2399 posts • joined 1 Jun 2012
"If my house kept tabs of whether I was in or not, it could save me money by lowering the heating as described."
Is a programmeable thermostat beyond you?
Admittedly for unexpected movements you'd be saved the effort of turning the heating on or off, but for short term movements you'd save nothing because the thermal mass of the house and heating makes the system too slow to respond to you going out the house for twenty minutes.
If the summary benefit of the whole internet of things is relieving the idle of the need to program their heating, or switch it on or off as required, then I have to ask why bother?
Re: The UK should sign up now
"Why buy from the US? we're developing our own!"
Mmm. From the same people who brought you Nimrod AEW3 and MRA4. The first cost a billion quid twenty years ago for no working aircraft, the second cost four billion a couple of years back, again for no working aircraft. The MoD is incapable of specifying kit and letting contractors get on and build it, and the contractors are too reluctant to tell the MoD to stop arsing around with the spec every single day. Mix in corrupt and incompetent politicians, the results we see are inevitable.
A further problem is the (military?) obsession with trying to have cutting edge kit that causes vast cost escalation, and then results in limited purchases and excessive asset lives, so that the crews are often younger than the kit they are operating.
Re: The UK should sign up now
"Since we retired the Nimrods, the UK has no sea patrol aircraft."
The UK has no defence vision nor strategy, either.
Just as well nobody wants to start a proper war with us, given that we've no aircraft carriers either, and no modern ground attack aircraft. And precious few of almost any type of defence asset you care to name, and virtually none of those are any good for the roles we have needed them to perform in the past twenty plus years.
"You'll still interrupt the on-demand music to hear local news"
Not round here. I'd be delighted to be rid of the inane babble of DJs, pretend "local" news from pretend "local" radio stations, incessant and irritatingly cr@p adverts for the same businesses over and over again, and worst of all, DJ's reading postings off Farcebook or Twitter. Thank goodness the phone in is mostly dead.
Re: The wet dream of the liberal: "If I had the money ... I would eradicate baldness!"
"Just think how much good we could do in the world with such amounts of money. We could give everyone a decent hairdo and eradicate slapheads"
Re: What Google wants.. @Shannon Jacobs
"Actually, from the bean counters' perspective, it's the only smart way to capture technology. "
Yes, but not for the reasons that you state. The best technology doesn't win out routinely, even when buying the innovators, so sub-optimal in house technology doesn't matter. The problem of innovation in large companies is that innovating is very difficult in that environment, and probably isn't what secondary market investors or customers want.
Large corporations are bureaucracies - that's what they do, how they work, indeed quite often why they work. When I turn on a tap or light switch, I want the companies running the system to have very low risk processes that work, I want them to be risk averse, to use proven, reliable technology, and to let startups or dedicated risk takers to focus on innovation. Bureaucracy can certainly kill a company (GM, Motorola), but in both of these examples there were huge R&D and M&A budgets, and the problem was that those budgets were wasted.
Re: @Matty B
"You get the freedom to spout your tinfoil-attired claptrap."
Actually he had this freedom before the "security" services were able to snoop all and everything. Prism and the various add ons have merely created a new enemy in the form of government, rather than defending anybody against anything.
All the attacks foiled in the UK appear (from the more detailed and authoritative press reports) to have been stopped by good old fashioned policing or by luck, not by mass surveillance and recording. Look at the murder of Lee Rigby - how the f*ck was he helped by all this surveillance? FFS, MI5 even knew years ago about the two primitive, thicky arsewipes behind the crime. Maybe if they put more resource into proper security actions instead of ineffective but sexy, glitzy hi tech big budget data scooping then they would have stopped these two. The same applies to the Boston bombers in the US.
But people like you Matt, you're a Christmas gift to SIS and the politicians. Your (worryingly) devout belief in the benefit, the moral rectitude, of mass surveillance, your willingness to swallow all the bilge served up to justify it, regardless of the evidence. You throw around terms against other commentards like "tin foil hatters" and "sheeple", but if there's anybody believing myths and hopelessly following the government line, then it's you, Mr Bryant.
However, as its Christmas I'll raise a glass to you, Matt, and hope you and your family have a good one.
Re: What A Crock of SHIT
" The law was grossly unsound "
By modern standards. By the social standards of the day it was widely regarded as a deviant practice which should be illegal. You might not like that, but that's how things were. And the underlying social attitudes persisted long after the law was changed - remember a certain glittery rock star's sham wedding to some Austrlain bird to prove he wasn't gay? Or how a reasonably long list of celebrities and politicians had to resign because they were gay, usually after denying the fact? I don't think Freddie Mercury ever publicly admitted being gay.
It's all very well condemning old laws for being wrong, but often they mirror the social attitudes of their times.
Re: Probably wise they cancelled
Well, the title was all wrong. "Blackberry Live" doesn't fit. Take your pick:
I have one. But the problem is I don't want to have to ratch around in the garage or wherever looking for a piece of kit just because rechargeable batteries are shite (and that's not an option for people who wouldn't know what a multimeter was). I had hoped the smart charger would solve all that but it made no difference.
Why can't the fucking things just work, simply and reliably?
"When buying for others, it's probably best not to pay the extra cost of rechargeables unless the recipient is already using rechargeable batteries, as the batteries are likely to be thoughtlessly thrown away after their first use."
Bl00dy rechargeables. I've tried umpting different brands, at least four different chargers, and both batteries and chargers have this consistent bad habit of random early death. Made worse by the fact that most chargers need to charge cells in pairs. Even the £40 "smart charger" that could charge them singly and do test discharge and capacity measurement. In fact that f*cker probably only charged about 200 cells before shuffling off its coil, meaning that the cost per battery was 20p just for the charger, never mind the individual cell. As I buy disposable batteries from Aldi, Lidl or Poundland, I never pay more than 25p for an AA in the first place, so the economics have (despite my best intentions and perseverance) never worked out.
Now factor in the inconvenience of the ones that you think are charged and are in fact dead, and the need to establish whether the appliance is at fault, the battery, or the charger, and you start to see the rationale breaking down even more quickly than the bl00dy batteries themselves.
Rechargeable batteries are cr@p. They're worse for the environment, they're more expensive.in the long term, and they're a bl00dy nuisance. So there's a gift idea for somebody you have to buy for, but hate. Get them a battery charger and some rechargables.
Re: No fuss.
"IOS users have, on the whole, become very institutionalised, so I doubt there will be much fuss."
When you think about all the landfill Android gash being touted in China (along with some decent stuff), and the malware infested cess pits of third party app stores out there, it seems distinctly possible that rather than hoping to break out of the the walled garden, many Chinese customers cannot wait to get inside and hear the clang as the gate shuts firmly behind them.
That's not being institutionalised, it's a very valid response to having your Android UX ruined by malware, crummy hardware, crummy software, or crummy accessories. We all know, after all, what can happen when you don't use an authentic Apple charger.
Re: Cheap as chips!
"But the first year I could find inflation data for: 1751, shows that sixpence in 1751 would be worth £4.12 today."
On the other hand, that 6d was probably a half day's pay in 1751.
Re: British Industry once again
I think you need to do some research. As I recall Datawind is British only by incorporation. It is owned by (IIRC, you can check if you really want the finer points) a couple of Canadian resident brothers of Indian ethnicity, and the manufacturing is done in India from Chinese components, using American software. At these prices the profits will be paltry (even allowing the subsidy), but they'll struggle to get them out of India untaxed, so there's no tax income the UK will make even if this goes well because Datawind will not be taxed twice, and the Indian government will have got their first.
Not sure why the Reg keeps parroting this crap about it being a British company - there's no British interest in this other than for the bloke who audits their statutory accounts for Companies House, and the £20 paid to a bloke to engrave a brass plaque to put on the accountants office door saying "Registered office of Datawind" along with 200 other companies.
Re: Protesters are protesting the wrong things
"Imagine a new high paid industry comes to your town, one that you have no skills in and the end result is you can't get a job or pay rent any more. How is that fair?"
It isn't either fair or unfair, it's life. Industries come and they go over time, and the employees can't stop that happening. Buggy makers weren't happy when the automobile came along, but would you suggest that was unfair, or should have been stopped?
"Towns and cities that become dependant on one industry don't do well long term, look at Detroit for an example of that."
Seems a bit in conflict with your first point. Do you mean that Oakland shouldn't have become dependent upon dock working jobs, or SF shouldn't become dependent upon the tech sector? If the latter, you may have a point some decades into the future, but what would happen to California's state finances if the tech industry relocated itself to the other states?
Re: bad side effect of a generally good thing
" onto a housing market raped mercilessly by the fetishism of the "everyone should own a house" housing bubble"
Rubbish. Underlying asset prices (and eventually rents) of buy to let properties are just as much of a bubble, and both are caused by the same thing - demand for both rented and bought housing growing faster than supply. In the UK that's mostly down to the twin idiocies of politicians exercising too much control on the housing market so that insufficient new houses are built, and their "open door" policies on immigration that allow in around 150,000 people (or more) each year.
"Hey Mr. Politburo, no need for laws; look how *fair* we a being!"
Hardly an issue in China. Compliance is binary - you're in with the politicians (and probably bunging them some, or even run by them), or you're not. And if you're not then sticking to the letter of the law won't help you one bit. You will soon find your employees have mysteriously fallen out of windows, or been placed under house arrest, and your commercial partners have vanished like rice in a refugee camp.
Never mind your wife, what's in it for China Mobile?
I would guess that one of the biggest earners for mobile networks around the world is people incurring the punitive data and voice rates when they go outside their bundle. With this "innovation" the mobile operator gets nothing for a net increase in network data use (or gets none of the pure margin extra revenue that it currently would).
Why not simply offer a fair call and data rate to all users outside of the bundles in the first place?
Re: Give some credit where it is deue
"This is a nice example of the EC getting things right"
Only if your view of supra-state government is that its purpose is to dabble in the really important stuff like forcing a profitable and hugle successful company to adopt a rather flimsy connector that for valid commercial or technical reasons they've decided they don't want to.
If it was important to the fanbois, they'd vote with their feet. I don't own any Apple kit, but I think Apple corporation and their customers are the people to decide on how their stuff works, not a bunch of tecnhically illiterate c*nts in Brussels who can't even get their own accounts audited.
However, just as you are delighted with this sterling performance by the EU, leaping into action like a greased panther, I'm sure the 57.4% of Spanish youth who are unemployed will be f***ing delighted to hear that the overpaid @rseholes in Brussels have decided that Apple will have to use micro USB. Or the 41% of Italian young people, or 36% of Portugese youth.
Re: A fascinating place.
Anybody in that neck of the woods shouldn't miss out on visiting Old Warden, a few miles up the road in Bedfordshire.
When I first went I was expecting it would be rather dull, full of stuffed stringbags, but the reality is that it is alive, with many of the exhibits in flying condition and brought out on special occaisions, lots of detail on the engineering and the history. If you're there during the week you can see the guys restoring aircraft, but even at weekends the place reeks of fabric dope and engine oil. Compared to the sterile, odour free RAF museums at Cosford and Hendon, Old Warden shows what an aircraft museum should be,
Re: Missing the obvious...
"The stupid part was confessing. "
Only stupid if voluntary. Given that the police spend a lot of time interrogating people, they are usually as good at it as you will be at your jobs. Keeping a completely straight face, and telling a coherent and unchanging story when being questioned by the police is not as easy as it seems, and I'd wager that any non-career criminal will struggle to avoid dobbing themselves in it.
"But (rather like art galleries) my mild shame at not doing more civilised things myself is at least balanced by awe at and gratitude for those who do"
If you're ever in St Ives, visit the Tate Modern. It is a five star attraction that offers a "kill or cure" outcome for undecided visitors. The building's fantastic, in a great location. In my case it confirmed that modern art is mostly shit, with pride of place given (for example) to a single sheet of A4 paper with a single large solid black diamond shape on it. Or weird bronze castings that look like an experimental French urinal (as opposed to Marcel Duchamp's "Fountain", which is a urinal). Boxes of books you rummage around in and then insert cut out text in between the pages to "create art". The obligatory whole room devoted to some woman who you've never heard of, but who produced a lot of rather dull and uninteresting paintings and junk sculptures then "went and lived the rest of her life as a man on the West Bank in Paris".
And the whole experience is rounded off by traditional po-faced babooshkas to shoo you away when you mistakenly sit on an exhibit because it looks like a bench. YMMV, you might find you love it, but I commend the place to anybody: Those who love modern art (and can't see when an "artist" is talentless and simply taking the piss); those who are undecided; and those who are fairly sure they won't like it, but have a good sense of humour.
Re: I believe it
"there are many applications that only work with the specific quirks of IE 6, and are too expensive or impossible to reasonably upgrade. "
Nothing is impossible. All IT comes down to binary at the end of the day. Too expensive is a matter of choice.
In most of these enterprise cases idiot CIOs allowed business critical dependencies to develop, when exercise of their professional responsibility should have recognised that third party code isn't supported for ever, and that nailing stuff to IE6 (which was shit at the time, please remember) was a really bad and short sighted idea.
It may now be expensive to undo a badly done job, and redo it all properly, but RBS shows what happens when your IT is one vast pile of sticking plasters. From my dealings with the company I believe Vodafone's IT is equally unreliable, so I'm guessing that their IT strategy is a similar "elastoplast + outsource to cheap and crap foreigners", and there's plenty of other companies who've made the same mistake.
Choices are tougher in the SME sector, but for any big corporation running XP after next April, I hope they get trashed, and then clobbered by the regulators for their incompetence and stupidity.
"I'd imagine they are going to pee off a lot of their retailers (John Lewis, Tesco etc.) which could be very dangerous"
Hardly. By definition, dedicated retailers rarely have exclusivity on a brand product, so another few stores opening is neither here nor there. I'd guess Samsung stores won't be offering discounted products, nor will they be shifting any volume - their purpose is simply to be a better and more wide ranging showroom for Samsung's over-arching brand than can be achieved through Argos, JL, Tesco, Carphone Warehouse, PC World etc.
I doubt it will be a success, and they'll close within a year of opening, but even if it is a success, that will probably help other retailers shift Samsung kit rather than undermine them. Having said that, I'm with another commentard above: This shows Samsung's marketing department is out of control, and there's such a big budget that they don't have a clue (even by marketing standards) what to do with the money. Evidently the marketing department see this excess as a solution to the problem that the S4 is too f***ing expensive and not selling fast enough, and they've never heard of the Nexus 5 or Moto G. Peak Samsung, IMHO.
Which makes the Lancet equivalent to the Daily Star.
Re: "Best" is not just a word
"Pedant. Or is that not sufficiently sentencey for you?"
You realise that "pedant" is one of the highest accolades a commentard can receive?
" sales were up thanks to steady cutting of less profitable subsidiaries"
So the Reg reckons the subsidiaries had negative sales?
Notwithstanding my contempt for Dixons and PC World, I think even they would struggle to deliver a negative top line.
Re: Jingle bells, batman smells...
"Birmingham 1978 (ish)."
Still current in the Midlands even today!
Re: washable keyboard?
"Put my normal keyboard in the dishwasher (not including the internal circuit board). "
The caveat is important. I had a rather greasy and dirty keyboard, and followed the advice to dishwash it, knowingly accepting that this was "kill or cure". And it was "kill" - dead as the dodo despite partial disassembly and drying in the airing cupboard for a week. I didn't mind too much, but anybody who values their keyboard should either fully dismantle and only wash the mechanical bits, or forgo the siren call of the dishwasher and stick to cotton buds, kitchen roll and a big bottle of ispropyl alcohol.
Re: Parent present
"I like the idea of a hudl but its been out of stock for ages now."
Carphone Warehouse are selling 2012 model Nexus 7's for £119. The store I was in on Saturday had 'em in stock, and the website is offering free delivery or delivery to store and claiming availability.
I think I'd rather have last year's Nexus than Tesco's when the price is the same.
Re: Offer a reward
" Instead, deal with the Russion authorities and have them take care of matters"
Dream on, mate! A big part of the problem is that the Russian state and Russian criminals exist on a continuum, not a binary scale. And not in the manner of the ongoing till-dipping and employ-your-mates graft prevalent in the US or UK, but on a much larger, more open and more brutal scale. We all know what happens to investigative journalists in Russia for example - murdered, and the authorities never seem to find the cuplrits.
So the chances are that the Cryptolocker gang are already part of criminal/political gang run by a mid level oligarch in some sh1tty oblast in southern Russia. And if they aren't they'll be looking to use their new found wealth to buy friends and influence. The only prospect of the authorities turning on them is if those same authorities think they aren't getting their cut, and have the back up of even more powerful thugs.
Progessively isolating increasingly large amounts of the internet is the only answer, because that would force the Russian government's hand when the tap is about to be turned off. But I simply don't think that US or European politicians are clever enough or brave enough to start such a move. Funny, isn't it. All this NSA and GCHQ data and phone scraping and storing "to keep us safe" and the useless f*ckers can't protect us from spam or business-grade malware?
Re: "Value-add is why people will pay you"
"Any similar IT-specific examples?"
The whole BPO and enterprise services market is lock in. HP, IBM, et al generally can't do things cheaper than the customer when you include their margin, customer acquisition and account management costs. But by promising half wit CIO and CFOs the earth, justified by the illusory magic of labour arbitrage, they persuade big companies to hand over control of IT infrastructure and business critical functions like accounts payable and receivable. AP, AR, the IT helpdesk what are they if not transactional, low value services fit only to be performed by Indians?
And when after eighteen months it becomes clear that like for like costs are going up and up, service is sh1te and getting worse, the same CIO and CFO types find they've been had. They don't have control of their own staff to bring the service back in house, because after these staff were TUPEd to the outsourcer, said outsourcer then sacked them all and employed idiots on a pittance (HP, I'm glaring at you in particular, but the other vermin in the outsource sector are little better).
So that is the IT and BPO lock in: The vendors make sure that the customer is locked in for a good long while by a contract they don't understand. Said customers usually find they can't enforce the SLA on the vendor. And having TUPEd their own staff down the river, the only option is renew with the devil you know, or renew with the devil you don't know.
" Paranoia pays off again."
Only if you've very paranoid. I suspect a typical browser even in private mode with "do not track" flags will be vulnerable to the more persistent forms of cookie. Do a search on evercookies, and you'll see one example of what you're up against. Ghostery and the like can help, but ultimately it is a straightforward arms race.
Re: Great news.
" Fret not as the company will allow you to sideload its OS to any Android device that you might already have"
Love the idea. But what's the business plan? This matters because there's always a price.
Re: As with all Climate models
"Middle Earth has always struck me as just a set of scenes spatchcocked together as background for the plot rather than as anything that resembles a possible world."
I always find that a "Mr Logic" approach to literature is best restricted to technical manuals, since it may otherwise spoilt the enjoyment.
But if you do want to do that, Discworld may offer rather more holes to poke?
"To me, that's one of the decidedly mixed blessings of digital - it can encourage the mentality of "shoot lots and some will be good, by the law of averages."
But it has always been the case that subtle differences of the scene, the angle, lighting, timing, subject expression etc mean that even for the professional the best logic is often banging away like an armed policeman with Cressida Dick as your commanding officer. Hoping for one perfect shot, or even expecting a few carefully planned frames to come out is (in my view) reckless optimism. Back in the day of real fim the pros had motor drives for exactly that reason, along with high capacity backs because 36 shots wasn't enough, and even landscape photographers with expensive 6x6 film would always take a few reels before coming home.
Even in the environment of a studio, what's the ratio between shots taken, and published or exhibited work? My guess is something in the order of 200:1 for a shot that gets published, and more than double that overall because many professional studio sessions don't lead to anything getting published. Admittedly the professionals stand a better chance than Joe Soap, but judging by the number of carefully thought out shots I take that don't come out, there's no way I'm rationing the shutter button.
"Willetts said that the UK could help to broker a deal between international powers to get the cooperation necessary for a manned mission to the Red Planet"
Well, we wouldn't want to get our hands dirty with science, manufacturing or even design, would we?
I nominate Willetts (and all the rest of the human refuse at Westminster) to be flushed down a giant toilet. Charge the public money to operate the lever, with auctioning of the rights to flush our more crooked and/or less competent politicians. That should get enough to make a dent in the national debt.
Re: Had enough of Microsoft.. @ Wanda Lust
"I'm disappointed that posters resort to personal insults while describing their point of view against others. I don't think that's necessary but a little profanity (in an adjective form) or terseness should be excused...."
So telling people they are "whingers", and because you don't share their opinion they should "STFU" should be excused because you don't like the vitriolic response that it got?
Re: Somewhat good news, but far from enough
" When you really need to use a boot disk because the OS has crashed, you can't, because it won't let you! The OS has to be working in order to change boot options, so these are visible during bootup, but if the OS has crashed, you are out of luck, "
The whole advanced reboot and recovery thing is an absolute tragedy with W8 (and 8.1). The system allows you to make a small bootable USB recovery drive that will get you into the recovery options (and you only need to get into the BIOS, not the HDD W8 install). That's really rather good. But by the time most people find this it's too late because they didn't know, or chose not to sacrifice a USB stick for this purpose. A bootable 8.1 reinstall disk burned by the user would have been even better, but there's no option to do that. Another example of Microsoft seeing the world only from their own perspective.
Likewise, even when you can get into W8, and you need to do an advanced restart, it's soooo easy to get to, just hold down the shift key when you select restart from shut down screen. Except too many people simply don't know that. How much did it cost to have a proper advanced options menu link on that screen?
Bringing these together with the built in system imaging capability, W8 should be a work of genius in terms of recoverability. Instead it's all too obscure, or defaults to the wrong thing. Likewise file versioning is turned off by default. The built in backup saves files as VHD and XML, which is pointless and unhelpful if you want to access backups without having access to Windows restore. The WIndows firewall can, but is not easily configurable to block outbound connections, so you need TinyWall or a paid product to enable capabilities that W8 has but aren't properly configured by default. Etc, etc.
So much that is good, yet the obsession with the TIFKAM UI and lack of attention to the defaults and useability negate them all.
"Having listened to almost the entire world Microsoft realise they should ....."
You lost me there, I'm afraid.
Microsoft don't listen, they never have, they never will. This is simply a further financial knee jerk reaction to the slow motion commercial car crash that is Windows 8.
If Microsoft had listened to the W8 beta testers they wouldn't be in this mess. If they reacted quickly to the disastrous launch and negative publicity they wouldn't be here. If they'd listened in the meanwhile, looked at the various shell extensions the market is offering to fix W8, and then done 8.1 properly they wouldn't be in this place. So what are the chances of Microsoft listening and 8.2 doing the necessary job?
Give me any occaision when Microsoft have showed real contrition, recognised a past mistake, listened to users, and made appropriate amends? Take Vista - they did fix it in the end - but you had to pay for the fixed version that they called Windows 7. Leaving customers to put up with the dogs breakfast of Vista for eighteen months, and then expecting them to stump up twice for a working, stable OS, is that the same as contrition and listening to users?
I would point out I'm using W8.1 on the small fleet of home and family machines I support, and with Classic Shell it is probably even better than W7. But Microsoft's failed attempt to mollify the peasants with a 3.5 Gb reinstall, that failed to being back the functionality that people wanted shows the bad place they are in.
How can it require a near full OS reinstall and 3.5 gig of code to add a sodding start button that has virtually no functionality, when third party add ons bring vastly more capability in less than 1% of the same volume of code? And given all this, what is the chance that Microsoft will manage to get it right third time. Worse still, all these repeat attempts to fix W8 distract management from critical things like security. There is no reason in 2013 why Windows should not be as secure for the average user as OS X. Instead it remains a rats nest of critical vulnerabilities, or weeping security sores, with zero day flaws cropping up with monotonous regularity. Meanwhile all the executive effort over the past three years has goine into forcing an unsuitable and unwanted new UI onto customers, and then repeat efforts to fix the resulting problems.
Can a leopard change its spots? Probably not, but Microsoft aren't even trying.
Re: China really wants to the world to see how bad they are screwing up the enviornment
"China really wants to the world to see how bad they are screwing up the enviornment "
Rubbish. Sounds like the same quality of tat that they often export. Good to see they aren't keeping the best stuff for themselves.
Re: XPS 15
"Illustrates the very cavalier attitude to support by Dell. They buy in some bargain hardware, don't sign up the supplier to provide driver support so down the line leave the customer with non-working functions."
I recall something similar with Dell, Creative sound cards, and Vista back in 2007. It wasn't that Creative hadn't updated the drivers in that case, it was that (for whatever reason) Dell weren't going to update their website with the new drivers, and the whole thing revolved around the fact that the sound card supplied by Dell pretended to be an OEM card. I suspect that because the drivers were specific to this supposedly OEM part (probably just the graphics on the driver control panel and installers), Creative had a techncially compatible update, but Dell wouldn't pay for the additional work to add the Dell logos.
With some messing about on the Creative web site it was possible to get properly working drivers, but you needed to take the cover off the Dell machine to see what Creative model number the sound card had - nowhere did Dell help you out with this. Incidentally the same sound card is now doing service in an otherwise new i5 gaming machine runnning Win 8.1, without a hiccup.
Might be worth persevering, and seeing if you can establish who the camera was made by, because they may have a working 8.1 driver that Dell simply aren't providing on the support web site.
Re: Fixed it for you
" I think there could quite easily be good cause to suspect that this is evasion, not avoidance. Allegedly."
That's the real pity. In most countries the existing legislation permits this sort of abuse to be stamped on, hard, as abusive transfer pricing. Funny thing is that they never apply it.
" one hopes there is some means to recover and refurbish the drone on the sub for re-use."
Of course there won't be. Why would you stealthily launch this whilst submerged, and then surface in full view to recover it? Like much military kit, this (in field use as opposed to trials) is on a one way journey.
"No, I do not approve of being spied upon by my government. I see no value in their 'protective services'. At the same time I believe that if you're going to do something do it as well as possible. That is even more important if you have to spend the publics money to do it. "
You aren't familiar with Monty Python, are you?
"I humbly submit this for the Darwin awards. On the other hand, as other have pointed out, it doesn't really seem that funny :("
To the hard hearted it is indeed funny. Fucking thieving bastards, serve 'em right. Just like the c*nts who steal live power cables.
Re: US state department funding?
"Err and you think this is not being used as a means to spy on them by the US?"
Don't be daft, of course we're all aware that the NSA would be slurping this lot as well - it's the only reason for doing it. But I think your comment shows that you fall into the category noted earlier of those who think irony pertains to things made of Fe.
"Successfully knocking out Cryptolocker will stop new infections."
New infections of Cryptolocker v1. The real threat of CL is that it has been perhaps the most effective piece of ransomware of all time (I speculate so). Which means that other envious cyber crooks are looking at how they can get a piece of the action, either by buying the software and modifying it, or writing their own to copy the business model. That's why I went for the measures noted above, because at the moment I can see which are (probably) the CL emails as they arrive either from ADP Payroll, Fedex, or "I am Natasha from Russia. Look my picture in attachment". But that only protects me when I can see and delte the threat. The Holy Grail for the crims is to be able to infect machines in (for example) a drive by download (or maybe the Grail is getting this to work on the machines of supposedly rich and security unaware Mac users).
Imagine you are a computer crook. If your malware recruits a machine to a botnet for sending spam, or participating in DDoS attacks, how much do you earn? $200 for 10,000 machines per day, say 60c per machine per month max, assuming there's sufficient rental demand to rent them out continuously. If you can install something like CL, you get perhaps 5% of infected users paying up say an average of $20 per machine infected, with no onging need to maintain the bots. So working ransomware gets you double the income of maintaining a botnet for eighteen months, and you get the money up front.
I think the security advisory firms haven't made enough of the aspects of CL that are not individually novel, but collectively are game changing: Effective delivery, stealthy and effective encryption, delivering on the unencryption when users pay up, untraceable payment.
Re: Looking on the bright side....
"Make sure those backups are offline"
Don't worry, that was a number one consideration. Hitherto it has just been cloud synced, protecting me against sudden hardware failure or loss, but the stealth encryption of CL made me realise the error of my ways.
"Also, make sure you can recover, including recovery of the catalogue database (if there is one)".
No database as this is home machines, without any clever stuff on them, but good advice anyway.
"An untested backup may as well be just random data."
I must 'fess up, checked, but not fully tested. For things like the system image and ripped music there's other recovery paths if they don't restore, it's just more time. The document recovery has been tested variously in full or in part (still susceptible to bit rot I suppose). I might enable checksum comparison on the backup or something like that to provide some verification on backup writes, so thank you for the prompt.
Re: Not too bright ?
"Why would you download a flashlight app in the first place -- hell of an expensive torch when you consider the wear on the battery and the replacement cost ?"
Easy. Because on any decent smartphone the LED gives much better illumination than an incandescent torch bulb, is more compact, rechargeable, and is with you most of the time. I've got an LED Maglite 2D which can put a spotlight on something a third of a mile away, but it's hardly pocketable, so I don't have it with me very often. Likewise, I've got a proper camera, but that doesn't invalidate the benefit of the one on my phone. Given the occaisional use the impact on battery life or durability is negligible. Obviously those who choose to buy a phone with a non user-replaceable battery might wish to be a bit more paranoid, but even for them I don't think it would be harmful - day to day use as a phone and communicator will knock 40% off your capacity in two years.
I struggle to understand why you wouldn't have a torch app. Been using Tiny Flashlight by Nikolay Ananiev for the past two years and it works for me.
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