Re: "It's worth turning on the (potentially) privacy-invading Cortana for that feature alone."
> But you can decide not to download Chrome and the OS on the computer doesn't push you into having a Google account.
Have you heard of Chrome OS?
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> But you can decide not to download Chrome and the OS on the computer doesn't push you into having a Google account.
Have you heard of Chrome OS?
You make it sound like the only reason people choose Android is the UI.
Microsoft's poor sales figures have a multitude of reasons, many of them self inflicted, such as the WP7 hardware won't run WP8, buying Nokia and then not releasing any high end hardware until <random date in the future>, making decisions and then reverting them once people got used to them (social media OS integration).
The Windows Phone UX is great (cue downvotes) - even my iPhone and Android phone owning friends agree that once you're using it it's better than they've got. The problem is that MS themselves are trying to turn a clean-slate design which works very well, into some clone of the other platforms. If they want to release an Android clone, then they should just fork it and start selling it, not slowly breaking apart everything that was good about a very nice platform.
I've been using WP since the first Nokia was released. With these changes and now the lack of decent hardware coming to the platform, I'm pretty sure my next phone will be featuring half eaten fruit on the back. And it's this negativity being picked up, including by existing users, which is bringing the whole thing down - not them choosing to stick with big squares for icons.
Anyway, I thought you were complaining about bias, not funding models. Does this mean you accept the BBC does do a better job at remaining unbiased than the rest of our PSBs?
> You seem to miss the point. They are not supposed to be. They are private and capitalist, not public service broadcasters with special treatment under the assumption of being held to standards and impartiality.
You're wrong. BBC, ITV, C4 and C5 are all public service broadcasters, with strict requirements on the output they produce, and in return they get various benefits of that status. For example, ITV can't get rid of it's news provision without permission from the government - regardless of how much money it loses a year having to fund all the regional news centres.
While the commercial PSB's don't have access to the licence fee, they are guaranteed carriage on all the UK broadcast platforms (including the Freeview "lite" transmitters), as well as the slots at the top of the EPG (Sky can't decide to put Sky One in before the PSB channels even if they wanted). These two factors alone guarantee them a significant share of the UK commercial advertising income.
> A standard that is supposed to be better due to it being a public service broadcaster.
As are ITV, C4 and C5. None of which are anywhere near to being as unbiased as the Beeb.
Virtually all of the UK based HD channels are broadcast in 1080i. Nobody in the UK really bothered with 720p, as it wasn't much of a step up in quality from 575i. However 720p is very popular in the US as they were lumbered with 480i, so many US imports shown in HD today in the UK are upscaled copies of 720p imports.
> New Pi , Now with NSA and other related outfits backdoors and trojans ..
Only if you put the μSD card in labelled "Windows". You do realise that action is voluntary, right?
> I am not surprised about the the announcement of core and memory increase to match the Windows 10 requirements which is _NOT_ a Linux requirement or a requirement for 99.9% of current Pi apps.
And what about the ∞% of apps which can't run on the existing Pi hardware, but could with a hardware upgrade? Just because the only use you can see is as a media centre or NAS, doesn't mean every possible use for the Pi is already out there and running happily.
Only two weeks ago we wrote off using the RasPi for our digital signage software, because it couldn't run the animations smoothly enough. I suspect the new version will be more than adequate, so the order has gone in for one for testing.
That's hardly surprising considering virtually nobody ever clicks anything that says Explorer, or sees a window that says Explorer in the title bar, when they need to look at files on their computer.
I suspect if you used the full name of the program "Windows Explorer" (or "File Explorer" in earlier versions), people wouldn't be questioning whether you mean Internet Explorer.
Personally, I just tell them to open My Computer from the Desktop. Everybody knows what that is, and knows where to find it (unless they've managed to hide the desktop icons *again*).
No official Dropbox app you say?
It's far from just European TV - it's anywhere which uses 50Hz mains electricity - which is most of the planet.
> No content is interlaced at source (film is not interlaced, contrary to what you imply by mentioning de-interlacing it). The whole interlacing issue only arises when recording from broadcast TV source. If it's analogue, the definition will typically be poor by today's standards anyway. If it's digital and the broadcaster is using interlaced format to squeeze more bandwidth out of their cable network, they are almost certainly also over-compressing the video to the point where it looks horribly blocky anyway.
Many (all?) European broadcasters doing live events come straight out of the back of the camera in 1080i, keeping it interlaced throughout the entire broadcast chain, and long before there's any compression done.
I have never experienced this, and can't reproduce it when trying. It sounds very unlikely that it's intended functionality, and I'd be looking at buggy shell extensions for the blame rather than explorer.
If you have a Lumia 930 or 830 you can get a free portable wireless charger from Microsoft at the moment.
Have you told Google and Firefox to stop developing their browsers too?
But, firstly, that's not what the other commenters are all complaining about - they're complaining about Skype making IE bloated / unstable / spyware, and that they want to turn it off - basically assuming that the current Skype code is going to be embedded into IE to force people to use it. It's not.
Finally, remember that the version of IE on desktop has the same features and support as IE on Windows Phone. By building these features for IE, they're not just targeting the desktop, they're also targeting mobile, which falls right into agreement with what the ORTC CG have said.
Have any of the other commenters actually read the Microsoft post?
Yes, this technology will allow them to implement Skype in IE, but it will be by using open web standards, not by merging the proprietary Skype code into the IE codebase. It also means you will be able to create video and voice RTC web applications, without writing plug ins or using the likes of Flash.
What about this sort of camera then - as used at Wimbledon - the ball under the basket has a 44x zoom, and the crane itself is parked right next to homes.
Surely that would be in a position to get infringing shots which the broadcasters would already have to be aware of?
> And unlike, conventional, helicopter based news filming, a UAV is far less noticeable while being able to get much closer.
However, a UAV isn't going to be carrying a 72x + zoom lens.
You only need to look at the police TV shows like Interceptors to see how oblivious people can be to full size helicopters.
Agreed, it's not like the broadcasters have never had access to cameras that can fly above the public in the past. I would hope their risk assessments for using a full blown helicopter with two or three occupants is a bit bigger than what they produce for using a UAV (which isn't allowed within a few hundred metres of the public, and has to be line-of-sight to the operator anyway).
Because people use them.
In live events, LED sources are already saving significant quantities of electricity. And, yes, at the same time, people are using more and more fixtures, but they use so much less electricity than the discharge / incandescent predecessors that a real decrease in energy usage is happening.
Even more so where it comes to outdoor temporary events. Using LED can mean a more impressive stage / better lit site, while needing a smaller generator, less diesel and smaller, lighter cabling.
You can tell. That thing looks un-navigable from a normal remote control.
And why does it need two, slightly different, clocks within ten pixels of each other? It looks like it's been thrown together by a graphic designer in Dreamweaver in about fifteen minutes, rather than the result of actually looking at other EPGs and designing something good, usable and quick.
... and the broadcasters actually interested in that format, anyone investing in a 4K TV now is likely to find that investment short lived when 8k comes on stream. And with the Japanese wanting to use the Japan 2020 Olympics as a showcase for their 8k technology, it's likely to happen much quicker than the panel manufacturers would like us to realise.
Besides, at least 8k has a frame rate increase - I'd be happier with a double frame rate HD resolution screen than a double resolution panel operating at the same early 1900's frame rate that was chosen as a compromise back then.
> Modding is what makes Minecraft special - certainly that's what keeps my kids playing - but MS don't do variety/community at all well.
Flight Simulator says differently.
Fairly good chance of the replacement playmonaut repeating his predecessors fate though...
I honestly can't see one reason why I would ever want to do this.
Does anyone outside of the mobile phone company bubble actually seen any advantage of having a direct link to your bank account by waving your phone around?
> there is no reason that an IPTV solution requires client side storage of streams - timeshifted streams could be stored on a server and accessible on demand.
Which kind of throws out the idea of everyone sharing a single multicast stream doesn't it?
And as for a client side buffer enabling pause/rewind, how does that work if you rewind to the beginning of the programme you tuned into half way through?
While UDP multicast may be the most efficient use of bandwidth, using it will require bringing in many restrictions in what the public already expect from a streaming video service.
A single UDP stream would prevent many of the useful tricks iPlayer currently does, like changing resolution on the fly, buffering without losing any of the programme and live pause / rewind.
It would also require the live channels to have a completely different streaming infrastructure to the on demand channels.
No, we'd just lose other services instead. Look at BBC Three being closed down to allow BBC One +1 to be launched without incurring additional transmission costs.
All UK broadcast HD is transmitted at 1080i50. 1080p25 content can be accommodated within the same broadcast stream.
99% of UK content is produced at 50 interlaced fields, or 25 frames per second (depending on artistic choice). Only things intended primarily for transmission abroad are produced at 60/30.
Most films (24fps) are sped up, reducing the running time and altering the audio pitch, rather than introducing quantization errors. American (60hz) programming can either be slowed down, have the frames interpolated, or a combination of both, which is one reason American stuff looks worse on broadcast TV to the Blu-Ray release when seen on the same television.
Sounds like someone's found a way around those pesky trademark laws when making cheap clones of Western products.
> That, to my my mind, is the definition of an audiophile and does not deserve the perjorative use that the author has given it.
It's not really the author who has coined the perjorative use, it's the "audiophile" industry that has caused it themselves.
So much of the market aimed at audiophiles is taken up by conmen, liars and frauds that the entire industry has gained a big black mark. And the big problem is the people who have been conned into paying £500 for a 1m twin phono cable are unwilling to admit they've been conned, and continue to perpetuate the myths.
You could just describe yourself as a hifi enthusiast - that hasn't attracted the same negativity.
> Of course, one thing has changed - the price trend is ever upwards. Why haven't the advances in electronics and computing power made top-quality sound available for peanuts?
They have. The world of professional audio is constantly becoming cheaper, lighter, smaller and higher quality thanks to these advances.
However, these improvements aren't being seen in the same scales in the audiophile world. As long as people are willing to believe that spending £2000 on a power cable is making a difference to the sound, nobody is going to be working towards making these 'audiophile-grade' products affordable.
> If you buy active speakers, then the problem goes away!
No it won't, unless you're using the bastardisation of "active" which used to be called "powered".
An active speaker is one which requires an external crossover to split the audio into bands, as often found in audiophile set ups. A passive speaker is one which has the crossover contained within, so just requires a single amplified audio signal.
A powered speaker is one which contains all the amplification and crossovers, and requires power and line level audio.
Just compare the UX on Sky STBs to Freeview STBs to see the benefits of having a common UI for a product.
Just about anyone in the UK can operate any Sky box, but most people are stumped for a few minutes by every new Freeview box they encounter.
I've had the same phone calls, without a trip to A&E. Or even an accident.
> PS: Why is Android landfill? Nokia/Microsoft sell phones at the bottom end of the market at a substantial loss. If anything deserves the name, it should be landfill Surface.
Android isn't landfill, but a large proportion of Android phones are that cheap it's easier and cheaper to go buy a new one and send your existing one to the dump if you hit any problems with it. It's nothing to do with the quality of the OS or (lack of) profit margins on the phone, it's simply saying that Android created and captured the market for "disposable" smart phones, which still makes up a significant amount of their user base.
You may not like surface, but if you'd spent £900 on one, I doubt you'd be chucking if for a brand new one at your cost if the battery went a bit iffy.
Microsoft bought ICQ?
Was that before or after AOL bought it?
Is it bad I keep reading that company name as "norovirus"?
- weird left margin with mysterious / sinister black box at the top
That's part of the set
- close button, but no minimize or restore buttons on windows
Minimize & restore buttons are visible next to the close buttons
- tiny icons with no text in the taskbar (hope that the horrible mess overlaying it is something on the stage, and not on the screen)
The "horrible mess" is quite obviously a camera. There's no less text than present in W7.
- tiny start button, less easy to click
Same size as W7
- live tiles on the start menu, presumably difficlt to configure and taking time to go and check how many emails you have, what the weather forecast is, etc whenever you click the start button
It's clear you've already reached a conclusion about the update, without even seeing it in use or trying it for yourself with these sort of comments.
- internet explorer icon next to start button, presumably difficult to remove / replace
No different to W7. I've seen loads of installs with IE there, that can be moved / removed like any other pinned app.
- still letting applications install unwanted crap on right of taskbar (and no clock there)
There's a clock there, and all the icons are for windows features
- that's enough free UI design consultancy from me....
If it wasn't free, I'd be asking for my money back. It's clear you didn't even look at the UI before you volunteered your consultancy.
> Maybe it's an upside down one.
Wouldn't work - everyone knows that to plug in a USB plug you have to rotate it twice through 180 degrees to get it to go in. Mounting the socket upside down would just reduce the rotations by one.
What it needs is to be mounted at 90 degrees.
No other connector comes close in the "what does it carry?" stakes - 240V / 415V / amplified audio / motor control / 6 circuits / 9 circuits - all "standards".
Audiophile - hi-fi enthusiast with a credit card
> Nobody trusts a company that simply is greedy and wants dominate all, cloud, servers, phones, games console etc
As opposed to one that is greedy and wants to dominate all, cloud, search, phones, social media, adverts etc
Yet it manages this on hardware less powerful than the equivalent Androids? And the animations (which aren't lengthy), run smoothly - unlike the equivalent Androids.
I'm yet to hear one single person with an actual clue about the subject criticise the UX performance of WP, in fact, completely the opposite, with many of them saying it's a notable plus of the OS that it can perform so well on such "poor" hardware compared to it's competition.
Vast majority of people buying mobile phones don't a) know what the difference between a closed and open OS is; and b) don't care.
> What a load of <bip> this software was. I never was even able to create any contact ... I mean, it is (and has to be) straight forward on any Android or IOS platform, but is apparently a dark mystery you have to solve on WP !
People Hub > Click "+" button > select "New Contact" > enter details. Done.
If that's a dark mystery then I'm surprised you can operate a keyboard in order to type this waffle.
And then there's:
And that's before you include the World Service television channels which will shortly be paid from the licence fee rather than a grant from the FCO.
I'm still not sure which one of those mostly shows repeats from BBC One though...
4K is a waste of time and money. 8K is already being trialled and by the time the 4K market has established itself, 8K will be becoming available. The broadcasters have been working on 8K for years, the only interest in 4K has been from the likes of Sony who're trying to sell TVs and offering to do work on the cheap in order to get some content.
8K, running at 50fps, with a full 12+ surround sound will be a significant upgrade on our current HD systems. 4K is just another marketing gimmick to sell more stuff.