249 posts • joined Thursday 11th June 2009 11:59 GMT
GIF - Graphics Interchange Format...
Are we all supposed to say 'jraphics' from now on?
Re: Flagging emails?
"You can't even flag up a message in the Windows Phone email client - a remarkable omission for a platform that's pitched at enterprises."
Yes you can, select 1 or more emails, choose the "set flag" option. Similar process for unflagging, just choose the 'clear flag' option for the selected emails. Gomez is spot on, this is basic functionality that has been in Windows Phone since its launch.
Re: Has anyone (including author) ever read their policies?
ShelLuser thank you for the voice of reason. Isn't it odd how a company that does more than most to protect the privacy of its customers is the one that gets painted as the big bad wolf by the media? Even when MS try to do something that helps distinguish them as a company that cares about privacy we see articles posted on various news sites applying some 'spin' to make it sound like MS are doing something bad.
And the masses lap it up as gospel truth without even bothering to look at it objectively...
Sorry, I forgot to use the sarcasm markup tag.
I've been looking for something new to replace my antiquated iPhone 3GS, this looks ideal. I wonder if it can be hacked to run ICS? Need decent AV software on there too, avoid the malware plague. Knowing of Google's heritage, I find it's reassuring to consider that security and data protection are a primary focus of their development efforts, unlike Apple who tend to disregard personal privacy altogether. None of that phone-home nonsense either!
Definitely close to getting my wallet out.
Big saving or just a little?
"Virtual meeting re-ablement triumph saves £150m"
So the article mentions saving 150k per year, is the overall cost benefit being evaluated over 1000 years?!
I've not seen Facebook's timeline feature in months, bliss!
Then again I've not used Facebook in months, not easy when most friends insist on running their social lives through the site. Facebook: encouraging seclusion and loneliness in the masses since 2004!
So by your logic Microsoft should have been left alone to do whatever it likes with Windows regardless of any practices that might affect competition?
I already use Bing - rarely use Google and since AltaVista was dumbed down I had to find an alternative that I could rely on to provide unbiased search results. Reality is that Google is taking the mickey with their deliberate exclusion of competitors, knowing full well that most people start their internet browsing session on the Google home page and can be led wherever Google wants to take them. Something has to be done, unless manipulation of the general public is perfectly acceptable in most peoples' eyes.
How much is this going to cost?
Given CSC's failure to unify patient records it's going to be interesting to see if this turns out to be another black hole to funnel the country's funds in to. Then again the government may simply force all PCTs or CCGs, and therefore all hospitals and GPs to use software from one of EMIS, INPS or TPP. Therein lies the problem though, if you force use of a particular solution then you are met with resistance if it's not already in place.
What's wrong with buying British?
Why do we have to outsource these contracts to overseas companies? We've certainly got the required skills in the UK, and with CSC laying off a good portion of their IT workforce in the UK it's not exactly going to be difficult to find employees to carry out the work.
All too often we're seeing overseas companies winning UK government and infrastructure contracts, companies who have little first-hand knowledge of the UK, and who ultimately funnel the (excessive) profits out of the UK thereby damaging our economy.
Re: One man's........
You obviously didn't read the BBC News article about the Force India team's exposure to the tear gas deployed by the police. Here, this link will help:
The reason two of the Force India drivers are going back home is precisely because they were directly exposed to the measures used by Bahraini police. They saw the injustice first-hand.
Now quit your propaganda nonsense and accept that the majority of F1 fans agree that the race in Bahrain should not go ahead. Your speculation that the Force India team members "may have been able to smell the residue of tear gas" is a gross subjugation of the actual facts - facts readily available from both Force India and a number of news outlets who have interviewed members of the Force India team.
This won't last long :(
Got a feeling that Google will say this infringes on their T&Cs. They won't allow encryption for Google Docs unless they have the ability to decrypt the documents.
If it were a woman who staged the protest you'd be screaming "pics please or it didn't happen!" :P
When delete actually means delete.
So when will Facebook offer a means to delete historical data that isn't currently visible on a user's profile? Somewhat rhetorical question, but it's nice to dream.
Hah I don't know whether to upvote or downvote your post! You paint environmentalists with a broad brush stroke conveying a very negative impression - downvote deserved. Then you rightly point out that it is fear of nuclear power that has helped fossil fuel and highly inefficient renewables (i.e. wind power) to prevail - upvote deserved.
Hmm, need a clincher - and for that I think it's best to point out that it;s the general public who have a fear of nuclear power, whereas most environmentalists I liaise with are keen to promote nuclear as a green source of energy. Downvote it is, sorry!
Re: Best interests? Whose interests?
I never said they were funded by lobbyists. I said they got access to government funding (grants) because of lobbying by the corporations who provide the majority of The Nature Conservancy's income.
Best interests? Whose interests?
The Nature Conservancy - take a guess who its main funders are... Take a guess how many lobbyist scandals it has been involved in...
When you know the history behind the organisation (don't rely on a heavily moderated Wikipedia article) is it any wonder they're feeding BS to the public?
PS On top of the huge wedges of cash they get from private firms they also have access to a large chunk of US tax payers' contributions. They got access to those funds using funding and lobbying from their main funders, in an effort to make the organisation appear to be more credible.
NHS no more...
NHS employment numbers will fall dramatically over the next 2 years now that the Lords have passed the NHS reforms bill. End result, many of those employees will be laid off, or transferred to private suppliers of services.
Barely a flaw, maybe a tiny crack?
Flaw? This is a bonefide feature of StalkerVille!
Seriously though, this is hardly some major exploit, hack, or even a flaw. If people add complete strangers to their friends list then that's their own choice, and those strangers have access to everythinng that any other friend has access to. Unless you're fussy about privacy settings on Facebook, in which case you'd be very unlikely to add a stranger in the first place!
Andrew, that's not cricket.
You managed to dodge my question and build yourself a bit of street cred with your immature insults. Simply _why_ do you feel the need to install a touch-centric OS on a device that doesn't support touch input?
As for disabling the Metro UI it's easy. As another commenter has pointed out it was a registry modification in the developer preview, now it's simply a case of adding a custom toolbar to the taskbar that points to your start menu folder. Once done you never need to switch back to Metro if you don't want to.
Now where's my pint? (cricket)
I said it before Andrew, why upgrade a computer that doesn't offer touch-input with an operating system that is primarily focused at touch-input devices?
Alternatively you can turn the Metro UI off altogether if that's your main beef with Windows 8. You did know that right?
Who cares if they make a profit? They should have delivered on the original contract, and they failed miserably. They should be paying the NHS for their failure, not the other way around.
Security, get a clue...
Why the fuck was back catalogue material connected to a public network?
Upgrading is optional
There's always Windows 7, upgrading isn't essential. If a computer doesn't have touch screen capabilities then why upgrade it to an OS that has an interface driven by touch screen interaction?
The very latest is not always the greatest, it all depends what it's intended to be used for. Windows 8 caters very well to Microsoft's attempt to get into the tablet and smart phone markets, but for desktop systems and existing laptops it's probably best to stick to an OS designed for that generation of hardware.
Starting to think the anti-MS crowd will downvote anything these days!
Uhh this isn't new. I'm in the UK and I've had full access to SkyDrive via my Windows Live account. Those screenshots look identical - just wrap a web browser around the image and you get exactly what I've been seeing in my Windows Live account for months. If these are from a desktop app then it's simply a web browser control pointed to the Windows Live web site.
Yeah really! I was even spun out the other week during an advanced BDD course I was attending. Out of 16 attendees, 4 of us had Windows Phone 7 devices, and surprisingly none of the developers on the course were employees of companies affiliated with Microsoft (most of us are working on embedded code, medical devices, etc, not solutions dependent upon Microsoft technology).
Imagine that, a training course attended by low level programmers who prefer the good ol' days of Unix and CLIs where 25% of the participants have a Windows Phone 7 device - I rest my case.
Old joke - new twist
This joke's getting a bit old now, and for added twist I'm getting used to hearing WinPho7 ringtones and SMS jingles on the bus and train daily so the joke doesn't even ring true.
Great, you've got me making puns now. Are you satisfied?
Deflection, nice try Google
An attempt by Google to deflect media attention from all their recent cock-ups? Here, have some half-baked code we couldn't be bothered to package up into something immediately useful to the development community.
C'mon Google fanbois, downvote without even looking at the mess they call Google JS Test.
Frankly it's hilarious how people who have no direct experience of Windows Phone 7 love to come here and waffle on about how crap and bloated it is - any techie with an ounce of decency would put a Windows Phone through its paces for a real-world usage comparison and a) stfu or b) dump their existing phone.
"will mean significant developer time has to be spent porting applications for system on a chip (SOC) devices"
Or more like 30 seconds adding the build configuration for ARM devices in Visual Studio, as well as the usual x86 and 64 bit build configurations.
On off on off on off on ...
Does this mean hackers have discovered 'off switches' for humans? Yes I know, bad taste, I'll get my jacket...
"...have claimed responsibility for brazen attacks..."
Yeah right, way to try and compare an example of incompetent security being exploited to an act of physical violence. If a member of Anonymous resorted to violence and started shooting at employees of the FBI, CIA etc _then_ you would have the right to call it a brazen attack.
Re: How many times do we have to say this
Wrong - Apple negotiated a visit to see the Alto system in operation at Xerox's premises in exchange for stock. Apple did NOT exchange stock in return for being permitted to copy the Alto OS.
Check your facts dude, sure you may or may not have been alive in 1979 but there's enough historical evidence that contradicts Apple's spin for even a young'un to be able to make an educated and informed analysis of what happened back then!
As for the rest of those who jumped on me, since when has stating factual history been considered trolling? Are we so far removed from reality that we must regurgitate modern spin instead of telling the truth?
Xerox know a thing or two about being copied...
Since Apple got away with copying Xerox' innovative graphical user interface back in the very late 70s and early 80s then it seems only fair that Apple should be willing to share their 'innovations' with other companies. Oh wait, that's right, iOS isn't exactly anything new in terms of its GUI...
Re: The WoW killer ?
I'm not a fan of WoW, but I do understand the gameplay qualities that Blizzard have capitalised upon to draw in a large playerbase who are susceptible to gambling addiction.
What got me interested in this article was the quote stating "amid bold claims it would attract more players than World of Warcraft"... I'd love to know where such a quote was sourced from, as it is fair to say that Bioware have _never_ made such a claim. Maybe hopeful fans have made such a claim, but certainly not Bioware.
Add a few details and the irony subsides
The irony wouldn't be so deep if you included all the facts Cade - nice try though ;)
Gasland gives ample reason to prevent fracking from taking place, especially in the UK which is so small compared to the USA. The evidence against fracking existed prior to the publication of the Gasland documentary, thankfully the documentary has helped spread awareness of the irreversible damage that occurs through application of that process.
I'm not comfortable with the idea of our energy reserves being 'secure' for the next 250 years, gives the impression of being able to sit on our arses and ignore the need for cleaner energy supplies in the meanwhile.
Delete from Facebook - I don't think so!
"There's a popular concept that you can't delete information on the internet," said Allan.
"Facebook is very clear about how you can do that. It's confined to our own service. We're very explicit in our terms to say 'Hey, if you publish information to everyone on Facebook, you're publishing to the whole internet'.
So how come despite deleting my employment and education history over a year ago, Facebook's friend finding feature still offers links to find friends located at those schools and businesses?
Plus my latest irritation, the favourite sports and sport celebrities - added one of each over a month ago by clicking the 'Like' button on those two pages. Have removed the 'Like' status but absolutely no way to delete those pages from my favourites.
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