386 posts • joined Monday 12th November 2012 19:25 GMT
"The days of massive growth are largely..."
I guess that is the reason. If anyone wants to be a massive future carrier, they have to deal with companies for a current piece of the pie since they can no longer increase the pies size. It does make sense if mobile speeds ever drastically increase to the point where you can bypass current hardline ISPs and only have mobile. That isn't hard to believe either being the way current ISPs nickel and dime you for ever slowing connections (slowing proportionately to competitors that is).
Waiting for "Kinect: PRISM"
About the XBone.... Combine an always on, heartbeat monitoring design with current NSA PRISM activities, and you got yourself an all out conspiracy!
As far as the PS4, I hope Sony's online servers are ready for a massive beating!
How do I turn off "The Channel" newsletter?
I've tried both settings in The Register and The Channel, but I keep receiving the newsletter. I wouldn't mind if I hadn't of already ever article listed in the letter, prior to receiving the letter :-(.
Re: Perhaps I did Not Sleep Well Last Night?
"I tried to read this through to the end, perhaps I wanted to know what new thing I would not want, or perhaps I wanted to fall asleep. In the end..."
Understand, I couldn't even finish your post about the article before falling asle....
1 basket please.
Well, I just have to say that I believe I.B.M. has many, many, many skeletons in their closest with the government's name on it, so shouldn't the government just stick with what they know that works instead of sprinkling it around?
Of course being the company name is "Amazon", this does help with projects pertaining to "Guerrilla Warfare". Shoot, you can even work the name of the CIA's cloud to be "Mist", running on "Jungle Servers". (I went too far with that)
Re: You're late to the party
"...I'd say also try to take this to the politicians."
Which politicians? The ones we elect into office, or the ones that are in office? Being you are not from the U.S.A. that question may sound like a joke, but in all seriousness, it is not. Congress is obsolete and needs to dissolved.
I know how this sounds, but are we supposed to behave along the lines of "load your weapons" when we find out our government is doing what they currently legally can?
Bah, I'm feeling tired of too many closely related articles here on the Reg about this topic. But hey, at least I know I can read about them later, because Google will have everything written by everybody cached for anyone to read for years to come, sort of like our government right? ;-)
Directive 20: SNAFU
I wished they would of leaked Directive 19 or 21, or are they all just confirmation of what the public already knows? The last few days have been riddled with government "leaks", but these leaks are just confirmation, not incrimination. Where's the beef?
Re: I don't call this "making choices as a society"
"The other idiot would ha ve also done the same, the difference would be that he wouldn't even try to justify his actions!"
No, he too voted for the Act that is permitting such actions so aggressively. All them are guilty, and any of them acting shocked is equivalent to admitting they don't know what they sign into law.
Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's roving wiretaps. (Feb 2011)
Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
Voted YES on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
Patents for what again?
I've read about this for over a year and I still don't understand what TiVO patented. Was it being a DVR in a set top box? Was it being software that records video? Everything I seem to think of that is in a TiVO unit had already existed prior to TiVO. Is there a TiVO standards body somewhere or something similar to M.P.E.G.?
"That so many Americans have been allowed themselves to be duped by the fear of terrorists."
Actually, I think that is what they want you to believe :-/. I either don't hang out in the right circles (or wrong), or I've just managed to somehow dodge every person who thinks the terrorist threat is at these publicized levels. I honestly think the government just publicizes it that way to get away with more than they should. The government throws around the word "attack" so much that I'm starting to wonder what it would be called if an actual war broke out on our soil, because the word "invasion" just doesn't imply enough fear for government standards.
Re: Job Description
Yeh, well, were you expecting something amazing the second time? I too voted for him the first election, but even before his first term was over, he faded into the puppet gallery for me. After an actual honest read of his healthcare plan (or is it his?), the conspiracy side of me sees what he has been put in power for (tax penalties for not having healthcare...really?)
As far as this particular privacy issue, I can't say I blame him directly. I can't say that because 12 years ago congress put in place the PATRIOT ACT for these very practices, so I'm just not shocked that a president, any president, has activated and utilized these practices. However if these practices continue, I'm not sure if designing another approach is feasible, and a tried and true MS approach may be needed...Crash & Reboot.
Surreal and comical.
The Xbox One seems so horrible that it's extremely funny that it actually exists! It's a practical joke on consumers of such a grand scale! Can people wish hardware into Phantomware?
Re: Oh, Amazon
David W.: "Given that Amazon's job is to make a return for shareholders rather than to personally please Vladimir Plouzhnikov's sensibilities, I'd say they've made the correct choice."
Vladimir...hmmmm. I'd leave his name out if you ever have to explain to a 6 year old girl why she can no longer watch her favorite cartoon. Also, don't tell her that companies only care about her parents money, she may feel companies are using her to make her parents targets, that could scare her. Just tell her what Amazon or Disney would, "Cough it up kid! Mickey loves ya!".
EVERYTHING has a price and not even children can remain outside of corporate greed. Children are dollar signs in the eyes of many.
Re: Why dislike E.T.?
ALL OF YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO ALIENS !!
All of you really thought it was that bad when you were a kid, when it was a new title? Funnily enough the part about the ditches is true, but it was the only real learning curve to it, almost literally, because if you got caged, then you really sucked (In fact I thought when you got caged you lost the parts and had to regather???). I must admit, I haven't played it for about 30 years, but I remember as a kid I loved the "Hide & Seek" element of gathering the parts. The only other similar one I remember was Indiana Jones, where you had to fly the parachute past the tree into the cave, to only get past a snake or something....loved it!
While I'm surely alone here on this E.T. thing, I think some of you have to agree there wasn't many games for the 2600 that had Hide & Seek elements to it. Almost all of them were about timing and quick reflex. Think about all the large popular titles: Frogger, Bartender, TANK, Congo Bongo, Donkey Kong, Burger Time, Q-Bert, PAC-MAN....all of them were about timing and reflex. In fact, I can't think of 1 popular title from the 2600 that wasn't about timing or reflex, outside of E.T. that is, which obviously isn't a crowd favorite.
All in all, out of the 100 or so I had as a kid, I would of put E.T. in the top 40. Oddly enough, I can't remember the titles of any of the really shitty games, I barely remember images from most of the games. Strange to remember the amazement I had when I was kid over these games. Looking back I don't miss the graphics of any of them, but I sure do miss the difficulty of them. Games today seemed to be designed for you to beat in about a week, just so you have to go out and buy another one to make companies more money.
They do stick to this stuff and all the other stuff too, as long as someone funds it :-(. When it comes to this good stuff, I think we are becoming very aware that the bottom dollar has become more important than R&D. If only for 6-12 months we could switch defense spending with the spending for this type of R&D, it would be a different world.
It's odd to know that I can't receive a mobile signal anywhere in the garage, but its door handle can receive a missile from outer space :-/
Re: Prudishness wins over Safety
Or maybe the majority of people still prefer personal privacy, for instance attractive women who have already proven to have had their rights violated.
Why dislike E.T.?
E.T. was in no way worse than many, many games of its time. Quite a few times I gathered the parts and went home. In fact, the animation of the ship leaving seemed quite unique for that time. People who claim E.T. is the worst game, never played E.T., but they do play follow the leader.
I wonder how this film crew believes there is some sentiment behind the game worthy enough of spending money on trash, literally spending money on trash.
Re: Mint is a distro
"Any thoughts on which is best..."
Sure, Wheezy, but you didn't list it.
Assuming Debian is more Deb than Ian, then I'm all out of niceties for Debian's pit stop, bastard distros. Obviously you have a choice and flavor is nice, but it has been the fragmentation of the mainline distros that have put the brakes on Linux for home users, even more than Windows. Now that we have bastard spawns of each of the mains, it will take even longer for the uptake. Again, it is nice to have a choice between something like RedHat, Android, Slackware, etc., but these micromanaged versions are weighing the uptake down.
People go on and on and on about installing software when they mention various distros features. It seems people are more interested in the choice of a distro just to install software, than they are in actually using it. Do people sit around all day retarded like and install software so much they need bad devices to do so? For example, if you really need PPA, then you need to rethink what the hell you're doing. Or better yet, think about what major role PPA represents in other systems like MS Windows, is it even legitimate?
Debian and its bastard children are all workers that can handle the same jobs, so why not choose the stablest of them all? Pick a bus, get on board, take a seat, and let the bus speed up. All these pit stop distros keep slowing everyone down.
I'm going to have to agree with Franklin here, none of the 20 images seemed funny let alone hilarious. Well, that is a partial lie (19 / 20 lie?). This one right I'm linking to reminded me of an old S.N.L. skit with Phil Hartman, so yes, I did laugh.
Who says chivalry is dead!
"In other cases, content that should be removed has not been or has been evaluated using outdated criteria."
Ah, how we remember the olden days of swords and arrows, back when rape wasn't a crime. FaceB0rk wants to sell us that for only a few dollars, and a few friends!
Since the word "outdated" has sprung up, and being rape is now illegal, wouldn't this make FaceB0rk outdated as well? Or is FaceB0rk already outdated?
Re: Does it need Linux drivers?
I'm sure it doesn't technically need official Linux drivers, but having them shows support, support that you might end up needing. Also, having them lets Linux developers play a little faster and easier.
BTW, I'm thinking about a D.I.Y. PC running Windows 8...I envision snails. I'm thinking about the type of people buying a Windows license for this...I envision snails.
I think Gigabyte missed the boat on this one.
Re: Best Practice Cowards
This is a first for me to post only for praise, I have no rhetoric to offer, very well worded.
P.S. Do you also do resumes? :-)
Welcome aboard Google Glass! You're officially "Internet Ready"!
Re: Bill is right this time.
Obviously!: "People should shut up and pay up or be thrown in the nick."
I really don't disagree with you, I really don't, but have you ever asked yourself....Pay up for what? Also, is it really that they should pay up on the taxes, or stop hoarding the money and put it back into the countries economy?
Our (U.S.A.) EMT services seem strong. When a tornado or hurricane hits, there is help and obvious attention. Police forces seem to be everywhere, it seems hard not to see a cop on a daily basis. As far as the firefighters go, well I'm not sure why there is so many volunteer units, but they all seem to do a great job. Our healthcare isn't outrageous, and it surely will remain privatized for the majority no matter what laws come.
I don't disagree that companies should "Pay up", I just feel they should do it directly with return investments and jobs, but sadly, they almost never do. Now, would companies paying more to the government benefit anything? Do we need to give even more military equipment away (fighter jets, tanks, basically anything) to foreign countries and give them training on operations as well? Our government gives away billions already, and puts not so much back in. So would more money in the hands of our current government do great things, or just further proportional spending down the wrong path?
What our government could do (very ballsy though), is to force companies to put the money directly back in the U.S.A. economy, here land side, instead of hoarding it and filtering it internationally. That way our fumbling government can't waste it away, and companies can create new jobs and investments. However, sitting here right now, it looks like the fumbling and hoarding will continue as normal. S.N.A.F.U.
Re: Is it just me?
I thought the same thing, so I did a little research. The only way to "stroke" the blue area would be to remove your fingers from the mouse. This is for the people who don't have fingers to notice the loss of functionality. As far as the wheel, well there is also people who don't even have hands. Now, the overall shape of it is for people who can only use their butt crack. And people think Microsoft doesn't listen!
Re: Yeah, about that Windows button...
As far as I can remember, what you describe is normal operation. However, you mentioned holding down the Shift key, if I remember that can enable "Sticky" keys. I always remembered that being a problem, especially if it was configured to always enable "Sticky" without a prompt.
As far as Winkey (or "Home" key, whatever), I still use it on Linux just as I once did in Windows. Even though it is labeled as a Microsoft key, I've grown to like the placement of it, even when I have to map it to be just another ALT. Under certain circumstances, I even use it to cycle through terminals in a manner similar to selecting tty's.
Re: "Tipsters exposed after South Africa's national police force hacked"
I'll bite because I'm sitting here very curious to what is wrong with it. I guess you can peg me as a typical 'merican, because I just don't know.
To save another post, I must say that in the past I have never completely found Anon's methods too worrying, not completely, however this...dear lord. The people who have made complaints are obviously not the most well off, or they just would of went straight to a politician or government head to have their issues resolved silently. So the means these poor people are seriously scared, more than ever, or now if never. I went straight from seeing some reasoning behind Anon's actions, to completely despising them.
Re: Arizona laws requiring immigrants to carry documents at all times
Someone Else: "...the only remaining part of the law still to be decided was whether the law would tend to single out a specific group..."
First, I agree with your sentiment. Second, thanks for the description. I read about this, but never heard more about it, I thought it was COMPLETELY shot down, I thought wrong.
With fear, I'm not sure about your point of view that it will be used for highly racist profiling. For instance, if you are correct about the "specific group" part, then couldn't they put ANY race or ethnicity into a single group? In other words, couldn't they just pick and choose the single group at free will, at any time, leading to an ever rotating free pass for unconstitutional methods?
Copy and Paste.
It would be quicker to just report the same story over and over, with different timestamps, because any news related to this FaceB0rk product will just keep repeating the same bottom line...no one wants it.
Re: Not surprising
Somehow you have 2 down votes, for what I do not know, but I do know the voting on this site is amazingly useless.
Anyways, I figured since you were a developer, you would have to. I don't remember the specifics, and I could be wrong (probably am..70/30), but I thought you had to upgrade to 8 to develop certain mobile apps for either their current mobile OS, or the next due out. Again, I don't know, I'm a *nix user, but I imagine that is in the works somehow. This isn't a stab at windows, but if they want a brighter tomorrow, they are apparently going to have to start forcing upgrades one way or the other.
So once it is fully "fixed", it will have lost any sense of worth?
Re: Pot, Kettle.
True, great artists steal (I'm not calling Eminem great), but they do pay their royalties and license fees. Also, they do stick together pretty strongly, when one musician goes bad, you usually hear about it because then all of them bark about it.
However, if I had to choose the winner of a lawsuit between Eminem or however Vs. Facebook, let me just say we won't be "Friends" anytime soon.
Re: Not surprising
"Hell I am a Windows developer, and we are all swapping to Windows 8 on non-touch machines at work."
Be honest here, do you really have a choice?
Re: Is anyone but Steve surprised?
I'm not sure about the mindset, but I think more people mention that it can run legacy software, than actually run legacy software. I have yet to see anyone in a private atmosphere running legacy software on one, but then again, I've only seen about 5 people using them :-/
Re: OK. What's wrong with XP?
Well, I'm a Debian fan, I don't run Windows and I don't run Chrome. I'm not going to suggest you don't use XP though. However I'm curious, can you not install the nonfree plugin and make it work? On Debian I gave up on anything but the nonfree one, because it just works. However, Adobe really needs to allow you to select the audio device, because only having the option of "default" is just annoying (especially if you have a asskwards HDMi setup like me).
Re: @Stuart Elliott (was: Want to "save the chilllllldddddrrren"?)
In Kentucky they would surely be prosecuted for felony charges. In similar states like Kentucky, you have more rights with arms, but the consequences are much much higher. However, I'm still not sure about the right to carry an unconcealed side arm without any permit at all. The "Gold Star" states are just...different.
Re: Just political bullshit
I think I know 4.
4. Congress sends people abroad with guns to help people without them. i.e. Jews in WWII.
Re: Back to the Drawing Board
david wilson: "Never mind the lawyers, I am led to believe that French helped as well...."
They most certainly did. A very odd thing I saw back in ~2002 with the war over 911 was bumper stickers that said "Fuck France". It wasn't their view that struck me odd, what was odd was that sticker was apparently a misprint, or a joke no one understood. The "Fuck France" sticker had a picture of a Bald Eagle, the American Flag, and the Statue of Liberty!! I found someone one day getting into their car in a parking lot with the sticker on it, and commented that I like the humor. The conversation turned short for they didn't understand the irony behind it, nor knew where the statue came from. Truthfully, something inside me went from being very humorous, to very concerning. I never asked anyone about the sticker again, I just assumed they were all idiots.
There isn't enough attention to this kids case.
What they are doing to that kid is a fucking nightmare. The kid will probably be ruined for life. The should put the judge on trial himself for not doing his job without prejudice. Hick judges exist everywhere, not just in the typical places.
Sadly, he'll probably be marked for life over this, realize it, and justify the mark.
Re: IRS Would Like to Tax the World
BigFire: "Apple is doing what is in its Fiduciary Duty to legally minimize tax expenditure to the benefit of its shareholder."
As much as I agree with your sentiment, it's not so. Apple is proving that if something can, then it will be abused by large corporations.
The sad thing is, that if Apple takes this hit, they are hit in a way they never wanted to be, they will become extremely sticky for other companies to consider. But if Apple dodges this, it proves that MegaCorp can get away with billion dollar abuses, and this will become very well known. Nobody wins now, and that is Apple's fault.
Re: Thats all we need
What, you people don't like "gamer" videos :-). My clan video might change your mind, any of you l33t peeps ready for a 1v1 in solitaire! Bring it BITCHES !!!
You shouldn't make a decision based on what you have listed, because most of it can be implemented by the competition or via software. The only thing that has any weight at all to me and also apparently to you, is the HDMI input. However, anyone paying attention to this particular detail already knows it can be implemented via PC very cheaply.
The xbox controller does suck, but honestly, I only know one other person that doesn't like it, so apparently it is good enough for most people. I still prefer the very first PS1 controller with analogue sticks, or even the one before that without the sticks.
I think what you should consider is that these consoles look like they are going to run x86 code. Considering that, these things are grumpy, locked down PC's. Maybe we should stop considering either console, and get off our asses and setup a proper gaming/HTPC rig with controllers. All the benefits, almost none of the lock down!
BTW, if you have ps3 "navi" remotes (the ones without the mocap ball), do know you can sync those to a bluetooth adapter and use them on your PC (Windows or Linux, maybe Mac too). They make wonderful HTPC remotes for simple interfaces like the one for XBMC. Also, I've been reading that they also make great keyboard replacements for F.P.S. type of games.
Re: Back to the Drawing Board
John Savard: "However, keeping guns out of the hands of poor people, or people who have no officially declared taxable income (so if they're not poor, they must be dealing drugs or something) would indeed significantly reduce crime" <---- What....The....Fuck?
You're utterly clueless how crime works, and you also sit yourself too high. I can't tell you how much of an ass you are, but apparently you have forgotten how the U.S.A. was won from England, which was very much poor people with guns. BTW, since you have clearly never owned a weapon or have been poor, I have to believe that your particular point of view has been seeded in your mind. Do the yourself and the world a favor, start thinking on your own, learn some history, and have some sense of dignity. And for the love of something, don't be a tool which is bought and sold, it just makes you look stupid.
Friend of a friend?
Never thought about it, but could Nintendo or any company do this to easily get the subscriber list, to later market to all of them directly? No matter, I've never seen a company get tighter on copyright and later prosper from it, they only seem to make their own noose tighter. However, for Nintendo today, any press is good press, their just that far in the wind.
Re: Social and COBOL...
"...but where is the "social""
The social part comes in when everyone is huddled up 2 years from now asking why their company invested in this.
I'm figuring someone right now, somewhere, is devising a new candle marketing strategy because candles still work too.
D.A.M: "Paper Dollar is unstable and wholly impractical as a currency..."
I agree with your general perspective of how the government thinks currency and many other things *should* work, but I think there is a substantial amount of people that feel any physical representation of currency is more practical than a uint64_t or whatever bitcoin is represented as, in whatever database. I know the current economy might prove otherwise about physical currency, but look at the current economy :-/. I thought the dotcom bubble proved something, maybe not.
The evolution of virtual currency should have to wait, at least until we've sorted out the mess we've made with the physical one, else we are just adding another problem to the ever growing mess. I'm not against the existence of virtual currency, I'm just currently against any further development of it. I hope someday soon my mind will be changed, but things aren't looking up.
Yahoo just didn't know what they had when they had Geocities/BeverlyHills. They could of trailed blazed social media in the late 90's, now it could be they just want to trail. I really hope they are not doing "social" media or "cloud" anything, they need to bring something really new and useful to continue in...anything.
Re: What type of information it can reveal about another person?
Crisp, right, but that is the way it is supposed to be currently, but it most certainly is not. Congress appears to be under the impression that the future of these devices needs attention, but the current state of privacy doesn't. Google doesn't need new laws stopping it from collecting data, the current ones already give them all they will ever need. This issue seems to be a 3 card monte, with the private citizens as the mark.
"Would Google place limits on the technology and what type of information it can reveal about another person?"
So apparently, Congress isn't concerned about the gathering of information, just the revealing of it? I see Google glass going as far as recording images of every person you see, and when you see Jim at the bar, and say "Hello Jim, how are you", Glass tags the name "Jim" to that photo. If Google Glass didn't have plans to do that and many other types of data gathering, how exactly would it "reveal" anything new, or better yet, anything that only Google has, and not the competitors?