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Any IT pro who wants to be an early adopter and recommend an unknown system in a professional environment really deserves all the headaches they get!
The only reason you started to see Vista in the business workplace was because new machines came with it... Although most got back-graded to XP.
Remember the moto, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. So why would businesses, or anyone that depends on their PCs "need" to move to Windows 7? What is the "must-have" feature?
The only things that do push businesses along the upgrade path are the aforementioned machines that arrive with new OS, and M$ dropping security updates for the earlier OSs.
We'll wait for the first service pack and all the hardware drivers to catch up thank you very much.
I would have thought...
...by now, anyone that wanted an iPhone would have bought an iPhone, even if it was on O2!
The fanboys will always be upgrading and wanting the latest incarnation of their religious icon, so they will stick with the 3GS and O2's exclusivity.
Which will just leave the old models being pushed by T-Mob and Orange, to people who really probably aren't that interested.
Standby for the T-Mob and Orange marketing to go on a iPhone frenzy to a customer base that just really aren't that interested.
Which is a pity, as there are plenty of other good phones out there which they could be concentrating their efforts on actually releasing... Like the N97 for starters... Orange are you listening!
Exactly. I'm a UK native, and I don't know anyone who's excited by the Olympics. The only people enthusing about it are the ones close enough to either bask in it's glory, or more likely, bask in it's bank account.
The only long term benefit I'm hoping to see is the mobile sweat box (sorry, tube), might get some air conditioning. I'm lucky that I don't work in London, but even on a weekend trip a couple of weeks ago I bailed from the tube and walked two stops just because I couldn't face changing line and melting any longer.
Honestly, who came up with this whole idea of needing an Olympic village etc etc? We have a stadium, the new Wembley, we have pools (although there is actually a criminal lack of Olympic length ones, but I'm sure we can find one), why does everything have to be next to each other? The fact the sailing is going to be on the South coast proves that they can manage the logistics. Guess we should be grateful they didn't try to dig a new Solent below Stratford!
Personally I think I will be taking advantage of some empty plane seats (I love a haggle) leaving the UK when it opens, and some empty plane seats to come back when it finishes.
I'm sure there are hundreds or start-up companies with some really good (non-intrusive) ideas who would love to have even a small slice of the cash which Phorm has had thrown at it.
Then again, given recent events it's obvious that the last people who know what to do with cash are the banks!
That guessing a default voicemail password of 8888, 0000 or 1111 is now classed as hacking.
Pity they didn't pick the number of the american ambassador or they'd be sitting on the plane next to UFO Gary.
As much as I like Firefox, I find the idea that call centre staff would even have enough power to install a new application of any sort onto a PC rather worrying!
Surely call centre droids should have an account that is locked down so tight they should count themselves lucky if they can toggle the caps-lock light!
"People buying 3G dongles should note that they have little chance of using them outside the M25."
My other half bought a 3 USB dongle... The map showed her area was high strength, and it should work inside the house without any problem.
She could barely use it by putting the laptop on the window ledge! It ended up taped onto the window on a USB extension lead! Hardly the image they portray in the blurb!
I gave her a few choice quotes from the sale of goods act "unfit for purpose" being the main one, and she went back to the shop.
Oh, and what deserted part of the country does she live in... Lambeth!
If the likes of TinyURL did something a little active, using a redirection service might actually save our more gullible surfers...
TinyURL scans destination of link, if it's a virus/trojan, it redirects the "victim" to a page telling them to beware of links, and suggesting some antivirus products.
In fact they might not even need to check the target, I'm sure a mass emailing work spewing links will generate a visit spike so large even a blind mind could notice it!
It's certainly far faster to take down a shrunken URL than it is to just and get an ISP to block/turn off a compromised site hosting the malware.
Makes a change....
That someone in politics actually retreats from business.
Usually they do the opposite, they are employed for their expertise in the running of Govt, winning contracts and the like... A more obvious conflict of interest I have yet to see.
"Feminists always want porn banned (for men at any rate,) because they want women to have some hold over men."
I think you'll find that a nice pair of boobies can have a hold over men at a range of up to 50 feet!
Mine's the one with the medical research DVDs in 57 pockets...
A book about a chainsaw waving maniac removing the breasts of your virgins is okay, just as long as he doesn't have wood.
Brilliant. Proof if it were ever needed, that the lunatic are running the asylum.
Can we have a "Will the last person to leave turn off the lights" icon?
I was on a flight last year coming back to the UK from mainland Europe. On that flight were a couple of children who had obviously been to some party or event. They had helium balloons, unfortunately not the rubber kind of balloon, the shiny metallic look plastic film type... The type that doesn't stretch very well.
About an hour after take off there was a *bang*... Needless to say you have never heard such a synchronised intake of breath in your life!
We spent the rest of the flight looking at the other, rather strained looking balloon with distrust.
@A/C 2nd July 00:10GMT
Ahhh, I must admit I also didn't have the foggiest idea what the new "feature" was in the original article was supposed to do too..
In the UK, the spelling of phone numbers is pretty much non-existent, so to a non US resident it's not really obvious what the feature actually does. It just sounded like they had missed out on the ability to copy/paste a phone number when they recently implemented copy/paste.
No mention of the "likely to spontaneously combust, and as you can't remove the battery, you're gonna have to chuck the whole thing into a bucket of sand and watch it melt." category?
Re the iPhone apps... 50,000 apps... Woo... How many of them are actually useful?!
Plus, would a Pre owner, unlike a Jesus phone owner, be allowed to have an app showing naked boobies on the phone he owns and has paid for?
Oh I remember this... I think I still have the beta stand alone app installed somewhere...
I used to try it every now and then... The streaming sucked. I don't know what bandwidth it required (the image quality didn't look like it would need much), but it was completely incapable of working out how much it should buffer in advance to provide smooth playback.
Result, 10 seconds of video, 20 seconds of waiting... 10 seconds of video...
I would say "repeat until end of video", but nobody puts up with that for a whole video.
Come to think of it, I don't think I even watched a whole video when it did actually stream (wind blowing in right direction etc), cos there wasn't anything worth watching!
Without content it's going to be pointless... And given that BBC, ITV, Channel4 etc all have their own view on demand system (which do stream quite nicely), I don't think they'll be able to get it.
Sorry, are those new Tab powers new?
I've been using the TabMix plus add on since Firefox2, and I'm pretty sure I have always been able to do drag tabs between windows, resurrect closed tabs and restore previous sessions.
Are you *the* person on the intarwibble who's using Firefox without any bolt on toys?
Honestly, if they're trying to get a reaction out of a large body of people they should just make a Michael Jackson joke in public. Not pretend to be some kind of techie expert.
Only a couple of months ago a UK MP had to resign when a photographer managed to photograph and read a top secret document he decided to carry under his arm in the open as he walked the 5 paces from his car into #10 Downing street.
Given the quality of photographic equipment available even to amateurs, you just don't know who is looking over your shoulder, they could be doing it from 50 feet away easily.
The reason shoulder surfing is not a problem is precisely *because* passwords are replaced with stars.
Given that the human body only contains one liver, I doubt the donor will be doing anything bar decomposing!
Now kidney's they're different, humans come with a spare, and if you donate one, the other will actually enlarge to help deal with the load.
Sorry to shoot your joke down - it did amuse me... Honest!
Ah, but you can get behind the wheel of a 5+ litre V8 plastic car at 15!
The mind really does boggle... I think I'd prefer the 15 years olds to be doing the drinking, and not allowed behind the wheel of the vet until 21... Preferably older!
I use the internet on my N95 all the time. Mainly via wifi points as I'm tight! lol!
I've won ebay auctions and chatted to friends using skype over wifi from various parts of the planet. Taken some cracking pictures and uploaded them onto facebook to annoy friends who weren't on holiday :-)
I have a couple of microSD cards in my wallet, one for my music and the other for storing pictures and video.
Total cost of all these features... £0, phone was a free upgrade. OperaMini free, Fring free.
The main reason I went with OperaMini is it allows me to turn off images on a website which keeps the data bill down if I happen to browse via my carrier instead of wifi.
...that the USA consider themselves the land of the free, yet almost daily, the free are told what they can and can't see, what they can and can't watch by a bunch of puritan conservatives.
Back here in old England, the place many of them left for "freedom", a 16 year old can get their top off and "show 'em" in a national paper.
And we can all look at them (if we choose).
It's great :-)
"It's a phone for 2007 released in 2009."
You mean like the iPhone was until only recently... Small camera, no flash, incomplete implementation of text messaging.
It's only just managed to record video FFS!
Actually that's pre-2007!
Re: navigation, it's called Nokia Maps, it's available on the older phones like the N95 too... And it doesn't require a network connection to navigate, you can preload a MicroSD card (oh yes, removable storage has been quite normal for many years too). Which means it's fast, and also that you won't be bankrupted when you use it to navigate in a foreign country as it doesn't need a roamed data connection to download local maps.
Sure it doesn't have the user interface of the iPhone (a million lawyers will ensure that), but it also doesn't have the level of user restriction St Jobs forces upon his flock. Plus of course it's made by a experienced mobile phone company, so you know it's going to work perfectly as a phone. It's not just an iPod that's had a phone bolted onto it.
Mine's the asbestos one.
@A/C 25th 14:27
Agreed. If anyone tries to bore you by claiming a DSLR in RAW has the dynamic range of film he's an idiot. Even in 14bit RAW on a Nikon D3 you have be careful not to blow the highlights, and compensate to sacrifice shadow detail instead.
One day someone will invent a sensor that can handle a range of 12EV or more, until then, we'll have to use a bit of skill to get the shots :-)
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Interesting you call the iPhone a mobile computer... Have you given up trying to use it as a camera phone now? I have a couple of friends with them, and their signal is always terrible.
As for the N97... Have faith Nokia boys, give it a firmware release and check again. Or you could just wander into a shop and try it now and form your own opinion.
The N95 had more than it's share of problems when it came out. Bad battery life, slow camera (although still 5mp), bad memory management and some problems with 3G, but Nokia sorted all that with firmware revisions.
And remember, this is a Nokia, so you know it will be a damn good phone with a damn good signal. Able to send text messages to huge groups of people, and support MMS right out of the box. You know, things real phones have been able to for years.
Pity about the speakers, the N95's are wonderful, but at least it has some.
As for the price comparisons, who pays the website price for a phone upgrade on a contract?! Ask for their best deal, say you'll think about it... Ring back next day and ask for the PAC code... You'll be amazed at the new offer... I'm looking forward to my bartering this time, there is a credit crunch after all....
What a strange collection of countries...
Not available in your country or region
You appear to be in a country or region where the Microsoft Security Essentials Beta is unavailable.
This beta is available only to customers in the United States, Israel (English only), People's Republic of China (Simplified Chinese only) and Brazil (Brazilian Portuguese only).
If there was ever a sign that a Judge should be put out to pasture for completely loosing his grip on reality, this is it! Is he on commission or something?
No wonder the RIAA is embarrassed, it makes them look stupid, and they know they haven't got a hope in hell of ever getting that kind of cash out of her.
If she were a UK MP caught on the fiddle it appears she would be entitle to just pay for the face value of the songs and consider the case closed!
A Pizza hut near me managed to loose a Ja Ja Binks, which stood at least 7 foot tall, from one of their establishments. It was in the furthest corner from the door, next to the till... Yet nobody saw anyone walk out with it!
Loose a load of IT staff, and then have the system break... Who would have thought it!
I bet they laid off too many Indians and kept too many chiefs!
Oh well, at least they'll be able to have a nice meeting about it.
Isn't it great...
...that the government will get to spend a shed load of out money on a project that will be scrapped when they loose the next election, which lets face it, they will.
Actually, I wonder if there are any openings for contractors on it... It's gonna be good money, and at the end of it you don't need to have produced anything!
Agreed... sounds like they prefer all their screen real estate to be used, even if their picture gets stretched to oblivion!
Me, I'd prefer people to have head shaped heads... Not rugby balls! (Apart from Stewie of course).
There is interest...
There is interest in the Pascal world for Delphi to work on multiple platforms.
Take a look at the Free Pascal Compiler and Lazarus. Both open source, and source compatible with Delphi to quite an extent.
The only thing that lets them down is the lack of components, and the bizarre, sometimes impossible installation hoops you have to jump through to get what components there are onto a Linux IDE.
@Proto-robbie - Rapid development always was Delphi's party trick, it is an incredibly fast RAD environment. It has supported cgi-bin/ISAPI development for years, and being a compiled language they really fly.
The size of the object had nothing to do with him being lucky! Have you seen the size of a bullet slug recently? They're not much bigger, travel a hell of a lot slower and they kill people.
I recommend reading up on a couple of things called kinetic energy and momentum (assuming basics physics is still taught in our science deprived society).
With that kind of velocity it would have carried so much energy it would have made Dirty Harry blush, and blown his head clean off had it hit him directly. Actually it would probably have just gone straight through it without so much as batting a rocky eyelid. The effect to the kid would have been the same though.
The fact that it exploded leaving a crater in the ground gives you an idea of the energy.
So it didn't "bounce" off his head, it skimmed his head and continued the same direction it had been going... In fact at that speed it could have been the shock wave that damaged his bonce and the object didn't actually touch him.
Lay off those little blue pills Lewis, it's affecting your writing.
I used to like Archos, their early mp3 players were rather fun. I've still got a Gmini 120.
One of it's best features is it's ability to record from a line in.
I'm in the market for a new one with line in record, and having given up trying to navigate their website I email them several times to ask.
They never bothered to reply.
I know they're French, and we should expect a lack of manners, but if they do still have such a product they've lost a sale.
Definitely sounds like a skiddy.
After all, what hacker breaks into a system and then deletes everything? Any idiot can do a format.
Trouble is you get spotted very quickly and don't actually get anything from it. Far better to go deep, go silent and see what useful data you can steal. Credit card details, email addresses etc.
The only time I would expect to see a hacker nuke servers like that would be as part of a blackmail attempt.
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