening people from attending polling booths, but there are two glaring ways in which the system is manipulated right now.
Firstly, with 110 candidates, how should I know where specifically to preference the bee keepers for higher buildings party. It is a surprisingly difficult and meaningless task to rank them. Above the line voting simplified it but parties figured out how to game the system by creating preference deals amongst themselves. In my view, scrap above the line, and allow the citizen to fill from 1 to 6 (for half senate) or 1 to 12 (for full senate).
Secondly, there is too much advantage of being first column on the page. A bunch of gun nutters won a huge portion of NSW because their name vaguely sounded like one of the main parties and they happened to draw first on the page. This is somewhere electronic voting could help (they could display the candidates in random order). Even with paper based voting it could be minimised by having different candidate orders (not at the same polling booths for practicality during counting, but it could be done for different booths to average out the donkey).
Re: That will work so well
Java is a VM which is quite a different approach. I haven't used Firemonkey (guess they have to call that FM these days) in any serious capacity (beyond some proof of concept work a few years back), but it is vector based and offloads to hardware acceleration so I don't see any big issue there. The IDE still supports platform specific functions (Win API being the most obvious), but you obviously can't target other platforms if you want to do that.
The problems this faces are no different to the problems you face writing any cross platform "application", be that Java or HTML5, c++ or whatever. UI conventions are different on different platforms. Do you attach your menus to the window or go for the OS X model? Do you have a single MDI window model or a bazillion independently draggable windows? Do you swipe to delete iOS style or touch and hold Android style? Where do you put your "back" button?
Re: Honestly? How hard is this?
From what I understand, UK has laws that give you a choice between jail and handing over the password. All of these fancy measures of not carrying the private key or sending the key and data with different reporters doesn't get around this.
The reporters may well not understand security, or maybe the revealed password was just the decoy volume of a hidden truecrypt operating system (see http://www.truecrypt.org/docs/hidden-volume). The mule need not even have known about this; one or two believable files in the outer volume that would explain the need for its encryption.
... and this way they get to post about the day their office got trashed.
Mine's the one with the mobile phone that definitely doesn't have a micro SD card inside it where these files could have been hidden had they not wanted this trouble.
Re: Oooh, Ooooh
I am afraid we have already found the guy. His name, is Eadon.
Re: Retail Win 8
So a mere $500 to make it legal?
Re: Retail Win 8
Does the OEM license allow virtualisation? I thought you would need the retail or volume licensing to use parallels or VMWare and that OEM would only permit boot camp. Maybe it is different with 8.
> No problem. Their so tightly locked down .....
The their there should be they're!
Re: Syria's nuclear programme?
You joke now, but by some estimates, Syria is less than three years away from 2016.
Does it come with indistinguishable open and save icons too?
Re: $35 + Cost of a tablet remote
Well that is good and well if you have already got a couch. .... and a house to put the couch in.
Re: Thank you
WHAT USUAL SUSPECTS? FAIL
Biometrics the least interesting option here
A far more useful and practical usage of this sort of technology would be to allow the device to recognise the specific digit you are using to touch whichever region of the screen. That would open up all sorts of UI "multi-touch" options, like touching with thumb means one thing but index finger another.
Or maybe you don't lose any capacity but your batteries start getting heavier...
Eye see what you did there.
Shirley it was in the spirit of the peaceful co existence of humans and fish?
not going to work
I mean, where is smug?
What would this app say to Eadon?
Either very angry or suggestion to check for malfunctioning caps lock.
Re: LOL yet another big FU from MS
" would you be complaining about the fact the Start Menu is really fiddly to use with a finger?"
Yes. TIFKAM works well for touch and the start menu doesn't. But what is your point?
Have the swipe events bring up TIFKAM and the keyboard or mouse click the start menu. Or have a preference setting where you pick your preferred application launcher. It really isn't a problem that couldn't be solved.
Re: used to play Quake and UT all night?
Re: That's an awful lot of porn for anyone to watch.
Why Pa.... Nevermind.
"except for one guy who was highly predictive because he only interviewed people for a very specialized area, where he happened to be the world's leading expert."
Their streetview team was trained by the stig.
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