what about the camera?
I suppose we'll have to wait for Orlowski's inevitable review to find out if the camera's any good.
Sad that I think of mobiles as a camera with 'other bits' but that's how mine get's used ;)
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I suppose we'll have to wait for Orlowski's inevitable review to find out if the camera's any good.
Sad that I think of mobiles as a camera with 'other bits' but that's how mine get's used ;)
If BB are making security claims, I'm going to assume there won't be any 3rd party ROMS, the bootloader will be locked so hard installing them will be impossible!
When Google finally listened and let me delete my unloved G+ account they forgot to point out i was also removing the ability to comment in the app store. Something that should be bound to my store account and only it.
If Google are listening they are learning from Microsoft how to mishear what's being said and misrepresent the response. Seems whatever it mutated into G+ is still being forced on users who want other unrelated services.
Is that another 3Gb Win7&8 machines will download whether they need it or not?
...you missed the bit where the contractor is his own agent, hiding behind a company. The whole scheme is about NOT paying wages so nothing would change, said company owning contractor would carry on relabelling his earnings as lower taxed company dividends.
To work there has to be a new employer-employee relationship somewhere that can be taxed and that has to be your end client as the employer because your agent (youselft) has no reason to pay you more than minimum wage as an employee.
Is it even possible to take it less seriously? Low hanging fruit and the site is reportedly still wide open to multiple attacks.
Claiiming it can't work because browser code is branch heavy? To me that suggests frequent queue flushes and more memory bandwidth wasted on abandonned op fetches. Reducing the waste with shorter prefetch seems worth trying and i doubt they bothered licencing till benchmarking showed a real improvement.
However counterintuitive it seems to you, trying to second guess the complex interactions at this level is more magic than science and you'll always be surprised, however long you do it.
Yep, it's been repeatedly reported that most of them get shoved in a draw and forgotten.
When I'm boiling water I know how many mugs of coffee I'm making and fill appropriately. My PVR's are left in standby because I'd prefer them to record things and so on. We're good at killing lights. I can't think of a single device in my home a meter would help put in a lower power state while still being worth using. Completely pointless.
...but so does everyone else.
I'm looking forward to how much LG G4 prices get hit by the V10 launch, purchase permission already agreed with the wife - when the price falls enough ;)
I thought it was obvious: they ignored everyone not named Ballmer. Including their own staff.
Now they're mostly ignoring anyone not named Nadella.
Someday they'll give up delivering what Microsoft needs and build what customers want. We're still a few years and another CEO away from that.
We've been *lawfully* spied on since 1984. It may or not have been lawful before that but it's guaranteed it was happening anyway.
I knew there was a reason i put my files somewhere windows doesn't expect them. Can't move what it doesn't know about!
Seems unlikely anyone would buy an fx9590 without knowing more than an average buyer. Beyond checking it fire his mboard this co has insane power and cooling requirement's, far beyond what many board can support. Beyond the PSU in typical consumer PCs. He admits visiting amd.com presumably for research. His case will likely fail on the basis he should have known exactly what he was buying having done research. It's not much of a secret how the fx series use core pairs or the performance problems that causes.
There's something very fishy going on. Is he really just suffering buyers remorse after *not* properly researching the purchase?
If you want to go down that rabbit hole things will get very messy. AMD did mightily screw up it's design and modules typically perform like 1.5 real cores but do manage to issue multiple instructions per clock. The problem is more that those ops then get stalled waiting on the shared execution units.
If his argument is 8 simulations ops case over and no cpu guarantees to always achieve it anyway.
Not really. PC's have extremely diverse hardware, rampant competition for component use and from day1 had user accessible expansion support. Of necessity PC's evolved to have decoupled subsystems in both hardware and software that make fine grained patching a required feature and long term interface stability expected. Windows got most of it's early start by supporting more of those variants than other OSs.
Mobile started as black boxes and largely remain that way today, with precious little cooperation beyond the SIM interface and comms standards and proprietary driver support locked behind NDAs. Enough of the driver support is locked away in opaque blobs that we're utterly dependent on OEMs to support them, made worse by Google persistently breaking kernel API compatibility.
There's simply not enough evolutionary pressure on suppliers to support their black box devices. Even non stop security scares haven't managed it.
"I have. And it was locked, so I didn't lose anything."
...presumably you also had a SIM lock set so they couldn't just put it in an unlocked phone? The lock no smartphone user ever bothers with?
It's about reducing weight rather than increasing total storage. Removing metals from one electrode shouldn't make much difference to volume but shave off a lot of weight.
This is unlikely to end up in your phone where volume is the constraint, for a car that's a lot of mass not being hauled around. The battery efficiency may be no better than Li-ion but it's energy will be used more efficiently.
"Firefox has telemetry"
...that actually turns off when you tell it to. Unlike the hour I wasted last night trying to find out why Win10 was burning an entire core (and keeping the rest of the CPU turbo clocked) handling CEIP related crap, on a machine with CEIP disabled and I'm fairly certain uninstalled. Win10 had magically 'forgotten' to uninstall InvAgent.dll and left more triggers to launch it than I could find.
And if this happens to you: what finally killed it was taking ownership of system32\invagent.dll and renaming it. You can kill the obvious Task Scheduler hooks but it wasn't enough to kill this bastard.
I want aware of firefox even being able to monitor my desktop searches, application launches, system settings, used data or much of anything I don't volunteer, let alone report then to the mothership. Neither does my mail software. The malware known as win10 however...
I didn't buy copies of windows sold as subsidised by advertising and at no point have i willingly opted into receiving it (more accurately I've not knowingly failed to opt out of it). There is no possible interpretation of my deal with Microsoft where this is "legitimate advertising" even if they stuck to just letting me know the upgrade is available.
My major problem is how many of the Android changes are capricious, cryptic change for changes sake. I don't need navigation buttons that change radically with every major release, button layouts that swap order, ui features suddenly hidden behind swiping gestures or behind dodgy icons that mean nothing to me. Yet that's what this idiot did with every release.
Worst of all he's inspired ms to believe they can just ignore customers and do whatever they like with no thought of maintaining consistency. It seems Microsoft are never done trying to copy Google's mistakes.
Series are so regularly different from their pilot (and pilot's so often remade several times) that 'reboot' seems totally inappropriate.
Indeed, how stupid of MS putting less frequently used controls where everyone else puts more used nav buttons and the launch dock.
My lg's allow alphabetic, install date and manual ordering but not by usage. But that makes sense because you pin frequent apps to the home screens in Android instead of launching from the app draw.
Trying to find things in a randomised sort order seems like a poor idea anyway, much like most of Microsoft ui thinking of late.
A little surprised there are relatively few obvious fake reviews on the store page, not what i expect from Microsoft. Even more surprised people actually want a feature list inferior to most devices default launcher. But I'm still perpetually surprised that people like ios ripoff launchers, with all the apps dumped on the home screen and bugger all organisation options so what do i know!
Left wondering why ms bothered making such an unambitious launcher, with a promised feature list that would degrade the quality of any of my current devices.
The craft brewers association defines craft partly on how many pints it's largest member currently produces, with headspace for growth. 6mil now, it will grow to fit however large and bloated it's members get. The significant thing that actually affects quality is the insistence on source to consumer temperature control. The problem is that doesn't stop Coors, Miller or Bud delivering perfectly cooked crap everywhere, it's a minimum quality limit. A very low limit.
The most common definition of craft beer is: £1 more per pint
Most 'craft' brewers aim for more, sometimes £1 per third pint. The points that just try to be great beer are desperately trying to take the name back to just mean good beer, real or keg. We live in sad times when the marketing is more important than the product.
(A colleague with Brewdog shares and discounts can barely justify even the discounted prices!)
I think the public are sophisticated enough to stick with what works for them, while Google delivers better results on average they'll hold their customers, not because the customers are lazy or unsophisticated but because they're making logical and proper choices.
There's a strong element of 'we know better than the public' on display. While that's the foundation for resisting monopolies and the public's willingness to sell their own choice to the them, it can go too far. Listening to Microsoft sponsored lobbying is not helping them make the right decisions.
I strongly suspect the best policy the EU could come up with would (and should) disappoint *everyone* - the mythical level playing field no one lobbying actually wants. They should be looking at what delivers the least harm to users and nothing else.
Right now not having Foundem pop up in search is doing me no harm at all and not having dozens of 2ndary search engines fill the top search results was an improvement I want to see continued.
Any facial recognition capable of recognising me at both the start and end of a drinking session is far to imprecise to be safe.
That's likely to be a long wait. The whole win10 everywhere idea is misguided. With the (half hearted) attempts to make win10 more desktop friendly it's heading in the wrong direction for small screens. With the repeat of "burning platform" hinted at winphone as a real mobile os isn't likely to be resurrected.
Microsoft would need to ship phablets to make win10 a sensible mobile os. Not going to happen while Surface exists, Ballmer might have accepted cannibalising ms product lines, saner minds are in charge now. Not much saner though. Ballmer would have spent more years pushing a failed product, todays ms are more ruthless and pragmatic. If wp looks neglected there's nothing accidental about that.
They did finally add the 'run as admin' options to the context and start menu but its still a pia having to remember to do it for apps that dont ask for elevation. There are enough of them to be annoying and most fail silently to add a sense of adventure to the game. I have no idea how ordinary users ever get their systems configured... Apart from calling us!
How long would they last if the cc companies decided not to deal with them? In light of an abject failure to protect the cc companies customers I suspect they have no legal right to demand service.
"I've always found", you missed a word.
I'm genuinely surprised this is news, FB has been a notorious battery killer for as long as they've had an Android app. It's why my current LG G2 is the 1st Android device I haven't rooted, it doesn't have that crap built in so doesn't need heroic effort to tame it. Had to remove 14 separate APKs from system to kill all the FB,Twitter and other crap on my last (ever) Sony phone.
They regularly throw in a placebo 'fix' for it, only very occasionally does it improve till the next update. I suppose relatively few noticed it because so many phones ship with this shit deeply embedded, where it can't be removed and in earlier Androids couldn't be disabled - easy to spot a new install hammered battery, not so when it's always been there.
Twitter has been pretty bad at times but they seem to have got better at making it behave itself, concentrating on breaking the apps functions instead ;)
May be time to find out what the current board are so desperate to keep control of. A few early morning raids to establish why ICANN seem to be leaking money so fast might be useful, even if it doesn't force them out immediately it should stop the slow wearing down of opposition were currently seeing while they're under suspicion.
Hard to imagine any legitimate (in any sane persons mind) reason for this level of resistance. Lying in public, to gov reps, hard to ignore that.
Android already has that covered (a little), to call my home SIP line (no DID) I just use the contacts book as normal... if it ever becomes necessary to use IPV6 raw addresses contacts will have support added. They might already, never bothered checking ;)
Does anyone punch in numbers more than once anyway?
In Britain (and I believe EU) we have a surprisingly large proportion of PAYG users, so many the carriers sell the same types of bundles prepay users get. But many of us do pay for metered voice.
I think what has the carriers really spooked is 1: even on PAYG rates it can be cheaper to use VOIP, 2: VOIP works on free WiFi and that's become almost universal, completely cutting them out. Carriers here have all launched VOIP apps that charge voice minutes against your 'allowance', even if you make the call over WiFi, quite astonishing they think they'll get away with that little scam for long.
My last 3g Android phone was quite capable of making SIP calls at below payg voice rates on my carrier, only the traditional shocking prices of payg data came close to matching the equally abusive price of voice. This is not an exploit and its to late to pretend it can be stopped.
Never got round to trying anything but the Makro bottles of the sauce and curry ketchup. Really must try harder.
Then again, we discovered the curry pizza around then and fell in love, leaving little room for other curry mashups.
Can't see the biz delivering any partially trustable solution until multiple site publishers get hit hard by lawsuits over malware. Quickest fix here would be explicitly making sites responsible for the consequences of their ad serving unless they use very carefully vetted ad suppliers, who would assume that responsibilty. Should wipe out the entire nest of brokers that enable malware.
At some point maybe they'll accept that the supposed advantage tracking gives over other ad media has to be abandoned. Probably not in my lifetime though and so the blocking will continue whatever else they fix.
...you haven't already noticed that happening? Pages with rafts of 'news' links pointing at sponsored crap you would wipe with if it was on real paper?
"dragging a tab off to another display" like Firefox? Pretty useful with iPlayer, drag, maximise, carry on browsing on the main display while waiting for the rugby to kick off ;)
We will eventually end up enforcing it by fining local EU entities that buy the affected services. If the US thinks they can just secretly carry on as normal, they don't understand the problem, any leak or even the suspicion of infringement will render them all toxic to EU business.
Any direct arrangement with end users will render them directly liable.
Either way, US companies will find the EU becoming a very unprofitable environment if they cheat.
I think what you really mean: nothing will happen until bribing,suing and/or blackmailing the US government to change costs less than US companies lose on EU trade.
But you're right, while US politicians are pretty cheap to buy, over here we still need to raise the costs till US companies feel compelled to actually start buying votes.
@AC You missed the point: the EU is trying to trick EU citizens into believing their 'model contracts' are legal and enforceable. Model Contracts just as illegal as safe harbour.
They cannot comply because the US insists any citizen, corporation or entity of any kind that trades in or with the US is covered by US law, that US citizens are always caught by it wherever they are. If 'billion dollar' US companies do the only remotely plausible thing and separate into legally different EU and US companies with no US citizens abroad they'll still struggle to cut enough perceived ties to stop the US continuing to harass them.
The US doesn't believe anyone is safe from their justice. Most of the rest of us don't believe their justice is fair or proportionate enough.
Safe harbour died because US law overrides it's protections. The same argument makes this illegal, all that changed is there's no ECJ decision confirming that yet.
@dotdavid it's worse than that: Win8 onwards weren't developed for PC users of any kind. The whole mess is firmly aimed at tablet and mobile, the market Microsoft had no foothold in and the store environment riding on it.
The problem is the lowest common denominator across mobile,tab&PC is a screen + OS. Can't assume a keyboard,mouse,touchscreen,microphone or even speakers. Not even internet access is guaranteed. So they picked the things they wanted to support (the mobile market and associated monopoly store) and assumed the desktop monopoly would force acceptance on the desktop.
If only they'd killed off the real desktop OS *before* trying to kill off the desktop. Monopoly pressure doesn't apply if there's actually a choice.
@Bazza "First, it was not "her responsibility", she is a volunteer. No one obliged her or paid her to do that work."
The moment she accepted the role, she accepted responsibility to do the job right. To be clear: I'm *not* accusing her of not taking the work seriously, it's just ludicrous to suggest volunteering absolves people of responsibility. The world needs less 'volunteer' timewasters.
Even in the consumer space it's hard to see massive scope for growth. You don't need large SSD's to gain most of the speed benefits and given a decent amount of RAM the advantage mostly vanishes once drive caching kicks in in Windows.
Adding more flash won't make boot any faster, it won't even make much difference on PCs short on RAM. If you've gone cheap on RAM you're probably going to cheap out on the drives as well and buy spinning rust. And if you've gone big on RAM there's even less reason to avoid big, cheap hard drives!
c) extremely lazy
Been lazily not caring what I look like since i was a teenager ;)