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Comment Re:18 million pounds (Score 2) 223

average british bobby may directly earn 45k a year but the real actual cost with benefits, equipment etc is significantly more. 6 policeman x 3 spots is unlikely to cover such extensive surveillance. add at least another couple of people per shift and support, equipment etc. 18 million actually seems extraordinarily cheap. it is also in dollars not pounds, so about 12 million pounds.

Comment Re:Am I missing something? (Score 4, Insightful) 81

It is actually getting pretty bad here now. Slashdot has always been fairly anti MS, but usually with good reason and people that had some basic skills in explaining why. the amount of crap posts you see nowadays is really a little unfathomable. I personally associate it with the next generation of users that don't seem to have any social skills to argue their case beyond spewing hate.

Comment Re:Google phones cause death (Score 1) 166

how many does it take to flood the system?. I would expect in a relatively small volume to be extremely problematic tying up a considerable number of staff, after all they can't just hang up on the person immediately as it could be someone injured struggling to speak or someone in trouble silently dialing in the hope of someone listening in and providing assistance.

Comment It might be windows? (Score 1) 209

It might be windows! or it might be some farted while typing the price in at the factory! or more likely it might be that we are mid migration to DDR4 or that there is a lot of competition with no recent natural disasters impacting production or it might be that memory requirements simply haven't escalated much in the past decade beyond around 4GB for most users or it might be that PC's purchased in the last 5 or so years are still more than powerful enough for anything a user does or more likely a combination of all of the above. What a fucking retarded article correlation DOES NOT equal causation

Comment Re:Issue is more complicated (Score 1) 927

I lived for some years in Oz, and I can confirm that Aussies often show that they like you by having a dig at you. The correct response is to have a dig back at them.

In American terms, Aussies like to tease each other quite a lot, and it's considered entirely normal there.

exactly! we see a lot of the same trouble with americans (not all) but definitely a group that has trouble culturally adjusting. My wife had a hell of a time adjusting too when she moved to Australia. For the first year she was constantly offended when I had a dig at her or when someone else did, thankfully I finally got her over that and now she just fires right back at the person with a smile.

Comment Re:OEM are peeing in their pants about Surface (Score 1) 87

Microsoft has chosen this hill to die on; so be it!

die on? so far their surface offerings are performing massively well, so well that google and apple have been copying what they are doing. the sp4 looks like an exceptionally well built high specced machine, most of the execs where I work have replaced their ipads for surfaces and while the phones I think are still dead the surfaces are doing gang busters in enterprises as they are light, powerful and allow people to actually do real work rather than just consume media.

Comment Re:OEM are peeing in their pants about Surface (Score 1) 87

Of course this is a *problem* for MS, this is causing their partners to be at least somewhat concerned. I think getting dug in too hard into hardware is a mistake for MS. They overwhelmed Apple with partners to win in the past, trying to beat apple at their own game seems perilous.

It was a necessary thing. The oem's had shown complete unwillingness to compete on the high end with Apple and instead were ceding that market in exchange for fighting for the basement low cost high volume offerings. The high end offerings they were coming up with were while quite often performant were uninspiring.

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