231 posts • joined 25 Nov 2009
Are there any potential space witches to weigh this against?
Re: Why is it so hard to see?
Yup after a couple of paragraphs my brain threw in the towel and waked out for a breath of fresh air.
And I thought I knew a little bit about quantum physics.
Re: There's not much wrong with windows
Just after I wrote "since MS / Nokia started selling good phones at budget prices" I saw the prices for the new Nokia 930. I see the marketing droids still have the idea that expensive sells. WinPh will only sell if it's exceptional value since it doesn't have shiny appeal and never will. I picked up a 920 for £83, that seems like a good deal, £500 for a 930 doesn't look like very good value in comparison especially when it's within £50 of a rumoured price for the iPhone6. MS won't beat the king of shiny with a 10% discount.
Re: There's not much wrong with windows
MS are actually producing some decent stuff right now it's just being ruined by the marketing types that are obsessed with everything Apple.
Google is loosing it's sine through its data slurping obsession and the malware that's on Android
We're actually seeing the Apple-for-work fad start to fade now. Reality has bitten and it's being noticed that these devices are actually quite hard to get to work in a large multi-user environment and they need a lot of back office support (MDMs etc) anda re missing useful things like USB ports and removable storage. Apple tabs are being put down and request are starting to come in for Windows laptops again.
Even in schools where iOS and the apps can work very well, it a PITA because it's hard to move the device between individuals and they often need to sign up to itunes whether they want to or not.
People have stopped laughing at Windows Phone since MS / Nokia started selling good phones at budget prices. I've noticed a lot of improvement in the App store with 8.1. Not sure why they persevere with the overpriced Surface.
Even if Win9/10 goes cloud / client based it'll probably be optional and there will be offline working. even Chromebooks have offline capability now. Not everyone lives in a metropolitan area with wall to wall 4G. Lots of us have to live with a poor 2G signal.
MS will never be 'cool', it's the OS of school and work. If they gave up on cool and worked on 'practical' and 'usable' they'd at least firm up their core customers. Plus lots of people like devices which just work without bells ans whistles.
Mix it in with Bad Taste Bears and you're laughing, or screaming depending on your supply of C Cells.
Too small to draw a standard comedy cock on therefore useless.
I set up a new charity website aimed to helpline other 'charities' scam money from the taxpayer in order to pay exorbitant wages to their board of directors.
It's called www.gilding-that-turd.org
My plan is not to actually do anything except getting a celebrity model (preferably on with a bit of a pus on her, seriously a model?) to wax lyrical about it to celebrity fondling magazines.
Can I have my £500k now?
Or I'll settle for My F**KIN MONEY BACK
Re: This is nice but
Maybe this is to bootstrap the current ev market. The patents he's referring to now are probably toast but it doesn't mean he's going to make all future patents open.
Get the market going, profit from battery and charger technology then license future developments to the now established ev market. Long term thinking, the man isn't daft.
Evidence I'm hearing is that the fondleslab fad is fading in the workplace. Workers are getting tired of the compromises needed to work on a tab and the extra infrastructure to make a non-enterprise OS work in a multi-user DPA paranoid environment. Even Win8.1 is a bit of a mess for enterprise.
We're back to asking for laptops now. Just don't ask about the money pissed up the wall on shiny toys, or all the toys that will never be returned to the office.
Buggers up when you can buy an equivalent sized small diesel or petrol car for £12k no including government subsidy. Some of them don't pay VED either and most of us don't live in London so the congestion charge is an irrelevance.
£10k buys a lot of petrol or diesel even at today's prices.
I applaud the technology but we're a long way away from electric vehicles being the obvious choice for the masses. I think most people would happily choose electric for a commuting car if it made sense we're now past the pointing and laughing stage. We're at teh stage of "I've paid a fk lot of money towards this through my taxes and I'd like to see something usable outside of London".
Reynolds is a boffin himself or ex-boffin. Nice little tie up between science and science fiction.
This Balrog seems a bit of a tiddler compared to a current salt water croc at 22 feet and 4000lbs.
Win8 tablets work better in business. They're just smaller flatter touchscreen laptops. No additional wizzy things needed. But not MS Surface, too dear, we've been getting Dells Win8 tabs and they're well liked.
Re: Watchdog puts UK gov IT on RED alert
Cabinet Office will only allow the change of bulb if the bulb changer has undergone disclosure checking, appropriate elearning programs and will only use corporately managed equipment to change the bulb. The used bulb must be disposed according to Architectural Pattern 47 and the new bulb must come from a Cabinet Office approved source with a CESG compliant filament. It is required that 50% of Bulbs will be bought from the Government eBulb store. Bulbs may be bought from an unauthorised source with prior authorisation from the Cabinet Office Department for bulbs, your requests will be answered promptly within 60 years.
In addition all bulbs must be tested by an approved lighting tester accredited to the Government BADGER scheme.
Failure to comply with any of these stipulations will result in a great deal of gum bumping from the Cabinet Office, the issue of grand threat and bugger all action. Unless you are a Government minister or the NHS in which case you can do what the hell you like.
Re: Non-reflective laptop screens.
+1 for the 4:3 screen.
I've a rather ancient HP laptop that is much better than my newer Dell for actually working on.
Also proper feckin keyboards.
Send the Chiclet keyboard to hell
Re: Smart phones where *you* decide which Apps are on them.
Strangely my Nokia 920 Windows phone is the best I've had for this. I've been able to uninstall everything that I didn't want.
The actual phone function is the best I've had for a long time too since...my Nokia 6630 classic which was a symbian feature phone .
Thought it was a new Amstrad Em@iler at first.
Lord Sugah will be impressed.
Information Security for you.
That was me. Have done programming, networking, support, web design, databases and lots of other odd things. Never to a degree to become an expert and never with any certs since no one pays the generalist to become a specialist.
Like you I've very good at problems solving and leading the experts, who can be blinkered, to come to good solutions.
I fell into Information Security / Information Assurance 10yr ago and it's a good fit for someone who knows a bit about everything and can learn about anything quickly. You need to be generally aware because the problems come from all angles on all subjects yet you can never be an expert in them all.
Not a lot of money until you have experience but if you can get CISSP or CLAS then plenty of well paid consultancy.
You might want to bone up on ISO27000, CISSP domains, PCI DSS, BASIL2, PSN.
Re: I actually like Windows phone
Ummm, [shuffles feet], [looks a bit embaressed]....
I quite like my Nokia 920 Windows 8 Phone too.
Fast well made, cheap and does what I need it to do very well.
Yes the app store is a bit thin but most of what you need is there just minus the 500k of garbage that's in the play store too.
It's a very good phone, camera and sat nav. But maybe not the 'lifestyle device' that people expect with Apple and Samsung.
Strangely I've come to the conclusion lately that I probably trust MS more with my data than Google or Apple. I spoke to someone very well versed in security/IA at spooky high levels and he agreed (although he was sticking with his Blackberry).
Re: Wow talk about branching out.....
Maybe not branching out that far since this looks like a flip-top bin.
What about seperate volume levels for the ring tone and media? PITA right now. Much as I like my WinPh8 there are some really stupid things like the lack of volume controls and no file explorer.
I be happy to be able to set my own colours on the tiles, not that bothered about the background images on them.
App store is still pitiful but at least it stops me downloading loads of shite. I have an Android tablet for that.
I wonder if Nokia will sort their Music Mix through this? The last update made things considerably worse, slow and buggy. Worked fine previously.
Nearly. Nearly had me until the end
Deep Freeze is a good call.
Turns a lot of support calls into "have you tried turning it off and on?".
Good for library environment where you might need to let people do things that will probably break computers in a day or so.
Re: For me there is a basic question
I can confirm the Plusnet supplied router is a pile of shite.
At least they do let you change it unlike some ISPs.
No need for more in the public sector. It's other people money anyway. The public humiliation is a more motivating factor than the loss of cash.
Private sector should have a % limit. £500k is pocket-change to some of the big boys
Across the UK? We've not voted yet.
Not enough money in Salmondland I suppose.
Is it he?
Traversing the universe touching things with his noodly appendage
WhatShatt, it's used by the yoof old boy therefore worth billions. It's only the yoof that count right now don't you know that?
Not used by anyone who actually draws a salary; in this country anyway. Pretty much like every Daily Mail evil app of the day.
Re: y'know ...
Fob watch tablet...
CRAPITA strikes again.
Still it makes a change from Northgate.
Is it toddler proof?
Put a touch screen android in a Psion 5 chassis and I'll be impressed.
Otherwise nice idea but for £40 it's got to be more than a pretty yet poor keyboard.
Ubiquitous XKCD reference
I wonder what would happen if 'Little Bobby Tables' signed up.
Samsung KNOX within the S4 has already been signed off for use within some US Government departments. Quite likely that acceptance will spread into other Governments like our own.
So if I get a twitch in my eye it's going to cost me a fortune then get me arrested.
Anyway what's the point of superfast broadband when they're about to block all the porn.
Re: Hard-learned lesson
Tech support for the family was fine but when they started whoring me out to their neighbours and friends it had to stop.
Still do it for the immediate family but they've been well warned not to repeat themselves.
A bit like mobile phones everyone who wants one pretty much has one. The sales in the future will just the the churn of people replacing broken/tired tablet.
They'll need to think up some new format soon and I can't see wearable tech taking off for the majority for a long while.
Looking on the hype cycle I see 3D printing is just entering the "trough of disillusionment" after which it'll start to be looked at and used more widely with less notice being taken.
$12000 and they're using a 1p crappo plastic winder handle. Dear me it's fugly.
My Monster might need adjusted every week but could beat that crap to death and still be running in 10yr without a battery.
2G first please
Lots of places still struggling to get 2G.
This 4G malarkey will only be for metropolitans or a long time.
Re: Technical Detail
She was using a second hand machine. The FTP Auto-uploader was a present left behind (accidentally or deliberately) by the previous owner.
She probably took the stuff home on an encrypted usb stick with the blessing of her manager, coz that's secure innit?
That blessing evaporating as soon as an investigation started.
It's heading for Martian Hafords to add some bling and get the rover 'slammed'!
What is this thing you call a 'Pay. Raise'?
Self drive will just become another 'option' like sat nav. Most people like to own their cars as a little bit of mobile private space. And some people still enjoy driving.
But it would be a great option.
I can see this replacing taxis (Johnny Cab anyone) but not the private car.
Generally I don't care about phone design all that much. They all look much the same. But I have to say the pictures of that Q5 make it appear particularly nasty and cheap. Certainly it's not going to stand out against the competition at the £20/month bracket.
Not a win.
I feel dirty but....
I saw a Dell Win8 tablet used in anger the other day. It worked really well. Non-techy user were being given the choice of the Dell or an iPad. They threw out the iPads within 10min the Dells were so much more practical. Enterprise compatible, removable batteries, sd card slots, more OEM storage no MDM needed.
Maybe a kinetic smart-watch would be a better move in the future. It might not manage to provide all the power but it should keep it going longer.
Personally I wear a mechanical watch but that's coz I love the engineering of them, doubtful I'll be won over by a smart-watch.
Yoof of today are more likely to just sit the phone out on the desk wherever they are. I can't imagine they'll bother with one either unless [insert vacuous celebrity] promotes them.
Not sure I can see this becoming more than a geek toy unless it works its way into the mainstream like 3D tellys. Hardly anyone goes out to buy 3D tellys but they'll probably buy one with it just in case or because it has a better screen anyway.
Yup I had a recollection of something like that too. That he'd had offer of new technology to improve the quality of his simulated voice but that he'd refused because the robotic voice was now 'his' voice and he didn't want it changed.
I suppose from the technologists point of view they don't really want someone well known using what appears to be technology from 20yr ago. Makes them look bad.
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