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Comment It's about internet filtering (Score 1) 231

Strongly suspect the main reason the browser developers like Microsoft Defender as a "well behaved" AV is because it's purely a file level defence, and so doesn't interfere with the behaviour of the browser. Unlike many third party AVs, that will intercept internet traffic, looking for bad stuff before it hits your browser.

That's good from a browser point of view, because they don't have to deal with browsing problems being caused by the AV engine (for example, without whitelisting, ESET's engine will cause logins to my wireless router's web interface to break).

But it's not so good from an end user perspective, when malicious content is attacking the HTML / Javascript engines. There are trade offs to however you choose to manage your security, but I suspect for most people, actually using a good 3rd party paid-for AV is a good balance of having reasonably good protection without having to be overly pro-active in managing it.

Comment Re:Ignoring Customers (Score 1) 105

I don't want a cheap device for the sake of having a cheap device - I'm prepared to pay a bit more for the right set of features. It needs to be the right size, it needs to have a good battery life, it needs a headphone jack...

But when you can get very capable handsets like the OnePlus 3 at a reasonable price, there is no point in paying twice as much for a Pixel or an iPhone - regardless of what features they add.

Comment Re:Where have I heard that before (Score 3, Interesting) 609

And the UK has a majority government with only a third of the votes cast, only a quarter of the total electorate.

The thing with governments, prime ministers and presidents though is that you have to have someone doing the job. There are some checks and balances to potentially limit what they can do, and you have to have another vote on them in a few years.

Leaving the EU isn't like that. Theoretically we could choose to reapply after we have left, but the terms would be different, and there is no guarantee that we would be welcomed. There is no fixed term to say we will re-evaluate it in four years, or four years after that, etc. It's not an absolutely permanent position, but it's a fundamentally more rigid.

Comment Re:Complainers gonna complain (Score 1) 675

I'm not going to buy it.

Then again, I only bought a laptop last year, so I wasn't in the market anyway - but if I was, I wouldn't buy it.

But, as laptops usually have an average of 3 - 5 years life, then you might say up to 80% of the future market for upgrades weren't ready to buy one now anyway.

Surely that 80% should be allowed to be vocal that the changes are heading in the wrong direction, otherwise there is no chance of Apple listening to feedback in even the medium term.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 5, Insightful) 596

Users are also capable of not telling the truth. The logs are almost certainly accurate.

That doesn't entirely rule out a fault - if the system erroneously reads a 100% accelerator pedal depression, then it will record that and act on it; the error then being in the sensor, not the logging or action taken by the car.

But when somebody is parking, they are going to press the brake to stop - and if they find they are not stopping, or accelerating, they'll press it harder. So a 100% depression is also consistent with someone mistakenly pressing the accelerator instead of the brake.

When you make it possible to the blame the car, some people are going to do so instead of taking responsibility. On balance, I'm inclined to believe this was user error.

Comment I have some sympathy... (Score 2) 359

The immediate reaction is to say it is silly that they are not offering a 64-bit version.

But many developers are likely using a number of extensions - which will currently be 32-bit because that's what Visual Studio is, and 64-bit would require all the extensions provide new versions as well.

It probably wouldn't take a huge effort to offer Visual Studio as both 32-bit and 64-bit versions (just like Office). But a more useful - although much longer - use of engineering effort would be to take the full Visual Studio experience on to the CLR.

Comment Re:Oh hell no (Score 1) 216

My initial thought was to worry about the safety of the flight - more so than a car, where it's easier for you to get cold feet about the car or driver and change your mind.

And I suppose you can't do much about a lunatic thinking they can book it and then hijack it / blow it up.

But actually, in terms of airworthiness of the plane / pilot - well, you kind of hope that the pilot has a vested interest in making it to their destination safely too.

Comment Re:If they're so smart... (Score 1) 160

The UX is *horrible*

- random jumps of categories, when all you want to do is go to "my list".
- "my list" on the TV app is frequently out of date
- the TV app often shows the wrong image for the entry
- the TV app crashes too frequently
- apps don't always remember that you are logged in / they change the log in procedures
- expiry dates are now completely hidden (used to be easily visible on the "My list" of the website

Add to that, it has always been difficult / impossible to accurately see what has been added recently (thank god for "New on Netflix" - without that site, the service would be completely unusable).

Every single change they've made to the website / apps since I signed up for the service a couple of years ago has made it worse. And there is no sign that they are actually listening to what people need from the service.

Comment scenarios where Launcher Shortcuts make sense (Score 1) 68

None. There are none.

Assuming that this is the same as 3D touch (which it looks to be), that is... well, at best 3D touch is a useless feature that doesn't work reliably and you can ignore. At worst, it's yet another overloaded function on an interface that gets in the way and causes problems.

It's a pity that phone / OS manufacturers are too busy focusing on silly gimmicks, instead of rock solid reliability, responsive UIs that don't require a ton of CPU / GPU power and longer battery life.

Comment What are they smoking? (Score 1) 171

I bought a Kindle Voyage. It was quite expensive, but at the time, the front light and higher resolution was somewhat justifiable. But that's now been eroded by the Paperwhie, and if I was buying now, there isn't much point in the Voyage.

Now they bring out a device that's nearly twice the price of the Voyage. While I appreciate e-ink for reading, that's an awful lot for a one trick pony. And for what added value? An unnecessarily long battery life?

I sure hope they weren't expecting any sales.

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