2730 posts • joined 16 Apr 2007
Tip of the iceberg
Based on recent experience - I have to accept a lot of packages for others in my block - I think all this ordering of the internet is approaching a delivery cliff: the delivery companies are having more and more trouble actually delivering all the packages on any one day. As this is all terribly inefficient (travelling salesman) the prize will go to the company that comes up with the most efficient solution to the problem.
Re: Spurring Intel on
Intel already has done lots of work to get power consumption down. It's undone by wanting to provide x86 compatibility.
ARM's big advantage is that you can have only the silicon you need, whether that's general processing (similar to x86), encryption, I/O, or whatever. Negaflops* mean Negawatts of power needed.
* I think I just made this up but I'll defer to anyone.
S4 vs Note III
I'm not going to argue about the numbers, because I currently don't know any reliable source. However, what I do find interesting is the uptake of the Note III. If the Counterpoint data can be given any kind of credence then that is quite astonishing but it does bear up what I have heard from a few sources that screen size is currently the main criteria for buying (non-Apple) phones. If so then Samsung got it wrong with the S4 but got it right by not betting on only one horse. Personally, I'm more than happy with my S4 Mini.
But even being kind to Samsung in the estimates, it's clear the flagship falls short by quite a margin.
Actually, without the volumes (could be minimal difference between some positions and magnitudes of order between others) and more information about how the stats are collected then nothing is clear apart from Apple and Samsung sharing the market between them and sites like El Reg desperate for clickbait.
Sure, but they won't be able to get the ISPs to do their leg work for them.
If the court follows the argument then all courts will have no choice but to act in accordance with the decision and award for any case brought against such legislation. The associated costs will ensure a pretty swift end once the period of grace for a transition has passed.
Which is why it's not on the statute books in Germany
The law implementing the directive in Germany was struck down by the constitutional court for exactly this reason. Comically, the European Commission is required to undertake measures against Germany for not fulfilling with the directive while at the same time agreeing that it is probably too draconian and evidence mounting up (Denmark has published studies as far as I know) that collecting all this data has done nothing to prevent terrorism but has increased costs for all involved.
I'm not against logging information that might be helpful solving crimes but:
- such data must be kept securely within the EU
- the period for keeping such information should be much shorter: a week or a month at most
- a warrant should be required to access the information
If there are sufficient grounds to suspect someone then it is easy enough to get a warrant which will allow the wiretapping / logging of an individual, as is practised in Italy.
The biter bit
Imagination tried to screw ARM over which is why ARM went on to develop its own graphics chips (Mali) which it offers under the usual attractive terms to its customers. Imagination still produces some great chips but is increasingly dependent upon Apple for sales.
Re: So I've been thinking...
So, without any RequestPolicy/Ghostery blocking, the browser would never send the same cookies back to a third-party when visiting a different first-party site.
You have been able to do this in lots of browsers but you end up having to switch it off or okay cookies on a case-by-case basis in order not to lose functionality because lots of sites use third-party cookies for fairly innocuous things.
You're best off with Ghostery/NoScript enabling certain third-parties on a site-by-site basis.
Re: They only do it because they legally have to.
Write a letter to their service address, including a cheque for £10. Await a CD in the post.
And if the CD doesn't arrive? Or doesn't have all the data you expect on it? Have you tried this?
Yes, it's posturing to a large degree but it is also commendable that Google is acting before any kind of court order is served.
life imitating art
The while thing reminds me of Borges' story about Pierre Menard, author of Don Quixote.
I think there is some justification in being able to claim copyright to a specification, which is what an API is. However, I don't think you can start charging for the spec ex ante just because someone is not using your version. This is why specs are often written by industry bodiesand made available at nominal cost. Either way oracle loses.
Passwords are the problem not the solution.
Re: Old news poorly reported
I administrate (sic) mobile telephony for a large company. WP is very well received. More business focused cost effective.
You are guilty of the same observational bias as I am: what you can see. But this is fine as the same methodology underlies the Kandar report. FWIW I'm based in Germany and Nokia has managed to get a couple of their phones into German TV shows but otherwise you hardly see them.
In summary, only trust like-for-like sales reports and the quarterly reports of the listed companies.
Old news poorly reported
As the article contains no link I can only guess that it refers to this from 4th November but there are clear errors in detail: it is not 10 % in Europe but 10 % in UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. except this has been averaged as Germany is quoted in the same report as being at 8.5%. The numbers are survey based so variance to real sale or shipped numbers are be expected. Still, colour me sceptical as the numbers are in now way borne out by what I see around me in commuterland where it is a pretty even IOS / Samsung split. They also don't correlate with reports on mobile internet use. And the question is: if sales are so good for Nokia's Lumias, why did Nokia feel forced to sell the division to Microsoft?
"Click to enable"
Been in my main browsers for years.
Re: Wrong Priorities
IndianAmerica needs to stop spending money on space and use it to feed, educated and employ the masses
Fixed it for you.
Quite fittingly, as Manchester has produced many iconic smokers over the years: Bet Lynch, Mark E Smith and Anthony Burgess.
Oh, FFS as if everyone in Manchester smokes… In the 19th booze was too expensive so Saturdays we all queued up for us laudanum. Good fer kids as well, kept 'em quiet and out of danger under them looms.
Re: Black Friday?
Why the 'Black Friday' reference in the headline? The story is about Britain. We don't have Black Friday in Britain.
And even with the increasing number of companies trying to jump on the bandwagon - we'll know the end of the world is nigh when DFS and MFI join in - the story seems to be about getting stuff in time for Christmas. So, I'm doubly baffled.
And while we're at it: what the fuck is "pre-ordering" supposed to mean?
Re: Cheap and not nasty? Welcome to years ago
Yes, the "landfill" strawman was never convincing.
Parody of itself
Those ads are incredibly patronising. I was just waiting for an "endorsed by the NSA" strapline at the end of the second one and a comedy central badge. But when neither came I realised these are real. So Microsoft is now selling hardware as kitchen aids? Well, I guess maybe no one else has tried it and doesn't realise what an enormous market it is (there may well be a market for tablets in the kitchen but is more likely to be along the lines of ones that really help you with making the food, controlling the stove, microwave, interacting with the scales (already I-Pad apps)).
Whatever will they think of next? Surface as the ideal accessory for accident-chasing lawyers?
Re: What iSheep fail to realize...
Windows 8.1 will be adopted by Enterprise over the year or two and it's the exact same OS as what's on the Fondleslabs but also running on Desktops and Laptops
er, no it isn't. The Surface 2 runs Windows RT which is neither Windows 8.1 nor Windows Phone so apps for either system don't just run on it.
It's still shamelessly sloppy.
For the first time, I found the screen to look busy or cluttered - the ability to add “spacers” would be welcome.
That's certainly my impression to. Certainly not helped by the colour scheme. The research has been done on how much you can comfortably take in at once and that must be the basis for GUI, folders, drawers, whatever would help but, as you say, little chance of anything like that coming soon. Can't see people swapping their Note 3's for this.
Re: I like it
Does crime fall when people know they are being watched? Yes.
AFAIK this is not true. It was initially the case as CCTV was installed all over the place. However, as the whole thing means more officers watching screens and, therefore, not being on the beat or investigating, the effect was limited. Control studies from places without CCTV mania also suggest that the effect was only correlative. The key is whether potential offenders think they may be caught.
Re: For shame
I think LG are suggesting that he accepted the t&c. Somewhere deep in the small print is the permission to collect the data.
Nope, that does not count as informed consent. You must be informed of what they're going to store and given the opportunity to say yes or no.
Re: Always jam tomorrow
Yes, especially when an article just regurgitates company PR statements.
Re: Intel failed at making decent GPUs
Credit where credit's due: the most recent integrated ones are comparable with those from AMD and nVidia and this has been driven by the work on Phi.
Intel is aware of the competition. It is just poorly placed to compete on an increasingly important aspect: price. This is always relative as, while supercomputers are not cheap, it was the relative cheapness of x86 that drove their increasing adoption over the last few years: IBM can afford to do prestige projects at around cost, but the rest of the non-x86 chip vendors couldn't.
umming and erring about that myself. Or going for a MacBook Air. Most of the time my MBP is hooked up to external keyboard, screen and tablet. This is partly because the ergonomics on the desktop are poor: max screen tilt angle and position of hands over the razor sharp front edge, but also because I don't need to travel as much for work as I once did.
I guess that the biggest weight saving over my venerable 2009er was removing the DVD drive. In practice upgrading notebooks is not something I think a lot of people do nowadays but being able to swap the drive easily is important in case needs change. Apple's pricing on the issue is another matter. I'd like to be able to beef up the RAM or disk without having to have a faster processor.
I think I'll stick with the current machine as long as it runs and I can still get some use out of the battery.
Between the lines
Apart from the pictures of "home" I like Alun's down-to-earth reviews. Yes, it mixes and matches tech trivia with extremely subjective values judgments: it's more substantial (heavy) which makes it of better quality. But it also concentrates on actually using the damn thing to do stuff.
However, what interested me most about this review was one of the bits of tech trivia:
Once again like the Xperia Z, the Z1 has a quad-core processor, but it has been bumped up from 1.5GHz to 2.2GHz making it one of the highest spec smartphones money can buy.
That is an amazing leap (~ 50 %) in 6 months and you can really start to see why Intel is worried. If the ARM <insert-pun-here> is able to bump speed and/or cores at that rate on a regular basis then Intel will have no business at all in 5 years.
Re: Never buying SONY again
@Deaths Pirate, sorry to hear about the hassles but to be honest that could happen with virtually any of the "brands" at the moment. It shouldn't but it does and because it does companies like Apple are able to charge a premium for services like "AppleCare" which provide the peace of mind that your statutory rights should give you. My advice is to threaten whoever you're talking to with the Small Claims court and that should improve the service noticeably.
Re: Another win for the open-source world
FreeBSD allows Sony to freely loot open source developers work...
Using open source is not in any way looting. It is using it as it was intended. Now we've got that sorted maybe you can get a life.
And this is news?
Sony has been using FreeBSD for years: the PS3 used it. Using FreeBSD for a project means not having to ask the lawyers which is a win for any real developer.
I'm still hopeful that Google will buy the carcass of BlackBerry, adopt QNX as the basis for Android and open source it. That would pretty much remove the reason for many to stick any of the buggy OSes you talk about.
Re: Installers, schmallers
What's wrong with `make install clean`? Splitter…
Mine's the one with a picture of a daemon in trainers on the back.
@Drewc thanks for the very open and informative discussion about this.
I think it's main purpose is an identity server tying the various other Google services you may or may not use together. The value grows as the network of those services grows. This allows it to recommend apps on the Google store that your Google+ contacts have approved of. I ignore that kind of thing and you can turn it off but it's certainly a lot less intrusive than other approaches and I can see its appeal. I don't do a lot of the "look at me" sharing stuff, after all what's e-mail for? But I will admit to finding Hangouts very nicely done. If Google can continue to put providing useful services first then I'm sure they'll get more and more successful and Google+ will simply be a part of those services and not something on its own. Companies will like it because, of course, it offers the prospect of single sign-on with the holy grail of detailed demographic data.
Must have been using Apple Maps! :-D
Re: Can we have .....
To be fair, French often translates like this: French words get translated using English homophones ("modalities" for forms for example) and as the structure of the two languages is similar the result looks like English but is largely incomprehensible and often feels pretentious.
Re: back controls
Horses for courses. There are times when your fingers will automatically be next to the controls you want to use: holding the phone to your ear and the side is probably better otherwise they can be fiddly to locate and having another set on the back would be an advantage. When using the camera then real buttons on the side/top are great.
Ericsson added lots of shortcuts to their buttons back in the day and I was a great fan. Now I've found the controls in the S4 Mini I'm happy that I can accept calls or decline calls with a fixed button and operate the camera with a fixed-button.
Pinch of salt
Usual Windows cheerleading from IDC. Best wait for more reliable real sales figures.
When comparing weight and portability it has to be compared with the MacBook Air, not the Pro.
Re: Maybe right, but probably not yet
Video calls never took off for two reasons: they are prohibitively expensive; it's inconvenient and uncomfortable to stay still and stare at a camera. This was never going to drive data use. 3G also had to compete with the usual problems of needing handsets powerful enough to use it and prices that could compete with the increasingly ubiquitous WiFi. To do that they had to swallow their pride and write down the
value of the spectrum licences they'd paid stupid money more.
Now, all new networks deployments can take advantage of a much more homogenous (IP-based) environment, making it much easier to offer data at marketable prices. So, even in developing countries, there is a huge market for mobile data but it won't be at 2003 European or 2013 American prices. Value-added OTT services are probably the key enablers.
Re: Well that is going to be a headache using IPv4
I want to keep this simple: IPv4 does not have a large enough address space to dish out IP addresses to 4.5 billion devices.
Well, yes but IP addresses are not distributed evenly, are there. I suspect that Canada, like the US has more than enough IPv4 addresses for the for near future. Meanwhile, Asia has run out several times over and Europe technically now has as well.
Of course, the longer providers drag their feet on the implementation of IPv6, the less well able they will be to deal with it when they have to and the less influence they will have on its future development. Hm, given the recent performance of the NSA that might not be such a bad thing! ;-)
Dean Bubley of Disruptive Analysis contends out that…
What does "contending out" mean?
Choice is important.
Personally, I only use IE when I have to for customers. As Windows hasn't been my primary OS for over 10 years I'm more comfortable with Opera and Firefox. But i do know people who got used to IE in the early 2000s when it was the best browser for Windows. I won't bash MS for MS sake and, for all their sins, it is worth pointing out that the IE dev team has worked hard to try and make a browser that at least renders as well as the others. It must be galling for those same people to see their work crippled by management.
Re: Bing is the reason for buying the entry level phone business
Is it still worth a loss of $ 1 bn a year? And Nokia's marketshare was down in some of the emerging markets like Mexico in the most recent figures, IIRC.
While it is important to stick with some things (technology, market) in the face of advice to ditch them, you also need to define criteria for success and cut your losses if you can't meet them. Both Lou Gerstner and Steve Jobs were able to do this. Microsoft's biggest mistake has been to lose focus and try and take both Google and Apple on at their own game, at the same time. It is the business market which has been the most loyal to MS and which has the best margins. Yes, there are threats from the competition but also the opportunity for Microsoft to grab the largest slice of the new markets: what price would businesses be prepared for Office on IOS or Android? And ancillary services to make it play nicely with existing infrastructure.
If Microsoft ditch Bing then regulating Google becomes a matter of paramount importance for anti-trust regulators around the world, a situation which is likely to provide more opportunities than continuing to pour money into it.
Re: I wish MS would abandon IE versions and disassociate it with Windows
Nail on head, hit.
That said, I think that MS is doing the right thing to force Win 7 onto IE 11. A lot of corporates migrated to Win 7 but haven't updated the browser since then because MS have such a confusing update policy, so this means still lots of IE 8 where it shouldn't be. They should, of course, make at least IE 9 available for XP. But they won't of course.
Pet peeve: I have a perfectly valid Win 7 VM but MS won't let me install IE 10 on it because despite having a serial number I haven't "phoned home" to legitimate it… Wonder how that VM will fare once they start forcing IE 11 on everyone.
Starting this summer I've noticed more and more people associating Groupon offers with poor quality from desperate or shady companies. So far this is merely anecdotal and probably due as much to knowing fussy people as anything else.
Re: The Groupon model
What shocks me most is that Groupon manage to make so little money on this parasitic model!
It has high acquisition costs - it generally requires real people to go out to those small businesses to setup the deals. And, as companies keep on getting burned by the experience it keeps on doing the same thing.
The key flaw in the business model, as your rightly point out, is that it is parasitic, ie. businesses suffer over time from it. I think there is some underlying sense in trying to improve yields of capacity but think this is limited to services with low customer retention such as restaurants, hotels and taxis. So, services like opentable, the endless hotel services and the new taxi services are likely to do well. But they will do so by improving the yield, which benefits both customer and service provider, and not by promising unsustainable discounts.
Re: You are all fucking insane!
The sad thing is that plenty of people are making plenty of money on this. But those of us trying to keep our distance from the whole thing are likely to find that our banks and insurance companies have "joined the game" for us. So we're likely to get just as shafted as the chumps who end up holding massively overvalued shares. Great. Can't wait.
The US recently changed the rules to make this kind of IPO even easier and the central banks keep up their easy money policy to stimulate demand because it is supposed to make us all feel more positive about the economy.
Mine's the one "This Time it's Different" in the pocket, ta.
re. rolling it up: this is possible with PlasticLogic's printed organic circuits and maybe Samsung are using some of that technology in the screen. I think larger formats like newspapers and magazines get rolled up for transport, but you're right about the form factor - the eye finds it much easier to orientate on a fixed layout like a physical page rather than on something infinite. Roll-on paged media extensions for CSS!
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