An excellent article. More like this, please.
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An excellent article. More like this, please.
My take on the free upgrade to W10 is that it will give the Microsoft Store enough customers that the developer community will see it as a viable way to make money.
The Universal Apps thing may even get the Windows Phone App Store full to overflowing with Apps people actually want/need. Which lifts out one of the big ticket barriers to WinPho adoption.
It would certainly lower the bar to corporate adoption as there would be a mobile version of pretty much every desktop app. (Yeah, alright, even I can't take that seriously...)
Coursera have used biometric profiling of the way people type for years as a way of verifying that the same person that registered is the one taking various online tests.
The combination of a couple of dozen Amigas and Video Toaster gave us the first large scale application of CGI into mainstream TV. In 1994(?), Babylon 5 blew us all away with the quality of the effects the were able to generate.
...so, therefore, it was ethical.
A company that helps others hack into IT systems has its IT systems hacked. Only one of those is a criminal act, apparently.
I'm guessing HT haven't got any customers in Germany...
That may not work out so well for you.
MS claims that there will be continuous updates like those we have become used to on mobile platforms. Yes, there is a LTS version but it comes without a whole ton of stuff including Edge.
It remains to be seen how often installer ISOs will be released for the non-enterprise versions so perhaps, just perhaps, you could wait for a few of those to roll by? Or the odd security rollup?
But features will not be dropped by waterfall delivery in the way that they have in the past.
Service Pack? They don't need no stinkin' Service Pack.
It's appallingly bad. And only available in beta. And then only to business users. (At least so the app itself says.)
It misses calls, drops messages, has terrible voice quality and has a mediaeval interface.
Apart from that, it's fine.
Applying one factor twice isn't two factor authentication.
So, if you don't respond quickly enough to satisfy a third party that you are taking action on a bug, the details get released. No negotiation.
Sound familiar, Google?
So, leaving aside the "FOSS Good, Everything Else Bad" drum beating for a moment: What I see here is that organisations can expect to be audited on their use of licenses every 4 or 5 years. (Oracle 25% in the last 20 months, MS 33%+ in the last 20 months.)
Bearing in mind that between these audits they effectively pay on an honesty basis, how is that unreasonable?
I've been through a few of these audits over the years. Yes, they are a pain. Yes, the tools provided are terrible, most especially the MAPS Suite. But the worst part by far is the arcane nature of the pricing and licensing itself. Oracle: I'm looking harder at you here. But not by much.
If the rules were clearer and simpler, there wouldn't be such large discrepancies following some of these audits. There's always going to be cases where incompetence or taking-the-piss lead to massive under reporting of licenses in use but mostly people want to pay what they are supposed to.
It needs to be easier to be honest...
Microsoft have said publicly this device is the result of a development strand that has been in progress for around five years. It grew as an offshoot of the original Kinect pitch which kicked off as a project around seven years ago.
Leaving aside the fanboi v. fandroid vibe and the apparently flexible app capabilities and platform requirements for a moment.
Can anyone point me to the bit of the article that makes clear why MS shouldn't pursue revenues from both of the market leading mobile platforms? How does it actually benefit from dropping one of them?
I accept that it will make differing levels of revenue from each but that seems to be the only argument put forwards here. Why can't MS make money from both?
This update is much better. Especially the re(a)d links.
On browsers where I have a dark theme, the favicon is pretty much invisible. Perhaps a circle around the vulture and the edges transparent?
It's difficult to really assess the redesign when there's a fundamental flaw for me. I have to scroll down a whole page to see any text in any article. The images are massive. Thumbnails, please. Really. Please?
So they've invented a new kind of memory but what exactly defines 'write-once-erase'?
Consider me puzzled....
I know that both Surface and W8 are now 2 years old. But the article is anatomy of why Windows 8 hasn't blazed a trail through the heavens. Not much about Surface at all. Or RT.
So, in essence, this is yet another where MS went wrong with Windows 8.X article. Or did I miss something?
"Did I read it wrong?" Yes, I think so. They are talking about "fusion reactors the size of a truck" where the reaction is "contained in a vessel the size of a business-jet engine". The one within the other.
Please ask Mrs Detail to leave his "below" alone...
As a contractor, the big change here is that I can finally see VCP as a viable certification route. Taking physically present courses (and paying for them) is a massively expensive way to extend your CV as an independent.
Finally, I can get certification for the expertise I've developed over the years without the whole thing seeming like a money pit.For reference, I have certs from several others including M$ and Cisco.
The value of these certs for me is as door-openers for interviews and, on that basis, it was previously difficult to justify any of the VMWare certs relative to extending the others.
I dismantled my physical lab last year and now run it all on the Windows 8.1 implementation of Hyper-V on a lappie. Much as in the article, it's good enough and, having installed a second large mSATA SSD for the lab VMs, I can continue to use the laptop as normal for day-to-day use.
With a slightly more modest rig (16Gb RAM), I can certainly spin up seven useful VMs running various Windows Server apps.
My lab isn't for constant 24/7 use. It's for standing up certification labs and sand-boxing solutions before chasing Ops for a grown-up environment.
Effectively, this is for free. And its good enough. This seems to be a theme recently...
A quick chat around the office and we're feeling somewhat neglected. Not only are our three Surface Pro 2 users all unaffected by the issue reported, they aren't being hounded by either of the iPad owners.
What should we do to get our piece of this action?
We do make the Blackberry user sit in a draught, though.
You connect your existing external USB storage to the Sync.
The issue is that it was originally marketed as being identical to the original Transporter but without internal storage. The website has changed now to subtly indicate the lack of Library compatibility.
Have we really arrived at the point where, from a list of 501 writers, Cory Doctorow is one of the three worthy of individual mention?
Shoot me now...
This article (and others like it) are a major factor in my remaining a regular Reg reader. Well done.
Damn. Does that make me part of an identifiable demographic?
The ever-amusing My Little Pony Abattoir. Funny when it was on The Young Ones 30 years ago. Still funny now. :)
This is a change that I'm all for. I hope that they really do make a stand on this rather than grabbing a few headlines and then quietly letting it drop.
Finally, a decent WinPho device (the 1520) with decent MicroSD support. Hurrah.
"They" aren't. _Nokia_ (not yet owned by MS) are evolving their product line up from WinPho to an RT device. Irrespective of your opinion of the merits of RT and WinPho, it's a logical choice for Nokia at this point.
For them it makes a lot of sense: Got a Lumia? Want a tablet to go with that? Here you go...
I wonder how many (if any) of these wonderful side projects will survive the journey to the centre of the Borg?
Problems with REHAB? Simple: Remote Emergency Launch Activating Panic Sensitive Equipment.
Isn't it time to reboot the oh-so-far-ahead-of-it's-time-and-that's-why-it-failed Salmon Days? Or, perhaps, more than a decade on, at least make the existing vids available for download.
"The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has teamed up with law professor Orin Kerr, internet attorney and EFF fellow Marcia Hofmann, and Weev's trial lawyers Tor Ekeland and Mark Jaffe in filing an appeal with the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals."
One can only assume that Larry Lessig was not available...
I, for one, have just had a "free and frank exchange of views" with my Microsoft TAM. She definitely understands that we are not happy.
Whether that will register anywhere within MS, I doubt. But I feel a helluva lot better for having got it all off my chest...
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The cynic in me wonders how the failure rates across those twenty thousand drives will stack up against what is "expected." Thinking about it, I don't think I've ever seen figures like that released...
You say that like drivel is in short supply on twitter. Or social media in general...
I had no idea that their customers were such night owls. More likely that thousands were affected by the outage, no?
This would explain the recent conversations amongst BOFHs of a certain age yesterday. Their beloved Baldur's Gate has (it appears) been re-released on Steam in a new version supporting modern windows boxes.
Sadly, it appears to be a Steaming Turd of the First Order. I did hear one of them ask: "Why on earth has Atari rushed this out in such a bad state." They did seem happy enough to wait for the patch that will fix the game's complete inability to even launch. Given the filing from Atari, something tells me they'll be a long time waiting...
"You can ... think, well, this European authority, the commission, has received a gift from the American authorities, given that now every result they will get will be much better than the conclusions of the FTC."
There it is. Right there.
Can it tow? And if so, how much?
...wasn't this supposed to go out as a Bong article?
Surely the music from the Pimania game should be put forwards as the official theme? Remember that? From the other side of the cassette the game loaded from.
They don't write 'em like that any more...
They're building an antimatter beam.
Let's address the most important question first: Will we need to upgrade the mounting points on our sharks?
Well, she would say that, wouldn't she?
My first reaction to the news was: Oh, no more stories for young girls with the ponies replaced by fluffy dragons. But a quick look at the bookshelf was a pleasant reminder of what an entertaining and varied author she really was. Starting off with Restoree as a first novel was impressive all on its own. But then the Ship Who... and Crystal series really brought it home to me. While I may not be much of a Pern fan, she certainly knew how to tell a good tale. Get Off The Unicorn remains one of my favourite collections of short stories, serves as the source for several longer works and has one of the best tales about naming a book to boot...
And he's on form. Absolutely the best BofH instalment in, er, ages. Ages and ages...
...this might be interesting or exploitative. And I'm sure in any US-centric view-of-the-world context, it's both.
But there are many World Trade Centres across the globe and I'm sure one of them will be only to happy to pick up the .com name for a suitably large sum. My money would be on Dubai...
That the seller chooses to donate an undisclosed portion of the proceeds to charity? Who cares...
...unless you don't want to watch alone. A monitor can quite reasonably expect a sum total of one concurrent user.
A large panel TV using this optimisation for multiple viewers? Hmmm...