Re: What will Windows look like in the future?
" tell me how they're all that different."
Well the second one allows much more flexibility in how you group and arrange things...
280 posts • joined 11 May 2006
" tell me how they're all that different."
Well the second one allows much more flexibility in how you group and arrange things...
Did anyone really think that MS' "secure" boot was ever going to be either good for users or improve security in any meaningful way?
No, the pricing IS much better in the US - you may not consider it to be good, but it's still vastly better than here. I'm typing this on a (lovely) Dell Chromebook 13 but it pained me greatly to have to pay the same figure as the US price but with a £ sign in front.
On the other hand, it's a very nicely made machine with a great screen and quality feel which does exactly what I want fantastically well and is still half the price of the closest Apple product (which it's replacing.) I for one would rather Dell kept their current quality than cut their costs - there are some pretty cheap HP laptops out there right now but they also feel it. (I've also found Dell consistently massively better to deal with than HP on warranty issues on everything from cheap laptops to very expensive servers.)
In summary - just stop the blatant USD=GBP rip-off and I'll be very happy.
I agreed with most of your comment, but the upvote is for the bit about those stupid monitors - how to make the IT guy look like a bumbling idiot!
"why is it, a 3 year old can pick up a ipad etc and just run with it, if its so hard to use?"
Partly because 3 year olds are fantastically competent at figuring out experimentally how things work, and...
"why is it there are more seniors and non computer users that ever in history using these devices?"
Because an iPad, as purchased, is a very limited system with relatively few functions - all of which can eventually be found by pressing one of a limited number of buttons on the screen. In any case, I've seen many non-computer users try an iPad for the first time and they generally don't find it easy at all to begin with. They are also less daunted by the form factor of the machine, compared to sitting down at a proper keyboard and screen alongside a possibly noisy and "dangerous" looking high-tech box with lights on it.
"In what reality does Windows 10 not support RDA? (That's "remote access" in case it's not on your astroturf script)."
This reality - supporting remote access is a bit pointless when your network connection no longer functions after the Windows 10 up(down)grade. A pretty common occurrence in my experience...
The thing is, Chromebooks are not crippled cheap laptops - they're not like the later netbooks running either bloated or crippled versions of Windows were. They work superbly well for a significant percentage of computer users by providing just the features that are required, frequent and almost invisible painless updates, and neatly avoid a gigantic mountain of potential problems that plague the average clueless user. (Printing is the one thing that is less than brilliantly handled, but it does work with the right printer and you might be surprised at how little many people actually commit to paper anyway.)
I am hopeful that this rumour is rubbish, as ChromeOS provides a vastly superior solution to anything else available off-the-shelf for its target market; I am sure that most of its detractors either do not deal with that market or haven't seriously tested recent Chromebooks.
I rather thought it's the other way round... MS have been trying to make desktop PCs look like phones for the past few years. In any case, it's clearly not what people actually want.
According to http://help2.talktalk.co.uk/oct22incident , "We are offering a year’s free credit monitoring for all of our customers"
I bet this has been going on far longer than just yesterday. I know I've had TalkTalk customers tell me in the past week or two they've been phoned by the "windows support" type scammers claiming to be from TalkTalk and able to provide all kinds of (correct) account information when challenged.
I wonder if this has also affected TalkTalk Business?
I like the way that we're told they were arrested in the towns of Ilford, Watford, Slough and... Scotland.
"Dyson did try for years to make the cleaners in this country, and it is simply too expensive"
Numatic (manufacturer of the ubiquitous "Henry") seem to have managed for quite some time now. Their products are genuinely well engineered, high quality, long lasting and easily repaired... quite unlike the over-hyped badly made and badly "designed" rubbish that Dyson import.
"despite, or perhaps because of, it becoming the default init system in most major distributions, hundreds of basement-dwelling geeks are going to have a personal grude against poor old Poettering for the rest of their lives and will take every opportunity to express it in public."
If SystemD were his only disastrously implemented bad idea I suppose he should be cut some slack. Unfortunately however "poor old" Poettering has a considerable track record of such garbage and has shown himself to be every bit as much of a jerk as anyone else in the FOSS community. I can't think of anyone else at all who has produced such a heap of badly-implemented bad ideas, and SystemD is deliberately being made almost impossible to avoid; why wouldn't people who rely on the well proven software he's in the process of botching be infuriated by such an irritating character?
I blame the fact they completely botched the Crucial website a while back, making it unreadable and chronically slow (I'm not sure my having abandoned buying from them as a consequence is solely responsible for the downturn though!)
Oh - and the fact that their Quidco cashback tracking pretty much stopped working about the same time - that was a nice little extra in my pocket for a while.
Have a look at Citadel ( http://citadel.org/doku.php )... very, very little configuration required and that can be done through a GUI.
It's been around for a very long time, though it's not particularly well known.
The difference between the screenshots on the back of the F-19 box compared to the 4 colour mono CGA was pretty astonishing! (Of course the 1512 wasn't actually limited to standard CGA but effectively nothing supported the proprietary 16 colour mode.)
Returning to the PCW, I learned touch typing on one as the Office and Information Studies classrooms were kitted out with these (computing was BBCs and eventually Mac SEs! (edit - having Googled I see they were actually Macintosh Pluses with external hard drives)
They were very productive machines - no distractions from Fakeface alerts, email or YouTube, just a very decent Word Processor. I also liked the 3" discs, they seemed very solid compared to the 3.5 and 5.25" competition.
"Yet, cannot be taught anything, particularly if it involves any technology newer than steam... Also total impatience and wanting to know everything now, without going through the initial learning steps first.
All the attitudes that she would not accept as reasonable from a pupil !!!"
You have just described the typical teacher - in my experience most of them are like that, especially when it comes to technology!
I haven't worked in this field, but I would imagine that they have a huge amount of sensor data streamed back right up until the instant of destruction which should help to indicate where things have started to go wrong. But yes, it does seem impressive how quickly they can come up with a comprehensive statement on what happened and how they hope to prevent it happening again.
In any case unless you have only ever used the web interface (which is unlikely) or have deliberately only "selective sync"'d certain parts of your Dropbox contents you'll have a complete copy of your files on a machine you own.
I'm immediately sceptical of anything "cloudy" but Dropbox does generally work pretty well for some businesses who haven't the resources to run their own solution.
I discovered this the other day when someone asked me to check the contents of some old floppies. It's only a month or two since I ditched four or five of the things, thinking that they'd be ten a penny on eBay if I suddenly needed one in the near future... oops!
Still, I dare say a rummage in the various piles of antique hardware lying around will turn up a suitable machine with one already installed.
...and so he decided to reboot an old server to see what would happen? I think those of us who have been in similar situations before would have known more or less exactly what to expect, and would at the very least have stayed well clear of the power switch!
Yeah, yet more brilliant evidence of increasing complexity and new features arising - oh wait, no.
Why shouldn't Apple hire and promote whoever they think will be best to fill any particular position? It's their business - if you don't like it, start your own employing mainly black female Asian men from Latin America and their much discriminated against budgies.
Businesses should be able to hire and fire who they want and gender, religion, or family tree are completely irrelevant in the vast majority of cases.
Disclaimer: I am no fan of the Apple corporation and don't think much of most of their products (though I'm typing this on a well abused MBP which was probably the best machine available at the time of purchase - they have done good things occasionally.)
IBM's free end point protection(formerly Trusteer), can make a big difference too...
...mostly in ruining its responsiveness though. Not a fan of bloaty shifty software that isn't really documented - being hawked by the banks doesn't increase my confidence in it much either.
No, unfortunately not, I did try that. Having since had a look at the drive using Linux it seems there is a symlink (or whatever the Windows version of symlink is) there which just points to c:\Users (and which doesn't contain the missing data.) It's not visible at all with Windows though... and several file recovery programs have failed to find any trace of the data.
I had my first customer with a Windows 10 problem yesterday... upgraded from 8.1 to discover they had no documents left. I assumed there'd been a profile mixup and the files would all be there somewhere, but no - they're gone. They should apparently have been in Windows.old\Documents and Settings but that folder does not exist... until you try to create it, when Windows says you can't because it already exists. Hmmmm. And no, it's not simply hidden...
Given that no current theories of planet formation successfully explain the formation of our own solar system I'm not particularly inclined to trust what they predict about others...
I've recently switched back to the newly re-maintained WindowMaker which I used extensively back around the turn of the century and have been delighted with it all over again. The usual configurations are ugly by today's standards but it's highly configurable (with a GUI to handle it whilst retaining sensible, readable plain text config files unlike the otherwise excellent Enlightenment) and with a little bit of effort can easily become pretty whilst remaining incredibly fast and responsive even on old hardware.
It just seems to fit my way of thinking and working perfectly; nothing else is quite as efficient in terms of keystrokes / mouse strokes / RAM / disk space. My main work machine has been slowly getting more and more minimalistic over the past year or two, partly as a reaction to the overcomplicated mess that has been made of the open source desktop in general. KDE was the first to go, the semantic desktop fiasco killed KMail and with that the rest of the desktop for me. GDM was next (I preferred it to KDM but later releases were a complete rewrite which removed functionality) - XDM is as minimal as anyone needs whilst retaining all the important features of a login manager and can be astonishingly pretty though you'd never believe it from the default config!
I've also ended up switching back to several old stalwarts of utilities like xcalc - again, though they're pig ugly by default, they're amazingly configurable and themeable and a few choice lines in .Xresources soon makes them pleasant to look at.
I realise that not everyone wants to work this way and it's great that there's such a wide range of novice-friendly open source software out there... but I'm not at all convinced that much of it provides a real benefit to those of us with a modicum of technical nous who like an efficient platform to "get stuff done."
" Anyone who has a problem with radioisotope dating needs to provide a theory showing how those problems can be accommodated while still having light bulbs work."
No they don't. Anyone may accept the science of radioactive decay without accepting the stories people tell about how the rocks came to be, their initial conditions or the length of time they've been there.
Any form of radiometric dating requires one to assume variables which in most cases cannot be known in any scientific sense; all of them are calibrated using other "dates" produced by uniformitarian reasoning and even then more often than not give conflicting "ages" for the materials being tested (the "correct" age selected being the one most in line with the ideas of the researcher.) Somewhat ironically "carbon dating" used on historically recent items is possibly the most useful variant, not the most problematic.
Rocks may contain clues of sorts, but they don't tell stories and don't have date labels attached - people tell stories about the rocks and those stories are a product of the worldview and presuppositions of the person.
You may not like to accept any of that, and may be 100% convinced that the standard uniformitarian dogma is correct, but that doesn't make it so.
"That is the default, although you can, of course, turn that off, and set it to automount inside a folder"
Any good links explaining how?
" Wood is naturally a hydroscopic material "... I think hygroscopic was the word you wanted...
You're right, it would be ridiculous for it not to mention some of the most impressive creatures ever to have roamed the earth... that's why there _are_ multiple examples of these creatures described in the Bible. Naturally enough they are not called dinosaurs in the Hebrew or Greek originals - we only invented that name recently, how could they be?
"Creationism and science are polar opposites. Amazing how these nutjobs have the stones to call themselves scientists."
Yeah, those morons Newton, Faraday, Linnaeus, Pasteur, Kelvin (etc, etc - the list is a long one)... nutjobs. How dare they call themselves scientists!
Of course, a good scientist is ready to have his or her conclusions questioned; virtually without exception this isn't true when dealing with evolutionists. When the staggering discoveries relating to soft tissue and much more in bones supposedly millions of years old were first made, naturally the first reaction was to deny it; second reaction, in the face of now overwhelming mountains of evidence, was to claim impossibly miraculous preservation.
Miraculous preservation, no matter what story you attach to it, is not science - and despite the dismissive link in the article nobody, anywhere, has proven or even plausibly described a method capable of preserving things like DNA for 5 million years, never mind 50 million.
Even worse, many or most of the bones in question have not been maintained in anything remotely like the known best case conditions - just the opposite.
The most logical and scientific conclusion is that the bones just aren't as old as they're claimed to be; the very best "evidence" for their age is completely subjective radiometric dating, which is known to be completely unreliable and calibrated on circular assumptions. So who's willing to question their conclusions? Not most "good" (evolutionist) scientists, that's for sure.
You're right, Dawkins' few on-record encounters with disbelievers have not gone well at all - for him. He's a clueless bumbler who consistently spouts provably downright rubbish mixed with a pile of unfalsifiable just so stories. Still, it keeps the faithful/less believing - mostly because they're incapable of actually reading the literature produced by scientists with an opposing view. Ridicule and dismissal is easier...
@AC... most of us are not forgetting anything. Your 5+ year old Macbook is nothing remotely like these current models and as completely irrelevant as your toaster.
Apple will not be replacing "hard drives" (SSDs now) in any of these new models. When the SSD dies they will simply bill you for a new motherboard too and turf the toxic old one into landfill or pass it on to someone in the depths of poverty in a country somewhere far from the shiny West which has no health and safety regulations so they can strip it for valuable materials using dangerous chemicals.
Likewise the battery - when it fails, they will just bill you for replacing everything it's glued to, they're not going to try and prise it out.
Just to match your anecdotal proof of Apple providing fantastic value support, I recently had a customer come to me desperate to have data recovered from a five year old Macbook Pro which wouldn't boot; Apple's "genius" had tested the machine carefully and told her it was impossible to attempt to recover any data until the machine had been repaired by them. The detailed quote (sorry, Genius Bar Work Authorisation) from Apple was still in the laptop; they needed to replace the logic board, display assembly, hard drive, top case with keyboard (i.e. the part which is the entire body of the machine). Total cost... £1,149.60 (of which, only £24+VAT was labour!)
I got the machine working perfectly again for about £1,100 less - I did splash out a little and replaced the dying HDD with a cheap but decent SSD. Oh, and recovered all the data from the old HDD first (like any half-competent amateur could have done, it just had a few bad sectors.)
You don't have to look far for more transverse straight 6s - there are at least two other Volvos with them (S80 and XC90)
Prefer the 5 cylinder exhaust note myself, though sadly the glorious symphony of the 850 exhaust note has been muted to a slightly rough sounding blandness in later cars :(
(Re: stereo pairs)... Yes, I've quite often done that - you will generally need to sit quite far back from the screen to avoid too much eyestrain but the results can be good. There are also a fair number of good stereo images on Flickr etc - I actually find that my eyesight is slightly improved after a period of crosseyed viewing! (I'm a little bit short sighted)
Oh, whatever you think - you clearly know best. I know that I've used the ribbon for years and it's suboptimal and inflexible; and despite what you incorrectly say it IS less customisable as you can't remove, rename or rearrange the vast majority of items on the ribbon. (Oh great, I can create a new tab! I didn't want to, I wanted a fixed position toolbar button that doesn't move itself about depending on what context it thinks I'm working in.)
Equation insertion was hardly an example I picked out to prove my case, it was merely the example in the article; there have been many options I've had to resort to Google to find which were previously nested in fairly logical places in the menu structure -- if Microsoft didn't think people were struggling they would hardly have introduced this new search feature would they?
Er - no. I don't use Office at all for my own business use as it has been overpriced rubbish for decades and there are open source alternatives which suit my needs far better (to begin with they're supported on Linux which has been a requirement of mine for the past 17 years.)
I do, however, have to provide support for other people who use it and so am quite familiar with it; years of daily familiarity with the ribbon in its various incarnations has convinced me that it's a stupid, inefficient, inflexible waste of space which is far less intuitive than the menus which everyone else figured out are optimal for this type of GUI quite some number of decades ago. (Microsoft's occasional rather dumb allocation of menu entries notwithstanding.)
I don't care if it takes an extra click to obtain infrequently used function X via menus, I am at least likely to be able to find it without resorting to Google (which I have frequently had to do with "ribbon" versions of Office.) Oh - and if I find I require function X frequently I could add a more readily clicked button for it anywhere I liked... customisation options in more recent versions of Office are limited in comparison.
...of developing the "Tell Me" function if they'd just retained the semi-logical menu structure and hadn't ditched it for the utterly useless ribbon.
That way, if I wanted to insert an equation I'd have gone to the insert menu, not had to rummage through pages of dull flat meaningless icons or make my request in writing to Microsoft (sorry, used the "tell me" search function)
I'm sure they've thought of that as well. I'm also sure that any alternative authentication route they come up with will be practically unworkable in real life scenarios and most likely involve yet another Microsoft Account for Joe Public to set up once and then lose all the relevant details for.
The biometric stuff is all very sci-fi and clever sounding... but what happens when Windows breaks and Joe Public has to take his PC to one of us to get it fixed? "I should have it ready for you tomorrow afternoon but I'm afraid I'm going to have to ask you to leave several body parts with me in the meantime so I can get logged in."
And how am I supposed to tell who you are when you're wearing that mask?! But I can only relate what I've found throughout the time I've been a TTB customer (not sure how long without checking - a couple of years now?) I've had consistently top notch service from technical support; that its, every single phone call has been short, to the point, and speaking to someone who knows what they're talking about. Every single time has been an OpenReach issue, not TTB BTW.
Maybe I've just been extremely fortunate with TTB but I've spent days of my life on the phone to all sorts of ISPs and I've very rarely had that kind of service from any of them once, never mind consistently.
As I said, all the more surprising when you know the excruciating agony involved in dealing with TalkTalk residential...
Read my comments again, carefully, and you might understand the following; as PART OF MY JOB I deal with ISPs (nearly all of them) for other people. Also, should you read my comments again, carefully, you'll also notice that I was talking about TalkTalk _BUSINESS_ who are in practical terms completely different to deal with from "residential" TalkTalk.
Since you ask, I would like to disclose that I have never worked for or have shares in any ISP. BTW, in case you hadn't noticed you're the AC, not me...
Hmm, thanks... I seem to have missed that fortunately. I will say that TTB support have probably been the least painful of any ISP I've ever had to deal with (which is most of them, due to my job) - the phone is answered almost immediately and the person on the other end has always understood what I've said and gone on to help sort the problem out with zero hassle or mentions of yellow cables. Having often had to deal with the likes of plain old TalkTalk residential or even BT (Business included), this makes a very pleasant change indeed!
Any references? I've found TTB remarkably good considering their name contains "Talk Talk" (I only ended up with them by default through multiple takeovers of F2S over the years)
They actually hired Sweetlabs? Bizarre. Who next, BackUpMyPC?
Or you could even use Kaspersky (but you probably won't be able to use your PC once it's installed - it makes Norton look like lightweight software.)
Whilst there's no doubt standardised hardware is a good thing, you should have a look at the number of platforms Linux runs on... it hasn't and won't require Microsoft to survive and thrive.