46 posts • joined Monday 16th May 2011 08:51 GMT
Re: 3 are great...
Fine around here.
The only place I've ever experienced any noticable signal issue is in Hatfield, Hertfordshire - where its near impossible to get a 3, EE (inc Orange / T-Mobile) or O2 signal, despite it being home to the head office of EE. Despite there being antennas very visible all over the crappy town, you cant get a signal.
Go down the road to St Albans and you get a full 5 bars throughout the town.
It's down to where you live. You cant outright declare that a network gives crap reception as its never a nation-wide thing.
If they're going through the effort of changing USB all over again, why not adopt a better sized port? One universal port across mobiles, desktops, laptops, etc.
I'm not talking about the current (flimsy as hell) MicroUSB, however it would be possible to get something the same size a lot more stable if its double sided (i.e like the lightning connector).
The USB standard is becoming a joke, whats the point in a standard if you cant stick to something? Change it this one last time, and change it for something that'll actually last. Not a flimsy, big, low power port that'll be useless in 5 years time.
Re: To paraphrase The Matrix
The problem they have is this:
Start again, or die.
It's that simple. The current management doesnt work - its well known that departments in MS flat out refuse to cooperate on anything. The only way things like this will change is to start a fresh.
Getting rid of Ballmer is a start, but not the 'fix'. They need to get rid of Gates, most if not all of the companies management, reshuffle the departments and get fresh blood into all the major areas.
Then create new departments focused on their own thing:
- Core OS department to maintain the NT based OS. This is then handed off to;
-- Windows Desktop Department who handle the traditional Windows OS, built on top of the Core OS
-- Server/Ent Department who handle the server versions and any other enterprise versions of Windows
-- Moble/NextGen department who work solely on the mobile OS - not Windows. A mobile OS.
So they end up with a very similar structure to Apple, which is proven and seems to work very well. The Core OS gets expanded upon by teams focusing on different areas.
At no point do the desktop and mobile teams collaborate - thats where you end up with shit like Windows 8 / Windows 8 RT.
It'll cost billions, but I dont see any other way the company can be fixed.
Re: Let's be honest here....
The plan was to reduce costs, and revive the star wars franchise. The reducing costs part is outsourcing game development. Its a smart move really, outsourced games generally tend to be better historically speaking (force unleashed series, internal, crap. Battlefront, external, decent).
Disney did a brilliant job with Marvell, there's no reason they wont with Lucas.
Re: Fucking Disney
Not so sure this one can be blamed on them. As someone already said, LucasArts had a round of layoffs recently before Disney purchased them. Plus you've got the fact that they havent made any real great games in years, with profitable titles few and far between. Having a whole studio just for a star wars game every 2-3 years isnt viable. It's way better to outsource it, and results in a better game due to the outsourced partner wanting to get repeat work.
Are they even making any money?
Or running the entire AWS business as a loss leader for something bigger down the line? Seems like a bloody long game they are playing if its the latter.
Not that I'm complaining. My entire 6 hourly server backups for last month only cost me $4.56.
Really? Is this the Daily Mail?
Seriously. This shit happens every day on twitter - do we really need to read about it here?!
Re: A success in the long run?
The reason 99% of the innovation is linked with Win 8 is because nobody has a choice. Nobody wants to be that one manufacturer using the older Windows 7 instead of the new 'hip' Windows 8.
Until someone big and important jumps to a custom platform, not a lot will change.
Re: As an MBP owner...
I own a rMBP but for 1 simple reason:
The MacPro didnt get a good update, I still needed to power 2 external displays. So the rMBP was my best option.
It's a decent machine. I wouldnt buy it just for the retina display however. It's nice...but not worth of its price tag.
I'd take the Apple hardware over Windows hardware any day.
Bought a 11" Air in 2011 for ~£800 (yay for student discount still working 5 years after I left uni!), got free 3 years applecare on it.
Sold it 4 months ago for £730.
If that had been a Dell/HP/whatever it'd be worth fuck all.
Plus you can stroll into an Applestore and get it fixed/replaced on the spot if something ever does go wrong.
Re: I'm sold
Add Helvetica and Comic Sans to that list.
Vista 2.0 then
Funny, the only success MS has had since Ballmer came to power was the XBox 360, and even then it wasnt him working on it. and was an evolution of the Xbox (which started development back in 1998).
So as it stands Balmer has:
- Released Win Vista - A flop
- Released Win 7 - Which is basically Vista, but fixed (Call it Vista 1.1.0)
- Released Win 8 - Which seems to be sexually confused...is it for Tablets or PC's, it seems they focused on tablets, then slapped pc support back into it at the last minute.
Why are people surprised?
We all know that Microsoft are wank when it comes to...well...ANYTHING.
"Here's our iPad killer....its just Windows on a tablet...that'll be $799 please"
Re: Oh no
Go down to your IT dept's office, and tell the 60 year old Windows network admin to take a lunch break. Whilst he's away, slap chrome on all the machines.
Failing that, report him to your boss for not doing his job.
ANY network admin that refuses to allow a modern browser deserves to be shot.
Re: Misleading as ever
Well in Google's own words to those 'corporates who stick with XP': Screw em'
Sorry but if large companies are too lazy and cheap to upgrade then screw them. Get with the program. If they dont like paying license fees to MS use a modified Linux distro with chrome on it.
Re: Just amazing
Re: buying a computer for £1k+ that wont be out of date in 2 years:
Pretty much any Apple Mac.
I'm deadly serious.
Buy a iMac or Mac Pro and in 3-4 years time it'll still run the latest OS just as fast. Plus you can sell it for around 70% of what you paid to get it new.
I bought a 24" White Intel iMac in 2007. I used it for iOS development right up to last year.
It cost me £1299 to buy new (+ applecare)
I sold it for £950 on eBay.
In the time I owned it it had a USB power hub failure and a hard drive failure - the USB power hub failure was replaced in 2009 with a brand spanking new logic board, free of charge.
The hard drive failure was 4 months after Applecare expired. They still fixed it for free, and actually put a 1tb drive in insead of the 500gb one it had before.
I'm not one to follow this 'fanboy' bullshit, but I cant deny that that machine was amazing, and the resale value was great - theres no way in hell I'd have got that much had it been a shitty Dell.
Surely you mean tinfoil...
Re: Google is special
Small world. I'm 2 minutes from Welwyn Garden City.
Other than the minor labeling issue, the Google ones are much better than OSM around here. Seems stupid to change to some crappy crowdsourced maps IMO.
Re: Re: Re: I don't think there's any "inciting and inducing" involved
I have to agree.
It's stupid. I 'know people' who go there to download american TV shows, those 'people' are going to buy the boxset, and watch it on UK tv but have to wait a year because of some stupid political crap.
So? The tracker contains no copyright info. In any case, they only use magnet links now.
TPB is legally doing nothing wrong. If I linked to 1000 movie downloads hosted elsewhere, I am doing nothing wrong. People are stupid and seem to think that torrent sites actually host the illegal content.
Take off that tinfoil hat, it doesn't suit you.
Chrome has ALWAYS had the ability to 'sync' bookmarks and tabs between your computers. I for example have it on both my laptop and desktop machines.
Its funny, they come out with things that help people, and some moron always finds a way of making it seem like the only reason they are doing this is to....steal your bookmarks. Grow up and get a life.
EBUYER ARE SCAMMERS
On their facebook page (facebook.com/ebuyer and click 'wall') they got all their staff to keep posting 'like' over and over again to bury all the bad publicity.
Here's proof (warning, its a big image - see the complaints at the bottom with all the spam at the top): http://f.cl.ly/items/0D3l1v40260L3y2j1N0A/Ebuyer%20Facebook.png.
They took peoples money, said that the items would be shipped despite saying they were out of stock, and then cancelled orders without offering a refund.
Scam scam scam.
GAPPS Requires a paid license, Google decides who gets it.
Its actually probably down to Google. The 'GAPPS' suite (i.e all Google Apps) ships as one. You cant get just Gmail, or just Maps...Google license them as all or nothing.
Given that Google also charge the hardware creator to license GAPPS, you may find this is the reason behind it. Why would Amazon want Google Marketplace (part of 'GAPPS') on the Fire? It would completely destroy the Amazon marketplace idea.
In a nutshell, yes...it sucks, but until Google are prepared to license individual apps outside of the 'GAPPS' bundle, there nothing you can do short of manually installing them yourself....its piss easy to do.
No music in the UK for quite a while yet...
Apple said a while ago that it didnt have rights outside the US. The last time Apple had to get additional music rights it was around a 1 year wait for the UK.
I think you'll find that you can get an iPhone contract for exactly the same price as a contract for an equal-power HTC handset running android. The whole 'Apple is for people with more money than sense' doesn't really work with the iPhone. Sure, it works with most of the macs, but not the iPhones and while we're at it, I'd hardly call the iPod Touch an expensive item either.
The only thing that the android retailers have over iPhone is the ability to sell a budget model.
WP7 Phones aren't even on the radar, considering Balmer's attitude when the iPhone was first released, I'm glad. Screw him and screw crappy MS.
Might wanna follow this one closely reg...
Humax are under investigation by Watchdog. They falsely advertised Sky Player on the Fox-HD T2 and Fox-HDR T2 boxes for the best part of 6 months.
In addition Fox-HD T2 customers are continuously screwed over with a bunch of promised features being broken, unstable or simply not there.
If you get on their HumaxDigital / HumaxUK facebook pages you'll see that people are not at all happy with these bunch of crooks.
How long after IE8 did MS release IE9 again?
As a supporter of the GPL and Opensource, but not the GNU/Linux movement (I love Linux but cant stand the pathetic politics behind RMS) I disagree completely. All you've said is that "Corporate desktops are one of the primary sources of standards lock-in" and that "Mozilla are idiots". Not sure if you've noticed but Mozilla market to the home user...as it stands marketing to the corporate user would be pointless as they are already locked into old, crummy packages built for IE5. It'll be a good few years before they can even think about taking on the corporate world.
I'm pretty sure Mozilla are a little bit more intelligent than you or I and know what they are doing....idiot ;)
What utter rubbish
If enterprises knew what they were doing they would make their web-based applications compatible with modern web browsers, and not rely on shitty ASP, .NET, Silverlight and other poorly maintained closed Microsoft web services...
Take a look around at all the modern web-apps. They are PHP, Ruby, Python, etc...
Enterprised could save a huge amount on licensing:
- Ditch Windows all together, save thousands in fees
- Stop using crummy IIS, ASP, etc and use opensource alternatives (Apache, PHP, etc) which are actually better maintained.
- Use a webkit based browser (Chrome/Safari) for maximum web-based compatibility.
Three simple steps that would rectify all the issues we've had with old, dated Microsoft browsers. After all, it is their fault we web developers still have to break our code to work on IE...
Theres a much MUCH better way...
...simply add a question/answer option to your forms. The more questions you have, the more secure it becomes. Its also unique to your own site so spammers wont bother trying to learn how to use it.
A few examples
What is <X> plus <Y>?
What is the first letter of this websites name?
If I have £1.50 and I buy a Mars Bar for 50p, how much money do I have left?
you get the idea. Its so simple and stupid that spam bots cant pick up the questions.
I've used this method for years and have never had a spammer get through.