In an act of rage, I won't be visiting this website for a month. What utter trash this article turned out to be :(
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I don't understand why someone gave the article such a negative review, so I had to tip the scales. As a huge fan of all of the Total War series, yet not an iOS user, I had to give it a read anyway. It's quite interesting to see what they've done to get around the limitations of mobile gaming... but it still looks pretty good, doesn't it!
Was it such a silly business decision after all?
"Mr. Andreessen, whose venture-capital firm was the second to invest in Instagram, cutting a $250,000 check before the service launched, was surprised when Mr. Systrom walked into the room about an hour into his meeting with Mr. Zuckerberg, the people said."
I'm curious about the Facebook board's Mr Andreessen. He's apparently invested $250,000 into Instagram prior to the sale, so how much does he stand to gain now? I see that the sale is primarily Facebook stock, so wouldn't Mr Andreessen be winning quite a bit of his own stock? Stock that they're all hoping will be worth a metric fucktonne now?
Perhaps it's possible that Mr Andreessen knew a bit more about what was going on and the $1b price paid had the secondary goal of lining the Facebook board's own pockets.
In the old days you'd engrave a registration number into your belongings that could be used to relocate lost stuff. This is just a more modern way of doing things, and the type of sticker Robert mentions is pretty tough to shift.
I think the goal was not to provide a completely permanent 'rego' for use when tracking down lost stuff, it's more for Lost and Found - ie: a thief pinches a bike and dumps it somewhere else. The sticker could then be scanned and the owner notified.
I was in a good quality Telstra shop over the weekend and was speaking to a knowledgeable sheila about their 4G coverage. She brought up a map and it was much larger than what I have previously seen.
This is the best I can find to reproduce what she had on hand.
The latest version of Facebook for Android is extremely buggy and unreliable. It also now no forces the user to jump into Facebook's Mobile site, instead of using the Android app. If you look up Facebook for Android on the Android marketplace and read the latest user reviews you'll see that the latest update is utter shite. The previous version is sort of okay, and I use it occasionally, but the new version is garbage.
Credentials and all that
Indeed. Had a further chat with the author and I can see your point. I think I do still draw a line between 'leaking a temporary token' and 'leaking a username and password that can be used anytime, anywhere' (until they get changed, of course). Most passwords online do not expire and it's only through intelligent security processes that you'll ever see a password get changed... not something that's done often. A temporary token though? It expires. While it's active sure, the attacker can abuse it for all its worth, but once it has expired they need to hunt down a new one.
Inaccurate article title?
"99% of Android phones leak secret account credentials"
I don't think any *credentials* are being leaked here. It seems that the cached plaintext 'auth successful' file. Sure this would allow attackers to automatically gain authentication with services - but it doesn't appear that it actually leaks the account credentials themselves (passwords, usernames, etc).
Ta for the input
I like it when someone on the inside adds their 2c, and quite often it's exactly what you expected.
The developers have no choice, you should blame those providing the content. The case with Apple may have been much like this, where the media companies forced Apple to DRM the files against Apple's wishes.
It may also be worth noting the various Express IDEs that Microsoft has released, including Visual C# Express and SQL Management Studio Express. Effectively allowing your average hobby developer and small-business contract developer the ability to create Windows applications.
This means that students and hobbyists alike can be exposed to .NET for free, which in turn should encourage them to move into .NET development. I realise Java has free tools but one of my first gripes from the early days when .NET and C# first came out is that it wasn't free for a hobbyist to play around with C# - and now it is.
Not only is the event great fun, but the lead up to it is as well. I regularly hear of teams leaving their can collection and craft building to the last minute, so they all start plowing into the beer to try and collect as many empties in the final week as possible. They then quickly strap the cans together and hope it floats. Poor bastards would be hungover by the time they have to set sail!
It's unfortunate that there's so many DOA's here and I think it's unfair to blame Apple for any of this. They appear to be trying their best to sort it out in the customer's best interest. However, this does bring to mind what I see as the biggest reason why I prefer to use PC hardware instead of Mac hardware. I enjoy having the ability to personally piece together the parts, and take them apart when there's a problem. Prepackaged and inflexible gear from Apple, Dell, HP, etc leave an uneasy feeling in my stomach.
@sT0rNG b4R3 duRiD
"*** What's in it for SONY ***
Maybe more people will buy PS3s and cells if you support it better. More nerds would buy PS3s for sure. And surely you haven't forgotten the academic boffins who have used PS3's in small pocket supercomputer clusters. We believe better linux support will result in MORE profit for you, Sony, NOT less. "
You don't get it, do you? Sony loses money on every single PS3 sale. ALL OF THEM. The only way Sony makes their money back is through selling peripherals and games. If you buy PS3s for academia, clusters, linux or whatever else you deviants want to do with it you're not going to be buying games - are you? Sony actually loses money because of this. It's fair business sense for them to stop supporting it.
Now backwards compatibility... that's a shame, that one :(
The article specifically states "..that could result in the world's largest processor maker being broken into pieces much as AT&T was.." which could mean any type of split. If a split were to occur, I'd imagine their microprocessor business would be separated from their motherboard, or perhaps domestic and business-grade processors could be separated.
So in a way it is exactly like AT&T. It may get split into different departments, for different target markets.
"...but it's built on that very stable core Vista technology, which is far more stable than the current Mac platform, for instance."
I hear of Mac machines having problems, and I definitely hear of (and personally experience) Windows Vista / 7 machines having problems, so this is certainly a pretty big claim from the fella!
@Yup, you really couldn't make this up.
Was born in Darwin, and it's certainly one of the more entertaining names up there. There used to be a cattle station near there called ‘Umpity Doo' and I believe the township is named after that. The origin of the station's name though isn't all that well known though... I think the station was there roughly 100 years ago. CSIRO used that area for a fair bit of experimentation and there's some reasonably successful farms around the place. That's about it.