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If this is the oddest behaviour of the british public, we have become a very dull lot indeed.
And that insurance office must really be a bundle of joy to work in.
>Unfortunately there is no real competition for desktop users who *gasp* WANT A DESKTOP OS.
This is a terrible condemnation of companies like HP, really. They've known for over a year that W8 was going to be a turkey, and 18 months ago HP was going to be supplying WinOS on every machine they shipped. if they'd had some guts, and were not being run by witless beancounters, there would be a real pre-installed alternative by now.
I think that Linux and OSX are decent alternatives personally, but 90% of customers want a 300 quid PC that works out of the the box. And the box shifters have wasted a year in which they could have been planning to break the monopoly that sees M$ designing their products for them.
Greed, short-termism, lost opportunity.
Re: If Citrix...
I let them know.
Re: Learning from XP
>Microsoft found to their cost that their biggest competitor for O/S's was .... themselves.
This reminds me of Vauxhall.
Me: "I want a set of brake pads for a 2004 Astra please"
Spares dept: "Sorry, we don't stock parts for cars over 5 years old"
Me: "Why would I need parts for a car less than 5 years old?"
What about corporate customers?
The big corporations are just about moving to W7. They are going to expect proper support for half a decade at least. They won't be at all pleased about this.
And who can blame them?
"I wonder if it's friendly?"
In other news
Makers of gas mantles complain of falling sales.
Very poor market for starting handles.
Domestic coal deliveries at all-time low.
Re: @AC 13:56
>VM can go and boil their bottoms on this one
That cheered me up no end on a dull morning. Ta.
Re: TBottom image
"May contain nuts"
And the band played 'believe it if you like'.
Heard it all before. WM6, .net, silverlight...
Not quite an abbreviation, not quite an acronym. More like a word search puzzle in 1 dimension. That's a pretty desperate way to come up with a memorable name, taking the 'o' from 'exo'.
Good luck with the search, though lads.
So the USA has trumped up a non-tarrif trade barrier. That leaves Europe as a market. So Europe will need a barrier, dumping looks like a convenient hook to hang it on.
I suspect that if the 80s & 90s were the era of GATT, globalisation, & the free marketr, the teens & twenties will be the reversal.
Once things are obvious enough that you can hit politicians over the head with them, things change.
deispite all the argument above
The fundamental point for me is
Gove == Idiot
Does this one have the developer switch that lets you install linux?
Red rag, bull, etc.
I had an Ipaq that I used for a couple of years, but it had to be rebooted daily to keep it working. What is the point of a phone that might not ring?
Re: Nokia N-Gage?
For the same reason they made it. It looked arresting.
Here in Lincolnshire we would be delighted by public wifi.
Well, there are 7.05 Billion of us, according to various sources. According to indexmundi 26% are under 14 years old. and 8% are over 65. So lets call that a potential world market of 7.05 * 0.66 = 4.65 Billion economicaly active adults. 
The suggestion is therefore that 23% of the adults in the world have a smart phone. Wow. And if it /does/ double, as they suggest, that will be getting on for half of us. 
I wonder what else has achieved market penetration like that? The ball point pen, perhaps. Certainly the knife. Shoes. If you include plain phone phones, how close to 100% do we get?
http://www.itu.int/ITU-D/ict/facts/2011/material/ICTFactsFigures2011.pdf says there are 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions, that's 87% of the whole world population and 129% of my rough-and-ready count of world adults.
Now, look. This is something done by Science, not religion or governments. It has changed the world very profoundly, which is what technology has done since the stone age. religion and government is dedicated to the status quo, Engineers to tearing it down. I rather think I know who is winning.
 I am aware that in some countries schoolkids have smartphones.
 But not me.
Prior cartoon art
The story arc currently running in the web cartoon Schlock Mercenary had embedded blood-nannies being subverted and re-programmed by low-speed data steganographed into TV pictures. Maybe Fujitsu engineers read web cartoons?
¥600bn in loans
That sounds more like a noose than a lifeline.
Whatever control the Matsushita family still had over the corporation is likely now diluted to homeopathic levels.
[grim reaper icon required}
THESE child workers were NOT making Apple products
Oh, good. That's fine then. Hurrah!
(aren’t scientists citizens? - Reg)
Only in dangersous commie-run european countries.
In the coming New Biblical America all scientists will be hunted down using our high-tech weaponry given to us by God.
Re: other apps
Bill - do you suffer from mild nominative determinism?
Sticking PE10 9NE  into OpenSignalMaps reveals two things:
1. It's a map of user locations, not coverage. Where coverage is sparse it's pretty much a map of individuals.
2. What the hell is going on in Auster Wood? 
 Lloyds bank. I use their postcode instead of mine, for privacy reasons. I don't care if minor criminals stalk PE10 9NE, they are already outclassed.
 more likely to be poaching than dogging. It does make me wonder about a pikey logging site.
[2'] Auster wood: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1290138
And being able to re-define keys is *such* an original, patentable idea.
if it really is, it's going to cost Prof Hawkin a fortune every time he talks.
This patent nonsense needs to be nuked from orbit.
We in Lincolnshire are famous for stating the bleeding obvious...
No results at all for where I live.
But that might just be because...
Ever noticed how the mash says the things the reast of us only think?
fixed it for you
> or partnering with Google or Microsoft, and ultimately plumped for the latter.
No, I've seen loads of reviews about desktop users, but none based on a proper touch-only device. The odd mention of desktops with touch monitors, where it seems to do well what it is supposed to do well. But nothing about touch devices. Still not sure that many exist.
>While Windows 8 was getting great reviews on touch devices,
Oh? care to point to, say, 24 of them? I've not read above 2 that could qualify as a 'review' in any sense of the word.
$MEGACORP has a retention policy - it is up to us to retain it in .pst files on our local hard disks.
There is also a retention policy about what should and should not be kept, and an email subject line policy about naming things for the same reasons. It's a big document. I've put it in a .pst file on my local hard disk.
<-- now, where was I?
Re: Microsoft have come a LONG way in a short time
>Microsoft have come a LONG way in a short time
short time? short?
Windows Embedded Compact (as it was then) was launched in 1996, and only received the most desultory support ever since. One PLC maker had to wait 3 years for a fix to the networking that condemned their touch panels to a daily reboot to keep working.
>Windows CE was god awful.
was? is! a lot of people are stuck with it on embedded systems, with no sign of a future.
It's also why HP purchased Palm. (Hmm, just had a thought. Was it pressure from M$ that caused that to go so badly?)
First it was, Windows Phone 7 will be great, and it wasn't,
I got heavily downvoted for suggesting that WP7 should not be cut any slack because I suggested it was not a brand-new OS but, err, the 7th iteration.
Now it is a commonplace that it is just WinCE rebadged.
I got suckered into WM6 on a phone, that never worked and never got fixed. Ditto WM6.5 . Had I been fool enough to believe the hype over WP7 they would have done it to me again. There is no good reason to trust WP8.
Re: Dead and buried
>If the rumor is right UK government intends to do that.
It's quite a good idea. Snag is /all/ of their suppliers should be on the list. First one they name will be straight to the high court like a spoiled teenager: "they are still talking to Frank! It's sooo unfairrr! Wah!"
that's the bugger. Late, tired etc.
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