2612 posts • joined 16 Apr 2007
Re: USA Delusions of Superiority
In fact it's not just parts of the US looking enviously at universal healthcare but also places like Singapore. Universal healthcare is not without its problems, chiefly balancing funding issues and what to spend it on, but it has an enviable track record.
However, as the politics about this in America are so intractable I suspect there is little to be gained by carrying them on here. I would actually like to know more about the computer system that has been set up and seems to be struggling so much. You know: budget, timescale, unrealistic and ever-changing requirements meet unscrupulous vendors.
Re: Your words coming back to haunt you Stevie & Timmy?
Jobs was right about the problems of scaling and the I-Pad mini breaks his rules. More info on the problems caused by the I-Pad mini in an article on ALA last year: Apple just shrank everything by 40 %.
Google has a more sophisticated way of dealing with screen sizes and pixel density which means that UI controls stay usable on virtually all the devices.
Personally, I'm not a great fan of the 7" form factor but it is undeniably more portable than 10": significantly lighter and fits in handbags or rucksack side compartments.
With you on this. Patenting buildings is silly. You normally patent the means of fabrication. But then this is the USPTO we're talking about, proof that the spirit of Monty Python is alive and well.
Re: The Apple Hajj
a pilgrimage at least once in their lives
Only once in their lives? I'm sure that in the Book of Jobs it actually says "once a year, otherwise ye will just not be cool".
Let me get this straight: you basically advocate Nokia marketing the 1020 as the best compact digital camera? Even Orlowski, who has been cheerleading Windows Phone for some time now, stopped short of an unequivocal recommendation.
@Prof. Hans Asperger
I think we're pretty much in agreement on why Microsoft bought. But I don't think Elop joined Nokia to run the company into the ground prior to a sale. Given its cash pile Microsoft could have bought the business at any time, and time really has been of the essence. Bringing hardware and software development closer together was highlighted by the Nokia CEO as a requirement for the project to succeed. Microsoft now has to demonstrate the skills necessary to facilitate this and do it quickly.
Re: Here we go again
@anonymous coward aka Winpho Fanbro
"Akamai is by far the world's largest content delivery network"
Bu not to Windows Phone handsets, which don't run Flash on which the majority of the websites you mention base their content on...
Flash doesn't run on I-Phones or a lot of Androids either. Doesn't seem to be doing their figures a lot o harm.
Nokia sold because it was still losing cash and Microsoft bought because it is betting on the product line and realised tighter integration of hardware and software is required. Plus it needed to do something with it's offshore cash pile.
Re: Here we go again
You must have missed all the IDC regional survey results.
Ah, that bastion of impartiality IDC. The company that repeatedly does reports commissioned by Microsoft on how well Microsoft is doing!
Re: Here we go again
Anecdotal is anecdotal
All surveys are anecdotal if they aren't weighted. This is a fundamental principle of sample-based statistics.
Re: You know what's weird?
I've always mainly used my phone for calls, messages, games (Sudoku) and audio. There are a couple of apps that I do use occasionally when I need them.
Re: Here we go again
not quite but anecdotal surveys can be useful in testing the reliability of such reports: there should be at least some degree of correlation, assuming you weight your own observations. I think I've seen maybe two people using Nokia Windows Phones in about six months here in Germany. They're even starting to disappear from the shops.
As a proxy for market share the mobile browser usage as tracked by Akamai has Windows Phone consistently at less than 1 %. Akamai is by far the world's largest content delivery network (146 of the web's top 1000 websites, some 54 % of those using CDNs) so a reasonable proxy.
The failure to increase sales is, after all, why Microsoft is buying the Nokia handset business.
BitMessage has been also around for a while. Needs some work on the UX but seems to do job well enough.
Re: And what about the...
Well, while the rule of thumb is power = x * data rate * time, I'm not sure if that will be the limiting factor here.
A worst case scenario might be watching HD video which is using wifi + 3/4G. Simply keeping the screen lit might well be the limiter here.
It sounds to me like the approach is an attempt to anticipate the long anticipated merge of mobile phone technology and ethernet where everything becomes IP. This might make it easier for applications to switch between the two without restarting connections. Applications for this would be things like OTT voice and video communication where the latency of restarting the connection would be noticeable. But I'm not sure if they aren't already quite good at this: I've had a video call with someone on Hangout moving from their wifi to mobile data.
From what I know of 3G I don't see this really happening a lot as there's just too much going on in the carriers' networks. In 4G it's a no-brainer and there are probably already attempts to manage it in silicon - I'm not sure application should be getting the choice - where the phone presents a single interface to a device which might in reality be two or more physical interfaces. Isn't this how MIMO works?
It's par for the course: develop some kind of technology, get it to the market, create a "standards" body as a way to reinforce your market position. In the meantime the competition will create a rival "standards" body to confuse the market. The technologies are often extremely similar but vary in slight details. Whichever wins usually gets to charge licence fees for any patents involved.
The absolutely maddest connector was the one used by Ericsson, the best, used by Nokia
Have to disagree, all the Ericsson's I had used a connector that did not use a pin.
As a result the pin could never be bent or damaged if it was moved against the phone; it would simply pop out.
This is the big drawback with the USB connections: if the phone falls awkwardly when connected then there is a chance that the cable and possibly even the socket will damaged. So, an idiot-proof USB pop or magnetic connector would be the best solution.
But having a standard connection, in whatever form, is great. Samsung now just supplies a micro-USB cable with a USB mains adapter. I can use the same cable for all my phones and my Kobo. I still have a dedicated charger in one room because it can deliver 2A instead of 1A but basically just being able to carry one cable for >= 3 devices instead of a separate charge for each is a godsend.
Re: MS will not buy RIM now
You just answered it yourself, IP abuse.
That is not an issue for the competition authorities.
Re: MS will not buy RIM now
On what grounds? In the mobile OS / handset business both MS and BB are minnows.
MS has more than enough on its plate with the integration of the Nokia handset business. MS is nearly on a par with BB10 feature-wise so a buy would only make sense to stop the competition getting at the IP. Now Blackberry has been taken off the market the chance for a quick buy has passed. No doubt Fairfax will be offering part or all of Blackberry for sale at some point.
Re: BB10 is not a bad smart phone OS
In a sense they have as BB10 can run a lot of Android apps - if all you need is a Dalvik VM then the rest is pretty easy.
I think QNX is a better fit for mobile phones than Linux, though I suspect given the amount of customisation in Android the point maybe moot. But it wouldn't surprise me if Fairfax doesn't sell the OS onto Google, or maybe even Intel for just that kind of project.
Google's recent improvements including the stuff that looks like it was inspired by the short-lived and terribly named but quite useful Cuil. And as long as Google continue to add stuff that works people will continue to use their services.
Re: C? Python? Oh god no
Apart from putting yourself in the hands of the semi-colon Mafia, you forgot
So let me get this right…
… you now have the ability to remotely detonate an explosive device using mobile communications and are planning to launch such a device into orbit from a remote mountain location?
I bet you're giving someone at the Pentagon an itchy trigger finger!
Re: Reminds me of programmes for schools.
Luxury! In my day we didn't even have VHS but an unholy umatic monster. It failed so often that I think I only ever saw it once.
Re: Ask one back
I've scanned in banknotes before - maybe its just the (more expensive?) copiers that are the problem.
I think the problem comes when you try and print them. Some bright spark realised pretty early on how important it would be to keep the lid on fake notes and got everyone to sign up.
Re: Ask one back
Technical solutions are readily available for specific instances.
Yep, but copyright infringement is a collection of specific instances. To maintain due process you'd have to get a judge to sign off every website you wanted to switch off and this would be open to appeal.
What's this got to do with the Note 3
So, having a go at Samsung for trying stuff out, sometimes just because it can, is now an excuse for writing an article?
Not sure if I want a curved phone but I certainly would like to see what a wall of 5° curved screens looks like: IMAX
All the reports are clickbait nonsense. But this, it has to be said, is one of the weakest.
Apple has been successful with brightly coloured devices before and will be again. The question will be whether over time sales of the 5c meet expectations - Apple is onto a winner whether people by the 5s or 5c or even the 4s - for continued growth.
The underlying arguments for and against having a low cost product will continue.
Re: So much for the talk of failure
We're very happy for you.
Maybe that precludes the 1020 being popular but the 5xx, 6xx, 7xx and even 8xx - all better value than anything but Landfill Android - all updated and looked after for reasonable periods and all with excellent Nokia call quality and build.
What a load of shit: semantically nonsense as you are actually saying that "landfill Android" are better than the Nokias. It's a clever pejorative but I'm not sure which phones actually count as such. As for updates (hello Microsoft when are you updating Windows Phone) or support for any period of time: remember Windows Phone 7 by any chance? We've yet to find out how long <strikethrough>Nokia</strikethrough> Microsoft will support any of these devices but I'd be willing to bet that not all of them are going to be getting OS updates and could landfill themselves soon enough.
When it comes to "value": no one needs any of the devices so in that sense they're all waste. Millions, sorry billions, of people could do pretty much everything they want with a normal phone. My 6-year old E65 is still a technological wonder though it could do with a new battery and there seems to be a problem with one of the speakers, yet I can watch videos on it, use it as a sat nav, oh, and of course, use it for calls and text.
I saw my first ever in Germany at the weekend. I was so impressed I posted about it on El Reg even if it was bought mainly for research purposes.
The sale of Nokia's handset business to Microsoft says volumes about how well phone sales are going. Even if they are up on a year ago they are not where they should be. Nokia has produced some great kit, Microsoft has failed to update the OS and it's a fast moving world.
Re: Still too expensive and not enough storage
Not if Intel and Microsoft have anything to say about it.
Re: Intel graphics - hahahahahahahaha, GMA = games my ass
Yes, by all accounts Intel now has integrated graphics comparable with AMD or nVidia. You're still paying a premium for the chips but they're much cheaper than the full-fat ones which is why Intel is working hard (partly by crippling the graphics) to keep the market segmented.
Re: quiet in here
QNX-based BB10? You're kidding, right?
QNX is fantastic. BlackBerry have done all the hard work turning an embedded system in a user-facing one, with Android support. Might be interesting to see whether Google decides to pick them up for the enterprise customers (it would be a great way to cross-sell Google docs on company hardware) and an option to move from Linux to QNX.
Re: Hey, we have another source of money
er, what about Google search? Last time I checked it was free to use. Then there is Google Mail, Google Drive, oh, and some free operating system called Android.
Re: No good for me
Try Softmaker Office or Kingsoft
Trademarks, unlike patents have to be actively enforced. This hasn't happened against Borland Office, Star Office, QuickOffice, et al., so no case. See also legal action around the name "windows".
Re: Happy Clappy Crappy
Well, it's not really the company song. It's about motivating sales staff to do their job and it can be successful in that - that's one of the reasons for chants and huddles in some sports matches. The sense of purpose and togetherness - however fleeting - is infectious and good for sales. Be honest, wouldn't you rather buy something from an enthusiastic, helpful and happy sales person than from a surly, truculent, pimply-faced one.
Re: Small Text
Assuming you can actually see the controls in the first place…
Nice to see Apple taking inspiration from other systems to improve the UX.
And: Bluetooth file transfer! That is both revolutionary and magical! Oh, except everyone else has had it for over 10 years… Can assume it's I-Phone to I-Phone only? Or will it also worked with the devil's devices?
Battery life was outstanding, lasting into a third day on light use, even on 4G. It should see you through the best part of two days of normal use
What? That's about what I get out of my S4 Mini and I would hardly call that "outstanding". Outstanding would be a week.
Nice to see Nokia still trying to find their niche but I do worry that there are plenty of Android phones out there with comparable specs and prices (and battery life).
Re: 30% more speed...
What about the benchmark MS created because SunSpider didn't suit them? Though, to be honest, I thought pretty much everyone had stopped referring to SunSpider results because they no longer reflect UX very much (all JS engines have got so fast that they are no longer the bottleneck).
Does it do SPDY or HTTP 2?
The Z30 will arrive with version 10.2 of the QNX-based OS, which should also seep out to beleaguered Z10, Q5 and Q10 owners by the middle of next month via an over-the-air update. This brings a bunch of much-needed fixes and enhancements, including a new notification system that allows one to fire off message replies in an instant.
In other word BlackBerry are much better at getting updates for phones out than Microsoft.
Looks like a nice bit of kit.
Re: Queuing already?
@JDX - you are going to be one of the first against the wall!
Do they even do I-Phones for uncovered pitches?
Re: One can only hope...
pah! A night on the lash and he'll be right as rain and begging for more. This is one of Blighty's finest we're talking about! He's probably already plans on overtaking Voyager 1!
but no thanks until they throw out the toy town stuff.
A non-metro version of Windows 8 might actually sell in volume. Are they going to have to have the Vista experience again before they relent? By all means use parts of metro such as simplified, two-tone icons within the UI but until they scrap the Jekyll & Hyde approach they will continue to piss people off.
Re: Most people seem to insist on using Flash...
ActiveX is the plug-in architecture for IE, Flash is a plug-in.
Re: IE can be managed
The IT bods at out place seem to be able to manage Firefox okay. Just as well as we're otherwise stuck with IE 8 for the foreseeable future.
I don't like them but that doesn't mean they won't sell
They seem to complement the I-Pod Touches pretty well and, like the rest of that range, Apple still seems to be selling enough of them to keep them in stock. I guess we'll find out over the next month or so.
Meanwhile in other not really interesting news: I actually saw a Windows Phone in the flesh at the weekend. It was in the hands of an Android developer who'd bought one specifically because he has his hands in Android all the time. But still: a sale is a sale.
Re: Captured PIN
re. fake keypad
you can't prevent that kind of abuse but the correctly set up system getting the PIN isn't much use. The whole transaction (amount, card info and PIN) are required. Magnetic stripes haven't been safe for years with or without PINs.
Re: Captured PIN
The delay in rolling out chip'n'pin worldwide which has the protection you suggest is down to the usual arguments about who's going to pay for it. Remember that, for a while at least, sales of card insurance brought the banks in more money than they lost through the fraud.
The payment clearers, VISA et al., are liable for anyone the license to use their networks so they tend to close down direct abuse pretty quickly. The harvesting of full bank details for subsequent fraud is the nice twist on this scam as it becomes more of a whack-a-mole system. However, as the article notes, this kind of fraud is common in countries where the rule of law in terms of consumer protection is lax.
Re: Pi still a miss.
Work was being done this weekend to get Haiku to run on ARM and, therefore, on the Raspberry Pi. Be interesting to see how responsive it is if we ever get the port finished.
But you're missing the point: the Pi is about making fully functional computers as cheap as possible so that they can be used for hobby or educational projects. Whether this means kids pick it up because of scratch or their dads make home automation or media servers with them is less important.
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