904 posts • joined Thursday 11th May 2006 09:53 GMT
Oh yes it is
Prison Labour is a bad thing, it creates a conflict of interest, are you rehabilitating prisoners or running a business? Same goes for private prisons in general, as soon as prisoners become part of a profit formula, abuse becomes inevitable.
Like in the story, or that other one from the states where they were bribing a judge to convict juveniles.
A long time ago on an internet far far away I was an Admin on the forum for a MMOG, we had a spate of users leaking secure bits of the forums via screen-grabs, so I replaced the forums 'reply' button, an icon of a document on a blue button, with a PHP script that produced an image that was identical save for the users forumID and IP address being encoded in the dots representing words on the icon. Nobody noticed the difference and because the reply icon was above and below each post it was likely to end up on a screen grab.
A separate script decoded the cropped icons from screen-grabs and coped with jpeg compression just fine to reveal the user.
\o for Pacifica
Re: Surprise! > Chrome
Chrome on Mac requires 10.6 and up, there are a lot of old PPC machines still running 10.5
If this is indeed true
Then we should proceed with my plan to move Great Britain to the safety of the Mediterranean post haste.
Stage 1: Build a new motorway carving a straight line from Lands end to john o groats.
Stage 2: load Scotland into dumper trucks, use the rubble to build a causeway into the sea at lands end.
Stage 3: Snake causeway around France and through the straights of Gibraltar consuming GB from the top down as we go.
Stage 4: create a new donut shaped landmass in the Mediterranean, effectively annexing the entire sea.
Stage 5: Relax on the beach for a job well done, txt 'told you so' to Norway as they sprout volcanos.
Re: How about
I was thinking the same, a kinetic charger seems more suited to a device that's usually being bounced around in dark pockets, I suspect the problems with that idea are a) insignificant unless user is sat on a washing machine during spin cycle, b) mechanical wear and tear and c) shifting balance point in an expensive fragile device that's designed to be lightly cradled in the hand during use. I suppose the charging motion looking like a wanking gesture won't be a big sales point either.
When Apple released the original iPhone running Unix with limited CPU, RAM and disk I hoped that we might see a resurgence in efficient optimised code but sadly we decided to fuck all that and throw Ghz, cores and ram at the problem instead, rendering these ambient charging efforts as little more than gimmicks
It's just a standard activation prompt
That's recieved a reply from Apple's servers that the unique hardware ID has already been used, reported lost/stolen and has been locked out. The system can be run/activated on the servers regardless of what happens to the phone.
If people manage to break the system by presumably editing the unique hardware ID then I'd expect this to manifest itself as users of brand new phones complaining that their phone must be second hand as the activation prompt is telling them it's been lost.
It's a big deal
Realtime collection of all communication metadata, while the comms content itself is mandated by law to be stored by the companies involved for ever increasing periods of time.
STEP 1) Government knows everything about everyone. [x]
STEP 2) Elect the wrong people [inevitable]
STEP 3) Horrific Dystopia. [ ]
To be fair, his fingerprints are definetly going to be all over any new Macs because designing them is his job, that would be a bit 'Pope confirmed as a Catholic' as headlines go though*
*Or is he?, Athiests can be good? bears using portaloos[citation required], it's starting to look a little end of the world is nighish
Re: I do understand.
"Is there any particular reason why a Firefox phone should be any cheaper than a budget Android?"
Yes, no need for a JavaVM and vastly simplified OS will mean lower hardware requirements.
The problem as I see it is that any app made for Firefox OS is going to need trivial tweaking (or none at all), to run on all the other mobile platforms, so it's going to be hard to obtain the fabled 'killer app' that draws customers to the platform.
I also note that iOS and ChromeOS both launched with webapps only and both quickly added support for native apps due to developer and user demand, I expect the same will happen here assuming it takes off at all.
Re: Apple didn't invent those
Not Xerox, they didn't have menubars back then, and title bars were buttonless and clearly the inspiration for BeOS, I suppose it's possible that someone other than Apple created them but it seems unlikely that there's anything out there with those features that predates Xerox.
How about drag and drop, or being able to browse the filesystem? filetypes? updates to background / obsured windows? The thing about obvious ideas is that they commonly only become obvious the moment after someone has created them, there are billions of obvious ideas out there right now that represent untold fame and riches, realising them and making them work is hard, being labelled 'obvious' later is essentially the hallmark of fantastic ideas.
I guess I just find it disparaging when a whole load of original work is written off simply because it uses the windows and mouse concept from Xerox, the Apple developers didn't leave there with disks and code, just the basic idea, the concepts they added which have spread to all GUI's should be recognised just as much as the work of Xerox's developers in creating the basis of the modern GUI.
Back to the article, regarding NextStep , I recall a whole bunch of Docklets being ported over when OS X was first previewed, which were basically active notification icons, clocks, volume control, CPU usage, weather etc, most of these had menus attached to launch or change something, they fell out of favour so most of them are long gone but some degree of this remains in OS X with unread mail counts on the Mail.app icon, date on the Cal app etc.
Shave and a haircut
It doesn't take much to suggest Hitler, a circle, arc of hair at the top right and the moustache is all that's required, this Kettle goes the extra distance by adding a Southpark style shirt, thin black tie and the salute.
It looks a bit like Hitler, it's mildly amusing, Photographer deserves a bonus for turning a run of the mill kettle into a sell out item.
Same old same old
'An iPod? good luck with that you fucking muppets' 'iPhone? dumbPhone more like, they'll be lucky to sell a dozen' 'WTF It's just a big iPhone with a retarded name, netbooks are the future'
'A fucking watch? what a lame ass last century idea'
Only a matter of time for the comments about how after a good start Apple are now losing smartwatch marketshare and anyway the next rumoured iProduct is a stupid idea that no one in their right mind would want.
Sent from my iSofa
The PC market is doing just fine, desktops and laptop sales are down, smartphone and tablet sales are up, won't be long until tablets are recognised as PC's (personal computer for those that have forgotten), and all will be right again. At least until the next evolution of the PC comes along and once again is excluded from the definition. Are hosted virtual computers included yet? because they will be later.
Some people need Desktops, some people need laptops, others get by with a phone and/or tablet, some need whole rooms filled with servers, others prefer virtualised PC's, some just need a browser. A percentage of the market will always prefer something that doesn't exist yet and will switch from one of the above when it arrives.
Re: What we need is...
Cars with braided steel moustaches that spark along tracks in the road, automated travel and a small onboard battery used for parking / getting it out of the way when it breaks down / driving back to the track when it spins off at hairpins.
I like IR, Its durable, there's no protocol involved and its easy to replace a lost remote with a cheap universal one.
I'd rather have a programmable IR transmitter on my phone than a bluetooth solution for remote control of my stuff.
Re: I'm still baffled ...
Star-Trek cosplay, resistance is futile btw.
The problem is that our devices are too easily subverted by unexpected inputs.
No one would accept a washing machine that could be reprogrammed simply by a malformed laundry load (unmatched sock), computers need to get to the same place.
We shouldn't be in a situation where every web facing app has to recreate the wheel, some degree of validation needs to happen by the underlying system before anything gets to see the bits.
Re: Never received it....
re: deleted items as a store
I had a call once from a user that used the system trashcan as his documents folder, he called me in a panic because he'd emptied it due to finally running out of space, no backups, I wonder how some people get through each day without maiming themselves.
I've also pencilled 'space' on the spacebar for a user that was struggling with the concept. She was thankful at the time but in retrospect, it's probably why she never called again.
I think Amazon are about to learn what it's like to have a competitor whose ok with running at a loss so long as they put you out of business.
Re: Re: Did you just put the mockers on LOHAN?
That put a big grin on my face, love the attitute, break a leg chaps.
Re: OK. What's wrong with XP? - Re: Flash
My main desktop doesnt (can't) run flash, I've noticed that HTML5 playback is gaining ground now, used to be that you'd get it on mobile/tablets while the same page on a desktop would insist you used flash, but HTML5 playback options are appearing.
My advice is that even if your system can run flash you should uninstall it, use a flash less browser for everyday and keep chrome around for the sites that insist upon it.
With no mobile support Flash is dying on its arse, and every browser that runs without it hastens its departure from the desktop.
Worth a visit
Interesting to explore and easy to laugh at the dioramas but the reality behind this building is pretty sobering. Grim is an understatement, Its poorly lit, cold and musty with an undercurrent of rot.
Hard to imagine what it would have been like to be shut in down there as blasts shook the ground and the world died above you.
Re: Here's one to try:
It will respond 'no', there's no divide by zero in that question.
Re: This was posted by someone in another article
Haven't finished it yet but really enjoying this story, thanks for the link, have an upvote.
Re: Chip n Pin
Or allow us to order a card without a stripe, come to think of it, I could erase the stripe myself and not have to worry about ATM skimmers again (UK, it's all C&P here).
He's a genius
Most people would have folded after the Vista fiasco, but Balmer sees all the Vista machines downgraded to XP for what they really are, an opportunity for double dip sales, so profitable they did it twice.
You can call me AI
We don't want or need a true AI, it would be too busy unraveling the universe / looking at flowers / slacking off / exterminating meatbags to be of any use to us, it would be exactly like creating an omnipotent angsty teenager.
Smart computers on the other hand, that can interpret all the nuances of human communication and register context but don't have their own agenda would be very useful, and who leads the field here? Apple and Google.
We're already over the threshold of the next wave of computing, the incumbents are on the case and unless ARM smashes into the datacentre to handle the processing they're going to remain as an enabling yet bit part player in the grand scheme of things.
Competing with themselves
Do they give win7 away for free or does selling a win8 licence with downgrade rights actually make MS more money than if win8 was popular?
Because if its the latter then I can totally understand why every other release sucks balls.
Re: No, No, No, No, No...
Not really no, There were loads of Indexes, like Internet yellow pages and of course there were some search engines that grew out of them but basically, they returned poor results, liberally chummed with paid placement and surrounded by a sea of 'portal' crap.
When Google appeared they didn't even have a business model so there was no adverts. it was more than just a breath of fresh air,the reason it ended up dominating was that it was a search engine that actually worked.
Re: Maybe they are relaunching Pippin...
Many a thing said in jest etc.
Reminds me of back before they showed the iPhone and pundits were knocking up all sorts of mad looking designs like iPod phones with rotary dials on the click wheel and CrazyAppleRumours said 'It will only have one button', because it was the most unlikely thing they could think of.
Anyway, the point is, gaming is a big deal for Apple these days, wouldn't surprise me to see AppleTV (or iTV if that ever happens), expanding it's role to include a cheap gaming hub.
It looks like an old school multimedia thingy
Like they used to distribute on CD's with magazines, can't remember the proper term for them but they were supposed to be the future of books etc.
I think something integrated into the protocol, a distributed store, hosted by the fans themselves, something that evolves and improves over time could work for some artists, but this isn't that, this is just a multimedia bundle you download like any other file, except with locked content, it's going to struggle to compete with free and unlocked.
Here's a concept for a bittorent music store, dedicated client app, 50p a track, but you gain credit for seeding, replace Apple, Google & Amazon hosting with fan hosting and redistribute the 30% cut those entities take back to the fans. The store itself and the artists content you've bought are synced through BT so you get new content delivered that otherwise you'd have to hunt for. Literally get the fans involved and reward them for it with exclusives and first peeks etc.
Is the only real use of a pack flat self assembling robot I can think of, so I guess they'll do fine.
Some more gestures
Hand cupped behind ear - make it 1 louder.
Hands over ears - turn it down son.
Index finger anticlockwise - rewind my selector.
Index finger clockwise - skip to the end (of the adverts).
Index finger in nostril - Discovery channel.
Salute (UK/USA/Godwin)- History channel
Finger drawn across throat - turn it off.
This is to the person(s) employed by Adobe to scrape all the 'feedback' from this announcement.
Keep working on CS7 in the backroom, so that when this subscription only plan doesn't work like you expected it to, you'll be able to say sorry, pop a U turn and get something on the market pronto, because otherwise you're going to get pwned by some 'good enough' alternatives and the days when you used to charge people a 'bargain' $600 to upgrade will be just a memory.
Don't wait too long, you've just chummed the water, sharks will come.
Surely that's untrue?
They don't really power down a town then go door to door to check the contents of DVD players, that would require a registry of government issued DVD players that were specially designed to prevent someone removing the discs and could distinguish between mains power and an appropriate transformer running off some car batteries.
I think it's way more likely that this is simply propaganda, reported as fact in the Nork media to make citizens think twice about buying a cheap DVD from Chinese blokes toting sports bags, probably intended to keep the state owned version of blockbusters in business more than identifying dissidents, i'm pretty sure Mr Kim already knows that they're all dissidents.
Re: Shouldn't that be...
Can't see that happening for a few reasons, firstly because they would need the entire file to match against and it would be too easy to defeat by splicing copies together at the cutscenes, and secondly because if this takes off it's going to be served from a worldwide CDN and continually adding different noise to each copy as it's served is going to get very expensive very quickly.
It's more likely implemented as a subtle marker containing the entire code at shortish intervals, which would also allow identification of short clips, like someone spltting the content up into 10 min youtube videos for example.
It's also going to be quickly bypassed by the pirates, in much the same way that Time Coded review copies are similarly ID encoded but are all over the download sites regardless.
Re: I want it NOW!
The thing is, the Internet has expanded social groups across borders, so people are more likely to hear their friends raving about something that turns out to be blocked or unavailable for them.
None of this region locking makes sense to the average person, It's long out of touch with the real world and feels like an old redundant thing that's going to be gone before long anyway, so it's easy to rationalise just downloading stuff while it's still relevant rather than waiting until the businesses involved get a clue.
Also £2.99 an episode is way too much, It needs to be cheap enough that people don't question the cost, like the 99c / 69p level for apps and music. iTunes / Amazon / Play downloads aren't competing with physical media, they're competing with free downloads, the price, quality and convenience need to reflect that reality.
Re: Lifetime ban
Won't be so funny later when they're the only shop still in business.
Still got mine
My three year old plays with it, runs Jetpack Joyride & temple run just fine and he's pretty damn good at it.
Agree with the comments about support ending years ago though, no idea what part of it is still under support until June.
Someone did a good write up on this, don't have a link handy but the gist was that skeuomorphism isn't a bad thing, it's actually a pretty neccessary thing, checkboxes and radio buttons are skeuomorphic, there's no reason a checkbox on the internet needs to look like a checkbox from a physical paper form other than to instantly convey it's meaning, remove all traces of skeuomorphism and you'll end up with an abstract mess of a UI.
So the problem with some of Apple's recent apps isn't skeuomorphism per se, but rather one of seriously cheesy design work.
Personally I can't wait to see what Ive does with software, I'm not expecting him to simply throw out all the CSS files though.
Tip of the iceberg
These systems will be the battlefields of the next war, which will be unique in that it will be difficult* to positively identify the combitant countries and because of the level of civillian casualties and economic damage.
All because properly securing systems is seen as an unwarranted cost by too many vendors.
And we haven't even started rolling out IP6 and the 'Internet of things' yet, we have the 'oppurtunity' to make this a much larger problem before kick off.
*Nationstates aren't going to launch an attack from their own IP block, they're going to launch it from exploited machines in the target Nation and route the commands through a crapload of compromised machines in other 'usual suspect' nationstates, including their own. The global Internet links will be physically disabled pretty quickly once things kick off.
Of course theres this:
Not sure how sustainable that spend is, but I suspect it all goes to pants pretty quickly when you stop.
I believe its a combination of napster and youtube thats to blame for this, there's a whole generation thats grown up with 'free' music, whatever you want to listen to, whenever you want, that most of it is compressed to shit seemed like a fair compromise at the beginning but now my kids (who have grown up with this), expect the compression noise and peak levels throughout to the point that music sounds wrong when it's missing.
I'm hoping as they grow older they will reasise what they've been missing and rediscover music.
Oh, and beats are just fashion cans, how they sound is pretty irrelevant.
Re: just a little innovation
Pretty sure the next big thing isn't going to be some sort of screen you strap to your face.
Also I note that when Bloomburg ran this story at least they had the guts to mention the analyst predicting woes for Apple was from Samsung Securities.
Here's a prediction for Apple's filing tomorrow, YoY is up, stock goes down.
Re: The blog
Had mine stolen from a parking bay in South Kensington, right under the nose of a CCTV camera mounted to a lamppost, neither the Police or the council ever discovered who was running the camera, it didn't seem to concern them that someone had installed it overlooking a bike bay.
It was a few years ago but it turned out that there was just one copper in London who was assigned to bike thefts.
Re: Not just kids...
Never, that's when it's acceptable for a single click on an advert to call a number, which explains why a confirmation dialog pops up instead of just dialling it.
You can try it yourself, scroll to the bottom of this page on a mobe, tap the 'Advertise with us' link then tap on the phone number.
Is that child safe? Nope, is it useful for adults? Yes.
Re: Only 5 years?
I think you read that comic wrong, note the bloody baseball bat in the last frame and hover text.
It's not for me
I'm not on Facebook, but I can see this being quite successful, reminds me of Metro, but users don't have to switch phones and apps etc for a new platform.
Double edged sword for Google, nice to have a big exclusive on android, but shame it cuts them out of the picture somewhat. Can't see how this really affects telcos who are little more than conduits at this point.
Also, Reddit could play this game as well.
- Review Best budget Android smartphone there is? Must be the Moto G
- Fun-killing fireshow-flunking ZOMBIE COMET ISON only LOOKED alive
- On the matter of shooting down Amazon delivery drones with shotguns
- Review Bring Your Own Disks: The Synology DS214 network storage box
- Inside IBM's vomit-inducing, noise-free future chip lab