Re: Tried it, it's stupid
You had me sold till the: "Usenet remains king for sensible discussion" bit.
102 posts • joined 13 Feb 2013
You had me sold till the: "Usenet remains king for sensible discussion" bit.
The sooner it gets decoupled from other services and stays optional, G+ may be fine.
There are people who would still like to use it and appreciate the flexibility of circles etc.
So long as membership to it, isn't tied to nearly everything in the G universe, G+ may do just fine for those that want it. Ramming it down peoples' throats just isn't going to cut it (just ask Sinofski).
The way I see it, ever since Twitter went public it has been under pressure to clamp down on "undesirables" and become more "mainstream" and "marketable".
This, fundamentally is at odds with Twitter's earlier self-proclamations of being the free speech wing of the free speech brigade. And yes, however regrettable, free speech can be upsetting, offensive to some, occasionally OTT.
We are who we are and while it's a sad indictment of the human race, I don't see Twitter's (or any other's) job to police people's expressions insofar as they are not in breach of laws (and even then; it's debatable as all the Arab Spring tweets shirly contravened some local laws but were allowed/encouraged nonetheless).
Twitter the ragtag restless agitator of old may have had some street cred; Twitter, the betied, upstanding corporate citizen, not so much.
If they have found the robot to change bedsheets, puff up the pillows and lay down a fresh set, I want one.
I guess he/she does it for fear of losing power abruptly but unless the battery has come loose, I can't see a scenario where that happens.
Who are this Juku team of which you speak in your disclaimer!?
Have an upvote on the icon simile.
So I guess I'm the only one here to have my tab slow down to a crawl.
From tapping settings -> WiFi to actually seeing anything takes anything from 1 to 3 minutes!
Settings in general seems to crawl for some reason or another.
Pity, as the little fella was pretty fast before.
Actually, count me in on that too.
Nexus 7 2013 here and the update very nearly killed mine.
Loads of apps misbehave now, going into the Wi-Fi settings takes a good minute or two (to the point that I thought it would never open the Wi-Fi settings ever again).
There's definitely something wrong there. Under 4.4 everything went buttery smooth with no bugs at all so whatever is doing this to the tab is the software.
http://www.edri.org/files/Czech_BBA09_EN.pdf Bottom of page 3:
"Persons are identified by their IP addresses, from which an unauthorized copyrighted material
sharing is taking place. This gives responsibility to the connection owner and not necessarily the real wrongdoer. Under the law innocent victims, with insufficiently secured networks can
be punished, such as public WiFi hotspot owners."
Yep. And the absolute worst place for this is Italy where no foreigner can ever be allowed on those spots.
On the other end of the spectrum, Poland allows the sale of SIM cards with no ID whatsoever, they only cost a couple of pounds and offer a gig of 4G data.
Suspend your otherwise healthy cynicism and just look at the benefits without the names of the companies.
Why is it risible that a company shares in the (often considerable) expenses of adoption?
Similarly egg storage is not just used when females are "otherwise engaged" but very frequently in all sorts of fertility treatments that don't just spring from the female but also from the male.
At the end of the day, every government and medical council has established a code of ethics when it comes to these things and no employer's sponsorship can change these. If you must have a go at someone at least point do it at the right direction.
At least they don't suffer from a delusional strategy that steadfastly refuses to face facts like several other big tech players. If nothing else, they understand where they need to go and while their execution is lacklustre they have deep enough pockets to buy them time.
Besides, now that AMD hit the rocks they are practically on their own so they can focus on breaking into where they need.
As an aside, as power and brawn requirements evolve the headway that ARM designs have on Intel is diminishing.
On the point of Nokia going Android in 2009/10.
Their flagship N8 phone had a CPU a full generation behind the competition with pitiful RAM, Graphics and Storage capabilities.
What made Nokia special back in the day was being able to squeeze every last bit of performance from what were essentially weak and underpowered platforms (same as BB to an extent).
Compare the N8 with the Desire HD and if that Nokia was to run Android it would suck donkey's balls and only serve to infuriate customers further!
What do you think killed off BBerries too? Not the Android compatibility or lack thereof but the abysmal specs and the fact that when Androids were multitasking and acting as ad-hoc WiFi AP's BBerries would crash trying to load a page with more than 3 pictures on it.
The Android option on the then-current hardware was just not there.
Comparison Link: http://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPhone1=3252&idPhone2=3468
You open the article with how modern ssd's are close to saturating the SATA-III/6 pipe, how top end drives go over PCI-E and then proceed to absolutely ignore the option.
It certainly can't be due the product being immature. I've had one of the first Z-drives from the old OCZ since 2010.
Why the anti-PCIe bias?
Looks like your irony sensor is not yet functional. Have a coffee and retry.
@ Tom 35: I beg to differ. There are tiles that are useful.
Weather, stock tickers, RSS headlines, music players, all sorts of other widgets.
Depending on how free you are to customise them and get them to do what the user wants they can be valuable.
And more generally, any fundamentalist opinion which pre-supposes that all users like or dislike a feature make me sceptical.
I guess my mum isn't as advanced in her years being in her late 70's so I keep the monitoring simple just checking on her location on G+ (used to be called latitude).
Uncharacteristically for people of her age she has discovered computers and smartphones and tablets in the last 5 years and now chooses which friends to accept invites from on the basis of their WiFi speed and resilience.
First of all, connexion by boeing was on lufthansa's long-haul since 2001.
The cost was a flat fee for the flight. I remember having a 3-way Skype while over the Atlantic approaching New Foundland. (Before you have a fit, it was on the top deck of a 747 and nowhere near anyone).
Pity the whole thing died by 2007-ish
The kid you are referring to is probably more tech savvy than you and if cash strapped, will almost certainly be doing VOIP instead of vanilla gsm.
And a question: I once packed my phone in an operating state and upon arrival I found those "welcome to country X" SMS's from Greece, Albania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland. This was back in the blackberry days but seems to contradict the "can't get connected" argument.
Speak for yourselves.
Both of mine work just fine, their screen is beautiful (coming as they were from the first batches that had the better screens) and thanks to some neat ROM's I'm using the 4GB card as native memory space which means it can run everything (sloooooowly) and have 100+ apps installed.
Still, 4 years and 2 batteries later they're going strong. They're not my daily-use phone, but they've got pride of place on my bedside table, always ready to step in, in an emergency.
Best value for money ever.
You live by the litigator - You die by the litigator
Couldn't happen to a more appropriate company
Andrew, while the article may have merit the blatant use of weasel words like "the wealthy admins" detracts from the essence.
And on a point of pedantry, admins are also largely volunteers and not paid a salary by the WMF. The people you have in mind are the WMF devs.
that every time I read Willem's part of the interview WTH always had a different phrase spring to mind!?
Considering that Qualcom even went so far as to clone itself to get insulated from even the hint of a potential "contagion" from its open source contributions, I wouldn't mind seeing them face some justice.
Purely from the standpoint of principles.
Thanks for that. I have been living there for 10 years and never realised;given the ridiculously low taxes the state charges.
Can some of the enlightened commentards or even any of the contributors explain to me how come Swisscom has reliable 4g to the tune of 40+/20+ over a good 90% percent of the population and falling back to full 3g elsewhere?
Swisscom faces way less competition by way fewer rivals. The terrain is way more challenging than in London or the UK, regulations about masts equally stringent and yet they deliver.
Could this, God forbid, be down to the fact it's nationalised? Any ideas or pointers, welcome.
I learned something today. Have an upvote :-)
Who on earth chose "Urovoros" as a brand name?
That is more demented than all the Mitsubishi Pajeros combined.
Uro is more or less known to everyone (Greek for urine), - voros (Greek for devourer), ie the one that feeds on...
Sadly that's because it is infinitely easier to make money with this model versus the ad-supported or the prepaid.
Thankfully, the EU (see what happens if you get on with the adults Mr. Farage?) is now demanding that apps featuring in app purchases cannot be listed under the "free" category as they are not free.
Thing is that the signal to noise ratio or, if you prefer, the ratio of good games to hurriedly botched knockoffs is unsustainable. There's too much garbage and while in the physical world availability would cease for unloved titles; in the age of the app store those zombies will live forever.
Minecraft has proven the viability of the paid for model but seriously; how many minecrafts can be sustained out there?
My ideal, use paid for only and utilise the trial period to return whatever falls clearly below par. If only we could have trial versions of paid apps to try them out before buying.
OK, let's admit that we both haven't measured Netflix's own HD bandwidth requirement.
Can we agree on the following facts:
1) Bandwidth requirements are dynamic and we need to focus on some sort of average/minimum bandwidth to give us a baseline?
2) How about the recommendations of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) that for HD the minimum you should need is 10 Mbps ( EBU - Tech 3334 - page 6)
FWITW cable and early satellite HD feeds were using around 15-17 Mbps. So, unless Netflix are magicians or science wizards they couldn't possibly squeeze the same amount of information, that everyone else uses, down to a third of the size without some loss. For if they did, they'd stand to make way more money by marketing the algorithm than all their streaming business combined.
What you describe is SD quality.
Netflix's own recommendations ( https://help.netflix.com/en/node/306 ) say otherwise. Of course, if you didn't use HD before and don't use HD now; then 5+ Mbps is more than adequate for your needs.
A little smart design goes a long way.
I have been a happy user of UBS's app for ages and never had a problem and very unlikely will have one either because of a few simple steps:
1) Username/Password only allows you to view details and take no action
2) Username/Password AND physical NFC card AND its PIN allow ordinary banking transactions (bill payment, acct transfers, payment to known parties)
3) Any fresh payment to an unknown party or account cannot be enacted by the app but can only be keyed in and in waiting. Final authorisation must come either via e-banking or at an ATM or in person. Hence money transfer to first time accounts is impossible under all scenarios using the app. Needless to say that the authorisation also requires a combo of the card, its PIN, a unique series on digits and access to one's e-banking account on the web
If ALL the above fail, I still only expose my current/regular accounts there that never seem to have too much money anyway. All of the other accounts are not ebanking enabled and only accept deposits, not withdrawals.
No need to forgo convenience for the sake of a little forethought.
Agreed. What I was alluding to is the excuses employed to stop anyone granting proper data protection.
The EU, having repeatedly bent over to accommodate the yanks already is hardly likely to put up a fight.
As for China, I think there's a contradiction in terms if China starts defending data privacy (not a native English speaker but something about foxes and henhouses springs to mind).
You write: " I wonder how long that will last."
Long. VERY long. Simply because proper such protections will ultimately mean gunships.
Connect the dots: Data protection -> IP Piracy -> Money Laundering -> Drug Trafficking/Terrorism -> Frozen off USD denominated financial markets -> Commerce is severely hampered
So whoever decides on proper data protection will soon find themselves in the pervailing axis of badness of the time.
Swisscom proves that unlimited CAN be supported with quasi reasonable prices. (unlimited all you can use on net, landlines and mobes within and outside the country for around 90 gbp together with their equivalent iPlayer and catch up service).
Why is it so hard for everyone else? Especially given that torrenting is officially and formally A-OK which would normally point to even higher usage.
Sapphire and Ruby can be really versatile and have come a long way in the last few years:
Oskar Moser GmbH for a quick list of potential applications.
Disclaimer: they used to be a supplier of mine but haven't engaged them for over a decade now.
Nice to see them diversfying away from jewel bearings.
That's a bit of a circular reference problem. If two bits of kit have identical input and output, then they ARE by the very definition producing the same heat (ie emit energy in heat form).
What effect that energy/heat produces in terms of temperature elevation depends on other factors like size, thermal conductivity, materials, surrounding environment etc.
I'm with Cambridge professor McKay on this one. (http://www.withouthotair.com)
He made a very serious attempt at quantifying what it will take to be sustainable.
My best quote: "if everyone does a little, then all we can achieve is a little" (such a no brainer mathematically it makes you wonder why people didn't see through that 'every little helps' slogan).
At the end of the day if we want to really save energy our best bets are insulating our homes and assisting our boilers with solar panels or underground heat exchangers.
On a small point of pedantry. Most pro photographers I've come across swear by CF on account of the massive storage potential and the superior write speed which helps when snapping continuously at 40+ megapixels.
That may be so UNLESS you talking about Poulsbo.
The most abominable clusterfuck of crock ever to come from Intel's GPU team (admittedly they're an Imagination Technologies chip; but still).
Just your insistence of stringing together unnecessarily long sentences that render them an unreadable nonsense. One way to demonstrate a deep understanding of any topic is the ability to explain it succinctly and in layman's terms.
However, your tirade had nothing to do with topics or issues that are difficult to grasp, just sentences that are badly put together and strewn with faux-smart leet-speak.
What have both of you been drinking or do you revel in wanton syntax errors as some kind of badge?
Both of you don't make sense but at least the OP was mostly quoting.
I'm with AC on that one.
The system exists and would be perfectly capable of exposing this without any gizmo or fancy modification.
The reason that these slipped through was that the Interpol database isn't directly and easily accessible by airlines (which makes sense given that check in agents would have the keys to thing, otherwise).
Argue about simplifying the access procedure, not about splashing out on unnecessary kit.
I sympathise with you.
Back in the day, I was once parallel watching an F1 grand prix from BBC and a Greek TV station. Queue a series of blunders:
- Major events happening during commercial breaks (Murphy's law anyone?)
- The hapless Greek studio commentators didn't realise for a few laps that the front runner was losing ground; at the same time the BBC had their woman in the pits telling us "the gearbox had overheated in the last few laps forcing the engineers to lower the power output somewhat until the thermal profile recovered" (or something like that, anyway).
It's the difference of being given exclusive VIP room access to the event and trying to surmise what might be happening from the background noise that makes it to the pavement where you've been banished.
If the "target" is households, as you put it, then you allow unlimited connections from the household IP address (we're still some way away from multi IP addressed households) and also allow a nominal (no more than 3-5) number of instances that are outside the established household IP.
If it works with enterprise licencing for various types of software (think simultaneous connections/users) I don't see a problem extending it to the iPlayer.
However, it is the rights holders that need convincing, not the population.
For example, BBC had to switch to a satellite transponder with an even narrower footprint than before to continue with unscrambled broadcasts and still claim to only make them available to the UK (otherwise they would need to scramble or pay international distribution rights - about 10 times more expensive).
[rant] so much for the "single market" [/rant]
I'm with zb on this one.
Although my "workaround" is much more prosaic (and actually legal here in Switzerland), I too would love to hand over the cash, to enter the advert free blissdom that is the BBC.
More than any Netflix, iTunes or other service, the iPlayer is the only one I wish I was allowed to pay. Bring it on, I say.
(FWIW I think it would be right to charge only non-TV licence holders for access to iPlayer. After all, I recall from my years in Blighty that the TV licence is meant to support all public service broadcasters, like ITV and C4; so unless the online only licence came with 4OD and whatever the ITV equivalent is, I don't see the point).
You wrote:"My voicemails are texted to me".
How exactly is this a winpho specific feature and exactly how well would it work with non English voice messages?
Lavabit was secure but only by virtue of its owner preferring to shut the whole thing down rather than surrender his keys.
Having said that, shutting down your stervice at every official request isn't exactly a recipe for success.
Kudos to the Lavabit guy nonetheless.
I have the same respect and admiration for Qualcomm as I do for Oracle. And I wish them both well...
(OK, seriously why do we still have no irony icon?)
That's the same Imagination Tech of Poulsbo infamy.
They even managed to tarnish Intel's otherwise OK reputation among the Linux community with their antics.
As far as I'm concerned I-T can disappear and hopefully take Qualcom with them while they're at it.