I have been away for years. I came back here just to gloat at this wonderful announcement. I wonder if all the MS shills of old are still around shilling as they always did?
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OK. Went the "full Monty" and saw it in iMax 3D. Rather awesome.
A great "Max Headroom" reference, and what was more astounding to me was the whole "Forbydelsens Element" thing going. If you haven't seen this film, then it's worth a look - a very dark, wet and dystopian future. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Element_of_Crime
Re: Does that mean we can now drop the crappy Win10 interface?
From the outset of Win8 (which was a much improved base OS) I have claimed that were Microsoft to see the error of their ways and give Win8 (now Win10) and Windows7 interface, all would be forgiven.
I still claim that.
And now that Windows Phone is very certainly dead, the whole underlying premise of the tiles interface (which was sort of OK on a phone actually, different, but OK) now disappears. If there is no need to have a Consistent interface across devices, then there is no logical impediment to going back to an interface people actually liked (Windows7).
Of course, we'd still have all the data slurrping and crapola that they've invented, but they could ditch that if they wished. Do they even make anything out of all that crap they apparently slurp?
Re: Microsoft is suffering from a desperate mind-set of locking people in
I haven't been here for a while ... retirement does that.
Anyway, where are all the Microsoft shills from back then. You remember them, the ones who always had a statistic or an anecdote or some strategy play that was a guarantee that Windows Phone would absorb the world?
Re: Fly via Canada?
"What a shambles. But then, what do you expect from the current administration?"
Wearing your bias in public I see.
Given that the current "theatre" is a complete shambles (according to the commentarderie) and mostly bollocks, and it was all implemented by previous US Administrations, it is "Unfair, deeply unfair" to blame the current administration.
Find something DT and his team did do that was bad, and hammer them for that - don't just knee-jerk blame the current administration because you don't like The Donald. I didn't like Obama, but I don't blame him for the Iraq war!
Re: shoes (belts)
The reason, is that a lot of belts that are of medium width, have a zipper pocket in them (I have one myself and keep a C note in it. It is completely feasible to secret a small weapon i there as well. I am reliably informed, that contraband is confiscated very, very regularly from this source.
So tere you have it.
Field day for baggage theft
Expect travel insurance premiums to rise.
The primary reason I carry my laptop on flights (and I fly a lot, both left and right on entry), is that my laptop is worth considerably more than all my other baggage combined. Having it in hand is simply the prudent thing to do.
Luggage gets lost. Theft occurs from luggage. These facts dictate my actions.
And if you are wondering why the airlines went into a major tizzy, read the last bit.
(f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President
Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate. Whenever the Attorney General finds that a commercial airline has failed to comply with regulations of the Attorney General relating to requirements of airlines for the detection of fraudulent documents used by passengers traveling to the United States (including the training of personnel in such detection), the Attorney General may suspend the entry of some or all aliens transported to the United States by such airline.
Re: Exported untaxed profits under the guise of importing IP rights
"They've just exported their untaxed profits to Ireland, where the tax rate for Apple is somehow 0.00005%."
I am sometimes astonished by the subtle wit of the commentardery here at The Register. But it's all going too slowly and being missed.
My arithmetic suggests the real value is 0.0000005% - your calculation may vary
Re: What if taxation is inherently unjust?
I have no earned income, but inherited a brick shithouse.
I didn't ask to inherit it, but I did. It stands on a lovely bit of land which came with the shithouse on it. When I inherited it, it was valued by the state at $100 and the state took $15 in tax because. In order to pay this $15, I had to borrow some money, I used the shithouse as collateral. I pay interest to an evil bank on a regular basis, money which I am forced to borrow, adding to my principal debt. I also pay $2 a year to the tax department in land/building taxes based on the public valuation of my shithouse and the land on which it stands. There are also water rates, garbage collection services and so on paid semi-annualy. I must borrow this money each and every year. So far I have borrowed $47 additional dollars to pay taxes and services to the state for my ownership of the shithouse.
I would like to sell my shithouse as a form of tax evasion - but no one wants to buy it at any price.
Recently, the state revalued my shithouse, noting that brick buildings sold nearby seem to have risen substantially of late. My shithouse is now valued at $200. So it's now $4 a year in land/building taxes based on the state's new assessment. I shall have to borrow this extra money. An increase in land/building taxes is being discussed in council, this amount will rise shortly. I predict this will not be the last tax increase.
I would like to give my shithouse away as a form of tax evasion - but no one wants to have it.
A recent change in zoning of the land upon which my shithouse rests, made said land extremely valuable (it is now residential) according to the state, thus the taxes I owe will be raised to reflect this new zoning and valuation. The shithouse is on a small strange shaped block, and building regulations prohibit building a residence on this parcel of land, so no one will want to buy my shithouse for the land to build a residence. The new valuation is likely to be an order of magnitude above the current valuation, as the state needs to raise money to put in "services" for the coming residental area. As a wealthy landowner, apparently I must pay my fair share.
I would like to demolish my shithouse as a form of tax evasion. I am unable to do this, it is illegal.
It seems my shithouse was once owned by Thomas Crapper and it is rumored that his famous invention was first tested in my shithouse. Thus, the building is listed, and it may not be demolished or changed in any way. Further, I am thus required by law to maintain my shithouse so that it does not fall into disrepair. The "old buildings department" recently advised me that under threat of legal action, I had 14 days to comply with their directive that a new roof be placed on my shithouse. The previous roof (thatched) had disintegrated due to age and lack of regular thatchery. The thatcher has quoted me $3842 + materials for a new thatched roof, and this was the discounted price!
I will need to borrow this money and now pay interest on it.
However, it seems the bank is no longer willing to accept my shithouse as collateral for the loans that I keep taking out, while the state continues to invent new and creative ways to exert state authorised power over me with respect to all aspects of my shithouse, resulting in new taxes and charges I must pay, or be sent to prison. As I can no longer raise cash to service my bank debt, they are threatening foreclosure and advising the start of civil actions to recover their loans and interest due.
Soon the bank could own my shithouse. But they do not want it, for the same reasons that I never wanted it as its primary purpose is a piece of capital from which the state can legally extract money directly from the owner. The bank will thus not foreclose. They will sue. I will need to seek Legal Aid from the state.
I think I need a shit, while I evaluate my options. Luckily, I will be able to "save a penny", having my own convenience for just this eventuality.
Re: Success of the Apple II
An appropriate epithet?
Anyway, VISICalc WAS extremely compelling, its value could be measured and those paying for the Apple IIs in business knew how to do the sums. If you weren't there at the time, it is hard to communicate what a massive game changer VISICalc was. It spawned other and better products of the genre, and made billions for many people, while fundamentally changing the way lost of business tasks were done. VISICalc changed the world and the Apple II was a facilitator.
The PC was to come later, and very, very much later came the Apple hardware we know today, where the products are not only very functional, but rather stylish as well. Back in the Apple II days, Apple was a nerd company still, with the influence of the Woz and the nerdy engineers still front and centre.
Re: Not similar at all
"The Cubs are favored to win the World Series this year"
You made that up, right?
I was a Chicago resident during the legendary Superbowl XX season - a stonkingly good season marred only by a poor Monday Night Football appearance. Ditka, Payton, Perry, McMahon, Gault and the list goes on.
Re: User feedback
The underlying kernel is just fine, and IMHO better than the *ix world, but as an old VMS guy, this goes without saying.
MS made several bad decisions back when they made NT, most of them to do with backwards compatible support and putting stuff that has no business being in the kernel in there. The OS is pretty good though. And it has improved markedly over the years.
The UI peaked at Win7, and TIFKAM is abominable. MS could fix this, they won't for reasons that will require at least one more CEO to be shown the door and the death of a board member or two. The Win8 UI is not the future of desktop computing, or any computing judging by sales - but hey, I've retired and don't have to deal with MS data centre software any more
Re: @ AC: "It works scarily well..." @ paply
Apparently, the actual OS on Win8-10 is a significant improvement over Win7 in resource usage and performance.
What sucks donkey balls is the UI that is imposed in Win8-10, a UI reasonably suitable for touch devices but fucking awful for the desktop. I can live without every TIFKAM application, now and in the future I expect. What I want is the Windows7 interface on my desktop without constant intrusion of the Win8-10 bollocks.
Like everyone else, I have many years (and $) invested in Win and software, but Win8-10 is so fucking awful (and yes I have used it) that I have drawn the line in the sand.
I have had a MacAir for over 5 years now, but my home server remains Win7 - but I have installed Cinnamon now, and at expect at some point I will make the switch.
Re: Query optimizers
You have clearly never investigated how many broken optimisations the optimizer comes up with, including many that simply give the wrong results.
Microsoft just ignores them, and has been ignoring them for quite some time. I expect they will continue to ignore them.
In essence, they don't care, because they simply do not understand how critical a "wrong answer" optimization is. Oracle, on the other hand, is usually pretty snappy fixing "wrong result" types of error.
Much as I do not like classic Oracle (I love OracleRdb of course), they at least understand data, and they can deal with very large databases far better than most imagine in their "red mist" dislike of LE.
Re: How do you mess that one up?
"IMHO relying blindly on the "actual implementation" is just too risky."
It is not "risky" it is wrong! And when it breaks, the shit will start flying.
I get so tired of explaining this to morons, one despairs! Just because it "works", does not mean it is semantically or theoretically correct. The amount of "dodgy" code I have ficed in the SQLServer environment where idiots simply assume order because there is an index that just happens to get chosen by the optimizer is very large indeed.
Without an ORDER BY, there is NO ORDER in the returned results, even if it looks like that at first flush. Learning some relational theory would be a good thing for a very large percentage of the world's programmers and sadly a lot of DBAs :(
Re: Stop bullying the optimizer
I agree. The code expends more effort bending the optimizer than returning the result. As a DBA at my last client, I spent an inordinate amount of time unwinding this sort of crap (and much worse).
There is a reason that data people who know how databases *actually* work and how to design them logically and physically get paid well - we are few and far between, and the number of "programmer designed" databases seems to be growing exponentially.
I about an hour I shall be boarding TG 475, a 747-400 I expect, and walking upstairs to where Business Class is located. I am not sure if this is the new or old seating configuration, but in any case, it will be a very comfortable and quiet flight back to SYD.
Back in the 70s, I flew Business Class on TG's then brand spanking new 747! TG's first 747, and as I recall they were very proud to be operating the "Jumbo". It was my first Business Class sector. 3 1/2 decades have passed, and several million air miles as well, but I still like the 747 - I suspect that I will pass away before the last 747-8 retires from service (I haven't flown this latest variant yet. LH operate them, but wiki informs of only 121 orders, so I may have to look hard to find a flight)
Re: how is this news?
Indeed. I was looking at the website the other day. I spent 25 years in the VMS/Rdb world, then I got buried in the kindergarten with WindowsServer2008/SQLServer. Oh dear ...
I guess there will always be clients for VMS, but the bottom line is that the children in charge at most sites don't understand anything at all, so the likelihood of VMS being used on bespoke systems is low. Most of the talent in the employment pool had to leave for better pastures during the HP "reign of terror", so it is actually probably rather hard to man a VMS project these days.
Re: If it's getting confused with Australias...
" where the sun goes on the Australian Flag?"
That is not the sun! Were you an Australian, I would roundly abuse the Australian education system's malaise.
"The sun" as you call it, is a star with each point representing one of the 6 states and the territories