3138 posts • joined 16 Nov 2009
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.
Re: In other news...
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.
Re: .NET is evil
Name one .NET attack vector. Just one. I'll wait.
Re: Ah yes....
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.
Re: Yeah no kidding...
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.
Re: .NET is evil
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.
Re: Well, it was only a matter of time......
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.
Re: The time for Tizen has come, then.
A Blackphone looks more and more tempting every day.
Re: Well, it was only a matter of time......
> 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.
Re: Whenever I see..
Are you suggesting that Motorola are some sort of shiny new upstart?
Re: Welcome to our country
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.
Re: Welcome to our country
> 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.
Re: Regret? Pah!
> 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.
Re: What was the point of getting Lumia out in record time?
> 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.
Re: Except that Apple keeps winning
> 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.
Re: Naming suggestion
> Sounds like a lovely bit of the world you live in. Afghanistan? Chad? Somalia? Texas?
Re: nowt new apart from the phrase.
That's nice. Really nice. Well flown, sir.
Also, Amazon are flogging these for £39.
Re: Microsoft FAIL
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.
Re: I still need to investigate how I can get some protein on the cheap.
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.
Re: Install Linux and get those power saving options for free.
Out of interest, why did you install OpenSSL on a Windows box?
Re: Shoddy components
> 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?
Re: Lack of SD + KitKat 4.4 == good idea...?
> 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.
Re: Abridged version
(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".
Re: It seems Microsoft still doesn't 'get' it..
> Then WP8 came out and it became obvious straight away that the current batch of devices wouldn't be able to keep up due to hardware restraints.
You do talk some utter crap. The L520 is probably the lowest hardware smartphone out there and a) it keeps up just fine and b) it keeps up well enough to get the 8.1 update.
The fact that you're too cheap to pay 50 euros for a new phone off-contract and you're terrified of any change at all is nobody's problem but yours.
Not really. I have a L920 running it at the moment as dev/test machine and it's still very much a WPx phone, just with more stuff and a fancy voice assistant if you change your language and region to US.
The assistant is kind of fun but insists on calling me "Dave" when refusing to open the pod bay doors.
Re: "a thread of gripes on user site WPCentral has reached almost 1,000 comments in three days"
Hey Bob, why is it you only ever post on MS related articles and only to criticize the products and call people shills?
Is it your job?
People use Apple Maps? Do they enjoy magical mystery tours?
Re: Microsoft's Android patents ..
> The reason the manufacturers are paying is likely that it is cheaper and simpler to pay a couple of dollars to Microsoft for licensing unknown patents, than to try and fight them in court, which takes a lot of time and money, for a result that is uncertain.
How many Samsung phones are activated every day? Did you say "a couple of dollars"?
Re: Microsoft's Android patents ..
> The assumption is that if they were legitimate Microsoft wouldn't mind people knowing what they were.
But the point is that we don't know what they are, we (I use the term to encompass the majority opinion here) are simply assuming that because we don't know, they are worthless and anyone who does know and paid up quite a lot of money because they know knows less than us, which is as we agree, nothing.
That is not a defensible position, logically speaking.
(Btw, upvoted for a sensible answer rather than frothing rage).
Re: Microsoft's Android patents ..
> But in a couple of years no-one will be paying them for android - at some point they will have to confront Google.
I wonder whether they started to. That would explain the big G flogging off Motorola Mobility and losing that lovely tax write-off. It would be a hard lawsuit at the moment though, since Google don't sell Android and could probably argue that they don't make money from it. Not well enough to convince a techie but well enough to convince a judge.
The OEMs though, they make devices that depend upon Android, for money. So they're straightforward targets.
This default assumption that MS are lying about their patents amuses me. Good to know that the Reg's commentards know more about the workings of Android than the companies who implement it, 99% of whom have just coughed up the money.
Re: Which flavor folks?
> I actually do favour Debian over Ubuntu
Given that umbongo is mostly debian anyway all you really get is UI tweaking, ie Unity.
And please stop recommending Mint, it has a whole bunch of proprietary crap bundled in and is forever tainted by Eadon's evangelism.
Re: Missing Option
Small Business Premium has all of that for £8.40/user/month plus VAT. Which is still too bloody expensive.
An ad drawn by a third party for a joke? Okay...
> Oh very much indeed. Still ~95% of desktop share; that is a massive monopoly to hit OEMs over the head with and enforce dubious patent ransoms.
You're quite right, MS should simply refuse to let anyone use their OS until they have encouraged freedom and competitiveness by driving everyone to a different OS.
Are you sober?
> I am so sorry, I guess we should all just bow down and accept whatever convicted monopoly abuser (which is a fact, look it up) decides to offer us.
It was a fact in 1998, or rather the lawsuit was, and it was initiated for actions taken in 1994. 20 years ago. Were you even born when what you're whining about happened?
Current monopoly abuser? Not so much. Not so much as illegally leveraging a monopoly in personal music players into phone and digital downloads or illegally leveraging a 94% majority share of search traffic into selling extra "value added" services that the user can't switch off.
Wake up, AC. The coffee isn't 20 years old. The coffee is fresh and somebody else is serving it to you by the bucketful.
> When MS stop being anti-competitive, anti-freedom and monumental dicks; the hate will stop.
It seems they stopped years ago. The hate continues.
So far we have established that exactly none of AC's issues with MS are based on fact.
What a surprise that is. It's almost as if AC had been getting his/her information from internet retards on comment boards rather than bothering to look anything up.
Research is hard. Internet hate is easy.
> I've never used Lotus Notes, but I don't believe that's a possibility for small business and personal use, and anyway it seems to be universally loathed.
Lotus Notes was designed as an internal project to make X.400 look simple, attractive and easy to manage.
I think it's quite literally the single worst piece of software I've ever encountered in 20 years in this industry and yes, that includes crappy in-house programs written for deranged accountants, council-written unusable tripe and bloatware frameworks that do everything in a spectacularly complex way that ends in an undocumented exception. And Access.
I'm not even kidding.
Out of interest, do you use Google Docs?
I don't really get the "personal" thing. A "personal" sub would appear likely to be a sole trader of some definition or other, possibly somebody who writes for a living and that user would be far better served using either the Business versions (where they can license themselves as a single user really cheaply) or something else entirely.
The "home" kind of makes sense, in the same way that the "business" versions make sense. Count in "Office to go" and they're basically outsourcing the productivity suite and associated storage. If the subs cost less than doing the whole thing in-house including support... that's what business will go for.
The "home" benefit is presumably the mixed platforms and multiple licenses; again handy if your family prefers its platforms mixed up and messed up. And if you hate support work as much as I do, I suppose.
But "Personal"? No, that one's weird.
> ISO ballot stuffing over OOXML
Name a company that doesn't lobby for their interests. Google lobbied for ODF but both are published and independently maintained standards. Just because one has become an article of religious fiath for the F/OSS crowd doesn't mean the other isn't open.
> Patent threats against Android.
Assume that all those companies pay up not because they're scared of the big bad Beast of Redmond ( I very much doubt that Samsung are scared, for example) but rather because the patents hold up. If that's the case, would you rather MS just gave their work away? Do you think their shareholders would like that?
> Windows tax (refunds no longer possible).
That's more about OEMs than MS and you know it.
> ODF FUD
Office supports ODF as detailed above.
> Secure Boot (MS made sure the implementation was fecked and that they control the keys)
Now this is FUD. MS use a part of the UEFI standard and in order to gain certification, OEMs must enable the user to turn off secure boot in UEFI. Either you have no idea what you're ranting about or... well, you already know the "or".
So basically, your objections are religious, then?
Do MS HATE YOUR FREEDOM AC? Like Saddam?
Sarcasm aside, I'd like to see what you mean by "anti-competitive" though. Browser ballots, open sourcing their frameworks, pushing their office suite onto all platforms, linux hosting on Azure, Oracle interop, supporting Xamarin...
Hard to see how they could possibly be called anti-competitive these days. Compared to whom?
Re: So evil after all..
Doesn't Jeff Bezos own the Washington Post, ratfox?
Hard to see his angle, although that doesn't mean he doesn't have one.
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