4813 posts • joined 28 May 2010
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.
Re: LinkedIn endorsements
You can turn it off. Search online.
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.
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.
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: 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: 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.
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: 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: Media types fail again
People ARE signing up in their droves though. Pick whichever service suits your taste the most. Doubtless it will mature but even if publishers don't sign exclusives, different providers are always going to have different views what is worth paying for and what isn't.
Re: Oh, Amazon
How exactly is it pointless or crap? Millions of people clearly think it is worth a few bucks a month - you know regular people who don't feel compelled to maintain a server in the basement.
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?
Start Icon != Start Menu. This the problem.
Except to the users, whose #1 problem is "where the f*** are my programs"
Re: What about..........
The whole point is a tablet is a device you take out of the building, that doesn't typically run internally on the corporate network, no?
The point is MS are not suggesting you use a tablet for your main work device. Hardly a fair comparison... open a doc in RT and the macros will still work on your PC.
Surely it will be an OS upgrade available over the web.
Re: VB Scripts - probably not
Finally a [slim] glimmer of hope for RT... proper Office+Outlook at least makes it useful and differentiates it from the competitors for those who rely on MS stack. The price difference from Pro and the free keyboard mean if I wanted a Windows tablet, I might actually consider RT now.
Probably still DOA rather than WOA though.
Re: Yeah..sure.. build the Hyper-V user base for free...
They don't need to charge for Hyper-V if Hyper-V users are running Windows.
Re: Why would people want this?
It gives them more choice... longer battery life or slimmer lighter machines or more space for other stuff. Given the way things are going, I thing Apple would rather make the MacBook Pro fit inside an Air housing and that would be pretty cool from a pure tech point of view... but I'd rather one I could use solidly all day without looking for a mains socket :)
So you say now...
Why are they fighting USB3?
What is in it for them... licensing the tech or some other financial reason, or a genuine belief it's better?
Re: Hugh Laurie
It would confuse the US audience why he has to do a British accent
Re: Ben Cumberbatch
It's a bit "oh he's popular put him in".
Based on The Riches he can actually act, not just be zany.
That wasn't the point. The point is IT people are claiming it is UNUSABLE for them. This is patently false. For a non-IT person, the missing start button can be considered unusable since they may literally have no idea what to do. But people here aren't speaking on behalf of their mum, they are saying they themselves find it unusable.
Really? You can install and configure Linux but you literally cannot use W8? Look up the meaning of the word unusable.
Fine to complain if you find W8 annoying or crap, but saying it is unusable is, I would claim, a flat-out lie. You do not deserve to work in IT if you can't figure out awkward software... because about 50% of software is annoying. How about all those Linux tools which rely on you memorising hundreds of shortcut keys?
But it's OK for Firefox and Chrome to run native code in plugins?
Re: So to summarise:
Did you actually have a point to make Philip? Because nowhere did I say W8 UI was better than W7, or that it was good. Nowhere did I say Ribbon was good either (though I think it is).
What I said was that all this "W8 is unusable" guff is just toy-throwing bullshit. I can count on one hand the number of times W8 has caused me any problems actually using my PC or getting work done. It may be a step backwards, but anyone with a brain and IT experience should be able to adapt within a few hours if not a few minutes.
The OS, like the PC, is just a tool to get work done. Learn how to use it, don't lie about being too stupid to know how to.
And grubbing for votes on a site where "M$" is enough to make people titter, how low you sink sir.
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