Re: "Once upon a time, Microsoft's cloudy storage was unlimited"
I'm personally always surprised any company is permitted to use the word unlimited in advertising. There's no such thing.
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"Who pays for the good stuff to get made?"
The answer was in his post - there was good content online before the advertisers so people will produce content even when not being paid. Apache would be my favorite example of something a bunch of people did not because they were getting paid, but because it was cool.
The lesson would appear to be we should rely on our own intel. I seem to recall there is precedent. A quote I heard from WW2 I heard just recently went along the lines of:
When the British shoot, the Germans duck.
When the Germans shoot the British duck.
But when the Americans shoot, everyone ducks.
OK, I'll bite. I would buy one. I enjoy driving, but the overwhelming majority of it is a chore. Road deaths are at unacceptable levels. It's governments job to legislate for the benefit of the population. I'm not going to feel sorry for them that they have to work a bit harder/faster to make the necessary changes.
You'll buy one too. You might not want to, but once the insurance premium of a normal car skyrockets above what you can afford (it won't take long) that will be that.
Sorry, I know this sounded confrontational. Road deaths aren't funny though.
My lot are all over 18 now, but I was taken aback the first time the subject of porn came up when they were growing up. Didn't realise I'd been married to a prude for all those years. Amazed now that procreation actually occurred.
The danger is of course, she's probably not in a minority. A huge swathe of the electorate will doubtless support this with no thought to the implications to their rights.
Buy only in the vicinity of my wife. She absolutely hates it for whatever reason, despite the fact she must notice it 1) works and 2) is way quicker than typing. It's mostly her reaction that puts me off using it in public. My kids find it perfectly normal.
Honestly, I think it'll catch on.
Never claimed to be an Exchange Administrator, just got lumped into doing it when I joined the company.
Over a decade later the true nature of limits learned include the maximum number of iPhones a single user can register his mailbox to (it's 10 if your boss hasn't clocked up this "achievement" yet). Also the default KB limit size of the blocked senders folder, and of course most obviously, just why MS suggest 2GB as an adequate amount of capacity for an Exchange mailbox. There are more, don't want to bore you any more.
Of course, the primary lesson learned is that user behaviour that crashes systems is the administrators' fault for not predicting their lunacy.
Sure, easily to criticise this statement. Also very easy to forget what happened when newspapers cried out at having their content displayed in Google News. Google complied, then they all wondered where the visitors to their websites had gone.
Like it or not, you'd be sacrificing a massive amount of reach by not having your content pushed out by Google. That doesn't mean I like it, but I think I understand it to a reasonable extent.
I'm glad I'm not the only one annoyed with appalling latency. My home internet is utterly horrible to game on. Bizarrely, I can tether to the 4G on my phone for a better ping. I'd prefer 5-10Mb with low latency than almost any other configuration.
If you need 100Mb in a domestic environment, you're doing it wrong. By "you" I mean the people who if challenged wouldn't know what a Mb is. By "it" I presumably mean porn.
@aidanstevens I doubt we're talking about weirdos such as you and I. Virtually every "normal" person I know has fallen for this kind of thing and a lot of them do it regularly. That's friends, family and worst of all people I work with.
The most troubling thing in the article for me is the premise that an attacker can gain access to my phone number without my knowledge.
The criticism was for suggesting they really ought to publish the price including line rental if line rental is not optional.
Not sure how my saying the use of the word unlimited, which neither does nor can apply to the amount of data transfer physically possible, is in any way related to my not understanding of it's definition. I would humbly suggest the exact opposite is true.
I got criticised for even suggesting this on a previous article. If they could also rip out the use of the word "unlimited" things might be a little clearer.
Footnote: I know none of this complex pricing confuses me, or most of the people who read the register. I also know that myself and the rest of you lot are NOT normal people.
Horse Doings. Amazon are zero profit primarily because they want market share - all of it. YouTube similar scenario - market share first, money later. Doesn't matter how much later either, evidence is shareholders will wait.
Just take a look at other "free" things Google has offered in the past - Froogle for example was free for many years. Google spotted the point at which merchants were so heavily reliant on it they'd pay for it and THEN started charging for it.
Freeing up the 600k or so of conventional memory X-Wing demanded was (I believe) the first time I "did" something with a computer. The game was pretty good as well of course.
Shame the latest Star Wars game apparently spent their entire budget on marketing and 50 pence on the game itself.
Yeah, I get that. But by the same token, for example, Tesco don't charge me £1 for a loaf of bread plus a 10p surcharge for their distribution network to keep going without which I'd get no bread. It just seems to me in any other industry operating costs are incorporated into the price you pay.
Is there really any reason for this to exist anymore? Maybe there's some technical excuse for it, but it seems to me to just be a mechanism for offering something for £10 then in small print saying it'll actually cost £20 because of this spurious surcharge.
I mean, for VAT it's accepted (and even a legal requirement) for advertisers to include it in pricing for consumers.
Still with Virgin, but can't forget the day they sent TWO people to connect me to the service. A pair of untrained "technicians" arsed about for 2 hours trying to configure the router via USB. They said a "senior engineer" would be with me the following day because they couldn't make it work. I asked why the hell they didn't use an ethernet cable to be told they weren't trained how to do that.
Needless to say I plugged in a CAT5 cable within a minute of them leaving and let Virgin know their "senior engineer" could take the day off.
...I wonder what the point of corporation tax even is. If we stopped charging it, companies like FB would employ more people here and they'd pay the PAYE. All corporation tax achieves as far as I can tell is to make domestic businesses uncompetitive and why the heck would we want that.
Cheap desktops....another true story
Best not name the distie, but when I was there one of the sales guys sold 20 OEM bare towers to a system builder. Next day the guy called to complain that if you stuck your thumb in the kettle socket on the PSU after disconnecting it from the mains you got a nasty shock.
When asked how many he thought were faulty he said "All of them - I put my thumb in each one to check".
Correct. That's what I've done at home too.
Unfortunately, I also have to maintain the IT at my workplace. There is absolutely no way this is an option. Most of my users haven't got their heads around "file > print" yet. I mistakenly used the term "bookmark" last week only to get a chorus of people asking me to quit with the technobabble.
"Other than the ad people, the PR people, the company the ad is for, and the site presenting the ad, who is being hurt?"
The content creators themselves. Plenty of channels rely on AD revenue. The bulk of the channels I follow are of scientific, educational and political slants. I spend vastly more viewing time on YT than the TV, as do all 3 of my (now adult) offspring and it's got to be funded somehow. When YT comes up with a subscription based AD free option, I'll most likely take it.
Tsk. I won't mention what it is for fear of sounding like I'm advertising the thing, but my watch is 100m water resistant, gives email notifications, is solar powered, changes time zones automatically and a few other things. On a good old fashioned "ticking" analogue movement.
To me, that seems like a smart watch.
It was a black day for me when my 21" CRT gave up on me. Samsung were nice enough about it and sent me a replacement monitor but they'd pretty much ceased with CRT's by then and said it had to be a flat panel.
Definitely agree with the premise that 27" is about right when you're sitting .5m from it. Tried sitting right up to a 40" to play PlayStation games and it doesn't work - to much of the screen is outside your peripheral vision so you keep having to look around.
...just because if I let all the clients do it at once I won't be able to answer all the questions. I'm saving the office idiots' PC for last just to stay off the inevitable round of bitching he'll give me.
Best I can really say is "meh". Seems to work well enough, no problems I wouldn't have expected such as losing connections to network printers, printers getting renamed. In terms of applications every user I've upgraded so far has been able to continue working as normal immediately.
One annoyance, the notifications sound. Like the introvert I am I always disable Windows sounds. The new notifications thing (annoying enough all by itself) appears to think it's too important to be silenced. Hardly a deal breaker though.
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