4987 posts • joined 28 May 2010
Re: This message brought to you by religion
Presumably since Christianity and many other religions actually originated in the East, by "exotic lands" you mean Europe?
Not to mention all that good food thrown in bins, or kebabs dropped on the street by drunk people after closing time.
Re: @JDX won't really taste better
"better" tea doesn't neccessarily taste "better" - it's all about preferences and taste. Many people actually prefer the taste of Fosters to some £5-a-bottle craft lager!
Re: Sorry - not where I live
Um, so buy the things you CAN get cheap locally.
Re: Sorry - not where I live
But you do have to pay for the salary of people running a very small shop.
Plus, it's a novelty - buying directly from a farm is not best done in a fancy "farm shop".
Knowing the best time to visit when they dump loads of food in the reduced aisle, you can get crazy deals - as long as you don't mind eclectic dining.
Re: having to take a teapot to work
An in-mug infuser would use up his whole budget, you mug.
Also, it won't really taste better unless you buy expensive tea. Which is rather not the idea.
Didn't/doesn't Google already offer totally free calls to phones from their chat service? I definitely remember being amazed by that a few years back but IIRC I was in the US at the time and never figured out if it was a short-lived trial, or a US-specific service.
Re: At full arm's length?
Every time I watch video on my iPad it is set on a surface at arm's length (ish).
I thought they introduced charging by the Mb for files transferred by 3G.
Re: As has been proved time
Hopefully the time it takes someone to do this is longer than the time it takes to report your phone stolen and have it deactivated.
Apple's Camera Adapter kit ... a rather expensive diversion.
Not really, you can get a 3rd-party one for £5. Although you can use it to 'side-load' videos onto the device, it's a bit slow and cumbersome from my tests unfortunately.
Is that a new addition, or just a standard WP8 feature not included in 7.x?
Re: Silver Lining
I guess all of you downvoters buy into Cameron's drivel about India as a massive source of hi-tech excellence, rather than actually having worked with the kind of developers their outsourcing companies provide.
My comment is nothing about MS/Linux, it's about Indian IT skill levels. Companies like Tata have terrible reputations for sending over incompetent workers and abusing foreign work visas.
You don't need a 3-year refresh cycle with Windows. The fact people are still running XP on the machines that came with XP is testament to this. Business support for Windows7 runs till at least 2020 so that's a 6 year refresh cycle right there even if you didn't already upgrade - longer if you did like you should've done.
If you buy into the sales pitch to upgrade every version of the OS you might lose out, but business has no problem skipping versions of Windows.
Sounds like a well executed plan
I mean they have at least a week.
I sense this might end up being referred to by pro-MS authorities as "look what happens when you try to ditch Windows", as a counter-argument to whichever European government went Linux a few years ago (Germany?)
Re: Silver Lining
Seriously, you're taking notes from Indian IT?
Re: MIcrosoft+Evil Greed
You do not have to upgrade if you don't want to. MS is under no obligation to support their ancient products.
There's bound to be some big scare story about gaping vulnerabilities found in XP, as soon as some business gets targeted. Probably blackhats already have stockpiled exploits, hoping that as long as they don't get discovered before the deadline, they will remain unfixed in XP. So maybe we'll see a wave of malware launched within a couple of days of EOL.
Sorry, either you agree with free speech and democracy, or you don't. If you do, you have to accept others will hold views you don't like.
Accusing anyone who doesn't share your viewpoint of being a homophobe is exactly the kind of twisted bigotry the gay community has demonstrated against Eich.
Re: Classic end-of-financial-year splurge
It's not peculiar to the public sector.
Since MS are already selling much cheaper Lumias, with reasonable success, how would cutting the price on top-end ones work... they'd collide with their budget-end models!?
Again, HTC. I don't see them selling their top-notch phone for a bargain.
Also, setting a high price gives the impression of a premium product. If MS sold all their phones much cheaper than their rivals, the risk is Joe Public thinks they're cheap because they're budget products.
You're screwed whatever you do :)
Well considering HTC are struggling to sell great devices running Android, maybe offering a different OS isn't such a bad move now Samsung is becoming such a behemoth. For top-end phones you'd then have one manufacturer for each OS...
Apple - iOS
Samsung - Android
Nokia/MS - WinPhone
Re: quad-core and 512Mb RAM as standard now?
That was definitely worth writing in response to a 1-char typo.
quad-core and 512Mb RAM as standard now?
That is good news. I keep thinking about upgrading my 610 (WP7.8) to a 620 but it seems I'd be better waiting a little longer.for one of these, or for the prices on the 720 to drop as a result.
Note these are still "Nokia Lumia" - do we have an official announcement what the brand will be once the sale goes through? MS Lumia? Windows Lumia? WindowsPhone?
A little background on WTF a D-Wave chip is would have been nice, even a single sentence!
Re: Wasting taxpayer's money again
How much would wholesale upgrades to W7 and Office 2010 (or newer) cost? Far more than £5m.
For all we know, delaying this long also allowed greater negotiation over a wholesale migration license agreement.
£5m is nothing for the number of computers involved.
Since uptake has been so poor, MS are actually in the position they can make fairly bold changes quite easily, which is definitely unusual.
"Apple has been roundly spanked for sticking to smaller displays in its iPhones"
Only by people who simply see A has X, B doesn't have X and count that as a down-mark, irregardless of what X is and if it is useful...
Based on outside appearance and weight, desktop PCs today are pretty much identical to an old Pentium 90. Surely the whole point of a tablet is the minimalist design, and it's what's on the inside that matters as long as the outer case is half-decent?
Just like when you're not wearing the lenses then.
Wireless power akin to wireless phone charging?
Charged through blinking?
Re: So, OKCupid is entitled to their views
No, you are totally missing the point. OKCupid are using their website to launch a campaign against a company, because someone who works there holds views they don't like.
A comparable thing for FF to have done would be to show a popup "This site has been linked to homosexual activity. Mozilla does not condone homosexual acts and accepts no responsibility if you choose to continue viewing this site".
Don't let your personal bias against other people's bias distort the facts. A company is not the CEO. He is allowed personal views. Arguably, one company attacking another company is grounds for a lawsuit, in the US at least.
Re: So, OKCupid is entitled to their views
>>So, OKCupid is entitled to their views and they're not *forcing* them on anyone, just asking people to change behaviour.
Not the same thing. He is personally against gay marriage. They are using their company product and brand to advertise their views. How would you feel if Firefox took a public "anti gay" stance?
"roughly 8% of the relationships we've worked so hard to bring about would be illegal."
8% of people who have used their site are in gay marriages? That sounds hard to believe, since even among the minority of gay people, only a minority in relationships are married...
Lots of people use FB to discuss their real life, hobbies and interests with their real-life friends. But of course you realise that, you wouldn't be making generalisations about a platform which allows people to use it in however serious or fatuous a way they wish.
There have been great improvements more recently
Though they tend to slip in without too much fanfare, and often rely on browser HTML5 support. For instance copy-pasting images from the clipboard was a massive boon that was sorely missed compared to Outlook, and the inline resize-image thing is pretty neat. Also drag-dropping attachments to new emails, and previewing attachments on received email in the browser.
GMail is the one web-app that really genuinely replaces a rich desktop application in my eyes, so many are "good enough" but GMail is probably the best thing Google have done.
Re: Great Sound?
Obviously there are good uses for it, but grrrrr.
Maybe it's great, but MUST you encourage people to use their phones without headphones?
This is a rather more elaborate attempt than the weaponised Apple article, I'll give you that...
If you sharpened the edges on an iPad or MacBook Air, Oriza style (Stephen King reference) they could be quite formidable.
Re: Machine learning != AI
AI is a very broad umbrella term... generally it includes everything about instilling learning or simulated intelligence. Which as you correctly point out Charles, are utterly different.
Hawkins VS Google etc
Generally speaking, companies invest in developing AI for some purpose. They don't want a genuine 'alive' AI but to simulate human intelligence to solve certain problems. Academics on the other hand are keen on creating a genuine mind, but lack the resources both in terms of money and skill as computer programmers.
I other words, companies focus on artificial intelligence, academics on artificially creating a real intelligence.
So a company which can invest considerable financial resources in pure AI research "just because" IS likely to make big leaps from anything we've yet accomplished.
Re: Out of interest...
Who are you to why anyone is "supposed" to be there?
Re: @Stoneshop (was: All I can say is ...)
Much of the crap is people feeling they must share their opinions about everything they disagree with.
Re: 5 people editing one document simultaneously
If you set up your document in sections this is minimised. No idea who that specific case IS handled though, it doesn't sound like there is a perfect solution.
Re: Typical Microsoft (but which one?)
Good point LDS (although you do get the online stuff as well, which IS like G-Apps).
It's very cool from the tech/sci-fi angle, that much is true. Claiming it is "helping the world" is a bit much but I don't particularly think private companies have a corporate responsibility TO help the world. It's great when they do, but it's also great when massive companies are happy to invest in long-term, far-fetched projects. No reason they can't do both.
Is driving over debris in the road fast enough force it through the bodywork common? It sounds like it would be dangerous in a petrol fuelled car too.