2914 posts • joined Tuesday 25th March 2008 12:38 GMT
Is it problem elephants? Or problem people?
Have the elephants encroached on to the farmland, or has the farmland encroached into (or has farming drained the water and killed) the elephant's normal habitat?
It is amusing...
...how many people seem to support the near Communist totalitarianism that MS imposes on vendors. I would have thought that many readers would be in the USA and would support the free market, enterprise and survival of the fittest.
Guess I was wrong (or USA politics has taken a seismic shift at the grass-roots).
Tell you what MS
YOU stop forcing OEMs to sell PCs with MS Windows and then we'll look at this search thing. However, it is much easier to switch from Google to Bing to whatever than it is to find a vendor who isn't forced to bundle your OS.
"spend their OWN money on going out?"
No - spend ours. Remember, the poor must subsidise those bars in Westminster whilst being told about the dangers of drink.
Something's wrong with your eyes...
That -65% is the growth, not the absolute share.
Add £5 to the ticket price.
All the £5s are collected into a pot (so £500 or so in the pot).
There are three questions to answer about the safety briefing.
All the answers get put into a hat.
First three correct entries drawn win part of the pot (£300, £200, £100).
Cabin crew are legally permitted to punch non-observers in the face.
Seriously people, it's sub-5 mins (not all aircraft are the same, equipment does get changed).
Oh, and one more thing: after landing, sit down until the light goes off. Can we legalise breaking people's legs too?
You're two days early
Unless there are some seriously dodgy back-room deals, Win7 won't grab that much. Mobile!=Desktop, MS cannot manipulate that market so easily. The sheer number of players, markets and the fact that fashion plays a big part are all against them stitching up the mobile market like they have done to the desktop PC market.
And look at the traction Android is getting beyond the phone (e.g. tablets). Sure, many of these devices are under-powered and not great, but these are companies doing it off their own bat and for CHEAP! Win7 won't be able to apply loads of proprietary and anti-competitive hooks as it won't work with other people's devices.
And these companies will get better and better at making competing products, innovating and sniffing out the market.
As for those bleating about "integration", with more being consumed via the browser (and assuming the apps are written to the standards and not proprietary extension) it matters not one whit the client OS. Also, if governments follow through on their threats and go F/OSS, then the barriers to entry and proprietary APIs (the only thing keeping MS entrenched) come tumbling down. People are then free to choose of capability and I am sorry, no one in their right might picks MS based on capability.
MS is the enforced choice due to lock-in. Not a choice made with freedom.
I thought that government advice was to use non-proprietary/open products? Seems like they can't follow their own rules.
The correct decision
For the new to Linux it is often annoying that MP3s, DVDs, Flash etc will not play on most distros. There is the 5 minutes of "This is utter crap! I am going returning to Windows. A pox on this backwards OS, get with the 21st century freetards!"
And then one finds that a script or an apt or a yum gets the missing bits.
Then one finds out why they are missing.
Then one begins to understand the poison that patents et al often are in IT.
Then one begins to avoid the proprietary formats as much as is possible (with pragmatic exceptions).
Given that FF4 just landed and FF (along with Chrome, Opera etc) all agree on what video formats to support, I can see an end to Flash on YouTube (once Google figures out how to insert ads). Certainly in the EU, IE is no longer the major browser and hasn't been for some time.
h264 is a patent minefield and should be avoided if possible. It is also a licensing boobtrap waiting to be sprung.
There may be trouble ahead...
...but while there's lawyers,
MS attacks Linux again.
...because the P.E. really knows its science. These are the Public School Toffs who went to bat in a big way for Wakefield. Really know their stuff, those Latin spouting P.E.-ers, oh my yes. :rolls-eyes:
The P.E. is OK for a bit of satire, politics and tasteless jokes, but for science? May as well read Fortean Times.
...as I like seeing MS get a kick in the balls, there is no doubt that the USPTO is no longer fit for purpose. If a jury is not to question the crap that the USPTO approves, then who can? The state? Hardly, they will just follow the money.
Judges? Hardly, they will just follow the money.
USPTO? Hardly, these are idiots who got it wrong in the first place.
Software and business patents should be disallowed, and retrospectively cancelled. It's the only way to encourage development (yes, I did say that) and cut down on the costs involved. They only people who will squeal are the lawyers, but that's OK as they need a kick in the particulars just as much (if not more so) than MS.
...who engaged with Phorm are worried about their dear wee customers? Pfft. It's the costs they care about, nothing more.
The only thing that is damaging Equity and BPI member's businesses is ther so-last-century business models (regional releases, region locking etc). Get with the program idiots, the Internet has no borders.
Get your router (or install a service) to not download the crap at source. I've still got to get around to this, but using the g/f's Mac at home is a nightmare with all the ads, pop-ups, highlighting, surveys and general crap that gets in the way of the content.
The web is on usable with NoScript, AdBlock, Flashblock, BetterPrivacy, CookieCuller and Ghostery all installed and running. Oh, and the odd Greasemonkey script.
These plugins are why IE (even 9) is a waste of space as a browser.
...why is the missus seeing your session? She can just move things around where she needs, or she can run a local copy of FF3.7. It's not hard on a decent OS.
You're using Windows aren't you?
Are you stark-staring-bonkers? Home brew!
The Daily Hate? Nah, I await the Currant Bun getting in a strop over it.
"It makes young boys objectify women, seeing them as weak and little more than sex objects. Innit?" Many 23,36,28,34 (in pink thong).
Got nothing against the idea of a misogynistic lead myself ("Bond" anyone?) What would be cool would be a mod where you could have "Daisy Duke" Nukem run around and save the blokes. Would satisfy the misandrists out there.
Then a further mod where "Daisy Duke" saves the girls and where Duke saves the boys. The pink pound buys games too y'know.
I draw the line at either of the dukes saving sheep. That's just sick.
Cuz Joe Blow/Wahid Ahmed who run your local IT shop/corner store can afford to operate their own warehouse on the Channel Islands. It's Joe and Wahid who realise profits in this country, pay taxes in this country and add to the social value of this country. The multi-nationals don't.
This law was meant to help flower sellers? Fine. Then change the law to explicitly state flowers!
Do I understand this correctly?
Steal some code.
Social cost of crime: negligible.
Punishment? 8 years in jail.
--- Vs ---
Trade in dubious products, mis-sell loans, misrepresent assets, evade taxes, evade regulatory controls.
Social cost of crimes: massive to the point of being incalculable.
Punishment? None. Instead you get bailed out by the people you ripped off and can still pay yourself billions in bonuses.
Is it USB 3? Article does not seem to say. A big plus is that it is not encumbered with Windows, which would have just been too bloated for an efficiency demanding device such as this.
If it was for the frame drops (shouldn't happen at this price), this could make a good front-end when loaded with Myth, XBMC or simialr.
@Ammaross and @ Mechman
Well the answer is simple, isn't it? Don't sell "unlimited" if you cannot provide "unlimited". As I said, how the end user uses their bandwidth is no one's business but theirs.
So AT&T should perhaps just sell capped contracts (not this tethered/untethered crap). If people buy a 5Gb contract and blow it by letting their friends leech, then that is entirely their lookout. They should also be able to tether their phone to their own devices to avoid having to buy extra contracts and dongles just to get connection.
They want to re-sell? Still not a problem, so long as they have purchased enough down speed/data allowance to cope.
Thing is, the tap has been taken on the house side of the meter, so the extra gas is counted. The gas company should just charge the home owner for the total. Owner's problem.
If the gas company was dumb enough to sell at a flat rate with no caps, then it is the gas company's problem.
Unlimited means unlimited. Pure and simple. We should not let companies alter our language to suit their own needs. I have no issue with caps, just don't sell a capped/restricted/limited service as f***ing "unlimited".
But you insurance was not advertised as "unlimited", was it? How pissed off would you be if you bought "unlimited" insurance and then discovered weasel-words in the micro-print?
Unlimited is unlimited - don't sell it if you cannot provide it.
People pay for a service (the connection). So long as they do not exceed whatever the agreed limits are, how they use that service is no ones business but their own.
If they are exceeding, AT&T should just charge them more.
129 page patent
In the sweet name of zombie jeebus, no wonder the USA patent system is ballsed up.
What was said?
Europe: Yes SIR! Jumping SIR! Jumping higher SIR!
USA: All your data are belong to us.
Europe: Of course SIR! No question SIR!
And here was me thinking it was just the UK that was the pathetic little lap-dog of Imperial America.
Skyhook got a patent...
...on working out where you are from what you can see/sense? Dear gods. Did no one mentions the old shipping navigation system (forget name, sorry) that uses known, fixed masts and figures out where you are by looking at the signals?
...MS will wait a while for devs to to use their new API and become dependent on it, then suddenly start charging for access. Like I said "Free != Open".
And why is this page trying to snoop on us with "RioTracking2.jsp"?
MS loves open!
And by "open" they mean "open your cheque book and cough up, suckers". h264 is not an "open" codec it is "closed with a no-cost (for now) license to decode and, in some cases, to encode". The only reason MS likes it, is that they are part of the group that holds the patents and stand to make millions from it.
One must remember that MS is actively hostile to any concept of "open". Hence their repeated patent threats (although they never mention which exact patents).
I for one am glad to no longer be beholden to the Beast of Redmond. (Nor and I beholden to the Monster of Mountain View".
If they published their data...
...in an open format, then I am sure that people would spontaneously develop APIs and apps. But that wouldn't get the civil servants their free meals at top restaurants and "fact finding" trips to the Seychelles.
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