2188 posts • joined Tuesday 17th April 2007 15:29 GMT
True. Nokia had rather started to implode before the arrival of Elop.
Their customer support and quality control had become dire. The moment they introduce OTA updates the thought it perfectly acceptable to ship alpha firmware. I should have seen this coming with the N95, but they finally got their act together with the firmware, and it was (and is) a great little phone.
Those that bought the N97 were just left to hang out and dry. Complain about it in the forums and you were hit with the mod hammer for "disrespecting Nokia". Basically they disappeared up their own backside.
That's when I jumped ship after 10+ years of owning nothing but Nokias and went Android, where I am quite happy to remain with a wide range of suppliers wanting my business. A few months later Elop arrived and I smiled to myself and muttered "serves you right". To be honest, even if Nokia did ship an Android phone, I don't have any confidence in their hardware or customer service any more.
Re: Android HAS to be Plan B ..
Not that cunning. Everyone has been saying that since Elop arrived!
Would, implosion, liquidate assets and switching the lights off for good count as an "alternative strategy"?
Re: "Software petents" - WTF ?
Well at the moment it's mainly the USA. Unfortunately as patient zero, they have a horrible habit of sharing.
The Android share of the phone market has already passed that of the iPhone.
iOS only dominate in tablets these days.
I agree about the apps though. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of apps, and plenty of good ones, it's just unfortunate that a some big companies seem to just have the iphone app converted and not take advantage of any of the extra features available on Android, such as the menu button for setting etc.
You'd think HM Govt would try to hide just how much Big Corp controls them, but there's no hiding from it in this case.
1 - If Joe Public "steals" a piece of music, and shares it with others (note, not even selling), he's a criminal and will have his internet cut off.
2 - If Big Corp "steals" a photograph, and sells it to others, NADA!
I'll either be emptying my Flickr account, or adding a huge watermark diagonally across all the images.
@A/C 22:04 was Re: Google Now
You own a mobile phone don't you?
You carry the mobile phone with its connection in you pocket 99.9% of the time don't you?
Well you set the phone to act as a wifi hotspot, and connect the tablet via that. Tada... One mobile contract, one sim, and it's kept the cost of the tablet down.
That's assuming you have a mobile which can act as a wifi hotspot - hint, Android phones can.
Re: Searching over the same field for 30 years?
It's only a small island and you can't dig the rocky bits.
Not much sympathy...
"BT pointed out to The Register that its telly service is dependent on the quality of customers' Freeview reception and broadband, as opposed to the other big boys in television Sky and Virgin Media, who deliver via satellite dish and cable respectively."
Very true, and freeview signals can be patchy, but *YOU* are the ones charging that monthly rent on the 50 year old corroded pair the customers broadband has to struggle along!
I can see this ending in tears...
If this works, I suspect the English channel will become clogged with hoards of little self navigating boats trundling across from Amsterdam and all the way up the river Cam with supplies.
Re: They may not have to...
They don't need to make their own phones... They pretty much have Nokia owned and bent over the kitchen table.
Nokia have burnt and sunk all their other boats and sacked anyone that know another way. So they are the MS "premium partner" until death do they part. Why would MS need to make their own phone? Nokia will do whatever they say (they have to for survival), and Nokia might still even remember something about building phones too (bonus).
Re: no backup of the schedule?
The same way call centres work... Crib sheet.
Press this, click that, just say "Yes" to anything it asks you to confirm.
Now off you go.
D'oh, yes, sorry... Missed the point on that.
Nope, not a friend of Ms Leach, just not enough coffee in the system yet!
Re: iOS PCs?
PC is an acronym for Personal Computer, there is no mention made of any specification beyond that it is a computer for one person to use.
So there's nothing technically wrong with calling a Mac an iOS PC in the same way you have a Windows PC and a Linux PC.
Re: Apple demonstrated ideas without patenting them first?
I too found the idea of Apple not having patented something the moment they thought of it as rather odd.
Well the tape unit is an old Revox reel to reel. I have one in the attic... How you'd control it automatically, when most of the mechanism is mechanical, is the big question!
There is "spoiling you ears" and "throwing money away"... When the premium headphones cost over half the price of your chosen top of the range smart-phone or tablet, I have to react with WTF?!!!
There is just no justification for those prices. It makes the iPhone profit margin look positively frugal!
Re: We can negotiate for a lower tax bill!?
Looks like it.
And judging by the "it was a reasonable deal considering the cost of taking legal action against the company." though process, all I have to do is offer them my tax bill minus expected legal cost + £1.
Given a lawyer costs a few grand per hour, and that my paperwork is a mess, I have recalculated my current tax bill to be -£127K. I shall be writing to Mr Osborne shortly.
"half a million requests to intercept communications data"
If anything that figure should be used to show why the interception should only be done via a warrant. There is no way that level of intrusion is justified. It proves there are a hell of a lot of very nosey people out there.
What I would like to know is how many of those half million were approved as justified, because if this law is passed, all the previously unjustified will have their head in the pipe. Not to mention all those that didn't bother applying for access as they already knew they had no real justification.
re: invalidating warranty
That would be an interesting one to see play out in the UK (and probably EU) courts.
There are statutory rights which you have, no matter what you sign or agree to. If you root it, and the case bio-degrades within 6 months because it's made of the incorrect plastic (for example), you would still be able to throw the sales of goods act at them. (Unfit for purpose).
"the optimal video editing Mac just got a lot more expensive this week."
I'm not sure a laptop, even a high spec'ed Macbook Pro could be considered an optimal video editing platform.
If you perform any kind of rendering, After Effects, Maya etc etc, you need cores, RAM and lots of it.
So something with at least a couple of Xeons please.
Re: Weird morals...
I agree with what you say, but there is no mention in the article that the cyber unit has even been used. Merely that they maintained an operational unit, in just the same way as they maintain an operational army, bombers and artillery. The article states that there are no details on any operations it may have carried out, i.e. "none" is a possibility.
"Legislators reportedly expressed surprise at the existence of the unit and questioned whether military commanders had the legal authority to launch attacks on foreign networks."
So it's normal to research and plan for a war where you'd flatten a country with explosives, tanks and nukes if you so chose, but surprising and legally dubious that you'd consider interfering with their ability to post a facebook status update of "OH NOES! WE ARE BEING BOMBED!" ?
These legislators must live in a strange little world.
Re: Why oh why
For that money you could build yourself a couple of SSD based Shuttles of similar CPU and RAM grunt and plug them into IPS panelled Dell U2711 monitors of identical size and resolution, *but* with a practical matt screen instead of the Apple-esque "Must only be used whilst wearing black" gloss screen. Yes, *that's* why Mr jobs always wore than turtle-neck.
Anna Anna Anna....
What's with that factual sentence listing other companies using Foxconn's services?
The Appletards aren't getting to you are they?
Re: Right or wrong
Next week's news:
Music business flood all media channels with propaganda. Within 2 months 90% of the population believe VPN is an acronym for "Virulent Pirate Nastiness" and campaign groups spontaneously (with backing from mysterious benefactors) spring up to outlaw such heinous systems.
Next year's news:
VPNs and all encrypted transport systems have been found to be used for 49% piracy and 50% terrorism, and all forms of encryption now carry stiff custodial penalties.
Some Be Broadband customers hit back by claiming they would take their "business elsewhere".
Dunno quite how to break this to you, but unless you are planning to emigrate, you are going to discover finding a UK ISP that hasn't (or isn't about to) block TPB is a little tricky.
1) Emigrate as previously mentioned (not a bad option to be honest!)
3) Use a private tracker that's kept its head down.
4) Wait 5 minutes for a different, unblocked domain/IP to appear. Use it for 6 months whilst the wheels of the court go round and round. Once blocked, wait another 5 minutes. Repeat until Music industry resort to using contract killings on pirates with HM Govt blessing.
Changing from one UK ISP to another will not have the slightest influence on the above, except BT moving at their typical glacial speed is actually a slightly beneficial to the end user just this once!
Re: As an Acorn fan girl...
IIRC the first 3 byte pairs of the 6502 memory map were the jump points for reset, NMI and IRQ... Although I could be wrong, it's been a while!
I shall consult Rodnay Zaks when I get home tonight!
Other scary things stuck in my mind:
No wonder there's no room left for anything useful!
Re: I finally get it! It all makes sense now...
And I just covered the last base by patenting the circle.
First letter being drafted to Tefal as we speak.
Re: You'd think she, of all people, would be more careful
I don't think she even know Mr Fugu!
Correct me if I'm wrong, but M$ are "forcing" a UI designed for a touch screen tablet onto their entire desktop user base just so they can claim "Work on your tablet just like you do on your desktop" on the advertising blurb of the Windows tablets.
They're crippling their desktop users just so they can have a punt at 3rd place in the tablet market - aka over taking the abandoned WebOS!
Oh well... Guess that's me sticking with Win 7 for a while... Which at the moment is hosting an XP VM!
Hmmm, I've got Windows 2.0 floppies somewhere, I wonder if I can find a floppy drive...
Re: You'd think she, of all people, would be more careful
You forget, MI5 are a government department, so they just spend all their time telling others how to be careful and whilst in practise still being about as data secure as my mother.
Re: As an Acorn fan girl...
Don't worry, it you want to feel old try still remembering 6502 instruction codes in hex!
I rather missed out on playing with ARM in the early days. I suspect I have a few years on you. I do remember playing lander on one once, and having a true jaw on the floor moment. An insanely powerful machine. Unfortunately I couldn't afford one :'(
Apart from that, I'm not going to talk to you any more... I'm still waiting for my RaspPi :-(
Crank up those extended laptop batteries and prepare to sniff many foreign language passwords for many unencrypted websites via the unencrypted WiFi.
Re: Haterz gonna hate
Well we have to get our chuckles amidst the barrage of continual iphone/pad rumours from somewhere!
I didn't think Metro had any redeemable features!
"world's biggest recycler of Bill Gates' best ideas"...
Anna, you need a troll icon! Even as I type this I can hear distant mouths starting to foam.
Have fun on your super-highway B road.
"Perhaps one of its competitors will step into the role."
Let me see... Who else provides cables to the premises? Oh, that'll be Virgin Media...
Good luck with that idea if the road isn't already cabled.
Well that would certainly reduce the price of the next iphone!
Not sure it would do it any other favours though.
The chap from KMS did a better job of defending Aria, than Aria does!
Aria's quote just makes him sound shifty and either hiding something or being in denial.
Sorry Mark ;-)
It was fresh in my mind as I had that exact Audi pleasure on the way to work in the morning.
No idea what he was trying to prove. I was quite happy doing just over the limit along with the car in front and the car in front of that and the car in front of that... etc etc
It's not like he'd ever have been able to impress me with his speed, I was riding my 1000cc sports bike!
I thought about a kill switch backfire to rattle him a bit, but instead just nipped ahead and put myself two vehicles further up the line.
Is that it? Audi already have a system on the UK roads which get them within 2 meters!
Re: Slight problem
Another slight problem... What happens when you find yourself coming up to a junction and the lane leading to the exit you want is full of 100 Volvos all 6 meters apart with none of the drivers paying any attention to other road users and letting them in.
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