669 posts • joined Friday 25th July 2008 07:33 GMT
Re: Is it hoodie proof?
Forget that - I wonder if it can deal with:
* The hassles mums trying to shop with a hoard of whining kids.
* The shoppers who merrily abandon their trollies in the middle of the aisles in everyones way whilst they wander off to select the items they want from the other end of the row.
* The cages of new stock left by staff in the busiest of the aisles just to get in everyones way.
* The business type who just popped in for a few things, but hasn't the time to wrench the mobile away from his ear and so is trying to pick things off the shelf with the same hand that's holding their overflowing basket.
If it can please let me know the secret, 'cos I'm damn sure I can't deal with them most days.
Re: Large. Stupid.
*Maybe that was a different "Falco". Not really sure.
One would hope so, the Austrian musical one died in a car crash in 1998.
Then again given what happened to Bebo after the AOL purchase maybe the mix-up is understandable.
Nominet, however, is keen to bring in a new second level domains policy to "keep the namespace competitive alongside the introduction of over 1,000 new top level domains from 2014."
Or to put it another way:
Nominet, however, is keen to bring in a new second level domains policy to make sure that they get their cut from all the extra domains that companies will then have to buy up to stop cyber-squatting, click-jacking and deliberately placed brand confusion and phishing.
Re: And it's taken how long to notice this?
Sane people work to pay off the mortgage and to eat; earning more than you can possibly ever spend is not a sane goal even if there are a handful of examples of people who have done it.
The trick isn't earning more than you can spend, it's the much more difficult goal of earning more than your spouse and children can spend too...
Re: It's TV
Just stop calling it (and associated crap like Big Brother) "reality" TV. Or at least insert the words "nightmare alternate" in front.
Reality TV should be reserved for shows about real people doing real jobs, in the fly-on-the-wall reporting style, and where they're doing jobs that are at least vaguely interesting. Things like Ice Road Truckers, that Eddie Stobart show on C5 and the few there have been lately on BBC2 about the railways and underground. All quite watchable (if not exactly mentally taxing) but none (or few) of the made-up primadonnas that the TOWIE-style drivel seem to excel at.
But then I guess in this modern-day celebrity-obsessed, look-at-me social media culture, having stuff to watch that maybe needs a bit of an attention span could be too much to ask.
Re: The dog in the nightime
Would anyone else know who he is?
His profile isn't exactly that high.
Re: Not News
You got the wrong book - the one you want is "Spying on Dummies".
Re: So wait
And does it work the other way around?
Can we object to dodgy ads being placed beside regular facebook updates too?
"We are no longer in the Cold War."
Should we be worried here that Merkel implies that it would have been acceptable back then? Or did no-one tell her that Germany re-unified?
And of course there'd be no need to bug the UK anyway, as we seem to do as we're told by them and believe everything they tell us. Or at least our lords and masters do.
How long ago?
Umm, hasn't Skydrive been around for a few years now? Why has it taken Murdoch's mob so long to get their faces out from other peoples voicemail boxes long enough to notice? It's hardly a small and unadvertised service.
This is one of those fights that you don't know who to back though, isn't it.
Re: An idea for the new name
Works for me.
Sounds better than TSFKAS anyway (the storage formerly known as Skydrive) anyway.
Re: Fraud against Mitt Romney?
Quite - after all he could have just said to go ahead and publish 'em, that he'd nothing to hide...
Forget the Death Star, I'm sure that'd be a Kickstarter project that Obama would have pledged a few dollars towards funding.
Re: Terminator *5*??
Why do I keep reading this as Terminal 5?
That said given what a mess Heathrow made of that (as anyone who's flown through it can attest) perhaps it's appropriate after all.
I dunno, we're even rebooting comments now? (the very first and most popular one).
Says it all really I guess...
Reboot reboot sequel reboot
How about something new and original like, well, a new and original idea, script and story?
It's all getting tiresome, especially when the original movie was designed as a one-off with a complete story sequence and ending, but is then a surprise hit and so the whole lot gets mangled to get a series out of it (looking at you here PotC). And how the hell can there be Independence Day 2?
And Arnie as a rebooted Terminator? From those photos, it's more a complete overhaul that'd be needed.
Indeed, although then in fairness we'd need one for Opportunity and Spirit as well.
Didn't they announce something almost identical a few weeks back?
They've been so close now for so long it's starting to sound like tantric sex.
Re: Let me get this right...
And on my Win7 boxes and laptops, I just click the little icon that's conveniently placed on the taskbar, which features all sorts of other convenient icons for other tools that I often use plus useful stuff like a clock.
Or is that too archaic and old-fashioned in the modern touch environment? Too much like actually pushing a button to start something? Oops, shouldn't mention start and button in the same sentence around here :)
Re: If car manufacturers were to do the same...
And for further global compatibility, occasionally put the whole lot plus steering wheel on the left hand side of the vehicle.
And as one is a foot-based interface and the other is hand-based, there is of course no need to have the two co-ordinated and sharing resources by being on the same side of the car.
Re: Apropos of nothing..
I obviously lived in a bigger town, ours was 4-digits.
Strange to thing that when I was a teenager there wasn't internet, www, facebook, twitter, "proper" mobile phones (ones that weren't the size and weight of bricks with even less battery life than a modern smartphone) or indeed that much of a computer ecosystem at all (but the '64 and the Speccie were still fun).
My kids still don't believe me when I tell them that (given I basically make microchips for a living, and I'm only going grey due to aforesaid kids rather than too-advanced age).
Re: Advertising Video
OK, so I now have a mental image of Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse selling Win8 that just "suits you sir...".
Bugger, now I'm gonna have that catchphrase in my brain all bloody day.
<--- Mine's the jacket with matching trousers and waistcoat.
Re: BYOD friendly?
Now why didn't someone like Blackberry/RIM think to offer something like this?
So between the gestures, the face-tracking and the eyeball focus monitoring, soon we're supposed to look like epileptic spies? Combine it with a bluetooth headset so we look like we're also talking to ourselves and you have the full set.
Not so long ago appearing like that would have you carted off to the loony bin. Hmm, I guess if you were daft enough to use such a feature then it'd probably be an appropriate response anyway.
<--- Mine's the one without straps on the arms, at least for now.
Asking what customers want and building it leads to design-by-committee and the Homer Simpson Car.
Or the Ford Edsel, to give the more real-world example on which Homer's was based.
All perfectly true and quite potentially disasterous. But doing the exact opposite, telling your customers what they want and ignoring how they respond to it is equally risky, as MS have found out.
Proper market research and beta-testing/previewing should of course avoid either extreme case. Unfortunately for them (and us) that doesn't seem to be what's happened this time.
Sounds like a job for the SPB. At least when they've finished chasing around trying to find where LOHAN ended up this time...
Re: WTF are 'Windows Store apps for Office'...?
When did OneNote become a core application of Office too? I always thought the 4 were Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook (with the latter optionally replaced by Access, depending on your needs)?
Was it just when it was found to be the lowest hanging fruit, being the simplest to convert to a touch environment?
"Should we call that a PC? Should we call it a tablet?"
Fundamentally there's a problem - we shouldn't care what we call the damn thing. We just want something that we can use to achieve our tasks, be they email, web surfing, social media, watching tv/movies or work.
Just give us the tools to do that, and an overall operating system that lets us use those tools without getting in the way...
Re: At last, something epic
@stanimir - you sir owe me the remainder of todays work that I'm now not going to be able to concentrate on with that mental image and soundtrack in my head :) So all in all about 3 cents worth ;)
*wanders off humming Yakety Sax*
Re: @ JoshOvki
Nice to know I'm not the only one who had that mental image.
Just picture the scared and wounded MacBook surrounded and in a corner, snarling at the circling Geniuses and trying to avoid their nets and pointy sticks.
Then it's bagged, crated and rushed off to a hidden warehouse somewhere where its very existence can be plausibly denied.
Try, try and try again
"Competitors are only now launching first generation devices, while we are already launching a 3rd generation device with all the insight gained from over half a million customers combined with Sony's wealth of technology expertise to create the best ever smartwatch experience," said Stefan Persson, head of companion products at Sony Mobile.
Or in other words there must be money in this as others are now trying it, so we're going to have yet another crack at it after cocking it up twice before. Let's just ignore the half-million punters who got burned with those failures and hope that they don't hold it against us.
Re: Windows 8.1
So start appears at the end.
How very Microsoft...
Plus it's the fact that your basic £250 PC/laptop/whateverbook is now powerful enough to do everything 99% of users want, so unless they break the thing or it wears out then there's no need to update it.
Hence why we now get told that the machine can (for example) edit HD video. Now I'm sure that's not something that most people would wish to do, given how long such things take to upload to YouTube etc. Most people are happy just to watch them, plus surf the net, do email and maybe a few games, most of which will quite happily go on a 2-3 year old machine, or on a new budget one.
Was looking earlier with a colleague at a new laptop he was going to replace a failed desktop machine with. £250 for something that will do everything needed.
Yes you can pay more (thank you Intel), but unless you're a road warrior lugging the thing about, who needs excessively thin and light when it'll just sit on a desk most of the time, and by being bigger and chunkier it can have all sorts of archaic but useful things on it like a DVD drive, ethernet and a nice handful of USB or similar.
Re: Would it have been better for the mail...
So does Derren Brown, although these days he's become a bit too well known to do it "properly" (suffering from Ali G syndrome).
And then of course there's also longer-standing seekers of the real truth, like James Randi. Also a former magician, sits quite nicely between Brown and Houdini.
After all that, how about something similar for BBC Parliament?
Can't be them - the V2 worked and was quite effective and deadly...
Just prey that the document doesn't say "The ICBM project failed, but on the bright side we just discovered a huge new oil reserve". Then we'd all be screwed.
Re: phuzz Er...
More likely the Word 97 document they found would read "It didn't work and went bang. Pretend it was a firework display to honour our glorious leader".
One can't help but think of this as the little boy teasing the tiger. OK an old and fairly toothless starved tiger, but those can sometimes be the most lethal when cornered.
- It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources
- Pic NASA Mars tank Curiosity rolls on old WET PATCH, sighs, sniffs for life signs
- How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job
- Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps
- Microsoft: Don't listen to 4chan ... especially the bit about bricking Xbox Ones