85 posts • joined Sunday 12th April 2009 16:19 GMT
Fixed that for you.
Take that Lumia 620.
Charge, charge, charge: the Rhino school of management.
Charge for Windows 8 which PC makers and their customers don't want on their non touch desktops.
Charge an annual subscription for the only serious product they have left Office 365.
Charge over the odds for low spec PC hardware dressed up as a next gen console.
Was that what his parting shot meant?
Hope they don't find a replacement who is sensible and boring like BG, they just might do what they intended instead....
Bye bye Monkey Boy life won't be nearly as amusing once you are gone.
Re: That's especially true if Microsoft is the company with the button.
When M$ was trying to sell Vista they released SP3 for XP. A friend of mine updated his XP box and suddenly his network connection to his Xbox and NAS stopped. M$ advised him that upgrading to Vista would solve this.
When Win 8.0 was dying on the shelves M$ released a patch for Win 7 which bugged 3rd party security suites and caused havoc for some folks. The M$ strategy for upselling products folks don't want is ignorance and fear.
Re: Sophisticated zero-day in-memory payload flaw ..
It is a reflexive verb, my program has a bug in it, your program has a flaw, their program is a car crash.
Been watching the slow motion car crash of IE from Firefox for over a decade. Have to thank M$ for ending IE at v4.5 on my OS.
If upgradable tech is wrong I don't want to be right.
Got my mum a 13" MBP with non retina screen, she loves it; took me 5 mins and £36 to up its RAM to 8 GB, I will sling in a SSD when the HDD wears out. Tell me about this glued in battery and soldered on RAM again, I'm still not grokking it.
Words from a Profit.
My employer recently offered a tech purchasing scheme with NI discount and repayments through salary over 3 years. The mass of orders generated were for iMacs,Tablets and Laptops. Mostly Apple kit but also many Galaxy Tabs. Folks who wouldn't have even considered giving their kids iPads for Crimble are now paying for several without even noticing. Vendors need to use enticement and easy terms to get anywhere now.
Previously technophobic staff who wouldn't pay £400 for a laptop are spending £1500 without blinking.
So speaketh the profit!
Re: Keep taking the tablets?
The very idea of folk touching a 27" IPS with their grubby little digits makes me come over all Sheldon.
Set phasers to Righteous Indignation!
I abandoned iMac format Macs in 2008 when I calculated I would have to replace with a newer model every 3-4 years due to the lack of upgrades. 2013 I am still using the 2008 Mac Pro octo 2.8 I bought with all the upgraded bits in it running very smoothly.
I added an i7 Hackintosh to my arsenal this year but both machines are used equally tbh.
The Macinnacan Pro out next will knacker upgrading anything Apple made when it is released. :(
Hey it looks like a gaming PC not a console.... Funny that.
Steam is already built around the Intel & Nvidia PC hardware used by so many Windows users playing Valve's games. I don't think Valve want to make a console they just want all those existing gaming PCs to get their Linux distro installed on them so they can sell their market games without giving M$ the cut they want.
If I was Valve I'd do that, the hardware model is already sitting on their customer's desks. They don't need to buy another device they just need to slip in another drive partition.
Re: M$ would never extort money out of other businesses in this way.
1) Nope not claiming that, I'm saying that both companies are using antiquated patent laws to extract revenue from their competitors in a manner that makes both of them appear to be Patent Troll megacorps.
2) The amount of money paid out is kinda moot (arbitrary sums at best), the ethics of such behavior is the question. They both play this game to their own advantage and therefore are basically the same. Sell 500 million Xboxes? Yeah, they would love to wouldn't they. Then M$ wouldn't have to buy up the rights to license Nokia's patents for the next 10 years to help ensure future prosperity.
M$ would never extort money out of other businesses in this way.
No... wait... Microsoft is estimated to collect somewhere near $8 in royalties per Android device, however, meaning its royalty fees could total $3.4 billion in 2013.
From now on I will be referring to M$ as Pot and Google as Kettle.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders,"
But NO, Redmond hasn't given up on Windows RT
Shame cos everyone else & dog has.
Hang on lads, I've got an idea.....
Maybe they could call this new venture and any new handsets MSN... no, wait...
+1 for the Patent Troll Division. I see profitability for many years to come, gouging fees from the competition, outsourcing all the hard work, developing, manufacturing and selling the hardware to the already dominant players in a market M$ still hasn't made significant headway in.
At least Mexico loves you Steve!
Be a yes man instead.
When I receive a cold call I just answer every question with "Yes". Initially the sales twat gets quite animated at the sound of all these affirmative responses but when you state that your name or bank account details are "Yes" as well they begin to realise they are wasting their own time too.
"Are you answering yes to all my questions?"
If we all did it, all day, everyday, they might get just the message.
Re: Burn baby burn
In 2005 I was playing WoW on a G5 iMac, the IBM CPU would hit 90 degrees and keep the room lovely and warm on a long winter's night in Molten Core. The twin fans sounded like a remote control aircraft was flying round the room and my nickname on coms was Squadron Leader...
Jump you suckers!
Is this the last Monkey Boy edict to M$'s pet phone firm? Full steam ahead and damn the Android torpedoes!
The turd polishing competition is certainly hotting up.
There is never a perfect time...
This article from 2010 kinda points to the perfect time, about 3 years ago to be precise:
Apparently he opened the 2nd envelope twice...... he probably knew what was in the 3rd one already.
Re: Not just The Who
Ten D vs. 1D ? We win baby!
Maybe 1D should talk about the Hard F*cking....
Re: You'd have to pay me to use it
Re: You'd have to pay me to use it
That really is the point, BYOD only exists because companies stack cheap Windows hardware in the workplace and hand out Blackberrys like smarties, while their average employee pays good money to use iPhones, iPads and Android devices instead.
The whole M$ hardware strategy seems completely business based. In my workplace we are paid to use the Dell/Hp made desktops on an XP ridden network, the office staff are given Blackberrys to link in to it by email but practically every staff member has an Apple or Android in their pocket which they paid for themselves. We did have 2 guys with Winphones, one gave his away and bought a new iPhone5 contract instead, the other was overjoyed with his wife's hand-me-down iPhone4 when her boss gave her a new iPhone5. Poor battery life and lack of specific Apps was their main complaints.
I seem to be suffering from Deja Moo
The Sex Pistols had a compilation album released just after they broke up, now what was it called?
"Hey lads! Get the jump leads quick I swear I saw one of its hooves moving!"
I hope he gets his payout.
If enough spurious claims get paid out for dubious battery fires the manufacturers might actually design a safe one. I'm not asking for built in meltdown sensors and halon dispensers just a battery that won't go nuclear in yer pocket or while on charge.
Well meaning idiocy from the Nanny state.
This reminded me of several online discussions on the subject of access to prøn being a reducer in sex crimes or not:
All interesting reading and far from conclusive in either direction. I suggest the powers that be read more and legislate less before attempting to jump on a Daily Mail bandwagon.
The Following is a true story, only the names have been changed, to protect the guilty.
About a decade ago I visited a friend on a Nottingham housing estate for a couple of days. He proudly announced that he was now on a cable internet service having given up on a copper 2Mb ADSL line.
I was interested to see what the difference was and at about 11pm at night it was indeed mucho faster. Unfortunately, during the day and especially between 4pm to 8pm eBay pages would take minutes to load and his torrents would grind to a halt for hours. As for attempting to game online or perform a Widows Update, forget it till well past bedtime for the majority of the estate's kids.
I presumed that the cable salesman had sold a line to every bloody house in the estate with a PC and the whole damn lot of them were being strained through 1 box at the end of the access road.
Next time I visited, internet service was now being provided by a 3G ISP direct to his laptop and he'd told the cable company exactly where to stick their bills. It was still slow but at least he was getting exactly what he was expecting and no other bugger was hogging the bandwidth.
Sell, sell, sell!
$14 million worth of M$ shares could very easily become $10 million or even $7 million by 2016. If I was the man with the golden ejector seat I'd be converting them to greenbacks pronto.
Having said that, it sounds like the best defenestration you could hope to get, provided you don't end up spending the rest of your life sitting in a courtroom on the wrong side of monkey boy, defending the indefensible....
I think our Government is holding the Tax Form wrong.
They could very easily apply a different tax model to multinational companies who pull this kind of shite.
Double the VAT component on their goods and make it non refundable too.
"Are you taking the piss buddy?" says Apple.
"Well you started it mate." says HMRC.
Ah, waves of distortion lapping round your eyeballs and the valves keeping the room nice and warm on a cold winters night. Pass the cocoa love, the Old Grey Whistle Test will be on in a minute.
Nix mania and Dick sons are a match made in retail purgatory.
Bought a Hard drive/DVD-R recording TV box from Pixmania quite a while ago, 4 attempts to get Parcel Farce to deliver it and it finally arrived with a moulded-on European plug and French documentation. An ideal present for my Mum and only 2 weeks after Xmas. Never again.
Bought a 60GB iPod from PC World donkeys ago and took out a guarantee with it for £1.99/month. 7 years later it started forgetting everything. Dixons/PCworld tech desk guy tries manfully to get it repaired under the cover 3 times. KnowHow send it back each time still screwed and after 5 weeks delay each attempt. The fine print says if they can't fix it in 3 attempts I get a new one. KnowHow says only if all 3 attempts are within 90 days. How can I get 3 repairs done in 90 days if they take over 30 days to return it each time? PCworld tech desk man slams phone down on KnowHow advisor after 30 mins trying to resolve that one...
Hello Amazon, would you like me to buy something today?
My word, is that you Sony-san?
When asked his football loyalties a Glaswegian friend of mine said "I'm not biased, I don't care who beats Rangers."
As a Mac user for the last 20 years I have the same attitude towards M$.
For all my misgivings about pretty much all Sony tech since the PS-1, I am very glad they just announced this new declaration of war on the Ballmerboxers.
Lend me 10 pounds and I'll buy you a drink Mr Kazuo Hirai!
Re: @Colin Ritchie:$400 behemoths
I agree, a dedicated GPU on the same die as the CPU, specifically designed for playing games, will do a better job at playing games. I wasn't claiming that the same hardware in a PC will perform as well in that task specifically. My statement was purely about how much that hardware costs, nothing more. How the Xbone utilizes it is down to the architecture and the programming, not the price.
The cost price of the components will be far less to M$ than to a retail buyer of the same components for their PC. An 8 core AMD CPU and a 7790 GFX card will rush a punter about $300, I assume M$ will pay less than half that, especially as they come on the same die. I would also expect the profit margin on an Xbone to be above 50% even before M$ shaft their loyal punters with punitive DRM and extortionate new game price. Monkey boy will be creaming himself if he gets away with this cash cow herd model and his position as head milker will be secure till retirement.
I have one more concern for APU tech with such high performance potential: heat dissipation. I sincerely hope they have got that right, otherwise the red ring of death may be a "feature" of Xbox architecture once again.
Mac Pro Mini
So glad I Hackintoshed back in January, adios amoebas!
Re: It's terrible
Guessing the Xboys don't like the inference that their next gen console is made out of cheap PC hardware, I can refer you to another source:
I ain't making this crap up folks, M$ love a good profit margin as much as Apple do.
Re: It's terrible
The pc GFX card equal to the Xbone's GPU is the AMD Radeon 7790, which retails for $149 in the USA.
It is a mid range card with mediocre performance compared to the $400 behemoths available from both AMD and Nvidia.
Looks like M$ just Xboned the console market again....
While I'm sure Slacker Radio is indeed lovely, it is only available in the USA and Canada.
The other 6.3 billion members of the human race cannot appreciate how lovely it is.....
The All-in-one Upgrade Kit is a sledgehammer and a cheque book.
I started out with iMacs as my primary computers. A Bondi Blue in 1999, G4 Lampstand 2002 and a G5 20" white slab in 2005. As I progressed thru the cycle I noticed, how little I could upgrade on them.
The Bondi was most upgradable, I modded the CPU (233 to 600 mHz), HDD (4Gb to 80Gb), RAM (96mb to 512mb) and even the GFX card (adding a Voodoo2 8mb to the mezzanine slot).
The G4 I was reduced to RAM and a Airport card as self made mods.
The G5 I could change nothing on, it was already maxed out for RAM and the HDD was huge.
Then my philosophy changed, instead of replacing my Mac every 3 years as Apple obviously wanted me to I bought a base unit 2008 Mac Pro octo and upgraded it myself over the next 5 years. Apple got just £1700 of my cash and the RAM, HDDs, SDD and flashed PC GFX cards all cost me a fraction of what Apple wanted me to pay them to fit. £4000+ worth of Mac workstation for just over 2 grand...
The Mac Pro still runs like a dream today and tears many off the shelf PCs a new one even now.
I went yet another step further this year, I Hackintoshed £1200 worth of PC parts to make a beast 30% faster than the Mac Pro, now they play very well together and satisfy my insatiable lust for power. Just.
If I had stayed with All in ones, Apple or some other vendor would still be rubbing their hands every 3 years.
Once you go Hack you never go back.
Re: Hypocrisy is the greatest luxury
I can't possibly argue with Billy Connolly, he has my undying respect having reached the ripe old age of 71.
You may not think that much of an achievement but you have to consider that is 355 in Glaswegian years.
Will the Dole accept that being Fat or Ugly makes you Unemployable?
If so we have a new sick note waiting to happen and an another 2 million long term unemployed we will never shift....
Superficial judgmental idiots being in charge of recruitment is just about right I suppose. Most women job applicants have known about this for decades and doll themselves up to the nines for interviews.
Having said that, I have worked for a boss who never hired any bloke he thought was better looking than himself, so it works both ways, my acne scarred complexion made me an ideal candidate to work for him.
In the last 25 years I have worked in many office and factory environments where beauty or attractiveness has often been inversely proportional to effort, education or personal initiative and I have promoted staff in my department according on those metrics rather than how much effort they put into making themselves look fuckable.
Re: Prevention is better than cure.
I appreciate that not every heart attack is caused by nurture but is just as likely to be nature. My Dad died in 2002 aged 58 after 3 heart attack in 90 minutes. When the post mortem stated premature ageing of the heart I asked the cause.
Poor diet in early life, excessive drinking and a sedate pace of life were all prime suspects but ultimately the most likely trigger was inherited.
I don't claim that brown rice will save you (or me for that matter) but causality doesn't ignore the fact that taking excessive health risks certainly won't increase your chances of survival. Good luck with your circulatory system, I hope it sees you well into your retirement.
Suck, squeeze, bang, blow.
I was wondering that too, current reasoning includes lower alcohol and fat consumption in Japanese males, higher efficiency of Japanese cigarette filters, less carcinogens in Japanese tobacco and later uptake in smoking age within Japanese society. Diet including high levels of fish oils and different exercise levels are possible components as well.
There may be a genetic link to lung cancer resistance too but this has not been proved yet. Certainly worth studying I reckon.
Prevention is better than cure.
Without the NHS keeping our sorry asses alive we would have a much worse life expectancy in the UK. Before WW 2 anyone too poor to afford a doctor either suffered and died or threw themselves at the mercy of charitable institutions who struggled manfully to keep them alive with a far higher failure rate than would be acceptable today. In 1930 a British citizen expected to live to 60 on average, 20 years less than today and if they were going under the knife they made a will.
We are currently 27th (between Belgium and Germany) for longevity and only 2 years behind the leaders Japan using a "free" state health service that everyone seems to attack for not being perfect.
Much like our ancestors our chances of survival are much more likely if we don't have need for elective surgery and the process of educating the whole population to avoid the need for it is an expense that the NHS knowingly shoulders to reduce the need for expensive operations and after care.
Don't smoke, don't drink and drive, don't shag strangers without a condom, eat veggies and get off your lazy arse to do some exercise so we don't have to treat your cancer, liver failure, heart disease, RTA injuries or STDs. That is the real way to reduce the need to cut folks open and potentially kill them by doing so.
Might reduce the strain on the system too, maybe.
The PC market is evolving not dieing.
Miniaturization and increased portability are attractive right now. Huge supercomputer powered towers are old news to a population who live, shop, play and bitch online. Manufacturers are following the trends of lower cost, lower powered, longer battery life mobile tech because it is what folks want. Gamers will buy consoles or huge liquid cooled rigs, the rest of the domestic market just need a sofa surfer that fits in their handbags.
Apple made it easy, Android made it cheap, M$ made it torture to use on a non touch device or even worse a vertical touch screen.
The current PC component based hardware players need to run with the trend or become niche market for big business workstations/servers or sweaty gamer basements, everyone else is taking their tablet to the beach.....
Having used various Android apps on my cheap but cheerful, low end smartphone (£70 PAYG), I have come to the conclusion that anything that can be browser based should be browser based.
Firefox for Android uses less resources and works more reliably than many other specific apps I've encountered, Youtube and Facebook in particular. Strangely enough when Apple Maps replaced Google Maps in iOS I found Google Maps just as useful in Safari. I assume the same situation exists in Nokia land.
I went the other way.
Faced with a £3500 bill for a new Mac Pro to my desired spec, I decided to reverse engineer the problem.
Putting OS X 10.8.3 Mountain Lion on a hand built i7 Hackintosh with the same performance cost me £1200 instead; I'm still waiting for a blue screen or problem 5 months later. Meanwhile the Windows boxes at work crash more often than Lindsey Lohan in a Maserati.
I could put Windows on it too and compare reliability I suppose but I really don't need it thanks.
Maybe if a new game catches my eye...
Gotta agree with the Grados SR60s, on my 2nd pair in 10 years and loving every note.
I went down the old school route to decent hi-fi which cost a fraction of the prices folk want for "proper" equipment nowadays.
2nd hand Rogers LS2a speakers for £115 a pair, NAD 3020i amp for £100 (when new in the 90's!) and a pair of Sennheiser PX100-II for £20 when HMV went bust, which blew away a Bleats by Dr Dre-adful owner at work when I convinced him to swap for 5 minutes....
He was gutted at the trouncing a tiny pair of cans for a tenth of the price handed out to his pride and joys.
Love the old kit it works better, lasts longer and ears haven't evolved any different since.
Are you sure you don't want a nice new Win 8 build ?
When Vista was being ignored by the XP masses M$ released SP3 for XP. It killed all sorts of network functionality on a friend of mine's PC. His NAS and Xbox mysteriously decided to stop connecting to it and M$ suggested he update to Vista to restore his previously happy networking situation. He preferred a clean reinstall of XP and blocking SP3 on the updates list. M$ made sure SP3 nagged and attempted to be applied forever more.
I can't help thinking that Win 7 users will suffer a string of unhelpful and increasingly buggy patches till the herd accept that this crap isn't going away till they buy in to Win 8 and are properly assimilated into the collective.
Re: @ Colin Ritchgie However....
I suggest neither, I only speak from personal opinion. I have not and will never pay Microsoft for any of their software. Having said that I have bought and loved 2 Microsoft USB mice, the best things M$ ever made imho and a steal at 26 pounds each. The software is and always was extortionately priced mutton dressed as lamb.
As for your milked Apple fanboi assumptions, I'm posting from my Hackintosh. The Jobs is dead, long live the Jobs!
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