great - but...
...What am I going to run it on?
2995 posts • joined 8 Oct 2006
...What am I going to run it on?
and you have a problem with that?
Good, healthy ripostes though. I'm waiting for them to cast the movie.
Keep turning out the same old tired laptops with tors-r-us screens, and no-one wants to buy them. Surprise!
Much more precises and succinct than my efforts, but my thoughts exactly.
"...a willful effort ... inflate the underlying financial metrics..."
And that is exactly the sort of thing that due dilligence and companies like KPMG are supposed to pick up. HP were conned. and HP were negligent. I have no sympathy.
And, yes, two of the principle clowns have left the circus, but that leaves the whole support act to answer questions.
here is a clue, lads. A thing good that looks too good to be true, is usually too good to be true.
[Big clown icon needed]
But Dell, M$, and all the aquisitive remainder (like GE, Siemens, Disney) are paying a lot for success and nothing for failure. it is close to risk-free.
The risk is being taken by the rest of us who invest in startups direct or through our pension funds, and are paying for the 80% failure rate. The acquirers are getting fat on the 20% success rate, without covering the cost of failure at all.
Yes, but outsourcing has been SO succesful for the railways, hospitals, HR departments, etc...
This is all wrong.
Back when I was alive companies like IBM, Xerox, De Havilland, Bell Labs, had vast R&D departments and invented their own stuff. Acquisition is not R&D and is susceptible to fashion and market distractions, it does not take the sum total of human knowledge into new places.
Michael: If you want new stuff, employ designers and build it yerself.
Come on Apple, come up with something pervasive - like a small headset that can be a voice-op phone, or activate voice control on a nearby computer, or pick up timetables from intelligent bus stops, or buzz gently when someone we know is nearby.
How about family photo sharing - all pictures taken by all family members available to all with location and timestamps?
What about a many-sim iphone? or paired iphones, where one number rings more than one phone, like a 1930s plan 1 extension system?
Parked bluetooth (or better wireless method) headsets that charge from the ipad while parked inside it?
Remember 'beaming' your business card from one palm pilot to another. What about tap-to-share-contact-details?
An Identifcation system other than passwords? something like PKI cards, but as a tiny rfid thing in jewellry or watches or phones or badges or spectacles? I would buy a terminal/programming adaptor/app for home, and blank rfid dust. I would then programme/refresh the individual rfid items to identify me for a day, week, month - after which they would die and need replacing. And the terminal could cancel them on request, perhaps by telephoning it. Maybe I would have to be carrying at least 4 to complete succesful ID, so that any one lost/stolen item could not impersonate me. The vendor could sell the terminal; charge a subscription for identifying me; and sell the rfid dust too. Up-front and continuing revenue. Perfect.
Health monitoring and telemetry.
Panic communities: phones with a panic button, and volunteer responders as well as national ones. (see our community defibrilators in vilages in Lincolnshire for how people are keen to help each other)
How about a version of an LCD photo frame with a sim in it? So that I can take pictures of the kids and send them by MMS to their grandma without her having to to do anything?
How about a 'family status' mirror, for the hallway? Nice big mirror, little individual cells showing where we are, the last message we sent, lat photo we took, happy/busy/bored/need a hug icons? Touch two of them and the mirror duplicates each other's status to each other - "Mum said you need to talk to me" sort of thing.
A bigger, better Siri that can be your friend, learn about you, start to suggest things spontaneously?
Things for the disabled? Pick up the state of pedestrian controlled lights for blind people - "West street, crossing outside No. 8, from North to South pavement, Stop. Go in 15 seconds. 14, 13...". "Cooker turned on but not lit". "Saucepan has been boiling for 8 minutes"
Well, people do say modern art is shit.
This is the Harsh Reality, but I still feel sorry for those blinking in unwelcome daylight.
Now if the renumeration of all directors for the last 5 years could be taken back, it would seem less unfair.
Please, OS contributors, boycott military applications. There are far more worthwhile projects to spend your time on! arduplane will do if you still fancy drones...
I have been buying things from Gaugemaster both direct and via Amazon, thought laziness when they pop up in a search. I have stopped using the Amazon route.
I am more concerned about the AA, (http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/nov/18/aa-owner-acromas-corporation-tax) - do the vans all go back to Luxembourg every night? I think I shall be cancelling my membership, and going with Green Flag.
I used a version of it on UK Vodalone company phones in 2005/6. The people who wanted PTT turned it on and nominated up to 3 numbers, then it worked like a normal walkie talkie. Advantage was that blokes pulling cables in on site A could do so without bothering about people working a crane on site B. My phone didn't have a PTT button, so it was voice-operated.
$MEGACORP now uses O2, and no such thing is possible.
PMR radios have rather poor range, and Icom F3000 are expensive. PTT mobiles are a clever idea.
Back in the '90s I was building research ships. A standard fitment there was 'talkback' - a Public Address system covering all the working spaces, with microphones all over the place. Anyone could report a buoy launched, or warn of winch failure, and everyone would know.
Then the project got taken over by an Ex-RN commander. The ships he built had microphones only on the Bridge. When challenged about the impracticallity of it, he replied "People on the back deck have to do what they are told. They have nothing worthwhile to say about it".
>(To be fair, though, the Linux drivers just work beautifully...)
without the supposed higher-definition features
I thought HP were going to have a whole comet-full of windows 8 stuff on sale by now. Instead they are slagging it off (or at least the ginger stepbrother of it) Weird gets wieridererer.
Oh, and wasn't WebOs going to rise zombie-like from the grave too? what news on that, lads?
I think HP will be next through the magic curtains to the afterlife.
I just don't understand why people don't find this more inspiring than a made-up book about a sky fairy.
...except that it can't understand R4x listings. You need --pid for most of them.
I can't decide which side I loathe.
Why on earth would one of the other bypass-sheds be interested in the corpse of comet? Surely they have enough problems already?
Does anyone remember why 1968 was really called "the summer of love"?
Or read the Kinsey report?
Or know anything about what happened in WW2? "...in case he does not come back..."
Or read 'Cider with Rosie'?
what about Camellia sinensis?
Sounds like the old fashioned shoeshop "we can't take these back, you've walked in them"
"Sorry Sir, you appear to have been pressing the buttons, not just gazing at them in love and affection"
So thats around 4-6 months from now. Or nearly a quarter of the way through a 2 year contract.
Be fair, no-one wants i3 either
I've been waiting for the end of compulsory x768 screens. If they want my money they need to supply something I want to buy.
Best Buy in Britain was never like your US experience. I went there a couple of times and it was another shed-on-the-bypass staffed by grunting nuckle-draggers and stocked with junk at concorde prices.
Maybe they got their UK management from Comet & Currys?
that would almost make sense if they had coverage.
Screwfix have been opening physical stores for many years
Bit late for them to be acknowledgnmg the EU law on warranties, having spent years denying it...
Yet another reason for them to die horribly
>what's being flogged off on the cheap
Things that people have demonstably not wanted to buy already.
What courses would you recommend, Prof?
We bought 3 and put them on a research ship heading to the antarctic. Along with spares and service manuals and service software.
Ended up having to do all the A3 maps on a pen plotter, which was a tad slow, but I do like the way the light glitters off the ink. Much shinier than toner.
Watching a pen plotter trying to colour most of a sheet of very expensive paper blue was the only time I ever felt sorry for a machine.
wasn't that not only the floppy, but the trade name of some high-capacity removable?
I had a Sharp car radio in the 1970s, the last bit of stuff with that name on that impressed me in any way. It had far better audio quality, including the casette drive, than any of the competition. 2 years on, the replacement had a flashy display, cost twice as much and had lost the HF performance.
I've seen the products from time to time over the last 30 years. All very Me-too. No reason to buy them over any other. They seem to have survived by having capacity in an undersupplied market, and have no idea how to respond to the opposite position.
So, are the buttons suitable for left handed or right handed users? I find the side mounted ones on my Nokia bleeding awkward.
But this is a university. Did no-one notice the widespread warnings about flooding, and think to move the poor little buggers upstairs?
Seems that US companies are as bad as Europeans. When the UK used to innovate, it spent between 10% and 25% of turnover, maybe half the profits on R&D.
If Apple had done that they would be printing the whole of the electronic in the screen, no PCBs and no connectors.
>Dixons shareholders skip and clap their hands for joy
Because their business model is so different from Comet's, it could not possibly happen to them.
Err, it's cold out there.
What about the commodore Pet.
Whilst the Apple ][ had visicalc, the Pet was very common in engineering circles for conencting to IEEE-488 instruments. I remember seeing one in 1995, still quietly recording diurnal variations in the earths magnetic field, and pumping them out of the RS232 port. The software had been altered some time at the start of that decade to change the data format.
I notice that you can only have IE on the surface RT.
I suspect the EU are powerless to do anything about that!
doesn't matter. They wer ekilled in a security fix.
Oh aye. I used quote marks for that, among other, reason. But the courts are more likely to take them seriously, or at least make a significant award, if the patent represents a real product, and they were active in protecting it. At least, that's what I would hope or expect from an honest judge.
I just called Dell UK:
me: I want this with Linux
Dell: It is only available with windows 8
Me: Not interested. What other OS do you offer
Dell: It is only available with windows 8
1366×768? what is the point of super wireless and an i7 cpu with a toys-r-us screen?
Interstingly they did not approach M$ until quite late.
My view is that they would have gone along with it had the wretched thing shown promise, but when they saw what a turkey it was decided "We don't want any of this on us" and unleashed the lawyers.
a project without products or customers coat-tails one with some and some. Will anyone notice?
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