127 posts • joined Friday 19th October 2007 21:24 GMT
"One runs your app, one runs your antivirus or some OS stuff in the background, and the others do sod-all most of the time."
Not strictly true. The operating system scheduler will balance processes/threads across all available cores, even if applications themselves are not technically SMP-aware. There is no specific affinity by default for your antivirus or your background "OS stuff" to run on one single core.
Re: I presume...
This is Apple we're talking about. Of course you can't.
Re: who cares ?
No. Just no.
There are reasons that Linux does not dominate the desktop. The "YOU SHOULD USE LINUX BECAUSE IT IS BETTER!!!1" argument is getting exceptionally tiring. The average person and their family do not care about Linux, or your opinion.
Besides, all software has vulnerabilities. The only difference is that Microsoft vulnerabilities are more publicised.
Myst certainly holds a place in my heart, as one of the earliest games I played when I was younger (and frankly without any idea what I was doing), progressively improving my thinking as I grew older until finally one day reaching a eureka moment and actually progressing into and out of the Ages. It's total lack of direction can be boring to some, but it can also be frankly inspirational, much in the same way that Minecraft achieves. What I wouldn't give to see a version of Myst reimaged for today's high density displays and GPU power.
As a HP employee I was taken in by the discount pricing we get on the ElitePad 900, and whilst the Atom processor may not be a powerhouse, this is by far the nicest tablet I've ever picked up. It's a solid build with an aluminium case and Gorilla Glass, it's lighter than the Motorola Xoom that I had before it (and apparently lighter than the Surface too) and it gets decent battery life. I also find Windows 8 very intuitive with a touchscreen. I would easily have paid full price for it.
I almost did buy a Surface, but was ultimately put off Windows RT (and not wanting to pay the kind of money for the Surface Pro when it's so bulky/heavy and with such bad battery life).
Re: Increasing number of sites inoperable in Firefox?
"Yes, of course, the answer depends upon the add-ons. I use NoScript, Adblock, Flashblock, and Cookie Monster (yes, of course, you are correct, I am a Yank, so nothing less than overkill will do)."
You are modifying the pages and stripping out features. What else did you expect to happen?
Re: No Choice but Windows 8?
Windows versions going back as far as XP, or possibly even 2000, have had the ability to prioritise background services over desktop applications. And as for Live Tiles, they can be turned off.
Just buy a Windows 8 laptop and have done with it. Why everyone has such a thing against it I have no idea.
Re: "they've been about being in the market"
Zune = iPod. Tablets = iPad. Fossil Watch = iPod nano (near as damnit). Kin phone = iPhone. Microsoft TV = Apple TV.
To say that any of the above ideas were "flops" is inaccurate - in fact, in different incarnations, the ideas you mentioned have all been a commercial success. The important factor here is time; these ideas were ahead of their time when Microsoft built them. The only reason that Apple succeeded with them is because they were more tuned to market trends of the time.
The only reason I don't mention Windows CE above is because Windows CE is more of an industrial embedded solution than a consumer one.
I don't really care if GCHQ know where my car is. They already know where my phone is, and that's usually in the car with me. However, the prospect of using this information to improve busy roads and driving is a very enticing prospect.
We have Windows 8 at work
... and no issues. Everything works and users are happy enough with it.
Re: The real problem with Android
"Android was designed to run 'java', well, actually it's not 'java' it's just some propriatary thing that looks quite a lotl ike java but isn't. The glaring consequence is all that existing stuff needs a lot of work to port it when on symbian there wasn't such an issue."
Did you ever try programming anything on Symbian? It was awful. Making use of the Java language was one of the smartest things the Android development team could have done - make use of existing programming knowledge and remove a number of scary low-level considerations.
"she emailed over copies of them... and then immediately began panicking"
When people are asked for these kinds of details, why are they not asking why first? Why does common sense never seem to prevail before people act?
Outstanding ignorance. Google have already publicly stated that advertising on the device is banned.
In fairness, the guy has a point. TalkTalk are all too happy to wait for BT to spend the money on fitting fibre. They don't like BT's terms but they aren't prepared to do it themselves.
The problem with advertising online is that it's just distracting. On a full-sized webpage on a desktop or laptop computer it's less of an issue, because usually there is more than enough screen estate to sacrifice a little bit for advertising. On a mobile phone, the opposite is true. The mobile web-surfing population do not want advertising because it's already compact enough as it is. These ads that appear in apps and mobile web pages aren't useful or nice. They take up too much space, the animations are annoying and they are using up my already-precious-and-expensive data allowance.
"No mention of the health effects of running around screaming at people, another salient characteristic of the great tech CEO."
This actually made my day.
Re: HD Graphics ?
Go and turn on the text scaling on your existing Windows desktop - that's how it'll work. Windows is capable of operating at even custom DPI levels, sizing the interface elements to match.
Screw that. Get Nokia to work with Google on building a pure Nexus handset, and they will win.
Re: i have to use outlook.com
Now, please, sit down.
Re: RE: DiBosco
Am I the only one that is IMMEDIATELY turned off by how awful the text rendering is in Qt/KDE?
Re: desktop environment?
What I actually mean is - if you can refrain from twisting my words for a moment - the average computer user has existing expectations of how their should work and what it should do, for example, the starting point to entering a task should be visible on-screen. Views like "fuck desktops just use a window manager guys! LINUX UNITE!" are narrow-minded and non-inclusive. Linux has failed to become an everyday desktop operating system for this reason; for a large number of people because these expectations are not met, and all Linux people seem to do is sit back and say "well gee just use openbox!" instead of fixing the issues at hand.
Re: desktop environment?
You are not the typical computer user, then.
Re: AM Gale - So without free advertising, FireFox can't get downloads?
@M Gale "MS deliberately kept moving the HTML goal posts for no other reason than to shake off rival browsers and OS's (but claiming "richer browsing experience"). IE was the only browser which worked properly with many sites built with MS's own authoring software (Front Page I think it was)."
This is a weak argument though because the web is not, and never will be, fully standardised. The decentralised nature of the Internet simply doesn't permit it. Incidentally, FrontPage didn't need to guarantee cross-browser interoperability in the same way that Microsoft Word doesn't need to guarantee complete formatting consistency with OpenOffice. The people who chose to use FrontPage made a choice; they chose Microsoft.
Re: Maybe I'm cynical, but...
@Anonymous Coward "Apple is not a monopoly..."
The term "monopoly" would imply that Microsoft are the only people to provide a browser for Windows. You and I both know that this is not the case, and on a similar front, Microsoft have never actually stopped you from downloading and using an alternative either. It's no easier to download a different browser now than it was back in the Netscape era; the only thing that has changed is public perception of the issue. So please, step down from your high horse and take your pathetic insults elsewhere.
Maybe I'm cynical, but...
... all this Browser Choice stuff is bullshit.
You choose to buy a Mac and you get OS X with Safari preinstalled, there's no Browser Choice screen and nobody cares. If you choose to buy a Windows PC, then you should expect that your default browser will be a Microsoft one because you bought into Microsoft when you chose the Windows PC. It should be your responsibility to seek out a different browser if you want one - it should not be Microsoft's responsibility.
Re: Empires Rise...
You, like most other people who buy Android phones, made the fatal mistake of purchasing a non-Nexus device. The Nexus line showcase vanilla Android's power and simplicity. Every other manufacturer/operator-modified Android phone is just an extremely poorly butchered relation.
Except for the fact that...
... every single "consumer" desktop environment on Linux is rubbish.
Re: Use OpenOffice
OpenOffice is awful.
Re: Say What Now?
My understanding is that Office will be included with Windows RT, therefore you don't need to buy it.
Frankly the responses in this thread amaze me
... considering this is supposed to be a tech website frequented by tech-savvy users and commenters.
The UK has seen a steady rise in broadband availability in rural areas for years now, and they aren't going to turn off terrestrial tomorrow. Like the article says, if it ever came near the drawing board, a required availability would be determined for the entire nation, and by that time we're likely to have broadband in more places at higher speeds regardless.
Paris, because even she can read.
"It's broken basically"
The capacitive buttons: I'm curious...
On the Galaxy Nexus, if you load up an "old" app which still needs the "old" Menu button, a new button appears at the bottom right to open it. However, if the One X's buttons are fixed capacitive ones, how do you access that menu on a One X?
Oh look, the iPhone-using community can no longer include Instagram in their fanboyism because it's no longer exclusive to them. What a terrible shame.
(What is it with iPhone users anyway? I've owned an iPhone before - it wasn't godlike.)
Re: A total waste of time and money
"The correct answer for the intermediate term is to stick with IPv4 and use more NAT and more private addresses."
No. No no no. No no no no no, never ever. Never!
NAT is a dirty hack which never should have existed in the first place. The Internet is designed to make machines globally routable. NAT breaks that very philosophy.
If my ISP ever put me behind carrier NAT, I will cancel my service.
Re: This leads into the other major issue with IPv6: the inability to do multihoming.
IPv4 and IPv6 multihoming is not any different whatsoever. Multihoming is the ability to route the same address space through multiple logically independent networks. The requirement for a "carrier-independent" address is exactly the same in both IPv4 and IPv6 if you want to perform true multihoming in the Internet BGP sense of the word.
Don't blur the thick black line between multihoming and load balancing.
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