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Comment: Re:Except this little thing your skipped (Score 0) 403

by joncombe (#43663795) Attached to: Adobe's Creative Cloud Illustrates How the Cloud Costs You More
Yes but the problem is not so much keeping the software running it's if the software is still useful. A lot of users of the full Photoshop will want to open RAW files from their camera, because of the superior quality. I doubt CS6 will support the RAW format of the latest cameras in say 2 years time. So you buy a new camera you need the latest version of Photoshop to open the RAW files.

Comment: Re:As a comedienne once said (paraphrasing) (Score 1) 385

by joncombe (#42525805) Attached to: Adobe's Strange Software Giveaway: Goof, Or Clever Marketing?
The odd thing with Adobe is that in my opinion it produces some really excellent software and some really dreadful software and not much in between. Adobe Photoshop is the best image editor I've come accross and Photoshop Elements is certainly worth the money (for a home user I feel Photoshop is a bit too expensive, good though it is). But at the other end of the spectrum there is Adobe Reader. It seems to get slower each release so that opening a typical PDF still takes as long as it did 10 years ago even though modern PCs are much faster than those of 10 years ago. It probably has more features but the features I use are limited to just move around the page, zoom in, rotate all of which you have been able to do for years. I don't know how Adobe manage to make it get slower and have to update it so often. Likewise I won't be sorry to see Flash go, another program that seems to constantly want to update (and nag about it).

Comment: How long to recharge? (Score 1) 650

by joncombe (#29603039) Attached to: Electric Car Nano-Batteries Aim For 500 Mile Range
The added range would make an electric car a lot more useful, but there are still some problems to solve. With a petrol car if I get low on fuel I can fill up and be on my way again in 5 minutes. If my charge in an electric car runs out how long will it take to charge? Probably a lot more than 5 minutes. Also where can you charge it? Not everyone has off street parking or off-street parking with an electric supply (e.g. a garage in a block). You can hardly run a long extension lead down the road to where you car is parked to charge it. I think this will only work if the battery can be *easily* removed (so it can be charged in your house ready to put back in the car in the morning). It would also be good if petrol stations could swap a discharged battery for a charged one (for a fee, obviously) much like filling up with petrol today. Until these issues are resolved I don't see electirc cars being as popular as petrol/diesel.

Comment: Re:The thing that no one ever thinks of.. (Score 1) 454

by joncombe (#28984655) Attached to: UK National ID Card Cloned In 12 Minutes
And to add to that, attempts to track where you are going using road pricing (a black box in your car reporting on every journey) and smart cards for public transport tickets (already in place in London using Oyster, already a condition of many rail franchises that these are introduced).

Comment: Re:Everything works for me (Score 1) 554

by joncombe (#28806179) Attached to: Gaming On Windows 7
And this is a good example of why I stopped gaming on PCs. I just don't think it's worth it. Too often games don't work and need patching or new drivers and a change somewhere in the system can really mess things up. Games on consoles are just a cheap, the hardware has a longer shelf life (you have to upgrade gaming PCs every couple of years) and you know if you buy a game it will work because all the consoles have the same hardware. Even if the hardware breaks most consoles are so common you can find another on e-bay even 10 years later.

Comment: RHEL3 (Score 2, Interesting) 129

by joncombe (#18256286) Attached to: Red Hat Readies RHEL 5 for March 14 Launch
I've not been at all impressed with RHEL. At work we use RHEL3. After an upgrade from RH7.3 we found that the C++ IOStream library was unable to open files >2GB in size. This is an issue with the C++ compiler version supplied with RHEL3. Red Hats' "solution" was that it would be fixed in RHEL4. Sorry, but in a product where support is the primary reason for paying, this is a very poor response.

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