It may well be the future, but it's not the here and now. Perhaps when you dock it and get full (PC/laptop) Windows 10?
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Looking forward to seeing Windows 10 for phones
So far, Windkws Phone has been a case of All Surface/No Feeling (excuse the pun). The smoothness, in my experience, has been superficial. I'm hoping we'll now see Android level multi tasking, where Skype isn't half an hour behind my Android phone, in terms of notifications and responsiveness.
The big problm
A lot of these countries have paranoid governments who do not like personal satellite equipment of any kind.
Re: Moral dimension
"What would have happened if NR were allowed to fold like any other business?"
NR was, relatively speaking, small potatoes. The bigger question is why, around the world, a great many more banks were bailed out. To answer that question, you need to start by consider what happens when the finance system collapses.
The problem with banks is, I think, that we can't afford to treat them like any other business.
Re: As a former HTC TyTn owner
I'd argue Microsoft succeeded first time, didn't realise it, and then panicked (along with everyone else) when the iPhone appeared?
Re: You need deep pockets for any class on 787 with BA
If they introduce the 787-9 to the Austin route, I'll certainly look into burning some miles in first, for a long weekend break. Economy class should come with a health warning; BA have deployed a very high density 3-3-3 configuration. I recently tried Qatar's very similar configuration (fortunately a one hour hop, from Doha to Muscat) - ultra modern, but you're in constant physical contact with the person next to you.
Edit: Compared to BA's flying dormitory, Qatar's business product, on the 787, looks rather nice.
Life without too much fear....
Have the economists put a numeric value on that? I think that's what economies like Sweden achieve above all else. I suspect pretty much any woman who remembers Iraq, pre regime change, will have similar feelings. Then again, I found Sweden a bit sinister. The fate of all nations that strive for a utopian ideal?
I think a niche with the creatives, rather than the corporates
Those who've actually picked it up talk about it's lightness. Owning both a (none pro) Surface 3 and an iPad Air 2, I can appreciate that. The Microsoft device is quite a bit thicker/heavier. I don't see sales people wanting an iPad Pro, rather than the MacBook they carry already (complete with a VM running a corporate Windows build*).
* And the Surface Pro can do that too (i.e. for running up IE6 to access legacy apps, or a Linux VM for doing real work).
You beat me to it. That's certainly out of touch with a way a lot of the more advanced British consumers are starting to think. Mine's the one with Nexus written on it, with the cheap-as-chips SIM only contract.
What the duck!
Sent from my Google Docs account, with "New and improved" dictation.
I'll be keeping an eye on that
I pay Spotify the almost a tenner a month so I can discover new music; not so they can invade my privacy and steal my data.
Meh - stocks are probably just overvalued
Happens from time to time. Happened badly, at the turn of the century, when the tech crash/correction caused many stocks to be significantly under-valued. Some of us did pretty well out of that.
It's the fundamentals that matter; not the hype of Wall Street and The City.
Presumably in line with Wikimedia's approved retention policy, which is fully in line with industry best practice? How can Michael Green possibly object to that?
Ex pats should not pay tax!
They should pay tax wherever they happen to be living. They are already doing Britian a massive favour by not being a drain on the British economy, whether that be through not being unemployed, not needing NHS services or by simply having children (in work allowances, education, child benefit and so on). If you're not using the services of a country, you should not be paying tax there.
Me? $39,000, but it really is his decision
I know little else of his circumstances, or his family. It's a personal decision. That said... When an area becomes to expensive to live, I think one should always have an plan (or at least an idea, stored away at the back of the mind) to move on. No point in fighting economics.
So looking at the up-votes and down-votes
We can conclude:
- Small majority of reg readers want to stay inside of EU.
- Everyone wants cool black space planes.
Upgraded on day one - it's not bad
Main issue, so far, is the odd update, while my Surface 3 is sleeping, breaks something random. Best one so far has been the re-appearance of the Asus T100 Theme, on my Surface 3! Sometimes, I get lots of blank icons in my start menu (a reboot sorts that out).
If you put your device to sleep, with applications running, do not leave anything unsaved! This is not OSX. If it does an update and re-set, from sleep, you may lose data since running applications have no persistence though a shutdown or reset.
Re: Trickle Down Economics
"I've read that not only is 'trickle down' a myth, but it's also a myth that any Tory ever believed it...
Technological breakthroughs 'trickle down' (rich people get the new toys first), but not wealth."
Trickle down economics is hard to quantify. I'm sure Mr. Worstall would argue that being able to afford a better gizmo than last year, is a measure of wealth. Of course, by that argument, so is a house, especially if you don't own one already. I think it would be more accurate to say the wealth that really matters trickles upwards, while a better standard of living often trickles downwards. A good standard of living, without wealth, is a little precarious*.
* Case in point: working tax credits provide a better standard of living, but are very easy to take away. I suppose Greece is also a case in point, on a grander scale. For an individual, being leveraged up to the eyeballs, via a mortgage, is pretty precarious.
Samoa changed to driving on the left
As noted above. Ostensibly to bring them into line with the other South Pacific nations. It also makes the cost of buying a car cheaper there, since they can just import used cars, unmodified, from Aus, NZ and Japan.
Probably a one-off faulty unit
Any EE store has a bunch of these all charging up at the same time, in close proximity to each other, in a drawer. We haven't had any major EE store fires in the news.
Mine's the one with E1-04 on it, and yes it does get pretty warm - I'd be wary of using it in extreme warm weather (not that we're getting much of that).
Edge is a fast, pleasant experience at the moment. Will it be the same once they've implemented the rest of the standards, and start allowing plugins? Since my Widows box is really just a plaything, so I get exposure to the latest Windows (my main box is a Mac), I'll probably use Edge exclusively for the time being.
Re: I changed my mind.
If you've been using the old Cisco VPN client (IPSec over UDP, in my case), on Windows 7, then that is broke since Windows 8.
Re: Broken Wifi
Uninstall and scan for hardware changes, in device manager? Sound similar to what happened to me, after a scheduled rebuild of the corporate Dell (Windows 7).
Re: Actually, a success for consumers, I think
Caused Intel to get off their arses and seriously up their game in the mobile space.
Re: I mostly agree
The idea of buying a dumb panel, and plugging in the brain, appeals! I reckon the dumb panel will go obsolete less often than the brain.
Guns and Katrina
Two years after Katrina, I found myself on an extended (ended up being a total of 6 months) business trip to Dallas. It was actually a very nice assignment - I really don't mind the summer extremes there, and you can get some pleasant weather in the winter. Anyway, guns are a serious business in Texas. The only rule at the office seemed to be that concealed firearms must be declared on arrival. But none of the pick up trucks in the car park had gun racks. All the guides clearly stated I should see pick up trucks with gun racks in Texas! I was actually a bit disappointed, and asked about this. I was told a lot of bad elements had come in amongst the Katrina refugees and, after a few nasty incidents, the locals voluntarily stopped putting their guns on show.
Per the Henry mentioned in the article, I was told various stories of law abiding citizens having firearms confiscated, around New Orleans. In an armed society, this meant the only people carrying were the bloody criminals.
My assignment in Dallas? Testing a massive,largely automated, DR solution for one of my customers back in the UK.
Re: NZ1 and NZ2 are fine
The economy seats, and overall service, are far nicer than BA or AA. After Air New Zealand kindly dropped its direct flights from LAX to the Pacific Islands, this was the only way I could carry on earning miles in my preferred programme (BMI - remember them?) and avoid Fiji's Air Pacific. On those occasions where I could afford the time, I had a recovery night in LA, on the way out, and a holiday in Santa Monica, on my way home.
Now, on the legacy carriers the A380 has been a huge disappointment to me. It's just an exercise in cynicism; they gave nothing back to the paying customer in terms of comfort. Fly economy on the Emirates A389, OTOH, and you get a larger, wider, more comfortable seat, with plenty of good entertainment options, reasonably priced WiFi, and not so reasonably priced mobile roaming.
Still haven't received the popup on my Surface 3
Not that I'm in any desperate rush, but I'm feeling ever so left out.
Certainly if all you're doing is reading a bit of Stephen King, it hardly matters. Surely colour only matters to text books, where colour can help clarify illustrations and diagrams; for that application the technology used will have to be very good.
Rail is the one area where privatisation seems to have fallen on its bottom. The government pays more for rail than ever before, and the quality of service is at best patchy. I think this is partly due to the relative absence of competition on any given route. For example, to get from Manchester to London, only a Virgin* option comes up, regardless of which app or website I use**. The trains seem to be more crowded than ever***. I wouldn't even consider economy class, when I visit London.
* Though to be fair to Beardy's company, they're not that bad.
** We did have a longer, cheaper route, from Manchester Victoria; I don't know what happened to that (maybe competition, maybe regulation).
*** Notingham to Manchester, standing room only, is no laughing matter.
- Headquartered in Switzerland
- Thinks it's above the law
- Does what the hell it wants.
Nope, I'm not finding anything to draw parallels with.
Re: Yes, but...
I don't think cat pictures fit within any of the various theories and laws of economics. Except perhaps Grumpy Cat.
Who stands to gain from such an Exchange being created?
Who stands to lose? Of the two, who is in the stronger position? If you follow the money, where does it lead?
This is getting silly
Do Microsoft really not get that the Start Screen (tablet) and the Start Menu (desktop) do not have to be mutually exclusive? It might work well enough, at least on my Surface 3, but I'm guessing those who've bought 8" tablets will find Windows 10 a pain in the arse.
Not for me, but anything that makes a dumb old telly smarter.....
The Smart TV, and Playstation 4, already have the Amazon Prime Streaming app. If you're getting enough free deliveries to justify Prime, then the streaming service is a nice bonus*. I do have Chromecast, but that's because I have quite a bit of purchased content from Goolge Play (that I paid very little for). Both the Chromecast and Firestick are a more convenient way to access Netflix and iPlayer (just control through the corresponding phone or tablet app), so no complaints there.
* Hey, I though Extant was alright!
Modern Skype is good, in terms of efficiency
Especially on the very low end devices. Unfortunately, the positives stop there.
Re: Paul 87
"Even neo-cons in the US want to reduce the criminal population, although often for financial reasons or religious ones even."
American conservatism is a bit more complicated than that. For every hard assed, bible thumping, hand em high judge or prosecutor, you'll find another who is more reform minded. They might even go to the same church, and use the same chapter and verse to justify their opposing positions. The awful truth though, if you're one of the former, is that it's the more reform minded states that are bringing crime levels down.
They actually allow phones to be switched on during class?
Paint me surprised.
I got one. Thoughts
It's well built, starts quickly and is very responsive. However, compared to the iPad, it really is a bit too big and heavy, IMHO, for armchair browsing. The screen is very nice; the device seems to run Photoshop and Lightroom ok. It just about squeeses into the tablet compartment of my camera bag.
The keyboard feels pretty cheap and nasty, but I don't care as I only paid twenty quid for it (thank you PC World). That said, I'm finding it superb for touch typing, and the backlighting is useful.
I don't mind the Adobe subscription model
The startup cost is reasonable enough, so I'm giving it a try. Don't they also offer a plan where you can, for example, rent it for thirty days when needed? I'm still gutted that Apple have murdered Aperture, but with the Adobe tools I'm finding:
- Often, 99% of the work can be done in Camera Raw (which even has brushes, which seem a bit more useful - need to paint the sky 0.3 of a stop darker, recovering detail?)
- Not to mention straightening, before I even hit Photoshop
- Support for new raw files is not dependent on an OS update
- Oh, and once in Photoshop, I found content aware fill worked a treat, once I'd worked out how to mask out adjacent bits of the image I didn't want affecting).
My setup and approach is by no means perfect (haven't even got around to trying Lightroom, and I'm dreading importing my Aperture libraries), but I've enjoyed learning new stuff.
Re: Given they're between leaders and policies
"Erm, they're the Labour party? They're meant to have a tendency towards unions and socialism. If I want Tory policies I'll vote for the Tories."
The parties effectively straddle the centre, at the moment, so the best you can hope for is differences in nuance, with the odd big policy (Europe, for example). Of course, it would be a mistake to assume that nuance can't equate to a great deal of difference.
Re: Given they're between leaders and policies
It appears elements of New Labour will be making a comeback, but we'll have to wait and see what emerges from this mess. I have a hard time believing Labour are any more or less business friendly than any other party. Most of it boils down to rhetoric since, as far as I can tell, unless you're one of a certain elite group of companies*, who are subject to Westminster's patronage, I doubt you've ever really felt the love.
As to everything else you wrote, I agree. Being gerrymandered to death is going to make the next election an uphill struggle for the opposition parties.
* Thinking Capita, Balfour Beaty, ATOS, G4S, BAe and so on.
Given they're between leaders and policies
You might think he'd give them a chance....
Potential use for criminals? My little experience...
While trying to find myself back to the hotel, in Namibia a couple of years back, Google Maps tried to send me to a fairly risky township. Fortunately, though I was a a bit lost (that's a talent of mine), a lot didn't add up (for one thing, I was walking, and the directions weren't at all walking distance). Don't get me wrong; the township of Katatura is safe enough for a wander, during the day, but the thought of people being directed there, turn by turn, in the evening, certainly got me thinking*.
* Armed carjacking is a one of the national sports.
Well, I could recommend a compact photo kit
That goes from pretty wide, out to telephoto, but that's going to be considerably more expensive than the Surface. Starting from scratch, on the photo side of things, is anything but trivial.
The art of travel....
1. Make sure you're on an airline that allows an additional, smaller piece of hand luggage.
2. DSLR? One camera/one lens, unless it's a proper photo trip! Take a look at something like the Panasonic LX100, one of the smaller compact system cameras, or even a Sony RX100. They're all good enough for product shots and do 1080p (or even 4k). Even a mobile phone might do, if you're pushed (look at the Sony and Nokia phones that have the 1" sensor, though you lose zoom).
3. Microsoft Surface might just be your friend.
4. Longer trip, but you still don't want to check a bag? Google the clown car packing method.
5. Don't forget your mobile boarding pass (or even print it at home, if you're old fashioned) and avoid getting your bags weighed (though the low cost carriers tend to have quite a generous limit anyway).
Well my Phone's a Nexus 5 and my Tablet's an iPad Air 2
Apple's clean/dated interface isn't stopping me from doing anything. Nor does it make me any less productive. Overall, Google's more open ecosystem edges it for me, but there's little in it. The tablet decision, late last year, boiled down to hardware (iPad vs Nexus 9) and the iPad won. My next phone will probably be a Nexus 6 (or what comes after).
The widgets, that Andriod supports, were very nice at first, but I hardly use them these days.
Does it matter?
I think it does. The small differences in output make a difference, to me, and I'd prefer to have a Sony sensor.
Plenty of outsiders predicted the crash
I used to read a newsletter from some contrarian cranks. I say cranks since they also have dangerous (to my mind) libertarian tendencies. They actually made the upcoming crash, and the reasoning for it, pretty intuitive. I made a tidy profit from buying into gold and resources (thanks Dad*), then selling **. The fact we had a credit bubble was simple enough to see***. Bubbles either burst or deflate. Both Brown and Osborne are examples of bubble inflators, IMHO (or at least they bury their heads in the sand, when bubbles happen).
* Dad the copper smith, who knew a thing or two about i) the ups and downs of a bag of scrap copper, and ii) the fact that China was happening, a good few years before China happened to me.
** I wish I'd held longer, but that's life.
*** To this day, the very idea of sub-prime lending baffles me. That no one took a bullet for it baffles me more.