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SKUs a PITA for testers
I'm currently system testing some software I've written. I'm the sole developer with limited resources but have to test on a minimum of Home Basic and the business editions of Vista (I'm assuming - perhaps incorrectly - that if it works on those two it will work on anything).
A separate netbook edition will just be another thing we have to test on AND will require a physical machine to test it. At least all the others can be created as VMs on the server for an RDP. And one extra thing to test might not sound like much but that's 50% more testing. In my case, three months rather than two.
Oh yeah that's right
Not quite right. This site is frequented by people who would rather hear about Science from the scientific community and use that information to form their own opinions rather than have politicians or TV tell us what Scientists are thinking and what we should believe.
Your assertion that there is such a thing as a "Scientific Consensus" suggests you get your science from the latter group. Can you provide us with the statistical breakdown from the survey used to draw this conclusion or are you just quoting the BBC/Guardian? I'd really be interested to see if because the media and politicians are constantly telling us about it but I've yet to see the survey.
Maybe it's top secret?
So in fact
So the conclusion appears to be not "they don't work" but, "they don't work any more than if you did them with a paper and pencil" which is the point of them, surely?
So the headline could factually read "Study shows brain training games work as well as paper-based excercised".
But that wouldn't grab many headlines now, would it?
Re: David Evans
Sorry David, completely different. This uses Windows Mobile standard edition. As mentioned in the review, it has no touch screen and you cannot create or edit office documents (well, you can with third party software - but not as standard).
The Xperia is a Windows Mobile Professional device which means it has a touch screen, a full version of Office Mobile (you can create and edit office docs) and is also quite a lot larger ad heavier with a significantly larger/higher-res screen.
The XPeria is aimed at road-warriors, this is aimed at people who want a phone-sized device that is also good for email.
Just a guess
To those wondering on what grounds they searched the house, might I suggest that a pot-head with a toddler who was completely unaware his infant had been playing with a phone, for some period of time, tends to arouse reasonable suspicion of neglect, if nothing else. I think it would be neglectful for them not to have had a look around to make sure the kid was safe.
After all, it must have been a fair few minutes between the first phone call, them trying to call back, turning up, they had been knocking (no answer), then they break in? You've got to be looking at the best part of 15mins and the guy was unaware of anything?
I know you like to see black helicopters around every corner but, come on!
So many things wrong
Firstly, the drug only seems to reduce the perception of noise. Surely this could result in someone listening to louder music for longer and so cause MORE physical damage.
Secondly, if you insist on going to one of these places - Grumpy old man mode engaged - then surely it is FOR the loud music, so why would you want to turn it down? If you don't want to listen to loud music, then why would you go to a place whose whole existence is based around aural assault.
And, as mentioned by many above, if you do HAVE to be exposed to loud music (as I was way back when I was keeping it real, living the dream, playing in a band to packed-out houses of as many as 10 people) then you just wear proper, musicians ear plugs (I like the etymotic research ones).
I'm used to solutions looking for a problem but these guys seem to have identified a non-existent problem and have then produced a solution that wouldn't work. Genius!
I'm glad AC and Ash are such memory masters. Unfortunately, those of us with merely human brains do struggle. I have around 20 passwords to remember at any one time. On average they have to be minimum 8 chars with mixed case and either a number or special character. However, Admin passwords are a minimum 12 chars with mixed case, numbers AND special chars.
And all of these have to be changed every 28 days with no repeats within that last 13 months and no words from a standard dictionary. Just coming up with new passwords every month is an exercise - never mind remembering the damn things.
To ensure I don't just end up using Mond@y1234 and such, I use a strong password generator to create "random" passwords within set parameters and these are then stored in a 256-bit AES encrypted database. All I have to do is decrypt the necessary password and then copy and paste it into the field.
Why the desert
I would have thought they could save a shit load of power (and money) by not building their data-centres in the middle of deserts where they require massive amounts of cooling. Move them to a more temperate climate and then harvest the waste-heat from the hardware using a heat-exchanger to augment the power supply.
Control my Arse
The users will have to pry control over what machines we use and how they are used out my cold dead hands.
There is one choice of desktop (with larger monitors for IT, Accounts and Managers) and one laptop. And it needs a damn good business case to get a laptop. Then, the laptop is locked down completely, hardware encrypted and can be remote wiped. Laptops are for business use only. No personal web browsing (internet access is locked down outside work hours without a business case and, in any case, is monitored) no games, no apps, no printing etc. Desktops are also completely locked down. Nothing can get on or off without IT intervention and an approved change request signed off by two suitably senior persons.
This has nothing to do with users being morons (though often they are) or any of the usual IT control-freak mindset. We have auditors. Auditors will have my testicles in a jar if I can't tell them exactly where all of the company data is at any moment in time. If a senior manager wishes to try and pull rank to get themselves something shiny they can explain their reasoning to the head of comliance and I've yet to meet anyone with balls bigger than hers!
The trust are talking crap
None of this adds up to a problem with Microsoft. It all adds up to a problem with management not having a clue what they are doing. For a start, despite comments from the usual Mac and Linux retards above, Operating Theatre PC's running windows are not running anything important. They don't run life support systems or any of that crap so the PC's rebooting would have been a minor inconvenience, not life threatening.
Secondly, why were the PC's all left to update themselves? There is no good reason for 90% of these PCs to be on the Internet in the first place and, in any case, it's appalling bad management to let them update themselves. Updates should be being pushed out from a central location in a controlled manner and at a specified time. Even then, it can be configured so that the user is ASKED if they want to reboot now or later.
And lastly, as pointed out above, the patches were released in October but update wasn't turned off until December. So, someone, somewhere, is telling big fat lies to cover their arse..
So this is a case of management not knowing Jack Shit and making crap up to cover themselves. The Linux and Mac retards who clearly didn't bother reading the article before hitting the button they have set up to post "Ha ha, Windows failed, Linux/Mac rules" can all crawl back under their rocks now.
NHS in huge management fuck-up is hardly a news story is it?
Sympathy? Are you Kidding?
If it weren't for the fact that it was all a con, this guy would have quite happily taken part in a huge fraud to net himself money. It's only his and his families stupidity that is preventing this guy from being a criminal himself and facing jail time. He should be thankful!
Now THIS will be the future
Imagine a set-top box with built-in PVR and Internet connection that can either stream or download a High def film from the web. Forget your DVD, blu-ray or anything else. It's really all you need.
Can I add one of these to my Amazon wish-list for my birthday? Please?
Of course, other reasons for "Increased losses" (as they so wonderfully put it) could include increases in population, increase in the population density within areas prone to cyclones/severe weather, increased development etc. etc.
Of course losses are going to increase if there is more to lose. Unless they can show that they have statistically removed increased development and population from their figures then they are meaningless. But that would, of course, involve producing an actual report rather than a press-release so perhaps best not to hold my breath.
Much as people like to think that everything should be offered to them for free, this crap does actually need funding to continue (and there is actually some useful stuff on YouTube. Not much, but some). This seems like quite an unobtrusive way of going about it.
My only criticism would be the comparison with AdSense. AdSense works by (hopefully) generating click-throughs and, ultimately, sales. I don't see anyway of generating useful click-throughs with this system - other than embedding URL-ified images within the video - but that kind of defeats the whole "unobtrusive" bit and would piss people off.
But if I search YouTube for a vid on how to upgrade the memory on, say, a Sony Vaio laptop, and that video happens to contain official Sony product placement - even though it's a home-grown video - I can't see why I would care. I'm still getting a video that shows me how to do the upgrade and I'm still not paying for it.
How is this news
The only new thing here is the use of Google Street View. Missing Persons Search Teams (and yes, I work in one) have been using triangulation data provided by mobile telcos for years now. Normally we would either look it up on a map or (more often than not) we'd have local knowlege of the area and would have a fair idea where the signal was coming from.
The only new thing is that, rather than phone their colleagues in the local area and say "we keep getting a signal from this area. What's the most likely?" they wasted time on Google Street View. How is that clever?
Incidentally, the triangulation thing works well in most areas but is pretty useless by the coast. Obviously, if you don't have masts roughly either side of the signal it's pretty near impossible to triangulate.
So, if you do want to kidnap someone and the ARE determined to use a mobile phone whilst doing it, stick to the coast. They'll never find you!
Why no kids
I have no idea what the deal is in the US but why has he not seen his kids in months? Over here he would have access rights (unless he had done something particularly bad). It seems like two separate issues. Him giving her a kidney has nothing to do with her having an affair and walking out on her marriage. Some people are just unpleasant - donated Kidney or not.
But to take his kids away and not give him access, unless there is some unreported reason, is pretty disgraceful. I'm not sure trying to get 1.5M for the Kidney is the answer though.
It's kind of like making the argument that a shit-hot laptop is cheaper than an Eee PC because, in order to get an Eee PC up to the spec of a shit-hot laptop, you'd need to buy a better screen, keyboard, more memory, bigger hard drive, graphics etc. etc.
It's a valid argument, but only for people who want or need a shit-hot laptop, If all you need is the functionality offered by an Eee PC, it's cheaper. The same goes for the consoles. If all you want to do is play games, get the cheapest one that has the games you want to play. If you want to surf the web, play HD video, stream music, toast bread, spy on your neighbours etc then the whole cost thing gets rather more muddied.
However, Microsoft's recent sales figures suggest their £129 headline price is working rather well at persuading people to make an impulse purchase!
Until you read the detail. In order for a device to get its power from the mat it needs to be in a special jacket. Each jacket has to be made specifically for each device.
So, rather than having nice, cheap, small, mini-usb charger for everything as I do now and that can be charged at home, at work, in the car, on holiday, from a PC, from a laptop etc. this system would require me to buy at least one mat, spend $30 on a jacket for every device I want to charge (assuming they make jackets for all my devices) and then I can only charge them where I have both a mat, the device and the requisite jacket with me.
Where is the advantage to this system?
I'm sure there probably are a few people, with major disabilities, who find plugging a mini-usb cable into the bottom of a device to charge it up a real chore. For everyone else, the charge mat seems like more hassle and a LOT more expensive.
So I just need to change my job title from "Software Engineer" to "Systems Programmer" and I change my job prospects from dire to "Money Printing Press".
What a complete load of old bollocks that survey was!
I was a bit disappointed by this. When it said "Click Free" I was imagining a system that basically mirrored your disk activity. My mind quickly raced through the possibly ways of doing this and decided that software on the drive was probably going to take a copy of any file you opened, downloaded, or copied onto the machine and then update that file whenever the PC did.
I.E. that it would be entirely click-free and work like an air-bag - you don't know it's there until you have an accident.
Other than the software being on the device, I don't see the advantage of this over and above something like Acronis. I have Acronis shceduled to take incremental backups once a week. After setup, I have no interaction with it. So how is that different to this that, from your description, still requires me to set it up and still only runs once a week.
Automated external file mirroring for documents and photos would be really click-free. This is just an expensive package deal for very little storage space.
Reminds me of a routine Dara O'Brien did in this years tour concerning Alternative Medicine. "People say to me 'But some of these things have been around for thousands of years so there must be something in it' and that's true. We tested them. The ones that worked became "Science" and the rest are called 'soup'".
Why is this not compulsory already
I've always wondered why, in a country with a national speed limit of 70mph, it is not compulsory to have speed limiters fitted to limit all cars to 70mph. I mean, what justification is there for allowing the car to exceed the speed limit?
I know people come up with all sorts of idiotic excuses like "what if I was overtaking and needed to go faster than 70?" but that is just the same retarded excuse the woman at the end of this piece gives. There are shit drivers who can't be relied upon not to drive responsibly so we should allow them to drive at ludicrous speeds. WTF? If you can't see far enough ahead to overtake safely within the speed limit, don't overtake. If the car in front is doing nearly 70 anyway, why do you want to overtake them.
There just is no excuse that doesn't amount to "but what if I do something really stupid and need to break the law to get away with it". There are fucking idiots all over the place. The answer is not to let them drive. Not to let them drive at ludicrous speeds. It's like the excuses 30 years ago, before seatbelts were introduced. People would say "But what if I have an accident and get trapped in a burning car?". Nobody takes such arguments seriously today because it is accepted that seatbelts save thousands of lives a year. Yes, there may be a very rare instance when someone does get trapped but this is far outweighed by the greater good.
Speed limiters WILL come in and, 20 years later, everyone will wonder a) what all the fuss was about and b) how people managed to keep a straight face when making arguments against it.
People can sit there and argue until they are blue in the face that cars today can travel safely at high speed, that they are great drivers, that 70mph is an arbitrary limit. All of that MAY be true but, unless you expect everyone to sit a test in which THEIR speed limit in a particular car is determined then there needs to be an arbitrary limit. At the moment it's 70 so why have cars that can drive faster?
What happens to the Visual Voicemail
Can anyone confirm what happens to the Visual Voice Mail service when the handset is used with "unofficial" operators? When the first iPhone was launched Apple used the excuse that they were restricting the networks that launched the iPhone because the Visual Voicemail system would only work if the network had the infrastructure in place and they weren't able to get that infrastructure in place for all networks.
So, if you buy an iPhone from O2 and then unlock it to work with Vodaphone, do you lose visual voicemail?
I'll leave the matter of who gives a crap to another day. Not that it would take that long.
Re: Seems unique to me
I am using Resco keyboard on Windows Mobile which, with the exception of the multi-touch part (WM doesn't support Multi-Touch) is EXACTLY this patent. It's an on-screen keyboard but swiping anywhere on the keyboard counts as a gesture and the action performed can be customised in the settings including space, delete, return etc. (though, annoyingly, not full-stop). I agree that the graffiti thing is "a bit" different, but this system exists exactly elsewhere.
But it's a pointless argument. Apple have, for years, adopted a business model whereby they produce products that are a refinement of existing technology and then, when sued for infringement, either buy the other company or settle out of court. It's a business model that I've always considered bizarrely high-risk but it means they get products on the shelves more quickly than if they went through proper due-diligence so they obviously believe the risk is worth it (and their bottom line seems to confirm they are right and I'm wrong).
If you name a kid...
If you name a kid "Britteny Love" then you've got to accept that, one day, they'll appear on Gerry Springer with the caption "Britteny Love stabbed her partner with a bread knife during an argument over what to watch on the TV". It's just a given.
In the civilised world, Mountain Rescue and other such services, are funded by the government even if the people themselves are volunteers. And this applies to the provision and co-ordination of radio spectrum and technology.
Of course, in the UK, your emergency services struggle to communicate within themselves (just ask Mr Menezes' family) so it's probably not worth the effort of trying to implement a system that would allow them all to talk to one another.
Smartphone Tax not accurate
Surely it's not the inclusion of GPS or TV that defines a smartphone. This is a "feature phone" tax - at the moment. GPS will soon become as standard as a camera or MP3 player in mobiles. Not so sure about TV though. Nobody was interested in mobile TV in the 80s and 90s. I don't see why anyone thinks they'll be interested in them now just because it's integrated into your mobile.
Re: Kyle elliot
> Now parents don't want to raise their children at all
That's right Kyle. Well done. All parents, today, do not want to raise their children. This is because every parent on the planet is too busy taking drugs, surfing p@rn, getting involved in gangs, fiddling social security and watching reality TV.
Daily Mail/Encyclopaedia Britannica. What's the difference eh?
One of the main reasons I avoid both iTunes and Acrobate Reader are the auto-update features. In fact, wasn't there are huge fuss a few months ago when the iTunes auto-updater went and installed Safari on Windows systems without asking - even though the EULA states that you aren't allowed to install it on non-mac hardware?
Okay, I found Urban dictionary and got definitions for all the ones I didn't know apart from ROFLCOPTER. There WAS a definition for it, but I only understood about one word in three of the definition so I'm still none the wiser.
Something to do with a computer game was about as much as I could comprehend.
Tried working closer
We tried working closer with Ops. It went well. For a short time. Then the auditors came in and insisted that the closeness was a potential risk. Now we work on different floors with weekly meetings that happen once a month.
Us developers aren't allowed to touch anything under the Ops umbrella, even when Ops would like our help because we know more about it. It makes deployment a complete nightmare. We have the knowledge, they have the access. I read that story about the guy amputating someone's arm whilst being given instructions via text and thought it sounded terribly familiar.
I'm with Rob
I think Amazon are concerned people may get that wee forest in South America mixed up with them and so are determined to wipe it out. I ordered a HP Deskjet from them and ordered a USB cable whilst I was at it. The box containing the printer was at least twice the size of the printer itself and had been padded with paper to stop the printer sliding about.
However, rather than throwing the USB cable in with the printer (after all, there was loads of room) they put the cable in a box THE SAME SIZE AS THE OTHER ONE!!! This, too, was then padded with paper to stop the cable rattling around.
I wouldn't mind so much but we only get our rubbish collected every fortnight. Between the two boxes and all that paper we half filled our wheelie bin!
Re: Has it really come to this
Given that the article itself was so dull I just thought I'd point out to AC that the 12 days of Christmas don't finish on Christmas Day. They actually START on Christmas Eve. So you don't need to worry about all the Christmas cheer being disposed of on Boxing Day after all.
Sorry. Very dull. Just like this article.
Excellent! I have a, rather nice looking, very slim and light battery pack that I bought from Maplin for £10 and that I can recharge via the mains or from any powered device with a USB port and that I can use to charge virtually anything. Whereas this device is large, heavy, requires bespoke cartridges that I'll never be able to get hold of and can only charge something as long as it will draw power through it's USB port.
It's marketing on the verge of brain-washng. For example, smartphones have been around for years. They were a bit tricky to use but pretty flexible and very powerful and a few of us have been making great use of them.
Apple releases a (at first) not particularly smart smartphone and suddenly it's like the iPod all over again. Yesterday I trained two non-IT people. One in the morning, one in the afternoon. During the course of both training sessions I had cause to take out my Windows Mobile smartphone. Both asked if that was "one of those iPhone thingies".
I don't know how they do it but they seem to be able to occupy a consumer market, wrap it up completely to the point where their brand-name becomes generic (MP3 player = iPod, touch-screen smartphone = iPhone, online music store = iTunes etc.) and the general public don't care.
Even more frustrating are comments like "oh, I tried <other MP3 player> but it was crap. I couldn't get my music onto it from iTunes". In other words, lack of interoperability with other products and services is perceived by the public to be a problem with everyone else, NOT a problem caused by Apple.
I have this weird mix of wilting admiration, trembling fear and barely suppressed rage for them.
I have an idea
How about playing pan-pipe music in the cockpit and auto-enabling a massage feature built-in to the pilots chair whilst lighting a few joss-sticks for them?
Alternatively, dislaying the words "Don't Panic" in large, comforting letters has a good track record.
So they removed analogue as an option and then, when everyone went for the sole remaining service, claimed this makes digital more popular? That's like saying snow is more popular in Finland than the Sahara. If it's the ONLY choice it can't be more or less popular than a non-existent alternative.
I say again. OFCOM. Retards.
We have a "legacy" system. It was written in the early 80's. There are only two guys left at the company who wrote it and one is about to retire so the auditors are making us move away to a better supported product. The problem is, the current product has eveolved. It's been tweaked, streamlined and perfected. Granted, it may not look pretty. It still runs off a DOS interface using numbered menus to access the functions. But it does exactly what WE want and in the way WE want it. Some of it's features are years ahead of other rivals.
We've been eveluating competitor products for nearly a decade but none come close to the current product in terms of fitting OUR needs. Basically, we are going to have to buy an off-the-shelf product, take a huge hit in terms of functionality and, therefore, productivity and then spend several years trying to catch up to where we are today by writing out own plugins and interfaces.
Seriously? You can't think of a SINGLE reason why this might be a good idea (and yes, I can think of a few reasons why it might be a terrible idea as well)? Bare in mind this is for small amount (less than £15) cash transactions. So, the first one, you don't need to carry cash. I'm already sold there. I never have cash because I live in a small village without a cash machine and never have time to get to one when I'm at work.
You only need to keep a small amount in your "Cash" account so that, should you lose your phone, the person who finds it can't spend you dry. BUT, 99% of mobiles have data connections so a secure way could be found of topping it up. So that's another reason why.
I could go on...
So let me get this straight
So the article basically says previous HTC devices have been quite good but suffered in certain areas. This device has fixed most of those problems and is actually very good.
Then we get three lots of responses.
The first lot from people who haven't used the HD but have used previous WM devices but wish to dismiss this as crap because they had bad experiences with aforementioned previous devices - so presumably responded without reading
The second lot have this device and think it is the bees knees.
The third lot own an iPhone so would slag off oranges because they aren't apples and the rest of the world has learned to ignore their ejaculations, nod condescendingly and move on
Other than the soporific predictability of it all, do the first lot of respondents not even feel vaguely embarrassed when presenting an argument that amounts to "I don't own it but it must be shit because another device I once used was shit?"?
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