1664 posts • joined 4 May 2008
Re: @Khaptain (Windows 8)
For those that know the difference ( The El Reg crowd), they would simply uninstall and reinstall system of choice.
For those that don't know ( Typical Joe Punter types), they would continue to buy anyway.
In other wordds:
Those that know about PCs don't have to worry about the OS, others are usually too uninformed to care.
That's it is why I do not believe the W8 is the influential factor.
Re: Windows 8
I doubt if Windows 8 is the cause,it is more of a victim of circumstance. I would say though, that it happened to come along at the same time as a major recession, at a time when tablets and smart phones were reaching maturity and in which the non-power users realised that a PC was overkill in relation to their real needs.
W8 is also on the, "I hate Windows Cycle" ( every second version) and it was developed for touch screens so it shouldn't really have any influence over the non touch screen market.
Business is also extending refresh from 3 years to 4 years for financial reasons, PCs now have far more power than office workers require, XP is still fine for business, so there are fewer reasons to upgrade ( that's what the bean counters want anyway).
PC sales are failing because there has been a paradigm shift in what users currently use/require. It's called evolution.
Re: Security begins at the keyboard
Unfortunately, I agree with what you are saying.
I don't know how many of the major AV providers can actually protect from the RansomWare, personally I wouldn't like to do the test. We use Macafee at work and it doen't catch all the Ransomware either.
Re: The best way to keep your system stable
If MS supply an A/V - the others shout "Anti Trust"..
If MS do not supply an A/V - the other others shout "Insecure System".
It's a "Lose Lose" situation for MS.
Personally I hate the alternative solutions, popups, PITA updates, cost..
Security begins at the keyboard, the OS is the second line...
Re: Waiting for a reboot of...
Can we also have the "Clangers". In this day and age of recycling they would be perfect.
Presumably they will be black with an excellent keyboard, I'll have one please.
Goodbye to the Cybers
Cyber war is about the capacity to rid the other side of their Cybers. If you are not a Cyber then you have nothing to worry about.
Cybers and Cyberling should not panic, they should mearly head off to the closest Cyber shelter where they will be cared for by the RSPC. ( Royal Society for the Protection of Cybers)
Re: Fanboi Mania - difficult to understand, from either camp
Oops that should have been :
What are the premises ( instead of why)..... I was too late to hit the edit button..
Fanboi Mania - difficult to understand, from either camp
Something I have never really understood is why anyone, other then business, even care about how many phones were sold by Apple, Samsung or Nokia.
I, personally, find it a little bit off-putting knowing that I currently possess the 1st, 2nd or 3rd best selling phone on the market. Kind of makes me feel like a brainless sheep.....
Why are the premises that leave people being "proud" that they have the same phone as 50 Million other people ?
Third party applications are fine but not for something as essential as the start menu. It is one of those elements that you really want to be "perfectly" integrated.
Re: Deep breath now...
@Panser and the Regular
If TIFKAM is so usable then why are MS deciding to do a u-turn and give us back, at least partially, the existing start menu. ????
So calm down ladies, when MS also admits failure then there was obviously something wrong somewhere along the line and it can't always be the users fault.
No OS should ever require 3rd party programs in order for it to become useable.
TIFKAM appears to have been designed by Microsoft in order to follow Microsoft's strategic plans, it seems very difficult to believe that many actual objectively thinking users were consulted during it's developement.
You might even get the chance to lick a very special lollipop.
I love these "anibots" ( Animal Robot, copyright "me") but I have never understood the quest for them to have legs rather than wheels or tracks.
Is there a particular reason for them having legs ? I presume that there is a functional purpose but I can't really see what it is.
Apples and oranges
Zuckerberg did not buy Facebook so whatever he comes away with, he is still a winner.
Murdoch on the other hand lost 256 Meeeelllllionnns.
Smells more like sour grapes than anything else.
Re: No business case
These kinds of devices are usually in addition to existing material and the company will have to pay for pay for the Hardware ( refreshed each 3 or 4 years ), Licences, Maintenance and Training and Support ( annual - Recurring costs).
By the way support will never be pushed onto the user, it always falls through to the IT dept. ( Unless you work in a tech company)
As for the cost of the device, I would like to see just how many users are willing to stump up 700 USD/ EUR for a device for the workplace...
I really don't see any long term cost efficiency coming out of this.. I would be interested in reading your Business Case in order to establish where you are really saving money.
No business case
No-one was capable of providing a valid business case for BYOD......
So in answer to this blatent PUBLICITY, No iOS devices will set foot in our company.
Re: The European Parliament
If what you say is true then he will fit right in within the Parliament.
The European Parliament
I have been a few times for a variety of reasons, I can't think of any other occasions on which that I have ever met such a large set of numties in one place..
As for Sunde, I am absolutely convinced that he would do any worse, if nothing else Bittorrent is well thought out, resilient and capable of surviving through the worst storms.
I will give him my vote.
Our El Reg hack shares the same family name as one of those star wars characters, mmmmhhhhh, something smells fishy here.
Is your wifes maiden name Fischer by any chance ?
Swinging back to the dark side.
The 63 year old man was dressed as which character ? Don't let me guess Obi Wan....
Re: I can see the future...
All it needs now is a little tube that spits out some brown liquid into the users face and so they can realise what having a shit day really means.
Lets call it the "iExperience", complete immersion into your environment.
No need to look at the Saudis
Why do the words "Echelon" and "Phorm" spring to mind.
Re : Next stop...
I wonder if he now knows if there really is "Life on mars" ? Did he ever get the change to meet "Lady Stardust" , was she really the "Prettiest Star", does he have any aspirations of joining the "Spiders from Mars" ?
He truly knows the meaning of going from "Station to Station", although he is probably glad that he didn't use a "V2-Scheider" to get there, whilst he was travelling "Across the Universe".
I am convinced that he would have made "Ziggy Stardust" proud and I hope that the paparzzi never got a pic of him "Loving the Alien".
Re: Welcome home Commander.
I definately agree that this guy has actually re-motivated my interest in the ISS and space station/exploration.
He adds a human touch to a very "difficult to truly appreciate profession".
Well done Mr Hadfield, your doing a great job.
Since it appears as though this is just another large game where we are the pawns can I be the Locomotive.
I have no idea how you managed to extract that out of my post.. Sometimes you can even make AMANFROMMARS seem sensible....
Doesn't Really Matter
The web has a tendancy to produce alternative means and methods, I will sit this one out and wait for the alternative. If none comes along then tough luck, I'll just find something else to do..
<---- This is an alternative to DRM
Put your tongues away please
This is just soooooo wrong in so many ways.....
Would this not the make the companies that are
sending out spam advertising even more responsable, in a twisted kind of way, for the available of possibly copyrighted content to all and sundry for "free".
Whereas today you have to make a personal decision to use torrents, tommorrow you would actually be encouraged to do so.
Their hand has been forced by poor sales rather than listening to the client. Regardless of the reason though the most important point is the fact that metro will disappear (or be made to disappear without 3rd party plugins).
I belong to that unfortunate // fortunate ( strike as necessary) group known as the over forties. For some reason I just can't associate Jim , Spock , Bones or Scotty with these young whipper snappers, they are too young, too clean.
<--- This is how I feel when I see these young fresh faces....
Qihoo's business practices sound an awful lot like some of the "Scamware" products that are offered for free over here already.
I very much doubt that I would install a Chinese AV, I already have a hard time trusting the ones from Europe and the US.
Re: No network = No Work
Yes I suppose that put like that it does make a little more sense.
Re: No network = No Work
Keith I can agree with one or two pcs kicking about with their own dedicated printers but 800 pcs !!!!
No network = No Work
What kind of work is someone doing in a company that no longer requries shared drives or printing ?. Or will they also be issued with 32Gb USB 2.0 keys which they will use to transport documents.
I can understand standalone machines on a factory workshop but it is difficult to imagine in a government office.
One or the other
HTC was the daddy for quite some time, Samsung passed them by and it doesn't look like catch up is going to be easy.
I had a couple of HTC phones and I liked them, they had a good solid feel about them, subsequently though, like many others, I moved over to Samsung. I started of the the TAB, then the NOTE and I now also have the S3 mini. I don't even bother to look at HTCs now. I have no real reason not to want to use a HTC anymore but they seem just to have lost their appeal.
I imagine that Apple and Samsung will end up down the same road.
Ever since their father taught them to "peep" out of the bedroom window the brothers couldn't last a day without a little peep. Sounds like something Gary Larson would have written.
Being a peeping tom is kinda creepy but doing it in collaboration with your brother. is just plain weird.
As the clairvoyant was about to say : I see the image of Face, and also that of a Book.
Re: Another PR stunt by MPs
People that sleep with both "children and prostitutes " !
People have got some strange habits.
Re: A joke
Apparently Obama is going to make a second attempt at vacating Gitmo, maybe the TPB could get a good deal.
How much is it worth
Just out of interest, does anyone have any idea just how much TPB is worth. Is it a multi million dollar project ?
Re: Competition on Desktop
MS never really seemed to bothered about gaining any personal information, they make and sell software first and foremost. Their requirement for success was simply that a user required software and that they would sell it too them. Generally speaking, the story ends there.. With your money MS builds more software, albeit the same software every year. MS are only really available on MS platforms ( OK I know that MS Office exists for the Mac)
MS don't worry me, they can only take my money, if I decide to give them any
Google's on the otherhand don't really have a product. They have a platform that allows them to sell advertising space/places. In order to be, and remain, successfull they require an ever increasing amount of information, personal or not, about you and your habits. This allows them to provide tempting stats for their clients.
With your information Google does whatever it pleases for as long as it pleases..........Now this is where things get interesting as we do not realy know exactly how much information or exactlly what information they hold/archive and/or how that information is really used. Future employers, court judges, the FBI might just have access to this information which might not be perfectly in context and more than possibly be used out of context.
Google are not quite so easy to avoid. Google Search, Android, Google Play, Streetview, Maps, Chrome are just pretexts for gathering information, that's why they are "free" . Google have their own platforms and exist in almost all mainstream platforms. They have become just a little to omnipresent.
It's far easier to escape from MS than it is to escape form Google.....
Re: Competition on Desktop
Microsoft do, or did indeed have a monopoly, they were more likely to affect your wallet than anything else.
Google on the other hand, who also have a monopoly, are not after your wallet they are after your soul..
Which of them worries you the most ?
Facepalm or Smile ?
Does a sticker reading "Made in China" make Chinese people nervous or happy ?
Re: Common sense !!
Nature has a strong influence on culture, culture has a strong influence on people.. Agreed.
Common sense !!
Should we also teach young children to be more androgynous ? Should we have more women on building sites ? Are there too many men in the army ?.
Some jobs will always have a natural tendancy to attract more men than women and vice-versa.
Equality is not always about equal quantity. Women have exactly the same possibility of moving into the tech sector, there are no barriers whatsover for them to begin a career. As mentioned there is almost 20% of women within the industry.
I hate these kinds of articles they smell more of PC than of common sense.
Most ISP probably don't want to reverse the trend but the first company that provides fast symetric at reasonable rates will force all the others ISPs to follow suit. This is where market competition really benefits us
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