2848 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
Simple, and easy to understand
I like explanations like that!
What exactly do Microsoft have to do to get a positive article...
Come up with a really good system? Windows 7 has not had a bad reception here, compared to Vista. Do things right and people will appreciate it.
Stop anti-competitive and voracious business practices?
Stop over-charging for development environments?
Produce programmer's interfaces that remain stable through version upgrades?
Stop behaving as though they own the world?
Can't tell arse from face
You start with "Can't tell arse from face" and then throw in "facial recognition gates"
And you REALLY don't expect me to read that as 'faecal recognition'?
The collaborative motive
I think all of this was best summed up by the 'Stone Soup' fable that used to be part of the documentation for Fractint. People achieve more together than apart.
Now it has been some years since I released code under the GPL but my motive whenever I did was to (unknowingly) get more value out of the work I'd put in. I had spent a couple of days solving a problem that I knew other people would need to solve as well. Why should they waste their time when a solution existed? And, of course, I got the chance to pay back something for all the GPL code I was using.
Look at Wikipedia. For all the lies, self-agrandisment, turf wars, and us tv series it is infected with, the core content is fantastically useful, and has been contributed to make the world a better place. I love where I live, and want to share that pleasure with other folk, so I freely give my photos to Geograph. No individual photo is worth anything to me, I still have it to look at. But together everyone's pictures becomes a special thing.
It seems to me that this is a very old idea. Mathematicians have usually been sponsored in one way or another, but their researches have been given away freely to benefit us all. The output did not become the private property of anyone.
In the 20th century people started keeping algorithms secret, proprietory. In the 21st century the trend continues. The world is a worse place fr it.
My wife has bought me various toys at Christmas time. The palm V was brilliant, life changing. I was able to debug NMEA navigation systems with the RS232 port, connect to sun servers with telnet & vnc & get my cix mail with a modem. Brilliant, simple, never went wrong.
She bought me a linux pda once, for which no updates ever came, So next time she bought me a windows phone/pda from HP, thinking that M$ could be relied on if it didn't work. Guess what.?
Then I got a windows phone to take to Korea. ver 6 Garbage, absolute garbage. Then I got bought a newer one with GPS, and never got that to accept my address book, or send sms. or run any gps software.
That's getting on for a thousand quid of our money down the toilet on Redmond's earlier efforts, partly because there were no working alternatives. Why should I take yet another punt, especially when their trading practices are so consumer-unfriendly? And when I do now have a choice?
Microsoft polishes Windows Phone 7
"Turd, meet Cherry Blossom".
The initial graphic was about Primary schools. I think it was pretty shocking, but it is not the biggest problem in that sector. There are still plenty of people in education who think it 'inappropriate' for men to teach in Primary school.
Do you think that people that far up their own agenda are going to give a stuff about mathematics or future employment or the good of the country?
Glad this isn't on WP7... "overdoseGuard.exe has performed and illegal operation and will be shut down. OK?"
1. The available punishments for all crimes are laid down in statute or guidelines. That seems a pretty good way to decide what is likely to lead to a jail term.
2. The french, swedish, etc. get on pretty well with inquisitorial magistrates. Are we a special case, then?
Bring back the stocks
I have a number of suggestions for them:
Bring back the stocks, for a start. Nothing like leaving someone out in the rain for two days to soil his pants and get laughed at by his mates as punishment for behaving like a dick.
Ban Lawyers in all cases not likely to result in a prison sentence. On both sides. let the Judge ask some searching questions, and allow questions from the public gallery.
Ban TV adverts for compensation lawyers, or in fact any sort of land shark at all.
Replace the insurance and banking ombudsmen with committees of other policy holders, chosen at random by computer.
Just repeal the law that costs pubs a thousand quid for a music licence for one night, and replace it with nothing at all. Then start to ask really serious questions about why we have any controls on opening hours. Find some way to stop Greene King buying up and ruining small hotels and make them concentrate on brewing good beer again.
Remove Sky's apparent monopoly on big screens in pubs. With any luck football will stop being broadcast at all.
Oh, and bring back the Sunday trading laws. I really like Sundays in Germany where all the shops are shut. You can sit and a have a few beers in peace instead of traipsing round buying sofas and shoes and sealing wax and soup and suits and sausage and suzukis and and Sauternes and spacehoppers and stuff and stuff and stuff...
I’m not a Trojan horse
I refer the assembled members to the reply given by Miss Mandy Rice-Davies in the trial of Stephen Ward.
Teaming up with Microsoft turns it into a “three-horse race”.
Oh? is he suggesting that it wasn't already? Sounds like tacit agreement that WP7 was going nowhere.
Its still WP7. does that mean we have a 3-horse race but rather less than 12 horses legs?
All this partnering with network operators is all very well, but when you live, as I do, in a VodAlone void, then Mr Smasung is cutting off my nose to spite his face.
Can I access them as USB storage devices from Linux?
"Who cares want consumers want."
...and who cares what the Nokia shareholders want.
over the threshold
I'm reminded of all those European folk tales where the evil one is invited into the house unrecognised, and then the inevitable happens...
In five years time
It will be:
*Chinese Android phones
*HP & WebOS
* The odd Samsung
err.. that's it.
My 2d worth
Forget about Meego. It was another Linux spin-off, and there are plenty of those. There is no compelling reason why this one is different from any other. Moblin made some sort of sense when Intel thought it could squeeze windows out of netbooks and tablets to increase margins for it's chip customers. But Nokia has dropped the Maemo ball so many times that there is nothing worthwhile to pull out of the wreckage.
HTC and, to a lesser extent, HP and Samsung will offer WP7 phones for the rest of this year, then drop it like a hot potato: they already have somewhere else to go. This might be the inadvertent making of WebOs - or did HP read the writing on the wall when Mr Elop joined Nokia?
The big mystery is what will happen to low-end phones. Most of the world, from Nairobi to my wife's mother, don't want a smart phone: they want a cheap one. That makes phone calls. WPx will never be cheap, because M$ have a revenue mindset not a volume mindset.
This could be China's moment. OvTech, C-EASY, Huawei, and all the rest are waiting in the wings. They are more than ready. Hutchison Whampoa owns '3' and could easily want to join in. They have the world-wide contacts.
We are living, as they say, in interesting times.
"Some say his left leg runs on Vax microcode..."
The Inertial Dampers!
long time scale
This timescale is another US conspiracy - this time to cheat me out of my chance to go!
Unless Intel can persuade someone like Motorola, or some other once-mighty but sleeping phone company to join it, it might as well go find something else to play with. No MeeGo phones are going to come to market.
It does all make WebOs seem so much more attractive, doesn't it?
And the network guys over in the corner being grumpy old sods who dont agree with anything
Snore, snthak. what? What? eh?
Oh Sorry, did you want something important?
No, OK then.
I'll get back to, err, ...
I have been depressively predicting WebOs would be too little, too late. I have been excited by this announcement. if HP can pull it off, I'll be delighted. And, am already thinking of splashing out on the pad and the phone. Bring on the PC!
Anything that chips away at M$ smugness is good, too.
Nokia Digital Radio Headset DAB
I appear to have had a stroke, or something.
I keep reading that as "Nokia Hospital Radio Headset DAB"
Must be the headset associations.
Oh look, here comes someone with a white coat...
That would be especially handy if you spoke Strine, Danish, Swedish, (4languages), German, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Czech, Funny English, Cantonese, Malay, etc, etc.
I'll get me language lab disks
The complex processing has always meant that DAB is power-hungry. My Sony portable can eat 4xAA batteries in 8 hours.
What happens to the phones? what do nokia say happens?
There is something very interesting emerging.
Almost every reviewed android product still comes with 2.1 and 2.2 'promised'. This is at a time when android 3 is being talked about. Why on earth are people bringing products to market with an out-of-date OS on?
I would have thought that once the hardware design was stable that porting from 2.1 to 2.2 would be a breeze. It obviously isn't. And from what people say about e.g. Motorola once the porting is done manufacturers would rather cut their hands off than go do it again.
Now, compare that with debian or windows on the desktop. If version x will run then version x+1 is guaranteed to fall on without difficulty. I bet no-one has launched a vista based laptop this year.
Now I realise that android is cross-compiled, that the kernel and drivers are optimised for that particular hardware. But surely once all that work is done it should be transparent to versions? Are the hal layers really rip-up-and-start-again?
I think that the difficulty in getting the next version on, even for manufacturers, even before product launch, suggests that things need to be made a lot more consistent and simple. It doesn't sound like a finished product to me.
This looks like a huge achillies heel to me. Once the market buzz and fashion has worn off, are we going to find that android is another prommable but not upgradable OS?
Competition is good
This is how capitalism works. Jolly good, and good luck to them all. But it does rather smack of mee-tooo desperatism.
can no-one in the listed giants come up with an Original idea that we will all flock to?
BTW, U3 blows too,
I took great pleasure, whenever I removed U3 from a stick, in filling in the box which asked why.
Its a win-win for both companies?
Only if WP7 is any good. Since it doesn't seem to be, then you end up with more of a win-fail.
Clinging to the wreckage
It's customary to cling to something when you are in danger of sinking, but it seems to me that choosing WP7 would be like clinging to the wreckage of the engine, rather than to the lifeboat. Microsoft is clearly going down of its own accord.
I think Nokia might have made more of a success of meego or QT if it wasn't continually distracting itself re-engineering the same phones over and over again as new indistinguishable handsets, if it had not so consistently whored itself to dodgy network operators who wanted things that ticked all the buzzwords, but were so cheap they didn't actually do any of the things on the box well enough to be useful.
This is a worthless statistic. Like the time that Panasonic told the world that Microwave ovens were outselling electric cookers. it didn't mean microwaves were more popular, it just meant that everyone had an electric cooker already and they last four times as long as microwave ovens.
Most people who want a PC have already got one, at least in countries where people can afford smartphones. And you can easily make a PC last 5 years. Smartphones, especially those on contracts that offer upgrades, will be lucky to get to 2 years. That does not include any evidence that 'the smartphone is the new personal computer of choice'
This statistic is about as meaningful as saying that sheets of toilet paper out sell crinoline doll toilet roll covers. Tosh and drivel.
Damn good idea. Do it today!
you know, that's just what I was thinking
glue it to a peltier device and a passive heat sink, and robert's-yer-mothers-brother.
Large old area, mind, have to do the sums on the objective.
this is not a title
Just add to your /etc/network/interfaces.......
... simple as that, eh?
I'll get me granny on it straight away!
Why so much?
Because publishers are greedy scum who have no idea what happened to record companies?
why can't Plod think the same way?
I think You've spotted the problem right there.
for December 2010 only.
For some unfathomable reason it will be accumulating data from now on. Why historic data can't be included with a couple of quick SQL commands to populate it from the old data I can't imagine.
I suppose the police are going to be even busier now, dragging google map orange markers onto the place where Sharon says that Dave sent her a text threatening to slash her.
out of town
street-level mapping may preserve anonymity in metropolitan areas, but what about farming areas?
If you live in Guthram Gowt, and it says 1 violent crime (it doesn't today) then the equation is simple. Either you were beating your wife or the bloke over the road was. If it wasn't you, then he has lost anonymity.
Another instance of the people who run this country thinking that UK == London.
I accept the basic argument that digital does not always mean better - ask listeners to radio 3 if they prefer FM or DAB. I'm working in Germany at the moment and can use the car radio to get radio 5 on MW & radio 4 on LW. No plans for cross-border broadcasting by digital.
But the music industry is a poor model over which to argue. Digital music is a HUGE success. The record companies are hurting, but that is because they are (1) Dinosaurs who tried to prevent progress (2) turning out rubbish. I am reminded of the chap on 'The Now Show' who got the biggest round of applause I have ever heard for "Downloading isn't killing the music industry, Simon Cowell is killing the music industry".
You have to ask why ancient rockers, the Beatles, and old folkies are selling so well as downloads. Could it possibly be that, like Mariachi, you only need one Rap track and you have the whole genre? Could it be that the record companies in switching from A&R to managed production have killed their own golden-egg laying goose?
I've been collecting music from the 1930s and 1940s in the last few years. All paid for, of course. But even there the record companies show their greed. These tracks are out of copyright, but they slap copytheft protection on them by applying a digital filter or something and then charge the same as for living artists. The contempt they display for customers is obvious.
As log as you are politely asking the nasty people to be nice, this will be nothing more than gesturism.
We don't need to flag the users preferences, we need to get all the suppliers assessed and flagged somehow. Independently and legitimately.
Linux had a mountable gmail file system more or less from day 1. I used it, it was clever but slow. but very cool.
In the end we are all doomed
It doesn't matter where you end up, it matters how you got there.
There must be one born every minute.
how many of those have a job?
I'll get me PPE on & get back to work.
...ready to go
bye bye then
Nokia vs Android, Apple vs RIM
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