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No no no
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I was going to rubbish your post by pointing out that the same things could be said about laptops, but then I read the rest of it and saw that you made that point yourself.
So, well done. You highlighted the flaw in your reasoning, clicked post anyway, made yourself look asinine and saved me the time. Except I still couldn't resist drawing attention to it. I suck at internet.
I've had mine a few weeks now and I'm really happy with it. Lighter to carry and easier to read than a paper book. There is an issue with the availability and price of titles, but now the thing is selling like hot cakes hopefully the publishers will start to take the platform more seriously.
Oh no, not you again.
Another reasonably well written and yet completely bereft of sense column from the author of http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/05/05/dont_vote_lib_dem/
Much like the Audi TT my wife says I can't buy, of all the things we can't afford, an independent nuclear deterrent is the thing we can most afford to not be able to afford.
Silverlight is not closed
As the Moonlight team will happily attest.
Even now, all the excitement over HTML 5 has come years ahead of an actual, final, concrete specification for the standard; once again the browser manufacturers are bickering over the details and implementing custom extensions.
There's a lot to like about HTML 5 and CSS 3, and I'm using some of the safer elements of both in projects, but there's a long way to go before I can quickly produce stable, cross-platform, cross-browser software the way I can using Silverlight/Moonlight.
I love my MacBook Pro
It is far and away the nicest computer I have ever owned; the screen is amazing and the trackpad is great. It runs OSX Snow Leopard, and Windows 7 Ultimate on Bootcamp (and the same partition in VMware Fusion).
There's a lot to like about OSX and Win7, and there are issues with both.
Bash is far, far better than CMD or PowerShell. Mac generally is better for running *nix-y software, Ruby stuff and all that.
I prefer the Windows taskbar to the OSX dock.
Having got used to it, I quite like the way the menu is always at the top of the screen is OSX. But I don't like the way OSX claims function keys for itself and stops them working in applications.
Also, Steve Jobs is right: Flash on Mac is a piece of crap.
In my opinion as a developer, Windows wins: Visual Studio is exponentially better than XCode, and Objective-C is a horrible, horrible language. MacRuby is cool, though.
Generally speaking, I boot into OSX and use Windows, where necessary, through VMware, unless I need better performance for development work. All general web browsing, email and stuff I do in OSX.
One thing, though: I can't remember the last time Windows just completely hung on me, without even letting me CTRL-SHIFT-ESC to bring up task manager. OSX throws up that spinny beachball all the fecking time. iTunes is a particular offender.
Ill-informed comments from people who haven't actually read anything about the product in question? Help! I'm in the Register comments section again.
FWIW, I've got one, and it's not as fast as my Samsung PBJ22, but it's still bloody quick and four times more space for less than a third of the price.
I find your lack of pragmatism disturbing
People are going to live longer and longer. Those of you who are under 40 can reasonably hope to live well beyond 80, given the pace of advances in medical science. Why should retirement age not be relative to life expectancy?
Anonymous coward: And you're posting from a building site, are you? The point is that most 70-year-old men today are far more fit and healthy as the average 1950s 65-year-old.
Mexflyboy, for example: good luck being able to afford a piña colada, let alone a cruise, if we don't find some way of reducing the already-crippling pension bill some time soon.
Pension age to 66 by 2024?
Here's a better idea: change it to 70 by 2011.
The State Retirement Age has been 65 for men since 1925, and 60 for women since 1940. In 1941, the average life expectancy was 59 for men and 64 for women. So men, on average, never lived long enough to claim their pension, and women got it for four years.
Life expectancy now is 77 for men and 81 for women. So an increasing number of pensioners are claiming for longer and longer, and being supported by a proportionally smaller number of taxpayers. The system is broken, and dicking around for fear of upsetting the Saga Set is just making it worse.
"Most centres offer Pascal/Delphi and Visual Basic as the language of choice for their students. This selection is based on the experience of the teacher in that centre and their own comfort with that language."
So students have to learn a language which won't get them a proper job because it's the only language their teacher knows? Anybody else sensing a vicious cycle?
I love the fact that you can get away with pretty much anything as long as you say you're doing it to raise awareness of the fact that, these days, you can get away with pretty much anything.
Would post more, but I've got to go and add rohypnol and LSD to the water coolers at The Daily Mail.
Microsoft FUD Ate My Hamster!!!
Hey, you know another cross-platform framework or language that supports COM when running on Windows?
ALL OF THEM. Even Java.
No, you're right, it's much more fun spouting malicious bullshit. Hey, here's some: did you know that the Silverlight implementation on this new Windows Phone 7 Series (which is TOTALLY closed-source, BTW; I bet it won't run on iPhones) includes support for interacting with phone features that PCs don't even have!!! So much for cross-platform. FAIL!!! M$ LOLZ.
Seriously, I remember when this used to be a tech site, instead of an unfiltered sewer of idiotic copy elbow-typed by Daily Mail rejects.
It takes a particular type of dunderheadedness to discover that Silverlight being the development platform for WP7 and infer that the phone is going to come without it and require the user to download and install the runtime from inside the browser. Isn't it far more likely that the WP7 OS will include or be based around a Silverlight implementation? (Yes; yes it is. You see that now.)
Silverlight is considerably more than your writer gives it credit for, too. "Media player", indeed. It is a full-blown Rich Application runtime, with quite a chunk of the WCF stack included for communicating with web services, and is heading for binary compatibility with the main .NET Framework CLR, meaning that assemblies that are careful with their references can be used in both desktop and Silverlight applications. And it's always worth mentioning the multiple language support - C#, VB, C++, Scheme, Python, Ruby, Clojure - all supported in the Silverlight ecosystem.
Now, is there a grown-up there who can confirm whether (given the platform's Zune heritage) XNA will be supported for creating games?
Yeah, gutted that the extensive range of visually-stunning applications written in .NETCF are going to have to be rewritten.
Of course, most of the underlying business logic of those apps can be salvaged through the (admittedly complicated) act of copying and pasting it into the new WP7/Silverlight app.
I don't see any women complaining about the glass floor, below which men are expected to shut up and get on with it but women can suddenly decide that no, actually, they'd rather not work at all and can become "homemakers". If any female coal miners or sewer maintenance engineers are offended by that, then I apologise unreservedly. Everyone else can suck it.
Doesn't he have a case for illegal dismissal?
Oh, and @Will Godfrey, in many countries the Queen would have been summarily executed years ago, so perhaps she should think herself lucky instead of asking for an increase to the annual £8 million we pay to have our country represented by an out-of-touch old lady.
Slow startup? Not here.
I've been running 7 x64 RC on my main PC since it was released, and it still boots to usable desktop in well under a minute. In fact, the POST takes longer than the boot to the login screen, and login (local only) takes a few seconds. And I've got dozens of things installed, including the full Microsoft Office, two versions of Visual Studio and all the frameworks, SQL Server 2008, IIS7, Eclipse, and a bunch of ickle background things like MSE, uTorrent and goodness knows what else. Applications load almost instantly, I've had no blue-screens or compatibility problems, and I think this is the best version of Windows ever.
Of course, my main PC is a 3Ghz quad with 8GB of RAM and an OCZ Vertex as the system drive. But I've also been running 7 Ultimate x86 RTM on my Samsung NC10 (with 2GB RAM) since it hit MSDN, and that's still running fine, too, with a similarly diverse bunch of things installed. It is noticeably faster than the originally-installed XP.
Only real problem is, I'm bored now. When can I get my Windows 8 CTP?