213 posts • joined 11 Sep 2007
Re: Bet they will never fix the UI borkage caused by the new flat look
well said +100 points for you.
They need to spend their time making the UI as configurable as possible, you should be able to change all these things from defaults to something useable.
Re: 'and if you need sideloading keys, you can purchase an unlimited number for around $100.'
Indeed I didn't read the EULA, because I haven't bought win 8(8.1, 8.1.1) and won't be doing so. Even if they stopped trying to force everyone into their ecosystem and fixed metro, and bring back a start menu etc... etc...
Just the aesthetics of the desktop alone are hideous. I don't want to be staring at that 18 hours a day.
Re: @janimal Windows 8 was built for one reason only
I personally use mint on my laptop, the only thing that annoys me about that though is the upgrade process (at least the last time I updated).
The funny thing about that is that it is an HP Elitebook i5 supposedly designed for W7, but with W7 on it and the correct drivers it doesn't recognise the hardware buttons or even the software fn buttons.
I put Mint on it & everything works like a charm, bloody quick too.
Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only
I assume you can install ubuntu & replace unity with something that isn't crap though? Or have they stopped all that sensible nonsense?
Re: 'and if you need sideloading keys, you can purchase an unlimited number for around $100.'
The problem is the concept of
"Please sir, would you possibly allow me to run my own code that I have written on my operating system that I bought, which is running on my hardware that I bought, please? please? pretty please?"
Time to change the metaphor
The good thing about desks is that you can put whatever you want on it.
The metro interface is like having a desk (say from ikea) but you can only place other items (cups, pencils, post-it notes, fluff etc...) approved by ikea on it.
Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only
I agree completely.
They are trying to transition the Operating System into a Consumption System.
A consumption system is great for tablets & phones, but a general purpose computing device needs a customisable, configurable, general purpose operating system.
I'd like one, but I'd also like a 458 Italia. The chances of getting either in the near future are equally likely.
Re: The first dose of pesticide in the morning
Well since they are built in warehouses, daylight is a bit of a problem. You could make the entire thing of glass but then temperature control becomes an expensive requirement.
Many plants don't make use of the full light spectrum but particular wavelengths. LED's can be computer controlled to provide the most efficient complete light cycle for the plants in question.
In the early days of these vertical farms, light was a real problem. In a vast warehouse it was found that even with glass walls or ceilings not enough light was provided to the whole crop & artificial light was still required. Before implementing this with LEDs, that lighting was very expensive greatly reducing the economic & environmental advantages provided by the method.
Clear enough for you?
Re: it's not just about cancer.
You need to read the post above yours.
Re: The first dose of pesticide in the morning
There is a new form of high tech farming starting to emerge that looks better on
These are hydroponic vertical farms.
They use low power coloured LED lighting,
High water efficiency - also recycled
Are in a closed environment so pests are far less of a problem & if any pesticide use is required it is targeted and much easier to prevent contamination of the environment.
They have a much, much higher output per sq m
Worth looking up.
Re: I read as far as the $500k a year development job...
Indeed as a Soft Eng myself I couldn't help wondering what I've been doing wrong all this time. Trevor's manpower and cost estimates are way, way out there.
Although I have been out of the industry for a little while, my estimate would be more like 10-20 developers @ 80 - 120k ($). In reality they wouldn't even need to be exclusively developing for XP support either.
MS costs for continued security updates for XP would barely be noticeable in their accounts. Just a couple of weeks salary for one of the top execs. :/
"Equipment lasting 20 years might have been fine last century, but as technology progresses, so does the rate at which we churn out new/better tech. 10 years is plenty of time today..."
You can't just generalise 10 years as an adequate lifetime for a capital expense. That's ridiculous. It is all tied in with margins & volumes and opex.
In addition change for what often amounts to little or no improvement is inefficient.
"and in the next 50 years or so, you're going to need to upgrade every year."
Well I hope you're earning very big money from your business degree, because in your world view life is going to get a lot more expensive in the future
yes but head tracking doesn't give you a stereoscopic view to go with it.
I would have loved minecraft for the rift, but not at the expense of having to join the facebook hegemony.
Games are one of those tech enabling areas (like porn) where the participants are prepared to pay for new technology. Gamers will spend money on one, my missus won't just to play candy crush or farmville 3d.
I've been watching the VR revolution that never occurred from the '80s onwards. I remember playing this VR tank battle game on a VR stand at the Trocadero in Leicester square. You needed the neck muscles of David Coulthard to wear the headset which contained a pair of exceedingly low res screens seemingly driven by valves and internal combustion engines.
I can wait a bit longer for one that doesn't require me to sell my soul to facefeck.
oh also, where's my flying car? :(
yup with you there - very interested in VR, not at all interested in VR from facebook.
Re: Not sure if I'd notice
Oh come on!
That sort of speed has to be down to your geographic location & the method of transmission. They provide me 76mbps / 16mbps is that because they like me better? No it is because we're on FTTC. However ADSL on our street can't get above 4mbps. Is that the providers fault? Nope just the length of copper between us & the exchange.
Hardly plusnet's fault you only get 1.5mbps
I use opendns too, but did suffer an outage for about 20 minutes this morning. Although my torrent client was still connecting to peers OK, couldn't make any http connections. So it felt like DNS, but I triple checked that the router hadn't decided to use plusnet's on it's own cognizance
I did have issues this morning, it seemed more like a DNS issue - except that I don't use their DNS servers. I couldn't connect to any websites or my vpn provider, however my torrent client was still happily transferring data.
Since it happened immediately after I had to repair a win XP VM which could no longer update having had BITS borked by a previous update, I thought the machines had turned against me.
All back to normal now.
Re: Study A, then comment on B?
Fluffy Bunny:The only thing that is definitely wrong is action without evidence.
I have to disagree there. Many of the strategies required to mitigate against possible A.G.W are beneficial in their own right reducing pollution and increasing efficiency, finding alternative energy sources to oil & gas.
We don't just use oil for fuel. We are completely surrounded by its direct and indirect by-products. When you distil the activities of the human race you realise all we are actually doing is digging shit out of the ground, using it to make junk, which for some reason generates paper, and then we bury the junk again usually in a form where it won't be useful again except on geological time scales.
I'm sure you've heard of built-in obsolescence. These days it is built-in to everything. Often if we buy a tool, let's say a first world problem - a garlic crusher. Made in China from materials potentially shipped from further afield. Chucked on a boat half way round the world, trucked across Europe to my local supermarket and bought by the missus.
That garlic crusher then managed to only half crush a single clove, from which it was impossible to scrape the results because the cage is 3mm shy of the outer housing. All that digging, all that fuel to do the job a single time so badly that it immediately gets discarded with a mutter. Probably to be buried rather than recycled because the quality of the materials are so low. Multiply that by millions of garlic crushers and then add all the other 'hardware' sold in supermarkets, everything in all pound-shops, pretty much all Christmas decorations and everything technological bought by an elderly relative on the cheap. etc... etc... ad infinatum.
Even the pieces of paper they make from this activity is no longer backed up by anything of real value.
Most of what we do is utterly wasteful. Multiply that by 7 billion people & the eventual outcome is inevitable; resource scarcity,starvation, civil disorder, war etc... these are the real potential killers of global warming.
Yes it has been warmer in the past, but then we didn't have 7 billion people relying on a society built almost entirely on consumption.
Do you think that there aren't people in power who can see this coming? There are parliaments and board rooms all over the world full of people feathering their nests and preparing their bunkers, whilst doing all they can to muddy the waters so the proles don't see it coming.
Rant End. phew!
Flames because we're all doomed I tell ya!
This rapid cadence thing seems like a good money making scam.
Ultimately customers just need an operating system that allows them to get on & do what they actually want to do on the computer. However now that much of what everyone does on a computer is online based, people simply can't risk running an OS that isn't getting security support (which may or may not be different from these deadline that are being discussed in the article - it's not clear to me).
This makes it pretty much essential to upgrade unless the machine is not connected to the net, regardless of if it is perfectly capable of performing the functions required.
Are there any consumer rights that are violated by being basically forced to upgrade?
Will we see ever shrinking support periods for future MS OS?
As I'm an older gentleman & time flies as your wrinkle, it already feels like the versions are flying past faster than I can keep up. I only moved to Win 7 six months ago and even that turned out to be a mixed bag. While it is faster & deals with multi-screens better, several of my workflows are longer & fiddlier and generally more annoying than they were under XP and I don't need to buy Win 8 to know that that would be even worse - and ugly with it.
It seems to me they haven't come close to finishing developing W8 yet.
Good or Bad makes no difference
There is no good or bad, only different. The only reason for an operating system is as a basis to run other software on their hardware.
With that in mind I think what every single OS consumer wants is a an OS that they can configure to their needs - or possibly to several different needs.
I'm someone who is literally glued to my computer every second of the day. I use it for work, communication, hobbies and media consumption. I use 1, 2, or 3 screens depending on what I am doing.
MS did everything they could to force users to use the OS in the way that they want you to & that one vision simply doesn't go anywhere near to covering every use case. They also violated many HCI best practices, and these weren't just made up. They have arisen through 30 years of user testing on all sorts of different interfaces.
If you are going to let the marketing & finance departments design an OS this is what you get.
Finally although I know that I can configure a win 8 (.1) machine to never show the shit tile interface, I really hate the flat, aesthetic of the desktop. I don't want to have to stare at something that ugly 18 hours a day thanks.
They should forget about trying to brand everything as Windows and make 1 decent OS that is highly configurable - suitable for desktops. Then if they want to force media consumers into a walled garden device paradigm - build some walled garden devices, unrelated to windows.
It wouldn't hurt if they created decent specs for their file formats for their various software and published these so that their own and other 3rd party developers' software can read and exchange data of course.
Who is the dark & baleful entity somewhere deep in their cellars who still after all these years are trying to lock users into an exclusively MS eco-system? CEO's come and go but their policy remains the same. Our way or the highway.
I'll take the highway thanks.
Re: Just a News Operation
well except for the fact that 90% of their news output is fecking terrible. Most of them have been converted to sofa chat shows and most of the rest just regurgitate PR statements rather than analyse, challenge or criticise. Only newsnight & question time, that I have noticed lately seem to challenge their guests.
They still do some good drama, but I wish they would ditch the production crew who came up with Merlin & Atlantis - they should be lined up against a wall and shot.
While you're at it grab the bastard who decided every show needs to give you a preview of what is about to happen, and then every five minutes remind you of what just happened and then at the end show you what will happen next week. Whoever you are please, please stop!
Honestly I'd rather have adverts than that crap, although filling those useless segments with actual content would be better.
Just my worthless, subjective opinion of course.
Re: Loved this machine
OMG, I forgot about that! I remember being so chuffed with myself when I did that.
er..that was me
I have to admit it, I drew graphs!
The CPC464 was my first computer, but I had been lusting after even the zx80 when I first saw it advertised in an electronics mag. Sadly my parents had divorced & my Mum had to bring up 4 kids on her own with little support at the time from my Dad. Eventually one of my rich friends got given a zx81 (pre-built) we spent a few weeks together typing in programs & then he loaned it to me because I was fascinated with writing my own little programs on it ,whereas he just wanted to play games, but they weren't really up to much. The same thing happened with another friend's Spectrum.
Then one Christmas we got the green screen CPC464. Which must have been the reason we had been eating little more than rice for 6 months while Mum saved up for it!
As someone who has always been hopeless at arithmetic, I found on a computer numbers made much more sense & I finally got to grips with algebra. I spent my time writing programs, which drew graphs from my inputs (just like the faux 3d column graphs in the picture!). I wrote programs to help me learn my times tables, I wrote a stock market game, and the thing I was most proud of was writing a program that displayed a 3D globe (just line drawing) that I could rotate & change the perspective of.
So the CPC 464 turned my simple fascination for giving machines instructions into a dedicated hobby. Eventually I did a BSc in Software Engineering, but not until my late 20's. Now many of the worlds largest companies use software I have worked on. I doubt any of that would have happened without those few years coding on the CPC.
I loved that machine. I'm still crap at arithmetic though.
Re: Other options
Indeed. I actually have 22 people in my circles. Only three of them ever post anything, and that is once in a blue moon. I am fine with that.
My Dad started to use it occasionally but they kept changing the interface at random & with no warning, which completely scuppered that. He is 80 years old though. He only just coped with all the recent gmail interface changes, I had to give him some coaching mind while he muttered angrily over skype.
Re: So, do I buy?
It depends on what you like.. GT5 & GT6 in the single player game are now nothing at all to do with racing.
In GT6 in every career mode race you start from the back of a single file rolling start. You can't go full speed until you cross the line (15 - 30s after the pole sitter) You then have 2 or 3 laps to get past the entire field to win. Fortunately not only are the AI terribly bad, they also have extreme rubber banding. The will slow down by extreme amounts to make sure you can catch up by the last lap.
Basically PD's simulation philosophy only goes as far as the driving physics & even then there are some extremely odd behaviours exhibited, like cars doing nose stands under braking.
Single player mode is probably the worst racing game / sim ever actually made in terms of gameplay.
It's probably alright if you prefer to play online exclusively.
Re: My thoughts exactly.
looking at your link the spider in the article looks pretty much a total match for steatoda nobilis (in the bottom right corner of the set of four pics) which is exactly the spider in question. The steatoda grossa (a native British spider, also frequently called a false widow as many in the family are, or cupboard spider) has a much more pronounced abdomen like widow spiders.
We had one (S. Nobilis) living in a gap behind a cable run in our bathroom for 3 months this year. You would only see it at night when it would leave the cubby hole & sit in it's almost completely invisible scaffold web on the ceiling above the sink. We didn't bother it & it didn't bother us. It decided to move and one night ran across my foot, while I was sitting in the lounge, on a journey behind the TV.
I have never seen it again despite looking hard in case the cats decided to pick a fight with it. Maybe they already did & it lost?
You can watch on Youtube
Can we now infer that the GTA:online cloud services are provided by azure too? They have been shit since launch, are guaranteed to fail every weekend and coincidentally many people are reporting time outs, emptying sessions & cloud unavailable issues today and it isn't even the weekend.
I have suspected for a while that MS were providing Rockstar's (abysmal) cloud services. Would someone at El Reg care to investigate (if web journalists do any investigating anymore?)
 Seems they are investigating, but R* don't want to talk, I'll try to reign in my cynicism in future :)
Re: good news everyone
The main problem with doing something about it, is that our society is utterly reliant on plastics, petrochemicals and coal. Our energy 'needs' (I'm positive we don't actually need to use as much as we do) are extreme. With CFC's other coolants / aerosols weren't too difficult to find or replace and the pro-CFC lobby was relatively weak compared to the pro-carbon fuels lobby.
In addition changing from CFCs to alternatives had almost zero impact on the lives of most people. Their deodorants still worked, their fridges still worked.
Sadly energy efficiencies & carbon reduction require a concerted effort that will effect every single human on the planet regardless of whether you live in New York or the slums of Mumbai.
This results in a tendency for people (non climatologists & especially politicians, tax payers and oil companies) to believe in the solution that negatively impacts them the least.
Since these groups also tend to be ones whose opinion carries a lot of weight it is unlikely that anything will change (certainly not quickly) without some catastrophe that can be directly attributed to anthropogenic climate change.
This is exacltly why porn filters are bad
I actually wrote to that total idiot Clare Perry about this exact issue.
Porn may possibly do some psychological harm to children if they encounter it online, but that is nothing compared to all the other possible harms on the internet which can result in blackmail or physical harm.
Parents should be left in no doubt that the internet is not a place suitable for unsupervised access by children, not fooled into thinking that because there are no nude pictures allowed through their connection that it is all fairies & ponies.
Re: Whoever devised quick time events
I remember it well. I always thought of it as a kind of animated Simon Says. I've no idea why me & my friends pumped so much money into that in the pub, oh hang on, we were very drunk!
It's been working so well for GTA:online
Presumably MS have been watching the literal cluster f*ck that GTA: Online has been. they have monitored the ruined forums containing nothing but "My [insert virtual property of choice here] has gone!" and thought, hmmm yes! this is the gaming experience we want everyone to have!
Makes me wonder if they are deliberately trying to be the world's premier hate sponge.
Although if they were really serious they could have made it available on floppies only.
Re: Off by default, perhaps
yes it was the same for me.
With gmail, selecting a theme will give you colour back & doesn't appreciably slow anything down. I also find selecting the compact view (if you can find it, they seem to move settings very frequently these days.) means you can get greater info density.
I am seriously considering killing my gmail account, but I know when I delete the 4gb or so of mails I have acquired since 2002 I'm sure some important stuff that I don't even remember exists will go to. I have actually downloaded a back up to a local mail client, but finding anything important in that lot will be a lot harder than a simple search in gmail <sigh>
Honestly the web is so broken these days :/
In engineering professions they really do care about the mark on your degree. Many CVs are just discarded on that alone. However once you make it to the test phase of the interview process, then the degree doesn't matter.
ha ha please excuse my grammar & spelling errors :/ I blame the surge of rant fueled adrenaline but maybe I deserved the 2.2 after all! ;p
MS Word was partly responsible for me getting a 2.2 instead of a 2.1 :/
I admit it might not have been an issue if I wasn't sailing close to the wire for the hand in deadline for my dissertation. Although that was in part due to an HDD crash & not being quite up to date with my backups.
Anyway... so through out the process of writing my dissertation, every now & then on a completely random basis Word would change the outline levels thus rendering the chapter & page numbering into a semi-random mangled and illogical set of often non-sequential digits. After the 5th time of fixing this pile of pooh I asked the head of our course how such errors might affect the final mark. He stated unequivocally then spelling, grammar and presentation errors would all be treated very harshly & to make sure non existed.
The dissertation has to be professionally printed & bound before being handed in.
On the morning of the hand in date I had to twice go through the ~12,000 word document resetting all the levels & numbering, and eventually left for the printers. On collecting my dissertation an hour after submitting to the binders - a quick check through showed it had once again been randomly re-numbered.
I had to rush tot he library fix it again, back tot he printers, another hour wait. Finally correctly printed & bound I ran to Uni to the submissions office. I was 12 minutes late - this results in an Automatic 'D' for the dissertation, which made up 70% of my final degree score.
A rather crappy week all round that one, the consequences of which have rippled through the rest of my life in several ways.
I don't use Word anymore.
Re: A can of worms..
We had a Dyson a long time ago. I was so frustrated it's suction power was useless. We had a white cat and a blue carpet in one room. The Dyson never came close to picking up those cat hairs.
The mother in law gave us her Miele. Utterly amazing. It has variable suction power that could actually pick up the carpet on full power. It also has motorised brushes in the cleaning head which pick up the cat hairs instantly.
3rd party bags & filters available on t'internet cheap.
Re: Designed for online?
or you could call a taxi on the phone and select skip journey to be at the airfield in 5 seconds or so.
I was of the opinion that if you don't like driving & escaping police, you don't buy GTA as it is pretty much the core gameplay of every version released.
Re: Compliance and Annoyance in One Easy Step
"I think it is more a case that he missed the bit where GCHQ can already, quite legally, sink their teeth into all the telecoms data they can eat, so there's really no need to trouble the Highways Agency."
Or indeed Vodafone et al for the raw ID rich data
Re: You can't think of too many uses!?
I suspect he meant economically viable uses.
Are you listening Vodafone?
Hopefully you will now accept my monthly opt-out for text messages on a more permanent basis you bastards.
12 a month!
" Perhaps more importantly, the number of cold calls has dropped off dramatically; he's now down to an enviable dozen a month, down from 30+."
Bloody hell! Does he enter his home phone number into every web based form he can find or something?
We are ex-directory and signed to TPS. Occasionally we get a spate of one or two calls from outside the country - every couple of months though, not on a monthly basis.
I like the idea though.
Timmay you are wrong. Since there are other ways to access that content ie using pretty much every other connected device on the planet, they can't prevent you from accessing them in other ways.
Cable or Satellite channel provision is not at all like the internet. One is a broadcast content delivery system, The other is a (two way) communication network. Just because you can use the internet to also consume content doesn't make them in anyway the same thing.
Re: Centre of the Living Room?
Do try & keep up.
If you want to use online features of the xbox - such as browsing the net, or streaming movies from Netflix (things you are already paying your ISP or Netflix for) you have to pay Microsoft's subscription in order to do so.
Re: Content is King.
"Have you tried using Lovefilm on a PS3 without creating a "PS Online" account? No, didn't think you had."
but a PSN account is free
Re: I remember when
@JDX - the manipulation comment was actually referring to Google killing latitude in favour of adding that functionality to g+ now if you want to use those functions you have to sign up for g+ - that is manipulative. However it is also pertinent to the general attitude of most commercial operations these days
@others I should point out that as a biker I have never used any direction aids while riding. There maybe some available for bikers, but I use this thing called a brain to preview my route and then remember it. With the aid of road signs this has worked well in 26 years of riding.
I have to admit though that street view has been very good for actually looking at the key problem junctions of the route on the desktop before leaving. It makes a real difference when you get to the fiddly end of your journey.
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