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Better to check whether you can sell it after you bought it.
Re: alongside the wizards and dragons
I don't know what you're smoking son, but I'll buy an ounce.
Re: Dear Matt,
"The graphics and space scenes in it were all rendered on banks of Amigas for example."
Ah, that myth.
No, Babylon 5 was not rendered using Amigas and video toasters. The Babylon 5 pilot movie was, and then they went to Pentium PCs, DEC Alpha workstations, a handful of Macs and some SGI equipment.
"There were all those home PCs like Spectrums and Commodores."
Which were okay as toys, but the only computer with any oomph even back then was the old IBM/PC compatible.
Thing is, Sean there was on about choice. Exactly what in, I'm not sure, as the modern wave of things such as the Beagle Board, Raspberry Pi, the forthcoming Via APC, the venerable Arduino, the Ouya games console and various other platforms seems to mean far more choice than back in the 80s, where a home computer had to be made by either Sinclair or Commodore, and business machines had to be either made by IBM or compatible with IBM plus Microsoft. Certainly more than the 90s, where the IBM/PC compatible got proper sound and graphics cards, came down (ish) in price and proceeded to wipe the floor with just about every other home computer format that wasn't a games console.
Re: Dear Matt,
"I had more choice and freedom in operating systems in the 1980s and 1990s."
No you didn't. Even by the 80s, Microsoft DOS was the one single OS that mattered.. though you could use the mostly-perhaps-maybe-compatible DR DOS if you liked. Amigas, when they becamne available, were for playing games and occasionally making techno music in Modtracker or something. Your choice for big computer OSes was Unix, Unix or Unix, with that Linux thing not even written until 1991.
Sure, you had various odd manufacturers with odd operating systems and odd hardware. You still get that now. In fact I'd say you have radically more freedom now than at any time since Microsoft first got the contract to buy someone else's OS for a computer system that would become the defacto standard microcomputer.
Just got to keep the momentum up and make sure the bastards at Redmond don't do to mobile what they did to home and business machines.
Speak for yourself. I found myself more confused than impressed by two-finger scrolling, especially when it goes off when you don't want it to.
That said I like to turn most of the "clever" off in software anyway. Mouse taps are what mouse buttons are for, FFS. The whole pad does not need to be a button!
Re: Turning a profit in colorado
For the same reason that beer brewers make money in the presence of legal hops, barley and yeast. Some people would rather pay someone else to grow a warehouse full of plants so stinky you can chew the atmosphere around them.
Re: adequate but unexciting software
Adequate but unexciting is what I want. I do not want to turn my computer on and go "woah, holy shit! What have they done THIS time?"
It doesn't matter if WIndows 8 is faster, leaner or meaner under the hood. My desktop is not a phone. They've given birth to a supermodel, then taken it out back and smashed its face in with a brick. If I want TIFKAM, I'll buy an Xbox. You know, a toy.
Until then, that abomination sits in a VM jail where it belongs and gets used so that I can say I've used it. Everything else uses a halfway-sane desktop interface.
Re: Need to Wize up
No, I've nothing to contribute to the conversation either.
So does this mean that the people loving all over the walled garden as being somehow immune to malware get a free cup of shut the fuck up?
Or is it not malware if the developers say it's not malware? I bet that argument went really well for Sony, and all that did was rootkit you in private, not try to out you for something you didn't do.
Re: Digital babelfish, how I miss you
Your problem is that a language is more than just words, and words is all a computer sees. Sometimes there is no direct translation and one word becomes twisted into a partial sentence in an attempt to convey the same meaning. See the German "schadenfruede", which translated to English is.. errr.. "schadenfruede".
Then you add homonyms, synonyms and odd dialects of the same language, and what you have is a recipe for a programmer's nightmare. Multiply that by the number of languages in the world, and you can see the scale of the problem.
Or just pump the phrase of your choice into here and have fun with the problem instead. Yes, yes I was looking for an excuse to post that link.
Re: limiting choice
"Android and tweaking your car with underbody lights and flared wheel arches - some would argue they want the 'choice' to do it but 99.5% of people don't..."
I find that ironic considering some of the rather garish iThing covers that are routinely spotted on the buses.
As for why you'd reconfigure the home screen.. well a grid of icons might be good for you. For me though, I rather like something a bit more useful for a phone.
Or even a tablet.
The lock screen clock looks pretty sweet too, with the 3D rotating live wallpaper of an EVE ship in the background, but frankly I can't be arsed screencapping it and blurring my owner details out at gone 3am. You'll just have to take my word on that one.
Maybe a difference between tablet and phone? I've noticed ICS/JB on phones doesn't have that annoying permabar, for one.
A moot point anyway, but still worth a giggle for a company that praises itself so highly on its design skills.
Re: Crapy decision ...
"I don't mind working without a camera, but wireless... Really?"
Seriously? Wifi issues in 2012?
Maybe one of these years will be the Year of Windows On The Desktop. Until then, it's plainly not ready for prime time.
(sorry, couldn't resist).
Or did they remove it because it breaks the page layout on every single available browser for Android?
Re: M Gale == Idiot.
Well gee, I never knew that.
Sarcasm mode off, I know the difference between the Linux kernel and Android. It's the same difference between the Linux kernel and a JVM. One might come with the other, but they are not the same. You might as well say that a web site is a Linux because there's Linux and Apache (and, yes, the rest of the GNU stuff) under there somewhere.
Or just call me an idiot. Easy when you're hiding behind a mask.
Re: "If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won" : Linus Torvalds
To use an analogy (and yes, analogies are inherently shit): Android is Linux like a pizza is a motorbike.
One might be delivered with the other, but they are most certainly not the same.
Re: @M Gale
These days, so does Microsoft.
In fact, Android is looking less toy-like than Windows 8 right now, which is a bit perverse.
Re: @M Gayle
"Guessing you just blindly type into text boxes without looking at what else is on the screen? The option to sign in with a local account is on the same page as the one asking for your Microsoft account."
I expect set-up options to be obvious, not hidden in an Apple-apology style. This isn't Slackware Linux; it's supposed to be easy.
"That said, how is this different to requiring a Google/Gmail account on Android, or an Apple ID on the iPhone?"
Because they are toys, and I'm trying to set up a computer? Let's not forget that you don't need a Google account to use Android. You can install apps from all over the place, and the Google account is for Google services like the Play store.
Microsoft trying to turn computers into toys is half the problem. If I wanted an Xbox, I'd buy an Xbox. Happy that it's hidden away in a VM jail though. I don't think I could stand Metro for doing anything other than selecting which variant of Angry Birds I want to play, and even then I fail to see how it's better than the Frequently Used section of Win7's start menu, or attaching an icon to the desktop.
Still, at least poking around in the settings has found the Local Account options. Microsoft plainly wants to harvest a shitload of email addresses and personal details, and I trust them even less than I trust Google with that, frankly.
Have you tried setting Windows 8 up?
No such option available. Or if it is, it's hidden. I'm just glad it's in a VM and I wasn't stupid enough to replace the host OS with it.
"Do you need an Office 365 account to access your own computer?
I thought you only needed it to access Office 365, which is running on their computers."
Windows "we need to know your name, postcode, phone number and two valid email addresses to give you access to your own computer you bitches" 8.
Can already view Office documents, thanks all the same.
As for Office 365, that can take a run and flying jump along with Windows "we need to know your name, postcode, phone number and two valid email addresses to give you access to your own computer you bitches" 8.
Have you looked at a Note 10.1 yet? I don't see iThings with proper stylus control, and you'd have to be a dipstick to confuse Android with iOS.
Nice trick. Hardly groundbreaking, I've worked in places where the colour of labels is scanned by dedicated colour-detection "cameras". Put in quotes because the only output from these devices is not an image but a value for "is what is in front of me the correct preprogrammed colour value(s)?"
For a one-geek-and-some-tools trick though, it's pretty awesome. A challenge to others to see if they can do it better, perhaps!
There are already several Android apps that locate free wifi hotspots already?
Nice of Microsoft to play catch-up.
Re: Peltier cooling
Unfortunately all that does is makes the heatsink even hotter as the heat is actively dragged from the CPU. Not much good for thin and light designs, because while the CPU might be running at negative-degrees celcius, the heatsink would be rapidly melting a hole in the chassis.
Now heatpipes on the other hand, they can help. Even if only to spread the radiators around the inside of the chassis to distribute and diffuse that nasty hotspot.
One of these days I'll have to buy a new monitor. Until then, this AOC 9GlrA from last millennium seems to be still working rather nicely. 1280x1024@75hz is more than lovely enough for me, with the option of 1600x1200 and a quite scary (and horribly interlaced) 2048x1536 possible if you give it some persuasion.
Just hope if and when I buy a replacement, it lasts at least as long as this workhorse has.
Re: better known as
Minerals, resources, and experiments with dodgy ethical implications that revolve around transporter technology?
Re: Surely Nokia is also to blame.
"They get royalties from Android"
Watch OS X (or XI?) drop to sub-Linux levels of marketshare as people discover they can no longer run Windows in bootcamp, or if they can, it's in an emulator and running rather slowly compared to a Core i-something.
I don't think Apple is going to drop x86/64. Not unless Microsoft is going full ReTard too.
Maybe an x64-almost-compatible-but-only-in-Apple-gear processor?
Odd tablet behaviours?
Transformer Prime TF201. Default Android browser.
In landscape mode, the thing scales to hide the ruling link.
Portrait mode, it tries to scale but fails to hide anything.
Either way around, the layout is broken and the iPad Mini hides under the lower product images.
In Chrome? Landscape mode scales, doesn't have a broken layout. In portrait mode.. WOAH, that is one very thin iPad Mini. Again, doesn't stretch enough to hide the judgement link.
Firefox? Landscape mode OK, scales to hide. Portrait mode, hides part of the iThing under the product images again.
Aurora, as Firefox.
Opera Mobile, as Firefox.
You'd think Apple would have heard of JQuery? Or is there that much of a Not Invented Here culture at that corporation? Is that why they wanted two damned weeks to do what should have taken about two minutes if they weren't dead set on being as dangerously close to contempt of court as possible?
Re: Android "free"???
It's different because you can get your various apps and items from GetJar, Amazon, AndAppStore, Opera, Mozilla, Handango, OnlyAndroid, Insyde Market...
Well, that's just a couple of minutes of searching. I'm sure you can find more.
Lack of coffee. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.
"the latest Android devices can complete with Apple's flagship in usability and style, not to mention costing almost as much."
Anybody who thinks that Reg commentards only aim sly digs at Apple, please witness the above quote.
The Register: Biting the hand that feeds IT.
ISS passes directly above the Bristol Channel, over London and on out past the Thames Estuary on a good pass. You should be able to see it low in the sky from there.
Also the SatTrack app from Android that takes the Heavens Above feed and adds a few rather useful extra functions to it.
Also it's not much, but a half-decent reflector telescope and some luck gave me this blurry picture.
Hopefully will get a better one some time with the 100x eyepiece, if I can keep the damn thing steady enough. Try locking onto that thing with a scope and you can tell it's doing every one of those 17,000 miles per hour.
Re: "If it's instant out of a tin or machine, walk ;)"
If it's good instant, I doubt you'll tell the difference.
Personally, unless I'm working for some multi-megabucks-huge corp, I wouldn't expect much more than a tin of Carte Noire or Nescafe. That and if it's a cafetiere, you don't know if it's been cleaned properly. Enjoy those stale grounds.