I got caught by a detector van
It was the cat detector van. From the Ministry of Alvinge or something like that. He made me buy a license for my cat.
Mine's the one with the cat license in the pocket.
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It was the cat detector van. From the Ministry of Alvinge or something like that. He made me buy a license for my cat.
Mine's the one with the cat license in the pocket.
Officially, as a matter of federal law, the oligopolies can charge you whatever they like, however they like. They may or may not do what they promise to do in exchange for the money you gave them. It doesn't matter, either way. You just need to pay them whatever they tell you to pay, whenever they tell you. And if you don't like it? You can just shut the fuck up!
Welcome to America, land of the fee. Government of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations shall not perish from the Earth!
...looking for a problem.
And I'm with Martin 47; visiting someone foolish enough to have these buttons scattered around? Oh, what does this little button do? <push> "Noooo!"
The Black Chamber was the US organization in charge of defense against supernatural entities.
Well, over here, we're so
much better off screwed.
I live in a large city in California, not the sticks. Some folks in urban areas here might be able to get high speed, but it's going to cost you a packet. Actually, there are people who live in a small town about 25 miles from here who have fiber to the premises, while where I live (did I mention it's in a fairly large city?), I can have high-cost, ZERO customer service-oriented Crapcast cable. Or I can have slow DSL from a small provider, which is what I have. It's slow, but it works, and on the rare (2 times in 6 years) occasions when there was a problem, it got fixed right away. Comcast? I've heard too many horror stories to want to open that Pandora's box. Fiber? Well, AT&T says they will provide it, but they lie. There is no fiber available where I live, nor do they have any plans to make it available. I did mention this is in the middle of a city, right?
The real operating plan of our Data Oligopoly is to keep milking the consumers for the absolute maximum profits while providing the minimum (or less) service and zero customer support. Don't like it? Try one of the other members of the Oligopoly! They're totally different - well, at least they have a different name. Same business model.
I say erin go braugh!
You might want to check out Cyril Kornbluth's famous story, The Marching Morons. This is exactly the point of the story. It has a pretty scary "solution" to the problem, too.
You might want to consider using Linux and LibreOffice Impress instead of Windows and PowerPoint. I've done quite a number of presentations using Impress and have yet to be interrupted by the OS or some idiot program deciding to interrupt what I was doing. In addition, I can use my Android phone to control the computer remotely via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth using the Impress Remote app.
It just works, and quite well. I'm using a fairly old laptop that bogs down a bit with Win 7, but runs just perfectly with Ubuntu.
Really? First of all, it's their (now) geezers who made them great, so the idea of "becoming younger" doesn't really make a lot of sense. Secondly, it's not really about age per se; it's all about MONEY.
Generally, older employees get paid more than younger ones. So, if you're one of the typical stupid, greedy, wildly overpaid and short-sighted asshats who seem to be in charge of most big big corporations these days (and get paid millions for plowing it under thanks to golden parachutes), you fire all your older, more experienced workers -- the guys who made the company great in the first place -- and hire a bunch of "yow'uns" you can pay more cheaply. Or, better yet, you can outsource everything to some third world country! Cut costs, push up that share price (for now), and, in the long term, cut your throat.
Either way, you rid your company of the people who made it great in the first place. So what happens next? You enter what's called a slow death spiral. And join many other once excellent companies who are fading away today after following the same strategy. I'm sure all El Reg readers can come up with a list of members of this fraternity.
"Ethical Google." Hmmm. Can't make heads or tail of that. Sounds like the "fat, thin, short, tall fellow." Those words just don't seem to go together, somehow.
Paris for obvious reasons.
I transfer all my books to my Kindle paperwhite by plugging it into the computer. Haven't had a BSOD or any other computer problems like that for over a year.
Of course, I'm running Linux Mint. No data slurping. No ads. It just works.
I'm hoping that Yet Another MS Cockup encourages more Windows users (and I used to be one) to try out Linux Mint. It installs dual boot so you can take baby steps if you need to. "Computer Users of the World, Unite! You have nothing to lose but your BSODs, ads, spyware and crippleware!"
This is a great article. I'm so tired of reading tons of bollocks about "We're going to be mass producing self-driving cars by 2022" and so forth. This article highlights some of the real world problems that go into creating autonomous vehicles, and the fact that while we've learned a lot, we still have a long way to go before we really have self-driving cars.
While Google may be "projecting" having self-driving cars by 2020, I think it's clear that it will take more than 4 more years to get the bugs out of the project to where the cars actually work.
the bigger risk is that a "newspaper" will pickup on this story and demand the IT industry provide a fix for the gormless bastards being gormless ...
A fix for idiots being idiots? Wow, that would really be something to see!
Perhaps someone could take their cue from a Monty Python episode and sell brains people could strap on top of their heads before buying anything IOT related? (And maybe even before voting, dating and other various activities.)
I well remember Ada. Did my master's project in it (NOT voluntarily). The program wasn't all that complex, but we all used a horrible Windows-based compiler from a company named Meridian. You could write perfectly good code, compile it, and get it to run perfectly at home. Then you take it to Uni and watch it fail when you run it on the machine there. Same version of same OS. Enough to (literally) bring tears to your eyes at times. "But it worked at home!" Even our instructor, who was an Ada expert (including using "tasking," which at that time meant you were super-programmer) couldn't see why our code did that.
At work I was using Borland compilers. So much nicer! They just worked.
I work in the legal field. And I know we're much more civilized (mostly, anyhow) than folks were in the Middle Ages.
Still, when I see these lawsuits that rumble around for years, back and forth, like this one or the SCO/Unix crap, I sort of wonder if the Medieval folks didn't have some better ideas than we do. For example, trial by combat. Each side picks a champion, and they fight it out. For those more squeamish (or civilized), keep in mind that we don't need a fight to the death. The champions could be boxers. Or even go completely non-violent and play Scrabble or something to settle the issue. Winner take all.
Such a system probably wouldn't be a lot less "just" than what courts mete out in these kinids of lawsuits, and it sure would be a lot cheaper and quicker than these zombie-like just-won't-ever-die lawsuits.
Oracle got big by being out front with a technology that worked well and fulfilled customers' needs at the time. Nowadays, they appear to be mainly resting on their laurels and starting to fade away as technology changes leave them behind.
It seems that when some companies start to loose their innovative edge and trend downwards, there is a tendency to resort to lawsuits. I guess the motto is: "If you can't compete, sue." Another poster mentioned SCO, and Blackberry (RIM) also comes to mind, too, as they seem to be starting down this path.
Perhaps this is a form of corporate evolution? Innovation and good customer service, then market dominance, then arrogance and failure to keep up with others, then patent troll and eventual (we all hope) extinction?
Okay, I can see advantages for some people here in the area of cross-platform use. And I know many of us have to deal with Windows at work, so this could be a valuable tool.
At the same time, I (and many others) have abandoned Windows due to the whole Win X debacle. I'm not much excited about MS extending their tentacles into the Linux world. I just don't trust them. Do you trust Satya? Does it really sound like a good idea to put anything from MS on your Linux machine?
Am I overly paranoid? Well, three years ago, when I was a happy, little Win 7 user, I never would have imagined that MS would go so completely over to the Dark Side and shaft their users as they have done with that deadly weapon known as Win X. How many others saw that one coming? I don't know what new nefarious schemes Satya & Company are working on, but, given that MS has clearly demonstrated complete arrogance and a total lack of concern for their users, I wouldn't be surprised by much of anything they did. I say beware!.
This fact can also be used "backwards," taking advantage of this by actively seeking times when people won't be paying close attention. Amazon once had a pop-up that would display just as you were trying to finalize buying something. It exhorted everyone to "try Prime" and spend $100/year on it. There was a YES and a NO checkbox. The default was YES, and it was small and located as far from the "OK" (only) button as possible. I knew people who got taken in by this because they were NOT wanting to be interrupted and just clicked "OK" to get rid of the damn pop-up -- and unknowingly subscribed to Amazon Prime. Then they got their bank accounts debited $100 by surprise, with the usual problems ensuing.
Agreed - as long as it IS removable. Before I got smart enough to buy an "unlocked" phone, I had a phone that was full of bloatware that I couldn't remove without rooting the phone (and, thus, the warranty).
More like this, please.
You are so very, very right. MS could fix this easily. And make people actually WANT their OS. And even be willing to pay good $, either in the form of a "purchase" as in the past or an annual fee. At least I would likely be willing.
However, that's not what they've done, so I've abandoned Windows for Linux. As many, many others have.
MS, are you listening at all? There's still time to fix this. I think. But you'd better hurry, or it WILL be too late.
Have an upvote - and many "virtual" ones. You are spot on. Materials science, monitoring, command and control systems, and a host of other technologies have improved a hell of a lot since the 1930s. The idea of landing an airship like a helicopter is perfect for low-tech landing sites.
I'm surprised Canada isn't looking into this more as they have a similar problem to Russia. The north of Canada has a lot of isolated villages that are virtually inaccessible except by air most of the year, and many of them have only small or no air strips. All their heavy supplies have to be delivered during the short time the "ice roads" are driveable - sort of - by trucks. If these airships with VTOL turn out to be practical, this could make year-round supply of remote villages possible and help bring supply costs down. It might even be feasible to add a limited passenger service, too.
Mine's the one with the airship ticket in the pocket.
The lock screen features a misspelling “Ransonware”, further evidence that the malicious code was either hastily or sloppily put together.
And the fact that they say "Your files was encrypted" could be further evidence of hasty/sloppy assembly, or the fact that the malware writers just don't speak no good English.
My condolences. I remember when United was a great airline, and I told my travel agent to be sure to book me on their flights. But that was 30 years ago, and things have sure changed, from all the horror stories I've heard.
To find about others' horror stories with United, or to report yours, check out this site.
...is to bin Facebook in the first place. Don't use it. Never did. Never will.
Of course, if you really like the "Facebook experience," that may be worth it to you, so your mileage may vary. My wife would be lost without it, and many others fall into that category. But I can't imagine wanting to use it or anything that basically sells my personal data to make money (bad enough), then wants to make yet MORE money by shoving ads at me that I can't block. Of course, this is an accepted business model - see Google et al.
And now we have Microsoft going this one better: 1) They slurp your data, 2) They sling ads *AND* 3) They want you to *PAY* them for the "privilege" of using their operating system. You could even add a fourth item "while it's still in development and, at best, a beta version."
P.T. Barnum was right, I guess.
I expect most El Reg readers have been blocking Flash one way or another for years. Certainly anyone not wanting their computer p0wned has. Got tired of those "Oh Gawd! Another Zero Day! Patch Right Away" headlines, and I'm sure I'm not alone.
I agree with Tomato42 that if Flash were a planet in some other solar system, we'd want multiple high-factional-c strikes (.999 c comes to mind) on it. And, just to be on the safe side, make the system's star go nova, too.
Good on Chrome for helping to finish off this monster.
Here we have AT&T at it's finest as an accessory to larceny out stealing EVEN MORE from their customers. Aren't their inflated rates enough in the way of theft? Not for them!
These buggers used to charge me almost $10 a month for long distance service which didn't actually INCLUDE any calls - it was just a fee for allowing me to make long distance calls. I didn't make any, but I still had to pay this bogus fee. (Note: this was NOT the government-mandated long distance access fee, but something extra AT&T came up with.)
I dumped them years ago and went with a small, local telco that gives me everything AT&T did and more - for less money. With the added bonus that they're honest and have NEVER tried to cram my bill with bogus charges.
Does anyone really *like* what MS is doing these days? We have beta-like functionality, the frequently ugly, clunky interface, the data slurping, the ad slinging, the "you have no choices about updating" and the "we'll make whatever changes to your OS and options whenever *WE* feel like it" "features" that have been baked into Win X.
I'm not an old-time MS hater. I was an MS evangelist for many years. I just can't fathom MS's current strategy, unless they secretly WANT everyone to abandon their operating system. They turned me from a Windows booster (for Win 7, at least - I figured 8 was just another "Vista" and hopefully would be fixed with Win 9) a bit over a year ago into someone who can't stand MS at all. I stand in amazement at their strategy - it strikes me as insane. They seem to be doing everything in their power to alienate their users short of having the start-up screen for Windows say "Fuck YOU, Windows Luser! Switch to Mac or Linux, you Moron!" I'm just wondering what new anti-customer strategy they will adopt next.
I think the only hope for MS to survive for very long is if the board fires Satya and gets a CEO with a different approach. I think many people would be willing to pay an annual fee (which seems to be a lot of what is behind what MS is doing) if it was reasonable AND they gave people back control of updates and no data slurping or ads. Take us back to the strategy of Windows 7 and add an annual fee if you must, but for God's sake, give us back control of our PCs. Or watch more and more of your customer base go to Linux or Mac.
Yeah, but Windows 7 users will be totally screwed, eventually. As El Reg reported, MS has already bribed Intel et al. to drop Windows 7 support from new chip design. Read it here.
So, anyone using Win 7 (for me, it's only for some old programs I like) need to either plan to keep your current hardware or find an alternative program for your alternative operating system.
So we'll get really dim monitors, or be stuck with Celeron-quality processors, or what? Or must the computer turn itself off after 3 minutes of inactivity? Technology MAY be up to providing computers that work right and meet these power requirements of theirs, but I'm not betting on it.
We have some "energy saving" printers, too. They turn themselves off (and cool down) after a few minutes of not being used. So if you want to print something, you send your job to the printer, go over to it, and wait. And wait. And wait a bit more while it warms back up. So the state (yes, it's a government office) saves $00.0000000001 worth of electricity and wastes $2.00 worth of someone's time forcing them to wank around waiting for a printout. Typical government "efficiency."
Since the FAA can't get their tiny minds around the idea of LOHAN, maybe you can get these guys to take LOHAN up and launch it? Won't be as high as you might want to go, but would make an interesting test flight.
Of course, the government down there would probably also want you to take out a permit to build an explosives factory, so it's probably a non-starter. Sigh.
Since she is a Comcast customer, every month she experiences various periods, ranging from hours to days, free from Internet or television addiction.
I wonder just WHO that "Big" customer might be?
So this problem has been known since 1997, although not considered a serious problem, it was something that should have been fixed, even so. And just HOW many versions of Windows have there been since 1997, BTW?
According to the article, this became a potentially serious problem with the release of Windows 8, a few years ago. And it STILL is a problem. So, MS, just how many more years are your users supposed to wait for a fix, I wonder?
And as you say, even with the much-hated (by me, anyhow) Unity desktop, you could turn off the bloody Amazon/web search crap. And Canonical at least realized that people did NOT like that turned on by default. And responded.
MS is so arrogant they don't give a damn what their users want, a fact which they continue to demonstrate daily.
You are so RIGHT! And handing penalties out to big bosses is so rare. In California, back in the 70's, there was a tomato processing plant that dumped tomato peels into the river every year. As part of cleaning up the air and water, that was outlawed. The company just paid the fine because it was cheaper than fixing the problem. So they changed the law to where the company would be fined AND the president would be put in jail. By next season, the new equipment was installed, and no more peels were dumped in the river.
Unfortunately, that sort of law enforcement is about as rare as rocking horse crap. Comcast and AT&T pretty much have a license to lie, cheat, and steal. I hope Washington State is just the beginning of some pushback against these bastards.
Very good! Or maybe it was that email from firstname.lastname@example.org
Well said! And so very true on so many levels!
When I moved to Linux, I was suffering from Outlook withdrawal, too. I solved it by using Thunderbird with Lightening and (a bit of evil here) hooked the calendar to Google Calendar. This gave me email, calendar and tasks with the added advantage of having my phone calendar (I use "aCalendar" on Android, also hooked to Google) sync with computer one.
I was even able to find a third-party tool to convert all my Outlook email into a file Thunderbird could read and was able to import everything in all my archives.
"Most likely this is because they're hoping that the bricked PC that results causes us to go and buy a new PC which can only run Win10 because disks to install older versions aren't readily available to allow
a downgrade the upgrade to an older version".
Arrogant bastards tend to be their own undoing in the long run. They get to thinking they're invulnerable and invincible and then they make that fatal mistake, like Hitler, flushed with his successes in Europe, invading the Soviet Union. That didn't work out too well for him in the end.
Now MS is turning their operating system into spyware and ad-slinging crapware. They seem almost hell-bent on alienating as many of their user base as possible. I think they're putting themselves on a road to nowhere.
Maybe this is some form of evolution in action.
To Linux. After being a Windows user and supporter since the 80's, I did, and I'm very glad I did. Yes, there are things to learn, and there may be a few "windows only" apps one needs, but for those you can use Windows 7 in Virtualbox, WINE, or dual boot with Internet access disabled. One way or another, you can escape what is increasingly becoming the Dark Side.
As far as I can tell, Windows is trying to commit suicide. Are most people really lame enough to use an operating system that installs programs you don't want without even asking you? It seems to me that Satya clearly believes "All your PC are belong to us." I, for one, disagree.
You mean a government has outlawed encryption they can't penetrate? Who'dathoughtit?
We're (all of us, world+dog) next. Gotta have toll booths, checkpoints and plenty of other government obfuscation on that "Information Superhighway." It's for your protection!
This is what MS users, and anyone using SAAS, has to look forward to in the future. The deal changes, you see, whenever the vendor decides to change it. It's not like you OWN anything that you paid for, and it's yours.
Instead, you get the software du jour, and tomorrow they may decide to strip out some features or add some extra
spyware telemetry so they can enhance their profit margins your user experience.
Imagine owning a car, and the manufacturer could send a mechanic around to put in a smaller engine, remove or randomly change some of the car's features and plant bugs in the car whenever they felt like it, and you couldn't do anything about it. Thank God MS doesn't make cars.
It's not only about steering spacecraft, although we all know that's quite important. We are also learning a lot of good things about propulsion systems. The reason we can maneuver spacecraft like this is because of ion engines. Even though the concept is quite old, these engines have been practical for only a few years.
According to my back-of-the-envelope calculations, the spacecraft was accelerating at only about .011 G (just a hair over 1/10 m/sec), which may not sound like much, but the very idea of having a rocket engine that can be started and stopped and can keep running for 50 minutes (not to mention having fuel for future burns) is amazing to those of us who remember some of the constraints previous engines had. As far as we know now, Ion engines offer MUCH greater fuel efficiency per Newton than anything short of full-on nuclear engines of some kind. My hat's off to the rocket scientists who made those engines practical.
Consider how many TV commercials work. They don't tell you why their product is good. What they do is crazy stuff to make you REMEMBER them and to make associations in your head. Trump has gotten from being essentially a political joke to presidential candidate by using this technique. Based on these skills, Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) has been predicting that he will likely win the election and made that prediction before the primary elections even got going.
Whether he's really a nut or is a master persuader, something seems to be working for him. If he wins, we'll all have to hope he's not a nut.
Who wrote this *^%$*#$ script for Sillycon Valley? It's total crap! I mean, nobody would ever believe --
What? This is an actual news item?
Right. Well, carry on, then!
Sincerely! Maybe if Canada can win, we here in the states might be able to win someday, although I'm not too optimistic about it. The Axis of Evil in charge of our telecomms is just as dedicated to preventing anything like competition and will use lawsuits and whatever else it takes to keep their evil, little Oligopoly on top, providing most of us with the choice of mediocre service for nosebleed prices or crap service for somewhat more affordable prices. Good service for reasonable prices? Dream on.
I live in a major city. My cell phone gets much faster Internet access than my wired house does. The only option for high speed wired Internet where I live is cable via Comcast, and I won't open that Pandora's box of high fees and outages. Fiber? What's that? Not here! There used to be a bright spot in the city here (although not in my neighborhood), a company called SureWest. They gave you fiber to the premises, high speed, great quality and a reasonable rate. And they were building out in my direction, so I had something to look forward to. Then they were bought out by a Comcast clone so prices spiraled up and service plummeted, so back to telecomms business as usual and the death of hope.