Re: after all they are our computers aren't they????
Whatever gave you that idea?
Ahem, sorry. My cynicism got the better of me for a moment.
355 posts • joined 6 Jul 2009
Whatever gave you that idea?
Ahem, sorry. My cynicism got the better of me for a moment.
I don't use VPN's so that side doesn't bother me, but the forced auto updates and Digital Creepy Doll (nice one Trevor!) are enough to keep me on Win7, along with the general awfulness of the UI in 10*
Win 7 is supported for another ~5 years, that will keep me going for now until either MS make Windows more palatable, or the last few things keeping me from switching full time to Linux change.
*I know Classic Shell fixes much of this, but I do object in principle to having to use 3rd party software to restore things to something sensible
I don't know for sure, but my guess would be: Because deadline!
I imagine the meeting went something like this:
Marketing wonk: "...and we've announced a release date of 29th July"
Development: "What? There's no way it will be ready by then, there's still loads of known issues to fix"
Marketing wonk: "We've said the 29th, it has to be the 29th!"
Development: "I'm taking this upstairs!"
Nadella: "Release it on the 29th"
That seems to be how it works these days. Don't worry about bugs, we can patch it later! Just release it! It's not just MS of course, pretty much everyone seems to be the same.
Very interesting, on the face of it. My questions would be:
What version of Android?
With the MMS vulnerability announced yesterday, I would need reassurances that the firmware is bang up to date, and will be kept that way for at least 18-24 months.
Give me the right answers on those two and one of these could easily be my next phone.
Let's not get carried away.... 10 looks pretty sucky, but not that bad!
What's not to like about her?
Her music, for this old fart....
But fair play to her for at least applying a little braking force to the Apple juggernaut.
Rough translation - fuck shit up even more often...
There used to be a time when something being on SF was A Good Thing.
That seems an awfully long time ago.....
Sticking with Windows 7 also means living with an operating system first released in October 2009, and missing out on performance and security improvements Microsoft has made since then.
The bit I've bolded isn't entirely true - extended support runs through to 2020, and includes security updates to that point, so I could comfortably stick with 7 for another 5 years should I choose.
The only Win10 feature that really interests me at the moment is the performance improvements that DX12 is supposed to bring with it, but on current games my Win7 based machine is just fine, so I can live without for the time being.
My phone and tablets use android - they run apps.
How would I run a check Windows 10 app on a windows 7 machine, which only runs programs?
Have a pint on me, for saying what I think every time someone does this. I know in one sense it's only terminology, but I'm also a grumpy old sod at times and I concur completely.
Like most others here I'll be adopting a wait-and-see approach, though even priced at £0 there's nothing that makes me think it would actually be worth the download. Yes, the Start menu is back - but the overall look and feel is still fugly to me. As for the other "highlights" - don't care about Cortana, don't care about Universal Apps, Edge is irrelevant for me - just all seems a bit meh, really...
Maybe I'm just being miserable git on a Monday morning.
..and I've never used it, so I could easily be missing something - but what is it about Periscope that's special? What does it do that any other "film some stuff, shove it on the web" app doesn't?
They say games may need to be "fully streamed"
They can, frankly, fuck right off.
I don't really care either way about people cheating at games (and, at least for single player games, don't understand why anyone thinks it's a big deal), but I've said it before - the day that I can't just play a game, on my own, without needing to be always online is the day I stop buying new games.
The Dalvik runtime is deprecated in the latest Android releases in favour of ART - not sure which runtime Arc Welder uses/emulates but I'd guess ART given that's the standard going forward.
...to quite enjoying Eurovision itself, it's fun in an odd kind of way, but in many cases your use of the word "music" may be stretching the definition a bit.
The key part of that is "in public". I use Google Now a fair amount (mostly for reminders and quick unit conversions) but always at home or the office.
Incidentally, Google Now, for one, doesn't require a connection to do the voice recognition - you can download offline language packs for many locales.
@ Arnaut the less - I can, without any hesitation, recommend that you read Raising Steam. The satire is as biting as ever, and the wit and charm are all there in the usual abundance. Whatever else the disease did to him, it did nothing to impede his ability to tell a story.
You do need to have read Thud and Snuff first though.
RIP Sir Terry.
What a terribly sad couple of weeks.
But at least, as someone else mentioned, he got out before the embuggerance could do it's very worst, and for that I think he would be glad.
Yep, same here :(
Firefox on the same phone seems to be ok.
..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....