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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....
Whether you agree or not, you've got to admit that he has a great turn of phrase!
For me, this is the word of the day.
Think of the children!!!!!
My other half just told me about this. She said "Have you read about this virus on the Daily Mail site..."
At this point, I clenched my eyes shut and endured the pain of Daily Fail Panic Headline Syndrome.
Re: Identity Crisis
It needs to emit the smell of bacon butties and coffee and dispense beer on Fridays too.
Barely any city in the UK has a nice logical system (though Milton Keynes springs to mind) as most layouts go back centuries.
Most US highway junctions are nice sprawling affairs with pretty logical lane markings. The UK equivalent are often, shall we say, at best 'space constrained' and at worst confusing/dangerous. This is combined with lane widths that aren't generally as wide as the equivalent US roads, putting cars in closer proximity. The density of traffic in the UK is very high (it is a surprisingly small island, in case you hadn't noticed).
All this is not a good recipe for automatic, self drive robo-cars.
Oh, and trust me, UK drivers are in no way better than anywhere else (many should probably be using a white stick and a guide dog, while others will never go shopping for indicator bulbs).
Re: Things I would like to see
The first Google-buggies with post traumatic stress disorder, shuddering in a lay-by near you soon!
Not worth the shoulder injury...
I've yet to be convinced by mobile workstations this size. There are plenty of 15" devices with graphic boards that can output to large screens without weighing a tonne. 17" isn't that great an increase in real estate and in this case, any benefit is wiped out by the mediocre resolution.
Better off with a lighter 15" affair and a desktop 24" or so screen (or two) of a better resolution.
Fortunately, no. My daughter has on old Nokia on WinPho 7.x and we both hate Zune. With WinPho 8.x, you can do pretty much everything through a file browser if you want, though the newer Windows phone software is OK (The Windows 7/8 software will talk to iTunes if you want to enter that level of hell).
Re: Listen, sonny...
Actually (not wanting to sound pedantic, but it's Friday, I'm still at work and have had no beer), the Boeing 720 was a shortened 707 (by about 9ft), with shorter legs. The 720B was the turbofan variant of the 720.
The first 720 was heavily used in the 70's by Led Zeppelin as a private jet. Very rock'n'roll.
If they made this mandatory I'd purposely listen to Black Lace every time I post. Just for the hell of it...
Re: RAM... bo?
More RAM affects power consumption - if you don't need it, why have it? On a budget phone, we aren't exactly talking about running Oracle databases...
Re: Might consider this
While I sympathize, such words are heresy to the fandroid faithful.
I note the down arrow inquisition has begun...
Re: Salt Flats only craft - Wow (not)!
According to their website, pontoons are an option. It also states that it can run for 1.25 hours - but I doubt you'll get that with pontoons, so don't go too far out to sea!
Re: I can't help but wonder...
Would that be before or after *insert country* Marines land, in force, to 'liberate' the local population?
Re: Drilling post holes?
"Gerroff arrr land!" (waving laser around like a farmer's shotgun)
Re: 566 terawatts a day?
"Solar is a great idea, most roofs are empty with nothing on them, and could easily be built from solar materials, cover every roof in the UK and you would generate all the power we need..."
Lets take this an item at a time:
"Most roofs are empty" - For most roofs, this is a good thing. Most roof structures weren't designed to take the weight of the roof, plus solar panels - let alone the occasional high winds that hit.
"Could easily be built from solar materials" - Given the high price of housing already, unless you can make these "solar materials" as cheap as existing roof materials, not likely. On the flip side, better than putting a roof on a new property then lobbing panels on top. Subsidy is a bad idea in any context - using tax payers money to hide the sins of a questionable idea....
"Cover every roof in the UK and you would generate all the power we need" - except we wouldn't due to the number of south facing roof tops (as you rightly point out), and that UK weather isn't constantly good enough to generate that much juice all the time - particularly in the winter when it's needed most.
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