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@Fibbles - Precisely
what the fuck is wrong with some people? A carbon-neutral save-the-planet fuel tech comes along and they have to prophesy doom anyway. It's like the _want_ the planet to be buggered and no amount of human ingenuity will convince them otherwise.
Is it some sort of Gaianist cult thing?
I have no preference. The fact remains, you can do what you like with a doc or docx file. Office Live writes docx files.
You have a Mac. How nice for you.
I thought we were discussing what you were allowed to do with Office, not throwing straw men around. If I am mistaken then good luck playing Crysis 2 on your Mac.
Not at all. You can use Office Live for free on the web and do exactly as you like with your documents. But nice try.
I mean, you can write anything in doc or docx format and then sell it to anyone you like (or dislike, possibly) in any way you choose. MS don't claim to own the right to sell your work for you at 30% commission.
Nobody in their right mind is going to swap one of these for an iPad2.
If you own a Transformer Prime then unless you're desperate to use it as a GPS device, you won't want rid of it and any frothing Apple cultists will just have bought something fruity instead.
It's also interesting in terms of SKUs
The blog explicitly references "Windows 8 Server" which automatically deprecates the "Server 20xx" naming convention (for the better, I think) and leads one to wonder whether MS are attempting a simultaneous Server/Desktop release.
They haven't done that since Win2K.
I was merely referring to the outrage over the possibility of bootlocked Windows-on-Arm. I have looked for the screaming over where you can unlock the iPad to install the linux distro of your choice on it but I can't seem to find any. Which shocks me. No, seriously, I'm shocked. It staggers belief that with all the locked Android installs out there and the utterly locked iPad - even jailbreaking the bloody ting won't let you install a different OS - that people are up in arms about a hypothetical situation regarding a set of hardware standards that haven't even been released.
linux does not threaten MS on the desktop at all, despite the ravings of too many commentards. Windows XP certainly does, though.
MS don't care about linux on your desktop especially since you've normally paid the Windows Tax when you buy a PC anyway. Market share would tend to indicate that users don't care about linux on the desktop either and hey, it'll be cracked in about a day whatever happens anyway.
No big deal.
Tyranny is locking a bootloader?
And yet it's fine if you're Apple.
Right. I see. Okay.
Good luck with that, Ché Guevara.
Although the second clause confuses me slightly - if it runs Windows 7 then surely it'll run practically anything? "apps"? wat?
I love these "all six" jokes
Because they're totally correct and all minority operating systems should be immediately wiped from the planet. If it's not selling bazillions, it's trash.
Goodbye Linux and MacOSX!
I'd join you
Seriously, I would totally move to Fukushima since I've always wanted an extended stay in Japan and it should be pretty cheap, but sadly hippies have insisted that the whole area is now Fallout3 and therefore I'm not allowed.
My backup plan of cheap sunny beautiful property in Libya is still a goer, though.
To compete with Apple, you have to make something that's actually useful rather than a trendy toy for pseuds to pretend to work on. Boardrooms love the iPad since they don't do any work.
I haven't tried Win8 and nobody here has tried Win8 on ARM so I don't know how useful it is and whether or not the genuine productivity benefits of a Windows tablet - especially with Transformer peripherals - have been hacked away or not. If not, it's going to be far and away more useful than an iPad. If they have, it'll die.
El Reg class this as FUD from the manufacturers so it's fascinating how every single commentard so far thinks they know better.
1. Locking ARM to Windows would be retarded since ARM's major platforms are non-Windows, so I really can't see that happening outside of tablets. And "Ultrabook" is an Intel marketing drive, lest we forget. It doesn't actually mean anything.
2. No, I haven't tried Win8 yet. Neither have I dismissed it as trash yet. We shall see.
"you can't bluetooth a contact to another phone"
does anyone ever actually do that? Really? Any Android and iOS users actually Bluetoothing contacts to other phones? Really?
Colour me dubious.
We're veering wildly off-topic here
Since open hardware platforms are not the topic but rather sales channel monopolies, but hey, if you want to go a few rounds, why not?
It's on ARM. Consumer devices for the consumption of content. What matters (to those people who are interested in replacing the OS) is x86/x64 boxes because, er, they're not tablets but stuff you can actually configure because let's face it, with 90% of linux distros you're going to need to. And just to be clear, I say this as somebody running an ubuntu box and a Fedora server right now.
If you or I were buying a tablet, we might be concerned about OS replacement and thus go buy something that accommodates this. Joe Punter doesn't give a shit. You might as well hate on Amazon because you can't change the OS on a Kindle. In real terms, nobody cares as long as it works.
Now, we might think it's cool to be snarky and say "lol as if anything from Microsoft works" but we could easily say the same about (for example) Android, the only hazard being less upvotes. In general terms, the consumer buys his/her consumption device and stops thinking about it. Thus, UEFI locking on ARM platform is pretty much meaningless unless you're an evangelist for linux on tablets in which case good luck to you, but you might be better off approaching OEMs and the public to convince them that there's a demand. Not just the same odl approach of shakily piggy-backing on hardware which is not fit for purpose.
I doubt they got many votes
Put it this way, if they're as unknown as the usual Reg commentard would like to make out then nobody will have remembered to nominate them for the usual hate.
Alternatively, one could argue that "popular" != "good". A quick look at the pop charts can be cited as evidence unless you truly believe that a billion X Factor fans and Rebecca Black can't be wrong, in which case there's not much hope for you.
Oh, so what
Go ahead and put linux on your iPad then if it's such a big deal. What? Locked? Surely not? And all those android tabs with locked bootloaders? How are they different?
As for the UEFI thing, it's bogus click-driving and penguin-FUD. If UEFI secure boot was mandatory, there'd be no upgrade path so it won't be.
That's because they weren't given one to test, you idiot. Therefore, all they can do is report the facts. And it's fact that they claimed these figures. Thus, decent reporting.
Now go away.
Go ahead then
You do it, if you're such a pro.
God thinking, that man. +1 for you.
I have to agree about Skype
Apart from a Reg app (and I'm writing my own, so no biggie) the only thing desperately missing from the WP7 store is Skype. When you work most of your time in the Middle East and Asia but your family are in the UK, you really want Skype.
"swan song", shirley?
I got one for my mum.
She loves it. A tablet at this end (and without the Transformer specialness) is really just a content consumption device. Amazon have a shitload of content. Google have... YouTube and er, that's it.
My mum gets her books, films and magazines on the Fire quite happily and never has to dredge through the fart-app and shitware infested Android market for anything.
It's the difference between turning on a tap and sucking your water supply from an open sewer.
@AC 07:47 GMT
Yes, I said "secure site" and "site" didn't mean "website". It meant "place where they shoot you if your phone has a camera on it".
I realise you've never heard of such a thing but we can't all be 2nd-string sysadmins for advertising companies.
"largest Wahhabi hacker group of Saudi Arabia".
Just serves you right, too
Because good luck getting a job working for a secure site or a government institution that demands you work with IE6 and ActiveX components.
Oh right, you won't and anyone who takes a job to feed their family is an asshole, right?
Plus, the police would have picked up a whole lot of MAC addresses and sundry other information which, because such is the way of things, will not be destroyed and will eventually be used or sold.
Standard Operating Procedure is to lie like a politician or a cheap Changi watch when taking NHS (or other) surveys.
It's nice to know that people prefer to lie via fondleslabs, I suppose.
I agree about the icon.
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