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Comment Re: Phone (Score 1) 241

Except if the UK runs into the Ecuadorian embassy there will be an international incident.

Who has suggested that?

Uh, common sense? A foreign embassy is, for all intents and purposes, sovereign land of the foreign country....

I was not asking "who has suggested there will be an nternational incident?". I was asking "who has suggested the UK 'runs' into the embassy?". As you say, that would be totally unacceptable in this over-blown case.

Even when, some years ago, an official at the Libyan embassy shot a London policewoman (she was defending the embassy from rioters) dead from a window, the UK did not storm the embassy. Most people thought they should have though.

Comment UK Rural Poor (Score 1) 79

Similar results have been found in rural areas, which means that the demand for increasing broadband service to a minimum level may be high among people with lower incomes.

I live in a rural area of the UK (my speed is 2.2 Mbps) and the issue is not being able to afford no better - that is all that is available down the end of a long copper line.

The are going to have to do a lot of road digging to put in cable before anyone around here gets any better, rich or poor.

And in rural UK the well-off outnumber the "poor". Most agricultural jobs have gone and the poor have gone to live in towns; their cottages have mostly been modernised and extended for better-off commuters. I live in what was once a forrester's cottage for example, extended to three times its original size.

Comment Re: Phone (Score 1) 241

Except if the UK runs into the Ecuadorian embassy there will be an international incident.

Who has suggested that?

How about I and the US government sit outside where you live and hint that I'll drag you off and make you disappear.

Now on an unrelated note you suddenly get a call that you're facing rape charges in Sweden, better start putting your affairs in order.

Why is Assange any different from anyone else facing criminal charges in the USA, Sweden or anywhere else? If it is OK for anyone facing criminal charges to shelter in the nearest Ecuadorian embassy then Ecuador had better start building some massive accomodation blocks by its embassies around the world.

Comment Re:No damn way. (Score 1) 267

If I switched to Linux today, and refused to buy games that won't run on it..... ....I won't get to play those games. ...... The last thing I am going to do is build my life around duties imposed by some random person on the Internet.

When you got to "some random person on the internet" I immediately thought of Satya Nadella. I guess you did not mean me to think him or similar control freaks cases in the mould of Cook, Gates, Balmer and Jobs. However I am not sure what person or "duties" you are referring to.

Comment Re:To play games (Score 2) 267

i'm stuck with windows because it'd be far too much work having to reboot any time i want to just play a game if i dual booted.

Have two computers. With so many people replacing their desktops with tablets you can buy a very good used desktop PC for peanuts (I have four). Use one just for Windows games and be ready to re-install when it gets malware. Keep your serious work, web surfing and data on a different PC under Linux.

Comment Re:Intel and Microsoft make it easy to manufacture (Score 1) 116

I've got to give credit to Microsoft and Intel for making it easy to create a PC company. Intel produces a reference PC design, and a large number of chips. So, the design can get minor tweaks, for putting the design into manufacturing. So, you have to manufacture, sell, and provide warranty support for the PC. Today, manufacturing can be outsourced .....

I missed where Microsoft came in.

It was IBM who made it easy to create a PC company. When they introduced the PC they did not think it important enough (a passing fad, they preferred mainframes) to make most of the stuff themselves so they contracted it out. Intel and Microsoft were just two of those contractors. And IBM did not stop those contractors from selling the same stuff to third parties - other computer makers. So a cottage industry of PC clone makers sprang up using Intel chips and of course MSDos, among other things.

In fact Microsoft made things hard for those other PC makers - and still do - like charging silly prices and stopping them from pre-installing OS/2, Beos or Linux. Alan Sugar (of Amstrad) said of the price of Microsoft's software : "... as a computer manufacturer we are really a servant of Microsoft ... the bill of material content of our computers, the highest price ticket item in there, is the royalty we pay them [Microsoft] to put Windows in the box"

Comment Re:Optimistic, perhaps? (Score 1) 116

Now people didn't WANT to replace their expensive PCs every other year

Agreed. When I considered buying first PC there was a choice between 286's and 386's. 286 was regarded as perfectly satisfactory for things like word processing, spreadsheets, and simple games like Startrek and Space Invaders. For example IBM wasted massive man-years getting OS/2 to run on 286's even though the 386 was aready around. It was assumed that 386 would only ever be needed by power users and servers and that the 286 (with minor improvements) would be the processor for everyone else for ever. The hardware was built like a tank accordingly. A bit like camera makers like Nikon make a camera line for professionals and a separate line for amateurs.

But suddenly the CPU race took off. One year's "professional" PC became the following year's entry level PC. After dithering between a 286 and a 386, I actually bought a 25 MHz 486 which was soon old hat anyway.

If the CPU race is still going I have lost interest; my 10 year old PC does all I need. My bottleneck is the speed of my internet connection.

Comment Re:World’s Smallest Transistor Is Just One N (Score 1) 116

When this [nanometer transistors] is ready for mass production, we're about to see a boom in computing that will make the 80s and 90s look like nothing.

No it wont, it will just make my system unit smaller, or rather the microchips in my system unit smaller. For which I don't give a toss because my system unit is already small enough to fit unnoticed in a corner under my desk, and can already do more than I need it to as a computer despite being over 10 years old.

If you are talking about microchips getting smaller (and cheaper) enough to be put into more and more things, then that revolution is already happening (or has happened already - credit cards for example); but I would not define that as "computing". So the processor in my credit card will be smaller, but it will still be a credit card.

Comment Re:Moores Law (Score 1) 116

PCs are edging their way back to being gaming, specialist, and business machines. They're not dying, just finding a more specialized niche. People who are predicting the "death" of the PC are off the mark. They'll decline to a point, then stabilize as a much smaller industry than in its heyday

Agreeing, a parallel is in music players. Back in the 70s/80s everyone wanted a "Hi-Fi" system with separate record player, cassete recorder/player, radio, amplifier and speaker boxes, including huge woofers if they had the cash and space. People had 10 % of their living room occupied by shelving and wiring for their Hi-Fi. Some enthusiasts still have such kit (often dedicating a whole room to it), and always will, but the general population has moved onto iPods and earphones.

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