4539 posts • joined Friday 28th May 2010 13:33 GMT
Were you never taught that two wrongs don't make a right? Committing a crime in response to another crime is still a crime, e.g. vigilante mobs. Robin Hood may be a popular hero figure but he was still a criminal.
Wouldn't they be better putting WP8 on it? Or does MS stipulate they cannot?
If you are prepared to release classified documents as a matter of principle/ideals, to try and genuinely change the world, you need to be aware that you will likely suffer for it even if you are later revered. that's part of the deal, and something you consider an acceptable risk - so many others have been imprisoned or died over history, from Mandela to St. Paul!
Re: Why bring poor people online?
The same way everyone got bored with mobile phones and email and went back to landlines and fountain pens?
FB may go but social networking is clearly here to stay until something else replaces it - it is a natural idea that once the infrastructure supports it, the way people communicate will change.
I don't agree. Google, yes... but I get the impression Zuck genuinely believes in this guff. He sounds like a typical nerd talking about how great the internet is, etc etc. If a nerd makes something cool and suddenly people are throwing $billions at them, what exactly do you think is going to happen?
Re: Flying cars?
Seems eminently plausible.
The biggest issue is trying to fit self-driving cars into roads alongside old fashioned manual-driven cars, rather than having a proper self-driving infrastructure which would require individual cars be far less smart.
Re: More surveillance
>>I think as soon as insurance companies get a whiff of this fashion
Um, I think something which is an internet phenomenon is probably going to have attracted their attention already, and that the revolutionary idea of a camera on your dashboard probably wasn't hard to come with in the first place.
It doesn't really gain the insurers much anyway. On average each insurer will still have to pay out as often so while this might make the system more accurate, most of the errors in the current setup probably balance out :)
"It's a beautiful illustration of how complicated our climate system is,"
Or a beautiful example how you can twist a theory to fit any observed data?
Less cynically, 7mm over the oceans' surface comes to 2.386×10^12 m^3 (cubic meters)... is that a reasonable amount of water to be flooding Oz?
Can we come up with something better than "idiot tax"? It's even less funny than the round corners meme.
Re: "one could simply refrain from logging into a Google account
If you use gmail then you're automatically logged into google. So the answer to "What's Google got that anyone needs to log in for?" could simply be "gmail"
And Drive (Docs) of course, which is a decent tool. And Picassa (if it's still around).
Re: Privacy? Oh that was something they had in olden times
I find that the more someone whinges about privacy, the less there is about them anyone would want to know about.
What's the big deal?
Other than the fact I'm doing it through the Google home-page, what's the story here? I'm not giving Google more info than they already have, and this isn't letting other people search my stuff. It's just a convenient way to let me search across data with multiple Google products, which Google already knows about me.
Re: One must be a complete idiot
A bit like how you're an idiot if you have to check your own diary, because you put the things there in the first place?
Some people really should think a bit more before trying to make others look stupid.
You've got to be doing pretty badly...
...to get in trouble breaking South American employment laws.
Re: It's a bit of a shame.
It works pretty OK without touch really. For me anyway... I very rarely click the Start button on W7. All the Metro stuff is wasted on me, but it doesn't really get in my way either. I wouldn't buy a new PC to get W8 but I wouldn't not buy a new PC because it had W8.
Since W8 is massively different to its predecessor, your statement doesn't even make sense let alone seem funny.
Luckily I noted this was filed under Bootnotes before commenting
Re: Ahhh But
Given that the vast majority of web users will never explicitly log out I think you get an idea.
Also: "daily mobile active users in the UK stood at 20 million" seems to pretty clearly state 20 million users. If I login to my bank 3 times a day I'm still one user.
Telling you how many logins is not useful at all, I haven't logged in for weeks but I load the page most days.
Chief People Officer
Cupertino idiot-tax operation
Maybe El Reg should commission a report into the phone choices of Fortune 500 CEOs, or entrepreneurs who have started up successful profitable companies, etc.
An average Joe spending £500 on a mobile phone is idiotic, regardless of brand.
It's easy to just make these statements. The sad fact that is if you say it in an authoritative manner, some people will take what you say as established fact.
That goes for pro/anti arguments against green energy I should add, just as for pro/anti arguments about any emotive argument ("the bible actually says ..." being another prime example where people just say things demonstrably not true.
The people arguing a Range Rover is less harmful to the environment never seem to be people who actually care about the environment, and it's surely a bit of an anomaly how many of them own Range Rovers and could perhaps be motivated by self interest.
Does anyone actually use these new tabs?
I saw them and thought "great another dumb feature" and immediately disabled it. Are they actually worthwhile?
Re: VLP == Vain Losers Poserphone
If a 6" phone won't fit in your jacket pocket, your jacket is crap. Suit jackets are often traditionally used for carrying your diary, wallet, etc. Hell, may suit jackets I can (just) get my Kindle into.
Re: No early copies
Anyone who cares already has the preview though.
If they hadn't done a Pro version, maybe this would have had a chance. Hell, releasing Windows PHONE 8 for tablets might have had a better chance and would be a bit less confusing.
Re: It's a slippery slope down that rabbithole
And then when you eventually get to that point, you can actually do some work on your PC.
Re: Not fair
And yet camouflage is still used even on armoured vehicles.
Many businesses use such locks, this isn't just about homes.
As for why... the humble key was not originally chosen because it's the best possible way of securing a lock. It was chosen because at the time, it was the best solution afforded by modern technology. Assuming an old solution must be better than a new one is as bad as assuming a modern solution is better than a old one.
Typical Linuxtard. UI is not considered functionality.
A Raspberry Pi is about 10X more powerful than the PCs Win3.11 used to run on. Perhaps troll-hunters might take on some trivial computer knowledge.
Forget the privacy implications
It would just be hilarious watching people getting freaked out when a bin shouts "Hi Dave, bored of your iPhone?"
Re: fingerprint scanner?
Seems a bit pointless. Remembering a password/pin is something people are used to doing.
For business users I can see it has uses, even banking, but to get their support would involve a lot of work (I assume).
So it sounds like rather a gimmick to me.
Re: Reality show producers wet dream
>>Why would anyone even consider being sent to a barren planet.....
I don't know. Maybe you could ask one of the people who dedicated their lives to visiting the moon. Or those people who settled in the USA a few centuries back.
I think it's called having a pioneer spirit...
>>Just make sure non of them are religious. Last thing we need to export to Mars is religious ignorance.
Or intolerant douchebags...
No you moron, they are people who are so keen to visit Mars that they are willing to be TV 'celebrities'.
Someone I live with is applying so I actually know a little about it - typical BB contestants would not get through as they all have to pass scrutiny as suitable for the trip before they can be voted for inclusion.
>>Most people who wear glasses would pay NOT to wear them.
Clearly they wouldn't, otherwise LASIK would be far more common. Any professional working person can afford laser treatment if they really want to... I did because I really was prepared to pay not to wear glasses, but most people are not.
Re: @Don Jefe - Sounds Reasonable
Because obviously people on an IT forum are the ones we'd ask what constitutes fashion.
Re: no way
How interesting. I'm sure some people baulked at the idea of carrying a phone with them all the time too.
The whole "it looks dorky" argument is really pretty dumb. In large metropolitan centres like London/New York/LA/Tokyo, people wear far weirder things every day. It looks dumb people walking around with masks on their faces but they still do it. Half the T-shirts with slogans on look dumb. Punk haircuts, tattoos on faces and most body piercings strike me as idiotic but people don't really care what I think.
Giving a free trial of software to get people using it is hardly a new idea.
Re: I remember when
I'm so,so tired of people trying to manipulate me into their tech eco-system or trying to monetize my every waking fucking move.
Diddums. They're not trying to manipulate you. They're of the opinion that if they put thousands of man-days into a project, they should be able to recoup that money.
It's terrible how you're being manipulated into using it for free while someone else foots the bill.
Not TOO bothered
If it's once a day I guess that's OK although it will presumably suck for anyone who blocks cookies? I have ad-blocker on my main PC but on the iPad the existing ads are only moderately irritating.
More worrying is the data usage for mobile users, surely.
Re: Problem with this idea...
Your typical Linux user is probably wise to this. But what about all the Linux users who like to boast about how they installed Linux for their mum/gran, and how they were able to use it despite being a computer ignoramus?
And what about businesses who decide they will make all the receptionists and so on use Linux to save on costs?
Such people are just as clueless whichever OS they run.
I would suggest Linux probably has a smaller percentage of stupid users...
But by far the largest proportion of overly arrogant users
Re: When you're dying ...
If I run a company and I have products to sell. If someone else makes a free alternative, giving my product away is not a sensible business practice. LibreOffice isn't paying the salaries of tens of thousands of people.
You misunderstand the term trolling then. Unless you think it should be illegal for me to pretend to hold a view I don't, or to an express a view I do just to spark controversy.
Re: Excellent .....
At least the Linuxtards are very easy to avoid, as they generally hang out in their bedrooms.
So you want a way to share information for cool and "useful" purposes but you don't want anyone to be able to access the shared data?
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