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Re: "Ann Frank's drum kit"
Speaking as a Gypsy, it's pretty funny to see this comment, Tapeador. We don't call ourselves Roma when speaking English because that would be acting like a pretentious twat.
For the record, I thought the original "Ann Frank;s drumkit" joke was funny. And as such, "appropriate" doesn't enter into it. You don't have the right to not be offended. You especially don't have any right to be offended for somebody else.
If the somebody else is me, not only do you have no right to be offended on my behalf but I reserve the right to punch you for your assumptions.
What's interesting is that fanbois who have been sneering at plastic items for years seem to have suddenly stopped.
Re: You think support is bad in the UK??
It's pretty safe to assume that anyone who moved to Thailand did not do so for the Apple support.
Re: In other news...
I only looked at this article because neither the title nor subtitle made any sense at all.
Shame it was boring.
Re: Windows is
Not when installed under certification conditions, it didn't.
The problem with security is that people let fucktards install and configure software. Under those conditions, nothing is secure. Not even linux. Remember Eadon's blog?
Re: The real problem ...
Frankly, that's an idiotic and uninformed opinion. "Master" and "Architect" certs require a whole lot of dedication and understanding of the platforms - as much or more than any Cisco certification, as an example.
Anyone who thinks this is "learning by rote" has never tried it, has no clue of what they're talking about and should shut the fuck up.
Seriously Jake. Talk about what you know and don't talk about what you don't know. It'll help your karma no end.
This would indicate that termites have also ceased to evolve, which does not appear to be the case.
Upvoted for "shitsock".
Re: the future's bright, the future's orange
This is what happens you get a self-selected group of society's natural victims in one place bemoaning their lot when not reading their support scripts to people they despise for living much richer and more full lives than they do. It becomes semi-fascistic. I and my peer-group of second-class degrees and unnatural obsessions with Dr Who assistants should be the only ones allowed to breed! although usually put less honestly in terms of (highly gameable) IQ tests and proficiency with something nobody else in universe gives a shit about, such as Ruby on Rails.
What makes it particularly hilarious is their "educated" opinions. There was a post recently about Hyper-V from some TechEd conference down under. The sheer amount of retarded commentry on it served to finally disabuse me of the notion that the Reg's commentards are of any benefit to anyone at all and point firmly to a state where they should absolutely not be allowed to breed.
Luckily, most never will.
Re: If only...
Good, then I won't have to write Java.
If only Casio would release an SDK for their Bluetooth G-Shock.
I'd even pay (reasonable) money for such a thing.
Re: Do you *really* need a weather report on your watch?
I used to say that about phone apps. I don't anymore because looking out of the window doesn't tell me what to expect when I land in $DESTINATION.
SO much facepalm in this thread.
The stupid.... it burns!
Re: It's really too early to say
I'm guessing that most of the people here are arrogant enough to reckon they could.
Maybe some of them are right.
Whether they could do that while doubling profits and tripling revenues is a different matter.
Oh well, since you'd say not at all, it must be true!
Re: Skype is worth more!
They don't have a name for good hardware
Their mice and keyboards have always been excellent.
Re: My collection of old Nokias
How rational of you.
Re: Smart phone from dumb people
But what El Reg's legion of script-reading support-drones want is Windows 7.
There is no money to be made from Windows 7.
Re: One Crucial Thing MS Didn't Get
He went with homeopathy and, like all who have a genuine illness and go with homeopathy, died.
This (faith in homeopathy) would imply that he was an idiot. Or that maybe through long immersion in marketing, he had become susceptible to it.
See me after class.
Re: Also in the news...
Good. Also, fuck 'em.
Re: "facebook is insignificant?"
It is, I agree.
But Google+ is also pretty insignificant (except in terms of annoying Google users). Perhaps that's where the equation lies on this one.
Re: Some Apples and some Oranges
•Microsoft is licensing Nokia's really decent mobile mapping services, which will be competition for Google maps.
Fail again for MS, late to market and expensive. Googl's mapping products are mature, free (relatively) and omni-available.
So are Nokia's. HERE Maps is available on iOS and Android as well as WP.
So maybe 3 each.
Re: @dogged Too bad
I would have thought you of all people should be aware of Reg commentards propensity for slating things they've never tried and have no practical knowledge of.
Re: @dogged Too bad
That's like saying that a car that can do 200mph is better than one that can't because it can, even though you will never use it.
My point is that it is irrational to assume that somebody lovely and friendly is checking the code for you. It is actually far more likely that somebody spiky and hostile is examining code for you, and they will never tell you how vulnerable you are. The EFF? Nice thought but if you want your code checked by lawyers, I suggest your checking criteria need work.
Do MS check that code?
Actually, that's an interesting one. My guess is officially no but unofficially yes. Apart from anything else, more checkins to the linux kernel are made from @microsoft.com addresses than any other domain, which you might not be aware of. MS have always had an awful lot of off-hours linux programmers on their staff.
(This is, btw, one of the reasons that I find it hilarious when religious lunatics on El Reg go on about Microsoft's shitty code as compared to linux's sparkling perfection, apparently entirely unaware that much of it is written by the same people using much the same toolchain. But I digress... )
You can accuse me of religious faith in MS if you like. Whatever. The only belief I have about IT is that all hardware sucks, all software sucks, Larry Ellison is crying out to be played by Ron Perlman and anyone who extolls the virtues of anything is a fucking liar.
Re: @dogged Too bad
Just because anyone can check does not mean anyone does or ever will.
Have you checked? My money says you have not. Did you rely on someone else to do your checking? Who? The NSA?
Since you have not checked it, the source might as well be closed. Most people don't check because they're not competent to do so. It's remarkable how many of those don't trust a company they pay money to but do trust unpaid anonymous nerds on the internet, isn't it?
I'd be happier with an embedded linux but even then, I couldn't check the image and I certainly couldn't change it if I didn't like it. To all intents and purposes an embedded Windows image is exactly as open as an embedded linux image and oddly, rather more open than an Android image. You can't make a commit to either codebase but at least MS will give you their source on release with CE which is more than Google do.
One of the nice things about embedded OS images is inherent stability. CE crashes about as often as embedded linux, you can't install shitty toolbars, scumware or indeed, anything on either of them.
I don't think I see any point in continuing this discussion though. Your Android preference is clearly religious rather than rational and I very much doubt you're capable of reasoned discussion.
Re: Too bad
I think that if you think the NSA are a) not deeply embedded in every Android distro outside of China and b) interested in your commute, you might have larger issues than satnav.
Re: Too bad
You like having Android in your car but not Windows Embedded?
I'd be interested in reading your rationale for this.
Isn't that just Windows Embedded Automotive rebadged with Ford logos anyway?
Since that's a variant of CE, Nokia could presumably go with the version of HERE maps they're putting on their WP7 devices.
Re: THAT IS THE SINGLE-WORST EDITED ARTICLE I HAVE EVER READ
On the bright side, Mr. Sharwood did go back and cleaned up his article. My compliments to him for that.
I echo those compliments.
Re: MS Certs are not worth the paper they are written on.
I find the certificates are pretty rare - nobody really bothers with them except those who get them free from work along with the postits and paperclips.
The world is full of monkeyS who know nothing about IT. Some have MS certifications but rather a lot more think php and MySql are "srs pro toolz" and many just read from a support script and sneer on the Register's comment boards.
THAT IS THE SINGLE-WORST EDITED ARTICLE I HAVE EVER READ, INCLUDING IN THE GRAUNIAD. SHAPE UP, EL REG.
Re: I am not really sure why windows RT exists
You may sneer, but [the iPad] is what many people want.
No-one's denying that for a second, and I'm not actually sneering. I merely reminded you that consumption is not the purpose of Windows RT, or certainly not the sole purpose.
Whether or not it meets the needs of various users is for them to decide. Not me and certainly not you. You haven't even used one, which makes your accusing me of sneering somewhat amusing.
Re: I am not really sure why windows RT exists
Why would any server be running a GUI, let alone a touch based one that gives apps the full screen or just 2 or 3 splits?
So you can administer it from a tablet device, obviously.
> (unlike the iPad which is basically a portable telly if you're going to be honest)
That must be why they are selling so poorly.
They're hardly selling at PC levels, are they? Even with the alleged "death of the PC", the tablet market is a minnow by profit comparison and the iPad doesn't even rule that. It's a portable telly. A consumer device for consumers to consume stuff with. Not what Windows RT was intended for.
Office RT uses the desktop Win32 API and not TIFKAM. Office works poorly (according to reviews) with touch, it needs the keyboard and mouse/touchpad to be useful. This then requires that it be set on a firm surface such as a desktop. That's a failure then.
Mostly, I agree, except for two issues.
1. There's OneNote RT which does indeed work on Metro and is likely to be the way that Office RT is going. The rest of Office RT currently simply an ARM port of the x86 code. I suspect that's more about time to implement than any conscious and permanent decision. So it's not a failure; it's an incomplete piece of work with a kludgy workaround.
2. Will you cut it out with the "not useable on your lap" nonsense? You clearly haven't used a Surface so why do you insist that you "know" this?. I am using the test Surface RT machine we have in the office right now. With the keyboard. On my lap. It's fine. I could use a flatter angle but it's perfectly workable. The 1366x768 resolution is actually a benefit since everything's big enough to see anyway.
Re: I am not really sure why windows RT exists
It would but the point is, if you write for WinRT you can address any implementation of Windows, be it Server, 8.x or RT.
The point of Windows RT was to provide an ARM-powered device which was genuinely useful (unlike the iPad which is basically a portable telly if you're going to be honest) and in some bizarro way, show that Windows doesn't actually need a desktop in order to do stuff, including content creation.
I suspect MS hoped that developers would instantly start targeting WinRT as a development platform, which was stupid. 99% of developers work in corporate environments, corporates are still running Windows 7 having only just upgraded their shitty XP boxes and are not going to upgrade again for at least three years.
$900 million is a lot of money for a prototype, but that's what Windows RT boxes are. A prototype. A look at where things are going, not at where things currently are
Clearcase is an awful, awful product. (I actually typoed "prodfuct" there for a moment, which is accurate). It is so fucking awful that nobody serious uses it anymore outside IBM itself. It is clunky. It integrates badly with IDEs. It refuses to play ball with pretty much anything except Rose, even including Robot and XDE from the same alleged product suite.
Anyone who cared about source control switched to SVN and then further to TFS or git, depending on their platform. These days, you can even use TFS for all the project management gubbins and git for source control, seamlessly in VS.
Anyone who uses clearcase and claims to be serious about source control is a liar.
Re: Winner winner, chicken dinner...
Bob Diamond was popular, too. And Fred Goodwin.
Re: How the world changes
If she can pass the furniture-throwing test, who's going to stand in her way?
Someone who can catch furniture?
Who pays you to come out with this crap?
Name three loss leaders on Microsoft's current portfolio. I'd wait but you can't so don't bother.
Even if you hate all of those (and remember, Vista -> Win7 is also on Ballmer's record, what a failure he must be), they've been done. Hence you aren't suggesting them for Elop's attention.
So my point stands.
Re: Steven Sinofsky
I think he might be disbarred by his own non-compete clause, bizarrely enough.
Re: but Microsoft's portfolio is far too large for it work there.
Yes, they make such a big loss, don't they?
No. They don't.
I don't mind intelligent discussion but you're missing an important criterion.
Re: It's got to be Elop
Tell me then, oh MS-Hater, what do Microsoft have that's working fine which Elop would replace?
Nope, didn't think so. Cheesy shot at Elop which made no sense whatsoever then?
Now personally, I think Elop would both be a terrible choice and would refuse it anyway. I think he's genuinely committed to Nokia and does indeed stand a chance of turning their smartphone business around. The 520 is eating landfill Android's lunch and it's a gateway drug.
I think he'd be a terrible choice because he's a guy who examines a problem and comes up with a solution - just one solution - which he will pursue no matter what internet fucktards say about it. In many ways that's an admirable trait but Microsoft's portfolio is far too large for it work there.
Re: Microsoft is a Server and OS company
I thought Jobs' thing was marketing, which is slightly different from Sales.
In sales, you only lie to one person at a time. Ballmer is an expert at sales but Jobs could lie to the whole world.
Re: We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS
The Board [bored] has been dozing at the wheel for a decade or more… but it seems to have suddenly woken up [too late] when the company has come off the rails
Tripled revenues, doubled profits and at least four new profit-making divisions. Off the rails indeed! MS is ruined! Thank Kibo you can see it, Malagabay because those millions of investors earning big dividends (I realize that to internet commentards, dividends are a new concept and only market cap matters but to investors things are different) sure can't.
Re: How the world changes
Not a bad idea, but not Ms! Mayer! please.
Taking her seriously would indicate a need to take Yahoo! seriously, which is not an option.
Rudder also passed on purchase of Rational tools, leaving the way clear for IBM to gobble the software maker.
Bloody good thing, too. TFS is so much better than ClearCase, it's not even funny. I don't want to start any internet nerdwars here and this may be the absolute worst kind of heresy but....
even SourceSafe is better than ClearCase.
There. I said it.
And it's true. Okay so SourceSafe doesn't know about things like branching, labelling or not being a steaming pile of shit but at least when it eats your code never to return it, it doesn't claim that you never had any code to begin with.
Re: Women are discriminated against
I don't buy this.
You work in the IT department, you dress like the IT department. If the IT department wears suits - weird but it happens, especially at IBM - you wear a gender appropriate suit in a style similar to everyone else's.
If the IT Department wears shorts and t-shirts, you wear shorts and t-shirts.
"THEY TREAT ME DIFFERENT BECAUSE I DON'T DRESS LIKE A MAN" is a lie.
"THEY TREAT ME DIFFERENT BECAUSE I DON'T BEHAVE LIKE THEM" is the truth.
If you want to fit in, fit in. If you don't, stop bitching.
Why does this word cause Pete Doherty to leap to mind?
- Twitter: La la la, we have not heard of any NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES
- China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain
- Is that a 64-bit ARM Warrior in your pocket? No, it's MIPS64
- Apple to devs: NO slurping users' HEALTH for sale to Dark Powers
- Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why