Good infographics can be really good additions to a story and I'm a fan of them in general. http://gapminder.org has some great examples.
Of course, like the currency cat, they can also be completely crap.
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Why have public service broadcasting? Because it is the only place you can really try hard to have something that is independent of both government and commercial interests.
Their liberal metropolitan attitudes are alien to about 95% of people.
I doubt that very much. It's probably true to say that not all of their attitudes are shared by a majority of the population. But that is actually fine if there is space for other reasonably held views - it's a mistake to think that giving equal time to everyone's point of view is balanced. Focussing more on professional journalism and less on fluff would automatically redress the balance.
News on German public TV isn't too bad to be honest and it get's very local: from 19:00 to 20:15 I have regional, local and national news. I know my mum would love the 30 minutes given over to local news.
Channel 4 News is still a good attempt and informing and educating. Yes, the presenters still have obligatory Twitter handles but the fluff stops there.
Fucking Greg Dyke is to blame for dumbing the news down in order to try and get more audience. And hasn't that worked well?
Good journalism will always find an audience.™
As opposed to Google, who have an abysmal history with privacy and dodgy dealings?
So Microsoft is currently the champion of our rights? When did that happen because I must have missed it. Secure boot, DRM, etc. And, of course, Bing, Maps, etc. don't phone home to tell Microsoft what the users are doing,
Besides if you don't like the security settings on Android, stick on Cyanogenmod which allows you to manage permissions per app including disabling them by default.
IDC are still keeping their monthly market share figures (based on shipments) behind a a paywall but they have been consistently below Kantar's finger in the wind numbers. I posted the figures for Germany from February which had Windows Phone below 5 %. Based on anecdotal evidence when I'm out and about I'd go for 2 - 3 % as I can still keep a count in my head of the people with Lumias.
Except, I'm sure my bank or pension fund probably managed to sink some money into this turkey.
On the positive side: my Twitter-bot, inactive the last three years, still has some 300 followers.
This has to be one of the worst written articles I've read for a while. Breathless, stream of consciousness style doesn't work very well for analysis.
Wifi is indeed pretty widespread in the Netherlands including free to use on most trains. But that still doesn't make it universally available.
Meanwhile, elsewhere the telcos are finally implementing real cuts in roaming charges. For example, it's now free for me to receive calls anywhere in the EU and other charges are approaching the same as when in Germany. Interestingly, these changes were introduced before the start of the holidays.
The integration of GPU and ARM with an x86 is the way to go. You need less silicon and less power to get things done. Cheaper to make and run.
Plenty of companies map access points and provide the data on a commercial data to Google and Apple… who've been busy improving their own databases thanks to their users. Not sure how the commercial providers will react to this silly landgrab. But whoever okayed the patent needs a good talking to!
At least if I read this correctly and the only way the exploit can work across all versions. Unbelievable really that, despite all the good work put into developing IE 9 and beyond, Microsoft has still left the abscess that is Active X essentially untouched. A bit like how they've resurrected the Silverlight walled garden as Metroland.
They really ought to be sued for not taking Active X out back and replacing it with a proper sandbox system.
So, in stark contrast to most Apple products, Apple TV is sold at slightly above cost to encourage people to buy content from the store. It fits in neatly to an existing Apple ecosystem and, even if it ignores standard NAS (DNLA), people are generally happy with it providing a better interface than most builtins.
But of that USD 1 billion sold via the Apple store, how much is Apple raking in? 33 % isn't bad but there's still a lot of infrastructure to pay for (whereas as content owners can just count the cash) and the recent noises from the FCC about dropping net neutrality is as likely to hurt Apple as much as Netflix. What Netflix, and Amazon and to a lesser extent Google have, are increasing amounts of their own content. That might be decisive over the next couple of years.
There's nothing wrong with Chromecast, it's a similar approach to a different problem. If it gains traction, and this is likely because it's a damn sight easier to use than most SmartTV interfaces, then it's likely to be able to offer the same kind of content that Apple TV does.
… you can see why they've still changed so little and are still resistant to any real change.
There's a chance of an inflexion point if someone comes up with an alternative to Windows that is so popular with OEMs that they drop volume licensing deals (cheaper but you pay for a licence on every machine). Can't see anything like that just yet but who knows what may be round the corner?
@Chris Wareham - you're right, of course. Thanks for the correction. The underlying point stands: forking is part and parcel of open source.
Forking is perfectly legitimate especially if you want to change large parts of the code as seems to be the case. OpenBSD itself started life as a fork of FreeBSD and the two continue to profit from each other's different focus.
Taking the existing code as a functional specification and removing as much code as possible will allow the developers to make a reference implementation that will hopefully be a more secure. Like OpenSSH (from OpenBSD) it should then be pretty straightforward for others to use the library and I suspect other developers will be happy to join in.
Meanwhile the existing code will continue to "work" and can even benefit from backporting any changes.
Only code counts. NFT
I'm inclined not to agree (here in Germany tablets are being bundled with internet access plans) with you but whatever the reason it's not really good news for Apple's growth-based business model.
The iPhone and especially the iPad remain excellent products at the top end of the market. I think they don't really have an edge in phones any more except in marketing, but the iPad is just so slick.
If that's the case, then why are I-Phone sales so strong and I-Pad ones weakening?
For the sake of avoiding disruption they have clung to the OOXML file format, which utilises highly normalised data…
WTF? I can assure that OOXML is not particularly highly normalised but the file format is not really relevant when you are working within the application. Microsoft rushed the format out and because it got ECMA stamped on it, is kind of stuck with it. It's a shit format in most cases but not because of it's NF which basically bizarre: viz. SharedStrings allows duplication and embedded styling.
Disney has, like many companies, crises. The fact that it's still going is down to no small part to Pixar and buying Marvel: it spent a good while actively discouraging innovation within Disney and Eisner was an idiot.
Retroactively justifying Apple's successes is dangerous because it is selective and ignores the failures. Under Steve Jobs Apple managed the difficult transition of OSes and expanded extremely successfully into consumer electronics. The ship hasn't sunk under Cook: sales and profits are up and the devices are available around the world but where are the new products? Why is the I-Pad losing market share where the competition is still so weak?
Rather than crowing about how the analysts got it wrong the article could have spent more time on the drop in sales of the I-Pad. As Don Jefe points out, the I-Phone is a cash cow with great margins selling in more countries. But what's gone wrong the with I-Pad?
No, share buybacks are more tax efficient in many countries than dividends.
When square launched a chip and pin card reader for mobile didnt exist… er, yes it did. Just maybe not where you live.
Still no chip and pin? Even in the US the writing is on the wall for swiping: end of 2015.
Almost everywhere in the US already has terminals for reading credit cards (high transaction costs) and the debit card terminals in Europe have much lower transaction fees. The only market for Square was niche and ad hoc (conferences, concerts and the like). It now has to compete with the Bitcoin hype for the hipsters' attention
The comparison with Paypal is flawed because Paypal could exploit the lack of countrywide banking services in the US which have hampered the kind of EFT (electronic funds transfers) that are standard elsewhere. Paypal makes little or no financial sense in Europe, especially since SEPA except for those markets that don't understand how much easier it is just to use standard banking services for money transfer and international trades of where the SWIFT charges are higher than Paypal's.
Consumers need wooing by advertising. It's almost part of the definition. Samsung didn't the sales by word of mouth but by years of sponsoring and more recently advertising. Can't be long before we see some sports team or competition emblazoned with Huawei's logo.
…Windows Phone’s rapid rise (in Europe) perhaps supports that case…
Sales-based numbers please. Kantar is still boosting Windows phone at 7.5 %, comScore however puts it at less than 5% and from what I've seen I think even that's a bit high.
The other is the pinning of Metro apps to the taskbar. I don't like this because it blurs the boundaries between two separate contexts that shouldn't mix.
Nail, on head, hit. I think you've pointed out the biggest problem with Windows 8: it seems constantly to mix the Metro and Windows 7 aesthetics and feels disturbingly schizophrenic as a result. Oh, you were trying to use this to justify Windows 8? Massive fail.
I also don't buy your pro-choice arguments. There are plenty of UI choices out there with the phones providing more choice than we've had on MS desktops for years.
Better stick to networking code! ;-)
the screen certainly looks like a fake. This doesn't alter the fact that the Start Screen is entirely inappropriate for desktop computers and one of Microsoft's bigger mistakes.
One of the major reasons that the industrial revolution happened in Britain, was because we had well-developed markets to allocate capital to innovation…
Yes, the bubbles and crashes (from the tulip bubble onwards) have been so much fun.
HFT just appears to increase liquidity. Whenever there is a real demand for funds it dries up just like all the other instruments of "financial engineering" have done in the past. And it isn't really about bits of code but about being able to sting trades by acting faster than the trades can. This has as much to with laying optical cables in straight lines between exchanges than anything else.
Banning it would only encourage workarounds, taxing it into uselessness makes more sense.
Bitcoin and co. are examples of "solutionism": where technological solutions to non-technological problems are posed. Unsurprisingly, this is really popular with the tech invest lobby. Equally unsurprisingly, the solutions rarely solve the problems they are supposed to.
ARM has done well despite miserable Specint performance partly because the chips are small, cheap and have tiny power requirements (not least because of they're poorer performance); and partly because Specint performance doesn't reflect typical workload.
The problem with the x86 architecture is that excels in certain general purpose computing areas, for which the Specint provides a good proxy, but is much less good in other areas (encryption, parallel processing, etc.). This is why, while x86 is better at parsing and manipulating the DOM of a website there is a move to displaying it using hardware (non-x86) hardware. ARM can come with hardware acceleration for encryption, etc.) and now AMD can is offering GPUs for parallel processing. With the right compilers and schedulers this may make some workloads magnitudes more efficient on such chips. If it doesn't it may succeed by making the market competitive again.
Looks like a typo to me both ARM and x86 have been <= 28nm for a while now.
However, more impressive than the geometry is AMD's ability to integrate x86, ARM and GPU cores. If this works well then they will have very desirable products.
I thought 8.1 was going to be installed on the new phones that will be available this month. Will this also be the Preview Release?
Why either or? Postgres has recently merged support for binary JSON which means you can have all the flexibility you want with the added goodness, speed and reliability of indices based on relational algebra.
Can we have less coverage of industry PR and more DBA meat, please?
@big_D don't know whereabouts in Germany you are but I can't remember the last time I saw one of the new Nokias on the tram or S-Bahn.
I agree that more and more people are on pre-paid with bundles with ARPU <= € 20. As I get a free SIM with 500MB a month from Unitymedia I'm helping to keep the ARPU down. Pity the idiots still haven't worked out how to port numbers yet.
Numbers - I thought the IDC report had scotched the notion that Nokia was anywhere near 10 % in Europe. Apparently not. To recap: the 10 % comes from Kantar's survey of people on the streets, IDC counts real shipments/sails.
There is no doubt that Nokia is still producing some fantastic hardware but you've hit the nail on the head about the "app gap". A colleague is a proud owner of the "one with the good camera" - I can never remember Nokia's numbering schemes - but even she is disappointed by the lack of apps. And to add insult to injury the power socket is broken. Getting away from the anecdote - it's difficult to see how any kind of universal API makes Windows Phone more attractive as Windows Phone. In fact, it makes me thinks: what would things look like if Nokia stuck Android on the high-end phones? That certainly would give Samsung food for thought.
Regarding pricing: does anyone in Europe who doesn't have Apple's latest and greatest pay £ 40 a month for a phone + services? Due to the lack of effective competition things are different stateside but Nokia has never really been an established brand there. Not even in its heyday.
Meanwhile the trend worldwide is towards ever cheaper phones with ever thinner margins: Wiko, ZTE, et al. are moving in. As you note Android 4.4 offers better performance than previous versions, but as hardware continues to improve, that point is possibly moot.
El Reg's continues to fail to corroborate sources…
I suspect you're not alone but what will people be upgrading to?
You can still get Windows 7 for "professional" machines - HP is selling them. Large companies are mainly already on 7 or are getting extended support for XP. Consumers, I think, are likely to continue replacing their PCs and notebooks with the media consumption devices they've always wanted.
Buying a windows tablet with one note built in would be half the price. (Never thought I'd be saying something like that, I need a shower.)
You can't get a Windows tablet that size for that price. In any case, Samsung's devotion to the high-end has created its own niche: people know what to expect from the Pro / Note devices whereas Windows 8 has just created confusion. The magazine UI is more than a tip of the hat to Microsoft but it is application specific rather than being force-fed it for everything.
Devices like this, especially if they get docking stations, are going to sell well. I personally like a smaller 8"-9" which is very good to go.
Well done Samsung and others for working hard at usable form factors and thoughtful additions. This is how competition is supposed to work.
Yes, the certification stuff is supposed to make people play nice.
It's astonishing that Windows Phone has made the strides it has in enterprise …
What strides are those exactly? All I can hear on that front are the crickets chirping. Microsoft has a huge advantage here given the number of companies who've chained themselves to Exchange and Office.
Some of the GUI changes sound like they could soon be the subject of litigation. We know what Apple thinks of the sincerest form of flattery but some of the Android cribs could give Google some interesting ammo should they choose to follow that path.
Not charging for licences is an old strategy for Microsoft trying to break into new markets. While relevant, the support for more diverse hardware (Qualcomm, Samsung, Mediatek, TI, etc.) is probably more important to manufacturers. Did you hear anything on that front? Or just the crickets again?
Manufacturers of Android handsets routinely get lambasted for the slowness with which they rollout updates, even when it often really doesn't make a great deal of difference (my tablet is 4.1, one of my phones 4.2). Yet with Windows Phone where Microsoft has dictated the hardware from the start, you're still looking at 3 month plus update times. How come Apple manages it so much faster?
Speaking English they can hardly understand because of the strong Hindi accent! ;-)
A couple of million is still cheaper than new machines or a migration.
… doesn't this smell a bit like Microsoft looking to dispose of code it no longer wants to maintain itself? Happy to be proved wrong on this.
Stallman hasn't been relevant for years except to small group who think software is politics.
The cooperation with Roscosmos has historically been about keeping some excellent rocket engineers in a job. It's always been more political than scientific.
There has been no conflict in Crimea but whether its low key or not may depend upon your geography and history. The annexation is certainly a dangerous political precedent. Europe is only more cautious because it trades more with Russia and has a land border with it: any fallout is likely to fall on both sides.
If you want an example of politics interfering with science: the recent Swiss referendum on quotas for foreigners is freezing Switzerland out of the next round of EU research projects.
To be honest I think that HTC's stance on SD cards has been their biggest hindrance. It has always seemed to me a big omission in their One series. Yes, I know lots of builtin is better but it's still a real tickbox. We'll see how they fare now they've embraced it.
Android users are almost by definition a fickle bunch where being able to switch easily to a different handset but keep the apps, etc. is important and a real hurdle for another OS. Nokia's X strategy is a not very convincing attempt to address this because it's focussed on the low end.
It was announced a long time ago that support for PPC was being dropped.
Not supporting Snow Leopard and Lion on Intel, especially as Lion is the end of the line for many MacMinis because Apple can't be bothered recompiling the graphics driver, is more alarming.
OTOH Safari users obviously don't need to worry about security. Presumably because they're too cool? Can't remember the last time I fired Safari up.
They need to drop the price of Win 8.x Home to $50 USD or less, I'd personally say $35-$40 USD. this would get more users to try it, might even get some of those later XP machines to switch, but all they are doing by keeping the price high is getting those people whose XP is about to go EOL a reason to be looking at Chrometops and Android tablets, dumb move MSFT.
It's true that the migration path from XP seems unnecessarily complicated and expensive.
I think that upgrade licences for Vista, 7 and 8 have to bought. Obviously, there's not a lot of hardware running XP that will actually run Windows 8 but still a single upgrade licence (and software that would actually upgrade inplace) would be an encouragement.