Well, that's one of the things that R&D (we didn't bother spending money on for the whole denialist era) was meant to address. This is the problem with fundamentalists, since they already know the answer they see no point in having alternatives.
1957 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009
I spend much of my day with side by side documents, wide is good. 3 monitors wide is better...
Steam Guard is a PIA
Ummmm, almost justifies the pain of Steam Guard and it's complete inability to remember I've logged in from the same machine+browser as little as a few hours earlier.
Almost. I seriously doubt it would even slow down an attacker.
Re: lets start a new craze
I went through my entire secondary education wearing the school uniform tie as a belt. They never did get round to specifying how the uniform was meant to be used ;)
@dotdavid maybe I should have mentioned being in the game industry, If you're interviewing for a game industry tech job there's roughly zero chance you'll ever need a suit at work, or anything close to one. It's not exactly a secret.
Luckily the few that did appear overdressed had been sent by agents that lied to them, lied to us, lied to frontline HR to get even considered. It's not an industry you want anyone walking into blind, it eats people.
At this time of year my colleagues are lucky we have a voice only daily Skype call... Too hot for shorts.
The only problem is if it encourages someone with smelly feet to join you. Rather than take that risk I kept a pair of slippers in the office ;)
The few times I took part in hiring interviews we tried very hard not to penalise the candidates that turned up in suits or wearing ties. But it was a clear sign they'd done no research at all about the job they were trying for.
predictable but still surprisingly high
The recent report of 3x average loading speedups by blocking all this sideloaded shit should have prepared me for this story but the amount of power being wasted is still shocking.
If Microsoft stopped preferring to hear only what the fanbois say and perhaps asked (or bothered listening to) the non-users, they'd have a product with less astonishing design mistakes and more willing users.
At least the phonification of desktop Windows has been slowed, but not reversed, by this market failure.
BT Sport in on a commercial mux (COM6 ATM), as are the subscription streaming channels in the mid 200's. The old terrestrial channels fill PS1,PS2&PS3.
The BBC did encrypt the HD programme guide to force manufacturers to agree licences and DRM restrictions. It was broken before they even turned on my channels ;)
Being on every possible delivery platform - Sky, Freesat, cable & internet has a distinct stink of ensuring everyone requires a licence. A notional tax based on a service you could not receive wouldn't survive the first trip to court, whatever the law says. That means withdrawing that 'free' availability simply isn't an option for the BCC, unless they simultaneously switch to conditional access.
I think they have a damn good idea how few Sky customers would volunteer to pay for the BBC channels.
still riddled with Flash badness though
Another chance to tell Adobe which orifice to shove Flash back up missed :(
There's no point bewailing the nonsensical naming conventions and near total lack of clues about performance. AMD don't advertise to the public, Intel does. A lot.
When most people think 'Intel good' they don't have a clue why, it's simply the only brand they can remember that has something to do with the 'stuff' powering their PC.
AMD do throw money at promoting the graphics products but it's little more than maintaining brand awareness, those enthusiast customers understand the products. They're currently mightily annoyed that AMD rebranded last years product then pretended it was something new.
AMD are now the budget brand, not valued by end users, not chosen by them, just the default when they buy something cheap and low margin. Even the fans stopped caring after the misguided Bulldozer shared core fiasco.
The 'shrieking hysterics' are fully justified and history has shown it's the only way to get Microsoft to even consider changing policy. It's sad that Microsoft only hear feedback that agrees with them unless you shout but that's the way it is, shouting is not optional when they screw up :(
Re: THE SKY IS FALLING!
@Mad Mike: "their computer may get problems without them even being aware an update has been applied"
My thankfully short list of update exclusions was compiled by watching my PC fail immediately after applying bad updates, so I had a fighting chance of guessing which one(s) were responsible. If they take the next logical step and force reboot your system that's going to get much harder.
Not well pleased that crapware like the 'important' Win10 update app will now not be refusable, how many other apps I'll never use will they decide I need? Even Google lets me refuse updates for it's stuff (and I can even disable them simply).
Re: designed for games
"WTF?? Every Amiga I ever used had fast ram as well as chip ram."
So you never used the best selling A500 512K version, all of it ChipRam?
The one game devs had to build against because it was A: more popular, B: so much slower due to RAM contention. And it's wonderfull (NOT!) RAM expansion slot that combined the bus contention of ChipRam with the inaccessibility to the chipset of FastRam! The Amiga where we used the CPU for some graphics tasks because otherwise the clock cycles would just be lost.
designed for games
The Amiga hardware was in reality designed to be a games super console and some arcade machines shipped based on it. I remember eagerly waiting to get hold of one when first announced. Then Commodore bought the company and (I believe) Jack Tramiel decided to repackage it as a PC, aimed at business use. Because it was now a business device the idiots removed the 'fast ram' that make the design so fast at graphics and seriously harmed it's future as a gaming machine :(
It never really recovered from that downgrade, you could add the missing ram back but it made an already expensive machine too expensive for many before IBM killed the business niche for everyone else.
Might have to dig mine out and fire up some old games.
"Win10 requirements are the same as Win7"
The difference is Win8.1 was the first time Microsoft made an effort to actually reduce Windows footprint, turning a laughable min spec that only applied to a bare install into one that works if you install things and use it in anger. A usable Win7 min spec should have been higher, as my brother discovered the hard way with his unusable Win7 laptop - even after we cleaned all the crapware off it.
So far Win10 looks like it inherited the 8.1 slimline footprint. And the same lack of drivers I was hit by in Win8 ;(
well I downloaded mine from Microsoft...
Re: We can only hope it was the Chinese government that got it
Dropping a few million extracts in hacking forms would cause chaos and the US is not going to go to war with China even if they could prove it. Repeat for a couple of years. Watch the US government make increasingly stupid and freedom destroying choices.
If a government has this and is not one of your allies, you're screwed. You're less screwed of an ally has it... they might use lube.
Re: That's in in a nut shell
Remember though, windows started as just a gui loaded in DOS. Then it acquired DOS extender features and device drivers but still over DOS. It didn't subsume the OS layer till 95. A better complaint is why the hell an OS needs to be part of a GUI ;)
Or why an internet browser should be hooked so intimately into an OS,
Re: I can't wait!
An OS exists to support it's users NOT CONTROL THEM.
The good news is MS seem to having given up breaking Classic Start Menu, which sorts out a good chunk of the vandalism. Haven't tried installing UXStyler on Win10 yet, it fixes some of the missing window chrome (like coloured title bars;), I suspect they will try to block that but fail.
Won't be installing the shipped Win10 till long after both are working, but again I'm forced to rely on 3rd parties to fix Windows problems because MS simply chose different ways to break the UI while lying about fixing it.
I don't believe Microsoft can afford to break games, part of the ongoing strategy is to migrate gamers on to Win10 as soon as possible, by restricting DX12 to Win10 so they have no choice. Killing existing gaming along the way wrecks that plan. Without it they can forget about tying the XBox, phone and PC ecosystem together and that's why everyone including Microsoft is going through the pain of Win8 then 10.
" At least Ballmer tried to get MS to go forward in the right direction, Nadella has just put MS in reverse gear."
You assume reverse isn't the 'right direction' and confuse Ballmer 'trying to go forward' with Ballmer 'succeeding in going forward'. Quite a lot of us would welcome some genuine reversing, instead of the pretending MS have been doing.
This isn't reversing, it's MS skipping the temporary sideways excursion into WP. If the end goal was Win10 everywhere then WP had no long term future, it would be just another view of Win10. Given the state WP is in heading straight for the unified endgame is almost no risk. What damage can they do to a failed product they have to give away for free?
Re: I had a cider last week
"Anybody looking to emulate this should satisfy themselves with a 2 litre bottle of Old Rosie...."
I still remember the morning ritual of upending trade jars of Old Rosie to stir the artificial clouding agent back in. I'd advise anyone that actually likes cider to avoid the stuff and order a 20l box of something real, take out a shelf and it will fit comfortably in even a small fridge. It's also a lot more thermal inertia.
Of course you'll have to pre pour to let the heavenly juice warm up to proper 12deg drinking temp ;)
Not so much fanbois as a demonstration of what Google haters try to forget, most western Android users want the Google experience enough to jump through hoops if deprived of it. The few that don't want it just root and remove Google. That and some blatant ignoring this is a grey import from a region that doesn't feel any need for more than the G Play Store on their phones.
For the professional haters it's probably best to keep quiet, reminding the world that Google has no control over large parts of the Android market doesn't fit the fiction they want to spin ;)
"so they could find someone who would do what they wanted with the AMA"
Half the issue is whether the mods will cooperate with that. It's not just about the vital organisational aspect, she was what stopped AMA degenerating into a pure PR and/or advertising opportunity. Simple things like making sure the celeb being questioned was the one actually answering the questions.
Redditors are crusty folk not likely to put up with that, readers or mods.
Re: "for the supported lifetime of the device" £50 tablet?
The network PVR I built last week on top of Win8.1 with Bing seems to think it's authorised for the upgrade... it's also imaged so I can revert if it all goes horribly wrong ;)
Had the fun (not) updating a cheap Win8.1 with Bing box last weekend. Took a couple of hours before I received *any* progress feedback from update. Then far too long when it started actually installing. And another huge delay when I asked it to clean up after the install.
Re: "for the supported lifetime of the device"
@dogged: completely ignoring the observation that they remembered to add 'supported' this time. Not 'lifetime' but 'supported lifetime' - they don't have the same meaning.
More honest but most of us assumed they had no intention of Win10 actually having perpetual support on anything or even guaranteed support for the actual life of your OEM licensed device.
Still nothing there guaranteeing all support will be covered by my prepaid licence, not hidden in the store as a paid option.
very old news, deliberately ignored for too long
FFS we knew research was the best investment 25yrs ago. Even economists finally worked out a decade ago it was more cost effective than what's actually happened if started early.
Unfortunately state level investment was one of the things the obstructionists have managed to block for those years. Unsurprisingly with no pressure to change the energy industry also sat on their arses till belatedly forced into pointless crap like smart meters.
Looking at the tiny number of PV panels in my city, if we're getting 5.8% from that few of them now, that's pretty spectacular. And a real pity we don't have the benefit of 20yrs focussed research on cost and solving the storage&network problem, from people who don't have old industries to defend. The subsidy has been a damn expensive way to achieve cost reduction.
Drivers on Win updates servers are usually written by chipset providers not OEMs, OEMs just wrap them lightly if at all. Even if the OEM provides a working copy to Microsoft, update is prone to supplying a different version that matches the chipset signature.
That in itself would be just annoying if the drivers work, the real problem is piss poor testing from Microsoft. I have a DVBT card with working drivers that update persistently tries to 'update' to broken versions. A WiFi dongle that has no known working drivers but Windows still tries to install them - causing an instant kernel crash and making Windows unbootable. Both driver are WHQL certified.
Win update is quite capable of breaking PC's and leaving no clue about how it happened if you let it run automatically. At least they allow me to hide specific updates or the backup image would get more use.
Re: "30 OEMs to get them preloaded"
Even worse, if they put it in system space, that's 500meg of flash that could have been allocated to the user partition and after an update it will gobble another 500meg of userspace for the new apks.
Let's hope they have the sense to not install in system space. And why would anyone want software of typical Microsoft quality running with system privileges anyway?
"If he couldn't work out that it'd leak..."
...or that quite a few employees would realise they wouldn't have a job much longer or any reason not to leak it...
hard to believe
Hard to believe Elop had no awareness of the true state of Windows Phone at the time (or the related internal feedback about all things Metro - which we now know was overwhelmingly negative).
But let's pretend all he had was what his ex-employer told Nokia. Why the hell did he believe it? He had to know how MS operates, how they promise but deliver late or not at all, how they have no scruples about wrecking partners business. So why walk the company off a cliff on a Microsoft promise? That's not 'pretty good' by any reckoning.
I also fail to understand how putting out Android devices is a one way abandonment of control. Every other major phone producer is happy to ship with multiple OSes, including WP even if the Winphone offerings are more about appeasing Microsofts lawyers than sales. Dropping everything for a single bought in OS was never necessary, although I'll agree they would never have finished an OS competitive with Android given how they got into this mess.
When faced with an 'impossible choice' it helps to pick the least worst option, not the worst as Elop did.
It continues to mightily piss me off that both sides are so loud in their ranting and obstruction that things we should be doing don't happen if it looks remotely like climate change mitigation overlaps in purpose. That research is constantly under attack - very much like neither believers or deniers want to know the truth.
That no evidence is too large to ignore or too small not to shout about, depending on the needs of your argument.
And I'm still surprised Page didn't throw a frothing fit over the recent 'warming pause was a measurement error' stories...
There's a simple explanation for an unmistakably bad service like Google Shopping beating the incumbents, it wasn't quite as crap as them. I quit using Kelkoo long before Google joined the game, a straight search often gave better results than so called specialists. And Kelkoo was one of the better ones!
Comparison sites are in trouble because they don't offer anything to distinguish their product from everyone else's. Favourable page placement has a disproportionate effect *because* it's hard to care which poor quality service you end up on. They got caught badly by the SEO hammer because they did what every poor business on the internet does, spent their money on sleazy SEO. I for one will never miss finding entire search pages full of bad comparison sites instead of the product information I actually wanted.
By all means stop Google favouring it's own offering but try not to pretend those sites deserved success. Or that they've improved more than was needed to escape the ban hammer.
...and the idea that Foundem was lauded anywhere outside it's own PR dept is laughable. They sank without trace after the launch announcement, long before the period they're whining about.
Yep, my mistake after a year+ dealing with legacy 32bit crappiness all through a 360 port, because they could assume pointers never needed to be >32bit.
Rumour is when you put the disk in it just downloads a ported copy, the disc just validate ownership. That makes sense, emulating PowerPC is hard with endian & 32 v 64bit issues, extensive use of vector ops that don't easily translate to deal with before even stating on the different hardware topology.
The xb1 CPU was described pretty accurately by a colleague as a mobile CPU, under clocked, under cached. Great memory bandwidth but that doesn't help when the problem is lack of MIPS.
Re: What the...?
Or did England vote to avoid ukip replacing the libs in another coalition after believing all the black publicity? An absolute masterpiece of manipulation, blame the libs for everything then threaten the country with something much worse if they don't just vote Tory.
10130 does look subtly better than my previous version, seem to have restored some some visual cues to ui elements (scroll bars are easier to see for example). Still too subtle for me and high contrast is too fugly to use. Still going to be 3rd party theming if it doesn't improve much more.
This version doesn't hijack and kill my local network so it might actually get some testing.
Icons really do stink on it.
I tried using my tablet first but echo cancellation was terrible in Skype on it... then I went straight to desktop Skype. The morning conference call works much better if you can access work windows while using it.
"That's a bit silly, having a euro coin that isn't legal tender across the whole of the Eurozone."
Not silly at all, it's why the French can't veto it.
Re: Pretend hippies?
A friend in his 70's will be there. I think he'll probably avoid Judas Priest in favour of something a little newer ;)
Going to be fun hearing his opinions next week.
Skype under MS failed to fail because they kept it free of established MS management and engineering culture. The relative success of XBox was similar, fenced off from the parent company right up till the XB1 fiasco, the moment MS management thinking arrived it all started going sour.
Why does MS need to buy in product? It's the quickest way to change corporate culture and lost it's toxic effect on the products. The alternative is an unpredictable number of years waiting for organic change to actually take hold, longer than they can afford to wait.
Re: What changed - the network
Amazons server farms are still too far from the endpoints for low latency and it's unlikely they're equipped with suitable hardware for even casual gaming. Building out more distributed server infrastructure runs counter to their current concentration in datacentres but Amazon could afford it.
My personal belief is the shear crapness of the Onlive experience was only part of why it failed, the market it worked best on (mobile) just wasn't interested in more than native gaming. Actual gamers didn't accept the performance. If you overlook the rented aspect, the passes were pretty good value, yet few bought in.
I'm struggling to see this as a sales driver. More of nice freebie that most will ignore, while passively consuming video.
Re: New install upgrade vs "in place"
@dogged: I can see the 'clean install' bit (completely expected since every paid upgrade has allowed this). I don't see mention of downgrading however.
One new thing he let's slip is a Windows Store account is now mandatory for the upgrade - even with a clean install. So a step back from Win8, though we were compelled to have the otherwise useless account to get Win8.1.