It's this kind of intrusive bullshit that turned me from a fairly happy majority Windows 7/occasional Linux user to the reverse of that, to the point where Windows 10 is kept on hand for emergency use only. What on Earth are they thinking of???
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Could someone explain to me how near complete ownership of a monopoly payment processor (VocaLink) by a member (MasterCard) of the payment card provider duopoly is any way be better or more competitive than ownership distributed widely amongst the users of that infrastructure?
There's a reason they're focusing on navigation
It's what they're really good at - their app is great for driving, displaying all the information you need very clearly, including the current speed limit. It's why they've been bought to put their navigation software in all the major German car manufacturers' vehicles. If one of the things the Strategy Boutique said, before suggesting a stupid name, was "stick to your knitting" then they got that right, at least.
OTOH their suggestions for local points of interest are pretty hit and miss, at least in my neck of the woods - presumably because they lack the depth of local knowledge that Google acquires through its search business - so maybe that's why they've given up pushing that aspect of it. Being directed to a "nearest" petrol station 10 miles away, and subsequently finding there were several others just around the corner, does not endear you to the app!
Whenever I see projections of exponential growth continuing for decades ahead (which is what that energy consumption chart, noticeably devoid of any actual data points, indicates) my bullshit detector goes off the scale.
I'd also suggest that the 2015 energy consumption figure of 10^14 J/year does not justify the assertion that "the world's computing infrastructure already uses a significant slice of the world's power", when energy production is shown as well over 10^20 J/year!
Not much more to say, really. If you're doing something that's going to attract the attention of the Feds, even if it is just Homeland Security, you really shouldn't be reusing email addresses, trusting companies like Apple to keep your information confidential, or using IP addresses that can be connected to you or your other activities. Amongst other things.
Re: In this case though, I don't think it's really the cost that's the big deal
Or could maybe set it so once the battery was charged, it uses the panels to run the A/C at a low level - just making it a bit more pleasant whenever you decide to get back in.
Running the AC compressor typically uses something like 3kW. Just running the ventilation fan, as some vehicles already can when the engine's off, uses a couple of hundred ways - both well beyond the capability of a solar panel on the car's roof.
Sustainable energy policy needs a lot more practical engineers and a lot less wishful thinking and "every teensy weensy little bit helps" posturing from evangelists.
Trying to avoid building masts?
The whole point of a cellular system is that it can work with minimal spectrum by reusing frequencies in non-adjacent cells, and you can increase capacity by adding more cells. Acquiring more spectrum by stealing, sorry "borrowing", unlicensed spectrum is just a cheap way (for the telcos) to avoid speeding money on increasing cell site density.
Any idiot can achieve revenue of $1,300m if they're prepared to lose $400m doing so. It seems perfectly reasonable to sneer at that as an achievement - or a business, for that matter.
Magical "EMP guns", firefighting aircraft equipped with swivel mounts and gunners, ... Someone's spent too long playing Call of Duty.
17 seconds? Do they insist on finishing the chapter, or what?
It's the reality that the likes of Tesla are choosing not to acknowledge. A driver who's been lulled into a false sense of security because "the car's driving itself" not only isn't holding the steering wheel, and doesn't have feet anywhere near the brake, but will likely have let their attention drift and have no situational awareness. When the bing-bongs go off first the driver will just be startled, then they'll have to get their hands and feet into the controls, scan their instrument panel to work out what the hell caused that, and then start looking around outside their vehicle to start the process of working out what their vehicle's doing and what's happening around them. Only then can they decide what action to take and effectively take control (assuming they didn't do something daft when first startled). It doesn't at all surprise me that this might take 17 seconds.
I can't change the PIN code on my bank or credit card.
Last time I checked, I could change the PIN for any of my (UK) debit and credit cards on the spot at an ATM.
Re: And is anyone surprised?
I totally agree that we need transparency over how Google et al use their users' data. But it should equally hardly be a surprise to anyone, and certainly not a school board, that a commercial organisation can't possibly supply its services free of charge without having some otter way of recouping its costs and ultimately profiting.
Anybody else think that humanity is reduced by this?
We've already done away with the likes of lighthouse keepers, now ships' crews are on their way out, drivers and pilots sure to follow not too long after. I can't help wondering what human beings will be left to do that doesn't amount to sitting behind a desk competing on cost with a server somewhere, or wiping someone's arse - unless you're one of the gods controlling capital.
Who would have guessed ten years ago that in Britain by 2016 a VPN would be an essential tool if you wanted to visit any non-government approved website. I certainly didn't. What a deeply depressing state of affairs...
Re: Are we surprised?
This "sharing" attitude becoming the norm isn't helped by presumably reputable companies routinely asking for waaaaaaay more personal information than they really need. Sign up for a Pets at Home (just a pet supplies retailer for those outside the UK) loyalty card and they not only want your real name (why?), email address and street address (why?), but also your date of birth (why?), gender (why?), landline and mobile phone numbers (why?), pets' names and dates of birth (why?), and a host of questions about things like pet insurance you may have (OK, I can guess why their marketing department wants to know that). I pollute their databases to the best of my ability, but I'd bet that most people just unthinkingly cough up their real details.
Re: Unremovable Google Bar?
Similarly for the apps being displayed one line per letter in the app drawer: long tap on the wallpaper, tap the three dots to get to the home screen settings, set drawer layout to paged and sorting mode to title, and you're back to the more familiar Android app listing.
But if they passed out weed wouldn't you just have folks lining up to get in to prison?
On the plus side, that would make the detection of drug crime much easier for the police, also letting the politicians pretend to have achieved something, and reduce the costs of those expensive trials as well. Unfortunately that last point means that the lawyers wouldn't allow it.
"High net worth" individuals
For when "rich" is just too vulgar, darling.
Re: How exactly does this execute?
Re: So you "secure" these tags but.... um....
Quite; this would just be an unremarkable and unnecessarily complicated way of implementing a phishing attack. Could be a NFC tag, but equally could just be a sticker with a QR code, or simply a printed URL with a plausible domain name. This is making a very big deal out of not very much.
Re: UK Energy Market
Like all EU governments the UK had a massive let-out if it wanted it, though - it wasn't compulsory if it was found not to be cost-effective. Given the eye-watering cost of the UK programme, and the negligible projected benefits, that should have taken about 5 minutes if our government wasn't so obsessed with green vanity projects - as long as someone else is picking up the tab, naturally.
Confusing waste of money
All this site does is cause confusion. It obfuscates the fact that electoral registration is a local government responsibility by expensively providing a central government shim, which won't help the prospective voter understand how the system works in the future, and it bypasses any front end the local ERO might already have and gives them more work to do. At most all that was needed was a curated set of links to the local ERO sites - hell, throw in a postcode lookup if you really want to look like you're adding value. Completely pointless, and now it's caused chaos with the need for emergency legislation, and possible legal challenge to that. Idiots.
Re: Airborne jammer - GPS/Flight Control wrecker
Airbus' aircraft are no more (or less) dependant on GPS than are Boeing's, say. If you're going to have a pop then at least first make the effort to understand the difference between a navigation and a flight control system.
Never quite understand these lawsuits
Like the Blackburn case, the Klarfeld complaint would look to collect money from Oracle, in this case to be distributed to shareholders
What's the point of shareholders extracting money from their own company? I could understand it if they were suing Larry et al personally for compensation, but targeting the company only seems to benefit the legal vultures.
Re: What about oil production?
That's probably what explains their enthusiasm for hydrogen-powered vehicles, including the national rollout of hydrogen fuel stations - guess where the hydrogen comes from.
Thank goodness for El Reg
Without Andrew having apparently free rein to write here about any of his pet hates I might have to read a general (non-paywalled - gasp!) news site to find out about NHS drug procurement practices. This permissive editorial policy will be particularly useful over the next few weeks, since with Euro 2016 imminent I feel certain that some in-depth comment on England's team selection and the wisdom of playing a 4-4-2 formation will be essential, particularly when linked to paywalled and geoblocked Sky Sports coverage.
With all the connotations that prefix carries?
Outside the US, pretty much none. More likely thought of as a Spanish word, an obscure bit of urban slang, or a bit of cod Latin.
Re: Good. Serve's 'em right.
Sod the insurance. The problem for me is that you don't tend to get out of general aviation crashes with a bit of whiplash, the pain of which can be soothed by a bag-full of cash. No amount of "compensation" is going to do you personally any good if you're dead, and the equipment, training and likely flying experience of the average GA pilot makes that outcome considerably more likely than on a commercial flight - as demonstrated by the poor GA accident rate.
Given that the purpose of this crapware was apparently to notify users of application updates, perhaps Lenovo could have just produced an updated version of their own app that would simply cause it to vanish up it's own arsehole when downloaded! Maybe after displaying a sincere apology to the user for having installed this junk on their machine in the first place.
A wiser court will have sided with Hutter and Kraftwerk,
Isn't it a somewhat fine example of hubris (to be polite) to assert that one's personal opinion demonstrates greater wisdom than the considered judgement of the German Constitutional Court?
Re: Storing passwords that can be decrypted...
Why use two-way encryption at all for passwords, rather than salted hashing? Why would you ever need to recover the password; what are you going to do, email it to a forgetful user or something?
SWIFT's security advice may well have been outdated, but it was just that - advice. Quite honestly any bank that's so clueless about IT security that it has to rely on advice from the organisation it's connecting to, rather than make its own decisions on how to protect itself from fraud, shouldn't be in the business of handling other people's money anyway.
Any evidence SWIFT was hacked?
According to SWIFT the compromises were in the customer-bank networks connecting to SWIFT, not in their network itself, and I've read nothing to suggest that this is wrong. What evidence does El Reg have to suggest that SWIFT themselves were hacked - or do they just make an easy target for sloppy reporting?
Re: Sigh, When Will They Learn
It's probably easier to learn how to make a car, rocket, heating system, etc. than to learn how to be effective an effective software company.
So speaks the true software engineer. :)
The fact is that hardly any software companies try to be effective in the sense of producing robust and secure products, let alone achieving that at launch - the ability to patch defects cheaply has led to a culture of testing features, chucking it out of the door, and fixing defects later, options not really available if you make cars or rockets.
Well done! I assume you also disable the lock screen and remove any device FS encryption, thus protecting yourself from any defects in those security features, too?
I can think of several words I'd substitute for "coolest". And "stories" doesn't do it justice, either.
Re: Management Focus, ??
Exactly what I was about to say. Any email to all employees that begins "Today we announced plans for a tax-free spin-off and merger" tells you precisely where the interests of employees figure in the plans.
Re: They are not comparable.
Since throughout the article, including the tables, it's made clear that the numbers are for smartphone sales, I'd say you're completely missing the point.
Re: What we need
No scripting is a pretty horrible experience, unless you like that authentic 1990s static web page experience. The problem isn't scripting per se but the proliferation of "cool" but useless and vulnerable features, and (as has ever been, from blinking text and iframes onwards) their misuse.
Re: No they don't have the right to DRM
And when they introduce the DRM after you bought it?
Re: The single biggest problem with turbulence
Entirely agree. There are still unavoidable hazards even when you are strapped in, though - I did get to wear a large G&T on a flight from London to Copenhagen when the aircraft encountered unexpected turbulence, which was not a good look or smell shortly afterwards when standing in front of the passport checking booth. But pity the poor cabin attendant who spent 30 minutes clutching the bouncing drinks trolley while wedging it between the aisle seats.
When the article includes gems like "the level of turbulence required to bend a wing spar is something even most pilots will not experience in a lifetime of travelling", and then even goes on to explain that wings are meant to flex, then you know that you're down at the level of an Open Day tour guide or a Sky News reporter, not a technical summary.
Re: Well to be honest, it was dealing with photographs
Must logos avoid colour gradients because they're a bastard to reproduce consistently across different media (particularly screen and print) and at a wide range of sizes.
Re: A holdout explains
What am I missing?
That, as has been demonstrated many times in the past in many countries around the world including the US, you could probably sign as M.Mouse with a crayon gripped between your toes and a picture of your arse on your ID, and the average cashier would accept it without a second glance.
What I seem to be missing is why something like C&P that works so well elsewhere in the world, and has done for years now, causes such controversy solely within the USA.
Meanwhile, to El Reg's, reckoning, the best smart thermostat on the market comes from neither company.
To my reckoning, the best
smart thermostat on the market is the one on my wall right now: it has a single, non-revolutionary, simple dial that just allows you to set the temperature. It's cheap, does the job as well as Nest or any other, doesn't require a smartphone, and is vulnerability free. Unless someone breaks in and rotates the dial by hand. YMMV.
No need for the careful "highly unlikely..", "improbable" and other lawyer-friendly phrases - the scamming, thieving, low-life, bastards are hardly likely to identify themselves for the sake of a defamation action, are they?
Re: I don't mind Windows 10, but what's next?
I'll admit I haven't bothered to read up on the things people are getting worked up about here but there is nothing I've seen than interferes with my daily use of my PC.
Congratulations, you're just the kind of
product customer Microsoft has in mind for the brave new world of Windows.
The real question for me is what's next?
Well, assuming that Microsoft still intends making money from Windows, it'll be by subscription, or by monetising all that data slurping that you couldn't be bothered to read up about. Or both.
No more nagware?
Does that mean that after July 29 Windows 7/8 users will be left in peace?