851 posts • joined Monday 10th March 2008 14:53 GMT
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.
Re: Windows Phone doesn't crash
I had a Lumia with WP7.5 for 3 months and a Mozart 7 for 4 months. In that period both devices froze a handful of times - each resulting in an automatic reboot. I don't know if WP8 is more stable as I couldn't care less. I lost interest in WP when MSFT announced WP7 phones wouldn't be supported by WP8. MSFT = another SONY so forget it.
The telling statistic from the article is that Nokia accounts for 85% of all WP sales. So Nokia = WP? With Nokia going down the shitter I guess that's where WP will end up as well.
Pull the other one.
What pisses me off is the hypocrisy. The media bleats about company tax avoidance but it is completely in awe over the likes of usain bolt, lewis hamilton and the rolling stones. All big time uk tax avoiders. The current tax avoidance debate is a moral fallacy and is entirely a game by the mass media -big tax avoiders themselves - to try and sell their papers. It is a complete waste of time. It will go nowhere.
You've already answered your question.
My desktop computing needs (outside of work) are light so the possiblity of having a single, portable device that fits in my coat pocket is a real plus point. I'm already looking forward to Ubuntu Touch on the N4.
caused obvious distress and upset to customers trying to eat
Do they know what they're eating? Pink slime, white slime, whatever you want to call it. A colon is still "100% beef" as long as it comes from a cow.
Yeah, I thought that. Then I looked at the photo - all female, all <35yo. On a second look, it appears they're all circa 35 but "dressing young".
It's obvious who Motorola are targetting with the X - and it's not your tech-savvy male. MILFs who want to look young again. That's my take on the advert.
"The handset itself"
Redundancy or tautology?
smart enough in good times to stash several billion in the bank
Excess cash in a company destroys shareholder value. Miller and Modigliani proved that back in the 1960s. In calling for patience this Heins guy seems to be attempting to feather his own nest. On the whole, investors aren't stupid. They have serious concerns about his strategy (or lack of progress thereon) and his words will only serve to incense them.
Same old, same old...
Change the OS to one that consumers actually want and it'll sell like hot cakes.
Re: 'aggressive' tax planning
"I don't need to find another definition to suit my argument; I can simply stick with the first definition I selected."
Go ahead. Live in your little dreamworld.
Smartphones make up 70 per cent of the giant firm's profits
I always suspected £500 for a top-of-the-range smartphone carried a hefty profit margin.
It's a shame we can't back-engineer the Nexus 4 profit margin to see what the true cost of a high end smartphone is.
Universal Credit system, which is universally loathed
It must be a small universe because I know A LOT of hard-working taxpayers who were sick and tired of seeing their hard-earned pounds being taken from them by a Government hell bent on offering 'working is a lifestyle choice' policies.
On the contrary, there are a HUGE number of taxpayers who support the Universal Credit system.
Re: 'aggressive' tax planning
Dictionary.com, 1st definition:
"characterized by or tending toward unprovoked offensives, attacks, invasions, or the like; militantly forward or menacing: aggressive acts against a neighboring country. "
Clearly a value-laden adjective.
Go, on. Find another definition that suits your purpose. I'll just find another to counter you.
BACK AT YOU!
'aggressive' tax planning
I thought all journalists (except for those at the BBC, The Guardian and The Telegraph) were supposed to be unbiased.
Please drop the use of the adjective 'aggressive' when talking about tax planning.
It is everyone's legal right to plan their affairs so as to legally minimise the incidence of taxation should they wish to do so.
"the Android Linux kernel"
That's like saying "British English". It doesn't exist. There's just English. And there's the Linux kernel.
The Patent Tit-for-Tat Circus
The longer it goes on the more Apple (who started it) seems like a spoilt brat having a trantrum that everyone ignores.
Props to Samsung for staying with it to show up Apple for what they really are.
Why don't they just close the loopholes?
because it's not that simple. If it was, there wouldn't be any.
Different countries treat the same transaction differently. For example, in the US if a corporation has paid tax in prior years and makes a tax loss this year, it can 'carry back' the loss and get a tax refund from the IRS. This is entirely fair if your idea of what is 'fair' is the simplistic notion that companies should only be taxed on their profits. If you make £100 in profit this year and pay £27 in tax, but in the following year you make a loss of £101 then you should be entitled to a full refund of the £27 because you haven't made a 'profit' - you've made a £1 loss.
The illustration is a simple one but it shows just how ridiculous the concept of a 'fair share' is.
Re: Industrial heritage?
All that money and it looks like a shoe box on stilts.
"this case... has nothing to do with... future innovation"
"This case is only about the SkyDrive name and has nothing to do with service availability or future innovation,"
This was clearly a communication from MSFT USA as anyone else with even a cursory understanding of the English language would spot the non-sequitur immediately.
'hats' off to the idiot who wrote it.
"It's a Sony"
CD root kit.
PS3 Other OS.
No thanks Sony. In fact, you can politely go and do yourself.
That's just gay.
The law is the law. If Google has a different interpretation of it compared to the IRS's then Google has every right to seek clarification by a Court.
It will be a sad day when a taxpayer's rights are at the mercy of the mob.
He earned a scholarship at Oxford to study physics
Props to the guy. He must have been quite intelligent.
Re: Jobs legacy
He was a man of contradictions.
On the one hand he says the wants them to stop copying Apple. On the other he says "Good artists copy, great artists steal. And we [Apple] have always been shameless about stealing great ideas."
The phone is 'Free' isn't it?
All the marketing shit says the phone is 'free'. Why can't the S4 be free as well? I smell a rat.
Fucking bullshit marketing tossers. They give me the shits with their 'free' phone bullshit. These types have no fucking clue as to the time value of money and what the 'market' price is (and it ain't their bullshit list price). Their list prices are just like Boeing's or Airbus's - they don't exist except on paper. No one but a complete an utter fucking moron pays list price for a phone. Within a month of release all phones sell on eBay at below the list price. If I had the chance, I'd line them all up against a wall and 'bowling ball' them with a retractable bolt gun.
Win8 - Hype or Shyte?
So for the past 20+ years the UK clearers have not had much of an issue.
Along comes RBS after a 'successful' round of offshoring and BAM, the Regulator's knee jerks and all of a sudden the sky's falling in because the IT equipment could be faulty - despite it working for the last 20+ years.
Yes, the personnel has been replaced by clowns in India, Phillipines or whatever IT backwater (where they like to watch Eastenders and catch the company bus at 5:00:00pm) but those strategic decisions are why senior management get paid the big bucks. It's called capitalism. Survival of the fittest. Who gives if some patsy in Bangalore wants to get paid 1/3 of what they could get paid. Fuck 'em, I say. Idiots.
chroot? (FreeBSD) jail?
Are BB marketing something different?
"Microsoft and channel partners have a better job to do to explain the benefits of Windows 8 for consumers and businesses"
Then they can explain how to get blood out of a stone and how to sew a purse from a sow's ear.
The ignorance of youth
The guy could benefit from an open and frank discussion with Amnesty International.
Re: it doesn't alter the market dynamics that nobody wants WP
MSFT missed the boat on mobile. It thought it could wait, come in, and then use its monopoly power to push though its product line. It's found out it can't.
MSFT missed the explosion of the internet and Google ate its lunch. Bing is irrelevant.
MSFT missed smartphones and first Apple ate its lunch, then Google knocked Apple off the table as has been eating ever since. WP is irrelevant.
MSFT missed tablets, Apple ate its lunch, and Apple's still eating. It's even eating MSFT's core: desktop users. Macs and Macbooks are more popular than ever.
MSFT is contracting. It is no longer the mighty monopolist that it once was. Its star has burned. It burned brightly, mind you, but it's now burning out. Consumers are switching to mobile and businesses are now fragmenting into two camps: those that are 'a MSFT shop' and those that only have Windows on the desktop. Even the latter is expected to evolve as the need for desktop Windows declines in large corporates. With MS Office 365 there's little need for a Windows desktop at the office.
RIP MSFT, may you burn in hell.
Nothing. It's still a dump although some Londoners believe it's a fashionable dump.
It's the sort of place where you can walk down a nice street with (relatively) expensive property only to turn the corner and you're back to a shit-hole.
The engineering and design team.
...are two that come to mind.
WP8 is definitely a liability. The problem is knowing how much it would cost to extinguish that liability (ie. terminate the contract).
The WP8 contract could be a Poison Pill to any acquiror.
eight-digit number strings
Surely ints, not strings.
"The public have told us that they are fed up with the constant bombardment of nuisance calls," said ICO director of operation Simon Entwisle.
Yet they only listened to the ICO when they were hit with the fine.
Agreed. It does look expensive compared with vapourware.
And it is going to be difficult to lure away iPad owners when they've already bought a tablet. Especially now with the iOS7 'Barbie' makeover. It's going to be tough for any competitor to go after the 'bulge bracket' Apple owners if, at the same time, they want to stay relevant to the male population.
Re: Waste of time and effort
It's political expediency at its worst.
You are right in that nothing will change.
Sure, there's lots of hot air and there'll be a lot more 'reports' like the one this article talks about. But nothing will get done. As soon as the global economy starts picking up (and it will - it always has) tax revenues will increase as company profits increase and everyone will forget about the crap tax legislation (that successive Governments on both sides of the House) have put out.
Ireland will still have its 12.5% tax rates and companies will still flock to Ireland where taxes are low and the labour force is well educated - thereby reducing unemployment in Ireland and forcing the welfare recipients onto the UK were Labour have created a gravy train for those that don't want to work.
Mind you, it won't stop the idealists saying 'we must do something' and 'it will happen' despite the fact that tax avoidance has been a feature of the free market ever since taxes were invented - just google the English law invention of the Trust (or 'Use' as it was first known).
Who cares? Go competition!
HTC's star is in the ascendancy and the HTC One is getting (paid for) rave reviews everywhere.
With the HTC One 'Mini' coming out (vastly superior specs to the S4 Mini), we're going to see some serious change in smartphone market share.
HTC is the only serious competitor to the Samsung.
Apple has made clear their strategy: Barbie phones for girls.
And with no other competitor on the horizon (BB have said they don't like making handsets and they proved that with the Z10) , it's a 2 horse race for your smartphone pounds.
Re: What happens
You'd have to check the laws of Equador and its territories. English law doesn't apply.
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