203 posts • joined Friday 2nd November 2012 09:52 GMT
If you think that "Stanene" is a terrible name, you should try "Urea acid".
That one has been re branded as "Add-blue" - probably to prevent people from refilling the Urea tank by pissing in.
"software called Monkey Puzzle"
I love these code names nearly as much as I hate the spying.
Was that a reference to Ballmer's famous dance?
I hope El Reg will get one of those for review.
Adobe software is such crap. It's so expensive and yet full of holes.
And water is wet, ice is cool, the sky is blue, ...
I wonder what employee performing rating system they use...
Re: I really don’t understand?????
That, and invading Poland, erm, Belgium.
In WWI? I think you are a 1000 years off the mark.
I am not fully sure tides work that way.
I am sure tides don't work that way on a moon, as moons tend to be tidal locked to their planet.
You could cure cancer and be told your performance was "Satisfactory" while your colleague could do something completely and utterly pointless, unrelated to his role and get "Excellent" with a payrise.
Of course - if you cure someone he will not need further medicine, so the one with the "pointless" results generates more profits.
So who is the better performer from a company view?
People stuck in a walled proprietary mass of BS!
When have consoles ever been anything else?
Face it - a gaming console is a consumer device and in today's brave new world of online enforcement a consumer has zero ownership.
Hordes of lobbyists and enormous amounts of "campaign support money" (bribes) have seen to that.
Why would a Korean phone need a “self-healing” bottom? Too much spicy food?
OK, OK, I'm outa here...
if part of their teaching is to report their parents to the RIAA, should they download anything.
Now that would be progress...
So in APAC: Japan yes, China, Indonesia and Thailand no
You obviously never drove over the Tokyo city highway. It's like Mario Kart without bananas.
US company sells out customer data for cash
wow - what surprise!
Re: Why all the exitement?
Yes, on the other hand, AFAIK pre-installed applications are stored in another partition than normal apps. That means, even if you could delete them, you would have to repartition everything to gain new, free space.
But at least you can delete the data, used by the apps you disable. That can already free up quite some flash.
And yes, I am well aware that not every user is able to find the disable option in the app settings and then judge, which app is bloat and which is crucial.
A good part of the Google apps can be disabled, btw, but you might lose functionality - you need "Google Search" to have voice search, for example.
Re: Couldn't disagree more
They just need to work out their USB kinks
That might well be. Unfortunately, nowadays it seems to be forbidden at Redmond to use a regular keyboard and mouse, so it will be a bit difficult to test the fix...
Interesting that Germany runs 2nd right behind the US of A. So much for their famous data protection laws...
Re: Late next year?!
Not a 32-bit implementation - the silicon will be full 64-bit. It's just that the software running on it might only run in 32-bit mode.
No, it will be the other way around. You will have a 64bit core inside a physical package and pinning of a 32bit processor. Much like the i386SX was a 32 bit core in a 16 bit package back in the 90s.
So the software can make use of all the nice 64bit operations and registers, even if the hardware on the outside is still lagging behind a step.
64bit external hardware will only start making sense once smartphones with more than 4GB memory arrive, but having a 64bit core, even with 32bit externals means you will be able to upgrade your OS and apps so much longer.
Re: Serve them right
I've never bought a landfill phone without a replaceable battery, and I never will.
For me the point is rather to be able to remove the battery, not so much to replace it.
Just to be 100% sure the damn thing is off, whenever I want it to be off.
The battery took most of the bullet's energy. Lucky it didn't short circuit, otherwise the clerk would have gotten a nasty burn. Still better than a bullet in the lung, of course.
Re: A Key Problem
... the sky isn't blue wrong
I don't know where you live, but if I look out of the window, the sky looks rather greyish white.
Otherwise I agree.
Re: 2400 £? That's a mockery!
In the future, the girl could be blackmailed, bullied at her workplace, become the target for sexual predators, ...
Don't get me wrong. I also think the guy is a POS for uploading the video. Fortunately for the girl, people in Sweden are quite open regarding sex. Just walk through any public park in Sweden during a warm summer night, and you will understand what I mean. So it is very unlikely the girl will suffer blackmail, workplace bullying or sexual predation in the future. At least as long as she stays in Sweden.
Don't shoot the sysadmin, shoot the programmer!
re-using an obsolete message flag for a new purpose is simply lousy programming.
I've already seen (and been bitten by) this, as well.
Programmers of this world - bits are not so rare, that you have to re-use them for new purposes. If you need to send new information, please use a new bit / flag /message, whatever. Oh, and make sure that you use the latest interface description and also update your changes to it. You DO make interface descriptions, do you?
Reusing obsolete messages for new stuff just leads to a big mess and to conflicts that no compiler, linker or run-time check can ever find. Even a peer review will probably not safe you (or more precisely your customer), as they tend to review only the module and not the interface. It's just asking for trouble.
IMHO it's the programmer who wrote this should be crucified, not the poor sysadmin who stumbled over the mess others left for him.
Of course the programmer is probably sitting somewhere outside of US legislation (India / Vietnam / China, wherever) and is a bit difficult to use as scapegoat.
And of course people are used to pay for shitty software that disclaims any liability, sold by the usual big name software vendors, so they take it for granted, that bad programming cannot be counted as the reason for such a disaster.
Mir is relevant for approximately 1% of all developers, just those who think about shell development.
I'm more worried about driver and window manager development. If I understand right, Mir will not work with closed source X-Windows drivers. Does that mean in future, hardware makers have to release 3 different drivers? One for X, one for Wayland and one for Mir? That can only be a bad thing.
And will it still possible to install other window managers on top of Ubuntu? Currently I'm quite happily running Mate on top of Ubuntu, as I realised that Unity is not for me. (I gave it a chance, but after a few days I realised it gets in my way, and gave up).
You cannot blame people that they are worried about fragmentation. Fragmentation is usually not a good thing. To some degree Linux turned its fragmentation from a liability into a virtue, but more choice is only good if things still work together. The packet manager fragmentation would be a good example of how not to do things. Please, please let Ubuntu not become the next fragmentation grenade, hitting Linux/Unix.
In more civilised times
the perpetrator was pilloried on the market place and after a few days it was over.
Nowadays your life is destroyed by a single thoughtless action, put on the internet by another thoughtless person.
Doesn't matter, if the victim of internet revenge is male or female. A victim he/she is nonetheless.
I wonder how many careers and lifes will be destroyed by this "artist".
The art of victimising. Quite some form of expression, isn't it?
Re: If you previously had Windows 8 setup with a 'local account'. WATCH OUT!
We are Microsoft, prepare to be assimilated, resistance is futile!
I just love it! And even more I love the fact that none of my machines is on Windows 8...
The amount of abuse that Microsoft users seem to tolerate is really amazing!
It’s also notoriously difficult to quantify the financial impact of cyber attacks
Just ask the RIAA. They are experts in breaking down vague claims into exact dollars and cents.
bloat and waste
Checking the allocated memory of my machine, It seems that Firefox allocates over 170 MB, just to render this one single page. This is without counting the memory, used up by plug-ins.
So much for modern browsers. Quite a progress, isn't it?
@Lamont Cranston Re: I wonder
I'd also expect unsightly bulges, and difficult walking
Is this your mobile phone in your pocket or...
Ok, ok I'll get my coat...
Last week I had the following discussion with my (completely not interested in tech) wife:
W: Hey look, this [insert Taiwanese maker] tablet is really cheap. It also has a high resolution.
Me: (Point at the picture) This tablet runs under Microsoft's Windows RT.
W: Oh, I see. (loses interest and clicks the ad away).
Looks like Microsoft's ad campaign completely failed. At least in this case. For average people Windows just seems to have no brand value outside of the PC market. I wonder how Microsoft thinks they can sell their stuff, if they cannot make it desirable to end customers.
If I read this, I somehow see an image of a girl, jumping out of a TV set...
Coat - the one with the rental video in the pocket!
Do they ever respond?
Apple couldn’t immediately be reached for additional comment.
I don't think I ever saw any Apple related article on El Reg without a similar statement below.
You don't give up easily, do you?
In market speech "cheating" is translated to "optimising". It is just the same than "doping" in sports, btw.
There are some variations, of course. "lying" would be translated to "optimising the truth".
And stop talking about "locking" or "disabling"! The correct market-speech is "featuring".
So Samsung optimised the truth by optimising the benchmark performance of their phones and even added a new feature regarding regional support. From marketing point of view everything is in great order, now please be a good consumer, close your eyes and open your mouth!
When I first heard about "creative cloud", I wondered who would trust Adobe enough to give them their personal information. Turns out that at least 2.9 million people did so. - That is the only surprise here in my opinion.
if it survives putting it in the rear pocket and sitting on a chair. El Reg should introduce such test for future VLP reviews. Also what about the heat generation? I could imagine it gets quite warm, seen how tightly it is sealed. Otherwise quite an impressive piece of hardware. As trade off for the waterproofing I can even even forgive the glued in battery.
Google's business model
First they slurp Waze, then they slurp the data of Waze's users. As a (infrequent) Waze user I don't like the deal at all.
On the other hand I don't see how the FTC could stop them. There are still several players in mobile navigation, so there is no imminent danger that Google could become monopolist at this moment.
What will happen is that many users will abandon Waze for other less Googly navigation software. I suppose Google took that into account when they decided to take over. Otherwise they might be in for a bad surprise. That's market at work, isn't it?
Re: Oh goody.
"MORE crap floating around in space...just what we need...NOT!"
In the story they state that "the gadget is attached to Canada's CASSIOPE weather-watching bird". If they keep up the habit of piggy packing their equipment with other satellites, there will no no additional garbage in space. But even if not, satellites nowadays are not just abandoned after use any more. They are disposed off by either dropping them in the atmosphere or by parking them in a special orbit that is reserved for space junk.
Given that these kind of satellites are flying in a rather low orbit, they will probably be dumped in the atmosphere at the end of their useful life.
Re: Regardless of the merits of the Apple patent
it means that once a idea has been published without a patent application being made, it is not patentable any more.
So no, you can still patent your invention, just don't publish it before you write the patent application.
I suppose this is one way to ensure that people are not showing off some good idea first and than try to cash in from others, that started to implement it before the patent was even written.
Re: Bad sticker wording
And will the phone still be unlocked after a reset, eg. due to a software update? Well, as a global citizen that moves around a lot, I am not going to take the risk.
At least not as long as there are plenty of "really" unlocked phones around.
I am still remembering my HP 3210a printer I bought in Japan and took to Europe a year later. I made sure to buy only equipment that works with 240 volts, but they got me by putting a country lock on the ink cardrige chip.
My last HP product, too, btw...
Why bother with the cloud? Just wrap it in a virtual machine
Use any VM converter to wrap the XP box into a virtual machine and safe it on a big enough external hard or network drive, then update the box to the OS of your choice, either Windows 7/8 or any flavour of Linux or BSD or whatever OS you wish to migrate to, connect the virtual machine (and deny it network connection after next April, for obvious reasons) - voila! You have full access to whatever used to be on the XP box.
This has the nice side effect, that there is still a chance to recover licence keys you forgot to unlock before the transition. (Some software might notice it is suddenly running in a VM and might not allow to unlock the license key any more, however).
Re: The only thing a mechanic can't fix
I wonder what kind of disclaimer you would have to accept to use a self driving car -
"Under no circumstances shall the maker, or anyone who distributes or maintains covered vehicle be liable to You for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, or consequential damages of any character including, without limitation, damages for lost profits, loss of goodwill, or loss of your life."
Only the 5s has the new 64 bit A7 processor. This means that phone will most likely be supported much longer than the 5c.
OK, in reality this is probably not a big deal, as the average lifetime of modern smartphones seems to be only 2 years, anyway, but it could also be one factor why people rather pay a bit more and take the 5s.
Re: @noominy.noom Great Moral Compass, There
Remember these are the people who change all their your privacy settings on a whim and, when you complain, say "you can always leave Facebook..."
Yes, you can!
(Sorry, couldn't resist)
Re: Nokia becoming more like M$oft alredy
Er, no. Android on low end hardware is rubbish
That would depend on what you define as low end hardware and what you want to do with it. Jelly Bean runs quite fine on a 1GHz single core chip with 512MB memory. Good enough for some simple gaming, music listening and even some video watching, if you can live without HD content.
So why bother with a 64-bit chip at all?
The cynic might say, not unreasonably, that it’s nothing more than a marketing exercise.
The realist might say, it is a good excuse for Apple to cut off support for their "old stuff" at some not too far away point of time. Just as it happened when they went from ARMv6 to ARMv7 instruction set.
The message isn't clear enough yet?
The killing of technet should have made it clear already - they hate small ISVs.
Small ISVs could grow to large ISVs and cut into Redmond's market share. We can't have that, can we?
(I can't decide, if I should use the joke or the troll icon - I have a growing feeling, that they might really feel like this, so perhaps the slapping hand fits best)...
Re: Battery lasts a day?!
What's the problem? Just another device that needs to be put to the charger at the plugfest every evening.
One or two company phones, private phone, tablet, and the missus might have one or another device, as well - one more watch hardly counts...
Also proud owners of "automatic" watches, already know the pleasure of putting them in the rewinder. That didn't stop them from buying and wearing such watches.
The question is rather, how is the usability? Given the size of the screen, I think we can safely forget about any on-screen keyboard text editing, book reading or similar. It might work well as a videophone and might show some tweets, mails or SMS, though. Kind of like an extended notification area.
I am looking forward to reading El Reg's product review. Hopefully they can get their hands on one soon!
Re: Great idea!
This is not a moon...
Please please please
Let it be Elop. For all the good it would do Nokia, Microsoft and the rest of the world.
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