409 posts • joined 26 Mar 2008
I am sure the hard brexiters are saying this will be the easiest computer program ever written.
In reality it will be even worse than the childcare payment system which I believe they started on in 2014, released to the public in March 2017 and still doesn't work for most users over 18 months later.
More likely it will take 48 months to RC then another 24 months to get it working.
Loads of bitching about all the big OSes here
If you can program, if you can speak a foreign language, if you have a natural ability to find those bugs that everyone else seems to have missed... why not help UBPorts on the UTouch project, or help the Halium project to make all these different undocumented bits of hardware work in the same way. Even a small donation to either project would help them produce a viable alternative phone.
Because they are building a FOSS phone, you can be sure it won't be sending all your personal to Google/Apple/your chosen carrier. If you don't like the apps they provide, build your own.
If you want to get involved, it is best if you have an old Nexus4, 5 or 5X but they also need intrepid people with other hardware to report back on how far you get making it run.
Re: It's not a compass. @disgusted of tunbridgewells
You can't blame the french for a few inches. If they were at fault it would have been a few centimetres. The fact that the error was is in inches implies that if you can't trust the original positioning, why should you trust the check any further. The only thing known for sure is that there were 10s of millimeters difference between the 2 terminations, since engineers work in SI units as opposed to "imperial" or "metric". Still it was a pretty bloody impressive feat to dig that far without line of sight from one end to the other. Shame that once Brexit takes effect it will take 10 times as long to get to checkin and through customs as it will to get through the tunnel.
Re: The important question
Given that FarCry3 onwards runs on multiple platforms there is very likely an emulator that will run it. I suspect that even the minimal configuration might be a tad overkill. With the $146M config, you could probably run real time weather for for the entire play locale (if not a continent) at the same time.
They need to steal more than just the blueprints.
If they try to build a perfect replica of any commercial turbine from Chinese steel, it will fall apart before it gets up to half power. I managed to twist off a 10mm Chinese screw by hand using a Stanley screwdriver with only a 6mm shaft.I have also managed to open out a 15mm Chinese spanner so that it slipped round on a bolt head I was trying to undo by hand.
The big worry when the government allowed the sell off of GKN, who have some of the best alloys in the world, was that it would be taken over by the Chinese for the technology.
How would they ever know?
"Although no attacks targeting neurostimulators have been observed in the wild, points of weakness exist that will not be hard to exploit," said Kaspersky Lab researcher Dmitry Galov.
Anybody hacking a brain implant is obviously going remove the targets memory of having been hacked. The first rule of hacking is always edit the logs.
Finally, someone takes a stand against Apple, Samsung for slowing people's phones. Just a few million dollars, tho
Re: Wrong Metric @Spazturtle
You could argue that since processor speed is just one aspect of battery use, they could improve user experience AND save battery life by over-clocking once the battery gets old. If the user completes his/her task quicker, they might revert the phone to standby sooner thus not using the screen, Wifi, bluetooth etc. Slowing the processor forces the user to keep all the power consuming ancilliaries powered up longer.
In reality most users would just say, "wow that was quick" then think about all the extra time they have to hand over yet more personal data to FB Google+ etc.
Re: I thought better of the Aussies ...
Does that mean that the Labor Party is trying to dissociate itself from its roots among the working people?
Or maybe they are trying to promote a cuddly image by making people think their name is a contraction of Labrador. New slogan: Cute as a puppy but without the RADical bit.
As one who has been microshafted
A tale of woe:
I use Windows for one thing and one thing only, and that is updating my GPS. Because Garmin, although they make reasonably user friendly devices for a very reasonable price without the ongoing costs of some of their competitors, choose to base the product I use on Linux, for some very strange reason refuse to allow you to update it with Linux.
Anyway, they decided to update their Express program, so I bought a small laptop to run Win8 which came with a free upgrade to Win10. Over the past 2 years, it has become harder and harder to get enough space to run Express. In the process of gaining space I accidentally *broke* windows. After many attempts to get my recovery USB to do anything useful, I bit the bullet and downloaded Win10 installer. All initially appeared to go well other than I only had half a gig left. No worries, I thought. Just delete some bloatware and all will be well again.
The only problem is that although all the bloatware is listed as OPTIONAL, it never gave me an option to NOT install. Using the control panel, to remove these optional features shows that most are uninstallable - how is that "optional"?
Of the few I was able to uninstall, they show a ridiculous size of only 16KB which seems to be all the space that is gained. If you look in Windows/SxS/ you find that most of the stuff that should have been deleted is still there. My guess is the 16k is only a front end, or more likely a descriptor for how a humongous EXE should present itself. Anyway, I had a brilliant idea which was to remove the Recovery partition in an attempt to release space and add it to the Win10 partition. Brilliant!
Trouble was as soon as I enabled wifi to install Express to my shiny new Windows, it popped up with a message saying it was adding yet more bloatware to "improve my user experience". Another 5 gig just disappeared down the windows hell-hole, leaving just enough space to Express and download France to go on holiday. So much having Lifetime maps for the whole of Europe.
The worst thing is that the gods of Redmond didn't even have the decency to list what wonderful new toys they put into those 5gig. After I return from hols, I guess I need to take a partition image then start deleting stuff till it breaks again. I seriously don't want a computer that talks to me and listens to the microphone. Nor reads my handwriting (which I can't input 'cos its a laptop) - in English English as well as US English, nor has the ability to display all the apps in 22 different languages (79 for some) and yet won't let you change language after your initial choice because it is not the "professional2 version. Nor has email and messaging apps I will never use, nor 3D print etc., etc.
The worst thing is that the SxS folder (for a basic install with all features uninstalled and only 1 third party app) which is full of all this rubbish, is bigger than my entire Linux partition, including 60K+ apps& utilities I will also probably never use. At least on Linux you are allowed to delete anything and everything, and if you go one step to far it is easy enough to fix from a LiveUSB.
I spent 3 days battling against Windows to make enough space to be usable. My last linux install took 22 minutes plus another 15 browsing the interwebs to fix the recalcitrant Broadcom Wifi. Something Windows hasn't achieved and won't let me fix the fact that in Windows it drops Wifi every 10 minutes and you have to try reconnecting 3 times before it reconnects.
ps. those 3 days included one spell shortly after the initial install when it said "shutting down" for 10 minutes, before it changed to a new message about "optimising your computer for a better experience", then saying shutting for another 3 minutes and eventually switching off. When I started up again it had stolen another 0.8GB.
Having gotten that off my chest, I really must go have a cup of camomile tea - even though I hate the stuff.
Windows, don't you just love it. ARRRRRRRRRGH!!!!!!!!!
Re: uninstalling (as opposed to "removing")
I solved the google problem on my Nexus5 simply by installing UBPorts UbuntuTouch.
It is still a bit raw as a user experience but getting better every week and if you make sensible comments at least someone will listen to them. The process is supposedly reversible but I have found that Touch works well enough that I am not tempted to go back to Android and revealing all my personal info to Google. If they ever get Halium working I may even be able to make use of all the sensors such as barometer, compass etc.
That's wymo' info than we wanted
The limited service is only for people who work for Valley Metro, but eventually it hopes to expand it out to a taxi service for passengers eligible for Valley Metro RideChoice, a discounted service for the elderly and people with disabilities.
Probably just just a new form of semi-legal euthanasia given their record in Arizona.
Oh the ignomony!
OpenAI Five is made up five identical long short-term memory networks, each about the size of an ant’s brain, apparently.
Bad enough for a human expert to be beaten by a Machine Learning device, but to be beaten by one with the neuron equivalent of an ant must be totally disheartening - still it is a very limited task compared to real life.
Still it may give a pointer to researchers searching for true AI rather than claiming that their ML device already has AI. Oh wait, they already did call OpenAI. Still if five ant equivalent devices can co-operate to win a complex game maybe several thousand can co-operate to exhibit something approaching the complex creativity of a human brain. Unfortunately being confined to a box or series of boxes, it will go totally insane then spend the rest of existence attempting to overthrow its creators and the rest of the human race.
Re: evidence suggests..decided to destroy the records..operational choice by clerk level staff
@John Smith 19
Are lawyers turned politicians even worse than Classics/History/English graduates turned politicians?
The worst of the worst are those who have never a real job in their lives having spent their entire career in politics.
Having listened to an interview with Paddy Ashdown on R4 this evening, it makes you realize what a sheltered life the rest of them lead.
Re: Are there notebooks powered by low-end Xeons? @Dave 126
See this. Ok its not low end but it sound like a Samsung/Arm could soon be giving it a run for its money and waste considerably less power in the process. ie a true notebook rather than a desk mounted portable unless you like incinerated kneecaps.
I was once called in to the bosses PC
Shorty after we had been upgraded from Win98 to NT3, the boss had changed his password only to find next morning that he couldn't log in. The IT bods insisted that the only way to get his PC up and running again was to completely re-install, losing all the stuff he had stored locally in the process.
5 minutes on the interweb found a downloadable linux utility which could read NTFS and remove passwords from the appropriate hive. Another 5 minutes to write a 3.5 floppy and return to his desk and he was up and running again. No where near as heroic as the original story but I got a £50 bonus at year end for excellence beyond my job description. I later worked out that he had caps lock on while creating the password but not on subsequent attempts which was why he didn't get the usual capslock waring.
Those were the good old days, sigh. An entire OS with hacking utilities all in 1.44 MB What has the world come to that even Linux needs a quarter Gig to run in, and Windows won't run any programs unless you have at least 2GB.
OK I know some one will come up with a version of linux you can self compile to do the same trick, so I expect a few downvotes.
Worth $90m - I think not
Israel's State Attorney's Office claims he took software nasties and vulnerability information worth an estimated $90m and tried to sell it on the dark web for $50m in crypto-currencies.
This exploited what were zero-day holes in iOS and OS X, until the code was identified by Canadian non-profit Citizen Lab and the flaws fixed by Apple
Unless they were planning on using the software to rip-off private citizens, I think their claim of its value is highly inflated. If it was to fight a cyber war, it has no value at all since everyone loses in a war - some just moe than others.
I any case, now Apple had fixed it, it is effectively valueless. Their only case against him is trying to make money from their own illegal activities.
Sounds like any "normal" app on playstore
Once the apps were installed onto the victims’ phones, the spyware was then able to carry out a number of malicious activities including, but far from limited to, recording a user’s phone calls. The software nasty was also capable of stealing a user’s contacts, SMS messages, images and videos stored on the mobile device alongside information on where they were taken.
Facebook does this and Zuck apologizes for accidentally breaking GDPR. An unknown entity does it and Israel automatically blames an unfriendly government.
Actions speak louder than words
If they were really concerned about privacy they would support some of the free open source mobile OS initiatives such as UBports Touch, KDE plasma or PureOS. The Israelis supposedly have some of the best programmers in the world, so why not show it by either funding one or more of these OSes or writing some killer apps which give Linux some traction on mobile devices. By providing the source we can all check to see that they are not putting in backdoors/ accessing other parts of the system for they have no valid reason. A good starting point would be to make the UBPorts installer allow you to install any of the other flavours of linux.
IMHO Tizen is guaranteed to fail because the user has no more control over rights than they do in Android, which is not helped when they provide games which want access to your phone contacts, turn internet on/off, read location etc when there is no obvious reason for any of these.
because the download is at least four gigabytes and Windows installs usually take at least 30 minutes and require multiple reboots!
Is that not cause for a complaint in itself. My last major update was well under 250MB. Even a total reinstall of linux of any flavour complete with office suites and 20000+ apps and utilities is just over 1GB.
Re: irony @Seanie Ryan
Yep! Its all part of living in an alternate reality.
But when Davis shoots himself in the foot he is sure it will hurt the EU more than it hurts him. Just like the extra billion € divided by 27 is going to hurt them more than the 13 billion € will hurt us even if we manage to find 2 or more other countries to share the pain.
Re: Amazing @ NerryTutkins
Worst of all, the official opposition condemns the government's handling of brexit, then insists that it would instead negotiate for full access to the single market and customs union to avoid a hard border, while definitely not accepting freedom of movement.
If you had ever listened to Corbin you would have heard him say repeatedly that even if we are part of A customs union rather than THE customs union that he want full freedom of movement to continue.
Unlike Farage who has gotten himself a German passport, and Nigel Lawson who has applied for his French "Carte de Sejour" both so that they can leave the sinking ship.
I don't even want a querty OSK
Having spent a number of years on Nokias with T9 I have found that predictive text just gets in the way. Why don't OS writers for mobiles accept that qwerty is not a necessity and that making virtual keys smaller than human digits leads to more mistakes than can be fixed by autocorrection. As a downside I do accept that T9 does require a basic grasp of spelling but if they word you expect doesn't come up, the chances are you spelt it wrong.
A virtual T9 would leave space for fat fingered people and still leave space on the side for a couple of function keys such as Sym(bol), Undo, Dict(ionary options), and maybe even a quick paste key so that you don't have to wait for the fone to decide that yes the bit of text you just cut wants to be pasted.
Also with a but of just positioning it could sit on the right (or left) in landscape mode instead of wasting 55% of the screen by spreading across the entire width.
Who do you trust?
He is also accused of lying to the FBI by "knowingly and wilfully" making a "materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement" when he was arrested on 2 August, by stating "he did not know his computer code was part of Kronos until he reverse-engineered the malware some time in 2016".
The FBI had better have some indisputable proof of that, as their case is already looking very shaky considering that the recorded time of him being read his miranda rights were changed twice to fit with the time he was in a stairwell with no surveillance coverage. Also that the interview recording shows that he was not told he was being charged until half an hour into his interview with the beginning missing because they had to "manually" start the "broken" recorder. If I was on the jury, I know who I would believe at this moment in time. Besides which, if the code was pirated how can anyone be responsible for the actions another person.
But where's the technology angle?
Unless the button has a self opening mechanism controlled by a pic chip and once opened reveals flashing leds to bring a whole new meaning to flashing, I don't want to know,
As for calling it a Wang flap, since Wang Laboratories went bust in 1992, there is no way they produced a computer small enough to fit behind that flap.
My god! I have just become slightly less cynical
The story mentions 2 MPs Damian Collins and Christian Matheson who not only know how to ask the right questions of people with a distorted sense of reality, but whose past actions show them to men of integrity. And there I was thinking that all politicians were less trustworthy than used car salesmen. What is even more amazing is that one is Conservative and the other Labour.
I just hope they get enough distortions of the truth from Nix in committee, that they have sufficient evidence to to have him declared unfit to be involved in the management of any company present or future. Better still if they can get him to admit that there is more than a reasonable chance that CA managed to affect the votes of ~700K people (not the 17.4M that brexit supporters claim would have been needed)
You have to admit...
that it is much easier to type 188.8.131.52 than 2001:0db8:0000:0000:0000:ff00:0042:8329
which may have something to do with slow uptake by the rulers of the interweb. Obviously once the techies have done their bit and sorted out all that hex, Joe Bloggs shouldn't even see the difference.
Don't know if SAP has changed recently.
But I used to work for a well known broadcaster who had been sold a useless heap of turd by some persuasive SAP marketing team. The most frustrating bit was not the names of the packages, but the fact that the programmers hadn't discovered resource files for internationalisation. A year after the system went live there were still 30% of field names and warning dialogs in German and we had to have handwritten scripts of what info to put in which (German named) field. Even after 18months the odd message would still pop up in Deutsche. Every change to rectify this involved a re-install and I can't think of how many hours we lost while waiting for bodged upgrades to be rolled back and told we could not charge our time to the rollout project.
For some strange reason it also appeared not to be written in any standard dev package. Either that or they hadn't worked out how to reuse graphic primitives and standard windows controls. Visually it was the kind of program a 10year old school kid would have come up with as their first program after "Hello World". It certainly didn't have any kind of intuitive user interface.
Yep. Sounds like a godsend for Somali pirates. Why chase down a ship in a tiny speedboat with people spraying water (and sometimes bullets) when you can take over steering control and sail the ship onto your nearest beach.
That's never going happen right? Its got CRC protection. Ha ha. Might as well have used ROT13.
from the MS website:
What does the name Natick mean?
Natick is a codename and carries no special meaning. It is a town in Massachusetts.
p.s. In typical bloatware fashion, the page takes longer to load than entire Linux base system update.
Re: they sold a license to the Chinese state
No. They sold 51% to a Chinese investment company called Hou An. In fact is a leveraged deal and Singaporean venture capitalists also own a not insignificant chunk. As I understand it Arm Technology China is the Qualcomm of the Chinese world, incorporating Arm designs into their SOCs then licencing those designs to other chinese companies. Since ArmTechChina represents ~20% of Arm Holdings the price still seems a little low but my guess is that ARM still get full royalties on the cores while ArmTechChina get to keep all royalties on the addons.
All very laudable...
Especially if the technology can be adapted to that other great producer of heat pollution, thermal power stations such as Gas, Coal and Nuclear which are enormous consumers of water.
It would be much better if they researched ways to reduce their power input. Replacing processors with the latest versions would be a start but why don't they switch off 80% of them for 8 hours each night. Obviously some night owls need their FB fix at 02h00 in the morning but most people take time to sleep.
It could be argued that they should switch them all off permanently, thus saving the world a big environmental problem and complying with GDPR at the same time. I for one would not notice the difference because it will take years for the biosystem to recover from the damage they have already done.
Yeah but... Yeah but
The picture isn't even a real C64 its from a revamped mini C64 called theC64. Which sounds like a good toy till you get to the last "Feature"
- High Definition output at 720p via HDMI
- Pixel Perfect graphics at 4:3 ratio, with full width, CRT filter and US/Europe display mode options
- Save game function
- 2 USB ports: plug in a USB keyboard and use as a fully functional home computer with C64 BASIC, or add a second joystick for 2-player games
- Supports software updates via USB flash drive
- Note: The keyboard keys are non-functional
Is Harvey's old boss working there?
Re: "reflects perhaps misplaced confidence" @fandom
I am one of the other 50% who, (every time I switch it on which is not often), get a message saying "Windows would like to do an upgrade but has found no space - please clear some space on your C: drive"
Unfortunately, being a cloud based laptop, there is no space to gain since the only things installed on C: are Windows10 and Garmin Express. My other partition (the original Win Recovery) has Xubuntu, and 60,000 apps including the full LibreOffice suite and still has 3GB to spare - and I am not giving any to MSBloatware.
Re: Getting strike through HTML to work in comment.
As all good engineers say: RTFM.
The section on formatting states Currently we allow: \<b\>, \<strong\>, \<em\>, \<i\> and \<s\> (\<strike\> was dropped in HTML5) \<s\>
Sorry about the backslashes, it was the only way I could stop the bad code from screwing up the rest of the formatting. Anybody got a clue since < and > don't work?