Re: My thoughts on this ...
I'm way past the 'rapidly approaching' bit of middle age, and I alse hate Metro.
I quite like Unity though <shrug/>
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I'm way past the 'rapidly approaching' bit of middle age, and I alse hate Metro.
I quite like Unity though <shrug/>
Personal favourite error messages? I've probably mentioned this before, but mine was from a web app we used to use a lot:
There has been an error.'
Yeah, thanks for that....
Take photo of recipt and useful password doc with your fruit based device, add to folder. Job done
And say hello to Jason Isaacs?
I call it a smart phone.
Got one of those. It's missing a major feature: a proper keyboard.
Guess what this has?
Very interesting. I loved my Series 5, and this looks great (both aesthetically and feature set). Looking forward to the hands on, and also an idea on price.
If someone can stick a GUI on top that could even be a viable option
I did myself a basic one in VB.NET (yes, really) years ago - took minutes, still using it to this day. If I can do it I'm honestly amazed no one has done a proper one.
I gently ask my trainee to click on a menu. In response, she clicks her mouse frantically 279 times on random things all over the place before grabbing the title bar of her one remaining document window and dragging it four fifths of the way down her screen. Only then does she click on the menu I suggested.
I only have to do training a couple of times a year these days, but I always seem to get one of these people. Maybe I did something wrong in a previous life.
That paragraph did have me genuninely laughing out loud.
Greg Bear's Eon. I'd love to see that on the big screen, though it might need to be a two-parter.... Come to think of it, Forge of God could work too.
The UK government has expressed a strong desire to curtail
the freedom of movement of workers.
FTFY some more.
Hang on, so the bottom quark has now been renamed Kim? Or have I just got my particles arse about face?
Your "incredibly boring" is my "all the features I need with no unnecessary gimmicks".
Horses for courses I guess, though I would be interested to know what you think the Nexus line is missing (apart from the perennial moan about a micro SD slot, which will never happen in Google's own handsets).
So Microsoft 'now issues adjustments to Windows “... either during our regular update releases on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month or whenever an unscheduled update is released.”'
Or "whenever the fuck they feel like it" in other words.
According to another report I saw on this story (but also quoting the FT), Apple are looking at acquiring the McLaren Technology Group, which is the whole shebang - F1 operation, road car division and so on. Apparently estimated to be worth £1 - 1.5bn.
Next we would have Google cars going around an F1 circuit !!
Couldn't be much worse than current F1. And I say that as someone who would organise my weekends around it up until a few years ago :(
Pretty soon the only way to get rid of it without
downupgrading will be taskkill /f /im gwx.exe
Mind you, wouldn't put it past the bastards to assume that even that means "Yay! Upgrade me!".....
This morning I had the pleasure of hiding KB3035583 for the fourth time.
Only 4 times? I've genuinely lost count of the number of times I've hidden that fucker - and cheers for the reminder, just did a check for updates and sure enough, there it was again. Now hidden. Again.
Roll on August when it disappears for good. I just can't help thinking they will attempt to foist something else on us to "encourage" us to "upgrade".
"Nice computer you've got there. Be a shame if something happened to it....."
Very, very impressive. Congrats to the SpaceX team - what really impressed me was, after all the setbacks, how simple it looked. The thing just... landed.
Of course, they have to make it repeatable now, and it has to actually be reusable. But it's a big step.
We don't want small phones, we want normal-sized phones.
Speak for yourself, you certainly don't speak for me. I caved in and bought an enormo-phone recently and now I wouldn't be without it. Yes, one handed use isn't possible, but the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages for me.
Nothing personal, I'm just really bored with people saying "we want x" on the assumption that they are speaking for the entire human race. No. You want it, and quite probably some others do too, but you aren't speaking for everyone. Here endeth the minirant.
.I'd hope that the official unit was Charlie Brookers
For me the perfect unit of rant would be the Kermode, as in film critic Mark. He doesn't do it often, but when he does they are magnificent. See his Sex and the City 2 review which brilliantly even starts with the phrase "you're not going to get a rant about this"...
All you can eat data is no more I think though.
No - AYCE data is still there, it's just the tethering that's capped, at 12GB as mentioned. I renewed my contract just before Christmas and got the standard unlimited data contract at £18/mo just before it went up to £20. As I get through 10-20GB a month Three still offers the best deal for me.
Don't really get this thing about data speeds being slow either - I get anywhere between 8-75 mbits download depending where I am, unless I'm somewhere with no signal at all.
People who use e-cigs have simply swapped one addiction for another (albeit a less harmful to the health one)
While this is undoubtedly true, I have tried various things (including the Just Stop option) and nothing has worked, the problem being with criteria A - I quite enjoy having a smoke, and therefore didn't really want to stop. In this scenario, e-cigs are the first alternative I have come across that actually works.
decent starter kit (Innoken Endura T18 is a decent option)
I'll second this, from personal experience - after trying one of the crappy cig-a-likes just to see if the whole e-cig thing would work for me, I ended up with a T18. That was over the xmas break, and it's been perfect for me - I haven't had a cigarette, or even really felt like having one, since - and for me that's been a massive deal. Until then I'd been on 20-30 a day for longer than I care to remember, and I can't see myself ever going back.
For anyone who's struggled in the past to stop, and I've tried various things, I'd hugely recommend the (decent quality!) e-cig option.
Interesting listen. Thanks for the heads up.
Yep, I'll second that for sure. Most interesting to hear that even the journos most likely to be disadvantaged by ad blocking feel they have to use blockers to get a usable internet.
Pretty much spot on, but with one small adjustment for me. This part:
For most, it is not because they don't want to see ads.
Is not true, at least in my case. In an ideal world I don't want to see any ads, ever. However - I am happy to put up with unobtrusive, sensible ads in exchange for a free service, for those sites I am a regular visitor to and user of. Unless and until this type of ad replaces the aggressive, obtrusive and downright annoying stuff that is currently the norm I reserve the right to block ads, aggressively.
A thought on the alcohol/tobacco thing - how long before e-cigarettes, and particularly the liquids, become a factor? Where I work I'd estimate that over half the smokers (including me) have made the changeover.
Microsoft says a lot of things. I personally don't trust a word they say.
And Windows 7 may be 7 years old, but it's due to be supported with security updates until 2020. I'll 'move on' on my terms, when I choose.
is that they've snuck the latest W10 ad in via stealth mode in a security update, so full on sneakyness, but then I read this:
The spokesperson who sent the missive went on to explain that “Users that have turned off the GWX app or disabled notifications in settings will not see this recent change, nor will Windows Professional users.”
Don't get me wrong, this bit qualifies as a good thing, or at least a not terrible one. And it appears to be true - having let this update through during the weekend on one machine and fired up IE to check, there is no W10 update prompt anywhere to be found.
It's as if Gollum is running the show for the most part, but occasionally Smeagol manages to take control....
According to another piece I just read about this, KB3139929 is the one that shows up in Windows Update, but it then also installs KB3146449 (among others). As well as the text quoted above the MS page for 3139929 also says:
Additionally, this security update includes several nonsecurity-related fixes for Internet Explorer.
So not only are they pushing out Win10 adware into IE, they're hiding the update responsible for it inside a security update.
As I said earlier. C***s.
We've no idea what that means, so have asked Microsoft
I'll save you the bother. It means they are a bunch of c***s.
As has already been said, I'm not sure what they think this will achieve - those of us who have blocked W10 by switching to manual updates or other means are unlikely to be using IE, so will never see this.
Thankyouverymuch, that's where I'd seen it before.
I gave him back his computer elaborately tied up with a ball of string with a cheap joke shop blonde wig attached to it, it took him a week to look me in the eye again.
Love it :)
I used to work at a mail order photo processing lab, back in the pre-digital days. Back then, mail order was the preferred option for a lot of folks making their own 'entertainment'. Of all the things I saw there, the one that is seared into my memory for some reason is the lady who decided that a traffic cone would be a good thing to sit on. As in, insert.
Makes my eyes water every time I remember it.
Camera(s) in the nose?
Just off the top of my head.
Wow. I hadn't realised WP10 had shipped in such a bad state - haven't been following it really. Even by MS standards that's a bit of a shocker...
I'm in two minds on this. On the one hand, my default view of ads is that they need to die. I'd be very happy if I never saw another one in my life. However, I'm not happy about any content being intercepted/blocked/modified at the network level. Three's job is to send me the content, not pass (seemingly arbitrary) judgement over 'good' and 'bad' content - if I want to block ads, which I do, I block them on my device.
Airlines can stick paperless tickets up their respective <insert expletive> until I can display it on my phone to check in.
Maybe I've been lucky, but the last few flights I've taken have allowed me to do exactly that - run the relevant airlines app, check in with the app up to a week or so before the flight, download boarding pass - job done. The same process on both BA and sleazyJet.
I've already got that machine - well, more or less, add in a 980m for graphics, and it makes a cracking gaming laptop. It's also fairly big and heavy.
What I would quite like to buy right now is what we used to call a netbook - small, cheap, light basic laptop. 10.1 or 11.6 screen, enough processor/memory for the basics but no more, non-touch screen to keep the price down. Loooong battery life (10hrs+). Somewhere around the £200 mark or below. The rise of the tablet has almost killed this particular segment of the market, I only seem to have a couple of options, neither of which is ideal, unless I consider Lenovo - and they remain on my shitlist after last year's Superfish fiasco....
VR will be best suited to driving/flying type games, where you are in the cockpit/drivers seat
Yep. I know* a few people who are using DK2's now in Project CARS and the general consensus is that you'd have to pry VR from their cold dead hands, and I've read similar things about Elite: Dangerous. The interesting thing there is that both these games/sims have been created with the VR option in mind from early on, and it seems to show**
*have communicated with over the internet...
**In spite of the numerous bugs that pCARS has had, the VR side seems to have been pretty solid, at least from what I've read.
Because he can? For certain types of mind, this kind of exercise is interesting for it's own sake.
Seems to be back up in the Bedford area now too.
Don't have an account any more, and never will again. Their constant attempts to become the de facto internet platform are extremely tiresome.
built-in plasma torch
thermite packet dropper
/me nods with approval.
From a distance.
I would rather go down swinging than just passively take it from Microsoft for all eternity
If I could upvote this a thousand times, I would. Everyone sitting back and saying "well, what can you do..." is another person effectively saying to MS that they can just carry on doing what they like.
I have to say, on the list of "things I thought I'd never read" that comes pretty high....
getting a usable laptop with no OS is hard
It's not really - most of the laptops from PC Specialist, for one, can be ordered without an OS. Granted they aren't a high street retailer, but they're a good sized online seller.
Not sure if you're being serious or not. I'd like to think there is irony there, but just in case I'll quote BlartVersenwaldIII's post a few above yours:
The only relevant advertising I want to see is no advertising
The only way to 'improve my experience of advertising' is to get rid of it.
What If? was (and remains) a brilliant read, and I'm thoroughly looking forward to getting this one too. Love Munroe's work.
If I never hear it again I'll die happy. Sadly that won't happen.
Hint for the unaware: 'telemetry' = spying on you.
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