2686 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
I saw the words "scoop" and "eyes" in close proximity and could not bring myself to read the story just in case...
Given the variable quality of the advice I have been given, It has already lived too long.
Half a mind
Half of my mind wants to welcome this cloudy storage idea, because I grew up in the days of dumb terminals and central mainframes and it all makes sense.
But it doesn't.
The other half of my mind says "Do you mind? that's my data. I'll be having the holding of that."
The biggest missing part of this is the internet connection. If I want to listen to Beethoven's 9th, as recorded by Leonard Bernstein after the fall of the Berlin Wall, that's around 830MB. Sat at home on my hard disk, it costs me nothing to stream 830MB. The original CD cost me £6.
Now, if I am fool enough to put it on the cloud, I will have to pay for 830MB of download every time I want to listen to it. That will be £1.08 on BT's broadband package, or £4.96 on 3's payg cellular data service. Every time I want to listen to it.
This cloudy thing might be convenient for people who don't care about data privacy, but it makes no sense until the internet is completely free.
Not sure about the hyperbole, "High Powered Mobile Computing" = Intel Celeron M, and the risk of paying £1.64 extra by not being 'quick'.
but ignoring that, yes it looks good value and nice to see someone offering a machine with no gates tax.
Obviously old stock they were stuck with. Bung summat lightweight and fashionable on it, sell even some of them and get some good publicity.
Good business decision, regardless of the performance you end up on them. Good for them.
Never mind two cores.
Never mind two cameras.
What about two sim cards?
3000 new apis? whot?
I can almost swallow 3000 new & updated system calls, but psurely an API is whole bundle of system calls giving access to a something?
3000 new system calls would be a pointless encumberance. 3000 complete APIs would be be programmer overload.
Sounds like bollox to me.
Is that another name for Michael Gove?
So M$ want us to buy an M$ tablet instead of a robot or fruit based one, because then we get our familiar M$ environment in which all our software runs.
Then when we get it we discover it won't run all our old software, 'cos it wants everything to be in html and magic fairy stuff.
Marketing win? or marketing drop? you decide.
I recall HMSO supplying notepads, typewriters, desks, briefcases all alike to employment exchanges, Customs clerks in Ports, telephone exchanges and the NHS. Worked remarkably well, and remarkably efficiently. OK, a lot of things were brown, and the paper was a bit hairy, but the economies of scale were vast and simple to understand.
Bring back HMSO I say
What was it intel said about ending price cutting?
don't want 3D, don't care
this is what happens when you sell what people want, instead of what you've decided they can have.
I really fancy that. Pity about the spelling, but hey.
I'm sitting here going "ooh shiney thing", and have yet to come up with a rational reason to have one. But I reckon "ooh shiney thing" is quite a convincing arguement, really.
Here we are 20 years into the internut, and someone has got to skunk a simple voting system? Ye glods.
I propose a petition system involving crowds of villagers, flaming brands, pitchforks, and a one-rope-per-lamppost technique.
That'd get their attention, and would not need any fancy web technology.
"£10 filter, which focuses the frequency received more accurately"
Look, we are techies here. We know what bandpass and bandstop filters do. Not only don't you have to spoon feed us, I'd rather you didn't spoon feed us meaningless pap.
"focuses the frequency" indeed. Been writing Dr Who scripts have we?
...read the screen while outdoors
How long will this take, and will anyone buy one?
you have got to read this one
If there's going to be a fire sale, let us have the details please, El Reg
"very little processing is offloaded to the host server's processor"
? why is any offloaded to the host?
seems odd to me.
waiting for the other shoe
""The whole RISC and UNIX market remains in the doldrums with customers continuing to adopt a wait and see attitude [as they assess recent tech advances on x86, at chip and systems level, designed to boost reliability, availability and security]," [Nathaniel Martinez] told El Reg.
Nothing to do with Sun's customers having the jitters that Oracle might ditch Solaris next? honestly?
I don't really believe a word of it. Sounds like friday afternoon down the pub at DHSS HQ
Lets see if I've got this right
"Prices are staying high because we've stopped charging less"
Did he really say that?
So no point when the customers ask for it, but suddenly essential when they want it.
I sometimes think that the last decade has seen a serious reverse in sensible attitudes to women. I call it the virtual burkha syndrome.
For heaven's sake, no-one has ever suggested that I should stick to a career in Porn, and I would be offended if they did. No matter the qualifications, I'm a better engineer.
"before changing the subject and embarking on an anecdote about a steam engine."
what is this? an episode of Last of the Summer Wine?
I'd kept my old account. I gave up CIX reluctantly when we had a financial crisis and each household member had to make personal cuts. I had hoped that the OU cosy system would be a substitute, but while it was free it was like being alone in a multi-story car park, instead of pushing shoulder-tight through an oriental souk.
I wonder If I could persuade the last 4 posters to nntp:uk.rec.sheds to move onto cix?
reprise, from another comment:
"Microsoft are moving from annoying (very annoying) to dangerous now.
Are there no orbital weapons that need testing?"
I'm waiting for the news that the proffesor is subject to a McKinnon-style ectradition order to face trial in the usa, probably under the DCMA.
Making an american company look like pillocks is a capital offence, surely?
My grandad had a silver cigarette tin, rounded corners, lid printed black, thin enough for a jacket pocket...
I'd love an owl
Even with loads of herbs, red wine & a slow cooker they are a bit woodcock, frankly
where did you last see it?
it is a uniquely female skill.
Mine's the one with a Higgs somewhere in one of the pockets
I bet you live in somewhere super-sophisticated, Like London or Brighton.
Up here in Lincolnshire superdrug sells shampoo and emery boards and that's about it.
to be fair
Whilst I am on your side in this, the greengrocer's apostrophe is becoming so commonplace now that I expect some trendy dictionary compiler to declare it 'correct'.
We should make them insert the letters normally used to denote Carriage Return in front of the name...
The master has it covered
Am I alone
in having not a clue what "angry birds" means?
My $MEGACORP laptop came with Vista. $MEGACORP pay M$ a fee to put XP on top - every year. The cost of Vista was not refunded.
For a few golden years schools with BBC micros & RM mp/m machines taught people to programme.
Nowe the teach them to type with MSword, skipping the use of styles, automatic TOC & master documents.
I blame the educators
Are sales dpt. going to have to do some _work_?
I've not forgiven them for rootkitting people's PCs either
So its an Internet TV so long as you think Sony own the internet.
Like "The Italian Job" there will always be the original.
Why they have to do this over and over again I can't imagine. Do something new, kiddies, and surprise us!
Never mind the web site - they need to post them to the shops!
Just say NO!
I do hope the British public has a rush of common sense over this. Just DON'T DO IT boys & girls.
I really don't understand this continual bleating that WP7 is a new entrant to the market, so should be cut some slack. IOS and Android were new entrants. WP7 is just a successor product to an existing product, and should surely be AT LEAST as successful as that, given that M$ have a decade's head start over the opposition.
I'm sorry, but if it brays like a donkey and has ears like a donkey and kicks like a donkey and has donkeys for parents, it sure as hell ain't a racehorse.
In 2010 Symbian held pole position with 44.2% of sales,
And, in Gartner mode myself, I predict that in 2014 MicroNokia will have 5% of smartphone sales, and less than 25% of dumbphone sales. And in 2016 Redmond will shut down or sell the corpse of Nokia to Samsung.
"In the long term, Nokia's support will accelerate Windows Phone's momentum"
I don't doubt it. But acceleration can have either a + sign or a -sign.
...Now try it
... on some football fans & a few shots of goals, or on Me & a test match (can you stay in a scanner for 5 days?) or or or
I bet its universal.
Mmmm, Stilton cheese - quick check my brainwaves!
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