81 posts • joined Wednesday 19th August 2009 15:30 GMT
Re: Just the tip of the iceberg
Note also that low interest rates, typically used to stimulate an economy, make the purchase cost of automation systems more affordable, increasing the no of roles they can be bought to fulfil.
A nasty conundrum.
Re: ...network run by you
I'd prefer a network run by competent staff. I've yet to find one, so at least I'm nearer to getting what I pay for with GG.
If you view the X window environment as a way of managing lots of xterms, then olvwm has a lot going for it. I don't know how well maintained it is now though....
Re: Still waiting for anything worth spending on
A well rated point and shoot costs >100gbp. How do you expect the economics to work for an unlocked (and hence unsubsidised) phone (which costs money for electronics aerials etc) incorporating such a camera to cost less than the camera it incorporates?
I think that user lock-in is developing fast.
I've got enough of an investment in apps, either financially for purchased ones, or simply finding/learning a free one that has the functionality I desire, that I'm in no great hurry to change platform.
In a couple of years the smartphone market has gone from the early personal computer days (you accept you're buying a new platform and apps with every system purchase) to the days of the PC and Mac. You buy a new machine and it runs your existing software better, and adds new capabilities.
I think RIM and WinMo have missed their chance at a decent market share in the West, and probably in China.
Africa may be worth a try, but probably isn't that profitable.
Alternatively, MS/Nokia could establish a lunar base and claim 100% market share :-)
maybe I'm broken..
but I always ask for stuff by part no now. It completely breaks the smooth talking composure of sales staff, and gets down to the nitty gritty.
The sales people don't seem to like it, so it's also a win from that PoV.
Re: Tool up and go to work
My installation of Lynx sneers at your graphical adverts. The sneer is a bit angular and tricky to visualise to be sure....
A few moments with a Dremel and everything takes a flat head screwdriver
Claiming 100% uptime just means you've not measured over a long enough period.
Even if you do everything according to ITIL best practices, sooner or later (a) dinosaur killer(s) will hit your multiply redundant data centres.
Re: Key Question Remains Unanswered
How long is an installation of IE 6 (The apparent main reason people are sticking with XP) going to survive before there's a trivial compromise is found for which no patch will be forthcoming?
Re: Isn't there...
AFAIK, Sepia Apama males adopt a uniformly female colour scheme to get past other males. They don't simultaneously wear a lacy dress on one side and a sharp suit on the other.
Re: Some more suggestions
I actually prefer jdiskreport to treesize. It has the disadvantage of being a java app, but disk directory sizing is I/O bound so that's no so bad, and it has the advantage over treesize's free edition that it will size mounted network drives.
That's not where you'd hold an SLR though.
For an SLR it's right hand around the grip, and left hand either operating controls on the body, or holding the lens for the focus ring etc. You don't tend to use the left hand to hold the left hand side of an SLR in normal operation.
Similarly, I hold my S95 with right hand on the right hand side of the body, wrist through the wrist strap as the S95 is a slippery thing, and left hand free to use the controls on the back, or the control ring around the lens.
Re: K- for a compact with a superzoom lens
I've actually got a TZ10, and an S95. I bought the TZ 10 as I wanted a GPS equipped compact before a trip to 90W, 0N, and the S100 wasn't shipping.
In marginal light, or any situation where I want manual controls, the S95 is a better camera from an image quality viewpoint. The TZ10's low light sensor performance is significantly worse than the S95.
Where the TZ10 wins out over the S95 is a more rugged feel, far better zoom range, and a case design that is easier to hold on to while scrambling over rocks out of a panga. They're both lovely cameras, and apart from shutter response speed, I can between them get most of what I get out a DSLR and single zoom lens, but they're very different compromises.
I disagree that the GPS is a gimmick
Especially after a trip, I find that being able to tie down where a shot was taken really makes reviewing them more pleasurable.
Especially when visiting destinations that change substantially with the seasons, being able to locate and view other people's photos taken at the same place and a different time of year adds an interesting extra dimension to the place you've visited.
Re: Hands up who gives a shit
I'm pleased it's out. I've got a Playbook and really rather like it. Proper flash, really decent performance, very good speakers, especially compared to an iPad, nice multi tasking interface, and a size that suits me better than a 10" tablet.
The lack of apps is frustrating compared to Android, so it'll be interesting to see how many developers repackage their apps for the blackberry store.
sales droids aren't dumb
windows mobile is indeed OK as an OS.
However, selling an iPhone or Android phone is less likely to get the customer coming back a couple of days later complaining that such and such an app isn't available, or none of his mates can show him how to do something.
The ecosystem isn't there for WinMo, so it's a somewhat risky thing for a sales person to push.
A smartphone over two years is more expensive than a reasonable spec PC. Would you sell someone a computer running an unusual OS knowing there are hardly any applications available for it? No, you'd sell a Mac or a Windows PC.
The X-Wing looks too wide to overtake the TIE advanced x1.
I suspect that VMware customers tend to be the most pro-change IT implementers.
The less adventurous sheep are still running on physical hardware. The most adventurous VMware customers are also likely to be the ones with the greatest no of VMs on a host, and hence most likely to be in financial pain as a result of the licensing change.
If you've already done a large scale P->V migration, the idea of a new V->V migration isn't that scary at all, and you've probably already got the knowledge in place to migrate to a new hypervisor. Yes, you've got to learn and develop procedures for the new hypervisor, but that may well be less painful than paying the new licensing costs.
Not everyone uses Outlook with Exchange/Live. Hence WP7 doesn't sync with Outlook. It does sync with some Mail servers that Outlook syncs with.
A twisted solution
I install neither Foxit nor Adobe Reader. I use Chrome for web browsing, and have .pdf files associated with it.
They then get handled by Chrome's built in pdf plug in, which isn't written by Adobe.
This works fine for me on Windows or Linux, and as Google is very enthusiastic about updating Chrome, it should stay reasonably secure (I typically notice when Flash has been updated from the RSS feed to http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/)
IT and Chem Eng are both perceived as hard, hence the lack of applicants.
Use Chrome, and uninstall all the standalone flash players. The Chrome automatic updater is discrete, and you need never worry about flash patching again.
CISC <> x86?
What distinction does the report make between CISC and x86? I'd have thought them synonymous.
Note that a wifi access point signal is some 400mW. A microwave is ~800 W. Even a poor Faraday cage is probably enough to stop wifi working on a laptop.
don't always get asked to authenticate on Windows at least.
I've witnessed instances installed into the user profile via a web browser plug in compromise. No other activity necessary.
Hyper-V is free
Don't forget that a bare Hyper-V licence is free, so the cost argument isn't that simple.
The powerpoint patch
Also fixes a problem with ppt 2003 not being able to open files successfully without an incorrect corruption warning bug that was introduced in last months patch.
One small flaw
The plot twist that makes Use of Weapons so cool relies on you not realising the details of the Zakalwe/chairmaker situation until right at the end.
If you can see the actors, that won't work.
Additionally, I think it would be beyond challenging to keep track of and show all the flash forwards/flashbacks/reverse chronologies in a film.
Fantastic book, abysmal film potential.
Elon has announced he intends to retire on Mars. Makes sense to get on and build the systems needed to do it.
@ Pete 2
SpaceX has launched a capsule which has orbited and then successfully re-entered.
ESA hasn't achieved that yet.
While SpaceX may not have the range of activities that ESA pursues, I'd say they're rather ahead in the achievements needed to actually send a man into space and then return him to Earth.
Memory footprint matters, because eventually a browser can use all that a machine has - and more. I've currently got quite a few tabs open admittedly, and Chrome is using some 5.1 GB. That's getting a little annoying.