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It's weird that this is new. Even that most hated and "half-baked" of phone operating systems has had this from day 1.
Current State of the Tablet Market
I've been thinking about this and the usual slew of car analogies are wrong.
It's not like the phone market. It actually reminds me of nothing so much as the Home Computer market in the late 80's. The myriad of 8-bit Home Computers has pretty much died, people are buying Segas and Nintendos for their kids and Ataris or Amstrad Word Processing boxes for themselves, usually running CP/M.
And then there's this new thing called Windows RT which is kind of like buying a 286 running DOS. You'd have to be an idiot to buy one of those. Right? DOS sucks, after all. DOOM hasn't been written yet. You can't play Mortal Kombat on that thing and it costs a fortune.
Much the way that the 286 PC should have died on the vine, logically speaking, RT should also die on the vine. The 286 went on to become the box we're all using - yes, even you, Mac user - mainly because IBM.
The real question here - and please leave the gibbering fanboi arguments at home for this one - is, are Microsoft powerful enough to be IBM in this century? It's an interesting one. Almost every damn business in the world runs their stuff so they're arguably even stronger. And it's not as if IBM were ever well liked by their clients - far from it, in fact - so can we not stoop to the "but people hate..." stuff, please?
If they are, the tablet market may eventually follow the home computing market. If they're not, it won't.
That's my theory. What's your take on it?
Re: C# runs fully compiled
Why should I? If you're going to spread FUD about languages being interpreted or otherwise, what use are you?
Re: C# runs fully compiled
And then if you modify the source, it is recompiled AT RUNTIME, which is essentially INTERPRETTING
Yes. Once. And then it runs fully compiled.
However, distributed binaries cannot be modified without trashing them anyway so any new souce modification comes from the developer and is then distributed and runs, er compiled.
WP9 is already slated to not be compatible with WP8. Its going to be an improved and incompatible device to old WP8 devices.
If you believe every rumour that Eldar Murtazin shits out, possibly. I don't.
The numbers don't lie?
I think they do. For example, when MS wrote down $900m on Surface, that was their total remaining investment. Any further surfaces sold are pure profit. This articles seems to lead us to believe that they are gone and that $843m is all the sales they'll ever make. Disingenuous, El Reg. And you know it.
So, the West Country in 3412, as usual?
Re: Nice Idea bad implementation
Because it would have a battery life of about 45 minutes and crash suddenly when the customer falls over.
Re: Crap for games, great for everything else
Crap for games?
Depends on the game. Call of Duty? Yeah, crap for that.
Dance Central? Try that with your controller, couch-bound fatboy.
So... horses for courses.
This research, by the way? Great. Truly great. Keep up the good work, Chinese Boffins+MSR.
the fag-lighter is his Transit is buggered
Dave, on a Transit you can actually reach into the central console from the passenger's side and swap out the fag-lighter with a replacement.
Should take you about 5 minutes and cost you maybe £3 from Amazon.
Yeah, it was in the Grauniad so it MUST be true.
Except that a whole bunch of companies say it isn't are going to the Supreme Court and the Attorney General (or whatever his title is) to get the secrecy overruled so that they can prove it's not true. The list includes Yahoo, Google and, er, Microsoft.
You are eadon and I claim my £5.
Re: Screen resolution too low
They don't seem to be undercutting the Lumia 520.
* looked to see what it was, saw Nokia hence windows phone, threw in a quick fandroid troll*
Fixed that one for you.
Honestly, it's a fucking Nokia. What did you expect it to run? iOS?
Re: looks like a great midrange handset
Runs quite happily, takes over a day to rinse the battery. If only it ran Android!
Then it would take about 4 hours to rinse the battery.
Seriously? Lenovo make nice kit. You can't beat a Thinkpad for quality.
Re: Zyxel PLA4225
What I'd really like is an ADSL/Wireless-n/Powerline router. Clear out ALL the boxes and powerbricks in one fell swoop. Sadly, i can't find one anywhere.
Just one thought; being in the country often means that you are further away from access to emergency services when compared to those in urban areas.
True but they're less likely to let you die because they're stuck in traffic.
On the other hand, a speeding ambulance on a single-track country road is not a good thing for anyone.
Re: censorship in the UK
Thumbs up for "hedgeporn".
Porn was always in hedges when I was a kid.
Re: No need to ban porn
The benefits are debatable anyway.
I mean, if paedophiles are busy flicking one off to anime child porn instead of molesting children, won't this cause a massive and thoroughly horrific disaster?
Quite what will happen to the lists of adults who disable the filters is not clear.
But they will know who you are and they can read what you read via GCHQ.
Learn to love Big Brother.
Re: You're on a sticky wicket there ...
I know. But Britain != England.
Why is this thread full of Macintards who are presumably not in the market for this device?
Where did you get a broadband only service? In my experience they ALWAYS soak you for a phone line as well. Plus £15/month protection money to BT for allowing you to communicate at all.
Re: David Pollard Hospital and prison telephones
Nobody's suggesting that hospital phones should be free, you silly little boy.
Merely that they should NOT be charged at loan-shark rates.
Not that I'm a Tory supporter but it annoys me when they get blamed for policies that were actually brought in by Blair, Brown and their cronies.
Oh, quite. I don't support any of them (and won't until they stop tacitly funding organized crime via prohibition) but my point was, this report is likely to meet with a "good, let 'em pay" from George Osborne and his goldplated cronies.
As for Matt Bryant - a), you're still a cretin and b) one pound per head would indicate that everyone except the very very rich are on benefits/pensions. While doubtless this would suit Iain Duncan Smith's propaganda machine, it's probably not the case, is it?
Is maths too hard for you?
Looks like Tory policy to me.
TAX THE POOR!
iPhone autocorrect, I suspect.
Re: When it comes to the direction of America 'The Simpsons' say it best :-
May I refer you to the opening nine minutes of The Newsroom?
"Greatest Country in the World" relies heavily on your definition of "Greatest". During the space race? Possibly. Before or since? Not even slightly.
Re: Spy on the Spies
But then, who oversees the overseer?
The electorate, in an elected position?
"they don't give you the Nobel Peace Prize for nothing"`
Remind me, what did Obama get it for?
Re: I really hate to say this...
I thought the Apple way was to give one single experience on one hardware platform and sneer at all others.
Thanks for the memories.
God has an ego and is one hell of a pendant
I know, that was a typo but presumably it's an intangible pendant which dangles ineffably?
Presumably your imaginary friend is bigger than the Pope's imaginary friend, then?
You can doubt that all you want to. I haven't warn a watch since my employer started routinely providing me with a cell phone more than 12 years ago. A while back we did a spot check on gaming night - only 1 watch amongst the 4 men in the room and 1 for the woman.
Because anecdotes are indisputable evidence, right?
Pedometer, I suspect. And remote control for your phone, maybe. Both of these are useful functions but hardly world-shaking.
Re: May I dare to disagree
Watches have now been superseded for most people by mobile phones
I doubt that. In fact, I'd bet that worldwide watch sales make worldwide mobile phone sales look laughable.
Given how Microsoft put back doors into Outlook for the NSA to access a users stuff (according to Snowden), why would anyone trust a system with MS OS on it under any circumstances?
Given that MS dispute this and claim that the Grauniad has misreported what Snowden said - and is allegedly going to court for the right to tell people what information they've given NSA as reported here on the Reg - while Google (for example) aren't denying anything.... why the hell would anybody choose Android or ChromeOS for anything?
But nice try, Eadon.
The MIT license is popular in code you're giving away as a public service.
Everything I have on t'interweb for free download uses it. It's nice and simple.
I imagine that the shareholders would complain if it were "productive for Apple's cashflow".
Did you want free Outlook on your iPhone? Did you think MS would improve a different phone platform at the expense of their own? You must think they're as stupid as.... well... you.
That might not be necessary. If it ran with Kinect exercise programs - I understand they're excellent - or integrated with RunKeeper or something similar, it could probably make money.
I don't imagine that FitBit are a charitable organisation.
Re: there's just a little niggle, MS
You are not everyone, AC. I wear a watch. I like my watch. It's by Fossil and it's a beautiful old fashioned analogue face bound in brass.
People wear watches. You don't but nobody cares about you.
I wonder precisely how many live tiles they would try to fit into that area?
I find this interesting, too. And my best guess would be "one".
Combine it with swipes to change to tile and a watchface +notification icons lock screen... who knows? If they were to throw in a decent pedometer and HR monitor, it could even be a useful device.
Re: He's rude, but he's right
Seriously, you have a Preferred Supplier List of software only made by nice people? Please post a link.
Ray Ozzie is a nice guy. Then again, he gave us Lotus Notes.
"a 'number two'"
Yeah, that pretty much covers it.
Well, mostly. I'm conflict averse on personal criticism. I just sit there and take that, no matter unwarranted it seems. Question my work, however, and you are in for a world of hurt, Mr Manager.
Re: Can someone help me... I think I've slipped into an alternate reality...
REG: Right! This calls for immediate discussion!
COMMANDO #1: Yeah.
COMMANDO #2: Immediate.
COMMANDO #1: Right.
LORETTA: New motion?
REG: Completely new motion, eh, that, ah-- that there be, ah, immediate action--
FRANCIS: Ah, once the vote has been taken.
REG: Well, obviously once the vote's been taken. You can't act on a resolution till you've voted on it...
Re: So I suppose...
Start buttons are essential though, right? Any OS that doesn't have is doomed, right?
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