1876 posts • joined 4 May 2008
Re: Buzzword bingo
That dates back to 22 years ago and is no less valid today as it was then. We have mad huge progress in computing but unfortuantely the same can't be said for the meatbags that use them.
>To win in the higher price tiers,
We don't currently compete in this bracket, or at least not on a serious level.
>we will focus on breakthrough innovation.
Up until we were simply focussing on old technology because we had completely lost track of what we were doing..
>that expresses and enlivens Microsoft’s digital work and digital life experiences.
That brings our old technology up to date, we really are that far behind the others.
>In addition, we plan to shift select Nokia X product designs to become Lumia products running Windows.
We realise that an android platform would likely surpass the Windows version so just to avoid the embaressment we will eliminate the android version
>This builds on our success in the affordable smartphone space
Our cheap shit just managed to pass the break even line.
>and aligns with our focus on Windows Universal Apps.
I need to make at least on reference to Windows 8 in order to satisfy the boys....
Not very positive Mr Nadelle.....
Re: Latex Masks
So 6 guys walk into a bank with these on....
Creepy doesn't even begin to describe it, I had no idea that these really existed outside of Hollywood...
So whoever opens up a business selling realistic latex masks, not the BDSM kind, is likely to become very popular amongst the underworld.
It would be interesting to use the Chief Superintendants face for example.
Lumia 930 - not very luminous.
After reading the whole article I didn't find anything particularly negative but also didn't find anything particularly positive.
It reads like "Just another phone". the market is already saturated with great phones in the upper price band.
Other than the desire to pass into the MS Garden I really can't see any compelling reason for anyone leaving the comfort of the Android/Apple gardens. I could say the same thing for any one the top of the range phones for the moment though.
I am actually surprised that the Google Nexus is not actually running away with all the prises for the moment as it is cheaper and fills in all the usual tick boxes.
Glad to see the article didn't concentrate solely on the camera, kudos.
Re: for some definition of paedophile...
@Skelband : Agreed
> but looking at pictures being a crime is a step too far.
Imagine the number of arrests the day that looking at the Youporn/Xhamster kind of porn is made illegal ?
( Not speaking for myself of course, I definately wouldn't look at naked bodied people, doing things that naked bodied people sometimes do together, or with friends, or with multiple friends).
Re: Remember kids ...
You can if you use the other spelling, "wellpaidarsehole".
Re: invest $71m...
ROI = $-71m
( A loss for the company but not for the individuals that recieved the intial $71m and successfully managed to shuffle away a large part ot some offshore account)
Re: Now remove the Tiles @Khaptain
Up until the moment that they offered tiles no-one was complaining, everyone was able to do as he pleased.
The Tiles aka .Metro changed that optic... There was no option other than to use this new, unwanted by most, method, the paradigm in itself that was not accepted.
Now remove the Tiles
Anything +Tile+ related will be like have your eyes poked with a sharp thing, so that has to go too. If they remove the tiles and the kiddy icon set we will be back to a nice comfortable desktop.
I genuinelly believe that MS have made a major error with W8 and I do not believe that they will fully recover from it. MS has now moved solely into the hands of "the "unvisionaries"...
Definition "unvisionary" : n,m : Those that are incapable of understanding that ripping up the playing field means that you can no longer play........
Microsoft is not a one man team and Nadella has become the manager of that team. Unfortunately he might be a great engineer but not a great manager. If he can't create the spark that will ignite his teams motivation/innovation/drive then he should return to waht hwe was good at rather than remain where he is.
Hard-working and bright does not make you an shining light.
Microsoft appear to be in a very "cloudy" situation, and I don't mean the asure kind, their ideas are vague, they lack direction and appear to be lost.....
On saying that though, I wouldn't like to be in Nadella's position, when you start of in Pole Position you have to fight three times harder to remain there.
>There is no other way to lower costs than reduce your outgoings, be it substandard construction or low wages.
Then you shouldn't be in business.
Re: I feel such a failure
There is no need to answer anyway as the results were determined well in advance of the questions.
What a lovely government, they do all of the work for you..
Re: What's the real danger ?
@asdf - No problem ;-)
Yes, as soon as the golden words are mentioned "corporate bureaucracy" it is easy to understand the root cause of many a problem.
In the perfect world I would have a team of developers/admins constantly updating all of our apps/servers, but I don't pay the bills, so here in the real world things are a lot less glamorous...
Re: What's the real danger ?
>Sounds like your shop is more smallish but Enterprise IT can't really think like that.
I can easilly understand why you would think that. For obvious reasons I can't mention who I work for but I can say that it is a large Multi-National with a more than 100K direct employees. It really is a very large company.
We do have the normal Enterprise IT attitude but not always and not for all business lines. It all boils down to money, project investement commitees and project priority calendars. Budgets have not been made available, nor suitable priority given to some of the older applications and as such they remain static, they can't be decommissioned but at the same time have no resource allocation for upgrades/renewals.
The regional DPP is well aware of the situation but also has his hands tied by the bean-counters and higher priority projects - especially those concerning new business.....
And in the mean-time I have to keep the local shop running... it's one of those catch 22 situations in which I can't win..... ( notice how I used "I" rather than the company).
I always thought that the large corporate world would always have the latest technology etc.....how wrong I was.... ( they do have some nice stuff to play with though).
What's the real danger ?
Except for web facing front end servers what would be the real danger here ? I have two servers that have been running W2003 for the last six years, they are rebooted about twice a year for maintenance and they never cause any problems.
The physical machines were transfered to VM,s two years ago during a hardware refresh, they are both running a legacy application that will not get updated for a few more years, if ever. The application works, the user like it and it costs us nothing in maintenance. We have no need to update it....
Why would I want to update ? How serious do you guys treat security updates for back end servers with little or no internet connection. The proxy configurations are not configured on either machine so they have no direct connexion to the web.
Are you sure that it is Purple and not Pubian...
It is important to highlight the word "directly".....
The rumors started around the end of 2012 and Apple are kinda responsable for some of the rumors , and since lots of others already exist, then yes they are kinda "late for a very important date".
Can we have a El Reg unit which can quantify "Rumor to Market" time..
Will he also request bringing back corporal punishment and putting himself on trial..
They are doing it again
Wll someone at Microsoft please listen to the following
Please stop trying to dictate how we work........Each of us is different and we need to do things in our own personalized manner......We already have links, icons, menus, shortcuts, favorites etc in order that we can organize our work, we don't need this silly method that you are proposing, leave it to us to decide.
In 20 years of IT I have never seen 2 people organise their desktop in the same manner, why would MS think that suddenly that is going to change... There are some very intelligent people at MS but why have they assigned the absurd, strange and weird ones to the W8 interface design team.
>In August last year, NSW Police busted a Romanian carder ring which had used a 3D printer to produce skimmers subsequently installed across Sydney ATMs. ®
So how long before 3D printers get banned.....
As for the the alliteration, an alternative would have been to replace Sydney with Cobbers
Cobbers clobber cabbie carder crims....
Re: No problem for me then !
"Any person not in a continuously vegetative state"
I suppose that that definition will exclude most of the cabinet then.
No problem for me then !
>The ability to access information about communications and intercept the communications of dangerous individuals is essential to fight the threat from criminals and terrorists targeting the UK.
Since I am not a "dangerous indiviual", or not that I know of, does that mean that my data will not be recorded.
Or is there another method classifying what a dangerous individual actually is.
Can someone actually provide a detailed definition of "dangerous indiviual".
Does it really matter
They also spy on the President, the vice-president and anyone else that dirt can be thrown at when they no longer need them.
It's the American, European, Asian, Arab, African , South American way of life : in other circles it's called Politics...
Do you mean Phoque and if you do I presume you know it has another meaning.
Now you will be able to see all those parts that are not user replaceable.
Oh look :
There's the ram that I can't change.
There's the battery that I can't change.
Also if your iDevice get's dirty on the inside, dust etc, now you will be able to see the dirt/dust whereas before it was not a problem....
Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?
We already have the technology but it just isn't as functional, or intelligent enough that it can currently replace the KVM solutions that we use today.
The reason that keyboards and mice are still in use is because they are simple to use ( with only a very small learning curve).
I wouldn't like to suggest that we will never use any other method but for the moment nothing is better that what we currently have.
Swiping a tactile screen has become the defacto interface on SmartPhones because it works for that particular format. Swiping a large tactile PC is a pain, a mouse is a far better medium - for the moment.
Evolution/advances in technology will always provide us with alternatives but until those alternatives have some distinct improvement over the existant then I doubt that anything will change.
Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?
>So the user can write, speak or draw their request
So what's wrong with the Keyboard and mouse solution, they are proven, they dont break down very often and the simply work.
Speaking requires interpretation.
Writing requires interpretation.
Drawing requires interpretation.
Interpretation leads to false positives, then having to repeat the command again and again, a long learning phase etc etc ...
In other words, they are far more pain than they are worth....for anything but minimal commands ( swiping on a smartphone is fine)
Desktop != Tablet != Smartphone
They wanted to create the same experience for the various platforms : fail....
They made MAJOR changes to a very functional OS ( XP , W7) rather than taking small steps = fail.
The expect that users will forget 10-15 years of habits and instantly move over to a new paradigm = fail.
All they had to do was move in small steps, test the water and either implement or remove...
Now they are in a position that they need to make new radical changes in order that the userbase falls back in love... but that is not going to happen overnight.
The tablet world is not the proffessional world is not the smartphone world... Different userbases, requirements and situations. MS Please, please, please stop confusing them, I can easily handle the differences between the three, they really don't need to have the same interface..
Coding does not = innovation.
The world is full of great coders, linux stands as proof of this fact. What the world is not full of though is innovators and I am not convinced that that is something that money can buy...
>You can't soundly conclude either (i) that any particular proportion of sales were people buying into the hype (though almost certainly some will have been); or (ii) that laptop sales will climb.
Agreed it is very difficult to make a true conclusion but :
Who actually did buy the tablets ? The professional market, the only people that I have ever seen using tablets are sales droids showing product presentation... I don't seen them on public transport during commuting hours and I don't see them in the streets as we do smartphones.... So who the hell bought the damned things.
What I do beleive though is that Joe Public simply doesn't need these gadgets. He actually has very little usage for them. It would be extremely difficult to build a use case model that was actually serious. That is why I believe that most of them are hype driven, why else would Joe Public buy one ?
My wife works in the education field and all of the staff were given iPads but no-one uses the damned things because they don't truly provide the platform that is required... Again these were hype driven purchases, Silver Bullet if you will. There is an once opended iPad box on top of my fridge that we simply can't find use for and I am convinced that we are not alone in that respect.. And from what I understood all of the schools, at least in my region, were given them.... I don't consider this as professional, this is educational, which is a different market althoug no better in the end..
I find that a reasonable smartphone covers 90% of Joe Publics real requriements. The tablets might cover 5%....
The market might be saturated but it also can't fnd any true prupose for tablets that would justify an upgrade or renewal.. the fad has come and gone
>that laptop sales will climb.
I don't believe that laptops will climb back up either.
Tablets have suffered from Silver Bullet syndrome since the beginning. They have always promised to deliver something wondefull but in the end they are for the majority just more landfill.
There are a few examples of where tablets are usefull but they are in a very small niche and certainely not anywhere near the percentage of the unwashed masses that bought one to realise that they dont really have any need or requirement for one.
Tablets were for a whle a marketing wet dream but that bubble has now gone pop.
I can't imagine laptops coming back from the dead, so what's next, I have no idea but it will probably be as usefull as a fishing rod for a yodelling ostrich.
Unless of course someone brings out "FlipTopSmartLapTab" that has triangular corners and is capable of time travel.......or at least that's what it will say on the box...
Touch of sarcasm in there, nah not me...
The Ostrich might be thirsty after all that yodelling so I'll buy him one of these while he reflects on where to find a small lake.- ------------------->>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Guam, is that like a cut down versionof GAUntanaMo. I suppose that is better than being dropped of in Guano.
What's the betting that Putin couldn't give a shit about Seleznev, Snowdon is a much larger fish... a very public fish.. like Jaws but with glasses.
Unless of course Seleznev is actually an NSA/FSB special/double agent/spy character who has already hacked Putin's/Obama's personal smartdevice..... dream on....
Re: Why would I do that?
"Ordered from an agriculture store in Germany"
"Cattle Prods" for getting the cattle to react.....
"Vacuum pumps" for sucking on teats.....
"Pointed nose rings" which can be inserted into orifices...
"Large vibrating sticks" apparently for stimulation during the insemination periods.
"Whips" all the good cowboys had a whip n'est-ce pas.
And which is actually a front end for the largest S&M distributor in Europe...
I am sure that there are others but not being a daily "Skins" mag reader I must admit to lacking the finer details of aforementioned hobby/lifestyle/choice/fantasy.
Wireshark would be my first choice but what exactly are your needs.
Do you just want to make a general sniff or is it more application oriented sniffing that you are after.
As an example : Are you looking to sniff out the various layers of TCP/IP or are you after the URLs that IE is browsing ?.
How much space/resources do you have : Is it only the client machines hard disk, or is there also some kind of NAS ?
Do you need this traffic sent real time ?
Do you need 24/24 worth of sniffing or just periodic snapshots ?
Re: @Khaptain - Flower Power + Darwin
Flower Power + Darwin
Today's 60 somethings are the children of the 60s. Is it any surprise that they are not complaining at least about the sex and the drugs.....
On top of that the Internet has introduced to Sex and Violence on a whole new scale. The TV cannot even begin to compete with the web....
So yes, we have become blasé to the sex and violence. Yes, society is on the decline and yes it's all down to something called "evolution"..
Re: Go Japan Go
I must admit that until reading your reply that I had assumed that hydrogen was in abundance, wrong... and therefore a good thing. I had always thought that the only difficulty was in the storage...
I also didn't realise how much energy was required to "synthesise" it either... I read a quick paper on why it is not economically viable and I digress, it is not a justifiable solution at the moment.
Shit, I go back to square one....
One of these for me ------------------------------------------>>>>>>
Go Japan Go
I truly hope that they succeed on several levels :
* That they really do manage to produce a mass production Hydrogen Engine.
* That they succeed in breaking the Oil cartels by doing so.
* That it begins a new positive industrial era...our current one is pretty grim....
Re: Ha ha ha...!
Or even an AlligaTOR waiting to pounce on a cat.
I know that alligaTORs are not known for pouncing but he might be a particularly virile reptile.
It's all in the name
An ailing liver is never a good sign..
New York or Los Angeles
If I record all of my videos in the middle of Manhatten,LA, Biejing or Bankkok and they manage to discover this fact will it really make anything any easier......
I have difficulty in understanding just how usefull this really is. The proximity would be so large that it would be unusable.. or is there a factor of detection that I didn't understand.
I would argue that the difference between the two devices is that it is quite obvious what someone is doing with their smartphone, whereas it is far more discreet with Google Glass.
On top of that, yes, it is the fear that is yet another domain that will quickly fall into the already powerfull and monopolistic hands of El Google....
Pas en France
>Punters are already told to put away their smartphones in auditoriums
I wish they would do that here in France, every bloody time that I go there are at least a half dozen twunts tweeting, smsing during the whole damned film..
Personally I don't care about someone being a Glasshole in the cinema, they are no where near aas annoying as the texters/smsers...
As for the film industry, well that' a discussion between Google and the MPAA Mafia....
Wide or narrow definition
It would be interesting to have a precise translation of what they deem to be "extremist". There are the obvious Religious, Hard Right Wing forms of extremism but what of the those that are a little less obvious.
As an example:
Would Pussy Riot be consiered as extremist ?
Someone demonstrating peacefully against the hard line government tactics ?
How about Ukranians defending their nation ?
Yes , I know that this is a little bit of Daily Fail tactics but it would still be interesting to understand where the line lies.
Also is this any different from what is happening in the USA, UK ? We just give it a different kind if publicity and nicer names....
As solid as a puff of smoke
>next have swung from a profit of £3.5m to a net loss of £1.4m.
So what happend to the £4.9m ?
>Outsourcery has sufficient cash flow for the short term, it said, but over the medium term - in line with the monthly recurring revenue delay - the company warned it is reviewing options to improve working capital.
In other words they are next to broke - Sufficient short term cash flow usually means that they are in a borderline position and that any unexpected bump will send them under.
Re: Poor child
Just like Berlusconi... who is after all just a big child too, with a shiny boot-polished hairdo...
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