637 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 14:14 GMT
Re: Microsoft going for the Apple lock-in.
"Once you buy Metro apps, then you will be locked in Microsoft in a way that make Microsoft marketing men jump about in excitement. It no longer matters how shit Windows Phone is, you will buy it, because you bought aload of Metro apps...."
Until, in typical Microsoft style (Zune, Plays for Sure, Kin1 and 2), they go off on another tangent, leaving you and your Metro apps in the dust.
Target the entry points into the phone network. These folks have got to be using a significant call volume. Should be easy for the carriers to spot them and shut them down...IF they wanted to.
Re: I took the (extreme) cure
Been there, done that, when we moved my M-I-L into a nursing home.
TWO 30 cu yd dumpsters.
//this may be of use to someone, somewhere
//but not me and not now, so it goes in the dumpster
//powerful motivation for me...
You have inspired me
to fill the trashcan this weekend.
(and my wife thanks you as well)
Re: What about Apple?
He does have a receipt from Apple for the machine, right?
Go to the store, ask to see the manager, tell him you're not leaving until you get a written notice from him giving the date you can pick up your machine. No written notice, you're not leaving. Tell him he can call whoever he has to.
If no notice received by closing time, write to Tim Cook in Cupertino, giving the details and the manager's name, and mention he'll be going to the press in 3 weeks if he doesn't hear anything. Betcha he'll get a nice shiny new MacBook and an apology within 3 weeks.
Re: I often fix for free if its less than 5 minutes....
Good on ya! Seriously, if more (competent) places behaved this way, they'd put the dodgy shops out of business.
Re: carriers being lazy^H^H^H^Hgreedy
And that is exactly what I suspect is happening. The carriers are accepting something under the table, and supplying an internet gateway for SMS spam.
Here in the US, they seem to have moved on to autodialler spam with spoofed caller ID, sent through several layers of obfuscation: an out-of-country autodialler which plays a recorded pitch, then (sometimes -- very unreliably) passes you to a call center located who knows where, which then takes your information and passes it on to some local "franchisee". It's all a scam of course, I don't believe it really is ADT offering me a discount alarm system -- all they want is my credit card number and my address. But there's a lot of money involved -- I get several of these calls a week -- different recorded sales pitches from the same autodialler number. They're running non-stop and it's been many months now.
Network operators can stop this if they want to
"For the network operators, spam texts present an interesting problem too, as they have a contractual responsibility to deliver messages which have been paid for."
They know d@mn well who is sending these messages and can nip it in the bud when and if they choose -- simply by looking for one number sending tens of thousands of messages a day -- how many can there be?. And since the carriers write the terms and conditions for service (oops, sorry, your unlimited data plan isn't really unlimited), they can change the rules at any time. Do you really think the "lads" are going to bring suit because their SMS spam is blocked? These SMS spam are all scams anyway. I haven't seen one from what I would call a reputable business yet; they're all [hot dates now, need money fast?, you have already won!] or variations of the same.
I find targetted ads...
(...annoying, but also...)
...more useful at identifying what I've already bought, than what I might intend to buy in the future.
I also use the same Amazon account (and credit card) to buy stuff for work and personal use. This must play havoc with my "profile".
Aside: I own a Kindle (a very handy device), and often find that the Amazon price for the Kindle edition of an older book is several times the cost of a used paperback from Alibris or ABEBooks. You can imagine where I end up buying the book...
All that's missing
is the Bollywood sound track.
//wonder how long it will last in the market?
I have heard
Ada was better at maths and programming, than she was at playing the ponies and the roulette wheel.
//perhaps statistics wasn't her thing?
Re: Re Article.....
You sound bitter...
WTF is with the tiles on a workstation? I can understand why they might be useful on a tablet, but you'd expect MS to acknowledge that they are not a good fit on an office desktop. Perhaps they could even detect the type of hardware the OS is running on and intelligently configure the default UI accordingly?
IF I am ever forced to use Windows 8 on my desktop at work, the first thing I will do is disable the tiles and go back to the traditional desktop. I agree with Allen that the bimodal UI is confusing, and the hidden gestures required to move between the modes go against everything I was taught about UI design -- mode switching controls should be visible and obvious.
//evaluating Win8 in a VM right now.
Re: Fuck you Microsoft
Having worked for companies that hire H1Bs, I agree with you. All one needs to do is to read the job descriptions (which must by law be posted..though usually in the basement, behind a locked door in a disused closet with a sign saying "beware of leopard"). Requirements like Masters degree with 7 years experience and overly specific expertise...for $40K/yr!
No wonder they can't find any "qualified" citizens willing to take the job.
Weren't these the folks who were building clones of the Cisco routers and running copied Cisco code in them? I think I've discovered the reason they are able to grow so quickly...
It would be difficult to underestimate the technical ineptitude of the average US politician. When this fact is combined with their predilection to speak first and save the challenge of coherent thought for some future time, we get news reports like this one.
a cover showing Earth's location
Helpful for the Vogons when they plan their newest hyperspace bypass.
This is only about prohibiting *sex* for money. Getting paid for passing legislation is still fine.
//large bills in every pocket
Re: Blue US Robotics Sportster....
It didn't have any way to tell if a handset was present, so if you whistled at the correct frequency...it would whisle back (and the attached Teletype would, of course, go nuts).
I remember being a kid in Melbourne in the 60's while Donald Cambell was tearing up Lake Eyre with Bluebird.
Great fun, and beating the Americans (at least for a while) makes it even more fun!
A better question
Does it have a subwoofer?
Steal 100K and you're a criminal
Steal 100 million and you"re "too big to fail"
//sad thing is that in the end, it's always you and me what pays
I use Hotmail
As my throwaway email address; used for orders, given when asked for an email, etc.
It's fit enough for the purpose.
Mine are getting a fruit basket (although they deserve a trip to the pub and the rest of the day off)
LART - Luser Attitude Readjustment Tool
//any similarity to a cricket bat is purely coincidental
How ridiculously sexist!
You must be a "glass half empty" kinda guy.
//RIP, Dr. Ride
Re: Paris Culture
Well, at least he can be glad he wasn't treated the same way she was...
Re: I don't understand
- function has plateaued, so MS can only change form
- market is almost saturated, so MS need to sell something "new" to maintain profit numbers
- people won't upgrade voluntarily, so MS makes a new, incompatible file format the default and forces them to
Three signs of a company whose time is running out.
Re: Where is it then?
Small gains in productivity in the office
Such as those created by changing your entire UI (learned by your entire customer base over many years) for something completely different?
Then claiming your new "ribbon" is somehow better?
Perhaps you could explain to those of us still trying to find functions on the ribbon how it makes us more efficient compared to using the old menu system we knew and loved. At least tell us how to say "no, thanks" and continue using the old menu system...
Can someone please explain...
...why a robot would "like" an account?
The obvious answer would be "because it was paid to", but this doesn't seem to be the case (at least the article doesn't mention payment, only spam advertising).
So who gains? Or are these robots just programmed to scan their inboxes and "like" every Facebook account they can identify.
Or is something else going on here?
Starting to act like a company whose time has come...
$DEITY, I hate that ribbon...
There's a Telstar High School
In Bethel, Maine.
I went on a field trip to the Telstar ground station in Andover, Maine as a kid. Last year, on a hike in the hills nearby, I saw clearly why the site had been chosen. The station itself (yes, it's still there) is in the center of a natural bowl, a valley, surrounded by woodland and a ring of hills.
Why isn't Lucy working for the Special Projects Bureau?
She'd have LOHAN sorted in a few minutes...or be able to phone someone who could!
Anyway, thanks for a great story, Lucy. Some kids have more interesting childhoods than others, I guess!
Re: Sort of...
Getting rid of staff who have a vested interest in getting it right, and replacing them with outsourced staff in a foreign country, who have no proprietary interest in the organization to which they are contracted *might* be part of the problem here.
Re: Not calculate!!!
Well, they tried doing it with a simple stick, but Zog kept knocking it over, so they decided to use some stones big enough not to be knocked over by even the most clumsy villager...
Re: No digital tech?
Elwood: Man, I haven't been pulled over in six months. I bet those cops have got "SCMODS".
Elwood: "State County Municipal Offender Data System."
Re: I always thought they would like the Nazis in it
I *hate* Illinois nazis!
I made my digital transition in January of this year.
Returned my cable box and cancelled the service. Apple TV, online video rental and High Speed Internet service give more value for money. There was nothing on cable anymore that justified $70/month (same price as internet?)
"...help moving some unclaimed funds in a Massachusetts bank account..."
No help needed, the Commonwealth is quite capable of moving your funds themselves.
On the news this morning they are saying the concrete paving (estimated lifetime: 30 years) in the Big Dig is now failing and will need to be re-done. This translates to much excitement in the tunnels leading to the airport for the next 2 years...
(They're really quite rigorous about publishing lists and holding funds until you or your heirs claim them...apparently there's no time limit)
//MA resident, didn't/won't vote for Romney