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Re: One key difference between 8 and Vista
This is pretty much bang-on IMHO, I've got two laptops at home that I use a fair bit and when the drive died in one last year I took the plunge and installed Win 8 on it rather than it's original OS of Win 7. In "under-the-hood" terms 8 is brilliant, it installed really quickly, picked up alomost all the hardware and boots and runs very quickly. TIFKAM really, really doesn't work in a traditional mouse and keyboard setup though. Give it me on something like the Surface Pro and I can imagine it being brilliant but on a laptop or desktop? No thanks.
The frustrating thing is that offering a choice of "Win 7" mode out the box would have had me giving 8 a solid thumbs up!
Re: Heavy user of video on Live here
Hit submit too early!
I was going to say that when I had skyplayer it worked very well on the XBOX - it was so slick it was easy to forget you were watching through a console at all :)
Heavy user of video on Live here
I use my Live Gold account far more for video/music than I do for gaming - the LoveFilm, 4oD and VIVO apps in particular. I've got a PS3 and when I've used 4oD or iPlayer on there it's been rubbish to be honest - it seems to be that they just use a lightly modified version of the web page which feels very clunky. My BD player (Sony) has Lovefilm and it's not a patch on the XBOX version - it's far,far harder to navigate. I don't have it any more but when I had a SkyPlayer subscription
I nearly bought one
The 900 looked good and I've been very impressed with the plays I've had with WP8. The only reason I didn't was because I decided to hang on a few weeks when the WP8 rumours started and then when the announcement was made and it essentially ticked all my boxes I binned the notion off. I tend to have a phone for a couple of years at a time at least so where's the sense in not waiting for WP8?
Not pleasant :(
I'm no fan of Stallman's - in fact I think he is borderline demented but this isn't something I'd wish on the guy.
Re: Stallman's definition of "truly free"...
It is a little strange - not that there is anything wrong with "free software" as in Stallman's definition exactly, it's just his somewhat lunatic insistance that every developer should be FORCED to release software in this fashion that I have a problem with. To quote the man himself:
"A non-free program is a system of unjust power and shouldn't exist. The existence and use of non-free software [which] is a social problem. It's an evil. And our aim is a world without that problem.'"
If he ever achieves that aim then I'll be changing career!
Something funny, and or clever.
I continues to amaze me how without fail every time there is a change or "improvement" to facebook it actually makes me want it less. So glad I never signed up and never have any intention of doing so.
Still doesn't make sense
I'd be suprised if there were people so desperate for the other fixes that they couldn't wait "a few days" for the next release.
the PHP guys are from from alone in making screw-ups (lets not even go there on the amount of big names who have released updates that have properly screwed things up) but let's not pretend this is anything other than a clusterfuck.
Live by the sword..
..die by the sword. Someone deleted the data that waste of oxygen Assange acquired illegally. Boo-Fucking-Hoo.
Maybe BoA did pay this guy a fee to wipe the data, maybe he just felt that he didn't want any more people becoming "collateral damage". Maybe the people who leaked the data don't fancy ending up like that idiot Manning and asked him to delete it themselves. Does it really matter?
Except of course to watch it on Sky you still have to pay that £150 a year PLUS another £360 a year to Sky. Care to explain how that is going to be better value for money?
Couldn't have said it better myself
I was pretty much intending to post almost exactly the same thing but since you covered it quite well I don't think I will - I'll just say good on that man :)
The only thing I would add is that at this stage we don't have any direct confirmation that the census hack itself has happened but the post is just as valid without it.
When will the users learn?
What suprises me about things like this is not that facebook keeps making these "mistakes" but that no-one amongst the userbase ever seems to learn the one simple rule to facebook - never give it any information or images that you wouldn't want to be made public.
Privacy settings are all well and good but they have shown time and time again that they aren't trustworthy nor constant. If people are happy to give up that information in order to get whatever percieved benefit they get from facebook then that's all well and good, if you aren't willing to make that trade then don't be on facebook. I for one have chosen not to make that particular deal and I'm not telling other people that they shouldn't - I just wish they would actually learn what it is they are doing.
Not my experience
"If you'd tried a "one size fits all" version of Windows you'd have had more grief than any Linux distro"
Sorry but I'm not buying that.
Over the years I've taken many different versions of Windows from 3.11 to 7 in "off the shelf" form and installed them on both generic and big-brand hardware and more often then not getting everything "just working" has been more painless then not. Conversely most of my installations of desktop flavours of Linux have been utter nightmares at getting some of the simplest things working (especially grahics and sound).
Now these are just general trends - I've had configurations that have been utter pigs to get Windows just to boot on and I've had Linux installs that practically did themselves AND made me a cup of tea, and on the whole Linux has been getting alot better (and I applaud the hard work of the people that have been making that happen) but at this point in time if I wanted to take a PC (either branded or custom build) and pick the OS I thought was going to be easiest to get up and running then it would still be Windows every time. W7 in particular makes the experience very painless IME.
(Mine's the one with the Windows 7 disc on the pocket)
The power of negative connotations is amazing
I've always been against the whole Guantanamo Bay thing - it never seemed like a good idea to me on either human rights or tactial grounds but such is the power of the negative connotations that the name now holds for me that the very term "WikiLeaks" in the title meant that my first thought was just "will that twat Assange just fuck off already?"
Sound strategy != conspiracy
There's not really enough info to determine if the lack of supply is deliberately engineered there is no denying that it certainly doesn't hurt Apple and the extra "hype" generated actually helps with the product's image and probably their whole brand image. If you were looking at buying a gadget and there were two different products, one that was in plentiful supply and one that was generating worldwide headlines for selling out if you knew nothing else to differentiate them then you'd probably automatically think that the sold out one must be the "better" product.
So why on earth would they spend the extra time/resources to ensure a greater stock level at launch? Generally if someone has decided they want an iPad then they aren't going to change to a competitor just because they will have to wait a day or two for their desired fondleslab so they aren't going to lose any sales and the buzz might even generate them more in the long term.
Geez - Will the CIA just quietly black bag the guy already? Assange is like some kind uber-troll who seems to take the youtube comments approach to the real world and I'm sick of hearing from him and about him.
well done madam
Aside from the casual sexism that was a quality post petal ;)
You've got to compare apples with apples
If the complainant in this case was rolling up several Firefox versions' market share together to beat IE8's share then IE would need to be allowed to do the same. Sounds sensible to me!
Not a huge deal at this stage
It's certainly not the first Apple device to get a little too toasty but given the number of iPhone 4 handsets sold so far one bursting into flames is little more than a statistical footnote. If it starts happening more frequently then it'll be a big deal but at the moment I'd suggest it's the least of their problems!
Flames because.. what else? :)
It's my ball and I'm taking it home.
I don't think anyone can really dispute that the iPhone platform (and there for development for it) is Apple's ball and they can damn well take it home anytime they like. Those that bang on about rights and freedoms that Apple "owes" them are generally children and the deluded.
However much like the actual balls the saying comes from - if you "take it home" too often then sooner or later you run out of people that want to play with you.
iPhone app development is a good way of making some money right now - the market is strong and barriers to entry are not insurtmountable. Anyone who relies on it totally is an idiot though, Apple can (and has shown that it will) move the goalposts at a drop of a hat so it's no good these people throwing their arms up in the air in shock and horror when they do. To paraphrase a certain popular show involving unfeasibly hot robots "All of this has happened before and all of this will happen again"
Can't think of a title today
Maybe someone should remind apple that just because they design everything in california doesn't mean their products aren't going to be used by people in more rainy climates.
Also you have to love the irony of a product with LCI's that can (allegedly) be triggered by sweat given that "sweatshops" are (allegedly) where apple's products are made :)
Sounds like a serious amount of scaremongering going on here. So essentially its fumes from things like diesel engines (already fairly toxic) interacting with smoke residue left behind on fabrics to produce other toxic fumes. They talk about how it can persist in fabrics for days etc etc.. given how (in the UK at least) people are having to smoke outside anyway the only fabrics affected will be clothes, which get washed alot. Somehow I think they are somewhat overstating the risk here.
Do these experts wear tinfoil headgear? Can they occasionally be heard muttering about the sinister actions of "The Man"? Oh and I'm sure they all drive Priuses as well :D
I really wish Monty would go away
I've gone into great detail on this on other outlets and frankly I can't be arsed to repeat myself. The upshot really is that Monty has no say in MySQL's future any more - he sold that right and was well compensated for it.
At best this is a sad little man who needs to learn to let go of what is no longer his and at worst it is someone with a vested interest trying to promote their own agenda while pretending that he's not. Either way I don't want to hear it.
And as for the dubious e-mailing tactics? I have two words for that... and the second is off!
Not the whole picture
Yes... because web is ALL people use mobile phones for. Riiiight.
I used an N95 for over two years and I can count the amount of times I needed or even wanted to use it for the web on one hand. The iPhone is easily the best mobile browsing device even when you take into account it's woeful lack of flash nothing I've used has beaten it. And if that's the functionality you are looking for then I'd generally recommend it. The N97mini I have now however is certainly more than capable for the minimal web work I need to do on it and for calling/texting people and for taking general snaps it kicks the living shit out of any iPhone I've ever used.
couldnt agree more
but I've heard that track far too many times and I'm still waiting for something that qualifies as "singing"
calm down dear.. its only a news article
El Reg aren't exactly baying for Apple's blood here... they are just reporting the issue. Just because Apple don't like talking about it when they have problems doesn't mean that no-one else is allowed to!
Somehow I think that if this was Dell or HP you wouldnt have batted an eyelid at it being reported.
The villagers are revolting
The opposite side of the spin would be to say that the Chairman of BT is eating his own dog food - and at beta level as well :)
To say its "corruption" is probably just jealousy, most people get some perks at the company they work for (employee discount and whatnot) and amazingly the top people get the best perks. It's not rocket science to work that out. Some people really do think that everyone in a top exec job has somehow just woken up one morning and been handed it on a platter, these are probably the same people who put in the bare minimum at work and then wonder why they never get the raise or the promotion.
Seems some people really don't learn
In a Shock of the Day(TM) it would appear that the hard of thinking who didn't realise not changing the default password was a Bad Thing still didn't spot it after they had it demonstatred to them by the Rickrolling guy. In other news night is dark and snow is cold.
<joke>Well know we know how Apple reviews apps for the app store - it uses a Google Algorithm</joke>
On a more serious note Google's inconsitencies are massive, while I'm not a fan of ANY price comaprison site (one of those things I think most of humanity would vote to un-invent) the way that some such as Foundem drop/get penalised yet many dozens of others, many of which are even worse when viewed using the Holy guidelines continue to clog our results. As others have said I find googling for product info to be worthless these days!
In terms of "when monopolies attack" I'd say that google is one of the worst - a serious drop in google rankings can almost destroy a business and that gives them absurd levels of power in the e-commerce arena.
PS: We need an evil google icon!
Oh I get it Windows IS malware, I see what you did there. I'm sure with such an original and razor-sharp wit you were a big hit in the 1970s or whenever the 5 seconds happend that comment was actually considered funny or insightful.
@Mithvetr & Craig 29:
In simple steps here's how to ensure you have a working copy of Win-7 once the RC expires:
1. Buy Win-7 retail
2. Install it
Paris because even she could have worked that one out.
.. our gigantic Jacko Robot overlords
Does anyone else expect a conspiracy theory to start now implying that he's not dead and they buried a robotic duplicate?
Not as straightforward as it looks
Apple have done very well in the last couple of years - they have come from nothing in the phone sector to substantial profitability in a very small space of time. However if you are trying to look at the Apple phones dept in isolation then the profit figures are a bit misleading - the basic design procedure of the iPhone was to take an iPod Touch and shoehorn some old phone tech in (which, depending on who you believe they may not have properly paid for :D ). This would have been very cheap to do and with the handset being retailed at the high-end of the market it would have been very profitable on a per-handset basis. Later revisions of the hardware haven't hugely strayed from this tactic, the phone hardware is all being introduced that little bit behind the rest and its therefore coming to Apple when its already established and probably cheaper to implement.
Oh and before the fanboys start screaming I'm not knocking Apple here - I might not be an iPhone fan but the way they have approached it has been very successfully making them money so i tip my hat to them! The mobile phone business isn't about making the best handsets - its about making the most profit and on that score Apple win 2009
Nokia have done ok considering the financial disaster that was the Full Fat N97, to have a flagship phone that has by their standards flopped completely is surely going to have been a big blow to profitability. R&D for it must have been substantially expensive (even if QC wasn't :D ), and they have ended up costing themselves a lot both in lost sales and all the remedial work carried out to the phone.
Looking to the future however the Mini appears to be a very good bit of kit and anecdotal evidence suggests its selling OK, alot of the development cost for the Mini has been and gone with the N97 debacle and the phone still retails for a healthy amount. Couple this with the N900 being due any minute as well and I think 2010 may well be a better year for them.
Seems like a reasonable response from Microsoft
They are quite within their rights to ban the freetards from Live (its in the ToS black and white), they arent bricking the console and from what I've heard they don't even ban the Live account itself. The user owns the 360 and as such they can change it and do stuff to it - but they don't own Live and access to Live is not a right that comes with having the 360.
As regards the sales tactic commens than yes they obviously want you to buy a new 360 but they arent putting a gun to your head on that one. If not a single one of the banned users bought another 360 I seriously doubt they would lose alot of sleep over it. You've already bought the 360 orignally and since you are pirating chances are you aren't buying alot of games so they lose out on what £40 a year for your Live? Big deal!
With timing it with the release of MW2 it not only ensures high levels of media coverage of the ban to remind people of the possible consequences of modding their console it also helps that the people frantic to play MW2 might just go out and buy another 360, also it means that people who want it but are tempted to save the £50 and pirate the game might just buy it instead so the publisher wins too.
I'm genuinely shocked at the way some of the media is painting Microsoft as the bad guys here (yes Radio1 I'm looking at you), some days I swear if MS went round capturing serial killers there would be some hack interviewing the killers about how their rights had been violated and why shouldnt they be free to go round killing people.
I love a touchscreen for generally navigating around the phone but when it comes to text input IO really need a physical keypad. Hence I'm looking with some interest towards the N97mini which seems to offer the best of both worlds.
I'll fully agree that the general slickness of the experience on the iPhone is one of (possibly the) best touchscreens I've ever used, not just on a phone but full stop - and having that same slickness is the reason why I want to pick up an iPod Touch rather than go for a larger capacity classic. Still fails the text input test for me though so as a phone its a non-starter even before I get to the other problems I have with the iPhone. Other touchscreens I've used have varied from being rather good to downright abysmal, and overall I would say that the poor ones have outnumbered the good so I'm not massively suprised by the results of this survey.
Could be a good thing
If its an external drive allowing movies or for big games (remember they could always release the game on multiple DVDs for those without BR) then where's the problem? If you're in a place with good download for HD content then maybe you won't need it. Otherwise you can get a nice easy way to good HD movies. And to the fanbois STILL arguing about which console is best please for the love of all that is holy GROW UP and follow my patented steps to console happiness:
1. Find out which console has more of the games you like.
2. Buy said console and games
There, that wasn't hard was it?
@Bod: With music I agree with you - sadly people seem happy to ditch anything resembling quality for convenience but with Video I'm not so sure, HD content is proving a big winner for BSkyB (40% rise in Q1 profits!) so there must be some drive from consumers for better video quality.
Terminator: because one day the consoles will rise up and kill us all just to stop the whining
Re: AC @ 19:08
You want standards without patents? Why don't you fund the development of them then? The standards used in the mobile phone world have all cost companies like Nokia a significant amount of time and money to develop - you're suggesting that they should then give the results of all this hard work away to their competitors for free? And you don't see why they might not want to do this?
Allowing IP in standards to remain patented (and reasonably licensed) encourages interoperability between manufacturers, which last time I checked was a Good Thing(TM). The alternatives are that we have lots of different proprietary standards and the consumer loses or you have an independent body create the standards which since it won't be getting any return on any investment will be default be done on a shoe-string which will result in poorer quality of work and certainly less innovation. Once again the consumer loses.
Now that the iPhone is on a network NOT made up of tin cans and string then maybe we'll stop hearing the shrill cries of the fanbois defending O2 when it goes down (again)
Personally as long as it doesn't stop Orange offering handsets that I actually want then I couldn't really care less.
Always a trade off
Microsoft learned the hard way with Vista that OS efficiency is becoming important to the "average user" again - Vista felt like treacle on hardware that XP felt like lightning on and without giving the user that all important sense that it was really doing more for it. Linux needs to be careful not to cross this line, if indeed it hasn't already - these days when selecting an OS for my older boxes I'm generally finding XP gives me a more optimal experience for the resources.
I know there are some nice skinny distros out there that will run quite nicely on the older hardware but often this involves either compromising the user experience or the ease of access to the software I want - sure these are generally things you can work around but when XP is going to do the job and for a fraction of the effort why bother?
Just underlines what I've always said really - paypal is pretty darn rubbish. Still lets not exaggerate here El Reg, the bidding on auctions on eBay is time-sensitive, the actual payment is less so. Paypal doesn't need to be up for you to win an acution just to complete the payment which is a separate action and you usually have a health window of a few days to get that in.
The thing is this isn't the "failure rate" of the iPod... these are the *dangerous* failures. The actual failure rates for the iPod range are much much higher, probably not excessive for a modern consumer device but that's another debate entirely.
The real issue here IMO isn't the failures themselves but Apple's (alleged) responses to them - consumer electronics have been recalled in the past because they *might* catch fire - we have several documented cases of this happening to iPods now and Apple's response is still to adopt the ostrich position and point the lawyers at anyone who wants to do otherwise. As to those who blame the customer, yes they dropped it but I would expect a high quality device to survive such a drop - at worst I would expect it to merely stop working. Do you seriously expect that it should be the norm to expect a dropped MP3 player to catch fire?
Opera - really who cares?
For the major site I look after for work it makes up a titanic 0.33% of traffic, and that's down on 0.37% at this time last year. That makes it a distant fifth behind the fourth placed Chrome with 2.18%
Rather unsuprisingly Opera isn't something I care about much - while I would probably agree they had a sound basis for bringing their case originally this line is a whine too far for me, by all means people who abuse a monopoly should be punished (that's why they got fined) and by all means you should ensure that they only use legitimate tactics to compete in the future - you shouldn't however cripple them... its.. erm... Anti-Competitive
The blue "e" has great brand recognition and associations for the customer, so if they want to compete with that Opera should use good old fashioned marketing - that's what FireFox has done (with reasonable success) and that's what Google are doing right now, anyone seen their flash adds showing some basic generic icons and then the Chrome logo for "Internet"?
Also you know what would go great with any marketing? A good product. Opera should spend less time in the courtroom and more time developing - they used to have the best mobile browser, now Apple do, they used to be a byword for innovation in desktop browsing - now its the same stagnant re-heated rubbish. Right now the only version of Opera that doesn't make me wish I was using a different browser is the Wii one - and tbh I browse on that maybe twice a year.
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