576 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009
The exact wording the MS use for the "FREE" part is:
"A free upgrade1 for Windows 10 will be made available to customers running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1, who upgrade in the first year"
So that looks like free to me so long as you already own Windows 7 or 8.1, upgrade within 1 year of Windows 10 being released and keep the device.
Any new devices will need a new (and presumably paid for) license
Re: Paris will become a quieter place in the summer
As an American why would you ask a Parisian if they speak French?
surely you mean:
PARLAY VOO EEEENGLEEEESH
Re: real work?
"As a contractor you should be able (and in some cases expected) to use your own equipment."
And I do spend a lot of money on my Laptops (I buy high end and make them last a few years)
I also spend on software, usually a separate windows licence for the client running in a VM, it makes it easy to hand over should anything happen as everything will be in the VM.
However, about 60% of the companies I've worked for insist on contractors using client issued equipment for security reasons. Given that I work on database systems and frequently have access to sensitive data thinks makes sense and is something which in their position I would make contractors do too.
Re: Dell: Still waiting for something better than my Precision M90...
"If you don't do it, another manufacturer will."
Its been a few years already and no other manufacturer has bothered.
I don't find 15" (or 15.6") too small for development, although I run windows at native resolution on the 1920x1080 panel. Its big enough that I very rarely run applications maximised.
My previous laptop was a Dell M65 with a 15" 1920x1200 screen. Like you I thought I would be missing out with 120 less pixels. But once I had acclimatised to the slightly different shape it didn't bother me in the slightest.
Re: real work?
Its the usual snobbery
Very high resolution wide screens are great for laptops as you often don't have a second screen and the width allows you to easily place 2 windows side by side without feeling that either window is being compromised.
Then later on, when work is finished and a gaming session in the hotel room is needed then the wide screen makes its second useful appearance.
... as it does again even later when catching up on a TV show
I have never i my life lamented a monitor being to short, I have though, especially when using the low res crap some companies expect us contractors to use missed having a full 1920 (or more) width screen
I'm still glad to be a contractor
Re: Clickbait Article
"the nature of IT attracts the socially incompetent "
Or it could be that the prevalence of socially incompetent IT bods has made IT a haven for the socially incompetent
Problem solving (which is the bulk of real IT work) doesn't have to be anti-social
After 2 hours
he's got $100
Contracting is more lucrative than that!
Re: here's a crazy idea
Of course Google are playing nice, they are actively working on replacing those drivers with automation
Those drivers will soon be promoted to driving instructors... and then fired en masse 2 days later when the robots start driving better than the humans
To be correct: The BBC moved out of Manc...
... and into Salford
"I need 20 C++ programmers, I could start my business in the Dales but I might have slightly more difficulty finding them than if I started in London."
Only slightly more difficult to find. Position your self correctly and you can have Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford and Manchester all within commutable distance.
Your 20 northern programmers will probably be more loyal than their southern compatriots.
Does it b(l)end?
Re: Sad state...
"Quote: Totally unoriginal, "intelligent" art for idiots
Care answering which placard are you holding? "Migrants not Welcome", "Go Back to Africa" or "Keep off Our Worms"."
Amazing, you've just managed to equate having a low opinion of Banksy with being racist and anti immigration.
I'll leave the argument at that
@AC Re: Sad state...
Wot other AC said
Just to add the personal touch:
I lost all respect for Banksy when he made the opening titles for the Simpsons insinuating that the production of the cartoon was done in some Far East sweatshop. I thought that was quite an insulting pointless cheap stab. The Simpsons production team is (or at least was back then) from one of South Korea's most prestigious animation studios.
and to further quote Blek le rat
"When I see Banksy making a man with a child or Banksy making rats, of course I see immediately where he takes the idea. I do feel angry. When you're an artist you use your own techniques. It's difficult to find a technique and style in art so when you have a style and you see someone else is taking it and reproducing it, you don't like that. I'm not sure about his integrity. Maybe he has to show his face now and show what kind of guy he is."
Re: Sad state...
Banksy is as and always has been as corporate as they get. Totally unoriginal, "intelligent" art for idiots
@Robin Re: Get the butter
Keep them coming
I love these articles, and the comments, especially the comments.
All that belligerent moaning makes me feel so young!
"His lawyers argued that maintaining the road would prove too costly for the billionaire"
What's wrong with this sentence?
Can you spot it?
I think the sentence was written in the same theme as:
"So what first attracted you to the millionaire Paul Daniels?"
Re: This is while Agile is crap
Any methodology is only as good as the people using it
Re: I can sense...
I am on Mint 17 - My apologies, the "break from convention" for the new release naming confused me and I'm typing this at work not on the laptop in question.
Laptop has a nvidia graphics card - I tried installing Bumble bee which was supposed to help, it didn't
Touchpad works great except for the rather crucial "turn off when typing" setting which prevents accidental clicks with ones palm when typing.
Command prompt is necessary for when the GUI options don't work. Notable instances:
Trying to fix touchpad and bluetooth
Installing Chrome (GUI fails for some reason)
Installing Spotify (If it could get an official release then I agree, it would be in the repos)
Installing anything which fails dependency checks. Typing "sudo apt-get install" is now muscle memory.
Fixing permissions on files (although there may be a GUI method which I don't know about)
Opening anything as SU (Again I might have missed something)
Re: I can sense...
As a full time (at home at least) Mint 16 Cinnamon user I can assure you that they don't work a lot better
Bluetooth is still hit and miss (mainly miss as the lack of Bluetooth connectivity to my external speaker will testify)
You still need to remain intimate with the command prompt.
Touch pad settings are sometimes applied, sometimes not.
Laptop runs twice as hot under Linux than Windows
Re: Cue increase in Office365 subscription costs
That was $114.8m profit from $2.9bn in sales.
I see no reason why Microsoft cannot increase that profit by a few hundred million once they integrate Mojang with their own operations
"The scanned finger must be attached to a live human body"
Does it have to be the original human body or will any body capable of pumping blood do the job?
Re: 9.1? I'm going the other way
"Much, much better surround sound (with decent headphones!)"
Which surround sound headphones did you get? Are they 5.1 compatible?
This is what happens when you use ad blockers on el reg
won't someone think of the journos?
Please please please
can we have some decent RPGs of Fallout/skyrim level of quality
This is exactly the sort of thing that Google could be testing as it drives its street cars round the country
Re: Booze is often a trigger
"OK, in the Soviet Army they used to put bromide into tea. Makes you concentrate more on the guns and marching and forget about women for a while. Maybe that's what they should do at these IT events?"
I think you'll find that instead of interfering with women they'll start interfering with other sovereign nations.
Chrome on Linux is NOT getting netflix support
Chrome on Linux can be spoofed into running netflix
Re: It's unlikely to improve
"Have you ever released anything on a Microsoft platform?"
I'm a Microsoft SQL Server BI Contractor...
I try and leave contracts before releasing anything but usually fail and have to do the release.
Re: It's unlikely to improve
"SteamOS and Linux have a "cool factor" where Microsoft only has volume Guess which is more important for a niche developer who's happy to get 10,000 sales."
Hopefully the Volume option if they want to stay in business and continue to make games.
Alternative Steam OS
My primary computer is a Linux Mint machine, except when i want to play games, then I boot into My Steam OS AKA Windows 7
Re: All well and good...
I've used that for a while
My 2 year old daughter has inadvertently taken some cracking selfies with it
The problem isn't rising ignorance - infact I would put money on the fact that ignorance is waning
The real problem is that the ignorant have so many outlets (Twitter, Facebook, BBC Chav your say, El Reg Comment boards) these days to make themselves heard. 20 years ago their idiotic ideas would have been limited to Colleagues, family and boozer with only the spectacularly thick making their way to day time TV in order to entertain the slightly less dense and students.
Not properly CAPITALIZING the Union Jack is pissing on the Union Jack
Subtly different meanings
To steal a phrase used by another commentard:
"Just ordered £40 worth of Chinese food, but YOLO!" Makes sense in a semi-serious "yoof" way
"Just ordered £40 worth of Chinese food, but Carpe Diem!" Would have to be read as sarcasm.
"How is FML even a word? It's an initialism for 3 words that are all already well defined and in this combination no specific additional definition seems necessary."
Too right, get rid of LASER whilst you're at it
The great thing about advertising online is that it is one form of advertising where it is easy to measure the benefit. Ad page impressions and clicks are tracked allowing the click rate and increase in revenue to be clearly identified.
Re: Carbs are the killers
"Yet people who eat fruit and rice based dishes every day (pretty high carbs) are generally slim and lean!
Where is your evidence that carbs are killers and go straight into fat? Whats the fat doing that you eat?!"
Unused eaten carbs are turned into sugars which are then stored as fats, just as unused fat is stored as fat. The benefit of fat is that it is usually consumed with meat and eating meat makes you feel full faster than just veg. Fat is also a good energy source and contains abundant compounds essential for your brain.
People usually get fat from an over consumption of processed carbohydrates (bread and pasta) as well as large amounts of sugar.
Most fruits in large quantities are as bad as sweets as they have been specially bred for a higher sugar content than they would naturally have.
Large infrequent meals are also good for weight loss as they force the body to use stored fat as an energy source.
Personally, I lost 2 stone in 3 months by reducing my carb and sugar intake to almost zero and sticking to 2 huge meals a day. Being able to properly pig out once a day certainly helps motivate one through a hungry morning
Re: So basiclly,
"biscuits and sausage gravy"
Digestives or Ginger Nuts?
Re: Human rights don't make the world go round
Re: 200 'mostly in' HR?
Once HR departments reach a critical mass they become self sufficient in terms of work generation
Re: Will these night time trucking lorries
"have special software in them to accommodate the need to pass other lorries in an overtaking manoeuvre that lasts at least ten minutes?"
If (MySpeed - OtherSpeed > 0.00000000000001)
AllowOvertake = True
AllowOvertake = False
It will be taxis
Lorries quite often carry expensive freight which will need chaperoning and cross legal jurisdictions which adds to the legal complexities.
Torrenting is still more convenient
More Education Is Needed
And taxes to pay for the education