Why I oughta.... *shakes fists*
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Why I oughta.... *shakes fists*
I should immediately delete my entire archive of ripped CD's and DVD's from my NAS?
But seriously. No.
Also, what if I stream my own content to myself, is that a violation too?
Are you shitting me!?
It's 2015 and your OS accepts a library with 'TinkerAccount' in the title?
All I want is a toaster that pops when the bread has been toasted to a desired degree, invariant of the input conditions.
Perhaps if phone makers could add thermal protection along with dust and waterproofing, then you could just pop your phone in the toaster alongside a slice of bread, and it would monitor conditions and tell the toaster exactly when to pop?
15.8 billion. That's right, just say it again. 15.8 billion. Feel the words come slowly out of your mouth. Think about those words. 15.8 billion...
That's nearly £250k for each of the 65,000 people on the system. They could have just been given that and told to sort their lives out, or start a business or something...
Just for comparative analysis, what else could you get for 15.8 billion, just so we're completely comfortable with exactly how much money this is?
Yes, it's probably true. And in all likelihood Mars used to have active plate tectonics, the bimodal distribution of land altitude suggests crustal differentiation (continental and oceanic type), but as Mars is so much smaller (heat decay proportionately faster), tectonic activity, volcanic activity and magnetic activity have all ceased. No more water vapour from volcanoes, and no mechanism to retain an atmosphere.
I like it. I like it a lot...
Yes, just like that, but with improved re-installation options too.
Is the Signature Edition only applicable to PC's that MS sell, what about other vendors? The customer expectation should be that every PC should be sold with the OS set up like this, unless requested otherwise.
Frankly, why stop with Ask?
Any toolbar (for any browser) that insidiously re-installs and overwrites the homepage should be identified as malware, removed and destroyed. Full stop.
I don't know why something like this wasn't implemented years ago. MS need to be doing everything they can to make everyone's experience with windows as good as possible.
Another useful step would be a bloatware/crapware free certification system for nice clean new PC's... This would ideally also specify how the drive partitions and recovery options should be defined and set up, and also a windows accessory program that allows the user to create a bootable disk/memory stick with either a clean windows install or a re-installable backup of their current state.
But now I'm wandering far off into a fantasy world... But seriously... what if!? How good would that be!!
...individuals with legacy 'apps'? Or does this render your back catalogue of purchased software obsolete?
If the solution is to click OK on a UAC type pop up window, then I'm not sure this would really solve anything.
I can't imagine a middle ground, so I'm just going to assume legacy 'apps' are doomed.
A quantum solution to the NP problem could be just round the corner, and then we can have satellite navigation with routes!
Oh, hold on...
Isn't it obvious? It's so that you don't instantly look like a cock.
Nope, not true. There's a white Polestar V60 sat in my local Volvo dealership. And very nice it looks too.
Although to be honest, if I was going to spend 50K of my own money I'd go for the D5, get all the specification goodies and have ~10K left over. Also, there's a Cross Country AWD variant of the V60 coming out soon...
"Samsung reckons fast charging mode takes care of the first issue [battery]"
The reason I want a replaceable battery isn't because I'm struggling to find somewhere to charge it up, it's so I can replace it every year or so when the performance has degraded sufficiently.
Two words: Planned Obsolescence.
Frankly, in this day and age of environment and resource awareness I find it repugnant.
...the completely broken trace precedents/dependants for formulae with structure references?
...(in)ability to resize evaluate formula window, forcing you to navigate complex formula (and data arrays in sumproducts) through a tiny TINY letterbox?
...vba that crashes excel when I run it, but inexplicably runs perfectly when using F8 to step through individual lines?
...the inexplicable slow down when using lots of structured tables (listobjects), where Excel can lock up for several minutes BEFORE it starts processing cells (which takes only two seconds)?
Probably not, but seeing as they've been doing the important work of fiddling with the colour of the ribbon, then obviously I can't wait to get my hands on it.
I'm not sure how I could easily be less thrilled.
Correct. I'm also still using my S3, thanks to the folk at Cyanogenmod. It's on it's third battery, and still does everything I need it to. In fact it's better than ever, I now have Permission Blocking, AdBlock, Greenify, and absolutely no Samsung bloatware. I have a nice big SD card full of lots of music, it's great.
I rarely go anywhere where there's a 4G signal anyway, so that just isn't important. It could maybe do with more RAM, but I can manage. I'm not planning on upgrading until this one has reached end of life. Sweat the asset!
I guess that Samsung (and the others) have realised that removable batteries (and people like me) were a problem to their sales expectations. But as long as I continue to have a functional phone with a removable battery I'm happy for it to remain their problem, and not mine.
Babylon 5's a big pile of shit!
I'm perfectly happy setting the 7 day timer for hot water and heating as needed. What would be more useful is the ability to remotely (i.e. smartphone app) change the programme and turn on/off as I see fit.
I don't want any other party constantly collecting data, I don't want anything integrated with the cloud, I don't want all that complexity, I just want a simple way of accessing the controls when away from home, and more generally, a better interface for adjusting the programme settings.
I'm sure they'd do a whole lot better if they stopped filling their phones with bloatware. Wouldn't you be much more tempted if the Android installation was kept cleaner like the Google Nexus, rather than trying to push loads of un-removable and crappy Sammy apps? Also, why not put the Android update process in the control of users?
Shazam, instant success follows.
Well, yes and no...
It's not how old they are, but rather, are you still happy with them?
Is that what this article is?
I too could list my HiFi components and, in considerable detail, describe why they hugely outperform this new kit in almost every metric you can imagine (and there's a LOT of metrics), except perhaps portability.
Hi resolution? Multiroom? Wireless control? Have you tried simply using JRiver from a HTPC or laptop feeding a decent DAC? No need at all to replace superior speakers and amplification, and the results I've got are simply staggering, and amazingly flexible.
Also, there's no need to rely on ongoing subscription costs for inferior quality streamed music... Sure, use it to preview things that you might like, but even having lossless (FLAC) copies of CD's is massively better quality, and any proper high resolution content that you may have (if your DAC can handle it) is a bonus.
Is it just my perception but every new 'advance' just seems to detract from my concepts of quality, ownership and control. I'll stick with what I've got, and you can ram your soundbars up your flange tunnels.
A paint colour fill that works with REAL PAINT.
Less forking in the linux world, more concentration on making one really really really good one.
A re-boot of the X-Wing games.
Geoff Crammond to make GP5.
And a very large budget with which to do so.
Every home (or device) to get it's own proper IP address (IVP6?), or some other such improvement that makes it universally easier to contact and transfer data to and from any of my devices from anywhere else.
A button on your TV remote that sends you an email or message identifying the music that's currently part of the program you're watching.
A sphere of room temperature air coupled non-reactive stable plasma, operating as the perfect fidelity loudspeaker.
1. Shops that sell just sell unlocked sim free phones, with nice a range of OS's.
2. Proper Android permissions manager, including blocking network access to individual apps.
3. Ability in Google to search, edit or delete every bit of information or analysis regarding your account and data.
4. As above for facebook, amazon etc...
5. Windows (or your op of choice) to natively support Sequoia style square tree views of file systems.
6. Tagging of files in Windows documents library (like gmail) rather than folder heirachy
7. If failure of point 3, then an app (or something?) that constantly barrages Google with search terms and fake user behavior that makes it impossible for your user data to be in any way usefully personalised. (I'll admit this might not be possible...)
8. If failure of point 7, a 'paid for' equivalent to Google services that does not collect or sell personal data. (How much money does Google make from my account alone? Is it more then I'd be prepared to pay for the services?)
9. Music stores that sell a decent range of music in 24/96 resolution FLAC files, without overcharging for the privilage.
10. An Excel VLOOKUP function that allows you to lookup against the n-th occurence of your matching reference.
About time for this me thinks...
That is all.
Fondle slabs are just 'another device' not a replacement for all computers.
I agree that slabs/phone are better for content delivery and causal surfing etc. There're simply more convenient and powerful. For instance, my win 7 laptop has got bluetooth, but do you think I can get it to simply connect to a pair of bluetooth speakers? Not a chance. But from my android phone it's just two swipes.
However... I work in a business where there are hundreds of people constantly using excel to manipulate and model data, and that's not by any means unusual. Ever tried handing a 50mb complex spreadsheet model on a tablet, or coding VBA? No, you haven't, and you wouldn't.
The article has answered itself, but I'm not sure you realize. You base all future use on current sales, not current useage. PC's have simply become so good that they don't currently need to be replaced, whereas everyone wants to get a shiny new tablet to play with. These devices will replace some of the functionality of PC's, but just can't replace them altogether.
Well of course he'd look at you funny, that's the last thing their business model would ever allow. If you could download your own high quality digital copies you'd simply amass all the music you wanted and then cancel your subscription.
If you've put the effort into having your own high quality and well organised digital collection of music, why would even need a subscription based streaming service in the first place? It's just another layer of interference between you and your music.
I see a horrible future where no-one ends up owning copies of ANY content, just so you can be charged regularly to access it. It will be sold as a benefit (hey! look at the variety!), but all the industry wants a predictable revenue stream. Quality will decrease as the accessibility increases, or else higher quality will separate into more expensive tiers of service.
Love the Geoff Crammond games, and I still play GP4 (without mods) several times a week.
There has been no other driving game that allows you to set up the car balance so perfectly, and control the car so perfectly - controlling turn in on the brakes and corner exit on the throttle. There's just enough unpredictability that trying to find the very last few tenths is very difficult and it's a measure of your own performance on the day and your ability to set up the car.
I played F1:2012 for a while, it looks pretty but it feels completely flat. There's no sensation of driveability and balance like there is in GP4. I only wish there was a game that looked like F1:2013, but drove like GP4. And the new games are too 'arcade like' too, especially auto throttle limit if you leave the track, and the totally unrealistic level damage sensitivity. Watch the burnouts on the parade lap of a real F1 race and see how they make the car dance around and twitch to every tiny driver input - and then try that in F1:2013...
PS. I'm not saying GP4 is perfect, if has many flaws, but it's the game I keep coming back to because it's still the best.
Just to add my tuppence...
CD's ripped to FLAC using Foobar2000, and then album art embedded and tag data corrected manually in MP3Tag.
If I could reliably buy FLAC versions of albums instead of CD's I would. For portability I can bulk down-vert to Mp3 using Foobar. The advantage to streaming FLAC rather than listening to CD's is the total removal of digital errors from the CD transport. The remaining sound quality is then only a function of your DAC (and then the rest of your HiFi)...
Albums are organised by 'Album Artist' field, every album is in it's own folder with a copy of the album art stored as 'folder.jpg'. I have a RPi running MPD that auto mounts my music shared folder, MPDroid is the client 'controller' from my phone, and the RPi is connected by USB DAC to my (astonishingly good) HiFi. An install of Nginx webserver delivers the correct album art from the RPi to the MPDroid client, rather than using it's own attempt to download matches from Last FM.
HiFi is not dead, there's a growing interest in the quality of digital music and it's re-production, it's just being misrepresented. There are lots of excellent little USB DAC's and headphone amplifiers coming into the market. Yes, quality of studio production matters enormously, but there's no substitute for high quality speakers and amplification.
"Our goal is to deliver advertising and other commercial or sponsored content that is valuable to our users and advertisers."
When did adverts become valuable to users? Am I missing the point?
I'm very pessimistic about Google Glasses. It's not the technology, I like the technology! I think the eventual benefit and excitement of augmented reality could be mahoosive!
What I don't like, is the Google... having one of their personal data hoovers in my pocket is bad enough, having one on my face capturing everything I see and do is a country mile overstep beyond the 'creepy line'.
If all the data collected was entirely (and I mean entirely) within my control and ownership I'd be more convinced, but this, like all their other services already prove, just isn't how Google works.
And it's that same reason I'm still using my trusty Atari ST, if I started upgrading computers I'd never finish this level of Xenon 2...
Aw crap, the wrong James Martin died.
But politicians don't want a simple tax system, it would be too easy to actually compare the manifestos of the parties. Much the same as complex tariffs in the energy market appear to offer choice, but actually make real comparison tedious and difficult.
It's just easier for one party to tinker some details in the complex tax structure and then claim a tremendous benefit, and the opposition can claim the precise opposite - all without anyone having the vaguest idea of which is better.
I've got both Sky and BT Youview already, and I'm not interested in paying to watch football on either of them!
What really grabs my goat is this new 6pin+8pin power requirement - so you're supposed to blow hundreds of pounds on a top end graphics card, and also the £150+ for the PSU that happens to have the correct connections...
What about all the people that already have a very good power supply that has a standard 6+6pin SLI output? There's definitely market collusion going on here to force people into unnecessary upgrades!
Why I ought to.....
I suspect that they've got bored of providing search queries and are planning to instead provide every possible sector of the internet themselves.
How long before all newborn children have the google suffix in front of their names and are fully search query complient. "Hi I'm Google.Peter, what would you like to know about me officer?"
Mine's the jacket with the copy The Daily Newspeak in the pocket....
We once had a music teacher who made two pupils in my class stand on chairs either side of the school gates and sing hymns to the 1400 exiting pupils after the home time bell. No-one messed around in that lesson ever again....
"I'm from Buenos Aires, and I say kill 'em all!"
Apparently Scan have been selling SP1 DVD's at 59p a pop for quite a while now....
Why has no-one (least of all MS) got a clue to what's going on?
Christ's sake - for an IT related site there sure are a whole lot of scientifically challenged reprobates out there!
'We're all going to get sucked into a black hole' - I suspect not.
'How long does it take to get sucked in to a black hole?' - well... I guess that kind of depends how big it is... and also whether you're observing someone fall into a black hole or falling in to it yourself etc, etc, etc...
As good as Half Life is, I can' really see some physicists playing it and suddenly worrying "Oh my god! What are we doing? I've gotta stop this crazy experiment.!"
Are we all still so luddite that when any major technology comes round the corner we all start declaring the end of the world? Oh my god - It's a digital watch! This is where Skylab started! Run to the nuclear bunkers now!
Paris - Coz I know where I'd like to accelerate my hadrons!