Odd. I find Pip's voice (and character) wildly irritating. The Australian question intonation, the inability to pronounce 'cattle' (cattoo), the insufferable smugness etc. - ghastly.
Not as irriating as her mother though...
Its purpose is to tell the user when and where to buy a new battery. It might have warranty up-selling capabilities as well, I don't know - it didn't last long on my thinkpad.
Let's see if this makes it past the lameness filter:
I run this remove_crapps.ps1 script after every new Windows Insider build, to remove the stuff I don't want (including OneDrive).
Get-AppxPackage *XboxApp* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Zune* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Sport* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *BingNews* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Phone* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Skype* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Office* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Photos* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *BingFinance* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *People* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Messaging* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *WindowsAlarms* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *WindowsSoundRecorder* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Solitaire* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Getstarted* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *3D* | Remove-AppxPackage
Get-AppxPackage *Connectivity* | Remove-AppxPackage
For added nostalgia value, it also takes over an hour to install.
About the same as installing Solaris 2.5.1 from a single speed CD-ROM drive on my SPARCstationLX in 1996.
Redstone or rs1 is the codename for the next rolling release of Windows 10.
Build 14332 was pushed out to the fast ring of the Windows Insider program 3 days ago.
It removes the ability to disable Cortana (you can still hobble the bastard by removing permissions) and removes the ability to turn off web search. Currently it performs web search with the users default web browser and search engine, but that is obviously going to change.
They also made the Start menu even worse.
Guess what Windows Insiders just discovered you can't do in Windows 10 rs1_release 14332?
Google is the main threat to the privacy of email today. Like Bruce Schneier observed, they want you to have email privacy from everyone except them.
I have an ancient gmail account which dates back to the early, early beta days (back when we had to swap invites on Slashdot). Somehow, every few months somebody new is able to register with the same user name, and I get all their messages delivered to my inbox. Their sent mail doesn't appear in my account, but everything else does.
Every facebook status message, itunes and amazon purchase, online dating message, and porn site registration.
I have two of those toys on my desk right now, they are useful dev kits for the TI CC1110 microcontroller - an 8051 based core with 32K flash and 4K RAM.
You also get a CC1111 part inside the wireless dongle which comes with it.
If you look at the PCB in the device, it is a hardware hackers dream. The debug port is broken out onto pads inside the battery compartment, and there are test pads all over.
The SPI screen is bitmap addressable and the keyboard is sanely wired up. You even get a piezo buzzer and 2 LEDs under software control.
It also runs at 2.5V on 3 AA cells, via a pretty nice LDO regulator that cuts out at 2.9V, so a set of NiMH cells will run down to 1V per cell, squeezing out almost every last drop of juice.
One of my IM-MEs cost Â£1, I forget what I paid for the other one, but it wasn't over a fiver.
...As I would them. he hastily adds.
I worked with friends. Not best friends - male friendship allows for much shallower bonds. I don't exchange christmas cards with any of them, but I know that each and every one of them would buy me a pint tomorrow, if I bumped into them.
That pair of 27l V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin engines may have been difficult to detect on 1940s radar equipment, but I doubt that is the case today.
The great thing about the DeHaviland Mosquito, was that in the early years of the war, nothing else could keep up with it. It was quick, and could carry a useful bomb load.
Our two new aircraft carriers can't support anything other than helicopters and VTOL/STOL aircraft. This is thanks to the fuckwits in Whitehall, deciding that we wouldn't add the electric catapults, and thereby save a few million quid.
These catapults would have allowed us to use cheap F-18s, at least in the short term. We scrapped our Sea Harrier fleet a few years ago (they were well past retirement).
So, we've spent billions on two useless flat-tops, while we wait for the F-35 programme to go into a death-spiral.
I predict a +5B quid project in a few years time - adding catapults - the hard way.
Still, it's not like the 12B quid they pissed up the wall, on the useless NHS patient records system. At least we have some working mobile helicopter platforms to show for it.
Genetics explains why you look like your father, and if you don't, why you should.