227 posts • joined 24 Nov 2009
...point out to PHB the inherent security risks with what you've sold him on and persuade them to fire all the employees and outsource them "to the cloud" too.
Step 5 - profit!
Re: please could we all agree
The problem is there are many, many previously happy MS users who are faced with a sub-optimal (at best) forced replacement for a working OS, fed up with being told by AC's that Win8 is perfect in every way, when the sales figures and their own experience suggests these AC's may be figments of MS's marketing department.
So a bit of frustration is understandable IMO, in the absence of any evidence whatsoever that MS are actually listening to their customers.
Re: Sadly common in UK Gov
Ah, I forgot - when I first used it it complained that my 10 character password was too long (maximum was 8). They did at least fix that....
Re: Sadly common in UK Gov
The financial system of one of my (large, public sector, UK) clients I use to manage the purchase orders they place with my company requires a password. Helpfully it informs me that it must be "at least 1 character(s) long". I have pointed this out, several times, over several months....
This would be seriously useful to me...
I could get my phone to remind me why I came into this room!
"The involvement of Microsoft in the LBO..."
Dell may get out of the desktop & notebook business? Makes sense, MS seem to be trying the same thing after all.
Re: Programmer's File Editor
Nobody's mentioned it because all the Windows guys are hard at work - unlike the unemployed VI hipsters!
I didn't realise our prisons were THAT harsh!
(Pick-pocket icon of course!)
Less of a "shoot-out"...
More of a "bung-off" surely, given the way these things are normally decided in international football.
"...they slam the phone down"
They'll be needing Apple's repair service then!
Yes, and I've never met anyone who died from playing Russian Roulette either.
Re: Nothing displays until someone makes a comment
They've taken away the "Start" button? Where the hell did they get that bright idea from??
Why not "skyentists"?
(With apologies to whoever I nicked that from!)
Re: "Liquid Metal"
Agreed. And I bet it would start malfunctioning if you hit it with a few RPG's too.
Now if it was made by Nokia....
Oh dear - SOHF much? Did you miss the "joke alert" icon? Do I really need to confess that I make my living out of Windows consultancy, and plead that I was just balancing the fanboi/droid comment??
You seem to have mistyped "paid shills" as "normal people" there.
Yes you're right, it's of no interest that a bit scary country sent it's enforcers illegally to a smaller country, and it was hushed up. Assuming you are the tyrant of said big scary country that is.
Re: train them to target vermin?
My cats have bought back pigeons, frogs, assorted mice and voles, several rats, a budgie and a slow worm(!). Almost always alive. Catching the buggers at 3am is no fun (especially the rats). I can only think they see me as a crap hunter that needs more practice. Especially at 3am.
Releasing a pigeon from a box in your front garden just as a curious drunk walks past gets a great reaction though ;-)
Now one's dead and the other is elderly, so mostly I get brought leaves now (really!). I guess it's the thought that counts.
Re: There are these things called...
Whereas you'll look a real genius trying to do "proper work" on a TIKFAM abortion!
El Reg *exists* to bash Apple, climate change... basically anything that will generate traffic. Sad but true, to quote Metallica.
Well when I were a lad we had to send a box of punch cards to the machine room before 10:00am if we hoped to get our compilation back before home time!
But if you tell kids of today, they just don't believe you!
Re: Wouldn't take much to spruce it up
Try the Celsius app from ITWC...
Yes, I know it's not a proper widget, more's the pity!
Stocking up on the puns I see.
Lewis Page will be here in a minute disputing the figures
Re: Office Processional Plus?
The Emperor's New Clothes involved a procession....
Re: What is needed...
To misquote Homer Simpson... Anti-virus companies; the cause of, and solution to, so many of life's problems!
Re: Sales lost to
"The Lumia 920, gathering huge momentum now."
And QPR will win the Prem this year ;-)
"Even the fanboi's aren't that gullible."
Is that an iApostrophy there??
Re: Friday 13th
At least we know which side of the date line it will land!
So I'm speed-reading this article about balloons and now I find I have to start using metal condoms because the rubber ones leak?
Amazing what you find out here!
Nah - HP have that sewn up!
Seems the historically appropriate thing to shout at Dylan (and yes, I guess he might not have had any influence on this decision, be her doesn't seem to have publicly condemned it either).
Re ...will they detect my eyes rolling...
Clippy pops up and says "It looks like you were hoping to do some work!" Then laughs manically.
Re: Yes it did
B&W vs colour is an enormous factor in determining what gets repeated though.
Re: ...Lego themed fetish dungeon...
Always, always count the bricks before and after!
Re: Superior Format
2013 will be the year of Meccano, mark my words!
Re: Cost of LEGO
1. Buy *very* cheaply at boot sales
2. Tie loosely in pillowcase or similar
3. Run through washing machine
...OK, so not great for a present for a child, but if you need *lots* for (ahem) grown-up projects...
Re: Ha ha, MS software...
Ob. XKCD link - http://xkcd.com/612/
I'm glad I wasn't the only sad one who checked Wikipedia for the usual suspects ages!
Video of Apotheker's statement here?
...a clever strategy for building an eco system.
MS are playing a long game here, a several years long game. They can't compete with Android or iOS yet, and current apps frankly work better on Win 7, but they are betting on their dominant position to make TIFKAM the GUI people use at work, and the one they see in high street PC vendors over the next few years.
Personally I don't think it *deserves* to work, because they have put the GUI ahead of the applications (you know, the thingies most people actually use a computer for). But I fear it *may* work, due to their close, almost incestuous relationships with corporate/retail customers. Like IBM in the '70s, no-one will get fired for buying MS.
Re: Sony rated higher than Apple?
I'm guessing it's an "aspirational" rating then. No-one who has actually experienced Sony kit in the last few years could possibly rate it above toxic waste IMHO.
HP "usual scenario"
Is there any truth to the rumour that clown cars are the new executive transport there?? Certainly fits the recent management style!
Good term! Tight Facebook/Twitter/whatever integration may be great if you want it, but is worse than a useless feature if you don't, or just don't want to share your FB contacts with your other social/business groups(*). 86% of the world's population don't have a FB account after all.
(*It may well be that WP8 allows easy separation of different contact groups, but it's perception as "a FB phone" will make people think otherwise.)
So if I get too excited over so.cl I'll turn it into j. socialism??
Re: Surprise, surprise
Quite. The "new entertainment" (games, music - though that's a different market) funds the platform. For me the most useful software that doesn't come with the OS is probably Citrix receiver (which presumably makes it's cash in other ways).
Re: Really? Is that the best reference you can do?
Yes, but finding "shit to say about Apple" works on el Reg. Just look at all the commentards and voters falling over themselves to prove how superior they are just because of their choice of smartphone. This place claims to have a "vast IT Professional community". Heaven help the IT profession if the votes and comments here are in any way representative.
Re: ...the mighty sword of truth and trusty shield of British fair play...
...won't mean a damn if the US decide to extradite them (no evidence needed) then offer them a plea bargain (18 months in an open prison if you plead guilty, or 30 years in a supermax if you make us have a trial).
See, they were guilty all along!
Re: And to think they broke a nice, functional desktop interface for this.
But it's the nature of the beast. The MS business model requires users to constantly "upgrade" (am I the only one to still use keyboard shortcuts because I can dig them out of my memory before I can find what I want in the &!@#ing ribbon?) Incremental change (sometime called "improvement") just won't persuade us to buy the same things again these days, so we have to be *made* to want completely new things every few years.
The lesson for MS is that unless they change that business model, they must eventually be history. Perhaps not this time, but surely one time soon.
All so establishment in old age...
Hawkwind's Master of the Universe on a Ford advert, Lemmy selling beer, and now Motörhead brand eartrumpets!
I wonder when Stacia will pop up advertising stairlifts.
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