Flashing cursors are an abomination anyway.
677 posts • joined 4 Nov 2011
Re: Rule #1 for the user-facing components development
> I have old boxes that I use as test systems for precisely this reason.
Perhaps because there's a difference between making the developers work on an old system, and making them test on an old system?
We don't need Microsoft to tell us how it's been changed, we can work it out. Some of the more meretricious spyware has been removed, but the rest of it has been reconfigured to copy the Chinese government in. Oh, and a back door of course... ah, but wait, that's there already. Just needed to change the lock and give the Chinese the new keys.
It all looks very stylish, and *so* well-equipped for defenestration.
Re: So what's the "O"?
Slavish copying of the empty set?
Re: How Confusing
> ...but is genuinely due to real intelligence concerning terrorist intentions.
One report I've seen suggested the opposite, i.e. that the ban is motivated by US-based carriers losing out to some of the middle-eastern airlines, who seem to be preferred by many customers for long-haul flights.
Not sure if this was any more supported by evidence than is the claimed 'security threat', though.
Re: I hope "the answer" isn't EVEN MORE gummint...
> despite constant evidence that "free market" solutions fail for entire classes of problems...
Hmm, largely a subset of the classes of problems that government fails for. Oh well...
Re: So relatively easy to set up basic functionality
> But a right b**ger to anything more complex out of it?
Not an uncommon experience with new MS products.
Then they gradually sink under the ever growing amount of cruft that gets heaped on them.
Then they mature.
Re: Facebook and Google will do whatever it takes to make money and satisfy shareholders
> Doesn't anyone know what a Select Committee is?
Yes, it's part of the government.
What do you think it is?
If only there were a way to block all football streaming, not just the pirated stuff.
Re: Good going cobber
> How do you know they've been inserted there for no good reason?
Because it's usually been done by local authorities, who rarely have a good reason for anything.
Re: Er ...
> ... NOTHING BUT the truth
That's a huge (sorry, yuge) amount of stuff to talk about. Most of us would die of old age long before we'd finished.
It'll all be fine, because there will have to be a back door in the encryption. Because terrorism.
> Now, this is a reasonably intelligent person...
No, it isn't.
> ... other reasonably intelligent people ...
No, they aren't.
Re: Bots... bots who need data / Are the luckiest bots in the world
> Which is going to allow every motivated blogger and radio personality to fill the gap with their own self-serving analyses.
Exactly how is that different from what journalists and editors do now?
> Mobile operators at home and abroad see COMUGs as devices operated by unscrupulous scammers determined to diddle them out of revenue
Users at home and abroad see mobile operators as unscrupulous scammers determined to diddle them out with overpriced calls.
Re: "Does the chip vendor publish enough to let someone write a driver?"
> The APIs may tell a lot about the architecture of the chip itself, and you may need to know a lot of the chip architecture to use the low-level APIs proficiently.
That is just (very) bad design. If the device does not have a clearly-specified function that can be encapsulated as a clean API, the implementation is probably just as shit inside as the API looks from the outside.
Re: "Does the chip vendor publish enough to let someone write a driver?"
> MS is able to get companies write drivers for Windows.
Sometimes they pay those companies, if the device is one that MS sees a strategic or market significance in. Sometimes the company writes a driver because ... oh, you know, the device is useless without it. And there you have it - a device with no Linux driver is useless to anyone who is using Linux.
Re: Big Companies and Policies
> I'm browsing El Reg now - when I should be working
Browsing El Reg *is* working - or at least I can convince my boss I'm keeping up-to-date with technology news.
Re: 94 years ..
> I would said that big advances in most sciences are made by relatively young people...
... but then the paper is published with their supervisor's name as author...
Why would any responsible Linux administrator entrust management rights of any kind to a Microsoft system?
> most successful engineer Sir James Dyson
Most successful self-promoter Sir James Dyson, do you mean?
Re: Nice Try
> I'm sure the rest of the world will rush to switch over.
Sadly, all too many would.
> What it protects is a system which notes when a user says they will be away - start date, end date and a message
Oh, a *calendar entry*. What a relief. No-one's ever thought of that before.
> ... the prawn was far more intelligent ...
So what? People always believe this about their pets, not because it's true, but because humans - sorry, yumans, I mean - cannot help anthropomorphising things. [Yes, even abstractions - god makes perfect sense as an anthropomorphisation of ignorance.]
Re: 'seeded' from the same extrasolar source
> that does not disprove God in any way, nothing does or ever will, coz to the believer, "facts don't count" ...
True, but for the more subtle true believers, their God has been carefully designed to be intrinsically unprovable (one way or the other). Or perhaps I should say, their religion has gradually evolved its definition of God to be intrinsically unprovable.
It's actually hard to see this a bribery in anything but a technical legal sense. According to what I've seen published, it's much more that he was the target of a protection racket.
> Years ago, Sony was one of the first of the old tier-one electronics giants to get fully behind Android. With its multimedia prowess, its amazing R&D pipeline and its refined design aesthetic, Sony should have ruled the roost.
Let me rephrase that ...
Years ago, before Android even appeared on the scene, Sony was starting to rot from the inside out. Their once-admired quality had vanished from large parts of their product range, leaving only the expensive badge and a now-hollow reputation.
Re: Built in Taiwan
Fiat used low-grade steel long before that, I seem to recall.
> Every tech startup since Intel has made a meal ...
Maybe you mean "Nearly one tech startup in 10,000 has made a meal ..."? I believe that would be somewhat more accurate.
Re: "but Android doesn't support that"
> ... near zero removable devices are formatted in those file systems
Somebody's confusing cause and effect.
Re: "but Android doesn't support that" 4 Ken Hagen
> ... this isn't irony but an example of a deliberate use before selling policy
I disagree: (a) it's not about selling anyway, and (b) you'd imagine (OK, it's Microsoft, you wouldn't) that they'd have some consistency in their various products and the kit they bought for the job.
No crypto backdoors, more immigration ... says Republican head of House Committee on Homeland Security
> We’re fighting 21st century threats with 20th century technology and a 19th century bureaucracy...
... and a medieval leader.
Re: 'I read that in the original article.'
> 3. The fact that passwords are off limits, but you can be forced to unlock a device using fingerprints by US customs can't be ignored. So is Uncle Sam pushing device makers towards this agenda?
At this point you will need an app that pops up a message on the screen saying "Restored Factory Settings" every time you use the fingerprint reader. And even, maybe, actually *does* wipe the device and restore the factory settings (if you usually use 2FA rather than the fingerprint scanner).
Re: The thing about Linux Desktop
> ... smaller attack surface as it's not as widely used
That's not what attack surface means.
Re: Replacing Linux with Windows, based on *cost*?
> ...task tracking...
still not email.
Re: "when webmail is fine for what most people need their mail to do? "
The bit that baffled me was "...using a traditional heavyweight [mail] client...", when web-mail is even more heavyweight.
Re: Climate Change Whistleblower
Oh, please don't drag them into it as well. They only look reputable by comparison with (some) other newspapers.
> We know the planet is warming over a period of decades and we know we are at least significantly to blame.
We also know it's been warming since before the end of the last ice age and that we are definitely not to blame for almost all of that. Just saying.
Re: It might not be the Newspaper of Record...
Didn't a study a few years back suggest that Wikipedia had fewer errors than Encyclopedia Britannica, in topics where their coverage overlaps?
Re: Who defines what Brexit Related Hate Crime is?
> ... if the "victim" simply feels that they have been harassed/upset/attacked for it to be a hate act
So a better description would "hallucination crime", in that it is a crime only by virtue of what happens in the mind of a person claiming to be a victim?
> “You were chosen by him, you work for us...."
"You work for us, but you foisted on us by him" surely?
> There's one for you, nineteen for me
Nothing to do with smoking per se, but a reference to the 19s/£ income tax rate mop-tops faced at the time.
(95%, for those of you who've forgotten "pounds, shillings, and pence")
Re: "Should that not be in fact 10124009 Brontosaurus?"
? No, Brontosaurus is not a Latin word. Some Latin plurals take the form you suggest, but that is irrelevant in this case.
> If they are suing they have reasonable evidence
Not necessarily. In the majority of IP cases, the cost of defending a lawsuit is so high that even non-infringing defendants settle rather than face the higher cost of a successful defence.
Re: The Yahoo experience
> My personal opinion is that you have to meet your co-workers physically on a regular basis. How regular...dunno :-)
Well, sometimes it helps... OTOH, we have one team member that the rest of the team are all very happy to have working remotely.
Re: IBM Marketing
> "no one ever got fired for choosing IBM."
But it didn't say "no one ever got fired for choosing IBM as an employer."
IBM - I've been Moved.
> Microsoft, then, clearly thinks that Cortana is AI and, by implication, AI is here.
Alternatively, Microsoft may simply be wrong. Again.
> Oculus in its statement focused on being found not guilty of trade secret theft, and said it plans to appeal the decision.
So they're saying they *are* guilty of stealing trade secrets, then?
Re: Hey Chirgwin...
> So far nothing seems to be made up, as we get it straight from the POTUS himself.
And that's the nub - the POTUS himself is a complete fabrication, a "fake president", if you will, representing the views of people who believe fake news.