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Comment Re:You mean the expensive optional Office? (Score 1) 186

Not everyone. But it does matter to medium to large businesses. I work at a copany with 35 desktops and 4 servers. There is no way I would recommend purchasing ANY Windows device without a full licence for office.

License compliance is a pain in the butt. However it is worth it. I know that we will not be shut down by a BSA audit because a competetor or former employee would try to convince the BSA that we flagrantly disregard Microsoft's intellectual property rights. Or the rights of Adobe, AutoDesk or Intuit as well.

A completely valid point and one I'd not considered, clearly. I wonder, in these days of BYOD (and appreciating that many Enterprises don't support this approach) how stringently those rules are applied to personal devices. And what is the legal position for the employer if the employee, of their own choice, were to buy an RT device with Outlook on it and use it to connect to a corporate Exchange server?

Comment Re:I'm not a Windows RT expert, but ... (Score 2) 186

not forgetting that Windows RT doesn't come with Outlook, so you can write a word document but cannot send it to anyone. Genius work Microsoft.

Interesting thoughts. The fact that Windows RT has a full featured email client that can send and receive attachments seems to address one of your concerns - Outlook is not the only way people read and send email. On top of that, Outlook is being added in the 8.1 release due later this year, which seems to address your other concern.

I'm not a big fan of Microsoft and on anything that is not touch-capable, Windows 8 is an abomination. On an RT, it's not actually that bad and the ability to plug in USB devices - memory sticks, hard disks, printers etc. is a big plus for me over any of the other devices on the market. I bought one as a cheap way to review pictures from my 7D, something which the Nexus 7 singularly failed to achieve without trying to drive me mad with its poor usability and abysmal performance.

Yes, office is a desktop suite and integration is very poor. Yes there rough edges and it's clearly not ready for prime time - look at the different routes to system settings for an example - though it's actually usable for all that. So to me it's not a complete dog and does have some use other than as a paperweight or door stop.

Comment Re:Did the author completely overlook,,, (Score 1) 289

Why doesn't nokia take a play from htc's book and start making their top phones run android? All of the investment into s60 and ovi aps is really just a sunk cost (actually it is better than a sunk cost since it will still keep producing on lower end phones).

Nokia has a knack for designing good phones--and they used to have great, simple, to the point software--but I find my s60 phone to be a somewhat clunky platform.

They are moving some of their high-end phones to Android, I believe, but have a massive phone base that runs s60 and and investment they'd need to write off I guess.

I find s60 to be not too bad, but it could do with some tidying up and optimisation.

Comment Re:Did the author completely overlook,,, (Score 1) 289

I don't understand how people can label Nokia products as crap. Their line of smartphones are the best-selling ones in this country (which is easily one of the biggest markets in the world, and where people are quite the fetishists about mobile phones). Sure, Samsung and SonyEricsson have made their presence felt in recent times, but Nokia is still the preferred brand with people here, and the N8 promises to be quite the contender to other "hip" smartphones.

The problem Nokia have is that while the phones are good, the rest of the ecosystem stinks. The Ovi store is appalling, prices are ridiculous and the support organisation blows. £4.00 for a colour theme? Crap! I just bought the top selling iPad game this morning (Osmos) for £2.99.

I recently bought an iPad so got an E55 instead of a new iShiney 4 and it's a damned good phone. The GPS works well, Ovi Maps are generally better than Google, battery life is immense, I can make and receive calls on it (which has always been a flaw of the iPhone) and it's smaller and lighter so easier to carry. OK so series 60 has some horrendous flaws - stupid email app, connectivity selection and app store - but if they were addressed it would be a complete winner for me.

If Nokia are going to remain SmartPhone relevant, and they have the phones to do it, they really do need to sort out the stuff that surrounds the phone and hire someone that will just hit the software quality problems. I just can't see it somehow...


When Rewriting an App Actually Makes Sense 289

vlangber writes "Joel Spolsky wrote a famous blog post back in 2000 called 'Things You Should Never Do, Part I,' where he wrote the following: '[T]he single worst strategic mistake that any software company can make: They decided to rewrite the code from scratch.' Here is a story about a software company that decided to rewrite their application from scratch, and their experiences from that process."

Comment Re:Just allow priests to marry already. (Score 1) 286

The requirement that priests remain celibate certainly both reduces the number of potential priests and also dramatically increases the chance that people who do join the priesthood will have unhealthy sexuality.

Would they be allowed to be in a same-sex marriage? That would really set the cat amongst the pigeons...

Comment Re:Doubt it will ever get made (Score 1) 349

I got into Firefly late in the UK but as I understand it, the series opening two-parter which allowed all the characters to be introduced was not shown first. The first episode aired was "The Train Job" which is a good episode but gives no backstory and hence left a lot of potential viewers with a WFT? confusion level that was hard to recover from.

Fox then moved the show times around pitching it against a lot of other high-audience draw shows (I'm not sure what, it was a long time ago but football springs to mind) and making it hard for people to know when to sit down and watch it. That and it was less about the action and more about the people and the interactions which made it less appealing to a certain audience.

And that was it, no audience figures to speak of so cancelled before it got started. Personally I think the average quality of the shows they did make is exceptional and that Serenity could have benefited from an actual advertising campaign but didn't get one and that's all history.

Comment Re:death penalty (Score 1) 349

OOps, should have read the article, and not just posted before reading. This is Avengers, the Marvel Comic series, not The Avengers, the 1961-1969 British TV series.

Bugger, I already had a picture in my mind of a Joss Whedon Steed and sidekick so the fact that it it's not those Avengers comes as something of a disappointment. I think he does quirky humour well enough that he'd have mad a decent fist of it, unlike the abomination that is the 1998 version.

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