Looking at those adverts...
...reminds me how glad I am that I don't live in the US
234 posts • joined 4 Jan 2010
...reminds me how glad I am that I don't live in the US
Just turn on your GPS and leave it in the same place. Subsequent location readings will differ from each other by some error margin and thus it will think it has moved (i.e. that your speed is non zero)
Now imagine you're moving very slowly compared to the error margin and you can see that it will think you're moving much faster than you actually are.
what's sad is that it's newsworthy when someone has to say this.
step 1: redefine <<latest buzz word>> to be whatever we're already doing
step 2: claim we are 100% compatible with <<latest buzz word>>
I'd be interested to know what percentage of LOC has been changed to meet this "98% redone" claim. I'm guessing it's way less than 1%, and all the rest is creative accounting.
I think you need more than two data points to claim exponential growth.
And with debt of £200k per employee or £2,000 per customer, I'd agree the jury is still out on the business model.
Anyone with friends that still use hotmail will regularly get spam coming from those people with links to dodgy web sites. This flaw has been very obvious and actively exploited for at least 10 years.
I only twigged it as a simple XSS attack last year when my gf clicked on one of the links and we noticed a load of spam messages appear in her sent items. If there was anyone inside MS with the remotest interest in hotmail security they could have found and fixed this flaw years ago and saved all of us a lot of grief.
"While Facebook's response is a novel one"
err, a forum site allowing smileys to be used in posts - novel?? it's only been around since about 1986
1. using the same ecosystem for such a broad range of devices will restrict developers to the "lowest common denominator" features (which should really be called highest common factor) i.e. developers can only access features common to all devices and will find it much more difficult to optimize for a specific class of devices.
2. using the same ecosystem for such a broad range of devices is probably not desirable. contrast the success of iPad and iPhone (iOS having a completely separate codebase from from the desktop OSX) with the failure of windows 8 (trying to shoehorn desktop and mobile into the same UX)
This Asus might be different but so far I've never used a windows laptop which came within a mile of the macbook touchpad for usability (multi touch, swipes etc). Boot the macbook into Windows and all the magic goes away, so I guess this has as much to do with the OS as the hardware.
I'm not an apple fanboi at all; I don't own any other apple products and generally find Windows easier to use than OSX. But for me, this alone is worth the price premium and the hassle of not being able to run my windows apps.
I very much sympathise with your viewpoint, but let's not forget most computer users are not IT savvy people. IMHO the biggest problem faced by non-techie home users is there's too much scope for them to mess things up. One of the reasons tablets have been so successful with home users is that they are so much more difficult to screw up (though this is partly down to much lower levels of functionality available). Maybe Windows should have two separate modes, one for people who want control and one for those who just want to take the line of least resistance and do everything the recommended way?
because if there's one thing the public sector is better at than outsourcing IT, it's running it's own IT.
How dare you print this heretical and blasphemous crap. Repeat after me, "cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud", and don't stop until you believe it.
I have noticed what seems to be a lack of randomness in car audio track selections, but on doing a bit of research I believe this is actually psychological - I'm sure even the most basic computing device easily has the capabilities to generate PRNs that appear random to a casual observer.
However, what you want most of the time is a shuffle, not a random!
Anyone who has ever had to use EE customer service would never touch them with a barge pole, but if you're a virgin cable customer you can get to use EE's network and still have some semblance of customer service. YMMV IMHO etc.
A lot of bank robbers seem to use cars as getaway vehicles - let's ban them
All kinds of criminals use mobile phones - they should be made illegal as well
Our oxygen-rich atmosphere makes it easy for criminals to breathe - destroy it!
If there's one pattern we've seen again and again from Microsoft it's this - pick a buzzword and re-brand all your product lines to that buzzword (Remember "live"?). The technology behind it is irrelevant.
"The fact that ... some social networking app is not available is not much of an issue (in business scenarios)."
So it's goodbye BYOD and welcome to the world of having a separate phone (and presumably separate tablet) for work.
"32,000 hours of original programming" ... "371 hours of new UK output were broadcast"
can anyone explain what these numbers mean and why there is nearly a factor of 100 difference between them?
I suspect that even the top brass in MS new it was an utter disaster, but they knew they had to do something drastic to get in the tablet game, and couldn't think of anything better.
They took a gamble, and largely succeeded, that their foothold in windows desktop+server was strong enough that even Windows 8 wouldn't cause most users to abandon Windows, and they probably had a very good idea they'd be undoing a lot of these changes in the next version.
Whilst I've personally been pissed off immensely by the whole w8 debacle, I'm not sure what else MS could have done which would have been accepted by the shareholders and top brass desperate to compete with apple and android. On the other hand, are they in a better position now or in a years time than if they'd never done windows 8? I really don't know.
cue the downvotes please...
Thank you thank you - this is what I've been harping on about for years.
Why on earth do new versions of Windows group the windows together by app, meaning 2 clicks (or at least one hover followed by a click) are required to switch documents even within one task.
Personally I have the taskbar on vertically down the screen, with small icons+text and "never combine", and I use 7TT (highly recommended) to group windows together by task. It really frustrates me when I have to use someone else's PC and go back to the default way of doing things.
...to run software that only runs on Windows. That's a helluva lot of software to be sure, and it includes some of the best software in the world, but it won't run on the Pi either.
Windows is going to be around for a long time but outside of the classic wintel environment it'll only ever be a curiosity
I assume this is running full-fat windows rather than win RT. If so, 32GB is only enough to last for about a years worth of windows updates even if you don't install any local software or store any local data at all (some of my PCs have over 50GB in the c:\windows directory).
This is a very short-sighted idea
Having just switched from gmail to office 365, the biggest downside for me is search which doesn't seem to have improved significantly since I used exchange in 2001. If this is what on-prem exchange customers have to look forward to in exchange '16, don't get your hopes up too high.
yes in theory, but this cunning plan relies on the fact that most users aren't savvy or motivated enough to do that... only the ones with something to hide... oh crap!
I paid £109 for my 23 inch full HD monitor in 2009 and have never had any problems with it
Not a twitter user myself but to the uninitiated, this looks like something that would take one competent programmer about half a day to implement.
It's interesting to look at the upvote/downvote ratios on this story. On most stories, a common-sense comment gets a big pile of upvotes an a stupid comment gets a load of downvotes. What we're dealing with here is basically a political issue so I'd expect people to vote along party political lines (tories in favour of the original article and lefties against). Hence a fairly even split of up and down votes.
We might not necessarily see it as party political, we each see our own view as common sense, but that's the nature of politics.
Don't forget this is just one specific category of one specific area that's being identified as wasted for one specific reason.
If you take into account inefficient public services, benefit payments, parliament, bureaucracy etc, I'd guess at least 1/2 the £700 billion is "wasted" in that it could have been better employed had it not been given to government to spend.
for private companies to start digging up roads and putting down their own TV cables 25 years ago was a very brave thing to do. After a lot of long-term losses and consolidation, the fact that it's still privately owned, and the new owner thinks it's a good idea to dig up more roads and put down more cables, is basically a vindication of the original concept.
Cable TV and internet has served me well over the past 25 years and I'm pleased that it's turned out to be commercially viable and worthy of more investment.
Buy 'em up; shut 'em down. No news here
since nobody ever looks at a FB photo that's more than a week old, presumably after a week, everything would be back to normal anyway
Yup that's the elephant in the room with EE, customer service. It doesn't take many wasted hours on hold or talking to their f**kwit alleged customer-services people to completely eradicate any advantages of EE.
And yes, I know all phone company customer services is shit, but unless you've experienced EE, you have no idea how bad it can be.
However, cynics might still want to go and see it for the bit when one of the finest mathematical brains in history mispronounces "Euler" and another of the finest mathematical brains in history doesn't notice the rather obvious slip.
Don't forget the second law of thermodynamics though.
You don't just kick off something in a "more coherent" direction and expect it to naturally gravitate there; lose sight of that goal and things will start getting chaotic again. And if there's one thing MS are good at, it's losing sight of their goals after 5 minutes
I presume the number/size of data centers required will scale linearly with the number/size of customers.
So surely if you can't make a profit from the customers you've got now with the data centers you've got now, there's no reason to believe that by increasing both you'll become profitable.
I've struggled with the flakiness of OneDrive for business and its predecessors for several years. The most recent problem is that it now doesn't work against document libraries which require check-out/check-in (this is by design with the latest update).
Now it becomes apparent that this change was probably the first step along the way to getting rid of ODFB altogether and replacing it with the consumer OneDrive. Assuming that the new unified OneDrive doesn't support check-out/check-in either, that will be another big nail in the coffin of anyone who wants to use SharePoint or office 365 as a document management system.
Of course for those of us still using windows 7, it's possible to have a web browser and visual studio on the screen at the same time and switch between them easily. That also means we can use Google instead of Bing,
I'm not a big fan of MS or azure but I have to admit they're on to a no-win situation here. Being open is definitely what we'd like to see from these mega-service-providers but it just gives a bigger attack surface for their detractors.
"instead of supporting a dead-end legacy they could be contributing to Microsoft's future battles with Google, Facebook and Apple”.
I think you meant to say "instead of making money and keeping customers happy, they could be wasting money making stuff that nobody wants" ?
c) there's something worth watching on ;-)
Never put anything in office 365 that you can't afford to lose.
I think the article author could have made a better job of pointing out that he was referring to VB.NET, not "proper" VB/VBScript/VBA.
As others have pointed out, VB.NET has much more in common with C# than it does with original VB.
it's Horses for courses. A lot of people don't want to carry two devices around all the time.
Maybe MS could try making a server OS that doesn't require a touch screen and then perhaps people will have a realistic choice.
Agreed 100%. Even if it was a hardware failure, and even if the hardware failure wasn't a design or manufacturing defect, ultimately it was a human who chose that hardware and had an unrealistic expectation of it.
I would have thought if they're going to bother to implement anything this big and complex, it would be easier just to put a parachute inside the phone and use the accelerometer to trigger the release mechanism
Then again, we all know patents aren't about actually inventing things; they're about using litigation as a revenue stream as part of your normal business model :-(
azure going down doesn't count as news ;-)
I think convincing someone to leave their existing employment for less money but better environment/role is a very difficult sell, because those are 'soft' factors which the candidate can't evaluate until he gets there and could easily be bullshit.
On the other hand, retaining good staff by giving good working conditions instead of paying top whack is definitely a reality. I doubt there's a single employee at my small ISV who couldn't earn more money somewhere else just by doing a job they'd enjoy less.
What next? - Estate agent forecasts growth in property prices? Microsoft predicts increase in Microsoft share price?
I know that Chrome has its own built-in PDF viewer but doe anyone know if using Acrobat embedded in chrome uses NPAPI?