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I updated my iPhone 3G to iOS 4.2 overnight. Not any discernable new features, but its now as responsive as it was with whatever version of iOS was on it when I bought it. It looks as though Apple have stopped trying to sell me a new phone by slowing down my existing one ;)
Interesting the people that followed the crowd to get an iPhone are now following the crowd to get Android phones.
Ha ha ha
This will be popular with people that want to show Apple what's for. They will buy it, find that the interface doesn't really work with fingers. No problem they'll get a stylus, because everyone wants to use a stylus don't they. Its so natural. Then they'll find that it doesn't quite hack it for writing emails and suchlike. That's not a problem though, its got bluetooth, so they'll get a keyboard. Hey look at this Apple. Damn, typing and doing other stuff on the interface doesn't quite work. I'll get a mouse. Now look I've got a screen with bluetooth mouse and keyboard running the same old Windows 7 on an underpowered and limited device. It's ok though, its not Apple.
Please save us from technologists with a lack of imagination. Sadly that includes most of the staff at El Reg.
No, you don't get it
Its a computer for non-technical people.
A computer that doesn't require its users to spend an age learning about how to make it work.
A computer that doesn't require its users to have to manage virus checkers and where they need to go to patch all of the bits of software they have installed.
A computer that isn't as flexible as the Unix system that I'm using now, or any general purpose laptop or desktop, but a computer nonetheless.
If you don't understand why this will be attractive to people and work in IT please either:
a) find a clue stick and repeatedly apply it to your head until you do
b) find a different industry to work in.
I have had to help relatives with their PCs. Starting them up and launching a browser to download patches more often than not I'm greeted with a browser with toolbars from MS Live, Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc. Often all installed at once. They don't know how they got there, they don't know if they are important, and wouldn't know how to get rid of them anyway. That is the sorry state of general purpose computing today.
There are many people that just want to access the web, manage their email, and maybe do something with the photos they took at Christmas. To these people a simplified computer interface with centralised patching and updates isn't something to be pooh poohed, its what they are looking for. The massive lack of realization of this around the IT industry is the most worrying thing about the reaction to the iPad.
The scanners are at the security barrier right? If so just get a friendly child to go through with you. They can be going on a different flight, just be wearing your explosives in their clothes. Once you are through, take them to the toilet, extract the explosives and say goodbye. They go off safe and sound, you blow up an airliner.
Of course no terrorist would think of doing this so we are all safe. How long is it going to be before the general public gets their head around the idea that all you get if you build a better mouse trap is smarter mice. Its up to us, the public, to stop them infringing our liberties and wasting our money like this.
Its really funny reading some of the comments on here. If Microsoft pulled the same trick there would be howls of protest about it being typical Microsoft behavior. It's Google though, they 'do no evil', so they can be excused.
The bottom line is that Android isn't turning out to be what all of the Linux using OSS advocates imagined. Instead its turning into what anyone that looks in from outside that mind set expected. Its the Linux ideal on a phone. This is going to lead to branches, to incompatibilities, to end user problems. None of the OSS fanatics will accept this. They'll counter every argument with the fact that 'you can download an app to fix it', or its Google and 'they do no evil'.
The more that is seen of Android, and Google's approach, the less compelling it becomes.
Fixed it for you
Google only cares about revenue. They don't really care about the end-user. They realise that having a better end-user experience than the other guy will get them more users and therefore more revenue. To imply from that they care about them is going a bit far.
As an example. Google kept Googlemail in beta for such a long time purely to allow them to be free of any sort of responsibility. "Meh, its a beta service, if you treated it any differently then more fool you".
Why did Google enter the phone business in the first place? It wasn't out of the goodness of their hearts. It was because they could see people accessing the internet free from their advertising. As people's access becomes more mobile, as it undoubtedly will, they could see their position disappearing. So they needed so fix a hook in to get their advertising onto this new, mobile internet.
None of the previous Android phones have delivered, and some were already starting to generate bad press (the lack of an upgrade path for Samsung phones for example). So Google has been forced into making this move. This isn't something that Google wanted to do. They know the dangers. Don't think they did it because of the end-user though, it was entirely out of self-interest.
Criminal Justice System
Title says it all really. The only people to get Justice out of the system are the crims. After all to have committed all those crimes they must have been mad, and it must have been societies fault for not understanding them, or not helping them.
More rabid El Reg paranoia
Ask the vast majority of people if they wanted a computer that didn't have viruses and on which applications just did what they said they'd do and I bet they'd say yes.
Tell them that they could only buy software from a single place that ensured that the software would run and provided them with a single place to go and find things and I don't think they'd have a problem with that.
Say that it worked in the same way as the iTunes store or the iPhone App Store and, again, I don't think you'd have many dissenters.
Ask the same thing of the luddites that inhabit El Reg and you'll get a different answer. Isn't this the problem with computing? At some point we are going to have to listen to the users instead of trying to tell them that we know best.
Re: Apple minus 3g, then inc 3g
This seems like a dig at Apple but if so its so wide of the mark its difficult to follow. The differences:
1. The original iPhone can still run the latest software, updated for free. The only things that don't work are those things that require the additional hardware included in later phones. Not an unreasonable stand point.
2. Its different hardware, as is the difference between 3g and 3gs. This is nothing like the Samsung phone here.
I know that some people are irrational Apple haters, but as far as the iPhone goes they are showing the other phone manufacturers how it should be done. So much so that its now a story if a smart phone can't be updated.
Not surprised about Symbian
To be honest I'm not surprised about Symbian. I'd have replaced by 9200 with an E90 if Nokia had kept the same OS. Instead they dumbed it down and made it just another business phone losing the great messaging client. Nokia went for mass market, and that will be its downfall.
For a brief period within Apple's history it dabbled with licensing MacOS to run on clone systems. The idea was to grow the market. Instead of doing that, which was difficult, the clone makers went after Apple's market directly. This reduced Apple's profitability and threatened to take the company under. Killing the clones saved Apple.
Too late to protest
The problem is that this level of protest wasn't raised when the CRB enhanced check was introduced. Its therefore possible to bluster that its not really any different and its just a streamlining of the system.
The real problem is hit on by Pullman. This legislation turns the entire basis of British law on it's head; the principle that a person is innocent until proved guilty. In the case of this sort of 'positive vetting' the opposite holds true. People are guilty unless proved innocent, add to this the fact that rumor alone (the no smoke without fire principle) can get you on the list and huge swathes of the population can be eliminated from potential employment without ever having committed an offence.
Whilst the case that the legislation in on the back of was terrible, Huntley et al, this is a massive overreaction in terms of cost and human rights. If murderers like Huntley were routinely taking jobs near children and killing them for sport it would be different. There are always people that will slip through the net, however tight you draw it, measures like this trample too far over our freedoms for too little benefit.
"Are there really still people out there who think of the PC as a games platform? Get real."
Erm. EA certainly do, witness the recent Sims 3 release. Given that the Sims is a juggernaut of a franchise that hoovers up cash I'd guess that all of the people buying it think that too. There have been predictions of the death of the general purpose PC for many years, its not going to happen anytime soon.
This is an interesting move by Google in a limited market. Whether it gains any traction will be interesting to see. I have never understood why people gush over the latest announcements from a search engine/advertising company. Maybe its because they use Linux internally and fall into 'the enemy of my enemy is my friend' territory.
Set top boxes
When the UK cable industry went digital the software it was on the Liberate DTV platform. Liberate was originally called Network Computer Inc and was the product of Larry's foray into the thin-client business. So far from falling completely flat the technology did make a lasting impact in the world of TV.
I've still to find something that matches using my old Palm III and Palm Desktop connecting to Mac OS 9. I could install apps and have them sync data back to applications on my laptop. Then Palm stopped updating Palm Desktop so I moved away to other things. Unless Palm are going to provide a nice new, plugin friendly, Palm Desktop application for OS X this is no good to me. If they are, and a 3G version comes out, I'll look at it when I need to change my phone.
Sadly I suspect that by the time Palm deliver Apple will have and their chance will have gone.
Its cheaper than an iPhone for a reason. Its not as good as an iPhone. You can get a 3G iPhone for this price on contract, yes you need to sign up to £30/month but if you were to use the Cookie for data on a pay as you go basis you'd soon rack up similar costs.
There seems to be a bit of inverse snobbery were the iPhone is concerned. People are casting around to get something that they can say is an iPhone beater. They'll do anything, and accept any limitation, to convince themselves that they are better than iPhone owners. Why is that?
You used to get the same on BBC Radio 4 too. The presenters were happy not to know about URLs and the Internet. Somehow if you can stay ignorant it makes you a better person. Whatever, the fact that everything is compared with the iPhone shows what an impact it has had. Don't put it all down to advertising either, they wouldn't sell as many as they do based on that alone.
Why all of the vitriol towards iPhone owners? I have an iPhone 3G, I bought it because it fits in with my needs and, unlike countless S60 phones, it works.
It seems to me that there is a great deal of loathing towards those people that can afford to buy things. Somehow if you buy software, music, movies, Apple kit, you are some sort of pariah. You should be content with home brew kit and OSS offerings. Well forget that. I've worked hard to earn enough money to be able to buy what works best for me. If you can't afford it, stop bleating about it. Jealousy is the worst of the seven sins.
It seems the lady at Tesla hadn't heard of Top Gear before lending them cars. The push back to the garage was obviously to stress the fact that the car ran out of juice and they weren't able to test in the same way they would a petrol car.
The bit about the brake failure being due to a blown fuse is even more scary when you hear it that way. A blown fuse called the brakes to fail?
The recharging would be an extreme case, but even if you have a dedicated fast charging rig at home you might be travelling somewhere over half the range away and then you are going to need to charge from a standard socket. The charging time is an issue, even if its 4-6 hours, when compared with petrol/diesel powered cars.
Clarkson did say that he liked it, there is no doubt that the car is quick, but its a technology demonstration rather than a practical proposition. The Tesla addresses the performance issues of electric car but recharging time is still the real problem.
Sanity won't prevail. There is no sanity in the government hive mind when it comes to the internet and children.
No point commenting
There's no point commenting on this sort of diatribe. If you object against it then you are obviously a fan boy and taken in by the Cult of Jobs.
I have Macs and would recommend them because as a tool they do what they say they do with minimal headaches for the user. Now I'm sure that The Register can come up with an heap of anecdotal quotes that try to disprove that but I really don't care.
I've got a pretty repeatable bug in the friends mode. If I've got a few friends online and I'm in a group then go in to look at a friend, or the popup box, then return to the gallery of friends the xbox hangs for 30 seconds or so before sorting itself out and continuing as normal. Its not 100% of the time but fairly often.
Other than that its fine. I like the copy to HDD option for things like Fable2 and my Xbox seems to run quieter. I do have an Elite though.
To those with RROD. Its coincidence, not the cause. Its similar to the '<new game here> killed my xbox' threads that appear on in the Forums of the xbox site when new games come out.
*yawn* repeating the same old, same old, because it must be true. Apple's hardware is not overpriced. They don't have a cheap end computer but based on the spec their pricing is inline with other manufacturers based on a similar spec. Yes, its possible to buy a cheaper computer but in doing so you'd be compromising on some aspect of it.
Flames because I'm fanning them.
The backbone infrastructure creaks by as it is. There is no incentive to massively upgrade it because the bandwidth on the last mile can't support the higher bandwidth services reliably. If there was fibre to home then the pressure would be on to up the backbone. Upgrading the backbone and inter-ISP links are trivial compared to the last mile.
Around the dotcom boom I was working in London and living in the north. I did a weekly commute. Initially I adopted the train as my method of travel. The train arrived in London within a 15 minute walk of work. Great. Then there was travelling home on a Friday...
It didn't matter if I'd paid for a full price ticket, the only option due to the outbound journey on Monday morning, it was hit and miss if I'd be able to get a seat. Even with a reserved seat if people are crammed on board like sardines you can't get to it and persuading the occupant that they should get up so you can sit down isn't as easy as it sounds.
So I looked at alternatives. I could fly cheaper. Yes it was further to travel from the airport to work, but even with that cost it was still cheaper and quicker. I got a seat, guaranteed. I collected the frequent flyer miles and got special offers, access to executive lounges etc. All in all much more civilised. What I'm saying is, unless the train is much cheaper I'd rather fly. i might spend more time sitting waiting but I can sit and wait in comfort.
Oh and who made you the judge of whether a particular flight was, or wasn't, necessary. The assumption that no one else thinks about the choices that they make is a common one made by environmental types. Its arrogant in the extreme and gets right up my nose.
Heathrow has been there for a long time. Its been a major international airport for a long time. Unless you are dumber than a bag of gravel you will have noticed the increased demand for air travel and therefore the demand for more flights. When buying a place on the flight path you'll have got a reduced price because of that. The problem was only ever going to get worse. Live with it.
Re: Excessive speed kills.
The title is quoted from an AC on here. I'd agree with it. Let me say it again 'execessive' speed kills. That's speed over and above the conditions allow. That's not exceeding an arbitary speed limit.
I drive 25,000+ miles per year and am amazed at some of the behaviour I see. As an example people tooling along the outside lane of the motorway at 70 mph less than a car length from the car in front. In thick fog. If they have an accident then it would be recorded as speed related, they were driving too fast for the conditions. If there were cameras though they wouldn't get caught. Its the main problem with the dash to cameras over manual enforcement.
They don't have one?
I'm surprised that they don't already have a database for this. Shouldn't it be something that's tied into the DLVA, though not all badge holders are drivers?
As has been touched on its policing that's the problem. How does having a permit with a barcode or RFID on it help? The only thing its going to catch is stolen or 'lost' permits. This won't address some of the deliberate misuse mentioned above.
All schemes that involve conferring a benefit on members of the public will be open to some level of abuse due to human nature. As long as this doesn't get out of hand and reports of the abuse are dealt with sternly its something that we have to live with. Nu Labour seems to have this bee in its bonnet about 'fairness' though that means that it doesn't matter about the cost all unfairness and abuse must be stamped on. I'd rather they concentrated on things that matter.
Re: SATA Drives aren't new...
Posted as an AC to save embarrassment? The article states that the optical drive is a SATA rather than PATA part. My original MacBook Pro (Core Duo) has a PATA optical drive, albeit a SATA HDD.
Back around the turn of the century there were all sorts of Pyramid type schemes for Internet access. These usually had the hook of 'unlimited internet access for a simple one off fee'. Invariably these all collapsed into a heap when econmic reality caught up to them. There is no way that you can offer free internet access for life in this manner unless you expect the life to be of a finite length. The economics just don't add up.
I enjoyed the pay once, eat all you can, times. I hopped between ISPs for a while but was pretty good while it lasted.
Re: Dodgy Goings on at ThiefRow....
Ha ha ha ha .... good joke.
If you haven't done anything wrong you haven't got anything to hide eh? Have you seen the backbone employed by this bunch of idiots in NuLabour? No, didn't think so, no one else has either. What happens when they pass bad law that impacts you in your daily life? Then you'll have something to hide.
We have councils employing agents to go through peoples bins searching for incorrectly filed rubbish. How long before this information is tied to your ID card. Then to your ability to gain access to government services.
"Emergency Services. What service do you require?"
"ID card number"
"Sorry our records show two cases of incorrectly filed refuse in the last year. You will not qualify for service until March"
Its extreme but these cards will be used to build up a database of information about you that you will not have access to. They will then be used to determine your qualification for services. If you are refused you will have no avenue to find out why. The concept of an ID card isn't a bad one, the concept of this ID card is hideous.
Hmmm... why capture them? They are a hostile force in international waters. Seems like a good excuse to put all of that training and hardware into action.
Rewind to 2005
This launch reminds me of the Motorola ROKR. It looks like a prototype delivered by a manufacturer that isn't convinced but wants to get something out there.
The whole touchscreen, trackball and slide out keyboard seems to say we couldn't make up our mind which interface was best so added everything we could think of. Compare this to the HTC Touch Pro and you can see what the same manufacturer can do when they really try.
This is only going to be bought by geeks that are seduced by the words Google and open. The reality looks to be a sub-par experience that may do more harm than good.
Need a better name
As the Register, now boringly, calls the iPhone the Jesus Phone a better moniker is needed for the Googlephone.
How about the Lib-Dem Phone. It promises much, but is late to the party and doesn't quite deliver.
Just less of them
We need to remove as many signs as possible. I'm sure that a lot of them serve useful purposes but with new signs going up all the time it can take so long to scan signs for the information you are looking for that you've either missed the turn or rolled into the junction and hit someone.
Whilst they are at it can they please stop lighting up the motorway signs with useless, obvious, information. When its foggy, or there is a lot of spray, the last thing I want is a huge illuminated sign distracting me with the words "Slow down Fog/Spray". Give me useful info or stay unlit.
Just like MacNN
I used to go to MacNN for Apple news. They changed the layout to something more modern, something more flashy, it hid the news. I stopped going. Guess I'll have to find somewhere else for general news now too.
Funded by Orange?
This is sounding more and more like one of those Orange adverts you see when you go to the pictures to watch a film. I guess they are going to relay the existence of the plutonium to the waiting world via video calling. It doesn't matter if they're underground, Orange can get a single anywhere!
Swimming to catch the boat
Trying to catch Apple's App Store boat when you're swimming with no legs and a hand behind your back (look at the development platform for BB) is a bad move.
If RIM want to go down that area they need to revise their whole offering in that area, announce it and deliver on it. In the meantime they should concentrate on what they do best. This sort of move makes it look like they are afraid of the iPhone.
Re: Security Experts
It depends on how many people you have pulling the cards. An organised gang of four or five people should be able to pull that number of cards and pack them away in under 5 minutes. That's probably less than the SLA that BT have for a physical security response.
I'd rather have the automated systems than rely on the wetware taking the right decisions.
The DHL mid-air collision over Northern Switzerland a few years ago was caused by the pilots deciding that the automated collision avoidance system was wrong and doing the opposite. The only things that survived to tell the tale were the black box recorders.
Over reaction but ...
Yes, the reaction by the MBTA is excessive, but, given that the students found a problem and rather than alert them to it decided to make the disclosure at DefCon, its understandable.
Yes there are egos involved, on both sides, but people have egos. It would have done the students more credit to have talked to the MBTA when they found the problem. It wouldn't have impacted their grades, or their presentation at DefCon.
RP doesn't solve the problem
HMG like RP because it will raise revenue. For all the noise that they make about it being revenue neutral and it being the only solution to crowded roads it doesn't even begin to address the problem.
If HMG wants to really do something about congestion then they need to do something to address the causes in the first place. A simple start would be to remove the fallacy that is choice in the schools system and just get kids to go to the local schools, then provide free school buses to get the kids there.
Once they've sorted that out look at smarter working. Lots of companies find it possible to outsource work to other countries. How about getting them to outsource some of the work to other parts of this country. Working from home days, using flexible third party offices. Not all business is capable of this but there is a huge chunk of the knowledge economy that could, with sufficient investments, have a high degree of home working. They could encourage this with tax breaks and the investment it would bring in networking infrastructure would benefit everyone in the long run.
RP isn't about solving the problem though. Its about taxing the motorist, again.
It would seem that your organisation needs a more enlightening approach to web filtering. Please don't dismiss this as a flip remark. I'm being serious. Filtering based on a few words from a table is an extremely prescriptive method of censorship.
You mention that its an educational institution but don't mention the level. I'm going to assume that its secondary education or higher. If that is the case then the little darlings are hardly likely to be harmed by the language in the article.
Plane Stupid ... its a pretty poor protest group when your clever name can be used to label what people think of you. I bet they were feeling smug when they thought of that play on words.
To all enviro-fascists out there. When you get elected you can have my support. Until then keep out of my face.
This is the national ID scheme. What they are attempting to do is introduce it piecemeal. They can then say "look it works" and use that to validate rolling it out nationwide.
If they do get this through watch for an 'incident' at an airport say 6 months or so later. The person/people involved will be identified by ID cards and this will be used to help justify them and as proof that they stop terrorism.
Mines the one with the tin foil lining and roll out hood.
Based on the figures from TRL595 road works with cameras have more personal injury accidents in them, per km driven, that road works without cameras.
Based on talking with friends and colleagues they feel that they spend more time looking at the speedo when driven through average speed camera zones than they normally do. This would seem, antecdotally, to provide a reason for the results. If you are driving a car that doesn't have cruise control along a road monitored by average speed cameras you pay less attention to the road than normal. Seems obvious that this would increase the accident rate, but that would be common sense something that governments don't have.
Why the hate?
Why do people, including El Reg, have so much hatred for the iPhone? It's not perfect, it doesn't have some features that most other phones have, it does represent a new angle on the smart phone though and will push the other manufacturers to improve their product.
If you aren't in the market for an iPhone, don't buy one. Simple.
HOT lanes work on wide roads
How is having a HOT lane going to work on roads that only have three lanes? Unless you are prepared to pay you are going to be going at a maximum of 56 mph as lorries over take one another in the other lanes.
What is needed is a real, joined up, look at transport in the country. It won't happen thought because it needs vision and will cost money. Instead the government will dabble and try and force people to comply by wielding a big stick.
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