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And another, it's owned by Microsoft. The company with enough Cnutish (for it is he) bullshit hubris to throw the stuff together 'as a service'. In case there's any confusion, 'service' can be quantified as follows:
1) Mobile telecoms " fuck-em! Oh and get them to pay, too"
2) Banking "fu...etc"
3) Software...ad nauseum, etc.
'Service' means 'that which you will accept for payment', not 'value for money'
Bring back OS/2
Let me get this right - £420=good value. In 12 months it will be a free handset on contracts like just about everything. A sofa from Lewis's to the same value will still be comfortable after 3 times' that time, a decent push-bike about the same, or a pair (or two at a push) of Oliver Sweeney's.
A Moto attracts sniggers, not swooners.
I noted that the article is without a breath of humour, but the irony conveyed is deafening. I haven't laughed so much in ages. So it goes...
1) We've done it, good.
2) Oh, someone else has too
3) Oh, it's us
4) Let's toss a coin
5) Let's do it again
Breathtaking and uncanny.
<insert name here> Carrier booster
Surely with their heritage, it must be a 3/4G booster-box that doesn't zap you if you get too close? "Nokia to end the no-spot debacle worldwide..." ?
where do people sit on the obligations of ISPs on this? Always very quiet when it comes to finger pointing, should it not be they who should be given a bit more stick in the *propogation* of terrorist material?
Of course. Before I get trumped on the opportunity - The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy MUST be the most important work ever (if you consider the breadth (time-space continuum) of the subject). And it was available on an e-reader before anything else too, making it hip too!
Cannon and Ball
"Skype is undoubtedly a bigger brand than Lync"
Yes, I remember the cringe-worthy pair, Ant & Dec being the latter day Saints of said cause: "after they were famous".
So kill a brand that has outed more PBXs than anything else and replace it with a kid's toy. Great.
Blue Sky thinking
The last platform that MSFT has to defend the mountain of blamanche that is their mobile/device strategy is probably Azure. It gets little or no press yet is functionally the logical road ahead for the legion of Windows Servers out there today in biz land. Ultimately, the same infrastructure supports 'productivity' if the same is actually data and I/O
Whilst scampering around trying to out-cool the rest of the hipsters, Nadella would do well to nod to this from time to time.
It's also quite good. In an non-emotionally appealing way.
You haven't accounted for being a clod, limey, brit, idiot. (that's all of us who end up paying nowhere near US retail price equivalent in the UK). Eg today:
iPad2 USD starting price= $499 = £313.75
iPad2 GBP starting price = £399 = $634.46
More to the point - was the comment accurate? Who would choose to associate a serious cause like Palestinian freedom with this ADHT-ridden posse?
No, I don't think you have. Do telecomms providers walk away from infrastructure under new regulation? No=BT. Is there elasticity of demand in high tech markets? Yes. Will the Mobile operators throw their hands in the air or merely (and collusively) notch up call rates to compensate.
This market is stagnant with little innovation, having become value-subtract data carriers. It needs a good poke in the eye.
A 'little surveillance' gives you (I warrant) enough trust to walk outside your front door in the morning and face the world without undue terror (to cite a misnomer). A 'little surveillance' is what we as complicit citizens allow our governments to undertake in making us feel safe (like CCTV).
when you walk through said door, unless you quickly jump under a rock and stay there all day, your movements 'can' be known. I don't understand why so many netizens see things any differently...like expecting to police a society where everyone wears masks....I know, lulsec idiots and all that.
Saying 'I want to be anonymous' is a overarching proviso towards anonymising behaviour. From that standpoint, crime and corruption are but eventualities.
When I see a copper, I don't try to hide or run away covering my face since:
1) I've done nothing wrong (that I know of)
2) I trust them (within tolerances) to protect my interests. And my pancreas. You get it.
This idiot (for there are plenty about) is scar-showing to the media that he's a bruiser. Nothing more.
"It is also notorious for being dull enough to put a man to sleep, yet stimulating enough to prevent Tom Hanks from getting 40 winks"
That's most of Washington State ticked off then. I spent 9/11 camped high up in the Westin towers in Seattle and I protest muchly! If you count the city limit hinterlands of Bellvue and Redmond as dull, you'd be right. Downtown Seattle of a night sings to the tune of Blue Martinis and Tranny bars such as Polyesters, Cigars-a-gogo and more. With a local ethnicity of no particular bent, mostly coffee-coloured or Canuck, it's a real hoot. If you want to talk dull, think LA, New York or maybe Sioux Falls.
And I'm a Brit.
Re: Excellent if it happens...
Yes and having now established both a pecking order and 'get awf my land' agreements with each other, it's time to remember that customer service thing in the back of the wardrobe. Time comes when the investor party comes to an end and it's time to start serving breakfast again.
Funny that when a market gets saturated, nicking each other's customers seems to comes well down in the list below screwing said customer. Or nospot wannabe customer. Or whatever.
Matters not a jot really, fewer and fewer people buy PCs for home use now anyway. If they do, they're familiar with the fact that a climbdown from the latest WinVer only lasts a while. Win8 now has a start menu option/skin, drama over, move along.
For biz, it's entirely different and that's why Win7 Pro continues as an option to ship. Like my gaff, many BIG orgs are (in the good cases) in the middle of rolling Win7 from XP owing to the delays over the last (Vista) debacle. I would expect that when Win10 addresses the challenges (ie, looks and feels like what people wanted in the first place), we will be in the same position all over again.
And so the party goes on...
He must be thinking something like "I worked hard, studied some of the classics, went to the debate team, loved, lost, wrote some poetry, admired art. I helped build the pinnacle of technology for the masses, I lead virtually a nation of talented people and the biggest splash I've made to date is about my sexual preference". I say never underestimate the stupidity of a fool with a tool (like Twitter). Carry on.
Mind you're Bs and Qs ?
This is great news. Jobs shortage or no, I would be deliriously happy to be stranded in the power tools section of my hardware store whilst an e-gopher retrieved what I wanted from a shelf in the depths of 'plumbing'. Most efficient warehouses use this tech today, so why not in a store?
As for the 'eye contact and empathy' comments, I for one won't miss trying to force those herculanian tasks on most of the 19-yr old dudes and dudesses I try to engage with in such places.
Akin Descriptor, no?
"mice are nocturnal animals covered in fur and not usually exposed to much sunlight"
young men have furry 'beards' (mostly), are largely nocturnal and therefore unless walking around in the nip are also not exposed to much sunlight. I want to believe!
Re: Ubuntu is past its "useful" point
Lost interest in the desktop when Unity came along, however have found it to be a rock Solid HOST OS to run my virtual guests.
I suspect you are right, Drone 7-of-whatever (it's probably not 9 I guess?)
PCs are dead. Ok, we're still kicking the corpse, but anything other than a cheap laptop doesn't sell any more unless you're an iMac-hipster needing to impress the girlfriend. So 'fat' Office is dead too I guess.
Tabs and Xboxes are toys until there is a compelling form-factor that out-lasts the current (yet dying) excitement that is the iPad/pod/slate/surface/slab. Both are seen as 'entertainment' devices meaning they are plugging the use cases for the sofa and home cinema/gaming.
For Microsoft to be diversified across all of these clearly isn't working and I see the cuts in the rot continuing. Now, becoming a main-line cloud player - that's different. Azure and cloud growth has gone from 'cool' to mainline and the growth figures are stupendous.
Re-imagining the dev and infra platforms for Windows (that is agnostic to the client) is a winning bet I think. The numbers hint at it at the very least.
Re: And with that a thousand smartphone backlights just went out...
In the world of the 'ever-new' wet dream, Nokia is a backwards 'legacy' device maker of things that are now completely useless. That's pretty much what you will hear from the MSFT execs when they pin their names to this.
Reality is that the Nokia brand is responsible for keeping a large part of the non-smartphone world communicating. A rock-solid (if ugly) operating system that underpins millions of service contracts. That we have blithely tried to copy with a brick called the NOKIA 130 and flog it instead. But let's ignore that. Let's pin our hopes on a market where there has been no real penetration of our OS. Let's pretend that the kids love it (a kid is younger than 35, right?). Let's kill the brand that has the most value.
Like a suicidal dope smoker, they just can't resist the last toke before they hit the ground.
Re: I did appear to be affected overnight...
Given that ElReg obviously put the intern on copy, mis-spelled places and all that, were you relating to "Hey, Preston! My average....etc" or am I too far west/south/soft/etc?
How right you are
Even though you're a spoiler there, it's a cert that this will be:
1) A painful rendition of (another) marketing genius taunted by his ego
2) An overplay of his (sad) demise
3) Product placement Nirvana
4) Un-mentioning of all the other clever people in his success
5) and yes, vacuous, poorly backed, forgotten quickly but available on Netflix now.
I liked Kingpin myself.
Excatly. It's a zero-sum argument that sees Microsoft wanting desperately not to continue to be seen as the 'last team player to be picked'. Again.
And I hate to think of how Windows is going to manage the address spaces for containers in the same way it's struggled for years with JVMs. The architecture will have to be a bolt-on methinks.
So another blade in an already large Swiss Army knife.
Re: Get the butter
Ocean's Eleven Director Steven Soderbergh is on the other line - he wants to sue for plagarism.
Yes and outside the f$cked up world of app/web/cool 2.0 you would be right. But in the hyperspace reality of tech-world, this is quite normal. It's *so* laissez-fair that I guess if you show enough front, you get away with it.
And you're probably right anyway - the programme itself is probably fluff, but it does give desperate managers a further stick, sorry, carrot to use in '360s' and Performance reviews. "Ms J S Node, have you thought about the benefits of delaying motherhood to a point where people will confuse you as grandparents of your children?'
Truth is stranger than fiction. And becoming more disturbingly so in this case.
Adverse Camber ahead...
"and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team has indicated that responsive images support is on their roadmap as well." This is politburo speak for 'we don't have an answer - yet - but now you've mentioned it, what a fab idea'. More evidence that the 'roadmap' for IE, so closely tracking the 'Surface' of another dimension is at best erratic and missed the whole multi-device idea.
Am I missing a trick?
Does the study take account of any signal contention? I swear that as the massed ranks of the One Direction fan club board the train, my healthy five bars of signal evaporates magically. Or would another Hogwarts metaphor apply here too?
Given the Borg-like logic of Microsoft, merely the mention of Chrome will relegate the comment to the bin. IE precedes Bing by many many years yet it still goes on like a Celine Dion performance at Vegas. People tried Bing, hated it, laughted at it and these days largely ignore it. but with IE, MSFT is in some weird self-inflicting Monkey trap. Chrome is just sooooo much nicer and faster to use for so many people.
I expect though, that ceding to a foreign browser somehow makes people less tied in the desktop flavour underneath. And there lies the rub. Expect IE to continue to contribute strongly to the demise of the (consumer) Windows Desktop and the infanticide of Surface and it's siblings.
It's simple highway robbery - your IP address or read a book.
Re: A suggestion for MS
I suggest you may have missed a point:
4) They manage to wrestle folks away from Windows 7
As of now, MSFT's active code base is supported (in various cocktails) from XP, through vista, Win7, Win8 and soon Win10. Not mention the server derivatives too.
People have obviously decided that even if looks are different, Win8 smells like a leap to a new vista. they have defined their buying behaviours on mobile by ignoring Surface and Phone. Why produce more answers when people have stopped asking the questions?
Re: Roughest Beta release I've seen but was able to get it useable
Did you compose this in Nano? Gedit is now available on most distros, I'm told.
Re: WHY WHY WHY WHY !!!!!!
"If BT pays fibre to every house as a general infrastructure upgrade it has to pay for it and recover the costs over 20 years."
Well guess what they've been doing with copper for the last 40 years? Making a loss?
Clever wiring work in the street means not having to build new ducts or trenches if you're stripping out. Per-capita cost is going to be far less than Virgin is spending at the moment (they DO have to dig the trench and put in the furniture).
Digging holes: Let's not forget that the STATE put in the massive copper infrastructure and since 198-something, BT has been milking it whilst selling us services atop that we have little option over.
'Line Rental' : If it's a 'service' then you would expect investment to be costed into that rental to give you the 'service' that post-Edwardians expect.
ISDN-2: When you pick a horse, be willing to buy a new one. Huge costs have been backing up in exchange architecture that seemed cool even after it was defunct. The rest of civilisation went ADSL.
Reflects our international stereotype quite well. Used to be clever, chose the tweed jacket, still wearing it.
OMG it's the Matrix V.wrong!!
"That is the sound of inevitability...'
I'm just surprised that Wales has not been caught in the monkey-trap sooner. A Think-tanker's delight in a world of puff, Wikipedia is held up as an example of constructivism and education, enlightenment, even.
So as in recent years Wales has been crabbing into shot on more of the world's broadcast media, we have to assume that all this rumpus is merely the man saying 'enough' against the machine that has become his nemesis.
I admire his resolve in keeping it at arm's length for so long.
'Apple does not limit the number of password entry attempts users could can make when attempting to access their iCloud accounts'
Well that's a red rag to a bull then.
Then let's mention it...
'The Hackney Cabs vs Uber dispute was presented as one of the stick-in-the-mud Luddites trying to fight change. And yes, the Hackney carriage end of the market is uniquely privileged by regulatory mandate. But the reality that Uber is simply a cheap taxi company that doesn't bother with the whole "get a licence from the pesky municipal authorities" thing seems to have been overlooked, and should be mentioned.'
My Desk would give an edit to include 'corrupt, morally-bankrupt, screwed-down-tighter-than-a-snare-drum' characteristics that personify the typical Black Cabbie that I have encountered over the years. I've been Shanghai-d in Sarf London, bollocked for living too close to Heathrow and worse.
The trouble of with the Cabbies is entitlement. Generally the savvy ex-union shop stewart who laughs down his sleeve at the posh pricks. Armed with 'The knowlege' that nobody has needed since the advent of sat-nav. Squirting as much fuel through the injectors to make the meter work harder, idling to compensate. Who do you know who drives like this?
That 'license' bears some similarities to 007's in the respect of making a killing whilst barely containing contempt for passengers. It may be the same with Private cabs, but at least it's caveat emptor when you book one of those. The same for Uber as far as I'm concerned. If you're happy to roll with the blows, it's Uber every time for a cheap ride.
If you want to pay pay a exorbitant tariff whilst getting Rodgered by the cabbie's driving, get a black cab. That sounds pretty disruptive to me.
More subtly - There's nothing new here
Yes, this concept that you pay for what you get has been around for years now and yes, you buy the 'version' you want to use (Like Office 20xx) and, well, use it without further concern.
What this article touches on nicely is the wonderful world of the commercial datacenter (read cloud) that has cottoned onto the idea of measuring what you are using. I see a growing facility with all wares where you can use pretty much what you like, so long as you pay for it. This is the meter of things with mobile phones today. You can call your Granny in Tihuana from Marrakech if you really want to and talk all day. You would then, of course be bankrupt and facing debt orders for the rest of your life, subject to credit worthiness in the first place.
So it will become(I believe a lot sooner than we think) in the world of software. AWS/Azure/other Cloud infra already allow you to ramp up as much virtual kit as you want/are allowed to do. There's no 'purchase' involved. No cost of ownership/capital shenanigans. And Office 365 and the ilk will be paid-as-consumed.
For hardware, well, that's disappearing and let's face it, slabs are absolutely devoid of installed functionality unless you're hooked up to Google on 'droid or Appstore on iOS.
I feel really quite sorry for Tim Berners Lee. Mention anything remotely connected with the WWW and up his name pops like a willing dog.
Personally I blame the guys n gals (whoever they are...) who developed all that XML that presented, represented and stored all the guff. Or the idea that TCP/IP would be encapsulated into GSM comms, or the idiots that gave us IRC.
I am a Luddite of course, but unlike Zuck, Schmuck and co, Berners-Lee only created a framework. A fool with a tool is still a fool ('in petulans') and every market-maker knew this. Was it MIT who put an entire catalogue of learning online and nobody even remembers that it's there?
Earlier posters have it bang-on, Maslow's 'needs' do apply, but I'm not exactly sure if they are needs or actually desires. The moron contemplation that 'it's me and my mates' on the internet prevails and so long as there are cretins to spout, there are cretins who want to hear it. A bit like going to the footie. Berners-Lee should be congratulated for his efforts but also take it upon himself not to step forwards when the words 'WWW' really mean 'the internet'.
Any comments on the Semantics of tumble-weed?
Bang on. It's MSFT caught between the bases here. Where the Surface started as a (rather unwise) pee-ing contest with Apple's iPad, this new Surface shows an army in full retreat. The failure of the app store and the platform generally for Devs just underlines that the (new) Windows consumer (user) is now all but extinct. 'Droid and iOS have seen to that and a windows tablet for my kids would be the equivalent of your Uncle bombing the party.
Since this is a Cnut-esque device manifesto (all users catered for, one device) it will charm the idealists that follow the Microsoft platform as Winbois. For the people putting their hand in their pocket, it will largely go un-noticed.
The keyboard-and-tab fudge with a pen just reminds me of those Toshiba Portege slabs that ran Windows Tablet edition so many years ago.
Re: Total Inability To Support Usual Performance (TITSUP)
Azure has lots of redundancy built in. Take the 'always make an opportunity out of a crisis' team who wrote the update. Instead of saying things in pragmatic terms, like 'network services', we get a parade of the various service feature (branded) names. But of course that's another rather convenient way of partitioning the issue (much like the contracts that hang off it) into financially manageable chunks when it comes to SLA true-up. A bit like saying after the event "despite the wind blowing the shed down, the foundations were functional at all times".
Divide by zero error?
I've been raging for years about the partitioning of my curiosity that is the news/lifestyle/comedy/suicide section of my Sunday papers. Now 'May contain nuts', 'contents may be hot', 'gamble responsibly'. it just goes on and on. After this debacle will we soon here the patter of little feet as they march to 'put one foot in front of the other' ® ?
No, THIS is terrible...
In what has no doubt 'percolated' down from Redmond/Soho in the coffee froth, I had to quote the following from a MSFT TAM in our organisation regarding the sad demise of the above said:
"Microsoft has a history of helping people get stuff done, and have focused our efforts on delivering digital work and life experiences that are reinvented for the mobile-first and cloud-first world, empowering every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more."
I mean W...T...F ? If there were a place in the space-time continuum that were further from the truth about Max Clifford, this surely has to be it??? My anxious media-studies intern couldn't master this on Charlie, so how do they get to this through the nightmare that is MSFT in Web 2.0?
Do you get sheeps? or cactuses? Or vertebras?
Who else has a pet latin plural misnomer favourite?
That's a pack of codswallop. Even with the 'smartest' tools like MS SCCM, System Center Service Manager and all the other collateral that Microsoft throw at us in the name of 'configuration management', most folks wouldn't have a scooby how an impacts their environment. WSUS gives you the right to 'choose' what to update if you have an on-site instance and Service Manager and SCCM are dumb to the updates apart from their file extension and any wrapper that goes around them.
And 'choosing' means 'deciding not to' in some cases for an update. Great! you know that you don't know what you're missing.
I love Linux (which makes me a rabid, jihadist monk who talks in binary and awk) which comes in major builds (and stable LTS versions) which means every time I run a big update, it's all taken care of. Oh and I can have whatever interface I choose. Including Unity, which makes Metro look like a Fisher Price toy.
Re: tablets? OS ?
I'm reading the article and the comments with some interest. It seems after several iterations of the world's annual GDP figures (over the lifetime of the 'tab-pc-phone'), there is no definitive solution other than to own 3 devices. PC for serious 'work', tablet for sofa-surfing and smartphone for boredom.
No pitch here but about a year ago Ubunut tried to crowd-fund something that just might have done it. The post-fail on this was they 'might' fly with the idea anyway. It was a neat idea without any proponents (except of course, Canonical). I think they got scared of the idea of committing to what I thought was a cool idea.
...and that was to have a tablet-like thing that you took pretty much anywhere and that hooked up to Monitors and keyboards, work networks and home likewise. A huge conflict of interests for most manufacturers of course looking to protect format revenue streams but a great idea nonetheless.
And there lies the problem I think. The pushers know most have us have at least 2 form-factors, possibly 3. Why upset the applecart if the money keeps getting spent on things that are (mostly) useful? Of course, Microsoft's particular space-time continuum demanded that the surface was the answer but everyone knows that's shite.
Eventually I think that somethingslab will win, probably a common TV interface or standard at home and more trad computing networks at work with a device that will span them both.
I have no idea what I'm talking about.
Agree. Still the lingering legacy of the Windows mobile monkey trap. Unable to escape from wanting to do the right thing but still not getting the rewards.
MSFT are now living the moribund existence of King Cnut, unwillingto even visualise the world with any sense of reality. And just because the world knows that a one-hand-comfy tablet is the way to go, doesn't meant that MSFT will pay any attention to it.
BTW, I rate the Surface as a good etch-a-sketch replacement, but it's just a brick to look at :-)
Doe not compute.
I'm still scratching my head on this one. What does IBM want with the iPad? Or maybe this is code for a new device that plugs to other 'enterprise' stuff.
Lenovo have made a bit of a splash with the Yoga in the enterprise, so is this a look back in anger at the premature disposal of the consumer computing business to the same some years ago?
Are we going to see a TTY emulator for Z/OS from Big Blue on the iPad real soon?
Re: So, let me get this straight...
"There are lots of highly skilled people at Microsoft. It is a shame all your political infighting at the top is getting in the way of some fairly decent products. Just look at the number of people who leave MS and startup their own company"
There are easily an equal number of opportune hires who came along in the 90's, creamed in the shares and are now wasting the company's future trying to retrofit the market to 'The Microsoft way' As an FTE I met them one after another and they are a toxic mix of incompetence and longevity.
You are right about infighting at the top, but I sense that Nadella is facing a considerable resistance to change in the way that Ray Ozzie did...the right agenda with the wrong audience. Must cost them meeelions to hire and fire these pop-stars, but hey the investors love pop-stars.
All that will happen with the contractor edict is a re-arrangement of resources to fit the middle-management report 'top-boxes'. No Win.
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