Re: Microsoft asks "What would you do if you have unlimited computing power?"
I think lottery results would probably be involved.
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I think lottery results would probably be involved.
> it's so poetic!
if you find beauty in spittle, maybe.
As an Englishman who often visits Wales, I've had some success in convincing American tourists that the Slow Araf is in fact a land mammal related to the hedgehog, a shy and nervous creature which, like the Slow Loris, does not move quickly and is therefore in constant danger on busy roads. One particularly gullible specimen even swallowed the proposal that the penalty for squashing a Slow Araf is the amputation of a toe, which is why so many Welsh bus drivers limp.
Obviously, you never see a Fast Araf. Quicker than the human eye....
Or they left it out as it's cruel and unusual punishment of data.
> Using Windows RT is not the "sensible way" given that its a lame duck platform.
I'd be prepared to accept your argument if it had been reasonably demonstrated that Windows RT is any more of a lame duck platform than, to take a random example, MacOSX.
One can certainly be sure that RT-compatible programs are far more widespread than OSX programs since anything compiled for WinRT will run on it and also on full-fat Win8. Okay, it doesn't have 91% of all desktop market share - yet - but higher than OSX does.
> That's great and you could do exactly the same with any number of Android tablets or iOS.
Not with AD security and saving to the internal Sharepoint server, I couldn't.
Well, I probably could but to do so would be orders of magnitude more complex that it is with the Asus.
Whoop de doo, I could use Android for it is the saviour and healer of all ills hooray! Or I could do it the sensible way because, y'know, not a fucking idiot.
> If they push out another shitty RT device then it will die on the spot
I disagree. Right next to me I have an Asus Vivotab Note 8 which I use extensively with OneNote MX (the RT version) to take notes in meetings and to scribble systems diagrams that I can save and share with the rest of the team instantly.
The only thing I ever use the desktop for is file management and (specifically) selecting media at home on my personal server to run over the network.
Provide a decent file manager and Office RT and I'd probably never use the desktop again on that tablet. It's a colossal pain in the arse on an 8" screen anyway, even with the stylus.
The extra battery life RT offers would also be handy.
They do have a problem, though.
Without a good email service, a bloody good Search service, a good mapping service (preferably offline) and excellent media sales and streaming, how smart is the phone anyway? Probably mapping is the most difficult of these to supply.
They of course have the option to use Google services and rivals are available such as Microsoft and Nokia's HERE stuff, which does not belong to MS. But using those would surely create revenue streams for Nokia and/or MS which is simply swapping one potentially brutal dictator for another.
It's a tough one.
The wildcard is probably China, as always. Baidu search, HERE maps, Weibo messaging might create a decent set of services without becoming too beholden to any one in particular.
I guess we shall see.
> AC for good reason
AC because you're Bob Vistakin peddling the same old lies again?
> Exactly, once open source and other 'free' software is the norm, you aren't going to have anything LIKE the profit you can get from hardware.
Oh, is it the Year of Linux on the Desktop again? Already?
Or is that next year? What, next year as well? How optimistic of you.
One that Fred Wilson's never heard of is probably Microsoft.
for the illuminating glimpse of the Asian markets.
Good luck in your future endeavours, Phil.
One takes the occasional break. Health & Safety at work regulations demand it, as does my sanity.
You sound like the kind of manager who does nothing but wander around all day yelling for other people to be productive.
Programming for BNP Paribas.
Nobody could stand the sight of anybody else in the programming team. Uniformly male and not exactly comely, partly due the permanent expressions of anger and hatred induced by working with Siebel.
The project office manager was pretty fine though, despite the constant miasma of earwax-melting perfume that surrounded her.
the inevitable Bob Vistakin claim that nobody else ever has downtime.
According to the Big Brother Watch website, he is not related to Eric Pickles in any way.
Google pledges to stop beating wife at weekends.
Downvote but no response because you can't name one.
It is a software framework, yes. And MS use it themselves to build all the software that runs on their software platform.
I don't see why this notion is hard for you.
Name one .NET attack vector. Just one. I'll wait.
At the enterprise level, if you don't pay for support for your open source software you're a damn fool who deserves everything he gets.
The "it costs money" argument is only valid at the home user/enthusiast level.
Please leave it at home.
If you have no GUI and no command line (ie, powershell) what have you got except a very expensive fan heater?
It doesn't. It does use HDD though and to be fair, there's very little in Server 2012 that doesn't use it to some extent.
Really though, all this is just the usual cretins saying "I SHOULD BE ABLE TO UNINSTALL THE PROGRAM AND IT STILL WORKS AS IF IT WAS INSTALLED WAH WAH WAH".
Yeah. Try uninstalling Excel and then running an Excel spreadsheet in Excel. That's what you're asking for.
What's wrong with it being there, supplying the platform for things to run on?
Don't want it? Don't go Windows. Don't understand how this huge THING that does THINGS is there IN YOUR MACHINE DOING STUFF... well, it's a set of APIs and you're a moron.
You can still bulk-buy dried goods like rice and pasta and non-perishables like oil.
I make regular use of Costco for this purpose.
A really good implementation of a wrist-borne interface might be the only thing that would convince me to Apple products, assuming they integrated nicely.
And didn't need the foul malware that is iTunes.
Or maybe they could find somebody else to do the forking and host the appstore for them. Microsoft are (hilariously) in a position where they have both of these available.
A Blackphone looks more and more tempting every day.
> On a side note, if The Demon Spawn of Redmond, AKA M$ or Windoze (or whatever tired and unimaginative insults you can come up with) had announced plans to do this to their OEMs (or if they were to do so in future), what do you imagine would have been/will be posted on a thread like this one....hmm?
Disclaimer - I own and very much like a Lumia 920 running WP8.1
However.. MS already do this. They (now) own Nokia. WP is not open and cannot be forked. The WP "experience" is pretty much the same on every WP device. In the pc/tablet space, they have the Signature program which sells machines with stock installs and no crapware.
Google are late to this party.
Are you suggesting that Motorola are some sort of shiny new upstart?
Pointing out that nobody voted for a coalition is crying now?
Personally I'd favour the German system where coalitions are arranged and declared before the elections, so you know what you're voting for.
What we got is a peculiar bastard hybrid government that never stood for election.
> As an electorate we voted for this and not just this coalition.
We did not.
Nobody voted for this coalition. Some people voted Tory. Some people voted Labour. 34 people and a hamster voted LibDem. Nobody voted for a coalition. This one has no mandate and is illegitimate in every practical sense.
I find the degree of reality-denial is equally high on both sides of the pond.
> Yes I know these three in particular will be addressed by WP8.1 but how long after WP8's release will that arrive?
You can install it right now? I know this because I did. Last week.
> Nope, you're going to get down votes for liking WP8.
In this one sentence you have explained exactly how the majority of commentards are actually fucktards.
Downvoted for liking something.
I won't mock you with the latin (you won't understand it and are clearly too blinkered to look it up) but this kind of bullshit is a stain on our industry.
I am ashamed of you.
> Still, pretty sure Jake already had a self driving car in the 90's
He calls it a car. I call it a horse.
Upgrading anything may knacker anything but don't worry your pretty little head, Gavin - we don't expect you to know that. You're the software correspondent.
> Most people would argue that the ability to tap a phone number in an email and have your phone dial that number is a pretty useful feature.
Except that Skype could do it in 2006 via browser plug-in. The USPTO might not realize this but if you copy somebody else's software and put it on a different device, you still copied it. You certainly didn't "invent" it.
> Lucy Koh has said that additional arguments related to Apple's "data-tapping" patent (5,946,647) can be presented
I usually just laugh at these cases but seriously, if anyone's got a patent on data-tapping it has to be either Google or the NSA.
> Sounds like a lovely bit of the world you live in. Afghanistan? Chad? Somalia? Texas?
That's nice. Really nice. Well flown, sir.
Also, Amazon are flogging these for £39.
Thanks for your balanced and careful analysis.
Let me ask you a question, AC.
If G+ is so popular and such a big winner on absolutely every front and is the future - I regret it, but I read the hilarious puff-piece article you linked. Does she also recommend buying Blackberry shares? - then how come all these reporters who are getting it wrong aren't already using it all the time? How come it's not their major source of cat videos?
How come nobody except about 83 nerds gives a flying fuck about Google+?
rarer than Chromebooks.
The cheapest source of protein is probably milk, especially if you can manage to buy it at farm gate prices. Tesco want 89p for two pints whereas my uncle the dairy farmer gets 19p per litre.
Ask nicely and I'm sure he could give you 5 litres for a quid. Already pasteurised, too.
Your cheapest carbs are almost certainly potatoes. Veg probably goes with a big-ass bag of frozen peas.
Out of interest, why did you install OpenSSL on a Windows box?
> Install Linux and get those power saving options for free
Or install Windows and get those power saving options for equally free.
This machine comes with Win8.1 so...
Right-click Start button -> Select Power Options -> Pick a power option from a list.
Good luck with doing it your way, AC, which is (assuming Ubuntu)
install a Linux -> right-click on the right-hand side of the screen (assuming Gnome or Unity) -> Control Center(sic) -> Hardware -> Power Management -> Alter individual settings, no profiles
So much easier for the end user, right? Right?
> Given Google's lockdown of the SD card (finally) and the way it can make apps which don't play well with the new handling strategy not work too well... perhaps Android should generally face up to getting rid of removable SD cards.
It's pretty clear from the Nexus line that Google don't like the idea of SC Card storage.
(DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT WORK FOR CISCO OR ANY OF THEIR AFFILIATES)
To be fair, Cisco stuff is pretty bloody good at what it does.
> Yes, "couilles" is feminine.
In the grand tradition of latinate languages, as per "mentula".