Re: They're not bottom of the [boring] food chain by a long way
But I imagine their parties are great, complete with Pole Dancers....
771 posts • joined 12 Sep 2011
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.
@Sarah - Besides your patently flawed arguments, it's this that amused me most:
"Stop believing the effluence that's exuding from the Beeb's back orifice. Presumably you're a Tory voter. Have down-vote."
Amusing given that Auntie is more left wing than even Red Ed's Labour party.
I rather like Elysium. While not a great film, it's superior to much of the dross out there. Elysium starts with a great premise and a pretty coherent start and somewhat runs off the rails about midway. Even so, it's a watch-able film. And the effects of the space station and ships were nicely done.
If Elysium is Neill Blomkamp on a bad day, I'd be pretty content with 'bad days' like that.
"Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 Preview and Windows 8.1 was/is flagged up as vulnerable on freakattack.com. It is the same problem."
Any mention of the new Spartan browser being vulnerable?
Keyboard and mouse, plus (insert Terminal Solution of the day) client. And it'll play games too.
Hope so. That's my pension pot sorted.
@Lost all faith
"That's right because everyone in the world has Cat5e / 6 installed into every room in their house."
In general, I agree. Ask most UK house builders about networking a new build house and, at best, you'll get a "no" and often you'll get a blank expression and "duuuhhh".
However, its not uncommon to find TV/Satellite antenna coming in at the same place as phone/(internet), so a router to TV cable connection is both easy and convenient. In a different context (and there are split opinions on this), homeplug solutions offer another easy alternative.
Brings a whole new meaning to corrupt humans.
I was obviously written using NT backup as I'm useless at remembering anything of value.
"In the end either the beast will be tamed or the country will go broke leaving the people with a huge bill and nobody accountable for it. I despair that some people actively support continuing down the road we are going assuming a magic money tree or happy to accept the selling of our future generations."
Case in point - Greece. Low taxation, high public spending on a large public sector. Ends up living on Euro subsidies and loans until the bubble bursts. And then they still can't take living within their means and try and demand yet more handouts.
Now, forgive me for perhaps being a bit over simplistic, but...
People and companies pay tax to the estate to fund state activities carried out by government departments and their employees. To some degree, this makes sense. Why does a government department pay tax at all as it will only end up back in their coffers, less the cost of administering the tax calculation at both the department and HMRC? A lossy system if there ever was one.
Similarly, why are government staff subject to income tax on government salaries? Surely an equivalent value to net should be paid and so you eliminate the need to calculate tax and all the staffing needed to handle it.
Of course, keeping departments and staff subject to tax ensures more union members on one side and management on the other, so it's highly unlikely that such an inefficient system will change. Keep the gravy train rolling....
To start your Spectrum, switch on and enter the following command:
Then press the play button on the cassette deck....
But Jesus DID ride dinosaurs. Look, there are pictures, so it must be true!
I spend more time resetting the underpowered, overworked Sky box than I do watching it. I've knocked movies on the head and gone elsewhere.
Glad to hear they're finally listening and hopefully doing something. I, for one, am bowing down to the Australian Overlord in prayer to make it so...
If you want that level of practicality, perhaps you need the latter half of Jaguar Land Rover. They do a big old monster called the Defender...
I rather think you're on the wrong site. Try:
Otherwise, nice to see automotive xenophobia isn't dead.
Don't forget corners. It's gotta have corners!
I have a 1020. The odd crash, but it is Windows, so its a tradition. More stable than any of the nasty Samsung Chavdroids I attempt to keep running for the kids and faster than my work iPhone.
Fantastic camera too.
They miss the next bit of the conversation...
Number 2: Of course you're a 'free man', sir. And I'm a 'Samsung Customer Support Representative', but my screen still says you're number 6.
Number 6: Oh....
I take it that you weren't keen?
Thanks for the warning. Perhaps I should see Taken 3 instead...
...to mourn the passing of an unloved child. Outlived by an equally unloved, but underappreciated sibling and several elderly relatives.
Leave no flowers.
1000 vms per host is getting more likely as the specs of servers get higher, particularly for VDI.
Personally, I'd sooner scale out, but, some customers....
If he wants folk to support his platform, then he needs to make his platform an attractive proposition, either through numbers of devices in the wild, or some attractive business enticement.
To arrogantly demand support in this fashion shows that he has a poor grasp of business (effectively wanting something for nothing) as well as a misunderstanding of what net neutrality is about.
Mr. Chen has made himself look a tad foolish.
For a little risk, the SAAB Gripen - BAe helped work on it (so PC), already capable of short take off in adverse conditions, so probably wouldn't take much to navalise.
Of course, with the carriers we have, with no catapults, and nor are they likely to, it needs to be ski-jump capable, which somewhat precludes the Rafale or the F/A-18. Perhaps some mice Russkie numbers might work though...ha ha ha ha...!
"Does anyone over 12 years old use the upvote/downvote buttons?"
Down voted 'cause I is down wid de kidz, innit? LOLZ!!!
(40 year old trying too hard...)
@ Lars "problem in the UK is all the low bridges you run under"
A fine point. The East Midlands line is gradually being electrified and even this requires substantial works on bridges and tunnels to fit train plus overhead lines.
The problem the UK rail network has is that it survived the war largely unscathed - so no need to rebuild as happened across Europe. So we have a network designed for steam engines carrying masses more than it was ever designed to do.
"I think the real problem is the cargo cult approach to any methodology that is taken by many users."
Well said. I once had to tell a project manager in rather blunt terms that PRINCE is not a religion.
Try processes, sure, but drop what isn't working. Don't keep it purely out of stubbornness.
"The Captur is made in Spain..."
Many folk don't let the facts get in the way of a good bit of nationalism and the French are more nationalistic than most (even Alex Salmond would tell them to calm down). After all, its a Renault, therefore it is French!
I had similar discussing a (then) recently acquired German car with an elderly gentleman who hadn't cottoned on that the war ended a little while before. I pointed out that my 'German' car was built in Portugal - at which point his rant changed to fits of laughter and derogatory descriptions of Hispanic working practices. Some people are just that way inclined....
"Let's not forget, it was beancounters who ultimately did for the UK car industry. It was run by them, whereas the German one was (and still is) run by engineers."
Nationalisation handed it over to the unions and the bureaucrats in Whitehall. The former destroyed the work ethic and drove wages to uncompetitive levels and as a consequence, we built expensive, shoddy cars. The latter lead to poor business management leading to designing cars for non-existent markets, sometimes products that competed amongst themselves (better than they do against imports anyway!) and selling products at a loss because they couldn't 'do the numbers'.
Government intervention in the UK from the 50's onwards was a heavy-handed disaster. The only segments not nationalised are the only ones that remain in any size and made money later - the financial and service industries.
Google aren't the police or some government agency (though the ad-peddling data scavengers do see themselves as all powerful). I can go with the 90 day disclosure, but releasing exploit code is dubious to say the least.
Google are treading on dangerous ground - would they like MS (or anyone else?) dropping code for vulnerabilities in Android or ChromeOS 90 days after finding them? A harmful precedent set by Google that could backfire on them.
Putin the kettle on for a cup-a-soup...?
Baaad pun time!
Couldn't agree more. How many beige PCs do you see in the shops these days?
Jenga? Nah - Twister. Less a board game, more an act of sado-masochism.
"Where you goin' to, fool?!"
"This ain't no plane, fool!"
"Hey, fool, you've reached where you goin'...fool!"
"Quick! Supreme reader must reboot the modem!"
All this talk "ancient systems" and "skimping" - all sounds like he wants to push for a nice new system. No doubt the usual "government IT" project suspects are rubbing their hands with glee at mega-££££ quotes in the off'ing. I'd have expected such talk from an old school Tory looking for a directorship, but not so much from a senile LibDem'er looking for the nearest retirement home.
24? The ultimate answer? Kiefer Sutherland will be pleased.
The problem becomes - if not touch screens, then what?
Customers are increasingly after twiddly features - SatNav, climate control, media services etc. These all require control of some sort.
Having masses of clear, single function buttons won't cut the mustard - too many would be more distracting than a touch screen. BMW use a wheel type device (other multifunction button solutions exist too, of course) - this too is distracting as you have to scroll around masses of menus etc (I know - I've had one). Voice control simply isn't up to snuff - most struggle with the combination of ambient noise, variation in accents etc.
So, really, how much worse is touch screen than any of the above if customers want these modern functions? Voice may be the answer in the long term for input, but audio feedback is point-in-time, so only of limited use (you don't have an audio output telling you speed). Like voice control, head up display is in it's early days, but a combination might work for some functions - but you don't want surplus stuff like air con splashed across the windscreen.
I'd also say a touch screen satnav on the dashboard is a heck of alot safer than a road atlas on the lap - and this was alarmingly common once.
I almost sympathize with car manufacturers trying to balance the wants/needs of the consumer with functionality and safety.
Bring on the neural interface!!!!!
Scirocco's dull, practical, humdrum sister for those who's budget doesn't stretch to an Audi A3.
"But they're still waiting for the small lemon-soaked paper napkins"
They serve KFC on their flights? Now THAT is proper in flight catering!
In some ways, I rather agree. I have a Samsung 40 inch 1080p screen that also has your TAS feature (loving the acronym). It has a good picture, plenty of ports and works fine (though I'd love to be able to disable the analogue tuner...). At the moment, the only thing smart about my Samsung is a Chromecast up one HDMI port and an XBOX 360 up the other. I can do most things a smart TV would do quite easily.
3D doesn't make me rush out to buy a TV, and really, the smart trinkets haven't sold me (especially as they seem to be very model-specific and poorly maintained as models age). 4K is probably about the only thing that interests me and even then, only if I got a bigger panel and the price/quality ratio was right.