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It's more than a little flawed
Not least because the measurements are taken by using boxes supplied by Samknows. Outside of the tech audience, I doubt there are many people with these boxes (I have one) and these are the very people *more* likely to be paying for a faster connection.
So, we are more likely able to say "of a technically minded audience, their average speed has increased significantly".
The rest of the country, probably not so much.
Another one . . .
. . . for the "why would anyone want to work in IT for the current crap wages?"
As of next week, I will be leaving my current employer and, most likely, walking away from IT as a career. That's after 20 years in the field working.
Why? Because the wages have been depressed for successive years far too far. There are adverts for jobs today that would have attracted £50K+ not 5 years ago and required more than one person to do, the same job is now for one person for £30K+.
We can point to lots of reasons as to why this has happened - the dot com boom didn't help, with every jonny who could make HTML flash across the screen claim they were a web developer; a generally depressed job market meaning university leavers accepting lower wages; out-sourcing/off-shoring of entry level technical positions; consolidation of IT on a global scale within large corporates. You get the idea, there are lots of reasons.
By far the biggest one, is that the view of IT by anyone who has no idea, is that it's not "hard-work" or difficult. Most of the rest of the company view IT as a necessary evil, but not one which needs to be highly skilled or paid well for it to work. That view is ingrained across all industries and helped by the media, who constantly portray IT guys as sloping off to play games all the time.
I'm minded somewhat of an anecdote, told by the pilot of Concorde on it's maiden press flight, full of press monkey's from around the world. Once cruising at 65,000ft and a little over mach 2, the pilot did the old school walk through the plane to talk to the invited passengers. He was stopped by a Texan reporter, who said "what took so long, there's nothing to this breaking the sound barrier in a passenger plane". The pilot, in typically understated Britishness - "that's what took so long."
Many years ago, I was penalised (lost a pay-rise) for a project over-running by 10-15% on time and cost. It took longer for various technical reasons around making the code as robust as possible. That code ran in production for 6 years, only stopping when they no longer needed. No maintenance was ever required.
Delivery is king, as far as management are concerned. Which is why so many firms struggle with technical debt and expensive maintenance contracts.
Re: dead printer?
You're halfway there.
The problem isn't MS here, the problem is Dell no longer supporting the hardware/releasing drivers. Point your ire at the right company.
@AC 17:30 Re: Customers.... really???
Interesting point, but the argument is somewhat flawed.
Anything you buy has inherent "flaws" that can be used by a nefarious 3rd party - the alarm/imobiliser on your car can be circumvented; the locks on your front door can be picked; the condom you wear could fail.
If you choose to park your car in a public and dodgy neighbourhood, is it the manufacturer of the alarm/imobiliser that's at fault if it gets stolen?
If you leave your house for a long period and it gets burgled, is it the lock manufacturers fault?
If you sleep with a skanky person and the protection fails and you get a virus, is it the condom manufacturers fault?
Plugging a PC into the internet is always risky, you just take measures to minimise the risk (firewalls, AV, web check and so on). If the PC gets attacked and you're behind a firewall, why is it the OS that's at fault and not the firewall (after all, one is sold on the premise it protects you and one isn't).
What you are "owed" is a working* operating system. That's it.
* Let's not get into the "hur, hur, it's Windows, I wouldn't say it was 'working' hur, hur" comments
Re: Supprised companies on XP
We still have assembly language running on our mainframe, should we re-write all of that because it's no longer sexy and with-it in the IT world?
In the world of large corporations, moving from one OS to another happens at a glacial pace and only when they have exhausted all excuses not to.
@Paul Shirley Re: @Keith 72
No offence, but if you'd spent 5 minutes longer you would have found that you don't need any 3rd party app's to do exactly what you want.
On the Win 8 themes screen is an option to make the window borders context sensitive or static. Setting them to static and to whatever colour you want would, from your note, have done exactly what you wanted.
@rebajas Re: Gets my vote..
Yes, the music app (along with the photo and video app) can see your music, wherever it is.
Like the old Media player, if you don't store it in the defined place, you need to tell the app where to find it. This is not done in the same way as the media player, but a 5 minute google found my answer - basically, you open up Explorer (Win + E) and add the relevant directory shortcuts under My Music, My Photos etc (i'm at work on XP, so don't have the exact manner in front of me).
Before I get shot down with "but that's just silly", please remember that Media Player has been the same since it was launched, it assumed all media types were in the directory it wanted them and you had to tell them where to find the files if they weren't, nothings changed except how you tell it (which changed between Media 9 and Media 10 as well).
Re: cost of alcohol... £7.5bn for Scotland
I wasn't aware that the entire worlds population lived in Scotland ??
Re: There's a reason they have to use Min Pricing in Scotland
Do we really have a "drink until you collapse in a taxi" culture or do we have a minority who make it seem as such?
I drink in local hostelry's on a regular basis, the number of people I see in the above mentioned state is minimal. I'm aware there are other areas of the city (Edinburgh) where this is more of a problem, which suggests it's a clientele specific problem and not a cultural problem.
There are some people who cannot go to the pub and *not* get completely bladdered, it seems to be their way, but that isn't culture, that's personal.
This is legislation based on assumption - the assumption is that everyone is a border-line alcoholic, otherwise there is no possible way pricing would make any large scale impact on the problem.
Same problem as all liquids
Yes, it conducts heat better than air (and presumably better than water, which itself is 25,000 times better than air), the problem is dumping the heat afterwards.
Heating from a solid (the CPU, GPU or whatever) to a liquid or gas is fairly trivial, but you the need to move that now heated coolant away from the solid and cool it back down, otherwise it's pointless. Usually we do this with radiators of some kind, which usually need airflow over them to remove the heat.
In some instances, this will be a trivial concern - the mentioned submarines are surrounded by water much colder than the internal temperature, dumping the heat from the server into the submarine itself and using the fact it's immersed in colder water to balance the internal heat would seem sensible.
However, in hot climates, you need another method of heat exchange. This would be why most large data centres (where possible) are being built in colder climates - when the external ambient temperature is low enough, expensive cooling solutions become somewhat moot.
Re: (plus disk)
Given the cost for 3TB drives is hovering around £100, i'd say it's not worth building a 4TB rig - adding 45B of additional storage increases the cost by around £3,500, which just doesn't make sense economically.
Should be able to build the chasis for ~£1,500, so the 180TB version is around £9,000 or 135TB for around £6,000.
Re: Willy Gates Melinda
Android hasn't done so well because it's open, it's done so well because the cost to enter the party has been dropped. At the time of it's launch, the only other realistic option was Symbian, which Nokia controlled tightly and didn't listen to anyone about how it should be developed. Win Pho was still Win Mobile on version 6.5 and had been for 3 years or so. iOS was a closed system. Google offered a unified market that anyone could enter for buttons - you could even use the OS unbranded if you wanted to do without the Play Store (Market as was).
As to Gates and the internet *everyone* missed the internet, which is why it was the wild west for 15 years or so before gub'ments started to actually take it seriously enough to start legislating on it. In 1995, when that book was released, most of the internet was a text driven space (given that at the time the highest speed modem was 33.6kbps and ISPs cost a fortune). Simple 800x600 JPEGs would take a minute or so to download - why would anyone think it would be a big thing?
Re: El Presidente
To be honest i'd rather they taught kids the actual basics of programming from the ground up.
Learning on any other software platform teaches you how to use that platform, learning how to build electronic circuits themselves teaches how to truly use logic gates, calculations and so on and to do it at the base level.
If you understand how to "programme" an electronic circuit, the logic is transferable to all programming languages, teaching the base level logic gets rid of the majority of bad habits in programming, not least the "throw more/faster hardware at it" approach we've had for too long on all platforms.
Re: Religions and non-religions
Quick check on Sky - 15 religious television channels in the UK.
Do entire channels devoted to them constitute an advert?
I vehemently object to these charlatans* being given tax exempt status.
* Charlatans covers all of them, the many colours of Christianity, Islam, Judaism and so on and so forth.
Re: Desktop Wars!!!!!
Browser wars - Firefox vs IE ?? No it wasn't, it was IE vs Netscape and IE won by such a margin they're still dealing with anti-trust suits. IE is still the dominant browser, by a decreasing margin.
Search wars - Google vs Bing ?? No, again, it was Google vs Alta Vista (if anything).
Console wars - Nintendo won, due to changing the game. MS and Sony are both runners up to them.
Mobile phone wars - Arguably Google are the current winners, but given the Win Pho "push" is less than 6 months old that's hardly a revelation.
Server wars - which one? Mainframe, midrange, file etc. Most companies have a mixture of OSs at server level, depending on what they want to do on it.
Cloud wars - are you kidding me? No-one has won, the "cloud" has been touted as a panacea for decades and every time it gets side-lined for very good reasons.
Desktop wars - No mention of OSX? You know, the second most widely used desktop operating system?
Office suite - no war, businesses will continue to use Office. We may see a move by home users to Oo, LO, Google docs, but that's a drop in the ocean compared to the corporate users.
If you want to come up with an argument, at least make it hold some water.
Re: Cold weather and cold batteries
The problem with the little doors is that they only work whilst the vehicle is in motion. Whilst it is not in motion, there is little to no air-flow and little to no cooling.
Those air-cooled Beetle engines are notorious for over-heating unless the later model fan is fitted.
If we fit a fan to cool the battery pack, we've now introduced something that will deplete energy whilst the car is stationery.
Re: The big problem is
With the Tesla Roadster, it was obviously meant as a run around, much like the Elise it's styled on cant really be considered a usable car (unless you never need more than 2 seats and don't need and luggage).
But the S (and indeed the Leaf) are being billed as replacements - why else have something of that seating and luggage capacity if not as a replacement?
Neither of these cars are in any way cheap, the vast majority of people don't have 2 cars (not as in 2 in the family, as in 2 cars, 1 for the week and 1 for Sunday best). Most families have 2 cars because 2 or more people need to actually get to different places.
The fact that you yourself have basically said that you need 2 cars to be able to own an EV, means that any savings made are completely negated by the doubling of initial costs - 2 cars, 2 insurance premiums, 2 road taxes, etc etc. Plus there's now double the manufacturing, so any environmental impact is largely if not totally negated by building 2 cars instead of 1.
Right now, today, these sorts of EV are not praticable. The technology simply isn't there to make use of it. There is an argument for electric mopeds for cities, which require shorter charging time (with a lower range to go with it), but you still have the charging issue at either end of your journey.
Re: Cold weather and cold batteries
Now, we have all that insulation around the batteries - what do we do about the excess heat we have when the temperature is at the other end of the scale?
Batteries work best at a relatively constant warm temperature, cold will kill the charge, heat will kill the battery itself.
Heat conservation *is* relatively trivial, heat disapation however is unfortunately not.
@Eadon Re: BYOD is a way of avoiding lockin
That is possibly the worst straw-man argument i've ever seen.
1 linux box does the same work as 3 windows boxes. That's nice, any particular application we're talking about here? Those numbers are frankly pulled straight out of your arse and then arbitrarily doubled to make linux sound even better.
Redundancy doesn't simply mean have two of everything, it means reduce the likelihood of single point of failure. If systems are running on 3 different windows servers, there will be a damn good reason, usually related to that self same single point of failure argument.
In some cases we run systems across a dozen servers in multiple locations, as delays in financial transactions have a tendency to cost us money - we run enough redundancy to ensure that it's as unlikely as possible that we get a complete failure, switching to linux wouldn't change that outlook.
@AC 08.32 Re: Listen
"Oh no it costs $3.50 per gallon of petrol, vs £6.50 (roughly) it costs in the UK. (which is about $10.20)"
I'm not saying that you're entirely wrong, but i've no idea where you go and pay £1.45 a litre for petrol - accordign to OFT the average price is £1.36.
The next point is that the US gallon is only 3.5 litre's, whereas the UK gallon is 4.5 litres.
The actual comparison would be $3.50 vs £4.76, so around $7.15. You also need to compare the cost of UK petrol against what the US calls "premium". Our normal petrol is much better than the US, they run (IIRC) 85RON, whereas we run 95RON (burns far more efficiently) - the US premium petrol is what we consider normal.
Re: BYOD is a way of avoiding lockin
Where is the failure in your analysis? All the way through, but we'll start with the base assumption:
BYOD will force enterprises to move to linux.
No, just no. The entire IT infrastructure doesn't change because you brought in a BYOD policy, unless you have a competely incompetent person writing the policy. The policy will, like as not, be based on the idea that you *can* BYOD, but only if it is compatible with the existing infrastructure.
We can then move on to the assertion that linux allows you to use less physical boxes. Which may, theoretically, be true, but enterprise level systems and infrastructure work on redundancy - the number of boxes is rarely due to total system load and far more to do with ensuring continuous uptime.
In short, you're living in cloud cuckoo land.
Having seen the "app" in question it's little more than a C# variation of the "Hello World" intro code.
Adding in two text boxes and a drop-down and prettying up the interface, along with the submit button, is a long, long way from hacking.
It even requires the user to download and run the application.
It's social engineering, nothing more.
@Hans 1 Re: hmm
Errm, nope, not at all.
I'm running a Core 2 Quad Q6600 from November 2007 (ok, 1 year newer than the Pro).
It's currently quite happily sitting running Windows 8.
It's due to be replaced in a couple of months as I want something a bit more up to date.
It wont be dead, though, it'll be going off as a new PC for a friends son where it will be just as capable of running the same software.
In the short term, almost certainly, but that's never been the MS way.
They haemmoraghed (sp, cant be bothered checking) money with the X-Box, which took IIRC nearly 3 years to simply break even.
This isn't about instantly being top-dog, it's about the long-term strategy. It's largely the same strategy is Apple - get them onto the eco-system, make that work seamlessly and don't let go.
Microsoft want you to have a desktop, a phone and an X-Box, with your Live! account on all of them.
What would be interesting to know is what the contract Nokia have with MS states regarding exclusivity.
@AC 16:29 Re: .... nice
That's a shame for you, we had access to some pretty good shit from the age of about 8 or so.
Certainly remember seeing SnM and GB's in magazines when I was, ohh, 13 or so as well - which is near enough 30 years ago now.
The only difference today is that it's easier to get hold of and, in no small part, has meant that many groups of *adults* have come to the conclusion that they aren't alone in their preponderences.
There are many comments that already say this, but it's quite simple - be a parent if you have kids, don't expect society to be one for you.
Re: Right to be forgottem by government?
Right to be forgotten <> right to have all data held deleted.
Financial institutions are required to keep records for 5 years minimum on transactions, this law wont change that.
Driving convictions (UK) are kept on record even after "spent".
There are others.
What this will most likely do is allow an individual to have their personal data deleted by someone who has no need to keep it - say an airline after the flight has happened.
It sounds more like a case of enshrining in law something that should have been possible anyway.
The stores continued belief that they could still charge "full retail", when (at the time) Play were selling the same for nearly half the price boggled the mind. Even worse were imports - sold in HMV at around £30 for a CD, when it could be delivered from the other side of the world for less than half.
Even when they finally went online, the prices tended to be the same as instore.
The biggest trick they missed, was not allowing a click and collect type affair - buy online and collect in store. They had the necessary number of premises to cover it and presumably the stock control database to back it up.
It's a shame, as I still remember it being one of the go-to shops, especially the flag-ship Oxford Street store - when VHS was king in the late 80's that store was fantastic.
Re: Markets and Growth
At the super-cheap end it's true, they are terrible - if it's < £100.
But you can get exceptionally good tablets for not much more - the latest Ainol tabs are amazing hard-ware wise and there are enough in that £100-£200 bracket to make your choice almost endless.
This is where the "benevolent" hand of Google shows just how savvy it is - create an eco-system that any hardware manufacturer can enter for a low entry fee, get the customers on your eco-system and don't care who's hardware they buy, since you make money anyway.
With Apple, if you don't buy the hardware, you also don't buy the app's, tunes etc etc.
Re: Why the obsession with market share
I think you'll find the super-cheap ones have resistive screens which work with a stylus.
The shiney iThingies and all the Androids (I think) have capacitive.
Your failure to comprehend statistics is tiresome.
Apple's share of sales was 52%, it's now 44% so an 8% drop in the share of sales.
Now, if we were talking about market share and how much that has dropped (which it undoubtedly has), that number is much lower.
Also . . .
. . . IIRC the US trend was for 24 or 36 month contracts, the idea of the 12, 18 or 24 that we tend to get in the UK is a revelation.
As others have said though, I don't understand anyone who buys a tethered phone these days. I replace my phone more or less annually and pay £15 a month for 300 minutes, 3,000 texts (which is as near as makes no difference unlimited) and unlimited data (no FUP, this month i've gone through 1.5GB without trying and without issue). That's a PAYG month by month contract too, as I refuse to be tied to a carrier any longer as well.
Yes, it works out as somewhere around £35 monthly, but the phone isn't tied and can be updated as soon as the manufacturer releases an update, not when the provider decides. I get no provider rubbish on the phone. It's an unlocked handset so is onwardly more saleable. I can switch provider on a whim, with full number portability. I get to choose whatever handset I want, not whatever handset someone can make more profit on. I get all of that, pay about the same monthly as people on longer contracts and have complete control over every aspect - why wouldn't you do that?
@96percentchimp Re: fooey
You missed a very, very important question, one that dictates how those following are treated, after "is there a problem?"*, you've missed out :
"what's causing the problem?"
Without knowing the cause, you cant begin to discuss a solution. Current belief is that it's CO2 concentration, but that is still open for debate - in my own lifetime I can remember at least three gasses being the cause of global warming, who's to say today's bogey-man is the right one?
* this itself is subjective, a problem for whom? not the planet, just one of it's indigenous species.
@Dave Lawton Re: Consistency
All I can give you is the process on my and the dozen or so friends who have all installed W8 - this means a multitude of different home built machines, varying hardware (from old C2Q LGA775 up to Ivybridge LGA1155 motherboards, both AMD and nVidia GFX and so on).
In all cases, the screen resolution is located in the same way :
In desktop mode (where the screen looks basically the same as it has done for the last 17 years), right click and select Properties. The box that then pops up should be familiar to everyone.
In Metro mode, type Control Panel and proceed as per any previous version of Windows.
That's for W8 Pro on old-school desktop, I cant tell you how it works on a Surface (which may well have been what you were using) or indeed how you right-click on a touch-screen (never had to do it, as I don't have one). Without knowing what the different hardware was you were using, it's hard to answer more fully than that.
@Chad H. Re: Win 8 is a grower
What utter gibberish.
I run loads of app's at the same time, across multiple monitors and very rarely do I look at the Metro UI. The only time you would go to Metro is for little used app's (and that doesn't include Control Panel, which you can have as a pop-up menu on your desktop toolbar). Any app that you use regularly I would expect to be pinned to your desktop, just like every version of Windows since 95. If you want to de-clutter, create a folder with short-cuts to all your app's in it and add that as a pop-up on your toolbar.
Here's an even better thought, if you don't like how it's working right now - change it. It's kind of the point, that you can make it act however you want it too.
@theodore Re: surprised at the use of iPhones.
Not sure why you got a downvote.
We have iPads for all our "top" management, because a previous CTO decided we needed to look modern and stylish (not to mention, he already had one). Cue the requirement to have wi-fi throughout our buildings and ensuring the firewall/network etc coped with them.
We'll ignore the more pressing concern (at least for those at the front end of IT) that we're still on XP and it's in service life is all but over - we must have the shinies working first!!
Re: Changing worrld
"hate" is not a crime.
In some circumstances, what was said and shown could be considered satire - albeit many may find it distasteful.
"Jews talk about The Holocaust, which is wrong, they had A holocaust, admittedly it was the best one, but the native American Indians and the Australian Aboriginees may have a claim on holocaust as well."
Re: Is there a way I can filter out crap posts?
And therein lies the entire problem with the climate change "debate". If you don't agree that we need to make changes, you are wrong - that is not a debate.
I actually find it quite refreshing to get to read climate stories that don't all conclude that it's worse than we previously thought (as I can on almost all other news services).
The debate *should* still be going on, for the simple point of : is the current situation natural and we cant change it or is the current situation un-natural and we can do something? That is the actual debate and it's one that the doom-mongers (for want of a better name) don't want to have. It's either all mankinds fault or you are wrong.
As you say, we have 50+ years of climate research. However, we only have good readings for Earth's temperature for a little over a century and accurate for a little over half that. Yet we're trying to model something on a 125,000 year cycle - we have some pretty good readings on a macro scale, but not on the micro. We have no idea if the temperature change from the last high point went smoothly or in fits and starts, with sudden (in this form, sudden can be considered any fraction of a century) changes. We don't know if we're in a sudden rise in temperature, that will plateau off for another century or two.
These are the problems. The current philosophy seems to be to bankrupt the planet in a manner which may be the equivalent of farting in a hurricane. If the science cant get a hold on a model that stands up for more than 5 minutes without major changes (which is what has been happening, the various models have required major changes every 6 months or so), how can we possibly attribute a solution to a "problem" we don't understand?
SafeHarbor is a voluntary boon-doggle, it has no protection of law behind it.
It allows EU companies to deal with data holders in the US, but without the safe-guard of a legal framework behind it - it would be a straight breach of contract and require a civil case to sort out.
Re: Elephant in the room - only Windows needs AV.
@Eadon - i've tried to be polite, i've even graciously given ground, but you are frankly just a one noise idiot and your continued rhetoric and apparent belief in yourself that you are always right is making reading comments at Vulture Central tedious.
Professional graphic artists and photographers use Windows, because the tools they need are primarily written for Windows - it's been a long time since the Mac was the primary platform for PhotoShop. Yes, there are other tools, but not the ones *people want to use*.
You should probably fact check that.
9/11 was caused by flights originating in the USA, it's one of the reasons the planes still had so much fuel aboard when they hit. If those planes had started their flights outside the USA, they would have had very little fuel left.
Netbooks, for my money, failed for the same reason that many devices do - they never evolved or changed.
I love my netbook, it is precisely what I was looking for - a very light, extremely portable laptop at a reasonable price.
I bought a Samsung NC-10, as it had the best feeling keyboard, about 4 years ago. Yet if I look at the latest Netbooks (the few that there are), at the same price - the hardware is all but the same (single core, 1.6GHz processor, 1GB ram, 10.1" screen, 200GB or so HDD). Either the price should have dropped or the spec should have got better, neither is true to any great extent.
Re: Elephant in the room - only Windows needs AV.
Yes, yes you did, in your opening statement about "conflating viruses with malware and trojans". You're trying to make a distinction that the professional AV industry doesn't make in what is becoming a tired exercise in belittling an OS that you've decided is "wrong" from your ivory tower.
Here's a little hint for you - Windows gets used by the majority of people as their primary OS on their laptop/desktop because it does what they want with the software they want to use.
Nobody here will argue that there are instances where it isn't the best for a specific purpose and indeed some of the more enlightened would more than likely agree that for a large number of people Windows is overly burdensome for the tasks that it's getting used for (i'm looking at those who browse the web, do email and write the occasional letter), but that doesn't stop it being used because those same people know it and it would be a bigger pain to change.
All OSs currently available have good and bad points, if you cant see that then there is no hope.
Re: The UK is a funny old place
Even worse than that . . .
You can legally be married, have a child and be making the beast with two backs regularly at 16, but taking a photo of your naked wife when she's still 16 is actually illegal!
Re: what about sexual violence
"skewed conception and expectation"
What? They get the expectation that they might enjoy it? They get an idea of mechanically what to expect and how to go about it (I mean more than the crap videos we got at school)?
Conception is another way to say opinion, so is the young peoples opinion skewed or is it yours?
Re: Elephant in the room - only Windows needs AV.
"conflating viruses with malware and trojans"
Erm, you didn't read the article, clearly - since it actually mentions malware "every 2 to 3 seconds we see new examlpes of malware".