18 posts • joined Friday 21st November 2008 15:48 GMT
Ah, they're using Siebel .
All makes sense now - probably something like 6.3 or 7.0.
Hell even 7.7 there was a 18 month wait for a patch for IE7.
Problem is based on originally using MS's Java VM, which was broken. Then using ActiveX's to give all the bells and whistles.
Its actually a Clanger in disguise , reccying before the invasion.
I for one welcome our string soup eating overloads
Well that's one way to kill Marketing on Facebook Thumbs Up
They'll up the licencing costs by about 1000% plus knacker the support and make the software difficult to use and install with a myriad of bugs and illogical settings.
Slow the Marketeers down and cost them money .
Win for everyone else.
Re: As much as I like the Windows 8 Metro concept....
Splitting mobile/tablet and desk/laptop makes decent sense as the input devices are totally different.
OK Mobiles and tabs can have keyboards, but they aren't natural bedfellows. So Apple have made the distinction and it works - MS have Winphone7/8 and should be stretching that to Tabs not shrinking the desktop. Someone at the top needs to actually think (big stretch), which devices match each other more and why.
So win8 willl be a dogs breakfast and MS will lose more ground - not that I am sorry , might mean a better mix of systems all round and less crap we all have to put up with.
Charles Stross is pretty good and depending on what you like :
There's more classic sci-fi in Singularity Sky ,Iron Sunrise, Glasshouse, Accellerandro.
He's also done some more HP Lovecraft crossed with Spy thrillers with his Laundry Series . Rather more fun.
And 2 Near future ones in Halting State and Rule 34.
Neal Asher is popular with his Polity series - although I liked the Spatterjay sub-series the most.
Ken McLeod's fall revolution series is very good as well .
Not keen on what I've read so far with Dan Simmons but give it a try .
As like others above Iain M Banks,Stephen Baxter, Alistair Reynolds and Peter F Hamilton are worth a look ,
Hiding Launcher ?
It s been doing that since Molested Marmoset.
Personally don't get the hate about Unity - its simple enough to use - and I can find most things - the search in Nauseuous Newt/Obese Otter works as you'd expect (and I'd expect it to find GVim ok) as far aas I can tell . Occassionally therese been something i couldn't get it to do in an obvious manner - but its not like you don't get that in any other UI .
I'd like to be able to move the launcher somewhere a bit less in the way as hitting back on the browser can cause the search to pop up if you aren't paying attention - but configuring the mouse keys sorts that.
A few more configurable things with it would be nice , but its not terribly essential to me - its a browsing/gaming machine with the odd bit of developement dicking about .
If I was using a bit more heavily then yes I can see it being annoying - but for the role I use it for, nothing wrong with it .
MS and marketing are uneasy bedfellows - long time ago they could spout about whatever feature their next version would have and it would stop competition in its tracks . Then that feature would either not work or would be quietly dropped ("whither WinFS").
Now it hasn't quite the same clout as the world has moved on.
Folk ask "does it work on my ......"
MS has to live in a world where they can dictate and haven't worked out how to. Marketing isn't the answer (and to be honest anyone who saw the Bill Gates /Jerry Seinfeld ads should realise this .)
They need to realise that they aren't in the same business as they were 10 years ago.
This might be it , but it actually looks like they are just shooting the messenger. Course that depends on whether they are actually listening to what's actually going on in the world, and not rearranging the deckchairs.
I've already named it ...
I've been calling them even more silly names ever since I installed it last year.
and now its Obese Otter
Next one I'll probably be calling Pervy Pigeon
What do they mean ?
Well, what do they mean by website ? Separate infrastructure and hosting ? different URL ? what ? by all means consolidate the hosting to save money, that would be the first step , but don't drop information until you know its not being used, Surely that's sensible .
OK its a bit more than this....
But its a remote controlled plane. The basic technology has been around for donkeys years. I guess its got some kind of encrypted channel (ooh), and some hyped up signal transmission and a few other goodies (like anyone will actually tell us - but still - £900M? Nice work, if you can get it .
Why not cheap and cheerful? Swarms of the buggers of cheap planes acting as a swarm , you can't shoot them all down and you get cheap and extensive coverage? Probably missing something , but if anyone wants to offer me a job to make up this stuff then call me, I've got loads of this stuff, I watched Battle of the Planets as a kid
Re What were they hoping for
>That's a long time. The only thing they can hope for here is a 10+ year old idea, 10+ year old >engine, and a customer base that's 10+ years older.
Wasn't the problem was they'd restart every couple of years with a different engine (Quake , Unreal, whatever the latest one is). So they took too long to do the game that it became out of date before being finished . Should have just got it out on an older engine and then worked on the next one.
Crickey I designed that!
19 years ago for my Design GCSE. Worrying to see the US rummaging round my folks attic for ideas.