177 posts • joined 30 Aug 2012
Of course Kickstarter tries to avoid any liability they are quite open about it.
For instance, many people believe that by pledging a certain amount to a project they have some kind of guarantee to that product, but that is not necessarily the case. Kickstarter will tell you that their terms of service require the reward to be given or a refund given but that is a 'contract' between the project owner and Kickstarter not the donor.
So if the project fails to deliver, even if it appears that there has been some misappropriation of funds, Kickstarter will not help. They will refer to their terms of service and tell you to speak to a Lawyer. However it would require Kickstarter to sue the project owner for breach not the backer who has limited rights.
In reality for projects that you don't want to get "involved with" or projects where you don't want to help through altruism (i.e. you want to donate just to receive the finished product cheaper) it is far more savvy to wait until the project is completed, it has been reviewed (and compared to the competition) and then buy at full price with a full raft of statutory rights, warranty, credit card protection etc.
"In this instance the FCA's dead hand is grasping operations like Kickstarter, and will undoubtedly strangle them"
In what way is it doing that? What regulations are strangling Kickstarter?
Really? Where are the other 20nm plants?
“The mere fact that it was granted means it has been examined by the USPTO for prior art and was more than worthy to attain patent status,”
Maybe because when you stop doing a salaried job to start on a new, risky, business venture you would prefer not to be using your last reserves of money and betting the house on it.
You might want to use any reserves you have to pay for your food and bills.
"...can still get an "early adopter" LATHON kit for $1,450"
Well you can pledge a donation of $1,450 to support the project and as a reward they might send you a 3D printer, as long as everything goes to plan...
Re: No no no...
And then an agreement will be (already is?) written into the contracts that the public body will indemnify the Chief Executive for any legal action taken against them while in the course of their duty.
Re: Not overclocked
Isn't that what Stu said?
Re: For some reason...
"I haven't seen a useful app except memory managers..."
Memory managers? Seriously?
Re: Not in the UK.....
Well sorry to say, you are therefore a cop who doesn't know the law.
The law in the UK states that if your engine is running you can be prosecuted.
See here for the government site: https://www.gov.uk/using-mobile-phones-when-driving-the-law
Re: Not in the UK.....
It's all very well not allowing it while driving. Seems sensible enough and then you get prosecuted after being stationary in a traffic jam for 15 minutes and you call someone to let them know you will be late. Doesn't seem so sensible.
Re: Question to someone sciencey.
..." or the plan of compressing the ship's helium to the point where it becomes heavier than air - as the Aeroscraft "Pelican" ship is supposed to do."
So apparently yes, but maybe unproven.
If only your local bus company could get a law that everyone in a town/city had to pay them a set fee every month and in return they could get free bus rides.
They could save so much money not having to market their services or be prone to market/weather fluctuations or even worry about competition.
In fact other things that are deemed beneficial to everyone - free high-speed internet (everyone pays a monthly subscription to cover it), free PCs for everyone to improve education levels and knowledge (subject to a law being passed which makes everyone pay a monthly fee) .. etc..
Just because everyone has to pay for it monthly/annually doesn't make it free.
Is it free?
Or does every resident have to pay for it (whether they use it or not) through taxes?
I think the point Eguro was making was that the price of the end product is unlikely to change and the paying of tax will have to come out of their (vast) profits because if they could've charged the customer more for a product they would have anyway, regardless.
In a capitalist economy with normal market forces major companies will generally charge the highest amount they can to the consumer/retailer/distributor to generate the greatest amount of profit.
Interesting Tabs in the screenshot - does one say "Whistleblowing"?
I'm still after this if anyone can post the results?
Anyone have BT.net 100/100 Leased Line (BT as ISP)?
If so could you run a speedtest.net and report your results using a standard PC or normal server.
Our upload speeds are really slow and I'm trying to confirm that a speedtest result, although not overlyaccurate, should at least be returning some better stats..
Re: What about Bus Lane cameras
Not quite true it depends on how you store that data, if it is manually indexed it can still fall under the DPA.
Although you helpfully have the time shown to skip forward to any useful part using the "Reg player" there is no time markers on the player to know where to skip forward to (at least not using Chrome).
Surely having a time marker as you move the slider forward would be more useful?
Re: JB? I Dream of JB!
I can't understand your rant at all. You bought a phone you know hardly anyone had heard of, knowing there would be no hope of an upgrade and knowing that a major ROM creator would not support it and then complain that it didn't include an indefinite support and free upgrade contract from the manufacturer.
Whereas you could have just bought a new Moto G or any number of second-hand phones which are supported by cyanogen or others for little or no difference in price.
Your carrier wants to charge you through the roof and you choose to buy a phone that is obsolete the day you bought it but this is somehow the fault of the OS which is continuously updated and has security fixes and is made available free of charge and usually open-source to anyone?
Re: Much as I normally like physical keys and detest touchscreens...
They have customisable keys as well to add any important new ones.
This is kickstarter
"although customers can preorder them for as little as $89."
You can't pre-order anything on kickstarter. You pledge money to help make the project successful, you are a backer with no rights or shares just goodwill. If you pledge a certain amount they might send you a gift for your support, if the goal is reached, then again they might not.
We don't use Unique visitors any more as they it is so inaccurate nowadays.
It used to be that Proxies and NATing would mean your Unique Visitors was under rated. So cookies came in to do tracking however this over reported as they were cleared down and lots of browsing being done in private mode.
Now though multi device makes all stats of unique visitors pointless as a track of audience levels other than as a relative figure. There are so many web consuming devices, phones, tablets, PCs at home and work etc that I'm sure most Unique Visitors numbers can be cut by half if not a third.
Year on year growth is also affected by worldwide (or key market) smartphone and tablet growth - if that grows by 30% then it is likely that your unique visitor count will grow by a similar amount.
Re: Far reaching changes? Really?
But then you'd need to use standard page-rank on every search result and you'd be back to a sprawl of SEO spam filling every search result.
Their current algorithms work far better than page-rank for useful results.
Using cheaper flash for servers
Due to the lower life expectancy of the consumer grade SSDs it is never recommended for servers and critical applications.
However the price difference and capacities are many times more attractive and if you are not able to use enterprise grade then is there a solution using consumer grade...
How about running 2 x SSD in a RAID 1 with different initial usage. So if MTBF is 2 years for your current usage profile you put 2 x SSD in your machine and after a year move the second drive to a new machine with a new SSD in a new RAID1 (or the same machine to provide an extra volume or create a RAID 10 array). Obviously this could be extended to different RAID types to create a RAID 10 array of many disks or you could start with RAID 6.
This minimises the chance that both disks will fail at the same time (probably less than two enterprise units installed at exactly the same time). As long as you have hot spares the data should remain safe and also be magnitudes faster than using HDDs but within a sensible budget.
Re: Makes sense to me...
"'TM' in the UK *is* a registered Trademark. The 'R' is non-existent here."
Eh? The ® signifies a registered trademark in the UK. ™ Symbol has no legal significance but can be used to show that you believe that the mark would qualify for protection from passing-off.
Re: The info is there
AOSP is the android open source project. There are also forks and ROMs which can add and remove anything they want. Cyanogen Mod is one of the more popular ones.
Re: Making money is one thing...
Not even making a steady revenue. Today companies that think Profit, Profit , Profit will start to crumble.
The difference with Apple and Google is they are risk takers who try new and innovative ideas with no guarantee or even a mapped out path to profit.
Other tech companies have built first and then looked at how to profit later and sometimes make a killing out of it (even without actually making the profits).
It epitomises MS when Ballmer talks about wringing every last cent out of his customers for profit. You start to hate your customers and they start to hate you (look at Ryanair!) and eventually your profits plummet.
Do a bottom down approach, treat your customers as key and provide them what they really want. Despite many hating Apple, they have a large loyal fanbase. Apple have created a magic aura about themselves.
Nobody ever 'loved' Microsoft or their products as far as I have seen.
Re: They used to be free...
I don't see the need to get abusive.. however.
We were paying about 1.5pence per minute to receive an 0800 call. The operator would be receiving a fraction of a penny per minute.
Mobile call charges were about 25pence to 30pence per minute. So "no money" may not be strictly correct but it was a negligible amount.
Despite you going overboard on your anger, the reduction in revenue from calls to calling card services was the reason behind the initial charging of 0800 calls on Orange.
They used to be free...
When I first got a mobile on Orange the calls to 0800 numbers were free. However companies sprang up using 0800 numbers to connect you through to any other number for a much cheaper rate.
This was in the days before there a significant amount of bundled minutes of call time.
So the mobile company would have to pay all the costs of the infrastructure and call routing and not get any money for the call. They started banning or charging for those numbers which were used as a calling service, but, of course, they changed them continuously and there were so many companies doing it that in the end they just slapped a charge on all 0800 calls.
So I can understand a little what the problem was, however why didn't they at least allow you to take those calls out of your regular call allowance - same for 0845s? It seemed to be just greedy and for genuine companies that wanted to use freephone to help their customers, they were actually hindering them with a premium rate call.
I guess calls from mobiles on contract get so many free calls and are so cheap that the call card operators won't be so attractive, however I could see them making a resurgence for Pay-as-you -go users.
Re: Is this a Real world vulnerability?
If you've managed to put malware on the phone, why would you use one that requires you to follow the person around?
You would just install something that allows remote access or just slurps and sends the data.
If you are following someone around enough to be able to nab their phone whenever they aren't looking it would be trivial to film their pattern or pin being entered.
Also you have to have someone who leaves their phone unattended, unlocked for long enough for you to take it and install an app without the person noticing.
This is why there is no real world implication!
Re: Is this a Real world vulnerability?
As the attacker has somehow managed to get hold of an unlocked phone before the screen timed out they can easily set the sleep and lock timeouts to 30 minutes and get any data they want off it.
Once again a 'security flaw' that has no real-world implications.
Is this a Real world vulnerability?
Can anyone explain the steps that an 'attacker' would need to take to create make use of this vulnerability and then what damage they could do?
Then think about any easier way to do that 'damage' without exploiting that vulnerability.
Re: Synology Issues
They didn't have advance replacement service at the time so I can't comment on that service - our box was sent back to the reseller and they ended sending a credit note rather than fixing/replacing it.
Re: Synology Issues
We tried interacting with support for a couple of months on it but it was very slow. Try this..tried it, let them know ... wait a few days/week ... try this ... etc. If it hadn't been out backup box (they didn't know this) and had been our live system we would have been in trouble.
When the device had an actual issue there wasn't much that could be done as they couldn't get into the box, we only had limited telnet access as it has no console as such, even if you plug a monitor in.
Their kit, generally, is really good. The interface - for a pure browser solution (aparat from a couple of bits of Java for file explorer connecting to your client machine) is one of the best I have ever used.
The NAS/SAN option (running both at the same time) with great backup options, including backing up an active LUN is really good.
However I've had a number of issues with one box we bought. After doing a DSM upgrade the disks started failing (multiple disks). Contacting Synology they stated it was definitely the disks (despite the coincidence). Due to the way their Linux had been compiled you would also get un-killable processes attempting a never ending disk access. There was no way of shutting down the machine even using “Reboot Even If System Utterly Broken” or sysrq.
Therefore the only way we found was to close any clients down, pull the network cables and wait for any activity to die then hard reboot.
Volume repairs would start on reboot and take a day or so but it continued to have problems. Eventually we returned it. Might be a coincidence but a lot of people seemed to have problems around the same time with that update.
The new boxes don't have any issues but we haven't upgraded the DSM on them at all due to a fear of issues arising. Every DSM update seemed to have a flood of issues in the forums.
I would love to be able to use the boxes as SANs for some more important tasks but just can't risk it, so they work as just fileservers at the moment.
Re: I want to play with VMs
To quote the old saying "how long is a piece of string".
You can run a number of VMs on a $300 laptop or require a server with 4 processors running 12 cores and 32Gb RAM and anything in between.
It depends what you want to run and achieve with it?
However in basic terms, everything will be shared between all the VMs. So make sure you have enough total cores that can be presented to each VM as a (a quantity of) virtual core(s) and enough RAM to share amongst each VM.
As for Hypervisors, if you are using a machine especially for testing VMs then I would recommend using the free Bare Metal VMware. Load it on via DVD, connect using the VSphere Client and away you go, very easy to set up. Use the VMware converter to convert a physical machine to a virtual for a quick start.
Your issue will be licensing the OS though. Unless you are running Linux as the Guest OS, every two VMs will need a WIndows Server Licence. Now Technet is not available, test licences are restricted to trials.
Re: A shining example of how Microsoft got it wrong
It's a while since I did it but I'm pretty sure you have to restart the server to do that?
A shining example of how Microsoft got it wrong
For the perfect example of Microsoft having a screwed up strategy is Server 2012.
When you get a model right everything you throw at it just seems to fit perfectly - however when you have to make massive compromises and do things that just seem wrong just so you can continue that strategy then you should take a step back.
Microsoft should concentrate on Consumer v Business. Work PCs - Business, Servers = Business, Company phones = Business. Home PCs, social networking phones, etc = Consumer.
They don't then need to shoehorn business users into a consumer OS and Windows Server 2012 should never have happened.
You can, of course, run 2012 core, however it is a bit of a gamble that the utility or app that you need to troubleshoot something runs as a powershell or remote management interface. There is no easy way to add on the GUI afterwards if need be. If, you opt for the safety of the GUI to start with you have the Modern UI ... on a server!
So every entry to the server remotely involves logging on going to desktop, doing your business and then going back to Modern UI to log out...sorry Sign Out. They've had to add additional commands into the control box of the Remote Desktop just to handle this easily. Having to go to the bottom left and attempting to get the start box to appear and then having to go to the opposite corner to log out is just maddening enough with a mouse when you first start with it.
Seriously Microsoft, understand your paradigm, don't alienate users and stop chasing the consumer dollar by annoying every business user (the ones who are going to be keeping you afloat in the years to follow).
So domain squatters who hold onto domain.co.uk get given another one for free that they can readily sell on as well, holding a company to double ransom?
Re: Damage and distress
Thanks, for that!
Maybe over in the USA but in the UK if you take someone to Small Claims court you only have a limited subset of claims you can make and nearly all have to be directly related to a loss or cost you have personally suffered. So you could go to court and sue for £5 maybe for the time it took to download an digest the e-mail. However you are never going to be able to claim £500 etc via the small claims system.
In the UK they courts, even if you go to full civil court don't hand out massive punitive damages - apart from a limited few cases such as libel - these have to come as forms of fines which is why it needs to be done through legislation.
Damage and distress
I would add that rather than having to show damage and distress they should be fined per recipient if the company sending the communication did not take adequate measures to try to ensure that they were genuinely entitled to market to that individual.
So if the fine ranged from 10p to £10 per recipient based upon how neglectful the company was, this should help to stem the problem dramatically.
Therefore, unlike a fixed fine, it cannot be thought of as a "business cost" which can be negated by sending even higher numbers of communications.
Re: What happened...
How many companies, let alone NHS trusts do you know that have the budget and resources to employ an AV update bork-checker?
Updates come out for AV at least once a day and sometimes more often. To load this into a test network and try out every bit of software to see if it still works okay for that once in 5 year time that it doesn't is unrealistic.
In an ideal world, yes it would be great but you expect your AV vendor to have the resources to do testing for at least major software (like the WIndows OS) to make sure it is not affected.
Re: @Lloyd cheap and nasty
Are you sure you don't have HDR/HDR+ turned on?
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