845 posts • joined Monday 10th March 2008 14:53 GMT
Is ZeroAccess like the Brain-Bug in Starship Troopers?
And Starbucks are still trading. I guess Peggy Hodge's outrage was just grandstanding after all. Ergo: the majority of taxpayers just don't give a shit.
"Some readers have expressed concern at Florian's impartiality"
That's being overly generous to Mr Mueller. He's a spin-doctor for hire. That's all there is to it.
I guess some people always have to have something to complain about.
Not owning (nor desiring to own) an iPhone, I can't see what all the fuss is about.
They sold themselves to Apple when they entered the walled garden and started to invest in iOS.
Apple pwns them. Apple can do what it likes with them. Peak Apple.
Re: Shitting hell - someone actually managed to patent
"I'm not what on course".
one swallow doesn't make a summer
No one at Apple is talking about the 5C. Why would they.
Comparing the non-£ differences between the 5S and the 5C I came across this beauty:
"Backside illumination sensor"
It sense when someone is mooning you. LMAO.
I don't know who's sadder: the people who queued for > 5mins or Apple for having those signs ready-made.
Either way: SAD BASTARDS.
All this talk...
of 'backends' and 'frontends' has put me in a quandry - should I go for a slash or a dump?
"after four men appeared in court earlier this month"
And to think there are still people out there who don't believe in ghosts. If you're still not convinced, head down to your nearest courthouse and see for yourself - all those who "appear" before the magistrate.
Re: Heating up
Agreed. For too long, consumers have suffered with the 'Microsoft Tax' in all its forms. Finally, the monopoly is being broken. As long as neither MSFT nor Google (or anyone else for that matter) have a monopoly position, consumers will benefit.
the OS needs development....
To clarify my experience with the ZTE Open: I get noticably better performance from my current HTC Explorer which runs Android 2.3 but has a slower CPU.
Sure, the HTC Explorer wasn't £60 at debut, but you can pick one up on eBay today for less than that. Granted, it's 2nd hand, but I'd take a used HTC Explorer over a new ZTE Open if I was looking for a better UI experience.
YMMV, but my experience suggests it's the OS, not the hardware, that deserves more attention.
I own one and I agree
I found myself agreeing with most of the review. The UI really is cumbersome and the OS needs more work - just to catch up to landfill Android.
I don't believe this phone is for those moving from a feature-phone. I agree it is a dumbphone.
I do believe this phone is for developers and those who are curious and not serious.
If I had to, I could sum up my experience with the ZTE Open in one word: pants.
While we're on the subject...
Let's not forget
a) Dr Frankenstein's monster; and
b) Tanoy's public address system.
Who TF is David Attenborough?
Sure, he's the guy on the telly that my parents used to watch, but when did he make the jump from media luvvie to monopolist of the truth? Senile twat.
Silicon Roundabout Bollocks
Despite attracting the creme-de-la-creme of developer talent, there's still enough crap developers in London that we don't need more foreign imports.
The problem with Ballmer...
...is that no-one believes him any more.
"The data will give insights into hypersonic physics, hypersonic combustion, performance of materials and components, and how these vehicles will fly in future."
I guess they're hoping the data will open new doors for further research.
Is twitter now sh*tter? Or is the sh*tter a metaphor for twitter?
Redmond "will draw upon its overseas cash resources to fund the transaction".
That's the same cash which can't be repatriated back to the US without a MASSIVE U.S. tax liability.
C'mon you labor/labour-voting lefties, let's hear it "tax avoidance!, tax avoidance!".
C'mon Peggy Hodge, make yourself look even more stupid that after your Vodafone comments!
Shoddy BBC News coverage?
Those BBC tech journalists are shit hot and like their finance journalists, they have their 'fingers on the pulse'.
For those whose native language is not English: I am being sarcastic, ie. BBC tech and finance journalists are narcissistic retards.
Re: "make 40$ per device"
They were already making $10 per device. They've now paid $7,200,000,000 to earn an extra $30 per device. MSFT will have to sell 2,400,000,000 phones to get their money back. At current Nokia sales rates of 30,000,000 units per year, it'll take MSFT 80 years just to break even - unless consumers change their minds about WinPho and go from their current state of 'not interested' to 'I love it'.
Deckchairs on the Titanic
Moving the ownership around doesn't change the fact that very few people actually want a WinPho. Maybe, by bringing it in-house, MSFT can address this persistant, underlying issue. Maybe. We will see.
"He said in a blog post"
What? He didn't announce it on Twitter? That's gay.
Robert Peston is an irritation
Most 'financial' journalists know about journalism but know very little about finance. Not surprisingly, he and the BBC have totally neglected to mention the Vodafone shareholder's tax liability in all of this and have, instead, focussed on trying to sensationalise that which is not sensational.
Anyone who has ever bothered to study tax law knows that most jurisdictions - like the UK - effectively treat Corporation Tax as a prepayment of Personal Income Tax. For the benefit of Mr Peston, I will explain.
£100 profit comes into a company and it pays Corporation Tax of £23 to HMRC. It then divdends out the remaining £77 to its shareholder. The shareholder is taxed on the 'gross-up' amount (£77 + £23 = £100) at their marginal tax rate (40%) but receives a tax 'credit' equal to the 'gross-up' (£23). In other words, the shareholder, would ordinarily have a tax liability of £40 but the £23 tax credit means he/she only pays £17. The net result is HRMC receives £40 (£23 from the company and £17 from the shareholder).
Now, if the company doesn't Corporation Tax and it dividends the £100 to its shareholder, then the shareholder is liable on the £100 but there is no tax credit. The shareholder is still liable (at 40%) to tax on the £100 but has no tax credit to reduce his/her liability. Therefore, HMRC still receives £40 (£0 from the company and £40 from the shareholder).
Whether Vodafone, er, "the company" pays Corporation Tax or not, HMRC still gets its £40.
To go about saying "Vodafone's not paying any tax on this" is to miss the point completely. This is why Mr Peston is working for the BBC and not any of the Accounting or Law firms who actually understand UK taxation.
Plumbing new depths
Is there no limit to this madman Elop's depravity? Why is he trying to take the share price to new lows? Is his severence clause so attractive that hes getting impatient? This psychopath must be stopped. For the sake of humanity.
Opinions are like assholes - everyone's got one.
Set up to 'fail'
It strikes me they expected the crowdfunding to 'fail'. Setting a target of more than 3x the then crowdfunding record (Pebble's $10m) could not have been a serious goal and the whole exercise seems more to find out where the 'market' is for a product the likes of the Ubuntu Edge.
What's telling is the “as described in the Indiegogo campaign” qualification. I think they achieved their real goal of testing the market before committing to it.
Watch out Microsoft
With Firefox OS and soon Jolla, and the innevitable booting-out of Elop (and subsequent diversification of Nokia offering) the battle for #3 is going to be interesting.
Lots of IT jobs in London...
...that pay £50k or less. That's why there are a lot of jobs advertised - no one half decent is prepared to take a pay cut.
More gems from recruitment sites:
"C#/C++ desireable" OMG, either make your mind up or stop advertising as this clearly isn't a real job opportunity.
"Minimum 5 years C#....£50,000". Good luck. Maybe you'll find some retirees who are looking for a hobby.
"Top tier Investment Bank is looking for a strong VBA/C++ developer". What a combo! Bzzzzzzzt. Next!
All told, I'd say you could discount those job number figures by at least 25% to filter out the 'CV fishing' expeditions.
The new Newton
I think the iWatch is going to be a commercial failure and will be remembered in history alongside the Apple Newton.
Steve Jobs has gone and the current Board of Directors have the aura of grey 'Yes'-men.
Gold? Surely you mean...
To quote Johnny Mathis ("When a Child is Born"): "White, Black, Yellow - nobody knows"
Mine arrived today.
The built quality is pretty good.
The UI is a not as nippy as my HTC Explorer (600MHz with Gingerbread), but it's not that big a deal and only a troll would offer criticism.
Despite the low ppi, the small screen size makes the UI look crisp.
For £59.99 new, I'm happy so far.
No doubt they'll be trading around £29.99 within 6 months'.
Google didn't help.
Can someone please explain wtf 'Chops' are?
I presume they've got nothing to do with pork.
Also, I've seen the word(?) 'emcee' used in the US.
WTF does that mean?
Please tell me it's not another US bastardisation of 'M.C.' (Master of Ceremonies).
This is propaganda.
Any serious NK watcher knows it.
There is no market for smartphones in NK. They can't even feed themselves without foreign food aid, let alone afford to buy a smartphone. Furthermore, the regime doesn't even want people to be able to communicate with each other - let alone the outside world. It's still official policy to forbid unauthorised travel WITHIN the country.
Its well documented that NK's power supply is wholly unreliable. Even PyongYang - the most "sophisticated" of NK's cities - doesn't have a 24/7 supply.
Their assembly 'factory' is just DPRK spin on 'sweat shop'.
Re: I don't think this crowdfunding is meant seriously.
I agree. Shuttleworth is no fool. He knew from the start - even before it was unveiled - that this 'exercise' in crowdfunding has to succeed. If it fails, it will call into question the viability of Ubuntu Touch and Ubuntu mobile. Google has been saying it for years and the subsequent collapse of the desktop market has borne them out: the future is mobile computing. Shuttleworth knows that for Ubuntu to become mainstream it HAS to go mobile.
I believe Ubuntu Edge WILL be manufactured and WILL be made available for sale. If Huawai, et. al. can manufacture decent smarphones phones for < £100 then the £32m/$695 price tags would appear to repesent nothing more than a 'wish list' and are, in no way, a show stopper for the Ubuntu Edge project.
Re: On the one hand...
> I admire what he did and would have done the same myself.
Really? You want to be locked up and pounded in the ass for 90 years?
Failed from the start
At the time BB released the Z10 I could get a Nexus 4 band new for £279. Okay, the N4 is not 4G but the point is that the Z10's initial price (circa £550) wasn't going to work. BB were just too greedy and, just as I predicted, it has failed.
I'd be interested in some silicon roundabout socks that could cure verrucas and a pair of underpants that could poke my hemorroids back in when they popped out.
Re: Hey lets be positive
Yes, let's be positive. MSFT is being forced to use an open standard and not its own proprietary stuff. It is finally discovering what 'interoperability' really means.
Google paying royalties?
The last time I looked, Google told MSFT to go away and stop annoying them.
Out of all these so called 'protection money' agreements I do find it curious that it's always MSFT that announces them. The silence from everyone else coupled with the refusal of some (Google, Red Hat, et. al.) and the total absence of litigation, leads me to conclude that something is not right with MSFT's continued crowing about these.
History will tell, but I would not at all be surprised if it turns out to be a case of The Emperor's New Patent Portfolio. As we have seen with Apple v Samsung, the issuing of a patent by the USTPO says absolutely nothing about its legal enforceability. That case has also shown how incredibly expensive such US litigation is. While you are threatened by a company the size of MSFT and the $$$ cash resources it has, it is no wonder that a CEO decides it is better to pay them off and be done with it rather than go through an expensive circus trial like Apple v Samsung. Maybe that's the reason why most relatively big companies have refused.
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