229 posts • joined Friday 30th April 2010 11:06 GMT
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 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.
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.
More Upstream Please
300 down, no complaints there, but 20 up? I feel like I already spend way too much of my day watching a YouSendIt* progress bar crawl along, and 2 megabytes a second isn't going to improve that a great deal.
*YouSendIt have just told me they are rebranding to 'Hightail'. Is that a joke? I will be genuinely embarrassed to send anything to anyone using such a terrible name. Time to switch to someone else...
My not-very-interesting story about Steven Sinofsky...
During Win7 development I emailed Microsoft with some feedback in the Aero interface and Steven emailed me back a personal reply going through the issues I raised. I have to say that was rather nice of him, and showed a personal touch that's hard to come by these days.
Shame the Win8 interface turned out so awful.
Re: No ADSL/Cable modem?
Agreed. In the UK, at least, it's basically unheard of to sign up to a home broadband supplier and they don't give you the modem. For businesses it's different, but then again I would expect it would only be a SOHO that would use this kit.
The thing that really puts me off the XBox1 the most isn't the always-on requirement (which does utterly suck), but actually it's the requirement to always have the Kinect on. That's a camera in your living room pointing right at you all the time.
That's bloody creepy
When I got to his name I couldn't help but release a small lol irl
Re: All fugly except the mac
Holy shit that last one, the Toshiba, is ugly. Apologies if I've offended anyone who's just bought one. It would actually make a very interesting case-study they'd documented the process that lead to such a disgusting turd of a design.
I walked the length of Tottenham Court Road at the weekend, first time I've been there since the early 2000s, and blimey, that was a bit of a shock. At least half, possibly two-thirds of the old PC component and electric tat shops have closed, and in many cases nothing has replaced them. Just row after row of empty retail units for rent. Pretty sad.
What's worse is I took part in causing it when I started buying everything on-line. I'm sorry about that, but buying on-line is better in almost every way possible.
I must say I am deeply sympathetic towards to Americans. After all, we know that they would never attempt to hack any Chinese servers, don't we?
Re: No surprise
Agreed. At work I have a mega-PC with lots of cores/GPUs/RAM/gerbils etc, but at home I am now finding I never need more than a tablet. It's a new wave of devices that aren't actually overpriced shit.
If there is a god...
...Please let someone have filmed it on a phone or whatever, and stuck it on YouTube
Re: Give me your money!
Here in my office we're not sure whether to cry or slit our wrists. We are a creative company that uses Adobe products for 3 out of our 4 main packages (Photoshop, After Effects & Premiere), and our initial estimates means we'll be spending at least twice as much as before. Our 4th main package, 3DSMax went subscription-based a few years back, but even corporate behemoth Autodesk still allow you to buy standalone, and use the software after the sub runs out.
Wow Adobe, what utter bastards. I think we'll let the 'Tap play this one out
Meanwhile on an alien craft that's just passing by...
"Hey that planet looks interesting, lets go in for a closer loo..."
"This isn't likely to change again."
Tin foil hat on, how about this for a possible future:
Microsoft makes money from people buying a new PC with Windows and/or Office. Everyone knows PC sales are tanking, for the many reasons stated above and below. Microsoft then makes the next version of Office and/or Windows massively compute-heavy, thus forcing PCs to become obsolete faster (like the good old days). Ker-ching!
Hmm, I just read what I wrote, and actually that's pretty much exactly what they tried with Vista.
Re: Business, meh.
Now that I actually think about it, it does seem strange that pc makers hook up SSDs to SATA and not PCI/E. Why is that? wouldn't it be much faster to ditch SATA? Or is there some big disadvantage to PCI/E?
Probably a stupid question, but is it possible that MS were indeed running a single CSC server, and it went titsup?
Is there anyone here who doesn't think that having strippers at your 16th birthday whould have made it the best birthday party of all time?
Hey there anonymous cowardly crazy motherfucker, scientologists and any other types of lunatic cultists are generally given pretty short shrift here at the Reg. Our 'god' is real science, you know, stuff that's been proved to exist, and that's made pretty much everything in the world around you.
I can't believe they're not making a mobile client for Windows Phone 8.
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