245 posts • joined 2 Nov 2012
@AC: Here's the news: 90% of your "billion billion other games that haven't made the jump netively yet" don't run on windows neither, because they are locked down with a copy protection that only works on windows me or earlier. And newer games might require access to an activation server, that has been deactivated half a year afer you bought the game. But go ahead, spread your FUD, if it pleases you.
@Nick Ryan - "they do have a habit of stitching up the older devices"
It became a little bit less nasty, lately. They used to stop supporting older devices pretty fast until now, but a few days ago I was very surprised to see an update for Skype in the App Store, when I opened it with my old 3G model, running IOS4. I thought I try out what happens and it actually offered me the last available version for my flavour of IOS for installation. Quite a big surprise! I checked out some other apps that are now "unavailable for your version of IOS", and unfortunately there was no change. I suppose it is up to the developer to support this feature.
Still - better than the outright ignorance of older devices they showed before.
Does anyone know, why they chose Gingerbread? Quite an odd design choice!
Otherwise it sounds like an interesting idea to use e-ink.
Re: Perhaps someone can explain to me...
Surely all they know is that someone transferred the coins, not necessarily who?
Your wallet has a unique ID, that will never change. As soon as you register in an exchange, they will ask you for a proof of residence and will have your wallet ID.
Depending on the country of residence of the exchange, the local three letter agency will have access your credentials. You think they will somehow not swap this information with each other?
Yes, no proof of residence is 100% sure. Organised crime can certainly find ways to provide a nice, good, false, proof of residence. But the question is - can you?
Re: Perhaps someone can explain to me...
Yes, pretty much everyone could start a new crypto currency, just as pretty much every country can start its own currency. If it has any value is a completely different issue. (Certain companies seem to think 1£=1US$, but that is another story).
Bitcoins, litecoins, dodgecoins or whatever have no value by themselves other than what the people are willing to give them.
Right now the market is driven by speculation. Yes - you can already buy some real world stuff with bitcoins, but this is mostly a gag driven by marketing, not by any customer demand. I haven't heard of any shop accepting litecoins, dogecoins or any other altcoins.
IMO cryptocurrency has mainly one big advantage. As long as you have access to your wallet, people cannot STOP you from transferring them. This means, even if the US of A decides, they don't like a certain web page and US based payment processors (-> pretty much all of them) stop fund transactions to that page, you can still transfer your cryptocoins.
The US will still know, that you transferred the coins, however. All transactions are registered forever in the blockchain.
Re: Perhaps someone can explain to me...
This means that their value is determined by their going rate in exchanges, where they are traded for Stuffz that are actually worth something in Real Life
Theoretically you can make bitcoin payments without an exchange. The wallet application lets you transfer coins to someone else's address without any exchange involved.
One weak point of Bitcoins, however is the time this transfer requires. Usually you have to wait several minutes, until the transfer is finished.
If the two parties have both an account on an exchange, however, they can just swap the (virtual) money from one account to another. In this case the exchange is supposed to keep the coins in their wallet. Btw. an exchange should always keep all currency, entrusted to them in their custody. Otherwise it would be doing banking business, for which a licence is required.
Newer cryptocurrencies like litecoins, etc. are designed to allow faster transfers of virtual funds, btw.
The bankruptcy hearing will be on 1st of April?
I see lots of April fools day jokes coming.
What saved apple's bacon
is the carriers' stupidity. At least here in Japan. If you take an IPhone on a 2 years mobile contract, it is about 500yen (~£3) per month cheaper than if you choose Android, - with the exactly same conditions. (They don't offer any windows phones, btw). Japanese carriers also offer generous cash-backs, if you take an IPhone. You could nearly buy a new IPhone from the money I was offered, just this weekend.
No doubt they contracted for huge volumes and got surprised that their fellow carriers did exactly the same. As a result they dump them and the cheapest Android is still much more expensive on a contract than even the IPhone 5s.
I wonder how to call this - war for Apple share? Apple war? Anyway, as long as it lasts there will be enough work for Foxconn, I suppose.
"dinosaurs didn't have a space program" – and look what happened to them
They evolved into birds and flew away?
On a more serious note - make a boinc client that searches for non matches on photographic data and let it loose on the internet. People will happily donate their computing time and the electricity would be much better invested than for coin mining.
Progress is marching on...
stomping over everything in it's way.
At least it's cutting edge technology. As next step I propose to build some water treatment facilities.
- What do you mean: "the water is already poisoned, anyway"?
Re: He'as a jerk
You described his business model quite well. On the other hand one of the main purposes of companies is to make money for their owners. One way to create this is to grow and get more and more wealthy, so the stocks price goes up. This works well for a company with a good business model in a growth market. In this case the money earned is best used by re-investing it to further grow the company.
At some point the market might be satisfied and the growth slows down. Now the company has two options. Either try to find new business fields to invest all this money coming in, or starting handing out the cash to stock owners.
CEOs usually go for the first option for various reasons. Investors might prefer the second option, however, as it is less risky.
Icahns business model is to buy stocks of seemingly peaked out companies with lots of cash or other valuable assets and try to convince the other stockholders to cash out. Perhaps not a very nice business model, but at least he is not outright evil.
Other "investors" are much worse, buying good companies, burdem them up to their neck with debt, rip them apart and sell off the pieces. Now, that is evil!
I bought a "discovery" years ago that still works fine. I had to replace some FETs in the charging circuit once, but otherwise no big issue. Can't use it in the living room, however, as it always sucks in the carpet fringes. Also it likes swallowing the wiring around my PC. I wonder if the new brushless system works better.
If it is sold for $49 in the US and £49 in the UK, will they sell it for 49 Yen in Japan?
Mine is the one with all those wallets in the pocket...
@ Elmer Phud: Re: As we are talking about anecdots...
Well, there's a surprise -- a user who gets something new, doesn't like the 'newness', expects it to work exactly like the old one and 'doesn't like it'.
Did I mention, she bought a book and tried to get into "8"? Also she has lots of time on her hand.
Anyway - good for you that you got used to it quickly. I suppose you are also a 80 year old lady. If not, I would like to remind you that she got into XP when she was around 70 years old.
You do understand, that El Reg commentards are not the only ones that have to get along with "8", do you? After all it is preinstalled on pretty much any PC, sold on this planet. With a monopoly comes responsibility. A responsibility Microsoft failed to abide IMO. Personally I think it doesn't matter, as there are now tablets on the market that are easier to use than PCs ever were and will do everything the average user needs.
As we are talking about anecdots...
my aunt bought a brand new laptop in January, after she heard that "Windows XP will be stopped". Last week she told me the following story:
- She turned it on and got completely lost how to use it. The book about using Windows 8, she bought with the laptop was no big help, apparently.
- She asked some PC support guy to help her. He updated to Windows 8.1 and took some 200 euros for his efforts. 8.1 didn't help, however. She was still lost.
- She took the whole thing and gave it away to a friend as a gift. She told me, her Windows 8 experience was so frustrating that she really wanted to smash that laptop with an axe. Unfortunately that laptop was relatively expensive, so she didn't do it.
- Now she is back, using her old XP laptop until it "stops working".
That means at least one WinXP PC is back now. It will probably turn into a troyan infested zombie, as soon as the first security hole goes unplugged. Not that it would make a lot of difference for her.
Yes, I proposed installing start8 or switching to a tablet, but you know how these old people are. They don't want to listen - reminds me of some software company.
Re: USB was thought to be shorthand for a European country
United States of Belgium?
United States of Britain?
Hmm, not sooo unlikely.
My first PDA
was a Agenda VR3, back in 2001. I was impressed by the OS (it was Linux based, rock stable, lots of open source ports and synced OK with outlook) but disgusted with the mediocre hardware.
My second PDA was a ASUS A600. I was impressed by the hardware (lots of RAM, fast ARM processor, colour display), but not so much by the software. PocketPC 2002. What? No writing back data to the flash? All data lost, once the battery is empty? Outlook syncing only over "active sync", which had a nasty habit of messing up my contact list?
I thought Microsoft would surely catch up quickly, after all everything had been done before. Then came a row of PocketPC incarnations that had only one thing in common - they looked, felt and worked pretty much all the same and were unavailable for my poor not so old PDA, anyway. That they changed the name to "Windows Mobile", in case it was used as a telephone OS, didn't change much, either.
I wonder how it is possible to neglect a market for such a long time? It probably takes a very concious effort. I can imagine a bunch of clueless top managers sitting in a meeting room with meta-plan boards around them, filled with phrases like "minimalise efforts", "concentrate development on core business", "follow the vision", ...
That famous video of Ballmer, laughing off the IPhone tells one thing for certain. Microsoft thought smartphones are a low margin, commodity business. You know what - that might even be true for 90% of the market. He just didn't see these 10% that are willing to pay big money.
Less secure than what?
So how does this make open software less secure? With a closed sourced software this bug would probably go unpatched for just as long or longer. As an added bonus you then depend on the goodwill of some company to fix it in a reasonable time frame and for the software version you are using.
A bug in a library? Good luck, finding out, which of your closed source software uses this library and is affected.
Re: Typical reg
Did you bother to read the story before posting?
If so, where do you see any attack on Apple?
@crisp: I feel that wearing that particlar device in a pub is quite offensive. Not to take it off, once people state, that they are feeling offended is either arrogant or stupid. To start taking a video after people get angry about you wearing a video device is - well, offensive. Add enough alcohol to the mix and things can go violent pretty fast.
IMHO she should call herself lucky that she only lost her purse.
"she was able to capture some footage of the confrontation, which she started recording in the bar"
Did it come to her mind, that this could be part of the problem?
She should call herself lucky, that no one punched her in the face. I could imagine it would be difficult to extract parts of her spy glasses from her eyeball.
Pity Kepler didn't survive longer
to find a planet, Kepler needed to see at least 2 transitions of the planet in front of it's sun. Given that Kepler didn't survive even two years, there is zero chance that it could have found a planet in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. The planets it found were either around suns with lower mass than ours, or in a very low orbit.
Just a few more months of measurements would have made such a big difference. Anyway - even with the limited scope, it was still a great success, of course.
The best part
was that the Japanese police already pressed confessions out of some of the innocents they arrested.
They seem to be very committed to their work - quite frightening...
I wonder what kind of different troll types there are.
Up to now I identified 3 types:
- The foam in the mouth "my system is best" type
- The offensive re-poster of the same sentence, depending on the headline (usually AC)
- The accuser (everyone with another opinion is a corporate shill)
I suppose there must be much more. Any suggestions?
I suppose each single one of these 20 PC's will be secured with the North Korean version of a firewall - a Nork soldier, armed with a flame-thrower.
This would be a good moment
to invest in some bitcoins. First open an account at MtGox and then -
Sure enough - I liked Altavista quite well at the time and switched to google when it was clear that they had the better search engine.
If it was really that great a patent, why did Lycos go bust then?
Because "let's Lycos the answer" doesn't really sound so good?
Re: Not sure I understand this...
and he even did it for free - how horrendous!
"The Angry Bird Seasons" app, sold currently in the Amazon appstore requires the following permissions:
- Your location
- Full Network access
- Storage (SD card access)
- phone status and identity
- monitor network communication
- development tools (test access to protected storage)
- access to accounts
I have no idea, if the game play is good or not. No way I would give a game such permissions without a good reason.
Oh, and did I mention that is the "ad-free" version!
I suppose their company slogan is something like "We make money, so why should we care"...
And this is why Linux (including OSX) has no place in my home.
It is probably running in your router, your set-top box, your telly, your mobile phone, your fixed (if it's IP) phone, your washing machine and even in your car-navigation.
Homeless icon - every place is his home. --------------------------------------------------->
After the rather disappointing hardware that Firefox OS came with up to now, this should give it quite a boost. Let's hope they put in some decent hardware!
Re: Kids DON'T WANT privacy
If you have children over 5 years, you can do the following experiment to test this statement.
Try the following:
- sneak silently to your kid's room
- suddenly open the door
- quickly step aside, to avoid being hit by any item your kid is throwing at you. (optional)
Now again, what did you say?
A good lesson...
...how to destroy your market with too much greed and a bad strategy.
Both, Microsoft and Intel had this market cornered with the netbooks. Microsoft didn't like the low margin for the netbook flavour of Win7 and Intel wanted to push ultrabooks, so they both killed the netbook market with their imposed limitations. (800x600 screen resolution, 2GB memory limit, 32bit only CPU, ...).
Now someone else filled the gap and they lost their market share. Too bad, isn't it?
Ironically these cheapo tablets manage to deliver acceptable performance with similar or even worse hardware, than the netbooks had.
Financial crisis coming?
... can convert human waste into fuel
I wonder how they are going to tax the resulting fuel... Pay per shit?
Energy, matter, and innovation are never lost, just reassembled.
Sometime they get sucked in a black hole, though. A good analogy of a patent troll, IMHO.
developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! developers! ...
Re: Free app hosted elsewhere?
do you look at the requested permissions for each app (that performs a specific function) and then install the one with the least permissions?
if the permissions change … do you uninstall the app and start over?
->yes, if I don't like them.
Any more questons?
your Android phone has Microsoft DRM in it
if this is behind the "drm protected content storage" process - I disabled that one some while ago, together with other unwanted preinstalled spyware like the "Market feedback agent", facebook, google+ et al.
Up to now I didn't see any difference. If anything the phone seems to run more stable. Probably due to the RAM that was blocked by this stuff.
They have to do something
so they decided to study the problem a bit longer.
Or with other words: let's win some time until winter is over or the weather changes. (Whatever comes first).
And no, it has nothing to do with the long, long delays in introduction of stronger emission standards. (cough, cough)
Blackberry posted a loss of almost $1bn in Q2 2014
Talking about hindsight...
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.
Re: Virus in space...
Now if they would find virus writers and
lynch prosecute them...
I think the fitting justice would be to throw them out of the airlock without a space suit.
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?
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