353 posts • joined 2 Feb 2010
"We need a THING it can be an app right? They are cool - and it can be on the cloud! It'll wipe it all remotely if we need to and will make everyone more productive."
Re: To all the "what if it was the other way round" commentards
Duhhhr. Rape lol haha really funny. Me think rape funny.
So imagine you go to a gay club for some reason and in the bathroom a guy rapes you. Still so funny?
Man accused of forcing woman to have sex = rapist, arrested, charged, name and photo made public, life ruined.
Woman definitely forces men to have sex = nymphomaniac, taken into "care", identity protected, victims mocked.
I've been wondering about that since they brought out the iPod and forced everyone to use iTunes.
Re: Wrong in the first sentence.
10 seconds? Haha
Except that in the "good old days" it was hard because absolutely every topic was learn by wrote with no thought going in at all.
Ask anyone over a certain age what 7x12 is and they'll tell you in a second. Ask them 14x6 and they'll have trouble.
Understanding is much more useful than memorizing.
HOWEVER - we do allow people to "pass" when they really shouldn't.
I don't know why they are even wasting their time thinking about such things - everyone knows that these organisations only care about the DPA in terms of "can we tick the box" and never actually adhere to it's principals.
I'm sure that there will be nothing to stop individuals short-cutting any process that is put in place by simply copying data to a (unencrypted) thumb drive then giving it to whoever has asked for it (over the phone with no formal request or paper trail of course).
So at what point do people become "real" journos?
Pull the other one - it's got lithium on.
The only reason that Apple are doing so well is that the entire mainstream media and graphic designers seem to love giving them free advertising.
They always seem to use a Mac whenever they need a stock photo of someone using a computer and usually use an iPhone-like icon to denote a smart phone.
Still - the press are notoriously fickle so when the wind changes (and it will) their bubble will burst.
No - lol
Re: Too much AND too little process
Same here. It's probably more common than you'd think.
Re: I'm reminded of the Life of Brian "Jehovah" sketch
"Can you imagine 70 years or so in a prison, knowing you aren't getting out?"
It must be at least something like what those who care about the victim feel, knowing that person is now gone from their lives.
So yeah - sounds like a fitting punishment to me. Much more than the death sentence (life is cheap to those people anyway).
I'd give it a go - sounds like fun. It wouldn't be the same as with a living partner but why not? And the implication seems to be that only singles would use them but they could be good for couples too. Male ones would even be better for guys who are "straight" ;)
The deleting thing, yeah ... I guess though more annoying (IMO) is when something has locked thumbs.db or similar and you can't delete the folder containing it.
The second point though - the reason they wouldn't go looking for bugs is that they won't get paid for doing it. The bug will be reported to them, they'll fix it and get paid for it then move onto the next. In a company as big as MS, it's not the job of the bug fixer to go testing - though they could probably email a tester and say "this class is shit - please look for issues similar to bug x".
Online, you can find stupidly high res photos of any new tech that you will want to buy these days.
In store they will be be annoyed if you tell them you want to look inside the box. In places like PC world the actually go to the trouble of wrapping plastic bands around boxes just so you can't do this.
Unless there is a version out on display, it'll be harder to see it in store than online so that is pretty much an invalid argument really.
Is this actually happening anywhere other than in tiny start ups?
Bleh, waste of dev time. It would have been better if they'd working on making the UI less horrible.
Still, at least the recent PC patch fixes all my CTDs :)
Shame that the game was generally a bit of a disappointment though (for me anyway). They could at least have got nice, dynamic, drifting snow in there like they said they would years ago when they were deciding whether to do Somerset Isle or Skyrim.
Compare it to Morrowind where there were different transport modes and cities like Vivec or Ald'ruhn felt huge because of the number of shops, not to mention guild and house facilities they contained.
It's still ok though now that I've got about a million mods, just not as good as it so easily could have been.
Haha, what a strange article. I was about to tell you you must just have bought shit laptops because even my little (quite customised) Inspiron Mini does not fall foul of much that you noted as long as I don't expect too much from it. But then I read the end.
Nice :) Probably should have put the troll face as the icon though.
I don't think any of the existing form factors will ever fully die out. At the end of the day it really just comes down to personal preference and need.
Separate Router And Switch
In my experience, broadband being faster than the LAN is not an issue. Maybe if you live in London it can be though?
My main issue has mostly been that the routers I've been given / bought are generally only 100Mbps so it slows down transfers between PCs quite a lot.
To combat this I bought a budget but still decent stand alone switch to connect all the PCs and 1 port used for the router. And it's wonderful :) (Wireless still comes from the router but that's slow anyway).
Also - I ran a cable from the study (where the kit is) to the living room, in the wall. It's so much better than trailing cable down stairs. And for neatness - put cables under the carpet (there's usually a big enough gap under the skirting board for a good few network cables.
To be honest, I really like the current crop of products, which I use on a day to day basis (Windows 7, Visual Studio 2010, Office 2010). And I am not a fuddy duddy because I really like the ribbon.
The thing is that Microsoft seem to be going completely mental at the moment - we already know that Windows 8 looks like a nightmare to use for actual work and Visual Studio 2012 has been sapped of all colour to the extent that it's unusable. I dread to think what they will do to office. My guess is some kind of gesture based method of making the ribbon appear or if you are one of those crazy people, not using touch; having to hover the mouse over a specific 5px section in bottom of the screen.
Re: Dear Microsoft...
If I could up-vote you more - I would.
Re: Nokia are doomed, but Elop could have done something
XBox is indeed their only hardware success but by the sounds of it they are going to make damn sure to change that with their next version if what people are saying is true (killing second hand market, locking games to 1 account etc).
MS seem to have really gone a bit mental recently. It's worrying because I really don't fancy moving platform any time soon.
I saw the advert for it last night and to be honest, the UI does look snazzy and I like the idea that it's based around social circles.
The thing is the ad is so sugar coated and clearly trying to tug heart strings that to anyone who has even the tiniest amount of cynicism it comes across as pathetic and more than a little creepy. Very much like the Chrome ad.
And if you think about it, how long will it be before those of us who are happy to use science to change how we think about reality and how we live our lives are so different from regular humans that we could be classed as a different - "higher" species.
The connotations of such concepts are quite interesting.
Re: Looks like you need their whole hand
It's Japan. You could walk around with 100,000 yen sticking loosely out of your back pocket and no one would steal it.
(Sad because I wish we had such a low level of crime, petty or otherwise)
The populace would love the t-shirts though, even if they didn't understand them. They'd probably copy the idea but get the English slightly wrong with amusing consequences.
How about people who want a way to browse YouTube and play crappy games but don't want to pay loads of money?
Personally I don't need or want a tablet but I can see the reasoning of those that do and a cheaper one would be more than enough for most users who don't use even half the power of an iPad.
Don't give them the wifi password. Whitelist devices, tell them "tough" and laugh at their tears and foot stamping.
Failing that, ensure that their device adheres to your "rigorous" (BOFH) PAT testing procedure, which involves how well the device copes when dropped from a 3rd floor window and being sliced in half with a buzz saw.
Re: LEAD THE WAY IRAN
<-- I think you meant to use this icon.
What's the Ppoint?
I don't really get the point of this service.
Why not just create a (mostly) free AWS instance and use that with the existing remote desktop client? That way you don't lose your settings or anything either.
Re: The N900 can run OpenOffice
You use a spreadsheet program to make floor plans ... how strange. Still, at least it's not Powerpoint I guess.
Seriously though - have you tried Visio? It's kind of one of the things it is made for and does rather well.
If they'd had to actually enable themselves to the app before they appeared then I'd say fair enough (I think that's how the gaydar one works) but as it is this one does seem quite stalkery.
The idea seems like a good one in theory though for people who are usually shy and have trouble just going up to someone they like the look of, just needs a bit more work.
The Bethesda Excuse
"Modders will fix it" is just arrogance.
The fact is that the majority of users of anything stick with the default set up even if they hate it. They just complain more, which makes the product look bad.
Bethesda can get away with it because they have enough hype for apologists to rescue them. Microsoft don't have that luxury.
Re: To far
I agree. Unfortunately children do not have any rights.
I've been using the Internet heavily for the past 15 years or so. I use it as the source for pretty much all of the information I consume whether it's about gaming, work stuff, news, history - anything (yes, even porn) and I have never in my life come across these kind of sites, which "normal" users apparently "stumble" over all the time.
Maybe I need to get out my tinfoil hat but I really doubt whether they actually exist or whether it's all just made up by the likes of the IWF. If it was SO common then I'm sure I'd have stumbled across it in my time.
Also, why would a pedo put pictures and videos up on websites anyway? Surely they'd use forums or peer to peer? Setting up a website would imply they were trying to make money but from the description, the content was freely available so where is the motivation? It makes no sense.
The only plausible reason I can think of is that these sites are all actually honey pots set up by other agencies.
In any case I agree with other commentators here about there being a disproportionate focus on sexual abuse, to the extent that violence with no sexual motivation is increasingly seen as "ok". Very dangerous.
Also it seems like police only care about porn and not even those who commit the crimes. In any chavvy area you'll see 20-odd year old guys with 13 year old girlfriends but nothing gets done about them.
What a crazy world.
I may be totally missing something here but is there really any reason why any of the standard off the shelf CRM systems could not have been used for this stuff?
I mean Microsoft CRM is pretty damn customizable and I'll bet even it would have been cheaper than the mess they've had half-developed. Hell, would have even been a good marketing tool for MS so they'd have probs done the consultancy at a massive discount.
You only have to look at how their horrible drivers treat your PC to know that they assume that all you want your PC for is to use their printer. It's absolutely disgraceful how insidious and naff their installer is. And you wanna choose not to install "HP Helper Print Internet App Scan Agent" so you untick the box from the form you have to get to from a hyper link? TOUGH, we'll whack it on anyway!
Azure vs AWS
Azure is still a very incomplete product. As a software dev of real systems for real businesses, I am a big fan of SQL Server. It's easily the best product that Microsoft has made. But on Azure it is totally nobbled - it's like using 2000 in many ways. They will never be able to compete with AWS on this unless they allow the real fully fat version of SQL server on Azure. And let us permanently update single files in web site deployments.
As for Windows 8 - They have gone mad. Completely mad.
You really are everything that's wrong with both the recruitment and development industries.
The real lesson I am picking up from your articles is to pay close heed to my inbuilt bullshit and numpty detector when dealing with recruiters and contractors alike.
"The silence is deafening. Could anyone tell me why that would be?"
Umm, maybe because it's all been tried (and ignored) before and for many years.
Re: Missing Category
Darn, I hate it when I type in instead of is ...
Also sometimes a post really could do with a supplementary icon. Troll face is also applicable XD
"Bethesda's RPG, Skyrim, went home without a single win despite nominations in five categories"
They mustn't have a category for most over-hyped game that fails to live up to even the smallest of promises.
I used to be a big fan of the Elder Scrolls series (no arrow jokes please) but I will not be buying the next one (Oblivion was bad enough but Skyrim really in an insult in so many ways). I'm only just getting into it now that I have installed so many mods that it is practically a whole new game. I pity all those suckers on console - especially PS3.
I can't decide whether it was more of a let down than Saint's Row 3 but they are very close either way.
So good on you Bafta, well done for not giving in to hype.
P.S. I know I've not given specifics as to why I don't like it - they have been covered by many fans in great depth. The general theme can be summed up rather well by one phrase though - "The almost a thousand steps"
Re: I don't care about the software, but....
Same here to an extent.
And what have we got instead - MSN, where the simple task of adding new contacts now seems impossible (I've added about 4 people recently and none of them have gotten the "you've been added" request or vice versa).
YIM it is then :/
Ever see Lexx when the Mantrid Drones eat that star?
'But we had nothing to gain'
Most normal people don't know the difference between an iPad and a Kindle and if they are going to be buying something to read books they will consider both. Their argument is obvious BS.
If we are still around by that time it really won't matter.
However, the zombies will have come way before then. (We need a zombie icon)
Never mind eBooks
I don't know how they have gotten away with their anti-competitive behaviour of forcing people to use iTunes for so long.
They have had a practical monopoly on MP3 players, smart phones and tablets for years now yet they are still allowed to force their users to buy every bit of content through their store / iTunes. If that isn't making use of a monopoly in 1 industry to unfairly gain advantage in another I don't know what is.
... we're all doomed!
"how nature colonises formerly barren areas"
Like animals inadvertently carrying seeds for example?
Draft emails ... really? Draft emails, which are saved locally. Because they are a draft. Because they aren't ready for sending yet. Right. Unless they think only web mail exists these days, but in that case that would just come under the regular traffic snooping surely.
No wonder Indian software is such "high" quality.