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Given the battery life on a BlackBerry, I'd bet on one of those for 24/7 operation. The only way I've ever been able to drain a fully-charged battery is by running a crapload of apps, turning on GPS, WiFi *and* 3G while having a -120 dB signal, while chatting away on MSN Messenger *and* Yahoo Messenger. Even then, it worked for 10 hours on a single charge. I'm pretty sure that without GPS, the battery might even break the 24-hour barrier even with both 3G and WiFi transmitters working.
Also, BlackBerries seem to take a good deal of abuse without breaking... the iBone's main feature is also it's main vulnerability: the touchscreen. It is a nice toy, but it isn't quite cut for serious use.
NFC? No need for that
One bank over here did one of those "mobile payments" scheme. They chose a "secured" app (one of those *666# mobile apps) and you would have to put in your PIN for these payments. In fact, it sounded good enough to make me interested... but they screwed up big time. The "deal" was exclusive to a mobile operator that has barely 15% market share (and was even lower back then), instead of going with the one that has 80% market share (me included).
Somehow they managed to screw up even more, as they "fused" the scheme with some weird social networking site, and that's when I finally lost interest. I'm never going to trust "social networking" with my money. Sadly, the bank's original idea was interesting enough; even the snack vending machines were able to recieve payments with that system...
Eudora in a floppy
This was the main plus I found with Eudora back in 1996. It could fit in a 1.44 3.5" floppy! Also, the interface was simple & quick to use. Oh, I really miss Eudora. I currently use PINE on some systems... :)
My mobile e-mails say "Sent from my BlackBerry". I actually like that to be sent, so that the other person knows I'm not behind a PC and will probably take some time to take whatever action he requested as "urgent".
Failing to see the point?
The ecosystem Sony would target to with something like a PSPphone wouldn't be the same for the iBone. The fact that Sony brings up a PS-based phone doesn't mean it is an iPhone imitator. In fact, it has a quite different ecosystem *already in place*, it doesn't need to build it.
1. Sony doesn't *need* a zillion developers for a PSP. Most apps for the PSP would probably be games, which Sony already has a good share of producers churning out. It isn't like N-Gage which needed to bring titles to the platform. iPhone may have more games, but hardcore gamers won't be easily attracted: would you play Pac-Man, or JimBum's "Park-Man" lookalike? Iron Gear Liquid: Snake Biter? hm... I don't think so.
However, I do think Sony would open up to 3rd party developers; in the world of consoles, they were nice enough to allow Linux to run on their PS3s, they are in fact less averse to homebrew stuff as long as they don't hit the game sales income.
2. PSN Store. They've had the Store up there ever since the release of the PS3. The PSP Go even operates on the same principles of the iPhone: buy your games online.
3. This one I don't know, but whatever scheme they're using, it seems to work for game developers.
4. They already have stuff like that for their current SE phones; plus there is the fact that you can simply pass on mp3's on a USB stick to your PS3, or set up media servers on your PC for your PSP & PS3. No need to add a lock-in app.
5. I'd hint a PSPphone would use some modified version of XMB, no need to use something else.
Finally, the "rootkit" which brought such infamy to Sony was actually caused by Sony/BMG ... notice the BMG part.
I'd say ... this glitch seems to be a good thing for those trying to crack HDCP and similar DRM crap. Monkeying around with the power supply requires the 'hacker' to have physical access to the server, which makes said attack unfeasible. However, it is a damn good method to crack all that stuff they stuck into HD content, Blu-Ray and similar media. Nice!
My RAM is expensive
I remember running up costs for RAM in November. I was seeing $30 2Gb DDR2 RAM sticks, and thought "nice, I'm gonna get me that lean mean 8Gb machine for me! Whoops... the RAM had jumped to $70. So I'm stuck with a 4Gb box, 'coz its expensive.
It seems like its time to buy a crapload of RAM sticks and sell 'em for more... prices are definitely going up.
Having to deal with those lazy Flash-only sites from time to time, this is one thing I can actually thank the iPhone for. Flash is for games, anything more complex is a job for HTML, JSP, ASPX, PHP, whatever.
Ooooh, they still have that policy?
One guy at high school had the misfortune of setting his password, and he immediately forgot his password.
He then spent MONTHS trying to get IBM to reset his password... he eventually had to buy another laptop. That was back in 1998, seems like that policy has remained in Lenovo.
Maybe they're talking about the Apple Computer in the 70's ... those used to be very common before the advent of the IBM PC. Most of the stuff found in Apple Computers dominated the 8-bit personal compuer market up to the 80's; see the MSX and Commodore for that.
I do wonder if that gives Apple the right of "igniting" the PC revolution, though.
Is it that much different than "regular" programming?
I once went to a local mall a couple of years ago, and was greeted by p0rn being shown in the food court screens. However, this "porn" was actually a 50 cent video. So you don't really need to hack these things to get porn, just switch to rapper videos!
Gah! My eyes!
Forget about the lack of a NSFW tag, even with the small window I had open, my eyes are on fire. HEEELP!
"you don't need 10 year old jimmy posting Wobble shots of his teacher on FB, and getting her fired, or using the "naked" app to post child porn pseudo images of his classmates and getting the whole school shut down"
I'm pretty sure that all of this can be done without an iBone, any pen cam will suffice to get the "sample" and would get uploaded by, you know, *normal* PCs.
So it means that this version of the Aliens tracker will actually tell them they're coming from *above*, and not through the door?
Problem with OGG
... is that using that thingy means downloading stuff into your PC. Codec-hunting. Which is fine for techy, nerdy guys like us, but extremely annoying for common users who want their stuff to "just work".
The day that MS includes OGG codecs on its OS will be the day that OGG gains universal adoption. Otherwise, it is only another hoop to jump for "normal" users.
Depends on what you call 'fat'.
I also worked at a large financial organization, and while IE6 was the "standard", so was Nestcape 4. That was because Netscape 4 is the most recent browser with OS/2 support; go figure.
The good thing is that those OS/2 beasts with Netscape4 are basically malware-proof, as there's no chance in hell they'll even be able to run the malware!
I read about those in the DOOM novelizations. Theoretically, it works even better when you take into account a Fusion Reactor. That extra hydrogen is your free fuel refill!
Anyway, this investigation neglects the use of the "force field" around most Federation ships, which may be well into science fiction, but then again, the same remains true for near-c man-rated ships.
It is here too
The use of "Durex" (or Diurex, as pronounced in Spanish) for referring to adhesive tape is also common over here. Yes, in fact I think that "Durex" the condom manufacturer was also the same "Durex" the tape manufacturer; thus we have the same brand for different, err.... uses.
@Greg J Preece
Which companies? Most of the places I've worked at in the last 3 years have stuck to XP and Office 2003. No one in their right mind has chosen 2007, especially with that "Ribbon" thingy that seems to have eaten up all their beloved menus. Not to mention Vista, which I've seen in only 2 corporate PC' in that same timeframe; and those PCs were new. In fact, I suspect new PC acquisitions have been frozen in most corps *thanks* to Vista. Woo!!!
You didn't read the article?
"MicroSIM is the smallest size currently available. It supports additional address book features, better security and a few other API enhancements *out of the box*"
So, you didn't read the part about the "new features" being available on USIM chips, micro or not? IIRC, the only difference between "mini" and "micro" is the excess plastic surrounding the actual chip, hence the ability to "hack" a normal USIM card into a "microSIM" slot. You're just cutting the useless plastic.
"Apple have a track record of popularising new interfaces and technologies. They did it with USB, with Firewire, with multitouch... and they were (in)famously the first computer manufacturer to drop the 3.5" floppy drive."
... and they were also the first ones in using SCSI as a HDD standard, first to jump into RISC/PowerPC, first in using 3.5" floppies instead of the 5.25" with the Macintosh ... all of these improvements were lost in favor of cheap crap by switching to IDE and x86.
I doubt USB was made popular by Mac, Firewire was better but it didn't quite take off, and dropping the 3.5" floppy *when they did it* was kind of stupid, as pendrives weren't that popular back then.
The difference is just a bunch of plastic.
If you have a miniSIM that conforms to the USIM standard, the only difference is the plastic around the SIM. It is the chip itself the one that would be detected by the iPad. :)
RSA is still secure 30+ years after its conception, the only thing that makes it "weak" is its dependence on key length. IDEA is also quite old, and is still considered secure. Most of the cracked algorithms are usually the ones that were half-baked, short-sighted and propietary. DECT falls into this category.
You realize it is the *iPhone* the one doing this? The one that the Mactards insist is flawless, and doesn't have any of those "your system is insecure" malware vectors???
As an even greater insult, the "verified" config comes from Apple Computer, which is easy to register as thanks to Apple ditching its original name: "Apple Computer". If they still had that one, the guy who got the legit SSL cert wouldn't have been able to do so. Of course, this also makes you wonder how would a CA not realize that someone asking for "Apple Computer" might be phishing.
My main problem with most scripting languages is that I believe that interpreted languages add unnecessary overhead on the CPU that could be spent executing instructions, especially in a production environment where code is changed once a week but executed a zillion times between code changes. It isn't like I'm about to change my code every time I run it!
the Space Shuttle still had some reuseable parts. Constellation was basically stepping backwards and using the shitty 60's tech "just bigger". They didn't even try to do something like the DynoSoar or any similar reuseable spaceplane.
Hell, they even ignored DIRECT, which had a lower cost than the Ares thingies they've just cancelled.
At least I hope that this means NASA will actually work in a real spaceship instead of "use once and discard" toys.
Sun's potshots at MS
I still miss that "Jacques Cousteau" commercial where he dies because his scuba equipment uses Windows NT. "Ze last thing he saw vas not the blue of the sea, but the Blue Screen of Death."
I'm going to miss these guys.
Ah, the calculator jokes...
I miss 'em, as I've been using dot-matrix graphical calculators such as the TI-83 and TI-89 since high school.
Then again, I can actually type stuff on those calcs as well... :)
That pic doesn't look like it has a keyboard...
Smartphones are all about the QWERTY keyboards. T9 is fugly for constant typing!
IIRC, I think that Obama was going to get one of NSA's own secure smartphones for the "really secure" stuff. Can't remember the name for that thing, though.
It is bad enough for the Julian/Gregorian calendar to omit a year 0, but to have numpties claiming that decades follow the same retarded rules? Geeze!
I follow my dates by the ISO standard, which means I assume a year zero, so do the astronomers, and so should you! :)
That would be...
... because the "CRH2" is really a rebadged Shinkansen, and the "CRH3" is really a Siemens Velaro train. Hey, at least they actually bought them, unlike that blatant Transrapid-ripoff they tried to pull off years ago with stolen German tech. It looks like the Chinese gov't is playing nice now :)
Too late, indeed!
Amen! I'd also add that tis is the same Monty who decided to make MyISAM a transactionless engine, polluting the minds of those who followed "the MySQL way" and were duped into thinking that such things as transactions aren't necessary. Their insistance on the fact that such things like transactions or referential integrity weren't needed, added with the aforementioned expensive licensing were the key factors on making me go back to PostgreSQL.
I'm more concerned on the future for SPARC than MySQL. All the smart opensourcers should've already moved to PostgreSQL by now!
I see dead Vultures...
Articles like this make me miss the 'dead vulture' icon ... which would be totally appropiate for this one.
Does wanting vulture brains make one a zombie? Coz zombies want braaaaains!
So it is a worm!
Even security experts designate it as a worm. The fanboi's are put to rest on the "it isn't a worm" argument.
That said, it does seem to be the "stupid worm", that meaning you're stupid enough to leave a default password on your phone. Kinda like leaving your Nokia with 12345 as the security code...
Fixing the 0-unaware cultures
I follow the ISO standard:
I think astronomers and scientists don't like timescales jumping numbers. Thus, Christ was born on Dec. 25, 0000 and centuries begin on 00's, not 01's. Anyway, decades are referred as the 70's, 80's, 90's ... which implies that the decades themselves go 70-79, 80-89 ... I'd doubt the mathematical abilities of anyone claiming that 1990 is part of "the eighties", century-beginning-offsetting notwithstanding.
Pretty much employable!
I've been able to boast that I actively refuse jobs that have even a whiff of MS technology in the horizon, and still land good jobs. In fact, knowing UNIX, Linux and Java seems to land me *better paid jobs*, mostly because VB brainless coding monkeys swarm the market, so VB programmers are seen as trash, while Java devs have better reputations.
The only people who claim that MS "owns" the IT market are those who aren't in IT. UNIX still leads the server market, and most of the big orgs use either UNIX or mainframey stuff like Tandem NonStop or the IBM fridges. :)
Not all of North America
Here in Mexico, my BB never stopped getting emails. Or at least, not in normal hours ... I doubt I'd ever be in a hurry to get e-mail at 2 am. Anyway, the only "delayed" email I see was one sent at 3am which arrived at 4am. All those chain-letters and social networking site "updates" still arrived on time.
Oooh the Challenger!
I bought a toy Space Shuttle sometime circa 1985. It was the "Challenger". Years later I found out that after the Challenger blew up, the toy was being sold as the "Discovery" now. That would make my "Challenger" toy a rare item it seems ... which might explain why it got stolen from my mum's house. Arrrrgh!
Anyway ... comparing "Titanic sinking" with 9/11 isn't quite in the same league. Titanic was an accident, mainly because of an arrogant attitude on the "unsinkable boat" idea. 9/11 was a terrorist attack.
Sell a $500 Slim with OtherOS support, so all the geeks can buy an unsubsidized Linux-capable PS3!!! :)
I really, really want x86 to be displaced ....
Hm... though that one was fairly harmless, the only thing it did was to analyze hour browsing behavior and show relevant ads in the Viewbar I had docked in the bottom of the screen. In fact, I don't remember it being much of a resource hog at all!
Also, AllAdvantage gave much more than $1 to users... then again, you had to accumulate a big chunk of "usage hours" to get any money. And thus, MyAdvantage was born... ;)
Would this be the infamous "3D" laptop that used some kind of "stereoscopic" effect to make the 3D illusion?
Ah yes, it is listed in one of the "worst tech" lists: http://www.pcworld.com/article/125772-6/the_25_worst_tech_products_of_all_time.html
At least this one doesn't require crossing your eyes.
Maybe it's time to get our "space-based" solar energy by now. After all, SimCity 2000 promised me I would have one by 2020... and it seems it will be the case!
That, and Fusion would be the solution for energy stuff. Nuclear's fine as well, but after Chernobyl most ppl seem to be terrified by those.
As for washing, well, I'd complain more about people using their washing machines at half load, but at full water marks. Eek!
you didn't get someone like my mom. She bought the "wireless DSL" package (which means they supply you with a DSL router with WiFi) and called me a week later asking why she couldn't get online from my grandparents' home. Somehow she thought that the "wireless" part meant "city-wide coverage". Sheesh!
Moto did have nice phones
I also wonder, someone saying that Moto's phones have always been shite must have been using cellphones from times no earlier than 2000. Maybe even sooner.
My 1998 StarTAC was by far the best analog cellphone ever... ok, second only to my Ericcson, the model which I always forget its number or whatever, the one that appeared on Eraser (used by the Governator when he dials the "run away" signal.) The later 120t was also one of the best digital-era cellphones, and those would even span the early 2000s decade.
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