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Re: They should be shot
I think that circumstances should beget the punishment.
Being sat in an unmoving traffic jam for an hour or two on the A3 or M25 on a hot summer's day and you'll find that reaching for your phone and quickly texting a message to the Mrs to say you'll be late is very low risk, and if they do it by voice they're also capable of looking around for potential hazards coming their way, nullifying said risk.
Of course, I see enough people, usually young women (in my experience!), looking down into their laps whilst feverishly tapping away whilst coasting along in slow traffic - they're the ones who need their licenses removed. Dead-stop traffic on a motorway or multilane main road with no crossings is very different from slow-moving, or even traffic-light-stopped traffic - which should be punished just as harshly - that is driving through a village or town.
Re: The wisdom of the crowd!
I believe the classic statement is:
The overall intelligence of any mob is the sum of their IQs divided by the number of people in the mob.
This isn't just number manipulation...
This is like saying 'The Pirate Bay was blocked by Virgin so piracy is at an all time low'.
It's just plain bollocks!
Re: Z10 - Frustration beyond words
I don't KNOW, so I can't say for sure...but is it not like Windows Phone 8 where you hold your finger down in the text and the cursor appears, then you can slide it into place wherever you want it?
I set up a Z10 for our FD the other day, and was actually surprised at the similarities between BB10 and WP8. Although, the Z10 felt like a small slab of that foam people stick fake plants in to make them stand up though, really light and really gives you the urge to play frizbee with it.
So what is the betting that they 'forget' to put an option to not have it post your purchases onto your Facebook profile, or put the option at the very bottom of the page under one of those little arrows that opens up more of a paragraph - the place where nobody scrolls or looks to, and then makes sure that the page on phones looks like it's complete so that you don't need to scroll down to find the options that might protect your privacy...
Re: Only Microsoft...
That would seem a bit odd. Even Chrome works in the full-screen Metro-ified form if you set it as the default browser in Windows 8.
I just reckon Microsoft were holding out to see what the Windows 8 uptake would be, and behind all the ranting and BIG CAPITAL LETTER COMMENTERS, Microsoft have thorough and reliable feedback through their hosts of forums and developers that are showing them that the corporate world isn't interested, let alone eager, to move into Windows 8 territory. Everybody just spent a couple of years getting Windows 7 out to everyone and ironing out all of the problems that came with their legacy software.
Re: Maybe use the closed down Microsoft stores
Bollocks. I was in one in Copenhagen a couple of months ago and it had loads of people going in and out, trying out all the laptops and tablets, and quite a few people buying stuff.
...at least this might get rid of the creepy Google staff that have been hanging around Currys PCWorlds of late.
I wandered in to buy a Lenovo laptop (yeh, I was in a desperate rush to have it ready so I had to go to one of THOSE shops) and was immediately set upon by this smug, creepy guy (in a blue t-shirt, which confused me) appearing out of nowhere and invading my personal space whilst twattering on 'so you're going to use Google Docs on there, right?'. 'Your company would benefit from hangouts', and really getting in my face.
I was two seconds away from just chucking the box on the floor and walking out when the sales rep suddenly realised how p*ssed off I was and told the guy to go to the other half of the store. F*cking wanker.
Re: Thought experiment
No. Simple answer: having pictures of a murder is not illegal.
...would, despite the opinions of some people, probably be the ones to appeal to here. They have a history of semi-ethical-driven behaviour. It'd be an applaudable act if they tracked these scum down and made their names and addresses known to the public and legal authorities, along with pictures of them, if possible, and their social networking addresses....
Not really much of a post, this one. It doesn't really say much more than 'I don't like wearing irritating stuff'.
Personally, I agree, but then I don't think Glass is intended to be worn around all day. It would seem pretty daft for that to be the idea behind it.
As someone else noted, I'd imagine that it's real use would be in situations. Medical personnel needing scans, pictures (which could be advanced to A&E ahead of them) or access to assistance on-the-spot whilst keeping hands free. Of course, this only works if it is capable of bringing up suitable amounts of information on the display without obscuring your view.
I agree I couldn't envision putting on anything like this all day. In the same way I don't hold up my Lumia 920 all day and walk around with Nokia City Lens on. I don't need it.
However, I'm a weirdo, I never feel a need to jump and pull out my phone the moment a text message or email arrives, and I don't always feel I HAVE to answer a ringing phone. The amount of friends and acquaintances over the years who've looked at me in absolute horror because I saw a message arrive and didn't respond to it, or didn't answer the phone because I was in the middle of a conversation, is pretty high. Imagine this thing being on all day and the expectation to leap to action every time someone sent you a message... It'd drive me nuts.
Anyway, I digress...the one question I have is - other than making me into a jump-to-it slave-boy, what is this thing actually for?
IF they have certain insider knowledge, and IF Microsoft are considering presenting the next XBox come E3, then Sony would be smart to present the PS4 now, if it's ready.
Since the PS3 came out quite a bit after the XBox 360 came out, everyone would expect the same thing to happen, ie that Microsoft present the XBox then there's a waiting period for the PS....so a lot of people who don't want to wait/can't wait will go pick up an XBox since it's available, and by the time the PS has come out the XBox will have dropped in price.
It'd be a good timing move by Sony. I just know I won't be interested until they a) stop using proprietary Sony everything, and b) make it a networked media center. The same way that I'll be in two very distinct minds about the XBox if it doesn't improve it's array of media codecs and capabilities. If they stick with apps like XBox Music on Windows 8 - they can screw themselves. It's horrible.
That, and the entire gaming side needs to be beyond awesome. I'd like a modular box, allowing me to upgrade to better hardware as time goes on, like a PC - but with only approved parts that are guaranteed to work.
Although there's news in it this time, I still think this is likely to be the special Friday Favourite - the story written to make sure there's a slew of rabid fanbois, haters, likers and appeasers spouting out on the forums.
It's an unusual one, but Linux failing will usually do it, along with any story containing Apple suing, Microsoft succeeding or failing, Google being evil, or the US and the UK having a disagreement over language.
..but I actually like Office 2013. It's clean-cut layouts and file storage accessibility features are great for me. I have 3 separate online storage accounts and it just adds them on, links with Sharepoint, etc.
I suppose it works better for me because I subscribed into the whole shebang, getting myself an Office 365 account with Sharepoint storage, email, etc - and it all just works for me.
As a network admin, I can see the big question of 'why?' when compared to other products, but considering the place I'm currently at is all using Office 2007 I can easily answer that question - 'because 2013 isn't a floppy, crappy, flaky piece of crap'.
Have a watch of some of the documentaries about birds in Africa. There's a species that flies around in groups of millions wiping out entire crops and slaughtering anything in their path, and they don't migrate regularly, but only move to where the food is.
Sod cats, horrible little self-adoring, vicious little allergen spreaders. Birds are the real threat.
Not a great time for consoles anyway...
At the moment we're all in that post-Christmas depression where spending is down and games aren't really coming out.
Having said that, since the Wii U came out I don't think I've actually really seen one in the flesh, so to speak. I've had absolutely no interest in some small-screen controller thing, and I'm not even sure if that's the console or if that's an addon to the console...
....so the very fact that I don't have a clue is telling, to me, that it really hasn't made any impact. I've historically always made a point of keeping up to date and I keep an eye out daily for the PS and XBox updates and info, but Wii-U? Meh...
But could someone actually tell me, is this small-screen like a PSP or is it just a controller, or what? I suppose I could look it up, but it's more effort than whining about it in a negative way on a comments page.
Re: "Apple, Google tumble off top 20 trusted companies list"
You know, every once in a while I come storming into the comments section and get completely pulled up.
You, sir, for an AC, have managed it - by writing down exactly, letter for letter, what I was going to write.
Now I must vent my morning frustration elsewhere....grr...
Who gives a donkeys...
.....just admit it! Go on, ADMIT IT! You'd work for FREE just to work in a place called 'Cyber Command'.
I know all you commentards all felt that little knot twist in your gut when you read it.
Isn't the second largest party called....
....those who do the same, think the same, act the same as all the others, but since they're all good chaps they've let the other group have a swing of the bat for a few years...have to maintain the illusion, don' t y'know.
'Corporate giants and accountancy firms hold too much sway over UK's tax law, according to the chairwoman of an influential parliamentary panel.'.
'Well, durrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr..........', said a significant segment of the educated population, notably among them The Register's commentards...
Why, oh why, have people STILL not just written in standards of failure into contracts? Is it illegal, or something?
You outsource a task, project or task at a price for a product and/or service. So why can't people just write into contracts the terms by which people have failed to deliver?
Rather than wasting your time and money, money and time, pissing about trying to catch out your contractor on one of the many social networks (and remember there are some favoured social networks in other countries that we barely touch or hear about here) why not just pay for a job and not pay for a failed job?
I just had an epiphany...
I just realised....all this time people had called me a skeptic, a naysayer, or just a negative-nancy about things like logging in using a Twitter or Facebook account - or effectively using any sort of system or product that wants you to log in or connect with an account from another place....
......it turns out that what to me was a blindingly obvious 'duh!' in that the only reason I could see for them to want me to sign in with a social network login was so they could access all of my data and post their own little threads and invites on my profile, and to my friends - is actually a newsworthy story. I genuinely thought everyone else assumed this was what it was for. It's like the Google toolbar, watching and sending off everything you do to Google's own little collected-data pond.
Wow, maybe people are dumber than I thought.
My first thought was 'hah! that'd be funny'.
Then I realised....if you tax data collection - particularly the way data collection is currently done these days - then you legitimise it. You are effectively saying 'yes, it's perfectly OK to shit on people and use any sort of scummy trick and tactic to eke out their personal info, as long as you leave the brown-bag on my desk and leave without a word'.
One of these days...
Microsoft, like so many US companies, will learn that the whole release-it-later-everywhere-not-the-US approach just means less sales. People don't like to feel that they're buying what everyone else had (or at least what all their foreign friends have been blogging, chatting, txting, tweeting and talking about) months ago. We'll go off and buy an alternative make, if we bother at all.
It's the biggest mistake the TV/Movie industries made as well. Release things later and people will download it...then it'll be much harder to sell it to them when you eventually come around to giving a damn as to whether the product reaches them or not.
Re: Let me get this right...
The hard bit comes in when you factor in the whole OEM vs Open licensing models. There's a whole world of subsidising, driver support, etc that has to be pieced together in the OS costs.
I totally agree that I'd want the choice, but to many, MANY people they just get a PC and want it to just work. I can see how Windows 8 is a horrible messy experience to many people - including myself, since that stupid Start screen has all the flexibility of a <insert company here>'s fanboi. However, I will be fair - Windows 8 DOES explain to you the basics of it's functionality from when you first start it up, and it's faster, lighter and smoother than Windows 7.
The only reason I can see for Microsoft to be so daft with the Metro platform (and let's all just grow up and stop saying 'TIFKAM!! TIFKAM!!' and so inflexible is that they're bringing together the platform so it is suitable for all hardware types, including phones and the XBox. Once they get all those interoperating properly, I reckon they'll start complicating things from there (and hopefully gives us some damn FOLDER STRUCTURE ON THE "&*$ING START SCREEN GODDAMNIT!'.
Re: A state of equilibrium will be reached...
It's strange. I always get the prime goods from my grocery delivery...because despite what many people think they don't send some yoof with a shopping trolley around to get your shopping. In many cases, and I know my local area is like this, the goods actually come from the pre-shop 'warehouse'...ie the depot which delivers products to the stores for sale. I discovered this when they cancelled my delivery thanks to the snow - which although irritated I couldn't blame them.
Not to mention that I just took a delivery of £250 worth of items, and it took me 10 minutes to get it from my front door to my cupboards - if I'd shopped that much in person it would've taken me hours and I'd have been miserable, cold and wet by the end of it - instead, after 15 minutes I was feet up at my PC nomming away at delicious delivered goodies.
Clothes shops only have themselves to blame. I can't speak for everyone, but as a man I've always felt self-conscious and wary in clothes stores. I never find the size I need, and having some over-cool chap of whom you can barely understand the accent or some who-gives-a-crap teen girl who eyes you as you wander anywhere near the changing rooms has always driven me away. Strangely enough, everything clothes-wise I've ever bought online has always been perfect to my order. Haven't had to wander around breathing in wads of dust looking through 15 sizes that don't fit...marvellous.
Parking is always a nightmare, shops don't believe in service and even now STILL treat customers like potential criminals or nuisances, shopping centres are awkward to navigate, stock is rarely in for the stuff you actually want, and the sheer time it takes up and lack of choice makes shops a poor second choice.
I have to say that out of all the opinion pieces I've ever read on The Register, this has to be the most clear, concise, well argued and downright spot-on.
Personally, I don't think Windows 8 will bomb - it's actually surprisingly good to use once you've gotten used to it - the same thing happened with all of the other Windows versions. After all, the changes to the Control Panel that came along with Vista->7 were really f-ing annoying. I STILL REALLY *HATE* that it keeps reverting back to Category View...
Windows RT will collapse into the realms of nothingness, but the opinions around the City (London) are steadily drifting away from Apple, as it's lost it's lustre, and people are now starting to ask about new laptops and PCs, and I've told them all to hold on until the new array of proper WIndows 8 tablet/laptops come out. I have a Lenovo Yoga 13 (core i7 - I was shocked!) and it's a wonderful device to use and to carry around. Granted, I removed the build of Windows that came with it and installed Enterprise instead, for various technical reasons, but just generally it's been a delight to use - not the least of which is because I can work on it from home, using Mouse Without Borders, and DirectAccess, then take it into work and carry on after plugging in my monitor, mouse and keyboard - since I like a big desktop setup.
I also love watching TV series and movies on the train to and from London every day - makes the time rocket by. Lots of envious glances, but really I'm just happy to see my carefully ripped and lossless VOBs (all neatly named by TheRenamer) playing perfectly smoothly.
Then in work, the Yoga turns into my Management Console for the network, where System Center is keeping track of everything for me.
Anyway, sorry, I digress - and I started to sound like an MS shill - which I'm truly not - I'm just extremely pleased with the device I bought (and all the work I put into getting a really good network put together within a two month timeframe from planning to production), and it was well worth putting the extra money into the Yoga 13 rather than just falling into the Apple ecosystem when I have just so much Windows software...and Apple's software would've been a nightmare to integrate into my network needs. (Android would have been as much of a pain as well).
It even plays MWO pretty well, as well as GW2 and a good few others...
p.s. I must emphasise that I actually think that Android and Apple devices have their place as well, but as the Head of IT for a global organisation, I've been truly impressed with how MS have managed to put together all of their server suites and get them interoperating properly with each other (thank you, Powershell). This is the one area where MS still wins - their servers are just so damn good, and rather than needing a few days to figure out or find the specialist knowledge on how to get something working, there's tons of assistance from across the web, from resellers, service providers, and even an IT temp you can hire for a week, just to suck out his brain, muwahahah. I built in three weeks what would've taken me months on any other platform, and I didn't need to pay any reseller/IT service company to do it.
And Azure is surprisingly cheap, I used their calculator for server provisioning and it came up at under half the price I was going to get charged by other resellers or providers of hosting services. Crikey - I'm sounding like a real fanboi - I apologise, I'm just riding high at the moment from being flush with some very good successes in the last few weeks.
I am very tired today...
...so I'll admit that I'm feeling thick....but, I just don't understand the woohoo about this.
We've had real-time updating for ages, and live feeds....what am I missing here?
Wish I'd got more sleep last night...
Couldn't they just come up with another option, instead of a stinking, brown liquid that makes me turn blotchy, rash-covered and praying to the porcelain god?
Yeh, I'm allergic to the vile stuff. I wish people'd stop trying to make my workplace reek of it. If you want a 'good morning' smell, make it bacon...
Re: "Microsoft did not respond to a request for comment".
I don't quite think you can really call those two 'loser CEOs' - both of their bank balances are probably more than you'll earn over your entire lifetime.
Goes both ways...
I don't see a problem with the requirement to fix the pricing for the length of the contract - that IS, after all, why you're buying said contract, because of the price for the device and service.
However, the relative remaining cost of the device should be payable on the exit of the consumer from the contract - unless the device is returned fully boxed and ready for refurbishment and resell.
What they really need is a depreciation clause on the front page of the contract (in big writing) that states how much of the device is paid off each month, thus allowing the signer the option of paying off the rest of the device cost.
It wasn't such a wondrous year...
There were only a few awesome releases last year, and there were a couple of steady disappointments, like Mass Effect 3 and Assassin's Creed 3's endings.
What really didn't help sales of games was that people knew they could spend money buying the game new, and STILL not get the DLC included without spending £70+ Thus, it became more cost effective to wait until the game price had dropped down, since it was going to cost you another £10-£20 or more to get the rest of the game, just so you could feel like you'd actually completed everything.
2012 was the year MMOs became just that bit too boring to play any more. Single player games became more repetitive, the RTS genre heard about the upcoming C&C game....and promptly cried out in terror once they heard it's becoming free-to-play.
But above all, 2012 was the turn-around year where years of lies and over-exaggeration finally sank into the consumer mindset - and we all became suspicious and wary of games thanks to historically awful releases like C&C4 and the lies of Peter Molyneux. Thus we bought less, because we started wising up and checking a lot of reviews before buying...and then not buying blindly.
I'd think it's more likely...
...to be an Engadget writer faking it. Without something Apple to speculate over, half of their writing team would probably be out of a job...
But then you're at the mercy of the search engines and their specific rules...
....which then puts you at the mercy of those people who can 'maximise your search presence by using techniques that take advantage of the latest methods used by search engine crawlers'...
...which also starts including search engine's search results from the search page on the sites, which then steadily gives you more and more shitty results (seriously, if I ever see another f-cking Amazon US page again it'll be too f-cking soon).
At least there's a certain level of sense in the decision. I was actually worried that the government would start placing opt-out-by-effort internet laws into place...and once that was done it would've opened the legal door to free-reign controls over who-what-where-when-why-and-how.
I pay for internet access, not for internet blocking.
'in spite of currency headwinds and hard up UK consumers'....
....or perhaps their steady failure has been down to excessive overpricing, non-stop and impossible to opt-out-of spamming, constant expectation-creation and then letting people down, shoddy after-sales service and mistakes in deliveries.
I'm assuming that this article is referring to the Windows ReTarded version of Surface...
....in which case it can shove off. I'll save an extra few hundred and get me a decent core-i7 with proper Windows on it. None of that locked-in shite.
A brief rundown of this article produces this image....
HERE'S AN ANDROID DEVICE!
HERE'S ANOTHER ANDROID DEVICE!!
oh, here's the iphone, yeh...
HERE'S AN ANDROID DEVICE!!!
From the title I thought this article was about good Christmas pressie devices, not about OS battles. Bad article.
When you're in love you do strange things, and what might seem like a sexy little present done in the heat of passion and love may, to the outside person, just be a nude pic of some chick. It may be always easy in hindsight, or if you live an embittered life, to say people are stupid to give personal erotic material to their loved ones - but it's a gesture of trust and faith, and it takes a real slimeball of either gender to post those pictures to the public, no matter how scorned you may feel.
You can also place the argument about large numbers of people going to it as a load of tosh as well. Firstly, I wouldn't put it past this scumball to be fixing his numbers, and secondly, it's one thing to come across something like that in horrid (or lustful) browsing - human hormones being what they are and all - it's another to be putting the stuff out there in the first place. On a parallel vein, there's always a certain amount of blame on the drug-taker, but it's the dealer I'd like to see put out of business.
Personally, I'm hoping Anonymous do whatever they can to this scumbag. I'll admit I'm not a big fan of the 'organisation' - such as it is, being a non-collection of unknowns, but at least in this case they're targeting the right sort - the sort who maybe aren't breaking the law, but are breaking most moral codes I can think of. The law was and still is not ready for the internet, and until it catches up I don't have a massive problem with shitbags like this getting what they are due.
It would be a different matter if it was based on hearsay or media stories - but this is based on a c*nt being a c*nt, and gloating about it.
Is that actually a leaf.....or is it the EYE OF A GRAY ALIEN!?!?!!!!
Is THAT why they're building that spaceship in Cupertino!?!!
You must have something really crud..
Strange...you must have some really weird or crap PC. I mean, I'm no defender of Windows 8's rather grotty Start menu, but I installed it, then downloaded and installed the nVidia graphics drivers and it all worked perfectly....
....albeit with one small exception. Some games, and some programs, need you to run them as an administrator. I'm not sure if this is a flaw in Windows 8, the games/programs, or Windows 7's security.
Re: I believe RIM is toast
Or ignore you for being one of those people who tells everyone to 'upvote or downvote' them.
Re: Strange article
The article title just screamed 'TROLL HERE! ROFLMAO!'. I just figured this was one of those AOL-inspired articles that pop up from time-to-time....written purely to get people to click through and get more ads shown by making a generically tiresome statement that was negative about one particular phone platform and then hoping to watch the clicks come storming in.
I reckon this was more an experiment in testing not only what could be done, but what could be gotten away with as regards to online news services.
Much of the team involved are likely heading to put their experiences and skills, the sort that can only be earned through experience, back into the other online services the Murdochs run.
Re: Don't knock the Daily Mail website
Now we KNOW that's a lie, otherwise you'd only see about 1/100th of the comments on this site...
I hope this disgusting little oik, who is reveling in the attention he is receiving, gets his entire life shut down and his 'new' web site torn to shreds.
But still get upvoted because some people agree.
Re: Where do the politicos think this "extra" tax will come from?
Hold on just one damn sec...
So because someone else said that no tax can ever be shifted forward and it's quoted we have to take it as red?
So....when petrol prices went up, along with the associated tax levels, and companies all around shoved their prices up bemoaning the extra costs involved, and then petrol prices went down and companies all kept their prices at the same point or raised them even further...this was not a passing on of costs and then subsequently screwing the consumer?
I don't believe it.
Oh, and by the way - taken from the comments section of your link:
Include mine in that pile. I signed up purely for Chrome's sake and I never use Google+
It's weird. I know it's there and it probably has all sorts of functionality, but it's just not worth any effort.