It's a niche between basic tablets and real laptops and PCs.
More style than substance.
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It's a niche between basic tablets and real laptops and PCs.
More style than substance.
Suspiciously shiny and styled.
I prefer desk stuff not styled to look good in a showroom, but unobtrusive, dark matt finish. No shine or gloss.
Also I prefer cabled keyboard & mouse. I see no advantage to Bluetooth.
That is so pathetic. ANY lag is stupid.
I have no lag with keyboard, mouse and Wacom digitiser on a 14 year old 1600 x 1200 screen computer with XP. and none on my modern Linux box with two 1600 x 1200 screens.
It's disabled by default, but I have it on Linux Mint + Mate + Firefox + Noscript.
Just installed the Linux update to Flash, MySQL and Sudo
I can't remember the last time I actually enabled it.
The cost in rockets of putting the material up is massive. The cable materials have to be extended from the geosynchronous platform. Also we have no proven material for the cable.
The Space Elevator's ongoing maintenance is considerable too. A fusion / plasma torch rocket is frankly more believable than a space elevator on Earth.
An Elevator WILL work on the Moon.
Kevlar might actually be strong enough for a space elevator on Mars.
Rings are better/best, but need to be quite big to reduce Coriolis forces, thus materials limit you to about 1/3 G to have a safety margin.
Realistically in terms of shielding, gravity, materials etc, we are still at remote probe stage of exploration, even a moon base would be challenging, and people wouldn't be able to stay much longer per person than on ISS. It would have to be underground for shielding (see "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" and many other decent moonbase stories. Not Space 1999)
Yes, the stability of the cable & two craft approach is rubbish.
Actually two modules tethered with a cable, orbiting a common centre has been suggested.
Wheels and rings
1G isn't feasible due to Coriolis forces if too small, and no strong enough material existing if it's large!
However perhaps 1/3G or a bit more might be enough. Coupled with a clever elastomer structured bodysuit.
Frankly sounds stupid.
There is a reason why we moved from trackballs and digitizer pucks and light pens. A mouse is better. When you REALLY need a digitizer, a Wacom pen is better. So 200dpi A2 screen with high resolution Wacom pen would to me be creative. This 24" and puck is joke.
Also "touch" is fine on a phone and tablet if there is no keyboard. It's just tiring on a larger screen when you are mostly using a keyboard and sometimes using a mouse.
Windows 10? Well to run your existing windows applications (and ones with no Linux or Mac alternative) or buying a not Apple laptop there is little alternative to GHASTLY Windows 10. I refuse to believe that more than 50% of people actually want Win10, and that 90% would prefer simply a new version of XP (Windows 7 is purely a bug fix of misbegotten VIsta, which is NT's equivalent of Windows for DOS, ME. ME was dramatically worse than Win98SE and pointless. like Vista, Win 8 and Win10)
MS has lost the GUI plot TOTALLY. Bloody morons since after 2003 with "Ribbon". Even "Personalised Menus and hide stuff not used often (XP and later Default) is DELUSIONAL, the LESS used a feature is the more it needs to have the icon, the menu etc consistently where you expect it.
Removing "little used features" and adding eye candy is MORONIC. A feature used once in 6 months might be REALLY IMPORTANT. The MS telemetry and focus / beta groups are almost pointless.
MS Needs a Reset, certainly, to about 1999!
IDIOTS when it comes to GUI. Though mystifyingly Ubuntu has same disease and Apple Mac nows seems to be going backwards, though I never have liked their search tool and stupid big Dock/launcher at the bottom of screen. One that pops out from the side makes far more sense on Widescreen Landscape, only top/bottom on Portrait screens. Why do almost no screens (and none on laptop) support portrait, though many graphics drivers do? I only use TV to watch video.
No-one has to join the Catholic Club.
Unlike some religions you are not stoned or executed for leaving.
If you can't cope (you don't actually need to agree!) with the "rules", join a different club.
Vatican rules only apply to the members of the Church of Rome.
It's not to do with resurrection. They don't want nature worship (scattering abroad) or ancestor worship (keeping at home).
Apparently someone is marketing 5000 yo style corbelled stone under an earth mound structures to people that want to sell a shelf for the deceased's remains. I've no idea if the Vatican will approve such repositories. It may depend how they are marketed and run, i.e. maybe they'd approve ones that are for Church of Rome departed only.
When was there?
Look at how many different licences.
Even before Linux there were UNIX /BSD/Solaris?XENIX/Cromix wars
You have a myriad of Linux distros, RiscOS, BSD Free, Open Solaris etc, I'm not sure how many different Open Source OSes there are never mind Linux Distros.
Then there are editor wars.
Window manager, compositor, desktop wars.
I'd not mess with Stallman etc. Or Linus.
(read the series, I think Elaine is Bobby Tables elder sister?)
Life mixing up with art.
This though is SO sad ...
A bargain compared to the MS one though. But established Office Equip. makers have had whiteboards that you can write on (with real white board markers, fire video projector at and save results as file and print) for well over 10 years. Lots of colleges have them.
because we get a copy of everything on it too.
I do have an Android phone and an Android Tablet. I don't do anything important or corporate. The phone is used as a feature phone with no data or wifi. The tablet rarely has Wifi on, I use it for a few trivial apps that don't need Internet and collaborative note taking using Jota app.
That's what I thought too. Though router or IoT DNS setting change (poisoning), which can be done by websites to MANY routers that have default setttings ...
I am expecting MS Windows & Apple Mac Auto updates to be hijacked either by DNS hijack or server hacks, periodically.
This is a stupid idea. The problem isn't distribution, or even the developers, it's the management of the companies selling the stuff. How many will stay in business to release patches? Who other than the original manufacture and development team can create the the patches.
It's beyond stupid, but delusional dangerous fantasy!
They are also people that are neither African, nor in Nigeria. They pick stuff to put off anyone not gullible.
Some of major money Laundering is USA Banks.
A major amount is done in City of London, UK based Banks and by USA Multinationals (not just tech at all either).
The problem isn't the ECB.
How many Trumps is that?
What sort of skate board?
I used two bargain basement priced skateboards my kids had abandoned to move an AGA style solid fuel stove/oven/water heater. On my own, though I had a lever. It had taken SIX large Hurley players (similar size monster to a Munster Rugby player, but more dangerous) to put it where I was moving it from, so yes I can imagine a Rhino using two skate boards or one modified model.
Or even earlier.
It's more about databases and the interfaces. I don't see the strong AI that worries Hawkings anywhere. The winning at Chess, Jeopardy or Go is not AI, they are all refinements of single domain programs and bigger human curated datasets. I see other serious threats due to misuse of computer technology. Privacy, security, Cloud, DDOS and IoT based threats etc.
Siri, Cortana, Alexis/Amazon Echo, Google Home etc are parlour tricks, speech to text driving search Engines, just better versions of Hello Barbie or incremental development 10 years ago mobile phone or car radio voice control, simply needing less training than 20 years ago (though all inc Hello Barbie and Samsung TV now send the voice to servers, the internet connectivity and non-real time analysis to improve the model is creepy)
Just 1960s rented timeshare.
Except now stuff is being outsourced or run on "Cloud" which absolutely is a disaster waiting to happen.
No core business function, Point of Sale, Billing system. Infrastructure control, ATM, ERP etc should be "in the cloud" or even outsourced at all.
Exactly why I set up a VPN server on my router. But it's not a solution for non-IT folk. It's not trivial.
I think he reads too much comedy spoof SF to be making engineering decisions.
I'd advise anyone flying on his ships to take a white paint marker and Duck tape to disable selections on all the drinks machines.
Besides if his spacecraft are as hyped as his car's "autopilot" you want an alert human pilot too.
Not entirely as it's a really easy one. However you are right that even UPnP didn't exist there would still be a problem.
There is no complete solution. The Internet is going to get unreliable as if we are all living in some sort of post atomic war dystopian society. Add Facebook/Google etc slurping and outsource of core business function to the "cloud" when they should be in house, and the future looks unpleasant.
"Why not have their ISP disconnect them? "
Its DDOS attack. How would the ISP know?
Given current design of the Internet and how a Firewall works and the desire of IoT makers to "phone home", if there was no uPNP, the instructions would explain how to put your entire LAN in the DMZ, or some other such foolishness.
I'd thought of having every router & gadget, phone, laptop, tablet etc have a short range two way IR link to exchange keys and settings, even then have unique key per device. It's simple HW & SW but the makers would object to the extra $2. Unscrupulous vendors would connect stuff in a way worse than today.
The design of Internet is flawed, assumed good users and well behaved devices. The design of eMail ignored spam issues on Telex, RTTY, and earlier Telegraph and added almost no security at all and missed out the idea of whitelists.
Systems never envisaged to be used by other IT Admins in responsible establishments.
There are sticking plasters, but no solution. The triple whammy of rise of IoT, outsource to cloud and giant Corporations stealing (or conning people into giving it) all our private info and usage and monetising it doesn't bode well at all.
If mobile credit balance, ATMs, Point of Sale, Infrastructure control, smart Meters, Retailer's stock ordering / ERP systems etc all outsourced to the "Cloud" and a that has many areas of mono-culture, what if DNS, Edge Routers, what ever is taken down by IoT or a bad patch released late Friday set to auto-install and propagate on the Cloud ...
Or timing of Exchanges, Datacentres, DTT, DAB, Mobile stupidly relying on cheap GPS instead of a local Atomic Clock (under $1000 now) and there is a flare that knocks out all satellite, inc GPS. One in the 19th C. was big enough. There was another that fortunately missed us!
We aren't there yet, but rushing toward it.
For those that don't know (a minority here), VPN = Virtual Private Network. Properly done it adds and extra "network port" on your PC/Tablet/phone which is actually the VPN client software. It's creating an encrypted connection into your VPN server. It then can expose everything on you LAN as if you are on the LAN, or just stuff on the VPN Server, and/or the Internet as seen by your home LAN. So stuff on the internet that's blocked (due to local router / NAT rules of a University OR because you are in America and your home Router is in UK) is then visible via the home internet connection. So you can use VPN for four reasons:
1) Access stuff like POP/SMTP on your own ISP's mail server as if at home, securely in a WiFi cafe, possibly avoiding MiM attacks.
2) Access files or whatever on the VPN server, securely.
3) Access random device on your LAN as if you are on the LAN
4) Bypass geoblock or local port blocks.
If properly set up:
1) You need user/pass that is very secure to connect at all.
2) The data is all securely encrypted, possibly even good enough to block hypothetical quantum computers cracking.
The keys are made at home, and loaded on the device at home* so the classic problem of key distribution is solved.
[*You can write it on rice paper and eat it]
A company actually recalling IoT stuff for security.
AND they are Chinese!
But like Autorun, ultimately stupid and not needed.
Either manually set up a port (but with sensible rules, to a sensible device or else your LAN is exposed), or a VPN. I set up a VPN server on an old PC and later on my router instead (Open WRT) and put it on port 80 so I could use home LAN to access email securely (or at all! I don't use Web based email) away from home, or other home resources. Why port 80? Because hotels, cafes, University especially may block various ports. They don't block 80, thinking it's only used for HTTP.
Not all VPN clients can use arbitrary ports. But I found one for Windows for my kids at Uni that did (this was 10 years ago).
It should be independent of OS, and essentially barely fixable in existing phones. It's a design issue of the physical RAM implementation.
I wonder what is the difference with the phones that are not affected?
This suggests that even without malware, there is design flaw, such that data or program in RAM, of the users apps OR the OS can be inadvertently corrupted.
Even if it didn't lead to an exploit, this RAM flaw needs to be fixed!
What is the female like? Or is that the female too (Snails are both?)
But can we trust them?
They have a HUGE web of data gathering.
They only stopped WiFi Slurp when
b) Android (esp.) & Chrome Browser and Chrome OS help continue slurp of location and WiFi info.
How meaningful are any of their statements.
The insistence on combining cookies, log-in etc on all the Google services (inc Google Doc, Maps, Youtube, Gmail) is totally obnoxious and evil.
I block all 3rd party cookies. Why is that not the default setting on browsers, they serve no honest purpose and never needed by user.
Noscript is also your friend to block domains.
I'm also a bit fed up with how general searches have loads of YouTube links and image searches have loads of pinterest links (who owns them and it's evil how hard it is to see where the pinterest image is "stolen" from.)
USB HID is such a broken thing security wise, maybe the USB mouse / keyboard is malicious. I'm not sure if a PS/2 mouse is safe.
A PS/2 keyboard could have a keylogger and intermittent mobile modem to report home built in?
I just can't see any advantage to a wireless keyboard or mouse anyway, liable to run out of battery at awkward time, the stupid keyboards sleep and miss your first few keystrokes, and wired is instant after PC / Tablet sleep, the BT types are slow to re-connect. If 2.4GHz and your WiFi is 2.4GHz and weak, it may make it weaker.
A USB mouse is £1 to £10 for a perfectly good one.
You buy some, do them up nice, add some software or a chip and ship it to your targets as free samples/presents/beta test etc. (It's been done and works better than "losing" USB sticks in the target's car park, though that works too)
Beware Geeks carrying Gifts this Christmas.
I don't think so. The new GooPhone is aimed at Apple customers.
Google makes money TWICE from Samsung:
1) Any licence fee to use the "Blob".
2) Android reporting to Google.
As one of the largest (or largest?) and flag ship supporters of the official Android ecosystem, why would Google want to damage Samsung or the Android brand (by association). My conspiracy theory is that Google was taking these videos down, not Samsung via DMCA notices. Samsung isn't Apple or the Thai Government. Then Google (or the minion that had acted without higher up authorisation) realised this was counter productive. Better to join the laughter than pull a Streisand?
More like 30 years... of Mobile.
The entire history of Internet.
It seems designed in security is rare and working is rarer.
Combining content creation and owning channels is good. The UK idea of BBC divesting content creation is nuts.
Combining Content/Channels and a delivery platform is evil. We've seen that in Ireland and UK with Sky.
" it uses uPNP to punch a hole in the router for itself. It announces its presence to several foreign servers, and it has a default telnet login of root/123456.
I've hacked the startup script (luckily writeable) to replace the hosts file "
Disable uPNP on your firewall / router.
Setup a VPN (properly) to your home network if you want to remotely access stuff on it.
Problem is proving that the USERS/Owners suffered at all.
No, but could be next time. They might come for El Reg.
"First they came for ..."
The most evil feature added after Autorun (Win95a and earlier Amiga) was uPNP, especially on routers!
It should be illegal to have uPNP on a router/firewall and have internet without a firewall. It's only a partial mitigation, but would stop most of current IoT compromise.
There is no complete solution.
There is actually no solution to this.
Capital i and small L
Never mind 1 I and l
I'm a bit fed up.
Try using Amazon in Ireland.
Or buy stuff sold in Euros or Dollars made outside UK without it having a UK middle man profit margin and UK sterling <-> Euro hedge, maybe on UK import and export to Ireland.
However HP became irrelevant to me when they took over Compaq and rationalised on the wrong products and bloated their printers.
Allegedly doesn't mean anything!
Why do people spell Laser with a "z" :)
Actually over 1200 hits searching MVNO on forums here.
It does seem to occasionally cause confusion.
I remember in early 21st C reading a trade/professional Telecomms journal after a few years break and finding every article had myriads of undefined acronyms and abbreviations.
Given that this is a Tech site, I'm only partly sympathetic, which is why I bothered to explain.
Then there are acronyms like CAPI and SMB that change with time or context to mean something entirely different. Or BEREC, which in 1906 was British Ever Ready Electrical Company and in 1950s was British Ever Ready Export Company (a UK Ever Ready Division) and in 1980s briefly BEREC was the holding company for Ever Ready and BEREC.
BEREC is now:
Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) was established by Regulation (EC) No 1211/2009.
Very annoying when searching for 1950s BEREC as there is really no sensible way to to date related searches, either on content or site creation.
It's nearly impossible to keep up to date. Maybe articles should mention once, what the abbreviation is for?
Mobile Virtual Network Operator.
You'd easily guess as Sky has no mobile network and it's how Tesco and others work.
Some like Tesco have their own backend using only masts and backhaul and others are really just resellers with only a billing system (probably outsourced).
Technically, it would be best if there was ONE infrastructure per major geographic region and everyone was a kind MVNO. See also RAN, the idea that you'd roam to other operators even where you own operator has coverage, so as the load per channel / mast / sector is balanced. Can give x2 or more improvement in speed or capacity.
Dividing a scarce thing like spectrum between operators is totally daft and inefficient. It's not like Service Stations or baked beans factories in terms of competition.
How you must hate that bursar. ^_^
I think I'd leave before the second annual sports day :(
Just realising there are better uses of time than watching blinking Blue LEDs (Red and Green was so 15 years ago).
You've realised the Emperor has no clothes.
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