603 posts • joined 21 Mar 2009
Re: OK so let me get this straight..
How can caveat emptor apply to people stealing software?
I don't want to claim the moral high ground but it does seem like just desserts...
Re: No need
You've obviously not applied for a loan recently then. Things have changed 'cos of all the PPI pigeons that came home to roost coupled with the new FSA^H^H^H FCA rules that means the bank now need to take -- and fully document -- your whole history regardless of your relationship with the bank. They effectively treat someone walking in off the street in the same way as someone with a 25 year flawless history with that bank.
Madness, utter madness. The pendulum has swung way too far the other way.
Upgraded from iPad v1
The iPad 1 has been left behind on iOS 5, so the move to iOS 8 is interesting; seems like lots of bling and things flying all over the place, thankfully this can be turned down in the Accessibility options (reduce motion). I'm not sure it really is any better than iOS 5; the application switcher is a lot slower and more intrusive.
I don't have a SIM yet; need to get to a shop (yeah, I could order one over the intarwebs, but if you don't use the shops, you'll loose the shops...). The damn thing keeps prompting me to set up a "Cellular data plan", which is just annoying and it seems you can't turn it off.
Without the case it's too slippery to hold. Wasn't impressed with Apple who shipped the case & iPad separately a couple of days later. The iPad leather case doesn't fold particularly well as there's only 2 folds and it slips flat if you nudge it (the iPad 1 case is much more effective).
All in all, it's a much faster and less crashy than the iPad 1, but pretty much does the same thing -- and still crashes when browsing. It's a little lighter (600gms over 880gms), but so what. The screen's a bit better being retina, but the screen on the iPad 1 was very good. To be honest, the iPad 5 (aka Air 2) is an incremental upgrade.
Disappointed that it still crashes, also I'm not overly enamoured with iOS 8 - seems like they've replaced skuomorphism with irritating popups.
The 'killer feature' and main reason for the upgrade is the Touch ID which means I can use a much stronger password.
7 / 10
Clara the teenager
To move from the quite strong plot of "The Impossible Girl" to this mush is quite frustrating. Clara's supposed to be strong and clever (c.f. The Impossible Girl), but it's seems she's regressing to become an irrational teenager, vis the boyfriend nonsense.
We're now mid-way through this series and it still feels like it hasn't started yet.
It would be good to see Clara spun off to a C-Beebies sub-series and leave The Doctor to get on with it.
What is a One Dimension concert?
> The Impossible Girl
Odd how the Impossible Girl story line went OK, probably as it was a strong enough story to paper over the cracks underlying the Clara character. Sassy becomes downright annoying.
Now it's painful. Almost like there's a petulant teenager as a companion. Which is just plain odd as it doesn't suit the new doctor at all. Would work better with a more Donna-like character. Or Frank Skinner!
Curious: what's your alternative for work* based electronic communication?
* If you don't work then you deserve all your downvotes
Now recover their expenses from the Patent Office?
One would think that logically the Patent Office is at fault for issuing such a trivial patent in the first place. Shirley Rackspace could make a case for recovering their legal expenses from the US Patent Office as it's their "incompetence" which lead to this case being brought in the first case?
Maybe then the Patent Office might actually reject more "patents" at source.
Is that the IE box model commonly known as the "broken box model"?
Whatever; the fact was that MS decided to ignore the standards.
So IE users use edlin?
Looks like the MS fanbois -- or PR twonks -- are out in force with their downvoting...
Microsoft should be forced to maintain these browsers in perpetuity as a penance for foisting such utterly appalling code on the world. And they should all wear hair shirts for two days a week.
As an alternative, their company is condemned to insignificance. Seems to be their current strategy.
Re: A plague of bots
> I run a large club, and we use a mostly automated feed to remind people of the events we organise
Why not simply email them?
Tried it once, didn't like it
I thought it would be great to give twitter a go during the opening ceremony of the Olympics; an excellent opportunity to get the back-chatter to a massive event.
What a load of utter crap. Spammers a spamming; so much off-topic nonsense. Worse of all was all the PR twonks pushing their client du jour (in this case something called one dimension - I believe it's some form of exploitation of children).
Since then I've never found an urge to waste more time.
And I'm posting here. Hmm.
Is that related to Bulgarian Airbags perchance?
Re: Broadcast TV is a dinosaur
Please, do explain what you're talking about...
I'd love to use iPlayer, but I live in central Sussex where Bastard Telecom can't be arsed to install fast broadband - I get 1M bit/sec (or 130KB).
So I'm stuck with using the catchup channels.
BTW I'd forgotten that there were shopping channels, etc. I retuned at switchover then set up my favourite 30 or so channels and have never missed the dross.
Re: Gigabit fibre optic broadband
If we valued the future we should do both: fibre everywhere and transport infrastructure. That's what the Victorians would have done.
Loadsa AC's in here...
Strange to see so many people posting AC, especially when extolling one particular viewpoint.
Nice to see Trevor feet-first in the mêlée!
It's good to see some people with experience of using Azure counterbalancing the AC's.
Are there a lot of people posting from Reading?
Must give him/her some credit for using capital letters and avoiding s2pid abbreviations.
Re: Drop in Ipad sales / saturated market?
My iPad 1 with 64GB runs pretty much all I need. I'd like to upgrade, but the later iPad versions don't offer anything substantially different from what I've got. Sure, they're lighter, faster, better screen, but nothing *trully* compelling.
If the next iPad has the fingerprint sensor, that might make it worth the upgrade, but it's still an awful lot of dosh for fundamentally incremental improvements.
Quite frankly, it's the same for the MacBook Pro. I've a three year old 17" one and the latest versions have no compelling update: the CPUs are a few percent faster and the screens are great, but counteract that with the smaller screen (17" vs 15"), they're massively more expensive, they've no built-in DVD reader, you can't upgrade the disc or memory...
Why update at all?
Office 2003 was the zenith of Office development. All releases since then add little and completely screw usability.
FFS table formatting is still broken; formatting images is painful; it still crashes.
Don't fall for Microsoft's money making scam. You know it's not worth it.
Must . . control . . the . . plebs . . .
Welcome to the free world where you're free to do anything "they" say you can do as long as you ask them first... (or let them spy on you).
Have you got something to hide????
Re: No matter how they approach ....
Just like fixing their bloody websites... Can you do a website for me (I develop them for a living). Yes, but it'll cost you. How much they say. Well, I don't know what you want, but lets say between 10 and 20 days, so somewhere between, lets say £2 to £5k but could be more. Eeek, that's not like the adverts for One and One on the telly.
Yep, please do.
I do get pissed off as they don't do that for their accountants, lawyers, surveyors and other professions, yet they do do this for us "IT" people. FFS we have to defend our reputation for being overpaid geeks...
Re: An Excuse!
I've been plagued by people asking me to sort out their computers for years. But thanks to the nice people in Redmond, that's all stopped now: I have no qualms in declining anything whatsoever to do with Windows 8. "Sorry, I know nothing about it and cannot use it"
I never thought that I'd see a reason for the world using Windows 8 until the nice Mr Dabbs pointed that out. Funny how unintended consequences have positive outcomes.
Re: "Wouldn't use them myself" <> scam
Also... They're a scam because they employ considerable passing off techniques; similar typography and design (much like grocery manufacturers to to market leaders).
If they're morally dubious and adding no value, then they're they're probably scammers.
This is now getting more mainstream coverage in the UK -- for instance Money Box on Radio 4. From what I see of this change to the market-leading web browser -- Chrome -- this is simply going to aid the scammers, so expect a lot more of the "I've been conned" stories in the future.
Re: Power savings
> Anyway, after reading that I'm not sure my PC will have a hard disk for much longer.
I updated my Mac last year with the M500. It was so fast it was like I had a new machine. I love the silence; the reliability, but most of all I love the speed.
Worth every penny. Can't recommend highly enough.
Now if they could hurry up and increase the SSD to 2TB as I want to add another couple of Prog Rock tracks to the file system;-)
@AC - windows stats
> 75% market share of servers, about 90% on desktops - growing rapidly on mobile phones - doesnt seem so in the near future.
That's utter utter bollocks. More servers run Linux than Windows - check out the stats. The desktop is a declining market and few companies would even think of rolling out that W8 turd.
WTF has TIFKAM got to do with anything? Apart from proving Microsoft's pig-headed bombastic approach to customer research.
Are you Scott Forstall? If you are, then well done for killing Microsoft in conjunction with your pal Monkey Boy. I always thought Microsoft's competition would bring it down, not internal politics...
Re: "maliciously crafted applications can execute arbitrary code outside the sandbox"
Thankfully the 30 spam messages today containing zip files which contain a file ending in .exe don't seem to have any affect. That's the nice thing about Windows attracting all the ner-do-wells; targeting Mac just ain't worth it for them.
Re: J...j...j...jerky scrolling...
Killed my mouse gestures after the update. Had to do a second reboot which cleared it.
Struth, two reboots in one month...
Most business does what...?
Looking around this office, computers are being used for process: email, accounts, bespoke applications, word processing, spreadsheets, software development, etc.
Any fewel knows that none of these applications work at all well on tablets, at the very least because you need your desk free for other items.
Looks like HP are not only late to market, but late to the wrong market!
Re: The one Modern App
A new weather website could be developed at any moment and you could start using that any time.
However, you won't ever get an alternative metro-weather app -- it's too much effort for MS to update, and it's too specialised a market for an application developer when compared with developing an HTML5 website.
Re: Fir for IE6??
$> del IE.exe
There, fixed it for ya.
Hmm, maybe we can improve that...:
Expensive when 960GB is £350
For such an expensive case, it doesn't even match the colour nor style of my MacBook Pro!
Personally, I'd be more interested in a naked case so I could stuff in a Crucial 960GB at £350 and could finally use it for online backups of virtual machines (which are big).
Hopefully there'll be more like this to market soon.
Re: Backward compatibility ?
There's a big government programme to introduce "paperless working".
Thinking this through a bit, Office (et al) is only half of the problem. What about all the data stored in assorted databases across government? There's case working systems all over government, most (all?) are completely proprietary.
Goodness knows how you'll get at this data in 50 years. Heck, even 5 years hence.
Re: Open formats
Would make a much better T-shirt if it read:
Frankie Says ODF
Re: it all begins to sound
> What is the solution though? to admit defeat in tablet and ditch Metro or to tweak it further?
Simply stop trying to force the touch metaphor on to a *non* touch-oriented desktop. Touch, including Metro, has a place, but not on a sodding desktop. Everybody knows this but for some reason MS have resolutely refused to listen.
It's like Microsoft want to commit corporate suicide. What's the point in moving from XP if there's no suitable replacement and Windows 7 is considered as dead-end technology
Re: Block by default
Some JS is desirable, however the extreme cruft of a typical "modern" website is just excess and bloat.
Wouldn't it be nice to block certain types of pointless add-in JS such as UI style fiddlers (I know what a <select> looks like, I don't need you to style it and certainly not in 100KB), horrid scrolling galleries which suck CPU (and battery), and pointless animations.
It's astounding to think that the move to 5MB home pages is considered OK by some idiot designers. Oh, and before you add the "it's not that big when cached", you still have to download the bloat in order to cache it.
Re: Oh yeah?
> As a Chromebook owner, I know I've got a lightweight, cheap, awesome little web browsing device that will never be able to effectively edit a single office document or spreadsheet beyond the most basic, juvenile-looking level
Errm, therefore you're saying that for a *work* device, the Chromebook's not particularly effective, whereas a full-fat MacBook Pro with it's full suite of development and creative tools is effective.
How could Google eat their own dogfood when it doesn't meet their *needs*? It's like you're saying that Sony should be using PS4's for their company computing devices (or Microsoft using Xbox RT Slablets)...
Will it go to the .co.uk holder? Or .org.uk? Or...
Sounds like a bit of a fight may ensue...
Maybe it's Nominet's Christmas present to all the hard-up lawyers
Tin-foil hat time...
Anyone would think that Microsoft are sharing XP FUD as a strategy of driving more revenue from sales of later (broken in other ways?) operating systems...
What's an EXE?
Is that something for "windros"? So for users of Androids, iPads, Macs.... nothing to see... move on....
What does SNAFU mean? Is it the new code word for Windows?
Re: Why Windows is doomed.
Proof of bloat:
VM running Windows XP is between 3 and 5GB
VM running Windows 7 is between 10 and 15GB
VM running Windows 8 is between 14 and 20GB
Most of this is due to the laugh-a-minute WinSXS directory.
Installed Visual Studio 2013 on a new Windows 2012 server install. This is now 55GB - and has never been fully used in anger. Whereas the Windows 2003 server running Visual Studio 2005 for the last five years has only grown to 22GB.
Conclusion: later versions of Windows are bloated.
@Pascal Monett: Re: Gates nailed if first time around
> I do fancy a Genghis Khan heading Microsoft though - as long as he directs his beheadings to his own personnel.
> What ? You don't want to put a proper Start Menu on Windows 8.2 ? <thwack!><thud><roll> Okay, anyone else opposed to that idea ? <silence> Good. Next point : porting DirectX to Linux as an open source project . . .
Thanks for the image. Made my day:-)
Just missing the "Now bring me the guy who came up with the Ribbon idea - and make sure he brings a silver platter"
3-2-1 back in the room...
Re: A fine line between Vision and Arrogance
You may know, but the User Interface doesn't expose this. There are principles of User Interface discoverability which TIFKAM drives a horse & cart through.
Which is the point: Microsoft seem to be like a little dog with a bone - we must get the tablet market back. But they're completely ignoring their massive user base which will couldn't care less about touch screens: those people who use a computer at work. TIFKAM on a large screen is ridiculous. Then reading "swipe up from the left" when I'll never have a large-scale touch screen is just ignorant.
Vision or arrogance? More like ignorance and infatuation.
Re: A fine line between Vision and Arrogance
> replace the rather weird start menu
Unfortunately with something that completely distracts one and looses one's context in the task at hand. The Start Menu may have been weird, but was functional. The start page with all it's irrelevant flashing nonsense is utterly unusable and is downright unproductive. IMHO.
> ALT+F4 to close a TIFKAM app
How the fuck am I supposed to know that? Worse still how on earth is *everyone* supposed to know that? You may as well have told me to run ps -ef 'poxy_app' | kill -123 What's wrong with a [X] in the upper right-hand corner? And why can't I run these damnable apps in windowed mode?
A fine line between Vision and Arrogance
Never quite understood whether the new user interfaces being foisted on us are because *we* (the punters) lack vision to understand it, or *they* are just being arrogant and treating us like cash cow cattle.
It does seem that Microsoft's corporate culture is stuck in the past; we won the browser wars (yes granddad, but you lost it all in the end).
Re: There's your problem right there.
You want geeks that can communicate... Might be a bit of a big ask!
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