84 posts • joined 10 Mar 2008
Re: Seems odd, when compared to other tech buyouts
I think the news/rumours of this takeover interest have been known for a while, and so the market would have priced in the premium already. I.e. they got excited about a potential takeover and the price went up, meaning the shares are already trading above what they would normally be if it wasn’t for this takeover interest.
“While the user and the device is in motion, the user's dexterity with respect to the touch-sensitive display can be disrupted by the motion”
As can their ability to walk in a straight line, maintain a constant speed, not bump into people, not stop suddenly in the middle of the pavement; essentially, not be an annoying PITA.
Non-IT angle? Newspaper and book reader-walkers, I’m looking at you too!
Yeah, what an outdated judiciary they have. They should do what the rest of the world does and only hire foreign judges and fly in people from abroad to sit on juries (none of this “of their peers” nonsense!)
"As Apple has continued to infringe our patented mobile technologies"
How can they get away with saying that when the Judge has just ruled that they didn't infringe? Until any decision in any appeal does come, Apple did not infringe.
Oh, and I really shouldn't have to do this, but this being an El Reg Apple article, I need to make it clear I am not a fanatic of either company, own products by both and was not paid for my opinion (thus covering the usual gripes of people who simply have a different opinion to mine).
Re: I was unfortunate enough ....
Calm down mate, they're just a consumer electronics company. Buy it if you like it, don't if you don't. I know it's not really the done thing around here to have an apathetic view of Apple and its rivals, but some of us just can't get angry at a gadget company.
Plus, it's an advert. They are hardly going to say their product is a relatively minor iterative update are they. That's how adverts work. It's the same as getting angry at John Lewis for using a cutsie-poo animal friendship in their ads. It’s all bollocks and we're all free to shop where we please for whatever reason we choose.
It's this sort of bollocks that makes me happy I'm a contractor (and not at Microsoft too)
Re: Conflict of Interest anyone?
Err, no. A conflict of interest may arise if he held shares in a direct competitor. Loads of employees have shares in the company they work for. They are an incentive for you to contribute to the company's performance to help get the share price up. If you are wondering about insider dealing, directors of listed companies in the US at least have to declare in advance their plans to buy and sell stock in their own company. This is publicly available info and can be quite interesting ("oh look, the finance director must have needed a new house")
I’m sure they were both very annoyed
Re: I suppose...
Last flight I took I watched “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and it seems I still had a better time than you did
Re: Sorry to be so blunt...
Re: Installed and Dumped
Why use anything else really?
Cost - Not everyone has a contract with inclusive “free” SMS
International - Even with a contract, texting to international numbers can cost (if it works at all – in my personal experience I have had problems with international SMS)
International – Same deal when you yourself are abroad sending back home
Sending media - Even with a contract, sending a photo, for example (MMS) can cost
Group messages - SMS can send to multiple people at once but they all receive the message individually, I think.
Yes, there are things like email to get around these limitations, but an app that is free or has limited cost and can be used “free” (yes, you might be paying for the data connection/wifi) is much more appealing.
Re: Good luck finding support staff
The article says the video chats are one way only
Dedicated web presence
"In these days of social media it seems slightly archaic for small organisations to have a dedicated web presence at all"
If a company tries to get me to visit their Facebook page rather than their own website, they don't get a visit from me!
A grumpy not-that-old-yet man!
I’m really glad you only went with “rustled”
I was there...
I was working for Intel on my Uni year in industry when Centrino came out. I still probably have a lot of the branded marketing guff if I dig around. For some reason we all wanted the Bunnymen (little toys of the protective-suited folks in the Fabs) rather than the mouse mats and whatnot. This doesn’t add much to the discussion I suppose but as I sit here in corporateland, its fun to reminisce about being paid like a proper worker but still getting to act like a student.
**snaps out of nostalgic fuzz to remember we were not paid like proper workers, but booze money was still booze money**
Call me crazy
While it may seem great to be paid for doing nothing, I get bored out of my brain when I have nothing to do at work for longer than a day or so. There’s only so much out there on the internet (that can get through corporate firewalls, at least). Maybe I’m weird, but I would rather have done the work myself and kept all the money, rather than pay someone else to ensure I spend my days watching the clock slowly tick away in boredom.
"a 12-year-old startup" ?
Its almost as bad as nicking someone else's joke…
** Me Googles "Vertical market" **
Would it though?
Cigarettes are legal and there is still a concerted effort to smuggle them, in the UK at least. If it were legal it would be taxed. Taxes could raise prices above current market rates, although obviously smuggling is also pricey and the risk increases prices too, so maybe it would be cheaper.
If this sort of thing gives someone an edge, maybe it would still continue.
I don’t know. I’ve really only got Ben Elton’s High Society to go on as research material, so maybe I should just change track and make boob jokes.
To oversimplify a tad…
…if you don’t sell shares, there’s no point having them (ok, I should have said oversimplify a lot). Dividends are lovely but becoming an instant real (not paper) millionaire is probably quite nice too.
Maybe she wanted to buy a fleet of black helicopters.
The picture used by Google is actually taken from a previous Register article by Andrew Orlowski (“Verity Stob faces execution, Wikipedia-style” from 2010), so this is a bit of a circular reference. Also, glad to see Google correcting the “Stobb” typo.
Why are Wii Sports/Play/Fit allowed to be counted as one, or is it that they have each sold the same as each other and are jointly holding third spot?
email services often imposed a 2MB attachment ceiling
...and floppy disks always imposed a 1.44MB ceiling...
Re: Stores are so last millenia
Really? You call someone a twat for stating they prefer to shop online? Wow, who'd have thought it, we're all twats round here!
What about travel cards?
So for those of us with travel cards who will still need an Oyster, what will happen if a contactless bank card is stored near the Oyster in a holder or wallet, as a lot of people do? Will the system know to only use the Oyster and not the bank card?
Biting satire, probably
I get economically depressed every time I look at my bank balance. Only kidding; I’m an MP
Replying to my own post
But I just realised I should really get out more. http://xkcd.com/386/
Yep, it’s the same group but i think it's the track "Still"
"There's very little that YouTube doesn't have"
Providing you’re not trying to access it on an iPhone/iPad where any official music videos are annoyingly missing. Would they prefer you to go to iTunes instead?
Best Buy said it wants to improve the customer experience...is a mute point
They must not have said it very loudly then?
you can happily leave it permanently attached, though you’ll need to remove it if you want to use the Dock connector for anything else - it's one downside
Don't think it mentioned any others though
Re: Cutting costs
@ AC 12:49
Employers National Insurance, pension contributions, holiday/sick pay, maternity/paternity pay, redundancy payoffs, training costs, maybe share options…yeah, a permanent employee costs half as much!
Re: Easy way to cut costs
I think you misunderstood what I wrote. I send the invoice to my agent. My agent pays the invoice. So that means on their side they need someone to do the admin that involves. I don’t pay someone to collate my time and create my invoices.
Re: Easy way to cut costs
I can’t believe I am about to (kind of) defend agents, but for the most part, they also manage the payroll. In all but one contract I have ever had I send my invoices to the agent and they pay My Ltd Company. They deserve a fee for that, although that doesn’t seem too tricky and I’m sure their fee is made up of far more profit than cost-covering.
How can swapping the “smoked” phone for a Windows phone be a prize? Surely if your phone was “smoked” that means you lost. Do you get the Windows phone just by taking part, ie a phone for losing and a laptop for winning?
If they are found guilty…
…would that make them Smooth Criminals?
In your Top 10 Android Games roundup, Sprinkle got 95%. Here, it’s not even mentioned. I guess it is a bit pointless reviewing the same game twice, but maybe a review of the top 10 Android/iOS games should feature games only available on that platform and another article should have cross/platform games. Does the quality really vary that much between platforms? Some more fervent fanbois/fandroids may only read their own device’s article and miss out on the other cool stuff.
"Keep your eyes fixed firmly on the site..."
"Keep your eyes fixed firmly on the site if you know what's good for you"
I don't know what's good for me but plan to keep my eyes firmly fixed on the site anyway. Do I win £5?
Re: I don't get it...
But its not just any domain name is it. Its one entirely made up of his own name, set up by someone who has nothing to do with the name in any way. Even if it wasn’t a porno domain he’d want to get it.
Well if they are going to go round correcting articles the moment someone makes a bad joke, then what's the point?
I'm not trolling here, and I've never played this game before, but what's the JFC Conspiracy? I guess it's a typo, so I imagine this game either has something to do with an assassinated American President or the recipe for fried chicken
"but there'll be next year.."
If you give her these, there will indeed be next year, just not with the same woman
Search on El Reg for Windows 8
How many results? What other company etc...
Maybe it’s also playing into the hands of El Reg readers who come to a tech website to read tech related news?
Certainly sir, just give me your name and address…
I think the main plus point for Amazon doing this is one dismissed rather easily by a few bracketed words. The Kindle is a very tangible product that I think has to be seen to be believed. I don’t mean that in an “it’s so amazing” way, I mean that for many people whose interaction with screens and technology is a computer monitor or TV, they can’t imagine the benefits of e-ink if they haven’t seen it for themselves. Also, all the display units won’t be hogged by people using the store as a free internet café to check their Facebook and other things that get in the way of potential, real customers
"geared up for low-light shots" ... "OM-D"...
Optical Manoeuvres in the Dark?
Michelle of the Resistance
I like the 'Allo 'Allo-esq first line:
Listen very carefully; I shall say zis only once!
I think if you had stigmata, social or otherwise, you'd have bigger problems than owning a Playbook!
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