The laptop that last year I bought for my mum cost £450. The equivalent laptop I just bought for my dad cost me £630.
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The laptop that last year I bought for my mum cost £450. The equivalent laptop I just bought for my dad cost me £630.
"...the Acting Returning Officer, Mr. E. Blackadder, of course. And we're all very grateful, indeed, that he stepped in at the last minute, when the previous Returning Officer accidentally brutally stabbed himself in the stomach while shaving."
Toby Young: Cunt
"We've done a lot of testing of this design and our telemetry shows that people are able to sign in with a notably higher success rate using this approach,"
Typos and forgotten passwords aside, shouldn't sign-in pages always have a 100% success rate by default? Doesn't really seem like something I'd be boasting about if I was in charge.
I too am wondering about that. Will the next update be free or paid? Forced on us or not? Avoidable or not?
It might not be relevant, but I remember when Windows 8 was updated to 8.1 it was a free upgrade, but the corresponding Server upgrade (12 -> 12 R2) wasn't.
I'll go along with The Doctor having two hearts, capable of full-body regeneration, and cruising around the universe in a time-travelling phone box. But, being a WOMAN?
My god that new naming system, who the hell thought that was a good idea?
Whilst I certainly don't wish death on anyone, I wouldn't exactly be sad should it happen.
"I am not sure who would prefer the new version unless using touch control."
Pretty much sums up how I feel about the entirety of Settings vs Control Panel. And it's been like this for what feels like the last 5 or six iterations.
Please, Microsoft, make one set of system controls and make them not be shit.
After 15 years of buying Dell/Fujitsu/HP etc servers, this year we switched to self-assembled Supermicro kit. I suspect we are not alone.
Chalk us up for 'others', I guess.
"As work on the canal got under way, it soon became apparent that Telford’s estimates of both time and money were dreadfully optimistic."
In modern parlance, I guess that makes Telford the equivalent of Longhorn-era Bill Gates?
Blimey, this is a real change of attitude from from Microsoft. Normally they're out there leading the market, and not releasing late-to-the-party copies that will obviously bomb.
> This comparison is mostly clickbait nonsense.
Well done, Donald Trump would be proud.
A quick Google search shows up this chip to be 20 cores/40 threads. Methinks somebody at Microsoft got their bits mixed up with their cores.
An easy mistake to make (if you don't work in tech).
'The actions requested by the Football Association and the Premier League (unfortunately abbreviated to "FAPL" in the judgement*)'
I think the word you should have used was "appropriately"
AFAIK Both Sky and BT spread their price increases across all subscribers regardless of what package they are on. I don't know the ratio of spread - I would expect/hope sports subscribers to pay the larger share - but I believe it's spread everywhere to soften the blow.
As the sports channels are optional, but the base package of channels isn't, this prevents the sports channels from becoming off-puttingly priced, as they are by far the most expensive to produce.
Extremely annoying for me, I only pay for BT Sport to watch MotoGP. If they put their prices up again I may be forced to look 'elsewhere' for my feed.
I'll just leave these two links here, any connection between the two is completely coincidental...
This is why I keep my seatbelt fastened when seated in an aeroplane. Extremely bad turbulence could cause injuries similar to the unfortunate co-pilot. I've only experienced such turbulence once, but bloody hell it was terrifying, and put me off flying for at least 5 years.
I have a question:
The whole world already has RJ-45 based network cabling installed. When we move to 10Gb why go with SFP+ over 10Gb Base-T?
What am I missing? Lack of Cat 6/7 cabling? SFP+ is better? Something else?
I'm asking because we are about to buy some 10Gb kit.
"In all emerging markets, Apple is fighting an overvalued dollar – meaning prices are “20 per cent, 30 per cent, 40 per cent” higher than they were"
Yeah, THANKS Brexit
Well, I'm no expert on data centre products, I'm a CGI artist, and I game quite a lot at home.
What I will say is that Nvidia is currently in full rinse-the-customer mode right now, as in these two sectors they pretty much rule the medium to high end. Which I need for work, and would like to have at home.
This is what happens when greed meets lack of competition.
They actually had a head of tech solutions?
Interesting that a great new bit of technology should get so downvoted... on a technology website.
Or was my error uttering the dreaded Apple word?
Well, these days I find it mildly annoying if a card machine doesn't support Apple Pay. Simply put, it's faster and easier. Why dig out a card and type in a PIN when I can simply hold my phone near the reader?
At a rough guess 19 out of 20 card readers work with my phone, so it's pretty rare that I need to pay for anything under 30 quid by card.
"The government are only interested - like every other government in the world - in serving themselves."
Hard to argue with this.
I wonder what percentage of Windows Server customers upgrade their servers to new versions? Personally, the Dell server my office uses came with Server 2012 v1, and I honestly can't think of any reason to change it. Unlike the desktop OS, it's never nagged me to 'upgrade' it.
I look forward with interest to see which far-away 3rd world market a bunch of these end up on in 6 month's time.
That Alcatel Pixi 4 phone looks so godawful it may just make the perfect xmas present for a (purely hypothetical) obnoxious 11-year-old brat nephew.
There's one thing I've never been able to get my head around:
Go outside and point in any random direction. What happens if you keep going, and going, and going (forever). Where do you end up? Is there no end, or do you somehow come back around on yourself? Or something else?
Here's a fun diversion...
First look at this photo:
...Guess how big you think it is...
...and here's the answer:
"The 1,600-tonne warship is now having her complex combat systems installed, ready for her handover to the fleet in mid-2017"
Right then, with BAE Systems 'on board', she should be good to go around 2030. In Safe Mode. With an hourly reboot.
I Still Don't Need it
...and that's what we called it 15 years ago
Yes, but as a Reg reader you are in a very small minority of people who are clued up about all aspects of modern tech. Those stores are aimed at selling stuff to an average user, i.e. someone who doesn't know that much. That's why Apple are basically printing money with their stores, they make tech approachable, and market it as a desirable commodity, or luxury product.
I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but I find it very hard to like or trust anyone that's had that much plastic surgery. This goes for both sexes, and particularly includes men who wear ridiculous rugs.
Not a great time to be in the PC business.
Pretty much "[insert any PC vendor name] blames Windows 10 on falling sales"?
At least it makes a change from "[insert any PC vendor name] blames Windows 8/8.1 on falling sales"
Progress of sorts.
If Intel's ticks and tocks are as you've described, then shouldn't it be called tock-tick? After all, you have to come up with the chip design first, before it can be shrunk.
That screenshot of the Win10 desktop got me thinking - I wonder what percentage of all Win10 users use the search box, and how regularly? I have no idea, but it sure is taking up an awful lot of useful real estate.
With all the metrics and other stuff Win10 gathers and phones home, you can bet MS know the exact answer to my question, but I'm not holding my breath for them to publish it. This is a real shame; it would be really interesting to see how Windows is interfaced with on a global level. It may even explain why the Windows interface is seemingly designed with an idiot in mind.
"...with no less than 13..."
It's 'fewer', not 'less'. Not asking a lot; somebody who writes for a living really ought to know this.
If someone technical is reading this, to put these speeds in context, how does DDR4 RAM compare?
"One reason Windows 10 Mobile is being left behind because it doesn’t talk other devices in your life."
Another reason is that a lot of people (majority? dunno), just straight-up don't like using Windows as much as it's rival mobile platforms; which is borne out by Android/iOS evolving into the dominant systems on a new category of device.
If you're into this sort of thing and are within travel distance of London's Science Museum, I highly recommend the current 'Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age' exhibition. They've gathered an impressive number of actual space craft, and when you see them up close I guarantee you will be utterly terrified. I'm not normally that claustrophobic, but being buried alive seems preferable to me.
Astronauts have a level of bravery that is completely beyond my comprehension.
Yup, can agree with everything written here. We've run an R720 for the last 3 years (basically identical, except for previous gen Xeon), and it's been excellent. When one of the mirrored system drives failed replacing it was a breeze (and free), and the iDrac thingy was a doddle.
Best of all it runs in a warm air setup, and our server room often reaches 30+ degrees C when all the render nodes are going full chat - it's never complained once. Our old Fujitsu server melted under the same conditions, and required a motherboard swap-out.
The problem is knowing how to use Blender isn't going to get you a job at anywhere decent, or maybe even at all. I know this because it's the industry I've worked in all my life. You just absolutely have to know either Maya or Max to make a reliable living. There are plenty of other packages that will look good on your CV, as long as they're accompanied by one of the 'big two'.
Autodesk products are priced to pirate, and they know know this. I don't think they even care, they haven't updated their anti-pirate efforts in at least 10 years. What they do well know is that all the ex-students and people starting out in 3D currently using cracked software will find themselves (more often than not) using legit versions when they land an office job, as freelance or full-time.
It would be interesting to know what Microsoft were thinking in 2013. Did they say anything back then about future upgrade-ability? Or maybe they had other priorities? I'm not suggesting they did know that the phones wouldn't be upgradeable, but if that had been the case, that's extremely short-sighted.
iOS9 is supported on a 4S, which launched at the end of 2011. Surely getting Win10 to run on a 3-year old WinPhone is a pretty low bar to set?
Between 1988 and 1992, as the son of a diplomat, I lived in a house next door to the former site of Hermann Göring. I say former, because when the Brits took control of their sector they knocked it down and replaced it with some nice low-rise flats. Obviously this is what the authorities need to do in this case.
Spooky bootnote: Our house must have also been occupied by a senior Nazi - it was built in 1933 and had a room in the cellar that had no window, an iron door, and a big iron bar on the outside to stop whatever was inside from getting out.
I'm not really getting why Windows 10 could be responsible. It's clearly an improvement on W8/8.1. Does HP think that buyers of their Win8/8.1 machines hate the OS so much that they would be willing to buy a whole new PC? Even if MS charged for Win10, the Win8/8.1 PCs would be so new as to make it worth paying for the upgrade, rather than ditching the machine.
Is there something I'm missing here?
For some reason 1 metre of accuracy doesn't sound that great to me. Or maybe I'm over-estimating how good GPS technology should be in 2015?
I'm not sure Google needs to do a great deal. What they (slightly) lack in developers, they more than make up for in sheer volume of users they can experiment on.
I thought MacKeeper was scumware? And why the hell did 13 million people install it?
Personally I can't wait to find out what new and exciting ways my childhood memories will be shat all over by the new film.
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