1788 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 09:09 GMT
Re: Can we at least be a little bit smug?
What you young'uns fail to realise is that not long prior to MS et al all software was free. It was regarded as research and shared.
The people that accuse him of being demented are living on the results of 40 years of exactly the philosophy they're trying to ridicule and without which we'd be having this discussion over steam fax machines.
Re: Daily Mail
its not the daily mail you have to worry about - when MS realise this is a flying Kinect the legal battles will leave millions dead.
Re: "21.01 million kilometres"
The linguini in my cupboard is 10" long, when cooked it is longer so all we need to do now is clear up how well you like it cooked.
Actually my home made can be up to 6' long damp as it comes out of the machine so that can be cut to 20cm which is a good size and about 40% less shirt spray than the dried stuff if eaten properly.
That eventually leads to 2.101billion* anti-pastis, or the same number of main courses in a posh restaurant where the course is indicated by the plate size not the portion size.
*That's 10**9 or girly** billions as opposed to 10**12 for british journals prior to lots of bad engineering.
**girly is a non sexist term referring to the diminutive - though this does not apply in the US or cafes.
new major versions more frequently
is that bug fixes, bad software design or drip feeding. When ms do it they're pilloried when apple do it they're cool?
Meanwhile in the western world
they still encrypt their data in 19th century technology in 'documents' and lots of other non-computer shaped technology.
Luckily they took the combustion engine and put it in cars and planes rather than trying to stick it in a horse shaped machine and using it to drag carts of documents containing tons of repeated redundant and mall formed data.
bing maps better?
round here you click on a post code from bt DQ and get a blank map - doesn’t seem to understand countryside at all.
Re: Can they also ask France what they are going to do about their Champagne Dominance?
Only plebs and gangsters drink champagne.
Try some camel valley brut - bloody good english wine.
But better still drink real ale - why should you have to drink wine to celebrate!
Re: hitsorical record
NGC 6537 looks very like a cross - and many other planetary nebula exhibit the hourglass appearance that could be interpreted as a cross. The helix nebula is the size of the full moon and 2.5 light years across and may be a candidate - not sure how fast its expanding!
A nearby one may have dispersed by now, or possibly have blown itself away with a greater explosion later on - maybe the crab nebula was planetary before it went supernova?
Re: hitsorical record
A planetary nebula could easily be mistaken for a crucifix so I guess a nearby one would easily cover all the requirements. We just need to find the culprit.
Anyone got any Chinese manuscripts from 774?
Re: Ohhh MS, you have done it again. FCC investigation please.
On what basis would there be an FCC investigation? Do you assume that every advertiser in the world has a right to know everything you do and that they have a right to put a tracker in your car and on your credit card and telly and land line and so MS allowing the user to stop this happening may be something dangerous.
The truth is, for once, MS have done the right thing. Not necessarily for the right reasons but still...
Much as I hate MS I cant find fault with this move. Businesses have no special rights on the internet - just because it can make life easy for us doesn’t give them any right to fuck with that. I just wish MS had realised this 20 years ago - we would be in a very different internet now.
Re: Yes, he must really be hurting...
I'd like to see him try and sell his shares. I don’t know what volumes are being traded to bring it down now but I bet he's got enough to kill it pretty much stone dead.
He may be 'worth $1.5 billion' but if he tries to cash in he'd me luck to make 1/10th that. The only reason its so high is because sales of patent no-blink powder are at an all time high.
Re: Watch the slide...
Ah the 401k ploy where we are suddenly supposed to throw all rational thought out of the window and suddenly wish for a rising stock market. If my pension fund has invested in Facebook then I will personally sue the fuckwit that incested ( that’s I typo I think I shall leave in) in it for pissing my money up the wall*.
They will of course piss my money up the wall on the charges and bonuses that will whittle my pension fund to the bone.
You can wish for a rising stock market all you want but the only way you'll get a sustainable rise is if we get rid of all the imaginary ponzi money first and thats something no government has the courage to do so we shall just have to wait for it to happen by force of reality - cos the taxpayer simply cant afford to keep this bubble inflated much longer.
*yeah I know I wont get any money from it but I wont be working anyway so I'll have to keep myself amused somehow.
When is someone going to sue them for calling it a VOIP client
as far as I know it doesn’t accept VOIP calls, just Skype ones.
Re: I'm so confused
"Local Group" - its no wonder we've not been visited by aliens when we persist in such parochial terminology!
Re: @new weight unit
I think we need some new icons here - a brown pint for when a comment really deserves a beer to complement the yellow largery (fosters?) one when a comment is good enough for you to get one for yourself.
Or we could ask all foreign articles like this to be passed through Google Unit Converter before printing. Though a lot of countries don’t have real words for real pints poor sods.
Re: I'd be interested to know...
I think you'll find their contract with MS excludes even a FOI request for that information which will be secure for reasons of 'commercial confidentiality'.
Re: 1 percent, 3 percent, 5 percent ...
And that's the exact head up the arse thinking that means we will forever be paying MS for something we could get for about 10% the price, probably less.
And as for MP's not able to use the alternative what do you think they are doing - complicated programming in excel that contains some complicated function not available in Calc or mistakenly writing LOL at the end of emails to their offshore paymaster?
I bet its busy in the Cayman islands at the moment.
what with all the lobbying money being prepared to fight this!
Re: Microsoft offers Office 365 build tailored for government
I was going to say that it performs a one way encryption of all your data on a FOI request.
Re: If you try real hard...
Is that the same Dell that only allows you to buy the Linux version on the lowest spec laptop? Or thats all I can find in 1/2hr of plugging away at their site
I dont know the chip involved
but the FPGA tag suggests that these debugging backdoors are left in by the customer who has stupidly forgotten to disable them in the production run, or alternatively knows no useful data passes through them.
first rule of mobile: work with the telco big boys.
Don’t you just love those that tell you the free market is good for you and then do there damnedest to make sure you never find out.
Much as I admire this attempt when the big boys work out that to run an HTML5 app you will merely have to put in the URL and not pay them or allow them to restrict you this approach will fall on its arse.
Not a mention of Oracle/Google battle over Java.
If you think MySQL is in safe hands then you need to check out Groklaw on this one.
As for NoSQL I have a feeling that the idea behind it that complicated is somehow bad. Sorry, its called reality and its not bad, you cant avoid it and in the long run you HAVE to address it.
You can, as with computer based 'offices' of many sources, avoid the issue and continue to de-compress and de-organise data in a million 'easy' forms rather than pop it neatly into the filing cabinet but some day the toy cupboard will have to be tidied and it will all spill out on the floor and you may realise that had you done this a lot sooner several very large companies would not have had a very large cut of your revenue.
a really simple phone that can be used as a phone but also connects to (and clips to?) my tablet/laptop computer easily simple and efficiently using open standards.
That way I could have a phone that slips into a small pocket on the beach, turns into a tablet phone when stuck on my tablet when I have bigger pockets etc
Like a phone and not a 'phone and half a computer' and most of my bank balance every couple of years.
Could be disruptive
should be interesting to see how the 'valve sound' lasts when it cost 2p, switches on instantly and lasts forever.
Now if someone can do the same at 5kv then my electrostatic wall speakers can be used in summer...
Re: If you're all so clever...
a) because we've been told that was made illegal.
b) joe public cannot sell those shares fast enough to get money shorting, or if they can there are charges and capital gains tax and all those charges for little people who cant afford tax havens.
As has been noted earlier in this thread the markets don’t want a perfect market.
For two reasons:
1) they cant manipulate things as easily
2) how unstable would the market become - it only 'works' its relatively small - when it gets big it feeds on its own tail and the boom and bust would be hourly not several-yearly.
I remember the day
when I attended a .NET bash before it came out and was told how the DLL hell was a thing of the past.
I also remember the day when .NET got upgraded to 2.0 and all the earlier stuff stopped working with no fix. It wasn’t an XP problem it was an MS problem.
Well its not a problem for them - the whole point is to make you upgrade to the next version if the OS with all the costs involved.
You still running XP? Not if we can help it...
Re: Samsung Fanbois
I've found that things with computers in them, surprisingly, behave like computers from time to time.
Even better if you can get past the restrictions some people put on them...
How long before we can send
hot curries up there?
You dont pay for all recording media
your hard disks are exempt.
I don't think you should have to - I believe the recording industries steal more money from the musicians than the public ever do.
I'd advise you to but direct from musicians wherever possible even if the thought of a copy of your local musician on CD is in fact supporting Justin Beiber makes you quiver.
Its not just the glasses
I often watch the telly in a non vertical way. This results in a non 3d view even on non-glasses 3d screens - try stealing a kids games console sometime.
I'll consider 3d when you don't have to watch it through a virtual letterbox - though I imagine by that time the 1d quality of the programs will have forced me back to the pub.
Re: A bit technical, but ---
Cheers - I wasn't aware Excel let you know there was a problem - haven't used it for years now - or Calc or other come to that - like me belt, braces, velcro and superglue too much.
Surprised OO doesn't have a dll wrapper too though!
Re: A bit technical, but ---
If the DLL is corrupting the stack is Excel just ignoring that fact and providing rubbish results somewhere?
I think I'd prefer the thing to crash - at least you know there’s a problem there. Or maybe you do financial forecasts for the treasury?
Which one are you going for?
Altitude or pressure?
If its just altitude I would imagine it should be possible to mod an android phone app to give you the proper altitude - I believe paranoia prevents most sat navigation jobies working at altitude but the signals should still be there.
As for fuel most of the solid fuels for the rockets I've played with should ignite happily at those low temperatures. Should be fun testing though!
Would you rather drive 27 miles
or sit in 43.45 kilometers of queue caused by pissed OAP's who no longer know where anything is?
Leave it well alone.
Doesnt support Windows 7 libraries??
like my traction engine is incompatible with the space stations coms system so they're going to re-design it for me?
Beer already makes journeys close on instant.
Re: Pizza deliveries - New York to London
The noise these things would make would have the the local of Naples running not for the hills, anywhere but the hills!
The amount of lobbying and missdirection
that goes on I'm suprised the NHS only pays 3 times the going rate.
Now if we enforced open standards on the way records were kept so we could 'Public Information Request' these things (oh and what about commercial confidentiality - you dont want a competitor actually being able to undercut you!) I think you'd find that a lot of large providers would, to use the legal term, shit themselves.
Re: I just wonder
You can be assured that someone from redmond is over there with other ideas and some more 'focused' development capital.
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