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This guy will have to do
Re: Looks like a modernised netbook
"Sometimes its better to install your own favorite distro"
As pointed out already, this is all well and good, but maybe I don't want to send my money to Microsoft by purchasing a product I have no intention of using?
It only encourages them you know.
Then there is the worry that they have used some stupidly obscure hardware components that are unsupported by Linux (now). Anybody who has bought a Sony Vaio will know what I'm talking about here. I've seen Vaio's that you can't even upgrade the version of Windows on because of the stupid proprietary crap that Sony uses that they refuse to provide drivers for any version of Windows other than the one it originally shipped with.
Getting something preloaded with some sort of Linux at least gives you an indication that the installation of a distro of your choice has a good chance of succeeding.
Re: Radio Silence in Cars ?
Surely the point is that there is nothing on FM worth listening to in the first place? Well, not in Arstrayia anyway. Maybe FM airspace is not such a bogan (read: chav) wonderland in old blighty? Imagine that!
"2.5% are you daft?"
Yes, you are right, it is more like 1.5% What an idiot indeed.
Five families in the Northern Territory are connected to the fibre national broadband network, with Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull gleefully revealing the latest figures from the company he now oversees…
The Communications Minister told Parliament on Tuesday that only 322 families in the Northern Territory were capable of getting a broadband service on the fibre network and of those households, only five have connected…
In a speech that drew laughter and jeering, Mr Turnbull taunted Labor about its “switching on” ceremonies in which ministers would travel to the Northern Territory to haul fibre to dramatise the progress of the NBN… Former Communications Minister Stephen Conroy “went to the Northern Territory more often than there are active connections on the broadband network,” he said."
Oh, and the "20 billion dollar a year IT industry" already has access to fibre numbnut. Where I work we have had a fibre connection for going on 10 years. This is not about businesses, this is all about kids wanting to get their porn faster.
"How about the fact that this doesn't come from tax payers funds. It is borrowed money. "
There is no way in hell that NBN co will ever be able to pay back $50-90Bn at their current pricing/adoption levels. It is economic nonsense to suggest they can.
This means that at some point in the future the government will be forced to either write off its exposure to NBN Co or take it over as a government owned company, at which point we are back to the grand old days of the government owned Telecom monopoly. Either scenario comes at a massive cost to the taxpayer.
"how about you are a dumbass,"
You really shoudn't be calling other people "dumbass" & "idiiot" by the way.
"People want this."
There are people who want free stuff you say? What a shock. Most people who have surpassed the level of juvenile simpleton however realise that there really is no such thing as free stuff. Somebody somewhere has to pay the price.
What you and your ilk are annoyed about is that there are plenty of people out there who don't want to buy a fast Internet connection for you. How inconsiderate of them. Don't they know your Battlefield scores are suffering?
You're just a junior socialist who wants everyone else to subsidise your desire for da faster internets.
Pay for your own stuff junior. Don't expect me buy it for you.
Re: NBN a fizzle
"I personally would rather get something faster now than wait 10-20 years for ANY kind of upgrade. "
Oh I agree 100%. Where I am now I am limited to 150Fbs because my exchange only supports ADSL 1
Oh, Telstra were rolling out DSLAM upgrades which would have given ne a more than acceptable improvment but then KRUDD and Underpants Man drew up the ludicrous NBN plan on the back of a fricking table napkin and that all wen't out the window. 5 years later and there is nothing happening, The NBN is way behind schedule, way over budget and completely underwhelming Their site suggests that I might have access to it around 2023. That is quite frankly an insult.
The NBN is a socialist inspired disaster of epic proportions and it is going to get worse.
Isn't Bill Gates Microsoft's Steve Jobs?
Only without the taste?
"So the question is why did it pay at all if the paperwork was incomplete and some (at least) was suspect."
Actually, the question is more basic than that. Even if everything was above board and things were as rosy as they were presented, how on earth did thay figure that Autonomy was worth $10B anyway?
Paying hugely over the odds was their first mistake, it was merely made worse by the dodgy accounting shenanigans.
I have no sympathy for them at all.
"Intel had to finally admit this week that the Wintel grip which has served it and Microsoft so well over the past decades is waning"
Ironically, the "Wintel grip" is what ultimately bought them here. For too long all those Wintel OEMS have been churning out uninspired, all-of-them-alike PC's and simply jumped every time MS or Intel said jump.
"You shall not differentiate your products by skinning Windows or providing OtherOS. All PC's shall have an indentical look and feel" "Yes sir!" they cried.
"You shall not replace Windows components with 3rd party ones. All PC's will ship ONLY with Internet Explorer" "Yes sir" they cried.
"Kill the netbook market! It threatens us!" "Yes sir!" they cried.
These idiots made this destination inevitable the moment they allowed their products to be turned into commodities for the sake of cheaper access to Microsoft operating systems. The gravy train was good for a while of course but it has long since been derailed. They have for so long been sitting on their laurels that they no longer know how to compete and create products that are actually attractive to purchasers.
"While RT is the more sophisticated API, Windows Phone appears to be winning the internal political battle, with stories suggesting it has been freed to scale up to 7-inch and 10-inch tablets."
Wasn't this sort of inter-departmental dick swinging one of the major factors that led to the demise of Nokia?
Meego vs S60 vs Some other linux whose name I can't quite recall
On the bright side however, it looks like Nokias merger with MS won't include too much of a culture shock.
Re: Regardless of what reviews have to say
Good grief, the art of astroturfing sure has taken a serious downturn these days.
"I'm all in. If there's one thing I've learned about reviews since the advent of social networking and blogs, most authors can't resist the urge to be bias" (Yes, of course, any dissent is surely reviewers being bias")
"Neutrality has seized to exist" (ceased?)
"Personally I look forward to the 22nd when I receive my XO, just as I did with Xbox and the 360" (uhoh, fanboy alert)
"Launch titles are typically weak" (Doesn't stop me from laying down top dollar to buy one at launch mind you)
"but the games will improve as devs gain more exposure to the platform" (You have to be impressed by the unbridled optimism really)
"I'm sure the voice controls have room to improve as well" (ie They are crap but I have faith)
"but name one perfect voice solution that works flawlessly" (as long as everyone else is tellling pork pies about voice capabilities then that makes it OK then)
"They simply don't exist but they continue to improve" (I haven't noticed much improvment since the '80s but I'll let that slide)
"I have no qualms over a 1.5GB update this means MS has continued to refine and improve the product prior to launch" (actually, it means they released a substandard product at launch and had to fix it afterwards)
"If no update was available people would still complain" (Yes, I always complain whenever I buy a fridge, TV, mattress or microwave oven if it doesn't immediatley begin a 1.5Gb update as soon as I unpack it)
As I said to another poster, corporate marketing people must love this new breed of easily impressed punters that they can sell substandard crap to.Not only do they lap it up, they get on the Internet and try and preach the benefits of low expectations to the unconverted masses.
And all without payment I assume, otherwise MS are not getting value for money in this particular case.
Re: Suck it up Australia,...
"You voted in these idiots, so prepare to reap the "rewards"
What? The rewards of not being forced to pay for something that I don't want you mean? Yeah, I'm totally up for that.
"The LNP is laying the groundwork to kill this thing outright."
Surely you jest? The NBN was stillborn from the very start. The fact is that despite all the noisy clamouring from juvenile simpletons who want more free stuff the uptake of the NBN in the few places it has managed to actually reach is pathetic. Most people do not want it
If you want it go ahead and get a fibre connection to your house. Nothing is stopping you from doing that. Well nothing except the fact that it is prohibatively expensive of course, which is exactly why you want to amortise that cost amongst the rest of the Australian public who don't want or need a fibre connection to their home.
That's the whole point of all this isn't it? making other people pay for your desire for a fibre feed into your home. Well all I can say is suck it up sunshine because it aint going to happen, thankfully.
"Old people overwhelmingly voted for the LNP"
Thereby proving that with maturity comes wisdom? As opposed to your pig ignorant attachment to naive socialist idealism and a overarching desire for free stuff? What exacty is your point? Do you think that the LNP won the highest vote since the 20's just because "greys" voted for them? Maybe "greys" should be denied the vote, being so stupid and all? Or even better, lets euthenase them and sell their organs on fleabay eh?
yawn. Junior Socialists protesting that they want more of my money. I've never seen that before.
Sarcasm Can Be Hard To Spot (aka that wooshing sound)
"Don't forget the fact his name is JayBizzle. adding izzle to things is black slang, ergo he's either black, or racist. Since you can't be both."
"You most certainly CAN be both. Some of the worst racism I've ever encountered has been from Asians and directed at Africans and vice versa."
I think the point being made is that the only people who are ever held up as being rascist are all white. It is politically correct to hurl accusations of racism against "whitey" for all manner of hurt feelings, be they real or imagined.
You don't see the same thing happening to "non-white" folks.
The same can be said for men vs women. In Australia, we recently witnessed the unedifying spectacle of our Prime Minister, the highest office holder in the country, trying to claim victim points with her infamous mysogony screed to Parliament. Somehow I doubt Maggie Thatcher would have debased herself and her position in that manner just to score a few political points. What overseas people who applauded her tirade at the time don't know is that the reason for her ranting was an attempt to deflect attention away from the fact that at the same time as she was ranting away about imagined mysogony she was busy defending a political ally who had just made a comparison between female genitalia and and a jar of mussels.
You have to hand it to Microsoft. In terms of entertainment value they really do lead the IT industry.
'and I'd choose something a lot smaller, cheaper and with lower power consumption for media duties than either of them"
Raspberry Pi + XBMC = WIN!
Re: A 1.3 GB download
"That's going to be a wonderful surprise for kids on Christmas day. It may be a good idea to set aside several hours to update it beforehand rather than on the day."
Yes. It's the 21st Century version of the Christmas day "What do you mean we don't have any batteries dad?" fiasco.
Re: Steam downloads pausing
"Steam pauses the download for good reason"
You can alt-tab out of a game and restart Steam downloads. I do this all the time and I have never had an issue*.
I also have Windows on a slow 5400 RPM drive.
My Internet speed does suck though which is why I need to do the alt-tab shuffle in the first place, otherwise my downloads would *never* finish due to the fact that I only boot Windows to play a game in Steam and don't have any Steam "idle time" in which it can perform the endless numbers of updates it wants to do.
* you don't want to do this while playing OMP with something like TF2 for obvious reasons.
Re: Meh, just as long as ...
" Meh, just as long as it lets me play Forza 5 without any issues I will gladly wait for the rest."
These corporate shysters must love it that they have people like you as customers.
People who expect the products they purchase to work properly are just so irritating.
Re: Keyboard mouse yawn
"You're still living in the tech demo twitch shooting era."
Whereas you are living in the lazy-ass auto-aim shooting era.
If you don't believe me then ask yourself what would happen if Battlefield servers weren't divided between console's and PC's.
The answer is that if you mixed them up then the console kids would get their arses handed to them by the PC players (probably even if they were allowed to keep their godawlful autoaim assist, which on PC would (rightly so) open you up to accusations of hacking").
"no analogue movement"
Are you trying to suggest that using a mouse does not provide analog movement?
Why do juvenile console people always have to get on the interwebs and go around belittleing PC gamers? Don't you think that having been playing PC and console games since the 1980's we might already know how to suck eggs and that your puerile brand loyalty is really not going to do much to impress us?
"Second, Keyboard and mouse is the worst possible tool to feel involved in a shooting game"
Now you are just being ridiculous. As if moving a cursor with a thumbstick to the approximate position of a target and letting autoaim do the rest is the pinnacle of "involvement". 'tis but to larf
Re: "how laughably partisan gamers still are"
"If you play your games on the PC (like me) you get rather used to this nonsense."
I hear you brother. So sick of autoaim jockeys sneering at me because I choose to have a PC and some game or another is not available for it.
Personally, I can't stand playing a FPS with a console controller. In one thread I bemoaned a decision to not release a game (whose name I cannot recall) on PC only to have some holier-than-though PS3 fanboy snootily suggest I was an idiot for not just buying a PS3 and sticking a mouse and keyboard on it. When I asked why I would want to do that when I already have a PC with a mouse and keyboard I got nothing back but the sound of crickets.
There is no valid reason for so-called "exclusives" to exist. I understand why they exist, but I do not understand why many gamers not only accept this state of affairs, but actively encourage it in their juvenile attempts to in some way best people whose sole fault is having chosen a different console brand to them.
Corporate marketing people must be overjoyed with the propensity of young people to attach themselves like limpets to corporate branding like they do. How else do you explain them putting corporate logos all over the rear windows of their vehicles?
Re: Second most feared??
I had a pet huntsman for about a year, much to the consternation of my girlfriend at the time. Chucking a live blowfly in to his enclosure and watching him suck its innards out like a child sucking a juice box through a straw was awesome.
Dude, grow the fuck up
Re: Ah, but why did they sell the dumb phones?
My old man just bought a Samsung dumb phone outright for the princely sum of A$29. I think it might be network locked but still . . . .
Nokia can't make money at that price point.
We share a commitment that Microsoft will succeed as a company that makes the world a better place.
Sorry Bill, but that is just pure, unadulterated bullshit.
Virtually everything MS has ever done has caused the world to be a worse place. The only people who have benefited from the actions that Microsoft have taken over their 38 year history are the upper managment types in MS and their early investors.
The number of companies that have been destroyed by the ruthless, illegal and downright immoral activities of MS are legion. of course for every company destroyed there have been countless *people* whose lives have been adversely affected due to their attachments to those companies.
Even if you were not directly affected by Microsofts bullying rampages through the IT industry there are billions of other people today who have been raised with uneccessarily low expectations about computers based on their ignorant assumptions that computers have to be buggy, malware infested shitfights that they are because due to Microsofts rampant market bullying almost every computer sold on the planet by default has a crappy, bug ridden, malware magnet OS installed on it.
Every person who has ever purchased a PC and been forced to purchase a MS product along with it has been ripped off.
This lack of consumer choice and forced purchasing of substandard software has done immeasurable harm to the fledgling IT industry, and all for the sole purpose of lining the pockets of sharks like Gates and Ballmer.
For that man to stand there and make such a statement with a straight face is a total disgrace.
Being a ruthless, money grubbing worm is one thing. Pretending you are making the world a better place while you do it is entirely another.
That is some seriously ugly tat.
So, how much are they paying you to take that stuff off their hands? I couldn't find it mentioned anywhere in the article.
Agree. Love or hate iThings, they're a premium brand and the 5C in no way screams "Premium" at you.
One thing's for sure, Jobs would never have made this blunder.
Tim Cook once said something along the lines of "you can't innovate without consultation", despite the obvious fact that Jobs rarely (if ever) consulted anyone since he pulled apple out of the poo in the '90's.
The 5c is the sort of product you get when you do things the Tim Cook way.
Re: I'm in
"Ever? Strong word, that, and in this case it makes you just plain wrong. I used to work in a dark corner of a volume manufacturer and I know what we were and weren't legally and politically permitted to do."
Indeed, BeOS (the company) was destroyed by MS OEM licencing that forbade OEMS from dual booting multiple operating systems.
As you say, ever is a strong word, especially coming from someone accusing somebody else of FUD
"Well however else are we supposed to download Firefox on a new machine?"
apt-get install firefox perhaps?
"only when lack of HTML5-DRM is an issue"
As far as I am concerned a lack of functioning DRM (HTMLv5 or otherwise) will never be an issue for me. Ever.
Re: Windows 7 & 8 users should be fine?
"The problem with that is that a virus could still delete your personal files"
Not to mention an infected user stands a good chance of having their Internet banking details, email lists and other personal data slurped up and sent off to some Armenian mafia group.
What, me worry?
It is ludicrous to approach computer security with a view that as long as the root is not compromised then everything is AOK but apparently there are plenty of people who should know better who do just that.
Re: Put the pixels on the screen
I was merely attempting to point out that there is more going on here than simply "putting the pixels on the screen".
Apparently I was not successful in that respect.
Re: Put the pixels on the screen
Look, I don't want to look like I'm going all Defender Of Microsoft here (I wouldn't want to ruin my reputation after all) but your simplistic comment demonstrates a certain ignorance of how these things work.
Specifically, a TIFF is not a bitmap, it is a compressed format. Before you can "put the pixels on the screen" you must first decompress it.
This is where your budding script kiddy has a chance to exploit any bugs in the decompression code (by providing a malformed TIFF file) and thereby initiate a buffer overrun or some other crash that causes a stack trace to occur.
Once you have done that you have your malware in memory and then all you need to do is find a way to execute it from there.
Re: I'm upgrading a lot of WinXP boxes for friends and family at the moment
"Since when has Linux had DX10?"
Linux has exactly the same DX10 support that XP does.
Re: Not as hard to close as you think
"you can right click on its icon in the launcher and close it from there"
No. No you can't
"Nothing wrong with RT... nobody complains that iPads can't run OSX "
If you would bother to reign in your rampant fanboyism for a few seconds you might understand that the reason nobody expects iOS to run their mac applications is because apple deliberately marketed it as a seperate OS to avoid unecessary market confusion, which is something that MS has failed to do with inevitably spectacular results.
Also, I recall that when the ipad was first announced there were plenty of numbskulls predicting epic levels of fail precisely because the ipad did not run full fat OSX. The levels of scoffing at the time were enormous.
Those dingbats have all shut up about that now of course.
To a starving man, even crumbs are welcome
"The R2 release is a paid-for upgrade, but uses the same CALs (Client Access Licenses) as Server 2012, mitigating the cost of transition."
It astounds me that somebody could write a sentence like that as if it is somehow OK, or even worse, a good thing.
The fact that the CAL's will still work after the upgrade implies that in other cases not only do you have to pay to upgrade the server you also have to "upgrade" such ephemeral things as your CAL's which don't actually exist anywhere outside of the febrile minds of MS marketing suits .
The truth is that the convoluted ways that Microsoft licence their crap is even more costly than the actual costs of the licences themselves, yet people just accept this fact as if there is no other possible way to do business.
The hilarious idea that there are companies out there whose primary business is to help hapless IT monkeys navigate the twisting maze that is MS licence compliance is always a source of mirth to me.
What? You want me to pay you money to figure out how much money I need to pay someone else?
Nice try buddy.
Of course MS are not the only offenders in this regard. Oracle and VMWare, are both just as guilty.
Re: large attachment
Reminds me of the time I was in Tokyo during the late 90's with dial-up email and some moron at US HQ who I had never heard of sent out an email to everyone in the entire company with some nice pictures of some other person who I had never heard of who had apparently just had a birthday party in an office I had never been to.
Outlook at the time could not be told to not download that email so it sat their trying to download megabytes on a 28K dial up link.
Yeah, thanks for that.
"the laws of supply and demand " . .
do not apply to the software industry because supply is effectively "infinite" because you can make infinite copies of your product for near zero cost.
This is just a smokescreen. The simple truth is that MS are just rorting the Australian market because they can. Just like every other company does here.
For consumers, the solution is simple. Just don't buy their stuff. It's a no brainer really.
You only have to listen without bias to Turnbull talk to realise that he has a pretty good grasp of networking and technology.
I don't much like the guy due to his other less conservative proclivities but in the sphere of communications he is without doubt one of the most suitable people to be communications minister.
He will shit all over Jason Clare whose entire knowledge of technology consists of knowing how to log in to Facebook.
As for Albanese, what a clueless prat he is.
"Little evidence of tech savvy in new appointment's CV"
Huh? This is the Labor Party we are talking about here, right?
The party that is almost entirely made up of ex union hacks, ex union lawyers and former Labor political staffers?
I think there is maybe two people in their entire caucus who have some sort of real world experience that is not directly related to Labor/Union politicking and/or lawyering.
Expecting them to fill ministerial positions with people who are experienced in their portfolio responsibilities is a bridge to far.
A tablet with fans in it.
"So far from being the champions of usability and making software useful Apple seem to have turned in an engineering willy waving company trying to amaze people with rather pointless stats."
With Jobs gone then this was inevitable. Jobs understood that the vast majority of people are not obsessed with engineering checklists and that is why, under the Jobs regime, (almost) every time apple released a product two things happened:
* A brief flare of nerdrage erupted on the Interwebs because the new device did not support <geeky things>
* The other 99% of the population didn't care and thought that this new shiny thing was a must have because it was easy to use, partly because it wasn't over burdened with <geeky things> they didn't care about.
Now that Jobs is gone they have Tim Cook, and let's just say that Tim Cook may be a fine administrator but I don't see him standing up to say NO! to a phalanx of beardies who are suggesting that adding more <geeky things> would be a good idea because, uh, Samsung are doing it.
"Ubuntu 13.10 brings the usual raft of fixes"
Did they fix that obscenity where, after a (GUI initiated) kernel update it pops up an unclosable* dialog that has a single "Restart" button on it?
You know, just like Windoze does.
* Yes, you can use kill -9 to obliterate it but I should not have to resort to that bullshit.
Re: You lack sufficient cynicism young commentard
"the public gets Turnbulls low vision infrastructure"
The "public" can get FTTP under the coalitions plan if that is what they want. It has always been an available option that you can pay for if you require it.
The budding socialists who produce variations of this retarded "low vision" comment ad nauseum are just cranky that under the Liberals plan the many people who don't want or need FTTP will not be forced into a socialist cross-subsidy arrangement that forces everyone to pay for FTTP (via taxation) whether they want it or not and thereby making FTTP cheaper* for the relatively few people who do want it at the expense of the many.
The bottom line is if you want FTTP then you pay for it and keep your filthy looting hands out of my pocket.
* Cheaper in up front costs, it is actually more expensive overall but people don't notice that because the real cost is hidden behind NBN Co's accounting screen and out of sight, out of mind to the typical low information types who just want to get free stuff and don't care who pays for it, even if it is ultimately themselves which it almost always is. Eventually the NBN house of cards will collapse and people will be staggered at how much it has cost them once the government is forced to write their "investment" off and the numbers end up in the federal budget where they should have been from the start.
If you get them young and you will have them for life
Schools should be vendor agnostic, not sales outlets for abusive monopolies.
Re: Concur with Stross. With a couple caveats.
"I have a few scripts I use to take Word format documents and convert them to plain text and then to html (all without opening a GUI). The time it would take me working in Word and some GUI app is many times what I can achieve with command line."
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