Re: Can't abide the stuff.
30 posts • joined 27 Jun 2009
This is one thing that annoys me about how the Xbox One handles game updates. Other consoles allow you to defer updating and will let you play the single player campaign.
If you want to defer the update on the Xbox One you have to go into the network settings of the console and take it offline.
"There's so much copper, in so many places around the world that there's massive incentive to figure out how to get the most out of it."
How to get the most out of copper? Rip it out of the ground and sell it for scrap.
The copper in the ground is in a terrible state in most places, it's been in the ground for decades and shows all the signs of it.
"It all reminds me of when Nicholas Negroponte wrote off wireless as a carriage medium in Wired in about 1992. And then along came WiFi, 3G"
The difference being that wireless doesn't rely on physical cables that can degrade due to time and environmental factors.
"Firstly, the safety of the flights does not seem to have been compromised as the iPads were only being used to replace the paper versions of the flight documents. As such, the level to which this could be described as "mission critical" is up for discussion."
Well they grounded their fleet, and can't or won't fly without it working properly, so I say they see it as being mission critical.
"What a stupid assumption. You don't have to hold a spanner to become an engineer, it's the technician and mechanic, paid accordingly who wields the spanner. The engineer is in charge, is paid a great deal more and gives the orders."
I can tell from the tone of your post that you're not a civil engineer.
Where Nintendo succeeded with the Wii was taking the so called Blue Ocean Strategy, selling to non-gamers.
The problem is that the very people they aimed at last generation may not even know of the Wii U's existence, if they do see it in the stores there really isn't anything to hint that it's a new console.
Wii U makes it sound like it's just an updated version of the Wii, much like the 3DS XL is an update on the 3DS.
They would have been far better off giving it a different name that doesn't allude to the Wii at all.
It also looks too much like the original Wii, it looks like a Wii with rounded off edges, it would have been wiser to give it a completely different look, previously no Nintendo console resembled its predecessor.
To the casual observer the Wii U looks like a redesigned Wii packed in with a touch-screen controller.
To the more dedicated gamer it offers nothing in terms of power that the now previous generation offerings from Sony and Microsoft offer. As developers stop developing for the PS3 and the 360 the gulf in power between the Wii U, and the PS4 and XBox One will make it more difficult and less appealing for developers to develop for the Wii U. This leaves mostly first party games, which aren't released with any frequency and are often more of the same.
Does your logic also apply to Safari?
Does any iPod Touch/iPhone/iPad/Mac user who has a copy of Safari opinion count?
I can't recall the last time anyone paid for IE or Safari, considering both are free downloads, and buying an OS doesn't constitute paying for the built in browser.
You can get good Digital Photoframes with good resolution, I find 800 x 600 gives a good image. Problem is most of the cheap ones on the market have terrible resolution, probably due to the screens being originally designed for portable DVD players.
There are also wireless ones but that really drives the price up.
Your 1 year old laptop runs XP like a dog? My 6 year old PC (self-built) runs it like a dream.
I find the things that really bring Windows machines to a crawl are services and processes installed by 3rd party software. Adobe and Apple software are particularly guilty of this eg: Adobe Speed Launcher, iTunes Helper, Quicktime Taskbar.
"Apple has the highest customer satisfaction and reliability of ANY computer vendor in virtually every survey ever done. There's another one in eWeek today - The number of 'very dissatisfied' customers from HP and Dell was 3-4 times the number for Apple."
Having to support HP, Dell and Apple at work I've found Apple to be the least reliable out of the bunch. We deployed around a dozen Unibody MacBook Pros only four months ago and two have had their powerpack fail for no apparent reason (not frayed or kinked) another one has had the trackpad button jam on. Also we've had a few batteries on the previous model MacBook Pro swell up, according to our Apple service agent these are quite common problems that he deals with regularly. We also have had to replace the optical drive on dozens of G4 iBooks due to a design flaw that prevents the disc from ejecting, fortunately most have been under warranty but there should have really been a product recall, or a warranty extension like Microsoft has done for the XBox 360.
I had to call Dell for the first time ever the other day for a warranty repair, I was on the phone for less than 10 minutes in total, and they sent a technician out the very next day to fix the problem on-site. My experience with HP is also similar.
As for the reason why Apple top these surveys I think it's very much a case of the Emperor's new clothes.
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