Do No Evil ?
Google, being nasty (evil) every chance they can. Hard to think which of the US tech giants is the creepiest. Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook? They're all pretty bad.
53 posts • joined 31 Jul 2015
1) I search for and pay for a hotel room in Copenhagen. For the next 6 months I see loads of ads for hotel rooms in Copenhagen. How is that a clever use of advertising? Utter idiots. I'd much prefer to see random adverts so I can look at stuff I'd never have thought of, you know, widen my horizons. Online advertisers are idiots.
2) Personalisation risks democracy. Democracy works because we're all told the same couple of stories. We each pick one, then the winner wins. If everyone is told a different story, how the hell can you know what you're getting? That's just manipulation of the populace to get you into power at any cost. I'd ban all online advertising that uses personalisation and make it a serious criminal offence to practice it.
Just my two cents/pennies, whatever :)
I have one of those too (XPS 15 4K) with the i9. Bought it as a desktop replacement), given it's power, and run only Linux MInt on it (wiped W10 on delivery). Awful temperature/fan problems. Because the screen hinge blocks the fan exhausts when shut, have to run it with the screen half up while driving two 27" displays via the very unreliable TB16 dock. I also hate the fact you have to either have a dock or dongle extension. Def won't be buying another one when this one's time is up. Bigger with ports, good ventilation and a camera in the TOP of the bezel not by the keyboard next!
Otherwise it's a nicely built machine I suppose.
It's a joke. My builder's email account was compromised so in reply to my email asking for bank details to send him a 2K deposit, I got a sensible reply with someone else's bank details (so it turns out!). Money went missing. My bank and his bank were pretty useless. Action Fraud just said basically they get a report like this every 11 seconds so what did I expect them to be able to do about it!!! Well, for a start, requisition logs from the email providers, work through the IP addresses, match up the receiving bank account with an individual. If you can't do that then the receiving bank is at fault as far as I'm concerned and should have refunded the amount as they'd obviously opened an account without checking ID, etc. The same thing happened a few weeks later with email, no money went this time as I was wise to it, but could I get them to get on a very hot trail? Absolutely not interested and VERY difficult to get to talk to them. Waste of space if you're expecting action. I think they just collect data and that's it.
Once upon a time there was just the phone. We could all talk to our clients and suppliers. Then there was Skype, we could all talk to our clients and suppliers on both. Then M$ bought Skype. Those that aren't Windows users are now cut out of the loop. I've been a Linux Mint user for about a decade now. Never had any problem till my last contract where they used Teams. There's a browser based version that's suddenly stopped working on Chrome-based browsers and will only work on Firefox or the Android Teams app. I just despair with M$. All the M$ employees I know never fail to tell me "we're not the same company we used to be", but they are to Windows users. I reckon it's marketing led. Releasing software the devs haven't finished, etc. I just despair with large corporations in general.
I noticed Skype was mentioned, albeit quietly. It's a disgrace what MS have done to it and it's army of users. Communication is now so fragmented. When there was just Skype it was fine. You could pretty much talk to anyone. Now, it's a total dogs breakfast trying to communicate between Windows, Mac and Linux users and again between what's laughingly called Skype for Business and Consumer Skype. I believe they scraped the code base when they bought it and re-badged Lync. Wonder if anyone here knows if this is true or not?
I wouldn't say Dell are cleaning up. I've been waiting 3 weeks for them to get their shit together enough to actually get parts and engineer together at the same time to replace a loose trackpad on a brand new XPS15 i9 custom build I ordered. 1st engineer tells me it's meant to be rattley when you touch it! Since then, total incompetence from their logistics dept. Last chance this Friday or it's going back for a refund. If it's fixed I'll be running Linux Mint on it. Takes a bit of wrangling but can be done :)
I just bought a Dell XPS15. Said they wouldn't sell it without Windoze so had to pay the tax. Of course I've wiped it and put Linux Mint 19 on it. Their QA is awful. The trackpad rattles when touched, the display stands are about 4" too short with missing HDMI cables as well. It's like they're a start up. Don't think I'll buy from them again. Nice machines, but have cost me a lot in time due to poor service and waiting in for engineers. Still not using the lappy 2 weeks after delivery. AND my 3 year old M3800's battery has swollen for which they want nearly £300 to fix!. So not a good track record Dell!
All the Big Corps that can't be bothered to think seriously about their products other than the share holders' dividends seem to be going the same way on UX/UI. All Google and Microsoft UI's are utter garbage. And I'm guessing they've employed UI/Ux experts. From their results, it would appear they're actually just graphic designers trying to be clever, have no experience of life, no empathy wrt the end user and should never have been engaged in the first place. The whole shit show is going to hell in a hand cart. We're just drowning in a sea of incompetence.
Reading the article it would appear a responsible engineer has been nowhere near that document. It appears to have been written by a politician or HR specialist. They should be kept as far as possible away from this stuff until it's ready. Engineering trials are serious business and media specialists have no experience of life and death decisions. Quite shocking, but then if you have a politico in charge, with no life experience, what can you expect?!
The Brave browser has finally come of age for me. I'd been using it very occasionally over the last year but have just switched it to be my default browser. Must say, I'm quite impressed. Chromium based browser, X platform, good privacy and cookie controls. Using it on Linux Mint and Win 10.
My "line in the sand" was Vista. That's when I realised M$ were a bunch of fratboys playing with poorly thought out, but "new" ideas. Instead of standing on the shoulders of giants and improving things. Said goodbye to Windows as the OS on the metal in 2009 and haven't really looked back. Even though I earn my living from .net web sites, can't wait for my CMS of choice to run on .net core so I can ditch the Windows VM and Visual Studio.
As for the alternatives being worse. They're slightly different certainly, and in some ways much better, but I take your point on current office integration. Just needs a bit of investment ;)
I was paid £20 compensation by HMRC when I blew a gasket at their ridiculous voice activated phone reception. So they spent millions implementing something no one asked for, and did it so badly they're paying compensation to it's users. Utter crap. People SHOULD be fired for that sort of nonsense.
I really don't get this predicting game. Windoze tries it all the time. I expend more mouse clicks undoing what it thinks I want to do next than if it just pissed off and let me do my own thing. The arrogance of these system designers astounds me. We're free thinking, creative humans, not machines. Give us stuff that helps, not hinders. Just get out of our way.
I thank you ;)
Sorry, but I couldn't disagree more. Linux Mint (for instance) is quick extremely easy to install. If you agree, it will even import all your Windows documents for you. As for support, there is loads of friendly community help out there. Nothing like the arrogant Microsoft technosphere. As it's open source, you CAN actually fix stuff if you have to. It's not all in proprietary, locked DLLs.
I was a dyed-in-the-wool Windows fanboy from Win3.x to Vista when I totally lost faith with MS and moved to Ubuntu (and then to Mint). It was a move I had to think about seriously, ran both together for a month and Windows just died naturally. That was in 2009. 9 years later, I'm still happy with my decision. I'm a web dev and build Umbraco sites on .NET. I have to use a Windows VM in Virtual Box. Works absolutely fine. Try it, there's nothing to be afraid of (as long as you're not stuck in an Office365/Teams/Project/Skype for Business/Planner/SharePoint/etc/etc nightmare of a company ;)).
I'm with the guys who say not all sites need HTTPS. It's all very well if you're running your own servers or VM's but shared hosting ISPs charge a fortune for certs and hardly any use Let's Encrypt. Why would they when they'd lose so much money. A few of my client's are micro-businesses or charities and wouldn't stand the extra costs. They're on share hosting cos it's cheap.
Google should pull it's neck in. All for security where it's needed, otherwise, piss off!
Reminds me of the story of Churchill planning his funeral. After the trip up the river, where the crane drivers were bribed to work overtime to lower their jibs, he was then due to travel North to his final resting place. So rather than landing on the North bank of the Thames and leaving by some station like Kings Cross, he insisted on being landed on the South bank. This was apparently because he knew General De Gaulle would then have to attend Waterloo station for the farewell from the Capital :) Love that story.
" it's still mostly techies complaining."
Most non-techy people I know whinge like hell about their computers. It's dreadful because they feel so powerless. You see them thrashing about causing all sorts of damage trying to work out what these popup warnings are telling them in tech-speak. Most won't understand what S mode is and certainly won't know how to switch it off. MS devs/marketeers live in the "Redmond bubble", what we now call an echo chamber. Until they stop promoting people to their level of incompetence and keep experienced people at the coal face this will continue I'm sure. Blame HR and Marketing ;)
<rant>Would dearly love to remove the code formatting in Visual Studio 2017. If you're writing web sites (C#, Razor, JS, CSS/SASS) you can't switch it all off. Well, you think you have, but then you try copying and pasting a bit of code, in the same page even, and bang, it's reformatted the damn thing for you. If you're not quick enough with Ctrl+z you end up expending more keystrokes fixing the formatting than writing the code. Needless to say, Microsoft couldn't give a flying f**k about it. I know, I've been on at them for years about it. Couldn't care less. All they want to do is the next whizzy thing no one asked for, not the basics everyone uses.</rant>
I lost it with the new HMRC's voice activated phone system so wrote them a strongly worded complaint. They phoned me up and offered me £20 compensation. If you wondered where the waste was, now you know! Not only developing a totally unnecessary system but doing it badly and then paying the nation compensation for doing it in the first place!
Re: Visual Studio.... Could you pause all the esoteric stuff that only 2% of users are even bothered about just long enough to fix the code editor formatting that EVERYONE uses? With all the vastly over complex formatting controls switched off, editing a Razor file (.cshtml) is like watching a ballet dance. Nothing stays where you put it, particularly if you have the audacity to copy and paste a bit of code from one section to the next. Basic stuff, you'd think. Easy enough for the world's biggest set of software experts, eh? So prove it. Fix it. THEN you can get on an sort the fluff out for the big boys.
(A Visual InterDev/Visual Studio user for the past 20 years)
+1 for Mint too!
I ditched Windows at Vista. Switched to Ubuntu, all great. Then switched to Mint with the Cinnamon desktop when Ubuntu introduced the Unity interface. That was the precursor to MS's Metro interface. (You'd think MS would have smelt the coffee!). I can honestly say it's the best move for my sanity in my 20 year IT career. Ok, the Libre Office apps might not be as sexy as the Office 365 stuff, they they work, they're consistent and they use open standards. When stuff does go wrong, which is rare, it's usually easily fixed as it's not all hidden away in proprietary Dlls, you CAN get in there and tweak it.
I do web development, some on the Windows stack so I run a Windows 10 instance on VirtualBox. No issues. Don't be scared to move to Linux, and relax ;)
That seems to be standard policy though. To wit, one Visual Studio 2017. Full of all the latest and greatest stuff I bet only 0.5% of their users bother about, but still you can't switch off auto-f*****g-code-formatting which touches everyone that uses it! They've been told and told, but they don't care. Onwards and upwards, while the ships sinks.
I fly one of these things. I certainly wouldn't want one dropping on my head from any height at all. The issue with getting close to HV lines (rail or otherwise) is interference. There's a significant risk of a "fly away". I've been flying one, on and off, for about 3 years and to be honest, it's getting embarrassing. Never want anyone seeing me fly it in case some busybody calls the cops. I'm insured, always carry a copy of the ANO with me and always fly legally and safe. There'd be no issue in the end, but just an awkward conversation between someone who's fully cognisant of the situation and another who isn't but bent on dispensing ritual humiliation. One day I'll take the course and maybe get permission to do paid work (which, to be clear, I don't do!), but it's not cheap.
My understanding has always been that the term "Engineer" has nothing to do with engines. It's merely a corruption of the French for "Ingenuity" or a genius (un génie). So an engineer is just someone that uses their ingenuity to solve problems and is a clever dick. I'm an Ieng with the MIET myself in the UK :)
"Who do you think would otherwise be financing the additional £15m? Do you think it would come out of Osborne's ample wallet? It's our taxes that would be paying for it."
When we buy new kit we pay the M$ tax after all! Unless you buy one of the few brands that supply "other" <Linux> OS's as standard ;)
" I cannot honestly think of a decent mail client for Linux these days; there's almost no momentum behind Thunderbird and Evolution."
er... if they work, what's the problem? The problem with Outlook, Office, et al is that to SELL you something every couple of years they reinvent or change stuff. No profit in not breaking stuff that works ;)
" which doesn't require its users to bugger about compiling their own drivers and the like at the time"
I've been using Linux (Ubuntu then Mint) to run my business as my only OS since I lost it with Vista (2009). Never had to compile anything. Might have had to edit the odd config file for the odd esoteric issue (like running CrashPlan Pro headless on a Synology DiskStation) but other than that, all plain sailing. When Win 10 was announced I was nearly tempted to return. I saw it as a fixed Win8, but they shot themselves in the foot with all the privacy and update nonsense. Happy with Mint, as are a few friends that lost it with Win10 when updates screwed them up :)
The democracy you speak of is too far removed from the populace to be relevant. Government needs to be local to mean anything. No point at all in something the local populace wants done being out voted at EU level by people that don't see your issue as important because they live in a different system and culture thousands of miles away. My vote for out was based on sovereignty, democracy and wanting to move forward. The EU seems to hold much stuff back. If we'd had a referendum in 1992, or whenever it switched from a Common Market to a nascent Federal Europe, I think we'd have voted out then. As for keeping the peace. NATO does that, and besides, it's not the same world as it was 70 years ago. Communications, 24hr news, travel, better informed world view........
Was MS aware of the debacle in the Ubuntu community when they changed the UI to Unity. Almost exactly the same paradigm and well before W8. They would have seen the reaction if they cared to look. So it seems there's been a bit of a knee-jerk reaction to get themselves out of the mess they shouldn't have got into in the first place had been less naive and done some due diligence.
I find the W10 interface difficult, but then I only use it on a VM as I switched to Linux Mint ages ago. The main issue I have with W10 is the sheer arrogance (though it's probably naivety) of the requirement to constantly monitor your doings and report back home. It seems to me, they almost pulled it off - getting out of the W8 UI issue - but then just had to shoot themselves in the foot one more time.
Their naivety/arrogance never fails to amaze me. I believe it's call the "Redmond Bubble". They should get out more ;)
I've got one, Dell M3800 with the 4K screen and run Linux Mint 17.2 on it. The 17.2 made all the difference. Installs easily and looks great. I use it as a desktop replacement driving a 32" Benq monitor via it's mini-display port. I'd have preferred a 13.1" unit but wanted the 4K screen for GoPro editing so it's a 15.6" and slightly heavy. Otherwise, loving it.
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