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Re: matt assay - another fail
I'd given up reading his articles, but somehow, I wondered how wrong he was going to be in this one, and gave it a glance.
Whilst he might have a valid point of view on possible or potential changes in Microsoft's business model, there is absolutely no chance whatsoever of MS embracing any of it. They will die first. And who knows? They might!
Take one example: IBM's range of Unix servers, which, when I worked with them, was called RS/6000s. Not loved by all, but, as I an administrator, rather than a developer, I was very attached to them. IBM subsequently adopted Linux. You then had a choice: server with AIX or server with Linux. Either way, IBM sold the machine and as much service-industry stuff as they and their partners could get out of the deal. Where's the microsoft machine? Well, they make keyboards and mice, I suppose, but I don't know how that compares.
Then there's big machines. I never moved in those circles, and I don't know to what extent Linux competes with IBM's own software on its own mainframes --- but I could hardly have failed to notice, even from reading El Reg over the past few years, that big machines is where Linux is making it. Big. Microsoft is not even in this business.
Nor is it there at the very opposite end of the market. Gates may have dreamt about the washing machine, the fridge, the TV remote and all running Windows, but what actually happened is all those devices in the house that are computers with embedded software run ...Linux.
If my media-server remote ran something from GatesCo, what chance would there be of being able to telnet to it? what chance of being greeted by a message saying, hey, change whatever you like, you can always do a factory reset? Not the microsoft way.
Look, a ship is a thing with three or more masts, all of which carry square sails.
What's that? They don't have any sails these days?
Windows for Warships
Is what you actually get.
You'll have to dig deep in the last few years of Register articles if you really want to find it, but it is there somewhere. Based, not even on Win XP, but on W200, if my memory is not being as bad as usual.
Re: Shooting the rabid cats
As a fully signed-up, I-know-who-the-real-boss-is cat lover, I take no issue whatsoever with your policy. I guess that animal is going to put down anyway. Assuming you are a good shot, and I guess you must be, your way probably causes the least suffering.
"can kill if not treated immediately."
Always kills if not treated immediately.
The people who are known to have survived rabies without medical intervention can be counted on the fingers of one hand, and you could loose a few fingers and still do it.
There is a curious treatment of putting a person into a deep coma, which has saved a few.
Anyone who is bitten or scratched, or even licked by a suspect animal, if there is any wound or abrasion on their skin, needs to get post exposure immunisation starting right that moment. This is not the place for details: google will oblige. Anyone who even just possibly might encounter rabid animals should consider pre-exposure innoculation. You still need post-exposure treatment after a bite, but much less of it.
Symptoms = you're going to die.
Rabies is fatal.
Wrong again, it seems <Blush>
Damn! Must be that wicked Apple marketing.
Even though I don't buy Apple products, I had got convinced that the iPad was the first of its kind, if not even the first tablet.
Whilst there might still be something in "first of its kind," as a collection of parts combined to make the whole as you describe, I guess I have to concede defeat on this one.
Re: No Problem
Mr S and B seem to be vying with each other as to who can produce the least appropriate desktop interface.
Thankfully, although there will be only one Microsoft, there will be other Linuxes to choose from.
All it takes is to be first
Do you think that tablet prices would be the same if a lower-budget company had been there first? I don't.
They pretty-much invented the format, therefore they sat the price expectation for it. That is simple and straightforward, not ridiculous. How could they have been competitively priced, when there was no competition? Not possible. If you think they were fairly priced, that is a different issue: correct me if I'm wrong in thinking that Apple likes substantial margins.
Re: "It just hurts my eyes," huh?
I swallowed the idea that green was better for eyes than white. Was there anything in that at all? I have no idea, but I made purchasing decisions accordingly.
Never tried Amber.
I don't know how lucky you are in your search for serial ports, but the number of things that can be telneted too seems to rise daily. I was quite chuffed to find that the remote control to my Squeezebox network media player was a linux computer. That was a few years ago: now many of us can ssh to our phones...
The command-line prompt is coming back!
Re: Facebook ought to be shut down
Remember Mr Growser?
It ought not to be allowed
A complacent penguin is an endangered penguin
By putting him on the nofly list, probably.
Social Network != privacy
Surely it's a better idea
Than the current Nokia off-the-burning-platform-into-the-fire model?
(And this is the best of the 01/04s
El Reg Usually has Sundays Off
Just how often does April 1st fall on a Sunday?
Do you guys have a rota? Or is voluntary? "Who's up for Sunday, this time?"
Do you get a day off in Looe? West Looe or East Looe?
RIM insists it is not exciting consumer market
Added the extra letter.
Loosing the job for getting one thing wrong?
Isn't experimental science all about getting things wrong?
So it is true!
This is the most worrying aspect of this whole thing, to me --- learning that the cream-egg centre is no longer runny.
I haven't been back to UK for nearly three years: I now have one less reason for looking forward to being there.
Re: suddenly struck by a desire to nip out and buy a couple of Creme Eggs
Only if you now have none left.
Biblical Audio Captcha:
Please speak the word that you see in the box above into the microphone now
There. Security of biblical proportions
it would take until July of next year
They are bringing the overtime working into line with the law but putting off doing so for iver a year, because it would be inconvenient to do it straight away.
So much for the law.
For those who livew next-door to the stations?
Free wifi for ever?
toxic and destructive culture
That's what banks are about, isn't it?
"weed out the morally bankrupt people, no matter how much money they make for the firm".
Then you'd be left with the clerks and the office staff: just ordinary folk trying to eat and pay the bills. Which might not be such a bad idea.
I'm so old that I can remember bank managers being respected members of society!
Please do something about Hardware
If it really is The Dump where you put everything that doesn't fit somewhere else, then rename it appropriately.
I know this has been the subject of a past "management decision" --- but wouldn't it be nice to see the heading hardware and be able to expect something about some sort of machine?
And if you really need a place to put regular games reviews, how about "Games?" That way I can ignore them easily, instead of trying to work out what a seemingly cryptic headline means.
Every so often...
I get a mail from them. It is always identical, and it always ask if I know the same two people. I
They need to change more than their name.
I was probably healthier when I smoked
...and, working in a non-smoking office meant going outside for every puff.
Even better when the building managers banned smoking outside the main door, and we had to walk up and down the street.
Heyho ... I'll go and make that cup of tea.
To see Apple and Windows working so well together.
Do you have children?
A UK news item I read recently told the sad tale of a community-minded man reporting a stumbled-on paedo site. His laptop has been confiscated and he is subject to an order that he is not allowed to be alone with his daughter. I expect he will be exonerated one day.
He might be able to afford a new laptop. The damage done to himself and his relationship with a little girl who is, somehow, supposed to understand why she suddenly needs protection from her harmless dad is unimaginable.
We need Social Services. Children need them. Could they please, though, take off the hobnail boots. I don't imagine that anyone who read that item would be inclined to do the right thing in these circumstances in the future.
I just vomited over my keyboard
i wish I'd read this when I was still working.
Read Post in Context or Curvy Arrow?
Only some of my posts seem to have curvy arrows, and they seem to be the ones that were replies to posts rather than posts.
I am still missing the important functionality of of reading those posts in context.
I might have missed something?
Re: "This is the country"
You think that India, with over a billion population, is just one big script-reading call centre?
OK. Keep your eyes and ear shut ...while companies like Tata continue to buy up all /your/ industry.
Wasn't once the biggest?
Now overtaken by gadget manufacture, fast food and fighting.
It's a sad world.
Re: The NHS is the fifth biggest organisation in the world with 1.7 million employees
All of those probably do do something useful. Back office and admin doesn't just happen by itself, you know. Scalpels don't fly from manufacturer to warehouse to theatre as the surgeon mutters "Scalpel, swab" to the nurse.
Learn to recognise the real world and its requirements.
Or perhaps you're a management consultant...
How do you know?
Have you ever /seen/ a mouse hemet?
hazy methane atmosphere
Cauliflower does it for me
Don't get me started on cosmetics!
An entire industry based on robbing women of their self confidence and selling it back to them
Re: IT angle - Djungelns Drottning
No... it looks like Dungeons and Drottning!
These people are just pathetic
Next they'll be trying to patent the "turn-to-change-value knob"