Its always some creep, never Benedict Cumberbatch that Photobombs me.
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Shocked model looks on, as the eensy weensy little black spider dress requires last minute seam adjustment by the Designer.
iPhone Plus's new macro feature shows the contents of the Gorilla's hand up close.
Get off me, you big Gorilla!
At Harry the Spider's Coming out Party, he surprises guests by wearing his Cadbury's Gorilla suit.
(Ref: Classic Cadbury's Ads)
Using Find my Arthropod, led to a grim discovery.
She still prefers the classic arthropod to an iPhone 6
Moss (ITCrowd): I see you're trying a facial expression in the shape of 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, in an attempt to get the landed spider to float off.
I'm shouldering a leggy Brazilian.
Hey, there's an Ape for that!
'No Appointments today'...and I was so happy when Elephants Everywhere told me I'd get a maximum 5 bars, when I moved here.
Just accepted the new Spotify privacy terms, it now knows I'm facebook friends with a Giraffe, a Chimpanzee, an Elephant, a Rhino and a Cheetah - its recommending Jungle music constantly.
All I do is type 'Gorilla' and Google Maps takes me to a big house that looks lovely.
Google manages to patent 30% of ideas Linus Torvalds thought he'd thought of.
In other news..
Google managed to issue Patents on 30% of the ideas Linus thought he'd thought of, before him.
Nothing like scanning his Emails/Spam conversations for some juicy new IP, hey Google?
Re: Deja vu
MS will probably give you 'Quartana', a quarter (ed. none) of the features of Cortana.
Erh - well actually, a Cortana Icon that you can press again and again and it plays back one of 4 random different recorded digital samples again and again of Cortana's voice, like one of those Cry Real Tears Dolls, where you pulled a string to hear her voice.
Surface RT will have the familiar touchy feely sound of Cortana, you can add your own tears for effect.
Microsoft were betting on Intel reaching 10nm sooner, for 'Phone' use.
Things aren't looking good for the converged universal platform based around Windows 10, but more specifically mobile Intel based devices (<10" screens) running Windows 10. MS bet Intel, its looking like Arm 'is' the future.
Microsoft looks to have bought the Intel line that Intel would be ready for (moving forward) a bulkier OS (added to as a service) running on Intel for mobile platforms at 10nm, formerly known as Nokia Lumias, Microsoft Lumia, now 'Phones', (that's right you heard me - its a Phone!) .
Maybe Windows 10 mobile was meant to be another stepping stone OS, like WP7, converging everything around Windows 10, with the common element been the ability to run universal apps - as power and efficiency of Intel chips reached their best at 10nm but also converging towards a bulkier OS, as your first point of call for Windows.
Given the Intel news, Sataya will concentrate on Android and iPhones, to overlay/project the Windows 10 experience, hence the latest line 'Its a Phone!' NOT a Microsoft Lumia reference when demoing Continuum at WPC 2015 on what looked like a Micrososft Lumia Device.
Re: Microsoft Marketing , useless beyond belief.
You're completely missing the point that the new pup turns into an old dog over time, you know how it will get treated, eventually.
Microsoft Marketing , useless beyond belief.
Someone you know has asked you to take on looking after a new puppy, they've called it Windows 10. Its free, and says he promises to make sure it gets its injections, to prevent any illness.
It'll probably pi.ss over a few things to start with, but over time should settle. It should do what its told, but needs to be fed its expensive regular food 'Office 2016/365', for some reason it won't eat the perfectly free alternative diet of LibreOffice (Well that's what you're told).
The puppy expects you to constantly play with its new toys MS Edge and Cortana which you're warned will become tiresome and tedius, even after a few minutes.
Trouble is, you've just seen how he treats his existing dog 'XP'. He's told everyone publicly, bar you he's cutting his costs and no longer going to support it, stopping even its injections - even though its a perfectly reliable old dog, and lots of other people love it.
Most think its now likely to die a slow death from something it caught. HIs only interest now is this new pup, Windows 10 - that pis.ses everywhere at the moment.
Do you take the new dog? or look for an alternative, a spritely looking Penguin say.
You've still got to sell'em!
You've still got to sell'em!
There's just not much love left. Its all but a dead platform. MS's deep pockets are been zipped up.
Microsoft have just pissed too many people off along the way:
Windows Mobile, then Windows Phone 7 customers.
AT&T Windows 8 premium Lumia customers that didn't get Updates.
No shiny Apple Style Stores Worldwide to spread the love.
Lots of vocal folk that feel MS are pushing out Windows 10 too early.
And crucially a CEO, who just sees other platforms as just, if not more capable to build software for.
That's before you even start on the Windows Ecosystem v Android, Apple.
WINDOWS 10 CRS-7 EDITION RTM FINAL
Linux Users: Just continously search Google for
'Windows 10 CRS-7 Edition RTM FINAL'
so that Windows 10 and SpaceX's failed re-supply launch are intrinsically linked forever more.
MS have reason to be worried:
Linux Mint 17.2 is actually very good, a solid release with 4-5 years long term support, match it with the upcoming LibreOffice 5.0, once released around the 29th JULY 2015 (coincidentaly).
The way Nadella's Microsoft is going..
The way Nadella's Microsoft is going - it won't be long before they give Ubuntu a Windows 10 'skin', and promote it as another way to run universal apps.
Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon, copied to a USB stick, it boots under 15 sec, to a very nice 2015 desktop, plus the benefit of 4-5 years long term support.
Its worth having a Mint 17.2 USB Bootable disk around just to support borked Windows 7/8.1 -> Windows 10 upgrades/installs, you'll be able to retrieve files for users with faces looking like Elon Musk since Sunday. (i.e. what the hell just happened, where's all my stuff (and potential to earn money) gone?
Do MS users even understand the distinction while upgrading between Windows 10 and (lack of) Device Drivers. Even if they do, Microsoft are going to get the Flak.
Windows 10 CRS-7 Edition (RTM) got its view first preview yesterday (28/06/15) by all accounts.
Video Killed the Radio Star, how things come full circle.
Apple Music kills Windows Phone. Radio 1's (now Apple) Zane Lowe, has pretty much sealed Windows Phone's fate, before its even begun and killed any Music/Video/Streaming revenue model MS might have had in mind.
Microsoft Marketing Car Crashes.
I'm sure the Microsoft Surface problems (N.B.Not Surface Pro) are due to some MS bright spark cost cutting at the last minute, making the switch to using the Atom x7 Baytrail, rather than a Core-M processor, not realising the knock on development consequences. Intel had probably prioritised driver development for the Core-M, their flagship low power processor, over the Atom x7.
MS Surface desperately needs a Core-M to be taken seriously as a device.
As usual, lots of marketing mistakes from Microsoft, ditching the Modern App of Skype, just as you're launching a new Windows 10 OS, whose main new feature is Universal Apps, Modern Apps (across a few more platforms) in all but name. Telling everyone they should use the Win32 Desktop version, says they couldn't get the Universal App finished in time or functionally complete, with the API set of Universal Apps.
In marketing terms, its all very messy. MS do seem determined to stick to the July Release, it can only end in tears. I'm not sure October 2015 is even realistic, now.
Re: Stuff G.fast!
BT in the form of BT Openreach has done hardly any maintenance of its rural infrastructure themselves for years, its mostly been left to rack and ruin. There are plenty of telephone exchange buildings looking dilapidated/unpainted since built in the 1970s. The only time some manhole covers have been lifted in the last 30 years, is because of tax payer funded BDUK installs.
So called 'Fibre rollout', but it turns out that 0.5mm copper is been replaced by 0.9mm copper to 'just' so meet outer targets, to prevent having to install real FTTP to those hamlets.
Instead of G.fast, maybe we should drop a few test Fibre Optical cables between two or more villages in a roadside ditch or along a river embankment/edge and see how long it lasts?
Its only got to last between 2 and 5 years, enough time to prioritise the areas where the cables need to properly installed, from revenues gained. The ones getting damaged you target for install. Do you think vast arrays of g.fast technology won't require maintenance?
An Ad-hoc approach in Rural Wales for instance, is actually quite a good idea. Certain locations between towns, across farmland/hedgerows never see the light of day, by anyone. Public footpaths could be targeted, but there's always a chance a farmer could cut it, so its worth letting local farmers/local authorities know of the their existence.
Better than G.fast, by miles. G.fast is a non starter rurally.
Re: Stuff G.fast!
AC, if you live more than 500m by cable from the nearest FTTC cab (thats about 250-300m as the crow flies), none of these headline grabbing G.fast plans will ever reach you, the maths (costs) just doesn't add up.
Its about time we started laying Fibre to you, by whatever means possible - doing the job once and doing it well - because its going to take a very long time to connect everyone to these sort of speeds.
G.fast is only good for the people already getting 50+Mbps on FTTC. In a NotSpot with FTTC?, you'll be in a NotSpot for G.fast.
It needs a vast rollout of FTTrNs + FTTC for this to be viable, a minimum of 8 FTTrN+1 FTTC, per 2km2, for partial coverage. 16 FTTrN+1 FTTC per 2km2 to get blanket coverage.
Rurally, 'Ad hoc' Fibre bright yellow cabling left loose down roadsides, could do a better job and much cheaper.
Over time, this could be placed into ducts, from subscription revenue, but would allow the network to be up and running quickly. Rurally, cabling is less likely to be subject to vandalism.
G.fast is going to end up like supporting 5 versions of Windows -XP,Win7,Win8,Win8.1,Win10
This sounds like its going to be a practical nightmare to support, to get theoretical max 300Mbps throughputs, just to keep using their huge copper (there's a lot of aluminum too) assets.
BT are forgetting we need complex equipment on the premises that has to interact with what is likely to end up a support nightmare, the equivalent of supporting 5 Different Versions of Windows, along with 5 Different Versions of Macs. Attempting to update equipment, BT have no physical access to if an update fails to apply, then left communicating at the old protocol, producing unacceptable crosstalk.
You move home, your old VSDL router connected at the equivalent protocol of 'Win10', (my analogy) the new home uses a 'Win7' protocol Cabinet (hasn't yet had an update). The subscriber uses it anyway, manages to connect. This interferes with the neighbours connection, causing crosstalk, but crosstalk due to connecting using the wrong protocol for that cab. Or the cab uses the other ECI design, not a Huawei one, which isn't 'exactly' compatible, giving very low throughput rates.
BT is going to have to keep all their pre-installed managed Huawei/ECI VDSL Modems up to date, keep a complete inventory of models in use, which then allows BT a monopoly on the premises supplied equipment. We're back to the day's of using one telephone and one socket, circa 1970's supplied by BT.
Can't see BT supporting the vast array of VDSL routers over time, i.e. Netgear D6400, or a ASUS DSL-N66U. The newly released Netgear firmware supposedly doesn't even support g.fast yet.
I'm fine with all this if BT are paying but Taxpayer funded? NO WAY.
Re: The Windows10 (aka Windows 8.2) facade and DirectX12 lies...
It's almost like the person in charge of the first Windows 10 TP left at Christmas 2014, and someone heavily involved in Windows 8/8.1 got promoted, because most of the functionality in TP1's Start Menu has now transitioned back into a Metro / Modern Style Menu with little to no, functionality.
Stardock's Start10 (at its first attempt) was better than anything so far seen in Windows 10 Desktop, how does that figure?
F8 'safe mode' needs to a least have an option that it automatically re-enables itself for the next 10 reboots, if for any reason a Windows Update fails, Windows fails to boot.
I can't understand why they didn't use the basis of Windows RT/Windows 10 Mobile, but compiled on an Intel Processor, to produce a Live Bootable USB Version of Windows 10 Mini Desktop that runs as a desktop 'Live' OS, but just runs Modern Apps, i.e ditching the Win32 legacy. Sort of a full blown, WinPE of Windows 10.
Not as a replacement product for 'full fat' Windows 10, but as a supplement product, as a support OS, Recovery Tools, Basic IE / Edge use / Office 365 Use, in the same way you can use a Ubuntu Live Bootable USB Installer.
MS need to stop forcing things, and just give users the tools to let them choose, A 'live' cut down USB version of Windows 10, where you can use just Modern Apps, might actually be quite popular.
MS could have given the USB 'live' version of Windows 10 Desktop away for free, and charged for the full desktop upgrade inc Win32 legacy, much more sensible.
Why call the July release 'Windows 10'?
I'd say it needs a lot more time, best to go by the Telemetry data; Microsoft Feedback programme hasn't suddenly dropped to a few whispers, now has it - in terms of numbers.
I'm sure Microsoft would be shouting that from the rafters, if they had.
Like Windows 8 they had a date for release, and this (Windows 10) seems exactly the same methodology, get it out the door, patch later.
What seems daft is naming the July build 'Windows 10', because if its free/or with special discounts for 12 months there is absolutely no need to officially name it 'Windows 10' (the name that could stick/be associated to a bad first release) during the launch period.
Much better, giving it a much softer, but more robust (over time) launch. Calling it officially Windows 10 in Jul/Aug 2016, when discounts end, seems more sensible given its current build state.
Its different to Windows 8 in this regard as that was a charged upgrade from the start.
So will Apple apply a bit of taptic touch on Quebec?.
Given the bad press for Apple Watch 'hands free' in-car use, wondering if Apple have any means of closing a few factories, putting off a few store openings in the regiion of Quebec.
Seems the way of Big Biz of late, when things aren't to their liking, applying a bit of taptic touch (pressure) lovingly.
Re: The sheer irony of BT, in choosing Swansea/Wales.
Totally unrepresentative of the rest of Wales though, G.fast is a technology that has no place in Wales, well what most of us know to be Wales, not some token City Centre Swansea location.
The sheer irony of BT, in choosing Swansea/Wales.
The sheer irony of BT. If there is one place in the UK where G.fast will never be practical to do roll-out-en-masse, its Wales.
Lets get the truth out there straight away.
This is a BT 'trophy project' like VW building the Audi RX7, when 99% of what they sell are Polo's and Golf Match. If you're Welsh, live rurally - it will never be a rolled out, it just doesn't make economic sense.
The FTTC solution that's being chosen by BT for the UK, works well in Cities/Market Towns (in the town itself) but its not a good solution for (mostly rural) Wales or rural hamlets / sparsely populated housing.
Coverage en-masse - You need to 'carpet bomb' a new FTTC Roadside Cab every 2(km2) to cover the UK. Otherwise Not Spots are still Not Spots (in FTTC minimum speed terms). That's a lot of FTTC cabinets, to give you an upto 80Mbps (without any future proofing) to every part of the UK.
To improve each FTTC cabinet with G.fast 'en-masse' you then have to take each individual 2(km2) area and 'micro-carpet-bomb' with a minium of 8 further FTTrN distribution points, to give a maximum line length of 500m to each consumer node. Currently these aren't self-powered so each require an expensive connection to the mains grid. (A total of 8 FTTrNs+1 FTTC per 2(km2)).
Even then, you will have G.fast 'Not-spots' (or in this case, areas where speed is more like 'upto' FTTC speeds), as G.fast has a working range of upto 400m. Its unlikely that BT would ever have a maximum 'copper/aluminium' distance of 250m 'en-masse' to each consumer premises/node as the costs rise exponentially for G.fast (you'd need to add a 16 further FTTrN distribution points, 24 in total+1 FTTC per 2(km2)).
The best G.fast can theoretically hope to offer is 650Mbps at 50m, Only 10% of customers per existing FTTC cabinet, even after you add 8 further powered FTTrN points, per 2(km2) could achieve this.
There comes a point where it would be more cost effective to find an efficient method of connecting those premises with either Fibre Optic or something like Intel's Optical Thunderbolt technology, with consumer style connections either end, for ease of installation.
Maintenance cost will also become prohibitive, because there will be so much delicate 'maxed out' technology between the consumer and the 'exchange' (in the conventional sense). Fault finding will become very difficult, lengthy and more frequent.
Speeds, like VDSL/ADSL, are dependant on copper line quality/length, even more so. The land area of UK is 243,610 (km2). OK, not all of it populated, but generally most areas have a end node, there somewhere.
Thats over 100,000 FTTC cabinets are around £15,000 each, a lot more than the current 5600 exchanges, with a further 800,000 FTTrN distribution points just to achieve a further 10% of customer's (per FTTC) obtaining a connection of 'upto' 650Mbps at a distance of 50m from FTTrN.
Putting a piece of complex technology in between the premises and the telephone exchange in damp, windy, rural areas (Wales/telegraph poles in particular-FTTrN) isn't going to last either.
And this begs the question, if FTTP is inevitable for Wales, why isn't there a policy in place, that copper cable renewals in Wales are ALL FTTP from now on, where line lengths are more than 250m from an existing proposed/future Cabinet/FTTrN roll-out. Because upgrading these premises is going to take a long time, they have no solution in sight, so we may aswell start today, working from the outer reaches in, towards the exchange.
Conclusion - BT in their wisdom thought Swansea would be the best place to show off this G.fast Tech. BT are more or less, having private joke at the expense of the Welsh.
Microsoft Dynamics / Microsoft Azure?
Weren't we force fed those bloody annoying adverts that it was all down to the wonders of Microsoft Dynamics and MIcrosoft Azure / Cloud Computing? Seems that backend data is harder to visualise / connect to than they thought, Real time? Scaleable? Hmmm.
Will the new Macbook Pro 15 connect to a future 5K Apple External Monitor?, i.e does it have Displayport 1.3 yet?
Those SSD upgrade prices are circa 2011. 512GB SSD's have a street price of £130-£150. 16GB of ram is a £160 upgrade on the 13'', making prices almost the same.
BT's EE plan.
BT's EE plan.
To fit every BT customer with a Home Hub 6 with a built in 4G EE Femtocell, so they can charge exhorbitant 4GB mobile rates / 'per MB' Data rates* gouging the customer, for data sent over the customer's own FTTC connection (charged twice), that has only been made possible because of vast amount of subsidies paid by the UK taxpayer (charged thrice). You couldn't make it up.
*upto £7.50 per MB for roaming rates/overseas customers.
Re: Are there any insiders with a working Lumia left to test Windows 10 Mobile.
I'm working with Windows 10 insider, think I don't know all the methods to install Updates.
...Great until you get the list of updates that you can't slipstream, such as this one:
How about Microsoft forget new features, and actually fix the existing elephant in the room 'Windows Update' - how about continually improving the 'Dumb' Windows Update experience, instead of keeping things time warped in 1995.
Selective Manual Windows Updates are a nightmare, either way.
You need to Re-Select 'Check Updates' after each install/reboot to actually get all selected updates to install successfully.
Each 'Check Updates' takes 25 minutes, somtimes 30.
So if you install a single Update, which you need to do, for the Nvidia driver (because there are often two in the list, need to select older first) to start with, you then need to reboot, and recheck Updates, and wait a further 25 minutes, its so dumb. Windows Update doesn't realise its just installed a single update, it rechecks everything, every file - taking forever.
You're best to install Important Updates first, then the optional ones.
A test run install shows you which updates fail, so you have to do a second install, deselecting these, imaging up the system (using Linux based tools), once the successful updates are done/installed.
Yep, you can do the other way, but you end up with an install log full of failed updates, which never looks good.
Out of the box, Windows Update is just a shit user experience, for manual updates. That's how hard it is to achieve a working Version of Windows 7 with an install log showing only 'successful' in terms of updates, no fails.
Re: Are there any insiders with a working Lumia left to test Windows 10 Mobile.
None of the time spent I'm talking about is actually downloading the 1.15GB of updates, 2hrs is purely to install 200 updates onto an SSD, (and actually I'm been generous there, numerous updates failed, KB3045171, a Windows installed NVidia driver update+3 others (.Net) but the latter installed after total of 8/9 reboots)
I'm not counting download time, as its a Fibre connection which means that is not an issue. Not sure how you'd cope on the average BT shitty copper ADSL.
If I'd chosen Windows 8.1 Update 1 is actually even more a pain, if you need to do a clean install back from Windows 8.0 Media, because you Licence Key is for 8.0 not 8.1.
Are there any insiders with a working Lumia left to test Windows 10 Mobile.
After the last version threshold version of Windows 10, Windows Mobile 'Brick' - are there any Windows Insiders left to test it? That's one sure way to kill off the Nokia brand for good.
In the meantime as of Tues 12/05/2015 - Windows 7 SP1 Install CD, (Win7 - what everyone is actually using) has just reached the dizzy heights of 200 'post installation' Updates/Patches to download and install, total download 1115MB. Yet, Microsoft have decided in all their Wisdom, Windows Update is so fantastically implemented already (read:can of worms) it will remain 'as is' in the revolution that is Windows 10.
Well, Microsoft - thats also one sure way to kill the Microsoft brand for good. 15 minutes to install to desktop, 2hrs of Post install updates, and thats installing to a Crucial 256GB SSD, not a mechanical drive.
Given his World Health role, Bill must realise the pain and mental suffering he's inflicting on the World through Windows installs.
Both Linux Mint 17.1 and Ubuntu 15.04 are around 12 mins to install to fully updated Desktop, downloading updates during the install. The process and experience is so much nicer. Companies need to wake up, test the alternatives to Windows 10, you'll be surprised.
There was a time, when Windows was about saving companies time and money, what happened?
The BBC got exclusive access for W1A.
BBC W1A got exclusive access to MS, codename 'Syncopatico' which is (supposedly*) based on Sharepoint.
(Check out the on screen text translations).
All good. Yeh, no.- Cool.
(*Well it is, but it isn't.)
An added touch would have been Windows Update to appear just before the blank screen.
Re: New Builds
For rural areas the BARN model is showing that the true FTTP model can be both cheaper to install per node and it will be crucially cheaper to maintain and upgrade over the longer term, fundamentally there is less technology open to the elements, to go wrong.
Above all, look at the speed benefits / 'future proofing' in comparision to FTTC. Do you even need a regulator anymore? That's what happens when you make 'independent' decisions where you don't have to think about preserving the Copper Asset values of your existing infrastructure.
BT's problem (quite rightly for BT) was that you can generally only borrow to invest, based on the value of their current 'Copper' Asset Infrastructure.
BT play that card everytime, Ofcom/Gov accept that card everytime, and that's why Notspots are still Notspots. For rural areas, BT's need sidelining, its not working, every decision BT make is based on the virtual 'copper elephant' in the room.
Re: New Builds
Having an 'artificial restriction - variable length/quality copper/aluminium lines' (think of it like a valve/tap) between the customer and BT's main infrastructure, allows BT to differentiate on pricing.
Ofcom like it, because differential products give them something to regulate. Having a program to force all new installation/local loop network upgrading to only use Fibre (FTTP) as the replacement, is not in eithers (BT or Ofcom) interest, only the customers, and what do they matter.
Rural Britain Wake Up!
Rural Britain wake Up!
To keep using their copper infrastructure, BT choose FTTC, as the solution to Britain's broadband needs, because it suited BT/BTOpenreach not Britain, and it certainly doesn't suit Wales.
With a FTTC solution, you'd need to 'carpet bomb' a new FTTC Roadside Cab every 2(km2) to cover the UK. Otherwise Not Spots are still Not Spots. That's a lot of FTTC cabinets, to give you an upto 80Mbps (not that fast either) to every part of the UK. Yes, there is G-fast, no - its not a solution here.
Speed, like ADSL, is dependant on copper line quality/length. The land area of UK is 243,610 (km2). OK, not all of it populated, but generally most areas have a end node, there somewhere.
Thats over 100,000 FTTC cabinets are around £15,000 each, a lot more than the current 5600 exchanges.
Putting a piece of complex technology in between the premises and the telephone exchange in damp, windy, rural areas (Wales/telegraph poles in particular-FTTrN) isn't going to last either. (FTTrN also requires the same expensive Power requirements as a full size cab, at present)
Expensive FTTC Cabinets with 120/240 nodes were/are fundamentally the wrong type of infrastructure to use to deliver Broadband to small rural Hamlets, sparsely populated houses/areas. It works for the Cities/Market towns, but only to the main town itself.
A little known detail in the Superfast Cymru Project, is in order to meet longer line lengths (premises over 1km from the roadside cab) delivery thresholds, BTOpenreach are been subsidised, to rip out 0.5mm copper/aluminium lines.
What are BT spending vast amounts of time of effort replacing them with on this Superfast 'Fibre' project? Some Future proofing technology? FTTP? No..Copper in nearly all cases.
BT are upgrading existing 0.5mm copper, replacing with 0.9mm copper lines, to be more precise.
Future proofing things for at least er...3-5 years, until the next massive handout. Not Spots remain Not spots, or spots that 'just' meet the current artificial 'superfast' target. It wasn't long ago, that a minimum of 2Mbps was the target.
The devil is in the detail. Its hardly upgrading, its infrastucture planning designed to 'just' meet the contract targets, not Britain's future needs. This is what happens when BT own the local loop.
Please Sir, can I have some more...(subsidy handouts) forever more.
Tech (wear) where there is no one right answer.
We're getting to a point, where Tech is getting difficult to nail down what is the best solution, its become very subjective.
You can guarantee that the second gen of Apple Watch will break previous features that users grew to enjoy, but 'advancement' means, they get dropped, replaced by something else. Each advancement, is not always pluses (pros) anymore, negatives (cons) are showing up in subsequent versions, more often than not.
Its getting difficult to pin down the one 'right' best solution and its probably because you can survive without this type of tech. Just because its mega complicated to achieve, doesn't mean it necessarily adds that much to the way things have been done up to now.
If it does suck, it can't do much harm
If it does suck, it can hardly do any harm it only runs on Windows 10. Are Windows 8.1 Users getting it? Do they care?
I opened the 'theguardian.com' realised it was slow and clunky, compared to both Firefox and Chrome on my Windows 10 build 10061 machine. Closed it, not looked at it since.
Hated everything about IE (especially the fact I'm constantly been nagged by the latest IE11 Update that fails to install, repeatedly)
I hate Windows Update more, Windows Update even in 10, is the exactly same shit its been for eternity.
Windows 10's lipstick is starting to smudge. There is free, and there is unfinished, the rest of us have to pay for this shit. When will Enterprises come to their senses and ditch this crap for good, nearly everything is done in browser nowadays (or in the near future).
Another 10 Years of Licensing of Windows 10? - no thanks.
Who thought a Synaptics Touchpad update could prove so evil?
Hours upon hours later, it turns out to be an evil Synaptics Touchpad driver 19.03 that killed Windows 10 build 10041. Actually no, it turns out Microsoft Recover support tools actually killed it and stupidly going down that road, with their abysmal support tools.
If I'd just plugged in a mouse into the laptop, on build 10041 none of this shit would have happened. How can a common touchpad driver be allowed to cause so much mayhem on a release build?.
I've used Linux to support Microsoft products since the 90's, and for once I stupidly decided (against my better judgement) to run MS recovery, be nice if it at least recovered booksmarks/download history from popular browsers. Too much to ask MS?
If it wasn't for Linux providing the sticking plaster every time for MS Products, Windows would have been thrown on the scrap heap long ago.
If you run into problems testing Windows 10, plug in a regular mouse, into your laptop before doing anything else and try booting again.
Or take it as given, Microsoft managed to not even test build 10041 with a touchpad driver before releasing? Says it all really. Almost seems like a planned sabotage by someone at MS.
The Fate of F8
My Windows 10 Install has finally died. Got to 10041, or between 10041 and the next one.
It was getting more and ropey as each sucessive build/update was applied, then failed, then reapplied. It really didn't help things attempting with switch between Fast and Slow builds. That's the easiest way to break the install, really don't do it.
Finally it would boot into Windows, freeze and die with a BSOD. I wish I'd read your comment earlier, spent hours backing up across a fast network (mega slow, even with A Samsung SSD) then attempting a 'refresh'. So called 'refresh' is about a useless as a chocolate teapot, as said, if Windows 10 has failed, it still will fail after a refresh.
F8 Safe boot is now hidden away, and it no longer 'safe boots', when all else has failed - like it did in the past-great. Progress. Also, no way to switch off fast boot in the safe menu? Just takes you round in circles to get to this menu now, a real pain. And so difficult to break out of this process to use an bootable USB key.
Windows 10 is the most amatuerish pre-release I've ever used from MS, there is no way this will be ready for 1st August, October 2015 for that matter. Shame Amazon have used the name Kindle, because in terms of Kindle, it seem to be the easiest of Windows builds to break.
Re: Why do I get a bad feeling about this...
Nehalems (i3,i5,i7) support VT-d, (the point of the article), without VT-d hardware support - Device Guard doesn't work, older processors below Nehalems don't have it.
In terms of Authentec Drivers, they were removed, when Apple removed the Authentec Website (without notice either). HP have switched software, so I very much doubt they will be writing new drivers for Windows 10, for older hardware. Past experience also says it won't happen.
Re: Why do I get a bad feeling about this...
Because you're running a Core 2 Duo and not a Intel nehalem processor (i3,i5,i7) series or newer?
Given past history, the final release could cut off anything below a nehalem.
(Is there a hidden context to the free consumer upgrade, in that you need nehalem onwards)
It would save an awful lot of free upgrades for MS, and keep HP, Dell and Lenovo Happy.
Do MS really want to support anything below, given all the proprietary driver issues - Authentec Fingerprint Readers as a good example of no longer getting support (now owned by Apple).