Re: Form over function is becoming all to common for the "look at me I am cool" crowd.
You're old. This is NOT new in the slightest.
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You're old. This is NOT new in the slightest.
For you to hate them it's clearly not just about their audio quality because there are hundreds of crap headphone companies. Without realising it you are responding to the brand just as much as people who like it.
G+ is technologically as good as FaceBook. OSXLinux are at least as capable as Windows. WinPhone8 and Lumia devices are on a par with their competitors... yet in all cases it is hard even for multi-billion dollar behemoths to carve a decent place in the market. Brand is very important.
Every business is about making money
Music is an area where style has ALWAYS been at least as important as substance
Does the author not realise Google have been trialling self-driving cars other than on empty highways for some time?
As for "driving in CA is easy", has the author never driven in downtown LA? California may mostly be quite empty and organised but it has busy towns and cities just like everywhere else.
This is just "I can't accept a robot can do this" thinking based on out-dated facts rather than reality. It used to be a dream to make a computer that could beat the best chess players, or a robot that could walk on irregular terrain, etc.
So it's a solidly performing budget device, except they didn't give it a proper budget price?
Yeah, gamers are a bit of a special case. There are a massive number of PC gamers but they're still only a minority of PC users.
PCs aren't going anywhere, the "PC in every home" vision is still real but the thing was before tablets it was more like 2-4 PCs in each home. Now tablets and phones are cutting back, a household still probably needs a PC but only one.
Except that W7 is leaner than Vista (OK that doesn't take much) and W8 is leaner than W7.
Luckily on Windows, the terminal is not too critical.
>>Even for "secretary terminal" work, there is a noticeable difference between using cheap underpowered hardware and decent kit.
You struggle to buy anything "underpowered" these days. The bottom-end laptop these days is comparable to a mid-range laptop when W7 came out. Since W7 doesn't need more resources now than it did then, a cheap laptop is quite adequate these days.
We've finally escaped the days when business laptops had the Intel 940 graphics chipset, now even cheap laptops with integrated GPUs support DX10 properly... I work developing 3D software for business clients so this is something I am sadly rather well acquainted with :) Low-end tech these days is not only powerful, but far more consistent than it was even 5 years ago.
Hardly anybody, even in enterprise, needs a high-end laptop. Windows7 and Office will run OK on a laptop costing £400 when W7 came out, they'll run well on one costing £600 at that time.
Most people using a PC even for work, are not running a compiler or PhotoShop etc. I totally agree that tablets/phones will not replace PCs because you need a decent screen and input method for writing documents or doing spreadsheets, but in terms of sheer power we're there already.
Google knows where you want to go, of course. Email your mum "see you for dinner at 7" and the car will honk outside the door at 6.30 to tell you it's time to leave.
No, that's not correct. Those drivers would test in cars which have manual controls so they CAN take over if they HAVE to. The idea being they won't have to...
When you ASSume, some ASS comes along and patronises you?
If it's 1s after the sentence finishes what's the problem?
I've no idea how quickly human translators can do this, presumably they also need to wait until the sentence is resolved? If not, an AI could learn the same things.
Yeah your dog's foot problem is really of interest to NSA. It's not really of interest to anyone, including the person you're telling about it on Skype.
No they're not. Certainly lots of plugins could be written in this way, and likely many plugins never needed to be plugins in the first place, but there are very real valid use cases for plugins. However, most of them are not mass-market but niche plugins for a specific application or range of hardware, so Chrome can get away with squashing them.
I very much doubt there is any doubt here. They'll be permitted, to do otherwise would massively shoot Google in the foot. Anyone with the tech literacy to install AdBlock also has the nous to switch browser.
Having one successful product proves what exactly?
My point was the nano (or is it shuffle) kept a touch screen but didn't try to cram the normal OS and apps into a tiny screen. Rather they designed a special UI for tiny screens. It is not hard to envisage a touch UI on a watch screen usable for entering phone numbers, and it is certainly not hard to imagine being able to swipe through your contacts or otherwise select who to call. OTOH, SMS maybe not. But a device which is a combination phone-fitness gadget could do OK, given the success of FitBit et al.
You mean like Casio had on those nerdy calculator watches?
Maybe a watch would be better as a feature/dumbphone rather than simply trying to squash a smartphone into a different form factor. Sort of like how Apple didn't try to make the iPod Nano/shuffle use the same UI as larger versions.
At what point in time would "kill the Jews" not be offensive?
Is it not to do with WA being bought out?
Thanks for the review. If genuine WP users think it's an improvement I'll probably like it.
My understanding is the 625 only has 256Mb RAM instead of 512 on the 530 (and on higher-end previous-gen Lumias). This can be a big deal as many apps may not run... on my cheap WP7.5 phone Skype wouldn't run for this reason.
So if this is the case, RAM might be the clear thing you need to inform a decision.
I had WP7.5 and then upgraded to 7.8 on a cheap 610 which is sort of the predecessor to the 520. I just traded up to a 1020 running WP8 and the UI is essentially the same, which is a good thing as I really like it.
I was looking forward to upgrading to 8.1 when it gets a general release but it just sounds... bad. Easy muting and the people hub are the things I use most!
I really don't see the need for anyone to defend GPS as being as good as any human driver. That isn't the point. GPS exists to get you from A to B with confidence, not to send you through secret short-cuts which only work between 6.30am and 8.30am on weekdays.
Specialist knowledge is often cheaper NOT automated but left in the hands of squishies.
Technology is not (yet) removing the need for people to drive the taxis.
Turning up and a mob and screaming in your face and doing damage to your presence may not be the same as kneecapping but vandalism is violent and the rest is a clear threat of violence. If they refused to leave the business premises that is also violence of a sort.
At least, the police thought so or they wouldn't have bothered coming out.
How delightfully bizarre.
It's not really a tablet though, it's a tablet/ultrabook and as such is in the ultrabook price bracket. This is total overkill for watching Netflix, checking Facebook and playing Angry Birds.
Maybe MS are not interested in the consumer tablet market since RT seems to be on the way out. Or maybe WP8 will expand to fill that gap the way iOS moved to support iPad. Phones and tablets are becoming blurred somewhat already.
You think someone buying a tablet is interested if there's a fan or not? You realise the MacBook Air has a fan, and that that's more what this is competing with? It's a fully specced PC with detachable keyboard, not a toy for playing Flappy Bird on.
You can't be critical or complimentary of MS or Apple in this thread. If you want free upvotes just mention how MS can go **** themselves, the laptop you rescued from a skip and installed Pretentious-Linux on is perfect for your needs.
That's why Apple (http://www.apple.com/uk/mac/compare/notebooks.html) currently only sell a single laptop with a screen size above 13", dropped the 17" one altogether, and brought in a new 11" line. And gained market share at the same time.
THe iPad doesn't have a 12" screen or a full-blown i7 CPU. These are totally different devices, as was mentioned this is competing more with MacBook Air than iPad Air.
Seems like it could be a big hit in business, I don't think this version is really a consumer-oriented device but a business device... interest in Surface Pro has mainly been from that market.
Since when is a laptop the best tool for "proper computing work" either? This is designed for being portable - meetings and presentations and travelling. Of course, you can no doubt plug it into a proper monitor and keyboard/mouse like you can any other laptop... anyone know if there are fancy-ass docking stations for Surface Pro?
Someone I know who does MS stuff got the same model for testing stuff out and was similarly impressed.
Technically it sounds pretty slick - especially getting the weight and thickness down - and at 12" I think is a viable ultrabook in its own right. But it's clearly not going to be a mass-market product like the iPad because it's way over-powered and overpriced for the mass-market (not overpriced for what it is, but overpriced for what people want to spend). Ultrabooks are not mass-market as they are so pricey but I could certainly see this being the go-to executive toy. However as the article says that's at the expense of other ultrabooks, MS are stealing existing Windows customers.
There doesn't appear to be a gap to fill, unless wearables are going to take off - but I get the impression that isn't quite ready to happen yet (if ever). Both an iWatch and an iGlass could be upcoming but I don't think just yet.
iPhone and iPad might not be amazingly exciting now tablets are commonplace but they are still premium devices in phone/tablet categories and selling hand over fist. Apple is with iOS devices where MS was with Windows and Office in 2007... people were unhappy with Vista and the Ribbon but the revenue stream was as healthy as ever. I reckon Apple have easily 2-3 years before they NEED a new Big Thing, as long as they don't screw up the existing product lines but continue to refine them. Boring, but profitable.
If asking an innocent question incites typical folk to violence where you live, that's indicative that you live somewhere full of violent idiots rather than that the question is improper.
Or are you not a fan of freedom of speech?
It's pretty blindingly obvious there are lots of fake accounts. It's also pretty blindingly obvious that there are still gajillions of real users.
You totally fail to get it. I see absolutely no contradiction. Zuck can genuinely believe that FB is doing good, just as Tony Blair and George W Bush believed they were acting for good.
Also, you're either trolling or an idiot because nowhere did anyone suggest "selling personal information about people is an altruistic act". That is FB's business model, not the service they provide to consumers.
You might as well say that if I invent a cancer drug and sell it, I can't be acting for good because I'm making money from sickness. You can make money from something that is of benefit, the world is not black & white no matter what borderline-autistic nerds say.
Um, why can't it be both?
Also it doesn't actually mention sex lives at all....
Getting cancelled after the first series is hardly indicative of anything though. Great and awful shows get axed with impunity.
And Lost had 3 good series.
>>I find that when one tries to work with touchy things, you end having your hands blocking your view all the time.
Hmm. Mechanics and surgeons seem to manage OK. Maybe you're holding it wrong ;)
>>1. It's not always possible to obtain an old laptop at a sensible price.
Why do you need to shoot HD video, especially on a device that's going to be shaking around in your hand? All you'd end up with is really crap, poorly lit/coloured video, with awful sound quality, in HD.
I recently caved and put iTunes on my Windows7 PC because it was a pain having to turn on the Mac just to put content on my iPad. I've heard terrible things about the Windows version in particular (the Mac one seems fine) but so far so good,,, maybe it improved a lot in recent versions or I'm just lucky.
So it's just Diner Dash with weed? Anyone played it able to confirm/deny?