964 posts • joined 11 May 2006
I repair macs
News like this is fairly depressing to me, it's pretty clear the only thing I'm likely to be upgrading in these machines in five years time is the SSD cards. People are making a big deal about the batteries but they're still replacable for $199, or £169 inc VAT, which Isn't a bad price for parts and labour on a >10hr battery, and I can understand the motivation to use glue when they're trying to cram as much battery into the smallest space possible and keep the machine feeling solid.
The RAM is a real problem, the base spec is 4GB and that's what's going to limit the lifespan of the machine, not a hard to replace battery.
The iWork Demo
Realtime colaborative editing between the Pages app running on the Mac and the Pages webapp running on a PC that was launched from just a link in an email with no login required is a big fucking deal. If that works in the field as well as it did in the demo it's going to murder a shitload of Office sales*.
* But clearly not for the use case you're about to describe where this doesn't even touch the sides. Rather than outline it, just try and imagine someone else for whom the combination of slick, good enough, collaboration and free might be enough to have them to sign up for a free iCloud account with access to the apps, rather than purchase or subscribe to Office.
Sample size of one
Fixed a PC the other day that the owner had replaced because it was so slow, there was so much HD activity it sounded like an angle grinder and ran like a dog with no legs.
Switching out Norton 360 for AVG made a difference, but the major culprit was MS's readyboost service which appears to achieve it's reason for existence best when disabled.
Maybe this is wrong, but I get the impression that all those services that are supposed to 'run when idle' simply check for low CPU usage, which is generally always true these days, rather than checking for low HD activity before they start grinding the disks.
Blocking gobbledegook domains
Yes but it would also block hp.com
I can't be the only one that wonders if they've strayed off the path when downloading drivers from hp.
Us old timers remember the real reason you got banned, Jagwire.
10.2, released August 2002.
The sad thing is he's dead and the people that made the joke have moved on and your reviews of Apple products are generally balanced, I think it's just the click bait Apple stories and your own determination to remain uninvited that's keeping you out of these events now.
Straight out of the hat, get em while they're fresh
No, it's not the BSOD
It's just BSD.
Storm in a b cup
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I don't get it
The guy's motives could hardly be more transparent yet for some reason the markets seem to ignore...
Oh, I get it now, he's the guy that starts the gravy train, the market jumps on for a ride leaving the mark with a choice of either handing over the now 'expected' shedload of money or watching their stock price crash after the big guys bail.
And because the CEO and board are accountable for the results it's hard to ignore, in a nice business you have there, would be a shame if something happened to it sort of way.
"Tools down, no one's getting paid (except us off course), until we can be arsed to do our job again"
Re: Imagine what it must have been like for the property owner whose fence got hit...
More likely is, you come home from work to find your fence bashed in and a shitload of yellow eggs on the floor. bloody kids.
I know its a bit late to mention this but don't those 3D printers take different colour plastic stock? you could print the lower sections in black/red and the uppers in white, and have no need to paint it, maybe next time.
As far as painting goes though I'd be happy with SR-71 Matt black or gloss red.
The default right now is for smartphones to use wifi whenever possible, hard to see what objections they'd have to more data going over their networks instead do wifi.
I think you're making too much of this though, it's on Siri for performance reasons, they're very unlikely to enable it for the rest of the phones traffic for the obvious bill shock reasons you outlined.
Re: Cuban Missile Crisis
No, what's amazing is that it was simple tit for tat, the US shipping missiles to Turkey insigated the USSR to ship missiles to Cuba to even the field again yet the USSR response was presented as the aggressive "they're forcing our hand, we have no choice other than WWIII" move in the media.
Regarding the story, this isn't the only time it's happened, there are other documented cases, we don't know exactly how many times a single human has saved the world by defying procedure, but I suspect it's a fucking scary number of times. It's inevitable when a load of nations have built extensive systems designed to completly destroy all life on the planet.
Will we grew up and turn them off before there's an accident? I hope so.
If the published paper is so littered with clickbait that the media doesn't have to add any, prepare yourself for a big disappointment.
Nope, iCloud needs the password again for 'find my phone'
Re: Explain why they haven't
Press release will appear after the 5S has gone on sale and be a combined total, they don't break down sales by individual model,
no one does, that's pretty rare as it tells the competition exactly what's selling. in fact some companies don't release sales data at all beyond what's required for financial filings.
Re: iOS-based laptops?
They're calling it 'desktop class architecture', they're also bundling the iWork suite of apps free with cloud storage on the device come iOS 7, I note they also sell a $99 box that allows you to turn any recent TV or monitor into a mirrored or secondary large display for the iPhone etc and they've added a low power bluetooth stack for external devices like say a keyboard.
Bluetooth, Wifi, 3/4G networking, up to 128GB storage + cloud, POP, IMAP, Exchange, Shared Contacts, Calendars, VPN, An Office Suite and an extensive third party app catalogue with support for variable sized screen resolutions and aspect ratios**.
That sounds like all the pieces you'd need to replace a desktop for a lot* of users to me.
* a lot, not all, but certainly lots of home users without even needing to add support for LDAP, AD, fileshares etc.
** A subset of the App Store, so named 'Universal' apps that already support Retina / non Retina 4:3 iPads, Retina / non Retina 3:2 iphones, Retina 16:9 iPhones and aTV 16:9 720/1080.
iphone 5S for sale
Comes with free gift: unlucky human finger keyfob.
Re: Very clever
I thought it seemed clever, then I remembered it's for android and so there's no reason their software couldn't be set up to capture a sequence of clicks on an existing hardware button rather than requiring it's own dedicated one.
The future is 3D
Oh no it isn't.
I think it will be worse than that
At least Yahoo Answers are permanent and could potentially be improved with community voting (although that's unlikely to happen due to the community being almost equal parts trolls and kids).
Reminds me of a Flying wing style bomber.
It's all looking very fine chaps, carry on.
CCTV warning notices
Are only required in public* areas, you don't need to put up warnings inside your house.
I can't see a big market for something like this though, the resale value of that kit is high enough that you'd be better off selling the old iphone and using the proceeds to buy a dedicated multicamera recording system with the ability to view recordings on a smartphone, and whatevers left over in the pub.
* Public includes privately owned commercial thoroughfares, eg an industrial estate, shopping centre etc.
No information on any of these outages?
Are we supposed to infer from this vacuum that it's our elected governments doing totally trustworthy things?
The more you don't know the safer you are.
That's pretty impressive
Either the whole thing failed or they power cycled it, impressed that a worldwide distributed system with that much traffic came up again in a minute or so and dealt with the backlog seemingly without issue though.
Re: CTF regulations
This seems to becoming a thing eh? All your stuff monitored, copied, appropriated or destroyed without oversight, the people that are told to implement action under gagging orders with threats of serious jail time or given no reason why they are doing it, no explanations, no legal recourse.
Secret laws for us to break unaware, i guess its so much easier to run a country when all your citizens are criminals by default and it's only your whim and them keeping their heads down that keeps them out of prison.
I think the thing is that the powers that be can see where we're the world is headed quite clearly, and they're fucking terrified.
Easy to do in 2D with rails, a little bit harder in 3D, near vacuum and near supersonic speeds, whilst keeping it under 1G, on stilts and ensuring that in no circumstances can a pod hit the crotch of the Y.
Engineering safe branching systems and airlocked sidings for disabled / depressurised pods are the hardest part of this whole scheme yet they barely get a mention in the PDF.
Yeah, I didn't know that before yesterday when I bothered to watch the videos, the price is pretty good for what it replaces (a phone and a desktop), surprising Ubuntu is first with this, I think this particular attempt is going to fall way short of the funding goal but it's clearly a good if somewhat obvious next step for computing.
That actually looks useful
Looking forward to playing with this, good use of augmented reality.
Re: The best use
"Unfortunatly m'lord, my recording device malfunctioned during the arrest and subsequently failed to capture the accused throwing himself down the stairs"
You're barking up the wrong simulated tree
Transporting objects to any point in this universe can be accomplished by something somewhat more complex yet comparable to an SQL injection attack.
Just make sure you start experimenting a way away from your home planet.
Buy & Large does it again.
Are they investing their profits or removing them through a stream of price cuts? It's pretty hard to tell from their accounting. I thought the whole point of predatory pricing legislation was to stop companies using core business to bankroll "no profit" expansion into new markets with a view to closing down the competition, how is this massive company able to keep expanding into new markets, turning over billions and reporting essentially no profit quarter after quarter without any questions asked?
My wife's iphone 4s has been dropped 'lots' of times, dumped in a fresh hot bath mid game by our toddler, run over by a car (ours I think, she dropped it getting out, recovered it via find my phone), and taken at least one high dive into a toilet.
These are just the things she has admitted to, she thinks it's a tough little phone, damage so far, 2 x cracked back glass, repair for the first one was about £5, haven't bothered repairing it again, stuck some tape on the crack.
I've had three, a 2g that's still going that the toddler plays with, a 4 that lasted two years before I upgraded, and gave it to my daughter who lost it within 2 weeks and a 5 that's in my pocket. I've dropped all of them plenty of times.
I know there are hardier phones but they're nowhere near as fragile as the media likes to portray them.
Re: Voting iregularities?
I'm a big fan of nuclear, fracking on the other hand seems inherently risky, but then this article isn't about fracking, it's just something that's come up in the comments and has received a crapload of votes, even though voting on this site is a complete pain in the arse and the regulars don't usually bother down voting all dissenting opinions even when their OS of choice is insulted.
Fracking, Green, Oil, Arms and finance topics really seem to bring out the clickers.
Awful lot of pro fracking passion from an IT audience, its odd how stories about fracking or banking seem to attract serial downvoting.
You can get it now!
Some organisation called the .A.S.N has offered to install the midpoint reversing kit for free!
Re: Sort the simple things first
Agreed, contrast and colours are pretty poor, routing works well though and when I'm in the car I have the phone in my pocket and one earbud for directions so it's not a deal breaker, seems like an easy enough thing to fix though.
Re: Reporting problems
Yes you can, drop a pin, tap the info icon and press the report a problem button, not sure anyone reads it though because I've reported a park that isn't coloured green and added a missing cafe but neither of them have been updated.
Re: existing kit + ssd upgrade = all you'll need
Seconded, sling an SSD in an old laptop and you've got a new machine for a fraction of the cost, best upgrade ever.
Re: Amputating fingers
And then what? did they have it stuffed and put it on a key fob?
DNT will be about as effective as the evil bit
This is all for show, no one is going to give up tracking because browsers start asking them not to, it would take worldwide government regulation before any effect was noticed.
If you don't want to be tracked you're going to need a browser that constantly lies to the servers, not one that attaches "don't track me bro" to each request.
Re: Connectivity is a deal-breaker
Not available yet but 10.9 allows you to use a £99 AppleTV (and generic Monitor orTV) as a second or mirrored monitor, and finally with menubars on each display.
Re: Battery life
There's a balance, if you always have it plugged into a charger while you're at your desk, and rarely run it on battery then it will sit at 100% which will be detrimental over time, similarly, if you religiously charge and discharge it you will rapidly eat into the charging cycle lifespan which will also be detrimental, additionally it will often have less power than you need when you have to pick it up and go without warning.
I'm often using mine in places where a charger isn't an option, so I try and keep it charged, I can always replace the battery if its knackered.
Re: The only good hacker...
He's not a hacker or traitor, he's a Patriot: a person who vigorously supports their country and s prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.
The US Constitution is what defines the USA, not borders on a map or the various wars on nouns, you simply cannot be an American patriot and ignore the constitution being shredded by the very people sworn to uphold it.
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I can understand the why
If its your job to protect the elected government from any and all threats then it follows that you'd want to know everything about everyone, but surely they also understand that in building this apparatus they provide an unscrupulous government with the means to coerce and control the electorate, which would be an orders of magnitude larger failure of their mission than the occasional terrorist attack.
The intelligence services of the free world have set themselves up to fail, and the billions of the people their agencies were created to protect will pay the price in blood, sweat and tears. There needs to be an urgent public discussion about the implications of mass surveillance, and what if any constitutional safeguards exist to keep this crushing weight, balanced precariously above our heads from crashing down on us.
Fifty years of Moore's law and we're adding GPU support to a fucking office package because users are complaining about it lagging?
The public think Governments are inefficient, they have no idea.
Re: thrashing like a newborn
Ah, you're awake Mr... NumptyScrub? I'm pleased to tell you that the operation was a complete success however there will be a period of adjustment while your brain rewires its connections to the new donor body.
To assist you over this period we have implanted a small device which allows you to manually trigger limb movements through the judicious use of this technological marvel, the QWOP keypad.
What an amazingly cunty idea
Sky pushes the envelope once more.
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