146 posts • joined 17 Jan 2008
Maybe it's just greed!
Certainly for the domestic graphics card market, the costs have inflated grossly and disproportionately against the performance increase. A new 2080ti costs £1,200 pounds or more. This is utterly mental! The previous generation 1080ti was an already excessive £650, and the new cards are nowhere near touching double the performance. It's just greedy pricing.
And to add, the already very expensive 1080 series had been the performance leader for SOOOOO long, that most of the market of high-end users were already running one, and few will justify the extortionate re-investment at this point in time for such a small gain.
Re: Eff the E.U.
@joekhul Bro, that's quite some comment history you have. Almost exclusively posting on articles related to Google, massive amounts of downvotes, and liberal use of the terms 'RegTard'. I'm almost tempted to believe you might be attempting to troll...
And just for clarity; exactly which part of Russia is it that you think is still communist? You appear to be >25 years out of touch.
Progressive Web App? Fluent Design??
Web apps may make sense on a phone, but if I'm on a desktop or laptop (where Windows is typically found) why the pissing hell wouldn't I just use the browser? The version of Twitter (or whatever) in the browser is always going to be up to date.
If I could only spend a few hours with their board and point out what using some of their products actually feels like for an end user I'd start off with "Dudes! WTF!..."
And I quite like Microsoft generally. Imagine...
Re: Nuke notes
My company used to use Notes for an extensive Quality Management System. It ticked the necessary functionality boxes, but it was utterly abysmal experience to actually use it, and I mean really ****ing terrible. I'm not keen on the prospect of it returning.
They're currently rolling out Sharepoint and Onedrive, and we're told that this will 'replace all network drives'... I find this all rather terrifying, especially as there's no explorer integration planned for it yet!
Harder to Control?!
Zuckerberg also wrote that encryption and cryptocurrency offer the chance for more decentralization, but said "they come with the risk of being harder to control."
Of course they're harder to control! The reason they exist is to be decentralized and avoid being 'controlled'. And now he simultaneously sees that as a risk, and he wants more decentralization?
Someone please punch him in his boneless face.
Re: Two years?
Well Google need to get on with sorting this out then. My nine year old laptop still gets regular OS updates and security patches, and it's original cost was comparable to an upper mid range smartphone now.
Why do I get the impression no one seems to have a genuine interest in solving this problem expediently? Oh, that's right, they'd all rather sell new hardware as often as possible instead...
Strangle them at source - but where is the control or visibility?
I still think there's not enough easily accessible and usable options for controlling how devices and applications have access to various resources. Users need easier access to control options and to be able to visibly understand and decide what the technology they're using is doing.
For example, it should be trivially easy on any OS or platform to sandbox a program or app entirely from local or network resources, but it just isn't, on anything. We lack the ability to use software at our own discretion of trust. In fact, everything seems to be engineered in entirely the opposite way. And it's not that convenience really depends on our blind trust, it's just that we're being abused in to thinking so.
Re: Excel drives me nuts
That's because it's not using the clipboard in the way you think it is. If you want to copy something and have it persist in the 'normal' clipboard, highlight it in the formula bar and then copy.
The excel copy mode is dynamic, so you can copy a cell or range, paste elsewhere, then allow something to update the values in the existing copy range and then paste these new and different values again, all without having to re-copy the original range. Magic.
Particularly this bit, really hits the nail on the head:
"However, there simply is no good alternative to a spreadsheet for building logical and parameterised (eg business) models for many cases, at least to prototype and to get the logic right. Such models can be crystalised into a compiled, performant and version-controlled artefact at a cost, and then become difficult to tweak/update too."
Although quite often that crystallization process never happens, because of either cost, lack of technical resource, or the model needs to be flexible and dynamically change in a way that can't be done easily on a compiled platform (not by the average user anyway, who's typically the owner of the decision making process).
My first coding experience...
Was laboriously typing BASIC line by line from from a book of games written for the Oric 1 (before we upgraded to the much more lovely Oric 48K). Typing and then debugging would take hours if not days, and the results were, well, often a bit shit.
Looking back, I, erm, don't think it did mE aNy LoNG tErM hARm....
60 Programs for the Oric 1 http://www.defence-force.org/computing/oric/library/lib_coding_basic/
‘a computer program someone wrote.’
Precisely. Especially the personal assistants, which after nearly two decades of advancement are just as frustrating as Microsoft Clippy. This is not AI, it's data whoring sh*t.
I personally doubt that the majority of middle class jobs will be replaced by AI, it's simply that the roles people have will change to reflect the increased capabilities of man & machine as a system. The personal computer revolution has completely re-defined what it's possible to achieve in the workplace, not simply replaced a bunch of typists and clerks like for like.
The world will get more complex, and we'll all need to do a more complex variety of tasks to deliver competitive outputs.
Re: Reminds me of...
"The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal is a vicious wild animal from the planet of Traal, known for its never-ending hunger and its mind-boggling stupidity. The Guide calls the bugblatter the stupidest creature in the entire universe - so profoundly unintelligent that, if you can't see it, it assumes it can't see you."
Seems about right.
Reminds me of...
...that great Richard Feynman safe-cracking story at Los Alamos. When he informed the General (I think it was) that classified military documents were at risk because he could easily open the safe door, Feynman was instead excluded from accessing the area where the 'safe' was. He was seen as the risk, not the fact that the expensive new safe was not fit for purpose.
Please forgive my ignorance, but downloading another OS via the windows store! What kind of sorcery is this?
Does it install alongside windows as a dual boot (risking Grub destroying your RAID arrays; this happened to me last time I tried to set up a dual boot!) or does it run virtualised inside Windows?
Re: Paradox. Everyone hates ads. Everyone wants stuff for "free".
Actually, on reflection I think I'd rather pay, it's just that I don't often find much worth paying for.
If there was on option on Google that let me pay £5 a month for their services and freed me from all their insidious advertising and data collection, I suspect they'd be getting a hell of a lot more money than they could generate through advertising to me or using my data.
I know the value of their data set is only realised when aggregated over lots and lots of people, but in the end it's all just snake oil to lure the advertisers. It can all be done with good old simple subject matter context, so that adverts relate to the content of the internet, not the personal information of people.
"the programme has not delivered value for money"
Seems to be a recurrent issue in Scotland for some reason... See also Scottish Parliament and Edinburgh Trams.
The new Forth bridge, apart from a bit of a delay, appears to be going well though; unfortunately big projects have become so tarnished that hardly anything positive gets said about the few successes anymore.
Re: Big Banks
And you can't have a two tier system of proper encryption for banking and lesser encryption for everything else, because you could feasibly communicate using financial transfers by ciphering values into coded messages.
If people are determined enough they will find a way to communicate in secrecy. The bluster about back-doors into messaging services is more political than real. Unless, of course, there already are backdoors in all the common messaging services and we're being gamed.
I've never been canvassed for an opinion either when exiting a polling station or at any time beforehand; furthermore I’ve never even seen anyone else being canvassed. Who is being asked?
You’ve got to wonder where all the data comes from, surely getting an accurate poll for all the constituencies would involve canvassing across a range of times of day to get account for voting behaviours in different demographics?
Personally I like to completely ignore it all till the final results are in. And even then...
Re: As Liberal Party of Old would have told you
Which is a shame, because those all that effort going into exit polls lasts <24 hours, as the 'actual' polls get counted.
Guess it's just taking a gamble, hoping to justify the narrative, and possibly being able to say 'told you so', and 'look at us, finger on the pulse, our news is the best news' etc..
One bus to rule them all?
Looks like more and more things are going to consolidate to using PCI-E connections in a system, whether an internal slot or via high speed external connections like USB C. Storage is increasingly going that way - and as Optane starts to blur the lines between storage and memory, I wonder if DRAM will end up going that way too, once things get fast enough?
Re: Not sure the hate is deserved
But walking around with a large set of bolt cutters helps identify you as a bike thief with a high degree of certainty. It's a substantial risk you'd get caught.
You can reproduce sound at any phone, anywhere, anytime, using almost any equipment, and with complete impunity. Doesn't necessarily even have to be the target's own device.
The only way of this being useful is if the user's voice is identified AND the response is uniquely identifiable as them. Rather like speaking a password or OTA code. Utterly useless. The alternative is hidden forensic signals in ALL available methods of recreating the sound of a voice (akin to hidden yellow printer dots), but that's almost unlimited scope of equipment and thus entirely out of control.
Local Network Security
I think there's a lot more improvement that can be made to general domestic router / firewalls to help with this... Most contract supplied kit (BT Homehub etc.) is too locked down, or where control exists it's too complex for most people to grapple with.
I shouldn't take a networking wizard to be able to set any connected device to local communication only, or to separate devices into groups with differing access to each other or the internet. Or better still, firewall individual devices to only be able to connect to certain update IP's. I'm sure all of this must be possible, it's just complicated to set up AND maintain.
Which brings me to the next problem. Someone (even if it's google!) need to provide a secure centralised service for firmware / software updates that's completely agnostic to manufacturer's own support commitments. Imagine if there was one single URN that all devices, could reliably get the latest patches. Firewalling other random connections would be a whole lot easier, and it would be a lot more obvious who and what was a security risk.
If I could guarantee that my internet connected 'whateverthehellitis' could only talk to one approved update channel and also only to my smartphone app then I'd be more inclined to allow them onto my network.
Similarly, if you could guarantee a smart TV could only talk to BBC iplayer (and whichever other services you want to use) it would be a happier world. Unfortunately these things are just not built for users to have any control of. Until they improve the 'smart' functionality remains firmly off. It's worse than the wild west out there.
Re: But who need a smart TV
It's almost like the manufacturers have a vested interest in you connecting your TV to the internet, so they can access reams of usage and customer data... The provision of a service useful to customers is just an afterthought, or a disguise.
I would rather just have a decent, but dumb, display panel with LOTS more inputs.
I've already got a 'smart' dishwasher (resolutely not connected online), and I can't think of any practical advantage to being able to switch it on remotely from my phone. Not until it's smart enough to load and empty itself anyway. I can only assume that Bosch want telemetry data about it's usage - at my expense and at my security risk. F**k them.