Re: Same old, same old
Given that the connections are via a CDN would the client ID actually be available or would Cloudflare have hidden it?
Virtually all CDNs make the traffic logs available to the original sites so the UA is available.
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Given that the connections are via a CDN would the client ID actually be available or would Cloudflare have hidden it?
Virtually all CDNs make the traffic logs available to the original sites so the UA is available.
Each month, The Register checks out StatCounter, Netmarketshare and the US government's analytics service…
And each month the articles fail to drawn on The Register's own data and focus on changes the size of rounding errors.
This will just be down to the way the statistics software handles the user agents. A lot of vendors are pretty poor at keeping their lists of user agent strings up to date.
Samsung does provide its own browser for its phones, but they are all still running Android.
A key thing would be to include a measure for total traffic. At the weekend fewer people are sitting at desks and mobile use goes up. Shock, horror. Weekend traffic is often less than 50% than during office hours.
But why let simple mathematics get in the way of some clickbait?
We like it because we're aware of no other publicly available data set at this scale
Well, I have repeatedly suggested that you look at the data that Akamai provides in the Internet Observatory. Data from some of the most heavily trafficked sites in the world so obviously not very interesting.
Indeed. Another indication that the sites that run NetApplications scripts are not necessarily representative. Another opportunity wasted by The Register to compare the data with its own stats.
The stats I watch indicate that Chrome overtook IE back in 2013.
It's set to announce its own mobile processor, to be dubbed the Rifle, at a company event on May 10. The device will license the ARM architecture.
No shit, Sherlock: anyone can license ARM chips. And now that Intel has officially got out of the market, there aren't any alternatives. But there's a big difference between licensing ARM technology and building your own chips, Any details regarding custom hardware?
Yes, but every one sold is lots of cash for Apple.
The bigger question: is there really a market for these devices? Sales are tiny when compared with mobile phones and even the current growth rates won't make much difference any time soon.
But cheap ones targeted at kids? They may be on to something.
Yes, the market is hopelessly inflated with ideas of little or no utility. Nevertheless, I think there will be a market for connected sensors: think fire alarms that can call the fire service.
However, I also expect most of the development to be in factories and warehouses as proprietary systems are swapped for something more maintainable.
You clearly don't know what you're talking about.
As a UK citizen living and working in Germany, if you don't have a UK address and you have been there for more than three years you don't get a vote!
The cut off is ten years after no longer being registered in the UK. As I would be personally affected by the decision I'm very pleased that I'm being allowed to vote.
Since the UK buys more from the other EU countries than they buy from it and the UKs traditional trading partners were dumped by the EU there is absolutely no reason why the UK would be any worse off than it is today. In fact it would tent to be better off as an independent trader on the world market.
First of all: trading won't cease but the terms of trade are likely to change and both sides would suffer. However, the positions are not equal. It's not a brilliant analogy but the sanctions imposed by the EU and Russia on each other after the invasion of Crimea are helpful: EU producers suffered but they are able to look for new markets for their products even at a lower price; Russian consumers have to find new suppliers for what they want. Even without the slump in the oil price it's clear that it's easier to find new markets for good products than new suppliers for banned products. Though you read the odd success story of domestic producers picking up the slack, the sanctions have fuelled inflation in Russia and reduced consumer choice.
The UK is able to finance it's trade deficit by running a current account surplus as a target for investment. Leaving the EU is very likely to reduce this inward investment (because the UK would no longer provide access to the single market) but the trade deficit is likely to grow because German cars and, to a lesser extent French wine, (these are the examples that the Little Englanders tend to spout) cannot be easily replaced but they can find new markets. The result, until a new equilibrium is found, is likely to be a decline in Sterling and UK living standards.
It's difficult to quantify any of this but that it is a clear and obvious risk associated with leaving the single market. It's even more difficult to identify areas where the UK has such desirable products for other case (remember the UK has a trade deficit). Moving the legal and financial services to other countries (say Amsterdam or Dublin for access to the EU) or Hong Kong, Singapore Dubai is easy (and already happening). Although HSBC has just decided to keep its base in London, it's easy to see this decision being reversed. In business terms leaving the EU has lots of potential risks and little clear upside.
But the business side is only part of the argument. Sovereignty would be a reasonable argument if there was that much sovereignty left to gain: the WTO, the UN, the proposed TTIP deal all involve loss of sovereignty.
Then there is democracy and accountability. Sorry, but I don't find the UK parliamentary system particularly democratic when compared with other EU countries and there are no indications of it becoming more so if the UK leaves the UK or is Swiss-style democracy (devolution + referendums) on the agenda?
Within the EU the governments of the member states sill wield lots of power with the national veto. The concessions that Cameron has recently wrong out are testimony to this. The European Commission is no less democratic than any Whitehall department or one of the many quangos that governments love to set up.
But, at the end of the day, my chief motivation for wanting the UK to stay within the EU comes down to the many friends I have throughout Europe and the sense of having possibly overcome the dreadful wars of the 20th century that plagued Europe. My dad's house was bombed int he war and I live in a city that was flattened by British bombs. Talk to anyone from the Warsaw Pact or former Soviet Union and they will tell you much the EU means to them. And, how important it is to keep Britain in it.
This is an issue that I've thought about. Taking the hypothetical example of Country A, that deals with 10 other nations [of similar size to each other] in our fictitious trade bloc (TB).
And this assumes that trade with A is spread evenly with countries in TB. In the case of the UK and the EU this most certainly isn't the case. According to The Economist only 1.5% of Romania's trade is with the UK: a lot of member states will find it pretty easy to play hardball in any future negotiations.
However, I don't think either result would have the disastrous effect that the campaigns would have us believe.
Overall neither do I. But for some people and some businesses leaving will be very disruptive indeed and possibly even disastrous.
Are you sure about that, ex-pats have just lost the right to vote in this one.
Yes, I received confirmation of my eligibility the other day.
There is a lot of desperation to keep us in the EU.
It's more like exasperation: "what the fuck are they on about?"
That assessment misses the pressure applied by the UK banks and government on Ireland to nationalise its failing banks rather than letting them fail, which would have made the bailouts for UK banks even bigger.
While the UK leaving would be politically disruptive and this, in turn, could severely impair trade for lots of countries, the facts are that the UK is far more dependent upon the EU for trade than the other way round. Not that trade would cease but access to the single market would be more important to the UK than access to the UK for the EU. And, guess what? The rules for trading with the single market will be the same in two years as they are now, except that the UK won't be involved in setting those rules. There's also no room for bilateral trade deals.
As for the currency: well, much to my own personal annoyance, the ECB is doing its level best to keep the Euro down.
Both campaigns in this sordid and rather pointless referendum are very poor. I think Mervyn King put this point very well in his interview with Richard Quest on CNN: where are the arguments.
As a UK citizen living and working in Germany I'm proud to be both English and European and I will be voting for the UK to stay in the EU.
Nothing too radical in the Specs above (same hardware for all software options)
No, but an awful lot to put in a small package. Development costs would be large and the market small leading to very high unit costs. Mobile devices have thrived on using as much commodity hardware as possible and building to a price.
Physical ports are nice but also more work which is why we're seeing so much emphasis on software solutions: miracast, continuum. Put your phone on a charging mat next to a screen and you're docked.
I never quite got why anyone would have wanted an Atom (x86), powered Samsung Device
Consumers really couldn't care less about the chip but manufacturers will generally buy from the cheapest supplier. But even when Intel was effectively giving the chips away manufacturers weren't very interested.
Losing mobile is seen by many, including Intel, as the beginning of the end of x86 dominance. Once x86 compatibility is not seen as essential, Intel can expect to see market share and margins elsewhere start to plummet.
For IoTs you don't need a raspberry pi
Of course you don't but the RPi is creating something a bit like the old PC ISA for IOT (sorry for the abbreviations). ISA (industry standard architecture) is important because it reduces costs and risks.
People and, increasingly, companies are prototyping embedded devices with RPis, Arduinos and the like safe in the knowledge that they should be able to maintain software and hardware down the line.
A couple of years ago a company like Intel might have been able to own this space by providing the ISA. Now I think they will have to work with whatever is being established out there. There's still a huge opportunity for them: what will follow the RPi 3 now that it looks like Broadcom has lost interest?
Well, the downtick in Apple's sales won't really have surprised anyone.
Pocketing $ 2 bn in profits is smart, even if the guy is an arse.
But it's nice to see that he managed to get Apple to load up on debt for buybacks and dividends. Now, he's gone but the, admittedly cleverly structured, debt is still there and Apple just increased its dividend.
I guess we'll see Galileo compatibility appearing in consumer kit from next year of the year after. But initially the early adopters will be commercial seeking to take advantage of Galileo's higher spatial resolution, especially altitude.
Anyone happen to know the expected lifetime of the existing GPS/Glonass satellites?
Drop the tat bazaar and go digital.
Yes, shouldn't take much to get the European Commission to investigate.
Microsoft: do the smart thing and make Cortana something that people want to use because it gives them the best results; this is what Google where it is. This will involve taking Edge outside and being humane.
Do you use Google Analytics or any other service on your site?
No. Next question.
What's wrong with paying for images? I'm not saying you should do it all the time but the web isn't about everything being FREE.
As to Getty's proposed solution: It’s an embedded widget that tracks use, and ensures the photographer is credited.
Sorry, that won't work. I will happily embed metadata in an image or provide attribution via caption or whatever but I won't let you spy on my visitors.
Those vulnerabilities have a silver lining, that now OpenSSL is able to do changes that would have pissed a lot of people in the past.
You can't have your cake and eat it – compatibility for insecure protocols and security which is what you seem to be arguing for.
An aggressive versions policy is okay if it's properly communicated and for the right reasons.
I guess we won't know until there is a release. Just checked the LibreSSL site. Interesting in the release notes from January about which OpenSSL CVEs did not affect LibreSSL and OpenBSD Journal saying that DROWN didn't apply because SSL v2 support had been dropped. Unfortunately, the public mailing list doesn't seem to be mirrored anywhere.
One defence seems to be a fairly aggressive dropping of older versions.
Well, yes this really isn't like-for-like: Samsung releases a new phone and see sales rise. Nevertheless, given that the market seems to have topped out, any growth is impressive.
The real story behind Apple's numbers is that it is reaching the plateau that everyone else reached two years ago: expanding into China was very good business for Apple. And even with declining sales it's still trousering most of the industry's profits.
But you do have to wonder whether they have any new tricks up their sleeve. The IPhone SE is pretty underwhelming and Apple is nothing like as well prepared to deal with the multi-tier consumer market as others are. Both the IPad Pro and the watch have failed to take off and where are the new Macs?
There's already a lot of hype about an IPhone 7 in the autumn but that could end up being like Samsung's 5 – an impressive phone in itself (I like mine a lot) – but not really good enough for lots of new sales. It's a big ask.
In the meantime Samsung and Huawei and others are ramping up the development cycle in response to the ever improving competition from the low end.
Is Apple also ready to crank things up? How about some ARM-based Macbooks? I'd buy one unseen. Or are they going to continue to play it safe?
At the end of the day you can trade flexibility for performance. The relational model specifically tries to separate the logical from the physical and this leaves room for specific optimisations.
RDBMS excel at consistency because this is the most valuable (corrupt data is worthless) and expensive. There are use cases where consistency is less relevant and, as in graph databases, you're more interested in the metadata (relationships) than the data itself. As JSONB shows: you can happily use relational tools to manage this.
Frequent schema changes shouldn't really be the problem they are. But this is really a problem of tooling and not of the relational model.
I guess the NoSQL world has highlighted the pain points for some of the use cases at scale. They've been a wake-up call to some fairly complacent RDBMS vendors (Oracle does some amazing stuff but at a price). It's great to see Postgres being the focus for much of the development: FDW, JSONB, Column Stores, parallel queries, etc.
Back to the article: guy seems quite pretty switched on. While we all love our open source tools, the corporate environment sees risks other than the cost of licensing: support, further development, documentation, etc. So, it's nice to see corporates engaging with open source projects that 10 years ago they might have avoided.
Marshmallow was released 6 months ago. If this small shoppe can't offer the latest OS on their new phone what are the chances that updates are ever coming?
Because it's Cyanogenmod which isn't plain Google. I've had CM on Android 6 since January but I think general release was only fairly recently. OTOH devices which run CM can usually expect many years of updates.
The smart thing here is that Obi is contracting with CM to provide the updates rather than trying to wing it with an undersized and unexperienced team inhouse.
Caribou Barbie is still available...so yes, I guess we could.
Palin is just crazy. Fiorina is insane, sociopathic and downright scary.
Of course, the VP is a purely ceremonial role. No chance of anything happen to the sprightly young septuagenarian (which is what he'll be if he takes office)…
Yes. Better still would be to lead with the new version and say that along with whatever new UI fuckery there a patches for.
As 45 is also the new ESR release but 38 is still in use, let's hope that they also get the patches.
"Get out of the way you fat fuck!"
Only joking, here's a beer token. Can I have my teeth back?
Not heard it yet. Sounds like it was made up for the article.
"bean counter" is a fine translation for Erbsenzähler, even if it places less emphasis on pedantry. Basically someone who likes to split hairs or can't see the wood for the trees. Korinthenkacker is a nice synonym.
There's also the drivers to think of: most drivers involved in machine + idiot incidents tend to leave service.
The trams here all have bells on them indicating when they're about to set off, very important in pedestrian areas, and some of the busier crossings also have both acoustic and visual warnings. But if people don't always follow the dictum of "stop, look and listen" then you're going to have accidents.
Yes, you'd have thought some kind of proximity warning on the phone would make more sense. But have to be careful not to interrupt the important "breathe in, breathe out" instructions…
WhatsApp is a totally different thing, it is just a replacement for SMS.
And Twitter isn't?
FWIW companies like Deutsche Bahn are now actively using WhatsApp to inform customers about delays. While this is initially just a replacement for SMS, it's also an easy way into the "bot-based" customer service that's being hyped at the moment. And here Twitter seems to have missed the, er, Bahn. Again.
What's left for Twitter? The "I'm on the bus" crowd is moving to the messengers. There's Snapchat for selfies and possibly celebrity gossip. Pretty much leaves the closed loop of the media talking about the media: "Sack of rice falls over in Umberland".; "Our thoughts are with those in Umberland"; "#SackOfRice Disgrace in Umberland"; "Rice the most popular topic on social media"… Hard to see much money in that.
I use Twitter: It is a very convenient 'sorter' of the websites I am interested in if they can be bothered to post. It is more up to date than re-visiting them through Favourites or keeping open tabs for them.
RSS is even easier and cuts out the middle man.
Do you reckon? Even at the current price Google could easily buy it if wanted. The reorganisation last year
seemed to indicate a move away from buying into more Silicon Valley bubbles.
Anyway, how "social" is Twitter in comparison with Snapchat or WhatsApp?
That's in spite of Twitter's claim, during its earnings call on Periscope, that a dollar spent on Twitter generates $6 in ROI for marketers.
ROFL. If that were anywhere near being true then they'd have to beat advertisers off.
There's no doubt that Twitter has reach – it's the goto platform for the me too outpouring of synthetic emotion and pithy one-liners – it's just lacking a business model. The yoof seems to have moved on to Snapchat and WhatsApp.
It will be interesting to see how the ATMs evolve.
Become extinct if the banks have their way: cash is expensive to move around. Electronic cash also pushes more of the risk to the consumer, oh and it makes it easier for central banks to punish savers…
Most of the computers we deal with in public places have either USB or serial ports for maintenance purposes. Guess what – get access to those and you pretty much own the machine.
However, the favourite method of cash extraction at the moment seems to be good old safe-cracking: blow the machine up or tow it away: low tech usually has the lowest opportunity cost.
Software hacks targeting the clearing system – recently in Bangladesh and elsewhere – are far more lucrative and alarming.
Is it just me or is this article largely incomprehensible? Yes, I understand that malfeasants are placing nasty scripts on torrent sites that, if successful, can encrypt machines and demand ransoms. Was there anything else in all the rambling?
At least now Thunderbird has the chance to fly. Look at what happened to OpenOffice when it was split and LibreOffice was born.
What an explosion of new features and bugs?
I understand why LibreOffice was started but, to be honest, I am not impressed by the work so far. On OS X I find OpenOffice far more reliable.
My own company site (which is getting an overhaul anyway and will be optimised to the eyeballs) renders in around 640ms yet weights in at 670kbs.
Under what conditions does it load and render in 640ms?
The golden rule is to have all relevant content in HTML. But this doesn't mean that you can't add stuff once something has loaded that people can read / look at. That said, "one page" sites are almost always a nightmare to maintain.
how about Image Magick's 'convert' on the server side?
Bit of a sledgehammer for a walnut really and too slow for constant use – don't forget you're going to have manage names.
But everything is available as mod_pagespeed (exists fro Apache, Nginx, IIS), which can handle caching and has some heuristics for content-negotiation / bandwidth, because you may well want at least four different versions of the same image for mobile, desktop, hi-res, JPEG, WEBP, etc.
In my view, the complexity associated with getting this right takes it outside the web "coders" responsibility and into infrastructure. Nearly all the attempts of web developers to solve these problems have led to, at best, half-baked solutions.
That leaves about 300K for text and ... not sure. Even with markup, 300K of text is a lot. Are people pulling in 290K of CSS for every page?
You're right: 300 kB would be a lot. But the average (for all HTML including stuff from iFrames) is only 66 kB for markup and content (and this is usually compressed). CSS isn't much more at around 76 kB. But more and more sites are using custom fonts (up to 50%). These are pretty evil because they are large and delay rendering. But getting more popular by the month.
We still have one locally.
FTFY: the govt has advisers who thing that Amazon is good replacement for local libraries…
No, Opera bought a complete multi-home VPN service and added it to the browser a while back. You can use it any time but free traffic is limited.
In the new version from the developer channel it looks like the PoPs which you can use are limited: I can only see Germany, Canada and the US. Guess it's back to using Hola…
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