..until the tiny thing gets dropped/lost/eaten by the dog and your 200GB of data is gone.
But it's ok, as we know everyone has a backup process in place, right?
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..until the tiny thing gets dropped/lost/eaten by the dog and your 200GB of data is gone.
But it's ok, as we know everyone has a backup process in place, right?
I can't think of anything much to say right now, but simply Rest In Peace. You will be missed.
Moreover, he said, Redmond is concerned that other browser makers' reliance on WebKit is creating a "monoculture on the web" – something that today's Microsoft is apparently against.
Sorry, this is coming from Microsoft?!? What with the open sourcing of .net and now this... Either I've fallen through a wormhole into an alternate universe, satan has his skis on and is at the top of the slope, or there's some elaborate trick going on...
Yeah, probably option 3 then.
No, not a Dell or HP (that wasn't specified in original comment, btw) - the company I was thinking of is PC Specialist, who on most of their products offer a No OS option. As that's the second time I've mentioned them on here in a few days I'll leave it at that lest I get accused of being a shill for them...
you'd rather have a malware vector than Windows 8.
Jesus, the lengths some people will go to in order to avoid learning something.
I agree with the general thrust of the first part of your comment.
However the second part is something that really fucking winds me up. I've got a machine with Windows 8.1, and I hate it. It's not about "learning" anything. I know how to do whatever I need to on it. I hate it because it's ugly, inconsistent, and schizophrenic. Oh, and the ribbon.
Shame we can't buy laptops that have no OS at all installed on them...
Except we can. Shop around.
And there, in a nutshell, it is.
In the past year I've seen both sides of this. Looking for a "serious" machine, I found the right laptop, at a sensible price, with no crap on it. This involved a bit of research, time and consideration but I ended up with exactly what I wanted.
On the flipside, about a month ago I needed to replace an ageing netbook. I spent an afternoon wandering around various shops until I ended up with a cheap-as-chips Lenovo, complete with bucketloads of shite preinstalled, including Superfish.
You get what you pay for.
I'm in now way offering excuses for what Lenovo did, by the way, but all the time the consumer market continues to buy the cheapest, lowest common denominator, crapware infested stuff it isn't going to stop.
recruitment site social network for business annoying source of unwanted email.
Small correction, purely from my point of view...
I'll offer a vendor that may or may not be lily white, but did almost* everything right when I bought a laptop from them in the middle of last year - PC Specialist.
No crapware installed? Check. I had options of having antivirus and Office trials installed, but the important thing is they were options - I chose "No antivirus" and "No office software", and sure enough there wasn't any. And there was nothing else, either.
Choice of OS? Check. Win 8 or 7, or no OS at all if that's your preference. They could get a bonus point by offering a Linux, but then which one?
Proper, old fashioned, install media? Check. Vanilla Win7 DVD in the box.
Extra little touches - how would you like your HDD partitioned for example. Just saved me a little job, cool.
Basically they delivered the machine I wanted, ready to go, complete with reinstall media should I need it. And no crapware. Price? Reasonable for the spec I wanted. I would recommend them to anyone who's not in a huge rush (see *note...)
*My only real problem was with the build/delivery time - what was "estimated" at the time I ordered it was 7-10 working days, and it was nearer 14. Doing my research before ordering, this was a fairly common theme, but also the only major complaint I found and I wasn't in that much of a hurry. That said when I rang them to see what was going on I spoke to a bloke in Leeds, who went to the production area, found my order, and told me what to expect. That works for me.
Reading this back it sounds like an ad. It's not, I'm just a satisfied customer. Whether the model of basically making decent machines for a sensible price, without installing crap, is sustainable we'll see I guess...
It's a bit mealy mouthed initially, but they have now made a statement that suggests they are starting the kind of process Trevor has espoused - see here, complete with links to how to remove Superfish and the root cert
Time will tell if this is anything more than PR guff in an attempt to save face, but they say they are going to pretty much go down the route Trevor suggests in the artcle. We will see, I guess. They'll be on my no-buy list for a very long time regardless.
So if he could just crack on with working out a functional warp drive that would be splendid :)
I've got one of the
afinfected laptops - first thing I did with it was remove all the crud, of course, however this article got me double checking, and while Superfish itself is nowhere to be seen sure enough the root cert was there.
The MS instructions don't work on 8.1, at least not on my machine - the Remove option is greyed out. I had to go into certmgr.msc to delete it.
Needless to say, it will be the last Lenovo machine I ever buy...
No. We really don't.
Seriously? How often do you find yourself saying ' OK Google' in conversation. I have a Moto X and it's never once activated due to an accidental muttering of "OK Google".
Neither has my Nexus 5. It has, however, activated several times in response to normal conversation not containing the phrase "OK Google".
I know this, because my audio search history contains several instances of "I didn't f***ing say 'OK Google!'".....
sending out interesting content in order to advertise stuff has been around for quite a while.
If the majority of advertising content was actually interesting then perhaps fewer people would object to it so much. The vast majority of ads seem to me to be inane pap designed to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
In fairness, this was actually mentioned in the review:
All the ancillaries like the cameras and speakers (and yes, the phone bit) do a fine job
and they are subject to Californian law. OK, I understand that.
They are meeting in Singapore why? I mean apart from, in the words of Not the Nine O'Clock News, to gamble and screw and get pissed.
and it is a deeply, deeply silly film. Criticisms of the acting and, especially, the dialogue are entirely valid.
Despite (or maybe even because of) the issues I also found it good fun, in a disengage brain and let it wash over me kind of way. And it is visually spectacular
"And then there's the class of information that people don't think about - such as email verification e-mails telling google that you've signed up to that racy porn site"
If you're using your day-to-day, personal gmail account to sign up for porn sites then you're doing it wrong. That's what a secondary hotmail account is for*
*Ahem. Not that I'd know about pron site signups. Obviously.
and has been for years - just pay for the service and update my phone on my terms, as and when I want. People I know seem to be increasingly doing the same thing as well, and with handsets like the Moto G doing 90% of what a flagship phone can at a fraction of the cost it's becoming a practical option for more people.
Really? I thought the tiers were pretty clear - £10 gets you a copy of the game on release, from there up through the usual beta/alpha access options and then the expensive name-a-city and so on at the top end.
It's a little frustrating to see this blasting through $3m in days, when Sol Trader (described as a "Fusion of Elite, Asteroids & Dwarf Fortress" by the developer, what's not to like..) is struggling along at under half of it's very modest £20k target with only 8 days left.
Yes, this is a plug :) I really would quite like to see it getting made...
You might want to have another read of the article...
"The first, Holo Studio, was a design system for building 3D objects using parts and coloring options displayed on a Photoshop-style menu."
"The second demonstration involved using HoloLens for a Minecraft-type game, where hologramatic game graphics were projected onto furniture."
"Your Reg hack had to miss the third demo for time reasons, but it involved a HoloLens-enabled Skype call that allowed the callee to add annotations to the view of the caller."
And then the Mars thing.
Or am I missing something here?
All these 4 and 8k TVs look great, but where's the content? Can I get a 4K Blu-ray movie? I assume that 4K on normal broadcast channels is out of the question, but on cable or satellite?
I'm not being rhetorical here, I'm genuinely curious as to how much, if any, content there is out there for these super duper tellies...
Given that Kim D only actually intervened on the XBox side, why should Sony thank him for anything?
Oh the irony of an online "game" to get a refund about a game not having an "offline" mode... :-)
And someone else misses the point entirely
Question for you:
Did the developer specifically say that those features would be in the product, no question, absolutely - then subsequently pull them anyway? If not, then it's a different scenario to the Elite situation.
As an aside, a friend recommended Kerbal Space Program to me last week. Just been having a look at the demo and it seems fun, just need to give it some more playtime I think to get the hang of it.
- during the Kickstarter period, a number of questions were raised about offline play. In response, Frontier stated, without equivocation, that it would be possible to play completely offline. No ifs, buts or maybes. They also said it would be compromised compared to online.
I backed the KS based on those promises. If they had not been there, I would not have backed it. As far as I am concerned they have gone back on that promise, and I do want my money back.
- with regard to all the comments about 'ooh, look at all these people complaining online about an offline mode'
It's not, for me anyway, about having an internet connection. It's about being an infrequent player, and not wanting my game to be influenced in any way by goings on in the online universe. When I save the game, I need to know that when I load it up 2 weeks later it will be as I left it. I need to be able to pause the game when the phone rings, and know that when I unpause it things are unchanged. Basically, all things you would expect from a single player game, and of course not from an MMO.
And before anyone jumps in again saying 'you signed up for an online game/MMO' - no I didn't. When I signed up, offline was a promised feature. It was taken out, in a nasty sneaky non-announcement in one sentence in a newsletter.
I just want my £60 back (which also incidentally included a 'DRM free boxed edition' - I don't personally consider always-online to be DRM free...)
That is all :)
It's not so much about when I'm at home - as you say, unless I actively disable wifi/unplug the cable then I'm online anyway. However I'm on the road a fair amount for work, and many hotels still (in 2014 FFS!) want to charge exorbitant amounts for internet access. These are also the times when I'm most likely to be able to have a really good gaming session if I feel like it, so if a game is always online it's going to cost me a chunk of change to play on top of what I've already paid for the game.
Plus, of course, the fact that always online is more often than not just another type of DRM getting between me and the game....
This seems to be becoming more common, and I hate it*. Obviously it comes with the territory for multiplayer, but if I'm playing on my own, as I prefer to, there is no good reason to mandate an internet connection.
*Still very angry about Elite:Dangerous suddenly being announced as online only a month before release despite the repeated assurances it wouldn't be
And another thing.... When you're slowing a car down, you use the brakes. Therefore it's a braking point, not breaking.</pedant>
Very, very impressive. The price makes me wince a little, but at least in this case you are getting genuine innovation for your money, and in fairness it's a nicely specced phone too.
This deserves to sell well, hopefully it will.
I've also held off for a few days, to see how the dust would settle. Today I got the latest newsletter that seeks to "clarify" a few things. Here's what I'm now clear on:
- the suggestion/implication in the previous newsletter that an 'occasional' check in was all that would be needed is bullshit. Always online, or no game.
- no refunds.
I'd like to clarify a few things of my own:
- if offline hadn't been specifically promised on Kickstarter, I wouldn't have backed E:D. As has already been said, stinks of bait-and-switch
- if Frontier had said 'sorry, can't do offline after all, if this is important to you here's a refund form. Once we receive this your money will be refunded and your account disabled' I'd have reluctantly accepted it.
As things stand I have a game I that isn't what I was sold, that in it's current form I don't particularly want to play, and no chance of a refund. Didn't the customer used to be right in the
good marginally-less-shit old days?
I'm late to this party, but to answer the question:
Why is this so hard to understand?
Ticks just about every box, as a Nexus 10 owner I'd prefer a higher res screen but then that would be reflected in extra £££ of course.
I don't actually need a new tablet, the 10 continues to do everything I need, but this is the first one that's come along with a combination of the "want one" factor and a sensible price (and extra kudos to Lenovo for not charging silly money for more storage!)
Ah, Big Rigs. Now that really is a contender for worst game ever. I remember hearing how bad it was, not believing a game could be released that was really that bad, and then trying it. And it really was that bad, and then some.
It was established some years ago that Apple could not just blanket trademark "sticking a lower case i at the front of a word". One of those rare days when common sense prevailed...
How long have you been waiting to use that headline :)
While that is true, if I was spending that kind of money on a pro-level machine I'd expect it to come with a decent KB and mouse, not the horrible standard Apple ones.
Couple of things...
So what could you actually display on a 5K monitor that wouldn't be as good on a 4K one?
As pointed out in the review, the 5k screen allows you to view 4k video at 100% in your editor of choice, while also leaving enough screen space for panels/toolbars/menus etc
if you choose to take a squint at the RAW format, the camera still has an anti-aliasing filter in front of the sensor to reduce all those nasty Moire patterns.
My Fuji X series camera has no AA filter in front of the sensor, and I know that Nikon have AA filter-less cameras on the market too. Even regardless of that, I'd say this machine definitely has a potential place in a RAW workflow, if you're the type that regularly pixel peeps at 100%+
No messing about, terminate the company with extreme prejudice. Ban all board members/directors from holding that kind of position for, I dunno, ten years. They are scum preying on the vulnerable and deserve to be treated as such.
In fact, while we're on it, can't we just outright ban cold calling?
are the major factors here, surely? People expect a tablet to last a while, so the replacement timescales are closer to a laptop than a phone, and when the improvements have become as incrementally small as they have the incentive to upgrade isn't there anyway.
The processor may be "twice as fast" as the previous model but if, in the real world, this isn't actually noticeable then why bother?
Oh, and this isn't just true of Apple gear - this is the first year I haven't seen any need to update either of my Nexus devices. Both the 5 and 10 continue to perform very well, and having put Lollipop on the 5 it's almost like having a new phone anyway. From a hardware perspective at least, it definitely feels like we've got to the point of rapidly diminishing returns.
Actually that's nearer 900 Yankee Dollars at current exchange rates - $886.50 to be precise.
Don't worry though, remember that UK prices always include VAT (sales tax) at 20%. The US list price works out at just $738.75. Bargain ;)
And yes, people pay these prices. As others have said, look no further than the iPhone....
That was my immediate thought too, but what it does do is allow for a certain amount of digital zoom before you end up with unusable mush.
Looks a nice bit of kit overall actually, and while there is the inevitable OEM bloatware Sony are unusual in that some of what they bundle actually seems to come in for a bit of praise from reviewers. Put the stock Nexus launcher on there and I reckon I'd be pretty happy.
These are Nexus devices. Expecting an SD slot in any of them is - well, I won't say silly, let's go with "optimistic in the extreme". And no matter how much we complain about it, that is how it's likely to remain.
Google want you to put everything in their cloud. Giving you expandable storage in their devices doesn't help with this. The USB OTG solution works for me on the very rare occasions that I need it, but if you must have a micro SD option then a Nexus device isn't for you, and probably never will be.
The 9 looks to me more like a replacement for the 10 than the 7 - I'm predicting a retail price for the base model of £319, which would be the same as the N10 was....
What exactly is 64bit going to achieve in a 3Gb RAM environment?Don't get me wrong, if there are actual real world advantages to be had them I'm all over it, but it looks to me - for now at least - like it's just a pissing contest between Apple & Google.
<Devil's advocate>But who maintains and secures the meta-DNS lists to make sure they aren't compromised? I know, let's have a meta-meta-DNS list just to be sure. But who maintains...</Devil's advocate>
Those who rely on free, unsupported, services have surely had enough warnings that their optimism may be misplaced.
In other news, water described as "wet", big flaming ball of hydrogen and helium in the sky "a bit warm" and, bears have been seen defecating in arboreal areas.
And people are still blindly trusting this shit. Mind. Boggled.
Fair play to them then, I stand corrected.