2831 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
Does God get the choice of what Operating System he wants to use?
The promise of automation
We were told in the 60s and 70s that 'automation' would mean we would all work 3 or 4 day weeks. Instead those of us with jobs work 7 days and loads of people are out of work. It must be possible to share the benefits out a bit better than this!
Re: To the vast majority of "normal" users, that's gobbledegook right there.
So why do they think they need a computer?
Re: Metro will never die!
Don't worry, RR, I won't vote you down. I recognise heavy irony when I see it.
Re: Why have PCs failed to have useful hardware improvements over the past 3 years?
> since you can just pop one in.
Which is presumably why the more modern devices don't have removable bits.
>just as many working class with them
chav appeal. I earn LOTS but I don't have a smartphone of any sort.
> sky dishes up on council estates.
Aye. well-known effect
Was a time when http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3690181 had all the satellite dishes in town.
Re: Wrong Payload
Do you like tacos?
In the land of the flying doctor and the school of the air, I can really see the point of this.
But, as was pointed out, books may not be the best market. Delivering car spares, hand tools, bits and pieces, even fashion, to remote locations would be cool. And you could 'chute drop them.
Re: Fine by me.
OK, here we go
* Alec Days butcher - one 3Kg chicken, 300g of sausage meat, box of stuffing, 300g runner beans, 300g sprouts. Some wooden parsnips.
* Branch Bros. 100kg limestone chippings, 100Kg builders sand, 10Kg cement
* Bourne market - 5Kg potatoes, 10" venison pie, cabbage, watch battery, bag bananas, bag plums, 500g wet walnuts.
* Special Import tools: Wiha 36931 ratchet
That's it for the last 7 days. Do let me know how much you get paid.
Fine by me.
I am perfectly happy with that idea. I also don't really care about being tracked - as someone said above I am not very important. If I was going to meet my mistress  or drug dealler  or KGB contact  then I would leave my phone at home and take a 'burner'.
 no, I don't do that either
 Damn, you got me!
Clippy was the one Microsoft product I've never seen crash.
Good luck with actually achieving anything.
I'm not convinced by Glass, or linked watches, but I am really pleased that people are trying new ideas. Like SMS some unexpected take-up might happen. We can't plan the future, but we can scatter ideas about and see what happens. Good on them for trying.
Thanks for the lucid explanation.
What is the extra, non-thrusting, flame coming out of the side?
Re: Who would queue up at midnight for this?
>MANY tablets which run Windows or Windows RT
eh? are you counting the unsold ones one at a time?
I'd take 'a handful', but 'many'?
re: as for the phone
... and no removable storage?
Both sold out?
did the same person buy one of each?
I'm sorry, I'm just not buying this.
Or the story.
Re: a Decade?
Fair enough. I'd put their uselessness down to being told to be useless by Brown, Cameron, et. al.
But as you say, it might be built-in.
If planning a decade ahead is hard for the regulator, what about the system designer. We are now expected to plan, research, test, manufacture, and sell a system with no certainty about the future availability of the bandwidth we will be expecting our customers to use?
I'd want to be guaranteed access to a frequency band for at least 30 years before bother.
I can recall the 1950s and 60s, when allocation was done first by considering the physical properties of the band (line of sight, ground wave propagation, multi-skip, multipath immunity, rain attenuation) and then deciding what class of service it would be suitable for. After that there were international agreements between regulatory authorities. Only then were the people who wanted to make money allowed into the discussion.
One of the things that has rather horrified me in recent years has been the way vested interest has muscled into bands (the unlicenced 2.4 & 5MHz bands were supposedly for any sort of access - door bells, CCTV, industirial telemetry, door openers, remote cranes) but wifi has dominted them almost compeltely. Then there were the white space enthusiasts who wanted to use guard bands that had been designed to simplify the design of selectivity of equipment in adjacent channels.
Yes, there is more demand than spectrum. But that is an arguement for letting the regulators take decisions in the public good, not be pushed about by meganationals.
To be fair, I think that Ofcom is doing its best to behave correctly, and it is very careful about prior consultation. But it only regulates these islands, and can be bullied by a steamroller already running from elsewhere. I think the European authorities could have been more proactive.
So that's my CV rendered worthless, then.
A certain company in the Aberdeen area, which shall remain nameless but it's initials were Racal Survey, used to insist on photos with CVs. Rumour was they wanted to silently avoid anyone with a non-reflective cast to their skin.
I had my picture taken in a Ginger wig with pigtails and painted freckles on.
I got the job.
Paint it black with tiny little spots of colour to represent the stars.
You don't get rid of the Antichrist so easily
Re: Fine, but how about...
The first Penadlinos had window material with a metallised shading layer. This effectively blocked external cellphone signals. I'm sure someone has a bunch of this stuff about.
Don't want it
I rather like a bit of peace, quiet, and the opportunity NOT to be doing any work while I am travelling.
Buy a book, even if it is on a kindle. Look out of the window, sip coffee slowly and pleasurably, chat to total strangers, even (as I saw last week) do push-ups in the vestibule. There is lots to do beside wear out the airwaves with internut traffic.
cat, bag, etc
...And now that this report has been written the evil ones will know better how to disguise their origins.
Good luck to them
I think it is good that some people are looking for another way to do things. I just spent a whole working day on what is really a 19th century typewriter interface with inexhaustible paper.
Maybe the HUD is not the next big thing, but we won't know till a few have tried different ideas.
Dell tried to sell me an RT based XPS as a replacement for my aging mini-10V netbook. For 4 times the price. With no keyboard.
I'd have given them around a hundred quid for one, out of curiousity.
Re: My reaction to this news
"and not one but two kickstand positions."
Well whoopy do. In 1969 we landed on the moon. In 2013 we added a SECOND NOTCH TO A BIT OF PLASTIC..
head, hands, sound of sobbing.
Re: I wonder what
Aye. My first job was in Marine Radio, with power tetrodes for the output stages, and receivers with 21 valves in. The radars were semi-transistorised.
The first colour TV I bought had 11 active devices, excluding the voltage multiplier but including the CRT itself. My latest has over 3 million transistors.
Re: So what will they call USB 3.1?
How about Ultra Speed Bonkers? Then it would be USB 3.1 USB.
"customers are moving away from perpetual licenses towards term-based licenses"
>customers are moving away from perpetual licenses towards term-based licenses
a portable all-in-one desktop that doesn’t run Windows
Me! I'll have one! Over here! I've got me wallet out!
Much as I like the idea - though the practicalities of interconnection seem to have been dealt with in a hand-waving manner - Vested Interest would never permit it.
Re: Can't stand the man, but he has a point
Samsung are photocopier engineers to a man.
In this case, my sympathy falls with him, as the least obnoxious party in the case.
Sorry, but I have to say it.
That is Cool as Fuck!
Tell you what, mister
Here's my deal:
1. you show me where you got this data from.
2. I will correct or delete as I see fit.
3. Anything I correct is obviously worth more as it is validated. Every time you sell it, I get paid this premium, not you.
4. If I choose to delete it all, then tough. Oh, and I don't want you starting again.
Who wants a cloud that won't work and will cost a fortune?
Not sure what the point is
I suppose I don't want toothpaste that contains polonium or sand, and it would be quite nice if my pills contained medicine. I buy both from a chemist who is supposedly reputable (at least they were in the early 20th century. I'm guessing they would be the ones buying a reader and doing spot-checks at point of sale to validate the security of their supply chain. Wouldn't they? It doesn't sound like I can. Will they?
But for handbags, shoes, and other fashion goods, then why bother? Have you seen the garbage that the big label firms fill the shops with? There is a 50% chance that knock-offs will last longer.
Passports, driving licences, now there is a thing. But we already have contactless technologies a-plenty for embedding things in them. it doesn't need to be vanishingly thing and need a physical contact. The data - whatever it is - can't be related to the method of connection, surely?
But what do I know? Quite recently some startup started making mag-swipe credit card readers for iphones, and I thought "Meh. No-one uses mag swipe now we have chip-n-pin" but they seem to be forging a market for dodgy technology just because of advertising and the ill-educated market place. Maybe this will be the same?
Re: all those people driving to go see football
It is odd, isn't it? I used to play Rugby, Tennis, Badminton or sailing. I have never seen the point of watching someone else do it.
Tosh. You can see the stars in daylight. And the X15 was Ultra-Awesome in its own right.
OK, it's not warp drive and distant suns, but it's still Awesome.
Hurrah! Space ships are Awesome.
There has been a trend in recent years for ordinary, analogue, watches and chronometer watches to get bigger and bigger for no good reason.
I used to look in the jewellers window and think 'I'd look cool wearing one of them'. Now I glance in and think 'Only a complete tosser would buy that'.
I wonder why that thought sprung to mind/
Re: HAHH!!! I TOLD YOU SO right at the moment when MSFT-TROJAN ELOP...
whilst your disdain is obvious, It does seem as though Mr B is clever enough to plan and execute a move that even the people who wrote 'Dallas' might pale at people swallowing
Given that most stock exchanges have rules against insider dealling, and given that Elop still owned a massive slug of M$, what are the chances this deal will get investigated? maybe blocked?
No, thought not.
Where is the stinking fish icon?
Now you are being ridiculous
>Also useful would be a 3 axis magnetometer.
What would a bear use a magnetometer for?
El Reg is the place to advertise?
I read a previewish review here - and next day the news says all production is sold out.
lots of notice
Why announce so early? He will become a lame duck leader, and there will be a lot of churning about who comes next.
Good is best
Seems to me that they have it about right. It works, it's reasonably priced, you can talk to them when you need to. Bound to succeed if you make the right product.
Well, Indigogone wanted me to create a paypal account before throwing money at him.
So I didn't
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