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Apple in Trouble.
They should be worried when serial asset strippers, carpet baggers,speculators and divestors (opposite of investors?) take an interest.
Icahn may be none of these, but certainly his pronouncements are designed to increase profit for icahn.
Ives an innovative Designer To Save Apple?
Ives admits being inspired by Dieter Rams' Braun Products.
Jobs was fantastic Charismatic marketeer. Very much like Edison. Who didn't invent the Light Bulb and insisted DC mains was better than AC mains. Nor did Edison invent Cinema, though he claimed no-one could do it with out his Patents.
Maybe even if Jobs was still with us Apple would be close to "peak". There is a limit to how many times Apple can do what they have done. Ives on his own plagiarising 1950s & 1960s Braun/Rams can't save Apple.
What actually have they innovated rather than successfully marketed? Not the iPhone HW, nor its OS. Similar GUI did exist on prior niche products. The capacitive gesture GUI was slickly implemented. Is that innovation or just doing prior art better? In the 1980s the industry wanted handwriting recognition and ability to sketch / annotate rather than browse menus & content, hence they decided to use resistive rather than capacitive input (both existed!) for much greater accuracy. The best solution is to have both.
We may not be quite at Peak Apple, but even with Jobs the future might not be much different.
DOS on Wirelss.
Wireless is really stupid for alarm sensors. Alarms by default go off if they detect jamming. So you repeatedly "jam" the frequency/band without attempting entry. Then when the alarm doesn't go off, you break a window at the rear. You park the white van in front or even the driveway. During the day! Carry everything out by the front door (Mains angle grinder at bolts if a deadlock).
Locks and wired alarms are a deterrent. Wireless alarms are an illusion for Cheapskates that don't want 4 core alarm wiring.
Is this real then?
Three incompatible GUIs
So they should be!
It's insanity to try and have the same GUI for a pocket device, a tablet/pad sized device and greater than 11" approx screen with keyboard and mouse.
Mines got a tablet holder and laptop backpack. The phone is in my jeans of course, what else would the bulge be?
Re: I can’t wait, give it a few years…
Is he really dead, why does he remind me of Lysaer s'Ilessid?
Re: You just don't get...
You do know the nice crunchy bits in a Hobnob are goblin's toenail clippings? Won't stop me eating them.
Re: I wonder
We call our tea "Black" or "Indian/Ceylon" but in China it's called Red Tea. It's certainly less popular than Green tea.
I like local Kenyan (black) tea, large leaves. Nothing like the exported Kenyan tea though.
Punjana and Nambarrie
Weeps ... Punjana and Nambarrie are good. I've not seen Nambarrie for 23 years though. Barrys is barely tea.
Well that leaves Yorkshire Tea, Tetleys, PG tips and Twinings Breakfast.
Milk is OK on the Cornflakes and muesli, but spoils tea. All those Chinese can't be wrong surely?
Re: Single login?
Indeed this is one of the aspects I hate about Google. What has Google Code to do with YouTube?
Re: Firefox already does what he asked
And even if you used the password for the session already you need it explicitly EVERYTIME you display passwords of the saved sites and usernames list.
Ever Ready and Hanson.
I've run out of popcorn and corn chips.
Icahn must think he is going to win. But Sean Quinn thought he could keep doing leveraged buyouts too.
Re: Malaria? Isn't that Bill's monopoly
But Google's Balloons are just PR. Google has consistently ignored privacy law and consistently shown they are only interested in selling adverts.
Re: MS Office Missing?
Offices usually have desks rather than armchairs and settees. Also any serious size office the desks are cabled with ethernet. WiFi is ok only for half a dozen.
Surface is a fail too in the office as a real laptop costs less!
Re: Everything should be as accessible as possible.
No, they would just remove all communications from cheap ereaders, so disabled people would not benefit at all and everyone else would be penalised.
Should Ballet dancers wear lead weights, ear plugs and distorting dark glasses?
Yes, general purpose computing devices (tablets, ereaders with colour video screens) should have audio accessibility. But not the electronic paper.
no LCD screen, no camera,
Yes anything not capable of color video should be exempt.
Shouldn't have any other restriction though on software.
Re: It's not just this one case - this *regulator* needs investigating
They did stomp on Sky when they decided they would unilaterally supply all customer info to 3rd parties for Advertising. Curiously Sky wrote to all the Irish Customers explaining this, so I guess the Irish Regulator could hardly ignore the thousands of letters and phone calls. Usually people in Ireland complain on Radio phone ins and to each other and never bother actually making official complaints because:
1) Usually they have no idea who to complain to.
2) A belief that little has changed since before 1921 (same Civil Service?) so it would be pointless.
Compared to the Irish Financial Regulator and Communications Regulator, the Data Protection Regulator is wonderful. The others appear to only exist to raise direct revenue.
Re: re. photo of V-NAND package
Why does it look like a 1970s Military grade EPROM?
Have you had Cyber Sex ... ?
Asked the Book Keeper (in the Shop around the Corner in "you've got mail"
Re: I read this yesterday: RAM
If you don't have too high a resolution of Graphics and turn off everything not needed, then XP SP1 will run in less than 90M fine. But SP3 needs a fair bit more than 128M. NT 4.0 is faster on a 1/4 speed CPU and 20M RAM !
Standard Distros of Linux won't work on a 1999 spec PC either though, but it's easier to create a pared down version.
I didn't read all 107 previous comments. Is the solution a better version NOT controlled by MS of NT 5.3?
Maybe all us programmers should sign up and help ReactOS.
Linux is fine, But even with Wine isn't an alternative to XP --> Win8 for many people. Maybe ReactOS is?
FM channel hopping is instant and with RDS automatic. DAB Mux switching is PAINFULLY slow. Even within a mux channel changing is slow due to the MP2 (or AAC on DAB+, probably slower!) decoder buffer.
Re: Why bother
Useless for really portable use. FM & AM are better. DAB is a dinosaur.
DAB+ is NOT better, just cheaper as they fit in more stations.
DAB isn't "green" for Receivers or for a single channel of transmission rather than a bunch of stations multiplexing the data to the COFDM modulator. FM was popular BEFORE the patents ran out and they are still trying to promote DAB.
Re: "dish liquid"?..... Fairy Liquid
Cod Liver Oil
But Baby oil and Fairy Liquid?
What are they made out of?
Was his SAP pay not enough?
Re: plz tell me where 10k yrs came from in the bible ?
But Usher used a lot of false assumptions not actually written in the Bible. Also some stuff in the Bible he misunderstood.
There are only really identifiable date points from when Abraham leaves Ur of the Chaldeans. There is some Archaeological evidence for Nimrod, who is mentioned in passing. Really Usher was practically making it up and those that take his approach are ignoring what the Bible text says as well as definite evidence.
I've run out, maybe I have tortilla chips.
Re: Live piccies!
Hmm... 25 x 25 using 4 bit greyscale is moderately useful. If converted to 256 shades and upscalled x300 % it is a little better than simple pixel zooming by x3
Re: SP ?
I even ran a prototype USB stack on NT 4.0, rumoured it would be in SP7. Of course most drivers for it had to be manually installed because programmers IGNORED MS advice to look for FEATURES and not just test for OS Ver > nn. Allegedly SP7 was canned to help Win2K sales as people not upgrading from NT 4.0.
Best Windows NT versions
1) NT3.5 (NT3.51 was just a patch to include gratuitous APIs stuck in Win95 to stop Office 95 running on Win3.11/WFWG3.11). NT3.51 even had an Explorer beta as a option. Only economical for most small offices as a server.
2) NT 4.0 after SP1. Enterprise Server Edition could break 2G/4G barrier for 16G RAM. Most CPU types, 1st 64 bit version and Clustering. Also more than basic POSIX via MS Services for UNIX, though you needed a 3rd party X server. Cool running X and Windows GDI seemlessly on one desktop with CMD console and UNIX shell console.
3) XP and Server 2003
MS OS/2 1989 (not the IBM or joint IBM /MS version) had LANmanager built in rather than an add-on. so is the Predecessor of the 1st NT, NT3.1. It was intended for servers only. Soon with Win 3.0 clients, delayed till 1990. Is it the reason NT starts at 3?
Networking in NT was a LANmanager subsystem and NT also supported OS/2 console mode applications (worked on NT4.0, probably dropped on Vista? Never tested XP).
Linux kernel beta released about the same time as NT in 1993, much to disgust of Andrew S. Tanenbaum who had released Minix in 1987. I played with Minix in 1991 but deployed DR Multidos.
One huge shortcoming in the NT design wasn't security, but no Multi-user, unlike UNIX, Xenix, Cromix and Linux etc. This is partly why there is no Sudo. XP added a half-baked User Switching via Terminal Serivices Subsystem (I always disable those services). It "bites" MS in the Hosted/Cloud market, so much easier for multiple users on Shared Linux hosting, Windows needs the massive RAM overhead of multiple VMs and multiple Windows OS instances to achieve the same properly.
The Security was actually good and still good on later NTs...
But there were three HUGE problems.
By default there was no Ordinary User account created, only the Admin account.
People didn't write applications properly so they could be installed by Admin and used by User. This especially was an issue from NT3.51 when people starting to use the Workstation product and applications written by WFWG / Win95 developers.
Only with PROPERLY configured permissions on NTFS. Out of the box the permissions on directories not set to the idea.
The Token based scheme and ACLs was very powerful for people that bothered to use it properly. The Problem was that folks treated it like WFWG / Win9x (and increasingly MS themselves from Win98). Other often ignored features of serious value:
Named pipes (can't be created on Win9x, but even DOS clients can connector them)
Using files as Arrays (sort of persistent virtual memory)
Streams in Files (a little like Apple Resource Forks).
The problem was that most people never bothered to learn how to configure it or how it worked as 1/10th as much as a Linux/UNIX admin/User. Eventually this applied to MS too, which is why they did REALLY STUPID stuff (GDI to Kernel in NT4.0), gratuitous moving stuff around (W2K, XP, Vista/W7, Win8) for no good reason. Buggy Explorer. Stupid defaults on Share and Device names and security.
So the BIGGEST problem is the install defaults. 2nd Biggest was similarity to WFWG & Win9x. Win9X should NEVER have been released. It and Win98 helped degrade NT4.0 Win2K, XP, Vista/Win7 and Win8 to becoming ever more bloated, unreliable, less secure and more broken.
NT4.0 major security & reliability flaw was GDI moved to Kernel top make video 10% faster. Stupidity given how fast PC performance was improving 1995 to 1996.
I did have NT3.5 on a 386DX-16 MHz with 6M of RAM. Worked fine as a file server. NT4.0 was fine with Internet Proxy (wingate), Mdaemon for Mail, MS-SQL server, File & Printer server etc in 20M RAM on a 486.
So NT3.1 wasn't "bloated" or "Slow" for a 32 bit server, nor even was NT4.0.
NT 4.0 ran on Alpha, PPC, MIPS and 64bit Alpha as well as x86. It had Clustering (developed by DEC) from 1998/1999 that could be implemented really cheaply with two ordinary Servers, SCSI controllers with two channels, two external storage shelves.
Where did MS go wrong? Concentrating in eye candy instead of real suitability and REALLY badly done installer Wizards with BAD silent defaults. STILL. Why is EVERY service on by default?
I want news I can make ecstatic erudite comments about instead of whinging & Whining.
Most shops in the Rag trade lose FAR more.
The door way security systems are to convince staff that "shrinkage" can't be blamed on the public.
They are often set sensitive at first and then turned down to reduce the false positives. Professional thieves know how to beat them.
The Motion sensor for alarm system behind & above till is often covert CCTV.
Re: This could usher in a whole new world of hurt
Yes. over 1/2 a million households ought to get new aerials.
Band III used to be 175MHz to 275MHz?
1800MHz is just 1800Mhz. When did it become Band III?
700MHz & 800MHZ LTE will only be ultra fast if you are the only user on a mast and the window faces it and distance is less than 1km.
The existing 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz are not used efficiently (A RAN is best method). 2300MHz, 2500/2600 MHz are for short range Urban LTE (WiFi Hot spot replacement).
It's a shame that spectrum is now purely seen as revenue source via licence. A very short sighted view for a irreplaceable strategic national resource. Also the current pricing model instead of promoting efficient use of spectrum (the alleged reason) results in a poor service and wastage compared other approaches.
Ofcom of course want rid of ALL broadcast TV. Cable, fibre and Satellite. Mobile can't replace Broadcast for portable or non-fixed infrastructure of Radio or TV. That's proven. Simple mathematics of Unicast vs Broadcast bandwidth per user.
Re: Dongles all round
"Why should the Premier League have to go through broadcasters to get to users? "
Because folk like Sky pay them far more than they could hope to sell direct.
Ask J.K. Rowlings about "self publishing" vs established Publisher.
But an HDMI cable works better. Most will not able able to deliver HD on WiFi. Especially if other users of the WiFi.
I can't figure ...
It WON'T work on its own to the Internet via the WiFI.
WiFi limits the quality. Decent HD over WiFi is not assured.
Since you need a decent gadget with a Web Browser ANYWAY... what value is it over an HDMI cable or Wirelss HDMI (which will do real HD).
The hypegasm has been amazing.
They will take the solution in the past.
Put it in a more expensive box, raise the price make their garden more walled, go up market and be a higher profit margin Niche player.
I'd be surprised if they go the other way and bring out $99 Tablets.
Re: You missed the point
It's pointless. It's a Google controlled Wireless HDMI spyware cable as it ENTIRELY relies on Google SW running on a gadget which can often use an HDMI cable.
No Content only on screen
Cheaper than Wireless HDMI.
Allows Gadgets with no HDMI to feed TV
Google might be "spying" on what you access.
Needs a Gadget (Phone, Tablet, Laptop) etc able to view the content.
More limited than an HDMI cable to Laptop.
What is maximum reliable data rate of video streamed?
How is it different from a Smart Android Dongle?
Because it needs a Host Laptop/Notebook/Tablet etc.
So $35 is basically a cordless connection to replace the HDMI lead from your "host device".
This is not important and simply a Google Walled garden cordless connection to HDMI. An HDMI cable will give more functionality.
It does get round the cost and problems of a pure HDMI wireless adaptor pair.
Re: Hooker in Dudley...
There are a few Hookers in Galway
in the Bay.
Re: Snowden connection...
<tinfoil_mode> Snowden is obviously the agency false flag, a paid actor who takes all main-stream media attention while telling us essentially what was already widely known. Now the real house cleaning steps up. </tinfoil_mode>
Fixed for ye
I'm going to run out of popcorn.
Keep up the the good work El Reg.
Unless they were going to ditch their own NOS, what was the point of the UNIX purchase? They never sensibly built on it. So they sold it again.
Wordperfect and Quattro Pro (was Supercalc and Lotus better on DOS?) once leading products totally screwed the Windows transition and wiped out by Word and Excel, probably MS's best two products ever and ironically released 1st on Mac. (SQL, Visio, MS-DOS, MS-Basic (DOS & CP/M) all either copies or bought in, and even NT owes a lot to OS/2)
So those three purchases evidence EVEN THEN (I remember) that they had "lost the plot". I remember thinking wait a few months or a year and you'll get WP and Quattro for nothing. Why? So pointless they sold it again. Why did Corel bother to buy it though?
running a few meters of Cat 5?
Almost all small businesses were "cheapernet" coax and BNC T-pieces up to 1995. Still some Token ring till 1998.
By 1994 the majority of new installs in small businesses NT Server. or even a WFWG 3.11 box designated as a server. Or clueless people with no server and sharing all on every PC.
In 1989 though when MS had parted with IBM few knew or installed MS OS/2 with LAN Manager and realised that its successor would be the death of Novell. File, By 1994 Print, Files, Wingate Internet Proxy (dialup or ISDN), SQL, Mail Server, Central User database, Native TCP/IP, NT tape backup, Fax Gateway/Server all on one box with a familiar GUI. Novell was toast then for the small business.
Smartphones and Tablets
My two sons and I have all 2 x Smartphones each, but only one has a tablet (he has Kindle too), I have a Kindle too.
But though phone ownership is 120% here and most that want a Smart phone have one, we are not far off Tablet saturation. People that never go anywhere and have a laptop are poor prospects. At bottom end of Market even normally expensive Archos has a €60 / £50 tablet.
The Surface RT was obviously x2 to x3 to expensive for general public, is Apple stuff too expensive for people that haven't bought it yet? A high proportion already of Apple sales are to existing users upgrading. That won't run at current level forever. Apple change strategy and produce a £50 iPad or £99 phone? I doubt it and if they do it will be the beginning of the end.
3,000x faster (3Gbyte, 30 Gbits) would still be over a day to fill one. About 300 times faster is about 2 weeks for 360 T byte, or a bit more than 1T byte an hour which is acceptable. Only 30x faster on a production version would still be usable, but not so nice.
Re: Normalization with the real world......
# 1 :
The main problem is that Filters and Block lists block stuff that is NOTHING to do with Porn or Sex.
# 2 :
The second problem is who decides? If a Government they can eventually just add anything that annoys them (again need not be Sex related).
In 1920s Ireland the Film Distributors had to pay for the censorship, and a flash of too much leg might get a film banned, so more and more films not even submitted.
The US today fines TV companies millions if there is an accidental flash of nipple. More exposed flesh and more pornagraphic is Free To Air in Germany and Poland (after the watershed times though).
# 3 :
The third problem is that the main issue is the source, if it's illegal content the source ought to be brought to court and tried.
So while I agree with the argument of accessible content vs Shops and Cinema and UK TV, in practice this will "break" innocent content and can be subverted for political ends.
This is extra judicial, un-democratic and doesn't work in so many senses. Today in Ireland the the usual "suspects" are howling that this brilliant UK idea should be copied.
I think it's a cynical attempt to curry votes by Cameron. It will cost subscribers money and make totally unrelated content impossible to access unless you set up a proxy or vpn server in a less stupid Country.
Worse, it will unintentionally block valid innocent content.
Though should be people be protected from the truth about Scunthorpe?
Forget about your idea of Virtualisation, unless you want back to dumb graphics terminals, several single point of failure (server & switch) and needing fast network.
Unless the applications are all server centric SQL based. Starting point is What do they need to do (not even the applications).
99% of the time unless you need separate Windows Server Instances or separate instances on a workstation for development there is no point to virtualisation. It adds massive extra CPU and RAM overhead for 30 users. A linux server and Windows or Linux laptops makes more sense. If they "must have" a bunch of traditional Windows applications like Sage, Adobe xxxx, Act2000! etc they need windows. If it's spreadsheet, Letters, email and Internet and shared database/CMS on server, then Linux server and Linux laptops.
Virtualisation is useful for Windows servers, Test Labs and Development. Usually pointless waste of money and less reliable for anything else.
A Raspberry Pi with screen, mouse, keyboard, box, PSU etc can easily add up to the price of a cheap laptop.
Since you need screens, mouse, keyboard and something to drive them to the LAN, how does virtualisation save money?