54 posts • joined 8 Jan 2008
I have a surface pro and it's pretty stable 'perched' on my legs. Nor do I need to hunch over it to use it.
I don't just use it for 'basic consumption' either, I've done about 60 hours worth of software development using visual studio on it.
The surface RT had little chance of being successful, underpowered and with few apps there was little reason to buy it over an ipad. The surface pro on the other hand is pretty good, I bought one a few weeks ago with the £80 discount and I've got few complaints. The intel HD4000 graphics could be better, although if you turn the resolution down to 720p it'll play modern games at a decent framerate. The built in audio drivers are crap and have no noise cancellation on the microphone, so I had to install the realtek ones to avoid pissing people off on skype. Other than that I'm very happy with it.
Pretty much, I bought a Windws phone 7 (Lumia 710) because it was £130 on PAYG, which 18 months ago was a fantastic deal. Similarly priced androids were so underpowered to be practically unusable.
All I want from a phone is calls, texts, web browsing and a nice responsive UI and low cost. The lumia 710 was my first smartphone because it was the first one that ticked all the boxes.
I've always said that you'd have to be pretty nuts to buy an expensive windows phone while it's still lacking in features and app, it's really not a recent iphone or galaxy S III competitor, yet, but it's getting there.
Re: Why do you make out the Windows 8 user is to blame?
In what way was he blaming the user? He was blaming the lack of the start button which would puts the blame on Microsoft for omitting it. Next time actually try reading what you quoted?
Re: Note that difference *loan* (with interest) versus old car maker (2nd or 3rd) bailout.
1. The car after next will be a cheaper car. To get started the needed to make an expensive char while the technology was being developed (and therefore pricy).
2. The taxpayers got their money back with interest. Why do you care how the government invests if they are making a profit on it?
3. Even if they only ever make cars for rich people, they employ 3000 people directly and more indirectly through suppliers. Providing a boost to the economy. Shipping world wide means a bigger market and an improvement in the trade stats for the US. Also they'll pay tax on any profit (if they don't use tax avoidance of course).
4. Wah wah wah waaaaaaaaaaah!
According to: http://alloyseven.com/component/k2/item/115-monetize-gaming-videos
"EA advised me through email that they do not give out blanket permission, but they have worked with YouTube directly and generally don't mind fair use of their material even on commercialized YouTube channels. "
Not as good as some, but not as bad as others.
Re: Again this is like buying a Tesla when a Vauxhuall would do
Just because you're really poor doesn't mean other people don't have a use for it. I spent £200 on my SSD and performance wise it's been by far the biggest single boost I've ever had for a single upgrade.
The SSD in my work machine has already saved my company several grands worth of productivity.
Re: I'm rather looking forward to this
"Cheating creators out of ad revenue?, Couldnt give a fuck tbh"
I wonder if you'd feel the same way if your employer took the same attitude to your paycheque.
A 20 second advert, or 5 seconds to skip longer ones to watch several minutes of content isn't that bad. Now personally I hate adverts too, but I recognise that people need to be paid for their work. I'd much rather have the option of a sensibly priced subscription to youtube as a whole which disables ads.
Re: I'm rather looking forward to this
Maybe some of us don't want to screw over the content creators?
Get it on PAYG and chuck the SIM away? I got my 710 from carphone warhouse like that and it wasn't locked (although I am still using that sim).
Re: A bit one-sided
My understanding is both SpaceX and Orbital are contracted to carry 20,000kg of cargo. The Cygnus factsheet indicates they can carry 2000kg standard/ 2700kg enhanced (whatever that means) which for 8 missions looks like they are pushing it a bit.
Dragon indicates 6000 up / 3000 down, although I don't think that is possible with the current booster, maybe with Falcon 9 1.1. However, over half of that space (by volume) is unpressurised cargo which they have only made use of once for a couple of grapple bars so far. The launches so far have not carried much mass, being constrained by the pressurised volume available.
I agree, the direct comparison between sales figures for XBox and PS3 probably doesn't tell the full story. I suspect many people, like me, have bought a PS3 recently just for blu-ray now it's come down in price. Neither Sony nor MS make their money from selling the hardware so the absolute numbers shifted are probably only relevant for bragging rights. Indeed, some brief googling showed articles from december claiming half of all money spent on games is for the 360.
Re: To land vertically?
Whoops, you should chute me for that mistake. I blame being distracted looking up the spelling of drogue.
Re: To land vertically?
Clearly you should phone up spacex, they've obviously not considered any of that before spending the money developing this.
The fuel costs for a $60 million falcon 9 launch is only about about $200k.
The fuel required to accelerate a fully fueled rocket with payload to about 4000 mph massively dwarfs that required to slow down a now almost empty rocket sans payload falling at terminal velocity (the air resistance should slow it most of the way to that and drogue shoots can be added if needed).
NASA is not that interested in saving money and many of their missions are 'one offs' where the cost of an expendable launch vehicle is insignificant next to the development costs of the payload.
That doesn't sound like the same thing at all. Based on the information you've given it sounds like an ebay seller (or similar) used keygen program to create keys, then sold them to fools like you for a (presumably) suspiciously low cost. You then put this into steam and THQ then pointed out "oi, we haven't sold that key yet", or the legitimate owner tried to use it. You're effectively handling stolen goods (morally, legally it's probably a different crime). That your seller didn't argue it suggests they knew exactly what they were doing.
What exactly did you expect? If you buy stolen goods on a market stall the police are perfectly entitled to turn up and confiscate it leaving you out of pocket. How is this any different? You sound like an immoral arse unjustly blaming THQ and should consider yourself lucky the seller didn't do a runner.
Disclaimed: All judgements made about your character in this comment are drawn from filling in the blanks in the limited information you have provided. If the assumptions made herein do not accurately match your situation please disregard my comments and provide more information :)
"Meanwhile, the HTC Windows Phone 8S drops specs down to ... 4GB of storage"
The specs on the site says 16GB for both models.
Re: You STILL get Traffic Management on 30Mbps
That sucks. I downloaded well over 100Gb from steam at about 75MBit/s one evening last week over BT infinity. No reductions in speed at any time.
For the first time in my life I actually have a decent internet connection, how long before they oversubscribe it?
Re: Microsoft have said 100 times that windows phone 7.5 apps will work in in Windows 8?
"What good is that for Lumia owners if the converse isn't true?"
The availability of WP8 doesn't stop people making WP7 apps. Until WP8 has a market share significantly bigger than WP7 expect most new apps to be WP7 based unless they actually require the new features.
"Until the announcement that made the Lumia obsolete, many people were saying that WP8 would be available for them"
Then many people wern't paying attention, MS said a long time ago that that WP8 would probably not be on existing hardware due to performance reasons. I've never seen anything official saying otherwise.
The only things in WP8 which I'd particularly like in my lumia 710 is the new start screen, which is coming in 7.8, and better background multitasking for things like tracker apps (which I don't really see why they couldn't put into WP7, although I'm not holding my breath).
Personally I feel the mistake was trying to build 'flagship' products based on WP7, I bought the 710 because it was cheap, lovely to use and has awesome UI performance compared to cheap androids. Paying 3x as much for a slightly different case and camera was always a bit dumb. WP8 by contrast supports multi-core, NFC, removable storage, higher res etc and is more suited to a high end phone.
"What third-party developers are supposed to do is not clear. Will all today's applications break? Will there be a legacy runtime?"
Uh, what? Microsoft have said 100 times that windows phone 7.5 apps will work in in Windows 8? Do you have information which suggests otherwise or are you trying to cause trouble?
Re: Windows since XP does, but many apps, not so much.
"especially a lot of poorly written .NET apps."
It's probably not the app developers fault, the automatic scaling in WinForms is absolutely diabolical. Not sure about WPF. I've had to disable auto scaling entirely and do it all manually, which is a lot of work for very little gain.
Re: What is it with WP7?
It actually works really well when you're using it on the phone. But if you want to base your opinions of the entire OS based on the non-real world scenario of studying a screenshot go ahead and remain ignorant.
Re: And so the end result should be...
"Steam because i wanted to buy Civilization 5 but it has to register with Steam every time and limit the amount of installs i can have, which would mean i have to buy another copy every 6 years."
Couldn't agree more.
I still remember how long it took me to get the achievement on the XBLA version for completing the entire thing without dying. Real "must have one more go" type game.
A large part of what the BBC is about is to inform and educate. The issue is that most people do not want to be informed or educated (and especially not pay for it), however having an informed and educated population (or at least having a subset which are) improves the quality of life for EVERYONE.
To give an example: A series of programmes on biology will help get a small number of people interested in medical sciences who then go on to produce products which help many people. These programmes benefit everyone even if they do not watch it themselves and therefore it is only fair for them to be paid for by everyone (either a licence fee, or via taxation).
If you move to a pay as you go approach the BBC will be at a disadvantage if they need to continue subsidising educational content from popular shows and we risk losing them. If that happens then everyone loses out, although many people will not realise it until we suddenly need the next generation of scientists and they aren't there.
There could of course be some sort of compromise with entertainment and sports pay as you go, and educational content funded through taxation. (Just so long as there's no bloody adverts, hate the things!).
I'm glad they didn't miss the opportunity to include a "weighted average" on that graph :)
You could use the InPrivate browing mode in IE? That either doesn't cache, or it clears it when you close the browser.
I see I was too late. Nice one reg *sigh*. Direct from MS site:
"Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview Build 4 is not available for Windows 7. The most recent release for Windows 7 was Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview Build 2, on June 29, 2011. Therefore, you will notice that the newer features mentioned in this guide are not yet available in the most recent version of Internet Explorer 10 Platform Preview for Windows 7. For a list of changes from Internet Explorer Platform Preview Build 2, see Revision History.
When it's released, Internet Explorer 10 will be available for Windows 7, Windows Developer Preview, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server Developer Preview."
"Microsoft has released a new developer preview of the tenth version of Internet Explorer, which is designed to run on only on Windows 8"
This is a bit misleading, I read that to say that IE10 will only run on Windows 8 whereas it's actually just this preview version which is Win8 only. The final version of IE10 will run on Win 7 according to various sites on the web. You may wish to clarify before you get people being shouty.
Having looked online it appears that the wifi hotspot feature is currently disabled in the nokia devices but will be enabled by a future software update.
The article should have made this clear as it the way it is written makes it appear that the WinPho7 OS doesn't support it.
I noticed the author complain about lack of tethering in both this article and the review.
Why do you need tethering when it has wiki hotspot functionality built-in? (serious question, I'd like to know).
I bet most of these websites are blatently dodgy selling them at "too good to be true" prices. Why would anyone pay for music from one of these services? Just because you've paid for something doesn't mean you're legally allowed to own it if the seller didn't have the right to sell it to you in the first place so you might as well have just downloaded them (illegally) for free.
"did you ever here of anyone getting fined because they have 5 TVs on one licence? Just as much against the law"
Are you sure about that? My understanding is that a TV licence licences the property, not the TV therefore you can have as many TVs as you like. The only exception is if the proeprty is rented by multiple people with individual tenency agreements. In this case each bedroom is a 'separately occupied place' and requires its own licence (if they have aTV in there of course).
sgtrock: Well done for *completely* missing my point.
"Taken a look around your house lately for any new electronic gadgets"
They made their money selling me the DEVICE not the software. Therefore software licencing is irrelevant.
"Tell that to Red Hat. IBM. Amazon. Wall Street. Google..."
Did you miss my point about sugar daddy sponsors? It was even in the bit you quoted. Also well done for mentioning Rat Hat who are a prime example of a company which has had to start obfuscating their updates to prevent third parties taking their support revenue, a direct result of using the GPL.
As an aside, why does an OS need a support contract anyway? Neither myself nor the company I work for has ever needed to contact MS for support with Windows, why should someone pay for support from Red Hat? The very fact people are paying third parties indicates that it is *nothing* to do with supporting the cost of maintaining the OS and presumably to do with (possibly unnecessary?) complexity of the product.
Thanks for the personal insults. Grow up.
Let me try and explain this.
Writing software is expensive, computer programmers are highly skilled and command relatively high pay. Any software being written outside of their own time needs to be paid for in some way.
If the software isn't of use to a massive company like google, IBM etc then you're very unlikely to get anyone to sponsor it, smaller companies, and particulaly public sector organisations simply do not have that sort of money, therefore you'll need to get a smaller amount of money from a much larger number of people/organisations.
You can do this in two ways, sell it, or charge for support (or a combination). The former is pretty much ruled out by the way the GPL works (even if they deny it), therefore your only way to get money is to charge for support (the number of people who will simply donate is negligable). This has several implications:
a) Your end users must see your product as actually requiring support, and be happy with this. If people do not need support generally they will not pay for it (it's hard enough getting some people to pay for a commercial product as it is!).
b) This support revenue will need to cover the initial development cost and the ongoing development costs. This generally means that someone else will be able to provide support (especially since the source code is available) at a fraction of the price. Most of your customers aren't likely to think long term enough as to what the consequences are of you going out of business.
The general result is that you have to design your product to *require* support, even if it shouldn't really, and still anyone can set up a company and screw you over by providing your support cheaper. If you disagree then I suspect you have a much higher opinion of people's decency than I do (of course, according to the GPL they aren't even doing anything wrong!).
Consider the example of an AAA computer game with a multi-million pound budget. If that has to be released under the GPL (assuming games consoles supported it) how many people do you think would pay the company for support? They would download it and play it for free perfectly legally. The company would go bust and no one would ever write a high budget game again.
The point is that the GPL is *not* suitable for most commercial software but it tries to make out it is, and cretins like Stallman and the FSF are trying to force it on everyone by claiming anyone not using it is evil.
As a side note: I've no problem with source code being 'open' to people that have actually paid for the product for them to read, update, fork or whatever they want to, so long as anyone that uses that code (or things derived from it) has purchased a legitmate copy of the original from the company that *spent the money developing it*.
The fact is, if you were right you would find that most commercial software (talking business software, consumer software such as game etc) is under the GPL. It isn't.
"Case in point: the GPL of which he is so fond allows for charging for work. Except that after the first copy is sold, it can be freely redistributed legally, which would put a lot of developers out of business"
I was starting to wonder if I was the only one to notice this. The GPL licence even has the audacity to specifically claim it does not mean "free as in beer" and that you are encouraged to charge for your software. Utter crap. There is a reason why the documentation for commercial open source software (which does not have a "sugar daddy" sponsor at least) is often utter shite, it's so that they can legally (by the GPL) sting you for support costs as it's the only way of getting money back. See the ridiculous state of affairs where some companies are obfuscating their updates as others try to supply support in their place. Completely unsustainable.
A horribly misleading licence with disasterous consequences for the quality of software using it.
Zones of control exist
Zones of Control
Combat units exert a “Zone of Control” (ZOC) over the tiles around them. When a unit moves
between two tiles within an enemy’s ZOC it expends all of its MPs.
From the Civ V manual page 53.
I've never had much trouble using this to prevent people taking out my artillery, you just need to make sure you have enough units (or the terrain is such) that they cannot flank you.
I came into work early this morning to watch the GP so I could avoid spoilers. It was only through extreme paranoia that I didn't automatically visit el reg. Now in this case that would have been before this article was posted, but it could easily have been after and that would have spoilt an amazing race.
Please keep sporting results off the front page of an IT related site in future.
It probably wont send it as a message, afterall if you cannot login then you cannot see the message. More likely when you try to log into hotmail it will tell you that the account is suspended and that you need to do x, y and z to reenable it. This might involve phoning up MS for example, something which is not likely to be cost effective for spammers who will find another compromised account instead.
Normal rockets want to get up into space as quickly as possible where the air resistance is lower. This space plane will want to stay as low initially so that it can continue to use the oxygen in the atmosphere. When it gets fast enough the air resistance will be high enough that it is more efficient to get out of the atmosphere and use internal oxygen. At this point it will want to climb rapidly. So the trajectory in the video is probably right.
That's surviving a reentry coming back *from* Mars. The ship will be travelling a lot faster when it hits the atmosphere than if it was coming out of low earth orbit (or even from the moon).
Re read the article. The sun aren't reporting on the scam but a genuine golden ticket system that the people setting up the scam were (apparently) not aware of.
The numbers given don't even add up anyway. 256GB L2 per core cannot equal 50GB total.
Should be 256 Kb L2 per core and, as you said, 50MB total.
Database connection strings?
If I'd been drinking tea at the time I'd have spat it all over the keyboard when I read about database connection strings stored in the view state. Seriously, wtf? That sort of stuff doesn't go anywhere near the browser, unless I'm completely misunderstanding what you mean by "viewstate page".
One possibility is it was actually someone else that had both you and the other people the spam was sent to on their contact list. The spam emails would then be sent to all that person's contacts randomly picking your email address as the source.
This happens all the time because sender and from email addresses are not validated and is one of the tricks they use to make it harder to track down who has actually had their account compromised and warn them.
My rubbish primary school pretty much failed to teach me to read and write. In the end I learnt myself from the civilopedia in Civilization 1 (with some help from my brother).
"... - suffered from nanny Microsoft sizing them up for a premature kill. But I digress.".
These applications are performing long running process on the thread which should be used for handing Windows messages, a big no no. This isn't Windows fault, it is the fault of the people writing the application for not doing the work in a background thread.
Long story short, if your application stops talking to Windows, Windows will want to kill it.
Which VB version?
Are you talking about VB6 here?
If so you might want to take a look at c#, much quicker to write simple utilities than C/C++ while faster and less annoying in so many ways than VB6. Much nicer language to work with once you get used to it.
There seems to be a lot of people with very short memories. When IE6 was released all browsers were crap at following web standards, frequently because those standards were either too limited or too vague and not really well understood. At that time the innovation was being driven by the browser makers, MS included (AJAX anyone?). Just because the standards have mostly caught up, and the newer upstarts (hello Firefox, Chrome etc) have started off with something decent to code to doesn't mean you should heap blame on IE6. The only reason it is the only really 'rubbish' browser around is that all the others from the same time period got killed off.
I use IE8 on a day to day basis and rarely see anything wrong with any of the sites I visit and with the web development I've done recently anything I've done has ended up pretty much exactly the same in all the major browsers with only the occasional hacking needed to get IE6 to look right.
The only real problem was when MS decided to not bother with anything internet related for a number of years, which is the main reason IE6 is still in widespread use. Other than that everything seems fine to me, IE8 is a lot better than IE7, which is a lot better than IE6. So stop complaining ffs.
Works for me.
Civ 4 works fine for me in Windows 7 Ultimate x64. Same for all my friends, both steam and non-steam versions.
I've got Warlords and BTS installed, although it definately worked before installing BTS. And I can run 'original' Civ 4 rather than Warlords and that works too.
I've tried about 100 games so far in Win 7 and only a couple of them have still refused to run acceptably after a bit of poking.
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