158 posts • joined 19 Dec 2007
So pretty much like spotify free, after trial period anyway. Except Spotify is available in this country.
Someone get that lad a hollowed out Volcano pronto.
Pricing will be way off, if they were around £100 for the basic and £120 for the other then maybe.
Likely be priced at least double that limiting the number of people willing to jump to a new platform.
Would bet that the EOL date changed after the release of 8.1, up till then MS probably thought they could salvage Windows 8 and turn perception around. As things stand it's distinctly possible that 8 may never surpass 7 in terms of install base and a lot of people will jump 8 altogether.
They obviously learnt nothing from Vista pretty shocking that two out of the last three releases have flopped big style.
As has been said many times here and elsewhere they really need to try listening to feedback from users/customers rather than insisting they know best.
A few weeks ago i would have agreed with 90% of the comments on here. Had played with Win 8 for about 20 minutes on a desktop and found it confusing and a bit of a mess.
Bought a new laptop last week that came with Win 8. Boots in seconds and with a touch display I'm finding that i actually like it. First few days very frustrating but after watching a ten minute you tube video sussed out what I needed to.
Despite me liking it when using touch still seems crazy to force it on desktop users or non touch laptops. With touch though I think TIFKAM is actually not bad and worth giving a chance. Is a very big difference whem compared to the interface on Win 7 and I think that's enough to put most people off.
Surely I'm not the only reader of El Reg to like it? For me using a combination of keyboard shortcuts, touch pad motions and touch I can use it far quicker than I managed with Win 7. Understand YMMV but for me with this machine it seems a nice clean modern OS.
Re: For Carl
Just reading those words and hearing Carl's voice in my head is enough to send a tingle down my spine.
Surprised how small the earth looked from our nearest planetary neighbour though.
Re: @Trevor_Pott: What have you been smoking?
Can only speak to my own experience here and not the OP's but whenever I hear a libertarian talk about how they wished their country truly was libertarian paradise I always wonder why don't they move to the one libertarian paradise on earth Somalia?
Yet people will still flock to the cloud. Even though service can be cancelled with no notice and on a whim when the provider gets bored or goes tits up.
Could be wrong but weren't a lot of "analysts" predicting stock shortfall well into the new year due to yield issues with the display?
So what's going on lower than predicted demand or were the experts full of shit as usual?
Still haven't seen a review yet adressing the key questions. Will it run full versions of Football Manager and Civ? Thats about the only productivity I'm interested in.
Re: Headline exageration or just plain Flamebait?
Sensationalism, Click Bait?
Almost as bad as the Daily Star !
So are you new round here or just forget which site your on?
Despite some genuinely great articles El Reg headlines are always click bait of the worst order. Usually worth a read anyway just not necessarily for the reason you would assume from the headline.
The transmitting via audio sounds fishy. Fair enough most modern machines are capable of receiving and translating code sent that way. But would they do so unless already infected or set up specifically to do this?
By no means an IT expert never mind security but doesn't seem plausible to me. Unless the average desktop or laptop is constantly set to look for and run code sent this way why would it work?
Fully expect someone to correct me but it just doesn't make sense to me.
Thanks Simon always enjoy the BOFH. But is it a little unreasonable of me to ask since we only get one a month now could they be a little longer please?
That would be an easy fix and for that reason isn't likely to happen. As far as I know no legislation along those lines is being proposed but could really help bring in some much needed tax revenue. Would imagine heavy lobbying against it if Vince suddenly grew a pair and started pushing for it.
Totally depends on international cooperation. Could be extrememly useful if implemented properly with the right agreements in place.
What I would expect is lots of dead ends. Yes you may be able to identify the owner of a british shell but when the owner turns out to be a private trust based out of the Dutch Antilles what chance then.
Could be mistaken but too much money and effort invested in this sort of financial hide and seek for me to think this will work.
Re: "Cameron's Conservative party have promised...
Is that the same Cameron that promised pre election no top down restructure of the NHS, then once in power proceeded to pass the profitable parts off to his mates and party donors?
Naughty Samsung sure that fine is really going to sting and dent their profits.
Come on by now who still takes forum posts or online reviews at face value? By no means minimising what Samsung did but anyone really think they are the only company up to this sort of shenanigans. Crap like this is what's made trip advisor and the likes useless.
Re: is this the same Facebook
Their attitude here is pathetic We wont prevent people uploading snuff clips but don't dare upload a breastfeeding image as that could obviously corrupt minds and cannot be allowed.
Doesn't have to be nipples either sometimes too much cleavage in a pic and it gets flagged. To say nothing of false positives flagged by the nudie detector.
Correct me if I'm wrong here.
Amazon are forbidding sellers that want to use Amazon marketplace from selling their wares cheaper anywhere else. Is this not exactly the behaviour that got Apple in trouble when they used these type of deals to screw Amazon on ebook prices?
If I remember rightly they were opposed to it then so I wonder if something has changed or are they hypocrites of the worst sort?
So answer everything honestly and face jail time in the US. Fail to answer honestly and face issues with the EU.
My bet they send someone without full knowledge of what's being intercepted plausible deniability and all that. Just don't expect an honest answer either way.
Still surprised at the lack of backlash against US orgs over this. Betting their are some nervous cloud providers that side of the Atlantic though.
Expect to see data prices jump
Since the networks usually compete on the line rental price and voice and text aren't a way of generating lots of revenue these days I only see one outcome. Expect data prices to start moving to US levels once this legislation gets pushed through. In fact even if not expect it anyway.
Whether cracked or using a workaround I really can't see it preventing piracy. What I would expect is the usual consumer issues with equipment not playing back due to one of these systems not liking your set up.
Surely I'm not the only one running into problems when my kit says it's not connected to a DCHP compliant screen when it is.
Just see the whole effort as pointless. Wont impact on piracy but will inconvenience paying users.
Because every other attempt at securing digital files has gone so well. CSS springs immediately to mind.
Expect this to be cracked by the time consumer kit launches or shortly after.
So why don't Google block infringing websites?
Probably because it's not their place to determine what is and isn't legal and if they started acting that way there would be a huge uproar.
Also there's the fact they make a lot of advertising revenue serving those results so driving pirates to someone else's search engine would lose them a small fortune.
Wasn't there something mentioned when they started blocking kiddy porn that the system wouldn't be used to block other things?
Re: "There's an app for that"
Was about to post how trivial it would be to get around but you beat me to it.
Complete waste of time but will appeal to the mumsnet and daily fail lot so obvious why it's going ahead.
Still feel it's a very slippery slope to start down. Would be more comfortable if they agreed to publish a list of blocked sites to ensure this doesn't start being abused for other purposes. Who am I kidding that it will be abused became obvious the moment it was announced.
Surely there are more important things for the government to be focussing on like dreaming up new ways of demonising the poor?
Don't believe the hype
Really can't see it happening so don't get your hopes up.
Free on contract yes, free as a sim free purchase would be insane. Even if $100 is enough to cover hardware costs and patent costs.
Had Android for four years now and that's probably what I've spent in that time. Even including ad revenue just don't see how they can project decent revenue from these. Do they really expect people to buy so much media that it will pay for itself?
Could see the sense of doing it with a kindle but not on a phone.
Re: Reshuffle off this mortal coil...
My original thought when seeing the headline was IDS will be for the chop. It seems now though he's blaming the civil servants for a failure to correctly manage the project don't they all report to someone perhaps the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions?
Is that not then his responsibility and no one elses?
The universal credit was his baby from the start and if he did see problems two years ago and still went ahead then he should resign. Not bloody likely though at the moment he needs to line up a few more directorship's and board seats first.
Re: Usefulness of the results?
Agree the current voting system could be better. Even the daily fail can manage a system that doesn't involve leaving the page.
Re: How many lives
Do you happen to work for a private health provider? Whenever I hear someone suggest a US style system I just shudder.
Re: Top speed?
So bloody useless then, agree completely nothing but a toy. I'm betting a fun one to play with but a toy nonetheless.
Then again there's always version two.
Re: @jake - Do not want.
Yes you can!
30 minute flight time doesn't tell youmuch without details on top and cruising speed.
Would this actually allow me to commute which is around a 70 mile round trip?
Quite impressed with the altitude but I wouldn't fancy being at 8000 feet during a thunderstorm.
Wow just wow, they are obviously in the wrong here but you got to admire there balls.
Re: Really ?
I was wondering about that as well. Other than a sizzle or crackle just what noise can a roast chicken make?
I'm talking about the people who bought machines at the time XP was the only choice not current marketshare. There must be a crazy number of machines out there. MS is about to expose the means to render them useless.
Still not 100% convinced thye should be forced to. Response to another post above says some versions are getting longer support. Why can't they do that for all types of XP not just Enterprise ones?
Been mulling over the idea whether they should be forced to cotinue to support. Since it could be argued that they will be responsible for exposing the holes they should fix them. Surprised the EU or no one else has mentioned they have a responsibility that comes with the near monopoly status XP had for so long.
Can also see problems with this as how long can they reasonably be expected to continue to support it. Should it be tied to the number of active users?
Not that I would buy an iPhone but one in chrome or platinum could like nice. Is gold not just a little trashy these days though?
Since BT insist on bundling the pile of shite thats BT vision if you want a decent internet package we have had vision for around three years.
Moved home last december and didnt bother hooking the box up until today as my kid wants to watch the football channels.
Noticed they have a nicer interface now but the selection of content hasn't really improved. Assume nothing has changed and they still constantly recycle the same content.
For anyone tempted to jump to BT vision for the (very limited) football don't bother it seems brilliant at first glance but you soon realise they spend peanuts on content. So something will be available to stream for a few months will disappear for a short while then promoted as new content a few weeks down the line when it reappears.
Re: Peak Facebook ?
Don't be ridiculous as Zuckerberg keeps telling investors exponential growth can be maintained they just need to partner up with active SETI.
Even more than Facebook I never understood the value. People are fickle and quick to move onto the next thing.
Way outside my area of expertise but I'm curious a out liability. Lets say for example I use Amazons cloud service to attack ebay and manage to bring it down for a while. Can ebay then go after Amazon or do they get some form of safe harbor protection and ebay can only come after me?
Just seems potentially someone could make a lot of mischief pitting large orgs against each other in this way. Then again I could be totally clueless and arent understanding correctly.
Could be great news for Nokia, RIM and the usual Android suspects. Not short term but in the medium to long term as normally once Icahn finishes picking over the corpse there may not be a lot left.
Agree completely there really is something massively wrong with the corporate/financial world when this guy can keep pulling the same trick.
Buys shares then immediately demands buyback schemes and massive dividends. Never mind it can screw the company long term as rather than investing in R&D or expanding business they line Carls pocket.
Why is there not a limit on dividends to long term holders. So for example you need to have held shares for 24 months before being eligible for a payout? Maybe some sort of sliding scale the longer shares have been held the larger slice of the pie they get. Surely this would stop a lot of the short term shenanigans with sbares?
Stock buybacks should be banned completely just seems to be a way of management fiddling their bonuses to higher amounts and drains money that in many cases should be used to secure the long term future of a company.
What the hell has WOW terms and conditions got to do with an insurance claim ovef theft of a physical item from a persons home? Really don't see the relevance here, ok if her virtual gold was stolen from some exchange or similar then it could possibly be.
If you think insurers should be enforcing EULA's or at least reviewing them when handling claims for gods sake shut up and dont give them ideas.
Well I may be on of the few people possibly interested. Have stopped carrying a tablet daily when commuting but my S3 isn't quite big enough for enjoyable video playback.
Once we get full specs and pricing for the note 3 I'll likely be getting one of the Samsung phablets just haven't decided which yet.
Slightly different for me as I have normal signal showing on my phone, just dont seem able to use it. Haven't moved far today though so will have been on the same BST all day.
Haven't been able to text since early afternoon either. Which wouldn't normally be an issue but it's my birthday and in the interest of politeness I would like to respond to various well wishers. Not sure how far south it goes as I'm fairly north in England.
Is it just me or do those colours seem almost deliberately embarrassing for a phone. Could this be deliberate to make sure those with the "real" iPhone dont get too pissed off when the cheaper version launches?
Re: It's all gone a bit Princess Di
Agree completely, guy deserves a great deal of respect for what he achieved. Undoubtedly great at marketing to the masses.
However does taking a lot of other products and combining the features in an easy to use way count as invention? Just sometimes feel the hype for Jobs has gone way beyond what he earned. Hate to see him called a visionary as I just dont think its true.
EU wide please
What we need is something spanning Europe. Surely theres a demand for this now, if not for personal use for the masses then there are a lot of companies out there interested.
I think at this point the current protocols used for communication are obviously insecure almost as if by design. Whomever comes up with a secure easy method for communication stands to make an awful lot of money. All the recent NSA press attention will hopefully spur someone and we may see something fit for 21st century use.
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