2686 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
"The Manhattan project"
Good choice. It's going to blow up in their face.
Problem with calling something 'modern' is progress. It more or less means that W9 will be 'post-modern', and no-one would want a post-modernist computer.
How about the councillors have a fine deducted from their pay?
Councillors are an elected fig leaf with no control over the officers, who are mandated by central government to do things regardless of what the chamber says. I know of councils where councillors may not even talk to the staff unless the chief exec is present. They certainly can't instruct them.
"We take the security of our data very seriously" - but not that of anyone else.
how you'd design a state-of-the-art smartphone
Use the camera.
Have a massively complex multicoloured QR code on a bit of paper that you take a picture of. The phone then connects to the service and says "let me be that number.
Point two phones at it, they both become that number like an old-fashioned plan 1A domestic extension. Both ring together - even in separate countries - and the first one that picks up is online.
Point the same phone at several certificates, and it will accept calls for all those numbers, and ring out on any one.
Buy a prepay at the garage, get a top-up you point the camera at. Pay for top-up at a cash machine, and photograph the rapiidly changing screen,
It's a good job they are doing so well with all the other parts of the business.
oh, hang on...
Bait, switch, dump
What else does one expect. They are a telecom company.
Any company with such a large customer base will never see them as people, or have any interest in their individual complaints. They only respond to statistically observable movements, like large chunks of people dumping them.
Re: Wall Street in slash and Burn shocker.
>some bellend-brained analyst
That's probably all of them
hey, I'll plead guilty to the "cool and interesting", but I'll take the 'blindingly obvious' defence over the Antichrist thing.
I can't decide whether to buy a surface because it is cool and interesting and something new, or to shun it because it is made by the Antichrist.
Let's see, does Acer's opinion help me at all? No, because I would not value their opinion on whether their bum needed wiping, let alone anything remotely clever.
@HMB Re: Go MS! - Actually customers should come first
But from Microsoft's position the OEM is the customer. The rest of us are users.
Oh come on
It is not so many years ago that they released a version of office for MACs that did not have macros, largely because they could not port the code.
I never expected the RT version to be identical, and if anyone did they were living in cloud cuckoo land. I've got a fairly advanced flaptop here with a 4-way core processor and loads of stuff. MS office can bring it to a screaming, shuddering halt. And does. I can type faster than it can render glyphs on this beast.
What chance has it got running on an alarm clock?
Re: What does Ofcom regulate, again?
IMO Ofcom are as useless a bunch of chairweights as you will find anywhere.
Kudos to El Reg for the 'mars attacks' picture on the maun page!
@Allan George Dyer
Windows Allegro sounds about right. It had a square steering wheel, everyone talked about it, and no-one willingly bought one.
British Leyland Group
but no-one is going to sue over the Mini Metro, because it would mean popping yer head out of the trenches and admitting you had some connection with the wretched misbegotten rustbucket.
Mine's the one with old car keys lost in the lining.
Re: Run for a day?
Why run it live at all: surely it could be tested with live input data and dummy sales?
Is it just me, or is there something ramshackle about a charity that can't restore its own web site?
Re: The obvious advantage...
That's my question.
Can you install Linux?
>The patent includes the proximity sensors needed to sense movement,
OK, fair enough I suppose
>and the processing power and temporary storage needed to
>generate and modify the virtual object on the screen.
But this? that makes no sense.
I can understand someone patenting - say - that idea for a walking insect-like tree felling machine. But "it needs a
400HP engine, so this patent covers having a big enough engine"?
And can the judge order them to ship the same version of code that everyone else gets? with all the latest whizzbangs?
Or ae we going to see a grandfather version that never advances, kept purposely behind to force customers to change hardware?
Gratuitous Limp Bics reference
Umm. Aren't you a bit late telling us this?
One of my colleagues has just completed a 5 day journey to a camp in siberia - by the dodgiest of transport - only to be told to do no work because the scope of work is in dispute.
It's friday, it's Beer-o-clock, it's BOFH. Life could not be better if there were some unexpected giant sporting event due to start.
Re: Money is waiting
OK, I was assuming that retailers get the stock from somewhere.
Money is waiting
If they stock crap, I won't buy it.
I am waiting for a laptop with screen resolution >>1080p, and decent speakers. I want an SSD, not a hard disk. And is it too much to ask that I can just slip a SIM card in and be on line?
Oh, and I want it without Windows too. Even if I am going to put W7 on it, it will doubtless come with a playschool version, and I don't want to pay Gates twice.
I can live with a 2011 CPU, but I can't live with 1990s screen resolution. 1366 x 768 is a joke.
Too late, too easy
Why did this bloke and Gartner only come out of the woodwork when it is too late for M$ to change course?
The reviewers and bloggers have been doing the spadework on this for months. Now it is a done deal, and the problems are as obvious as a shark in a garden pond, now these two go public. Is it just for an easy dose of told-you-so?
I blame management
Back in the mainframe era we had Business Analysts, who were not the same thing as machine minders or coders.
Cutbacks and empire building by managers, especially the ones who became CTOs have tried to merge the 3 roles.
I don't believe it. Bloated Plutocrats normally have a new PC at least twice a year.
Re: Here's a concrete example of Microsoft's problem
Or MS have tried and Unity know a dead duck when they see one.
I'm sorry, but I have listened to Test Match Special for years and never heard them mention hardware that wasn't made of Leather and willow.
screen screen screen
I can't believe they even have a x900 option. I would have thought, for that sort of money we would be getting x1440 or at least x1280
I am sick and tired of waiting for a 2003 screen on a 2012 laptop.
"Not quite keeping up with the iPhone 4S"
No, but making the Lumia look really stupid!
@Danny 5 Re: Atos?
Well, I can't say - we have rules on social networking. But the client is worldwide, and the hell desks are in Manilla and Rajshahi
The thing that makes it doubly difficult, and reinforces the world-class stonewalling, is the refusal to use email. I have to telephone the idiots or put a message on a web page (that I can only get to via the company network)
The only thing that the staff there want to do is close the ticket. I've never had them make any attempt to fix a problem.
We at $MEGACORP have to put up with ATOS for our desktop hell desk.
A bigger shower of incompetent inbred miscreants you could not hope to find on one phone number.
Ye glods and little blue fishes
If you don't want people to look at stuff, don't put it on the interenet.
If you don't want people to link to it, there are plenty of dynamic ways of writing a web page.
If you want to criminalise your customers, you won't have any.
Re: How about with a touchy apple-like mouse?
How about cutting out this typewriter crap and going for direct neural interfaces?
@ DrXym Re: Service Pack 1 (win8SP1)
I believe the gramattically correct form is "tout de bloody suite"
Fantastic news - why can't all countries be this sensible?
Well done Oz!
@Boltar Re: British TV drama is NOT crap
And of your list, how many originated in the last 3 years?
I'd add Garrow's Law, BTW.
@arbee Re: Piffle
I thought the A team format was: improbable problem, client mysteriously ignores opportunity to go to police, catch phrase, team argues, catch phrase, lunatic expenditure of ammunition & explosives with no fatalities, team argue, more mindless wholly ineffectual violence, catch phrase, catch phrase, I wonder what the hell just happened.
October 26th is PENGUIN DAY!
>which attempt to capture the look and feel of sites like Facebook and Twitter within local workgroups
Is that OK now? copying other people's ideas? so will M$ stop blackmailing android phone makers?
Not the medium, the message
If the programme material on TV were anywhere near as interesting as the things on the world wide wibble, then perhaps revenues would not be so vulnerable.
People aren't paying for the wires, or the method of transmission, they are paying for the content. If it ain't worth the money, they will stop paying.
Re: Nice kit, but...
From 1957, Flanders and Swann "A song of reproduction":
#But I never did care for music much,
# It's the high fidelity!
Bonkers? oh yes.
Best laugh of the day - well done.
The bit that said "bathed in azure light, ostensibly to improve laser reading accuracy" had me in stitches.
When I saw the headline I thought you had done something interesting, Like met Mr Oates in the garage.
Just buying a z-ist dodgy video isn't much of a space filler
27 translations of the bible?
There must be something about gay marriage in at least one of those, eh?
what could change my mind
If that price included:
a battery operated, wireless connected, external DVD drive (what happened to wireless USB?)
a wireless mouse (with an internal adaptor that does not take up a USB slot)
a wireless headset (ditto)
an ethernet adaptor
a screen with at least 1200 vertical pixels
and if the thing had built-in 3G connectivity, and could make VOIP and cellular calls with the aforementioned headset.