363 posts • joined 2 Feb 2010
Re: IMHO, MS Office 13 has a largely anti-productivity UI
The UI is pretty meh, especially in Outlook, where emails in the list tend to blend into each other cause it's all white.
The main productivity kicker will be what they've done with the to-do bar though - it now only shows your appointments for the current day and there is no way to change it. Showstopper for many (every?) business I think.
Ah but the difference with us is that we start out happy and optimistic then after 5 years or so in the industry, once enough coffee has been consumed and enough DailyWTFs have been observed; we become bitter, sarcastic, cynical bastards.
Watches are a Status Symbol?
No, for most people, a watch is a way to easily tell the time. They are a status symbol of you are a douche bag who is compensating for a certain something being below average in size (do you drive an Audi TT as well by any chance?). But in that case you won't buy one of these until everyone's got one anyway.
No, this is a geek toy and will be for some time. So fix the battery issue then maybe it'll take off. It'd be kinda handy to be able to see text/IM/email and appointments without having to get the phone out.
There's a Good OS in there Somewhere
I installed it on my small, low powered laptop (mostly to test) and tbh - it's not an awful OS, it's just crippled with awful, arbitrary design choices. The biggest one of which for me is that apps won't run in a lower (netbook) res and this is impossible to change, even though all of those apps have vast amounts of white space. There are a number of other issues as well but that's the one that winds me up the most.
There are a lot of low powered laptops (mostly people who don't give a toss about whether something looks good or not), which could have generated quite a number of upgrades if nothing else. If only they hadn't totally ignored their Beta and RTM feedback.
And I think this res issue is going to bite them even more in the coming months / years because surely you could produce a much cheaper tablet with a low res screen, which would be ideal for the netbook market (i.e. those who want to pay <= £200).
Ah well - at least coding Android apps is pretty easy.
I should point out that most of the comment leaving DM readers were AGAINST an opt-[in/out] block. So it's not really for "Middle England", it's for the DM and no one else.
Also one thing I posted on there too: I expect this will be done for new and current customers. They'll be asked if they have kids. What about couples who've not had kids YET. Will ISPs be informed of all births?
Re: Is the Fail confused or am I?
Upvote for the needless delicious breakfast description and the obscure knightmare ref in your name :)
Not to mention that I agree - the DM confused me earlier as well.
I'm thinking that they just want to do the old trick of pretending that's what they wanted all along when they clearly didn't.
I'd love to see a time lapse video of the whole process. If this isn't fake it'd be amazing to watch.
Re: Angry Birds does it
I'm glad I'm not the only one whose noticed this. I thought maybe it was something set wrong on my phone or it was a version issue (I have an Ace so not exactly newest). Surely it should be impossible for apps to do such an override and it's a bug in the OS?
Now I was thinking about doing the whole win8 for media centre thing myself but I've held off because the primary method for my navigation on that PC is with an RF remote control (in place of a mouse).
And that's the problem. It seems like it would be impossible to work in the new interface with a remote (even worse than a trackpad at any rate) so I just don't fancy doing it. Plus, the majority of the time I'd be in desktop mode anyway so what's the point?
Now if I could close apps by right clicking somewhere I'd consider it.
If anyone's tried the same setup and likes it though then please let me know.
Re: What a mess.
Hey, at least you can run the apps that it comes with by default - I have t plug a second monitor into mine to do that as the primary has too small a res.
Well at least they decided to include the scratches on this one.
For the most part I really want to upgrade.
The deal breaker for me though is the whole "invisible corners that do stuff" concept. I use RDP and dual screens extensively and in these environments you NEED visible buttons to click. Even relying on keyboard shortcuts is flakey for RDP (expecially over a mobile device).
Give us a start button & menu and give us a way to access the charms bar et al from a button and I'm there. Till then I'll stick with 7 at least on my desktops. I might give it a go on the media PC (the taskbar on dual monitors looks great for my particular setup) and on my small laptop (better boot time and battery usage would be good there).
"There really isn't anything quite like the stark refusal to give you even a hidden registry-setting "off switch" to make you realise how irrelevant you and your concerns truly are."
What I don't get is the obsession with going faster than light in the first place.
Yes, it would be better if we could get to very far away star systems in months or even a lifetime but if you are talking about the expansion of the species then why does that even matter? Even if it takes centuries to "system hop" there will be pioneers willing to be part of that either through stasis pods, generational ships or whatever. Yes it'd be a 1 way trip but so was emigrating to another country thousands of years ago.
Well I've just checked and they've put their FTTC rollout back by another 2 months for my area ... so forget FTTH, I'd personally be happy to get any connection over the pathetic <2Mb we currently get.
Re: As punishment
Exactly right but you missed the part where for the first 2 days you've taken off work, the engineer doesn't even show up and the one about them sending junk mail for their cable broadband to areas that have no cable.
Not that I'll be buying it anyway but...
Buy the paper copy second hand or pirate the eBook. Then the tax man gets bugger all. When eBooks start coming down in price to a sensible amount (i.e. £1.99 or less) then maybe I'll consider them but till then, I'd rather have my second hand hardbacks thank you very much.
I'd just be happy if I could download a file and watch 1 Youtube video at once...
Those would be "programs" for us old late 20's people then?
Re: Can anyone....
This is going back a bit but I remember Winamp having an iPod (classic) plugin. May be worth checking that out.
Yeah, the best they could hope for would be that they'd (for some strange reason) decide to upload a zip file containing loads of emails from a larger country saying "bust his ass" by mistake. But no one would ever do anything that stupid from being DDoSed would they.
Re: Sounds like she thinks they're going to go against Apple
My thoughts exactly. Funny how she waits until it's Samsung's turn before coming out with this.
Re: i hate cats...
"A hessian sack and some bricks are the best thing for cats"
Many would feel the same way about your spawn.
Re: Dr. Who is a lot of shite, and everyone knows it
You are right - it was BBC'd to death and they just keep raping it for all it's worth and will continue to do so till the money runs out.
It's sci-fi for plebs - dumbed down, family friendly, PC crap. Which is why so many people like it but those of us who enjoy real sci-fi hate it. Then there are the crowd of older people who liked the old ones and feel obliged to watch and defend the new ones even though they are NOTHING like the old ones. They may as well have made it a different series but it's a common tactic to crowbar a new idea into an old successful one to make more money.
Also I think the next doctor should be Stephen Fry ;)
Re: This isn't just about pedos
Indeed - it's very very dangerous :/
"This decision ... closes one door where people that would abuse children share and indulge in their fantasies online without the use of images, and prior to now have felt beyond the reach of the law in doing so."
Excellent news - now not only are children such as Lisa Simpson protected but now they can also protect those who aren't even depicted! With any luck they'll be able to arrest those who even THINK of children soon (the pedos will have to prove they aren't thinking about kids). </sarcasm>
Do they really think that making it as much of an crime to engage in FANTASY as carrying out the acts for real a good idea? Don't they see that those with such interests will then be more likely to just have kids of their own purely to abuse them?
Re: Anonymous has "rules"?
You really do seem to be the only one here who "gets it"
Re: Fuck you google!
So by your logic - no company should ever try to enter an established market or if they do they should not use any of the underlying fundamental principals that have been established over the years that the industry has been going.
Re: It might have ramifications.
On the contrary - Steam actually has the technical capability to transfer licences. If you recall when the Orange Box came out, many users ended up with 2 copies of the original HL2 and were advised that they could "gift" their extra licence to a friend.
There is no reason at all that this couldn't also apply to games or DLC that you don't have a duplicate of.
If there was the option of buying DLC second hand (for say - half original price) I would actually buy it. They say that they don't want that because the product doesn't depreciate like a physical second hand one would but it's no different than a car - you pay a premium to have it "new" for the bragging rights. You could even limit the (re)sale of second hand downloaded stuff so that it's only available after the new game hype has died down.
Fail because they are missing out on money from the likes of me.
So it's not really related but I want to know why this is even going through the DoE. WTF has it got to do with them? Surely it should be DoJ or similar?
Re: Metro was designed by experts
I think you meant: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/sarcasm?q=sarcasm
Irony is great though and it's ironic how often it's misused.
What about at night then? I wasn't aware that australia covered half the planet.
Re: As per usual
So how do you know that the very moment she turns 16 she'll be responsible enough?
You should totally patent and sell your technique - it would make you a fortune.
The IT crowd is shit anyway - easily the worst thing that any of those involved have been in.
It just plays on stereotypes of IT people, which bare practically no resemblance to reality.
Location doesn't matter
Cheap datacenter in India it is then.
It's fine because they ticked all the "do you have" boxes and we trust them not to lie.
Re: Why 12x12?
Indeed it was and it's a pointless limit. Even more so these days.
They'd be much better off learning what numbers actually are and the concept of different bases as well as building the logic to work out complex mental arithmetic rather than being taught to mindlessly recite the result of a specific (simple) calculation.
It's almost as bad as "learning the kings of England" - i.e. learning heir names and the various key dates about them but none of the stuff that actually makes history worth bothering about.
Actually the Japanese quite often use old tech as well as new because they tend not to replace stuff if it's still working. I found it rather amusing to see old terminals and dot matrix printers in the station where you get the Shinkansen from.
Re: LinkedIn is spam anyway.
You are missing the point that it's a work based site - it's not Facebook. It's for keeping track of work based connections who you might be able to use to benefit your career in the future. Not because you like them.
It's also useful as a barrier between recruiters and your actual email address / phone number because you don't HAVE to share your details with them when they spam you.
Also, if you have a decent profile you can actually get head hunted by good employers from there (not recruiters). It happened to a friend of mine - lucky bugger.
I see someone holding a bit of bendy perspex and an animation of some rollers.
It all seems like lies to me.
Which of course is really the point of all the hype.
Up till now, these things have been unprofessional but this one as you say is enterprise level.
Excellent work. Exactly the sort of research that should be getting lots of charity funding as it could work with many (all?) different kinds of cancer.
In fact - I bet there are lots of other applications for this kind of technique as well.
I hate Skype because it's the only IM client that Miranda can't really connect to properly. The best you can do is have it hidden in the background and use the interop plugin, which is a bit shonky (cause skype is so naff).
I wish MS would somehow merge it with MSN so that the IM part just goes through that with the voice and cam still being Skype's protocols.
I thought that too.
Also am I the only one who finds the new font hard on the eyes?
Re: Content free article
"However, it's got to be a concern that kids are going to be creating transaction systems using NoSQL. That would be a disaster."
Indeed it would - and it is happening. In no small part because of articles like this for the reasons already stated many times above.
Most people don't care about such detail.
Those that do will just ask their doctor.
I really can't believe that no one pointed this out before they wasted so much money ...
Re: Methinks he doth protest too much...
Same here on every Windows machine I've had over the past 10 years or so.
Only numpties get viruses and indeed - AV software is often just as bad as having the virus.
As for your ex - she'd probably been looking at porn and downloaded "codec packs" :P
On a related note - I think that a common attack vector (and cause of badly performing Windows machines) is all the nasty software that comes with off the shelf PCs (stupid mac style application launcher bars, HP drivers and all that rubbish). Its always SO error prone (and users always think that error messages are viruses) so it gives the whole platform a bad name.
It won't work.
I wish they would just get on with actually doing their usual bluff and stop "supporting creative people". I figure there'd be a short period of not much being produced before someone steps into the breach and offers services that people have been asking for for ages, namely - everything available for free via ad supported streaming services alongside premium (but still reasonably priced) physical media with no drm and no unskippable BS, for fans and collectors.
The thing is, we are all techy so the courses they do are crap to us. And yes - I agree in theory that you shouldn't teach office only or MS languages but you have to ask - why are they being taught IT at all? If it's so they can get a job then what's wrong with teaching them stuff that is ACTUALLY in use? I'd say that learning C# would be a bit more useful than something archaic that has 0 real world applications.
I think one of the main problems is that they try to teach IT as a blanket "1 size fits all" course when really it doesn't. If it were up to me I'd have an easier course to teach basics (a bit of hardware, knowing what a virus is, different types of OS including new portable things, a SMALL amount of history etc and maybe at the end making a simple website). Then for the kids who are better, have a higher course where they learn about data structures, algorithms, branching strategies and all kinds of (interesting) things.
Either way - stuff needs to change from how it is at the moment. The course I did was out of date in the 90's and AFAIK they are still teaching roughly the same one (complete with paper keyboards to practice typing).
They Don't Care
Well yeah - obviously those countries "lead" the way for BYOD. Mainly because companies in those places don't give a monkeys about data security, viruses being on their network, spam being sent from their servers, or pirated software being used for their work (more than likely theirs is anyway) or any number of other security no-nos. All they see is a saving because they don't have to supply stuff, which means more profit when they sell their shit quality products.
Re: I'm Confused!
Google index "everything" - i.e. stuff they have not made. Stuff that belongs to other people. Stuff that they do not have the copyright for. Is that not what various news outlets were complaining of? And what of the stock photo companies who now get less revenue because everyone just copies an image from Google image search these days?
Also, TPB is user contributed so anything can be indexed there too.
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