2049 posts • joined Tuesday 4th December 2007 14:24 GMT
+1. I fell foul of the same trick. Apple upgraded me to the point where their device is more or less unusable.
It did work ok, now it doesn't and I can't roll back. Roll-back capability might have won me back. Now I lump them in with facebook in the "has some cool tech but is an abomination" bucket.
I might have had warm fuzzy feelings for them, but using updates to make older hardware unusable so you'll buy a newer phone isn't ethical in my book. That isn't a company I want to deal with. Lack of version control in the stores is also a problem. Apps used to work with my OS version, now they don't and there's no way to get a new copy of the older software.
Ah for the old days... a basic bootstrap rom with a tftp client, all in a few kb. So simple, so effective, so sadly missed.
Perhaps that's why I'm so fond of FLOSS - the upgrades are free, the old versions continue to work - there is never a feeling that someone is trying to leverage things you've bought to get more money out of you.
Re: Title is too long.
> But the attitude is IT is a cost centre, not a profit centre.
It is a cost, not a revenue centre, but there are so many over-cost projects which don't deliver savings and/or are not at all robust.
The general trend in s/w development appears to be "larger, more bloated and buggy" so rewriting is an unattractive option.
Real, optical lightning, not this copper thunderbolt stuff. Then we can add power and magnetic connectors.
Re: Message to mobile operators
> Let's be clear about this: there was no margin on iPhones for the networks. None. It's a subsidised sale.
That's true, but I think its probably true for most of the phones being sold, isn't it?
The question is how accurately the networks pick the sales targets for themselves.
The anti-competitive bit is really only when the network over-estimates sales - then the other handsets get squeezed and Apple continues to make margin. That over-estimation may be an genuine error by the networks or it may be a less desirable product failing or it may be an economic downturn.
The issue becomes that Apple maintains it's margins in a downturn and is forcing the smaller companies out. The sales structure is anti-competitive, as all vendors would like. It's time to lump subsidies (Apple and Android) into the predatory-pricing category and ban them.
Yast is great. No need to hunt around for the name of the config utility you need.
Also, Steam in the games repo, mythtv is on pacman and VMware seems to play nice too. if you need that.
Looking forward to the upgrade to 13.1
Re: "coast" for a decade, growing profits year over year by 15%
I'm curious to know if people/business feel if every price rise corresponds to a rise in benefit from using MS products.
Slap on a new GUI and make you buy it again in order to keep using exchange, isn't a feature I'm interested in. The question is not 'are there wizzbang new features' but 'do I want/need the new features?'
I suspect the answer for most people (for pc's and increasingly for phones) is 'not enough to pay for it.'
With the office365 stuff I get the impression that the profit increases are short-term. People are unprepared to switch, but when they do it will hurt MS. When they can no longer sweat the assets because the don't own them, the global economic crunch will come home to MS and those who who sell enabling tech - you can't keep increasing prices when your customers aren't.
Re: So many Anonymous Cowards
S4. Aud$ 539-569 from kogan.
So close to buying a QL.... Wait, is that an 8-bit databus on a 32-bit CPU?
Anyone else see the $25k for a home computer in the text and think, "yep, sounds like standard Australian retail practice?"
Re: Ahh, companies that build equipment to break the Internet...
More like, companies which do censoring have *their* products broken because *their* products don't scale.
A top of the line Bluecoat does less than 700Mb/s, is ludicrously expensive and appears to be deliberately hobbled. With 24-core servers and blade systems from all major T1 providers, why are we looking at miserly appliances with some of the worst, unintuitive admin gui's which haven't changed much since the 90's?
No sympathy for Bluecoat and their really flexible, but horrible, internet-breaking kit.
Re: Utter nonsense
Obvious troll is...
Re: Cheap as Chips?
> Look at how much they nobbled the atom platform (Netbooks limited to 2GB RAM) just because they were afraid of their low price experiment cutting into the desktop share.
This will continue to be their problem. The question is whether ARM will nobble them or whether they will nobble themselves. The two big phone makers are vertically integrated. Why would they want to hand intel a slice of profit? It's as much a commercial issue as a technical one - even if Intel became better, they will not accept the miniscule margins ARM holdings run on, so they will be more expensive.
Re: Awaiting politics.
Racism is a modern sin. Apparently its worse to treat someone badly if they look slightly different from yourself, if they have a darker skin-tone than yourself, than if they are the same or lighter.
I don't really get that. Abuse is abuse and I have no time for "grading" an evil action based on motivation. It is not better to beat someone in order to take their wallet than it is to beat them because they are foreign.
I don't care about your colour or your slave's colour. Slavery is wrong.
Re: Sony likes internal PSUs
There's a blast from the past!
Actually it may be a "win"
Developing for a *nix environment makes a port to linux/OSX more likely. I wonder if Sony places platform no-compete clauses in the contracts?
Re: Welcome to a world created by....
It is both bad parenting (the main defense) and mass media (the main attack) which is to blame. The media has pushed more and more adult oriented material packaged up for kids as they use shock tactics to impress the under-aged and drive a wedge between children and those who really do know better.
Does anyone remember when Madonna's antics caused outrage? Now Miley and Thicke get mostly faux horror at miming sex between a young girl and a married man, live on stage at a mainstream music industry awards ceremony.
Anyone remember when "The Sullivans" was the lunchtime soap? Now we have vast amounts of partner-swapping, sexual-infidelity and more unusual sexual relationships put front and centre on the TV. This makes extraordinarily broken relationships the normal thing that children see. It is right that children should be able to expect and demand integrity, truthfulness and fidelity. When all the characters they see lie and cheat in turn, their expectations of others and themselves are diminished and they are worse off for it.
Certainly the "bad" parts of the internet are unpleasant and not for children, but the real damage is done by mainstream media and the inability of parents to say, "this whole TV/music thing is inappropriate."
As an example, how many times have I seen the Macarena done at children's parties? Is it just my dirty mind, or are the actions (contrary to the lyrics?) miming, "take my hand, come with me, hug/cuddle, lie back, have sex, move on/turn to your next partner?" The toddler's don't know what's going on and there's no harm done at the time, but at what point do you say to your kid, "actually the dance I taught you in this video is about things you shouldn't be doing?" The problem is that this sort of thing is so pervasive that it is almost impossible to participate in popular culture. We've got rid of all big screen TV's (any TV for grown-ups has to be recorded on the server and is played at low volume on a laptop after the kids are in bed) and the radio stays on classic fm. Wagner may have been a little decadent, but he doesn't have a dance on yourtube where he mimes adult spanking.
Re: The first option should ......
You've missed the point.
This is about trialling network level filtering for commercial reasons in a manner which won't immediately provoke outrage.
The continued existence of most of the mass media aimed at children on TV and on the radio (without technological filters), is proof these measures are not what they purport to be.
Re: Too confusing - really?
+1 for KDE desktop looks but why would you hold drive mappings in the desktop rather than push it down to the underlying OS/file system?
I can see the samba share, I just can't get firefox to use it!
Re: Utterly unrealistic
>Eventually, this laundry list will meet the democratic process in the (non-?) ratifying countries. I hope.
Nope. The government signs the treaty and then forces it through parliament "to meet its international obligations."
But I thought most TOR nodes were run by the NS...
Oh right. Anti-nuke protesters.
Re: Corporate PAYE
> This would be a tax on revenue but the UK operates a system that taxes profits.
That's fine, but with the profit to revenue ratio being so small, they have no reserves to cope with problems, which is the reason small contractors are usually excluded.
Don't tell me you are a stable company if you make tiny profits.
> Anything above that number is just nonsense for marketers who like to put higher numbers in spec sheets to suggest they are relevant.
Are the higher figures relevant to the short-sighted? ;)
Re: "UK's enemies rubbing their hands with glee"...
or indeed, at our getting ourselves so far into debt that we're likely to financially implode with no effort from themselves.
I read, "Ignory" first off.
Do we still have browser fanbois? Chrome for research, FF for personal. IE for accessing microsoft.com and badly written intranets.
Re: Easy to avoid...
Cue ads at the pump.
Also, less "Minority Report" and more "Black Mirror."
Re: Enterprise Management
> 'IT Managers hate iPads'? Only those in the stone age.
So far they are mostly BYOD which brings conflict between the owner of the network and the device owner.
I recently had a client who had a policy of not providing kit to contractors (fair enough), but then they wanted to install their own management software on BYOD kit.
er... no thanks.
Re: IT Managers (in a windows world) dream of
open source is fine, but most "freeware/shareware" is for personal use only.
Re: Only if you can pry it from my cold, dead fingers...
It'll end up like Bluecoat - if your software is too old to talk to its authentication servers, it shuts down!
You thought you bought an appliance, but you only licensed the software!
Low-power, low-latency applications would be a prime application I would think. Call routing anyone?
What if Android takes off and you want android desktops but half the organisation has ipads? You run up remote desktops on headless, googleless android.
> Only in gaming it seems, a *new* machine that is more restricted in function than the old... amazing.
Correction: Gaming consoles and Fruity-logo'd computers.
Re: Commentards are xBots?
The issue is probably a cultural one.
Coming from a PC background, the overwhelming response to the PS4 is, "how much effort did it take to make something so crippled?"
They appear to have put effort into removing features, not just been negligent about adding them. I think that is what puts them on the "do not buy" list - a lack of trust that Sony is trying to make a good product for my benefit. Most people see an optical drive and assume it will work. If you are playing DVD's, you've probably hooked it up to your lounge stereo, in which case, why not play CD's too? There is something soulless about scanning a music library and creating a playlist on a computer.
So much content just one stop down the M3 from me! I'll have to take a look!
Does anyone else think it slightly sad that Australia's internet is so bad that people are still pirating physical DVDs?
Re: Yay, new standards
Yes. The point being that a default on setting would be so ubiquitous that ad agencies would ignore it, rendering it pointless.
The idea is to offer a little bit of hope to those who can be bothered.
Personally, I suspect flashblock, noscript and always using incognito is probably your best bet.
Re: Going forward...
> And don't get me started on the quotation mark nesting going on here. Brrr.
That is what comes of not teaching perl!
Re: Foxes guarding the henhouse?
> would dearly love to pass a sham of a standard so they can appear to be on the side of the angels while cavorting with Mammon and Moloch.
Haha, I read that as "Mammon and Murdoch" which also works.
> it simply means the ads we see are more relevant to our needs/wants, and that's not evil either.
Which is true in theory. It works until you find out how they determine our needs/wants.
Then you find them thoroughly intrusive and veering towards evil. There's nothing wrong with ads per se, its the ad-broker activities which people really object to.
Re: Great expectations...
> But why use the PI to do it?
The Pi's strengths are cheap/portable/electrical interaction with other devices.
You can hook it up to a motion sensor and doorbell and it isn't so expensive that you can't leave it there. It won't replace a pc for general computing but the level of general computing has risen so far its hard to inspire kids to compete with teams of hundreds of adults. The benefit is in little cool things where someone can say, "I did that!"
Re: How long
> Sure, getting wiped out of the processor market would hurt a lot, but Intel have many very well developed facets, so I don't think they'll vanish, although it is certain they will evolve. :)
The issue would be PC manufacturers putting cheap ARM chips into PC's as an "always-on" option. People might stop booting home PCs to check email, etc and it would drive desktop linux/arm application development, which might then impact intel quite a bit more.
Actually a c2d is more than adequate for a "family computer." I have a 2009 2.6Ghz 24" imac (with a dvd drive!) which runs email with 10k+ messages, web, MS Office, skype, video, voip, ebook server etc with no problems at all.
I did upgrade the RAM to 8G recently (/me thumbs nose at newer mac owners...) which made things run quite a bit better and the nvidia 9400 will never be for 3d games, but it is almost silent and a pleasure to use with snow leopard. I've got a network server running debian so I probably won't bother upgrading the disk (I rarely reboot the thing), but an SSD is an option. Perhaps it was the last of the decent "all-in-ones".
I don't normally upgrade critical machines unless I need to. That makes life more pleasant and things tick along just fine.
Re: Well it is FREE
More to the point, when your soldered on flash storage fails, it won't seem so free.
Re: Wait, people use iWork?
I'd far prefer a .tar than a .zip.
With tar, you can see what is inside the file easily, search for text etc. Compressing obscures the data and creates an application silo of obscurity.
Re: Makes the old mantra seem truer than ever
I like the bleeding edge.
MythTV - now at v0.27
But yes, when there are commercial factors at play, you don't jump in. I think it must be the casino effect of lit buttons/screen. When a button comes up which says, "press me to get stuff" people do so without thinking.
Re: I am an Apple fan...
>> Steve would not have let this happen
>Yes he would. Wasn't slowly turning OSX into iOS one of his master plans in the first place?
I doubt it. The thing Apple got right was that you can't stick a keyboard/mouse interface on a phone, something MS has been trying (and failing) to do for ages. If they have forgotten that lesson, their design prowess is shallower than I thought.
Having said that, I'm sure they dream of the day they might return to proprietary silicon, so moving OSX towards ARM via iOS shouldn't be off the cards.
Re: Reading, Bracknell, Camberley, Slough....
Confusing cause and effect?
Re: When I lived in Bracknell...
Rest assured that the PHB needed that executive car because it takes at least an hour to get in or out of Wokingham from around 3pm onwards.
Wokingham, also home to Azlan (or whatever they are now) who used to do very fine food on their CNE training courses. Proper ginger pudding with custard!
> They are in Woodley, which is part of Wokingham Borough Council, although in reality a suburb of Reading, so technically in Wokingham rather than most definitely not.
If you live there, it is most definitely Wokingham and NOT Reading.
It wasn't incompetance
It was the new, cheaper sysadmins diverting attention from the keylogger installation.
Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
The other part of the equation is the wire-tapping and use of international cooperation to get around your own laws. China can tap its own infrastructure, but asking the UK, Australia and USA to filter off traffic for it to analyse probably wouldn't get it very far. China's reach into critical parts of the internet is rather more limited than the West's.
When I was a lad, we found picking up the school Apple ]['s and dropping them back on the table from the height of a couple of inches worked wonders for fixing miscellaneous problems. Caused by dust perhaps?
In the office? Doom and Chess via MS Exchange.
Re: Mail's always been dodgy
No problems with Mail here, including google interaction. Oh wait... Snow Leopard.
Please excuse my smugness as a peer around the side of my imac screen and pop in a DVD to watch.
Look Ma! No messy cables - I've got an all-in-one computer!
Razor blades. They're shiny too, but we don't jump on them as soon as we see them.
(We need a proper *smug* icon)
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