"Truth is that Intel's worst nightmare is Microsoft actually building more efficient OS upgrades"
Really? It has always been what Intel giveth, Microsoft taketh away.
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"Truth is that Intel's worst nightmare is Microsoft actually building more efficient OS upgrades"
Really? It has always been what Intel giveth, Microsoft taketh away.
"I know someone who, instead of putting in company name and adding a .com to the end will fire up Google and put in company name in there, every single time."
I know someone who brings up the google search form then types in the URL of the site he wants and clicks on the resulting links. When I asked him why he did that, he replied "That's how you get to the website isn't it?" I have since told him the correct way to get to a site if you already know the URL, however I suspect he still goes through google.
"The FTC takes a much more laissez-faire approach to monopolies, for better or worse. They didn't do much about Microsoft, and one can argue they were proven right as mobile devices broke their monopoly."
One can argue that the FTC should've done its job when the circumstances are relevant. If one company had a monopoly on fossil fuels, should the FTC be sitting on its arse and do nothing because in 30 years time nuclear fusion will break that monopoly?
"Sorry, people used MS stuff because they *wanted* to - they bought them, they *pirated* them by the sacksful, even when they had no real reason to use them - why get something illegally if you don't like it?"
If someone sends you a MS Word doc what do you use to view it? The "free" Word doc viewer? But it runs on MS Windows. Some ignorant companies want you to send them your CV in MS Word format, so what's a poor graduate looking for their first job going to do?
"I bought OS/2 in 1994 to avoid Windows, how many of you did?"
I bought OS/2 Warp because it was better than Windows, sort of, the 8MB ram machine I ran it on didn't seem quite enough to take full advantage of Warp.
"Is publishing correspondence between industry and government fair game under those statements?"
If by this you mean, lobbying, then of course it's fair game.
Also it's a reminder that Sony is responsible for it's own security just like they point out to their customers:
"As the name would suggest, the WINVote systems were based on Microsoft's OS"
I thought it was named for its ability to win the vote for whichever party gave the supplier the most "campaign contributions" at election time.
"A horse designed by committee."
Actually the camel is supremely well designed for the environment it operates in.
It has had, just not in "82 languages" that Google is now offering. Chinese handwriting recognition had been available on PCs since Win95/98, on Nokia's touchscreen phones (and on many Chinese touchscreen phones before that), and of course on Android as well. In fact it had been easier to develop handwriting recognition for the somewhat more complex Chinese characters than it had been for the simpler Latin alphabet precisely because the complexity gave more data points for the recognition software to work with, resulting in higher accuracy.
The law is for law abiding citizens, not for law enforcement agencies.
"At the rate he's writing, pretty soon the TV will be the spoilers for the books."
I finally made an effort to get into GoT at the beginning of the year (I had watched the first few minutes of Series 1 Episode 1 several times in the past but didn't get any further than that), watched all 4 series, then started on the books. Finished the first 4 books and just started on the 5th, and realised that there was a gap of 6 years between 4th and 5th books. If the 6th book takes as long to appear and if the TV series continue to rely on that as source material then by the time it appears the fickle fans and producers of the TV series might have moved on to the next "big thing" and have forgotten about GoT.
Apart from a few deviations the TV series seems to follow the book pretty closely, a lot of the dialogue are almost word for word. It is a much more faithful adaptation than the abysmal "Legend of the Seeker" TV series portrayal of "The Sword of Truth" series of books, which turned out to be more like a comic book version aimed at a pre-adult audience. Eg in the books, the Mother Confessor is supposed to be reserved, dignified and cautious, in the TV series she becomes headstrong, reckless, dual dagger wielding brawler always seeming to be spoiling for a fight.
"the spook agencies are just not doing the job"
They are. All the plots that they thwart involve some "undercover" agent encouraging/urging/helping the perp to commit the crime that was thwarted.
"Politicians are after votes no matter how dumb their ideas are...."
I don't think any politicians, judges, or other public figure are free agents anymore. The intensive, all pervasive surveillance that has been going on these past years has made them all subject to blackmail by the "security" services. The exception being Dutch MEP, Sophie in 't Veld, who either has no skeletons in her closet or she doesn't mind letting them out. Once upon a time, politicians in opposition would vigorously oppose legislation that eg allowed the government to spy on its own citizens - even though they themselves would try to bring in the same legislation when they next come to power. Now they don't even make a token effort of opposing.
It's time the Reg follow in wikipedia footsteps and organise a donation drive so they don't have to run these adverts.
"It has become a defining feature of American policy and only last week the former head of the NSA warned about just this kind of processor embargo."
The former head of the NSA is worried about not being able to sell backdoored CPUs to China.
"The big thing the US bully boy has is control over the world's banking system. The rest of the world needs to pull their head out of their ass and fix that."
China has already made moves in the right direction. The US and EU unilateral sanctions against Iran (and various other countries) have prompted China to settle trade using each other's respectively currency instead of using USDs.
The soon to be launched AIIB is a direct response to the US/EU refusal to allow China a larger voting right in both the IMF and the World Bank, even though in the wake of the 2009 financial crisis China were asked to pony up some more cash to bolster the reserves. Despite intense US pressure on its lackeys not to join the AIIB, the UK, France, Germany and most major European countries have joined, along with most major countries in Asia-Pacific (with the exception of Japan who singularly succumbed to US pressure).
While China is busy connecting the world with its so called "One Belt, One Road" initiative which aims to create the necessary infrastructure and transport links to facilitate trade from China to Africa by sea and from China to Europe by land, the US is busy connecting the world with military bases.
"... moving his manufacturing to the Far East after going on about how much he is supporting British industry. It hasn't made his vacuum cleaners any more affordable."
Well if it's any consolation to you, Dyson stuff costs more in the Far East than they do in the UK.
"When purchasing a device capable of receiving broadcast TV, the retailer is required to collect your details and pass them on to TV licensing"
Retailers are not required/allowed to ask for your details anymore (since sometime 2013 I believe).
"It's absurd, but luxury branding always is."
Luxury branding maybe, but Apple is over-priced branding.
"The market has clearly signalled, at this end of the price range, that many buyers don’t regard the omission of a flash slot as a deal-breaker if the overall package is attractive."
How clearly has it signalled? The main reason I bought a Galaxy Note 2 is that it had a removable battery, and an SD card slot. This S6 has neither. When out and about and away from any power source it is extremely convenient to be able to pull out a dead battery and replace with a charged one and carry on using the device.
Well it probably started back when newspapers report stories which involved computers by describing them as "a computer error caused blah blah blah ...", when 101 times out of 100 it was the idiot using the computer that "caused blah blah blah ...".
"Intel wasn't and (b) the completely missed the mobile thing and the ecosystem built before it realised what was going on."
Intel didn't miss it in the sense that they didn't know what was going on - they had been trying to get into the mobile space but missed because had no suitable products to compete with ARM. Same with Microsoft, they had been trying for years to get "Windows" (or some abomination thereof) onto mobile devices but have failed miserably.
"As your login is sent in plain text any of your company admins could capture your login details (many IDS will automatically alert the sysadmin of unsecured passwords being used). Now all your anonymous posts that have been sent that might have criticised a colleague or boss or your company's working practices are now available to blackmail you with or get you fired."
Wouldn't it be a courtesy not to use your company resources to badmouth them on a public forum?
"When evidence of the spooks ..."
I initially read this as "When evidence of the crooks ...", but then I realised that's the same thing.
"Easy, use www.duckduckgo.com"
Unfortunately for most queries google is still the best, bing is a very poor second (although on very rare occasions it returns more relevant results than google). DDG is only useful for the most obvious queries, eg trying to find the url of a particular site/product.
"Also: A man with a million dollars is nowhere near as powerful as a man who owes you a million dollars!"
Really? A man with a million dollars can hire some thugs to break the legs of the man who owes the million dollars and doesn't want to pay it back.
"They never tried to call me, e-mail me, or send me a letter in the post."
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"they will let ANYBODY renew a domain without checking anything. Even if they are nothing to do with the domain owner, have no ID or anything."
If they are only allowed to simply renew the domain (ie they're not able to change any of the contact details) then it's not necessarily a security flaw. There was an incident some years ago involving a domain (I think it was linux related) that had been "allowed" to expire, some dude tried to visit the website of that domain and found that it had expired and instead of waiting for the domain owner to renew he got out his credit card and renewed it so it could get back online quicker.
"Snowden is the definition of irony."
The irony is that he has been forced by countries that claim to have the highest safeguards for human rights to find refuge in a country with a less than stellar human rights record.
"and allows them to remove the back-doors and stealth-tracking software installed by various TLAs and FLAs before being sold to the populace."
"** WARNING **, it is still not safe to do your banking using IE, unless you are banking with one of the very few banks that have enforced the more modern ciphers on their servers."
One of the forking banks that I use "silently" fail to login if I don't set the user-agent on my browser to some variant of IE.
"Presumably there will be limits, similar to what Three have. You have a lower data limit when roaming (25GB), they don't allow tethering and you can only do it for 3 months a year."
Looking at their website, it says you can't tether whilst roaming, but apparently you can use mobile wifi, so what's the difference? If they're capping your data at 25GB then however you use it (whether by tethering or via mobile wifi - which is effectively the same) shouldn't matter.
"1) The US is NOT the only one slurping, snooping and pooping. Just the one that's been outed in the public press."
Outside of the "5 eyes" the amount of "slurping, snooping and pooping" by the rest of the world is minuscule in comparison.
"2) The EFF expects that an angry letter or a resolution will do something or cause something to change? I don't recall any pronouncement from the UN stopping any wars, border fighting, etc. or any country saying "oh, your right, we need to repect our citizens"."
It is the actions of the member countries that dictates the UN's response to any event. Decision making in the UN Security Council (the only body in the UN with any real "power") is blighted by the wanton use of the veto by its permanent members to protect their "client" states even when those states are committing mass atrocities. And it doesn't help that the country fighting the most wars has a veto power.
"3) If they get too testy with the US, the US will just boot them out from the UN Building and turn it into a Holiday Inn. There's been a lot of calls in Congress in the past for booting them as well as the several times the States withheld payments."
Typical US foreign policy (dominate them) and diplomacy (if they don't do as told, threaten them). If the US does boot out the UN there would no shortage of countries eager to host it considering the economic benefits it brings.
"Which is just a load of hot air because all the governments involved carry sovereign power. They are each their own highest authority so answer to no one except another sovereign nature, and only if they butt heads."
Where countries have signed and ratified international treaties they are expected to be bound by those treaties. So in theory governments have to also answer to those treaties that they have signed up for. In practice the powerful countries have trampled on the sovereign rights of weak countries, and at the same time disregard the international laws to which they have signed.
"The UN does not have sovereign authority, and if it did it would by definition usurp sovereign power from everyone else."
The UN only has the powers that its member countries assigned it. And the only real power that it has is the UN Security Council which is the only body that can enforce (some types of) UN resolutions. But the ultimate power of the UNSC lies with its 5 permanent members, which in practice means the US/UK/France - because those 3 have been the most persistent in throwing their weight around and abusing the UN for their own gains.
"Obama told Reuters: "Those kinds of restrictive practices I think would ironically hurt the Chinese economy over the long term because I don’t think there is any US or European firm, any international firm, that could credibly get away with that wholesale turning over of data, personal data, over to a government.""
Was he saying this with a straight face or was he cackling like a madman? In any case US/European firms "get away with it" because they are served a gagging order so the public wouldn't know about it to complain.
"officials in Washington and Western business lobbies argue the law, combined with the new banking rules and a slew of anti-trust investigations, amount to unfair regulatory pressure targeting foreign companies."
At least it's only regulatory pressure for those companies actually doing business INSIDE China. Unlike the US which, contrary to international law, is bullying and threatening countries/companies that do business with Iran and other countries that they don't like.
"now you understand why the Chinese (and others) used eunuchs to run their civil service."
The eunuchs were used to serve the Empress (and other court ladies). However some eunuchs did manage to use their influence to meddle in politics.
"If any other country had agencies and law enforcement behaving the way that they do in the US, it would be labelled as a rogue country or a mafia state."
Even rogue countries such as Colombia has certain standards:
"The former head of Colombia's secret police, Maria del Pilar Hurtado, has been found guilty of spying on politicians, judges and journalists."
They'll be hiring Malcolm Rifkind next.
"Microsoft tend to throw money at things until they succeed. My bet would be on Microsoft making at least #2 in the market before too long..."
They've been throwing money by the oil tanker load since the WINCE days to buy market share in mobile devices, and thankfully they're still not succeeding.
"My old Software Engineering Management lecturer told us something I think is very true. He said that if you developed a perfectly secure system, you would become very wealthy very quickly, as such a thing is virtually impossible to achieve."
What does the old geezer know? Bill Gates has shown that you can develop a perfectly insecure system and still become very wealthy very quickly.
"Despite the irony of it being said by Microsoft, the danger of a monoculture is all too real. It's important to have multiple rendering engines out there."
It's good as long as MS doesn't make their new rendering engine sprout new MS only "standards" like they always do.
"Then again, Obama made a lot of the right noises about surveillance, and then he sold out once he got into power."
"maybe at that point they showed him what they had on him."
They really must have a tonne of dirt on him for him to say such pathetic drivel:
"We did a whole lot of things that were right, but we tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values"
"It’s important for us not to feel too sanctimonious in retrospect about the tough job those folks had. A lot of those folks were working hard under enormous pressure and are real patriots."
'Our values' are obviously not that valuable when whole swathes of the US regime and state apparatus can collude in breaking both US law and international law by the systematic use of torture. These people are supposed to represent the best of US society, they are supposed to be educated, lawful, moral, and at the least, human beings. But a couple of plane crashes and a few thousand deaths shows that this bastion of civilisation will lose its veneer of humanity and revert to base animal instincts. If such primal behaviour can occur it what is supposedly the most advanced society on Earth, and can be excused and forgiven by the leader(s) of that society, then what right do they have to accuse any other people or society of human rights abuses?
"If it's a good price, you may as well get two."
There are 2 fewer to choose from now:
How free does a market have to be to ensure that incompetent top executives who f*ck up a company will never find a job again? The free markets that we have seem to reward failure with golden handshakes and an even better paying job a couple of months down the line.
"I mean, it's one thing to criticize the US and UK governments for hacking into stuff, but to then say they didn't know about IS seems a bit weird. Of course they knew."
Yes of course, seeing as it is they, along with the despotic Gulf monarchies who have supported and funded the rise of the IS.
"Despite all the high tech cowboy spying and drone flying, enormous intelligence errors appear to occur more as rule than exceptions, for example: Iraqi WMD, linkage between Iraq & Bin Laden, 9/11 hijack & crash threat, airspace readiness, Iranian nuclear bomb and consequences of meddling with Libya and Syria for regime change.... all disastrous advices and reports if not meddled with by politicians of course - hard to say at times."
There were no intelligence errors. What there was was a concerted effort by bloodthirsty warmongers (mostly on the left side of the pond - but Blair was very eager to please his master) in using whatever feeble excuse they can make up to get rid of Saddam and install a compliant, puppet government in Iraq. It didn't work in Afghanistan, it didn't work in Iraq, it didn't work in Libya, it is backfiring in Ukraine and it won't work in Syria. Will they ever learn? Probably not, but it sure does help with arms exports.
"So my router WiFi can support 3 30Mbps UHD video streams, but my ISP connection is only 5Mbps!"
What does the speed of your internal network have to do with the speed of your external connection?
"So, did Snowden work on just about every project that ever happened, or is he just a publicity whore who is now making stuff up?"
If you haven't been living in a bog for the past couple of years (either the latrine variety or the swampy variety - take your pick), you would have known that Snowden had secretly copied a bunch of files detailing the criminal activities that the NSA and its partners in crime have been engaged in. Those files have been handed over to a few trusted journalists who are releasing findings at regular intervals after they have been vetted and redacted to protect the guilty.
So no, Snowden is not a publicity whore - he's probably had more publicity than he could handle.
"If you don't like Google, don't use THEIR operating system. If Putin does not like it then TFB. Google gets to make ANY terms it wants to."
Russia being a sovereign country gets to make ANY terms it wants, if Google wants to do business in Russia it can comply with those terms or it can get out. AFAIK Russian law only applies within Russia. The same cannot be said for the US who abuses its economic and military dominance to blackmail/threaten other countries to comply with US laws.
So you don't need new and novel inventions to be granted a patent. You just need a bit of imagination about what products will be made in the near future and apply for a patent, then when someone actually MAKES a product that is vaguely similar to what's described in the patent the lawsuits starts flying.
"That is, after taking into account the crap-ware, Windows is essentially free to the manufacturer. That's why they don't care about the cost of Windows licenses."
Bloody MS' fault again.
"Something along the lines that individual states aren't bound by the treaties the Federal Gov't makes."
Federal government aren't bound by those treaties either.
"and imprison president Noreiga from Nigaugura"
actually the dude was from Panama, and he was imprisoned because he stopped cooperating with the CIA's drug smuggling operations.
The US' motto is "all your sovereignty are belong to us".
" the most annoying oddity of requiring a reboot when changing network settings"
THIS was the most annoying:
"Your mouse has moved. Windows has to reboot for changes to take effect."
"Why pick on Oz?"
Try reading the whole article - the next paragraph says:
"Vulture South doesn't follow police scandals in other countries, but we wouldn't be surprised if such patterns were repeated elsewhere."
"I suspect given the size of the libraries used to check the multiple languages the cloud is the only way to get advanced voice recognition working."
Computers have been doing speech recognition even back in the days when DOS was widespread. My Nokia E70 had rudimentary speech commands (and understood at least 2 languages) builtin. The processing power/ram/storage on a modern "smart" TV is more than adequate for speech recognition.
If Samsung cared even a little bit about privacy they could have implemented a 2-tier system, simple commands like "volume up/down", "channel up/down", "mute" etc could be processed onboard without a f*cking stupid round trip to the internet. In fact the "simple commands" would cover all the standard TV functions (at least - ie it could also cover some "smart" TV functions like display the local weather when you say "weather" (assuming you have already programmed your location into the thing)). Only more sophisticated "natural language" commands would warrant a trip to the internet. The user can then choose to only use simple commands, and never have their voice data sent over the internet.
"although from a distance it might look like it was just down to somebody not making a phone call to check things"
It is down to a phone call, except the idiot called the "wrong" person:
"McMurtry called a phone number listed in the email which was answered by a scammer pretending to be that contact"
The right person to call ought to be the one apparently requesting the transfer, ie the CE, Chuck Elsea.
"Curiously this leaves the US economy with three pillars of welfare, defence and corruption."
I always thought that the "defence" industry (which is a misnomer and should properly be called the warmonger industry) was the US equivalent of the European welfare system except the latter is more equitable.
"Er no. CO2 – a gas described as a greenhouse gas that is alleged traps heat and makes the planet possibly insignificantly warmer"
Maybe you should go a live on Venus, then tell us whether it's "insignificantly warmer".
"If Windows 8 proved anything it is that having a hybrid UI with "touch" mode and desktop views on a device isn't a recipe for success"
MS failed because they tried to foist a touchscreen UI on mouse toting desktop users. Given the right device where both UIs can be used depending on situation it could be a success. If Ubuntu can produce a device which can run phone-like software as well as full-blown linux desktop software then I will ditch my android phone and possibly could also retire my N900. There is more than enough juice in a modern phone to run full desktop software - I was running a full KDE 3.X desktop on my Zaurus which only had 4GB hdd and 64MB ram.
"That's not quite true. It's only really in the last 18 months, than I could buy a phone that can run a sat-nav app smoothly at the same time as receiving e-mails/texts/calls."
My Pureview 808 runs Nokia Maps, plus quite often I run Sports Tracker or MeeRun at the same time so I could record a route, plus the music player. At other times I have Maps running alongside SymDVR (which makes a record of the route as well as record a 1080p video of the whole journey).
Both the older N8 and E72 was able to run Maps and music player at the same time (and of course take calls/texts/emails).