607 posts • joined 21 Feb 2011
Re: Come El Reg we know you want to say it...
"I wonder when people will wake up and realise the size of the barrel that MS has them draped over?"
It's not just Microsoft. Google wants you to do all your productivity work in the cloud too. In fact, it seems all of Sillycon Valley has been seduced to the cloud-side.
I say, yet again, that all software developers who think using the cloud is a "good idea" should be dropped, on an annual basis, into the middle of the Mojave Desert with their precious cloud computing devices to see just how much work they can get done when there's no internet to be found.
As I suspected, Google has decided that Chrome OS (with Android support) is the future for tablets and Android will be limited to phones. I recently bought an Acer Chromebook to replace my tablet since I couldn't really find much to replace my old tablet (and certainly couldn't find anything larger than 10 inches that didn't require a second mortgage). It does run all the Android apps I want to run but it can be quirky about how it runs them and I'd really like to smack someone upside the head about their "shelf" implementation.
Reel talk: You know what's safely offline? Tape. Data protection outfit Veeam inks deal with Quantum
@Wensleydale Re: Offline?
"Good old fashioned shoe leather, retrieving the rapes from another building does the trick."
As Colonel Potter used to say: Horse Hockey. You know as well as I that the server described in the article has a network connection and it's intended to function with it.
Sure, we used to cart tapes around from server to server, but I don't think that's been realistically done for at least a decade.
"...executives gave serious consideration to an all-Android strategy."
My research when I bought my last tablet (which is actually a 2-in-1 Chromebook) leads me to believe that Google has decided that ChromeOS will be the large form-factor OS (ie. tablets and such) while Android gets relegated to the phone world. I could find relatively few choices from major vendors for Android tabbies. Tons of off-brand kit but IIRC, only Lenovo, Samsung and Huawei for recognizable vendors.
Re: Go with the flow,
Lemme fix that for ya:
Little things like that mean a lot to Rick because life on
that any help desk wasn’t much fun.
Until remote access, the help desk was wave after wave of "what do you mean?" and "No, I can't find that button." (the one square in the middle of the top of the screen). Gawd forbid you should have to send out a tech since then you'd spend the next 2-4 hours fielding "where's my tech!?" calls.
On the plus side, you did learn never to underestimate the potential ignorance of users.
Not that I know precisely what it would be in this case, but it seems to me, when the settlement is too small for the class members, perhaps the money should be used in some effort to address the underlying problems which merited the suit in the first place.
...and, no!, I don't mean make more lawyers!!!
Re: And is anyone here surprised by this?
"Not in the slightest, though it's nice to see my constant avoidance of the "login with your Facebook/Gmail" option for all these years has now been justified. Yeah, no thanks, I'd rather have a separate and unique login for each individual website!"
Yeah. You know that thing where they say don't use the same username and password for multiple sites...
Re: For crying out loud...
"Get your (your word here) together and release working updates!"
This is why I'm staying away from Win10 at the moment. M$ insistence that they control the patch cycle flies in the face of years of personal experience with Windows patches (I spent many years in a lab testing each month's raft of patches to make sure they didn't hose company systems). I had heard about using group policy to take control of patches back, but now I hear they've borked that too so I'll continue to hold off on that laptop upgrade until they have the major catastrophe that forces them to rethink their current strategy.
@ Aqua Marina Re: Anyone want to make a lot of money?
Yeah, I'd think twice about that little scheme. What's most likely to happen is someone will do just as you suggest, the system will get hacked just like everyone with any knowledge of the subject expects and that f*ckton of money and much more will be poured into the endless drain of lawsuits that result.
Re: Okay, let's pretend I had an aneurysm and bought one of these IoT lock thingies
"Sorry to bust your bubble, but do you know how easy to "bump" your (t)rusty mechanical lock?"
Yes, yes...mechanical locks can be compromised as can the doors to which they're attached. So no need worry about how much easier it is to compromise an IoT lock.
Trump White House mulls nationalizing 5G... an idea going down like 'a balloon made out of a Ford Pinto'
To my mind, a national network, even with all the pitfalls, surveillance or otherwise, is inevitable. If nothing else, eliminating redundant bandwidth will eventually force the issue. It would have to be either a national network or some sort of franchising scheme (similar to the cable industry). But even a franchising system would end up posing problems because mobile devices don't have a fixed location, so how bad could those "roaming" charges get.
I seriously doubt the current administration has the competence to pull it off, but maybe if we start talking about it now, better resources might come along by the time we start getting serious about implementation.
Re: Reminds me of a story
" I still don't know how to use my mum's sewing machine."
Speaking of sewing machines, that's why many older women put the mouse on the floor and tried to step on it. Mice, particularly from the early days, looked very much like the speed treadles from sewing machines at the time.
Re: One good thing
"Did he just say that it is fine to lock the front door as long as you leave all the windows open?"
No, what he's really saying is the locksmith must hand over copies of all keys made with annotations as to the location of each lock.
That is my biggest gripe in all of this. Law enforcement really wants to circumvent due process by serving warrants on the manufacturers and service providers instead of the target of their investigations. Data stored on my device (encrypted or not) is mine and any attempt to access it should come through me!
@tfb Re: Windows
"...every other version of the fucking thing decides that some bit of state I care about doesn't in fact matter."
Then you're not using it properly. The proper way to use it is to accept everything Apple has decided for you and be on your merry way. They know far better than you...
Re: Genius Groves?
And this is a surprise how?
Allow me to point you to:
"FaceTime" (Hey! You can video chat
...as long as everyone has an iPhone)
"Retina Display" (we had more pixels than anyone else! briefly)
"Touch ID" (Look! we added a fingerprint scanner)
Since I've never owned an iPhone, those are the only ones I can think of offhand.
@whoseyourdaddy Re: I can see the value in certification
Again, you did not read the article and, apparently, did not click through to the original article referenced which says:
"The next morning, Day woke up and rolled over. As he did so, a dog-tag necklace that he was wearing happened to catch on the exposed prongs of the charger head, which had come loose from the extension cord."
No where in either article is there any mention that this was anything other than the original iPhone charger. Regardless, the charger itself, whether original or third party, was not the cause of the incident. Rather, it was the probably shoddy connection between the charger and the extension cord into which it was plugged which was to blame.
Re: @Vector - listing of certified vendors
"If companies are so bold as to try to sell counterfeit iPhones, do you really think they wouldn't sell dodgy cables on eBay they claim were manufactured by ReputableCompanyName?"
OK, so explain to me how that magic chip is going to stop Mr. Dodgy from claiming he's selling a certified cable. Can you see the chip in the pictures? At best, you'll find out after you receive the cable and plug it into your phone, at which point Dodgy Cables Inc. will become oh so difficult to contact.
Re: I can see the value in certification
"You do realize that a chip is necessary as the cable is ambi-dextrous to unswap the pins if needed?"
I believe what you mean is that the connector is reversible and, no, that does not require a chip.
As to your weblink, if you read closely, you'll notice that A) no where in it is there any mention of a knockoff cable and B) he was sleeping with the charger connected to an extension cord in his bed. His necklace was most likely conducting power from the AC end of the charger so the cable connected on the other side would have been of little consequence.
Re: I can see the value in certification
"... what stops a company from making the cheapest Lightning cable possible and selling it on eBay falsely claiming it is Apple certified?"
How about a listing on Apple's website of certified vendors?
I bought some viewing glasses for the recent eclipse by going to a trusted website (the American Astronomical Society) and viewing the list of companies they had confirmed as properly certified. No chip required.
Re: Get an nVidia shield (or your box of choice)
"At least then you have a smart thing you can control and a leave the TV as the dumb screen it should be."
A couple of years back, I bought a Samsung "Smart" Blu-ray player thinking I could use it to stream as well as play Discs. Then I used the streaming player on the thing...
...and went out and bought a Roku.