18 posts • joined Wednesday 13th August 2008 20:23 GMT
I'm more confused by the people that feel that an acronym has to be pronounced using the same hard/soft letters as the words it stands for. Using that logic, take these examples:
ASCII - Do you pronounce it uh-ski, since "A" stands for American?
ICANN - Do you call them ih-can, since "I" stands for International?
... just to name a few
Shake it up
I welcome T-Mobile trying to shake things up in the cell phone market (there's basically no competition in the segment), but I'm a little unsure exactly how much influence they will be able to push. We are almost at the point nowadays where AT&T and Verizon are so big, there's not much that can be done to knock them off their thrones.
Free with contract?
I find it REALLY hard to believe that Apple would release even the "low cost" version completely free with a 2-year contract. I think $50 or even $100 would be more likely.
One of the big ideas that Apple has toted over the years is the "value" of their product. They don't want to undermine that value by pricing things really cheap, regardless of their actual cost ($100 premium to go from 32GB to 64GB?). That's why you don't see them on sale like other products (although they seem to have relaxed this a little bit over the recent years).
That is all.
"using the open source OpenStack controller and the KVM hypervisor"
Hmmm? Rackspace uses Xen and XenServer as their hypervisor (not KVM), just like Amazon.
Nice design, poor performance/quality
I bought this phone right after it came out because it was the first Android phone available for AT&T (I really didn't want to get an iPhone). Initially I thought it was great (my previous phone was a Blackberry Pearl from work). However, since this was my first Android experience, I didn't have much to compare it to.
I like the keyboard flip out design. I have always been a much bigger fan of physical keyboards than virtual keyboards, and it seems like more and more Android phones are moving to virtual-only handsets. However, that's about the only thing that really stands out. It has poor video quality, a lackluster processor, and measly storage included. Oh, and it's still stuck on Android 1.5 (and based upon the Motorola timeline, no one knows when 2.1 will *actually* be released in the USA). I personally think they are still releasing it in the USA to avoid a class action lawsuit for falsely advertising that it was upgradeable to Android 2.0. This makes me question how the performance will be. The phone has been rooted recently, and the people that have done it have said good things, but I don't think I want to take the risk (I have to use the phone for work).
Personally, I'm looking at something in the Samsung Galaxy S series, such as the Captivate. My wife recently bought one and it's pretty nice. It has a lot nicer screen, it's much faster, and it already has Android 2.1.
"Any clue as to how it does this? Is it a one-time code? Is it implying that a buggered hard disk will result in buying a new copy of Office? A swift "no, thanks" will be offered to them from me."
Make sure you read their new EULA very carefully. The "key card" method of purchase is very similar to an OEM license.
Page 17, Section 3 (Product Key Card Terms), subsection 2a
"a. One Copy per Device. The software license is permanently assigned to the device on which the software is initially activated. That device is the “licensed device.”"
In the past, Microsoft as defined a "device" as being the core component (i.e. the motherboard), meaning that when the motherboard dies or is swapped out, the device no longer exists, and your license is no longer valid. This is why the key card version of the software is cheaper.
A hard sell
Considering that Apple would never want to lose money on the hardware end of a system, it sound like a pretty hard sell to me.
"You get the same hardware as a Mac Mini for $50 less ... and a lot less functionality"
But then again, fanbois will be fanbois...
Funny choice of examples
It's funny what example system they mention ... Jaguar. I doubt they would invest money in engineering support for that. Turbographics ... do you mean TurboGrafx? C'mon Sony!
... and Gravis... really? Why not mention the original Pong controller or Atari 2600?
No big surprise
@Pandy06269: Blackberry makes the devices and they also run the mail servers that handle the "push" traffic (i.e. when you send an email to the address assigned to your Blackberry, such as firstname.lastname@example.org).
On that same note, RIM has always been a little clueless when it comes to properly running a mail server. For example, they had a problem about a year ago (and I'm sure they still do) where they would silently drop all forwarded emails where the original sender was @yahoo.com. If you decide to redirect a copy (M$ Exchange rule) of your incoming email to your @*.blackberry.net address to get them "real time", and the original sender was @yahoo.com, the RIM servers would accept the email, then silently drop it on the floor. After multiple hours on the phone with their clueless "tech support" people, along with countless mail logs proving they accepted the emails, the problem was never fixed (luckily the person experiencing the problem has moved to an iPhone that syncs directly with Exchange).
I personally think it's all a scam to try to force the users to buy their stupid Enterprise Server software.
Hypocrites... or just plain stupid
"Our users' privacy and data security have always been a priority for RockYou and we strive to keep them secure" ...
Yet they stored passwords in plain text format. There is absolutely NO excuse for that if you "strive to keep them secure". The sad thing is I'm sure there are many other big sites that do the same thing, but the end user would never know about it until something like this happens. I guess to many people think, "Hey, they're smart enough to create this amazing web site functionality, so they MUST know what they are doing!"
Security consultants using free email?
Seriously, why is a security consultant using a free email service to send and/or store potentially private documents? Not exactly someone I would like to consult regarding my security.
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