1024 posts • joined Thursday 20th November 2008 16:14 GMT
What a terrible name
Christ, now you'll have fun looking up anything to do with it.. while getting results for the original Xbox. Xbox Infinity was a much better name. "One" is way too overused these days it seems, it doesn't even have a good ring to it.
Re: More like Beer...
At least you enjoy using it, and you only select the beer you wanted, and pay for the beer you wanted, as opposed to having bundles of shit beer you didn't want added to your basket because it had to be part of the deal..
Re: Another reason not to look at Sun site.
Agreed. I have no problem with them taking money from football fans. Can't stand it.
Re: Grizzly poop found in woods
All these companies I never knew about. If it wasn't for comments sections, I'd never know that "M$" was a company, or "Micro$oft" either. Still can't find them registered anywhere. I guess there are some people out there who just have intimate knowledge of obscure businesses that sound like large corporations!
Start button and boot to desktop: good!
Now, just let me turn off ALL of metro (that means the start menu back, and no stupid hot corners), and give me back the Aero glass theme. I can't stand this flat rubbish. Removing the shadows was stupid too - makes everything look the same. It has absolutely no class.
Then you'll have.. oh wait, Windows 7. If only they used all that time polishing up the desktop experience instead of this metro bollocks, we'd have an upgrade worth getting.
Oh, sod off, Apple
Had enough of their shit. They didn't invent the phone, they didn't invent the touchscreen phone, they didn't invent virtual software stores, they didn't invent sliding bolts. They didn't even have the first 3G devices. They didn't invent rounded rectangles. Bouncy zoom? We're just applying some real life physics in the form elastic to the animation, not exactly ground breaking, I'm sure most games have effects that are more novel in that are simply written and nobody would think to patent them.
Ugh. Shut up, Apple, you just look like a big, whiny baby. How about you spend that fat cash you've used on litigation on simply making a better product that people want, and let the people decide on the most desirable shiny devices.
Re: Who cares about flexible?
Yup. Flexible displays are a bit of a gimmick. Not seeing the point.
Just upgrade the wiring of the bloody UK first
My connection speeds are no better (infact, worse, due to traffic shaping) than that which I had TEN years ago.
It's a piss-poor embarrassment. I don't need my phone to be so fast I can blow through my allowances in seconds, but I would like to have a decent connection when I'm at home.
I know this has nothing to do with Samsung, but it was just an excuse to rant, really.
Wonder if they'll still use Sparc. It's possible, I suppose, due to some kind of sense of pride.
Still, it's easy to see that they've had their ass kicked by smaller x86-64 systems along with clusters of GPUs; but it may be that they can pull out a much faster design and impress the world. At least it would be more interesting and unique.
Re: What's all this rubbish?
Heaven forbid we try to make logical set of units that can be easily calculated in the head, and at the same time try to (other than the kilogram) define them exactly using universal constants.
That sounds terrible! Why don't we stick with a useless old mess?
That said, you can still use old units in informal settings, it's not like (as the Daily Mail would have you believe) someone from Brussels breaks down your door and takes you away for describing your DIY handwork in inches.
If only they let you option NO HDD with a laptop.
That way you could just do a clean install of the OS yourself, and choose your own SSD.
Re: What's larger?
Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3"
Huawei Ascend Mate 6.1"
In the meantime, oil is never subsidised at all.
I thought Germans were efficient?
Tossing new machines because they have a virus is hideously inefficient.
As someone above said, for €130,000, I would re-image 170 PCs.. shit, I would do it through the night and get the whole thing done in a couple of days. For that kind of money, I'm sure anyone reading this would have done it. I'd do it for half that! Special offer!
Re: 100% of the desktops we buy at here at work use SSDs..
Sorry, reading back at exactly what I typed, "systems" was too vague a term.
Of course, SSDs haven't yet reached a price point where they can replace all hard drive arrays.
I do think it is terrible that companies like Dell still charge an insane premium on their pre-built systems when you request an SSD.
Re: What was wrong with Windows 7?
Isn't that all we really wanted? 7 polished to a mirror shine? I know that's what I hoped for.
I actually have no problem with Microsoft's idea of a "wallet garden" (wonderful phrase), but they should have looked over at Mac OS X. An App Store, for applications on your desktop. As you were always used to.
They should have had an optionally invoked touch and full screen interface - "Apps" in their "App store" could be marked with "tablet mode capable" or something. So you pick the tablet style ones you want, press some universal key combination for "tablet mode" and then boom, something like Metro, only not all encompassing.
An OEM could choose to ship with "tablet mode" as the default, so it shows apps that support it first in the list when you search.
Essentially, Microsoft needs to look long and hard at both Start8 and ModernMix, and realise that's what they should have done all along.
Re: Creative Suite has been on 'cloud' for ages
"There's no reason at all why they couldn't continue to offer outright purchases for new software"
I thought that's exactly what the announcement was about.
Re: 100% of the desktops we buy at here at work use SSDs..
In user desktops, I mean. Where your only load is the software and their profile, and everything is stored elsewhere in a server with a glut of hard drives over a gigabit connection.
Obviously HDDs make total sense where you need bulk storage, I never said anything to the contrary.
100% of the desktops we buy at here at work use SSDs..
It makes no sense to have HDDs in your systems any longer.
For almost a year now, we've only bought desktops with SSDs. It doesn't cost much, they're only 60GB, it's barely a couple of quid more than the default hard drive option we used to pick with our supplier. Makes a huge difference.
For our virtual desktop infrastructure, the servers that feed them are running on RAID5 SSD arrays. Got to spend money wisely where you can to get huge boosts. That said, users quickly forget how shit their old systems were, and find something else to complain about.
Re: Follow this simple yes-no rule
I hate this meme. Christ it needs to die. How about we stop doing this alternating junk and just evaluate each thing as it comes.
Frequently ignored is the fact that Windows 2000 (NT5) came one version before Windows XP (NT5.1), and yet both were IMMENSELY successful, and well liked.
Those people who say XP was shit day one are talking nonsense, too, I remember using it. It really did take a couple of service packs to be decent, but it was no shitfest compared to 2000 that some seem to choose to remember. Features like Zero Config Wireless helped rid the world of a million different wireless UIs, the built in image viewer was a very welcome addition, and so on. God help me if anyone says "Fischer Price" or "Tellytubby" UI, because you know full well there was a classic option.
Re: Reading this page...
Just you. Who on earth doesn't use Adblock Plus these days?
Re: Remind me to quote you on that in a couple of years o' tech gurus...
What was the "again" referring to exactly?
Re: Its kind of funny...
Yeah, I haven't worn glasses for that long, but I should wear glasses.
I always get annoyed at things that just are inavoidable, such as just the feel of having glasses on (even well fitted), which grates, the fact I'm looking through a limited field of view, oh, and of course, the fact if you get any crap on it, have fun cleaning it.
As for contacts, no thanks, the idea of sticking things in my eyes that could potentially collect crap behind makes me flinch.
Re: Appropriate Topping
You gave me another idea:
If you take a look at the water cooled image again - he has all 3 heat culprits hooked up to the loop.
Re: One key difference between 8 and Vista
To be fair to Vista, one of the biggest problems it had was the fact it was super bloated compared to XP, and people will still shipping 512MiB RAM + Vista. That recipe lead to swapping all day.
They also introduced DWM, at a time when DirectX 9 cards weren't super common, crippling the UI speed compared to XP if it wasn't enabled.
Actually, yeah, you're kind of right. It was an OS not built for the common machine at the time, so I guess it did suck "under the bonnet" to that end. Oh, and things like file copies sucked. The fact it kept every window in memory twice.
Oh screw it, I guess Vista was a mess.
Re: What users want?
(1) No, Windows Vista and 7 included "classic" although this disables Desktop Window Composition, and less is GPU accelerated than XP, so classic isn't a wise choice unless you have a seriously piss-poor GPU. A better alternative is trying to find a classic theme that is accelerated from some website and doing a uxtheme hack. Agreed on 8. It is absolutely hideous.
(2) I think the ribbon isn't as evil as the bandwagon likes to say it is - but I completely agree that there should be a choice, always a choice, to go back to the menu system.
As for 3 and 4, I think as we see people using other systems more, Office's own formats will become less important, and hopefully we will see more interoperability, like Office Open XML was supposed to bring (but even Microsoft bungled in 2010).
Re: Virtual vs fiat
The government says that fiat currency has value, whereas with Bitcoin, it's up to the users to decide the value. To some degree.
Neat, but why not just add a heatsink?
Sorry, a heatsink would be too sensible, of course.
Water cooled Pi: just because you can.
Works for me!
My girlfriend dislikes clean shaven and prefers a few millimetres of stubble - she even bought me a beard trimmer to emphasise the point that she prefers it not shaven. (As well as explicitly stating the previous statement, "I have a beard fetish" is part of what she said).
Works for me! What's that? I have to do less with my face? Jolly good!
Re: In news just in
I thought IOS was the OS installed on Cisco routers. I'd hope that was bloody reliable.
iOS, however, is the OS for Apple toys.
I'm sure he'll come up with a clean and tasteful overhaul, I'm no Apple fan, but iOS 7 may prove to be interesting.
Ninite is one of the best sites to visit when you're setting up a new machine. Now you can't roll flash into that mess too? I hope Flash dies a horrible death because of this.
Re: Why not use 720?
Because it's retarded. I actually thought Xbox Infinity was a decent name when I first heard it about a year ago.
Re: You are now my favorite El Reg hack
11p noodles from asda, maybe 21p stuff if you're feeling rich. (don't know about Spanish supermarkets).
You could have 9 packs a day! Sure, I doubt that would be much good nutritionally, but it would probably chase away hunger, and you wouldn't use up energy doing all that cooking.
Maybe someone else can root an even cheaper 'meal'
House of Cards was great.
Re: Cops? Ha! I had an entire CAR stolen
This is almost too much.
Just take the spare key and take your car back.
Re: Renewable Energy
Every time I think "eh, greens can't be so bad, probably better than the others"..
Then I'm reminded they don't like Nuclear power. I would not be able to vote for a party that is against Nuclear power.
If we stopped all this scaremongering, we could have had newly built nukes, with a good design by now, and cut our air pollution by a huge amount.
For what it's worth, I did not downvote you, even though I think the original point stands.
They're making claims to dazzle people because the truth would probably be less glamorous. But in reality, potentially more interesting.
I agree it's hard to get funding on projects like this - but then there are a lot of "green" companies in recent years that have had investment in - and have fallen apart. So, there's that precedent.
Wikipedia claims the pits on the disc are more densely packed to achieve 1.2GB.
Oh, then of course you have the GameCube. Another oddball, with a disc that seems like an 80mm DVD, but has strange properties to avoid paying DVD licences.
As far as I recall though, there are certain old PC DVD drives that can read GameCube discs for the purpose of ripping the game.
I'm not looking for instant mass market availability, but if you make stupid claim like "can start a car from a fag packet sized battery" or something to that effect, show a good quality video of exactly that. I don't care if it's a prototype that cost a ton - just show it, no tricks.
If not, how about waiting to actually find the thing is viable before trying to attract gullible investors.
I doubt that'd be possible. PS2, Saturn, possibly, because a standard DVD drive should read DVDs and the CDs. But Dreamcast uses GD-ROMs that sat at around 1GB, so I'm not sure a standard drive would read the whole thing.
Anyway, it doesn't have that feature - you can see the pull out trays demonstrated in the video - and he has microswitches on those doors implemented as the "tray closed" switch.
Re: Android, but not sure which
Haha, Apple banned WiFi scanners? What the hell? I can tell you for a fact I've been using WiFi Analyzer extensively, and it's probably one of the more useful applications I fire up when I'm at work.