'Customer answered door wearing an adult nappy*'
He was obviously expecting a load of crap coming his way...
155 posts • joined 25 Apr 2008
'Customer answered door wearing an adult nappy*'
He was obviously expecting a load of crap coming his way...
The only issue with it is just how long it will take organisations to migrate their systems away from Java plugins. Where I work, I hate Java simply because we have numerous different systems running it, some need later versions of Java plugins, some run into issues with Java 8, meaning it's often a bit of a minefield trying to either configure later versions of Java to run these applications (usually successful with enough tweaks to security and the likes), or sometimes finding a middle-of-the-road version of Java which does work with everything (not ideal from a security point of view for obvious reasons)
I do worry that some organisations will cling to outdated versions of Java, rather than investing the necessary resources to upgrade these apps to dump their requirement for the Java plugin. If it can be done though, I'll be one of the first to rejoice!
Yep, same with Pale Moon as well. That also blocks sites by default that use obsolete crypto algorithms.
It's very sad to see. I've always had a soft spot for AMD and have had numerous AMD CPUs over the years. My current CPU is an Intel Core i5, but I've stuck with AMD for the graphics card. I would very much like to replace both components within the next year or so with AMD ones if they can turn things around.
Let's be clear, Intel and Nvidia need some decent competition. Without AMD's work during the early to mid 2000s, Intel wouldn't have pulled their finger out so quickly and dumped the P4 for the infinitely better Core 2 Duo...
It depends where you shop. Just before Christmas, I had the pleasure of helping my German father-in-law buy and set up a new laptop to replace his ancient Vista machine. In Germany, there are loads of Lenovo, Asus laptops etc. available from major retailers which come with basic FreeDOS installed and no Windows license (and a substantially cheaper price as a result).
The big manufacturers offer Windows-free kit in countries like Germany, so why is it so difficult to get them here?
Or you run into other issues, such as with FlashBlock where the current download points you to a version released in November, because the later version released in early December to fix some issues has yet to be signed.
Thankfully, Pale Moon doesn't enforce the silly signing thing, so the later version works without hiccups. Interestingly, I find it strange that Mozilla are only just releasing 64bit Firefox into the wild, whereas Pale Moon, Waterfox and other such forks of Firefox have been happily available in 64bit mainstream versions for years....
A new BOFH (and a good one too)! Happy Friday :)
I'm personally not "anti-MS". I use Windows as my OS of choice and am generally happy with it. However, MS's attitude and behaviour here stinks to high heaven and I am amazed that there are people out there in any way sticking up for it. Maybe these people aren't MS employees, but with that level of devotion to the company, they certainly should consider applying.
>> You're all missing the point that you need a house, to provide the power socket, to plug the power supply into, thus raising the cost significantly. <<
And in order to program for it, you have to be alive, so there's all the running costs for your body (food, drink, clothing) to take into account. Add all that up and it gets even more pricey...
Whilst at a purely code level there may be some merits of dropping these, from an end-user point of view it makes no sense whatsoever.
Removing NPAPI will mean no Java, Silverlight or other plugins that require this, but won't remove the most crash-prone plugin out there (Flash). It won't affect home users too badly, but it will destroy any inroads Firefox has made into enterprise. Firefox is offered as an alternative browser where I work (a very large multinational company). However no NPAPI and hence no Java means no Oracle financial system, which will make the browser worthless here.
For XUL, although the code is difficult to maintain, powerful extensions have been one of Firefox's party pieces in recent times. Dropping this will cripple the extension market for Firefox, and I cannot possibly see how removing one of your biggest features/USPs can be considered a positive thing from an end-user point of view. If Firefox only supports the same extensions as Chrome, why use Firefox?
Firefox has been losing market share for some time, and I don't think stripping out features and cloning your main competitor's interface is the solution.
It's actually got a lot worse than that. A few years ago, Firefox was indeed slow and bloated, but more recently it has become a bit better. Well, that and Chrome has become slow and bloated too.
However, Mozilla's biggest problem is that they have absolutely no idea how to develop a browser to attract market share any more. During the last 18 months, they've been systematically destroying every unique selling point that Firefox had in their quest to make Firefox just like Chrome. Before long, Firefox will be completely irrelevant.
- Different user interface? Let's make it look just like Chrome.
- Lots of customisability? Let's remove a load of it so it's locked down like Chrome.
- Powerful extensions and plugins? Let's bin XUL and NPAPI (except for Flash) and just use tweaked Chrome extensions (which are far more restricted).
- Full theme support? Let's remove that as well.
Heck at one point, they were even considering removing FTP support as well based purely on the fact that Google were looking at it (Bugzilla bug #1174462).
Mozilla are hell bent on turning Firefox from a powerful, flexible and customisable browser into a pointless and irrelevant clone of Chrome, and it's very sad to see.
As for their tanking market share, I'm one of the people that ditched Firefox after the awful Australis makeover. I use Pale Moon now.
Me too. Samsung ditched the removable battery and the SD card slot, so I ditched my ageing Galax S3 and bought an LG G4. Been very happy with it too! And surprise, surprise, Samsung's market share falls as LG's rises.
Samsung: Never underestimate the power of genuinely useful unique selling points. Think twice before you drop them and replace them with gimmicky USPs like curved-edge screens.
I'm afraid this kind of practice is pretty typical at a number of retailers. Back in my student days, I had a Saturday job working at JD Sports and they also did bag/person searches upon leaving the building. Thankfully the searches were pretty quick as most sports kit isn't small and easy to hide, but it's just something you had to get used to.
As for not working there, as a student or someone else at the beginning of their career, beggars can't always be choosers, and most people do not work in such jobs as a long-term career option - at least not without working up the hierarchy until you reach a stage where the searches aren't required any more.
For me, it's not necessarily the OS that is the main concern funnily enough, as I can always replace it if necessary.
I'm not giving up my trusty old Thinkpad mainly because neither Lenovo, HP nor Dell will sell me a laptop these days without a crap 16:9 screen, a keyboard designed for shininess instead of typing performance, and a trackpad which takes up so much of the palm wrest that I could land a plane on it.
Sorry MS, as well as all the deserved flak you're getting for your criminal attempts to squeeze Windows 10 onto my hardware, you should also direct some of that flak towards your hardware partners for saturating the market with shoddy, cheap and uninspiring products. Why would I want to replace my laptop if it means downgrading several of the components?
Spot on. I work for a major multinational company which has been promoting Chrome and Firefox use. But recently things have been swinging back to IE because an awful lot of Oracle financial system pages etc. rely on Java, and Java no longer works with Chrome. With Firefox dropping Java support as well, we'll soon be back to IE only.
Don't get me wrong, navigating away from browser plugins is ultimately a good idea. But canning them now isn't going to do anything but cost more market share within business. And let's not forget that the buggiest and most crash-prone plugin out there (Flash) will be allowed a reprieve from this!
I'm genuinely interested in this. Mostly for the chance to FINALLY get a PC-based laptop that doesn't have a pathetic 16:9 display. The 3:2 screen in this one looks very nice and far less cramped. Tack on a bit of proper graphics grunt as well, plus the ability to use the top half as a tablet if necessary, and I'll have to keep a close eye on this.
Lenovo, Dell, HP That's: Apple, Microsoft and Google all now making laptops without nasty 16:9 panels. Your move!
Tell that to my East-German wife, who happens to speak English fluently, along with most of her family...
Sammy the snake had to admit that his Photoshop skills still needed some refinement.
Lisa suddenly realised that the dark side of the web and Silk Road were not what she was expecting.
I have mixed opinions about Vaios. On one hand, the hardware was indeed nice, and the chassis were very desirable and good looking.
On the downside, Sony's support was appalling, software support was dreadful, and they were one of the worst offenders of installing bloatware. I've had brand new Vaios where the XP Start Menu was comfortably overflowing into two columns straight out of the box there was that much junk installed. And some of the bits didn't even come with installers.
Therefore, from a support point of view, I don't miss them one bit. I tend to prefer ThinkPads as you get the solid hardware without all the crap.
I would have gone for Marzipan, but that's just nuts!
I wear a normal watch. It takes me barely a second to flick my wrist around to see the time. Far, far easier than rummaging around in my pocket for my phone, pulling it out, waking it up etc. etc.
I think a smart watch might be pushing it a bit though...
A few examples for you:
1) I'm away from the house and roaming via a data connection on my phone (especially if abroad). I don't want my laptop to suddenly download hundreds of MBs of updates and cost me a fortune in data costs.
2) I'm in the middle of playing a game. I don't want Windows to start stuttering away whilst it's busy installing a pile of updates at the same time. In fact replace "playing a game" with any sort of PC behaviour you don't want interrupted.
3) Important work: I'm working on some major work, and Windows updates have (from time to time) caused problems (BSODs, reboot loops etc). I probably want to postpone those updates until a less critical time.
These are just a few of the examples as to why I use the "Notify, but let me choose" option in Windows 7. I get to choose when the updates are downloaded and installed in order to prevent any problems for me. By all means leave "Auto" as the default, but if a user wants to change this, they often have a good reason for doing so and MS blocking it is not helpful in the slightest.
To be fair, most people running a 32bit OS are doing so for legacy/compatibility reasons, not for CPU compatibility issues. With the exception of the earlier Atom CPUs, pretty much all PC CPUs have been 64bit for around 10 years or more.
I'd say if you still have 32bit only systems, they'll either be absolutely ancient, or will be very slow and early Atom based systems (still a number of years old). Unless compatibility with old software or peripherals is required, they should be replaced promptly regardless of whether Windows 10 is adopted.
Heh, I've heard that one before. The thing is, if a product gets a bad reputation, sometimes the only option is to fix it and re-release it with a new name so that people think it's a brand new product and approach it with a fresh/open mind. Never count against MS doing that if they feel that Windows 10 is not taking off as they'd hoped.
After all, fixed/updated Vista was called Windows 7 (with only a .1 increment in the NT version number), Windows 8.2 was shelved, expanded and renamed to Windows 10, etc.
Well put. Going for high resolution audio is pointless as long as the music industry continues to insist upon destroying the quality of music during mastering. A high resolution recording that has been smashed to bits during mastering will sound far, far worse than a CD quality recording that has been mastered to sound good instead of loud.
The first thing the industry should do is ditch this stupid practice (so many online streaming services auto-level the volume anyway - making the whole thing pointless). Once they done that and are mixing/mastering music with the intention of achieving maximum sound quality, then maybe high-def audio formats may be something that can sell.
Until then, they're just effectively trying to sell high-resolution photos of a turd. Doesn't matter how sharp and detailed they are, the result is still a turd at the end of the day
Dell are an interesting one. The screens on all their laptops are pretty dreadful, but a number of the business oriented ones do have fairly decent keyboards and trackpads. My work machine is a Latitude E6430. Nice keyboard, very good trackpad (with buttons - although the later driver stupidly reverses the scroll direction until you tweak the registry), and decent build quality too. The only thing that really lets is down is the awful 1366x768 screen with a bezel that's so fat you could park a car at each side of it. They'll happily take 16GB of RAM, which is nice.
Meanwhile, the missus has a Samsung Series 9. Lovely build quality, fairly nice 1600x900 matte screen, but the keyboard is only average and the touchpad is too big and it's annoying to use due to the lack of buttons. Soldered 4GB of RAM too which is a pity.
I just find it disappointing that laptop manufacturers keep on pumping out poor quality kit all the time, then wondering why it's not selling that well. I can honestly say over the last few years that I've not seen a single laptop out there that manages to combine a good screen with a decent keyboard, good trackpad and decent build quality. To my mind, these are the basics. It's also the reason why I've not bought one.
Am I the only one who looks at these and sees a pile of cheap looking laptops with nasty low-res glossy screens and who then thinks "No wonder people aren't buying new laptops"?
I really don't see why the laptop manufacturers find it so difficult. Cut the crap screens (especially the appalling 1366x768 resolution) and provide some with nice resolution matte displays. Also, stop using 16:9 on everything and add a bit of variety. Plenty of cheap tablets provide 16:10 or 3:2 screens, as do some Macbooks, Surface Pro 3, Google Pixel etc. So why are they not an option in any proper laptops?
Secondly quit with the whole "bigger is better" for trackpads. My wife leaves the trackpad on her laptop almost permanently disabled because it's so big it interferes with typing too much. The touchpad on that HP Envy is just ridiculous. There's no palm rests left any more! Oh, and put the proper buttons back. They may not look as sleek, but they improve usability tenfold.
Lastly, do a bit of work into making a good keyboard as well. One with some real travel to the keys and good tactile feedback. Even Lenovo (usually famed for their keyboards) are failing here by adding multimedia buttons in place of function keys and generally diluting aspects of it as well.
Fact is, modern laptops have crap screens, generally disappointing keyboards, stupid trackpads and mostly feel cheap and unpleasant. Is it any wonder that I'm therefore keeping hold of my upgraded 2010 Thinkpad X201? 16:10 matte screen, excellent keyboard, decent trackpad and solid build quality. Try building a genuinely good laptop and you might be surprised how many people may actually want to buy it...
"I could care less how it looks."
So you do care then?
Mr Palm, meet Mr Forehead...
The removable battery and SD card slot are some of the main reasons why former Samsung users like myself are jumping to the G4. Unlike the Galaxy S6, this was designed for usability, not just for looking shiny.
It's all about making it sound fancy. That's why people were all taken in by posh sounding names such as "FullHD" - usually not realising that such screens sometimes had *less* pixels than the 1920x1200 screens they were replacing. And don't get me started on standard "HD" screens. If ever there was a way of marketing 1366x768 as a good resolution...
Not weird at all, I prefer them as well. Although they are usually a bit more expensive these days, so that might be why there aren't any in the list.
I'm in full agreement. I was eagerly awaiting the S6 as a possible replacement for my ageing S3, but the lack of removable storage is a complete deal breaker. It's not just the ability to cheaply add storage that's the problem, it's the way I currently just pop the SD card into my PC, manage the music on it via a PC-based sync tool, then pop it back into the phone. Very fast, very easy. And where I live in the north of Scotland, 3G/4G is just too patchy to be of any reliable use.
HTC manage to create a phone which has a premium metal feel, yet still includes an SD slot, so it's certainly possible to do. By removing one of Samsung's key features / selling points from this phone, they've ensured that I will not be buying one.
Instead, I've gone down the custom ROM route instead. It's completely re-vitalised the performance of my S3 and it includes an important feature that the S6 doesn't. Vote with your wallets everyone!
Actually, Firefox *used* to be the customisable one.
With every version they're locking more and more of it down, stripping out customisability and are forcing people to rely upon an ever-increasing messy-list of extensions to add back functionality/customisability that used to come by default with the browser.
The Australis "overhaul" alone removed the status bar, removed tabs-on-bottom, locked the address bar to the left, and removed the ability to put stop/reload wherever you want.
Firefox is slipping into obscurity as Mozilla seem hell-bent on making it look and work like Chrome, whilst continually removing all the powerful bits that used to make Firefox stand out. Hence why after nearly 10 years as my primary browser, I finally ditched it last year.
Similar idea here. I have a 5-year-old ThinkPad X201. With an SSD, a memory upgrade and a replacement keyboard, it's been completely re-vitalised. And it has a 16:10 screen unlike the 16:9 crap that Lenovo (and everyone else) insist on sticking onto all their computers these days. There's no reason why older laptops can't be easily revitalised with a couple of quick upgrades, then no new laptop is required - malware or otherwise.
I use Pale Moon as a result. A forked version of Firefox which retains the classic interface, but still receives updates and the likes. The introduction of Australis signaled the end of my usage of Firefox and its market share recently shows that I'm far from the only one that jumped ship.
Agreed! All the speed in the world doesn't change the fact that Australis is a hideous affront to everything Mozilla stands for (and its plummeting market share shows that I'm far from being the only one who feels this way). I just need to wait for the newer Spidermonkey version to be added onto Pale Moon...
Agreed. I despise BT ever since being ripped off by them a few years back and I really was not looking forward to having to jump network from O2 if they were bought by BT (seeing as they're one of the only networks that provides a signal where I live). To all EE customers, you have my sympathy...
By the time you get your 16:9 laptop screen to a height where it can compare to a 4:3 screen, it'll be a 21" laptop by this point. Laptops are judged by diagonal space and a 16:9 15.4" screen has less vertical room than a 16:10 15.4" screen (repeat for the other sizes).
Additionally, 16:9 means that once-useful screen space is replaced with a thicker plastic bezel (check most modern laptops and you'll see the top and bottom of the bezel is much thicker than the sides). It means a screen which is smaller in physical area than a 16:10 screen of the same comparable diagonal size. It usually means a drop in resolution as 1920x1200 becomes 1920x1080, and 2560x1600 becomes 2560x1440.
And worst of all, it was pushed for one reason alone: To make the panels cheaper so the manufacturers could earn more profit and/or push ever cheaper and nastier laptops out. Fine on a £400 disposable laptop, annoying on a £2,000+ and supposedly "professional" laptop.
Unfortunately, you forgot the one thing that still really spoils all the PC versions. And that is, they all have the same cheap, nasty and multimedia-friendly 16:9 screens instead of a more professional oriented 16:10 screen. The Macbook is therefore still unique in this area.
The laptop manufacturers are all busy scrabbling around trying to turn things around, but the one thing they're yet to click on is that the professional user does NOT want a 16:9 screen. Doesn't matter how many pixels they cram in, the aspect ratio is still rubbish and not geared towards proper work.
Give me a 16:10 option and I'll whip out my credit card and join the queue. Until then, I'll stick with my upgraded 2010 Lenovo laptop. Because it's designed for work, not just for watching movies on.
Sorry, not whilst it has the abomination that is Australis. I ended my long association with Firefox recently over this very issue.
Well, I've used BMC Remedy and it was absolutely bloody awful. I was thoroughly delighted when the time came for me to leave the company that used that awful pile of crap. Now, the current company I work for uses ServiceNow. It's not perfect, but it's a thousand times better than Remedy IMO.
Not content with ruining the interface and customisability with "Australis", now they're doing this as well. That's why after using Firefox as my main browser since it was Firebird 0.6 I removed it recently and migrated to Pale Moon. FF classic interface, supports FF addons and no Australis or sponsored tiles nonsense!
Allow me to recommend the Ducky Shine range of keyboards. They're not cheap, but mine looks simple, black and restrained. Turn it on and you get wonderful backlighting, mechanical keys (Cherry MX brown in mine), programmable macros etc. Turn it off, and it goes back to being a simple and clean-looking keyboard.
Agreed. I also messed around with Classic Theme Restorer for a while, got sick of the bodging (plus it didn't originally play nice with some of my other tab-manipulating add-ons), so I ended up moving to Pale Moon. Like Firefox, with add-on support, but without the awful new interface.
Instead of having to manually draw out each letter in a word, imagine if someone could create a device where you press a single button to get that letter to appear. And imagine how much faster people would work if they get hold of such device and become proficient with it...
Hence there's a reason why so many people are driven to utter distraction that they feel the need to install an ad-blocker. From the advertisers point of view, their relentless approach to make their ads more and more intrusive and in-your-face has meant people just switching them off altogether.
I agree entirely. A "Workstation" should be designed for work, this means having a screen resolution and aspect ratio which is geared towards work. 1920x1080 16:9 panels do NOT cut it for professional use. If this had a 1920x1200 panel with an optional 2560x1600 panel, it'd be great.
As it is, laptop manufacturers insistence on sticking with crap, cheap multimedia panels - even on supposedly high end machines is one of the main reasons why I am NOT replacing my existing laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad with a 16:10 panel, Core i5 and recently upgraded to 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD, because that way I got to keep the nice screen).
Pale Moon is worth a shout. Basically a heavily tweaked Firefox. It's compatible with FF extensions and removes some of Mozilla's annoyances (Australis theme being one of them).
Part of this does come from the mastering being scaled back a tad. Vinyl just doesn't suffer from the same, blatant, digital clipping that MP3s and CDs suffer from in this day and age. If you do put a clipped waveform onto a vinyl, the response of the needle will smooth off the worst of the damage, hence reducing the harshness of the sound.
Of course, this vinyl will sound MUCH better than the CD release for one reason from the article above:
- Zero compression used in the mastering
Now THAT is good news. The CD release will almost certainly be dynamically compressed and fully of clipping/distortion (the usual in other words), whilst the vinyl should be rich, dynamic and natural. If only more bands could look at mastering stuff properly for vinyl. Last one I saw before this was Red Hod Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (vinyl was mastered separately by Steven Hoffman and sounds fantastic in comparison to the CD).