Re: They shot themselves in the head
MS already sell "Signature Edition" hardware which is marketed as "Bloat free"
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MS already sell "Signature Edition" hardware which is marketed as "Bloat free"
Some interesting things - the blue dot arrow thingy could address one of my big annoyances with text editing on touch devices.
Winph8 is a far better OS than desktop 8.1 which is a mess on top of good foundations. I think I'd need a spare phone to try this on before committing my main device to it.
I'd be quite annoyed if MS's drive for universal apps made for universally crap apps. Universal apps will need to be flexible so they have a best fit for whatever device they are on. It'll be no use if they come to the phone with desktop input style. That's just back to what makes the W8 interface crappy.
I wonder if they'd ever consider long life orbiters for planets? Some big relay sats that could last for 50yr or more so they don't need to put powerful transmitters on little probes all the time. Seems to work well on Mars.
I wonder if that's the road BB has now gone with the Passport - "F**k form, just make it function"?
I know quite a few people with them now that say it's ugly as sin but incredibly useful. And useful is more important.
I'm sure there is a decent market where people buy things because they are well made and work efficiently. Not because it's 0.2mm thinner than it's rival or 4g lighter or available in "sunset pink" or sponsored by feckin Bono.
I like my Lumia. I also like my hammer and my pliers when they are required.
I'll get concerned if MS get me to have romantic attachments to my phone or any other inanimate object. Make your phone indispensable, that'll do.
Executives don't half talk some shite.
We'll my Lumia 920 has been without issue on the developer preview for over a year but my Nexus 7 has been progressively bricked by Google's updates.
I don't think any company is innocent of this sort of poor practice.
Lol yeah I'm going to air my dirty laundry on a service owned by a data mining giant that makes it's living through advertising and selling data.
Being able to have frank discussions about security and incidents with peers can be invaluable but it goes without saying you need to trust everyone there and respect the Chatham House rule.
Is FB going to do that?
The Data Protection Act makes using cloud based thingies like Chromebooks that bit trickier than sticking with windows.
I also flew in Chipmonks and winch launched gliders as a Cadet in the early 90s. Lots of fun. We all loved the gliders the best but it would be rather nice to fly in a Tiger Moth.
I've checked and even the cat refuses to comment
Same here. Execs have tried iPads and finally admitted that they were a solution looking for a problem. Switched to Dell Venue 11s provided a dock and the battery pack keyboard. They now get a reasonable desktop performance with the option of a SFF laptop with 17hr battery life or a tablet with 8hrs.
Very few complaints and no demands to go back to iPads.
Upload all your stuff to Dropbox or the Google Cloud? That'll be GDS then.
It's ok though everything is OFFICIAL
US only apparently, won't work with a UK Amazon account. I'm sure there are probably bodges around it but I'm not overly happy with the performance from the 2012 Nexus any more. Droid 5.02 is better than 5.0 but still pretty sluggish compared to 4.4 and that's after dumping the cache.
Tried a cheap HP Stream 7 direct from MS. It's going back. Ok for some things but the quality of it was just a bit poor where it mattered to me. Unshielded headphone socket full of static, poor screen with bleeding light from the edges and not enough grunt to stream video although strangely the processor wasn't stressed, not sure where the bottleneck was. Also Win8.1 is far poorer on a tablet than a phone. I like it on my Lumia but it was a schizophrenic mess on the tablet. A fast mess but a mess none the less.
Pluses were that it booted in about 10sec Vs my 2012 Nexus 7 that now takes about 5min thanks to Google's 'updates'. The OS was snappy and never lagged. Full Windows meant that Amazon's stubbornness to release a UK Prime app didn't matter although the tablet couldn't handle Silverlight playback even at low quality.
Surface3 getting a lot of interest from exec types. I guess the novelty factor for ipads has worn off and the need something new to wave around.
Got a cheap Win8.1 tab the other day, having defended Win8 a few times over the years I've now had to use it in anger and although it is very snappy on low power equipment the user experience is a f**king dogs dinner and that's from someone that really quite likes WinPho8.1
They'll have panicked at the though of proper pen testing actually costing money and or the worrying prospect it might find something which would then need to be fixed.
Far better to get the developer to run an out of date, unlicensed copy of Nessus at it for 10min.
Small organisation therefore - If it plugs in and doesn't make food it's an IT thing.
Yup my job too, but I'm the security guy and don't even work in IT yet the MCSE qualified employees still look to me when they can't figure out why something isn't working.
All I do is Google the problem yet that seems beyond them.
You need to keep buying. But looking on Ebay you can pick up an annual O365 code for £10 or less.
These little tablets are quite zippy but I'm not sure how they would do for any serious multitasking. You can pick up an outlet Dell Venue 11 tablet with an i5 intel processor and 4Gb Ram for £300 or a bit less for an i3. You're into genuine laptop rivals there and they should be able to handle just about anything short of gaming.
They have bit of a bad rep if you look up the reviews but a BIOS update deals with most of those issues. We have a large number of these at work and they work well and are popular with the users. Probably double the weight of the Linx tablet if that's an issue.
I know a few people with these now, mainly the 10" version. For the most part they are happy with the devices using them as low powered laptops. The OS install and only 32Gb of on board storage doesn't give much remaining space so an SDCard is really a necessity.
Most people comment that the screen isn't glorious and the build quality isn't wonderful and the location of the physical buttons is a bit odd but overall more than decent for the price point.
Linx have a cash back offer of £30 on the 7/8 and £50 on the 10". It's not straightforward and depends on you buying from the right shop and trading in a decent 7" tablet. they won't accept any junk Ebay tablet. So it's debatable whether you would want to give up a decent tablet for £50.
Staples also did these at a give away price before Xmas. I missed out on a £89 10" which would have been a bargain.
Like all platforms it works best when you stay within the ecosystem. So Outlook works well with Outlook.com, One drive works well with Windows. When you cross ecosystems that's when things tend to get tricky but I guess they are all built to do that.
The versions of windows that people get as close to loving as I think is going to happen were the OSs that just worked, quietly got on with their job and let people do things on the computer that they wanted. I'm thinking Win 2000, XP and 7.
If they get back to that then Win10 will be popular.
Win8 wasn't bad, it was just touch focussed and therefore shit without touch. It was fast and secure, it they'd sorted the interface it would have done fine.
Yes. The only things that really keep me using FF are no-script and ad-block (and laziness). If I found another browser with those features I'd switch.
IE is too open, and Chrome, well "all your base are..." etc
Fixed some things borked video playback on some sites
and a posthumous pint to the Prof.
It would be wonderful if one of the orbiters could send a signal to give the thing a nudge or get some data from a low gain antenna (or summit like that) but that's more Hollywood than science probably.
Shiny thing make it all better - unless it's Dave Cameron's face.
But he's not the only one, I was a Information Security conference where a Scottish politician said within her keynote "Security, well it just gets in the way doesn't it?".
The PITA with Amazon is they they don't offer their service on any other mobile platform other than their own Kindles. Cheap full Windows tablets will help there or you have to jump ship to Netflix. I still like getting physical disks through the Lovefim part of Amazon so I've stuck with them so far. The lack of Android and other support is grating though.
You can get a 7" tablet with full windows 8.1 Bing for £59 here now. And that includes a £60 Office 365 licence and 20% vat. Unsurprisingly they're selling rather quickly.
I wonder if Ms will continue to give away cheap windows to get their OS adopted again?
Last update certainly screwed Silverlight DRM. Amazon streaming offline unless you roll back.
1st line support here is basically filled with non-techies now so there is no triage of the stupid calls no ability to fix silly little thing and no ability to translate the problem into something meaningful for the workers with knowledge.
That seems to be the trend now since no-one is ever laid off they just go on redeployment and end up on the helldesk.
Desktop techies aren't much better tbh. "Check it works before you leave" seems to be a bit of an alien concept
I have a mate that used to do IT on superyachts. He had many similar stories.
I used to be the "IT guy" in a school where basically if it plugs in the wall and doesn't make food it's a computer problem.
I've had teacher yelling at me down the phone to make their printer work because it was
"urgent" (everything with teachers is urgent) and unacceptable that it wasn't working - printer was out of paper.
Internet access had been off all day - she'd unplugged the modem to plug in a phone (it was a while ago) and forgot to switch them back.
Recording "PC" wouldn't start up for an experiment - It was a 25yr old BBC Micro that had finally died.
I'm sure there were many others but it becomes the norm after a while and your brain screens it out as noise.
That's the story with most warmed over 'ordinary' cars. They're big and heavy so despite the big hp figures there really isn't much nimbleness or urge about them. They make 100mph feel like 50.
Sticking on fat low profiles and rock hard suspension might make the car look nice but it can make them a miserable place to be on the crap roads we have now.
The ads make out you'll be driving a Caterham when the reality is closer to a Iveco.
But then most drivers only like the fantasy of driving properly, they don't really want a car that might bite them if they get it wrong.
It's Ugg's shopping list as dictated by Mrs Ugg, "get more mussels, a pointy stick, fire and chocolate"
When I was at uni there were many urban legends of cadavers being taken on pub crawls by medical students. More realistically were the stores of minor body parts like toes being dropped into people pints and fat being picked out the bodies and flicked at each other in dissection labs.
Because Baroness Whats-her-pus and any other involved minister are determined that THEIR project will be finished so they don't get hung out to dry with another incomplete project story in the press.
you can add the same mentality to numerous other projects that make little sense but have a minister driving them forward whatever the cost or objection, G-Cloud, HS2, Millennium Dome, education changes, NHS IT,....
Same things happen in the US and probably every other country
I don't need a £200 meter to tell me to try to use less energy. The massive bill every quarter (or month) tells me that.
MS is starting to get some significant interest in the cheap tablet market too. Lots of cheap devices coming out with the free Win8.1 OS on them and in general they seem to be better received than cheap android tablets.
Windows phones also getting looked at seriously within the public sector because they can be tied into and managed by existing infrastructure.
MS also starting to flex some muscles on the privacy field with the challenged to the US courts over access to overseas data. No one trusts Google any more and no one ever trusted Apple MS seeing an opening there by playing nice.
I can't imaging MS ever challenging Apple for the £$£ high end shiny phone market but I think they're going to do ok from businesses, government and people that like things that just work.
People that work are also looking at Blackberry again as well.
It's not for me but as a person that likes watches IMHO the Pebble is one of the better looking devices as well especially in the steel model.
Now if they could hook up a microgenerator from a spinning weight a bit like a mechanical automatic then they might be onto something.
I has originally thought that this would be much like the original Kindles - decent hardware discounted because it's effectively an extension of the Amazon store.
But it's not. Why would I want to pay through the nose to be effectively locked into the Amazon ecosystem?
+1 on this story.
Buggy, slow random crashes. Oddly able to jump through the login sometimes without entering the code. Firefox pretty fvcked up.
Battery taking ages to charge. Bring back 4.2
I dunno but it's not not unlikely. Nice ASCII btw.
There was also some little cold gas thruster to try to keep it on the rock but it was known to have failed before it even detached. Then unfortunately the harpoons failed too. the gravity is so weak that it bounced about 1km up and it took a couple of hours to come back down again and in that time the comet turned about 1km under it.
Interesting that they are now in the almost 'F**k and try" stage where anything goes as long as there is power left. Plus there is an outside bet it could wake up in the future as it gets closer to the sun.
A shame it didn't work perfectly but an awesome bit of work none the less.
I wonder if it will be a new playbook?
I know a few proper security people and they still use a BB phone a playbook combo.
Well it sounds like they'll be able to do some work then take a chance either on drilling, harpooning, harpooning and drilling or bouncing.
Still it's on a fricking comet. Pints have been earned.
Blackberry's niche was hardcore government and big business security. BB products had (have?) security baked in from the hardware up and they were receptive to the suggestions of Government agencies such as GCHQ and NIST.
For that reason for a long time Blackberry products were the only ones signed off for use within high assurance organisations.
But BB sat on it's hands for so long that Government users began to hate their BB and crave the fondling delights of iOS. BB then decided to make a jump for the wider public and try to sell to the yoof market that worked for while until they got bored of the BB offerings too. So they ended up pissing off their old market and losing their grasp on the new.
Meanwhile other companies started to sniff the pork from Government and began to make their products more enterprise orientated except Apple who allegedly told the security services to take a hike 'coz we're Apple'.
It seems now that BB has realised that they've made an arse of their dalliance into the feral over supplied public mobile market and they're starting to court their old customers again.
I suspect if they can get it right then they may pick up some of their old customers that still like physical keyboards and proper security. However new boys like Samsung are getting signed off for high assurance work as well so the future is less than certain. Plus executives are as prone to the whims of fashion as anyone else, BB ain't fashionable so the Passport better be a phenomenally useful tool or it'll just get ignored.
Myself a few years ago I'd have bet a small amount on MS buying up BB's security patents when they went bust. I still think that might happen yet. If the Chinese buy BB expect the Government accreditation to be dropped like a red hot turd.
I like my winpho (Lumia 920) but I do seem to be part of a small population.
I've found the OS rock solid, the only thing that ever crashes the phone is the Nokia music app and that's pretty rare.
I'm not an app junky so the smaller number of apps doesn't bother me, although the store has improved a lot since 8.1 came out.
Not sure I'd pay £300 for the reviewed phone though. The reason I like my winpho so much is that it was a bargain.
I used to get 35-40mpg from a 2.0 Turbo petrol (197hp) Skoda Octavia on a mixed driving route. The EU lab combined average was 35.7mpg. Seems to be that the more eco the car the further away form reality the lab results are.
I know plenty of people with "gas guzzlers" paying higher VED rates that get better mpg than others with eco cars.
If nothing else it shows what a nonsense the current EU testing is.
How did the real world mpg compare with the EU paper figures.
I've heard unconfirmed stories of Fiat making Twin-Air owners sign a disclaimer that they understand the car will never achieve the lab figures on the road.
When you read the book you realise that the Dune film was a pretty decent stab at something that is just about unfilmable. I've not watched the later Sci-Fi channel miniseries yet.
I like Neal Asher's Polity series myself. Not sure how well they'd translate but I'd really like to see the Spatterjay series as films. The Hoopers are my favourite characters.