Re: So Their Project Succeeded?
.......they created a pig that really CAN fly?
Nearly. Four sprung pork technik...
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.......they created a pig that really CAN fly?
Nearly. Four sprung pork technik...
Yep. They will stop monitoring blanket phones.
All other phones, however...
That's rich! Mind you, I suppose it's immaterial how Acorn was asset-raped this far down the line. Boland and his cronies made their pounds of flesh and ARM managed a success that has annoyed certain competitors ever since!
I got the impression that this was a demo account. Those things are always filled with rubbish...
I don't believe that anyone said that Microsoft actually had the moral high ground, just that it was attempting to claim it over Google.
Hey! Pass it, don't hog it! ;-3-
I'm sorry Microsoft, but you can stick your spyware up your arse. Bye!
They probably already have. Didn't somebody already mention Special High Intensity Training?
Companies using Win 10 can probably be counted on the toes of your right hand.
For now, probably. No doubt some smaller companies that don't use domains and such may have "upgraded", possibly against their will as has been the case in some home environments.
The trouble there is that there are those out there that will, given the choice, swallow anything that Microsoft sends their way. When Vista came out, they were proud to have all their systems ready. Same with W7 and W8. Same with the server systems, though I should note that many of the server releases have been a lot better than the desktop equivalents, probably because the main part of a server doesn't really change that much from system to system and Microsoft knows better than to take risks with servers (hopefully!)
One of my previous employers is probably already feverishly peddling out W10 and is drooling over W2K16 Server as we speak...
To be honest, I'd cut them more slack if they hadn't previously been so vocal about other companies and their ID slurping activities. They made such a big thing about Google's Chrome, for example, that you could say that the whole thing is a blatant show of hypocrisy on Microsoft's part.
Having said that, however, I wouldn't cut them a lot of slack, especially not as it appears that renaming and reissuing highly unpopular "features" within the operating system, not to mention backporting these features to Windows 8.x and Windows 7 and forcefully downloading to users that have already expressed their wish not to "upgrade" shows that Microsoft are only interested in what they can get out of you. I've read items from apologists in various places (they seem to monopolise ZDNet at the moment, for example) but Microsoft's actions speak louder than any apologist's rantings.
You think that you're never tracked on the net? mmmm, interesting.
Everyone has been tracked in some way, but why make it easy to do?
I once taught a former boss to use a mouse using the game Lemmings.
To be honest, I've had a play with this whole container thing and I'm not totally sure about it. But then I don't play games that much... ;)
Windows8.2=10 is a scam. Full of spyware. The Metro/ModernUI childish unusable mess is still there and the start menu is a silly pathetic joke.
Heard it all before. Yes, W10 is not what we wanted but it isn't quite as bad as that! The "spyware" aspect isn't that bad (though it isn't good either) and much of it can be overcome while the whole business of the start menu can be avoided with the use of a replacement such as Classic Shell or similar.
Just trying out W2K16 TP4 right now. To be honest, the front end is a bit like a cross between W2K12 and W10, and the system unfortunately has a lot of the problems that Windows 10 is often called out for including the telemetry and the forced update regime (not something that I'd be happy about if I were a sysadmin, to be honest) but it's hardly a finished product so I'm just going to play with it and see what it can do.
With the Windows Update service switched off, of course!
While I agree that the current state of affairs of pop music is, as you say, stuffed full of auto-tuned, tinned, pre-digested music for the masses, the problem cannot be wholly based on the content. Personally I have used various services online to find, download, even purchase all sorts of music outside the mainstream that I probably would never had heard otherwise.
The biggest problem, however, is the greed, lack of foresight and hypocrisy of the media companies behind the music, whether you direct your ire at people like Simon Cowell or at large corporates who still dwell in the era where they controlled everything and have little interest in giving it up since, when that system still worked, it got them a lot of money.
The point is that that system doesn't work anymore which is why I tend to facepalm when someone like Taylor Swift gets a bug up her arse because she thinks that Spotify are screwing her over or when artists start up their own streaming service because they think that people will pay to use it on the basis of the few names that sign up to it (Tidal, anyone?)
Windows ME wasn't all THAT bad, personally I found it a better OS especially compared with the shite they called Windows 98. The one funny thing that would happen you'd unplug a USB device and BANG.... BSOD. I did have an eMachines back then so that might have also had something to do with it.
For me, that was the wrong way around. WMe on the various machines I had it on back in the day had a habit of "forgetting" devices and crashing badly - after all, that's where ME-Tan got her break! W98, on the other hand, was pretty solid, at least once we got the second edition. I can, however, understand the USB problems as W98 was only just picking up USB. I generally left USB alone until I was well away from the older MS-DOS based kernels - W2K onwards were a big improvement, IMHO.
Personally I never did try Windows 1. I did have a go of Windows 2.0 on a friend's second hand PC many years ago but I missed out on MS-DOS 2 and all the frippery that came with it. My first mouse-driven adventures were on RISC OS 2 (complete with its "Filecore in use" errors), then Windows 3.0 on an Olivetti system that my employers had brought in to replace Word-11 on the PDP-11s I used at the time. The person who specified the system, however, specified WordPerfect for DOS 5 so the GUI went unused for most of the time! I wasn't impressed....
...how much I really can't stand Ballmer's voice.
I got my first computer (Acorn Electron) in 1990 and I was 10. I started programming, guided by my uncle, and although I knew there was a lot to learn it did not seem impossible. This machine was clearly built by mere mortals, people like my father and uncles, and could be mastered.
But that was the difference back then. The Elk was based heavily on the BBC Micro and, like a lot of the computers of that age, they expected you to learn something to the extent that some systems, especially but not exclusively the various Acorns, expected you to have the basics of a language, even if all you were doing was LOAD, CHAIN, RUN, SAVE or EXEC.
To be honest, the generation that grew up around the various Acorns, Sinclairs, Commodores, yes even Dragons had a privileged view of the whole thing as the generations before didn't have as much opportunity and, more importantly, the generations since couldn't give a toss.
The computer is increasingly becoming a white good, much as televisions did toward the end of the last century. My father grew up when television was the incoming thing but by the time he retired, it was a thing that everyone had. It was treated as something ordinary, nobody knew how it worked or what they needed to do to keep it working correctly except for a small group, such as the one that my father worked for, that kept things running when they stopped working. It became the box in the corner that kept everyone entertained in the evenings. I can see computers going the same way.
Read, marked and inwardly digested. Mind you, as an Acorn user since my school days, I saw this coming a mile off.
Now we get to the crux of the matter.
We know that tablets and smartphones further remove their users from the muddy world of IT literacy, but how did we end up this way?
Consider, if you will, why these devices were developed. OK, I've used tablets and smartphones myself but mostly in the way they are meant to be used; consumption. That's why companies such as Google continue to develop Android; they get money back from the copious amounts of advertising they generate from your use of their system. Not really what Linux was developed for, is it?
So as Rick says, consumption is what these people use these devices for but consider why they are used that way and who is encouraging this. Not just Google either - Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and so on. They want your cash, they don't care how they get it, they will continue to make it easier to get at it and sod the IT literacy of the world.
(Typed from my home-built Linux based server)
If you delete your Google+ profile:
* Your comments and messages will be permanently deleted
This only affects messages and comments that were made using G+. If you made any comments under the old YouTube regime, they stay put.
* The following will be made private until you re-enable your channel:
◦Your channel name
Bullshit. My channel is still alive and well and unlocked.
* Other people's subscriptions to your channel "
Also bullshit. The only possible reason that might happen is where a subscription has been made to your G+ account rather than the YouTube account itself. Basically, this message was an obfuscated scare tactic to keep you on G+.
I've been waiting for Google to pull this pile of crap out of YouTube for quite a few months now, ever since they first announced that they would be removing G+ from YouTube. The only thing they did at that point was to finally stop nagging you every few months but still locked off the comment and flag stuff unless you signed up.
And yes, I just tried it again and yes, it still nags at you.
Emma Blackery's thoughts on Google+ (NSFW) (dates back to the original change a couple of years back)
Congress - Opposite of progress.
I prefer Douglas Adams on this subject. In one of his HHGTG books he stated that no person who wants to rule should be allowed to do it.
You've clearly forgotten about the nails, the cross and the crown of thorns.
Which pub is that, then?
What these stupid rednecks do not comprehend is that attacks on Muslims, and blatant hatred of all Muslims is EXACTLY what ISIS wants. How else can you approach other Muslims in these countries, except by pointing out that they are not welcome, and radicalize them??
Calm down, dear!
Actually, you are right. ISIS are effectively a radical Sunni faction who are trying to provoke the West into war. That was what all the beheading and the shooting at Charlie Hebdo was about too. The problem is how to detect a terrorist and how to deal with them. Consider that one imprisoned or executed terrorist in our eyes becomes a hero in the eyes of the radicals.
After all, these radicals are people with a firm belief in a teaching that dates back to the bronze age, further coloured by disagreements in interpretation. It's not surprising that a redneck would become somewhat angered by that since most rednecks, as far as I know (please correct me as I'm not American) tend to have a similar belief system, only using a different book.
"All pie should be free"
I liek pie... ;b..
Yes, that is more than a little dumb, however, let he whose country is without idiots cast the first stone.
Agreed, but then these other countries aren't calling for a ban on a group using methods of open communication on the internet.
Yet. (Give it time...)
That's assuming that they haven't already found a report somewhere that states that bronze badges are carcinogenic, of course!
Nae botha, Big 'Yin. Gonna gi' us ten guitars?
I was evicted from my dingey lair...
Two nuns in the bath...
"Yes, it does" ;)
Good for you, you like to use Linux. I like to use Windows, it is essential to my job, puts food on my table, pays for my mortgage (so I dont live with my mum still) and pays for my social life, that isnt spent dribbling over a kernel.
Hmm, so it would appear. Mind you, the last post I saw from you didn't appear to be particularly forthcoming about what you found better about one version of Windows against another so why should anyone take any notice when you try to criticise a thread's contents, an operating system or whatever?
I've written a lot over the last few months, especially about Windows 10 and Linux, and I'm sorry for boring some of you if that's how it seemed, but I try to give my reasons for my views on a particular system and help if I can. Even if that means dribbling over a kernel (though I forget how long it has been since I last needed to do that!)
All your files are exactly where you left them
...but all your base are belong to us!
@keithpeter: I'll probably give it a go next week if I get some time. I think most of the trouble with openSUSE right now is that TDE hasn't caught up with the new version yet though I have managed to get TDE working using 13.2's repo instead. Also managed it with Mint the week before - as a long term KDE3 user I can't praise it enough!
As for your Atom, I can't say that I'm surprised about the driver. Every Windows release has issues with drivers at some point in the early days. I've not really delved into that version of W10 though it looks interesting from what I've seen so far.
Actually I've been reading a few articles in other sites and forums (fora? forii?) regarding this and it looks like the shills and apologists are now out in force trying to limit the damage caused by Microsoft's arrogant actions with W10.
They insist that a lot of what is being said (especially some of the stuff here) is either exaggerated (I told you a million, billion times...) or even false and give all sorts of reasons why Microsoft needs its "telemetry" and so forth.
While I know where I stand in all this and have spoken out about it, I suspect that this whole business is far from over.
In fact I can see this rumbling on for quite a while yet, especially once the corporates start getting in on the action. Believe me, there is more than one corporate IT bod out there that will swallow Microsoft's bullshit whole and ask for second helpings. (I even briefly worked for one, so I know whereof I speak!)
we're still a few years away from being able to voice control your character in Halo 5, "switch weapons" "reload" "Throw grenade" would be nice,
Nice? Not sure about that. Konami Laserscope - Parents Will Love What They Don't Hear! (the actual clip is at 6:45 - Warning: NSFW).
So this week's favourite is Mint? What next week?
Who knows? Who cares?
Yay, free t-shirt!!!
I already said my bit. Personally I'm in the process of playing around with openSUSE's Leap and so far I am very unimpressed. Mint was my project last week and I managed to get it to run TDE with few problems other than it didn't like restarting unless I took it all the way down to init 0 first.
Never did hear much from people who said they were going to switch to Linux, did we?
Very very short sighted Microsoft, at least Siri works here even when giving directions you have to think twice as to how she mangled the French words in English.
I recall that Siri had a similar problem in the beginning. What was all that "I can only offer that service in the United States" business about, for example?
To be honest, I find that Merkan businesses have a very weird idea about how things hook up in Europe, either thinking that we are a "United States" where all of us merrily work together on one level or we are a bunch of countries that speak different languages and can never agree on anything. That's when they can actually point to where Europe actually is, of course!
Not sure about BASIC as a first learning language, but if she loves it and so do you, that's the main thing.
The actual language that you start with isn't as important as learning the various techniques and structures within programming. Some BASICs are better than others but if you learn properly, you will normally be able to switch between languages with little trouble.
For example, I started with Pascal rather than Basic and have mucked about with various shell scripts, COBOL, Python and a few more obscure languages that I doubt are in use anymore. Once you pick up the syntax, it's not that difficult.
It's what got me interested all those years ago.
Heh! The only use I ever had for that program was seeing what happened when you typed rude words in! Mind you, I was a lot younger then...
The VT220 was a good beast but a bit expensive. Mind you, at least it didn't fall in half like the VT100 did! I found out about that problem the HARD way!!!
If you had ever attempted to upgrade it to a "B" with 32K of memory, it probably wouldn't have worked anyway as the PSU wasn't good enough to handle the B's extra power requirements. Which is what I discovered when I tried a full A to B upgrade - had to send it back to Acorn who then replaced the PSU free of charge with one of the later beefier versions.
I did manage to put most of the upgrades needed for Model B working but I had an external PSU to power the 5.25" Opus disc unit I used. I really wished I had taken on the PSU upgrade - I forget why I didn't. It wasn't as if it hadn't had upgrade work before considering that it had the OS 0.10 EPROMs fitted from the factory. There used to be a dealer on the North Street roundabout in Romford that did that job.
Although I started my various courses on a Hewlett Packard 21MXE and an Apple II, the very first system I ever owned was a Sinclair ZX81 complete with wobbly RAM pack. It lasted for 6 months before I got sick of it and sold it to some guy in Ilford and used the money as part of a pre-order for a BBC Model A (I got in there before Acorn slapped the extra £50 on all machines).
Although this system is still in my flat in its original box, I haven't started it in a very long time, mostly because it has an original toroidal transformer PSU so before I ever get to put power into it I want to be damn sure that everything is free of leakage first! However it does bring plenty of memories back, not least because it meant that I no longer had to use that so-called "touch" keyboard that the ZX81 was known for!
1. Define and adopt several technologies
2. Give them specific names but never clarify what the difference is between them
3. Develop them for a number of years so that users eventually depend on them
4. Start to develop a new technology that does a similar thing but not quite the same or is inferior in some specific way
5. Announce to users that you will be dropping the older technologies in favour of the new one which will mean that some products produced for one of these older technologies will stop working.
6. Watch the users squirm and moan about which technology runs what and what might be broken once these technologies are dropped.
Of course, we have all been here before. Disinformation, information, conflict, FUD. Vote with your feet rather than complain on a forum - if you feel that Firefox have screwed the pooch, go get something else!
Personally, I'm doing nothing yet because Mozilla are only saying stuff rather than actually doing stuff right now. When they actually start doing stuff, then I'll probably look at what they have done and make my own move.
40 - 45 mins to figure out patches were available, then another god-knows how long to fail to install them after I walked away completely bored and came back later to a meaningless error code.
Didn't Microsoft release a patch recently to fix that problem?
In fact, anecdotal evidence suggests that the patch quality of Microsoft has regressed after Nadella had replaced Ballmer.
I'd agree to an extent if it wasn't for the fact that a lot of the problem relates to the people further down the ladder who advise the top brass and get them to adopt their pet projects. Chances are that few of these have changed.
Having said that, though, the buck stops with Sadistic Nutella. He took the job, he has to answer for his staff's screwups.
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An Immediate Review is under way.
Several days leter..
The results of the review are in. We screwed up.
I have a clock on my desktop. I can also use this to type things in. You might have noticed!
I have a clock in my car. I can also use that to go places with. Many places also have clocks.
I have a clock on my smartphone. I can also use that to make calls. If I need to check messages, I can use it.
I have survived many years without the need for a watch of the normal variety.
Smartwatches, in my opinion, have no useful function. Just another fad, much like a pet rock. You can pass that on to Apple if you want.
Hmm... pet rock? No, that isn't a Pebble reference either.
I would have said the same had it not for encounters with them when I worked for a short time behind the scenes at Sky TV in the early naughties. Actually it was amazing to see what TV folk used behind the scenes to produce shows back then.
That sounds like an even larger headache/virus vector/ privacy invasion then its worth. But, thanks for offering to keep our options open. Such a shame that my computing "future" does NOT include any more MicroSoft products though. But, I'll be sure to tell my Nan about it though....
sob...sob... Microsoft invading a Linux thread.... </sarcasm>