936 posts • joined 11 May 2006
Re: Inflation red herring
Thanks for saving me the time to write that, can't believe it's so far down in the comments, from the article you might form the impression that everyone bought their phones at the same time then the poor telco had to try and survive for two years until the next payday, the reality is that there's a constant stream of new customers signing up and if the telco believes those customers are going to incur greater costs over the course of their contracts then that should be reflected in the price.
Adjusting existing contracts to subsidise new customers is at best lazy and at worst criminal.
Look like they'll be completly covered in dust after the first roll.
*Wonders if NASA is outsourcing it's probe design to Lucasarts*
Give it six months
Then retest the I/O. Every drobo we've put in has exhibited a severe performance drop off over time. Cure was to reformat and copy everything back, did that twice before giving up and using them as backup mirrors.
I've also seen random disk drop outs and rebuilds, storage space go missing until rebooted, and an esata drobo that only connected to the dashboard for setup and health checks after you powered everything down and switched the esata for FireWire or USB.
Haven't tested one for a few years so maybe they're better now, let us know how you get on.
Re: Doesn't sound right though
Or possibly less than the old iPod nano, just enough guts to capture touch events, speech for Siri, button presses and act as a 1.5" AirPlay screen for another device, that way all the processing would be handled by the host device and you wouldn't need to update your watch apps every other day.
As far as orientation goes, here's hoping for it being round, like a proper watch.
I can only hope
That one day the UK will catch up with those developed counties as well.
Spare a fibre guv?
Re: very talented guy, r.i.p.
Space 1999 Eagle was probably the best toy I ever had, hardy little thing as well, survived many a crash landing on passing planets.
Re: ...don't want to eat... ...may be toxic...
May I suggest Raptors, they are also stretchy, conductive and just as likely to appear in a consumer product as this witches brew.
Re: but the flash video player is STILL better
Google appears to be intentionally borking html video on YouTube, playback is worse on the desktop, they don't full screen properly on mobile unless it's embedded somewhere else, videos that play h264 on mobile require flash on the desktop etc. while Vimeo, who seem small fry in terms of engineering talent compared with Google manage just fine.
Re: Not so original
You are Tracy from BabeStation and I claim my £5
Re: So, presumably
Nope, natural selection means the spiders that make their dirt the most spider shaped are the ones less likely to be eaten, so the decoys become better with each generation, no mirrors or smoke required.
Count me in
Amongst those who feel let down once they read there's a bit of wire between these two things, Teleportation is the wrong word for this, it conjures images of well, conjuring stuff out of thin air, like Kirk for instance.
This seems more like (useful yet boring), quantum cloning over a phone line.
A cynical take
They're not stupid enough to think that there wouldn't be a massive outcry and a whole load of users would walk away from Instagram, they were counting on it.
Instagram came with a massive installed base, but the users that aren't on Facebook are dead weight, chuck out some scary legalese and they'll take their cash free business to someone else's trough.
Are users abandoning Facebook over changes to the Instagram T&C? not really, will Facebook users still post pictures with the adopted Instagram filters? yep, result, costs are down.
Re: The OS is irrelevent
You're missing the point, The only resource this app is using is the Internet connection, it prompts the user to enter their mobile number as part of the 'activation' procedure, the user then receives a text with a code, they supply this info which is ferried back and apparently enough for the fraudsters to sign them up for premium rate SMS.
I'm guessing they take the users mobile number and supply it to a telco who send out the auth code, and should that code come back to the telco via the fraudsters the telco assumes the user has signed up, this is the bit that needs fixing, because you don't need to find an exploit, create an app, or even a website registration form to trick people into this scam, hell you could do it over the phone, by post or even face to face in the street, as all it requires to work is a lie and a telco prepared to turn a blind eye.
The OS is irrelevent
This is a social engineering attack, It's basically just asking users to send enough info so they can be subscribed to premium rate SMS spam, it could just as easily be implemented as a two factor security system on a website as no software exploits are required.
That's a big pile of money
With cash like that for the taking this is only going to get much, much worse, I still don't understand how you get 30M out of the system though, does it transfer to a Bank speciallly set up for crims or is it a syncronised 30M International ATM withdrawal? Surely there's an easily viewable and reversible credit transfer trail?
Or is this one of those things that's left broken because of 'legitimate' business uses?
Re: Do not need DPI to detect malicous content
Bit late in the year for that isn't it?
Anyone seen one in the wild?
I've seen two, but they were in the window of a pawn shop so I'm not sure they count.
Re: Not really a problem
It will be a problem for 100% of my clients, which will at least keep me in a job as Apple isn't going to give those machines a new lease of life in 5 years by switching out that laptop drive for an SSD and bumping the RAM for them.
Can't say I'm looking forward to adding a heat gun to my tools though.
More fodder for geektool...
And another bit of desktop gets scrawled upon.
Re: Prior Art
Sorry to do this, as I'm really enjoying the comments on this thread, but people saying something they read in a book or saw on TV is prior art is right up there with people who say borrow when they mean lent, their instead of they're and also people that can't open fucking cereal boxes without mutilating them and yes I'm talking about my wife.
*counts to ten*
Anyway the point is that only real things that actually work can be prior art, which is pretty sensible when you think about it.
Always with the negative vibes
I'm looking forward to it, tank looks a bit MaK and I think they did a good job with Halo and Marathon almost cost me my job back in the day heh.
Assuming this will run on one of the boy's consoles It's going on my shopping list alongside GTA5, shut up and take my money style.
Also racing around the perimeter of the map was fun, easiest on a police bike with sirens wailing but it still took a good ten minutes a lap.
That enormous unlocked map in GTA5 is ringing my bell.
"he's throwing time, money and other people's brains at launch vehicles"
Because there's nothing quite like a fresh coat of brains on a rocket
Re: 11 ipads per hour? Yes, must admit that I find that one a bit strange.
Would one every five and a half minutes sound ok? or did I simply miss the sarcasm tag?
A cursory google about 4chan should have been enough to convince them that calling their site moot might be fine legally but is going to guarantee a never ending onslaught of trolling and DOSing.
I'm sure it will be commenting reimagined, just not in the way they intended.
Re: Apple are dominant only if you choose your stats carefully
I live in London, it's a fairly large English city whose citizens on average have more disposable income than other parts of the country, I have no idea how smartphone marketshare is in say Grimsby, but here in the Capital there are probably more iPhones in your vicinity than rats, and they're being used, people are buying apps, browsing the web, as long as Apple can keep people like this happy it will do just fine.
Here's how I see things playing out:
Amazon and Google's "look ma, no profit!" devices cause a lot of manufacturers to drop out of the mobile market unless they're being commissioned to build for Amazon or Google.
Google downsizes Android development, due to the majority of sold devices sidestepping them altogether (Amazon, Chinese and Indian home market forks of the codebase), limited returns from content deals and an increasingly competitive ad market squeezing their spending.
Amazon either achieves its goal of monopolising shopping and jacks up prices to become the worlds most profitable company, or more likely, violently implodes after a bad quarter leaves it heavily in debt (And the rest of us wondering where all the shops went).
Apple rolls into new market, new device is poo-poohed on the blogs, sells like hot cakes.
Microsoft abandons W8, announces all new W9 codenamed 'Sure Thing' although later renamed 'W9 Windows Experience Editions' due to legal issues, which sadly, will not run on current W8 mobile or tablet hardware.
I think there's some confusion here
There's too much focus on the device, whether that's a box or an integrated TV, rather than the architecture of the service that it will enable. Apple aren't going to steamroll into the TV market by making a pretty device, it's going to be because the experience is better, easier to use, better content suggestions, multi device integration, sharing etc.
Basically a load of ideas that have been explored elsewhere with varying degrees of execution rolled into one very well executed service that sells profitable devices.
Until they have the deals and backend to make that happen, AppleTV will remain 'hobby' status.
Re: The images on theregister.co.uk are sometimes just as irrelevant
A little shocked by the comments here
Massive turnout of folks that think selling a 32GB device that's already half full is no different to the 1-10% fill rate we see on everything else, 50% isn't the start of the slippery slope, it's fucking halfway down, accept it and be damned.
Can't help but think this could be a major reason behind Sinofsky's abrupt departure.
Seems to me
That it almost certainly wasn't labelled as an NFC app when it was reviewed, sounds like it was a radio app, ditto for the other one, which seems to be an alarm clock.
What I'm guessing happened here is that a dev submitted the dull apps, got them approved then later changed the descriptions and screenshots in the store to represent them as something else.
I don't understand why though as Apple are clearly going to get wind of this sort of thing and boot the dev from the store long before the dev receives a payment from Apple.
Re: That's why I both like and hate the Android scheme
Can't speak for WP8 but iOS apps request permissions which can be later reviewed and or revoked in Settings > Privacy.
Same caveats apply, if you deny a mapping app access to location services, a camera app access to the camera or a social app access to your contacts they probably wont work as intended or possibly at all.
One difference seems to be that Android asks for all 'required' permissions at install while iOS asks for permissions individually, as features that require them are used.
Re: Coo - A really hard choice
Only thing that I can think of is perhaps an email that an iCloud account has been accessed by an unknown computer.
I'd assume they were using full disk encryption with beefy passwords on the laptops themselves, but if they weren't and the laptops were pwned while unattended I don't see a mechanism for Apple to alert them to that fact.
Can't seem to face up to the facts, tense and nervous, can't relax.
Giveaway is that despite claiming the government raided him twice, wants him dead, poisoned his dogs and set him up for murder he still doesn't want to leave the country, because it's nice.
There's more on this story at wired, he's been regaling them with his tale of how he outwitted the Police by burying himself up to his neck in sand and disguising his head with a cardboard box.
My gut says he's tripping his balls off and is a danger to all and sundry.
I can imagine them integrating ARM into the current Intel motherboards to allow a splashtop style iOS for Mac laptops, trading performance for massivly extended battery runtimes.
re: iOS app permissions
Are requested when first running the app, if you say no and it needs it to work it will request again when you try and use the feature.
Current App allowed permissions can also be viewed in Settings > Privacy and can be recinded from here.
It's not possible to silently make a call or message from an iOS app, I think you could possibly initiate a camera instance then hide it under the apps chrome to sneakily take a photo but I haven't heard of this happening.
Permission is not required for the microphone either so I suppose you could grab audio.
There's an element of *nix vs windows here, in that one platform is (on the whole), easier to penetrate, has more seats to exploit with more of them on older less secure versions to boot. Which isn't to say that the latest versions of Windows or Android are less secure, just that there are a lot of older versions running out there.
Nice to know we have so much spare energy capacity
I was worried when I read here about the coming brownouts but I guess that's sorted if we're switching to charging systems that throw away 30%.
And there's more
He's since run a ZFS filesystem on a Fusion LV after determining that it works at the block level rather than the file level. It also seems there's a built in 600 second of idle wait baked in before the OS re-tiers the data across the physical volumes, Interesting stuff.
I'm in the killjoy camp
"You'll shoot your eye out!"
Massive potential for accidental permenent blindness outweighs coolness of these lasers.
Fuck them all
Anyone can build a business that's only profitable when they pay less than a percent in tax, fuck, my family would be well set in a nice house if we didn't have to pay tax, but someone has to pay for the roads, police, fire service, hospitals, schools, sanitation, etc etc. It's fucked up that the biggest corporations in the world are passing on their share of the costs to the public.
First against the wall etc
The problem with the 'give it away for free' model
And even the 'sell it at cost' model, Is that your customers absolutly have to purchase your content and services later to pay for it, which means the hardware is going to have to be locked down solidly if you expect to stay in business, otherwise you'll be reading the news one day to discover that some enterprising bastard has created a cluster out of a million of your free tablets.
I for one prefer the old school 'people get paid when I buy something and it's mine to do with as I like' model.
'One size fits all' BOFH excuse for the day (or week)
Sandy shorted the power at the datacenter, ripped up the Atlantic cable, has taken down the sat links, destroyed the data repeaters, flooded the internet pipes, is jamming the wifi...
"What's that, your printer isn't working and there's a flashing red light next to a 'drop' symbol? That will be the automatic storm protection kicking in, try and locate a working printer in a more protected part of the building, thank you for bothering IT support, have a nice day"
Really happy to see the death of digital stitching
And will be interesting to see SJI's take on a the UI, expecting an initial quick reskin of the awful stuff before we see a new direction though.
Also Eddy Cue picks up the pieces again, that guy is a fucking star.
Re: Wonderful news!
iPods, iPhones and iPads, which I believe are classed as gadgets already come with modular PSU's, seperating the Transformer and the wire via a standard USB socket.
Apple's Laptop PSU's are limited to switching out the Power pins for different countries but I hardly think that's unique to them.
Modular PC PSU's have been available at a premium for some time, but I think their main draw is asthetic, reducing cable clutter and neatening the inside a box that few but the owner will ever see. I've changed loads of PC PSU's over the years, never had to replace one because a cable failed though.
I think what they're talking about here are the billions of dumbphone chargers and to a lesser degree, the larger external powerbricks for laptops, monitors etc.
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Re: When can we get this on El Reg?
If you wanted an impressive number of downvotes, paid placement would ensure them.
I'll bet it's not as clever as it appears
Knowing Apple, I expect it's as simple as a bodge to redirect I/O requests to the HD when they fail on the SSD, log the number of times that happens for each file in an over complicated hidden database at the root of the SSD, and anything that collects too many misses gets shifted over to the SSD.
Re: You'll fit right in, late for Lufthansa digression
Munich, late 90s, was travelling on a train from Nurenburg when I realised I'd screwed up the times and was going to be late, the train appeared to be most of the way there so I held some hope that we might arrive early, but German trains arrive at their stations at the exact second specified on the schedule or the driver and anyone else responsible are whisked away to a labour camp or something.
Anyway, they were suprised to see me at the closed gate, but I was ushered down to the tarmac and into a small car that screamed across the airport to my plane, idling at the end of the runway, patiently awaiting it's most slovenly bastard.
Down voted for reminding me
That Lucas never did get around to making those prequels.
When streaming to an iThing, can you airplay that to somewhere else?
Ideal for people that missed the 80s
And want to look like a beaten up new romantic.
That's not going to work (reliably)
Ignoring the size of it, which could be reduced to something hardly noticable, it's dependant on line of sight to work, so shirts, coats and desks are going to cause errors.
A better idea would be for a bracelet or watch strap to sense the mechanical activity and/or electrical fields created on the inside of the wrist when the fingers are moved.
More than that though, a virtual invisible keyswitch that's activated when your finger crosses an arbitrary line is a naive concept, on the face of it it would seem a virtual analogue to a common task but the only way they can implement more than ten actions will be through chording, and if you're going to have to learn a whole new way of typing you would be better off basing it on physical actions that are natural and comfortable to users, which definitely won't be jazz hands.
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