Re: Surface is a great product
Apart from the $900M write-down on Surface RT hardware, you mean?
589 posts • joined 20 Mar 2012
Apart from the $900M write-down on Surface RT hardware, you mean?
So people who take lots of ibuprofen are at risk of heart attack or stroke. The people surveyed were mostly elderly and suffering from chronic arthritis or rheumatism pain, of course they're more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than young fit individuals, who may occasionally use NSAIDs for e.g. headache or sports injury.
Shouldn't happen - IIRC you're not allowed to fly them over groups of people.
How smart are these things? Much easier anyway to implement a "descend and shut down mode".
Equip the aircraft with little robot gun turrets - job's a good 'un. :-)
You think the company disappeared because they sold their phone division? When they sold to MSFT they agreed not to make phones for a couple of years, they're apparently gearing up to make them again now. All they have to do is buy Jolla and they're ready to go. :-)
*nix is just a handy way of writing "Unix, Linux, OSX, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD and similar systems" - what's to hate about it?
Is that really relevant? If the court only handles these cases one week in four, they'll just be seeing four times as many cases over a quarter of the time, and none for three quarters, so the annual average works out the same.
A tad is a "little bit", just like a "wee drop".
There's a groove that dust can collect in - not a hole into the insides, just a gap between the screen and the bezel.
Is a disparaging term.
It's about search and capture - having shown that to be viable they can work on multiple captures, and dumping the garbage without destroying the cleanup sat. That would require something capable of multiple significant orbit changes, rather than just deorbiting itself, so rather more expensive and not necessary for this trial.
Some people are just less concerned about privacy. They think the trade-off is worth the benefits. I don't mind Tesco knowing what I buy, in return they give me vouchers for stuff I like and a discount on petrol. I'm a bit wary of quite how much Google wants to know about me, I only tell them some of it, so I don't benefit from all their magic.
I'd have thought P2P is an obvious solution for spreading the load.
Because all the market growth is in mobile, and Microsoft doesn't have a competitive product there. How many people do you know who've bought a desktop PC for their home recently, or even a laptop? And how many businesses are adopting Windows 8?
The number of people recently still on XP is indicative of a long-term slowdown in the Windows upgrade market. MSFT is trying to catch up in mobile by leveraging their traditional presence, but people have got used to Android and iOS. MSFT's traditional partner, Intel, is in a similar position.
It's got to the point that you can hook up a phone to a keyboard and TV to make a "PC" (non-IBM-compatible) that is quite usable for browsing, social networking or working on your cloudy stuff, which are apparently what people are interested in these days.
Sounds like a character from Gormenghast or Discworld.
I was very proficient at handbrake turns. I loved my Minis. :-)
But a narcissist will always expect to get away with it, because he thinks he's so much smarter than everyone else.
There's not a lot you can do for someone with severe personality disorders - as he's definitely a threat to other people, prison may be the best place for him.
> What does that even mean?
It means that you have a functional "desktop metaphor" from which to launch programs and organise windows, which you can customise to some extent to suit your preferred appearance and behaviour. Coupled with the programs you need to create/modify/display various file types and interact with networks in various ways. All in a mostly pointy-clicky sort of way.
It's not an introduction to Linux for the prospective new user, it's a brief survey of lightweight desktop environments for people who fancy extending their Linux experience to some of the crufty old hardware they have gathering cobwebs. I'm going to set up such a machine soon, mainly as a music player (for the room where I tinker with mechanical things) but with the occasional need to display a web page or PDF - this sort of setup sounds good for that.
You might write "overheard ... I discussing", but do you think perhaps "overheard ... me discussing" sounds a bit better?
Do we? What happened to the frequent small update schedule that W10 is supposed to be running on?
We just enjoy the music? As a kid I had an AM pocket transistor radio ...
The Concerts for Kampuchea? Except that was in Hammersmith.
The faint rustling of paper?
Just don't disrespect Little Chef breakfasts. :-)
491 is in the Ubuntu repo now
I have flash set as "Ask to Activate" so it made no difference to my surfing behaviour, just showing a "use with caution" notice that didn't need to be clicked through.
And when they deprecate a feature in the SDK and it's suddenly unavailable to your app ...
Apparently 96% of consumer-level users are already running Windows Update, so why deny those few percent the chance to choose "no"?
"what we are used to on smartphones" - I always check what's updating, and deny anything I'm not sure about until I have a chance to check it out.
"if MS get lazy on testing." Wake up - the whole point of this is that MSFT can use the consumers as beta testers for their new-look rapid update cycle, before giving new stuff to their corporate clientele (who are the only ones that really matter).
A surprising number of Windows apps work quite well with Wine these days, and for those essential apps that don't they can always run Windows in a VM - either locked down and firewalled or as a disposable image. The only real need to run Windows on the metal is for some games, which can be handled by dual booting (don't many gamers have a dedicated machine anyway?)
Somewhat reminiscent of that crappy MSFT Surface advert, I thought.
They're £30 on eBay, and I find they last for years. I have some with serial port connection, which would probably still work if I could find a serial port, but were put away because the ergonomics were not as good as the later USB models.
All some distro has to do is a fair impression of XP and they'll be ahead of this game.
As you normally look when stuck at immigration, so "please look tired and grumpy".
display a higher resolution BSOD than ever before.
Like that $900M of Surface RT tablets they had to write off, you mean? :-)
The thing about free software is that each software "product" is developed by a team of people who want to work on that product with that team - on the whole people aren't going to work on stuff that doesn't interest them, or work with people they don't like. And there's politics, of course. When OSS (which never worked very well with Linux) went proprietary it was obvious that Linux people would develop an alternative, and by the time it went free again people had invested heavily in ALSA development.
Getting audio right can require a bit of tweaking sometimes, particularly if there's e.g. an audio device in your graphics card and another in a PCI or USB slot. Also PulseAudio doesn't always do its thing properly, so sometimes it's useful to temporarily disable it and revert to plain ALSA.
I've been using Linux for just about everything for more than 5 years (started using it about 20 years ago) but I can see that there are legitimate reasons people may need (or even want) to use Windows. Saying that they're all stupid doesn't really make you look all that smart, you know?
In case you hadn't noticed, there's a bunch of MSFT
shillsfans populating the fora at the moment, looking for every excuse to talk-up WindowsX/Office on Android/any of their other attempts to regain market/mind-share, and Linux Loons make an easy target for them.
I suspect it depends where they're mounted - if it's in the middle of the dash, you need to look away from the road, while if it's on top of the dash behind the wheel you hardly look away at all..
That's not really a problem (anyway there are now Intel Atom phones and tablets that seem to work quite well) but getting the UI to work adequately on a phone would be unreasonably difficult for a lot of Windows apps.
The simple fact is that nobody can know enough about complex situations like these, with an unknown number of unknown variables, to be able to make predictions that are guaranteed to be accurate, so anyone who claims that ability is overstepping his authority and subjecting himself to ridicule. It brings to mind the great horse manure crisis of 1894.