Re: Plastic construction
That's a serious note? Good grief that's a silly thing. Just carry a bag...
956 posts • joined 30 Mar 2011
""New" Edge or "Old" Edge?
I have always used FF"
I also used FF for the longest of time. Then I swapped to classic Edge and then to new Edge. New Edge is faster and the UI far less clunky than FF. When I say FF is clunky there is simply something a bit... mmm... laggy with it. It simply doesn't seem to respond as well as I would like. On Mac, Windows or Linux. New Edge, though.... a totally different, smooth, polished experience. Just try it - bin it if you don't like... but at least give it a go.
Even MS can't get multiple screens to work right in applications that you would expect to run on PCs with them. As a test - try to restart a SQL server from SQL Server management studio if you have 3 screens. I get the first confirmation on one screen, the second on another and the admin request on the third! Priceless!
"For nondevelopment purposes, you don't need those things and most users won't notice their absence, but devs would."
You've hit the nail on the head there... We are a way off iPads being developer machines. But the vast majority of laptop users aren't developers. Thus for the vast majority of people what an iPad with a keyboard and touchpad can do will be enough. I don't think that for developers and other high power uses they ever will - but ARM laptops - yes - that's happening.
"Been a *very* long time since I’ve done any windows admin work, but I don’t recall it being so useful if you filled the disk and rebooted."
I did exactly that recently and actually Windows booted, limped very badly and let me address the issue. Win10 seems reasonably OK with it.
"Only could be useful if you could get the data out of the unit in a usable form, and if that form was reasonably close to a known standard EKG output."
Totally agree - that's why I'll just keep an eye out and still never depend on it. The idea of an over-cautious alarm that goes off if my heart stops in the middle of the night for no reason does kind of appeal. Read up on BrS - it's a bit of a worry - there have been villages in SE Asia where multiple people have died overnight for no reason seemingly. It's these stories that inspired Wes Craven to write A Nightmare on Elm St.
As someone with an anomalous heart condition (Brugada Syndrome - BrS - or sudden unexplained nocturnal death syndrome - scary, I know) I can say that I would never just rely on a cheap device sensing in an unreliable position. When I go for checkups the monitors they use are located on my chest and far more reliable. I will keep an eye out, though, as if the monitors do become more reliable I may go for one just as an added check. Perhaps, and it's a big perhaps, once could have saved my uncle who died as a result of BrS.
I wonder what would happen if, in this case, you offered to pay the cash to the hotel reception?
"Oh, how terrible! Just let me know the name of the hotel, etc. and I'll send the cash to reception for you to pick up."
I figure at least you'll get some fun whilst they squirm and try to find a reason why that won't work...
"My phone is running KitKat, it's rooted with a firewall & privacy manager. The only game is chess. It's a utility phone for work and communications"
You're not really a typical user, though, are you? Most people with smart phones couldn't get away with just having a feature phone like it sounds like you could. They want to have a device that's partly, or if not wholly, for "fun" things. For them a phone is a lifestyle gizmo. You may look down on their frivolity but I think that if they have a fully patched and up to date phone they at least have some chance of being a little safer.
There are a whole slew of safety features and such in the newer versions of Android that perhaps you don't know about, too.
I remember going on a tired old wooden roller coaster in Weymouth some 30 years ago. It felt like it was going to fall apart on every corner. At the bottom of the final uphill bit the bloke managing the queue was stood there tightening bolts with a great big spanner as we went past! Most exciting fairground ride I've ever been on as there were actual thoughts of "I might actually die here"!
"One assumes it was free if the extended warranty was taken up, at least for the first instance of a cracked screen..."
With Apple Care+ you usually have to pay a small excess for claims of damage - probably about £50 odd for a screen but it varies so could be a bit more.
Just a brilliant keyboard. Does everything it needs to do. Subtle ergonomics that have stopped any RSI I had (though that was generally caused by years of fencing rather than typing). The accompanying mouse is great. Neither are tiny but they are great and last forever. This one is going on 7 years old and just as good as new. (oh - ok the print on the left Ctrl key is rubbing off). Had to replace the mouse a month or so back as the rubber on the scroll wheel wore out. £70 for the 5050 new version including a mouse.
You wait - it'll break now
And it does nothing for my terrible typing!
In many ways I agree. There is no excuse for some things and there is no reason that it can't be done better. (UI is my forte). For example I am constantly battling against the trend for grey text on web pages! Terrible to read for some people and if functionality isn't immediately obvious from design then that design has failed. For example on the Reg I can see the Most read section to my right. 3 of the 5 are teal in colour and two black. The teal looks more highlighted. Is that meant to draw my attention to them or to show I've clicked on them? (the latter is the case). In the "My posts" area there are 5 options. Only one of them makes any pretence of being a button (Log out) - why? You could argue that "Edit my details" is just as change making. And if it's to do with Log out leaving the page then why are the "Preview" and "Submit" buttons the same?
Sigh - I'll stop there before I get cross.....
"Bing used to be a manufacturer of a fizzy drink available in East Kent (at least) in the latter half of the last century, notable for the swing metal, ceramic and rubber stopper used to close the bottle, if not for its taste."
I'm tempted to down vote you as you clearly did not use the proper UK English for fizzy drink: "Pop"
"I've tried Big several times and the results just are not a relevant as Google; sorry but if what I'm looking for is on page four in Bing but page one in Google, guess which I'll use."
It's odd but I tend to find the opposite of that. Makes you wonder why. I wonder if, for example, two people searching for the same thing can get different results.
"Malware is an all-encompassing term for any malicious software. A virus is malicious software, so a virus is malware. A trojan (software pretending it's something it isn't) is also malware."
All busses aren't red and all red things aren't busses.... You could possibly have a beneficial virus thus not malware and certainly you can have malware that isn't a virus.
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