347 posts • joined 2 Nov 2012
Go gadget go!
They forgot to mention the always fashionable umbrella hat. It just needs a rain sensor to open automatically.
And let's connect it via bluetooth to the spectacle wipers!
3D is annoying and should go away, especially as an additional cost, as if you don't want to watch it in 3D you get stuffed into a small screen - if I wanted to watch on a small screen I would be at home. Films like Dredd were actually worse for the 3D too (highlighted the noise in the dark scenes).
I completely agree with you. I don't understand why movie theaters don't offer special spectacles with two identically polarized glasses for people that don't like 3D. That would be trivial to implement with negligible additional cost.
Looking at this
I suddenly realised why this windows 8 tile design always looks so familiar. They use square areas with no more than 3 colours in each block. Looks like I'm not the first one to realise it:
Here you can find a comparison of economy seating of different airlines.
My personal feeling is, that the seat pitch is even more important than the seat width.
If I look at the new 787s, I don't see a lot of improvement in this regard, so I have little hope for what the airlines will use in the new Airbus models. Most likely they will cramp in whatever they can.
Btw. as far as I'm concerned with they can keep their 3D stuff. I would already be happy with a good OLED or IPS screen that is viewable, even after the guy in front inevitably reclines the seat as soon as the seatbelt light is off.
It is so simple.
The I phone is not waterproof, so...
Mine is the one with the IPX6 rating...
Does it fit in an average pocket still? If not, then you may as well have a 7 inch tablet instead.
I heard that the reason, why it is named "Passport" is because it has the same size than a passport.
So yes, just like a passport, it will fit in most pockets.
"We help people get stuff done. Stuff like term papers, recipes and budgets."
Hmm, no mentioning of programming, server administration and other professional IT tasks?
Should we start worrying?
Tech giants link arms
with against startups against with patent trolls
Re: OMGeeez!!! What a DISASTER!!! We're all DOOOOMED!!! Etc.
Yes, there are a lot of posters her that don't want to agree with what I post, who downvote with alacrity, yet seem unable to post a reason for their disagreement. That implies their disagreement is not based on facts or reasoning, but on emotional baaaah-liefs.
Think about it - I'd say about 75% of your downvotes are directly because of your attitude. Those downvoters will never answer, anyway. Another 25% don't agree with your statement and facts. They might answer your post and explain the downvote, but that's much more effort than just pushing the downvote button and hoping someone else might explain it to you.
Anyway - you have a good point insofar as my whole post had no actual relevance to the thread.
Let's change that:
If The Man or any of The Minions have 'misused' the data then there would be some proveable 'harm', surely? If not, how could they have 'misused' it? You want to baaaaah-lieve in The Great Conspiracy To Oppress Us All, so show me some effect of the supposed conspiracy.
In a dragnet data collection of Stasi or Gestapo style, it is completely irrelevant if the data is misused or not. The very fact the data is collected, already creates a feeling of uncertainty and pushes the subjects to preemptive obedience. That's why oppressive systems never hide the fact, that data is collected. Obviously the NSA tried very hard to hide their data collection. So probably no conspiracy here. Move along, nothing to see.
".....and because 'victims' of any misuse will not necessarily know where their problems came from." I am not asking you to show conclusive proof that The Man 'harmed' them, just anything that these people underwent that you want to propose was caused by The Man. Then we can all have a good laugh at your paranoia. Come on, back your witless bleating up for once.
Now, unfortunately there have been incidents with people, that were put on "No Fly Lists". Once your name is on such a list, your are in trouble. There is virtually no way to get you cleared. I would say this counts as harm. Accidential harm, perhaps, but nevertheless. Apart from that, the fact that it is now known that all this data is collected, will certainly have some negative influence on our society. The terrorists' goal is to fight our liberal society, our freedom to do, think and believe as we wish. The actions of the NSA damaged our society far more than any terrorist bomb could have ever done. Just by creating a feeling of fear and uncertainty. I would call that harmful behaviour.
Another point is that once such a organisation is set up and working, it can be easily turned into an instrument of oppression. The Gestapo didn't just appear from out of nowhere. Neither did the Stasi. Democracies are very fragile things. People tend to flock around strong leaders and leaders tend to strife for as much power as possible. And you know what - it's always the other ones that are the sheeple...
Re: Dan 55 mooooooity OMGeeez!!! What a DISASTER!!! We're all DOOOOMED!!! Etc.
Then we can all have a good laugh at your paranoia.
I think that's what they might have said as well in the good old Republic of Weimar, after their newly elected chancellor installed the GeStaPo, after some terrorists put fire on the national assembly building. Pre-Nazi Germany was very much a democracy, you know. They eventually stopped laughing of course.
That's why separation of power is needed. Once you give legislative, judicial and executive power in one hand you are done for good.
And once your government turns against you, there is fuck nothing you can do about it.
Re: OMGeeez!!! What a DISASTER!!! We're all DOOOOMED!!! Etc.
don't worry, Big Brother is not actually recording your downvotes, no matter how much you want to baaaah-lieve they are
The function of that button is to tell, if people value your opinion. Obviously there are lots of people that don't agree with yours.
Calling people with other opinions "sheeple" is a bad habit. It doesn't help your position, devaluates your statement and proves your immaturity.
I can only talk for myself, but one of the reasons I read El Reg is to get other opinions and arguments in the comment section. You want to swim against the current?
Piss Run against the wind? OK, fine, do it! Just try to accept that others think different! You might learn something.
You obviously spend some time and effort to write comments here. Why do you damage your statements yourself?
That explains it
men showing off their physiques and images in which “women model lingerie, leaning suggestively into a webcam or striking risque poses in shorts and bikini tops”
The NSA is monitoring the Daily Mail!
Re: What's to look forward to?
The post I was actually replying to originally was your answer to Stuart 22's post. He made the following point:
Removing XP support threatened to take XP over our risk threshold. Win 7 & 8 had issues with legacy apps and some of our hardware. It was just easier, cheaper and faster to take the hit on legacy apps (which we had been ducking) and go all-Linux.
You wrote a lenthy reply that can be put into 3 sentences:
1) Win 7 and 8 are technically superior to XP (Obviously they are)
2) Legacy apps should be moved over, instead of dragged along infinitely (That is one solution, but not forcibly the best - it depends on the business case)
3) It is OK for Microsoft to stop patches for XP, as they supported it for seven years after end of sales. (Wrong - they supported just 3 1/2 years).
The analogy I used was intended to show you that it is not OK to stop support for perfectly running hardware after just ~3 years end of sales. Even if the technology behind is already older. Microsoft is trying to force their customers to upgrade. IMHO that is not OK. Your argument, that Win7 and 8 are technically far superiour to Win XP is true, but that is only one aspect of point 2).
Oh, this one:
Using your reasoning in your post any cut off point for support for XP would be negligence. But there comes a point in any software lifecycle where the update is no longer a patch, but a new version. There's only so many updates you can release before you have to put a new number on it.
You realize that's BS, right? As long as you only plug holes and don't add new features, code can stay remarkably stable for a very long time. And no, not any cut off point for XP would be negligence. I proposed 10 years for workstations and perhaps 20 for servers.
Anyway - here it is already past beer o'clock. Cheers!
Re: What's to look forward to?
You are aware that is not sufficient to simply start talking about cars and expect that to carry any logical weight without showing that cars are actually analogous to operating systems?
There are quite a lot of similarities between providing service for vehicles and service for software. Both are complex technological systems, difficult to create and to maintain. Both have interface problems and might be mission critical. Both can be significant investments for a company.
And most important, both need maintenance during their complete lifetime.
Car suppliers are required by law to provide parts for a minimum time after end of vehicle production and sales. This is a basic requirement to allow product maintenance.
Analogous the availability to fix bugs and security holes is a basic requirement to allow maintenance of computers. If the producer of the software abandons it, while it is still used in a productive environment, it is nothing else than gross negligence.
As a fact, end of sales of PCs pre-installed with Windows XP was October 22, 2010. Microsoft could not be arsed to provide support for even 4 years. PCs have a lifetime of between 3 to 8 years, so I would say, they cut it short. That also fits to the number of 25% of WinXP usage in the internet.
If Microsoft doesn't want to give away patches for free, I'm completely OK with it. But they have to make them available for a reasonable fee for the expected lifetime of the product. 10 years seem to be fair for end user products. As for company products that are used in productive environments, I think 20 years would be reasonable. Again, for a reasonable fee, of course. Alternatively they might open the source, to allow servicing by 3rd parties.
People are traditionally accepting a lot of abuse from software vendors. Far more than they would from any other supplier. As software is now becoming a commodity, it is time software companies take their responsibility serious. Otherwise they WILL be regulated. Just as car companies were.
Re: What's to look forward to?
@h4rm0ny: I have bad news for you. The car you bought 3 years ago uses an engine that is in production since 15 years now. We would like to provide you spare parts, of course, but our production line is ageing and we can't be arsed to invest in such old rubbish that hardly gives any return. You understand our situation, do you?
So you better throw it out and buy a new up to date model. It also has lots of new features, like an integrated dashboard camera. That one we also use for our licencing model, btw. - just to be sure no one else than you drives it. Also you are not allowed to transport more than 2 passengers. I'm sure you understand. Oh - don't lose the internet connection. Your car won't start anymore otherwise. And don't be late on your monthly licence fees, too.
What? You want to keep your old car, that "just works"? Of course we can't stop you from using it, but there are all these fuel leaks suddenly... And the brakes tend to fail in that model nowadays. Also the passenger doors might suddenly open. You would really be so much safer in the new model. And look at all these new beautiful, shiny cockpit instruments!
CosmicDuke infections start by tricking targets into opening either a PDF file which contains an exploit or a Windows executable whose filename is manipulated to make it look like a document or image file.
Oh, the old .jpg.exe trick? Thank you so much Microsoft for hiding file extensions per default. That was really an ingenious idea, only surpassed by your implementation of autoplay.
Oracle is no longer testing Java on XP
Wow, and I thought they never bothered to test it on any platform, anyway...
Mine's the one with the many patches and the holes everywhere.
...convincing device makers to release patches for older phones
could would be a lost cause.
I "upgraded" our family netbook with similar hardware spec to xubuntu and installed Libreoffice. The Missus was surprisingly happy about it. She still calls Firefox "Internet Explorer", however.
There were some quirks, like the thing going in hibernation, whenever the lid was closed, but apart from that, it was a surprisingly painless operation. Base installation took about 30min. and went through without too much trouble. It even remembered the WIFI setup, I entered prior to the installation. Printer setup was easy, too.
It took me a bit time to set up the keyboard in a convenient way, but I suppose not too many people are going to mix several different layouts, including Asian ones. Still, remembering the pain of mixing 105 and 109 key keyboards in Win7, ubuntu was far less painful.
It would be interesting to see, how many of the Win8.x users are using ClassicShell or Start8. I suspect a good percentage.
Yes, some people like the Win8 shell, on the other hand, you will always find some people who like the strangest things. Some even enjoy pain.
And don't say, this is a temporary thing. Win8 is now out since a long time and had time to prove itself. It's kind of the dvorak of OSes. Theoretically a good thing, but the big majority of people don't get it and don't like to use it.
Autocomplete of e-mail adresses
can be outright evil, if you have customers with similar names in different companies. Sending an e-mail regarding a new and innovative product of customer A in CC to customer B can really ruin your day. Another thing that should be turned off by default, but isn't.
Master of the obvious
... PayPal, told The Register that the whole furor had been caused a couple of errors on its part.
Who would have thought this?
The future has begun
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The Mac Pro
somehow looks a bit like a mixture between a turbojet engine and a water kettle. And strangely this mixture is working out well. Strange but beautiful.
Perhaps it needs a warning tag to prevent people from filling in water, though.
Isn't Android open source in the first place?
I don't see what Google can do against anyone putting Android on a TV, as long as they stick to the Android core, published by the Open Handset Alliance. They might block the play store and other googly closed source stuff, but who needs the Google Maps app on a TV?
That said - who needs Android on a TV, anyway? - But that is another question.
Re: First problem
People buy Kindle Fire tablets, because they are good value for money.
The Fire phone is no such thing. Obviously Amazon has a different target group in mind. The clueless and rich, I suppose.
I would say this only works for mammals. Reptiles have a very different metabolism and construction of their drainage parts. In particular they have a cloaca.
I would propose continued research on crocodiles, komodo dragons and poisonous snakes, using the same method.
Re: Microsoft Sortware and Nuclear Weapons?
The "r" ?
Hmm, a 1000 feet high wall in a high-wind environment. Sounds interesting. Imagine, what would happen if it gets blown away!
driven by insurance companies. Will this madness ever end? Hopefully this will never find public acceptance, but somehow I doubt it.
Re: 10% of Samsung global revenue
"... you're confusing revenue with profit."
I stand corrected. After checking once more, the difference is roughly about factor 10.
So the maximum possible fine would be around 20 billion dollars. That would be still somewhat lower than their annual profit. Seems, that Samsung could probably survive this.
That said, yes, I agree. It would be completely unreasonable to fine that kind of money in this case. My point is, that the legal upper limit for the fine is extremely high. Usually courts take the financial situation in consideration, when they hand out the slapping. Several factors are taken into account, including the damage to the public and who was the leader of the cartel. Looking at past cases, they usually set the fine in a range that really hurts, but doesn't kill.
Setting up an illegal cartel is not a gentleman offence, it's a serious crime. Unfortunately there are still enough salespeople around that don't get the message and are surprised when they are send to jail. Btw. parking in front of a hydrant can become really expensive, if there happens to be a fire around. You might lose more than just your car.
Re: 10% of Samsung global revenue
companies would feel it isn't worth the risk to do business there
Oh come on - always the same old argument - "don't fine us for breaking the rules or we will leave!"
Given, that the EU is one of the biggest markets in the world and has a very solid legal framework, it is unlikely that any company will find the risk to do business there is too high. If you leave the EU because of legal uncertainty - what about China? Oh look - they are all there! Isn't greed a wonderful stimulus?
As for the damage to the public - I could imagine that it could be quite high. Chip cards are sold in enormous quantities worldwide. The damage will likely go in the billions. If I understood the article correctly, they didn't only fix SIM card prices, but also similar chip cards. How many of these passed your hands in the last 10 years or so?
Anyway - let's lean back and enjoy the show!
Edit: Btw: 10% of Samsung's yearly revenue would be about 2 billion US$.
Re: 10% of Samsung global revenue
Yes they can. Price fixing is a serious crime, but it is hard do prove, so whenever an illegal cartel is discovered, it is going to be expensive, indeed. Fines in the range of a few hundred million $/€/£ are not so rare.
Also Samsung and Infineon are old hands on fixing prices. (Or at getting caught).
Burn marks on her ears?
After reading this article, I checked all headphones around, and the in-ear button type ones all have a metal plate in direct contact with the skin. Possibly connected to the shielding, that serves as GND. (Why is there never a multimeter at hand, when you need one)? It seems to be an odd design choice.
The more modern auditory channel type headphones seem to be safer, btw.
With a properly grounded charger this woman would probably still be alive. That said, all USB chargers I ever saw had only 2 pin connectors. OK, dodgy chargers take certainly most of the blame here, but it seems headphone makers should also think twice about their design choices. 2 electrodes, each connected closely to one side of the brain, what could possibly go wrong?
in which component of Android this API resides? If it is part of the gmail process, it should be possible to disable it in the App Manager and use an alternative mail app (like K-9), instead.
A shining example
showing that secured premises and cameras don't mix well.
But given the password quality, I wonder why they even bothered to set one in the first place.
Sorry, if you feel I'm bitching at you, or blaming you. Not at all. I really enjoy reading your comments. They are one of the reasons I read El Reg.
I completely agree about the short term concequences. There are very few, indeed. Right now politicians have a lot of unemployed and unhappy workers to worry about, overreach of the security agency of a foreign power is certainly not on top of the agenda. Espeshially if said foreign power is the only one between you and your big and agressive neighbor (like China or Russia).
Companies might think twice, about their IT profile, but in the long term the bean counters will always win.
As for the long term consequences, however I am quite sure there will be effects. A good brand image is nothing you easily repair. And countries are in many ways very similar to brands.
The NSA activities have damaged the US brand. Inhowfar this will have consequences, is open. It is certainly not a good thing.
Additionaly their activities pushed along the terrorist's agenda and helped them de-stabilizing our society. That is arguably the worst thing they could have done. Funny, that hardly anyone seems to mention this.
@ Don Jefe,
There are short term repercussions that are probably not very bad, mostly due to no available alternatives, but in the long run there will certainly also be other effects.
The problem is not so much, that the people are afraid of US spying. I suppose most understand very well, that the direct impact on themselves or their company is rather low.
The problem is that there are enough people outside that thought of the US as a friend and now feel disgusted and betrayed. Usually people tend to forget bad experience rather quickly, but being betrayed by a supposed friend is something that causes a trauma that doesn't go away just like that.
The US government's reaction was pretty much the worst thing they could do. Obama's assurance that they only spy on non-US citizens, so everything is fine, was not exactly helping. The perception outside of the US is, that the US government doesn't give a damn. Ten years ago, the US were seen as a superpower and source of stability for the world. Now they are seen as a sinking ship. The ageing bully that hasn't yet understood, that his time is over. China sure is doing everything to strengthen that picture and the US seems not to notice it.
Oh, btw. this is also plays into the terrorists hands. They don't plant bombs to kill all westerners. They do it to fight our liberal, and open society, that they hate from the bottom of their hearts. The NSA's actions might have saved some people from terrorist attacks, but by doing what they did, they helped the terrorists agenda nicely along. Certainly far more than any successful attack could have.
You want to tell me, that all this will not have any consequences? Really?
Redmond has long had a vision for the “smart home”
Yes, I think it was called "Microsoft Bob".
Re: Malwarebytes for Android free
they just need to download one of the many "Android security" suites that are offered on various dodgy web pages and sideload it. I am sure it will also speed up the phone significantly.
You get what you pay for - and sometimes you get a bit more than you thought.
I don't understand why bothering with fractions of items
If the beer can is in the fridge, the can is full. Per definition there are no half filled beer cans in the fridge. If there are no cans left, the fridge is obviously empty and needs urgent refilling.
People who put other stuff than beer cans into their fridge will probably not buy smart fridges, so all other items and states are irrelevant.
Once the can is taken out of the fridge, the beer should be put into a cold glass. That's where the freezer part is required.
"Cloud First Mobile First"
How about "Customer First Usability First" ? Oh, that was last decade's slogan - I see.
I was wondering
how long it would take to see the first word-cup article popping up on El Reg. But kudos for the IT angle!
... "He paid tribute to NASA, saying that without that agency's pioneering work, SpaceX couldn't have got as far as it has."
Am I the only one to read this as "Thanks NASA - now move over, I'll take it from here." ?
Re: Double-edged sword this is
Isn't the "digital janitor" usually the engineer guy in the neighbourhood who will repair/clean up the messed up family PC for free, anyway? Otherwise there might be a nephew at hand who will be obliged to do it. (Said nephew might be part of the problem here, of course).
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