556 posts • joined 12 Sep 2011
Has our laser-toting explorer...
...found any cats yet?
After all, we all know what Curiosity has form for.
Likely buyers for the lawnmower engine version.
Pensioners, drivers of a nervous disposition or (somewhat affluent) parents buying a first car for their little girl in funky colours might go for the less urgent model, if only for the cheap insurance.
Re: Moon is a harsh mistress
Putin wants a secret lair where he can sit in a ridiculously oversized 60's style chair and stroke a cat, plotting world domination. Think Bond villain or Dr Evil...
Re: Stop! Take a breath...
2000 was very much 50℅. It always seemed like a product rushed out the door, with XP being the intended finished product.
I had one of the early betas when it was still labeled NT5. Basically NT4 with plug'n'pray plus a few bells and whistles.
That's largely why I describe 2000 as 'meh' - it wasn't bad, but it wasn't finished either.
I ignored Windows ME because I'm in obviously in denial - I'd forgotten possibly the worst Windows release of all. I hang my head in shame.
Stop! Take a breath...
It would appear that the negative ranters have already started.
Perhaps a pause for thought is in order. MS definitely have a subconscious alternating between releases. 98 was good (particularly SE), 2000 was meh. XP was good, Vista was an abomination. 7 was good, 8 - well beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Maybe 9 will be just fine. Take 8's underpinnings and fix the GUI and who knows...
So THAT'S how they do it....
I always wondered how all the cheap stuff on Amazon etc from China seems so ridiculously cheap given the shipping etc - they get the Yanks to ship it!
Alternative name for Blu-Ray 4K...
A number of options...
1 - Spell "Blu" properly, and as it's 4K, hence more - Bluer Ray
2 - Purple Ray (or any other colour of choice "the new blu"...)
3 - I'd say Ultraviolet-ray, but as UV is already used for the DRM shackled download service...
4 - Don't bother with a new name as the adoption won't be high enough to warrant mass production and the associated marketing (cynical answer).
If I put nude selfies up, any thief would be straight down the pshrinks with PTSD. They'd be that bad, they'd probably qualify as WMD.
For that matter, I'd be ill if I saw my own (hypothetical) nude selfies....
Re: Internet of toilets
Well, having read this report, I'm not only glad I own a Nokia, but one that doesn't even register as a model worthy of thieving. Phew! I can leave my phone in the car etc and not worry.
Gotta love them statistical reports. I am definitely in the wrong job.
Re: re: There are also many who aren't happy with the limitations of Windows
"Unless of course you mean a Microsoft Monopoly Sponsored portable."
Would that be as opposed to Google Monopoly Sponsored portables? Compare the number of Android tablets and phones to Windows and I think you'll see my point.
The days of MS being a full-on monopoly are largely over (and a good, healthy thing too - though now we have Google going down a similar road), however, bleating on about the bad old days does rather sound like a pensioner still refusing to buy German because of the war.
Re: Flash/Non Flash.
Let's take these a point at a time:
Windows Phone rot - 1.5% market share? According to IDC, it's 2.5%, and higher in the US. Even so, 1.5% is a good few handsets in its own right. It's squeezed out Blackberry, which isn't a bad performance for a platform that really is (too?) late to the party.
Nobody writes apps for that platform - OK, how about Cisco for a start, or Microsoft themselves. Maybe EA if you're into games. 120,000 apps isn't too shabby, so to say nobody is stretching it.
Consumers consider apps a must - Really? After a few games, it's mainly social media apps, email, browser and music apps. While a geek consumer may want a hundred apps to do the same job, average Joe, isn't nearly as fussed. Businesses might like to see more focused business apps.
MS has a poor record on hardware - Consumers don't currently 'see' MS hardware on phones - they see Nokia (or the odd HTC WinPho). Even if they did, poor record on hardware? MS have had the odd issue, but no worse than any other manufacturer. Look how many old MS mice there still are out there for a start.
...lies and mistruth - General consumers, again, haven't seen headlines on that area from MS in the mainstream press for sometime and they aren't so fickle anyway. If they were, more recent stores about Google's policies on information peddling would have them flocking away from Android and Chromebook, but they don't.
To close, vive la difference. If everything collapsed down to Android and a niche of iOS (now there is a declining share), where's the choice? Do we really want Google 'owning' all mobile devices in the same way MS 'owned' PCs? Why trust Google any more than MS?
Windows Phone is a worthwhile, easy to use, lean platform, even if MS haters are blinded by prejudice and Fandroids sneer. Its biggest sin? It was too late to a market already invaded by dumpster loads of cheap Android and established Apple.
So proving the superiority of Windows Phone - no problems with theft as thieves apparently aren't interested!
Fortune favours the foolish....
I've had no problems with Office 2013 docs on OneDrive, however, I am VERY foolish.
I rather sympathize. I'm happy to see the core count increase, but I'd like to see the amount of supported RAM increase too. It's time that the manufacturers stopped simply feeding fanboy gamers GHz and driving up costs and started pushing more power efficient horsepower through smarter techniques (more cores/threads and improved simultaneous operations for a start).
Of course, the software industry needs to be engaged too - big fast single core, like masses of RAM and disk has lead to really lazy approaches to software. Don't believe me? Look at the disk foot print of Windows NT through to 7/8.
Am I getting old?
I remember when Proliants were beige, weighed a ton and had a Compaq badge - and had the hot swap SCSI hard disks with the pair of claret colour catches that kind of butterfly out from the center. Ah, the good old days...
Re: Look at the bright side
"WinPhone users know that they are part of the 1% (of the market) !"
Spoken like a true conformist. If the apps that are available (and there are plenty) are fit for what the user needs and the device and OS are stable, maintained and secure (sometimes an issue with some Android implementations), how is market share relevant?
I don't see Mac or Linux users bleating about small market share being a problem to them.
colour me cynical...
This is nothing to do with supersonic underwater freight or passenger transport - this is a weapons project.
The Chinese navy have been pursuing ways to crack American carrier groups for a good few years to stop any intervention in a Taiwan crisis.
They already have airborne tech (ballistic and cruise) either in development or service, but these have or can be countered with existing technology.
What better than a standoff underwater supersonic heavy weapon? Place your sub say a hundred miles away and take pot shots with weapons that have practically no counter at the moment at ships that move massively slower - even a screen of sacrificial escorts wouldn't do much good as they are unlikely to be able to move fast enough to intercept.
Re: even a tomahawk can be loaded with a nuke.
Might make a good scalpin' a bit messy.
"...shopping in the market, attending a wedding - when a rocket from a US drone or aircraft "
Substitute (insert religious/ political belief) fanatic with a bag of semtex/cylinder of nerve gas/lethal bio agent.
Doesn't need super-tech to cause death and destruction.
What a wonderful world.
Re: Re "which could potentially bypass missile defences"
The DF-21 is an old skool MRBM, similar to the old Pershing missiles of old. Being ballistic, those sort of speeds aren't unusual (the Pershing could do Mach 9).
Top Marx for the title. I assume it has Mao's support for an input device? I think its Stalin for a chance at getting somewhere, especially if they have a good five year plan, but in these early days, they're still Lenin.
I need more coffee.
Re: It isn't called "Word" for nothing
A "Sentence" is what you've endured while trying to write a long document only to find Word hang and auto save corrupted.
You know you've lived...
... when you've had vending machine coffee at a sewage works. Contrary to expectations, it wasn't pumped in straight from the sewage intake - the alleged coffee was much worse.
Re: I'm a Nespresso fan
My wife is a fan. It's OK - certainly convenient, but somewhat over-hyped. I tend to refer to it as her MaxPaxKlix machine, just to annoy her.
Re: I smell a shill
I smell irrational open-source fanboy narrow mindedness.
It's all about the right tool for the right job - if a closed source product (even MS) can do that better, so be it.
Re: A country where it is harder to arrange extradition than the UK.
"Possibly because it has a history of turning a blind eye to the actual rules?"
Poor argument - it would still be easier to get him out of the UK. The British legal system struggles to protect its own citizens, let alone an arrogant, hypocritical self-publicizing foreigner.
Boycotted Intel? AMD do R&D in Israel and Broadcom have offices there that employ staff too - are you boycotting them too?
Boycotting companies in Israel is pretty pointless and in some cases counter-productive, especially if those companies employ Palestinians as well as Israelis (and most do).
Re: I don't think you'll see Windows 9.
@archaon - typo on my part :-)
Office 365 isn't the 365th release either. My point still stands.
I don't think you'll see Windows 9.
And not for the reason that most MS haters would wish for. I can seriously imagine a time not so far away when MS drop the number from the name and end up just calling it Windows. After all, nearly all of the current references to Office now refer to Office 365 rather than Office 2014 - it wouldn't be a leap to imagine Windows going in a similar direction and by moving to an incremental update model for features as well as updates is a sign of things to come.
I wonder if Windows itself will move to an Office365 style subscription model too? Now that's a controversial idea...
How many strikes...?
I guess this is more generous than a three-strikes kind of rule - after all, you have ten fingers and I suppose if you have one left, you can still use a PC, so you haven't breached their God given human right to Twitter completely.
Thumbs up - to demonstrate a serial offender.
Re: Makes sense
Your argument only really holds water with Workstation/Fusion licensing. For ESXi (we'll ignore the free license option), going for a pair of Mac Minis would be the same as licensing a dual socket workstation, but be a bit more resilient (and a little more portable).
Re: "In the UK, Cortana will have a local accent ..."
Might have to use Google Translate as you drive by some areas....
Of course Cisco would be lukewarm about network virtualisation.
In the same way as turkeys tend to be a bit lukewarm about Christmas.
At the end of the day, it's all about the right tool for the right job. Would you put a monster Cisco Nexus switch in a small village post office? Of course not.
Re: Short-term vs. Long term
"That's news to us that lived through the 18-year Conservative government in 1979-1997."
That's called democracy, old chap. And it was a sight better than the alternative in those days.
Re: Probably a stupid question
"I herewith declare the downvoters as retards and fools."
Although I fit both of those categories, I feel no need to downvote. Does this mean I'm cured?
Not too surprising.
While the likes of Apple and Samsung (plus MS with Surface) have all rested somewhat on there laurels cranking out perfectly competent products at a specific price bracket, there are a considerable number of second-tier brands and no-name manufacturers who have recognised that there is a gap in the market for devices that are 'good enough'.
I've recently bought an 8" android tablet (quad core, 16GB memory) for sub £100 - with a decent screen and pretty good build quality. For most, this sort of device fits the 'good enough' description and purchasing (or even losing/damaging) such a device is easier to swallow than spending 3-4 times as much simply because of brand name.
It starts with statistics...
..and carries on until the more obsessed looks start looking at ideas like "Positive Discrimination" and quotas that are inherently racist/sexist - i.e. You're screwed if you're a white male in this example.
Not one lefty-PC drone considers whether it is simply a case that, for whatever reason, less people in some of their discriminatory groups/labels are just not interested in a given career, or perhaps that the few candidates who are just aren't as good as their peers.
Jobs, pay etc should be on merit, not meeting made-up statistics.
Re: I object
"Don't dis' The Hooker, y'all. Bitch."
While he was great in Hooker, his wig should've received a credit for valiantly hanging onto the Shat's head in all those action scenes.
Well, given that MS are ejecting quite a few ex-Nokia folks, if real-Nokia do get back into the game, I wonder how many of these folks will end up back with the mother ship?
Re: Nokia excretes Windows Phone 8.1
Bob excretes needless comments.
It's not the mind reading you have to worry about...
... It's when they give themselves read-write access you have to worry!
Flash - saviour of the universe....
Or not, as the case may be.
But I digress. The revelation that there are insecure unpatched installations out there is a bit like making proclamations about the toilet habits of bears that frequent forested areas. Flash is very common on home devices, but probably less commonly used than it used to be. If its update function fails, most won't know/care. A bit like the free couple of months of Symantec abandoned on home PCs by users reluctant to pay for AV.
It's no worse than Java, where old versions are often retained simply because backward compatibility is often a problem.
Re: Out of curiosity ...
" Why the fascination with a totally useless backwater cul-de-sac nation?"
Probably because in its own way, North Korea is good for comedy value. This, of course, means its fair game for Vulture Central.
"They were giving away cocktails, margaritas and tequila sunrises at the end"
So well worth the trip then. Don't see a problem:
Step 1 - Ignore bureaucrat fluff-speak
Step 2 - Alcohol.
I have a couple of Apple chargers, but fear not, I have an iExtinguisher.
Re: Hilarious coming from a company that has NEVER done any R&D
Strikes me that an opinion of a company that doesn't do any competitive development would be a better choice than asking, for example, IBM.
Especially given how Dell have developed a pretty successful footprint in the commercial tech market giving folk what they want rather than pie-in-the-sky.
Is their opinion any less valid than yours? Like most, you have your own bias, and it is quite clear in your case that you see red when Dell or Microsoft are mentioned. Your choice, of course, but a tad prejudiced.
And so the circle of life continues
The laptop was viewed as old fashioned, with proponents pushing NetBooks as the wave of the future...
Then the NetBook got pushed aside as yesterdays gadget for Tablets....
Now tablets are getting replaced with a device with a keyboard. Oh, isn't that, sort of like.... a laptop?
Next, in the news...
And todays Daily Fail Apocalypse Panic is....
- BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports
- NASA rover Curiosity drills HOLE in MARS 'GOLF COURSE'
- WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?
- Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9
- Shellshock: 'Larger scale attack' on its way, warn securo-bods