They actually had a head of tech solutions?
331 posts • joined 30 Apr 2010
Re: Who the hell is using them daily?
Interesting that a great new bit of technology should get so downvoted... on a technology website.
Or was my error uttering the dreaded Apple word?
Re: Who the hell is using them daily?
Well, these days I find it mildly annoying if a card machine doesn't support Apple Pay. Simply put, it's faster and easier. Why dig out a card and type in a PIN when I can simply hold my phone near the reader?
At a rough guess 19 out of 20 card readers work with my phone, so it's pretty rare that I need to pay for anything under 30 quid by card.
"The government are only interested - like every other government in the world - in serving themselves."
Hard to argue with this.
I wonder what percentage of Windows Server customers upgrade their servers to new versions? Personally, the Dell server my office uses came with Server 2012 v1, and I honestly can't think of any reason to change it. Unlike the desktop OS, it's never nagged me to 'upgrade' it.
I look forward with interest to see which far-away 3rd world market a bunch of these end up on in 6 month's time.
Don't knock White Elephants
That Alcatel Pixi 4 phone looks so godawful it may just make the perfect xmas present for a (purely hypothetical) obnoxious 11-year-old brat nephew.
There's one thing I've never been able to get my head around:
Go outside and point in any random direction. What happens if you keep going, and going, and going (forever). Where do you end up? Is there no end, or do you somehow come back around on yourself? Or something else?
Here's a fun diversion...
First look at this photo:
...Guess how big you think it is...
...and here's the answer:
"The 1,600-tonne warship is now having her complex combat systems installed, ready for her handover to the fleet in mid-2017"
Right then, with BAE Systems 'on board', she should be good to go around 2030. In Safe Mode. With an hourly reboot.
I Still Don't Need it
...and that's what we called it 15 years ago
Re: Retail Therapy
Yes, but as a Reg reader you are in a very small minority of people who are clued up about all aspects of modern tech. Those stores are aimed at selling stuff to an average user, i.e. someone who doesn't know that much. That's why Apple are basically printing money with their stores, they make tech approachable, and market it as a desirable commodity, or luxury product.
What's wrong with getting older?
I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but I find it very hard to like or trust anyone that's had that much plastic surgery. This goes for both sexes, and particularly includes men who wear ridiculous rugs.
Not a great time to be in the PC business.
Pretty much "[insert any PC vendor name] blames Windows 10 on falling sales"?
At least it makes a change from "[insert any PC vendor name] blames Windows 8/8.1 on falling sales"
Progress of sorts.
If Intel's ticks and tocks are as you've described, then shouldn't it be called tock-tick? After all, you have to come up with the chip design first, before it can be shrunk.
That screenshot of the Win10 desktop got me thinking - I wonder what percentage of all Win10 users use the search box, and how regularly? I have no idea, but it sure is taking up an awful lot of useful real estate.
With all the metrics and other stuff Win10 gathers and phones home, you can bet MS know the exact answer to my question, but I'm not holding my breath for them to publish it. This is a real shame; it would be really interesting to see how Windows is interfaced with on a global level. It may even explain why the Windows interface is seemingly designed with an idiot in mind.
"...with no less than 13..."
It's 'fewer', not 'less'. Not asking a lot; somebody who writes for a living really ought to know this.
If someone technical is reading this, to put these speeds in context, how does DDR4 RAM compare?
"One reason Windows 10 Mobile is being left behind because it doesn’t talk other devices in your life."
Another reason is that a lot of people (majority? dunno), just straight-up don't like using Windows as much as it's rival mobile platforms; which is borne out by Android/iOS evolving into the dominant systems on a new category of device.
If you're into this sort of thing and are within travel distance of London's Science Museum, I highly recommend the current 'Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age' exhibition. They've gathered an impressive number of actual space craft, and when you see them up close I guarantee you will be utterly terrified. I'm not normally that claustrophobic, but being buried alive seems preferable to me.
Astronauts have a level of bravery that is completely beyond my comprehension.
Yup, can agree with everything written here. We've run an R720 for the last 3 years (basically identical, except for previous gen Xeon), and it's been excellent. When one of the mirrored system drives failed replacing it was a breeze (and free), and the iDrac thingy was a doddle.
Best of all it runs in a warm air setup, and our server room often reaches 30+ degrees C when all the render nodes are going full chat - it's never complained once. Our old Fujitsu server melted under the same conditions, and required a motherboard swap-out.
Re: To anyone embarking on a Video Game / 3D art career...
The problem is knowing how to use Blender isn't going to get you a job at anywhere decent, or maybe even at all. I know this because it's the industry I've worked in all my life. You just absolutely have to know either Maya or Max to make a reliable living. There are plenty of other packages that will look good on your CV, as long as they're accompanied by one of the 'big two'.
Autodesk products are priced to pirate, and they know know this. I don't think they even care, they haven't updated their anti-pirate efforts in at least 10 years. What they do well know is that all the ex-students and people starting out in 3D currently using cracked software will find themselves (more often than not) using legit versions when they land an office job, as freelance or full-time.
It would be interesting to know what Microsoft were thinking in 2013. Did they say anything back then about future upgrade-ability? Or maybe they had other priorities? I'm not suggesting they did know that the phones wouldn't be upgradeable, but if that had been the case, that's extremely short-sighted.
iOS9 is supported on a 4S, which launched at the end of 2011. Surely getting Win10 to run on a 3-year old WinPhone is a pretty low bar to set?
Between 1988 and 1992, as the son of a diplomat, I lived in a house next door to the former site of Hermann Göring. I say former, because when the Brits took control of their sector they knocked it down and replaced it with some nice low-rise flats. Obviously this is what the authorities need to do in this case.
Spooky bootnote: Our house must have also been occupied by a senior Nazi - it was built in 1933 and had a room in the cellar that had no window, an iron door, and a big iron bar on the outside to stop whatever was inside from getting out.
I'm not really getting why Windows 10 could be responsible. It's clearly an improvement on W8/8.1. Does HP think that buyers of their Win8/8.1 machines hate the OS so much that they would be willing to buy a whole new PC? Even if MS charged for Win10, the Win8/8.1 PCs would be so new as to make it worth paying for the upgrade, rather than ditching the machine.
Is there something I'm missing here?
For some reason 1 metre of accuracy doesn't sound that great to me. Or maybe I'm over-estimating how good GPS technology should be in 2015?
Re: So in essence
I'm not sure Google needs to do a great deal. What they (slightly) lack in developers, they more than make up for in sheer volume of users they can experiment on.
I thought MacKeeper was scumware? And why the hell did 13 million people install it?
Personally I can't wait to find out what new and exciting ways my childhood memories will be shat all over by the new film.
Here's one of Acer's problems: Every time I've come into contact with one of their laptops in the last few years it's felt like cheap plastic junk. If I pick up my brother's wife's Acer laptop from opposite corners I can feel the whole thing flex, and it makes creaking sounds as plastic panels rub against each other.
This is not acceptable.
Re: What console?
I would say PS4 purely because it's shown itself to play games slightly better. Which is kind of the point.
Or perhaps the rumours of Flock of Seagulls reforming are indeed true?
There is another audience for 4K that the article doesn't touch upon - gamers. Personally I bought a 4K TV solely for gaming, and it's bloody incredible playing at 4K 60FPS. Ok, it's not a massive audience, but I reckon it's got to be worth a couple of percent of those buying 4K TVs, and it's only going to go up as GPUs get more powerful/cheaper.
FWIW the Steam hardware survey has those gaming at over 2K resolution at about 2%
I know one person who uses IE, and it's because he has to at work. That's it, no-one else; no friends, family, colleagues, or basically anyone I ever meet uses IE that I know of.
Considering IE still has enormous usage on a global scale, where are all these people hiding? Am I missing out on some secret sect?
I now have Peace on my iPhone and P.T. on my PS4.
What other withdrawn software do Reg readers harbour?
"Microsoft created an astonishingly good platform"
That's a brave statement, if I ever saw one.
At a personal level...
This data breach is so embarrassing for me - because I'm not on it, now everyone can see that I was lying when I said I have loads of affairs
...I'll get my coat
Put a lightweight GPS tracker in the bag and send it back home
Question: can I natively turn those picture tiles bollocks into a useful text-only list, or will I need to resort to a 3rd party app? (Start10 or whatever)
That XBone streaming thing is amazingly useful - now I can stream 720p 30fps content to my 1440p 60fps PC!
Why the hell connect cars to the net anyway?
We seem to be currently going through a particularly daft period of digital evolution, where the common answer to the above question is "because we can".
My TV packed up recently after 7 years of service (not great, if you ask me), so off I went to John Lewis to pick up a new one. I returned home with a shiny new Sony number, and very nice it looks too, incredible picture quality. But there's just one problem - it runs Android. Yup, a TV now runs an OS. What they didn't explain in the shop is that it takes about 45 seconds to start up from cold.
Seriously, why? Who in their right mind thought it would be a good idea to make you wait for nearly a minute before a bloody TV has to boot up? And then once it's on you're bombarded with a completely crazy smorgasboard of an interface you have to navigate before it will allow you to watch a channel. And then when you do select a channel, it takes at minimum 10 seconds before you can see a live picture.
But hey, the picture quality is amazing.
This reminds me of Al Fayed vs. the Hamiltons. To be on the safe side can we just find both parties guilty?
I just don't get Microsoft's obsession with making the OS the star. Every new version has a million new distracting things that all seem to be constantly fighting for your attention, it's like each UI component is designed by a different person who wants his/her bit to get your attention over all others.
All I want from an OS is for it to quickly and easily load my applications and then shut the hell up.
Why does it have to be so complicated?
You know what really scares me? That little Windows 10 logo currently sitting in the taskbar of both my parents' Win7 laptops. And they're just the tip of the iceberg; as the resident family-and-friends go-to IT guy I can't help feeling I'm going to be very busy in the coming weeks.
Probably not a very popular opinion, but I welcome the system. The current wave of contactless cards always made me very nervous about the lack of security, at least the Apple version requires your fingerprint (or severed finger).
In memorium of Flock of Seagulls
The haircut on that Microsoft bloke, bloody hell it's awful
This is the guy who, when Nintendo's fortunes took a dive, insisted on not cutting worker's jobs, but instead cut executive's pay. That makes him awesome.
Rest in peace
Windows sells by the millions, if even 0.1% of users buy some WiFi time, they will have made decent money. You and I will never use it, of course, but I can think of plenty of people who don't know any better that might.
That interface looks much nicer than the Office on Windows one. In fact it looks much nicer than the overall bleached-white Windows 10 GUI. Whoever is responsible for it should be quickly moved over to the windows division - I'm pretty sure they could do a better job in the 2 weeks left until launch than the current designer has.