2850 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
...ready to go
bye bye then
Nokia vs Android, Apple vs RIM
...Win7 Vs brick?
and contiue to do so
Although bing still has 'move the red circle' I've no idea why. In Multimap you could use it to display the co-ordinates of a point in Lat/Long, eastings/Northngs, and OS grid reference. M$ have removed that.
OK, Mr Graham Jones, get you back to Hyndburn and poke your feckless constituents with a stick until one of them starts a world-class technology based on a seriously good education and an understanding of how to do things in a way that no-one has tried before.
Before anyone asks how I know they are feckless, they voted Labour at the last election. Not all of them, of course, but probably not all of them are feckless.
"a massive gap in British security has opened".
No, I think not. A plane 10 years late and still not in service was already a massive gap.
Bring back the shacks, I say
you think you can trust a taxi driver...
... And, of course, there is nothing wrong in getting in a taxi when you can't pay for it.
UK proximity payments by phone this summer
... Nowhere near me, they won't be.
They lost me
I was a member of the Consumer Association back in the 1960s. When they tested something then they put the actual measurements in the report. Round about 1971 they switched to coloured blobs to rate things, and turned into 'reader's digest' with the amount of special offers and advertising mailshots.
I said 'buggerm' and cancelled the subscription.
During the 1920s the LNER was investigating high speed trains, and the germans had a high speed diesel railcar and the swiss had some very clever electric technology.
Because the infrastructure was there and they were familiar with the manufacturing they rejected both alternatives and built the A4 streamliners. Ten years later Mallard went on to break the steam speed record, and steam traction remained king until the middle 1950s.
Now, in the 21st century, no-one would consider even diesel for high speed operations, and electric is everywhere. Steam is for hobbyists and museums. And yet, Mallard remains magnificent.
The comparison with hard disks? Well, given that the life of a railway locomotive is between 20 and 60 years, we are around 3-4 generations on from the decision not to buy the flying hamburger. What will storage look like in 3-4 generations? How long is a generation? 3 years?
Hard disks are cruising into their Mallard era, but the future won't stop there.
Predicting the future is easy. Getting it right is nearly impossible.
oh come on!
>You shouldn't have to be brave to fly.
30,000 feet up without a parachute in a thing with only just enough fuel to get there and only two engines? It's not a walk to the bottom of the garden, you know.
There are signs up prohibiting photography at uk passport control. What's the validity of those?
Too little, too late as far as I can see.
Difficult to tell from the way the photo is lit, but the "tapered edge" seems to go all the way to the middle, so laying it on the table and prodding might be difficult.
and 8 hours runtime is not a lot, is it?
But Apple sell complete systems.
When I buy a laptop from HP or a desktop from Dell I am NOT getting a Dell OS, I am getting one from a different company. And, as has been adequately reported above, if something goes wrong with that OS HP or Dell will shrug their shoulders and say "nothing to do with us". That is NOT what happens with Apple, and so the argument is different.
If HP or Dell are to give no support, then it seems unreasonable that they should insist you pay the OS tax.
I'e bought a laptop from them, and put Suse 10.2 on it, perfectly happy with it.
Can I also mention http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/notebooks/optimus/ who also do not insist on the Microsoft tax.
Just don't buy that machine!
Fair enough. Have you tried?
>If there's any blame it should be reserved purely for the resellers they should
>include an option to buy it with no software.
I've lost count of the number of times I've tried, and been told they are 'not allowed' to sell it without windows. M$ has them stitched up like a kipper.
>I know dell used to have an Ubuntu option
They had a very carefully hidden ubuntu option on one or two of their products. I tried to buy a mainstream laptop without windows and was refused.
a scam directed at fleecing cybercrooks
... siunds like a good way to get yerself kneecapped
we were not trampled afoot by the rush.
version 7 ???
version 7 and basic bluetooth functions are missing?
version 7 and no USB storage mode?
version 7 and no mp3 ringtones?
version 7 and no USB sync mode?
version 7 and no cut&paste?
This is an "upgrade"?
I sympathise with Moz. I've blocked /every/ toolbar that tries to install itself. Why, for example, does a java update want to install a Yahoo toolbar? it's bollox, thats what it is.
I don't think that bad parodies like 'Vampires Suck' should be in the list, as it detracts from the chance to give a serious kicking to utterly dreadful things like SITC2, which deserves taking out and burning, as a nasty, sexist, racist piece of crap.
The boy Kermode does a nice line in rants, but Vampires Suck did not get one. Just a telling off for being a waste of time.
Look it's 2011, we are in the future now
Where is the black hemisphere on the desk that I can think at and that does everything I want?
re: The OSX statistics in the article are a surprise, however.
I guess it's a more homogeneous ecosystem than linux
MY local computer store is selling a no-name chinese tablet with android 2.2 and a micro-sd slot for UKP90. it's got GPS too. Only downside I could see is it takes about 4 mins to boot from cold, but in normal use you'd put it on standby and wake it up - both instantly. rouyghly half the screen size of the iPud, but nice and clear.
Oh, for Glod's sake
What on earth is the matter with these people?
I loved my Palm V, So was so impressed by webOS when I saw the phones. I really want one of these tablets.
But no matter how good the engineering, the money-men running companies do their best to kick me in the head. Phones on exclusive contract deals, and now a year late with the tablet.
This product line will fail, and it will have nothing to do with how good the product is.
The stock market is a gamble, like horse racing.
Anyone caught sneaking round the stables asking for details of the horse's condition gets horsewhipped, not privelige.
Nervous about yer money? sell up & buy GM.
in Other disclosures
"Our CEO lives in a country where madmen can get sniper rifles, yet insists on travelling between home and office without building a private underground railway"
"Our CEO goes on skiing holidays four times a year, and enjoys off-piste skiing in areas of high avalanche risk"
"Our CEO plays tennis with the wife of a Russian Oligarch with mafia connections. We don't know if he's shagging her, but the Russian is very old, and our CEO seems to need all afternoon to shower after the game."
Come on, anyone can get sick, and everyone dies. Investors should not need the humanity of CEOs telegraphing to them. And if they think its a one-man-band, there are loads of other places to invest. I'm sick and tired of rich people thinking wealth deserves privilege.
Not now, Kato!
part of the whole 1960s 'break with the past' thinking. Nonsense then, nonsense now.
Go to Munich, Zurich, a hundred other European cities. Loads of trolleybusses. Mate of mine built a van with trollies so the city would pay his fuel costs, got him a year inside for theft and a 5 minute slot on the telly.
So you are suggesting the pantomime cow option?
It's a plc-based virus, with a windows based delivery system exploiting the programming environment.
I hope enough evidence emerges to let Siemens sue the arses off whichever government agency was responsible for it.
Hope its not serious
I, for one, dont' want to make snarky comments about share prices or dividends.
He's someone's son, someone's father, and someone's husband, and I hope he gets well soon.
And, yes, I admire what he has done for his company, but that's his business, not mine.
Not enough mention of Linux clients for my liking.
* dropbox has a well-regarded linux client, but is very expensive.
* carbonite doesn't like penguins.
* Ubuntu One does 20Gb for 30USD per year, which still seems over-priced to me.
I recall a double MSCE, married to another MSCE, who had to ring her dad to find out how to copy a file from a floppy disk to a hard disk....
A thoughtful, well researched, and insightful piece about what might have been, or how things could have been otherwise.
And you know what? I don't care. When companies get so big (and I work for another $MEGACORP) the decisions become divorced from the product, customers, and workforce. People start to see the abstract or intangible as real, and the real as mere 'detail'.
It becomes - as so eloquently reported here - about personalities. So much management effort expended on everything but the product. This is why Vista was such a dog, Phone7 is a lash-up, and security is never good enough.
Ho hum and goodnight. I don't care.
did anyone else have the chilli?
If they;d called it operation windows phone 7 they would have been too late to achieve anything
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et en Francais?
In these internationalisation days, I wonder if the same fuss is being made in French, Urdu, Mandarin or Welsh?
In about 1969/70 I was on a tanker with a satellite dish. To call goonhilly you had to stop the ship, get a really good nav fix (probably bearings off a pair of radar beacons) and contact Portishead Radio by morse on short wave with the details. If you were lucky you got a timeslot, transponder frequency, beacon frequency, rise time, rise azimuth and orbital inclination.
At rise time you steered the dish around the rise azimuth till you saw the beacon on the spectrum analyser, then started tracking up the inclination. although semi-automatic some manual steering was still required. Then you tuned the transciever to the transponder & listened to other peoples calls till your timeslot came up. The Skipper or the Chief engineer then spoke to head office for a few minutes till the end of your slot. Typically a 25 minute pass was split into 2 minute slots.
Frankly, compared to SSB on short wave it was a right palava. It didn't really catch on till Inmarsat A came out.
But I loved it. Real satellites. Goonhilly. Mechanical x-y resolvers to do the tracking. GOONHILLY! I was talking to Goonhilly on a sputnik! spectrum analysers, double logarithmic AGC Cascaded filters, link budgets, sun avoidance, band choice, horizontal sextant angles, low-elevation diffraction, 350ms propagation delay, true and false horizons. Goonhilly. satellites.
God, it was dodgy and awkward and unreliable, but it was so much fun. Now THAT was cutting edge
I never trusted this mobile internut idea. They hopelessly over-sold what wap could do, then a few years later tried to cash in on a bit of unused bandwidth. That sold, rather to the telcos surprise, so they exploited it as a new cash bonanza. Did they build a matching infrastructure? did they bollox.
When people tried to achieve what they had been sold, the telcos - who already have the cash, just withdrew the service.
Same sort of scam as adsl, but with even less chance to deliver.
"after you've downloaded it, it will tell you how to get the Windows code"
Is there some terrible secret?
Like it costs £99?
Its difficult to see how an enforcement operation could be run the way Ofcom is currently structured.
Bring back the GPO, I say.
You can go to the theatre a fair few time for that much cash. And not have to knock through to the kitchen to fit anything on the wall.
Just because something is possible, that doesn't make it a good idea.
Well, frankly, the whole windows thing bores me to death, so maybe thats it?
I have noticed several stories talking about Goosing things, and am having a reality failure. Where I come from "goosing" is a less-than-innocent intervention of one [fully dressed] adult upon another. The sort of thing made famous by Beryl Cook:
(sorry about the origin of the image, google images has no taste at all.)
Can someone offer a translation of the Left-pond usage for a rather startled brit?
The publicity machine rolls on. BT got what they wanted - a positive image. The campaigners got what they wanted - a faster feed than their brother-in-law. No-one died. And, Frankly, Nothing much happened.
A bit of folded cardboard and some computer annimations are a long way from a real product.
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