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Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

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Maybe more than $100

But possibly under $500 retail to regular public.

The current price isn't unreasonable for a limited production test bed.

What resolution image does it do?

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Ofcom snatches spectrum from SPIES for mobile broadband

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Ofcom Interests

1) Selling spectrum licences to people with deep pockets

2) Not actually policing anything, hence the Broadcast damaging "White space".

They are not fit guardians of a one off national resource. It's not like regulation of Baked Beans production.

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Today's bugs have BRANDS? Be still my bleeding heart [logo]

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Re: Note to all C programmers

Also C programmers are in denial, or they would not be C programmers.

This is totally obvious from the comments and votes.

Makes me despair about the chance of better SW. Yes, C is flexible. It's also like using nitroglycerine to dig the flowerbed.

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Re: Bring back Ada

I think Modula-2 is nicer than Ada, but sadly most people don't understand Modules and Co-Routines to implement Objects and Concurrency. But C++ is preferable to C except when people use a C++ compiler to write C. Strustrup didn't want the amount of backward compatibility there is, but AT&T insisted.

JAL is best for 16F & 18F PIC. Doing them with C or BASIC is plain daft. They don't have the right architecture for pointer rich C or C++ (nor very suitable for Modula-2, Pascal, Ada, Java/C# etc).

I think we are stuck with C++ and Java (C# is really MS Java), but no excuse for C or C like programming styles. Or BASIC which is a cut down Fortran (I regard properly used VB5 & VB6 as closer to Visual Pascal or Visual Modula-2 than BASIC. VB.net on the other hand is C# pretending to be BASIC, so utterly pointless).

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Re: And another thing...

Why are you using C?

It was designed to make porting UNIX easily. It's not fit for purpose since late 1980s. Been using C++ since 1987.

Besides you don't need Macro to define True and False.

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Re: Once again

Of course designing your giant application as lots of small ones (in separately compiled and tested files) with a clearly defined APIs/Interfaces/layers whatever so they are separately testable "black boxes" that implementers of other parts need know nothing about the innards is a good idea. Actually the ONLY way to do bigger projects with more than two developers.

But copy & paste of small "apps" to make a big one is probably a bad idea.

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Re: Once again

What is really frightening is that many programmers don't even understand what I'm talking about. Or see the problem with source that can only be checked by running it. Or that in the source page text it's impossible to see what actually happens without mentally running a browser inside your head.

Or why Includes that are just text isn't real structure, objects/classes and can create bugs.

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And another thing...

Much more evil than Macros, or not sanitising input or not checking array bounds or GOTO are Macros.

Macros are for assembler. They are an absolute evil in a High Level Language, Don't use a Macro, EVER.

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Re: GOTO be GONE?

You seem to misunderstand why we have high level languages. It's deliberately to hide the CPU assembler / machine instructions. Every CPU I can think of uses Goto. Some like low end PIC only have stack for saving address etc due to Interrupt, they even use Gotos with parameters in an address to reuse code to simulate a function or procedure.

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Once again

Excellent Ms Stob

I was shouting in an enraged fashion the other day at the wall :

Why are the Security Mailing lists full of the same old Array Bounds Violations, lack of input sanitising and cross site scripting vulnerabilities?! (or is it !?)

Why nearly 30 years after C++ coming to DOS and every other platform from AT&T UNIX are people still using C?

I know it's too much to expect people to use Modula-2. But everyone has had time to learn how to program in C++ and port it to everything.

Why is the GUI and Web pages getting prettier but tools to develop Web Sites are like 1970s? Code if anything seems poorer than 1980s.

Verity should look at the unholy mix for ONE web page the source files mix of Java, Javascript, PHP, SQL, CSS, HTML, Oracle SQL-PL, and BOTH kinds of Adobe's Cold Fusion (Java style and XML style), often examples or fragments of all in the same source file.

You have to run it on the server and view with several browsers to even discover if it looks like you intended. Whole chunks of "code" may even be missing without warning. You have to "run" it to get ANY checking or diagnostics.

Don't let me get started on "Frameworks" for PHP etc.

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

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"create a BASIC interpreter "

Actually they didn't. They (BIll Gates and mostly Paul Allen) simply ported Dartmouth BASIC.

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Chinese iWatchers: Apple's WRISTPUTERS ALREADY in production

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Re: You will need

It's called humour.

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The Internet of Things gets its own NAS

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OpenWRT

Two ethernet ports?

Add HDD on USB

Add USB 3G dongle

Add USB Wifi?

Plug between cable modem or Fibre modem and your LAN switch. Router/Firewall/Backups and auto failover to 3G?

Power it and Switch off UPS.

It's not any use for cameras without the separate HDD. If it had 3 to 5 slots for HDDs I'd call it a NAS as it is, it's just a smart router/Adaptor.

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Anonymous develops secure data over ham radio scheme

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contribution to the world of ham packet radio

I see no contribution here.

1) This isn't new

2) Piracy isn't new (over 100 years old)

3) Data comms over radio is really really old. Even in 1930s they used typewriters and almost unbreakable encoding (note the German traffic was cracked due to bad operating practices).

4) It's really easy to track down locations of transmitters.

Hams could have been using encryption and cyphers for over 100 years but don't because it's illegal everywhere.

With Laptop, SSB transmitter / Receiver you can do secure encryption on any datamode (Morse, RTTY, Hellscriber, fax, PSK31 etc etc). Like encryption on t'Internet the biggest issue is key distribution, or if you use the uncrackable one time pad, the code book!

So not news, just stupidity. Also unless you use about 100 systems in parallel on 100 different frequencies the average analogue dialup phone line is about 10x faster.

If you have very fancy gear then spread spectrum over 10s of MHz might not be noticed. Most off the shelf gear will only do a single 2.5KHz channel.

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Did Google order staff to 'steal' web ad cash from publishers? THE TRUTH

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I don't believe it

Google would have a cleverer more deniable evil scheme that wouldn't at all look evil.

However though I run maybe 15 websites I don't have any 3rd party adverts, so I can't offer any pithy anecdotal evidence.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

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Re: Nearly

I disabled Searching from URL box ages ago. Simple configuration change. It's stupid to combine the two. But that and the single click bookmark (which I hate) are not new to 29

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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What will happen next?

A fork of Android. Isn't there already a phone with cynogen or whatever it's called preloaded?

What Google control is Playstore and Android Apps. I don't believe they have lost control of them.

Any non-Google Android can only succeed if it has the important basic applications at good quality.

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Hey cloud providers, HP wants your server biz back: Here's one we made earlier in Far East

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Wang

I think Wang lasted less than 3 years after they outsourced to China.

Maybe HP wants to be a Services company?

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BBC hacks – tweet the crap out of the news, cries tech-dazzled Trust

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Re: people in the UK from looking at bbc.com

Outside UK it's been impossible to see full UK or N.I. news any more. bbc.co.uk automatically loads bbc.com

I gave up on BBC videos ages ago as all are prefixed by un-skipable adverts. Except many links that are really video are not "flagged" with the icon they use for video content.

What is the difficulty with letting people choose? Also surely only some video and audio need to be geoblocked. It's an insult to anyone resident in UK on a business trip or holiday and a bit naff for British Citizens who for whatever reason can't be living in the UK.

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ignored because the preoccupations of the BBC

Yes as well as the excellent examples they are also obsessed with DAB, Facebook, Twitter and especially promotion of LBGT in as many programs as possible.

I actually support Reith's idea of giving people what they should get and not just what they think they want (there is ITV for that) but BBC today has a very very narrow viewpoint. The replies to criticism that does make to air on Feedback (the web site is strangely limited despite comments enabled on some articles) are extremely self serving and patronising.

Still have you watched / listened / read :

Irish State Broadcaster RTE

Italian Media

US TV/Radio

German TV

CCTV

Arriang

Russia Today

Even with the terrible short comings of BBC they are still better.

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Actually...

They should do the opposite.

Less video, smaller graphics, more real content on their own web site. Stop pimping the proprietary, privacy slurping, ad serving, 3rd party walled gardens of Twitter and Facebook, which are at best I suppose of some value if you don't have a major web site of your own.

Companies and Organisations promoting Twitter & Facebook are not bring traffic to themselves as much as simply helping Facebook and Twitter to make money.

Reith of course would have embraced every technology to promote the BBC, but Facebook and Twitter are neither promotional tools or technology, but Advertisement hoardings that are parasites on the Web. They add no value.

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What HAS BEEN SEEN? OMG it's a thing that looks like an iWatch

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Re: The mind boggles

But none of those claims are novel, lacking in obviousness to anyone skilled in the Art or without Prior Art.

None of that should get a patent or Registered Design.

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Re: Why are we getting worked up about this?

I patented that comment a few articles ago.

Actually everyone else has said already anything I'd need to say.

"doesn't look like the most exciting of patents"

So like every other pointless Apple "patent". Is this one though an actual patent or what we would call a "Registered Design", like shape of a Coke Bottle or Classic steel Hobbs Kettle?

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Go ahead and un-install .Net, but you'll CRIPPLE Windows Server 2012

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Time to Migrate.

Actually we found Server 2003 so bloated compared to NT 4.0 Server and Win 2000 Server we moved to Linux. Been using NT Server since 1994.

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Nod Labs forges one (Bluetooth) ring to rule them all

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Re: An interesting idea

yes, far more interesting than the NFC only ring the other day.

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NBN Co in 'broadband kit we tested worked' STUNNER

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Re: Proof of Concept

Umm ... of course it "works" but at rapidly reducing speed the further you are from cabinet and the more pairs in a multi-pair cable that are active. More than 200m and coax DOCSIS 3.0 from cabinet makes more sense than copper. At 1km no better than ADSL2+

For a minimum 100Mbps from cabinet you need DOCSIS (Cable). For low contention and / or more than 100Mbps you need FTTP/FTTH. Fibre to node is an interim solution and only good for Urban. Or for Cable Operators (HFC). Any new fibre system today should be FTTP/FTTH

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Trolls and victims watch Supremes for definition of meaningless patents

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Perhaps spacing isn't relevant.

Perhaps the idea is trivial, obvious or can be easily developed by anyone skilled in the Art. Any of which are supposed to kill a patent application.

Novelty needs to be in it, but novelty alone nor lack of prior art isn't sufficient.

The USPO doesn't even apply their own rules properly,

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It's spade sellers who REALLY make a killing in a gold rush: It's OVER for graphics card mining

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Other uses?

Can we use these mining ASICs for anything else? Apart from trying to find passwords that generate exposed hashes on PCs / Servers.

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Stephen Elop: I was RIGHT to BURN the PLATFORMS

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Nokia Name

I thought the deal is that MS doesn't actually get the option to use the Nokia name as long at it wants, but only a fixed period (is it a year or two?) and for existing models.

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Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

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Good

Wordperfect For Windows was dead before win95, fact was it was a bad attempt at a windows program. Windows 95 was irrelevant. Word & Excel very successful before Win95. And on Mac actually before windows even worked properly (3.1 was first decently working version).

Mind you MS did add Gratuitous APIs to Win95 (which they then had to retrofit to NT 3.5 as NT3.51). This prevented no-one writing good Windows applications. It was to stop new applications "for Win95" working on Win3.11 / WFWG3.11 which actually could run many NT applications via Win32s add-on.

This was not at all about stopping 3rd party programs but so Office 95 couldn't run on WFW3.11, otherwise it would have. So of course NT users got a free upgrade 3.5 to 3.51 as Office 95 wouldn't otherwise run on NT!

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Polymer droplets turn smartmobes into microscopes

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Re: Low quality, low applicability.

yes.

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Re: truly microscopic breakthrough

I don't think this is novel. I thought that people already doing this many years ago.

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Internet of Thingies bods: Forget 3G, let's go straight to 4G

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The Other issue is Coverage.

Many regulators have very low requirements on Geographic and Population Coverage.

Operators left to their own will do very much less coverage than GSM has. Very often 3G falls back to GSM / Edge. The 4G operators will cherry pick.

There is no USO with Mobile. Certainly in many countries for next 10 to 20 years 4G coverage will be much less than 60% Geographically and in some Western countries less than 50%.

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Chap builds mobe based on Raspberry Pi

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Re: re:"*If you want contributions to the hacking of electronics;"

Biege box?

Or grey racks with loads of fans and LEDs.Seen those.

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NASA spots 'new' star just 7.2 light years away

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Re: Pedantry

But Proxima Centauri might be a member of Alpha Centauri "cluster".

Proxima Centauri is very likely part of a triple star system with Alpha Centauri A and B.

Of course wiki may be wrong ...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proxima_Centauri

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Light blue touch paper?

So how much additional mass / gas would result in fusion?

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Apple patents Wi-Fi access point location lookup

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I dispair.

Please someone close the USPO.

Maybe if enough companies get enough of these stupid patents which are PURELY about stopping competitors launching real products and NOTHING about protecting the investment made in innovation someone will reform the system.

Maybe Apple employs more people creating patents than actually doing anything in a lab.

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

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Re: The Grand Plan

Google sells advertising space.

MS Sells HW, SW and Services.

They are not actually in the same market, though it might superficially appear so. Amazon is more likely to be the real direct competitor to Apple and MS in the long term as unlike Google they want to sell physical stuff and Services. Google's Services are all purely a means to the end of making money from selling advertising.

Google would happily scrap Android and endorse WinPhone if it gave them 80% mobile market and MS let them have the info for their Advertising business. Google is loyal only to Google making money.

I don't see WinPh displacing even iOS never mind Android any time soon.

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Re: the money is in the IP...

But MS only got a licence to use Nokia IP. It's all still Nokia's

Possibly Nokia still has the toilet roll, Welly boot, Satellite Receiver and TV set IP too.

Unlike most other Tech companies, Nokia has "re-invented" themselves many times. This time they really had to as the Bureaucracy and internal politics has been strangling making the right decisions for about the last 12 years. The take over of Siemens' Networks via NSN "merger" and Motorola Networks hasn't gone too well (Mobile Base Stations etc). Ericsson and Huewei may yet eat their lunch on that if they don't get sorted.

Samsung has plenty of IP.

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Or maybe

They could swallow their ego, snuff out Windows 8 and Windows phone, sell android phones and a new hybrid NT-Linux with 100% Win API compatibility!

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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Re: The Facts... Mac User?

Maybe < 5% of purchasers were Mac users then and iTunes was pretty useless without Internet. Even today Broadband isn't universal and some Western countries a 1/3rd have never used Internet. I have broadband. But almost all my music and video is dowloaded on plastic disc via a physical trip to shop or postal delivery. Then I "rip" the CD and put it in a safe place.

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Re: "And it’s an area where nobody has figured it out yet."

That's sort of bizarre, a Mastercard Debit card fed from Visa Credit card via PayPal.. Maybe useful for discovering in a shop that only takes Debit cards that my Bank Account is empty ... Except most shops that take Debit cards have an arrangement the Bank doesn't mention to you till you discover on the statement you can spend past the overdraft limit without knowing.

So many creative ways to get further in Debt!

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Re: @Mage...

My eyes ....

Till now I lived in blissful ignorance of MS Bob!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Bob

Arrrrggggh!

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Re: The Facts..........

I remember the horrors of installing the required SW to work iPods on Windows 98. With only 19kbps available on rubbish dialup to download the applications.

People bought them at Christmas due to hype and had no way to load music on them! Most people even if they had a PC didn't have internet.

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Re: The Facts..........

At least 3 main companies, Creative being well known. Many smaller companies.

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Re: "We don’t do very many things so we spend a lot of time on every detail..."

How many years ago did they switch from an Apple OS (the last was 9) to simply bolting stuff on and polishing GUI of OS X?

Though Actually perhaps MS should have been doing that since NT 3.5 instead of the evil of Win95, Win98 (bug fix), Win ME (joke OS) and degradation of NT via NT4.0 (Drivers into Kernel), W2K (inconsistent GUI and USB of unreleased SP7 of NT4.0), XP (finished version W2K). Vista (joke based on NT instead of Win95), Win 7 (bug fix / finished Vista), Win 8 (What do you get if you cross a Zune with an NT Desktop OS? ).*

Been nice if MS had released Courier, married Zune and Win Phone CE and just been polishing XP :-) with spinning off Media Center as a FINISHED product based on NT embedded and a new GUI unrelated to Zune / Metro/Explorer etc.

And if some consumer electronics company rather than Oracle had bought Sun (all SW then OS but financially supported, no Davik and Android or C# as Java and JVM would have been totally free).

(* Yes, I also had Explorer Preview Shell on NT3.51 (no BSOD) and a USB stack on NT4.0 which worked with later released Win2K Scanner & printer Drivers)

So yes, Apple do actually do their stuff well, but it's not innovation nor much R&D, (maybe r&D).

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Re: The Facts..........

The iPod wasn't new or innovative, just better marketed and more expensive. No Apple Tech. Only rip of Dieter Rams Braun styling.

The iPhone had a more slick GUI (but not actually new HW, nor as fully featured) and was better marketed and succeeded well due to bundled data package, no innovation or Apple HW Technology, SW a repackaged OS X (which wasn't actually Apple innovation). More expensive than competitors.

The iPad was a larger iPhone. Zero innovaton. More expensive than comparable competition.

Apple TV isn't a TV. It's a media Streamer which really needs and iPad or iPhone to get best value out of it thus in reality £400 more than a Roku, which doesn't need a tablet or phone for full value. There is zero innovation in an Apple TV.

Apple based on profits vs sales has about x3 margin, thus are obviously overpriced.

They are a Product appearance Design & marketing House with a nice "in house" GUI on the iOS and OSX. They are not a Technology company or innovator. They buy in the HW expertise and little SW innovation since they bought in OS X from Steve Job's Next to replace insecure, inflexible creaking OS9. OSX is not very innovative being largely based on BSD.

Apple do what they do very well. But unlike Samsung have developed very little. The original Mac was a "fixup" of the under spec'd Lisa (which was a cheap clone of the Xerox Star, which I played with). The current Mac is largely an Intel design. The Apple II was "ready to go", only needing a monitor on top but only 40 columns and slow non-standard 100k floppy. I believed the hype and bought one. Terrible waste of money.

Apple have always relied on customer perception. Not on technological innovation. Maybe the Newton and Pippin were innovative.

Or the round puck mouse with one button (but stupid).

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Microsoft's naughty Cortana NOT ALLOWED NEAR CHILDREN

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Data collected?

Does MS, Apple, Amazon & Google data collection, processing, security and retention comply with

a) US standards

b) EU standards

Is it even obvious to Joe Ordinary what is being collected?

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Will Apple's $130bn cash infusion keep investors onboard?

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Parasites

All that cash not going into circulation and they borrow money, which results in slightly less money available for other companies to actually invest in Plant. R&D etc ...

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Brain surgery? Would sir care for a CHOC-ICE with that?

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Mobility

Unless my job is to fix HW, I should be able to work ANYWHERE from my home office. Actually I have a mechanical Workshop and Electronics lab at home too for HW. But Programming, especially today with SVN, subversion, Git, Google drive, Hosting and Broadband etc, I can do in my home office with better productivity. Saves the environment. No office to heat or air condition, no CO2 and particulates etc and time wasting commuting. Lower risk too.

It costs about £8K to move house, minimum, to one worth the same. How long will any job last?

The problem is bad management, outsourcing, HR depts looking for wrong stuff and vetoing Engineering supervisors. To a lesser extent Polytechs becoming Universities and Universities dumbing down to teach a computer language instead of Eduction and Art of Programming.

So Web Server programming and tools are so 1970s and we see the same old stupid array bounds violations and cross site scripting vulnerabilities and bugs on "new" packages. GUIs get prettier and underlying code gets full of gunge and rubbish. Nicely indented spaghetti and "objects"/"Classes"/API designed by Satan's demons high on hash.

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