52 posts • joined Friday 2nd March 2012 00:39 GMT
Errrr... define "launch"
This sounds like another meaningless set of numbers to me. Define "launch". I only "launch" my email program once per day but then it keeps running all day and gets used several times an hour. Similarly my browser. If I was using TIFKAM I'd be registering about 3 "launches" per day (given that there aren't yet TIFKAM versions of code editors or photoshop or etc etc) but that doesn't mean I'm not using the interface* and it doesn't mean I won't use it more when TIFKAM versions of the apps I actually want to use are released.
*I actually use a Mac, but from what I've seen of Win8, it looks like a pretty nice touch interface with some nice features. Shame that touch interfaces are useless for real work, but hey....
Hang on to you old hardware
Looks like, sadly, Microsoft may have banged the first nail in the coffin of the traditional computer. From now on the mass market will be phones and tablets and any of us that want to do real work will have to buy one of them specialised gizmos with a keyboard, and pay the associated premium for specialised hardware.
"A century from now when people ask "what did Microsoft do" the amswer will be "they invented the taskbar"
No they didn't Acorn invented that with RiscOS, about 4 years before Windows95 appeared.
Waits for someone to chip in with an even earlier example....
It's just a bunch of kids with a hobby
Quite. That amount of code churn implies one or both of two things:
Firstly, it ain't finished and certainly isn't well tested. Secondly, the people working on it are too keen on playing with it.
The upshot of one or both of these things is instability and uncertainty over whether something that works today will work tomorrow when you apply those updates.
I speak as a Linux user of 6 years. I quickly learned my lesson not to use it for anything important unless updates were banned.
Re: More adverts, everywhere.
"Computers are supposed to relieve us of drudgery and mindless tasks, not create new boring tasks for us."
Ha! 99% of the mindless drudgery in the world begins with sitting down in front of a computer.
Re: A diamond in the rough
It's a Canonical product, therefore it will *always* be of alpha quality. It's nice to see new concepts and new people doing stuff, but Canonical don't appear to understand the notion of testing or quality control so even if it did make it into a phone I'd predict a 90% returns rate.
Re: It's over between us
"the technological equivalent of Paris Hilton"
Thank you, I've been searching for a similie/metaphor to describe Apple and you, sir, have completely nailed it. In the words of South Park, "Stupid Spoiled Whore".
Sent from my iPhone, smeared in the sticky film of shame.
Kind of looks like my local pub. They sell apples too, albeit of the fermented variety.
Mind you, the Feng Shui's all over the place, so I doubt this will do Apple any good at all.
Re: Distros - quickie analysis
ANY of these distros pre-installed on desktops/laptops with fair pricing would sell well! The year of Linux on the Desktop depends on when MS loses its iron-grip on the OEMs. Of course ANdroid is also poised.
Yes they would, and then they'd mostly be returned as people discover it doesn't run Call of Duty/Word/Excel/Lightroom/Photoshop - i.e. the stuff they're used to. People buy computers to run software, not to stare at the pretty interface. Nobody who wants photoshop is going to be satisifed with gimp, even if they can figure out that gimp is what they need to install, etc etc.
My brain just melted
Why do I persist in reading stuff like this on a Saturday?
Re: It's the best theory we have so far
"How about this: our models are wrong."
That's odd, because they've been working and predicting things for literally decades!
*Incomplete* is the word you are looking for. If they were 'wrong' we wouldn't have managed to build all these neat toys that let us bicker from miles away.
There does seem to be a habit in modern physics of inventing new stuff to keep the old theories working. As a scientist I was taught that if the evidence doesn't fit the theory, then the theory is wrong (I'll accept "incomplete"). The trend with physics these days seems to be that if the evidence doesn't fit the theory, speculate about what evidence we must be missing. It's almost a religious mindset, clinging to the Standard Model, since if if that's proven wrong then cosmologists (at least) have to start again, and many of them will have wasted their entire lives. Vested interests are as powerful in theoretical physics as they are in any other area of life.
Not the board itself,
..but I'm sure it would be best housed in a Spaceplane Launcher Utility Turret
Oh please. The units aren't important in an article, it's getting the meaning of them across that matters. I'm British and I use pounds, miles, feet, and inches because they mean something to me. I have to convert metric to imperial so I can get a sense of what it means. Bloody SI Nazis, you'll have us all going into pubs and asking for a 0.56826125 litre of beer.
Re: What if...
No, because it's open source and therefore I can remove the adverts/spyware myself. Plus I wouldn't give anyone money for what is basically a rolling beta that breaks every time I upgrade it. Make it as stable as the distro it's based on (Debian) and then I might consider it.
"...because the only way to learn what's not perfect is to have other people - real people - use it."
This is true. So why not, before dumping yet another load of half-finished shit into a release, spend some real time beta testing it. And then actually fix some of the bugs that get reported. Ubuntu's current strategy is to release a beta about 3 weeks before the release, let about 2 people use it, then release it anyway. This is why fewer and fewer people are using it, because they're utterly beholden to their release schedule, and making things actually work is secondary.
"It's almost as if the people at Canonical don't remember the 90s. Active Desktop anyone?"
I don't think any of the script kiddies responsible for this rubbish were even born in the '90s.
Re: A few points for you all.....
"While this has been the case up till now, I think that 4g mobile Internet could provide a fairly cost-effective solution for many rural areas where land line coverage is poor or non-existent."
There are plenty of us living in rural areas who are still waiting for decent 2G coverage on the 1800MHz band that 4G will run on. I agree that 4G mobile would be better than the "broadband" provided by BT out here, but the chances of them building an antenna to cover the 14 people on this side of the hill are nil.
Third world backwaters
"(*often the landline broadband is so awful that you can't stream YouTube or do video skyping)"
Oh one shudders at the hardships you poor, poor foreigners have to suffer. I'm in rural Wales. I struggle to post this. A mobile phone signal would be nice too. But you know what? I manage. Go outside.
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Re: atheist 'sense'
I don't count myself as an atheist, but I am most definitely not religious. I don't come from the angle that "there is definitely no God", rather I come from the angle of "oh yeah, some people think there's a god, well it really doesn't bother me one way or the other". Religion, or the absence of it, simply has no relevance in my life.
So, how do I know what's right and wrong you seem to be asking. Simple. I was taught right and wrong by my parents, by growing up in a society where there is not just right and wrong - good and evil - but a whole spectrum of middle ground, and from my empathy with others and my humanity.
From this point of view I can see quite clearly that while making a film that mocks someone's beloved Prophet may be insensitive (this is the middle ground I spoke of), reacting to that by rioting, attacking foreign embassies, and murdering ambassadors is most definitely wrong, no matter how offensive the film is perceived to be. You talk of knee jerk reactions, well I wonder which group is having the biggest jerk.
"The developers are Python-lovers, "
Lord preserve us from significant whitespace. Anyone who likes a language in which the space character is important enough that it becomes part of the code structure needs a big kick in the head.
44% this, 33% that
Shouting percentages at me will not impress me. What I want to know is, can I hold it in my left hand without having to buy an "optional" extra case for it? If I can't do that then your phone design is shit, mate. End of.
Re: Where's the science?
The best thing about that post is that it makes me realise that, when I see something I think might be a huge conspiracy, I should stand back, examine the evidence, and take a rational view of it instead of immediately sounding off like a ranting moron with his head up his arse.
You, sir, are an example to us all.
Re: "The solution? A more potent igniter"
> True to the spirit of Real Engineering:
> - if it doesn't fit, force it
> - If it can't be forced, use a bigger hammer
That's not engineering, that's proper British Bodging - a proud tradition.
Going by my experience as a 'software engineer' an engineering solution would be:
1. Try it again to see if it happens every time
2. Have lots of meetings in which nothing concrete is agreed but lots of managers tell you how important it is to fix it quickly
3. Under management pressure come up with some half assed bodge
4. Implement half-assed bodge
5. Spend the next 4 weeks explaining to various managers why the half-assed bodge doesn't work properly
Like you, I used to think that engineering was about making things. But eventually I came to realise that it's about dodging blame, writing powerpoint slides, and guessing how long things will take before you do them.
Yes it's stupid now...
... but do you remember those 1MB Winchester disks that used to take up an entire tabletop and couldn't withstand a small nudge without crashing? Yes, that was only 30-odd years ago. It's called research and development. The emphasis here is now on the *development*.
Re: re: Performance of open source drivers
My Samsung 17" laptop, when using the oss nvidia driver, has no support for 3d acceleration or accelerated video playback. It overheats and shuts down after playing full screen 1080p H.264 video for 10 minutes, at very poor quality and with choppy playback if I so much as try running anything else.
When I install the proprietary driver, everything works wonderfully. CPU usage while playing that video is 4%. I can even compile code in the background while it plays.
So yes, the proprietary driver kicks the arse of the oss driver, and always has. After all, nvidia know how their hardware works. I have no problem with this, and nor does anybody who lives in the real world.
One law for corporations...
... another law for individuals.
America truly is the land of the free(dom from prosecution if you've got your hands down enough senator's pants). I don't hate America, but I do utterly despise anyone who thinks this is right.
Re: He's dead wrong...
"There appears to be no disadvantage that the Surface has over a laptop or over a tablet - it is both"
Or it is neither, depending on your point of view.
Can I plug it into my 28 inch monitor and firewire audio interface so I can run Logic Audio on it in my studio? Thought not. That's what my laptop's for. I'm a creator of content, I need devices to get that content into the digital world. Poking at shiny things with my stubby fingers is of no interest to me.
So, the bug is: that there happens to be some code in there, accidentally one must assume, that is able to modify your contacts, specifically by doing a search and replace of email addresses. Erm, sorry.. how did code like that get in there by accident? Or if we assume the code is there on purpose but this is a bug in that code, then for what purpose is that code in there in the first place? Why do you want to mess with my contacts?
Or are you just spouting bollocks Mr Zuckerberg?
See, they know that it'll take a lot to make people stop using Facebook, since for many of us it has become something we like and use a lot, despite our better judgement. So they feel they can just do what they like and we'll put up with it. And apparently they can all sleep at night and live with the fact that they're devious, lying, morally repugnant pieces of slime.
I'm going now to post that on my wall.
Re: Ubuntu out of beta yet ?
*buntu is a permanent rolling beta. It always will be while they try and enforce a regular 6 month release cycle on software that's written mainly by people in their spare time.
If it's stability you want, use Debian, but then you don't get the benefit of the actual good stuff Canonical has done on installation and you may well end up with a bricked laptop, as I do every time I try Debian.
The year of Linux on the desktop - yes, that's how long it takes to get it to work. And I speak as someone who's been using it regularly for 4 years.
As a proper engineer, Bob is obviously a man who realises that he doesn't need 87 million dollars because he already has enough and can therefore retire. Good man, well done, an example to everybody.
If their code is as bad as their English then I doubt anyone will be able to understand how to use the APIs, let alone operate the interface.
Re: Just search for what I entered
And there speaks a geek. The problem with your approach is that you have to talk to the computer in its own language. This simply doesn't work. You know what made Google so popular? It was by providing an interface that normal people could use. They don't have to get to grips with brackets and logic, they just type stuff into it in a way that makes sense to *them*. I remember being amazed by it when after some time of failing to get altavista to find what I wanted by 'narrowing down my search criteria', my mate simply went to Google (which I'd never used before) and typed in, in plain English, the question we wanted the answer to. The answer we needed was the first hit. I've never used another search engine since.
Re: "Of course you could just use an OS THAT DOESN'T TRY TO RESTRICT YOU !"
"Choice for its own sake leads to a very poor user experience. There is very solid science behind the "KISS" design philosophy the more successful consumer electronics companies apply to their products."
As a long-term Linux user, I simply couldn't agree more. I'm sick to death of having so much bloody choice. Especially when it's choice between 4 things that all don't quite work but in different ways. These days I just want stuff that works. I bought a Mac. Sorry.
Give them some credit. Some of the very best discoveries come about when people say "Well, I don't expect it'll work but it's the best idea I've got and if it does work the implications are enormous".
Your comment suggests a complete ignorance of the motivation for, and methodology behind, a large proportion of all useful scientific research. I, on the other hand, spent an entire year firing lasers at a solution of fairy liquid in a futile attempt to develop a new spectroscopic technique. It was the best idea I had at the time and I didn't get paid a fucking penny for it.
"Today the expectation is that a modern device comes with services as well as apps for communication and sharing. There is no “separate brand” to think about or a separate service to install"
Congratulations Microsoft, welcome to the late 20th century.
Re: Demonstrates three things which would otherwise be difficult to believe...
Well obviously, we all work in the IT industry because we're work shy hippy layabouts. What's your excuse?
Re: re making stuff up
"It's no harder than having to remember a dozen different passwords or differing complexity here at work."
I've got a pretty good memory for facts, but I struggle to remember two passwords because they have to be made-up stuff with "at least one digit and one capital letter". If I start making up answers to security questions as well I'll start doubting my own identity pretty soon.
How the hell did Catwoman not even make the list? If you can put Halle Berry in a leather catsuit and still make a film that I would rather gouge my eyes out with teaspoons than watch again, you have made the worst movie ever. QED.
I'll believe a system is intelligent only when I ask it to so some extremely boring, repetitive task and it just says "No".
I think the reviewer's thoughts about the age range are probably right. I've played a few Kinect games at a friend's house and they amused me for a couple of minutes and then that was it. His two children, aged 9 and 5, both love the thing and can't get enough of even the simplest games. It's fer kids innit?
With my cynical old man hat on, I think the Princess Leia dancing scene is only there to give the dads something to take their minds off the pain of watching small children wave their arms and scream at a TV.
When I want to wave my arms and scream at a TV, I watch Question Time. It must be a generational thing.
I amongst all the old fart wingeing, name calling, OS fascism, and general childishness that makes the Reg comments section the delightful slice of life that it is, I'm surprised that nobody has commented on the fact that there seems to be good money to be made by sleeping on the streets.
Let's hope Cameron doesn't find out about this or it'll be Tory "Restart" policy by next month.
There's that's added politics to the mix. Life is complete again.
How do you plan on mounting cameras etc on an inclined truss? I wondered if some kind of Spaceplane Launcher Utility Turret could be designed, they're not at all hard to mount.
Paris, for reasons that should be obvious.
Re: "Given that most phones are replaced in 12-18 month cycles"
"£300/year for my SII is hardly huge amounts of money."
Well that depends on the size of your wallet and the priorities of your life. As far as I'm concerned, £300/year is a ridiculous amount of money to pay for a phone, so I don't think you can make blanket statements like that.
"Mobiles haven't been about making/receiving phone calls since the iPhone was released."
Believe it or not, as far as the carriers go mobiles are very much about making and receiving calls because that's where a large part of their revenue comes from.
The handset manufacturers, on the other hand, have known for a long while that if everybody kept their new phone for 5 years phones would have to cost £1000 each or most manufacturers would go bankrupt. Their business model relies on people buying new handsets every 18 months or so, and this is why we're constantly being offered new "features" we "can't do without". Apple, of course, have been selling hardware for years and understood this better than anyone.
I used to work in the mobile phone industry. I got out partly because I realised it really is mainly about selling as much unfinished, malfunctional shit to as many gullible idiots as possible.
Re: Next challenge: a more holistic view
He's either talking about covert surveillance of every internet user to spot hackers before they germinate, or he's talking about a pre-emptive strike. Presumably against the "cyber"men?
He is Tony Blair and I claim my five pounds.
So which parts of my privacy am I bartering? The T&Cs just say they have access to basically everything on my phone... but then so do the paid apps I've looked at. What's the difference with paid apps?
People *pay* for mobile phone apps? Have they not noticed all the ones with the word "FREE" next to them?
I told my doctor I was addicted to stealing iPads.
He told me to stop taking the tablets.
Re: Depressingly familiar
Government IT projects are subject to such scrutiny that they cannot even be started until the budget is fixed, the costs are known, the timescales are carved into a mountain and the civil servant running the thing has been bought at least 3 dinners. So "fixed clear requirements" are essential for a public IT project. Ergo, they're all doomed from the start.
If I, as a software contractor, ask a customer for some "fixed, clear, requirements' and that customer gives me some I take them in good faith. If the customer comes back to me in 2 months time and says, 'er, actually we screwed up and all the requirements have changed' then I will tell them that in that case my fee and timescales have also changed.
Given that we the public demand transparency and accountability from our public servants then the scrutiny isn't going to go away. So what is needed is greater competence at the planning and requirements gathering stage, and that is the customer's problem.
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