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  • Can we trust Microsoft to respect Windows privacy settings?

    Blimey :|

  • Android phone

    , bondsbw wrote

    @kettch:  Another fun question, ask him where he can plug in his second display into his "pro" device.  (If you happen to have an old Surface RT, this would be the time to dust it off and prepare to amaze.)


    He'll probably say, "I'll get a HDMI or VGA or DisplayPort adapter and plug it into the Lightning port."

  • WFT

    , SteveRichter wrote


    true. These are topics that cry out for open and honest discussion. Do the migrants prefer the south of England to the north of Scotland?  I am thinking that would explain why the Scots do not mind the open borders rules of the EU.

    And look what is happening in Africa. Think of all the migrants.


    Nope, it's simply because the Scots are not as gullible.

    Common sense told them that only an elected government would be able to deliver on the kind of bull that the 'Leave' campaign was spouting, and that an elected government most probably wouldn't.

    The 'Remain' campaign is run by a lot of privileged people in power.

    The 'Leave' campaign is run by a lot of privileged people with no power. What happened here is that the folk who weren't in power hit on the clever idea of grabbing some by appealing to the country's fear and resentment of foreigners, which up until now it had hidden pretty well.

    And oddly enough, a few days later, the Leave Campaign admits that £350million a week to the NHS is not going to happen, and that there will be no reduction in the number of immigrants coming into the UK.

    And migrants prefer the South of England because there are more job opportunities and it's warmer.

  • Nasty Microsoft

    , bondsbw wrote


    That can be said for literally every UI element in any operating system.

    No, what makes it look like malware is that there's no clear way to cancel it. The Ok button: does that cancel it or install the upgrade?

  • Nasty Microsoft

    , elmer wrote




    I know that Steve Jobs famously proclaimed that users don't know what they want until you give it to them, but that level of arrogance only works with Apple.

    Yup, but what Steve Jobs didn't say was trick them into installing it.

    This isn't an upgrade or a security fix; this is a new operating system. If Apple tried to trick people into installing a new version of the operating system, the user base would lynch them and rightly so.

    Look what happened when Apple tried to give away a free U2 album. It wasn't an operating system, it didn't affect anyone's work flow, it simply offended the ears. The user base (or a vocal minority at least) went ballistic.


  • Apple going ​full-​gimmicker?

    Yes, I'm not entirely sure this will pan out. The problem with Apple is that the analysts love to talk about them because folk love to read about them. Apple's ability to keep prototypes out of the public eye has improved over the past few quarters, which has led to a lot of 'journalists' throwing crap at the wall in the hope that some of it sticks. The OLED bar is the latest from an analyst who changes his mind more than I change my socks. 

    An OLED bar would be a power drain with limited usefulness as far as I can see, unless it was one of Apple's experiments in training its user base.

    Over the past few years, Cupertino has been reducing the travel on its keyboards, which many users don't seem to like. I don't think the problem is the travel, I think it's the size of the keyboard: it's too big.

    Yes, that's right; it's massive. 

    Not the frame itself, which is tiny, but the actual keyboard. If you lay the keyboard on top of the one of the old Microsoft keyboards so that the keys line up, you'll see that the Apple keyboard is actually bigger: the keys are bigger and the spacing between the keys is wider/longer. I think this is what gives people a lot of trouble when they first start using them. 

    Where was I? Apple would like to minimise the moving parts that go into its devices and they think they can make the keyboard better by turning it into a flat haptic screen. They started the experiment with the touch pad, which works very well. They've shaped the haptics just right so they can make you think that you're pressing down on something that clicks, when in fact the surface is not moving at all. If they can do the same the same with a screen then they might have something quite useful (if the typists go for it). For a start, they would not have to build regional keyboards; a single model can be programmed from OSX to show the right keys depending on the region settings. They could program part of the keyboard (probably the bit next to the mouse) to show a numeric keypad for those people that need them.

    If the OLED bar appears then it'll be Apple training the user base… again.


  • MS selling feature phone business

    This has got to rate as one of the most noteworthy management fiascos of all time. In years to come, Harvard will be making case studies out of this.

  • Intel Atom no more?

    Quite an interesting turn of events.


  • Doom and gloom over Apple


    To be honest, I'd concerned if the numbers weren't precisely in line with Apple's guidance from the previous quarter. They hit the figures out of the park with the 6/6+ so upgrades to the 6s/6s+ were very low. They suffered by being unable to meet demand for the new SE model, which I don't really understand because the tooling can't be that much different to the kit they used to build the iPhone5. Different internals I guess.

    Mac sales plunged in line with expectations: folk have stopped buying Macs because they're waiting for the Skylake machines due later in the year. This is going to be problem going forward as Intel's improvements get less compelling as time goes on.

    Services posted improved numbers, especially Apple Music which I'm too old to understand. Rent music? Why?

    The Apple Watch seems to be the top-selling wearable, even though it's one of the most expensive ones you can buy.

    R&D spending is up, though they're not saying what they're spending the money on. Probably the car project.

    Apple Pay is making good headway, and it'll be interesting to see where else they're going to take this. 

    A quarter in line with expectations, but tough times ahead I suspect.



  • Annoying "Get W10" updates

    , DeathBy​VisualStudio wrote

    Here's one more for the pile...