Re: And before the Amiga...
Except that it wasn't because Atari tried to buy (or rather *take*) the Amiga and developed the ST in response when they failed.
although.. OPs icon acknowledged :)
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Except that it wasn't because Atari tried to buy (or rather *take*) the Amiga and developed the ST in response when they failed.
although.. OPs icon acknowledged :)
Too right! "It's hard to imagine the enormous leap that was Windows 3.1" yeah I do remember being quite incredulous at how much of a step BACKWARDS it was.
"may have met the letter of its contractual obligations"
"while knowing full well that the whole system had not been properly tested"
Properly testing the system is not in the contractual obligation? If I attempted to write such a contract tomorrow, I'd expect to remember to put that one in.
However this does prove once again that a proper, well managed in-house team is needed for this kind of work. Always.
Yes indeed. And now I know the reason that it was invented, so it could be patented, "migrate" everyone over to it and then sue anyone that tried to copy.
I actually don't think we've caught back up quite yet. My PC takes about as long to display all the BIOS crap as my Amiga took to boot back in '95. Now phones hundreds of times more powerful take multiple times longer to boot. Makes you wonder where these people are learning their lessons from....
Well I still use vanilla Firefox and my addons don't work all the time anyway!
^^ this. Sky's best move ever (and the unfortunate British viewing public's worst one) was to invent the EPG.
Before Sky Digital and the EPG, advertising funded channels managed to survive FTA. Once Sky figured out a way to extract money out of these channels by charging them solely for enabling a viewer's satellite box to be able to tune into them - something we managed perfectly well without before the EPG - the game was over.
Add in some discounted services like uplinking, managing their advertising, and now you have all that Mr Broadcaster, how about some cheap encryption? - all money to Sky rather than someone else and the broadcaster might as well as it's a cheaper service for them - then you can see why they are laughing all the way to the bank. They're having their cake, and yours, and the broadcasters', and smearing it all over their dirty greedy fat faces.
These days Sky do next to nothing except charge broadcasters money to sell the same old stuff to customers for ever increasing prices because they've manoeuvred themselves right in the middle. And there's a whole bunch of us cribbing about the TV licence?
It's a massive crying shame our regulators are so shit. TBH Sky the broadcaster needs splitting from Sky the digital platform far more urgently than BT retail needs splitting from BT openreach. Cos at least BT are making a fist of looking like everyone can do business with openreach on the same terms.
Another source reckoned customers had paid Telecity for the use of dual, fully independent power suppliers to avoid outages but the fact their service was down indicated they hadn't actually got what they'd paid for.
LOLOL yeah more fool them for thinking they got it more like!
Wow, I've been a customer of Sky 3 or 4 times - most recently when O2 threw their broadband customers to the wolves and I was too lazy to get out before I was transferred.
I can safely say that the customer service experience in every case was the most downright miserable incompetent load of shit in absolutely every respect that I have ever experienced. And I've been a British Gas customer so there's the benchmark.
I had my customer service expectations lowered more than I ever could have possibly imagined by this lot, so I really really struggle to think that any other company could be worse.
"perfectly legitimate advertising"
I paid good money for an operating system. Not an advertising billboard.
Money for operating system. Features added surreptitiously later to advertise another product is absolutely NOT part of the deal. Decidedly, definitely NOT legitimate.
Seeing as "virtualised" == the same hardware just with a hypervisor burning 50% of the resources, and private cloud == the same hardware just with a different name on it, plus - as many have already mentioned - it all admined by a small subset of the Gurus supplemented by cheap idiots....GLWT!
There's ALWAYS a song isn't there?
...does a smaller team do more stuff? Answer: it doesn't unless the big team you're comparing it to is actually full of wasters.
In which case the whole text of the message is entirely corporate double-speak and should just read: "there's a lot of dead wood in the team, and your time is up".
They just have to hope the management is skilled enough to identify the dead wood and not accidentally cull lets say 16% or more of the people actually doing the work.
Also, Twitter has ~4000 people? doing what exactly?
No, because the cloud prevents you from needing all that. All the resilience is in the super-massive-cloud provider's infrastructure and software, thus negating your puny little business needing to try (and fail ofc) to do all that stuff.
Except it doesn't does it?
"an idiotic Silverlight payroll system"
holy, holy, holy, holy. Holy holy poo!
Genuinely... what... seriously? someone did that?
well given that CM12 on the oneplus one is an absolute train wreck, GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!
"But Zoz found this solution rather boring and moved on to explosives"
tells you a lot about the real motives of this research :)
This is also why delivery of TV over IP is *not* the future. Way too much to go wrong. BT are a shambles but if they can't do it...
I remember it a little differently. Maybe my brain is addled after so many years but I recall the CD32 was a last-ditch quick-and-dirty attempt to get a product that would sell, and was a surprising success. It was just that C= were already pretty much dead, the banks were circling and they couldn't finance building enough of them to haul themselves out of the pit they were already in.
They were in that mess by various management regimes dithering about what they should be making next. There are hundreds of stories about products in the very late stages of design that got canned, and/or replaced/redesigned to products that then bombed (such as the aforementioned CDTV). It seems really only the C64 and Amiga actually got through the management BS to get onto the market, and they dined out on that for far too long.
Another story I remember reading was about ESCOM, the only company that bought the Amiga and really actually did something with it. I understood that they re-introduced the aging A1200 & A4000s via ESCOM stores, and - perhaps surprisingly again - were selling modestly, but they were looked upon with disdain by the vast majority of PC-familiar sales dudes and weren't pushed as they might have been. However the profit on the Amigas was so much better than the generic PCs they were selling that if they had pushed them more, or in most cases actually set them up demo-ing something, ESCOM might still exist, as might Amiga in some form.
Rather than the hardware though, which of course just dates by years passing, I mourn the loss of AmigaOS which while dated in many respects still has a lot of stuff nobody seems to have learned. I'll use modern OSes accepting clicks (or taps) on GUI elements that weren't even on screen at the time of the click/tap as an everyday example. Crazy stuff.
"creating an antidote to modern smartwatches"
Creating modern smartwatches?
^ This. And to add, with something as universal as the (several) TVs in everyone's house, you can't keep changing the standard every 10 years or so and expect everyone to buy a whole new pile of kit. A line has been drawn and we need to stick with it for a time.
IMHO the line in the UK is not too bad, the problem is the commercialing* of it where the commerical entities are hell bent on (or have to, depending on your view) stuffing the muxes with as much as they can get away with fitting in.
*or re-commericalising, after our hated BBC essentially rescued it out of the catastrophe of ONdigital. TBH for all the thanks they got, I would have just let it die!
Also, we're not using DVB-T2 for standard def contrary to what the article currently says.
This is a multi-faceted matter with arguments on each point all over the place, so let's suppose for a moment the BBC goes subscription, with some kind of CA card, and all everyone's kit can handle it, or it is deemed acceptable to scrap.
How do you maintain the household eligibility or do you scrap that too?
If a house has 6 TVs, do you give them 6 cards? How do you stop them giving them to their mates? Or do you have to subscribe 6 times? Or do we go back to only one TV in the house (which is basically one TV with one crap-technology VOD channel, not a suite of channels, so it should be a boat-load cheaper). How do you let your kids watch cbbc in the back room while you watch the golf?
The tech - and also the human interaction involved - doesn't exist, and I can't really see how it can be made to exist. The BBC were completely right to try to make a DVB-T and -S system that is based on no CA. It requires the licence fee, but so does elimination of one hell of a unanswerable ball-ache.
"However Whittingdale said he was doubtful that a full switch from a flat rate poll tax to a subscription model wasn’t possible just yet, for technological reasons."
Halle-bastard-lujah! While I assume there's a mistaken double negative in there, making the BBC subscription is not currently technically possible without introducing at least a lot of potential for compromising the system.
Certainly even if you did get 100% of current TV owning households recieving the BBC, you would get far less than 100% actually paying for it. And then it would probably go completely down the toilet and the argument is over.
^ this. Read it 100 times. The BBC is as unbaised as you can get, cheifly proven by it being possible to find people who will swear to you it is biased towards either side of any given argument.
Further, while it may not be able to achieve perfect balance - I imagine it's not possible without shutting up shop completely - everything else we have is very much less balanced. I'm not sure why we keep trying to hold the BBC to a standard that is not actually set anywhere.
Another excellently well thought out post on this forum, on this subject of all things. The Sky point is an excellent one that's almost always forgotten. And claim a decidely odd apparently reg-penned defence to boot! bonus!
Loving all the people (government included I presume) who think the BBC should/will be able to go subscription only at some point. Nobody can explain how the technology for that would actually work in practice.
Also love the government thanking the BBC for resucing digital terrestrial - sure as hell it wouldn't have survived as a commercial venture after ondigital - thus enabling big chunks of spectrum to be re-sold by giving them a royal shafting.
Short sighted? not much.
1) Archive an iOS backup (but haha we didn't put the archive option in iTunes for Windows, MS LUUZERS)
2) Download Profile (but beta.apple.com is running on a classic powermac that's stuffed in the corner of Tim Cook's old bedroom, so it might not work all that well)
3) Update your iOS device (but you can't cos you actually have stuff on your phone taking all the space cos we put you off buying the bigger one by charging $100 for an extra 16GB of flash).
Winner, Apple. Furiously deleting stuff off my phone right now.
I disagree, they are a sign of both a bad product AND someone out there who cares enough about the product to fix problems as they appear.
Or more like, in the case of flash, if they didn't "care" enough to release patches in response to exploits the product would be immediately finished.
I am genuinely at a loss why you don't have 50 million upvotes for this post. If you have to parse into and out of the latest new format why not stick with the one thats worked forever and just parse that?
I love how cutting and redunancy is always called "Transformation" these days.
$0, cos they won't and without the USO she also won't have a phone line either. That's the reason they should not be allowed to duck the USO ever.
The replacement for the community health index already has a name - and by the seems of it will do something different? I'll call it out as a catastrophe right now.
It's wrong and they are all bastards, but how in the hell do you police it?
THIS is why all this connected, internet TV stuff is NOT the future.
Happens quite a lot more often than this IME. last time I saw it was the last week of March.
...an Amiga. Runs screens beautifully, there haven't been any updates for 20-odd years, reboots in 15 seconds.
Wow. Writing that I just realised we haven't got any better at this kind of shit in over *20 YEARS*. Incredible.
This is - as a possibly ex-fanboi - exactly why I DON'T have anything newer than an iphone 4S. I walked into the store to buy a 5S on a complete impulse, because I was passing, and they refused to sell me one, without aforementioned unicorn, £50s and spitting mad lyrics.
Agree, I dunno where people get the idea that Openreach is not seperate enough from BT, every bit of BT operates as if entirely seperate to every other bit of BT.
But to the point, the least qualified people to talk about the structure/pricing/competance of BT ARE OTHER COMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES.Their opinion should be considered entirely null and void before it's even voiced.
I disagree somewhat. It's certainly the fault of both parties but mainly Microsoft's.
They embraced and extended, then got lazy once they killed Netscape (which was after all, the plan), then decided they didn't want to support their own extendedness any more. That's pretty shitty on all accounts. There's a pretty good argument there that we'd be a whole lot better off if MS hadn't entered the browser market at all,
Companies writing systems targetting the system designed, promoted and most importantly "supported" by none other than Microsoft? I personally would (and did) say that's very stupid and asking for trouble, and agree with the sentiments about the contractors, but there's a lot of very good reason why one would legitimately think it the best move. MS are absolutely the architects of that.
Also I am amused that once more MS are abandoning a product because - suprise - it's one of the shittest implementations of whatever genre of product it tried to be. And we as an industry - generally speaking of course - keep lapping it up.
Interesting that JL is 1st and Plusnet is 4th, when JL is just Plusnet with JL written on it.
But maybe the slightly premium price pays for JL customers to jump up the support queue?
Also interesting when Plusnet were a technical and customer support disaster-zone for many years (a good number of years ago, I'll grant)
...the CA version of the BBC on all the sets in one house, without opening avenues for abusing the system. You cannot. End of discussion as far as I can see.
They could have at least put the .xyz registration plate on straight!
Hmmm. Well of course it's personal opinion and horses for courses, but I got a Pebble steel purely for having a slightly unusual watch (so for changable faces). The notifications sort of came with it without me asking and as it turns out I find them very useful.
Unlike you I *can't* hear (nor feel) my phone, now I never miss anything, and I can take the quickest of glances at the watch to see if I need to interrupt whatever I'm doing right now, which is normally the case. The phone stays in the pocket a lot more.
As I say, I quite like the notification part, and I didn't expect that I would even use it. That said I don't think I'd go full on smartwatch. Also £200 for the tiniest extension of my phone? Maybe you're spot on given that you're not looking for a watch first and foremost.
I logged onto the website at the reveal time, and got a coutdown, then nothing. A refresh then gave me a Guru Meditation!
Didn't find anything out about the big reveal, but was pleased to see that error again for old time sake, albeit not wrapped in a big red flashy box.
wondering why Amazon.fr didn't seem keen to talk to me
i.e. it's still broken
you'd better "reach out" to them to let them know
I especially like when "P Before printing, please think about the environment" comes out on the top of a whole separate piece of paper...
"Google, typically, does things its own way by stretching seconds rather than inserting an extra one, suggesting this approach works because it's hard to log events that take place on an inserted second"
So I presume in a leap year Google stretches days because it's hard to log events that take place on an inserted day.
I wonder if el reg has quickly googled and got the wrong picture. I was deploying the pictured many moons ago too, but there is indeed a 2015 version that looks a lot different. I don't think the pictured is IP67, nor immersible.
Au contrarie, I am specifically NOT handing over $1000 for my new 6 plus UNTIL they stop making my 4S run like a dead pig. Like I ended up not handing over $1000 (or whatever) for the 5S that I was definitely defintely nail on 100% going to buy. Fool me once and all that.
Seems that my view is not shared much though. And androids are still bloody awful (they ARE, fandroids. Even speaking as someone who desperately wants to get a new phone and won't give Apple the pleasure) must be a factor in a good %age of those record sales.
Muddling on with the dead pig for now.