Re: Leasing versus sales
Goodness, where to start with that crock of shite?
No, I can't be arsed. Let's just say that you're wrong on pretty much every point you make, and leave it at that, shall we?
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I have a use case for it. I often travel a long distance to participate in meetings, having carried a Surface Pro all the way just to view documents.
Something like this would mean I could ditch my briefcase, and just carry a phone, which has long been something of a holy grail for me.
...not enough of a holy grail to pay two grand for, but one step at a time, eh?
The tax system files it under "compensation for loss of office", at which point it becomes a tax-free payment up to certain limits (used to be £30k, but may well have increased since then).
No doubt there's an account somewhere in the HR section of the system for severance payments.
I was, some years ago. I and another Director were called to a board meeting at an off-site location, and told that we could either resign and get six months salary, or be sacked for bringing the company into disrepute and get nothing, and they wanted the decision there and then.
Naturally, as in all such situations, I took the money and ran. I figured I needed the exercise.
Same reason anyone buys any machine - because they meet or exceed the user's requirements.
I've had a Surface Pro 4 for getting on for three years now, the longest I have ever owned any single mobile device. I use it on customer sites, in hotel rooms, and for the last year as my main "desktop" machine connected to a docking station feeding a 4K monitor and standard keyboard.
This is an i5 mid-range machine, which I rarely find lacking in performance.
I have just ordered an SP6, but to be honest that was mainly just because I fancied something new rather than because the SP4 was at the end of its life.
I disagree on the keyboard. Back in the days of the SP3 or 4, when there were many fewer out in peoples' hands, I might have agreed, but now?
I'll probably buy an SP6 to replace my SP4. The keyboard and pen I own are still in perfect condition (after pretty close to three years as a daily driver, which is pretty impressive of itself). I have no need to buy new ones, even with the price hidden in the price of the tablet. No, I'm very happy to have them as separate accessories.
You do realise "that diver bloke" wasn't actually involved in the cave rescue, beyond providing some information on the cave layout and a couple of phone numbers of other divers who then went in?
I mean, that doesn't justify any spat Musk then subsequently had with him, but I dislike the way his part in the process has been inflated by certain media outlets.
Yes, Publisher is included, I think (I don't use it myself, but it's listed in all the subscription plans).
"PC Only" just means it's only available as a locally installed application under Windows, not as a web service or mobile device App, all of which platforms are covered by the core application like Word and Excel.
Office365 Home is £80/year headline price, often discounted to below £50/year, for which you get 5 accounts each with 1TB of OneDrive, and full Office licences for five users on a bunch of devices each. Cracking value for money.
For the best discounts, wait for Amazon Prime Day, buy a licence, and add it to your existing subscription. It's fully cumulative, mine currently expires in 2021.
(Can we have a "To a point, Lord Copper..." icon, please?)
Similarly blissfully happy Surface Pro 4 user here. Had it for over two years, and had no urge to ever use anything else, as discussed in other threads hereabouts recently.
I think the ZDNet article on Andromeda is being massively overblown. The project hasn't been cancelled, and hasn't ever had a release date so it cannot have been put back. You can pretty much summarise the article as "rumours and whispers that we made up nixed by official software release cycle".
Ah, one of my non-negotiable requirements when we bought this place (back in the late Jurassic some time) was a spare bedroom that I could convert into a dedicated office, which I've been very careful to keep devoid of any stuff other family members might want to come in and use.
Also, our teenagers are just moving out. It's amazing how quite the place just became...
I spend most of my weekdays on customer site one way or another, normally juggling 3-4 clients at any given time. I sometimes get customers I can work on from my (home) office, in which I have a dedicated desk.
Then I get to spend the weekends working on company admin, speculative development, and so on. Not every weekend, of course, but enough to be noticeable.
The mini-DP port is absolutely standard, and so can connect to most monitors without any form of dongle, using cheap cables. I'm typing this on an SP4 connected to an HDMI monitor with a cable that cost about £8, from memory.
Personally, as a highly mobile user, I find the SP4 the best mobile computer I've ever owned, to the extent that I've had it for over two years and have felt no urge whatsoever to replace it. I have also stopped using a separate desktop PC in the office, replaced with a docking station for the SP4 with a big screen, and keyboard and mouse. Loses some CPU grunt, of course, but there's always AWS or Azure if I need some temporary big processing power - thus far I haven't needed that.
You missed off the "(or some analogue thereof)" from the bit you quoted, which says what you tried to correct me on, in four words rather than four paragraphs.
Until a principle has cost you something important, it's just an opinion, and everyone has a shedload of those puppies.
"We refuse to do <list of stuff>!"
"...can we have our pay now, please?"
Remember, a principle is not a principle until it has cost you money (or some reasonable analogue thereof). You don't want to work on strategic projects that your employer has identified? Leave. Make the world a better place by your actions, rather than by bleating on pointlessly.
Yeah, downvote away. You know you want to.
That sounds exactly like they made the assumption they could just use the games ("because they're old and nobody cares, right?"), until one of the Directors spoke up and pointed out this wasn't the case.
Highly amusing to watch, if one doesn't have any money riding on the outcome.
Very much so. The autopilot collects and reports detailed information every time the driver over-rides it.
There's also a second neural net that is constantly operating in "ghost mode", observing the road and making decisions just like autopilot (but without actioning them) and comparing those decisions to what the meatsack is doing at the time. This is used to train the primary software, over time.
It should be noted here that setting the following distance is a meatsack function. There's a control with a range 1-7 (from memory) which sets the time interval to follow behind.
This one looks to me like it's set to closest follow distance, which is pretty damn stupid. I always use any intelligent cruise control on maximum separation, personally.
Now, if you want to debate why the meatsack is able to set the following distance, I'm right with you - prime evidence that the people designing these system don't quite grok safe driving, to me.
But then, the group mostly involved in cutting-edge programming are also the same group most over-represented in collision statistics - young males. Go figure...
Windows on ARM has a full x86 emulation layer, so it should run any 32-bit x86 Windows apps seamlessly. Early reports seem to show that the performance hit isn't hideous, either - Windows Central said that the Snapdragon 835 based HP Envy X2 was "kinda like an i3 running native applications, and kinda like an Atom running emulated applications". Or something, quotes from memory of a podcast I listened too whilst driving a few days ago.
The Snapdragon 845 and 850 should be even nicer, in theory. An interesting couple of years ahead.
Linux generally lags a little behind the leading edge of available hardware (yeah, I know, your downvotes fall upon me like a gentle Spring rain. Now ask me if I care...)
Given how compelling these devices look, I suspect full Linux builds will be available soon enough.
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