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Re: in much of the world, electric cars would be powered by fossil fuels
That xkcd cartoon gives me an idea. Couldn't we have a car with a built in liposuction rig. Then the driver (and passengers) could lose weight as they drive, and the car could burn nice, renewable body fat.
Yes it's true that trackday mileage sucks, in a petrol or electric car. There's a huge difference though, that makes the Tesla a lot less use as a trackday car. Do 55 miles in your Tesla, only 10-20 laps, then go home. In a different car. You can't do any more, as you can't charge it up - until tracks have fast chargers. Do the same in a Ford GT, fill up with petrol, carry on. Alternatively, you can manage 4 laps of the Nurburgring - and pray you don't run out on the 4th...
They said it was a nice car, but it was fair to point that out. But Top Gear aren't a consumer program any more, they're entertainment. So they're not going to be nice about it, they're going to be sarky, and funny. It's not lying to show the car being pushed, it's entertainment.
If Tesla couldn't cope with that, they shouldn't have gone on the show. If Top Gear had lied, I'm sure they'd have lost the court case...
Electric cars are brilliant for town mileage. Lovely and efficient, as they do stop-start so well. But they have short ranges, and are impractical for long-distance work in most cases. Until we've got better battery tech, that's the way it's going to stay. I'm not even convinced I've seen a hybrid that's got any better fuel consumption than a decent diesel. The 2 Toyota Prius-es-es-es that I know owners of both only manage 35 mpg. Which you could get from a petrol car of that size, costing half as much. They may just be stupidly heavy-footed, and others do better, 2 instances does not good data make.
Analysts - anyone can play
rising to $101bn by 2018
I love it! Sales won't be going up to just a paltry $100 billion. Oh no! My calculations are so precise that I can predict them to 1% accuracy over 5 years! I'm just that awesome!
I guess I can see his argument. But as El Reg points out, he seems to have forgotten the advantages to Amazon and their own cloud service of being one company.
I really must quit my job, and get me a job as an analyst. Does anyone want to pay me for my predictions on the sales of Apple iDevices in the future? Apple should split off the iPad division as a separate company, as it's causing the letter 'i' to fall off their typewriters, and thus threatening the sales of their most lucrative product, the iPhone. In 2018 Apple will sell 127,357,207 iPhones.
We had a party line when I were a lad. You could both receive calls, but only one could call out. So if you picked up the phone to make a call, and they were yakking away, you couldn't call out. Although you could always interrupt them, until they went away.
I think the theory was that you weren't supposed to know who you were sharing with, which supposedly would make eavesdropping less fun. But we found out when their kitchen caught fire. My Mum phoned the Fire Brigade, as she could see it as the gardens backed onto each other. But the other woman was also phoning the fire in. So Mum said, "you leave the house and get to safety. I'll call the Fire Brigade for you."
And she said, "No. It's my fire. I'll call the Fire Brigade!" After a bit of to-ing and fro-ing Mum realised that she was a bit too flustered to act rationally, so gave in and put the phone down, before the house burned down...
I've remember getting a crossed line when I first had a mobile phone. I could hear their conversation, but they made no sign of being able to hear me. However it was barely audible. They sounded more like Charlie Brown's teacher.
Re: Lolcatz more useful...
speakers of pissant languages
What, you mean like French?
Re: I suspect
I guess we mostly agree. I got the impression you thought Samsung had been unlucky to lose that case, and should have a decent chance to overturn it on appeal. I just replied with me opinion (not a legal one I hasten to add) that the obvious grounds look unlikely to work. Even if they're totally reasonable. Sadly justice and major corporate lawsuits don't exactly go hand-in-hand.
I too would like to believe in a rational legal system. Sometimes I do, many times though, I wonder...
The foreman of the jury seems to have gone on some bizarre crusade against Samsung. If we can believe his TV interviews. Very strange case indeed. It would be nice if something this obvious would be looked into - but from the judge's comments I somehow doubt it will. We shall see.
I must say I didn't think my post deserved downvotes from either Samsung or Apple fans, as I wasn't having a go at either. Unless of course it was legal fanbois, given I was being rude about the legal system. In which case I suppose I mustn't grumble...
Re: I suspect
there will be a few years of appeals on that $1bn before we see any cash change hands. It certainly seems that there were more than enough shenanigans in the Jury room to get the whole thing reconsidered, and that's before Judge Koh's weird rulings on what could and could not be entered as evidence.
I'm sure there'll be years of appeals to look forward to. After all, for a billion dollars, it's worth making the effort. However, I'm not sure Samsung have much hope of being successful. I think there are strict limits on what notice the courts are allowed to take of interviews with the jurors afterwards. So even though some of that sounded quite dodgy (the foreman appeared to be a total numpty), I'm not sure they're going to get any joy.
As for the evidence Samsung failed to get included, wasn't that their own fault? Didn't they miss a submission deadline? If so, it's tough luck. That evidence may have changed the case, but they had every opportunity to submit it, and the lawyers all know when the deadlines are. They can't claim they didn't know, and after spending tens of millions on preparing the case, that kind of sloppiness is pathetic. Of course if it was the lawyers' fault, they might be able to sue them.
Not that I'm saying there isn't some other reason for Samsung to win. But their case being right and 'justice' are even less important at appeal than they would be at a normal trial. Appeals tend to focus on technicalities even more than trials, as judges aren't normally supposed to second-guess the juries, just to make sure they got all the right facts in the right way.
BIS bashed, boshed?
My congratulations to Andrew and/or the subbies, for coming up with that heading.
I agree with Andrew that many users are promiscuous with devices. I say this as someone with an iPad and a Nokia Lumia 710. Although it looks like work has decided on the iPhone for me now...
Some people like the convenience of the same OS and apps across the board. They want to pick up whatever size device is most convenient depending on where they are, to do the same things with the same apps. Others see the different devices as doing different jobs, and are less reluctant to have a foot in more than one camp. Multi-platform apps (e.g. Kindle) help here.
Even though I'm moving to an iPhone, I can easily imagine my next tablet being an Android, given the huge difference in price at the moment. Plus Samsung will let me have a decent stylus. But then, for me, the tablet is for games and the internet, the mobile is for calls, messages and email. Both do get used for maps/navigation though.
Having said all that, I had a play with the latest Blackberry a couple of days ago. I didn't exactly find it easy to use. There seemed to be some sort of weird display setup, so instead of taking you into email and contacts (filled with fake info), when you clicked on those you got sent off to some marketing video. Was a bit strange, and I gave up playing with it. Although they have got better store placement than Nokia ever seemed to manage with either the launch of the Win Phone 7 Lunias or the WP8 ones.
A billion dollars is still a billion dollars though. Even if they don't get any other goodies from the case, well they've still got 1 billion $1 tissues to cry into...
Of course it may have been a pyrrhic victory, for various reasons. It's still too early to say what the long-term effect will be of all these legal shennanigans on the industry. So even for a couple of $1 billion victories, I don't think I'd have taken the risk. But then I'm not running a huge corporation worth billions, so what do I know...
This reminds me of the Manchester United situation. The company was vastly undervalued by the stock market (which didn't understand it), and so the Glazers were able to buy it for a song, and invest almost none of their own money. While ending up owning all of it, after paying off the debts with the company's money. Except that due to their inability to get cheap enough credit they've struggled to make the deal work, but I suspect they'll make out with the moolah in the end.
There are only two real reasons to do a buyout like this. Either you've got a cunning plan Mr Blackadder to do something different, and thus make an enormous profit, which you obviously want to keep more of. Or the shares are going cheap, cheap, cheap - and you want to grab it while you can.
The problem is that the board, and Michael Dell, are going to look bloody silly if the shareholders torpedo the LBO and it all falls apart. Which means that Southwestern are in a bind, because the share price isn't likely to go up if the deal falls apart. So I guess the only answer is to put their money where their mouth is. If the company is only worth half the stated share price, then get buying. Or stop whining.
It does seem a bit odd that a company can use its own money to allow its management to buy it though. Makes it harder for any rival to be able to buy it, because they've got to cover extra money that the management buyout are getting from the piggy-bank. The advantage being that they'll actually have some working capital, whereas the management buyout seems to be spending all the working capital to buy back shares, and borrowing more from the banks.
Re: @I ain't Spartacus
People complain about low wages, off-shoring, poor management, and a little bit of harmless torture. And yet workplace vending machines are allowed to continue in this state! Clearly revolution is the only answer.
The psychological damage done to you by that chocolate chicken soup is profound, as has caused you to countenance this cofftea abomination. It'll probably require years of therapy to cure you. What's worse is that we've grown to accept this awfulness as a normal part of the working life. Hence you taking a while to realise that your chocolate was worse than the normal level of awful.
If, however, we lynched a few facilities managers we would have drinkable coffee, tea and chocolate in offices throughout the land in no time flat. Productivity would increase, the country would rise out of its slump and into the kind of levels of economic growth to make China jealous. Then we'd have sufficient spare tax income to properly fund our armed forces and could use them productively, to impose acceptable global standards of tea availability at gunpoint. It's the only language Johnny-Foreigner understands!
I'm becoming disturbingly effete in my old age. I started off as a milk and one sugar man (well boy at first). Then the sugar got dumped, and the milk got less and less. I suddenly realised that if I could taste the milk I wasn't liking it, so the obvious solution was to go black no sugar. Easier as well. Although I now don't get through enough milk, and have to keep having custard or throwing it away. The tea got a little weaker, as I dumped the milk.
Weirdly I now find that the taste of sugar or milk in tea makes me feel slightly sick. Even though I still have a little milk in my coffee and I'm not averse to eating a sugar cube. That must be some weird psychological effect.
The difference between tea bag and pot is mainly consistency. I never seem to be able to get the tea tasting even remotely the same each time with a tea bag, whereas there's less random chance when you use a pot and loose tea. Or even a pot and bags. So long as the bags haven't been filled with the sweepings from the floor, it's possible to get a reasonable cuppa, just not as easy. So loose leaves and a strainer. It's actually less effort if you consider the next point:
The other big advantage of a teapot is that it's easier to get your tea in the correct dosage i.e. 2 mugs. The first one is weaker, but hotter and starts the process of relaxation. But the full satisfaction is gained only by drinking the second, now cooler and stronger cup, faster. That's the one that deals with the thirst, and tastes the best. Also the pauses between sips while the first one cools allow for perfect biscuit/cake appreciation. Whereas the 2nd cup can be drunk while working on a task, or concentrating on some reading.
Delivery system is also important. Cups aren't big enough, and saucers are ridiculous. So a mug it has to be. But it must be thin. So porcelain or even glass is best. That way you can have the size of a mug, but have the tea cool down enough to drink faster.
I now prefer something with less tannin, so Yorkshire is horrible without milk. At the other extreme you have Lipton yellow label, that you always seem to get on the continent. I'm not sure what it is, but Arthur Dent might recognise it, as a brown liquid that tastes not quite entirely unlike tea.
On second thoughts
I can't remember if the Jaffa Cake is a biccie or a cake now, but my opinion has also begun to change on this recently. High quality chocolate covered ginger biscuits are exceptionally yummy with tea, but they seem to be about £2 for 8. Ouch!
Re: Where I used to live ..
I'll forgive your slur on tea of being an evening drink due to your love of the Balvenie. Tea is clearly a drink for all the time, and as often as possible. Then again, perhaps I could say the same about whisky...
Infidel! Shame on you!
As chief cook and bottle-washer of the Tea Taleban, I urge all right thinking persons to shun this individual, a corrupter of the morals of society with his capitalist running-dog abomination. Cofftea! I spit upon this vile perversion. May the great teapot in the sky pour boiling water upon him until he's really sorry!
I used to get this from the vending machine at work. The spout of the machine was lowered into the cup, so the tea ended up coffee flavoured, or worse, sometimes cuppa-soup flavoured! Hence I decided to drink only the 'mocha' (hot choccy and coffee thing). That was supposed to taste like that, so as long as you didn't go straight after someone who'd had soup, you got the taste you were expecting.
Re: MS Surface pro FAIL
@AC's haven't you got a better career than to harass authors of on-topic and relevant, technical comments
Oh dear, oh dear, oh deary me. I'm killing myself laughing at that. An author forsooth! I'm struggling to work out which is funnier, "author", "technical" or "relevant"...
I try not to be gratuitously rude, but you really do spout some crap on here. And given your propensity for calling everyone who disagrees with you a shill, I think it's justified. That's also bollocks by the way - no one cares enough about your opinion to be worth spending actual money to dispute it. Yes astro-turfing and shilling does happen, but it seems to be quite rare on here. Much more likely to appear on online reviews, and it's harder to spot there because the comments are shorter, and you often can't check posting histories.
As for your MS copying Apple comments. Well, sometimes they do. Sometimes Apple copy them, sometimes they both copy Google. That's business for you. You might argue WinRT is a copy of Apple (unfairly in my opinion), but Surface Pro certainly isn't. MS have consistently been trying to put full-fat Windows on a tablet since the 1990s, even when the technology barely existed to do it. They've probably spent billions on it. In tablets they are maybe the biggest innovators in the industry - even though they keep cocking it up when it comes to releasing products...
They've almost got full tablets right, although there's an argument that the chips still aren't quite there to do it properly even now. ARM aren't quite powerful enough, and Intel still a bit too power-hungry. Plus Win 8 doesn't look to be perfect for tablets quite yet, but one service pack might solve most of those problems - I think they could make it fit for desktops with minimal changes.
I do agree with you that it's quite sad seeing MS trying to copy the Apple cool factor with stores though. And they also copied Apple with Zune and did it better. The Zune software was much worse than iTunes, which must have taken some serious effort to achieve...
I have to agree about Outlook. And that's the killer MS Office program. If it wasn't for the slightly complicated stuff I do in Excel (I've not used it for anything hard in 10 years), I mostly use Outlook now.
For example, we changed our company name slightly 3 years ago, and I was amazed to find I'd not updated my letterhead when I went to write a letter last year. In 3 years, I've written 2 letters, and I've not updated my fax header, so I've not sent one of those either. 5 years ago I would send out several per week. Everything's done by email nowadays. Even most of the quotes we get are now PDFs.
Obviously it doesn't apply everywhere, but documents are becoming less formal, and communications are more likely to just be emails now.
I used to hate Outlook when I first had to use it for business. Then I tried to find an alternative when I moved to a small company where I get to control large parts of the IT. Haven't found one yet. I guess the integration of calendar, email and address book is always going to end up somewhat messy. I do find it odd that email programs seem to be a less popular thing to create now than they were 5 years ago, even though email is becoming more important. I'm also sure there would be money to be made from small business who don't really want to run Exchange servers, and wouldn't mind paying £50 for an email client plus monthly cloudy server hire, rather than full fat Office/Exchange.
Re: Not just for loyalists
I guess there could be a good market for these Berries. I've seen an awful lot of people complain about not being able to get Android handsets in the UK with physical keyboards, and Nokia doesn't seem to have talked about doing one with Win Pho (even though they've done them for ages). I wonder if MS won't let them?
I know that touch screens are more flexible, and some people (like me) don't like hardware phone keyboards - but surely with all the road warriors who send loads of email while out-and-about there must be a large market for something decent with a proper KB?
Re: I missed the announcment that...
Well I guess she was responsible for the crap name...
Re: The Identical Desktop
Someone disagrees with you. It doesn't make them either a shill or a troll. It just means they hold a different opinion. It's really not a hard concept to grasp. Please stop it!
Re: Windows 8: The perfect OS for finger painting.
Please stop being an arse and calling people shills.
Re: Touch interfaces are expensive
I think we mostly agree. I haven't used Win 8. I was going to take the opportunity of the January special offer to download it onto my machine, and replace Vista. Should be a nice speed boost, and then I can play with Win 8. My home machine gets used for less and less, as I have an iPad - and I barely play games nowadays. Then I could see what all the fuss is about - and I can always re-install if it's that bad. Just not had the time.
I didn't ever dismiss Windows 8. I think a lot of the criticism is way over the top, and from people who haven't used it. And to dismiss Metro as a touch interface is obviously silly, when it works perfectly well with a mouse. However there are some major (and minor) configuration problems they should have fixed before going to market, otherwise what was the point of a 6 month public beta? And whoever thought that it was a good UI idea to have invisible icons (or areas of screen that turn into stuff when you hover) was an idiot. If you can't see it, you don't know you've got it.
But I think it's a PR disaster. And getting worse. And MS have no excuse. Apparently their OEMs told them it was a bad idea to focus on touch, and many/most who played with the beta didn't like Metro on non-touch. After pissing off so many people with the Ribbon in Office, and with all the comments before launch, they were utterly stupid to have ignored the issue. The correct response at this point is an apology and a quick service pack with an off switch. Cost almost nothing. Gain, almost nothing monetary... I doubt sales will be particularly affected, I suspect that's mostly hype too Business is happy with 7, consumers get Windows when they buy new hardware. But they've got to stop pissing people off for no reason. MS are trying perfectly rational things to expand into the growing bits of the market, but they do need to work on the image, as well as the software. Possibly the image is more important. Windows Phone is now pretty good, Windows 8 too, but they do have to sell it, in a way they haven't for a long time. It's incredibly hard to get the balance right between listening to customers but ignoring the stupid ones and making good stuff...
Re: A friend of mine...
Happens to everyone sometime. Anyway a spammy, repetitive comment is kind of in the spirit of a story about Zynga.
I've just thought of a joke about Zynga. Do you think next year they'll pay their dividends in virtual fruit?
Re: Touch interfaces are expensive
Your improved version of Windows 8 is virtually indistinguishable from the current version.
Well not quite... First, declaration time: I've used Win8 for 2 minutes, in a shop - and I've read a handful of reviews. So I'm claiming no expertise. However:
1. As I understand it pressing the 'start' button takes you out of the desktop, and into Metro. Obviously you can get some third party software to change this, but in my opinion MS should have allowed it as an option. For the non-power user it's probably fine, you just pin the 5 programs you use to the taskbar, and the desktop works as before. However, as soon as you used more than 10 apps regularly, that's just silly. The taskbar is only the width of your screen. Unless people start using 35:10 mega-widescreen monitors or something...
2. The OS seems to operate inconsistently when you take an action, as to whether it launches the Metro appo or the desktop program. This is just a configuration issue. However if I handed something like that to my Mum, it would be unusable for her. Sure, I could customise it for her in half an hour - but not everyone knows someone who can set their PC up for them. It needs to work better 'out of the box'.
3. PR is important. Techies aren't the majority of customers, but they make more noise than average on the internet, and people ask for their opinions. Pissing them off is therefore stupid! MS have done good work over the last few years in improving their image, by improving their security and software and being less naughty. They may have blown a large chunk of that good work, and it will take years of more hard work to recover. Not being arrogant, and giving the customer options was just basic common sense - and would still have achieved their objective. Techies would have switched it off, and not complained, normal users would probably not have minded, and would now be indoctrinated into the delights of WinRT and Win Phone 8. If they don't do an update in the next couple of months, and apologise, they will have blown a large proportion of the goodwill they've painstakingly built up over the last 5 years. Which would be stupid and arrogant.
Vista wasn't actually that bad - it's slower than XP but hardware is better. Almost all the problems were down to third parties. OEMs putting it on dog slow machines and driver and software issues that were mostly down to others. I remember my brand new Creative sound card didn't get a Vista driver for 10 months after launch, even though it was sold after launch, and Vista had been in public beta for over a year before that. Yet MS got the blame, and still people make jokes about how shit Vista was. There's a PR lesson in there somewhere that MS need to learn.
Re: The "ambitious" user interface design...
Do you think someone said, "I think you're being very courageous Mr Sinofsky", at any point in the last few years?
As subsequent events have shown, he didn't listen...
Re: Touch interfaces are expensive
I don't think MS needed to remove TIFKAM, just make it really easy to remove it. Now they may have built up as much techy-hate as they had at the worst point of XP security nightmare, or Vista-crapness, I wonder if it's too late, and the damage is done.
I suspect most users would quite like TIFKAM if it were set up properly. My Mum does nothing but upload piccies from her camera, email, browse the web and type the odd document on her PC. And doesn't even know how to get 2 windows side-by-side properly. So for her, a well set-up TIFKAM would be better than the (perfectly fine) Windows 7 she's got. Probably not enough to be worth £40 though.
Also, as a caveat, I said well set up. From what I can see from reviews, things can be a bit jarring. Some tasks launch in Notro, others in desktop - so you need to know how to set the preferences to launch in the right one. The TIFKAM browser doesn't do Flash, so how do you open the same site in the desktop browser? Why should you even need to, and not have it happen automatically? Why even write 2 browsers, rather than just having a Metro front-end on the desktop IE?
Imagine if they'd implemented the launch preferences better, allowed users to turn off Metro, but had a nice easy way that you could remote desktop into your PC from your tablet, and have it default into touch-friendly Metro? Suddenly I think people would be calling them geniuses (or at least quite clever), and PC's could be easy media servers and people might pay to update so they could hook the iPad to the computer really simply. But they didn't. Oh well...
Re: Technology change?
I assume he's meaning a rather nasty lack of growth in the advanced economies. After all, MS still have an extremely
healthy unhealthy monopoly in PCs.
Weirdly by technology change, I think they mean technology stay the same. I just realised I bought my PC in 2006. And it still runs all the most current software perfectly well, apart from the most demanding games. I don't think that's ever happened before, and consumers don't tend to upgrade their OS. They buy it with a new PC. So because of that (and shiny) tablets are the next big thing. Not because they're replacing PCs (at least not yet*), but because the PC is good enough, for the diminishing number of things you do with it.
* Is an Asus Transformer good enough to be a PC replacement yet? I suspect the MS Surface Pro will be a perfectly fine laptop replacement, but probably a bit heavy/power hungry as a tablet.
Looks like it. Hardware is now just another section in the masthead. Also they've done something new with their comments. They now seem to be at the bottom of the article, rather than on a separate page. I guess our Register Overlords are changing things again... I never quite understood why they had Channel Reg and Hardware as separate bits anyway, so maybe they'll merge them back in?
How does Bob Marley like his KitKat?
Hmmm. Think I'd better get my coat after that 're-purposing' of an old joke. Although I am shocked that you could suggest there isn't any jamming really and the advertising poster might be a lie. I'm shocked I tell you! Advertising contains lies? Say it ain't so!
I don't approve of your suggestion to use jammers in cinemas. That would be illegal!
However, I'm very much in favour of your idea of snipers...
Re: Hot from the Press...
And in orher news, CVs may have been 'enhanced' for a better reading experience.
Mine certainly has been. It's got a sex scene on page 1, a car crash on page 2, and at the end it turns out he was a ghost all along...
Re: Order posts by postdate
Sorry to state the bleedin' obvious, but there is a drop-down menu at the top right of any forum page, which allows you to sort posts by newest, oldest or thread order. Although I think it disappears unless you're logged in. So when I come back to a forum I use that to see only the newest posts, unless there have been lots - when it often makes more sense to go through in order, so you can see what people have replied to.
On your main point though, I agree with you. These forums really aren't very user friendly. The semi-threaded thing really doesn't work, although I do prefer it to just having posts in date order, as when there aren't too many replies it makes more sense.
While I'm posting, I do have another gripe. There's the swirly arrow thing on the left of a post to tell you it's a reply. Normally clicking on this takes you back to the post it's a reply to. However, if you're in the newest or oldest thread order, it takes you to the post it's a reply to - but now you've lost the post you clicked on - because they're not being shown in order. I guess if you are going to implement this, then when you click the arrow, it probably needs to re-order back into thread order - so that you can look at the OP and replies in order.
What does he expect?
Whatever the source of a customer reference, Greene advises those relying on them do so with great care, as “there is usually an incentive for the vendor-provided reference to say good things about the product they use.”
Our heroic analyst says he's surprised that vendors find it hard to give references. Why? Does he not realise that people have actual work to do, rather than talk about how they implemented one of their systems. And then warns that there's usually an incentive for the reference company to be nice. Well of course there bloody is you idiot! If the vendor didn't give them some sweeties, then they wouldn't agree to be referees!
I believe the operative phrase is, "does the Pope shit in the woods?"
Re: Those aren't that bad
Apparently if you can get a pencil through a gap, then a mouse can do it. They can bend their ribcage or something.
Of course, if you liquidise it, you can get a mouse into almost any container.
Re: Facebook events
Facebook have got some of the best minds in the world working for them! To prove this you just need to look at how they have the best user interface of any website out there, and some of the finest apps for mobile devices ever coded! How can you doubt them?
Tee hee! Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah! *dies*
Re: Don't worry it was "only" a limited number...
I love that. It seems to be the current marketing take on service problems. National network goes down, and the spokesdroid says that only a limited number of customers were affected.
Sadly that's 99% of them. 1% have just signed up for the service and aren't due to be connected until next week...
Re: Those aren't that bad
Well the Bursar's got to get his pills from somewhere...
I just wasn't aware this was the method.
Re: "I know a guy from the New York Army National Guard ..."
I don't know how things work where you are, but over here I would expect anyone in a customer-facing role who openly held customers in contempt to be fired for misconduct.
*snorts coffee out of nose*
Huh? What? Openly holding customers in contempt is unacceptable for employees! That's the company's job! That's why we direct their enquiries to a call centre, full of badly trained, underpaid, horribly managed, staff with no power to deal with their complaints anyway...
Or on a more serious note. No! Holding customers in contempt is a standard way to let off steam. There is no company in the world who could sack all their staff who did that, because they'd go bankrupt overnight. Due to not having any staff.
Admittedly doing things in public could make things worse. But unless he used government data or actual recordings in the app, I'd have thought that lower-level action would be more appropriate.
Re: I'd favour the Nexus 7
Thanks very much for the post. It confirms what others are saying I think. If I can get to grips with the Nexus in a 2 minute play, and demo it to her successfully it's that. If she doesn't get on with Android, then I guess it's iPad time. Although, I do resent the cost. But then I like computers, and am happy to change software and learn something new.
Or perhaps I should saw her iPad in half, and say it's now a 7-incher...
Re: Best mobile provider...
But they've got better customer support than Vodafone!
Then again, so do Al Qaeda... Press 1 if you are missing a limb. Press 2 if your 72 virgins have not been delivered yet. Press 3 for enquiries on beard care. Press 4 for your birthday Osamagram. Press 5 for expenses reclaiming.
5. While you are waiting to be connected the leadership would like to remind all members that First Class travel IS NOT PERMITTED YOU INFIDEL DOGS OF SATAN!!!!! Any member who attempts to claim for this sky-harem of the evil one (may he be cursed to eternal damnation!) will be sent to HR and terminated with prejudice! We are aware that 1st class passengers are allowed metal cutlery, but it is a good member's duty to provide his own in-flight weaponry.
[hmmmm. Perhaps I shouldn't have eaten all that cheese I found under the cooker?]
There's a disturbing trend I've noticed amongst UK news organisations recently. To be fair they may always have done it, but I've been too dim to notice... While being scrupulous with sub judice and innocent until proven guilty in British cases, as soon as something happens abroad the headlines and copy get an awful lot less careful. So I applaud El Reg for remembering that people are innocent until proven guilty, and long may it continue.
Re: What shelves
MS only put them in shops the week before Christmas. Which is madness if you ask me! So it's actually quite impressive they sold any at all. Before that, they were trying to sell them online. I did see one switched off in John Lewis on Christmas Eve, and my brother said he's been in there the day before and an MS sales bloke had shown him it working, with the keyboard. But he bought an iPad the next week anyway... Oops.
I've already got an iPad 3, I just wanted a play. If they have a fire sale, I might go for it anyway. But I'm also massively tempted by a Nexus 7, for no good reason other than "shiny".
Re: Same Microsoft shitstirring as got threw out in the US.
Lets see if EU are in Microsoft's pockets....
Yup. To the tune of about €1.5 billion from memory. That was a heck of a bribe!
Oh hang on...
Re: Touch is ok for
No, but he represents MOST computer users. Remember, not everyone cares to go to technology news sites and post comments.
Most people that I know (and hundreds of average users make up my clientele)
Hate operating touch screen gadgets
Hmmm. Apple have sold about 100-200 million iPads. Probably double that in iPhones, and many iPod Touches. The touchscreen smartphone market is running at 400 million sales a year. There have probably been over 10 million Windows tablets over the years, and tens more millions of Android ones.
So do MOST of them secretly hate touchscreens, but go on buying them anyway?
I'm perfectly happy to agree that touchscreens are crap for typing. I read this comment last night on my iPad, while sitting on the sofa. I didn't reply. I saw it again this morning, and did, because I'm on a desktop. The iPad is for reading stuff and entertainment, the PC is for work. Although the iPad is far more convenient in meetings.
When you go out and get some survey evidence, then you can tell us that most people hate touchscreens. Until then, just stick to telling us that some people do. Which we already knew. I've not actually met a single person that hates touchscreens by the way (or at least that's told me they do) - but I'm fully aware they exist.
Microsoft desperately wants hardware manufacturers to churn out devices that either can't be downgraded or are impractical to do so.
Huh?!?! MS want people to produce touchscreen tablets using Win8, which is designed for touch - which obviously won't be as good with an OS not designed for the damned hardware. They also want to sell WinRT kit, which is the only one that's locked down, as an appliance, like an iPad on Android tab. Also both locked down. I'm sure it's very nice that you have launched a one man anti Win 8 crusade and charitable removal service - but let's keep things in perspective here.
I don't believe he said the license fee was wrong, or against the natural order. In this article it was pointed out that the US networks might be rather unhappy if the Beeb were making loadsamoney in America when they're effectively subsidised (which may be a reason to keep quiet about it).
There's nothing wrong with the way the BBC is funded, but if it wants to take public money (which it effectively is - whatever it claims), then it needs to be as transparent as is humanly possible. And that's something it often fails at. Sky don't need to be transparent (though it would be nice), as they don't force you to pay for it.
Re: In criticising the BBC and their alleged agenda
You have crime coverage? Who knew? I look forward to a more blood-spattered Bootnotes in future. I always thought you restricted yourself to motorised blow-jobs, naked weirdnesses of all kinds (especially the types who drink wet'n'dry vacuum cleaners), and anything involving Bulgarian air-bags.
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