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Here is my proper review
Since the article is not really a review more of a winge and as a happy owner of the Moto G here's mine.
My San Francisco android was getting long in the tooth and relied on an old version of android so I felt it was time for an upgrade. However since I wasn't willing to go on contract (£40 a year on phone calls means any contract is an extravagance) the choice was limited to mini android versions or cheap Chinese clones. In fact I was so peeved by the choice I was just about to go to the dark side and plonk for a Nokia 620. Then this was announced, so breaking a habit of a lifetime I became an earlier adopter.
So whats my opinion.
It's bloody great. The speed and screen is a quantum leap over my old SF. Battery life is good, the camera adequate and despite what the article said, Jelly bean is a really nice mobile OS. The thing I like about android is that I can set it up the way I want it, and one of the great things about this phone it is the pure android experience and does not come with the rubbish a lot of mobile providers and suppliers put on the phone.
The downsides. Apart from having to chop my old sim card up to get it to fit, a SD card slot would of been nice, but then again I don't carry a lot of media files with me, No 4G support(but still too expensive for PAYG and limited geographically) and no NFC(does anyone actually use it?).
For the price it's a steal and hopefully it will push other manufacturers to make more effort on the £100-200 segment rather than producing expensive phones with features that no-one actually need.
In fact the question has to be asked exactly what are you getting in a iPhone or a Samsung galaxy which can justify you paying almost 3 times the price of this phone?
Fully agree with the original.
One thing has been clear in MS that inter-department infighting has fragmented any possibility of a coherent vision. Steve Jobs had a unique place in Apple. Unless Bill Gates comes back(and he won't) they need a CEO who can fight the big beasts in the company and break down the internal barriers. Getting rid of stack ranking was a much needed step, but happened much too late.
Another thing they need to look at is why the pipeline from MS research to products is so slow or even non-existent. MS spent huge amounts on attracting the best talent, but as far as I can see they have got little from it. Ideas such as the two screen tablet and the table surface interface have raised there heads then been killed off, almost certainly due to department heads protecting their fiefdoms. Any new CEO must have a vision and be willing to go for it even if it means affecting the bottom line of their twin cash cows, desktop and office. I don't who that person is, but its a tough ask
If only it was that simple
Sigh. Do you actually think he will ever see any of the money after appeals, lawyer fees, etc?
I'm pretty sure the reason it is 'leaked internal' is that it is pretty close to slander and an official release would have a lawsuit thrown at it before you could say 'Googleplex'
Anyway I am shocked that Google has been making money from me for years. I was sure that they were a charity and all this free stuff was just large scale philanthropy.
However I know one Seattle based company that has been gouging me for years. The main difference being that at least I get something useful from Google.
Re: "Is Duncan-Smith right?"
When ever I hear IDS talking I always think of the nice but dim sketch of yonder years.
I feel he has meant well, but his lack of understanding of the reality of being poor and his general inability to organize anything meant that this was always going to be a disaster about to happen (and lets not even mention the bedroom tax).
Re: Computer Science vs. IT Employment
I would add that the difference between Computer Science the degree and programming in IT is that it is less about creating algorithms or producing the most efficient processing and more about dealing with uncertainty, communicating with your stakeholders and time and pressure management.
I would guess 20% of my time is spent actually programming. Of that most of that is probably dealing with legacy code, investigating possible issues or just re-factoring. Very little is actually new code.
Maybe the problem is that degrees rarely reflect the reality of the industry so the graduates are trained in the wrong skill set.
Re: Intellectual Labor. Kinda.
Naming telescopes is hard...http://xkcd.com/1294/
How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Pi
Playing around with my Pi last night I realised why I love the thing. In the old days, I would install Linux on my PC, but I never trusted it. I felt I was only an update away from screwing my system(which happened). The more experimental things I put on the greater the danger.
With the Pi, I don't care. If I screw it up I'll just reformat the flash and start again. For that reason I am happy to throw some to the kids to play around with. The cost is minimal but allows them to explore and learn.
With that in mind the Hurri-Kano looks great and hopefully be an outstanding success
The first selfie? Really?
You know photography did exist before the internet right? In fact I'm sure just after photography was invented the idea of immortalizing one self occurred (probably at the same time as arty shots of ladies in various states of undress )
Re: Cadfael for the Master
And of course he ensured the 9th Doctor's demise in the Dr Who episode I Claudius.
or maybe I'm thinking about something else. To be honest I see british luvvies so many times in so many things they all start to blend into one huge TV series
Re: Does the expert witness have to get his facts right?
Well his full name is Sir Samuel Roy Meadow, so I guess you are both right
I feel your pain...
I have the all the same issues. However my present hell is interpreting why a web site will not let me register.
A certain mobile phone company complained I had not filled in all my details despite the fact i clearly had. Eventually I worked out I was registering a username that was already assigned.
Fortunately I know enough about websites and those who design them to work my way through the issue(First rule. If it doesn't work, try another browser. Usually IE). But many, including my wife is often driven to hysteria by such problems.
Better education needed..
The main problem with expert witness is when they give opinion on evidence in which they have no expert knowledge. In the case of Sir Samuel Meadow in hindsight it was obvious that he had made some basic and fundamental mistakes in his statistical calculations that at the time he should of been called up for it.
Unfortunately being called an expert is a catch all title and the jury is likely to be given increased credence to their opinion even when it is one they are not qualified to give it. Saying that it is a testament to the average mathematical ability in the judiciary that it was not queried at the time by either the judge of the defense team.
Lack of scientific knowledge can often lead to people being conned. Cyber security is always one area where I get bombarded by panicked relatives because they have read that because they looked at a jpeg in their browser their computer is now terminally infected.
Re: There's cheap and then there's cheap
No your right - My googling went awry.
Still a lot more than £120 though so I think my original point still stands
There's cheap and then there's cheap
iPad mini air - £369
Tesco Hudl -£120
cheapness is in the pay packet of the beholder
Re: No mention of Frank Tipler's time machine design?
However isn't one of the limitations of such time machines that you cannot go back further than when the time machine was constructed? So no popping off to see the dinosaurs.
Could be wrong my temporal mechanics are a bit hazy
Slightly more than colossal
" Neutrinos have mass: not very much but enough to require a colossal amount of energy to accelerate one to a speed faster than that which light travels at"
Actually I thought it was an infinite amount of energy, which is colossal and then some
Re: which allows the male users to have virtual sex
Bit like world of warcraft then
Why weren't we told?
"for those unfamiliar with the idea, it's a smartphone that can't make voice calls but has an interchangeable lens and can upload photos"
You can make voice calls with smart phones!!! Wonders will never cease
Well that took a long time...
At last some sense in MS, although you do have to wonder why the people who propagated the system are still there. Stack Ranking can work but only as an emergency measure over a short term by reducing the personnel crud that can accumulate in legacy industries.
But for 10 years!! Even GE realised there mistake and dropped the system years ago.
However I still have a problem with any individual rating system.
Ratings should be about the team performance not individuals. If a team is doing well and meeting or exceeding their goals then the make up and composition of the team should be of no concern. Reward the team and they will self form into a successful entity, individuals hampering success will be excised as a matter of course.
The only downside is that HR and senior management then feel they are not doing there jobs
Re: Still not interested
"I use my tablet all the time, but can't say I've ever had occasion to hold it with one hand for prolonged periods, what exactly would you be doing that you require the second?"
Device capable of showing HD pictures and videos in one hand and spare hand free. Let me think.... Nope can't think of anything at all to do with the 2nd hand....
It is well known that PJ is in in fact Steve Ballmer.
Look at the facts. Announced their retirement on virtually the same day and were both responsible for breaking MS computing monopoly
Real world driving conditions
I wonder what such a light slab sided car feels like in a decent cross wind on the motorway?
On the other hand maybe I don't want to find out.
Not necessarily. For example I'm pretty sure that no one thinks MS android patents are useful or even innovative. They pay because it is the lesser of two evils. Pay a small amount or get locked up in courts for years to come with your entire business model threatened.
It's strange really. The same thing will get you 5-10 for blackmail and protection racketeering . Companies do it and their share price increases and their directors get bonuses. Go figure .
Where's Groklaw when you need it. Sorely missed....
Maybe right, but probably not yet
They maybe right, but Ericsson's predictive capabilities has never been it's strong point.
When I worked for them I remember being bused down to a posh hotel in Brighton where we watched lots of video's of people happily video phoning each other (using Ericsson handsets of course) and explaining how data was going to go through the roof and how Ericsson was best placed to take advantage of the situation (we also had to sit through the worst corporate rap video ever).
Which sounds good, however this was in 2002 and the mobile revolution took a lot longer to arrive than they predicted and in between Ericsson had to go through a prolonged period of contraction and of course Ericsson branded mobiles are consigned to product history.
So they may be right but don't expect it to happen in the timescales suggested.
" Loiuse Jameson is far more fetching in her savage leathers than Raquel Welch in rubber scuba gear."
I respectively disagree.
But since it gave me and excuse to Google both(in the interest of research you understand) I am willing to concede the point.
2 ceo's needed
They need 2 qualities. Firstly someone who can knock some heads together and get the big personalities who head the ms departments working together. Secondly someone with technical vision who can take the billions spent in ms labs and create new markets, not forever playing catch-up.
Can't see any of the candidates doing that. Especially Elop, who seems more a salesman than a visionary
Re: "90% of what's needed"
"I wonder what it does that, for example, a £120 Lumia 620 won't do"
Connect to webex sessions for one. Now that is not a fault of the phone itself, but more the fact that many companies refuse to support more than 2 mobile os.
But it is a chicken and egg. Windows mobile won't get corporate app support until it is more popular, it won't get popular until there is more app support
Catering to their core audience
After all the brain dead are Fox new's biggest demographic
Re: 10 Types of bosses
That's it pretty well. Small companies often promise jam tomorrow to make up for lousy hours, conditions, and pay.
They often hint of great riches as the company grows a la Microsoft, Google etc. However what is more likely to happen especially if the company is bought out by some big firm is the owner will take the money and run. Even if it is written in the contract it is not unknown for employees to be sacked for frivolous reasons days before the takeover.
I have only been sacked once in my life and that was at a small company(8 people). The reasons given by my psychopathic boss was not standing my round at a company jolly and passing wind in the office . The real reason was refusing to work unpaid weekend for the 10th weekend in a row for personal reasons.
Fortunately I had already seen the writing on the wall. My only regret was I was sacked a day before I was going to resign anyway
10 Types of bosses
Old joke - There are 10 types of bosses, those who understand this joke and those who don't.
Seriously there are 2 types of bosses in a large company. Those who concern themselves with their underlings well being and do their best to be a facilitator rather than a dictator, and the other sort who only concern themselves with pleasing their superiors. If you have the former, count yourself lucky. If you have the latter, well commiserations, just hope their desire for promotion is fulfilled soon.
In small companies there is a particular type of boss who should always avoid. The ones who think because they own the company, you, your life, and your families life are play things for their amusement. They will dangle the promise of share options in front of you while demanding you work 20 weekends in a row, but somehow those promises will never come to fruition. At the same time they will play off colleagues against each other to ensure that their power is never seriously questioned.
Heard it all before...
I've heard this sort of rubbish for years. People like the CBI complain bitterly about lack of skilled graduates, but when pushed to indicate what pay they offer their engineering graduates they give a figure that anyone coming from accountancy would die laughing at. Also many companies do not have a separate advancement route for engineering. If you do not wish to become a manager you will find yourself in a few years overseen by some spotty faced MBA graduate who is earning twice as much despite having no technical knowledge. Not only that but the R&D departments are almost always the 1st to be hit when the company hits financial downturn.
Companies rely to much on engineering graduates being dedicated to their job. If they really care about their graduate intake what they should really do is increase graduate salaries, provide long term protection for R&D budgets and increase the prestige and kudos of being an engineer. It works in Germany who seem to be quite good at engineering
Re: Typical Britich Reserve maybe?
Just smile and wave, boys. Smile and wave
The best computers (Ok robots, we are are stretching definitions here) were the clockwork robots from the girl in the fireplace episode.
To be fair they were sent by the ship who decided to use the original crew to make up for the lack of spare parts.
Oracle really don't need help
"The Oracle, quite naturally, didn’t take kindly to that description at all and ordered the Doctor destroyed. And you thought your Oracle support contract was bad"
Please don't give Larry ideas, they are evil enough already
I must admit a phonelike that would be tempting. I would like to change my San Francisco and that is the price range I'm looking at that. But there is a dearth of decent phones at that price point so you are left with no name androids or go to the dark side with phones like the Nokia 620.
Until now the latter has been tempting me just because there is so little alternative, but maybe I will wait a little longer and see what comes out of the woodwork.
Innovation never stops
My back of a fag packet calculation shows that at this rate of innovation by the 15th October 2020 IPads will weigh 0 grams. After that they will include iAntiGravity(Patent Pending)
is 164g enough to make the difference?
After reading the Independents frankly gushing review this morning(goo.gl/BwLXEC) I did an experiment to find out what the 164 grams wight difference between the ipad and ipad air actually felt like.
I filled a plastic cup with enough water to make 164 grams. The result? frankly nothing, you could hardly feel it. Now there maybe be many good reasons to get the iPad air, but I am not sure weight is one of them, but some commentators are going on like the thing can now fly under its own power.
Personally I would be more impressed if 100 grams of that reduction was sacrificed for a bigger battery.
What about the guy who searches for the guy who searches for Ballmers replacement(In this case I'm using the term guy to define all genders)
Re: Usage share
Yes it is odd. So either the figures are wrong or they have been mis-represented.
Now it is possible that iPad users spend a lot more time on the web, but its a huge discrepancy.
Not that google care. They get paid whichever way you access their services.
Re: 2/3rds running iOS7
Another stat that makes no sense was Tim Cook's assertion during this weeks Apple presentation that tablet usage share was 81% Apple and 19% other devices. This makes little sense especially as IPad share of the market has fallen from 53 to 41% and is likely to continue falling as a large number of cheap Android tablets come out
So what does tablet usage actually mean? How it is measured? or is it just one of those numbers that corporations throw up to divert attention from real issues and actually has no real world consequence?
"We literally wrote the book on getting things done."
Yep that's true. In order to get anything useful done in MS land you needed to read a whole library of books.
That's why people bought Apple.
Re: You are comparing apples with oranges.
My tablet is an old Asus transformer. I'm sure the iPad Air beats it hands down in terms of weight however I cannot remember ever thinking wow I wish my tablet was lighter so I could use it.
Don't get me wrong. You cannot help to be impressed by Apple's attention to detail and design skills, but at the end of the day things eventually become just good enough. After that people are looking for best value. I think we reached that stage sometime ago.
As for MS, I'm pretty sure they will have some niche applications, but I think they are overselling people's desire to use MS office on the move. For most of us, it really is not that important.
If you are the kind of person who thinks a reasonable bottle of wine costs about £100, then no doubt you will be waiting in line for Apple's latest toys. If you are like the majority who consider any bottle of wine over £5 is 'pricey' you will be getting a android tablet. Like the wine, you understand the advantages of quality but at the end of the day you will achieve largely the same effect for a lot less money with the lower cost product
Re: MS will win
I'm sure the same arguments were used for why OS/2, Unix etc was better than windows. In the meantime MS just kept on grabbing market share and eventually people couldn't see the reason to support two systems.
The irony on MS now should not be lost on anyone...
old ipad still too expensive
"Nice to see the older iPads still being sold at lower prices"
Yep yesterdays technology sold at todays prices. Google must be really worried
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