334 posts • joined Friday 11th May 2007 16:12 GMT
Re: Out of Date
I use VS day in day out and agree it's pretty good to use. In fact I'd go as far to say it was my favorite IDE until I came recently across IntelliJ for Java/Android development. IntelliJ showed me how things could be and I have to admit VS hasn't seemed quite the same since. IntelliJ is significantly more intelligent. I believe adding ReSharper by the same company would help matters but that will have to wait for the next IT budget (since I've spent this one on new hardware to run VS).
For reference IntelliJ circa 300mb installed.
Do I really care how much space it takes up? No not really. What I do care about is having to upgrade my computer every few years just for Microsoft products and very little else.
Re: Out of Date
You're missing the point. You shouldn't need to buy a quad core 3ghz machine SSD, with several gb's of memory just to open a text editor though.
Microsoft products never cease to amaze me with their bloat.
Visual Studio Ultimate 2012 the ISO file is 1.5GB.
Seriously... what is in there!
Textpad 6 is still happily using < 10mb.
I'm fairly sure in all MS products there's lines of code like:
//We need to slow down our product to make Intels latest processors look better
startHardDiskCrunchingDelay( versionOfProduct * delayrate * monthsSinceProcessorProductionDate^3 );
Lack of street level dissapointment
The lack of street level was a killer as far as I was concerned.
I saw the advert for the 3D walk around the city bit and as a young lad thought that looks fun!
I'm not entirely convinced it would have required a powerhouse computer either, and besides those were the days when everyone was replacing their machine every couple of years because that's about all they were good for. SimCopter was also released a couple of years prior to 3000 and that was 3D.
When I saw 3000 was then just a rehashed 2000 it just felt disappointing, hence I never played it, and I lost a good amount of my childhood to 2000, and TT.
You're saying you should be able to speed if you have a sufficiently light vehicle?
Re: 3.2 Million reasons to love speed cameras
A number of cameras near me were placed there when they built the road so that's no true.
50mph on a nice stretch of straight dual carriage way, far from houses with no junctions. Go figure.
Re: Also, Ethernet sockets & USB ports...
Agree with all of the above and to add:
On a slow morning I've spent a good two or three minutes trying to jam a USB pen into an HDMI socket and vice versa.
Still it's not as bad as wireless. I think for every minute wasted on connecting a cable into a socket I've probably spent a good 10 trying to get various wireless devices to talk to each over.
Re: Worth the money? Depends
I absolutely hate Office on the whole for years it's been in my humble opinion the worst pile of junk I've ever come across. Unfortunately for me it seemed to be the only product I could find that actually fit with what I need to use it for. I've tried Open Office a number of times and each time it just didn't work for me (It would really help if they added a full fledged email client). It might just be me... The learning curve to use it properly whilst doing my job may be too high... it may just be trying to use it whilst everyone else is using office around me. I can't remember precisely. It's about a year since I last tried it.
Despite having about 10 different software software development suites on my machine and two major graphics packages I've always been of the opinion that word processors are actually the most complicated pieces of software to use 'properly'. Most people seem unaware of half the things they can actually do for you. I'm probably still one of them.
For the time being I've never found an alternative I like to office. *However* I've been using Office 2013 for about 4-5 months or so. It is undeniably the best one they've released in a long time. I think what makes it better for me is the number of long term bugs that have been fixed in 2013. The irritation factor has definitely stepped down from 'I'm close to hanging myself here' putting a simple design document together too 'hey this is almost usable'. Even Outlook doesn't have that wrist slitting feel to it anymore.
It's definitely worth it for that. It does need a more beefy machine to work nicely though. I think it makes use of hardware acceleration in places.
Re: It makes sense to tax the rich
Only so long as they stay around to tax
How do they compare the difference between the two weights to that accuracy?
Presumably even changes in g across the planet must come into the calculations at that level?
Too little to late I reckon. I'm seeing the odd deal on 256GB SSD's for around £100.
512GB SSD's are available for less than £300.
I doubt these new hybrids will be out before September...
And no doubt by this time next year the 512GB SSD's will be had for less than £200....
They'll have to price them low from the get go otherwise no one will buy them.
They should be at a point of selling 1 and 2TB 2.5" hybrids, not 500GB and 1TB.
Re: Not True.
I have a Corei5 Win7 Laptop with 6GB of Memory and a Samsung 256GB SSD - encrypted with whole disk encryption which does slow it down - at a guess maybe 20% performance degradation.
I ran a quick test. It takes 21 seconds to hibernate. (Yes definitely hibernate not sleep)
It resumes from hibernate in 30 seconds to the desktop with all my programs running.
That's roughly the same time the same machine takes to boot with none of my programs running.
Definitely worth it in my opinion. I always use it. Have used it with various machines for about 10 years. Never had a problem with it. It's just nice to start off where you left off, and also means the machine isn't sucking juice when you don't need it.
Maybe once every couple of months I give it a reboot simply because the up time starts to become quite ramp up significantly quickly .... probably isn't necessary but kind of a habit.
If using Truecrypts whole disk encryption then the hibernate file will be on the encrypted partition - so inaccessible until a password is entered.
Should we stop subsidizing all the research in to Nuclear Fusion too?
Will something better come along if we don't put money into it? Would we even have fission if it weren't for massive government research budgets?
Where would Rolls Royce Trent engine have been without subsidies to get them off the ground?
Re: @ Mr Chriz 12:17
I took antibiotics once in my life. Had a severe reaction to them and have never taken them again.
That said modern medicine is I believe a fantastic thing - and I wouldn't want to put anyone down who is involved in the research of such medicines . You can (with a bit of luck) live or at least have a life without it though and billions have done so before.
Industrial Sewage Systems are also undoubtedly one of the best inventions known to man. That said there's a again a hell of a lot of people managing just fine without. In places that are not over populated this is not such a big problem. Where the mud hut was shown I doubt they'd have a problem. Fresh water is more of a problem .. something i am always happy to help see resolved. Some of the large cities like in India where sewage is more problematic... I wouldn't like to live like that. Maybe much of the reason for that population density is possibly where they are pushing for western ideals.. (I'm no historian though so feel free to point me wrong).
I don't have all the answers for sure. It's sure good to know everyone else is so happy in their box offices and houses and the constant rush. That the endless supply of goods from slaves in China or where ever is enough to keep everyone going.
To start pushing our consumerism on other cultures though does scare me.
When these light devices break who will recycle them? I've visited one village who were making significant money from travelers. They started buying mobile phones and other electronic items. When they stopped working they'd throw the phones on the floor - expecting it to decompose like everything else in their lives.
Before long these places could become a dirty plastic dumping ground...kind of like around here actually...
The gravity light on it's own does sound like a great invention - simple and effective. Maybe on reflection such devices do have a place - where interference has already been too great. On the edge of Cape town there's people connecting their own power cables up to live electricity pylons to pinch electric for their televisions (probably donated innocently by someone thinking it can't do any harm (KZZZRT?!)
Maybe with a few years of dev they can produce a gravity powered TV?!
I stand by my original comment though... you don't need it in a mud hut.
Get down voting :-P
Re: @ Mr ChriZ: bye!
Actually a family and friends.
To start a new life you must give up an old one.
Everything else I couldn't give too hoots about!
Having been out to some of these cultures I would love to live a different life in a mud hut without all the western technologies. Many of the people in these cultures look at the way we live with pity.
If you live in a mud hut or similar as the people in the video did you don't need a gravity light to attract mosquito's harboring malaria or such like. You simply go to bed and get up when the sun comes up.
Re: @ Mr ChriZ
My joke was of course in relation to the famous John Lennon quote.
I'm for reference an atheist. However for purpose of scientific debate. Prove that God has no mass. :-P
Re: Next step: sue God?
Apple is bigger than God
Re: RE "Anyway are there any like-for-like non-Apple equivalents?"
Much though i love to apple bash as much as everyone else...(no I don't have one... No I probably never will)
You really can't build a PC with the aesthetics of an iMac - short of spending considerably more money than an iMac would cost you.
Lian Li's offerings?! ROFL!
That would be fine if I wanted my computer to look like something that Dr Who would come across stepping outside his Tardis.
This bugs me big time. Pretty much all off the shelf cases are absolutely butt ugly and a size which hasn't changed since the 1980's.. There is the occasional nice looking screen out there but on the whole the machines are just hideous. Not to mention they never have all the nice little tweaks that Apple usually has with neat folding plugs etc.
The AsRock 3D Vision does come close ... but it comes with a ridiculous price tag too (especially if you add Windows)
And yes when buying something nice to go in my home Aesthetics do matter. No one goes out to purposefully by something that's ugly.
Re: I'll try and phrase the question carefully, but....
I find all these in ear headphones transmit the sound of the cable moving around. Drives me nuts - as a result I can't use them. Give me a pair of ear bud style ones any day.
How many commentards does it take to change a plastic light strip?
I don't play computer games any more
I don't play computer games any more. I'm quite happy to admit I get addicted to them too easy... and then life passes me by. So I just tend not to pick them up any more. Haven't really played anything for about 10 years now and I don't intend to start now - besides which I'm sure I'd be rubbish now.
That said I find it incredible sitting on the sidelines and watching the graphics improve and what people take for granted now. Promo shots or whatever this looks really awesome. You have to give it to the artists and everyone else involved in this industry for continually pushing the boundaries
Boots is definitely HQ'd in Nottingham.
Massive place - seriously I've been in significantly smaller international airports.
I kind of agree with him
This practice should stop.
I know it's always been that way - with every manufacturer. I don't believe it's just MS that should take the flack here. I know the information is there on their website. I'm a techie though. My Mum won't understand that.
When you buy a car does it give luggage capacity and then have a tiny caveat about how much of that space is taken up by the Engine.
Or a fridge. 100 L of space. (25 taken up by compressor). Of course not...
Oh and those aren't British Liters. These are Nomadic Liters used by scientists in Nomad land so it's actually less 20% smaller still.
I don't want to know how much space I can't use. I want to know how much space is available to me.
This is information that can help me make a clear decision when choosing to buy these consumable devices.
There was me hoping it meant the Windows Live account :(
Amazon.. not surprised
I've recently found Amazon customer service is atrocious. They've become a law and order to themselves.
Try and get something sorted out under the sale of goods act with them. You might as well talk to a stone wall.
It's a shame since shopping with them through their website is actually such a good experience... until it goes wrong.
Re: MB < GB
"Seagate's Momentus XT also has 8GB of flash, maxes out at 750GB, 250MB less than the Toshiba drive, but spins at 7,200rpm."
I'm looking forward to that extra head space of 250MB.
Re: That's learning of today (the future)?
You must have a really interesting life...
Paris... because she likes a good bang.
Re: AT Powerswitches
"The answer is no, unless there is an internet connection to The Register's forums from beyond the grave."
Well it definitely gave me quite a buzz, but 15 years or so on I'm still going! I can't be the only one.
The ATX style digi switch is definitely a big improvement.
Any else ever succeed in electrocuting themselves by touching the bottom of a badly insulated in-line power switch coming off the old AT PSU's?
Back then there really was a reason not to have it turned on at the wall :)
"how can I make wind look good and nuclear look bad?"
Ooh Lewis' alter ego! :D
No Meerkats - No Telly
Then the advertisers won't be willing to fork up ££££ to advertise - since no one will be watching their adverts, and the TV stations won't be able to afford to broadcast the shows. Soon followed by no TV Stations - or only TV Stations where you pay big bills in advance.
Mine brings back fleas
Frontline, Advantage, Indorex... you name it I've tried it....I've spent a fortune on these products in the last week :(
It's a nightmare!
It is true however that we no longer have a mouse problem.
So we've finally gone full circle? :)
This has nothing to do with IE
Looks to me like this is a very big publicity stunt for Kogan.
Lots of free advertising. Very clever.
They'll probably keep it like this for a month and then due to user feedback revert back to allowing IE7.
I agree with you Rib. I'm not loving the metro interface.
However the underlying operating system is actually the best Windows I've used yet.
Metro I just ignore it. A few well placed task bar icons, and I'm a way.
It's definitely faster than 7, and there's a number of underlying every day 'explorer' features that have improved as well. The hybrid boot system is working really nicely as well.
Re: "Chip level" is not an answer
It probably will work like Lojack/Computrace which is already built into most laptops now a days - but supposedly not actually turned on until you set it up as so.
Laser scanners on reflective screens
I'm intrigued to see if that really works. We use decent laser barcode scanners where i work.
They usually come with a configuration manual full of configuration bar codes . We have to print them out as the scanners will not read them off of our screens for some reason.
Re: Breaking up something large is PATENTED?
Long a go people used to write something known as letters on something called paper.
Often one piece of paper wouldn't suffice so you sometimes had to send multiple pieces of paper in one letter!
I don't see why your comments need to be quite so offensive to be honest. Welcome to the world of forums where people have different views to you. Just because you've a preconception in your mind as to what a PC is in your mind doesn't mean it's correct. Open your mind a bit.
For reference at least one edition of the Commodore 64 had "Personal Computer" stamped on the front of it and yet it bares little resemblance to what is currently considered a PC. It definitley didn't run Windows or Linux! Nor was it very upgradable.
A smartphone is a personal computer. A home computer used by different members of a family is obviously less personal but I guess it depends on how encompassing you want to make the word 'personal'.
Many of these tablet and phone devices you can plug into large screens, attach a wireless keyboard too - and do pretty much everything a desktop machine can do...Why does form factor or the type of memory it have suddenly affect whether it's a personal computer or not?
Last time I checked PC stood for Personal Computer.
I can't think of anything much more personal than a smart phone or a Tablet. They are also undeniably computers.
Many desktop computers by comparison are not Personal Computers - simply because they are not used or owned by one person - they could be classed as workstations or some similar terminology....
Agree with JDX.
I'm currently sat in front of a 23" widescreen with the same res as this 17" laptop.
I've got 20 / 20 vision so they tell me but I have to get within 10cm of the screen in order to see those pixels!
Re: Correlation is NOT causation
"It's fine extolling the law abiding virtues of a strict dictatorship of the kind that Singapore is, but do try and get figures for lawlessness/crime from areas sharing Singapore's very high per capita GDP and median income."
Could Singapore's high capita GDP and Median income be because rather than taking drugs they're all being productive and working?
Re: It's been obvious for years that punishment does not deter;
"It's been obvious for years that punishment does not deter;
If it did, there would be no crime."
That is an absurd statement.
For all we know the amount of crime might be 4 or 5 times higher if there was no punishment.
All this proves is that it punishment does not deter everybody.
Would there be a reason to make examples out of people that were involved in the London Riots otherwise?
Re: Too late.
To be fair he did say pays the interest.
Not pays the difference.
Imagining there was £100 difference per drive and that there were 4 drives - £400. Interest at I dunno lets say 6% is £24 a year.
Not sure what that's supposed to mean but he is technically in the right ball park!
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