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Re: @ Eadon Wrong title...
@Dapprman - as I said earlier, there's always overlap - but as I said, Apple create whole new markets. Whereas MS waits for other companies to create markets then tries to take them over (e.g. Word Perfect etc) or buy their way into them. (Windows 7/8) using dirty tactics (Danger, Sendo, Nokia destructions and Android patent trolling).
Two Faced MS
MS have to be the most shamelessly Two Faced entity since Janus.
Re: Ugly @Eadon
@1Rafayal - "Windows 8 is not impractical - it has the Windows desktop"
So all the people complaining about Windows 8 being impractical are lying? Or you know better? That the PC market has BOMBED since Win 8 came out is not giving you a clue?
"like are the devices any good etc "
They're not. Hope this helps.
Re: Eadon's Verdict... (SPOILER - FAIL)
"You're never going to get linux pre-installed when there are so many different distros and the more shoutey advocates change their mind what's the one that everyone should want on a regular basis"
You can replace the word "different distros" with "different windows versions". The leading distro over the last ten years, give or take a bit, is Ubuntu. However, Ubuntu lost their way a bit, and now Linux Mint is taking over the hot spot. So the choice for Linux is, "Ubunutu" or "Mint", there's more difference between Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
There are many niche distros out there too - Server distros, Bleeding edge distros for technophiles, distros for mobile and distros for embedded. This entire "ecosystem" of distros is extremely healthy. They are all compatible as they use Linus' Kernel, and you can use whatever windows manager you like, if you wanted to change the default.
Re: Wrong title...
@AC and others - I do accept that this is a grey area - and in fact, I approve of copying. But what happens is that MS makes a product, and it fails. e.g. it made stylus-dependent tablets (themselves based on the Apple Newton) and they failed. It made a spot watch thing, and it failed. But MS mostly wait until another organisation creates a new market, then MS attempts to move in on that market.
Apple are not hugely original but their genius is taking an existing concept and then producing a must-have product based on that. In retrospect such innovations kind of seem obvious, but they're not. However once Apple create that market, MS quickly boosts R&D in an attempt to steal some of that market. Zune, Windows Phone 7/8 and Surface being a classic examples of failure in this area.
It's not just Apple that MS copies either, MS emulated the Google search engine and ad business, for example, and also they emulated the Sony Playstation.
Open Source Solutions
Standardise on Open Source systems. Then immediately you avoid vendor lock-in, and you have a wide choice of suppliers of support. If anyone wants to use proprietary non-free software, then they would have to justify it against stringent tests, i.e. why can't open systems do the same job well enough?
This goes triple for government departments e.g. defence, health and eduaction - as it is the tax payers who are shelling out and money is best kept in the country rather than sent to foreign vendors.
Re: Too expensive
@JDK "Then you can continue to buy 4Kg 2" thick laptops that meet your needs."
- False dichotomy my apologist friend. For that money you can buy superior kit from Apple or superior kit from Android OEMs (and have enough spare to buy a decent laptop/tablet).
Re: Wrong title...
When you get 10 downvotes (at time of writing) for telling the truth - you know that you have angered the Redmond pro-MS downvoting marketroid army.
Original Mac -> Windows 3.1. Mac OSX -> Vista/Aero. iPod -> Zune. iPad -> Surface. Macbook Air -> Ultrabooks, iPhone -> Windows Phone 7/8. Everything in the MS Windows world is copying Apple badly, always has been. Now MS are scrambling to make a windows smart-watch, after it was revealed Apple are working on one.
MS/INTEL APPLE COPY FAIL
@Will Godfrey - trouble is, windows 8 is notorious for being unpractical. So it's ugly AND useless at the same time. It's not just Windows 8 - Ubunutu Unity and Gnome 3 made similar mistakes, but Windows 8 has taken things to extremes of annoying UI-ness.
Re: Missing matter
@JDX - "Just because WIMPs are shown to exist" -
They have not been shown to exist. This is a weak signal that may be a statistical fluctuation.
Dark matter signal - this is a MAYBE at best
3 sigma, as the joke in particle physics goes, happens half of the time. It will be many years before we can verify these putative WIMPS, it's too difficult to understand/eradicate the background.
PC-like servers revenue is dying
It's going to be an increasingly difficult sell to justify huge licence fees for proprietary s/w when there's no money in the hardware. The smart money is in free / open software (e.g. open stack / linux) combined with the selling of services. IBM are well placed.
Eadon's Verdict... (SPOILER - FAIL)
The algorithm goes like this:
1) For Each Gimcrack:
2) Does it come with Windows 8
3) If yes, then score is 1/10
4) Does it come with Android
5) If yes then score 8/10
6) Does it come with Linux Mint distro?
7) If yes then score 10/10
system out: 1/10, 1/10, 1/10, 1/10, 1/10, 1/10, 1/10, 1/10, 1/10, 1/10.
PC MACBOOK AIR COPY ULTRABOOK WINDOWS 8 FAIL
Lawyeres and solicitors
Solicitors and the like make good money out of "victims" like the poor woman who was allegedly harassed. It's essentially exploitation.
To get into debt like that must be beyond imagining. It's insane. Pyrrhic victory indeed. The plus side is that this might deter others from going to court, ultimately starving various parasitical lawyers and solicitors of funds.
Badly Designed Server = Server running Windows
Poor TCO, Poor security, Poor scalability, Poor robustness, needs heavy hardware, lack-of-openness (standards and source), FBI backdoors risk, licence management overhead, high licence fees (and support fees), horrible audit risks, admins-with-a-mouse-clicking-mentality, way-higher-than-inflation licence fees increases, lock-in, even a (un)metro-UI, frequent rebooting, frequent critical patches, needs AV and there is a small but significant risk of borking by AV.
But apart from that, it's industry strength!
Re: Corporate Speak From Hell
"They are just as evil as all the others"
I very much doubt Yahoo are as evil as MS. Or even as evil as Apple or Google. MS attacks open source systems such s Linux and Android with patents and patent threats. Apple is also litigious with patents. And Google is evil in a privacy-invading kind of way. Yahoo just does not strike me as being in that same league, so they are less evil :)
Re: Corporate Speak From Hell
@PM. "their search engine is powered by Bing"
That's true - Yahoo became more evil when they semi-sold out. But at least they went public shortly after, saying that they regretted the decision. They declared that the partnership with Microsoft was a disaster and they were losing money from the deal.
How many companies do you hear that have been screwed by MS having the guts to say so publicly? Nokia? I guess the Danger guys spoke out but only after they had been utterly destroyed. Ditto with Sendo.
I think that there were some rumblings from OEMs about how their Windows tablets have non-existent sales.
What is unusual is that analysts such as Gartner, IDC etc are now critical of MS. Looks like they have new pay masters now.
Corporate Speak From Hell
"We want to bring you experiences that inspire and entertain you every day. That means taking a hard look at all of our products to make sure they are still central to your daily habits."
If Microsoft were to literally do that, then they would call it a day, shut themselves down and give all the cash to their share holders.
One can dream. As for Yahoo, I like Yahoo, they're one of the few links to the past who seem to be less evil somehow. They didn't sell out to MS, and for that I am eternally grateful to them.
Ant's IT career
In terms of kudos, Ant's IT careers are something like this from best to worst
Windows Sys Admin
"Literally refers to literature"
Actually the definition is tangential to this: "Being in accordance with, conforming to, or upholding the exact or primary meaning of a word or words"
Re: Higgs Mass Myth
"it is the Higgs field which gives things mass"
- that's the myth. Mass is an intrinsic property of particles, but the Higgs coupling is what gives rise to inertia effects and the like. It's a subtle point, but saying that Higgs gives rise to mass is not strictly correct.
Also, technically, the Higgs boson is an excitation (or resonance) of the Higgs field.
Re: SUSY is already dead
@Loyal Commenter "only some of which predict SUSY"
That's not how the game is set up, - SUSY is a foundation on which String Theory rests, it's not a prediction but a dependency.
Re: SUSY is already dead
@Tim Parker - "Some string theories involve SUSY but string theory per se is most certainly not dependent on it"
Bullsh*t - if SUSY is dead, then String Theory is dead too, unless you make it *even more* contrived. But as Superstring Theory makes no predictions whatsoever, at the planckscale or lower, then it doesn't really matter, because one can always make an assumption that SUSY happens at energies beyond our colliders.
Re: SUSY is already dead
@The Lone Lurker "Less career ruining, more like career expanding"
It doesn't work that way, the SUSY experts really don't have skills that are transferable, they have expertise in SUSY and to have to start from scratch in a new area is not easy for them. It's not easy to be told that you've wasted 30 years of your professional career on a wild goose chase.
Re: This is not rocket science...!
"How can any anti-virus company release an update without comprehensive testing on a range of machines "
Here's another rhetorical question. How can a Software company release an OS that is VULNERABLE TO VIRUSES in the first place?
MS Security FAIL Windows + Antivirus Considered Harmful (AGAIN)
For all the wintards who castigated me for pointing this out before - it's happened again! If you use windows, sooner or later you're going to get hosed down, if not by viruses, then by anti-virus perils.
MS WINDOWS NOT INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH FAIL
Re: Awesome pictures
Funnily enough, a dodgy cable was the cause of a recent embarrassment of a group of experimenters who thought that they had seen superluminal Neutrinos.
"literally trying to answer questions about life, the Universe and everything"
I'm fairly sure that the LHC is not trying to find the answer as to why beer tastes good or why real geeks prefer Linux or why dogs are better than cats. It's still a fantastic experiment though, which is now causing uneasy problems for another dodgy hack of a model - Cosmic Inflation.
Higgs Mass Myth
"physicists hypothesise gives mass to visible matter"
- Not quite true. My understanding is that the actual effect is that the Higgs couples to particles that have "mass".
In reality, however, nearly all the mass of every day matter comes from the kinetics of subatomic particles and not the Higgs couplings.
SUSY is already dead
"in order to prove or disprove supersymmetry"
- the LEP disproved the most "natural" supersymmetric models. The LHC has gone further and has disproved most of the less natural ones too. Few physicists expect SUSY to turn up at the LHC even after the upgrade. And so the careers of dozens of theoretical physicists lie in ruins! And, given String Theory depends on SUSY - this absence of SUSY is a PR blow for that too.
As others have observed, matter has not been teleported, only an electronic spin state has. If matter had been teleported (rather than a quantum configuration), then a new atom would appear where before there existed none.
It's the “matter-matter teleportation” bit that was confusing. This is why science degrees are important, otherwise science articles would make no sense :) In a similar way as to why computer science degrees are necessary to show why a certain popular desktop OS makes no sense :) (IT angle)
And let's face it, what average Reg reader knows what "Bell-state" is?
Pi in Sky
Excellent project 2 thumbs up!
Supporters of CISPA are
"Supporters (who include Facebook, Microsoft and Intel)"
Why am I not surprised?
@Fred M "It's the most annoying phrase in the world"
- Indeed! And I'll raise you a "Just sayin" or "haters gonna hate" and even "to be fair", which is surprisingly irksome, especially as it is always wielded by those that are not.
Re: Ten Windows Tablets - the Eadon Review
@AC 11:46 "0/10 for trolling."
If I am a troll (IF), then surely my post scored 10/10.
As it happens, my post was (though tongue in cheek) making a serious point. My point is far too close to the truth for some here, who seem very keen to shoot down my alpha-geek rep.
Let me explain - every one of those tabs is: Expensive (terrible value for money). Crap UI. Lousy battery life. Hardware that is one generation at least behind the curve. Closed, locked down systems. Dearth of decent apps, run hot and are heavy. And if you showed it your mates, they would laugh at you for buying a dorky MS-based product.
So 1/10 is about right, MS are 5 years behind the competition here, just as they are with their phones.
Re: Just had an Asus Vivo delivered (#2 on the list)
"Although we spent the best part of 2 months trying to find a decent UK stockist. Simply unavailable."
Red Flag - no demand.
"Having full win8 AND an Atom processor appears to be a niche within a niche. Full win8 needed due to full desktop-Outlook requirement."
What normal human being uses marketing language like this?
"Win8 on dedicated hardware is a completely different experience. Now it all makes sense, I tell ya!"
Translation: you need expensive kit to run it, and it has metro UI - and we all know how popular that is.
"Haven't had time to check the battery(s) life yet, but will definately be making use of the ability to charge the phone from the keyboard."
Ah yes, the battery life - the less said about that the better.
"Cost lots, I grant you, but a beautiful piece of kit nonetheless."
If something costs lots then people expect beautiful kit. Apple has that market all to itself. People see Windows gear as a low quality OS that tends to run on cheapish kit. They are not willing to pay "lots" for it. This is not just opinion. Surface has failed badly. OEMs are openly saying that Windows tabs are failing to sell.
"it's unlikely that Facebook will be afforded the same type of freedom it received with some Android devices"
iOS is extremely closed, where as Android is relatively, indeed, if you fork the code, extremely open.
As it happens, Facebook themselves are extremely closed, so how's the karma, b*tch (to utilise some modern day street urchin slang)
Re: Not surprising
@JDX - whether IE 10 is "good enough" is highly debatable. In any case, that's the problem with Microsoft's software, they make it so that it is "good enough" and call it a day.
That's why everyone are fed up with them, as their definition of "good enough" relies on them having a monopoly to keep out competitors such as Linux, which are EXCELLENT. You also point out, perhaps inadvertently, that IE is losing the browser war despite their advantage, i.e. that people have to bother to replace the wretched thing.
There's something horrific about the idea of building DRM into the heart of browsers, into HTML. Yes one can justify it in a way, but it's not a good sign.
DRM in all its forms inconveniences the user and should be resisted and shunned. A prime example is those annoying anti-piracy ads that you can't skip past. Call me a Luddite, but I do not want such malicious code that stops me doing things built into the browser via HTML. The internet is at it's best when it is free and open, benefiting the user and not the mafia-like anti-piracy lobbies.
DRM - TWO THUMBS DOWN
Just as Eadon predicted - iWatch COPY CAT FAIL
Apple announces iWatch. Microsoft suddenly starts working on a copy cat product.
Mac -> Windows (GUI)
iPod -> Zune
iPad -> Surface
App Store -> Windows Store
iWatch -> Windows Watch 8 (or whatever they'll call it)
MS IN APPLE COPYCAT FAIL