485 posts • joined 12 Apr 2007
The very best Simon, but before you go, I believe you still owe some of us northern hemisphere MAMILS a Vulture Velo shirt!
Smart as a feature?
I think the Ticwatch will work for people who really want to add a smart device to their wrist, but many people already have one - think devices like Suunto, Polar, Garmin and Fitbit. These are showing increasing signs of smartness, adding smart features (and better looks) to a device that is already very capable in terms of hardware capabilities (HR and GPS sensors, touch screens, etc).
Re: Talk like an Egyptian
Nokia 9x10 anyone?
Re: Art of the Deal
The only reason Trump wants to drain the swamp (preferably at taxpayer expense) is so that he can build a golf resort there.
Re: It looks weird but then it's El Reg reporting so...
Yes, Apple must be delighted to be out of El Reg's crosshairs :)
I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space
Scott Adams saw this coming 15 years ago...
Bought a new phone just before MS announced the death of the platform. Wonder if MS will sponsor a replacement handset for me (and the other guy still on the platform)?
Teams is a pity as it's one of the better-functioning O365 apps on mobile, and means I can do ad-hoc chat with colleagues in a completely separate space from Whatsapp...
Re: "Think of the children" or something
I find it very hard to understand the reasoning of the US government on these things, and with the current administration, I tend towards "playing silly buggers" conclusions. (nb: if you're reading this in the US, you may disagree, but it's probably fairly representative of how the rest of the world views the current US government)
The argument against protectionism here is that the US doesn't have a significant capability to build (mobile) networks in-house. Cisco has capabilities, but nothing like the big scandinavian players and the chinese. The remaining argument against this being genuinely about punishing ZTE and securing the US against chinese state influence on critical infrastructure is that it's just part of a trade war game, either bargaining with china or appearing tough for domestic purposes.
All told, I think this could be explained in many ways, and we may never know why...
Re: What's surprising ...
I beg to differ somewhat. Regulation is absolutely necessary, but the problem here isn't deregulation - it's in politics where (particularly in the US) corporations have so much sway that regulation has become twisted and complex to the point of being impossible to manage as politician after politician tries to right a perceived wrong while listening carefully to whoever is sponsoring their re-election campaign (or, in the case of Ajit Pai, their future employment) to ensure it's not righted "wrongly".
As soon as the electorate starts thinking with their head instead of responding blindly to whatever nonsense is being doled out by the likes of Cambridge Analytica and the Internet Research Agency, politics will start returning to government for the people rather than behaving like big business.
I'm not holding out much hope though...
Why not set it up as an email forwarding service for 12 months? Explain to people how to set up (insert favourite freemail provider here) accounts to automatically identify inbound email as having been sent to which.net so they can send a change of address notice. Perhaps a novel idea, but postal services have been doing this for decades...
GDPR requirements suddenly become much less onerous, the email service cost plummets and the punters get 12 months (rather than 2!) to migrate off the system.
I'll take a vulturecentral.com address also please.
Re: Feeling Old...
I worked around that with a lot of batch file programming and a dozen or so different versions of CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT that were swapped in and out depending on what it was I wanted to do. Games had their own copies, but there was also a set to back up the PC to my DittomaxPro and then reboot back into the default setup.
Re: Have they the rights
I was thinking that that's all they have, but now you made me question even that ;)
Trumpet Winsock on Win95?
I remember using it on Windows 3.1, but thought Win95 had its own sockets?
Re: Nationalisation by the back door?
And do party lines (in the telecommunications sense) even still exist?
Re: I use them...
Indeed. I use one to power the pi that runs my unifi server. Doesn't need a fan though - doesn't even get noticeably warm (unlike the 8/60W Ubiquiti switch that powers it...)
Re: Representing yourself
Most companies would much rather settle than go to court. Court is public, and there's always the risk of precedent being set.
For Intel to take this to court suggests they knew up front they'd win, or perhaps she *really * pissed them off.
Re: Why is Garmin
Had a fitbit, which was nice to count steps, but it's Suunto now. Very sports-centric, but all around useful enough for daily use also.
Re: Form factors
Next year's HMD nostalgic relaunch - the Nokia E7? Or maybe one of the 9xxx series? Shall we do a poll?
end of x86 & x64?
With advances in parallel processing and piplining, branch prediction and whatnot, are we to see RISC on the desktop?
The Mersenne prime?
Re: Just why ......
There's a similarity to the VHS/Betamax war here - WinPho lost not on technical merit, but on commercial maneuvering and a lack of willpower on the part of Microsoft to really put some effort into it, such as releasing it under similar licensing conditions to Android and not providing a nice, simple piece of reference hardware.
The past five years have seen the destruction of a tremendous number of hardware and software platforms, largely due to ineptitude of the companies making them. Blackberry, Nokia, Symbian, Motorola, Microsoft and - probably - Sony.
It's sad, but I maintain hope that sooner or later something else will come along that gives IOS quality without the IOS pricetag and walled garden.
PS: Have an upvote ;)
Re: Just why ......
Disagree - I'm on my third WinPho, and I'm going to miss it when it dies. The UI is great, the platform is stable, the merging of mailboxen and calendars and contacts from different sources without faffing about with dozens of third-party addons is fab. It doesn't seem to be near as leaky as Android, and you get good usability without paying the Cupertino idiot tax.
What's not to like? Well, lack of apps - even Microsoft's own (Dynamics) don't seem to be well-supported. Not a real problem for me, but perhaps I'm undemanding. Biggest worry is the fact that the platform is dying a slow death.
Only partly true
If I read the kracken website correctly, both clients and APs must be patched - patching only one end of the connection is not enough, so with the updates from Ubiquiti and Microsoft, the most critical parts of the network are now patched.
I have some hopes of the various Apple and Samsung/Huawei clients, but suspect the Withings scale, Netgem set top box and Squeezebox Radio will have to be relegated to the guest network...
and this is why I run proper hardware even at home...
Just installed the patched firmware with a friendly nod to Ubiquiti
You're all missing the point!
Who is this company and how can we ridicule them?
Re: Are any routers any good?
Always been a big fan of AVM, but considering inserting a Ubiquiti USG between it and the LAN. Just to be safe.
The base product looks like the old IBM/Lenovo Secure HDD, which I've used for quite a few years. Nice to see someone picking the product up and running with it, though the prices are a bit on the high side.
Re: For real sexsim, anti intellectualism and racism...
Ah yes, the "but he did it too" argument so beloved of five-year-olds and those with no leg to stand on.
Re: Nice hardware, but...
Sorry, which privacy-slurping OS are we talking about here? Windows or iOS?
Sadly, it seems unavoidable that we will end up sacrificing privacy on mainstream OSes since you can't use a "store" without sacrificing your privacy and an increasing number of software vendors deliver software only through these storefronts.
And so privacy on the desktop goes the way of privacy on the mobile.
Re: Free Fix!!!
"I wonder how the citizens of living in the 'home of the brave' feel about how cowardly and paranoid their leaders are."
That's easy: they don't care, because it doesn't apply to them. In fact, a disturbingly large number of them probably think it's a great idea: just ask yourself "what would Trump think?"
Given the above, and the fact that the right-thinking part of the country probably doesn't care enough to stop this lunacy, I think us forunners are screwed if work or holiday takes us to the "Home of the Brave (but not enough to stand up to anyone in power)"(TM).
Completely pointless comment
...but I only read the article because of the Weird Al reference...
Very cool, but
seems like an expensive way to realise that you should have added "uSD card slot" to the list of requirements when you bought your new phone...
That's not to say I'm not tempted though - the primary use case may be a little silly but there are plenty of others...
Re: Auto generated passwords
Re: When I was your age...
Dammit Steve K. You owe me a keyboard.
When I was your age...
My first personal commercial internet connection was a terminal session (Pine, Lynx, TIN) on a 1200baud Hayes. Of course, real dinosaurs remember acoustic couplers and 300 baud.
Been there, done that...
...and if anyone can recommend a T-shirt, I'm game!
My thought exactly...
I actually feel quite good when I see things like this going on. Because clearly, if the formatting of comments is the biggest problem in the Linux kernel, then it much be in pretty fantastic shape.
I wonder why A330 based - the A340 has a higher MTOW, which I think would be handy for freight...
Re: The CEO problem
Hum. The inherent assumption here is that the process is effective, adds value and makes sense. Looking at IT in any number of large corporations, this is a risky assumption at best.
Re: There was only ever one proper gag on Windows...
That - and who do you think has to fix it?
The telecoms engineers in the company would have been an acceptable target, but I suspect they were capable of much nastier pranks in retaliation...
There was only ever one proper gag on Windows...
In the early Win95 days, the preferred office prank was to take a screenshot of the desktop, hide all the icons under the recycle bin icon and set the task bar to autohide.
This was especially effective for people with a 101 key keyboard since they didn't have a Windows key to use (surprisingly few people know the alternative key combinations).
To be fair: we only did this within the IT department. Anyone in IT who falls for that for very long is in the wrong business anyway.
To be fair...
Hidden among all the misdirection and fluff, it appears that they're trying to flog a low bandwidth "partner" business model for their subscribers not on high bandwidth packages.
There's very clearly some lack of transparency about what they're doing, but it would seem that people who want full fat bandwidth can purchase that option also. Though I'm sure it costs a bit more.
Sounds like the perfect ingredients for a good old-fashioned mud-slinging contest. A bit like American elections.
Re: when will this madness stop?
Let's not deliberately misstate the intention.
I think the OP's point was that it's an interesting intellectual exercise on who should own the copyright. Not who should hire the lawyers.
Different kinds of politics
The problem is that the two kinds of democracy are incompatible.
The EU politicians are a group of inept concensus-builders, which means that anything that comes out of the EU is a bit like the big American beers: everything with substance has been removed to avoid offending anyone, which means the result is flat and pointless.
The Americans are owned by big business, which means that anything that comes out serves the interest of the dollar and not necessarily the interests of warm bodies anywhere. And when push comes to shove, the guvmint will do what it likes anyway.
Don't even get me started on polarisation as a political tactic...
I'm more and more convinced that benevolent dictatorship is my form of government of choice.
Re: embrace the cloud, rather than paying a lot more for on-premise licenses.
No, but I can definitely see where it can be win-win.
Imagine an enterprise system which has regular daily users and occasional (once a month, once a year) users. The named user model makes it very expensive to have occasional users, no matter what the business justification. A floating license model goes some way to address this, but not quite all the way.
Assuming MS wants to have constant revenue, you could then end up with a solution whereby occasional users get quite a lot cheaper.
Re: The right way around!
Actually, I think they've nailed it - depending on what I'm doing, the headphone jack should be at the top OR bottom. The USB port I don't much care about normally (Qi) but bottom works a little better for me.
The great idea (IMO) is that I can go from portrait to landscape to portrait and not care which way I'm rotating it. With regard to fat fingers on cameras - I'm still partial to physical camera buttons (handy cue to know you're holding it right), so when they add that, I'll consider it.
A Fitbit isn't comparable to an Apple iSuperfluousness. Or is Cupertino trying to position their not-a-timepiece as an activity tracker now?
I ask, because for that sort of cash, you should get a Suunto.
The validation approach does have the benefit of warning the email address owner that they're being looked up. Granted, the wider availability of the database makes the point kind of moot...
Re: Or the opposite could happen....
Let's not get sidetracked by the AM business model - whether acceptable or not (and whatever you think of cheaters), the real criminals here are the hackers. And while it may have been prudent (or even wise) for AM to shut down after the first threats, you're then demonstrating to the criminal community that hacking pays. So next, someone can hack the mime club website and blackmail them into shutting down because Lord Vetinari can't abide mimes.
Personally, the Impact Team rationalisation looks backwards to me anyway. Which is more likely:
- someone with a seriously skewed moral compass feels it's OK to hack a website, kill a company and cause millions of people significant discomfort because they think it's "wrong"
- someone noticed they could hack into the AM website and pilfer the data, and then needed a rationalisation for doing something truly reprehensible.
Either way, let's not forget who the criminals are in this case.