217 posts • joined Friday 15th August 2008 19:44 GMT
Unlock it and we'll talk.
I wouldn't mind having one if I could load Android on it. As long as it's running Windows RT it's useless. Even the Microsoft faithful aren't buying this dud. Let's face it: Windows 8, in all of its incarnations, is an unmitigated failure. Let's hope that Microsoft keeps pushing and pushing this fail until it's too late for them to reverse course.
"fell down" ?
"The system periodically fell down whenever too many partners were using it"
Of course it did. They were probably running it on Windows.
Not much changes.
So ... whereas before, Best Buy was a crappy store where annoying salespeople would showcase broken Microsoft products, now, Best Buy will be a crappy store where annoying salespeople will showcase broken Microsoft products with official store branding.
This is a ridiculously self-indulgent design
Seriously, now the designers are just asking themselves "how can we make our design as ridiculously self-indulgent as possible?" This design smacks of engineers trying to do "we're Apple and we're so cutting edge cool and over the top" but it's really obvious that it lacks the classy touch of Steve Jobs.
Hats off to you, sir. Your understanding of the meaning and purpose of the US Constitution is clearer than that of most people who actually live here.
Kaspersky, a company whose sole source of revenue is band-aids for shoddy Microsoft products, has been paid by Microsoft to distribute fearmongering about a platform that is rapidly eating into Microsoft's market share.
They may have even been paid by Microsoft to develop and distribute the trojan itself.
If Apple wants to delight their users...
If Apple wants to delight their users ... they'll announce that they're switching back to Google Maps.
Windows will always be a Petri dish
Windows will always be a Petri dish. If they can't fix their swiss cheese security model in almost 30 years they're not going to do it now.
Thank goodness the world is finally starting to move on. Linux and Android for the win. Apple for the overpriced win, but still a win for ditching Microsoft. It's about time.
The best Windows is NO Windows
Interesting that Micro$oft is doing a *slight* backpedal on the Start button/menu issue -- not enough, but at least a little bit. But it doesn't matter.
The best Windows for business is NO Windows at all. We have truly entered the era of "Network Computing" that was touted by forward-looking technologists in the late 1990's, but ridiculed by Windows-centric pointy haired types. Although the name has changed (now it's called "Post-PC Era") the concept is the same.
Any business type who continues to put Windows on the desktop is spending too much. We old geezers who remember the days of a *terminal* on every desktop also remember how easy it was to support.
Re: RE: no BigLITTLE
"You only need that concept when you 're power management of the "big" core is not up to snuff."
Not true. One of the most popular ARM SoC's, the nVidia Tegra4, uses a 4+1 core design. The "baby core" is used for idle time, including when there's nothing going on other than video being played.
Still Metro, still unwanted.
This is what Microsoft *failing* to have a "New Coke Moment" looks like. They refuse to simply back off and admit that users DO NOT WANT a badly done tablet-like interface on a desktop computer.
Metro needs to go away completely, or at least be placed a couple of deliberate mouse clicks away.
MPEG is a patent cartel
Technology aside, MPEG is a patent cartel that impedes, not promotes, the progress of digital video.
As long as it's Android, it'll sell.
I look forward to seeing Android devices from Lenovo. If they are running Android and have the same look and feel of Lenovo laptops (meaning: IBM ThinkPad style) they will do well.
If they do something INCREDIBLY STUPID (meaning: Windows Phone) they will flop.
(Hey, did you know that "flop" and "Elop" rhyme? Windows Phone == guaranteed fail, every time.)
Whiny teenage drama queens
No not the actual teenagers, we expect that; I'm talking about the adults. Every single one of them is a whiny teenage drama queen. There's something about Facebook that brings out the worst in people. Let's hope Facebook's decline into irrelevance happens quickly.
Where this needs to go next
The end game here is for a device like this to be built into every decent screen (both "televisions" and "computer monitors") as standard equipment.
It will be: "Here's your nice 24" LED-backlit monitor, and it's got a DVI input on the back so you can connect your PC to it ... or leave out the PC if you want to, it's got an Android chip so if you want, just plug your mouse and keyboard straight into it"
In a couple of years, there will be quite a few consumers who, faced with a $150 bill from the "we're the local computer shop and we can remove viruses for you" again, may simply say "forget it, I'll just use the Android built into the monitor, it never breaks"
And of course us geeks will simply have the one server in the garden shed running remote desktops and all of our other "computers" will be screens with Android chips or sticks in them. Network Computing is here! It just arrived 20 years after they wanted it to :)
Linux and ARM for the win
As desktop computers continue to disappear from the home in favor of wireless laptops and tablets, there is an increasing need for that one little machine sitting in the background as a file server, media server, etc.
Mine still sits in a rack, but that rack is a relic of a bygone era, when geeks like us had "one of everything" in the basement because there were a zillion different operating systems and no virtualization. In my next home I may just get one of these little servers and bolt it to the wall.
Windows is totally unnecessary for this (and every) task. Linux gets the job done, happily plodding along doing what it's asked, and then idling back down. That being the case, why bother with a "low and slow" Intel Atom when an equivalent ARM runs with lower power, faster speed, and runs the exact same Linux?
Re: 140 laptops on board?
We're talking about actual space station operations here, not recreational computers for the crew to play Angry Birds. Laptops are used for the onboard OPS LAN because laptops are designed to be small, lightweight, and have low power consumption. So yes, bolting a couple of laptops to the bulkhead is a *great* alternative to lugging a bunch of heavy, bulky, power-sucking rackmount machines into space.
What Google Must Do
Anyone listening in Mountain View? Here's a one step, sure-fire way to prevent Windoze 8 from ever succeeding.
A full Android runtime for Windoze. It should run *inside* of Windoze, right from the desktop.
With the entire Android ecosystem available on Windoze, no one will *ever* write a Metro app again.
Beg to differ
The most reliable machine to run Windows on is a VM on a computer primarily used to run Linux.
binders full of women?
These people ought to be rounded up and shot. This is the most ridiculous thing I've read all week.
Where's the IT angle?
I suppose we all need to eat, but what's this doing in a tech rag?
If only the electric company had the ability to run wires to each subscriber's home so they wouldn't have to deploy an insecure wireless network...
Did you really need the political commentary?
I was prepared to read something about audio quality but I stopped reading when you prefaced the article with a bunch of left wing political crap.
This is extortion, pure and simple. Microsoft is a huge bully and they need to be taken down.
You'd think that by now, car manufacturers would have started building little easels into the dashboards of cars, perhaps with a USB charge port on one end, so that we wouldn't have to use those ghastly windshield mount rigs anymore.
Mike Godwin told me...
Mike Godwin told me that it's ok to compare AGW alarmists to the Nazis. Al Gore is Hitler.
The one bug in Android that must be fixed...
The one bug in Android that *must* be fixed is the Microsoft Tax being levied upon many devices. Google needs to step up and demand that Microsoft show its hand. These patents are bogus and Microsoft knows it.
By the way, Mike Godwin told me that it's ok to say that Bill Gates is Hitler. It's true.
CO2 is not a pollutant
AGW (man made global warming) has been proven to be a hoax, and it's time for the politicans-masquerading-as-scientists to step down.
That having been said, it's worth pursuing a goal of sustainability from an available-supply perspective. In that case the obvious course is nuclear, nuclear, nuclear. We should be aggressively building nuclear plants until there is so much supply that we have a glut of cheap energy.
Did anyone suspect otherwise?
Did anyone suspect otherwise? This is really not news.
The Linux Operating System
Happy to see the Linux operating system being referred to simply as Linux, and not with the childish "GNU" prefix that the freetards insist on adding. Linux is awesome and it should be everywhere.
This is blatant extortion, pure and simple. Every single Microsoft employee should be left to rot in jail for the rest of their miserable lives.
Unless rack space is at a premium, customers would find more value in simply buying an ethernet switch and a fibre channel switch separately. And with fibre channel, switches are almost always deployed in pairs, so there is limited value to convergence.
This little switch might be just the thing for a remote node (say, a disaster recovery setup) in a distant colocation facility somewhere. One of these, a decent filer, and a box full of KVM or VMware blades, and you've got a data center in a can ready to handle your DR needs.
Still, with 10 Gbps Ethernet now affordable and NFS handily outperforming Fibre Channel (NetApp for the win!) I see little value in deploying dual media at this scale.
All this discussion about whether it's appropriate to use or not use a patented codec is irrelevant. The bottom line is that software patents are a form of extortion and should be illegal around the globe. End of discussion.
This isn't about eliminating annoying web pages from the Internet. At this point, that cannot be done. It's about removing a superfluous tag from the vernacular.
Fail == Fail
They can call it whatever they want. It's still Windows, it's still Microsoft, and it's still poor quality crap.
Windows Phone 8.1 on your PC
Meh. It's still a (really bad) Smartphone OS shoehorned onto a desktop PC. It's still a piece of garbage.
China is a problem
China is a problem all around. We should just nuke them.
De Icaza? The Microsoft employee?
No one has caused more trouble for open source than Miguel de Icaza. It is generally believed that he has been on the Microsoft payroll the whole time.
Before coming to VMware, Maritz worked for Microsoft. And it shows: after he took the reins at VMware they started implementing Microsoft-style suckage.
Nice to see that he's now going to implement that kind of suckage all over the company.
It's pretty simple. Why should they spend all of that money keeping Windows Phone 8 supported and upgraded when it's cheaper to simply pay for phone upgrades to both of the people who bought a WP8 device?
Fail == Fail
When the BOFH pushes "wipe device" he expects the mobe to self-destruct, anything less and the device will not be allowed on the network.
It seems that the true solution would be virtualization for Android (and perhaps some of the bit players such as Blackberry, iPhone and Windoze Phone). An entire virtual handset, with its own IMEI number, phone number, and operating system, running inside the "real" phone.
CO2 is not a pollutant
Man-made global warming is a hoax, has always been a hoax, and will always be a hoax. Anyone who claims to be a climate scientist is actually a politician. They're looking for an excuse to slap big taxes on energy.
vi or gtfo
There is only one editor and it is vi. The fact that you are even evaluating lesser editors is a big lose.
The proper course of action is to *always* side against Microsoft. They are pure evil.
Lipstick on a pig
Lipstick on a pig. 'nuff said.
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