2073 posts • joined Monday 16th April 2007 14:57 GMT
Re: Attention! New technology!
The whole thing was never about reducing queues but reducing staff. In the long term this is supposed to save money except it rarely does because the machines are a) very expensive and b) not very reliable and usually c) don't increase the security of the situation.
Every time I fly to and from the UK I'm amazed that the queues seem to take the airports by surprise when they know well in advance from the airlines how many people they need to be able to process. This can be quite farcical at times: I remember one guy closing the ticket scanner in a vain attempt to reduce the number of people joining the queue for the body scanning: another wasteful money pit. The solution is simple: hire more staff when you know you're going to busy. Who knows, people who pass through controls might spend more at the countless tat bazaars that now fill airports. Manchester's "shopping slalom" is particularly annoying and I am severely tempted to let my luggage catch the odd display as I'm herded through.
Re: saved marriages
And what about the sound from the two different channels at once?
Just got a Philips 6806 - very nice picture and Philips have put some thought into tidy cabling, although mine's still a mess as it's not in its final destination.
Re: Re: Just Plain Stupid
au contraire exactly that kind of technical nous can be expected from investors in the scheme. It wasn't open to the general public coming from a hedge fund. Hello? Aren't they supposed to specialise in arbitrage in the financial markets? Can you point out exactly how they are providing liquidity to the markets here?
The whole deal stank from the start and the hedge fund only got involved because it knew the rules were being gamed. Greed over foresight, as per bloody usual.
As for those investors: didn't the name "Harbinger" ring any bells?
Kudos to Mr Ray for the Scooby Doo allusion.
Isn't Korea on non CDMA for UMTS? And I think the LTE rollout is pretty impressive. Lots of sense to invest in a "MiFi" or a handset that does tethering than adding unnecessarily to the price of the pad.
As for the figures: Korea and Japan are notoriously fast and fickle of the latest and greatest. Certainly impressive figures for Apple as elsewhere in the world - and why shouldn't the be? Apple did a great job in 2011 in staying ahead of the competition on technical and marketing merits but the recent slew of court actions is indicative of someone constantly looking over their shoulder.
When are those larger OLED devices coming from Samsung?
Battery life as an excuse?
Paraphrasing: "one of the reasons why virtualisation won't be supported on WOA is because of battery life". Codswallop! Virtualising x86 would be a lovely little differentiator for companies wanting to offer it as an optional extra especially. Of course, running the whole stack through an x86 emulator will hammer batteries but AMD is openly pimping mixed cores with HSA and good systems management would really reduce the power drain for the couple of apps written for x86 that haven't been cross-compiled. The real reason for disabling emulation is a sop to Intel.
I smell either a huge opportunity for anyone who provides an environment for Windows x86 on ARM, presumably through hardware, or a mega-fail. Cross-compiling core components for x86 and ARM is very important to MacOS/IOS migration strategy.
"Even worse ... the full harm to Apple cannot be calculated, making it impossible for Apple to be compensated by money damages."
This does somewhat beg the question of why go to court if the alleged damages are incalculable? How very naughty of Samsung to dare to use the same or similar components in their phones as they make for Apple.
As for the patents: I'm pretty sure they're all prior art. However, what are the chances of Apple being done for wasting the court's time with all these actions? At least it's more free publicity for Samsung.
As it's privately owned by BT it can't be "part of the national infrastructure". And, as usual, calls for stiffer penalties - do you know what the existing ones are? - mean bollocks all if you don't catch them which generally means spending money on security and law *enforcement*.
Disruptive as it is, it is not terrorism but perhaps more akin to causing a public nuisance by blocking a road, etc. As many of the perpetrators are probably not aware of the consequences of their actions it's probably a good idea to try and raise awareness but at the end of the day such high prices for metals are driving the market. In a sense we're lucky that we only get cables nicked as opposed to more or less all out war in Africa when it comes to mining the raw minerals.
You would think so, wouldn't you?
Chatting with an engineer who was replacing the cable to my mum's house just before Christmas he said that most exchanges are already connected by fibre to the backbone and the full FTTH rollout is under way. Unfortunately that doesn't stop the head-the-balls from cutting cable without checking beforehand whether there's any copper in it. As more and more fibre is rolled out that is increasingly what's happening. The repairs are quicker and cheaper but people are still cut off.
Here in Jormany they're starting to rollout "fingerprinted" cable which makes tracing the culprits at the point of sale a lot easier. This seems to be having an effect although I suspect it will just displace the activity back to the building sector.
re. Microsoft patents. As far as I know the patents - things like FAT are not part of the telephony stack and, therefore, not covered by the whole FRAND thing. In fact I think patents that are to be covered cannot be covered by an NDA. That's why the court cases are generally in the US as software patents while generally recognised in the EU are on shaky ground, hence the vociferous lobbying for us to accept them.
I think that may be an example of the post-war European tradition of "arrangement" against the Anglo-Saxon tradition of winner/lawyer takes all.
@Probing Analyst - the point is not the precise terms - and you have forgotten to mention how much you have to pay to play with MPEG* - but the same kind of cosy industry cartel that makes these kind of rules. The ETSI rates are, as these things usually are, negotiable.
That the ETSI system has survived so long without too many challenges says something about how it worked for members. Now, with the move towards services instead of devices, it doesn't seem to suit some players. And while Apple locks people in with its services, it makes its money with the hardware as Mr Orlowski so cogently argued about I-Tunes so many years ago. And, while there are still plenty of people prepared to buy whatever shiny shiny Apple offer, I'm sure that if they were forced to break down the walls of their garden, they'd have a different price policy.
*You used to have to buy your way into MPEG for about 1 million USD which was one of the things that did for BeOS, if memory serves. And if WebM wasn't around I think the MPEG decision to be royalty free for playback might have come out a bit differently!
FRAND rules out discriminatory pricing. The offer is 2.5 % of the end product. This can be offset by cross-licensing. Apple's move: either offer some useful, preferably, radio patents or pay up. This is how the consumer electronics business works. Apple is more than happy to be in the MPEG patent pool but cries foul over ETSI because it has nothing to offer.
Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
At what point does Chrome's update system get subverted and the certificate list get manipulated?
If the problem is with what to do with checks that fail because they can't be completed then you need to reengineer that path. Caching might be part of the solution and the browser makers are indeed in a good position to be part of a public key infrastructure to distribute and update such lists or CA public keys, much as they now provide synchronisation services. Of course, any such approach is also open to subversion at some point in the chain. So, just as browsers are eminently suited to being gatekeepers they just as suitable to be the target for attacks through malware. Currently, I can't think a of a truly secure way to bootstrap the process without using an external channel such as a smartcard.
I think Firewire chips are covered by a very similar arrangement from which Apple profits handsomely. IIRC the choice of a percentage or a fixed fee is specifically related to tiny components where fixed fees would significantly drive up licensing costs. It's an *industry standard" approach.
As for the other points: who gets to decide what component or patent really adds value? If the rules aren't clear from day one the system will break down quickly. That will vary from product to product and over time: GSM patents are becoming less relevant as we move via UMTS to LTE, etc.
The fact that GSM* and its derivatives have become the dominant standards for mobile telecommunications speaks volumes for how well the, admittedly closed-shop, approach has worked. It is designed to have a high cost of entry to stop Johnny-Come-Latelys profiting too easily from some ground-breaking research. At the same time FRAND has also made it impossible for companies to rest on their laurels and hope to make money just from their patents: witness the demise of so many European handset manufacturers as components other than radios have started to make an impact. The rise of Huawei, Samsung, HTC and, of course, Apple all demonstrate the openness of this field.
I suppose we can look forward to Apple's boffins devising and building their own network stack and infrastructure designed exclusively for their devices.
* Yes, I know this is about ETSI but that is also just an *industry* body.
Because there are still no standards for audio and video output and no copy protection on them. Additionally, < IE 9 can't handle SVG for scalabe, zoomable images. You can blame Microsoft for that.
Same plugin, same exploit
You need the upcoming "out-of-process" plugin support in Opera 12 to avoid crashes and exploits through plugins.
As for everyone smarmily crowing over Adobe's security record: exploits are inevitable in any runtime. Adobe's products are a common target because they are very widely used and much of the other "low-hanging fruit" eg. Internet Explorer's ActiveX mechanism had been reasonably shored up.
Shouldn't you be worried about being lynched by Andrew or Lewis? Nice to see El Reg covering the other side of the energy debate.
FWIW I couldn't really make sense of the charts - missing axis and legends had a lot to do with that. And I suspect I'm not the only one who cares less about the CO2 saved as the financial comparison. I'm all for renewables and energy efficiency but would prefer to see more progress on reforestation and stopping deforestation.
Another pretty unambiguous collection of two words. Maybe you can have a t-shirt made with them printed on it?
You need to read more headlines and look up the term "crash blossoms" while you're at it.
All terrorists must, by law, wear clothing that clearly identifies them as such and behave in the prescribed manner.
For a while US courts took pains to interpret "citizen" literally so there was a reasonable trade in medical experiments non-citizens, ie. immigrants. But some courts did develop cold feet / grow a pair depending on your perspective and so the authorities rediscovered the joys of extra-territoriality and extraordinary rendition to keep those pesky human (note not citizen's) rights people at bay and thus was born Guantanamo and lots of containers at foreign aiports...
@ Lester: fan-fucking-tastic collection of piciures. Who says investigative journalism is dead?
Not so sure
Whilst I'm a huge fan of ARM I am still amazed by Intel. ARM has juicy revenues but look at how much money Intel makes in absolute terms. And that is with the added costs and risks of actual fabs. ARM's architecture may well win long term but I think Intel may well end up as one of the winners.
Who says it's disapproved of? If that were the case it wouldn't be allowed, at least over the counter. As for risky: all trades on the stockmarket are risky almost by definition? Still I agree with you in tenor that "naked shorting" is unnecessary.
I don't think it was ever on my Galaxy 8.9.
Okay, I'll bite
Big Brother has shown us two things:
1) you will always find dumb fucks prepared to make fools of themselves in public
2) the marketing for advertising around such a format is limited.
Caveat IPO-investor because you are the dump part of the carefully orchestrated pump-and-dump scheme that is Facebook. While Facebook is making a profit a price to earnings ratio of 100:1 is fucking insane (see the Schiller average) and costs are only likely to rise from here-on in. Buying at that price can only disappoint as further share price growth is beyond the realm of fairy tales and dividends must be paid from revenues. Those are the two main reasons for investing in a company.
Amazon is good historical comparison: anyone who bought stock on the IPO is still waiting to recover their money.
Say that again
What, apart perhaps from XmlHttpRequest, did IE 6 give us? As a browser it was shit from the word go, though hardly anyone noticed as Mozilla went down the dark and blind alley of XUL.
Back then it was generally considered among the developers I worked with to be bad practice to do IE 6 only work. The legacy crap (SAP, Siebel, etc.) that we're still dealing with should never have been written as websites. It was done because of the hype but was broken by design because it was IE and MS Windows specific. No point in wasting browser runtime in that context.
ActiveX and thus IE was a requirement in countries like Korea which were not allowed 128-bit encryption until the export restrictions were relaxed. This explains the relatively high percentage of IE in some countries: retooling is essential but expensive.
Where IE, warts and all, did play a big part was when developers wanted to include browser functionality in their Windows deskop program. Perfectly legitimate decision assuming you can swap the component out for cross-platform development or just to keep in step with the MFC or later .NET CLR releases. Adobe did this with the help system.
Tiny profits, great margins
Given that El Reg recently described Samsung's $4 Bio. profits as a drop in the in ocean compared with Apples, we must regard ARM's revenue and profits as risible in comparison to Apple and Intel. Except those margins. Fuck me: 50 %! I bet shareholders are very pleased.
The Economist quotes $275 as the total production cost of an I-pad, 2 % of which goes on Chinese labour:
Doesn't strike me as to wild to think of I-phone costing around a quarter of this to make.
Matt Asay talking out of his arse by saying that better standards would push the price up. What is saying is is that he is open to some emotional black mail. Foxconn can double everyone's salaries and it would add at most $10 to the price. Call it a round $100 and everyone's happy. Well, except the Foxconn employees who still cannot bring their kids to the city or take part in the local healthcare scheme. But that must be good as we all know universal healthcare is the spawn of the devil. I'll put it in terms that even the reddest of redneck might understand: Foxconn employees have to shop at the company store.
Much as I detest economists who think that economics has the solution to all problems, I detest even further half-baked business plans by people who have not the slightest grasp of the subject.
Wot, no Philips?
From the screens I've seen the Philips are generally among the best. They've got net access and apps so it's strange to see them missing from this lot. Mind you the judging criteria seem a bit confused. For me, image quality must come first then ergonomics and usability - what are the remotes like? - then you can start arguing over things like add-ons and power consumption.
The article says Samsung cleared $3.06 billion in the same period - so slightly less than 25 % of Apple's admittedly fantastic results but still impressive. But above it also says $4.7 billion in the fourth quarter. I guess that refers to Samsung as a whole and the smaller sum to Samsung Electronics.
In any case it looks like Samsung is making enough money not to worry about being bought out of the market; a favourite trick used by listed companies to rid themselves of pesky competition. Presumably this has been the cue for the legal attacks.
Selling the crown jewels
Can't see either LG or Samsung licensing OLED to Apple as it will give them a serious competitive in the same field. I guess there is room for someone else in, maybe China or Taiwan, to make the screens but these plants are humongously expensive to build and this takes time. Both Samsung and LG have invested heavily in the technology and, therefore, own a lot of the patents even if the process technology for scale might be coming from someone else (Dupont).
FWIW Samsung's gone from zero to hero in electronics in just over ten years. It's currently charging similar prices for hardware to Apple and, as the figures show, selling its devices nearly as well.
Two articles of possible interest: the history of Samsung and where it's going (good background reading for the author).
How little Samsung makes per I-phone and, therefore, a damn good reason not to sell Apple components*:
* Patents on screen manufacture and design gives plenty of reasons to *license* technology to competitors.
My Super-AMOLED Samsung Wave hasn't deteriorated much in the nearly two years I've had it. It's generally held that blue compound degrades faster than red and green. Not heard much about that. What has changed is the introduction of DuPont's inkjet like production process which increases potential screen sizes enormously whilst reducing production costs as currently you have to do everything under high temperature in a vacuum. If they really have solved that part of the problem then you can expect production costs to undercut LCD systems fairly quickly. You might even see some kind of rental model introduced with the screens collected for recycling every three to four years. Well, one can hope!
Falls at second hurdle
Your layer 2 - "keeping personal data in case the authorities need it" is also "preventive snooping" and as such not in line with *existing* human rights legislation in many countries, though most notably in Germany where the Constitutional Court found the requirement for ISPs to store IP addresses for 6 months as unconstitutional noting in passing that snooping is always possible providing a warrant is obtained from a court where a judge agrees that there are reasonable grounds for suspicion.
Same old same old
As soon as someone says "in the present business climate we cannot afford to <insert requirement here>" you know they are talking shit. If these "businesses" treated personal data properly from the word go they wouldn't have any problems.
Harmonising regulations across the EU will over time save businesses engaged in cross-border activities, and for websites that means pretty much everyone, currently has to check the rules for each country. The spooks won't like it because they currently rely on poor levels of data protection for there more or less nefarious actions "defending us" (usually from ourselves but, hey, let's not be picky.
I don't see that as good news for anyone outside the US because bank giro transfers are so fecking difficult in the "third world". Credit card support means that the payment service is already open to international users. Whether they also impose geographical restrictions due to the usual differential pricing and licensing arrangements is another matter.
Digital rental is going to take off but for it really to succeed it must offer universal catalogue and playback. Failing to do either not only invites regulation but is also going to alienate potential customers. In the long term this will probably mean dropping DRM altogether.
The elephant in the room
Is possibly the Asus Transformer. What if it grows a 12" brother? That or something like it would be an Ipad-Pro or MacPad or something with premium components and design at premium price.
Sounds like Juniper trailing for the next report whenever Apple release an ARM-based device with keyboard.
I'd upvote you on this if it wasn't for the typos, spelling and grammar mistakes and rambling. Oh, and for calling Mr Asay a journalist: pundit, maybe; journalist, no way. But that's okay as his strapline tells us.
@Matt what is Twitter's business model again? Fill the interwebs with shit and get paid to clean it up? Invent "Green"? Or be bought out by the Coalition to Protect Internet Sanity and subsequently shut down?
And, even if Google didn't meet analysts forecasts, would you care to run those numbers by us again: vast increase on cashflow and profits. I bet Larry is inconsolable.
I think that Google + has a fundamentally different and long game approach to things so the usual Silicon Valley metrics of quarterly growth at all costs might not be applicable.
The point made by the poster was that if you want do to IOS then you must have a Mac. This is not the case for Android, ie. statistics favour Android. That said, previous reports have fingered as IOS as the platform from which to make money because fanbois like you are only too happy to hand it over.
As for support options - in many respects Apple is light years behind. Yes, it's great if you live close to an Apple store but otherwise you're fucked as I found out when I had to replace the fan on my MacBook. Twice. And, yes, I was using the machine for work.
"long-distance (320m) 24Mbps Bluetooth 3.0 streaming video"
It's known as Wi-Fi with Bluetooth functioning as the D-channel to set up and manage the connection as this is missing from the original specification.
Comes with ARM emulatorAt least according to the Heise report (in German only) http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Intel-praesentiert-Referenz-Smartphone-mit-ARM-Emulation-1407118.html Interesting - it's an acknowledgement by Intel that existing apps won't be recompiled for x86 and a sop to manufacturers that their devices will run the most popular apps from the start. Of course, it also means more transistors draining the battery.
German data protection legislation will prevent such spamming - explicit consent is required - but will allow them to send SMS to customers inviting to sign up to the service. Though in Germany a tie-in with the Payback system would probably make more sense as Oyster would in the UK. More than enough morons prepared to sign up to such data guzzlers in the hope of some modest discount.
Nothing to see here, move along.
Does anyone still actually use Groupon? I know of one person who, like a good compulsive coupon collector, spends a load more money and time on all the discounts that they don't need.
LBS & deep understanding of a customer's preferences and disposable income is the way forward. Amazon is probably best placed to benefit from this with the Kindle series. Probably initially only on the tat it knows customers will buy from it, but in the future it will dispose of the low-margin warehouse and logistics business and co-operate with retailers - "have a customer who smokes (Marlboro) and drinks (Stella) a lot close to your shop, want to make them an offer?"
Most "app" code is written for virtual machines so native optimisation, apart from for iOS, is not such an issue. The compilers seem to be doing a good job of cross-compiling for the various ARM flavours when native is required.
Not just marketing support
Even if Intel is filling their boots with money to start with how is this going to work long term? Intel's chips are not just hotter than ARM ones they are significantly more expensive, which is where Intel's massive profits come from. If for no other reason than they're, er, cheap as chips, ARM offers a compelling argument against x86 where you have only two vendors.
Time for the "nega cent"?
Operators currently have a vested interest in maintaining high roaming charges and this is not just through reciprocity. This can be changed by borrowing a leaf from the energy conversation book and the concept of the "negawatt". The rules for wholesaling should be revised so that networks profit more when they save their customers more.
Dirty PR tricks
This trailing of unsubstantiatable rumours wouldn't have anything to do with Facebook's rumoured IPO next year would it? I really wish the SEC would learn to count, discover there are more than five hundred investors and enforce disclosure.
It's a EU-wide law and the European Commission is pretty good at enforcing such law even on "foreign" companies. Easily done when they almost always have EU-based subsidiaries in order to trade. The European courts, whilst not fast, are still faster and toothier than their US counterparts and increasingly uphold Commission findings. And, inasmuch as Google has already agreed to randomise the last octet for Google Analytics, you can seem them starting to fall into line.
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