74 posts • joined Monday 27th July 2009 22:37 GMT
Re: It's not that hard to see the problem
I bet most organisations are looking to install Win7
They will have lots of already-running software. None of which is touch-enabled, so a touch-sensitive device is useless. And the do not want to have to train users - they want a UI that is consistent with XP.
1+1 = ALL?
Microsoft is now “investing in three areas: user experience, social and collaboration, and broad cross platform browser support.” ...
which Redmond says will become possible as it builds support for mobile Chrome into the suite.
So broad, cross-platform browser support means writing for one more specific browser?
Sort of sums up MS. Wasn't it Bill Gates who said that IE ran on multiple OSes? Windows 98/ME/XP/2001 (or something like that list)?
They cannot be serious...
I remember breaking the greenhouse at school (1969) with gunpowder made in the Chemistry lesson (there was a good(ish) reason we did this, but I forget what that was now).
And the greenhouse was about 100 yards away.
Not powerful gunpowder, but the teacher was worried about how to dispose of what was left and suggest sprinkling it over the nettles at the end of the field. So four of us set of to do that. This involved walking past the greenhouse on a path with a sharp incline, and one of us (probably me) put his shoulder through an overhanging pane. Last day before the Christmas break, so needed an urgent fix.
We had to order a new pane from the local glazier (on the school account) fetch it, and fix it that day,
That was all....
Re: Swiss-French restored it
The volunteer, named ... as Pierre-Carl Langlais
Suspicious surname, that. Are you sure it wasn't a UKIP supported trying to spread dis-harmony?
Re: Office 365 vs British Railways
BR didn't cook the books, the government at the time cooked the books in order that money could be taken from BR and used elsewhere where it was more politically useful.
That sounds more likely.
From memory, in Thatcher's day (and John Major's) rail projects had to show a payback time of under 10 years.
At the same time (the '90s) I remember seeing the official pans for redoing the M40 interchange at High Wycombe that proudly reckoned the scheme would pay for itself in 25(?) years, but as a road project that was OK. (It still hasn't happened, but not for that reason).
Re: I stopped paying the TV License in 2008 and haven't watch TV since.
(they just decide to give it away for free post broadcast... seriously..? WTF Beeb?...)
That's because they reckon the overwhelming majority will already have paid for it through the licence fee.
They aren't giving it away, rather letting you access what is already yours in a little way.
Re: not catching up
BBC Four alone is worth it for me.
To say nothing of Radio4, which is funded by the TV licence even it you don't need one to listen.
Both channels that don't treat the audience as idiots - just treat the audience.
Re: Re Pasties
Beer, flat and warm, as it should be.....
It should not be warm! It should be at cellar temperature - ca.56F (~13.5C).
The important thing is that it should not be such as to numb the taste buds.
I remember many years ago being in a room with 2 Canadian girls and 1 American. I said, "OK then, I'll pop round in the morning and knock you up".
followed (later) by one of them producing a leaflet from Air Canada explaining the double meaning.
Re: Tested a drivers skill...
Someone on a hands free set merely has to stop talking...
For some people talking has precedence in their brain to most other tasks.
My wife can't understand why, when I'm driving, I will stop listening to her (she's in the car too) when approaching road junctions.
Perhaps the Muslims got it right all along.
I think you'll find that they just copied the Jews, who had already been not doing it for centuries.
(Obviously the Apple in the Garden of Eden wasn't the sort that puts a patent on all processes.)
The approach also attempts to tackle the problem of hackers stealing large files of passwords or password hashes from insecure websites,
How? Surely it now has to store the pattern instead, so you just pick up the patterns from the insecure websites instead, and work from there.
Re: Yet another bad research paper
I certainly read it as faster over high-latency links (what else cloud it mean?)..
TCP has a windows size, and you can't have more than that amount of data pending in a transfer, and if you have sufficient latency then it becomes the limiting factor. Using a thicker pipe doesn't help (although it can be difficult to get that point through to senior managers - who seems to reckon increasing the bandwidth solves things...).
With UDP you can just keep sending data. Provided the far end sends back relevant acknowledgments you might be able to get away with only a few re-sends.
A bit like how NFS was when it used UDP.
Re: History and culture
Trafalgar was a key historical event in the history of the United Kingdom, but it is hard to say it is a defining event of British (or even English) culture any more than the hundreds of other related events.
It was quite definitive for British Culture,. If we'd lost we'd probably have been invaded by the French. So a bit like the Battle of Britain. (If we'd lost either we'd have been "in Europe" long ago).
If you think otherwise then read up about the public opinion of the victory at the time, or go and visit his tomb in St. Paul's crypt.
Any possibility of car manufacturers using this. So you never have to replace a battery in your key again?
Or is the expected distance too much?
The core issue
Are they using Apple Maps to do the tracking?
People stealing the phones go for Apple since it is easily recognisable.
By that reasoning there would be lots of Samsung 'phones stolen too, as we all know that Samsung 'phones just copy the look of Apple ones.
Re: So, Windows is...
Now scale that up to 2,000,000 users and 15 years of custom ways of doing things. Moving to LibreOffice would be phenomenally expensive.
It's the 15 years of custom ways that have led to the expense, though. That is where companies should be looking. Most office documents could be very simple, but are over-complicated by using proprietary features "because they are available".
I remember getting a PowerPoint file once that consisted of one line of text on one page (standard font and colour. No doubt this was the only way the author knew how to send a one-line attachment. Then there is the number of Excel files I've had just so someone can send a 3x3 "table" when it could all have been entered as raw text in the message.
Businesses dig their own holes, and once started they have a shovel in their hands, so reckon that the only thing to do is keep digging...
I don't see why they had a problem...
...given that Vista was supposed to be able to run 32-bit code. Why not just ship the 32-bit version?
Mind you, I've switched lots of code to 64-bit just be recompiling with the correct compiler options. If you've written the code correctly, and have a decent environment, it should just work. But that was on Unix/Linux.
Chasing its tail (and no, not the aformentioned cat...)
Another approach is to count the number of atoms in a silicon sphere using the Avogadro constant.
An approach which intrigues me, given that the Avogadro number depends on the value (definition) of a kilogram.
Re: I think they're trying to paint
"Are there children in the house ?" with a "YES" and "NO" button underneath it.
"NO" - I've just left them at play-school, which is how I have time to switch this thing on and get to grips with it.
I'm intrigued that TalkTalk run a system, as I'm with them and don't know anything about it. (Mind you, if I did all I'd want to know is how to make sure my connexion doesn't use it.)
...memorably played on TV by Stephen Fry
For some of us the memory goes back to Dennis Price.
Re: new shapes for computers and ways of interaction
A computer with a keyboard and a mouse is either obsolete from a usability point of view or meant for it technicians.
No, it is not!
The problem with menu-driven things is that you are then limited to what is on the menu (i.e. what the original developer could think of). Hence GUI applications are extremely limited. They need keyboard input for flexibility. (Although a virtual keyboard would do).
which has an atomic weight of 77
It has an atomic number of 77.
Its atomic mass is 192.217
None of my Mozilla add-ins work any more...
All of mine still do.
Note that if v17 had been called v12, and they'd just gone from v11 at the start of the year to v12 now you'd still have that same problem.
The issue is not the number/frequency of releases of Firefox, but more likely the age and oddity(?) of the extensions you are using.
Very few Android users are using the OS because it has an open source core, or there's Linux in there somewhere.
True-ish, but it is the existence of Linux that enabled Android to get going in the first place. So they are using it as a result of it having an open source core - just not a conscious choice (except for me -for whom it was a significant factor)..
And few people choose to run Window. It's just what comes with a PC, and it's what they feel they need to have in order to read the MS Word documents written by other people who didn't really "choose" Windows either, but rather just fell into it.
Re: Without knowing the ins and outs of this..
This is a big deal because it betrays the BBC for what it really is: a nasty bunch of lefties,...
The lot of them should be marched outside, put against the nearest wall and shot..
Presumably with Jeremy Clarkson the first to go?
Re: Impartiality and scientific theories
"...by the establishment and exercise of verifiable, repeatable experiments."
I look forward to the time machine that lets us re-run the last 100 (1000, 10,000, ...?) years of Earth history with differing amounts (please define) of human activity.
No idea which universe will get the result, though - probably one I'm not in.
Until then it really is a matter of arguing and consensus. Or just arguing.
Re: Impartiality about what?
"...Climate Change being real"
17 years and counting of no warming...
Why are you so stuck on warming? Change can go in any direction, and not affect just temperature.
Re: They're consistent liars
They continually leaflet our house and the 20 others in the close, saying it can be installed in X days. Except their cables don't come down our street.
Similar problem. Most of the street has it, but I'm at the end of a 12m private drive, and they could never quite bring themselves to get way-leave to reach my house, even though I did sign up with Cabletel (they owe my £7) and NTL (who sent me a Cable-modem - sent to the dump a few months ago - then had someone show up to ask why we had cancelled, and they couldn't handle the fact that we hadn't, but now presumed that they had, which they had).
I still get all the promotional stuff from Virgin. I e-mailed them several months ago pointing out that they don't have a cable running to my property. No comment from them - I still get the promotional blurb.
It is the live updating content plus being selectable that they seem to be claiming for.
I remember icons on a X desktop doing that (content updates while still an icon) in the early 90's (and that is when I remember it - I suspect they'd been around for a while before I saw them).
The only novelty here is writing a patent to cover something obvious that already existed. Oh, wait - that's not novel either....
Re: Not that I normally have ANY truck with patent battles...
Comparing a Tivo with a VCR & Video+ is like comparing a car with a bicycle.
You'd have liked the Topfield 58x0 then. It has a (mostly documented) user-accessible API, so some users re-wrote the user interface into something that end-users wanted - and patched the firmware to fix bugs, add functionality, etc.. (http://toppy.org.uk/).
Re: A bit of info ...
The key patent is on the method whereby the supervisor processor only keeps track of blocks of data, while hardware takes care of moving/converting the data.
Sounds like threaded processes and shared memory to me. There may be something magical in the hardware, but the idea isn't novel at all.
Microsoft is NOT the only desktop software provider.
(Apple is NOT the only fruit.... etc.)
A "mile" = 5280 feet? 5280? What idiot came up with that?
They came up with a chain - which was 22 yards (== 1 cricket pitch)
And 10 of those made a furlong (something horses use)
And 8 of those made a mile (which, in human terms, was "a longish way over there").
But don't ask me why....at least I can follow multiplying by 10 each time to do m -> dam -> hm -> km.
Re: Falling into a black hole.
When/as it does 'you' would not exit, but particles which might have been you could.
You can't tag particles. There is no such thing as an atom that was you. There's a probability function.
Put two electrons at opposite ends of an otherwise empty container. Wait a very small time. You find two electrons at opposite ends of the box - but there is nothing to say they are still the same way round. It's not that they could have swapped - just that the idea of labeling them to determine whether they have swapped or not makes no sense/has no meaning.
So why aren't you the patent holder?
People have been doing this in the visual spectrum for many thousands of years. Why does a switch to the wireless spectrum make it patentable?
Hindsight is a wonder thing.
Perhaps I should copyright the term "Hindwifi" then.
We' had EU standads for mobiles...
Unless you are Apple, in which case
* All connectors have to be at least 25% smaller than the standard
* They can only have one prong.
Isn't that the point?
The issue is only really relevant in the case of very non-savvy or terminally lazy users,
And Microsoft's main target consumer audience is...?
Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose.
(with apologies for the missing accents - I have a UK keyboard. May be incorrect words too - I have an old brain.)
"using standard Wi-Fi communications and separating devices into "Source" and "Display" categories."
I hope they don't try to patent that. Sounds like the X Window System Protocol to me.
Standrad connector not the real point
in a bid to reduce the number of phone power supplies in circulation and thus minimise the number of them ending up in landfill because new handset otherwise need new PSUs..
Bit of an irony then then when I bought a new Samsung recently it came with a new charger. Yes, it's micro-USB, but that misses the point if all new 'phones still come along with a new PSU.
And when I sent it for a repair it came back with yet another PSU (but this one was better - folding pins and a separable USB cable).
Gliding in ot land...
IIRC, the Airbus glide into the Azores finished with a few burst types and stopped just short of the end of the runway - and hence just short of the cliff into the Atlantic.
With no engines it had no reverse thrust to slow it down.
So, a shorter runway for catapult take-offs, but longer ones needed for landings? What kind of thinking is that?
Re: Is that the sound....
They'll just change the law so copyright is death-of-the-artist + 1000 years or something.
Perhaps they'll do the same thing for the iTunes account, then. So as to be fair.
Oh, wait - what does fairness have to do with Apple?
Re: Biggest thing my cat ever brought in...?
I can't compete on size (mine are wary of pigeons) but for oddity value, I found a small, almost-dead (and soon was) goldish on the floor one morning. I don't know of anyone with a garden pond around here, so where it came from is a mystery - unless one of them found a house with an aquarium (or even just a bowl).
with all government departments forced to use copyrighted software by the end of the year.
Surely the probelm was that they already were using copyrighted software, but with not having paid the licence to do so.
And, of course, there is a lot of copyrighted software that does not require you to pay for a licence.
Re: Can we trust the results at all?
Ah - seems the other party has been seeing the same in reverse...
According to the website I have submitted a response (which I have not) but it does start with:
I am not user 'Gordon ....'- this website is screwed up and is crossing over identities and responses.
Perhaps the D for Ed needs to Educating?
Can we trust the results at all?
I started to comlete the form.
After about page 3 I noticed that some answers seemed to have been pre-selected, or comments added, that were nothing to do with me.
By page 9 I realized that this was because I was no longer logged in as me!. I was completing someone else's form!
So, if you are J... Railton you might like to check that what you submitted was what you typed.
The D-for E have had a comment sent to them...
Re: Go nanny someone else
That's how it should be done
That's your view.
Mine is to trust them to use common sense, come to me (or anyone else with whom they feel comfortable) with any issues and otherwise let them do what they want.
Thta's how I was brought up, and I thank my parents for it.
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