Re: Microsoft and hardware
Anyone who still keeps saying "M$" can't really be taken seriously.
139 posts • joined 14 Jun 2012
Anyone who still keeps saying "M$" can't really be taken seriously.
"Microsoft offers sneak peak of Hyper-V containers"
peek, not peak
"Microsoft decides, never admits a mistake, never apologizes and very, very rarely accedes to customer demands"
This is just actual bullshit. The Windows Insider program had literally millions of people giving feedback and shaping Windows 10. They put the Start menu back because too many people cried.
1. Why is actual serious commercial software being written in a language where you have to include and external component just to left pad a string?
2. Why is actual serious commercial software being written using components that are themselves written by unpaid bedroom coders and chancers who have no liability, no SLA etc.. Who are the idiot project managers who allow this?
"Corporations just getting round to installing Windows 7 on refreshed hardware won't have been best pleased"
But will only have themselves to blame. W7 was released nearly 7 years ago.
"It doesn't look cheap. But then it doesn't do anything worth doing that a laptop a quarter of the price doesn't do"
You've seen the 13.5" detachable screen with pen input yeah?
"Windows says the equivalent of
'Sorry Dave, I can't let you do that'.
When I tell it to eject the drive.
Yet, there is nothing using it."
Something *is* using it, you just don't know what it is. Sure Windows ought to be better at telling you what is using it and in fact Windows 8.1 onwards does usually tell you.
I didn't want one of these, I was very happy with my Yoga Pro. Then I saw one in the flesh and boy, they're just lovely.
"Is that 30% really stopping anyone more writing them? No, it is the fact that there is no one is buying Windows Phones, meaning you will make a pittance whether you collect 70% or 100% of the top line revenue"
You actually make a decent amount because any app you write doesn't have much in the way of competition. Most apps written for Android sink without trace.
"If this is true then MS are intending to lock out of the Windows pc market every independent software producer on the face of the planet"
Well they aren't intending to do that, there's nothing they've done that suggests that they've done that and you'd be an idiot to believe the tin-hat brigade that are ranting about scenarios that they've invented.
"As written, it's clearly a plural ("2 bridges") followed by a 'was'. It could have been written "Having two bridges was unnecessary"; but it was truncated into incorrectness. "The idea" (offered as a counter-example) is singular. Thus perfectly non-applicable"
The very nature of the article is that of the two approaches only one is really necessary. Therefore in the sentence "two bridges was unnecessary", we know that it's referring to the "idea" of two bridges, therefore it's singular. If the sentence had been "2 bridges were unnecessary", it would have implied that both bridges were unnecessary, and perhaps that there were actually more than two bridges.
Compare these two sentences:
"It was not necessary to have two bridges"
"Two bridges was not necessary"
If you think the second sentence ought to be "were", then reconsider when you see these two sentences, because that's effectively what you're saying:
"Two bridges were not necessary"
"It were not necessary to have two bridges"
In short, "two bridges was not necessary" is correct.
"If true then they burned the wrong bridge. The "run apk in simulator" approach could have worked - and can't have been that difficult given that Android simulators already exist for development use. "
Ah yes, I imagine your finger in the air research definitely trumps their thousands of man hours of research. Android simulators exist, but they only work to a decent level of performance on PC hardware. You can't start emulating apps on a phone and expect them to perform just as well as they do in similar hardware with native Android.
"So."a lot" of people told you that you wouldn't need to develop a bridge tecnology for iOs and a seperate one foe Android because even though they are 2 very different things it would be "unnecessary"?"
The thinking is that most app developers have an iOS and Android app already and to create a WP app, only one needs to be ported. They've done a lot of work and decided that it's easier and/or the results are better when the iOS version is ported and therefore dumped the Android porting tools. The only problem is, Microsoft should have done this research and made this choice before making any announcements like they did at Build last year.
There's nothing wrong with the original statement
"Microsoft no longer positions Windows 10 Mobile as a mass-market challenger to Android or iOS"
Really? I must have missed that announcement. Can you provide a quote or link to it?
"Windows Mobile is a flop"
It's not even out yet FFS. Why is The Register so relentlessly anti-MS as to come out with this bullshit?
It *does* have a learning mode. It both runs you through the gestures on first install and then continues to provide prompts until you dismiss them.
The Oculus has to be connected to a PC, which does most of the work. The HoloLens is a standalone device.
.. put a negative spin on a truly amazing product, just because it's Microsoft. Come on guys, you *know* this is a dev-kit price, not an end-user retail thing.
Honestly you guys should be ashamed. The tone of this article, as if another update to their OS is somehow a bad thing, betrays a very negative agenda.
So before we get too excited about taking the piss, let's make sure we know what we're talking about ourselves eh?
That's the impression I've got when I've spoken to them. I don't think the front line people know it's a scam. They're following instructions and training but they don't really understand the tech. They're given 'leads' (which are just random numbers), and they attempt to get a sale. Some of them get really defensive when you tell them they're part of a scam.
Where they will have seen how developers make much more money since the apps-to-users ratio is much much better. The Android store is *so* broken now because it's impossible to charge for anything. I don't know why developers even bother with it.
"As for the cheap Nokia 520 it has one epic fail, no front facing camera"
Everyone wants a FFC. No-one ends up using it.
People didn't like RT because they thought it was full Windows and didn't get that they couldn't install x86 software on it until they got home. With the 8" tablet, people are going to realise that this isn't a full PC and will not have incorrect expectations of it.
"Windows RT can't execute Windows binaries and the app store's got hardly any apps"
100,000+ is not "hardly any"
"what use does ten point touch screen have?"
Multiplayer finger Twister.
I work with some women who turn up every day looking like they're going out on a night out. Loads of make-up etc.. There's simply no reason for anyone to turn up to work with make-up on. Be neat, be clean, but as soon as you start applying transient stuff designed to make you appear more attractive (including certain attire), then you'll be judged in that way. It would the same for blokes too, but blokes very rarely do indulge in this. Simply put, if you turn up for work looking like you want to be judged on your appearance, you'll be judged on your appearance - to the detriment of being judged any other way.
The Surface RT was great, but the apps weren't there. No-one thinks their iPad should run OSX software.
You're getting very confused here. Expecting to run full Windows apps on an RT device is exactly the same as expecting to run OSX applications on your iPad. No-one seems to bitch about that?
You'll be back
"Has anyone actually recorded who makes all the 100k+ apps? Could it perhaps be that the majority are all MSFT ones?"
Ah... conspiracy theories... Maybe Apple did the same huh? Maybe Google did the same huh?
Or perhaps the development environment, languages and tools are streets ahead on Windows.
* The "file manager" in Windows 8 is much improved over Windows 7
* If you double click an .ISO in Windows 8, it gets mounted as a new virtual drive.
Y'see, ignorance about Windows 8 is rife.
Chap, there are loads of aspects of Windows 8 that are better than Windows 7. Seriously, the state of the ignorant haters in here...
LOL! You have fun with your Firefox mobile won't you..
Yeah, but you're comparing it to Windows7 figures that were calculated in exactly the same way. So those Win7 sale figures also included unsold PCs etc..
So much ignorance in your post.
Grand Theft Auto 5, which promises to be utterly epic.
A friend of mine and his wife have a Samsung TV in their bedroom. I did point out that it's connected to the internet and it has a camera on it pointing at the bed. He didn't seem to concerned that he might be releasing his own sex tape soon. Perhaps he just doesn't get lucky very often...
@ Khapatain: Prepare to be seething even more. The rumour is they're going to put the Start *button* back, not the start menu.
"So there you go, two or three counterpoints to "it works well for me"."
Well it works great for me, on a number of PCs. People who have trouble with it are generally idiots of people resistant to change.
"That's the problem - it lists ALL your applications"
No it doesn't, it lists all the ones that are pinned to your start menu.. You can then arrange them, group them, add and remove them as you see fit.
Whenever The Register posts an article about Windows 8, Phone 8 or Metro, the comments section is filled with mongs saying they don't like it, whilst at the same time showing that they don't understand it or have massive holes in their understanding. They moan about being unable to do things that in fact, they can. They moan about missing features that are in fact, present. It's incredible.
Is it supposed to be funny? Is it being 'irreverent'? It's a load of old bollocks, for sure.
Was it a negative review? They rarely are.
This time, the surface angle. The Register seems keen to forget that the Surface is in a market with all other Windows 8 machines whereas the iPad is not. Microsoft has deliberately balanced the Surface's availability and exposure to keep their competing OEMs sweet. The Register really ought to know and understand this.
Another day another Window 8/RT hater story on The Register. Some agenda there lads.
Why would they make the GPU upgradeable? Don't you understand the difference between a console and a PC?
Mate, if you're really expecting a Windows Phone all to be able to run Windows apps and you also think that makes any kind of sense, then I don't think you really understand the market.
Secondly, the Windows Phone platform is the most solid smartphone experience I've ever had. It doesn't crash, like ever. It just works, all the time. My brother has Android and the comparative experience he has with his devices is hilarious. He's constantly upgrading to the next new model in the hope that it'll finally be solid and fast enough, but it never seems to be.