434 posts • joined Wednesday 2nd December 2009 23:04 GMT
Microsoft announce more FAIL
"We're not going to have three"
Because there really is no difference between a phone, a fondleslab, and a PC. Everyone uses them in the same way to do the same things right?
I don't give a shit about windows phones and no one gives a shit about windows fondleslabs. I use a PC every day and all Microsoft offered me in Win 8 is a layer shit I don't need or want obscuring the desktop and their future looks like more of the same.
Re: Lies, damned lies . . . and what was the other one again?
"once seen as glamorous and the plain-packaging laws are the latest step "
Or seen as rebellious and grown up in which case plain packaging and being told not to will make it all the more attractive particularly for the young.
"So, the Government is stuffed. They need people to smoke to get the tax, yet they also need to show that they are effectively trying to stop it."
They don't need to show they are trying to stop it.
Politicians mostly make up what they think the need to do hoping their lies and bullshit can convince enough voters to allow them to keep on doing it.
I sure as hell never asked the government to tell me what to do.
Re: Me too
"Fractional reserve banking is not much more than just a complex ponzi scheme"
What other kind of banking do you think there is? Do you think a bank is going to put everyone's money under a giant mattress so they can give it all back at a moments notice? They would have to charge for the service and you would be better off keeping it under your own mattress.
A bank is a third party helping you to lend your money to someone else in return for a cut of the interest charged. The problem is not what banks do it was the grossly incompetent way some of them did it.
Your money should have been as safe as houses but the farcical level of property price inflation which banks knowingly supported meant houses were not very safe at all.
Re: @Iain Thomson
"so are you suggesting that ALL of the studies that the meta study encompassed were all biased, if so ALL in the same way"
That is the beauty of meta studies - you can choose the studies you like.
When I see meta I read it as 90% chance of bollocks regardless of the study coming to a conclusion I like or dislike.
Re: The other side of the coin...
"such as by not wasting water"
Around 800,000 gallons of water literally falls from the sky for every person in the country every year. It is also 100% recyclable.
I want to use some of it to flush piss down the toilet.
Most of the water company costs are overheads, economising on water usage and especially fitting meters just makes if more expensive. You end up paying about the same and with a house smelling of piss.
What economising on water does is remove the need to build a few more reservoirs (not expensive - they last for ages) but mostly removes the need for decades of public enquiries listening to objections from NIMBYs and eco green tossers.
Water isn't precious, 4/5ths of the globe is kms deep in it. In a modern civilised society it would be plentiful. In this society of political whimps and eco green tossers we are supposed to scrimp and save and make do and smell of piss because, err, because that is what eco green tossers and spineless politicians who appease them think everyone should be doing.
"Millions of people are effected and they're worse off than they were before we 'gave them our money'."
Yep, just look at North Korea for an example of how great things can be.
Just plastering over the cracks
The patent system is no longer fit for its intended purpose, currently doing more harm than good.
It needs to be scrapped and started over.
"It is hypocritical in the extreme to benefit from the 'low, low prices' from globalization and not improve the lives of those who make such prices possible."
Their lives are being improved. What people don't understand is how incredibly shit the alternative to working 11 hour days in a sweat shop is for most of them. Ponces walking round with their iThings seem to think they have been torn away from some idyllic life in the countryside to slave in these factories. It isn't that long since 40 million Chinese died of starvation.
Re: Yes, a "solution looking for a problem"
" our current 3d printers are the equivalent of Orville and Wilbur's first flight at Kitty Hawk"
No that would be the 3D printers we had in the mid 1980's.
" Revoke their license, they're too stupid to be behind the wheel."
Hmmm, wasn't buying a Tesla a kinda indication of that in the first place?
Musk is so full of shit
Can you compare the entire feet of gasoline vehicles with brand new Teslas? Safety has improved by design over the lifetime of the fleet. I expect the majority of vehicle fires are caused by electrical faults and fuel leaks which are more likely to occur the older the vehicle gets - there are no old Teslas.
A comparison with year old beemers or something would have been more appropriate.
The stuck by lightening thing - if his risk assessment is correct doesn't that mean more than 3 of the 18,000 odd Tesla owners should have been struck by lightening since their purchase?
The bottom of the car is made out of batteries which burn when punctured. A greater risk of catching fire doesn't surprise me. On the other hand the fires are less likely to be fast or vicious. I don't think it is a big problem for the car just a problem for Tesla's stock price which mostly made of sentiment can also go up in a puff of smoke.
Re: Clarity somewhat lacking.
"Not sure why people are having such a hard time understanding this."
Because the web interface for existing customers is shite.
You get three choices of opt-in and no indication of current in/out status.
Once you have opted-in with one of the three choices you get the option to turn it off. Thereafter the only option you have is to turn it on which is a clear indication that you have opted-out.
Re: Cell phone yakking != good driving
"I can't see the difference between talking on a mobile and talking with a passenger"
Which makes you an unobservant idiot.
But it isn't just conversation modulation, shitty quality compressed and fluttering mobile phone speech in the presence of background noise typically requires much more concentration just to understand the words never mind understanding the conversation and formulating responses.
There is much more pressure to concentrate on a mobile phone conversation because it is costing money, and the time of the other person and there is risk sounding like a moron if you keep pausing or asking for repeats.
Talking to passengers is free, they don't have anything better to do, and the conversation is less likely to be important.
Re: No Technical Details?
"After selecting one you can access a control panel"
And then they send you a confirmation email containing 400 lines of HTML crap my email program refuses render and no plain text.
Re: Talking with passengers
"Talking with passengers, arguing, lighting a cigarette, eating, drinking, picking your nose, seeing a speed camera, sneezing........"
All of which (excepting particularly bad sneezing bouts) are typically an order of magnitude less distracting than a mobile telephone conversation.
I am not in favour of bans. You can't legislate common sense, however, people who can't understand there is a substantial difference between talking to a passenger and someone on a mobile phone show common sense is in short supply.
Today I can buy 4TB of spinning rust for £138, and 4 x 1TB SSDs for £2040.
Spinning rust likely has more potential for increased storage density than FLASH so I don't see that price ratio leaning much towards FLASH in the future.
Power, cooling and physical size favours SSD but not enough turn round a 15:1 price ratio. So I guess in 5 years time the choice or split between rust and FLASH will be based on how much you value performance, much the same as it is today.
I thought in 5 years time we were all supposed to be using memristors anyway?
Re: No Technical Details?
"How does this filter work exactly?"
The sky FAQ tells you
How does Sky Broadband Shield work?
It automatically helps secure your Sky Broadband connected devices from any websites containing viruses, from hacking or phishing sites and it filters out web content you think is unsuitable.
Simply choose an age rating suited to the people in your home to create the appropriate internet security settings.
Typical vacuous drivel from sky which will make you as knowledgeable as their first and second line technical support.
The crap system does present you with just the 3 options shown in the article. After selecting one you can access a control panel with more options including turning it off.
Dunno what the sky router is supposed to have to do with it. I don't use one. What is the probability the blocking is done in the router?
powered by 100 per cent renewable energy - 100% bullshit
If Facebook shut down this data centre when the wind didn't blow they could claim 100%.
But then they would have to build an equally big data centre powered by something else to take the load and have that one standing idle when it is windy.
Instead they can abuse the grid using it as a giant free storage battery and make the power generation companies build enough power stations to keep the lights on when it isn't windy and have them stand idle or run less efficiently when it is and we the net electricity consumers end up paying for it.
So thanks Facebook for putting up my electricity bills with your efforts to appease technically illiterate eco green tossers with your 100% claims.
Re: 125kw motor
"double that with a 600cc 4 pot"
Thrashing the nuts off it and with piss poor efficiency. An engine intended to give moderate life pushing around a couple of hundred kg of motorbike will be knackered in a couple of years given 1200kg to push around.
"Now you get to tell the electric company AND the oil companies to both fuck off"
For a few hours a day during the summer.
Tesla charging stations are not solar powered - slightly solar assisted at best.
In the UK it would take more than 2000 square meters of solar panel to run one Tesla supercharger for 8 hours a day and that's only when you are allowed abuse the grid as a giant free storage battery.
"Instead of waiting for someone to create a product for you, you can create your own"
When I was at school we had wood and metalwork shops and lessons and we did create things using materials and techniques which were much more relevant to real world manufacturing then than 3D printing is now.
I still have and use a pipe wrench I made from steel 40 years ago.
Just more 3D printing is the future bullshit. Only real value I can see is in supporting the teaching of 3D CAD although having to make what you designed on a CNC mill would be much more informative.
I suggested 'hackers' have the ability to create patches for exploits like this (since Microsoft won't be for XP any more) and get down voted and a dumb arse telling me you can't patch code without source.
It is a damn sight easier patching an executable file with the users consent than it is to patch an exploit into an executable in memory by feeding it mal-formed data. Neither requires source code.
How many more similar clueless comments will we get here?
Re: Quite right too....
"At a cost of £16 Billion each"
So we could have another 4 supplying another 28% of our electricity needs instead of a new train line to Birmingham.
Being forced to purchase monthly Adobe's continued development because you can't do any work or access any old work otherwise compared with buying a perpetual license is seen as a bad deal only by 'super traditionalists'?
I would call people who refuse to drop their pants and bend over super smart not super traditional.
The one exception
Why the hell should there be any exception?
In 24.0 my installed plugins offer "Always Activate", and "Never Activate", or "Ask to activate" if the plugin is considered vulnerable.
I want "Ask to activate" if the plugin is considered a pain in the ass - and that is my consideration not theirs.
"confidently of HP popping 100TB Memristor drives into StoreServ arrays in five years"
Talk is cheap and confidence predicting the outcome of 5 more years of bleeding edge technological development seems fanciful.
Good luck to them hope it works out, at least they are not a startup trying to con money out of investors with their confident predictions.
anthropogenic increases in greenhouse gases have...
"Our results indicate that anthropogenic increases in greenhouse gases have led to unprecedented regional warmth,"
How does their research provide any indication of the cause of recent regional warming they think they have discovered?
With such blatant bias in reporting of the results how can the possibility of a similar bias in creating them be ignored?
They are not endless they are severely limited to :-
Few off manufacturing where setup and tooling costs and or time make expensive 3D printing economical and attractive.
A very few 'things' with internal structures which simply can't be manufactured with conventional machining, casting or sub-component assembly.
Re: A NAS by any other name...
"I'm sure this is a solution. But it seems someone forgot to investigate whether there was a problem in the first place."
It isn't solving a user problem.
A company who makes disk drives figures if the can stuff more of what it takes to make a storage system into the disk drive they can sell them at a high price and take business away from companies who make all the other stuff.
I can see ways a bunch of small self contained storage systems can't work as well as one big one, Ways it could work better than a big one are harder to think of except it could work out cheaper.
feels 3D printing's knee is around three years off
She could be right - the question is which direction will the need bend?
Re: Can you stack them?
"can you stack them 12-high"
Given a generous 60% conversion efficiency the top one will take 460 times longer to charge than the bottom one.
"to worried parents"
So without actually saying so this is just more of Dave's 'won't you think of the children' bullshit.
from the Windows Store
You don't think they would miss the opertunity to force users into using their Windows store do you?
They don't give a shit about people having extra 3.5GB downloads because as with the rest of Win 8 it is all about what Microsoft wants users to do not what users want users to do.
not supposed to be left alone
"Interesting how the age of criminal responsibility is 10 but a child is not supposed to be left alone when they are much older."
At the age of 6 I, my mother, and younger sister went on holiday for a week at Butlins in Bognor. My mother needed to get home a day early but I wanted to stay for the last day and was allowed to. I managed to enjoy myself that day, put myself to bed, got some breakfast. Packed. Got a taxi to the railway station and gave the driver a sixpence tip. Got on a train to London, crossed London on the tube, got on a train back to Yorkshire and then a bus home.
I remember it was a bit scary and a bit of an adventure. My god how pathetic are we nowadays? If I had needed help from a stranger I would have got it, today strangers would likely run a mile for fear of peedyfile accusation and my mother would be prosecuted.
Re: Jeezo what a level of misunderstanding
"Its about the right to self determination"
Voting every few years to choose between two or three packs of complete wankers does not provide self determination. The wankers in Westminster are every bit as good as the ones in Hollyrood.
"at the moment we have Europe->Westminster->Scottish Government. After independence we get Europe->Scottish Government. You see what I did there? I took out a whole level of control "
And before devolution you had Europe->Westminster. See what you did there?
Re: News from the trenches
" But make your case as to how rural broadband helps those who currently live in well served urban areas"
People in rural areas have cats they can video and upload to youtube as well you know!
Just a drop in the ocean of money pissed away creating a whole new pack of useless wankers called politicians.
"and surely this is down to the copyright owners, and their associations, especially since the ones making the most noise appear to be quite rich enough to be able to do this for themselves. I don't see why millions of pounds of our taxes should be paying for police to go chasing after civil matters like this"
The copyright owners, and their associations find bribing politicians to make laws which are enforced with tax payers money offers the best return for their cash.
Re: The elephant in the room
"PC sales have been declining for three years now. Can't blame that on Windows 8"
Delaying a computer purchase because a new OS is around the corner would seem reasonable.
Continuing to delay a computer purchase because what came round the corner is fugly also seems reasonable.
My main PC is coming up to 4 years old (just checked the SSD has racked up 22k7 power on hours). That is the longest time my main PC has not been replaced or significantly upgraded and my first PC came with MSDOS 1.1.
The main reason is that I have always maintained a x 2 performance increase is required to be really noticeable and worthwhile and spending a pile of money today would barely get me a x 2 increase.
If there was a new OS that I actually wanted to run then installing on a new PC would have some attraction, maybe enough to convince me to spend that pile of money.
So Windows 8 is part of the problem. Faltering Moore's law is part of the problem. Tablets are a big part of the problem, although not for me. I got a couple of android tablets to play with, just checked and the both have flat batteries, I can hardly be arsed to charge them any more.
"We only apply intrusive tools and capabilities against"
"We only apply intrusive tools and capabilities against terrorists and others threatening national security"
Well if he knows who these people are why doesn't he just have them locked up?
He left out the word SUSPECTED which means his intrusive tools and capabilities get applied to all of us.
Re: Lithium-Ion Batteries
"and none of these have this kind of effect on the stock price of that company"
Just lol - none of the other car manufactures have such ridiculously astronomically high valuations.
One fire devalued the company by 6%? An ounce of common sense would devalue the company by 90%
"only one-tenth the frequency of conventional car fire"
I don't supposed they bothered to restrict their comparison to conventional cars less than 18 months old which I am sure the majority of Teslas doing those 113 million miles were.
Have Teslas really only done 113 million miles so far? I found US road transport vehicles averaged 336 million miles each hour of 2011. So Teslas entire production worldwide has contributed about 20 minutes worth of the states total mileage so far - sobering thought.
One minute they moan that half the computers in the world are not kept updated with security fixes and the next that the world is going to end when new security fixes are no longer available.
How many undiscovered vulnerabilities are left in XP?
If there are a handful of hackers with enough understanding of a vulnerability to exploit it isn't there going to be a rather bigger handful of hackers with enough understanding and a desire to patch it?
one thing we do well in Britain is building regulations
Yes a builder friend of mine recently told me about the hoops they have to jump though to achieve 'sufficient' air tightness and how the approved guy they have to pay to come and test the air tightness tells them that within a year all the houses he has tested will have a hole knocked in a wall and air brick fitted to solve condensation problems.
"I think this is great!"
I think we will know Bloom Energy fuel cells are great when smaller organisations start installing them because they make economic sense.
A few huge organisations who can afford to pay for experiments and write off possible failure doesn't mean much.
I suppose for large corporations being able to impress the technically illiterate eco green tosser proportion of their customer base has more value.
Fact of Life?
"Today, virtually everyone accesses a publicly shared storage repository and downloads updates for everything from their operating system to new firmware for their lightbulbs."
As they did yesterday and they are called servers. There is no public write access. I would wager the providers of data they serve do not even consider them to be storage (i.e. they have no real intention to read data from them).
Calling something people frequently use cloud storage when it isn't makes bullshit not facts of life.
Re: How do I remove the Start menu?
"Do people not pin most things to the taskbar anyway?"
My 'All users' start menu currently has 503 entries and 196 folders so no I don't pin most things the task bar. I pin less than 1% of things to the task bar.
I also use classic shell because I agree the Win7 start menu is useless and hard to navigate.
"David Attenbrorough is suggesting we have recently stopped evolving and this is something only just realised realised, which is not the case"
Average life expectancy in this country has more than doubled in the last 100 years. The mechanism of natural selection and the evolution that follows has substantially changed very recently.
Evolution has not stopped, it might be speeding up. What we are evolving into has certainly changed.
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