78 posts • joined Wednesday 1st July 2009 08:16 GMT
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD - Just have two OS types. It's a massive reduction from the many, many previous editions of Windows. (eg. Vista) You don't see Apple trying to shoehorn it's desktop OS on to mobile platforms. Sure, share codebase & whatever compatibility makes sense, but this is (still) madness.
However, decades-old dictionaries are still fairly useful.
Please stop moaning about the added ! after every word in the headline when the article is something to do with Yahoo! It was funny once, about 100 years ago. Now it is just annoying.
It will be interesting to see if the general public accept this new paradigm of software `ownership` because it's a one-chance opportunity to nip it in the bud. If Microsoft make this console a success, it pretty much paves the way for ALL future consoles to follow their lead since it's the holy grail of publisher control. This is Joe public's last chance to stand up for what's right.... don't squander it.
Re: No more worrying about Graphic card memory
What woule be nice for gaming with a discrete 3D graphics card is if the new on-processor APU could be re-tasked to help with something like physics or AI.
The bigger story...
Is that this guy is the life and soul of a dinner party.....
Strange usage of `anonymised` since my voice doesn't have an ID number and it can be easily recognised in a number of ways. Of course, Apple (or any other similar corporation) would never use pattern matching to link `anonymised` voices with recent `known` voices.
Re: It's basically a licence to print money
It's basically a licence to print money
and only governments can be trusted with that kind of responsibilty!
More annoying than adverts...
Are all the smug gits shouting "Ads? What ads?"
We get it, you're clever enough to download AdBlock...
Just out of curiosity, what was the black market value of the user data? If it's over 250k then they're laughing, and it could be a new revenue stream for unscrupulous companies. Just sell their user data to the highest bidder, say it was hacked, take the fine & pocket a tidy sum.
Excellent. I live on a hill and it's feckin freezing at the moment, so bring on the extra 5 degrees!
"if our rulers are too stupid to write decent laws that can't be twisted then more fool them."
This one sentence illustrates the author's ignorance of the realities of virtually every biological system and mechanism in the world, since the beginning of time. Every creature (including us humans) on the planet is trying to out-perform, out-think, out-evolve and outwit it's adversaries and to say that laws should be written "perfect" is ridiculous. Or, to put it more simply: There's always someone smarter than you.
Laws will be twisted, better laws will be passed, more loopholes will be found. Repeat ad-infinitum. (Until the revolution of course)
Re: FFS !
This comment just about sums up the apathy of the common man. What if everyone through the ages thought "what's the point in trying to improve?"
Re: PFLP anyone?
Do people really succumb to these kind of adverts? I can't imagine a situation ever arising where I'm searching my computer for something then see an advert (even if it was supremely relevant) and click to buy it. I'm not even saying I'm immune to advertising; when the `Crunchy Nut` adverts appear I have been known to suddenly fancy a bowl.
You provided your own answer, it's saved millions of people on this already overpopulated planet....
Sony the brand
As far as I'm concerned, Sony as a brand is forever tarnished by their dubious behaviour over the last few years. I'm not saying I wouldn't buy anything of theirs, but there would have to be a very good reason (significantly better, cheaper etc) for me to choose a Sony product over another manufacturer.
Re: A bit off topic but...
The OS is getting more and more `dumbed down` and for savvy users it's taking more time to turn off all the safeties and configure a new install to your own preference. What is really needed is a question on install that asks "Do you know what you are doing?" and then dispenses with all the nagging questions.
The problem is of course, that most users will just click yes without actually reading the question, so what we need is another question to check you really meant to click yes. The problem is of course, that most users.....
"cats are likely killing more than four billion animals per year, including at least 500 million birds"
Survival of the fittest at work, look what's happening to us humans now that particular evolutionary mechanism has been (almost) nullified.
Sauce is what you put on food you don't like the taste of...
I do like reading the global warming articles alternately confirming/debunking theories on what is happing or going to happen next, and I have reached a conclusion from them all:
We haven't a f'kin clue what's going to happen, and that lack of `a clue` increases the further forward in time we go...
Imho not as impressive as the original because it's fake. Looking at the original `blue marble` photo makes me imagine what it would have been like to actually look at that view, and be in the boots of that astronaut. Looking at the new one makes me think `looks like Google Earth`.
"What Face Book did was NO mistake."
If you look at it another way, his mistake was thinking they could get away with it.
Completely true, but like most smart-asses you've missed the point that they should NOT be doing it in the first place.
Traffic lights are just another example of a rule that an increasing number of drivers consider "optional". Just like indicating, speed limits, due care and all sorts of other "me me me" behaviour. It's part of the wider erosion of consideration for our fellow human beings, and cars bring out the worst of that mentality.
Any two-legged robot is doomed to failure unless it can get itself up after falling over.
Ebay should concentrate on making a great auction site and stop all the messing around trying to be some shopping `destination`. It now comes under the heading `have to use it` rather than `want to`. (Like Paypal did a long time ago)
Just as always, stories of magnetic tech reaching insurmountable physical limits and now there seems a way to improve it dramatically. You'll never catch me saying `well, that's it for X technology`.
"The Commission noted that 8,500 EC useless wastes of space die each year from drug overdoses."
I always thought updating corporate client software was done with ultra caution, for fear of breaking some compatability that the whole company relied on. If Google (or any other web apps company) start pushing these out to automatically, surely it will eventually create problems? As I always tell people, I can't be perfect ALL the time!
See the Arthur C Clarke / Michael Kube-McDowell book for one possible future, it's not all good!
As somebody who sees a lot of laptops for repair etc, the vast majority of them only use a tiny amount of their storage. Most have 20-40gb of data and the rest is wasted space. Just that adjustment alone makes a huge difference to their maths, if only consumers didn't see capacity figures as `bigger=better`.
I'll bet if PC World sold identical laptops, one with 500gb 2.5" drive and one with a 60gb SSD, that most people would see the numbers and still go with the 500gb. In reality if they wanted a laptop for the most common uses (net, email, facebook) the flash version would be much more useful in real-world usage.
Blaming the wrong person
I don't know if this has already been mentioned but most people commenting are blaming the wrong person. The IT admin should have made sure peoples data was being backed up. When the blame train finally stops it should be resting squarely with them.
"everyone could be crying out that five years was too short for an otherwise decent guy that made an irresponsible lapse of judgement."
Let's face it, mentioning Facebook was enough to destroy any illusion he was a decent guy.
Also, I'm guessing you meant `too long`.
The thing is, Microsoft only ever needed to make IE `good enough`. Good enough so users wouldn't be so annoyed they would take the time and effort to install an alternative browser. Of course there's always the few who would always use anything else just to be cool, save the planet, stick it to the man or whatever. (See above comments for examples of such people)
Only problem was: Microsoft couldn't even get close to `good enough` so people left in their droves. If IE9 turns out to be equal or even close to other browsers then it will stay as the default on most peoples machines.
Ah, but how much time is a Facebook tab open but not actually being used? If I picked certain people, their Facebook `logged in` time might be 12+ hrs a day! (Same argument could also apply to Google services like Gmail though.)
As for brand names etc being turned into verbs, words like Google and Hoover make ideal new verbs because they don't have an existing meaning. (They also are simple and efficient to enunciate) Anybody who starts saying "facebook me" deserves a good slap.