95 posts • joined Wednesday 1st August 2012 12:30 GMT
How can an ISP that doesn't provide ipv6 access be legally called an internet service provider. Sure they provide an internet service, but the name kind of assumes that they provide a proper connection.
We need to come up with a name for "ISPs" that don't provide a proper connection to the internet and start using that to distinguish them from actual ISPs,
" These gizmos are called beacons and the idea is that they beam data - anything from vouchers to details about the location -"
So it will be used almost exclusively for beaming spam and other advertising at people then? So nobody will ever turn it on?
Re: I don't want any of this.
Sure, and that's fine.
If they want to go off their own way producing stuff nobody wants then that's up to them.
The problem is that they also have a lot of good stuff, and it's not fun to have to decide if putting up with the bad stuff forever is worth the gain.
I don't want any of this.
Does anyone want any of this?
They seem to have had a meeting where someone asked "How can we make linux worse" and all their recent decisions are based on it.
Maybe not so bad
Patent claims usually make me angry,
But this time it looks like the patents concerned were for reasonably innovative improvements to the radio reception that were not essential to making a phone. The kind of thing that patents actually exist in order to encourage.
But I dont know the details well enough I guess
What do you expect
They paid far too much for their device so of course they are going to pretend they love it.
Objectively apple sell overpriced gear that few people buy. It's just that those who do waste their money on it go on and on and on about how good it is so they can feel they didn't waste their money,.
It's not aimed at high security
The purpose of these locks is to stop your friends from picking up your phone and sending joke messages, or to stop the person who picks up your phone from your desk from making chargeable calls. For those this level of security is fine for the convenience it gives.
As long as people know this...
The real reason...
The police and courts already extensively use people's phones to try to prove people's locations when they are accused of a crime. But there is always the defense that it wasn't you that had the phone. That it had been stolen for example.
But now they get to "prove" it must have been you carrying the phone because you unlocked it with your fingerprint.
Basically it's just an upgrade to the government tracking devices that most people _pay_ to carry around with them.
The scary thing is that this would have seemed like paranoid ranting a year ago. Now it just seems obvious.
They are not using tablets or smartphones as computers. They are using them as media players and simple games consoles. They are not computers, I don't know why the press thinks they are.
I really dislike dyson
I've read quite a few reports of them doing this over the years.
Basically when I bought a cleaner my main requirement was "anything except a dyson".
My main problem with the surface pro is the price. It's just a bit too expensive. When I compare it with a nice samsung ultrabook or something, I can just get a much more capable computer that's sufficiently portable for my use for the same price.
If they were to find a way to cut the price by another 25% or so then it might be worth it to me. They do look quite nice
Back to software...
Hopefully they'll get back to making software for computers.
Not trying to switch to making software for phones or shiny toys.
Not trying to build expensive hardware.
But making great software for general purpose computers.
Yeah, I don't expect so either
That's what put me off
It saying "Beats by Dr Dre " is what put me off buying a HTC One X.
But it's important
But it's important that people stop using cash. How else are the government going to track what you had for lunch?
The biggest problem
The biggest problem is the name. MariaDB just doesn't sound like a proper database product.
It shouldn't matter, but somehow it does.
Why does one have to win?
Surely both free and paid for content will co-exist?
I'm happy to pay for a certain amount of TV quality work, but there is also a lot of material out there that I'd not pay for and I don't see why it would go away
Rule of law...
There is quite a high correlation between the "rule of law" in a country and it's economic success. Those countries that have predictable, fairly enforced, open laws generally do better than those that don't.
The USA seems to be determined to lose it's reputation for this recently. Between things like this, and the prism stuff they are slowly losing their reputation as being a good place to do business. They've not lost it yet, but at some point it's going to make a difference when people start deciding they don't want to do business with USA companies because they don't feel safe in doing so.
They need to be careful and start thinking how all this looks to people.
Instead of sending a radio wave I'd set up an array of 25 billion lasers all in a grid. Make them tiny, out of LEDs. And then send the data in parallel. Keeping it in focus would be tricky but that's just engineering :)
Re: Stop whining and do it yourself.
I like the ability to read some articles at home, some on my phone web browser, some at work, and have it know what I read. Not sure if any installed programs can do that?>
Well ok, I understand this.
No point spending so much money and effort making a service that's stretched far beyond it's means.
However I sent them a significant (to me) donation 2 weeks ago or so. I'll not be entirely happy if I then get kicked off, but I guess it was a donation, not a payment for services, so I won't get too upset.
They need to go back to basics
They seem to want to shovel in everything can think of making the whole thing an utter mess.
If this is true they've amazingly managed to make 8.1 *worse* than windows 8 which takes some doing,.
Re: The rot has firmly set inn
This sounds like I could have written it.
I hate windows 8 and the "metro" interface. This is NOT dislike of change, it's dislike of THIS change.
Between windows 8, "metro apps", replacing messenger with skype, progrssively worse versions of office every year, visual studio 2012 being less usable than 2010, their complete failure to implement c++11 in visual studio they seem to have completely lost the plot.
Their latest xbox fiasco seems to sum it up entirely. They implemented lots of things that were entirely for their benefit and when potential customers didn't like it, treated it as if they just needed to educate the people and not say oops we messed up.
I too switched to linux mint for many things a month or two ago, the only reason I boot windows now is for a small number of games (and at work because I have to but even there it's only to remote to a linux machine now)
"Of course, that's not bad for Apple, "
"Of course, that's not bad for Apple, " except that as the bond price falls the yield goes up proportionally and affects the amount they will have to offer on any future issues. So it might well afffect them indirectly
That's when it's charging.
I put my phone on the charger when I get home and it more or less stays there until morning so the overnight thing isn't much use. And as for using GPS to turn off WiFi, I generally have wifi turned off as it seems to use more power than wifi... Nice idea but I wouldn't expect it to save me much power.
Or to say...
Let me reword the headline.
"Special interest pressure group overwhelmingly supports own cause".
With the death of MSN that all my friends used this might work.
They forced us to use skype and we all hate it.
Better idea for currency
There are supposedly going to be 21 million bitcoins created and you can trade fractions of them.
Instead, why don't we just create 21 million unique large numbers and sell the rights to fractions of the value of owning the number. The numbers themselves will be protected under copyright law as it's already well established that possession of a certain sequence of numbers is a protected under copyright.
That way we don't need to do anything about security either, if someone "spends" my fractional share in the rights one of the numbers without my permission then the government can prosecute them for "piracy" and I can claim damages that are much higher than any intrinsic value of the number simply based on what I consider the value to be.
This doesn't even require any new law, the principles already all exist.
(Yeah ok, so it's stupid but where is the flaw?)
it's kind of a nice idea
I wish it was those days again when those machines were new. Everything seemed much more exciting and special. And it would be great to play with a machine from that era again.
But really what use is it? I feel the money would be much better spent trying to recreate the concepts on modern hardware instead. Which is what raspberry-pi, and some of the android consoles like Ouya are trying to recapture with some success.
The security issue is that someone can steal my card and use it without knowing my pin number or anything. It's not using it I object to, it's having a physical card that simple possession of lets people take money from my bank account that I object to.
Re: Internet connection required
Because it's entirelyt unnecessary for any reason that's of benefit to me, it's only a benefit to microsoft.
And it's part of the slow erosion of ownership . I will own my xbox but I won't be able to use it without it checking in to microsoft's servers for no reason other than to enforce the fact that they control what can be done with the machine, not the person who bought it.
It's not an terrible thing in ittsself, it's what it represents. Would you buy a washing machine where every time you wanted to use it you had to call the manufacturer and ask their permission to do so, and the could at some point just say no you need to buy a new machine? Of course you wouldn't, it would be terribly intrusive and of no benefit to you, so why accept this?
Step by step
They are not evil yet, but each week I see something new from google that makes me think that inch by inch they are slowly heading that way. Perhaps with good intentions sometime, perhaps with the intention of protecting their profit other times, but they appear to slowly but surely moving from a champion of openness into a more and more closed company.
I understand why they might do this, and it's not evil in itsself but gradually, step by step over the last few years I've gone from thinking that people calling google evil were paranoid idiots into thinking I'm not quite sure I trust them any more, and that perhaps I ought to move my email and contacts and spreadsheets and phone away from their control over time.
If it's filtered...
If it's filtered then it simply isn;t an internet connection.
It's a proxied web browsing connection. An internet connection relays packets. Nothing more, nothing less.
They can still sell it as a useful service but they shouldn't be allowed to call it an internet connection because it's not.
Looks really good
I want one now!
The article says 1GB but the data sheet linked to says 800MHZ, which is it?
Obviously a bad thing, but...
Obviously hijacking machines to do this is a bad thing, but it's not bad for bitcoin.
Mining is primarily the mechanism for securing the transactions, getting free bitcoins is just a deliberate side effect to get people to actually do it. So this makes the network stronger and less vulnerable to attacks. Assuming of course they are running a proper client but it would soon be noticed if they were not.
I have a few projects on there, but they are mostly things like a theme for the phpbb website I use and some direct3d11 code I wanted to share with someone. In both cases I gave separate permissions to the people who needed the code to use it, and I seriously doubt there will be any other interest so it really doesn't matter.
The source is visible on github not because I want to open source it but because I don't really care. If anyone asks me I'll happily give them permission to use it, if lots ask I'll create a proper license. But the default suits me just fine
I'd never buy apple because, well, they are apple.
I'm happy with my htc one but google are increasingly beginning to annoy me. Not sure that I want a windows phone plus would I like microsoft any better?
So that leaves... what?
Not sure what my point is, just to show I don't have much loyalty but I guess I'll end up with android again next time because what else is there?
Did any of the open source phones ever get anywhere?
I imagine that the .ml domain will become synonymous with spam, scams and general crap now.
It's already so cheap to get a domain that the only people who will care it's free are those people needing a throw away domain for something.
Good luck to them though, it's not a bad idea in itsself.
PCs can get back to being the proper professional tools the ought to have remained rather than being the shiny toy for playing videos that marketing people tried to turn them into. They'll sell less but they'll be better
If short sellers have bought shares in the company hoping the price will go down they are doing it wrong...
Tried for months to like windows 8
Then I installed mint linux and it looks and feel just like a computer should.
I only boot windows now for the occasional game.
It will take a complete redesign now for me to go back to windows. This isn't it.
Is there no way to reset the firmware?
Is there no way to reset the firmware if this happens?
I mean using even using a hardware JTAG interface to rewrite the firmware or something?
Or is it just scrap?
This doesn't make google evil
I used reader a lot and will miss it, but they provided it for free and stopping doing that doesn't make them evil. It does, however, make me realise that so many things I depend on. Google Gmail, Facebook, MSN messenger, Github to name a few could all just go away at any time, and in msn's case is doing so too.
I have a server on the internet, I guess it's time to start moving all the things I need to that as much as possible. In many cases.... email, git, rss, I only used the free services because I was lazy anyway :)
Facebook and messenger are the only ones that are hard to replace myself.
The official domain name system is broken.
It's just a service anyone can run.
It's time that someone set up a better one with the original rules.
That actually sounds reasonable
That actually sounds reasonable.
I don't want applications to be able to automatically redirect my web pages without me specifically allowing them to. Pity it makes adblock harder to install, but on the whole it's a good thing.
MSN was good, I used it a lot. Skpye is ugly and painful and horrible. i imagine microsoft have lost about 90% of their users by doing this. Of course they don't care as they weren't making money off this anyway, and it's worth that loss to promote skype a little bit where they can make money.
It's very sad though.
I knew a lot of people using msn. They are all using facebook chat now instead. Not skype.
I wouldn't pay for cat videos...
But I might pay for quality stuff....
I don't know what the film he called star trek was but it wasn't star trek.
I imagine that in the first two minutes he'll have darth vader go back in time 10,000 years and change history and then feel free to make some random film at best slightly connected to star wars and then try to claim he made a star wars film.
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