So to recap.
Terrorism 1, Reality 0.
This will end up as a film in itself in about 5 years.
Another raft of "Evidence" for so called anti-terror laws will now be brought forward by our dictatorship loving MP's.
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So to recap.
Terrorism 1, Reality 0.
This will end up as a film in itself in about 5 years.
Another raft of "Evidence" for so called anti-terror laws will now be brought forward by our dictatorship loving MP's.
Who gives a hoot about HOW it was tested as long as it is consistent testing across the countries.
If all testing is equal (car, backpack, carrier pigeon) and UK still comes in with a very low ranking, then the UK is crap and all that money we throw at mobile operators is simple wasted by them. And OFCOM as per all QUANGOS is just as pointless as ever.
We don't use different concrete in our buildings, or tarmac in our roads and we don't have different air than Europe (unless someone now points out there is a different section of stubborn UK Air that slows down radio waves) We are not flatter than Holland and we are not 'pointier' than Austria, S Germany so Geography is out.
So it has to be provision by Voda, EE, O2 etc and how much they actually get their tech to work. Which is proven now to be, badly.
Secondly, I don't care about 14 cities. I live in a town with poor reception. 98% coverage, as long as you stand at the end of my drive with your arm in the air. EE and Voda are both just as bad.
Two things spring to mind with all this.
1. Everyone has welcomed a piece of kit into their front rooms, that does watch your sofa and does listen to all the kind of conversations you have in much better quality than the average CCTV, that is secured by someone other than you and you can't change it, have no control over it and it is always on, with possible recording, and filming. Which goes to an unknown location where people you don't know can do what they want. And it is all legal because it is called Kinnect and M$ sell it. But Skype, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, EA (EULA and in game cameras) and the like are all to blame for similar data retention and eavesdropping possibilities for far less effort. Not to mention my Samsung Smart web accessible TV with hand gesture camera that films all the time.
2. Our UK government have basically made eavesdropping legal for any state sponsored or "in any way possible put a link to a legal entity here" type company. With DRIP and digital economy bills.
Don't need tin hats, five-eyes alliance handbooks and conspiracy theories to know all this, so why is this website anything different?.
Ahhhhh it is a Russian website, and the doom mongers will have us believe the cold war rattling is going on.
Now it makes sense.
Dropbox it appears as a folder in your documents, you can have as many subfolders as realistic and everything syncs. Android, Linux Mint and Windows 7 all just sync.
Well that is how I use it.
MS should just copy dropbox. (I would say buy drop box but I like dropbox and want to continue to use a good product.)
I like what you did there El Reg. I have to skip an advert for Connect in order to see the 15 second advert you were trying to show me.
...But still no effect on me as instagram is pants.
And making them £600 (Note 4) is taking the pi$$
That is not the weirdest lyric by any stretch of any imagination in any universe.
"Dr worm", "I palindrome I", "the triangle man song.", "Minimum wage" To name some of the other oddities.
They do a kid friendly matinee on stage with the "Avatar of They" glove puppet (hence my name on this forum) and are completely mental.
They are scientists as well, adding healthy (proper actual science) science in songs and on stage "the sun is a ball of incandescent gas, a gigantic nuclear furnace." became "the sun is a miasma of ever changing plasma" etc. As science moved on our understanding about the sun. :)
I never knew any of the dial a song stuff apart from their compilation album having that name. Makes a lot more sense now to some of the references in there.
Thanks Reg - have a beer.
Reminds me of groove, and net meeting, and InfoPath, one note and all those other little office add ons that come out over the years, chew up RAM and HDD space, no one uses and no one cares.
People only want the main three, (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) maybe access and publisher for the minority. They want to write, to add up, to show off and then maybe store some data and print pretty leaflets.
Basically this is another way to promote 'cloud' and 'ipads', as it looks touch based interface and that horrible 2013 everything is 'square' look. And cloud based stuff just doesn't meet the DPA real world scenario. (Or where BT run your internet speeds.)
The Surface pro 3 looks and feels good, but at the price for a good one you are more than a mac book pro air thingy, so no one is going to buy one when Apple is simply cheaper for much more.
Unless they figure that at 1600 quid for something to future proof and run things (quad i7, 512 SDD, 8 GB RAM), is too expensive, when you also have to pay for the keyboard at 100 on top of that. You realise they have no chance. Even a base model that is really pants it is 300 more than a laptop of equivalent spec (625 for base + 100 for keyboard)
And having only two sales methods (M$ online or john lewis) won't help people accidentally see them in passing.
Really? MS isn't recording every move with messenger, Skype, One drive and office 365 all being part of PRISM? You think Bing and IE isn't doing exactly the same???????
The only difference is Google make money from spying (and probably report on the spying), and MS is just openly one of the creepy brigade.
I like the feedback idea, but should be proven to work. Has any of the feedback been taken up I wonder. I mean what good is the tiles on the start menu if it doesn't actually allow personalisation.
Given Apple are meant to be world class, 'bending' phones is a bit worrying. Looking at the Note 4 as my next upgrade from the Note 2 and I really need to know if it bends.
Come on el Reg, get one and give it a road test. :)
But early release dates are a good thing. (As long as it is ready and not just being rushed)
Pretty much summed up my comment I was about to make. Have an upvote.
....But will MS have learned ANYTHING this time round????
Nah, I read it as KFC and thought something very different.
I have been streaming my steam games onto my ASUS transformer prime, borderlands 2 running via limelight, which is the steam streaming android thingy.
Ran okay despite pants controls (touch screen) and pants wifi. But the development of where Steam is going is always forwards. My transformer prime is a 5 core (apparently) 1.6? but my game machine streams it beautifully. Consoles are locked and all games are limited by the hardware, updates only do so much. and you are left with not much innovation in games and then the market stalls, giving you 14 odd rehashes with little new ideas (Rage, Dragon age, Skyrim...) that might be nice for the console junkie that wants another COD incarnation, but if GFX don't move on (COD ghost), the games suffer as the PC now follows consoles, badly (Watchmen toning down their GFX for example).
Really good future for gaming all round to have someone do something other than yet another XBOX money making device, or Sony lock in.
And it breaks the reliance on MS which is also nice.
.......BUT 500GB install... Holy jeez... WTF???
I like that 12 year old. :)
The population of London is what? 7 million, 8 million?
"So this basically says our roll out of super fast broadband is soo pants we can't even ensure our capital has it at 95% coverage."
That is all.
That Ubuntu have not listened to the people that use it for so long.
That the ICO said it is reasonable (thus not understanding the point of his job)
or that it took the ICO two whole years for him to come to that "Brown Envelope" position.
Still for me Mint is a nice replacement and has been since 11.10 :)
I read this article purely because I wanted to see what angle the Tories were bringing to car safety.
Just when you think light is indeed at a tunnel somewhere being shined, they say 2015.
My knowledge of windows 8 is limited to a three day trial and argument over licencing with MS. (As and upgrade licence that formats your hard drive by accident because the installer is written by a bunch of retards invalidates your licence and you need to buy a full licence.)
However recently I have had a spate of relatives and friends with crippling viruses, the like of which I can only remove with a fresh install as AV won't touch it and they are hijacking browsers and rewrite the host file with 127. entries.
But all problems in fixing it stem from the very poor design in how the system sets itself up. And how you navigate between areas.
If it wasn't for Google and Safe mode (And my bought CD of windows 8) There would be a few more Windows 7 licences in use and less Windows 8.
Mercury is the same, at times its crust bulges by upto 400 miles (vertically) due to the pull of the sun. If I remember my Geology degree correctly.
My "ghast" is officially flabbered
Why would you accept oversight, surely it is permanently there? That is like saying you won't accept the law of the police, or the ownership by the bank with your mortgage etc? Sounds madness.
Still good to see some action against in app purchase stupidity. :)
"Pure opinion" of most of the scientific minds on the planet who consider physics, astronomy, Geology and biology as their main science is slightly more than some random troll on a web page.
"Hard evidence?" When I studied geology for 3 years and went on fossil digs, I remember my hammer and chisel were helping dig out fairly hard evidence. Draws full of fairly hard rocks with trilobite, graptolite and crinoids in them.
I think it more the amount of red tape to update in the US to update constantly, far too much red tape and arguing lawyers with 52 states all arguing their own bias to make the law favourable. (like teaching AIDS awareness or gay rights or creationism)
In the UK people claim human rights, but they abuse the system and claim for lots that are nothing to do with human rights violations.
Don't fall into blaming Europe for laws we adopted (from the courts of human rights via Winston Churchill) before hand but paranoid media have scapegoated back onto Europe.
I think laws and FAA rules aside, when one gets sucked through the engine or bounces off a commercial aircraft things will be very messy, very quickly for the operator.
Some law somewhere will be stuck to them with a nail gun. Probably public endangerment would apply or attempted murder if they can prove it. (or in anyway apply the terrorism laws)
Just what are the benefits for working at Microsoft? You seem to be well on the way for employee of the month, so do you get extra benefits?
True, Windfarms can have upto 1000 tons of concrete for the big uns, and all that is usually carted on a truck to some top of the mountain place on roads that also get built, and it all costs in CO2, some windmills save a fraction of that in their lifetime against the cost of their manufacture and placement.
But we all go, yay windmills.
But in this case I think stupid greenpeace.
A windows laptop I would avoid but using the Android brain, that is pushing technology. And if windows is involved it won't be nice, windows doesn't like other OS's.
Looking at Android, do you have to use that phone or is it always in? I mean what actually happens with the brain. If I plug in phone and use a word editor does the phone run the word editor or does the computer run the word editor (with more ram and CPU I guess)?
If so, should I pull the phone out where is the data? Win 8 won't know where that data is as it can't play with other OS's by design (what is the file format on the hard drive? ext4? NTFS?. So can Windows 8 see the data now, or can the phone see it? Or is it now sat on a partition no one can access until that phone is plugged back in.
What if I lose that phone, do I lose all that data.
Does the phone come as part of the bundle, or not? Is the phone the 4g aspect or does the laptop have it's own, if so do you need two sim cards? If so when the phone is plugged into the laptop which is he primary contract for the 4g, you could be paying twice and draining battery on two devices.
Looks to be a massive mess just waiting to happen?
I might be interested but I bet it has a price tag Apple would be jealous of.
I feel there is merit somewhere with this story, of the ifad, 'wrist action' and combining them for those 'zealot' like people that might perhaps like to play with those items, on their own, late at night etc. Perhaps the added joy of now having one on their wrist for example and the fact it could whip them into a frenzy of happiness?
The is more than enough to somehow combine them into a joke or sarcastic dig at people that like the 'I' products, but it escapes me at the moment.
Nokia have been doing tons of innovations.
The Ovi store... The new relaunched Ovi store because the old one was pants. The canned Ovi store because that too was pants.
And the Meego and Meamo and the oh wait....
Sadly most of their innovation was prior to the Elop Trojan horse attack.
And I still maintain cameras on phones are not the reason people buy a phone, it is an added accessory, if it is the only selling point then your phone has problems.
...And I didn't once criticise MS and WP8 for being a pile of junk....
What is the employment benefits for working at MS?
Time saved by not using mouse, you move your mouse, click, click, click, voila.
As you said when typing you start typing ASSUMING you know what you are looking for. Timing is massively increased because when it has loaded what do you do, you get your mouse and start to navigate inside Word or Excel etc. You don't just continue to click away, no one uses only shortcuts in Word or Excel? (Well no one I have ever met)
I move my mouse, click on the icon. Takes a lot less than any menu movement and how can there be less clutter than an embedded menu system.
Typing for stuff should be left for servers because if you don't know what it is called you are left with a myriad of options. It could be media player, it could be amarok, it could be banshee, or it could be that default new third party app they bundled on this release, or it could be that crappy one I don't like, what did they call it? I have three installed, which is the one I usually use, the auto loading one, erm... Was it Winamp? no that is on XP, so amarok, how do you spell it amarak? No wait for the search... Nope that isn't installed, erm... Media player.... Oh what is that bringing back now? I just typed it in and now it is still requiring me to type in AGAIN....
And so on.
So you shortcut it as a desktop or unity icon but you end up having forty icons on the left because searching is pants and so you shortcut everything, and you spend your life scrolling up and down to find what you want in a badly orientated way. (Or just go to Mint and Cinnamon like I did)
And you are right it is Windows 8 best feature. There is not thing like typing 'control panel' on the desktop and it not working, so changing to the metro and typing 'control panel' and have it take you back to the desktop to get it to load control Panel. Sadly I liked it so much I went back to Windows 7, (Actually not due to searching, but because of licensing and the god awful metro and constant left and right scrolling)
Ahhhh, of course, makes sense.
Cheers for pointing out the obvious flaw in my understanding.
So it contains a Micro USB drive of around 8, 16, 32GB etc, AND can also allow you to plug in another USB drive?
So I could buy the 64GB one of these AND then plug in a normal USB pen drive? (upto another 64GB?)
Otherwise what is the slot for on the outer edge?
If you can it removes me having to carry an annoying adaptor cable for USB pen drives to plug into my phone.
I wouldn't touch it with YOUR bargepole. No offence, but I am not evening considering using mine on it.
Microsoft and other cloud storage companies don't understand real world situations. (ignoring PRISM and Snowdon and the NSA for a moment)
The DPA and safe harbour are a joke and yet companies must obey them, so having all your data in someone elses hands and in a place you can't control and don't trust is not legal. So all this talk of clouds and azure and rubbish MS infrastructure is pie in the sky for most businesses.
Never mind that 1000 people suddenly trying to use a web interface in the UK when BT and virgin can't give 100% uptime means you are relying on your 100/1000 network being massively crushed (not just throttled) when you get to the pavement interface.
You can't run a company like that. A decent company has control of its data, and so MS miss the point yet again.
The problem with Win8 is they did all this and didn't consider what people actually do, merely what MS think they should be doing. Which is working, on a machine, at their desk, on a legacy app, that was developed or paid for to be as the customer wants. (not shiny, not fancy, not via a the app store and certainly not as MS demand.)
Not as MS believe us all to be doing, playing apps, or surfing the web or arguing with touch screens and horrible interfaces.
Until MS realise they are not targeting the right people, the workers, then they won't get the take up they need. Afterall IT bosses and Directors decide what a company spends money on, not some sad teenager that wants angry birds on a surface tablet.
We took fifteen minutes to turn our backs on Windows 8 from a works point of view, because we don't have 3 million pounds spare for development costs and because we can't afford to replace 1000 monitors for touch screen.
A single player game is a must for some people, some people just couldn't give a rats ass about the obscene stupidity, moronic nut jobs, swearing, bunny hopping, dolphin diving and general data hacking scum bags that frequent the forums and servers out there.
Some people hate having to open up fourteen ports and argue with ping because NAT and firewalls sit in the way, but poor game development and none existent QA haven't considered someone might not be a full time IT consultant to troubleshoot for them.
Never mind the fact you have to have permanent internet (Sadly lacking in some areas because virgin or BT are shite)
Of course since EA really are a data rape organisation and openly told you that they would be on their old EULA (mobile phone numbers, xbox profiles and PC details) the new one just says they will sell all your data to a group of select companies but that company changes and the way to find out when it changes is to go to a website on their EULA, they won't and don't tell you. Is it really worth it for everyone to have to sell everything online just to play a game?
Call of duty is regularly played online with the volume off because of the just abuse people scream obscenities at eachother or worse, play really crappy US R&B music. That is when I played Cod MW 3, the new COD Ghosts is Nintendo Gameboy level graphics.
I like a game to entertain, not be an uphill struggle because of scum bags who don't have a job to go to in the day.
If online is the only thing then I don't even look at it. So thanks for the review, I know to ignore and move on from Titanfall.
Shame as it had a nice advert.
"Meanwhile, it would seem that BT is fighting to wrest the title of "SuperFail" from Virgin Media – which was previously regularly appearing in these pages in connection with its router woes."
Given the Super Hub 2 is a steaming piling of donkey poo, it won't be long before they reclaim the crown.
Moving house after 5 years poor service. (One call centre staff member thought I was odd to want to keep my email address after migrating to take over payment from the wife. I mean, why would I not want to lose complete contact with everyone I know just because I decide to start paying the bill.)
Phone call, 40 minutes on hold to arrange being a new customer, engineer booked.
Day of engineer nothing happened.
Phoned them up and I quote. "Sorry, you were raised as a new customer with a new account but no product was assigned to you. So no engineer was booked to visit."
I would like to know why you would be a BT customer with no actual product, in what instance would that be possible???
Now with Virgin (Who are not much better)
"There is nothing on your Lumia..." (of value anyway)
Come on... That was a gimme... Someone needed to say it. :)
Anyway my coats the one with the shop 'bought outright' phone that has nothing to do with a carrier.
Google will only put in a 'tick here to remember' it, lets face it in a few weeks people will complain about having to retype it all the flipping time.
Just ban in app purchases. Flat fee from the start and be done with this cancerous spread of apps where you only get a very slow or crippled game unless you cough up.
Might then smack developers into actually publishing decent games from the start and not just trying to ride a cheap and rather insulting gravy train.
You don't want the super hub 2, their support forums are filled with errors and messages about how crap they are.
I am 5 out of 35 days with no internet at all and with failed engineer visits and an indian call centre shocked I can't be around all day in case one decides to turn up I researched myself to prove the super hub 2 was pants. Their help being to reboot (which I can manage myself thanks)
2 x Daily reboots, web front end crashing, resetting values, losing signal, not coming back after a reboot etc.
So I turned it to modem only and bought a proper router that had good reviews from proper tech websites.
Voila. No more problems and haven't had any for 2 weeks of 24/7 up time..
Be happy you don't have the super hub 2.
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.
... 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.
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.
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.
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.