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"would have been better (for all) if it hadn't been born"
Not really. How many IT folk started on DOS/Windows and went on to bigger things? In its day, Windows 3.x was a neat little product that did what was needed - providing a user friendly, (almost) multitasking point-and-click layer on top of MS-DOS.
And in such a small footprint too (what went wrong here, Microsoft?).
Re: No Brainer
"Isolate the prototype Mk1 E-Cat, give it a measured input feed, and measure the output. How long can it keep it up? If it can continue to produce 2KW of output for an input of 306W then he's proved his case."
I'd agree he's proved his case (if it works), though were I a state regulator I'd be a little concerned about the 'industrial secret' catalyst he's using. Just what unobtainium is he using? Is it rare/expensive/dangerous? If so, he may have proved cold fusion, but at what cost/risk.
It sounds nice, but is that the smell of Snake Oil in the air?
Re: But it must be served at the table in tamper-proof containers...
Just bring the horse (or other meat-sack) to the table. If it's been tampered with (or molested in any way...I feel queasy...), it'll either be dead or not looking too healthy/amused.
Re: XBox One == Creepy Snooping Apparatus
Everyone's favourite Google fanboy comes out to play. Dear oh dear.
Now I love a conspiracy theory as much as the next man, but this is stretching it. Let's look with slightly more impartial eyes.
Well, Eadon is forever calling MS idiots, releasing stuff no-one wants, and now he insists that they're clever enough to pull a James Bond style conspiracy piece together. Really, he can't have it both ways. For a successful conspiracy, you need a small group of folk with a smattering of intelligence. Microsoft are not exactly small and the bigger the bureaucracy, the more unlikely a conspiracy is to succeed. Assuming that you're right that MS are releasing stuff that's rubbish/no-one wants, then how can they be smart enough to even think of such a clever ploy?
Google on the other hand fit the bill far better:
- Gather information and sell to the highest bidder = Check
- Proclaim 'do no evil' while sniffing data from a vast array of sources and using it for their own gain = Check
- Release devices (or at least an OS for the purpose - even smarter - let others build the devices!) that are designed to be always on and disseminate information = check
- Do all this while having a massively successful PR/Marketing approach that makes them look happy-clappy and fashionable (only Apple are better at this) = check
Google are a smart company that can get away with an awful lot. A better conspiracy candidate than tired old Balmer's boys.
And as for Trojan horse in your home - well, Google Glass goes far better than that. A spy device that goes everywhere and sees everything. Eadon, you're looking THE WRONG WAY!
But do I believe Google are really like that? No, not in a 'do evil' kind of way, and I don't believe Microsoft are either. Only a paranoid mind with a fanatical dislike of anything (whether good or bad) with a particular label on it would have such delusions.
Re: On the subject of ATMs
They also need them at pavement level in city centres - for those crawling (under the influence of copious quantities of alcoholic beverages) for a taxi and are in need of funds....
Agreed. Samsung should be careful - they might be accused of becoming the phone of choice for "Loose Women" and "I'm a celebrity..." viewers. Not good....
"Exotic matter. Lets build a stargate!"
But would it be pear shape....?
Let's play a game....
Guess the new 'revolutionary' Apple device. I'll start...
iSoap - has rounded corners, and cleans in a revolutionary way...
iToothpaste - has a minty taste, remove Starbucks coffee stains and leaves a shiny finish...
Re: Sorry, Master Yoda.
"EA Games - You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious."
Re: The largely unsuccessful - but rather good - Star Trek: The Motion Picture
I seem to remember it being referred to as "Star Trek: The (Slow) Motion Picture".
Essentially a well-written pilot for a TV series stretched to epic length. It's redeeming feature was the pretty good effects for the time.
Re: James Bond not a fair representation of intelligence?
For an accurate representation of the gritty realism of police work, you need Keystone Cops or Police Academy.
Re: I know who I believe,
While I agree about BB10 (the only handsets I've seen were on a rather desperate display stand in a shopping centre, plus a few gathering dust in shops), I've seen a fair few new Windows Mobile devices. Probably not to the same level as Android or Apple, I'll grant you, but still sufficient to justify it's place as an also-ran.
I'd sooner take a Windows mobile over either Android or Apple at the moment (And I use an iPhone and have a Galaxy Tab and a Nokia Lumia in the household).
The latter has become somewhat tired, with the cost no longer justifying it's benefits. When was the last time iOS actually gained anything innovative? Even Siri was an acquisition of an existing app. Of course, most of the iFashionistas replacing their iPhones yearly don't care, drinking skinny latte and smugly looking down on the Chavs with old BB or new 'Droid handsets..
The former is a mixed bag of random handsets (some good, some not so much, some waaaay too big...) with an underlying OS by a company who makes money by peddling personal data and advertising - 'do no evil'? Yeah, OK.... Besides, being associated with such an unnecessarily defensive, virulent, obsessive fanboy community sends shudders down my spine.
To be honest, all of them leave me cold at the moment. I'll stick to my iPhone 4 - yes, it's three years old, but it isn't the size of a small continent and runs everything I need and then some without any problems. At the end of the day, it isn't about the badge, it's about whether it does what you want it to do.
Always making it more difficult than it is.
If it's stuck in standby and your remote won't switch it on, then it's obvious:
Just needs a fresh set of AA batteries in the remote and we're good to go.
Re: "abusing current tax legislation"
The problem is an intentionally over-complicated tax system.
Keeping it complex means 'jobs for the boys' all round. The right get to keep tax accountants in jobs to find loopholes in the system for their millionaire customers, while the left keep masses of union membership fee paying Tax inspectors (plus lots of hangers-on) in cushy public sector jobs, rather than on the dole.
Keeping it complex means lots of ways for politicians to bribe the electorate with tax breaks/exemptions, while pretending that the tax system is somehow 'fair' (though the definition of 'fair' depends on who you talk to in what context).
Everyone's a winner.... unless, of course, you actually ARE a tax payer (who isn't a tax inspector/accountant/on benefits/a billionaire)...
Re: Windows 8 TO INFINITE FAIL AND BEYOND
Surely, this is the Windows Phone you've been waiting for? One that's cheap enough to warrant buying one on a regular basis to offer up as a blood-sacrifice to the great god of Ad Peddling Data Grabbers, the Google Monster.
Oh, and you don't need to shout - it makes you sound like the shouty bloke in the Cillit Bang! ads...
Re: the sky is falling
...all through the legitimate Google market place. Very good. Sounds like the policing of what is peddled in the store is a bit lax, bordering on negligent.
I could accept this on some back-street site, but Google? Really? A tad disappointing. 'Do no evil' may be their mantra, but 'ignore evil' appears to be reality.
I have Apple and Android devices. I have more faith in the former, which is a pity, because the better hardware is often the latter.
I'm indifferent about Apple kit. If it works, that's fine.
Reducing a car to a glorified mobile phone trinket? I don't care which vendor it is, this is bad in so many ways.
Excuse me, mine's the one with a full sickbag in the left pocket.
Instructions for Battery Ventilation Conduit
1) Cut hole directly through fuselage directly above battery compartment.
2) Line with bricks (components labelled a1), using mortar (bag b1, add water*).
3 )At exit point on fuselage exterior, use ornate bricks (component a2) to raise above fuselage line.
4) Finally, mount chimney pots (component a3) using remaining mortar (bag b1).
In use, do not be alarmed by smoke rising through the conduit. This is a design feature intended to add an 'old world' aesthetic. If, however, flames are seen, use enclosed bucket* (component a4) to extinguish, otherwise flaming death crash may ensue (please refer to Bible - component a5).
*Water not included.
Re: Dear 'The Register'
Perhaps, in the interest of balance we should refer to HTC and other peddlers of Android devices as Googlebitches and Dell as Ballmer's Lapdog...
China? Right minded? Surely you mean Left minded? They are (allegedly) a People's Republic and socialist paradise after all...
I went to Wales once.
On a separate note, perhaps one of the Yanks at Amazon ran a book through a English to Welsh translator and got back a stream of vowels that made less sense than Klingon, thought it had buggered up and gave it up as a bad effort. He then went onto translating it into a more useful language, like Esperanto or Latin.
Re: Brutal China
As opposed to the Peoples Republic of Google? Where the secret police drive around with massive WiFi sniffing camera cars and every web-enabled device becomes a portal for Google Propaganda and information gathering...
Welcome to the Brave New World, Comrade!
Re: "This Country"
And Derby (Toyota and Rolls Royce).
"And for privatising companies. Where has all the money gone in our almost bankrupt nation? All taken by the companies she sold off, keeping their owners in big houses and fat payouts."
Most of it went trying to keep the welfare state and the NHS staggering on, propping up the failed nationalised white-elephants like Rover (destroyed by civil servants 'good at spending YOUR money, badly' and union militancy).
Not to mention paying off an obscene national debt that only seems to spiral further out of control whenever Labour get into power and spend beyond their means.
Re: Dear Microsoft...
You had me until the last part. I'm an iOS user. It's like living in an old stately home. Sure, it's nice enough, quite safe and secure, but it's a little old fashioned and in need of a facelift.
The Windows Phone is prettier and in many ways better designed - it doesn't look nearly as dated though. As for whether the Apple environment is richer, well a stately home has lots of pointless decorations and oddities (like stuffed animals and large statues etc) that probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Thousands of fart and wallpaper apps don't really convince people much these days either...
I think it has some uses, for CPU heavier loads in particular. Might make a nice box for a tiny vSphere/Hyper-V test lab - that kind of thing.
Price is a tad heavy though. The description of it being a bit too polished seems pretty accurate.
Re: "he expects will see weapons remain holstered"
And as these drones are small enough that the Animal Lib folk believe they can't be seen, well, the farm boys can't be blamed if they're merely cracking off a few rounds on their private land and accidentally shoot down the robo-snooper. Not being an expert on Australian gun law, I guess that depends how liberal they are.
I wonder what RF jamming tech would do to one of these drones. Probably stick it into a safe-mode hover until it crashes? Or perhaps an automated landing? Either way, probably on the private land it's spying on.....
Re: This was just what they needed!
Will that be $49.99 for the license and the remainder on the hardware budget...
@ M Gale
While venting can be therapeutic, the first thing your rant did was make me smile, shake my head and think one thing....
'A bad worker blames his tools'
Re: Pyongyang Photoshop patent prank portrays wet People's Army.
The video is possibly some of the worst, mind-numbing propaganda efforts ever. I can imagine Goebbels shaking his head in disapproval.
But the photo..... Well I'm convinced.... RUN! THE NORKS ARE COMING!
This sounds like one of those "we've invented it so we can brag" exercises. Within a home, IPv4 on a domestic WLAN would be fine. I'll not be letting utilities or government control my devices either.
At the moment, this is about as attractive as an IPv6 Chocolate Radiator.
Re: Follow the money
"Who has made the investment in developing these plants - hint it isn't Britain"
And why would Britain seriously invest money in solar tech of this magnitude. You do know that the UK isn't known for its all year high sunshine levels.
Britain does invest ridiculous levels of subsidy in wind power, which at least has the merit of being more relevant in Blighty, even if throwing the cash into a money-burning power station would probably be more useful.
Great Leader "Quick! Reboot the Belkin Router!"
Lacky "Yes, I shall, Great Leader. If that doesn't work, I shall visit the lapdog bourgeoise capitalist pigdogs."
Great Leader "Where in the world?"
Lacky "PC World."
New Solution: Windows For Workgroups
Give Eadon a break!
You know he's just doing this one to pull your chain.
Besides, El Reg needs its pet foaming-at-the-mouth fanatical freetard.
I'm liking the idea of automatically switching, but I have a concern -
Let's take a real-world scenario. A person has a wifi connection to their home broadband connection. It's cheap as chips and isn't capped, but it's slow (let's say less than 4Mbps). They have this swanky new 4G phone with this solution. Will this solution simply ignore the wifi (because technically it's an inferior connection) and switch over to the nice fast 4G connection every time?
For many users, a slow, cheap connection is better than a fast expensive connection. The wifi connection may not be as fast, but it might be 'all you can eat' and isn't likely to leave the bank balance depleted when you go over the cap on the 4G contract. I may sound like a conspiracy theorist (please forgive me), but this seems to benefit the mobile providers though....
Re: With a PC it is generally straight forward to replace the OS
"You're really not up to speed on Secure Boot, are you?"
And you're still missing the point. I'm talking about breaking away from the old monolythic attitude that phone manyfacturers have of tying a particular hardware to particular OS. I'm not talking deep-dive technical, more philosophy. And besides, SecureBoot (if implemented properly) needn't be an impediment to this.
But don't worry your pretty little head with such matters if it's all a little too conceptual for you.
It's all very well seeing new OS for phones but...
...the issue of being locked in gets in the way. The issue is not dissimilar to PCs only being shipped with Windows (upsetting Eadon and co for example), only even more complex.
With a PC it is generally straight forward to replace the OS. With smartphones, in spite of very similar architectures to each other, replacing the OS is near impossible for the man on the street. The manufacturers compound this by insisting that a specific handset is tied to an OS - look at HTC who offer a specific design for a Windows phone and another for Android.
I'd like to see manufacturers offer a range of handsets from cheap to top end with a choice of OS and the ability to change the OS in a relatively simple manner. Obviously, you wouldn't get Apple on board, but it's in the interests of Microsoft as they haven't made the inroads they would like and it broadens their potential market, while it also opens the field to Linux derivatives who can enter the market place without needing to develop hardware. If the datamongers at Google are as open and nice as they claim, they too would be able to jump on board. Heck, even Blackberry might be able to clutch a straw.
Now that's what I call an open architecture that might drive some innovation in an otherwise stagnant space.
We can but wish. I see the porcine community donning jet packs as we speak....
Most 16 year olds have seen far more on paper/screen anyway and have the Kleenex to prove it.
"The firm suggested the matter had been "blown out of proportion". "
I'm sure the lad in question wishes this was case....
Re: Oh VMware
You rather miss the point. You do realise that this is actually about accessing a remote virtual desktop (View), rather than actually running Windows on an iPad?
This is about the ability to access applications and data regardless of platform and (believe it or not) has its uses. It obviously isn't that bad an idea - VMware aren't the only ones who do this, such as Citrix.
Re: Acer's Wang: Size of PC shipments to shrink month after month....
But if the droop continues, will Wang find himself hung out to dry? I mean, if things get that bad, Acer may see Wang as well hung.
Sorry. I couldn't resist.
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