52 posts • joined Friday 16th March 2012 09:44 GMT
Is that the real reason they came last in the Eurovision?!
I agree. But if you want the business - and we do - then the rates have to be competitive in a global market. So that probably means scraping corporate tax altogether. At least then the small shops aren't paying taxes that the big boys aren't and also fewer accountants are employed to work out the best way to avoid paying tax.
A better analogy is that they turn up for the party with some top notch booze that they got duty free on the flight to the party. However, you're miserable because you stood in the corner refusing to have the good stuff because of some confused moral reason.
If it's not breaking the law, it's not breaking the law. No use whining about it. Whereas it really does sounds as though Barney Jones has broken the law if he's kept all those emails...
Re: I agree...
You could create a new Toolbar on your taskbar, select the folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu and it'll give you most of you need, just not as easily/conveniently as a Start Menu!
Re: YouView sucks
The box updates itself - but there was another update this week so that I can now chose to have it confirm recording deletes, which is handy as I had deleted some in error. I only know this change because I read it on the Talk Talk website.
I've read the instructions - because I was looking for missing functionality. But of course as they're changing it every month my instructions are out of date! I know it's Linux based, but I didn't expect I'd need to trawl forums and rebuild the box myself.
The problem is that it's still playing catch up with PVRs that have been around for years. YouView was years late and when it arrives it's still "Nearly Ready" - as the box says every time you switch it on!
Re: YouView sucks
It sucks in so many ways it was easier to generalise.
The only thing missing is Netflix?! What about BlinkBox and LoveFilm? I seriously don't think they'll bother.
I've had my Talk Talk YV box since December. The interface sucks. It's a very poor PVR. They've only recently added functionality to search in the Guide rather than just for On Demand stuff (and that functionality hasn't made it to Talk Talk yet). You can't see a list of what series you have scheduled to record - either that or it just forgets them once there are no more episodes in the 7 day guide.
On Demand players are crap compared to recorded programmes - rewind, fast forward are painful and it won't remember where you watched to if you don't watch a programme in one viewing.
You search just for free content, or even content which won't require a subscription.
It takes too long to wake up - and that's from the non-eco mode. And then it's only a digibox. If you want to see your recordings or worse start an on demand player you have to wait again.
The iOS app is seriously limited in functionality (i.e. you can only add a recording to your list - you can't see what you have scheduled to record) and there's no word of when the Android app will be available.
I'm not surprised that Sugar fired himself.
Re: If you think living on planet Earth is a precarious existence
A massive underground bunker would be a better insurance policy and has the advantage that they could emerge to actually help the survivors. It'd be much easier to keep the equipment needed to rebuild (and repopulate) society in a hole under a mountain than it is to try and ship it to a remote planet that currently can't sustain life. Even in a worst case scenario we'd have a better chance of terra-forming a ruined Earth than any other planet in our solar system as it's the only one currently in the goldilock zone.
I fully support getting colonies on the moon and Mars, but not for the reasons given in this article.
Re: Even if the average fan doesn't get it
This ad's going to go down a treat. Look at how agitated the AC fanbois are just from the snippet of the ad. Hilarious!
Re: There is no point.
Here's one reason to upgrade to Office 2013 - you can finally ask excel to open A NEW WINDOW! This feature should have been implemented many versions ago. But I'm happy as I no longer have to open multiple instances of excel to get one spreadsheet on one monitor and a different spreadsheet on the other.
Re: Very good indeed
If you spend most of your time in a front end app then you'd experience very little of the Win8 new experience pain, but you'd gain better power management and faster startup and shutdown times over XP.
Win 8 Registry Improvements
Microsoft can't move away from its dependency on the registry because of all of the 3rd party apps that use it. However, the win 8 registry now automatically defrags the hives as they're loaded and keys are organised according to usage frequency. These factors reduce the disk and memory footprint of the registry and will improve its performance.
Re: hard to argue with what the anon guy said
This anon crusade was a pointless, juvenile and selfish act of a self-righteous, egotistical arsehole.
I'm not a fan of Apple products and I'm very happy with my Android phone. I don't own a tablet, nor feel any particular desire to. However, if my kids get presented with a "free" iPad when they start university then I'm sure they'd be delighted.
I can think of many advantages for a university's IT department in having one device to support for so many users. And they are, unarguably, very user friendly devices. These things cut costs considerably, so the initial cost isn't the only factor. The Apple choice may have been simply because of prestige, but it could also have been because they deem them a better fit with their existing equipment or their staffs knowledge.
I'd agree that tablets are rubbish input devices, but there's plenty of scope at a university for using them from newsletters, timetables, contact information to distributing course notes, presentations, tutorial notes & questions, past papers and endless other material that would normally be shoved around on paper. So another cost saving.
It sounds quite ideal to me for a student to do their work on paper, a desktop or laptop with the slab being used as a question paper or handbook.
Re: Go Chinese!
It would be brilliant if there were more international co-operation evident. NASA recently released (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/asteroids/news/asteroid20121214.html) a radar video of Toutatis tumbilng through space how much cooler would have been if it could have shown Chang'e-2 whizzing about too, although I guess scale might be an issue.
Re: Baaa baaa baaa!
Sounds like you have an idea for a valuable app there...
Re: Baaa baaa baaa!
Pretty obviously. Doesn't stop the bleating crowd from posting it to their timelines though does it?!
Baaa baaa baaa!
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Re: Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to expensive
I know... too many 'a's and one too few 'o's.
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to expensive
You need the keyboard to justify the Surface experience over a tablet IMHO, but that bumps the entry price up to a crazy £479.
Re: Folk still using IM clients?
I can chat to my facebook friends from skype. Neat huh - it looks like I'm working!
Re: Charm bar thing....
I totally agree. But still, deliberately exposing newbies to it without letting them watch the video just stinks of a "journalist" skewing the story to try and spin it his way.
Re: Windows on a Mac as a test?
In a VM no less. What a f**king waste of time. The author's clearly trying to show that Win8 sucks by confusing n00bs. Duh. Grow up El Reg.
How about trying the effect of these users with a new laptop running Win8. Will they be totally baffled? Not unless they skip the welcome video.
And I was finally going to commend an article by Lewis!
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/09/28/salt_marshes_fight_global_warming actually reports findings without totally biased opinion spoiling it. I've no problem at all with articles about scientists finding yet more variables that make climate prediction science such a difficult challenge.
Maybe they'd settle for some pictures of Kate sunbathing topless?
Ah no, they've already seen those.
"Presumably iPads and iPhones have to be imported *into* the US because they are made and assembled in China."
Well that's the standard definition isn't it? It's made in China, so it's imported into the US. The Apply logo doesn't equate to made in the USA.
I'll have a new Kindle Fire for Christmas please Santa.
The de-dup isn't useful for the VMs you are running - they'll all be rehydrated when you run the VMs. It's great for libararies of VMs though.
Windows 8 has Hyper-V.
Re: trying it now
I am trying the RTM version now. This is the first time I've run it on tin, I've tried the previews in VMs before and I'm very impressed. I don't usually trust upgrades, I like to do a clean install instead, but this upgraded my Win7 to Win8 very smoothly. I have to log in now using my MS live account to get into my old Win7 account, but that's ok. My Win7 installed games work fine after the upgrade, so why Win8 would force game devs onto Linux is beyond me. Mind you, I'd like to see more games on Linux, so who cares?!
Maxivista doesn't work on Win8, so I'm back to two screens. Hopefully they'll get that sorted out, because Win 8's better than Win 7 on multiple screens - a taskbar on each screen and different desktop backgrounds - so I'd prefer to be using 3 screens.
I've got Hyper-V on my laptop which is awesome and will be a real productivity boost.
This can't be real. They're hardly rudimentary - he seems to have control of all his fingers. From his elbow?! Get outta here. Having looked at the photos I'd guess that his right arm has been lost but his left it fine...
Re: OK devs, here's your chance to get it right
If you've left it until now, then you'd better get your bloody skates on.
If you can do remote desktop and it has a mouse...
... then sign me up!
Sod the Olympics
Doctor Who's something that's probably worth watching in HD.
The price isn't what determines if it's a competitior to the iPad, it's what the device can do. As this is Atom based Win8 it's effectively a laptop without a keyboard. If it were ARM based then it would really be just a consumer device (i.e. toy) just like the iPad.
When most folk get a new PC or laptop there's invariably some drop in productivity anyway (unless they're using it purely as a thin client) so unless they've upgraded the OS for the hell of it, I don't think there's much additional productiviy loss there.
There's a lot of good stuff new in Win 8; faster boot time and storage spaces are a couple of upsides that work for me.
As it'll be installed on new PCs and laptops soon enough, many will experience the shock and horror of something new that's different to what they're used to. But only a moron will still be struggling after a day or two. I personally find it very pleasant to use (just discovered IE10 has a spell check built in, about time too) and to a casual, over the shoulder, user it looks like I'm using Win 7 - because for 99% of my time that's the experience I'm having.
I'll give myself a thumbs up to counter all the thumbs downs I'll get from the aforementioned morons...
bing's RSS desktop theme is a much appreciated waste of money!
Their photo's are so good, I feel embarrassed every time I pick up my camera. But obviously, they're not going to make any money on them and I doubt that they work terribly well at advertising their search engine.
What's with all the Vista comparisons?
Vista sucked because of excessive minimum requirements, poor performance and compatibility problems with peripherals because they'd rushed it to market without adequately preparing the ecosystem. Windows 8 is not going to have those problems. It's got a new user interface. Oooh. Get over it. You can either embrace it and possibly like it, or you can take a couple of easy painless steps to work around it and move on.
IE9 Flash problems with El Reg?
Am I the only one that's having regular problems reading the register using IE9 (from Windows Server 2008 R2)? It very regularly hangs up IE with the whole thing going to the "(Not Responding)" mode. I have no problems with other sites.
The only third party toolbars or browser extensions I have enabled is for Shockwave Flash Object from Adobe. If I disable this then your site seems to work correctly, but obviously I don't want to disable Flash, I'm not on an iPad!
What about the Kindle Fire?
Google's Nexus release will do well in the UK because Amazon can't be bothered to push the Fire outside of the US.
If they're considering going after the iPhone will that be in the US only too?