530 posts • joined 12 Sep 2011
Re: Saw them being built two weeks ago
They had realised that making plastic mock ups to sell to analysts was more profitable than making the real thing.... :-)
But even the Air is compromised...
I like the Air (not keen on OSX, but that's just a personal preference and not the point here), but it's connectivity is limited. No ethernet (not even 10/100) and no HDMI - while you can get adapters, these add to the cost.
There appear to be few Ultrabooks that really tick all the boxes. Somewhat surprising really.
Given that more and more applications are recommending higher resolutions, this is becoming an issue. Were I paying £300-400, I could accept this resolution, but this is a bit poor on a £900 machine, even with SSD, a slim form factor and a fancy new processor.
As already pointed out, it would make a nice photoframe screen, but other than that, it's a bit of a lame duck size.
It's too small to be worthwhile as a tablet screen (perhaps 7" at a minimum), but too big to be useful on a phone - Around 4" - much bigger is too cumbersome for a phone, which is what puts me off many high-end Android handsets and may put me off the Nokia 920.
We do need better resolutions on cheaper 12"-15" - too many laptops with 1366x768 out there.
Some good options, none of which I'd reject...
...except the Peanut Butter monstrosity. Don't get me wrong, I like peanut butter, with jam (as an Englishman - we don't *do* 'jelly'), but as an accompaniment to bacon is just plain wrong.
However, I should point out that none of these include fried mushrooms, which is a let down. Of the list, I'd go with the killer tomato option. However, my personal weapon of choice would be:
- Best quality lean bacon, smoked (obviously) - not that watery cheap crap of questionable origin.
- Mushrooms - pan fried in butter - and take plenty of time on this.
- Tinned tomatoes, with a splash of worcester sauce.
- Crusty cobs (or baps to you uncivilised folks elsewhere) - Adds texture and absorbs the fat/tomato juices nicely. Baguette is not a substitute - wrong consistency and shape.
All rounded off with a decent cup of tea. NOT coffee. Coffee is for work, when you're breathing life into a failed server or trying to get through the drone of a project manager during a meeting.
Re: Litigation's Good
Or "Suing And More Suing Until No Good"...
Re: Litigation's Good
Or, perhaps it could be Lawyer's Gold or Legal Grasping.
I think you're referring to a different sort of 'up' time...
Re: A nice shiny thing for a pendant... (ASCII code system got lost along the way...)
"and magnetic tapes would get woven into fabrics."
Not the softest underwear....
Re: There is no vulnerability
Actually, following your logic, holding it wrong would actually close the vulnerability on an iPhone 4 (in a sledgehammer/walnut style). Of course, that issue was fixed on the 4S and 5, so these would remain vulnerable...
And VMware Converter is how old?
Also, hasn't the abomination called System Center (specifically SCVMM) had the ability to convert VMware VMs for a while too?
None of this convinces me that Hyper-V (even the much improved 2012) is fit for much more than small installations or test/dev. A funky converter is a trinket - better security, better networking, greater reliability, greater (and simpler) scalability and management are what's needed. Hyper-V ain't there yet!
As the old proverb says "wait for the first Service Pack".
"And yet Apple is a walled garden lol"
Indeed. However, it doesn't let OEMs use it's OS and then use blackmail when the OEM is so dependent on it and then does something that might compete (or reduce the dependency.
Google really are starting to pick up where Microsoft left off - bullying hardware outfits into submission. Microsoft got it's bottom spanked by the courts - I wonder if Google will get that far?
Re: I am all for greater R&D on input devices
In great need of exercise to burn calories, I don't see a downside here - combine exercise with working behind a desk: Onto a winner here!
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: Pfft. Amateurs!
Badly finished cases are by design - after all, how else is one to make the necessary blood sacrifice in order to make the damn thing work?
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.
Re: What amazes me...
Incompatible Legacy Applications.
Re: Obligatory toolbox essentials comment
And don't forget - if it leaks, copious amounts of silicon sealant.
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...
Re: "... how he managed the task of making the false limbs without any hands."
Perhaps he's good at oral work...
"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.
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: 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.
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.
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