I get that when I boot up my Dreamcast and because the clock battery is flat it always thinks it's a brand new console on launch day in 1999.
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That's a good idea although I recently had a situation where users were receiving emails from a system I maintain and I could find no evidence that my system had sent it. After looking at the mail headers and finding the sending IP I discovered there was a duplicate of the live VM running right down to the same hostname! It was merrily pulling in data and sending out order updates all on an old copy of its database.
I don't know who spun that server up or why, but you should always beware that some dodgy sysadmin hasn't cloned your test server from the live one and you're actually on the wrong server! ;)
Actually, no I don’t. I’m quite shocked the author thinks web developers wants a rendering engine monoculture. I rarely bother to test all the browsers these days because compatibility and standards compliance is very good, unlike the bad old days where I’d need to test every f***ing version of IE and write custom CSS hacks for it.
I don’t want to go back to the bad old days of zero web innovation or progress, MS ditching Edge can only be a bad thing.
I’m not surprised everyone has stopped caring. The first year most retailers were caught by surprise and had to actually discount stuff to get in on the game and the next year was somewhat similar, so there were some real bargains on offer.
Now though, the shops seem to have got wise to consumers expecting bargains this time of year and are making sure they get in plenty of tat they can flog cheaply on the day (well week) rather than losing money on stuff people would actually want. Consumers have noticed and aren’t all that bovvered about the day any more.
I'm surprised the boss wasn't rushing into mission control to beg the BOFH to help sort out the mess he's made of their GDPR preparations. I'd imagine taking a fire axe to the marketing email server and blocking Mailchimp would prevent most of the organisation's drones from breaching the rules.
Lots of games these days are “open world” which means the system is constantly streaming new chunks of the landscape from disk.
I would imagine those sorts of games would be affected by this, as a general example they try to predict where the player will go next and often stream in the next area they think the player will visit. If the player then turns around the game has to hurriedly dump what it has loaded and stream in the data for the other direction.
Thank you, you have very eloquently conveyed exactly my concerns that people may not be able to re-train for a new type of job when their old one is automated. Sure new school leavers may be qualified to supervise and manage the machines and therefore balance the employment figures but the old workers won't just vanish into thin air, they will be the ones left on the scrap heap.
While it's not an exact comparison, I think a good real world example is the closure of various British heavy industries in the '80s. Most of the workers in those industries were unskilled and when the coal mine/steel mill/factory closed there weren't any new jobs in the area that they were qualified for and they weren't able to re-train for anything else. I could see automation doing exactly the same thing.
@LegalAlien The UK imports far more from the EU than it exports to it (and those exports have been dropping for over a decade now as the EU contracts). The UK constitutes between 0.5% and 1% of each EU country's economy, so if the EU decides to put up trading blocks they will only be harming themselves when we reciprocate.
The UK economy contracted by about 2.5% during the 2008 banking crisis, so how bad will it be on the continent if every economy contracts by 0.5% overnight? If the EU is mad enough to block trade with the UK they would only be harming themselves in the process.
One more thought: If the EU really is so vindictive and malign towards countries leaving, then surely we are better off getting out from being controlled by them?
If your server still accepts SSLv2 connections and you've used the same private key to generate your SSLv2 and TLSv1.2 certificates then you are vulnerable.
If for example it's an Apache web server and it's configured to accept SSLv2 HTTPS connections then a hacker could theoretically use the weaknesses in SSLv2 to reverse engineer the private key being used. Once they have that, they can decrypt all TLS traffic as it's using the same private key.
In practice, this means bombarding the server with SSLv2 connections to work out the private key and then the hacker needs to be able to capture any TLS traffic to your server so that they can decrypt it. That's a lot easier said than done.
The simple solution is just to disable SSLv2 support on your server (unless you know you need it). This seems to be a fairly complex and difficult to achieve hack (unless you're GCHQ) so it's not the end of the world if you haven't yet disabled SSLv2 but I would definitely recommend reviewing what versions of SSL/TLS you currently allow and disable any that aren't needed.
I used to jailbreak but there's just no point any more. iOS does everything I need with only emulators being missing from the App Store... and I can get those now by just building them in Xcode (Provenance is especially easy). There's really no need to jailbreak these days other than to prove you can...
Yes, this is more my take on it as well. Employing people as contractors has become an easy way for companies to easily avoid any of the responsibilities of an employer and to be able to get rid of people without having to give any notice or pay redundancy.
I'm currently working as a contractor for a company who have a hiring freeze on, I would prefer to be an employee but there's just no chance of that.
I see where you're coming from, but I think the problem with UAC is that while it does prevent nasties being able to run silently it doesn't fix the fact that once that app has been given permission to run it can do anything it wants to the system.
The registry for example is basically a one-stop-shop for everything on the system and has no concept of restricting apps access to their own area. The entire registry is there for the taking. Likewise there's no jailing an app to its own directory or preventing it overwriting files or programs in other areas of the disk.
UAC is less of a security feature and more of a button to absolve MS of any responsibility if the program you're running messes your system.
While it would break compatibility with loads of applications I think MS should look at moving away from the registry and start jailing apps to their own install directory. Sure there will be plenty of times where apps will need access to external resources but I think that could work a bit like Android/iOS where you can decide what features an app can access like the camera or contacts.
I'm sorry but I used WinPho devices back then and they were sluggish, fiddly shite. Tiny buttons and overcomplicated screens that required a stylus to poke, a browser that might have run Flash but barely reached IE6 levels of compatibility and apps that just stayed open in the background using up all the RAM until you waded through several Control Panel screens to manually kill things.
WinPho might have ticked a lot of feature boxes back then but they were all so badly done that it was a rubbish device to use. Plus the Athena was gigantic, it was hardly something that could be slid into a pocket like most phones or the iPhone. Oh and the iPhone 2G was made of aluminium too.
I do applaud MS for building Windows CE, it managed to cram all the essential elements and APIs of the Windows desktop into a portable device which was an impressive feat. The only problem with that though was they failed to recognise that on a mobile device you need a simple and fast interface that doesn't require getting out a stylus or poking fiddly little buttons. For all its flaws the first iPhone's multi-touch interface made it a pleasure to use on the go.
I believe Intel's concern about overclocking was over unscrupulous PC makers buying cheap CPUs, overclocking them and then selling them as higher specced models. This would not only hurt Intel's bottom line but could also annoy customers who have paid extra for a chip that Intel wouldn't replace if it failed due to overclocking.
That said, that was their argument about 15 years ago when there were still smaller companies building desktop computers. These days most people want laptops and the few desktops made all tend to come from Dell/HP/Lenovo. It's only the enthusiasts who really still build the big gaming rigs so I guess that's why Intel are relaxing things a bit. That said, they were doing Extreme Edition unlocked chips about 12 years ago so I think overclocking goes in and out of fashion at Intel.
Considering OSX ships by default with a block to prevent execution of anything not downloaded from the App Store I'm not sure how much of a problem this would be. Tricking people into downloading an app off the web would be pointless because OSX would simply not run it. It wouldn't even prompt for an admin password like Windows, it just behaves like you never even clicked on the app.
Of course that does leave room for nefarious apps being allowed onto the App Store by Apple but that would require the developer to pay for a developer account, pass Apple's certification tests (which could well catch an app giving itself admin privileges) and then you'd need people to actually want to download the app.
Unless Apple promote the app on the App Store homepage it would probably sit in some corner of the App Store being ignored like 90% of the other apps on there... Bit of a storm in a teacup methinks...
Personally I think it's free because MS are desperate to show they are still relevant. If they can point to Windows 10 adoption rates and show it actually beating Windows 7 instead of languishing way behind like Windows 8 and 8.1 combined then it counters the current narrative that Windows is dying and that Microsoft are basically running a legacy platform.
The other clever master stroke was announcing you could only get the OS free for the first year, thereby causing people to rush to reserve their upgrade to ensure they don't miss out.
I also think the free upgrade queuing mechanism means that MS are in control of when people get Windows 10, so they can spread adoption out evenly and even boost it in slow months to give the appearance that Windows 10 is selling steadily and that their business model still works.
I think this is all about getting the casual users back on Windows, many of which probably use their phones or tablets for Facebook/YouTube/Twitter/Email. They don't care to buy a new PC when Windows 7 does the job, but if the upgrade is free they will decide they might as well grab it while it lasts.
That's my conspiracy theory anyway!
I agree it's too little, too late. I think the sudden appearance of Office on iOS is a sign Nadella recognises market share is more important than quibbling with Apple about their 30% App Store cut.
Imagine what the market share of Office on iOS would be if Ballmer hadn't wasted nearly 2 years arguing the toss about that. Instead they're now trying to charge £80 a year for Office when all new iPhones and iPads come with Apple's Pages/Numbers/Keynote apps for free.
Unless you're a power-user that needs macros and mail merges those apps are more than adequate for any average user, meaning Microsoft are again losing out on capturing new Office users.
I like what Nadella is doing, but I think it really is too late to turn the ship around...
In all fairness, their only real mistake was keeping their diesel generators somewhere a tsunami could wash them away. The reactors and the buildings survived a quake a magnitude greater than they were built to withstand as well as being hit by a wall of water. If those generators hadn't been lost they could have carried on cooling the reactors and there wouldn't have been even the partial meltdown that occurred.
The moral of the story is to always keep your diesel generators away from tsunamis!
I didn't like it much either. For a worrying time it also seemed like every Doctor Who fan posting on the internet was going to refer to the TARDIS as "Sexy" from then on, although thankfully that hasn't persisted. It was almost as bad as all the people who insist on constantly using the phrase "timey-wimey".
But I'm just a curmudgeonly bastard who grew up on '80s JNT Who and doesn't like Doctors being all shouty and flirting with companions...
I'm not sure what Apple are up to with the Air. While I personally prefer the larger screen, it's hard not to notice that the Mini has an identical spec and is cheaper too (in a way the Mini actually has a better spec due to a screen having a higher pixel density than the Air).
It's like Apple are trying to kill off the 10" form factor, although I don't know why. Maybe the rumours of an iPad Pro are true and the Air will be a mid-range model?
Yeah I really wanted a 128GB model as well, I'm surprised Apple didn't launch one considering there's a 128GB iPad now. That said I need it less for music (I've uploaded my entire collection to iTunes Match and just download stuff on demand), I want it more for all the 1GB+ games that are coming out now and for films which tend to be at least 1GB as well.
Maybe if Apple lifted their restriction that prevents movies and large games being downloaded via 3G I wouldn't need that much storage and would stream stuff as I needed it. The all-you-can-eat data package from Three really is great...
It's even more ridiculous than that in Blacklist, whenever you're in darkness it's not just the googles that light up now but various parts of the sneaking suit start twinkling green as well! They actually light up to tell you you're in darkness. Somehow the bady guys pretend not to notice...
I'm really not liking the new voice actor who replaced Michael Ironside either. If the game had been a total continuity reboot it might have worked, but this game is very much linked to the story of the previous game so it makes the change seem really odd. Also, Fisher's 3D model actually looks older for once, which in one sense is a nice change from the previous games where he seemed to be aging backwards, but it's totally at odds with the new, younger voice!
Still, I also got Wonderful 101 and it's fantastic!
It wasn't confirmed by Microsoft but it is generally thought that the family share feature would only allow friends or family to play an hour or so of a shared game before being asked to pay full price for their own copy.
Quite why these people want that feature back I don't know.
He no longer hires his so-called apprentice at the end of the series, he just bungs them some cash and sends them on their way. He knows there's no point in putting any of these people on staff as they're all useless (or will take him to an employment tribunal).
I know it's not cool to own an iPod these days but personally I find the 160GB storage of the iPod Classic to be really handy. I've stuffed mine with TV shows and films find it very useful when going on holiday, but 160GB just isn't enough for a particularly high bit-rate.
An iPod Classic with 1TB of storage would be perfect for that sort of job...
I was going to vote Benedict Cumberbatch (even though it's a bit predictable and I think in the past he's said he doesn't want the part) but then I spotted Philip Glenister in the list.
While I'm generally not a fan of actors who play the Doctor as shouty, I reckon Gene Hunt could be bloody good in the role...
I think they're referring to the newly announced Frankenstein tablets that have both an i7 and an Atom chip on board and run two operating systems. The Atom chip runs Android and the i7 runs Windows 8.
Unless they've found a great way to share data between the two operating systems I can't see it working very well.
iPad sales are up 27%, sounds like a surge to me. The doom and gloom headlines focus on Apple only narrowly meeting its targets and "only" making $9.5 billion in profit, but that doesn't mean sales are down. The only problem Apple have at the moment is shrinking profit margins on what they sell, hence why profits aren't higher than ever.
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