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Pump and dump on an epic scale?
I guess this is what you get when the fed prints oodles of dollars and gives them to banks who could be lending them to people and businesses instead. Nothing like a post-launch rally to drag the suckers in. P/E on this one, anyone? My calculator broke down trying to do it. Maybe this is just sour grapes because I didn't "get in" on this one. I'm just very worried that my bank might have done so for me. :-/
Who buys the Ipad? Business or consumer? AFAIK it's both so why is only a problem for Motorola?
Are you listening Stockholm?
This is what the Nobel Prize was invented for! Sod fundamental research and jeanomes and all that, blinking lights is where it's at
"Carlos Roca drinks White Lightning!"...
Not true. Accidents spike around the changeover but particularly in the spring as lots of sleep deprived people and children converge. Article on the BBC about a couple of years ago but I'm too lazy to Google for it.
They are, that's where UTC comes from. But there's a catch - that should be TUC but they came up with UTC as a nice Franglais fudge.
Ditch clocks "springing" forward in the spring and "falling" back in the autumn. Only a proper Victorian bureaucrat could have come up with such well-meant bollocks.
The next generation AMOLEDs should be available then - 10" and larger so I think you may be right. Can't see Samsung selling them in great numbers to competitors, especially the bendy ones.
Dubai in particular
It seems you can fly to anywhere in the world in an A380 from Dubai. That offers pretty compelling economics for the hub & spoke system for the majority of long haul flights. Some wag has also coined "pilgrim class", standing room only, for stripped down A380s bringing the masses to Mecca for the Haj or to Europe for a football match.
Point to point connections between second tier airports still have a part to play which is why Airbus is playing catch up on the Dreamliner just like Boeing is planning a composite version of the 747 to match Airbus.
Back to the technology - additive seems to be the future with Airbus investing in those Bristol boffins who've already made a bike frame. Mix of materials always required as you want to blend stiffness with elasticity. For my money steel alloys still provide the best ride though the bamboo bike sounds worth a try.
@Mr Worstall - the sham French spelling behoves you not and worse than that adds nothing to the article. Airbus is a truly global company and you even refer to the a wing under test somewhere Germany. Save the Euro-bashing for the Torygraph.
If there isn't one in the contract then, oh dear.
Waiting the GroupOn Fail Whale to open the season whilst at the same time worrying about the possible deals banks and insurance companies have got going on something that at least at some point promised to be a nice little earner.
It does indeed read a bit like that, doesn't it.
I can't really say much about Facebook as I've never used it but it did strike me recently that most of my contacts on Google+ are a marketer's wet dream. Will be interesting to see how Google makes that kind of information available to advertisers and what they propose to subject us to to make it pay. I suspect that if they get it right the advertising stream currently flowing into Facebook may dry up quickly. Network effects aside it's not all about the numbers - you need customers with sufficient disposable income - surely that was the lesson of the dot.com bubble?
Amazon looks like it is going to have a head start milking the sheeple in its walled garden. As with Apple who cares about the technology once they have the source of instant gratification in their hand.
Using the radios (wifi or UMTS) will give the screen a run for its money when it comes to running down the battery. And, while there is hope that screens may be at some point be able to use ambient light to reduce their power draw, I think it's pretty nigh impossible to reduce the power consumption of the radios. Isn't there some direct relationship between data transfer rates and power consumption? There is definitely a direct (square) relationship between the distance the signal has to travel and power required to send it. Unless it turns out that CERNs neutrinos have something to teach us on this!
FWIW it seems you are catching up with what is the Accepted interpretation in Germany: IP addresses are personal information. AFAIK there is not yet a uniform position across the EU but it is likely possible that this will become consensus which puts not just statistics* but more importantly ISP logs into the spotlight - EU law requires that ISPs log user accounts for six months - as a potential breach of data protection law, one of the reasons why the EU law is not in force in Germany because it is unconstitutional. A round of legal beggar thy neighbour is probably due.
* For the purpose of statistics it seems reasonable to randomise non-reversibly the last octet of the IP address which is exactly what Google is rolling into the German service of Google Analytics.
Eat that fanbois!
Finally, an application demonstrating how superior Samsung phones are in comparison with fruity ones.
I had a screen comparison with a Phoney the other week. Whilst I agree that pixel density is important for text it hardly matters for anything else. I recently watched VHS video on my 2500 x 1600 screen and at more than a metre away it really didn't matter that much. The human cares much more about contrast and movement and while the Iphone's IPS does give better colours than my Super AMOLED (the Samsung has a notable blue shift when viewed obliquely), it's black is shit in comparison. Plus I can actually use my phone in bright sunlight. I prefer pictures on my phone. As you might imagine the discussion was inconclusive - many people seem to have bought into pixel density as the Holy Grail of screens. Great marketing but poor science.
I would expect Apple to be addressing the daylight usability of their slabs in a next release. Or maybe just launch law suits against the Kindle Fire which is going to define at least price expectations from now on.
Hot News: Dell touting to be Microsoft's and Intel's bitch
You rush out some ill-thought models built by Quanta or Kopal or Foxconn against the Ipad find they don't sell and you blame the OS? Well failed Mr Dell. Samsung and HTC are showing what can be done with Android if you are prepared to spend your own money on hardware and software development. You can't expect Google to give you it al, can you?
Run off to Microsoft and Intel for a big marketing budget incentive and everything will be better. Don't forget to turn off the lights when you leave.
Go Slacktivists! Go!
With you all the way. Send me a tweet when you've won and we can have a virtual meetup to congratulate each other...
On a serious note, nice to see America developing any form of political culture and a reasonable counterpoint to the Tea Party Luddites. This feels a bit like some of the enthusiasm that Obama was able to conjure up that soon led to disillusionment.
Looking forward to seeing this in a labs build or even Opera Next.
Their own worst enemy
I guess the site is mainly trying to encourage IE 6, 7 and 8 users to "upgrade" to the latest and greatest version of IE, seeing as that has been such an utter fail so far (stats on international sites are approx 5% IE 6, 10% IE 7, 15% IE 9. 30% IE 8). Well, no shit Sherlock! By not providing a reasonable upgrade path for IE users, ie. forcing them to change their operating systems in order to change their browser, Microsoft has caused this fragmentation.
Solution: backport IE 9 to XP and Windows 2000 or get out of the browser game.
I like the idea of OS protection being necessary because of the piece of brain crap that is ActiveX, you know the way IE runs plugins.
Take this with the usual pinch of salt. People I talk to generally think that the social media hype has peaked and that companies are looking for other ways to "engage" customers. Anecdotal, small sample so not worth taking seriously unlike Gartner's extremely well-researched stuff, of course.
The Economist's Special Report on "post-PC" stuff is worth reading despite it being full of Gartner crystal-gazing.
Have the batteries run out on yours? ;-)
Ulm as centre of software development? Can't get my head around that except that Nokia is always good for a new surprise.
Oracle already has BerkelyDB. What do the other toys bring to the party.
Point of order Mr Prickett-Morgan - there is no such thing as "unstructured data". That is what we call noise A point that the social media fire hose is only happy to prove. You have to sift it for stuff that fits a schema before you can call it data. The elision serves only purveyors of either whatever streams from the hose or of the snake oil that supposedly makes sense of it all.
Apples and oranges
FTTH isn't really an option for Germany at the moment but it is doing very well with ADSL with 50 MB/s (as long as you do without IPTV) offered in most parts of most towns and 6 Mb/s the baseline. This is the result of an open market which encourages investment so that companies don't just depend on Deutsch Telekom reselling bandwidth wholesale but actually install their own DSLASMs in the exchanges which are connected by fibre to their own backbone. FTTC is also being rolled out but to a much lesser extent - the demand for > 50 MB/s isn't that great.
My understanding of the UK market is that it favours wholesale reselling over investment which is why services are more expensive and shoddier, at least when compared by El Reg.
All software is vulnerable
Flash's ubiquity across platforms makes it an attractive target for hacks. That is primarily used on the internet makes it even more attractive - people don't click on a link to download something but open a page hoping to watch something. This is more attractive for hackers than say office because it is one less hurdle.
But being a popular target does not necessarily mean that the software is more or less badly written than other stuff. As the browsers' own runtimes expand we can expect to see a return to targeting them, ie. poisoned h.264 or webm files, XSS, etc. Just wait for "online" office suites to become really popular for whole new problems to appear.
Simply bashing individual programs and vendors for software displays considerable ignorance about software development. Best power off your machine and pick up a book.
Andrew, the article makes several simplistic assumptions: on how much Google is spending on Android; on how much Microsoft is actually making; what is at stake legally.
1) Motorola purchase aside we don't know how much Google spends on Android. Is it less than Apple spends on the Iphone OS or Microsoft on the farce that Windows mobile was?
2) As others have noted all licensing deals with Microsoft have confidentiality agreements. Given that most of the manufacturers, Motorola notable here by its absence, also make Windows mobile phones it's hard not to imagine some kind of cross subsidy here. Essentially Microsoft is trying to make up for lost licence sales to said manufacturers and stop them jumping ship "because the next version will be so much better and no, Nokia, isn't going to be privileged." Yeah, right. Symbian - gone, RIM - going down fast, Windows Mobile - only Microsoft's equally deep pockets have given this one a second chance.
3) As for indemnifying the licensees - nobody forced them to use Android. Why didn't they press Google for indemnification? Or maybe, as far as Dalvik goes they already have? Anyway I can't see HTC or Samsung really complaining about their market share. Samsung may well overtake Nokia in total sales this year something that was unimaginable a few years ago.
4) Google likes to sit things out. Just look at the Youtube vs. Viacom case. Serial copyright abuse on Youtube since day one. Oh, there'll be an agreement in time but by sitting things out Google has managed to game; disrupted it as it were. I think they picked this up from how Microsoft ran the US department of justice such a merry dance of its licensing policy and that the agreements are made between the survivors who usually divide the spoils rather than worry about right and wrong.
5) Android is good enough. Other systems are faster or use less power but Android is usable and the hardware is fantastic. How long have people put up with the inverse: either great software with shit hardware or great hardware with shit software?
6) Android isn't search. Google now has millions of potential users of premium services - e.g. Google Apps - as well as potential advertising buckets. It's also worked out how to monetise its promiscuity: let the hardware manufacturers make some money and the networks as well, with the volumes now shifting Google can live well just from the crumbs.
Let the price wars commence
Looks like Apple have been going after the wrong people - Ipad mini for USD 199? They'll probably sell like hot cakes and then Amazon will have them.
Microsoft's traditional approach was to provide volume discounts for Windows as long as you only installed Windows on your hardware. Obviously they haven't got much chance of that with the phones but there is probably some kind of quid pro quo or volume discount for HTC and Samsung to encourage them to make phones that run Windows mobile. They're desperate for companies to make the phones until Nokia can come up with volume. Then it's a new round.
They probably won't bother going after Googola - Google will probably be only too happy to tell world + dog what the patents are and to provide replacements or workarounds in its own devices and Android.
I don't have many add-ons: PageSpeed and Screengrab are incompatible; Firebug, NoScript, Web Developer and YSlow all are. The newer release cycle generally breaks less than the old one.
One area I'd really like to see Mozilla work on is support for web forms. FF is as bad as IE in this respect and actually worse than IE 10 with only required and a couple of types (URL, e-mail) supported. C'mon guys, it can't be that difficult.
Memory use in something like a browser that is supposed to use a memory cache to speed up operations is difficult to get right - the in memory cache should be as big as possible without needing virtual memory but difficult to know for an app when the OS is going to want to park it to disk - but Firefox has always had a bigger memory footprint than Opera or Chrome at start up.
Google seems to have learned
Well, let's face it: they're success was based on being less cluttered and useless than Altavista and Yahoo had become. They added relatively discretely onto it and maintained separate platforms. Then they got seduced by the "social web" and gave birth to the brown slurry of "Buzz" and "Wave" and even their most ardent champions soon found that all the vaunted advantages were just new ways to waste time and that newsnet was more fun anyway.
Google+ seems to be deliberately understated in a bending-over-backwards way to please those early adopters amongst us likely not just to post about our frustration but also to call the cops, or in the case of Germany, set up a political party just to keep tabs on them. I suspect that they have learnt an awful lot about how *little* they need to know about individuals in order to be able to monetise it and that the 500 posts a day crowd probably aren't worth tracking.
Fair play to them for identifying the need and providing a reasonably cheap interim solution. $ 5 per seat is probably a lot cheaper than buying new licences from Oracle, SAP and the rest who wrote these fucking awful "intranet applications".
I think you'll find that a couple of hours downtime is well within your the service level agreement. If that's the case and you can't afford that then you need to colocate and manage your own DNS.
We have a server with 1&1 that was down for several hours this afternoon cutting off the website and e-mail. But that was the first time in 8 years. I think we can live with that.
Have you ever seen the network traffic if you scroll or move your mouse on a FB page? It's like having an army of goons watching and noting your every move.
Back to the problem - any FB JS checks for a FB cookie when it runs. That's largely what the "Like" buttons are for which is why in Jormany we're not allowed to use them without explicit consent from the visitor.
Is it just possible that the phone is being sold on its own merits rather than in comparison to a putative Iphone 5? As for tying someone in - there are plenty of people happy to tie themselves into a contract and then try and work their way out of it and into the next one as soon as the next shiny, shiny appears.
Samsung's progress over the last few years is remarkable. Like HTC , whose progress has arguably been even more impressive, it is becoming a high-value phone brand, especially to the technologically informed who understand the differences between AMOLED and TFT. Still got some way to go before being iconic but certainly on the way to being understood as a technological leader. More Sony than Apple but impressive just the same.
The question is...
Were they laden or unladen, African or European neutrinos?
You forgot to mention
Operators' obsessions with billing minute details meant that MMS never worked across national boundaries. They did eventually let people send holiday snaps to friends back home but never how to send something to anyone on a foreign networks. This hamstrung quite a view added value services and definitely encouraged the take up of other forms of messaging such as e-mail.
Correctly positioned the tools should allow Adobe to cover a lot of bases - HTML native where appropriate and possible - and reduce developers' headaches.
It still looks unfinished but I agree with you that it's an improvement on the old one. As for HD - I don't run any browser maximised at 2500 x 1600 - because I can have two windows open in usable size next to each other.
I'm sure I'm not alone in using the BBC as a reference website for my own work - not for copying slavishly but as an informed check for complex content - and it's nice to see that they are continually refining it, nice to see that the two-stage top navigation from the news site has finally gone. FWIW their new media guidelines are a wonderful resource.
To be fair to Intel 2 W was mentioned for a 100 GFLOPs system that currently requires 200 W. If those chips were available I'm sure they would be snapped up. But they're not yet.
The article provides no clear information on the power requirements of Claremont. Certainly impressive improvements but sounds like process work at which Intel excel. In theory the same improvements would work for every architecture including ARM.
I guess the extensions just happen to be x86 specific? After all, who else has all those cores idly doing nothing?
Interestingly over on the IE blog, which is refreshingly detailed, there's a discussion of using "promises" for concurrent programming, the sister of parallel programming.
What a load of self-serving, disingenuous crap.
Apple embrace HTML5? What, like running a demo on their website that sniffs for the Safari user agent and otherwise says you can't come in? Yeah, that's pretty fucking progressive.
Hardware acceleration for website? Even MS has trouble making this sound really convincing and has to use synthetic goldfish bowls and Star Wars text to try and make a case. For web browsing it's totally irrelevant. For playing videos - well, duh, Google's YouTube property was one of the first to introduce non-Flash formats and thus make hardware acceleration possible.
Not a fair comparison
30 % would be pretty low for a retail channel but that isn't what at stake here.
This is about subscriptions which publishers love to own not just because of the lower overhead of maintaining the sale but also because of the direct relationship with the customer which is good for getting demographic information for advertisers and allows cross-sales of other publications or services. Apart from the potential data protection issues, it is plain bad business sense to share this hard won data with another company.
The cover of the magazine has got to be a joke, hasn't it? As long as there are publishers prepared to push that kind of shit out, you'll find people prepared to buy into it. The recent week's worth of Jobs sycophancy is a case in point.
Plus, you must give credit to people being able to sell themselves to companies looking for the "x factor" that they think is necessary for the next "phase" of their development. Germany had serial Thomas Middelhoff as a serial corporate idiot. Wonder how look Mr O. will stay with Vision+ (shouldn't that be with Tony Hart and Morph?) before he climbs again? Next stop HP?
The Bada world is full of Samsung's decision to massively expand it's software development operations in India:
From Indonesia via Google translation
WebOS has a lot going for it but Samsung already has products where WebOS would work. WebOS would seem to make sense for someone who wants to get in the market but is software light such as a Chinese OEM.
Expanding software development in India will be a smart move if they can get it right. It's a hell of a lot cheaper than Europe and the US and closer to a different market where established Western brands don't have it all their own way: Coca Cola bought a local brand in India, initially to close out a competitor but kept it because of the size of the market. Nokia is still very successful there because it has worked hard.
The Western obsession with getting out of manufacturing and hoping to get by owning the top part of the value could end up biting a lot of companies. Samsung's USD 18 billion hasn't just come from being a copycat but from doing a lot of hard work and oodles of R&D.
Straw man article
The whole point of open source software is allowing it to be forked. The FSF/GPL political shenanigans have long just been an annoyance.
Linus is probably right not to be worried about the fork. Android is out exploring uses that have little relevance to server environments. He should think about moving to a BSD licence and a possible merge with the NetBSD code base for the kernel.
Not just cheap tech
If all people wanted was cheap tech then they wouldn't buy shiny shiny in such huge numbers. Your basic point is valid: the poor value proposition. Apple is able to offer the Apple brand and the expectation that anyone can use the device and they will never ever have to answer a technical question. Other brands have to come up with their own value proposition otherwise they are destined for the bargain basement. The lack of sales for largely comparable products is customers expressing "make me a better offer, gov" for products that they might like but don't feel they need.
If Google can continue to polish Android and the OEMs continue to improve their manufacturing then it's conceivable that the perception of Apple's added value will change as has to a large degree happened with the phones where Droids are no longer the toys of the elite or Fanboi wannabes.
Version 2 is okay
I'm not a fan of these suites and Kies version 1 was a piece of shit. Version 2 is smaller faster and more usable for things like backing up your phone's data.
All mobile phones must be able to multitask to be able manage the user interface and the radios.
Bada 1 already does co-operative multitasking of applications such as GPS navigation and playing music at the same time. In that respect it's already ahead of the version of IOS that supported it for Apple apps only and let the unwashed masses of third party apps join the party. From what I've seen users won't see much difference here which is good because most of us don't really care that much about the technical niceties.
The WAC is a nice way of packaging widgets as cross-platform apps and makes sense to Samsung for things like phones, tablets and TVs.
Gavin, were you under a deadline to release this? Are you suffering from jet lag? Did it even get proofread? The article reads like the regurgitation of undigested notes made at a keynote.
HTML 5 (yes, I know officially it's written without the space), wow, big news. That is by and a large a simple DTD, which notably does not include a version number, that activates standards mode rendering with some optional new tags thrown in for good measure which make handmade markup significantly easier on the eye. The rest is effectively largely formalising current practices.
"HTML5 includes tags so that elements like forms can be rendered on different devices without needing to hard code them into their parent site"
As for Drupal's structure and development procedure, still looks a long way behind the foundation and proposal approach common to systems like Plone.
There's the rub
"If you don't want to be searched, don't come through customs."
This is the fundamental misunderstanding of the role of customs, as an organ of the state, with relation to the citizen that is becoming unfortunately commonplace. By extension: if you don't want to be arrested for loitering, don't leave the house; if you don't want your phone tapped, don't use it, etc.
Could you pass me my coat, please? It's the one with "The Social Contract" in the pocket.