1815 posts • joined 19 Dec 2010
This isn't new...
Those Linux CLI tools have existed for years now. Maybe it wasn't official back then but the Amazon site did mention their existence and where to get them (not GIT, that I'm quite sure off).
So I don't quite understand how this is all of a sudden news ?
"Failed for the reason we'd expect from communist state: its officials don't understand free market economics."
I think you're missing some of the global picture here. If this were true then how come that China is one of the largest fund suppliers for the US? When looking at the US national debt you'll notice that China sits very high on that list, and quite frankly I don't believe that China has supplied those funds and bonds simply from the bottom of their hearts.
Personally I think they understand all too well how Western economics works and are very carefully exploiting it to some extend. After all, money is power, that's the way it goes over here. And amazingly enough; it seems a lot of that is also sitting with the Chinese.
I don't think this issue is as black and white as you portrait it.
Allowing 3rd parties to monitor bandwith only brings you one step closer to monitoring contents.
IMO this shouldn't be something the government is to be involved with. If consumers feel they're paying too much for their ISP's services then what's stopping them from going to another ?
"Would I trust my important work to something written by Microsoft?"
I don't see why not, just do make sure its not a v1.0 product, otherwise chances are high you'll end up screwed.
That movie always reminds me... If MS (or Ballmer for that matter) should uberly fail at one time he can always consider a carreer as a manager for a "professional" wrestler ;-)
I can see him now on Raw or Smackdown :P
Well, no ;-)
"If someone emails you a .ppt slideshow titled Will the world end in 2012?, give it a wide berth unless the world really does end today and you're feeling wild.".
Well, with all due respect El Reg but should the world does end (which I kinda doubt) then I can think of a whole lot more wild things to do then opening a Microsoft PowerPoint file...
But each to his own ;-)
Its easy to mock this, criticize this, etc. It gets a bit silly (IMO) if you don't know the 'other' side of the story.
For all we know he's checking the whole thing out as an evaluation of the mentioned ban. I dunno, it sure wouldn't surprise me tbh.
I'm getting a little tired of this continuous "evil country" kind of thing; Iran, China, etc. All "evil". And only because we don't agree with the way they run their country just like they don't agree with our view of the world. I thought that we were the civilized side though; the ones who could reason like "live and let live".
When it comes to evil or not I think the population to be the only party capable to address that issue. So far a lot of Iranian people I came across with (in the good old days on CeBIT for example; when it was much bigger than it was now) they wouldn't dream of defecting and not ever going back to Iran.
Also a one-sided story, sure, but if the population /really/ set their minds on something they can enforce a change. Look at Egypt (though the results may not be what people expected), or look at former Eastern Germany.
So instead of approaching this move with lots of disdain and mockery, why not simply try to be positive and agree that we don't agree.
Funny guys those Romans, errrr, Americans....
Most likely you guys are using ttf fonts ?
I was trying MS Expression Design and also noticed everything simply worked, then fired up Gimp and even there everything works (though I don't like the way the Gimp requires you to type the name o/t font first) then I checked my font library.
'tis all ttf (true type; ttf) which is different from the mentioned fonts like opentype (otf), and the mentioned postscript type (pfb).
Encryption is one option, but I think the most obvious one is getting on a network which fully hides your hostmasks. It doesn't fully say but if I read the article right they didn't even have this kind of protection, which would be kind of amateurish when right.
Totally offtopic but considering how you Reg folks don't post that often...
Just wanted to say that the badge system implementation looks more impressive to me. I know plenty of web forums where the staff always gets the full load of "achievements" because well, they're the staff.
So seeing a bronze badge behind your name tells me that you guys like to play by the same rules you laid out, which IMO is recommendable. Just saying.
And now back to our regular program...
"Please warn me when Microsoft will be able to distribute a fix in less than 24 hours"
The DigiNotar incident for example? Where a CA, actively used by our Dutch government no less, was discovered to be overrun by kiddies and their root certificates completely overrun. All thanks to high tech security such as outdated virus scanners (when any were present) and unsupported OS's. Yeah, our government are zmartz pplz when it comes to IT "zecurity".
Microsoft was ready to revoke the certs ASAP, it would have been pretty near 24Hr response. But only to be thwarted by our government to delay the update for 1 - 2 weeks because those idiots feared that their websites might otherwise stop working.
<sneer>Who cares about the population now at risk of running into legit looking fraud sites? Not our Dutch government; no, its their sites which are much more important </sneer>
@2nd AC :-)
You're right about the frequency being usually the same as the one on the grid. However... Did you know that I have several electrical appliances which I can use both in Europe as well in the US ?
Honestly; its not as dramatic as you make it. Most certainly not a totally impossible scenario.
In fact; this could easily be another interesting excuse for a court: "But I use EU appliances from a friend...".
Its even easier than Audacity
This is so dumb its not even funny.
"No your honour, I used this sound recorder optimized for voice dictation. I don't know why the police claims its false; all I did was click this "band filter" * switch here to get a better quality...".
* Every decent audio recorder which also provides support for better voice recordings knows a simple filtering technique such as "band pass filtering". Without going into too much detail this kind of filter picks up a specific range of the audio spectrum and, well, filters everything else out. My 'fail' comes from the mere fact that Its quite common to use band pass; so basically meaning filtering out low frequencies to get rid of unwanted noise, and filter out high frequencies to get rid of unwanted hisses and such. All at the same time.
In general the human voice sits between 80Hz and 1.2kHz (roughly). So a bandpass of, say, 150Hz to 2.5kHz wouldn't be an exception.
Happy rumble hunting!
For me the annoyance (dislike) is caused because it takes much more time and effort to do the things I want (and need) than it takes me on Win7.
I'm an admin and thus often need to check up on servers and stuff. Mostly Linux (webmin / PuTTY) but also several Windows servers. So, lets start the day lazy and check any incoming eventlogs using MMC instead of PowerShell (typing). I click start, hover over to 'Management tools' (or close enough, I'm on a Dutch version of Windows) and there I find the event logs. Now I right click and use "Run as administrator". I need to because I'm logged on as a regular user, otherwise I won't be able to access the Security logs.
Guess what? You can't do this so easily from within the Win8 void. Not without polluting your desktop.
So now I've had my coffee, I checked the stuff and need to write my weekly report on performed server updates. I click start, I hover over Word, wait for my jumplist to appear and at the top sits a pinned template: "xxxx server reports". I click it and I immediately get a new document setup by my template.
Can't do that within the void, you need desktop taskbar pollution to pull this off.
Last week I've done more with remote server management (RDP), setting up an automatically updating Excel sheet on server statistics /and/ brushing up some (minor) logo's with Gimp. As a result Excel, Gimp & Remote desktop connection sit in my "often used programs" list. Next week I'll be doing more document writing, bookkeeping and doing some hobby-based program design in C#. SO by that time you can be sure that "Minipak", "VS Express C#" and "Visual Paradigm for UML" will have replaced the previous three options (maybe apart from remote desktop connection).
You don't get this kind of automated control within Win8. If you want to have your environment adapt to the way you work you'll just have to manually add and remove tiles from the void, or do some daily or weekly icon maintenance on your desktop.
Why would I bother with all the extra hassle when Windows 7 does it all out of the box ?
Probably needless to say but I don't use a touch screen nor do I have any desire to get one for my desktop environment. Another reason why I don't see any advantages.
Got pleasantly surprised...
I've been using Outlook for most of the past year (both business / consumer usage) and I have to say that my opinion on the many features which I used to deem "useless for what I do" has changed dramatically over the past months. Needless to say that the business aspect is a big part of this; saving time is a good thing for me.
I've become somewhat of an in-between type of guy. I collect a fair amount of e-mails but Outlook makes sure that the e-mail piles don't get too big.
But I've become pleased with the option to tag messages. Basically all incoming messages get tagged (categorized) except mails from sources from which I receive less interesting stuff. Newsletters, updates, some mailinglists, etc. Those are kept for approx. 3 - 4 months then get automatically removed. The nice thing is that this happens while those messages basically sit in my main inbox; I don't have to specifically separate them or so nor do I have to worry about other stuff getting removed too (which happens if you remove based on date).
But what I consider to be nice is that you can mix your archiving or cleaning strategies. Other folders (think logwatch or software update messages) simply get purged after a few months. While others get automatically archived, sometimes also based on a category but usually based on their timestamp (meaning: their messages get copied to a somewhat static PST file).
So while I have to wade through quite a large amount of e-mails it doesn't grow over my head.
Needless to say; setting the whole scheme up took its time of course, but now that things are working as they should the whole thing actually manages to save me time & disk- / mailbox space.
Unfortunately it doesn't only fix stuff...
Together with the patches they also rolled out their Windows Management Framework, also known as PowerShell 3.0, for Windows 7.
That by itself is of course good news; a new version of PowerShell can be quite useful since it introduces several new features and makes other aspects easier to use, also for new users.
UNFORTUNATELY.... PowerShell is like Unix in some way; you really need the manual or help section around to use as quick reference. 2.0 did a pretty good job IMO because a default help screen gives you a good information overview while commandline parameters allow you to get everything (-Detailed) or simply a bunch of examples (-Examples).
PowerShell 3 otoh now introduces localized help screens. So; say you're on a Dutch version of Windows, then your "UICulture" will be set to "nl-NL", thus making PowerShell look for the help section in the "nl-NL" directory (found in the PowerShell system directory).
Just too bad there there currently is no such thing as a localized Dutch help section. And to make matters worse; PowerShell also does not provide any features what so ever to tell its help system (the "Get-Help" cmdlet) not to look in "nl-NL" but use the default (and in my case preferred) en-US instead.
So the only way to overcome this is either manually copying your help stuff from one locale directory into the other, or device a work around (script) which temporarily hacks your UICulture settings (which is kinda flakey).
Everything seems to be going to pieces with Windows as of late, totally unsatisfying. And PowerShell used to be so good.... :-(
"You lack imagination and an understanding of how to make technology work for you instead of simply doing whatever the most recent whitepaper you read tells you to do."
Nah... When it comes to business use, which is what wombat was aiming at IMO, its not an issue of imagination and/or understanding. Its about time. Time = Money. If people can get $stuff done in 3 hours using Microsoft products (no matter the reasoning behind it) then that'll be preferred over $other_technology.
Then, with more mature businesses, people will also look at continuity. Though not always. A quick solution is preferred; but it also needs to continue working for a good amount of time (usually).
So if $stuff can be done by introducing $other_technology yet only a select few within the company understand $other_technology it can quickly become a serious liability. Because; what'll happen if said select few for whatever reason are suddenly no longer available?
There's much more to this topic than mere understanding and the will to do stuff.
Guess I should also mention that I also got my smartphone this year ;-)
Even so; never on an ad. One time on a product in the super market, and a few times on a Windows Phone website to quickly navigate to an applications download page (initiate the download in your browser (while logged on), and find the results on your phone, pretty neat IMO).
However, I got my phone around March, this only lasted until... No longer than August. I didn't scan any QR code since then.
Well, I'm in between. I don't agree with his statements about how bad Windows is but I still think Stallman is the kind of guy we really need.
I guess this is very hard for some people to grasp but I can actually respect a guys opinion and statements even if I don't fully agree with them. In this case especially since I wholeheartedly agree with a lot of other statements he's made.Take the rfid and radiation stuff.... Some people think he's going "cookoo" there but I think he has a HUGE point yet the people just won't see it.
No, Stallman is not entertaining. He's stirring the pot and that is exactly what we need right now. Sometimes you need to get someone to enforce you to come to your senses.
You like Windows? You like the way it all works; guess what: its not all that perfect as it seems to be. There are major issues. AHA; you like Linux? You like free and open source? Guess what: even THERE we have major issues rising. Its not the true savior perse.
And THAT is IMO why we need guys like Stallman.
(in case some nutjobs didn't notice: Ubuntu really is still Linux).
Windows user.. Because, well, in day to say work I am... All my servers which matter are Linux though, but.. oh well :)
"it was Windows explorer who rushed to connect to Microsoft as soon as you were searching for files."
And is there any more proof than "he said so" ?
I searched Google and Bing for this because I'm honestly a bit baffled considering how Microsoft has covered these "phone home" options in every detail possible with their Windows Phone & Windows 8 platform (you need to consent before...).
But; I can't find anything.... Any URL or something which backs this whole thing up?
Because, with all due respect, but one single guy saying isn't quite enough for me.
"This is just like the first surveillance practice I learned about in Windows," Stallman says, recalling how a friend first noticed the Microsoft OS phoning home with search queries.
And what search queries would that be? Because if we're talking about that Windows desktop search application (which I never kept around) then the phone home aspect should hardly be a surprise considering this was mentioned just about everywhere in its (sparse) documentation.
Or are we talking about search queries which people do within the file explorer, which seems kinda odd to me?
I see you don't quite approach this from a business angle but merely comment as an individual. I say this because I do represent a (small) business and well... Your arguments are flawed, even though I actually agree with some of them. The problem however is the combination of them:
#1 Security - lower vulnerability counts, with fewer days at risk and fewer critical vulnerabilties that are on average fixed faster than any competing OS. Full support for secure boot.
However, when working with a server version which is still being supported and maintained, how would this be an argument for upgrading? Its like saying that the current servers are no good when it comes to security, and when looking at Server 2008 I really beg to differ. And its not as if patches for Server 2012 will be released any faster than 2008 or say 2003.
#2 TCO - lower cost of support / ownership in an enterprise compared to competing OSs for the vast majority of uses.
This I could actually agree with, to a certain extend. However, it has a small flaw in its reasoning; for the best performance you're better of not merely grabbing a Server 2012 version; you'd also be looking at a client OS upgrade. Not saying that Server 2012 can't cope with older clients like XP, Win 7 and so, but its not optimal.
And upgrading a whole park really puts dents in your TCO picture. Another very important TCO aspect is durability and reliability; you can't claim that Server 2012 has proven itself on these parts; it didn't. Couldn't have because its quite new.
Server 2003 and 2008 otoh. are server environments which have been out in the open for quite a while and really earned their marks (IMO). I can easily argue that $company could be better off upgrading from 2003 to 2008 because I have a very good idea what both can and cannot do. But with 2012 all you can do is follow doctrine; and that's not good enough.
#3 Functionality - The market leader in many respects.
"Results obtained in the past are no guarantee for the future.".
#4 Performance - Significantly outperforms other platforms in common uses - e.,g. worlds fastest fileserver.
Yet if you're not so much into the whole virtualization then the performance aspect can easily start to work against you, considering how this server version is fully aimed at supporting virtual instances.
Best tool for the job applies here, and although 2012 is a good product its simply not better than the previous versions by definition. I can come up with plenty of scenario's where a 2008 or maybe even 2003 server would be much better suited.
Would that be Word 2010 or Word 2012 ?
I know the latest Office isn't available through public channels yet but it is already out there, so I wouldn't be surprised to see such patches pop up as well.
Office 365 isn't free but....
Its also fair to say that when you have a mere Microsoft ID (former hotmail / msn id) then you also get free access to their office web applications. Which include Word, Excel and OneNote. Also keep in mind that MS doesn't quite care if you represent an individual or a business.
Although I have no idea how these MS apps. fare in comparison to the Google variants I do think MS has one major advantage; the rather seemingless integration with Office 2010. I can open a Word document using the web apps. and if I want to can open Word (desktop version) straight from within the web app.
Just like I can save documents straight to my online storage (SkyDrive) from within my desktop applications.
Quite frankly I think this should be able to suit any small sized company. Although 365 provides more integration for multiple users, the applications themselves don't differ from the free variants. Either that or I totally missed it. The only thing you don't get for free is Outlook as a web app. Well, when compared to the desktop version its quite lacking anyway, so IMO no real loss there either.
MS seems to lack vision here...
When I read articles about a WP8 device you get all sorts of cool stories on "cool features" such as a larger screen, a wallet hub, NFC (communications & electronic payments) and of course VoIP through use of Skype.
It all sounds very nice, but being both a consumer and business user I'm kind of missing out on business like features. You know; I setup a task (todo) on my Windows Phone and can expect it to pop up in Outlook 2010 after both have synced with Hotmail ('outlook.com'). That feature is lacking.
Or what about the option that whenever I put any kind of Word document (which I made in Word 2010) on my SkyDrive I can actually edit it using my Windows Phone? That isn't fully supported as of yet; as soon as you use some specific Word features (like an index page for example) then you won't be able to edit it any longer on your Windows Phone.
Or what about being able to access password protected OneNote sections on both the Windows phone as well as the Office web applications? Can't be done as of yet; not even with the "new and enhanced" WP8 environment.
Sure; the geek and consumer in me likes the idea of playing with stuff such as NFC and such. But even though I consider it quite intriguing I don't consider it worth the hefty price of an upgrade. Because basically all you get is more of the same, there are some enhancements but not where it really matters.
IMO MS should have thought about that as well. So instead of blindly focussing their attention on WP8 they should also have kept an eye open for all the "common" features which actually matter a lot to a lot of users.
Yet I can't help wonder...
What would happen if another multi billion competitor steps up with the request to buy all the rights to MariaDB for several thousands if not millions of dollars.
Would things go different this time?
It doesn't work...
My main gripe with so.cl when I first tried it was a huge amount of info pollution. Dunno if they fixed that in between, but it got me pretty annoyed.
I searched for some topic and all of a sudden people started tagging / adding totally unrelated stuff to those topics. And of course without any way for me, the 'owner' of said search, to do anything about it. Or so it seemed.
It was very confusing, and I didn't quite enjoy the ride. One thing was fun though; a quick chat with someone else about a certain programming topic. But alas; that's not why I'd use a "social restricted search machine".
I do wonder; if its now "open" then why can't anyone simply start a search without logging in ? You know; to see what this is all about.
What I fail to understand...
Is that most reviewers didn't spot a rather nasty bug in the game wrt. the somewhat lineair missions. When you accept a mission you need to get to the mission area. But if you happen to come across your opponents outside that area (or if you lure them there by sniping some of the cronies) then you're out of luck since your mission is almost certain likely to fail, even if you met all criteria (like stabbing your target): You were supposed to enter the mission area first and only /then/ start killing people.
Sorry, but that's such a major flaw that I can't believe no reviewer picked this up. I came across this only 3 - 4 hours in the game, and I'm not even a die hard gamer.
But apart from that; FC3 is a very cool and awesome shooter. I LOVE how you can run into all sorts of problems. Like, for example, you're ready to "storm" a base after doing remote scouting and all of a sudden find a huge tiger standing a few meters away from you. "uh oh". And by the time you killed it you can be sure that you alerted the entire base of your presence :-)
Awesome game, but a little bit too much hyped for my liking.
Well, in this case I think its an honest review; but you're right. There's always a catch. My take is simple; when you first play a game its easy to get overwhelmed; so much new stuff, so much beauty, so much diversity (in comparison to the previous version) and so you're left a little bit in awe.
Then you start working on your review because well; modern reviews need to get released as soon as possible. Not after the reviewer got, say, a week or so to really dive into the game and get a full impression of it. Gotta beat or at least keep up with the competition...
Its the main reason why I think a lot reviewers suck by definition; they review stuff as soon as its out, but then never take the time to pick it up again later and do, say, a "Game xxx revisited" to look at it once more but this time after a longer period. For example a month or two. Enough time to have also experienced the bad stuff.
But that's what user reviews are for; IMO they're always better than commercial funded ones,
And so El Reg costs me money ;)
I kinda forgot it was out and with the holiday season up so close I kinda figured what the heck. Thanks for the review; IMO it summed up the game pretty nicely. And I also like how some points are also picked up on other reviews while you lot also picked up some specifics..
The only thing I hope for is that this game doesn't fall into the "level up trap"; Assasins Creed Brotherhood is a very good example of that "flaw" (well, not really a flaw but....). In AC-B you need to destroy Borgia towers. But the fun part is that you can start doing that really soon in the game, at a point where some of the stronger enemies aren't yet introduced. I guess the designers meant for you to follow the tutorial (-like) missions, but if you started exploring instead you could unlock a lot of stuff. When I entered the first dungeon of the sons of Romulus I had already destroyed all but 3 or 4 Borgia towers.
And when the stronger enemies eventually appeared I had already massed a nice group of assassins to meet them :-)
But, can't wait to give this a spin tomorrow evening. I really liked FC2, even with the repetitive scenes, because of what it allowed you to do. And it seems they kept a lot of the good parts (charge in guns blazing or fight from the shadows) and added lots of better graphics and AI.
Re: Dont give a damn
I kept my PS3 and what do you know? At times it even manages to keep my gf entertained :-)
You seem to ignore the fact here that Facebook is not only used in the US but dozens of other countries around the world too. So solely comparing this to the situation of a single country, whether that's the US or any other, is simply misplaced.
"...for UFOs to land or something. Girlfriend has suggested that if that place exists, we go there on the 21st to watch the doomsdayers gather. This could be entertaining!"
Your gf is right. However, you can forget about gathering there because the local mayor is apparently not a doomsday thinker either and has already ordered that the village is to be closed during those days; surrounded by a cordon of police to keep all the rif raf out.
So I doubt it'll be worth the effort to go and look.
"But why then did they keep January 2013 onwards?"
Because it would cost them more programming hours to remove all that and still keep a working calendar ;)
No; I'm not a doomsday thinker.
Just admit it Reg...
You guys are just jealous that you don't have a huge collection of old awesomeness to boast with ;-)
Windows 8 can do this too?! ;-)
How in some of the other video's the Kuratas is driving through town and you see some people hardly taking notice to it. They almost seem to think "and there goes the weekly robot, good, now I can cross the street".
If only most webapps would have been written a lot better.. I'd rather have seen a global PHP SQL "layer" where the admin gets to chose the eventual backend which provides the database functionality than the specific per-engine support we have now.
Because then I would have replaced MySQL on all my webserver months ago, yet I can't.
Re: Behavioural Adverts?
+1 here as well.
Its truly amazing how fast the service provided by AdBlock updates. I recently got confronted with a company which had completely redesigned its website and as a result most of the contents got lost. As it turned out; AdBlock was blocking this.
So; after trying to determine what exactly was causing this (and failing) I prepared to send feedback. "Please wait while we're updating all subscriptions to make sure...". Page reload and wham. Working.
And I just updated no longer than a week ago ;-)
Actually that's not the problem...
I never put too much trust in a company, only the functionality of what they deliver and the agreement under which they operate. That's why I made sure that the phone as I got it met all my requirements, I would like more functionality but I don't need it.
Main point is: if Microsoft keeps this up they're never going to get a foothold in the mobile market. Ever. And that kinda bugs me at time because they have much more potential than this. Even if it sometimes blows up in their face during launch :-)
So basically a lot of bling and nothing else...
I'm not impressed, not in the very least.
Now, before I continue let it be very clear that I'm quite happy with my Omnia W and unlike some other WP7.5 owners on several Windows Phone fora I have no intention what so ever to suddenly get rid of my phone. IMO that's plain out stupid; when I picked it up I knew exactly what it could do, its current features are all I need so... Why bother ?
But that doesn't mean I'm not quite disappointed but most of all heavily under impressed with Microsoft on this front. If this is how they're trying to win the mobile market then they're doing a horrible job IMO. No; I'm not referring to this "update" which basically only consists of a lot of cosmetic changes, one I'm most likely going to skip entirely.
I'm referring to all the commotion with the introduction of Windows Phone 7 concerning the hardware; How Microsoft, in a certain way, lied to us. Well, not really lying of course but they sure gave out a lot of impressions which now turn out to be hardly as important as they claimed. Because when it came out Microsoft set very strict minimum requirements which any hardware should meet if its manufacturer wanted it to be a Windows Phone. Sure, I know all those requirements got adjusted in no time after, that's not the point.
The point being is that with their reputation on the Windows platform (buy Win7 in 2007, keep on using it until 2018 with continuous updates easily) they set a tone with all those requirements. Something which now turns out to be completely bollocks. Also the various statements on how they felt sorry about having to drop Windows Mobile completely, but now they would do better.
The way I see it WP7 is now basically dropped completely as well.
Why is it that Apple users can run later versions of their mobile OS on older hardware and Microsoft users cannot, even despite all those hardware requirements? It makes no sense. It would have made sense if Microsoft wouldn't have started getting so uptight over their precious minimum specifications.
Still... I would be pleasantly surprised if Microsoft would now provide a free developer unlock for WP7.5 users so that we can at least build our own software for it. But... I'm afraid that's most likely wishful thinking. After all; on the mobile market its money first, users second...
Re: It's still limping on
"Nope, my view's based on using Ableton as well as watching other use Pro Tools and Logic."
Without version numbers that means very little. Development on these environments (and many others) has seen some tremendous changes over the past years.
The real problem otoh
...is IMO the way the European patent system appears to be sliding down towards the "retarded" level at which the American patent system is currently sitting.
Ok, in this case I think its borderline for me. I can somewhat, with some difficulty, imagine how anyone would consider the next photo to pop in & pop out to be a specific feature. But patent worthy ?
I think its more surprising how fast Google catches up these days ;-)
Something to look forward to!
Now its these tidbits which makes El Reg stand out from the crowd such as, say, Slashdot. In my opinion of course.
Although I can fully understand the need to get people together and address topics such as "Windows 8 shipping" and all sorts of that stuff I always consider those boring. To me its just yet another bunch of people talking about yet another common topic.
As said; this is something I'm looking forward to because it IS important to have this in order (in some countries this is even demanded by law!). And the fact its a topic which, the article says itself, many people hardly seem to care about makes it all the more interesting for me.
Cool, can't wait!
(disclaimer: yes, obviously it helps to be self-employed and as such have different interests)
Once again the legacy continues
Never get a v1.0 from Microsoft, unless you're willing to be confronted with bugs and other nastyness.
This is merely the latest example.
I think you hit the nail on the head.
The official word on that feature is that it uses your online storage space to save your Win8 settings which will then be retrieved the moment you log onto another Win8 desktop. That will make sure you always get your own desktop. Storage space which conveniently sits outside your common SkyDrive and which, so far, seems totally inaccessible to you.
Something which I consider to be very dubious. I mean; if /my/ data gets stored online why am I not allowed to see what gets stored? Heck; why can't I *remove* my stuff ?
Convenient is it that the moment you want to use their store and all that you'll have to sign in with your Live (now "Microsoft ID"). And all of a sudden all your stuff ends up on some mysterious part of the Internet.
And if only they managed to do a good job here, not even that!
When I started to test Win8 I used a dynamic Naruto Shipuuden theme on the desktop. Quite cool because it really showed how I felt (the picture with Naruto standing behind a fence of barber wire while he cuts his hand holding one of the wires): Imprisoned and incapacitated.
Dynamic... so other pictures are there too.
So; when the Win8 official release hit TechNet I gave that a try too. And amazingly enough; my desktop had the same theme and the same background as when I used the commercial preview. Out of the box. Yet only 1. My dynamic background had now turned static.
And the void? Well, that remained as vague as ever.
I think something really stinks here, and it aren't my feet.
Don't forget the retailers
Some retailers (and a lot have absolutely no idea about IT) also bought in heavily because they simply followed the whole Microsoft doctrine.
Well, that and the opportunity to make a good profit; buy now, sell /much/ more expensive later....
The fact alone that Microsoft only looks at sales figures, no matter to whom they sold it to, says enough.
I smell deja-vu.
- iPad? More like iFAD: This is why Apple ran off to IBM
- +Analysis Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all
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