385 posts • joined 18 May 2007
The Battle of W8
I can see it now, Fanboiz on one side, WinDroids on the other, beer mats flying and much whimpering and whining. Have fun y'all. I'll read about it in the news.
I got bored of the format wars years ago. Now I don't give a **** what format something arrives in. I just convert it into the format I want and go from there. If you want to use ODF then go buy some software that uses ODF. If you want to use MS Word then guess what? No ODF. If I was in charge at MS I'd tell you all to go take a hike. Why on earth would I want to support a minority document format that could cost me future earnings? Greedy monopolists MS may be, but stupid they are not. And yes, "it's not fair" but that is just the way of the world.
No new idea, just a slightly different way of using an existing idea. DENIED. Now go come up with an idea worth Patenting, oh and shoot your Patent Lawyers.
Design should not be patentable. IDEAS are what patents are for. Design is what COPYRIGHT is for. The whole point of a Patent is to prevent others from stealing your idea without compensating you thus enabling you to develop the idea into a commercial product. Copyright is designed to earn income from the use of your creation (be it a product, design, music or whatever). Apple and others are just using the existing system to milk extra income from badly written Patent Law. If I were in the US Patent Office I would be declining any patent that even smelled of Design.
Glassholes are just one type of BORG. Others walk around as if hypnotised by the magic box in their hand, some have a flashing blue earpiece, others have the Watch proudly strapped to their wrist. You can tell by their reaction to the "pay attention to me" sound that they are thralls to the device and have already surrendered their souls. Have you been assimilated?
Apple knows best,...
you may be paying for your device but you know nothing and we know better so we do not let you do what you want to do.
I have a MotoG (personal) and an iPhone5 (work) and of the 2 the Moto gets all my usage. The iPhone is confusing in it's layouts, the so called "intuitive" interface isn't even remotely intuitive to me, it won't let me run a Wifi Analyser, it is locked into iTunes, so given the choice I would quite happily give it back today in exchange for even a 2 year old Android phone.
Do I care about "style" or "design" or "fashion" or "fitting in"? No!
Are Android phones better than an iPhone,... for me Yes! YMMV.
Upgrade! Upgrade NOW! Give us all your MONEY!
The cell companies want all your money. Therefore they lock the phone down as much as they can and rarely provide OS upgrades. Apple is only an exception because they retain control of the handset rather than allowing the cell company to customise it. I had an HTC Desire for nearly 3 years, the last year of which I switched to a rolling 1 month contract from Tesco.. During that time the OS was never upgraded. The battery started to finally fail last month and whilst I could have bought a new battery I had a hankering for a slightly more modern phone. I was paying £10 a month to Tesco for 250mins, 5000txts and 500Mb Data. I am now paying £12.50 per month for exactly the same plan but I have a new Moto-G running KitKat on a 24 month contract. No it's not the latest phone but nor am I paying £35 a month for the latest thingy extension. I don't expect it to be upgraded to any later version of Android in the next 2 years due to the Motorola buy out by Lenovo.
I would also like to sing Tesco's praises. Their support team are superb (I have yet to speak to a script monkey) . They know what they are doing and they follow through on their promises. Compared to the shower I used to have to deal with at Voda they are a breath of fresh air. Well done Tesco!
How long before Microsoft start screaming about Sammy copying their "Tile" interface? Place yer bets Ladies and Gentlemen please. I reckon it'll take 8 weeks so my date is April Fools Day.
Those of us with a few grey hairs will remember the ubiquitous 5-pin DIN connector with much affection. And who could possibly forget the IDE, IEC, D Sub 15, the 6.35mm and 3.5mm Jack plug, and of course the simple, pure and lovable Phono plug. Yes,... I do need a life ;-)
LALALALA! We're not listening because we are right and you are wrong!
Sounds like a typical British bureaucrat. Me right, you wrong,... me alpha, you butt kisser. How do these people get these jobs when they quite obviously don't have a clue? Oh yeah, it's given them as a reward for being a good boy and kissing the right butts for many years. Ability???? Why would that have any bearing on the matter? I'll have you know I've had dinner with Lord MuckettyMuck and ,my daughters horse is stabled at the same stable as the Queens 3rd butlers sons cleaner.
So if Apple = Borg then Microsoft = the Federation?
Nah! They are all Ferengi families and in common with most Ferengi, the Rules of Acquisition can be bent/adapted/ignored enough to suit any situation. Profit is everything,.... ethics??? Where is the profit in that?
Top Gear, QI, Mock the Week, Horizon,......
None of these would get made if the BBC were "subscription" based. Top Gear would never have gotten approval as too controversial for subscribers, QI would be seen as too "high-brow", Mock the Week would be the most likely to be made but even there just 30 complaints about Frankies comments in the 1st few shows and it would get canned. Horizon would never have a hope as the "subscribers" would rather have all the money spent on Downton Abbey, Strictly and EastEnders.
Look around the world. Is there a company or organisation ANYWHERE in the world that creates/commissions the variety, quality and quantity of programming that the BBC produces? I've never seen anything that even comes close in my 50 years of travelling the world.
Mess with the BBC and you will throw it down the toilet. Yeah, it's not perfect but it is so much better than everything else out there, why risk breaking it?
I have my own domains and regularly change the "active" email address for each to avoid spam, so in theory I have an infinite number of email addresses. In practice I have 6 web-mail, 3 work(due to mergers), and 4 home addresses that I check at varying intervals. However, soon you will start suffering from withdrawal as not satisfied with the more convenient store&forward method of email, we are all slowly being coaxed to use the far more in-your-face chat and IM methods like Twatter.
Heed my words,.... email is DOOMED! ;-)
DOOMED! We're all DOOOOOOOMED!
How close to midnight did the clock get during the Cuban Missile Crisis?
The grass is no greener anywhere else
I have mostly Samsung Android devices and when they release a big update about 1 in 3 gets it's knickers in a twist and the result is several hours with the screen showing "Updating" or "Installing" with nothing happening. I finally figured on my Note 10.1 that it had failed at the final reboot and did a hardboot on it which worked. A friend had a similar problem with a Tab2 10.1 and a reboot got around that too. Looks like the mobile world has the same problems as the mainstream software world. They let marketing people decide when to release software but under-fund development and QA, presumably so they can pay the sales/marketing types their nice fat bonuses. My one experience with an Apple update went without a hitch but it's a company phone and our IT doods blocked the update until they were certain it wouldn't tank the phones.
It's all down to personalities. Some IT Policy setters hate the idea of any users doing anything other than working on their corporate issued equipment. We call them Control Freaks. Others are more tolerant and accept that very few people can actually be productive all day every day. Silly cat videos can actually boost productivity.
I have worked for companies that use the super-lockdown policy and I stayed a few months and got the hell out. Probably explains why their workforce is incompetent and inefficient. All the good people left.
I've worked both sides of the IT equation and in my experience if you allow people some leeway then they are normally a lot happier and less trouble to the SysAds. Yes, there is always the office idiots, but you can put them in a "special" OU group and lock them down. If they complain just point to their record of ****ing up their PC. The whole idea of locking everyone down because some people are idiots is just,..... idiotic.
You think an iPhone is cool? <ROTFLMBO> Maybe a few years ago, but now everyone has one. Is a Ford Focus cool? Damn fine car but not cool? iPhone is now just an overpriced quality smartphone with a user friendly interface.
So who is asking for these filters? It's lazy parents, you know, the ones who are too busy organising everyone else's life to be able to take the time to manage or supervise their own children's on-line time. So whilst they are blocking porn and trying to protect their poor babies from the world as it is, the little darlings are getting their girl/boyfriends to sext them and are learning how to circumvent web filters. Having worked in the web filtering business I have seen the lengths that some kids will go to, to circumvent any web filter. So, these lazy parents inconvenience the rest of us because they are too lazy to manage their own children. They will undoubtedly claim to be busy with other things and not to have enough time. Well, perhaps they should have thought of that before becoming parents. Take responsibility for your offspring and stop messing things up for the rest of us. Either that or tie a knot in it!
"You are taking a s**t in the Apple store bathroom. Would you like to buy some designer, overpriced toilet paper to wipe your butt with? Press 1 for yes, 2 for no, 3 for hell no, 4 for toilet paper with the MS logo, 5 for toilet paper with the Android logo, 6 for toilet paper with the Samsung logo, or 7 to have an Apple Store facilitator assist you with your issue."
The market will soon start to see that not bringing their infrastructure into the 21st century may kill their business. RIM, Nokia, Sony are all learning it right now. The banks are the most fuddy-duddy conservative of all businesses so they will be the last to get their poo in a pile, but how many of them will have to go under before they realise that doing nothing is no longer an option?
Not with a bang,....
That should do the job nicely. Not only that but you'd get a free quadcopter and whatever it was delivering too. Some of the net-guns could be pretty effective too.
So, we import extra energy just so that we can breed more. Jeez, Agent Smith was right.... we are a virus! Welcome to earth in 2100. Nobody cares about CO2 any more because the sheer heat produced by 12 Billion people consuming 10Kw each has melted all the ice and nobody can live within 20 degrees of the equator. CO2,.... that was such a 21st century problem.
Back when mail was sent on paper the Spam was limited to a few items once or twice a day. Now that mail is electronic and effectively free there is nothing to stop the Spammer from constantly blitzing all of us with it. Blocking certain IP ranges will cut some of your spam, but much of it comes from distributed botnets so good luck blocking that. Personally, I gave up on running a home mail server years ago as it is far too complicated, expensive and time consuming these days. Either that or else get a more capable server.
A******* On Line. Says it all really. I'm amazed that they are still in business given how poor their services were when I last used them in the late 90's. As for them killing WinAmp, that would be a great shame as along with many others have been using it to Whip the Llamas Ass for 15+ years now. I use the ShoutCast links most of the time but also have several playlists. I guess I'll just have to stay with the version I have now until I can no longer get it to run on Windows 2025. I am still using a copy of PaintShopProXE I bought back in 1997 and it still does what I need.
Every 3D TV I've tried has given me a headache and some made me nauseous too. Waste of time and money IMHO, as is all this higher and higher resolution kick that the manufacturers seem to be on. For most living rooms 1080p is more than adequate up to 50 inch screens. Yes, maybe 4k is better on larger screens but here in the United Kingdom of Tiny Houses you would need to sit in your garden to be able to see all of the screen. Me I'm quite happy with my 32" LED backlit LCD.
Not Another High Altitude Rocket? This project is starting to sound like a scaled down version of NASA now. By the time you launch it will weigh 450 tons and be capable of interstellar flight. Talk about mission creep! <LOL>
There is an off button on your phone. I use mine regularly. Sounds like many others need to learn to use theirs. As for flying, kids are more irritating than phone users. I once asked a woman if she would like to discipline her child (who had been kicking my seat-back for 20 minutes, despite being asked several times to desist) or if she would prefer *me* to discipline him for her. Needless to say the spineless slave to her offspring complained to the Steward and after a brief explanation, I got upgraded to 1st Class. :-) If someone is being really irritating on the phone, just put your headphones on and "LaLa" along with whatever you are listening to. if they get louder, LaLa louder. They soon either move or shut up.
Decent performance, well built, good price, now we just need all the "must have one" types to report on reliability and bugs after the first couple of months and I may even buy one. :-)
Waste of money
Until the culture changes from sales driven nothing will change. Techies and Engineers (I am both) will be underpaid w.r.t. the value they add to the company. At the moment the PERCEIVED value is all in Sales as they supposedly bring money in. The fact that without the Techies & Engineers they wouldn't have anything to sell is irrelevant. So, all the brainier kids are going into Sales & Banking rather than IT & Engineering. Way more money in it. Blagging and bullsh!tting are the skills you need in today's employment marketplace.
Can I have some of the drugs he is on please?
Whose F******G language is it? Get your own F******G language and stop abusing ours! ;-)
A Gay Hooker Gobbling Faggots is just a happy rugby player eating some disgusting greasy offal based meatballs. The F******G Americans call them Sweetmeats! How stupid is that?
We are all DOOOOOMED!
Yet another story that tells us to eat/drink/behave differently to increase our re-productivity. Why? Aren;t there enough bloody people on the planet already. What we need is MORE BACON, and beer and anything else that decreases sperm count. In some cases a pair of bricks would be most effective,..... ;-)
I tried to name my son "A very naughty boy" but they wouldn't let me, so I thought sod it and named him "Lord Messiah Logos Jehovahson" but we shorten it to "Bob" (pronounced the Rowan Atkinson way). if you are naming your kids after where they came from perhaps appropriate names would be Ejaculate and Ova?
Bob Howard would just have Pinky & the Brain side-load some nice macros into Word. You know the usual wards, vampire detector, etc.
Stross seems to hate lots of stuff. Only UNIX/LINUX seems to have escaped his vitriol.
I have a name for the stone
Lucy,..... as in Lucy from the Sky with Diamonds,...... I'll get my coat
Concentric circles of wildly clashing colours. You need pinks, black, yellow, dark blue, lime green and bright purple. No matter where it lands anyone who see it will feel sick and report it. :-)
Horses for courses
There are some highly capable women in IT but the vast majority are going to prefer to work in Marketing or HR. In my experience the heads of these depts are predominantly female, so surely that balances out the predominantly male IT and Sales dept heads. As for getting more women in IT,... ain't gonna happen and that is quite simply because it doesn't interest most women.
When are these political morons gonna start to realise that the reason men and women end up in different roles is BECAUSE THEY ARE DIFFERENT! We are not equal, not the same, in some ways we are equivalent, but we are most definitely different in soul, mind, and body.
BE AFRAID OF THE TERROR!
Let us make you more secure,... but you will feel less secure because if you didn't then you wouldn't believe in the TERROR.!
My "fear" ran out over a decade ago. Now whenever someone starts spouting enviro-drivel at me I counter them with facts and figures and I can normally should louder than them anyway. I would far rather live next to a Nuke Power Station than a coal/oil/gas/wood/rubbish burning one. They are much safer and cleaner despite what the greenists say. In fact, about the only true -ve with Nuke power is the high level waste but even that is a damned sight easier to deal with than CO2. As for the Wind/Tide/Wave/Solar hippies,... great ideas but too expensive, too unreliable and those damned wind turbines are ****ing UGLY!
iDIOTS Operating System
Have just been given an iPhone5 by my new employers. Asked for a Droid but was offered a Q10 or the iPhone. After several days I have to say it is a very simple interface to use and mostly pretty intuitive (iOS6). However, I would still prefer almost any flavour of Android due to iOS being much too locked down. I can't run a WiFi Analyser, I can't download files from Dropbox to the phone storage and it wants me to use something called iTunes which i don't want, will never want and refuse to use. I read my books in ePub, listen to music in MP3 and refuse to sign up to anything that uses any form of DRM. I can see that some people would prefer iOS but not for me. For my personal phone I think I may try one of the more recent flavours of Linux next, but more likely I'll end up with Android again.
RIP & Thanks Fred
My faves are Quantum Cats, Narabedla and the Starchild series.
I've bitten my cat before, but never enough to hurt or injure him. It's all part of our mad-half hour rough-housing. And before the macho dog types start whining on about how you can't really rough-house with a cat, my Burmese can and will make you bleed if you pi$$ him off.
How long the data is held.
I recently claimed for the PPI paid on a credit card account. I was told that the bank only had data back to 2006 so they would pay back as far as 2006, which they did. However, it sounds to me like they have ALL their data back to year dot so someone was lying to me. I had my CC and was paying PPI since the mid 1990s so there is at least 10 years worth to claim back there. At over £100 per month that's a LOT of money.
Land of the Free?
In the name of "Security" and the fight against "Terrorism" y'all have given away that freedom. Right now someone at the NSA is filing away the fact that you spoke to your mistress this afternoon to arrange a secret rendezvous. When they need to they will whip out that information and use it to force you to do their evil for them. Big Brother is IN DA HOUSE!
Big Bubba (US movie remake of a classic UK novel)
He's already here people. Big Bubba is soon gonna figure out how to read your mind so that he can protect you from your own thoughts. Prepare to become a Puppet of the State.
Bloody hilarious that is. How can a country be "friends" with another country? Friendship is a person to person relationship and cannot be applied to countries, companies or any other legal fiction. As for the spying, everyone is spying on everyone else although the degree of spying will vary according to how threatening the other country is. What Merkel, Holland et al are upset about is that their spies & technology isn't as good as those of the USA, and that they don't have the budget that the USA has. The sooner we find a way to abolish nations, flags and companies the better. No, I don't have any ideas either but there has to be a better way than this.
Who cares? You all elevate these people with well coordinated feet to god like status and then complain when others use them to milk you for every penny they can get. More fool you,... and the same goes for all aspects of the Cult of Celebrity. The only entertaining part of a football match is the adverts.
Fruity, Fruity Fruity Fruit Fruit,.....
Yeah, perhaps references to their output could be sharp as a Granny Smith or truly Golden Delicious, and only to be used when in the Buff with a Pink Lady.
My favourite apple in this context is the Enterprise Apple : A modern American late-season disease-resistant apple with a sharp flavor and good keeping qualities.
I've had the Note 10.1 since Xmas and when it came time to buy my better half a tablet i ended up buying her a Tab2 10.1. Why do some manufacturers release a tablet without GPS built in? All the other options I looked at were without GPS or had stupid power connectors. Yes the Note/Tab uses Samsungs own 30pin connector but at least it's solid. I considered the Nexus 10 but at the time there weren't any to be had. Google really missed the boat on that release. Next time Google, make sure you can ramp up production. So, we are now a mostly Samsung house due to great build quality, excellent performance, and none of the "locked down" s**t that Apple are so enamoured of. As for the Stylus, useful on occasion but it wasn't a deal maker or breaker for me.
Why do people get so excited about skyscrapers? Penis envy? They are a symptom of the human races ridiculous need to breed continuously until we cover every last square millimeter of the planet, at which point we will become cannibals and probably STILL keep on breeding. The solution is to reduce population, not to change the problem from a 2D to a 3D problem. That said it's not really a 3D problem as without pressurised buildings the upper limit is realistically about 2500 metres ASL. Planes are pressurised at 2500 metres and yes people can live at over 4000 metres but they can't go from sea level to 4000m in a couple of minutes and vice versa every day and not have major health problems. Perhaps as Genesis suggested we need to start selective breeding for shorter people so "They can fit twice as many in the same building site."
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