2850 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009
Report rumour as fact? Check. Sideswipe Nokia for no apparent reason? Check.
Must be a Gavin Clarke article.
Re: I can't really comment.....
I loved it. Steven Mackintosh's portrait of a man falling apart at the seams in Season 1 is absolutely extraordinary and totally convincing.
Still, de gustibus non est disputandum so we can't really argue about that. I will say that the BBC's decision to only fund 3 episodes of Season 2 hurt it badly and I hope they don't do anything that foolish again.
Re: I can't really comment.....
You've been missing out.
LUTHER for example, trumps everything on AO's list of water-cooler TV shows.
Watch it. You won't be sorry.
Re: People are Nutz
Damn you Google. The name keeps earworming me with "Billy Jean".
Still wish they'd switch all their comps to linux though.
And then retrain everyone, install alternative software (much of which will NOT be free, especially on support contracts, even the OS isn't free if you go RHEL for example) probably spending hundreds of millions in the process....
If they'd gone linux right at the start (when, to be fair, it was pretty much unusable to the average Joe) linux would be cheaper. Right now? Now, you'd have to be some kind of religious whacko to ignore all the costs involved.
Avoid your rabbi, priest and imam for a while. And think yourself luckyt it wasn't a dead ox or you'd have upset the Hindus as well.
Re: If you don't like looking at porn, then DON'T LOOK AT PORN.
There is such as a thing as consensus. Grannies being beaten up has a pretty clear consensus view of "bad". Coveting your neighbour's ox or looking at ankles, not so much.
Re: Why ?
But by the time you've added all that, you lose the mobility and the price exceeds that of a desktop.
Re: I think this may be PR speak..
Mine was fine until this morning. I thought the SIM might be bad, reseated it, rebooted and it's fine now. Now I don't know whether I was right about the SIM or whether the network was bolloxed.
@eadon2 - I don't understand your issue. Either, as you claim, this product is vaporware and does not exist or some journalists used and had their hands on it for long enough to tell us what it's like, a service which they abbreviate to "hands on review".
Because it's very hard to review the touch-typing on a powerpoint slide.
Re: Apple even used to admit they don't invent anything
Which ironically, was stolen from Igor Stravinsky. "A bad composer copies. A good composer steals."
Nobody uses the WP7 facebook app anyway. There's simply no need to since the OS handles all that nonsense.
Re: Audience reach
While I agree with you, that doesn't help with frictionless paywalls.
Re: ^^^^ says the Windows phone user
With an Android tablet and a linux server, and a house he shares with his girlfriend (who has an iPhone, an iMac and a Macbook Air).
I can do impartial, not that impartiality is necessary to get fed up with squabbling dickheads.
Re: Apple BS
How about everyone shutting the fuck up about who's got the shinier e-penis?
You're not convincing anyone with this jihadi bullshit. Toward either side.
Re: Oh dear
Agreed 100%. I'm not certain Gavin knows how HTML works (or indeed, how anything works).
Frankly, the best option for Uncle Rupe right now is probably Amazon. The best option in six months time may have changed but Amazon are fully cross-platform because, er, that's their business model. As for Android tablets - how are they any more mass-market than Apple?
We're continually being told (trolled?) by this very organ that Android tablets are a bit of a commercial flop and that people who want a tablet buy an iPad (note - Reg readers don't count as "people" for this, rightly. Reg readers are expected to have some technical ability and interest in discovering alternatives). So where next? Windows 8? It might work or it might not, but one company that you can absolutely guarantee will support it and everything else is Amazon.
Rupert needs to go talk nice to Jeff Bezos.
Re: doesn’t support a lot of popular gaming titles
Screenrez and different native code.
That's mad. For £130 you can get a Technet subscription which includes licenses for and free downloads of all Microsoft's non-developer software in all versions. A renewal is £99. Nobody should be spending £200 on an upgrade.
Because they were expecting Windows 7+1, in the same way that most of the Vista-hate was because people expected XP+1. Windows 8 takes a little getting used to. I can pretty much guarantee that if somebody's complaining about it, they used it for less than a week though.
Everyone who sticks with it for a week or more seems to hate the idea of switching back. Personally, I started using Win8 with the Consumer Preview and kept a WIn7 partition because... because. And mostly used Win7. With the Release Preview, I stuck more and more in Win8 and... on Sunday deleted the 7 partition.
Reviewers don't like it? Of course they don't. They install it, use it for an hour, complain about it, write a review.
Reg commenters don't like it? Reg commenters will take any possible excuse to bash Microsoft and there's a substantial portion of them that wants the company to go broke for some imagined slight or another so they just read a bad review and delight in crowing about how Microsoft will fail.
Me? I use it. I don't think it's awesome or amazing or fantabulous or anything. I think the Metro launcher works, I think the rest of the OS is a substantial upgrade on Windows 7. It's not Jesus-Tech. It's okay. Pretty good, actually.
Re: Apples and Oranges
What's your specialist field, dogged?
I was Royal Signals. An RF engineer in ugly places. Then I got injured and when I recovered, I worked for Motorola as an RF engineer (in Swindon). From there, I started working on low-level software for diags, then I did some more programming, then some network engineering, then some technical architecture.
But basically, still an RF engineer.
And I promise you, working powerline ethernet (in the home) does not impact HAM frequencies at all. I've tested it exhaustively. Broken, cheap or shoddy kit may do, but still nowhere near as much as a pre-2010 microwave oven.
Re: Apples and Oranges
HAMs have a problem with anything that might possibly use electricity in a modulated form, whether or not it affect SW etc.
Take a look around the Reg forums and all you'll see is anecdotal bollocks about Powerline networking (usually allegedly belonging to someone else) which is CLEARLL the cause of all their poor, poor troubles. It's the equivalent of asking a Parish Council if they'd approve of somebody building any form of manufacturing industry in "their" area - 100% guaranteed, they will vote against. Because they're all a) retired and b) the kind of tosser who stands for a parish council in the first place.
Okay, HAMs aren't quite that bad but they are amateurs with some very dangerous opinions about what causes RF signal modulation and usually no training in proper testing and frequency analysis.
It's like asking trainspotters to comment on a proposed motorway extension.
Radio Hams are full of crap
Sorry guys. I still have a cupboard full of RF diags kit and the Royal Signals training to use it and what do I find from my Devolo adapters? Nothing. Nada. Not a twitch outside of normal variance experienced when the bloody things aren't even switched on or plugged in.
To anyone that complains about powerline networking - if you own a microwave oven or a hairdryer, you are either looking in the wrong place or a massive hypocrite.
I'm bored. Also irritated.
I'm sick of writing applications and designing architecture for corporates who only do boring things with the stuff I produce and never, never provide anything resembling an interesting challenge and I'm irritated with Contract Agents who know less about IT than the inferior sandwich I ate for lunch did.
I'd like to get out of this malarky and do some of what you do instead. Actually knowing what the technologies do and are for has got to be better than sending automated spam emails looking for Java Test Team Leaders because a 10 year-old CV had JUnit on it. (I removed that pretty damn quick).
How do I go about this?
Re: Ah, little England - "for the UK and Europe"
I suppose Anon thinks we should be at "the heart of Europe" including full Euro membership...
The EU. A fundamentally bad idea which provides cushy retirement for politicians and lots of bribe money for bankers, all paid for by the citizen.
The Brits get chemicals (mainly alcohol), the Germans get soullessly efficient machines and the French get an existential talking shop about whether patents are subject to ennui or not.
Genius. I'm bloody well inventing that.
We (me and the g/f, not a delusional "we") recently found when buying a bedroom set that a decent quality small panel was actually more expensive than a similar quality 32" panel.
Re: already does?
My understanding is the new OS X will install these during sleep time
I don't think you mean the same thing by "sleep" as I do in the context of a computer if yours has stuff installing through it.
Re: Watch out, Microsoft
incoming - iPatch Tuesday.
Hmm. Possibly too piratical.
"ultraflops" "inhell" - You're conforming perfectly to a certain stereotype so far.
Here's a test - name the company that publishes Visio.
Of course, I don't doubt that you can name it, I'm just testing which of the "downs syndrome facsimile of funny" spellings you use.
Note - I don't necessarily believe this, I'm just throwing it out there because it could fit Dominic's observation.
Women leave IT in droves because it is a binary pass/fail proposition. Either you succedd and your code works or you fail and it doesn't. No amount of interpersonal skills and/or nice legs are going to change that.
Therefore, perhaps there is some impetus to seek a career in a field where interpersonal skills and/or nice legs do make a difference instead.
(Kat, if you're reading, I swear to Kibo I'm just trying to find a hypothesis that fits the observed facts....)
Re: Kindle Fire looks obsolete
You're assuming that the consumer gives a damn about "open" or even knows what it is.
I would suggest that those criteria apply only to a tiny minority of consumers and that when Amazon start showing off the Fire on the UK/EU front-page, they'll start selling those Fires to consumers who are happy to shop with Amazon and recognize Google only as a search engine.
Maybe when you grow up a bit and cease to assume that there's good and evil in the world of business.
There is only evil.
FOSS is no "better" than Microsoft. And Apple is worse than both.
Re: Open Source
You're assuming that the major costs involved in ownership of software are licensing. I have to say, I find that extremely unlikely.
In particular, the major SAP cost is the millions you need to spend on consultants to make it even approximate working with any non-SAP system.
I'm not saying OSS might not be cheaper. I'm just saying that "free" doesn't always mean you save any money.
Re: HP's killing fields
I think Richard Plinston needs a tinfoil hat icon.
Re: Makes sense
>>the Android route was a dead end in terms of sales and profits.
>That isn't too important to the people making Android hardware.
uh... are you suggesting that making Android hardware somehow removes the need to make sales and profits?
If so, please explain. Because that's not a business model I'm familiar with.
Re: Makes sense
Disagree. Samsung's tablet hardware is nice and Asus also make a cracking tablet. Both are going down the W8 route, presumably because (as El Reg keeps telling us), the Android route was a dead end in terms of sales and profits.
Re: Android is running away with the China smartphone market
All I see in Shanghai is wall-to-wall iPhones.
This makes me wonder what you're really seeing.
Re: @Sander van der Vaal
Yup. It's not fantastic but it's probably comparable to running a development environment on a four year-old Macbook.
@Sander van der Vaal
Which is why it's so much more expensive to develop for Android, which any 10-year old machine with a free OS on can compile code for. Oh wait, that's not expensive at all!
Enjoy your crappy Macbook.
So if there's all this fragmentation which makes it harder to develop for why is Android still much cheaper to develop for then iOS?
Because it doesn't require you buy a Mac which is overpriced to start with, and then spend yet more money on the requirements to develop software on that Mac.
Apple make way more than their 30% protection money from iOS developers.
Way to contradict your own previous article.
Have you come to the conclusion that since nobody takes this "Open and Shut" bollocks seriously anymore, a controversial headline and a couple of nice pictures with 500 random words is sufficient?
Android has effectively failed on tablets already. El Reg keeps posting us Apple propaganda with this "news" as if we didn't already know. Arguing that Surface suddenly means that this highly closed source "open" project suddenly rules the world is even more bizarre than your usual tripe.
A Mac is still a PC. If there is a virus that a Mac can be infected with, then the claim was patently false advertising.
Re: @Lee Dowling
Re: Yummer will be a big Balmer
that's so logical.
Re: Not calculate!!!
It's useful as a kind of calendar. For example, if it's covered in snow, it's probably winter.
There are no tat shops in Avebury and only there's only English Heritage tat at Stonehenge.
You're thinking of Glastonbury.
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