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Re: 5 months and obsolete
While that's true, there's also no evidence that it won't and conflicting accounts from the usual pundits (Thurrot, MSNerd etc) on whether it will or not.
Logically speaking, there is no reason why a system which can take advantage of dual-core chips can't address single-core chips (which is an argument I've see on this very site, retarded though it is) and also the publicity shot-in-the-foot MS and Nokia would get for selling the Lumia 900 with no upgrades at all indicates that it's likely that at least some phones will be upgraded.
Probably not my old HD7 (which I accidentally set fire to last week and it still works fine, although the case melted a bit) but that's okay. You can't expect consumer electronics to be immortal.
Re: Not much of a loss for Mozilla
apple doesn't have a monoply to abuse
They do. That monopoly is on mp3 players and they abuse it by leveraging iTunes, a content store. That monopoly is what's given them a boost on the desktop and the reason why iOS cultists keep buying iOS. iTunes demands it.
Re: That's because Apple aren't restricting their users to IE.
Yeah I'd totally give up a browser that tries to be standards compliant and webgl for the plethora of exploits and viruses IE has.
What's the weather like in 1998?
Re: I wonder
I was, for the end of her evil reign. Then there was wee Johnny Major, who amazingly turned out to be far less awful than Blair was. Since I'd helped to vote him out and Blair in, some admission of guilt is required.
Anyway, Thatcher. The unions as a whole were a problem although monolithic and retarded management of the old nationalized industries were a much bigger issue. Had she addressed those rather than just flogging them off the country might even still have a manufacturing industry and, y'know, be in the position Germany is in rather than the deep shit we currently inhabit.
See you there, then?
Nah, the mandarins responsible for it would defend it savagely because their jobs would be secure and they couldn't be blackmailed with tax threats and legislation changes.
Renationalize BT and bring back the GPO.
Hard to say at the moment whether it's different or not.
If you can create a fully-featured Metro browser using MS's WinRT tools (and I don't know whether or not you can yet), it's different because nobody says you HAVE to browse from the Classic Desktop (which is limited to Office 15 anyway, noting else runs on the desktop that might trigger a link).
If browsers you create using WinRT lack functionality or are limited in some way, or (for example) use IE for rendering, it's the same.
I personally hope that WinRT supports the creation of a full-featured Metro Firefox (and Chrome, etc) in which case, the old-style Classic Desktop on a Win8 ARM tablet is irrelevant - the metro version would be enough.
Re: If you could force an honest answer from a tech company what would it be?
I'd ask Microsoft this -
"The Zune. A few questions.
1. Why brown? What the fuck were you thinking?
2. Sound quality alone should have sold this device but throw in the Zune Pass and the HD hardware and it should have been a world-beater. So you chose to only sell it in America, to Americans, who are stupid and think Steve Jobs invented the mp3 player. What the fuck were you thinking?
3. Did you ass-rape Bob Vistakin? I can think of no more plausible explanation for his levels of butthurt, so come on. Own up.
time to stop reading the comments on the Reg. What a bunch of vindictive little bitches you are.
Re: OH YEAH!
Can we remove the shit from Gavin Clark? Because what MS are saying is "people rip DVDs and then play the rips".
I can't speak for anyone else but that describes my PC-based DVD experience perfectly.
Re: Hit the fan
Thanks for speaking for the entire Internet. Without your comment, the Internet would have nobody to tell Microsoft what every single last user in the entire world thinks. Lucky you were here to go around and ask them all!
All those web search tables showing Bing at approx. 20% of global searches are just done for fun because it's such a laughing stock, aren't they? And nobody at all will buy Windows 8 so they might as well not bother!
And Gavin Clarke always knows better than multi-billion dollar companies which is why he's, er... a journalistic nobody? Wait, that can't be right.....
Keep on spinning this as "Macs are perfect, Kaspersky just want to sell product" please, commentards.
That will make all the sick Macs even funnier.
Nevermind the screenrez
Frankly, you don't need much more than 1024x768 to be productive whatever the usual howling chorus of screenres smacktards inevitably yell (on EVERY. SINGLE. LAPTOP. ARTICLE).
But those specifications really don't match up. Ignoring the screen, which is fine, the rest is third-rate.
Re: telling ?
Optimism is a fine thing but having seen an A level maths paper last week, I'm going with "piss-easy questions".
When did they abolish proportional grading?
I remember back when I did my A levels - 1988, if you wondered - you needed to be in the top 5% to get an "A". An "A*" did not exist for this reason - if you got an "A" you were really fucking good.
When did that go away?
I seem to recall being told that even to score an "E", I'd need a minimum of 55%. What happened to the world?
Re: Mobile platform lacks apps?
Windows Phone = "Not a tablet". They're talking about Windows 8 apps. Not that you read the article anyway.
Re: At Least It Is Not Communism
Please give generously.
I forgot to mention.....
In case you're planning to reference the Nano or the Shuffle, the prosecution presents Exhibit #A, the Sansa Clip. In terms of audio quality, usability, capacity and convenience, it makes the Apple products look like a stereogram in a sideboard.
Re: Apple? What's the relation to Apple?
Run a 3 week search on the NYT for "Google" or "Microsoft" or even "Sony". Or especially "Nokia".
If a story can be spun to reflect negatively on anyone competing directly with Apple in any field, it will be so spun. By the same token, Jobs, Cook and Ive are presented as the Holy Trinity.
It's just the way things are. Murdoch lies to Leveson, the Daily Mail hates women, the New York Times is a branch of the Apple marketing department.
1. NYT publishes article hating on Apple-competitor
2. Anonymous source.
3. Zero documentation
iPods are still the best MP3 / media players
They're really not. Cowon, Sony and even the unlamented Zune blew every iPod away in terms of audio quality. Zune HD beat it for ease of use. Everything - hell, even punchcards would be better than iTunes, probably the most ghastly piece of consumer software since AOL were sending free coasters to everyone.
I can't comment on the rest of your examples because I have not owned the Apple versions and thus cannot compare but holding up the iPod as some kind of gold standard is outrageously, monstrously wrong. By any decent comparative measure, it's much the same quality as an Asda branded generic mp3 player, except that those have better headphones.
Re: Why so irrelevant Microsoft?
I agree about the absurdity of the patent application. However, I don't think I've seen the monolith phone done with a rear screen before which suggests that it is an innovation, however minor.
Patentable? No. Not really. However, if used only as a self-defence patent - face it, some companies want to patent rectangles - then just about tolerable.
Re: Skyping non-phones?
It's the "People" model, therefore you Skype a person, not a device. Anything they're logged into Skype on receives the call.
I think the Skype apps for Android and iOS work exactly the same way.
Re: "Hi, I'm going to skype you..."
free texts work for that. In fact, they're useful for Skyping my girlfriend's iPhone too since Skype eats a LOT of data if just left running. Text her with "switch Skype on", call. Easy.
the other hacking case
Still more interested in the other email hack they admitted to, that of some guy the Sun suspected of paedophile. He apparently wasn't since no action was taken and no story was run, which means they just hacked some guy for no reason at all.
That's quite a big deal and I don't see how "public interest" could possibly apply.
Re: Oh now WTF?!
I looked for a Sideshow screen to add to an HTPC since now having to switch the telly on to play music would have been useful. There were none to be found. I guess it way more about OEM apathy than unworkability.
However, on a laptop it was not a sensible idea - adding a scratchable surface to a laptop isn't practical.
Re: Why so irrelevant Microsoft?
Can you point me to a flip phone where the rear is one large e-ink screen configurable to display time, date or skinning info? I ask since that would be interesting and I have never seen one.
Apparently, you have seen many, so perhaps you could offer a link?
Re: Windows Phone is a disaster
Tango does it just fine, including receiving calls when as a background app or when the phone is locked. Why Skype think this is beyond them is a mystery.
And no, I won't agree that it's a joke. Mine is fine. It fails to annoy me, it doesn't crash and it does everything that I want from my phone. Are there fewer fart apps? Yes. Is this a bad thing? If you're an "IT^ specialist" who likes fart apps, probably. Not for me, though.
Re: Boot from USB?
so.. you think it's a bad feature and shouldn't be included?
or were you just being snide?
Re: The almost always on solution
You can't use any cloud solution for something you need 100% uptime on. In fact, you can't use any IT solution if you want 100% uptime. I recommend you buy yourself a packet of pencils, Bob.
or that it's on a dock/stand with a keyboard so he can type fast and his audience doesn't have to wait for touchscreen typing.
I love seeing unreleased products get hate from nerds who literally cannot have any idea how well or poorly they function. It's like reading 19th century literature on lesser races and makes me feel better about myself. Far cheaper than joining a consumer products-based cult.
Re: They got to start /somewhere/
Kony did nothing since 2005 when he moved out of Uganda entirely but hey, if you fell for that line of bullshit, why wouldn't you buy Assay's too?
Re: You left out the best quote
Nothing broken about XBox 360 - it hasn't lost your user credentials, shut down its network for months at a time and doesn't come from a company that likes to rootkit you.
Some dogs, surely. KIN was a disaster. VB is still horrible. Sharepoint is essentially pointless. I hate all the extra shit that Office tries to install, although the base package of six applications is fine.
These days, though, in many respects MS seem like the best of a bad lot. Oracle? Java and the hatefulness of Oracle in general. Google? Forget it, those bastards already steal copyright wholesale while trying to sell your private life. Damned if I'll give them my data to sell. Apple? Lawyer-happy stealers of FOSS and revoltingly smug purveyors of overpriced, under-specced bling-toys for hipsters, no, I don't think so.
Even linux distros tend to be infected by Google these days, although you can prise my Debian servers from my cold, dead appendage of choice.
No, not a fanboy. Microsoft were always pretty evil and I don't doubt that they still are. However, it's a familiar evil, one that we3've all found our own workarounds for. The new evils smile wider and bite harder.
Re: You left out the best quote
Barry, I've got an HD7. I don't think it's shit.
You think WP7 is shit but you think every Microsoft have any hand in is shit, so your opinion is somewhat... tainted.
Your opinion isn't fact, neither is mine. Stating "it's shit" just makes you look stupid and bigoted. Stop it, please.