@dotdavid "Oh I dunno, a particularly grievous grammatical error might conceivably......."
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Agreed. Furthermore, a typo committed by one of the El Reg journos would in all likelihood not cause this site to go offline for most of 24hrs!
Microsoft has not a hope in hell of extinguishing Linux, something the current CEO knows perfectly well and is clearly able to accept in a way that his predecessors were not. Given that, “approximately one in four virtual machines on Azure are Linux, and more than half of Azure Marketplace images are based on Linux”, Nadella would appear to be applying intelligent self-interest rather than the brain dead variety that both Ballmer and Gates specialised in as far as anything remotely related to open source was concerned.
......decides it wants to be a pocket warmer."
Just wondering old chap in context with my reply to "dogged", do you notice any context with which apps you are using when this happens? Genuine question, I am very puzzled by these phenomena. I get the feeling that a great deal of this is not connected to hardware issues in the phones concerned (at least not in the direct sense). I am beginning to wonder whether it is driven by the app-usage pattern. Just a guess on my part you understand.
I have noticed a lot about this on various threads connected to this or that tech preview build and it does appear to be strangely random with regard to who is affected. I am running the latest build on a Lumia 640 and its bigger brother the 640XL and the battery life is excellent, at least as good as when they were running 8.1. However, I have seen a number of other 640/640XL owners reporting poor battery life and overheating issues (something which I have not experienced at all). There does not appear to be any explicable pattern currently. I confess that I am very puzzled.
"They really, really weren't. For starters, you had a lot of private enterprise, no unions, and no rights for large parts of the workforce - most German industrialists were quite happy with Nazi party economic policy, and utterly terrified of actual socialism."
With that paragraph alone you summed it up. The Nazis ruled by diktat, they did not challenge (nor wish to) private ownership of capital in Germany and yes German capitalists were amongst their most enthusiastic supporters benefiting as they did from the slave labour factories.
We can judge how much of a socialist Hitler was by his actions once he was elected chancellor in 1933 rather than by what he chose to call his party*. One of the very first groups who began to disappear (murdered directly or sent to the camps) were, in fact, the members and representatives of the Socialist Workers' Party of Germany and people from the German Social Democratic party (most of the latter regarding themselves as non-Marxist socialists.). Hitler in fact regarded the Left in general in Germany as his sworn enemies (along with Trades Union activists) and prioritised their suppression/liquidation.
*There were various historical reasons for his choice which had nothing to do with any committment on his part to socialism of any description.
..........moustache materialises on his upper lip and he begins to howl "Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Führer".
....................that executes before the operating system boots."
They have clearly taken a leaf out of Lenovo's, Dell's and Toshiba's playbook.
.........summarily dismissed in such a cavalier fashion leading to him having no reason at all to show that company any residual loyalty did you fail to understand? See icon.
........"monkey boy" and the like should be a little bit careful about welcoming his comments simply because they happen to serve their current agenda.
.......a thumbs up without having to qualify it. The world that the "slurpers" are creating is horrifying.*
*Just so the anti-Redmond hatebois understand this, that term does not just apply to Win 10 however much you may pretend that is the case.
I am deeply relieved to hear it. The thought of those drones being powered by his intellect is terrifying.
"That’s not going to happen overnight. But that training ought to to start today, because demand for immersive content is going to skyrocket. A year from now we’ll likely be in a world where demand has greatly exceeded supply. That’s an opportunity - but it’s also a danger, because if people can’t find enough novelty in the immersive world, they’ll walk away from it, and the technology will once again fail to live up to the hype. ®"
....................I do not think that it will be a problem. The moment the porn industry gets hold of this it will be a raving success.
Indeed. The Grandad of capitalism Adam Smith observed and commented upon a similar context during what we might refer to as the late mercantalist period.
“People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices”
When it all comes down to it the modern "Managerati" see it as in their interest to have prices as high as possible and wages as low as possible and they do not much care what methods they use to achieve this if they think that they can get away with it. The bastards are, in reality, the biggest enemies of the free market in our society.
Thank you for replying Alister. I have to say that the moment I saw that ship land butt first I was transported back in time to the early sixties as a very small boy who watched both Fireball XL5 and Space Patrol (before either Stingray or Thunderbirds). The New Shepard landed in the way we in our imaginations way back then thought that space ships would land. Watching that was a most extraordinary moment for me - I was transported back some 50 years or more in time and I was a little boy sitting next to my Mum on the settee utterly entranced by what I was seeing. Astonishing is it not how one "simple" image can conjure up so much.
Ah, but you have to understand old chap that for those of us of certain age the sight of the way this rocket landed was nostalgia plus:
I wish I was a spaceman
The fastest guy alive
I'd fly you round the universe
In Fireball XL5
Way out in space together
Conquerors of the sky
My heart would be a fireball, a fireball
Every time I gazed into your starry eyes
We'd take the path to Jupiter
And maybe very soon
We'd cruise along the Milky Way
And land upon the Moon
To a wonderland of stardust
We'd zoom our way to Mars
My heart would be a fireball, a fireball
'Cause you would be my Venus of the stars
But though I'm not a spaceman
Famous and reknowned
I'm just a guy that's down to earth
With both feet on the ground
It's all imagination
I'll never reach the skies
My heart is still a fireball, a fireball
Every time I gaze into your starry eyes
Every time I gaze into your starry eyes
Fireball, fireball .........
If you really wish to indulge:
"Bill Gates hardly helped. His vision of mobile computing was the Tablet PC, remember. His idea of mobility was all the inconvenience of desktop Windows, with none of the convenience."
I would not in any way dispute that Windows then was not remotely ready for any kind of "mobile world" but I think that I would also add that neither was the hardware of the period. (Those horrible resistive screens anyone? Battery life you could count in minutes? and so on and so forth). I feel that the progress that has been made on the hardware front over the last decade has been extraordinary and that is also an important part of the picture. Whether you are talking about a Galaxy Edge, an MBA or a Surface Pro, these devices would have been impossible to produce until relatively recent years never mind what OS you might install and whether or not it was fit for the purpose.
The whole situation is rather strange. I updated two Pro 3s and our home office heavy-lifter and in all cases all the privacy defaults I had turned off during custom install were still turned off. This update appears to have had random effects which does suggest that on this occasion it was a F**kup rather than deliberate action.
I am constrained to agree. It now appears that they have reinstituted the facility.
..........for senior managers. Didn't anyone at Lenovo (about a year ago) or Dell now (twice) not think about the damage to their own interests that this kind of shit does?
Figuratively and literally
If that is not a Star Trek reference than I do not know what is. James Doohan would have very happily delivered that line.
Yes, the Ford Pinto, aka "Towering Inferno On Wheels" comes to mind immediately.
Indeed. In fact my gut feeling is that Tesla's response (both comprehensive and rapid) will in fact not be a PR problem for the company at all. It may indeed do them active good in the eyes of their customers and the public in general. People are not generally totally unreasonable, they know that "shit happens". However, what they do want to see is a company taking them seriously. Tesla is clearly doing so in this case.
I had a similar experience reading "homomorphic" when for a split second I wondered why El-Reg was publishing an article about gay shape-shifters.
My pleasure. My personal take after having installed Win 10 on two SP3s and our home office heavy lifter is that there is a lot to like if one can get it to shut up!
Well whilst I am in no position to guarantee anything I can say that it is the original spybot team who have been in the business for something like a decade and a half. A quick search reveals that it has been tested by a number of known and respectable sites. Whether or not it would meet your needs is of course up to you to evaluate.
You are not the only one. However, if you are using the "Enterprise" edition MS are now committed to permitting you to completely strangle all telemetry with this latest update. If you are running the Pro-version you might care to take a look at "Spybot Anti-Beacon" to see if it might serve your needs. From their site:
"Spybot Anti-Beacon is a standalone tool which was designed to block and stop the various tracking (telemetry) issues present in Windows 10. It has since been modified to block similar tracking functionality in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 operating systems."......."Simply clicking “Immunize” on the main screen of Anti-Beacon will immediately disable any known tracking features included by Microsoft in the operating system" ***
***I should underline the point that I have no connection with that site of any kind whatsoever.
Your down vote total confirms that which I have long suspected, that the anti-Redmond hatebois do not have a sense of humour. That you were joking was something that they clearly did not understand. Errr.., you were joking weren't you? I mean, I would under no circumstances shop at Waitrose although I do not have a big problem with Office 365. Oh and yes, the "Cognoscenti" will of course totally fail to understand that my post is a touch (well, rather a lot) satirical as well.
One suggestion to avoid tears might be the following: "Spybot Anti-Beacon." It, allegedly, takes Win 10 firmly by the throat if using custom install does do not enough for you.
...........your minders may ensure that I get modded for expressing myself in this way. However, never mind. Here you are at last tackling this very important issue (and no, I am not being sarcastic) in a way that does not encourage the "tribalists" amongst us to howl their usual song. It is of crucial importance that we tackle "BigCorp" (regardless of which company it might be) over their lackadaisical attitude to privacy. It is highly ironic that a number of those companies who are absolutely determined to own their customers collective arses are (MS being an example amongst others) protesting against the involvement of the "State". I am very pleased to see that you are now looking beyond just MS and Win 10 (although we must of course continue to watch the buggers closely) - they are only one part of the problem.
..................of the pond have a tendency to say when they really, really agree with someone; This!
These days it is not enough to check whether your "independent" provider is or is not financially in bed with someone you wish to limit your exposure to. You also have to check what systems they share/are dependent upon - even if, as far as the law is concerned, they are completely different companies with no shared ownership.
Indeed. Which is why my lady and I use the cloud for data transfer when it is convenient to do so. The very idea of using it in any sense as primary storage gives us both the bends.
I have to say that I agree with you. It is quite astonishing that given the shit that the US telcos have been hosed with (entirely deservedly of course) regarding "unlimited" data plans I am amazed that Redmond's legal eagles did not call time on this with regard to storage plans . It's not as if there were no examples of how badly this would be perceived of by the customers. Icon? My opinion of the way that MS have handled this.
"I find it really hard to believe that people exceeding the 1TB limit aren't doing so illegally."
It is perfectly possible (although it does not make Redmond look less "pratish" on this occasion) that it suddenly dawned on them that they were inviting headlines like "Microsoft hosts DRM-pirates" etc. etc. etc.
I.e. Their Legal and PR departments suddenly read the memo and did not like it, not one little bit.
..............they were essentially encouraging it."
I do not disagree with a word of your post. I was simply rather amused that Bott (a long time Redmond-watcher and generally rather pro-MS) sounded so indignant and annoyed in his article. That being a tone that you very rarely get to see in an article from him about Microsoft.
"That shouldn't be surprising. If you advertise "unlimited" cloud storage, perhaps you should expect that some people will take you at your word and move large collections to the storage space you so generously offered? Did no one consider the possibility that some customers with large digital media collections would find this offer insanely attractive? (The owners of "all you can eat" buffets could easily have told them what was in store.)"
.......... and uses such words as "renage" in his commentary one has to conclude that Redmond have not exactly covered themselves with glory on this one!
People still have XP facing the net? See icon.
He clearly is not old chap!
Indeed. What they willfully and deliberately "misunderstand" is of course that "understand" is not co-identical with "sympathise". The bottom line is that "The Man" has utter contempt for the rest of us - hence the arrogant and authoritarian behavior of the authorities.
Utterly amazing. You respond to that which you claim is an ad hominem attack by using the same kind of patronising and insulting language that defined your opening post. Language that in fact provoked my original post which would have been worded very differently had your tone not been so contemptuous. Furthermore although I belong to the left politically I am neither so ignorant or arrogant that I fail to recognise that there are many amongst the libertarian right who are also concerned about this kind of behaviour from "The Man". (See Ledswinger's post on this thread.) Something you are very clearly ignorant of. The issue of freedom of speech and freedom from excessive intrusion whether it is the State that does it or an example of BigCorp is of very great concern to many of us on both the left and the right of politics. There is fact a long tradition of social authoritarianism on both the left and the right and its opposite - an opposition that is reflected in Ledswinger's posting, mine and indeed many others on this thread. Suggest that you consider a paraphrase of an old saying. "Post in haste, repent at leisure".
No need, given the degree to which you have managed to shoot yourself in both feet simultaneously with a truly spectacular display of ignorance and arrogance.
I think that with Lord Vetinari scorpion pits rather than hanging would have been involved.
"If I tell MS that I don't want it to search Bing when searching local files/folders on Windows 10 (by checking the appropriate option), and lo and behold when I type something into the search box it still starts a TLS session to bing.com, then this is something myself and others should be concerned about."
I have so far set up two Surface Pro 3s and a home office heavy lifter with this os and you know what, when I've finished with the buggers all that the "spyglass" icon on the task bar does when I use it is search the pc itself. I fear that you do not know as much about that os as you think you do. Top tip, use that search icon with "Cortana & Search", click on that and it ought to be obvious to you what to do. If it is not then there is little anyone can do to help you. You do of course turn off Cortana don't you? You don't try and keep that crap on and still not use Bing - hmm?
.......Google, Apple, Microsoft et al would be handy?"
Yes indeed it would. Something a little more informative than the current line which appears to be that Win10 is the source of all evil. (I speak as one who never uses express setting and terminates those intrusions with extreme prejudice before setup is complete - I don't like them either). The fact of the matter is that there are more villains out there than just MS regardless of what the anti-Redmond hatebois might opine. Companies who were already doing this shit on the same scale well before Win 10 even began the "technical preview" exercise. About time that we cut out the tribalist crap and addressed the issue with regard to all "sinners". As in, how the hell do we stop these fuckers doing this?
"On Sunday morning, embattled TalkTalk boss Dido Harding crassly stated that her company was under no legal obligation to encrypt customers' sensitive data."
.........as in when you've ended up in one it is wise to stop digging. Icon? My reaction when I read what she had said.
He was indeed a very complex and interesting chap. Whilst I have my reservations I also have great deal of respect for the guy.
Whilst Kipling was a man of his time he was a very gifted writer, poet and a keen observer. Given "our current involvement" the following may also be regarded as highly relevant:
"When the 'arf-made recruity goes out to the East
'E acts like a babe an' 'e drinks like a beast,
An' 'e wonders because 'e is frequent deceased
Ere 'e's fit for to serve as a soldier.
Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
Serve, serve, serve as a soldier,
So-oldier OF the Queen!
Now all you recruities what's drafted to-day,
You shut up your rag-box an' 'ark to my lay,
An' I'll sing you a soldier as far as I may:
A soldier what's fit for a soldier.
Fit, fit, fit for a soldier . . .
First mind you steer clear o' the grog-sellers' huts,
For they sell you Fixed Bay'nets that rots out your guts --
Ay, drink that 'ud eat the live steel from your butts --
An' it's bad for the young British soldier.
Bad, bad, bad for the soldier . . .
When the cholera comes -- as it will past a doubt --
Keep out of the wet and don't go on the shout,
For the sickness gets in as the liquor dies out,
An' it crumples the young British soldier.
Crum-, crum-, crumples the soldier . . .
But the worst o' your foes is the sun over'ead:
You must wear your 'elmet for all that is said:
If 'e finds you uncovered 'e'll knock you down dead,
An' you'll die like a fool of a soldier.
Fool, fool, fool of a soldier . . .
If you're cast for fatigue by a sergeant unkind,
Don't grouse like a woman nor crack on nor blind;
Be handy and civil, and then you will find
That it's beer for the young British soldier.
Beer, beer, beer for the soldier . . .
Now, if you must marry, take care she is old --
A troop-sergeant's widow's the nicest I'm told,
For beauty won't help if your rations is cold,
Nor love ain't enough for a soldier.
'Nough, 'nough, 'nough for a soldier . . .
If the wife should go wrong with a comrade, be loath
To shoot when you catch 'em -- you'll swing, on my oath! --
Make 'im take 'er and keep 'er: that's Hell for them both,
An' you're shut o' the curse of a soldier.
Curse, curse, curse of a soldier . . .
When first under fire an' you're wishful to duck,
Don't look nor take 'eed at the man that is struck,
Be thankful you're livin', and trust to your luck
And march to your front like a soldier.
Front, front, front like a soldier . . .
When 'arf of your bullets fly wide in the ditch,
Don't call your Martini* a cross-eyed old bitch;
She's human as you are -- you treat her as sich,
An' she'll fight for the young British soldier.
Fight, fight, fight for the soldier . . .
When shakin' their bustles like ladies so fine,
The guns o' the enemy wheel into line,
Shoot low at the limbers an' don't mind the shine,
For noise never startles the soldier.
Start-, start-, startles the soldier . . .
If your officer's dead and the sergeants look white,
Remember it's ruin to run from a fight:
So take open order, lie down, and sit tight,
And wait for supports like a soldier.
Wait, wait, wait like a soldier . . .
When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.
Go, go, go like a soldier,
Go, go, go like a soldier,
Go, go, go like a soldier,
So-oldier of the Queen!"
As I said in an earlier posting on this thread, little has changed.
*A reference to the Martini-Henry breach loading rifle that was standard issue at the time.
Indeed. In fact of course nothing much has changed since Kipling wrote this a century or more ago.
"I went into a public-'ouse to get a pint o' beer,
The publican 'e up an' sez, "We serve no red-coats here."
The girls be'ind the bar they laughed an' giggled fit to die,
I outs into the street again an' to myself sez I:
O it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away";
But it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play,
The band begins to play, my boys, the band begins to play,
O it's "Thank you, Mister Atkins", when the band begins to play.
I went into a theatre as sober as could be,
They gave a drunk civilian room, but 'adn't none for me;
They sent me to the gallery or round the music-'alls,
But when it comes to fightin', Lord! they'll shove me in the stalls!
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, wait outside";
But it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide,
The troopship's on the tide, my boys, the troopship's on the tide,
O it's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper's on the tide.
Yes, makin' mock o' uniforms that guard you while you sleep
Is cheaper than them uniforms, an' they're starvation cheap;
An' hustlin' drunken soldiers when they're goin' large a bit
Is five times better business than paradin' in full kit.
Then it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, 'ow's yer soul?"
But it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll,
The drums begin to roll, my boys, the drums begin to roll,
O it's "Thin red line of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.
We aren't no thin red 'eroes, nor we aren't no blackguards too,
But single men in barricks, most remarkable like you;
An' if sometimes our conduck isn't all your fancy paints,
Why, single men in barricks don't grow into plaster saints;
While it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, fall be'ind",
But it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind,
There's trouble in the wind, my boys, there's trouble in the wind,
O it's "Please to walk in front, sir", when there's trouble in the wind.
You talk o' better food for us, an' schools, an' fires, an' all:
We'll wait for extry rations if you treat us rational.
Don't mess about the cook-room slops, but prove it to our face
The Widow's Uniform is not the soldier-man's disgrace.
For it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Chuck him out, the brute!"
But it's "Saviour of 'is country" when the guns begin to shoot;
An' it's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' anything you please;
An' Tommy ain't a bloomin' fool -- you bet that Tommy sees!"
We do not treat them very much better than our forbears did.
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