2850 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009
I don't want to be watched all the time. I support kids wearing hoodies to avoid it. Good for them.
Also, I hope they shit on your doorstep.
Re: "About to outsource your IT?"
I was hoping you'd misread the I as an F.
"About to outsource your IT?"
Then shouldn't you be reading the FT instead of the Register?
Re: Are they all different jobs?
I don't know, but Anna and the reporter who compiled the list seem to have an issue with the technologies involved.
C# and C round out the top three. .NET was the fourth
Mono aside (it's a vanishingly small percentage of the C# platform), you can't do C# without .NET. And yet .NET is fourth. Except that it can't be, because C# is second.
So what we have here is either a) the .NET figure actually refers to VB or .NET is actually second, being C#+VB or the stupid recruiters get their data from equally stupid HR departments and thus the whole table is pretty much meaningless.
Re: MS vs Google patent wars
As I recall, didn't Motorola sue MS before the Android patent thing started? And long before Google bought (and shat on) Motorola?
Re: MS Surface pro FAIL
There you go with the "shill" thing again, Eadon.
Will you never learn?
Re: Into Africa
... are you off your meds?
Re: Into Africa
OK Wintards, two points - first Gates is a robber baron and got his fortune through back stabbing honest partners and competitors. He did so illegally and the DOJ declared his practices as illegal. So it's not his money, he stole it
Really. Bill Gates is illegally a billionaire.
I rather doubt that.
But you're definitely a cunt.
Re: WP8 phones in Africa
The whitespace availability should negate the double-SIM issue, I suppose.
Re: WP8 phones in Africa
Out of interest, why is it funnier than any other smartphone OS?
Expense? This is a Huawei Ascend - it'll probably match any price available on handsets running a different smartphone OS. Huawei are good at low cost.
Re: Into Africa
Eadon, that man's money and how he uses it have saved hundreds of thousands of lives, brought people decent water, vaccinated against diseases and pushed down infant mortality rates.
What have you done, except post bullshit on the Register that makes you look like a cunt?
Re: "Responsive Design"
rear wheel drive?
Re: Luckily for most who will even consider having servers at home...
There are ways around it. Many NAS boxes are capable little servers. I have two HP boxes, a Mini running two debian VMs and a Mediasmart 495 (hardware hacked for decent chip and 8GB of RAM) running Windows Server 2012 with one extra 2012 VM for exchange and SQL.
These are quiet, quiet little boxes. Low-power, too. And the hot-swappable drives are a real bonus.
Re: @Eadon Re "- Microsoft are paying you well for your ill-informed FUD, I trust?"
What amuses me is nine downvotes (and counting) for suggesting a possibility.
Not an opinion, a possibility.
Either a) people can't read and simply assume
or b) at least nine people have an entirely different reason to downvote anything which even suggests that Android may be less than perfect.
I can't think of reason. Eadon almost certainly could.
Maybe it's less crashy and malware-prone than Android?
(Note - not saying it is, just that it may be).
Is there a reason you've totally hidden the "comments" box?
On topic, I'd quite like one of these. I'd like one even more if MS had been good enough to compile an ARM port of VS2012 I could download, or even buy if necessary.
However, if I have to buy my productivity software or if (as now) it simply doesn't exist, £699 is too much money.
Given that they've reviewed the Surface Pro and a Dell WinRT tablet, it could just be an Eadon-suppresion measure.
I notice the last Hardware story has no comments. Probably because there's no visible way of adding one.
MySql has less features than a proper database, agreed. Being a proper bloody database, for a start. However, it certainly isn't faster by any measure at all.
Oracle, PostgreSQL and SQL Server all make it look like it's emulating a 286 to run on.
" Microsoft is following Apple's lead"
in opening stores where it's been proven that people want to buy computers?
How underhanded and generally awful of them.
Re: Master Hacker ?
I was expecting it to be Matt Bryant who called McKinnon a "script kiddie".
This story's going to make poor old Matt's head explode.
Re: Difference between Partnering and Ownership - DELL FAIL
Dell makes money from Linux servers
Mark Cathcart said above (a Dell employee, no less) that Dell makes money from bare metal. Not linux servers. Not Windows servers. Bare metal.
IOW, your whole premise is just the usual wish-fulfillment bullshit.
Yes, but you always predict the death of Microsoft and recommend people to go join your beloved data-stealing Google every time you post anything at all.
Frankly, it's boring.
Re: Interesting that Dell referred to Silverlake and did not say anything about MS.
You don't need to be a genius to see how any comment from Eadon will pan out. Even if the article is about astronomy.
Re: Crud generators.
Mountain Rescue != Radio HAMs.
But nice try.
Basically, if you can set up a full HAM kit somewhere then you've got power. If you've got power, a landline isn't surprising. If you can't have a landline you'll probably have a satellite phone.
What you won't do is spend weeks upon weeks listening to static and truckers and growing a beard you could lose a goat in.
Re: Crud generators.
What, is a 999 call from a landline too easy for you?
Re: Crud generators.
Well no, but by the same token it won't sit there smelling of unwashed crusty radio HAM and talking about the finer points of Klingon etiquette in the 99.999999999% of time that emergencies aren't happening.
How many lives have you saved?
Who spends millions upon millions lobbying the US Government?
Who wants ALL the data?
Looks Googly to me.
Really. You want to make a nickable item more nickable.
If there's an option, I don't want that, please.
Re: The only reason
"plus line rental".
So add £15 to whatever the bastards are quoting you.
Re: The Mother
I seem to recall you stating that you're a native Francophone, so slack is required on spelling. However..
"definately" is an abomination, one you probably picked up from illiterate Anglophones on the internet.
It's "definitely", root word "finite". Pas difficile, parce que c'est comme "fini".
Re: How does one update a Windows server?
All the MS software gets updated through Windows Update. Some of the rest notifies you, if you're lucky.
are all these AC's the same person?
I'm sorry, I don't know what you mean. I'm guessing (on the basis of username alone, I admit) that Greek is your first language? Try answering in that, I can read it.
Once again, you're making one mistake by implying that Nokia should have necessarily chosen only one OS vendor.
I'm not, you know. Once you decide you're outsourcing the OS requirement, Meego/Maemo is no longer an option. Android is crap on low-power handsets. MS are paying big money for Navteq. The options were -
a) keep Navteq but receive minimal revenue because there's no incentive for MS to buy the service,
b) scrap Navteq and make high-end Android handsets as well as WP which implies patent liability against Apple and total loss of Navteq revenue and investment,
c) keep Navteq, scrap Series 40/Asha and make high end WP phones and low end Android phones (which suck) or
d) Make money from Navteq, make high-end WP phones and low-end Asha/S40 phones. Which is what they went for.
You can't outsource OS development and keep Meego alive. The two are mutually exclusive.
Re: @dogged: Elop works for Nokia?
I think that's because it's designed to come with the keyboard+touchpad cover. Most tablets aren't.
In any case, I thought we were talking about Nokia and phones?
Re: @dogged: Elop works for Nokia?
@eulampios - I'll take these in order, shall I?
If you're really objective here, explain us why did Nokia put all of its dwindling eggs in one vendor's basket coincidental with the last Elop's employer?
Because they're Nokia, they were (at the time) the biggest player in the world and they weren't happy to be just another OEM. They had services to sell, such as Navteq mapping (which is undeniably better than any other vendor's mapping solution).
So they talked to Google. Would Google buy and use Navteq mapping? No. Would Google allow Nokia to set boundaries and definitions (important for the low-cost market in which Nokia traditionally shifts vast numbers) on the OS's requirements, capabilities and APIs? No. Would they chuck in a big bucket of cash as an incentive to go with them? No.
Microsoft evidently answered "yes" to all the above because that's what they've done. I'm not saying Elop's employment history wouldn't have made this easier - Elop would know who to approach and how to get the best deal out MS. Short of hiring a CEO out of Google, Nokia couldn't get that kind of insider knowledge on that side of the fence.
Regardless, if Nokia had gone Google, Nokia Maps services would be dead. All that money, thrown away. Their low-cost handsets would give the low-cost Android experience (which, unless carefully managed by a user prepared to tinker with their handset and kill battery+cpu munching background apps) sucks buttock. They would not have the transition cash.
Frankly, if Nokia had gone with Android after the MS offer had been finalized, any shareholder performing a decent due diligence check would have been wholly justified in suing the board for commercial negligence. Not such a great start for the new CEO.
Why killing Meego when it was ready?
What's the thing everyone goes on about regarding WP? No apps. Now, in WP's case, this is partly justified because third-parties have been really slow about building WP apps (especially banks and financial services) which is a problem. Oh, and Instagram, for all your sepia-toned crap photo sharing needs. Apart from that, the OS itself does most things. Meego doesn't. And it practically had zero apps. And yes, you could implement Android apps over it but that leaves you with a cut-price Android handset (which sucks) and wastes the OS. And as for gaining support - nobody else was going to use it. It would have been a Nokia-only thing. And it would have meant retaining the OS teams and all the politics, cost and trouble they brought with them because it wasn't finished. No OS is ever finished. You know that.
And let's talk about apps for a moment - Qt is a great way to write C++ but it's still C++ and as such it has a (partly justified) rep for being hard. To the Objective-C app writer, it would have looked like a scary new language (they'd be wrong but then, you have to be a deeply twisted individual to like Objective-C). The Android app-writer works in Java and Java coders are terrified of C++. MS were offering .NET instead - you can write apps in Visual fucking Basic (coding for retards) if you want to! Hell, you can use Python or C# or C++ or whatever you want to write WP apps. The potential pool of contributors to the WP ecosystem is orders of magnitude greater even than the potential pool of Android devs.
That's why they ditched Meego. It was a dead end OS, doomed from the moment that Java coders started to rule the app world.
I'm not saying it wasn't good - it was. But so was Betamax.
The issue with PS3 games and not doing 1080p is in the publishers being payed off by microsoft to not allow higher than 720p because you know... xbox360 just doesn't do it.
Mine does 1080i without issue. Anyway, how do you explain PS3 exclusive titles that still don't do 1080p? Is that Microsoft's fault, too?
Re: Pixel Qi Display
Is there a 12" Pixel Qi screen that would fit my X220? I quite fancy fully-sunlight-readable with a 12 hour battery life.
Re: I want a new netbook
I wanted a new netbook.
In the end, I got a Thinkpad X220 off ebay for £300, added a RAM upgrade and an SSD. 8.5 hours battery life, 12" screen at 1366x768, slice battery available if I need it... bloody perfect.
Re: A Qihoo spokesperson said ....
Okay. I admit it. I was wrong.
I was expecting Eadon to be the one who blamed this on Microsoft.
Re: Ha Ha Ha... bite me!
To be fair, they're finger-friendly. I tried logging into my bank's website on my phone the other day which (what with endless drop-boxes and links in every form directing away to different forms) could use a tool like this.
Oh Jess, I know your torch is burning brightly for Symbian but do read the article before posting.
It runs WP8.
Re: How much RAM?
512, apparently. The reviews indicate that this is plenty.
Re: explanation for commenter "dgharmon"
I'd fire Case1 and get somebody who can write a Build script (for desktop/server programs) or press the "Publish" button and fill in a form for web apps.
@Eadon - yeah, Microsoft hates linux.
Re: Microsoft mentioned a lot?
@Chris - You have to be able to take it if you're going to dish it out