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@ Eadon - Re: MS in HEADLESS CHICKEN MODE
Your 4 things . . .
I don't know why I'm responding, but aren't you a bit overzealous there?
If Microsoft loses 50% of the market and Apple triples their share by the end of the year, then we're still looking at a MS domination.
Apart from that:
I'm not the greatest of MS fans, I neither use it privately (Ubuntu, Mint, Debian [1 XP istallation in a VM]), nor at work (RHEL, CentOS), but listening to an outcry of users and then trying to give them back what they miss can't be a bad thing. Not even if they take a while. Not even if it's to save market share and not purely altruistic.
It surely doesn't deserve a FAIL comment.
@ Don Jefe - Re: I immediately triggered an idea of another application
Siri autoresponse via iCremate @11:53: Please hand over remains to appointed courier ETA 14:53. Autonotifying relatives now.
I immediately triggered an idea of another application
at the other end of life.
This, I thought, would be just the right thing for care homes, so that they could have a monitoring screen in a kind of "service" office; not unlike the screen at the Tesco self-scan tills. If a red (maybe it should be yellow/?) light shows, the unit (resident) needs attention. This service agent (nurse) could then be automatically provided with the right size and type of product to be used, as well as an optimised route to service several incidents in sequence. This has a potential to lower the needs of training as well as the time spend on each task and the waste due to mismatched materials. Beancounters would love it!
Some care homes couldn't care less now, literally, so it's rock bottom already. No improvement possible.
That doesn't mean it won't be implemented, just wait . . .
Re: @ AC 1934GMT - Apple uses alternative to FoxConn
- - - and Blackberry.
@ AC 1934GMT - Re: Apple uses alternative to FoxConn
A few mentions of multimillion Dollar share transactions, a few rumours from a factory and a bit of hearsay about plastic backs should get the share prices back up to the $700s. Then everyone who lost most of their dosh during the last months of Apple value slump can quickly sell off, recover their losses and buy into Exxon again.
This isn't, I think, about technology, this is about economic market tweaking. South Sea Bubble.
Oh, and by the way, we Fandroids don't slag off Apple because we don't like them. They're just much more entertaining to mock and slander than Samsung, Google and Nokia together . . .
Re: What's the spooks' solution?
The solutiion is easy: Switch it off. No more smut then.
Likewise ban sugar, salt and all the other things that make people die. Outlaw alcohol, tobacco and cars. And sex, as you're at it.
Unfortunately then everyone (well, most people anyway) will find Spain or France so appealing that they will no longer fork out taxes to pay for the wages of home secretary or deputy prime minister.
Who the flying f'!$% voted for this bunch to waste resources on this?
@ Vimes - I would really like to know how the porn-filtering is supposed to work. Anyone?
I think you would find that quite a few parents don't even realise that you can access some dubious stuff from a smartphone. And there's also the peer pressure: "Wingewingewinge, muuuum, but Ellen has got a Galaxy S3, and I'm sooo unfashionable because you won't buy me anything better than a Nokia 6250".
But back to the filtering: It's not rocket surgery to work out that a blacklist has more holes than a pasta strainer, surely Joe Public will realise that as well. Then this should make the people in the government that enforce it this way look rather - - - underexposed, wouldn't it?
I'm totally against filtering, I think it's pointless and a waste of time and resources. But if everyone agrees that it is necessary, then at least, it should be done in a way that works.
Otherwise people are relying on a safety belt made from a single strip of toilet roll.
@ AC 1858GMT - Re: Qui Custodiet Custodes
It's time to stop this before we all decide we'd be better of in Russia or China!
That's OK, just go, as long as you keep buying iPhones.
@ Vimes - Re: I would really like to know how the porn-filtering is supposed to work. Anyone?
You mention a blacklist. But a blacklist does not work, it only blocks sites that the 'auditor' knows about, and that might not be up to date; in fact, it never is or can be.
Filtering would have to be done based on content, and how does a software tell a 'naughty' picture from a decent one? I can even think of 'naughtiness' with no skin exposure, so filtering for pink isn't the solution . . .
Blocking the pirate bay didn't really stop anybody, did it? Apart from the possibility of renaming it or just getting the torrent files somewhere else, there are proxies that pass the info through. So really, all this is 'make-believe' for some people. Surely the politicians must know that? They're calling us stupid.
@ JohnSanders - Re: I'm just waiting
And what happens when you have tried the new GUI, and it doesn't not only show any strength but you find out is completely backwards?
If it doesn't suit you (My laptop doesn't crash, by the way, what are you doing?), then use a different GUI.
Easy as that.
Again, and again, and again: Calling something 'crap' is not a valid statement in my opinion, even as a personal opinion it's unsuitable. Unless, of course, you were born in Vulgaria.
By the way, I've got nothing against XFCE, Debian, Mint; I actually have those in use as well, but on my casual-everyday-lappy I'm happy with Unity. And I don't understand how a distribution can be so flamed for a replaceable part of it.
It'd be slightly different with OSX or Windows, these are quite tied down. But Linux?
This is probably the main reason why it doesn't catch on as a desktop OS. To many squabbling, fanatical fanboys who scare hoi polloi away.
I'm just waiting
for the Ubuntu haters to rant about how stupid Unity is (which would be totally pointless in this "anything-but-Unity-thread", but hey. . .), and that Shuttleworth is not very clever, and that Canonical is just ripping you off, and that and that and that . . .
I've never really seen the point in criticising a configurable OS for it's GUI; If yo9u don't like something, change it! Or let someone change it for you: enter Mint.
Most of the time GUIs are a very personal preference and you mainly stick with what you grew up with, thereby not giving a new GUI the chance to show it's strengths.
In my opinion Ubuntu is a great package, it's easy to install, runs with loads of hardware (even older stuff) and gives users a wide choice of GUI; all combined with an easy, reliable update solution and a ton of available software. I've got no problem of recommending it as a Desktop OS. I actually found that quite a few non-IT people handled Ubuntu/Unity a lot better than Win8/TIFKAM.
And I have to confess that I actually rather like Unity now.
@ Bill the Sys Admin
Your opinion, have it.
But there's no need to call someone who clearly isn't an "idiot" just to use it as a derogatory term.
Unless, of course, you don't know what the word means or who you're writing about.
Re: How would it work?
Civil servants, 'lever goes up"?
If it does
(or already did) happen, would they tell?
But then, the people who propose this kind of lark have got no idea of the volume of data or it's complexity involved; they probably think they can keep a 3½'' floppy per day per ISP to browse through . . .
I would really like to know how the porn-filtering is supposed to work. Anyone?
This was (again) triggered by an article about Mr. Cameron and smut filtering. This time it was about public WiFi.
I still have tremendous problems in understanding how these filters are supposed to work. Will there be a whitelist (updated in real time?) of all web content that is not porn?
Otherwise how will anyone know that the packet transmitted does not contain porn?
If there's a website called knittingclub.co.uk hosting a file called scarf.mov, who knows that this file doesn't show some people doing a horizontal Mambo? Who checks every minute if the undoubtedly educational original content of http://www.classicalkitchenutensils.org/main/pictures/cookingspoon.jpg hasn't been replaced by an image of a transvestite masturbating on a skinned cows head?
Can someone tell me how all this is meant to work? Really, I'd like to know.
How would it work?
I still have tremendous problems in understanding how these filters are supposed to work. Will there be a whitelist (updated in real time?) of all website content that is not porn?
Otherwise how will anyone know that the packet transmitted does not contain porn?
If there's a website called knittingclub.co.uk hosting a file called scarf.mov, who knows that this file doesn't show two people doing a horizontal Mambo?
Can someone tell me how all this is meant to work? Really, I'd like to know.
@ mutatedwombat - Re: Raspberry Pi Phone
I think this is more like a "mutatedwombat-didn't-get-the-sarcasm-fail".
@ Eadon - Re: Visionary gap
. . .
I guess iWatch is their next frizzle.
. . .
Fixed it for you.
Re - They should be shot
Any damn fool using a mobe while driving should be shot, right after they crash.
You're a Merkin, no doubt.
@ Gray - Re: No real surprise here ...
You somewhat beat me to it.
Mr Kim Jong-un will be shown later
Although Kim Jong-un normally likes to broadcast videos of himself trying out the latest Nork military tech, Pyongyang has not yet commented on the cyberattack claims.
North Korea's Intelligence Service has
(due to this article: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/09/feature_ten_sexy_computers_roundup/)
found, that the formerly prepared propaganda video of their divine leader initiating the cyber-attack using a Sinclair ZX80 would be somewhat outdated. Photoshopping a Commodore Amiga 512 into the shots takes a bit of time, but once it;s done, we'll be able to be properly frightened by North Korea's IT-power.
I hope it will be done by the same director who did the Space video, which is now training material at the Bollywood Film Academy as an example that cheesyness can, in fact, be overdone.
Not the same industry, but just denotes size too:
Berns, however, notes that there may still be reasons to deny trademark protection to "iPad mini". For one, although Berns has found "no similar registered mark that would bar registration" (her emphasis), there may be similar marks in "prior-filed pending applications" that would bar Apple from gaining a trademark.
Paris, because she's a lady . . .
@ Iain M. Banks
[broadcast Eclear, sent 3651820175.2]
xAndreasKoch, aboard dROU 'Dinner Is Ready'
Thank you for your work.
Apple goes green.
@GBL Initialiser -
Wow. Just 'Wow'. Man, are we serious today. But you're right, I shouldn't do that if I want to make a serious post on a serious topic for a serious audience.
Oh, wait . . .
@ John Smith 19 - Re: ON the idea of "One UI to rule them all"
. . .
The big one being where do you put all that cruft that sits on your big screen when your mobile is a few inches wide?
This is why I think it might just work out. I hated Unity for quite a while until I gave it a longer chance and now I actually like it a lot. And I see a lot of empty space most of the time. I think it would do very nicely (better than TIFKAM, in my opinion; and yes, I've tried that, too.) on a small screen.
The whole point is to not use someone else's. If you use Android as a base then you'll always lag behind Google.
Tizen is perfectly OK as Tizen, Mozilla/Firefox OS is totally fine on it's own.
I think you mistake something for something else here.
@ Khaptain - Re: A little bit to early
I do agree mostly, but there's also to consider that the tech community which sees these early versions is only a small fraction of the final target audience. I would wager that near to 90% of smartphone users will say "U-wut?", if you mention Ubuntu or Linux to them. The market is mostly made up of "keep-up-with-the-Jones's"-buyers.
The "Here you have it, it's finished and beautiful" approach doesn't seem to work in community developed systems, it's more like watching a tree grow.
Personally I'm quite exited about it. I like the idea of having an operating system on a smartphone that can support the same applications that run on my standard computer; and no, Windows phone doesn't deliver that. I know that there's millions* of IOS and Android Apps out there, but wouldn't it be nice to just install another instance of the program that you run when you're at your desk?
* The amount of Apps seems overwhelming, yet: how much chaff is there with the grain? Last time I checked up on it there where over 1100 (OMG!!!) <u>fart</u> apps available for IOS. I wouldn't even need one.
There we go again...
I bet now that about 85% of the comments to this will go like:
"Why do they bother at all? There's already Android and IOS."
"This is too geeky**, it will never catch on."
"It's not perfect*, how does it dare exist?"
Like aborting your baby being 3 months pregnant, because it can't walk yet, and there's other babies already.
* Perfect is, of course, a bit subjective here, but generally boils down to: Just the way that my first mobile ever worked; in some cases that could be a convoluted mess of random keystrokes to invoke some profoundly arcane action that could be, if ever it would be needed at all, replaced by having a small pebble in your pocket.
** This could also be "not geeky enough", depending from which way you come. It could even be both, if you really don't know what you're talking about, but just need to have an opinion***.
*** A bit like me, that.
@ Mage - Re: @ Mage - This is how that thing happened:
I think I know what you mean, but Mr. Jobs would have been just the type of manager who would expect you to do a few 24h days (and the night, too) if he requests something to happen. He would know that the outcome of a rushed development couldn't be perfect (see original article), but would show if the direction of the idea is right; or at least what he wanted it to be. The rest is then "improvement only".
@ Mage - Re: This is how that thing happened:
. . .
Put x5 on everything.
It was Steve Jobs in the story, though; so I think that the timescales were spot on.
But I do agree, under normal
management circumstances you would be right all the way.
This is how that thing happened:
One morning Mr. Jobs walks through R&D and sees one of the minions with an "i <3 Alan Kay" T-shirt. He goes up to him and says "Have you ever met him?", and the techie says "Yes! I sat through a few of his lectures, he's a genius! Think of all his ideas!" So Steve says to him "You know, if they were all that good, he'd be richer. But nonetheless, he did think up a thing called Dynabook somewhen in the 70's that never came to anything. If you think he's so great, then build me one; You have 3 days and $2000. I see you on Friday.". As Mr. Jobs word is law the techie toddles off and turns up on Friday with this thing. Steve has a play with it and is somewhat intrigued. He calls the guy and tells him: "Now make it flatter, here's $200.000, I see you in 3 months."
The rest is known.
Right... Anonymous studios...
That probably wasn't Disney and Universal.
I think more the likes of Kluckenwurtz Films, an Alabama studio specialized in documentaries of bluebottle mating rites on local dungpiles and Inuit Flesh Flix Inc. , founded in December 2012 . . .
To use the word "proof" (even with a qualifier) in a study where no direct correlation is established is (in my opinion) nonsense anyway.
In the beancounter office:
Beancounter1: "You know this IT-department that we have?"
BC2: "Those guys who play with their computers all day and steal the bandwidth from my cat-pix downloads? Yep, know them."
BC1: "Do they actually make money for the company?"
BC2: "Not as far as I can tell, they only ever want some to spend on their toys."
BC1: "If we make most of them redundant, couldn't we put that towards a slightly bigger bonus? My wife's Audi Q7 is already over 10 month old, you know."
BC2: " Grand idea, old chap. Let's do that! And let's outsource the leftovers to some other company. There's all kinds of good deals to be had, if you get an interpreter to do the negotiations. And maybe an extra week in Bangkok on the firm. For the negotiations, of course."
- Re: Educate me?
The Momentus XT only caches reads. Writing to disk is always done as write through, so there's no speed advantage there, apart from the drive itself being a quite good one compared to the usual 5400 rpm lappy drives.
The process of caching is done by the disk controller only and thereby works below OS level.
I'm using an old 500GB Momentus XT (nearly 2 years now) in a Toshiba laptop running Ubuntu and it's always been fast and reliable.
I think it's a good idea on a budget; nevertheless: let's see the price for the WD SSHDs that have 3x the NAND on board...
Re: "luxury-watch biz"
Well, it will depend if companies like GP, Cartier, IWC have the lawyers to defend themselves against the IP lawsuits for stealing the invention of " a portable device, in a removable way attached to a limb or other body part, serving the purpose of displaying curtailed information of or about one or more types of data".
Get your Rolex now, it might be outlawed next year.
It's a Developer Preview
I don't think they called it a finished product and charged anyone for it.
Developer Preview does not mean chav-proof OS-replacement, which some people seem to confuse.
Go try a WinFS developer preview from 2003 that still isn't on the market (and never will be, to the grief of Mr. Gates) and complain about that.
On the risk to get fanboi-slapped (go on, I know you want to) Apple Maps was supposed to be "brilliant", when it was handed out. SSDs were supposed to STAY faster than HDs (the first ones weren’t, were they?).
It was wrong of Shuttleworth to tell anybody about this project before it was perfect, because everybody nowadays expects that everything is safe if you can get it, warnings are allowed to be ignored. Like this the only open alternative to IOS, BBOS and Android gets talked dead before it's out.
It's like aborting your baby in the 3rd month of pregnancy because it can't walk yet.
A modest proposal V2.0
...for another strategy to sell to the poor.
Why doesn't the company offer a trade-in for a proper, shiny iPhone5? Poor people could sell a kidney, half a liver or maybe a cornea to Foxconn, who then re-sells these under the Apple brand to hospitals worldwide (well, the parts that are rich enough anyway.) The price of the phone could be easily recovered, lots of sick people who would die soon and stop being customers could be saved, and the brand would not just keep it's upmarket value, but also gain a presence in a new, exciting market: branded transplants!
This would be a winner all around, I think.
(Thanks to J. Swift for sparking this idea.)
@ Aaron Em - Re: your question:
You are taking me far too serious, which might be due to the lack of a "joke" icon before the post. I apologise, and promise to try not to drool on the bell again.
But, on a rather more serious theme, you ask why they didn't make a website, or a thin wrapper. I have my theory, and I think it's not funny. The boss says "make us an app for that", and the PFY goes and does that; and does not argue. Why? Because bootlicking gets you further faster than telling your boss than you know better than he does.
<humorous> Unless, of course, you have an enhanced cattle prod.</humorous>
Re: your question:
So: why on Earth use a place-name lookup on someone else’s map service to reproduce the information?
Because: "Apple. Hurhur. IPhone. Apple IPhone.Hurhurhur. Urg. Hurhur. Yeah. IPhone"
Because everything, EVERYTHING, has to be an IPhone app or be compatible with an IPhone these days.
Want to buy a torch to walk the dog? "Will it* work with my IPhone?"
"I want a kettle, but it has to have a Lightning connector."
"I was told to buy an 'AirPort', so that I wouldn't have any problems when I buy an IPhone in the future"
"I'm sure there's an app in the Apple AppStore to jumpstart my flat car over bluetooth."
The force of persuasion that the malic logo makes a product peerless is strong.
* Not sure if the dog or the torch . . .
WE . ARE . ALL . GOING . TO . DIE !!
@JassMan - Re: Calling it a drop BEAR is a clue
You, sir, are a true descendant of the great sleuth.
@ Eadon - Re: Windows 8 supernova
Wow. Can I have a couple of barrow loads of that heap? My garden could do with a bit of fertilising.
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