The phone will still outlast Microsoft's interest in supporting yet another mobile OS venture.
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It's no secret that Amazon Retail is a client of Amazon AWS, or that Retail are involved in testing new services before they are public on AWS.
They are also not the biggest client Amazon AWS have.
It seems a no brainer that Retail operate making no profit while AWS is making the money when Retail need to pay AWS for services. Doesn't seem that to the arrangements other companies have with paying IP royalties to another company they own.
So knowing how bad they are and how hacked off your clients get, why are you still using them and keep using them?
From the sounds of it you would have made your clients happier if you'd moved their systems to a reliable provider who can actually provide services and support at the level you need. Admittedly that will probably increase the costs... but happy customer or knowingly providing a service that hacks off your clients... wonder which would be better
Re: Plusnet customer service - watch out for Plusnet mobile's inability to port over your old number
Thanks for the warning, I was about to try porting my 3 number in.
I'm not sure how much will actually be down to Plusnet yet as Plusnet mobile is EE's Life Mobile MVNO. It seems unlikely they will have ported all the systems over to Plusnet yet. More like BT shuffling it's latest acquisitions around. Or maybe the EE purchase required splitting off Life Mobile, so they sold it to themselves.
I find I type more accurately and faster with the Priv keyboard than any of the touchscreen only keyboards I've used on various phones over the years
I also don't lost the bottom part of the screen in slack/whatsapp/skype/email/txt messaging apps and the swipe up word completion on the Priv keyboard works really well.
This isn't even just an IOT problem, the mindset for insecure devices has existing long before IOT.
Anyone who has hacked around on the average satellite or terrestrial tv box, for example, knows security doesn't come into the design. WTF does everything on a TV receiver need to run as root? This hasn't changed since adding and ethernet port and all the streaming features, telemetry, tablet/phone apps for remote control and casting.
The consumer, and arguably whole, embedded market is a mess and needs addressing end to end... including the system on a chip SDKs which are buggy and not updated regularly, to the development teams running everything as root with remote access, to the update mechanisms on such devices.
While the chips are now being put into devices which get internet connected many of the working practices, design and development is still thinking the way it did when they were isolated without any network connection.
OTA updates or bricking the devices aren't a magic solution, because if the rewards are worth it, the firmware can be captured, examined and flaws found and exploited so they don't trigger alerts. That happens even with devices that have a small group of uses because the manufacturer has stopped supporting the device or they want to add new features the manufacturer won't. Brick the devices and watch US and European companies go bust very quickly as consumers just stop buying devices with internet connections that can use their subscription services.
For your average consumer knowing which devices are secure and which aren't is impossible to determine. Buying locally isn't any guarantee of security.
Cloud, own servers in DC, own servers in Office are somewhat irrelevant when the leak came from an active employee account.
They might want to address their internal security policies and account privileges across all the networks pretty quickly... although it'll be cold comfort for existing clients.
And here I thought it was TLA funded to get their bot personalities trained up properly to take over from whoever is voted in as president. The Trump training seemed to have worked.
If they took Tay, the new IBM neural processor and put them in a custom commission of the Japanese Tourist Info Bots nobody would notice.
They need an alternative now Jim Henson isn't around to build them.
It's obvious why this has happened now. As a subsidiary of Alphabet it was time for a new logo, brand, image, business cards and expensive lunch discussing the whale and joss-stick budget just so it's clear to people they're a new company and not just a paperwork/legal/tax re-jig of the same old monster
Except he did do something stupid, he had keys with the ability to spin up servers in his source. It doesn't matter whether it's a public or private repo on github, he handed the security of his keys to an external party who has no liability if they are abused.
This is after the very public announcements and warnings from both GitHub and Amazon about storing keys in code.
If the keys are for his application to do something he should either be using temporary tokens, IAM roles, or a restricted IAM account and if necessary pulling the values in from a config file/runtime insertion not storing them in code.
Given how often sites are hacked these days and both companies specifically warn not to store keys in your source, not to mention that AWS provide alternative programmatic ways and examples to use their services, it doesn't really matter if you are using a public or private repo... there is no excuse other than sloppiness or ignorance for storing keys in the repository with the code.
One of the biggest problems with Edge for me is the removal of the Tracking Protection that was in IE and no plugin available to replace it.
Webpages explode in a mass of adverts and crap I'd forgotten how bad it was to not have an ad-blocker of some sort running. On my Win 10 work machine I've stopped using Edge because of the lack of ad-blocking. When I need IE it's IE 11 I use.
Re: I'm not buying this...
That sounds like the people who used to call me to discuss my expired mobile contract or who come to the door and their opening line is "Don't worry, I'm not trying to sell you anything"
Do they really expect people to believe they are just bored and fancy a chat to pass the time?
One sales drone wouldn't accept that by requiring me to pay line rental the "free internet and calls" that myself, my neighbours and others in this area were qualified to receive weren't actually free, because it required me to pay the company he was selling for some money. He insisted he wasn't trying to sell me anything because we were entitled to "free internet and calls"
It's all too common unfortunately with cloud systems. A scary amount of Cloud servers have any port used by a service open to the entire internet, assuming someone has even bothered to put specific ports and not just all ports.
Too much Kool-Aid and people without any background in Ops/Architect/Security believe they can do devops without an ops person because it's just a few clicks in a browser or a cli command to get a server running.
It's only going to get worse as the number of people with a cloud ops/architect/security experience decrease. Especially amongst dev driven teams and startups who believe ops/architects/security is a roadblock and they can do it themselves because they are 'devops' experts. Until they are shown all the issues and then suddenly it's the companies fault for not hiring an ops person for their 'devops' world.
Re: The thing to remember about Smart TVs...
But you will have to use them/be affected by them because AndroidTV/WebOS/FirefoxOS don't appear to be just overlays or an extra source anymore, it looks like they're running the whole thing. If they aren't then the Sony reviewed should let you watch TV regardless of whether the AndroidTV needs an update, which doesn't seem to be the case.
I realise I have requirements very different to normal buyers, which means I'll have to look at panels aimed at custom installers, the professional display market or pc monitors if they actually get priced sensibly at large sizes this time, because it will be the only way to get a quality panel without all the crap I don't want or need interfering with my normal use of the display.
Re: The thing to remember about Smart TVs...
Doesn't even need to be that to break it. Try when the TV Maker decides that TV range is too old and stops paying the license/royalty that allows them to have the app running on that model.
Yes, the TV Makers pay to have some of the apps/catchup services enabled on their tvs/online hubs.
Just no, no and more no.
Given that recent (2011 onwards) 'smart' tvs and devices: bluray/dvd players, have been losing their 'smart' apps already and the only solution is to buy a new device because the manufacturers, Hello Sony, Panasonic, Samsung + others, are no longer supporting them or willing to update the firmware, I can't think of a single sane reason to buy one of these.
Ignoring the ridiculous 'please wait while we update' before you can even see a picture situation, slapping the innards of a tablet at the heart of a TV is just a recipe for disaster. Even if the OS is updated from Google/FireFox, not the TV manufacturer, I can dream, what are the chances of the apps still working in 2-3 years on the version of the OS which will run on that hardware? Looking at the tablet market, I'd say not great.
For £1,800 if UHD is so important, just buy a 50" screen for <£1,000, a Humax YouView/FreeSat+ recorder, whatever streaming box suits FireTV, NowTV, Roku etc, spend the change on either more goodies, lots of beer or a holiday. I'm all for convergence, but only when it's possible to swap out or replace the broken and unsupported bits easily.
I guess I'm going to need to hoard even more cash and buy from the professional display panel market when the time comes to replace my screen.
Considering that the Raspberry Pi 2 and the Qualcomm DragonBoard 410c, both of which have Arm 7 based processors are listed as Windows 10 IOT dev boards, it shouldn't be that hard for MS to get Win 10 Desktop running on the Arm based hardware. The core OS is already being compiled against Arm.
Qualcomm also announced Win 10 Mobile will run on it's Snapdragon 210 reference designs for phones, which no doubt will also be Arm cores.
I suspect that the Windows 10 Desktop on Arm isn't a priority for MS and with Intel Atom tablets becoming so common they're targeting Win 10 IOT and Mobile at Arm, with Win 10 Desktop for Tablets and PCs. I doubt the RT machines will ever see Win 10 and MS would prefer they end up fading away, rather than porting the remaining parts of Win 10 Desktop to Arm at the moment.
"AMD CPUs and GPUs are only worthwhile in low end desktops and media centres"
I agree about the desktops, but for media centres no. Not unless you mean a Windows media centre. Or have AMD finally joined the modern world and managed to get their Linux drivers doing more than 2.0 PCM over HDMI? I don't know because they couldn't bother sorting it out for too many years, so I gave up with AMD GPU parts for Linux.
I tried to build a media centre with a fanless AMD fusion e-350 mini-itx board when it came out. That is when I found out the only audio coming out of HDMI to the receiver under Linux was 2.0 PCM. That is as much use as a frog on acid for building a low power media centre.
It's a shame because instead of the fanless mini-itx e350/fusion boards ending up in media centre systems, the Atom/Ion based systems cleaned house. Even Intel IGP processors can stream multi channel HD Audio via HDMI/Display Port.
Have AMD managed it yet? I'm not wasting money on a low powered, fanless (if they exist) AMD A/E/C-whatever chip to find out when I know an Intel Celeron based HP 260, Chromebox, NUC/Brix will just work.
After their bright spot in the past of getting the price/performance ratio right and 64 bit support on x86 early, especially with the Opterons. The HE multi-core Opterons with HyperTransport were ahead of the Xeons around at the time and in DC usage where performance per watt = $$$ they were important.
Unfortunately AMD seemed to stumble and then become a 'remember us' company, in a constant state of catch up, trying to use price as the main selling point, but not managing to keep the performance high enough to make the savings worth while. :(
"Experts predict problems of this type will become more commonplace as cars rely more and more heavily on digital technology" and the automotive industry continues not to see the value in securing and testing the digital systems rigorously enough.
God help us when the generation of 'Fail hard' programmers who believe deploy first, fix later are writing the software for car systems. "It passed the unit tests so we released it", "It did what? Oh we didn't have a test for that bit of code or situation"
Re: A programmable HUD maybe...
Maybe you need to chat to Volvo and ask them to add a HUD. They've used TFT's for a few years now instead of fixed instrument displays and allow different display configurations on the screen.
Probably find some health and safety issue prevents the machinegun/missile launcher option... someone might burn themselves on a hot gun barrel or some such excuse, if you leave the car in a car park too soon after firing...
I had one as a hire car not so long ago, and glancing at the HUD which displayed the speed was less distracting than at the instrument panel. It also integrated with the SatNav and would display up coming turns and distances discretely, mirroring what was displayed in the instrument cluster.
I've had a number of cars which display the turn arrow and distance in the instrument cluster and found them less distracting than having to look at the 'infortainment' touchscreen display.
As for dangerous distractions, the current trend of removing every switch, knob or dial from the interior and replacing them with a shiny touchscreen which turns into a mirror when sun shines on it is far more dangerous than the small discreet HUDs currently in use in cars IMHO. Needing to increase/decrease the AC temperature by prodding around on a touchscreen instead of just turning a dial while still looking ahead at the road is not a step forward in driving safety.
Forget the wolves, it's when Serana comes back without me noticing the reanimated corpse in tow and there is a sudden moan or bone click in the corridor from behind me.
I think a significant change with Skyrim, was it took the lessons learnt from Fallout 3 around interfaces and controls and applied them to the action RPG genre and made it more accessible. I know many people complained it was too simple, and compared to the traditional RPGs all the number counting was removed. I tried to like Morrowind, Dragon Age Origins and others, but Skyrim, Fallout3, the Mass Effect series and Deus Ex, soaked up hours in a way they never did. With Skyrim I never found myself fumbling to find the controls or remember which key/button did what, so could just enjoy the game and story, losing hours at a time.
With the anticipated release of Witcher 3 and wanting a new rpg, I got hold of 1 and 2 in the steam xmas sale, but the Witcher never drew me in the same way Skyrim does and 2 even remains unlaunched. While I will probably pick up Witcher 3 in a few months when it goes on sale, I stopped being a must have purchase after the earlier releases didn't draw me in.
I still have fond memories of Ultima Underworld and System Shock, and am probably more an action rpg fan than a traditional rpg.
Re: The American way
That annoys the hell out of me and makes me think they're trying to sell me something. I don't need to keep saying someones name when i'm talking or listening to them in person, because I'm looking at them, not gazing wildly around the room or trying to pretend to be their friend to sell them something.
I'll use their name if I need to get their attention, but not when talking to them.
If you really want to un-hinge someone you could maybe constantly use their name and stare over their left shoulder while you talk to them.
Is also the advantage of buying in some parts of Europe if you don't want Windows. Off the shelf branded pc hardware is often only available with FreeDos or comes with 2 skus one for FreeDos and one for Windows.
Unfortunately for us here in Blighty the reverse is true and trying to find a system without building it yourself or going the barebones route usually means it's coming with Windows.
It depends what you're comparing it to. How often have you seen things like a Dell XPS 13, Asus Zenbook UX, Yoga Pro or Thinkpad X1 Carbon?
Like Ultrabooks, the Surface is a niche product and I have no trouble believing it's selling well if you compare with the correct market segment, which to me is the Ultrabook market. If you compare it to all laptops and tablets then of course it doesn't appear to be doing well.
I saw my first Surface 3 last week being used by someone on the train. I didn't initially recognise it as a Surface because it was silver instead of black.
As part of a dev team I expect the most common reasons you haven't seen them are due to screen size, storage, keyboard and/or price premium. The main question anyone asks about my Surface is "how can you see what's on that screen?", and while they like it they couldn't justify one over a tabletop/desktop replacement laptop. They also wouldn't buy an Ultrabook for similar reasons.
Re: Am I the only one?
No, I was surprised to find out it was a real item and not a derogatory term relating to selfie takers.
I'm still not sure how having an expensive phone, waving around on a stick, whatever distance it is from you, with no real idea of what it's going to capture is very useful. It wouldn't seem to make it any safer than asking a stranger to take a photo, after all it can't be that hard to grab the phone end of a stick and walk off with it.
It started to think it'd be useful in combination with the adjustable LCD screen viewfinder on my S9500, but the centre of gravity with the weight of the camera would make it an expensive club rather than a useful camera aid...
I suspect you find Apple, like everyone else, are not allowed to collect data from minors and data protection puts that age at 13. For the same reasons Adobe would skip all registration on their flash/shockwave installer when you tick the I am under 13 box.
I expect as the applications are online and they'd get into much more trouble collecting data from minors. Yes there are ways to deal with it, such a require someone over 13 register and then create an application on behalf of the minor and giving consent as an appropriate adult for Apple to collect the data required about an under 13.
For 350 awards it's probably not worth the effort.
We've face similar issues over the past 10+ years when I've worked for companies selling online educational systems and user registration for products used by the under 13 age group. It becomes even trickier providing redemption codes/vouchers in print products for them to download additional resources and not being able to let them register in the online systems used for online sales
Or make dual sim phones widely available instead of keeping them restricted to either crappy phones or emerging markets.
Allow one sim to be assigned to the personal partition and another to the business.
I have to wonder if the main fear about making good dual sim phones widely available is the loss of revenue by the networks when we keep our home country sim and drop in a payg local country sim beside it. It removes any chance of them reaming us on roaming data and call charges.
Until the tech co becomes the telco?
While it's obvious the US telcos like the movie industry are doing everything they can to keep their old monopoly and cash cows in place against the tech giants...
Google is an interesting one, especially if they keep rolling fibre provision out. Which side do you think they will be on once it becomes a major fiber provider? Right now it's in their interest to fight the Telco, but once they join the Telco ranks and can see a money grab from charging tiers to non-google content... Who's side will they be on then?
That criteria of users isn't just isolated to Linux reboots after kernel updates.
For some absurd reason it seems people would rather believe garbage posted and then resposted on blogs as gospel than actually thinking, going to the reference docs or product source. After all the number 1 link in a google search, which returns a link to the top of the blog posting pyramid 1/2 baked article by someone with an axe to grind is obviously more accurate than reference documents or provable results.
A very bad side effect of blogging is people with no clue but verbal diarrhea can become the accepted reality for best practice by people who the repost without questioning or understanding the drivel they are supporting
It doesn't sound like Google are that interested in making huge strides and considering how much they outsource the consumer tech rather than build it themselves...
With their pockets and resources if they were seriously interested I expect they'd throw a higher level of resources at it. A team of 4 is just a token 'me to' surely?
Re: Why the vents?
I guess it's either for looks purposes because the designer said it was 'some made up garbage reason to look cool' or its to prevent the CPU throttling kicking in. I've no idea whether the Atom throttling would kick in before the case got hot enough to notice in something like the Hannspree.
For most use cases it probably wouldn't be noticed if the CPU throttled.
The biggest advantage and reason why the extra $10-$50 price is worth it is the use of an Intel Atom and not yet another Arm processor, which means you can really choose the OS to use.
It will have driver support for all the necessary things in a low power cpu environment. Good luck getting Linux hardware drivers for the Rockchip processor with full hardware support. It's still the achillies heel of Arm SOC systems, the poor manufacturer support with drivers. The Samsung Chromebook with the Samung Arm chip is still a closed shop for drivers, like most Arm based systems.
The Intel stick looks the best bet for a low power device at the moment. It is likely to be missing protected audio path in Windows for HD Audio streaming the same as the Z3735x based tablets/stbs, this shouldn't be a problem under Linux.
So for a low power all in one Steam/XBMC/MythTV/<streaming service of your choice> device/PC with full HD picture, Audio HD bitstreaming and X86 application support or a Chrome OS device with messy Linux install, partial/difficult driver support and cross-compiling or zero support for less popular applications...
Suddenly it doesn't look more expensive. I keep looking for a nice Arm based platform for the desktop, but the sticking point is still the hardware drivers, usually for audio and video. :(
Until 4K TVs become common place it seems sensible prices for high resolution monitor and laptop screens are going to be slow coming, with mainstream stuck at 1080p :(
Display Panels seem to be one of the few things not succumbing to the price drops with improvements at the same rate as the rest of the PC components. It's crazy that phones and tablets are getting the higher resolution displays, but the panel manufactures are in the business of making money and will concentrate where the demand is.
With phones and tablets being replaced every couple of years while PC displays probably last even longer than TVs it's easy to see where the money can be made. I've only ever bought 3 LCD displays
for home use, a 4:3 (1280*1024) Sun many years ago, a 16:10 HP which swivels landscape/portrait and a 42" 1080p Hitachi Panel for use instead of an LCD TV. All are over 5 years old. With multiple inputs on the Sun and HP and an AV receiver feeding the Hitachi I never needed more than that. All still work and none are regularly used anymore as between laptops, tablets and a projector they no longer fit with device usage at home.
Re: Problems with Asus monitor
If you're using HDMI it is probably going to be a handshake issue of some sort. If it's an ATI/Nvidia video card do/did you have the propriety drivers installed?
As for the cause, take your pick. It could be the video/audio drivers, the monitor, the cable, the video card, incompatibility between the hdmi transceivers, hdmi timing issues or any combination of them. I have a PC which won't display anything over HDMI when it goes through my AV Receiver. The screen comes out of no signal mode, recognises there is a signal and the PC recognises there is a screen attached in the display properties, but nothing ever displays on the screen. Plugged directly into the display it works fine. Everything else I have works without problems via the AV Receiver.
HDMI is great when it works, but can be a nightmare to diagnose when it decides not to.
It once took a couple of hours to track down an XBMC issue I had after an upgrade when playback became all jerky and kept freezing with the newer XBMC version. They had changed the audio engine which required a setting in the Windows audio driver changing. Installing the previous XMBC version everything worked fine, upgrading playback went nuts and kept freezing all because of 1 setting in the HDMI audio drivers.
Someone actually noticed a switch was added? What gave it away, the sudden increase in productivity and decrease in complaining about network access?
I remember adding a wifi cable router to a network so a team I was in could actually do their jobs. Static IPs were required to let us through the firewall on a policy with less restrictions so we could connect to remote servers and do the work we were paid for. As the team expanded the 3 month + wait for IT to sort things out became a running joke. Another member of the team managed to get a spare high end desktop whitelisted so that became a LAN accessed team workstation as well.
If the software auditing the internal network ever raised a flag about an unknown device nobody ever acted on it. Every corporate I've worked in has had their internal network locked down so far I can't do the job they hire me for unless I use mobile internet or the buildings guest wifi. Unfortunately waiting for IT to sort it out would mean I'd have reached my contract end before I had access :(
Re: I also get the folks who break for no readily apparent reason
Right, it's not like any cars from say 2009/2010 had an issue with sudden acceleration.... or others randomly applying the electronic handbrake at speed for example... No Audi needed or involved in those 2 incidents.
What's more worrying is when the manufacturer tried to initially deny, then blamed on foot mats, then mechanical issues before going into out of court settlements when the 'drive-by-wire' system came into question.
Current cars already have software/mechanical issues the manufactures dispute exist, you think it's going to get better as the software gets more complicated and they can't blame the driver because the driver had no control?
My mistake, Orange used to be LLU, they were in my exchange, but it turns out they finally threw the towel in and gave up with LLU a few years ago, around the time when Orange and T-Mobile merged.
Many existing EE/Orange customers likely be signed up to an internet, phone rental and call package, with mobile and potentially TV with EE. If BT want to get rid of the EE branding they will need to convince those customers to stay and switch to a BT contract.
Maybe inertia will win and they'll stay, or it'll be the push to get them to see what the competition has on offer rather than continuing without question.