TV production note...
Memo - Don't put Mystic Meg on the On Screen Graphics console again.
711 posts • joined 12 Sep 2011
Memo - Don't put Mystic Meg on the On Screen Graphics console again.
And we can then hack the subwoofer system to make it sound like an ice cream van. Now that's a good prank.
Given that Apple's OS X is also 10, and seems to follow update after update, without ever turning it up to 11, it would appear to be their unfinished symphony too.
"Does it still use things like "C:" to identify drives ? How very 1980s !"
If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Besides, there's nowt wrong with the 80's - Adam Ant, Ford Escort RS Turbo and only four TV channels.
On point (A), agreed, but this is Google, not Microsoft's fault - right or wrong, they chose not to offer apps on Windows Phone. There are sufficient alternatives that work fine and its not that big an issue.
On the walled garden point, I rather prefer this to the anarchic, inconsistent approach with Android. A better fit for a corporate environment and makes things far less complex (particularly from a security standpoint) for a non-technical user.
On point (C) - HERE is the standard on Nokia (Microsoft) and voice navigation and maps are free, and work offline too, so you're being up there wrong tree here.
Needs a nice spicy BBQ sauce with that.
It's funny. The usual eco-warrior types bleat that Lewis is a heretic who should be flayed alive for reporting something that doesn't fit their opinion, while they calmly accept, without question equally bias drivel from the opposite corner (ie Auntie Beeb).
Good for comedy value, less so for open mindedness. So very "progressive"...
And most users wouldn't know, notice or care. Unless you're really pushing serious data rates (which few users in general, Apple or otherwise, do), SATA mode SSD is adequate.
But, I suppose, if you pay Pro prices, you should get Pro parts.
"composition will be 50-50 between middle management & politicians"
But what will happen without all the telephone box cleaners?
I'd say Birmingham is pretty bad, but you can't blame the staff as there's rarely any around.
Luton looks more like the set from a 1960s comedy "Carry on Baggage Handler" perhaps?
Make it a government contract with massive opportunities for corrupt dealings. Call it Jurassic Pork.
I'd buy that for a dollar!
Very vocal and judgemental when you consider that you're commenting on pre-release software with Windows Phone 10.
Ever thought that your IRC client on said pre-release on RAM constrained hardware might be there problem?
I do think this is more of a Surface issue than a Windows issue. My Linx tablet (on Windows 8.1) has no such issue and I rarely shut it down fully (leaving it in the standby mode for the most part). Even leaving applications open etc rarely causes issue.
I'd add that Japan and Italy both sided with the Allies in the first World War - Japan from 1914, Italy from 1915 - both before the US in 1917. Yet, in the 1939 conflict, Japan and Italy were on the opposing side.
Let's also remember that the USSR went from enemy at the end of the revolution into the 1920's, through to aggressive neutral in 1939 (Molotov-Ribbentrop pact and carving up Poland), to ally when the Nazis turned on them, to opponent in the Cold War until the collapse.
Isn't diplomacy exciting? Less art, more soap opera.
Hi, I work for American MegaCommCorp and I'd like to offer a superior technology offering as an alternative tender. Smoke Signals are a tried and tested solution. Officers are equipped with a lighter, some wood and a really pretty blanket and....
You've been able to do MSCS in VMware for a while (I've dealt with it all the way back on ESX 2.5). With 6.0 though, there is support for vMotion of nodes - so they are portable now. You still need RDMs and anti-affinity rules though.
Tom above is quite correct about iSCSI as a workaround too. This works well on NetApp or Equalogic kit.
"Both msknight and I have been downvoted. "
This is El Reg - the only thing you can count on is you'll always find someone who doesn't like what you say. I'd like to add to further options:
3) Linux fanatic who thinks you shouldn't waste such a fine OS on such minor hardware.
4) Toshiba Ninja who doesn't appreciate you using a Tosh in the way it was designed.
5) Someone who just generally dislikes everything - because haterz gonna hate, yeah?
"And having brought at least one of them back, he'll retreat to his perfect-acoustics room, fit that last stylus and..."
Nah, it'll be Brotherhood of Man with 'Save all your kisses for me'. Not half, pop-picker!
You're remarkably 'challenged' if you think things would be better run under Red Ed. We had a decade and a half under Labour and as much outsourcing carried on there as afterwards, only combined with a fiscal incontinence that would make a drunk Premiership footballer's wife look tight.
The problem with technical skills in the UK is two-fold. Firstly, they've been devalued by decades of media/sports coverage drumming into kids that they should be the next gangsta rapper or superstar footballer. Secondly, those who do move forward with education aren't encouraged towards disciplines that might be of worth to the economy - funds are limited, and yet we pump out masses of media studies and art history graduates. In the past, students were able to get company sponsorship through university for relevant qualifications - uncontrolled government issue student grants (that, of course, became unsustainable, leading to loans) killed that and lead us to the current mess.
Sorry, but the Arch Info Peddler's data gathering apps are a hodge-podge of hobbled web apps. Office 365 frankly blows it out of the water. Gmail's web interface is a painful abomination.
"You forgot 2K which was also good."
True, but it was neck and neck with Millennium edition which was, shall we say, less good.
I have no real yearning for an Apple Watch (for a start - I lack the pre-requisite compatible iPhone/iOS device. However, I shall watch with interest to see how imaginative the application development side progresses. The lag issue is concerning but I guess as the hardware matures and becomes less dependent on the phone, plus smarter coding, things will improve.
I like the idea of the rail enquiries app - as someone who does end up fumbling with a phone checking whether I've missed the train I'm trying to catch.
The gravy train is open to all!!!
I don't see the US or EU courts getting in the way of MS here. Their mobile market share is too small and there's nothing in the integration pitch that Google or Apple don't do to some extent (better or worse), plus MS offer their services on all platforms (as do Google, but not Apple). Hard to argue competition in this case.
My order of choice would be MS, iPhone, BB and Android. Android bottom for me, simply because it's a fiddly pain in the ass to look after and use, inconsistent between makes and models (making it a pain to manage). Security is questionable, patches infrequent. Not a convincing recipe as a business device. It's redeeming feature is the mobile Chrome browser is good.
I like iPhone, but frankly its overpriced for what you get - and there's no such thing as cheap. BB does seem a little 'burning platform' these days. Windows Phone is evolving nicely, MS keep it maintained far more than the Droid manufacturers manage to and the handset range of pricing rivals Android (from bargain basement to top of the line).
Of course, experiences vary, but having owned or looked after a number of each, I'll stick with Windows for now (not that I believe this IDC report mind you...).
I have wondered about getting Gartner or IDC to write up a nice report based on my CV. Obviously, the industry will take it really seriously and everyone will offer me copious amounts of money....
A sticky situation right there.
Agreed. Not to mention, too much weight on one side induces back strain. If, like me, you have a substantial laptop, rather than a salesman posing toy, this is an issue.
Backpack is my weapon of choice on the underground too!
You do know that this old chestnut died a rather long time ago. Firstly, MCSE was dropped in 2008 in favour of MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional). With Windows Server 2012, the MCSE returned, but became "Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert".
And as for such a pretentious interpretation of the title "Engineer" - like "Consultant", "Architect" and even "Doctor", it's so over-applied in so many other ways (including beyond IT), that such snobbery really belongs in the mid 20th century.
Whether you like it or not, language evolves - after all, what the Americans have termed a "Railroad Engineer" for well over a century is what in the UK would be described as a "Railway Driver" - he doesn't design or build it, does he?
"I cannot work out why you think that looking at "cool stuff" is in anyway a preparation for a career in aerospace or mechanical engineering?"
Looking at cool stuff is how to get kids interested in the first place. A good example is chemistry - nice energetic reactions (loud bangs, smelly noises especially) get attention and have the cool factor. If you hammer kids with the mundane, they glaze over and lose interest, watch x-factor and decide they want to be a pop star instead.
One of the key reasons we struggle to get kids into careers in any form of engineering is because of the misinformed view of it being dull. Without emphasis to some degree on the "cool stuff", you won't get them interested in the first place and they won't be bothered to gain even a layman's knowledge, let alone go anywhere near a career.
I have to agree - if you compare a Linx 10 to a Surface 3, then the price tag has it, unless you really need the hardware extras (digitizer, posh keyboard) and brand name. I have a Linx 8 (I was replacing a Droid tablet with something more interesting and useful) and I've been impressed. It was under £80 - so a fraction of the cost of an iPad Mini and frankly leaves it in the shade.
On the other hand, comparing a Linx 10 to a Surface Pro is another matter. The Surface Pro is the next tier up as it has considerably more horsepower. If the Surface is an iPad alternative, then Surface Pro is more or less aimed at MacBook Air territory, though obviously, the keyboard extra might make it a bit more expensive.
On the storage point, fast storage has actually become quite easy to address, largely due to SSD technology and some of the clever software solutions out there (Atlantis and VMware VSAN spring to mind).
VDI actually improves management and control - using template deployed desktops, particularly in the Linked Clone/non-persistent type approach makes maintenance and security much easier - more so in a zero/thin client estate. Managing disparate desktops and laptops, each requiring regular feeding and watering with OS and application patches and AV, all the while distancing themselves from the initial configuration is always going to be much more painful, even with products like SCCM etc to help. Of course, in a smaller environment man handling lots of old fashioned thick clients is less of a problem, but scale it up...
I agree that it's not the right fit in all cases (what solution is?), but it can be used to solve some really serious issues in increasing varieties of use cases. But I'd add this - If a salesman tries to tell you it'll save you money - smile politely, then kick his sorry ass out of the door!
I believe MacLaren are the baby buggy manufacturers. Not too far wrong - pricey products with wheels...
Yes! You too can win the Windows 95 Plus Pack!!!!
"Microsoft did the same with Lumia devices running Windows Phone 7.x: no upgrades to Windows 8. They really can't claim some sort of moral high ground here."
Rather showing your ignorance of Windows Phone. Behind the GUI, Windows Phone 7 was essentially a different OS - an evolution of the Windows CE Kernel. Windows Phone 8 was based on the NT kernel. Asking MS to upgrade all 7.x devices to 8.x would have been somewhat akin to Google telling all Chrome OS users to upgrade to Android. As it was, after the release of 8, Microsoft released 7.8 that bought some of the 8 feature set (and some cross-compatibility) to 7. So, your argument is somewhat void.
And - How does U2's guitarist feel about having a Microsoft browser named after him?
I'm on Earth (at least physically) and the sun shines out of my ass, so how can the sun possibly orbit the Earth? I mean, I'm not fast enough to achieve orbit for one thing....
Those carriers will make pretty big drone factory/motherships. Hangar deck fitted out with 3d printers etc. In fact, lets automate the carriers too - drone carriers, automated 3d printers fabricating automated drones. I can't see anything going wrong with that....
"Windows Phone 8/8.1 is all but another stepping stone OS, with built-in face saving"
I can agree about version 7 - Microsoft said as much. To accuse 8/8.1 as a stepping stone is essentially saying that all OS are stepping stone to the next release. 8.x has been around since 2012 - that's a hell of a big stepping stone. Not to mention quite substantial upgrade releases in between. The most I can agree with is 8.1 being a stepping stone from 8.0 to 10.
Or, to put it another way iOS 6 was released around the same time - are 6, 7 and 8 all stepping stone OS to whatever is next? Or how about Android 4.1-4.4 as stepping stones to 5? Nah, I don't think so.
But I imagine their parties are great, complete with Pole Dancers....
"Is that even possible?"
Yes - when you've seen the Flintstones movies. Not John Goodman's career highlight.
If we assume for a moment that you aren't being a bit of a tinfoil hat wearer, this would be an issue regardless of service if its dependent on cloud storage.
Not really a relevant point to the article.
@boltar. OS/2 was only at 1.3 when Windows 3 came out and it was still a joint IBM/Microsoft gig. The relationship broke up later. As for whether Windows 3 was a knock off, you'll find that pre 1.3, the interface and some of the code (for compatibility) in OS/2 was lifted from Windows.
What lost it for IBM was expense and lack of hardware support compared to Windows. As for MacOS, it was a well packaged amalgam of existing ideas, as most Apple products are (not actually a crticism). MacOS was too wedded to expensive, proprietary Apple hardware (similarly, so were Commodore Amiga and Atari ST, though less expensive - they just didn't evolve either), hence the proliferation of Windows - hardly Microsoft's fault that the competition were inept.
As for servers, well you need to blame the Traditional Unix vendors and Novell. The likes of SCO were too busy looking at the monster solution market and overly complex systems. Novell scuppered themselves with licensing and a lack of application support. Microsoft's NT effort had merit in concept in that it was an easy to use platform that could do authentication and networking, but also could still provide a flexible application platform and scale sufficient for SMEs. NT's issues were in execution, not concept. Again, competitors were inept in reading the market and again, not Microsoft's fault.
I agree that MS and Apple won't approve, as such. However, Microsoft are loosening the Windows only stance - look at Office. It's available on Android, iOS and Windows. You could argue Linux too if you run the browser version (yuk). I do think that's as far MS will go though.
And I, for one, welcome our conservatory vending overlords.... with the mighty relativistic baseball of (30 megaton) power!
Boom! And yooouuurrr out!
Beneath the garish, uncomfortable frock, Windows 8.1 is actually pretty solid. Even if Windows 10 really is only a fresh lick of paint, then I don't have a problem with that.
Microsoft playing catchup with <insert_vendor> then. Now where did I put my tin foil hat....
Beer, because it's Friday.
I was planning on a game that had you driving around the galaxy in a small, souped up 1980's hatchback. I was going to call it "Universal Modern Metro".
And that's after the excessively employed civil servant drones have made a complete hash of it in the first place, which is why a senior servant or politician thinks a consultancy will fix the problem.