147 posts • joined Thursday 1st December 2011 10:30 GMT
Re: Pfff. Slightly chilly at best.
Stop lying - you're on The Reg, you don't have a wife. Or partner. Or friends.
The only comfort you (we) have is the glowing warm lights of electronic gadgetry, and even that's being taken away with the use of cold LEDs. :(
To be fair, he is quite overly specific in his claim, the "first $1bn per quarter enterprise cloud business", where Azure is probably a $1 billion per year business, and besides which, Microsoft isn't just an "enterprise cloud business".
You have to love these very specific statements though - "I'm the highest earning person in the world who's name is Tim and posts on The Register under the name of Timmay"
Re: Let me get this straight...
Could not agree more - sorry, we only made $8.22 billion profit last year, rather than the $8.25 billion YOU thought we should make. You may proceed to dump our shares now, while we simultaneously sack all our lower-level staff to cut costs, and award our executives pay increases.
@ Kristian Walsh
All sounds great, except I just looked (for the first time) at my area on here.com, and found that my side street isn't mapped! Granted, the flats have only been here for 50 years or so, but still....
I can't explain why, but on the face of it this all looks wonderful, but I still can't help feeling a little underwhelmed - I'm sure the results will be very impressive, but until they get anywhere near the sheer coverage which Google Street View has, will many/any use it, apart from die-hard Google-haters?
Also, Google aren't stupid, who knows what they have brewing in the Chocolate Factory in this area... either way, it is all quite exciting for us, the consumers!
Kicking myself that I didn't buy that £400 Radeon GPU a few years ago, purely to experiment with Bitcoin production....... think I spent it on beer instead, but I know which was more fun
I realise, I just found it humorous. Well, a bit humorous, probably about a 2.
> "1 is the lower end of illegal through to 5 at the extreme end of the scale."
Heh, this is a bit illegal, and this is really illegal.
Twitter ticker = TWIT?
I still don't get Twitter, and therefore I doubly don't get the point in floating it.
Still, I guess when it comes to trading, it doesn't matter what "it" is you're trading in - could be worn shoe soles, or even thin air - so long as there's a ticker representing it and a price that goes up or down, there's money to be made.
"I don't want Linux or need it"
"Thats why I have"..."a chromebook for the laptop"
Re: No internet for the rest of the month ?
Haha, good one. I actually don't like Windows 8 that much myself, I just think you're all massively overblowing this - "but but but, what if a user has a thousand brand new Windows 8 machines, running off a 2400 baud modem, can't get the machines to decent internet, and hasn't got an email address to create an account on the store anyway?"
Well, then sure, no nice start button for them.
Re: RE Broadband limits @Timmay
Ahhh whatever, I can see all your points, I just think it's massively overblown because it's cool to diss Windows 8.
Anyway, it can't be a big issue, because I didn't think anyone was using it? :p
<runs away, beer o'clock>
Yeah, because somewhere (a business I'm guessing) that is operating FIFTY Windows 8 machines behind it is going to have a limited broadband connection.
And even if they did, 175GB is less than the 300GB per month limit which BT's "unlimited" CONSUMER service had ages ago, and everyone got their knickers twisted over.
What's the point?
I'm going to get downvotes here, but it's an honest question, so look a puppy straight in the eye before you hit that down button:
I've got a recent top of the line Android smartphone, 6 months old - can someone please explain what actually is the point in these alternative ROMs, and what makes something like Cyanawhatever special, and why I should be using it?
FWIW, my phone doesn't crash, battery life is pretty good, and I've rooted it and removed all the branded apps from the stock ROM, so what will Cyanogen give me?
Handset manufacturers already build in emergency call functionality into the software (locked screen 999/911 calling for example), so draw up a framework/method for sharing handset-supplied location information, and mandate an extension to the existing emergency call functionality which enables GPS/cell/wifi derived location sharing only at the point the emergency call is made.
Sure, current handsets probably won't get this, but the mobile phone replacement cycle is so quick for most people, it would be quick (couple of years after being introduced) to reach a large proportion of the population. And given Ofcom and legislation moves at a glacial pace anyway, if it happened before 2020 it'd be quick enough.
Re: The sad thing is..
Hah, I like this idea - use the $150b to buy iCahn himself and everything he owns
Re: Corporate finance
The reason Apple don't want to do this is because they know their gravytrain will come to an end sometime, maybe soon, maybe just temporarily - therefore, when the shit hits the fan, they can begin to use their cash assets to slowly buy back and support the stock price, until the second coming of Jobs perhaps.
How has this amazing fact only just been discovered? I thought the whole point of most of the recent missions to Mars was basically to look for water - were we really only driving about hoping to stumble across rivers and streams?
Re: Really, who uses iMessage anyway?
A WhatsApp account only works from one device.
So they removed it from the Play Store, but left it on my device, therefore there's no way to remove it without going into Settings > Applications
if I wasn't a geek, how would I know to do this? I would have hoped it would still show as a placeholder in My Installed Apps list in the Play Store, and allow me to uninstall it only.
Useful outside of old Facebook photos
Just because the technology was developed for what you regard as a pointless purpose, doesn't mean that is all it is useful for.
To be honest, if Facebook keep developing interesting technologies and then sharing them with the world in case anyone else has a use for it, I'm all for it.
Quietly access components
I'd love to know how this tech is able to "quietly turn on and access" a spinny hard drive without anyone noticing. Oh god no, maybe they have a hand in hard drive design now too!
I realise you'll just retort that MS aren't real developers, but what about Windows 3.1 > Windows 3.11?
FYI, I agree with anon... 3.9 looks like the last major release of 3.x, and 3.10 looks like it predates it. But then I'm not a developer.
But when an operator is offering upfront incentives (ie. £££££££££££) to have exclusive access to a particular model, that is a tempting offer. Yes, you'll likely lose out on some sales, but if the wonga offered upfront is more than you think you'd lose in sales...
Fine, please also block 0:0:0:0:0:0:0:0/0 too
Hmm, I see said dodgy website uses an IP address, therefore Mr Judge, can the ISPs block 0.0.0.0/0, that should do it......
Fashionable to hate Facebook, isn't it.
If you've tried it, genuinely don't like it, then fine, I respect that. But, there are about a billion of us (I guess you'd call us idiots) who do have a use for it.
If, however, you're just an old miser who likes to moan about everything, then fuck off back to the good old days of the 19th century, where women and the poor knew their place, England ruled the world, and the only content which was "user generated" was quite literally shit.
(Twitter, on the other hand, even I don't get...)
Re: re. 5GHz and walls
I reckon you'd likely still see reasonable signal through a couple of thin(ish) walls/floors. I think the big problem is brick...
Re: Not passing through walls is the major advantage of 5GHz
Similar here - I'm in flats, so a quick fire up of inSSIDer reveals 34 2.4GHz networks (one of which is mine), and just one 5GHz network (mine).
My work iPhone and an oldish (pre-5GHz) laptop are the only things left on my 2.4GHz network, and using those is painfully slow in comparison.
Re: You can't use Skype on the 360 without xbox gold either can you?
Sony are charging if you want multiplayer game access, but if all you want to do with your $400 device is watch kitten videos and Skype your friends for free, then PS4 is the one to go for.
Re: Centre of the Living Room?
What are you trying to say, in English, preferably?
Who pays twice for internet access, and what's that got to do with Microsoft?
Because you want it, and they can prevent it unless you pay them money.
It's no different to having to pay a satellite or cable provider to get access to channels which are (legally) available free via other methods.
Re: Bugger the lot of them
Good for you, you sound like such fun. Here's a medal.
Your first point; you're bitching about Microsoft because the non-Microsoft games developers don't include split-screen gaming in their games? I've just checked my 16 Xbox 360 games, and 11 of them do allow split-screen gaming, so I'm not sure what games you have.
Your second point about gaming in the same household is a valid one, though I thought some games did allow LAN-multiplayer gaming. However, I do that so rarely nowadays I can't recall whether that's still common.
Talk about missing the point, it's as though you were going to spend $500 on a device to just watch YouTube and Skype on.
BBC Have Your Say
Dear God, reading the comments so far I feel like I've wandered into a BBC Have Your Say section at the bottom of a mildly controversial story.
You have one comment saying black is white, gets 20 upvotes, 2 downvotes, the following reply says no way man, white is totally black, gets 25 upvotes and 4 downvotes. Are you people just agreeing to ALL the shit that's being spouted in here, is that what happens on Fridays??
For the record, I'm probably on the pro-side of fracking and stuff, but this story suggests that you'd have to dig hard to find sites which mention that Cuadrilla is only searching for oil, and is only going to use conventional drilling, and then fails to mention any of those hard to find sources.
I've dug into it, and I can see that Cuadrilla said they're only looking for oil, but actually it seems they haven't ruled out using fracking if necessary - if the Guardian story below is anything to go by:
I'm not overly informed in this area, so maybe when applying for a licence, you can only be licensed for a specific method?
I'd love to bait the anti-frackers, but without solid sources contradicting what they're saying, that's a bit hard.
Re: The only time I have used Google Now:
Conversely, I love Google Now, use it loads, and find it of great value.
One man's meat is another man's poison. Paris, cos she likes chowing down on man meat.
No expandable storage (MicroSD)
Falls at the first hurdle for me. Shame, looked nice.
Re: "Or put another way stick a cage round it!"
Even these modern jets made mostly of composites?
Heh, I had two attempts before yours to say the same thing (in decreasingly sarcastic tones), but both were rejected - seems they like you more than I!
Hahahaha, how crap of Oracle having to take down a website for maintenance that happens to serve up Oracle UNBREAKABLE Linux, talk about irony!!
So can it play Crysis?
That's why I ride my trusty steed through the drive through
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