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Traditionally “Hindu-Arabic” is used to describe our numbering system (counting in 10s, using the digits 0 - 9), which was adapted from the Arabic world, in turn adapted from India.
Unless the service translates everything to a numeric code (possibly unicode?), perhaps “Roman” characters, which is used to describe the alphabet we English-speaking mortals generally use, is meant.
Microsoft has had plenty of warning that the interface was going to be unpopular. All the pre-release reviews made that amazingly clear. Take away the start screen, and all you really get is Windows 7, only more annoying and harder to work with.
Microsoft deserves all the criticism it gets. Apple gets it for changing a connector or dropping scroll bars. Microsoft is in a global dominant position, and when it starts creating culture shock with every new incarnation of their OS, a backlash must be obvious.
Slowly, the world is getting smarter, and a few more people are beginning to work out that they don’t have to put up with Microsoft dumping whatever they feel like on paying customers. Microsoft’s pointless changes are making it clear that they have no plan, and no idea what makes a good computing experience.
This is why …
… a proper legal system includes the presumption of innocence, and must give the benefit of the doubt to the accused, no matter how “obvious” his guilt appears. That the crime is more horrific is no excuse; indeed, it makes it more important to nail the true culprit rather than take the easy option of settling on the first likely suspect.
This can be frustrating, and appear too easy on the guilty party, but what is the point of justice if it doesn’t protect the innocent?
The problem with crowd sourcing, and that includes gung-ho media reports, is that can bypass all the legal procedures developed to minimise this.
I’ve been in IT for a very long time, and know how to rough it. After a while, you just want something that does the job without fuss.
The thing that hooked me on the iPhone was not just that the phone did everything I wanted, but the after-sales support.
I had a model with faulty GPS. I walked into an apple retail store, had it checked, and 10 minutes later walked out with a brand new replacement. Restored my backup, and everything was fine. With my previous phone (a Nokia),I would have to wait 3 days before they even looked at it.
That’s the total package that convinced me.
What’s the point?
Why should digital copies deteriorate? The royalty revenue will continue as long as the copy is available, and, if that is for ever, why should that be a problem?
Or should digital music also develop scratches after playing a few times, or digital video start to stretch?
What sort of moron comes up with these ideas? Do you have to fail an IQ test to run for government these days?
Re: Cookie Size
Thereby missing the point.
HTML5 adds the concept of local storage so that more sophisitcated off-line web apps can be developed.
Cookies are rightly used to store identifiers or perhaps unimportant user options. Off-line storage make the transition to creating a real web application.
What’s the point?
Windows XP users have always had the choice to upgrade to a better browser for free. Ditto all the other versions of Windows. And this was a long time ago.
All IE10 will do will be to make it safe for web developers to implement HTML5 & CSS3 features already available on all the other browsers.
Land of his birth?
“William Shatner to boldly go to the land of his birth”
Actually, as Kirk explains:
“I’m from Iowa, I just work in outer space”.
If you run a business and need to deal with certain Government services, such as paying your tax, you need AusKey, which is their authentication system. AusKey runs on Java, which, if you’re trying to do this on a Mac is getting harder and harder.
I have lodged a complaint that the Australian government therefore requires you to compromise your machine, and that this certainly disenfranchises people who do not have the technical experience to install, maintain and monitor Java. Still waiting on a resolution.
Java is a nice idea, but it has proven to be flaky, impractical, antiquated insecure. Somewhat like the Australian Government, or at least its IT services.
9/11 Decade Ending?
The most significant event in recent history which occurred on 9/11, as far as I recall, is the breaching of the Berlin Wall on 9 November 1989.
Unless Ms Gillard is confused about date formats, which, in Australia is the same as in the UK. In any case, if she meant 11/9/2001, that decade should have ended by now … ?
Shouldn’t the title be:
Chinese Spacecraft Zips, by Toutatis!
The right tools for the right Jobs
Woz is a genius, but he may be missing a point here.
I own an iPhone, which is small and handy, as well as an iPad, which has larger screen for reading and browsing. Two sales to Apple. And maybe I will consider an iPad mini, if I feel the need for a pocket-book sized screen.
I don’t want to read or browse on a screen if it’s too small, and I don’t want a phone if it’s too big. I have two tools for two jobs, and Apple have two sales.
"Indeed, it would not be an exaggeration to describe the history of the computer industry for the past decade as a massive effort to keep up with Apple."
- Byte, December 1994
Still true to a large extent ...
Mobile data is slow, unreliable and hopelessly overpriced. Data plans are accordingly low volume, and generally used when no wifi is available.
Now if only the ABS could focus on something a little less obvious, like how much coffee is consumed at the same time ...
So, because this is patented technology, if somebody wants to circumvent these restrictions, they need only defect to the Dark Side, such as Android, or, God Help Us, Windows?
Microsoft Bashing Opportunity
“Mind you, if we take inflation into account, Microsoft's bubble-era valuation looks even more impressive.”
Yes, and so does its decline.
Ballmer has recently re-iterated his intention to compete with Apple. Apple has not bothered reciprocating. Why? It’s clear who has the ideas, and who is taking direction.
Oh, and regarding the cost of Apple products, the money I have spent on Apple products has produced a far more enjoyable experience, less frustration, and more productivity. The money I have wasted on Microsoft goes beyond the over-pricing of its software. It’s the time wasted on making things work.
The other irony is that jQuery 2 promises to drop support support for legacy browsers, making it less of a solution for polyfilling.
Not again ...
The Microbe(e) has few happy memories for me.
I was very much in the thick of it when the Microbe was a favorite toy in the NSW Department of Education. It was unreliable, the company was unreliable, and dominated by amateurs. All it had going for it was its cheapness, which meant that you could afford to more computers for when the others had failed yet again.
One of its serial weaknesses was the two-tiered design which created poor electrical contacts and was very much subject to problems with heat and just simple movement.
In principal, the whole thing was a good idea. In practice, very poorly implemented.
There’s an app for that ...
Why is there no Spock icon ?
Flight Staff were partialy to blame
Assuming that the gentleman in question didn’t gain an extra 100Kg between the door and the seat, staff were in a position to address the issue before the flight took off.
I have had flights delayed for lesser reasons, such as people trying to find storage for their so-called cabin luggage, so putting in a bit of extra time resolving what is essentially a safety issue would have been appropriate.
Had there been turbulence a standing passenger is at risk. Had there been another emergency, then having somebody like that anywhere at all is a major obstruction, and again poses a risk to other passengers.
As for playing the sympathy or disability card, although there are occasional genuine cases of unavoidable largesse, the main medical reason for obesity is the medical fact that too much of the wrong sort of food and not enough of the right sort of activity leads to, well, too much.
Apple’s Competition may be more serious
When I got my iPad, I wanted something that did many things, of which eBook reader is just one.
However, iPad has a weakness when it comes to eBook readers. The best one available, Stanza, has just bitten the dust with iOS 5. What a surprise, it was bought by Amazon a few years ago, and it seems they have lost interest in making it work.
The alternatives, especially iBooks, don’t compare, and a serious eBook reader may well be tempted to look elsewhere if the iPad doesn’t pick up something soon.
Apple’s software development model has its points, but it also has a serious flaw. It is entirely dependent on third parties to value-add the iPad, and then gives them a hard time doing so. Amazon’s is much more straightforward. Sell books, and develop a machine with software that knows how use them.
Is it just too obvious to include the fire icon?
The difference ...
One thing which has always distinguished Apple from Microsoft is its appeal. Apple promotes itself as fun and easy and arty. Nobody would accuse Microsoft of that. I can’t see Microsoft retail stores having the same atmosphere or the same clientele.
But who knows ... ?
Sleight of Hand
By that logic, high taxes on cigarettes, alcohol and fuel should decrease consumption. As far as I can tell, they don’t; they maek life more expensive, increase government revenue and give them the opportunilty to say that they’re doing some thing good.
The other monopoly
Don’t forget Telstra. Giving Telstra a bigger cut of anything is seriously bad news for the consumer.
Any company that controls what you see as well as how you get to see it has too much power, IMHO.
Microsoft Holding the Internet back ... again
Microsoft may imagine that what it’s doing is good for Enterprise, but it means that for the next decade, they will continue to patch and bug fix a product which should have been discontinued long before that.
IE 9 is not up to scratch, and certainly will be far behind the opposition in the years to come. However, Enterprise will be fooled into thinking that it’s OK to continue using it because MS says it’s OK, they’re still supporting it. Just like IE6.
Deja vue all over again ...
Worth a try ...
If you find a pin locked phone lying around and want to break in, arguing the merits of whether the pin is a dummy, randomly generated or the same as something else is pointless. Here is a list of 10 suggestions which will quite possibly get you in. And not knowing the owner personally, you don’t offend anybody by assuming that the owner is an idiot.
Divide and conquer
Personally I’m a great fan (and user) of CentOS. However I am aware that its development depends on work at RedHat, and is being paid for by RedHat’s customers.
Microsoft have never been a positive force for Open Source, and to support CentOS over the paid alternative can only be an attempt to undermine the most significant player, and thus weaken the competition.
Thunderbird must continue
TB is the only realistic and popular alternative to the proprietary email clients, especially, God Help Us, Outlook.
I find it reliable, extensible and flexible, it renders HTML email intelligently, and, importantly for me, I can rely on a portable version which gives me the environment I want regardless of the machine I am saddled with.
The only problem with TB is that the development appears to be lethargic, and addons, on which TB is very dependent, tend to be slow in catching up with TB version. But that is only logistic.
As a former Mathematics teacher reduced to teaching Excel to supposedly numerate adults, it is appalling that too many adults cannot correctly answer a simple question like 1 + 2 * 3.
Australian education is not as rigorous as it should be, and it is no surprise that the higher achievers are more than ever from non-Australian backgrounds.
I have trained many people from various government departments, am commonly informed that they are still locked into IE, and all too often IE6, which says all you need to know about their knowledge of and attitude to IT security.
Why can I never find rancid milk when I need it?
Not the sort of thing Microsoft would do ... ?
“This would lead to higher travel prices, fewer travel choices for consumers and businesses, and less innovation in online travel search, FairSearch.org said.”
A real announcement might have been “Apple finally releases a finished working copy of IOS”. I’m just waiting for my iPhone recurring alarms to work again and iPad to be able to do what iPhones can already do.
Is there a Beatles fan who doesn’t already have the complete collection?
“To resolve this behavior for existing alarms, set the repeat interval to Never.”
or buy a different phone.
Given that we have had scheduling in operating systems for decades, how do you actually break it?
“Microsoft's number-one priority is now to deliver touch-based computing pads running Windows 7 and that people want”.
How can you run WIndows 7 and be the one that people want at the same time?
On par for the ALP
The Australian Labor party may present itself as moderate, but it has always had the inclination to take control of the proles.
Their desire to censor the Internet beyond what is really necessary, in order to mold the minds of the masses comes as no surprise to Australians. What is a surprise is how many Australians who oppose mid control put the Government there in the first place.
Open Source or Closed Doors?
Why anybody still uses IE is a mystery. Microsoft puts a lot of energy into telling the world that Open Source is evil. If they put half the amount of energy into fixing their security problems, every body would be a lot happier.
It’s very simple. Full disclosure of the source code plus a planet full of developers, or secret codes in the hands of a (relative) hand full of developers?
Long time coming
Thunderbird 3 has been on the books for a very long time. I have yet to upgrade, since I still have too many extensions caught out by the change. I have downloaded the new Lightning, but I can’t try it out since it won’t work on TB2. What’s going on here?
Less reason to stick to Microsoft
Let’s face it. Microsoft once had a good product in its Office suite. But when they implement dramatic changes and incompatibilities, it is harder to justify the effort of an "upgrade" when it is barely the same product.
I train in Microsoft Office products, and, while some appreciate some of the improvements, most users are unhappy with what they perceive to be unnecessary changes to something which seemed to be working well enough before. They are also unhappy with the fact that Office 2007 is an incomplete product, with many omissions, quirks and annoyances. They will be even more annoyed if they have to go through it all again, especially if they have to pay extra for the privilege.
Microsoft giveth and Microsoft taketh away, but mostly Microsoft taketh away and charge you extra for it.
So why is Microsoft so much better than Open Source?
Is this legal
My understanding of the licence is that you can’t have two people using it at the same time. ("No other person may use the software under the same license at the same time for any other purpose"). Now
(a) in what sense are you in breach of this if somebody else is using your computer, but you are not;
(b) might you be in breach of this licence if somebody looks over your shoulder while you are using it, or is one of the few people enjoying a PowerPoint presentation on a projected screen?
As far as I am aware, an impossible contract, ie one the terms of which are impossible, is automatically invalidated ...
To all those morons who miss the point, announcing and plugging security holes is not what makes a browser insecure. Waiting until someone else has forced the issue, and even then waiting till next round of patches is.
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