31 posts • joined Thursday 21st July 2011 22:50 GMT
Its not all bad..
If we burn all the gas in the ground the City of London will be underwater within the next 50 years, so there are some positives,,
I Like the new settings but its a job half done..
Havent found a use for any metro apps. Configuring stuff in the metro interface is much clearerl but they've left many of the settings in the old windows 95/vista dialogs, probably because the ui doesnt work well in metro. Unfortunately this makes windows feel disjointed where you have to jump all over the place to set stuff up. I did look in the windows store once. I think ms started to go off the tracks when they tried to switch to 2 year releases so now we have an os with a muddle of windows 95, vista and now windows 8 design rather than a complete over-hall like with NT4/95.
Probably lots of over simplifications etc. but some good points. It seems to me that the energy companies are proposing a pfi style nightmare with nuclear plants. Let the government finance and build it while they lease it from us. At least if the energy company turns out to be inept we can replace them in fact wasn't that the point of privatisation in the the first place not creating new monopolies.
Why so vague?
Why doesn't he tell us what these laws are that make us 'uncompetitive'? Perhaps he could spell out what they are, how we voted at the time, if we voted against what changes we wanted and what evidence he can present to show that law is uncompetitive. Surely its not just hyperbole?
Re: Hungary votes to support proposal
Isn't that a body that can fine newspapers? Not sure our judiciary is exactly a neutral body, but then what organisation is?
I love these stories about stuff that the EU might do, or voted against it brings out the paranoid in people. Go back to bed, luckily one or two countries arent in the pocket of multinational companies or the USA so democracy won. Wish we were one of those countries .. Zzzzz.
Economics is corrupt
Imagine if the register received money from tech companies in return for favourable reviews, that's the situation with economics now. From Celtic tigers to a booming Iceland they're utterly corrupt, did you not watch Inside Job?
Re: The real problem with the Guardian is ...
Pity they didn't hang onto Ben Goldacre although he did write a fantastic article about the drug industry recently, not sure you'd find journalism like thata any where else. Nearly all newspapers lose money, mostare run by oligarchical meglamaniacs that can afford to trade a few million for political influence. Quite scary really.
Its funny when ms write a development tool they seem to spend more time making sure it isn't cross platform, they'll know they've arrived when google adds c# as an option.
Work laptop cpu copes pretty well but struggles due to disk io, my llano based laptop is indiscernible from my i5 based laptop in general use, has same overall rating but runs so much cooler. Ok the i5 isnt sandy bridge but the list price for my i5 was a lot more than the llano and only a year or so older. The llano is a cheapo laptop (and looks it in comparison) but in my experience its a better proposition at the budget end than intel based chips, make sure you go for the fastest llano with four cores as its only a fraction more. The desktops more complex though as a cheapo intel chip + graphcs card costs a similar amount for better performance.
As David Cameron was a PR man at Carlton at the time, isn't it odd that this story pops up the day after the funding scandal published by the Times. Looks like a possible retaliation to me..
% Labour Costs?
I'd be amazed if the labour costs are more than a few percentage points of the costs of a car in the uk say let alone in China. I imagine the costs of moving a factory would be far higher.
Lets say you move your factory, this takes 6 months to gain that 1% saving in labour costs per item. It will then take 50 years to save the money for the 50% loss in that year. Lets say it takes a few months to get to full productivity etc.
Surely for high tech once the investments been made that factories going nowhere and this is really about garment factories etc where orders are fulfilled by existing sweatshops etc.
This story makes no sense, labour costs are a few percentage points of the cost of an item, even if they manufactured stuff here, labour wouldnt be that much more in percentage terms. Assuming that the Philippines and China have equally bad pollution etc. then the measured against the costs of moving a high tech factory are such that it would take decades to recover the investment. As an example to make a car here, the labour costs are less than 5% of the costs of the car.
It'll look good on display in pc world though.
Gnome isn't available by default any more, just install it and itis magically appears in the login menu.
Presumably this doesn't support DRM yet or has been killed??
how can it fail?
Most windows apps wont work, interface is incredibly disjointed. Why would you choose it to over an ipad or android?
Its quite funny listening to people try and claim either lot are good at defence spending, from rifles to radios to jets its been woeful. We're years ahead of anyone so why we have to keep 'innovating' is beyond me.
Consumer debt is huge in the states, the largest in the western world. Their government debt is worse than Greece. It's politicians generally seem at least as corrupt as Greece's, do wonder if this whole euro crisis was a smokescreen for the mess in the US. Now if say the euro replaced the dollar as a world currency, the us + goldman sachs et al would be totally sunk.
Could share 90% of the code with a wpf windows app. Also worked on the mac which was nice. Was great for rich clients on the web, as it was so much quicker to develop for than web app's. Making apps is expensive, complex web apps are often not fit for purpose as they're too slow so this was quite a nice half way house imho.
Benchmarks not clock speed
Better to go for a dedicated hardware site such as toms hardware as clock speeds etc. aren't really that helpful any more. They have tables of all the popular processors along with benchmarks as well as recommendations by budget.
Their budget Llano laptop chips beat intel hands down at gaming, its only once you get to discrete graphics that they can compete (even with i7's). Looking at pc pro's A list for budget laptops and they're still recommending an i3 rather than an A6 and A8 Llano laptop.
Telegraph Awards 3.5 stars
The telegraph seemed to think its good but not as good as higher end android + apple phones. At least meego kept software development in Europe + engadget thought the n9 was on a par with mango.
Waiting to find out when my laptop will ship as they seem to be unable to tell me when placing the order, feeling a bit worried after Alan's comment. Email support could only tell me to query the order later this week to obtain a date, so yes they need to spend a bit of money on their web site and be better at keeping customers informed.
Positives and Overwhelming Negatives?
Well there are some positives such as quicker boot times and the end of root kits, if they make it optional fine. Surely we're at the stage where we need some kind of global body to ensure that companies don't employ anticompetitive measures to dominate a market and os have to be certified or something. Its in our own interest to have competition after all even if your not a fan of linux.
Stats are the lifeblood of managing anything. They obviously don't tell the whole story but at a time when wholesale reorganisation is going on don't we need to be able to compare before with after otherwise how do you measure progress?
The media's search for a good story does tend to give research a bad name, often papers are published with small data sets which are statistically invalid but may attract more funding to do further research. Tellingly these are the papers that make the news, mmr vaccines and fish oil (snake oil salesmen) for example. This is an example of why we need laws to ensure newspapers tell the truth.
Drug companies are notorious for only publishing studies that show more positive results (for some reason they don't publish the studies showing the drug is worse than an existing cheaper drug). Peer review isn't the problem here they must publish every study for peer review to be possible.
Peer review where its open to political or commercial interference is basically corrupt. Peer review that stops a paper being published that goes against received wisdom may have left us believing the earth is flat. So how does this leave us better off? Knowing this government it will leave research more corruptable and lead to bad decisions affecting everyone.
its all about the swing
Politicians don't even bother with 90% of seats any more its all about the small number of votes in the Target constituency. If you can convince a few thousand swing voters you'll be paying more tax or not to bother voting because they're all the same then its job done. When debate stops being rational we are a worse nation for it. The inspiration for the tea party is our anti euro UK independence party. Fox news is the mail.
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