2618 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009
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.
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: 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
Re: Skyping non-phones?
No, it doesn't require WiFi.
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.
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: 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: 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?
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: 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.
The Preview has Music and Video apps. Presumably these replace WMP in terms of media players under Metro.
Re: Ability to turn Start Screen OFF?
Usually pre-releases run slower than release code since they contai9n large amounts of debug code.
Whether or not this is the case in the Win8 CP, I can't say for sure but it seems likely.
Please. Let's not indulge in this kind of foolishness. Your suggestion makes as much sense as "President Dukakis".
Re: Utter bollocks.
> It is unlikely that current WP7.x models will have the resources to run WP8
Really? Not according to Microsoft reps (can't find link right now) in France and not, interestingly, according to MSNerd who has been right about everything else regarding WP7.
He does make it clear that not every feature will come to every phone. For example, no NFC chip in your phone, no pay-by-bonk. No front facing camera, no video calls.
But otherwise, the update will be there.
You've tried to spread this line of FUD before,m I recall. It made no sense then and less now. Essentially, your argument appears to be that because WP8 supports dual (or more) cores, it can't support a single core.
That's not how software development works, friend. Not unless you're a shitty developer. If it were, you couldn't put ICS on a HTC HD2, which you most definitely can.
Stop spreading this one, please. It makes no sense.
MS have confirmed that WP7 apps will work on WP8. All WP7 apps are Silverlight.
Therefore either a) WP8 supports Silverlight or b) it runs a Silverlight emulator.
Personally, on a phone, I find the latter theory unlikely.
I use it.
I also happen to be an ex-Signals RF engineer and old RF hand from Motorola (many of us went that way in the civvie street) with a whole shitload of diagnostics kit in the cupboard under the stairs, which I used on first installation (about two years back) to try to determine if the FUD that neckbeards with HAM licenses continually spew about powerline kit was true.
To the absolute best of my diagnostic abilities (and those are still pretty good), the Devolo 200Mb/s kit I have installed does not overspill into any nearby waveband. It's not affecting SW, MW or UHF, ADSL is clear, regular HAM frequencies seem (it's never easy to tell due to environmental factors) to be identical with and without the kit in operation. And by "in operation" I don't just mean "switched on", I mean "plugged in at all". I get more (a lot more, actually) readings from the microwave than I do from the powerline kit.
I have yet to test any other manufacturer's kit but am happy to do so if it's supplied (I will of course return it). In the meantime, if the doomsayers could just shut up and point out any kit they think is flaky, I might be able to get test hardware and find out.
Re: How did it win? Simple economics
It was easy to get chips without Windows back then. However, there was no activation or copy protection on Windows (or Office!) install floppies. This made Windows incredibly easy to pirate. I mean seriously, Jet Set Willy (with that horrible colour map thing) was harder to take a working copy from.
This in turn meant it was effectively free to home users This meant that home users knew MS Office where they didn't know WP or Lotus 1-2-3. An available skilled workforce meant Windows+Office had an immediate financial advantage for any company thinking of installing productivity software.
And thus, Microsoft won. They won due to ease of piracy.
Why they keep trying to stamp it out is beyond me. If MS want Win8 to rule the world, all they need to do is remove Activation and plant a few good torrents.
wtb "u mad bro" icon
Re: Outlook? Really?
but it too is woefully slower than the ipad2s in the grunt GPU power department.
Only according to slides show by, er, Apple. Anand la Shimpi disagrees and I tend to have more faith in his in-depth testing than in Tim Cook's powerpoint slides.
Re: Still has not got the memo
Add a keyboard dock and WoA version of VS11 and you've covered 85%.
Re: Can I be the first
It what alternate universe is making fun of some idiotic individual's name somehow misconstrued as racist in any way?
It's an Indian name. He was born with it. In fact, it's a perfectly ordinary Indian name but you're laughing at it because you're not Indian. hahahahaha, look at the funny brown people.
Enjoy Animal House. I do. Just try not to live it.
Re: Can I be the first
Can I be the first to complain that calling the guy "M Knight Shyamaladingdong" - as so many commentards did - is not funny, it's just fucking racist.
I don't actually blame Lester for quoting them because it shows how neanderthal they are, but even in the article it makes me wince.
Last week, I got asked
"What's the weight of a bale of hay?"
Of course, afterwards I figured it was one of those super-groovy Google questions like "how many golf-balls can you fit in a school bus" and it was meant to be a thought exercise. But sadly, the farmer's son in me kicked in and I gave them this -
"Small bales, big square bales or round bales? It all basically depends on how tight the knotters are set because this controls how much hay is backed into the set volume of the bale. In theory, you could max out small bales at around 9 stone (about fifty kilos) but the string would snap on lifting so realistically they tend to go at about half to three quarters of that. And then you have to allow to for how damp the hay is because after cutting and turning, it will always be a bit damp even if that's just from dew. I could look up the weight of round bales or big square bales but in practice you're going to be using a loader with those anyway so it ain't much of an issue.... er. You've gone very quiet?"
The problem is, nobody knows how many golf balls fit in a school bus because nobody needs to know. But when you have 3000 small bales to stack by hand, the weight is pretty important.
Weird interview questions
What's the weirdest question you've been asked at interview?
I've had a couple of real blinders but I'll save those until there's some extra data in case the person who asked me them posts here.
Re: Forget the hardware
their phones are about as sexy as Anne Widdecombe in a thong.
None of this changes the fact that Reagan was a massive hypocrite who funded terrorism in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan, Cuba and Nicaragua (for certain, and probably others), was incapable of understanding even basic economics (let alone economic warfare) who destroyed the economy of his own country in the long term via deregulation and impoverished his own people.
I don't actually think the man was evil. I think he was functionally stupid and was used a sock-puppet by those with financial interests.
However, I do think you're pompous, overbearing, arrogant and wrong.
I attacked Reagan, not you. Grow up.
Reagan was a dickwipe who made the USA the number 1 sponsor of terrorism in the word - google for "free cuba" sometime - and spoke entirely in soundbites because his IQ was too low to memorize longer sentences.
I don't know what this new group is up to but nothing LulzSec has ever done - including this - can be classified as "terrorism" unless you're congenitally retarded.
Terrorism is the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion. - wikipedia. None of this is use of "terror". "Mild irritation" possibly but the word for people use mild irritation as a means of coercion is "wives".
Re: But why?
Look, dude. Try writing a game. Try getting some mo-cap for it. It's hard. And expensive. If this SDK means you can get quality motion-capture in your garage, we'll all get better games from indies and that's good for everyone.
Well, they're only pissing away money that was pissed away by people who watched Michael Bay's shitty films.
Re: Music and relationships
Same collections - she has probably better taste than me - but different playlists.
Re: Reading taxi driver says Oracle is better than Microsoft ...
That could mean "pays more". Or "charges more". We know from published accounts that it doesn't mean "earns more".
It says nothing about which company is worst for working with.
ANECDOTE ALERT -
I have personal experience of reporting errors in their software to both Oracle and Microsoft. Microsoft took a month to examine the issue and then got back to me with "yes, you're right. That's a bug. Sorry."
Oracle took two months to get back to me with "Our software is fine. The problem is at your end". Release notes on the next version included a bug fix for the problem which was "at my end".
So neither was particularly helpful but at least MS didn't try to bullshit me.
I too like his articles.
Re: Mr cynical again
Mañana, mi amigo. Mañana estar bien.
Re: "and vanquish an alliance between the US military and an oil company"
Neither has anyone else.
Re: MAC address range, why wouldn't this work?
@AC: Granted, that would work.
Anyone wandering into the store with a WP7 phone would very quickly be able to spot the cheating. Such visible cheating would hardly be an effective marketing tool.
I really think anyone suspecting networking foul-play is clutching at straws to try to back up a belief that either a) anything Microsoft must be bad or that b) their dual-core OS is efficient.
Bizarre behaviour, either way.
Re: I was following this as well
I thought that, but apparently not. You can make separate city tiles from the inbuilt weather app, which is a part of the OS. So they tell me.
(disclaimer - my HD7 would require dicking about the HTC Hub, which is definitely a preloaded app because you can uninstall it).
I'll take you seriously when you show me the shop-drone that can set up a WP7 phone to use a fixed IP address.
Given that The local wifi must offer non-throttled access to all Windows devices, including PCs, XBoxen, Win8 slates (they have those for demo purposes, apparently) and all OEM versions of WP7 hardware
MS employees and customers will be connected to the same wifi network (it's a part of the T&Cs)
The majority of WP7 functions do not send a browser user agent as they are baked in and we can confidently state that many apps on other platforms also do not send user agents
Exactly how would you go about it, if it's "not actually very difficult"?
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