690 posts • joined 13 Jun 2013
Re: Relocation needed.
This has not cut it for Kasperky. Switzerland may do it though.
Re: Cardholder verification codes
Also, why would Orbitz also ask for date of birth and other stuff that had nothing to with travel payment? Or is it that foolish customers volunteered this data (at their own peril)?
Re: Off the top of my head
I would not be so coy about Cisco - aren't they behind development of China firewall? Besides this, Cisco likely aggregates enough data about you at work, and there' really no reason to help them link your home browsing history (and maybe sell to HR/network team as value added of the security subscription they peddled).
Also, while I can see reason why some nightly build users may feel unhappy, it's not like cloudflare didn't serve most of the content they consumed (for this reason alone they may be the best entity to run this kind of test). I'm not sure if possible or in scope of the project, but it'd be nice if "revolving" part of the DNS thing included option for multiple trusted provided queried at random (so none had full insight into traffic patterns) or research if such setup had any merit.
It's really surprising that nation that developed one of oldest/greatest civilizations can be so backwards in so many ways. Seems that the great leap was not enough to overcome even greater superstition. And then came new money (rarely in line with modesty and good taste).
I'd guess that the choice of Alexa, Cortana and Siri was also dictated by the sexism. I've kept my microphones disabled (equal opportunity for voice recog systems;). Now, I'll be glad if I could also completely disable these irritating voices (agent C in particular). I'll do this in the name of equal rights.
Re: Intel will consider buying Broadcom
I can see little benefit here but for Broadcom shareholders. I'd not surprised if all this Qualcomm drama was a setup to trick bigger player to buy them (and their debts) out.
Re: Who knew...
But while "Johnston poured water on the idea that retail orders for Samsung's Galaxy S9 will be 10 to 15 per cent higher than last year – he estimated them falling some 50 per cent on 2017's Galaxy S8.", the manufacturers have now built in physical fragility in addition to the old trick of planned obsolescence. Not only the fancy S8 (or any recent premium device) loses "shiny" and battery life over time, but the design makes it almost certain that few will survive exposure to everyday use. I've seen brand new ones with cracked screen (sure it may still work, but next impact will do it for good). I bet they'll also reinstate headphone jack and include SD card slot to get people buying again.
"The industry is confident that the revenue is coming as hardware costs fall, awareness rises, and expectations become more realistic." - this sounds exciting. Lets also get ready for riding schoolbuses if the same logic applied to autonomous vehicles.
You've made all attempts to avoid paying for Windows license but now you'll pay MS tax. This is how they get you. Military industrial complex at its finest. And it's hard to tell who had whom in the pocket.
Soon to be your landlord and the company store.
All the while you keep paying for tax breaks your dumb-witted local government promised them to setup a sweatshops and some office space in your region.
Re: "Venmo did not live up to the promises it made to users about the availability of their money"
Real PayPal story regarding funds availability. Purchased some software, 9.99$ total - dirt cheap, paid with PP - just in case and because what could go wrong (it's usually the seller who's on the hook, right). Well, to my surprise I had to contact PP's collection department to take care of negative balance on my account as their system would not even process my CC that had been on the account before I was forced to link bank account (transfer was just a fraction of linked account, the bank had no record of denied transfer). More hassle and wasted time that it's really worth. My only explanation is that PP discloses details of transactions to all parties (instead of just acting as a proper proxy) and the bank flagged the transfer as going to fraud rife region (Russian vendor, software absolutely legit though and not linked to any IP circumvention etc). Anyway, neither my bank nor PP explanations make much sense (PP customer support being definitely lacking knowledge of their product beyond script, past experience was better). This put the whole idea of using PP in question. I use it mostly for fraud protection but since the concept of cash like transactions failed since the forced switch to linked bank accounts - banks do not see it the "cash in the pocket way" and will charge you in case of insufficient funds instead of just rejecting transactions and keeping one safe from scammers etc trying to clean up the account - I may as well just switch to using Internet purchases dedicated credit card or Apple Pay.
Re: It doesn't take a flashy report with pretty graphs...
I'm surprised by US' productivity loss of .2% and curious how much worse would it really be once the extra (unpaid) time spent by workers (to achieve this disappointing results) was really accounted for.
Re: One good reason why...
"...I have a US credit card, billed in US dollars, to a US address!" - still not a good reason to shop at Windows store
"HP's new toy is "Sure View", a software-driven privacy shield that dithers a laptop's display to narrow the angles from which it can be seen." - not really needed with the quality of their laptop screens. I bet it will also screw users' eyesight.
These vending machines will be a perfect fit in prison. Captive customer and no competition in sight. If only they also had money.
Re: "...any visible smoke..."
"I looked up the pollution standard for heavy diesel vehicles.
That was a UK specific issue."
Are you sure about this? "Free market" lobbyists in US established the practice of standards exempt glider trucks where old, emission systems unencumbered engine is mounted into the new truck frame. Just don't try doing the same to your personal vehicle where any modification may render it off-road only (cops turning blind eye are entirely different story). With or without the emission systems, I'd argue that no commercial diesel vehicle should be permitted unless equipped with vertical exhaust pipe, 10+ feet off the ground (including f.. school buses).
Re: Consumer refers to who's paying
I've been running my "Creators" without any nags other that once per boot whining from "Defender" (its days are numbered anyway as CPU cycles are too few to waste on this underpowered PC). Simply remove all crap from the base image (before it's applied), don't use MS login for everyday account and set all network interfaces to metered (and don't use MS browsers to maintain acceptable level of security and privacy). Still the endgame will likely be switch to Linux or whatever can run FireFox (bitcoin miners have cured me of my gaming inclinations).
Re: Consumer refers to who's paying
I've not heard of a free copy of Windows 10 (outside of not fully legit ones). And 100$ for a "privilege" of running MS' billboard in one's room is particularly bad deal.
that start menu is still full of s... MS, go back to polishing the turd
Re: Still widely used
Not just DVDs. ATSC uses mpeg2 and with good results. Also, mpeg2 patent fees were additional reason why MS killed WMC in Windows 8+ (and rendered playback of any local media virtually impossible without 3rd party software). Which sucks as deinterlacing algorithm in the free codecs looks inferior to what Windows 7 offered out of the box.
Re: I like the European model...
Well, one can do the same in US. Just make sure to avoid Verizon's (or other telco stores). Also, unlocked phone does not necessarily mean phone carrier crap free (as I've learned myself). Do your research before the purchase. EU market is just better suited for open devices - common cellular system and many providers that do not have near monopoly position and thus are able to force this BS onto the market.
trickle down economy at its finest
Got to save the money for that new HQ (as if tax breaks by foolish cities bidding against each others were not enough).
Re: 200GB for £60/month
don't forget the "introductory package" part. It only goes up from there.
Re: Good Strategy?
Instead they could just show http(s) prefix and make inspecting certificates easy, but this is so yesterday.
continuous cloud and mobile app based engagement
1st rule of of any of my technology purchases - no strings attached, no subscriptions. It's foolish to trade privacy for mostly false sense of security. Maybe some SMB will bite - though these tend to be just as cheap and with MS forcing it's cloud integrated security features there's little of value to justify extra expense. Other manufacturers have already tried this with parental control subscriptions and I'd like to see uptake levels (of paying consumers).
Re: What difference does it make what wifi router you put on it?
I'm not sure about the need for more and more bandwidth, especially that progress is not reflected in falling prices of low tier data packages (at least not in the "free market" scheme of US). While 3.1 could deliver all Internet one wanted (but not necessarily needed), few would be willing to pay for the privilege. And the 4k streams are as needed as 3D - most consumers will never have viewing environment nor eyesight to see past 1080p (assuming monitor with decent contrast, color and refresh rate). 80Mbps stream per device - what cloud provider's koolaid is fed through this pipe. Should I even mention data caps?
I've only recently been forced by Comcast to upgrade to docsis 3.0, to no benefit on my end (the seller of the refurb modem didn't mind my 50$ for sure). While I can understand the benefits to network provider monopolies, the technology is nearly meaningless outside rich gated communities with households willing to spend 200$+ a month for a service bundle.
I'm just hoping that my 3.0 modem will last as long as 2.0 did (especially that my service speed does not meet FCC's revised definition of broadband and 3.1 won't help this).
Re: Does Microsoft have ADHD or something?
Delve - the tool that discloses information about documents your management is working on (but they lacked imagination to make private).
Sway - PowerPoint slops.
O365 offers growing number of equally useful apps being created solely to justify costs of subscription (and price increases over time).
Re: Does Microsoft have ADHD or something?
It's not just ADHD. It's also jealousy, of Slack. Hence another copycat service.
The bad thing is that now everyone in corp environment will have to get used to this kitchen and sink of communicators. I was hoping that stumbling into it once was the only time I had a "pleasure" to use it.
Re: They called me crazy...
OTOH, I would not be surprised if any of MSO and Windows native spellchecks have been integrated with MS cloud (including Bing/Cortana). Even their on screen and touch keyboard has key logger capability (to facilitate text text prediction/correction) and trying to clear the history - sure as hell it would try to help with opening password manager's database - is not particularly trivial, who knows what happens when user logged on with MS account. I only accept local and dumb dictionary tools not affiliated with any cloud provider.
Re: Too mild in both cases
I'd say that US case at least resulted in a fine (while the UK defendant will wear a bracelet and wear relaxed fit jeans to cover it for 9 months). BTW, looks like US court system will be sole beneficiary - if they set the fine right, the scammer may consider the price of conducting business. Win, win (but for scammed saps).
Re: "the problem is limited to a small number of customers"
Not just this. The 3 million users may be all active Skype users left and remaining 297 will never complain (I just opened iOS app for the 1t time in a month or more, without much problem, all I've done - disabled some new "features" and exited the app).
Re: Thanks Intel
well, let's see where they are incorporated
Just remember - to get the app from the Store you need to sign in with MS account (so better have that real phone number ready, and don't forget CC - just in case). The other of their "privacy" tools also require sign-in on the web page (similarly like just about any adjustments to Cortana). So privacy tools these are not.
Re: reliability and endurance good to see
I bet that TLC media won't last this long (and manufacturers surely hope so too).
and not just Apple's stuff
The link did some funky stuff in Firefox on Windows. The browser literally stalled but eventually I managed to close the tab
or racket. "It'd be really bad if something bad happened to you so consider joining our platform" says MS.
Re: Endurance ?
Exactly, I've been trying to avoid TLC crap and now it'll be premium over QLC (while MLC will go the way of SLC).
Re: I hope I can disable
I believe that related about:config setting is already there - browser.tabs.remote.warmup.enabled - for now set to false (and this is the way I'll keep it).
Re: 1,000 Satellites?!?
And the lower the orbit, the shorter the lifespan. Even then, operators resort to microcells to provided acceptable level of service in subscriber dense areas - there's no way these low orbit satellites could support this type of service. And limiting interference will be a challenge. I'd also be curious of power requirements for the uplink from cell phone.
Re: On the flip side
"Would it have been as stable on a cloud provider?" - likely.
Would it be as cheap, flexible and independent (not to mention hassle of dealing with all legalese 3rd party implies) - likely not.
I believe most of Intel chips leaves the country for cutting, testing and packaging. Not the glorious part of the process (and likely not the most profitable) but necessary non the less.
Re: Microsoft might want to start over
"Text lag when typing is literally 2-3 seconds." - so very similar to "improvements" MS introduced to Office since v2013. Literary everything rendered on screen seems like it passed a loop-back to/from their server. Likely because they like to listen/view what you're up to before you hit the send/save button.
I bet that KSMpico would take care of that (though getting a clean copy takes some digging).
btw, only MS fanboys, idiots or both would use Edge on any platform they did not have to. Does MS pay them for this?
Re: "keeping compatibility with a large user base"
Just because you don't need it does not mean you won't be embraced by MS and shoved all the crApps down your throat. Choice is so yesterday. Remember, you're consumer and get served (Windows as a "service").
Re: So that's what it is!
It's ironic how the ability to innovate often means removal of features that part of MS' userbase got to rely on. Windows as a service is for its users like building castles on quick sand. And don't forget to pony up for faster Internet service.
I've never heard of Skybell, but judging by MS' "success" of Skydrive branding, we may be looking for some Onebell tomorrow. Either way, I have no skin in this game as I've even disconnected the wired bell (DND mode all the way;)
Re: first they came for the keyboard
They had to remove the Ethernet. Did you ever try unlpugging Cat5 cable from P50? They had no other choice if they wanted to keep their customers from destroying the port. /s
Cool. Now let's hope the hardware compatibility chart is better managed/clearer. Luckily for me, instructions for de-bricking were easy to find (and worked at 2nd attempt) but I'd gladly flash my wrt1900ac again as the linksys firmware is simply pathetic (both options a stability).
Cisco is stuck in security by obscurity model with their head deep in the sand. Just try accessing any security/bug disclosure or just their software product support in general. You may as well look elsewhere on the web.