"It's just as well that sharks don't throw coconuts."
Good job the coconuts haven't got spiders inside.
426 posts • joined 10 Sep 2009
"It's just as well that sharks don't throw coconuts."
Good job the coconuts haven't got spiders inside.
Why do "they" never mention W2K? I still consider it to be the best thing that MS ever did.
There were 2 versions - desktop and server. Simple and easy.
The PFY here says that only 2 versions of Windows is not profitable and a precedent that MS do not want us to remember!
Can I infer that he is not an "African American"?
Or have we given up that 'lost cause'?
On that one probably but I'm still arguing that a Kilobyte is 2^10 and a megabyte is 2^20 and so on.
I've got that book too but I can't find anything that gives a date. I can't even find agreement on how long a day is. In fact, it seems to say that time as we understand it is not important to the creator.
I would infer therefore that the universe formed somewhere between 0.01 seconds ago and 4.4E17 seconds ago. God is above all this time nonsense anyway...
Did anyone ever believe that the Safe Harbor (sic) was ever worth the paper it was printed on?
We may not have known about the sheer level of data slurping that was going on but there can't have been many people who thought that it was any use whatsoever.
Not all that oil money stays in Saudi hands.
Read Confessions of an Economic Hit Man for more details...
Many years ago, the EU told Apple that it needed to use some form of standard connector.
Apple showed them the finger by not only failing to do that but by inventing an entirely new one that was, by definition, even *less* standard.
USB3 is going to happen - eventually. Apple would be in the unusual situation of actually showing technical leadership . Peripheral manufacturers market would expand from 10% of the new phone market to almost all of it as manufacturers as new models replace existing ones.
I remember someone doing that in the OTC.
An acceptable military radio usage for the male member is the "One Percent".
The last time we had an admitted socialist elected to 10 Downing Street was 1974.
I was a couple of years too young to vote anyway. I suspect that plenty people here were too young for solid food.
We don't know what the all results of this will be but at least we will have a choice for a change!
The labour party has had at least 1,500 new members today (Sunday). As the Murdoch press and other ****bags gets their lies into gear tomorrow, it will be interesting to see how many more join. I'm thinking about it.
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My stuff is in the cloud(s).
My email and contacts are in Gmail, or whatever other ones I use.
Photos are synced away pretty instantly. It stops some idiot telling me that I "can't take pictures here" and forcing me to delete them.
Documents I edit are generally on Box, Google Docs or whatever.
Things like Evernote, Onenote and so on deal with notes.
What do I use all the space for? Music, podcasts, audiobooks, ebooks and so on.
An unwanted factory reset would be irritating but not disastrous. I would just have to re-download them again.
If I dealt with a company that had an excessive interest on inconsequential items, I would wonder what was being skimped on to see that the appearance was "just right".
I'm sure we have all seen the company that has the highly glossed pseudo-secretary on the reception desk. She has bright varnish on nails so long that she can barely type. Although she is wearing something that looks like the company uniform, hers has been specially tailored to fir her BMI15 form and her hairdo probably cost over £100. Some of them are chewing gum as they file those long nails.
Companies with that sort of gatekeeper are trying to make a statement rather than a product.
What is the global market share now for iPads, iPhones and other iThingies?
Perhaps a year ago, someone pointed me to a link for this but I can't find it.
I remember this from lectures long ago.
The problem is, what is the ratio and sometimes in which direction.
If you drop your prices 10% and get a 5% rise in sales, you are in trouble. If you drop your prices 10% and get an 11% rise, you are doing well.
Some things however, if you drop your prices, your sales will fall. For example, Rolls Royces and Ferraris could have this counterintuitive property. If the Rolls is seen to become cheaper, it may be perceived as moving down market and some people may get Aston Martins instead.
There will always be a market for "nice" books. Big beautiful things to put on your coffee table or present as prizes and mementoes. eBooks are not this. There is zero marginal cost to the maker and there is generally zero emotional attachment to the file.
So the latest SpyNovel by X has gone up? I'll get the one by Y for 15p less. Maybe, I'll get Xs book next week when they have dropped the price again. If they don't, there is always Z.
"We will never, EVER, sell your data to any 3rd party. For any price"
How about an additional line - "and we won't give it away free to our chums and future employers either."
I'm fairly sure that my son had done it around 12 or 13.
He was discreet and quiet about it so I did not question him much. He is not terribly interested in IT in any role other than a user now but he is aware that there is more. If he feels the need, he may ask me.
A supplier who asks for something that bleeding edge is asking to be replaced.
If people are enjoying a pleasant spliff, they are more suggestible.
It is surprising that our owners have not thought of this.
A few months ago, I upgraded to a nice shiny new Samsung phone.
It was not an S6 or even an Edge. Those were complete fails before they are powered up.
It was not the software that informed my choice. It was the hardware. Samsung just dropped external storage and removable batteries from their new offering. I therefore dropped those.
I got a nice new Note4. Possibly not the very latest thing and certainly not the iShiniest one around either. Hardware wise, it is close enough to the S6. Like most Samsung offerings, it is a bit thin for comfortable use but the case cures that anyway.
Samsung software is not a selling point - far from it. It is a negative point. A few years ago, I had an S2 and learned that you need to avoid opening some of their offerings at all. It was an interesting learning experience that involved a couple of resets. It seems better now and there are no "hubs" to duplicate all of the functionality. I managed to avoid the Sammy calendar long enough to install the proper one and make it the default.
I now have a very functional device. It runs Android well and the "S-Pen" seems interesting. I can put in additional storage when I need it and can even get an even hight capacity battery. It does not have pretty round corners like the S6 but it has a much better battery.
The N4 camera software is probably non-standard but seems simple enough and the pictures still end up on my Google account.
I have noticed how some of the terminally uninformable in the USA seem to be shouting to the rest of the planet that they will do specifically the opposite of what their democratically elected, US born, Christian president advises.
If Barry suggests that HTTPS is a good thing, there will be some who make a point of never using it again. If he then suggests encrypting all email, the crazies will doggedly use plain text.
The process could carry on until they are walking about in their underwear and making their plans over the PA system.
We are unlikely to know if their Pres' has thought of this but it sounds a fun idea.
Anyone who objects to his actions is condoning what he uncovered.
I have an anecdote.
Some years ago, I was working for a firm in Northamptonshire that makes accounting software.
I was dealing with an engineer from Microsoft and I asked if it was a true rumour. He confirmed it to me that they were specifically to teach point & click with Minesweeper and Drag & Drop with Solitaire.
Apart from the customary xenophobia, the rest seems to be fairly well aimed at the Conservative Party.
If they push this insanity through, they will be banning themselves.
Not being able to vote for him is not the only reason Rand Paul has no interest in the rest of the planet.
Some of his co-religionists think "Outside the USA" is somewhere near Canada.
Some of them think it is the sandy area where the terrorists live.
Perhaps there are even some who just do not believe in the existence of "Outside the USA" and think that those troops supposedly sent there are being used for some nefarious liberal purpose...
Was this designed by Howard Wolowitz?
I have a facebook account. The nearest I have come to political discussion lately is when a number of people I know put in pro SNP commentary.
If I want intelligent, or otherwise, conversation beyond the level of family and people I went to school/College with, I use Google+.
If you talked about nothing but politics, it could end up even more of an echo chamber than FB though.
I seem to have escaped that by never having intended to talk politics in the first place. My initial discussions included IT in general, Android, photography and travel.
After A while I found that some posters also posted on other subjects and some people from the US were "conservatives" and there were even some from this country who seemed to be supporters of UKIP! Neither of those groups would appear in any echo chamber...
After a while I realised that I was also getting postings from people I didn't know but on subjects I was already commenting on.
There will be different algorithms on FB and G+ but I certainly, regularly, get my opinions challenged. It can be done then.
When I left school, I would have been a conservative, it was that sort of school.
When I left college, I was probably still a conservative. Bearded shouty people don't work on me.
A few decades later, I am very much NOT a conservative.
The change has been living in the "real" world. I have worked in private small scale industry uop to large scale public. The last thing anyof them need is what we are now getting - another 5 more years of taking from where it is needed to give the undeserving and unproductive more money to not spend in the economy.
Give someone on £10k a raise and it will all be spent.
Give someone on £30k a raise and they might save a few quid more but they will spend most of it.
Give someone on £1M a raise and they will invest it.
Tax raises to the rich are poor economics.
They are all most conservatives are interested in
Perhaps they have figured a way around what is available at present and this is to encourage the "bad guys" to use it thinking that they are safe.
The original use was to for looking at pretty scenes but it really caught on during WWII when the US military tried to teach (aircraft?) recognition to its personnel.
That's not a great recommendation though. Ask their allies!
what can we as techies do
We can Follow the Money
Yes some/many of them push these idea because they like to keep the peasants in their place but they are all either past, present or future beneficiaries of the system they seek to expand.
This information is almost all out in the wild. It is just not organised. Organisation of information is what we all do.
Will it be possible to integrate it with other operating systems?
For those into #iShiny things IOS
For 90% plus of smartphone users - Android
For the future - Linux
When MS brought out "Kinnex" (I know but they sound similar) it was XBox only but that is no longer the case. Hopefully this will do the same.
There are quite a plethora of words on that list that we can use without being too ostentatious and we could natter on trying to clear out the gobbledygook but people on that side of the pond are incorrigible about their misuse of the language.
Also I think that their definition of "moot" seems wrong but they are doing it anyway.
The last time I heard anyone say "Goolies" was in about 1983.
It sounds like I am 5 years older than you. I last heard it at school. I left in 1978.
how did that 52% market share happen to WIN 7 then?
They messed up royally and over a third of their users left.
Some sigs I have seen bring out the acronym - TLDR.
the idea of "for profit" corporations running the internet is completely unacceptable.
Giving such an oligarchy legal immunity for anything is, at very least, asking for corporate buy outs by Russian, Chinese or even Middle Eastern backed groups.
How better to "enlighten" us about their ideas and force us to follow them?
I wonder if one of the unspoken difficulties that Netflix faces is that people will be able to vote with their eyes as to whether they want "chewing gum for the brain" type entertainment (perhaps not even in French) or proper made in France material that requires more mental activity than most people want to use when watching TV.
There is a slight difference between cutting down on gouging and giving away freebies.
For most of us, beer and even ginger beer are optional. If not optional, it is not too hard to partially limit your intake. Mobile phones seem much less optional to people. Apparently, in some places, you pay to actually *receive* a text message. That is gouging for sure...
Beer companies do make profits but it certainly feels like much of the cost of a pint is down to tax in one form or another. Mobile comms costs are seen as much more profitable. That is why they pay such huge prices for their bits of the spectrum.
For those of us old enough, we can remember them wanting that back in NT3.5 days.
When they brought out Windows 2000, there was only one desktop version and only one server version.
It was brilliant. I had the same version on my home PC, work and a voluntary organisation I supported
Licensing was not quite so over-complicated. All software worked on all PCs (hardware permitting) and they hadn't started to prat around with the UI.
Presumably, someone worked out that they had less room to gouge customers and the wildly proliferating versions started to come back with XP.
It would be nice to go back to just one desktop version of Windows but I suspect that they have other plans - and not because it will benefit users either.
As soon as you include artificial intelligences, which may be a robot, Android, Cyborg or robot, There are a number of other suggestions.
My vote would have been on that great British invention Hal 9000
That sounds like Office 2003. This was the last one before MS completely messed it up with the "ribbon".
They might actually have stuck with that one for a reason. If you want to synch that with your phone, get an MDM. Better still get a BES and a set of DingleBerries!
No. What caused their downfall was being forced to do what Microsoft wanted.
There seem to be two types of devices wanted nowadays - whether phone or tablet...
1. Hugely overpriced, locked down, toys with a dated interface to show that you have "arrived"
2. Android devices - more powerful ones at a higher price or cheaper/less clever ones.
Nokias problem was that they were being forced in between as...
Much cheaper than iThings but not as good as Android and not as shiny as Apples offerings but not desirable enough for the rest of us.
This device may show that they are back on track towards the mass market. Good luck to them!
The reason he thinks that is because that is what people do. If someone started a rumour today that there was a new kind if iThing, there would be people wanting it.
That certainly has happened with wearables before such as the "iWatch" long before Apple actually got round to it.
It happened with iPhones as well and we were all waiting for NFC to take off when Apple "invented" it but nobody had thought of the backlash from businesses. Any backlash against iGlasses is not relevant. NFC needs business use. Apple Glass wouldn't even need to do anything to look cool.
It sounds like an Apple thing.
I bought an Android (Nexus 5) directly from Google, stuck in a Vodafone SIM and it's still unlocked a year later.
In my childhood, my father worked in a middle eastern country.
There were lots of nice expat facilities including swimming pools. It took me years to get the visions of very large females in very small bikinis out of my mind...
The positive thing it said about them was that they were less susceptible to peer pressure than our females..
"Americans" then just knew that everyone else was desperate to be a US citizen. I have never had anything against people from there but this has never been one of my ambitions. I am sad to see that so many of them now feel that the rest of the planet hates them. That's not true either.
She's partly right. Some of the pictures are taken from aircraft.
I think it will be funnier when she "Discovers" StreetView!
I wonder if that this is Apples longer term aim. Once there is no actual SIM, they have yet another rope to hobble the iGullible.
There are some advantages to goverments having the final say IF...
They are democratic
Not Jerrymandered constituencies
Not under the control of business - big, small, home or foreign
Ones that provide for their citizens - free universal healthcare, education welfare etc
Ones that do not think their national laws are global
Ones that follow international law
International court of human rights
and so on.
No government that does not fill these criteria as a basic minimum should have any say in any international bodies.
"Bristow said it was necessary to win the public consent" means that they realise that they do not have consent to do what they want.
It is everybodies duty to make sure that this remains the case - they don't get tacit consent to increase the powers of the state and to make sure that "they" remain aware of this...