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You had my curiosity. But now you have my Attention.
I like the idea of the Split drives in one platter more than the Hybrid drive: It seems a a long list of caveats, but that's to be expected for a Ver. 1 product. Nice one, WD.
Kinda sad from a nostalgia point of view if they're going to kill the (veloci)raptor drives - they were amazing, back in the day. They should re-brand the Black2 to carry on the name as it carries on it's spirit: The perfect halfway house between consumer and enterprise product.
Re: So what you are saying is...
I was thinking about this: Seeing as these guys clearly know how to use encryption properly, couldn't we could kill two birds with one stone, and get Adobe to legitimately hire them?
with myself and my clients, I've found the BT Home/Business Hub 3 a reasonable router: Probably the best "Pack-In" Router, apart from possibly Sky's new FTTP Box - Yes, if you buy a decent router, you can do better, but it adequately covers the basics, unlike some of the TalkTalk/PlusNet/Orange routers they've used in the past.
They seem pretty reliable - don't get many blown power supplies or box failures. On stable lines, they don't seem to drop out more than I'd expect.
About my only complaint is their WiFi connections don't support 128-bit WEP, and the Port/Services logic is a bit convoluted to set up.
Re: Microsoft Partner Downloads
Yep. Average transfer speed in Kilobytes on a VDSL Line, and a stack of failed partial files are littering up my disk right now.
Honestly? Don't expect to get it until next week.
Of course if they RELEASED IT TO PARTNERS early, we wouldn't be in this FlusterCluck now.
Re: Offline Install
we can download the installs off Technet, yes, but what's the Average end user on a slow internet connection to do?
The Windows Store Download is ~3.6GB~, which could take an age for some people, and that's before you look into capped internet (2 PC's on BT option 1, and you've just used your monthly limit)
I'm assuming if they know one of us, we can use our full TechNet Iso's to upgrade them but as this is basically a glorified Service Pack, I'd like to think they'll be some sort of Network Install available at some point?
Something I've not seen anyone talk about:
If Windows Update is delivered through the Windows store, what options are there for "Offline Installs" Of the 8.1. Update?
Some 8 customers are on very slow links, or behind internet blocking firewalls: What can I do about them, apart from do an upgrade install from an 8.1 iso, assuming that even works...
We do what we must, because we can.
I'm interested to see how this plays out: Will creative types be willing to give Adobe such a position of power over them, long term? This could work out OK (With some grumbling users left behind), or blow up spectacularly in Adobe's face.
I'm not a creative type, but there's a reason I have dropped for FPP Office 2013 over the 365 cloud version (And Deeply appreciate Microsoft giving us a choice, albeit grudgingly)
Re: Better late than broken
Normally, I'd agree with you.
But then again, normally I'm not waiting over 14 months for backup exec 2012 R2 to bring native Server 2012 support to the table.
Not Mocking here - genuine question (I have not done my homework):
What's the cause of those youtube videos of people igniting their water mains, if it isn't fracking?
Windows 2012/Windows 8/Exchange 2013 has been available since September. 8 months later, there's still no Backup Exec support for it.
The BETA of the version which supports it as an Agent has been put back to June.
The version which supports it as a host is not even publicly roadmapped yet.
ignoring the usability issues with Job Monitor and multiple jobs to one tape, How can they claim to be tier 1 backup software providers when it looks like their windows server support is lagging by over a year?
Re: Not evil, just a little too nose-y.
Agreed - Firefox has been much happier since using the Flashblock Add-on which only changes all SWF objects to click to load.
Yeah, nice whatever: When is Backup Exec 2012 R2 Gonna ship? It may actually make the product usable for anyone outside Enterprise level IT again.
Perhaps a Java VM Rename could help it dodge it's current reputation, and reduce confusion...
Ignoring the glitch, I've got no problem with the merge in principle, but at the moment, the Skype client is missing (or doing a good job at hiding) more than a few features from Windows Messenger. Off the top of my head: Email notifications, Custom Fonts, Tabbed conversation Interface, Send Email, Photo sharing, sending files to MSN Contacts, Remote Assistance, nudges, and group chat.
I'm not the only one pinning for features, either: http://community.skype.com/t5/Live-Messenger/Will-Skype-be-updated-to-include-classic-msn-features/m-p/1183778
As a video client, Skype is great, but at the moment, as an IM Client, it feels like a downgrade from MSN Messenger, and leaves a lot to be desired, with only vague promises of the shortcomings being addressed (http://community.skype.com/t5/Live-Messenger/No-email-notifications-after-merging/m-p/1184924/highlight/true#M71)
Coupled with the fact that Microsoft quietly killed off Yahoo IM Support in December (http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windowslive/forum/messenger-people/messenger-to-yahoo-chat-interoperability-is-no/1941a832-3b78-4cb8-9a9f-ec2e36ca4684), it's clear Microsoft are railroading users down this path to make their Skype investment worthwhile, with scant regard to what they want - A textbook case on how to mismanage migration.
"The New Messenger is better"
"How? Aren't there import problems? It's missing features. Are you adding them? What about my non MSN Contacts?"
"...The New Messenger is better"
I Have a client that exclusively uses cat names for their desktops. They're up to 80 clients now, leading to two interesting side effects:
1) it's the cuddliest Active Directory in the world
2) Setting up a new Desktop requires 10 minuets of Wikipedia slog: The last three desktops were called Cymric, Chausie, and TopCat
I Would think it's in Apple's best intrests to let the Google maps in to play. With the level of control and market share they have, I wouldn't be surprised if various bodies start looking into Antitrust and Market dominance abuse claimes.
I can live with the Metro Style Start bar, and I've even, after four months of searching, found some useful metro apps - it more the constant switching between (ex) Metro and (ex) Aero to do simple tasks that's annoying.
but when using a mouse the way you do in XP or 7 on Windows 8, it's all too easy to trigger the charms or active corners if going for the Close button/File Menu/System Clock. The Disable Active corners part of this program has me intrigued, and it'll probably be the first extension on once I switch from CP to RTM.
Show me the games
I know the Vita's a lovely piece of kit, but until that "Killer App" Game come out, I don't feel a need to rush out and buy one.
In that respect the 3DS seems to have done better: Zelda the month after launch, MarioKart by Christmas, and Kid icarus before year one is over.
Looking at Vita's game selection, the only thing tempting me personally out now is Lumines, and some point next year, Phantasy Star II. For other people, I'd expect sales to pickup later this year with God of war and Assassin's creed III Helping out.
Sod that - Get these Boffins working on New Game Smell
With the decline of physical media, coupled with smaller/no manuals in the ones you do get, we need to capture that magical smell of the first unwrap for future generations before it's extinct.
There's been talk and rumours of "Xbox Home Server" For ages, so this is consistent with that outline.
It does have some merit, I guess - make something a little more like an Apple i* - more appliance than PC, for simplicity and ease of use, trumping customization....
Love it when EULA's and common sense collide.
The Valuable bit of the Windows Product - the bit you pay money for, and the bit Microsoft care about in a software audit - is the COA - Certificate Of Authenticity - slapped on the side of OEM Machines.
As long as you have a (Non-Counterfeit) one of those, that's the license.
You can take any standard XP/Vista/7 Media, install it, and throw that key in, needing a telephone software activation at best, and end up with a genuine and licensed windows instance.
Without further details, it appears Comet did not include Microsoft Authorised Windows/Recovery media, which would need the legal COA to work (yes, ignoring BIOS Activation for the sake of clarity, here), A Pragmatic, but illegal solution to the problem of failed customer PC's, especially Hard Drive failures, which take the recovery partition.
So Yeah, Comet may be technically breaking their Microsoft contract, but it probably resulted in minimum illegal installs, especially if they checked you were entitled to order it before by having an applicable PC before selling it to you
This could all be avoided if Microsoft did the decent thing for consumers, and re-write it's OEM License to stipulate either Windows media or recovery media is included with each license, but I think we all know the chances of that happening, mainly because that would help End Users and IT Shops service their own systems, keeping them running for longer.
I Jumped to Samsung's quite frankly amazingly quick and Quiet 1TB SpinPoint Range after a batch of loud and clunky Seagate Barracuda's soured the experience with poor performance and a higher than expected failure rate.
When the Spinpoint range dies (Or become Re-badged Barracuda's) I think I'll switch to WD Black to see if Seagate do to Samsung what Maxtor did to Seagate.
Not a bad selection.
I'd Throw Flower, Lumines Supanova, and Everyday Shooter into the mix, too. more fun in those three games than any brown and bloom HD Space marine cover-based shooter you'd care to mention.
Agree with the license fee or not, this was an obvious step to keep the status quo in the digital, on-demand age.
The argument of whether there should be a compulsory license fee is, of course, an entirely different (And far more inflammatory) one.
Who Cares, really?
In my mind, Nokia is a spent force, and are no longer relevant.
If it wasn't for HP trying to self-destruct through most of the summer, I'd have said the way Nokia handled all of this is my nomination for corporate suicide of the year.
It's going to take a heck of a lot for them to make me care again, and something that looks like a re-jigged iPod Mini running a commodity OS ain't gonna cut it. I'm willing to bet my view isn't unique.
I Honestly believe, at the moment,sSocial network games, and Steam are the best examples of how PC Gaming should work - Personally, I'm more a Fan of The boys from Seattle, simply because of the game I want to play, but I accept the validity of Farmville & Co.
It's a shame that Apple and Valve can't work closer together - sure, we got Steam on OS X, and immediately improved the breadth and ease of getting games on mac, but that's only scratching the surface of what could happen. It's a shame that Valve and Apple's cultures (More-so Apple's Walled garden and margin mentality, I'll wager) are too different to closer integrate - Some form of Steam/App Store mash up is a very pleasing thought.....
Gabe & Co. Have proved that with the right, forward-thinking product, you can come up with a business model that's "Just Works" for customers, SDK and distribution platforms developers like, and make a tidy profit through clever sale offers, and something much smaller than apple's 30% Cut.
Now, Stop distracting Mr. Newall with interviews, so he can get on with the continuing adventures of a certain crowbar-wielding Scientist.
Hmm. yeah - Interesting idea.
I See two problems.
Firstly, knowing the kind of guy Steve is, I suspect no-one outside of his close friends and family will know when and where the funeral will be until it's over.
Secondly, yes, what they're doing may be legal under free speech, but with the number of apple fans running higher-than-usual emotions, I wouldn't bet against mob justice kicking in before the law enforcement shows up.
Now, as we remind everyone on the forums; don't feed the trolls. Westbro feed on media, and without it, they're just rebels without a cause.
I Have sympathy with both sides, here.
Gamers are demanding more from their triple A games, forcing development costs to balloon - we've gone from 30 people teams running on a 18-24 month development cycle in the PS2/Gamecube era, up to 100+ Teams on 2-3 development cycles.
Yet the game titles have not gone up in price - most games have been selling at the £30-£40 new range since the SNES and Mega Drive days. They can't really push the new prices up any higher, without alienating the consumers.
Gamestop/Game/Gamestation have a very obvious 3 part business strategy, which massively compounds this problem;
- Push Pre-orders, to get as many full price day one sales as possible
- Give good trade in prices to new games to get back as many copies as possible while they're still in demand
- push the 2nd hand copies on buyers, as all profit goes to them, as opposed to publishers and developers getting a cut.
Only step one in that strategy benefits anyone but the retailer. some game stores see the same copy of an individual title a half dozen times in the launch months.
I'm in the fortunate position of being a 20-something with disposable income, and care enough about the games industry and developers to buy new whenever possible. I cannot begrudge any pocket money saving kid, hard pressed parent, or hard up adult for saving a bundle on a second hand copy, which they're told is functionally identical to a new one - it'll be fun to see how Game's 2nd hand slogan - "Everything's the same but the price" - fairs against this new direction.
Many of you are making analogies to to the second hand car or house market. While I take on board the general point, we are dealing with a mostly digital product, here - as long as the disk is not scratched, there is no degradation in the product you get; If you buy a car, you get it with an empty odometer, in pristine condition, with no scratches, dings, or crumbs in the drivers seat. New House, you get to specify the furnishings and fittings you want.
The only market I can think of with a like-for-like compassion is the 2nd Hand DVD market, and even then the studios can make a good portion of their production costs back in the cinema, beforehand.
I may not like it, but I can understand where Sony is coming from - they get to make some money from second hand sales, turning the online component into a service instead of a freebie (It would be more interesting and harder to justify if 1st Party Microsoft games started doing this, as they're already charging for Xbox live - as many have pointed out, 3rd party publishers, like EA, have been doing this with their games for a while on all platforms)
Until Digital Distribution really kicks off - to iTunes Levels - and we can cut the real bad guys in all this - Game & Co. - out of the equation, I don't see a nice way around this.
This could all be fixed in a simple way; The Unified EFI Forum could mandate in the UEFI Specification that SecureBoot can be toggled on or off. Bonus points for mandating a way for end users to upload their own signing keys.
The first could be possible - I think there's enough different voices in the EFI Forum to power this through. I can see the second option being more of a problem, but at least then Power users will have the tradeoff option for potentially allowing rogue bootcode against installing any OS they wish to use.
To be honest, it's not Microsoft abusing this that I'm too worried about; Apple have a track record of playing the walled garden game, and their mac hardware already use EFI to boot - I can see them jumping at using this to lock other Operating Systems off their hardware.
If this goes through as planned, good luck trying to install Linux on the 2013 Macbook models....
Full Report now availiable
Thanks to our pals at the Daily Mail blowing all this out of proportion, and misrepresenting the report, you can read the full thing, and a rebuttal from the authors right now;
Can't recommend it enough to anyone that doesn't have it already. fantastic design, some of the best gaming humor going, and as all the fat was trimmed, a small, but perfectly formed campaign with endless re-playability.
I'm calling this one out.
launching a console in this glitzy next gen world is expensive. In previous generations, a console would last 3-5 years before being replaced.
With PS3 and xbox 360, it's just too disruptive and expensive to get the console costs down to generate a profit on that lifespan.
That's what Kinect and Move was all about - They're mid-life updates to add new features and re-invigorate the player base, in lieu of new consoles.
I'd be surprised to see either Xbox 720 or Playstation 4 before 2013, more probably 2014.
Intel are at their most productive when AMD Are snapping at their heels, meaning both sides get some aweome products.
When AMD came up with the Athlon XP and Athlon64, Intel quickly dumped NetBurst, went down the Core path, and didn't look back. Would be great to see both sides raise their game again.
Can't wait to see some real world benchmarks.
Discontinuing Firefox 4 support within months of it's release sounds a little premature on the part of Mozilla, especially as plugin development and support lags behind the main browser version - the ritual of finding experimental dev releases, or hacking the maxversion number of assorted plug-ins has always been my biggest roadblock going up through Firefox versions.
However, trying to plan for software releases over a decade in the future is a big ask. Browser development is going ahead at a breakneck speed - Perhaps too fast, in fact: Do we really need to retrain and upgrade for new GUI and Browser Bugs every six months?
I think there should be a happy medium - somewhere around the three year mark seems sensible. in tems of making sure it's around long enough to properly support, and short enough that it's older standards don't hold the web back.
Someone get this very clever bloke a pint. Sounds like this idea could be a runner...
I'd pay the extra £400 for Sony not to ruin their brilliantly designed hardware with the usual assortment of VAIO branded Shovelware that makes them run at a snails pace out of the box.
Last one I set-up for someone had a lovely piece of custom config, where you couldn't set anything but their custom version of Google Chrome as the default browser without some serious registry and under-the-hood tweaking.
iMax 3D is fun, mind.
Screen is so big the image sits in your peripheral vision - Tron IMAX 3D at the BFi was a mind blowing experience.
Value-wise, I certainly feel better about being charged £16.00 for a night out in London, than an additional £3 for glasses at my local cinema.
From a Core gamers perspective, the biggest problem with the 3DS is the launch line up - mostly remakes or 3D editions of existing games, or stuff aimed at casual gamers Like Nintendogs & Cats.
Gamers were expecting some games like kid Icirus at launch to really show off what the device can give to them, but it's been pushed back like some of the other big hitters (Zelda, Starfox)
Add to that half the options in the system software (3DS Shop, Web browser, Data Management) Pop up a message saying they will be enabled in a future update, and you can't help feeling holding back on the launch so the software and services side can catch up would have helped with the sluggish sales.
Guess they wanted to boost FY 2010 with that launch to help ease shareholders over Wii and DS Sales slumps.
Possibly the worst possible timing for this outage.
Ignoring the four day weekend, Thursday was supposed to be the grand launch of Steamworks on PS3 - Free PC Download of Portal 2 for anyone who bought the PS3 version, and cross platform cloud saves and co-op play.
First thing I've really wanted to Use PSN for since I finished with LittleBigPlanet.
Still, not all bad - Finished off Portal 2's Single player mode, and found Sega were having a half price sale over on xbox live.
Sounds about right. Wii and DS Must be near/at market saturation, and for the last three generations (GB Color/N64, GB Advance/Gamecube DS/Wii), the handheld has preceded the console by about a year, so things are going like clockwork for the lads at Nintendo.
Most important bit of info is missing; is this on the PSP-go (As Pictured), or the PSP-3000 (The latest revision of the "Classic" PSP)?
Because PSP-go is a really tough sell at any price: It has no disk drive, so you can't use store bought PSP Games, Only PlayStation Network games. This immediately cuts you out of the 2nd hand/cut price games market, and a lot of games don't have a PSN Release (Lots of the older games, but post-go games as well, such as Kingdom Hearts)
in contrast, the PSP-3000 has PSN Access and a UMD Drive, giving you the best of both worlds, as long as you give it a decent sized memory stick Duo.
Moffat is the man who came up with "Are You My Mummy", "Don't Blink", and "Hay, who turned out the lights?" before he was showrunner.
I totally trust this man to create that eerie, creepy feeling I love in Doctor Who. Can't Wait.
In fact the only thing I've seen so far that I don't like is James Corden. Fat =/= Funny.
This is one of the few areas where I think Apple could learn a bit from Microsoft.
Microsoft's Support Lifecycle policy (http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/) means as soon as a product hits, we know how long it's going to be around and will be supported for, and can plan accordingly.
It includes dates that it will stop being sold, dates that feature requests and bespoke patches will stop, and, most importantly, the date that critical security updates will stop, all laid out up to 7 years ahead of time.
You may grumble that it's not a long enough timeframe, but at least you can't say you weren't warned beforehand, and knew how long it was before you product would remain unpatched before purchase if you cared to look.
Take the Apple XServe issue: From a current, shipping product to discontinued in a little under 4 months, with spares only guaranteed until the end of your current Applecare Agreement. Just reading the apple forums, it threw a major and unexpected spanner into some customers lives: http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2638103&tstart=1
Apple likes playing things close to their chest, which obviously works well for them, but if they took on-board some of lessons Microsoft learned through it's trustworthy computing initiative - consistent security bulletin procedures, defined disclosure procedures, and well publicised roadmaps and lifecycles - think how much more confidence SMB and enterprise IT would have in putting Apple product front and centre of their long term planning - something many are reluctant to do for these kind of issues.
...I don't remember anything in the Bible about hackers. They must be using the new international l33t edition.
- World's OLDEST human DNA found in leg bone – but that's not the only boning going on...
- Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE
- Pics Brit inventors' GRAVITY POWERED LIGHT ships out after just 1 year
- Microsoft teams up with Feds, Europol in ZeroAccess botnet zombie hunt
- Storagebod Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?