2933 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
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.
Where is the black hemisphere on the desk that I can think at and that does everything I want?
I guess it's a more homogeneous ecosystem than linux
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"?
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.
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.
"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.
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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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?
That's still nearly £50 per machine to buy something you already have!
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.
There is a point, people just don't enjoy it.
surely the more of the buggers there are, the more bandwidth you need?
I can't be doing with it all, I really can't.
Its really hard to justify HD, let alone 3D.
Pubs are full of Giant 625 line screens showing footie to halfwits. I've never once heard a knuckle-dragger complain that there weren't enough pixels on that.
The more pixels there are the worse the compression artifacts get. You know those amazing shots of the start of the London Marathon? or of flocks of barnacle geese all changing direction at once? I've seen those block-and-freeze on ordinary dtv. 3D must have twice the pixels. No thanks.
Why, in the name of glod, didn't they do this a decade ago? or two?
Along with a standard file format for address book entries? That could be read straioght off the phone in usb mode, rather than requiring MS Look Out?
I've had that problem. Worse, I work abroad so I get charged for receiving sms spam.
If a web site insists on a phone number, I either use their own or 0207 944 1212 (whitehall 1212)
If apple made a dual-sim one I'd buy it tomorrow.
come back happy, or not at all as my old boss used to say.
UK government please note. And copy.
The League of Nations was set up After the first world war, precisely because of the desire to avoid a war. It was discredited by the outbreak of the 2nd, but is an important predcessor to the UN in many ways.
Our German friends do that with the trams. But you need a rules-complaint population.
In some cities if you buy a one-use paper ticket you are supposed to stamp it as you get on to stop you using it twice. I've seen people in Hannover get onto a tram with a broken stamper, and then get off to wait for the next one so they can remain compliant.
He said "Lappy" Miss! we aren't supposed to say "La..." Oh bugger.
Your phone suggests you buy something and you do? Oh come on.
Open your wallet and repeat after me "Help Yourself"
Anyone tries this trick on my phone and it will meet with a nasty accident.
"Windows tablets aren't failing because they have x86 processors. They're failing because they have Windows. "
People won't want to run desktop apps on a platform that doesn't do pre-emptive multi-tasking
>I should imagine it would not be a trivial 're-compile' to get those apps running.
It ought to be. As they work out why its not, they will find out why their products are not maintainable.
>Next year, when tablet2 comes out and is the next 'must have' our hero
>doesn't even bother looking at the Windows version.
Except that if we let M$ in they will stitch up the market so you won't be able to buy without paying an M$ tax