1998 posts • joined Wednesday 10th June 2009 22:37 GMT
Not holding breath
Fat brown envelops will pass under desks.
New law will have loophole big enough to fit the state of Texas inside.
Lights out in the washroom
Sounds unsafe to me.
The washroom where I work has a couple of LED lights that stay on (also have battery backup) when the main lights go off, only 2-3 watts. Not enough to read by but enough to see what you are doing.
Having all the lights go out sounds like something the BOFH would think up.
Re: Welcome to the pretty countryside
" I hope trees aren't felled specifically for this purpose"
Some of it is the result of clear cut. They just cut down everything, chip anything that's not useful.
Re: MS's business plan:
2. is Give it a UI for a 4" phone then everyone will want to buy our phones and tablets too.
@ Gerhard Mack
Yes I figured it was something like that.
People will buy 8.1 because it came with the computer, much like the box* that came with it. It's not because they picked Win8 (or liked the colour of the box). If they had a choice I expect a large number would buy it with windows 7.
"IDC report showing Windows Phone is outselling the iPhone" I smell fudge cooking...
* If you have a cat, the box may have more value.
returns maximum value to shareholders
There is your problem right there a lot of the time.
Oh look your stock is under valued, I made a leveraged buy now you should strip the assets and give me the cash so I can piss off and find another company to rape.
This shareholders thing is a load of crap, what happened to investors?
The HP management have solved that problem. They just buy another company*, drive it into the ground, more to cut*.
* and give themselves a bonus.
Do MS really keep track of every dead zombie? How much other stuff are they tracking?
I expect they sold a bunch of cheap plans with a "we can raise the price" in the contract. They plan to jack up the price so they don't want to agree unless it will only apply to new contracts.
Re: Guns won't work, so let's look at alternatives...
A flock of trained attack Ravens?
BLOCK 'EXTREMIST' WEBSITES
So in everyday language that will be...
Block stuff we don't like.
What you thought we put that system in just to block kiddy porn?
Re: Excellent Article
"but they'd need to install your app"
It should not be hard to read someones ID code, say an over priced coffee shop.
Then setup your own beacon outside with "get a free drink, just show this code..."
Then you can annoy the phone user and the coffee shop. Kind of like the people who posted fake McDonald's coupons online a few years back.
Get back under your bridge
"Apple has intended, and continues to intend, to induce patent infringement by its customers,"
So they think they can patent what the end user is doing?
"Plain packaging legislation is reckoned to have lost the Australian Treasury A$1bn ($946m, £578m) in tax revenue in its first six months, according to a report commissioned by cigarette-makers by KPMG (PDF), as smokers turn to fake, untaxed brands."
So how is this about plain packaging and not about people buying untaxed cheaper cigarettes?
If they still had the fancy gold foil packages people would still buy the taxed ones?
"a report commissioned by cigarette-makers oh, never mind that explains it.
Like the rest?
Later available in other places where you get 10% of the content for the same price (or more).
Lots of places only ever get "not available in your region" messages.
Re: Fools from Marketing?
You have forgotten the robotic cameras* with proprietary connectors, and a bunch of odd-ball adaptors, half of them now missing.
*that sort of almost work, sometimes. At least when you have the adaptors.
Re: Own and use a Surface RT excellent laptop replacement
" it will do all the tasks of a portable laptop perfectly for 1/2 the price."
I think you have that backwards. For the price of a Surface, the keyboard, the SD card... you could buy a Very Nice laptop. If you want a small underpowered thing with a crappy keyboard you can get one for a lot less.
Re: Microsoft to kill win RT?
They can't kill it off yet, they have to give the Nokia tablet a chance to fail first.
Will they outright kill it, or do more of a Zune and treat it like plant that no one remembered to water?
I have both + a netbook.
A Surface (original) and a Nexus 7.
I use the Surface to watch Netflix or to check my work email. I have used the office apps a few times but my Netbook blows it away. The surface with crappy keyboard is too top heavy and floppy to use well in a lap, you need a desk, then you only get one angle, and the keyboard is still crap.
As a tablet it's too big and heavy and there are next to nothing in the app store. On the go the Nexus 7 kicks it's ass.
So the surface ends up as a crappy laptop substitute, and OK Netflix screen, and a crappy tablet.
A boy of man who is seen as timid, effeminate, ineffectual.
Most often used by people who think they are rough, burly, tough.
Being such a nice round number I expect it's much more likely that they just pulled it out of their ass.
Re: I don't want control
Yes, and I also have a cupboard full of brand new super duper laptops but you can't have one because I'm a big meanie.
I had the original PC game
But it was so buggy that I gave it away. Stuff like walking into a wall and getting stuck half in the wall, could spin around but not move otherwise.
Re: Funny thing there.
There are two text message scams in Canada. One shot where you text some number to vote for a fake TV show contest, or donate money to something, or subscriptions where you get suckered into signing up for something that repeats, like Fido used to run some like Joke of the Day where they would text you some lame joke every day and charge you 25 cents for each one.
Can't have the NSA just scooping stuff off the wire
Make them pay us for the data they want.
Re: Impersonal personal information for no purposeful purpose
Marketing think you only need to change what you call something to make it ok.
An email blast is not spam, it's an email blast. And it's totally unfair when they put us on a black list for spamming because it was not spam, it was an email blast. (a real conversation with the head of marketing where I used to work).
Will all the TV's (anything else? BluRay players?) that do this get patched or only stuff less then a year old?
Will the next patch put it back?
Will the patch be easy to find and say what it fixes? Or will it say optional, might fix some stuff, beware of the Leopard.
"Well, if 3.7 billion is close, then I'd hate to contemplate what would happen if that nearby unstable monster Betelgeuse or similar were to collapse."
Maybe they already have...
Re: Ghost in the movie ?
They can just go back and edit that out.
write a decent story
They will get the writing team on that right away. They will make sure it has something for everyone, and doesn't offend anyone. They just need to work Tinkerbell into the plot.
I wonder if it can be spoofed
Oh look we have 467 customers in the sock department.
We had a Westinghouse... it was crap.
I also seem to remember Sony having lots of Patents for TVs.
- Make crap TVs
- Ship production to Japan
- Sit on hands while Japan decides they don't need a middle man to take all the profit and improves their own brands.
- Act surprised when your sales go down the tube
- Sell brand to Chinese company.
Apple (designed in California ) is about three steps down that path. No one wants a small tablet, or a big phone for example. Sony and Samsung have smart watches (not that they are very useful) Apple has patents (most of them "slide to unlock" quality)..
Setting up shop in the US? Even less trusted then a .ru address.
Re: Is it just me?
Why isn't what is "good enough" for Microsoft, good enough for Google?
When your buy a computer you Get IE (and Bing) you have to make a choice to pick something else, the Ballot makes it easy. Once you pick Firefox you have Firefox (and IE) and don't keep getting the others popping up asking if you want them now.
1. With this you have already made an active choice to switch to Google. It's not Bing that came with the computer.
2. They don't want a one time choice (add our bogus price search results to google). They want to be added, all of them, all the time, at the top. No Choice.
If Google was going to give me a choice I'd like a "never show me results from this domain again" feature.
I might actually think about logging on to Google if I could make sites like www.shopbot.ca, www.mysmartprice.com, and all the fake review sites go away.
How stupid are they?
"sponsoring legislation that would make tampering with phones so they didn't show up on the database an offense."
Oh dear, I just beat someone up and took their $600 phone and it's all for nothing... I can't tamper with the phone or I'll get in trouble.
Why don't they make not turning your self in to the police after committing a crime an offence too.
"MS had no browser lock-in."
How do I uninstall IE? MS went to a lot of trouble to make sure I could not remove it.
How do I stop Outlook from opening links in IE even if by default browser is Firefox?
When I log onto a computer for the fist time at work I get IE and Bing.
No lock-in my ass.
Even if there was no lock-in it's still not comparable because they are not asking for a choice to let people switch from Google. They want to force Google to add their search results to the top. They want SEO forced on Google. They don't want the chance to replace Google with their product, they want to ride on Google's coat tails.
NSA gets no free access to our data centers
So they are upset that NSA and friends are tapping into their lines without paying...
As long as the secret court gag orders exist nothing you say is worth exciting electrons over.
Wireless - not.
"These are square tower enclosures, about six inches high"
A 6" tower? Making a mountain out of a mole hill I think.
My old CRT TV would let me disconnect the built in speakers, and plug in a decent pair of book shelf speakers. That was fine for watching TV. But the new LCD has only got a digital out so I need something more complex, have to turn on the receiver...
My TV room in my older house only has two power outlets. One behind the TV stand and the other on the other side of the room. So wireless speakers are out, I'll take speaker wire over extension cords any day.
creating your own jewellry line of custom 3D-printed earrings.
Brightly coloured plastic jewellery, a perfect complement to the not-metro interface on your phone, tablet, and PC.
Wonder if they include DRM and plan to sell designs from the app store?
although we're all going to have to get used to it
No we don't.
I'm on Windows 8.1 enterprise right now. There is no Microsoft account. Classic shell so I never see the crap not-metro screen, and hardly ever see the slightly less crap start screen. App store? I think it's in there someplace, don't care.
As for my Surface RT, Outlook is much better then the old mail app (not hard) for checking my work email, and the Netflex app works quite well. I would not pay money for one. If they unlocked the thing it would be a lot more useful but I'm not holding my breath...
"How can they claim it was clever Criminals?"
By comparing them to company management should work.
They same company
That rebuilt Skype so that they could intercept calls with ease by making everything pass through a server they own.
Re: "Instead of waiting for someone to create a product for you, you can create your own"
"its about the opportunities to spark their imagination."
The problem is that if they only have one in a school, there are not going to be a lot of opportunities to go round. It takes hours to pint one item so what percentage of the students get to have a go.
When I was in School we had one trampoline*. Half the class waited around for their 2 minute turn, the rest of us gave up and did something else (horizontal bar in my case).
* until "hay watch me do a double back flip dismount"
Re: Oh, this looks nice
No LTE (like Nexus 4)
Networks: GSM (850/900/1800/1900 MHz); UMTS (850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz); CDMA (850/1900 MHz).
Re: Not a monopoly
Anyone using google has actively chosen to do so. When you first log onto Windows you get IE and Bing as your default. If you install Flash/Reader/Java without watching what you click on your going to get Ask.com. But I don't remember ever getting slammed onto Google.
If you want Google as your default you have to actively change your IE search to Google, or download a different browser like Chrome or Firefox.
Google is #1 despite MS trying to stuff Bing onto everyone's computer.
Personally I use duckduckgo most of the time, because I don't what anyone trying to decide what I should want.
So how often do these publishers send people to other publishers because their service is not as good as the competition?
Google refuse to pay you for linking to your stuff and providing you traffic? You threaten to block them if they don't pay and they send you instructions on how to setup a robot file? Want your cake and eat it too?
Clearly they should list your stuff at the top of all searches, and pay you for the privilege.
Personally I've been using Duckduckgo because Google is already too screwed up by people who think they know what I should be looking at.
You can't install a different one so you are out of luck. No Firefox to make IE look bad and force an upgrade.
For windows I expect some useless UI changes like maybe the shortcut menu will become a full screen of giant "not-metro" like blocks, maybe even have it's own live tiles crap.
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