367 posts • joined Monday 12th September 2011 15:47 GMT
It's not the greasy food that worries, it's the dude with poor post-toilet hygiene. Aren't keyboards already supposed to be a germ trap?
I suppose a screen is easier to clean - just keep a box of antiseptic wipes nearby...
Re: Bob the Samsung guy?
"You misheard- he's a BARRISTER."
Shouldn't go there - the legal professional is even lower down the foodchain in my experience.
Re: Touch on anything above 7 inch is pointless s41t
I don't know about 7". I'd say up to A4 is fine, but weight and bulk must be absolutely minimal.
"It's not right, but it's okay in the eyes of the corporate world. Money over customer satisfaction."
You have to have customers in order to provide satisfaction, let alone earn money. Not much point sticking a mast on an island with a population of two (and one of those is a seal) - Where's the revenue to run the mast, the engineers to fix it, the support line and a measure of profit to make the business venture worthwhile?
A sad truth is that it's basic supply and demand. Not pleasent, but important nonetheless.
Re: Customer satisfaction......
"Apparently most of those that rant about Android don't own or have never owned an Android."
Problem here is people seldom rant about Android. Android users are happy with Android, and iOS users aren't interested enough in Android to be bothered.
Some Android users rant about Apple simply because something about Apple (as a business) gets their goat. Still, their choice - freedom of speech and all that.
Re: WTF Wales?
We had assemblies at school too. I wonder if the Welsh one hands out swimming badges and sings hymns. We even had a Welsh headmaster...
I suppose Tony Robinson could take the Time Team and rummage around her collection of hits. It could be broadly categorised as archeology.
How dare you...!
Doubting the qualifications of MPs in ministerial roles!
We've had some classics over the years:
Glenda Jackson (actress) was given a junior ministers role responsible for transport in London. Well, I suppose she at least lived there.
Gordon Brown has a PhD in history, making him a fabulous bean counter as Chancellor.
Nick Clegg studied archaeology - Not more to add really to that one.
vSphere Web Client...
This first reared it's head with vCenter 5.0 (needed Flash there as well). It works reasonably well, but why oh why did they have to go down the Flash route in this day and age?
Still, it could be the dogs dinner that is SCVMM.
But lets remember the old saying about the road to Hell being paved with good intentions.
Consider the many times where a dictator has rallied the people around claims that he can fix all the problems and make things better. The modern western country is monitored in so many ways (whether it's monitoring web use, emails, instant messaging, financial transactions, cameras of all sorts) that you might dodge one method, but you can't escape. All it takes is an enigmatic leader to manage to take charge (through fair means or foul) and these tools would make removing such a person nearly impossible. Many a past secret police would be most jealous of modern capabilities. How do you organise opposition when the government can track every move of any 'suspect'?
And before you say it couldn't happen, I'm sure similar thoughts occurred in Imperial Russia and the Wiemar Republic.
Re: The Fanbois
And it would have been the same for a different group of sheep had Samsung won.
Such fanaticism is all rather laughable, as seen by someone who'll buy either product depending on which product fits me best (rather than following some base tribalism).
I have an iPhone, my daughter has a Nokia Lumia (which I actually prefer) and I have a Samsung TV.
Of course the US has addressed it....
I'm sure the usual suspects (Boeing, BAe, etc) are already rubbing there hands with glee offering to provide a massively expensive solution that only works every fourth Wednesday, when it's dry and sunny, below 22.34 degrees and has been service packed following further consultancy fees.
Either that, or Obama has just bought a BIG UMBRELLA...
I for one....
...Look forward to seeing Hunt out with his pick, shovel and reel of Fibre. Virgin rarely do in-fill in the gaps they leave and BT are a shambles, happy to charge obscene rates and do little for it.
I'm still waiting for the last government's target speed...
This explains why I'm such a sexual Tyranosaurus!
U-571 - The Americans didn't pick up an Enigma until 1944. Of 15 captured during the war, 13 were by the British (The first by HMS Bulldog in '41). The Poles captured some as far back as 1928.
Saving Private Ryan would have you believe that D-Day was nearly all an American affair.
I don't have time to list the defects of other classics such as Braveheart or The Patriot.
Windows 8 deflates wangs. Wow - to think I thought Metro was it's worst problem...
"It's not hard to see Apple incorporating digital TV tuners into the Apple TV for territories, such as the UK, and perhaps satellite broadcasting feeds too."
Not much scope for partnering in Blighty. With Virgin (With TiVO) practically the only cable game in town and Sky (with their own interface) wrapping up satellite, I doubt they'll gain much success, unless they look at offering Freesat/Freeview capabilities, in which case, it's just another Freeview tuner.
Make it illegal! I hear some cry...
A stupid idea that would be as successful as our cousin's attempt at Prohibition in the 30's.
Very much a knee jerk reaction, like most calls to ban things.
Perhaps, if it is possibly deadly, it should remain legal as a form of Darwinist population control. An option to remove one's self from the gene pool... :-)
Re: Electric Cars bad...
So, assuming every car moves to batteries, we will need:
- massive increases in electricity generation. Bearing in mind this is already an issue, whacking cars on top is a problem. Solution - build nukes....
- batteries. These are going to be needed continually in massive numbers (complex lithium ion at that). How much energy and resources does it take to make and ship these? What is the environmental impact of making them?
- home transformers or stations. We'll need lots (good job opportunities...), as, even with rapid charging, the range of most vehicles still suck. Trains work by pulling power externally - battery cars can't really do this.
Forgive my cynicism, but I don't think we're there yet. Hydrogen might be an option, but battery cars? Not so sure.
Android starts to catch up with the iPhone...
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Re: Never liked Bluray
Not to mention the DRM stuff and nasty Java based menus etc.
Re: Beloved Hacker
Antileaks and similar groups (government/shady organisation backed or truly independent) are an inevitable response to anonymous, Wikileaks and any similar hacktivist type group. You hurt someone, they try to strike back. I'm surprised it took this long.
In their own way they're both wrong - hacking and DDoS or mugging an old lady, raping a Swedish girl are all wrong, regardless of motivation.
Call me old fashioned, but a crime is a crime, as defined by where it's committed. It's sad that the Internet has become as soiled as the real world, with security software firms replacing arms dealers as the only ones who gain - it certainly isn't the man on the street.
Re: Cutting off internet services
Like most freetards, you have no idea how ridiculous you sound."
I'm not a freetard myself, but I don't think you thought this out - you seem to prefer a Stalinist option of one person is accused, we'll punish everyone. How liberal of you.
Re: Making a version number part of the name...
"How about 'Maestro' or 'Princess'? (Obscure cultural and age-related reference.)"
Or potentially Allegro and Montego? Of course, the Maestro interface would be as ugly as sin, while Allegro would try (and fail) to introduce a square controller.
All the time, people will insist they should have stayed with the Mini...
Re: Brilliant idea
"One question for me is whether Steam will shed its 'industrial' look. It's appropriate for games where you tramp through metal corridors, but not so much for other software..."
Perhaps a nice choice of skins (and maybe a designer package). It would be nice to see an enterprise management tool in there as well to allow centrally managed Steam deployed apps.
Good look to Steam - though I'm surprised it took so long.
A potential problem here...
... is that the French could get even more draconian in order to 'cut costs'. For example, they could go down the route of straight fines for each infraction, with the option of appealing, but God help you if you lose and they increase the fine and charge costs. Not too dissimilar to how speeding tickets operate, though with a greater chance of false accusations.
So things could get worse - and if it 'works' in France, the lobbyists will be pushing this around the EU like lightning.
Re: > trend towards pigeonholing folk
"we don't need people like you who understand everything any more"
And yet with systems becoming more and more integrated, with more dependancies etc, these middle management drones are heading for a fall, as happened at RBS. The blinkered corporate mentality, complete with little empire builders and the 'cover my @rse' attitude never ceases to amaze.
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
They release an attractive product themselves in an attempt to demonstrate what they want Win8 tablets to achieve (largely due to fairly mediocre design efforts by the OEMs on laptops over recent years).
If they price too low (subsidy for example), it'll sell well, but MS will make less money on it, the OEMs will be hacked off about a partner competing aggressively with them, which will tempt them to look elsewhere (Android/Linux fanboys will be happy though).
Price too high and it will sell poorly. The OEMs stay happy, but it won't make much of an example to them with regards to design and won't necessarily tempt them to put more effort into their own Windows tablets.
Apple have an advantage in that they aren't as dependent on third party hardware to shift their OS, so they can (to some extent) be aggressive against manufacturers. MS don't currently have that luxury. In some respects, in the client market, maybe MS need to take a hard look at which road they want to go down - own their own hardware/software stack (Apple), or stick to software and try to support the OEMs (like MS of old and Google now).
Re: To the paranoids above
"Your browser has been able to do this all along thanks to the flash plugin (and others), the functionality just moved from plugin to browser."
If you don't like/trust Flash or Google, you could use an iOS device... And trust Apple instead....
Those poor, poor fools - wait until it all crashes down and the council ask why...
Re: "small number of nasty white old men!"
"Cue, "Here comes the new boss, same as the old boss!"."
Something to be said for "better the devil you know"...
Re: If you think TSA treats you "like a convicted felon"
That's why it's prison, and not the Hilton. Those searches are because prisons have a high proportion of unpleasant folk that are referred to as 'prisoners'.
Some of these are drug dealers who need drugs smuggling in, while others want various other, restricted items.
Re: British TV drama is NOT crap
"Tell me whats not contemporary about spooks or hustle for example?"
Contemporary in theme only, as the BBC has since canned both of them, alas, and lets remember that both of them had been running for quite some time.
And where are the replacements?
The BBC do show flare on occasion (The Fades at least had an interesting concept), but they're increasingly poor at execution, expecially combined with limited budget (where exactly does the BBC tax go?). Largely, it boils down to the BBC using the 'same old names', not just in front of the camera, but behind it too, so very little fresh blood gets far, and generally new content gets to look like dull retreads As the 'same old names' tend to be luvvies too, the content tends to be a little too PC, and seldom much good because of it.
Let's raise a beer and remember that the best, grittiest episode of Spooks were right at the beginning, with torture and death using a chip fryer - even US drama is seldom that brutal. After that, it got toned-down. We have great actors, writers and directors out there, but it's a pity that the execs (on all networks) are too busy piling high the same old cheap, freak-show 'documentaries' and reality TV.
Better dead than Red!
Yeehaw! I ain't havin' no stinkin' REDS in my NAS! There ain't no room for goddamn communistic leanin' drives in these parts!
Re: Windows Server 2003 continues to suit me just fine
You said 'Bundle'! Now you've blown it - if they put it back in, they'll have an EU bureaucrat on their back quicker than you can say 'Corrupt Politician'!
2012 is actually not bad (at least in release candidate form). Perhaps equal to ESX 3.5 or early 4.
The problem is that the paint is still wet on many of the features (network teaming, SMB hosted VMs, VM migration) that Xen and, more importantly, VMware houses have been used to for up to five years.
Microsoft are definitely getting there. In combination with VMware's bizarre pricing model, they may make pretty good head way.
Perhaps the tradition of waiting for Service Pack 1 before being too dependent on it isn't a bad idea, at least for critical workloads. Until then, I'll stick to pushing vSphere 5.0.
Putting the execs on commercial flights
Those seats are uncomfortable - they might get sore around the RIM.
It's just like...
.... a bad plotline from SeaQuest DSV. Welcome to the 90's.
"it's likely to be pretty feeble compared to Android tablets anyway."
And where's your evidence to suggest that? The published spec for surface is so thin it's easier to describe a Higgs-Boson. It could be better than all Android tablets, but hobbled by an obscene price. No-one knows. So jumping to assumptions based on simply a pro-Droid/anti-Microsoft bias is both wrong and a bit childish.
Was that when problems began to 'surface'...?
"So... who do they let into the new Federation?"
Well, I imagine it'll be similar to the Euro, where criteria were drawn up, then whittled down to a point where a few members could just about achieve it 'legitimately', and the rest could cheat to balance the books for a year - such as Italy's selling gold reserves and taxing the proceeds or France's sale of France Telecom.
A United States of Europe is unlikely to succeed - there is too much historical baggage, differences in culture, differences in economic cycles and good old fashioned rivalry. The USA succeeded because of a largely common heritage and language, as well as a short history with little baggage between the participants. Oh, and the economy of the world (let alone the colonies) was much less complex.
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