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"Wearables allow conference calls 'while rocking a baby to sleep'"
"Yet another means by which your employer gets to own your life."
You have some good points there, which is why I was interested in what might turn up in the run up to Xmas. However, I have no problem in waiting until next year to see what might be on offer before I open my wallet and make several hundred moths homeless!
However, I am more interested in the fact that it includes Intel's latest M-series processor. It will be very interesting to see what comes onto the market in the run up to what our cousins on the other side of the pond call the "holiday season"
That is a very interesting point. It would be fascinating to know whether it was in fact Gates that was the reason why Ballmer could not reign in Sinofski until it was too late for Win 8 and in the end had to fall on his sword as part of the price for ensuring that the former head of the Windows division was made to walk the plank shortly after the launch of W8. It is very difficult to believe that Sinofski could have gotten away with quite the degree of "fuck you" attitude towards the internal critics at Redmond (and they did exist, not everyone was exactly happy with his iPad obsessions - ie Surface 2 on ARM running Windows RT) without some very powerful backing from very high up in the company's hierarchy. Given that Ballmer and Gates had, apparently, been at loggerheads for years it is unlikely that it was both of them. So the question is, who was Sinofski's "sponser" - Gates or Ballmer?
Very good post by the way Ledswinger - well argued and logical.
You should have read on. Ballmer's open acknowledgement of his responsibility for the Longhorn debacle was very interesting indeed.
If it is time to don the hat of paranoia then I am there with you on this occasion. The whole situation smells, big time.
"it's also far too expensive and massive for any actual living room to accommodate."
The games arcade of the future maybe? Even if it would be too expensive for most people's homes there would appear to be a business opportunity here. Your high-street holo-deck emporium perhaps?
...... "Github accounts, email accounts and possibly testing VPN connections which would be valid scenarios for testing."
Those are indeed valid points, however I am still concerned that people (who are either professional techies or enthusiastic amateurs) download this kind thing without reading the small print. If "geeks" do that kind of thing what hope do we have of ever persuading the "great unwashed" that one of the most important parts of good security is using some basic common sense. Installing this without reading the EULA is not much more impressive than those idiots who salivate and click the moment they see a "free porn" link.
...........or other security sensitive tasks on a pre-beta like this technical preview then they are frakking brain dead. As far as this particular case is concerned you have to choose (of your own free will) to download and install the TP, choose (of your own free will) to sign up for the insider program and finally not bother to read the EULA in order for this to come as a horrible shock. To sum up: Anyone who accepts an invitation from any example of BigCorp to become one of their "partners" without reading the small print very carefully indeed should not be allowed out of the house without a note from their mum.
"I've never seen or used a windoze phone but I know they are rubbish and won't be buying one. Thanks."
"I have never used it, I know nothing about it but I still know its rubbish". Pardon? Are you in fact capable of walking straight and chewing gum at the same time?
I have had four different WP phones since WP7 came out and I do not remotely recognise the problems you are experiencing. My current is a Lumia 1020 and it has performed without problems the whole time so far. If you are getting regular crashing I am forced to ask you what the hell you doing with that phone. I also have to ask why you bought several WP phones for your family without trialling one for yourself first before laying out so much money - if your experience has indeed been so terrible it would have been a good idea to evaluate the system properly first. hmmm....? I hope you will forgive me but I get a certain whiff of ordure from your "contribution".
If he managed the act whilst holding his breath and not drowning it would be even more impressive!
In that particular gentleman's case - not soon enough for me. After he got defenestrated by a special Vulture squad the use of caps lock here at El Reg hit an all time low.
*My choice of icon? It would have really pissed him off.
At last I have finally found someone who actually watched that one as well as me! Other than that I have already told "you know who" to notify me when its available.
"Mary J Foley reported that Microsoft said the current build has only 10% of new features in it."
Indeed. Redmond have said openly that this is only (at this stage) a portion of the final *construction" and expecting (as some apparently do - or pretend to) that this or that should be present now if not sooner, is disingenuous to say the least. I have just started to test this build and I do not remotely claim that I yet have any (for or against) conclusions. So far it appears to be impressively stable (for a pre-beta) and is chundering away happily without causing me any grief. How this develops and to what extent Redmond will in reality listen to those giving feedback remains to be seen. It is far too early to draw any conclusions.
There I think we can entirely agree! :)
Given that it is in fact a pre-beta release which they openly state is substantially incomplete at this stage, what else would you expect? I'm currently trialling it and I wouldn't dream of drawing any conclusions, positive or negative at this stage. It all depends on what they now do in the development process and the extent to which they take any notice of the techies/devs etc. etc. who are involving themselves in the process.
You had to google Christina Hendricks? Wow! Are sure you are hetero?
Well, that was certainly justified with regard to XP. The release version was as buggy and unstable as hell and could best be described as a beta. It was considerably less horrible after SP1 and became a genuinely usable OS (in its time and context) with SP2 (I ignore SP3 because that was largely a roll-up of previous updates). Vista most of us prefer to forget (with or without service packs) and Win7 was damn good right out of the box. Win8? I think I will let that one go without comment - a number of fellow members of our little congregation here at Vulture Hall get into something of a lather on that subject! We will see - that is why I am interested in testing the Technical Preview.
Well their pricing for Win 8 Pro (a period of special offer it has to be noted of course) was the keenest they'd ever sold a new Windows edition for. Furthermore, most of the jungle telegraph on the net does seem to be indicating that they will be fairly radical with WinTen especially toward customers with Win7 or Win8. That is not too hard to believe given that (whatever one personally feels about Win8) they have something of a marketing hole to dig themselves out of and their ambitions for the future, one experience across all devices plus the cloud would seem to predicate something fairly "encouraging" with regard to WinTen pricing. Bluntly put, they cannot afford to fuck up with this one, especially in terms of the enterprise market - that is alpha and omega for their (still) new CEO and I am assuming (as a working hypothesis) that he is smart enough to realise that he has to a) deliver a user experience that buries the hostility the Win8 provoked* and b) set prices that will really cause people to sit up and take notice.
*I personally am not anywhere near as hostile to Win8 as many who post here clearly are but that does not blind me to the objective fact that 8 pissed off a lot of techies (both professional and amateur) and thoroughly confused a lot of the great retail unwashed. This is something that Redmond absolutely has to do something about.
Me too. Got a cheap and cheerful notebook equipped with a touchscreen that I use for this kind of testing. (IE I don't care that much if a possibly unstable build bricks it - albeit temporarily). It will certainly be useful when discussing the os here at El Reg - after all one wouldn't want to post a comment on something one knows bugger all about - although that does not seem to stop some people. ;-)
I do not know what happened here but my post was a reply to "stephajn".
...............of browser to those in Europe who had bought a new Windows pc Monkey Boy himself had to ring Brussels and grovel? Regardless, that fuck up is going to cost Redmond several billion dollars (as it should - they did indeed fuck up) and I see no reason why Google should be treated any differently.
Only if you define "most people" as co-identical with the BWRP.*
*Barking Wing of the Republican Party..
It is Redmond recognising that, to coin a paraphrase (sic), the times they have been a-changin. It is in fact a sign of the times when a classic example of American tech "BigCorp" no longer considers it worthwhile to hold such a conference in the US itself.
.........a most good humoured thread. I have had a good chuckle over several of the posts!
No, amongst those of us who bother to examine and compare properly, either because we are professional techies or (like myself) are self-educated amateur techies, the prices concerned (unless one is wholly committed to the Apple ecosystem, which is fair enough - each to their own and all that) are in fact eye-watering and you are definitely not alone in that opinion.
However, until the banks, retailers etc show that they have actually learned something about security with the systems that are already in place it will be a very cold day in hell before I touch NFC/phone-based payments with the thin end of a very long barge-pole. Oh and no, I do not care if that makes me seem like a Luddite.
..........or at the very least they should try to persuade their employees to grow up. Oh and no, I am not remotely "anti-Android" just in case the usual suspects are tempted to start howling. On the contrary, of the four mobiles we have (two primaries, two back-ups) three of them are Android phones. However, the behaviour of these persons is unbelievably embarrassing - both companies should deal with them.
Yes, Apple make quality hardware. There is no question about that.* However, the subsidy model in the US where Apple has been able to offload virtually all its production/marketing risk onto the telcos who then offload it onto the punters in semi-hidden form, has been crucial to their dominance in the US market. This of course has a huge impact (because of the large amount of publicity/news stories this generates) in terms of enabling Cupertino to dominate the world marketing/news-stroking agenda in a way they otherwise would not have been able to. One would get the impression that the iPhones are ubiquitous all over planet earth, not so. There is (for example) no, repeat no country in Europe including the UK that comes any where near reflecting US conditions.** Any change to the sales/pricing model within the telco market in the US will present some very interesting challenges for Apple Corp.
*Declaration: I have not owned anything manufactured by Apple in twenty years.
** Which explains why when faced with Samsung's success in the States Cupertino's reaction was hysterical judicial carpet-bombing - they are terrified of any serious market challenge on their home-turf, it is that important to them.
......in Amazon's mobe at all. The impression I get from threads in non-tech magasines attached to consumer articles about the product is that hoi poloi greeted Bezos' efffort with complete disinterest - a response that IMHO is far more deadly for their image/strategy.
.......... connected via a single "OneConnect TV interface break-out box" (to coin a phrase). It should be slim, light-weight (I should in practice be able to hang it on the wall one-handed - yes they can build such a device) and fit flush to the wall. What they can stuff is:
1. Their sodding speakers - I did not buy a reasonably costly home-theatre/hifi system to put up with that garbage/weight/bezel-penalty and have the dubious privilege of paying more to the TV-producer concerned than would otherwise be the case.
2. I am not interested in their ideas of what "smart" might mean - I am smart enough to connect a pc to it (and build it my self for that matter - the pc that is, not the telly :P)
3. They can shove their bendy tellies where the sun doesn't shine - a key element of the modern display for me is to be able to mount it flush to the wall with as little physical projection out into the room as possible and as wide a sweet spot as can be achieved to ensure that those watching it do not have to practically sit in each other's laps.
You might, I would not. Indeed, I might opine that such needy behaviour is the very antithesis of "cool".
...............or that of his "contact".
Indeed, shock horror, risk-venture CEO is honest with his investors. If their response was to shit themselves and bail out that says all we need to know about the modern stock-market. In addition to the amazing advantages of the "Anglo-American" model of modern capitalism.
1. We all have different user cases - let us all enjoy the formfactor/OS we prefer.
2. All Analists (sic) are tossers.
3. Introducing totally extraneous issues on a thread is pta.
......... are not fans of the band Police or I very much fear we can guess what they would name a son if they had one.
A: I am really pissed.
B: Why is that?
A: I have paid fire insurance for a whole year.
B: Why are you pissed about that?
A: My house hasn't burnt down yet, total waste of money.
...................in the Android market in the US. My good lady runs an Xperia Z2 and is very happy with it - a sentiment that I heartily agree with even though my primary is a Lumia 1020 - we are an ecumenical household. I wish Sony the best of luck in a very difficult market
"As for the potential for getting punched on the nose if you walk into a bar wearing Glass... well, idiots get thumped all the time for lesser reasons and anyone who shows such a staggering lack of social grace will get no sympathy for me."
.......if you did walk into a bar with a camera and start photographing perfect strangers without their say-so that is very like what would happen. When equipped as a glasshole however a certain type is going to assume that:
A. He cannot see whether you are using the camera or not.
B. He will then insist that you take them off so that you couldn't take any.
C. He will then thump you if/when you refuse.
The old tradition (from a very long time ago) that it is unfair to hit someone wearing glasses will take on a whole new meaning in as much as those wearing glasses will be considered to be fair game in certain circles.
........no longer on sale is a fairly typical example of how "BigCorp" (ie any large company) and their legal departments try to game the legal system. Apple are basically trying to create ammunition from old phones as precedent for renewed attacks on phones from Samsung that are current. I.e Their present legal shenanigans in this context are nothing more than a shell game. Until the judicial system in the US (it would probably require some form of judgment from the "Supremes") sends a very firm message to the American "Managerati" that they will personally be treated as vexatious litigants if they continue with such tactics I am afraid we will continue to see plenty more of this in the future.
" Soon it will be more important to see whether Apple can gain at the expense of Lenovo, Xiaomi and Huawei than its traditional arch-rival."
..........stuff Cupertino, Mountain View and Redmond combined. Do I welcome this? I am not sure that I understand what that question means. We are in the middle of a paradigm-shift in the world-economy. Where it is all going to end is something that I do not claim to have a clue about other than this kind of "navel-gazing" by the "First World" is an utter self-obsessed waste of time.
Well funnily enough although I consider myself to be a reasonably redblooded male the thought of a workplace driven by farting and porn movies for some odd reason does not attract me! :P
God help me yes. iTunes? Made that mistake a long time ago - once bitten and twice shy and all that.
Indeed it was. I was introduced to it by an old pal (an IT pro) many moons ago and it was indeed my default choice for a long time. Shame where they are now.
Hmm, yes. I just love that expression. The way these groups use it reminds me strongly of a certain type one sometimes is unfortunate enough to run into in your local pub. You know, the type that prefaces his remarks with "I'm not political but...." and you just know that you are about to be subjected to an uber right-wing rant of a type that makes the average Daily Heil editorial sound positively liberal by comparison..
I would not disagree with that other than to point out that this device is deliberately aimed squarely at the enterprise sector and is not remotely a private retail "fondle-slab".
No, you crass idiot I did not. On the contrary, I regard that type of "war porn" as disgusting. In what way does that contradict what I posted....... hmm?
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