4813 posts • joined 28 May 2010
Seriously? GPU acceleration for spreadsheets with a few thousand rows? Considering someone wrote a 3D renderer for Excel (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeXISSrIaJA) that runs on old hardware, this seems ludicrous.
Re: Is it really 100% green
100% offset is a better term perhaps but it's still an achievement. Note that in places like Nevada, they probably need more electricity during the day than at night, since they use A/C in the sun rather than heating in the dark.
Of course it's viable. As long as only a few % of the nation's (or state's if they don't have a national grid?) energy is produced this way, it is perfectly viable. The problem only comes if a large proportion of energy generation is done this way.
However, while old-fashioned power stations can't be dialled up/down at the flick of a switch, at least SOME of them must be able to run on a 24-cycle where they ramp up for dark hours. Gas and Nuclear for example,
And, if more power is needed during the day than at night, stuff like this helps existing power stations run at a more level output.
Cost and tools
Which phone OS do you need to learn a new programming language for? C++, Java and Objective-C are all normal languages on the target platforms they're used for.
In fact, as a software developer rather than a web-developer, I WOULD have to learn a new programming language!
Also... is £100/year really a big issue for anyone doing this professionally?
Fighting MS? Hardly
MS isn't targeting the ultra low-cost end of the market. FF's main competition is Android for that market share - it's really a separate market and global market share 12st/2nd/3rd place is a little meaningless.
Re: If they are clever...
Cost of rent and staff IS offset from taxable profit you dummy. It's the cornerstone of how company taxation works, the least controversial aspect of the whole thing.
Re: Well I wish...
Spending £650m is WHY they will have no profit...
Is it still playable?
Is there an easy way to play the original PC version, an emulator or a web-based port or something? I'd be interested in PoP2, I never heard of that and personally the fighting was my favourite bit!
Re: TN Screen? That's not at all premium..
Yeah, maybe you should try it.
using it in the bath ... probably wouldn’t figure in my usage regime
You might be surprised. A tablet is a perfect solution to those who want to watch TV in the bath!
I'm not so impressed with the battery, but the weight is very impressive.
Otherwise known as 0.03% of c... that's shit.
Genuine question, what does Yahoo do these days? What products does it offer?
Re: Reboot reboot sequel reboot
T2 was a brilliant film and T1 didn't shut the story at all... it's about time travel after all!
As for Independence Day... I'm with you on that. I loved the film because it didn't try to be too serious, but surely it's not enough of a classic to need a sequel after all these years?
Re: Terminator *5*??
3 was very much a remake of 2 - mindless action and a few new bits. Nothing special but an OK dumb blockbuster.
4 was very different, they finally took the film into the world of the war against the machines, which personally I'd always wanted ever since seeing the clips of the robots in the first films.
But none of them were reboots, just sequels. A reboot suggests starting right at the beginning again in which case why have Arnie not some new hunk?
And since both C++ and Visual Studio are very good, he's talking rubbish anyway.
Re: Snapshot of windows in my life
So why are Linux desktops doing similar big re-vamps then with Unity and the like? They aren't in it for training courses, they don't make money from people upgrading, and they don't want to keep 3rd party devs busy.
I don't think your motives are sound for Windows anyway, but even if they were the fact other OS (Apple as well as most of the big names in Linux) are doing exactly the same type of thing makes it clear this isn't the main reason.
What everyone wants
personally I don't want either... classic start menu is almost 20 years old now and to my eye, very clunky and awkward to use especially with a trackpad or on a slow PC - menus pop up a second after you hover over them, or you click as they are auto-opening and they close again, or you move the mouse too far and all the menus close again...
none of the complaints which people had regarding to desktop usage have been addressed
Apart from the missing start button, inability to boot to desktop, and inability to sensibly use more than one app at once, which seemed to be 3 of the top 4 complaints.
Re: Speak your brains
Are you referring to Eadon - is he gone? How do we know, was there an announcement? It should be Reg headline news really if so...
Re: Missed my chance
We'll sell you one! (see other post for details)
Re: My mother
The bakelite can be red, black, ivory amongst others. Red ones were typically snapped up for use as 'hot lines' in hospitals and so on - literally a red phone for urgent calls only.
How well timed
I'm down in the south for the funeral of my father, who used to work in telephones and after retirement collected old phones - ostensibly to sell at a profit - and built a working exchange. It even talked to other hobbyist exchanges via a Linux box and VOIP... apparently there's a whole HAM-radio-esque community of such enthusiasts.
Anyway, bottom line is we are left with about 400 BPO phones - trimphones, series 200 & 300 rotary diallers, and early push-button ones (700 series maybe).
They're worth anything up to £200 for the rarer ones (red apparently)!
You're missing the desire to find faults and make things hard for yourself so you can complain about it.
On the plus side...
It took years for them to replace Vista with W7, only a few months for 8.1. If there's going to be an 8.2, that might be pretty good!
We're just great.
That's right, it won't. Unless you find stepping one pace to the left changes the climate in your country, of course?
Do the math before trotting out the dumb comments
Radio1 pays about £100 per play on the prime slots, to an audience of ~5million listeners. Even if we say only 10% of listeners are listening, that's about 15,000cents for 500,000 people = 0.03 cents per listen.
Seems decent to me
Start button - meh, but it's for the real novice users who are floored by not knowing about the Windows key and do EVERYTHING using the mouse (trust me, many people are not aware of ANY keyboard shortcuts).
Updates to Start Screen... useful but I don't hate it anyway, a full-screen menu at the one time you cannot, by definition, multitask, is fine to me.
Flexibility for Metro apps - sounds good though I'll wait to try it.
Boot to desktop - nice.
IE11 - I'm impressed they finally supported WebGL because now everyone does. Though presumably it will not be coming to IE10/Win7, or does anyone know differently that IE11 will work on Win7?
If Ms listened to their customers we'd never have got XP, and we'd probably have never got 95. People resist and resent change most of the time... touch-screen mobiles were resisted too. Asking what customers want and building it leads to design-by-committee and the Homer Simpson Car.
I like pocket watches.
Re: Microsoft can't very well go with the
Anyone who works directly with customers knows that very often the customer IS wrong :)
Happy for you that you had the leisure time to explore it.
What a brain-dead argument. Once upon a time people moved from typewriters to computers and this took a lot of getting used to. The previous poster said sometimes something is worth having, even if it requires acclimatisation, and you pour scorn on that. With your attitude, your company would still be on typewriters because your poor staff can't cope.
Re: Its all about games
I fully expect the games to go up with the next consoles, like they have with every console generation.
What planet are you from? Games used to cost £60 new and then was when £60 was more than it is now... £40 was standard 10 years ago.
Re: W T F ??
Is it mandatory to use Kinect? Can't you just not plug it in?
Re: No - Kill The XBOX ONE with FIRE - don't reward DRM + Spying
Yeah, the PS4 was rumoured to do the same things as the One, absolutely no reason they won't introduce similar stuff if it becomes seen as OK with the masses.
Re: The 360 cannot live like XP did
MS could have killed XP by ceasing support/updates for that, too.
Re: I don't want ANOTHER language
A new language is categorically the wrong direction for back-end development, and my whole point is I want the same language usable for front & back-end, so libraries can be written only once.
Re: I don't want ANOTHER language
How about improving a language that already exists?
Re: 2000 - 3000 developers ?
Yeah but I doubt even WinXP had that many devs
What's wrong with the Eadon login?
Also, please stop anthropomorphising a gigantic corporation.
Re: Nobody trusts Google
Apart from how WP's market share has been growing steadily you mean? What IS the pecking order now... Android, iOS, WP, BB or is there one inbetween two of those I forgot?
They are not best-sellers because of those features.
Re: "it’s like carrying a tiny black hole with you"
What is Hello Kitty Koran?
Re: Yes, yes....
I'm still on WP7.8 and that seems pretty OK to me! I agree the music app is a PITA though.
iPhone has shown expansion and so on are not features the general public consider critical. It makes no sense to cram every feature into every phone when more people would be put off the bulkiness than are turned on by those features. They have phones with these features for the (apparently niche) market who require them.
Don't worry, I'm sure they realise their mistake once they meet you.
Re: Who is at fault?
You think that as a company grows, they should hire someone full time to check if the DNS has expired?
Re: Interesting FaceBook effect on El Reg links
Correction... El Reg's audience: People who aren't really interested in reading the words as much as spouting their own opinion and sense of self importance.
Re: Simply amazing
THe people who care are the ones who can't see it.
You can replace the battery?
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