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Big thumbs up to AO for this piece.
If you step back from the ludicrous oil-burning machinery for a second and take a look, the folly of dedicating vast fields to producing fuel for vehicles, etc becomes seriously obvious.
However, do we have any useful replacement for heavy fuel oil for tankers yet? We are screwed if we go back to wind powered clippers, unless we do some serious redesign to improve their speed. The global economy shrinking? Wait until the oil runs out.
Non story disguised as ad-magnet?
C'mon, the text in this is a bit Daily Mail, isn't it? I'd echo others who have said that this is a total non-story, and you've got florid language here dedicated to spitting the usual crowd-pleasing anti-apple bile to get people displaying those ads.
Apple replaces units which don't work shocker! Register driver by ad presentation revenue!
An industry standard cynical outlook
"As I said earlier, having a nice office helps you attract and retain good staff, but that wears off pretty quickly. The fact is that it makes senior management feel good. Have you ever bought an IBM xServer because Hursley Park has nice sunken gardens?"
The fact is that the Apple employees I've known were intensely proud of working for Apple. Pride can come from working in a great looking building, and remember that Apple try to "impute" - everything is done for a reason, not just the standard executive bullshit.
Don't judge how Apple behaves in the same way as Oracle, HP or Dell do, they just don't operate the same way. To suggest it is so is convenient for the purposes of this piece, nothing more.
Re: 2G / 2.5G / 3G air interface test engineer here...
Thanks for that, good info.
Re: 2G / 2.5G / 3G air interface test engineer here...
Good call, bazza. True nuf that if the 4S is violating the noise floor or somesuch, then it'll nuke the cell for everynoe... interesting to have seen a mobe go out which might actually do this: totally agree on the WCDMA standard being a bit "knife edge" for consumer gear, I always wondered how brittle spread-spectrum might get when manufacturers got inevitably" lazy" :-)
This, the exynos Galaxy ram device security hole debacle...
Do Samsung indulge in software quality at all? Tch. "release and be damned" appears to be their mantra...
2G / 2.5G / 3G air interface test engineer here...
It's been a while since I did any air interface work (I was mainly L2 and above but I did tinker in L1), but this sounds like a classic interworking issue of some kind. The fact that the other networks aren't having it makes me wonder if Vodafone's push to get their RAN integrated more (less things to hook together) hasn't backfired.
What's the state of play, vodafone? Are you having growing pains? Or is this genuinely an iphone software issue?
In either case, the issue must be in the infineon (is that the chipset in the 4s?) "modem" side, rather than the apps processor, as my 3GS on 6.1 and my wife's iphone 4 appear to be fine...
All smells a bit fishy to me. Vodafone's network quality has been deteriorating since they stopped doing all their network business / maintenance with Ercisson exclusively, IMO.
Petard - hoisted on, see "own"
End of story.
"has gotten more difficult"
What's the betting the access flaw here is a product of "just get it out of the door, for god's sake" style decision-making?
Not impressed, Samsung, not impressed at all. pwn-capable from inside the Play store. Gah
"do you know what and (sic) an Android stick or media box is?"
Get a grip - you actually manage to infer here that a granny would know what an android stick is. Grab a mirror before you throw troll insults around. Or read his original post again and then take a deep breath.
Re: If it looks like a computer....
Beautifully put. The Reg is full of people who think everybody thinks like a security-conscious followed of all tech trends, and have fingers specially adapted for command-line work.
Re: Funny how almost every malware issue ...
Chicken / egg. If google had ensure sideloading was harder, and made the UIX on security prompts intelligible to your average idiot, they wouldn't be in the shit now.
The "it's the biggest platform" argument doesn't stack up, because they didn't secure from the start - it was even less secure a whil back.
"Besides, no operating system security can survive a dumb user."
No, but a company which values the platform can at least try to account for them. There's no arguing with this, I'm afraid - smartphones are used by non-geeks because the UI finally got easy enough for them to use. Geeks know about security, non-geeks don't even care. Google have failed miserably to secure the platform, and are now scrabbling for purchase on a slippery steep gravel-laden slope.
It's exactly what happened to microsoft, and it needn't have been. Higher barriers to malware would have improved matters.
Android: Mo' numbers, les' secure...
Like the fella above said, the sheer weight of android numbers, plus the lovely little "please let me install malware laden crap on my phone" switch provided by Google, plus the occasional purge of a few tens of malware threats from the actual Google Play store (see El Reg passim), equals:
"Android is a less secure platform than other mobile smartphone OSs".
Seriously, it's not arguable: the steaming, frothing, spittle-flecked android guys can get in line to try - android is less secure, because Google "did a microsoft" and forgot to think about this in advance (e.g. Microsoft not thinking the internet would ever catch on, therefore windows painful, gradual march towards a secured OS).
Ah, I thought as much.
I heard this yesterday on the radio, and the way they reported how the predictions had seemingly shrunk by vast amounts over less than 5 years of estimations of the shrinkage didn't ring true.
Well, this'll certainly help give climate scepticism a shot in the arm. Well done, idiot scientist trying to show off his own project.
Genuine no-bullshit multi-tasking == crap battery life
Read it and weep.
Re: "Can you jailbreak an iphone with a pair of scissors?"
Hehe! I see pointing out the semantics of the original message has caused many downvotes. Trolling for trolls is always fun on el reg. No comebacks? Come on...
Re: "Can you jailbreak an iphone with a pair of scissors?"
OK, so which networks don't / won't provide micro SIMs?
As for "blinding detail", which part of
"Of course it does. You can make a micro-SIM by cutting down a regular SIM. ***This allows people to jailbreak iPhones*** and use them with networks who aren't paying Apple for the privilege of being able to flog their products."
says you need to jailbreak it with the appropriate tool? And doesn't say you jailbreak it by creating a micro SIM?
Seriously, get over yourself. Just another hater, spittle-flecked mouth corners and negative bile emanating from every port.
The fact they've got enough cash from backers on Kickstarter tells me it's a good enough idea, with perhaps better execution than previous attempts? Sales channels and word-of-mouth will do the job, if they get their media strategy right and get some names on board. You can't get off the ground without some positive thinking, otherwise... well, what's the point of starting anything?
63,416 Backers. $8,596,475 pledged of $950,000 goal - I'd say there are plenty of people who have an open mind, unlike yourself. How do you replay a colonoscopy interactively? Nifty.
You should stick to not writing poetry. http://www.poetryshared.co.uk/about.php
"Yes, they're special Apple-branded data packets, you see. Would you like me to apply that on your account? Hello? Sir?"
My iPhone doesn't run an iPhone tarriff and never has. They're not locked to the damn SIMs. Several other manufacturers are using Micro-sims.
Go and polish your tinfoil hat with your bile-laced spittle.
Oooo, I swore I wouldn't stoop to standard El Reg commentard standards...
Re: "Makes perfect sense in an Apple-world I'm sure."
"You can make a micro-SIM by cutting down a regular SIM. This allows people to jailbreak iPhones and use them with networks who aren't paying Apple for the privilege of being able to flog their products"
More half-baked idiocy. Can you jailbreak an iphone with a pair of scissors? H8rs gotta h8...
On the plus side...
They now have a ready-made mailing list to galvanise efforts against the draconian policies of the council...
Re: Twitter may not know, but users do
Well argued. I've used it for a while, and the other good thing about twitter is "Block". Anyone who posts banal drivel receives it, which stops you following the tedious bastards as well. Since you only see messages from people you follow, the banality (or otherwise) of your timeline is directly related to your own preferences (i.e. who you've followed).
So do all these geeks who slag off twitter only follow people like Paris? Tut tut, gentlemen, you need to find better users to follow.
I'm a firm believer in one thing: In human societies, when large groups of vested interests line up against each other (especially if one side has a lot to lose), the likelihood of something actually being done to alleviate a perceived negative impact is directly proportional to the clout of the protesting side.
Human societies have to fall completely for something to change. I'm afraid we're doomed, it's built into our power structures.
Web advertising / personal info repackaged as useful ad data input == repackaged subprime mortgages. Both stamped as AAA investment opportunities, inflating their own value.
Bundled with a phone? Holy cow, that's a good deal for a 64GB tablet. Nice play.
Aren't you the charmer. Has the crass insult become the humour of choice on El Reg?
Try using a tablet for a while, properly.
All these posts sneering "it's just a content delivery device" - "you can't do anything serious with them" - "tablets, what's the point"...
The iPad I'm typing this on does the following (note, I have a Bluetooth keyboard for big typing) - and I use them all on a regular basis. Seriously.
- HTML edits
- all corporate email
- TeamViewer remote control access for support work (which works beautifully over 3G)
- Codea for a little programming fun
- blog work
- music studio (2, nano studio and GarageBand)
- instrument (several, including analog synth emus and drum machines)
- network diagnostic tool (some ping utils, etc)
- eBay, PayPal, etc
- mind maps for creative thinking
- cocktail lists (diffords #8)
- Skydrive, SugarSync work
- FTP, WebDAV clients
- several office compatibles for doc and spreadsheet work
- remote controls (intelliremote rocks)
- telnet work for servers
And loads more.
I daresay all this is possible on a droid tablet too - so stop sneering and see what you can do with the resource. Positivity wins out every time, in my book.
Maybe women are just more intelligent.
I don't know about you, but as an IT worker sitting in front of a bloody TV for 8 hours a day pushing electrons around hasn't made me any happier. Maybe women have more inteligence than "not working in IT" suggests.
Good luck to them. If you can make a living doing something you like, and you realise that early, go for it.
Mine's the one with an open university course enrolement in the pocket
"It was quite a shock to hear someone from the BBC defending this government."
Wake up and smell the coffee. Watch or listen to any BBC news programme at the moment, you'll hear they appear to be trying to continuously lick the government's arse.
I've been shocked time and time again by the regurgitation of government stats, half-truths and outright lies recently, to the extent that I've stopped watching even the BBC news. If it's not depressing it's constantly trotting out the government line on just about everything.
What I can't decide, as I don't monitor my opinions on this matter or keep a diary, is if the BBC is constantly sycophantic to any government regardless of party colours. Any comments?
It's helped me rediscover SkyDrive...
1. Went to cousin's wedding
2. Took some pictures, wife took Canon EOS and took pictures too.
3. Uploaded all to SkyDrive from PC (the web interface for SkyDrive photo upload is *outstanding* now - hats off to Microsoft, it even pops up a progress window for uploads which you can add to on-the-fly while it's uploading - excellent for large numbers of files, left it working overnight, did the lot)
4. Started messing with pictures on iPad after downloading from SkyDrive using app (PhotoForge, InstaGram, etc...)
5. Uploaded to SkyDrive from photo gallery, sent links direct from SkyDrive app to bride, etc
I _attempted_ to do this using some iTools for Picasa, and was simply stunned by how awkard a) the web interface was and 2) all the tools for iPad / iPhone were.
I'm genuinely impressed, and have started using SkyDrive again as a result. And I'm not usually a Microsoft product recommending kind of guy.
Re: Customer service
I'll add my voice to the "you've just met one" brigade - iPhone 3GS replaced after GPS issue, no quibble, applecare does the job. Next machine's a Mac, in part thanks to their attitude towards the consumer.
The trolls in here really are miserable and haughty, aren't they?
"The law is supposed to be based on morality"
Not necessarily.England has "common law", and I _think_ it's based on precedent, which has _nothing_ to do with either common sense or morality per se, more on the accumulated judgements of those making a specific judgment at a point in time, who we hope have a moral leaning, but that does depend on the cash pot of those prosecuting (or defending) their case when it's heard. And then the result goes into the pool of common law...
"In cases where the parties disagree on what the law is, a common law court looks to past precedential decisions of relevant courts. If a similar dispute has been resolved in the past, the court is bound to follow the reasoning used in the prior decision (this principle is known as stare decisis)"
If enough people want it, the rules will morph over time, I'd have thought.
R C-J is probably the right man for the BBC job, but has overstretched himself here
<sigh> this had to happen, really, didn't it?
I've lamented this awful presenter many times, often vainly tweeting to the Beeb that they should sack the old duffer as watching him attempting to use whatever gadget he was wittering on about on Breakfast in the morning was like watching my grandad trying to understand String theory. Painful, awful...
But now I realise, he's the right man for the job. The BBC's utter inability to go into any detail on tech is a blessing. We don't need to get all socially aware and demand they present tech properly, we need to subvert and work around them to get kids who are interested in tech the tools they need to tinker enough to be consumed by it.
The reason? I'd wager most of us didn't get turned on to programming, or tech, in school. I did, but I suspect I'm a total exception, leaning S-Algol in 6th year at Madras College in 1987/88 (I kid you now), running on a Z80 attached to a BBC.
No, most people who these days, having grown up with simple, low level machines and having a great top-to-bottom view of programming from hardware to editor, probably got there via a rather organic hobbyist attitude, grown from sheer curiosity.
Schools do not generate curiosity. Schools generate grades, league tables and bored, bored children (NOTE: generalisation).
R C-J should stick to kis knittng: doing terrible grandad reviews of mobile phones and tablet computers for numpties who don't care, who are blinking away the sleep from their eyes.
This whole Reg article nails the coffin shut for me - R C-J is nothing more than an old man equivalent of the skirt which shows off toys in Stuff and on Sunday morning TV shows.
Never going to happen.
1. The software will never be reliable enough (no entendre intended)
2. Reality cliff - only people who have never, or rarely, had sex with a real person will consistently use the services of a sexbot - I've seen the latest "avengers assemble" trailers and the hulk still looks like a bluescreened add-on with unconvincing skin (ok, he's green, but see my point?). It'll take a lot longer for the reality cliff to get bridged (sorry about the metaphor) as the closer you get, the further away it seems (the more subtle the dissonance, the more unsettling it is).
Also, I reckon if it did ever happen (allowing this idea for a moment) it'd generate a whole new class of personality disorders and artificial psychoses resulting in a lot of very damaged individuals.
Who's the dumb f*** now?
No board or banks involved, deal made in a living room... panicking much, Zuckerberg? Facebook should concentrate on making a mobile client that doesn't duck balls instead of trying to buy a popular mobile client which does one job, simply.
BTW the simplicity of apps like Instagram shouldn't be laughed at - that's the whole bloody point, who wants full Photoshop in their bloody pocket? See something memorable, snap, post-process with a little bit of nostalgic flair, post on web.
So sneering at it only shows the immediacy of sharing that the mobile web can bring has passed some people by...
"you could argue that..."
Nice to hear someone pointing out Moody's, S&P et al and their role in stoking the fires of the international finance collapse, and framing their decisions about shares in that light.
While downgrading Nokia doesn't have quite the same potential to being down world capital centres, I'd say that any company which was getting paid to rubber stamp garbage as AAA probably can't be entirely trusted to make balanced judgements about anything in the other direction either.
Top marks El Reg.
Tiny performance gain at a price? X versus S
Looking at the engadget comparison from http://www.engadget.com/2012/04/05/htc-one-x-vs-one-s/ the One S (the dual core snapdragon powered version) actually has *better* gaming performance than the One X(!) - indeed it won 10 of the 17 performance benchmarks.
The screen on the X looks much better, though, but the battery life on the S is predictably better (although not by as much as I expected). The sheer amount of juice to run the same benchmark tests on the X compared to the S probably also shows what it'd be like day-to-day.
On a cost balance, I'd be tempted by the S.
Virgin's site text for the 100Mb package - is that the exact text?
"...I didn't sign up for a 50 service at peak times..."
Explain to me where it mentions "peak time" in that text: are you inferring it from the phrase "when the whole house is online at the same time"? If it's not explicitly mentioned then caveat emptor, I'm afraid.
Come on, be realistic when dealing with these large internet access organisations. They've pretty much all had their knuckles rapped at some stage for misrepresenting about every aspect of the bandwidth/capping aspects of their broadband offerings, so when you read their advertising text, don't assume that's a frigging contract detailing how your service will run.
Do what I did, ring them, and demand the details of the package - if anyone else commenting on here has done this, *properly*, no faffing with a "screen-driver" telesales person, but talked to a supervisor, or someone who knows the real deal, then please post a reply detailing that Virgin said you'd always have total freedom and unlimited bandwidth, anytime of day.
Otherwise, shrug your shoulders and walk to another provider who *can* give you those assurances, cast iron, in the contract, which YOU review and check, or put up and shut up and schedule your downloads somehow. Seriously, this is a contention bandwidth-throttled system, right up to the backbone. All this gnashing of teeth sounds like a rather inevitable user-viewpoint of internet infrastructure about to creak under the load of Steam, Xbox360, PS3, Netflix, Apple TV, iPad 3 HD content, ... "No download limits" is a movable feast, and may only be referring to overall monthly usage. In fact you can guarantee it is.
If they can wiggle out, they will. Remember, this text was not produced by a network engineer, it was produced by a marketing suit. And we all know how much *they* know.
What can I do with 100Mb?
Download an entire music album in as little as 5 seconds; a TV show in around 30 seconds, a high quality movie in as little as 1½ minutes and a high definition movie in around 7 minutes. 100Mb really excels when the whole house is online at the same time – whether for streaming HD videos, downloading HD movies, gaming online or accessing everyday services. With 100Mb broadband there is plenty of connection for everyone!
What does unlimited broadband mean?
No download limits. Unlike some of our competitors, you get unlimited downloads as a basic right so you can load up on music, films...whatever you're into.
Re: Debbie Douez
Props to this guy to get that in first
"People buy iOS apps - people want Android apps for free"
Ah, at last - the core "fragmentation" issue. The fact that android devices **themselves** are cheap. Do you think there's a tie-in between the price of the device and the potential app store profits? Is the Play store (still sounds like a sex toy place) actually suffering from the fact that Android has a majority of owners who either don't care about apps (just want to do calls / texts) or people who don't want to pay for them?
"Unfortunately devs sometimes don't bother to do this."
Your outline of how to cope with Android development for devices is illuminating, but this one sentence is a giveaway. In the same way that iOS is a kiddy-OS (not meant in a derogatory tone, note - my Alzheimer-suffering grandfather can drive an iPad, that's my point), the way in which UI programming is done under iOS sounds simpler: two screen resolutions, simple maths for "retina".
80/20 rule applied, do you think 20% of devs go for the quality approach you described, and the other 80% either fudge something which doesn't work very well under certain circumstances (hence some apps look awful on some devices), or do you think the other 80% will decide Android is just "too hard" and bugger off where it's perhaps simpler, and where the users buy more apps (sorry to drop that last obvious argu-bomb)
Re: Just because _you're_ all jaded...
OK, you're obviously not the world's biggest optimist when it comes to workplace satisfaction or the idea that a large company could conceivably give a shit about its' employess. Nice turn of phrase with "naive idiot" btw, an exemplary indication of your open-mindedness.
Look up how Gore-Tex organises its' company to see how a large company can think small, grow and still engender employee loyalty.
If google has, or had, one iota of belief in the strategy which James Whittaker says he saw and believed in (remember, he's not a "naive idiot", he's a fricking professor), then they believed that innovation pulled people in to use their services, and they made money from the ads that were viewed and clicked on. They fostered that environment for their staff and allowed them the "room to fail" - or succeed. That's the kind of work environment where engineers at the sharp end of the business thrive, if they're creative, engaged individuals.
A creative, engaged and enthusiastic individual with skills will move mountains for the sake of it to prove themselves and their idea. I agree that soulless corps are a great place to become cynical as hell about company motivation, though.
Sounds to me like your workplace is less than opimtal. Mine is pretty good, we do have some leeway to make a difference - but you have to retain the enthusiasm to do so. And you know what? When you do, you try stuff out: you get noticed, things people didn't even know needed doing get done.
So don't go shouting "bollocks" unless you're willing to engage intelligently in a debate on the relationship between an employee and the company they work for.
BTW I've never applied to work at Google either (did get headhunted once, but politely turned it down). Mr Whittaker's experience doesn't make me think I'd apply now.
Re: Still better off with a netbook.
Dear god, do netbook lovers still exist? I thought we were all post-PC now?
- Cheaper? But how's the build quality...
- Full keyboard? C'mon, there's cases, bluetooth keyboards... journalists are using these in the field now.
- Storage? What are you doing on this portable, on-the-go netbook that needs more than 16GB minimum (64GB max)? If it's doc production, etc then you don't need a terabyte in your bloody pocket
- Multitasking - fair point, but G33K - people don't care, and arguably on a small screen multitasking with a standard WIMP OS is a PITA (see previous poster comment re:mice
- External devices - this is a portable device... what do you need? You could argue the iPad has just enough external connectivity to do the job (esp with the kits). People aren't impressed with how many bloody USB ports something has, they don't view this device that way. You're comparing cox's pippins with oranges.
- As stated previously in this forum, there isn't a dependency on iTunes anymore and there hasn't been for an age. As for dependency on Apple services... not relevant, personal choice.
- Multiple users - this is a PERSONAL device. Why would it need multi user profiling?
You're better off with a netbook if you're a netbook lover and you hate iPads / Apple / etc etc. Otherwise, just accept the masses have spoken and your mini-laptop is doomed to obscurity.
Just because _you're_ all jaded...
... doesn't mean he is.
Doesn't it strike you that a technology company which values employee input would seek to foster an environment where engineers think that - to quote - "their company is some sort of charity whose goal is saving the world through technology"? That perhaps the grunts at the coalface were actually happy under that kind of environment?
These haughty, slightly sneering proclamations about cliches don't add anything useful to the debate about google, or how it might be changing. While I am not fond of some of their user interfaces, they are a company I associate with innovation through allowing their employees to "play" a little with ideas which might pan out into a great, useful, collaborative tool for the world to use.
If Google are "Migrating" their focus to become A.N.Other corporate desk-filler, or otherwise starting to change the "feel" for engineers, they'll see a lot more like this guy leaving. It sounds like he was pretty useful too, if you take the time to read his post.
This is about more than "soundbites", "cliches" and "therapy speak" - it's about a company which had something of a geek "heart" deciding to change direction, and one man has decided to speak out about his disappointment. I for one applaud him for it - and will be enquiring via his blog if his motivations for writing the piece are down to Microsoft suggesting it's a good idea, rather than assuming it _might_ be the case.
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