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Comment Re:It's the connectivity (Score 2) 450

If your company wants to deploy VDI they'll figure out the connectivity requirements soon enough.

You're right, though - any kind of network or server outage has people twiddling their thumbs while you're still paying them. Not ideal.

The main complaints I see about VDI, aside from connectivity issues, is that it "isn't fast enough" to play video and games. Big deal. The majority of corporates are supposed to be working in Office-like apps typing documents, editing spreadsheets or pulling together slideshows - no video requirement there. Big bosses don't want you to access YouTube or whatever other time-wasting video sites you like to inhabit.

The minority of people actually needing physical desktops (for things such as network sniffers and maintenance) won't be on VDI.

Comment Re:I think most people missed the point (Score 1) 429

But we are talking about a computer game and game characters didn't really have very realistic faces back in the day, Since TRON takes place inside a computer, then that kind of facial graphic is exactly what I would expect to see.

In the original Tron, actors' faces were the only exposed part (the rest was "suit"), so they were actually the only realistic part inside the computer in the film. I don't think the makers of Tron: Legacy have an excuse for pulling another Polar Express.

Comment Deployment has improved, not quality (Score 1) 166

From TFA:

The algorithms that we use today for speech recognition, for natural language translation, for chess playing, for logistics planning, have evolved remarkably in the past decade.

I for one am yet to see any major improvements in speech recognition in the last ten years. It seems that it plateaued around 1995-2000 and hasn't had any decent improvements since.

Meanwhile, speech recognition has seen an increase in deployments in things such as:

  • voice-driven menu systems... "I'm sorry, did you say 'put me through to an terminator'?", and
  • speech-to-text voicemail... Telstra in Australia is a classic for this, with voicemail SMS's being nearly incomprehensible in conjunction with changing peoples' names such as "Royce" into something completely different such as "Melissa". wtf?

Speech recognition still has a long way to go me thinks.

Comment Re:I should add... (Score 1) 342

You won't have any problems with .NET apps though - even those which directly access system DLLs. So as long as most of your software is built with .NET on Windows, you might be just fine.

Can I sell you a clue?


You only have to step very slightly outside of the core .NET namespaces (system.*) before .NET has problems being portable between Windows 7, Vista, and XP. Even System.Net.* behaves slightly differently on each of those platforms.

Comment Blog owner has face palmed (Score 3, Informative) 280

As already mentioned above, the multimeter in the picture is reading 2.164 megaohms which is quite a high resistance and would make no difference at all to the operation of the Kindle.

It seems that the blog owner has realised their mistake and replaced their blog entry with the content of another, but not before it made it's way into Google Cache

For those interesting in seeing the high-resolution "Oopsie" image, it is here.

Comment Re:they didn't "accidentally" collect it (Score 2) 201

I'm a little confused on how giving more people access to the data helps to ameliorate the supposed privacy invasion?

Hear! Hear! This from TFA:

"We’re not asking for names or addresses. We want to see the nature of the data they have," he added.

Um, excuse me? What business is it of yours? They've already told you what types of data have been sniffed. Why do you need to see it?

Comment Re:Sounds just like Microsoft (Score 1) 245

According to previous advice from Microsoft (which they issued when Google announced the Google Chrome Frame Plugin for IE), browser plugins are additional security risks which should be avoided.

Which, I might point out, didn't stop them from silently installing the "Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant" add-on in the Firefox browser so Firefox users would be vulnerable to attack ^h^h^h...^h^h^h able to install ClickOnce applications hosted on the web.

Comment Re:But but but (Score 1) 536

Commercial is different though, with FOSS I and (everyone else should for that matter), expect that there are no backdoors and it does exactly what it says it does.

That is supposed to be one of the biggest "selling points" of FOSS.

Yes, that is supposed to be one of the selling points (in relation to Many Eyes), however, lest we forget... http://cyberinsecure.com/adware-back-door-in-firefox-language-pack/

This particular issue wasn't in the core app, though, it found it's way in via a language pack. It just demonstrates that FOSS isn't immune.

Comment Re:But but but (Score 2) 536

Also from that link...

This is not the first time that the NSA has partnered with Microsoft during Windows development. In 2007, the agency confirmed that it had a hand in Windows Vista as part of an initiative to ensure that the operating system was secure from attack and would work with other government software. Before that, the NSA provided guidance on how best to secure Windows XP and Windows 2000.

Oh, my sides! I guess that was an epic FAIL for the NSA then? (Either that, or Windows might actually have been more vulnerable to attack without their help.)

Comment Re:Can we PLEASE.... (Score 1) 423

I also tried to explian that "hacking" was modifying a piece of hardware to do what it wasn't designed for (my favorite all time hack was the O2 scrubbers on the Apollo 13 mission, that was some excellent thinking)

Your example doesn't quite fit the definition. Whilst that was excellent thinking for the Apollo 13 mission it was essentially making a scrubber out of... a scrubber. The stupidity that led to the problem in the first place was that instead of using one type of scrubber throughout, the CM scrubbers were square and the LEM scrubbers were round - truly a square-peg-in-a-round-hole problem.

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