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+1. With one minor addition: We've actually all had Desktops for many years - it just so happens that the upgrade cycle no longer has the necessity it used to. Joe Public now have more Ram, CPU cycles and storage than he can possibly use - this wasn't the case in the past, where software was outstripping what the hardware could do. Now it's the opposite way round - hardware has outstripped software.
Throw in 2 extra inhibitors - the recession and the borderline-unuseable-for-newbs Win8 hardly encouraging people to upgrade, and there we are.
Ignoring the now-traditional LarsG anti-apple dig, he has a point - Joe Public knows that 90% of his PC activities involve email, web, facebook, bookkeeping and letter writing, and he doesn't need 16gb of RAM and 3.9ghz of quad core magnificence to do this. His 4gb, 2ghz dual core is running just fine ta v much.
That, and a new machine will mean having to relearn how to use the OS again, now that the counter-intiuative, borderline-unuseable-for-newbs Win8 is out.
fanboi/fandroid bickering aside, it should be noted that there is one bastion missing from Apple's heartlands - Switzerland. Apple have got it completely stitched up here - phones, tablets and the desktop.
The only one making any real inroads here is Samsung, with the S3, Note and Note 2. Even the Apple-loving Swiss know the feeble upgrade that is the iphone 5 is not worth the upgrade cost - lots of people here staying on 4/4S's or jumping the fence to samsung - the bigger screen and "something different" being the main reasons in my informal survey (ie I asked people in the office).
You'll note I make no reference to iOS or Android in post - because Joe Public buy phones, not OS'es.
Re: EE Sucks
You have a lift at home? Does that come with a butler too?
"Would you mind awfully helping giving my Jaaaaaaag a tow out this snow-filled ditch? I appear to have left the AA card at home..."
What, no 'caddish jag owner' icon?
Re: More pretend brands
Ahem...Nissan Sunny (particularly from 1985 to current date)?
News flash: RWD in the snow is actually ok....if you have the right winter tyres on. Which most UK drivers usually don't, and expect their summer tyres to perform miracles.
Re: Well lets put this way...
This post is wrong on so many levels.
Re: A pretty car...
The GTR-engined version looks fun though...
A pretty car...
...this is not. No sirree.
<-- That's not coffee this time...
Re: All very well but
Hopefully it will get there in time to be slaughtered and served as chops at the restaurant there. It's quite good apparently.
Re: Well blended
I think I mentioned this in a reply to the original commentard post. However, they do mention the average volume of a reader, so that has, essentially been taken into effect. Except volume != actual volume in this case, given the general "blobby-ness" of the human shape.
Small print: Peak hours is now defined as 03:34am to 05:34am
Nimbus said it was a 30-person firm, with 95 per cent of staffers being engineers
Which poor non-tech and a tech are the ones getting cut in half then? And what are they doing with the leftover bits?
Re: If I were Japanese
The amount of deadly radiation from Japan has been blown out of all proportion by the media; actual levels are magnitudes below safe levels for the general public. There are plenty article here on El Reg if you're interested. (Start here, and go through the related articles: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/12/fukushima_ffs/)
Whereas mercury in Tuna (and other higher food chain fish) is very definitely higher than recommended, and a very real threat to the general public.
Re: Just like lead
I only drink rainwater naturally, so no commie heavy metals in the groundwater to sap and impurify all of my precious bodily fluids.
Unlikely I'm afraid - most dentists are encouraged to go for the non-mercury , white versions these days.
The fact they're twice the price and have twice the margin of the mercury ones has nothing to do with it, of course.
The Convention will impact Reg readers in many ways. Some fluorescent lamps rely on the element, as do light switches.
That's funny...I never saw any questions about our love of lamps and light switches in the user survey. Did I miss out a section? Or does El Reg have greater inteligence collection methods we're not aware of - ie black helicopters?
Wow - risky strategy from RIM - throwing money at a problem, when you're heamoraging market share and turnover.
On ther other hand...damn, it's tempting. And clever. Guaranteed revenue, and assistance with porting? What's not to like, given the only cost implications from a dev point of view is time.
Apple is a locked down NIGHTMARE
Apart from it's not, when it comes to educational material. Cumbersome? Yes. Counter-intuiative? Yes. Locked down? No - most education material is DRM-free.
And using a MS server to send email is just asking to be hacked.
Which is why all those corps with exchange have already been hacked...oh wait.
Re: hard to argue with what the anon guy said
icon: for anybody arguing against the anon guy statement
All hail our benevolent, fault-free and glorious Anonymous Overlords! For they know all, and are wise beyond human comprehension!
How long before Chris goes the next step and actually registers Anon as a proper religion. He's got the dogma and blind faith right down to a tee.
..and this is the problem with vigilante groups, or those pretending to be them.
At first their causes are noble, standing up against injustice and defending basic human rights. But over time, they start to diversify into areas which - frankly - are hardly crimes against humanity.
Seriously Anon (if that is indeed you) - what the f* has this corporate IT spend decision got to do with you?
Recent developments map the veins in the finger instead of the fingerprint. This is much better news...
- The user actually has no idea what his "code" is, since he can't see into his finger (unless he's superman)
- far less likely to be corrupted by scarring, dirt or sweat
- the action is easier; press and release, rather than press-drag-release
- the sensor is easier to clean, and less effected by build up
In a recent study of six million actual user-generated passwords, the 10,000 most common passwords would have accessed 98.1 percent of all accounts,
Ah, it appears we have found the final destination of all the hacked/uplifted user password files of late...Send in the gunships!
Best we'll get is some hydro-carbon sludge at the bottom.
Mars is either a billion years too early or too late for life I recon, and that's even before we take into consideration the non-ideal climate and atmospheric issues.
Now if we're looking for ideal conditions where we can grow our own when we get there, that's different. This could be a promising development.
Alternatively....Engineers are normal human beings, and those entering the "caring" professions are actually more empathetic that the norm?
Not that I have any feelings about the whole thing anyway...apparently.
Re: Is it just me....
Hmmm. The idea of olympic pools filled with people has a slight ring of Soylent green about it, if you ask me.
Especially you consider it's more efficient to store them in liquidised form...
Re: greetings from Austria
-9'C and 4" in some areas here in Switzerland. Everything is running normally...
Additional stats required
Readership - all well and good. Now, how about:
- storage stats
- bandwidth used
Re: Nothing wrong
Proper Italian salami should have some donkey meat - how about that?
Thanks. You bastard.
Meal detection app
...is never gonna work.
For one - Never in a million years does the meal before look you anything like the one on the posters.
Two - just because the database says "supplier of branch x beef is manufacture y" doesn't make the contents accurate. Something Tesco is only now discovering.
Pic 1, page 1
hmmm....lovely desk finish...just perfect for using your 80's mouse on. Or not. Then there's the small matter of the diarrhea colour pattern...
Re: IMHO, MS Office 13 has a largely anti-productivity UI
I think the issue is discoverable != easier to find.
I've come from 2003, and my immediate feeling was I had just been taken out of my simple Cessna and dropped into the cockpit of concorde. Yes, there's the familiar stick, throttle and rudder control, but there's *so many more" buttons, levers, switches, toggles, dials and god knows what else. It's overload frankly, and I have trouble finding stuff.
There should be some thought into starting a session with the absolute basics on show - fonts, bold, italics etc, and "introducing" more advanced features contextually or via other toolbars...just like 2003, if I'm honest.
Re: IMHO, MS Office 13 has a largely anti-productivity UI
I fired up the beta version of word 2013 the other day, and my immediate thought of the interface was:
"What the f*****g hell is this???"
Improved it has not.
That works out to an additional 7PB in the Facebook Photo data store every month
For a humble tech dealing with much smaller infrastructure, everything about Facebooks photo storage gives me a headache. Pretty awesome all the same though.
Re: "Windows Phone 8 handset maker"
Just finished more like.
"I'll have what he's having"
Nah - I got it...I just couldn't remember where I first heard it! Now I know...
A tad extreme, surely?
Afterall, if all the marketards become extinct, who will:
- you be able to dump some redhot "blame potatoes" on?
- buy all the Porche Cayennes?
- run the infomercial and shopping channels?
- try their hardest to drink our EU beer and wine lakes?
Marketards are underrated IMO. Though not as much as the old days when they were useful as "arrow fodder".
So what - with all the evasion they engage in, they provide little to the local economy
Corp tax doesn't go to the local economy either.
Neither does the PAYE and NI the employee pay, nor does the Corp NI on those employees. Those go to HMRC. The government makes plenty from indirect taxation of these orgs, and corporate tax is a mere topup.
Only the rates/council tax (and possibly rent for council owned buildings) and the retail outlet of said org contribute locally.
people are will still be here, they still need goods and services; so having UK based companies supply those (and pay their taxes) would be to the betterment of the UK.
Whether a company is international or UK based, the majority of revenue comes from indirect taxation, and the creation of jobs and thus a local economy. Ask Sunderland how much it would like Nissan to go home, which it would consider if you bumped up corporation tax.
Also, read this:
Re: Buy local
"Proud to pay my tax"
oh come on...*nobody* is proud to pay tax. Everyone resents it. There is never too little tax. If they offered a 1% reduction in NI or PAYE, you'd be all over it quicker than a zombie in a mensa convention.
Re: Re Anon 9:53 Tax rates
seems certain regions in Switzerland offer much better deals than that
Kanton Zug, to be specific. Lowest corp and personal tax in CH.
...Mine's the Mink Sable.
...once more, this time with feeling:
Avoidance != Evasion
Frankly, the sour grapes about the whole thing boil down to two things:
- You didn't think about using the same scheme yourself
- You didn't think about taxing the same scheme yourself
Think it's unfair? Campaign for the rules to be changed. Also campaign for bigger harbours, since all the international Corps will be exiting these shores the moment it comes it effect.
Spherical Cow, however, proved to be a difficult beast
Well, I guess giving birth to something circular the size of a cow, I guess you'd run into difficulties too.
Thanks, I'm here all night.
Agree with this.
There is the fact that most retailers are trying to ship commodity items to attract as many punters as possible, often selling the same bland things as each other with next to no difference.
Extend this approach, and you see why in the UK there are massive malls, filled with all the same bland names, selling all the same bland stuff. Zero choice, zero differentiation, designed to conform to some marketing statistic, and the USP comes down to the "retail add ons" (ie who's coffee shop is better). All of them are struggling, because when you can get the same commodity x online.
Witness if you will, shopping for a suit in Next. A tale of utter anonymous woeful tat it is. Pop next door to River Island, and it's the same tat, with a difference sense of woe. Down Saville Row, and things start to look up. Or indeed...different. And better. 1 Saville row for the price of 3 bland bits of cloth from Next? Bloody bargain.
To actually attract people in, you actually need to take the risk and go for different stuff and go for more vertical markets, and actually products are genuinely unique. The "boutiques" are all doing better than the chains, ta v much.
I could be a CEO
...if his comments are anything to go by:
- Developed world approaching saturation. No shit!
- Emerging markets are where it's at. No shit!
- Emerging markets can't afford Developed World prices. No shit!
- To sell in the emerging markets, you need to sell at prices they can afford. No shit!
Just stunning. And he got paid how much?
In addition to PH comments, there is the law of unintended consequences...
The swiss know they got shafted by US gov, so now, you'll be hard pressed to find any CH bank that will accept *new* US customers - there are only a few now that will, and there are restrictions and agreements you have to sign. Some have even got rid of *existing* US customers.
They don't want to comply with the US playground bully in the future, so this is merely the Swiss way of politely exiting the playground altogether and saying "We have no US customers to disclose on, so f* off".
Re: Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs....
"If it's a fast ship?"
"You've never heard of the Millenium Falcon? It's the only ship that can x-ray your whole body into radioactive sludge in the time it takes to do the Kessel run"
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- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON