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WoW and other MMOs could facilitate two physically disconnected people holding a conversation about something illegal. So it's not hard to see why the NSA would want to monitor it.
That said, anyone using such a high profile, fat client MMO run by a US company such as WoW is not doing it right. I bet there are dozens of free to play MMOs, many which launch from a web browser which would be far a better choice. Or IRC. Or some random forum. Or some random comment section (e.g. here) would be a better way to exchange messages.
Re: Settle down
Most of these "Gun printed with 3D printer" stories usually neglect to mention that the only thing the printer printed was a plastic widget that modifies the receiver or something like that, e.g. permitting the rifle to fire in automatic mode. The rest of the gun being a bog standard gun. Not surprising when most consumer grade printers are basically extruding plastic like some glorified coil pot.
I think even if metal sintering printer devices became affordable that it wouldn't do much for the viability of printing guns. Even if the device were capable of printing parts, they would still have to be finished in a workshop and if someone has a workshop, then they probably could make a gun anyway.
From a support and maintenance perspective...
It's probably good from Apple's perspective to entice / cajole / force people onto the new OS because it lessens the effort required to support their devices if they're running more or less the same software.
Google doesn't have the same headaches because it farms out the support responsibilities onto the handset makers, some of which make the effort and some don't. All Google needs worry about is that the Play services behind the handset are kept up to date. The rest of the phone can bitrot as far as they care because chances are it will be replaced by a new device in a few years anyway.
So "fragmentation" on Android is largely limited and self correcting. Biggest problem I have with developing on Android has nothing to do with API versions. It has to do with all the different screen resolutions. It's a pain in the arse to produce layouts which look good on different resolution and sized screens, not just in portrait mode but landscape too.
Seems like an interesting but limited threat
Most office computers don't even come with speakers, let alone a microphone.
So even if two infected machines could talk over an airgap it wouldn't do much in that scenario. Chances are they wouldn't bother trying since most machines would be networked together in the first place.
So ludicrously impractical
These quadcopters would struggle to land anywhere in an urban environment, let alone somewhere where they could usefully deliver somebody a package. I suppose someone could schedule to be at some prearranged drop off point but that hardly sounds practical either. There is also the small question of weather. And of weight / volume. And cost. And safety. And temptingly shootable drones flying around.
I think it would be more practical to consider larger unmanned cargo carrying drones which fly between depots with the delivery through a more conventional means thereafter. Perhaps on a large scale that would prove to be viable.
Re: Fairly meaningless
The Wii had impressive hardware sales but a very poor tie ratio, i.e. the number of games people bought. And the games they did buy tended to be 1st party titles like Zelda, Mario etc. This is why the Wii turned into a cesspool of shovelware because the money wasn't in it for 3rd parties to shoot any higher. So the Wii tanked as a platform despite outselling other consoles.
It may also explain why 3rd parties all but abandoned the Wii U - resentment about the way Nintendo treated them the last time around and the low chance of making a return from the new platform.
So it's not just about one set of figures. It's an ongoing relationship between hardware and software sales.
Re: old news?
"But only as part of the BluRay player app (which can be uninstalled) not as part of the Video player app."
You *hope*, and it could change at any point, particularly if Microsoft tries to curry favour with content providers.
I think if this had 64GB it would be a killer device. It's relatively cheap, powerful enough for its form factor, and it runs Windows.
Re: old news?
"Or maybe threaten to infect their PCs with roots kits and their Blueray players with Cinavia - and distribute their personal info across the internet...Oh, wait."
Cinavia is now an obligatory part of the blu ray spec. So the systems on a chip which goes into these boxes, TVs etc. will all implement it. Chances are that the XBox One implements it too.
Still not a bargain
It's funny how even at its reduced price it still looks pretty lame value compared to other tablets.
The silly part is that if those same people saved £10 each week that by the time they could afford the PS4 (or XBox One) there may actually be decent choice of games to play and a clear picture of whether the console was worth buying or not.
I never understood the mentality in buying a launch console and being the victim of a shitty selection of games, flakey firmware, hardware problems and lots of network outages.
Re: "It doesn't mean that QNX is necessarily more secure"
"No, not necessarily, but given that RIM (as it was) put a lot of effort into security, and also made the decision to go with QNX, we might speculate that they knew what they were doing."
Of course they put a lot of effort into it. They OWN QNX and it's called eating their own dogfood. One must assume if they had used another kernel they would have put an equal amount of effort into that.
Second, being a microkernel isn't any more secure or safe than a monolithic kernel. Those things are orthogonal to the general architecture. There are security enhanced versions of Linux with EAL4+ certification for example. The kernel isn't even half the story either since it could be the most secure kernel in the world but if the application layer does stupid things then it doesn't really matter.
Re: The next step
Well yes, but of course Blackberry has been at this game a lot longer and has a reputation for it. They could trade off that reputation while still producing a device that benefits from being a true android handset.
Perhaps Google, Samsung and Blackberry should all part of the same initiative and differentiate at the UI level.
The next step
Blackberry should just make an Android handset. It doesn't stop them from adding value add to their solution in terms of secure storage, remote wipe, a UI optimized for email, an app store with secure audited apps etc. But just running Android would do a lot to improve its chances in the market place.
Every major phone OS uses a different kernel yet they all manage to provide a good user experience. The kernel is largely an irrelevance. There is absolutely nothing inherently better about QNX vs Linux as far as the end user is concerned, or the apps for that matter.
Re: Nature finds a way
So could idiots falling from car parks.
Nature finds a way
Things like this are just nature's way of weeding the stupidest people out of the genepool. Last year it was extreme planking where idiots were falling off balcony railings, car parks etc.
Hardly surprising at all
I'd like a smart watch but one which last months or years between charges, isn't tied to a particular brand or model of phone, has a display which is always on and provides functionality which justifies buying it over a "dumb" watch.
None of the current crop of smartwatches comes anywhere close to that.
I expect Microsoft and Sony are both in the same boat. They had a hard deadline to meet and so all the nice to have stuff fell by the wayside. I expect that subsequent updates will bring in a lot of functionality absent at launch.
A 1.3 GB download
That's going to be a wonderful surprise for kids on Christmas day. It may be a good idea to set aside several hours to update it beforehand rather than on the day.
Unaffordable or obviously doomed to failure?
My guess is the latter.
There is no doubt Nokia was rudderless and needed a serious internal reorg. But going with Microsoft made as much sense as someone asking a mental patient to shave their balls.
Re: Retail price?
I assume they consider the money they make over the lifetime of the unit, i.e. game purchases, PSN subscriptions, DLC, multiplayer (which apparently they charge for now), cloud gaming, video rental, music streaming, kickback from the likes of Netflix / Amazon / Hulu, any advertising revenue they derive etc.
Open sourcing QNX would be great and Android demonstrably works over QNX (since Blackberry ported the runtime). However I don't think it would yield any benefits for end users, or Google for that matter. The Linux kernel is extremely robust, widely supported by chipsets and efficient. There would have to be a tangible incentive to drop all that for another kernel and I don't see it.
Re: This is why waiting is a good idea
"Brag factor. For a few fleeting weeks you'll be the coolest kid on the block."
I bet the brag / cool factor are somewhat diminished if that shiny new console is bricked, failing to to read disks properly or has a red/yellow/blue light of death and the weeks or months for Sony/Microsoft to send a replacement.
Re: Silly squabling
"Not silly - console hardware costs are usually subsidised - you pay more for the games instead..."
The subsidy if one exists at all, would hardly cover the difference in cost. And given that you can buy games second hand (and sell them), unlike most PC games these days, it is hard to compare the model of sale either. So yes it is a silly comparison.
But frankly this whole thread is silly - both the PC and consoles have their place in this world. Watching its fanbois on one side or another up or down vote is cretinous in the extreme.
Re: Another win for open-source leechers
"I always thought the same; FreeBSD makes more sense for Android."
Android uses BSD in user land, Linux in kernel land. Presumably the Linux kernel is perceived as better than the BSD one, e.g. because it benefits from mainstream kernel development, scalability and wide chipset support.
Re: Silly squabling
"Both the PS4 and XBox One are mediocre devices - equivalent to a mid range gaming PC."
A pretty silly comparison because a midrange gaming PC would also cost a lot more money than a console. Second, games can be optimized on consoles with explicit knowledge of their performance characteristics, memory, CPU / GPU budget, IO and so on. That means like for like comparisons are tricky and would probably come out in a console's favour any way.
This is why waiting is a good idea
I never understood the mentality of preordering a games console. At best you get to enjoy playing a paltry selection of game titles for the 6 months to a year that it takes for more decent titles to appear. At worst you get to enjoy a paltry selection of mediocre games, a day 0 firmware update, missing functionality, glitchy online and mysterious system failures.
It doesn't matter who makes the console, it's always the same. If a console is THAT GOOD, I'm sure that it will still be around in 6 months. Probably in a better configuration / bundle and definitely with more games to choose from.
Our school had one
I never saw it actually used for anything useful. I recall running it a few times using the enormous elephant disks it came with, but I can't recall doing else with it except that. I vaguely recall there may have been some 480Zs attached to it.
I was more impressed when someone turned up with a ZX81 and ran Monster Maze on it. It was like someone switched a bulb on in my head and demonstrated computers could do things I wanted to do rather than run crappy word processors. The school soon moved to BBC model Bs which were better as far as we were concerned once we figured out how to get games like Elite and Commando onto the server.
I want a decent Windows tablet
I just don't want to pay the stupid amounts of cash that Microsoft and other manufacturers are demanding for them.
"I guess this system will be completely useless at Microsofts whim. Talk about Lemmings"
The same is true of any device or software tied to online service. Not just consoles either. Steam and publishers can and sometimes do swing the banhammer at people.
People oppose Mir for sound reasions
1. It mostly solves the same problem that Wayland is there to solve - rendering surfaces directly into hardware, proper input device handling without jumping through hoops caused by X11's arcane architecture.
2. Resources. Contributors are already hard pressed enough to migrate QT/GTK, display drivers and X over Wayland without adding another backend which does something similar but differently.
3. The differences in behaviour are quite vague (the Ubuntu wiki talks of 3d input devices and protocol agnosticism but doesn't explain why this is a big deal). IMO it is more likely that their business strategy dictates that they own the display stack and the technical reasons are excuses to support that decision.
4. Wayland is MIT licenced, the same as X.org meaning it's largely a slot in replacement.
5. Mir is dual licenced - GPLv3 or Canonical proprietary. It is not a slot in replacement.
6. Canonical do not accept contributions unless people sign an agreement which turns over distribution rights. The proprietary licence is there so they can easily release tablets or mobile devices with proprietary drivers or signed binaries while competitors are hamstrung by the GPLv3 which prevents those things.
So ultimately I think resistance is a combination of all these things. Companies like Intel are probably more concerned about licencing issues. Contributors are probably more concerned about the best use of their time and resources.
I don't know if this guy counts but it is reminiscent of people in America who proclaim themselves "sovereign citizens", change their name, trademark their name (and issue false liens for people who use them), avoid licence plates, and engage in lame tax dodging schemes. I thought this was just an American thing but the UK and Ireland have a similar movement called "Freemen of the land". Idiots have got to have a hobby I suppose.
More than this it probably means anyone who is illegal will live in slums run by gangs because no reputable landlord will wish to risk having a tenant who is illegal.
Re: Not likely to happen any time soon
Yes their food is smelly as in their restaurant smells of cooked food. People are okay with this for obvious reasons.
They would not be okay if the restaurant smelt of burned plastic or other fumes. McDonalds would have to enclose these 3D printers in ventilation boxes, just compounding the pointlessness of the entire exercise.
Lots of download sites do this
File download sites seem to be engaged in some a race to the bottom to outsleaze each other in how they rip off people trying to obtain files. They all put artificial delays into the download to encourage people to pay for the "premium" (i.e. uncrippled) service, they all plaster the page with misleading links and ads in order to confuse people into clicking on the wrong things, many of them make users wade through at least a few page clicks (to increase page impressions and retention stats), some of them even bundle up the file in an installer which tries to inflict crapware or ads on the user.
It's all very sleazy.
I realise Sourceforge is trying to make money and is providing a valuable service by hosting open source and free projects. But it's got a reputation to think about too. If it starts doing things like this the big projects will move somewhere else (e.g. GitHub) and they'll be left with dross. I already sense that a lot of projects have begun moving away from it, and things like this are hardly likely to stop the rot.
Not likely to happen any time soon
3D printers take ages to work and give off fumes. And it could take 10 minutes to print a crude "toy" assuming it wasn't botched during rendering. The tech would have to become a lot cheaper, faster, more reliable and less smelly for it to appear in a venue like McDonalds.
Perhaps she is biased
But I think it is fair criticism to wonder why an author use phrases that suggests he is privy to Bezos' frame of mind when it is clear that he wasn't.
Re: "90% of what's needed"
I have a Nexus 4 and the only thing I really miss is the lack of external storage slot. I get by with what's in the phone but it would have been nice to augment it. It would have meant that the phone would also mount as a drive letter instead using the shitty media transfer protocol. On the flip side, I wouldn't be happy about forking out $150-200 just to get an external SD.
I think if I were to buy a Nexus 5 I would buy the 32GB version to be on the safe side.
On a technical level I am somewhat annoyed that android handsets are so divisive over which standards to use for wireless charging and for video output over USB. e.g. some phones use SlimPort for external displays and some use MHL. Both provide virtually identical functionality but they're mutually incompatible and the cable / dongles are quite expensive.
Re: Hardly surprising
You're comparing 64-bit Vista to 32-bit XP.
I don't know the reason. Maybe there was a security hole in their Windows on Windows (WOW) layer - the thing that thunks 32-bit software onto the 64-bit OS. e.g. address space randomization or something. Or maybe Vista 64 users were more inclined to disable UAC and run with admin privileges for some reason.
Whatever it was, it doesn't appear to have affected subsequent releases.
XP doesn't implement any of the stuff that was part of Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing initiative - UAC, privilege escalation, IP filtering, anti-phishing, address space randomization, driver signing, secure boot etc.
It would mean that somebody using Windows Vista or later has greater security by default than somebody on XP. Especially since the person on XP is probably running as local administrator all of the time because installers and suchlike don't work unless they do.
The biggest security threat still remains - the user. Malware could still convince someone to click and run a program regardless of what security measures the OS implements. e.g. someone I was speaking to recently was almost scared into clicking on a popup which warned their computer was being monitored for illegal activity. If they had clicked (and I assume a lot of people do) undoubtedly it would initiated some kind of malware / ransomware attack.
If they're dumping FM
Then make DAB+ the new standard and put an end of life on DAB.
Asked why things went wrong...
... Epstein said: “There’s no silver bullet answer, devices and services is an exciting adventure for us, and you have to get a lot of parts right.”
Actually there is a silver bullet answer:
* Cost. Surface was and still is ridiculously expensive. The price should be lowered, or the keyboard should be bundled with the tablet.
* RT. People want either a proper Windows in a tablet form, or they want a tablet OS which has lots of apps. They don't want something which pretends to be but is neither of those things.
Re: iPad looks good to me.
Apple devices generally look amazing but they're too expensive, especially beyond the base model (those with more storage + 3g/4g variants) and when the cost of peripherals is factored in.
The reason Android has exploded as a platform is because tablets exist at all price points and it's not hard to find a perfectly good tablet for < £200 in 7" and < £300 in 10". And if someone does have the cash there is a choice at the top end too, some such as the Galaxy Note 10.1 could give the iPad Air a run for its money in terms of features and functionality.
Late to the party
The iPad Air is largely comparable to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. The iPad Mini's "retina display" is no different from what already exists in the Nexus 7. Both iterations are as horrifically expensive as their predecessors.
It's no wonder the market went blah at the news.
Still doesn't justify the price or the architecture
People don't want Windows RT devices. They want Windows, or they want a mobile OS with lots of apps on it. Not something which offers neither.
Given that netbooks used to sell for £200-250 I really don't understand why it's so hard to flog an Atom based tablet that runs genuine Windows 8 for the price this thing is retailing for.
What software is it
I wonder why nobody says what it is.
1.8% is a lot of apps so I assume it's one of the more popular replacements for admob. But given the horrific set of permissions most adware libs demand, I'm surprised many app authors would ever use them. The potential for abuse (and the damage to the app's reputation) must be pretty high.
Re: Doesn't necessarily mean it's Microsoft's fault
I'm not sure why I was downvoted either. I guess some people just see relatively minor and resolvable technical issues on a website as evidence of some vast conspiracy by either one tech titan or another.