1287 posts • joined Sunday 19th October 2008 04:01 GMT
Come oh cloudy ones
Use our software to compete with us while we let you. We will fatten you for the feast.
Re: MS's business plan:
And a grand plan it was too until the hobbitses started hiding their PCs in their pocketses.
Sales of all Windows slabs together = 3%
People don't like any sort of Windows slab.
Desktop PCs maxed out at 8 cores over a year ago
No further progress is planned, as that is plenty good enough for desktop use and more would compete for server chips. 8 core chip, $200.
True 8-core fondleslabs (not that embarassing Exynos Octa) are on the way for next year, so both seem to have arrived at the same "good enough" in the same epoch.
Re: So that's one fondleslab
Microsoft Office XP system requirements:
Single core processor at 0.133 GHz minimum. 0.4 GHz recommended.
RAM 0.024 GB (OS) + 0.008 GB (Office)
Storage 0.21 to 0.26 GB
Display 640x480 (vga) minimum, 1280x1024 (svga) recommended
Methinks my Nexus 7 with ~80x those specs and 5x the display should be able to fondle a document just fine. I don't use any features they've added since. I've added a bluetooth KB/Mouse combo and a cable for the 55" display.
Elop will do an amazing job
I can't wait for him to get started.
PCs beat Apple
Who cares if Apple turns more profit than the entire PC industry?
The only software you can use for Serious Work. It works for work.
>Dear god, if Oracle is successful the entire industry
might [will] implode.
Fixed that for you.
Re: If they allow copyright on APIs ...
To allow copyright APIs is to end software compatibility forever. Software development comes to a full stop.
- "And I'll close with one prediction: once there are enough people up there to be self-sustaining they're going to tell the rest of us to bugger off. Oh, they'll still trade, but governments and possibly even the capitalists will be told where to stick it. As the Americans did us Brits."
Of course. And that's as it should be. But us dirthuggers will still see benefits of trade with this new world. If we should decide to pester them we will quickly find the process expensive and fruitless, and find more addressable worries closer to home.
He doesn't want to go on the cart.
Re: Licence Violation
There will be an Android version with a proper display for much less. Wait for that to buy something to put Ubuntu on, as people will be able to strip the drivers out of Android's Linux kernel. With Windows kit you never know if they didn't gum up the works with windows-only secret-api hardware that takes years to work around. They do that to spoil the soup on purpose, thinking it gives Linux a bad name.
Re: Looks like a modernised netbook
Linux is not going to pay them a significant subsidy per device. You don't think Asus keeps putting this unsellable junk out because they enjoy us laughing at them, do you?
Re: Yup, the UK price is a total rip-off
I hope they give you double points for that one. A bit overlong but you sell it really well. It's a wonder the things didn't just fly off the shelves at the full price on launch day.
I seem to recall it being mentioned no less than six times in their annual report that they write down inventory annually. Almost like a hint. We will not see the write down for this until August.
The star is orbiting contrary to the Black Hole's accretion disc's spin. As it picks up mass from the general area that mass goes on an elongated journey and enters the accretion disc widdershins. There it collides with other masses at speeds a high approximation of the speed of light releasing x-rays and other such stuff. The average vector of the resulting masses being zero, they tend to fall toward the event horizon creating a cascade as they interact with more accretion disc.
The Nexus 5 is a really nice phone
Samsung may be feeling a little pressure from the vast array of non-TouchWiz, non-shovelware phones in the market right now. They give an amazing experience. Since smart phones have come to be the vast bulk of revenue and profits they are disproportionately sensitive to any friction in this area. Their response will probably be to improve the experience.
Remember, to the Samsung development team the Nexus 5 is not their competitor. The Nexus 5 2015 is. It takes that long to go from design to shelf and if they don't aim for where the puck is going to be they will fail.
It has come to this
Redmond astroturfers have gone from sneering derisively at other tablet products, calling them toys, their buyers iTards and Fandroids, to pleading for permission for their product to exist at all out of respect for diversity of choice. Of course if they ever achieve a decent share it will be right back to the takeout strategy. No sale. We are on to you. You oppose progress. That we have all these cool new things without your permission is offensive to you. You will not be allowed to play in this new world because you cheat, you are a bully, you are no fun.
"promises to close gaping ports."
Vice President of corporate communications Frank Shaw will be along presently to remind us that people LIKE a little abandonware mystery with their PC purchase, especially when it's going under the tree. And hey, we are going to make a killing in April on those XP refugees because they have nowhere else to go.
Re: Doesn't look good
@MattEvansC3 There was an annoying pedant belaboring this issue this weekend so I checked. The answer is "a lot."
In the full memo
It is pointed out that Outlook is the last remaining app from the Office suite. Yahoo has ditched all the rest
The show should peak around Christmas. Hope we get a sight.
News from the future
Apple claims patent on ASLAN to text translation. Sues Samsung and Google to prevent the mute and / or deaf from having a choice of devices.
Re: Intel - Smintel
It's going to be OK. Intel is still in "Windows first" mode and Microsoft still has the glacial pace of the prior era when they could hold back progress by fiat. As long as those two things remain true there is no chance that Intel will be able to iterate fast enough to compete in the new mobile-first era.
Obviously the cure for a present painful forced OS platform migration is to build into the plan another future painful forced OS migration. This future pain can be acquired from the vendor of your present pain.
Make the world a better place?
"We share a commitment that Microsoft will succeed as a company that makes the world a better place."
Locking the doors and sending everyone home then?
Millions of x86 developers?
I seriously doubt that the existence of Visual Basic programmers for Windows is at all relevant in the HPC space.
Pay by tap
I used this once. Not many stores have the reader, but I found one to try. It works.
Not sure I need another debit card.
Always jam tomorrow
If you only look at half the market
"To be scrupulously fair, it should be mentioned that AppleInsider's Cannacord Genuity source told them that Chinese phone folks Lenovo, ZTE, Huawei, and Coolpad were not included in the analysis because their profitability numbers aren't available, and that if those profits – or losses – were factored in, Apple and Samsung's value share would likely be lower."
These figures ignore the thousands of "other" android vendors as well who comprise almost half of global sales by units of both smartphones and tablets. Those figures are also unavailable, so I guess they don't count even though they sell 100 million units a quarter.
Personally I think if you are going to ignore half of the market you probably should not be doing analysis at all.
Re: Another win for the open-source world
@diodesign - There are going to be any number of folks attacking PS4 in any way they can and they are going to first post. This particular incident attempts to incite a Freetard Rebellion pitting the Linux fans against the BSDers, focusing ire on Sony so as to benefit XBone. Fortunately the short-term contractors used for this sort of thing have no understanding about how these things relate and so cannot do a good job of mixing it up.
An amazing deal
I will probably put one of these under the tree for me. Am not sure about ChromeOS but in the worst case I can make it a Linux laptop with Haswell, SSD and 8 hours of battery life. That's a heck of a backstop to the downside risk: I have to take something I wanted anyway. Will give ChromeOS a try. If I like it I can boot my Linux from a USB and leave the thing as it is, and have both.
Do you remember when we used to talk dreamily about the day in the far-off future when laptops would cost less than a thousand dollars?
On the article, no comment
On the comments: this is amazing. I am thrilled to be among so many informed and eloquent individuals. I wish I had something to add to the brilliance already evident here.
Some feel the company will gain market cap. Others that it will lose it. Both may be right. If you know how, you can bet both ways and maybe win twice.
Re: Oh dear...
Lewis may have hit the jackpot this time.
Re: Oh dear...
That was quick:
Humans aren't responsible enough for nuclear power
We still have no plan for a deep geological repository and vitrification for the spent fuel we have already accumulated over the last 50 years. How about we figure that out first.
The Fukushima disaster isn't over yet and won't be for over 60 years. Chernobyl isn't either. The Ukraine estimates the exclusion zone (30KM radius) will be uninhabitable for 20,000 years. 37 years later we still haven't managed to build a shed over the thing to keep the rain off it.
"Carbon or nuclear are the only choices" is not a valid argument. PV solar, wind and geothermal complement each other nicely and are available in Japan.
"Nuclear is cheap." Let's add in the costs of a 20,000 year lease on the Chernobyl and Fukushima exclusion zones, the costs of vitrification and repository, the lost money from ruining the Japanese food export industry. The unknown costs of future nuclear disasters. The costs of decommissioning both retired plants and exploded ones. Wait, we don't know what those costs are. Until we do we can't say what the cost is, cheap or dear. Let's get some definitive numbers on those costs before we decide to go in this direction. Until then exploring alternatives with known costs that don't leave large tracts of our only planet uninhabitable seems the fiscally conservative, socially cautious choice.
It takes a Google to win the "fair use" fight
Who else would have the deep pockets to fight the Author's guild for eight years and many millions of dollars? The commitment to index all the world's books and build the modern Library of Alexandria? The resources and skill to actually get it done?
The court of appeals
The court of appeals, which this judge now sits on, was the court that sent the case back down to this judge to settle the "fair use" question before ruling on a different issue, certifying the class action. In doing so they strongly suggested this was the result they were looking for. It can't be a class action if it was legal in the first place.
The Guild can appeal to that court of course. It should not take them long to rule, and then it's on to the Supremes to see if they will weigh in on the matter. They usually don't.
Re: Does this mean people will consider building Android apps first?
From 2007 to 2011 while they were ahead in share Apple accrued a huge installed base. While most of the earliest devices have been retired some iPhone 2 and 3 are still in use as hand-me-downs, and of course iPhone 4 is still on sale. Most people generally don't throw away a $700 device that has resale value and remains a great media and gaming handheld. Android devices have a shorter life cycle for a variety of reasons. It takes a while for growth of the market and gross quarterly sales to achieve a dominant installed base. We are just turning that corner now as web usage numbers are achieving parity.
IPhone will still draw first developer interest for a while yet because premium device customers make premium app customers, and developer inertia. There is a definite cost to moving to a new unfamiliar platform, though that cost is less than finding a new popular idea.
If the Android:iPhone sales ratio continues at 5:1 for another year none of that will matter any more. It turns into the Windows vs Mac uneven battle again. Then we get to have this discussion again in reverse.
Only eight years and millions of dollars
To decide something that was immediately obvious.
Re: not a galaxy killer at all
@phuzz It is patent licensing. Apparently they can't find a volunteer at Moto to sign the check to Microsoft for an exFAT license. There will be no more Moto phones with SD. Nor Nexus either. Something about funding patent terrorism sticks in their craw.
Re: This just in
I am interrsted too. I wasn't criticizing the phone. Obviously it is a great phone and the price is fantastic. Just thought the editorial slant of the article, viz moto attacking Google partners by making a good product at a decent price was overwrought. Of course this is ElReg, and that is their special sauce.
Sigh. I'll get my coat.
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