That's why I used the term existence for whatever there is outside the boundaries of our own universe. For lack of a better word ;)
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That's why I used the term existence for whatever there is outside the boundaries of our own universe. For lack of a better word ;)
I always had a major issue with the multi-verse theory. It always felt like the "infinite number of universes" was kinda misguided and filled with human interpretations of what "infinity" actually means.
I've never come to terms with the possibility that there may be a universe out there that's exactly the same as ours, but only my neighbor is missing (or something similarly ludicrous) and I'm glad to see this new theory seems to move away from that nonsense.
Having more than one universe however, makes perfect sense to me. We're always blabbing about how unfathomably huge our universe is, but huge is such a subjective word, as our universe is only big from our perspective. In the grand scheme of existence, our universe may in fact be very, very small and in that context it's no great leap to imagine that if one universe could spawn, why not more?
I've been using edge and there's no denying it is by far the fastest browser out there. With its stripped down nature I can also imagine why it would currently be the most secure, as it lacks some functionality compared to it's competitors. I really don't get this move though and I'm sure they'll get a ton of backlash from it.
I'm annoyed by all the anti-IE and Edge memes I've been seeing, as most of them are complete bullshit, but I'm certainly not in favor of MS shoving their desired product down my throat either.
Microsoft clearly had no idea how valuable the Nokia brand was, killing it off was one of the dumbest things I've seen them do in recent years. Now that Nokia is back on Android, it will pull back the Nokia fans, whilst also appealing to new customers with the more than decent bang for your buck.
I'm waiting to get mine actually. I'm now suffering with a Microsoft Lumia 950 and can't wait to replace it.
I'm probably repeating myself, but the 950's been such a massive disappointment that I really can't wait to get rid of it. I only got it, because I was so happy with my 1020 and was expecting a better (or at least similar) experience with the 950. BOY was I mistaken.
Bring on the New 8!
Although the current pope is seen as very progressive, we're still talking about a religious fundamentalist here, he will usually act accordingly.
Hasn't he already started covering for the people who shoved abuse stories under the carpet?
When the tax reform went through I already knew it would generate growth and get companies to invest in the US economy (although I don't really get why Apple is being applauded for finally becoming less immoral, but that's another discussion I guess), my gripe is mostly about those cuts going to the wrong people. the tax bonus seems like a lot of money, but on the total scale it's peanuts and the money Apple gets in is going to make the rich richer, Joe Average isn't going to see any of it.
You don't have to be a genius to see what the effects of Brexit are. Just look at how the UK is doing and compare that to the EU. Even Greece is recovering and will be able to arrange their own finances again soon (I still feel sorry for how they were treated, but at least it's getting a little better now). Economic growth in the euro zone is pretty good and unemployment is rapidly dropping. there's an increase on foreign investments and more productivity all round. Things are looking a lot better since the financial crisis started.
Now let's look a the UK. Economic growth is low, unemployment is high and forecasts are not too positive. the Pound has dropped a ton of value and is not showing any sign over recovering soon. foreign investments are already dropping and to top it off, your national healthcare in almost in tatters.
Anyone implying these are good things for the UK is a complete and utter moron, there's just no two ways about it.
It's gotten much, much worse since the new boss started to put his mark on the company though.
The man simply doesn't have a long term vision, he's only out for the quick buck to keep shareholders happy. Under him, Microsoft has gone down the drain.
Probably for the X86-64, but not the 32 bit stuff. I'd assume anything that's 64 bit will be RISK nowadays, but we're still dealing with that pesky 32 bit legacy crap on X86.
A native X86-64 CPU would likely be RISK (I guess?)
That would mean everyone would have to get replacements for any and all legacy apps, which is nigh on impossible for many companies.
ditching X86-32 might be a a good solution, it's not a viable option I'm afraid.
Ok ok, so dry string didn't work, wet string didn't work, but salted wet string did work. In other words, an ADSL signal carried over salt water and not so much the string.
I may have unbelievable news, but salt water is actually a very good conductor and will happily carry any electrical signal.
I joined the internet in the time when it was absolutely unheard of to share your personal information with anyone, anonymity was the key to every and all dealings you had online. I'm still awestruck by the ease with which people divulge their personal details. Real names, real addresses and every connection traceable to physical people and locations. I still don't feel comfortable to use my real name anywhere (although it has become quite easy to expose me, due to my connections).
I don't want appliances that listen to me, I don't want appliances that can see me. I have a cover for the camera in my laptop. I consider myself borderline paranoid online, but I'm convinced I'm doing so for a very good reason.
That self driving cars are only going to be here for a transitional period. I'm half expecting the drone to take over in the foreseeable future. What could be better than having a drone fly out to your house to pick you up and fly you right over to your destination?
Weren't there already delivery companies looking at autonomous drones to deliver food?
Wait what? A technical "atheist"?
There's no room for moderate people on el reg, what on earth are you doing here?
So you're telling me that people have remote controlled locks on their doors and are allowing 3rd party access?
That's it, the world has finally gone insane. I'm going to strip naked, run into the woods (conveniently located just outside my home mind you!) and will live out my life as a hermit!
The movie idiocracy is becoming a documentary, people really are getting dumber by the day.
Does it matter whether or not the foreign attempts at manipulation were successful? Let's assume that Trump won the election fair and square and the foreign influence wasn't strong enough to have a serious effect, don't you want to know how much effort was put into said manipulation and who the source was?
Your attitude seems to reflect a stance of "well they broke into my house, but they didn't take any of MY stuff, so I don't care". Next time it may be your favorite candidate that gets hacked and it might be so severe that he loses the election over it, wonder if you're going to shrug your shoulders all the same when that happens.
The wooden lady, that's brilliant!
"I find it insulting that our "dear leaders" believe us to be this gullible"
You might not be, but the vast majority is, my good man!
A force for good? Really? So their actions during the presidential election were not biased in any way? There was only dirt on Clinton, so they leaked that and if there had been dirt on Trump, they'd have leaked that too?
Wikeleaks wasn't used as a handy tool to influence the election?
Wikileaks love to leak classified and juicy information, they normally divulge every and all details, but in this case there's only Assange hinting to some communication that happened, but refuses to provide details.
Come on, that's a load of bollocks.
You're right, this is the reason why I changed my tactic when discussing certain matters with Trump fans.
Presenting Trump with facts will server little purpose, as he will dismiss them outright, even when the truth is staring him in the face, many of his not so fanatical supporters ARE quite easily convinced when presented with real evidence though and that's where victory against Trump lies.
I first dismissed his supporters As racists, bigots and idiots, but that simply doesn't work. Engaging them with facts and showing you understand why they supported them in the first place seems to be having MUCH better results though.
I'm hoping that's what you meant to say?
I was being sarcastic, hence the /end sarcasm ;)
My first smartphone was a Nokia Lumia 900, i still have it and the battery is still fairly decent. I had a 1020 too, but the screen shattered, prompting me to get the 950.
The 900 was a treat, the 1020 was absolutely fantastic, but the 950 has been crap from day one. I'm glad Nokia is back and hope the 8 will be as good as the 1020 was.
This device will most likely be my next phone. My Lumia 950 has been steadily degrading to the point where it's close to becoming unusable (but it's just over a year old, so the decline was expected /end sarcasm) and I'm looking forward to getting something new.
I have already planned the destruction of my current device. I'm not going to save it, I'm not going to sell it, I'm going to destroy it and I'm going to enjoy the experience to the fullest. I'm first going to throw it against a wall and will take care of what remains with a hammer. I'm REALLY looking forward to this, it's been a long time coming!
I'm considering filming it with my new phone and sending the result to Microsoft, because I am indeed that spiteful.
First thing I thought when I read it, that's going in my vocabulary!
Sure, but not on el Reg.
I feel this article needs a "thumbs up"
that was an excellent read. The article went a bit too far in certain areas, but in general I agree wholeheartedly!
I see these things happen on social media on a daily basis, people simply dismiss the truth and perpetuate the notions echoed by their social inner circle. very few have the ability to look beyond, which is really startling when you see it happen first hand. Although I pride myself on my incredible objectivity, I'm most likely guilty of this behavior too, people can't help but be human.
Ok ok, so let me get this straight, Facebook regularly displays not giving a flying fuck about user privacy, but when parents ask access to the account of their dead kid, it's suddenly a matter of principle?
Now I know that XP is well beyond it's end of life and I know that new version are far superior, but how did XP go from what was considered a very stable version of windows to an OS that crashes at the slightest whim?
I think XP is getting too little credit, there's a reason why it's still so insanely widespread.
As a fairly long time windows mobe user Ive gotten used to getting a regular "fuck you" from Microsoft. With the Lumia 950 disaster I'm carrying, I too have had enough and will never user another windows mobile device again.
The real Nokia Lumia 710 I had as my first mobe was awesome. the (still fairly real Nokia) Lumia 1020 I had as a successor was even better. The 950 I got after that has been so horrible, that I can hardly believe it's from the same line of devices (it isn't really, as it's the first and probably only one branded as Microsoft)
Loyal customers have been "rewarded" with a steaming pile of shit really.
Way to alienate your customers!
When the news came out that new Nokia branded phones with Android were coming, I did a little dance!
Bonus points for the extreme use of puns, made me chuckle a few times!
Bringing back the L in lmao :)
The EU is weaker without the UK, but we they don't need the UK as much as the UK needs them. If the UK wants to trade with anyone, they'll have to deal with the EU, so the trump cards are mostly in EU hands as it stands.
If May does indeed go for the hard Brexit, the UK truly will be fucked,
Wikileaks has become an nothing but a tool to gain political power and I really can't take them seriously anymore.I'm sure all the information they put up is very real, but it's been so one sided that I can't help but feel a strong bias on their part. I wonder if they're aware of just how bad their image has become. This AMA is just the icing on the cake really, how can you keep your posture as being a backer of full disclosure of information, all the while withholding vital information yourself?
I want to buy a new PC this summer, because there are some games I would like to play that are exclusive to PC, but stuff like this makes me quite apprehensive. Why isn't there an "off" button?
I used to be quite the windows fan, but have made an about face in recent years. I wish there was another, more trustworthy platform to work on, but alas. I'm sure Microsoft does indeed work hard to protect their users from malware and hackers, but who protect us against Microsoft?
No, no I'm not.
Apply this article to the taxi driver, or the trucker. Will automation result in other jobs opening up for these people, once their taxi/truck has become completely autonomous?
Is the answer yes, the article is valid.
Seriously, this has got to be one of the most evangelic Steve Jobs posts i have ever read (and that's saying something, trust me).
Go ahead and credit jobs with his achievements, because he did have some, but inventing the smartphone was not one of them.
He was a marketing genius for crying out loud, he didn't have a technical bone in his body.
People who don't understand the basic principles of encryption should not be allowed to pass legislation in regards to it. These people have no idea what they're actually saying and what it implies, but their obvious lack of knowledge doesn't seem to hold them back at all.
I'm one of the sufferers of Windows 10 mobile and they've managed to completely alienate me. I've been a huge fan of the Lumia series, had the 900 and the 1020, which i absolutely loved, but my current 950 is a piece of crap. Windows 10 mobile is crap and the device is generic and cheap. I'm never getting a windows phone again and I'm not the only one. I've gone from promoting the devices to completely switching of the brand. I'm waiting for the Android based Nokia and then it's sayonara Microsoft.
Their arrogance is their downfall.
A Chinese device that touts superior security? Are Chinese manufacturers allowed to create devices that their government theoretically cannot access? I think not.
They truly have no idea what this law would imply, do they?
To think that ISPs can somehow control encryption is ridiculous and the idea of trying to enforce breakable encryption is one of the dumbest things i've ever heard. Why do governments have so little knowledge of how technology works? It's time these people get educated on the subject, because now they're just wasting time.
The battery life is downright appalling for starters. That used to be one of the strong points, now it's one of the weak points, which is baffling to me. The device also has fairly frequent crashes, rebooting the device. Bluetooth seems to be a major factor in that too. Speaking of which, bluetooth doesn't work properly. Bluetooth devices get locked to the phone and even turning off the service doesn't disconnect the device, only a reset works. Several normal apps also hang, or even crash the phone. The menu buttons at the bottom fade away, but have a habit of popping back up at the worst of times. If you're a mobile gamer, be prepared to suffer great frustration, because you'll be warped to the start screen when the damn thing pops up. I play a real time game and i have to be on my toes, because several times the game auto-closed the instant i got pulled to the start screen by this "feature". Battery drain is also a problem, which is something i just cannot understand. How on earth does this still happen?
To top it off, this "flagship" bears no hallmarks of what made the Lumia a great series of devices in the first place. The look and feel are cheap and generic and there are barely any physical features that distinguish it from other devices. The only nice feature is the removable back cover, which reveals a removable battery.
I'm still on Windows phone, but boy am i sorry about my choice in mobile platforms. I loved my Lumia 900 and i loved my 1020 even more, but since getting a 950, it's been a complete nightmare. I'm so fed up with the device (and it only took 2 months!), that i am never going to get a Windows 10 device again. As soon as one comes out, i'll be looking at the Nokia branded Android devices that are coming, it's impossible for it to be worse than the piece of crap i currently have.
The screen on my 1020 shattered, which is why i moved to the 950. I am seriously considering getting the screen on my 1020 replaced and moving back to that.
My Lumia 950 has asked me for feedback a few times as well, i'm sure they're not going to be happy with the feedback i provided them with (or maybe they are).
I've been brutally honest and have pretty much slammed windows 10 mobile. Let's face it. if this is how Microsoft want to gain ground in the mobile world, It's not going to go their way anytime soon.
What a piece of crap.
I am still having daily annoyances with my Lumia 950 and now feel safe to conclude that it's really a piece of crap. Sign me up for a new, Android based Nokia any day, because Microsoft have proven once again they are incapable of creating anything worthwhile in the world of mobile computing.
I am never going to use another windows mobile device again. Surface is like Apple products to me, overpriced and not worth my money. The only reason i stuck with the Lumias was because i loved the Nokia versions of them, the Microsoft version is a generic piece of crap and not worth a cent.
Please make it like the real Nokia devices were, no generic crap please. Have some guts with the design.
As a long time fan of Nokia and long time (happy) user/admin of windows platforms, it wasn't a huge surprise that i'd take on the Lumia when they started to hit the market. I started with a Lumia 900, which was a pleasure to work with. Next came the Lumia 1020 and that too was a wonderful device. Having smashed the screen of my 1020, i upgraded to a Lumia 950 and it's been hell ever since. I am now so fed up with the device that i am never going to get another windows mobile device. It's so crappy that i'm truly astounded that Microsoft dared to release it in it's current state. The OS (it's their first windows 10 designed phone) is clearly unfinished and buggy and the interface has infuriating new "features" that make it horrible to use. To add insult to injury, this "flagship" device feels cheap, has a terrible battery and doesn't deserve to be badged a Lumia, let alone "flagship".
How they managed to go from the beautiful design of the previous Lumias to this generic piece of crap is beyond me.
I heard that Nokia will likely start branding smartphones under their own name and i assume they'll never have anything to do with Microsoft again either, so as soon as that happens, i'm switching. Failing that, i will move to Android on my next device.
I feel utterly betrayed and am sorry is spend so much money on this craphole of a phone.
oh wait, i did have a point to make before i started writing this anti windows 10 tirade......
The Intel move is not the biggest problem they have. With their push of Windows 10 mobile unto their customers, they have alienated a lot of their fans, as i'm not the only one who's been this disappointed. Their new course, which their new CEO is responsible for, is going to doom them. With 8.1 things were great and i was more than happy to promote the devices to friends, but in one fell swoop they destroyed their own platform. I almost feel sorry for them (almost).
Excellent post, people seem to not understand that it wasn't the rules that were problematic, it was the blatant way in which US companies broke those rules again and again and again and again.
So this is the new road MS is on? If they keep this up, they will lose what little support they have left. Who's responsible for this bullshit anyway? Is that the new CEO?
I'm getting very close to the point where i am done with Muckrosoft. Next phone might not be a windows phone, my current next-gen console is already a PS4 and i am reconsidering the Xbox one purchase i had planned.
There is currently enough choice, you don't need MS for anything anymore, so if this is how it's going to be, then i say to hell with them.
I don't use ad blocking software, i have learned to ignore ads. Those sites that have big, in your face ads, or ads that automatically start playing, go on my shitlist. three strikes and you're out, i will never visit that site again. Sites that misbehave are easily replaced, it's not like there's anything unique out there anymore.
Also, the products offered in those big ads and autoplay ads get a special note from me, i will never buy anything from those companies ever again.
I can't suppress a slight chuckle when i read articles like this. I mean come one, who are you trying to kid here? Everyone spies on everyone.
What would happen here in the Netherlands. Requesting someone's ID is forbidden by law, unless the requestor has a legal right to do so (I can guarentee you that software vendors do not have that right).
Their comments seem to be ambiguous at best and it feels like simple racism to me.
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