541 posts • joined 12 Sep 2011
Oh, you can get a diamond encrusted Air if you want something bling....
Re: Published data
As opposed to the Union funded so-called think tanks, such as the Fabians or Compass, looking after their own self-interest and trying to justify their own jaded idea of utopia?
Re: One or the other
It always amuses when people use the word 'fair'. You could say 'fair' is in the eye of the beholder.
For example, you can make tax 'fair' by rationalising it down to a page or two saying that everyone who has an interest in this country (work, residence, investments) pays a given rate on income above (for example) minimum wage), no exceptions or loopholes. Trouble is, you'd never get such a scheme through the politicians. A complex system works well for either side of the political spectrum - on the right, you look after the tax accountants and lawyers, while the left needs to keep plenty of union dues flowing by justifying lots of tax office workers as well as the need to be seen punishing the rich.
As for 'fair distribution', this is even more dodgy to define. Someone who has been able to acquire and exploit a particular (or unique or rare) skill should be rewarded by having more of a share of wealth than someone who won't/can't or has less valuable skills. Is it 'fair' to punish success? To those who aspire to the idea of a 'fair distribution' of the wealth, the answer is yes - after all, it's apparently 'fair' to reduce everyone to the lowest common denominator.
At the end of the day 'fair' is an illusion - life wasn't fair to the dinosaurs, the dodo or the cart builders and lamplighters, but c'est la vie.
Of course, this may not be a popular view, but I'm not fussed - after all, who said life was fair?
You could equally substitute Google here (blatant info peddlers that are as bad as FB for reducing their customers to being the product), except the Emperor's new clothes still look fine to the Droid drones, even if they are surprisingly similar to Apple's cut.
Once upon a time, I'd have said MS could fit in too, but they fall down on the last point - were they ever actually cool?
Just what my Granddad used to call it. And given I got most of my Lego at Christmas, an appropriate memory.
To be fair (and I'd say this applies to all app stores), 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' - I'd sooner a store owner makes sure that it runs and isn't a dodgy dialler than say whether its fun or not - that's what comments are for (and some of those rants are waaaay better value than the games).
Re: Commercial 'qualifications'
To technical people, yes, to an extent you're right. There are quite a few book/bootcamp MCSEs out there proving that.
However, there are quite a few HR drones, bean-counters and under-qualified IT managers (emphasis on 'manager') who do attribute value to those pieces of paper and that value can transfer to a tastier contract.
Not to mention that I find vendor multiple-choice exams strangely therapeutic.
Re: 4 years from now
And we shall send our awesome army - the X-Factor contestants. They will hit them with the mighty sword of talent!
Re: Thanks for not mis-calling it the 'dark' side of the Moon...
Maybe it does have a dark side and it just isn't saying.
I mean, Jimmy Saville had a dark side, didn't he? Maybe the moon has all sorts of dark stuff. Maybe a secret space-nazi base...?
Re: Don't be evil!
"We don't have to let Google do business in the UK. Booting them out might even help local startups."
An interesting one. Short of Chinese or Iranian style measures, how do you propose you do that? I'd expect such ill-thought ideas in the Mail, not on the enlightened El-Reg.
Re: Rootable? You'd hope so!
"If I buy something, it's mine. I can use it as bought, or I can mod it, or I can plant tomatoes in it. It's none of your or anyone elses' goddamn business."
True, but then there's the tinkering that leads the manufacturer opens to legal action when the idiot user tries watering his tomatoes. Not to mention the warranty claim when the TV won't show Eastenders any more because the tomato plant has cracked the panel.
Manufacturers design a product to do a job. It's their choice to design and implement it how they wish in the same way it is your choice not to buy it. If they lock it down to prevent uses for which it wasn't designed, that could lead them to be open to legal action for *not* preventing misuse, I can't blame them.
Re: So does that mean there's a lot of dim people
Indeed there are dimwitted people. They also buy PS3 and all that Sony DRM goodness. Enjoy.
How many ears does Spock have?
Three - a left ear, a right ear and a Final Front Ear...
A Gent and a Scholar...
Not to mention a classic barking-mad true British Eccentric, complete with monocle. Thoroughly under-appreciated in these times of X-Factor, celeb chefs and premiership footballers.
A sad day indeed.
Re: Linux is much more stable for gaming than windows
"Pathetic, eh? OK, what frameworks does Windows have for running Mac games?"
It's not really worth writing a framework for running Mac games on Windows as there are too few Mac-only games to make it commercially worthwhile. Not to mention - it's a brave software house who dares to tread near the hallowed turf of Appledom - if something so much as whiffs of Apple, the iLawyers will start circling.
If you'd have said a platform for running Linux games, then you'd be on a safe footing. Otherwise, on a seperate note, I think it's great that developers are being more agnostic in their development - ports between platforms might be of better quality, not to mention come out in a similar time frame.
Re: That's not a moon... @GitMeMyShootIrons
Blimey. There's a few people who forgot their meds today, aren't there? I take it that sense of humour is sadly lacking.
That's not a moon...
.... It's a state funded infrastructure investment program
A job for life then...
Re: It also gives them somewhere to sit while the nukes get flung about on earth.
"I can't imagine a better ring side seat for it."
The moon would be closer than Mars, not to mention the orbit lends a better all-round view of Earth's demise. I'll bring the deckchairs and popcorn.
Re: Not just for the public sector?
I wonder if this will lead in turn to personal web sites. This would be somewhat excessive, but I can see the more militant disability groups, backed by the usual Politically Correct suspects will wave around 'human rights' and you'll end up with a really bad piece of unnecessary legislation.
I'm always wary when governmental organisations legislate on things like this, even with the best of intentions - it's a form of back-door censorship - you can only put something up if it fits THE STATES criteria. Something about the road to hell being paved with good intentions here leaving an unpleasent taste in my mouth.
Paris - because I'm sure she's got disabled access...
"In the UK, owning an iPhone doesn't mean your wealthy. Every chav pikey and their dog has one."
I believe that the Chav Choice is generally still the Rioter's favourite, the Blackberry, with free-with-a-packet-of-crisps 'Droids equally attractive. It's more the fashionistas and Essex crowd who'd head for the iPhone.
Re: How about ..
By that measure, it should be possible to simulate our illustrious deputy PM using only a matchbox and a peanut.
As for the respected leader of the opposition, he can be simulated using only a petulant expression.
Re: The Bridge on the River Kwai
I'd have sooner had Lawrence of Arabia or Zulu.
Re: Won't happen for that price
"how many vegetarians can a Dragon carry"
I'm waiting for the punchline...
Re: der! hidden volume!!!
Having spoken to my local beat copper, you could probably just set the file attribute to hidden to confuse most. It's the clever ones you have to worry about, hence my encrypted files detailing the plans for the Death Star and world domination stored on lozenge shaped USB sticks carefully inserted in the rear of the local cat population....
BYOD as a solution to Metro....
BYOD puts the onus on the end user to source a PC. If it's got Windows 8 and Metro on it, then it's no longer the IT bosses problem. Metro problem hand-waved away.
DISCLAIMER - Obviously this ignores any of the other cost/technical/political pitfalls of BYOD that may bite our heroic IT Boss in his ample behind.
What is it about Apple fanatics blaming everything else for not supporting their cherished OSX? Standards are there for a number of reasons (even old ones) - One reason, applcable here, is to simplify implementation. If the operating system HOSTING a peripheral supports the protocol, then (hey presto), the peripheral works straight away without fiddling, or even 3rd party software in some cases.
The Browsing function is based upon an established standard - if Apple can't manage that, then why is that Microsoft's problem to fix?
Even playing Devils advocate, I'm sure Microsoft would prefer to keep Windows phones in the Microsoft eco-system in the same way that Apple prefer an Apple eco-system. I'd say Apple are VERY good at this, better than Microsoft. For example, look at the massively locked-in Apple TV platform. Try and get that little box working with a NAS or anything outside the iTunes client on a Mac (or the Apple-derived excrement version that Windows users put up with) and you'll see what I mean.
Re: The key may be in the name.
If they were using Apple maps, they'd be looking for it in a completely random place. When I tried just now, it came up with Salt Lake City. Well, it is sandy around there.
And I, for one.....
Welcome our robotic wagon driving overlords. That's a big ten-four, rubber duck.
Re: On the upside...
And so ends the whole concept of childhood. Now children need to have lessons in the three R's and copyright law?
What a narrow minded apologist. It starts with criminalising children with attempted copyright infringement. Where does it end?
This is a 9 year old CHILD...
She is likely not even aware that what she did was illegal - many adults aren't that sure. Equally, how do they prove that the father had any knowledge that the child attempted this?
This is a ridiculous act of 'summary justice', only matched by the brutal, ham fisted handling by the police.
Would the same gestapo tactics be employed for other minor deeds by a child? Doubtful. And as for the attempt to get the father to sign an NDA over the settlement, I too would apply FOAD as well and post the damn thing and the full story with as many news agencies as possible.
Re: Don't forget
Not 100% - there were a few minor fixpacks. I remember running around a bunch of satellite sites with a couple of floppy disks. Happy times!
Re: Sounds like a great idea.
On the flip side, as we've already inflicted ourselves on this poor place in the traditional human style, perhaps it's a great place to try these ideas, than, say, the Brazilian rainforests.
Of course, we could have just gone down the boozer instead. It is nearly beer'o'clock.
Re: What always surprises me...
" ...does he surf the net on a surface when he's taking a dump..."
Now that's really not a pleasant image.
Were I a pirate....
I'd be just fine. I don't use Twitter.
Aaaarrrrgggghhh! Dead man's chest! Splice the main brace!
And this is the replacement to Windows Messenger?
Fills me with real faith....
"But essentially useless (not sure what they taste like - I may be prepared to revise that statement if they are particularly tasty)."
Was black and white, now black and charred. Serve with noodles.
Re: TV licences aren't exactly compulsory.
The TV license is tax by another name. If you want to watch TV, you have to pay the license, even if you don't want to anything to do with the Bolshevik Broadcasting Charlatans. Of course, Auntie Beeb is protected on high, so there was never any way little people (or license fee payers as they call them) were going to win.
This was nothing to do with protecting journalism. This was a means of deciding BBC bias, in spite of their so-called impartiality. All protected by expensive lawyers and cloak-and-dagger meetings behind closed doors.
It's the same as the tax on petrol - you don't want to pay, don't drive - still a tax though.
So yes, the license is a tax, pure and simple. To deny it makes you a BBC apologist or easily lead.
Go-faster stripes, DAB radio and a big chrome exhaust. Just don't ask where the latter gets fitted.
"@Neil Barnes: What century do you live in where you need to pay for a radio license?"
Neil is essentially correct in that the BBC run some stations on AM. However, the amount of money the Beeb saves axing AM would be small enough that it'll be barely noticeably - it might pay the salary for a few window-watching middle managers or the fees for lawyers to protect them from FOI requests or Saville victims attempting to sue them.
Then you need:
1) Constant wind at the optimal value 24x7.
2) A massive amount of space to ensure that they don't disrupt each other. Either high ground (perhaps a nice national park will do...), or out at sea.
2) A fleet of landrovers/boats and diesel to keep them maintained.
3) Mucho quantities of concrete to mount them on - probably as much as you'd need for the nuke plant.
4) 216 turbines with those wonderfully environmentally friendly to mine Rare Earth metals.
5) Massive amounts of governemt subsidies to make it look economically viable.
Re: building projects in the UK. will it be this simple?
"Wattle and daub huts in Gloucs ?"
They could make the outer layer of the new Nuke Powerhouse out of wattle and daub. With a nice thatch roof and painted wood beams as an alternative.
Re: Windows 8 task manager?
"special shade of purple - you know, the colour of someone's vomit after drinking red wine "
I knew I'd seen that colour before.
Re: Niche legacy hardware?
"Hey Mr Designer, here's my USB drive/Dropbox account/etc."
Hey Mr Designer, I don't want to put my data on a 3rd party website that could be breached. Equally, I don't want you to alter the data I've given you. If you don't like a DVD, I'll find a designer with a Mac Pro or the last generation iMac - or a generic PC.
This is one seriously sizeable tablet. Even too big to describe as a suppository.
Re: I drink Lewis Page's tearshake
Since when has public opinion been right?
I believe that there are a substantial number of Muslims who believe women shouldn't drive/have education/show their face - it doesn't make it right. In the 30's, there were quite a few people who thought that Stalin, Hitler and Mussolini were the good guys - that wasn't quite true either was it?
Public opinion surveys prove very little - like any statistics, they are easily skewed - either accidentally through when/where/how/who was surveyed (try this survey at a Republican oil baron's convention!), or by design by vested interests (eg Scots Nats ask Sean Connery a well worded question).
Don't forget that Bond has driven that classic Rep Machine - the Ford Mondeo - in Casino Royale (one of the greatest examples of product placement cramming in movie history).
Click install to uninstall...
This sounds a little backward to me, but I guess it's a feature of the software. Maybe they're catching up with Microsoft's classic "Click Start to select shutdown"....
But hey, it's Friday, I don't care.
Re: Windows 8 Bad or author bad?
I agree, it is rather a poor argument - "the app store hasn't many apps, therefore it is rubbish" seems a little bit flawed. Any platform that sells a product range is going to go through a period of growth, usually quite sharply at the beginning (hopefully!).
Perhaps if the appstore was slated for being unstable, insecure etc, it would have been more valid.
And as for the stupid fgiures of tens of thousands of apps in the Google/iOS stores, it begs the question - just how many fart-noise makers and similar one-trick 'fun' apps does a person need?
Windows 8 has problems, sure, but I don't think the app store is one of them. Yet.
Re: As long as they are tracking via iOS6 Maps......
This being the case, I'm never going to move over to Android...
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