Should have tried growing potatoes. We know that they'll grow off of Earth, if fertilised with astronaut poop.
414 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009
It's nice to see that El Reg has the pulling power to get a large company to fix stuff, rather than be dismissed as "some niche website"
It's good to see that we are now a step closer to having such impersonation attacks closed off.
(Actually posted by Simon, spoofing this random user's account)
I never understand how price fixing works.
Let's say that I can manufacture a McGuffin device and sell it for £5, with all the proper margins and everything, and Contoso, Northwind and Fabrikam are charging £20 for it.
We'll assume here that my McGuffins and their McGuffins are of similar quality.
The other manufacturers would have to find a way to lower their prices to compete, or I would be able to say "These guys are charging £20 for this. I could sell for £15, make more money and still undercut them"
If the latter happened, then the others would likely drop to £15 to match.
In this scenario, which is probably completely different to the one in the article, some would cry "Price fixing!" while others would say "Market effects"
Tesco instore bakery bread is about £1 a loaf. ASDA instore is about £1 a loaf. Hovis charge about £1.20, as do Kingsmill.
Is this a bread price fixing cartel, or just aligning prices to the market?
I'm not an economist, I'm just a reader with an opinion.
How long has the support cycle been known for?
There's only 100 days left? You've had at least 2 years warning!
With Y2K, people saw the problem coming, they tested it, they worked around the problem so the effects were negligible.
With the XP EOL, people refuse to see the problem coming, bury their heads in the sand and hope for the best.
This is why the two should not be compared.
A while back I managed to put the data transferred during the BBC Olympic coverage into floppy disc tonnage (32,900t)
I was going to get a count of termites, but my VERY quick Googling only returned people asking how much a termite weighed but no answers.
If you were to post that many termites first class, one termite per envelope, it would cost £285,714 in stamps
Let's see if I understand some of the history of this right.
A new standard was proposed, the DNT header.
Unlike their usual behaviour, Microsoft didn't wait for a finalised version before adding support for it to IE.
They then set it to default, which is likely to be what most users would set it to anyway. "Would you like to be tracked? Yes/No"
Apache then said "IE is supporting this and pushing it by default, therefore we shall ignore this header"
W3C are now debating it further and not really liking the idea now
Is that paraphrasing close?
"Microsoft's got a Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde personality. On the one hand it can be intensely pragmatic and rational - Windows 7 - but when it's got a new idea between its teeth that's when the beast takes over and when common sense is jettisoned - Windows 8."
Or Vista, the most loathed thing since ME and before 8.
Which laid the foundation for 7.
Sometimes these polar opposite views come together in ways you don't predict.
The "beloved" XP is the same OS that had a load of problems when it came out?
Companies not liking the Fisher Price interface.
Applications not working due to the differences between the 95/98 and NT kernel and application compatibility not being good enough for them.
How many of these people clinging to XP were clinging to 98 for the first few years of XP's life?
How many were clinging to WfW, rather than going to this new Windows 95 thing?
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