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The next 12 months
The next 12 months are going to extremely difficult for Nokia.
It is highly unlikely that they will be able to release a WP7 phone during that period so what happens to their business in the meantime? Developers will be jumping from the Symbian ship enmasse, likewise for Meego.
Where are these devs going to go? Straight to retooling for WP7? With no guarantee that it will be a success? Or will they just up stumps altogether and move over to Android or iOS?
In the meantime, phone salesmen in the high street will be turning buyers away from Nokia.
"oh, didn't you hear? Symbian is dead mate, you don't want to go there. Check out this shiny Android phone over here instead!"
This article does a good job of outlining the difficulties facing Nokia in the time leading up to the release of their WP7 phones (If you can get past the "haha's" peppered through it)
"I want a tablet that is just like an ipad but with Windows"
I am genuinely interested in seeing how that Windows one sells.
It sort of looks like a (heavier) ipad but it has the "comfortable and familiar" Windows with its "millions of applications" on it. This is important because this is what many fanboys will tell you is what everyone needs in a tablet to get any real work done.
So here it is, the much vaunted "Windows Ipad".
I assume the battery life is less than stellar due to the required hardware specs and it will likely be slow to boot but you have to expect that with Windows on x86. You also have to expect premium pricing for the same reason and we've got that here for sure.
So, will this sell like hotcakes or be left in the dust by the "lesser" tablets running Android on ARM even though they don't have the "comfort of Windows" and "millions of applications"?
Interesting times indeed.
I must be thick
It sounds to me like hew wants to embed TOR in a wall-wart sized server.
Or am I missing something?
Scumsucking Bottom Feeders
The Telco's already "realise" that this is all their customers want. Unfortunately, what you and I want is of no importance to Mega Telco Corp, whose greatest of all fears is being relegated to becoming a bit schlepping utility ala the water, gas and electricity companies.
Becoming an Internet access utility is of course inevitable, but it won't happen before we see several more of these failed attempts to "value add" a service which is basically just a pipe with bits coming out of it. What they want to do is akin to the water company adding Kool Aid to the water and then trying to charge extra for it.
It just aint gonna happen.
Nobody wants it. Not one person who isn't employed by Mega Telco Corp. But these numpties are nevertheless determined to try and force this crap on the market and they have been trying since the late nineties, so far with zero success. The trouble is that so long as there are *any* reasonably priced and unadulterated data plans available then consumers will stick to them like magnets to fridge.
The only way they can win is if the entire industry colludes with each other to ensure that no mobile operators offer unadulterated plans, which is highly unlikely.
Even if they manage it then all it takes is one upstart to come along and start undercutting the incumbents and it is game over once more.
What I can't figure out
is whether these clowns are craven liars or just plain old stupid.
The answer is probably both.
"The multiplier effects, for those willing to get past the press release, include reduced spending on recreation, clothing, housing and household goods."
I assume that statement means that record company execs have less money to spend on Beemers, hookers and nose candy or something.
What it fails to take into account is that;
a) These so called "pirates" would never have actually purchased even 10% of the shit that they download in the first place, meaning the alleged "losses" are nothing like what these retards claim.
b) Even if there are real and actual losses it is not going to lead to "reduced spending on recreation, clothing and household goods" at all. The "lost" spending will merely be done by people other than the various recording industry leeches, primarily the "freetards" and their families. What these morons are espousing here is known as "The Broken Window Fallacy" and it is often wheeled out on occasions such as this in an effort to convince non critical thinkers (ie judges, politicians) that their ridiculous argument has some merit. It doesn't.
And before anyone climbs up on their high horse and whines about "artists" being ripped off, then I would direct you straight to the horses mouth on that argument.
I thought iiNet had more sense than to partner with MS. Oh well, good luck with that guys, I hope it turns out better for you than it has for other MS partners in the past.
Also, I'm sure I saw an advert on the side of a bus the other day proclaiming iiNet to be the new #2 ISP in Australia.
Maybe I was dreaming.
I thought PC makers had been attempting to sell tablets now for a decade or more? Apple were by no means the first mover, however you probably make a case that they were the first mover to not make an utterly crap product I suppose.
Do they or don't they?
Which is it?
"Oracle had moved to prevent the original GitHub migration by claiming it owned the Hudson name – which it doesn't.
That left Oracle owning just the Hudson name "
No, they tell the device to run some unsigned code. In normal (un-jailbroken) circumstances the device will refuse to run the code. Result: No unsigned code is run.
If the phone is jailbroken it will proceed to execute the unsigned code when it actually shouldn't and that is the point that everything grinds to a halt.
Claiming that this amounts to apple "officially sanctioning" the running of unsigned code is pretty foolish.
When would that be then?
We (Australia) are used to being shafted by these companies. We are the dumping ground for all their failed products and cheap knockoffs. We didn't even see the G1 being offered her until *after* it was discontinued by google.
Beer, because at least we have the good stuff in that area.
You need to stick with Mary J Foley articles
Besides, what exactly is it about this story that you think makes Microsoft look deserving of a positive article?
"the "value added" services where never their bread and butter"
The one thing that telco's fear more than anything else is being turned (even further) towards being bit schlepping utilities. The "value added services" malarkey was their great hope to create a market where they can lock in customers and charge a premium for services instead of competing with every other ISP in a race to the bottom with nothing to differentiate them from the rest other than price.
All that would mean is that you would no longer be able to search for "google" on google and we all know that we shouldn't be doing that anyway because if you type "google" into google you will break the Internet.
Where you go?
Last time this bullshit was being pushed AMD were right in there with both feet.
We can only hope that ARM get their shit together enough so that we can start building desktops and servers with standard PCI and RAM configurations.
Get it right!
However, you do know that if you scroll riiiight down the bottom of the page, past all the adverts and exhortations to sign up for expert-sexchange you can see the actual answers anyway, right?
"significant" and "substantial" amounts of marketing dollars
So the penny drops. Microsoft are paying Nokia to use their OS and Nokia are so desperate (not to mention they have a MS exec at the helm) that they are willing to throw away their entire heritage and hand over all the juicy bits to their new "partner"
Flames, because MS "partners" always get burnt.
Who Wants To Play The Cloud Provider Lottery?
30 companies eh?
Question: How many of these companies do we still expect to be operating in the next two years, once this ridiculous obsession with The Cloud dissipates? (Oh, see what I did there!)
Who wants to take a punt on picking a winner? Hello? Anyone?
DVDs are fine for TV
So says somebody who I'm willing to bet does not have kids.
I use Boxee on a PC and it has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, since they started working on the boxee box updates for the download version are virtually non existent,
I agree with the comment regarding scraping IMDB for the cover art and other details. It works pretty damn well. All that is needed is the facility to override the automatically scraped details when required. Sometimes the cover art on IMDB is non-existent, extremely low res or just plain wrong and it would be nice to be able to upload the correct artwork when necessary.
I don't even bother with all the online streaming malarkey because I am in Australia and despite it constantly trying to entice me into watching "How I Met Your Mother" you find that any attempt to do so is met with "Sorry this content is not available in your area"
Watch as I pull a rabbit out of my hat.
"Can you imagine Apple trying to convince Comcast that it was okay to connect cable service to a TV set that tried to compete with the core cable offering?"
Well, before the iphone people were saying the exact same thing about the chances of apple ever convincing a major telco to sell phones that allowed apple to completely control the whole user experience (updates, apps, services) without the telco taking a cut.
Remember that before the iphone every single telco was enamoured with the idea of offering "value added internet and services" (at extra cost to consumers of course) and were intent on "differentiating" their *networks* through controlling and/or customising all the handsets they offered.
People laughed at the idea that apple would be able to sell a phone to the AT&T's of the world without handing complete control over to the network operator along with it.
After all, that is how they had *always* done business in the past. Nokia in particular did very well out of the arrangement (until apple came along and ate their lunch of course).
and god do I wish I hadn't.
The book was great but the 60's movie was truly a crime against humanity. The 80's mini series was OK considering the budget constraints but was still pretty ordinary by about the second half.
Considering the endless number of godawful "re-imaginings" going on in the movie industry these days TDOTD is one candidate for a proper movie. I wonder if they will ever do the book justice?
There is also a sequel* to the book, although it is not as good as the original.
* Not written by John Wyndham
"Telstra would migrate its customers to the NBN as the network rolls out"
This assumes of course that the NBN does, in fact, "roll out"
Do You Know What?
I don't care if the machine performs fellatio on me while it prints, it's a Lexmark and I have no doubt whatsoever that the ink will be more expensive than the finest French Champagne and they will have spared no expense whatsoever to ensure that you cannot buy generic ink either through placement of unnecessary technical hurdles or just good old fashioned method of sending out your attack lawyers to any firm who attempts to make reasonably priced ink.
It's about time companies like Lexmark were force to sell their printers at a price that reflects the cost to produce it and stop using the old sell the razor cheap and stiff them for the blades sales tactic through extortionate ink pricing.
I realise that all printer manufacturers play these games but Lexmark have made an art form of it.
Those crooks won't be seeing one red cent from me, ever.
But you really have to consider the amount of effort a would be crim is likely to expend in order to obtain a couple of bucks worth of bad coffee though.
Shirley Sun did that with Java and MS just did what they always do, took the concept and simply reproduced it with their own turd flavoured secret sauce lathered on top.
is a "fictional Vice President"?
The stench of FAIL
is upon Microsoft.
Firstly, they are giving apple and android a whopping two years (well, three actually) head start to gain widespread market acceptance. The only thing that Windows has going for it is the so-called "comfort factor", which is something Steve Ballmer is constantly banging on about to anybody who will listen. Essentially, the idea is that it is the ubiquitousness of Windows that keeps people on the treadmill. Simply put, Joe Public has been, until only recently, utterly unaware that there are in fact alternatives to Microsoft products and when introduced to one is to afraid/lazy to engage it.
"I think I'll just stick with the "Blue E" thanks, I'm used to that."
But now tablets are all the rage and people don't have the option of using the Start Menu and the Blue E. If they want to get their own piece of the shiny-shiny they have no choice but to go cold turkey on their Microsoft habit.
In another two years people will well and truly come to realise that there is no need to slavishly stick with MS and do battle on a daily basis with their unnecessarily overblown and clunky OS.
By the time MS does manage to get their tablets out Joe Public will have been edumacated by the market into understanding that Computer != Microsoft like they once thought and their MS addiction will be long gone.
And this is the time that MS intend to foist a Windows tablet on the market.
As has said by other commentards, MS has to make a choice. Stick with the "comforting" look and feel of Windows to try and keep hold of the people who remain being too afraid to try anything different or design a completely new OS and user interface to make the tablet user experience as smooth as possible.
They can't do both, although I can't help thinking they will try.
Then there are the hardware difficulties with supporting Windows. Spinning disks, poor battery management, an inability to do instant on, a seemingly ever present need for cooling fans, these things do not fit well into what people expect from a tablet device.
Simply porting Windows + Office to ARM won't do the trick. Even if ARM magically fixes all of the massive hardware requirements demanded by Windows, can you imagine a clueless punter with a device that looks like it is running vanilla Windows downloading some random crap EXE off the intertoobs and completely not understanding the difference between x86 and ARM binaries?
Once that starts happening en masse the whole "Windows is much easier for n00bs and has millions and millions of programs" argument goes right out the window. The same applies to drivers. Apart from vanilla thumbdrives, most of the billions of USB devices that are out there will be totally unusable on ARM based Windows, unless MS does a spectacular job of convincing hardware manufacturers to port their drivers over, which I think is unlikely.
I just can't see things working out well for Wintel in the tablet space.
MS should relocate their HQ to Fail Town now so as to not prolong the agony.
I will have you know that our Executards are every bit as obnoxious, greedy, incompetent, deceitful, insane, controlling, grossly overpaid and responsibility dodging as those in any other country.
We're not just good at Cricket you know . . . . Oh, wait.
I can just imagine the seemingly endless rounds of meetings between those jobsworth arseholes as they sat around scarfing espresso and muffins all eager to add their own little draconian piece to the worker oppression pie.
The author is dead correct. If some Neville posting a minor snipe on Facebook is considered a "career limiting offence" then where does this thermonuclear shit explosion sit on the scale of "things to be sacked for"?
Of course we all know the answer to that, don't we. The control freak dingbats who came up with this insane policy will be unlucky if they even receive a slap on the wrist.
The irony is
that if the little tykes (gawd bless 'em) had have browsed on over to the dreaded wikipedia they would have figured out that it is a hoax from the get go.
Snouts in the trough boys!
Hurry, before it runs out!
It would be not so bad if this crapfest was just the latest iteration in an already done to death franchise but when a dev takes what is conceivably a reasonably innovative premise and proceeds to just flush it down the crapper then that is just sad.
Queue marketards such as that clown from Treyarch blaming stupid angry gamers for "punishing a developer who dared to do something different" etc.
You must be a hoot at parties!
Well, Andrew certainly doesn't!
He is actually correct
Microsoft do use their own protocols on LANs, they simply use TCP/IP to carry the packets. NetBIOS is still alive and well I assure you. Or do you think all networking protocols need to be on layer 3? Is HTTP a networking protocol?
I suggest you do what he suggests and take a sniff of a Windows LAN and take a look at the packetstorm flying around between all the Windows machines. Who knows, you might even learn something.
Creativity and Innovation in the gaming industry.
MIA since about 1998.
I have no idea what this guy is on about. Perhaps he should put some effort into producing a game that does not require the player to charge full frontal assault style through a "play corridor" just to reach the next trigger point that turns off the infinite spawn point just up ahead meaning the game is over in a matter of hours.
I use Linux and have been using Chrome for quite some time because FF3 was so terribly slow when using GMail. However, lately I have found Chrome to be crashing a lot on pages requiring you to stop the page loading and then refresh it again many times per day. This happened at work and at home so I doubt whether it was a local problem.
Anyway, I read a story on el reg about Opera a few weeks ago which prompted me to check Opera out. So, I installed it.
Initial response was that it looked a bit ugly. That's no deal killer though so I tried it out for a couple of days anyway. First problem was that I couldn't (easily) figure out how to show the bookmarks toolbar. Second thing was although it looks a lot like Chrome with the tabs at the top but it doesn't appear to be possible to turn off the gnome window borders like chrome does when in fullscreen mode.
In the end, I simply didn't like it and went back to Firefox, to see if it was behaving better than it used to. That was the beginning of this week and so far it has handled gmail (and everything else) without issues so I guess I'll be staying there for the foreseeable future.
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