278 posts • joined Wednesday 13th February 2008 18:19 GMT
Hate to say this
But the more I read of Vint Cerf, the more I think he's turned into an old grandfather figure whose key line is: "I remember when"...and then insert something "tcp packets needed a good breakfast before they made their way across the internet", and so forth.
He fails to understand that we are in year 20 of the networking revolution, and not even year 10 of the social networking revolution (within the networking revolution). These are still fast moving days, we're still working out the laws to control these things, we're still working out how this affects us and society as a whole.
It's the start of a very very long chain of events in human history. Yet he and others seem totally oblivious to that fact. The last 5 years is and will be, merely a tiny fragment of history when historians look back in 200/2000/20,000/200,000 years.
I've seen this film, the planet is called Crematoria and there's a penal system on it.
Full 17bn Please
Hit them where it hurts. Too late now to start pleading any sort of disposition. What is the point of a threat of fines if it's never enforced?
Once they've come up with 17bn in cash, they sure as hell won't pull that shit again. And it might put Moto/Google on a bit of notice as well.
Did no one notice the jibe about the Guardian profiting? The Guardian that loses £50k per day! And someone accuses it of profiting? Only in their dreams.
Re: Highway to heaven...
>>Google maps delivers you to the door, not the taxi way.
No they don't. I bought my first Android phone yesterday, played with Google Maps and it instantly directly me down a cul-de-sac as if it was a through road! (I knew it was a cul-de-sac so didn't follow it).
Enough of the history!
First - Golf GTI, Peugeot 205 GTi. It's a little thing that demonstrates knowledge of the subject.
Second, Golf GTI was 1976, Peugeot 205 GTi was 1984. The Peugeot did not create a new market - it had long since been created by VW.
The Peugeot just happened to be the best of the copy cats.
He's right about glasses
Google Glass is a dumb concept. Before you downvote me, let me explain.
Look at the vast number of people who need glasses, yet wear contact lenses, or went for corrective surgery. They don't want to wear glasses.
Now look at Google Glass. For the concept to work you need to wear it all the time (admittedly someone will find full time applications though). If people already don't want to wear corrective lens glasses - why are they going to want to wear Google Glass?
Wearing sunglasses is not a valid argument either because most people don't wear them all the time. They are worn for a short period for comfort. Google Glass is only any good if it stays on your nose all the time.
Re: Balmer is safe because...
>Much as I dislike Ballmer and all the cock-ups he has presided over, simple fact is that MS revenues and share price are on the up.
In 1996, I'm sure Kodak and Blockbusters were having pretty good years as well. It's not about where Microsoft is today that is worrying people, it's where Microsoft will be next year that has people concerned.
To be honest, I wouldn't lose sleep over accidentally running a DDoS on Spamhaus. Everyone in the industry has been frustrated by them at some point in the past, and frankly, they are pretty much getting what they deserved.
There are plenty of other organisations who provide the same service but with less attitude.
Article is spot on
Sorry guys, but the article is spot on. Linux Desktop is a bit of a dog (regardless of UI), and Windows Tablet failed for 10 years before MS re-imagined a tablet - with a desktop UI again, and the most ludicrous thing is that MS in their enormous wisdom market the Surface as a tablet with a keyboard!!
A pure Linux distro tablet will get no further than where the desktop versions have got, which is practically no where.
One Year At Most
I reckon they'll do this for one year at the most. Very simply, they will confuse customers as to what the device is (it's not an Apple iPhone) and they'll have massive numbers of returns. Worse still, retailers will be put off selling an iPhone that isn't because they'll be getting them back and sorting out this mess.
100 developers get free kit? Why bother?
If they want to get serious with the developers, then they need to put aside 20-30k units, and ship them to the developers who did anything for the previous BB platform.
Drugs are bad
Is she on drugs?
>"My view is we have to ultimately offer a smartphone, because in many countries of the world, that is your first computing device," Whitman said. "There will be countries in the world where people will never own a tablet or a PC or a desktop. They will do everything on a smartphone."
This is the same woman that bought Skype so that Ebay buyers and sellers could talk to each other!!! For what? The whole point of ecommerce is that you didn't need or want to talk to a shop keeper.
But take her comments - would someone like to tell her that the world is full of PCs and some are pretty cheap - cheaper than smartphones - and what about all the s/h PCs across the planet??? And what's a smart phone - £300+?
Re: Will a leopard change its shorts?
Nominet was never set up to represent the domain holder, it was set up to represent the interests of the members, eg the ISP community.
However, rest assured that Nominet has done it's best to marginalise it's members ever since it's inception and will continue to do so until it succeeds.
Who writes this crap???
>>Apple, which was somewhat blasé about iOS security early on, releasing the iPhone with serious security design flaws
One one hand the article complains that no hackers target OSX because it's a small minority and on the other hand claims that the security for iOS is 'blasé' yet there aren't millions of drone iOS installs out there when Apple has hundreds of millions of iOS installs!
So make your mind up, Apple are either very bad about security, or very good. Which one is it?
Beats the hell out of me what the point of RT is then. I thought the whole point was to remove the threat of the iPad in businesses.
And why are businesses going to buy the full fat version, when they never bought Windows Tablet either?
Again, it has to be repeated - what part of Russia and China sponsoring such a change makes anyone remotely think this is a good idea? If there are screaming alarms bell, it's Russia and China asking for a change in how the internet is run!
/yoda hmmm...the bullshit is strong in this one
Google just don't get it.
Google, meet the EC (again), EC, meet Google (again). I believe you're all familiar with each other already? Funny that.
If Google are unable to see that they are being anti-competitive (as per Schmidt's response) in the eyes of the EU (and just about everyone else), then how they are coming up with a "proposal" makes next to no sense.
You cannot propose to remedy a situation if you are unable to see the situation in the first place.
Re: Getting Tomatoes off Eyes Could Help
Good on ya Handle!
So AC, what interesting presentations have you made to the likes of Apple and Samsung recently? Any? Ever? Of course not, because you're a dull little keyboard warrior with a job in security, night security at a mall probably.
....Apple Newton.....predates all of this crap.
Oh do fuck off with the Foxconn rebrander nonsense.
You're finally understanding business
Business is about profits for it's shareholders. Shareholders hold the risk and expect profits.
Does anyone really want a stylus apart from a very small minority?
Here is the problem with a stylus:
1. You lose them. Regularly. Make whichever Ebay seller you buy the replacement from "favourite" status as you'll be using them a lot.
2. If you don't hold pens for long periods these days, try holding one for the next 2 hours. If your hand isn't in absolute agony, then you're a better man than I. I had Windows Tablet years ago, and the stylus was one reason it was just so plain horrible. Once you leave school, you simply don't use pens or pencils for much in the grand scheme of things.
3. Where are the millions of users crying out for a stylus? They all seem quite happy to use their finger after all.
Apple should just bend over and take it in the arse because you see them as sissy cowards?
If Apple have a case, then they will win court cases. If not, they'll lose. But they are doing what everyone has the right to do which is having their day in court and making a case.
Not at all
If it is a matching programme (like I've seen at Sun), the employee merely raises money for chairty (or gives money to charity), that their employer then matches pound for pound, dollar for dollar.
A few years ago, one of our fundraising teams (we run events) raised £14,000 for charity, and iirc Sun Microsystems were putting up another £14k as per their charity programme.
The Obvious Reason
The blatantly obvious reason developers are looking to Android in the next year, rather than iOS is because they've already developed their iOS offerings. They are simply developing for the next major platform, which is only sensible.
Seriously, people are worried about no case?
I'm using a spare hole in the pcb and nailing it to a shelf.
It's not logical, loon.
You are either late or on time, not "nearly late". And no, the company doesn't have a right to want a bit of a late fee for being nearly late. Get real.
More people than you think
The timing of todays news item is brilliant. Watched a documentary of the Rovers last night and it was absolutely fascinating. I think my wife actually got bored of me pausing it every few minutes to tell the story before they did!
Probably didn't help that we also MST3000'd the documentary, but hey.
Brilliant stuff. Pity the documentary only had the first 3.5 years of the Rovers lives though. Thought it ended a but early.
Beginning of the end
Said this from the start, endured many red thumbs down, and I'll say it again, G+ will eventually fail.
Facebook has the critical mass of users which G+ will never get. G+ is not worthwhile whilst the majority of your established friends are still using Facebook, and simply promoting yourself as "We're not Facebook" simply isn't good enough for people to make the switch.
This is what happens when legislation hasn't caught up with protecting legitimate companies.
It shouldn't take a company like Chanel to be in a court proving that it's the victim of people using it's name or using channels that it has not approved.
Question is when will we realise that the internet is not the wild west, where people can arbitrarily trample over other peoples and companies rights?
Bit of history being rewritten
1. Apple didn't like Flash because it ran like a piece of crap on the Mac.
2. Adobe failed to address Flash performance on the Mac over several years so Apple rightly were cautious about the iPhone.
3. Apple are totally correct when they talk about phones having limited power and limited battery. Do we forget the old days when a Nokia 6300 could do 10 days+ on standby? The fact that Symbian was designed to be low power (low memory and low cpu overhead), or the fact that the iPhone only lasted a day because Apple underestimated how much people would play with their phones?
And on the back of that, Adobe couldn't be trusted to develop a low power version of Flash.
What killed Flash was iOS and Adobe's intransigent. No iOS, no future.
However, what I never understand is why people got so upset in the Apple vs Flash thing, calling Flash the open standard when it was a £700 package you had to buy if you were going to develop on it. It wasn't an open standard in the slightest and had nothing to do with the internet, which is largely based on open standards.
BTW, how is Adobe doing with a long overdue rewrite of Photoshop or whatever they call it these days. A hugely expensive product that has been neglected for 10 years as they dodge the development budget for OSX.
One thing overlooked
>>It's hard to resist the impulse to snap up a tablet for only $199 (£128), and Amazon knows it.
Totally agree with that statement - who could refuse $200 for a small tablet?
However, what has made the iPad the huge seller is it's stickiness. We still use our 4-5 hours a day and we got ours the day it was launched. And we're not alone.
But if the Fire isn't sticky in the same way, eg people using it, then it's loss leader thing will become a huge millstone around Amazon's neck. And Amazon's financials aren't exactly a thing of beauty either.
Apple have also stated that iTunes and App Store are not core to it's business. They are the value added bit that sells hardware, whereas Amazon is betting the bank on people using the Fire to make "MORE" purchases than they would. Here is the key word (I capitalised it) - MORE.
Amazons business plan fails miserably if the Fire cannot generate more sales than the standalone Kindle does. A user could simply buy the $79 Kindle and buy the same ebooks that they get with the Fire. A user could simply buy an iPad and download Kindle. Both of these scenarios make more money for Amazon than a purchase of the Kindle will.
All in all, it's a very murky business plan that has no obvious "win" surrounding it.
I find it very odd that no one has mentioned (or even remembered) how Apple views iTunes and the App Store.
If you read all the industry reports and earning calls, Apple sells hardware. The App Store and iTunes merely reinforce the ecosystem (hate using that term) that drive a future sale. They've even said that the ecosystem is pocket change to the wider business of selling kit.
But then we have Amazon, who are making a loss leading Fire who will be driving their full ecosystem (shoot me) to make up the sales to cover the loss they are making on the hardware.
If Apple are failing to make serious amounts from the ecosystem (bleh), then why should Amazon succeed?
And why should Amazon succeed on a product that is a cheap and nasty like the Fire, when they have the perfectly acceptable Kindles which have been good sellers in the past, that do have a large following (remember the hullaballo about iPad screens and reading in the daylight??), and the fact Kindles (non Fire) probably do make money?
What's the point?
At best, these orders represent $600m in orders, with an outside best of $60m in profits for the companies concerned, and probably an awful lot less that that. There is precious little money in these boxes - so who is concerned (or not) that they get a slice of it?
$340k you say?
so......that makes my Twitter account worth £15 then....
Guess Google won't mind me starting a search engine that values a link and site from how many other sites link to it.
I'll call it PageWank.
And if anyone complains, I'm going to bitch that the system is broken and it's violating my right to innovate (using other people's ideas).
>>“For a small number of publishers with this error, the October ‘Payment issued’ line item is also not displaying. Publishers with this problem will be paid as usual and according to the normal schedule,” said the company in a posting on the Google support forums.
So, despite them screwing up badly, they won't bother doing anything outside their normal terms, meh we missed this month, we'll pay you double next month.
Try that with your mortgage company or your credit card company without getting extra fees!
Such a simple article
Why is it that the anti-Apple commentators want to turn this into something it's not?
Better documented elsewhere; Samsung have refused to do a deal with Apple on certain FRAND patents, and then used it as a counter suit against Apple. Samsung were given the green light to add their patents to 3G by the EU as long as it was done under FRAND to ensure that there was a level playing field and fair competition.
Samsung have started using those patents in the IP war, which is specifically against the deal they agreed with the EU in the first place to have them implemented.
That Ebay fucked over all their sellers, screw them on a regular basis for yet more charges, fuck over the 3rd party companies who were using the public APIs to provide services to sellers, ended up changing feedback so buyers could extort virtually anything they want from a seller.
Maybe he should look at the sheer number of sellers that no longer use Ebay (and big 10k+ feedback sellers) to get an idea of how e-commerce is doing.
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