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At least part of the problem seems to be when they're run...
...i.e. all the time in the background. It used to be that the advice was that the only truely reliable virus scan was one done after booting from and then running the software from a known clean, write-protected floppy disk (such as a disk made by booting from and copying the write-protected master disk that came in the box).
These days of course we'd probably need a different boot device and doing the scan with no internet connection active might also be advisable.
Somehow though I don't think most people would accept the inconvinience of going back to that style of scan, even if software that could be run that way was still available.
...and lack of a space program.
Not any more, now they've somewhat overcompensated and have a drop in response in the mid-range (right around middle-C).
Either way : Buy Other Sound Equipment.
Funny you should mention his songs
He wants post like common people.
He wants to post whatever common people do.
It's not just one Paypal account. It's all of them, or at least the ones in existence when Elon Musk (you know, the Space X bloke) had a significant involvement in its early days, from which he made a shitload of cash, which he then used to build rockets.
Re: main TV not available
Or if the main TV is occupied then go use the PC you're streaming from, which likely has a decent size screen of its own.
Re: Microsoft, please don't add a start menu ....
I don't think there will be a problem. Classic Shell works perfectly well on Windows 7, even though that has it's own start menu.
Its nothing to do with message notifications. Its to more clearly inform the world how old your phone is:
"A phone model's age is revealed by it's Apple crystal embedded in the back of their iPhone that changes color every seven months, yellow (age 0-6), then blue (age 7-13), then red (age 14-20), then blinks red and black on Lastday, and finally turns black at 21."
Those whose phone shows a yellow logo will be able to more easily show off to the world that they have the latest phone. Blue should be seen as a sign that the user should start planning their next phone purchase. Red will be a cause for embarasment that the phone is so old. Black is to minimize the logo's visibility, anyone with such a phone shows a lack of commitment and they should be spurned just the same as those with other phones.
Re: Paper shortages
Re: unauthorized pr0n
You have authorized pr0n where you work?
Re: Black space craft? Whatever could go wrong
"That," he said, "that... is really bad for the eyes."
It was a ship of classic, simple design, like a flattened salmon, twenty yards long, very clean, very sleek. There was just one remarkable thing about it.
"It's so... black!" said Ford Prefect. "You can hardly make out its shape... light just seems to fall into it!"
The blackness of it was so extreme that it was almost impossible to tell how close you were standing to it.
"Your eyes just slide off it..." said Ford in wonder.
Re: Softer landing
Which would be fine if the water landings weren't just a test for future land landings. Stopping at the surface might cause some problems now, but saves having to re-calibrate and test everything again later when they don't want to be getting to the surface with significant velocity left.
Not available on this occasion. From the hashtags these guys are using we're clearly talking Galaxy Quest, not Star Trek. So major problems are solved by a phone-call to the fans; which is pretty much what has been done to get this far.
Red Dwarf would also be acceptable.
Re: What about Folded Displays
or the return of the flip-phone, but with the screen covering both halves.
Re: ISIS's name confuses me anyway
Well yes, I know that. But they really should have done more market research on how their name would have turned out in other countries. I mean car makers and the like do their best (but sometimes fail) to make sure that their latest model doesn't translate into 'giant wang' or 'flatulent sheep' or something else embarasing in some language or other.
In this case it's particularly bad. Not only are the initials taken, but correspond to another earlier religion's goddess. If car makers were that careless you'd have French manufacturers naming their large family car after a British small single seater electric buggy. Oh, wait a minute, you may have a point...
ISIS's name confuses me anyway
Why would a bunch of muslim extremists name themselves after an ancient Egyptian goddess?
I read elsewhere that the range of the wireless is pretty much 'skin contact', not across the room. If you're going to get that close in order to interfere with it then you have many more options of how to do harm, ones which don't even need the victim to have an implant.
Re: door wedge
Nah, the Surface is terrible as a door wedge. This just proves the Macbook Air is the better device, not only is it more wedge shaped but its heavier too - much better for stopping a door moving.
Re: Is "needs internet connection"
Surely "battery not charged" is the new batteries not included?
I'm not sure if this is better or worse than batteries not included. On the one hand charging the built-in battery is likely to take less time than waiting for the shops to open once xmas is over. On the other hand there isn't the option of borrowing a couple of AAs from some other device.
(kids - just don't ask which device they were out of if its your Mum that finds 'spare' batteries).
Re: For those damned yoof amongst us:
Often accompanied by a dual 8-segment led readout of the current speed on the front of the case. This wasn't actually a measurement, the two values were set with jumpers and so could be unrelated to the true speed (some systems used HI and LO instead of numbers).
Flash!, I love you!
But we only have 14nm to save the data
Re: Kids, parents: don't worry
Chocolate teapots are as useful as any other novelty chocolate item. The important thing is to assess their usefulness as chocolate, not as teapots.
Re: one uses at least an AK-74
Out of preference perhaps. However I suspect most people wanting a gun will take an AK-47 if its what is available, rather than complain its too old and do without.
Re: What size are these mice?
Perhaps they've been to the fire swamp and found some R.O.U.S.s?
(Rodents Of Unusual Size).
Re: A couple of simple tricks:
Also 'most recent' still has a scrambled order. Random posts are selected to be ordered based on the date of the last comment, not the date they were posted. How this order differs from the top-stories order I'm not sure, but its not what I'd expect from 'most recent'.
I think on this occasion you fit the standard profile perfectly. That is what ALL their users want from their news feed, but facebook won't give it them.
These people definately need the 'trick-cyclist' label. There is no way they qualify as boffins.
I seem to have got blocked.
I wonder which of the various things I called him did it?
(yeah, I know, if you're not paying you're the product not the consumer...)
Not seen one of these (too new) but have seen earlier toughened panasonics (swivel screen types). Generally in the hands of gas engineers and other people who lug them round in vans full off tools, not coffee shops. As the review says a niche market, but one which will pay a premium for a device which will survive.
Re: Sacrificial screen? - possible alternative?
If its just for GPS functionality then there are some really cheap (< £50) dedicated sat-nav units out there (I found at least 2 on Amazon). I don't know quite what your requirements for GPS on a bike are - if its just for on-road navigation then they're probably an alternative to paying the same for a remote screen for your phone. If you're after something to log off-road routes or something then I'm less sure they're an option.
On the other hand watches get dropped less often than phones.
To be fair - on this occasion its a 'first look' not an 'in depth review'.
I see what you're saying. I think we sort of agree in that we both only want one main device, we just disagree which one it should be.
For me a smartphone is simply too big to carry everywhere (I know not everyone agrees on this). Whereas a watch strapped to the wrist is a very convinient way of carrying tech - I've had a watch strapped to my wrist almost constantly (showers excepted) for most of the last 36 years. I hardly notice its there.
Of the various bits of interconnected tech I just see the watch as the easiest to carry - so it makes sense (to me) to put the brains there. Larger pocketable screens (smartphone replacements), face mounted screens (google glass etc.) and other less portable output devices (e.g. TVs) become just screens that all connect to the same device. If you're going with the destop/laptop analogy then the equivalent would be ditching the desktop in favour of a laptop, but keeping a docking station on the desk.
(as a side benefit if the watch was the expensive part with the processing and data in it then it'd make the most valuable part the part which was hardest to steal)
Unfortunately technology isn't quite at the point where I think its practical to do it the way I want. If even without the CPU grunt in the watch it needs charging once a day then its a long way off where I'd consider it usable.
Re: You need to carry an Android phone with you in order to use it?
I think these will make more sense when they can move the 'brains' to the watch rather than the phone. The phone can then become a dumb screen which you can leave behind if you're going somewhere you only need basic functions and don't want to carry a large device in your pocket.
Re: Good I/O Design - I've heard of it!
Also if you care enough about your screen based entertainment to spend 20k on a screen are you really connecting stuff directly to it? I'd expect it to be accompanied by a correspondingly nice AV receiever. Which means a one-off connection of power, HDMI and possibly aerial and ethernet to the tele itself - everything else can go through the receiver.
Hard to find volume buttons on either side of the power button?
Seems perfectly sensible. After all its not like that could cause any problems when you need to adjust the volume in call.
Oh, wait a minute...
Re: Elephant in the room
Perhaps a desktop? I suspect they might be too big/heavy to be worth the trouble. Particularly when its raining and its going to be hard to keep it dry.
Re: not password protected?
Is anyone else living in the same house? If not then a password adds very little security compared to the locks on the doors. What it would add would be pointless in the event of the PC being stolen if the hard drive wasn't also encrypted to prevent it simply being added as a second data drive to another machine.
I think I'll pay the people who came up with this a visit.
But first I think I'll watch Jackie Brown and see if any helpful adverts show up
CTCs and Virtual Particles.
Something I've wondered for a while, but never properly looked into the maths of:
Does a virtual particle/anti-particle pair forming and then anihilating look any different to a single particle on a (very short) CTC? If they are equivalent then does this mean that the virtual particle theory might not be right and time travel might be taking place all around us on a quantum scale?
If there is an equivalence then what are the implications for Hawking radiation from black holes if the CTC model is the correct one?
Re: Why bother making things so thin?
I'd normally agree. However on this occasion the bit which really suffered for being so thin was the screen. This has a good technical reason for being thin; to reduce parallax problems between where your eye and the electronics think the tip of the pen is.
I think the bigger problem is the glue. Surely there must be some way of holding these things together without glue?
Even more confused by the choice of Micro SD slot now
There looks to be room for a full size one? So why micro? With the same aspect ratio as a DSLR, the ability to run Lightroom and Photoshop and a pressure sensitive pen this device has a lot to appeal to a photographer - so why doesn't it take the same size SD card as many cameras use?
(Yes I know you could use a micro-sd card in an adaptor in the camera - but who really wants to replace all their memory cards?)
Re: May just be a lack of proof-reading?
No longer a 404. All references to a surface mini seem to have gone from the PDF version of the user guide now.
Re: proceeded to review their samples based on their normal laptop usage
Yes, I totally get why. But reviewing it as if it *is* a laptop is still missing the point. It is still a *tablet* first.
For comparison lets look into the history of the laptop. There was a time (perhaps 20 or so years ago?) when these were a lot less powerfull than a desktop PC and you'd only really use one when you needed portability - most laptop owners would also have a desktop as their main machine.
Then the gap closed a little and we started to get laptops which could be considered 'desktop replacements'. They weren't (and still aren't) quite as good a desktop as a top-end desktop machine, but for many people are good enough in that role that they're willing to compromise if it means not having two machines. To review a high-end laptop on the basis of only ever being used on one desk would be missing the point and lead to the reviewer complaining about it not comming with a full-size mouse, the screen being a little small and ports and expansion being limited compared to a dedicated desktop.
If what you primarily want is a laptop then the surface is probably the wrong choice. However for those people who now mostly use a tablet and only switch an actual PC (laptop or desktop) on when they really need to then perhaps something like the surface might enable them to have one less device - just like many of those same people got rid of desktops to save space and only occasionally put a laptop on a table if they have a lot of work to do.
Re: 17" screen, 16GB RAM, quad core Haswell CPU, 2 x 1TB + 8GB SSD HDs
Whereas for me I expect it to handle the times I'd otherwise use a laptop quite well, since for stuff that is truely demanding I have a desktop with specs that make your monster laptop look like a toy.
But lets not get into a bragging competition, lets just agree that different people have different needs. Surface may not be for everyone, but its different enough that its likely to be for someone - probably someone whose needs aren't quite met by more conventional options. More choice of form-factor has to be a good thing - pick the one that suits you.
Re: 3rd Time Lucky for MS?
If you don't know why you'd want it then it's not for you. Even at the launch event MS said this to the audience of journalists (many of whom proceeded to review their samples based on their normal laptop usage).
Its an attempt to produce something a little different for those people (a minority perhaps, but not noone) for who a pure tablet or pure laptop isn't quite the right device. Its also rather more than their 3rd attempt - it might only be the third with the name, but really its just their latest refinement of their original tablet-PC concept from many years ago.
Those old tablet-PCs never really achieved mass market appeal, but I've seen a few over the years being used for specialised applications. I expect the same will be mostly true of these, though perhaps a little more widespread now that the weight has come down and the handwriting has improved to the point it might not be painfully frustrating to use.
May just be a lack of proof-reading?
The PDF version of the user guide currently gives a 404. I wonder if its being hastily edited before they make it available again?
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