570 posts • joined 21 Mar 2009
Let down by poor casting
I'd waited thirty years for it and felt quite let down. The plot and screenplay were OK, even the special effects -- I really liked the Vogons.
What really let it down was the really poor casting. Way too 'Merkin for a start. Ford Prefect was never right but Trillian was a complete disaster; they could have replaced the actress with a Barbie Doll for all the character she brought to the film. I'm not even sure that Arthur was that great, just not 'stiff' enough. Marvin wasn't quite right, not robotic enough, to be honest a little silly!
On a positive note, John Malcovich was excellent and Slartibartfast good.
Not the worst film given the intense competition from the typical plotless shite that Hollywood vomits out; Avatar, 2012, day after I wasted my money...
Do miss DNA though.
B or C, that is the question
If one's allowed to think logically, if we fit the ships out with a catapult then they can take both types of planes; the cheaper Carrier version and the more expensive VTOL B version. Not to mention all the other types of carrier landing planes and helicopters.
If they don't fit a catapult then they're condemned to forever using the more complex and under-performing VTOL B version. And helicopters.
A no brainer. We don't need no steenkiin katapult. Can I have my nice job at BaE now?
Re: Mac trackpads
Odd that as IMHO the trackpads are by far the best trackpads I've ever used. I absolutely don't miss the buttons; I know it'll click if I just press a little harder. I also appreciate the glass pad as it's more 'slippery' than the plastic or metal brethren and doesn't 'stain' or mark with continued use. Size also matters, being by far the largest trackpads around.
Maybe you need to adjust to its foibles a little, just as you'd need to adjust to an itty-bitty trackpad from any of the other manufacturers. You may find that you use your thumb in the same place as you'd expect a button; it works well like that.
So that's a LOW res screen you have. What's the point of working with a letterbox for a display?
1080 high is absolute pants for everything. You need at least 1200 high to be useful - heck the ribbon takes up half of the screen.
The jobs still exist, just done by suppliers
All that's happened is the jobs have been shifted from internal to external suppliers. It'll cost much more in the long run.
Ownership is key
Alas government IT is specified by one group: the government's agents called civil servants, but delivered by a completely separate group: the suppliers. Add to that mix a bunch of miscellaneous hangers on all pushing for "better value for money", a culture of complete risk aversion, and you end up with more time being spent on commercial aspects than doing the job.
Contracts are all about who's got the best negotiator. Government pays little, suppliers pay a lot. Figure out who gets the better contract negotiator.
The key is ownership. If you have a small internal group responsible for making their own dog food, you often end up with much cheaper results. Of course this then goes off the rails if you don't have people with the right skills.
Until smaller suppliers can get involved, it'll be the same old big dozen or so who keep delivering the same old same old...
Re: Hmm . .
Me too. When I challenged them about it they were completely unaware. Nor did their AV find anything untoward. Hotmail hacked?
Didn't they read the bit about...
... share prices can go down as well as up.
In Groupon's case, down is inevitable.
Why anyone would want to "invest" in Groupon in the first place beats me. Speculate maybe, but not invest. What's the number one rule of "speculation"... only speculate money that you can afford to loose and never borrow to speculate.
I still see Groupon's woes as simply a tax on stupid greedy people.
Re: Better still...
They're doomed I tell ye...
Re: Massively dodgy^H^H^H fickle
The types of customers that Groupon would likely bring would be mercenary bargain hunters with absolutely no loyalty. Unless you've huge surpluses, or something to sell with massive margins, or some form of loss leader (e.g. hotel stay where profits are made in the bar/restaurant), flogging something for a massive discount is doomed I tell ye, doomed.
The Groupon customers won't be back, nor will they be saying nice things except for the massive bargain they've just had, e.g. by implication how your normal prices are a rip off.
Doomed. I tell ye.
Caveat emptor all ye snake oil purchasers
What a surprise, the new company owners must be so pleased they've bought a company that's built upon worthless principles and could easily be copied. Call it a tax on fools with too much money, or is that greed?
Ballmer meet Mr Potato Head
Something like Toy Story, but Ballmer can't even do falling with style.
OnDigital's content was so wide of the mark, aimed straight at the mass-market blandness that ITV has always hit (OK, with a few drama exceptions). Add to that phootbawl, limited channel choice *and* their expectation that the punters would pay for it... No surprise OnDigital failed as the Murdock proposition was far more compelling.
I'm delighted with Freeview and the BBC's new channels. And Dave:-) I'm even more delighted that the phootbawl is only available on Sky where people of a certain kind can pay their tithe to Murdock ad-infinitum.
I'll just pay my bargain license fee, configure the 20 or so interesting Freeview channels (i.e. delete the spam/dross channels), record then watch a few programs a week, and get on with having a life.
Sums the whole soshial meeja nonsense up nicely
Re: Screen Size
Long may we have horses for courses...
I, on the other hand, really appreciate the larger screen of an iPad as I find it *much* easier to read and type on.
Long may we have choice.
One wonders what the market's going to be like once Microsoft pulls their finger out. In a couple of years we should have some real choice and real innovation as there'll be three major players.
Ooooh, what big pockets you've got
Sit down, what's that cracking sound? It's the sound of the new hinge in operation.
Big doesn't suit everyone. Actually big probably doesn't suit the majority.
I think therefore I can remember
Does 16GB of RAM float your boat? The MacBook Pros offer a <b>lot</b> more memory that is user-configurable than the soldered in 4GB of the Airs. Not to mention quad-core I-7 processors (soon to be upgraded).
They're quite different machines. The Air would work well for a PHB who wants to look kool. The Pro will be for people who do work.
Re: The sky is falling
Winkey+R is not hard but it is unintuitive.
That sums up the problem with W8. They've radically changed the user interface so that experience with previous versions doesn't work. They then compound this by removing all the visual clues one would expect. That is why the START button said start, menu bar showed at all times, and the little X closed things.
W8 appears to have replaced the familiar Windows interface with gestures and a telepathic interface.
Even Microsoft can't be this belligerent to release W8 in this half-arsed format.
I'm sure they've only released the preview under the misguided belief that any news is good news.
When i first saw the difference between the iPhone 3 and 4 screens, I thought they were revolutionary, particularly for reading text.
This feature alone is good enough to consider upgrading. I'm sure you could buy my old iPad 1 if you like.
iTunes is utter rubbish
Of all the features of the iPad, the one that scrapes the bottom of the barrel is iTunes. If you've got a lot of music and like albums, it's an awful interface and very unreliable. A real disappointment that it's not been updated.
Even more annoying that you can't get an equivalent application.
Seems OK to me
I've done several recoveries using Time Machine and Lion without any problems. So it must be a specific set of circumstances that triggers the problem.
Re: initial impressions
I installed the preview to see what it was like and get some experience with Metro as I've never seen it before (like I've never seen a Windows phone in the flesh). I was hoping above hope that Microsoft would have learned from Apple's Lion experience and done something really special.
Alas no. It's a complete mess that's targeted at tablets regardless of whether or not you have a tablet. They've abjectly ignored the normal desktop, etc. etc. All the reasons outlined in the rest of this forum.
The good news it's a preview, so hopefully there's enough time for Microsoft to turn off the Metro and return the start menu to where most people will expect to find it.
Unfortunately the bad news is Microsoft is belligerent in the extreme and from past experience won't listen to their customers as their arrogance shines through. Ribbon? Internet bastard Explorer? Vista? Of course it really doesn't matter to Microsoft as they'll charge their fanbois twice, just like they did with Vista and the 'upgrade' to VII.
Personally I'd like to see some real competition for Apple. Alas it ain't coming from Microsoft, hence Apple's stock prices are going through the roof.
Whether or not you give a damn about this post, time will tell who's right.
Re: Paul Thurrott ... Windows Super Site
He gets paid to attract people to his blog. W8 a minute... the fanbois are swarming like flies round...
It's truly amazing to see how he thinks it's Gr8 despite the obvious problems which are so nicely highlighted here. Praise be for El Reg!
I suppose the next "upgrade" will be to ditch the qwerty keyboard for a numerical keypad.
Re: You forgot the oldest, active debate...
I trust that's vi as in 'vee' 'eye', not 'vie'
Re: Screen width
Oh the irony... Have you tried buying a 1920x1200 monitor? The idiot screen manufacturers want us to all use the 1920x1080 letterbox. A quick search of a coupld of hardware sites shows about 30 monitors using 1920 width, but of them only three use 1200 height.
Bloody fashionistas. Don't they ever do any real work?
Btw W8 (ohh, that's wait!) will be pretty crap on a projector running the standard XGA 1024x768.
Microsoft have eloped with the fairies.
Re: It's utter balls, and not the doggy kind....
<winkey>R still works.
It's horrible on a non-tablet device. I'm really disappointed with Apple^H^H^H Microsoft for their belligerent attempt to fit a square peg in a round hole. Everything is not a tablet and tablets aren't the answer to all problems.
First impressions after installing it today...
Downloaded it this afternoon as an ISO so I could install it in a VM on my Mac.
The installation was great. 10/10 for cleaning that up Microsoft. Well done.
It runs quite well, the main operating system's working in the way that all operating systems should, i.e. you don't notice them.
Now the problem. It's the User Interface. If you're not using a touch tablet, the gestures are completely inappropriate for a laptop/desktop machine. For instance the logon requires you to drag up a cover from the bottom. Sorry, it's naff on a desktop.
Where are the applications? There's a load of pre-loaded stuff in the start screen, most of which is inappropriate for work; games, music, etc. Apart from <winkey>R, I can't find any applications to run. Not notepad, nuffing. Microsoft have lost the Start menu and replaced it with... well, nothing I can see.
The applications are really weird too. I can't seem to work out how to get context menus up on things like the PDF viewer or IE. Just odd.
I know it's a first cut preview and accept they'll be changes. But this is not good at all. Someone with 30 odd years of experience of all sorts of Graphical User Interfaces and I'm left feeling like a total numptie. I've no idea how it works and I've never before been left feeling like this.
I'm particularly disappointed as I was really hoping that Microsoft would show Apple how it's done. Yes, honestly. Unfortunately, it's like Microsoft took the worst things of Lion and then raided the rejects bin. For a user with large screens, keyboard & mouse, the tablet interface is horrible. OSX Lion is not good when compared with previous versions (vis-a-vis Launch Control and Mission Control). Windows 8 just doesn't have that finesse and is very far from intuitive.
As a desktop operating system user interface it's a complete disaster. If Windows 8 gets released like this it will really flop in business.
Now, lets re-visit this posting in a few years to see what happens.
The offset keyboard is uncomfortable when using it on your lap as the lappie needs to be straight but your arms moved to the left whilst your head is twisted to the right.
It's a LOW res screen
900 in the vertical is a low resolution screen. Don't care about the horizontal resolution; it's vertical that counts.
What is it with these damn laptop manufacturers that make them always whitter on about bloody telly resolutions? A laptop is for WORK not watching telly you numskulls. Even powerpoint needs a lower aspect ratio. Then there's that poxy ribbon...
New Nokia WinPhone review
That was hilarious too; couldn't even keep its charge for a day.
Just imagine what the battery life will be like with a general purpose kernel with context switched drivers and application multi-tasking. Maybe they want to bring back the old Motorola brick for the battery, it's so retro it'll probably sell as a fashion accessory.
Proving the old adage...
Security. Ease of use. Low cost.
Pick any two.
Finally, my Firefox memory problems are solved...
I've been really fed up with the constant demands for greater memory that Firefox has. So finally I've solved it; installed 16Gb of RAM in the laptop. Lightweight my arse.
If Microsoft had their way there'd be one browser. Thankfully we have choice of several which are far better for the competition.
I, like you Grease Monkey, am fed up with Firefox's shenanigans. The problem with having only one version is there's nothing to differentiate a "real" update (that's a Major one in old money) with a "pseudo" update (wot we called a minor upgrade last year).
As a developer I'm particularly pissed off -- that's way more than mildly miffed -- at the constant issues with the addins. I absolutely have to have certain addins working; without them there's no point in using Firefox. Therefore I need to differentiate between a viable upgrade and, well, bollocks.
I particularly hate being used as some marketing gimp by Mozilla.
For me, there's no other browser which comes anywhere near Firefox for web development. I couldn't imagine what work would be like without Firebug, the Web Developer Toolbar, Life of Request, and the minor tools (which to be honest are available on Chrome) such as Measure It and Colorzilla. I morn for the excellent HTML Tidy which got hammered in one of the architectural changes.
If Firebug and the full Web Dev Toolbar were available on another browser (and not that MS shite which is Windwos VII only), I'd be out of here like a shot.
Gimp icon as I know my place.
At least we have choice in our browsers. Interesting that Safari's not mentioned:-)
Nope ^ 2
> "Yes, I assume all laptops will morph into a tablet or ultrabook form factor at some point."
Including all the larger screen laptops; the higher-resolution laptops; the high-performance laptops; the large storage laptops.... Nah, I doubt it.
The low end might morph into smaller, lighter, lower powered, lower resolution clones. But not *all* laptops by a very long shot.
The premium price is for a premium product
Compare like for like and Apple's products are very competitive and very often cheaper than their rivals. At this point I could go off to Sony and find an equivalent to the MacBook Air, but I'll pass as there won't be one made from a single piece of metal nor have I ever found Sony to beat Apple on price on a like-for-like basis.
And Sony laptops feel like cheap tat in comparison.
Apple must be bricking themselves...
Suddenly all manufacturers are going to be making lovely quality metal ultrabooks with high performance...
What's that Skippy: you think they'll all be pig ugly plastic pieces of cheapo crap running Windos?
For that kind of price it should include a whole load more features. There was me thinking about £100-£150. The EPG doesn't look that good either.
you're assuming that iOS will remain static. And WinPhOS hits its targets.
Interesting that the report assumes that WinPhOS' main rival is iOS and not Android. Seems odd as WinPhOS will end up being given away as MS chuck money at it; therefore taking market share from Android.
Yep, that'll be the case. WInPhOS will be given away, so takes market share. Should we flog this to Microsoft as a strategy?
On another graph, profit, iOS is shown as 80% with all the rest left in the noise.
In the beginning there was Yahoo (note without the !), around 1995. This was good, but Google was better.
Why go back to Yahoo! when it's full of advertising crap. Google was a paragon of peace in comparison. Even! Yahoo! written! in! a! sentence! gets! on! one's! tit!
Is this the file system to be "released in the Cairo** timescale"?
** Cairo, for younger readers, is the codename for Windows 2000. Microsoft pulled loads of features from Cairo including the file system.
IE9 is NOT a good browser
Try running the ACID3 tests (acid3.acidtests.org). You won't ever get 100% because it doesn't support all the standards that ALL other browsers support. For example background gradients, animations, etc.
And it's full of bugs - e.g. Peekaboo's back.
There's a difference between just "using" it and developing with/for it.
IE9's not that good either when compared with proper browsers -- that's pretty much any other browser.
Alas IE8/9 running in IE7 mode only emulates some of the endless bugs and features.
The only guaranteed way of ensuring IE7 compatibility is using IE7 on both XP and Vista (yes, I have come across some bugs that only occur on IE7/Vista and not IE7/XP).
Test [virtual] machines
Lets hope the myriad machines we use for testing these God-forsaken IE browsers aren't updated silently. There are some people who *need* to use older IE versions!
Dent xiao Gates?
The image springs to mind of the ageing Chinese leader Deng Xaioping smiling and clapping to an audience of thousands. Ok, anything to see the back of Monkey Boy, but it's a truly damming enditement of Microsoft's current state that this could even be considered.
Hobson's Choice; they've only themselves to blame.
No innovation required
At least Microsoft will be on home ground here; just copy Apple et al and let their size and marketing budget do the rest. Or at least that's probably what Monkey Boy is thinking.
Anything that avoids taking the lead in innovation.
Seems like Microsoft's biggest challenge is their so-called executive leaders.
That's the Twitter generation for you
A bit like the economic disaster we all knew was coming, the current trend for twittering passing as communication will also end in tears.
Damn, why did this reply add up to 140 charact
Be my friend...
Be my friend, my special friend, be my friend, like me, ooh please be my friend
For goodness sake, just grow up
The one good thing about El Reg is you can UnLike someone. What is it with the 'Mercans where they only have a 'like'.
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