194 posts • joined Wednesday 2nd June 2010 09:38 GMT
Microsoft axing RT seems logical since Intel now has a worthy ARM competing offering with Baytrail and tablets are in fact more and more Windows laptops in specs and functionality rather than gadget-like iPads (my prediction being that Apple will soon have to offer OSX based tablets or loose an even bigger market share. Ditto for Android having lived its life I can't imagine its users not wanting a Linux based tablet in the next few years)
Xbox on the other hand is wishful thinking. There is no way in hell Microsoft will force customers to change OS for a brand new product that will probably live 10 years.
Ad business model
I would guess that the ad business model works as well for porn as it does for YouTube and Google.
Isn't it the case?
You can have only one hypervisor at the same time.
If you use visual studio you'll have to use hyper-v, at least if you want phone emulation.
Last time I checked hyper-v had no sound support & limited USB emulation, whereas VirtualBox has both.
However if you don't need these functionalities and are on Windows, hyper-v is perfectly adequate.
If you want to play with UNIX don't forget there's life outside of Linux, FreeBSD comes to mind, although a Suse Linux distro will be much easier to setup.
If you want to test windows servers or other ms server software they are often conveniently available as vm drive.
Not experienced this problem so far
I don't play games on my Surface 2 but I haven't experienced dimmed screens with full time browsing, video watching, 2 'appsing' or using office.
In fact I find the screen positively gorgeous.
I wonder if some of these users aren't experiencing auto-dimming, which one can of course deactivate.
Calling a phone company Newkia is asking for trouble if you ask me. The big litigation firms must be salivating already.
Learning from mistakes
Let's hope Microsoft learns quickly from its mistakes as many people depends on its cloud services one way or another.
I would bet that more than a few of us got burned by a certificate a second too old or a small dns mistake. There's got to be a better way, more resilient and fault tolerant and easier to simulate and to test. Research in this field wouldn't be a waste of money.
The Windows 8 bashing is getting old.
If you suffer so much please use Windows 7, Linux, OS X or if you are near death ChromeOS.
Looking forward to a well deserved class-action lawsuit!
The last 3 AMD generations were disappointments, I'm not holding my breath yet.
Xbox Music or Qobuz
For the biggest library by far, and convenience - at least for MS users, turn to Xbox Music.
For super high true audiophile quality - please don't listen on an iPod or Beats crap, turn to qobuz.com for downloads.
Library is unfortunately quite limited but there is no alternative at the high end.
Yes you can't
The Playstation 4 is the new Obama: it's full of grandiose promises.
Let's hope the possibility to track mouse coords or any other tech to spy the user will soon be subjected to users authorizations in the same way they authorize or forbid access to localization information, tracking and such.
I'll read articles that are sometimes wrong but thought out over cut&paste press releases any day.
Best wishes for your new endeavors.
A few remarks
- It's really too soon to burry Apple. Apple is in for the money and makes tons of it. It could probably survive one or two disastrous products. Sure margins will decrease but they are beyond superhealthy.
- It's really to soon to doom Microsoft, it's a boring trend that has been going on for more than 10 years and MS still earns more money than most companies in the world. Tablets are all about compromises and Msft offers 2 very interesting sets of these. Will they find their public is anybody's guess -I think they will- but at least they have unique properties properties that gives it at shot at success. Copying apple or battling on price with Android wouldn't have. The biggest enemy will be production: if the Surfaces are successful I highly doubt MS will be able to produce enough to satisfy demand in a timely matter for Christmas.
- Most journalists & analysts doomed Windows phones and the fact is they are very good products finding their public. Is it anywhere Microsoft would like it to be in terms of market share? Certainly not. Will it grow to be a substantial 3rd actor of the market? I think it will. The same could happen for tablets.
- Android is only interesting for Google. Most producers make ultra tiny profits or make losses and this is fundamentally unsound and won't go on forever.
- Android tablets really are me-too products that's why you see Tesco or whomever doing these. And it will make it even more difficult to earn money.
- The exception is Samsung but I would argue that the success has very little to do with Android. It makes tons of money because it is the only producer in the world that controls so many parts of smartphones and tablets. In addition it was pushed by a well deserved reputation for great pre-android phones. I would bet that they have people working days and nights to find android alternatives as it is not without risk to be so reliant on a single partner.
What will we have to do to get privacy respected? Have a binding contract signed by the girl/boyfriend before each and every sexual encounter? If that's how it will be there will be a backlash against technology at some point.
Dear MP, you were condemned to 10 years in prison & £50,000 fine for bribery and abuse of public office power. However we must see that it has become socially acceptable & every politician is corrupt nowadays. That is why your sentence is lowered to a £1 fine and a mandatory 1-week coaching in the 5-star resort of your choice. Regarding your son that cheated on his MBA exam, everyone is stuffing his iPad with cheating material so it's perfectly ok. I will have the troublesome examiner fired. Please send your financial contribution to my Ngo "Judges for a better tomorrow"
This looks like a seriously interesting tablet for office workers & for personal users that use office.
I must say as an anti RT guy I'm about to give it a chance even if I do regret it's not a 3770 Baytrail full windows tablet.
I might consider it in addition to a standard notebook instead of a super expensive ultrabook.
Re: Not possible.
I don't know, experiences vary and I guess it is quite hard to generalize.
I have bought & used Dell products for 15 years in an SMB with great satisfaction (although I am absolutely disgusted by the lack of configuration options on their site nowadays, I hope they are clear that it costs them lots of missed sales opportunities).
We had basically 1 real problem in all those years with defective power supplies in Optiplex desktops. Someone came onsite and replaced them all, no problem.
As an aside our record computer was an IBM desktop which has been working 24/7 with Windows 95 since 1997 for a very specialized application. To my knowledge - I left the company 2 years ago - it is still working. It was very expensive at the time, about CHF 4500 if memory serves but it sure was a good investment.
Would not be the first time google uses its monopoly power to make life miserable to consumers of competing platforms.
Witness the YouTube app on windows phones which they sabotaged many times.
Will all employees be required to wear butt plugs?
Plus as we all know getting green energy from outside sources is as easy as buying it, it's not a political lie.
Lastly onsite fuel cells?
But let's not forget Steve Jobs was the best man the earth has ever created and probably will ever create. Oppenheimer being a close second.
RT is pointless, WP is the way to go
RT is completely pointless because:
A. It isn't Windows compatible.
B. The Windows Store API, while already greatly improved, offer too little possibilities to create interesting apps, that still have to be coded as desktop apps. As long as this is the case, a Windows Store App only Windows is irrelevant for the consumer.
C. Intel already has a perfectly competitive offering, and it makes much more sense to get a baytrail tablet with full Windows than a limited ARM tablet with next to no battery advantage.
Windows Phone converserly truly is an outstanding OS. For people who understand and like the logic, which btw renders moot the use of many many apps, it is really a joy to use. It really should be the focus point for Microsoft. GDR3 is a great step forward. The next step if you ask me is to make it even more Windows-like Inside, i.e. the horrible tombstoning mechanism that made sense when phones were RAM constrained should be excised from the system with phones with 2GB+ of RAM. So there would be true multitasking and apps would not restart from 0 but truly from a saved state. This would make the back button truly a back button an not give people the impression that the system is bugged (e.g. pressing back on a reopened IE would go back in browser history instead of switching apps). This alone would make me upgrade to a new phone.
The second point would be to extend APIs in a big way, even if this means a small security tradeoff, so that we can see apps that can truly extend the system (true automation based on external parameters such as on Android).
Microsoft doesn't need no stinking Mark Turd
WTF is he talking about. It has been possible for years for Word to read & write open formats. Open source alternatives work very well with Word documents with not too deep layouts, e.g. 90% of docs & probably 99.9% of creative authors files.
This is very simple.
The ITC gave 2 rulings.
President Yes we can't Obama, iPhone fanboi and super Cupertino sales rep giving away fanboi stuff to the Royal Family, decided to overrule in favor of Fanboidome bit of course this isn't politically motivated.
Also coming from the man that promised many times to close Gitmo or change the financial word - and what better way to do this than to take people from Goldman Sachs for key positions and not reenact the Glass Steagall act?
Obama is as credible as Donald Trump's Haircut.
To ask for the main key that gives access to all 40000 customers' communications is downright outrageous and I'm sure illegal when there were indeed sufficient possibilities to only intercept Snowden's comms. But you would have to be seriously rich to battle the government in court.
Levinson really deserves a medal to remind the NSA and the so called court, even for a few days, that there is a limit to total impunity.
A must-have upgrade for beer lovers
Honey I don't feel too well I think I used my iPhone for a little too long.
Wouldn't it be much easier and efficient to write files on standard hard drives and have the metadata on separate ssds?
Can you spell horseshit?
One really has to wonder if the authors ever use the phones as intended or stay in the lab applying preconceived ideas.
Let's see if fanbois like the forced cutie animations, parallax & transparencies and resulting loss of time & battery as much in a few weeks of use.
Also surely less than 80% of phone users are technically savvy? And they still survive with Android & do just fine.
Finally as a 3rd example WP8 is probably the OS that would put the most applications on the start screen with small tiles.
Not that this would be recommended. In fact very seldom hear users complain about this or supposedly limited customizations, they complain about lack of whatever fav app still isn't ported to the platform.
A real study with massive polls of what users actually like/dislike about their platforms would be of much higher value.
I'm almost sure you can deactivate the auto uploading to SkyDrive & choose between a few resolutions.At least with stock camera app.
Beavers for vanilla sex?
Nothing to blast about
1 million is a nice looking number but the truth is many many customers are dissatisfied and won't join the forced subscription - please stop talking about cloud there are so little services included.
The real number here is -8% revenues. Financial analysts would be well advised to study the utter lack of innovation, the 0 must-have feature of the 3 or 4 last versions of creative suite, and an acrobat business that was so milked that it will produce ever decreasing revenues, and the very near end of the flash franchise.
As cheap as a Porsche
$849 for a very good phone from any brand? No way.
So for the very average 5s no way in hell.
The 5s is an average phone with a small screen, an outdated OS, no nfc
$150 Nokia lumia 520 + $399 ps4 + $299 34" led tv seems like a better value.
These 110" screen are way too small and too cheap.
I won't buy a luxury tv until I need to destroy a wall to be able to bring it in the house.
The deal makes a lot more sense than aquantive which was basically worth nothing and Skype which it should have paid a tenth of what it did.
- there are potent signs that Windows phone may have found its audience: new smartphone users with limited budget. This is probably the fastest growing segment of the Industry. Huge growth is a few markets are a realistic possibility. Now is not the time to have your biggest partner exploring other alleys.
- MSFT stands to learn a thing or two in many areas: industrial design, consumer marketing come to mind.
- For once many synergies seem realistic in the backoffice / admin / finance stuff.
- assuming the merger is a complete failure MSFT would still have recouped lots of IP value and brain power.
. The one real thing is to risk alienating other partners, but they only represent 20% of the ecosystem and were probably much more offended by the Surface and ridiculous Windows RT (absolutely no reason to exist seeing how energy efficient you can get with Intel, ridiculous name, confusing for consumers, a horrendous launch that managed to sabotage Windows 8 launch)
I hope the RT dropping isn't true because it would willfully mislead consumers & could only result in a class-action lawsuit.
PC makers are 99% responsible.
- They haven't mend their ways at all and still try put as much crap as possible in their machines such as very bad 1x1 WiFi n when 2x2 WiFi ac should become the entry. Or ultra crappy super low yes 1368x768 40% srgb space 1:400 contrast monitors, touchpads that won't work, 4gb soldered non upgradeable ram & one could go on and on.
- non availability. Computexx is far away & most haswell high-margin ultrabooks still aren't available and the way it looks won't be available in a month.
- one would expect a higher sense of urgency from such an underperforming group. Problem is some of them unrealistically think their salvation lies in tablets -it won't, margins are already laughable - while the rest of them seek salvation in enterprise services, as if the market could absorb an infinite amount of new entrants.
What's the point of paying lots of greens for MSDN Universal if devs & enterprise customers can't test new products anymore, adapt code, scripts or whatever. It is strange to take such a limiting decision for Windows 8, a product that needs every bit of love it can.
In addition one of the biggest weakness of Windows 8 was the absolute lack of tutorials on how it was supposed to be used. How will we get decent tutorials / training materials on time - eg at availability date .- if their producers cannot get their hand on the RTM?
Sometimes it's as if Microsoft wants to antagonize its biggest supporters.
In the same way, while I personally don't regret the start menu at all, many customers do. Why give them hope with a fake start menu? I can already see a huge backlash coming.
You could have gotten your WiFi fix for free in any McDonald's and most shopping centers. List not exhaustive.
Is this a joke? Do you really think a kid can't make his homework without google? Please do your homework and really test / use other search services such as Bing for a week and see whether there is life outside of Google. You may be surprised.
tumblr is still the youporn of still pictures, Marisa just made it more difficult to find the pics.
I defy Yahoo to publish the non-porn %usage of tumblr.
Why the UK Government, which already debased itself and lost all credibility lying like Bush & co on Irak's WMD, still continue to proudly act like USA's senile doggy, is beyond me.
If the Tegra was any good we would have heard of it and it would have many designs wins.
Fact is NVIDIA can't. N+1 architecture doesn't seem to be of advantage. The new Tegra is so good that NVIDIA has to produce a CE device itself to use the production. It doesn't seem that hot.
Not sure who it is for. My 2 years old decent but by no means special smart tv does everything this dongle does and much more. People with super old tvs may want to invest these $35 bucks directly in a new tv.
Then again I never ever understood what the point of AppleTV was so I guess I do not belong to the targeted customers.
A few good men
Thank God for a few good men, long live the 4th
Why give money to Spotify?
If musicians do not earn more money with Spotify than with pirated music, why should they fatten Spotify shareholders?
Ego boosting journalism
Not sure what the purpose of this article is. Ego boosting journalism? Yet Another Microsoft Bashing?
The flop of the Surface RT - btw in many ways a very good product - has been very well documented already. Now we even publicly know how much the Misjudgment cost Microsoft. Do you really think the program manager will have free reins to do whatever s/he wants? Do you think s/he'll have a big bonus? We already see signs that things are changing in depth such as availability of key software & services on other dominant platforms from the competition. Microsoft needs to try to tackle the tablet market. Did it do a crappy job, notably with launch, distribution & marketing? Absolutely. Will it improve? Almost certainly.
Thank God for FreeBSD
It must be nice sipping tea and shouting and swearing at people all day long and being handsomely paid for it, one probably feels like an outstanding manager.
But perhaps Linus should think about who for years really contributed to Linux - in many case with 0 bucks earned for hundreds or thousands of hours offered. If he demotivates open source devs just for the pleasure of being his sorry self, he may someday well have nobody to scream at but himself . Anger management courses, a punching ball and a fps or two could help for him.
If there are recurring quality problems then perhaps processes or organization, even if unformal, may need a little fine tuning. It may in fact be all that is needed.
A fishy rebutal
The rebutal itself is fishy and only shows that these types of benchmarks only go so far.
Unless Intel explicitly rigged its compiler for artificial higher antutu scores there is no problem.
One does expect programs to be compiled with the best compilers and the most aggressive optimizations. Same for drivers.
When Michael announced his intention to get Dell Corp. private I saw a great opportunity to do a quick buck doing nothing, as always.
My plan was to buy lots of shares on the cheap then have Michael up his bid a lot. But he won't so my investment is worthless and I have potentially lost a tidy sum of money, as well as the partners I brought in this mess.
Then I tried to get the board to choose a solution that would essentially siphon all Dell Corp's money (and shorten its future as well) so that I can get a big one time dividend and go on the beach already. After that we could have sold Dell piece by piece, fired most employees and earned lots of money to finance our pina-coladas.
It is very unfortunate that not all shareholders agree with me.
Therefore I will sue Dell Corp. to death until I get some sort of compensation for having placed a bad bet. I hope you are ready because I have nothing else to do. My 4G works very well on the beach and my lawyers know what they have to do anyway.
Carl ICahn & Will F..k You
- Xmas Round-up Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking
- Google embiggens its fat vid pipe Chromecast with TEN new supported apps
- Xmas Round-up Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear
- Exploits no more! Firefox 26 blocks all Java plugins by default
- NSFW Oz couple get jiggy in pharmacy in 'banned' condom ad