Reg, staph, what are you doing?!
A link from an el Reg article to ... CARPHONE WH0REHOUSE?
I'll expect an in-depth positive reviews of Apple hardware (provided by their PR) next...
48 posts • joined 3 Jun 2013
Used to be a skype fan. Was holding out on the last 7 version. And yes - I had very much unchecked any auto-updates and avoided any prompts.
Ho-hum, one night it just updated to the electron(?) based uber-crap flash-fest. No options, no explanations, half the features gone, recent chats view a complete disarray...
I hope it dies soon. I won't have to keep it alive for the sake of the few conversations with the holdouts.
> Oracle's cloud business is slowing down after experiencing an eyebrow-raising meteoric rise.
There was never a "meteoric rise". Everyone in the industry knows that the numbers were fake and propped up by forcing customers to give it a spin under the threat of skinning them dry during the voluntary audits.
Next to experience sudden unexplained slowdown in adoption - Microsoft Azure joke.
I do have to wonder... Gartner keeps repeating Microsoft as being of relevance. That does not mirror what I see in the industry. Except their forced cloud365 offerings nobody seems to even remotely consider them as a platform to use.
What am I missing? There's a well-hidden part of industry that actually uses Azure? Gartner just can't spend the money from Microsoft fast enough? Somehow using cloud offering translates in using the cloud platform?
To be fair this has more to do with the fact that Go current toolchain not only encourages, but literally presents as the only option dependency management by pointing them to live repos. That's the only reason why I refuse to invest any time and effort in learning more of it what otherwise looks like a really nifty cross of good and pragmatic ideas and computer science.
Now, the bigger picture can be analysed on and on and on and things like node repos model is braindead too, but at least they pretend. In case of Go it is the official way.
(which might work for google where everything is one big repo and they are so far ahead of everyone else that they rarely need to worry about _external_ dependencies, but is like giving a loaded gauge #4 of buckshot to a depressed teenager and expecting it to end well)
So, yeah, they have, effectively, discovered SMS - which happens to be a payload on top of this protocol IIRC (my leet ss7/smsc skills are an honest decade out of date now).
Good on them. If they'll manage to secure shedloads of cash on the basis of this I'll be quite sad - and looking for the names of investors to sell them a goundbreaking concept of making things that go round - well, round.
(But actually - do really GOOD ON THEM! Somebody actually does something sensible as opposed to hur-hur-new-networks-for-iot-wanking that even bigger names like vodafone has fallen prey to).
> I know most people don't bother to think about that because storage space and computing power is cheap these days, but I don't like that.
And yet you use netbeans. Hmm. (okay, at least it is not Eclipse - where dead projects go to die second time. Which is why the whole eclipse foundation thing is not encouraging at all...)
Surely they meant to say "Analysing via means of real-time driven big-data machine learning utilising state of the art infrastructure of our sponsors at Azure - providers of the most stable and scalable cloud computing infrastructure for unprecedented super-computing tasks for tomorrows demanding research effort..."
(of fuck it, I'm only on my second coffee and couldn't continue in fears of throwing up. I'm so sorry mum. I couldn't help. It's the commies fault!)
Where is that bottle of scotch?
I tried to buy a phone from them one day. When I realised it is conditional to me giving up all my personal data ... I noped out of it.
Sadly the only business cases where you can exchange money for a service without strings attached these days seem to be online.
I appreciate the mantra that balanced and inclusive workplace voicing all different opinions somehow is better, but I struggle to find woman role models in leadership positions that have not ended up a complete heartless psychotic disasters. Mayer, May, Thatcher?
Can somebody name the "good" role models at the top of the game?
Frankly this post is a pile of crap.
"most notably that the company is still desperately chasing Samsung."
Yeah... By offering a far far far superior mobile OS and features that actually work and are not crippled by operators malware / manufacturers (poorly coded and even worse designed) ideas of "enhanced user experience and market differentiator".
I get it, piling shit on Apple is fashionable, but it's both foolish and rather ignorant. I would LOVE to see Android based devices approaching a tenth of software and ecosystem maturity, but I'm not holding my breath.
Kids will like cheap plastic toys. For some of us things that actually work are important.
> Consider a remark by Rod Vagg, chief Node officer at NodeSource, about the advantages of npm, the Node Package Manager. "Having come from Java, it's a breath of fresh air," he said.
Advantages compared to what? Is he on crack? Maybe needs to be subject to MHA section 3? What about the times trivial things have broken half the internet?
Lots of uninformed comments here. Heh, also earth is flat.
Vertu was a little boutique arm of Nokia well before iThing was around.
Their phones/devices were a niche thing, but a fair niche - quality casings, impeccable service. When you are earning on the order of thousands an hour a downtime of few hours pays for itself.
Some time ago they were providing a concrete value add on. On top of 6320i and then S40.
They made the bad bad mistake of mixing up with Android. For some time it was okay since stock Android was still a good experience, but ... then it no longer was.
Yes, their market has been taken over by iThing, sometimes with bling, but more often than not just as default. Somehow target market is happy with it.
Shame on 200 really talented guys still sticking it out, but ... well, it didn't work out.
Let me fix: The cloud leader is AWS and M$ also has a cloud offering.
It's a pretty well known fact that any assessment of Microsoft by Gartner needs to be discounted by at least 70%. Why they keep sucking that particular lollypop is not clear, but ho-hum, they do.
Anyone considering Azure as anything mature, even less so stable, must have very pointy hair with a very strong case of "nobody got fired by buying services from our synergic cloud leaders in enterprise space and price gouging".
> It's like no one is thinking or thought about security.
But it is in the cloud! It's secure!
Seriously though - what a waste of time and effort and resources. No, mobile operators should _NOT_ be involved in any global IoT initiative. Any spectrum they'll get will be prioritised for revenue generating stuff, there is no business case for billions of data treacles (yet). And even if there was a business case ... eh.
Meh, that's a poorly written article.
1) Dropbox doesn't store/retain/use or whatever your admin password. During installation it requests it so it can inject itself with an accessibility permission (which is fairly unlimited, to be granted).
2) The fishy bit is that it circumvents the existing OSX elevation methods and instead just settles for the jugular - injecting itself far deeper in the system than it should.
Which really brings the crux of the problem. Why the f*k should a cloud files sync service require kernel extensions or inject itself as a virtual filesystem in the first instance. What the hell was wrong with the model where it had a folder, kept monitoring it and if anything changed, synced the files?
Me thinks we should ring up the BOFH and point him to a couple of product managers in Dropbox HQ. Heck, I'd sharpen the spade myself.
Ah, throwing technology at the wall to solve:
* Slow deployment of Chip&Pin due to resistance from retailers because of fees.
* "Securing" end terminals when all the recent major breaches have targeted insecure back offices of large companies non-compliant with even tenth of existing PCI standards.
* "Hardening" POS devices when the common way to skim the card at the restaurant is to snap a photo of it.
I'm not impressed. As much as I'd like to be a leet hax0r breaking into the shops at night with a drill bit to replace the firmware on the two dented card readers I'll stick to sending funny cat videos to corporate office beancounters staff. Actually enforcing PCI DSS and having consequences for ignoring it would be far far bigger result than preventing me to target a grocery store where customers have maybe $10 left on their accounts to nick.
This is how you know that the government knows this will never happen: "Indeed it is, beyond question, at the appropriate juncture, in due course, in the fullness of time."
(Credit to Yes, Minister. A mandatory watch to anyone interested in what politicians and officials actually mean when they seem to agree with something)
I've long been planning to fire up a VM and measure how much traffic something like verge takes to load. And MORE IMPORTANTLY - just to stay in the background tab.
Anecdotical evidence suggests that results would be shocking, just haven't had the time to get to it. Someone with white hat could do it (referencing me as an idea, would be appreciated).
"new music format that will make buying music “irresistible”"
Sounds to me that U2 stunt was just a test run. Next Apple will simply dump new releases in our libraries and charge our cards directly. No opt-out, therefore irresistible.
Well, maybe 'some' tailoring to your taste will be possible. Until the next Justin Bieber mega-hit will come out.
For what it's worth my pre-order still appears to be coming on time (Friday morning). Admittedly I ordered it within 5 minutes of pre-orders opening. Any delays appear to be purely due to allocated stock running out (which, for a fairly popular physical hardware, doesn't sound _too_ far stretched - it still has to be assembled at a certain bounded rate, tested, allocated to one of the launch countries and shipped).
Even if we assume that Apple is run by baby eating evil megalomaniacs in marketing it would be a bit of a stretch to imagine that they are refusing to take your cash purely to demonstrate some 'artificial' shortage.
> It seems rather like 3DTV - hyped and drooled over by 'analysts', but in reality it's a technology looking for a demand.
I never have understood why the manufacturers are trying their damnest to feck up a simple (and working) experience where you press a button and the thing displays a picture. Killing off the best display technology we had for a reasonable price in process (yeah, I'm a plasma fan). If I want to browse internet, watch porn or catch-up I will use my laptop, my tablet and my cable providers perfectly adequate box (thank God they haven't tried to put a Pentium 4 so they could offer 'premium services' in these boxes yet).
Good job on following the party line.
Of course some of us might disagree with the notion that employees in a government agency (which is proving to be ungovernable) can have all of our life communications record at their disposal a single query away. Especially as Snowden has shown again and again that his claims are substantiated and has repeatedly described that these kind of queries are being made daily by low level staffers spying on their love interests, et cetera.
But that's totally not spying. Nether is it spying the next time an important vote that might have an impact on the NSA or their friends in the commercial world comes up and key senators, hypothetically, receive a transcript or two of their anonymous communications (technically true - that's not spying, just plain old blackmail).
As far as I recall the C-A-D salute was actually feature of the original IBM AT design, special case being that it generated an actual _hardware_ interrupt from AT keyboard controller (the large, round 5 pin one) that would be handled regardless of the state of the rest of the system.
When it was integrated into Windows (NT 3.5 first IIRC) it was actually for sound security reasons - that is, that the corresponding HW interrupt couldn't be faked by malicious software, therefore C-A-D would always be a safe way for operating system to get to a good known state (whether it was login screen (credential snooping) or task manager (fake one masking the malicious process) irrespective of any software trying to intercept it above kernel level.
As far as I'm concerned that was an inspired hack on reusing something you wouldn't want to happen (random reboots from keyboard inputs) into something you would very much want to happen (fairly secure way to ensure that your login prompt is actually the login prompt, not a patched up worm).
I'm a consumer. Well - an ex mobile developer that used to care about this profoundly. No more.
There isn't all that much difference between Galaxy S2 and 3 or JesusPhone 4S and 5 to warrant bothering at this level of detail. Whoever is 'benchmarking' phones these days is probably a rather misguided effort. Nobody cares. It has been a PIII-733 with a GeForce 1 card by default for at least 2 years now.
May I humbly suggest that Intel will probably be more than pleased to allow Apple and the likes to use the new chips to run non-Microsoft software as well.
Would only make business sense - associating CPU with Windows 8 would be a commercial suicide - what is the point in investing untold beelions in R&D to only sell 3 copies? ;)
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