Re: first tablet?
Don't forget GO and it's Pen OS.
Very promising, which is why MS stomped on it.
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Don't forget GO and it's Pen OS.
Very promising, which is why MS stomped on it.
And appalled! Especially at the caption photo and its gross innuendo.
What is this? Viz magazine?
Keep up the good work!
The guy's painting is crap
In one visit to Japan we bought an alarm clock in the shape of a bear standing to attention wearing baseball kit.
Sure enough - you're probably way ahead of me here - while peacefully asleep in the hotel room we were rudely awakened at 3 a.m. precisely by the little fucker right on cue shouting "Go! Go Go!" .... "Go! Go! Go!" complete with faux crowd noises ..... Of course as a new purchase that day it took a while to realise what was making the din, and another while to find the box, and open it, and to figure how to silence the f******
.. those articulated delivery lorries - parcels only - with triangular-shaped cabs, apex at the front. Triangular because there was one wheel at the tip, two at the back. Turning circle delightfully minuscule back at the sorting office.
We're these electric or is my memory playing tricks?
Those pointy-nose cabs were particularly welcome just before Christmas for obvious reasons.
"and when the land required for farming is overtaken by the invading displaced millions-strong migrant hordes, what do the farmers do then?"
Same as ever. Employ them.
"and where does the water come from to feed your technologically enhanced farms? Consider California, one of the most important of the USAs food producing areas. Two years away from the aquifers going dry. Then what?"
Same as ever. Steal it.
Kill all the fish. Great!
Smoked salmon I will miss.
Kippers I won't.
Dare I say that IBM had to be ethical in its marketing?
The OS/2 maestri at IBM were pushed aside by IBM Personal Computer sales reps who wanted to sell boxen and were blackmailed by MS in the same way they targeted WordPerfect by threatening to keep secret DLL's which were critical to the OEM. That risked giving Compaq an insurmountable head start over IBM PC division.
What choice did they have? It would have cost IBM an absolute bleeding fortune to market and scrape their way back in, it might have failed, and as a senior IBM executive said at the time OS/2 was just "one of [their] operating systems". Big metal was where they were back then.
And only 16,000 movies reviewed in Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide 2015.
Oh. He doesn't do XXX movies.
Why does every petty American official have to talk so grand, as if he/she is running for fucking President? Who the hell is listening to such drivel?
And why does anything which smells foreign suggest an attack on all good clean values of the pure US of A and all right-thinking upright citizens of the Leader of the Free World?
Where I live (mind your own business) will be the same as for most people here. Everyone in the street, in shops, on the bus etc is staring at his phone. Even when at their desks and online with an MS OS their phones are still picking up emails, notifications etc. So the numbers for Android and iOS are complete balls.
He obviously (from the photo) knew how to shoot.
Would there even have been a second shot or would they all by then have been floating down to earth at 32 feet p.s.p.s?
(Necessary Sean Connery quote: "That's a Smith and Wesson.... " blah blah blah)
Less than 1M users? But each one paying 25 or even 12 bucks PER MONTH is still a sh**load of money.
I'll consider an up vote if you repeat your post in real world conditions using swear words
The gushing assessment falls, in my book, in the category of "doing the job you were hired for". So why the enhanced bonus?
Oh. It's Microsoft. Everything is done for PR. Send the message at all times that everything is going really great and sod the reality.
You'll notice MS's persistent use of different buzzwords and phrases from time to time according to what their market psychologists tell them. With Steve B it was "say the word 'innovate' at every opportunity, even if it's out of context".
Now it's "get things done" in every public statement.
What a load of bollocks. A book may change hands or get read dozens of times - anyone can buy books online which are "pre-read" - anyone heard of abebooks for example? and the author never sees a penny after the first sale. Never mind the thousands of books which never go out of the library.
Thank God out-of-print and out-of-copyright books - some of them quite magnificent components of and contributions to yuman kulcha - are being made available. Publishers are businesses and could not be arsed to do print runs of a few thousand - there is a known limit to how many universities for example are going to spring a large amount for this tome or that regardless of how immensely valuable it is in the cultural sense. No need even to wonder about it.
Different but related point but who knows - one day the Vatican may even open up the many miles of shelves it maintains of books banned over the centuries.
Bloody hell! I thought I'd heard the last of that bastard at Chemistry O-Level donkeys years ago.
for today's sample of the bleeding obvious hiding behind shambolic MarketResearchSpeak.
Is that what we may now expect from the head of a renowned company with impeccable provenance? Not only obnoxious but I have known interns who could write a more perceptive rally-the-troops memo than this.
Hats off to Apple for championing uncensored news over the state-filtered version, even at some risk to their penetration of the Chinese market in certain respects.
China has been doing this for years, starting with Satellite TV transmissions.
I was sat in a China hotel room some years ago watching the BBC news when a background piece mentioned Tiananmen 1989. Within 2 seconds the screen went blank. It came back after an interval sufficient to see a change of subject.
Whole bunch of key words and topics will trigger the off switch. Just guessing but presumably Taiwan (once upon a time). Tibet in certain contexts hence Dalai Lama. Falun Gong, etc.
Well done to the old biddy. Even if she cannot do much else at least her gnashers are working, or rather her lower jaw.
Recently I had to tell a client to ask his mother to sign a document. She is 105 and managed a signature after practising a few times.
Crikey! Before I came off the grog I was half that age and there were times on most days I could not have signed my name.
Oops. Would have up voted but the language is a tad emotional. Maybe it's one of those programmes that does that to you. For my money the real Doctor is William Hartnell. All the others are pretenders. The right style, and the only bloke back then with shoulder length hair.
First time I see a post mentioning both Captain Scarlet and Stingray but more to the point you reminded me why I never watch TV these days*. 99 percent has been done before - old episodes of Kojak, Bonanza, Pathfinders in Space, Get Smart etc etc. But then 99 percent could probably be found in Aesop and Homer. That's why Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings is for Millennials and proto-Millenials whereas I cannot watch such stuff without feeling I've seen it all before.
*although I did enjoy Fargo.
I may be going out on a limb here but if Apple - or anyone else for that matter - re-cycled the original form factor every year I would be as happy as a sandboy. Remember Apple hit the absolute sweet spot with that design : comfortably weighty, smooth edges and corners, glossy frame, not too big, not too small and so on. Memories are short but I would say the physical difference between the first iPhone and its clunky predecessors accounts for at least half the enthusiasm for its take-up and the smartphone era had truly arrived.
FWIW mine is still working, although I dropped it too many times so the mike is unpredictable. I just plug it into the car's hi-fi.
Correct. An obvious lawyer's trick :
Note: "we do not scan your emails IN ORDER TO..... " which means they scan your emails for any other reason. Except this is Microsoftspeak so they mean they do not scan emails EXCLUSIVELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF delivering targeted emails. This is just a happy consequence of grabbing all that personal(ised) data.
Don't forget we all love Big Brother eventually.
Having been given a DVD set of Spooks it lies on the shelf, episode 1 half-watched. Implausible and superficial. To respond to the remarks of an earlier poster, The Wire was just as bad, for different reasons. Cops and crooks were so clean, well coiffured and tidy. No loose threads. No missing buttons. The 5-o'clock shadows so orderly. And their motors - spick and span. No scratches and no mud.
Having at one time practised criminal law (yes - I am no longer a criminal lawyer!) I can tell you that engaging with the nether parts of society is dingy, smelly and cloying.
Find on YouTube Conrad Black's tirade against the U.S. criminal justice system during his interview by Paxman. I take it that C.B. had done his homework, which was that legally represented or not the system is heavily weighted against any Defendant. If what he said about the statistical chance of an acquittal is true - very, very scary. Conversely it could be argued that this results from good police work and competent prosecutors, but he pretty much demolished that as a fallback. Of course he had an axe to grind but again if what he said is true ....
Sheesh ... Next time I buy something from an illegal street vendor I know I can dob him into the nearest U.S. Consulate.
Right. Not at all.
Skype for Business Ok : correct me as a non-user but this generates or supports revenue but the rest of Skype does not? And is their a reason why the one fell over and the other did not?
(Innocent and wide-eyed butter-wouldn't-melt enquiring gaze.....)
Not just you.
But be grateful El Reg is not asking punters for personalised stories, "email us if you were there", and "tell us how gutted you were so our readers can empathise and experience by proxy because we do not have any reporters there and even if we did their editorials are pathetic" a la Auntie Beeb.
I stand corrected.
putting myself in a global minority of 6 : Gawd save us from aging self-indulgent pop musicians. Especially those riding on a mess of songs masquerading as a (late) 1970's re-working of Tommy, with bits of Primal Therapy a la Lennon from 10 years earlier, a theme song ripping off Lionel Bart's "Food, Glorious Food" from 20 years earlier and We'll Meet Again sentimentality from 40 years earlier.
But then this is the man/band whose riff from Money was basically a re-working - playing it backwards as a starting point - of the riff from the original Money, the Beatles staple (they did not write it), put in the charts by Bern Elliott and the Fenmen again 10 years or thereabouts before Floyd's version.
Nothing new under the sun. When John Barry wrote the James Bond Theme he must have had the theme from Bonanza playing in his head.
No he was not but he was not resting either, being subject to medieval treatment from a few of da brutha's with blow torches, but the metaphor holds I guess.
Thanks for the correction. Upward thumb (and I mean that in the NICEST possible way) to your good self and to HMHB.
One of John Peel's favourite bands.
The story goes they turned down being transported by helicopter to make an appearance on TV because Tranmere Rovers were playing that evening. That's unbeatable class.
.. who gave never heard of Patti Smith.
Blimey - runs like greased lightning.
From bootup to Firefox around 2 minutes.
Posting with it now.
OK I won't say OS/2 never choked but I ran it for years at a time without a reboot. Admittedly just for mainstream (non-accounting) office uses. For that, especially running Wordperfect for DOS 6.2 ("Hello 2015 this is the 1980's calling") it is still the most efficient and user-friendly OS I have ever used.
I shan't go on - I'll go on - It also had the best Fax program and MP3 player.
Lots of one's comrades will say the Lotus Smartsuite was crap. It wasn't. It was just different. Oh alright it was crap, but why use a package when you can pick and choose individual components which are better?
P.S. Open/Libre Office began life as Star Office - for OS/2
Do not mix. The way a lawyer thinks is entirely different from and incompatible with business decision-making. I AM a lawyer but have been fortunate enough to witness the pure businessman in action umpteen times and he was always the smart one.
For example invariably compromising instead of wasting time, money and other resources fighting. Fix Problem A at minimum cost and move on to make the next dollar. Overall a winning strategy.
Definitely do not fight for the sake of fighting, which is what lawyers are genetically predisposed to do whether it is a court battle or negotiating a deal or a document.
Lawyer as President is ok as long as he is ring-fenced and not permitted a disproportionate influence over strategic decisions.
I am appalled at this horribly anti-feminist use of puerile schoolboy prurience, gender-targeted innuendo and pre-occupation with the female form.
Keep up the good work!
In many many cases like this the IP owner does necessarily even know about it. The party making the demand is just a spiv / wide boy / carpetbagger trying it on. They probably send out hundreds even thousands of such letters. Even a small percentage of the addressees may just pay up meekly so the spiv wins.
There are lots of similar such scams. It used to be in Blighty in the days of paper-based accounting you could send an invoice to a big company and in some cases they would just pay it - the overhead required to check every payment of 30 bob not being worth it.
Or so I am told.
Cf. Christopher Cockerell
As a pimply-faced yoof I listened to Jon Lord/Deep Purple Concerto for Group and Orchestra on a record player (remember those?) from Woollies that cost less than 15 quid. Today I listen from a CD or HD Audio . Can I hear better i.e. more clearly? I guess so. Up to a point. Can I hear more or anything new? No.
Message to all acoustic engineers: We listen with our brains, not with our ears.
Sly nod there to Bill Murray. Thanks!
Nope. They fed our addiction to tea. We fed their addiction to opium. Called free trade.
And how dare they - a creaking, 5,000-year old civilisation - refuse to embrace materialistic Western-style war-mongering capitalism and Christianity. Fools!
Absurd to think that the lady was familiar with even the tiniest fraction of emails which went through her (2 or more) email addresses which during her tenure ran into the many tens of thousands.
Either that or how did she ever get any work done?
I'd be surprised if she even knew what was on the thumb drive, never mind how it got there.
A different issue but I would be more concerned that 4 million Americans qualify for Top Secret security clearance, and what precisely they are all doing. Now that is scary.
... loves right angles and only right angles.
Does anyone know why when joining 2 pipes a few inches apart it needs a whole series of components of different lengths going through one 90 degree turn after another with a commensurate number and quantity of washers, nuts, waterproofing tape (whatever that thin white stuff is called) and of course an exponential increase in the risk of leaks?
Come to think of it the automotive industry solved this problem more than 100 years ago with rubber tubing and spring steel clips*. Does a cistern which is never going to carry boiling hot water travelling at 100 mph need something more durable?
*Not forgetting Ellerman's Oil for those who stick their head under the bonnet occasionally.
Is that or is that not called the bleeding obvious?
Analysts get paid for this, and journalists get paid for repeating such tripe?
So share prices do not tend towards infinity? Bugger!