It's worse than that, when they finally offered me the chance to buy one last year, there was an 8 week delivery time! Had a shiny new LG G2 delivered 3 days later.
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In an early interview they stated they would spend 2 years building a reputation and fan base, then switch to a more commercial mode. So about right on the 2 years, not so right on the fan base and their reputation is going to take a lot of repairing.
A thinly disguised brand of Oppo that had little problem with making no money for a couple of years but that investment is looking pretty wasted to me.
Re: I've used non isolated OS before and mistakes bite hard
Even worse is when they just spray memory but don't crash. You might not even realise your data is corrupt for a very long time and finding those bugs a nightmare.
Re: Hypervisors aren't inherently safe
""defence in depth" for Important Stuff"
Provided you remember to defend against the inevitable misjudgement of what is "Important Stuff" every time a dev builds something, repurposes something else or otherwise cocks up.
The "actual evidence on second hand smoking" that indirectly forced the pub smoking ban was staff blood tests regularly finding high enough levels of CO to threaten health. Doesnt matter if most exposure just leaves you stinking of smoke, some of it has more serious effects.
The pub trade got lucky, they were on the brink of a flood of lawsuits when the ban preempted the issue.
Most pub users I've talked to approve the ban anyway, including the smokers, who can still appreciate better air quality. Just a pity it took health scares to force action. Politicians and business don't have the balls to ban offensive practice's, they always need some health excuse to hide behind.
Re: "guidelines don’t accurately reflect the numbers"
"two of those three have been responsible for more deaths and suffering"
Drinking beer instead of unsterilised water has saved countless lives for at least 7000 years so far.
what they hoped no one noticed
I particularly enjoyed the meta-study they loudly claimed shows no statistically significant benefit to moderate drinking. The way they hoped no one would notice it also shows no statistically significant harm from moderate drinking!
They also hoped we wouldn't notice they say nothing about life expectancy, only cause of death. Long life gives cancer more chance to kill you, seems drinkers live long enough for that to replace some heart and stroke deaths.
Re: Commie or common sense?
... And the nationalised railways stood out as the only one of them that cared for it's customers in any meaningful way, except it was the employees on the ground doing the caring because their jobs would be hell otherwise, not management or gov policy.
There are reasons to prefer nationalised industries (if run by competent staff instead of the idiots gov keep choosing) but caring about customers has rarely been an objective.
Re: oh. him.
Sorry Lars, his firm lost 10's millions on the SCO affair.
Early in the case they bought into the scam to increase their take, later when it started falling apart they bought their way out of that by accepting a fixed fee cap to complete the case. The case isn't finished and costs exceeded the fee cap before it even reached trial.
Re: oh. him.
Seeing the name my first thought was this was probably deliberate spoiliation. Hard to forget the dirt tricks in the sco case he lost so badly. Hope it goes as well for Boies this time.
Re: the art of zen
The problem is 40% brings them near to where Intel started 2015, won't take long for Intel to pull away again. So AMD are still relying on higher core counts and most uses/users still don't benefit from that.
I have a suitable workflow with Visual C++ and massive compile jobs keeping all cores at 100%. My 8 core FX8370 OC'd to 4.5Ghz on all cores is still 10-20% slower than the stock mid range Intel quad cores others in the team are using.
I also won't be surprised if the 40% IPC hike is rather less for single thread performance, AMD are still trying to correct the performance problems their module architecture brought.
So time to get behind extending XMPP?
mostly working here
Only thing I noticed was some (not all) photos were blank, tweets arrived between 8&9am, feels like a few less than normal since then but planning tomorrow nights drinking unaffected so far ;)
were the Zen benchmarks that disappointing?
Zen is due and AMD bring this up again? I wonder just how poorly the benchmarks came out.
If anyone needed reminding Zen is pure catchup (and not even expected to quite catch Intel) this is probably the proof, suddenly they have a desperate need to get compiler support parity to make Zen look OKish.
It's sad, looks like they've blown the high end completely. A new socket design means no cheap upgrade for us AMD fans and the cost of switching to Intel is suddenly easier to accept.
Re: It's not just AMD saying there's a problem.
ksb1972 " I thought most people used something like Visual Studio to write Windows programs?"
Yes, but VC++ and presumably other MS compilers are always far behind in feature support. Want to use the half<->real SSE support in recent processors? Till this year only the XBox1 VC compiler supported them and even then you have to do it manually with your own feature detection. The Intel compiler does it all for you, at the cost of deliberately favouring Intel. I'm sure AMD would do the same given the chance. And it's wrong whoever does it.
"Intel will just release 2 versions of their new CPU range"
? Looks more like the plan is to provide no driver or other software support for new silicon except for Win10. Which is basically no change from today, the CPU keeps working, just never notices new features.
They'll get away with neglecting legacy Windows to death. Apply it to Linux,BSD etc. and even the US regulators will reconsider breaking up Microsoft, then fining the parts till they can't afford to fsck with the market.
Re: This is a stupid move by M$
I'd quite like them to remember I paid for the Win8 copy it installed over, that had many years of support expected and expect them to treat Win8.2 as a fully paid for product. It's not a freebie.
Re: Linux, Linux, Linux, Linux,
I revert Windows to an earlier state by restoring a drive image. Did you think it only works for Linux?
Of course thanks to the size of a Windows install, the bloat it accumulates and Microsoft's astonishing insistence on installing dev tools only on the system drive that now takes 50+ minutes. Also on the rare times I've had to blow away a Linux install, the user data and settings are still there afterwards because they didn't idiotically store them in the system drive like windows does.
So despite using the same imaging technique Linux does it better and faster!
Re: information conservation
"one and only one solution at a future specified time"
If you remove state that can only reduce the future outcomes. If that removal is deterministic then the future state is also predictable.
Yes, that breaks computing past states from today but our observed reality appears to have a preferred time direction, no one really knows why and we know the theories and math are incomplete.
If we can "see and manipulate" quantum fluctuations information is being (potentially randomly) injected into our universe continuously. So why do we assume it's being conserved? More precisely why do we assume it's being conserved in our view of reality?
Seems more likely we simply can't see enough of reality to understand what's happening yet.
I also question why losing information would affect determinism. If the loss process is deterministic it becomes a simpler but still deterministic ensemble, if random then we never had determinism.
And to seal the deal Windows is capable of setting permissions even admin can't override. If they aren't already using that in windows update it's just a matter of time. Luckily Linux seems not to honour that crappery on files but removing Microsoft malware from the registry can be a problem.
Re: Sign in using facebook
I signed up to the "I'm going to lie, lie, lie, semi consistently so I can remember the lies" policy. Lots of businesses think they know a lot about a fictional character I play on the net.
Re: Why keep reporting these stats
In my 'bubble' of home users most seem to have moved to Android or ios for daily use and their PC's are gathering dust between the rare uses. The students have MacBooks and iPads.
Re: oracle constrained by the GPL
The point is they can only dual licence the parts they own copyright to and they cannot revoke gpl licencing except for individual cases of infringing the gpl.
oracle constrained by the GPL
Openjdk may not be quite so easy for Oracle to exploit because they're bound by the gpl on any external contributions. Without reimplementing everything themselves and somehow convincing the rest of the contributers to accept that, they can't simply force new licence terms without forking Java.
Any oem breaking the classpath licence deserves to be sued anyway but oracle probably have little scope to 'manufacture' infractions. Won't stop them trying. We're still pretty reliant on the courts deciding the fair use defence favourably and finally killing oracles case along with any future attacks they would inevitably make.
how times change
£65? Just reminded my father that £20 on the even more disposable (but higher spec than [insert name here]) [insert other name] he was considering was a bit pointless without an internet connection or PC.
Could have bought 2 of them with some credit for double the party fun. Next year i fully expect usable phones will be given away with cereal.
Re: "Aye, well, we had it tough -- had to compile from raw gravel"
You've not lived till you've built a new machine definition for gcc, built and debugged a cross compiler with it on DOS, written libc from scratch to avoid GPL issues and created a CD filesystem driver + tools to build the CD's, all with a few weeks experience with gcc or C... then finally got started on the actually porting PC C++ to a games console Sega abandoned shortly after!
You middle aged folk had it easy ;)
Hard to believe 14nm finfet won't make a difference to power use but AMD have failed to deliver promised power improvements for so many years now I'm struggling to believe it will actually happen. I fear I'll be struggling on with my old GPU for a considerable time.
If forced to upgrade for work I'm likely to end up back on nVidia despite their shitty attitude to bug fixes (both hardware and drivers) and the many times they just disable broken features instead of fixing them. My power bill will thank me and i won't need AC to run the PC full speed next summer.
Re: Page and Worstall "moved on" in the Autumn, right?
The Dude: "Seeing the register bend over for this scam is a serious disappointment"
Remind me what the IT angle was on his sermons from the mount?
Or why, if there was some tech aspect to the sermon at all, it was acceptable for his beliefs to always override honest, accurate critical reporting? Although it was always entertaining tracking down real expert commentary when he used to spout BS about naval affairs ;)
Re: I think Steve Ballmer should shut up
MS were never in a believable position to dominate mobile because at the time they needed to act they already had a successful smart mobile product with WinCE (albeit just a big fish in a tiny pond). They were incapable of reacting quickly enough, too much invested in CE and an ongoing unwillingness to break with Windows limiting their choices.
All these years on MS remain hobbled by their fixation on building devices that support Windows and it's ecosystem before making devices that support their customers needs.
Re: mad, really mad
Ballmer would seem ideally qualified to question the figures given how much massaging of them happening under his (mis)rule.
"Windows 10 enterprise adoption already stands at 11%"
I think you forget we know enterprise licences come with downgrade rights (usually used) or that we noticed Microsoft booking win8 upgrade options as actually sales for as long as the law allowed.
In Microsoft's version of Hollywood accounting license sales!=adoption. Or sales.
@kryptylomese:"Windows 7 was liked by gamers"
Win7 was loved by gamers for 2 reasons:
1: MS withheld DX10 from XP and DX10 brought significant improvements to game rendering, small improvements to rendering speed. Driver support was also focussed on it rather than XP so of course gamers flocked to where the new shinies were.
2: Finally we had a 64bit OS that didn't mean abandoning waste swathes of existing software, unlike the incompatible disaster XP64 was. Machines finally able to use more than 3.5Gb of installed RAM and very occasionally the performance bump of 64bit game builds.
The rest of it, not so much loved as damned with faint 'it's less buggy' praise.
If you've been paying attention MS are trying the same thing with DX12 on Win10 right now, to lure the gamers onto their unloved platform.
I also signed onto the insider thing near the start. What quickly became obvious is insider is primarily about building a community of win 10 supporters first, debugging and improving it second. The pre Xmas emails from Gabe pretty much admitted it. It's succeeded in creating enough less than critical support to wonder just how much the echo chamber is still leading development astray.
It certainly caused enough eager cheerleaders to pop up and site confusion anywhere windows is discussed.
Re: Squeeky Wheel
Meanwhile out there in the real "real world" ordinary folk find Win10 doesn't work on the phones and tablets they actually own and use and don't care what it's like on the PCs they are buying fewer of and using less often. Windows is slowly sliding into irrelevance outside the business world.
Re: Too big to fail?
The code isn't necessarily unused, a frightening amount of it duplicates past ms errors that we poor devs had to code around or against. Bugs they can't remove without breaking an unknown number of apps.
Unix got it right by minimising the api surface into small testable chunks for small separated tools. Then Linus buggered it up into a monolithic kernel in Linux, just not quite as badly as windows.
windows as a service
Remind me why windows as a service makes any sense at all with this consistent record of borked updates?
Re: How long?
The file indexing service is already "rifling through your files" and the search service loves going to the net, it doesn't take much paranoia to see where this is going.
@jjcoolaus "seamless voice activation between all your devices"
Sounds great. Until my tablet races my phone to answer "OK Google" requests, both speaking to me in different accents (given up trying to fix that), gibbering different answers because they misheard me in sightly different ways. Sometimes with the phone sitting in a different room because it's microphone is very good.
It gets annoying real fast ;)
Re: All Win Phones or just all Nokia/Microsoft phones?
Nokia/MS devices are effectively *all shipped* WP phones, with negligible sales of anything else.
I've always believed tier 1 OEMs are building WP phones because their sealed Android patent agreements with MS either explicitly require it, or 'voluntarily' supporting WP reduces the licensing fees on Android. Without that carrot|stick I think they would all have abandonned it the moment MS got into bed with Nokia.
MS have mismanaged WP from day 1, simultaneously complacent about everyone loving whatever they threw out the door and equally complacent about their ability to force compliance on an industry they have little leverage in. Seems even with Ballmer gone the wishful (or should that be magical) thinking continues.
Re: > 1:50 ?!?
Seen 2 in the last month or so.
My only WP owning friend broke his and switched to Samsung Android, we now hear "I like this" instead of the "it's OK" comments. He can now use his companies app, not sure if thats a bonus though ;)
Re: No theory
Science is speculation, backed by sanity checking.
Yes, trying to think of any reason last weeks updates should have set desktop icons to LARGE and reset every damn explorer view preference to MS defaults. It's a PIA getting the steaming POS to remember *my choices* between reboots without MS deliberately wiping them.
And I've noticed doubled up drive entries in the navigation pane again, after fixing that last week.
Leave my settings alone Microsoft.
Re: They're not helping themselves here.
@Charles 9: "Download it once and install it to a USB stick"
Completely missing the way it silently downloads the install image to C: before offering the upgrade prompt, without bothering to check if you downloaded the media install or copied it to anywhere else. Or it's fscking outrageous habit of redownloading it till you give up deleting the files.
The catch is you can't assume unlimited buffering capacity, so the encoding rate may still be constrained by a relatively short moving window. On something like a smart TV that could be a low limit, far too little for a 10min action sequence for instance. At that point only reducing resolution or framerate will fulfil the buffering, encoding bandwidth & artefact constraints.
The Reg does seem to be cherry picking what it wants to report. No mention of the offline re-encoding project that aims to drop storage by 20% for those master copies or any guesswork about what that recoding actually does (I'd guess they're just turning on constant Q and generating variable bitrate but that's just a guess). That recoding will be powered by their cloud instances in spare time.
The Reg concentrated exclusively on the lowered resolution scheme and guesswork about some improbable and unnecessary real time transcoding.
They don't use enough bandwidth to support simultaneous high res and high detail or motion video. They've taken the cheap option of trading reduced spatial resolution for enhanced motion resolution (and simply thrown away detail), cheap because it saves them money on bandwidth, storage and processing, 20% storage reduction has been suggested. Now they need to convince punters it's all for their benefit, not just Netflix profits.
Unfortunately they can't really rely on increasing bandwidth, the US infrastructure isn't good enough, so customers just get a different bandwidth caused problem to suffer. Given how many seem unable to spot upscaled video it's probably the best choice.
Can't be as bad as iPlayer's dynamic resolution scaling, which is extremely noticeable and highly irritating. More accurately it can't be if they want to stay in business.
but who eats lettuce?
I thought most of it was consumed by meat eaters in the form of BLT's and hamburgers and the rest by skinny rich folk trying to avoid eating anything tasty or nutritious.
Re: TBH this is claptrap
You have to wonder whether management and regulators were fully aware that children wouldn't understand any of it, or so detached from reality they couldn't understand the innuendo either ;)
Both are believable.
I remember not liking Rainbow as a youngster and refusing to watch it. Eternally grateful to the mates that reintroduced me to it as a student when i was old enough to understand.
Rainbow = 20min of blatant, hilarious innuendo
Many fond memories of the daily Rainbow session at university, 100% spill your beer quality innuendo with a little bit of campness slipped in ;)