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It's called "Kessler Syndrome" or "Kessler Effect", described in 1978 by NASA scientist Donald Kessler.
Re: Why Windows is doomed.
Yeah, under the hood Windows 8 sounds like a bit of an improvement over Windows 7. Unfortunately they've lumbered it with that shitty, annoying, hard to use fucking interface, which is why I am sticking with 7 regardless of the underlying improvements.
Hahahaha! I nearly choked to death on my sandwich reading that.
Did you try installing Windows 7 on it?
That might have made for a more useful device overall, if you could have gotten drivers for everything.
Lack of workers?
Then pay what the job is actually worth. I have been looking for a new level 2 support job myself and it's frankly ridiculous to see the advertisements asking for university IT degrees or MCSEs and offering $30,000 per year.
Music Unlimited and Video Unlimited
Who wants to bet that this will only be available in the US, Canada, and maybe three European countries. Anywhere else, I expect you'll just be shit out of luck.
"products in categories in which they currently don't particpate"
Such as accurate maps and sensibly priced hardware.
So the problem with an iPad is that it is only a content consumption device and not good for productivity? Tell me, does the Surface still run Windows 8?
The article says "Australian politicians from left, right and centre", but then goes on to say "The committee's members included representatives from the Labor, Liberal and National parties, plus independent Andrew Wilkie."
Where's the "left", then? For that matter, where's the centre?
"Of course it's already possible to have books delivered to a smartphone: Amazon's Kindle app is available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and even BlackBerry while the Nook app works on the first three OSes mentioned."
Drones delivering physical books don't triple the price the way ebooks do.
So what's that going to mean for the southern hemisphere? Is it colder now than it ought to be, and will warm after 2030? Or is it warmer now than it should be and will cool after 2030?
My primary concern is ameliorating these ridiculous Australian summers. The rest of the world can look after themselves.
Re: Wow. There goes a large chunk of my future,
I have also backed Star Citizen, to the tune of far too much cash. :P Even now, I am debating whether to save some money, or buy ANOTHER ship. Definitely getting an Oculus Rift for it, once the retail version is released.
Oh, and I backed Elite: Dangerous as well, but I very much doubt whether it will hold half the appeal of Star Citizen.
Re: Where do you shop? "My little pony"
That's a weird way to spell "Rarity".
Re: They seem to be doing everything right, apart from...
> "So the mid range machine to be targeted by developers will probably always be crappier than the PS4"
The lowest-end combination of parts Valve are trying out are considerably MORE powerful than the PS4 specs, so devs will have plenty of spare capacity to try out new things.
Re: Sun Server Keyboard...
I do much the same, except I find it more comfortable to turn my hand around the other way. This puts my pointer finger on right Alt, thumb on right Ctrl, and pinky on Del.
Re: The PC KEYBOARD power switch
Oh gods, yes. I had one of those fucking things. Most ridiculous idea for a keyboard. I ended up removing those three keys physically after one unintended power-cycle too many.
Re: That last sentence says it all.
> "Only those technically competent should be given raised privileges."
No. Only those paid to administer and support the machines should be given raised privileges. End users get the tools we package and install for them, and do NOT get privileged access, ever.
What a horrible product! D:
Re: Oh, the irony
I would not trust a single word written by the Cato Institute.
Funny, my Windows 7 desktop, Linux laptop, and Android tablet all have different OSs and UIs and they are no extra hassle at all. I move my data easily and freely between them all with much less effort than it takes to even work out how to configure settings in Windows 8. And while the W8 interface might be good for the touchy feely types, I absolutely reject your assertion that it is as good with mouse and keyboard as Windows 7, because that is simply not the case. Using W8 with a mouse is a complete pain in the arse.
Re: "They are deluded and dreaming with the idea people will "rent" Cloud based MS apps"
I think the downvotes are for recommending Office at all, and especially for recommending a US based cloud product.
Only reason I am not using Linux full time is I like my games and it can be a hassle getting them running properly under WINE. If Windows 9, when it is released, also continues to perpetuate this shitty interface, I think I will just have to get used to WINE. It is, after all, no more hassle than using Windows 8 itself.
Re: Yes, early days and all that, but...
Does that really matter? It sounded to me that at any temperatures normally found on the surface of the earth, the material remains a metal until illuminated, at which point it becomes a semiconductor. Turn the light off and it is back to a metal. It also becomes a semiconductor when it gets really, really cold, but that is an effect that is not likely to be used in most practical applications.
"Copyright has become significantly weaker in the digital era"
What nonsense. Copyright has been screwed down ever tighter, as corporation panic about their customers possibly using media in ways the copyright holders haven't explicitly authorised. Copyright has steadily become more and more onerous on the average citizen and IP laws have not followed the changing landscape of media use but instead have been extended to try to prop up a business model that is simply no longer viable in the digital age. Don't know what else I expected in an article by the biggest copyright apologist on The Reg.
I agree 100% that building equitable infrastructure for all is something we should be able to expect from our government, but just look at them. Sauce Bottle Kev on one side, and the Mad Monk on the other. Do you really expect either party to deliver a major infrastructure project on time, to spec, and within budget? Or even deliver on a single ONE of those three? It is way past time to tell both major parties to go fuck themselves, and put your vote elsewhere.
@ david 12
"So go ahead tell us (and for history).
Are you using it for tele-medicine? Education? Has this important infrastructure revolutionized your economic condition? Do people from other countries respect you more?"
Pfft, haha. As if. It's for lower latency in games, faster porn, and cat videos. What else is the internet for?
Fortunately, I already have fibre to my house so no matter what happens with the NBN I am sorted for net access.
Perhaps it is time to vote for minor parties, and put both Labor and Liberal down at the bottom of your preferences? I know that's what I will be doing. What a shame that the vast majority of the population will keep voting along the same tired party lines they have all their lives, and then wonder why their elected government keeps kicking them when they are down.
So what can we do to attract more comets?
Another big impact like that would be nice. Australia is hot as fuck and I could do with it averaging five degrees cooler around here.
Re: "manufacturing a controlled drug".
> "ONE small chocolate (or 500ml fruit flavour drink) was the strength of 10-15 joints!!"
What kind of shit quality dope were you getting then?
Re: Heinlein appealing to the American psyche
I would suggest it is largely due to the libertarian beliefs of Heinlein's protagonists. They're all about "Freedom!" and "Self-reliance!" which are myths that seem particularly dear to the hearts of Americans.
Who cares about the gold case, what I found interesting was IOS 7, with "a new "flat" design scheme that replaces the skeuomorphism of the past with brightly coloured icons". Is Apple going all Windows 8 here?
"Kids or prostitutes, that would be the choice, you can't have both"
Fine, then I choose prostitutes.
Re: Nice but...
"Chromecast", Dropbox, Drive, whatever. All of it no use at all if you have shit mobile connectivity. Google, I love your tablets but, FFS, give us back our goddamn SD slots!
Personal fucking responsibility
It is apparently a trait being bred out of the species.
Why on earth am I still using MS Office installed on a PC? I really shouldn't be.
Let's see, where's that download of Open Office..?
As a lover of gin myself, I insist on Bombay Sapphire at minimum. You won't catch me with Gordon's or London's or any of other the cheap nasty gins.
"one is servicing oneself"
"Australians don't mind selling piss water to other countries, but complain when they themselves get screwed over."
No sense wasting decent beer on plonkers who wouldn't realise the difference, is there?
"Australia's left-wing government"
I'm sorry, what? In what universe is our present government "left-wing"? Gillard's Labor are a little to the right of centre. The only way they could ever be described as "left" is by comparison with the hard-right screwballs comprising most of the Liberals' leadership.
Re: Cor!! I got a lot of hate - and rightly so i guess...
"I am interested in protecting my kids as much as technology can provide"
There is NO technological substitute for you sitting there personally with your kids as they browse. It does not matter how much filtering and technological wizardry is set up on your connection, you should not be allowing a seven year old to access the internet without direct supervision. If you want her to be able to use the computer without you sitting there next to her, disconnect it entirely from the internet.
Re: Will somone think of the children!!
You want "some form of mechanism to allow my kids to surf the web without inadvertantly straying into dodgy areas"? There already is one. It's called "watching what the fuck your kids are doing". They are YOUR kids, they are for YOU to monitor. If you can't be bothered doing that you should not have had them in the first place.
Re: search function
What? You can't do any of that in it? D: I was already unimpressed at how many functions I regularly used were missing from Windows 7's Explorer compared to XP's. Now it sounds like 8 dumbs it down even further?
Re: IE11 - The only browser built for touch?
Try Chrome for Android, then. If you are trying to touch a link that is small and near other links, Chrome will automatically enlarge that screen section so you can accurately touch the link you want.
Oh, and also:
This unified search thingummy - can I set it to use Google search instead? 'Cause Bing is kinda pants and I am not going to use anything that defaults to Bing.
Too little change, still too much Metro
"you can now configure your entire system from PC Settings without dropping into the desktop"
Well that's nice and all, but how about the other war around? Can I configure my whole PC from the Control Panel so I don't have to dip into NotMetro? Because that's the way around I want it.
"There are also options to change what the corners do"
That's nice. Can I change them to doing absolutely nothing? 'Cause "hot corners" are a fucking ridiculous idea and nothing more than a pain in the ass from a usability point of view. While you're at it, can you please remove the fucking "Charms bar" and return its functions to more sensible locations? Like in some kind of menu, for instance? You could call it, oh I dunno, the "Start" menu, perhaps.
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