299 posts • joined 28 Nov 2007
Re: "Bugger the jetpack"
Sounds like experience talking...
Best keyboard award goes to...
I still think Psion had the best designed keyboard on any small portable device. It never failed to amaze me as it emerged from when you opened it.
Also let us not forget the Epson HX-20
Re: Don't overlook the bling factor.
I think Diamonds are a good analogy to Apple. People pay large amounts for them because of a perceived value rather than the intrinsic value.
De Beers controls supply and spins a myth about diamonds in the same way that Apple runs it business. Sell it as aspirational item and ensure that you control supply so that they cannot be discounted.
The android equivalent in diamonds is artificial diamonds that have the same qualities as 'natural' diamonds but are far cheaper. It's the emperor's new clothes.
Well I'm glad that's sorted
So although the patents aren't worth banning infringing products they are worth 1 beeelion dollars?
Do you think Apple will appeal? The anticipation is killing me <snigger>
Is it just me..
But is IT ignorance becoming the equivalent of 'the dog ate my homework'.
I noticed in the NoW phone hacking trial a similar defence was used as to why emails were not routinely backed up
I too struggle with the Moto G's extra mass
"the Moto G is a bit of a lump by comparison"
Yes, that's true,. I often have to resort to a team of Sherpa's to haul my Moto G when I go out. To hold it to my ear I have a specially built cradle to winch it into position. The worst thing about it is when I take a photo with it, the extra mass causes severe gravitational lensing so distorting the image...
MS adverts are always awful
One constant throughout Microsoft's existence is that their advertising has always been cringingly bad.
I don't know who is responsible but I have never seen a MS advert that ever made me want to buy or use a MS product.
While Apple sold cool, MS seemed determined to sell 'we are not very good, but you have to buy us anyway'
Take the advert where a bloke on a train tells us he bought a surface PC because he could do work on an overcrowded train. My 1st thought on seeing that was the people in 1st class were probably using Apple Mac's and iPads.So by a PC and be part of the herd.
So far Nadella looks like he's started off OK. There are signs that MS have come to terms with the new reality and are starting to play nice with open source and actually listening to their customers. This is in contrast to the Ballmer/Gates days when they ran the business in a crisis management/we are at war mode which basically pissed of the whole developer community. The failure to embrace the windows phone can be seen as payback for that .For customers It was interesting that the XBox 1 had it's price cut indicating that they realise the MS name no longer carries a premium.
But those are the easy changes. They were obvious to anyone outside MS, it was just the old management were too pig-headed to admit how wrong they were. The real challenge will be changing the corporate culture and making up for the lost years. It is obvious that some in MS still don't get it (http://www.hanselman.com/blog/MicrosoftKilledMyPappy.aspx). It will take a while until such attitudes are either removed or redefined.
Well that will be worth anticipating
doom, street fighter, mario brothers - what could go wrong?
Re: Borrowed technology from the Dreamliner batteries??
No - Apple
Re: @ hammarbtyp Law is a mystery to me
"While the judgements against the company will be smaller, the fact is that if enough of the smaller cases win, then the odds of later cases winning will be greater and evidence from an earlier case will be available for the other lawyers to use."
Often class actions are taken over relative small amounts. Normally the chance of winning anything that covers the lawyers costs is very small. The cost and difficulties of undertaking such legal recourse will put most people off. This is why class actions were so good since allowed many people to claim, Companies can tie decisions in courts for years. Ebven if the court does come down on a plaintiff the likelihood it will be appealed.
"Trying to force arbitration is also not a bad thing"
Sounds good, but what form will the arbitration take? Is the arbitration run by independent body? are the results legally binding? Does going through arbitration preclude other forms of redress?
I'm betting that any arbitration will be loaded on the companies side.
Re: Law is a mystery to me
In in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion rulled in 2011 the supreme court ruled in a 5-4 decision that consumers may not band together in class-action arbitration to pursue their complaints.
What that means in practical terms is companies, by putting such a clause in your terms of service, they can stop people taking out a class action.
Now class actions are a American phenomena that allowed numerous small affected parties to band together to take on a multinational. It does not ban sueing but makes it very much harder because the plaintiff has to take on the costs and effort themselves rather than combining with other affected parties. Lawyers are also less likely to take it on a no win-no fee basis because the amounts to be one on a individual basis would be far less than in a class action.
Whether people outside the UK are affected probably depends on where Dropbox are incorporated. Imagine a scenario that Dropbox drops the ball on security and allow anyone to access your private data, you maybe quite miffed and wish to get restitution. In the past you maybe able to band with other affected parties and bring a case in the States. Now this clause says you need to through arbitration first which puts the barriers far higher.
P.S I'm not a lawyer so don't take this as legal advice.
Re: Law is a mystery to me
Unfortunately the US supreme court has already judged that such waivers are legal.
This is to protect weak, poorly funded multi-nationals from being held to account by the ruthless self-interest of well funded citizenry (I may of got this wrong).
Remember according to Judge Roberts, businesses are people too :)
Intel need a good diet
Of course what they don't mention is that the reason that Intel cores are so meaty is that they have to contend a legacy x86 instruction set.
Unfortunately that isn't meat, it's fat.
The real question is...
Can you take a intel Atom silicon and integrate it with the graphics, mobile chipset, and all the other gubbins that make a mobile phone.
You can take a Arm processor core(s) add customised silicon round the outside and send it to a Fab.
This is the real reason that Intel has not made much of a dent in the mobile market not some made up bench mark
Re: Cue the selective amnesia
Samsung != Android
and yes it is a gimmick, but one that may shift a few more phones so the marketing men demand that it is put in.
I'm glad it was a router problem.
I'm glad it was a router problem since the language there server is written in has a reputation of very high uptime.
If this had failed i would have to re-examine some of more core (sic) beliefs
Obviously It is clear that now we need to rewrite the whole internet infrastructure in a better language
Re: Easy customisation? No Sale
I'm not saying that this is wrong. I'm pretty sure if i worked in IT I would want the same.
All I'm trying to say if you expect your company to buy you a phone, don't expect them to be grateful when you root it, upgrade the ROM and install all sort of potential malware.
This is why from a corporate point of view, despite the cost, Apple and blackberry are likely to be the phone of choice. However I do like the Z10 partion facility and I'm surprised this has not been copied on more phones
Easy customisation? No Sale
In my experience the ability to change the OS on a business phone is usually the reason why thety are not offered.
IT see the phone as an extension of their domain so like to lock the phone down tighter than Scotsman's wallet. This is one of the reason why Applie phones remain popular. So the ability to update to cyanogenmod may look attractive to the user, IT will use that as a reason not to offer it.
In fact any customization ability will be seen as a threat, even if the changes improve your productivity
Re: Moto G
Both the Moto G and the Moto X showed that Motorola had turned over a new leaf and were producing excellent no frills phones without the cruft you get of Sony, Samsung, etc.
The Moto X looked like a good sensible business phone with some excellent features for the road warrior such as the always on voice control
Re: Even now there are really no games to play for the wii.
@sabroni I think maybe the point is that the Wii was marketed as a game console for families. Many of the titles you mentioned are fine games, but they don't play to the wii's strengths. I have played one of the Fifa franchises and a racing game. While both are adequate the graphics and controls means the experience was not as good as playing it on something like the PS3 or Xbox
I bought the latest Dance Party this Christmas (for the kids you realize). I while it was fun, you quickly find the limitations, especially it is virtually impossible to free enough space to update with new tracks(for some reason you cannot put them on the SD card). The Wii is fun, but it is a dead end
There was nothing wrong with the Wii
There was nothing wrong with the Wii when it came out. It introduced the world to a more natural way of playing games that expanded the game playing market from spotty teenagers to families. Sony and Microsoft were eventually forced to follow their lead.
However there were a number of problems.
1. The controllers themselves were obviously not ready, meaning a separate add on was sold later to add extra axis and sensitivity. This in turn meant you had a segmentation in the games market meaning that buying games became confusing. The better controllers should have come out with the original console.
2. The console was not discounted enough. It took ages for the price to come down, way past the time the original development costs were covered. The PS2 and the XBox discounted heavily after the initial subscribers had been catered for. This meant the Wii started looking remarkable expensive. Both MS and Sony realised what Nintendo didn't. There is more money to be made from software licencing than hardware.
3. The Nintendo title conveyor belt was very slow. As a family we loved Mario Karts, but they never came with a follow up or even extra tracks, so after 3 months it got boring. Even now there are really no games to play for the wii. The Important point. It's about the software stupid.
The Wii U just doesn't seem to know what it wants to be. What people want is a better Wii, HD graphics, better controllers etc and aggressively priced. Instead Nintendo tried to pull the same trick as with the original wii and introduce a new way of playing games. This time however it just doesn't work
Re: Irony, we've heard of it....
So what you are saying is that it is OK as long as everyone has access to missile firing drones?
Why not take this to the logical conclusion. Everyone should have nukes, because if we outlaw nukes, only criminals and terrorists will have nukes. Certainly it would make stand your ground laws a tad more exciting.
If you believe that arming a few right wing nut jobs to the teeth is the best way to defend your liberties then I would suggest you try moving the Zimbabwe, El Salvador, or anywhere where law is governed by local militias and try your habeas corpus there
Irony, we've heard of it....
Would that be the same Rand Paul who filibustered against the use of armed drones against Americans at home (which hasn't actually happened) at the same time fought for the rights of Americans to own assault rifles and kill each other?
Anyway shouldn't he be suing George W and Dick C, because I am pretty sure the original parameters of the NSA surveillance was set up when the government set up the patriot act so burning a number of page of the much vaunted constitution
To the next issue
Now that's solved, hopefully we can look at the next important climate change contributory factor.
How much is climate change affected by the concentration of gay people. For example is San Francisco showing greater climate change than say Salt Lake City? Is there a measurable change in the weather when the Oscars or BAFTA's are in town?
Although it has to be said that anecdotal evidence is showing that climate change is most often prevalent in areas most likely to contain a high concentration of climate change deniers such as the Thames Valley. Maybe God just hates climate change deniers
I felt a disturbance
as if hundreds of lawyers voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced
The old ones are the best
We are opening a factory in Indonesia
No, it was a voluntary transfer
Thank you, be here all night
Re: “the assembly language for the web”
I think it would be more accurate to say ' the C language for the web'
i.e Not the best language for large projects and missing many feature of it's more modern cousins, but ubiquitous and not going to be replaced soon.
Re: Not one thing or another
Correction the iPhone 4 was a great phone, 3 years ago. Both the technology and cost base has moved on. What people are buying into is the Apple distortion field that somehow the iPhone has some sort of magic that other brands do not contain. If that's what they want to believe great, but it does not hide the fact that you buy an up to date android phone for far less cost .
Correct, not all people drive new cars, but this is like Ford bring out a new car, and then at the same time selling it's older, less efficient, less capable models at the same time as the value range. This used to be common practice in the 3rd world, but even there they are not interested in being fobbed off with obsolete technology
Not one thing or another
It was obvious to most of us that the iPhone 5c was neither fish nor fowl. Neither cheap enough to make a dent in the lower cost android/win phone market and did not have the cachet for the high end users.
However I am not sure how selling 3 year old technology against phones like the Moto G is going to compete in developing markets.
Re: Line Test- Pah!
Thank for explaining that @Martin-73.
Of course the more obvious question is why the graphic on their website clearly indicates it is testing the the entire line and not the line only to the exchange. This is further exacerbated by the accompanied dire warnings of death, pestilence and the sale of your 1st born into slavery if you dare to call out one of their engineers.
Still good to know for next time...
Line Test- Pah!
I'm not sure what the line test actually does.
We were having problems with our phone and tried the BT line test from there website(from work obviously) . It informed us there was nothing wrong and if we called out an engineer and no fault was found we would be charged a call out fee.
When the engineer arrived he quickly found the telephone line had become disconnected from the house, so lord knows what the test was testing
Re: what about the pebble
"Show me what it can do that the pebble doesn't already do."
Make money for Apple?
After all that is all the cult of Jobs acolytes are interested in
Re: If the big companies need to do it ...
This is the crux of the problem.
What the companies are doing is legal (if morally questionable) but what it does is severely distort the market where multi nationals have a huge competitive advantage over small competitors.
Personally the only real solution I can see (and I don't like it) is to scrap capital gains tax because it can so easily be circumvented and replacing it with some sort of turnover taxation.
Be nice if they could add a printed solar cell to recharge/do away with the battery. I can see uses on interactive posters and the like
I am struggling to see the difference between this and other companies accounting methods such as Google, Amazon, Starbucks etc where the amount of money they make and the amount of money they make and can be taxed seem to be based on what set of accountants are looking at them.
Profit and loss in the 'old' days seem to be such simple concepts, but now they seem to exist in a parallel universe.
I would not expect anything different from a secrecy obsessed , cult based dictatorship.
It's no surprise then that North Korea has followed their lead
Re: Hmmm... Should probably order that Moto G I've been thinking about.
It's a pity in a number ways. There were signs that Motorola was turning itself around. Both the Moto X and the Moto G are excellent phones at very good prices. However it is not clear how being owned by Google contributed to that process.
Firstly how much did they gain in privileged access to the Android development map? Certainly the Moto G was ahead of the curve in terms of Android updates and the Moto X had its speech processor which seemed to point to the way Google wanted things to go. Unfortunately they will probably lose that advantage now. You can also question whether the very competitive price was down to Google's big pockets and the willingness to make a loss to increase market share
Secondly they made a big thing about being made in America. While that doesn't play much in the rest of the word, the states was a big market for Motorola where Apple is still dominant.
Saying that I am not one of those who thinks Lenova will be bad stewards and strip the present products out and replace them with Chinese clones. They have shown with the thinkpad purchase they are willing to maintain quality. Also it does open up the China market to Motorola.
But all in all I think Samsun and LG will be pretty happy with this deal
Re: "I know absolutely nothing about the black holes...
Well @Jemma I look forward to seeing your alternative work and proofs showing how Mr Hawking is wrong.
While we wait for that, lets look at the areas that Hawking is working in and see why they are important even if if we cannot experimentally verify them.
He is studying the very fundamentals of nature itself. There is no man made experiment at present or in the foreseeable future that would allow such regions to be studied, however nature itself provides a great experimental area in the universe itself. Stephen Hawking has put forward a hypothesis that mathematically is correct. That is his job. Now it is for others to study the ramifications and ways that it can be tested by developing experiments. Those experiments could involve looking at areas where black holes are known to exist and matching the observations with the expected results from the new theory. If they tally, we have a potentially deeper understanding of the universe. If not we move on. That is the scientific method and it works.
But if the theory can be proved then what it does is move us closer to the holy grail of a unified theory encapsulating relativity and quantum physics. If so it would be one of the pinnacles of human achievement
And yet while I write this I am struck by the absurdity of defending a man who despite the type infirmity that would defeat the best of us has managed to maintain his position at the forefront of theoretical physics while being virtually locked into his wheelchair and communicating through muscle gestures (with a good deal of humour too). It may always be beyond science to definitively prove his theories but that does not in any way lesson is life or achievements.
The helpful little dictionary of numbers Chrome app informs me that 14 million is the average wealth of a US senator, so there's one solution right there
Nice business if you can get it
So basically what we are saying is that MS did nothing this year they would of made a huge profit.
In fact it's worse than that. If they had closed there web and mobile divisions, sacked all there developers and kept a small team on to fix bugs etc, they would of made an even bigger profit and kept investors happy.
Nice business if you can get it
Re: There is no quick fix!
Sounds like a good idea. Of course it may put some nose out of joint,
If asked even I would happily get involved if I thought it would improve the IT education
Unfortunately my experience of schools and LEA's is that they would rather slice their own noses off with blunt weasel than ask for help or use the parent resources that they have available
There is no quick fix!
I was talking to my daughters IT teacher recently. He had just retired so was a little more chatty than usual. I asked how he got into teaching and he said he did a Chemistry degree and then fell into it. He then asked me what I did, and I mentioned I was a software engineer. He replied that he could never get his head around programming!
Most IT teachers seem to just wonder in from other courses. Fine to teach the vagaries of powerpoint, but programming? Unfortunately unlike most subjects IT is never seen as a specialism. Would you get a person with a degree in English teach Maths, Physics etc? Even at university level you see very few people with real world programming experience. True story, I work part time for a online university. The computing lecturers were gathered around and the new courses were discussed and it was mentioned it used imperative languages. Apart from me, no one in the room had any idea what that meant. Even the courses themselves will be more likely designed by Maths professors(In universities Computing is often lumped with Maths)
IT training must be improved in schools, but I severely doubt many of the present IT staff are up to the task. Working professionals are unlikely to jump ship, so it has to start at graduate level. Industry and computer societies such as the BCS must take a more proactive role in ensuring the training in schools is relevant and to the right standard. Finally it IT training should be given a higher profile and budget in the curriculum.
Re: Moved to iPad 4 or lost all together?
I'll accept the security concerns, but poorer support? Compared to PC's generally tablets just work, 7 year old kids use them with little input from anyone
"horribly dumbed down OS"
well you are welcome to your opinion, but most people find Android fine for there needs. At the end of the day it is a platform and does not need or should it be greatly sophisticated. You could also of added better App support and there you would have a point, but the gap is narrowing as the mass market moves to Android.
The point is how long can Apple justify the price of the iPad, when a cheap android tablet will do 95% of what you want a tablet to do at a far lower cost. The only way Apple in the past have managed to justify the cost of an iPad is through innovation, but the gap between the competition catching up has come down markedly. There is also a point when all devices become 'good enough' and premium brands struggle to justify the price difference. At this point the price should come down, but Apple has been extraordinary resistant to this. Instead they try and shift old stock, sold as the value brand. That does not seem to be working now because the old systems are competing with the latest android kit.
Moved to iPad 4 or lost all together?
Hmm, I wonder how many of those sales went to Android tablets.
Truth is if you can afford a iPad you might as well go for the latest and greatest, for the rest of us a lower price android tablet provides a much better performance/price point
Re: Antimatter information that is newsworthy:
Just when you thought your day was going to be dull this ends up on your desktop.
The author maybe madder than a sack full of squirrels but you have to admire their desire to hold onto their world view
The human condition
This is somehow so sad, but at the same time so predicable.
Has there ever been any invention that once created somehow has not thought hmmm how can I have sex with/on/in it
Paris because I bet she will be buying one soon
Re: Please God no
As defined by Greenspun's 10th rule
Re: Please God no
I thought it was the singular form of gonad
It's about the software stupid
Consoles do not sell on there merits without the games people want to play on them
Nintendo have just not been producing the games, instead they constantly fall back on Zelda, Mario etc. Even with those they do not not produce enough updates. My family love Mario Carts on the Wii but once you've played it and unlocked all the levels that's it. Why no follow on?
The truth is Nintendo could off produced the greatest hardware ever, but with the big game companies only supporting MS and Sony's platforms it would make little difference
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