375 posts • joined 30 Jun 2010
Re: What the hell did they expect?
You are probably correct. My personal upgrade licence sits in a drawer after my three days of hell.
My company has bought around 140 machines with win 8 preinstalled since its release and we scrub it for XP and now win7. Then we realised we can ask the OEM to ship with win 7 and the following dozens of PC's are win7. :)
Of the 100 million I bet a very large % are nothing at all to do with actual end use, and merely 'shipped' licences.
I do help my family and friends upgrade
... to Win7. I actively, verbally and rather aggressively tell them not to go anywhere near Win 8.
One family member decided to buy a surface 2 (I know, I know). I haven't spoken to her about it since, despite it having all kinds of problems and her hatred of the UI.
"I told you so." Didn't help the initial request for help.
Ahhh hell, there goes the networks.
EE can't merge themselves, never mind anyone else. I tried to get signal box working from T mobile, but technical support for T mobile is useless, turns out there is separate technical support to EE and for Orange. So three different departments to set up two phones (t mobile and orange) on one signal booster box. (from EE)
1 hour later still doesn't work and back to square one and asking for a PAC code, where a fourth technical team buried somewhere in the mess that is EE, called 'device escalation' appears and voila. 30 seconds and a reboot.
Adding 'three' to that mess is a bad, bad sign.
Re: That featured screenshot doesn't look like the boot screen
Looks very similar to and older Ubuntu and Mint in selecting where you live.
NK nicking ideas as their own. Next you will be telling me China is sweetness and light, having Watched Top Gears China Odyssey NK have nothing on them.
I digress. Yay, all those starving oppressed millions have Linux... A big round of applause for progress.
I would add.
'sata to usb' for every IT techy who has to rebuild a PC.
A mini usb for those old tech that still linger in the office.
but you owe me a new keyboard "Oh no angry American" cheered me up.
This is old school.
What the actual permissions asks is. (I still have a screenshot)
Access to read SMS / MMS.
It wants the abillty to modify, edit your calendar and "send to guests without owners knowledge", read calendar events plus confidential information, read your contact card.
Connect and disconnect from wifi, Full network access
The update before that wanted permission to use your mobile number.
Come on Reg ask why the facebook scumbags need all that??? But the realist in me sees that and think it could if it wants to grab whatever it wants from your phone and then email whoever it wants using your tariff to do it and without your knowledge.
Ironically I posted this all on facebook before Christmas, then uninstalled and disabled the app.
The problem is after a while the app becomes outdated and then doesn't connect unless you update.
When discussing with a friend who has an iphone he knew none of it, when checking his phone security it was set the same, only he wasn't told by the app store.
It is a game designed around Capcom? or Konami or something similar game Bejeweled and not a very good rip off.
All they did was add the fact you can pay for upgrades or actually pay to progress. And because the world is filled with morons they are actually getting stupid people to pay for it.
Having looked at their sequels, the pet on is the same as an old spectrum game I used to play about coloured bricks in a certain order to clear the screen, in fact I have an old XP game that is the same idea.
The other with witches is identical to a game I have on Linux distro's from way back with penguins.
King.com haven't done an original thing yet. Just a shame too many stupid people pay.
That explains it then.
How they can afford all the lego re-enactments, and the flights into space must set them back a fair bit.
Smells a little to me.
Like the slight hint of PR desperation.
....or sh1t shovelling, whichever you prefer.
Since when has being gay been a choice? I can't remember ever thinking "I can't decide, man or woman." And then DECIDING. You might waver in the middle and prefer both, but for most once you realise what you are comfortable with you just are.
What next, choosing to have blue eyes or brown, choosing to have male or female parts?
That is very bad wording on which buffoon decided to come up with it.
Oh come on Reg, y
You are just giving religious trolls a reason to post. It doesn't in any way throw evolution into doubt. It throws time lines out, maybe.
A bad headline to catch our eye.
It actually proves that there could be another human species (always possible) or it could prove they met earlier than had been believed (possible) but basically proves humans were doing rude things 400000 years ago, backing up previous ideas of evolution through humanoid species doing things years ago.
Thus supporting the evolution theory. (Using the scientific definition of the word)
...they do however continue to disprove the bible.
I quite like it
Nice contrast to the very harsh windows 8 corners that has been forced upon me via xbox etc. (I don't use or touch windows 8 if I can help it)
But fix memory leaks and other problems before you start faffing with UI. Otherwise you are running into the realm of Ubuntu, and madness lies that way.
Too much of a reliance on MS to do basic tasks for my liking.
It phones home and / or needs to phone home. Too much "creepy lizard" for my liking. That and the Author's problems just navigating to a download, suggests MS want you to never stop using their servers and that isn't what portability or working while travelling is all about.
This bit says it all for me.
"The first hurdle is getting started and I need a Microsoft account before I can even use this machine. Each time it shuts down or suspends, I must enter a password to use it, and that password links back to the Microsoft account online. I need also accounts to use the really useful Microsoft icons on the Start screen - Skydrive and OneNote. Also, I need to subscribe to Office 365 to use the web versions of Office productivity apps even though the tablet comes with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote 2013.
I’m stuck in an exercise in backwards and forwards, of setting up accounts, of converting my Hotmail account, getting bounced between sign up and log in windows, of being told I don’t have the correct permissions to use Office 365 despite having just entered my credit card details""
Re: Whatever it is...
What, where you buying it, Harrods?
Every S4 I looked at was sub £500. It was sold to target Iphone 5 buyers. Working the sales line "Better hardware specs for lower price etc."
Re: What's the obsession with Xbox One?
You beat me to it, Mandriva and KDE had it a while ago, long before vista and win7 "came up with the idea"
I think it is far better to shoot a Texan. They have more impact on the environment (care, diet, oil, stupidity) spout more hot air and are far more dangerous to humanity and every other species than one Rhino.
I am not Anti-US (Well okay maybe I am a little) I am not an evnironmental nut. I am just against morons with guns thinking that shooting animals who are not an actual threat (A black Rhino is Africa is NOT downtown Dallas) is fun, or needed, or any made up excuse they can think of to shoot another creature. I saw a magazine front page with a useless American standing infront of a recently shot giraffe, and he looked proud.
And all this just because a document from some bygone era when it was needed to carry a gun, allows these morons to carry a gun.
I like him,
... He cheered me up. Though how anyone as deluded as he is in their view of reality has not been locked away in a wrap around jacket and fluffy walled room is beyond me.
What an utter tool!
Goes to show.
Nokia had such great potential. (N900 not withstanding)
But MS have it now :-
So each screen will be a Windows 8 tab (tile, hub, square - whatever they are called nowadays)
It will have a battery life of 20 minutes.
It will need AV
...and the fact it will record and download everything to the NSA, and probably only work if plugged into your phone like Samsung.
With required patches every day.
Still someone in Nokia had brains and lots of skill / talent. They will move to some startup and it will get off the ground as a kickstarter, or get used somewhere by someone with cash who see a good idea. Future looks hopeful.
Re: HL3? What's the point?
You have described every game on a console in existence. They are afterall just a long set sequence in a fixed area. (Unless a US console game where it tends to be shorter sequences because attention spans are pants in the US) Just look at 'gears of war', 'Halo' etc.
HL2 introduced physics and the level of detail and graphics capability took a step forward. It had a plot, it left more unanswered questions than it answered which is why they had episodes and even they left you wanting to have a final step. Hence the desire by players to get HL3 to explain just what the satellite was and who the administrator is? Is the evil scientist going to double cross them again, what is this boat all about?
Glad I walked away.
I very rarely do searches for files, but the stupid unity interface makes it a requierment. So you type into search and it searches 'Reddit'... Wow, anyone got parental locks on theirs? What a very creepy, badly throught out logic. Reddit being the frnot page of the internet and having so much dodgy stuff on there that I wouldn't want kids to see.
I walked away from Ubuntu after Unity and was scared by the creepy nature of amazon, now it searches reddit as well? Do they think about home network speeds, internet traffic, user choices etc?
Does this flavour have a great big "No thanks" button?
“The top 100 most valuable global brands are unlocking their value by participating, listening, learning, and sharing – and not just with leaders from within their organization, but...”
But they don't share, they sue, argue, steal from, hissy fight, slag off, sulk about and bitch about eachother.
And Gillette, Louis Vitton - Do they make hand bags and shoes, I think I saw them in harrods once???? General Electric isn't a household brand, you have to be in the industry to have heard of them.
Mercedes Benz beat Ford?
What a stupidly odd list and very confusing criteria to mark them as a world brand.
Re: Win8 is a bloated piece of shit.
Two UI's for a start? The windows 7 feel and the useless "was called Metro but isn't anymore."
Two internet browsers (Actually 3 if you include the 64 and 32 bit versions)
The list can easily go on but I should be working.
Re: Watching with interest
Or you miss the point?
You know you "Can" go and play it but perhaps they are adding for those that "want" to go and upgrade.
Also the OS is upgraded on xbox about every week, judging by my constant waiting for M$ to install updates.
Also bear in mind each release of the Xbox 360 is not the same, my first one had no HDMI, the new one does etc. Hard drives have improved etc. It might act and look the same, but the insides aren't as the shape changes as well.
So upgrades in the current console market isn't that unknown.
Re: We alienated our partners, wrote off $900m, and were the laughingstock of the industry...
No, My fear is that MS will still make enough money to spin successive pieces of crap and will remain a player in the market.
Meaning they won't return to what works like windows 7 and will continue to try and flog windows 8 style rubbish.
I have no fear in them making good products, it won't happen.
I have an asus transformer prime. I have four office suites and they all do the same much ness. The only reason I have five is each one is slightly different but you can only open one document at a time, so document comparison means you need two.
I have 'docs to go', 'kingsoft office', 'office suite pro' and 'polaris office'. I use the transformer prime docking station keyboard and it works fine.
Don't have much problem firing off word docs of excel spreadsheets. I don't use a mouse but the trackpad works, and a few oddities aside they do the basic job. Meaning I rarely touch my desktop. (Long since ditched M$)
Only issue I find is file types, my libre office has a habit of screwing up the .xls format so on the android tablet and phone they become unreadable. I won't be touching 365 office as it is cloud based, but my galaxy note 2 and asus transformer prime do great typing and copying when needed.
Re: I've ordered a 5C
Eh up chaps and chapesses, this is how to Troll. A fine example of trying to stir up a nest of fanbois and android users.
Reg lesson 101 on how to start an argument.
1. Be anonymous.
2. State that the iOS is better and Apple are more expensive for good reason, if they were the same price blah blah blah. yawn...
Reg, can we have a better troll icon, took me a while to find it. What about the ones from the HTC add or the thing you put on the end of pencils?
I had to do that, not because the software didn't work, but because the boot manager ignored my desires and formatted then installed the hard drive. Protecting files my arse. But in doing so it invalidated my upgrade licence.
MS fix was to buy a full licence. And then reinstall, I reinstalled 7 and haven't really gone back.
A colleague used 8.1 from MSDN or technet or something and it lasted three weeks, the start button isn't a start button it is just a button to metro and it was still pants. So he went back to 7.
BT generally are very poor.
Over a three year period I contacted them 4 times.
Tried to transfer paying the account from elderly father in law to me. 3 x 1 hour conversations to an Indian call centre to explain I wanted my email addresses to be moved across as well. They didn't understand it.
They have 3 call centres cold calling to sell BT infinity. I wasn't interested at the time, asked them to stop it. They said they would but the toher 2 call centres would carry on.
I gave in as I wanted faster broadband, I asked them If I could port forward, they put me onto an English speaking Sales Dept, who couldn't answer me, They put me onto there Tech centre and helpdesk, (Now an Indian call centre) they didn't understand what port forwarding was, or if it could do and put me back to Sales.
When I got BT infinity (I checked a relatives router and found out what you can actually do, so I now know more than their IT technical team) It died after a day. Another lengthy phone call with threats about the problem being at my house and I would be charged for the call out. Engineer came out and said I had the dodgy cable modem they ship out to new customers and he was surprised it had worked this long, it broke as expected and I needed a new one. That new one didn't work so he went to the junction box and voila, the cables were dud. 2 hours to fix that and I was back upto speed.
I considered BT for my new house. 40 Minutes waiting to a scottish call centre and they said I had an appointment with an Engineer. Heard nothing else. Few days before I asked their website contact email because I had heard nothing. I got an email reply to my query saying "BT Sport was on it's way, but they were too busy to reply to my email query". (Which was nice)
I waited 5 hours for the engineer anyway on the off chance it was booked. He never arrived. I contacted them again and was told they had created an account for me, and hadn't assigned any products to that account. Needless to say I am not with BT now, the only issue is why it too me so long to get out.
Re: Nokia becoming more like M$oft alredy
What Finnish tech? Manufacturing is in Asia and the software is US, Nokia doesn't do it's own thing anymore.
Nokia will soon lose symbian and as even the cheap end of the market will die off as Android seem to run on lower and lower spec with each iteration.
M$ will simply make Windows phones and eventually realise the % is too low to make money and can the job, like Zune and all their other failed attempts.
Another week, another 'Apple desparate in court' headline. How about they do something new?
Even their adverts are boring and don't mention apple, they say 'built in California' and 'people take photos'.
Let Apple have the US and their petty pointless courts and legal sh*te, so the rest of world can get on with the progress of technology.
Finally MS are being bitten by open standards, something they continue to laugh at. Glorious. I can't explain how happy I am that the world and dog are finally in a position with open standards that MS are being left behind and have to go crawling for extensions, when they have done nothing for them in decades and even now barely give a nod to open standards support.
But to need six months extra to ensure their WINPHO customers can get an update? Really, I would have thought a limp and lame carrier pigeon, carrying lead weights could travel the world to find them in that time. There being so few of them.
Re: Are you telling me...
In all fairness we owned most of France at one point. It isn't called brittainy for nowt.
Re: Wrongo boyo
It was a film. None of it happened... There was no whales in a fishtank on a spaceship...
Sorry to be the one that told you.
Anyway an MS watch will need AV.
Basis for a good marriage that, fakery and illusion. But as he doesn't really live in the real world anyway, is it a shock?
Re: They are not alone in promoting nonsense
You must also include those with domed buildings and any other place of talking 'nonsense'. Afterall you can't say one is 'fake' if the others are not also' fake', when all say pretty much the same thing.
I do have to say that kudos to the 'Reg for not in any way sitting on the fence with this article.
Now I know.
At least it explains why it is impossible to remove all that crud ware that festers on my phone, disabling it just isn't enough.
Re: My thoughts...
You are talking about shortcuts being a redeeming feature of an OS. That is all you can think of?
Part of the problem with shortcuts is none educated users need to know them. And 400 people I have to support at work don't know what the difference is between a monitor and desktop (just ask them to reboot) So shortcuts are pointless in XP, 7 and 8.
If the only selling point is 'shortcuts', you have problems.
Having used 8, it is the only selling point of 8.
Re: "XBOX Vista" already dead?
Not that true, in the UK in rural places the internet is shoddy at best, crap most of the time and appalling frequently.
I am a PC gamer but my Xbox catalogue are all second hand, because I don't want and can't be bothered to buy full priced games of such poor quality. (The ports to PC are enough to make me realise I don't want to) And given nearly all the big names are simply sequals I just can't risk £35+ when buying on the basis that Halo34 is worthy..
Kids won't care but parents might, and given the way the economy is, second hand markets are very very important for a lot of families.
What? Works for me, unless the game is based online. (Though I can't think of many in steam like that, but something akin to diablo, or simcity)
I love Microsoft
No seriously, they are great, I mean they can STILL use the phrase "We listen to our customers", without any hint of sarcasm or irony, they can and still use that phrase.
....And no one has yet beaten them to death with their own foot?
100% on Kinnect and 'should be' 100% on internet. What next? Gold membership (with the cost) 100% of the time. (You heard it here first folks)
I will stick to PC's and Steam, at least they ask a very nice pop up question when they ask you if they can take something like PC hardware details, allowing you to say no.
As a part time user of my Xbox and a one time user of the kinnect (the games were sh1t) it came with, gaming is poor, controls are poor, the degisn is poor, the titles are rehashed from previous ones and the sound of the machine playing a disk is louder than the film it is playing, all bundled under a windows 'metro' interface which takes a four step process to move bettwen menus and makes it a fifteen step process to move around, (or wave your arms like a dick) is also sh1te so why upgrade?
Think I will stick with my PC and media centres.
Sigh... Is that desparation I smell?
Ahhhhhh Vista again is it? They tried to con you with Halo 2, with the really cool play while you install feature that has never been done again, evet. But the problem with MS is they then change their frikkin minds and realise the cash cow is xbox. So halo 3 didn't come out on the PC, or ODST or any other money churning clones. Thus losing the reason you bought it in the first place.
Definitely nothing to see here as you won't get the next one, which WILL be xbox ONE only (we all know MS are gearing up for a flagship game from something that sells to the yanks). Not that the next one will be any better because the game is old and well past it's sell by date.
What if your server isn't allowed access to the internet? Doesn't bode well for a Cloud does it? Three clouds you can't connect to because of massive security risk
Nice one MS!!!!!!!!!
They still have a long way to go in the 'real' world. Where policies and security measures are needed and not everyone wants a frikkin' cloud.
I am bias however as I spent my day installing an office 2010 package that needed me to turn off "Windows Explorer" to get it to install, yes you have to turn everything 'visual' off and use the force to get it to install.
Roll on the weekend.
I like her
Denmark is far cheaper on every possible level because their country sorted out their nationa l telco's, it is something like 6p a minute on all telco's. (was a few years back)
The same can be said in many other countries, so if you remove roaming charges you will see that there is a massive variation caused by roaming. Just like making a single currency, you realise one country has it working perfectly and another is robbing you blind.
Bring it on and let market force sort it out, if that means another UK robbing scum monopoly gets bought out by a better, sleaker and more organised Euro company, so be it.
Silly money grabbing Adobe.
My companies walked away because of it, company won't justify the spend. (We have multiple users)
And security teams cringe at the firewall being opened for cloud based stuff that breaks our internal rules of allowing personal data to be stored and uploaded to clouds. "Just for marketing..." will spread to. "Well it is letting me do it, so why can't I store this other file."
And of course the added bandwidth that could impact on our internet connection for the business. Given the size of some of our marketing Dept's uploads (2 - 4 GB is normal)
We are looking at GIMP for photoshop stuff, and Dreamweaver alternatives are easily findable.
Perfect moment for the competition to up their game.
Come on Reg. Now we know what can be done, how can your playmobil ever compete?
Seriously Reg, I am having a really crappy time at work due to management and every morning is a grind.
And the first article I read is that the DRM peddling menace that is EA (show me the money or else) Origin creating EULA joke of a software house that is single handedly ruining gaming, will now handle the star wars franchise.
What next? A lesson in seal pup clubbing?
Tell us something we hadn't already been shouting for the last few months. Here is to Windows 9 then.
My windows licence happily sits on the shelf, not used. Having three failed install attempts and an aborted blue screen when it did work, I realised that upgrade does not mean rebuild. Despite windows 8 being the cause of the rebuild. So please don't include my licence as one of the millions. I am not alone with this, every machine my company buys has windows 8, all are flatlined on purchase and made to be windows 7.
Touchscreens and lack of are not hte downfall of windows 8.
Re: sob. sob.
Almost worth an upvote for the musical notes in your reply, - Almost. I guess you are one of the small % of happy Unity users (or just a more vocal one?) so good on you for supporting it.
I have a VM with 12:10 on it and occasional dabble, but god does it stink.
However to know Mint works with Steam. Awesome.
Still has Unity... Oh for the love of a box that says 'click this and you never have to use, need or look at Unity.' (and all the privacy stuff, and anything to do with online searches) and I might care about ubuntu 13.
I so desparately want steam on linux, but not at the price of everything else unbuntu comes with.
Come on Gabe, bring out steam for Mint.