F U N E X?
F U E 10 D M?
2153 posts • joined 13 Jun 2007
F U E 10 D M?
Though he is, perhaps, overdoing it a little.
Dedicated devices are generally better at the thing they are bought for for but only those who spend a lot of time doing that truly appreciate them. The rest want a device which will do lots of things passably. See cameras, media players and phones -- a modern smart phone does all three in a compromised manner but most people put up with it for convenience.
Personally I have an netbook, and iPad and a Kindle and I know that the netbook and Kindle will be going on holiday with me -- despite the iPad supposedly being able to do the job of both. I'm sure as many people will understand why as don't.
Not so sure the staff would be "somewhere cheap" in my experience the back office staff are situated in the same office buildings, or ones nearby, the fee earners. Staff who do that kind of work are generally secretaries or skilled document production personnel rather than someone hired on the cheap.
Your basic premise is correct though -- the work is automated and isn't classed as lawyers' time.
You either need a lot of rechargeable batteries (since they can't be used whilst charging) or a stock of ordinary "let's ruin the environment pointlessly" batteries.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not an eco-nut or anything and I do use a wireless keyboard on a PC used as an entertainment centre but using batteries in an office is just a waste of energy for no real gain.
The "wall of desktop icons" can be arranged in the corner so they can be accessed without covering an application's window.
That said, it's the Start Menu that the stupid tile screen replaces, and that only covered a small amount of space in the corner so one could still see an open application (or applications on a bigger screen) when using it.
I missed the announcement somehow. I also missed how it can work over WiFi or 3G.
But if you ask for "a black coffee" they flog you an "americano" which isn't a "normal black coffee" it's an espresso with water added. If you want a "normal" cup of coffee as I grew up with you have to ask for a filter coffee.
I'll admit if you ask for "a beer", in the UK at least, you may be asked to be more specific but if you ask for a lager or a bitter or a white or red wine there's usually a "house" one. They don't then ask you how many shots you want in it or whether you want sprinkles (OK, so i made up the sprinkles).
I hate Starosta coffee places where you have to piss around translating faux-italian names just to order a simple coffee. What's wrong with "small, medium, large" or, if they must, "regular, large, extra"?
I've not problem ordering foodstuffs and drinks in other languages when in that country or ordering a dish from there but the made-up bollocks associated with coffee is a language I can't be arsed to learn.
It's Arizona Bay I want to see...
I'm not convinced ALL USians start at one. I had a discussion with a colleague from the US about this and he told me some buildings there (Baltimore) had a ground or zero floor.
Can any other USians confirm this?
Anyone who bought a Microsoft product should hang their head in shame for helping the lawyers' club remove yet another choice from the consumer.
Keep buying Microsoft, or Apple for that matter, and you're a selfish fool helping ruin software and consumer electronics.
Well, I have a paper textbook that backs that one up too. I believe its use as a sexual stimulant is due to the increased blood flow through [into] sexual organs and the relaxation of the anal sphincter -- hence its use being more prevalent in the gay scene (from what I can gather).
I take it, though, that The Torygraph are referring to the feeling of dizziness and the thumping in the temples it produces as well as the felt increase in heart rate. However, I'd love to think they were, instead, referring to Stephen Fry's description of Dan Brown's canon.
I've seen poppers labelled as amyl nitrate, alkyl nitrate, amyl nitrite and alkyl nitrite as well as a couple of others I forget (Wikipedia suggests butyl versions). So, perhaps the Torygraph writer took their information from the ingredients list of the product. You can hardly blame someone for that, especially given the tendency of nomenclature to change over the decades.
Good to be able to send it to friends without it being immediately obvious, thanks.
They're bacon & something else sandwiches.
With the possible exception of cheese adding anything that you would ordinarily have in a sandwich on its own to a bacon sandwich stops it being a bacon sandwich. Yes, tastes vary and tomato or not, brown sauce or not, etc. are valid arguments but adding black pudding, egg or anything else stops it being a bacon sandwich.
Would you include a McThungumy with bacon or a King Watsit with bacon also? How about if it's vegetarian bacon?
Myself: I voted The Classic Jumbo.
However, I prefer bacon, egg, sausage and brown sauce. I'm also partial to the full English (black pudding in there too and perhaps beans) but they're not bacon sandwiches, for fuck's sake.
Oh, and bacon and brie in a baguette is a fine sandwich. Not an English "bacon butty" though so not really relevant.
I think you are missing the point. The fact that "nobody noticed" is the point and the problem.
The decision and Microsoft's penalty are a little outdated now, since bureaucracy is glacial in its pace, but that is irrelevant. Microsoft are being made to do this because they abused their position to force their own standards upon the internet -- the results of which are still being suffered in businesses across the world including those who just wish to upgrade from IE6 to IE9.
Please do not forget history lest we be forced to repeat it.
I like keyboard plus touchpad. Then use cursors with the right hand and touchpad with left. Weapon selection and other things can then be done with the most appropriate hand.
Not that I'm any good at FPSs -- that may be telling but I am worse with a mouse.
Running Man anyone?
In fact in one hotel I stayed at the maid seemed to leave a new key in there every day -- I ended up leaving two master keys* on the bed when I left and I'd left others previously.
Must admit I tend to chance it and leave valuables in the room and haven't lost anything yet but I really think all hotels should provide a safe in every room nowadays.
*I assume, didn't check as I was there with a friend who wouldn't let me do the "Oh, shit, sorry, thought it was my room." trick.
I realise not everyone here works in IT but I would expect most to know what a VPN was. The internet is not just the World Wide Web you know.
It's a shame the US don't have access to that technology called "the internet" that the US invented to allow communications systems to divert around points of failure. Aren't the US friendly enough with the US to have access to their technology?
I severely doubt he will be in a prison like that. Whilst I'm not sure of it that looks like a minimum security prison or, at least, it's not as severe looking as the ones I've seen in Oslo, which from the outside at least look the same as the ones we have in the UK.
"It's just an interface, so you don't like it, move on."
So you're recommending everyone who doesn't like Metro change job as soon as it's introduced? I'm not sure how else people can "move on" when this monstrosity is forced upon us.
Perhaps they're trying to admit something?
I only even think about Linux, so I'm immune.
A famous Dutch Christmas-time character was translated as Hilary Duff.
I'm not sure who'd the most creepy.
Surely the people using the site know it's not legitimate, so how is it fraud?
I have no sympathy for the guy, by the way, other than thinking the sentence a little odd. I just don't understand how these cases are prosecuted as fraud when nobody is being defrauded.
Seems the "cure" is of the medieval variety.
Was Steam announced for OS/2 a couple of weeks ago too? ;-)
"Instead, Adobe says it plans to concentrate its Flash efforts on desktop machines..."
I think you'll find that's Windows desktop machines and Google Chrome. The desktop Linux version of Flash is end of life also.
Now wake me up when you can see more than one [native, not RDP] app on it at a time.
Seriously, why the hell can't tablets multi-task properly yet?
Running fine under VirtualBox on Linux here and will go fullscreen on either monitor with no slowness noticed. Seems to use less CPU time than Ubuntu as it happens.
Don't get me wrong, it's horrid, but since it may be forced upon me I am playing.
"Anything goes today." -- very true. Feel like raping somebody, just go right ahead! Make sure your friends are the only ones to see it and that's fine. as a bonus, if the victim moans you can throw rocks (of a very specific size) at her until she's dead. Great fun :-D
I recently built a new PC and decided not to go for an internal optical drive. This was because it would take up an ESATA connection I may well want for a hard drive and because, in my experience, optical drives seem to become hit-and-miss after a few years anyway and require replacement. So, I bought an external DVD drive for watching DVD video* and I use USB drives for everything else I would have used an optical drive for.
The only time I could see myself wanting a laptop with an optical drive would be on holiday to use as a DVD player but in that case I'd be carrying DVDs anyhow so a small external drive is no hardship.
I am certainly no fan of Apple but I think this is a smart move. Not necessarily because I think optical media are going to disappear in the next couple of years but because I think they are used less often, and you can usually plan for it, and external optical drives are two a penny. It allows Apple to make a sleeker machine (or put more in) and the user to replace their optical drive easier when it fails (since it'll have to be external).
*(In fact, if the movie and TV studios would get their collective Ass's into gear I wouldn't need an optical drive at all)
But people in India don't have power due largely to economic factors -- that has no bearing on whether there is some ceiling to how much power a person can or cannot use. When India's economy grows so will its power generation and supply infrastructure.
You say it's not evil "... if you can pay for it ..." the point is that we in the West can and do -- people still drive SUVs in some states and people still use a plethora of electronic devices. Many of us fly abroad for holidays or business. All of this being taxed for "environmental reasons" yet we can and do still afford it.
How is preventing someone in the US or Europe using huge amounts of energy helping that Indian without power? You're making the power equivalent of the "There are starving kids in Ethiopia..." argument parents used to try to make their kids finish their tea.
Who said I installed anything on the server, who said they were Server 2012 [I'm not a time traveller]?
I work with the mixed, evolving environment I'm given, as do most sysadmins who don't work for small businesses.
Doesn't alter my problem though does it? Pulling up the menu in Metro blocks the screen and hitting start through RDP is harder, concrete examples that post I was responding to asked for.
Anyone want to tell me what the benefit of hiding the Start Menu button is? How about the benefit of forcing Metro instead of the Start Menu (and, no, "I like the widgets" does not count as a benefit of _forcing it on people_)?
OK, I'm reading an email in the preview pane of Outlook regarding something on the exchange server so I want to open Powershell. Instead of continuing to read the email whilst I bring up Powershell from either the menu or run dialogue I have to stop reading, open Powershell, then find my place and resume.
Then there's RDPing into customer machines or servers and wanting to bring up Metro. instead of having a very clear point to aim at and click you have instead to select the remote screen by clicking in the middle somewhere, being careful not to make anything happen to any applications, then hover over the corner and wait, then you can finally get a menu.
That's off the top of my head (since I don't live with Metro day to day) but they're annoyances I can live without for an interface which gives me nothing in return.
I'm sure there will be far more once I'm forced to use it, though hopefully that will be in a few years time (if Windows 9 isn't out by then) and the kinks will have been worked out.
Nah, they should call it U-Bahn, they could have a nice symbol for it that goes with the new blue tiles one -- perhaps a 'U' in a blue square. Oh, wait...
Arthur C Clarke*, Isaak Asimov**. William Gibson***, Neil Stephenson****.
Yes, real Sci-Fi does exist and it is entertaining and the premises are real rather than fantasy.
**No need to mention.
***The internet being a very important medium where people can be screwed (and more).
****Not a prediction but many MMORPGs based upon his work. Also, data havens and law are much discussed.
Had to upvote the OP.
I have watched most of the new Dr Who episodes as a "Passing a Sunday afternoon (The long, dark teatime of the soul)" kind of thing and they do offer some amusement. Sadly the amusement is working out how weak the plot devices will be -- well that and the assistant can be easy on the eye. Oh, and let's not forget Alex Kingston.
As proper Sci-Fi Red Dwarf is superior -- it's also superior as entertainment.
The Sci-Fi aspects of Dr Who are more like children's fantasy like Harry Potter with rules made up arbitrarily to shunt the plot along rather than real self-consistent Sci-Fi.
Shame it wasn't purse-friendly.
(now I have to go puke and shower, I feel dirty)
I would love to see Apple have to drop Facetime in China due to this. They deserve to lose out for once, with their deliberate stifling of innovation wherever they can.
I "grasped it" fine - it's just shit. It's an absolutely pointless and pathetic thing to put on a desktop PC.
As a simple example of its pathetic nature they've taken off the start menu button to replace it with a blank space. So they've saved zero space and now you have piss around hovering over the corner (very annoying in VMs and RDP) instead for _no reason_. Similar goes for the stupid fills-the-screen start menu -- you gain absolutely nothing at the expense of covering your entire desktop when you want to look for an application.
There are absolutely no gains in usability on the desktop and there is no need for metro to be on the desktop apart from MS's mistaken belief that doing so will help sell their tablets.
The could skip some letters and call it Windows ME. It's not like that's been used to brand anything of significance before and a nice touch is it's also the name of a debilitating illness.
Anywhere. Most 15 year olds are quite capable of procreation (heck, I was a late developer but pretty sure I was). How the law views such matters is mentioned in the article, if you bothered to read it?
To add another reply:
Because it's either a consistent 10Mb/s (or 20 or 50 or 100 when I get around to upgrading) from Virgin or 2.5Mb/s through the 2mm wires from BT (probably billed as 10Mb/s).
Until somebody replaces the piss-poor 50+ year old cabling then Virgin will be the only choice for some areas. I'm not talking rural here either, but in the busy suburbs of a large city.