96 posts • joined 3 Oct 2008
Re: Lots of last-minuters out there.
"Consumers, I think, are likely to continue replacing their PCs and notebooks with the media consumption devices they've always wanted."
Yup. I'm predicting sales of Hudls and Lifetabs will see a sharp increase in the next couple of weeks.
More politician's logic. Something must be done, here's something. Whether this is belying the idea that UK governments still have power when in reality most laws are now dictated by the EU and all parliament has left is the ability to tinker around the edges and enact multiple laws for the same few offences it still has jurisdiction over, or they are just playing to the crowd to bury bad news, this is a complete waste of time.
There's plenty precedent for this though - like clauses in the Communications Act duplicate many parts of the Computer Misuse Act, so this will duplicate other parts of the Communications Act.
The current Scottish Government went one further in the 'duplication of legislation for the sake of being seen to do something' stakes with the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act, which has actually had the effect of reducing the number of convictions achieved for the behaviour being outlawed as previously they would be tried under Breach of the Peace laws, which had a lower test are a greater range of punishment.
Our leaders really are idiots at times and their misuse of legislation like this proves it.
This might have been a crippled IBM PC, but the engineering stacks up well against the marketplace rivals of the day. IIRC though the PC Junior/Peanut was a good deal more expensive than the BBC (even once you added in the cost of a monitor)/C64/Speccy/Amstrads, and a 16 bit processor (PCJr's USP) pumping through an 8 bit bus didn't impress the lowest common denominator computer buyer of the time.
The first of the proper 16 bit home computers were already in the pipeline (Amiga and ST) and when they turned up a year or so later the rest as they say is history.
The very same Bono who is hated by the Africans he 'helped' by supplying 'free' mosquito nets, thus putting the local pest controllers out of business.
Way to go (idiot).
Could we stop referring to him as an 'activist investor' and use the correct term - parasite!
..have been pushing their own version of this (SmartCall App) for a wee while now. Is this just going to turn into another licensed branding exercise? Does WhatsApp have that amount of brand recognition.
Great. Now they need to do the same for the fake NHS EHIC card application sites. First three hits on Google for these are still sponsored scam sites.
Re: Superb film
I actually contributed to one of the articles in the Domesday project. Not exactly an epic about news in my home town. Probably the most interesting piece concerned the privatisation of the local bus service.
Still, I can say I was there!
and to think there was a time when Sony were thinking of buying Apple!
Buying Sony as a going concern today makes no sense for anyone. The Chinese will one day pick up the brand as part of a fire sale no doubt.
Woz reveals the truth of the emperor's new clothes. He has a point - Apple is a brand, a fashion item. It matters not a jot to most iPhone owners what OS it uses.
Skin it to look like iOS and make it compatible with iTunes and 99% of owners wouldn't notice the difference.
Macs can run Windows these days and the sky didn't fall when that happened.
This is akin to BMW going front wheel drive for some models. Shocking for the purists but makes sense economically as the buyers of those models don't give a toss.
Re: The solution!
The F1 on subscription TV is a bit of a red herring - all the deals struck in Europe are non-exclusive, with FTA terrestrial channels in the same territories getting rights to half the races live and the rest delayed. The BBC could (if it wanted to) show races they do not have live rights to delayed in their entirety (as RAI in Italy do, often to the benefit of the viewer for far-eastern races that would otherwise be broadcast at silly times in the morning) but choose to show a highlights program instead - a recognition that portions of the product are not worth broadcasting.
I suspect that when the time comes the contracts will not be renewed on the current terms.
Re: Platform and broadcaster lock in
"Sky are all well and good but i absolutely hate the way they lock in their premium channels to their physical platform."
This has always been a bone of contention about Sky TV offerings and is actually against EU regulations regarding conditional access (and Sky still resist change despite an OfCom ruling against them on the matter). Sky say it is to prevent piracy, but that has backfired massively on them as their encryption system is now compromised and it would require replacement of every Sky STB in circulation to lock the stable door again, whereas had they gone down the DVB-CI route as they were supposed to then end-users would only be facing the replacement of the CAM module in their own hardware for the more secure DVB-CI+ versions.
The Pure Highway > Aux in solution is cack. The receiver is an old, insensitive design that has long been superseded (think of early '90s RDS!) and the antenna it comes with is useless. I had one and ditched it for a Kenwood DAB head unit and a roof mounted, properly grounded multi-frequency amplified antenna with DAB output (ie. to the same standard as most cars now provide for FM). The difference is phenomenal.
Most people's experience of DAB is as an afterthought....
C'mon people. Stop treating this as some sort of conspiracy and see it as the clusterfuck that it is. DAB was a brave effort, but too little too soon, and in a world where standards matter the intentions of the people who brought it to market, noble as they were, should not be criticised. instead, blame the rent seekers who want something for nothing and push an inadequate standard for their own ends (ie. OfCom).
I can remember when Radio 1 was not on FM at all, and Radio 2 shared its spectrum with Radio 4, so the lack of coverage is not the fault of the technology. DAB could work if it was resourced properly, starting with a switchover to DAB+ (which is no more an issue than when DVB-T digital terrestrial went from 2k to 8k base modulation, rendering many early and unsupported STBs obsolete). Almost all sets sold in the last decade are already dual standard or can be upgraded (although there seems to be an issue with the AAC codec and the licensing of said codec).
Re: Message to mobile operators
The fact that this news is breaking surely proves that the lure of the new model is waning. 5C is a flop on the market but apple still made their money from it. They won't get away with that twice.
It's been bugging me for ages - the London Aquatic Centre had a familiar shape and I've now realised what it is. It looks like one of those sanitary pads - with wings!
It all makes sense now!!
Computing Science needs its role model?! Controversial suggestion - Sophie Wilson?!
One of the two people behind ARM - does it for me! She even appeared in a TV drama fergawdsakes!
I just can't excited at all about 3D printing, regardless of the title? Maybe that's the point?!
Re: PC installed base
Yup, and as more big apps go cloud (365, Photoshop) the need to upgrade desktop kit becomes even less important as the pipe rather than the silicon speed becomes the overriding factor.
Scottish politics is indeed in stasis while this drawn out referendum campaign plods along. I made up my mind long ago (no to independence - I also voted against devolution as I said at the time all it would do is create another tier of government to drain more from the treasury- Holyrood is just league division 2 politics for the ones that weren't good enough to cut it at Westminster.)
plus ça change
Soapy Salmond cannae count.
There is only one thing to say about Alex Salmond and his utter incompetence when it comes to economic policy. Search 'arc of prosperity' (the way Soapy has tried to erase that little tidbit from history would make Orwell and Soviet Russia proud...)
Re: Cheaper Option?!?!
iPod Shuffle is a markedly different product from iPod Touch (as is nano from both), and the sliding down of previous model iPhones into lower price points is fine as the models had their 'day' as the premium offering.
This iPhone launch is going to be marked as the first with a 'Grade A' and 'Grade B' spec version on the same podium, which can be taken as an admission that Grade A isn't whizz-bang enough to tempt those on the cusp to part with their cash.
The message is clear - Apple is declaring they are going down market (which is different to actually going down market while not saying you are).
Other companies work like this all the time, but Apple is (or was until this) all about premium.
Obvious diversification of the products into top and lower end, rather than just spec levels of the same product?! The rot is setting in as Apple start to lose utmost confidence in their brand. Jobs would never have allowed it.
The problem with the BBC is that for the last decade it has hosed money up the wall for no good reason, and funding this study is a cast-iron example.
Err, what is different between that and the current model of paying Sky for loads of channels you ain't watching?
One of the biggest loser in all of this will be Sky, who pinned their business model to satellite delivery through proprietry STBs that didn't adopt EU guidelines on Conditional Access. Still the bulk of their business despite their IP offerings.
The lack of an ugly box with range of the screen will be a big selling point for any service, and those organisations with pipes to deliver the data (BT, Liberty Global) will be the winners.
Actually, like most I've dismissed Linux as the pikey option, but my first thought when I read this was that between price hikes and sabotaging their own products MS seem determined to make Linux viable...
Sinofsky for a surprise return?!
Re: End to vertical lock-in?
"What do we want with a ribbonised, proprietary piece of junk like Office? When we already have LibreOffice and its like."
Because the most lucrative use of MS Office is for Excel running macros, which Libre Office and its 'document editor' ilk just don't do.
Cut your nose off to spite your face why don't you....
Re: Clean install
Just going through the process of upgrading a Toshiba C850 from Windows 8 to 7. A head-scratching moment was when the install crashed because I hadn't realise there were two places in the BIOS I had to disable secure boot/UEFI.
I am envisaging the day when there is no option to disable UEFI and you are forced to stick with the supplied OS (a la those big selling Surface Tablets)......
Re: Buyer Beware
"And the sound quality is nothing like as good as the originals".
There is no 'good quality' to the sound of the originals, so you may as well buy the clones as there's a fair chance they'll actually sound better....!
'4G' is to 3G what Blu-Ray is to DVD - more and bigger of the same when something better and different looms.
Re: Brain bleach required
No wonder he was behind her!
Re: In other electric car news...
@YAAC - those are all straw men arguments. None of the situations you describe were engineered to be that way from the start.
Tesla exploit legal structures regarding green taxes to make their business model sound and the watermelons applaud them for their high moral stance (because they believe it is motivated by planet-saving). Google et al do the same with corporation tax and they are pilloried for it.
Seems it is not what you do but the pretensions you do it under.
Re: In other electric car news...
People have been saying this for almost as long as there have been cars, and it still isn't so. The fact that Tesla turn a profit only on the back of energy credit blackmail payments from other industries tells you everything you need to know.
Electric cars are not green miracles - they simply shift the emissions elsewhere. Tesla's operation simply exploits California's laws on carbon exchange and NIMBY attitude to pollution - in the same way Google et al exploit the UK's tax laws....
This is coming on the back of initiatives like code.org (aka. let's make programming look cool by involving celebs - as soon as Will-I-Am' face appears of course you need to take it with a pinch of salt, like that car he 'invented' and the rubbish he spouted when he was one of the Olympic torch bearers). Politicians have seen the video on the homepage and now think they know what they are talking about....
Re: I suspect it's a diversionary tactic
(there's a reason why their colour scheme is predominantly red).
...and BBC 3's colour scheme is predominantly pink *innocent face*.
This product will tank because you will look stupid wearing it.
That is all.
Yup. Just as we have several generations now how can't prepare food and rely on ready meals for their sustenance. Sure it'll happen that lazy buggers will take the easy option - doesn't make it good though.
How many of these machines are running Microsoft's long abandoned java variant? I was surprised to see the option still being offered in Windows 7 installs.
Strathclyde University and the QL
Anyone who did Computing Science courses at Strathclyde Uni. in the late 80's will remember the headache that was the microdrive cartridge very well. I don't know the exact nature of the deal, but it seemed that all the unsold stock of Sinclair QLs ended up at the University, with several labs stocked out with them, plus hundreds more than students could 'borrow' from the library for a term at a time for a small deposit.
Programming assignments had to be submitted fortnightly, and there was always the nervous moment when you popped your cartridge into the lab machine and the damn file wouldn't load because of the inconsistency in the read-head alignment of the machines, or worse your cartridge tape had stretched beyond its usefulness and the program you'd been working on for days was corrupt. We all learned the importance of backups the hard way!
Eventually the Uni. gave up on the microdrives and equipped all the lab QL's with 3.5" floppy drives, before retiring the whole lot a couple of years later.
Not just the BBC. Every public body is the same, all management being arse-covering followers of procedure and protocol to the absolute letter so they can hide behind it in their defence.
Re: Licence agreements
Interesting (but wrong) analogy to chipping cars, and how ironic BMW was chosen as an example, because if anything this is more like the 'Nikasil' engine liner fiasco that that very company was eventually forced to accept responsibility for after initial denial.
BMW used Nikasil as a strengthener in its engines. Then owners in certain territories (including the UK) started suffering premature engine failure. BMW denied there was any issue as the majority of cars with the material were unaffected. When it was established that higher sulphur content in the petrol sold in these regions was the cause of the eroding of the Nikasil plating BMW claimed they were vindicated, until it was pointed out to them that the maximum permissible sulphur content in petrol is laid down in International standards and that BMW were obliged to make sure their car could run on it or state clearly in their literature otherwise.The fuel the afflicted owners had been using was still within those standards and BMW had never bothered to test the car at the extreme levels - just ran it on the nice low sulphur fuel they had available in their domestic market during testing.
Cue u-turn and costly engine replacement program, even many years after end of warranty.
Can't see this one ending nicely though.
Crazy Prices. Considering anyone who can take advantage of the Home User Program can get their own copy of Office 2013 for £8.95 this is just nuts.
The next step in this shift to a subscription business model is to phase out the boxed/download product, which will make the free Office alternatives the only choice for people with more sense than money.
Sky - downmarket brand and service with an upmarket price. Always has been, always will be.
Re: if you want to lose weight
Oh no, not the 'sugar is poison' man.
I suggest you take a look at some of the writings of Prof. John Brignell on this and other matters of junk science and rubbish statistics.
Re: What's New?
Content is everything.
The fact that old movies get re-sampled to 4k (and 40 years ago someone tried to remaster the Beatles recordings in 'stereo') tells you that.
It's called rent seeking. Putting yourself in the way of progress in order to cream your own living off it.
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