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I'd certainly get a surface....
But only if I could put android on it.
The irony is that if people actually DID do their due dilligence whenever they use ANY companies services, then the economy would probably collapse because everyone would freak out and stop using any services at all.
Are there any companies that *don't* abuse their power in some way?
Re: Re:But hey, you don't care when having a good rant?
Why did this get downvoted? It's completely true. Windows used to be a security joke. But as Microsoft beefed things up, hackers have been going after 3rd party targets that are easier to hit, such as Adobe flash.
You need only one exploit to get from outside to local, and only one local exploit to hose the whole box. That means any OS... ANY OS.... is only 2 exploits away from being compromised.
Linux is getting exploited the most because it's the single most popular web stack out there. Linux is to web what Windows is to desktop. And the article itself said it.... virtually all the root-access hacks have been through things like 3rd party CMSes, and the kernel itself compromised by exactly 1 exploit.
So maybe we should focus less on how big everyone's OS-penis is, and more on the fact that far too many people write crap code.
And I will opine that it's because companies have made it FAR too easy for someone to sit down, bang a few commands on a keyboard, and suddenly think they know how to code. Until programmers are put through the same level of rigor as, say, engineers, this problem will never get better.
Why Windows only?
The idea that a hard drive is Windows only just seems ludicrous to me. Heaven forbid anybody else uses the drives!
Reminds me of the era of winprinters, where manufacturers were lazy and/or cheap and cut as many corners as possible. This certainly doesn't fill me with confidence regarding the quality of their product.
If it was me...
I'd call it a feature and put a price premium on the house.
Nuclear?! But nuclear is *dangerous*!
It is infinitely better to cause all the people in the entire region severe health problems, and cause catastrophic damage to infrastructure and ecology across the entire continent than to risk the possibility that someone down the line may do something boneheadedly stupid that irradiates several acres of land.
Only 2.5 years?
No wonder the financial system is such a mess. If you can kiss off the equivalent of the GDP of a small country and only get a slap on the wrist, there's nothing stopping anyone from doing such things.
I'm not having any issues
I'm not having any issues. Of course, that may be because I replaced my OS with cyanogenmod. Battery life improved, performance improved, and I don't have to put up with a huge bundle of crapware.
Samsung may be able to make nice phones, but they can't program their way out of a wet paper bag. I can't fathom why everyone is so gung ho about Samsung products. Seems to me that they're the new 'fashionable' company to buy from, in the same way that iPhone was so fashionable a few years ago.
What happens when the battery wears out?
Does anyone know what the policies are for old batteries? For phones that have user replaceable batteries, you just buy a new battery.
I know Apple has a swap option with their phones. If you live near an Apple store, you can get it swapped right there so there is no downtime.
I presume LG provides a similar option? Does LG have places you can take it to so you arn't without a phone for however many weeks it takes for the turnaround?
Re: Cisco VPN also fixed ?
I have v3.1.04059 and haven't had any problems.
Powerpoint vs Keynote
I'll probably get downvoted since reasoned responses have difficulty competing against emotional outbursts, but at one point I sat down and actually compared (totally subjectively, purely for my own benefit) Powerpoint and Keynote. I wanted to know what was similar and different about them.
My observations can be summed up as:
Powerpoint gives you a a LOT more options than Keynote. More templates, more transition styles, more animation types, more options for object manipulation (eg: turning an image into a limited 3d object)
Keynote gives you less choices, but the choices it gives you are of a much higher quality. The animations, transitions, etc, seem to be significantly more polished. By comparison, most of the features in powerpoint look like they haven't been improved upon since powerpoint 1.0 was first written. Some of the transitions actually caused me to go, "Oh wow that was cool!" Meanwhile, if you need to do anything with individual objects beyond simple transformations, you will have to turn to other tools to do it for you.
Both products have merits. Both products can do things that the other can't. It boils down to a matter of personal style (and, of course, whether you even have a Mac or a Windows machine). If Microsoft could improve the quality of the effects in Powerpoint, or if Keynote had more options for object manipulation, then there would be clear winner. As it stands, neither is better or worse than the other. It totally depends on what the user is looking for.
I was afraid of this
I have a 2011 MBP, before they started turning their laptops into toasters. I love my laptop. It's the single best laptop I have ever owned. It can still hold it's own compared to mainstream machines today.
Of course, that's because I could still upgrade the RAM and the hard drive.
The fact that Apple is turning their "high end" laptops into toasters is extremely disappointing to say the least. I guess I'll be sticking with my current machine for the forseeable future, if even the best machine they have available has pathetically gimped video.
The whole reason I switched to apple was because Windows laptops were embarrasingly unreliable. You couldn't even close the lid and have a reasonable expectation that the machine would come back to life when you opened it again.
If Microsoft+partners have finally pulled their collective thumbs out and actually now pay more than lip service to reliability, I may have to consider switching back. Can anyone comment?
Wait, people use iWork?
People use iWork? I took one look at iWork a long time ago and with the exception of Keynote, I poo-poo'ed iWork almost immediately. Numbers looks like it's having an identity crisis, unable to decide if it's a spreadsheet or a presentation tool. Pages, while ok for a word processor, uses a stupid file format (actually a folder with multiple files inside, abstracted into a single object by OSX) that makes it impossible to email unless you use Mac Mail, or zip the thing up.
Kinda sad that stuff has been stripped from Keynote, though. It would be nice if Apple expanded it's repertoire of shapes and object styling.
Oh my god, how I miss Ami Pro! It could handle object positioning in a way second only to professional desktop publishing applications. Even now, MS Word is still unable to match it.
And then Lotus had to botch it all up when it released Word Pro....
Would the lot of you please grow up!
Why does everything always have to turn into a freaking venemous flame war between all the various fanbois/fandroids/microfans/whatever? The only reason I even bother looking at the comments is that there there are usually a couple nice and useful gems buried amongst the vitriolic spew.
I personnally didn't know these photos were even there, because I tend to dismiss the boring, built in images included in OSes. But these are breathtaking! I'm particularly struck by the national geographic photo of the penguins, where the lens is half-in/half-out of the water.
Definitely a wonderful little easter egg, right here.
Re: re: ac 20:25
What's this now? I stopped buying EA products a long time ago because they have a long and cherished history of douchebag-ery. Sounds like nothing has changed.
Re: run out of cats?
Those are all breeds, not species.
Of course, I firmly believe that Apple missed out on a golden opportunity. If they had release OSX Maru, I would have bought multiple copies just cause. :)
My reaction to this news
So I sat here reading the article, seeing nice improvements all around for the Surface.... and then I get to the price and any interest I had evaporated before I even finished reading the sentence.
I'm sorry, but you just can't keep charging premium prices when your device is already a flop.
We'll see how things go with Surface 3. For some reason it always takes Microsoft 3 revisions before they finally do something right.
Satisfied users are satisfied
I'm not in the slightest big surprised that Apple has the lead. Their laptops are superior. Period. And please, spare me the whole "stupid sheeple fanboi" garbage. I meansure my MBP uptime in *months*. The only time I have to reboot is when the rare critical update comes through that requires it, or a 3rd party app inexplicably requires it. I don't worry about it mysteriously slowing down. I have to do sysadmin and other misc computer work all day. I don't have the time, inclination, or patience to also work on my *own* gear. I want it to work so I can get my own stuff done.
My mom used to call me on more than a weekly basis because the PC kept doing wierd things, slowing down, breaking in some way ,etc. I bought her a used iMac, and now when she calls me it's because she wants to know how to do something. Not one... single...problem... in two years now.
I'm now trying to get my Dad to ditch his Acer because I'm sick of having to spend on avg an hour a week trying to figure out why it's breaking yet again.
I'm (not) sorry, but the track record speaks for itself.
Re: No need for revolution
What's the antonym of Fanboi? Above I see a perfectly reasonable and well reasoned comment, that outlines the persons preference for a simple UI, yet the comment has as many downvotes as upvotes.
Oh noes! That person isn't slagging apple! They must be a witch! Burn 'er!
Grow up people.
How does this compare to the dlink?
I have one of these at home:
Although mine is the older model that doesn't include the fast-charge ports. I also have no idea how many TTs this thing has.
It's funny how no one seems to be getting the sarcasm of your post.
For everyone else's benefit, read the post again, and then think about the way *all* employers, including western ones, treat young workers. There is this distinct attitude of, "Hell, you should be paying US for the privilege of working for us!"
Re: Wow they are lucky
Or maybe they did have a reason. They saw the what was coming down the pipe and decided to get the hell out while the gettin's good.
Doesn't surprise me
I used to have an iphone, but I switched to android because I was frustrated by the lack of control. Now that I'm using the Samsung, I'm realizing I should have stayed where I was. Having control is a nice thing. But you know what's even nicer? Having a device that works properly.
When I had an iPhone, my complaints were:
-Had to jump through hoops to root it
-After a couple years of use, it wouldn't last a full day anymore and I couldn't replace the battery
-Took Apple forever to come up with a decent bluetooth implementation that properly supported A2DP
-No Micro SD slot so I couldn't expand storage
-Can't transfer arbitrary files to the phone over a USB connection.
-No home screen widgets
In a nutshell, I wanted more control to use the phone 'my way'.
With my Samsung Galaxy S3:
-Stuffed full of Samsung crapware that can't be removed and just wastes resources and as a result...
-After having had the phone only 4 months, it no longer lasts 3/4 day (battery goes dead by mid afternoon) unless I don't use it
-Cooked my 32GB sd card
-Kies is completely, utterly, useless. Most of the time it dies when I try to sync
-Samsung took away bluetooth tethering in a recent OTA update.
In a nutshell, the phone is crap.
I've managed to fix a lot of the pain by switching to cyanogenmod, but its ridiculous that I have to replace my phone's OS just to render it usable.
So yeah, I will probably be going back to an iphone for my next phone. I may not have as much control over it as I would like, but if I am forced to choose between a dichotomy that shouldn't exist, then I will give up some flexibility. I have more important things to worry about than whether my phone is going to work from one moment to the next.
I think it's unfair to expect an AI to have common sense, considering most people don't have it either.
A girl is dead because four hooligans raped her, and even spread photos of the act. Yet somehow the police have 'insufficient evidence'?
Bullshit. This is just another example of how people would rather protect the guilty than provide justice to the victims of rape. This is just like that stupidity from CNN where the correspondent was wringing their hands and saying "woe to those poor boys, how their lives are ruined."
It should go without saying that if a system that is *supposed* to provide justice, won't, then people will give up and start taking justice into their own hands. For good or ill.
Why in the world would anyone use email to transfer huge files like that? Performance is crap, and any attachment is increased by ˜50% when it's encoded, exacerbating the problem. Email was never meant for sending massive files like this. Finally, 99% of emails are transferred serially, which means if you have 50 emails to download to your computer, and the first one is a gig, then you have to wait half an hour (if you're lucky and the transfer doesn't bork) for that to download before you can even access the rest.
The only reason these major webmail services allow for such things is so they can datamine the attachments. This sort of thing is completely impractical for almost all non-web based email systems.
Re: Definitely something odd going on
"I'm wondering whether being a member of Yahoo!."
At this point Yahoo is working on enertia. It's been a very long time since they've done anything newsworthy (besides failing miserably).
I wouldn't trust them with my old left sock, nevermind something important like email.
As the current owner of a Galaxy S3, I can say that maybe they should spend less time on new features, and more time on making the existing ones work.
Kies is a massive steaming load of crap. MTP doesn't work. Even when I put the phone into PTP mode, Picasa is unable to pull pictures from it. Data transfer is so utterly useless that I've had to resort to installing an FTP server on my phone and using Filezilla to transfer files back and forth.
It's a flagship alright. Of the mediocre navy.
To squeeze extra money out of people, obviously. They want a steadier, more reliable revenue stream so they are heavily pushing their subscription model. In the process, they are willfully crippling their desktop offerings to 'entice' people towards the subscription version.
For example Home & Student, besides being more expensive than before, can't be installed on 3 machines anymore and doesn't include outlook.
The single worst change is that retail copies of Office are NO LONGER TRANSFERABLE between computers! So if you upgrade to a new computer, you have to buy a fresh copy of office because you're not allowed to move your license from your old machine.
These new licensing changes are just begging for a legal challenge.
Microsoft copying Apple YET AGAIN.
I believe Apple has a patent on fscking up major rollouts, having screw up every single one that I am aware of (see .Mac, .Me, iCloud, Maps... I'm sure there are more...).
And now Microsoft mangles their MSN-Skype merge. It would be nice to see Microsoft not copy some of the things Apple does.
Why only tech companies?
Do they think that tech companies invented the tax avoidance process? They're just doing what every other multinational is doing.
How dare they come here and take all our hard-fought and desperately needed iPhones!
Re: No, Miss Koh, you are not.
Only for those on the outside, looking in. I think Bill Murray's character would simply nod knowingly and sympathetically to the judge.
I guess it's a good thing there's still Postgres.
Makes you wonder...
So far everyone has been beating up on Apple for sounding like a cheapskate, etc etc. But if Ericson is also complaining about the same thing, then IMO that changes things. It certainly does make Samsung look like it's being a bully.
Seems normal to me
This is what can be expected as a regime heads into decline. Soon they'll be demanding people pay bribes just so loved ones can get jobs, like happened in the Roman Empire.
Corruption? What corruption? Oh hang on... there's a knock at my door...
Re: Isn't choice grand
You make it sound like this level of warranty service from HP is normal, and it's not. You would sound a lot less disingenuous if you provided ALL the relevant facts, not just the ones that fluff you up the most.
HP DOES provides that kind of service, but it will cost you. You can go onto their website to examine the pricing details.
And for the record, Apple will also provide that kind of service. There are restrictions of course, but you can look them up on Apple's website or ask an Apple rep if you really wanna know.
A guy who invented a crap language/system that people at large hate, supports another another crap language/system that people at large hate.
At least he's consistent.
Can android do server connectivity yet?
I currently have a phone with gingerbread on it. The first thing I noticed, compared to the iphone I had given up, was that android was incapable of synchronizing with anything but exchange or google's services. I had to buy 3rd party software just to connect to my zimbra OSE box, and even that's not 100% stable. When I looked at the ICS tablets, they also couldn't do it.
The new Nexii apparently use android 4.2. Has this finally been fixed yet? I don't care what device I get as long as it does what I need it to. If Android *still* can't handle such things, then my only option will be an iDevice, regardless of how better/worse the specs are.
"Windows 8 has no features about which I give any fucks whatsoever, let alone that make the abomination formerly known as Metro worth grinding down my sanity to a mewling nub every day."
Mind if I use that line? I almost fell out of my chair laughing when I read that.
Clearly, you've missed your calling as a writer.
Why no touch screens on iMacs?
Because it's stupid idea you bloody fool.
How these Wall Street people manage to think that their opinions are worth anything at all is a mystery, considering that they single-handedly destroyed the American economy and helped bring about a global recession.
Obama vs Bush
Unlike Bush, Obama is apparently doing an exceptional job in getting relief to affected people. Apparently he's doing such a good job that even major Republican talking heads are *congratulating and thanking him*.
I think Sandy just won Obama the election. Or perhaps more accurately, Americans are now seeing clearly first hand how effective a democrat president is, compared to the mindblowing incompetence of a republican one. Mitt is getting his rear end handed to him over wanting to shut down FEMA.
Now if only...
They'd release their line of products to more places! I'm still waiting for the TF700KL to appear in Canada, and I'm about ready to give up and just buy an ipad 4 instead.
Wait for it...
They're selling lots of upgrades because they priced it at a reasonable level. $40 isn't too much to pay for a legitimate license to play with a very risky OS.
The real test will be when the price goes up to it's "normal" level. I'm willing to bet their sales numbers will plummet at that point.
Re: No it can't ...
You control your mouse with your elbow? O_o
Can I have your autograph, Mr. Fantastic?
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