250 posts • joined 30 Apr 2010
The pen issue is what makes the Surface/Win8 a non-starter for me. In my opinion using a pen on a screen just isn't a very pleasant experience for a number of reasons; I'm yet to come across a pen tip that feels 'right' on glass, and it's awkward to not be able to let the remainder of your hand rest on a touchscreen, like it would on a peice of paper, as you constantly end up inputting involuntary clicks and movements.
The other big issue with an expensive dedicated pen is that they have the habit of getting lost, something that can't be said for my right index finger, which I'm glad to say I'm still using version 1.0 of, since birth.
Admittedly my company is very small, but I'm happy to report that at the very least the industry we work in, (architectural visualisation i.e. the building idustry) is getting stronger every week. After a few very dodgy years indeed, where we lost half our employees, we now have possibly the largest volume of work in our history. All this means I got to spend £20k on a shiny new Supermicro 2U 4-node rendering device. There's also another 10k or so available to buy a few workstations. It's been over 5 years since our IT spending was anywhere near these levels.
Doubtless Samsung are very happy, possibly as happy as Apple. It's just every other phone maker on the planet that aren't.
Funny how so many tech markets turn into two horse races, seems to have been like this for as long as I can remember.
I wanted to get one of those iPhone covers...
...but I thought it would make me look even more of a cunt.
If Microsoft's cheap version of W8 is called "Windows 8.1 with Bing", does that mean that they are saying adding Bing to Windows 8.1 equals a cheaper (i.e. inferior) product? Sounds an awful lot like it to me.
Re: XBox 180
Or maybe, going by the handful of games that have been released, the XBox 720p?
I would have sacrificed the processor for an i5 to get flash storage. I will NEVER go back to a mechanical drive, the difference feels like 10-year's worth of processor upgrades.
"According to the Merc, Apple paid $13.2bn in taxes, far more than Intel's $3bn, Google's $2.3bn, Cisco's $1.9bn, and HP's $1.5bn. In fact, Apple paid more in taxes than those companies combined, plus eBay and Oracle."
Ok, that is surprising. I wonder why? Public shaming actually worked for once? Whatever, it's good news.
With regards to the RAID 5 support, many of these devices will typically end up in the broadcast edit suite shops found all over areas of digital creation (Soho, LA etc), where they will be connected to non-linear editing systems. This data is extremely transient in it's nature, so perhaps the need for bullet-proof reliabilty is less important?
Why is the Pope even on that list at all? I've been to central and southern Africa and seen with my own eyes hundreds of (mainly Christian) people of all ages dying from AIDS. It's both incredibly grim and unbearably depressing, and Popes past and present are directly responsible for it happening by telling them not to use condoms.
Of course, the big pharmaceutical companies love him for it...
And that's before we even get into the debate about religion being a load of utter bollocks.
This is well worth a read, it's on Nate Silver's new web site:
Ignorant tech question incoming:
Why do they even have a mobile version of OpenGL? Why just not use the existing full-fat version?
Thunderbolt is a bloody great idea - break out PCI Express onto a cable. So why aren't we seeing any real innovation in it's deployment? For a start Elgato could source the PCIe hard drives Apple uses and stick that in a case, they have a 1250MB/s advertised transfer rate, straight away you'd be getting speeds faster than SATA 3. I'm not in the hardware business, but they are, so why are their products not taking advantage of what Thunderbolt is designed for? Not much imagination, I'd say.
Woah, I'm getting flashbacks to my teenage years spent squeezing zits
Reading between the lines I'm guessing that Satya wants to get rid of the money-draining XBox division, so who better than Mr Elop to see it dies a quick death?
As for Julie L-G, I don't care what division she works in as long as she never, ever, EVER has anything to do with interface design again.
Those photos clearly show a laptop, not an ultrabook.
Re: What were they thinking?
You mean ex-girlfriend?
It's basically a remote control heavy bomber to replace the B-52?
Pity that there's about a snowball's chance in hell that Apple will release the spec on the Lightning port so everyone can use it, as it's a bloody good bit of design.
What do Reg commentors think about Microsoft's decision to charge full whack for a Server 2012 to 2012 R2 upgrade? Fair enough or tight fisted?
Out of interest...
If I say the same thing three times in a row does it make people more likely to believe what I'm saying? Or does it make me sound like a desperate idiot?
I'm a middle-aged guy who's been using computers in the form of a keyboard connected to a box connected to a screen since I was 9 years old or so. In other words I'm your typical geek bloke.
I was given an iPad for my birthday about a year and a half ago. In that time, well, more like in the first 3 months, it almost completely replaced my 2 desktop machines at home.
The only thing I use my computers for now is big-screen gaming and 'downloads'.
When the iPad launched, like many, I scratched my head and thought "who the hell is that designed for?". Now I know. Like it or not it's a hell of a disruptive technology
I want to see Elop get the job just for the sheer entertainment value. I suspect he will either be an amazing success or a complete disaster, either of which ought to be great to watch.
None of the other candidates fill me with much excitement.
That's not fair
How come Microsoft's own programming app gets a really nice looking and productive interface, whilst as an end user I have to put up with this godawful Ribbon shite?
Re: I will get one because....
Easy. The PS4 is one better.
That desk is absolutely beautiful, an amazing bit of design. Well worth an image search.
Pity I can't stretch to £1.7m, but I would probably do some serious re-budgeting if it was available for under £2k.
Sympathy for Sony
I can't help feeling slightly sorry for Sony when it comes to their profit margins. Owing to accountancy shenanigans, Microsoft rolls the cash they make from Android royalties into their Xbox division, which makes them look pretty profitable. The reality is that no-one knows for sure if they've ever made a single dollar's profit from their Xbox/360 business, with many analysts claiming they've only ever made a loss.
That's what Sony (traditionally an entertainment-driven company) has to compete against (a business software giant who got into gaming).
So that means...
Apple have famously been using FreeBSD for OSX since before it was born (NeXT Step), so that means there's almost certainly plenty Apple code in the PS4.
Given how 80% of Reg commenters hate Apple with a passion usually reserved for serial killers and paedophiles, does this mean they will be boycotting the PS4?
This would be incredibly useful for my job if it had a multiple exposure with bracketing option (so I can make HDRIs) and much higher resolution. Currently I use a Nikon D800 and a 14mm lens, and the entire process takes me about half an hour from taking the photos to stitching them all together using specialist software to create a single image. I am aware there are better solutions on the market, but they cost thousands.
Definitely heading in the right direction, though.
They weren't just buying footy rights
Don't forget, they are also paying for a percentage of new customers previously with Sky, and for Sky's stock price to tank. It's a 3-in-1 deal.
"Yes, that is hard to do now, isn't it," Snyder told us, "When you skip versions you end up with a mixed work environment and at some point you've got to clean all that up. You can't have some of your workforce on 3, and some on 4 and some on 6."
Christ, the shite that salespeople come out with sometimes.
We've skipped every other version of Photoshop for 10 years and everyone is miraculously on the same version, and always has been. What kind of dipshits does he take his customers for?
Can I just take this opportunity to thank the London Police? Without them bringing this torrent site to my attention, I may not have found it. Thanks guys!
What am I missing?
Why 'excluding financial companies'? Don't they count?
Re: It's still just a Skoda
Well, yes it is, but it's even more of a Golf than a Skoda. All 3 are based on the same platform, and it's priced much nearer the Golf. As you say, there's nothing wrong with that, and the Golf is basically perfect.
How are these results surprising?
Say what you like about Apple, going back to the 1980s their interfaces have always been easier to use than anyone else's. It's what they're good at.
Of course blind hatred for all things Apple here will deny this.
So that's either 60TB of porn, 60TB of torrented movies or 60TB of both. Any plans to open it up to the public?
So that means...
"An 8.5-per-cent spike in operating expenses to $737.6m came on the back of rising research and development, sales and marketing costs and "general & admin" bills. "
This can be broken down to:
Research and Development - 1%
General and Admin - 1%
Marketing - 98%
Re: threading question
It completely depends on who wrote the software and how competant they are. We use V-Ray as a renderer on exactly the same hardware you described, I did the exact same test and rendertimes with hyperthreading turned on was up to 30% faster and never slower.
Bit of an insult to label that CPU as EXTREME when it's anything but. Intel does do Extreme, but no longer for 'enthusiasts', see http://www.cpu-world.com/news_2013/2013080801_More_details_on_Intel_Xeon_E5-2600_v2_lineup.html
3000 dollars (so thats 3000 quid) will buy you a pretty decent second hand car
Bit of a shame, I always enjoyed building myself crazy-powerful PCs, even if the most taxing software they ever ran was a game.
Out of Interest...
Does anyone know what the Nokia phone business was worth when Elop first arrived?
I knew it
So it turns out the Victorians were right all along with the whole physiognomy thing
That Kim Jong-un, what an absolute cunt he is, eh?
Re: It's got to be Elop
Now I don't want to sound pedantic, but you waited as long as it took you to press the Enter key and type 'Nope', which didn't really give me the chance to respond. But since you asked, take your pick from any of:
XP -> Vista
Win7 -> Win8
Office with no Ribbon -> Office with Ribbon
It's got to be Elop
The guy is perfect for the role, he's completely fucked over Nokia by discarding something that was working fine and ramming something else down everyone's throats that no-one wants. He would be a natural at Microsoft.
Nothing surprises we about dolphins any more, they are incredible animals. And beautiful, too. Having been up close with a pack of about 50 in a motorised dinghy down near the Cape of Good Hope, I can tell you first hand that their behaviour is almost human (in a fishy kind of way).
Speaking of falling to bits...
I bet that detachable screen is going to be popular with IT departments everywhere.
In our office...
Our experience as a small business with HP is as follows:
Our professional HP A3 inkjet printer packed up after a few years, but not before pissing off everyone in the office with its ridiculously bloated driver software, which included an utterly pointless 'device management centre', constant patches and alerts every time the paper or ink ran out, or pretty much anytime it did anything, come to think of it. Hundreds of megabytes of absolute shite.
We replaced it with an Epson.
Our edit suite was based around an HP workstation, who's motherboard started flaking out after a few years, not seeing all the ram and generally being shit just when you're trying to get a job out. New proprietary CPU heat sink? That'll be £100.
Recently we needed to replace our file server, we looked at the options and HP was way behind the times, so we went with Dell.
Clearly a Radiohead fan
I did warn him the 'No Surprises' tribute video in space was a bad idea
Re: Curvy screen... why?
The big problem with current TVs is that they are really good, and there isn't much need to replace them. If LG can sell us one of their pointless curved TVs they're actually selling us TWO TVs as we'll need a flatscreen replacement when we realise that they're shite.
Did anyone read the full post on the MS web site?
That post from Ballmer is the new gold standard for Bullshit Bingo. You could have a winner about 3 paragraphs in.
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