1209 posts • joined Monday 23rd April 2007 13:12 GMT
" just patching it up and moving on."
Just like Windows, then.
They've had those in Ireland for years.
But the one you're most likely to hit is the one bringing your Christmas present.. :-(
Re: Quote "XP is like 13 years old. Get with the 21st Century."
" better locks, immobiliser and alarm"
Which it only needs because it is new! My 16-year old vehicle has a built-in anti-theft feature - it's not worth stealing. It also gets me about at minimal cost and when it becomes uneconomic to fix, I shall lavish another £500 on a replacement. In the meantime, I can enjoy a better class of refreshment when 'm not driving...
"They're fucking brilliant."
What - for being morally bankrupt? Better they were the other sort.
"they can only do 100 charge cycles before starting to lose performance"
That doesn't sound like an improvement to me.
" The move to a modern OS like Windows 8.1 will not only alleviate the risks for users and businesses but will also open up opportunities posed by modern technology, like the cloud"
You mean you can't access 'the cloud' on XP? Someone had better tell my computer, as it seems to be under the impression that Dropbox, Google Docs, Livedrive etc. are all working...
"the major radio industry players desperately want a unified standard"
Really? I thought they just wanted to sell more sets (and possibly batteries). People don't buy new radios very often, as they last so well, so the desperation probably has very little to with 'unified standards'. As for batteries, our only recent radio purchase (a £10 Lloytron) bought three years ago and in daily use, is still on its original two D-cells.
I might add that 50% usage is a very low bar. What about the 49% who either can't get or don't want DAB? How much of the licence fee can we withhold..?
I'd no idea Viglen was still going! I'm no fan of Lord S, but his WP machines (and the wonderful Locoscript) were bullet-proof. I also recently helped an old lady adapt to her new Windows laptop, after the final failure of her 25-year old twin-floppy Amstrad PC1512, which I got the distinct impression that she preferred. Mostly on the grounds of speed.
"virtually no bending"
No unpleasant bending, surely?
(you have to be a certain age..)
Nowhere near passing the Turing Test.
"even though Jeff wouldn't be interviewed for the book"
Is that a clue?
Even if HP doesn't do it, I think cost will be the problem. How much are McD currently paying for their toys, 2p?
Still using FF with Win2k on two old laptops. Mercifully free from nagware, too.
"Redmond would do well to leave the team alone"
But (in the tones of Alan Bennett) they won't, will they?
A 21" tablet? Blimey.
I am finding it hard to distinguish between the picture of Elop and a cat rewarded with a large saucer of cream.
He had to go - there was nothing left to sit on.
"hapless CEO Steve Ballmer"
Isn't he always?
Composites do seem to burn more easily than aluminium, but I suppose it's an improvement on the dope-covered fabric used on the Hindenberg...
"For years I used your browser because it WAS integrated.."
Same here. I'm using it to browse this, with around 20 other tabs open and over 50,000 emails in six mailboxes immediately accessible under one of them.
I shall miss it.
"We believed the hype"
From MS, who gave us "the wow is now"?
I've no sympathy at all.
"commissioned PwC to investigate the DMI failure"
Haven't they spent enough already? They won't learn anything they didn't know already!
"It's obvious that we have to make a change."
Who's this 'we'? Not the Goracle, whose own lifestyle must be responsible for a significant amount of CO2, even when he's resting (which hardly ever seems to happen).
So, a foodie competition is to be judged by a chemist and a bunch of poets? Sounds about right...
FWIW, smallbrainfield's recipe sounds pretty good, but our national culinary skills must be a bit lacking if competitions have to be run to discover how to make cheese on toast!
Since when was "architected" a word?
If metadata (e.g. exif) can be automatically stripped, how can you prove that it was ever there in the first place? There must be some mileage in a subtle watermarking program (or digital signature) that is harder to remove...
Re: What about flats
..or the 2-stroke motorcycle, the goddess from Warhammer, or the symbolic name for Jerusalem?
I keep telling my teenager that spelling is still important!
"the monitoring of power consumption ANYWHERE in the house where there's an ordinary mains socket"
Monitoring is not the same as controlling. For that you need a switch.
Also, power line communication is dirty and interferes with other sorts of communication. Scale it up to every household and it may even interfere with itself!
"Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts.."
How will we know?
"an idea overwhelmingly supported by all the companies planning to sell smart meters and RFID kit"
So who else was canvassed? Oh, I see...
As I recall, shortly before privatisation, BT offered to join up the whole county with fibre. In return, they wanted to distribute TV channels over it (the Web not yet having been invented) but Mrs T didn't like the idea of a nationalised industry doing something innovative and useful and so squashed the idea. We'd have had FO connections for decades otherwise, which rather negates the article...
91% to 38% brand recognition in a year. Is that a record..?
So how many hovercraft do they own - two?
"Starbucks, which sweats to ensure its coffee-like beverages taste exactly the same"
I suspect that most of the sweating is to do with making a similar beverage from the cheapest ingredients. Computers can't taste things yet, AFAIK.
Re: Not according to Beddington.
According to the Grauniad (and other warmology sites), the current cold is a result of the Arctic warming up. I'm not sure I follow this logic, but one flaw is that the Arctic is cooling quite rapidly at the moment, although I dare say it will warm by the summer and might even melt a bit. Like it usually does.
When "the climate is behaving normally" becomes newsworthy and is not a bar to research grants, we may get some sensible advice and policies...
Re: Tool-free? Stuff that.
I quite like thumbscrews (not that sort) for side panels, but the plastic pegs employed for drive bays are foul. No fine adjustment and far too breakable.
Slightly tangential, but I had the misfortune to replace a hard drive in an HP laptop where the base is one big plastic tub and everything is accessed via the top. This means removing the keyboard and both top panels to gain access, just so it can look smooth. What's with 'chiclet' keyboards, BTW? More style over content...
"Merlin rocket engine"
I remember when Merlin engines drove propellors...
Also, when did VTOL become VTVL?
"according to my observation"
You're mistaking mere evidence for computer-enhanced pronouncements from the Church of Climatology. Don't you know that software models trump empirical data these days?
You mean nonsense that undermines your currently held convictions?
(Huge) pot, meet (enormous) kettle...
"Microwave works in the rain"
I'm not sure mine does...
"You have old apps that only work on XP and/or you can't re-licence for a new OS."
Like some older (but perfectly usable) versions of Sage, for which the only upgrade path is to buy the whole thing again, at full price. Or use virtual XP (e.g. VMware).
If IE10 is the "final release", what will MS supply in future - Chrome?
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