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I pretty much agree with the article 100% - Elop found Nokia in an impossible situation that was not of his making. He tried a high-risk high-reward strategy with Windows which didn't really work out. Android would have been a low-risk but low-reward approach, as the article says.. Android manufacturers are hardly raking in the cash. Sticking with MeeGo looked very much like a high-risk low-reward approach, so dumping it was probably the best decision. So the choice was really between Android and Windows. Choose one.
I think the crucial mistake was how Elop dealt with Symbian. When he become CEO, I believe that Symbian was still the best-selling smartphone platform in the work. While it lacked the capabilities of main rivals iOS and Android, it was still a very capable and lightweight OS with a ton of applications available for it.
Prior to Elop, the idea was that Symbian would move downmarket into Series 40 territory with Maemo/MeeGo taking the high end. Insteal, Elop announced that Symbian would be phased out which had the Osborne Effect on Symbian sales which collapsed, leaving a huge hole in Nokia's sales book. Then, crazily, they tried to add more features into Series 40 to make it more Symbian-like.. for example the Asha series of devices. That was a lot of effort to re-create something they already had.
Symbian certainly has its detractors, but the final Nokia Belle handsets were really rather good.
Nokia were already screwed when Elop joined. Symbian couldn't compete with modern OSes such as Android and iOS, Nokia's escape strategy of moving to Maemo on high-end devices had fatally stalled with the ill-advised merger with Moblin to create Maemo. You can blame Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo for the mess that Nokia found itself in, not Elop.
Elop found himself at the head of a company with no roadmap, but still quite a lot of sales. His infamous "burning platform" memo was pretty accurate, but he was fatally undermined as CEO by whoever leaked that communication.
Getting out of the mess was always going to involve some risk. In the end he took a high-risk approach of dumping everything and going for Windows, hoping that Nokia would avoid becoming a "me too" Android player. In the end, that strategy did not work.
It was always a high-risk, high-reward strategy to tie Nokia up with Microsoft. If they'd have gone down the Android path, I am sure that Nokia would still be an independent manufacturer today.. but not a very profitable one. The low-risk, low-reward strategy.
Of course, since Nokia became Microsoft, more mistakes have been made. The last high-end device launch was over a year ago and the current product range is moribund. It's a shame because Windows is rather good, and Cortana is easily better than Google's offering.
Putting a transaction tax on each trade would kill HFT dead and re-establish some sanity into the market, IMO. Doesn't make a difference to real investors, but it screws up those who basically screwing up the markets.
Ah.. the TSR2. There's a whole other story..
It isn't the 1990s any more. Java should be long dead, but sadly it isn't. Probably for 90%+ of users this move is probably a great one. But for the rest it is going to be a massive pain in the arse.
I've been saying for years that if you have Java installed on your system then the smartest thing you can do is remove it completely. In the real world hardly anybody needs it. But isn't it awfully prescriptive of the Chrome devs to decide that *nobody* can use it in Chrome? After all, Chrome was written to be a stable platform to run apps.
One thing that will suffer is anything running that antiquated piece of crap known as Oracle Forms. Heck, that even breaks when Oracle update their own Java product. A cynic might say that Google will view any damage to Oracle's products as acceptable damage..
As far as almost all users are concerned, certificate warnings are almost 100% false positives. Usually it's either a legitimate self-signed certificate, a server somewhere has changed its name, the certificate has expired or some other annoyance. And although they are not common, most users just ignore them, so that they will eventually ignore ALL certificate errors..
NQ Vault is a product of NQ Mobile. A quick bit of searching on them in Google News comes up with allegations that the entire company grossly overstates its user base and income. This is a company where the founder and other senior officers have a habit of abruptly resigning. Draw your own conclusions.
Maybe they got a visit from those people in suits and matching black SUVs.
"Here, let us write the press release for you.."
Not quite, you swear under penalty of perjury that you have a good faith belief in the complaint being made. So, just having some random web crawler spam things out obviously does not constitute a good faith belief.
It is long overdue that somebody who HAS perjured themselves in this way spends a bit of time in jail as a warning to others.
Let's not beat around the bush here.. Java on desktops (not so much on other platforms) is a heap of shit. Anybody who codes still Java applets for web pages needs to be taken out and shot. Basically, it's a slice of the 1990s where much of the functionality can be replaced by quicker, more stable and more secure replacements.
Oracle's products of course heavily rely on Java. Oracle forms is a particularly obsolete slice of twentieth-century technology that still uses it. Except of course for when your particular version of Oracle doesn't work with the latest version of Java which is always fun.
These days the government would probably rendition him out to Guantanamo Bay for such a thing.
A reminder of a simpler time, and probably one of the influences that got me involved in the IT security field. Rest in Peace.
By all logical reasoning, BlackBerry should have crashed and burned after the Z10 and Playbook fiascos. Luckily for them, they had an enormous cash pile to burn through first.
It seems that BlackBerry have given up trying to recreate the days when they shipped more smartphones than anyone else (excluding Symbian). Being smallers and more focussed might ensure survival of some sort, but it remains to be seen if BlackBerry can thrive again.
Let me name names instead, he is ████████ ██ ████████
I miss Byte. And PCW.. that didn't even get the chance to say "goodbye".
Things are all too far apart, there's too much whitespace.
I think you had it right in 1998 - https://web.archive.org/web/19981206084318/http://www.theregister.co.uk/
I bought a FONE when it first came out. People were amazed that there was still writing on the screen when you took the battery out. Of course, things like the Kindle are now quite common so people are used to the display staying on.
Even on an ancient system you could probably UUENCODE it and send it in the body text.
I think I am being pedantic though.
Florida again. Can we just nuke the whole state from orbit? It would make the world a better place.
One trick I heard of (and I cannot remember where I heard it, it may be apocryphal) was that a large organisation wanted to fire a sysadmin, but they needed a few hours to make sure that all the passwords could be changed and accounts disabled.
So, they made up an excuse to get the employee on a LONG flight to another location (I think this was in the US) where they would be completely out of contact with everything and everyone. When they got to the other end, they were met by management and HR and then terminated.
I don't know if this story is even true, but it does demonstrate the lengths you might have to go to if you need to fire a potentially rogue sysadmin. Alternatively giving them a large pile of cash on a smooth transition might also work..
It's a hardware platform to promote the Z Launcher, isn't it? And then presumable a raft of HERE apps and other Nokia technologies.
It looks pretty decent, but it won't be in the shops in time for Christmas. :(
I have.. two. Which is two too many really.
Siemens were masters of industrial design, but they were really not very good when it came to quality (especially for a Germany company). Remember the SL55? That was a cool device.
It you're interested in this kind of retro stuff, a lot of it can be picked up very cheaply for around £30 or so on eBay. Some things are very rare (like the MPX300) or sometime very expensive (Nokia N950). They're all far more interesting to look at than what you get today, although my dull slabby Android easily beats them when it comes to features.
I've been trying to get hold of an MPX300 for my collection for a while. Very rare. Not as rare as the Sendo though.. another very rate one of those is the Symbiab-based Sendo X2.
Easier to patch in most cases, although reportedly there are issues with some systems that rely on TLS 1.2 connections.
Also, this is a remote code execution flaw, so if it does get exploited it has a far worse impact that Heartbleed.
If you go back between five and ten years ago then there was much more variety in physical design and features. Nokia, Siemens, Motorola and Ericsson came up with different features, form factors and designs that were much more interesting than what we see today.
Then Apple came along and designed what was basically a good looking touchscreen with an enclosure around it.. and that really is all everybody has done since.
I do own one of those flagship phone thingies. It's a OnePlus One. If they are building that and making a profit, then really everything else is completely overpriced.
NoScript is very effective in blocking this sort of thing, but it does break a lot of things in the process. And as Charles 9 says, AdBlock and similar tools are only effective against known ad networks, although often those are the networks being abused.
Ultimately the problem is that ads are what makes the web go round. If everybody blocked ads then a lot of sites would become uneconomical to run (there are of course other ways of displaying ads other than using an ad network).
Oooh.. I hadn't noticed "live check" before. But otherwise it has been proven that you can unlock the device with a photograph..
When Elop took over they had Symbian (ancient but selling well), Series 30 and 40 (selling in the billions but for very little profit) and the stalled development of MeeGo from the Maemo / Moblin merger mess.
I seem to remember that before Elop the plan was to move Symbian downmarket to replace a lot of the Series 40 devices with ultra-cheap smartphones and build up the top end with MeeGo. However, MeeGo was a bust and Nokia instead had to keep Symbian at the top end of the range where they kept polishing it just enough to be acceptable.
So, when Elop came in he made the very wise decision to kill MeeGo which was going exactly nowhere. But he also made the mistake of saying that they were going to phase out Symbian which had the effect of making the market collapse completely. It was the way that Symbian was treated (and not the Windows tie-up) that in my opinion was Elop's key error.
Had he stuck with the the plan and simply shifted Symbian downmarket then that might well have protected sales. Remember, Nokia ended up spending a lot of time pissing around adding smartphone-like features into Series 40 (e.g. Nokia Asha) when they already had those feature in Symbian. Yeah, the Asha range sold pretty well but it was completely and utterly pointless to develop *those* when Symbian could do the job much better.
Nokia's fall from grace started before Elop took over, and Nokia is hardly the only mobile firm to suffer such woes. Motorola and RIM/BlackBerry made pretty much the same errors.
The clever folks at BRABUS can tune the smart rear engines to produce 120HP (or possibly even more), and the ew ForFour is the same basic platform as the Twingo III. And the folks at RenaultSport are not slouches either when it comes to tweaking engines.
I think the best thing to do is wait and see.
I own a four-year-old Twingo II RS. It hasn't had any major problems (apart form split balljoint sleeves in the suspension) and a trim issue. Everything else has been rock solid.
*However*, the Twingo II follows the Dacia approach of using tried-and-tested bits from the Renault parts bucket. It's quite a simple thing, with a buzzy 133HP VVT engine shoved in, these new Twingo IIIs are more complex beasts.
The Novo Mesto plant seems to have a good reputation for quality, so I suspect that this will be much better than the Renaults of old..
Erm well you could also encrypt it twice instead. One person has one key, the other has the other.
I was thinking of exactly the same thing when I read the article. What ultimately killed Acorn was (perversely) the significant value of its shareholding in ARM. A bit of research indicates that Acorn was bought for £270m to gain access to the shares, with the rest of the company broken up and renamed.
Sure, Acorn was probably doomed anyway. Even RM couldn't hack it from selling PCs to education markets in the end, the esoteric ARM based devices would probably have gone the same way.
Yahoo! would require significantly deeper pockets. One possibility of course is that Alibaba might make a bid to liberate their shares..
You can check if your password is in the list using https://isleaked.com/en
I have a OnePlus One, it has specs pretty much as good as any of the flagship competition but it is priced at only £269 SIM-free, the competition costs around twice that. Presumably they make a profit out of that price. So I would say that.. yes.. margins for these sorts of device must be pretty sweet.
Some of us have to get to work, you know.
Which is why you shouldn't answer about the products you use when you received a cold call from someone claiming to be an AV vendor.
"Scanner" is definitely the closest adaptation of a book, and not the easiest book to film. And it has the advantage that it looks amazing too.
I was disappointed that the remake of "Total Recall" wasn't actually a make (?) of "We Can Remember it for you Wholesale" which is an intriguing story in its own right.
Actually, the best PKD adaptation that I have seen recently was "Oblivion"*
*yes, I am aware that it is not a PKD movie. It just feels like one.
SPOILER ALERT (although this is actually printed on the back cover of some editions of the book).
In reality, the Allies *did* win.
I haven't had one for a while, but the early ones were certainly attempting to gain sales through deception in my personal opinion. These people don't need an ICANN suspension, they need a visit from the police.
I still regularly see erratically driven vehicles being driven by someone with a phone clamped to their ears. Unless you have a policeman on every street corner then it is hard to get these morons to stop.
However, it might help if people refused to talk to drivers without a handsfree kit, in the same way they you'd hope your friends wouldn't let you drive home pissed..
ArcServe is another product ruined by CA. Sure, when they took it over to begin with it all looked good and of course one thing CA does well is management tools.. but as usually they did a fatal combination of both mucking around with some parts of the product and completely ignoring other parts until they drove pretty much the entire customer base to the competition.
I worked with students around the time these buttons were popular. And OF COURSE they are going to press a button with TURBO written on it. But the problem was that they'd tend to fiddle with it and leave it in non-turbo mode instead which slowed the machine to a crawl.
The other way around it was to let the students use the Amstrad PC1640s we had which were just slow all the time..
The DMA in effect acts as a self-regulator on many of these issues, and they also run the TPS (which is widely abused). Of course, putting marketers in charge of regulating themselves is a bit like putting a paedophile in charge of a school.
Given Atos's appalling reputation in the Work Capability Assessment programme in the UK, and a criminal investigation in France into allegations of Bull being complicit in torture, then I think these two companies are a good match.
Elop was right to kill MeeGo and replace it with Windows Mobile. Although Nokia's Maemo looked promising, trying to merge it with Moblin to create MeeGo was a complete waste of time which prevented Nokia coming up with a much-needed replacement for the N900. Sure, the Nokia N9 is a nice bit of kit, but it was two years too late.
Where Elop when wrong was shitcanning Symbian. Yeah.. I know it's not the greatest OS in the world, but at the time it was extremely popular. Sales collapsed, taking Nokia's profits with it. Nokia then had to retro-fit Series 40 to include some of the features that Symbian already had, and it even ended up using Android to fill the gaps.
So.. not the greatest decisions in the world, but not the worst either. It wasn't really Elop's fault that Nokia was in such a bad way.. and at least it probably won't follow the anticipated fate of BlackBerry either.
Nokia is one of those companies where people like to pretend to be armchair CEO. Elop didn't do too badly IMO. And we still need an Elop icon :)
Windows Phone is far from dead, but it has a long way to go. Sure, if Nokia wasn't on board with Windows then it would have gone the way of the dodo. Take a look at the Lumia 930 if you want to see where Windows is going.
As for Windows 8, it's a sound and very capable operating system which has been substantially spoiled by having two interfaces glued on top. Microsoft need to find a way to make the UI function more like Windows 7, without Metro apps cropping up when you least expect them.
As for Office.. I don't think any other application comes close to the capabilities of Office 2013. Yes, things like LibreOffice aren't bad for free, but the real thing is more capable.
Xbox One. What's that?
What Microsoft are trying to do here is play the long game. Kids these days are being brought up on the conventions of smartphones and tablets, the Win 7 desktop UI will eventually become a relic. Only Microsoft.. well, perhaps Microsoft and Canonical.. have an idea of how it will all fit together five or ten years down the road.
I have this argument over and over again when email addresses leak out. Usually the people who've been hacked are either too stupid to understand the problem or are in denial.
Let's take an example of how unlikely it is that an email address like this has been guessed at random. If you use a 10-letter unique email address comprised just of alphabetic character then there are 26^10 possible combination to guess, which is about a 141 quadrillion to one against probability. And when multiple people report the same problem that it should quickly become apparent that the only explanation is an email address leak, everything else is statistically impossible.
Just to ensure that the email address cannot be guessed, you can combine it with a secret word (e.g. tribbles-santander@mydomain) and apply a filtering system to look for the secret word. That's quite a simple system that will cut down on directory harvesting attacks and should be within the capabilities of any El Reg reader to do.
Java on the desktop is dead, it's primary use these days seems to be to infect your computer with malware. The best thing to do is deinstall it. I bet about 99% of people will never need it.
Servers and mobiles seem to be a success area, but really it's depressing to see smartphones running Java apps..
Perhaps they could charge you £16 in order to ship you the actual goods that you ordered, rather than randomly substituting it with other crap from their inventory.