314 posts • joined 11 Feb 2010
Re: Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?
Update of Windows 8.1 Update?
Maybe you should just run Linux on Google/Amazon clouds.
While you're listening to customers, how about fixing the user interface in W8?
Re: Who names these things?
In the post-Snowden era, surely it must be "Orwell".
Reminds me of all the reasons why I stopped using Windows.
Re: Upgrade cycle
Upgrade cycles are a myth perpetrated by MS to get people buying the same software over and over again.
In a properly specified computer system, you buy a SYSTEM (hardware, software and maintenance) designed to run for a specific time, with essential updates included in the original cost. At end of life you scrap it, having already planned to the next iteration.
Attempting to run an IT system until it turns to dust is a moron's choice.
Re: Wasting taxpayer's money again
"After 3 years on a Degree course they will enter the job market knowing how to use Microsoft Windows 7, Office 2013 (next year Office 365), Internet Explorer, Adobe Photoshop, etc"
1. It doesn't require a university education to learn these apps. A person with a university education should easily be able to adapt to whatever apps are required in the marketplace. If you UNDERSTAND how to do it in the GIMP, you can do it in Photoshop. If you're only TRAINED in the GIMP, Photoshop will be more difficult. University is supposed to be about education, not job training. The two are not the same.
2. With the speed that the market is currently moving, any app used in a three year course will be obsolete by the time the graduate gets a job.
Re: Wasting taxpayer's money again
"I think even a bank would notice if it had been compromised over a number of years and as I say we're not talking about one bank here."
Recent evidence suggests that a bank wouldn't notice anything wrong with its IT systems until there was a total breakdown.
He who pays the piper calls the tune
It's about time telcos/ISPs wised up to the fact that the only reason their customers give them money, is to access content from the likes of Netflix, Google etc. They should charge their customers for the bandwidth they use, rather than making absurd claims for bandwidth they cannot deliver.
If they're mad enough to force short term charges on the content providers, the latter will simply build their own networks, undercut the incumbents, destroy their business, and buy their assets for pennies on the pound/dollar.
"What's this "innovating" thing he's talking about?"
I think he means "enervating".
Re: 3 per cent?
According to Wikipedia, a 2011 BBC test of 5000 pound coins found 3.5% to be counterfeit. With 1½ billion in circulation, that will buy several pints even at 2014 prices. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pound_coin)
Re: Sort of
"In the radio-contaminant sense of "lethal" there have to be deaths within a few decades."
And what is the half-life of contaminants in the water?
Shouldn't be long before someone leaves one in a bar. Then we'll get the real answers.
What is he on?
They were probably talking to the marketing people.
Most people who BUY domain names only recognise .com. as a proper domain
Jobs for the boys
Presumably he was the only contender who looks like Steve Jobs.
...boxed copy of Windows?
Anyone with any sense would build a DAW on Linux.
Re: Next, try copyright law
You're taking the Mickey!
according to Professor Stupples. "They are stress testing systems against known threats,"
I should be most interested to know how the professor would test for unknown threats.
Google is one of the few significant parties in the android world that doesn't pay the Microsoft tax for android.
SD cards use the FAT file system, on which Microsoft has a number of patents.
Re: What is it this week?
Presumably the NSA hadn't updated their copy of your registry.
"... I'll just pause the install process until you tell me what colour font you'd like on the console session..."
When you set out to kill the person who wrote the above referenced installer, can I come with you? I promise to bring something REALLY nasty with me.
This malaria vaccine is just a vanity project for the Gates ego.
If we make the bold assumptions that the project is totally successsful in eliminating malaria, and also that the law of unintended consequences fails to rear its ugly head, so what? The people who would have died from malaria will instead die from whatever is the next most communicatable disease in their environment.
On the other hand, if we give them the means of doing business with the outside world, they have the chance to prosper and rise above their disease-ridden environment, just as we in the developed world have done. Necessity is the mother of invention, and hunger and imminent death are great motivators.
What do scientists do if dark matter can't be found?
They'll have to come up with another story to "help them secure further Department of Energy funding".
Stab in the dark
The reason the detectors can't see the tiny flashes, is that they represent a new phenomenon that I name "dark light".
Please send my nobel prize...
Re: Masturbation sleeves
"Orifice for Macs!
(I think MS may have a similarly named product)"
...but it's a different orifice.
Re: Yes @ LaeMing
"Gigibyte (Megibyte, kilibyte, petibyte, etc) is binary. Short form is GiB (MiB, kiB, PiB, etc).
These things do happen to be (long-ago) formally defined for those who can be bothered to know their trade!"
I challenge you to show us where these are formally defined.
Re: vexabibulus is a word @ poopypants
1. If coding were a mechanical skill, it would be done by computers, not humans.
2. Since computer use is so pervasive, and getting more so, a basic understanding of coding could be considered as important as the traditional "3Rs". After all you don't just teach writing to writers, or arithmatic to mathematicians.
Re: 2/3rds running iOS7
"There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics."
The purpose of statistics is to quantify differences. Depending on how you collect and analyse your numbers, you can get any result you want. People of integrity use statistics as an aid to discovery of new data: others use statistics to distort the truth, hence the famous quotation above.
Re: why compare apple and ms?
iPads and iPhones are used almost universally by SENIOR people in business (ie those who earn over £250,000 pa) on a BYOD basis because they are tools to do business on the move. Sure they're useless for things like coding and editing, but people who do those jobs don't make that kind on money.
If you want MS Office without the ribbon, try Open Office or Libre Office. On PC, Mac or Linux.
MS have given us one great gift, the excuse that no-one ever questions: "the network is down".
What an uninspiring list @JDX
Some of us use our computers to do work!
Can anyone explain how the new naming convention for MS tablets is less confusing than the old one?
Re: And now the world waits... @ MyBackDoor
"Microsoft will just have to cave in to the almighty dollar and give it away to keep the dollars coming from other products. "
MS doesn't have any other products that make any money, apart from its enterprise software, which is only used by a relatively small number of very large companies. That's why it's got itself into this ridiculous mess with phones and fondleslabs that nobody wants.
Most smartphone owners regard their phone as a status symbol, and flash it as often as possible to impress those of lower status. Thus they become targets of the criminal sub-set of that fraternity. People who continue to flash status symbols in public will be the targets of criminals until such time as they learn more modest behaviour, and these's nothing that anyone else can do about this.
Not for profit
So it's a grown up business machine that you can't use for business?
I see another $900,000,000 write-down coming.
@07:47 GMT Anonymous Coward
MS change their file formats regularly to force business users to upgrade to the latest version of office (so they can read new versions of old formats). Extensibility and other capabilities of the format has nothing to do with it.
".doc" is not a format, it's a name. The format has changed frequently.
Re: Still not enough
What MS cannot grasp, is that to the user, the interface IS the product. Users don't give a damn about what's going on inside the box.
The problem with W8 in any version is that it's NOT WINDOWS. Call it somerthing else and give Windows users the option to downgrade to W7.
Status Symbol? @ elaar
I agree. In my local pub, in a wealthy part of north London, most of the staff have iPhones.
Most of the customers are on Android.
Re: Urban dictionary has it about right @ Ben Rosenthal
...and the mice.
"Dolphins are the second most intelligent creatures on Earth, above humans and below mice" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_races_and_species_in_The_Hitchhiker%27s_Guide_to_the_Galaxy#Mice)
Linux kernel development is primarily concerned with developing features and adding ever more driver support. There will always be new releases.
Re: Note3 & SIM region lock... @ Al Taylor et al
Conspiracy theorists should note that Samsung sells its phones as a brand, not a product. This means that the Galaxy XTZ you buy in London may be a different device to the Galaxy XYZ you buy in New York or Singapore, and may have a different processor, different 4G bands etc.
This may protect Samsung's margins in different territories. It also protects the naive consumer from dodgy grey imports.
Freedom of Choice
Why do so many people here seem to think that the way they use a smart phone is the only correct way, and everyone who does something different to them is wrong?
Re: Peak Register @SuccessCase
God invented the tablet. "And He gave unto Moses, when He had made an end of speaking with him upon mount Sinai, the two tables of the testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God" (Exodus 31:18) It's just taken us mortals a little time to copy the idea.
Re: The no campaign is grasping at straws here
It's not for the UK to decide if an independent Scotland can remain in the EU, it's an EU decision. I personally think that the chance of Scotland being permitted to join the EU without embracing the Euro is negligible. Furthermore if they end up as oil-rich as the SNP claim, the EU will want a large slice of that to bail out Ireland, Portugal, Greece etc.
I wonder how much they're paying people to turn up and pretend to be customers.
Paraphrase: "We will re-fight the last war until it kills us".
The Velvet Underground and Nirvana are of course renowned for the unsurpassed fidelity of their original recordings
Re: Reversing Moore's Law
"box might just say
Tell me what you want to do?"
If that's what you want, get an iPhone.
The principal point of open source software is that it's free as in freedom. Canonical can do whatever they want with it, and so can you and I. If you don't like it, use something else, or roll your own. If Ubuntu was doing the same as Red Hat, SuZE or any other distro there would be no point to its existance.
Personally I currently prefer Mint/Cinnamon/Docky, but I keep a close eye on what Canonical are doing, because if they get it right with their PC/phone/tablet integration, they will have a dream system, unlike MS, who have got it just about as wrong as possible.
- Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
- Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE
- FOUR DAYS: That's how long it took to crack Galaxy S5 fingerscanner
- Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS
- Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?