564 posts • joined 12 Sep 2011
Re: Big updates?
Don't be silly! That'll never work ;-)
Playing Devils advocate...
Lets say his rampant belief in fairy tales is rational and assume that these deities are at work.
Rather than assuming that this is the devils work him being given the magic number for the Australian fuzz, perhaps it is Satan's opposite number trying to either send a message or prank the poor sod.
After all, we know his holiest has a great sense of humour (e.g. earthquakes, tsunamis, promoting religious fundamentalism, the X Factor etc...)
Re: Other impacts !?
Bird strikes are negligible? I suppose it depends on your perspective. Check this out http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8807761/wind-farms-vs-wildlife/
Re: MS Surface pro FAIL
Yawn. Here goes....
Mac UI -> Windows UI - so Windows 8 is a copy of Mac? Wow, that's a different take. But don't worry, they all ripped of the WIMP approach from Xerox. FAIL
ARM -> ARM - no, MS buy it in like everyone else, either from a licensee or as a license to produce themselves. FAIL
Make hardware -> make hardware - Xbox, mice etc have been pretty good products, not to mention profitable and MS foing hardware is nothing new. FAIL
iPod -> Zune - I'll give you that one ;-)
iPad -> Surface - like all the Android tablets too. FAIL
App Store -> Microsoft Store - No different to Google. Hell, there have been other app stores on the Windows platform for years - Steam and Intel's spring to mind. FAIL
iPhone -> Win Pho 7/8 - it might be rubbish, but Windows Phone (Pocket PC 2002) goes back further than the iPhone (2007), so.... FAIL
Go after the high end -> Go after the high end - MS have always covered all markets - different offerings for XBox, Windows editions (before 8). And why, pray, is this a problem? FAIL
Apple retail stores -> Microsoft Retail Stores
etc. - Another one I'll give you - can't really see the point.
Microsoft also copy Google, Sony and a plethora of others too, the copying is irrefutable. - And they do likewise. GMail copies hotmail, for example. Android copies iOS in many ways (and vice versa). That's the cost of competing. FAIL
Nice try, no cigar.
Re: Other operating systems @Eadon
Oh, that's right, it's rectangular, therefore has corners, ergo, they've copied Apple.
And it isn't running Chrome or Android and is automatically rubbish.
It's a classic numbers game - if you're going to put effort into writing malware, you write it for platforms that have a high head count relative to effort. In the past, this was exclusively Windows as MS had the market stitched up.
As times move on and mobile platforms as well as Apple's OSX gained traction, these get attacked.
OS that are prevalent in home user kit is also a more likely to be attacked - it's amazing how many machines with no (or expired Symantec etc) there are. Corporates tend to be better protected, so require more effort. As Linux in the end-user context is not too common (not to mention has more forks than my mums cutlery set), it's not worth the effort at the moment, ergo no virii.
Re: Master Hackers get $10,000 an hour
" tempt him over to the dark side (of the pond) with offers of SQUEEEEEEEELIONS of dollars"
That's what the villain in Die Hard 4 did. Worked out well for those 'hackers' too....
I didn't know the Tholian Web episode was such a redshirt slaughter! With that body count, Arnie or Stallone would be proud!
Re: @Lord Elpuss and the article
So perhaps iOS and Android is perhaps a better description - but as iOS is strictly an Apple product, saying Apple & Android is (just about) excusable.
Re: There is a simple fix
I have to agree. I have no problem with a product failing when someone throws something at it that it isn't designed for - so if it was designed to run Windows (and just Windows), and they're clear about this, then bricking it with A.N.Other OS is not Sammy's fault.
However, as dear old Sammy then offered code that is supposed to support this functionality on a given product, then they're in the wrong. I wonder if they put a disclaimer with the code to cover them on this....?
In other words, Sammy should've offered no code rather than dangerous code.
Re: I agree with dogged
So not too far than Google's approach of making the customer the commodity, selling any data harvested on them to the highest bidder?
Keep'em coming Eadon - why bore everyone with moderation when rabid, unfounded rants will do?
You want portable?
How about an ultrabook? A quick look at John Lewis (not a massively cheap outlet) will flog you a HP Envy Touchsmart i5 box with 8GB ram, 500GB HDD and a 32GB SSD for £800 all in. Go for a tailend Windows 7 ultrabook from an Amazon/eBay disposal store and you'd get an even better bargain.
Hell, a MacBook Air isn't much pricier than one of these iPads.
I like the iPad, but not at these prices.
And they're stopping Messenger?
When Messenger goes, I think I'll give Skype a miss.
The Google-driver thought he saw a tunnel.....
.... but it turned out to be an ass hole....
(Couldn't decide whether to use the Joke or Fail icon)
Re: Windows is the wrong tool for the job
"A professional solution architect that knows what he is doing will use a Linux / hadoop / Open stack architecture."
Let me correct you. A professional solution architect that knows what he is doing will make an assessment of the technology to be used based upon the requirements of the solution, balanced against available options in the market place.
In other words, only bring bias to the table if you work for a vendor/reseller with a vested interest. A Linux bias is no better than an MS bias and would do a customer an equal disservice.
Eadon the Google mouthpiece...
Do they have you on retainer? You really should ask.
Most people don't give a crap what platform it is so long as they can talk/message/photo/browse and play a few games and listen/watch some media. So long as the platform performs adequately and is attractive to use (and WinMo does both at least as well as Droid), then that's a start. This is doubly so at the low/medium end, including the third world.
Only fanboys such as yourself who are so blinkered one way or another get so obsessed. Still, keep trying, maybe Google will send you a nice letter and a badge.
While the Jobs argument is valid enough on vertical screens, the problem there is completely unrelated to the software, but rather in the hardware vendor implementations - so while on an iMac, touch would be bad, on a Macbook, it would be slightly better and a tablet better still.
This, of course, is not Microsoft's problem, more the hardware vendors not being terribly imaginative. Of late, there have been some attempts to innovate here, such as the Yoga, and (for those who don't want to waddle with Penguins or eat the Apple), Microsoft, with 8, finally have a tablet interface that is pretty friendly. To balance that last comment though, I do agree with a comment made earlier - this doesn't mean that Microsoft should be applauded for making the user suffer when using a keyboard and mouse. A simple option 'Touch or Mouse' would have been marvellous - perhaps with driver support so if you convert a laptop to tablet it switches. Perhaps Win8 SP1...?
Re: Win Pho - 1/10
Ugly UI - yet to see a 'droid that impresses or isn't an iPhone rip-off. The iPhone is looking tired too (and I'm a tired iPhone user).
Insecure OS - Android is worse by virtue of the mis-use of appstores and social engineering. But you're somewhat bias against MS, so a little blinded by stereotypes of the desktop OS.
Closed, walled garden - one of the reasons why Android is less secure. Closed architecture has strength in security that open can never have. It's a choice of flexibility vs. security/reliability - there's no right or wrong answer here.
People haven't bought into WinMo as it was too late to the party. With iOS (with a competent but unevolving product) and Android (passable, but I'm not a Goigle fan and theres too many crap handsets out there for each decent one) both very established, squeezing out older platforms like Symbian and BlackBerry, MS were always likely to have a tough time in this market.
Keep ranting though - great comedy value.
Re: Difficult to see
"Windows is no match, on servers it's just a toy that needs rebooting all the time, requires anti-virus, doesn't scale and is generally poor at file and memory management."
You do know that we aren't in the '90s talking about NT here? If I wanted to slag Linux off with old stereotypes, I'd bleat about poor driver support and the need to recompile the OS for any minor rubbish, but I'd be wrong to do so.
If you run a file server of any OS without antivirus, you get what you deserve (infected clients most likely....)
I have to agree...
The later versions had some nice features, but of late it had become too unwieldy, full of 'look what we can do' adverts using too much screen estate.
Still better than the flakeware called Skype.
Give'em a break!
"A Think-branded business unit's chance of taking on Apple seem slim."
The Think brand is their strongest hand. To those with the knowledge, it has some pedigree. To those who don't, but do their research, they'll pick up on this.
In these days when people foam at the mouth for a pretty badge and something that looks nice, Lenovo have to start somewhere and the Think brand is a good place. Also, they need to set an objective - with Apple and HP being obvious ones. To set anything 'less' would be limp-wristed.
Was this the date the USAF were planning to roll the bombers in....? Bad PR accidently dropping a Mk 82 on Mr Schmidt's entourage....
Re: Just ban Apple products
Conversely, force an Apple monopoly and set up OffApple to set Apple prices at a level that even a Blackberry buyer can afford.
You destroy the fashionable argument, but I suppose the downside is eventually 100% of stolen phones are Apple. Damn you, statistics!
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.
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