4531 posts • joined Friday 28th May 2010 13:33 GMT
Re: relies on DJs to choose the music rather than algorithms
It's still humans picking the playlist, and there is scope for the DJ to change things or talk in between and muck up the timings.
From what I remember of listening to Moyles talk about things like this, you do get some sort of timer/count-in.
Re: "You can easily buy it with one click!"
If you want to buy something, a 1-click experience IS helpful to you as well as great for the seller. Or do you prefer going through a 3 page credit-card form every time you want to buy something?
That's how every industry works... products evolve most of the time, and they tend to do that by learning/borrowing from each other. Revolution is not the rule. If it were, things would be too confusing because every two years the OS would change totally.
Did Android copy Apple by launching a full-touch mobile OS? Or did they simply see it was the best way to go?
Companies run IE8/9/10 on W7 because they're locked in to IE6? Good argument.
Hey Eadon why don't you go and do some research on who uses IE... I'd guess you need to spend a couple of months. Then come and report back.
See you in August.
Do you also make sure to turn off unused power sockets so the electricity doesn't leak out?
Re: Browser setup?
Well IE9/10 doesn't run on XP for a start.
Yeah because W8 isn't more resource-efficient than W7, which was better than Vista. Oh wait, it is.
And good job for failing at science, when they eliminate the baseline the fact it's W8 is not a factor.
Re: MS TELLS TRUTH SHOCK
People were using it in this test. Try to come up with something that at least makes sense.
Re: It's Apple
These days, you do NOT need to upgrade your PC every year. A beasty 12-core machine is going to be quite relevant for several years.
Just because it's a powerful workstation does not mean it needs to be any more easily upgradeable than a regular workstation.
Most Apple using-professionals don't spend their time upgrading the thing. The old Pro might be great from a PC user's perspective but the sales figures show it simply isn't that interesting to Apple users. Cool is what Apple do...
I'll wait for reviews, but I have to say I am tremendously impressed they have focused on such a genuinely useful improvement as all-day battery life, rather than simply making it even thinner and lighter just because they can. Of course this is mainly down to Intel and will (hopefully) be seen in WinBooks too, but it's a pleasant surprise nonetheless.
Re: Giving for free, whilst the Security Agencies have to dig for it
Please can we just ban cliched lines like "You're the product, not the customer"; honestly it gets so tiring and is just a way for people who nothing about the issues to trot out trite comments to sound current.
I hate companies trying to make their service better as much as the next guy, but really...
I wonder if anyone else will step up
To write Culture books... it really is such a great SF universe. I can't decide if it would be a good or a bad thing but amongst SF writers, it is not unknown for great writers to write in homage to other writers they are fans of, especially where an author knows they are dying.
Putting aside the question of if this should happen, are there any authors who you reckon could write stories in a Culture universe?
Re: To recapitulate :
I missed the part where you were forced to read the article. And where like an idiot you wasted even more time writing a comment about it.
Enough of the "it's supposed to be hard" snobbery please. He wrote books to be enjoyed.
Personally I think Player of Games is his most immediately gripping Sci-Fi novel which doesn't let sci-fi get in the way of the story. I think lots of his works take a little getting into but are always worth the effort.
Re: Public service announcement
I always wondered if the 'utopia' of the Culture was really meant as that, or a reflection on what society thinks utopia would be. i.e. was he a staunch liberal or was that a statement on liberalism?
Copied from W8?
Re: Sinkedin BS
Here's a radical idea. Stop using sites you don't like rather than whinging about them.
Or setting a good example to the world not to tolerate people videoing them just because the technology exists?
Technologically very cool
But please don't try to make "FB scale" some sort of metric.
exceeds the annual budget of BBC4 and CBeebies put together
Wow, not CBeebies. Almost like you just went looking for two numbers that add to almost £100m.
And hang on... the annual budget of BBC4 and beebies is ~£100m?! WTF do they spend that on exactly? BBC4 has good stuff and I guess beebies is good for what it is, but a pretty girl talking to puppets and some footage of The Who from 40 years ago are hardly big-budget broadcasting.
Re: Licence fee
If you want to know, try watching TV anywhere else in the world and the current "low" standard will be a revelation.
Being fully timelord wouldn't mean he could magically become her. It's a new body for the same person, not stealing somebody's body.
Also since it's the same person, changing gender just seems implausible. Gender is a part of your identity, not something tacked on.
Re: LinkedIn endorsements
You can turn it off. Search online.
Seriously, how can you see to type with so much tinfoil wrapped around your head?
Re: Microsoft: "We're always listening to our customers"
I wonder... if the used-game market is squashed will new-game prices reduce at all? I am not holding out any hope, but in theory it could do.
Re: purchase deferred till 2015
Fitting the spec of a laptop into something the size of a tablet is expensive, surely that is not a surprise. Lugging a tablet and a cheap heavy laptop around is also a PITA so this does genuinely fit a new use-case... not one for everyone but if you travel a lot it could be great - watch movies on the tablet, get some work done on your tray-table with the keyboard.
Question... if the keyboard is bluetooth does that mean you can use it when detached?
Actually sounds quite nice
All the convertibles I've seen look clunky but that one looks rather nice.
I can't decide if £600 for a full-fat Windows PC that dinky is good value, if I was in the market for a tablet and a notebook I imagine it would be.
Re: I'd buy an all-in-one with Linux!
Can't you just install/dual-boot Linux onto your older iMac?
Re: All fugly except the mac
It is amazing when you do a aesthetic comparison of Mac VS everything else how far ahead they are - of course many here favour function and cost over form but they are stunning these days.
More worryingly the other week I was looking at the bigger iMac in a store and caught myself thinking "that's not too expensive actually". I think I either got richer or stupider because clearly money > sense.
Long list, only one vote?
Couldn't you have shortened it or allow us a top-5... this seems too unwieldy and I like several candidates.
Wait for the Daily Mail...
To find £10k is spent on upgrading TV for a household on benefits.
Freesat reaches just about everywhere and costs a good deal less than that.
Like 2 orders of magnitude less!
It CAN stutter in the heaviest rain but that is a rare moment of pixelation, not anything that is a big problem. Satellite reception is affected depending if you are north or south, but you might want to get your dish re-aligned.
Re: Microsoft: "We're always listening to our customers"
Stupid to predict One won't sell. XBox is an established big player with only one competitor.
Remember, most people plug their console into their router anyway. I predict the used-games thing will be a minor annoyance, not a deal-breaker. Speaking generally of course, of course there will be loads of people who are incensed.
However when you also factor in that serious used-game buyers who would not buy One based on this issue, are not buying many new games, and that games rather than consoles are where the money is made, it could be even less significant. Perhaps MS lose 20% of their customers, but new games sales fall only 5%, as an example.
Personally - I don't buy used games, I just wait for the cheap Platinum editions to come out.
Re: If it was an android i'd have bought one already
Every device I own runs an OS I've no interest in. OS are boring.
I'd imagine grating cheese in zero-g is interesting.
do you really want that smell wafting around a small, sealed space station
Surely the air is scrubbed continuously.
The underlying OS is an improved version of W7, why does it require changes when everyone says that's the bit which is good, and it's the UI that is the problem?
Re: 4 apps at the same time?
Yeah, because iOS and Android let you do far more. Oh no wait, they let you use one app at once, or a couple on limited numbers of Android with specialist customisations.
As a tablet OS, which is what WinRT is, 4 apps at once is actually AHEAD of the competition.
$175 for a turtleneck?
Wow. Oh wow.
Re: LoveFilm vs Netflix
Presumably they simply don't have the same depth of infrastructure... nothing wrong with Silverlight so it must be the back-end although that's a bit embarrassing considering this is Amazon we're talking about!
Re: Oh, Amazon
The quality isn't crap, and DRM is irrelevant when you're streaming.
How about you grow up and realise that just because YOU don't like something, that doesn't automatically mean it's pointless.
Re: Well thats it then
It's not a FPS.
we don't need a start menu/screen that takes up a whole screen
You don't need one crammed into one corner of the screen either. You can't use any apps while the menu is open so why not use the screen to display more things at once?
Re: Nice ... Nice ...
Since when is Start-Menu the definitive last word in How Things Should Be Done? I seem to recall XP cahnged things quite a lot too, as have other versions.
Start menu is crap IMO. 4-deep nesting in one tiny area of the screen with menus that close if you move the mouse the wrong way, etc. When you're launching an app you are not multi-tasking so why NOT use the whole screen to show everything?
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